"This testimony is a testimony to God's love and the people that He works through to bring about comfort and peace to all His children. Deciding to give my baby up for adoption was one of the hardest decisions of my life, but one of the most important ones in regards to the best interest of my child. I had a lot of concerns and questions along the way, all that were graciously answered by Lauren and Miranda who was her assistant at the time. I called at least once a day needing a lift and a boost to keep going. Lauren was there every step of the way to listen and give great encouraging words at a time i needed them the most.
I has the opportunity to pick the adoptive family based on my morals and values which were important to me. I wanted to be sure that she was going to be raised in a loving faith-based home where she would be loved unconditionally. With Lauren's guidance i was able to find the best family for her. I chose to have a semi-open adoption
which allows me to receive pictures of the baby and to write letters if i choose to do so. I was adopted myself, so i know what it is like to grow up not knowing my birth mom or extended family and always wondering what they might look like and other things that go through an adoptee's mind especially through the adolescent stage. So an open adoption was a perfect decision for me. Although it might not be for everyone.
I know of the fears and worries that go along with being a birth mom because i have been on both sides and God has brought my life full circle and allowed healing to take place. Some might struggle with thinking that giving their baby up is a cop out of responsibility, but it's truly the biggest blessing you could ever give to a family that maybe soon running out of hope.
So i want to personally thank Lauren and Miranda for helping me through this whole process and for being there for me through everything. Even nine months after the birth i still call and text and Lauren is happy to respond with her loving kind words. I am eternally grateful for this experience."
Peace and Many Blessings,
TESTIMONIAL WRITTEN BY BIOLOGICAL MOTHER,
When I found out I was pregnant I was devastated at first. I had so much going on in my life and having another child was the farthest thing from my mind. My father had a heart attack and a stroke a year ago so I’ve been his care taker since then. My mother is diabetic with sciatica nerves which limit her ability to take care of my father and herself at times. I take care of both of them along with my three kids not to mention I’m also a student. One night my friends decided to take me out because they felt I needed a break (which I agreed). I got extremely drunk, which is something I don’t do because I don’t drink. I woke up the next morning in my house not remembering the events of the night before. A couple months later I wasn’t feeling well and went to the emergency room. That was when I found out I was pregnant. At first I couldn’t believe it because I was wondering how and when this could’ve possible happened. I called my friends but it seems like they all went blank because none of them was able to tell me what happened. At first I had mixed emotions. I was a little upset at myself for being so careless. I was also upset at my friends for not being able to tell me the events that took place. I sat and thought about what I was going to do. I’m not financially stable to have another child. I wasn’t working and I had three other children to take care of. Not to mention I had no idea who the father of this child was.
One night as I was contemplating what I was going to do. I had so many thoughts racing in my mind I was getting migraines, and then suddenly a soft voice whispered in my ear “give it up for adoption”. I thought I was losing my mind at first, but then a calm feeling came into my heart and my thoughts changed. At that moment I decided that I wanted to give someone else the opportunity to have a child of their own. There are many women out there who would love to have children and can’t for whatever reason. So I decided to give a woman the opportunity to have what she was told she couldn’t have… a child.
I contacted multiple agencies for assistant with placement but they were either unprofessional or just plain not right. I found Lauren’s number in the Baby magazine and contacted her. The minute we spoke I felt a connection. She was wonderful. She understood how I felt and that this was a big and important decision for me. We spoke multiple times over the phone to the point where she was and still is on my speed dial list. When we met I felt like I was meeting with a big sister. When I found out what the sex of the baby was going to be I called her immediately from the Dr’s office and told her. We were both so excited. I was so overjoyed to know that I was giving someone else the opportunity to have a daughter of their own. When I saw the portfolio of Mike & Lori that warm feeling came back again. I knew they were perfect. As time progressed to the moment of delivery Lauren and her associates where always there for me. Randi, Michelle and Deanna were all there to comfort me, laugh with me and encourage me to continue being myself ;-). I felt like I have gained four new sisters and I love them dearly. I thank you Lauren Feingold. You and your assistants are now and forever will be a permanent part of my life.
To anyone wanting to place their child for adoption, I not only recommend Lauren and her assistants with superior regards, but I also ask that you understand, that you are gaining an addition to your family of a group of amazing women I now call my sisters
Written by birth mom Jasmin G.
"i'm writing this letter for anyone who is thinking about placing their child for adoption. If you are reading this letter then you have found Lauren and that is good. When I first heard the word adoption, I thought wow, what an ugly word. I thought that I couldn't do that. My daughter was three weeks old when I realized that I couldn't parent her. I felt scared and alone but then I found Lauren... I spoke with Lauren many times before we met. She was understanding and loving. She explained that she would help me pick the right family for my baby. I love the family that I chose for my daughter. During the placement and even for many years after, Lauren has been there to give me a shoulder to cry on, encourage me as I rebuilt my life and support both my daughter and I when we were going through tough times. She has become a big part of my life and it has been three years since I placed for adoption. We still talk all of the time and she was there for me when my sixteen year old daughter got pregnant. There was no question what to do. Lauren was there to talk to my daughter and find the right family. She worked hard and my daughter wanted an open adoption where she could visit her daughter. Lauren found the exact family for my daughter's baby that would honor our preferences and they are amazing. I talk to the adoptive mom for my daughter's baby on a weekly basis and we have arranged visits also. There is nothing Lauren won't do to make sure that you have the right family for your baby and its amazing what Lauren will do to help others. You are in good hands with Lauren Feingold. Good luck and G-d Bless.."
Birth Mom Elaine Honeyflowers
"About a year ago i was faced with an unplanned pregnancy. My life was a mess. I was partying and using drugs, and completely lost and unstable. I was terrified because once i knew i was pregnant i had such a love for my baby i knew something had to change. My life was such a mess that i was lucky to be able to crash on a friends couch where i didn't usually feel comfortable or safe. I was lucky enough to come across Laurens phone number and something told me to call it. We talked for a while and she was so understanding and easy to talk to that i told her everything that was happening. She told me her first priority was to make sure i had someplace safe to go and to give her a few hours and we'd talk again. I wasn't sure what to think at that point but something told me to trust that it would be okay. Surely enough she got back to me and gave me the information on a safe place i could stay for the night. She told me to just go and rest and not have any worries and that we'd talk tomorrow. The next day we talked even more, about so many things. My hopes for my baby, for myself and what all of my options were. She told me she was an adoptive mom herself and what a joy and blessing it was for her to be the mother of such great girls. I remember thinking how lucky these kids were to have a mom like that. I mean, she didn't even KNOW me and she had shown me more kindness, compassion and support than most people had in a lifetime. We talked about how there were so many more parents out there who would be thrilled to get up in the middle of the night to care for a newborn and had lovely safe homes and so much love to offer and opportunity to give a child. We made a plane for me to find a safe and comfortable apartment that was very close to the best prenatal healthcare in the city, as well as close to transportation and any other needs I'd have for my pregnancy. I prayed, and prayed, and decided to trust the process and just like that my entire life and the life of my unborn child changed for the better. Almost over night I'd gone from a train wreck to a normal, healthy, and respectable pregnant woman. My only responsibilities were to keep myself and my unborn baby healthy and to to my doctors visits and make good lifestyle choices for me and my baby. Lauren and her wonderful staff were there all along to make sure it was possible for me to do that. I always felt supported by these strong and beautiful positive women. I'm a spiritual person and i just chose to trust in them and everything would work out. I couldn't be more happy or grateful that i did because i feel so much peace in my heart because of them. That being said every birth mom is different and at some points in my pregnancy i kind of needed to have my space and either way they totally respected and understood that. Weather you need a lot of emotional support or your space respected you are in excellent hands with them because they have so much admiration and respect for the beautiful woman that you ware for making such a brave and selfless choice for your child. When i was ready i was matched with the most beautiful adoptive parents who i knew in my heart were meant to be my sons forever family. He even has a beautiful big sister who loves him to bits. They were everything i was hoping for for a family. He has the life and love anyone would be blessed to have or could ever hope for. They will always make sure he knows how much his father and i love him. Its the hardest thing but the peace you feel in your heart knowing you did what was best for your child outweighs the pain you may feel. And if there is ever a moment you feel sad or need some support Lauren will be there for you day or night like she has for me. I will never be able to fully express my gratitude for her coming into my life. The only thing in life i feel more strongly is my love for my beautiful, perfect, amazing son and the peace i feel for trusting in her to help me find his forever family."
Written by birth mom, Kelly V.
MESSAGE FROM BIOLOGICAL MOTHER, MILDREY:
Hello everyone I just want to take a minute and let everyone know how a great lawyers Lauren is , she is very helpful ,very sweet and the most important thing she is the honest person I ever met so I really recommend her as a lawyer thanks and everyone have a good week God bless