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John & Laura’s Networking Adoption Journey

John, Laura and baby Anna on the ocean shore in California!

John, Laura and baby Anna on the ocean shore in California!

John and Laura took home their newborn daughter Anna Claire from California in March. They call how they found her a miracle, but it’s really an example of how getting the word out to friends and family that you want to adopt can lead you to an adoption situation.

“We took the courses through My Adoption Advisor, had a new profile and webpage created which was posted to Facebook and we also let friends know we were looking to adopt,” said John.  “A coworker who knew we were looking to adopt located a distant relative on Facebook who had recently adopted via an agency.  In their brief conversation, she shared that she had friends at work who were looking to adopt.   That was it; that was the extent of the conversation. The very next day, the agency’s social worker happened to email the adoptive mother and said that she had two birth mother situations, and was looking for potential adoptive families.  Our friend’s relative forwarded the email to her who sent it to Laura who called and spoke with the social worker.  We shared our profile webpage with the social worker who showed it to the potential birth mother.  Within 24 hours we were matched!”

John and Laura had been waiting since January of 2010 with A Child’s Hope. They had previously worked with another agency for four years prior to signing with A Child’s Hope. “We had already waited for so long for a child, when the opportunity came along to create a new profile and to increase our advertising on a national level, we knew we had to put ourselves out there and give it a try.  So we did everything we could – Facebook, advertising, networking, etc. to get the word out – and it worked. Our daughter is everything we had prayed for”, said Laura.

John and Laura will be attending the April 17th Hopeful Parents Support Group to talk about their adoption journey.  They have also invited waiting parents to contact them at JohnandLauraadopt@gmail.com if they have any questions.

A big thanks to John, Laura and Anna  for allowing us to tell the story of their adoptive family.

Do you have a story you’d like to tell?  Email us at blog.ach@foryourlife.com.  Visit us at www.AChildsHope.com, or call our Birth Mother Hotline at 1-877-890-HOPE (4976) so one of our adoption counselors can answer your questions confidentially.

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Birth Mom’s – The Testimonial of An Adoption Counselor

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“I love working with birth moms because they are essential; ~without them, there is no adoption process!”

“It is such an honor to have a pregnant woman share her journey with me and talk through her thoughts, feelings and experiences that have brought her to the decision that adoption is the right choice for her and her baby.  Every woman is an individual and I am reminded of that in working with birth moms because no two women’s journeys are ever the same.  I also love hearing why they feel drawn to certain adoptive families and watching the process of birth moms feel a sense of control over the placement of their child.  It is a wonderful, unpredictable and always unique experience with every individual, expectant mom.”

– Leslie, A Child’s Hope Adoption Counselor

A big thanks to Leslie for allowing us to share her experience!

Do you have a story you’d like to tell?  Email us at blog.ach@foryourlife.com.  Visit us at www.AChildsHope.com, or call our Birth Mother Hotline at 1-877-890-HOPE (4976) so one of our adoption counselors can answer your questions confidentially.

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Are You Afraid?

Birth Mother with Newborn

There is no way around the fact that there is heartache when you place your child for adoption. You will grieve and over time the pain lessens, but you will not forget the loss. It takes courage and trust to place a baby.

It’s important when placing a baby for adoption that you work with a trained adoption counselor before to learn about the grief you will experience and to prepare yourself.  Birthmothers often make keepsake boxes of the baby’s bracelet, by take pictures and writing a letter to the baby saying goodbye.

What helps the most with the heartache is to know that you love your child so much that you have chosen to give him/her the best life possible – something that at the time you are not able to give. Parenting is the biggest challenge all of us face!

Adopting Again!

Eagerly Awaiting Their Next Adoption

John, Nora & Cooper are Eagerly Awaiting to Adopt...Again!

John and Nora already know what it’s like to adopt a child.  Cooper, three years old, joined John and Nora through an open adoption.  John and Nora still talk to and see Cooper’s Tummy Mummy regularly, and she’s been thrilled with their parenting.  John, Nora and Cooper have five family traditions – eating together every night as a family; breakfast in bed on your special birthday plate; going out for ice cream after the first and last day of school; a good luck meal on New Year’s Day, and during the summer, Friday night is pizza night at the pool!  John and Nora’s families live close enough to come by and spoil Cooper on a regular basis.  And everyone – especially Cooper – is looking forward to spoiling the next baby as well.

Thanks to John, Nora and Cooper for allowing us to tell the story of their adoptive family.

Do you have a story you’d like to tell?  Email us at blog.ach@foryourlife.com.  Visit us at www.AChildsHope.com, or call our Birth Mother Hotline at 1-877-890-HOPE (4976) so one of our adoption counselors can answer your questions confidentially.

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Hoping to Share Their Love!

Bill, Priscila and Thomas are ready to share their love!

Bill and Priscila met in graduate school during Priscila’s second week in the United States as a visiting student from Brazil.  After dating for awhile, Bill tried to propose to Priscila in Portuguese.  He mangled the translation, but she understood the ring, and they’ve been happily married since 2004.  In 2008,  Bill and Priscila adopted their son, Thomas through A Child’s Hope.

They like to play at parks and playgrounds, go to museums and swim at the nearby pool.  They also enjoy reading and listening to music together.  Thomas speaks both English and Portuguese and sometimes translates sentences into Portuguese if his Brazilian grandmother doesn’t understand!

Bill and Priscila can’t wait to add one more member to the family, and Thomas is ready to share his parents with a brother or sister who will join his forever family through adoption.  They will also be our featured waiting adoptive family of the week this Saturday. Click here to see their complete web site.

Thanks to Bill, Priscila and Thomas for allowing us to tell the story of their adoptive family.

Do you have a story you’d like to tell?  Email us at blog.ach@foryourlife.com.  Visit us at www.AChildsHope.com, or call our Birth Mother Hotline at 1-877-890-HOPE (4976) so one of our adoption counselors can answer your questions confidentially.

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Celebrating an Angel!

Anne with one of our babies getting ready to meet her parents for the first time!!

Today we give thanks to our own angel who for 8 years helped us care for our babies! Last year Anne Heath, MSW, retired as a respite care provider after 8 years of working with our agency, providing in home care for newborns for the seven (7) day period when the baby left the hospital and then was placed a week later with adoptive parents. Anne, who worked her day job at Catholic Charities while caring for babies, loved the job, despite the sleepless nights, feedings, and diaper changes.

Anne’s presence was always welcomed. We always received photos where she had spent time with the baby with stuffed animal and she lovingly gave a photo scrapbook to the family on placement day, as well as a detailed log of feedings and events during the waiting period. Anne would come to placement and talk to the adopting parents about the baby’s schedule, likes and dislikes. She would come to placements, hand over the baby and then safely adjust car seats, give a hands on lesson in diapering, feeding and swaddling.

Anne has and continues to touch the lives of  so many, as a Nun with the Catholic church, as a social worker and all of the families that she helped create with her volunteer work as a respite care provider.

She cared for over 79 babies during her time as a respite care provider over 16 years, and each child is remembered with love by her.  And when a baby stayed with Ann, there was always a quiet visit to church while Anne attends Mass!

A big thank you to Anne for letting us share her story!

Do you have a story you’d like to tell?  Email us at blog.ach@foryourlife.com.  Visit us at www.AChildsHope.com, or call our Birth Mother Hotline at 1-877-890-HOPE (4976) so one of our adoption counselors can answer your questions confidentially.

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Sometimes Even Older Children Need a Forever Home!

Twins Amir and Alana - Ready to Swim!

Twins Amir and Alana - Ready to Swim!

A Child’s Hope received a call from a 24-year old birth mother in North Carolina who was not able to parent her three-year-old twins – a boy and a girl.  Chris and Devon were bouncing back from a match earlier in the year in which the birth mother decided to parent.  But they were beyond excited about this possible placement and worked with us to take the twins into their home within a very short period of time!  Since they did not have any children, the three-year-old twins were a great match!

Amir and Alanna are getting ready to celebrate their 4th birthday, and they are still each other’s best friend!

When A Child’s Hope places an older child, the birth parents are usually in crisis.  The placements happen quickly. In a short amount of time the Agency arranges a match meeting, obtains medical records, and helps transition the child to the adoptive parents.  And in the case of this family, the transition was a spectacular success!

Thanks to Chris, Devon, Amir and Alana  for allowing us to tell the story of their adoptive family.

Do you have a story you’d like to tell?  Email us at blog.ach@foryourlife.com.  Visit us at www.AChildsHope.com, or call our Birth Mother Hotline at 1-877-890-HOPE (4976) so one of our adoption counselors can answer your questions confidentially.

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Jack and Nora Want Another Sibling!

Jack and Nora want a sibling!

Nora's First Birthday

Nick and Kate met in college at a dance marathon to raise money for children with cancer.  Their bond formed immediately, and they ultimately married in 2003 in the church where Kate’s parents and grandparents were married.  Kate is an attorney; Nick works for a computer company; and they both love playing and spending time with their biological son, Jack, who is two, and their adopted daughter Nora, who is 12 months old.   The family loves to hike with their two dogs, carve pumpkins at their annual Halloween party, swim, play, and ride their bikes together.

What’s missing?  Another child to share in the fun!  Nick and Kate always wanted to expand their family through adoption.  They adopted Nora in Florida and loved doing it so much they can’t wait to do it again!  Nick and Kate look forward to sharing their love with a new son or daughter.   And Jack is looking forward to teaching Nora and a new brother or sister everything there is to know about how to play on the awesome swing set and tree-house fort in the back yard.  Click here to learn more about Nick, Kate, Jack and Nora and their quest to grow their family through adoption.

Thanks to Nick, Kate and their kids for allowing us to tell the story of their adoptive family.

Do you have a story you’d like to tell?  Email us at blog.ach@foryourlife.com.  Visit us at www.AChildsHope.com, or call our Birth Mother Hotline at 1-877-890-HOPE (4976) so one of our adoption counselors can answer your questions confidentially.

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Birth Mothers Can Receive Free Prenatal Care!

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Pregnancy Medicaid is Available for Many Birth Mothers

 

Prenatal care is important but expensive. We know this. But you need to take care of yourself and your unborn child.  Did you know that many of our birth mothers automatically qualify for Pregnancy Medicaid?! We will help you apply and walk you through the process. To view the Medicaid form, follow this link: Medicaid Form.

Women making adoption plans for their baby can also receive payment of insurance co-payments, as well as any medical expenses that result when Medicaid doesn’t apply and you don’t have insurance. Once prenatal care is set up, your adoption counselor can help you schedule and attend your appointments.

If you have any questions about how to get medical care while you are pregnant, call us. 1-877-890-4673 (HOPE).

Do you have a story you’d like to tell?  Email us at blog.ach@foryourlife.com.  Visit us at www.AChildsHope.com, or call our Birth Mother Hotline at 1-877-890-HOPE (4976) so one of our adoption counselors can answer your questions confidentially.

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Deployment and Adoption Do Mix!

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Since Sean was deployed to Kuwait July 2006 when the opportunity to adopt Anna came along, adoptive mom  Maryellen enlisted the help of two good friends when it was time for placement day since Dad couldn’t be there to meet his baby girl for the first time!  The placement was videotaped for Sean. Federal express and the military’s JAG were used to get Sean’s signature there in Kuwait on the legal placement documents. Although Anna was 5 months old before Sean got to see her in person, there were plenty of pictures, emails and phone calls before then. It was a great homecoming when he was able to get leave in January 2007 for a visit!

It’s 2012, and Sean, Maryellen and Anna are ready to add another member to their family.  Is the birth mother of their next baby reading this blog?

Thanks to Sean, Maryelle and Anna  for allowing us to tell the story of their adoptive family.

Do you have a story you’d like to tell?  Email us at blog.ach@foryourlife.com.  Visit us at www.AChildsHope.com, or call our Birth Mother Hotline at 1-877-890-HOPE (4976) so one of our adoption counselors can answer your questions confidentially.

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