How it All Began...
How did you decide to adopt a baby?
After over a decade of trying everything to get pregnant, we were encouraged by our best friends who had successfully adopted two children.
Why did you choose to work with Angel Adoption?
We were turned down by the first adoption company we approached due to religious differences between myself and my husband. After much research I found Angel Adoption to be a great fit for who we are.
What were you most excited about?
Seeing his little feet and toes, holding him in our arms, and knowing we were finally starting our very own family.
What were you most nervous about?
Meeting the expectant mother once she chose to speak with us. We didn’t know what to expect.
What was it like meeting the expectant mother for the first time?
It was very much a relief since we connected so easily. She greeted us with a huge hug and smile. She was reassuring and appreciative of our interest and help. Even her mother, children, and church friends were so kind.
Did you choose an open or closed adoption, and how did you make that decision?
Open. We both felt it was important to our child that he know his birthparents and never question the decision we all made together. No secrets, just pure honesty. We felt it was in everyone’s best interest in our particular situation and for our future relationship.
Describe the experience of finally meeting your baby.
We temporarily relocated the expectant mother to our state six weeks prior to the birth and assisted her and her two-year-old with short-term housing nearby. We were lucky to be with her as our future child grew in her belly, attend each doctor’s appointment, and get to know her and her current young child. We were able to be in the delivery room when our son was born and took his first breath. The birth was an overwhelming blessing that brought tears of joy to all of us. My son’s birthmother is my hero. We could never thank her enough for making our dream come true and choosing us for his parents.
What is your relationship like with the birthmother?
Our relationship is very much an unconditional friendship. We text a few times monthly and share images of our son with her, and she shares images of his sister and half-brother occasionally.
What were the biggest challenges of the adoption process?
The legal dealings were challenging. And the beginning of the process, when she was living in a different state, was hard. It was too far away and a six-hour difference.
Adopting a baby can be a lengthy process - how did you get through the wait?
We were very lucky as it only took about three months until the first call and less than eight months before our son was born.
Would you adopt again?
Yes. We would love to have a sibling for our son and expand our family. It’s been the greatest experience in our lives.
What advice do you have to share with other adoptive parents?
Be patient and diligent. Stay positive. Always think in the best interest of your future child. He or she will bring the ultimate joy in life and all the hardships getting through it will be more than worth it in the end.