“Bottom line is, even if you see them coming, you're not ready for the big moments. No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does.
So, what are we, helpless? Puppets? Nah. The big moments are gonna come, you can't help that. It's what you do afterwards that counts. That's
when you find out who you are." - Joss Whedon

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

We Cordially Invite You to Our
Avenues to Adoption
Education Event
Saturday, June 22nd
12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

34815 Weyerhaeuser Way South, Federal Way, WA 98001  

Come hear from World Association for Children and Parents (WACAP), The Pogue Family, Kids 2 Families and learn more regarding a variety of adoption agencies and options for building families through adoption. The presenters all have experience primarily with adopting non-infant children.   

Please R.S.V.P. if possible - but feel free to show up spontaneously too.

Contact Chriss Butt at:
families.supporting.adoption@gmail.com or
call her at (801) 259-3959 with questions.
Note: Current adoptive applicants, please consult with your caseworker regarding the option of earning adoption education credit for attending this event.

Interested in Learning More about Lutheran Community Services??

Chriss had a chat with Lutheran Community Services and they had this to say regarding ways to learn more about their services:
I hope you will extend our invitation to an Info Session to your families. We offer an Info Night on the second Monday of every month from 6:00 - 8:00 PM here in Northgate. We also offer individually scheduled info sessions at our Northgate office if that would be easier. At these info sessions, families have the opportunity to meet with one of the social workers, hear an overview of our program, and ask any questions that they have. Those interested can RSVP by emailing me at kpickard@lcsnw.org, or giving me a call at (206) 694-5713.
If you haven't already, you can visit the Permanency Planning page of the Lutheran Community Services website (click here), where we have a short video that introduces the program, too.
Let me know if you have any additional questions! And thank you again for reaching out to Permanency Planning!

Monday, June 10, 2013

FOX 12 Investigators: Local woman gave birth to baby she adopted - KPTV - FOX 12

Check this out!  Have you heard of embryo adoption?  Just another option to consider. http://www.kptv.com/story/22184521/fox12-investigators-local-woman-gave-birth-to-baby-she-adopted  (click the link for the full story).

One local family has a baby girl who was once the frozen embryo of an Arizona couple. Ten-month-old Ashley is a giggling, curious baby. Her mom said she's a miracle, a child she carried in her womb, who isn't genetically related to her or her husband. After discovering they couldn't have their own biological children, Samantha and Jordan Fife used traditional, costly adoptions for their two older girls, Michaela, 6, and Heidi, 3.

When the Brush Prairie, WA couple decided they wanted a third child, Samantha searched on Google for "adoption" and stumbled onto an unusual option.
"I clicked on this thing that said embryo adoption and I was like, well, what is that?" Samantha Fife said. "As long as you could carry a pregnancy, you had this option of giving birth to an adopted child."

As more and more families opt for in vitro fertilization, there's a surplus of hundreds of thousands of leftover frozen embryos. They're either stored, destroyed, used for medical research or donated to adoptive families. . . .

Samantha Fife has now started her own embryo matching web site, where people seeking to adopt embryos can find people looking to donate.  She's already seen a few babies born thanks to connections made on her site.

If you'd like more information, go to blessedwithinfertility.com.