We have a very fun and diverse team here at Adopt Connect. Here’s a profile of just one of the great people you can get to know when you work with us.
Betty assists with the administration of Adopt Connect. She was one of the founding staff members and that experience shows: she knows the process inside and out. On top of that she’s funny, kind, and always willing to lend a helping hand. For any adoption that takes place here, chances are that Betty is one of the people who helped make it happen.
Where did you grow up?
Michigan and Nebraska.
What were/are the major influences in your life?
My parents, husband, and the Navy.
What makes you who you are?
My family, my faith, and my relationships with friends.
What are your top three favorite foods?
Steak and Lobster, Pizza, and casseroles.
Who are your top three favorite bands/musicians?
Anything country, Tim McGraw, Luke Bryan.
What are your top three favorite movies?
The Twilight Saga, It’s a Wonderful Life, anything classic.
What are your favorite athletic teams?
Eagles, Seahawks, Denver Broncos.
Why did you start working with adoptions?
My brother is adopted, my nephew is adopted, and I was asked to create this company with Brock, our director, which turned out to be an amazing opportunity for me. I was working with his wife at the time and my husband became very ill. So, Brock and I started Adopt Connect in part for my financial stability. That’s the kind of human concern we have here: we all look out for each other.
What have you found most surprising about adoptions or the adoption process?
The expectations of the birth parents and adoptive parents and the joy and disappointment involved occasionally. Nothing moves fast enough for some people. Others complain that it’s too expensive. Some people just come into the adoption process with a lot of unrealistic expectations, really. People think that adoption should be quick and easy. It isn’t, nor should it be. Adopting a child is a major event in the life of everyone involved: the birth parents, the adoptive parents, and the adoptee. We have to be sure that each placement is the best choice for everybody. That takes time and, yes, money, but I wouldn’t do it any other way.
What is most challenging about your job?
Making sure everyone is happy and pleased with our service. You can’t please everyone everyday, but our goal is to try. Of course, our ultimate goal is to make sure that the children we place will be safe, healthy, and happy.
What is most rewarding about your job?
Bringing together a forever family for a child that is being placed and that the birth parents are happy and satisfied with the outcome. There’s nothing quite like that feeling; I can run off of it for weeks.
If you could tell one thing to the entire world, what would it be?
Adoption is the most rewarding process for all parties when everything comes together in the best interest of the child. It doesn’t matter how many things you do well, as long as you strive for excellence in everything you do.