May 17, 2013
The Hood family
Names of parents: Joshua & Shayla Hood
Adopted children: Zola and in process of adopting Devine (international)
Biological children: Jt (8) Emmie (6) Piper (7 months, carried by a surrogate)
How long was the adoption process for you from start to finish?
2 years for domestic and 2++ years for international (still in process)
Sweet baby Zola with her momma
Why did you choose to grow your family through adoption?
It started out because of loss.
We had 3 miscarriages all around 4 months pregnant.
Then it grew into a passion for the orphan.
Now, I can’t imagine our lives any other way.
It’s a calling, a passion and a true love.
We truly believe in “Stuck’s” motto that every child deserves a family, it’s a basic human right.
What’s the hardest part about being an adoptive parent?
It’s really the same as being a bio parent.
However, our daughter has brown skin and we have pale skin. So people ask us weird questions.
Sometimes that is not fun.
For example: “Are you babysitting? Is she yours? Who is her real mom?”
And there are many other not-so-kind comments that I don’t care to share.
What’s the best part about being an adoptive parent?
What advice do you have for people considering the adoption process?
Don’t adopt to fill a need in your own life.
Adopt because it is a calling.
It is less about you, and more about the child.
Don’t limit yourself.
Adoption will bless your socks off if you let it.
If you allow skin color, medical information, lack of information, or costs to deter you, you may never get to experience the wonderful blessings God has in store for you.
Be open, be open, be open!
What fundraising efforts did you do to help afford the adoption process?
We sold T-shirts.
We had a garage sale.
We applied for a couple grants.
We collected pop cans and jars of money.
The garage sales were the best. (Each made over $1600!)
Josh and Shayla with their beautiful daughter they’re adopting, Devine.
What do you wish people understood about the adoption process?
It doesn’t have to be a second choice.
Don’t let money stop you.
God will provide.
Don’t get caught up on which type of adoption is best.
Foster care, domestic, international, medical needs, etc. There is a place for each type in our society. They are all needed.
If you have bio kids, you will love your adopted child the same. Don’t worry about that.
A child doesn’t have to look like you to be loved.
In fact, none of my kids look like me, bio or adopted, and I am so glad. They are much more good looking than I am!
Chris and I met Josh and Shayla in April at our wine event.
Special thanks to Shayla for sharing her family’s adoption journey. We met Shayla and her hubby Josh at our wine event last month – Iowans bound together through our lovely adoption consultant, Susan!
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PS: Next time you’re on facebook, check out the Hood’s facebook page, “Bring Devine Home.” Their journey to adopt this little girl has had all sorts of twists and turns, but they’ve never given up.
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