Our love story started out the best way possible! We were friends for many years, we fell in love, and got married. The only thing missing is our child. We are both educators and have dedicated our lives to kids. After trying to conceive for many years, we went to a fertility specialist and found out the only way we would conceive was through IVF. This procedure is very invasive and costly – and our doctor only gave us a 60% chance of it working. We wanted a family too badly to take that risk – both emotionally and financially.
So, we embraced the opportunity to take a different path to building our own family. We realized that God has a bigger plan for our lives and that includes adopting our child. We researched agencies and chose a local one that friends adopted their son through 8 years ago. We are in the process of adopting through a private domestic adoption agency. The birth mothers they work with are usually unable or not allowed to parent their own children. We believe by choosing this type of local adoption we will be preventing a child from entering the foster care system later in life.
In May 2017 we were finally matched with a birth mother. We communicated with her weekly and provided her with financial assistance during her pregnancy. We were all set to bring home a baby girl at the end of September. Then we got the dreaded call from our agency – she had found a family member at the last minute to take her baby instead. We were devastated. As we find strength we never knew we had and rely on our faith in God’s plan to get us through this very difficult time, we have also realized the importance of our family and friends’ support. We appreciate you taking time to read our story and if you are so inclined, please donate to help us recover from the expenses we lost from our failed match and continue to move forward.
- Beth & MARK Johnsons
- John Toronski
- Carolyn Miccichi
Organizer and beneficiary
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