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I just found essay this very moving--it's about a couple who adopt a child with autism from foster care. The end, in particular, is wonderful. I thought you guys might like it.<br><br><a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-savarese21may21,0,2904419.story?coll=la-opinion-rightrail" target="_blank">article: You're Adopting Who?</a><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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So my wife and I were asked at the outset of our adoption-as-a-first-resort adventure. It was a reasonable question in this age of narrow self-concern — far more reasonable, or at least more reasonably put, than many of the other questions we fielded.</td>
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Thank you for sharing. What a nice article - but too short! I'll have to look for the memoirs.
 

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Oh I totally smiled from ear-to-ear at the end. What a great story, thanks for posting it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I'll add that to my in-the-car reading material for tomorrow. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'll add that to my in-the-car reading material for tomorrow. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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Only if your stomach is feeling better--remember the last time I posted an article and you ended up ill all night!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Only if your stomach is feeling better--remember the last time I posted an article and you ended up ill all night!</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biglaugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="laugh">: I promise your other article didn't give me the stomach flu.</div>
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That article was great, and so timely for me. I have just finished the licensing process to foster/adopt a child, probably with autism. I am working with an program that mainly deals with kids with developmental disabilities, and I have the hardest time explaining my decision to almost everyone (a few treasured friends/family "get it"). I am not a saint; I could adopt a "normal" child if I wanted, or a baby (no, thanks), I could adopt from overseas, hell, I could probably get pregnant somehow (I am 50 and post-menopausal, but all sorts of newfangled technologies exist).<br><br>
This is just what I want to do, what I think I can do well, and where my heart leads me; an active and carefully considered choice. Why do people seem to think I either don't know the options, or can't have them and so will settle for what they see as less than perfect? I've mainly stopped telling people about my plans, although I am in many ways as excited as any other expectant parent.
 

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mamarhu, that's wonderful - I love reading that your heart just led you in this direction. Congratulations on your impending adoption.
 

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that article is amazing. Thanks for posting that!!!
 
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