David and I had always talked about adoption as being an option, but it wasn’t until recently that we really began to feel the calling and the timing to now. Our church has many families who have adopted domestically and internationally and we loved hearing their stories. Our church was hosting a children’s choir for an adoption agency fundraiser and Abby wanted to be a part of it, so we went. Little did we know that this would be the event that would awaken our desire and set in motion our adoption journey. Soon after this event our church held an informational meeting talking about foster care, domestic and international adoption. We weren’t going to go, but we changed our minds last minute and decided to go. It was at this meeting that we really began to feel the calling.
We began searching for information online and through local agencies to find out what direction to go. At first we looked into domestic adoption, but it did not feel right for us. I wasn’t at peace and didn’t sleep for many nights. We decided to look into international adoption and we felt that this is where we needed to be. There are so many countries that have such a great need fro children to be adopted, so we needed to figure out what we be the best fit for our family and our needs. We looked at several different countries, but doors kept closing due to restrictions. God had reminded me of when I was a child and my mom and uncle went on a Mission Trip to Haiti. I was too young at the time, but I wanted to go on the trip someday. I fell in love with Haiti by listening to my family’s stories and looking at their pictures. Time went on and I went on mission trips, but not to Haiti.
When we decided to adopt from Haiti, we loved that the location is so close, so that we can look into making an impact in the country even after we adopt. Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world. Many of the people who live there live off of $2.50 per day. They have also been affected with many different natural disasters that has left many children without parents.
Right now all of our information is in Haiti and we are waiting for our match. We have asked for a child (either boy or girl) ages 0-4 year olds with minor medical (correctible) special needs. Abby and Caleb are so excited to have a baby brother or sister and talk about them all of the time.
We have been blessed to be offered a matching grant through Lifesong for $3000. This is such a blessing and will help cover our Haiti fees that we will have when we get our referral. The fees that we owe Haiti will be about $12,205 and we owe Lifeline $3600 for our final agency fee. The money we receive from this grant will go towards these fees. These fees cover our child’s dossier (information), social evaluation, psychological evaluation, medical services, legal services, passport, court costs, helps cover the care of our child during this process, and their creche. These fees also do not cover our agencies final fees and travel fees.
Thank-you for partnering with us and praying with us to bring home our little blessing from Haiti.
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