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Adoption process helps dreams for child’s life become reality.
I went with my family to meet a mom considering us to adopt her baby. Getting ready that morning, I already had started sweating through my “look at me, I’m a capable mom” outfit, thinking about all the things that could go wrong during the visit. What if my 2-year-old threw a tantrum and she thought we were horrible parents? What if, while we were out to eat, our credit card got declined and she thought we couldn’t afford to care for her baby? What if we said something horribly wrong and she changed her mind?
The visit went well, both joyful and painful to think about the beautiful baby growing inside her and also the loss this lovely, smart woman would experience if we adopted her child. I had the sense throughout the visit that everyone was nervous, fearing judgment by
1: Chevy Chase plays the long-suffering Clark Griswold in the “National Lampoon’s Vacation” series. 2: Randy Quaid as Cousin Eddie. 3: Johnny Galecki (front row, left), Chase, Beverly D’Angelo and Juliette Lewis (back row) are the Griswolds. 4: The family dinner didn’t end well.
Courtney Morton and her daughter, Bell. Morton is thinking about adopting another baby.