There is no better way to learn about adoption, the adoption process and the emotions connected with adoption, than to read testimonials from adoptive families who have lived it.
The adoptive family testimonials below should give you insight and even help you understand what to expect from a domestic adoption. As you will read, there may be times of uncertainty and stress, but each story has a happy ending and a bundle of joy for new parents.
If you are interested in sharing your adoption story, we would love to hear it! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details on how we can share your successful adoption testimonial with future adoptive families at American Adoptions.
|Vicki and Adrian waited almost two years until they received an adoption opportunity — but, looking back today, they wouldn’t have changed the wait for anything.|
|When Marcus and Bethany received an email from their daughter’s birth mom, they didn’t expect her to ask them to adopt her unborn baby — but that’s exactly what happened.|
|In spite of a long wait including four disruptions, Kirk and Kristin are happy parents to two lovely adopted boys. They share their story about sticking it out no matter what.|
|Looking back three years after their second adoption, parents Ty and Ann offer their advice for other transracial adoptive parents of multiple children.|
|Darla and Easton knew that adoption was the right choice for them — but weren’t sure what path to choose. Read about how they found American Adoptions and their little bundle of joy.|
|At 25 and 26, Ben and Brandy were younger than most adoptive parents. Despite their unique challenges, they’re finally happy parents.|
|Having three children already didn’t stop Krystal and Marc from adopting a baby girl. After a year of waiting and one disruption, their dream finally came true.|
|Brad and Chemaine found themselves with an adoption opportunity one day after being activated with their agency. This is the story of how they met their daughter Layla.|
|Keith and Jenn seemed to have the odds stacked against them — who would pick an adoptive family with a dad who was a wheelchair user and a son with disabilities? But one birth mother knew they were the best choice — and changed their lives forever.|
|Communication challenges with their son’s birth family didn’t stop Jaime and Michael from a successful adoption. Bravely, they share their story here.|
|After a positive experience at American Adoptions, Jennifer and Rohit spread the feeling of family-oriented adoption by running a D.C. adoption support group.|
|Like many adoptive couples, Katelyn and Matt were nervous about interacting with prospective birth parents. However, 11 months later, their bond with Marcus' birth mother is as strong as ever.|
|Not long after finalizing their adoption, Erin and Jared took their six-month old daughter Charlie to a playdate with another adoptive family. The parents had a two-year old son named Henry, and these two kids had more in common than just adoption – in fact, Henry and Charlie share a birth mother.|
|Faced with depleting funds from fertility treatments, Tara and Jeremy took a sucessful leap into adoption — relying on community support through a crowdfunding campaign and help from their supportive families.|
|As the Kansas City Royals prepared for their first post-season game in nearly 30 years, Drew and Shandra made a mad dash from St. Louis to Kansas City. For these St. Louis Cardinals fans, it wasn’t baseball that brought them to the city; it was the arrival of their son Jase.|
|Adoptive couple Robin and Jake wanted to further expand their family but faced secondary infertility after having two biological children. That's where the adoption journey began for this former family of four.|
|For some couples, the wait for a match can fly by in almost an instant. For Mike and Ashley, this was true; the match call also meant their son was already born.|
|When Kelly and Jim embarked on their adoption journey, they never imagined the leap of faith that they'd take to reach their son Mason. Initially, the couple had a more restrictive APQ, but with time, they opened up, even accepting heroin exposure in their son.|
|As the parents of a precocious and vivacious almost six-year old, Craig and Linda work to help Ellie feel confident in her identity, both as an adoptee and just a regular kid. Read their story to learn what it's like to raise an adopted child.|
|Mike says that not too long ago he turned to his wife Silke and said, “Thank God you never got pregnant, because we’d never be in this situation. And I couldn’t imagine my life not being like this.”|
|In 2000, an innocent blind date between two strangers named Eric and Elizabeth led to marriage and a baby boy named Henry. When Henry was 3 years old, the couple tried for another baby but was unsuccessful. After a long adoption wait period, they finally became a family of four.|
|Matthew and Katheryn have gone through these labor pains twice now and have two beautiful daughters, Verity and Gethsemane. They never could have guessed how opening their hearts and lives through open adoption, to birth and adoptive families, blended and extended, would enrich their and their daughters’ lives.|
|After one disrupted twin adoption, Dan and Dawn found themselves blessed with another twin adoption of Indian-American twins Lily and Amy.|
|Bob and Nikki's adoption story is representative of the benefits that bonding with the birth parents can have on everyone involved in the adoption. In some cases, it can even be the difference between a successful and unsuccessful adoption.|
|After adopting two children through American Adoptions, Andy and Nancy share their story of their pop-up adoption and raising two adopted daughters.|
|After worries about infertility, loving an adopted child and potential disruptions, Craig and Cheryl found themselves adopting a perfect little boy named Chase.|
|From Frankfurt to Louisiana to parenthood — Eric and Heidi had a whirlwind journey on their way to adopting their little girl, Abbi.|
|While adoption disruptions can be difficult, Scott and Tristen worked through the disappointment to an eventual adoption that proves all things happen for a reason.|
|Jim and Stacey could have never imagined how their adoption and pregnancy journey would turn out — but they found themselves gaining two new family members in less than a year.|
|Joe, Carlie and their 11-year-old son, Jalen, were sleeping soundly in a rented Manhattan apartment until 5:30 a.m. when their phone rang. Carlie quickly snatched the phone and answered it. Indeed, this was it - this was the phone call they had flown all the way from Kansas to New York City for.|
|Infertility is undoubtedly a struggle for both the husband and wife, but sometimes for different reasons. Jason tells how he struggled with the idea of passing along the family bloodline until he discovered just how fulfilling adoption can be.|
|Laura and Steven both enjoy moving fast in their sports cars, but their adoption process was moving faster than they had ever gone before as their baby daughter would be born in just over a month.|
Learn what a home study is and why you need one to adopt a child.
While adoption home studies vary slightly from agency to agency and state to state, there are several key elements that are almost always included in every home study.
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There are several factors that determine the total cost for an adoption, including the program you choose. Variables such as medical bills, birth mother expenses and legal fees vary for each adoption. We strive to maintain affordable adoptions without cutting corners. Please see the Our Domestic Adoption Programs section for further details.
Have your heart set on a bouncing baby boy or a new little princess? American Adoptions now offers a gender-specific option for families hoping for a specific gender. With this option families would pay an additional Gender-Specific Fee to help our agency locate and work with birth mothers meeting this additional criteria. Please note that gender specificity may increase wait time. This fee is in addition to all other program fees and is not considered part of your adoption budget. Please contact us at 1-800-ADOPTION for minimum budget details.
No - American Adoptions has established relationships with some of the best adoption attorneys in the nation. It is important to note that adoption laws vary state-to-state and often even county-to-county. As such, it is important to utilize the services of an attorney that specializes in adoption in the state the adoption will finalize in, which we will not know until you are matched with an expectant mother. Retaining your own attorney at this time is not necessary and may be an additional expense to you that is not needed.
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