We’re Adopting!

Emily Casada Bowling Green, Kentucky

We are excited to announce that we are adopting!  If there is one passion that is fundamental to our family, it would be our heart for orphans and vulnerable children. We have decided to begin our journey to adopt a child from Colombia through Lifeline Children’s Services. And here is our story.

We are Alan and Emily Casada and we have been married since 2007.  Our family lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky with our two children, Eli (8) and Rosalyn (3).

Alan and I began taking short term mission trips to Mexico in 2012 with Back2Back Ministries to serve in orphanages. God continued to grow a calling and passion in both of our hearts to serve these populations more through entering into full-time ministry. After Eli was born in 2013, we moved to Mexico to work as missionaries with Back2Back Ministries at their Cancun site. From 2014 to 2016 we helped launch a community center and implemented the Strong Families program to ensure that poverty was not a reason that children could not stay with their families. Our work focused on holistically addressing needs in five areas: spiritual, education, physical, social, and emotional.

After moving back to the U.S. in 2016, Rosalyn was born in 2018. Our experiences from taking mission trips to working as missionaries, exposed our family to the vulnerabilities and needs of orphans in all parts of the world and this led to many conversations about wanting to adopt internationally. We continued to explore international adoption while praying about the decision. Still, we felt God leading our family to serve as foster parents first. We because certified foster parents through KY and opened our home to Maria, a young girl from Guatemala.  We cared for her for almost a year before she reunited with her mother. Through fostering, we saw firsthand the trauma that neglect and separation from birth family can cause. Still, the experience with Maria further reinforced the desire to provide a lasting home for a child through adoption.

Through the years our love for children has continued to grow and we desire to add to our family through adoption. We want to adopt a child age 0-7 of either gender. We are grateful for the support and prayers of our families, friends, and church. Please pray for us and consider donating! We hope to be able to cover much of the cost through fundraisers and grants. We look forward to adding a child to our family soon!  I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. John 14:18

We have also received a matching grant of $4,000 funded by Orphan Care Alliance through Lifesong. You must donate through Lifesong for it to count toward our matching grant. 100% of the funds go to our adoption account. These can be sent by check or through the Lifesong website.

To give online: Click on the Donate button on this page

To give by check: All checks should be payable to “Lifesong for Orphans,” and must include Casada family #9841 on the memo line of the check. Please mail to: PO Box 9, Gridley, IL 61744. 

IRS information: ■ In accordance with IRS guidelines, your donation is to the named non-profit organization. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use. ■ 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. Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization.

We look forward to adding a child to our family soon!  I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. John 14:18

 


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 “Casada 09841”, 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 28 people
 of  $25,000
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My Story

We are excited to announce that we are adopting!  If there is one passion that is fundamental to our family, it would be our heart for orphans and vulnerable children. We have decided to begin our journey to adopt a child from Colombia through Lifeline Children’s Services. And here is our story.

We are Alan and Emily Casada and we have been married since 2007.  Our family lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky with our two children, Eli (8) and Rosalyn (3).

Alan and I began taking short term mission trips to Mexico in 2012 with Back2Back Ministries to serve in orphanages. God continued to grow a calling and passion in both of our hearts to serve these populations more through entering into full-time ministry. After Eli was born in 2013, we moved to Mexico to work as missionaries with Back2Back Ministries at their Cancun site. From 2014 to 2016 we helped launch a community center and implemented the Strong Families program to ensure that poverty was not a reason that children could not stay with their families. Our work focused on holistically addressing needs in five areas: spiritual, education, physical, social, and emotional.

After moving back to the U.S. in 2016, Rosalyn was born in 2018. Our experiences from taking mission trips to working as missionaries, exposed our family to the vulnerabilities and needs of orphans in all parts of the world and this led to many conversations about wanting to adopt internationally. We continued to explore international adoption while praying about the decision. Still, we felt God leading our family to serve as foster parents first. We because certified foster parents through KY and opened our home to Maria, a young girl from Guatemala.  We cared for her for almost a year before she reunited with her mother. Through fostering, we saw firsthand the trauma that neglect and separation from birth family can cause. Still, the experience with Maria further reinforced the desire to provide a lasting home for a child through adoption.

Through the years our love for children has continued to grow and we desire to add to our family through adoption. We want to adopt a child age 0-7 of either gender. We are grateful for the support and prayers of our families, friends, and church. Please pray for us and consider donating! We hope to be able to cover much of the cost through fundraisers and grants. We look forward to adding a child to our family soon!  I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. John 14:18

We have also received a matching grant of $4,000 funded by Orphan Care Alliance through Lifesong. You must donate through Lifesong for it to count toward our matching grant. 100% of the funds go to our adoption account. These can be sent by check or through the Lifesong website.

To give online: Click on the Donate button on this page

To give by check: All checks should be payable to “Lifesong for Orphans,” and must include Casada family #9841 on the memo line of the check. Please mail to: PO Box 9, Gridley, IL 61744. 

IRS information: ■ In accordance with IRS guidelines, your donation is to the named non-profit organization. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use. ■ 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. Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization.

We look forward to adding a child to our family soon!  I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. John 14:18

 


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 “Casada 09841”, 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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Adoption update for Giving Tuesday!

November 29, 2021

We want to thank everyone who has donated to our adoption fund! We have raised $1925! Tomorrow is giving Tuesday, would you please consider making a donation if you haven’t already? We finished putting the puzzle together and you can really see the progress! You can help us meet our goal of $10,000. For each donation of at least $20 we will write your name on the back of a puzzle piece to remember everyone who helped bring our child home from Colombia. Fun fact, we took Eli and Rosalyn to see the new Disney movie Encanto which is based in Colombia. If you want to learn a little about Colombian culture, I recommend the movie! We are almost finished with our home study process and hope to be approved by early January. Many people have asked us how we picked the country. Colombia is the second largest Spanish speaking country behind Mexico. Colombia has a stable Hague certified adoption program and a shorter timeline than Mexico. We are learning more about the culture and are excited to be matched with a child 0-7 years old.

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$3,000

Offline Donation

Dec 20, 2021

$50

Emily

Dec 18, 2021

$1,000

David

Dec 15, 2021

$4,000

Offline Donation

Dec 10, 2021

$50

Beth

Dec 3, 2021

$50

Andrew

Nov 30, 2021

“Cathy and I are very happy to help. Good luck. Congratulations!”

$50

Cathy

Nov 30, 2021

$103

Bobby

Nov 30, 2021

$30

The Anzalone family

Nov 30, 2021

“Prayers on your adoption journey Love Michelle, Eric, Charlotte & Carter Anzalone”

$60

Chelsea

Nov 29, 2021

“Excited for you guys!! Praying for you ❤️”

$20

Heather

Nov 29, 2021

“So excited for you guys! Praying for you all!”

$3,000

Offline Donation

Nov 25, 2021

$25

Harold

Nov 24, 2021

“So proud of y’all.”

$5,000

Offline Donation

Nov 24, 2021

$100

Offline Donation

Nov 22, 2021

$100

Lorraine

Nov 21, 2021

“Best wishes to you all!”

$100

Linda and Carlthell

Nov 17, 2021

“So happy you want to grow your family through the gift of adoption.”

$100

Gretchen

Nov 17, 2021

“I am so excited for you guys. This child will be such a blessing to your family and you all will be blessing to this child!”

$20

Kimberli

Nov 17, 2021

“We are so excited for you. This child is very lucky to have you for a family!”

$100

Ashley

Nov 17, 2021

“Congratulations! I'll be praying you feel God's strength as He leads you on this incredible journey!”

$20

Eric

Nov 16, 2021

“So excited for you all!!”

$100

Spencer and Kelsey

Nov 16, 2021

“We will be in prayer for you all!”

$100

Rhondell

Nov 16, 2021

$20

Belinda

Nov 16, 2021

$20

Cameron

Nov 16, 2021

$1,000

Austin

Nov 16, 2021

$40

Jeff

Nov 16, 2021

“Was a pleasure serving with you and sharing the same beat in BG. Cheers friend”

$60

Kara, Austin, & Margot

Nov 16, 2021