Thank you for sponsoring me and my team for the 2017 Jordan's Walk/ Run for Adoption benefiting MARE!
I myself was adopted from foster care in 1971. My brother Dan and I were adopted into a loving family and spent our entire childhood in the same house, in the same town with two parents who loved each other and cared for us. Stability, affection, attention, and permanency are too often taken for granted - but these core elements of parenting are what children living in foster care today need most of all. And there is no shortage of families who are looking for wonderful children to share their life with. MARE's role is to bring these children and families together, and make the process of adoption more accessible.
I am dedicating my walk to Faith and Jim Grant, my parents, without whom I would not have become the very fortunate son, father, brother and husband I am today.
I also honor my birth mother, Heidi Moran, who as a teenager with only tenuous family support made a plan for me before I was even born, making my happy childhood and charmed life a possibility. I am so happy that at the age of 34 I was able to reunify with Heidi and my younger sister Natalie, and soon after with my birth father Gary and my siblings Michelle, Meghan, Shana and Jake - and their mother Barbara. My own children are now blessed to have these wonderful grandparents, aunts and uncles in their lives.
Creating more success stories like my own is what MARE does every year. 203 such stories were created for children in Massachusetts with MARE's help last year!