An Adoption Celebration

Author of 5 books, podcaster, parent trainer, husband and father.

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I got emotional!

I didn’t think I would, but I did. Every time I hear those words- “It is the court’s decision to grant this adoption, congratulations!” it gets me.

A few days ago our good friend finalized the adoption of her son. That’s part of the procedure, in case you didn’t know. After your son or daughter arrives home there’s a waiting period and then you receive a call with a scheduled hearing- aka, your “adoption day,” as we refer to it.

It’s a beautiful thing.

It’s beautiful because it’s family. It’s a precious child. It’s the sign of new beginnings. It’s a home. It’s a man or a woman who can now ‘forever’ call themselves mommy or daddy. It’s as awesome as being at the hospital when a couple welcomes a new baby girl or baby boy into the world.

It’s a celebration! Trust me, the way we celebrate cannot be denied. Most people bring grandparents, and a friend or two, to the courthouse as witnesses when the adoption is finalized. We bring an entire village! Our support system loves this kind of thing. In the 12+ adoptions days we have personally been a part of, it wasn’t uncommon to see 20-30 people (including kids) roll into the courtroom.

I always love the judge’s reaction- “Wow! Did you bring the entire town with you?” he or she has been known to say. Our crew has to be told repeatedly, while waiting in the hallway of the courthouse, to be quiet by bailiffs and lawyers. Hilarious!

You just can’t cap this kind of excitement. It would be the equivalent of telling a Justin Bieber fan to enter one of his concerts quiet and calm. Not gonna happen!

I think one of the biggest reasons I get emotional when the pronouncement is made, is that from a spiritual perspective I believe adoption is a snapshot of the heart of God. The Bible says that He adopted us all as His sons and daughters. Wow! The Creator of the world, adopting me? It’s overwhelming to think about.

Yes, we celebrate. And for good reason. There is nothing sweeter than hearing the judge pronounce that your adoption is final. It’s more than closure (unless you’ve adopted from the foster care system, then you’ll take closure- ;-)). It’s the start-line of a new and exciting journey!

We celebrate with our friends and family and their beautiful families through adoption- Jen & her son. John & Nicole and their 3 children. Derek & Rebecca and their 3 children. Alan & Tara and their daughter. We love you all and we celebrate with you!

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Mike and Kristin Berry are the Co-Founders of The Honestly Adoption Company and have been parents for nearly two decades. They are the authors of six books, and the host of The Honestly Adoption Podcast.

Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray is the executive assistant to Mike and Kristin Berry. And she is the best in the land. In addition to providing a warm and friendly response to the many emails our company receives on a weekly basis, she also manages Mike and Kristin’s speaking and meeting schedules, and makes sure that team events go off without a hitch.

Nicole Goerges

Nicole Goerges is a Content Contributor & Special Consultant for The Honestly Adoption Company. She works with Mike and Kristin as a recurring co-host for the Honestly Adoption Podcast, and co-host of Kitchen Table Talks, exclusive video content for Oasis Community, along with Kristin. She is a fellow adoptive mom, and former foster parent.

Matt McCarrick

Matt McCarrick is the Content Production Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. If you’ve loved listening to our podcast, or enjoyed any of the videos trainings we’ve published, you have Matt to thank. He oversees all of our content production, from video edits, to making sure the tags are correct on YouTube, to uploading new videos to Oasis, to hitting publish on a podcast episode, he’s a content wonder!

Karen Anderson

Karen Anderson is the Community Engagement Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. She spends the bulk of her time interacting with, and helping, people through our various social media channels, as well as providing support for Oasis Community members through chat support or Zoom calls. In the same spirit as Beaver, Karen is also passionate about connecting with parents and making them feel loved and supported. Karen is also an FASD trainer and travels often, equipping and encouraging parents.

Beaver Trumble

Beaver Trumble is the Customer Care Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. Chances are, if you have been in need of technical support, or forgotten your password to one of our courses, you have interacted with Beaver. He is an absolute pro at customer care. In fact, he single-handedly revolutionized our customer care department last year. Beaver is passionate about connecting with parents and making them feel loved and encouraged.

Kristin Berry

Kristin Berry is the co-founder of, and Chief Content Specialist for, The Honestly Adoption Company. She spends most of her time researching and connecting with guests for our podcast, as well as direction, designing and publishing a lot of the content for our social media channels, blog and podcast. She loves to connect with fellow parents around the world, and share the message of hope with them.

Mike Berry

Mike Berry is the co-founder of, and Chief Marketing Specialist for, The Honestly Adoption Company. He spends the bulk of his time and energy designing and building many of the resources you see within our company, as well as social media and email campaigns. His goal is to use media as a means to encourage and equip parents around the world. He is also the co-host of The Honestly Adoption Podcast.