There are plenty of adoption agencies to choose from, but which adoption agency is best for you?
Of course, the type of adoption you are interested in pursuing factors into your choice. The good news is that Nightlight offers all types of adoption services: domestic infant, international (20+ nations), Snowflakes Embryo Adoption (we pioneered it!) and foster care/adoption in several of our states.
Nightlight provides home study services in the states where we are licensed. For our embryo adoption program we can provide home study services wherever you live.
But, aside from the services we offer, why Nightlight? Recently our executive management team reviewed and discussed the core values of our agency. The people who work at Nightlight are FOR YOU. They want you to be successful in your adoption journey. They want each child to get placed into the best family for that child. We are child-centric.
Here is a list of the core values we hold at Nightlight. Read through it. Is this the type of adoption agency you would like to help you?
- Christian worldview
- Help more children in need be adopted into loving and permanent families
- Solid pro-life position
- Culture of yes
- Teamwork – internally and with our clients
- Excellence in client Service – before, during and after your adoption
- Courtesy and Respect – internally and with our clients
- Client success by offering program variety
- Diligent family screening
- Biblical conflict resolution
- Solid commitment to open adoptions
Nightlight has been serving adopting families before, during and after their adoptions for more than 60 years. Our experienced and compassionate staff are available to answer your questions and help you choose the adoption program that is best for you.
Learn more at https://www.Nightlight.org.
written by Kimberly Tyson
In order to offer clients a wider variety of services and to increase our geographic service area, as of August 1, 2018, Nightlight has entered into an affiliation agreement with MLJ Adoptions, Inc. based in Indianapolis, Indiana. A full merger will occur on January 1, 2019. Many of our Nightlight staff have had the opportunity to work with MLJ in different capacities through the years, and it is because of that experience that we are thrilled to join efforts to serve families. MLJ is a leader in the international adoption field. In addition to their many international programs, MLJ is also known for thinking outside the box to serve more families. To learn more about MLJ, please click this link to visit MLJ’s website.
MLJ has a strong program in Ukraine, Bulgaria, Samoa, and several other countries. As part of this affiliation agreement, MLJ clients are welcome to consider Nightlight programs, such as embryo, domestic, and foster adoption.
Last weekend I visited the local Home and Garden Show and I was so inspired by the patio rooms displayed that I made an appointment for a salesman to visit my home. After talking with him about my desires for the room, he crunched the numbers. I had figured the room would cost around $25,000. After he crunched the numbers, the first price was $81,000! He said, “I’m sure that is a bit more than you were expecting.” Of course, after all the deals and discounts, the final price was $57,000. Then we discussed some adjustments, such as, making the room smaller. Ultimately, we were able to get the price down to a meager $42,000. After he left, I ultimately decided that adding this room to my home is just not in the budget for this year. However, I started thinking about the cost of this room and the fact that no one would ever question the validity of this cost. The company has a good reputation, and the rooms are made from the highest quality materials.
Yet, when discussing the cost of adoption, many people question the validity of the cost. Many feel that adoption should be free or at the very least the cost should be minimal. In the mind of some, no one should be employed in the world of adoption and everyone should volunteer. Over the years, I’ve heard comments made that it is “free” to adopt through the state. This is simply not true. While the adoptive family does not write a check to the local Department of Human Services, the employees are paid and the cost of the process is covered by tax dollars. If you look at statistics regarding the average cost to care for a child in foster care annually, you will find that private adoption is actually quite inexpensive.
So, how is it that building a room for $42,000 or even $57,000 is so easily accepted but adoption costs are seen as unfair? Let’s look at this objectively.
In order to build this room onto my home, I would need to pay for the following:
- Building permit
- Materials-I want the best quality of course.
- Specialized workers for foundation, glass, roof, etc.
In addition, the company doing the work would need to cover the cost of:
- Shipping materials from the manufacturing plant to my home
- The room will need to meet all building codes and pass a safety inspection
- The company also offers me a lifetime warranty. If anything happens to the glass 20 years from now, they will send someone out to fix it.
How does this compare to adoption? Stayed tuned and read more next week!