“I found Adoption Arc one day while I was searching adoption agency on line. It was heaven sent. I contacted the on Memorial Day 2003, and got an answer the same day. Everyone at Arc treated Sam and I with such kindness and care. Our Social Worker Cynthia was the sweetest and most caring person. Walked us step by step. We felt like family. So much so, we adopted our second son 22 months later.
Information between the birth mother and us was made easy by Arc. All our questions were answered. Meeting the birth mother was made easy, our Social worker was with us. Every step we had to take in both our adoptions was guided by Arc and made easy. In the years since our adoptions, every chance I get, I pass on info about ARC. I have talked to many people who thought the USA had no children up for adoption, and steered them to Arc.
The women of Arc, gave us the greatest gift, our two sons. Words can not express the love and joy they brought to Sam and me. I am so grateful that there are such caring women helping bring families together.”
Sam and Nancy Rosario
“We are Nicole and Sonja. We met in 2006 and got married in 2009. We live in Europe, The Netherlands. We are both fond of our nieces and nephews and hoped to raise children ourselves one day. We preferred to adopt a child and give this child a loving home. Friends of us adopted a boy and a girl via Adoption Arc and recommended this organization because of their positive experience. We had the same experience and in 2012 our son Sam came into our lives!"
Adoption Arc provided us with good and honest information. The staff was always friendly. Sometimes it is hectic at the office and as we know now, this is always because Adoption Arc puts the children and birth mothers at the first place. This is exactly why we have chosen Adoption Arc to work with.
We hoped to meet Sam's birth mother, but she preferred a closed adoption. We respect her wish. Whenever she changes her mind, we are happy to tell her about her handsome smart son. She can be very proud of him! For us it is important knowing that Sam's birth mother wanted her son to live with us.
At this moment, we seriously think about adopting a baby brother or sister for Sam in the near future. And yes, we will work again with Adoption Arc!”
Sonja and Nicole
“When we embarked on our Adoption Journey we were a little unprepared for how quickly things began to move. The staff at Adoption ARC held our hands through the entire process with integrity. They managed our nervous anticipation and were honestly optimistic through the ups and downs. Adoption is not an easy process, even when your forever baby comes relatively fast. The staff took our calls, listened to our fears, maintained open communication with the birthmother, and had the best interest of all parties at heart. And when we received our son - we knew that Adoption ARC had put their own hearts into creating our family.
Thank you Adoption Arc for all that you did to create our family.”
Mario, Noelle and Brendan
“We were so lucky to have the opportunity to meet both families of our two adopted children. We feel that meeting the birthfamilies is the most emotional thing we have ever experienced. We being so happy with our children; they being so sad about having to give them up. And at the same time it was the most beautiful, special and valuable meeting ever, for all parties involved! It gave us so much valuable information, pictures, movies, impressions and conversations. If our children start asking questions about their background, we will be able to give them so many answers. We feel it gave the birthfamilies comfort and may be even some relief. One of them literally said that a weight was lifted from his shoulders by meeting us. We were laughing together and crying together. Knowing that everyone in the room loves that little baby so much and all they want and think about is what is the best thing for that little baby gives us so much connection, even though you don't really know each other. If you have the chance, meet each other! It will be a priceless gift for your child when he or she grows up. Someone from the Adoption ARC staff was present during both the meetings and that was a very good thing. They help, but don't disturb. Their presence has a very positive effect. All parties are nervous of course and they help calm everyone. The meetings took place at the Adoption ARC office, which was also very positive. It was like meeting each other in a homey environment. Thanks for that!
We are still in contact with both families, keeping them up to date about how our children are doing. How the contact will develop in the future when our children grow older is totally up to the children themselves. We are open and supportive in any way we can!”
Johan, Marlies, Anne (2011) and Tijmen (2012)
“It was the most difficult time in my life. I was staying in a homeless shelter and I didn't have a job or any emotional supports. I hadn't been feeling well for quite some time, but I didn't go to the doctor because I thought it was just stress and exhaustion. Finally, at six months into my pregnancy, I realized I was going to have a baby. I was terrified for myself, but mostly for my baby. I had nothing to give and I wanted more for my baby. I didn't know who the Birth Father was, I was truly alone. Thankfully, a counselor at the shelter where I staying gave me some names of local adoption agencies and encouraged me to call them. I called several agencies. A few didn't have anyone available to talk with me, another one asked me if I'd fly across the country to place my baby, and then I got through to Adoption ARC. The woman I spoke with immediately asked me how I am doing when I told her about my situation. She said that she was sorry that I was struggling so much at this time, and she asked me what I wanted for my baby regarding an adoption plan. The very next day, the social worker that I spoke with on the telephone met me at the shelter where I was staying. She stayed with me for several hours and assisted me in getting linked to prenatal care. My social worker and I met several times over the next few months. She helped me with finding housing, which I now have, and she assisted me in creating a resume to aid me in finding employment. I chose the family who adopted my baby girl and I met them, and my daughter shortly after she was born. Creating an adoption plan clearly was the most difficult thing I've ever done, but I will always be greatful for the support, guidance and advocacy that Adoption ARC provided.”
“My husband and I are the parents of two children who are five and 2 years old. He works and goes to school part-time while I stay at home with the children. A few months ago, I found that I was pregnant again. We could not afford another child and we were living with relatives so bringing another baby home was not an option. Adoption ARC assisted my family with prenatal care referral and transportation and listened to all my questions and fears about adoption, like would my baby hate me for placing him. After several sessions, we came to realize that our decision was made in our son's best interest to provide for him and to select a wonderful family from Adoption ARC. We wanted our son to know his story and the parents who will raise him will let him know that we made this decision because we care and love him so much.
Meeting the family was a little nerve wracking at first but with my counselor by my side, the conversation began to flow. She made us all feel so comfortable. They wanted to provide everything to Jeremy that we can not. We all want the same thing for him- to grow into a healthy, happy well-adjusted young man with birth and adoptive parents who love him.”
“No one ever imagined that I would be the one to get pregnant at 16 years old, especially me. I come from a good family, education is very important and expectations for my future were high. There I was, in the beginning of my junior year in High School four months pregnant. I panicked and immediately told my older sister who sat with me as I told my parents. I was terrified and scared, but my family pulled together and committed to supporting me through this journey. We talked and cried and talked some more about options for my baby and me. My father's brother, my Uncle James, was adopted and as soon as my father reminded me of this it just seemed to be settled right then and there, I wanted to create an adoption plan. We did an online search of local adoption agencies and started making calls. I didn't think that anyone would answer the phone, it was a Sunday night at 7pm. But when I called Adoption ARC I was transferred to an actual on call social worker. I started talking to the social worker and then I asked her if I can put her on speakerphone because my parents and sister had questions too. She agreed, and spent over an hour on the phone with my entire family and me. She educated us on the adoption process, and answered our many, many questions. Two days later a Birth Parent Counselor from Adoption ARC came to meet with my family and me. She was wanted to know exactly what type of adoptive family I want for my baby. I actually knew that I wanted a same sex male couple, and that I'd like to meet them And receive pictures and letter updates throughout the course of my child's life. My social worker stated that this is definitely something that Adoption ARC can provide. Over the next several months, my family and I met with my social worker on numerous occasions. She assisted us emotionally and prepared me for the vast emotions that I would experience. After I gave birth to my son, my social worker continued to check in on me and offer me supportive counseling. On the day that I saw my son again with his adoptive fathers, I sat in between my parents on one side, and my social worker on the other side. The two entities that provided me with ongoing support and guidance through the most courageous journey I have ever taken. To date, I am in my third year of college. I have had ongoing updates of my son. Both he and I are thriving.”