The Kujawas Are Adopting From INDIA!

Jennifer Kujawa
Jennifer Kujawa Sylvania, Ohio

Adoption has always been something Geoff and I have been drawn to, felt was going to be part of our family story. Throughout the last 16 years of our marriage, we’ve continued to visit the topic, stay open to the how/when so that when God called us into action, we would be ready. I believe we are all called to care for the orphan, but how that looks is drastically different for each person.

Geoff and I spent time in orphanages in India for a few weeks with such precious children that had been cast off or orphaned because their parents couldn’t or didn’t want to provide for them. India was forever imprinted on our heart as a beautiful and broken place. A song the children sang has played in my mind over and over again since. “Pray for India, pray for India, pray for India. It’s my India, it’s your India, it’s all our India.”

 

Over the last five years, I have poured my passion to care for the orphan and widow by working with Noonday Collection, a fair trade jewelry company, focused on job creation in the most vulnerable communities around the globe. I’ve worked to provide dignified fair trade jobs so that women don’t have to make the decision to place their child in an orphanage so they can survive. My eyes have been opened to the broken beauty of adoption and that trauma is central to the story. I have learned so much about the process and the hardships and joys through numerous friends across the country who have added to their families through adoption. 

 

After losing our fourth child through a traumatic miscarriage, we felt the door close for any more biological children. We are both at perfect peace over that decision. However, the longing for more children has grown exponentially over the last few years. Specifically, we feel called to two daughters.

 

Geoff and I decided to prayerfully consider foster to adopt as well as international adoption. We felt drawn to India and international adoption because of our previous visits to the country. However, we wanted to make sure it wasn’t just our desire but also God’s. Over the next few months, we got confirmation over and over again through meeting other India adoption families, and through conversations with people who have or are currently fostering. We have a piece of India in our hearts, and believe that God is writing a love story for our daughters in India and we are honored to get to be a part of that story, however it unfolds.

 

We have been blessed by a generous $5000 matching grant, so your donation will be matched! All donations will be used towards our adoption expenses such as agency fees, in-country legal expenses, medical costs, travel, ongoing training, etc. Thank you for generously parntering with us in this step of faith!


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 “Kujawa 09722”, 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.
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Raised to date by 47 people
 of  $15,000
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My Story

Adoption has always been something Geoff and I have been drawn to, felt was going to be part of our family story. Throughout the last 16 years of our marriage, we’ve continued to visit the topic, stay open to the how/when so that when God called us into action, we would be ready. I believe we are all called to care for the orphan, but how that looks is drastically different for each person.

Geoff and I spent time in orphanages in India for a few weeks with such precious children that had been cast off or orphaned because their parents couldn’t or didn’t want to provide for them. India was forever imprinted on our heart as a beautiful and broken place. A song the children sang has played in my mind over and over again since. “Pray for India, pray for India, pray for India. It’s my India, it’s your India, it’s all our India.”

 

Over the last five years, I have poured my passion to care for the orphan and widow by working with Noonday Collection, a fair trade jewelry company, focused on job creation in the most vulnerable communities around the globe. I’ve worked to provide dignified fair trade jobs so that women don’t have to make the decision to place their child in an orphanage so they can survive. My eyes have been opened to the broken beauty of adoption and that trauma is central to the story. I have learned so much about the process and the hardships and joys through numerous friends across the country who have added to their families through adoption. 

 

After losing our fourth child through a traumatic miscarriage, we felt the door close for any more biological children. We are both at perfect peace over that decision. However, the longing for more children has grown exponentially over the last few years. Specifically, we feel called to two daughters.

 

Geoff and I decided to prayerfully consider foster to adopt as well as international adoption. We felt drawn to India and international adoption because of our previous visits to the country. However, we wanted to make sure it wasn’t just our desire but also God’s. Over the next few months, we got confirmation over and over again through meeting other India adoption families, and through conversations with people who have or are currently fostering. We have a piece of India in our hearts, and believe that God is writing a love story for our daughters in India and we are honored to get to be a part of that story, however it unfolds.

 

We have been blessed by a generous $5000 matching grant, so your donation will be matched! All donations will be used towards our adoption expenses such as agency fees, in-country legal expenses, medical costs, travel, ongoing training, etc. Thank you for generously parntering with us in this step of faith!


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 “Kujawa 09722”, 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.
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Christmas Came Early! We’re MATCHED!

December 20, 2021

We are THRILLED to announce we have been matched with the most darling little girl. And now we can’t wait to get her HOME with us!!!

Jenn is in full nesting mode, Geoff is keeping up with all the paperwork, the 3 boys are excited for when we can start video chats, and even Daisy the dog is getting some obedience training so she can be on her best behavior for the newest member of our family when she comes home. 

The biggest question we are recieving is ‘now what’? We’re creating a checklist so you can follow our family’s progress…stay tuned!!! Our hope is to travel by Christmas 2022, if not sooner, to bring our girl home.  

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Taking Our Chances

October 27, 2021

Part of international adoption involves a lot of paperwork with US customs and immigration. After filing our I-800A form with them, we recieved a notice to show up for biometric fingerprints in Detroit. BUT, the appointment date and time were scheduled for the exact time of a medical test I have been waiting months to have. Rescheduling either appointment is not easy, so we opted to keep my medical test on the calendar and see what we could do about the fingerprints appointment.

Unfortunately, they put us on a call back list for 30 days later, when we would recieve a new date/time. We have some family travel planned around the holidays and were nervous it could interfere with the next appointment. The worst part of delaying this process is we cannot accept a match of a child until it’s complete. So we decided to say a quick prayer, go the following day, and see if they would let us do a walk-in appointment. 

I was skeptical they would even let us in the building, as their website says not to come if you don’t have an appointment, not to enter the building more than 15 minutes before your appointment, and to wait for your appointment to be rescheduled if you cannot make your original time. It didn’t seem promising they would see us. 

But praise God! When we walked in, they were very kind and helpful. We explained the situation and basically begged them to let us be seen that day. The ‘boss’ approved and we were in and out in 20 minutes!!!

We are encouraged through every setback and delay that God is paving the way in his perfect timing! We should have our I-800 approval in the next few weeks and be ready to accept a match when the right one comes our way <3 We’re praying for a Christmas miracle match of two little sisters! 

Pictured: Taj Mahal during Jenn’s trip to India in March 2020 with Noonday Collection. 

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Approved in Record Time!

October 5, 2021

After we completed our home study mid-August, our adoption agency quickly submitted our application to CARA, India’s adoption authority. They informed us we would most likely wait 3-7 months before we heard anything about our application, and they often ask for additional documentation at that point. We buckled up for another long waiting process, and decided to dedicate the next season of our journey to fundraising.

Just a few short weeks later, we recieved a phone call from our case worker with unbelievable news! We are so excited to share that we have been approved by India’s government to start the matching process!!! We’re still in shock the process was just a few weeks, but we are trusting God’s perfect timing in all these milestones. 

THANK YOU to everyone who has partnered with us through prayer and financial backing. It is bolstering our spirits as we enter the emotional process of matching. We will begin receiving files of children, one at a time, as our agency finds potential matches for our family to consider. Pray we are open to God’s plan and are lead in truth, not emotion. 

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