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$1,173 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 22 people in 9 months
In the beginning of 2017, my husband Tim and I were given devastating news. Our chance to conceive children was extremely low due to a medical condition that I was unaware I had. From that time, decisions have been swirling and fighting around in our heads. Worry about the future and whether we would ever be able to have a family threatened to tear us apart. Through the past 12 months, we have regrouped and started seeing a brighter side of things. This diagnosis didn't mean the end of the world. We could still have a family, and help a child in need as well. We made the decision to adopt. Adoption, however, turns out to be quite costly. A cost that we cannot feasibly cover without help. We are turning to our friends and family, both close and distant, to possibly find it in their hearts to help. Money donated will help with adoption costs, as well as offset bills during the adoption process. Whether you donate a little, or a lot, or if you cannot donate but offer silent encouragement, we want to thank you in advance.  So thank You, for taking the time to read this and thank you, for your consideration.  Tianna & Timothy Wakefield
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In early May, we found a lawyer who would take our case. We have been working with him since. Originally, we were told that we would only need to deal with him, possibly a guardian ad litem, and the birth parents. No agency, no agency fees, we were looking at MAYBE $3,000.00 There would be some paperwork filing fees, but ultimately, she would be ours in 2 months or less. Every time we have talked to him, things have been different. Nonetheless, court was schedule for July 5th. We attended court and sat through the parental termination if parental rights hearings. We were told that we would need agency report to have the case finalized. We have an extremely positive report and deep investigation from the guardian ad litem, advocating for the benefit of Annika, who has determined the best thing for her is to stay where she belongs, with us.
Our lawyer advised us (even at today's hearing) that he was in contact with the agency, and that the fees would be no more than $2000.00 for the agency fees.
Our new court date is July 31st. We have now found out that the cost will be upwards of $7000.00, and we need to raise that money plus the guardian ad litem fees in enough time to have the study completed.

We are reaching out once again fir any help we can get. Thank you so much for your help and understanding!!!
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The money raised so far has been used to keep our heads afloat during the unexpected maternity leave. We met with a lawyer yesterday and we were told that we need just $500.00 tp get the process started, and just around $2000.00 to file all paperwork and have everything said and done!!!
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Funding Annika's adoption will be a very costly thing. We are looking for as much support as possible. Annika has melded nicely into our family but there is risk of losing her if birth parents change their mind before the adoption is settled. We would like to be able to finalize the adoption as soon as possible to minimize that chance. Donations to this fundraiser helps us come one step closer to doing just that!!! Thank you so much in advance dor your support! Please feel free to share this!!!
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A few weeks ago, I couldn't even fathom the thought of everyone knowing what we are going through. I didn't want anyone at all to know about our situation or my medical issues. I tried so hard for so long to keep it hidden and to try to act like everything was ok. For over a year I have his my tears and my emotional break down while my despair ate at me and wore away my self confidence and my self worth. I slowly succumbed to the depression and anxiety. I was overwhelmed and cried myself to sleep for so long. Ever since Tim and I were married, the baby questions started. "When are the Wakefield babies coming?" "Ooh yay, congratulations! When should we expect babies?" "Ooh have you started thinking about babies?"
Oh man, if they only knew... fighting back tears I would answer that we didn't know or nothing was planned yet. I know they meant well but it still hurt all the same. After a few months the questions faded away but there were still those unexpected questions out of nowhere just to stab my heart a bit more. Seeing, holding, interacting with babies and young children is hard... I L❤VE children. (Obviously) and I love being with children. But the pain of not being able to have one of my own would always creep up and ache in my heart. Still, I would say nothing.
The decision to let everyone know and start the fundraising was a hard one. Did I really want everyone to know what was going on? Would people look at me differently? I don't want pity. Would people pity me? Would it even be worth it?

I am by no means saying any of it is easier at this point.

But there is a sense of peace that has befallen me with not hearing those questions anymore. And people seem to understand more that I am NOT. OK. And it makes more sense to people why I have been more emotional this last year.

So thank you for your support, and thank you for listening and understanding. It really means a lot to us.
Have a wonderful Saturday
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