Rick and Susan Wyatt
In 1982, after 13 years of infertility testing, medical procedures and numerous surgeries, it became very clear to Rick and me that conceiving a child was not God's plan for us. After our last infertility procedure, being told to "go home and plant a garden" seemed like the end of our dream. Little did we know what God had in store for us and what unbelievable blessings that "garden" would yield, not only for us, but for many, many other people.
"As children bring their broken toys with tears for us to mend,
I brought my broken dreams to God, because He was my friend.
But then, instead of leaving Him, in peace to work alone;
I hung around and tried to help, with ways that were my own
At last I snatched them back and cried, "How could you be so slow"?
"My child," He said, "What could I do? You never would let go."
Author: Lauren P. Burnes
We had done all that we could do and now it was time to 'let go" and to give our dream to God. In January of 1983, 9 months later, our beautiful baby girl Hannah was born. Now we knew why we had to wait 13 years for THIS baby. Hannah was the child God had chosen to be our daughter. It all made sense, it was God's plan, in God's time.
The day after Hannah was born, Rick began law school, five nights a week for two and a half years. In August of 1985, we received a phone call from a friend who was an attorney. He told us that he had a birthmother who wanted to place her child for adoption and asked if we would be interested. Never in our wildest dreams did we ever think we would be blessed with a second child. We were chosen and in October of 1985, Grant "exploded" into our family. He has "rocked" our world ever since!
On October 31, 1985 Rick was vested in the Alabama State Bar Association. Shortly after starting to practice law, Rick began working with couples and birth parents, handling private adoptions. In 1991 Family Adoption Services was established. Here we are 25 years later. What a wonderful journey! What miracles & blessings the "garden" has produced!!
Family Adoption Services has had the privilege of helping people fulfill their dreams of becoming parents and creating loving families. Equally important to us, is knowing that we have helped women and men make the unselfish decision to place their children for adoption. Putting their child first, knowing that their choice for a stable home and a secure future, is the ultimate sacrifice.
Family Adoption Services is not our business..it is our "GARDEN."
Mandy graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2006 with a Masters of Education. She and her husband, Brian, who was adopted, have two sons. Mandy has worked with Rick and Susan since 2004. Mandy assists in the completion of the legal work for the adoption process. She enjoys being a support person for the birth mothers throughout an adoption. She works intensely with the birth mothers during this emotional time in their lives, and often visits them in their homes to explain the process and help them with necessary paperwork. Mandy is on-call for birth mothers before, during, and after the birth of their child. Mandy believes that adoption is truly a gift of love.
Bekah graduated from the University of Alabama in December 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Sciences. While at Alabama she studied Human Development and Family Studies and double minored in Psychology and Consumer Sciences. She is certified as a Family Life Educator by the National Council on Family Relations. When her senior year drew near, she knew that she would have to complete an internship that worked directly with families. Little did she know her wonderful placement would later become a job at Family Adoption Services. Now as an aspiring law student at Birmingham School of Law, Bekah enjoys being able to use her undergrad degree working with birthmothers, while also getting experience in the legal field assisting Rick. Bekah believes adoption is a beautiful link in the circle that makes families complete.