We're honored to be sharing another adoptive couple's inspiring story in our blog series “Then and Now.” Our Lifetime adoptive family today is Dane and Demitra from California.
As they started their adoption journey with Lifetime, they shared, "We both agreed we liked the idea of adopting back when we were dating, as we'd both been interested in it before we met each other. We even considered it a few years ago, but the timing wasn't right. Lately, the more we've considered adoption, the more it has instinctively felt "right" right now. The more we've researched, the more convinced we've become that now is the time to begin expanding our family, and adoption is the best method. By adopting, we believe we can best fit our desires as parents and our son's needs as a would-be sibling, while fulfilling a vision of family planning we shared from early in our relationship. As we have resolved to adopt, the hesitancy, doubt and uncertainty in the decision to expand has dissolved."
In their adoption profile, Dane and Demitra wrote, "Hello from beautiful Northern California! As best friends, we have been blessed to create an accepting, loving, and joyful partnership. We support each other, parent, laugh, cook, clean and dance with each other. We are gratefully excited God has called us to expand our family through adoption.
Parenting together for the past three years has deepened our loving connection, bringing us more joy, fun, and gratitude than we ever imagined. It has always been our hope to grow our family through adoption. Our family life is active, rich with cultural diversity, creative arts, learning adventures, and practicing our beliefs and values. We are excited to share our family's love and passion for life with another child!"
After a very short adoption wait, Dane and Demitra joyfully welcomed a baby boy, DeAngelo, into their home just a last month!
Dane and Demitra emailed us, overjoyed:
"DeAngelo's birth mother delivered around 6 pm, and we arrived to meet him the next morning. Everything went very smoothly. The hospital staff was wonderful, the attorney wonderful, and Lifetime's teamwork could not have been better. We feel blessed and thankful for Lifetime's support!
We're doing great! We cannot express enough gratitude for our journey with Lifetime. DeAngelo looks like an angel! We chose his middle name, Singh, because it means lion and that is what our son was calling him. Also, it also sounds like "sing" which we love to do as a family. We're very happy family!"