Dads Tell us How They Celebrate Becoming a "Forever Family"
November is National Adoption month, and in the US, around 16,000 same-sex couples are raising more than 22,000 adopted children.
In honor of National Adoption Day, Saturday 18, 2107, we heard from a few of our families on how they celebrate their kids' "forever family" days.
"It was the best day of our lives!"
Doug, Brent and Sawyer, from Atlanta, Georgia
Day they first met Sawyer: March 4, 2015 (the day Sawyer was born)
Adoption day: May 27, 2015
Doug and Brent were matched with their birth mom when she was just 5 weeks pregnant. They traveled to Kentucky every month to attend appointments with the birth mom in her home state. When Sawyer was born, March 4, 2015, they were in the room for the birth and cut the cord. The adoption process from Sawyer's birth took 3 months.
"It was like a surreal experience that we will never forget as long as we live. One of the best days ever!"
How did they celebrate? The family celebrated with close friends and family at a brunch following the hearing. They knew they had an amazing bond with the birth mother and didn't have any concerns, but it was still a relief for Doug and Brent once they were Sawyer's legal parents.
"[We] just giggled with excitement all day that we were officially a family … No one could take him from us"
How do they celebrate annually? "We acknowledge this as the day we became a family and that our love grew even stronger."
What do they call Sawyer's adoption day? Forever Family Day