Our Adoption Journey

Lauren Wang Champaign, Illinois

Ever since we got married, we had always considered orphan care as something we wanted our family to be involved with. We had been exposed to adoption and foster care in many different ways but it wasn’t until we moved to Champaign in 2017 that we really felt the Lord calling us to adopt for ourselves.

As we got more plugged in to our church, we started noticing that many families there were currently fostering, had fostered,  adopted, or were helping in different non-profit organizations that were advocating for vulnerable children.

One night, I (Lauren) randomly decided to start doing some research on how the process of adoption even worked. Sovereignly, the very next morning we heard that a family from our church who had been waiting to adopt was finally matched with a baby that was just born and they were going to the hospital that day to meet their new child! Something in our hearts moved in that moment and we knew that we wanted to be a part of something like that.

It was one thing to hear and think about adoption but quite another to hold our friends’ foster babies, make meals for friends that were accepting new foster placements, and celebrating with our friends over this new baby that the Lord gave them through adoption.

So in the winter of 2019, we made it our New Year’s Resolution that we would begin to pray about being a part of adoption/foster care for ourselves. We wanted to spend serious time seeking the Lord to see if this is where He was leading us.

As we prayed, the Lord pressed into our hearts the significance of our own spiritual adoption. We rejoiced at how God has adopted us into His family as His own sons and daughters, at great cost to Himself. It became more and more clear that God was showing us His heart in loving and caring for vulnerable children and how He was inviting us to be a part of it.

The rest is history. We applied with FAC (Faithful Adoption Consultants) in June and continued to just take one step at a time to get to the point where we are now. We were matched with an expectant mom on December 2 and Lord-willing, will add to our family when the baby is born (due Jan 28)! This has been a whirlwind of an experience but we are so grateful for how God has led us.

The Lord has already provided more than half of what we need. Now, we are trusting Him to provide an additional $5,000 (alongside a generous 100% match from Lifesong) which will just about get us to the finish line and all of the remaining expenses will be covered.

We will continue to periodically provide updates and prayer requests throughout our adoption journey. If you would like to receive those updates, you can follow us on Instagram @wang_adoption or via email by clicking “Receive Story Updates” in the upper right section of this page.

Thank you for reading our story and even more thanks for your prayers!

-The Wangs


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 “Wang 08755”, 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 24 people
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My Story

Ever since we got married, we had always considered orphan care as something we wanted our family to be involved with. We had been exposed to adoption and foster care in many different ways but it wasn’t until we moved to Champaign in 2017 that we really felt the Lord calling us to adopt for ourselves.

As we got more plugged in to our church, we started noticing that many families there were currently fostering, had fostered,  adopted, or were helping in different non-profit organizations that were advocating for vulnerable children.

One night, I (Lauren) randomly decided to start doing some research on how the process of adoption even worked. Sovereignly, the very next morning we heard that a family from our church who had been waiting to adopt was finally matched with a baby that was just born and they were going to the hospital that day to meet their new child! Something in our hearts moved in that moment and we knew that we wanted to be a part of something like that.

It was one thing to hear and think about adoption but quite another to hold our friends’ foster babies, make meals for friends that were accepting new foster placements, and celebrating with our friends over this new baby that the Lord gave them through adoption.

So in the winter of 2019, we made it our New Year’s Resolution that we would begin to pray about being a part of adoption/foster care for ourselves. We wanted to spend serious time seeking the Lord to see if this is where He was leading us.

As we prayed, the Lord pressed into our hearts the significance of our own spiritual adoption. We rejoiced at how God has adopted us into His family as His own sons and daughters, at great cost to Himself. It became more and more clear that God was showing us His heart in loving and caring for vulnerable children and how He was inviting us to be a part of it.

The rest is history. We applied with FAC (Faithful Adoption Consultants) in June and continued to just take one step at a time to get to the point where we are now. We were matched with an expectant mom on December 2 and Lord-willing, will add to our family when the baby is born (due Jan 28)! This has been a whirlwind of an experience but we are so grateful for how God has led us.

The Lord has already provided more than half of what we need. Now, we are trusting Him to provide an additional $5,000 (alongside a generous 100% match from Lifesong) which will just about get us to the finish line and all of the remaining expenses will be covered.

We will continue to periodically provide updates and prayer requests throughout our adoption journey. If you would like to receive those updates, you can follow us on Instagram @wang_adoption or via email by clicking “Receive Story Updates” in the upper right section of this page.

Thank you for reading our story and even more thanks for your prayers!

-The Wangs


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 “Wang 08755”, 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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Comments

$100

Bradley

Jan 19, 2020

$50

Kayla & Stephen

Jan 19, 2020

$150

Offline Donation

Jan 17, 2020

$50

Katherine

Jan 16, 2020

“I have watched this number grow and grow and it has been such an encouragement! So close to $5000!”

$157

Hidden

Jan 9, 2020

“We love you guys so much!”

$512

Neal & Kim

Jan 9, 2020

“We love you guys! You know we are praying for you!”

$800

Amy

Jan 4, 2020

“We love you guys and pray this is a wonderful next season as your family grows!”

$100

Offline Donation

Jan 4, 2020

$260

Hidden

Dec 31, 2019

“Praying for you as you go through this process!”

$350

Thomas J

Dec 31, 2019

“So awesome you guys are adopting! Just totally life-changing for the baby and will surely be a huge blessing to you guys”

$100

Jenna

Dec 29, 2019

“Congratulations on your adoption!! We look forward to hearing more about it! Jenna and Nolan”

$300

Cindy

Dec 28, 2019

“Looking forward to meeting my new niece or nephew!”

$50

Ashley

Dec 28, 2019

“Sending love and prayers! Xo Ash & RJ”

$1,000

Connie

Dec 27, 2019

$25

CATHY

Dec 23, 2019

$100

Offline Donation

Dec 20, 2019

$200

Danny

Dec 17, 2019

“We're so excited for you and so glad to be partnering in your adoption. Praying for a healthy birth and a smooth adoption process.”

$75

W + M

Dec 16, 2019

$100

Garrett

Dec 16, 2019

“Excited for you guys!”

$41

Hidden

Dec 15, 2019

“Wishing you God's blessings as you adopt!”

$50

Isaac

Dec 15, 2019

“Congrats, Dan and Lauren! Praying all goes well with the adoption process and birth. -Isaac and Katelyn”

$200

Dan

Dec 14, 2019

“Big sacrifice/ great reward”

$200

Joel

Dec 14, 2019

$30

Michelle

Dec 13, 2019

“We wish you all the blessings along this path! We love your hearts!”