Video: When I First Met My Child

A video created by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

Denalee Chapman May 12, 2015

Adoptive parents understand the joy of the first look at their child. The surprise in this video is that these adoptive parents describe feelings that you might have upon meeting a new baby–yet these parents have adopted older children through the foster care system. There is still a melting heart, a feeling of warmth and belonging, an immediate attraction and love for the child.

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption believes that every child deserves love and consistency. Every child deserves a forever home. There are over 100,000 children currently in foster care who will not be reunited with their birth families. They are waiting to be adopted by families who will love them and provide the care they desperately want and need. Too many of these children will age out of the system before finding their families.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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