We have exciting news! Lord willing, we, the Franzens, are going to adopt! Although we are blessed with our own biological children, there are so many more millions of children around the world in need of loving homes. We have decided to engage with this global issue via adoption.
After beginning the adoption process 2 years ago, God has opened the doors for a match with a little girl in Bulgaria! We had been approved to adopt in Kyrgyzstan, and had been on the waitlist since 2020. However, at the end of this September, our agency (who works in both countries) reached out to us about a little girl in Bulgaria, with whom they thought we’d be a great fit. We accepted and submitted our application the same day, and have since been garthering documents and waiting on our visa approval, to officially continue the adoption process within Bulgaria. As of this week, once we receive our official visa approval (which they have already verbally approved), we will be set to apostille and mail our new dossier to Bulgaria! Once it’s received, translated, and processed, we will have an official referral, and God willing, be able to schedule trip 1 to meet her! Typically, pickup is 4-5 months after trip 1!
Elizabeth, a homeschooling mother, has desired this since she was about 11 and it has been an ongoing discussion over the Franzen’s marriage of 13 years. Elizabeth grew up in Latin America in a missionary family, and has precious memories of volunteering with her mother at the local girl’s orphanage on a weekly basis. Elizabeth’s younger sister was adopted from this same orphanage as a baby. She continues to be a blessing and reminder of God’s love and faithfulness. Thankfully, over time, Paul, a high school teacher, has come on board with adoption, too.
International adoption is a drawn-out process. And it is expensive. Finances are our biggest hindrance. To adopt from Bulgaria (including the 2 required trips), the adoption will end up costing $55,000-$60,000. In late 2019, Elizabeth received some inheritance money from her missionary parents (who both passed away from cancer within 10 months of each other). We are planning to honor her parents by using a portion of this inheritance towards the adoption. We have also received a few other grants, for which we are very thankful. We are humbled to have been awarded a $3,000 matching grant from Glen Ellyn Bible Church Adoption Fund, administrered by Lifesong Orphans.
Would you consider supporting our family during this adoption process? We thank you, in advance, for partnering with us in prayer and/or giving a tax-deductible donation. We are honored and grateful.
Paul and Elizabeth
(for Zak (10) Kai (8) and Zoe (6))
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