There’s a popular phrase that goes like this: When one door closes, another one opens…… Here is a story to prove this point:
An adoptive couple eagerly anticipated the birth of their daughter who was to be born 1800 miles away. They had waited months as they had helped support their birthmother, financially and emotionally. They could hardly wait for her to be born!
The much anticipated day arrived! BUT, after giving birth, the birthmother decided that parenting was a better option for her. Heartbroken and disappointed the adoptive couple’s hopes were dashed and they felt so sad. Moving forward from this point is so emotionally difficult and it is tough to wake up every morning and try to feel happy. They knew that it was always a possibility that the birthmother could choose to parent, but going through the emotions was difficult. They also knew that failed and disrupted adoptions are a low percentage with Act of Love and that they wanted to continue moving forward to find their baby.
Fast forward to a month later:
Act of Love Adoptions received a call from a birthmother in the hospital in a small town in the South. She had given birth six weeks early and had a beautiful baby girl. Because she was early, she knew that adoption was the right choice for her, but she had not contacted an agency and made an adoption plan.
At the hospital, she received a list of adoption agencies from the hospital social worker and began talking with one. After a long day, she felt something just was not right. She began to explore adoption agencies on-line and came across A Act of Love. As she read about them, she decided to contact them through email. The agency responded quickly and she talked with one of the case workers on staff. She knew immediately that this was the agency that was right for her.
Things moved very quickly following that phone call. Paperwork had to be completed and counseling needed to take place. The birthmother was very helpful and did everything she needed to do to make sure her baby would be in a loving family environment and have the love and support of a mother and father.
Two days later, she selected an amazing adoptive couple who was thrilled beyond imagination. This was the couple whose birthmother had decided to parent a month earlier! And, they were headed to the same state as they were to go to previously.
The adoptive parents were filled with excitement as they quickly packed their suitcases to go and be with their precious baby. They understood that this baby was born early and could require hospitalization for two to four weeks. Upon arriving, they scooped up their baby girl and held her tight. They spent the weekend bonding with their baby and loving every minute of being with her.
Much to their delight, the doctor came in on Monday morning and said baby was doing so well, she could be released the next day! The adoptive couple just couldn’t believe that she was ready to go and the paperwork could be started for ICPC so much earlier than they had planned! They truly believe that this was a miracle and that this was the baby that was supposed to be in their family. They both expressed how amazed they were how things worked out! And, so happy that it did!