Birth par­ents are wel­come pres­ence

Adop­tion process helps dreams for child’s life be­come re­al­ity.

Austin American-Statesman - - E LIFE & ARTS - Rais­ing Austin CONTRIBUTED

Re­cently

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.

BY COURT­NEY MOR­TON

Court­ney Mor­ton and her daugh­ter, Bell. Mor­ton is think­ing about adopt­ing an­other baby.

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