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Hi! We are Evan and Andrea and we want to start off by thanking you for your strength and courage, as it is reflected in your decision of considering an adoption plan for your child. We can’t imagine how difficult this process is or the fears you may have. We are humbled that you would consider us in your adoption plan.
After many different attempts to grow our family over the last seven years, we’ve come to a place where we know without a doubt we were meant to adopt. We’ve grown so much through the hards seasons and found that from the challenges of infertility, we grew closer together and became a better team. Because of this, we believe it will help us to be better parents.
Our hopes to adopt don’t come from our infertility, but rather knowing we were meant to be parents. We simply had to travel down roads we didn’t expect, but found that those roads have brought so much joy to our lives. We trust that God has a plan for us and that creating a family through adoption is part of our life path.
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.
Another adventure on a local trail. We were planning on a hike but stumbled upon a shallow creek so the dogs took a dip in the water. We all had a fun time splashing around. We are trying our best to enjoy the last bit of summer.
We enjoyed another fun trip to see family this August in Montana. We were also able to see extended family from Colorado which made it an even better trip. We spent a week there eating great food, reminiscing with stories and spending a lot of quality time together. We were even able to fit in a last minute family photo session by a local photographer. Life moves so fast we want to take advantage of capturing as many memories as possible. The tail end of our trip was spent in Ennis, Montana, where Evan was able to fish. We really enjoyed staying in a cabin with a moutain view. While we haven't been able to see our Montana family as much the last year due to Covid, we look forward to many visits to come. We already have a few planned for the end of this year and early next year.
We had another fun adventure up north for our annual summer getaway with seven other families. We had a week long trip of boating, beach days, cook outs, bonfires, games and family breakfasts. It is so sweet seeing all the littles playing together each day. They are becoming a little more independent every year and better friends with one another, which warms our hearts. All the people in the photo have been friends for many years now. It comforts us to know that we have such great support as we grow our family. We are excited at the idea of bringing a little one with us one of these years.
I, Andrea, was raised in a small town where my parents grew a large hobby garden every year since I was a child. There I learned the joys of growing many different types of veggies, berries, flowers, and more. This became a passion of mine as I became an adult and had more of an interest in cooking. When I look back, I realize how much was instilled in me through working with my family and siblings in the garden. I learned how to celebrate with cooking(all of my siblings and parents are excellent cooks!), and how to really enjoy the effort that goes into making a good meal. I learned about nutrition, and how to grow food, which is empowering. There have been countless memories of talking or laughing with my mom(the woman in this photo with me) as we picked veggies, or admiring my dad as he invented a new way to do something in the garden(he is extremely creative). And the great part is, it wasn't always "work." One of my favorite memories is when we kids began to have an epic tomato fight where we ran around the yard tossing tomatoes at each other. I remember laughing...
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