These Adoption Photos Will Make You Cry Happy Tears
Something in your eye? Yep, us too.
"It was the day before my due date with my baby girl that we took the leap to foster this sweet baby girl. She was 8 months old and having 2 infants seemed a little crazy. We didn't intend to adopt through foster care, although we knew if we committed to this one, we would never be able to let her go. She has the kindest heart and when you are with her, she treats you like you are the only person in the room. This girl loves to play! She is the light of our lives and we can't wait to watch her grow up and thrive. Making her adoption official changed nothing in our home but put a forever stamp on our hearts. My advice for foster parents is to be patient, don't hold any walls up because you won't regret loving hard if they leave because it is our job to teach these babies how to love and bond. And if you're really lucky, it can turn into F O R E E V E R. And both your lives will be changed ❤️" -Hailey togetherwerise.org/helplocally #fostercare #fosterlove #adoption #togetherwerise
Together We Rise (TWR) is a nonprofit organization that helps children in foster care all across the country. According to their website, 1200 children enter the foster care system each day in the U.S., and TWR is hoping to change the way these kids experience the system for the better.
How do they do it?
TWR works with hundreds of foster agencies, social workers and other partners to bring programs to foster youth across the nation. The organization has provided thousands of foster kids with new bicycles, school supplies and special duffel bags so these children don’t have to carry their belongings in a garbage bag.
They also educate volunteers on issues surrounding the foster care system, hoping the education will lead to more involvement and understanding from people wanting to help but who can’t necessarily foster a child.
Now, about those photos…
In a recent interview with The Huffington Post, TWR Executive Director Gianna Dahlia explained the organization’s motivation for posting these adorable adoption photos— and causing the internet to weep happy tears in the process.
“With so much negative news surrounding foster care we just want to highlight the positive with amazing adoptions that are happening every day,” she said.
And, if that’s not enough to make you smile—know that many of these adorable photographs are shared through TWR’s Framing Forever program that aims to connect families with volunteer photographers on their adoption day.
Well, what could be happier than that?
"They came to us at 7 weeks and 7lbs from another foster family that already had 4 adopted from foster care. We did go in to foster care hoping to adopt, and got extra lucky with twins! We are so happy and in love with our complete family!" -Lewis Family #fosterlove #fostercare #togetherwerise #adoption
"We started fostering four years ago with the intent of building our family through foster care adoption. We quickly learned that it takes a lot of patience but, if you don't give up it will happen ("it" being adoption, of course)! Our son Elton came to us at two weeks and was adopted at 2." #fostercare #fosterlove #fostertoadopt #togetherwerise
Every journey is different but every journey is worth it! "The way he came without any strings attached is still a mystery to us and everyone who encounters his huge personality. We can only chalk it up to how much God loves us and wanted to bless us with a son, who though not born by us; has always been ours." – The Osei Family #fosterlove #togetherwerise #foreverfamily
"Marianna was born at 22 weeks and 1 day gestation in a not ideal situation. She was 1.5lbs at birth. From the beginning she was a fighter. The odds of her even surviving were so small. She stayed in the NICU for almost 5 months. She came home to us as soon as she was discharged from the hospital on July 15, 2013. We were really unprepared for all of the medical issues that would soon arise, partly from her being so premature. We learned to care for her as we went along. We had the best doctors and therapists anyone could ask for! July 13, 2016 she became a permanent member of our family. We are so blessed to have her in our lives. She truly is a miracle and we thank God for allowing us to be her parents! We want to encourage others who choose to foster or adopt children who are medically fragile or have development issues. Every child needs a parent who will advocate for the child's health and development needs." -Killion Family <3 togetherwerise.org #fosterlove #fostercare #togetherwerise