Thursday, September 23, 2010

I171...not just a letter and some numbers.

(KS) As we wait for our I171 approval from the federal government, it has given us a few moments to sit back and relax after the LOADS of paperwork that we've done to date.

So one of the things that has been difficult to grapple with is the cost associated with adopting. Trying to wrap my brain around the millions of children worldwide that are living in poverty, amongst disease and heartache, civil unrest and danger is sometimes too much for me to bear.

Just getting people to open their hearts to adoption is hard enough, let alone trying to tackle the financial burden that lurks in front of them. You would think that it wouldn't have to be so expensive to adopt... right? I found this on a friend's site here that spoke directly to this issue...
Of course, there is a financial component to adopting children, just as there is a financial component to giving birth. Did you pay the doctor, hospital, or other birth-support people who helped bring your child into the world? I paid a social worker and a nonprofit adoption agency to help bring my daughter home.
“Did you pay for food, clothing, and medical care for the first 10 months of your child’s life? I paid a Chinese orphanage a nationally standardized fee, after it provided that care for the first 10 months of my child’s life.

“Did you pay filing fees for your child’s birth certificate or social security card? I paid American and Chinese government filing fees for those same papers, plus citizenship and adoption documents.

“That’s it. In total. Not a cent of compensation went to the birthparents. There were no bribes, no cash under the table. In fact, these expenses may have been lower than the costs of an uninsured pregnancy, birth, and the first 10 months of life with a child in the United States. Did you ‘buy’ your child when you paid these expenses? Neither did I. 
Unfortunately, it IS expensive. A large portion of the cost for our adoption is traveling to Africa... twice. Our plane tickets alone could be $9,000. YIKES! This doesn't include any of the incountry fees etc. that we will have to have in place before we travel.

Of course, God in His faithfulness will provide. This is HIS journey that He's leading us on. Therfore we believe that He is and will continue to provide.

On a totally different topic, doesn't 
Lincoln look JUST like Jeff? CRAZY!

To offset some of the fees, we have been brainstorming some super fun fundraisers. A dear friend of mine has offered to host a 'tea party' fundraiser. Not the kind of tea party that you've been hearing about on Fox News, although we like those kinds of tea parties... it's actually going to be a real tea.  The fundraiser is going to take place on Saturday, Oct. 30th. I've compiled a guest list and invitations will be sent out at the beginning of October. If for some reason you don't receive an invite, and you'd like to get info on the fundraiser, please leave me a comment and I'll get the info to you ASAP.

We are also very close to having our very cool t-shirts, designed by my amazing husband, available to order. You too could own one of these amazing t-shirts showing off not only your support of our adoption, but adoption in general. As soon as we get the last details ironed out, we'll let you know! In the meantime, you can check them out under the "adoption gear" tab at the top of the page.

Please be praying for us as we continue to move forward in bringing our child/children home :)


  1. What an awesome thing for your friend to do for you guys!! I wish i lived closer, i would so be joining you for tea! Get a move on with those shirts, Boz and i are anxiously awaiting ours!! :-) I'm so excited to have you as a friend on our journey, can't wait to give you a big ole hug in person some day!


  2. Wish I could come to the tea too. What a great idea.

  3. thanks for the post on our blog :) we have already received our I-171H for kenya so have to get it changed to ethiopia, but we have to get our homestudy updated first. we don't have to get it redone but rwanda only required 3 visits and eth requires 4. my cpa friend doesn't do our taxes so that may be where the problem is. i have to get it figured out this week though. my email is i love to "meet" other eth families. thanks again!