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nikijrdn

03/19/2010

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Jordan

We used Kirsh and Kirsh for our second adoption. We used another agency for our first adoption and it was a nightmare. We were very weary with our second adoption but, we found Kirsh and Kirsh and we received tender loving care. I would recommend them to anyone whether it be your first or tenth they provided us with the compassion and Kind words that mean so much when you are going through the emotional roller coaster of an adoption. Steve, Joel and Crystal are great people. They truly care about what you are going through and all the awesome emotions of adoption.

Nicole Jordan

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junebirth061997

02/01/2010

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Birth Mom Review

I am a birth mother and found Kirsh & Kirsh by stroke of luck or God! Being able to find someone that would personally take the time out of their busy schedule to fly and see you, have a chat with you and explain the laws of adoption to me was God orchestrating something bigger than I could ever imagine. I was a well educated woman or young lady at the time. I had made no final decisions. In the end, I felt like Steve had my best interest at heart. And I was blown away by the profiles his office gathered for me after more in depth look at what I was looking for in an adoptive family. He even gave me his personal cell phone; in case anything happened or I had any further questions. He was always there. Being able to watch my daughter grow up through pictures has been an opportunity of a lifetime for me. He remains one of my dear friends. If anyone knows adoption, it is Kirsh & Kirsh. As an adoptive family or birth mother; you can be gauranteed he has your best interst at heart. Kirsh & Kirsh know the laws and adoption laws of most other states as well. Steve is well versed in adoption. If there are any concerns, he knows the answers. Speaking from a birth mothers' heart; I have and still would trust him with my life and any other life I put in front of him.

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craig_33

06/19/2009

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High Morals and Ethics

Steve and Joel are respectable attourneys who work hard to protect both the birthmother and birth parents. They work hard to educate everyone involved in an adoption to make sure people know what is going on 100% of the time. As an adoptive parent I was very impressed with how Steve and Joel protected and cared for the birthmother of my daughter. When our daughter was born her birthmother had a c-section and some minor post birth complications (she recovered fine after a few days). During the 3 days right after the birth the birthmother was taking pain medicine via IV to help with the pain. During this time my wife and I had to wait to get the initial adoption paperwork signed because Steve and Joel would not let her sign any paper while she was under the influence of this medication. This was a stressful time for my wife and I because the birthmother could have changed her mind during that time period. If this does not show caring for birthmothers then how about the checks I GLADLY wrote for the birthmothers medical expenses, post adoption counseling, and living expenses all facilitated by Steve and Joel. My wife showed great concern for the birthmother in this difficult time, but felt relieved once she realized how well Steve and Joel took care of her. This was especially important because the birthmothers family did not support her at all and she was in the hospital by herself the whole time. If Steve and Joel were not there to help her then she would have been alone in making these decisions.



Craig

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adoptionmsw

06/18/2009

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Simply Could Not Be True

Steven Kirsh is a respectable man and colleague. I have worked with him personally and have found him to be a very conscientious attorney working solely in adoptions. I have seen him work on many occasions and quite frankly, it is absolutely impossible that he could have (or would have, for that matter) "coerced" anyone into placing a child for adoption. He is very clear and straight-forward at all times with women and respects them. He is clear and lets them know their rights (usually redundantly). I have found, in my work with Kirsh & Kirsh a level of compassion for expecting parents considering adoption and Steve is a respectable person who has high standards and morals. I do not believe this could be true.

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sboston

06/18/2009

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Birthmother Fighting Back

I have tried to respect Dee Dee/Diana but her dramatic attempts to slander Steve Kirsh are getting irritating. Steve is a giving, caring man and has pioneered adoption law and practices, especially concerning birthfamiles. Laws exist to protect rights. Through the adoption process birthfamiles are told over and over and over that nothing is final until the papers are signed BUT once they are it is extremely difficult to turn back. The adoptive parents and child have the right to be protected by instability. If Diana was having doubts then she should have raised them when she had the chance. Controlling parents, gross indecision and suicidal thoughts are signs of an unstable environment that a child should not be exposed to anyway. I am normally not one to judge, especially when it comes to this difficult decision, but it sounds to me like adoption was the right choice for this little girl. And I'm sure one day when she is an adult and reflects on her wonderful childhood she will realize that she was spared a life of drama and discontent. As a birthmother, I want my child to be proud of me and respect me, not thank heavens that he wasn't raised by me. Diana, I'm sorry to say, you are on the latter path. The extended bitterness and anger you harbor for your decision isn't healthy and I think you should see a psychologist. KIRSH AND KIRSH ARE NOT "BABY STEALERS/SELLERS" and don't even come close. Diana's emotions are obviously clouding her recollection and judgement. I wouldn't change a moment of my experience with Kirsh & Kirsh and have a very healthy relationship with my adoptive family and birthson today. She says she has a counselor; I wonder what they think about all of this. Get over trying to "destroy" Steve Kirsh and focus on healing. It is the best thing you can do for your birthdaughter.

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Meg S.

06/18/2009

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Response to Diana/DeeDee

I've recently read the reviews from Diana/DeeDee and Lynn. It appears that they are taking every avenue possible to slander Kirsh & Kirsh. To say that you were coerced is a very serious charge. Coersion is defined as: "the practice of compelling a person or manipulating them to behave in an involuntary way (whether through action or inaction) by use of threats, intimidation, trickery, or some other form of pressure or force. These are used as leverage, to force the victim to act in the desired way. Coercion may involve the actual infliction of physical pain/injury or psychological harm in order to enhance the credibility of a threat. The threat of further harm may then lead to the cooperation or obedience of the person being coerced. Torture is one of the most extreme examples of coercion i.e. severe pain is inflicted on victims until they give interrogators the desired information." Whether you are stating that Kirsh or your parents, or some other person coerced you to make an adoption plan is an extreme accusation. I understand that you have regrets, but it's time you take responsibility for "your" decision and not blame other people. That is the only way you will move toward healing.



Our agency has provided professional counseling services, including options counseling, to expectant women/couples and birth parents for well over a decade. K&K refer women and couples to us and we provide counseling and social services to the majority of women who are connected with prospective adoptive parents through their practice. Steve & Joel encourage all women to seek pre/post-placement counseling. They even have them review and sign a form titled "Why Counseling is Important." Women have the right to refuse counseling, but counseling is always available to every woman at no cost to her.



I've personally been with Steve & Joel during hundreds of consent signings. I know the mantra well. They review all of their rights with them (including making sure this is their voluntary decision), clearly tell them they are under no obligation to proceed at this time and that they have the right to parent this child if they choose. They explain the permanence of adoption and Indiana law related to consents. They encourage them to "only sign" if they understand and are ready to proceed. We have walked out of many consent signings because the woman needed more time or chose not to proceed. That is their right and Steve and Joel wish them well.



The women we have worked with over the years respect and admire Steve and Joel. Women often tell me that Steve & Joel treat them with respect and compassion. They laugh at how many times Steve and Joel remind them that "they are under no obligation to proceed." Because of this I find it hard to reconcile Diana/DeeDee's recounting of her story with who I know them to be as professionals, and as men.

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indsws6

06/18/2009

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I have personally worked with ...

I have personally worked with Steve and Joel Kirsh with private adoptions through out the state of Indiana and have never in the 20 plus years known them to "coerce" any birth mother into making the most difficult decision of placing her newborn with another family. I have seen Steve actually stop the termination paper signing because a mother is having such a difficult time. Kirsh and Kirsh have counselors dedicated to assist birth parents before, during and after the birth of their child, if they want someone to talk too and guide them. If I had to choose an attorney or an adoption legal practice to represent a family I was going to trust my most precious possession with for the rest of his or her life, Steve and Joel Kirsh would be the firm I would choose. I am sorry these two ladies are experiencing such pain with their decision, but Steve did not and would not force anyone to do anything that he would later regret. It's not about the money, it's about making a family a family and giving females a choice to provide life to a baby. As a side note, I am adopted, have met my birth mother, and had a family member place her newborn with another family. Guess what, Steve helped with that placement and everyone was happy with the outcome.

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Phone: 317-721-2030

TollFree: 800-333-5736

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Nora - Far Northside
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