In our eleven years of marriage, we’ve celebrated joys and supported each other during times of the unknown. A few years after being married, Dale finished his graduate work and we moved to a new town. We purchased a home, settled into our community, and we were ready to start a family. This was a struggle for us for a few years, and then we found ourselves moving to Ohio for work. Again, we found ourselves looking for a house where we could raise a family and trying to get settled into a new community. Our journey to starting our own family hasn't been easy...lots of prayer, doctors appointments, tests, blood work, changes in supplements and diet, research, and self reflecting.
After complications with starting our own family, we decided to pursue adoption. Our friends and extended family members have adopted children and so this feels like a natural step for us. God showed his love for us by adopting us into his family. Our heart’s desire is to also demonstrate that love by growing our family through adoption.
On this adoption journey, we are learning what ethical adoption practices can AND should look like in the United States. This information was important as we searched for an ethical adoption agency in the state where we live, Ohio. We are passionate about honoring and respecting all sides of the adoption (adoptee, expectant parent(s) pursuing an adoptive plan, and hopeful adoptive parents). In our adoption, we are interested in an open adoption relationship with the expectant family. The trend over the last 20 years has shifted to this type of relationship due to the research and benefits for all members of the adoptive triad. We believe that in adoption, we need God’s grace and love, just as He demonstrates that for us.
It may surprise you to hear that adoption expenses can range from $20,000-$40,000 for a domestic adoption in the United States. This is why we have set a goal of $20,000 to help ease the financial burden of costs associated with the adoption. We are working with a non-profit Christian adoption agency in Ohio that uses ethical adoption practices. There are women in Ohio facing an unexpected pregnancy and we want to support and love these expectant families that may be looking at an adoption plan for their child. The local agency also supports open adoptions and helps facilitate these relationships before, during, and after placement.
We hope that by inviting you into this process, you will see yourself as part of the community we hope to build around our child as he/she grows up. Please be in prayer for these expectant families our agency works alongside. We pray for expectant moms that may be facing an unexpected pregnancy that they will be given grace, wisdom, and strength. Please pray for us as a couple in this new stage of our lives and as we continue on this adoptive journey. We will post updates and insights of what we’ve learned on our journey and we hope you will continue to follow us as we enter this new stage of life!
Thank you for your support and prayers,
Dale & Kristy
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