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  1. Baby Announcements 2018

    She knew what she wanted for her baby’s future. Yet a hurricane interrupted her plans, and then there was family opposition to contend with, and host of other complications to overcome. Many states away, unbeknownst to each other, there was a couple who knew what they wanted for their family’s future. Yet the abrupt closure of their national adoption agency interrupted their plans, and then there were financial ramifications to overcome, and a couple of other failed opportunities along the way. What is mean to be, however, has a way of coming together, however. And today, by the grace of God, both families’ dreams came together, for the love of one adorable four-month-old boy. May he grow up strong and sure, and be forever blessed by their shared commitment to his future.
  2. The Trimesters of Adoption

    Thanks for asking! San Antonio is a bit "light" on adoptive family support groups, but there's a great group out of Austin called Adoption Knowledge Affiliates, which puts on a really good conference every November. Some of Abrazo's families in SA tried to launch a local support group for adoptive parents some time ago but it never really got off the ground.
  3. Baby Announcements 2018

    “There may be pain in the night, but joy comes in the morning.” ~ Psalms 30:5 We know the entire Abrazo family will join us in celebrating the wonderful news that a Louisiana family near and dear to all our hearts have become the proud parents and big brother of a beautiful newborn boy— thanks to a loving birthmom who made the “right” choice in the end. Praise God, from whom all blessings flow (for this adoption story is truly filled with God’s mercy and grace, from beginning to end!)


    Jonathan & Mona are a Tennessee couple with an Abrazo-born son, Sebastian, and we're happy to welcome them back, because they have kept their open adoption promises and that makes us proud! If you're looking for a family you can truly trust, let us introduce you to the Holt family today. (Seeking an Anglo and/or Hispanic baby of either gender. Paper-ready and waiting since 11/17.)

    Russell and Simona have been together for ten years while they practice their parenting skills on their cats, so they are more than ready to add a real-live baby and his or her birthparents to their lives. If you like the idea of your child growing up in Pennsylvania with four seasons and you like cats, you're bound to like Russell & Simona, too, so call Abrazo and we'll gladly make the introductions. (Seeking an infant of any race and either gender. Paper-ready and waiting since April 2018.)
  7. BOB & LISA (MO)

    An attorney and a social worker, Bob and Lisa became first-time parents through Abrazo last year, and they proved to be so good at it, we have welcome them back to adopt again. Lisa was adopted herself, and she and Bob have a special place in their hearts for their son's birthmom, so you can count on them to welcome you in their lives with open arms. To get to know Bob & Lisa better, call Abrazo and we'll put you in contact. (Seeking an Anglo and/or Hispanic infant of either gender. Paper-ready and waiting since April, 2018.)
  8. CHAD & GAIL (MD)

    Chad & Gail were such a pleasure to work with the first time they adopted through Abrazo, we're delighted to have them back again! This Maryland physician and teacher truly understand the importance of open adoption, and honor their son's birthfamily in their lives, and they even speak Spanish, as well! So if you'd like to learn more about Chad & Gail, Abrazo will be happy to make the introduction, in English or en espanol. (Seeking an Anglo and/or Hispanic infant of either gender. Paper-ready and waiting since March, 2018.)

  10. Baby Announcements 2018

    A childless couple from the Austin area came to our February 2018 orientation weekend, This Is Me Excited, having no idea how swiftly their lives were about to change. They were, however, ready and willing to jump in with both feet after that weekend, and it was surely a good thing! Because their finished profile got sent in the week an expectant mom came in with a specific wish for a childless Texas couple to raise her baby. Their homestudy was completed just in time for the case assessment to go out, about two weeks ago. And the baby was born ahead of schedule, exactly six weeks after their orientation weekend. Today, these Austinites moved from the ranks of hopeful parents-in-waiting to for-real adopting parents of a beautiful baby girl, thanks to the difficult and conscientious sacrifice of a loving birthcouple. We wish all four of them a beautiful and lasting family relationship, and we hope this precious child always knows how adored she is by each one of them. Blessings, all!
  11. What is Open Adoption?

    Lavender Luz has a few thoughts on Does Open Adoption Work?
  12. What is Open Adoption?

    WHAT IS OPEN ADOPTION? It's about: * being able to get to know personally the people you choose to adopt your child, * sharing identifying information about yourselves with each other through visits/phone calls/correspondence, and * building a genuine friendship in which contact can continue directly throughout the child's lifetime, so that your child, once adopted, can grow up with accurate information about and access to you and our family. Adoptions that are open are safe, legal and confidential under Texas law. WHY ARE OPEN ADOPTIONS BETTER? Studies show that children in open adoptions tend to be happier, healthier, and better-adjusted. Studies show that birthparents with open adoptions tend to be more at peace with their decisions afterwards because they have the comfort of knowing how well their child is doing in his or her new home. Studies show that adoptive parents who have done open adoptions are more secure in their parenting roles and tend to help their children have more positive feelings about their adoptions and their birthfamilies, as well. WHAT IS OPEN ADOPTION NOT ABOUT? It's not about: * "co-parenting" or foster care * being able to change your mind about the adoption after it's been done * having someone else raise your child until you're ready to take over. Open adoptions are not "easy"; all good relationships take work. Openness is not a "right", but a privilege. It's a matter of trust between parties. Contact agreements are not enforceable in Texas, so it is up to the adoptive parents and birthparents to keep their promises to each other, because neither courts nor adoption professionals can force either party to keep in touch. WHY IS ABRAZO SO BIG ON OPENNESS? At Abrazo, we believe that the best adoptions for children of all backgrounds are open and honest ones. Because everyone knows that secrets aren't good for children, and closed places aren't healthy places in which to grow any living being.

    Jeff & Kristen are from Missouri, the "show-me state," and they are excited to match with an interested birthfamily so we can show them how truly awesome an open adoption can be! If you're hoping to find a fun, happy couple who were high school sweethearts and can't wait to share their love with your child, call Abrazo and we'll gladly put you in touch. (Seeking an Anglo and/or Hispanic infant of either gender. Paper-ready and waiting since March, 2018.)

    Brian & Holly are proud Austinites who are eager to become first-time parents, with the help of a loving birthfamily. If you are looking for a couple are very much in love and who get why open adoption truly matters, let us introduce you to these Texans today. (Seeking an Anglo and/or Hispanic infant of either gender. Paper-ready and waiting since March, 2018.)
  15. In Memoriam

    We were ever so sorry to hear from another Abrazo family that AbrazoDad Joe Gomez had another stroke last week and passed away in Kentucky. Joe was a great dad with a bad heart, who became a single dad after he and his wife divorced. He had a debilitating hemorrhagic stroke in December at the age of 49 and although this former Eagle Scout struggled valiantly to recover, another stroke this month felled him. We lift Joe, his family (including former wife Teena) and their son in our thoughts and prayers. He was a good man, and will be greatly missed. Rest in peace, Joe!
  16. This talented Texas couple was originally planning to adopt through another agency, but that agency went out of business, so Jeremy & Karen had to start all over again. We're sorry they went through that heartache, but we're glad they're Abrazo's clients now, because we know they're going to be awesome parents! They enjoy music and the arts and their home is filled with light and laughter. If this sounds like the sort of life you want for your child, let Abrazo know and we'll put you in contact with Jeremy & Karen today. (Seeking an Anglo and/or Hispanic infant of either gender. Paper-ready and waiting since before February, 2018.)
  17. BRAD & JEN (MN)

    This long-and-happily married couple from Minnesota has a big circle of family, neighbors and friends who can't wait to see them adopt! And they can't wait, either, but because of infertility, it's going to take the help of a very special birthparent to make parents of Brad & Jen. If you want to talk with them and learn more about the wonderful life they can offer your child amidst the four seasons, let Abrazo know and we'll be happy to put you in touch. (Seeking an Anglo and/or Hispanic infant of either gender. Paper-ready and waiting since February, 2018.)
  18. Nicholas and Crystal are a fun-loving, down-home TN couple who long to become first time parents through open adoption. If you're looking for the kind of folks you can really become family with, let us help introduce you today! (Seeking an Anglo and/or Hispanic infant of either gender. Paper-ready and waiting since March, 2018.)
  19. What is Open Adoption?

    If you've never seen Abrazo's video channel, here's one of our little videos about open adoption... enjoy! Open Adoption Means "You're Invited!"

    Abrazo's next orientation weekend is coming up in May, and we have a large demand right now for childless couples and for Texans, so if you're either (or both) and you have concluded fertility treatment and you're ready to devote all your efforts to adoption instead, please apply now! Contact Martha at Abrazo (210-342-5683) if you need additional information or have specific questions after reviewing our website.

    It's a nice problem to have, but a problem nonetheless... after a flurry of matches and placements, Abrazo is in need of new adoptive families!! We have a particular need for childless couples, especially from Texas, and have nearly depleted our supply of families awaiting children of full Hispanic descent. Abrazo currently has only a half dozen families still "in-waiting", and more than three times as many birthmoms waiting to find the adoptive parents of their dreams, for babies due between now and June! Please help us spread the word... our next orientation weekend is the first week in April, and interested candidates should call Angela at Abrazo to get the necessary paperwork in place before then! Thanks, all.

  23. Baby Announcements 2018

    "So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you." -- John 16:22 Somehow, after all the darkness and cold of winter, it seems only appropriate to mark the first day of Spring with the placement of a(nother) beautiful baby girl! She was born a month ago, but her proud new parents didn't even know it, at the time. These Abrazo againers had just rejoined our program a month before, after suffering the loss of a daughter to cancer last year, and they surely weren't expecting their nursery to be filled by Easter. But this being the season of resurrection and rebirth, the Good Lord surely heard their prayers, and answered them bigger and better, as only He can. God sent them a child already-born, and ready to join their loving family without delay-- thanks to the courage of a birthmother who put her child's needs even before her own, and even without her own parents' support. We celebrate with (and for) this beloved Abrazo family, and we wish them a long and happy life together as a family of four, once again. Happy Spring-- and a very joyous Easter to all!
  24. Baby Announcements 2018

    Today’s placement was actually foretold by the adoptive mother’s recent dream, yet nothing could possibly have prepared these Happy Endings (2/17) graduates for all the twists and turns in their latest adoption quest. They may undoubtedly have gotten discouraged at times, but they never (ever) gave up hope, and we’re so grateful for the trust they invested in the process, for it ultimately led them to the precious baby girl who became theirs tonight. We wish this newly-expanded family every joy in their life together... blessings, all!

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