We invite you to learn about our story and what brought us to choose adoption! We are Jonathan and Erika Hines, married 4 years and ready to start our family. We’re familiar with the adoption stories of many friends and family members, Jonathan himself was adopted, as was his sister. Erika’s father was adopted by her Grandpa and he also has multiple adopted siblings. We both have had friends growing up and now in our community who either grew their family through adoption or were adopted themselves. Even though being around adoption made us aware of it, we both feel those experiences have been inspiring and confirming that we have always been called to adopt.
We feel overwhelmingly supported by the experience and mentorship of both our families, who well understand the challenges of the process and the wait. We know the love those parents and grandparents had for all of their kids. Their kindness, love, and selflessness have inspired us throughout our lives.
We have had many conversations over the course of our relationship, as far back as our second date, talking about what adoption might look like in our lives. It’s a great feeling to know your purpose in life is lined up with your spouse and we look forward to navigating this next step together, with a solid faith foundation and the support of our community!
Though we don’t want to pressure anyone to donate, we very much wanted all of our family and friends to know they are welcome and included in our journey. If you would like to help with the financial side of things, please let us know if you have any questions.
We appreciate all your well wishes and prayers, and we look forward to keeping you updated on our journey!
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 “Hines 09615”, 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.