We have started the process of domestic infant adoption, and are excited to bring a new life into our family. We're working with an agency that is helping us navigate all that goes into this process. As of July 2018 we are in the Home Study phase, meaning the agency is evaluating us to make sure we're safe and stable— this involves background checks, in-depth interviews, and a LOT of paperwork. They are also helping us learn about adoption as we take a slightly different path to parenthood than we originally thought. Once the home study is approved, it's a waiting game until we are "matched" with an expectant mom who chooses us to parent her baby (and we choose her as well). That part could take anywhere from a few days to over a year.
As part of this process, we have started a crowdfunding campaign. It may surprise you to learn that adoption-related costs can easily add up to $35,000 or more. The financial burden created by these costs can be overwhelming for hopeful adoptive parents. We personally are looking at a total of around $25,000 in agency fees alone. This is why we have set a goal of $20,000 to help lighten the load.
Over the course of our marriage (13 years!) we have been greatly blessed by a loving, supportive community of family and friends in a variety of locations spanning the US and Canada, and even beyond. We've felt your love even more as we walked through infertility and loss over the past several years. By simply loving us, you are already a big part of what we feel we bring to the table as hopeful adoptive parents. We know our future child(ren) will be greatly loved, and blessed to have you all in their life. You do not NEED to do anything more!
But somehow, the amazing and loving people around us seem to WANT to do more to help us grow our family. So if you feel led to give, we will humbly accept. :) We have already been blessed by some generous folks, and it seems right to open up the opportunity for others who may want to help in this way.
Whether you give in this way or not, we ask that you would PRAY for us- for wisdom, strength, patience, peace of mind and heart, and for financial provision.
Please pray for the baby who will (hopefully) join our family, and for their first parents and family members. We pray that they will also be blessed with peace, wisdom, and strength for their own journey.
We invite you to follow along here on AdoptTogether, and also on Kristen’s blog, deepdelightfullife.com. Feel free to reach out and check up on us, too; we'd be happy to hear from you.