Our initial interview with Gladney was in May 2001. We received a referral in November. Mid-December we were in Russia, to meet our soon-to-be children. Once we confirmed our desire to adopt these girls, we were told it could take three to six months to finalize the Russian end of the adoption. My prayer was that if there were any great obstacles, we would recognize it as a sign that it wasn’t meant to be. One month later, we were back explaining to a judge why these twin girls should become ours. It was a Friday and we were assured the judge would take the weekend to consider our case. That afternoon Sophie and Grace were ours to take home! Nine months after our initial meeting our adoption was finalized in the U.S. No Obstacles.
FROM THE GRADUATE
Being adopted has been something I have both struggled with and celebrated. My parents have always openly talked about my adoption: the process, my history, and my heritage. While I will continue to wonder about my birth parents, my parents always gave me unconditional love and support. Because of this love and support from my parents and all my family, my future can be anything I want it to be.
Grace graduated from Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School. She is planning to take a break before pursuing college but hopes to find a job working with animals. In the meantime, she loves taking her two dogs, Scout and Tess to the lake, the dog park, and driving around. She also keeps them front and center on Instagram.
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