Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Financial Aspect of Adoption

Adoption is such a wonderful and beautiful journey. It is a journey powered by God. If God’s power wasn’t behind it, we’d never make it through the paperwork, red tape, endless wait and general adoption craziness. Yet, after waiting months or years to meet your little one…in that second…that second you hold them for the first time, that second they reach for you for the first time, or that second you get a glimpse of them for the first time….in that second ALL craziness fades to the background and it is all worth it.

Yet some never make it to that second. That second lies down a dark tunnel that many (especially in today’s economy) fear to tread. The financial aspect of adoption is daunting for most and down right frightening for many. Some look at it as insurmountable…and that second fades into the distance.

The financial obstacles of adoption can be breathtaking. The race you run to attain the funds and bring your child home can test anyone’s endurance.

An average International Adoption (including travel) can cost anywhere from approximately $20,000 to $50,000. These are not funds anyone drops lightly. Many adoptive parents have to fund raise to bring their children home. This is getting to be the norm instead of the exception. The thing is that for every family that says, “It’s too expensive” one child remains in an orphanage and without someone to cherish them.

This is a mixed kettle of fish. On one hand when the money isn’t there, how do you proceed? On the other hand, if you choose not to proceed, a child waits.

This is what it comes down to…faith.

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

….faith that God called you to this child ….faith that God called you to adoption…. and faith that God will provide.

Even when you know you are called your faith may waiver, sadly. It’s easy after a period of time to forget that absolute knowledge of what God wanted you to do. I know this from personal experience. Remembering is what is necessary though, God will not lead and not provide. It may not be as is planned, but I love that we cannot put God and His plans inside a box.

I want to encourage all the adoptive parents out there to cling to our ever loving and ever providing God. He does not give up on you DO NOT give up on Him…He is, was, and always will be. There are times when we are tired, discouraged, and emotionally drained…God does not disappear…..He just has different timing than we do.

I also want to encourage (and say thank you personally) to all those who have helped bring families together. You are making a difference. You are helping to bring orphans into the arms of family. You are allowing God to use you to bring hope to the hopeless (which sometimes includes adoptive families).

Lastly, I want to say thank you to God who makes all things possible…even something tedious like money.


Immediate Adoption Process Prayer Requests (Next 3 weeks)
*That God’s hand is on the remaining fingerprints and paperwork and that they proceed with not a glitch, quickly and correctly.
*That God blesses us with the funds to submit the paperwork (dossier) to Ethiopia when the time comes (hopefully only 3-4 weeks).

All Adoption Prayer Requests:
Please Pray…..
*For these little ones God has chosen to place in our family…for their physical and emotional health in a difficult place.
*For their biological family…that God has His hand on them and brings them peace in whatever they must face.
*That God has His hand on this adoption, guiding us, bringing peace, and financially providing. That the funds pour in like water in a surge of blessing.
*Last, though it may seem a bit premature, please specifically pray that once we are referred our little ones, that they come home quickly and pass court the first time (many are starting to have multiple court dates and a LONG wait until travel). The Ethiopian government is being very cautious and caring with their wonderful children though and for that we are so thankful.
*Lastly, that we have peace and not stress, trusting God in every step.


  1. Very very well said! :) I am praying for you and all your requests. I really NEEDED to hear what you said tonight. I have been VERY down and discouraged about the financial side of things to bring Jeremiah home and with how his needs are so great and the money seems to be coming slower and slower and all our efforts seem in vain :( I would love to reprint what you wrote here on my blog to share with others I know. Would that be ok?


  2. You know what were in my heart as well when I wrote this. It can be discouraging/scary at times...God's working on me through this (and my occasional mini panic attacks :)). Our little ones will one day be in our arms and all this will be behind us. You and I will look back and wonder what all the stress and worry was about. You guys are totally in our prayers. You are more than welcome to use anything from our blog. Hugs dear sister...


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