Jake and I have decided to move forward with the adoption process. ❤️
Adoption has always been part of our heartbeat – we just didn’t think it was going to be our first step towards a family. We envisioned having biological children early in our marriage and then beginning the adoption process later as our children grew older… BUT God had different plans for us!
We know this journey can be challenging and emotional in and of itself, but my goodness we are excited! Emotions have been all over the place, but it feels so good to know that we are ready for a child – who was not born from us, but is already a part of our hearts.
I am sure there will be so many questions that you have for us, so let me start by answering a few basic ones here first.
Do you already have a child that is waiting for you to adopt them?:
No, we do not. A while back we were approached about an independent adoption of a young girl’s child, but that journey has stopped and at this time we are no longer pursuing that route. (That was a VERY difficult and emotional few weeks for us as we thought this door had been opened only to find it closed so abruptly.)
We will be going through an Adoption Agency called: Adoptions From the Heart. They have an office here in Lancaster. Our desire is for a newborn (from the hospital). We would so greatly love to have an Open Adoption as we know this can be healing for all individuals involved: birth parents, child(ren), and adoptive parents.
What does the process look like?:
GREAT question! We don’t totally know yet. We will be sending our application in soon (as soon as we get it filled out and ready to go). Once the application is in, we will wait to hear from them and prepare for the next steps: educational courses, home study, etc.
What if you get pregnant while going through the adoption process?:
We will continue the process! God obviously placed this on our hearts for a reason, and we aren’t going to stop that process unless a door is completely shut for us. If that means we have two children around the same age, then what an exciting and eventful journey!
Jake and I are committing to adopting a precious child, and a pregnancy will not stop the process. We just may need a few extra hands of help, ❤️.
What is the cost?:
Let me break that down:
Application Process: $500
Educational Courses: $600
Home Study: $1,600
Program Fee: $6,500
Pre-placement Meeting: $100/hour
Placement Fee: $23,000 (additional $11,500 for twins)
Post-placement Report: $2,000 ($3000 for twins)
Medical Expenses: total of costs not covered by birth mother’s insurance
PA Legal Fees to Lawyer: approx $2,000-$2,500
You can check out the full breakdown of the fees HERE.
Jake and I have some pretty amazing family members, friends, and business friends (who are like a family). The outpouring of love, prayers, support, and encouragement is hard to fully take in and comprehend. We have been blessed by so many who want to support us financially in some way or another. We will keep you updated on ways you can help, as they arise.
Someone just called me today to offer to pay for our application fee. I AM SPEECHLESS. It’s hard to have the words to truly express how we are feeling right now. I’ve cried many times as the calls keep coming in about ways to love us and support us through this journey.
We love you all so deeply, and we are so excited to finally start our family. Thanks to each and every one of you.