Meet the Woods – Forever Family | Raleigh Family Photographer

Meet Andy, Megan & Stacy Wood.  I have had the pleasure of knowing the Woods for about the same amount of time that they have been a Forever Family.  I was so honored to be the photographer to shoot their first real family portrait!  I hope you will enjoy their images as well as their adoption story!
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In the summer 2007, I (Meg) read a story in the N & O about a young lady in foster care who was aging-out of the foster care system, graduating from high school, and would now be on her own because no one had stepped forward to provide her a forever family.  (I believe the N & O did a series on her, following her as she moved to Charlotte, worked and tried to go to college).  My heart was really moved – I could not and still cannot imagine not having a family to help me and love me.  At this time also, I realized that while I wanted to be a mommy, I had no desire to be pregnant.  Andy supported this decision, and we began discussing adoption.

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In October 2007 we attended an information meeting sponsored by Children’s Home Society of NC (CHS), and subsequently completed their application to begin the process of foster-to-adopt.  We completed our home study process by January 2008 and began the state mandated parenting classes that are required to become a foster parent.  We received our foster parent license in April 2008, and we were referred for 7 to 8 children between April and November.  The hardest part was the waiting after being referred.  I finally asked our social worker what was going on – her response was that if we had not heard anything within a week of being referred then we were not selected to be considered parents for that child.

We were referred for Stacy in November 2008. As soon as I opened his profile and saw his smile I knew I was his forever mommy and he was our forever boy.  I quickle emailed our social worker and said yes refer us.  Soon after (right) before Thanksgiving I received an email for me to contact Stacy’s social worker and tell her why our family should be chosen to be Stacy’s family.  What a wonderful phone call – I was nervous and remember rambling but what a great call.

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We met Stacy the Wednesday after Thanksgiving 2008 and Stacy came to live with us 2 days after Christmas.  It was a whirlwind month of preparing.  There was a lot nervousness driving to pick him up, but he adjusted just fine.

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Our adoption was finalized July 27, 2009 – we were able to choose the day.  Stacy turned 4 shortly after that and the rest has been one crazy ride.  Stacy knows he’s adopted, and proudly owns that fact.  We are a forever family.
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Andy and Megan got married almost exactly a month after Michael and I did… and they never received their wedding pictures!  So, we had to end the session with a few pictures of the two of them!  😀

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Soul Fusion is a Boutique Photography Company offering Modern Photography with a Vintage Twist to High School Seniors as well as Lifestyle Family Portraiture. View all posts by Soul Fusion

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