Royal Oak Adoption – The changes Rodney and Melissa Golpe have witnessed since adopting their son, Jacobi, have left them feeling incredibly grateful, according to them. In 2018, the Royal Oak couple welcomed 6-year-old Jacobi into their lives and home. There are numerous ways in which we are grateful for the kindness and love that we have experienced, not just via Jacobi but also through our entire family, according to Rodney Golpe. He has integrated seamlessly and improved the lives of our 11 nieces and nephews as well. Two grown children from a previous relationship belong to Golpe, 50. He admits that when the process started, he was more worried than his wife about the likelihood of adopting a child.
Melissa Golpe stated, “I’m still grateful for it. We had no idea how our lives would alter. I immediately fell in love with Jacobi, and each day is an experience. Thanksgiving will be spent with the family’s relatives, allowing their small kid to play with many of his cousins. Through the adoption program Legacy Adoption Services run by the nonprofit Samaritas, Jacobi entered the couple’s lives after being placed in foster care. National Adoption Month is in November. Currently, there are more than 2,000 kids in foster care waiting to be adopted statewide. According to a statement from Rachel Sykes, executive director of Legacy Adoption Services, the agency just celebrated its 10,000th adoption since its founding in 1977. Every child merits a devoted, lifelong family, according to us, Sykes added. “Family is really precious.
Melissa Golpe previously work
It’s where we feel a sense of belonging, affection, and safety. A youngster can learn their value from their family and develop the bravery to explore the world so they can leave their own legacy, Sykes continued. The 46-year-old Melissa Golpe previously worked at Covenant House Michigan, a Detroit-based nonprofit that offers housing, programs for at-risk adolescents, and vocational training. She assisted young people and teenagers who were homeless. Many of them had spent time in foster care and lacked a permanent residence, she claimed. Being there made me feel somewhat compelled to adopt a child. When the couple had been married for nearly five years, Rodney Golpe recalled having a conversation with his wife about adoption.
Samaritas’ adoption program
His wife had provided excellent mothering and care for his two elder children. The man added, “I knew that I could trust her to make an adoption work for our family and for any child we were blessed to have in our home.” Rodney was more concerned about the unknown age and foster care background of their adopted child. The pair spent a few years working with Samaritas’ adoption program before they met Jacobi. Right away, it seemed like he was destined to be my child, Melissa said. When Jacobi, who was under two years old at the time, joined the family, Rodney’s hesitation vanished.
As he develops, Jacobi has concerns because he is Black and the Golpes are White. He began inquiring about distinctions in his appearance and those of other children, as well as the reason why he has curly hair when both his mother and I have straight hair, according to Rodney. “Color blindness is not an option when adopting a multiracial child. It’s important to recognize and value diversity. There are blended families around; adoption is not the only way.
Jacobi is aware that he was adopted, had a birth mother, a foster mother, and is now the son of his forever mother. Although Jacobi currently has no concerns about any of those things, Rodney said he can anticipate Jacobi will have more concerns as he enters his adolescent years. We’ll be willing to assist him in any way we can in learning about his past, he said. For Melissa, it’s critical that their son realizes there is nothing wrong with the way he looks because he is different from them. He prays alongside the Golpes. I’m so fortunate to be your father, I always tell him,'” Rodney added.
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