One year ago last September, McAllen couple Libby and Jon arrived at a hospital in Corpus Christi, brimming with anticipation and excitement. They had been notified that Francesca (not her real name) had delivered a boy, and they were about to meet their son. Kristen Ellis, LSS adoption specialist, joined them on their way to the nursery and was ready with all the guidance and paperwork necessary to make this little boy a part of their family. They named him Robert Matthew, and after spending the first night with him in the hospital, left the next day as a family of three.
Libby and Jon began the adoption process in January 2013, and following their training, were matched with birth mother Francesca in July. Francesca had plans to return to school and once she made the adoption decision selected the couple from their family “book.” The birth father, no longer in the picture, waived his legal rights before the baby was born.
In March 2014, six months after Robert’s birth, the adoption was consummated in an Austin courthouse. Robert Matthew and his parents celebrated his first birthday September 16, 2014, with a “Teddy Bear Picnic” among family and friends. He took his very first steps the day before his birthday, and has become a whirlwind of activity. Libby reports that Robert loves music and dancing, and likes to chase their cat Tejas. His best buddies are their boxer Walker and their Brittany spaniel Ranger. The family lives just an hour from Padre Island, and Robert can’t get enough of the beach, and playing in the waves and sand.
Libby and Jon researched several agencies before choosing to adopt through Lutheran Adoption Services of Texas. “We really appreciated the professionalism of Tanya Graham and Kristen Ellis,” said Libby. “They were so helpful walking us through the process, and were very supportive all along the way. Their communication with us was consistently great and the open adoption process was very reassuring, especially when we were able to meet Francesca face-to-face.” The couple maintains contact with Francesca mostly through Kristen, who relays their photos and latest news about Robert.
LSS’ open adoption program facilitates communication between birth and adoptive parents, according to each family’s preferences, and stays in close touch with all parties post adoption. Libby, Jon, and Francesca developed a caring relationship from the time they were first matched, and enjoy receiving news and updates about one another. Libby and Jon prayed for Francesca every day while she was going through a difficult personal crisis, and were elated to learn she is back in school training as a medical technician, and that her two boys (ages 8 and 10) are doing well.
What’s next for Libby, Jon, and Robert? We are happy to report that they are in the early stages of adopting a second child through LSS!
For information, visit our Lutheran Adoption Services in Texas website or call 512-459-1000; 855-482-3678 (after hours).