Finding Pearl

Kate Schlickman
Kate Schlickman Wheaton, Illinois

While we’ve officially been “home study ready” since September 2016, our hearts only had 12 hours to prepare for Pearl Amelia. In my follow-the-textbook mind, we would match with a birth mother, begin bonding with her, and start our fundraising. Of course, God follows no textbooks, and there wasn’t time before we traveled to set up our accounts! Though we feel strongly that God has called us to adoption, it is a step out in faith that He will provide all that we need, emotionally, physically, and financially. If you feel led and would like to walk alongside us in this journey by helping us raise a portion of the adoption funds, we would be forever grateful.

We have been approved for a $5,000 matching grant through our church, College Church, administered by LifeSong for Orphans. This is an amazing blessing and we are so grateful to attend a church that cares so deeply about orphans and adoption.  In short, adoption is expensive (our total will top $40,000) but we felt strongly about pursuing an adoption avenue that provided for all the needs of our birthmother, both pre- and post-placement, and that certainly increases the financial burden.  All funds raised will go directly to approved adoption costs (such as agency and legal fees, not personal expenses).

Please know that there is no amount too small, and if giving financially is not possible for you at this time, we still covet your prayers as we embark on this new adventure as a family of 6!  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. If you haven’t already met her, we can’t wait to introduce you to our girl.


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 “Schlickman 6650”, 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 20 people
 of  $10,000
9 days left

My Story

While we’ve officially been “home study ready” since September 2016, our hearts only had 12 hours to prepare for Pearl Amelia. In my follow-the-textbook mind, we would match with a birth mother, begin bonding with her, and start our fundraising. Of course, God follows no textbooks, and there wasn’t time before we traveled to set up our accounts! Though we feel strongly that God has called us to adoption, it is a step out in faith that He will provide all that we need, emotionally, physically, and financially. If you feel led and would like to walk alongside us in this journey by helping us raise a portion of the adoption funds, we would be forever grateful.

We have been approved for a $5,000 matching grant through our church, College Church, administered by LifeSong for Orphans. This is an amazing blessing and we are so grateful to attend a church that cares so deeply about orphans and adoption.  In short, adoption is expensive (our total will top $40,000) but we felt strongly about pursuing an adoption avenue that provided for all the needs of our birthmother, both pre- and post-placement, and that certainly increases the financial burden.  All funds raised will go directly to approved adoption costs (such as agency and legal fees, not personal expenses).

Please know that there is no amount too small, and if giving financially is not possible for you at this time, we still covet your prayers as we embark on this new adventure as a family of 6!  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. If you haven’t already met her, we can’t wait to introduce you to our girl.


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 “Schlickman 6650”, 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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Comments

$100

Lauren and Jim

Jan 24, 2018

“Pearl is so blessed to have such a supportive and caring set of parents. We are beyond happy for your family. Much love!”

$50

Donna

Jan 20, 2018

“So happy for you guys! Love seeing Felicity's excitement about her new baby sister. She is such a good big sister. We have never regretted adopting 21 years ago. Love seeing your love for one another and for Pearl. Donna”

$100

Hidden

Jan 16, 2018

“Congratulations! So very happy for you and Pearl.”

$100

Timothy

Jan 9, 2018

“A gift from Daniel & Isabela Bartel. Welcome to our Family Pearl!”

$100

Matt & Liz

Jan 4, 2018

“So thankful for precious Pearl! Lots of love and prayers for your family!”

$100

Chellena and Mike

Dec 31, 2017

“Praising God for this good and perfect gift. Welcome to our village Pearl!”

$300

Jeffrey

Dec 31, 2017

“The Schlearles love you, sweet Pearl.”

$100

Jill

Dec 31, 2017

“We love you guys and join in praising God for the gift of Pearl! Your walk of faith is beautiful in this broken world!”

$250

Alison

Dec 31, 2017

“Happy New Year to you all! Steve and Alison.”

$3,000

Mark and Sarah

Dec 28, 2017

“Finding Pearl will always be recalled as a stone of remembrance in our family. Thank you for listening to God and having open hands to grow your family. ❤️❤️”

$20

Sarah

Dec 28, 2017

“Our family's adoption story is very similar - May God bless your family and your sweet little girl!”

$1,000

Sandee

Dec 27, 2017

“Love you, Sweet Pearl”

$100

Coray

Dec 27, 2017

“I love your hearts and I love Pearl. Praying for finances to come in and you to feel supported in the beautiful choice you made”

$1,000

Caroline

Dec 24, 2017

“xoxo”

$500

Hidden

Dec 22, 2017

“We welcome Pearl to our family with open hearts! She is so precious.”

$50

Amy

Dec 20, 2017

“So thrilled for your family!”

$50

Laura

Dec 20, 2017

“Congratulations! She is so beautiful! Love hearing how God brought you together.”

$50

Jenny

Dec 19, 2017

“Schlickmans! I am so so happy for your beautiful family!”

$100

Sara

Dec 19, 2017

“Welcome Pearl! Thank you for sharing your beautiful journey!”

$50

Kelly

Dec 19, 2017