Yesterday we had an appointment at 2:00 to meet with a local Sergeant from the Riverside County Sheriff's office to have him sign the clearance letters for notarization.
As we discussed that the clearance letters were needed for (International Adoption) the Sheriff's Officer told us he and his wife were in the process of adopting a little boy locally through the County Process. He and is wife will be attending a court hearing within the next couple of weeks when the judge will terminate the parental rights of the birth mother and father. We told him we would pray for his family and for the birth parents to not choose to cause problems and drag this out longer than it has to. (not wanting to give personal information but know that these two people who gave birth to the child do not qualify as parents under any definition and should have no parental rights).
When the Sheriff left our notary then shared that her youngest brother was adopted and we were able to discuss with her how the love we share with our children and between the siblings is a bond that was not determined by a biological connection.
The Sheriff's Officer commented that he was amazed to find or run into so many people who have been part of an adoption since he and his wife started the process. We agree and are amazed each time we go through an adoption to find out how many people along the way have been blessed with knowing someone or being part of adoption in their own families.