I was adopted when I was 3 days old. I was handed over to my mom and dad at the Pittsburgh International Airport on a hot, summer evening in July. My parents had waited 11 years for me, and there I was, all 7 pounds 10 ounces of me!
My parents got married in October of 1975 and planned on having a huge family. After a few years of not getting pregnant, my mom headed to the doctor who gave her the sad news that she probably would never conceive. Hearing that there was still a chance, my parents decided to leave it up to God and pray for a miracle. A few more years passed and they decided adoption may be their answer, so they spoke with a few agencies and told some friends and family that they were looking for a baby. After hearing nothing, a few false leads from agencies, and still no pregnancy they began to be disheartened and discouraged.
One day at work, after 11 years of marriage, a co-worker of my mother asked if she was still looking for a baby. My mom said ‘yes!’ That co-worker knew of a family with a teenage mother, who was looking for a family for the new baby that would be born in 2 months. My parents met with my birth-grandparents and were interviewed shortly before their daughter gave birth. No word on how many other potential parents were interviewed, but mine were chosen.
I truly hit the jackpot with my family. They are the best parents in the world and I grew up with so much love and adoration from day one. I was always told that I was ‘a chosen baby’ and that I was extra special because a young girl choose to give me to them. I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania surrounded by my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins having a picturesque childhood. I never questioned who my parents were, they were my mom and dad, no questions asked.
Only when I got a little older did I become more curious about my birth family. My adoption was a private adoption, so I have no contact with my birth parents. I have never met them, nor tried to reach out. I am always asked if I desire to, but I haven’t felt the need just yet. If I ever meet my birth mother I would like to thank her for saving my life. I owe her everything, because she made the choice to place me with my incredible parents. Such a selfless and courageous act for such a young girl.
I fully plan on adopting my own child someday, because every child deserves a loving home. I am so grateful and lucky to have been adopted at just a few days old. I will forever have a soft spot in my heart for the children in the world without parents who are awaiting adoption. I hope that during my reign as Miss Pennsylvania USA and beyond I can bring awareness to these kids who deserve parents and love.