The Santacruz Family | Los Angeles Adoption Photography

Leo and Elizabeth got married in 2003 and knew they wanted a family, but wanted to be emotionally and financially stable before they started one.  After 5 years of marriage they were ready, but it did not work out the way they had planned.  After trying for 3 years, they learned that things don’t always happen when and the way you plan them.  Ultimately they believed that there must be reason for it, something that they didn’t know just yet.  One day Leo suggested the idea of adopting and they went for it.  They went to a Foster Care agency and learned so much about all the children just waiting to be loved.  It took them about a year to get certified and after waiting for almost 2 years for a match they were about to give up on adoption.  That’s when they were invited to a Matching Event for children open for adoption.  The event was for older children and they were looking for a child between 0 to 7 years old. They decided to give it a try. Most of the children were older or they were a part of a sibling group.  But about half way through the event everything changed, their Perfect Match arrived.  Rudy was a 2 year old boy.  When they got to spend time with him there was an instant connection.  There was only one issue, he was part of a sibling group of 3.  They were not ready to care for 3 children, so at the time they did not feel they had a chance with Rudy.  They left the event with some disappointment in their hearts.  To their surprise 3 weeks later they received an email from our social worker asking them if they were still interested in Rudy.  There was another family very interested in the 2 older boys and adopting Rudy was now a possibility for them. They said YES!  They were thrilled and then everything started to happen fast.  Rudy was supposed to come to their home for a visit during the Memorial Day long weekend, but due to some living arrangement issues, he ended up staying with them permanently.  Like every new parent, they have struggled, learned, and enjoyed every experience they’ve had throughout this past year.  Rudy has become a part of them and they cannot imagine it any other way.  Now they know why they had to wait this long to be parents.  Rudy was meant to come their lives and finally make them a family.

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Photography by Sarah Mariel Photography

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The H Family Adoption Story

This Beautiful Family came from out of state. They were able to find me through RTS. I love the amazing families I meet through RTS and stories i get to be a part of. A little bit of what the parents have shared with me:

Adoption was placed on both of our hearts many years before we actually discussed the possibility. When we decided it was time to move forward with our decision to adopt domestically, everything just fell into place and God provided the way very quickly! We anticipated the estimated 2-3 year wait as the agencies predicted and while waiting for an infant adoption class to begin, a close friend called to tell me she thought she may have found us a match. This was just 2 months after our “We’re adopting!” announcement was made. The next day we spoke with the birth mother and she informed us that we were her chosen adoptive parents.

We feel so blessed to experience private adoption as we were able to be involved with every doctor’s appointment throughout her pregnancy, attended ultrasounds, and even the labor and delivery. He was able to cut the cord and I held our newborn son first. We experienced everything firsthand and it was the closest thing to a pregnancy of our own that we have ever had. In fact our courageous birth mother referred to herself as a “surrogate” from the beginning. She wanted us to name our son and she suggested a middle name that we loved so we named him together. We want to maintain a close relationship so that our child will understand that her decision was a selfless one made with love. We will always be grateful for this decision that has forever changed our lives. It has been a stressful and, at times, difficult process but overall the most rewarding and exciting time of our lives!

We appreciate the Red Thread Session we received while staying out-of-state after the birth and will always treasure our precious newborn pictures and photographer who we probably would have never met otherwise.





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Welcome home Lizzy! Raleigh, North Carolina adoption photographer

Meet the Romohr family! As a Red Thread Sessions photographer, I am honored to celebrate such a wonderful moment in time and truly believe that everyone should find a way to give back to humanity. I couldn’t wait meet little Lizzy and her family! She definitely put a smile on my face as I watched her run and explore her new world with her new loving family. Lizzy now has a big brother and sister to show her the ropes and a mother and father to keep her happy and safe. It doesn’t get much better than that!

A note from the Romohr Family:

“We are so blessed to announce the homecoming of our precious daughter, Elizabeth Natalia Sarang Romohr (aka “Lizzy”).

This past January, our family of four traveled to Seoul, South Korea for 10 days to meet Lizzy for the first time. Then, in March, Philip and I returned to Seoul to take custody of Lizzy and finalize her paperwork at the US Embassy and bring her home!

We are incredibly joyful to be together as a family, at last! A big thank you and hugs to all who prayed for us, encouraged us, and supported us in many ways over the past 3 years.”

Please take a moment to celebrate with us!


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