Adoption of the Month - May 2012
Danielle and I met almost 6 years ago at church. She comes from a larger family, with 4 older sisters, while I have just one brother. We were married on September 19, 2009. I work at Jubilant HollisterStier Laboratories, and she is a photographer, working from home. We have a very close extended family, and spend much of our free time with our siblings.
Danielle learned when she was 19 that she has a birth defect where she was born without a uterus, so she’s known since before we met that she would be unable to have kids. We both have looked forward to being parents our entire lives, and the choice to adopt, rather than surrogacy or a uterine transplant was an easy one for us. We both felt that we could love our children just as well if they were adopted than if we had gone through some other means, and we know that there are children out there that need a safe, loving home like we can provide.
Every journey is unique, and it is best to go into it with an open mind. I would encourage everyone to contact an adoption attorney (such as Mark) before starting the process, especially for the first time. The expert advice and guidance Mark provided us, along with the references he provided for our social worker, proved to be invaluable.
I don’t think I could say enough good things about our experience with Mark. He was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Mark has a passion for the work he does that can be seen instantly when working with him. In the long run, working with Mark, rather than going through an agency or something like that, likely saved us thousands of dollars, and resulted in a much quicker and problem free adoption than otherwise would have happened.
Dakota, our son, has been the biggest blessing either of us has ever had in our lives. His adoption has completely changed our outlook s on life and our priorities, in a very positive way. No matter how tough the work day may be all problems melt away when I get home and get to hold my smiling son.