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Thank you so much for taking the time to read through our profile and learn more about us. Regardless of the choice you make, we wish you nothing but peace on this journey. We admire your strength and willingness to consider an adoption plan for this child, perhaps while facing silent struggles nobody even knows about. In considering an adoption plan for this child, you are truly making a positive difference in so many lives!
That being said, if you feel drawn towards us as a potential adoptive family for your unborn child, please know that we are fully committed to giving them a life full of love, support, laughter, and memories with a solid foundation of faith to root it all in.
We will do everything in our power to ensure this child doesn’t just know, but feels unconditional love and has a strong sense of identity. Part of that identity will always include YOU. We are also committed to as open of an adoption as you are comfortable with. No matter what level of openness you choose, please know that your child will grow up hearing of you and his or her biological roots with an attitude of respect and gratitude.
Graham and Katie
Expectant mothers who choose to make an adoption plan may qualify for some level of financial assistance during their pregnancy. However, each person's situation and specific needs are different. Your adoption social worker can help you determine what level of assistance you qualify for and deserve. Many expectant mothers qualify for financial assistance to cover basic pregnancy and living expenses, including but not limited to - transportation reimbursement, utility assistance for phone, water, and electricity/gas, maternity clothing and supplements, etc.
Navigating a pregnancy alone is never easy. Depending on your situation and location, you may qualify for financial assistance to help cover the cost of basic living expenses, such as food and groceries.
Receiving quality medical care during your pregnancy is vital to both your health and the health of your baby. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your pregnancy-related medical expenses will be covered by the adoptive family.
Women who choose to place their baby for adoption may receive financial assistance to help cover the cost of rent and utilities. If you feel that you’ll need some help with these costs, it’s important to talk to your adoption social worker about it early in the process. Each expectant mother’s situation is different, and eligibility may vary.
In order to have a healthy pregnancy, it’s important that you have everything you need to lead a healthy lifestyle. Like food and groceries, the cost of some household items - like feminine and dental care items, along with prenatal supplements - may be covered during your pregnancy.
Placing a baby for adoption is a loving, but incredibly challenging decision to make. Many women experience an array of emotions during this time and find that counseling is very helpful in navigating those feelings. If you would like to receive counseling during or after your pregnancy, that can be arranged by your adoption social worker. The cost of counseling will be covered by the adoptive family or adoption organization.
If you need assistance with transportation, your adoption social worker can work with you to find the best solution. You may eligible for assistance with transportation costs or be connected with a transportation service to utilize during your pregnancy.
It won't cost you anything. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your medical and legal fees will be covered and you may be eligible for financial assistance with other pregnancy-related expenses.
Yes. Even if you don’t know the identity of the birth father, you can still choose to make an adoption plan. However, every adoption situation is different. The adoption social worker you’re assigned to will get to know you and your story first, and then guide you through the process accordingly.
You can make an adoption plan at any point in your pregnancy, even after the baby has been born. But, it's important to start the process as early in your pregnancy as possible. Connecting with those resources will allow you to gain access to important medical services, including prenatal care, to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.
One aspect of your adoption plan is the "Hospital Plan" an outline of how you'd like your hospital stay and delivery to go. You can craft this on your own or with the help of your adoption social worker. But everything is up to you. You’ll be able to choose who comes to the hospital with you, who is in the room with you during delivery, and how much time you’d like to spend with the baby before signing the final papers.
As part of your adoption plan, you'll determine whether or not you’d like to have an open or closed adoption or something in between. Open adoptions may include phone calls, messaging (via social media, email, or text), and/or periodic visits each year. Closed adoptions may include no contact at all or annual updates provided to the birth parent(s) by the adoptive family. Each post-adoption relationship is different and can vary based on what an expectant mother chooses in her adoption plan.
We had a smaller Thanksgiving at home this year because of a few sick family members, but Grandpa Sal joined us and it was still special! Graham even got "festive" and pulled out his cheesiest holiday outfit. Haha! We had quite the menu: turkey, cheesy au gratin potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, cranberries, and honey cinnamon biscuits. Oh, and don't forget dessert: mini pumpkin cheesecakes & applesauce cake with burnt butter frosting. MMMMMMmmmm!!! Lucy was my helper in the kitchen and now we've got leftovers up to our eyeballs! Blessings, Graham, Katie, & Lucy
We're not big fans of kicking off Christmas until after Thanksgiving (because we love Thanksgiving and don't want to skip over it), but this weekend we took Lucy to the local zoo to see their Christmas light display. It was very chilly, but we bundled up and had a great time. This will definitely become a yearly tradition! Blessings, Graham, Katie, & Lucy #MerryChristmas#HappyThanksgiving
This week our family got the big news we've been working so hard for: WE'RE OFFICIALLY AN APPROVED WAITING ADOPTIVE FAMILY!!! We have such a mix of emotions right now, but the top two are excitement and gratitude. We can't wait to connect with the right birth mother/parents and see what unfolds as our paths unite for the sake of this unborn child, whoever he/she may be and whenever he/she may arrive. The process to get approved was complex and busy, but now the hardest part has just begun: waiting! But we trust that God's never in a hurry, but He's always on time. Sincerely, Graham & Katie (and Lucy!) #grateful#exciting#hopingtoadopt
Graham had a baseball speaking engagement this weekend, so we had a quiet, but fun weekend at home, just us girls. Lucy and I started the weekend out right with sheetpan pancakes for breakfast (one of her favorites), then enjoyed decorating our Christmas tree, wrapping gifts for her preschool teachers, and having a pizza & movie picnic for dinner. These are the little things I hope she (and any future child that joins our family) remembers. Blessings, Katie
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