Friday, February 12, 2010

The Cost of Adoption

Well friends, as you all know we are adopting again.  As you may also know (or perhaps you don't), adoptions are expensive.  When it is all said and done the whole process cost around $25,000.00.  So, let me just come right out and say it, we need your help!  During the next few months we will be doing some fundraising through a yard sale, a benefit concert, and perhaps a raffle. Of course, we are also simply cutting back on our own expenses.  Obviously we are praying that this will all be helpful.  However, when it comes right down to it what we need is for people to simply give.

As I wrote in my previous post, we are trying to adopt an older child and time is of the essence.  We really don't have the time to try and get a little here and a little there.  The child we wish to adopt is hopeful he will be adopted.  At this time, because of legal reasons he can not be told that there is a family wanting to adopt him.   For now he is still simply hoping.  He has no idea that thousands of miles away, in a little town that he has never heard of, there is a family who loves him and longs to bring him home.  At this time, he simply is holding on to a fading hope - a hope that fades each day.  Like all the older children in an orphanage knows, his chances for adoption are slim and with each day, as he gets older, his chances become even more slim.   As his hope for adoption fades, so does the hope he has for his very future.  I wish I could tell you more of what this young man has already faced in his young life but legalities prevent me from doing so.  I can tell you that like every young man, he has dreams.  Dreams of a loving family.  Dreams of a better life.  Dreams of being able to serve others with the love and compassion that he has already proven to do.

Now I will tell you that we are applying for many, many grants.   However, we know from our previous adoption that you simply can not rely on getting these grants especially within the time frame that we are facing.  Our last adoption we did very little, if any, fundraising.  We simply paid as we went along and when there was nothing left we borrowed and used credit.  We are really hoping not to have to do this but are willing to do whatever it takes.

If you would like to help, you may do so by clicking on the "ChipIn" at the left of this blog.  Of course, you may also send a donation through mail.  Just email us if you need our address.

We want you to know that we greatly appreciate every donation made.  I'm sorry to say that with your donation you will  not be receiving a t-shirt, a tote bag, coffee or a cd.  What you will get is the knowledge that through your gift you will have a hand in forever changing the life of a child.  You will be helping to give this child not just a future that he would otherwise not have but you will be helping to give him hope.  You will be giving him a family who will forever love him.  You will be giving us the wonderful opportunity to share our love with another beautiful son.  For this we can never thank you enough.

God bless you,

John and Dottie