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Atlanta Couple Shares Their Story Of Navigating The Adoption Process During The Pandemic

Kelly Balcarczyk, and her partner Sanjay Satagopan, completed the adoption of their newborn child, Issa, in a hospital parking lot.
Kelly Balcarczyk, and her partner Sanjay Satagopan, completed the adoption of their newborn child, Issa, in a hospital parking lot.
Credit Courtesy of Families First

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unique challenges for those navigating the adoption process in Georgia.

Kelly Balcarczyk and her partner Sanjay Satagopan recently experienced this firsthand when they completed the adoption of their newborn daughter, Issa, in a hospital parking lot.

Diane Hood, International and Domestic Adoption Program Coordinator for the Atlanta-based social services agency Families First, facilitated the adoption.

On a recent edition of “Closer Look,” she told host Rose Scott that new restrictions on hospital visitors prevented the couple from meeting the baby in this hospital. And, she added, these restrictions are just one example of the new hurdles adoptive parents and expectant mothers face during this time.

Newborn Issa in her baby carrier.
Newborn Issa in her baby carrier. (Courtesy of Families First)

Still, Balcarczyk told Scott the experience was, overall, a positive one.

“I think actually the pandemic helped prepare me for motherhood a little bit in that I had spent a month in isolation before we got Issa. So, I was used to just staying home all the time and focusing on family,” she said. “This has just been a bright light in this whole situation for sure.”

To listen to the full conversation, click on the audio player above.