As most of you know, today the LDS church announced that in order to give adoptive couples more exposure, they are partnering with the #1 adoption website, adoption.com. Many of you are wondering what this means for us. We are so excited! Currently, our profile is listed at LDSFS's website, which will soon be taken down due to the closing of their adoption services. Now, we will be able to create a profile at adoption.com for free for one year! That is a $2400 subscription that the church is picking up the tab for! That's like a bajillion pass-along cards! SOOOO many more girls will see our profile now and be able to find us so much sooner! The website is amazing and has so many great features! It's no wonder it is number one. I can't wait to get started on building our profile.
Now, what does this mean for us cost-wise? More than likely, she will already be a client of an agency so we will work with her preferred agency and the cost will still be between $30,000-$50,000 There is a chance, however that the birthmom who chooses us may want to work through a private attorney, which will cost us around $10,000. We will also need to update our homestudy if we aren not matched by July, which will be around $500-$1000. If, by some miracle S changes her mind, then the original plan will continue and everything will only cost around $5,000.
The bottom line is that financially, it might not change much for us in the long run, but the important thing is: We KNOW this will help us find our birthmother so much sooner and we are THRILLED about that. That is a gift that we could not be more grateful for.
As we have stated before, though we are saddened by the closing of LDSFS, we fully support their decision and know that they are guided by the Lord. We know He has a very special plan for us and our eternal family. We are so grateful for this gift and will utilize it to the best of our ability.
As for some updates, Hati, Stork-Drop, and Kimberly didn't work out. As for S, at this point, especially as of late, we aren't counting on her changing her mind. However, we love S and wish her the very best and would gladly take her back into our lives and the baby into our arms.
As I said before, The Lord has a plan for us and we are just along for the ride. We're so grateful for the gift He's given us of so much more exposure. It won't be long now. (Say it with me.)
Thank you for all of your love and support.
Our profile can be viewed and shared here for now: https://itsaboutlove.org/ial/profiles/31661226/ourMessage.jsf Please share it.
You can donate here: http://www.gofundme.com/blv5w8
And your continued love, encouragement, prayers and support are so appreciated. We were beyond touched by the amount of texts, posts, private messages, and sheer excitement for us upon the announcement. We have such an incredible support network and I want you to know that I thank God for you each and every night. We are so blessed by YOU! We love you.
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