The Welsteads: A Don’t Give Up Story


Sometimes, you come across something that is so great and wonderful that you want to share it with everyone you know. This video is one of those things.

A few years ago, Ben and Renee Welstead, a couple from Nebraska, adopted their daughters, Cora and Ruby, through the foster care system. The video, made by the husband and wife photography team of Ashley and Jeremy Parsons, was originally posted in 2012. However, this week it has made a viral comeback, and rightfully so. It’s a stunning portrait of an adoption journey and that, as Huffington Post said, “it’s love that makes a family.”

The Welsteads have since fostered more children, and have adopted twins, who are the biological siblings of Cora and Ruby!

Their story is one of many forever families who are brought together by the adoption process. If you are expectant parent or adoptive parent looking for more information about the adoption process, please contact us!


Image: Parsons Photography.

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Meet Steffany Aye, the heart behind Adoption & Beyond since its inception in 1998. Fueled by a deep passion for supporting both birth and adoptive parents, Steffany's journey as an adoptive parent has continued the foundation for this non-profit adoption agency.

Drawing from more than 25 years of dedicated experience, Steffany and her team are committed to crafting warm, thriving families through child-centered adoptions. Their inclusive services, free from any form of discrimination, reflect Steffany's unwavering dedication to the beautiful tapestry of adoption.

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