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The Andersons Adoption - Iowa To India is raising money on AdoptTogether for their adoption from India.

The Andersons Adoption - Iowa To India

is adopting a child from India

Adoption Status

Paperwork In Process



About

We have BIG news! We are adopting a child!

We are beyond excited and are doing everything we can to be prepared to welcome a beautiful new life into our home.

Our hearts have always been to manifest and mobilize the Gospel to youth and families. Over the last several years we believe that God has given us those opportunities to reach youth within our local communities. We now believe that God is calling us to share the Gospel within the context of our family through the blessing of adoption.

 We were officially approved for an International adoption within the India program on November 6, 2019.

As part of our adoption process, we've started a crowdfunding campaign. Our prayer is that by inviting you into this process, you will see yourself as part of the community we hope to build around this child as he/she grows up no longer as an orphan, but as an heir that is loved, chosen, & adopted into the family of Christ.

Thank you for joining us on this journey to adoption. We cannot do this without you. We're blessed by your financial support, fervent prayer, and on-going care during this process.

Ready to learn more about this process and how God has laid this decision upon our hearts? Be sure to follow our progress through ongoing pictures, videos, and updates on this website as our story unfolds.

Blessings,

Tyler, MacKenzie, and family



Current Prayer Requests by MacKenzie Anderson



"Do the right thing for the weak and those without a father. Stand up for the rights of those who are suffering and in need."-Psalm 82:3

We have committed to praying daily at 8:23am and 8:23pm. Would you commit to praying along with us? Set a timer and pray at either or both times during the day as we walk together in His grace and mercies for the rights of those who are suffering and in need around us.

We know that this is a life-changing decision that will impact our marriage, biological children, and relationships with others. Yes, we are in need of your financial support. We cannot do this alone. BUT we are  MORE in need of your prayers. Our continued prayer has always been to have our hearts align with His will no matter what outcome or circumstance we experience. We continue to surrender that prayer over to Him throughout this process also. He is our Provider. He is our Sustainer.


Current Prayer Requests:


Pray against fear of the unknown. We have learned the phrase, “Don’t be scared, be prepared!”

*Pray for the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Pray that our hearts would fully surrender to His leading, wherever He may lead us.

*Pray for financial and spiritual support/mentors. Praise update! He has provided us with several people!

*Pray over the government officials on both ends of our paperwork. That they would find favor with our 7 dossiers, the home study, etc.

*Pray over decisions when it comes to reviewing the special needs list. May we trust that the right child would be clearly revealed to us during the referral.

*Pray that our hearts would be obedient regardless of the hardship and outcome

*Pray for God to reveal the areas that we need to prepare the most for in regards to our home, hearts, biological children, medical insurance, etc. during the waiting process.

*Pray for discernment, peace, clarity, and Godly wisdom when difficult decisions arise.

*PRAY that this process would commend the gospel, transform hearts, and bring glory to Christ. There is also room for celebration and excitement amidst the unknown!


Also...


Please pray that God would specifically equip and call many families open to adopting boys, children with special needs, and older children.

Please pray for positive changes in US and International adoption laws. Pray for a change of heart for government officials around the world – that they would understand and see the beauty in God’s design of adoption.

*Pray for families who are in need of extra help with their child and/or family dynamics.

*Pray for un-adopted children to have their physical, emotional, spiritual, and social needs met. May the Gospel be made known, and lives be transformed.

Pray for the un-adopted. Please pray for the millions of orphaned children in the United States and across the world who are waiting for forever families.



We are deeply blessed by your prayers. Thank YOU.















Common Questions? Where are we in the process? by MacKenzie Anderson


Thank you so much for your kind words and donations so far since we've announced our adoption!

There has been an overwhelming response from family and friends asking us all things Adoption. We want this to be a place to answer all of these questions for you! Tyler and I have asked many of these same questions to others that have been on this path before. So, like you, we understand your interest in knowing more!

Below is a quick breakdown to some of the questions that you may have asked us. We are in the process of creating videos and podcasts that will share more extensive details to the answers of these questions... but for now, this is what we have!


Where are we in the process right now? Right now, we are currently in the early "Paper Pregnancy" stage. In November, we attended an adoption conference in Des Moines after we were accepted into the India program. There, we met our home study coordinator, who will help us during that stage of the process...but we aren't there quite yet!

In order for us to begin the next stage of our adoption, we will need to raise $3400 to pay our first installment program fee, and $2000 for the home study. Your prayers and gifts mean the world to our growing family. We LOVE and APPRECIATE each of you!!


******Huge Praise!*****
We have been in contact with a referral family! A referral family is a family who has completed the India program and is now home with their child. They are available to mentor and support us via phone, email, text, and in-person with any questions that we have along the way. This is a HUGE answer to prayer! Our agency located a family within short driving distance for us to connect with. So many families are adopting right here in Iowa!


Common Questions:


How did we decide on an international adoption, specifically the India program, verses a domestic or foster care adoption? We will share a video story about how we believe God has led us to the India program! Coming soon.

What type of adoption program is India? India is a special needs program. More details coming soon.

Adoption Time Frame- 18-36 months and decreasing

Program Cost: $35,000-$45,000

Why is international adoption so expensive? Lots of good reasons! We attached the cost breakdown for you to view. Each adoption program is different. We plan to explain the cost through a video, podcast, etc. in the near future, but the short answer is this:

1. Most of the cost goes towards agency fees to ensure an ethical and safe adoption to occur.
2. Third party fees. These are passports, plan tickets, travel fees, dossier building, finger prints, home studies, postage, etc. The list goes on!


In Country Travel Time: One visit with both parents for 10-14 days after we have been matched with a child.

Gender/Age: We do not have a preference as to what gender we will be bringing home. The Adoption Authority of India does not permit you to adopt outside of birth order so we will be bringing home a child 5 years old or under.

Will you adopt an infant from India? No. India's program requires a 6 month wait period to locate birth families before the child is considered for an adoption.

Are you adopting a sibling set? It is rare for sibling sets to come home from India. We will most likely be coming home with one child, but we would love to see more children join our home.

Are you adopting because of infertility? No! We are both healthy to have more biological children.

Can you become pregnant and still complete the process? Yes and no. The Adoption Authority of India does not permit you to adopt outside of birth order. Pregnancy will delay the process for 2 years until the youngest member of your household turns 12 months old. Part of our agency agreement is to sign a risk disclaimer/release form agreeing to this. Our plan is not to get pregnant at this time!

How did we decide which adoption agency to partner with? Video coming soon about our research and interviewing process that helped us decide on an agency.

LSM, Loving Shepard Ministries, is a non-profit organization that was recommended to us by another adoptive family. They provided us with an adoption coordinator that helped us through the early research stages. More details on them later!

Whew! That's it for now. We appreciate your continued prayers and support. Love you all!


Tyler and MacKenzie

P.S. This site hasn't always allowed us to upload many photos at one time, so please check social media for any photo updates until we get them better uploaded here. You can also view more photos on my blog here. https://the-henhouse.com/

Sorry for the delay!






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