Latest News Category: Adoption Funding

January 19, 2018

A Remarkable Story | Family Friday

When we began our adoption journey, we never could have anticipated the ways in which God would tell a remarkable story. He did this through His loving kindness, beautiful generosity, caring provision, and faithful care of His people. It took 4.5 years to bring our twin four-year-olds home from Haiti. In that time, He revealed His character in both big and subtle ways. Our wait was filled with many hard moments, times of uncertainty, deep aching in our longing for our children, anxiety about the financial strain … and the list continues. The wait was filled with so many dynamically difficult pieces which we never could have seen entering into the adoption process when we knew excitement and simple hope. We knew the financial component would be a challenge, yet we knew God’s calling was clear and that He would make it happen. We made sacrifices and He laid our adoption … Continue reading

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January 12, 2018

Did God Really Tell You to Adopt? | Family Friday

2 years. So much can happen in that time period, and yet it can also feel excruciatingly, hopelessly slow. 3 fundraisers, dozens of grant applications filed, innumerable nights and days of pleading, agonizing prayers. 2 adoption fall-throughs. These are just a handful of the things we experienced on our journey of domestic adoption. Our family finished our home study and began waiting for that phone call from our agency on June 1, 2015. We were brimming with hope and confident about the calling we had felt from God to pursue domestic adoption. As we began the process of adding to our family, our biggest fear was finances. And so, with our home study complete, I feverishly began filling out grant applications and exploring every possible avenue to save money and raise funds. My husband took a second job, we sold everything we could get our hands on (including many things … Continue reading

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January 3, 2018

5 New Year’s Resolutions to Show Love to the Fatherless

With a new year comes new opportunities to do things we’ve always wanted to do but never done. If you’re in the habit of writing New Year’s Resolutions, consider adding some or all of these to your list. 1. Sponsor a child. Christian-based child sponsorship has incredible potential to change a child’s entire life and eternal future. By sponsoring a child, you have the opportunity to help someone overcome poverty–which in turn can save future generations the heartache of family disruption and other devastating loss. Better still, with Christian programs, children are taught the truth about God and the fact that Jesus loves them. Many monthly sponsorship programs cost the equivalent of one trip out to dinner with the family, yet the long-term benefits are enormous. Learn more. 2. Take a foster care class. For many of us, our hearts have been stirred for the foster care community but we don’t know where to … Continue reading

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December 29, 2017

Our 5 Most-Read Blog Posts Of 2017

It’s hard to believe that 2017 is coming to a close, but we are excited for what lies ahead. In the meantime, here is a round-up of our top posts from this year. . 5.  It is possible for the average American family to afford an adoption, and–with a significant amount of determination, prayer, and elbow grease–to pay for it without accumulating debilitating debt. Here’s a potential road map to debt-free adoption. 4.  When you hear “orphan in America,” who comes to mind? The truth may surprise you. 3.  Foster kids need the church. Foster families need the church. Here are 15 ways to be a foster care friendly church. 2.  Since adoption receives negative publicity at times, it’s nice to read about adoptees who grew up to do interesting or extraordinary things with their lives. Here are 13 examples. 1. Why Adoption Is Supposed to Be Hard  Brandon, a newly adoptive dad, … Continue reading

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December 27, 2017

God Used You to Re-Write This Family’s Story

. Years ago, Jack and Lindsay became aware of the plight of the orphan and the significant need for families to welcome children home. So they determined to adopt “someday”–either after their three children were teenagers or they were able to save enough money to fund the process. Funding, after all, is the number one reason more families don’t adopt and more children don’t grow up with a family to call their own. The more they learned about children in need, the more convinced they became that God wanted them to pursue adoption sooner than “someday.” And so–with strong conviction in their hearts and very little money in their pockets–they took the first step of faith. A long journey filled with obstacles Their first adoption agency filed for bankruptcy on the same day they expected to learn about the child with whom they would be matched, and then the doors on … Continue reading

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November 6, 2017

Adoption 101: Common Questions When Deciding to Adopt

Choosing to adopt is a major decision that should be accompanied by plenty of prayer and conversation. Here are 5 questions to ask yourself (and/or your spouse) when considering whether or not adoption is right for you. 1. Why do we want to adopt? There are as many poor reasons as there are good reasons to adopt. Start by being honest with yourself about why you want to do it. It has been said that we lose our way when we lose our why–and this can be true on the adoption journey especially. 2. Where can we find good counsel? The Bible makes it clear that in a multitude of counselors there is safety (Proverbs 11). Do you have parents or church leadership from whom you can get good counsel? Who can/will become your network after you begin the process? Who can you count on to pray for you on the journey? 3. Who can we talk to … Continue reading

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November 3, 2017

When Two Becomes Eight Kids (and counting!) | Family Friday

Our plan when I married my wife was to have one or two children. Lifesong recently helped us add our eighth. From the bottom of our hearts, we are so grateful God allowed us to be part of His plan in this way and to be surrounded by our incredible children. It is amazing He was able to pull us through our own selfishness to the life we now live! God has orchestrated every step in our lives to lead to being a large adoptive family that will continue to grow, giving us abilities and circumstances to make it happen. After I unexpectedly lost my father at age 17, my wife’s parents virtually “adopted” me, taking me into their home and spiritual training. This was the first notion of adoption that entered into our lives. Later on, He brought us face-to-face with other adoptive families, catching and holding our attention … Continue reading

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