"Guarding Tess" — A Father's Story

An adoptive father reunited "Tess" with her birth mother after fostering her for 8 months, but there's still so much he wishes he could say to her.

Timothy McCarty and "Tess," before she was reunited with her birth mother
Several years ago, my wife and I were contacted by our county's Family Services Agency and asked to bring a little girl, born three days earlier, home from the hospital. Her birth mother wished to make an adoption plan, we were told. Our joy over a lifetime of possibilities was short-lived, however. A week later the birth mother had a change of heart and decided to parent. But since the public agency had already filed for permanent custody, the change ...

I learned that the ultimate gift of love comes not from the receiver, but from the giver.

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