Military Adoption Success Story
Serving in our nation’s military is a huge honor and a major challenge. Frequent relocations or time spent overseas adds complexity to establishing stability and a family life and can be extremely nerve-wracking for all involved. However, Adoption Choices of Kansas wants to assure you that whether you are a birth and adoptive parents, adoption is always an option.
If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy while serving in the military, know that we are here for you. We want to support you in any way we can and understand that your decision is not an easy one. Below, we want to share with you Brian and Amanda’s military adoption success story to help ease your stress and let you know that you can have a positive and empowering adoption journey as well.
Brian and Amanda’s Story
Brian and Amanda both serve in the military and have a son and daughter. They’ve been hoping to grow their family through adoption, and have waited for over two years. After long last, they were matched with a sixteen-year-old birth mother who felt having her baby raised in the military would be exciting and diverse. Brian and Amanda eagerly traveled to Pennsylvania to meet both the birth mother and their newborn son, who they later named Trevor.
Military Adoption Positives
Any military adoption success story can have its ups and downs, but Brian and Amanda’s story shows us two very important positives we want to highlight:
- Positive Recognition. Being raised in a military family comes with positive recognition. Military members are celebrated and honored by all members of the community. Particularly if they have been awarded medals, military persons may be asked to make a speech about their experience at places like a veteran’s award ceremony or at your baby’s future school. Your child will always gain positive attention from others and will learn the importance of value and respect, which makes being raised by a military adoptive family that much more exciting.
- Your Baby’s Future Story. . Although every adoptee has a personal and heartwarming story,, the experience is much different when raised in a military family. Each time you visit or get an update from your child, he or she will have so much to tell you. Whether it’s a move or special assignment their adoptive parents accepted, they will never be short on adventures to talk about! What’s more, your child will also learn the value and the pride of being an American. Anyone who comes in contact with your child will be very inspired, not only by your baby’s adoption, but also because he or she was raised in such a unique way.
A Significant Negative
Along those same lines, any military adoption success story will have its negatives. We believe it’s important to note these alongside the negatives, so you know what truly makes or break a military adoption. A common one is the frequent relocation.
Being raised in a military family could mean that moving will become your child’s new normal. Members of the military may only be stationed in one particular location for a few years at a time. However, this should not be a worry for you. Remember that social media and virtual communication is always available. You can still have a strong relationship with your child and their adoptive family via Facebook, ZOOM and FaceTime when they are further away. Communication is key no matter what, and a true secret to success.
Should I Choose a Military Family to Adopt My Baby?
Definitely! The positives far outweigh the negatives. Your baby’s adoption story will be a very interesting and unique one to tell. He or she will learn the importance of respect, honor and leadership as they watch their adoptive parents serve — whether in active duty or not.
If you have any questions or concerns placing your baby with an adoptive military family, we are here to help. Military adoptions can work for you! We only want the best for you and your baby and will ensure that you have the most positive and empowering adoption journey possible.
Meet the Author: Jason Legasse is a rising senior English major studying at Siena College in Loudonville, New York. He hails from the Albany, New York area, but has plans to relocate to sunny Venice, Florida with his mom come Fall. After completing his bachelor’s degree, Jason plans to study General Special Education at Meredith College, where he will earn a Master’s degree and use that to teach middle school Special Education.
Jason is a self-proclaimed introvert with Asperger’s who really enjoys writing. He has a huge passion for helping others, specifically those with disabilities. He is very excited to be working with Adoption Choices over the summer, and looks forward to learning more about the adoption process!