Hi everyone! We are so excited to share that we have been approved with the consultation company we chose to walk us through the adoption process.
Over the last month, Ethan has worked countless hours in overtime, we've been dutifully saving, selling donated items online and I've opened an online store. We are already a little over halfway towards our first goal of $3,500.
A few of you have asked us some questions that I thought I would address here, in case others of you had the same questions...
Why did you choose a consultation company and what do they do?
After months of research and talking with many, many agencies around the country, we chose to use a Christian consultation company out of Georgia. This company is run and administered by multiple women/families who've adopted themselves. They're going to walk us through the entire process. We pay them a one time fee and they will help open our doors to placement agencies all over the country reducing our wait time from years to possibly just months. This is opposed to us choosing one agency who may only work with 1-5 birth mothers a year and have a list of 20+ waiting families.
Have you set up a GoFundMe page?
We have not. The reason behind that is because GoFundMe collects around 9% of the donations made. That's expensive.
So at this point, we are accepting donations through the donate button on our website (this is only a 2.9% fee) and accepting donations of items made to us for the purpose of us selling them in a garage sale or online. If you'd like to make a personal donation by check, you can contact us for our mailing address.
What is next?
Now, we move towards our homestudy! We will hire a company who will complete this service for us. In addition, we are going to begin heavily fundraising and starting to fill out grant applications that we hope to turn in after our homestudy is approved.
As always, we will continue to ask for you prayers and support. We are so appreciative of each and every one of you. If you have any additional questions, please leave a comment below or contact us. Love you all!