As you may know, adoption-related costs can easily total up to $35,000 or more. We are taking advantage of tax credits and grants and special adoption loans as we can, but we have also started this fundraiser as part of our funding process.
We have received a matching grant through Lifesong for Orphans, so any amount donated (up to $3,500) is matched, dollar for dollar.
We hope that by inviting you into this process (whether you support us financially or in other ways), you will see yourself as part of the community we hope to build around our new child.
This is our adoption story...
Twelve years ago two little boys came to church with their grandma. They needed a place to stay for the night. We agreed to bring them home with us. Actually, Johnie agreed without really asking me and I was pretty frustrated. But they were sweet kids and it was obvious they had had a hard time and I quickly softened.
One night turned into four. And ultimately that experience sparked an interest for me in foster care. But the timing and circumstances never quite lined up until 2018. Johnie and I became interested in adopting an older (than our two year old) child from the foster care system. And though adoption was our goal, we became a certified foster home in the process.
In July 2019 we said yes to our first call to foster.
We welcomed a delightful eleven month old girl into our home. I can’t imagine a more positive foster experience. It felt like my years of waiting had finally been repaid. And I had a chance to fully live into the message I believed and shared through my work in child abuse prevention.
There are evil people who do evil things, but generally most parents are not bad. They just need a little help for a season to keep their child safe and loved. I was able to develop a relationship with the birth family and felt genuinely happy for their reunification. Thankfully, they have remained in touch with us.
While this experience was overwhelmingly positive, despite our best efforts to prepare and protect him, Matthias didn’t understand how a friend could live in our house for several weeks only to leave one day with very little contact afterward.
On top of that, the two of them together had been more cuteness and sweetness overload than I could handle. I knew from that first night that she was not my child, but I also got a glimpse of how beautiful it could be for us to permanently add a baby to our family.
At the same time we were meeting with seemingly endless roadblocks and frustrations with our efforts to adopt an older (than Matthias) child from the foster care system. And he was reaching an age that would make it more difficult to adjust to a new addition who would be older.
So Johnie and I decided to begin looking into private infant adoption. Our private homestudy was approved in November of 2019 and we have presented on nearly 100 situations so far. Adoption is a complicated, emotional process and we have wished for more support throughout. We are specifically pursuing this fundraiser to help pay for the services of an adoption consultant to help guide us and support us through this process.
There are so many ways to support us. Biggest of all being prayers. It was the grace of God and people praying that carried me through my pregnancy and I’m sure it will be the same with this adoption.
If the Lord is leading you to support us financially, we would be so thankful for your donation.
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 “Karr 08964”, 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.