A Jones from Haiti

For: Cory and Sarah Jones
Spring Hill, TN
Organizer: Sarah Jones
$18,842
of $45,000 goal
41% Complete
Raised by 73 donors

The Story

About Us: 
We met our 1st semester at college & bonded immediately over religious theology & our love of hockey. We knew quickly that it was forever but waited & got married after graduation. Our son Cooper was born in fall of ‘13. He is such a light in our lives & brings us so much joy. We live in Spring Hill, TN & Cory works as a graphic designer & illustrator & I run a photography business. We are close with our families & very plugged into our church. We spend our free time adventuring & playing together. We love movies, legos, Disney, & laughing hard. It sounds cliché but we really love being together. 
Secondary Infertility: 
When Cooper was a year old we began trying to get pregnant again. We encountered many hurdles before learning that we would be unable to have another biological child. We spent a lot of time in prayer. We didn’t want to rush into anything until we felt confident it was what God wanted for us. 
Adoption: 
It’s hard to explain how we realized things, but when they became clear it was as if our hearts were just opened. I felt like I could look around me & see the path God had not only laid out but that we had been on the entire time. My family has been serving in Haiti for 6 years & Cory has been serving there for 2 years. We have always had a deep passion for the people & children of Haiti. Upon returning home from his 1st trip Cory began learning creole so he could better communicate without a translator. He picked it up so quickly & so well that the kids & translators were all very impressed. We started praying specifically, asking God, “Is this what You want for us?” & we both felt an overwhelming “YES!” So we are in! We are in the early stages of this process. We have prayed a lot about when to share this news but we know that we need the emotional, spiritual & financial support now & decided to bring you all along this journey with us!
Haiti: 
Haiti is just off the coast of FL, only about 1,900mi away. It is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere with 80% of Haitians living below the poverty line. The children available for international adoption are the result of abandonment or voluntary birth parent relinquishment. Most often they are abandoned as a result of extreme poverty. 
Haitian Adoption: 
The first step was choosing an agency & signing a contract with them. The next step is gathering paperwork that will then get translated and sent to Haiti (hopefully in late Oct). Once our paperwork gets sent, we wait. On average it takes 8-16 months to be matched, although we have heard many stories of it taking much longer. Once we are matched we will begin completing the adoption, which can take anywhere from 9-18 months. It is very slow. The average timeline for a Haitian adoption is 30-36 months. It is also very expensive. We anticipate around $18,500 in Haitian fees, $11,500 in agency fees (dossier services, translation services, etc.), $6000 in travel fees (airfare, transportation, etc.), and $6,000+ in additional fees (home study, post placement reports, finger printing, medical exams, psych evaluations, etc.) We plan to seek out grants & low/no interest loans, & we plan on placing a portion of our income in as well. We realize we likely will have to take on some debt but want to try to fundraise as much as possible. We hope that you will consider helping us financially, as well as sharing our story & need with others. 
Moving Forward: 
We are always happy to talk with anyone about the adoption process, where we are at, & how it is going! 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 15, 2018

Posted on March 15, 2018

NEW MATCHING GRANT!

We got incredible news today. Gregory's Gift ( www.gregorysgift.org) has given us a $3,000 matching grant! We are rejoicing loudly today in the Jones household. This. Is. Huge. We are anxiously awaiting the announcement of our referral knowing that when that happens we will need approximately 15,000 (per child) in the bank. This money will make that much more attainable. This matching grant will work just like our one from Christ Community did, through Lifesong for Orphans. There are 3 ways to contribute. The first is through our mystory page at lifesong- https://mystory.lifesongfororphans.org/stories/ajonesfromhaiti/ Option 2- You can mail a check directly to Lifesong (just ask me for the info!) this method will also get you a tax letter so you can write your donation off on your taxes! Option 3 (I love this option)- COFFEE! You can purchase coffee (whole beans, ground, or cups) directly from https://my.gobena.org/stories/jones-adoption-fundraiser/?id=216 - Gobeana donates 50% of sales and so with the matching grant 100% of your coffee purchase goes towards our adoption fund! We are so appreciate for all the supportive we have been given, and now any support can be doubled. Please don't hesitate to ask with any questions, we would love to talk to any of you about our adoption process and our fundraising. We could not be doing this without you all.


Posted on March 13, 2018

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Posted on March 13, 2018

GIVE US YOUR SHOES! 

We have a very exciting new fundraiser happening! From 3/15-5/15 we will be collecting new, worn, and gently used shoes as a fundraiser in partnership with funds2orgs.com . This is an incredible organization that takes these shoes and distributes them to third world countries to promote micro-economics (the major receiver being Haiti!). Our goal is to collect THREE THOUSAND pairs of shoes. Yep. That's right, 3,000 pairs. We have drop spots all across the mid-state as well as in Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas! What we need here is not just for you to hunt down all those unworn shoes in your own home, but to tell all your friends to do the same in their own homes. What we want: any size, any style shoes that are wearable. What we don't want: shoes with holes, shoes with un-tie-able laces, shoes with broken heels... you get the point. So how does it actually work? I know you are wondering. We will collect the shoes, then funds2orgs will send a truck to pick them up- as long as we collect at least 2500 pairs of shoes we pay nothing for freight- then they weight the shoes and pay us per pound (so send over those cowboy boots friends!). It's that simple! PLEASE do not hesitate to reach out with any questions! We are terrified at the scope of this but SO excited to be doing a fundraiser that does good for SO many people and not just us. 

Posted on January 24, 2018

Posted on January 24, 2018

MILESTONE ALERT!
We have officially entered IBESR! 
And now you say "What?"

Let me break it down a little- 

For about a year we worked on our dossier- a collection of papers that tells pretty much everything under the sun about us. Once we had all those papers we had to get them all notarized then the notaries notarized, etc. etc ridiculousness. BUT we did it. Next it gets translated into French and then you pay a bunch of money and woosh off goes the dossier to Haiti. Our dossier left the US about 6 weeks ago and we've been awaiting word that it was all good and no corrections were needed. That is what we received today! 

Now our dossier is in the IBESR system. IBESR stands for Institut du Bien-Etre Social et de Recherches (Institute of Social Well-Being and Research). This is essentially the child services of Haiti. They review the childrens dossiers and the adoptive parents dossiers and create the referrals. 

So now what? Now the waiting begins. Our agency has told us we can expect to wait 6-18 months for a referral. Realistically we could be looking at longer than that though. It's not uncommon for people to wait 34-36 months for a referral out of Haiti. We kept our dossier as open as possible including both genders, some special needs, as wide a range on age as we can, siblings or not, etc. There is no telling if this will help us get a referral sooner, but we know that God already knows and that the match will come in His timing. We are specifically praying that we have our match by the end of the year. This is a pretty radical prayer (considering most matches are made around 19 months) but we believe the Lord moves mountains and we are praying He moves this one. Please join us in this prayer. 


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