Birthparents, Allie and Tom, found themselves just days before delivering and not knowing what to do. Allie was in school and Tom was looking for a job. They did not have their own place to live. Tom’s dad was letting them stay with him until they were able to save some money and move out.
Tom remembered a friend had told him about A Act of Love Adoption Agency. His friend and girlfriend had placed a baby through them and he had told Tom how great they thought the staff was. They decided to call the agency and see if it was too late to talk about adoption. A little frightened and very nervously, they made the call.
After talking on the phone briefly, two staff members left their meeting and went to visit with Allie and Tom. From the first few minutes on, Allie and Tom knew they were making the right choice and using the right agency to place their little baby girl for adoption. As they completed their paperwork, they talked with the staff about adoptive families. The staff members had brought along many profiles of adoptive parents anxiously awaiting a new baby. Allie and Tom spent some time with the two staff members and then spent the rest of the afternoon together narrowing down their choices. They finally made a list of their top three! The Act of Love counselor and caseworker came back that evening with great news! Allie and Tom’s number one choice was thrilled and more than willing to be the adoptive parents to this baby girl.
A day later, Allie had the baby. She and Tom were so relieved to have a plan in place for their baby. They spent the entire day holding and loving their baby. They gave her their own name which they wrote on the birth certificate. It was a day of love and emotion. They knew they were making the right decision but it was difficult because of the love they felt for her. They talked openly throughout the day about what her life would be like with them versus with the adoptive couple they had selected. They knew she would be able to have so many more opportunities in life with her adopted family. They also knew that they were young, inexperienced in parenting and unable to cover their own living expenses at this time. They needed to get themselves in a much better position and then think about starting a family together.
On the day of relinquishment, the tears flowed. It was a difficult part of the day but both signed without hesitation because they both knew it was best. They had decided they would like to meet the adoptive family in about two weeks when Allie felt better. The adoptive family was very agreeable. Then as Allie and Tom were leaving the hospital, they decided they wanted to meet the couple who was at the hospital with the baby.
Upon seeing each other, they hugged and wept and hugged some more. They spent two hours together getting to know each other. They laughed and cried and expressed their gratitude and love for one another. It was a very beautiful exchange and a time that all four of them will treasure. As the adoptive parents left the hospital with the baby the next day, they snapped several pictures for Allie and Tom. It made Allie and Tom feel good to see them all together with such big smiles on their faces.
Two weeks later, they all met at a park and took pictures and had a picnic. Everyone left with the confirmation that they were all meant to be together! Later that day Tom sent an email to Act of Love saying, “I can’t tell you how much you guys have helped us. You guys are awesome. We want to always stay in touch. We appreciate all you do for us, you are really great people.”
If you are pregnant and wondering what to do, call A Act of Love to help you with your adoption. Your adoption plan is kept confidential and this agency offers top notch customer service. You won’t be disappointed if you make the call!