International Adoption

$7,755 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 54 people in 44 months
Please help us bring our little girl home

Our adoption journey began in November 2013. My husband’s family had come over for our annual Thanksgiving dinner and during causal conversation the concept of adoption was brought up. I was thinking it would probably pass quickly but everyone seemed really excited about it so even though we were pursuing IVF when we changed direction and started a new path towards adoption. After 1 full year of more paperwork then either one of us has ever seen in our lives, doctor visits, and notaries, we have finally been matched with a beautiful little girl from China. Her name is Jing Qiu Li and as soon as we saw her we knew she was our little girl. Our adoption journey feels almost complete. Our little girl’s story started in China when she was abandoned in a park on January 5th 2014. She is currently living with her foster family and is doing well but we want nothing more than to bring her home and give her a loving family.

After 1 year's worth of adoption paperwork (8lbs)...

Dossier is finally done!

Our adoption is like so many others, lengthy and expensive. Our costs for adoption from China  are about $30,000. We have done everything we can think to do to raise/save the money on our own but coming up with $30,000 isn’t easy. Also, because we have a special needs child we have medical bills that will need to be paid to repair a cleft lip/cleft palate and possibly a heart condition. We want to repair the cleft lip/cleft palate so that she can eat and drink easier and help her learn to speak which she does not do at this time. We are asking that if you can help us please give what you can to bring two journeys together and help us bring our little Jing home where we can love on her and keep her safe and well.

The final stretch
We have been able to come up with and pay about $14,000 over the past year but we are still falling sort for the last half. The major pending expenses are the Chinese orphanage fee ($5700), travel expenses (~$4000-$6000) and several other documentation and adoption agency and post adoption fees. Our remaining expenses are about $15,000 to$20,000. All donations will be applied to adoption and medical expenses.

Thank you for your support
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We are back and Catherine is with us! China was an adventure. She is a happy little girl who is adapting to her new world well. She smiles a lot and loves her new dogs. I will keep it short and let photos and videos say the rest. Thank you everyone who helped make this happen. She is healthy and will start surgery for her cleft lip and palate next month.
I can only post a few photos here so here is a link to a few of the thousand + photos we took.
A new Daddy
Comfort in something familiar
Guilin Drive
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A lot of good news to update. With everyone's support we were able to meet a major financial deadline almost to the dollar.

Also, we were able to raise the rest of the money by selling a car. This means the rest of the adoption and travel expenses are now covered. That is a huge weight lifted. We will leave the gofundme page up but the rest of the money we raise will go to her cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries.

The biggest update is that we have booked our flights and have an itinerary. Everything is a go and it's just a matter of time before we are on our way to pick her up.

Thank you for your donations and thank you to those who gifted toys, books, clothes, bedding and other lots of other baby things. Catherine will be here to enjoy them soon.
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We are getting close to travel. We received the LOA and have already signed and returned it. That's a huge milestone in an international adoption. Once that's processed the next step is awaiting our Travel Approval, and Visas. The agency estimates we will be traveling to China to pick up Catherine in 8-10 weeks!

Our supporters are helping make this possible and we thank you all.

I wanted to share a video that inspired me while I was still learning about the China adoption process. I can't get past 30 seconds without choking up.

The Petterson Family adoption story
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Catherine got the toys and clothes we sent her. She's adorable in her new pink hoodie. It's exciting to see her holding the things we picked out and sent her. That's our first real contact with her.

She is beautiful and we can't wait to get her home.
Catherine with some of her new toys
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$7,755 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 54 people in 44 months
Created February 3, 2015
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Kelly Bishop
40 months ago

My thoughts are with y'all as you bring your little girl home!

Joanne Ralston
41 months ago

A family should never be apart. Our prayers will be that your family will be reunited soon and permanently.

41 months ago
Mary Asher
42 months ago

May God Bless all of you.

Patricia James
42 months ago

Gods Blessings to both, no scratch that, to all three of you. Trisha

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