As a child and family counselor, Liz felt confident and well-equipped, although a bit anxious, to begin the journey of bonding and healing with her daughter.

Today, Ellia is thriving in her mom’s care. Ellia has grown from a shy and quiet toddler to an energetic, outgoing, silly little girl who is secure and so loved.

Liz says adopting as a single parent is “the hardest thing she has ever done on purpose,” but also the greatest gift. Liz encourages all hopeful parents — whether married or single — to consider adoption.

In honor of Single Parent’s Day today, we’re celebrating single parents like Liz! Here’s to the single moms and dads everywhere who are raising their children on their own, providing the safe and loving family that a child needs to thrive.