I can't say enough positive things about our experience with Adoption Options!!We used this agency to facilitate two adoptions and all of our encounters were professional, kind, supportive and loving. The agency operated with the utmost integrity, compassion and care.Every step of the way we were informed and supported so we could make the best decisions for our family. Their fees were provided completely up front during the application process and, unlike other agencies we interviewed, not a single dime was asked of us that was not outlined on the fee agreement.Not only that, but we had some difficult moments throughout our wait that were surprisingly more painful than the losses we experienced prior to choosing the path of adoption. We had hard conversations, big decisions and unexpected hurdles.We were matched early on in the process with a child who just didn't feel like the right fit for us. He was healthy and beautiful. We couldn't explain it...we just knew in our hearts that he was not our baby. Giving up that opportunity was excruciating for us...we were SO ready to start our family. And our counselors held our hands through that process, trusting our highest wisdom and supporting us every step of the way.And when our baby finally arrived several months later, the agency and our caseworkers joyfully celebrated with us while facilitating the most respectful, loving and tender placement process for everyone involved. I could clearly see how well cared for our birth mother was and how clear and supported she was during an incredibly challenging time.
We used Adoption Options to adopt both of our kids. The counselors we worked with were transparent and helpful in navigating situations that we found ourselves in, which included developing an open relationship with our older child's birth mother. The second adoption process did not go smoothly, and we had 2 failed matches before successfully adopting our second child. Our counselor was somewhat helpful in those situations, but there was a lot of complicated grief to process. We had some differences of opinion with our counselor once matched with our youngest child that was definitely centered around anxiety that the match would also fall through. I think the agency is very good at being transparent about the realities of adoption. Unlike some agencies that I interviewed, I never got a feeling that they were giving me the glossed over version of the complicated relationships among the adoption triad. When selecting any agency, I suggest you also start doing your own reading on adoption and find online blogs and connections where you can learn how to make the adoption process child-centric. It's a hard process to go through, and no agency will be able to help you through all of it.
Our second process was more of the same...beautiful and positive.An unexpected journey has turned into a wonderful advocacy opportunity. We have been become adoption champions and have recommended Adoption Options to numerous, numerous families over the years and will continue to do so for always.They rise head and shoulders above any other choice in this area, to be sure. And 30+ years and thousands of adoptions later, we trust in Adoption Options completely and are proud to be a part of their amazing community!
Without Adoption Options, I doubt we would ever have entered and successfully navigated the Foster-Adoption for both of our sons.The Agency has truly exposed us to many more options than if we had tried to work on our own with individual county Foster-Adoption processes.The adoption process can be very trying but Adoption Options provided us with a true advocate who watched out for us through the entire process. She really looked out for our best interest, and helped us figure out what works for our family.
I literally can't say enough good things about Adoption Options. I am part of their flexible families program, and I have worked with several people in the office. Each and every one of them have been more than just professional and knowledgeable- they are warm, caring, friendly, helpful, and they have made the process of getting licensed for foster care and finding a child as smooth as such a thing can be. The training is OUTSTANDING, we definitely felt ready for the journey...
Thank you so much for meeting with us today. My daughter is still going back and forth in her decision-making process, but your kind words and compassion were exactly what she needed to hear. You are in the perfect position for yourself, and were absolutely amazing in your work today. Its my greatest hope that we see you again soon, but in any event we will always be grateful.
All of my feedback for this workshop is positive. Dan is an excellent facilitator. He drew each of us out to think about our unique situations as kinship care providers. It was very insightful even as to putting some "theory" to how each of us is feeling and what we are experiencing in our new roles with the children we already love.
I am thrilled to be working for an organization like Adoption Options. The agency is committed to making a difference in the community, especially with the Foster to Adopt program. Adoption Options has a goal to find a forever home for every child before he or she emancipates from the foster care system. That's a goal I can get behind!
I learned from the teaching that the "wave length" of the child may be (most likely is) very chaotic. We, as families have strived for "balance" in our homes and the chaos and balance are colliding. I also learned about and want to continue learning about "trauma informed care! That was excellent!
Thank you so much for helping us through the adoption process. You have always been so helpful answering all of our questions and have provided us with good support. We look forward to continuing with you through the post-placement as well.