The Cost of Adoption
First, for those not in the adoption community, adoption is expensive!
For single mom's this process can be somewhat overwhelming as many of the grants and adoption loans available to married couples are not open to them.
I wanted to share where I am in this process. I have one more agency payment that is over $3000.00 dollars. Thankfully due to some very generous donations and tee shirt sales I have over half of that in hand. How I thank God for his provision and for those that gave and bought tee shirts!
China travel and fees are next up! Last trip I had to wire over $18,000 dollars to China to cover China travel, hotels, orphanage fees and the other miscellaneous fees that make an adoption possible.
In addition to this I have my airfare to and from China to pay for. Last trip this was right at $5,000 dollars.
I will also have to get another China visa for my passport and I'm sure there are some other miscellaneous fees I haven thought about at this writing.
Adoption is expensive! Adoption is worth every penny spent! I have been blessed with four amazing girls. They are kind, loving, talented and strong. I will say this again, any hardship that I face in the adoption process pales in comparison to what these girls would face if left unadopted!
Can you imagine "aging out" at the age of 14! The day a child turns 14 they have lost all hope of having a family! Depending of the orphanage these kids are sent to live on their own between the age of 16-18! Now let's put this in prospective, these kids at best have an elementary education, they have grown up without a family and are very naive to the ways of the world. Now let's add the fact that orphans are considered "bad luck" so shop owners will not hire them and if they have a physical disability that makes things even more difficult! How do they stand a chance?
Did you know that many of these kids commit suicide within a year of being sent out on their own or worse yet they end up being trafficked!
There are those called to adopt the little children and babies, however there are those of us that have a heart for those that are "aging out," those with a last chance for a family, that that have been over looked for years!
Did you know that Eden was adopted just days before she turned 14? Mackinley was just three months away from her 14th birthday! Avery will turn 14 in December, time is quickly running out for her!
My next fundraiser will be a Yeti Tundra 35 Cooler. The drawing will be August 15th just in time for those college tailgate gatherings!
One ticket for $10.00 and Three tickets for $25.00
You can enter via the donate button on the blog or message me for my address.
Adoption makes a difference and I am thankful that God has allowed me to be a part of his plan for me daughters.
Until next time!