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Why I Chose Adoption

I am pro-life; however, I do believe that under certain circumstances the choice should be offered. Those circumstances being molestation or rape, or when the mom faces death in carrying and delivering. For me personally, abortion has never been or will ever be an option. I believe if a child would have been conceived from my rapes I would not have aborted, as I do not believe it would have been by any fault of the child they were conceived that way; however, I do not believe I could have parented in that case either. I also could not imagine choosing to terminate a pregnancy because of complications that could lead to death. I would put my life on the line for all my kids no matter their age or stage in their life, I have not been in that predicament but I do believe I would not even consider termination. My aunt gave her life to bring my cousin into this world over a decade ago so I have indirectly been touched by the choice to continue a high risk pregnancy. A friend that I have had for years is expecting and found out her daughter has turner syndrome and although some were very forceful in their opinions to terminate she refuses to consider a termination as well. To be honest with you, if I found myself pregnant again (although I am fixed now there is still a slim chance) and unable to parent I would turn to Easton’s parents in hopes to place with the baby for adoption again.
– Grateful Birthparent

AOL Team Building Activity

Act of Love Adoption Agency employees a warm, loving, professional staff! Adoption not only touches the hearts of our staff members daily, but is an integral part of their life. Many on the staff, at Act of Love are adoptive parents, adoptees, have adopted siblings, have been a birth parent, or have worked for many years in adoption.

Each day the dedication and love for adoption is evident in the top-rate, professional work that is done at Act of Love! The work at Act of Love reflects the passion that each staff member has for helping others through their adoption journey. The compassion and care that is shown to the clients of Act of Love each day comes naturally. Their is a true spirit of joy at Act of Love each day for the miracle of adoption!

“Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.” – Malcolm Forbes

The Act of Love staff “values” the wonderful clients that we have the privilege of serving and providing adoption services for each day!

Positive Future for All

Trina and John were very young- just 14 and 15 years old when they found out that Trina was pregnant. They were extremely scared and had no idea what they should do. They were afraid that their parents would be very angry, so they decided to talk to their school counselor.

The counselor encouraged them to talk to their parents. However, several months went by and Trina and John still had not talked to their parents. Trina was starting to look pregnant, so once again the counselor encouraged them to talk to their parents.

It was the hardest thing that Trina and John had ever done, but they did talk to their parents, who were shocked. They could not believe that their young children were going to be parents. They also knew that Trina and John needed to finish school and find a way to support themselves before they were ready to be parents.

Trina’s mom started doing some research online. She came across some information about adoption, and shared it with Trina and John. At first, Trina and John felt there was no way that they could ‘give their baby away to strangers.’ However, they decided to call A Act of Love Adoption Agency with Trina’s mom. After they spoke to a kind lady for a very long time, the idea of adoption seemed much better.

Trina and John got the agency paperwork in the mail and started filling it out. They started working with an agency counselor who helped them look at all their options. Trina and John had their eyes open to what it would take to raise a child, and they knew that having an open adoption was the best choice.

Trina and John chose an amazing adoptive family that they felt completely comfortable with. They did phone calls and emailed each other prior to the birth of the baby.

Soon, Trina went into labor and John and Trina were able to meet the adoptive family at the hospital. The family spent time with them and the baby in the hospital, and Trina and John were able to watch the family start to bond with their baby and become a family. Even though it was difficult emotionally, it helped Trina and John recognize that they made the right choice.

Trina and John have both gone on to graduate from high school. They both have plans for college, and recognize that they would still be struggling if they had chosen to raise their baby. They maintain close contact with the adoptive family, and receive regular updates. Adoption made a positive future possible for Trina, John and their baby.

Olivia Reports the Weather!

Adorable, eight year old Olivia reports on the Xlear Pinpoint Weather Day. Thanks to her proud mom that shared this fun message with Act of Love Adoptions! We love to show-off our Act of Love kids using their talents. What a beautiful, talented young girl!! Keep it up Olivia – you are great!

https://www.4utah.com/story/xlear-pinpoint-weather-kid-olivia/d/story/wVy5EwN-P0-9vJOGQT3D6w

Healing Moments

Heather went to a party with her friends one weekend, at a bar, in a hotel. They were having a great time. The next thing Heather knew is that she woke up in a hotel room, her clothes were on the floor, and her body felt battered and bruised. There was no one around. Heather called her friends, but nobody knew what had happened. She was pretty shaken up by the situation since she couldn’t remember any of it. But, she had to go on with life and go to work each day.

Several months later, Heather knew something was not right with her body and she took a pregnancy test. She was devastated when it came back positive. She could not believe she was pregnant. Then it dawned on her that she truly was assaulted the night of that party.

For another few months, Heather was in denial about the pregnancy. She felt like if she put it out of her mind, it would just go away. Abortion was absolutely out of the question. However, in the back of her mind, Heather knew that she needed to see a doctor.

Before even going to the doctor, Heather knew she needed to find some help. She researched adoption agencies and found A Act of Love Adoption Agency. She was nervous as she picked up the phone to call. She still couldn’t believe that she was pregnant and having to make a call like this.

Heather spoke with a very kind woman who answered her questions about adoption and made her feel so much better. Heather also connected with a caseworker who assured her that they would help her choose a wonderful adoptive family and receive the counseling she needed for her situation.

Heather got into the doctor and started talking with the agency counselor. Both were so supportive of her situation and her desire to place her child for adoption. The counselor helped her work through the scenario of being assaulted. Heather felt that she was starting to heal. She also chose a wonderful adoptive family and prepared for the delivery of her baby girl.

Heather placed her daughter into the arms of the waiting adoptive family. Even though the circumstance that had brought her into the world was difficult, Heather was grateful that she chose to give her daughter life and a wonderful adoptive family to raise her.

How involved do I want the adoptive family to be?

As birth parents make an adoption plan through Act of Love Adoption Agency, they receive wonderful counseling and have a caseworker to support them. Their adoption plan is their own, from beginning to end.

Some birth parents need to have a more closed adoption and have less contact with the adoptive family. Some choose to meet the family at the time of placement and then have the agency hold their pictures and letters. There are also more open adoptions where birth parents ask the adoptive family to be more involved.

Many times a birth mother may ask the adoptive mom to be in the delivery room with her. This is personal decision. However, it is something that adoptive parents get so excited about, because they will most likely never have the opportunity of experiencing the delivery of a baby on their own. It is a unique and beautiful experience to be at the birth of a baby.

Some birth parents choose to have the time in the hospital to themselves with the baby. Some birth parents want the adoptive family at the hospital as much as they can, so they can watch the family care for the baby and start to bond. This time is also an opportunity for the birth parents and adoptive family to spend time getting to know each other and special moments that will be important to the child.

Adoption is a beautiful and individual experience. There is a counselor and caseworker available to help you through the process. If you or someone you know is pregnant and considering adoption, have them call A Act of Love at 1-800-835-6360.

Adoptive Family Connection

Taryn had lived a very difficult life. She grew up in foster care and was bounced from home to home. She was finally adopted by a wonderful family who raised her with love.

When Taryn was 20 years old, she started dating a guy. She soon found out she was pregnant, and they had a beautiful baby girl. Taryn found out that being a mom is a lot of hard work. She loved her daughter but couldn’t work and take care of her. She lost her job, and her boyfriend was not working. He also started becoming abusive.

With the help of her family, Taryn left her boyfriend and moved into her own apartment. Shortly after that, she found out she was pregnant. She was in shock and denial that she could be pregnant again, especially since her circumstance was so difficult.

Taryn turned to her family for support. They encouraged her to look into adoption. Taryn searched online and came across Act of Love Adoption Agency. She called Act of Love and was so impressed with the time the staff took to explain adoption to her and answer her questions.

Taryn started working with her adoption counselor, and was nearing the end of her pregnancy. The birth father came around and started making physical threats to Taryn. She was so relieved that she had the help of an adoption agency, so she could follow through with an adoption plan and keep her daughter safe.

Taryn met with several adoptive families and thought they were all wonderful. However, one family stood out to her, and she selected them. Taryn asked the adoptive mom to be in the delivery room and spend the night with her. Taryn and the adoptive family made a wonderful connection.

Taryn signed all her legal documents and completed her adoption plan. She is looking forward to an open adoption with the adoptive family, and is grateful that her baby is in a safe and loving home.

Baby Boy Due in December

Birth parents, K&J, have contacted Act of Love Adoptions to make an adoption plan for their baby boy that is due around the first part of December. K&J are looking for a Christian, married family to adopt their baby boy. They want to meet the adoptive family and following placement would like their Post-Adoption Contact to include pictures and letters one time a month for the first six months and then yearly through age 18 to be sent through Act of Love.

Birth mom is Arabic and birth father is Caucasian/Hispanic. Birth parents have provided Social and Health History Information that will be available along with medical records to approved adoptive families. Birth mom reports that she began prenatal care in June 2013 and that she is taking prenatal vitamins. She also reports that she has not used alcohol, drugs or tobacco during the pregnancy. Due to length of assistance K&J have needed during the pregnancy and circumstances surrounding this situation, the expenses for this adoption are in the higher range.

If you are a home study approved adoptive couple that meet the requirements for this situation, please contact Act of Love Adoptions at outreach@aactofloveadoptions.com and a case worker will be in contact with you.

Adoptive family will need to be prepared to complete an Application for Services, provide an original signed notarized copy of the home study along with supporting documentation and meet other agency requirements. The Application for Services in the Outreach Program does not require agency fees until you receive a match with a birth parent. For more information on the Outreach Program contact Act of Love Adoption Agency at outreach@aactofloveadoptions.com.

2013 Angels in Adoption

Since 1999, the Angels in Adoption award presented by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) has been honoring and recognizing individuals that are making a difference in finding families for children through adoption and foster care.

The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) is an American non-partisan, non-profit organization “dedicated to raising awareness about the tens of thousands of orphans and foster children in the United States and the millions of orphans around the world in need of permanent, safe, and loving homes through adoption; and to eliminating the barriers that hinder these children from realizing their basic right of a family.”

On October 9, 2013, the Angels in Adoption Gala was held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. This prestigious award goes to individuals that dedicate themselves through their time and love ensuring that children have permanent, loving homes. These individuals put in countless hours of hard work to find homes that not only meet the needs of these children, but where these children will grow and thrive.

There are many “Angels”, almost 2000 individuals that have received this award due to their extraordinary work in the adoption field. These awards are given to many hard-working, passionate people that work each day in the adoption field using their talents and expertise in best practice services to bring families together.

Some of the past notable recipients receiving the award include Nia Vardalos, Bruce Willis, First Lady Laura Bush, Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley, Al Roker, Jane Seymour, Henry Winkler, as well as PEOPLE magazine and CBS Studios. This year’s notable recipients are Willie and Korie Roberston from the popular, Duck Dynasty and Deborra-Lee Furness Jackman, wife of Hugh Jackman.

In 2004, Act of Love’s CEO and Founder, Kathleen Kunkel was selected by Congressman Jim Matheson to be one of 175 Congressional Angels in Adoption. Kathy has dedicated over twenty years of her life to find a brighter future for today’s children. The passion, love and dedication that Kathy brings each day to Act of Love is a true testament to being a reciepient of the Angels in Adoption Award. To see more on Ms. Kunkel visit https://www.prweb.com/releases/2004/09/prweb156795.htm

Act of Love congratulates each and every individual that works tirelessly to bring children to safe and loving homes. The dedication and vision of each person should be honored and celebrated!

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congressional_Coalition_on_Adoption_Institute

Why Choose Adoption?

As a caseworker who has done adoptions for over 12 years, I have many birth parents ask why they should choose adoption for their baby. Adoption is a very personal decision, one that is very carefully considered.

A Act of Love Adoption Agency offers adoption counselors to help birth parents explore all their options. If the birth parents choose adoption, A Act of Love is there to help and support them through the entire process.

Adoption has come a long way in the last several years. Birth parents are able to choose the adoptive family and have the option of doing phone calls and meeting them, as well as exchanging correspondence. There are varying degrees of openness, and this can be discussed with an adoption counselor, as well.

Adoptive families go through an extensive process to even be approved for adoption, so birth parents can be assured that the adoptive family they choose will provide a wonderful home for their child.

There are many alternatives to adoption. However, adoption, as emotional as it can be, is a wonderful option. Birth parents have the opportunity to hand pick the home their child will go to. Birth parents have the opportunity to give their child a wonderful and stable life, as well as create stability in their own life. Many times, birth parents have plans to further their schooling, get their GED or get a job. Adoption helps birth parents make steps toward all of these goals. Ultimately, adoption blesses the lives of the birth parents and the adoptive family. As a birth parent, you are giving a gift to the adoptive family; one they can never have on their own. You are an angel.

If you or someone you know is considering adoption, have them call A Act of Love Adoption Agency at 1-800-835-6360 to talk to a caseworker about adoption as an option for them.

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