National Adoption Day 2016

by | Nov 18, 2016 | Adoptive Families Blog

This year, National Adoption Day is recognized on November 19, 2016. National Adoption Day is a unified national effort to increase awareness of children waiting to find their forever families. It’s sponsored by a host of partners: Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, The Alliance for Children’s Rights and Children’s Action Network. Let’s recognize and celebrate adoption today with these heartwarming adoption stories:

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Lifetime adoptive father Ryan is pictured to the left with his wife Laura and newborn daughter Ava.

About adoption, he says, “I’m the guy who was not cool with adoption from the get-go. I can only attribute to God for changing my heart and once I finally came around and said adoption was something I’d be willing to look into, every domino fell into place.

I would rate adoption as 10 out of 10. It’s been the most rewarding and incredible thing I’ve ever done in my life!”

julia adoptive mother.jpgAdoptive mother Julia shares, “Adoption is a double miracle because not only was that particular baby born, but that baby’s birth family chose one adoptive family out of all the agencies and families out there. It takes one miracle after another to make the perfect match happen.

For that I know we are doubly blessed, despite the heartache of waiting.”

Julia’s in the photo to the left with her husband Matt and their daughter Sophia.


When asked “what does adoption mean to you?”, future adoptive mother Hannah had these words to share:

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Here’s a final thought on the beauty of open adoption, from Lifetime adoptive mother Nova-Dawn:

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Heather Featherston

Written by Heather Featherston

As Vice President of Lifetime Adoption, Heather Featherston holds an MBA and is passionate about working with those facing adoption, pregnancy, and parenting issues. Heather has conducted training for birth parent advocates, spoken to professional groups, and has appeared on television and radio to discuss the multiple aspects of adoption. She has provided one-on-one support to women and hopeful adoptive parents working through adoption decisions.

Since 2002, she has been helping pregnant women and others in crisis to learn more about adoption. Heather also trains and speaks nationwide to pregnancy clinics to effectively meet the needs of women who want to explore adoption for their child. Today, she continues to address the concerns women have about adoption and supports the needs of women who choose adoption for their child.

As a published author of the book Called to Adoption, Featherston loves to see God’s hand at work every day as she helps children and families come together through adoption.

Read more about Heather Featherston


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