Baby G Finds His Forever Family after a Tough Start

In August a woman gave birth to a beautiful baby boy that we’ll call Baby G. When he was four months old, Child Protective Services removed him from his mother’s care due to her drug problem and placed him with his grandparents. When he was 8 months old, his grandparents decided that they could no longer care for him, and Baby G was put into temporary foster care.

The dependency system started an investigation and discovered that the baby’s father was one of three men. DNA tests were performed, and it was determined who the biological father is. G’s Birth Father, who we’ll call Brian, never knew that the Birth Mother, Carly, was pregnant. In fact, Brian met his son for the first time just prior to the court system awarding him full custody.

Brian quickly found himself on his own. The court system did not help him or his new son or offer any direction. The system did not set up review hearings or any type of reunification plan with Carly, but allowed her to hold on to her parental rights to G… she simply was not allowed to have physical custody of him. It was as if the system simply handed this child over to Brian and then washed its hands of the situation.

Brian moved in with his father, took on two jobs and went back to school. He tried his best to care for his son but soon realized that he was not equipped to give his child the life he deserved. So, when G was one year old, Brian called us at Adoption Network and shared his story. Could we help set up a private adoption plan to give stability, security and love to Baby G?

At this time, Carly was in jail in Northern California and was not easy to get in touch with. We reached out to attorneys in the area to help, but none wished to be retained to talk to Carly about forming an adoption plan for her child. If an adoption were to happen, it would be up to us to work it out.

The first thing to do was to reach out to Carly and approach the subject of adoption with her. Over the course of several months, Adoption Network attorney Wendy McGreevy became Carly’s “pen pal” while in jail. She wrote to Carly, introduced herself, and let her know that Brian wished to give their son the gift of a loving, adoptive, forever home. How did she feel about placing G for adoption? Carly was understandably emotional. She did not say “yes,” but she also did not say “no.” There was a small window of opportunity to make an adoption happen, but we knew that she would need time, space and respect to come to a decision herself.

While Wendy worked the legal angles of the potential case, Adoption Network Client Liaison Danielle Stevens and Adoption Adviser Tammy Ramsay were instrumental in finding a family that would take the huge leap of faith of caring for sweet Baby G in the meantime. J and L were those parents. They took Baby G into their hearts and home, without the guarantee that it would result in a permanent placement.

For five months, J and L parented G while Adoption Network kept the line of communication open with Carly. Those efforts and faith paid off. When Carly got out of jail, she reached out to Wendy with more questions, and eventually… on her own time and within her own comfort level… decided that placing G for adoption with J and L was the best thing for everyone.

Carly and Brian voluntarily surrendered their parental rights of little boy G in favor of a private adoption when he was 19 months old. After an official post-placement period, a judge pronounced little boy G’s adoption final, and he had a forever home.

Now G is an engaging and sweet little boy. He loves his big sister, his parents and trucks! His future is secure thanks to the selfless and courageous decision by his Birth Parents and the love of his Adoptive Parents.

This story certainly shows that each adoption is unique, and sometimes, thinking “out of the box” can result in a beautiful thing!

Written by Jason Granillo

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