My name is Claudia. In 2008 I was struggling and homeless. I was staying in a shelter along with two of my four daughters in South Florida. I felt so bad not being able to provide a home for my children and their father was not helping me. Finding out I was pregnant again was so difficult. Finding out the baby was a boy (the son I had always dreamed of) was exciting but also heartbreaking because I did not want to bring another child into the world when I could not provide. I felt desperate.
One day I met a woman in the shelter who told me about ACF Adoptions and how they helped her find a family to love and take care of her child. She said the people at the adoption agency treated her with respect. I called the agency and immediately felt comfortable with the people I met. I remember Stacey and Ginger and Nika – a beautiful group of women who helped me with my adoption plan. I picked a family from Paris, France to raise my son. I got to meet them because they traveled here to adopt him right after he was born! They were so happy and I could see they fell in love with him right away. I know my son is loved and he has a great life because the family sends me pictures and letters so I know about his school, his friends and all the fun activities he is involved in.
Although adoption is not easy I am positive I made the right choice. ACF Adoptions have always been there for me since the adoption if I had questions or needed some emotional support. My son is now 13 years old and doing well. He is happy, healthy and loved.
I connected with ACF by chance and I’m so glad that I did. My experience with everyone at the agency was nothing short of amazing. It led me to motherhood and I felt so supported along the way. They graciously accepted every call that I made in the weeks leading up to my daughter’s arrival (I called ALL the time.) and shared any information that they had. Everyone at the agency was so kind and so organized. The adoption process involves a lot of paperwork, but I never had to worry about the paperwork part. The entire team at ACF made sure that I had all of the documents that I needed and everything was completed in a timely manner. I was able to focus all of my efforts on preparing for the arrival of my sweet little girl and bonding with her once she arrived. Also, as a single parent, I reached out to many agencies in the beginning of my journey and was repeatedly told that many of the birth families that they worked with chose married couples. This was never the case with ACF. I really can’t say enough good things about my experience with ACF. They helped to bring me the greatest gift of all, motherhood, and I am forever grateful!