Intro by Gayle Fidanzo, Executive Director, Choice Adoptions
When a baby girl was being carried in utero by a woman with limited mental ability, not many of our waiting families wanted to be considered as her adoptive family. But the author of this article, Nikki, didn’t hesitate. Her daughter, J, is a wonder. We predict she will grow up to be a famous fashion designer.
The girl has style for miles. When a baby boy was lying in Doernbecher’s Children’s Hospital, battered, broken, and bruised beyond recognition, I needed a family fast. I called Nikki and her husband, Tad. Their son, M, joined his five siblings in this loving and slightly crazy home and despite all predictions, he is a force -- healthy, witty, loving, and undeniably a handful!
Of course, a healthy child is never a guarantee, but when I cautioned Nikki about the possible health risks with each of these precious children, she said, “Doctors don’t know everything.”
Enjoy Nikki’s perspective. She’s a straight shooter, but her motivation comes from a true and sincere heart of justice. She doesn’t want children to end up in foster care. And she doesn’t want couples who want to be parents to wait for years to adopt a child. When your heart is wide open, the waiting time can decrease significantly. She is a life saver.
By Nikki Raichart, Guest Blogger