Though it is still early on in the process, my husband and I have been strongly advised to submit a letter of intent to adopt CD if she were to become free for adoption. I started working on the letter yesterday, my husband did some great editing, though I am sure we will continue to tweak it. CD's case will be brought to court again in two weeks. We hope to have the letter ready to submit by then.To whom this may concern,
I am writing this letter on behalf on my husband, our two sons and myself to let you know that it would be our greatest honor and wish to adopt CD if she were to become free for adoption.
CD, at 17 months old, joined our family on July 26, 2010. It was love at first sight. The System worker told me that I should be prepared, that CD had been inconsolable all day. Z, my eight year-old son, held a stuffed animal as he and I waited outside our house for CD’s arrival. CD arrived, immediately reached for me to pick her up and took the stuffed animal from Z. CD had decided I was safe and would protect her, and our bond grows stronger every day. She quickly warmed up to our two sons and treats them as brothers. She was terrified of my husband and strangers, especially other men. My husband waited patiently, making small advances, until about a month later, CD finally became fully comfortable with him – though she may always prefer being with me.
CD came to us with the clothing on her back and the diaper she was in. Her hair was filthy and she was terrified of the bath. I took the time to slowly work toward her taking a bath. I first sponge bathed her, later went in the bathtub with her (in my bathing suit) and eventually she was willing to take a bath. In fact, she now loves the bath. CD came to us unfamiliar with playground equipment. She now climbs and slides down the slides, as any happy child would. While CD appeared regressed and was not walking when she came to our home, she started walking within five days and now she is now running and dancing. She sings, her vocabulary is rapidly growing and she has great social skills.
CD is surrounded by love and is developing fantastically well. She adores my husband, our two sons and me, and we adore her. She is a child who is filled with love, joy and unlimited potential. She is beautiful both inside and out. It would be a dream come true to raise her as our own. My husband is an accountant and I am a psychologist who specializes in working with children. We understand the importance of education and would ensure CD has the opportunity of good schools and extra curricular activities where she could explore and develop her talents and interests. If she were to have any difficulties emotionally, educationally or physically, we are prepared for anything that would come our way. We are financially comfortable and, in addition to absolute unconditional love, we would offer her every advantage in life.
Our family is fortunate to have an extensive group of friends in our community. CD has been welcomed with open arms and with more love and affection than I could have ever imagined. Our extended families have responded in the same way. If CD were to become our forever daughter, her life would be filled with love, safety, security and opportunity.
I thank you for your consideration of this letter.