Kirsten & Scott
Kirsten and I had spent many years and tried many different methods to have children but were unsuccessful. After some soul searching, we decided to pursue adoption. We would be lying if we said 30 months of waiting were not frustrating and angst filled, but in the end the wait was worth the amazing end result, our daughter Tuesday Elise. We also were able to find solace in the Everlasting Adoptions staff who were always there to ease our frustration, or answer our questions, or to just reassure us that everything we were experiencing was normal.
Since so many of the staff members at Everlasting Adoptions were adoptive parents themselves, they were able to understand our frustration and stress. They were always available and responded so quickly to our calls and texts. They aided us in meeting the birth family and helped us find lawyers. They also facilitated the first few meetings between us and the birth family.
For all prospective adoptive parents out there, try and be patient and trust the staff at Everlasting Adoptions. Be prepared to experience a total range of emotions, maintain strong communication, and be totally honest with yourself and others. If adoption is the path you have chosen, it will be worth it in the end.
Julie & Mike
Mike and I turned to adoption after being told that we would be physically unable to have children. We had both always dreamed of having children, so we prayed and felt like this was the decision God had for us. After 2 years with Everlasting Adoptions and a few unsuccessful matches, we finally met the birth mom God had planned for us. On January 23rd, our precious daughter Natalee was born and she is worth every second of the wait.
We are forever grateful to Everlasting Adoptions and would especially like to thank Lisa, our Birth Mother Consultant. I don’t think we would have met our birth mom without her! The Everlasting staff are amazing. Through our ups and downs they never gave up on us.
If we could give one piece of advice to other prospective adoptive parents, we would tell them to keep faith that your time will come! We know from personal experience that this is easier said than done and at some points in our journey it seemed like it would never happen, but we were patient and finally got the call that forever changed our lives.
Mike & Julie
I have a lot of love and gratitude in my heart today as I hold my precious son in my arms. I’ve wanted to be a mother for as long as I can remember, but didn’t have the opportunity. In April of 2013, I joined Everlasting Adoptions. I had no idea what a whirlwind of emotions the adoption process would be, but I was grateful for the staff at Everlasting Adoptions who helped me through the process. Finally, after 3 long years, I was connected with the birthmother of my son. Xavier was born October 2016, and is the greatest blessing in my life. I’m so grateful for Carol and all the staff at Everlasting Adoptions.
Kourtney & Joseph
It is with a very grateful heart that I write this. We are Joe and Kourtney, and if you have been with Everlasting for any length of time and are as nosy as we are, you have most likely read our profile. Like us you would have gone through and read most of the profiles to see what all the different families are like, and then get worried that no one will ever pick you over all these other amazing families! Like us you may go back and forth on whether going with Everlasting Adoptions was the “best” choice for you and worry that this couldn’t possibly work. You may read comments on Facebook or Internet and wonder, “Is this the real deal?” We did all this and more, and to be honest, all of it was our fear taking over. When you want something so badly and your heart just aches with it, you allow so many doubts to come in. When you are talking about the life of a child, it can be absolutely overwhelming emotionally. Coming into Everlasting, we already had three children; two of them biological, and the third, adopted. We had never been with any type of agency before and really didn’t know what to expect. A friend of ours had seen Everlasting Adoptions online and mentioned them to us. So one night, Kourtney filled out an application, and within a day we got a phone call from Everlasting. Our experience with Everlasting, from the very beginning was definitely positive and something that we would repeat and also encourage friends and family to go through if they were looking to adopt. We felt that from day one they were very honest and transparent with us, even telling us that because of our already having children it may take longer to find a match. We have been very satisfied and grateful for everything they have done for us. Every email I wrote was promptly replied to (and I wrote often!), every picture I asked to be put on or taken off of their website was done quickly (again A LOT). If I called them, they answered or called right back. We are so thankful for everything they have done. When we finally made our match (after 18 months) they helped us find lawyers and helped us figure out the next steps. They even helped us in the very first steps of connecting with the birth mom when we were unsure how to proceed. We now have our sweet little Mikaiah Jude and are so in love with him. He is now five weeks old, and already we can’t imagine life without him. He puts a smile on everyone’s face (even in the early morning hours when he’s hungry and we are exhausted). Life is crazy, unpredictable, noisy and a lot more unorganized, but we wouldn’t trade it for anything. I think if we can say anything to you, it would be to stay the course and don’t allow doubt to get in the way of what you already know is the right thing for your family. You will go crazy with waiting, your patience will be tested, you will think time is standing still, but in the end you will have a precious and VERY loved baby in your arms for life and every minute of the past months/years will be worth it.
Lisa & Bill
Adoption was something that Bill and I had always talked about. We talked about adoption before we even had decided to start a family. We really felt that it was an incredible opportunity to love a child in the way, we believe, God loves us. We had a difficult time getting pregnant with our first son and ended up using fertility treatments. After having Boden, our oldest, we made the decision that adoption would be the way we built our family. We began the process and were a “waiting family” for two months when we found out we were pregnant. We then put the adoption on hold and restarted the process at the end December 2015. We continued to feel called to adopt a baby as a way to love the child and birth parents in a way that is radical and selfless.
After restarting the adoption after having our second son, Jack, our adoption took about 3 months. We restarted on December 24, 2015 and were called on April 4, 2016. The wait was nothing like we had expected. We expected to wait at least a year and were floored when I received the call about our little girl only 3 months into the process.
Because our process was a little unconventional, having to put it on hold for a time, we had a lot of contact with Carol and the staff. I would say that our “rock” through the process was Carol. We had positive experiences with all of the staff, but Carol was the one who helped us to feel most cared for and made the process feel very personalized.
For those parents who are waiting, we remember those months. The most cliche response I’d have would be, it’ll happen when you least expect it. In our case I’d also say, be ready for it to happen fast. We thought we’d have time to prepare, but we were notified by Carol about Mila, two days before she was due. During our season of waiting we prayed a lot. We prayed for our birth parents and for our unborn baby. We didn’t know when it would be, but we knew that God had already chosen our child for us. We knew that there wasn’t anything we could do to make it go faster or slow down, when God ordained for our daughter to come into our family, it would happen…and it would be perfect. Our other advice would be to those of you who have children already. We would encourage you to be talking to your children about it now. Prepare their hearts to be a big brother or sister. Help them to understand adoption and why you want to build your family this way. Also, allow people into your lives to be a part of your journey. It can be painful and its emotional, but we had such a supportive community around us praying fervently, that we felt cared for regardless of the outcome of our situation. If you are called to adopt, your baby is coming. It will be the perfect baby, at the perfect time, through a perfect story.
Our experience was phenomenal. The beginning of the process was tedious and felt long, but it was worth every penny. Everlasting’s staff was wonderful and went above and beyond to be sure we were pleased with everything from our profile book, to the website, to our monthly updates, and more. When the rubber hit the road and we matched with Jenn, Carol was our backbone and guide through the process. It all went very quickly but there wasn’t a time, day or night, where Carol was not available to us. She was texting Jenn at all hours of the day and diligently worked to keep communication open between Jenn, us, and our lawyer. Carol’s passion for adoption and for families is incredible, and it made us feel very cared for and special. When I hear of other folks who want to adopt, I tell them Everlasting is the only way to go. We couldn’t have gotten through that emotional week without Carol’s support. We are so thankful to her for her guidance and heartfelt interactions!
When we think about our experience and look at our beautiful daughter, we are reminded how blessed we are. When I stare at Mila, I’m often brought to tears with her beauty and the responsibility and gift I’ve been given to love her for the rest of her life. We didn’t know how our adoption story would be written, but Mila’s story is so much more beautiful than we ever could have imagined. Not only do we have her as a part of our family, but we have another new family member, Jenn, her birthmom. I love Jenn in a way that I never knew was possible and look forward to what our open adoption will look like for years to come. Adoption is a difficult decision for the birth parents, and we don’t take that lightly. So as we move forward, we are so excited to care for Jenn as a part of our family as well. Thank you for helping us to be parents again Everlasting Adoptions. Special thank you to Carol as well for loving us as family throughout it all.
Tiffini & Jess
Tiffini and I consider us very fortunate to have been able to work with Everlasting Adoptions. We researched many options and companies and chose Everlasting because we felt they were the best fit for us. The staff at Everlasting did everything they promised they would do. From the development of our adoption profile to congratulations and well wishing after we brought Gabriel home, Everlasting Adoptions were by our side. Throughout the process, they answered our questions and supported us when we became anxious while waiting. When they called us in August with a potential birth mother, our hearts stopped and our lives would never be the same. They immediately went to work on the second phase of the process, working with us and the birth mother in preparation of the birth and adaption. Contact with Everlasting has not stopped after our adoption journey was over. We still get emails from Carol asking how things are going and checking in on Gabriel and us. As we look back on our adoption journey, we could not have been happier with the end result. The journey was long and doubt entered our minds on many occasions, but the process proved true and we could not have asked for a more perfect ending. We truly believe that Gabriel was intended to be with us, and Everlasting Adoptions made that happen. Jess and Tiffini
Stacey & Victor
Thanksgiving is fast approaching, which marks 6 wonderful months that we have had our son, Malcolm. We are constantly reminded that we have so much to be grateful for. Our lives will forever be changed.
We first came to Everlasting Adoptions through the internet. We were in a strange place because we had originally started the adoption process through the state. However we soon realized that fostering, though it is beneficial for some couples, was not something we felt that we could do. Of course this realization came after weeks and weeks of adoption training through the state. Discovering Everlasting Adoptions through the web, comes after exploring another agency. We took a chance and reached out to them.
Immediately, Sheila contated us. She was thorough and timely and informative. She told us that Carol would contact us for an hour consult over the phone. Carol called us at the scheduled time frame, and our whole world of understanding opened up. We felt so uplifted, at ease, and informed. We appreciated that she took her time in answering all of our questions. We were so amazed that we couldn’t believe we could feel so comfortable, and the meeting was over the phone. We were sold immediately. At that point, we had no doubts.
Little did we know that we would soon meet another special individual, Ceal. After Sheila and Brittany lead us through the process of creating our profile, we were then introduced to Ceal who made sure that we understood the process of how the birth parents would reach out to us. She was so patient with us. Not only did she inform us when we were chosen, she stayed with us and advised us through the whole process as we connected with the Birth Mom.
The exciting news of us being chosen comes on the tail end of recently discovering that we were pregnant and then miscarrying shortly thereafter. Hearing Ceal’s calming voice over the phone gave us such peace and kept us calm. We talked with the birth Mom from January to May, when she was due. Ceal was extremely instrumental in helping us to form a strong bond with our birth mom. Turns out that we were blessed with a beautiful baby boy around the date that we were originally scheduled to give birth!
We praise God for all the wonderful staff at Everlasting Adoptions, and a special love and acknowledgement goes out to our birth mom for making the hard decision and choosing us to recieve such a beautiful, healthy, son. We will be forever connected with her and family, and those at Everlasting Adoptions who walked with us through this process. We give so much praise to God for blessing us with such special people that gave us a healthy bundle that has added so much joy to our family.
Stacey and Vic
Avril & Matt
In February of 2014, we officially began pursuing private, domestic adoption. We were told that we would never conceive, but in 2010, we were blessed with a beautiful, biological daughter. Knowing that the chances of having another child was extremely slim because of my medical condition, we chose to look into adoption.
We found Everlasting Adoptions on the internet, and after interviewing them on the phone, we knew right away that they were the agency we wanted to use. We based our decision on the facts that they were small, very personable, adoptive parents themselves and they were just very caring.
After beginning the process, it took about 14 months to connect with a birth mom and 19 months until the our beautiful baby was in our arms.
Everlasting Adoptions was Always available. I remember calling one time, and Carol answered the phone when she was on vacation. Another time I called, and she was at a family outing. Cherise put together the most amazing brochure for us! We just can’t say enough about this company! We love you all!!
Our advice to prospective parents would be:
1. Choose Everlasting Adoptions first and foremost
2. Don’t rush on the paperwork from the home study agency, as it can be overwhelming. Don’t try to do it all at once.
3. Be Patient; enjoy life in the present!
We are the proud parents of two children now! Wow has life changed!! This whole process was amazing! Thank you everyone who helped our dream to come true!!
Thank you Everlasting Adoptions; we will forever be grateful!!
Avril and Matt
Randy & Shauna
As we sit here in our home, with our beautiful newborn baby girl happily cooing in our arms, we are simply overwhelmed with gratitude and joy. It’s been like this ever since we brought her home from the hospital two weeks ago. When she occasionally cries to tell us she is hungry or needs a fresh diaper, she smiles. When she stretches and strains with regular digestive processes, she smiles. Oftentimes, when she is in the midst of deep deep sleep, she smiles. Basically, she is always smiling – and so are we.
Early on in our adoption quest, when we had our first home study visit, the gentleman who did it told us “if you really truly want to adopt a baby, you will adopt a baby”. He went on to tell us that, like with anything that anyone wants, we just needed to entirely commit ourselves to making this dream become a reality. Since that initial visit, we did completely commit every aspect of ourselves to the quest, and he was right, we have now adopted our baby, wow.
The biggest commitment that we made in order to get connected to the most amazing birthmother we could have ever dreamed up was contracting with Everlasting Adoptions. For us, we know this was by far the best decision we made. When we had our first couple of conversations with Carol Shepherd, she emphasized that if we’d see it through, we’d have the best chances of a connection and ultimately an adoption. To us, what this meant was that we needed to be patient, give them the entire 24 months to try to work for us and for our goal of adopting, and not to ‘rush’ such an important thing in any kind of way. Although our official waiting time is listed as 36 months, we really feel that it was more a 24 month waiting period, as we were somewhat slow to get our home study and profile materials done. Lucky for us, Everlasting Adoptions allowed us to extend our contract, until we got the connection of our dreams. We also had another connection, from which we learned so much and are grateful to have had. I joked with Carol at one point that we would probably be their longest ever waiting couple, but now when I look at it, I think we actually are. Our baby girl is way more than worth any waiting time…it gave us a chance to be fully prepared and to entirely enjoy every moment we have been blessed to have with her already…since getting this connection, nothing has been rushed, or stressed, or difficult…quite the opposite…it has unfolded more beautifully than anything else in our lives ever has.
To close, we’d like to wish any readers who are trying to adopt the very best of fortune. We give Everlasting Adoptions all the credit for our adoption success, knowing they really were the only logical option for us. We hope you can feel the same as soon as it is “meant to be” for you … whether it is just a day or week away for you, or an entire 35 more months, it will be the best thing ever. Good luck!
Jamie & Chris
Our adoption story started many many years ago when we both knew we could never conceive on our own. After several surgeries and then a hysterectomy by age 30, we knew that adoption was the only way we would be able to have a baby. Before we signed on with Everlasting Adoptions, we were foster parents and blessed with the opportunity to adopt our two sons, who are now 10 and 8. We wanted more than anything to have a little girl and our sons wanted a little sister, so we did a lot of research and took a chance with Everlasting.
I will be honest; the process took a lot longer than I thought, over two years. It was stressful and made us anxious at times, but now that Desirae is here, it’s so hard to remember that it took so long or was stressful. She was so worth the wait! The connection we have with our birth mother is amazing! We are just a few hours from each other so we were able to attend sonogram appointments and even weekly Dr’s appointments. After meeting and connecting with our birth mother, we never gave the length of time we waited a second thought!
The process at Everlasting was easy. Shelia was extremely helpful anytime we had a question regarding our profile or needed a change and Ceal, bless her heart, has the most patience of anyone I have ever met! Carol was also extremely helpful with our match and made sure we had a smooth connection with our birth mother and helped answer a dozen or more questions we had. When they say they are there for you at all hours, they mean it!
Our advice to waiting families: The wait may seem long, and it can be at times, just breath. You just haven’t met the right birth mother yet. You’ll know when you do!
Desirae is 6 weeks old and just beautiful! She is just perfect! Our boys absolutely adore their baby sister and she is already the center of their universe 🙂
Jamie & Chris