An Intern’s Perspective on Adoption

For those of you who don’t know me my name is Raquel. I recently began my internship at Family to Family Adoptions around the end of August. I attend UT and am currently in my last semester of college. I have dreamed of working in adoptions since I was about ten years old. My brother was adopted as an infant when I was eight years old and once we had him we knew there was no way that we would ever let him go. So I began my college career at UT as a social work major with the intention of becoming an adoption agent. When it came time to look for an internship to complete my last semester of college I knew I wanted to intern at an adoption agency. When I was unable to find an adoption agency on the list of agencies provided in the Austin area I decided to look for agencies near my hometown. That is when I stumbled across Family to Family Adoptions and was eventually accepted as an intern for the 2013 fall semester.

Although I have only been here for a few weeks I have already fallen in love with adoptions like I knew I would. What I didn’t know was that I would also fall in love with the agency itself. As a newcomer I was of course nervous and didn’t know what to expect, however; I quickly learned that the staff at Family to Family Adoptions is like a tiny family itself. They support and teach each other every day, a courtesy that they extended to me as well without any hesitation. I love that they are accepting of all people regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or marital status which goes along with my beliefs and values. Another thing that astounded me was the attention, time, and complete support that they provide to every single client. Whether it’s a birth parent or an adoptive parent, the workers here at Family to Family Adoptions take the time to get to know their clients on a more personal level. As an adoption agency this gives everyone involved an advantage because it allows them to make the best choices possible when matching birthparents and adoptive parents. So far my experience here at Family to Family Adoptions has been a great one. I have already learned so much through my experiences thus far. I look forward to sharing with you again soon!

Thanks for reading,

Sincerely,

Raquel (AKA the intern) :)


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