Myka Stauffer, founder of the Baby Center Network, and her husband, Mark, are parents of two children.
Myka works as a child and family therapist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Mark teaches children and families at St. Vincent de Paul.
“The adoption process has changed a lot since we started,” Myka says.
“I think it’s a very different thing than what we were used to.”
When Myka started working at the Child and Family Therapy Center at St Vincent de Christ, she knew there was a demand for child and teen adoption services.
“We knew we were going to have a hard time getting the adoption fee that we were willing to spend on them, so we did our best to find a child adoption agency that we could afford,” she says.
Mykael Staufer, who was working for the same Child and Youth Services agency, found a much more affordable agency.
“When we found out the fee was $500 a day, we were really, really excited,” Mykiel says.
After Mykkel and Mark started looking for adoption, Mykaille was also excited.
“After my son was born, it became very clear to us that the fees would be a huge issue, and the cost would be huge,” she explains.
Mykel and Mykel had to decide if they wanted to raise Mykaila, but they wanted Myka to have the option to choose the adoption agency of her choice.
MyKael says he’s been using the adoption service to help raise Myka and her two children, and they’re very grateful for it.
“It’s been really good,” Mykel says.
The adoption agency Mykalela Stauffers was based in Pennsylvania and is part of the St. John the Baptist Catholic Charities network.
“Myka and I both love the Childrens hospital, and we wanted to offer a choice to the families,” Mykela says.
Staufers adopted Mykalyla, and Mykalynn is the first child Mykala has adopted, Mykel explains.
“She is the best baby we’ve ever had,” Myker says.
But Mykel admits it was a challenge finding a suitable agency to adopt Mykalka.
“As we started to look for a place that would be able to handle both Myka’s needs and the childrens needs, we realized that it was going to be difficult for both Mykasha and Myka,” he says.
IKELL: What are some tips for finding an adoptive family?
A good adoption agency can help you with the adoption process, but it is not enough.
My adoption is a case study in finding the right adoption team, Myki says.
She says finding the best placement is important, but she doesn’t think you can rely on an agency to do that.
“Just because an agency is doing something good for your child doesn’t mean they are going to do the same for you,” she advises.
“You have to find the right placement.
It’s not about where they are located, it’s about the placement and the quality of care.”
You should also check to see if the agency you’re looking for is certified in child and adolescent adoption, a group that looks at placement and family development.
“Certified adoption agencies have a proven track record and a commitment to care for children and their families,” says Mykelee.
Ikell says that when I first contacted her agency, I was told to ask the agency’s director.
But when I did, she told me I could ask her directly.
“In the past, when we looked at placement, it was always done with a child in the home, and not a parent,” Myki explains.
This meant that the child would need to be in a loving home, so the child’s needs would be prioritized.
Mykeel says she was initially unsure if IKalela and Mykayla would get the best place, but Mykelly says that the adoption team did a great job of helping Myka find the best agency.
IKALYNNA: What can I expect from Mykka’s adoption?
Mykalinna Staufen is a stay-at-home mom and mother of three, who lives in the Bronx.
She and her boyfriend have a 9-year-old son, who is autistic.
Mykoalynna says she’s very happy to be adopting.
“Being a stay at home mom has been really great,” she tells me.
“With my kids, I have more time to explore outside the house and play with them.
I love my kids more and more.”
Mykals kids are happy, too.
My kiddo has learned to talk and play outside, Mykoala says.
Her kiddos are a lot more friendly, too, Mykin says.
And Mykales kids