Member Spotlight: The Douglas family story continues...

Updated: Mar 24

In an earlier post, Mike Douglas shared how open adoption has worked well for his family after adopting his daughter at birth. This spring, Mike and Jenn's family grew again through adoption. Read below to see how each time adoption is unique and unlike any other.


During our adoption of Piper, Jenn and I came to fully understand that we need to expect the unexpected. This truth was recently tested again in our family.


After Piper’s adoption we honestly thought our family was complete. As we watched her grow and develop friendships, we saw Piper craving interaction with other children. As parents, we also felt the tug and desire to once again grow our family. In the blink of an eye, we found ourselves wading yet again into another adoption journey. Little did we know how many unexpected twists and turns this adoption journey would take. But again…expect the unexpected!

Just over a month ago, an expectant mother contacted us. We began texting with her and we felt we were really connecting. Our communication was continually influenced by our relationship with Piper's birth family. Though we were both nervous and excited, Jenn and I met this expectant mom and her daughter at a park. Piper and her daughter played together while she and Jenn stood talking and observing. Very quickly, it was evident a strong bond was developing--something we never would have thought possible! Expect the unexpected.


Just over a month ago, an expectant mother contacted us. We began texting with her and we felt we were really connecting. Our communication was continually influenced by our relationship with Piper's birth family. Though we were both nervous and excited, Jenn and I met this expectant mom and her daughter at a park. Piper and her daughter played together while she and Jenn stood talking and observing. Very quickly, it was evident a strong bond was developing--something we never would have thought possible!


After Baron’s birth, our friendship with his birth mother has continued to grow. She texts with Jenn several times a week, and we have plans to meet at least once every couple of months for play dates. As this friendship grows, we see her as we do with Piper’s birth parents--more as family than just as a friend.


Big Sister, Piper, with baby Baron

What did we learn?

We have learned to expect the unexpected, but c