Hudson Valley Parent

HVP Novemer 2016

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Page 16 of 39 n Hudson Valley Parent 17 They sought help from an area adoption agency and the entire pro- cess took six months from beginning to end - including flying overseas twice and tons of paperwork. Their children were 2 1/2 and 13 months old respectively when they brought them home. Their daughter cried for the entire 13 hour flight, which the couple viewed as the birthing process. Now 14, Mohl's son is in high school. Her 16-yr-old daughter plays volleyball for her school's team and hopes to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in the near future. They know they are adopted, and every year on December 16, they celebrate their adoption birth- day. "Adoption has given us the most amazing gifts and our life is truly complete," Mohl says. "There's no such thing as a perfect child, wheth- er yours by birth or through adop- tion, so there will be hurdles and stumbling blocks. A child is a child." Stacey Lutz is a new mom, free- lance writer, and huge animal lover who resides in Wurtsboro. For more information NYS Offi ce of Children and Family Services – Details on the state adoption process listing frequently asked questions. ocfs. International adoption – Find information about eligibility and required paperwork via the US Department of State's Inter- country Adoption page at travel. broad/en.html Happy Families International Center, Inc. – 3 Stone St, Cold Spring; 265-9727; happyfami- Hudson Valley Adoption Services – 275 Fair St #23, Kingston; 338-0700; hudsonval- Helping people with challenges live the fullest life possible. If you're looking for supports for children and families... If you're caring for a medically fragile child at home... If you're working to recover... If you're working to be healthy... If you're in crisis or know someone who is... ...We are here to help 1-888-750-2266 Check out our new waiting room Specializing in children from infancy to teens

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