Funding for Rowan James’ Adoption

Allyn Childers
Allyn Childers Pearland, Texas

Brandon and I felt God tugging out heart toward adoption many years ago.  We researched for a long time and really felt like an open adoption with a local agency was the way we were supposed to go.  We love Houston and we really wanted to do something that served our city so we chose a small agency that does amazing work helping woman around our city.  We signed papers with them in November and began the work of our home study, all the while praying for the birth momma that we would meet.  We didn’t kow it at the time but at the same time we signed, a young lady found out she was pregnant with our future son.  Our home study was a long and boring process full of mountains of paperwork.  We finished that and were approved on May 5th.  On May 4th, that same young woman spoke at a local gala for a pregnancy center that guided her through her pregnancy.  After the gala she spoke with a representative from our agency and told them that she had made an adoption plan but needed an agency.  Our agency counseled her and she very quickly chose our family to parent her son.  We were blown away when we got the phone call that we had been chosen.  We were prepared for this process to take at least a year.  Her baby boy was due in five weeks!  We met with the birth momma and then a week later with her and the birth father.  They were loving and caring people who wanted the best for their son.  They didn’t have a consistant relationship and they wanted their son to have a loving home with a mom and dad who loved each other.  We had a great connection with them and made plans for the future.  Two weeks before the baby was due we got the word that his birth momma was headed to the hospital.  We were shocked (and not quite ready!).  Before we knew it, Rowan James was here and in our arms.  One of the best parts of falling in love with Rowan was his name.  Rowan James was one of the names we had loved while naming our two biological sons.  At our first meeting, his birth mother told us that she had already picked out a name for him: Rowan James.  We loved that God put that confirmation in this story.  He was named and meant to be in our family right from the beginnin.  We smiled when we walked into the hospital room and saw “Rowan James” written on the board.  His birth mother and father kept their word and signed him over to us three days after he was born.  We cried and prayed with him and reassured them that we would love him unconditionally.  God has shown himself time after time and we are so humbled by what He has done in Rowan’s little life.

We are raising money to cover Rowan’s adoption costs.  We have been awarded a $2500 matching grant from Northside Christian Church Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans.

 

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 “Childers 7800”, 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 29 people
 of  $7,000
7 days left

My Story

Brandon and I felt God tugging out heart toward adoption many years ago.  We researched for a long time and really felt like an open adoption with a local agency was the way we were supposed to go.  We love Houston and we really wanted to do something that served our city so we chose a small agency that does amazing work helping woman around our city.  We signed papers with them in November and began the work of our home study, all the while praying for the birth momma that we would meet.  We didn’t kow it at the time but at the same time we signed, a young lady found out she was pregnant with our future son.  Our home study was a long and boring process full of mountains of paperwork.  We finished that and were approved on May 5th.  On May 4th, that same young woman spoke at a local gala for a pregnancy center that guided her through her pregnancy.  After the gala she spoke with a representative from our agency and told them that she had made an adoption plan but needed an agency.  Our agency counseled her and she very quickly chose our family to parent her son.  We were blown away when we got the phone call that we had been chosen.  We were prepared for this process to take at least a year.  Her baby boy was due in five weeks!  We met with the birth momma and then a week later with her and the birth father.  They were loving and caring people who wanted the best for their son.  They didn’t have a consistant relationship and they wanted their son to have a loving home with a mom and dad who loved each other.  We had a great connection with them and made plans for the future.  Two weeks before the baby was due we got the word that his birth momma was headed to the hospital.  We were shocked (and not quite ready!).  Before we knew it, Rowan James was here and in our arms.  One of the best parts of falling in love with Rowan was his name.  Rowan James was one of the names we had loved while naming our two biological sons.  At our first meeting, his birth mother told us that she had already picked out a name for him: Rowan James.  We loved that God put that confirmation in this story.  He was named and meant to be in our family right from the beginnin.  We smiled when we walked into the hospital room and saw “Rowan James” written on the board.  His birth mother and father kept their word and signed him over to us three days after he was born.  We cried and prayed with him and reassured them that we would love him unconditionally.  God has shown himself time after time and we are so humbled by what He has done in Rowan’s little life.

We are raising money to cover Rowan’s adoption costs.  We have been awarded a $2500 matching grant from Northside Christian Church Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans.

 

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 “Childers 7800”, 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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2 Month Update!

September 22, 2018

Rowan is really coming out of his shell and I love it so much!  He loves “standing” on the ground while we hold him.  His legs are short but so strong!  He loves when we sing “Do you know the muffiin man” and he even laughed for the first time this month.  He loves baths and feels so comfortable in the water.  He smiles and coos and is a constant source of joy in our home.  

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One Month Update

August 9, 2018

Rowan James is now five weeks old and doing so well at home!  We are beyond thankful for this little guy.  What a crazy, fast ride this has been.  Now that the dust has settled we are falling into a routine with this open adoption.  We send monthly updates to his birth parents so the camera is out often and we love documenting his growth.  

We are so thankful for the donations we have recieved so far.  It’s helping us inch closer to our goal and we are reminded constantly that God has a great plan for this adoption and for Sweet Rowan!

Here’s a little one month update on our little guy!  Would you please consider helping us reach our financial goal to adopt him?  Our agency has graciously extended the date we owe because of how quickly this adoption went so we are just a few months away from needing to be fully funded. We are so thankful for all this help!

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Comments

$25

Julie

Sep 16, 2018

“Happy Sip & See day! Can’t wait to meet him! So happy for your family! 💗”

$50

The

Sep 16, 2018

“We are so happy that Rowan has joined your family. God is so good and faithful!”

$100

McShan

Sep 15, 2018

“So proud of you!”

$50

Wendy

Aug 23, 2018

$40

Meghan

Aug 19, 2018

“We love you!”

$1,600

Mustard Seed

Aug 17, 2018

“So excited to be a part of this journey with you! We love you guys and can't wait to watch Rowan grow!”

$500

Dede

Aug 17, 2018

“God bless you all”

$100

Abby

Aug 17, 2018

“Allyn you have the most beautiful spirit and family! I am so glad to see you and your husband are now able to spread your love onto another child!”

$50

Teddy & Brenda

Aug 16, 2018

“God bless your growing family!”

$50

Hidden

Aug 16, 2018

“God bless your beautiful family!! Your story story touched our hearts. We have just started our adoption journey.”

$100

Kaleigh

Aug 16, 2018

$350

Hidden

Aug 15, 2018

$750

Offline Donation

Jul 30, 2018

$100

Alyssa

Jul 22, 2018

“So very excited for you guys! Love y’all :)”

$50

Kaye

Jul 21, 2018

“Congratulations on the birth & adoption of your sweet baby boy! Praise God for healthy momma & baby & a quick & smooth process! :) Adoption so beautifully reflects God's redemptive, unconditional, familial love for us, and it brings me joy to help!”

$50

Janel

Jul 20, 2018

“Love to be a part of this amazing thing you're doing! Wish it could be more! He looks just like your children in this pic!”

$300

Carolyn

Jul 20, 2018

“Blessings to your sweet family!”

$100

Offline Donation

Jul 20, 2018

$250

Hidden

Jul 19, 2018

“Thank you for sharing this opportunity to partner with you guys in adopting this sweet boy!”

$50

Offline Donation

Jul 19, 2018

$100

Coy

Jul 18, 2018

“Suzy and I are proud of you two. We will be praying for the whole crew.”

$100

Lynette

Jul 16, 2018

$100

Joellen

Jul 16, 2018

“Thank you for sharing your story. We love you and are continuing to pray for your sweet family❤️”

$100

Katie

Jul 16, 2018

“Praying for the your family and the birth parents. He is such a precious gift!”

$25

Lauren

Jul 16, 2018

“Congrats from the Fowler family. Cameron said “oh that’s so cool!”. ;)”

$100

Bethany

Jul 16, 2018

“So happy to hear your good news about Rowan’s arrival. Sorry I cannot deliver a gift in person.”

$50

Amanda

Jul 13, 2018

$50

Darlene

Jul 13, 2018

“Congratulations ❤️”

$50

Jessica and Benjamin

Jul 13, 2018

“Love you guys! Rowan is such a lucky boy 😁”