27 Breathtaking Photos Of Adoptive Families Uniting

March 27, 2015 3:13 pm 0 comments Views:

Parenthood requires love, not DNA, the saying goes — and those who have become moms and dads through adoption know it. Since November is National Adoption Month, a time to share positive stories about adoption and raise awareness for all the children who need families of their own today, we’re showcasing images that illustrate this sentiment. Here are 27 photos of moms, dads, siblings, and kids joining together as families. Anyone else need tissues?

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    Chesley Summar Photography
    Scott and Rebecca Walker from Lebanon, TN adopted from South Korea last March and their homecoming was on March 12, 2014.Photo by Chesley Summar
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    Sandra Eminger, Three Continents Photography
    Nathan came home to parents Kala and Alan and big brother Matthew in September, 2012. Photo by Sandra Eminger, Three Continents Photography
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    Katie Sutherland
    Kelley and Jeff adopted Yenenesh in 2013. Photo by Katie Sutherland, for Red Thread Sessions, a website that celebrates adoption through photography
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    The Archibald Project
    The Via family began the process of adopting Chloe from Uganda two years ago. In December 2012, Chloe was denied a Visa. So the Via family decided to “Bring Home To Chloe,” and move their entire family to Uganda. Read her story here. Photo from The Archibald Project — an orphan care media based nonprofit. They advocate for orphans through storytelling and believe their stories will reduce the amount of orphans in the world.
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    Ted Herrera Jr.
    Ted Herrera Jr. and his partner wanted to adopt an infant, but when they met these 4 siblings, they couldn’t resist. “We took them into our home on October 8th 2010. The photo was taken at our adoption ceremony in June 15th of 2012,” says dad.
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    Jen Claytor
    Scot and Lindsay Sines and their children Reagan, Lilli and Zeke from Hudson, Ohio brought Zechariah Scot Sines home on February 19, 2014, just a week before his 1st birthday. Photo by Jen Claytor
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    Sandra Eminger, Three Continents Photography
    Jake came home to parents Jenny and Brent in Maryland in October 2014. Photo by Sandra Eminger, Three Continents Photography
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    Sarah Edness
    Sarah Edness adopted her husband’s biological son in August 2012 after 6 years of custody battles.
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    The Archibald Project
    Shannon and Lee Dingle brought Zoe home from Taiwan July 12, 2012. Zoe was born with cerebral palsy and a few other medical conditions. Since adopting her, the Dingle family has also adopted a sibling group of three from Uganda, one of whom is HIV+. Read their story here. Photo from The Archibald Project — an orphan care media based nonprofit. They advocate for orphans through storytelling and believe their stories will reduce the amount of orphans in the world.
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    Rachel Saarela
    Rachel Saarela met her daughter, Vivianna Lu, for the first time on May 7th, 2014. The family’s adoption day is scheduled for November 7th, when she will turn 6 months old.
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    Sandra Eminger, Three Continents Photography
    Alex came home from Korea in November 2013. Photo by Sandra Eminger, Three Continents Photography
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    Jarred, Inlux Photography
    Erik and Jamie Escola from Canton, OH brought home Kaiya from China in January. Photo by Jarred of Inlux Photography
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    Susie Gaal, SPG Photography
    The Haden family brought home Shepherd from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2012, when he was 1 year old. Photo by Susie Gaal, SPG Photography
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    Two years later, in February 2014, the Hadens (family from photo above) brought home Crew from Niger, Africa. Photo by Kenny Bahr
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    Sandra Eminger, Three Continents Photography
    Jacob came home to Maryland from Korea in August 2012. Photo by Sandra Eminger, Three Continents Photography
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    Tiffanie Michael
    “We adopted our children 2 years and 4 months after they were placed in foster care with us — Nov 20, 2013,” says mom.
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    J. Thomas Foelber
    Zach and Nicole adopted from China in 2011, and will be bringing her kids’ brother home in a few weeks! Photo by J. Thomas Foelber
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    The Archibald Project
    The Eicher family brought Brody home from Bulgaria in 2012. Photo from The Archibald Project — an orphan care media based nonprofit. They advocate for orphans through storytelling and believe their stories will reduce the amount of orphans in the world.
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    Maura Montellano Wetherbee and Katherine Wetherbee
    Maura Montellano Wetherbee (left) and Katherine Wetherbee adopted baby Ava Simone (shown at 11 days old) last March, completing their family. Big sister Gia Belen turns 4 in December. Both their daughters were adopted domestically from the same birth mother. The family lives in Los Angeles.
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    Sandra Eminger, Three Continents Photography
    Micah was adopted from Korea in October of 2012. Photo by Sandra Eminger, Three Continents Photography
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    Kirsten Lee Photography
    Clark and Elizabeth Pegg brought home their newest addition from China, Anna Corinne, to older siblings Katie and Bryson Pegg.Photo by Kirsten Lee for Red Thread Sessions, a website that celebrates adoption through photography
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    The Archibald Project
    Lee and Sandra Peoples brought Joel into their family from an orphanage in China in September 2014. Photo from The Archibald Project — an orphan care media based nonprofit. They advocate for orphans through storytelling and believe their stories will reduce the amount of orphans in the world.
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    Nicole Renée Newborns
    This child came home to Baltimore in 2012. Photo by Nicole Renée, a founding photographer for Red Thread Sessions, a website that celebrates adoption through photography
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    Maritza Saxe
    Christmas after adoption.
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    Shannon Morse<
    Elizabeth was adopted from Ukraine in 2012. Photo by Shannon Morse
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    Laureen Burke Photography
    This photo is from when The B. Family adopted in 2014 — the family also adopted in 2010. Photo by Laureen Burke
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