Dena De La Torre

Dena has walked the joys and sorrows of both pregnancy and adoption. Her life has been an example of what it means when people say "adoption is a roller coaster of emotions." After a pregnancy plagued with severe complications, she knew that there would be a slim chance of ever having another pregnancy and that they would have to grow their family through adoption. Their adoption journey got turned upside down after their first adoption failed after loving on their son for 5 weeks. Instead of walking away from adoption with broken hearts and an empty nursery, they decided to pursue adoption again and were matched with their precious newborn son.

Dena lives in Southern California with her husband and seven year old daughter (biological) and three year old son (adopted). She enjoys her part-time work as a Certified Nurse Midwife at Kaiser Permanente and fun family activities like stand up paddleboarding, crafts, and photography. They are preparing their home study to pursue another domestic adoption in 2014. She is also involved with the foster care system through Olive Crest Foster and Adoption Agency as a foster mom. She is excited to share her journey at the Choose Joy Event and how it is possible to find HOPE even after heartbreak.