Kidder's Adoption Fund
In the meantime, we knew we had the room in our house, and the love to share with a baby that needed it…so we became foster parents. We have been SO blessed as a foster family working with our baby girl, “E”. It has been amazing to watch her develop and grow. We are excited about future foster care opportunities, but we still have international adoption and specifically Uganda on our hearts and minds.
For years we have been praying that God would protect our future children. The Lord opened a huge door by allowing Jared to lead a mission trip to Uganda this past summer. He worked at a Children’s home and fell in love with the children there. When he returned home he kept talking about a specific sibling pair.
We went on with life but couldn’t get them out of our thoughts. We finally sat down and talked about the possibility of adopting them. We sought out Godly counsel, spoke with our family, called our missionary friend to ask for more details about these kiddos and PRAYED, PRAYED, PRAYED!
These are the children we are seeking! These are the children we are already picturing in our home, playing with Sawyer, and in our arms!
These children were abandoned three years ago and have been in this Children’s home since then. We have already started the Investigation process as we want to adopt the truly orphaned; those without any family that could care for them.
Here’s where you come in. We are asking our family and friends to please PRAY for us. This is the most important thing that you can do for us. We need wisdom, clarity of thought, and much patience as we fill out hundreds of forms and wait months for our kids. We also need help raising funds. If you at all feel led to invest in our growing family, please either help by donating to help fund our adoption or share this link on your Facebook page, Instagram, or with your friends and family and let them know that you know us personally.
It’s easy to say adoption really just costs as much as a new car…but we have never bought one of those! What we can say is that nothing is too much for our GREAT God. We are including a breakdown of our adoption expenses so that you can have an idea of why it’s so expensive.
$4,790 Pre–adoption (including Home Study and USCIS)
$6,200 Adoption agency fee (work done on the US side of the adoption)
$8,000 Foreign Fee (Work being done in Uganda, including visas, lawyer fees, etc.)
$7,700 Travel Expenses (two round trip flights for two people, two one way flights for our future children and visas)
$7,000 In country Expenses (car, driver, fuel, food, lodging for 5 weeks over two trips for two people)
$1,050 More In country Expenses (children’s visas, medical exams)
$2,100 Post Adoption (Court, post adoption visits)
Total adoption cost: $36,840
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your prayers and financial contributions as we seek to bring these children home so we can call them OUR CHILDREN! We are so thankful for you!
Jared, Maria & Sawyer Kidder
NOTE: Several people have told me that we should update our total amount to reflect the total costs after our delays. After much thought, I decided to do so.
Thank you for lifting us up in prayer over the past months, weeks and especially the past few days. We had our exit interview and it went great! The embassy consular said that they are beginning to make sure all birth certificates are legitimate so they were going to check on this before giving us our visas. After they did this search... our children's birth certificates were found to be fraudulent!! This was shocking and extremely sad news. The full responsibility of this falls on the lawyer that we have through our adoption agency. Due to this the Embassy immediately investigates any case where something like this happens. They have 7 cases like ours that they are needing to begin investigations on.
I had plane tickets purchased and mentally was already on my way home. As I have learned here, you can't bank on anything until it actually happens. That was a rough and lonely day. God is good and faithful and gracious and after some very loud screaming and fist shaking (in my head....mostly) I repented and again trusted in Him with the situation.
The next day (yesterday) I had a meeting with the embassy consular and she explained the situation and explained what would happen. The situation was/is not her fault and she is trying to do her best to make sure that the children who are being adopted are truly orphans. I appreciate the work that they are doing and told her so. She told me that she would have a timeline of when we can potentially get out of here the next day (today).
Today I was able to get in touch with the consular and she told me that they were going to investigate our case first which was very exciting news to hear! I can tell she feels horrible for us and is doing everything she can to help us out.
This journey has been hard. Harder than I would could have EVER imagined, but God has been exceedingly loving and gracious throughout. We have a fuller understanding of His sovereignty and are thankful for the path that He has chosen for us. This being said, I miss my wonderful wife, and the rest of my family and my church family! Please continue to pray for us. I would love to be home by/on Thanksgiving.
Thank you to those of you who have encouraged us by emailing, calling, texting etc. we are SO thankful for you! I think the most encouraging text that I received this week was from one of the many awesome kids in my youth group. In this text he sent me a verse from 1 Thessalonians which says, "Rejoice always, and pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
See you all soon! I can't wait for you to meet our kids!
Here is a quick update for where we are with everything here in Uganda.
Last Friday we received word that we had our document check to make sure we had everything that we needed in order to have our exit interview scheduled. This was faster than we expected.
I thought we would have our doc. check on Thursday of this week, but we were given one for this Monday! We went to the document check and everything went very well.
I was expecting to have our exit interviews scheduled for next Monday or Wednesday which are the normal days for visa exit interviews. With Veteran's day being today, the embassy is closed. Again, I was shocked to find out that instead of next week our exit interview is TOMORROW! Tomorrow is a huge day! We are praying that the U.S. counselor will grant our kids visas.
Please be in prayer for this! If visas are approved tomorrow we should be able to pick them up on Monday We are hoping to fly home the same day.
Thank you to those of you who have prayed and been an encouragement through this process. It has been a long road (this is my 76th day in country), but we have sought to keep our eyes on the Lord who has been in control the entire time. We have struggled at times but grown more than we could have ever imagined.
The light IS at the end of the tunnel for our journey.
More to come soon...
Today we were informed by the director of our adoption agency that the judge in Uganda has finally issued a written ruling and granted us guardianship of our children! This is very exciting news!
I am working on purchasing tickets and am hoping to fly out the first full week of October after Sawyer's birthday. Please pray for the Lord to provide tickets at a good price.
We still have many steps in the process to accomplish. When I arrive in Uganda I will pick up my kids and we will apply for their Ugandan passports. After we have passports we apply and wait for an appointment with U.S. medical and then when that is finished we wait for an appointment with the U.S. Consulate in Kampala. He will be the one who has the final say in the matter and is the one who will grant Visas for the children to travel home with me.
Thank you for your prayers and for rejoicing with us!
As I had mentioned previously, we were told that a written ruling for guardianship of our children would be ready for us when we went to court two weeks ago because our previous court date in July was re-scheduled. Well, we are still waiting for the ruling. Unfortunately, I am not able to work on any of the other steps here in Uganda until we have the ruling. The director of our agency said that our lawyer will have more news about what is going on this Friday. Please pray for this! I am very eager to begin moving through the process.
The Lord has been teaching me patience and to trust in Him through everything going on and I have been growing and making the best of my time here! We have been spending our days with the children at Keirungi Children's Village which is the home that our Church's supported missionaries, the Coxs started and where my children are from. This has been great!
Maria is now at home with Sawyer and our foster baby, "Baby A".
Please continue to pray for us as we move through this process and feel free to share our link as we are getting closer, but have not yet reached our financial goal for completing our adoption.