Alison and Rob share about their adoption experience with Holt-Sunny Ridge and how their daughter, Zoe, joined their family.

SmokeWe dealt with infertility for quite a while and after much consideration we decided we wanted to go the route of domestic adoption. We definitely did our homework and met with three adoption agencies before deciding to go with Holt-Sunny Ridge. We immediately felt that Holt-Sunny Ridge was the best fit for us. Everyone was so welcoming and nice. It had a small family feel and we felt like we were more than just a “number,” which was different from some of the other agencies we visited.

We were very excited to get started in the whole adoption process. We were told from the start that every adoption story is different and that we could possibly wait 2-3 years for a baby. Anxious to get started, we finished all of our required classes as well as our homestudy in the first five months. We attended our first orientation meeting in January of 2013, completed all of our required classes and homestudy in May and went online with our profile in June. Just a month later, we received the exciting call that our profile was seen by a birth mother and she wanted to meet us right away. All of this just six months after we originally met with Holt-Sunny Ridge!

70thWe met with the birthmother at Holt-Sunny Ridge and Nancy, our adoption counselor, was there with us the whole time. It was wonderful to have a warm face in the room to help facilitate the initial meeting as we got to know the birthmother. Within an hour of leaving that meeting, we got the call that she wanted us to be her child’s adoptive parents. We were beyond thrilled! We spent the next four months going with her to doctor’s appointments and going to dinner with her to get to know her better. Our daughter, Zoe, was born in November 2013. The entire process from beginning to end was less than a year! We were and are so blessed to have our little girl. She’s an absolute miracle and definitely a dream come true for us.

All we can say is that it takes incredible strength and love from each and every birthmother and father to make a plan for their child. It’s the most selfless act I can think of. The sacrifice she made for herself has completed our family and there are not enough words to say thank you! We thank God every day that Zoe is our daughter and we appreciate Holt-Sunny Ridge for all they did to help us with our dream. Our experience with Holt-Sunny Ridge was amazing!

Rob and Alison | Illinois