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  1. Abrazo had no waiting families open to sibling groups this month, so the agency reached out to others and was grateful when a former AbrazoMom help led introduce us to a homestudy-ready Texas couple who shared the birthmom’s desire for open adoption. After weeks of getting to know each other and preplacement visits, the birthfamily and adoptive family made the decision to become forever family, giving two sisters the best of both worlds… blessings, all! 

  2. Here's the latest update--- Abrazo has been VERY conservative in its admissions practices throughout the Covid pandemic, and as a result, we are in urgent need of

    * childless couples with racially-open placement preferences,

    * Hispanic and/or African-American adoptive couples,

    * parents seeking to adopt noninfants, and/or 

    * applicants living in Texas who are ready for open adoption. 

    Visit abrazo.org/hoping-to-adopt to learn more about Abrazo's placement program and to download the AP Inquiry (preapplication) form that's needed to get the process started. 

    Have specific questions after reviewing the entire website? Call our Family Services Coordinator, Amy Byrd, at 210-342-5683, during business hours.  

  3. They didn't get to return for another orientation weekend, due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, and they waited for more than a year to get back into Abrazo's program, since they already had a child... but the Good Lord always gets His timing right, and sure enough, when these againers were readmitted, they were just in time. An expectant mom due within a month found herself in need of just the right family for her baby girl, and she found them within the ranks of Abrazo's Crown Club. Their plans to meet prior to the due date were foiled by a delivery that happened unexpectedly, but they're all making up for lost time now, with a precious newborn enjoying being cuddled by all of them, including a very proud new big brother. Blessings, all! 

  4. A young single mother of two already, she knew her limits, so when she found herself divorced and unexpectedly pregnant, she wanted a better life for the baby through open adoption. She chose the best parents she could for him, and this pandemic-era Crown Club couple truly welcomed  her and all her children into their lives with open arms. We are overjoyed for all of them, and especially for the newborn son they now share. 

  5. The adoptive parents had endured a year-and-a-half long wait (and failed adoption plan) at another local adoption agency before coming to Abrazo. But a loving birthmother helped make their miracle possible, and this weekend, thanks to her (and to Abrazo’s staff, who gladly worked overtime) these pandemic-era Crown Club members became the proud parents of their first child, a beautiful male newborn. Blessings, all! 

  6. The birthcouple were experienced parents who would’ve loved to raise another child, but for their circumstances. This adoptive couple had returned to Abrazo expecting to add a boy up to age 5 to their family of five. Yet God had other options in mind for both couples, and they united in love, becoming the forever family of a beautiful baby girl yesterday. Blessings, all!! 

  7. Mea culpa! We've been so busy doting on our newest baby and her adoring parents in person that we neglected to post the baby announcement, but we couldn't be happier for the sweet baby girl whose birthmama and adoptive parents found each other with the help of another Abrazo birthmom. Friends don't let friends do closed adoptions, and we're so thankful that our community includes folks who truly care about each other. Congrats to our newest new parents, members of Abrazo's Crown Club, and God bless (all) our birthparents, too. 

  8. Today’s placement— the first of Abrazo’s 27th year— was a beautiful tribute to faith and fortitude. The adoptive couple, members of the Crown Club 2020, had endured a failed adoption plan last fall, yet didn’t lose faith in the process. The birthmother had endured the loss of her other children previously, yet still wanted a better life for her newborn daughter, even as she knew how much her own sacrifice would hurt. Today, they were joined at placement by her loving sisters and their spouses, and together, they reveled in that precious baby, and the families all cried and laughed and prayed together. May she always know how  beloved she is, by all of them! 

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  9. As All Saints Day approaches, we remember some special members of the Abrazo community who passed away in 2020: 

    We honor the memory of adoptee and Abrazo grandpa BRUCE BERGER, who died of cancer. 

    We honor the memory of Baby Alexander, who was to have been adopted, but was stillborn.

    We honor the memory of adoptive mother LINDA VENTURA, who never recovered after suffering a cardiac episode.

    We honor the memory of DAN GILETTE, an adoptive father who passed after a tragic tragic accident at his home.

    We give thanks for the lives of these and others in our adoption community... May their memory be a blessing, always.

     

     

     

  10. She came to Abrazo only wanting to place with a local couple, because a truly open adoption was her dream for her child. In time, thought, this loving mother elected to choose an out-of-state couple from Abrazo’s Crown Club of 2020 who assured her the distance would never come between them. Today, they made a loving covenant on behalf of the sweet baby boy they all adore, and we wish each of them every joy in their new forever family relationship! 

  11. Abrazo's pre-application (called the "AP Inquiry" form) is now available online, for those who wish to download it and begin the application process.

    If you wish to submit it online, please pay the inquiry fee via PayPal, then email your form and your photo to abyrd@abrazo.org.

    If you want to print it out and mail it via regular mail or overnight, our office address is 3123 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78230.

    We're always in need of great families for our babies and birthparents, so thank you for your interest in our program!

  12. It took a selfless decision on the part of a loving Texas birthcouple to bring the Hold On, Heather’s Here orientation group of 5/19 to completion, but busy doctors don’t always have the luxury of time when it comes to getting homestudies done and paperwork completed.
     

    The two physicians who were the last in their group to take placement never doubted open adoption could work for them, though, so the birthparents and Abrazo are delighted to have successfully made them parents, at long last.

    Blessings to the beautiful bog they now forever share!

  13. After months of painstaking preparation and countless prayers, Abrazo’s staff is overjoyed to announce that a wonderful family was found (at long last) for a twelve-year-old boy who has captured all our hearts in a very short time. Many thanks to his birthfamily (and their neighbors, who initially contacted us, to our newest foster family who cared for him in the interim, for the remarkable adoptive couple, to all in our community who held him in their thoughts, and to the Creator who answered our prayers on his behalf. May God bless this young man and all who love him! Blessings, all...

  14. Another couple who was waiting to attend orientation but kept getting waylaid by the pandemic got the best call of all on an otherwise ordinary Saturday night. A courageous soldier had chosen them to parent her newborn, and two days of driving later, he was in their grateful arms. Blessings, all! 

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  15. They were to have attended our April orientation, and then our July weekend, but both were cancelled due to Covid-19. Meanwhile, though, this returning adoptive couple was thankful for the opportunity to match with a loving birthcouple, and this week, they became the elated parents of a second baby boy. We wish both couples peace and joy as their life’s path continues in a shared direction forwards. Blessings, all! 

  16. Sometimes, adoption plans made during pregnancy don’t result in placement... and sometimes, placement occurs later on, down the road. One toddler who was to have been placed but wasn’t bounced between homes and caregivers for a year and a half, before his birthmom elected to complete her initial plan to place. She chose a childless couple from our Hold On, Heather’s Here weekend of 5/19, for whom a toddler was always their first choice. We celebrate this new, improved family and the brave mama who made their destiny possible. 

  17. A military mama who endured untold trauma did her best to care for her baby boy, but felt he was meant to have parents better prepared to meet his needs. She painstakingly made a loving plan to place him with a childless couple from our Hold On, Heather’s Here orientation of 5/19. They are grateful for her faith in them and their relationship is designed to forever assure him of their shared love for him and for each other. 


  18. It's Abrazo's 26th year, and what better way to start the second week of the New Year than with a placement? (Especially one that was long-awaited?) This pair of againers from Missouri came back to adopt again a year ago, thinking they'd attend camp in lieu of orientation, but a failed adoption plan followed, and then months of waiting and then a cancelled orientation weekend, so they joined our What Brings You to This Conversation? November 2019 orientation, instead, and that did the trick, because the "right" match came up right afterwards! Their patience was definitely rewarded, and now, thanks to a loving birthmom who made her best choice on behalf of her family, their "forever family" has grown to include a beautiful baby girl and her birthfamily, too. Blessings, all! 

  19. Recently, Abrazo has gotten several inquiries from prospective birthparents interested in placing African-American children ranging in age from 1-3... and we struggle to accommodate them, because their hope is to find their children homes where at least one family member will look like their little one, and the majority of our waiting families are either not African-American OR are seeking only infants. Please help spread the word that Abrazo is in need of racially-diverse adoptive families who are open to toddlers of either gender, who are homestudy-ready and committed to the concept of open adoption! Any interested prospective couples are welcome to call our family services coordinator, Amy Byrd, at 210-342-5683, or visit abrazo.org to learn more about our admissions process. Thank you! 

  20. We are delighted to announce that beloved againers from the Hold On, Heather's Here orientation group from May 2019 got The Call yesterday about a mother who'd delivered a baby at home and needed a family for him, so they happily abandoned whatever weekend plans they'd already made to travel north instead! The birthmom had originally had no intentions of choosing adoptive parents or doing an open adoption, but upon reviewing their profile, she realized she just had to meet them. and we're so glad she did! The son they now forever share will benefit from the friendship they're building, and that, in itself, seems to qualify this as a Christmas miracle. So happy for all of them, and especially, for their beautiful baby boy.  

  21. Two birthparents who both have different partners now set aside their differences to plan the best possible future for their baby girl. There wasn’t a lot they agreed on, but they did come to agreement on the right family, Sausage Smugglers of 8/18 who already had two adopted sons and wanted only a baby girl. We wish them all continued unity and pride in the life of the newborn daughter they now share! 

  22. They came to Abrazo more than ready for something to happen, having tried unsuccessfully to adopt elsewhere. They matched with one of Abrazo’s expectant mothers and attended the What Brings You to this Conversation?  of November, 2019. But their dreams seemed to be crushed when their match ended in a disappointing change of heart after the birth. They went home empty-handed but took the high road, and flew back in a heartbeat when the baby’s mother realized they were her son’s best future. They are now joined at the heart, forever, as the family they are. (Dreams DO come true... keep the faith!) 

  23. Last month, this TN couple was just another set of hopefuls at our What Brings You to This Conversation? orientation weekend. They had a completed homestudy and a prepared profile, but now idea how long the journey ahead might be? To their amazement, just after getting home, they got The Call from a prospective birthmom, and yesterday, she enabled them to become the proud parents of her beautiful baby boy! It’s a big adjustment for all of them with such a quick turnaround, but we have every faith in each of them. God bless! 

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