We appreciate that you are willing to get to know us. Right now you are probably going through a lot of feelings as you decide what to do next with your life. We want you to know that we are so grateful that you might consider making our dreams of being a family come true.

The decision you make today must feel so heavy, but we hope that the idea of helping two people make a family might lighten the load. Your careful decision has the potential to literally change lives. We hope you will consider us as partners in the future you are considering for your child.

A child placed with us would have everything we can offer -- loving and nurturing parents, an excellent education, a childhood filled with creativity and physical activity, a healthy lifestyle, and emotionally supportive parents. Lesley works from home which gives her tremendous flexibility, while Charles works as a respected private school that offers near-free tuition.

We are surrounded by neighbors, friends, and family who are eager to help as we try to build a family through adoption. We'd like to do what we can to help you make the best decision for you. If chosen as the adoptive family, we would follow your lead to design what kind of relationship you would want to have with us in the future.

Our thoughts are with you as you make this impactful decision.

Lesley and Charles

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Financial Support

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.

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FAQ’s about placing a baby for Adoption

I'm considering giving my baby up for adoption. How much does that cost?

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.

I'm experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and don't know who the birth father is. Can I still place my baby for adoption?

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.

When is the right time to talk with an adoption professional?

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.

When I create an adoption plan, will I get to choose who is in the room with me during delivery?

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.

How much contact will I have with the adoptive family after I place my baby with them?

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.

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Halloween: The best holiday

10/31/2021

Oh do we love Halloween! It's one of those great holidays where you can become anything you want. You don't even have to be something spooky or scary! You can become a superhero, or a joke about work, a news headline, or even a concept. One year, Lesley dressed up as "15 minutes of fame." It was based on the 1980s movie "fame" with a big fake clock around her neck. It was so comfortable for Autumn weather! Another year, Charles dressed up as a Roman soldier while Lesley was Velma from Scooby Doo. Halloween is a great opportunity for everyone to get creative and make anything you like out of cardboard and fabric.   This year, we celebrated in a few different ways. We went to a special Simpson's Halloween event. Charles dressed up as Mr Burns in his old-timey driving outfit (hilarious!) and Lesley created a costume that looked like Homer with his hand stuck in a time-traveling toaster. We also threw a party for the kids in our building, which was so much fun. We had apple cider, candy, and other treats. With kids aged 1-12, we tried to have something for everyone through a bunch of...

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Favorite Aunt!

10/13/2021

Different people call me different things. Friends call me Lesley; family call me Gigi, from when I was a toddler. At work I sometimes go by Dr Skousen, since I have a PhD in history. But my favorite name is Aunt Leswee.   Ah, my nieces and nephews are so adorable! I am lucky to have 7 such people in my life, from my newest nephew at six months to my oldest nephew who is 17 and very quick to remind me how much of an adult he is becoming.  I've spent years making up games with my "niblings," reading them books for hours, taking them to zoos and parks. I love walking into a home where they scream "LESLEY!" and begin fighting for my attention. It's so easy when they are 2-5 years old. All they want is to explore the world with you. Reading to them, tickling them, playing tag or hide-and-go-seek can fill up hours of time. They want to show you everything, too, from their newest toys to the fruit trees in the backyard. All you need to be a good aunt is lots of patience and a playful attitude, with an eye to caution and...

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