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.
We had heard such horror stories involving adoption in the media: birth parents wanting their children back.We also heard it took years before a child would be available.and my husband and I are 40 years
I was advised not to become pregnant due to some medical complication. So when the time came to give serious thought as to have children, we saw two options available to us; no children or adoption.
We knew that we would have no problem whatsoever of bringing a child into our home and loving him/her as our very own, it was the adoption process that worried us, especially my husband, Terry. We had heard such horror stories involving adoption in the media: birth parents wanting their children back several years after the adoption was finalized and granted their request. It was just so heartbreaking to think of those children who felt loved and secure beaching taken out of their home and given to perfect "strangers." We also heard it took years before a child would be available. My husband and I are 40 years old and 35 years old, respectively. We would be old enough to be grandparents when a child would be available, let alone the age restrictions of adoptive parents. Then there was all the paperwork and red tape to go through. By this time, we felt pretty much defeated, but in our heart of hearts we knew we still wanted a child.
Needless to say, we teetered back and forth for quite a while deciding what we wanted to do. In the interim, we were visiting with friends and they suggested Adoption Services to us. They had adopted a little boy through the agency and had such high praise for the agency. This was truly the first time we had heard such as success story. It was must to our ears, but Terry was still somewhat apprehensive.
The following day I contacted Adoption Services. We decided to go for it.
Time went on and it was now February; seven months after we had begun our process. Adoption Services contacted me at work and told me that they had a birth mother who was expecting in the middle of March; would we be interested? After hearing the profile on the mother and baby, I just knew this baby was meant to be ours. After consulting with Terry, five minutes later I was back on the telephone with the agency and told them -YES!- we were very interested in this baby. The birth mother had some premature labor so to be on the safe side, Adoption Services wanted to move quickly.
Our baby was born a month early! We know this is not typical but we had a baby in seven months. It was and still is unbelievable.
It was quite a week for us, but Adoption Services made sure that everything went smoothly.
It is August, six months since our baby was born and now we are awaiting the finalization hearing scheduled in several weeks. We are not worried about the upcoming hearing because we trust Adoption Services has taken every possible step necessary to make sure everything is complete and will run smoothly.
In closing, we would like to say we have had a wonderful experience with Adoption Services and will most certainly use them again if and when we decide to adopt and other child.
New Mom and Terry
My husband and I decided to adopt after trying to have a baby for eight years.
Adoption is a very personal and private decision to make. My husband and I decided to adopt after trying to have a baby for eight years. We discussed the subject thoroughly before deciding to go ahead. For us, deciding to adopt meant ending years of infertility treatment and the thought that we would, after all, become parents.
We chose Adoption Services for several reasons. First and foremost, Adoption Services offered prospective birth mothers extensive counseling BEFORE their babies were born. They care about their birth mothers and want to make sure they are making a decision that is right for them. They know that deciding to give up a child for adoption can be a very difficult decision. They also know that having a birth mother change her mind after the baby is born can be very painful for the adoptive parents. They work with both sides to achieve results that are positive and healthy for all involved.
Our particular adoption went perfectly. Our daughter was born two weeks early, catching us a bit off guard. But nothing could have prepared us for that wonderful moment when Dr. Berger placed our daughter in my arms. It was magic! She is a beautiful child and has made our lives very special since she arrived.
We were so pleased with our experience, we are now on the waiting list to adopt our second child.
Jim and Nancy
We looked into all available sources.The results were very discouraging. In every instance, waiting lists were extremely long (5+ years) or completely closed. The only available children had severe mental
or physical handicaps or were bi-racial.
When we decided to consider adoption, we looked into all available sources; including state, social and church affiliated agencies. The results were very discouraging. In every instance, waiting lists were extremely long (5+ years) or completely closed. The only available children had severe mental or physical handicaps or were bi-racial. We felt that we were not prepared to cope with these additional problems at this time. We also found little help or information was available about how the complex process of adoption does work.
Through spotting of Adoption Services' telephone number, we called and requested information. We decided to begin the process.
When the call did come, it was difficult to remain calm. Dr. Berger did a fine job of coordinating all the activities and guiding us through the necessary procedures during this very nervous and exciting time.
As of now, we have had our child for 5 months.
We have been extremely pleased with our personal service and guidance received throughout the entire adoption process. While adoption is not inexpensive, we found Adoption Services' fees to be exactly as stated in the pamphlet. Dr. Berger's estimates for legal and hospital fees were also very realistic. Private adoption is not without risk, and Dr. Berger was very honest and open about problems that could occur, including the possibility of the birth mother changing her mind. However, his continued counseling and keeping us well informed on all matters made dealing with these issues much more comfortable.
We can sincerely recommend Adoption Services to anyone considering adoption.
Walter and Leslie
The adoption process was easier to handle with your guidance and calming methods.
It is with highest regard that we send along our genuine thanks for the work that you did for our family. The adoption process was easier to handle with your guidance and calming methods. One feels so vulnerable during this long process, and your experience made such a difference to us.
Our daughter is now almost two years old and remains perfect. I wish that the birth mothers could know the incredible happiness that folks like us find when they follow through with this most difficult decision. But just as we cannot know the depth and range of their emotions, they cannot know the height of our joy. I hope somehow that these women gain peace knowing that this decision is the right decision, and surely it is. I believe all parents like us have in our hearts a great respect and fondness for these unknown women, and while we cannot tell them, we wish for them great happiness and joy in life.
A Happy Family
Naturally, some well-meaning friends strongly advised us against adoption. However.
What a wondrous joy your agency has helped bring into out lives through the adoption of our sweet little girl, Mikaela Joy.
Prior to applying for adoption, we had heard many "horror stories" of things gone wrong in adoption processes due to the recent and multiple news publicity. Naturally, some well-meaning friends strongly advised us against adoption. However, we are happy we took the risk and can say with your agency we had a pleasant and non-traumatic adoption experience.
Everything moved smoothly and in a timely fashion. Your personnel were all friendly and very helpful in answering questions to prepare us for the "unknown" as much as possible. It meant so much to be able to be present at the baby's birth and even assist in the birthing process! The bonding with our baby was instantaneous and forever!
We are hoping to contact your agency again regarding the possible adoption of a second child once we re-coup financially.
Thanks again for your help and caring attitudes. Enclosed is a picture of Mikaela at six months of age.
Margie & John McClure
We came after much searching and a number of heart wrenching and disappointing experiences...
Both my husband and I have nothing but positive comments regarding Adoption Services. We came after much searching and a number of heart wrenching and disappointing experiences. We both wanted children as a part of our lives and wanted to share our lives with them.
We came with mixed feelings and emotions, with hopes and fears and a great longing yet to be parents. After the (what seems endless) paperwork and plowing through all sorts of questions, etc. we came into the deep humanness of the whole experience. We found this agency has a heart that cares and feels for all concerned - the birth mothers, the adoptive parents and above all the baby. Without these, the agency couldn't exist.
Then one day came: that long awaited telephone call. Hearing the news of the birth of what we hoped would be our child. What joy filled our hopeful hearts - could we yet allow ourselves to feel the fullness of that joy which had once been taken away? It did well up in us and we did feel a deep joy, but I think there was some in reserve. We had yet to wait until all was clear. Sweet excitement - a little daughter awaited us.
That great day came - we got her little things together and headed off to the hospital. Finally, Dr. Berger appeared. He had everything under control. What an added joy to be told we could go up to the nursery.
There were many friendly faces but the best face was the face of our little daughter Ledora. We could hardly believe our eyes. There she was - so little - so beautiful - so needing. Dr. Berger was busy clicking pictures. He made everything extra special.
How wonderful it was to be allowed to hold her finally - to dress her to come home. So, here we were, just about the happiest mom and dad around.
Judy and Don
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, and 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 in a moment we will never forget and will always treasure.
Parents Once Again
When we first discussed adoption we were overwhelmed and didn't know where to turn.
Just a short note to thank you all for your support and efforts during our adoption process. When we first discussed adoption we were overwhelmed and didn't know where to turn. Your agency was highly recommended by a friend who had been very satisfied. From the time we requested the initial application your staff was very helpful and courteous.
When Tammy called and informed us there was a baby for us, we were ecstatic and overjoyed. Alexa was born two days later and we had to work quickly to complete paperwork in order to bring her home. What could have been a stressful and chaotic time was made easier by all of you. Our questions were answered and our anxieties lessened after our meetings and conversations. Everyone was very open and honest through the entire process.
We want to thank all of you for helping Alexa come to us. We had a very positive adoption experience because of your efforts and dedication. We feel very blessed!
Jon & MaryAnne
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
Any concerns or questions we might have had you were always there to answer any questions and to help as much as you could.
We just like to say we are so lucky and feel very blessed that we went through your agency to adopt a baby. Any concerns or questions we might have had you were always there to answer any questions and to help as much as you could, we feel so fortunate to have been able to work with such a good agency and a great group of people. Our son means the world to us and we are so happy to have a healthy and happy baby boy. Thanks so much again, and I know if we decide to have another baby you will surely hear from us! God bless you all.
Vinny, Elaine & Louis
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
We almost walked away from our opportunity.
I am writing this letter about our experience in adopting our son. We signed up for adoption at the end of October. At the time, Adoption Services estimated we would have a 12-18 month wait. We received our application packets towards the end of February and filled them out right away. We turned them in within a week of getting them. When we turned them in, we were told we probably had a 2-5 month wait! We couldn't believe it! Less than one week after being told 2-5 months, we received a call from Adoption Services asking us if we were interested in a one-year-old male. One week after that call, we took the placement. Our wait turned out to be less than six months! Our advice to prospective parents is to be ready at any time!
All adoptions are risky, too. Everyone worries about getting a child and then losing the child because the birth parent or parents changed their minds. It is a real fear, but don't let that hold you back
from what could be the greatest joy of your life. We almost walked away from our opportunity. The birth mother wanted to place her son for adoption, but the birth father said he did not. He didn't want to be the one to care for his son either. At the
time he was unemployed and living with the birth mother. He told the agency and us that if his situation changed before the court date for termination of parental rights he was going to take his son back. It seemed like an extra risky case, even our agency
worker said she wasn't going to place the baby with us because it was too risky. After a lot of discussion and thought, we decided to go to get a phone call asking for our son. Two months later both birth parents went to the hearing and voluntarily signed
the necessary documentation.
Throughout the process Dr. Berger and Adoption Services has been very helpful, honest, and up front. We had the placement occur at the agency so Dr. Berger could be involved. He made the process go as smoothly as it could. It was still a bit awkward, but it would have been much more so without his help. I have to admire our son's birth mother for having the courage and strength that she does. She loves her child and wants the best for him. I thank God every day for our son, and I am so happy that this birth mother had the courage to continue with her pregnancy, take care of herself, and chose adoption to provide her child with the home and family life that she was unable to provide.
We're very happy that we used Adoption Services and we would (and hope to ) use them again.
Karen and Dan
A collection of horror stories heard over the years about people losing their money.
When we made the decision to adopt a baby, it felt scary and overwhelming. A collection of horror stories heard over the years about people losing their money, staying weeks overseas, and never ending waiting lists loomed in our minds. When we found Adoption Services we felt we had hope.
They maintained contact with us on a regular basis for about a year and we were always treated professionally, courteously, and ethically. When we were notified that our baby girl was born we felt it truly was a miracle.
Everyday we are grateful to God that Adoption Services made it possible for us to experience the pure joy of raising our child. We would recommend Adoption Services without reservation to anyone wishing to adopt a baby.
Bill and Denise
We really liked the personal touch.We were not just a number on a list.
We are very pleased to say that we had a wonderful adoption experience with Adoption Services.They kept us informed every step of the way and were very accurate as to how long the wait would be.
We really liked the personal touch; we were not just a number on a list.
We also really liked the fact that we took placement of Thomas when he was only 2 days old. Although it may be hard to accept that the birth mother could ask for him back at any time before the parental rights are terminated, the immediate bonding with Thomas outweighed the anxiety.
We now have the child we wanted for so long thanks to Adoption Services.
In closing, we would recommend without reservation Adoption Services very highly to anyone.
The decision to adopt is only the first step, there's an entire process that if not completed professionally and with that personal touch, can seem like a nightmare.
When we decided upon adoption, we had no idea what the entire process involved. It's extremely overwhelming, the interviews, home visits and not to mention the mounds of paperwork.
From our initial contact with Adoption Services, we were very comfortable with the entire staff and the way they handled things. They were all very understanding, patient and kind, but most of all when we had our interview with Dr. Berger, he was extremely up from about every situation we might be facing including finances and the explanation that a disruption could occur at any given time before the legal termination of the birth parents' rights. We were not left "in the dark" about any aspect or phase of the entire process.
As soon as we were through the initial stages, it was now time to wait for a child...
Little did we know it wouldn't be a long wait at all. On September 2 Elaine from Adoption Services called me at home during the day and said, ".I have a birth mother in labor right this minute, she's in Pittsburgh." As she was giving me the particulars that she knew about the birth parents, I was writing them down with a shaking hand and a rapidly beating heart. We ended the conversation that she would call me as soon as the baby was born. I hung up the phone and called my husband immediately.as soon as I heard his voice I began to cry. Within about 20 minutes, Elaine called me back with the stats on the baby.it was a boy, 7lbs 1-1/2oz, 21" long! I just couldn't believe it. Elaine informed me to be prepared to come to Pittsburgh within the next couple of days. Our son was born on the 2nd and we were headed to Pittsburgh on Friday the 4th to stay overnight and meet Elaine at the hospital the next day. There were some concerns with the birth father wavering on changing his mind, and Elaine once again was very up front and kept us to date the entire time.
While in the hospital with the baby, Elaine took our first family picture for us. I just couldn't believe we were driving back to Allentown with our son! The feelings and emotions were absolutely overwhelming!
We made it through the termination of the birth parents' rights and on May 18th our son Shane will legally have our name. He's 7 months old now, 18.5 lbs. and 28.5" long. I look at him daily and can't believe we ever lived our lives without him. He's an absolute blessing to us and our entire family.
We highly recommend anyone who is considering adoption to go through Adoption Services. In fact, we gave contact information to a friend who is considering adoption. The decision to adopt is only the first step, there's an entire process that if not completed professionally and with that personal touch, can seem like a nightmare. we're glad we didn't have to live a nightmare and that we chose Adoption Services.
The process of selecting an agency "just right for us" had been overwhelming.
I clearly remember sitting in the waiting area of Adoption Services in November for our initial visit. Until then, the process of selecting an agency "just right for us" had been overwhelming. The places we had checked were good but we were not totally comfortable with them.
Our confusion stopped when we talked with Elaine that day in November. We knew we had found an agency.
Part of what helped us decide to contract with Adoption Services were the testimonial books in the waiting area. I started to read the wonderful words written by other adoptive parents and I started to cry, realizing for perhaps the first time that we too could actually be able to become parents.
And, within four short months, that is precisely what happened. We brought our beautiful son Rome from the hospital on March 11, another day I will always remember.
Throughout the adoption process, Adoption Services was efficient, thoroughly professional, and extremely kind and understanding. The agency made what could have been a confusing and overwhelming process seem straightforward. My husband and I have and always will recommend Adoption Services to other couples seeking to adopt.
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.
Any phone calls we made, we were able to speak to someone right away.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Berger and his staff at Adoption Services.
Since our adoption of Michael our lives have changed so much. We have been happier than we ever thought possible.
We had a very successful experience. Our waiting time was not long at all and the staff at Adoption Services made us feel very special.
From the beginning with our home study to the meeting of Michael's birth mother, it was an experience that we will never forget. It changed our lives forever.
At the beginning, we were sort of hesitant to meet the birth mother, since with our first child we never had that, and we were very apprehensive. But after talking with the staff at Adoption Services and Dr. Berger, we were agreeable and met with her.
It was a very meaningful meeting to us, and one we will never forget. It gave us insight into what the future would hold, along with her feelings and concerns.
We are very grateful for all the support and concern that we received both before and after the adoption. Any time we had questions, our questions were answered immediately. Any phone calls we made, we were able to speak to someone right away.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Words can't express the feelings and emotions this experience has given us. We will be forever grateful for this wonderful little boy and the love and joy he has brought to our lives.
Tim and Maria
Dr Vince Berger
and the staff of Adoption Services
Adoption Services, Inc
28 Central Blvd
Camp Hill, PA 17011