Brian and I met in 2008 in a dance class. He was a very graceful leader. I had lots of energy and he literally swept me off my feet ☺.
We married in 2009 and In 2012 we moved down to Fresno and decided that after several years of marriage it was time to start a family. Due to years of heartbreaking negative results we decided to stop further medical treatment.
Brian and I had deep conversation walks as we had struggled with infertility and finding a way to build our family. We would talk about our serious desire to parent and pour our love into the life of another. Soon we realized the desire was for a child & not necessarily for us to provide one ourselves. Because we still want to grow as a family, we began to love and grow a heart of adoption.
We plan to finance this adoption through our savings as well as through crowdfunding and applying for aid from organizations. Our anticipated costs for this adoption range from 35,200 -59,000.
Adoption Agency Application & Program Fees = $8,000-$20,000
Attorney Fees = $4,200 – $15,000
Agency/Birth Family Counseling = $500-$1,000
Birth Mother Expenses(medical/living/services) = $7,000-$22,000
Travel Expenses = $1,000 – $3,000
Post-Placement Expenses = $500-$2,000
Miscellaneous Expenses = $1,000 – $3,000
Because we are still facing a lot of debt in terms of a mortgage and educational loans we are looking for help to stay within our financial goals. We had decided we would not go into debt to pay for fertility treatments and we also do not want to go into debt to build our family though adoption. This is really important to us to be able to begin providing the best for our child and hopefully their children in the future.
The GOOD NEWS is that we have been awarded a matching grant of $6,000 from Lifesong for Orphans. So any gifts made up to that that amount will be doubled!
Will you help?
We would love your partnership with us on this journey. Here are two ways you can help:
Pray. Please pray for the birth family and birth mother who will be making a very difficult decision. That there will be protection from any abuse or trauma. Pray for guidence and timeing for all the poeple involved in our journey to connect a birth family with us. Also a prayer of protection for our hearts and minds as we wait for the timing of everything.
Make a tax-deductible donation to our adoption fund. We would be so grateful for your contribution of any amount to help us bring our baby home. Your online donation is tax-deductible, and every dollar raised (minus the 2.2% credit card processing fee) goes directly toward our adoption expenses.
If you’d prefer to send a check, please make it payable to “Lifesong for Orphans,” and write “Lawrence Family, #9418” in the memo (this is really important!). Then mail it to: Lifesong for Orphans, P.O. Box 9, Gridley, IL 61744.
We are ever grateful for the support and we praise God for your generosity!
Love, Brian and Tina
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 “Getz 09495”, 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.
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