A Step Ahead Adoption guides you every step of the way in the process of adding to your family. Our consultants have all walked a mile in your shoes as adoptive parents themselves. We know how to make sense of it all by answering all your questions, and providing support in numerous ways. We believe adoptions should be a pleasant experience and the beginning of many great memories as you begin your journey. A Step Ahead Adoption was created from experience to facilitate the education of adoptive parents.

Our clients are regular people who have decided to share their lives with a child via adoption. That decision is easy, it comes from the heart. The hard part is navigating through information and connecting the endless sea of dots. Some have started the process on their own and hit a wall. Others have just made the decision and want to learn terminology, and where to begin.

We offer a free information packet to help start your journey on the right foot. Once you decide to sign up for our services we give you video guidance, phone/email support, we are adding classes, workshops to our site, and so much more.

I am so happy to share our story with you. I was just telling my husband that I wish everyone considering adoption knew how different it is now compared to the old stereotypes I had in my mind.

My first piece of advice is…don’t try to do it w/o Step Ahead. It is overwhelming enough. Having them keep us organized, guiding us through it, kept my sanity intact. Teri Heidemann is a super hero to my husband and I. We always knew, and still do, that whatever happens with the adoption she will be there to say ‘It’s OK, here’s what we need to do”.

Our adoption is almost final now. We are just waiting on a court date in NC. We first spoke with Teri last April. She came to our home and explained how things worked. By May we had found a way to fund the adoption and called Teri back to get started. She told us everything we needed to do & how to do it. We started our home study in July and had the official home study report by August 1st. While we were going through our home study process I was also working on our family profile (Teri showed us examples of these and gave us a guide as to what to include). So, by the time our home study was finished our profile was ready to go out to potential birth moms. We were very lucky. We got a call around the middle of August about a birth mom and sent our profile to her on a Monday. By Thursday of that week we had a match. The birth mom had selected us!

From there things seemed to go very fast. In September we took a trip to Ohio to visit our birth mom, meet her other children and go with her to the ultrasound. We found out together that we were having a baby boy! Her due date was 1/1/07, but Nathan wanted to get here a little quicker. We got the call to get there on December 6th and we were holding him by December 7th. We got there in time to be with the birth mom during his birth! Nathan left the hospital with us and we were home in time for his first Christmas. A year ago I thought it could take years and years to have the family we dreamed of, but with Teri’s help, one year later we are getting our son’s first portraits done and are not able to walk through our house w/o stepping on a toy! I wish you all the luck in the world and hope that by this time next year you are covered in drool : ) If you have any questions I am here! Good luck

Laura Greene

North Carolina

We have nothing but great things to say about A Step Ahead Adoption Services. We really debated about whether we needed them or whether we could do it on our own. Now, looking back, there is no way we would have our beautiful little baby in such a short amount of time (7 months) if we had not hired ASA. They were helpful in so many ways: (1) Helping us get organized and moving (2) Recommending agencies (3) Presenting adoption cases to us and keeping us updated on cases when the agencies were too busy to call us (4) Supporting us through a failed adoption by providing us with names of others who had experienced failed adoptions and (5) Supporting us through placement and helped us jump over the “bumps in the road”. We cannot say enough. We often say that hiring A Step Ahead was the best money we spent. We told Diane and crew that we really felt by the end of the process, they did not charge nearly enough for all the services they provided. We truly believe we got a bargain!

Adam & Teresa

South Carolina

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We are over the moon for a GA family who got the call on Saturday that their baby was born! They jumped in the car and headed to FL to meet their handsome baby boy! They are now a happy family of FIVE! ... See MoreSee Less
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A TX couple were selected by a sweet expectant mom in FL. Their baby girl should make her appearance in the New Year! We are so delighted for this lovely family. ... See MoreSee Less
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They traveled across the border from NE and KS and found their sweet boy waiting to meet his forever family. Cheers to this great family who became parents in less than one year! ... See MoreSee Less
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Our collective hearts are overjoyed for a special family from OR. Having experienced a failed adoption 3 years ago ... they patiently waited and constantly submitted their profile ... out of the blue, they got a call from their home study agency. Their precious baby boy was waiting for them in the State of WA. He is snuggled in his parents' arms now and we send them all the love & light they deserve for their extraordinary patience! ... See MoreSee Less
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A huge congratulations to an extremely patient CA family who waited for their baby boy to find them. From coast-to-coast they traveled and found their precious son in FL. Big love to this family of 6! ... See MoreSee Less
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This sweet baby girl from TX was brought home last week to meet her big sisters in MS! The family was chosen on their first profile showing with ASA! They are all thrilled to be together and start life as a family of six. ... See MoreSee Less
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Welcome home to our newest family....and baby makes 3. They traveled a quick hop from their NC home to SC to meet their precious daughter. Congratulations 💗💗💗 ... See MoreSee Less
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This precious TX cowgirl just found her forever family who traveled from WI just in time to hold her, love her and bring her back home. Welcome sweet princess! ... See MoreSee Less
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Join us as we celebrate 23 years of adoption education, consulting, guidance and referral to families across the country. ... See MoreSee Less
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This special IL couple matched 1 week ago and took placement this weekend. Meet their precious daughter born in AZ. A picture is worth a 1,000 words! Precious moments to share 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
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A childless couple in WI were chosen by a FL expectant mom and will be ringing in the New Year as a hopeful family of 3. Congratulations on your match! ... See MoreSee Less
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Welcome to our newest family through the miracle of adoption! Say hello to this sweet baby girl born in FL and placed with her family who are from GA. They have built a lovely relationship with their daughter's birth family and were able to spend time together in the hospital before placement 🥰 ... See MoreSee Less
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One IL family patiently waited for an expectant family to choose them and wonderful news ... they are matched! Making plans for a September baby due in AZ. ... See MoreSee Less
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Posted by our New Bern Chamber of Commerce 😃A Step Ahead Adoption Services has been providing families assistance along the adoption journey for over 21 years. We are a boutique consulting service offering a dedicated coach for each client. chambervu.com/newbernsummer22/#p=9 ... See MoreSee Less
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Home ... happy ... hooray!!! We congratulate one of our wonderful VT client families who traveled to the Sunflower State 🌻 of KS for the placement of their precious baby girl. Celebrating her finalization now 🥰 ... See MoreSee Less
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One SD family had a crazy journey to their match but will be traveling to KS in a few months to meet their sweet baby! ... See MoreSee Less
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Congratulations to a GA couple who traveled to the adoptive mom's hometown for the delivery of their baby boy. We couldn't be happier for you! ... See MoreSee Less
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We are thrilled for a WI family who is now home from KS holding their beautiful baby girl. Congratulations to your now family of five! ... See MoreSee Less
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Two dads from RI were chosen with 1 profile showing! Baby will meet them in the sunshine state in a few months. Congratulations! ... See MoreSee Less
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Big love to a patient VA family who were chosen by a FL expectant mom this week. We are celebrating this happy news! ... See MoreSee Less
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Carolina on their minds ... happy news for one North Carolina family, chosen by a South Carolina expectant mom. Baby boy on the horizon! ... See MoreSee Less
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Finalized and joy-filled! What a lovely family of 3. Our pleasure to walk through this adoption journey with these great dads! ... See MoreSee Less
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So delighted for an MS family just chosen by a TX expectant mom ... baby girl due at the end of August! ... See MoreSee Less
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So happy for a NC couple who were chosen with their first profile showing! Baby due in SC next month ... hooray!!! ... See MoreSee Less
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