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.
We had the pleasure of working with Kirsh and Kirsh to adopt our son Aidan. As one can imagine, the process of adopting a child can be an emotional and stressful experience. However, I cannot think of anyone I would rather have guiding me through the process than Steve and Joel Kirsh and the staff at their firm. When we had questions there was always someone available to take our call and provide answers. And, if something had to be researched or looked into they always got back to us in a timely manner. They were not only accessible, but also approachable. (I really appreciated that as I got closer to our son’s expected arrival date they were very patient with my neurotic-first-time-mother questions and reassured me that everything would be okay!) While they were very encouraging throughout the process they were also very honest and explained possibilities to us so we could be prepared in case we hit any bumps along the road. In addition to being there for us, the Kirshes were also a comfort to our birthmother whom we were matched with using the Kirsh Directed Approach. Our birthmother is a phenomenal young woman and we are so grateful that we were able to match with her. The fact that Kirsh and Kirsh did all the work to find her through the Directed approach took that stress off of our plate so that we could focus on preparing to become parents. And, although they always made it clear that the firm represented us, they answered any of our birthmother’s questions so that she had the information she needed to continue with her adoption plan. I know that she appreciated having a resource to call on and I was grateful that she didn’t feel alone during what was a very emotional and difficult time for her.From helping us get our approval process started, to editing our birthmother letter, to finding the most wonderful birthmother and son, to celebrating with us on Adoption Day, I cannot think of a more qualified or more caring team of individuals to guide you through the adoption process. Because of our wonderful experience with Kirsh and Kirsh, I highly recommend them as THE firm to call when beginning the adoption process, whether you live in Indiana or not!
I wish we had found Kirsh when we started our adoption journey. When we started, we did not know anyone that had completed a successful domestic adoption in the last 5 years. We tried a less expensive agency, but it was not a good fit. Kirsh did a really good job of talking us through match situations and helping us assess risk. After a painful failure with a different agency, we felt Kirsh and Kirsh was our bright light in the dark forest of adoption. We knew this firm was knowledgeable, responsive, and committed to helping us with our goal of having a family. They were always looking out for our best interests. They are true professionals, and you do not always get that with the bargain priced agencies. We strongly recommend Kirsh!Thanks to Kirsh, we have been blessed with a child. If we decide to expand our family again, we will only trust Kirsh and Kirsh with that task. They were so very kind to us through the whole process. Our initial talk was with Joel. We liked him from the start. This firm is comprised of mostly family, and that definitely made a difference. They work together! If someone is out of the office, someone else is happy to help you. Steve has responded to email from us on the weekend. Emley, who worked our match that brought us our child, is truly one of heaven's angels.When we were finally parents, I honestly think they were almost as happy for us as some of our close friends! I cannot say enough positive things about this firm.
After having a bad situation with a less professional agency, I would recommend Kirsh to everyone! They are professional and caring. They keep you informed about your adoption and what is happening in their group. They call you and response to email. Every time you speak with them, they make you feel hopeful. They treat everyone will fairness. They understand birth mom feelings and adoptive family feelings. They walk you through the process before you sign up. They make sure you understand what this is all about. They help write your birth mother letter with wonderful tips. You can tell they know what they are doing. They have the experience to get you a baby! After having been successfully matched and taken home our baby through Kirsh & Kirsh, I would like to write another review of their practice. The people that work for Kirsh & Kirsh are truly special. They understand that they are changing lives for the adoptive family, the brave birth mother, and most importantly the child. They have a deep love for adoption. When we met everyone in their office with our new baby, it was like one big happy family. Of course most of their staff are related. They were so excited for us. It is a good feeling having that family surrounding you in the mountain top experience you are having with your new baby. I cannot say enough that Kirsh & Kirsh would be an outstanding choice for you to grow your family!
I see that there is only one star for Hensley! I totally disagree at this point! My hearing date is July 25th 2013. They have been nothing but awesome with me. I don't call for every little thing, unless its been on my mind for a week, then I'll call. They are very busy people and cannot answer each and every little call/question. They keep me VERY informed! I've just been sitting back with patience and Our great Lord on my side. They have never been rude to me, I'm sorry to those who experienced those cases. I gave them 5 stars for a reason. They have done ALL the work for me from day one! Including, but not limited to, coming to my home in the beginning to be one on one. My next step is to meet with my attorney (no names) face to face to go over everything before I see my judge. Just a great business and they totally have my vote! With my ailments, I don't know what I'd do without them to help me with all of this. Hope we get some better reviews and better star vote! Good luck to everyone going through this long, blistering wait time. They ARE speeding things up as of about a month ago, using video conferencing with a judge. They took my particular case to use! I'm excited that its almost over and I thank everyone in that office that had to deal with me ;)
We had heard of Kirsh & Kirsh’s excellent reputation for years, and had met several couples that had used their services. When we made the decision to expand our family through adoption, they were our first choice. From our first initial meeting to follow up visits to show off our adopted son, the entire staff was amazing. They truly are a family run business, and you experience that from the very beginning. What can be a very emotional journey with many turns; Steve, Joel and staff were all by our sides the entire time and provided the words and encouragement we desperately needed.We have begun the adoption process again. Not only are we anxious to add to our family, we sincerely look forward to working with the entire staff once again. We know we are in good hands and they are always looking out for our best interests. The level of experience and professionalism is bar none. Contacting Steve and Joel Kirsh was one of the best decisions we ever made, and will most likely be yours as well.
We originally started the adoption process with another agency approximately 3.5 years ago and were unsuccessful. After this heartbreaking experience, we decided to retain Kirsh & Kirsh for several reasons. First, was due to their excellent reputation. Second, was because our friends had been successfully placed with children through Kirsh and Kirsh. Finally, after meeting with Steve and Joel, we knew we too would be able to successfully form a family with their assistance.We retained Kirsh and Kirsh in September of 2012 and were successfully matched with our healthy baby girl in February of 2013. Everyone in the Kirsh and Kirsh family is so amazing. They are true professionals and experts in this field.The only regret we have is that we did not retain Kirsh & Kirsh sooner!
I have worked with Lana at Newton Becker Bowkamp on my divorce case of and on over the past few years and I think the world of her professionalism, her guidance and probably most importantly, her acute insight for the law, and how it applies to my case. She has always been spot on with her guidance and fair, even when telling me things that I didn't necessarily want to hear.If you are looking for a firm to "punish" your ex, this is probably not the right group for you, but if you are looking for someone that will help guide you to a fair settlement and treatment, then I don't think you could possibly find a better group of attorneys.And for the record, I have NEVER been overcharged/over billed.
Our adoption was a complete journey that led us to Kirsh and Kirsh to handle all legal work. To have full confidence in the lawyers handing our adoption was the most important thing for us. When we knew Kirsh and Kirsh would be our lawyers, we were able to finally relax knowing that we were not in good hands, but the best hands. We were impressed with the dedication, professionalism, knowledge, organization, and friendliness of Steve Kirsh and his amazing staff. As we look back on our journey and the agencies we have worked with along the way, we would highly recommend Kirsh and Kirsh to anyone interested in adoption services. You can put complete trust in their team to handle your adoption.