Called to adopt

Dusten Harward Cornelius, North Carolina

Dusten and I have some exciting news to share that we want you to join in with us:

We have begun the process of adopting a domestic infant through a local adoption agency! We feel like if we are going to be pro-life in other areas of our life, then adoption is a tangible way we can show the world our message. This agency works with birth mothers who have chosen life for their children, but don’t want to or aren’t able to parent in the way they desire. They have made the courageous decision to create an adoption plan for their child.

Grayson’s so Excited!
Our story begins long before this was ever drafted. When we began dating in 2010, we agreed that we wanted to use adoption as a way to grow our family. Fast forward a few years and our son Grayson was born in 2016 causing some major health complications for Recah. The Doctors were very clear that another biological child was out of the question. After multiple job changes and plenty of heart-to-heart discussions, we are both in agreement that now is the time to move forward on adding to our family! Grayson turned 3 in July and is very excited about having a baby sibling in the house, especially one that has real diapers and a pacifier.

Dusten and I are pursuing a transracial adoption within North Carolina. With our specific agency, we have to raise nearly $30,000 to accomplish this goal. The agency has broken it down into more manageable pieces, but in order to bring our child home in a timely manner, we need to be able to write a check for $11,000 by the end of November. We have already contributed an additional $2,000 toward our goal of being home study approved and are committed to pursuing this adoption debt free. Once we are home study approved, hopefully the end of November, we will be a “waiting family” waiting for a birth mother to select us. Our profile will be shown to birth mothers that the agency feels like are a good match for our specific family. Once we are selected by a birth mother, we will have limited time to raise the additional funds required for the baby to be placed in our family. We are hoping to have those funds raised in advance so we aren’t scrambling at the last minute. Over the next few months we will be launching several fundraising opportunities to assist us in accomplishing our goals. We believe it is possible to adopt debt free especially with the help of our friends and family! So, dear friends and family, would you consider supporting us on this journey?


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 “Harward 09323”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 9, 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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Dusten and I have some exciting news to share that we want you to join in with us:

We have begun the process of adopting a domestic infant through a local adoption agency! We feel like if we are going to be pro-life in other areas of our life, then adoption is a tangible way we can show the world our message. This agency works with birth mothers who have chosen life for their children, but don’t want to or aren’t able to parent in the way they desire. They have made the courageous decision to create an adoption plan for their child.

Grayson’s so Excited!
Our story begins long before this was ever drafted. When we began dating in 2010, we agreed that we wanted to use adoption as a way to grow our family. Fast forward a few years and our son Grayson was born in 2016 causing some major health complications for Recah. The Doctors were very clear that another biological child was out of the question. After multiple job changes and plenty of heart-to-heart discussions, we are both in agreement that now is the time to move forward on adding to our family! Grayson turned 3 in July and is very excited about having a baby sibling in the house, especially one that has real diapers and a pacifier.

Dusten and I are pursuing a transracial adoption within North Carolina. With our specific agency, we have to raise nearly $30,000 to accomplish this goal. The agency has broken it down into more manageable pieces, but in order to bring our child home in a timely manner, we need to be able to write a check for $11,000 by the end of November. We have already contributed an additional $2,000 toward our goal of being home study approved and are committed to pursuing this adoption debt free. Once we are home study approved, hopefully the end of November, we will be a “waiting family” waiting for a birth mother to select us. Our profile will be shown to birth mothers that the agency feels like are a good match for our specific family. Once we are selected by a birth mother, we will have limited time to raise the additional funds required for the baby to be placed in our family. We are hoping to have those funds raised in advance so we aren’t scrambling at the last minute. Over the next few months we will be launching several fundraising opportunities to assist us in accomplishing our goals. We believe it is possible to adopt debt free especially with the help of our friends and family! So, dear friends and family, would you consider supporting us on this journey?


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 “Harward 09323”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 9, 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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