mal family stuff together. It’s awesome.
They are simply part of my family and I
love them. They’re great role models for me
and I really respect what they’ve done and the
choices they’ve made in their lives.
Darcy: She’s there for me, she’s caring, and
she’s very much a role model. There are a few
thousand miles of distance between us, but
it just makes the moments that we have together even greater.
Gabriel: I have two birth siblings, Julian and
Ophelia, and it’s just really cool to see the
traits that I have that they have, all the things
we have in common just from genetics. I
think in a normal brother-sister relationship,
this would just be an everyday occurrence,
whereas here it’s more special.
5How have your adoptive parents shown that they
value your birth parents?
Blake: They’re always talking about positive things they do. For example, my birth
mother just had a big achievement in her life.
My parents wouldn’t stop raving about it. It’s
cool seeing how much they support them.
Natalie: We have a lot of discussions about
my birth parents. If one of us has talked with
them recently, we talk about how they’re doing and what’s up with them.
Nathan: My adoptive parents often try to
set up interactions and are always encouraging me to spend more time with my birth
parents. I only get to see my birth dad every
couple of years, so, when he’s in town, they
are completely understanding that that is my
time with him.
We have tons of photos of my birth parents
and birth family all over the house, as well as
a lot of things they have given me over the
years. It’s really nice.
(Top to bottom) Brianna’s adoptive parents and birth
parents, pre-delivery; Brianna as a toddler with her birth
parents; Brianna as a teen with her adoptive parents.