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Adoption Story: Paul and Shana

I instantly liked Paul and Shana on our first phone call together and knew they were going to be such a sweet couple to work with.  They got started with Christian Adoption Consultants in the spring of 2017.  They began working on their home study while we designed their adoption profile.  By fall, they had wrapped up their home study and were ready to begin applying to agencies.  They put their yes on the table several times and nine months after their home study was approved, they heard the wonderful news that their family had been chosen!  Shana shares more about their journey below...

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Adoption was something we had contemplated during the several years we were battling infertility. Our faith was tested during this long and difficult time. Against all odds, we were ultimately blessed with our first son. We still wanted another child but did not want to go down that path again. Adoption made us nervous for so many other reasons. We had so many questions: what if we did not match, what if the birth parents change their mind, what about all the paperwork, who will help us along the way, how much will it cost?

Very close friends of ours had recently adopted their son with the help of Christian Adoption Consultants and highly recommended them. That was the last push we needed to take the next steps. We emailed CAC the next day, and Leah contacted us shortly after. From the moment we first spoke we knew she was a perfect match for us. She was so kind, supportive, understanding, and knowledgeable. 


Leah was there supporting and praying with us every step of the way. From the beginning stages of getting home study approved, to presenting to expectant parents, hearing the “no’s”, celebrating the “yes”, to bringing our son home, she was right there with us. I don’t think we could have done this without her.

We presented many times before we matched. Leah would kindly remind us each time that it was not God’s plan, and our baby was still out there. After a few very difficult “no’s” we decided to take a different approach. Instead of mourning the “no’s” we choose to celebrate each baby’s match and pray for that child, birth mom, and the new family that finally got their “yes.” It really helped us stay positive during these difficult times. We knew our time would come, just not when. We rejoiced after nine long months of waiting, we finally got our “yes!” We were so nervous to talk to our son's birth mom, but when we did we could not have been happier. This was God’s plan for us. 


Something we were particularly nervous about were all of the unknowns surrounding the relationship we would have with birth mom. The precious few days we got to spend with her and our son in the hospital were such an amazing and beautiful experience. We have difficulty putting those moments into words. Even as we write this, months later, we both get choked up thinking about how wonderful our relationship is developing with her, and how blessed we are to have both our son and her in our lives. Although the road was bumpy, we put our trust in the Lord. In the end, everything we questioned and worried about worked out as He planned.  



Going through this process together as a family has strengthened our faith in God and our love for each other. It was amazing during the months that we were going through our journey how the messages each week in church seemed like they were meant for just for us, with reminders of patience, strength, and trust in His plan. We are all closer now and happier than ever, with each day being more of a blessing than the last.

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***If you are interested in learning more about adoption and the services we provide at Christian Adoption Consultants, I'd love to chat! Feel free to email me at leah@christianadoptionconsultants.com for more information!***

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