Thank you for this opportunity to share our adoption story. It begins like many others. After struggling with infertility, we decided adoption was our best choice. We had been couple since our senior year of high school and were ready to start our family life. We found Adoption STAR, completed the classes and before long Ellie came home. On two occasions we thought we had been chosen, but at the last minute, things didn’t work out. Frustrated, we stayed hopeful. Thankfully, we received the call we had been waiting for one beautiful March day. We picked up Ellie at the agency. The first year with Ellie was amazing. She went from a tiny 5-pound baby to a gorgeous, albeit pudgy, 1 year old. Soon enough Casey came into our lives. We had thrown our hat into the ring again just before we took Ellie on her first of many trips to Cancun. By the time we arrived home, Casey’s birth mother had chosen us. She was born three months later. Casey has been a gift beyond words. Our family was now complete.
Words cannot express how grateful we are to both of our children’s birth families. We cherish the connection we maintain with both of them. Our connection to Adoption STAR is equally important to us. Adoption STAR’s dedication to education and support for both adoptive and birth parents is unmatched.
While we were waiting for our baby to be born to her birth family, I found out I was pregnant(again)! Knowing that we would be unable to raise two infants…. and also knowing that I would likely miscarry, we felt the fair thing to do would be to “decline” our profiling. Little did we know, we had already been chosen! As sadly expected, I did miscarry. Concurrently, our as yet unknown birth mother pretty much disappeared. We rejoined the active pool and a couple of weeks later, our soon to be birth family resurfaced! They wanted us to be their daughter’s forever family! What is meant to be is meant to be! Many Blessings!
Finally, after nearly a year of officially waiting, we got THE phone call. Adoption STAR called with a profile opportunity! We got very excited, as we always did when we were profiled, but something felt different.. If truly felt right from the very beginning. Within a couple of hours, I got a call back. Sue asked if I was driving, I said no, then she asked if I was sitting. In my head I kept thinking OH MY GOSH this is THE call. I can’t believe she’s going to say what I think she’s going to say. Then she said it… the birth mom had chosen us to parent her child! I was totally ecstatic, yet at the same time, I had this feeling that this is what was supposed to happen.
A week later we were able to meet “our” birth mom and her mom for the first time. That meeting simply confirmed that we were in a perfect situation for us. We planned to meet again in 2 weeks for dinner and the following week we were at an ultrasound seeing our SON for the very first time. It was so surreal. We still had a long road – over 4 months after that ultrasound. It turned out to be a great opportunity to get to know Tyler’s birth mom and her family. We are very grateful for that time.
We got the phone labor phone call from birth mom at about 10:30 am on February 17th. We spent the afternoon at the hospital with her and her family. Things progressed pretty quickly and Tyler was born at 7:01 pm. We are so thankful to have had the opportunity to be there for his birth! Chris was able to cut the umbilical cord and I was the first to hold him! We spent the next couple of hours with him and his birth family before they took him to get his first bath and his blood work. We returned the next day and spent the day with all of them again. On the third day we went back one last time. We stopped at STAR and signed all of our paperwork and then went straight to the hospital from there to pick up our son.
It is still surreal to think about those days, even more than a year later. Since then, our second son has joined our family. We couldn’t feel more blessed than we do today! Sometimes, when it’s really quiet around here, I still can’t believe that all of this has actually happened. We will be forever grateful to STAR for helping us bring home our boys. We are also so fortunate to have such an amazing relationship with both Tyler and Colton’s birth families. They have become an important part of our life and they have given us a family!
Like many of us, we too could not conceive children. We tried infertility treatments and so on, we then looked at adoption. We called a few agencies with unbelievable wait times, and then to our great fortune, we called Adoption STAR. They were brand new with no prior adoptions and I thought maybe this may not work and we just weren’t meant to be parents. Not in my wildest imagination did we think we would be parents in 5 months! She was a beautiful baby girl from a birth mother who just happened to call the agency after giving birth! Michele called us to tell us we have been picked as adoptive parents. It had been a dream and we fully could not believe it until that day we held her in our arms. Life had truly blessed us. Two years later, almost to the day, we received a phone call that the same birth mother had just given birth to a baby boy and she would like us to consider adopting him also! Wow! Today we are raising two beautiful children who are brother & sister and we are a very happy and grateful family. Thank-you Adoption STAR. Dreams REALLY do come true!
After a long struggle with infertility, Adoption STAR made all of my dreams come true. A beautiful baby girl born, and it changed my life in so many different ways and I will be thankful forever for her and Adoption STAR. Thank you to everyone who made this possible and God Bless her birth parents. Every day I have something wonderful to wake up to and experience new growth every minute with her.
We adopted our son Malachi using Adoption STAR’s Agency Assisted Private Track. We are so grateful to Adoption STAR for helping us bring everything together. Sue Shaw worked so diligently to get us the Adoption Subsidy so we can provide for Malachi’s special needs. He is such a blessing to us. He really does complete our family.
Like most other couples, we struggled with infertility. After years of treatments and all the emotional ups and downs, we decided that adoption with right for us. In April, we attended an orientation at Adoption STAR and immediately signed up for the next Home Study classes. That summer, Kim lost her job due to restructuring (after 8 years with a state agency). Knowing that Civil Service would eventually find her a new position; she took advantage of her “free time” and worked hard at completing our Home Study and adoption profiles. Our Home Study was completed in September.
We eagerly waited “to be profiled”, honestly, not being optimistic.
The morning of November 7, Kim received a phone call that changed our lives forever. “There was a baby boy born yesterday in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is supposed to be discharged tomorrow. Are you interested in being profiled?” Kim excitedly answered, “Yes!” and immediately tried getting in touch with Dennis, only to receive his voice mail; we both were at our jobs that day. Kim tried to continue working, but was so excited, it was difficult. Then about three hours later, while still at work, Kim received the ultimate news… we were selected by the birth mom! Now, Kim really needed to get in touch with Dennis as we just became parents! Finally, Dennis answered his phone. We were both crying and in shock. We spent our evening preparing for our trip to Indiana. We were on our way to Babies R Us to purchase “the essentials”, as we were not prepared (knowing if we were ever selected, we would buy things then), all the while making phone calls to notify family and friends. One of our best friends told us to turn around and come right to their house as they had everything we needed. What a blessing! They gave us the infant car seat/carrier, a pack ‘n play, bottles, bibs, newborn clothes, etc. We only needed to buy diapers and wipes. The following morning, November 8, we were on our way to Indianapolis to meet our son. The 9-hour ride went so smoothly. We used that time to continue contacting family and friends. Meeting Connor that night was the best experience of our lives. He was born with a full head of black hair – no one told us that ahead of time. The nurses at the hospital were amazing! When Connor was discharged the following day, the nurses packed a diaper bag for us with several days-worth of formula and other essentials. We remained in Indiana for almost one week, awaiting state clearance. It was priceless family time together – just the three of us! Connor is now a happy, healthy two-and-a-half year old toddler that has filled our lives with more joy than he ever will imagine.
We are extremely blessed that God chose this plan for us and that we were strong enough to believe Him.
Thank you to Connor’s birth mom for being so strong, selfless and courageous. We have an open adoption and will be able to share this entire journey with Connor.
Thank you, Adoption STAR, for helping us understand adoption and for living it. May you continue to create forever families for many years to come!
My husband Bill and I had been waiting to adopt for a few months. Only recently had our local agency sent our profile to Adoption STAR. But I had gotten to the point where I dreaded hearing the phone ring….every time I did I thought – will this be THE call? Most times it wasn’t. But then one day, just as I was getting ready to leave my desk at work and get ready for a training class, the phone rang. I remember debating with myself, “Do I answer it, because it’s going to be nothing or do I just let it go to voice mail?” Well, I answered it and I heard the words I will never forget, “It’s Michele from Adoption STAR – you’ve been selected!”. The only other words that sounded better came from Michele only two weeks later “Congratulations, your son has been born!” Matthew was born October 3, 2002, and made all those dreaded phone calls a very distant memory.
Our journey did not end there. Nine months later, I was training a class, and my cell phone rang. I immediately recognized the phone number. I had this funny feeling. I turned to my co-worker and said “Wow, I bet this is Adoption STAR telling me our birth mother is expecting again.” To my surprise and excitement, I was right!!! Three months later, Matthew was the proud big brother to Madison Lee, born November 21, 2003. As I tell Matthew and Madison when I tell them their adoption story – that is the day our forever family became complete.
Happy Birthday Adoption STAR. Thank you for all you have done for our forever family, for our children’s birth mother, and what you continue to do for other families.
Our beautiful identical twin daughters came to us through Adoption STAR’s capable hands. The agency made our adoption experience wonderful, even through some bumps and unexpected turns in the road. We feel blessed and grateful to Adoption STAR and especially to Michele.
First, let me start by saying that if it wasn’t for Michele and her dedicated staff to open and start Adoption STAR our family would not be a family today- We thank you and love you all, for what you have done and become. Our daughter came home to us Aug. 14 of 2000, she was born the beginning of July. After facing all the trials of infertility and other failed attempts to adopt, it was our social worker who put us in touch with Michele. We prepared everything needed, sending pictures and our profile, we were waiting, patiently, to hear a word. My father-in-law was in a nursing home in his final stage of life and unresponsive, together we were all gathered with my husband’s family. That evening before I left the nursing home, I said good-bye to my father-in-law, I whispered in his ear, told him it was ok to let go and when he got to Heaven to ask God to make this baby ours. Well, the following morning my father-in-law passed away. My husband came home after arrangements had been completed. Now after feelings of stress and relief, we knew it would still be a few days before we hear anything about the baby, (that is what we were told by our social worker.) Early that afternoon our phone rang, it was our social worker, telling us that our daughter’s birth mother had selected us. I started to cry and my husband was speechless! No one knew at that time what I had told my father-in-law. Do I believe in miracles? You bet!!! Our daughter’s adoption was #1 and our son’s #79-When our daughter was about 2 1/2, we decided it was time to add another member to our family, so again, we contacted Adoption STAR, attending new classes, doing our updates to our profile, and preparing our daughter for the upcoming event of having a brother or a sister. One afternoon I received a phone call from our social worker. We had a lengthy conversation about an illness affecting a baby boy, what I knew about it (I am a nurse) and how we felt about this. After our conversation and speaking with our pediatrician too, we were confident we could become parents of this baby boy. We had to travel to Virginia to pick him up. It just so happened that a close friend of ours lived only 20 minutes from where we needed to go to get him. It made it a little bit easier to have him there with us for support. We arrived at our destination, with tears of relief and joy. We laid eyes on him and a big smile came across his face and ours. We knew our family was complete! Only once did my daughter tell us to “take him back to Ginia Mom, he screams too much!” I told her that couldn’t be, he was ours and here to stay. Today they have become great friends and true siblings who will have each other forever.