Three children and one on the way and a year though the adoption process. That’s an experience that one teacher at Unis Middle School has endured. Many of us take having kids for granted but some wouldn’t have that experience without adoption.Steve Drinkert, a sixth grade teacher at Unis Middle School, struggled for a year trying to get custody of his 5-year-old nephew Nicholas, but Nicholas is currently living with his father.
Mr. Drinkert was fighting for his nephew for a year and then the court sided with his father. When Mr. Drinkert found out that Nicholas’ father won custody, it was a very hard thing to overcome. “It felt like I was getting cut off at the knees by the judge who sided with the father,” said Mr. Drinkert.
He often sees his nephew every other weekend. Whenever his nephew’s father needs a babysitter he calls Mr. Drinkert.Many children go through the process of being adopted. Approximately 120,000 children each year are adopted. They grow up and are raised with their foster parents. Shane Shockey is also a teacher at Unis Middle School who has adopted a child.
Mr. Shockey was going though the adoption process for three years before he finally was awarded custody. From the day the paperwork was filed with his agency until the day Mr. Shockey and his wife could pick up their son from the hospital was exactly three years. The Shockeys had decided years ago, even before they had gotten married, that they would adopt a child into their family. “It took us a while, but as it turned out it was a good thing,” said Mr. Shockey.Ali Kabbani, a seventh grader at Unis Middle School, was a newborn when he was adopted by his aunt and uncle. It took two weeks after birth to get adopted. Kabbani has never seen his biological father, but he sees his mother every other Sunday. She lives in a foster home and he is not allowed to live there with his mother.
“My life really never changed,” he said. “I was adopted when I was a newborn. If I had a chance to live with my birth parents, I wouldn’t because I am comfortable were I am.” Kabbani’s adoptive family it big, with five brothers and five sisters.