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R.D., Adult Adoptee

“Simply put, Joni is the first person to walk into my life and finish my sentences. She “got” me from the first time we met. She gave me the chance to really begin to open in an environment that was unquestionably safe and without ambiguity. Her personal style and sense pushed me when necessary and allowed me to fall safely when that was needed. My adoption is a fact, but I have been in pain for all of my 48 years over that fact. I now believe that some of that pain can be relieved. I am beginning to find my voice and true identity. I am beginning to find the lost boy.”

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S.G., Pre-Adopt Group

“When I began to attend Joni’s pre-adopt group I was still feeling very alone and depressed. It was relieving immediately to be with like-minded people. Once we made the decision to adopt it made it real for me. Joni made a difficult journey hopeful, healing. During the 9 months it took to complete the adoption, I was pregnant intellectually and emotionally. Now I wake up in the morning and look at my son. It feels like we were meant for each other. I am elated by motherhood, closer to being whole.”

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M.R., IVF Patient

“My husband and I both had infertility issues. After two failed IVF-attempts we felt hopeless, full of despair. I had become withdrawn from my family and was feeling emotionally and financially insecure. My IVF facility recommended that I talk with Joni Mantell. After I had my first meeting with Joni I walked away feeling normal again. I felt like a weight had been lifted off of me…like when you open the curtains and the sun comes in. Nothing prepares you for infertility. What I learned in counseling will help me with anything else I have to face in my life. I would highly recommend Joni to anyone struggling with infertility.”

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