This question has come up a couple of times in the past few weeks. Why raise funds? There are a lot of other families who adopt who never have to raise money. Why do we? Well, there are a couple of reasons.
This was a very quick decision. If you read about why we decided to adopt, you’ll know that while we’ve always been open to the idea of adoption, it’s never been something we planned on doing until recently. Because of that, this is all coming together VERY quickly, including funding.
We haven’t been saving for adoption until recently. Because we were able to have our own kids, we haven’t been saving for adoption for years – we’ve been paying Birth Center and midwife fees. We only started saving to adopt when we decided to adopt – which was not even two months ago. Yes, we have a savings account. And a good portion of that will go to our adoption fund. But it’s not nearly enough to cover the cost of an international adoption (which will be upwards of $30,000).
Adoption is expensive. Especially international adoption. In addition to adoption, agency, and country fees, there will be plane tickets, hotels, Passports, Visas, and more travel induced costs. It’s a lot of money. And while it’d be nice if Craig made millions of dollars, he doesn’t. 🙂 We just can’t save this kind of money on our own in the time frame we have.
That’s where the fundraising comes in. We’re counting on everyone around us to help us with this. We need you. Not only will you be helping to give an orphan a better life, you’ll be helping us show others that funding an adoption IS POSSIBLE. You’ll be answering God’s call to ALL believers to care for orphans and widows. And we fully believe that God will bless you for your gift. Whether is financial, prayer, time, etc. God will bless your gift.
Hopefully that answered some questions for those who might have been confused. Feel free to ask away if you have more. 🙂