They helped us through one of the scariest and exciting times of our life! From the very beginning, they were fantastic and were so great at educating us on different scenarios.
Our adoption story with APO is a little unique because it was a huge surprise. I got a call while I was at work that basically said for us to come to the hospital and meet our son! We are so blessed to have had APO with us every step of the way.
APO is a collection of the greatest humans on earth. We decided to enter in to adoption in 2015 after we lost our youngest daughter shortly after birth in 2013. APO helped guide us through every step of our journey providing more than an education about a process, but through sharing of their mission and vision to see their hearts for helping young mom's and their unborn babies. APO is an open adoption agency that cares for these desperate mothers, educates future adopting families, and ministers to the hearts of everyone through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. APO is different than most, if not all other adoption agencies with their amazing care for the biological mother and the process of allowing them to choose the forever family for their child. They truly believe the best opportunity for reconciliation between the child and their biological mother is through an open adoption relationship. This idea was confusing at first to wrap our heads around this idea. Through APO's mandatory meetings we learned the invaluable importance and care that it provides for everyone. We are forever grateful for their care for many families in our lives that APO has served. I couldn't recommend their team highly enough. We are forever grateful for their care for our family and their faithfulness in serving.
Through APO, we were able to grow our family. We adopted our son and daughter through APO and wouldn't have been able to make it through the adoption journey without their guidance, love, and prayers. They have an amazing team who go above and beyond for their birth families and adoptive families. They are always available to answer any questions that we may have and also give great post-adoption advice and guidance. We are so thankful to have found such an amazing adoption agency and we love to share information about them to anyone that will listen.
We adopted our son almost two years ago through Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach. It was an amazing experience and we are so grateful for our son and all of the amazing people that we have met through APO. We have recently started our second adoption journey and look forward to working with APO as we wait for the day that we are matched with another birth mother.
We love the staff at Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach! They walked with us through our adoption journey from the beginning steps of exploring adoption to the finalization in the courthouse. They were there when we met our birth-mom and in the hospital hours before and after our precious baby was born. We always got the sense that they were for us - encouraging us and loving on us. Adoption can be scary, but it can also be a beautiful. APO helped make it a tremendously wonderful experience for us. If we were to adopt again, we would definitely do it again through APO!
I have always had adoption in my heart since I was a child. After I had several biological children, the call to adopt was stronger than it had ever been. I had known Kim for years and had seen the growth from an organization that loved on all pregnant ladies - regardless of their choices or background to a full fledged adoption agency that still nurtured those women - but also offered other hurting families to be paired with a birth-mom in an open adoption.
As an adoptive mom going through the process, I can say that APO did an outstanding job of communicating with me what the next steps were. The education about what the birth mom's were going through and what open adoption was all about was invaluable during those months.
When we got the call about our Mia it was unlike any other experience in my life. I had prayed for her, for her birth-mom, for her health, for many specific things and we hadn't heard a word about a birth mom choosing us. Ours was a really unique experience. The birth mom was not who chose us - it was Mia's aunt who suggested it to our precious birth mom. I think about that call often. It literally changed my entire life - in fact, my entire family's life. We were told there was a little girl who had been born not breathing, who needed a temporary home (because our birth mom was not ready to sign over her rights) and they wondered if we would consider it. I knew from the minute Don said "There's a beautiful little girl..." that Mia was the missing piece to our family. There are so many details that have displayed the hand of God (and more importantly) the love of God over adoption and our Mia. I don't suppose I could write it all out here if I tried. Over time, we have become dear friends with Mia's birth family - and Mia has had the opportunity to visit with her birth mom as she desires.
We talk openly about how God knew from before she was born that she would grow in her birth mom's belly, but be gifted to us as our beloved daughter. Our birth-mom's bravery and love is evident... to entrust Mia to our care and also to be brave enough to stay involved has been incredible to watch. Life-changing.
APO was and is such an incredible support for the adoptive families through the entire process - and more importantly, they support these incredible women who are facing some of the hardest decisions and times they will ever go through. I can't give enough "stars" for my rating of this incredible agency. What a gift it is to call them friends.
I can’t express enough how much APO means to me! I was that mom 15 years ago who was lost, pregnant and no clue what I was going to do. APO stepped up in ways that changed my life forever. They were always a phone call away and even helped me get back on my feet after signing the papers for my son to be with his new family❤️ Now I am blessed to be in a position to give back and I can’t help but thank APO for having a huge part in my journey!
APO walked through some of the greatest and hardest times with my wife and I with family building. They advised and guided us throughout all the steps, helped us with birth mom for both adoptions (same birth mom), and encouraged us on how to interact with birth mom and begin parenting. Financial model made adoption possible for our budget and financial capabilities, and the working with other parents in same process as us gave us a support group of like people. Amazing organization and people!
My husband and I adopted through APO, and it was finalized in court a little over a year ago. Ours was an identified adoption, meaning we knew our children before we sought adoption. The option was on the table to NOT go through an agency and to simply hire attorney's and go through court directly. Yet, we knew the importance of our home/social study to make sure we were the best fit for our girls, us receiving appropriate training and the on-going support we'd need, social & medical history reports of the girls' birth family, etc. Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach not only took on our case and provided all the systems and checks that go in to an adoption, but they handled our case very personally. Two years after placement and I still know I can call our case worker or the agency director for help with questions and to just check in. We LOVE APO and highly recommend them not only as an agency, but a ministry for teen moms.
We adopted our beautiful little girl through APO and are so thankful for all of their work. They always have the needs and best interest of the children as first in their minds. They really believe in what they are doing and pour their hearts into the lives of everyone who comes through the door.
APO was wonderful to work with!! They have huge hearts, and truly care about the children, birth parents, and adoptive parents. We live 3 hours away from College Station, but traveling there was well worth it. I would highly recommend APO to anyone who’s thinking about adopting, or to any birthparents who are thinking about doing an adoption plan.
We have been blessed with two wonderful children with the assistance of APO. They were amazing to work with and give so much love and support to adoptive and birth families alike. The assistance they provide to bring families together not only helped us become parents, it gave us an opportunity to make our children’s birth families part of our family as well.
APO was so important in the adoption of our son. It was an unusual circumstance, as he was 3 1/2 years old, and they had never done that before. Don took it upon himself to secure signatures, which was more important than we thought it would be. They are used by God to glorify God through these children's lives. Thank you, APO, for your kingdom work!
APO has such a big heart for all of the moms and babies that come through their doors. I love what they stand for and how hard they work for those girls and their children!
APO is a remarkable organization. I love that they are helping families with adoption while taking great emotional care of the teen birth mom at the same time. They have so many outreach programs in the community that are truly changing lives. I am honored to get to be a part of such a passionate team.
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APO does amazing work with birth moms, adoptive parents and teen moms. APO accepts people just as they are and they provide resources, counseling and services to help people handle the situation they’re in. Proud that I can be affiliated with them!
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APO has guided us through two adoptions and we highly recommend working with the agency. Each staff member is so kind and responsive and truly loves what they do. We have really seen how wonderful each person is there, and we have seem firsthand how they have made a difference in so many families lives, both adoptive families and families raising their biological kids. We know the agency not only does everything exactly how the state requires, but that they also go above and beyond to prepare families for whatever comes their way.
I've been volunteering with APO for 2.5-3 years now. They truly are a second family I love the mission that they carry out in the community and the way that they lovingly treat every person that walks through their doors!
I started with Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach (APO) as an intern during one of my final semesters at Texas A&M. I quickly fell in love with this organization, the detication of their staff, volunteers, and amazing birthmoms. This organization has heart and it shines through in their selfless outreach to the community. After my time as an intern, I continued on as a weekly volunteer. I took joy in seeing the growth of APO and continuing to support them in any small way. I believe my experiences at APO are unlike any other nonprofit I have worked for in the past. This organization will continue to thrive, as they stay true to their core values. Thank you APO for the impact you have made in so many lives, as well as my own.
APO was amazing during our adoption journey. We immediately felt great about the smaller scale of APO and the very personalized, family feel. They are truly a resource for both families that choose to place and families that choose to parent. Not only did they educate us on open adoption, but they held our hands through the journey of waiting, being matched, and finally, meeting our son! They continue blessing our lives by providing counseling and support to our birth family, and if we needed them, I know they're just a phone call away. I love APOs heart to support local families and the children that come into this world. We would wholeheartedly recommend them and would have no hesitation about utilizing them should we choose to grow our family by adoption again.
Brought together a group of women who commonly feel judged and allowed them to be carefree in a learning encironment and bright the closer to Jesus!
I volunteer for APO at their weekly "mama's club." Mama's club is a partnership between Young Life and APO that helps teen moms in the community by providing them a meal and then teaching them about GOD and how to be a mom using Young Life college students and mentor moms. I work in the nursery watching the kids of both the teen moms and mentor moms. The teen moms are also encouraged to bring the child's father or father-figure. The founder of APO is very bubbly and welcoming.
The ladies at APO are always wonderful and filled with a desire to serve the community and the need it portrays.
APO takes the time to not only counsel women through some of the most difficult decisions they face, but support them after and beyond those decisions. They work with intentionality and a genuine heart for people. Great organization!
I've been volunteering with APO for awhile now through their Mama Club and it has been one of the best experiences I've had. Everyone is there for one goal: to help. They are such an organized organization and provide so much help to the community.
APO helped me immensely with my unplanned pregnancy 11 years ago. They provided counseling and support throughout the pregnancy & continued to do so after I placed my child for adoption. APO's ability to help me, my child, my family, & the adoptive family have been of immeasurable importance and I cannot imagine not having them as a resource. I love this outreach & all they do for our community!
I help out at Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach once a week. I am impressed with the people that I work with at the Outreach. They are cheerful and enthusiastic about helping young people with unplanned pregnancies. I like the idea that they are also an adoption agency for the young woman to find homes for their babies if unable to care for them. I feel honored to be a very small part of this organization.
What a wonderful ministry! I had the joy of being the nursery coordinator at APO for a few semesters during my time in college. The volunteers are so invested in the lives of the girls, guys, and babies who come on Thursday nights. They have counseling and discipleship, a shop where girls can spend their "Mama bucks" that they earn for things like bringing their folders and memorizing bible verses on the things they need like clothes, blankets, etc. This ministry is a powerful force in BCS and an awesome outreach to young moms!
It was an absolute joy to have the opportunity to volunteer at APO. The full-time staff were all friendly, knowledgeable and focused on the goal of APO. It was well-coordinated and truly fun. I got to help take care of some of the cutest infants in BCS, and knew it greatly enabled the mothers to receive some much needed time on their own. I love the mission of APO and am fortunate that I was able to spend fun-filled hours there.
We LOVE APO dearly!! We adopted our son through them and have had many friends before and after us use this agency as well. They love everyone involved so well - the child, the adoptive family, the birthfamily---no one is left feeling alone. They prayed with us and helped guide us when we were feeling lost or anxious. We would recommend them over and over and over again. They truly seek to share Christ and His love and it is evident. We feel beyond blessed to know those people and call them friends.
It was a pleasure volunteering at APO as a psychologist! I could get closer to the wonderful work they develop helping moms and be in contact with lovely people, especially the coordinator, Diane, always gentle and kind! Andrea
Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach: making a difference in this world one LIFE at a time
The tagline for this ministry says it all. APO is making a difference. This group is primarily committed to serving Christ and the love that flows from that commitment is undeniable. Though it has been ten years since we adopted our daughter through APO, the memories are remarkably vivid. The director told me then they are dedicated to helping each precious birthmother make the best decision for her child. Whether the birthmother opts to raise the baby or place the baby with an adoptive family, APO provides resources to support the decision.
APO gives hope where there was none, and they do so with loving compassion and integrity. APO does indeed change lives, one life at a time.
APO is phenomenal! The people that work and volunteer there really love the Lord and are excited about loving others. I volunteer with Mama Club and they do such a great job trying to teach, love on, and help these teen mamas. I've seen lives changed, people come to Christ, mamas get educated, and life-long friends made. APO saw the need in the community and with the help of God, they met it.
Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach is a wonderful organization!! Our student group, Pro-Life Aggies, has babysat during and provided dinner for their Mama's Club in the past, and we've seen first-hand how caring they are toward these young mothers and their children. APO is doing such great things for mothers in College Station/Bryan!
The kids at APO are absolutely precious, and the staff is so selfless and performing such an amazing service to a community that really needs it. I am thankful to them for everything that they do.
I started volunteering at Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach the fall of my freshman year of college. APO has many wonderful programs for those needing support during/post pregnancies. I am blessed to volunteer with such a compassionate organization, and watch many lives be touched. God is truly working through APO!
We went through the process of adoption through Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach (APO) and couldn't me more pleased. The adoption process has its beautiful and awkward moments, and APO helped make it comfortable and smooth. They are an extension of our family now and we are so blessed and grateful for them being a huge part in taking us from a family of three to a family of four! Thanks and God Bless You Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach!
Our hearts are full and our family is complete. APO truly has the best interest of the children at heart. They guideded us and the birth mom step by step trough a stressful and emotional process. They were always available when we had questions or concerns. We appreciate that they take the time to build a one on one relationship with the adopting families and with the birth moms.
Amazing! My wife and I adopted both of our children through APO. The staff at APO does an amazing job helping birth parents and adoptive families through one of the most difficult and happiest times of their lives. They show kindness and compassion to everyone they work with and are both professional and loving at the same time. We love sharing our kids adoption stories and APO is a huge part of both. We have referred several friends to APO and will continue to do so.
We adopted our son through APO and had a wonderful experience with them. The staff is top notch, and we can't rave enough about what a great organization they are. We highly recommend for anyone adopting or looking to place/release their child to adoption. Such a loving organization in every way--looking to comprehensive needs of the children, birth parents, and adoptive parents as well.
APO helped through the hardest thing I'll probably ever have to go through! The lady I worked with was so much help. They helped me with a lot, from counseling to helping financially. From phones calls, text, emails, and meetings, they always check up on you to make sure things are going ok. They always offer to come to you instead of going into the office. I will forever be grateful for their help. Absolutely loved APO!!!
I was going through a very tough time, and this organization held my hand the whole way. I experienced working with Karla whom by the way is sweet as ever. Karla made me feel confident that I was making the right decision. I remember when I came home from the hospital from having my baby I was really depressed, and I was refusing to talk to anyone because I just give my baby boy up for adoption. Karla would not stop calling until I talked to her and then she offered me to come to the office to talk. Without APO I don't know where I would be today. I am very graceful for having them when I was at my lowest, and I will always remember the great staff.
I volunteered there off and on for several weeks and was also treated with love and warmth. APO cares so much for their clients.
i love APO. I go as often as my schedule allows. It makes you feel good to know that you are helping out, while getting some much needed play time with children. I really support the work that APO is doing in the community as well as enjoy the time I spend there.
What a great organization! I cannot say enough about the friendliness of the staff. Their genuine concern for the young families is evident in everything they do.
I am a international student at TAMU. And I worked at Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach from Feb 2013 to Aug 2013. It was really wonderful experience. My work is to processing the donations to help people who come here can find things they want quickly and easily. At here I worked with other kind people who at first teach me a lot about how to do these works. And it is really good that you know your efforts can really help other people.
We attended Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach's ministry to teen moms (Mama Club) in 2009 to learn what the program was about and we were convinced that this program was something worthwhile! We have been volunteers ever since! Mama Club is a weekly meeting for teen moms to fellowship together, play games and learn valuable parenting skills in a faith based atmosphere. They receive material help, emotional support and spiritual training from mentors of all ages. As the Mamas began to bring the Papas, the "Real Men Club" was formed and meets at the same time, encouraging men to be Dads and take an active role in raising their children. Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach is making a difference in this world.... one life at a time. It's for the kids!
My family came to this organization during a painful time when we had a hole in our heart. We were seeking out different organization and doing research to find our next step. We came to APO just to listen and learn. It didn't take long before we knew this was the perfect place for us. They are more than just a resource for family with unplanned pregnancy and for families seeking adoptions. They are a home for the hurting that provides a family no matter what caused the pain. The members of the staff soon turn into a brothers/sisters or uncles/aunts. They can’t fix your pain, but they vow to walk with you in it. Through their experience, love, wisdom and trust, you soon find that your path you’re on seems a little less lonely because they are with you and it makes a worlds different!
Our connection to APO is an outer circle at best. We are the parents of someone who gave their child up for adoption. That made me think that my husband and I would have very little interaction with the adoption agency. But I was wrong. This agency's representative has gone above and beyond the paperwork and legalities. She has given godly advice both before the baby was born and continuing long after the adoption was finalized. I know if I called her today she would welcome my call and take the time to address my concerns with prayer and love.
I am a teenager that had gotten pregnant last year, and sent to live in Texas with some relatives. Wanting the best for my child's life, I had chosen adoption. I had researched agencies in Texas and came across APO. I had called Mrs. Karla Wilson and began meeting with her as soon as possible. She was so nice and cared for me so well. We had gone through all the paperwork so quick, and she was sure to tell me everything I needed/wanted to know. Before I knew it, I had already met the couple I wanted to give my daughter to. During the labor and delivery, she was there for me every step of the way, which I appreciated so much. Even after having giant hiccup with the baby's father, they were still so kind and caring and willing to help in any way shape or form. They flew the father down from PA to meet the baby and the adopting parents, which helped him decide to agree to the adoption. Having APO there to help me through the adoption was one of the most amazing processes I'll ever go through and I would recommend them to anyone looking to put a child up for adoption or looking for a child to adopt. What they do is so wonderful and I appreciated it so much.
I began to volunteer at Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach in 2010. I had volunteered at several other local faciities prior to joining APO. While the other agencies are meeting necessary needs in our community, I found that APO's philosophy and ministry mirrored my heartbeat for young girls who decide to parent their unplanned babies. The staff and volunteers become an invaluable support system for the moms and the dads. Coming alongside them and teaching them parenting skills and life skills helps these kids take control of their out of control lives. The success stories from those who have gone through the program are heartwarming and show the real value of this ministry. I am proud to be a part of this tremendous asset to our community.
Aggieland pregnancy is a wonderful local adoption agency but that is not all that the organization provides for our community. Once a week volunteers from all over the twin cities of Bryan and College Station meet with teen moms to provide mentoring, parenting classes and religious education. The support given to the young moms and their partners has proven to be an invaluable resource for them to assist them in moving forward in their new roles as parents. There are also many other things that are offered at "Mama Club" as it is called. The participants gets 'bucks' for attendance and various other things that they can spend at the "'Mama Store" to buy children's clothes and other donated items. The teen moms can sign up to have a 'Mentor Mom' who will meet with them on a regular basis to encourage and teach them. I have been involved with APO for a couple of years and it is the most rewarding volunteer work i have ever been privileged to be a part of...it is just a tremendous ministry to our local community!
APO has been such an incredible blessing to us and to our community! We joined the APO family in June of 2011, when we attended an adoption seminar. We had no idea the amount of support and priceless friendships that we would receive....and most importantly our precious son!! The amount of love and compassion this ministry gives to our community is irreplaceable and I have and will continue to recommend them to anyone looking to adopt, volunteer, or seeking help with an unplanned pregnancy.
We were unable to get pregnant and came to Aggieland to help us adopt a child. They gave us helpful, honest support. They were upfront with wait times. Told us where they were struggling, and how we could pray for them, because they were praying for each of their families. We recently were matched with a mom and have a wonderful child. The social workers stood beside us and the birthmom through the entire process. They continue to stand beside both of us as we work this new reality that both we have and the birthmom has.
Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach changes lives. The lives of clients, babies, and volunteers are impacted in a powerful way because of the work APO does. In three years volunteering with APO I have been impressed with the staff, with the resources they offer, with the heart behind this ministry. The Lord uses APO as a place of hope, healing and growth to young moms in the Bryan/College Station community.
Several years ago I tried to get APO out of my mind, but for some reason, God kept telling me to contact them to volunteer. That was about 5 years ago and I have been there ever since. Volunteering for this organization has been a wonderful experience. What a great team of leaders who love the Lord and want to share that love with young moms who may not otherwise get to hear about Jesus. I have a heart for this place and everyone involved. APO has changed me, and I hope that I have been a positive influence on all of those that I have served.
Greetings all. If your heart is ready to be filled, then APO is a great place for this to happen. It's been a while since we've been there - We filled our hearts and our home all the way back in 2003 with 2 wonderful boys (at 9 now, they are a handful). One step at a time; hearts and families filled each day is a great way to completion. and I think APP does it best!
APO has been a complete and total blessing to my family. Our first encounter with them was in 2009 when my sister and brother-in-law finalized the adoption of their little girl. Less than a year later, we were blessed with a surprise baby of our own. Our little one is the half-brother to my sister's daughter. He needed a home and God chose us (even though were weren't looking to adopt). APO made the transition happen quickly and easily. They were so amazing to walk with us every step of the way. They helped us get all of the paperwork and the legal parts completed so that we could finalize his adoption. They gave us tons of information about being adoptive parents and what open adoption looked like. But, most of all, they were there to answer our questions any time we called. They walked along side us, prayed with us, and loved us. It was an amazing journey. 9 months after our son's adoption was finalized, we were blessed with the opportunity to bring home another son (our fourth child). Once again, APO walked with us on the journey and in April of 2012 our second adoption was finalized. The biggest blessing APO gave us during the adoption of our second child has been the way they loved on his birth-family. APO counseled them in so many ways: they helped in strengthening the parent's relationship; they helped them learn to better parent their 3 children living at home; they assisted them in obtaining jobs; they encouraged them to further their education and they helped them walk through the grief and loss they felt after giving up their baby. Words cannot express our thankfulness to APO for their love and support of every person involved in the journey of adoption. They are truly a blessing.
What APO means to us...LOVE. APO is first and foremost about LOVE. Love for Jesus. Love for babies. Love for birth families. Love for adoptive parents. We felt this LOVE the moment we first set our feet inside the doors of APO. We knew immediately we were in the right place. After years of infertility, God clearly led us to APO. We are now back to adopt our second child and wouldn't be anywhere other than APO. APO makes what can be a long journey of up and down emotions, the easiest ride possible. They take your hand and lead you, but not before seeking the Lord's wisdom first...that's the difference. We certainly credit God for our wonderful son...He put all the pieces together with APO being a key piece! We wouldn't have our precious family if it wasn't for APO.
I interned at APO for a semester. The staff is absolutely wonderful, and the work they do is so valuable. APO loves their clients so well, and it was such a great environment to work and learn in!
Serving at APO has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The sole purpose of APO, are the children. Every area in this organization from the time a woman walks through the door is about the child. Whether it is finding a Godly, and loving home for the child to be raised in, to teaching parenting skills to a child's teen mom. The staff, volunteers, and board members all have a passion for making a difference in the lives of children. I serve in two different areas at APO, and there is no difference in the passion. It's all the same...love the children and help them to be raised in Godly homes.
Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach assisted us with the adoption of our daughter, Abby, in 2005. Abby is now 7 years old. The entire experience was amazing. Kim and the staff at APO are a true blessing - they supported us in many ways through a complex and emotional process. They think of APO as more than just an agency -- it's a way for them to touch people's lives in a positive way.
We knew APO was the agency for us when we attended our first informational meeting. They believe in the same values as we do and made us feel very comfortable during the entire adoption process. Each staff member is caring, informative, and always available when we had a question or concern. We were overwhelmed with their commitment (working long and late hours) and follow up not only with us but with the birth moms as well. They made an experience that could be stressful and emotional into a memorable and amazing journey our family will never forget.
After the first seminar with APO I knew they were the agency for us! I am most impressed by the counseling/education they provide birth moms and adoptive families. I also love the fact that when you cal they know who you are- its so nice to feel welcomed and known during such a trying process.
I was introduced to this wonderful organization by one of the most caring people I know, Joe Carver. Joe puts a ton of time (and money) into providing for APO, and the community as a whole. In fact, its all the great volunteers that are so dedicated that make something like un planned pregnancy and adoption possible in Aggieland.