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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What a happy holiday for an "alumni" family from FL who just took placement of their sweet baby boy born in AZ! We are sending them blessings and know their Christmas will be extra-special as a family of 4 now. ... See MoreSee Less
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A quick match just happened for a single FL mom and her fiance' ... we could not be more delighted for their upcoming holiday season! They will travel West to meet a Colorado baby (due any day) and just in time to be their bright light under the tree! ... See MoreSee Less
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The Sunflower State will bring a baby for two moms in South Carolina at the beginning of the New Year! We are delighted they will have successfully navigated the adoption process in less than 1 year of being home study approved. Congratulations ladies 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
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We are thrilled for a MD family who took placement of their precious baby boy just in time to celebrate a wonderful Thanksgiving in his birth state of FL! Much love to this precious family 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
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And yet ... another Thanksgiving blessing ... such a sweet baby boy born in AZ and adopted by his loving family from FL. What a special holiday for this "alumni" family! ... See MoreSee Less
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So happy, so thankful, and so blessed are we for a terrific FL family who joined us last January and are now home with their precious son (born in LA) just in time for Thanksgiving! They got "the call" and had less than 24 hours to meet this sweet boy and his birth mother. Lots of love to go around for sure! ... See MoreSee Less
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One ND family will be celebrating the New Year in KS as the expectant mom who chose them is scheduled to bring her baby into the world on New Year's Eve! Might it be the last baby born in 2022 or the first baby born in 2023? Time will tell! Nonetheless we are just thrilled for this lovely family to become parents soon 🎉 ... See MoreSee Less
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Isn't this just the photo to beat all . . . birth mother and adoptive mom loving and bonding over a newborn precious boy!!! All our love and blessings to our NC family who adopted their son through a SC attorney. They are home and enjoying their family of three! ... See MoreSee Less
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In just a few short months (about 3 max) this darling NC couple signed on with ASA, matched on their first profile showing and today are holding their precious daughter born in VA. We are very thankful they allowed us to be a part of their adoption journey! ... See MoreSee Less
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Feeling fabulous and finalized! This awesome PA family found their sweet daughter in their home state. It was a delight to lift them up throughout their journey to their forever family. 💗 ... See MoreSee Less
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Let's give a big high-five to two dads from NC who were just chosen by an expectant mom in FL. They are hopeful for a new addition in their home in early 2023! ... See MoreSee Less
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Congratulations to an amazing family who traveled all the way from Oklahoma to Florida to meet their beautiful baby boy! They are overjoyed to be first time parents and they might already be planning his football career! ... See MoreSee Less
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We are so pleased for a SC family who have waited a long time, have exhibitied patience and kindness, and their match happened! Baby due in the new year... BIG LOVE TO THEM! ... See MoreSee Less
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A North Carolina family joined our service a week ago and on their first profile showing were chosen! Baby due next month in VA. So delighted for this great family! ... See MoreSee Less
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Hooray for a WI family who have waited so patiently and are now preparing to be new parents of a baby boy by the end of this year. Holidays may be spent in the Sunshine State for this couple. We are sending them big love 💙 ... See MoreSee Less
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From VT to AZ they will travel in February 2023! Just chosen by an AZ expectant mom and thrilled to be able to experience winter in the dessert holding a new cherub. Big blessings to this great family! ... See MoreSee Less
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Parents in one hot minute! A childless CA adoptive couple came on board with ASA in late May. They finished their home study and profile about one week ago. Got a call from a NV agency seeking a childless CA couple .... voila' ... chosen, on the road the same day, and now sitting in NV parenting their precious baby girl. It pays to be prepared 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
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Congratulations to a sweet WA couple who were chosen by a bmom delivering in PA in early Spring 2023. We are over the moon for this family! ... See MoreSee Less
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What a joyous day for this wonderful FL family ... they went through a disrupted adoption a few weeks ago to receive a call from their attorney with their born baby boy waiting to meet them! They flew to AZ and are now waiting for approval to travel home. Something tells us they won't mind the AZ wait while hurricane Ian buzzes through their home state!😝 ... See MoreSee Less
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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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