Family Writes Loving Letter To Newly Adopted Teenage Son About Their Commitment To Him

"You were wanted and you are loved."

For prospective adoptive parents, the process can be long and arduous, filled with hoping, waiting, and rejection. Kids sometimes have to deal with instability, uncertainty, and occasionally fear. When the adoption papers are complete, however, a new process of adjustment begins. 

Mom Holly Romero and her family want their newly adopted teenage son to know that they are on the journey together.



Romero wrote a letter to her son after he was officially adopted, and her partner, Ariel, read it aloud in the courtroom. Now, she is sharing the letter on Facebook, along with the touching gift the family gave their newest member.

The letter begins with the Romeros' adoption search and how they couldn't seem to find a child in the folders they were given that felt right for their family, until they came across their future son's.

Romero explains that she and her husband weren't prepared to adopt a teenager, but they are so thankful that they did. "You were older than the children we had been looking at. But something about you pulled me in," the mom wrote. "And on August 27, 2015, the day I received your full file, I sat on the floor in our room and wept. I was on page 7 and it was at that moment that God said 'THIS IS YOUR CHILD.' It was so loud and clear that I couldn't ignore it even if I tried."

She continues about how glad she is that she went through the process because the last 454 days they've shared together have stolen her family's hearts. Romero continued, "You are funny, kind, smart, brave, and worthy of all the love in this world. And boy do we love you." 

And she made it clear that although adoption can sometimes be challenging, she, along with the rest of the family, are there for their son.

"I know adoption isn't all beauty. It's hard and it's sad and it all starts with a loss. It's dealing with heartbreak, anger, fear, and abandonment. It's a lifelong journey and not a destination, but son, it's a journey that you will never again have to face alone. It's a journey we will face together, no matter what may come up."

In closing, Romero writes that the family wanted to give a piece of paper to their son that validates their feelings for him. It reads, "WE LOVED YOU THEN, WE LOVE YOU STILL, WE ALWAYS HAVE, WE ALWAYS WILL."

Romero says, "I hope you will carry [it] in your wallet with you until you are old and gray. And on hard days, days where you don't feel like you are enough, I hope you pull it out and remember that you were wanted and you are loved. God chose YOU. You've always been His child, and now ... now you are officially ours."

Romero's letter doesn't just highlight the love her family has for her son, it also highlights the importance of teenage adoptions, as thousands are still in foster care. Older kids are often overlooked as parents focus on adopting younger children and infants. This post shows the importance of giving kids of all ages forever homes, and what a blessing that can be for both the teen and the adoptive family.

(H/T: Popsugar)

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