LAWSON ADOPTION STORY | LOS ANGELES ADOPTION PHOTOGRAPHY

They had their courtroom session and then followed that up with a little mini session at a park. Here is a bit of their adoption story: My husband and I have been married now for almost 12 years and early on in our marriage we always knew we wanted to have kids but we never thought it would be so hard for us. After years of struggling through infertility issues, my husband and I decided we wanted to adopt. We had gone through the process of getting licensed by the state, and now all we had to do was wait. Since my husband and I felt past disappointments we started 2015 surrendered that maybe God had another plan for us, which included not being parents. Low and behold a few days after Valentine’s day we got a call about a 9 day old baby boy. So a few days after Valentine’s day, we took home our baby boy, Logan. For so long I had longed to be a mom, and my “labor pains” were over. This past year has been an amazing experience and we wouldn’t change any part of our story, because we wouldn’t have our son in our lives if anything were different. We are so grateful to the family and friends that supported and loved us and had faith when we lacked it. I love seeing the world though my son’s eyes and I’m so grateful that I can be apart of his story.

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Photos by Sarah Mariel Photography  a Los Angeles family portrait photographer

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Champaign County IL Adoption Day

I had the privilege to be the photographer for this family’s adoption day!  It was a very rainy and dreary day in Central IL, so I captured all their pictures inside the courthouse before and after their adoption.  I loved getting their first official family pictures, as well as some of their new son!  It was such a happy day and I am so glad they will forever have those memories through pictures.

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Laura Gioja is a baby and family photographer in Central IL.  She works out of her studio in Watseka IL, as well as on location in the surrounding area.  She is a mom to 3 children, 1 who was recently added to their family through the blessing of adoption.  Check out her website and Facebook page.

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Becktold-Ledoux Adoption | Los Angeles Adoption Photography by Sarah Mariel

These four became an official, legal family on St. Patricks Day, which was fitting seeing as the boys are Irish twins (they are ten months apart!) I am so grateful that I was able to spend the morning with this beautiful family and learning about their story. They decided to start their forever family through foster to adopt program with the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services. The journey started in 2012 when they took an orientation class sponsored by the county and state. The next steps included parenting classes, completing a home study with their assigned social worker and meeting requirements to receive their state license. This lengthy process took nearly 18 months. Next, they waited to be matched with a child. After many months they were matched with a 19 month old boy, whom they fostered him for 20 months before he was reunited with his mother.

Last April they attended a bowling matching event sponsored by the Department of Children and Family Services. Matching events are a great opportunity for foster to adopt applicants to meet and interact with children available for adoption. This is where we met brothers A, who is now 6 and M, who is now age 5. And their lives would be forever changed after meeting these wonderful boys on that fateful day!Los Angeles Adoption_0048 Los Angeles Adoption_0049 Los Angeles Adoption_0050 Los Angeles Adoption_0051 Los Angeles Adoption_0052 Los Angeles Adoption_0053 Los Angeles Adoption_0054 Los Angeles Adoption_0055 Los Angeles Adoption_0056

Photos by Sarah Mariel Photography  a Los Angeles family portrait photographer

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