To the brave individuals reading this letter,
Our names are Ralph Andrew and Elizabeth Hope. We are truly honored to be considered a part of this child’s life. We are committed to raising children in a gentle and loving way. Our faith in Christ has helped us get to where we are at this point in our lives and we have no doubt He will continue to guide us in our parenting journey.
We, as a couple, have struggled with infertility our entire marriage. In our desire to become parents, we embarked on the journey of adopting our three daughters. In 2014, we were blessed with our first daughter, Gabriella. She is our world! She is headstrong but very smart! A year and a half later, we were pleasantly surprised with the birth of our second daughter, Ariel. She is our soccer-playing, animal lover! She wears her heart on her sleeve! In 2018, we were matched and placed with our beautiful third daughter, Emily, whose personality shines like the sun! We have strived to keep a steady stream of communication and yearly visits with members of all our daughter’s biological families. We feel this is important for our kids, and their blood relatives! We have already seen the fruits of this labor.
We have been married for over 16 years! We consider each other best friends. God has been our anchor. We love to have family and friend gatherings! Food is one of our love languages. We enjoy gathering as a family to watch the Astros or Cowboys play. We also like traveling with our kids and experiencing new things! We especially love the beach!
We are hopeful at the prospect of another adoption journey. Our daughters couldn’t be more excited for a baby brother or sister! This child will be surrounded by a loving family, caring friends and a Christian community that will love them unconditionally.
We are honored for your consideration as you make this very heavy and important decision. We admire your courage and respect the choice you make. May the Lord guide you in your decision and bring you peace, comfort and support. We pray this letter reassures you of our love for family and God’s children.
With Utmost Sincerity,
Ralph and Elizabeth
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.
The girls started soccer yesterday, for the fall term. It was HOT! Gabby and Ariel have been doing soccer for a couple of years, taking breaks during the winter and summer. This was Emily's first time ever, and she did great! I thought she'd hate the dust, heat and running. But, nope! She loved it!
To switch up our homeschool day, we decided to do school at our local library. Big mistake! Kids were so distracted! All they wanted to do was look at books! Plus, the library was renovating a section of the kids area that day, making lots of noise. But we got our work done. The girls are good about being flexible when things don't quite go our way!
Kids got in the pool today, as Andrew grilled meat and veggies. The kids actually ate well! A nice way to end the day!
The girls restarted piano lessons this week. Gabby and Ariel have been taking piano, on and off, for the last 2 years. But this year, Emily is starting! She is excited, as she wants to be like her big sisters!
We took a quick daytrip to the beach this past weekend. It was nice and hot! Ate lots of junk food. Kids enjoyed collecting shells and using their boogie boards on the waves.
On Mondays, we typically run errands to a couple different grocery stores. Ruby, our doggie, usually goes with us. And we jam out to country music while waiting for our pickup orders. The girls have lately been into "Buy Me A Boat" by Chris Janson. 😂
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