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Almost four years ago we began the process of adoption when we signed with Independent Adoption Center (IAC). We researched, had recommendations, and believed in their company. It was one of the largest adoption agencies in the country with 8 offices and 34 years of experience. This past January our lives were turned upside-down with an email from IAC. I still remember the moment I read the letter that explained “Independent Adoption Center (IAC) is declaring Chapter 7 bankruptcy and will be closing permanently effective immediately.” I was in shock! I was fine one second, laughing the next, and then came the monster tears. I’m so thankful I was with my friends who took care of me and called Dan to tell him what was happening.

The days, weeks, and months that followed were a mix of grief, hope, and planning. It was very cyclical. With all the emotions and advice, I was lost on where to pickup and what to try next. But, you know how you have that little voice inside you? Some people say it’s your gut, your intuition, your angels, or a message from a higher power. Well, whatever it is, it just kept resurfacing. We needed to become Foster Parents.

In February we met with a Foster-Adoptive Consultant and now our story continues. Dan and I have been attending classes, filling out paperwork, and preparing for our home study. In the next month or so we will be licensed Foster Parents and we couldn’t be more trilled!

Thank you to everyone who has followed us on this journey. Your support is something we honor and have cherished. We hope you will continue to follow us on this next chapter in life as we become Foster Parents.

Our Facebook page Dan and Alissa Adopt will be converted into our Foster to Adopt page. We’re hoping to share with you the things we are learning, things you might find helpful (so you can understand Foster Care just a little bit better), and fun bits about us, our story, and exciting moments from the littles that will enter our home.

Dan and I are absolute thrilled, scared, and hopeful for this…. Just like every soon to be parent!

Much love,

Alissa

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