As much of the world prepares to celebrate the birth of THE Most Special Baby, we’re reminded that God saw fit to have His only begotten Son raised on earth by an adoptive father (St. Joseph) so that the rest of us could become His (God’s) adopted sons and daughters. Maybe this is why I’m so psyched about a charitable institution called Holy Family Catholic Adoption Agency (HFCAA). HFCAA gives hope to women in crisis pregnancy situations by offering loving homes for their babies.
Last year HFCAA hosted a ten-year anniversary celebration where I met and fell in love with some of the delightful children and their adoptive parents. One little girl with bouncy curls hugged me as I stood in line for lunch. Her affectionate nature seemed unusually bold — especially since I’d never met her before. Then she twirled, curtsied, and asked if I liked her dress. Once convinced of my — and everyone else’s — adulation, she pulled over her shy older sister (also adopted) and asked if I liked her dress, too. “Our mom made them,” she said, pointing from the dresses to her adoptive mother, who waved, embarrassed but charmed by her precious, precocious child.
Teenage volunteers took the adoptive children to another area to make art projects as fathers and mothers shared stories of the priceless gifts they had received in their adoptive children. They wept with thankfulness — I wept — we all wept. It was a profitable day for Kleenex on Wall Street.
In this year’s HFCAA Christmas update, Mary L. Ball, Executive Director, shares, “One of our adoptive couples who opened their loving arms to a special needs baby is so happy to be blessed with this precious child. This baby was a twin in the womb. Now that the baby is with this adoptive couple the baby is a “twin again” so to speak because last year the couple adopted another baby born in the same month.”
Typically, when it comes to adoption, the most extraordinary act of sacrificial love comes from the birth mothers. Through HFCAA birth mothers receive the non-judgmental care and guidance they need. You can hear about two birth mothers’ journeys on the HFCAA website. One, Cesili, shared, “When I placed my baby for adoption I never considered myself any less a mother than raising my own child. I feel like being a mother you need to set aside your own feelings and your actions and what you want to do in life, put those aside and put your child’s needs and feelings first. I knew I could be a good mom and give my son all the love in the world, but I knew that I couldn’t give him everything I wanted him to have. I was not going to settle for anything less. The best option for my child was adoption. I realized that there are good, loving families out there who would welcome my child in and love him as their own. I found Holy Family Adoption Agency…I feel he is loved twice as much.”
Holy Family Adoption Agency is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Gifts can be sent to:
525 Thomas Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55103