How in the World are we going to afford this?

As most of you know, we literally JUST completed Liam’s adoption. Therefore, it was a little daunting to hop into the process again. As we weighed the pros and cons of starting again, the only thing on our “cons” list was money. Stinks. Stupid money. Stupid expensive adoptions.

Adoption is expensive. But going through the process highlighted many reasons why adoption is SOOO expensive. For one, there are many people and agencies involved in bringing a child into a family. Every agency and every person has a job that they must be paid for. Additionally, there is travel, accommodations, many sets of fingerprints and so on. Seriously, every step costs money. And it adds up. This time we are looking at about $30,000.

It’s a lot of money.

But my daughter is waiting somewhere. She is worth every penny I have to fund-raise and dig out of our shallow bank account.

A child waits. And we are her family.

So this begins another season of selling things from our home, holding garage sales and wracking our brains for worthwhile fundraiser ideas. If you have any great ideas please let me know! I have a few brewing, but a fresh prospective is always welcome.

I am also pretty excited that our new agency allows friends and family to donate directly to the agency on our behalf. That was not the case with our previous agency. It makes it much easier (and tax-deductible) on those who feel led to be a part of this through giving.

So yeah. It’s a lot of money. But God provided before and He will again. After all, He sets the lonely in families.

About the author


Erica is an advocate for simplicity, family time, making a cozy home and loving others well. She is the community coordinator for One Orphan, the orphan care ministry of America World Adoption Association. Erica and Calvin have four young children; Elliott, Charlotte, Lola and Liam. They currently reside in Nashville, TN.

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