Submitted by Angie Mon 04/06/2009
I was struck by this letter from a family waiting to adopt a new baby: Adoption is an expensive process, especially to adopt out of country. There are lawyer costs both in Canada and in the U.S.. There is the adoption agency fees which cover things like pre- and post-adoption counseling services, court documents, and living expenses for the birthmom. Our home study needs to be updated which comes with the need for medical checks, police checks, fingerprinting and lots of photocopying. There will also be the travel costs (flight, hotel, car rental) and some hospital fees that we’ll be responsible for after the birth. This is not something that is unknown to us. We’ve gone through this process before. This time around, when all is said and done, it’ll likely cost us around $25,000. That’s a lot of money to get together in such a short period of time, hence the idea to put together this site. We’ve set a goal of $15,000 for our fundraising efforts and even if we don’t come close to meeting that goal, every little bit helps. We really hope you can help us and we are eternally grateful for your support. Michelle and I would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us grow our family.