My name is Daria, I am 37 years old, and the proud mom of two children through adoption, Christian age 6 and James Dean, 5 months.
My journey to become a mother began ten years ago. After a year of “trying” and not being able to get pregnant, we looked to infertility testing and treatments to create our family. From clomid to inseminations and eventually IVF years passed and nothing worked. My last IVF cycle resulted in an ectopic pregnancy that ruptured my fallopian tube at 5 weeks pregnant and I almost died.
It was at this point that we started thinking about adopting a child, and I admit, at first, I was skeptical. I remember worrying if I’d bond with the baby we’d be placed with, how much money it would cost, if the birth mom would change her mind, and how long it would take to have a beautiful, healthy bundle of joy in our home. We consulted with an adoptive attorney who highly recommended A Act of Love Adoptions. She said the agency prided itself on placing families with babies normally within 12 months and did a phenomenal job of counseling birth moms and adoptive families so the right “match” was made.
It is almost 7 years since we first contacted A Act of Love Adoptions and I can say with all of my heart that this agency was God sent. Our experiences with the agency’s owner, Kathy Kunkle, and all of her staff was so positive, reassuring and smooth every step of the way in both of our children’s adoptions. I’ll never forget how Kathy came to the hospital to hold our son Christian, or how she bounced into James’ birth mom’s hospital room at 11 p.m. the night she was delivering James, just so she could hang out with us and make sure everyone was feeling great about the delivery plan. Her commitment to place healthy babies in loving homes comes from the heart, and she prides herself on knowing most of her families on a first name basis. A Act of Love Adoption’s social workers treated us with respect, patience, kindness and love. They were completely professional, yet warm, and were there to answer any questions we had along the way. Our social worker for James’ delivery actually stayed the entire time in our birth mom’s delivery room and held her hand as she brought James into this world.
I can’t thank Kathy Kunkle and her staff enough for the family they’ve helped to create. It is only by uniting us with two incredible birth moms that I have experienced, first hand, the joy and honor of becoming a mother. I’ve learned throughout this process that it matters not that our children are of our blood or look like us, but that they are of our heart. God knew what he was doing when he made me infertile, because he gave me the gift of becoming an adoptive mother to two boys who have brought more joy to my life than they’ll ever know.
I strongly encourage you to consider A Act of Love Adoptions to help you create, or add to your family, or if you’re a birth mom, to help guide you as you place your child in the loving home of people whose dream is to become parents. God bless you in your journey.