Let the fund raising begin. A few moments ago my wife and I submitted our application to adopt a child (possibly 2) from Ethiopia. This is one of the poorest countries in the world and some estimates have as many as 4 million children under 18 orphaned. Many of those orphans are living with other relatives and friends, but far too many have noone to care for them.
Costs are likely to run us between 25 and 30 thousand dollars. By almost anyone's estimate that is a staggering number that truely gave us pause. We don't have that kind of money, but we are believing that God will provide the funds.
A number of questions come to mind. Just a couple of those include; Why outside the United States when there are so many kids needing loved here in our own country? Why would it cost so much money?
First I'll address why so many couples go outside the United States. I know you are thinking we made this decision in order to be seen as trendy like Jolie or Madonna. In a word it is due to lawyers. If my wife and I adopt within the United States the costs would be slightly less, but birth parents rights would allow them to claim parental rights in some cases up to years after the adoption. Depending on the State. In addition we were told we would likely be on a waiting list for 4 years or more. Why, when apparently there are so many kids needing a good home? All I know is that is what happens when the government does anything. Overseas the process can be done in as little as 6 to 9 months. More likely 15 months, but still far sooner than 4 years.
Second is the issue of costs. While I don't like that it would cost so much to adopt I do understand that there are staff both in the United States and the country where the child resides. In addition Christian World Adoption (the organization who we are using) actually provides care for both children destined for adoption, and those who will not. This costs money. In addition flight costs are not exactly inexpensive. We are expecting (estimating high for safety)up to 8 thousand dollars in airline costs.
We are very excited and will be putting up a separte blog for those of you wishing to follow our process.