Adoption & Beyond
I am a birthmom and had a wonderful experience with this agency. They were there to support me and give me resources through my whole pregnancy, and after. I've connected with other birthmoms who worked with this agency and have found a good support system with everyone involved. I definitely recommend this agency for anybody considering adoption.
Adoption and Beyond rises above
My husband and I began the adoption process just over two years ago and like many eager prospective adoptive parents we were bombarded by options. From large national agencies and brokers to private attorneys and government options, each agency has their own approach to attracting prospective parents. We ultimately chose a large national adoption broker and Adoption and Beyond was selected to be our local home study, home visit and education provider. Two years, two disrupted adoptions and a now one month old baby boy later - Adoption and Beyond is the provider that stood out.
We choose the larger more marketed provider initially for two reasons, first we wanted to be matched quickly. My husband and I were both nearing forty and wanted the highest likelihood of a quick match to build our family. Although the large provider was able to match us quickly, three times - the follow through, attention-to-detail, knowledge of our journey and overall support was dismal. Time and time again through our disruptions, need to renew a home study and eventual successful placement Adoption and Beyond was the team we called for answers, insight and action. Although we had only retained their services for supplemental areas, they became the trusted resource we relied on throughout the journey. When the large national chain was unable to send a representative to the hospital to help us through any of the three births, Adoption and Beyond was always available and checked in on us. When the large national chain consistently behind on paperwork, communication and follow-up including an extra five-day delay on submitting ICPC to allow us to come home, Adoption and Beyond was able to tell us the tips and tricks needed to complete the paperwork, including the contacts in Missouri who would be necessary. When the large national chain sent us "Congratulations on Becoming Parents" emails and letters for the two weeks following our second disruption, Adoption and Beyond sent a personalized letter and follow up with emails seeing how we were and if there was anything we needed to feel free to contact them. The differences could continue like this for another page or two, because Adoption and Beyond was just that much better than the other partners we choose.
Choosing who to hire to facilitate any part of your adoption journey is the first step and often one of the most overwhelming. Each provider has their own angle on why they are the best. In our journey, Adoption and Beyond stood above the rest. As your journey moves forward you'll come to understand that all the details, all the subtle differences in birthmothers, states and babies matter and each of these details impacts every step of your journey and personalized, supportive and intelligent advice and guidance are absolutely critical to ensuring a positive and full experience. The large national chains have a lot to offer in terms of speed to match and ability to "customize" your choices, but Adoption and Beyond came through, remained engaged and truly cared about the family my husband and I were building. And they did that when they weren't even the "lead" agency we selected. And they did it without getting paid for it. And if we had to do it all over again, we'd skip the big national chains with all their flash and promise, and we'd follow our heart straight to Adoption and Beyond.
wonderful to birthmoms
i am a birtmother and i have nothing but amazing things to say for adoption and beyond. the agency and my worker, rachel, worked with me through a very long process. they gave me great info to make a decision about adoption. i had a very stubborn and resistant birthfather but the agency worked with me to get thru it and pick a great adoptive family. but best of all is the personal, caring service i received. adoption and beyond was a hand to hold and rock to lean on in the hard times and everything ended in a wonderful adoption.
Wonderful Experience with Adoption and Beyond!
When I first began the process to adopt my daughter, Adoption and Beyond was recommended to me by a friend. I have been grateful ever since! Adoption and Beyond provides step-by-step guidance, clearly written instructions for each part of the process, fabulous training that is enjoyable, challenging, & realistic, Christ-centered service & advice, and genuine compassion & caring. My home study process went smoothly and quickly, and I felt well prepared for the realities of an adopted child. After my daughter came home, Adoption and Beyond conducted my Post Placement Visits--which just felt like showing off my new daughter to an old friend!
I have since completed a 2nd home study with Adoption and Beyond. My adoption journey this time around has taken many unexpected detours and encountered numerous delays. For a variety of reasons, I have worked with two foster care agencies, a private adoption agency that works with the foster care system, an international adoption agency, and, of course, Adoption and Beyond. Through it all, Steffany and Caroline and the others at Adoption and Beyond are the ones I turn to when I need advice, encouragement, a sounding board, a shoulder to cry on, or Christian council. They are professional, reasonably-priced, and competent but SO much more important to me, they are completely trustworthy. One of the reasons I feel capable of bringing home a slightly older child this time around is because I know I will have Adoption and Beyond as a resource to help me through the tough stuff. I would wholeheartedly recommend Steffany and Adoption and Beyond to anyone!
We have nothing but good things to say about Adoption & Beyond. They are a Christ-centered organization that educates, enables, and encourages both adoptive parents and expectant birth mothers. We completed our home study with Adoption & Beyond and were blessed by their genuine interest in being a part of our adoption story. Thanks to their support and expertise, we are the proud parents of two beautiful girls.
Excellent Experiences with Adoption and Beyond
My wife and I have adopted internationally twice in the past five years. We used Adoption and Beyond for our home studies and post-placement follow-up reports for both of our adoptions. The staff at Adoption and Beyond has always been very caring and considerate with our family and has done a terrific job in the timely and quality preparation of the documents that were required. Adoption and Beyond is a great resource prior to adopting, throughout the process and following the adoption. They are very helpful in providing guidance and support as needed. We really enjoyed our experiences with Adoption and Beyond and would highly recommend them to other adoptive families as well.
Couldn't ask for a better experience
My wife and I used Adoption and Beyond for our home study and eventual placement. They consoled us through a failed placement with a different agency and through a lengthy waiting period. When we did place, they were there with us throughout the whole process. We can't imagine how we would've survived without their help and personal touch.
We selected Adoption & Beyond for BOTH of our home studies and adoptions. We had a pleasant and friendly experience all the way around both times. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Quick home study and great home visits. Loved how everything was outlined just as it needed to be completed! We were put at ease at our very first meeting. Would chose Adoption & Beyond over and over again! We also recommend Adoption & Beyond to anyone we come into contact with who is considering adoption.
bad experience - only seemed interested in charging $$$
We had a bad experience with Aye (Adoption and Beyond) in 2003.
Unfortunately she seemed to be interested in charging unreasonably high fees rather than helping us find a baby.
She charged us $900 for our homestudy.
The only work involved for her, was ONE visit to our home lasting 45 min. She had a homestudy template in MS Word and emailed it to us.
We filled it out, and she then printed it out. Background checks are done by the state and cost less than $15.
To be fair, a lot of agencies are the same way. It seems like human trafficking.
Unfortunately for us, we did not agree with this and have not yet adopted.
My family doctor at Olathe Medical Center also had his home study done by Adoption and Beyond and when we both realized that, he spent 35 min on the phone telling me what an unreasonable experience that was for him, too.
After the Home study, she did not help us at all in finding a birth mother - she wanted us to pay high fees to adopt from them. There was no guidance. That was the part I find embittering.
We do NOT recommend this agency.
***** Update from January 02, 2012 *****
Unprofessional. Only interested in charging money.
I put a negative review earlier and it was removed.
I am posting a brief review.
We had our home study done by them (Adoption and Beyond), and then a few years later after it expired, by another agency (American Adoptions) so I was able to compare the two.
Also our family doctor at Olathe Medical Center had his home study done by Adoption and Beyond.
The director spoke with us briefly in her office, emailed us the forms which we filled out in MSWord and emailed back. She then visited us for 45 minutes and we were done.
The home study consisted of Copy/Paste of what we filled out. For this we paid close to $1000!
I felt cheated. It seemed they were only interested in making a quick buck.
After that she did not help us at all in trying to get an adoption.
Our family doctor had the exact same experience and he was angry, too.
In contrast, when our home study was done by a different agency,American Adoptions one year ago, the case worker spent 5 hours with us, compiling a detailed assessment. She was very professional.
After this home study by American Adoptions, we were able to find a birth mother and do a private adoption.
I would avoid getting a home study done by Adoption and Beyond.
Note: I am not connected to either agency and this is a truthful and unbiased account.
Fantastic Adoption Experience
Our home study experience was very positive, thorough and professional; their process is outlined and detailed. We found the staff to be knowledgeable about all areas of adoption. They walked us through all of the steps we needed to take and we felt they were interested in us and excited for us as we adopted a new member into our family. We recommend Adoption & Beyond to anyone we know who is thinking about pursuing an adoption.