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Adopting a Child with Down Syndrome

$1,500 of $20k goal

Raised by 30 people in 5 months
Michele Kezar  Fonthill, ON

This is a puzzle fundraiser ($5 to sponsor a piece). See below for more details.

Michele began her journey to motherhood in early 2013. The road has been a rough one though, with many ups and downs. No matter what road Michele tried to take it always brought her back to adoption. Michele first considered adopting a child with Down Syndrome in 2014 when she was filling out the paperwork for private adoption. In the summer of 2015 she met with an international adoption agency and discussed adopting a child with Down Syndrome from Bulgaria. Although Michele felt that this was her path the financial burdens and red tape made her apprehensive. After the universe told her multiple times that this was her path she is finally listening with an open heart! Every donation is greatly appreciated and brings Michele one step closer to bringing her daughter home!

International adoption is expensive and even though there may be fee reductions and grants due to adopting a child with Down Syndrome they are not guaranteed.

Here is the breakdown of estimated costs:

Total Estimated Cost - $40,975.00

Starting Fees - $7,825.00
Agency Consultation #2 - $75.00 - FUNDED
​Agency Registration - $800.00 - FUNDED
​Adoption Classes - $300.00 - FUNDED
Coordinating Agency Registration - $550.00
Coordinating Agency Fee #1 - $2,600.00
Notarizing, Medicals, Police Clearances, etc. - $400.00
Immigration Application - $100.00
Homestudy - $3,000.00

Submitting Dossier to Country - $4,150.00
Legalizing and Notarizing - $800.00
Dossier Paperwork - $350.00
Country Fee #1 - 2,000.00€ = $3,000.00

Referral Received - $9,800.00
Coordinating Agency Fee #2 - $2,600.00
Country Fee #2 - 5,000.00€ = $7,200.00

First Trip - $5,100.00
Hotel - $600.00
Food and Transportation - $500.00
Flights - $4,000.00

Fees Due Between Trips - $6,800.00
Dossier Update - $800.00
Country Fee #3 - 2,000.00€ = $3,000.00
Post-Adoption Report Fees - $3,000.00

Second Trip - $7,300.00
Hotel - $1,000.00
Food and Transportation - $1,200.00
Flights - $5,000.00
Gifts for Caregivers - $100.00

For $5 you can sponsor a puzzle piece to help Michele reach her dream of becoming a mother. The more you donate the more piece you will sponsor. For example if you donate $20 you will sponsor 4 puzzle pieces. Your name will be written on the back of each piece and when completed the puzzle will be mounted in double sided glass to be placed in the nursery. This puzzle will forever serve as a reminder to Michele and her future child of your love and your generous gift.

Thank you for all your love and support as Michele continues on this journey and enters a new chapter in her life.

 

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Update 8
Posted by Michele Kezar
1 day ago
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Fundraising goal #1 is $5,000! If this goal can be reached by the end of the year I will be able to start my homestudy in January!!! If it's reached sooner even better! Right now the fundraiser only needs another $3,500 to reach this goal, 700 more donations of just $5! Let's do this and get her home asap!
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Update 7
Posted by Michele Kezar
7 days ago
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$1500!!! YAY!!! Agency consultation, registration, and classes are fully funded and starting to make a dent in homestudy fees! Thank you everyone for your love and support, every dollar is a dollar closer to getting her home!
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Update 6
Posted by Michele Kezar
1 month ago
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Reached $1400!!! Thank you everyone for your love, support, donations, and shares! Every dollar is a dollar closer to bringing her home :)
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Update 5
Posted by Michele Kezar
2 months ago
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Super excited because I just realized that with the current amount raised I have enough for the agency consultation, registration, and classes!! That means that hopefully once I find a permanent place to live this summer I will be able to at least start the process and complete those three things!!! YAY!!! So excited that I will hopefully be able to start by the end of the year!! Thank you everyone for your love and support <3
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$1,500 of $20k goal

Raised by 30 people in 5 months
Created October 1, 2016
$100
Anonymous
7 days ago(Offline Donation)
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1 month ago(Offline Donation)
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Ashlynn, Paul, and Mason Adachi
2 months ago(Offline Donation)
$20
Tina Lynch
4 months ago
$30
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