Adopting a Child with Down Syndrome
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.