Impact of Coronavirus on
Spirit of Faith Adoptions:
From Director and Founder, Phillip Wurster
March 24, 2020
During this difficult time, we will continue to provide adoption services. Spirit of Faith Adoptions is committed to safeguarding everyone's health and well-being during the state of Ohio's Stay at Home Order. Under this order, all human services and mental health organizations and their employees are exempt, including specifically included adoption agencies, per the guidelines of the order. As such, our staff is ready to respond to urgent matters such as births and emergencies.
If you are pregnant and want to learn about adoption, please contact us via text or or our helpline. We can Facetime or set up a virtual meeting through Zoom too.
All other services will be provided via virtual meeting. Mandated visits, Orientation meetings, trainings and meetings with all new clients will now be conducted solely by video-conference until further notice.
Preservice training for prospective adoptive parents will now be scheduled individually via Zoom with our Director of Family Services.
Questions? Please contact me, Phillip Wurster, Director
On January 9th, 2020, from noon to 1pm EST, Spirit of Faith Adoptions will be presenting "From Closed to Open Adoption: The Lifelong Impact on the Adoptee" training via Zoom. Stacy will interview her friend, Ruthie, who will share her story about growing up adopted. When she talked to her birth mother for the first time, she told her, "The reason I am calling is I wanted you to know I am so appreciative. I have had a wonderful upbringing. I have never felt unloved, unwanted or rejected. I have always been curious about my biological family and I would really like to meet you in person." To hear her story, registration is required. Click here to register.
For thirteen years, “Spirit of Faith Adoptions” has been working diligently to align our work with God’s redemptive plan for families and those in crisis. Our team of trusted adoption advisers provides adoption education to expectant parents and prospective adoptive parents, as well as nurses, pregnancy centers, churches, organizations serving women and children, students, community service organizations, and licensed therapists. Our fee schedule has not significantly increased over the past decade, and we would like to continue to operate in a manner that does not over-burden our adoptive families. But this is where we need your help. Please prayerfully consider coming alongside us during this holiday season to be the hands and feet of Jesus for His most vulnerable children. You may make a tax-deductible gift by clicking here: “Spirit of Faith Adoptions”
May your time spent around the table with loved ones be blessed this year and always! From the staff at Spirit of Faith Adoptions
It is a sincere pleasure to celebrate birthdays at Spirit of Faith Adoptions! We're so grateful to God for His amazing and unique creations. Recently, a family sent us this email update, "Each night in November, I ask the children a gratitude question to prepare their hearts for Thanksgiving. Last week, the question was "What memory are you most thankful for?" Our child said his adoption was the memory he was most thankful for. His sister said, "But you don't remember your adoption." Our son said, "Sure I do. I remember it every day because it's how God gave me my family." Isn't that so precious!? Even though he can't recall any of the details of his birth or adoptive placement, he knows in his heart that God loves him, and his family loves him, both his birth family and his adoptive family. We all celebrate the gift of his life, on his birthday and every day!
November is National Adoption Awareness Month
The following adoption education resources are available upon request:
1. (free) Pre-recorded 1 hour training on How and When to Talk About Adoption for Pregnancy Resource Centers
Presenters include a former pregnancy center director, a current pregancy center employee, and a birth mom.
2. (free) Pre-recorded 1 hour training How to Talk with Women About the Option of Adoption
Presenters include Stacy, Program Director of Spirit of Faith Adoptions and
Jennifer Mae, Birth Mother and Author of Fireweed
Spirit of Faith Adoptions is an approved CEU provider for the Ohio Social Worker, Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist Board, # RCS111501 Each course is 1 CEU credit hour and the cost is $10 per participant. **The course on 11/22/19 has been approved for 1.0 contact hour by the Ohio Board of Nursing through the approver unit atthe Ohio League for Nursing (OBN-006-92)
3. 11/22/19 **Implementing a Nursing Care Plan for Adoption
To register for courses #3 and/or #4, click here: https://www.spiritoffaithadoptions.org/adoption-education-opportunities
To schedule **Implementing a Nursing Care Plan for Adoption for a group at your facility, please contact Jennifer at 419-843-5355 ext 2.
4. (free) 11/19/19: Orientation to Open Adoption 7:00-8:00 pm EST (presented live via Zoom.com)
**If you are interested in learning about Open Adoption and are unable to attend the live Orientation meeting, a previously live (recorded) meeting is available upon request.
5. 11/17/19: Adoption Awareness Event for parents interested in learning about adoption will be held at Cuyahoga Valley Church in Broadview Heights, Ohio Come meet Jennifer of Spirit of Faith Adoptions beginning at 12:30pm.
6. Just released: Fireweed, Jennifer Mae's choice of adoption for her baby is captured in this life-affirming, beautiful true story.
In her recently published book, "Fireweed," she candidly tells the story of her unexpected pregnancy and parenting choice of adoption at 17 years of age. Her story pulls the reader in. You will laugh. You will cry. You will praise God with Jennifer. This is a must-read book.
Jennifer Mae turned her brokeness into a testimony of grace, love and hope. She is a devoted wife, a loving mother, and a beloved child of God who courageously opens her heart and shares her story because she wants others to know and understand adoption from the heart of the birth mother.
Jennifer Mae's story is available on Amazon for $16. She has designated a portion of all proceeds to go to the Fireweed Retreat. The first annual Fireweed Retreat, a Christian women's retreat for birth mothers will take place at Beulah Beach, in Vermilion, Ohio Sept 18-20th, 2020. All are welcome to register, no matter if a birth mother placed through Spirit of Faith Adoptions or any other agency or attorney. As a social work student, adoption coordinator, and speaker, Jennifer Mae is passionate about telling her story and caring for other women who have also walked in the shoes of a birth mother. It will be a weekend of sisterhood, encouragement and fun!
Jennifer Mae is also a gifted speaker. She will be sharing excerpts from her memoir at her Book Opening Event this Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 at the Waterville Event Center. This is a family-friendly event, safe for children and families to attend. You can also hear some of her story at the Spirit of Faith Adoptions' Orientation meetings via Zoom. The next one is on November 19th from 7-8pm.
Jennifer Mae is a blessing, not only for choosing life for her unborn baby, but for humbly breaking her own heart as a mother as she chose adoption for her daughter, and for bravely writing her story and sharing it with the world.
All adoptees, birth mothers, birth fathers, expectant parents, parents of birth parents, adoptive parents, pastors, teachers, counselors, social workers, pregnancy advocates and volunteers, and friends of birth parents need to meet Jennifer Mae, through her story or in person.
Adoption is a loving choice. It is not easy. It is made by a loving, selfless parent who loves his/her child very, very much.
This photo of our staff was taken at the annual Spirit of Faith Adoptions' staff retreat last month. Pictured from left to right is: Jennifer Mae: birth mother, Orientation speaker, Coordinator of Expectant Parent services, adoption advocate, author of "Fireweed," and Retreat Leader for the very first annual "Fireweed Retreat" for women who have placed children for adoption, Emily: adoptive mom, licensed independent social worker supervisor and adoption assessor, Stacy: 25th year serving the adoption triad, program director and licensed professional counselor, Kathryn: sibling to foster children, licensed social worker and adoption assessor, Lynette: former pregnancy center director, licensed social worker, speaker, trainer, and adoption assessor, Jen: adoptee, licensed social worker, adoption advocate, adoption educator, speaker, adoption assessor supervisor, and head of our new Nursing CEU continuing education program, Ellie: adoptive mom of 2, open adoption advocate, and adoption services specialist, Jodi: adoption assessor and licensed professional clinical counselor specializing in preparing home studies and offering support to adoptive parents, Adrian: adoptive parent, licensed clinical counselor supervisor, speaker, trainer and adoption assessor, Kesha: licensed social worker, adoption assessor specializing in home studies, and adoption advocate and Phillip, adoptive dad of 3, attorney and director of Spirit of Faith Adoptions. Not pictured: Christa: 25th year as a devoted advocate and coordinator for expectant parents during and after an unexpected pregnancy and placement of their children through the loving parenting choice of adoption. Sara: adoption assessor, licensed social worker, and advocate for adoptive families.
The staff at Spirit of Faith Adoptions collectively comprise all three members of the adoption triad: birth parent, adoptee and adoptive parent. As such, we love serving those whose lives have been impacted by adoption, during the process and beyond, throughout the lifelong journeys for triad members. Some of our staff have experienced completely closed adoptions, with no identifying information available or exchanged, some have experienced completely open adoptions, with frequent, direct contact with their children's birth families, and some of our staff members have either provided foster care for children or grew up with foster children as members of their families.
We are committed to drawing on our combined experiences to provide attentive, empathetic and personalized attention to the families whom we have the pleasure of serving.
Spirit of Faith Adoptions is an approved CEU provider for the Ohio Social Worker, Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist Board, # RCS111501 and by the Ohio Board of Nursing through the approver unit at the Ohio League for Nursing (OBN-006-92) Click here for a list of course offerings