My husband and I knew before we got married that we wanted to start a family and have kids. Once we did some growing up ourselves and traveling, we knew it was the right time to start our journey. We explored our options (surrogacy, fostering, and adoption) and decided that private adoption was the best fit for us.
It took us about 2.5 years from the time we scheduled our first Introduction Class to when our son, Gavin was born. The “process” is still ongoing and will hopefully end with a Final Adoption in January of 2021. Overall, the experience has its ups and downs. The ups were seeing our profile created and sent into the world and being matched with an incredibly kind and selfless birth mother who we will continue to have be part of our family. The cons are definitely the waiting (and we waited less than average) and the risk you run with putting yourselves out there. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome. We adopted a perfectly healthy and most adorable little boy who has changed our lives. From his full head of hair to his big feet and long toes – He is perfect!
Carol and her staff were incredibly helpful and available at what seemed like all hours to answer questions and provided input and best practices. Carol was available by text, phone, or email at all points during our journey and we appreciate what she has done for our family.
We would tell other families waiting to adopt to try and have PATIENCE- This is a long journey, but most journeys worth taking are the longest. Don’t be discouraged when you take a few wrong turns. HOPE – Know that what is meant to be is meant to be. TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS – Know what you are getting into and trust your instincts about people.