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Jan. 3, 2022

Hilary Ableser: An International Adoption Story

In this episode, DJ talks with Hilary Ableser about her internal struggles of adopting a child and how after lots of research, she and her husband embraced it. From there, it was a long journey but synchronistic at the same time and led them to their perfectly delightful and darling daughter, Ava.

Stay tuned for this heartwarming story about one family's journey to adopt a little girl named Ava from an orphanage in China, how they educated their two young biological children about the process and how when they finally were able to bring Ava home 18 months later, all the effort made for a smooth transition.

Listen to this episode to hear a mother’s story of international adoption, her and her husband’s love for Chinese culture, why they chose to adopt a child from China… and the incredibly detailed and time consuming process that was made so worthwhile when they met their new daughter, Ava. 

Tune into this episode to hear DJ and Hilary Ableser talk about the challenges and rewards of adopting a child. And hear Hilary’s candid explanation of the feelings and emotions she was having in the last few days before meeting her child after 18 months of waiting.

BY THE TIME YOU FINISH LISTENING, YOU’LL LEARN about one determined and persistent mother’s journey to adopt internationally… and how the education she sought out and the research she did created a smooth transition when adoption day finally arrived.

Have you adopted or are you in the process of adopting a child? Please share your journey with us and tag us on Facebook or Instagram @littleheartsacademy

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Hilary Ableser

International Adoptive Mom

Hilary is a married mom of 3 (ages 10 and under), who adopted her youngest child from China, 3 and a half years ago. Ava Lin is a happy, spunky, confident 5 year old (who conveniently happens to be best friends with DJ’s grandson), yet of course no adoption story is complete without struggles along the way, and some interesting tales of the attachment process. There’s no perfect mother — only ones who are trying their hardest!!!