Hope for Families
Hope for Families stood beside us through it all
It is true but we can honestly say that Hope for Families stood beside us through it all. We found Hope for Families through Facebook after being unhappy with our previous agency. Hope for Families was extremely responsive and we felt very at ease with Lynn and Ken. They truly care about their adoptive parents, expectant mothers and birthmothers. We matched very quickly the first time but it failed two weeks before the baby was born. We matched again about 3-4 months later only to have that match fail. At that point we truly hit rock bottom and began to wonder if it was ever going to happen. We wont lie, it was a dark time for us and we had a very hard time feeling positive. But Lynn and Ken always had positive words of encouragement and prayerful hopes for us. They continued to tell us (and show us) that they would stick by us until we had our baby. We truly felt like there was no hope but exactly as their name states, there is always a hope for family. We finally got the news of a third potential match and they knew without a doubt that this was a perfect match for all of us and sure enough, we gaze every day now at our beautiful son. We almost gave up and threw in the towel but Lynn and Ken encouraged us to believe and have faith that it would happen. Not many people can say that their agency cares about them but Hope for Families truly does! Thank you Lynn and Ken for continuing to encourage us and helping us find our happy ending!
We were able to create our family
I came across HFF online, and called Lynn instantly. My husband and I met with them that same day. Dr. Brown and Lynn explained the entire process.
There was no doubt that HFF was the perfect agency for us. Our background and home study took less than 3 months. And we got matched 5 months after. Lynn and Ken picked an amazing birth mom for us. Our BM was out-of-state. We didn't have to worry, because Lynn or Ken always stayed in touch with our birth mom and kept us up-to-date.
We brought our baby girl home a week after her birth. Lynn called us the same day of the delivery to see how baby was doing. And she called daily to see how we were adapting as first time parents.
We are grateful for HFF for creating our family, and we hope to use them again in the future. I have recommended HFF to a few of my friends already.
The perfect agency
We met Ken and Lynn, the owners of Hope For Families, almost 4 years ago in 2013. After a long online search for the perfect agency fit to finally become parents. We knew instantly after one phone call that we had finally met the perfect team to make that happen. Ken was so incredibly loving and understanding. Lynn so full of life, love and a straight shooter. A woman after my own heart. Most importantly, they were both Christians. It was almost like the heavens had smiled on us in arranging our connection. We couldn't have been more ecstatic. Shortly after our initial meeting, we secured Hope For Families as our agency and entered into their Newborn Program. We also began the process of our home study. Having been out of state posed a few challenges but, nothing that Hope For Families wasn't ready for.
We are so fortunate!
After my husband and I had met with Dr.Ken and Lynn we signed up immediately with Hope for Families, we really felt comfortable with them. They explained everything about the adoption process and answered all our questions. We were then matched so quickly we could not believe it. When the time came that our baby was going to be born we had to head out to the hospital in the middle of the night and we had a very long ride, Dr. Ken and Lynn were on the phone with us throughout the night. Once we arrived to the hospital Dr.Ken and Lynn stayed in contact with us as well as the birth mother the entire time we were there, we were so nervous and scared but they made everything go so smoothly. Once we left the hospital they stayed on top of everything to make sure everyone was ok. They showed that they really care for all of us. I can not thank them enough for everything that they have done for us and the way they handled everything. Because of Dr.Ken and Lynn we are so fortunate to have our little baby.
My wife and I were looking for an adoption and selected Hope For Families as our agency, met them, had our homestudy done, listened to all their promises to help us find the child of our dreams. They said they woild help us find children that was a match for us. Lies. We had to do all the work for ourselves. Most of the sites we tried we found ourselves. We finally found a child in Ohio. We went to meet and started the process. We ask for back ground info on this child. Once this was finally given .... which should have been asked for by our agency after we told them about our plans, we had to ask the case worker to send it to them. We recieved it and found out after we reviewed it that this was not the right child for us. After we told Ohio we did not want to proceed, Dr. BROWN got really upset with us and said he did not know if they wanted to continue with us. This is not gooo after we had paid them $8500 to guide us thru this whole process. Dr Brown had went over this info on the child and tried to tell us this was ok. We are adults and know what we will or will not accept. After that, things got real cold and if we did not call, there would not be any contact from them. If you are thinking domestic adoption, go thru the state and you will find more help and not only get a bunch of promises for $8500.
Dear Hope For Families
We would like to write a testimony to tell everyone of our wonderful experience with Hope For Families. We have been on a long road and journey to achieve starting our family. We have gone through many years of medical procedures in the hopes of starting our family. After many attempts with no success we decided to look into adoption. We came across Hope For Families while searching online. We were in contact with hope for families for a little less than a year while we finished up our last couple medical procedures. After we got our finances together we started our journey with Hope For Families to begin the adoption process. First we set up a meeting with Lynn and Ken who are an absolutely a wonderful couple. After our meeting we were very pleased with their knowledge of the field and with the level of comfort they made us feel about moving forward. Shortly after that we set up our first step which is the home study where they came to our home and we spent a few hours talking about our life and theirs. They took a walk through our home to see if it would be a suitable environment for raising a child which they said we did a great job of getting our home ready since we did do a list of things to make our home baby ready. We passed our home study and got on the road to becoming parents through adoption! Within a short period of time much quicker than usual we were blessed with a beautiful baby. Within that short amount of time we meet the staff at Hope For Families. Everyone there was very considerate of our lives and they are always eager to help out in any way. Ken and Lynn are a very loving couple that know their field to a science which made it very easy for us to move forward in all the steps with ease and success. Hope for Families are very competitive with their cost which helped us move so quickly to have such a beautiful baby and even more beautiful family. Hope for Families worked very hard in helping our birth mother to get more stable in her living situations. Between taking her to doctors appointments, ensuring she had all necessary health needs, and actually going shopping with her to the store for clothing. They kept in good contact with her throughout the entire pregnancy and ensured that she was doing well. They kept us informed of everything that was vital for us to know about our birth mother, with the health of the baby, with the birth mothers feelings on her decision to let us be her babies adoptive parents and other important details. After our baby was born it was also a great experience to go to the hospital and spend as much time as we wanted, which was almost 24/7. The staff at that hospital are very familiar with Hope For Families. After a several days of visiting the hospital the staff and us grew close and they gave us more than enough information on things we can do as new parents for taking care of the baby. We are now in the step of awaiting our few months of final home visits with Ken and Lynn to see how everything is going at home with our baby. After a few visits and a few months we will go to the courts where a judge will grant us final legal custody of our bundle of joy. Our experience has been a great one and a successful one. We cant explain how happy and grateful we are that our Hope For Families have given us our dream come true. Thank you Lynn, Ken, the entire staff and everyone that played a part in such a wonderful outcome.
My name is Nichole.
I met Dr. Ken and Lynn Brown when I was pregnant over 6 years ago and did not know what to do. I thought about abortion but just could not do that as I love children. Ken and Lynn talked with me and showed me love and understanding. They explained about adoption, their Hope for Families adoption agency and told me that they knew a lot of good people out there that wanted to be parents and have a baby but could not get pregnant so they wanted to adopt a baby. They showed me profiles so I could pick the family to adopt my baby and then they phoned them so we could talk and then we all got together to have lunch and get to know them. I liked the adoptive family that I choose and trusted them to take care of my child. It was not easy to give my baby to them after I gave birth but I was not able to do provide for her needs so I knew it was the right thing to do. I learned through all of this that God let me bring a child into the world not to kill her, but to make a family happy because they could not have kids without my help. The family sends me pictures of my child and I know the family is taking good care of her so I made the right choice even though it was very difficult because I love my child.
Ken and Lynn treated me as family and took me in and we have become true friends to this day. They are the most beautiful people I have ever met in my whole life. They have taught me a lot and when I say a lot I mean a lot. They love God and they love people and it doesn’t matter who you are…they will take you in and they do not judge you. There is so much for me to say but it would take a whole year…they have the most beautiful heart and soul. If I have a choice to follow somebody’s footsteps I would choose Dr. Brown and Lynn. May God be with them forever…I love them so much.
Hope for Families
There are no words that can truly describe our experience. We had no clue what a wonderful journey that lie ahead of us. Lynn and Ken are two of the most amazing people we have ever met. Through GOD, and Lynn and Ken, we were matched with our birthparents. Lynn or Ken never left us hanging. One or the other was present for every phone and and every meeting with the birthmother. They brought so much comfort to us through the entire adoption. Call day or night, same question as the day before and they will be pleased to help out. Always glad to hear from you the first call to now that our son is a year old. They have a passion and gift to help out adoptive parents and take every birthmother serious and watch over them and make sure they have everything at their fingertips to get them through a healthy pregnancy, as if they were family. It meant the world to us that even after the pregnancy Ken and Lynn counselled our birthparents through their road to recovery for free and seemed more than pleased to do so. Lynn builds such a great bond with the birthmother so her decision for adoption is truly what she desires. We showed up 7 days before our sons due date and they treated us as if we were family visiting from out of town. Showing us around town and taking us to some great places to eat even the first night in town. We truly believe that Lynn and Ken have a wonderful relationship with God and that through him they work wonders. We had such an amazing experience becoming a family thanks to Hope for Families. We are hoping to start the process again in 2016 and could not imagine going through anyone else but Hope for Families.
A & T
Dear Doctor Brown,
We have been working with Hope for Families for a year now and we would recommend this agency to anyone looking to adopt especially through foster adoption and interstate foster adoption. We contacted several agencies prior to Hope for Families and didn't even receive a call back in several cases. We were on a list to adopt for infant adoption and with no contact with our agency for 6 months at a time. Dr. Brown and Jaymie were there for us for the entire process. This agency is easy to get in contact with and they are very knowledgeable about the legal aspects of adoption. Our children wouldn't be home if it wasn't for them, and our dream of being parents would never become true if it wasn't for them. Aside from their professionalism they gave us reassurance in times where we didn't think that our adoption would even happen and came through for us. They supported us and represented us to the other state involved. Adoption is hard, but working with people that care about placing children and creating families is crucial. They truly are in this for the family as a whole. Their motivation is definitely for finding children homes and the best for families. The fees paid pales in comparison to the amount of work and effort that is given by Hope for Families.
Ken and Lynn
This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of this service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surprassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!" 2 Cor 9:12-15 NIV
Somehow, someway I'd like to let you know just how grateful I am to have you in my life! Thank you doesn't seem to be adequate, nothing does really! Your care and concern and kindness, and generosity that you have extended to me and my family is truly extravagant. I would truly be lost if it hadn't been for all your counseling and care and friendship. I really do thank God for you and I always will! You were both part of God's great rescue that he had in store for me. The great rescue of me and my sanity was through you both! I know that I am a better person because of your place and influence in my life. I am so grateful for you and everything you have done for me.
I hope your day is fabulous and blessed and I hope you know that you are both gifts from God and I thank God for you a LOT! Be Blessed!
God Bless Hope For Families!
I would like to thank Hope for Families for their continued support & love throughout my adoption process. I was amazed at the compassion & love expressed to me in my situation. I needed help & I needed it right away. Hope For Families made it possible for me to care for my daughter in the way that I could choose the family that adopted her. I cannot express how pleasant the entire process from beginning to end was. It was emotional, but there was always support from the agency & the family. Everyone was so loving, caring & sweet to me. I never doubted my decision, not even for a moment. They were working to meet my needs as fast & graciously as humanly possible. I feel as though I have an extended family as well. I had an ultimate goal to provide my daughter with a family that would love her, cherish her & meet her every need. Hope For Families helped me achieve that goal. Without them, I wouldn't have had the option of who my family went with.
Their agency stands out above the rest!
We are very happy with the one on one relationship we have with our agency. It has been a roller coaster ride full of emotions for us and we had tons of questions. Dr. Brown and his staff have always been there to answer our questions and advise us.
We are so blessed to have found Hope for Families!
Not only did HFF help us by providing our follow-up visits from a previous adoption, but they helped us complete our family when we adopted our youngest child, our only daughter! Dr. and Mrs. Brown, along with their support staff, have made an eternal difference in countless lives because of their ministry. We cannot thank them enough!
To Whom It May Concern
We had our Home Study visit performed by Dr. Kenneth N. Brown and his wife Lynn. I’m sure you are familiar with the process and what to expect, but we were not. We were anxious and as prepared as we thought we could be. What happened far exceeded our expectations on all accounts. Ken and Lynn contacted us on Friday to introduce themselves and to emphasize that they would like to cooperate with us and get our home study visit completed as soon as possible. At the time, we did not know that their weekend was already full of adoption home visit responsibilities. We agreed upon Saturday at a certain time. Little did we know until later that evening that Ken and Lynn had already gone clear across the state of Florida to first perform a post-placement assessment for another couple, before then coming clear to the other end of the state to then do our home study assessment. From the moment we welcomed them into our home, we felt at ease and that we were now in the company of friends. Ken and Lynn both exude warmth, knowledge, and a demeanor I can only describe as unassuming. They were prompt, professional, private and compassionate at all times. The home study visit was educational, personal, and effective. What impressed us most was their inept ability to describe our personality traits without asking us direct questions. They were professional, but with a friendly ‘flair’. At all times, they were outstanding individuals that we now consider our friends. Their love for their work and children was consistently apparent to us. We want to extend our thanks to you both, as well as Ken and Lynn for performing a stress-free, friendly, and educational visit.
It is a true honor to have met them.
To Whom It May Concern
We indeed adopted 2 girls from foster care from North Carolina. They were placed in our custody in early March and the adoption was final mid May.
You absolutely have to have an adoption agency represent you if you intend to adopt (any type of adoption). Believe me, I tried for a year, contacted literally a hundred or so case workers and state agencies/photo galleries/heart galleries. Once the caseworker realizes that you do not have an agency representing you-they will not help you.
Dr. Brown, Lynn, and the HFF staff were very helpful and professional-low key home study, non-stressful post-placement visits, and follow through were just fine.
We recommend them. -R & R