We are Andy and Jayme, and we are very excited about the honor and privilege of becoming adoptive parents!
We have felt called towards adoption throughout our entire relationship together. It has been something that God has laid upon our hearts for many years. When we were first married, we had pictured our family with a few biological children and then adopting. After 10 years of marriage and having three birth-children, we still see that picture, and still feel called to bring a child into our family through adoption. We want to provide a loving, supportive, and fun home to a child in need. We desire to provide an opportunity for a life that a child may not otherwise have.
We are adopting through Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. They have been wonderful to work with. After thinking and praying through the different options, we will be pursuing their domestic infant program, meaning that our adoption will most likely be an open adoption of a newborn from mother in Wisconsin or Upper Michigan.
As you can probably guess, adoption is expensive! Though there are a few avenues to adoption, we felt that the support that Lutheran Social Services provides to us as adoptive parents, as well as the ongoing counseling and support given to the birth mom before and after the adoption, makes the costs worthwhile.
For your information, here is a breakdown of the fees:
Many of you have joined us on this journey, and we'd like to ask you to consider contributing financially to help us to give a loving home to a child who needs one. We hope that by inviting you into this process, you will see yourself as part of the community we hope to build around our child as he/she grows up.
As we journey through this process, we have been affirmed that we have a God who loves us, walks with us, guides us, and provides for us. And we know that His grace extends to the child somewhere out there that He has for us.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, pray for us, and support us in our journey!
Andy & Jayme