The Hull Adoption Adventure: Transforming Grief into Joy

For: Constance and Phil Hull Adoption Fund
Salem, VA
Organizer: Constance and Phil Hull
$426
of $5,000 goal.
Raised by 10 donors
8% Complete
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The Story

Hello! We are the Hull Family: Constance, Phil, and Michaela. We have been married for 6 years. In that time we have been blessed with one amazing, beautiful, intelligent, and deeply loving daughter, Michaela. We have also experienced the heart-breaking and agonizing loss of four children in miscarriage. Our experience of losing children in miscarriage began when we lost our daughter’s twin early in that pregnancy and since then Constance has not been able to carry anymore children to term. Constance has debilitating hormone imbalances that make it easy for her to get pregnant, but she cannot seem to carry another child to term. This perplexes her doctors, but it is reality nonetheless. Our most recent loss in August 2016 occurred while on progesterone and HCG treatments. Regardless of Phil giving her four shots a week, Constance’s hormone levels dropped until baby Andrew died. The shots made absolutely no difference in her hormone levels.

Our daughter is the most out-going and loving child imagineable. It makes little sense to us why she is still an only child. If ever there was a little girl who is meant to be a big sister it is her. Since we cannot make that a reality for her on our own, we have decided to go ahead with adoption. Adoption has always been something we have been open to doing, but we needed to get through all of the medical tests and losses first. The grief will never fully go away, because we love each child we lost, but they have helped us realize that we want to transform our suffering into something good. Our losses showed us--even more than before--how many children are in need of a loving home. We want to share in that love and care for a child or children who need a family.

People constantly ask us if we want to adopt. The answer is yes, but it is prohibitively expensive. We’d love to adopt multiple children!!! The average cost of a domestic adoption in the U.S is $20,000-60,000. That is where you come in. We must rely on the generosity of family, friends, and strangers in order to make this dream a reality. We will exhaust every financial avenue at our disposal, but we will still need help from others like you. We know this is where God has called us after a difficult road of grief. This is how God will transform our grief. We will never get our lost babies back, but we can open our arms to children in need and give them the love, stability, and peace every single person deserves. Not to mention each child we adopt will be loved immensely and unconditionally by their big sister. 

We have been put in contact with a woman who is in her second trimester who was considering an abortion and is now discerning adoption. Her due date is only a couple of days from when Constance’s would have been had she not lost our recent baby. We don’t know what God is doing, but we are trusting in His ways. If she does keep her child, we will then go ahead with an adoption with Catholic Charities. If she opts to allow us to adopt her son—yes she’s pregnant with a boy!!!—then we will need to cover any necessary fees, which are still very costly. Both private and agency adoptions are expensive.

Thank you for visiting our adoption fundraising page. We pray you will consider sharing in our journey through your giving and prayers. No gift is too small. It was difficult for us to decide to begin a fundraising campaign--as it is for most people--but after a very arduous journey God has placed us on the adoption path. Thanks be to God! All donations will be put towards adoption fees and expenses. We’d love to adopt more than one child, but we will gratefully accept whatever we are given.  Any excess funds above what we need will be donated to help other families adopt through our local Catholic Charities. Thank you from the very depths for your generous support. May God bless you always.

Be sure to check out Michaela's video above. She wants to tell you why she wants to adopt a brother or sister or both!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 17, 2017

Posted on April 17, 2017

Our adoption home-study is completed!!!! Now we wait to see what will happen in the next few weeks with a mother we are on stand-by for before we look at other adoption options. Please continue to pray and support us on this journey. Thank you so much!  A very happy and blessed Easter to you all. :o)

Posted on April 13, 2017

Posted on April 13, 2017

We have our home inspection today and then our home-study is complete. Yay!  Thank you for your continued prayers and support. God bless.  We hope you have a very blessed Easter.

Posted on March 29, 2017

Posted on March 29, 2017

All of our paperwork and background checks are completed. We have our home inspection in two weeks and then our home-study is complete. Yay!!! Thanks for all of your support. Please continue to share our fundraiser and donate if God so calls you. God bless.

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