I hate talking about this. But I suppose it has to be done…
As we are getting deeper and deeper into the adoption process, we are becoming more and more aware of a harsh and seemingly unfair reality: the cost of adoption. It is extremely expensive, and international adoption (vs. domestic) is even steeper. It doesn’t seem right that it would cost so much to bring a child without a family into a loving home. But it does. There are endless fees for things from paper/application submissions, program fees, agency fees, fingerprinting fees, Visa/passport fees, medical expenses, education costs, travel/airfare, temporarily living abroad, and unexpected expenses all over the place. That’s just to name a few.
Overall total for International adoption from South Africa: $33,400 – $44,300.
That’s for one child. If you remember from earlier posts, we are open to receiving a sibling group of 2 if the opportunity arises. This can increase our total cost by about $10,000. We are looking at a possible total of about $45,000 – 55,000. Ouch.
This said, we definitely don’t believe that it’s an excuse or a reason not to adopt. We are trusting the Lord to supply us with the funds we need to bring our child(ren) home, and are excited to watch Him work.
We tell you all of this because 1) we want you to be aware of the reality of the costs of adoption. Some people we’ve told are completely astonished when we tell them the projected costs. 2) we want you to be praying for us. We know that God will supply exactly what we need, because he has put this calling on our lives. 3) feel free to support if you feel led. This post is by no means a way to guilt you into giving us money. If you feel that way, we would actually rather not have your money. If you donate to this mission, we want you to do it out of pure obedience to the Lord in his command to care for the fatherless.
If you do feel led to support us financially, there will be more coming soon on how you can do this. For now, just be praying about if this is something God would have you do or not.
We are trying to brainstorm some ideas for fundraising to help offset these costs, and we have some fun stuff in the works. More to come on that. We plan to put up a meter on the side of this blog to keep you informed of how we are doing in reaching our goals, so that will be coming as well.
What have we done so far, you ask? We have held a garage sale fundraiser, had a wonderful, generous friend cut hair all day with proceeds going toward our adoption, and also had a Thirty One fundraiser.
I just want to take a sec and say that we’ve already had a lot of people who have generously donated items to sell, given of their time/efforts and money. We are SO thankful for all of you, and we just don’t know how to go about thanking you. We only hope that we can be a blessing to you in your life somehow as much as you have been in ours already. And honestly, you are the people that we will probably ask more of in the future. You are the people that work for the Kingdom and don’t grow weary, and it’s really fun to be a part of!
In our spare time (ha!), we are in the process of applying for grants and loans as well. In the meantime, we are also running a fundraiser through a wonderful coffee company called Just Love Coffee Roasters. They are not only a great business who sells (delicious) Fair Trade, organic coffee, but they are a Christian business that is all about helping those in need. They have a special interest in helping families bring home their adopted children, and they now give us a portion of all proceeds made in our storefront. So please, if you love coffee and/or know someone that loves coffee, go over and check it out! I bet it would make for some great Christmas gifts too!