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Testimonials

I care deeply about children, their birth parents and those who wish to adopt a child. I have always tried to provide sensitive, caring, professional advice based on the needs of everyone involved. That advice does not stop when the child is adopted. No matter how many years go by you can always feel free to pick up the phone and give me a call.

These testimonials were provided voluntarily by adopting persons who have worked with me and who have followed my advice and guidance.

The testimonials included here are just a sampling of those provided to me over the years.

Vincent F. Berger, Ph.D.

Just a Few

After 10 years of marriage and 8 years of trying to get pregnant, we finally had our baby...

We can recommend Adoption Services with 100% approval. Only 10 months after our first contact with them we had a beautiful little boy.

There is no way to describe the feelings you have when Dr. Berger calls to tell you your child has been born. The days between the phone call and the day you finally see your baby seem to last forever.

When the nurses put our baby in my arms, it was the most wonderful feeling in the world. After 10 years of marriage and 8 years of trying to get pregnant, we finally had our baby.

Willa & Richard


After all the delays and form letters we were accustomed to receiving from adoption agencies, imagine how amazed we were to receive a call from you just days after our first contact.

How can we ever summarize in a few words our admiration for you? We marvel every day at the inspired and sensitive way you brought Elizabeth into our lives.

From the beginning, we knew you were someone special. After all the delays and form letters we were accustomed to receiving from adoption agencies, imagine how amazed we were to receive a call from you just days after our first contact with Adoption Services. We quickly learned that personal attention was your trademark, as you guided us with sensitivity and professionalism through each step of what could have been a terrifying process.

We are also secure in the knowledge that, despite your deep interest in us, your first concerns were the baby and her birth mother and that, in some sense, we were chosen because we answered their needs. We recognize that all the time and attention you gave us represented a relatively minor aspect of your real mission, which was to help Elizabeth's birth mother through what must have been one of the most difficult experiences of her life. For us, part of loving Elizabeth as much as we do is caring very deeply for the young woman who gave birth to her. It gives us great comfort to know that she was counseled by you and made her decision in the context of your wise and sensitive support. We will always be grateful to you for that.

There is so much more. No one can believe how quickly we were able to adopt Elizabeth. That, of course, is attributable to your dedication and professionalism. Whatever the apparent obstacles - legal, practical, etc.- you persisted, and at those most delicate times when both the birth mother and us were most vulnerable, you managed somehow to serve everyone's interests. You managed skillfully to maintain confidentiality in the adoption, yet have given us a sense of continuity with Elizabeth's birth mother, forwarding information and photos so that she can follow Elizabeth's development.

Last, but not least, no one could ask for a more beautiful, intelligent or healthy child than Elizabeth. She is the miracle of our lives and we thank you for bringing about this miracle.

John & Ann


After receiving so many negative responses from other agencies.

We would like to express our feelings on the personal fulfillment that Adoption Services' staff has given us.

Adoption Services has provided us with something that we thought would never happen to us. A son that we are loving and enjoying every minute of every day. He is our little miracle. Our little boy has brought us closer together and is giving us so much joy words just can't express. It is wonderful to hear mom or dad and that it's us.

After receiving so many negative responses from other agencies, we were lucky to find Adoption Services. The first time we called Adoption Services for information we were greeted by a very professional and comforting secretary. She provided us with much helpful information. We called Adoption Services many times after that and were never worried about what kind of reception we would receive. We were always informed of our status. If the secretary could not answer the questions, Dr. Berger would always get back to us.

The day we picked up our son, Dr. Berger met us at the hospital. He was filled with as much joy as we were. He took pictures for us as we saw our son for the first time. They are worth so much to us.

Adoption Services has given us a new meaning in life and we are very happy that we proceeded with them.

Karl and Deborah

 

We were often discouraged by agencies' long waiting lists and open-endedness...

Not too long ago we were at the place where you may be. We'd been happily married for five years, had a great relationship, strong friendships and promising careers. But one thing was missing - a child who could share in all of this with us.

We had traveled the infertility road for three years and experienced unfortunate pregnancy losses. Adoption was always an option for us, but we were often discouraged by agencies' long waiting lists and open-endedness. We didn't know how long it would take for us to be the parents of a newborn baby. Until a friend of a friend told us about Adoption Services.

A couple who we knew adopted two healthy newborns from Adoption Services. They were so impressed with the professionalism of the agency and their end result - A FAMILY!! We requested the agency information and then entered the registration list.A call eventually came announcing a potential placement of our daughter, Meghan Lyn. We were quite reserved at first about this possibility. Our adoption was very honest, professional, prompt and realistic. We always felt informed and educated, no matter what the situation. She prepared us for the worst case scenario, which quite fortunately did not occur in this placement. However, if it did, we are certain that she would have handled the situation with heartfelt understanding. We also witnessed the trust that the birth parents developed with her. Without that trust and close working relationship Pam formed with them, Meghan's birth parents may not have been as comfortable in their decision.

We consider ourselves quite blessed that we were led through Adoption Services, to Meghan. She is a complete joy and blessing to us, as well as to our extended family. We can't imagine life without her. No, she did not come to us through biological means, but she came to us in a more special way. She is our daughter, and we are her mom and dad. Her adoption story is special and unique and we feel privileged to be her parents. We never thought someone so tiny could make us so incredibly happy. We are not only grateful for Meghan's birth parents, but also for Adoption Services. Without a doubt, we will return to Adoption Services for their assistance in expanding our family with a second child.

We would be glad to answer any questions or provide additional information if you would like. We can only hope that others can experience the happiness that we have found with our new family.

Meghan's Parents


As a single mother without a large income.

Many thanks for your kind assistance with the adoption of our little girl, finalized this past August. From our first contact with your agency, you all were unfailingly respectful, professional, honest straight forward, warm and polite.

As a single mother without a large income, this has emphatically not always been my experience with adoption agencies. I was impressed with the thoroughness of your approach to the adoption process, with your careful efforts to obtain as much information as possible about both birth parents. There was no confusion at the time of placement, and it was accomplished with sensitivity, supportiveness, and clarity.

And aside from all that, we are thoroughly delighted with our little girl, and feel that this placement must surely have been made in heaven. Thank you.

A Loving Mom


We had tried another agency.but we never received one call because we were older adoptive parents and had a biological child.

Tom, Brittany, and I want to thank you for making our family complete. We are so happy to have our beautiful baby daughter. She is a joy and enhances our lives everyday.

Tom and I had tried for 4 years to have another child. We had tried another agency which showed our portfolio but we never received one call because we were older adoptive parents and had a biological child. We had almost given up on having our dream of another child. Then I decided to research agencies one more time. I researched 65 agencies throughout the country. We decided to contact your agency because your staff was very pleasant and responsive on the phone, paper was sent out in a timely manner and your agency was recommended by an employee assistance program sponsored by my husband's company.

Tom and I are so happy we decided to work with your family-oriented staff. Once we started the official process of paperwork and interviews, you and your staff were even more helpful, warm, friendly and responsive than we ever could have hoped for. Whenever I called, someone talked to me, answered my questions, and made me feel at ease. I'd call to check on how we were progressing on the list and I always received positive feedback and encouragement.

The time really went by very quickly. From the time we applied to the time we got our beautiful daughter was just over a year. During the time period we had a birth mom who we had met who changed her mind the night before we were to pick up the baby. Your staff was great. Elaine and Nadia spoke to me and helped me to deal with this loss. I was very upset and they talked with me and helped me through it. Then, 2 weeks later we got news of our daughter's birth, and in four days we were a family.

Thank you Dr. Berger and your wonderful staff. You made our dream come true in a positive and very warm, compassionate manner.

The Stemtons

Pat, Tom, Brittany & Kelsey Marie

 

They've helped us adopt four of our five beautiful children .

We have worked with this agency on and off for about seven years, or around there. In this time, through their help, we have adopted four of our five children. They have always been kind, courteous, and very helpful. They've always been honest with us even when things were not to our liking, and that's one of the reasons they've earned our respect.

Through their hard work and ours they've helped us adopt four of our five beautiful children, all of which we adore.This agency has always tried to do their best for us, as I'm sure for any other family, and we've always treated us with kindness and consideration.

We've really enjoyed working with them and don't plan to forget them in the future because in some ways they've become a part of our family.

Pat and Jim


We received our beautiful son in April after only five months of waiting .

We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to Adoption Services for our family. The experience that we had with Dr. Berger and his entire staff was, from the very beginning, friendly, competent, and quite reassuring. Everyone involved proved to be very helpful and up front with "no strings pulled."

We received our beautiful son in April after only five months of waiting. He is the most pleasant child we could ever have wished for to complete our family. (If God had been willing, we could not have done better ourselves.) Our son has renewed our 16-year marriage and has given us nothing but joy.

I recommend this agency to anyone who wishes to go one step further to fulfill their lives and enjoy the wonderful love of their own child. Once again, thank you, Adoption Services for your honorable work. You will never be forgotten.

Loving Parents


We pursued both private adoption opportunities and adoption agencies. Many agencies I spoke to were very cold, insensitive, and not very positive. Then I called your agency.

Mark and I would like to thank you and your staff for helping us to realize our dream of having a family. Mark and I suffered with infertility for six years. After years of treatments with no success we turned our hearts to adoption. Although we had renewed hope of having a family we soon discovered many disappointments along the path of adoption opportunities. We pursued both private adoption opportunities and adoption agencies. Many agencies I spoke to were very cold, insensitive, and not very positive. Then I called your agency, Adoption Services, Inc. The first person I spoke with was Shauna. I was so amazed at how sensitive, caring and compassionate she was over the phone. She was positive and encouraging and assured me that your agency could help us realize our dream of having a family. After years of emotional pain and sorrow, I now felt ecstatic that we could become parents. I patiently waited for the information that Shauna said she would mail out immediately. Ten months later we received the phone call that would change our lives forever. We are now the proud parents of our beautiful little girl.

Mark and I want to thank you and your agency for your help. I especially appreciate the caring and sensitivity of your staff. They were very encouraging through the entire process. They did not mind how many times we would call with questions or to see what number we were on the list. The entire process went so well that we cannot wait to do it all over again. Thank you once again for helping us make our dream come true.

Mark and Carol


The agency we worked with when we adopted our first child created a nightmare for us - they didn't do research on the birth mother's situation, showed no concern for us or the baby.

We can never thank you and your staff enough for all the great work you did in bringing beautiful baby Matthew to our family.

From start to finish you and your staff were professional, knowledgeable and compassionate not only with us, but with Matthews birth mother as well.and that meant a lot to us. Having the opportunity to meet her and talk with her before Matthew was born helped us so much, and will give us much greater insight into his personality as he grows up.

Everyone on your staff is so knowledgeable about the entire adoption process. no stone is left unturned, no detail too small for them to be right on top of everything. They are especially great in bonding with the birth mothers and creating an atmosphere of trust. All facets of the process are made known to all parties involved from the start; nothing is hidden or secret and everyone knows what's going on at all times.

We really appreciate all the extra time Elaine took in working out the details of our particular situation, and keeping us informed with her many calls to us. Our knowledge of all the details of the situation made our decision-making along the way so much easier.

We felt so comfortable with everyone at Adoption Services and always felt that you were there for us, and for the birth mother, to help answer questions or just lend and understanding ear.

All in all, we can honestly say that adopting Matthew was a really great experience.

(Conversely, the agency we worked with when we adopted our first child created a nightmare for us - they didn't do research on the birth mother's situation, showed no concern for us or the baby, and didn't bother to call us after the placement.we had virtually no support from them.)

Matthew is a wonderful, happy baby, and our family is now complete thanks to all of you. We enjoyed working with you and will keep in touch with pictures of Matthew for your "wall of fame"!

(P.S. We would be happy to speak with any prospective adopting families about how wonderful we think you are!)

Rob and Liz


We were so grateful that you don't have an age limit like all the other agencies we contacted.

We would like to express our deepest love and appreciation to your agency for making all of our dreams come true. Without your help we would not have our two beautiful boys today.

We were so grateful that you don't have an age limit like all the other agencies we contacted. Because age has nothing to do with being a good parent.

Your people helped answer any questions we had about anything even if it seemed silly. You encouraged us to ask anything we wanted to know.

Everything was explained and given to us to read. There were no hidden costs or things that were not known before we proceeded with each placement and then adoption.

We weren't pressured to make any decisions, we were always given time to talk it over and then get back to you with an answer.

We just could not say enough to express our love and thanks to each and every one of you for your great help and compassion you showed us through the process.

Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for everything you have done for us.

Thomas, Carol, Billy & Ryan

 

You made the adoption process absolutely nothing like the horror stories we have heard about in trying to adopt.

It is hard to believe so much time has flown by since your agency helped my wife and I fulfill our dreams of having a child. Benjamin has been such a joy and pleasure in our lives, it is hard to imagine our life without him. He is such a good, cheerful, friendly, and intelligent child. Everyone who meets him is amazed at how smart and outgoing his is. People everywhere we go admire him.

How can we thank you and your staff for bringing us such joy? From my very first phone call to your agency to look into adopting, we were treated with such courtesy and helpfulness. You made the adoption process absolutely nothing like the horror stories we had heard about in trying to adopt. We know we were very fortunate to have taken only 5 months from registration to actual adoption and know another adoption would most probably take much longer. However, if we do decide to adopt again, we shall certainly consider using your agency once again.

Harvey & Iris


As a single woman in my late forties, I didn't think that I could find an adoption agency willing to help me pursue my dream.

It has been two weeks since Katilin's adoption was made final. It is hard to imagine my life without her. I again want to thank all of you, especially Dr. Berger and Elaine, for my precious little daughter.

As a single woman in my late forties, I didn't think that I could find and adoption agency willing to help me pursue my dream of becoming a parent. From the initial contact through the finalization, I found Adoption Services to be very caring and professional.

The path to Katilin's adoption was not without problem.She is the sweetest little baby, and was well worth the wait. Every day she greets me with a big grin, and I think of how lucky I am to have the opportunity to be her mom and cherish her.

Gretchin

 

What led us to this agency initially was its reputation for four things...

Our experience of adopting a child through Adoption Services has been a positive one. What led us to this agency initially was its reputation for these four things:1) non-discriminatory against adoptive couples who are "older" and who already have one child, 2) a shorter waiting period for the adopting family to receive an infant, 3) placement of newborns, and 4) thorough counseling with the birth mother and a sincere concern for us as the adopting parents. In our case, Adoption Services proved quite true to its good reputation in these areas.

We were always treated with respect and concern in what can be a humbling and difficult process for adopting parents, and our numerous questions were always answered without hesitation.

When we got the telephone call with the thrilling news of a baby girl for us being born, we were overjoyed. Two days later we went to pick up our new daughter with great confidence that the birth mother's decision to place her baby for adoption was made only after thorough counseling and support from Adoption Services...

The best part of our experience with Adoption Services was being able to receive a newborn baby. It was a very special privilege indeed for us and our five-year-old daughter to receive our daughter and her sister right from the hospital nursery. Sharing the wondrous experience as a family of first seeing her in her hospital bassinet as a tiny newborn is a moment we will never forget and will always treasure.

Parents Once Again

 

When the big moment arrived, I was actually helping the birth mother push.

We would like to share with you the story of our extraordinary adoption experience.

When we registered with Adoption Services, we were told that it would probably take a year or more before we would reach the top of the list. Imagine our surprise when we were called three months later and told we had been matched with a birth mother and the baby was due any day! We were excited but somewhat panicked; we had absolutely no baby items of any kind - we had not even filled out the application forms yet! We went wild rushing to get fingerprints, birth certificates, and all the other paperwork submitted in three days. We had the three home study visits within four days. Friends threw a baby shower. We shopped like crazy!

We spoke to the birth mother on the telephone at her request. We liked each other right away - we talked for four hours! Two weeks later the birth mother called the agency to say that labor was going to be induced, and we were invited to attend the birth!

We arrived at the hospital a few hours after the birth mother was admitted. We talked a lot during the next 5 hours, learning as much as we could about each other. When the big moment arrived, I was actually helping the birth mother push, while my husband was right outside the door watching her contractions on the monitor. It was the most incredible experience of our lives. I was the first one to see our little angel, and I was the first to hold her. I had always dreamed of having a little girl with dark hair and dark eyes, and there she was, a miracle in my arms.

The birth mother gave us full parental rights at the hospital (I got to wear a hospital bracelet that said I was a parent) so that we could do anything we wished during the 36 hours the baby was there. The birth mother went home after 24 hours, but had to come back the next morning to release the baby from the hospital. She brought the birth father and we were able to meet him too.

We cannot imagine how difficult it must have been for the birth mother to make the decisions she did. She gave us not only a child, but gave us memories to cherish for a lifetime. Through her, God has answered our prayers beyond anything we ever dreamed of. Our little girl is the light of our lives. She has always been a happy, good-natured child. She is healthy and smart, normal in every way. Many people say she looks like her daddy and she laughs like her mommy. We hope to have another child, and are already looking forward to doing all of this again. We wish all of you the same happiness and joy that we have found.

David & Marsha,

Proud Parents of Bethany


We were impressed by their flexibility in working with people like us who live overseas, who already had one child, and who didn't fit neatly into the mold of the "typical" family.

Our experience with Adoption Services was very positive. We were impressed by their flexibility in working with people like us who live overseas, who already had one child, and who didn't fit neatly into the mold of the "typical" family. Their focus on determining if we'd be good parents made us feel that there was some hope that we'd be able to adopt a baby. They were willing to flex and bend with our scheduling needs in ways that we know other agencies would never consider.

The entire process went very fast for us. Our adoptive son was placed in our family only four months after we filled out our initial application for Adoption Services and then the finalization process was expedited for us so that our family could be quickly re-united and we could return overseas. We know it doesn't always work out that smoothly.but the staff at Adoption Services and the lawyer did a lot of work to help it go well.

It also makes us feel good to know how much time and energy they spend on helping the birth mother to make the right decision for her so that she can feel settled about placing her baby with an adoptive family. My mother has been so thrilled that she's referred several other potential adoptive families to Adoption Services since our experience.

Dan & Stephanie

 

You were the only agency I was able to find that does not penalize someone who is single.

I just wanted to thank you for all you've done to make my dreams come true. You were the only agency I was able to find that does not penalize someone who is single- I have so much love to give and yet it seemed like every agency I turned to turned me away because I was single.

Thank you for letting me be a mom to the most wonderful child a person could have. I just couldn't even imagine my life without Levi! And it did happen in a much quicker time span than I imagined!

Thanks again to everyone at Adoption Services.

Beth


Two of the greatest aspects that I think we will always remember are your honesty and straight forwardness.

We have had a wonderful experience with you! Everyone was so thoughtful and caring it made the adoption process a very positive experience and one we will always remember.

We will never forget the great advice, the thoughtful words and the up to the minute updates. Two of the greatest aspects that I think we will always remember are your honesty and straight forwardness. You always let us know what was happening, whether it was good or bad. We felt that this was so important because we always knew exactly what to expect.

We now have our beautiful daughter and she truly is a dream come true. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping make this dream possible.

You are warm, caring and exceptional people, and you will always be remembered.

Proud Parents

 

The counseling that Dr. Berger does with the biological parent is vital.

As I am writing this letter. Joshua is three moths old; he is a beautiful, bright, adorable baby. He has blessed us and our entire family. Our only problem is that when the relatives (especially the grandparents) get near him we can't get near him. (Nice problem, though!)

From the very first telephone call we made to the agency inquiring about adopting, we were treated with kindness and genuine interest.

Once my husband and I decided that your agency was for us, you proceeded in a fast, professional manner. As with all adoptive parents, we were very anxious to get our child as soon as po ssible. Dr. Berger kept in very close touch with us!

My husband and I never looked into private adoption but I know people who have adopted that way. Each person has to follow their own heart, but for us we wanted more privacy. We felt at this point if the biological parents knew us and knew where we lived, it might cause our child problems. So going through an agency seemed like the best solution for us.

Dr. Berger has always displayed genuine concern for us, then the biological parents and mostly the child. Which in our opinion is the way it should be. He truly cares about the proper placement for the baby.

There's one more thing I'd like to say, and that is that through this process, Dr. Berger would tell us about the counseling he was doing with the biological mother as to whether adopting out her child was the right choice. Sometimes, you can think to yourself, "I just wish Dr. Berger would tell her that we'd be good parents and encourage her to go through with the adoption." I felt like that because our desire for a baby is so strong. But as I've watched the process, the counseling that Dr. Berger does with the biological parent is vital. I believe that's why his success rate as far as placement is so much higher than other agencies we looked into. Because if the biological mother hasn't reached the right decision, it will only cause you sadness later on. So we are very grateful for the honest counseling he has done with the biological mother.

We love our son very, very much and we will always be grateful to you, Dr. Berger.

Marvin & Jillian

 

Adoption for most of us is a last resort to have a child.

Yesterday, our daughter was seven months old; today we have our finalization hearing. I remember, like it was yesterday, when we received the phone call. Congratulations, it's a baby girl. The feelings that overwhelmed me then could not have been any different than if I had delivered her myself. The waiting was finally over. I cried and laughed and told everyone she was finally here. There was finally a sex - girl - we had decided on Katelyn Marie as her name. After waiting for over two weeks she had arrived. And that night, I was so excited that I couldn't sleep. So I cleaned the house and did laundry.

Dr. Vince Berger and the staff of Adoption Services, Inc. (A.S.I.) are very helpful and supportive, but realistic. Adoption for most of us is a last resort to have a child. As with pregnancy, there are risks in adoption. The birth parents could change their minds and decide to keep the baby. A.S.I. minimizes those risks with extensive counseling to the birth mother, including the grandparents if necessary.

We waited for 1 ½ years (which for an adoption is not long). When I think back to the time that we started this process, there were many emotions. We feel that before anyone considers having a child, one should fill out an application. There were many questions addressed that normally one does not consider until after having a child. While filling out the application, I broke down in tears, thinking that if I worded something wrong, these people would turn us down. The fear of rejection was great at this point in time, after spending several years of unsuccessfully conceiving. However, we have found the attitude of the staff of A.S.I. to be helpful and caring. They are offering a service, NOT doing us a favor.

Should we ever decide to adopt a second child, there would be no hesitations in dealing with A.S.I. The support, the caring, the reassurance, that all that can be done is being done, is well worth the wait.

Nan Marie and Terrence


As far as the adoption experience, it was wonderful. It was about seven months when the adoption was final...

We are so happy as a family and really enjoying our little girl so much.

We are glad we found out about Adoption Services and are really glad we decided to apply. Our experience with the agency was a good one. From the time we met and all the telephone conversations we had we felt you cared. We worked with Dr. Berger, Pam, and Elaine, but anytime we had a question we could call and someone would have time for us.

As far as the adoption experience, it was wonderful. It was about seven months when the adoption was final. That was a WONDERFUL DAY.

We really appreciate all the help from everyone at the agency from the beginning to the final adoption. We would recommend Adoption Services to families considering adoption.

The Adopting Family


I felt I had been cheated in life, not being able to experience my own pregnancy.

Going through the first phase of adoption counseling, I told Dr. Berger I felt I had been cheated in life, not being able to experience my own pregnancy and the birth of my own child.

Oh how wrong I was! I have not been cheated at all; we have been blessed. I cannot put onto paper how we feel. Our daughter is our whole life. We love her so much it scares me sometimes. I could write a book about the joy she has brought us, just as any parent could.

I wish every person who is considering adoption could spend one day in our home. They would see the most beautiful, wonderful thing that has happened in our lives.

To close, I want to say "Thank you, Dr. Berger, you are the second best thing to ever happen in our lives, sorry you can't be the first, our daughter has that spot!"

Lewis and Maria


To say that the whole agency was outstanding and professional would be an understatement.

Our son Nathan, that we adopted, will be turning a year old.

We still remember the meeting with his birth mother. We talked for 30-45 minutes and showed her pictures of our home and family. Knowing that she was comfortable with us was such a relief.

Before Nathan was born, Adoption Services kept us updated on the birth mother's condition and then after he was born they called us for updates on how everything was going. To say that the whole agency was outstanding and professional would be an understatement.

We can still remember bringing him home and the joy that he has brought to our lives. We understand that he will be a life-long commitment but would not change that for the world.

Dan and Heidi

 

Our journey with Adoption Services took approximately nine months.

Our journey with Adoption Services took approximately nine months from fingerprints to receiving that much anticipated telephone call.

Our precious son, Jamie, was laid in my arms on his fourth day of life, with tears streaming down my face I said "my son" so clearly, assuredly and confidently.

We waited, passed clearances, met with Dr. Berger and his wonderful staff and made weekly calls to see if our number on the list had changed. I'm sure the staff felt they were on my speed dial at home.

The actual process, at times, was a bit uncomfortable, forcing my soul to search far beyond the "I want a child syndrome." Coming to terms with reasons, feelings, and putting all of it in prospective, the process became so much more comfortable.

The joy of adding a sibling to our family for our daughter, and a very much wanted child for my husband and I far outweighed of this process that was foreign to us.

Dr. Berger and his staff walked each and every step with us, with honesty and a heavy dose of reality as to what we could and should expect.

Jamie is 18 months old now and after that first moment in the hospital, I could not imagine one minute without him.

The Lord has truly blessed our family with two beautiful children; Darby and Jamie. I do pray daily for Jamie's birth mother, who gave us our greatest gift of all, our son!

May your adoption journey be as wonderful as ours; from paperwork, meetings, "the call," holding the baby for the first time, their smile, first steps, hearing Mommy and toys everywhere!

Adopting Mother


The thoroughness and extent of the questions gave us confidence.

We originally contacted Dr. Berger a little over a year previously and filled out applications a couple of months later.

The application forms are lengthy and in depth and provided us with a chance to think about and clarify our ideas and expectations concerning adoption. The thoroughness and extent of the questions gave us confidence that the birth parents, having gone through similar questioning, would be sure that placing the child for adoption was what they wanted and needed to do.

We feel Dr. Berger's program of consulting both birth parents and adoptive parents provides a stable platform from which all parties can proceed confidently with their decisions. From the standpoint of the adoptive parents, this helps reduce fears that the birth mother may change her mind, especially during the period between placement and adoption finalization.

Overall, we felt the Adoption Services program to be the best we have heard of. This fact and the success of our last adoption have now encouraged us to seek a second child for adoption through Adoption Services.

                                                                                   David and Eloise



We were a little scared and nervous.                                                                  

Dave and I still haven't come down from cloud nine yet.

We can't begin to express in words how happy we are and how much we love Matthew.

And a very special thank you to you, Dr. Berger, for making our dream become a reality. We were so glad you were there to share in our excitement. We were a little scared and nervous, too, until we saw and then held little Matthew in our arms. We immediately fell in love and all those fears vanished (until we had to bathe him!) He's the most beautiful little boy we've ever seen and he gets prettier each passing day.

Beth and Peter are special people and we are so glad now that we did get to meet Matthew's birth parents. We thank God every day there are special people like them in this world. We also hope that they, in turn, realize how much Matthew will be loved! We were so thankful now that we had the opportunity to tell them how very happy they've made us and to say how special they really are to us.

Thank you all so very much for giving us the chance to love a child and have that love returned threefold. There's no love like that of a parent and their child, as we are now experiencing.

(P.S. As we put our names back on your adoption list, we very much look forward to working with all of you again.)

Dave and Carol

Proud Parents of Matthew David


My husband and I have been trying for years to have another child or to adopt. We tried private adoption 3 times unsuccessfully.

Where to begin? I hope that this piece of my heart can help someone else who might have to walk the same road. I hope with all my heart no one else has to experience this type of pain. But if you should find that you do, you can survive and be happy.

My husband and I have been trying for years to have another child or to adopt. We tried private adoption 3 times unsuccessfully.

We decided to go on. My faith was weak but yet I knew that whatever God wanted in my life would be.Two months later we received a call from the agency that we have another daughter.

Our emotions are on a roller-coaster ride. I go to pick up another beautiful little girl. This wonderful little girl has brought so much happiness to our lives that words can never describe. She has brightened our lives and filled our empty hearts. I'm so glad that we continued instead of stopping the process. When I look at that beautiful little face and I see her smile or I hear her say mom-mom it all was worth it. When I kiss that sweet little face my heart bursts with happiness once more. The staff was great. They were always willing to help.

So if you find yourselves here, remember that what you feel is temporary. The sun will shine again.

An Adoptive Mother


Our son's adoption was smooth with no glitches.

This is the second letter of testimonial we have submitted to Adoption Services. In February, my husband and I adopted our first child, a beautiful baby boy. The entire adoption experience was wonderful and exciting. Our son's adoption was smooth with no glitches. When we decided to adopt again, we opted to go with Adoption Services.

In January, Adoption Services notified us that we had been matched with a child. The birth mother however wanted to meet us. We agreed. The meeting went well and we were now on a first name basis. I remember on the drive home telling my husband that the birth mother would change her mind.My fears became a reality a week prior to the birth when the birth mother changed her mind.

To make a long story short, our daughter was born on February 12 and came home with us on Valentines Day.

Our faith in God played a major role and He deserves much credit. Our daughter's final adoption was two weeks ago. She is finally 100% legally ours.

Parents of Two Adopted Children

 

Thank you for being honest with us throughout the experience and making us aware of what can go wrong.

Thank you so much for the wonderful experience we've had with your agency. Although we had some tense moments, we will be forever grateful that Adoption Services is flexible enough to have allowed us to meet our birth mother and to keep the adoption somewhat open. We feel that Adam will benefit from the information that we will be able to give him someday when he is an adult.

Thank you for being honest with us throughout the experience and making us aware of what can go wrong (even if it was difficult to hear at times). Thank you for our baby.

Thank you for making our dream come true!

Walt & Kelly

 

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