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CAC Father’s Day Discount

June 12, 2016

 

Father’s Day is around the corner and I’d like to take a moment to celebrate all the amazing daddy’s that I have had the privilege of working with over the past 8 years! This is just a drop in the bucket, but I sure had a fun trip down memory lane, pulling a few of those amazing “love at first sight” photos!
In honor of all of our CAC dads, we are offering one of our rare specials to help make the cost of adoption a bit more attainable. We are happy to be sharing 10% off all of our top packages, from June 13-17th.  (Special note: this does not apply to our DIY package).
Email me: tracie@christianadoptionconsultants.com

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What is an Adoption Consultant?

April 20, 2016

photo copy 2Domestic Adoption Consulting Services

Our Domestic Adoption Consulting Program includes services for U.S. adoptions. Our program offers the all inclusive consulting and adoption support services detailed below. We would be honored to assist you in your adoption journey.

  • Adoption Education, Support, and Guidance: We advise and support you throughout the adoption process, guiding you every step of the way from decision to adopt to being matched with a birth mother.
  • Home Study and Agency Guidance: We will provide a list of home study providers in your area and advise you on how to locate an affordable and reputable home study agency.
  • Match and Placement:   We will educate you on the requirements and fees of agencies that may be a good fit for your family. Some of these agencies will waive the upfront application fee to our clients so you are not wasting your money paying an application fee for an agency you never match with. This not only saves you money but may result in a faster adoption process.
  • Family Profile and Dear Birth Mother Letter: We create your Family Profile for you. From our years of experience, we know what agencies and birth families are looking for. We write a custom narrative and design a unique, professional, creative, yet caring profile to showcase your family. This service also includes professional picture selection and custom design.
  • Financial Education: Our detailed financial packet includes information on the Federal Tax Credit, Dependancy Exemption, Pending Tax ID Number, Grants (Contact Information including: Organization Name, Phone Number, Web Address, Application Information), Adoption Fundraisers & Creative Financing, Adoption Support Organizations, Employer Benefits, and Adoption Loans.
  • Explanation of Adoption Costs: We explain typical agency fees, average adoption costs, and how to lower your overall adoption costs.
  • Education on Birth Mother warning signs and Birth Father situations: We help our clients reduce the risk associated with adoption by advising regarding a potential match with birth mothers or birth fathers that exhibit common warning signs. We encourage families to work with agencies that disclose a full social and medical history of the birth mother and frequently test for drugs and alcohol exposure.
  • Travel Advice and Tips: Our travel advice and tips include airline and hotel discount information and a packing list for baby.
  • Family Counseling and Training: Our social workers offer family counseling and parenting classes for our couples that are interested.
  • Finalization consulting and guidance: We inform you on finalization in-state vs. out-of-state, finalization fees, adoption attorney referrals, and why you should not pay a retainer fee.

I would love to chat with you more and offer a free initial phone consultation. 

My job is to answer your questions, educate you about the process and connect you with a consultant who will lead you through your adoption with the most amazing support! 

Email me tracie@christianadoptionconsultants.com for an initial information packet and to schedule a phone consult.

Adoption Discount: Is 2016 Your Year?

January 9, 2016

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Maybe adoption has been a lingering thought in the back of your mind, maybe it’s been more like a pressing thought you just can’t get rid of, but you’re just so scared or so confused. Maybe you have questions about how it all works, fears about money, or confusion about which direction to go.

That’s where Christian Adoption Consultants comes in. Our consultants stands with you to guide you on your adoption journey. We can equip you with the education and resources you need to make your dream of adoption become a reality. Because how you achieve your goals is just as important as if you do.

If adoption is one of your goals for 2016, Christian Adoption Consultants wants to help you get started by offering a $100 discount. Any new families who sign up between January 11th and 15th will receive $100 off of our full service consulting packages. (This discount does not apply to our self serve consulting package, returning families, or special needs consulting packages).

Let’s make 2016 the year you open your home to a child through adoption!

Want more info on Christian Adoption Consultants? 

Email me at tracie@christianadoptionconsultants.com

I’d be happy to send you a complete information packet and begin answering your questions.

Have friends who are thinking about adoption? Make sure you share this post!

Why Use An Adoption Consultant

December 29, 2015

ONE YEAR AGO!

It is hard to believe that it was 9 years ago when we began began to pursue adoption, the main thing that paralyzed me were the questions: “Where do we start?  Is this really going to take two years? and Where in the world am I going to come up with that kind of money?  I had never heard of an “Adoption Consultant” until friends of ours told us about Christian Adoption Consultants. A few months later we welcomed our baby girl! 

I’d like to give you a simple run down of why using an adoption consultant changed my whole view of what adopting a baby would be like!

Using an adoption consultant:
1. Provides added security, protection, and the peace of mind that comes by having someone watching out for your best interests.
2. Provides great resources on financing adoption.
3. Allows for a shorter wait time due to a multi-agency approach.
4. Directs clients to agencies in “adoption friendly” states.
5. Answers all those little questions every step of the way.

Honestly, the reason I’m working now for Christian Adoption Consultants is because of the amazing experience that we had with them during our adoption; and because I truly want to help others walk through the journey of adoption with a sense of peace and joy!

I have been so blessed over the past 8 years to have helped hundreds of families on their own adoption journeys, and I would love to talk to you about how working with a consultant could help you through your own journey.

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If you’d like to hear what one of my clients had to share about their decision to use an adoption consultant, CLICK HERE

And feel free to look at the REFERENCE tab on this blog.

Please feel free to email me for more information at tracie@christianadoptionconsultants.com

Congratulations Don and Mel

August 8, 2015

So happy to share about this beautiful family who worked with Katie Fenska and I on their adoption journey.

This post is being shared from Katie’s Blog: Trusting God at Home. Thank you Katie for writing up this beautiful story!

I am just bursting with happiness for this sweet family who just finalized the adoption of their son! Watching them honor God throughout their adoption process was such an encouragement to my heart.


Don and Mel came to Christian Adoption Consultants in August of last year already very familiar with the ups and downs of adoption. They had experienced a heartbreaking international adoption journey that didn’t result in bringing a little one home. They knew all too well the reality that adoption can be a difficult rollercoaster ride of faith. And that is exactly what their domestic adoption journey has been. But oh, how God has shown His faithfulness in giving them peace along every turn!

They began presenting their profile in September 2014 and were quickly chosen that same month by an expectant mama due in January. Almost immediately the obstacles came. Difficultly accessing information, complex potential health issues for the baby, a complete change in some of the expectant parents’ preferences, a change in due date, confusing and foggy uncertainties that just kept coming and coming and coming. Mel and I had countless conversations about all of the unknowns.  Again and again we recounted what knew for sure in all of it: that God is trustworthy, that He is mighty, that He knows what He’s doing, that He is good. In the midst of unknowns, He poured out His peace on their hearts.


At one point, Mel called and let me know the latest turn in the story…they had just been informed that (due to some more unforeseen circumstances) someone else would likely now be adopting this child. There were many tears and we all felt shocked and frustrated. But God wasn’t surprised and He was not done with their story. Again they surrendered to Him and again He brought peace in the midst of unknowns. And what appeared to be the impossible suddenly became possible again. The other adoptive family was no longer wanting to move forward and once more, they were back to preparing for this baby’s birth.

When he arrived, they chose to give him a name that means “peace.” This boy’s life is a testimony to God’s love and care…a beautiful reminder that our Father always knows what He is doing, even when chaos swirls around us. God is our peace. I’m so thankful to have watched His peace reign in this family’s story.
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For more information about domestic adoption, please contact me at tracie@christianadoptionconsultants.com. 

Congratulations Ryan and Ashleigh

July 27, 2015
Reposted with permission from Katie Fenska at Trusting God at Home
There is much beauty to be found in these gorgeous photos of Ryan and Ashleigh’s smiling adorable family. But there is an even greater beauty beyond the cute clothes and wide grins. These photographs whisper a story of faith that is far more stunning than any picture can convey. Here are some small glimpses of the beauty beyond the photos:
Fighting for Faith
Ryan and Ashleigh began their adoption journey with CAC in February 2014. In July they applied to agencies and the fight for faith quickly began. Incredibly stressful circumstances popped up out of nowhere and they wondered if they would be able to move forward as planned. It seemed pretty clear that the Enemy was hitting them on multiple sides, trying to shake their faith and halt their adoption. But they stood firm together, knowing that God had led them to adoption and He is victorious and mighty.
Fighting Together as One
Ryan and Ashleigh sought to honor God as a team throughout the process. It is easy to try and push your emotions and your desires on your spouse when you’re adopting…to make each decision a battleground instead of an opportunity to stand together as one. But Ryan and Ashleigh were committed to wrestling through the hardest parts of the journey as a team. I watched as they prayed together, sought counsel together, talked together, and waited before the Lord together for direction about whether or not to present time and time again. They wanted to love each other even when they didn’t see eye to eye. And God never failed to lead them.
Investing Their Hearts
After 3 months of presenting, the day they had been praying for finally arrived. They were chosen! They built a loving, gracious relationship with their daughter’s birth mama and committed to pouring out love on her. Two months later when it was time for their daughter to be born, Ryan and Ashleigh were awed to see how much their daughter’s birthmom loved them, too. She had even made them shirts that said, “Mom” and “Dad” and gave them to Ryan and Ashleigh to wear at the hospital!
The Beauty of A Daddy and Mommy’s Love
One of my favorite aspects of beauty beyond these pictures is found in the depth of emotion Ryan and Ashleigh feel towards their daughter. Ryan shared with me, “When we got home from the hospital she was ours. There was no difference…she felt like our biological children. There was no adjustment or transition phase of getting attached.” Ashleigh agrees, “Ryan is irrevocably beyond in love with her and so am I! It’s all worth it. The paperwork, the waiting, the money, time, etc… I could not imagine my life without my daughter.”
Ryan and Ashleigh, God has seen the beauty of your faith throughout this journey. And as a side note, I’m so grateful for the encouraging friend you’ve been to me throughout your adoption. I feel honored to have watched God be victorious in your story!
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For more information about domestic adoption, please contact me at tracie@christianadoptionconsultants.com.

Congratulations John and Linnea

May 11, 2015

ADOPTION STORY: JOHN AND LINNEA by Katie Fenska

(written and posted by Katie Fenska at Trusting God at Home)

I met this lovely couple over eight years ago and they live close by me so they have an extra special place in my heart! It’s been such an honor for me to serve their family on their adoption journey. Their story is one of faith and of beautiful surrender.

At the beginning of October 2013 John and Linnea got started with Tracie at Christian Adoption Consultants. They were so eager and ready to bring home a baby sister for their little ones. They hoped it would be a swift process, but God had other plans in mind.

Their home study wasn’t ready to go until April 2014. Then there were many difficult “no’s” and more waiting that simply did not make sense. Yet, they continued to fight for faith, praying for grace to lay down their own time-line and fighting to surrender to God’s good plans.

Then, after about seven months of presenting and waiting for God’s “yes,” their time finally came. Linnea shares more:

“When Gideon was going to fight the Midianites, God told him to reduce his army to just 300 men, so that he could know that it was God who won the victory, not the armies. When we presented our profile to our birth mother, I felt like God was telling me to reduce my armies, to send away the things I would like to control –  like what kind of genetics my child would have, what prenatal vitamins she would benefit from, what substances she would be protected from, what kind of nourishment she would enjoy. He was telling us to step out in faith and let Him fight the battle for our baby. We presented to a birth mother with significant challenges. We had a long match (4 months) to wait. Our armies were sent home, and God secured the victory. God answered our prayers with a beautiful healthy baby girl! We praise the Lord for His faithfulness in every detail of our adoption journey thus far, and we count on Him to lead and guide us in the coming years.”
 

God showed Himself victorious in their surrender, weaving a thousand details perfectly together to bring them their much loved daughter.

John and Linnea, my heart has been so encouraged by watching your faith and desire to live for His plan and not your own. You truly have walked out 2 Corinthians 5:15, “and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” I’m excited to watch God’s good plans continue to unfold in the story of your precious little girl!

**Pictures taken by the incredibly talented and fun Misha Seger. **
Contact me at tracie@christianadoptionconsultants.com for an info packet today! It is my honor to advocate and education for Christian Adoption Consultant. Our team would be honored to help you during your adoption journey.
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