Our Adoption Story: The Hayes Family


November is a special month for my family because that is the month my son was born. Recently I learned that November is also National Adoption Month which makes the month even more special because my son is adopted.

Mother and adopted childMy husband and I dealt with fertility issues for many years before we had the opportunity to adopt.

We had spoken about trying for one more year and if we still could not conceive, we would start looking into adoption. About a month after that conversation, I received a call about a lady who was looking for someone to adopt the baby she was carrying.

It took a total of a 10-minute conversation with my husband for us to decide we wanted to adopt the baby.

She was roughly 6-7 months pregnant and already knew she was having a boy. We met with her and the family and decided we could adopt the baby. Our next step was contacting a lawyer to figure out what we needed to do. Our lawyer even had to do some research because it had been 20+ years since he had a case like ours. 

Our little Thomas was born and our experience with the birth mom and the hospital was exceptional.

We became his legal guardians and were able to bring him home from the hospital. 

Five months later we went to court and the judge signed the papers for Thomas to officially become a Hayes!

Even though we did not go through an adoption agency, the process was still long and tough. The emotional toll of the unknown was the scariest.

Happy National Adoption Month to those who have been adopted, those who adopted, and those looking to adopt!

Want to read more about adoption? Check out our Gulf Coast Dad Jonathan Brannan’s adoption story

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Born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Sarah's love for the 228 runs deep. Her favorite view in Ocean Springs is front beach overlooking the water to the bridge and Biloxi. Sarah is especially fond of Fort Maurepas, where her husband Steven, proposed to her. They have 2 children, Thomas and Annabelle. Ohana has always been the most important to Sarah. Other things important to Sarah are Jesus, Disney, screaming "Geaux Tigers", traveling, music, and spending time with family and friends. She has an Associate's Degree from MGCCC, a Bachelor's Degree in Business from The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park, and a Master's of Business Administration from Louisiana State University of Shreveport. After Sarah graduated from Southern Miss, she started working for Ingalls Shipbuilding in the Research and Development department as a Project Manager. Sarah and her family are members of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church and are responsible for the Baptism Ministry. When not at work Sarah is either at Disney or daydreaming about Disney! In 2014, she participated in the Disney College Program and worked at ESPN Wide World of Sports for a semester. One of her favorite quotes by Walt Disney is, “Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, dreams are forever.”