Wednesday, May 13, 2015

CAC: Why We're So Thankful We Used a Consultant


When Josh and I got ready to adopt back in 2012, the Lord led us to Christian Adoption Consultants to guide us along the way. As we look back on our journey, we cannot imagine having walked through adoption without our adoption consultant!


Here are some of the many reasons that we thank God for the role that Christian Adoption Consultants played in our adoption story:

1) Decreased the Risks
Domestic adoption has some risks.  While all adoptions have risks, CAC helps their clients sort through the level of risk involved with each situation and gives invaluable information to help adoptive parents make informed decisions in their adoption journey.  CAC works primarily with "safe states" that are adoption friendly (where consents are generally signed in 24-72 hrs.).  

2) Exposure to multiple agencies and attorneys 
Working with multiple agencies helps you have more exposure to more potential adoption situations. Instead of being one family in a line with many at only one agency, working with CAC makes it possible for you to learn about more adoption situations and so have the opportunity to show your profile more frequently. (Many of these agencies waive their application fees for CAC families so you aren't paying unnecessary fees to an agency you might not necessarily be matched through!) Out of the hundreds of agencies and attorneys out there, it's difficult to know which are working ethically and are in need of more adoptive families. CAC has done that legwork for you! 

3) Significant decrease in wait time
Working with only one agency means that you are most likely one of many clients waiting in a long line to adopt.  In a traditional approach of only working with one agency to adopt a newborn domestically, many adoptive couples wait 2 years or more before they are matched with an expectant mom.  Because CAC helps you find multiple good agencies and attorneys who are often in need of adoptive families, the wait time when you're working with CAC can be significantly decreased.  As in, most CAC families are matched within 3-12 months after applying with multiple agencies. We applied to agencies at the beginning of June 2012 and brought our son home in August.

4)  Help from someone who is genuinely knowledgable AND really understands.
CAC's consultants have either worked extensively with expectant mothers in crisis pregnancies or and/or adopted before themselves. They know what it's like to adopt because they've been through the process personally (sometimes multiple times).  They are an incredible wealth of knowledge and information (which is great)!  They've helped over 900 couples adopt.  But their knowledge is coupled with a heart that has experienced the joys and challenges of adoption.  Because of that heart, they are extremely quick to respond to questions from clients (no waiting weeks to hear from them!).  Because of that heart, they pray regularly for their clients.  Because of that heart, they are a constant encouragement and help to adoptive families.  

5)  Benefits that far exceed the cost
Yes, hiring an adoption consultant isn't free. But in our opinion, the benefits to working with CAC far exceeded the cost.  In the grand scheme of adoption expenses, it really isn't a lot to hire someone who will make a priceless difference in your adoption journey.  We received extremely helpful and well-informed answers to countless questions.  We were connected with wonderful attorneys and agencies.  We were encouraged, supported, and prayed for every single step of the way. We were directed to awesome adoption grants and loans. We were blessed with having someone who was really on our side (much like a midwife who coaches you all through your pregnancy, labor, and delivery). And we joined an incredible community of fellow adoptive families who became fast friends and continue to be a source of information and support.

To be really honest, we feel that we got way more than we paid for with CAC. We had such an incredible experience with our consultant, Tracie. I am so thankful for the opportunity I now have to help families in the same way that we were helped. 

Spring into summer with CAC's May 13-15th discount! Any new families who sign up then 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).
Please contact me at katief@christianadoptionconsultants.com for more information today!

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