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Our life together has been an adventure from the very start! We met at a college leadership convention in 2010. We dated long-distance for a few years before we were married in 2014. Early-on in our relationship we both discussed a desire to grow our family through adoption. We experienced an ectopic pregnancy in 2018, followed shortly by a miscarriage. In the years since, we have experienced continued infertility and another miscarriage.
In 2019 our son, Cooper, was placed with us. Raising him has been the best part of our lives! He brings us so much joy. We have been holding a space in our hearts for another little one for several years, and we are longing for Cooper to have a sibling who can share the connection of adoption with him.
Our lives together are full of traditions. Each evening, we make sure to sit down to enjoy a meal together and share about our days. Every Sunday we attend Church together. Holidays are a big deal in our house, complete with special foods, decorations and themed activities. We also have a tradition of visiting Cooper’s birth family each summer.
We long to grow our family and have so much love to give. We can provide safety, lots of love, support, and great experiences. We are so excited to welcome another child into our home and hearts through adoption!
Expectant mothers who choose to make an adoption plan may qualify for some level of financial assistance during their pregnancy. However, each person's situation and specific needs are different. Your adoption social worker can help you determine what level of assistance you qualify for and deserve. Many expectant mothers qualify for financial assistance to cover basic pregnancy and living expenses, including but not limited to - transportation reimbursement, utility assistance for phone, water, and electricity/gas, maternity clothing and supplements, etc.
Navigating a pregnancy alone is never easy. Depending on your situation and location, you may qualify for financial assistance to help cover the cost of basic living expenses, such as food and groceries.
Receiving quality medical care during your pregnancy is vital to both your health and the health of your baby. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your pregnancy-related medical expenses will be covered by the adoptive family.
Women who choose to place their baby for adoption may receive financial assistance to help cover the cost of rent and utilities. If you feel that you’ll need some help with these costs, it’s important to talk to your adoption social worker about it early in the process. Each expectant mother’s situation is different, and eligibility may vary.
In order to have a healthy pregnancy, it’s important that you have everything you need to lead a healthy lifestyle. Like food and groceries, the cost of some household items - like feminine and dental care items, along with prenatal supplements - may be covered during your pregnancy.
Placing a baby for adoption is a loving, but incredibly challenging decision to make. Many women experience an array of emotions during this time and find that counseling is very helpful in navigating those feelings. If you would like to receive counseling during or after your pregnancy, that can be arranged by your adoption social worker. The cost of counseling will be covered by the adoptive family or adoption organization.
If you need assistance with transportation, your adoption social worker can work with you to find the best solution. You may eligible for assistance with transportation costs or be connected with a transportation service to utilize during your pregnancy.
It won't cost you anything. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your medical and legal fees will be covered and you may be eligible for financial assistance with other pregnancy-related expenses.
Yes. Even if you don’t know the identity of the birth father, you can still choose to make an adoption plan. However, every adoption situation is different. The adoption social worker you’re assigned to will get to know you and your story first, and then guide you through the process accordingly.
You can make an adoption plan at any point in your pregnancy, even after the baby has been born. But, it's important to start the process as early in your pregnancy as possible. Connecting with those resources will allow you to gain access to important medical services, including prenatal care, to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.
One aspect of your adoption plan is the "Hospital Plan" an outline of how you'd like your hospital stay and delivery to go. You can craft this on your own or with the help of your adoption social worker. But everything is up to you. You’ll be able to choose who comes to the hospital with you, who is in the room with you during delivery, and how much time you’d like to spend with the baby before signing the final papers.
As part of your adoption plan, you'll determine whether or not you’d like to have an open or closed adoption or something in between. Open adoptions may include phone calls, messaging (via social media, email, or text), and/or periodic visits each year. Closed adoptions may include no contact at all or annual updates provided to the birth parent(s) by the adoptive family. Each post-adoption relationship is different and can vary based on what an expectant mother chooses in her adoption plan.
5-21-22 One of the things we love most about our community is the wide variety of experiences it offers. Every weekend (and some week days, too) there is an event that we attend. We believe that hands-on learning is the very best way to expose kids to new things and help them find their interests. Our son loves fire trucks, and today there was a “Touch a Truck” event that gave kids the opportunity to sit inside of all kinds of trucks – fire trucks, cement mixers, postal service vehicles, excavators, and more. We know all kids have different interests, and our community is well-equipped to offer many different experiences geared toward all sorts of interests!
5-7-22In our house we celebrate both Birth Mother’s Day and Mother’s Day. We pray that today you know how special you are.
5-1-22Something we try to do in our family is put time into special touches that make ordinary things memorable. Our son is absolutely obsessed with the movie Encanto. So today we had an Encanto day. We made arepas, cocadas and empanadas. We also decorated our home and did fun activities together. We had a glow stick hunt (Bruno’s vision), listened to the soundtrack, played Encanto BINGO, read two Encanto books, played the accordion, and watched the movie. We love creating experiences like this that make ordinary things extra magical, and we can’t wait to add in special interests of another special little one someday.
4-23-22Today, we spent time with good friends! We had a belated Easter egg hunt in Theresa’s classroom, then spent time together laughing and enjoying treats! Both of the other families have kids around our son’s age. They also both have newborns, so we got to snuggle the new babies, too. We are lucky our kids can all grow up together! They are the best support system.
4-17-22We celebrated Easter today! When our son woke up, that sneaky bunny had left a fun basket for him (but hopped away before we could catch him). Theresa made the bunny waffles shown in the photo for breakfast before Church. After a little time playing and relaxing at home, we headed over to Papa Ron’s (Theresa’s dad) for an egg hunt, lunch, and family time. We love to celebrate holidays with decorations, treats and food! Today marks our third Easter praying for another little one to join our family. Whether or not you celebrate today, know we are thinking of you and praying for you and the precious little one you are carrying!
4-9-22Today was a busy day for us! We went from gymnastics class this morning, to an Easter egg hunt at the zoo (shown in the photo) this afternoon, to the circus this evening! We are all going to sleep well tonight. Our son was so joyful, and watching him take in those special happy moments was awesome. Yet in the midst of it all, we couldn't help but imagine what extra joy today would have been to watch our son experience those special events with a sibling. We imagine what it would be like to hold another little one's hand and help them gather eggs, or see the excitement in their face as they see the sights of the circus. We are praying for you. We are waiting for you.
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