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Dec 19, 2013

Today we would like to introduce Kiana Carr, one of our pregnancy counselors. We hope you enjoy learning more about her and seeing how God has directed her path including to Bethany.  

I was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, and I was adopted when I was just 7 months old. So you could say adoption has always been a part of my life! 

We lived in a small village (population 51) in Alaska until I was 7, but I grew up mostly in California, went to Christian school, and attended the local Christian Reformed Church. I finished my undergrad at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois, and received my master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago in 2004. In late 2005 I returned to California to look for work and be closer to my family. It took me six months to find Bethany, and I wouldn't really realize until much later the hand God played in all of that.

You see, I said adoption has always been a part of my life, but it’s not necessarily been at the forefront of my mind at all times. I had always heard of Bethany. We took donations at church for them, and I was involved in their annual Walk for Life throughout high school. They also came to our school for chapel occasionally. And after six months of looking for work in California, I thought, "Hey, maybe I should give Bethany a call!" They were not advertising a position, so it was truly a shot in the dark. However, Jeff Carlson, our director, happened to answer the phone (this never happens!) and I learned their current pregnancy counselor was going to be moving into a new department. I was hired in April of 2006 and have been a pregnancy counselor ever since.

People often ask me if I always wanted to work for Bethany, and I used to answer that it was merely an open position, one that happens to be a really good fit for me. Then a few years ago I came upon my old high school journal. Remember, I mentioned Bethany used to come to our school for chapels? Well, right there in my journal way back then I wrote, "Wouldn't it be cool if I worked for Bethany one day?! If one day I could help birthmoms just like someone probably (hopefully) helped mine." I could almost hear God chuckling as all the pieces fell into place! 

So, the quick answer to what led me to Bethany is God. God has had a hand in my life from the very beginning, from placing me in an amazing adoptive family all the way up to now, helping expectant parents make life-changing decisions for themselves and their children. Being an adoptee myself, I look at every expectant mother I work with as if she were my own, and I strive to treat her as I hope my birthmother was treated. These mothers have touched my heart in countless ways with their incredible strength, their bravery, their selfless-ness, and their love.

Life has truly come full circle for me, and I am certain I am exactly where God has intended me to be all along.