ETHIOPIA

“Once our eyes are opened, we can’t pretend we do not know what to do.

God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls knows that

we know and holds us responsible to act.” –Proverbs 24:12

Why Ethiopia? (click here)

Our Adoption Story (click here)

Why Adopt?

We get asked this quite frequently, actually.  They are curious as to why we would choose to adopt when we have no issue conceiving our own children and adoption comes with financial burden.  I absolutely love this question and yet I dread it all at once… I haven’t seemed to be able to get the emotions and thoughts that bubble forth from my heart into words that adequately portray our “why.”  But, our why is this…
We aren’t adopting to add another placemat around our kitchen table (we have an easier way of doing that…) and it’s not about us feeling important or special.

Actually, it’s not about us at all.

It’s about Him.  It’s about Jesus.
It’s about love.
It’s about loving the “least of these,” because if not us, then who?
It’s about the Gospel.
It’s about a sea of beautiful faces who are also sons and daughters of God and should never be forgotten.  Never.
It’s about so much more.

And through adoption, we realize how we were REDEEMED through Christ’s blood.  We were RESCUED.  We have been adopted.  We are God’s children.  And, in this beautiful love story interwoven with many tales of adoption, how can we say “no” to what our God has so clearly asked of us?

How You Can Help (Fundraisers)

Want to help?  We’re so glad to have you on this journey with us!  We have some fundraisers and other ideas, this section will be updated as things change!  Thank you for your servant’s heart and love!

Buy some Just Love Coffee HERE!  A percentage of their sales through our special page will go towards bringing home our little guy from Africa.

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Feel free to click the donate button on the right hand side of our blog to give!  It’s safe and easy and goes through paypal!

Also, please keep these sweet children in your prayers…as well as our family as we navigate this new-to-us world of international adoption!  Thank you!

Adoption Timeline

Summer 2006 – Our first serious conversation about adoption

2009 – Began feeling convicted to adopt/advocate for orphans.  Was pregnant with baby #2 (Rora), we knew it wasn’t the “time.”

2010 – God began placing things in our lives to the point that it was undeniable what we were being called to do…

February 2012 – Ashley feels it’s “time;” prays that God will tell her husband separately

June 2012 – Steven is ready.  Begin researching.  Still praying.

July 2, 2012 – Pre-approved for AGCI

July 9, 2012 – Officially approved for AGCI’s Ethiopia program!!

July 18, 2012 – Changed courses, chose new agency

July 26, 2012 – Application Accepted, Begin process of homestudy paperwork

July 30, 2012 – 1st round of fingerprints!!

October 16, 2012 – Last interview with SW – Now, just to wait for homestudy to be written up!

November 19, 2012 – Received Homestudy in mail!

November 20, 2012 – Sent off i600a!

November 23, 2012 – i600a received (according to tracking number)

January 19, 2013 – received i600a approval!

January 21, 2013 – sent off dossier (it has 6 stops ’til Ethiopia!)

January 22, 2013 – Had to make a change in dossier

January 23, 2013 – Sent off amendment to dossier
February 25, 2013 – Dossier landed in ET
February 25, 2013 – Our referral!!

Cost To Adopt From Ethiopia – approximately $30,000 (why we are fundraising)

What we’ve already paid is in BOLD!

Application Fees $ 400.00 – PAID
Agency Fee paid upon application acceptance  $2,916.66 – PAID

Home study and agency fee $2,916.66 (when home study is completed) - PAID
Fee #4 due to Agency when Dossier is sent to Ethiopia $2,916.66 - PAID

OUT OF POCKET U.S. ADOPTION EXPENSES

CIS Application Fee (including fingerprints for 2 adults) $ 890.00 - PAID
Parents’ Passports $ 240.00 – PAID
Passport Pictures (2 sets each) $ 20.00
– PAID
International Adoption Clinic Pre-adoption Seminar $ 150.00 — PAID
NCFA Parent Training $ 175.00 – PAID
Fingerprint Fee (For Home Study) $ 108.00 – PAID
Medical Reports – PAID
Birth Certificates and Marriage License copies …approx $200 – PAID

Taylor-Johnson Assessment – $150 – PAID
FedEx fees (dossier sent to Lifeline) $ 45.00 – PAID
FedEx fees (authentication shipping) $ 300.00 – PAID
Dossier Authentication $ 575.00 - PAID
Referral Fee for one child*** (Due when accepting referral)
$ 9,200.00 – PAID

*** Referral fee of $5,000 for each additional child

ESTIMATED IN-COUNTRY EXPENSES WHILE IN ETHIOPIA
(Based on two trips for two people, adopting one child.)

International Flights (per person, plus your child’s flight home on second trip)  $ 7,000.00 (plus child’s flight home on 2nd trip)
Hotel Accommodations  $ 700.00
Food (per person)  $ 200.00
Parent Visas  $ 80.00
Transportation Fee  $ 500.00
Child’s US Visa Fee  $ 404.00

Plus approximately $800-$1000 for medical and foster care fees for child between trips

What We’re Doing:
So far, in addition to LOTS OF PRAYER, we’ve gone back through our budget, looking for ways to FURTHER minimize our spending.  We have listed personal belongings to sell and are planning fundraisers in addition to the “donate” button on the side of this blog.  We feel very strongly that taking out loans (debt) is not something in line with what God is calling us to do.  We look forward to keeping this section updated!!

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