A Human Issue
We are all one family, graced here by God. Our highest purpose on earth is to reach out in love to one another, to answer the call to care for those who have not, and to willingly step outside of our comfort zone despite our fears.
It is estimated that there are some 153 million orphans worldwide. Only a small percentage are what are called “true orphans”, the greater proportion are from homes where their parents are unable to care for them – financially, physically, emotionally. Orphanages provide shelter, food, medical care, an education, safety and stability. What they can’t provide is permanence or the love of a mother and father, of siblings – the kind of love and support that lasts a lifetime. These children need families.
The most vulnerable children are those who are labeled “special needs”. This can be anything from minor medical needs to serious developmental issues. But it also includes older children (over the age of 5 years) and sibling groups.
By the time children reach 16 years old, they begin to ‘age out’ of the orphanage system. They must leave the stability and safety of their orphanages to make their own way, often without a place to go, little or no job training, few or no job prospects. Many become victims of violence, suicide, drugs, alcohol, or the sex trade. And some repeat the cycle by having children that they are unprepared to care for.
But there are families willing to do something to break that cycle, to give a child or children the chance to fulfill their potential. We are just one of those families. Are you being called to reach out and be His hands, His heart, to a child or children? To be an instrument of His peace, proclaiming the truth and reality of this message?
“For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare, not for woe! plans to give you a future full of hope. When you call me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, you will find me with you, says the LORD, and I will change your lot; I will gather you together from all the nations and all the places to which I have banished you, says the LORD, and bring you back to the place from which I have exiled you.” – Jer 29:11-14 (NAB)
If you feel a call to consider adoption, we recommend:
Janet Eckler at JFS Worcester (in Massachusetts for homestudy and placement)
Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption – FRUA – for information about and support for adoptions from Eastern Europe
Why International Adoption?
Our family is not, by American standards, the usual choice for placement. We are an already-large family with children ranging from adult to toddler. And we are completely open to life, meaning that we do not use any means of contraception. That is not ideal according to many state and private agencies we have spoken to about domestic adoption in the past.
Also, American children have opportunities that children in other nations will never enjoy. There is far less stigma attached to being an ‘orphan’ here in America. Family status doesn’t prevent children from succeeding,. There are services in place to help children to further their schooling, or obtain job training.
In several other countries, our family is considered too large to adopt, save in some cases of severe special needs, which we are not equipped to handle. However, that is not so in some Eastern European countries. They do not restrict families based on size, and they are very reasonable to families in which a parent may have a special need of his or her own, so long as it doesn’t affect his or her ability to parent. The process appears to be very smooth, and Americans can use an adoption agency to help co-ordinate adoption efforts, or go independent, working directly with an in-country facilitator.
Our Current Adoption Mission
Are a brother and sister, aged 9 and 10. We believe that they were chosen for us from the time of their conception, and that we were meant for them all our lives. And that when the time comes, we will bring them home for good.
UPDATE: We have been approved by USCIS and are preparing to send our dossier as of 2/5/2015!
You can participate in a miracle
It will take a miracle for us to raise all of the funds for fees by that time. But we believe in miracles!
We must raise the funds to pay for the co-ordination fees (agency and facilitator), legal fees (here and in Ukraine), and travel. Yes, adoption is expensive, but consider that there are many people whose job it is to help make this happen. Agency workers, orphanage directors, facilitators, translators, notaries, government workers, lawyers, judges, couriers, notaries, drivers… And it is just to make sure that they are fairly paid for their work – so that they can care for their families. All tolled, our adoption(s) will come to around $30,000, not including travel. So far, we have paid almost $2000, and we hope to contribute another $10,000 from a refund we are expecting. That leaves us $18,000 to raise. We have made a commitment NOT to take on debts from loans. We don’t have credit cards, and pay cash for all but our mortgage and one vehicle. It is a decision we came to prayerfully for our family’s long-term financial health.
Not everyone feels called to adopt, and not everyone called to adopt has the means to pay the fees at the time they are called. But there are those who may be are being called to participate, in a very special way, in what is a miracle for a child or children. The opportunity to participate in this way is a grace, offering us a way to reach out with our hearts, when we can not with our homes, to those we have compassion for.
You can also participate in making other aware of the need to adopt by sharing our story (and others) with as many people as you know – on Facebook and Twitter, by email, through your own blogs…
You can also help our children by shopping our store for handmade soaps, candles, accessories, and more. Purchase a print from Nissa’s Etsy shop. Or host a party at your home, church or club to raise funds for us. Don’t worry, I’ve already done all of the design and all you have to do is co-ordinate the details. Please email us if you’re interested!
If you are able to bless these children with a financial contribution, we would like to send you a little token to thank you for your generosity.
be sure to make a note that your contribution if for the “Gadbois Family Adoption” so that it can be credited properly. And leave your mailing address so that we can send your thank-you gift.
You can also make a tax-deductible contribution to our adoption of “Nigel” and ” Nellie” through Reece’s Rainbow.
And THANK YOU! You are amazing.
We love this music video by Cindy Foote, “Grace Will Grow”. That’s Cindy’s little gal, Gracie, who was adopted from Ethiopia.