Charles County celebrates adoptive families during Adoption Month
Families come in so many different forms with many parents choos- ing to adopt children to complete their families. As Charles County celebrates Adoption Month, the Charles County Department of Social Services recognized the many pre-adoptive and adoptive parents and their new families at the Charles County Court- house on Thursday.
The department of social services, the Charles County Board of Commis- sioners and local support- ers gathered to celebrate the men and women of Charles County who have opened their hearts and homes to adopt a child in need of a permanent loving family. The celebration acknowledged all families who have adopt- ed from Nov. 1, 2015, to Oct. 31 of this year and an- nounced Terence and Er- ika Gibson as the Charles County Adoptive Parents of the Year.
“These children are their harvests,” said Therese Wolfe, director of the county’s department of social services. “I’ve watched a lot of adoptions and a lot of children go home to their parents. I look forward to watching these children grow with their new families and see them at another adoption event years from now celebrating the next group of children.”
“I think it’s a basic need and desire to belong,” said Commissioners’ President Peter Murphy (D). “Everybody wants to belong and for those of you who have made that decision to bring a child into your life, so that they can know what it feels like to belong someplace with somebody, is something that is so incredibly admirable. From the standpoint of Charles County it’s what makes us the wonderful county we are. Families are the backbone of who we are. For those who have made that commitment from their heart, we are grateful for that.”
Stewart (D) also took the time to congratulate the adoptive parents on their newest family members. She said she is really proud of the families that opened their homes to the children who need it. Stewart also thanked the staff at the department of social services for all of its hard work and dedication.
“It does take a village to raise children and to make our community great,” Stewart said.
Several of the families were present to accept a certificate of recognition for becoming adoptive parents within the last year.
Waldorf residents Doug and Tammy Hands adopted Mia, a 1-year-old, on May 19. Tammy had three older daughters before marrying Doug, and when the couple found out they could not conceive more children, they considered adoption.
“We came into this just to foster children but it was a plus to add Mia to our family,” Tammy Hands said. “Mia was our fourth placement. The others were reuni- fied with their families but we were able to adopt Mia. She definitely is a superhero in her own right. When we first got Mia, she was very much behind. She had a lot of sensory issues. She’s had occupational therapy for the last 18-19 months and she’s finally caught up. Just seeing her accom- plish the things that come natural to other children, being able to see that is just that much more special to us.”
Tammy said the social services director is enforcing some very positive changes to the department, but hopes that the department will consider having counsel- ing or therapy sessions for foster parents who become attached to the children that later reunite with their original fami- lies. She said counseling would help ease the transition for foster parents.
Waldorf residents Sadiqq and Tashia Abdullah officially adopted Noelle, 8, on Sept. 9. They have been licensed foster parents for the county since April 2015 and said adoption is something that God has always put in their hearts to do.
“Even before we had children, my husband and I talked about adopt- ing so it’s always been in the fabric in our mar- riage,” Tashia said. “No one asked to be an orphan. This is not something that most adoptive parents want a pat on the back for doing. We don’t do it for that reason. Who doesn’t just want a family that loves them unconditionally all the time. We go through ups and downs, but it’s so worth it in the end when you real- ize this child has a forever family.”
They have four biological children along with Noelle.
Waldorf residents Carleton and Tyvese Chase said their son, 1-year-old Noah, is such a miracle and feel he is the one that should be recognized for all of the excitement that he has welcomed into their lives. The Chase family fostered Noah as of March 2016 after finding out that they were unable to conceive five months into their marriage. They officially adopted him this month, and since then Noah has been keeping them on their toes.
“From the first time we saw Noah, my husband knew he was supposed to be with us,” Tyvese said. “He’s so funny and such a sweetheart. Everywhere we go people tell me he is so cute. He has such a big personalty and catches onto everything quickly. In the mornings he wakes up just smiling and it makes my day. We love kids so much and couldn’t imagine our life without children.”
Many of the parents agreed that the adoption route is a good opportunity to help a child, and they enjoyed seeing the new, beautiful families of couples who they saw in their adoption classes throughout the year.
Charles County Commissioners’ President Peter Murphy and Commissioner Amanda Stewart help celebrate many of the new adoptive families in Charles County Thursday at the Charles County Courthouse.
Charles County celebrated adoptive families at the Charles County Courthouse on Nov. 17.