Friday, September 5, 2014

An Exciting Announcement!




Dear Family and Friends,

We are excited to announce that we are pursuing ADOPTION!  We will be adopting from China and we hope to have a little boy or a little girl in our arms in late 2015 or early 2016. 

Why adoption?  There are over 147 MILLION orphans in our world.  That is 147 million children who do not know the love of a mommy and a daddy.  Although adopting one child does not put a dent into the orphan problem in the world, there will be one less child who does not know about love and home and family.  God speaks of adoption and his love for the orphan throughout the Bible.  He even states that we are “adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 1:5).  He also directs us to care for the orphans and widows (James 1:27).  Though there are many ways to care for the orphans and widows, we have been led to pursue adoption at this time.  Since before we were married, we have discussed adoption and have been interested in growing our family in this way at some point.  Over the last two years, we have earnestly prayed and sought God’s will in growing our family and we believe that now is the time to adopt.  We are excited to see God work in the life of our family as we work towards adding a son or daughter, a brother or sister, to our family.

Will you help us?  There are many ways that you can help us as we bring our child home.  First, we ask that you pray for us.  Pray for our son or daughter that is waiting on a forever family.  Pray that God will “set the lonely in families” (Psalm 68:6).  Pray for God to remove all roadblocks from our process.  Pray that we will raise all of the funds needed to complete the adoption.

We want each of you to be a part of this important, exciting time in our lives.  Please follow our family blog at www.whitehouseadventures.blogspot.com to keep up with our journey.  We will be updating it regularly.  If you would like to know more about the adoption process or our decision to adopt, please feel free to email us at jkwhite61403@hotmail.com.  

In addition to praying for us and following our journey, we ask that you will consider donating to our adoption fund or consider assisting us with a fundraiser.  International adoption is expensive – we anticipate spending over $36,000 to bring our child home.  Although the cost is high, we believe that God will provide us with the means to adopt.  We will use our personal savings, as well as funds received from tax returns, donations, fund raising, and grants to complete the adoption process.  If you feel led to donate or help with a fundraiser in some way, we would greatly appreciate it and we will be grateful for even the smallest donations to assist with our adoption expenses.  We plan to launch our first fundraiser, an IPad Mini Raffle, in the coming weeks.  Please check our blog often for updates! 

Above all, we thank you for your prayers and support!  This process is complicated and extensive, but it will be completely worth it when we are holding a precious child that God has given to us.  We are so thankful for so many friends and family that love our family.  We look forward to updating you as we continue to grow our family!


Love,

The White Family

Jeremy, Kasey, Connor, and Kyle





Answering a few questions you may have...

So, where are we now in the process?
We have completed the first home study visit.  We have completed background checks and fingerprinting for the GBI and the FBI.  We will have two more home study visits and one more home study phone call over the next few months.  Between now and the 2nd home study visit, we will complete an extensive autobiography, work through several hours of online education, read a book, get medicals for ourselves and pediatrician reports for the boys, and complete several other items.  There are a lot of t's to cross and i's to dot along the way!

What agency are we using?
We are using Lifeline Children's Services.  They are a Christian adoption agency with an outstanding reputation in orphan care and adoption.  They are very experienced with the adoption process for China.  We have known several families who have used Lifeline for their international adoptions and who have been very pleased with the services provided.  We researched other agencies, but we felt that Lifeline was the best fit for our adoption.  You can learn more about Lifeline at www.lifelinechild.org.

Why China?  Why international adoption?
We have been thinking about adoption since before we were married eleven years ago.  We have always known that at some point we would like to adopt.  About two and a half years ago, we started seriously praying about adoption and researching the different avenues, as well as praying that God would reveal the right time for us to start an adoption.  We knew that we were not looking to adopt a newborn.  We felt led to pursue a toddler or preschool age child.  In order to adopt a toddler or preschool age child domestically, we would have to adopt a child that was placed in foster care.  We researched the possibilities through our local DFACS office, but we were discouraged in the process because of their goals for reunification with the biological family.  Reunification is the right thing for many children and many families have grown their families by adopting children out of foster care, but we did not feel led to pursue this option at this time in our lives.  After this research, we continued to research adoption internationally.  We felt that this was the direction God was leading us.  There are many countries with experienced and successful adoption programs.  Some countries have longer processes, while others have shorter processes.  Some require longer stays in country than others.  Some have older children available while some have younger children available.  After reviewing many different countries requirements and processes, we decided that China was the best country for us.  We are so excited about growing our family through adopting a child from China!

Let us know if you have any questions!




“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come for you.”  
 John 14:18

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