About our Adoption

A Little Background...
In 2012, on a warm Saturday morning in November, my husband and I waited anxiously in a bright orphanage.  At 9 am, the director arrived, carrying a serious(ly adorable) 6 1/2 month baby boy into the room.  On this special day, we held our son for the first time.

The months of waiting, pictures, and videos could not prepare us for the incredible love we felt that morning.  As we looked into his curious eyes, we knew this would not be the last child we adopted.  We reapplied to adopt with our agency that very month.  But then, after a year of waiting, they stopped processing adoptions to the United States, due to some law changes.

A New Journey...
Just before Christmas 2014, we fell in love with a "waiting" child, through Heartsent!  Our son is a 2.5 year old, born in Taiwan (the same country AND county as our first, actually), and we couldn't be more thrilled to meet him later this year.  Many families turn to adoption after the heartbreak of infertility, but this is not our story.  Adoption, for us, is a Plan A.  We are not adopting because we can't have biological children, but because our faith moves us.  As Christians, we take the following verse seriously.

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.  James 1:27

Ministry to the orphan and the widow will look different to different Christians.  Some will "look after" orphans through monthly sponsorship, through foster care, or through mission work.  There are many ways to live this verse.  But for us, it means adopting a child in need of parents.  To make him or her eat their veggies and clean their room.  To surround them love and laughter.  There are millions of orphans in this world, both in the United States and overseas.  We feel led to Taiwan because the orphanages are full, the stigma of being an unwed mother is severe, and abortion rates are high (not as a "pro-choice" decision, but an option forced upon young women by their culture, their doctors, and their families).  This country, like so many countries, needs families who are willing to fight through a complicated and rapidly changing legal system.  We can't fight this fight for all orphans.  We do hope to make a difference in the life of one more.

For a recap of the steps we have completed (and the steps to go), our adoption timeline is under the Join our Adventure tab!

The 1500 Tree Project...
The 1500 Tree Project is our way to fund a second adoption.

Few are surprised to learn that international adoption is expensive.  There are fees associated with our applications, country, home study, legal documents, notarization, translating, background checks, fingerprinting, travel, visas, and more.  Money goes into our agency, local and state governments, and various institutions in Taiwan (like the orphanage, courts, etc.).  Airlines won't fly us around the world for free, doctors need paychecks to buy their children dinner, social workers like money to buy a cute top from time to time, and even orphanage nannies need a little monetary compensation for countless 3am feedings.

Our goal is to make and sell 1500 trees.  1500 trees made.  1500 trees sold.  One fully funded adoption.

1 comment :

  1. Hi Angie! My name is Sarah....I've been following you on Instagram for a few weeks. I loved reading your story! I wanted to say that is so amazing to find others who are passionate about adoption as well. My husband and I have three bio children, but about three years ago we decided that we wanted to adopt. We were completely led by the Spirit through God's Word to see adoption as Plan A. We are completely overwhelmed with God's adoption of us, how can we NOT join Him in adopting!? We are in the paperwork stage for our first adoption. We are looking to adopt a little girl from China. God Bless!