Zenobia & Conrad
We tried to have a baby for several years including two miscarriages. Due to our age, we realized that adoption would be the most feasible route to start a family together. We started the process in March, 2013 with Everlasting Adoptions, and on January 27, 2014, one of God's most precious gifts to us was born. I am ecstatic yet humbled by God's goodness as I think of our little one sleeping peacefully in her bassinet at this very moment. The staff at Everlasting Adoptions were instrumental in helping us to keep our focus. Ceal always had a kind word of support and encouragement just when we needed it. If you are considering the process or you are in the middle of the process, gird yourself with positive thoughts, prayers, confessions and a supportive network of friends, and just keep pressing. There are times of excitement, frustration and disappointment...but just like labor, when it is over and you hold your baby, you forget about all of the pain and frustration that you have ever felt. The reward for your journey is priceless.
Sara & Mike
Hi! We are Sara and Mike.
We cannot express enough how awesome and wonderful Everlasting Adoptions has been in our journey to becoming parents. We
are blessed with our Hudson, born on December 19, 2013. He is so beautiful and precious (and a good sleeper) that sometimes I still
have to pinch myself to make sure this is all real.
Our journey began 2 years ago when I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. We knew immediately that instead of postponing treatment to
harvest eggs, our path to having a baby would be through adoption. I was adopted myself, as was my cousin, so adoption was always going to be
part of our plan; we just thought we would be able to have a biological child, as well. The decision for us to adopt was easy, finding the right agency or person to put our hopes and dreams in? Well… after finding Everlasting Adoptions, that was easy as well.
We interviewed with several other nationwide agencies and/or facilitators. They made use feel like a number, like they had this checklist, and it was very obvious to us that we were just means to an end to them. Then we talked to Carol Shepherd. She emailed us back immediately, talked to us over the phone, and in the end, made choosing Everlasting very simple. I had a feeling after hanging up the phone with Carol that Everlasting would help us find our baby.
Sheila Neuman was amazing as well. She answered every email, and there were many, and returned every phone call, and there were many. She was supportive and kind and always had patience. She constantly assured us that a match would be coming. We signed on in January 2013, went live in April 2013 and were matched in September 2013. I remember speaking to Ceal Shapiro for the first time and she asked “Its a boy, do you want him?” YES was the answer! Ceal was wonderful, working with our birthmother and her mother, as well as checking in with us regularly and helping us stay calm during the entire process.
Before we knew it, December was upon us and we flew to meet our son. We were open to all forms of adoption: open, semi-open and closed. Our wonderful birthmother chose semi-open, and we will be always grateful for her. She gave us our son. She handed Hudson to me and said “You are a mommy." He is just perfect and wonderful, and because of this brave woman and Everlasting Adoptions, we are a family. I am a mother and Mike is an amazing father. Within 12 months, we became parents, and it is due to Everlasting.
I cannot recommend them highly enough.
Thank you Carol, Sheila and Ceal. Thank you.
Sara and Mike
Scott & Allison
Hello! We are Scott & Allison and we are so blessed to have our new baby boy, Thomas! We are soaking in every second with our angel. We chose to adopt because of fertility issues, but instead of continuing with treatment, we chose adoption. We wanted a family...it didn't have to be a baby with our DNA! We did our research in agencies and our options. When we found Everlasting, we liked what we saw and really liked the staff. We waited about 8 months before we were matched with our birth family and at about a year with Everlasting, we were placed with our baby. Waiting is hard, I won't lie, but it's totally worth it in the end. Our relationship with our birth parents has been wonderful and we chose an open adoption. I would encourage adoptive families to truly consider being as open as possible because it has made it much easier on everyone in our situation. Adoption is an amazing journey, with many ups and downs. If your heart is telling you to go for it, don't hesitate!
Marc & Maggie
Choosing adoption was the most fulfilling life decision we have ever made. After 5 years of unsuccessful pregnancy attempts, we decided to contact Everlasting Adoptions at last. We were welcomed by Carol, and from then on, it was "full speed ahead." As soon as we went "live" in February, we were contacted by our birthmother in July, and by October 28th, we welcomed the birth of our daughter Mila Gabrielle!
Our birthmom was absolutely incredible. She was very adamant about the fact that we immediately bond with Mila. So, this meant I participated in the delivery and was able to cut the cord!! Mila held on to my finger and locked eyes with me shortly thereafter--just as our birthmother had hoped for. Our experience was amazing and, again, our birthmother was an angel. We knew it was a good fit from the start, and we had a strong feeling that this was meant to be. The process was not as intimidating as we thought. We were walked through every little process, and when we had questions, our liaison, Ceal, was very patient in answering all of them.
Our entire journey was a whirlwind! Sometimes when we hear her cooing or crying, its unbelievable that she is truly ours. What a wonderful way to celebrate this coming holiday season. We could have chosen other adoptions agencies and/or alternative options, but Everlasting Adoption was our right choice in helping complete our family.
With all our love,
Marc, Maggie, and Mila Weiss
Megan & Kenton
Our journey to parenthood wasn't quick or easy, but it was Everlasting Adoptions that connected us to an amazing birthmother, and ultimately to our precious baby girl. We always knew that we wanted to adopt, but planned to have our own children first. After seven years and many fertility appointments later, it became clear that adoption would become our avenue toward achieving our dream of parenthood.
After much research into various agencies and services, I contacted Everlasting adoptions and had a lovely conversation with Carol. As an adoptive parent herself, she truly understood the apprehension with beginning this process. She assured us that our feelings were normal, and patiently answered all of our (many) questions.
After the completion of our profile, we had two connections in the first six months. This was so exciting, but they both fell through for different reasons that were out of our hands. I mention this because Carol, Ceal, and the Everlasting team were completely professional, caring, and empathic during those very difficult setbacks. They allowed us to heal at our own pace and move forward with their gentle encouragement when we were ready. We picked ourselves up and decided that the third connection would have to be the charm, and it was.
Our ultimate connection with our birthmother was different, better, than we'd imagined in every way. To be honest, we started the process thinking that we wanted as little contact with the birthmother as possible, simply out of the fear of the unknown of such a relationship. Our view was changed for the better when we got to know this phenomenal young woman. Her strength and dynamic personality were contagious. She shared our fears of the other party changing their minds after the commitment. We all learned together that we just had to have faith, and that we were going to be a team, the bond of which would last forever.
Since the arrival of our beautiful daughter, we have been blessed with the feelings of complete joy and love, and again want to thank the Everlasting team for all of their work in producing this connection. If you are considering giving the gift of life to a waiting family, or adopting a newborn into your family, please know that there is much love out there, and that it is truly an incredible team effort that results in lifetime bonds.