In The Intentional Father, the author chronicles the significant events in his decision to become a single adoptive parent and the adoption process. An essential and moving read containing parenting and legal advice for those who are considering becoming an adoptive parent. The central theme and heartfelt message is to never give up the dream of becoming a parent. The author’s sense of humor and knowledge about the legal process and his own experiences adopting twice intertwine to make this an essential read for those who are parents, or are thinking about becoming an adoptive parent or for those who need proof that there is there is strength in compassion, lessons in adversity and power in perseverance; truly a message of hope. Excerpt from “The Intentional Father” In the initial visit with my son, I witnessed a child who was bright, smiled, yelled, stomped his feet and screamed. It was not that he could not talk, he would not talk. He had his own language, created in his mind to get his needs satisfied as a result of them not being met prior. I was told that he could only say 7 words, all in Spanish. I went to a corner on this initial visit and sat there with a book and a stuffed bear and waited. Ever so slowly, he approached me, would touch me and run away and giggle. Eventually, he sat in my lap and looked at me for a while, with his social worker, the foster mother and my adoption worker looking on he put his hand on my face and said “daddy.” This was not one of the words that he knew and it was not in Spanish . . . so it began.