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Hello, we are Az and Steph. Thank you for taking the time to read our profile. Please know that we have so much respect for you. We can’t begin to imagine how you are feeling, but we want you to know that we support you in whatever decision you make.
Should you choose our family for an adoption plan, we will provide a safe and loving home. We would love to share photos, letters, and updates, if that is something you are interested in. We plan to be open with a child about their adoption and the love their birth parent(s) provided in choosing an adoption plan.
We are grateful that you are choosing to read about us today. We wish you love and peace as you navigate this process.
Expectant mothers who choose to make an adoption plan may qualify for some level of financial assistance during their pregnancy. However, each person's situation and specific needs are different. Your adoption social worker can help you determine what level of assistance you qualify for and deserve. Many expectant mothers qualify for financial assistance to cover basic pregnancy and living expenses, including but not limited to - transportation reimbursement, utility assistance for phone, water, and electricity/gas, maternity clothing and supplements, etc.
Navigating a pregnancy alone is never easy. Depending on your situation and location, you may qualify for financial assistance to help cover the cost of basic living expenses, such as food and groceries.
Receiving quality medical care during your pregnancy is vital to both your health and the health of your baby. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your pregnancy-related medical expenses will be covered by the adoptive family.
Women who choose to place their baby for adoption may receive financial assistance to help cover the cost of rent and utilities. If you feel that you’ll need some help with these costs, it’s important to talk to your adoption social worker about it early in the process. Each expectant mother’s situation is different, and eligibility may vary.
In order to have a healthy pregnancy, it’s important that you have everything you need to lead a healthy lifestyle. Like food and groceries, the cost of some household items - like feminine and dental care items, along with prenatal supplements - may be covered during your pregnancy.
Placing a baby for adoption is a loving, but incredibly challenging decision to make. Many women experience an array of emotions during this time and find that counseling is very helpful in navigating those feelings. If you would like to receive counseling during or after your pregnancy, that can be arranged by your adoption social worker. The cost of counseling will be covered by the adoptive family or adoption organization.
If you need assistance with transportation, your adoption social worker can work with you to find the best solution. You may eligible for assistance with transportation costs or be connected with a transportation service to utilize during your pregnancy.
It won't cost you anything. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your medical and legal fees will be covered and you may be eligible for financial assistance with other pregnancy-related expenses.
Yes. Even if you don’t know the identity of the birth father, you can still choose to make an adoption plan. However, every adoption situation is different. The adoption social worker you’re assigned to will get to know you and your story first, and then guide you through the process accordingly.
You can make an adoption plan at any point in your pregnancy, even after the baby has been born. But, it's important to start the process as early in your pregnancy as possible. Connecting with those resources will allow you to gain access to important medical services, including prenatal care, to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.
One aspect of your adoption plan is the "Hospital Plan" an outline of how you'd like your hospital stay and delivery to go. You can craft this on your own or with the help of your adoption social worker. But everything is up to you. You’ll be able to choose who comes to the hospital with you, who is in the room with you during delivery, and how much time you’d like to spend with the baby before signing the final papers.
As part of your adoption plan, you'll determine whether or not you’d like to have an open or closed adoption or something in between. Open adoptions may include phone calls, messaging (via social media, email, or text), and/or periodic visits each year. Closed adoptions may include no contact at all or annual updates provided to the birth parent(s) by the adoptive family. Each post-adoption relationship is different and can vary based on what an expectant mother chooses in her adoption plan.
Last night, we found a private club where we could play pool for a few hours! Turns out, Az is really good at pool ! Steph isn’t bad either though. It was a fun time and we appreciated having the space to ourselves as COVID rates remain high in the city (and temperatures remain low!).
In order to become the best (adoptive) parents we can be to any child who may join our family in the future, we’ve been taking a trauma-informed parenting class together every weekend. We’re grateful to the professionals who have been sharing their expertise and the parents in the group for sharing their experiences. We look forward to putting these principles into action as a parenting duo in the future. Here we are, being silly during one of the class breaks.
It's snowing again! We went for a walk and Porsche was not a fan of the cold wet ground. So Steph had to carry her - and almost missed the family photo! Luckily Az was ready with a smile 😀 📸
Our dog Porsche's favorite toy right now is her llama, which looks a lot like her. Enough that we mix them up at least once a week haha. Here they are snuggling. Porsche is such a sweetheart and we can't wait until a child gets to share in her love (and snuggles!).
We've had some cold, snowy nights this past week so we've been staying busy with some puzzles. What do you think? We still have a ways to go !
Az used to run track in high school ! Steph swam in high school and college so she's newer to running. Now, we run in our local park a few days a week. Together, we've been working on increasing our distances and decreasing our times. Here is Az in December, crossing the final line of a 10k race. We love staying active together - and bonus, it keeps us ready to run after a little one!
We love having movie nights at home! We have a movie projector, so we get some popcorn and settle into the couch for a fun evening. Right now, we're working our way through the Matrix series. We've heard mixed reviews of the newest one and can't wait to see what the fuss is about .....
Last night, we had an arts and crafts night! We each painted a small ceramic unicorn, in our own unique way. We had a blast, enjoying the screen free evening and the chance to be creative. What do you think? Here is Az's master piece in progress 👨🏼🎨🖼
We live across the street from a large park. So one of our favorite things to do in winter is: snowshoe! Whenever it snows, we make a thermos of hot cocoa and try to get out there first thing. The park looks so beautiful covered in snow and we're able to see some wildlife sneaking around too. Here is Steph, from our snowshoe adventures last week. You might be able to glimpse our dog Porsche in her backpack carrier too! We had so much fun and can't wait to share this tradition with a child.
The New Year has gotten off to quite a start! We often try to travel around the holidays, though that's become more difficult with the pandemic. So, instead, we planned a staycation in New York City. We loved being tourists in our own city, exploring new coffee shops and bookstores. We're looking forward to continuing to discover new places as our family grows! We made a video of our fun weekend and posted it on our instagram. Come say hi! https://www.instagram.com/reel/CYe9OlfBEbN/?utm_medium=copy_link
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