Adoption day

Alicia Ann Daw is a film & digital wedding photographer who specializes in New York City and European destination weddings. With over 15 years of experience photographing weddings, she's spent two decades globetrotting to over 37 countries and working with clients around the world. She delivers images that are effortlessly romantic and chic, telling a story about the start of your heritage in a way that will leave you in awe.


We walked into the court room and my heart skipped a beat or two as my parents took their place at the front table. As everyone took their seat my mother and I glanced at each other, both with tears in our eyes. The judge hadn’t even begun and we were already in tears. Great. He called the court into order and asked my parents about their intentions. A social worker stood up and gave her report as 26 people watched. 26 people that came to support my parents in this new adventure that they were about to embark on. For two and a half years they have had 3 children living with them as foster kids and last November it was decided that the rights of the biological parents would be terminated with the intention of my parents adopting them. Two and a half years of waiting, hoping, and praying that these kids would become a part of our family forever. And today? Well, it was finally about to happen. The judge read the order, asked if anyone had any disputes, signed the papers and hit that gavel hard. The sound of the gavel echoed through the room just moments before everyone burst either into tears or smiles. But regardless of the reaction, the emotion was the same for everyone – joy. Pure joy. These kids were finally part of a family and finally had a stable home to call their own. And me? Well I can now proudly say that I am the eldest of SEVEN. And my parents can say that they have children ages 4-27!

Introducing (officially) my newest siblings: Bionca Grace Candelora, Bruce Matthew Candelora, and Brandon David Candelora. 🙂 I seriously couldn’t love these kids any more than I do already and I am so excited to watch them grow into fine adults.

  1. Beautiful story! Thank you for sharing!! God has really blessed those children with your parents, and vice versa!

  2. Damaris Mia says:

    Aw! So beautiful 🙂 Congrats to your family 🙂

  3. That’s so great and encouraging, Alicia!!! I’m so happy for those 3 sweet kiddos I had the privilege of meeting and for your family! Hats off to your parents who genuinely walk the love walk.

  4. Lisa Larsen says:

    What and amazing story and family. As an adoptive mother of a foster child our family knows the true joys and blessings these children bring into our homes. Often people speak of how lucky these children are; in reality the adoptive families are the ones who are blessed. God bless you and your family.

  5. WOW…that is just perfect…thank you for sharing that with us….and thank your parents for being such great people…

  6. nina bille jensen says:

    That is wonderful Alicia – thank you for sharing the good news! It is lovely to follow your blog & journey, a bunch of greetings from all of us!
    Blessings Nina

  7. Jenna says:

    Congratulations to you all. It’s amazing and terrifying to realize the influence one person has over changing a child’s life for the better.

  8. Lara says:

    Oh this makes my heart so full! : ) Thank you for sharing this with me, sweet friend! God is good.

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