After raising three biological children, Darlene and her husband, Bill, decided to become foster care parents—a journey that led them to adopt five children, four of which are teenagers. They also have two more adoptions pending. In addition to adopting, they have fostered hundreds of children over the last 20 years.
The decision to place a child for adoption is one of the hardest that a new mother will ever have to make, but the decision can be made easier by electing to participate in an open adoption versus closed adoption. One local family finalized an open adoption on National Adoption Day almost six years ago, and has since established a ritual to ensure that both the birth and adoptive mothers can share in a very special holiday—Mother’s Day.