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And now for today's question:
How can we afford adoption? And how do I raise money for adoption?
God’s will is God’s BILL. God’s will done God’s way will never lack GOD’s SUPPLY. I really clung to those in my journey. Some may be called to fundraise and some may be called to sit STILL and let Him facilitate the details. For me, I was called to sit STILL. I remember believing with a full heart that we would have a debt free adoption and I looked at my husband and told him that. I remember the exact spot where we were talking in our kitchen. He looked at me like I was crazy. Would you believe 4 months later we were overflowing with an Ephesians 3:20 blessing and had enough and then some to cover the whole adoption. God creates a story through each of us and if we hand Him the pen, we will surrender the stress and worry of the financial side of it. HE WILL take care of the details. If you are called to adopt, He will provide. I strongly suggest spend quiet time with God to hear from Him, meet with people who have adopted to gain knowledge from their stories, and most of all come in agreement with your spouse as this is key in receiving the blessing from God.
When my husband & I started the adoption process for the first time in 2014, we had minimal savings & were overwhelmed by the cost. After researching & talking to other adoptive families, we learned that our concern was common & that many couples overcome the financial obstacles in adoption by fundraising. The more we looked into adoption fundraising, the more encouraged we became. We also learned there are adoption grants & interest free loans that adoptive families can apply for. After doing significant fundraising for our first adoption & some for our second, we learned a lot.
I wanted to give y’all thorough answers to these questions, so I wrote a full blog post on this topic. The post is titled Adoption Fundraising Info, Ideas, Tips & Encouragement & is up on my blog now:
The financial aspect of adoption is definitely intimidating, but do not let the cost discourage you from moving forward. My advice to you is if you feel like God has put this particular avenue of adoption on your heart, it is for a reason & purpose! You'll probably have to get creative, work hard & make many sacrifices to bring in the funds, but as any family blessed by adoption will tell you...it's SO beyond worth it!
There are a variety of options, practically endless. Each will have it’s own set of positives and negatives. Whether it’s barely successful or wildly successful depends on how passionate you are about promoting your efforts and asking your support network to spread the word.
PRODUCT SALES – T-shirts, dip mixes, things you make. Just realize unless you are making it yourself, everyone takes a percentage of your sales, sometimes more than what they pay you, so be selective.
ONLINE AUCTIONS – if you have connections to get a few great high-quality products, go for it! Keep it small and manageable.
GARAGE SALES – they can require a lot of effort, but can also provide you with high returns. Ask your family and friends to donate items and help you run it and help you promote it. (Coming up, I have a post about all the ins and outs of how to make this extremely successful for you!)
TAP INTO YOUR RETIREMENT FUND – there are penalties for this, but if you don’t have the time and energy to fundraise the old-fashioned way or you aren’t ready to be public about your journey.
APPLY FOR GRANTS/ZERO INTEREST LOANS – employers and organizations at-large offer these opportunities to couples adopting and sometimes is extended to immediate family members too (so your parents might be employed by a company that offers assistance!).
Usually, it’s a combination of these things unless you just sold a big piece of investment property or recently won the lottery. We set up a separate savings account for the expenses and funds, so we could keep track and watch it grow. It might be slow at first, so be patient and trust that HE has you and will help you get there.
“However motherhood comes to you, it’s a miracle.” Valerie Harper