Video: Couple Meets Their Adopted Newborn for the First Time

April 19, 2016 Updated: April 19, 2016

A couple made a big step in adopting a newborn child.

When they met the child for the first time, they started crying. The moment was captured in a clip on Love What Matters this week.

It is worth all the time and effort required.
— couple adopting newborn

“Meeting our son for the first time after the long and aching process of adoption. If you have considered adoption for your child, please know that there is a family out there desperately waiting to welcome your child with open loving arms,” the couple wrote.

“If you are interested in adopting, please know that it is a long, painful process. It is intrusive, it is difficult, and it feels insulting at times. Please also know that it is worth all the time and effort required.”

It’s worth noting that in the United States, adoption became an official legal process in the 1850s. Today, approximately 135,000 children are adopted in the country each year.

According to the report: “Massachusetts passed the first modern adoption law, recognizing adoption as a social and legal operation based on child welfare rather than adult interests. Historians consider the 1851 Adoption of Children Act an important turning point because it directed judges to ensure that adoption decrees were ‘fit and proper.’ How this determination was to be made was left entirely to judicial discretion.”