Hello, we are Henry and Kim! We are excited that you have chosen to look over our profile and learn more about us as prospective parents.
Our story began like many others: through online dating. Both of us had taken a break from dating for several years but had decided to get back out there. We went online and filled out our profiles and soon had several matches. Some ended with ok dates; others were not as good. Soon, we matched with a special someone and started chatting. After a while, we became friends on social media and, to our surprise, found out we had mutual friends and acquaintances. As time went on, we began to grow in our relationship and spent time strolling in the park and watching our nieces and nephews play their sports. Eventually, we got engaged and later married in the fall of 2014.
Soon after getting married, we started trying to expand our family. Having a large family has always been a dream of ours, but we struggled through many rounds of treatments for infertility and miscarriages. In 2019, the Lord blessed us with a successful round of IVF and our beautiful daughter. Since then, we have decided to share the love in our hearts and expand our family through adoption.
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.
Another Fathers day has come and gone and what a weekend it was. We had beautiful weather to spend time outside with our extended family. Lots of time out at the lake to swim, grill and spend time talking with each other. Of course, the best part for Karolyn was finding a new dog friend to play with. Of course, we can't forget about snuggles before bed with Daddy. Nothing is better than getting our bedtime milk and reading our books. When we got back, Kim and Karolyn got to go to the library to pick up prizes for finishing up their summer reading list.
Another Christmas has come and gone, and we had a great time visiting with our families again. We started out with a party for Henry's Grandma's 84th Birthday. Nearly 40 of his extended family were there including many kids. The kids got a special treat when Santa came to visit and gave them each a goodie bag of presents. Karolyn ran right up to Santa to give him a hug. As the holiday went on, we started into the Christmas parties with various parts of the family. Wednesday involved meeting with Karolyn's namesake, her Great-Grandma Carolyn. She was so excited to have time with her and gave her a great big hug and kiss. In between a few parties, Karolyn and Maizy got to go to a dog park and visit with many other dogs. Karolyn got to on several drives to see Christmas light displays and also got to bake a Jesus cake with Grandma and make Christmas cookies with Kim. We even got to take Karolyn out to her first Hibachi meal. Like many others, our Christmas Eve party with Kim's family was delayed due to both flight delays and Covid. Instead, we went to a later church...
The summer is now over, and what a summer it has been. We got to go camping for a week. It was our first time ever camping as a family and we had so much fun. We can't wait to continue this in the future. Karolyn got to swim for hours each day with Mom and Dad, play with her cousin and go on many walks to the other camp sites to visit the dogs. Later, we went to a county fair and got to ride all the fun rides, see all the animals and even have dinner with Grandpa and Grandma. Lastly, Karolyn got to start her first day of school. While it means less time with Mom each day, she has found so many new friends and new things to play with. We can't wait to see what fun is coming with the new school year.
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