g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
News & Politics
Religion & Spirituality
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

Bored? Games!
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

Natural Living
Folklore and Mythology
Distance Learning

All times in EST

Low Carb: 8:00 PM

Full Schedule
g Adoption Site

BellaOnline's Adoption Editor


Interview with Grant Garris

Guest Author - Brandii Lacey

Grant Garris and Paul Witmer are the proud parents of two amazing kids through the miracle of adoption. Grant is the founder of A Village to Raise, a website providing support, education, and resources for families.

Below are excerpts from my interview with Grant, where he talks about the adoption process and adopting older children.

1. What led you to adoption?

With the evolutionary process of our relationship, the desire to expand our family was very strong. The natural progression in our minds was to adopt.

2. What was your adoption process like?

With our oldest son the adoption process was a bit more challenging. We were presented with several children initially and had to decide what type of child would fit best into our home. Once we finally identified our son and a match was made we didn�t know what to expect. We found the process was challenging because we had to travel four weeks in a row, driving 10 hours one way to spend weekends with him due to the inefficiencies of the system and a difficult social worker in Ohio.

The experience with our second son was a lot different. Once we were matched to him, we still had to deal with the system in Georgia and wait for the paper work to be processed to allow him into Georgia. Once the papers were signed we were flown up to Oregon to meet him, visited for 5 days and flew back with him to stay forever. His social worker was amazing and worked tirelessly to help him acclimate to our home, including flying to Atlanta on multiple occasions to spend the weekend with us.

3. How did you come to the decision to adopt two older children?

We realized early on that our life was too active to put an infant into the mix. After months of discussing what is best we decided to adopt an older child.

4.What challenges did you face in your adoption, either during or after the adoption process was complete?

One of the challenges that most people do not understand is that when you adopt you live in a glass house until finalization. The most difficult challenge was complying with the demands of the visitation process, medical evaluations and state-to-state transitions.

5. What advice do you have for other people who are considering adoption?

My best advice is to tell them that there is a HUGE misconception about the ages of �imprinting� as it relates to children that have been in and out of Foster Care. The logic that imprinting has already happened (before you get an older child) is illogical because there has not been anyone to imprint on them who is consistent in their lives and once an older child comes into your home, it is like watching a sponge fill with water as their imprinting finally starts.

6. Describe your life before children, and your life now now.

You never know how your life is until your situation changes and as your situation changes you adapt. Before adoption life was about us, our wants, our needs, our desires. We could be spontaneous if we wanted without effort. Now that we have kids we realize how important structure in their daily life should be which forced us to become predictable and maybe viewed as dull by our single friends.

7. What are your greatest joys as parents?

Watching your child achieve something that they thought would never be possible and hearing the words �I love my family!�

Add Interview+with+Grant+Garris to Twitter Add Interview+with+Grant+Garris to Facebook Add Interview+with+Grant+Garris to MySpace Add Interview+with+Grant+Garris to Digg Interview+with+Grant+Garris Add Interview+with+Grant+Garris to Yahoo My Web Add Interview+with+Grant+Garris to Google Bookmarks Add Interview+with+Grant+Garris to Stumbleupon Add Interview+with+Grant+Garris to Reddit

RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map

For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Adoption Newsletter

Past Issues

Printer Friendly
tell friend
Tell a Friend
Email Editor

Content copyright © 2018 by Brandii Lacey. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Brandii Lacey. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Deanna Kahler for details.


g features
How Losing a Baby Changes Your Marriage

Tips for Meeting With a Potential Birth Mom

10 Benefits of Open Adoption

Archives | Site Map


Past Issues

Note: BellaOnline uses cookies to help provide a consistent user experience. Our advertisers may use cookies to help customize ads. Please contact us with any question about our cookie use.

Summertime Foods
Corn on the Cob
Burgers on the Grill
Apple Pie


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2018 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.

BellaOnline Editor