March 5, 2012
Dear friends and family,
When we started out on this adoption journey we had no idea what we would be in store for. In the past month, we have learned a lot about the process, and ourselves. We finally managed to pick an agency that we are interested in working with.
Sadly adoption has become a big business not only internationally, but right here in the United States. The cost is HUGE and we’ve learned that this adoption will cost in the neighborhood of $25,000.
I know that sounds like a lot (and it is), but we will receive about $12,000 back from the Adoption Tax Credit, $2,000 reimbursement from the military and $5000 back from DaVita (Jenn’s employer). That means that we will receive over half of the cost of the adoption back (which is FANTASTIC). However, we will need to have the ALL the money up front, in order to be prepared for the day a birth mother selects us to be the adoptive parents for her special gift. The money does not go directly to the birth mother, it goes to the agency who will use the money for advertising on our behalf with profiles and Internet, help to cover birth mother expenses if needed, and to pay agency and legal fees.
Through our agency we can set the budget for the adoption so we know what to expect. The average cost for adoption in 2011 (through this agency) was $25000 and ranges from $22000- $28000. We’ll pay a little over $5000 initially (for profiles and Internet marketing), plus the cost of the home study (about $1500) the remainder is due when we have been matched with a birth mother.
Next on our “to do” list is the home study which should take about 2 months to complete. Once the home study is complete the agency will start to show our profile to birth mothers. Hopefully as soon as June! That means that we could potentially have a baby by summer time…very scary, but exciting to think that it could happen that quickly. Once our home study is completed and reviewed by the agency they say that our wait will be 1-12 months.
Words cannot express the joy and excitement we feel as we prepare for the blessing that is about to grace our lives. We would like to invite you to be a part of our adoption. We have two goals, the first is to create a community of friends, family and neighbors, locally and globally, who are ready and excited to welcome our child into their lives as our son/daughter. The second is to raise $10,000 toward the total cost to bring our baby home.
We trust that we will be able to raise the funds needed to complete this adoption. One way may be through people like you. When you give financially, you become emotionally invested. We cannot wait share our joy with you as begin our family. We cannot wait to hold our baby in our arms, and provide a loving hand for him/her to hold as he/she grows. Can we count on you to stand behind us as we move forward with this adoption?
Please visit our adoption blog at http://scottandjennadopt.blogspot.com/ and consider making a donation right now. You will see a green box that says “Bringing Home Baby Smart”. Click on the “Chip In” button and it will take you to an area where you can make your secure donation to our paypal account. This account is linked to our local bank and the funds will be used only for this adoption and related expenses.
Please contact us if you have any questions, need alternative methods of contribution, or would just like to chat. We would absolutely love to hear from each and every one of you!
Much love and our deepest thanks!
Jenn and Scott