If you’d asked us a decade ago whether we’d ever consider adopting a child, we would have said no without hesitation. We thought adoption was fine for other people, but it wasn’t for us.
After all, why would we adopt a child when we could have “our own” children? Why would we risk parenting a child with a potentially sketchy family history? Why would we subject ourselves to the messiness of an ongoing relationship with an adopted child’s birth parents? And why would we chance substantial heartache considering all that could go wrong?
But in time, God gently laid before us His clear command to care for orphans (Is. 1:17; Jas. 1:27) and kindled in us His tender concern for the fatherless (Dt. 10:18; Ps. 68:5; Ps. 146:9). He led us to a more robust understanding of our own spiritual adoption in Christ, who, despite our wretchedness, suffered our just punishment that we might be freed from slavery to sin and receive adoption as sons (Eph. 1:5; Gal. 4:4-5; Rom. 8:14-17).
Having supported crisis pregnancy centers, single moms programs and area children’s homes for many years, we began to sense God’s call to take it one step further. Ultimately, as God surrounded us with countless examples of faithful foster and adoptive families, He showed us that adoption wasn’t just for “them”; it was for us, too. And before we knew it, He turned all of those “why’s” into one big, “Why not?”
So here we are, ready and waiting to embrace someone else’s child as our own and extend unconditional love and encouragement to his or her birth parents in the months and years to come.
Will you help?
We would love for you to consider partnering with us on this journey. Here are two ways you can help:
Pray. Please pray that God would protect and care for the birth family that He has in mind for us. Please also pray that God would give us wisdom, patience and an unshakable faith as we plow through mounds of paperwork, complete the required education and training, and navigate the ups and downs of this unpredictable process. And lastly, please pray that God would prepare our hearts and the hearts of our children (who could not be more excited about all of this!) to receive and love whatever child He decides to place into our family.
Make a tax-deductible donation to our adoption fund. The cost of domestic infant adoption ranges from $25,000 to $50,000, which includes our home study, agency fees, attorney fees, government fees, birth mother counseling and medical expenses, and any necessary travel. We would be so grateful for your contribution of any amount to help offset these costs and support the various needs of our birth mom. Your online donation is tax-deductible, and every dollar raised – minus the 2.2% credit card processing fee (3.5% for Amex) – goes directly toward these expenses.
If you want to avoid processing fees, please mail a check made payable to “Lifesong for Orphans” to: Lifesong for Orphans, P.O. Box 9, Gridley, IL 61744. Please write “Getz Family, #9495” in the memo – this is really important!
We thank God for each of you and your willingness to walk alongside us on the long road ahead. We could not be more grateful for all of your prayers and support.
Jon, Stacey, Kaylin, Kendall and Owen
“Many are the plans in the mind of a man,
but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”
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 “Getz 09495”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 9, 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.