We are Aaron, and Caitlyn. Our story began ten years ago this October 31st, when we were both still awkward 17 year olds in High School. We survived High School dating, lasted through two years of long distance, and finally, after 9 years together, we decided it was time to get married (and buy a house, and adopt a dog, and then adopt two rabbits in addition to the one older rabbit we already had). When we know what we want, we go for it, and we know that our next adventure is expanding our family even more, and continuing our adoption trend.
We're currently in the process of choosing an agency. Unfortunately, adoption is extremely expensive no matter where you go (the average cost is ~$38,000), and it is not an easy process. But that doesn't dissuade us from moving forward, it just means we have to adjust our lifestyle, save a little extra, and ask for help when necessary.
We're already covering the early fees for applications, the Home Study process, and training, but we'll be struggling to get by once the placement fees are due. Especially because we're not just looking at domestic adoptions, but international adoptions as well, which can be a bit pricier. The funding we're hoping to receive will only be used to pay fees charged by the adoption agency, primarily what agencies call the "placement fee" (bringing our child home), and finalizing the adoption.
We are ready to have kiddos, and we want to provide the best life possible for whomever we adopt. We are creating space in our home for them, getting excited about introducing them to our friends and family, to hold an Adoption Day party, and to love the heck out of that kid for their entire life. We just need a little help to make that dream our reality, and not start our new family with buckets of debt.
If you're able to give any amount, it is extremely appreciated. We could not begin to thank any of you enough for any donation you're able to make. And even if you're unable to make a donation, well wishes are always welcome, as is helpful advice, support, and general positivity. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
Aaron and Caitlyn
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