Megan Panek

is adopting a child from India

If you haven't already heard, I have BIG news! I'm adopting!

I’ve always wanted to be a mom, and even from a young age I’ve had the desire to adopt. After traveling to India in 2014, I’ve felt that God was calling me to adopt a little girl from India.

The adoption will cost somewhere around $40,000. I am excited about the prospect of fundraising because I am looking forward to seeing how God provides during this season. I know this wouldn’t be possible without a community of people supporting, loving, and praying for me and my future child and I’m eager to invite you all on this journey.

I hope that by inviting you into this process, you will see yourself as part of the community I hope to build around my daughter as she grows up! I look forward to the day when I will sit down with my child and share with her all the names of the people who helped bring her home to me.

I would also be so grateful if you shared this fundraiser with your friends, family, and others who may be interested in my adoption story! Thank you so much!

Adoption Status

Completing Paperwork


Updates

  • Update 3

    CARA and USCIS Approved!!

    March 21, 2022

    I'm a little behind in providing an update - it's been a busy couple of weeks!

    After receiving my finalized home study in late November, I submitted the paperwork to get the required government approvals from the US and Indian governments. My adoption agency had shared with me that the wait for approvals to be issued would be unpredictable.

    I had braced myself for a long wait, so I was quite surprised when I received not one, but BOTH government approvals last week! In addition to exciting progress with adoption paperwork, I also accepted a different position at work.

    Now I start a new season of waiting - the wait to be matched with my future daughter! Again, I'm prepared for a long, unpredictable wait. My adoption agency estimates "0-6 months, on average". Once matched, there's another handful of government approvals needed before I travel to bring my daughter home.

    Even though the wait still seems long, I'm so encouraged by all of your support! It's been a joy to share in the excitement and anticipation with each of you, and I can't wait to provide you with the next big update!!

  • Update 2

    Home Study Approved!! Hooray!! My home study has been approved!

    March 21, 2022

    This is the first major milestone in the international adoption process. My next steps will be to get approval from USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) and CARA (Central Adoption Resource Authority, a part of the Indian government). Once I am approved, I'll wait to be matched with my future child!

  • Update 1

    Our adoption just got updated to Paperwork In Process

    March 21, 2022

    I've chosen an adoption agency and will be completing my home study over the next couple months!

$11,223 raised of $20,000 goal
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Donations 36

  • DC gave $100
  • Christine gave $20
  • Megan Hatfield gave $200
  • The Hurley Family gave $50
  • Anonymous gave $50
  • Laura Boger gave $100
  • Jessica Christy gave $1,000
  • Christine Kissner gave $25
  • Judy Maslowski gave $50
  • Anonymous gave $100