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The Role of Facilitators in Adoption
The National Council for Adoption released an article explaining why prospective adoptive parents should use an adoption agency, rather than a facilitator.  Here is a preview: “Today, many expectant parents considering adoption connect with prospective adoptive parents through out-of-state entities—or facilitators—that they find online. Too often, these entities are unlicensed and unregulated intermediaries; they act as matchmakers only, not full-service agencies. The expectant parents receive no face-to-face counseling, and may not be apprised of the laws in their state or the state where the prospective adoptive parents reside. When the child is born, there is often a scramble to locate an adoption attorney or licensed adoption agency representative who can then meet with the expectant parent(s) for the first time and begin the counseling and legal processes; these vital services must be outsourced, because the independent facilitator is not licensed in their state and is therefore legally unable to provide these services.”  Read the rest of the article here.
Posted on April 1st, 2014 in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

2014 RunWalkAdopt 5k Coming Soon


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To Register for the 2014 RunWalkAdopt 5k or for more information Click Here

Posted on March 19th, 2014 in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Welcome Home from Romania Kleinhenz Family

On February 27, 2014 Alina and Kenneth Kleinhenz welcomed home their beautiful daughter Nora.

This is the first adoption of a Romanian child to a U.S. citizen in the past 10 years. Nightlight opened its Romania program in Fall of 2012 and the Kleinhenz’s were quick to apply to the program.

In order to adopt from Romania, one of the two parents needed to be of Romanian heritage – Alina is from Romania and still has many family members living there.

In a video released by the U.S. Embassy Bucharest the Kleinhenz family explained they are excited to be a part of this important event and to finally bring their daughter home.

“Adopting from Romania was completely natural for us because Alina’s family is all Romanian and living in San Diego, we have many Romanian friends and we want to keep the Romanian culture alive,” said Kenneth. “What better way to do that than by bringing a small child from Romania into our home.”

To learn more about the Nightlight Romania Adoption Program or any of our International Adoption Programs, please visit the Nightlight International Adoption Home Page.

Posted on March 10th, 2014 in Uncategorized | Tagged adoption, International, News, Nightlight Christian Adoptions, Romania Adoption | Leave a comment

Annual Gala and Auction

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Saturday, March 22
801 Narcissus
Newport Beach, CA 92625

Why you must come this year:
•Ryan Dobson is our speaker for the evening.
•Great deals on auction items that support Nightlight

5:30pm, Auction
7:00pm, Dinner

$50 adults, $20 children, $350 for a table of 8.

Register For Event

Posted on February 27th, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Huang Family’s Story of Embryo Adoption

To learn more about Embryo Adoption visit

Posted on February 18th, 2014 in Uncategorized | Tagged Donation, Embryo Adoption, Infertility, IVF, News, Snowflakes, Snowflakes Baby | Comments Off

Open Your Heart to Foster Adoption

Learn more about Nightlight’s Foster Adoption program on

Posted on February 7th, 2014 in Uncategorized | Tagged adoption, Foster Care | Comments Off

Nightlight’s Position on “Re-Homing”

Recently the media has raised public awareness about children whose adoptions have been dissolved and the methods used to find news homes for these children.   The media has dubbed this practice as “rehoming.”    Sometimes these adoptions are called “disrupted adoptions,” but the technical term is dissolved if the adoptive family has already legally adopted the child—either here in the US or abroad.   In cases where a formal adoption did not take place, this is called a disruption.  When people use the term “rehoming,” nearly all children being placed in new homes come from dissolved adoptions.  “Rehoming” –the term for placing a child in another adoptive family—has become a pejorative term,  so some people prefer to use the term  “replacement family” or “readoption to a new family.”

This more intense and serious discussion regarding rehoming was instigated by Reuters’ five-part investigation and report called the “Child Exchange.” Negative terms abounded in the discussion, and some of the adoptive these families were said to have “unwanted” children.  In these stories, we are told of families who found the behaviors of their adopted children too difficult to manage and sought to seek new homes for these children.   Not knowing where to turn, some adoptive parents have posted their desire to find another home for their children on the internet or on rehoming group list serves.

Posted on February 4th, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Nightlight Weekly Recap Jan. 2014

It was a busy, but exciting week for our crew here at the Nightlight Christian Adoptions one which certainly helped the good news of adoption in all forms. We wanted to take a moment to recap some of the events happening this week just to make sure you didn’t miss anything.

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Our very own Dana Woods, the China Program Director at A Helping Hand Adoption Agency (an affiliate agency of Nightlight), was a guest on the Creating a Family radio show. Discussion focused on what it takes to adopt from China including the process, cost and what to expect. If you are considering adding to your family through China adoption, this is an excellent resource to listen to.

Hear the complete interview on


Embryo Adoption on Family Talk Radio

This past Wednesday, the Strege family, the very first Snowflake family, appeared on the Family Talk radio broadcast with Dr. James Dobson for a 25-minute interview. Don’t miss an amazing opportunity to hear how embryo adoption started, the Strege’s amazing story and how embryo adoption can help you achieve your dream of achieving pregnancy. To listen to the full broadcast visit the Family Talk website.

HawkinsfamilyFox News Focuses on Embryo Adoption

Continuing an awesome week of exposure and awareness, Fox News featured embryo adoption on their website, telling the story of the Hawkins family. Enjoy an excerpt of the moving story below.

“Stephanie Hawkins is one of the 6.7 million women in the U.S. who struggle with infertility. But when she and her husband Ben realized they wouldn’t be able to have biological children, the Rochester, NY couple decided it was time to try to start their family another way.”

To read the full story visit  One correction to the article: Fox refers to Snowflakes and Nightlight as a clinic, but this is not the case.  Nightlight is a licensed adoption agency, and employs the best practices of adoption to the process of embryo donation.  In this sense, we are an indispensable partner to clinics, as we provide the strong social work model that gives clients the confidence to donate and adopt.  In addition, the article notes Snowflakes® policy of non-discrimination, as a California-based social welfare agency.  For more about this policy click here.

To learn more about all of your adoption options including Domestic, International, Embryo, Foster Care and Home Studies, visit

Posted on January 24th, 2014 in Uncategorized | Tagged China Adoption, Donation, Embryo Adoption, Information, International, News, Snowflakes Babies | Comments Off

Congratulations to the Timm Family

Nightlight Christian Adoptions and the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption would like to congratulate the Timm family on the birth of their triplet Snowflake Babies on December 17th. God Bless your new family.


Posted on December 26th, 2013 in Uncategorized | Tagged Babies, Embryo Adoption, Snowflakes | Comments Off

Merry Christmas! The Miracle of Human Growth and Development

embryo to baby 2Excerpts from a speech made by L. Ralph Rohr, M.D., January 24, 1988

Two microscopic cells, egg and sperm, each smaller than a speck of dust, whose survival is short and their usual destiny is death, but for a unique encounter, in a unique time and place.

Two separate incomplete ones, part of a man and part of a woman, unite and literally become one new being. A new conception, a new person.

Though diminutive and insignificant to the ignorant and arrogant eye, this whole wholly unique person, held entirely in a space no more than 1/10th the width of a hair, is proportionately filled with more life than any living form. Everything is there and full of vitality.

Magnified Inside is a world of supreme technology and bewildering complexity. What we would be witnessing would be an object resembling an immense automated factory, a factory larger than a city and carrying out as many unique functions as all the manufacturing activities of man on earth. However, it would be a factory which would have one capacity unequalled in any of our own most advanced machines, for it is capable of replicating its entire structure within matter of a few hours!

In the journey from 1 cell to the 30 million cells on an adult person, this act of cell doubling will occur only 45 times and 41 of those doublings will occur before the person is born.

In the first 8 weeks after conception this incredible feat will occur 30 times, as a unique and never to be copied miniature person makes his prodigious journey through inner space. In just 8 weeks he will increase in length over 200 times and in weight more than a billion times, forming an exquisite tiny replica of an adult human being , who measures 1 ¼ inches long and weighs just 1/30th of an ounce. At 8 weeks he is fully formed, all systems in place and linked by a communications network conducting impulses at 300 feet per second.

After 8 weeks he is called a fetus as he waits and grows and learns in his hiding place. He moves with a delightful easy grace in his buoyant world, his comfort determining his position. He responds to pain and touch and cold. He drinks his amniotic fluid, more if it is artificially sweetened, less if it is given an unpleasant taste. He breathes and gets the hiccups and sucks his thumb. He wakes and sleeps and dreams. He will shield his eyes from a bright light, and loud rock music will cause him to cover his ears. His cries can be heard if an air bubble is injected into the womb and surrounds his head. He clearly senses the mood of his mother and other persons around her.

For many, all of this is one cosmic accident, and man is the supreme accident! But here at Nightlight we believe it is God’s Spirit who causes this amazing life and growth of each and every person, from a single microscopic speck in the womb.

It is why we are committed to the lives of all embryos donated to our Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program and to those remaining in frozen storage, awaiting the decision regarding their future.

Ponder anew this Christmas the good news that “God became flesh and dwelled among us!” He came to provide us all a way to be friends with God once more.


Posted on December 20th, 2013 in Uncategorized | Tagged children, Christmas, Donation, Embryo Adoption, Fertility, Snowflake Babies | Comments Off