Karalee has a Masters Degree from the University of Louisville and has over 10 years experience as an Adoption Consultant with CAC. In addition to consulting with Christian Adoption Consultants, Karalee also writes home studies in the state of Kentucky for a local licensed adoption agency. Karalee and her husband Troy are also former clients of Christian Adoption Consultants and proud adoptive parents of three amazing kids.
Adoption was on my heart from a young age. My parents fostered when I was little, and that experience definitely shaped my young life and made me think about family in a different way. When my husband and I were faced with infertility, pursuing medical treatments didn’t feel like an option for us. We knew right away how God wanted to grow our family. Adoption was absolutely our path. We faced some painful struggles in the beginning. We had signed up with an unethical agency and been involved in a situation that ultimately failed and left us broken-hearted and with a seriously depleted budget. My mom found an article about Christian Adoption Consultants in Christian Living magazine, so I emailed Amy right away. She fought for us and was able to recoup nearly all of the money we had lost with our first agency. Having Amy with us through the rest of our journey was invaluable, and it’s difficult to articulate how much her guidance, support, and friendship meant to us during that time and even still! Within three weeks of signing up with one of the agencies CAC works with, we were matched with our daughter’s birth mom. And only two weeks after that, I was a mommy!
And adoption became so much a part of everything I do and everything I am. It has become a true passion for me. It’s such an honor to not only walk through adoption journeys with families, but to have gained so many dear friends and created relationships that I will treasure always. I started working with CAC just a year after our daughter was born. We ultimately decided to adopt again the year after that.
Our son’s adoption was a whirlwind! Our home study was barely finished when he was born! And even though it was our second adoption and I knew the ropes, I relied on Amy again during the more emotional moments of his placement. Something I couldn’t have realized when we started down our adoption path is that you don’t just grow your little family, you make friends who turn into family. You meet people who identify with you in the deepest way and truly understand your heart and passion for adoption. I am so blessed to have these two beautiful souls as my son and daughter. I am so grateful for the privilege of getting to live out what adoption means to me and my family every single day. And I am honored to get to help other families bring their little miracles home!