Hello, friends & family!
We are on a new adventure in our lives: adoption from India! This is a little bit of our story of how God got us to this place.
Ever since I’ve (Clark) known Meghann, she has had a heart to adopt internationally. I remember talking in college about it and it was pretty much a condition of getting married. I was very open to this, though maybe not quite at Meghann’s excitement level (yet). We’ve been blessed with two biological children and a few years ago, we decided that if we were going to have more children in our home, they would not be biological. We want to take care of those in need.
We looked into international adoption then. We passed. “Not for us, yet,” we thought. We got our foster care license, hoping to take in a baby under age one. Since obtaining our license in October 2019, we haven’t had a placement. That’s another story, and very likely part of God’s process with us.
During the season of waiting, in April of 2020, I woke up one night with a crystal clear thought: adopt internationally. I hadn’t thought of this for a year or more. It wasn’t my idea. I prayed and talked with close friends, and then talked to Meghann. God was doing something new in our lives and we were both ready for the adventure.
Since April, we have been going through the application process with Lifelife Children’s Services. We are now home study approved and have received initial approval from CARA (Central Adoption Resource Authority) and the Government of India. We are currently waiting on a child to be matched with! We are eager and anxious to see what is next.
One thing that is for sure next, is fundraising. The adoption process costs a lot of money in order to do it the right way and make sure children are being put in the right situation internationally. So far we have put in $12,567 out of pocket and also received a $500 scholarship from Lifeline. We are needing about $22,000 more in fees over the remainder of the adoption process.
We would love for you to be a part of the journey through your prayers, first and foremost, but also financially if you are led to do so. Good news! AIM5 (a local Topeka ministry) has given us a matching grant of $5,000. So, if we can fundraise $5,000, it will end up being $10,000 towards bringing home a child in India who is in need of a loving home.
We ask that you prayerfully consider supporting our adoption. We know this is a tough time for many and are grateful for whatever you can do to support our family. Thank you so much for being a part of our lives and being alongside us for this exciting adventure.
Please, please feel free to contact us with questions!
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 “Boatright 09402”, 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.