A Jones from Haiti

For: Cory and Sarah Jones
Spring Hill, TN
Organizer: Sarah Jones
$18,312
of $45,000 goal.
Raised by 71 donors
40% Complete

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 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. 



Posted on January 19, 2018

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Posted on January 19, 2018

I am SO excited about this fundraiser- probably because I’ve invested a lot of time, and upfront costs, into it! We are selling these beautiful scripture stationary cards. There are 26 different designs all designed by either me or my future sister-in-law. They are $20 for a misc pack of 10 or $45 for a pack of all 26. Shipping is $3 or $4.50. (Once I’ve shipped a few that may be adjusted.) When we sell out we will have made $480 for the adoption fund! Please share with people you think may be interested! 

Posted on December 19, 2017

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Posted on December 19, 2017

MAJOR NEWS!

I know it's been a long time since I updated you guys on our progress. For a while there wasn't anything to update- we were just hustling with paperwork and fundraising. We knew we had about 10k worth of payments coming up and so fundraisers were rampant. We want to say THANK YOU so much to everyone who contributed to those fundraisers. We were able to pay all of our fees without taking on any debt due largely to the generosity of those who put those fundraisers on and those who shopped them! We also have to give a MAJOR thank you to our wonderful church for the matching grant they gave us through Lifesong. That matching grant is now COMPLETE and the account is closed out! We do still have a couple fundraisers going on- the "My Christmas List" book fundraiser and the Holiday cards fundraiser (we just added New Years cards!). 

So- here is the update.... I wish there was a way for you guys to see the huge smile plastered across my face as I write this.... OUR PAPERWORK IS ON IT'S WAY TO HAITI!!!! That's right! We didn't even have a chance to update y'all that we were done with our portion because our agency was so quick with getting it translated and sent! So now... it is out of our hands. This is a major step that really separates us out of the first stage of this process.

It is such a relief but also brings so much anxiety because now all we really can do is wait, and pray, and fundraise. We will get notified when it formally enters the system in Haiti but after that you just sort of sit. Could be 6 months. Could be 2 years. Could be more. You don't know. We want to prayerfully prepare for a "short" wait (meaning have the funds ready) but we know it could be longer and we know it is all in God's timing. We will update you guys whenever we have an update but things might be silent for a while. In the meantime we are going to be doing lots more fundraisers- we have our creative juices flowing and are hoping for events and products and lots of unique fun things. When we do get that phone call we essentially need around $14,000 to say yes and do the things that have to be done when we say yes. This includes in-country fees, translation fees, flights, intra-country travel, medical exams, government fees, and more. We will be applying for more grants and of course saving in every way we can. We so look forward to the day we can tell you guys that we are matched. 

Here is Cooper mailing off our final packet of paperwork in late November. 

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