About the authors

Karen (Adoptive mother) – pictured above

Active, athletic, creative, cheerful, friendly, happy, passionate, loving, helpful, loyal…these are the words that describe Karen’s personality best.

Before becoming a stay at home Mom to her wonderful son Karen spent about 15 years working professionally as a graphic designer. Someday she expects to dedicate more of her time once again to a creative job but for now she is content working on her own art pieces, writing on her blog and chasing after her son full time.

Being active outdoors in nature on sunny days always brings a smile to Karen’s face so whenever possible she is found doing that. Having a child in the house has changed what she does actively these days, for instance, instead of playing tennis or taking a run by herself she now spends a lot of her free time volunteering at her son’s school, running around at playgrounds, playing baseball or soccer, and most recently participating in a martial arts class with a bunch of kids.

If you would like to reach Karen she can be contacted via email.

“Lizzie” (Birthmother) – not pictured for privacy reasons

Lizzie is one of a growing population of women who are “childless by choice.” Even as a young girl, Lizzie recognized that she did not have motherhood in her future; she was more likely to name her dolls and put them away than to cradle or nurture them.  These feelings were only reinforced as Lizzie grew up watching troubles within her own family.  She and her husband had decided long before marrying that they did not want to be parents.  When Lizzie unexpectedly became pregnant at age 25, she knew that adoption was the best choice for her and her child.

Lizzie felt overwhelmingly positive about her choice after seeing the happiness of baby Catherine and her adoptive family.  Lizzie chose to become pregnant again at age 29 at the request of the parents who adopted Catherine.  However, when the adoptive parents were forced to bow out of their agreement (due to their own personal familial difficulties), Lizzie and her husband sought a new adoptive family.  They could not have been more fortunate than to find Karen and Scott, who welcomed their baby into their home with open arms.  No situation, no matter how strange and sorrowful, cannot be righted by two people with love in their hearts.

Today, Lizzie continues to grow up, one day at a time.

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3 Responses to About the authors

  1. Jessica says:

    Oh my goodness, well our stories are exactly the same, there are definitely some similarities in them! I love reading your blog and your story. So many things you have said, I have also said a time or too in the past, mostly about the misconceptions of open adoption (and how scary they are!!). Check out our open adoption story at http://www.threeismyhappyplace.com

  2. Katie Welsh says:

    Hi Karen,
    I came across your blog and had a quick question for you.
    When it comes to adoption, what is 1 or 2 things your wished that people were more aware of?
    I know it’s a broad question- I am just trying to help create more awareness.

    Any input is appreciated.

    Ps- I loved your blog, I can tell how passionate you are

    • kroset says:

      Hi Katie,
      Sorry for the delayed response to your question about adoption. The summer and start of school got away from me – hopefully this response isn’t too late for you. 1 or 2 things I wish people were more aware of in adoption…

      It was hard to adopt domestically when I adopted my son 7 years ago but unfortunately it has gotten even harder since as fewer babies are available now for adoptions. This is for a variety of reasons according to a representative at the Bay Area adoption agency that we used: Obamacare made it easier for more people to have access to birth control so there are fewer unplanned pregnancies; a Bay Area adoption agency closed forcing more people in our crowded area to use the agency we used so now that agency is more impacted creating longer wait times. For the first time ever this agency has to turn families away since they are capping their waiting families at 90. (I believe it was 70 or 80 when we were on the list 9 years ago. We waited 2 years. Wait times vary in all domestic adoptions but could be up to 3 years.) According to our agency fewer families are able to find matches for themselves today and fewer adoption lawyers share their birthmother finds like they used to since a viable birthmother placing a child is becoming harder to find.

      I always hated when people would tell me that “I could always adopt.” Like it was so easy. People have NO IDEA how hard and trying the process can be 7 years ago and even harder now.

      Karen

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