We can not begin to express the gratitude and respect we have for the team at ACF Adoptions. To say they changed our life does not even begin to describe how amazing ACF Adoptions is; because of ACF we are a family.
We joined with ACF after a long and very difficult few years working with other agencies and from the moment we called, everything turned around. At ACF we were listened to, we were supported, our dreams and visions were clearly understood by everyone there, and we were offered exceptional guidance on navigating the adoption experience.
From a planning standpoint, all we needed to do was follow their lead and complete each step as they presented them to us. It was perfectly clear and when we did have questions, we would get answers extremely quickly.
When it came time for us to be matched, we were so very impressed at the way ACF supported us as well as the birth mother and her family. It was always so obvious that by demonstrating a calm and compassionate way of working, ACF would help this all come together in a way that worked positively for everyone. After being matched, ACF supported us with carefully planning each step, always ensuring we were prepared and while providing us with ongoing emotional encouragement and support – something we needed to help us along!
We also know that behind the scenes they were doing countless things for us, all the while allowing us to focus on the journey of preparing to become parents. As prospective parents, we truly needed a team who could provide us with support and guidance as well as with the experience and expertise to ensure a successful adoption.
While it is difficult to put our appreciation into words – it is fair to say that calling ACF was one of the best decisions we ever made.
Mark and Johnny
Where do I start? I am an only child and started on this adoption process later than I expected. I first started out in foster care and we took care of 2 children before we gave up in the process. But as fate would have it we now are taking care of our first foster daughter because her mother asked us to. I tried for 9 years to adopt but it was not meant to be. After many 'failed' attempts we were able to find this little one. It was a fluke really. His mother made a Safe Haven plan at the hospital and Robert called us after she had been gone for 12 hours. I called my husband and we decided right then and there we would love to have him in our lives. We call him our hurricane baby because he was born between Irma and Maria. We picked him up at 2 days old at Roberts office. Then about 7-10 days later his birth mother inquired about her little one. We were panicked when we got a call from Robert, but he spoke to us and reassured us. We met with her about a week later and she chose us to give him the best life. It was wonderful connecting with her and her young son. The rest is history. We could not have done this without ACF and Robert's help.
When we were looking for an adoption agency as a prospective adoptive family, ACF was recommended to us for their strong moral compass and diligent commitment to supporting expectant mothers. This was of utmost importance to us and something that ALL of the staff at ACF demonstrated at every step of the process. Knowing that they were making decisions grounded in respect for individuals in vulnerable positions gave us a lot of peace.
As our out-of-area placement agency, ACF made each step of the process as seamless as possible. Their clear communication, detailed advanced notice of upcoming steps, and responsiveness to questions put our minds at ease that we were in good hands. ACF worked effectively with the home study agency and facilitated the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children so we could quickly bring our little one home. Both during termination of parental rights and at finalization, ACF was very professional and thorough in ensuring that all necessary paperwork and processes were completed.
ACF was also very LGBT-friendly. From the beginning, we were treated like any other prospective parent. Additionally, ACF was forthcoming and transparent about the realities of wait time and provided regular updates to keep us informed. This helped us remain hopeful but realistic that one day soon a little one would join our family.
Ultimately what made us most pleased to have selected ACF was their warmth and kindness. The adoption process for us, like many others, comes with a wide range of emotions including many moments of uncertainty and vulnerability. In these moments, the support from ACF was invaluable. They were also there celebrating with joy when we were matched, placed, and finalized. We are forever grateful to have had ACF staff, who now feel like part of our family, along with us on this journey.
Lisa and Ashley
Adoption changed our lives and made our dream of becoming parents a reality, ACF made that possible! Our experience with ACF was fantastic. Robert, Jackie and the team made us feel so comfortable and at ease from our very first phone call. They explained the entire process in detail, took the time to answer our questions, and were always available to talk. Like most adoption journeys, ours was full of ups and downs. Jackie became part of our support system and was often the person I would call when I just needed someone to listen who could understand what I was feeling. It is evident that the team genuinely cares for all involved in the process; the birth mother, the adoptive parents and most importantly, the baby. We finally got to meet the team when our son was born. It felt like we were reuniting with old friends. They shared in our joy and beamed over pictures of our sweet baby. The day of Xavier's adoption finalization I think Robert was almost as excited as we were! We were also so impressed with how compassionate and supportive the team was and continues to be of Xavier's birth mother. The really helped prepare us for speaking with her the first time and helped us navigate building a relationship with her. We are so fortunate to have stayed connected with Xavier's birth mother and look forward to seeing her again in the future!
We hope to add to our family through adoption and cannot wait to work with ACF again. There are no words to thank them for all they did for our family. I would recommend this agency to anyone!
Marcus & Missy