The moment that we arrived we were greated by such warm smiles. For an agency that covers 17 counties in eastern Michigan and helped process over 120 adoptions in 2009 alone, I am always impressed that they know exactly who we are. We did participate in an info night earlier this year to represent their domestic infant adoption program, but we never expected that some of the staff members that we never worked with would remember us. And maybe it is because our son does not have a very common name that we are easy to remember. I like to think it is because Gus is just so adorable that he is hard to forget. (I may be a little bit biased.) We heard quite a few voices yell, "GUS!" as they welcomed us. The staff at BCS is really wonderful and we are so lucky that we got to work with them.
Dawn was Gus' birthmom's pregnancy counselor. She was the one who first called to tell us that there was a match and she was the one who held our hands and prayed during the happy and the tough times last summer. Yes, she is on MTV's "Sixteen and Pregnant" and is a superstar, but she was our superstar first! She is absolutely amazing and I thank God for her!!
Louise was our social worker. She came to visit us after Gus was born and walked us through the adoption process all the way through finalization. Louise got married last fall and Gus was very excited to send her "drumsticks" (cooking utensils) for her wedding gift. We thought that we were so clever!! Louise was fabulous to work with and when we apply for our second adoption, we will be requesting to work with her again. Not only is she super fun, but she lives close to us so it only makes sense. (She is also one of those people that I feel that I could be great friends with but that would probably be tricky to have friends as clients. We will wait until we are done adopting, then we will pounce and make her and her hubby be friends with us.)
We are so very lucky to have BCS as part of our extended family and can't wait to work with them again when we expand our family. And you better believe, we will be getting the rest of our family and friends more involved in the Race for Home as time goes on.