Recently I was reading about adoption on the internet and I came across this statement: "While becoming a parent is rarely free of expenses (even pregnancy and childbirth can be relatively expensive if there is inadequate insurance), adoptive parents often are faced with initial costs that can seem challenging." This seems like a bit of an understatement, however we know this is God's will for our family and that He will equip us for the calling.
We wanted to share the breakdown of our adoption cost. It's amazing how quickly it adds up...
Agency Fees (www.newlifelink.org): $11,000
Home Study (application, 2 initial visits, post-placement visit and background cks): $1,946
In-country fees: $100
INS fees: $890
Translation Fees: $250
Visa/Passport for child: $400
Psychological Evaluation: $150
Marriage/Birth Certificates: $26
Travel First Trip: $2,000
Travel Second Trip: $2,000
Total Estimated Adoption Cost: $18,772
We sincerely appreciate donations toward this large hurdle. Reminder: we are having a yard sale with all proceeds going toward our adoption on Sat, 9/17 at my sister's house in Hendersonville. Please let us know if you can donate items or even baked goods. Please also consider donating by PAYPAL using the DONATE button or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll give you a mailing address.
"Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows what we know and holds us responsible to act." Proverbs 24:12
God calls us ALL to help orphans. He does not call us all to adopt; but he DOES command us all to care for the orphans in the world.