Saturday, November 21, 2020

Applying for Adoption Grants and Fundraising!

Let me tell you...it's worth it! 


I had the absolute pleasure to come alongside Tessa and Ryan in their adoption journey. I remember one of our first conversations after they officially turned in their application to get started was about the best way to navigate and apply for grants. I remember when my husband and I were in our own personal adoption journey and the thought of where to even start felt overwhelming. Do we qualify? Does income matter? When are they awarded? Would we have a chance? Well, Tessa and Ryan took on applying for grants with purpose and was awarded over $20,000 for their adoption! Yes, you heard me right...$20,000!!! They felt so passionate about this process that they wanted to write their own approach and how they navigated applying for adoption grants and how worth it it really is. Take a look at their words and be encouraged. Don't let finances be the reason for not saying yes to that urge you have in your heart to start your own adoption journey. 

In Ryans and Tessa's Words:


Hello!


My name is Ryan and my wife and I have been clients of CAC for the past 18 months or so. For the sake of this blog post, I am going to be focusing on finances, specifically grants. We had always known, even before we got married, that we were going to adopt to grow our family and have children. Adoption had always been the plan, but our biggest hiccup was the finances. Looking at average costs and estimates, we knew we would never be able to save roughly $50,000 to pay for an adoption. We started looking into what we should do to help offset that cost and the main thing we found was fundraisers. 


From selling t-shirts to bake sales, to instagram auctions, literally anything can be a fundraiser. We started fundraising before we even knew what we were going to be doing as far as what approach to take or where to start. Once we signed on with CAC we thought that once we were clients there would be this amazing fundraising opportunity that we just simply hadn’t thought of, as if CAC had some secret fundraiser that nobody had ever heard of that would miraculously make us $20,000. Well I’m here to tell you that they do.


CAC has an amazing, vetted, list of grants that you can apply for (about 20 different ones, specifically). These grants are open to anyone, but I’ll tell you from my personal experience, it's not an easy undertaking to find adoption grants, so having a list is a life-saver. One of the first things we talked with our consultant, Fallon, about was the finances. She was very encouraging and kept reminding us that the Lord would provide, she told us to make sure we apply for the grants that they have on their list. She told us that a lot of adoption grants go unawarded, meaning that not enough people applied to receive all the money that they had at the ready to provide to families.They were a lot of work. I mean, like, a lot! The payoff? So worth it. 


So you're probably thinking to yourself “yeah Ryan, we’ve heard of adoption grants, but like, nobody actually gets those and they are so much work.”  I’m here to tell you that people do actually get these adoption grants. I’m also not going to lie to you and say that they aren’t really that much work. They are that much work. I spent many hours tirelessly applying for grants. If I am being honest, I hated it from the very beginning. But the payoff was massive. For the work I put in the payoff was $20,000! We received 4 different grants we applied for! We have already been funded about 40% of our total cost from grants alone! 


Now what does this mean for you, the reader. Well, my hope is that I have inspired you to actually take the time and effort to apply for grants. If I have not inspired you, you can stop reading this post. If I have inspired you, which I hope I have, keep reading.


Our system:


My wonderful wife, Tessa, had been spear heading our fundraising from the very beginning and she was amazing at it. Organizing community garage sales, finding t-shirt fundraisers, and 3 separate auctions we did on instagram, just to name a few (follow us @bringbabyRV2home). I had promised her (without realizing how much work it would be) that if she was in charge of fundraising, I would be in charge of applying for grants. 


Now grant applications are a bit different, the first thing you want to do is make sure the application is actually going to be worth your time. You do not want to spend hours on an application for a grant that has a $25 application fee, if the grant is only for $250. This piece of advice came directly from Fallon, our consultant. She also told us to make sure that you qualify for the grant that you are looking to apply for. Most grants require that you be working with a non profit adoption agency (specifically with 501c3 status).  Many agencies on CAC’s agency list are.  What I did for all of our grant applications was save every single piece of information that was requested in a google drive. It took about 8 hours to complete the first application. I had to gather every piece of documentation they were wanting from every legal document I had ever had. Scans of drivers licenses, social security cards, bank statements, a print out of our credit reports, we had to know every tidbit of our expenses, broken down weekly, monthly, yearly (depending on the application). Each of these grant applications ask several adoption and/or faith based questions regarding how and why you are adopting, and what your faith looks like. Some of the applications only had 3-5 questions, while others had 25-30. Almost all of these questions were repeated on each application. So in saving every piece of documentation we needed, we saved every single question and answer on every single application, and were able to copy and paste the answers back and forth for each new application.


So I mentioned that the first application took about 8 hours, the more grants I applied for the easier it got. Fallon had advised us to start with the longest grant and in doing that it allowed us to have what we needed for the other grants. One little caveat about grants, however. You have to be in this middle stage of having your home study complete, and not having your adoption finalized. So depending on how quickly you get matched and placed with a baby, this might not leave you much time to apply for grants. We got really lucky (I like to think) because we had our home study completed by February of 2020, and were matched by April of 2020. This was lucky for a number of reasons, but for grants it gave us plenty of time to keep applying because our birth mama wasn’t due until October of 2020. I gave myself the goal of applying for 1 grant a week, knowing that we had ~28 weeks to keep applying.


My advice? Just don’t give up. With everything adoption related there is a literal mountain of paperwork and thousands of reasons to give up. But keep your head up and keep applying! The Lord truly will provide. 




***If you are interested in learning more about adoption and services we provide at Christian Adoption Consultants, I would love to chat! Feel free to email me, Fallon Palacios, at   Fallon@christianadoptionconsultant.com and check out www.christianadoptionconsultants.com for more information!! ***

Monday, September 14, 2020

Kevin and Rebecca's Whirlwind Adoption Story

You know those people you chat with for the first time and you feel like you have always known them? Enter Kevin and Rebecca! Coming alongside this sweet couple and watching them walk into parenthood for the first time was such a joy. They lead their own story with such heart, always putting their trust in God, and valuing ethics over everything. Their story was such a fast whirlwind and every call, text, and message that I received as they left their state in an instant to go meet the woman who would trust them with the forever was beautiful. I hope their story encourages your heart today! Read their story below:


In Rebecca and Kevin's Words  

We began our adoption journey after years of infertility battles. We were defeated and lost and knew we wanted to be parents, but moving forward after so many lows felt so hard. We prayed about adoption, and after a long season of really making sure we were ready to say yes we started to reach out to local agencies. We have many family members that have been adopted in our lives so we knew we could love a child without hesitation, we just couldn’t see us really being happy with a truly open adoption. But gosh, did God have other plans and did our hearts radically change!  In a matter of a few months, He changed our hearts into truly desiring an open adoption above all else. We knew the more our child would have connection to his biological family the healthier it would be for everyone. How could we be followers of an all-loving Christ and not want an open adoption?! Hard questions were asked, and God answered in beautiful ways. When we were mourning the loss of our “own child” (which now I know our own child is any child we have the honor of raising),  God clearly explained to me that no one makes their own children, God does. And that hits home every single day in our adoption. We prayed for His timeline, for His plan, and He delivered. Everything was so quick, but yet so perfectly in place we can’t deny that this truly is God’s plan for us and our family. We reached out to CAC and had a chance to chat with Fallon about what an adoption journey would look like. We felt so at peace, connected with her so quickly, and knew this was the perfect partner for us! 


We quickly signed up, went through the adoption education and home study, and became an active and waiting family. We had a handful of adoption cases that we didn’t present to, praying over each one and listening to His guidance. Our heart with each profile was to really match with the expecting mom, to want to have a relationship with her behind the baby she brings. Then we received an expecting mom's story that we just knew it our hearts we wanted to say yes to knowing we were fully ready to come alongside this mom if she felt it was right for her.  It was the first and only profile we said yes to, nervously waiting a week to hear back from the agency on her choice. 





She chose us! It’s the most incredibly humbling experience to be chosen. We got the official call on June 30th and baby’s due date was July 2nd. We rushed down to their state, and the most beautiful perfect baby boy was born July 7th. The relationship we have with his birth family grows by the day, the love his birth mom has for him is inspiring. I count it such a blessing to know her. 


God knows what your family needs. He knows your hearts, and has your miracle waiting for you already. Waiting is what let’s us grow and gain God’s wisdom for our lives. The hardest thing we ever did was not going through the process of adoption, it was waiting for our baby. Once we held him in our arms we felt like we were holding a miracle. Trust in our Lord. He will never fail you. 




Working with Fallon has been a true joy. Her and I got along so well and connected like good friends over our many phone calls and emails and voice messages and texts. I am an over-communicator, an ‘I have a million questions for you’ type of person, and Fallon never let me down in her timeframe of response, or her constant encouragement and wisdom. When we were feeling the unknown, Fallon reminded us that God’s got it, and that her and CAC were here for us the whole way. Her excitement for us when we matched our tears in our eyes, it was so genuine. She walked us through the entire process, over a holiday weekend even! I definitely recommend working with Fallon, and Christian Adoption Consultants any day!”

- Rebecca & Kevin 


***If you are interested in learning more about adoption and services we provide at Christian Adoption Consultants, I would love to chat! Feel free to email me, Fallon Palacios, at   Fallon@christianadoptionconsultant.com and check out www.christianadoptionconsultants.com for more information!! ***

 


Thursday, June 18, 2020

Sean & Kelsey's Adoption Story of HOPE

There is something so sacred about getting to be an adoption consultant. Walking with families through all the emotions, praying with them in the times of uncertainly, and celebrating with them as they become parents. I felt so grateful to walk alongside Kelsey and Sean as they put their faith and love at the forefront of their entire journey. In every conversation I heard their hearts towards expecting parents, putting their own fears aside to love them so well, and show up with such grace. I am so blessed to call them friends and witness them stepping into the roles of mom and dad with such strength and humility. And of course, I love seeing texts come through of their sweet daughter Navy. I hope their story encourages you, and through all the obstacles know that adoption is so worth it.

In Sean and Kelsey's words: 

Infertility led us to begin discussing adoption, my husband had a desire to adopt and brought it up early in our journey to grow our family. I took me more time to truly grieve the loss of fertility before being able to move forward with adoption. I felt it was only fair, as we considered growing our family through adoption, to allow all that time, failed treatment, and grief of hope to be surrendered to God, allowing him to lead us forward. We prayed for the next year about adoption before being led to pursue it fully. I wish I could say my heart was prepared, strong, and brave. But you see, adoption is so different for everyone and you truly don't know how God will work when you're in the mundane middle mess of your story. What I can tell you is God orchestrated every step of our way during our adoption process. We completed all the necessary requirements for our home study and signed on with our consultant agency. A month later, we began seeing profiles of expectant parents looking to make an adoption plan.  


I had no idea how much my heart would ache and grieve to see these women's stories and lives strewn out on paper. We prayed for every mama and baby we saw. We prayed as we submitted our yes, and prayed through every "not yet." When Christmas season came, our hearts became weary with waiting for our yes and believing it would actually come. I longed for the open connection with an expectant mama and of course the hope of a little one in our home. A few weeks later, our deep cry for a hopeful yes would be answered when an agency in Florida notified us an expectant mom had chosen us as adoptive parents for her daughter. When the time came for this sweet baby girl to be born she asked me to be apart of it all. No matter if she felt empowered to parent or place, I was so honored to be there as her support. The next day this amazing woman chose to parent, and although my heart  shattered, I was so happy she felt confident in her choice. We sent her a message of love and hope and then left that city and went to the coast where we spent a few days processing and lamenting.


Two weeks later, my husband approached me with a desire to go active with our adoption consultant again. We prayed and decided to share openly about our disrupted adoption. We had so many family and friends stand in the gap to help us rebuild.  And we pressed in, fixing our eyes on Jesus and the words he gave us before we started our adoption journey. We decided to go active again and within a week of seeing profiles, we submitted to an expectant family. Each day waiting for the answer was terrifying and uncomfortable. My soul craved the comfort of a "yes" and suddenly, we would be sitting with one! The agency called and said, "She choose your family. She wants you to adopt her baby." I again was in total disbelief, shocked that someone would choose us. Again, we hopped on a plan bound for Florida, except this time coronavirus had fully become a global pandemic. Between the cancelled flights, less than 20 passengers on a 200+ passenger plane, extra hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes and face masks we flew down to Florida to be present for another expectant family. Four days after we flew down we were holding our precious daughter in our arms. Her birth mom asked me to be present for delivery and, I stood there, loving this strong mama as she labored and delivered the most beautiful baby girl into the world. I went to the nursery with baby and began bathing, feeding, and holding her. The hospital was gracious enough to offer us a room and baby girl stayed with us for two days before being discharged with us as her parents. Walking out of the hospital with a baby was a feeling of grief filled joy. Knowing we were going home with this beautiful baby, but her birth parents were leaving empty handed was a lot for my heart to handle. Our story, though hard,  is redemptive, good, and filled with hope too. God used all the broken parts of my heart and the fear filled YES to lead us to our precious daughter, Navy. 


And then, after your brief suffering, the God of all loving grace, who has called you to share in his eternal glory in Christ, will personally and powerfully restore you and make you stronger than ever. Yes, he will set you firmly in place and build you up.



Working with Fallon was truly amazing. She walked us through the ups and downs on our adoption journey. Many times my heart was weary and Fallon was always responsive to pray for us or sit and listen to our hearts.  We are so thankful for her and think of her as family! If your considering adoption, I'd highly recommend working with Fallon! We feel so grateful for her, her heart, and her adoption insight and support. 




***If you are interested in learning more about adoption and services we provide at Christian Adoption Consultants, I would love to chat! Feel free to email me, Fallon Palacios, at   Fallon@christianadoptionconsultant.com and check out www.christianadoptionconsultants.com for more information!! ***



Monday, April 13, 2020

Micheal & Jaclyn's Adoption Story

I'll never forget the first time I talked on the phone with Micheal and Jaclyn. What started out as a 20 min call lasted almost 2 hours and I just loved hearing their heart for adoption. We knew that Jesus wasn't going to let their story be unfinished, and that night they said yes. It was such an honor walking alongside them in their journey to parenthood and even more blessed to now call them friends. Their pure hearts, perseverance, love for Jesus, and faithfulness are so evident in their journey. Their story had encouraged my heart and I know it will encourage yours too. 

In Jaclyn and Micheal's Words:

Adoption has been a core desire since before we were married. From our organization working with the orphan community in Mexico (marked.org) combined with Micheal having been adopted himself we have always known that adoption was going to be a part of our families story. 

For us, the journey of building our family through adoption has been filled with challenges, road blocks and heart breaking dead ends. Some of this is in part due to the fact that we have never really taken the easy road. We often find ourselves unintentionally on the "road less traveled" taking on difficult situations fueled only by love, passion and the burning question "if not us then who?". 


After pursuing an international adoption in Mexico for nearly a decade only to find ourselves at a dead end over and over again we decided to pursue a more traditional route in domestic adoption. At the end of April 2019 we hired Fallon, our incredible CAC consultant, filled out the paperwork and went through the process of completing our home study. Everything seemed to breeze by and in August we were matched with a baby girl due October 17. We were elated. The process for the first time in our lives felt like it was just simply running 
smoothly.

About 2 weeks before the baby was due to arrive we packed up our things and went to await her birth in San Antonio, TX. We were so excited, nervous, hope-filled, terrified and and and... However, just about a week before she was to be born something changed. The expecting mom who had chosen us decided to parent. Once again after all we had done and all we had been through we found ourselves with an all too familiar sense of disappointment and ultimately a disrupted adoption. Packing up an empty carseat and flying home once again.


Micheal wrote this a few days after our return home: 

"The truth is that we are broken. We have way more questions than we have answers. All we can say is BUT GOD. When we don’t understand, BUT GOD. When we are filled with sorrow and anger, BUT GOD. When we feel like maybe the God that we trust isn’t so trustworthy after all, BUT GOD. We still believe in His goodness. We still believe in His kindness. And we still believe that His plans are better than ours and when there is nowhere left to lean we lean in further to Him. I don’t get it and maybe thats ok. Because what I do know is that the fruit of faithfulness is always greater than the pain of process.”



A few more months went by and it seemed that cases were coming in slower than ever and every case that we did see had one of the only two things that we had predetermined were our absolute “no’s”. Through the pain and rawness of it all, we remained hopeful. 

Fast forward to the morning of February 10th, 2020. Micheal came into our bedroom and woke me up, “did you see the email? It was an email from the agency where we had had our disrupted adoption. It read: “Have you all had a placement? If not, I do have a situation that arose last night with a hispanic baby girl born on Saturday. Please call me if you would like more information.” We called immediately. This agency had only a few hours to find a family, though she didn’t tell us at the time, we were the only family in her file that was Texas home-study approved to receive this baby. Was this our BUT GOD story? We got off the phone with the agent and called Fallon immediately. Was this a safe case to pursue? The answer was a loud YES.


This was the start of the craziest 24 - 36 hours of our lives. In less than 2 hours later and in a mad scramble to clean, shower and pack (not my typical enneagram 1 style!) we were on our way to the Sacramento airport on the first flight out to head back to San Antonio, a place we never thought we would step foot again. After a long travel day with every possible Delay due to Denver snow we finally touched down at 4:00am. By 9:00am the next morning and with adrenaline running through our veins, we were at the agency’s office signing paperwork. Then after a quick stop for coffee we were headed to the hospital. We arrived to the hospital at 11:00am, and only a few moments later we had our sweet baby girl in our arms. The nurses brought us to a room where we would talk to a few doctors and social workers and by 1:00pm we were discharged from the hospital. With our beautiful, healthy, head full of hair, itty bitty DAUGHTER. For the first time, heading to our airbnb as a family of 3. 


It has now been 2 months since we held miss Everly Brave in our arms for the first time and we remain awestruck at the Lord’s faithfulness. His ability to see through the pain of our deepest human desires and disappointments to the greater good that He has had planned for us all along. Had it not been for our disrupted adoption back in October, we would not have been Texas home-study ready meaning the agency would not have had our information on file and according to the agency this perfect baby girl, full of promise and hope, would have ended up as just another child in the sea of faces surrendered to the foster care system. 


This is our story of hope, faith and redemption. Hope that even in the midst of hard questions and uncertainty that God is still good and He holds us. Faith that what He has done for us and our baby girl that He will do again for many more. The redemption in all the areas of our story no matter how big or small God proved once again that the fruit of faithfulness is always greater than the pain of our process. 


Our lives have forever been changed.




***If you are interested in learning more about adoption and services we provide at Christian Adoption Consultants, I would love to chat! Feel free to email me, Fallon Palacios, at   Fallon@christianadoptionconsultant.com and check out www.christianadoptionconsultants.com for more information!! ***


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Navigating "The Planner" in the Journey! Jeul and Jason's Adoption Story






I could hardly believe it! DID YOU SEE THE EMAIL!? The precious baby girl who was just born...her mom chose you and Jason! Get ready to go and meet your daughter!

I have felt so incredibly grateful to walk alongside Jeul and Jason in their adoption journey. Little did we know when they said yes, just five weeks after their home study was completed, that they would meet their daughter and be back home as a family of three. As a planner myself, I saw how this amazing couple, lead by faith, pushed all their timelines aside and truly leaned into the unknown. I watched how they came alongside their daughter's birth mom to love her so well. Caring deeply for her knowing this was just the beginning to their relationship. Sometimes the best things in life come when we let go of our own timelines. Jeul and Jason's story is such a testimony to that very thing. I couldn't be happier for you both and all that is ahead for your precious family.

In Jeul and Jason's Words:

So full disclosure: I’m a planner. I can’t help it. I’ve always been that way as long as I can remember. And part of planning is carefully thinking through all the what-ifs and possibilities, making contingency plans and almost always having the answer. But God is so good, and in His totally perfect plan, He took all our plans and threw them out the window.



I had always wanted to adopt, and my husband, Jason, was equally excited by the idea. We have been married eight years, and for the first six, traveled extensively for work; followed by a year and a half of opening a new business. We had starter conversations about adoption many times over the years but never felt like the timing was “right” to start the process, and for better or worse, we stuck to our (in our opinion) logical plans. 


Along with being a planner, I am a perpetual questioner, which results in needing to understand all the options and going down every Google rabbit hole I can possibly find. So when I heard about CAC, the idea of someone coming alongside us and helping us navigate the complex world of adoption, seemed too good to be true. Then we talked to Fallon on the phone and knew it was a no brainer.




Armed with a to-do list a mile long, we set to work at the beginning of October. The plan was simple: gather all the paperwork in October, have the final home study papers by the end of November, create the profile and go live with agencies by the end of December. Then we would wait. And honestly, I was ok with that. It would give us time to make more plans - gather items, put together a nursery, go on a babymoon. When we told our close circle of friends about our decision, we said, “It will probably be about 9 months to a year if not longer.” And that was good. Our plan made sense.


October, November and December went just as we hoped, and we were live with four agencies by the end of the year. Fallon told us that around the holidays things are usually quiet, and again, we were good with that. 




Then the night before we left on a trip to California in mid-January, we received our first situation. A beautiful baby girl, born December 30, 2019, was in Florida waiting for a forever home. As I read through the information I kept thinking, “This is not the plan. This is not what we talked about.” And that is when God began reminding me that faith in Him does not rely on our plans, and that His plan is perfect EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.


What followed was a whirlwind of anxious trust, surrendered timelines and unexpected blessings. Within a few days we had sent in our application; a week later we got an email saying we had been chosen; the next day we talked to her amazing mom; the day after we signed papers; a few days later we met our baby girl; two weeks later we were waiting out our ICPC; and a week after that we were back home. All in all, a total of five weeks since we had gotten our first situation from Fallon.



Thinking back on it now, everything about it was not how I would have imagined our journey to be. We had left on what was a postponed holiday trip to visit Jason’s parents and returned four weeks late with a daughter. We hadn’t even told most people we were adopting. We had absolutely nothing - actually, I take that back, we had some baby wipes and an Atlanta United onesie. We hadn’t had a shower. I hadn’t done research on my prefered formula ingredients. We didn’t have any names picked out. The nursery wasn’t done. I was still working full time with unfinished freelance projects. We didn’t have a pediatrician lined up. Or a clue as to what we were doing. 

And yet, through it all, God’s fingerprints were all over our adoption story, and it has been so obvious that His timing is perfect. As a planner and a constant worrier (I’m a solid 6 on the Enneagram), being forced to scrap all my well-made plans and rely solely on the provision and timing of the Lord has been incredibly and surprisingly freeing. There are so many “coincidences”, so many perfect scenarios that have occured over the past few months of starting our family of three - there is no doubt in either of our minds that our daughter was meant for us.



I had always heard that the adoption journey can be difficult and that through all the waiting, the lessons, the highs and the lows, God prepares the expectant parents for their child. For us, it took Him throwing away our timeline, disregarding logical steps and leaving us with absolutely no option other than to put our complete trust in His grace, love and provision. They are lessons we didn’t think we needed, and they are lessons I’m sure we will need again. But for now, we are resting in His perfect plan and thanking Him every day for not letting us stick with ours. 



***If you are interested in learning more about adoption and services we provide at Christian Adoption Consultants, I would love to chat! Feel free to email me, Fallon Palacios, at   Fallon@christianadoptionconsultant.com and check out www.christianadoptionconsultants.com for more information!! ***


Monday, March 23, 2020

Jack and Alyssa's Adoption Story

Jack & Alyssa's Journey: 

There is something so beautiful when you walk alongside a family who's hearts are postured towards love every step of the way. I remember the first time I talked with Jack and Alyssa, the questions they were asking were so pure. They had little to do with them and everything to do with the support and well being of the expecting mom they might one day be chosen by. Throughout their entire adoption journey, with faith, they put that love at the forefront of their path, which led them to an amazing women who would trust them with the most precious thing, her son. I feel so honored to have been trusted to walk alongside them and witness them become parents for the first time. Please read their words and be encouraged by their story.

In Jack and Alyssa's words:

"Adoption is something that my husband and I talked about before we were even married. We are both very passionate about adoption and knew that we wanted it to be a part of how our family grew. In February 2019, God clearly and vividly told us that it was time for us to start our adoption journey. After praying about it and discussing it together, we decided that adoption was going to be how we started our family. I immediately began researching everything that I could, and that is how we found CAC. We had a very important list of standards in who we chose to work with and CAC was the right fit. After talking with Fallon, we knew that if we were going to adopt we absolutely wanted to have her expertise and encouragement throughout the process because she made us feel so comfortable and at ease.


We got our home study and profile book done super fast, and jumped into the waiting process. It took us 5 months of actively waiting before an expecting mom chose us. I know that many couples wait so much longer than that, but the wait and patience of something so longed for was hard, and we took each day with grace. There were plenty of "no's"  and many moments of tears. The beautiful thing about that part of our journey was how much we had to lean into our relationship with the Lord and trust His perfect timing. We didn't wish away this time, but rather grow in the middle of it together. 


When our son's birth mom chose us it was an immediate heart connection and every “no” that we heard before her became totally worth it. We loved each other instantly, and after meeting her in person we felt like family.

Our roller coaster adoption became a lot more crazy when we hit some bumps in the road.  We were afraid, his birth momma was afraid, but in the end God worked it all out beautifully. Fallon was such an encouragement through it all, checking up on us every day and seeing what she could do to help. I don’t know how we would have gotten through that month without her!


Our son came a full month early, so we were not prepared at all! When his birth momma called me to tell me that she needed to be induced in a day and a half, she was in tears because she thought we weren’t going to be there. My family spent hours helping us find an overnight flight, and we made it to the hospital across the country before he was born! 

That time at the hospital was so sacred and humbling. We spent the whole day with Momma D while she was in labor, and we were able to meet our sweet boy just a few minutes after he was born. I will never forget the moment I laid eyes on him- everything, every disappointment, every bit of stress, was completely worth it. I’m pretty sure that his birth momma and I pretty much only said “isn't he just perfect?” Back and forth for the first two days because he truly was the picture of perfection to us all! We now have an open adoption with Momma D and we love her so so much. 


We are so unbelievably thankful for CAC and Fallon. None of this would have been possible without them and we HIGHLY recommend them to anyone looking to adopt. This journey is not one you want to be doing alone, and Fallon was the perfect companion for us through it all. 





***If you are interested in learning more about adoption and services we provide at Christian Adoption Consultants, I would love to chat! Feel free to email me, Fallon Palacios, at   Fallon@christianadoptionconsultant.com and check out www.christianadoptionconsultants.com for more information!! ***

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

TWINS!! Josh and Ashley's Adoption Story

TWINS! Josh and Ashley's Adoption Story. 


Hi Ashley and Josh...can you hear me ok? Are you sitting down? You've been chosen to parent twins! When I first talked with Ashley and Josh, I got to hear their journey to parenthood through foster care, which lead to the adoption of their son and daughter. It was evident how much they had the heart of adoption, deep care for birth parents, and such a beautiful faith that would lead them to all that was ahead. Little did I know just a few short months later I would be driving to their house and meeting their newborn twin boys! 



I remember the day I got an email about an expecting mom who was looking to possibly make an adoption plan for her twin boys that would be born in a few short months. I called Ashley and Josh to let them know this very special adoption story was going to be emailed over to them in just a bit and if they had any questions to just let me know.  It was almost instant that I got a call back saying they felt so strongly about saying yes, and started praying over this expecting mom and this impossible decision she would be contemplating. Shortly after profile books were taken to her and she felt the same connection. They knew that they were welcomed into a sacred place to walk alongside her in this season, no matter if she chose at the end of her journey to place her boys or parent them. Ashley and Josh walked with her with open hands, open hearts, and didn't take that invitation to know her lightly. 




Even though Josh and Ashley were parents, they had never parented in the newborn season and very soon they would be loving and caring for 2! They prepared as much as you can for twins, but also kept in mind that these were still her babies and until she chose them in those final steps that they would parents again. I remember getting their text that they were on their way to the hospital filled with both nerves and joy. I so admired seeing how humbly, carefully, and faithfully they walked their journey. A few weeks later they welcomed home their boys and introduced them to their big brother and sister. Their family of four was complete. 





I was so encouraged by Josh and Ashley's story from infertility, to foster case, to foster adoption, to starting the journey of domestic infant adoption and finally completing their family. With care, thought, love, selflessness, and joy. They leaned into the hard parts, kept their promises, and placed love at the front of each step. I am so excited for your amazing family of 6! 




From Ashley and Josh

"When we began the search for the best avenue to start the adoption process we were recommended Christian Adoption Consultants. After our first call with Fallon we felt completely at ease and knew this was the perfect fit for our family. She listened, was extremely knowledgeable, had a heart for the entire adoption triad and by the end of our journey felt like we had made a friend. She walked us through every single step of our journey from finding us an amazing home study agency, creating our beautiful profile book, and always being available for the questions that we had along the journey. Knowing that she was quick text message and call away was so encouraging. She took what felt like an overwhelming journey and step by step walked us through it.  Fallon was our advocate and above all had the heart of Jesus. She was genuinely praying over us and offing such needed encouragement. I am so thankful we found CAC and Fallon that lead us to our boys who we feel so humbled and grateful to raise."



Meeting the boys and learning to how to hold twins. I need practice lol. Thank you Josh and Ashley for trusting me and CAC for your adoption. So blessed to have walked alongside you and watch you become a beautiful family of six! 



***If you are interested in learning more about adoption and services we provide at Christian Adoption Consultants, I would love to chat! Feel free to email me, Fallon Palacios, at   Fallon@christianadoptionconsultant.com and check out www.christianadoptionconsultants.com for more information!! ***