Sunday, April 12, 2015

Adoptive Parents Talk About Finances (Part 1)


The single most common hesitation I hear from people about pursuing adoption is the cost. (Because let's be real here-adoption is expensive!) I've written in the past about my own conviction that this issue has a lot more to do with our view of God and ourselves than it does with what's in our bank account. But I wanted you to hear from other adoptive parents as well. As good old LaVar used to say on Reading Rainbow, "But, you don't have to take MY word for it!"

I asked some CAC families, "What would you say to someone considering adoption who feels concerned about the financial aspect?" Here are some of their answers:

"You can't but God can. And when you answer the call to adopt He'll provide the way." ~ Stacey

"We only had the money to pay CAC and begin our home study (like 1/25th of the total cost), and I wasn't working and my husband was a young pastor (not making much money). We moved forward on those two things because we had faith that God was calling us to adopt. We had to really step out in faith and trust that He would provide and meet us at each necessary point...and we truly could not see or imagine what that could possibly look like. Within a month of our daughter's birth every cost had been paid for!! It still blows me away when I think about it." ~ Christy 

"He will make a way if it is His will." ~ Amber 

"What we have found is people are ready and waiting and wanting to help. They thank us for allowing them to help, which is so humbling. When it comes to the financial part of adoption, we have learned that when you step out in faith, 'He is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think ....' (Ephesians 3:20-21)." ~ Libby

"I remember saying the same thing when we were thinking about adopting...and even laying in bed at night worried about the money after we had started the process. But we knew God had called us to adopt. So we jumped in with both feet...and not a dime in savings. And then a few weeks later I lost my job. But we continued. In the end God used our circumstances and our tiny bit of faith to show us His faithfulness and provided every dollar we needed. I have seen hundreds of couples adopt and am blown away by how The Lord always provides." ~ Angela

"I heard a quote once from an adoptive dad, 'God funds what He favors.' If you're truly meant to do this, every dime will be there. Looking back, I honestly don't how the money got there- but God. If you look at from human eyes, there's no way we could have had the exact amount to the penny that we needed when we got the call about our child. I wasn't exactly sure where the rest of it would come from but had this peace that God would provide and He did. It's kind of like if you wait to "afford" to have a biological child, you'll never be ready. This is the biggest leap of faith but you have to trust that God will provide." ~ Ashley

"It isn't about you, it is about God. Walk forward and He provides." ~ Kym


"Pray. Ask for direction. For some, it is a matter of ditching certain extravagances and trimming certain areas of the budget. It could also mean putting some projects on hold for a couple of years, and following God's leading. However, others already live frugally with little extra to spare; to them I would encourage fundraising and grants. In either case, if you are following God's guidance, He will help you make it happen!" ~ Andrea

Go to the next post to read the rest of the wonderful comments from CAC families about finances:
http://trustinggodathome.blogspot.com/2015/04/adoptive-parents-talk-about-finances_13.html

Contact me at katief@christianadoptionconsultants.com for more information about how a consultant can help you in your adoption process. I would be honored to be your adoption consultant and help you along your adoption journey!













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  1. We only had the money to pay CAC and begin our home study (like 1/25th of the total cost), and I wasn't working and my husband was a young pastor (not making much money). We moved forward on those two things because we had faith that God was calling us to adopt.
    ---> THAT IS US! Young pastors with big deep hearts and shallow bank accounts. But we already live on fundraised income (church plant) and have had a feeling that God is using that as faith building. We have almost enough to purchase services from CAC!

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