Jeff and Cassady brought home their beautiful daughter with the assistance of Christian Adoption Consultants. In her own words, Cassady shares their adoption story:
It’s really funny to me as to when the Lord first led me to pursue adoption, because I was only 5 years old. It was 1985 and one of those “feed the children, stop the war” commercials came on. I told my mom when I grew up I wanted to adopt many children and raise them. She told me I would change my mind. Then shortly after giving my life to Jesus (I was 13), I attended a church with a friend and her family, that weekend they were preaching the message of adopting. Again, came home and shared with my parents that I wanted to adopt, they quickly told me that I’d change my mind. Throughout high school and college, messages about adoption and God showing me that one day I’d adopt became pretty regular. Needless to say, I’ve known for most of my life this was the path the Lord had for me. However, it wasn’t until 2012 (6 years of marriage) that the Lord finally put the same message in my husband’s heart. We started the home study in the spring of 2012.
Our journey to adopting our daughter was very typical at first. That is, presenting to birthmoms and waiting to hear if we were chosen. After 10 no’s, we got our yes on March 11th for our daughter who was born two weeks previously. We had 48 hours to pack and get to Las Vegas.
Upon arriving, things started to get more complicated. We were suppose to meet with the birth mom and that fell through; then we had a meeting with the agency, and it was disclosed at that time that our daughter could have mild to severe developmental delays per the results on an EEG report showing voltage suppression in the right hemisphere. The caseworker also disclosed to us that the neurologist suggested that this along with some of our daughter’s facial features (flat part of the nose, wide set eyes, etc) that these were consistent with fetal alcohol syndrome or FAS. I think the emotion at this moment was shock and I personally remembering feeling like I wanted to throw up. We opted to pray about it over night and get back to the caseworker.We went to Bahama Breeze and I remember sitting there and both my husband, Jeff and I said at the exact same time. “We’re not leaving Vegas without our daughter.”
While all this was going on, our consultant, Tracie, had a serious family emergency to attend to. Thankfully, the other CAC consultants and former clients on Tracie’s facebook group became great support for us. Two of Tracie’s former clients whom are also friends of ours, prayed with us over the phone. The love and support we received from all these wonderful people when we were so far away from home will always be cherished.
Deep inside I trusted God; I mean why would He bring us all the way to Vegas, if this precious baby wasn’t for us? Although, true to my nature, I spent several hours researching FAS and the results on the neurology report. I’m funny in this way, even when I’ve made a decision, I still research…I guess it’s that I want to be totally prepared for any possibilities.
The next morning we contacted the agency and said we had made our decision and would like to meet. We went into then agency with a peace I can only describe as God. Again true to my character, I laid out the pros and cons to the caseworker, before telling her our decision. The look on her face was utter surprise. She told us that she was expecting that we were going to tell her we were going home. Then my husband, Jeff, “yes we are going home, but not without our daughter.” The next day we signed the paperwork and received our daughter.
What I most appreciate about working with CAC is the support. If Tracie wasn’t available, other consultants and others in the facebook group she set up were. I also appreciated that there was no surprise costs, everything was upfront and honest. I also feel there is more opportunity working with CAC. After our profiled had not been shown after 4 months with our home agency, we signed with Tracie at the end of November 2012. What was quite interesting about this journey was our daughter’s birth mom was the 11th situation we presented to. We were matched on March 11 and flew to Las Vegas two days later.
To those considering adoption, I’d say that this journey is different for everyone and only God knows what you can and cannot handle. But the key is you have to trust Him. By no means is this journey completely complicated free, it’s a battle for souls, and therefore you likely will run into bumps along the way. I always say that when you run into problems, you know you are on the right path. In our case, we were given a very bad report in the beginning, we trusted God, and that has now been completely redeemed. Our daughter is not delayed in any way and I have this amazing connection with her birth mom, “B”. We talk almost everyday and she has become a part of our family.
Thank you, Jeff and Cassady, for giving CAC the opportunity to be a part of your beautiful adoption journey!
(For more information about Christian Adoption Consultants call 888.833.1114 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.)