Adoption was my Plan A.
My husband and I adopted a biological sibling pair.
While remote schooling my children during the pandemic, I began to see a gap between adults with a desire to adopt and the 115,000 adoptable children within the United States.
With a heart for those children and a deep desire to take action, I wrote a book for adults (The Forgotten Adoption Option: A How-To and Self-Reflection Guide for Pursuing Foster Care Adoption) and launched a podcast (The Forgotten Adoption Option Podcast).
As USOA Mrs. Ohio 2022 I am an ambassador for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption on a quest to find forever families for the 115,000 United States children who are waiting to be adopted through foster care.
After placing in the Top 16 at the United States of America’s Mrs. Pageant and winning the People’s Choice Award, I published a children’s book Are You a Forever Family?, was selected as a 2022 Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute Angels in Adoption Honoree, and am developing an app (The Forgotten Adoption Option App) to teach 25,000 adoptive families how to get licensed to adopt through foster care.
Let’s help waiting children together.