Cooper Family Adoption

Scott Cooper
Scott Cooper Kearneysville, West Virginia

We’re the Cooper family. This Winter we hosted a teenage girl from Eastern Europe for a month through an orphan hosting program. “A” is 15 and has lived, without family, in an orphanage almost her entire life.

We went ice skating, roller-blading, and biking, we cooked, played games, went to church, and celebrated Christmas. We took “A” to a movie theater, for the first time in her life, to see Mary Poppins 2. One of our best memories was reuniting her with her dear friend, Julianna, who was adopted two years ago, by a family that lives only 10 minutes away. A miracle, considering when we agreed to host “A”, we did not know Julianna or her family. We didn’t even know of any families who had adopted children from the same country in recent years near us, much less a teenager, from the same orphanage. It was a joy for us to bring them together and an even bigger joy for the girls.

Toward the end of her visit, we prayerfully considered making “A” permanent part of our family. We discussed it with her, acknowledging the enormity of the decision, and told her she could take time to think it through. She immediately said: “I already know my answer, YES!” Now, we enter an urgent new phase. “A” will be turning 16 this spring, the age when she will “graduate” and age-out of the orphanage system.

Her chance of “graduating” and moving on to pursue a good education, find a job, or achieve any success, is slim to none. An orphan, raised in an institution, severely lacking “life” skills, is ill-equipped to survive, much less thrive. With no one to support, love, and provide for them, or even just watch after them, they are very vulnerable.

We are working diligently on this adoption, with a portion already completed, but the costs are mounting. Total expenses, as estimated by our adoption agency are around $34,600. This total includes airfare for up to three trips to the country, immigration paperwork ($945), a home study ($3,000), adoption agency and facilitation team fees ($12-15k), and in-country living expenses ($3500). Lesser fees add up quickly and include fingerprinting, background checks, Notary, Apostille, and other document prep fees, postage, medical exams, ground transportation, passports, visas, fund-raising, etc. This is on top of thousands we’ve already spent on hosting and orphan care, and does not include the typical financial challenges of adding a child to a family, particularly one with many needs that are still unknown. WE NEED HELP!

Please consider partnering with us to bring “A” home forever, where she will have a warm bed to sleep in, healthy food to nourish her, access to much needed health care, and an opportunity to thrive and succeed in life. One where she will be and feel safe. One where she is cared for and will experience the love of God and family. If you are unable to give financially, we ask that you would pray for her and us while she is waiting and we continue on this journey to bring her home forever.

Raising this $10,000 now will enable us to cover many of these costs. “A’s” 16th birthday is this Spring and we’d like to be able to tell her that we’ve reached a milestone and have confidence that we are coming! If you are unable to give financially, we ask that you would pray for her safety while she is waiting and for us as we continue on this journey to bring her home forever. Thank you and God bless!

Scott and Sara Cooper


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 “Cooper 8312”, 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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Raised to date by 17 people
 of  $10,000
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My Story

We’re the Cooper family. This Winter we hosted a teenage girl from Eastern Europe for a month through an orphan hosting program. “A” is 15 and has lived, without family, in an orphanage almost her entire life.

We went ice skating, roller-blading, and biking, we cooked, played games, went to church, and celebrated Christmas. We took “A” to a movie theater, for the first time in her life, to see Mary Poppins 2. One of our best memories was reuniting her with her dear friend, Julianna, who was adopted two years ago, by a family that lives only 10 minutes away. A miracle, considering when we agreed to host “A”, we did not know Julianna or her family. We didn’t even know of any families who had adopted children from the same country in recent years near us, much less a teenager, from the same orphanage. It was a joy for us to bring them together and an even bigger joy for the girls.

Toward the end of her visit, we prayerfully considered making “A” permanent part of our family. We discussed it with her, acknowledging the enormity of the decision, and told her she could take time to think it through. She immediately said: “I already know my answer, YES!” Now, we enter an urgent new phase. “A” will be turning 16 this spring, the age when she will “graduate” and age-out of the orphanage system.

Her chance of “graduating” and moving on to pursue a good education, find a job, or achieve any success, is slim to none. An orphan, raised in an institution, severely lacking “life” skills, is ill-equipped to survive, much less thrive. With no one to support, love, and provide for them, or even just watch after them, they are very vulnerable.

We are working diligently on this adoption, with a portion already completed, but the costs are mounting. Total expenses, as estimated by our adoption agency are around $34,600. This total includes airfare for up to three trips to the country, immigration paperwork ($945), a home study ($3,000), adoption agency and facilitation team fees ($12-15k), and in-country living expenses ($3500). Lesser fees add up quickly and include fingerprinting, background checks, Notary, Apostille, and other document prep fees, postage, medical exams, ground transportation, passports, visas, fund-raising, etc. This is on top of thousands we’ve already spent on hosting and orphan care, and does not include the typical financial challenges of adding a child to a family, particularly one with many needs that are still unknown. WE NEED HELP!

Please consider partnering with us to bring “A” home forever, where she will have a warm bed to sleep in, healthy food to nourish her, access to much needed health care, and an opportunity to thrive and succeed in life. One where she will be and feel safe. One where she is cared for and will experience the love of God and family. If you are unable to give financially, we ask that you would pray for her and us while she is waiting and we continue on this journey to bring her home forever.

Raising this $10,000 now will enable us to cover many of these costs. “A’s” 16th birthday is this Spring and we’d like to be able to tell her that we’ve reached a milestone and have confidence that we are coming! If you are unable to give financially, we ask that you would pray for her safety while she is waiting and for us as we continue on this journey to bring her home forever. Thank you and God bless!

Scott and Sara Cooper


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 “Cooper 8312”, 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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Thank you…we’re almost there!

June 3, 2019

Our adoption is almost finished! We’re leaving on 6/12 for the third and final trip to bring our new daughter home. As of 6/1, there was $6,000 left to reach the goal we set for this fundraiser, which is about the exact amount we need to fully fund the last trip ($4k in airfare, a $500 orphanage donation, medical/passport/visas, and in-country travel and living expenses for approximately 2.5 weeks).

 

Thank you for your continued prayers and support. We were able to fund the first two trips and agency fees. Please consider helping us get to the finish line and begin the next phase of our journey without any debt. And please SHARE!

 

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Comments

$500

Offline Donation

Jun 21, 2019

$200

Offline Donation

Jun 21, 2019

$220

Hidden

Jun 20, 2019

“I know this isn't much, but it should cover Alina's medical fees for required to get her US Visa.”

$100

Brent and Latonia

Jun 20, 2019

$200

Nanette

Jun 19, 2019

$100

Selina

Jun 18, 2019

$200

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Jun 17, 2019

“Praying you home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

$250

Millie

Jun 17, 2019

$25

Judith

Jun 17, 2019

$3,500

Offline Donation

Jun 13, 2019

$22

James

Jun 4, 2019

“praying for you on your journey to adoption”

$100

Sherri

Jun 3, 2019

$50

Hidden

Jun 3, 2019

$100

Brian

Jun 2, 2019

“congrats Scott. Best of luck to your newest family!”

$50

Tracy

Jun 2, 2019

“Blessings & prayers to you all♥️”

$1,000

Terry

Apr 24, 2019

“Scott & Family, we are praying for you and "A". May God bless this step of faith and provide joy to all involved.”

$3,000

Howard

Apr 4, 2019

“Donation for Account #8312-Cooper”