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GREAT NEWS! We are growing our family through adoption!
We are adopting a baby! We have started this fundraiser to bring our “village” of friends and family together to help make this adoption happen. First, we would love for you to join us in prayer for our future baby and the expectant mother who is going to make a huge, life-altering decision to place her baby with our family.
We also have a huge financial endeavor to make this happen. We need approximately $25,000 to bring our baby home. We do not need this entire amount all at once, we pay our agency in phases, in chunks of 2000-7000 at a time.
We humbly ask for you to partner with us, be a part of our village, and financially support us to bring home baby Erskin. Every donation matters and helps make this adoption happen! Also, we would appreciate your willingness to share this with others who may want to participate and be apart of our village. Your donation through this site is tax deductible as it is an IRS approved 501c3 organization.
Psalm 147:4 says “He counts the stars and calls them all by name”. If God counts and names of every star in they sky, how much more does He care about us.
We thank you for being a part of the #Erskinvillage because it truly takes a
village to make families happen!
For updates check out our blog at www.henameseachstar.com
Matt and Andrea
Matt and I were diagnosed with extreme infertility issues after seeing many doctors and testing over the course of a year. We were devastated, but we both clearly knew in our hearts God had a different plan for us.
After much prayer, research and talking with wise people, we decided to chose domestic infant adoption. We have started the adoption process with Nightlight Christian Adoption agency. Colorado law requires that you use an agency when adopting which is, unfortunately much more expensive than a private adoption. Good thing God is bigger than all of this and He will make a way.
March 28, 2019 Update by Andrea Erskin
March 9th was our adoption fundraiser at Calvary Church in Santa Ana, CA. What an amazing night!! It was wonderful to see so many faces Matt and I haven’t seen in a long time, catch up with old friends and be able to see so much family! Oh yeah, and we raised $5000!!!!! There are SO many people who helped make this happen but especially my parents, Steve and Charlotte. This was their idea and they did such an amazing job! This would not have happened without them!
The silent auction was a TON of fun! We ended up having almost 50 items. Thank you to all who donated something to the auction, I was just blown away by the generosity !
Thank you to all the wonderful people who brought these yummy deserts!!
Current Financial Status of Adoption
After the event, our base agency fees are now FULLY COVERED!!! This is a huge mountain that I thought would take much longer but God is sure bigger than any mountain I can create in my head.
What does this mean ?
If we have a “normal adoption” with our agency in Colorado, all the fees are covered. The actual cost of the adoption will likely be more but it will depend on:
-what state we adopt from
– the legal fees (varies by state from $500- $5000)
– travel to whatever state our baby is born in
– hotel/airbnb we will need for an average of 2 weeks while we wait for ICPC paperwork (legal documents that must be processed before you can cross state lines with a baby) if we adopt out of state.
At this time, we do not know what state we are adopting from so we have no idea what these other costs will be. Any money donated from this point forward will either be used for legal fees or travel to wherever our baby is born
THANK YOU for all your prayer support as well as the financial support. There have been many days when I have felt so discourage and the only way I was able to get through the day was because I KNEW someone was praying for us so thank you.
Our plan for now is to work and save as much as we can while we wait for “the call”. Although some days are easier than others, we are trusting in God’s perfect timing for growing our family.
Huge thank you again to everyone who came to our adoption benefit!
-Andrea & Matt
Officially Certified!! by Andrea Erskin
It has FINALLY happened! We are now certified to adopt!! We are now what's called a "waiting family" in the adoption world. We now wait to be matched with an expectant mom/family.
Like I said before, the average wait time with our agency is about 1 year. We have also said yes to what our agency calls "surprise cases". A surprise case is when a baby has been born or is just about to be born and the birth mother decides she wants to make an adoption plan. This means we could get a call asking us to come pick up our baby the next day. We were told this is very rare, but does happen every once in a while.
The final step to be certified was to read over our homestudy report. It's a document that basically summarizes our whole lives and our ability to be parents. We had to drive up to our agency to review it in person. Our agency is about an hour north of where we live. Our meeting was at 7:30am on Wednesday Feb 13. We left around 6am and got to see part of a pretty sunrise.
We are also officially 4 months into being "paper pregnant"! We started the adoption/homestudy process back at the beginning of October. Below is a list of most of the paperwork and things we have had to do to become certified.
And now you know why we have been so busy! Thank you to all who have been praying for us and filled out references. We could not have gotten through this without your support!
Our adoption just got updated to Paperwork Complete by Andrea Erskin
As of Wednesday February 23th we are done with our homestudy and certified to adopt!!
Feb 6 Update! Almost certified!! by Andrea Erskin
Our profile book is finished! Below is a sneak peak of a few of the pages.
So what is a profile book anyways ?
A profile book is a (physical) photo book of a hopeful adoptive couple/family that is shown to women who are considering making an adoption plan. The book is basically a way for an expectant mom to get to know what a family is like through pictures. There is also a short letter at the beginning of the book written to the expectant mom.
Our book has over 100 photos. We probably looked at every photo we have taken since we started dating ….SO MANY PICTURES. Our adoption agency did give us guidelines to follow, but for the most part we were on our own. Yikes.
This has been the most stressful “art” project of my life. We were limited to 20 pages. What pictures do you include? What do you say in your letter? This book is a HUGE part of the adoption process.
In domestic infant adoption, the expectant mother making an adoption plan chooses the family she wants to place her child with after a matching process has happened. Once an expectant mom is matched with some families by the agency, she is then given their profile books to look through and then pick a family based off their book. Of course it’s more complicated than that, but that’s the process in a nutshell.
I will be mailing these books out this week to all the offices in our agency. Nightlight has offices in 10 different states. So yes, we could could be matched with an expectant mother in another state and we have been told that is a high probability.
Next steps. We should be certified by the end of next week which means we passed our home study and can legally adopt a baby. The official wait time at our agency to be matched with an expectant mother is about a year. I will be writing more about the wait time later because we have also said yes to last minute placements as well.
Grants. Once our home study is done, we can start applying for grants. 99% of adoption grants require you to submit your official home-study paperwork with your grant application.
We thank you for your continued financial and prayer support! We keep getting closer to our goal! To date, we have raised over $14,000 towards our adoption! WOW!!!! Thank you to each person who has supported us. We have come this far because of you! We still need about $11,000 but we know God will provide and make a way.
Andrea & Matthttps://henameseachstar.com/2019/02/06/feb-6-update-profile-book-almost-certified/
Halfway. by Andrea Erskin
Just posted a new blog on our website: www.henameseachstar.com here is a little snippet:
We have been blown away by how many people have generously given this past month! Every gift, no matter how small helps! As of today, the next $7000 we owe once our home study is done is FULLY FUNDED !!! Also, we are are only a few hundred dollars short of being HALFWAY FUNDED !!! WOW!!!!! Thank you to all who have bought puzzle pieces, bought items off the shoppe and donated to our Adopttogether fund. Thank you just doesn’t seem like enough, but thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Thanks to YOU the dream of growing our family is finally becoming reality!
So what’s next? We have to finish up our required training/education at home, take a pediatric CPR & First Aid Class, two more home study visits, find a pediatrician, finish baby proofing house, work on our adoption profile book and start lining up grants to apply for once home study is complete.
WOW ! Our Home study AND training is fully funded!!! by Andrea Erskin
HUGE THANK YOU! As of today, we have enough funds to cover the cost of our home study ($2500) AND our required, two day, in person, adoption training ($375) Nov 30-Dec1! THANK YOU!!! We are one BIG STEP closer to growing our family!
The next goal is $2000 for what our agency calls "Orientation" which is required. This covers the administrative costs associated with an actual in-person meeting/orientation with our agency. We will be given lots of information, more paperwork and a more in depth walk-through of our adoption process. Rest assured I will go to this meeting with a LOOOOONG list of questions!
Andrea + Matt
Our adoption just got updated to Paperwork In Process by Andrea Erskin
We have started paperwork, and background checks. We will officially start our homestudy very soon!