A single mother who adopted her daughter through KidsFirst in 2007 contacted us recently; she wanted to share her adoption story with other single persons and families who may be considering providing a loving home for a waiting child. After adopting her daughter from Kazakhstan, Julia went on to start a blog to encourage other single persons who are considering adoption to do so.
Here is Julia's story:
"I adopted my daughter when I was halfway through my 50th year, so I got a late start! I flew to Kazakhstan on New Year’s Eve and returned home with a 22-month-old in February 2007. I was an editor at the Washington Times then. We remained in the DC area for 6 years, moved to Tennessee where I taught for a year and are now in Fairbanks, Alaska, where I am guest faculty at the University of Alaska/Fairbanks. I occupy an endowed chair in the journalism department for the 2014-2015 academic year. After that, I hope to find work in the Pacific Northwest. I also just earned a second master’s degree in journalism at the University of Memphis. While there, I had to create a blog for a social media class that served an unmet need. I had experienced tremendous resistance to my adopting from my family, 95% of my friends and especially from friends and contacts in the evangelical Christian community, to which I belong. Peoples’ outright discouragement (“Julia, kids deserve a two-parent family, not a single mom”) and criticism (“You’re too old to adopt”) delayed my decision to adopt for nearly three years. I lost valuable time agonizing through this and finally at the last minute, I jumped in - and never looked back. I’d also had bad experiences with two agencies but a friend told me about Kids First; I met Inna at a Washington, DC breakfast in April 2005 and liked her. The rest is history."
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