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Psst! Three orientation groups just moved closer to completion... The Charlotte Six Pack (3/00) just added a fifth... Twelve Couples & A Baby (9/00) has three new additions... and Families-on-The-Ground (11/00) folks get to send out their very first baby gift..! But we're not telling who's who- y'all need to check in with your compadres to learn whose good news to celebrate! And if you're still waiting and hoping, your turn is coming, so keep the faith! :wink:

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Congrats to the "12 Couples & a Baby" orientation crew (9/00)-- another placement closer to completion with this weekend's newest arrival! And for those home with babies already, don't forget those families in your group who could use a word of support and encouragement from you while they wait for their own dreams to come true. Cheers!

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"Bold & On Hold" (7/00) grads will be tickled pink to learn that another of their own has taken home a beautiful baby girl... and kudos to the "Millenium Boomers" (1/00); all continuing members of that orientation weekend became proud parents within 11 months.

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Hurrah! The weatherman may not have had a clue, but down here in Texas, atmospheric conditions appear most favorable for F.O.G. as we launch the new year! Our November graduates, the Families On the Ground, have a trio of new success stories to celebrate, with two boy babies born this month and one little girl born Saturday all headed home with their elated new folks.  Here's wishing renewed hope and patience to all those still waiting--now get your nurseries ready, because you're on your way, too!

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Diaperwarmers (1/01), start your engines! One of your own is headed home with newborn twin girls, another of your ranks has already matched, and several more are already fielding birthparent calls. If you are one of those still putting a homestudy or profile together, step it up! because there are children out there needing homes and one might just be meant for you. (Or two! Or...!) Congrats!

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Families on the Ground (11/00) gained another baby on the ground in the past week (yippee!) and 12 Couples & a Baby (9/00) have moved two placements closer to having their entire group photographed as the portrait of success at the Camp Abrazo reunion this summer. For those of you who read and wait and hope, it's spring! and all sorts of wonderful little miracles are about to bloom, so stop and smell the roses along the way, because it's going to happen--not "if?", just "when!!"

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Spring is looking "pretty in pink" as the Diaperwarmers (1/01), the F.O.G. (11/00) and 12 Couples & a Baby (9/00) have each added one more happily-ever-after ending to their groups' orientation stories with recent placements of three baby girls!

But not to be outdone, the divine boy department contributed one handsome little arrival to 12 Couples & a Baby (9/00) and yet another blue-blanket miracle to some beloved Againers who didn't even have time to return for another orientation weekend before he made his official debut!

And kudos, too, to our latest orientation grads, the proud participants of our latest "Parents of Tomorrow" weekend, the Lucky Leprechauns of March, 2001. May the luck 'o the Irish be with them as they search for the pot of gold at the end of the adoption rainbow!

Congratulations and best wishes to all...

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Just a word of encouragement....

I am a birthmom to a beautiful baby boy who went home with his proud parents in Feb. 1999. But that road was a long one for me as well as the AP's. They had disappointments but I did as well. After many many evennings on the phone to countless prospective AP"s I  was not only crushed but Just plain worn out. Then the wonderful staff at AA faxed me a profile.  (Keep in mind that faxes dodnt transmit pics well.) I was less than halfway through and I KNEW. I spoke to them that evening and that convinced me that they were the most wonderful ever...not that any of you aren't wonderful, but I am a little partial.

So after many dissappointments we were all exstatic and SURE this was perfect.  So keep your heads up and when its your time you too will know. That may be now or in a week you never know, and it will probably come out of no where. But, when inline for a bundle of your own get the crib together and the receiving blanket ready, and also remember God never gives you more than you can handle.

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Lisa, thanks for a great post! You're so right, often folks forget that an essential part of any happy homecoming has to be the right match. And sometimes, it takes time to find the appropriate combination of dreams and realities and personalities and all.

There's no "perfect match" in reality because there are no "perfect" people (and adoption, in truth, is borne of imperfect circumstances) but there is such a thing as the "right" match and when it's the "wrong" fit, it just doesn't feel right. When matches don't work out, it doesn't mean anyone isn't measuring up or that adoption is the wrong plan, it simply means those folks aren't meant to be related so best to wait to find the match that was meant to be.

So that's our word of encouragement to those still waiting, birthparents and prospective adoptive parents, alike! Your match is out there but everyone must be open to "trying on" many different options in order to find it. It'll happen!! (Just not before it's "supposed" to, even when we don't understand the timing ourselves.)

And it's happened, again, for several of Abrazo's clients these past two weeks. It's Fiesta in San Antonio and appropriately so, as we celebrate dreams come true for much-loved clients and infants... the Diaperwarmers (1/01) are heating up, with the placement of a tiny baby girl with one of their families, and the placement of a newborn boy with another...both within 12 weeks of orientation!... and the Families on the Ground (11/00) are partying at the news that another of their own has taken home an angelic new infant son, as well!

Congrats to the happy parents and the loving birthfamilies who made this joyous news possible. We wish both good nights' sleep in the days and weeks that lie ahead. Viva Fiesta!

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We're singing the blues this week, but it's a happy tune! to celebrate two more homecomings of two more baby boys with two more happy couples! A childless couple from Families on the Ground (11/00) well known to Forum folk became parents of a precious newborn son, as did againers who attended the Diaperwarmers weekend in 1/01. Hurrah for both groups, because these arrivals are proof positive that adoption works, for grown-ups and (most importantly) for little kids!

(Some time ago, "Christophersmom" proposed in Kidstuff that forum members swap baby pix via family website addresses--what a marvelous idea! Maybe some of the proud new moms and dads of arrivals heralded here would be willing to share an online glimpse of their little miracles, because as they say, a picture's worth a thousand words, and for those still waiting, a little bit of hope can go a long, long way...)

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We're singing the blues this week, but it's a happy tune! to celebrate two more homecomings of two more baby boys with two more happy couples! A childless couple from Families on the Ground (11/00) well known to Forum folk became parents of a precious newborn son, as did againers who attended the Diaperwarmers weekend in 1/01. Hurrah for both groups, because these arrivals are proof positive that adoption works, for grown-ups and (most importantly) for little kids!

(Some time ago, "Christophersmom" proposed in Kidstuff that forum members swap baby pix via family website addresses--what a marvelous idea!  Maybe some of the proud new moms and dads of arrivals heralded here would be willing to share an online glimpse of their little miracles (because as they say, a picture's worth a thousand words, and for those still waiting, a little bit of hope can go a long, long way...)

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Change those welcome bouquets from blue posies to pink ones--as two more families from Families on the Ground have taken home beautiful new little baby daughters!

And welcome to our newest parents-in-waiting, the WannaBabies, who completed orientation this past weekend. Hey--we told 'em to get those nurseries ready, just as we tell all of you, so this is why! Wishing you all joyous tidings, not if, just when...!

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Oops-- apologies from S.C.--the home office has been so busy with preparations for Camp Abrazo, we've neglected our duties here! Nonetheless, here we are and this week, we are celebrating yet another couple of baby homecomings, both boys! One little fella, born last week, is headed home to North Carolina with his proud new folks from the Diaperwarmers (1/01), while the other was welcomed home by his Texan single mom and more than a half dozen excited (and adopted) siblings! Congratulations to both families, and cheers to those whose turn is surely coming.

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It's summertime, and the loving is easy--especially when it entails welcoming home some precious new daughters!

Abrazo celebrates the first of many homecomings for the Wannababies (5/01) as one faithful couple welcomes home their second baby girl, after enduring several failed, pre-Abrazo placement plans out of state (including disrupted adoptions separating children already placed with them from their loving care, a fear they are free from in Texas, where state law disallows arbitrary "reclaim periods" after relinquishment is completed.) Congrats also to the first of the Lucky Leprechauns (3/01), againers who added a second precious newborn son to their family just over a year after the first.

We also are proud to announce that one of our most beloved Abrazofamilies (formerly from Memphis, where they graciously hosted several Friday night orientation gatherings for incoming clients before moving to Arkansas) have taken placement of their first daughter's biological sister, a precious preschooler sure to keep them busy!

And finally, the last of the Bold& On Hold orientation folks (7/00) have ended their search for the perfect baby with the arrival of a baby girl born Monday night, surely worth the wait.

Congrats to all, and best wishes to those still waiting...

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It's a bevvy of boy babies!! Hearty congrats to the families of four fine little fellas who headed home with new folks in the last days of July, moving the 12 Couples & A Baby, the Families on the Ground, and the Wannababies all further towards completion!

Remember--the best things in life truly are worth waiting for, and if you're still in the "waiting" column, know that your child's arrival will be the answer to the question of "why" it couldn't happen before it did. So in the meantime, do the things any expectant parents would do! Take that newborn care class now! Interview pediatricians so the right doc's in place when baby comes home. Sleep up while you can! Enjoy "date nights" with your spouse! And keep the faith, because you know in your heart you're meant to be a parent, and so do we.

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Great Advice!  Interview pediatricians!  Sometimes they aren't accepting any new patients and if your first choice isn't that is nice to know ahead of time.  I also learned that some pediatricians only accept newborns, so you have to let them know that you are an adoptive mom with a new to you baby, and not someone who is just trying to change physicians.  When I called the peditritian to make our first appointment - for the two week check up, I was told that the Dr was only taking newborns that were referred at the hospital.  When I wailed in dismay, but she's adopted! I couldn't get a hospital referral because I wasn't in the hospital!" they checked with the doctor who was happy to have us.

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Fall is in the air, and hunting season draws near, as we welcome the graduates of our latest orientation weekend, Duck Blind Faith of August 2001. One couple from that group is already celebrating the arrival of a precious baby girl, and they send their best wishes and warm encouragement to all others who are still "expecting"... and recently, another set of Diaperwarmers moved into the parenting column with the birth of their new son over Labor Day weekend. Congratulations, and hurrahs also for those who've recently matched (there's a bunch of you lately) and are just awaiting the big day. Still awaiting that special call? Your turn will come. Get out and rake some leaves and listen for the phone...! It'll happen.

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Hurrah for Sabrina, faithful Forum participant, who mentioned at this summer's Camp Abrazo she was ready for baby #2 and turned that dream into reality within months--before we could even get her scheduled for a second orientation weekend! And congrats, also, to the Wannabe grads who took placement of a second daughter, through Abrazo this summer, only to learn that the birthmom of their first daughter was also interested in placing with them again--they're now home with number #3, and learning to manage the challenges of two non-twin infants under the age of six months (a rarity allowed in an nonfinalized placement situation only when a bio-sib becomes available!) They report that life is thrice as nice with three little girls to dote on and delight in, and we wish them 3 extra sets of hands to help! :-)

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Big doings in the baby department lately! Duckblind Faith graduates, start those gift mailings, because one of your own just arrived home this week with their precious new baby girl, and she's a beauty!

Kudos to the Abrazo alumni couple who came to Reunion this summer, mentioned they were ready for #2, and suddenly got called into action this week, when the agency needed a special family, well-versed in openness and able to welcome into their lives a baby boy in need of a local family.

And trios of hurrahs for our Abrazo alums celebrating a recent court decision ensuring the pending homecoming of their third  precious daughter, a months-old bio-sib to the two sisters already in their loving home.

So for those still waiting and struggling to believe it can and will happen, keep those home lanterns lit, because you will be parents, and there is light at the end of this tunnel! Congratulations, all!

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Yippee-ai-yeah! A North Carolina couple (graduates of our Twelve Couples & a Baby orientation weekend) have found themselves at home on the range and doubly blessed for their patience--they are now the proud parents of not one but two precious 'lil cowboys, and the brothers are thriving in the care of their loving new family.

Congrats, also, to another couple from Duck Blind Faith, Tennesseans from our 8/01 orientation group, who today became the happy new mom and dad of a gorgeous baby girl born just last week.

And welcome to our latest Parents of Tomorrow additions, the Fabulous Six Packers (11/01) who graduated from orientation this past weekend and are already revving up their adoption engines! We love all our clients, old and new, and wish you Godspeed along the way to familyhood!

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We're happy to report two more happy homecomings this week!

The Families on the Ground orientation group (11/00) is officially completed, with one final placement of a bouncing baby boy with a Dallas-area couple this week. (May this year's November grads move along the adoption trail just as swiftly and successfully!)

And dreams came true in blue for another of our March orientation participants (Lucky Leprechauns, 3/01,) as a central Texas couple from that weekend took placement of a newborn boy just yesterday... Congrats to both these Lone Star state families (and all to follow, from Texas and beyond!)

We remember, of course, that none of this progress would have occurred without the love and sacrifice of many caring and selfless birthparents. We're especially grateful to all of them this Thanksgiving season, for making so many dreams come true this year--not just for so many folks who so wanted to become parents, but most of all, for the children involved.  Bless you, all!

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I want to say congratulations to the F.O.G.s!!!  I am so happy that we have all found beautiful children to complete our lives.

Special thanks to all the wonderful birthparents out there.  We love you all.

Jill

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What a lovely post from the Fogos! We all have so much for which to say thanks this year.

And in just the past week or so, three more Abrazo families have been blessed with special little reasons (a bevy of beauties!) for which to be particularly grateful this holiday season!!

One joyous Texas couple, from our 5/01 orientation Wannababies, recently celebrated the birth of their new baby girl, just one week after their first phone call with her birthmom (and two months after a failed placement plan in another town)...  A California family who'd already adopted once before and enjoy annual visits with their daughter's birthfamily gladly added a second vacation destination to their annual itinerary with the placement of a second little girl, born in Dallas... and excited graduates of our 1/01 orientation weekend, the Diaperwarmers are tickled pink with the newborn daughter they flew down from Tennessee to meet just today.

Congratulations to all, and to all those soon (and sure) to follow, as well!

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And the Diaperwarmers are  officially done,  with the happy arrival of one final couple and their beautiful baby girl!

Congratulations to all the happy parents who came to the January 2001 weekend with hopes in hand and whom have now all seen their dreams come true!

(And fond salutations, of course, to all the loving birthfamilies whose selfless choices made these miracles possible between January and December.)

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Not even Santa could've loaded more-wanted surprizes on his sleigh...! It's a newborn girl for a childless couple from our 8/01 orientation group, Duck Blind Faith, while the Lucky Leprechauns of 3/01 are celebrating snails, pails and puppy dog tails upon learning that another of their own have become proud parents of a baby boy born just this past weekend.  

Season's Greetings to these lucky new parents and to all our parents-in-waiting, due the same wonderful little bundles when the time is right!

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