Family is not just defined by biological relationships. Some adopt, and many help parents raise the kids like their own. We wish to hear from you, whether you're an adoptive parent, an aunt or uncle, a parent's best friend or neighbor. Send us your story at smartparentingsubmissions@gmail with the subject "family is a village."
I am the parent of an adopted child. Only a few people close to us know that my son is adopted. Even some of our relatives and friends do not know the truth.
We had been a TTC (trying to conceive) couple for seven years. I had two miscarriages in the past and never had a successful pregnancy. God knows how much we wanted to be parents ourselves.
In 2018, I met someone who was trying to abort her baby. I do not know how our paths crossed in the world, but God led me to her. I offered to help by taking care of them.
I took care of her checkups, vitamins, and all. I decided without consulting my husband because I knew he would understand. When I informed him later, he did accept it.
The baby was born in the same year I met the mother. Tears were falling down my face when I first held the child. It was as if it was my own. We bought all the stuff the baby needed and paid for all the hospital expenses.
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That same day, the mother of the child disappeared.
My son is now turning 3 years old, and we love him so dearly. I just can't imagine my life without him now, and he is loved by everyone.
My heart hurts every time I see news on television of abandoned babies left alone on roads, etc. Sana binigay na lang din sa amin.
We never regretted keeping the child — it is one of the best decisions we have made.
Sending hugs to all adoptive and TTC parents. I pray that no child will be left unloved this season.