Choosing to say, "Yes," many times while not quite knowing what you're fully committing yourself to can be difficult.
It's a true testament of faith and trust.
And it's scary.
Which is exactly why we chose to work with an adoption consultant, Susan.
A lot of people ask us what exactly she does.
Ummmm... everything ;-)
In all honesty, though, she's been our biggest advocate.
Our biggest cheerleader.
Susan was there with us from day one; she helped us find a social worker to help us become home study certified (legally OK to adopt in Iowa); she supported us by recommending resources like this book for creative fundraisers to help afford the adoption process; she created our pro file where birth mommas could read all about us; she helped us apply to reputable agencies in states that are "safe states" (states with clear-cut adoption laws); she called us when Olivia's birth momma chose us and asked, "What do you need?" all the while offering prayers, encouragement and support along the way.
CAC is not an agency.
Instead, CAC consultants like Susan work with agencies.
I consider them the liaison between agencies/birth parents and adoptive parents.
While we were
busy doing our thing filling out mounds of paperwork, Susan was networking and checking in on situations with agencies and adoptive families across the country.
I'll never forget the email we received from her in August:
"There's a baby that's going to be born tomorrow. Do you want to overnight your adoption profile to Texas?"
"YES!" we replied.
And the rest is a blurry, amazing whirlwind :-)
Chris and I have had coffee with many families since bringing Olivia home.
We've made new friends talking about our family's adoption journey.
And we simply love talking about how Susan and CAC played such an important role.
In an overwhelming process we thought we'd get lost in, we had the greatest mentor.
Adoption is confusing.
And so scary.
If you or your friends or family members are confused with the adoption process, buy this THIS BOOK and feel free to drop me a line on Facebook or Twitter. I'm happy to get you in touch with Susan, too!