Conversation with Steve Sunday, Executive Director and Founder of Forever Bound
When it comes to finding the right adoption agency, one of the most important things that birth mothers and adoptive families look for is a relationship. Adoption can be a stressful process, but when you have an agency that knows what they are doing and will be there for you before, during and after the adoption – you know that you have come to the right place. For over 35 years, Steve Sunday, Executive Director and Founder of Forever Bound Adoption, has been working tirelessly to build families, support birth mothers and promote sound adoption throughout the country.
“Previously, I worked for one of the largest agencies in the country, and when it came time for them to move out of adoption – I knew there would be a void,” explained Steve. “Soon after, we started Forever Bound with the hope of providing exceptional service to both couples and birth parents.”
His Advice for Hopeful Adoptive Parents
When it comes to helping families build and manage their adoption profiles, Steve has years of experience. “I think what I would say to a family sitting in my office is: don’t be passive in your pursuit of adoption. The more proactive that you are, the more assertive that you are in promoting yourself through the internet, the more likely you are to get matched.” He goes on to explain that, ”if you have a hardworking agency teamed with a couple who learns how to make their adoption happen, they are far better than just passively waiting for a child to come.”
Advocating and Educating, Beyond Forever Bound
Shortly after starting Forever Bound Adoption, Steve felt that there also needed to be an organization that helped the general public better understand the adoption process. In 2011, he started United for Adoption, as an advocacy organization with chapters nationwide, to promote the culture of adoption, help educate the public about surrounding issues, and teach others about the process that adoptive parents and birth mothers must go through. In the end, Steve said that “It’s all about making sure that people understand their options and can make the most informed decision.”