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Once there were two women.

One, my darling, is your birth mom and the other is your mother.

Two different lives, shaped to make yours one.

One became your guiding star; the other became your sun.

The first gave you life, and the second taught you to live it

The first gave you a need for love, and the second was there to give it.

One gave you a nationality; the other gave you a name.

One gave you the seed of talent, the other gave you aim.

One gave you emotions; the other calmed your fears.

One saw your first sweet smile; the other dried your tears.

One chose adoption. It was all that she could do.  The other prayed for a child, and God led her straight to you.  And now you ask me through your tears, the age-old question through the years;  Heredity or environment, which are you the product of? Neither, my darling, neither. Just two different kinds of love.  ~ Author Unknown ~

"We feel so much love for our sons birth mother, and pray for her often. Without her love and sacrifice for her son we would not be able to have a family. She will forever hold a place in our hearts and be a part of our family." 

"There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about my child's first mom.  My daughter looks just like her.  Every time I am reminded of her, I say a little prayer for her. I hope she knows how much we treasure her."

"Even though I didn't meet my birth mother until I was an adult, I always wondered who she was. I knew deep in my heart that she loved me and made the best decision for me. I've had a great life!  I feel incredibly grateful to her."

"Grace is the birth mom of our precious and wonderful son.  Her wisdom to seek adoption and the sacrificial love of her son were evident even as she still carried him.  As we have watched him grow, our deep love, appreciation, respect and admiration of Grace has grown. We admire her respect for the dignity and beauty of life as something to treasure even when circumstances are not ideal or the situation is not what you intended. We cherish her sacrificial gift of love to us and her son by giving him a forever home to provide him opportunities she could not offer and to provide us a deep and profound joy we could not have had on our own.  She will forever have a special place of honor, admiration and love in our home and hearts."

"I grew in your tummy.  You took care of me.  I love you."

"We think of you all the time. I wonder where you are and what you're doing.  Please know that our son is growing up to be a really great kid!  Sending much love your way."

"To the Mom who made me a Mom:
Although my little boy doesn’t understand who exactly his tummy mommy is, we talk about how she loved him so much that she chose us to be his parents! I know that you chose me to care for your baby and make sure he grows into a sweet and loving young man. I still do not know how you were able to make the great sacrifice but will be forever grateful! Someday he will understand how much you loved him and the sacrifice you made as well! Thank you doesn’t seem strong enough but I will be forever grateful that you made me a Mom!"

"We were blessed to adopt a baby boy in 2018 which also brought our beautiful birth other into our lives. Meeting her has been one of the greatest experiences of our life.  She is courageous, selfless, and wanted more for her child than she did for herself.  Her life circumstances weren’t fair, weren’t easy, and yet she was working so hard to persevere.  Our experience and time together will always be one of the most impactful experiences of our lives. We have written each other, prayed for each other and celebrated milestones.  Our visits have brought us peace and the joy of watching one of life’s greatest gifts, our son, grow. We have so much admiration for our amazing birth mother.  She has taught and given us so much, and she will always be loved by our family!!" 

"I wouldn't be who I am if it wasn't for you.  Thank you Birth Mom." 

"There are a few days that will forever connect us to one another. One day belongs to the birth of a precious baby boy. One belongs to the day you placed him in my arms, and one belongs to both of us as we’re honored as his mother and mama. You are incredible, and I want to make sure you always remember. Your love for my sweet boy was so powerful that you entrusted him to me. You chose to give him life on that cold night. You chose to place him in my arms on that very late and quiet night, and I choose to honor you always for both of those choices on Mother’s Day and every day! Thank you for being brave!" 

"I want to honor two of the strongest, most selfless women I've ever known. Riley's and Mallory's birthmoms both made the decision to give their child life, amid more difficult circumstances than many of us have ever encountered. This decision was not easy or without consequence, but was made in great love and faith. Today these ladies are an integral part of our family. Our children know them, love them, and miss them when we are apart."
"Thank you God for these incredible women and for our precious son and daughter." 
 
"Our birth mom is brave, so extremely brave to have given us the wonderful blessing that is our son... ours and hers. The amazing strength and courage it took for her to sacrifice of herself for her child. We will always lift her up in prayer and teach our son about how much he is not only loved by us, but by his birth mom. Always.  We see her smile in our son’s face. We hug him again and again for her also, showing not only our love for him but hers. We wish her so much blessing and joy on this Mother’s Day." 
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"Two beautiful brave women changed my life forever, they made me a Mom. I think of them always and love seeing these women in my kids facial expressions and smiles. I love them more than they can ever know. Thank you." 
 
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This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. Ps 118:24
 
This is certainly a hard verse to apply lately with what has been going on....the virus, and certain twists and turns that occur almost on a daily basis in every aspect of life ....that we just don't see coming. But David, who had his share of challenges and disappointments trusted God and persevered. I believe in this verse and I hope you all join me in rejoicing and being glad today...just as David did. God will see us all through the valley as He did with David, and I firmly believe He will guide and protect us as well.
 
All meetings will continue to be conducted virtually including Pre-Service Training, Home Study Interviews and Meetings with Expectant Parents. The in-person safety audit will be conducted after all home study interviews are completed for new families. For families with current home studies that are transferring to Spirit of Faith Adoptions, within 90 days of the lifting the restrictions, we will conduct your safety audits.
 
Regarding births, we will follow all hospital policies, which are subject to change frequently. 
 
If any of you have any further questions or concerns as it relates to the above or prior emails, please contact me.
God bless you all and you all remain in my daily prayers.
Phill

 

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Spirit of Faith Adoptions: 

From Director and Founder, Phillip Wurster

March 24, 2020

Hello All,

 

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

at 419-843-5355 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  

IMG 9025On 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.  

 

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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”

 

Adoptees Ohio Infant Open Adoption www.spiritoffaithadoptions.orgIt 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! 

adopted photoNovember 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

Please contact us at 419-843-5355 ext 4 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request to receive links to the above recordings.   

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)

Register here

 **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.   

               

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Jennifer Mae is an author, speaker and a birth mom.  She is also a member of the Spirit of Faith Adoptions' staff.  

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  

For more information about our programs and services, please contact Jen:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    419-843-5355 ext 2

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