Adoption is Like a Lotus Flower

Adoption is Like a Lotus Flower

It is always encouraging for IFS team members to receive a note from adoptive families home with their beautiful kids. Such was the case recently when Bethany Compton (IFS India Program) received the following note from Aaron and Julie, new parents to Autumn and Abby (India). Hi Bethany! I have been meaning to write to you since we came home, but its kinda been a little busy!  The girls are doing great.  They are learning English quickly and seem to be fitting right in to family life here.  Of course there are adjustments, but nothing out of the ordinary. Our time in India was wonderful!  We have nothing but praise for Rajeev and his excellent work.  We never had an ounce of trouble and everything was as smooth as could be.  It was obvious everywhere we went that he is well known and well respected – especially at the orphanage, but also at the embassy.  He took excellent care of us! Rajeev told us a story about how adoption is like a lotus flower.  On the surface is the beautiful bloom.  Underneath the surface is a gigantic tangle of roots and mess.  He said his job is to make it so that we come to India and pick the beautiful flower without ever seeing or knowing about the tangle beneath the surface that he has taken care of.  I have a really nice picture of Rajeev in front of his house with my girls (his two beautiful flowers that he caused to bloom for us!). I am sending you a few other pictures too so you can see how...
Being Adopted and My Thoughts.

Being Adopted and My Thoughts.

Every once in a while all parents experience that special time when our kids come up with something that blesses the socks off of us. This was the case with Hannah, one of the two 16 year old daughters of IFS founders Bob & Carol Mardock.

The Waiting Game – August 1990 – Los Angeles Times

The Waiting Game – August 1990 – Los Angeles Times

Soon the story was picked up internationally. The Mardock’s phone number was not published but, even before social media and email as standard means of communication, people found them and started calling, 5-10 families a day for weeks. “If you know how to adopt in…

Meet Addison – U.S. Infant Adoptions

Meet Addison – U.S. Infant Adoptions

Addison was born November 30, 2014 in the U.S. (IFS domestic cross-cultural program) and her adoption was final in May, 2015. Mom Lisa reports that Addison is smart, creative, sweet, playful, cuddly, adorable, burpy, sometimes smelly…

Domestic Cross-Cultural Adoptions (DCC) are on the Increase at IFS

Domestic Cross-Cultural Adoptions (DCC) are on the Increase at IFS

Families often come to International Family Services because we are known as a leader in international adoptions and these families are often ready to consider a child of another ethnicity. Then they discover they can expedience their culturally diverse adoption dream without the international travel and without longer wait times associated in an international adoption.

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