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Kelly's Adoption Story

It all started one year ago when I found out I was pregnant. I am a mother of two as we speak, and I love my children with all my heart, but bringing in a third child was not fair for this baby. I went through all the emotions on whether this is what needed to be done, so I contacted American Adoptions and Laurie Walker was the first voice I heard to comfort me in my decisions.

She called me when I needed her, was there when I cried and was also my backbone. I owe everything to her; she is a angel. Laurie sent me so many families to review, and I cried as I read the stories; there were so many families in need. And at that point I knew my decision was the right one.

As I am sitting at my kitchen table, one family stuck out: Shannon and Michael. This family is the family any birth mother would want for their child. I will stress it for the rest of my life— they are God-sent. They made me feel so comfortable sitting in the hospital room after Ryan Micheal was born!

We talked about everything: sports, school, their family, my family. In two days, we talked about everything and anything. The look on their faces when they saw the baby for the first time was incredible. Shannon and Micheal had this glow about them. You can't explain it. I know deep down inside that Ryan would have the family any little boy would dream of.

So, this brings me to the day I had to leave. It was so hard to leave my little man; it really was. Shannon grabbed me and held me; we cried together. As I walked out the door, I glanced at Micheal and saw happiness for his new family and sadness for me at the same time. As he held that baby close to his heart, I felt so proud of myself for giving a baby and a couple a family.

Pictures and letters from them have been sent, and everytime I see them, I cry out of happiness for their new family. Ryan was born the day before my birthday, so April 21 will stick in my mind forever, but I will smile knowing that Shannon and Micheal are a family now.

Thank you,

Kelly

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is American Adoptions the right adoption agency choice for many birth mothers?

American Adoptions is one of the largest licensed adoption agencies in the United States. Each year, we work with thousands of women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy and offer assistance to these women. Our large, caring staff is able to assist you seven days a week and provide you with one-on-one counseling about your pregnancy and available options.

You should choose an adoption agency where you feel completely comfortable with their services and staff. With American Adoptions, you will work with an Adoption Specialist who is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Adoption Specialist will be your advocate and will provide support and guidance as you create an adoption plan that is right for you.

How will the family tell my child about me and the adoption when my child is older?

Each family has their own style of introducing adoption to the child. When you are matched with an adoptive family, you can ask them this question. If you would like your Adoption Specialist to discuss it for you, just let her know. He or she can share your wishes or provide good ideas from other adoptive families.

You will also be able to share what you want your baby to know about you. You can complete a keepsake booklet to share hobbies, stories, photos of you and your family and a letter to your baby. The adoptive family can provide this to your child as he or she grows older. Be as creative as you like! Some birth mothers have even knitted a special blanket as a gift to their baby or given a similar symbol of their love.

The father of your baby can fill out the birth father's keepsake booklet or write a letter too. You may have other family members who would also like to share photos or a letter to the baby. This is your opportunity to pass on your and your family's love and to share your personality, history and reasons for choosing adoption. The adoptive family will treasure whatever information you provide and will share it with the baby at an appropriate age. In most adoptive homes, the word adoption is in the child's vocabulary early on, and adoption is celebrated in their lives.

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