We are adopting!!! Even before we were married, adoption has been in our hearts. Our hearts have always longed to grow our family by two avenues- biological and adoption. We have prayed for many years about when the time to adopt is and we’ve felt for a while that the time is now. After many losses, we wanted to wait until we felt like our hearts were in a healed place to do adopt a child.
We have a lot of love to give in our home, and we want to bring children into that and raise them in a place where they know and experience God’s love while also growing up in a healthy home. We believe adoption is biblical and is a beautiful picture of how God chose us and adopted us as His own. We are so excited the Lord has called us to grow our family in this way. We know adoption can come from a place of pain, but we also know the Lord can use pain to bring about something beautiful, and we want to be a part of that story.
Practically speaking, we have been in this process for a while and have completed our home study and our profile book that gets presented to the birth mom. We have a wonderful consulting agency helping us. We have spent over $15,000 at this point with home study fees, background checks, consulting agency, etc. Now we are raising money to be matched with a birth mom. The money raised will go towards agency fees, post placement visit fees, legal fess, travel fees, and medical expenses. We knew by making this step of faith to adopt we would need the Lord to provide the funds to do so.
We have been awarded $7500 in matching grants from Colonial Heights Baptist Church Adoption Fund, + Lifesong for Orphans. We are needing to raise all of this money before the end of the year. If you give towards our adoption, everything is tax deductible. If you are looking for a way to give before the end of the year, we would be honored for you to give towards our adoption! Please note that all donations must be given through this campaign.
We are so grateful to each one of you who give or who share this fundraiser with others! We are so thankful that you are choosing to partner with us to grow our family. We feel that it will be so special to one day tell our child of all the people who came alongside us to bring him or her home.
Please also begin to pray for this baby and his or her first mom. We will always honor her for her brave choice. We want this child to know that he or she was always loved and wanted.
Again, thank you so much!
-The Fish Family
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