Dear Family and Friends,
It is with very full and happy hearts that we would like to share with you our plans to adopt a daughter from
Ryan and I have wanted to adopt since the time we met. We always talked about having 2 biological children and adopting a third. I first felt called to adopt in high school, when I spent time volunteering at an orphanage in
. Ryan and I spent time as foster parents and loved it. We decided to do fost- adopt so we could adopt locally. However, we were told that because I work for the Department of Social Services, we could no longer be foster parents or proceed with fost- adopt because it is conflict of interest for me. It was at that time we decided on international adoption. Mexico
? Last year, when watching the horrible devastation from the earthquake in Haiti , we felt led to adopt from that country. Haiti Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. Many children there are in urgent need of permanent, loving families.
We knew we would not be able to afford an international adoption so we put the idea on hold. However, recently I had a dream that I was holding my Haitian daughter in my arms. I awoke with a renewed desire to adopt from
So, here we are. Adoption from
will cost us approximately $27,000. As someone once put it, “You go to a car lot, spend $27,000 and buy a car. You drive it for 4-5 years then go buy another one. With adoption, you spend $27,000 and have a child that you will be blessed with for the rest of your life.” Here is the breakdown of where the money goes: Haiti
Agency Fee- $5650
Homestudy Fee- $2000-3000
Post Placement Fee- $1000
Adoption Education- $100
Dossier Translation and $1150
USCIS Fees $880
International Fee $14,000
DNA Testing Fee $500
Visa Fee $400
In addition to the above fees, we will have to pay for travel to
to pick up our child and bring her home. Haiti
We plan to save as much as we can and pay for the expenses ourselves. We also plan to apply for loans and grants to help cover some of the expense of the adoption. However, they are not guaranteed and they will not cover all of the expenses. We also plan to hold fund raisers throughout the adoption process. The good news is we will be receiving an adoption tax credit after the adoption is complete. We can use this money to repay some of the expenses occurred during the adoption.
If you feel led to help us fulfill our dream of adopting a little girl from
, we will humbly accept donations via paypal (firstname.lastname@example.org) or you can send us a check. Haiti
We are blessed to have each of you in our lives and know what a sacrifice this may be for each of you.
Please follow our journey on our adoption blog at www.aplaceinourhearts.blogspot.com
We appreciate your support and encouragement as we prepare our hearts and our family to welcome another daughter into our lives!
Not flesh of my flesh, nor bone of my bone, but still miraculously my own. Never forget for a single minute, you didn't grow under my heart - but in it.
Fleur Conkling Heylinger
Fleur Conkling Heylinger
Love, Ryan, Kate, Riley and Bella
I am hoping we get a great response to our big announcement!