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I found out I was pregnant in December 2006. I did not know what I had gotten myself into at that point. All I remember is I was scared and didn’t know where to turn. I knew I had options and that I had to consider the circumstances surrounding my pregnancy. I was...
Prior to getting pregnant, I believed adoption had this negative connotation. From what I saw in the media, and even within my own family, adoption was a mother abandoning her child and never seeing the child again. I pictured a mother putting her baby in a blanket and putting it on the steps...
Open Adoption & Strong Relationship With Her Son And The Family She Picked To Raise Him
My son’s dad passed away before I knew I was pregnant. That was really hard on me. You can’t raise a baby just on love-its more than that. I wanted him to have the best life possible. I financially could not support him as well. The social worker at Hopeful Beginnings made all...
I came to St. Mary’s 14 years ago when I was pregnant, knowing full well that I was not ready to be a mom just yet. I thought about the pros and cons of adoption, but I knew that I was ready. I came to the agency the last month of my pregnancy...
At sixteen, a junior in high school, I found myself pregnant. Knowing other teenage girls in school who were pregnant before I was, I would have never dreamed that something like that would happen to me. Scared, terrified, and nervous are just some of the feelings I was going through at first. My...
My son’s dad had passed away before I even knew that I was pregnant. And that was really hard on me. You can’t raise a baby just on love, it’s more than that. I wanted him to have the best life possible.
Chris & Eileen
We had a nice home, a large backyard and a dog named “Reilly.” But we knew something was missing. We had always dreamed of having children. When we had problems conceiving, we did not give up hope. We turned to infertility experts. After nearly two years of unsuccessful infertility treatments, we decided that...
Dave, Molly and big brother Charlie welcomed Caroline home in spring 2018!
Caryn & Keith
welcomed Caleb home in the spring of 2018!
Jason & Carla
After three miscarriages and no desire to go through IVF treatments, Jason and I decided that adoption was the one way to fulfill our need and desire to become parents. We had talked about adoption for a few years but always procrastinated about actually doing it. St. Mary’s was suggested to me by...
Sean & Ann welcomed Madison home in the winter of 2020!
Jason & Ed
welcomed June home in the summer of 2017!
Annette & Stephen
We went through three tubal pregnancies and invitro-fertilzation. We prayed to God about what to do next – not have children, continue with fertilization or adopt. After months of praying and talking to our Pastor and his wife, who adopted from St. Mary’s, we decided that adoption was the best option for us....
Chris, Jennifer, and big brother Caleb welcomed Javi home in the summer of 2018!
Gosia & Lukasz
Gosia & Lukasz and big brother Oliver welcomed Henry home in the winder of 2019
Tina & Michael
Michael, Tina, and big sister Alyssa welcomed Erica home in the winter of 2018!
Brad & Lisa
Brad and Lisa welcomed Wes home in the winter of 2019!
Kalee & Jonathan
Welcomed Mila home in the fall of 2018!
Sal & Deneen
Our adoption journey has been an amazing experience one filled with so many different emotions. We waited a long time, but we knew deep in our hearts that when it was meant to be everything would work out perfectly… and it did. The day we received the phone call that birth parents had...
Michael, Blake and big sister Paige welcomed Lucia home in the spring of 2019!
John & Tera
John, Tera, and big sister Maddie welcomed Frankie home in the spring od 2018!
Lauren & Andrew
Lauren, Andrew, and big brother Addison, welcomed baby girl Maeve to their home in the fall of 2020.
Joy & Jared
Aaron & Patty
Our path to adoption began years ago; an innocent and passing conversation between us early in our dating relationship was the beginning. Our relationship was becoming more serious, and one day the mention of children came up. We both agreed that adoption would be a wonderful opportunity for us to give a child...