James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
Not many of our expectant clients are widows. Some of the children are fatherless (meaning birth father is unknown or not in a relationship with the mother). We feel a sense of responsibility to listen to, care for, and encourage the women who reach out to us, who walk through our door, or call us from a delivery room feeling at the end of their rope. Some of them look at family profiles, some of them do not. Some of them are matched. Not all of them end up making an adoption plan. Prospective adoptive families are sometimes brought into the conversation, but sometimes we see the risk is too high or the mother is too vulnerable and we wait longer to tell the family, or don't tell them at all, fortunately safeguarding some families from a lot of heartbreak...but not all.
This year we've worked with at least six women who chose parenting. That is 40% of Destrie's clients this year. We've met others who miscarried or we do not know where they are. They receive free services and non-judgmental support from our case manager. We want clients to step into our office feeling welcomed and cared for. We want them to see Jesus through our staff. They are worth our time. Adoption fees are not enough to cover the many women who are not matched, who needed help finding resources, maybe just needed encouragement to choose life instead of abortion. At the forefront of our mission, we desire to display God's love. This doesn't mean just finding babies for families or ignoring the deep needs a client may have.
Working with expectant parents who want to make a life-affirming decision. Preparing couples to grow their family through domestic infant adoption.