If you’ve been following my blog you know that my wife and I are in the process of adopting a little girl from Colombia, South America. We are so excited about adding a precious child to our family! As of right now, we have completed the lengthy process of compiling a dossier for submission to the Colombian government. Basically, lots and lots of paperwork. The dossier includes our home study, psychological evaluations, FBI fingerprint clearance, USCIS biometrics and United States government approval to adopt, financial records, etc. We are prayerfully anticipating approval to adopt from the Colombian government very soon, perhaps within a few weeks. At that point we will go on a waiting list. Because we have chosen to adopt an older child in the 8-9 year old age range, our wait list time is 3-6 months. So it is very possible that we could go to Colombia to bring our daughter home sometime in the spring or early summer.
It has been a joy to share the excitement of this adoption process with friends, family and our church. People ask me all the time, “How’s the process coming along?” We are grateful for the love and support of so many. Adoption is one of those things that touches people at a very deep level. While many people may not feel called to adopt or be able to adopt, we have discovered that people want to help.
I recently became aware of a wonderful non-profit group called Adopt Together. They specialize in providing a vehicle via individual family websites where people who want to help couples adopt can give and make it possible. The number one challenge to adoption is the expense. When Julie and I had our first two children, it cost us $10 each. That was it! This was back in the days of PPO insurance plans. We were in seminary at the time and hardly had any money so this was a huge blessing. When we had our third child we paid the 80/20 that was our insurance plan at the time. Certainly more than just $10 but still doable. Even if a couple has to pay for the whole of a biological delivery, expensive though it may be, those costs are still dwarfed by the cost of adoption. We stepped out on faith when we answered the call to adopt and as honestly as I can say, we are not worried at all about the finances of our adoption. The costs really equal the cost of a nice new car, something many people by without much thought and may keep only 5 years or so. A child is for life. So the cost is really unimportant. That said, we know that people want to help. So I would invite you to check out our Adopt Together website. Just helping us by passing the website on to your friends via Facebook and Twitter is a help in and of itself. We want everyone to know we are adopting. Our story may encourage someone else to adopt. There are SO many children who need forever families. And if anyone wanted to help by giving a tax-deductible donation to our Adopt Together website, that would be a blessing to us as well!
I invite you to check back here for more updates about our adoption as things unfold. Thanks for sharing the journey with us.