Hi! We are Emily and Chris. We're thankful you are taking the time to get to know us and learn about our family.
Our story began at the University of Colorado (Go Buffs!), where we were both in business school and attended the same church ministry. We had mutual friends and had known each other for a few years before going on our first date two weeks before graduation. We initially bonded over our love for baseball, so our first three dates were to Rockies games. After the third game, we decided to do something different for our next date to figure out if we actually enjoyed spending time with each other or if we just really liked baseball.
Luckily, we discovered that there was more to our connection than just the love of this sport. After two years of dating, we got engaged and were married in August of 2013.
Throughout our relationship, we discussed our desire to start a family someday. After trying to conceive for more than a year, we started fertility treatments. We were so excited when we finally were able to get pregnant, but unfortunately, each of our pregnancies ended in loss. Having both family and friends who were adoptive parents, we knew that starting the path to adoption was the right next step for our family. We are so excited and hopeful that our journey will lead us to grow our family through open adoption.
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.
Hi! We've had a busy May with Emily's sister getting married in California! Emily was the Maid of Honor and Chris was the Officiant, so it was really special to be a part of the big day. We loved getting to spend time with friends and family and celebrating the marriage of Emily's sister and our new brother-in-law. It was a beautiful wedding that went by too fast! Chris's birthday is coming up at the end of May so we have some fun dinners, basketball games, and get-togethers planned with family and friends. We're looking forward to the start of summer!
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