Angel Adoptions of the Heart
Angel Adoptions have my heart!
I am a veteran Mom of 6 kids, 4 of whom are adopted. Most of my children are adults now. I will always remember vividly the roller coaster highs and lows of trying to adopt a child. But people, know this: if you can't handle a little unpredictability, setback, and disappointment, then you haven't been a parent yet!!!! Obtaining a child is always a challenge. I've given birth, adopted 2 babies, one special needs, and a sibling twosome from Africa. There is no easy way to do it. It all involves patience and hope and faith and love. If this sounds too Christian for you, may as well start practicing for parenthood today! Joy help us in an honorable, forthright, honest, kind, respectful manner. I would HAPPILY recommend her to anybody. I have used this agency twice and have also gone international. Every adoption is challenging. But so is pregnancy! And looking back 17 years, it's only the beginning!
Don't Use Them!
Joy will not pursue adoptive parents that birth mother chooses. Maybe she doesn't want to spend the money to call? We were chosen and never called. She didn't tell us details and didn't want to answer questions so she moved on to another family. A little but if a temper I would say.
Angel Adoptions in TX
We adopted our second child though Angel Adoptions and working with the agency was absolutely terrible. During the match, everything was great and Joy seemed wonderful. It all fell apart after our baby was born. Our Birthmom began having doubts and Joy would not answer her phone and her voicemail was full so we could not leave a message. When we finally got a hold of her, she said she was "worn out" and we needed to have a heart to heart with the Birthmom ourselves. Our Birthmom later told me she felt abandoned by Joy.
We then had a terrible time getting ICPC clearance and again Joy's voicemail was full and she would not answer our calls. We finally hired a lawyer in our home state and spent the extra thousands to just work around Joy. Years later, we found out that not all of the hospital bills had been paid and our Birthmom's credit was ruined. We had of course paid the thousands of dollars to the agency to cover med bills. I never found out where that went.
Joy also did not prepare us for the level of openness our Birthmom wanted in the adoption until we were already there and the baby was born. We now have much more contact that we had expected when we were matched. Joy also did not tell us about the Birthfather issues until after the baby was born. This left us in a position that was far more precarious than we have planned and involved other legal expenses.
I have to say that I am glad we did it all in the end because we have the child that was meant for us, but I would never ever recommend that anyone work with this agency. The agency we worked with for our other child was not perfect, but the difference was night and day. I honestly believe that Joy's heart is in the right place and she genuinely cares about these Birthmoms and babies, but that she has no idea how to run a business or the complexities of the legal requirements surrounding adoptions. I wish that she would just focus on the social work aspect of adoptions and not try to run an entire agency.
most amazing experience
My husband and I adopted our son through Angel Adoptions. During our journey we had many failed matches. When we were contacted about our son we were very excited. It was a last minute decision for the birth mom so we had little notice of travel but that's part of the adoption experience! We drove to TX from WI. When we got to our hotel Joy was in contact with us right away. Later that night we went to pick up our son and the hospital had incorrect discharge instructions from CPS. This was a Sunday night after 8pm. Joy was there on the phone trying to get the mistake corrected for over an hour. Unable to reconcile the problem we went back the next day after Joy had all the paperwork straightened out by the correct entity. Joy was at the hospital to welcome us and stayed with us during the meeing and until we were reudy to go. Joy was very respectful of the birth mother and spoke very highly of her. The birthmother decided that she did not want to meet with us but we felt like we knew a lot about her because Joy was so invested in her best interest. During our time in TX. Joy was in contact with us letting us know every step of the way what was happening. We would definitely adopt through Angel Adoptions again. Fantastic service and care for all parties involved!
Angel Adoptions Houston, TX
We could not ever recommend this agency for adoption. If we do one good thing in our lives, it would be to keep any family from going through what we went through. We adopted our second son through this agency and it was a completely different experience than our first adoption. it was totally unprofessional, and we were able to locate other families who said the same thing. After you are involved with the agency, you will absolutely NEVER get in touch with a live person. This agency is only 1 person, Joy Welch, who is a social worker and who acts as the agency. She hires her own attorney to do all her legal paperwork. if you call around to top Houston adoption attorneys, you will find that many of them would not encourage you to be involved with this "agency". Our own attorney never heard from her ONCE, not even after sending certified letters. We BARELY finalized over a full year after taking our son home, and that was after having to call officials in Texas because no one could ever get in touch with the agency. LITERALLY. Like, EVER. NO ONE. IT WAS CRAZY AND INSANE and NO PARENT should ever have to go through this EVER. If you have a lot of time and money and patience to roll the dice with, then chances are you WILL end up with a baby at the end of this, but you are really going to have a bumpy ride. You will find the single employee/owner of this agency loving and sweet and delightful on initial phone calls, but do not judge a book by it's cover, she is a sweet person, but unprofessional, impossible to ever get in touch with, and very little of your money will go to supporting the birth mom.
We have a beautiful son who joined our family through Angel Adoptions. We are grateful for the the work Joy does to help both adoptive and birth families. She is a very kind, caring person. She seems to really enjoy her work, in particular the work and effort she puts into counseling and building relationship with birth moms. While we were in Texas she was very helpful regarding every step of the process, and has always been pleasant during each step leading to our completed adoption. She does prefer communicating via text and email as much as possible and is sometimes tardy in her responses so her agency may not be suited for someone needing daily or very constant, right-now contact with their agency. I think this is a result, however, of how busy she is and her efforts to do as much as she can to give a personal touch within such a small agency. And, she was always very quick in her response if what we were inquiring about was very urgent. Our overall experience was positive!
My husband and I have adopted two of our children through Angel Adoptions, two years apart. This is a unique agency! They don't accept parents who use any physical punishment at all, or ones that smoke! We loved that because my husband is a pediatrician and I am a social worker. This fit us well. Joy works so hard with each and every birth mother. Each one is provided with counseling before and after the pregnancy. Our childrens birth mothers said they felt so supported by this agency, and that Joy was compassionate and caring throughout their adoption planning. It is evident that Joy cares so much. This is not just a job for her, it is her life's work. She is dedicated, caring, and highly experienced. We felt so comfortable putting the future of our family in her hands. Baby first, birth mother second, adoptive parents third -- that is her motto. And that is what we wanted. No big, impersonal agency where people are moved up on a list. Not for us! We have open and semi-open adoptions with our childrens birth parents, and it has worked out so well. The ethics of this agency -- that is why we went back (and may again!)