We are very excited that we are adopting a cute little boy from Bulgaria! He is three years old, has special needs, and is in need of the love and family that we will give him!
We love him dearly already! He is so much a part of our family and we simply can't wait to bring him home and have him here with us.
This GoFundMe page is set up so that you, our friends and family, can donate discreetly and easily to our adoption fund if you feel so inclined. This way, every cent will be accounted for and nothing will get lost in the mix.
If you feel like making a tax-deductible donation, you can instead write a check to our church "Mount Vernon Foursquare Fellowship" and write "Cornerstone Ministry - Adoption" in the memo line.
Adoptions are expensive - if you can help us out, you'll not only be assisting us in making our dreams of raising an abandoned child a reality, but you'll be doing something to help a little boy that literally has no hope! And if you can't give, no worries! Just pray!
Thanks for your help, support, and prayers everyone!
While we envision our family to grow by both biological and adopted children, we feel like now is the time for adoption. Our adopted child will be our true offspring - legally, emotionally, spiritually - 100% our child. We can't wait to love, hold, and raise our little bundle of joy to be just like us - to be an individual that values love, justice, and truth.
We also hope to convey love, justice, and truth with our adoption story. God himself has an adoption story. He has adopted us into His family. God loves us, and has reached into our situations of abandonment, injustice, and suffering to make us a fully fledged member of His family. We are being raised to be just like Him, loved and cherished, placed in a family - no longer alone.
Why Special Needs?
We have a soft spot in our heart for precious people who have physical limitations and we thus believe that our life experiences have equipped us to be able to raise a child to be an overcomer, to be more than the sum of its parts.
The need is great for parents willing to adopt special-needs children. So many children just need a loving family and a little or a lot of medical care to make it possible for them to live happy, fulfilling lives.
Spiritually, we are all special-needs children in God's eyes... we all have injuries, wounds, and circumstances that hold us back. He gives us the love, healing, and courage to grow beyond these.
International vs. Domestic: We wanted to adopt a little kid who had been orphaned... either through death or abandonment. Most orphans in the US are older children - and at the present, we did not feel that an older child was for us. So we turned our eyes and our hearts to the world.
God made it really simple to choose a country... when we asked adoption agencies which countries we were eligible to adopt a child with special needs from, the answer was Bulgaria.
When Will Victor Come Home?
We are nearing the end of the process! As of August, 2013 we have one final adoption payment to make before we travel to Bulgaria to see him in September. Then we will return to the States by ourselves and wait 2-4 months for his file to be processed by the Bulgarian court system. Then we fly there again and bring him home!!!
Yes, international adoption is expensive - $30,000 expensive! But we believe our child will be worth every penny! We have been fundraising, applying for grants, etc. but know that God has the purse for this adoption. We trust that He will provide for all our needs!
We'll be keeping a blog along the way that you can read here! http://elliottsadoption.blogspot.com/
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