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.
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.
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 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.
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.
We are always happy to talk with anyone about the adoption process, where we are at, & how it is going!