Susan's Tale: From Single to Swamped
Susan was working ten hour days, five days and week and living in Washington when she was told that her two infant grand-nephews entered the foster care system.
Ben and Jack, 11 months apart, were to be separated and made available for adoption through the Department of Human Services.
Although Susan had already raised children of her own, she felt that separating the boys would be like separating twins. She began the process of adopting the boys and often felt overwhelmed. "I wasn't sure how I was going to handle being an "older single mom", but I knew it was the right thing to do."
A friend of Susan's told her about Bridge Meadows. When she saw the beauty of the site and how the needs of an adoptive parent were anticipated in the planning of both the structures and the programming, she was surprised - and relieved. Recently, Susan underwent major surgery. The moms and elders in the community rallied their support with babysitting, meals and transportation. "It's amazing," Susan says, "that in the four months since I moved in, all of these children, adoptive moms, and elders have become a true family."