A company is only as good as the people who make it up. Luckily, we have an amazing team working behind every adoption. Here’s another awesome person waiting to assist you:
David is one of our adoption coordinators here at Adopt Connect. He works directly with birth parents and those hoping to adopt and guides them through the process. He also consults on other cases and provides assistance to our other staff when necessary. All in all, he’s a great guy who uses his talents to get things done.
Where did you grow up?
Sioux City, IA
What were/are the major influences in your life? What makes you who you are?
Books. Personal development seminars, events that I’ve attended and the relationships I’ve made along the way. My family and the values they have instilled in me.
What are your top three favorite foods?
Sushi. Things I’ve never tried before. Ethnic Foods. Anything Organic. Cheese (preferably on the salty side).
Who are your top three favorite bands/musicians?
Jack Johnson, Sublime, some rap.
What are your top three favorite movies?
The Matrix, Interstellar,… I know there’s more… let me think about it.
What are your favorite athletic teams?
Not a huge sports fan but Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, and Iowa football (just ’cause I live here).
Why did you start working with adoptions?
It was a little bit serendipitous. I was working for a different company in the same office complex as Adopt Connect, and it’s always been important to me that I be doing something that makes people’s lives better. So when I saw the potential to help grow a successful company and help a lot of birthmothers as well as adopting parents along the way, I knew it was the perfect fit for me and asked to work with them.
What have you found most surprising about adoptions or the adoption process?
The diversity of backgrounds, living situations, financial statuses, and reasons for placing for adoption the birthmothers have. Many people seem to have some preconceptions about the kind of woman who places her child for adoption – I know I did – but the fact is that all kinds of women contact us for help. Lots of women are motivated by poverty, of course, but that isn’t always the case. The only thing that all of the birthmothers I’ve worked with have in common is their desire to do what’s best for their baby.
What is most challenging about your job?
Working in multiple states with their different laws and regulations is probably the most challenging; what may be standard practice in Utah might be illegal in Kansas. Handling birthmothers with drug addictions is also really difficult. And nobody who helps with adoptions enjoys breaking the news to either the birthmother or the couple wanting to adopt that it’s not going to work out and that the other party does not want to move forward.
What is most rewarding about your job?
Hearing the excitement in the voices of adopting parents when they are matched and both parties want to move forward. Especially when adopting families have been searching for YEARS and sometimes have had multiple adoptions fall through.
If you could tell one thing to the entire world, what would it be?
“You don’t know what you don’t know: stay teachable” or “Always look for the gold/good in every situation” or “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” I have about 473 more quotes/principles that I live by, so I will stop there.