By AJ Janavel, Reporter, CBS North Carolina – After a two-year wait, one Raleigh dad celebrated his first Father’s Day as a dad with the help of a local group connecting families in North Carolina.
On Sunday, Rob celebrated his first Father’s Day as a dad with his wife Anna and their son Dylan.
Rob and Anna chose to adopt their son. Because of the sensitive nature of the adoption process, they did not want to use their last name.
Rob says he was adopted himself and that was part of the reason for his decision to adopt Dylan. But, it was a process Rob’s wife, Anne says definitely wore on her husband.
“Maybe this is it. And we feel like this is it. And it wasn’t us and we get so close. So that does get frustrating,” said Anne.
Through the entire two-year process, Rob and Anne had support from family and friends, but also from their adoption agency.
Parker Herring is the director of A Child’s Hope Adoptions, based out of Raleigh.
It’s an agency Herring created nearly two decades ago, while adopting a child herself, she ran into several road blocks.
“When people go out of state to adopt then (that) adds a great deal of cost,” she said.
From her experiences adopting out of state, Herring made a group where North Carolina families could find and adopt children within the state.
In the last 17 years, Herring has facilitated 343 adoptions.
“Today I thought about all the fathers who were dads for the first time,” said Herring.
And for people like Rob, and Anne they are grateful after the long wait.
“Looking forward to many more Father’s Days,” said Rob.