Delilah's Adoption Fund

$11,220 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 163 people in 25 months
Bring Baby Delilah Home to Shellie Nichol Chandar

Delilah has dwarfism (hypochondroplasia) due to be born this August. Ultrasounds show that she has significantly small legs and arms (in the less than one percentile). But that is not the only challenge this precious baby girl is facing.

UPDATE: Delilah was born 8/8/17 weighing in at 6lbs 7oz and 16 inches long.   Although she is perfect in every way   Delilah does have some medical issues due to her Dwarfism.  We continue to ask for support to not only cover the remainder of her adoption but to help cover her extensive medical care. 

A rough start

Delilah's expectant mom Ashley is also a dwarf. But the challenges she faced had nothing to do with her size. At the tender age of 19, Ashley had already been in 20 foster families and 8 group homes where she was mostly abused or neglected. She aged out of the system -- homeless, scared, and expecting her own child. She had no family. No one to care for her or the baby she knew she could not raise.

Then came a foster care warrior

Shellie Nichol and her husband Sundeep have 6 children of their own and have fostered almost 60 more children, most of who were medically-fragile or delayed.

After a traumatic loss, Shellie turned her attention toward creating a platform to bring healing and restoration to thousands of foster children and their caretakers through her non-profit "Project Foster Care" And that's exactly how Ashley found a reason to hope again.

Life forever changed in the instant Shellie logged into Facebook one evening.

It was uncanny. It was ordained.

Shellie never logs into Facebook at that time of night... and this time, she did. A heartrending and desperate message from a fellow foster care warrior was waiting for her. Homeless, aged out foster child, with dwarfism, medical conditions, dwarfism and pregnant, desperately needing help.

Shellie responded immediately, and a strong bond formed between the two almost instantly. 

After getting to know the Chandars, Ashley was confident it was time to ask ... "Would you adopt my baby girl?"

God had already prepared the Chandars for this very moment, as they registered years ago to adopt a baby with dwarfism but there was a 10yr waiting list. So, of course, they said "yes."

The moment everything changed

Shellie's previous foster agency told them they would handle the adoption, which would mean all fees would be covered. The Chandars turned their attention to helping take care of Ashley and attending all the doctor's appointments and ultrasounds, where doctors expressed concern with the baby's condition.

But they never could have prepared for what happened this week.

The foster agency suddenly pulled out of the adoption, stating they were not yet prepared for this adoption yet. Placing the burden of all the costs associated with the adoption square on the Chandars and with just weeks before baby Delilah will be here. 

But sweet baby Delilah doesn't know that the Chandars need time to raise funds for the adoption, and she is due to be delivered in August.

This is why we need your help!

Shellie needs to raise $10,000 in the next few weeks to pay the associated costs with adoption. This includes:

$5,500 for state home study
$2,000 (minimum) for lawyer fees
$2,500 for medical costs

Will you help bring Delilah home?

We know you can't meet this need all alone, but there is something you can still do to help. We all have some $5 habit we could kick for one day:

-a $5 Frappe

-a $5 wine off a local happy hour menu

-a $5 e-book

-a $5 app purchase

-a $5 meal from the drive-thru

Would you be willing to stop give up your $5 habit, just for the day, and donate to give Delilah a safe, loving home that her expecting mom has chosen for her?

Ashley never knew what it was like to be safe and loved growing up. She only wishes her daughter could have the childhood she never did.

Please donate $5 (or more if you want), and click the share now button. There is no time to spare if this does not happen the baby is at risk of entering the foster care system, a fate that terrifies the Chandars and birth mama both. 

It's 5 minutes and 5 dollars for you -- it's a lifetime of love and security for little baby Delilah.

Thank you for standing with us.
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We can't believe how many people donated, in less than 48hrs we had the amount needed to pay the State, and the Attorney in full!! CRAZY. It was nearly to the penny the exact amount! After paying them we were still left just about $2800 worth of medical copays for Delilah.

So that is why we asked for help with a bit more, we are working on getting her medical and then no more medical bill worries...shew!!

Again we thank you all so much, we have all shed so many tears in the past few days...tears of joy, gratitude, amazement...how do we thank you all??
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We have an update for you all. Shortly after Delilahs birth we found out that she had a multitude of issues. She spent time in the NICU where we found out she not only has dwarfism, but she also has a brain deformity, and CP (Cerebral Palsy) as well as issues with breathing. She stops breathing 500 times a night and is struggling to eat.

We refer to her as Delightful Delilah because despite all these issues she is still happy, always ready with a smile, a cuddle or kiss. We love her dearly and wouldn't change our choice to adopt her for all the money in the World.

We truly appreciate you all rallying around us, we are so close to reaching our goal. Just $4500 to go!!
Delightful Delilah
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I wanted to be open and honest with you. We were indeed able to raise enough funds to bring Delilah home, she is simply amazing, beautiful and more than we could ever have imagined. With that said, we decided to take the gofundmedown because there were cruel people saying horrible things about us, about Ashley and we just couldn't take it anymore.

After much thought and prayer we decided to not allow these horrible people to block blessings from others. We received a letter from our attorney this week asking for $400 a month to begin paying off his $4000 bill, plus $500 to serve the birth father yet again. In addition to the $4000 we will need to pay the State for the homestudy. We do need help, because on top of all of this Delilah has medical needs that are going to cost well over what our medical plan will cover. The issues we had prayed she wouldn't have as a little person came to a realization. We are headed to Lucile Packard at Stanford for treatment. To all of you that continue to pray for us, to send love and stand beside us, THANK YOU!!! We ask that you continue to help in any way you can...if it is not monetary then could you please share?
Always in HOPE
Delilah Khaleesie Grace Chandar
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I want to thank each of you from the absolute bottom of my heart for coming along side of us. At this point we raised enough to bring baby girl home, and know God will provide the rest. We are so grateful for the outpouring of love . Sending you hugs, love and so much HOPE
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