A network of adoptive families, birth families, and adoption professionals which exists to improve the lives of children and others touched by adoption through support and education. UFA is actively engaged in community outreach and advocacy to raise awareness of adoption as a loving option.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
An Open Adoption Documentary
This is a heart-warming story of two families who opened their hearts to one another and the precious little girl who continues to melt everyone's heart all along the way.
It is a celebration of little miss Madeline Brooke, who was adopted, and the uniquely loving way in which she is being raised. It recounts two families who unknowingly, but desperately, needed one another and how God wove a perfect plan together for all those involved. 'Perfect' in this sense does not mean without hardship, heartache or healing -- but it does mean the way in which hindsight eloquently articulates that something bigger than yourself is at work. It's the kind of perfection that comes along with the messiness of life -- when you can look at your deepest, darkest seasons of hurt and sorrow and genuinely feel that you'd endure it infinitely over again to wind up at the exact same outcome -- because on the other side, one bear hug from a one year old is indeed all the perfection you need in life.
So what was the catalyst for doing this documentary (other than being giddy parents and wanting to brag about the cutest kids on the planet)? Well, we (the adoptive parents) tell our story all the time as does the birth parents. We have scrapbooks, blogs and all sorts of storytelling tools. But there was something that sparked a beaming pride that just couldn't be ignored. At our last adoption visitation outing, our birth-mom told us about her senior class project. She decided to take up teen pregnancy adoption education whereby she speaks to other pregnant girls who are faced with an excruciating circumstance. We couldn't believe her maturity and compassion for others.
We hope that our story inspires others to the blessing of adoption. What once felt so unfamiliar is now the very core of our lives.