Now was the time.

Eve Ellinger had always been drawn to children, and wanted to have a family of her own one day. But focus on her career had been a priority throughout her 20s and 30s, as she worked hard to establish the life she wanted.

Finally, at age 43, she was ready to start her journey towards motherhood. She wanted to adopt a baby.

“I decided I wanted to be a mom. I think I’d always known that adoption would be part of my life in some way. So when it came down to it, I decided to start the process,” she said.

But navigating the world of adoption can be bewildering, stressful and expensive, particularly for a single mother like Ellinger. She found vital support through the process in Greenwood’s Courageous Hearts Adoptions, a nonprofit organization working with adoptive parents and birth mothers across the country.

With their help, Ellinger and her son, Johnny, are now a family.

“I couldn’t have done this without them. They are just a tremendous group of people,” she said.