Help Daria & Joe adopt and save a little girl.

For: Daria Shevchenko, Joe Mondano & our future child
New York
Organizer: Daria Shevchenko & Joe Mondano
Help Daria & Joe adopt and save a little girl. (Daria Shevchenko, Joe Mondano & our future child)
$7,520
of $14,000 goal.
Raised by 23 donors
53% Complete

The Story

We have wanted children since we were first married, but sadly, after suffering a miscarriage, we were told we are unable to have a biological baby. We felt hopeless until we found a sweet little girl in Eastern Europe waiting for her forever family. “Greta” was born very prematurely and has retinopathy of prematurity, resulting in almost total blindness, stable hydrocephalus, a heart defect, and developmental delays. She has been in orphanage care since she left the hospital as an infant and has never known what it's like to be in a loving family.

Greta is described as lively and loving and we think she will be the perfect addition to our family. Won’t you help us bring her home by making a donation to our youcaring account? Your generosity will change three lives and is truly appreciated.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 19, 2017

Posted on November 19, 2017

Hey everyone! We have submitted our dossier to our agency! This is the packet of paperwork that will be sent to our daughters home country for review, hopefully they will approve us and invite us to come visit to meet our little girl. Sadly we cannot take her home with us, as the next step involves her country’s justice system which must approve the adoption and allow her to leave with us on the second visit!

We still need your help, travel costs are not covered in all of the previous fees we’ve paid, and we still need to get her room ready for her, but we are waiting to see if she needs any specialized equipment first, so that will be our focus once we come back from the first trip.

Posted on October 29, 2017

Posted on October 29, 2017

Adoption Auction Fundraiser! November 2-November 5 ONLY: www.facebook.com/events/2038431833055891/?ti=icl 

Charm bracelet fundraiser! Through December 1 ONLY: www.keepcollective.com/m/bzb4b9/

Buy some great gifts for the holidays (or little something for your self ;-) ) and a portion of the funds will go to our adoption! It’s a win-win!

Posted on October 28, 2017

Posted on October 28, 2017

Hey everyone, US Customs and Immigration have approved our application to adopt! This is now crunch time, we are seriously in need of funding and might risk losing her if we don’t get help soon. The funds we’ve raised thus far have helped tremendously: agency fees, home study fees, fingerprinting (twice), various applications, doctors appointments, mailing things out... much like having a child naturally, there is a lot of work in adopting!

We are now compiling the dossier that is going to her home government for review. This means fees for apostilling any notarized documents we already have (and there are a lot), and the cost of mailing out a big packet of two sets of paperwork via FedEx. The REAL expensive stuff is next, flying to her country, two times, and approximately $8000 in even more fees that are due after we return home from each trip! And that’s not even getting into travel costs!

Adoption is not cheap, all told we will likely be spending over $30,000 just for one little girl to have a happy home and loving parents... but for her, having this is priceless.

Daria’s family are no longer feigning support for this, it seems they have the old Soviet Union mentality that disabled children are best kept in institutions until they die. They think that our little girl will be a “burden on society” and a “waste of tax dollars” (their words, seriously.) We are no longer talking to them (understatement of the year). If they do not want to know their grandchild, it is their loss, not ours, and not hers. Unfortunately we lost a good number of people that might have helped us, because they know Daria’s relatives, to the point where doing a restaurant or bowling fundraiser would not really help because the amount of people who could come wouldn’t help with the costs of doing the event, so we’d end up losing money instead raising it.

Our daughter needs as much help as we can get right now, we want this to be her last birthday and Christmas without a family. We don’t want to fail her.

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