Things are quiet at the Short house. Allyssa and Isaac Short come home after work and school to a spotless apartment, and silence. Except for their own voices, there is no extra noise. After two years of marriage, they would like to hear the patter of little feet as a child runs to them, holding out arms for a hug and a kiss.
The Shorts are in the roller coaster ride of adopting a child. The adoption process is not only expensive financially, it is taxing emotionally.
The Logan couple, both 23 years-old, is trying to raise funds to adopt a baby.
Isaac just graduated from Bridgerland Technical College and works for Nucor in Brigham City. Alyssa will graduate with a certificate in Interior Design soon.
To become candidates to adopt children, one must go through an approval process. A licensed therapist must visit the home and the couple to insure they and their premises are ready to take on a baby.
The Shorts have passed all the checks, and are doing everything they know how to bring home a bundle of joy.
Isaac said private adoptions, the option they’re pursuing, would cost anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000.
“We started around January,” Isaac said. “We are hoping to raise $5,000 for a private adoption, an agency adoption would cost from $20,000 to $40,000.”
The two both ran cross-country together at Mountain Crest High School, and have decided to do a Fun Run to raise some of the funds for adoption.
Moving Mountains for Adoption 5K/1 Mile will be held Saturday, June 22 in Paradise. Start time is at 8 a.m. There will be three courses: a 5K run, a 1 Mile run and a kids run.
T-shirts are included if the registration is completed by June 3. Registration will be $25 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and under (three and under are free). Event shirts will be handed out at the race. There will also be a race day raffle for a treadmill.
Their website is https://www.raceentry.com/moving-mountains-for-adoption/race-information.
If successful, the Shorts would like to make the race an annual event to help others raise the money needed for the adoption process.
The Shorts have been working with Charity Goodrich, who is licensed to do home studies and work with couples throughout the adoption process.
“The adoption process is a lot of work and it’s stressful, but it’s exciting,” she said.
Goodrich worked for LDS Family Services for 13 years. When they quit doing adoptions, she decided to leave and continue doing them.
She also has adopted every one of her five children. She would like to help couples realize the joys of adoption as a contract worker.
“At any given time, I have 20 to 25 couples I’m working with on the adoption process,” she said. “I look at what is best for the child. I think that needs to be important for everyone.
“Single women who want to give their baby everything, choose adoption,” she said.
“There are more couples who want to adopt than there are babies out there,” Goodrich said. “One in four couples in Utah struggle with infertility, and that number is growing.”
One of the reasons there are fewer babies available is the societal acceptance of single parenting.
“Society has changed. People are owning up things and think keeping a baby is the only option. They are not looking at other options. Adoption is another option and it is a responsible choice,” she said.
In preparation for a couple getting a baby, Goodrich makes home visits. The visits are to make sure the couple is ready socially and ready to be parents.
She checks their background, parenting strengths, how they resolve issues and how the couple plans to care for the child.
“We go through the home and make sure they are safe,” she said. “I have to let them know what it takes for their house to be child proof.”
Goodrich said the Shorts are excited, but it can take years for people to get placement. It could take a while.
“We hope it is on the faster side of things,” Goodrich said. “I have a group of people wanting to adopt.”
This is the Short’s first fundraising event, but hope it will be successful enough to continue annually.