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It's time for another picnic!
This year join us in Wentzville for our biannual agency picnic. We will have food, a playground for the kids and lots of good conversation. All are welcome. Details are below, and we will set up a Facebook event for people to join. Please RSVP in the Facebook event or to the office at 573-356-0025 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who: YOU! And feel free to invite a friend!
When: September 28, 2014
Where: Rotary Park, Upper Pavillion
2577 W. Meyer Road
Foristell, MO 63348
Time: 11am-4pm (ish - we'll stay later if there's interest!)
Adoption Friendly Sponsors
We had an amazing time at the picnic! We had some good food, great conversation, and the kids had a great time playing on the playground. We had many generous companies and organizations donate coupons and prizes for our guests, and I have included a list with links below. Please support them as they have supported us!
Join us for an adoption reunion picnic! We'll see many of our happily placed families, have some food, and give out great gifts and prizes to attendees! Come one come all, whether you're a current waiting family, a happily placed family, or considering using our services! The location is at a local park so there will be plenty of space and playground equipment for the kids to play. Feel free to RSVP to email@example.com or on the Facebook event page!
When: September 29, 2012
Time: 11am - 4pm
Where: Burford Shelter, Cosmo Park
1615 Business Loop 70 West
Columbia, MO 65202
New Office LocationA Gift of Hope Adoptions 2401 Bernadette Dr, Suite 209A
Columbia, Missouri 65203
Family Makes Local News with Their Unique Adoption Benefit
Waiting adoptive family Nick and Marcy were offered a very unique form of help from a local tattoo artist - a benefit where a tattoo was the reward for a donation to their adoption fund. Read about it in an article by St. Charles County Worlds.
Connect with A Gift of Hope Adoptions
Did you know that A Gift of Hope Adoptions is active in social media? Want to connect to get updates directly from us and see what others are saying? Click any of the buttons above to see what we do. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter, watch some videos on YouTube, or subscribe to our article updates via our RSS feed. We also have an e-newsletter - subscribe by checking the box on our contact pages. As stated in the recent blog article on our home page, A Gift of Hope recognizes the importance of both being available via the latest social networking tools while also protecting the privacy of our clients. So participate however you are comfortable and know that we are working hard for you!
St. Louis Area Reunion!
Join us on October 18, 2009, for a picnic at the Greensfelder Shelter in Creve Couer Park in St. Louis, Missouri. It will be an informal event where A Gift of Hope Adoptions families can meet and and their children can play at the nearby playground. We can't wait to see how your kids have grown! Of course if you are interested in learning more about A Gift of Hope Adoptions this will be an ideal event to see firsthand what we do. If you would like more information on the event feel free to contact A Gift of Hope Adoptions at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling our office at 573-356-0025. A link to a map and directions are below.
A Gift of Hope Adoptions now has a Facebook group.If you have a Facebook profile and are a current client of A Gift of Hope Adoptions, or are interested in learning more about A Gift of Hope Adoptions' services, feel free to join. We have members of the group who are adoption professionals as well as former clients of ours who are happy to show off their beautiful children. It is a closed group to protect the privacy of the members, so if it takes a little while for your membership to be approved don't worry - this is normal. To join the group you can either search for A Gift of Hope Adoptions on Facebook, or click here to go directly to the group.
Director of Placement Services Elizabeth Ehlen, MSW LCSW welcomed a baby girl home just before Christmas. Everybody is doing very well, and Elizabeth is empathizing with all our new adoptive parents who are up at all hours of the night. She will be on maternity leave for the next couple of months, and as such the blog articles may be rather sporadic, as she is responsible for most of them. Rest assured she will be back in action soon, and more motivated than ever to help our adoptive families find their forever children!
This is a long overdue update, but for everyone who may not yet know, A Gift of Hope Adoptions has moved to a new office location. The new address has been updated on the website, and we have redone our letterhead to reflect the change. If you get some of our old letterhead or other literature with the old address we apologize for the confusion! Our new addresses and phone numbers are below. Please note our birth parent line has not changed, but the office phone and fax number have. Thanks for helping us through this transition!
A Gift of Hope Adoptions
2012 Cherry Hill Dr, Suite 102B
Columbia, Missouri 65203-5882
Office Phone: 573-356-0025
Office Fax: 573-445-9435
On Monday, September 9, 2007, Sally Winters passed away from complications related to kidney cancer. Sally Winters was the Director of Placement Services at A Gift of Hope Adoptions, and instrumental in starting the agency. Because of Sally, many children have found and thrived in wonderful, permanent homes. She worked very hard and was very knowledgeable about adoption and adoption related issues; in fact her knowledge contributed to much of the material on this site. Links below are her obituary in the Columbia Missourian, and her blog. Both have information on donations in lieu of flowers if you wish to contribute something in her memory.
One of our adoptive families has an Ebay store to help raise money for their adoption.
Check here to see the cute baby items they are selling!
Dewey Crepeau, Executive Director, was quoted in the article "Embryos Raise Legal Issues" about embryo adoption in the Columbia Missourian, on November 8, 2007.
A Gift of Hope Adoptions was mentioned by Vox Magazine, published in Columbia, MO, on 4/26/07
"The majority of birth mothers already have children at home, and that kind of aversion therapy could work for them, " says Elizabeth Ehlen, an adoption counselor for the Columbia-based A Gift of Hope Adoptions agency. She calls the decision making process a cost-benefit analysis. "We want the women to come to their own conclusions," she says, adding that she makes sure to to ask how the woman's family might handle the situation of placing a child up for adoption. "It's not just a woman losing a child; it's a grandmother losing a grandchild."