Cennedy's Story

Having a child already, I knew children are an amazing gift and an awesome responsibility. I wanted my daughter to have the best life possible and knew there was a family out there who would be amazing parents to my unborn daughter.

I searched for an “adoption agency in Iowa” and was lucky I found Graceful Adoptions. There was something about the name of the agency I really liked.  Graceful Adoptions. I felt like it was going to be a peaceful process, perhaps easier for me. I had been through a lot already and I needed and wanted a peaceful process.

I have to admit, I wasn’t sure what it was going to be like. There are so many stereotypes out there about adoption.  I didn’t want anyone to think I was giving up my baby for adoption because I didn’t love her or want her. I did love her. I loved her so much I wanted better for her.

After talking to the staff, I knew Graceful Adoptions was the right agency for me. I’m not usually one to share private information, but during our first conversation I told them everything. I only felt openness and acceptance. From the first conversation they took care of everything. I was still in shock a bit and didn’t know what to ask. They didn’t try to make the decisions for me, but instead the staff made sure I understood all my options and let me make the decisions.

I couldn’t believe how different it was from the stereotypes and stories you hear. It was nothing like I expected. It was a very personal experience and I never felt alone. I learned the feeling of trust and acceptance I felt during our first conversation was just the beginning. The staff was always there for me and helped me throughout the adoption process. It wasn’t like a job for the Graceful Adoptions team, they genuinely care…and still do. Months after the adoption is completed we still have an awesome relationship.

My advice to other mothers considering adoption is to use Graceful Adoptions. If you do, know your adoption experience will be peaceful and comfortable, and free from judgment, no matter what you say or do.

Keokuk, IA