Part 1: Loving, Infertile Couple turns to Private Adoption

Infertility sucks. That’s the long and short of it. Anyone who has been through the heartache of infertility and tells you that it was just a “stump in the road” isn’t being completely honest. There is much more to their story that they are not telling you.

Blogger mom Melinda, now 36, told me her story this week: “It’s a pain and a struggle that my husband and I dealt with for four very long years. My infertility problems actually started before I knew what was going on. I was placed on birth control at 14 years of age due to my ‘irregularity’ which runs in my mother’s family.”

Melinda’s true diagnosis: Endometriosis. One divorce and a re-marriage later, Melinda and her new husband Corey, now 40, knew the chances were slim, but there had been many more new discoveries in the world of infertility, after all.

“We tried a couple of things after that first year but nothing worked. The doctors didn’t rule it out. They wanted us to go to a reproductive specialist and go through testing.”

After much prayer and consideration, we decided on adoption instead, says Melinda.

The couple, sadly, had three separate failed private adoption placements. “The first possible placement was for two older girls that ended up living with their grandparents, the second was for an unborn infant (his bio mom decided on an agency adoption), and the third was for another unborn infant. In this last instance, the father was a friend of the family. The bio mother changed her mind just two weeks before his birth,” Melinda remembered.

“A few months later, we decided to continue on the path of adoption via foster care. Once approved, we started placing inquiries on healthy newborns.”

Nearly four years later, the couple still did not have a newborn placement and went through 24 hours of training to become an approved foster/adopt home.

Tune in on Friday, when Melinda and Corey keep following their hearts in foster-to-adopt to find their precious baby. Stay tuned!

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Back To The Adoption Diaries, by Nicole Dorsey-Straff
  1. by Mandy

    On January 15, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    :) love You guys!!!!! I’m so happy for your family of 3! What a blessing that baby boy has been to so many!!!

  2. by melinda

    On January 27, 2012 at 8:47 am

    If you like our story, please visit our blog at:


    Melinda and Corey (and Logan) <3