Bassler Family China Adoption

Jennifer Bassler Greendale, Wisconsin

Dear family and friends,

Adoption is something we have considered and prayed about for many years.  We’re excited to share that in God’s timing we are in the process of adopting from China!   We have been blessed with 4 biological children, but I (Jen) have always longed to add one more child to our family.  As we looked into the possibility of adoption, we found out there are many orphans in China waiting for families.  In particular, there is a need for families to adopt boys with minor special needs.  Our hearts were touched as we learned more about the challenges children face in orphanages, and Bryan and I felt confirmation that God was calling us to pursue adoption.  It seems that God’s plan is for the longing in my heart to connect with a child in need of a family.  We haven’t yet been matched with the child God will be adding to our family, but we’re moving towards adopting a boy with minor special needs who will likely be between 9-24 months old when he comes home.  We plan to name him Caden.

As our kids have grown, we have seen the love they have for little ones as they play with their toddler cousins; they also love caring for and playing with babies and young children at church.  They are very much looking forward to having their little brother come home, and we see this as another confirmation of our decision to adopt.

We’ve spent the last several months filling out paperwork (LOTS of paperwork!), completing our home study, and participating in the required adoption training.  We will soon be sending our dossier to China, after which we will be waiting to be matched with a child and eventually travel to China to bring him home.

We know God’s heart is full of compassion for orphans, and we’re thankful for the opportunity to be a part of providing a home for an orphan in need as we also experience the joy of adding a little one to our family.  God has already paid a great price—the death of His Son—to adopt us into His family; what a wonderful opportunity we have to experience the joy of becoming adoptive parents!

We so appreciate your friendship and support!  While we don’t want you to feel any pressure, and it’s humbling to ask, we do want to invite you to be a part of our adoption through prayer and/or financial support.  Here is more information on both of those opportunities:

  • Prayer:  Please pray for God to protect and provide for Caden until we can bring him home, and for God to provide the funds needed to complete our adoption.  Please pray also for a good transition when Caden joins and bonds with our family, and that he would one day come to know Jesus as His Savior.
  • Financial Support:  The estimated cost for our adoption is $35,000-$42,000.  We also anticipate medical expenses after Caden comes home.  By God’s grace, we’ve been able to cover the expenses we’ve had thus far, but we are trusting God to provide the remaining funds to make this adoption possible.  Would you consider making a tax-deductible donation towards our adoption expenses?  Our goal date is April 16, 2017, but donations will be accepted up until our adoption is complete.

Please make checks payable to “Lifesong for Orphans.” In the memo, note “family account number 6639” and “family name, Bassler” to assure it goes to the correct account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744.   To give online simply click the big red “DONATE” button above.

We will update our story as we get matched with our son.  We are grateful for your prayers and support, and look forward to introducing you to Caden when he comes home!

Blessings in Christ,

Jen, Bryan, Kira, Katelyn, Caleb, and Kyla Bassler


STRIPE charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction). Your donations will be decreased by this amount. You may also send a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo line please write “Bassler 6639”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744.

Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.

  • In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Lifesong for Orphans. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.
  • Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Individual donations of $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request.
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My Story

Dear family and friends,

Adoption is something we have considered and prayed about for many years.  We’re excited to share that in God’s timing we are in the process of adopting from China!   We have been blessed with 4 biological children, but I (Jen) have always longed to add one more child to our family.  As we looked into the possibility of adoption, we found out there are many orphans in China waiting for families.  In particular, there is a need for families to adopt boys with minor special needs.  Our hearts were touched as we learned more about the challenges children face in orphanages, and Bryan and I felt confirmation that God was calling us to pursue adoption.  It seems that God’s plan is for the longing in my heart to connect with a child in need of a family.  We haven’t yet been matched with the child God will be adding to our family, but we’re moving towards adopting a boy with minor special needs who will likely be between 9-24 months old when he comes home.  We plan to name him Caden.

As our kids have grown, we have seen the love they have for little ones as they play with their toddler cousins; they also love caring for and playing with babies and young children at church.  They are very much looking forward to having their little brother come home, and we see this as another confirmation of our decision to adopt.

We’ve spent the last several months filling out paperwork (LOTS of paperwork!), completing our home study, and participating in the required adoption training.  We will soon be sending our dossier to China, after which we will be waiting to be matched with a child and eventually travel to China to bring him home.

We know God’s heart is full of compassion for orphans, and we’re thankful for the opportunity to be a part of providing a home for an orphan in need as we also experience the joy of adding a little one to our family.  God has already paid a great price—the death of His Son—to adopt us into His family; what a wonderful opportunity we have to experience the joy of becoming adoptive parents!

We so appreciate your friendship and support!  While we don’t want you to feel any pressure, and it’s humbling to ask, we do want to invite you to be a part of our adoption through prayer and/or financial support.  Here is more information on both of those opportunities:

  • Prayer:  Please pray for God to protect and provide for Caden until we can bring him home, and for God to provide the funds needed to complete our adoption.  Please pray also for a good transition when Caden joins and bonds with our family, and that he would one day come to know Jesus as His Savior.
  • Financial Support:  The estimated cost for our adoption is $35,000-$42,000.  We also anticipate medical expenses after Caden comes home.  By God’s grace, we’ve been able to cover the expenses we’ve had thus far, but we are trusting God to provide the remaining funds to make this adoption possible.  Would you consider making a tax-deductible donation towards our adoption expenses?  Our goal date is April 16, 2017, but donations will be accepted up until our adoption is complete.

Please make checks payable to “Lifesong for Orphans.” In the memo, note “family account number 6639” and “family name, Bassler” to assure it goes to the correct account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744.   To give online simply click the big red “DONATE” button above.

We will update our story as we get matched with our son.  We are grateful for your prayers and support, and look forward to introducing you to Caden when he comes home!

Blessings in Christ,

Jen, Bryan, Kira, Katelyn, Caleb, and Kyla Bassler


STRIPE charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction). Your donations will be decreased by this amount. You may also send a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo line please write “Bassler 6639”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744.

Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.

  • In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Lifesong for Orphans. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.
  • Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Individual donations of $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request.
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We’ve been matched with our son!!!

November 19, 2017

We have some exciting news to share–this past week we recieved a referral for a child, and we have accepted it!  Our son is 10 1/2 months old, and his special need is cleft lip and palate.  We should be travelling to China sometime around February, and we can’t wait to meet him and welcome him into our family!   It’s not that common in international adoption to be able to adopt such a young child, but we are so thankful God answered our prayers in that regard!  We appreciate your prayers as we do the final paperwork, prepare for travelling, and prepare for Caden’s arrival.  Please pray also for the bonding and transition process as we bring him into our family,as well as for the surgeries he will have here to repair his cleft lip and palate.  We’re so grateful for the prayer and financial support so many have given throughout this whole process! 

If you wish to contribute towards the final adoption/travel funds needed to bring Caden home, you can click on the “donate now” button.  Thank you so much!

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1 year later…

June 30, 2017

It’s hard to believe it’s been about a year since we decided to adopt and started the long process!   We are still in the “waiting” part, but that’s OK, because we know God knows the best time to bring Caden into our family.  For now, we pray for him and look forward to the day when he comes home.  We’re so grateful for all who have been a part of our journey through prayer, encouragement, or financial gifts!  This summer I hope to apply for more grants.  If you wish to donate towards our adoption, you can do that up until the time Caden comes home.

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6 days left until goal date!

April 10, 2017

We have been so encouraged by the support of so many who have given generously to help us bring Caden home!  We thank God for each of you who have prayed for Caden and our family and/or given financially.  We are 6 days away from our fundraising goal date of 4/16!  While we will still be able to accept donations until we bring Caden home, we are hoping to get closer to our goal by 4/16.  If you would like to donate to help us reach our goal, please click on the “Donate Now” button.  Thanks so much!

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Thank you for your support!

March 13, 2017

We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to all who have supported our adoption through prayer and/or financial support–we’re so thankful to have you sharing in our journey to bring Caden home!  We’re about halfway to our goal date of 4/27.  If anyone would like to contribute towards our adoption, you can just click on the “donate now” button.  We’ll post an update when we accept a referral for a child.  For now, we are praying for Caden and trusting in God’s timing.

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China Log-in Date!

February 21, 2017

Our dossier made it to China, and we have a log-in date (LID) of 2/21/17!  Praise God!  Now we wait for God’s timing for a referral for the child He has for us.  Estimated time for that is likely 6-9 months, but can’t really be predicted. 

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Dossier is in the mail!!!

February 14, 2017

After 7 months of gathering and filling out paperwork, our dossier is finally in the mail!  It’s on its way to our adoption agency, and before long, it will be on its way to China!  We’re praising God for getting us this far, and trusting Him to keep leading us on in this process.

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Matt

Nov 20, 2017

“Praising God and praying for you guys as you continue through this process!”

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John

Sep 11, 2017

“All the best towards your goal of adoption. I am praying for the Bassler family that it is God's will that you can bring this child into your life.”

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Jul 1, 2017

“We are excited to welcome this new addition to our church family.”

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