Newton >Community & Social Services > Adoptions With Love Inc
188 Needham St Ste 250, Newton, MA | Directions 0246442.311597 -71.213381
Neighborhoods: Newton Center
I have to agree with Ted - I contacted AWL because I was expecting and considering adoption. Initially they seemed very kind and supportive offering help with my rent, food, missed time out of work for appointments etc. (these are just empty promises) and emphasized that my baby would go to a loving couple. They barely address your other options, as though they are required to, but then quickly tell you why they are not good choices. I received an overnight package the next day of countless families looking to adopt, and they reinforce how much better of a life your child will have with the families they have chosen. I was only considering it as an option and looking to see the process. They disregard your feelings and refer to you as 'the birth mother'- as though they are removing you from the equation before you have decided. They request access to all of your medical records even before you have chosen either way and discuss surrendering your baby. They address providing counseling, but it extends no further than them strong arming you to pick adoption. The woman at this agency informed my doctor's office that I was planning to adopt even though I had never signed anything or decided! You get DAILY calls at all hours, texts and emails and feel bullied the whole time, as though they are afraid that if they give you personal space you will change your mind. Generally I felt guilted and manipulated the entire time - so that they would have a healthy baby to peddle to their clients.
Praying on the hopeful – These two pit vipers could care less that you would give anything to adopt a baby. They are a couple of used car sales women who would tell you anything you want to hear to get you to sign up with them. YOUR MONEY IS NON-REFUNDABLE for a reason. Check it out they have already been sued for withholding information about a baby that was adopted through their agency. They with held information from us. When we passed up a child, which they said, we could do at any time they harassed us beyond belief. Like a used car salesmen that lost a big sale, they were more interested badgering us into taking what they had to offer that getting a child that fit the criteria we had agreed on. They kept my money and broke my wife’s heart.
Don't Trust Them.. they are NOT your Friends! – Adoptions with Love in Newton MA withheld from me the truth regarding the long term risks and ramifications of physiological disabilities that occur when I relinquished my baby to adoption at their agency. They also helped me deny my child’s father his parental rights by informing me how to lied on the legal birth certificate.
Not one time was I offered the true scientific facts that were published during that time which completely contradicted the happy selfless story they told. “Relinquishing Mothers in Adoption: their long term adjustment” by Robin Winkler and Margaret van Keppel was published in 1984 and clearly states that mothers who relinquish their children suffer long term life altering affects steming from the adoption experience.
I was also:
• Denied my signed legal paperwork until I had to demand it with state licensing regulations 19 years later. At first, they told me I had to pay 50 dollars for legal documents baring my name.
• Moved me away from my home and family, which is a tactic used by agencies to promote dependence on the agency and isolation in making a decision
• Given a guilt trip about my child “languishing in foster care unable to bond with his new family” to make me desire to “choose” to sign the legal paperwork as soon as I was legally able.
• Called a "BirthMother" before I was one which is a mental manipulation and also coersive in nature as it convinces a mother to think of herself as something before she has had the true ability, after birth, to make this huge decision.
Overall, Adoptions with Love is like many adoption agencies in this country and used subtle coercion and practices of denying the truth to mothers considering adoption. They act like they are your best friends and care all about you when pregnant, meanwhile their true clients are the adoptive parents that pay their fees.
Relinquishing my son to adoption was the single most destructive force that I have ever allowed into my life. Adoptions with Love made it feel like a great wonderful adventure, an experience that might last a few months, feeling that would disperse over a year or two. They made relinquishing my child to adoption seem like my path to sainthood and heaven. It was the first step to a personal life long hell.
Adoptions with Love withholds the truth about adoption for profit.
Love from the heart – Adoptions With Love has continued to make the hardest decision in my life one I will never regret. I enjoy the kindness and honesty I receive each and every time I speak with them. I enjoy looking at the pictures of the beautiful life I gave 14 years ago and knowing she was given a second chance the moment she was born. AWL gives you alternatives to things in life that are sometimes unexpected and give you a choice to do whats right. I pray to God everday that I will be blessed enough for her to come and find me and to give me a chance to be a part of her life, i believe that the way AWL handled everything that prayer/dream will someday come true. THANK YOU AWL!
birthmother very satisfied with AWL – i do not think there is anything A.W.L. could improve on. I loved my time with them and I have had everything I need. I loved working with AWL and I hope to stay in contact with them for a long time. I feel at peace with my decision to place my baby with a loving family thru AWL. I enjoy the letters and pictures that i get which helps me feel i made a good decision. M.S.
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