Michael + Chelsea adoption

Michael Sobolik
Michael Sobolik

Almost thirty years ago, I (Chelsea) was adopted from overseas. I grew up with five adopted siblings, and have spent years advocating and advancing child welfare policy in Washington, D.C. Adoption has been my heartbeat for years.

 

For as long as I can remember, I (Michael) have wanted to be a father. As a child I learned how to catch and throw a football, how to run wild with my imagination, how to think, how to play, how to love and be loved. I want to pass that on to children of my own, and honestly cannot imagine Chelsea’s and my future apart from parenthood.

 

Lord willing, growing our family will happen through adoption. We’ve known this for quite some time now, and it was always a question of when, not if. Earlier this spring, shortly after quarantine began, we looked at each other and realized that “when” was “now.” 

 

We are overjoyed to share this exciting news with each of you! Lord willing, we will pursue adoption of a little one (or two!) from India. We expect the process to take a year-and-a-half to three years.

 

While we’re thrilled to build our family through adoption, we recognize that it’s bittersweet, because loss is involved. Adoption exists, because brokenness exists. We know that the little one we’ll one day call ours will come from loss.

 

We entered our marriage knowing that we’d build our family through adoption, because my (Chelsea’s) body is unable to bear babies. As we’ve worked through the pain and loss, we’ve felt the Lord’s strength and tender care for us. He promises never to leave or forsake us, and we’ve clung to that truth for dear life. We’re also trusting that our future child or children are kept safely in the loving arms and capable hands of Jesus.

 

Over the past few months, we’ve prayed and sought wisdom from other adoptive parents. We’re so deeply grateful for the people who have shared with us, prayed for us, and gifted time and resources to us. It’s stood out to us how loved and cared for this little one already is, and how many people will help bring them home.

 

While we have many unanswered questions, fears, and needs, we’re trusting the Lord and stepping out in faith. Our deepest prayer is that the Lord would be glorified and honored in this process.

 

As we travel down this road, we would be humbled and grateful if you’d consider partnering with us – first and foremost in prayer. We believe that, more than anything, God will use the prayers of his church to strengthen and preserve our family (Chelsea, Michael, and our future children), and to provide for our deepest needs.

 

We are also learning that the adoption journey is an expensive enterprise. If you feel so led, we would be deeply grateful for your financial support! The entire process costs around $40,000, and is well beyond our means to service on our own. We are trusting God’s abundant provision, and believe that he will bring this good work to completion!

 

Thank you for being a part of our story.

 

India, here we come!


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 “Sobolik 09492”, 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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 of  $31,000
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My Story

Almost thirty years ago, I (Chelsea) was adopted from overseas. I grew up with five adopted siblings, and have spent years advocating and advancing child welfare policy in Washington, D.C. Adoption has been my heartbeat for years.

 

For as long as I can remember, I (Michael) have wanted to be a father. As a child I learned how to catch and throw a football, how to run wild with my imagination, how to think, how to play, how to love and be loved. I want to pass that on to children of my own, and honestly cannot imagine Chelsea’s and my future apart from parenthood.

 

Lord willing, growing our family will happen through adoption. We’ve known this for quite some time now, and it was always a question of when, not if. Earlier this spring, shortly after quarantine began, we looked at each other and realized that “when” was “now.” 

 

We are overjoyed to share this exciting news with each of you! Lord willing, we will pursue adoption of a little one (or two!) from India. We expect the process to take a year-and-a-half to three years.

 

While we’re thrilled to build our family through adoption, we recognize that it’s bittersweet, because loss is involved. Adoption exists, because brokenness exists. We know that the little one we’ll one day call ours will come from loss.

 

We entered our marriage knowing that we’d build our family through adoption, because my (Chelsea’s) body is unable to bear babies. As we’ve worked through the pain and loss, we’ve felt the Lord’s strength and tender care for us. He promises never to leave or forsake us, and we’ve clung to that truth for dear life. We’re also trusting that our future child or children are kept safely in the loving arms and capable hands of Jesus.

 

Over the past few months, we’ve prayed and sought wisdom from other adoptive parents. We’re so deeply grateful for the people who have shared with us, prayed for us, and gifted time and resources to us. It’s stood out to us how loved and cared for this little one already is, and how many people will help bring them home.

 

While we have many unanswered questions, fears, and needs, we’re trusting the Lord and stepping out in faith. Our deepest prayer is that the Lord would be glorified and honored in this process.

 

As we travel down this road, we would be humbled and grateful if you’d consider partnering with us – first and foremost in prayer. We believe that, more than anything, God will use the prayers of his church to strengthen and preserve our family (Chelsea, Michael, and our future children), and to provide for our deepest needs.

 

We are also learning that the adoption journey is an expensive enterprise. If you feel so led, we would be deeply grateful for your financial support! The entire process costs around $40,000, and is well beyond our means to service on our own. We are trusting God’s abundant provision, and believe that he will bring this good work to completion!

 

Thank you for being a part of our story.

 

India, here we come!


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 “Sobolik 09492”, 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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$400

Hidden

Dec 29, 2021

“We are so excited for you and praying for you!”

$500

Matthew

Sep 29, 2021

“Y’all are going to be amazing parents. We are thrilled to help in any way we can. (Michael, brother, your friendship and spiritual encourage during all our meetings meant so much, you’re gonna be an amazing father -Matthew) Good luck! We’ll be praying! You are going to be great parents! -Matthew and Eleni”

$1,000

Amanda & Daniel

Aug 9, 2021

“We love y’all & are so proud of you! Can’t wait to meet the little Sobolik’s!”

$100

Bruce

Jun 16, 2021

$50

Derek

May 16, 2021

$400

Katrina

May 13, 2021

“So excited for your adoption! God is using you all!”

$10,000

Offline Donation

May 5, 2021

$500

Hidden

May 3, 2021

“CONGRATULATIONS! We are so excited for you and can't wait to hear about how God tells the story of his love through your family & adoption process. Love and Prayers, Elizabeth, Daniel, and William Otto”

$100

Kenneth

May 1, 2021

“Love you guys and love that you're adopting! Behind you all the way!”

$200

Hidden

Apr 24, 2021

“Love you both so much. Honored to be a champion of your story and can't wait to meet your kids!!!!”

$29

Shayna

Apr 16, 2021

$200

Offline Donation

Apr 12, 2021

$1,000

Offline Donation

Apr 10, 2021

$100

Hidden

Apr 3, 2021

“We are so excited for you, and we are praying for you!!”

$511

Chelsea & Jeff

Apr 2, 2021

“We are hoping and praying with you both! Love, the Pickerings”

$40

Hidden

Mar 24, 2021

“I hope this little bit helps! God Bless!”

$100

Hidden

Mar 24, 2021

$1,000

Hidden

Mar 20, 2021

“God's greatest blessings to you family forever.”

$50

Megan

Mar 18, 2021

$10,000

Offline Donation

Mar 18, 2021

$150

Brian

Mar 17, 2021

$50

Amy

Mar 17, 2021

“Thank you for your ministry and willingness to share your story in Longing for Motherhood: Holding On to Hope in the Midst of Childlessness. It encouraged my heart and faith in a long waiting season.”

$75

Chelsea

Mar 17, 2021

“So excited to see what God has in store for your family!”

$50

Carol

Mar 13, 2021

“All the best from the Fowler Family as you embark on your adoption journey! If you ever need advice on adding two kiddos to the family at once, let us know!”

$200

Alan

Mar 12, 2021

“Praying for your adoption to go well and May God bless and give you strength and grace along the way!”

$15

Hidden

Mar 12, 2021

“Blessings to you in adoption journey!”

$100

Nancy

Mar 12, 2021

“So, so excited for you 2 to become parents!”

$1,000

Steven

Mar 12, 2021

$100

Michael & Lauren

Mar 12, 2021

“Sobofee’s for life!!”

$100

Peter

Mar 12, 2021

“Love you guys”

$30

Madelyn

Mar 12, 2021

“Jared and I are praying for y’all as you start your family!”

$200

Prerak

Mar 12, 2021

“Praying for you both.”

$50

Mary Beth

Mar 12, 2021

$50

Michael

Mar 12, 2021

$100

Neil

Mar 12, 2021

$250

Hidden

Mar 12, 2021

“God bless you both! What a beautiful thing you are doing in service of humanity and God’s kingdom. We’ll be praying!”

$50

Hidden

Mar 12, 2021

“Praying for you all in your adoption journey!”

$200

Pat

Mar 12, 2021

“Pat and Chelsea Arlantico are praying for y’all!”

$100

Annie

Mar 12, 2021

“❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️”

$100

Joe & Lily

Mar 12, 2021