Darin & Stacey
This is for those of you considering the journey of adoption. Darin and I knew we wanted to have children from the moment we met. We started trying to build our family right when we were married. After years of trying, and after every procedure possible, we decided to build our family through the miracle of adoption. I started researching online and requested information from numerous companies. I talked on the phone to 5 different organizations and knew immediately that Everlasting Adoptions was the choice for us! Carol was so warm and explained everything in detail. She went over the joy and hurdles you can experience throughout the process. We were matched within 6 short months, and unfortunately experienced the worst case scenario with our baby girl. After being in our home for a short time, the birthmother changed her mind. We were court ordered to return her. Please understand that is not something that occurs very often at all. Our attorney handling our case said it was the first time in his 25 years of doing adoptions.
We never thought we would be able to try the adoption process again. Luckily our love for each other healed us, and we decided to contact Carol again. She was so amazing! Carol told us she would be thrilled to help us with our journey again. She was so caring and compassionate. We were matched with our next birthmother in only 7 short months. Carol was there for us the entire time. She would email and call often to touch base and make sure everything was going as planned. After being matched, we were blessed to welcome our son Carsen to our family in 4 short months. Carsen is a miracle! We are so thankful to his birthmother for her courage and strength. He brings us so much joy and happiness. Once Carsen joined our family, we were sure he was going to be our only child. I will be honest, the process is stressful, and we did not think we would have the strength to go through it again. When Carsen was almost 2, we decided he should have a sibling to grow up with. This is one of the greatest decisions we ever made! We knew immediately that we would contact Everlasting Adoptions to help us find Carsen a brother or sister.
When we contacted Everlasting Adoptions to sign up, Carol again was amazing! She was thrilled to have us join their family yet one more time! We were surprised to hear Everlasting Adoptions had expanded and added additional staff. I will be honest, I was concerned to deal with someone other than Carol because she had been so compassionate and patient with me. I didn't know if anyone could measure up. That is when I was introduced to Jenna! Jenna is equally as amazing! In 6 short months we were matched with another birthmother again. This experience was PERFECT. We spoke daily and built a beautiful relationship with one another. Our son was born 4 months after we were matched. Jenna was there every step of the way. She even took my call on a weekend when I was feeling a little nervous about the process. She calmed me, and made me feel wonderful. When our son was born, she called and texted all day to keep us posted and let us know how excited she was. She, too, was AMAZING!
Lucas completes our family. We have two amazing, beautiful, healthy, perfect sons! All of this due to Everlasting Adoptions!
I would recommend them hands down to anyone looking to start the journey of adopting! They have an amazing staff and work very hard to match couples with birthmothers quickly.
Thank you Everlasting Adoptions!!!
Jami & Ryan
Last night Stella bent down close to her new baby sister and whispered, "Scout, when you get older we're gonna be best buddies." Ryan and I just looked at each other and about cried. It was one of the sweetest moments in my life. These are the memories that are replacing all of the hurt and sadness that comes with infertility. I look at our two girls and can't imagine life without them. It was a long broken winding road that brought us to each of them. I will always hold a special place in my heart for Carol and Everlasting Adoptions for guiding us down that road. Not once, but twice!
Kelly & Darren
Everlasting Adoptions was an amazing tool that led us to the daughter we longed for. We contacted Carol about signing up with Everlasting Adoptions, and she was so patient with all our questions and endless phone calls. Through Everlasting Adoptions we were available to birth moms searching for adoptive parents for their babies. Carol was always there for us, guiding and protecting us. Occasionally, adoption agencies would contact Carol asking if any adoptive parents were interested in birth mother scenarios they had available. We decided to answer one of those scenarios which led us to meeting the birth parents of our daughter, Ava. We are thankful that God put Everlasting Adoptions into our path on the journey to our precious baby girl! Our daughter is now 16 months old and is the princess of the family. Her three big brothers spoil her, protect her and love on her; it's so touching to see how they've embraced her! We would recommended Everlasting Adoptions to anyone looking to experience the beautiful journey of adoption.
Darren, Kelly, Ethan, Seth, Aidan and Ava
Traci & Tom
We were considering another treatment, but every time I would get close to making the doctor’s appointment, I would get a pit in my stomach. IVF is a roller coaster ride of emotions, and in our case, it ended in disappointment each time. Once we decided on adoption, I felt relieved and really deeply, it was the right decision for us.
Our process took three and a half years. Yes, it was agonizing at times, but the Everlasting Adoptions staff, especially Carol Shepherd, really helped keep us positive. As Carol is an adoptive parent, she had such compassion, and she never gave up trying to find us the right match.
My advice to other prospective adoptive parents is to not give up! We were literally days away from our Everlasting Adoptions contract expiring when we were matched with our birthmother. The staff at Everlasting Adoptions is not giving up on you so have faith. Lastly, no matter how long it takes, it is very worth the wait. My husband and I feel incredibly blessed to have our daughter and know deep in our hearts that the right child came to us in the right time. Tom and I made the decision to adopt after four failed IVF treatments.
Good Luck to you all on your adoption journey.
Danielle & John
John and I decided to build our family through adoption after many miscarriages and years of fertility treatments. It was always our dream to become parents, and Everlasting Adoptions made that dream come true. After 15 months, we were matched with an unbelievable birth mom. We immediately made a connection with her, and we truly believe it was meant to be. Our son was definitely worth the wait. Carol was always there to share words of encouragement and wisdom. We have been through a lot on our road to becoming a family but never gave up hope. Without hope, there is nothing! Miracles do happen! Our son is such an amazing miracle!! Thanks to Everlasting Adoptions our family is complete!