This letter is a long overdue heartfelt thank you to ANLC and our three birth families for assisting us in creating our beautiful family.
Our journey began in 2006 shortly after we married. After multiple miscarriages and an unsuccessful invitro series we immediately turned to the path of adoption. We contact ANLC in June of 2007 and they were extremely helpful and compassionate. In just three short years our family expanded from the two of us to five. Yes, three beautiful healthy babies in a matter of three years. ANLC’s placement statistics proved accurate as our short wait period astounded us. Baby #1 (Taylor) was a one month wait, Baby #2 (Jordyn) was three months, and Baby #3 (Aidyn) was two weeks. All of the ANLC staff members that assisted us thru each of our journey’s were responsive to our phone calls and the many questions we had. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALL THAT YOU DO!
Today life is crazy and can be hectic but there isn’t a single moment that we’d trade it for anything. Everything does happen for a reason and there truly is a silver lining, you just have to believe and have faith.
Wow, I can’t believe that it has been a little of two years that our daughter Maleah was born. When we first contacted Adoption Network, we felt at ease. We were treated wonderfully from the first time we spoke to Jennifer. After three years of trying to conceive our own child and going through many rounds of fertility treatment, we turned to Adoption Network. When we spoke to Jennifer, she told us that it would be a fast process, but we didn’t think that it would because we have known others that have adopted and it took years. We signed the papers with Adoption Network on June 20, 2008, and on September 29, 2008, we received a phone call saying that we were selected.
The next night, we were having our conference call with the prospective birth mother; on January 3, 2009, our beautiful daughter, Maleah, was born. We arrived at the hospital 12 hours after she was born because a snow storm kept us on the road for four hours.
When we were taken to the nursery where she was we were overjoyed and so grateful of what the birth mother had done for us and everything that Adoption Network had done for us. Adoption Network was there every step of the way, making sure that our home study was getting done, helping us getting our pictures selected, and checking on us after Maleah was born. Without Adoption Network I’m not sure where we would have turned, but I know that choosing them was the best decision we ever made!
Fred, Tina, and Maleah
As we find ourselves enjoying a wonderful Saturday in a busy house of three active boys, it’s sometimes hard to believe there was a time when I wondered if I would ever be a mother. Heartache and longing have changed to fullness and joy through the adoption of our boys.
Just 7 years ago, we made our first call to ANLC, and after extensive research and comparing them to other adoption agencies, we excitedly signed on with them. Several months later we were matched, but when the baby was born the birthmother changed her mind and we experienced the pain of a failed adoption attempt. Only one month after that, our first son Calvin was welcomed into our open arms. He has brought us so much joy and it has been amazing to watch him grow up.
When Calvin was almost 2 years old, we chose ANLC again to help us grow our family – which happened faster than we ever imagined. A mere month after signing on, I received the call that a baby boy was born and asking if we could come to the hospital… and come we did! After throwing all the baby items we had and a suitcase of clothes into our pickup – the family drove into the night to meet Troy the next morning. After leaving the hospital a day later, we had to keep checking the back seat of the vehicle to make sure he was really there – it hardly seemed real!
In late summer of 2009 we called up Adoption Network again to start the process of adopting our third child. We received an email awhile later letting us know that we had submitted everything necessary to complete our web profile and they would notify us within a couple of weeks when our page was live. I received a call from them around that time, and thinking they were telling me that our webpage was up, I was shocked and thrilled to find that we had been chosen by a birthmother! A month and a half later, we were in a delivery room in California seeing firsthand the miracle of life- and not missing a single moment with our newborn son, Russell. He is such a sweetheart and already has a wonderful sense of humor and lack of dancing abilities --- he fits right in!
The miracles, anticipation, worry and excitement in each of our children’s adoptions would take a few more pages to write… time doesn’t allow as our little Russell is pointing to the toys he has gotten out and wants to play! There are so many precious moments & humor that the kids bless us with every day. Troy said in his prayer last night “… and please help Mommy stay awake when we read the mystery stories” (I can’t help it – The Boxcar Children put me to sleep… and these boys do wear me out!) Calvin and Troy are outside right now, helping their dad fix things in the machine shop, and Russell is smiling and playing inside with me. Barry and I are so blessed – we can’t imagine life getting any better than this! Thank you, Adoption Network for everything you have done to build our family.
Barry, Molly, Calvin (6), Troy (4), and Russell
Working with Adoption Network Law Center has been a great experience. Each member of their staff was kind and compassionate toward us as they walked us through our adoption process. It was great to have someone to hold our hand each step of the way, from beginning paperwork through speaking with the judge at the finalization hearing. They answered all of our questions and explained things thoroughly so that we felt comfortable and prepared.
Even though we were halfway across the country from ANLC’s offices, they matched us up with people in our area to complete our home study and post placement visits. Phone calls and e-mails were always answered quickly, and we felt like they really cared about us and our desire to grow our family. Never for a minute did we doubt that we had chosen the right people to guide us on our adoption journey.
We couldn’t believe how quickly everything happened for our adoption. From the first day of signing on with ANLC to the day our baby was in our arms was 5 ½ months, and we were matched with our birth mother after only 2 months. They let us know exactly what they needed from us and processed it as soon as they received it. Their examples and suggestions were so helpful as we were trying to gather the materials they needed to market us as a waiting family, and the marketing team did a beautiful job of representing us on their websites. Such a good job, in fact, that we were chosen within 4 hours of being advertised on the first website.
ANLC walked us through our relationship with our birth mother, too. They were on the phone with us during our first phone call to meet our birth mother, continually checked in on us and our birth mother to guide us and make sure things were going well, and helped set up a face-to-face meeting prior to the birth so we could get to know each other better before the big day.
One of the things we really appreciated about ANLC is that they not only took good care of us, but they also took good care of our birth mother. They set her up with a counselor and a social worker so that she could really know for sure as to whether adoption was the right choice for her. They also checked in with her on a regular basis to see how she was doing and making sure her needs were being met so that both she and the baby were well cared for during the pregnancy and after the birth.
We even got to meet the ANLC staff after our daughter’s birth. It was a precious time to meet the people that worked so hard to help us receive our miracle. It is great to have pictures of our baby girl with the people who loved her before she was born and brought her families together. We are forever grateful for the love and care we received from ANLC throughout each step of our adoption.
Christopher, Amy, Ivy & Eliana
This was one of the most emotional and exhilarating experiences of our lives and ANLC was there every step of the way!
We contacted ANLC 2 years ago while living in the United Kingdom and looking to begin our family. Everyone we spoke with provided us with all the information we needed and answers to all of our questions - believe us - there were plenty of them! We were guided through the paperwork and provided with every support mechanism we could possibly require. Aside from scouring our pictures from the prior two years - and improvising a few "winter" shots in the middle of the summer - the paperwork was relatively straight forward. Much to our surprise, three weeks after having our on-line profiles go live, we were contacted by ANLC saying that we had been matched.
Our first tear filled call, learning more about the birthmother and expetant child, gave us our first step in our long - awaited process of starting our family. The one surprise - the due date was 6 weeks away!!!! Here we are now, 19 months later beginning the process yet again for our second adoption with ANLC in hopes of adopting a brother or sister for Madisen. This was one of the most emotional and exhilarating experiences of our lives and ANLC was there every step of the way! We can't wait to go through it with them again.
Jim and Jill
For as long as I can remember, all I have ever wanted was to be a mommy. Everything in my heart and soul told me I was meant to be a mom, but after 11 years of marriage and 9 years of fertility treatments, hurricanes, lost adoptions, and foster babies that went home, I had given up. I couldn’t take the disappointment anymore. Then one night in anger and frustration, I typed in the words “I want a baby NOW” in my search engine. ANLC popped up all over the place, and the more I read, the more encouraged I became.
I filled out an online request for more information and then went to bed. 2 days later, I received a package in the mail with an application for adoption, a DVD and some excellent information about ANLC. I cautiously brought the information to my husband and gave him my “please baby, just one more time” eyes. After careful consideration, we decided that we would fill out one last adoption application, and then we would be done. If this did not happen for us, we were giving up, selling the house and moving to a flat in the city to be cosmopolitan DINKS. (Double Income No Kids).
Six months after sending in our application, I received a call from ANLC telling me they had a match for us, and the baby was due in 3 months time. I was so excited. I wanted to wait until my husband got home from the store to tell him, but I was too excited, so I called him on the phone to tell him about the match, and in the middle of the store I could hear him screaming at the top of his lungs “Yahoo!!! I’m going to be a DAD!” 3 months later our son Charlie was born. He is the apple of our eyes and loved by so many. This past February, we celebrated Charlie’s 1st birthday. What a wonderful year this has been for us.
Thank you ANLC, you helped us make our family complete.
ANLC made our dreams come true and we could have never imagined adoption would be so easy. We had so many fears going into this process, which all seem so silly now. We wanted another child for many years. After giving birth to Emily 9 years ago it was very difficult to conceive. With the emotional roller coaster of fertility treatments and many disappointments, it only made sense to want to adopt a child. Now looking back, we wish we started with adoption and forgone the false hopes of fertility.
We had many friends who adopted through ANLC and they were very happy with the process. ANLC staff made us feel like family, so it was a natural choice to go with them. After only four months, we were introduced to our birthmother. This was something that we did not initially want to do, as we were hoping for no contact with the birth parents. We were very wrong about our feelings.
Meeting the birth mother and getting to know her before the birth was amazing. She is beautiful, intelligent and driven, everything you could want in a child. She even had Jill in the room when our beautiful baby was born and immediately put into our arms. We thank god every day for finding ANLC which led us to the miracle of our little girl. We could not be happier as a family and thank ANLC for completing our family.
Jim, Jill, Emily & Reagan
My husband and I contacted Adoption Network Law Center (ANLC) in January of 2009. We had spent the previous two years trying to become pregnant through Invitro Fertilization, with no success. We began to give up hope, until we made the choice to contact ANLC. From the moment we contacted ANLC we knew that we were making the right choice. Our advisor, Jeanette, put us at ease about the process and how everything worked from start to finish. Nervous and exited we began our journey with ANLC by our side guiding us through each step. Within a few months we learned we had been chosen, every emotion rushed through us, and so began the next chapter of the process after being chosen. Four months later we had our baby girl Isabelle. She is such a good baby and loved by so many people. Our lives wouldn’t be complete without Isabelle we love her very much. She has brought such joy in our lives that we never thought possible.
The process couldn’t have gone any smoother. Without the help from ANLC, this process would have seemed overwhelming. Our lives wouldn’t be complete without our little girl, we are extremely grateful for all of ANLC’s support. The entire staff was very professional and helpful; we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.
Mike, Karen, and Isabelle
The following excerpts are taken from letters from families who have adopted with Adoption Network Law Center.
They would like to share a bit of their adoption experience in the hope that what they have experienced might help others.
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