Phillips Family Adoption

Todd and Ashley Phillips
Todd and Ashley Phillips Jacksonville, Florida

Hello! We’re the Phillips Family!

We’re stepping out into the excitement and uncertainties of domestic infant adoption knowing that God is good and directing our path in ways we can’t anticipate or even imagine.

We’ve both had a desire to bring children into our family through adoption since before we were even married, and the more we’ve thought about our motivations the more we’ve seen the heart of God. Jesus entered into our brokenness to adopt us into God’s family, giving his very life, and our family’s desire to adopt is a small picture pointing to this much greater reality. We also know that every person is created in the image of God from conception, and we want to support others who are choosing life.

While infertility has been an unexpected and painful part of our desire to become parents, it’s also driven us to know God’s steadfastness and kindness more! A couple of years ago as we struggled through a difficult season, Ashley was out for a walk and through tears prayed for God to encourage our hearts through His word. Within minutes of returning home, she received a text with a reference to Psalm 27:13-14 – “I believe I shall look upong the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!” We immediately knew God had answered her prayer, and we have been seeking to keep our eyes on the Lord and the abundant ways he has been good to us, while also seeking to wait with patient courage for our hopes.

The average cost of domestic infant adoption is around $40,000. This amount includes legal fees, care and counseling for birth mothers, and ability for agencies to reach more women in their time of need. Lifesong has generously offered us a matching grant! That means for the first $5,000 given to our account, every dollar is DOUBLED! We’re so grateful for this gift and thank you for your consideration of giving.

Thank you for reading our story and for partnering with us through your prayers and financial gifts!

Please see recent updates below. 🙂


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 “Phillips #9603”, 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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My Story

Hello! We’re the Phillips Family!

We’re stepping out into the excitement and uncertainties of domestic infant adoption knowing that God is good and directing our path in ways we can’t anticipate or even imagine.

We’ve both had a desire to bring children into our family through adoption since before we were even married, and the more we’ve thought about our motivations the more we’ve seen the heart of God. Jesus entered into our brokenness to adopt us into God’s family, giving his very life, and our family’s desire to adopt is a small picture pointing to this much greater reality. We also know that every person is created in the image of God from conception, and we want to support others who are choosing life.

While infertility has been an unexpected and painful part of our desire to become parents, it’s also driven us to know God’s steadfastness and kindness more! A couple of years ago as we struggled through a difficult season, Ashley was out for a walk and through tears prayed for God to encourage our hearts through His word. Within minutes of returning home, she received a text with a reference to Psalm 27:13-14 – “I believe I shall look upong the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!” We immediately knew God had answered her prayer, and we have been seeking to keep our eyes on the Lord and the abundant ways he has been good to us, while also seeking to wait with patient courage for our hopes.

The average cost of domestic infant adoption is around $40,000. This amount includes legal fees, care and counseling for birth mothers, and ability for agencies to reach more women in their time of need. Lifesong has generously offered us a matching grant! That means for the first $5,000 given to our account, every dollar is DOUBLED! We’re so grateful for this gift and thank you for your consideration of giving.

Thank you for reading our story and for partnering with us through your prayers and financial gifts!

Please see recent updates below. 🙂


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 “Phillips #9603”, 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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7 Months In! :)

June 10, 2021

Hello, sweet friends and family!

We wanted to update you guys on where we’re at in the adoption journey, and also say THANK YOU to the many of you who have prayed for us, encouraged us, given financially, and filled out references forms for us (some of you numerous times…lol).

To bring you up to speed, we “officially” took step 1 of the adoption process for Ashley’s birthday in November 2020, though we’d been preparing our hearts and finances for years before that. We signed on with an adoption consulting company, and they have been so kind to guide us through the initial stages. 

We’re nearing the 7 month mark of this process and here’s a glimpse of what we’ve been working on:

-Getting home study approved (preparing all the legal documents and background screenings to be approved to adopt)

-Researching and applying to various ethical adoption agencies

-Learning more about the various aspects of adoption and women/infants in this scenario

-Preparing finances and applying for various grants and loans

Now, we continue to wait, prepare, and learn as much as we can as we do so! There are really two ways that we could get “matched” at this point. Scenario 1 is we’re matched through an agency with a woman who has received extensive counseling and has decided that she wants to make an adoption plan for her child. Scenario 2 is we’re notified of a situation in which a newborn has been placed in the care of those at a safe haven location by the birth mother.

Here are some ways you can pray for us:

-To be “matched” SOON

-Courage and wisdom to enter into a relationship with a birth mother and that we and others would love her well

-Protection for the mother and baby God is weaving our lives together with, and ultimately that she and the birth father would see and know Jesus

-That God would help us wait well – there’s so much to consider and learn about through this process. There are no guarantees that this process will work out in the way we hope, so we hold that in tension with the goodness of God and continue to walk forward in faith. Ask that our focus would be to keep trusting the Lord, learning, growing, and serving others.

Thank you for caring for us and praying with us!

 

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