Faith and Perseverance: Three Generations of Domestic, Infant Adoptions

Diana Lang

Diana was adopted as an infant and her birth father, Chuck, was adopted as an infant. Three years after Diana gave birth to her son, Blake, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her doctors recommended that she not get pregnant again. Eight years later, Diana’s daughter, Danielle, was adopted as an infant. Diana credits Blake’s prayers for a sibling and her own faith and perseverance for her journey as a proponent of adoption. Diana is also an adoption researcher and founder/executive director of The National Center for Adoption, doing business as Iowans for Adoption.

Diana, her birth father, her daughter and all of her family members are extremely grateful that three generations of birth family members placed infants for adoption. Their lives have been richly blessed and they want others to know that adoption has many positive outcomes!

Iowans for Adoption: Rusty's Story

Rusty Johnson

Raised in Oskaloosa, Iowa, Rusty Johnson defied the odds of the foster care system. Beginning in the fourth grade, Johnson moved into several temporary foster homes. By the sixth grade, elementary music teacher Ms. Carolyn Brickley agreed to take Johnson as a foster child. During supervised visits, he also connected with his biological mother, who in return, gave him a saxophone. After his mother’s death in 1994, Johnson used music and his saxophone to ease his childhood struggles. In 2006, he combined music and advocacy to create “Rusty Johnson’s American Dreams” tour. His child welfare advocacy has received national recognition and awards.  In 2017, on his birthday, he was adopted by Ms. Carolyn Brickley.

Behind the Bump: A Birth Mother's Story