Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Some days I love my work. When someone gets a referral for a child from overseas. When a baby is placed with a family. When I can be truly helpful to someone starting the adoption process or having a rough day as a parent. Today was one of those days.
It started off pretty normal. I was talking to a few families who called to start their Homestudy and answered a myriad of questions about paperwork and what they should expect from me, their attorney or placing agency. It continued with filing, writing letters, making more calls and answering emails. Then I got one of "those calls".
A family who had waited almost 2 years for a referral called with be news they had received a photo and history of a little girl. They were ecstatic. I was thrilled. If seemed a perfect match. But they had questions, concerns and a lot of "what ifs". We spoke for a while and divided who to ask what. They felt better.
This is why I do what I do. To help people adopt. To help them wait out the wait. Figure out what they need to know and whom to ask. To prepare as best they can and be the best parent they can be.
Kathy Ann Brodsky, LCSW is a social worker, adoptive mom and advocate for ethical adoption practice. She has prepared thousands of adoption homestudies, counseled adoptive parents and parents-to-be, and has trained professionals to work with adoptive families. She was named an “Angel in Adoption” by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption in 2001 and has a private practice in
. She is also Director of the Ametz Adoption Program of JCCA. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org New York City