We, Megan and I, wanted to express how happy we are with the entire staff at AdoptHelp. After struggling with infertility for so long, we began to lose hope that we would ever have a family. We had talked about adoption, but struggled with the thought of giving up on a biological child. After numerous failed IVF’s, disappointment and heartbreak, we took a serious look at adoption. We went to seminars and spent hours on the Internet researching. We chose to sign up with a large agency. Although we adopted a handsome and healthy baby boy we encountered many issues, and it left us feeling as though we may not want to adopt again.
We always wanted two or three children, and once again decided we should try and adopt one more time, however this time trying to find something that fit us better. We researched and called agencies, facilitators and attorneys. We called AdoptHelp and were able to speak with Mark directly, he answered all of our questions and we actually felt as though he truly had our, as well as the birth mother’s, best interests at heart.
The next day we called Mark back and signed up to adopt once again. It took us about two months to get our home study and “Dear Birth Mother” letter put together. Within six weeks we were presented with an opportunity to adopt, but after some deliberation and words of wisdom from Mark, we felt the situation was not right for us. Mark reassured us not to worry, that the right situation would come along. He was right, within a month we adopted another handsome and healthy baby boy.
We were amazed how smooth the adoption went. The hospital, about a three hour drive for us, knew we were coming and welcomed us when we arrived. We had two or three calls from the AdoptHelp staff while on our way confirming that everything had been taken care of and the baby was healthy. Mark’s representatives were at the hospital the first thing the next morning and all of the legalities were taken care of. We were amazed by the honesty, professionalism and care he and his entire staff showed. Our experience with AdoptHelp was as stress free as it could possibly be which allowed us to actually enjoy the experience of adopting.
Our story does not end there, however. Recently we received a call from the birth mother of our oldest son, telling us she was pregnant and would like us to adopt this baby as well. Of course, panic set in. The next morning we awoke early and it seemed like an eternity waiting for the time so we could call Mark. We called and Mark very calmly congratulated us and came up with an adoption plan. We started another home study and literally just finished it the day before we got the call that our birth mother was in labor… in another state… a month early. We called and left a message for Mark, loaded the boys in the car and started driving at around 6am. Within an hour or so we got a call back from Olga and she was working on getting our home study and all the other paper work finished up. With this baby being early it changed our original adoption plan and we were going to end up having to stay in another state for up to a month. At this point in time we did not really need any extra worries, when we spoke with Mark he said he had a couple of ideas and he’d give us a call in the morning but in the meantime he said, “Don’t worry about, it just enjoy your baby.” The next morning he gave us three options. We agreed on the one that was best not only for us but for the birth mother as well. The Interstate Compact on the Placement Children (ICPC) was completed and we were clear to come home with our new baby girl within 8 days. Our family is now complete with G.W. (2 1/2 yrs), Dominic (1 yr), and Addison (1 month).
We would like to extend our thanks to the entire AdoptHelp staff, especially Olga and Mark who went above and beyond to make everything work out perfectly, and once again allow us to enjoy the experience of adoption with Addison and her big brothers.
Thank You So Much,
Gratian & Megan