Schaus Family Adoption Fundraiser

For: Christopher and Amanda Schaus
Lockport, NY
Organizer: Christopher and Amanda Schaus
$21,208
of $35,000 goal.
Raised by 68 donors
60% Complete
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The Story

Help the Schaus family bring "TJ" home!

God has blessed us (the Schaus family) with the gift of "TJ", but putting that miracle into action takes a village (or small city). Come be part of "TJ's" story! Throughout our adoption process and trip to Latin America we will be sharing our amazing journey with you. Our first video blog (below within the pictures) is posted and weekly updated will be added. Be sure to subscribe below for updates. Join our team in prayer and loving support.

Now... Meet "TJ"!!!! 

"TJ" was born with Down Syndrome in Latin America.  A month after his birth, his mother passed away and he was left in the care of his 19 year old sister.  She couldn’t care for him as she already had three younger siblings to clothe and feed.  On top of that, "TJ's" grandparents would not allow him to remain in their care so "TJ's" sister brought him to the Child Welfare Authorities to save him. "TJ" turned two on October 26th and has been in foster care since that day. Now, that in itself is a pretty cool testament to God’s saving grace.  But God isn’t done yet.

Please considering partnering with us to bring "TJ" home - join our journey. Partnerships of prayer, sharing our story (share away - your arms may reach farther than ours), and monetary support are greatly needed to get "TJ" to his forever home. We will never be able to express how grateful we are--your partnership means the world to us, and to "TJ". 

Stay tuned to see all of the plans that God has in store for "TJ" and the Schaus family!!!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 21, 2017

Posted on May 21, 2017

The BIG Question???
It has been several months since we have updated our friends and family on our adoption journey.  During this time we have been steadily working and have finalized our adoption, received Homeland security approval, and our Dossier is now in the hands of the Colombian adoption agency and government for official matching and approval.  We love talking about TJ and how he has already blessed our family and we anxiously await the next few steps in the process - Official Colombian approval/referral and matching, US Homeland Security approval for TJ to be an adoptee, and Visas.  Once these are all in place we will get travel dates!!!!  The timeline for this is unknown.  Every step must be done in order and processed appropriately before travel dates can be determined.  Our hopes are that we will get to make TJ a Schaus this summer!!!

We have been so blessed with funding.  The basket auction, Lularoe fundraisers, necklace fundraiser, family and friend support, our personal savings, and Natalie Keller's amazing efforts have afforded us the ability to pay our last agency fees today!!  We now must work towards pulling together our travel expenses.  We have applied for several international adoption grants and pray that we are awarded a few to help with the cost of travel. With not much time left we plan to hold a garage sale and save every last penny in order to bring this little guy home.

Your prayers and support has been a blessing and we could not have gotten this far this quickly without all of you.  Hold on to your seats!! It's going to be an amazing few months.

Posted on March 14, 2017

Posted on March 14, 2017

A long overdue TJ Adoption update:
We anxiously await the final draft of our home study and have sent in all of our official documents necessary for our Dossier to be sent to Colombia.  Our 800A (application to Homeland Security for US adoption approval) is prepared and will be submitted as soon as our home study has been finalized.  That application usually takes about 6-8 weeks.  We will also be able to begin applying for adoption grants once we have the home study finalized.  In summary, we are stuck right in the middle.  We are excited about our upcoming Coffee House event on March 26th and appreciate all of the love and prayers from near and far.  It has been a month since our last update from Colombia, but we pray that TJ is doing well and continuing to grow and stay healthy.  Within the next week we should have our finalized home study - Yippee!!!  Stay tuned....

Posted on January 28, 2017

Posted on January 28, 2017

Save the date!  We will be having a coffee house to help fundraise for TJ's adoption.  There will be great music, great food, and great fun! We will be looking for silent auction and basket raffle items soon.

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