Nothing promising to report.
We registered with Adoption Consultants Inc. to be shown when their contracted families don’t meet the expectant mothers’ needs.
I contacted Adopt America 411 about a biracial girl due soon. I never heard back.
I contacted Angel Adoptions about an African American girl due on July 31. I emailed them twice. I never heard back.
I sent an email message to One World Adoptions, on the advice of someone I had been emailing. I recommended Heaven Sent to her. She signed with One World and had her baby 3 days later. (Yeah, I’m jealous. Anyway.) I got a form letter back, sent an email message with specific questions, and still haven’t heard back.
Bundle of Joy contacted me with a situation, but it’s $31,200. Way over our budget.
Heaven Sent has had several situations, but the genders have all been unknown.
Adoption Insight, a facilitator in California, has a situation for an African American girl who was due on August 14. They get an F from the Better Business Bureau, due in part to the number of complaints. The complaints allege that they don’t screen expectant mothers properly, among other important issues.
The only lead we have right now is from AdoptLink. Most of the AdoptLink situations are way over our budget, but this one fits right in. Lil Snee always returns email messages, and she usually calls. I wish this weren’t a rarity, but it is. It certainly makes me appreciate Lil.
I talked to a woman from a very small agency in Missouri. She is very honest, forthright, and ethical. But the agency only does 2-3 placements per year. It’s $1000 to sign up.
We’re thinking of signing with Nightlight Christian Adoptions, a full-service agency. We were going to sign with them this spring, but we matched. We may also go from being registered with Adoption Consultants Inc. to signing on as a contracted family. This means they’ll actively try to match us with an expectant mom. It’s difficult to figure out. If we sign with ACI, then we likely can’t accept situations from elsewhere, due to the upfront expense. I have to talk to Nightlight again and refresh my memory. Ultimately, we need someone who’s working for us, and we don’t have that.
In News of the Weird: Remember “Jasmine“? She was referred to the agency by a birthmother who had placed before. That birthmother found out that Jasmine fell off the face of the earth, and decided to go to Indianapolis to retrieve Jasmine and bring her to Kansas. That birthmother wants to place her 17-month old, so the agency gave her some traveling money. Jasmine’s (supposedly) still pregnant and (supposedly) wants place both her unborn baby and her toddler. But she needs traveling money. Hahahahahaha.
If Jasmine makes it to Kansas, I will be the first to apologize for not trusting her. However, we’ve already given her money to get to Kansas. We’re not giving her anymore. I don’t expect anything to come of this. I just find it… interesting? … that she’s trying to get even more money. I wonder what goes on in people’s heads.
In News of the Annoying: We have to pay our home study update fee just to find out what we need for the home study update. Spiffy.
A number of my friends and family members are pregnant right now. Most of the time, it doesn’t bother me. But sometimes, when I think of people due next year, and I don’t know if I’ll have a baby before then… Our family isn’t complete without our baby girl, but it may have to be.