Our Adoption Story: The Myers Family
Over the past few weeks, Adoption Choices of Oklahoma has had the privilege of sharing a wide variety of adoption stories from different members of the adoption triad. This week, the story is very personal and we could not be more excited to share it.
The Myers Adoption Story
Frank and Mary Beth Myers always knew they wanted kids. Therefore, when they discovered that they could not have biological children, they decided to turn to adoption to create a family. In the end, they went through two separate adoption journeys to complete their family, with adopting their daughter, Grace (me), in 2001, and their son, David, in 2004.
For my parents, the hardest part of their adoption journey was dealing with their own impatience and dealing with unclear wait times. Before they adopted me, my parents were on a waiting list for approximately 18 months. However, in contrast, they waited less than a year for a match when adopting my brother.
Growing up, my parents always made sure my brother and I knew our adoption stories and all the information they had about our birth families. My mom recalls reading a book about adoption multiple times in a row because it was one of my favorite books. At the end of the book, it would ask if you knew your own adoption story – and my parents told me the story until I knew it by heart.
My brother and I don’t know much about our birth families because open options were really rare when we were adopted. However, our adoption stories are very different. My birth parents did not choose adoption until my birth mother went into premature labor; however, David’s birth parents chose my Frank and Mary Beth from a group of prospective adoptive parents.
Additionally, I spent several months in the NICU before coming home, whereas David came home at only a day old.
Despite our differences, however, our family fits together perfectly – you would never know we are not biologically related. My family and I are forever grateful for adoption, and that will never change.
In reflecting back on what she would say to a birth mother, my mother said, “Thank you for choosing adoption, thank you for choosing life – for that sacrifice.”
An Adoption Story Note for Birth Mothers
The Myers family is just one example of what adoption helps create. While it may take a while to find someone, your child’s adoptive parents are out there. We hope that this story encourages you and provides a sense of peace as you review prospective adoptive parents for your baby.
If you have any questions or are ready to start your own adoption journey, please don’t hesitate to contact any of our Adoption Choices of Oklahoma staff members.
Adoption Choices of Oklahoma is a private adoption agency, licensed by the state of Oklahoma and leader in the adoption community. We have been assisting birth parents, children, and adoptive families in Oklahoma for over 19 years. Our staff members are committed to providing an ethical, empowering, and personalized adoption experience to all involved in the adoption process. If you are currently in the process of adopting a baby and have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us.
Toll-free: 800-898-6028 | OKC Local: 405-755-1999 | Tulsa Local: 918-447-7777 | Text: 405-310-8790 | Email
Meet the Author: Grace Myers is a sophomore digital media major at North Greenville University. She loves writing and hopes to pursue a career in journalism or public relations after graduating.
An adoptee herself, Grace is passionate about writing for adoption. She especially loves hearing adoption stories and getting to know a variety of people.