Last week I met a wonderful young couple in their home for an adoption consultation. We initially planned to meet at a local restaurant, but they emailed me and said that one of their children was having surgery and asked if we could meet in their home. I walked into their house honestly not remembering the exact topic for our consultation – which isn’t surprising.
However, within 2 minutes, I knew everything I needed to know about the couple. The couple presented as Caucasian and had a 6 year-old African American child. I learned that they were foster parents of this beautiful young girl and her brother (who was at daycare). The next thing I observed was a John McArthur study bible on the kitchen table with the spine worn off of it. I knew everything I needed to know.
Come to find out, the husband was in vocational training and they were recently matched with a child for adoption – far sooner than they expected – far sooner than they could afford. They needed to come up with over $15,000 in two weeks, or the adoption might not go through. So, we sat and discussed their options. Below are some of my thoughts I shared with this couple.
- Adoption in the Christian community hit its zenith about 6 years ago. Since that time, adoption numbers have gone down dramatically.
- During the height of adoption, many organizations sprung up whose mission is to help Christian families fund adoptions.
- Now that adoption numbers are down, these organizations are “desperate” to find stellar Christian families to give their money to.
- If you have the time, patience, and requisite Christian witness, you can have all of your adoption expenses covered through grants. The word on the street in the adoption community is, to speak hyperbolically, “You can actually make money in an adoption.”
If you’ve tracked with me so far, you’re probably asking, “Okay, so how do I get adoption grants?” Ha! The million dollar question … or, $30,000 question, perhaps.
It’s complicated, and it’s not. If you’re interested to learn more, call or email to set up an appointment.