Now our family is adopting again and we eagerly and joyfully are working with Michelle and her team at Adoption Center of Hope and trust that the Lord will bring us our second child in His perfect timing. So glad to know that this group is consistently praying for us and our future child’s Birth mother in this process.
Love Michelle and her enitre team at Adoption Center of Hope!
We chose them for our second adoption because of how our daughter’s birth-mom and birth-family were treated with love and respect throughout the process and after placement. We were also walked through the process and felt confident the entire time that our wishes were being taken into consideration every step of the way. We felt supported and cared for and kept in the loop. I wouldn’t go anywhere else and would DEFINITELY recommend Adoption Center of Hope to anyone!
I remember holding my daughter skin to skin in the NICU and just weeping. It was the most amazing feeling having her on my chest. Words cannot express the joy I had holding her so close. It was the fulfillment of so many things we had prayed for, longed for, and dreamed of and earnestly cried out to God for. I am forever grateful to ACOH for helping me become a momma. My daughter is two now, and I still get chills when I hold her close. We have witnessed miracle after miracle on our journey to her and our journey with her. She is beyond precious. My love for her goes deeper than I ever could had imagined. I am forever grateful for the beautiful people at ACOH who walked with us, laughed with us, prayed with us, cried with us, and celebrated with us
Our adoption coordinator Ashlene exceeded all of our expectations. She went above and beyond and she loved US so well. (And by US I mean my husband and I, our birth mom, and our daughter.) Our adoption coordinator laughed with US. Advocated for US. Slept in a hospital chair for days and sacrificed sleep for US. Held OUR hands. Coached US through the open adoption relationship. Guided US. Prayed with US. Celebrated with US. She was OUR professional photographer. Encourage. Calming presence. And she just made everything more relaxed and fun.
Ryan and Kelly
-Jake and Dawn
That’s one happy girl. This is her dream come true. Sienna is going to be just the best big sister. She wants to be with her all the time. What a blessing.
Sienna is so happy as you can see. We are happy that you would put their picture on your web site. All is bliss on this end. Just enjoying every moment. What a blessing. Thank you so much.
Look forward to seeing you soon. Let us know if their is anything we can do. We pray our Birth Mom is doing well.
Big hugs from all of us.
We can’t thank you Michelle, Adoption Center Of Hope, and all that are involved in this process enough. Our hearts are eternally grateful.
~ Michael, Amelia, Sienna and Samiah ~
Richie & Lizzy
We fell in love with our son’s Birth Mom the first time we met her. We formed a connection and developed a close bond. Our relationship remains open and loving.
The Adoption Center Of Hope staff was always there for us. Michelle, Wendy and Arielle – we honestly felt like they were our guardian angels through the whole process. The service is incredibly personalized – Michelle was even the birth coach to our Birth Mom during our son’s delivery. We are forever grateful to Michelle and the entire Adoption Center Of Hope staff – for their true love and support. We could not have asked for a better group of women to take on this journey with us.
Right away we had a few matches that didn’t come to pass for various reasons but within the 6th month, we were matched with our daughter’s Birth Mom and we couldn’t have been happier. She is a remarkable young woman that we have great affection for. Our Birth Mom graciously allowed us to be at every doctor’s appointment and even blessed us with the ability to be present for our daughter’s birth. Michelle and Wendy were there for us every step of the way and Michelle and Arielle were with us every minute the day of our daughter’s birth. I honestly don’t know what we would’ve done without the Adoption Center Of Hope team as they were our complete support system through what can be an intimidating endeavor.
We were completely amazed at how wonderful and peaceful the Adoption process could be when you have the right people on your side. They really care for the Adoptive Parents as much as the Birth Moms and that was invaluable to us. Our Adoption process could not have gone better and we have no doubt that Adoption Center Of Hope was the reason why. We have truly been blessed beyond imagination with our daughter and the memories leading up to her birth with the help of Adoption Center Of Hope.
After waiting about 7 months, I can remember the day so clearly that I answered the phone and on the other end was Michelle’s sweet voice to let us know we have been picked. My heart filled with joy and my eyes filled with happy tears. That night we spoke to our Birth Mom and felt such a connection. On April 20th at 12:30 our son was born, Bradley Carson Gittins, 6lb, 11oz and 19 and half inches. Such a magical moment. We love and care for our Birth Mom and are so grateful that she chose us to be the parents for her son.
Each Adoption journey is so different and may have many ups and downs but please know to just hold on tight and in the end you will feel so much joy and love and forget all about the bumps and hills you had to overcome. Just know Michelle and the Adoption Center Of Hope staff will be right by your side holding on with you each step of the way. We have developed such a lifelong friendship with them. The devotion and love they bring to each Adoption is so deeply appreciated and we can’t thank them enough. We love you guys and God bless you for all that you do for not only your Adoptive Families but the dedication you have for all the courageous Birth Moms during such a difficult time in their lives.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
The Gittins Family
Jason, Stacy and little Bradley
Our journey to Adoption was a long one, but worth the wait. Years of failed fertility treatments was compounded by the sudden loss of our baby daughter at 20 weeks in utero.
Shortly after receiving that bad news, we received a telephone call from a family member telling us about a successful Adoption through Adoption Center Of Hope. Thoughts raced through our minds – “Were we ready for Adoption?” “What about all of those terrible Adoption stories we see on the news?” “Can we afford Adoption?” We prayed about it and decided to call Adoption Center Of Hope.
We will never forget that beautiful day in January 2010 when we walked into the Adoption Center Of Hope office and spoke with Michelle and Wendy. Our nervous and scared feelings were immediately calmed by the warmth and love we felt throughout the room. We struggled to tell our story about the journey that led us to Adoption and ultimately to the office in which we sat. At the end of our initial meeting, we were convinced that God led us to the right place!
Within a few weeks, we received a telephone call from Michelle about a young Birth Mother who wanted to meet us. We met over breakfast and immediately loved the Birth Mother. We were officially matched by Adoption Center Of Hope that same day!
From that day on, we kept in close contact with the Birth Mother. She graciously invited us to all medical appointments and ultrasounds, which we gladly accepted. Through this time, we developed a caring relationship for one another.
We were both blessed with the enormous gift of witnessing the birth of our daughter in May 2010. What a miracle!
Our Birth Mother continues to be a part of our lives. We will always love her.
We would not recommend anyone other than Adoption Center Of Hope. Michelle was extremely caring and helpful in facilitating communication with our Birth Mother and guided us through the pathways through the Adoption process.
God bless everyone at Adoption Center Of Hope for making miracles happen and helping to create happy families.
Darren, Karri, Aiden (age 6) and Ainsley!
Six months later, Rwanda suspended accepting Adoption applications. We were devastated because this seemed like God was definitely closing the door. We weren’t sure how to proceed. Private Adoption had never even been an option in our minds and was certainly the most unfamiliar and uncomfortable road. But God doesn’t always want us to be comfortable, especially when He has greater plans for us.
We began an intense search for how to pursue a private Adoption yet we still kept our hearts guarded. We were skeptical about this new direction, apprehensively making calls and speaking with Adoption agencies, attorneys, and facilitators. None seemed to “feel” right.
Then, we found Adoption Center Of Hope.
When we spoke with Michelle we finally felt some confirmation and encouragement that private Adoption could be a realistic and viable option for us. It was very apparent to us that Michelle had a deep, God-inspired calling to help women who found themselves struggling with life-altering decisions. Michelle was also committed to helping find stable, Christian homes for these women to consider as they developed Adoption plans for their babies. Finally, we felt God’s lead. It wasn’t the path we initially chose for ourselves, but realized He already had this plan in motion.
On September 29, 2010, we stepped out in faith, met with Michelle, and began our new Adoption journey. On October 26, the anniversary of our daughter’s Adoption, Michelle made “the call.” We were chosen by a Birth Mom!
The next four emotionally-charged months were filled with many ups and downs as we developed a relationship with our Birth Mom. To be honest, it wasn’t always easy but we were able to maintain a respectful and loving bond. We lived by the verse “Love never fails” from 1 Corinthians 13. We also leaned heavily on Michelle who was a constant source of kind encouragement.
On March 4, 2011, just shy of six months from trusting God and stepping out in faith, our sweet little Eliana was born. Over the following three days, we were in and out of Birth Mom’s room with Eliana, spending what we knew were our last treasured moments all together.
While we did experience some challenges we would never change the experience and situation that God gave us. We are proud to have called our Birth Mom “friend,” even if it was for a brief time. We are blessed to have known her and feel grateful that we will have wonderful stories to tell our daughter of the fun times that we did have together.
Adoption is ultimately God’s idea. It can be a challenging path but with a remarkable outcome. God had to send His Son to suffer, to take the burden of our sin so that we could be reconciled, Adopted into His family and have eternal life with him. Our Adoption into His family came with discomfort. But the outcome was more love than we could possibly imagine.
Adoption is truly the ultimate act of love. It’s God’s love for us. It’s the love that Birth Parents have for their babies that they put their own needs aside to place them into another family. It is the ultimate love in action.