2014 Pro Bono Adoption Winners Mike and Preslie Bahr at home with Baby Walter

“We love our birth mother and aren’t threatened by Walter loving her too.”“We are so grateful to ANLC.  We feel like the luckiest family alive.”What led you to adoption?We spent 5 years trying to have a baby, but struggled with fertility issues and unsuccessful pregnancies. We thought about adoption, but struggled with the idea of having no genetic link to our child. We considered fertility treatments and researched their success rates. After all that, we realized that we just wanted to be...

Catching up with 2013 Pro Bono Winners Toby & Stephanie Paschal

Toby and Stephanie Paschal are new parents after adopting their daughter in 2014 through Adoption Network Law Center’s 2nd annual pro bono services in honor of National Adoption Month. After years of trying to have a child, they suffered through three rounds of failed fertility treatments before deciding that adoption was the journey they were meant to be on. “We talked about adoption before getting married. Adoption always felt like a natural fit for our family. We believe adoption was alway...

Where are they now? 2012 Pro Bono Winners David & Melissa Willmarth

“The struggle is a part of the story.” This rings true for so many families like the Willmarths, whose adoption story is one of heartbreak and then magnificent healing. David and Melissa Willmarth were the lucky winners of our first annual, 2012 Pro Bono Services in honor of National Adoption Month. “We tried to have children but were unable to. In 2008, we got a phone call from David's sister about a friend's sister who was thinking about placing her baby for adoption. We went through the ho...

Pro Bono Services in Honor of National Adoption Month

This is a story about three families. They don’t know each other, and they are all quite unique. In fact, until recently, they really didn’t have much in common at all. The only obvious similarity was their shared experiences of infertility and their heart-wrenching desire to hold their own child. Now they have much in common and even more to celebrate. They all submitted the stories of their quest to have a child. They were all selected by ANLC to receive pro bono adoption services in honor...

5 Thoughtful Ways to Support Your Child’s Birth Mother

Adoption can be a beautiful, and at the same time, difficult time for Birth Mothers. No matter her circumstances, she has a forever connection and love for her child. Placing is difficult. It is the ultimate sacrifice a mother can make, and the connection between Birth Mother and Adoptive Parents will always be. Whether you are looking for an open or closed adoption, there are thoughtful ways to support your child’s Birth Mother. Letting her know you care through sincere gestures, no matter...