Help the Haggard Family Bring "Whittingham" Home!

For: Jared & Katie Haggard
Fort Worth, TX
Organizer: Jared & Katie Haggard
Help the Haggard Family Bring "Whittingham" Home! (Jared & Katie Haggard)
$8,460
of $30,000 goal.
Raised by 54 donors
28% Complete

The Story

First of all, thank you so much for taking the time to click over to our page to learn about our adoption fundraiser.  We appreciate you taking the time to read a little bit about our story. We are the Haggard family.  We've been married for coming up on 17 years, and have 3 biological children, ages 14, 12, and 4.  We also have 4 precious babies in heaven.     Adoption is something we have talked about off and on over the last 10 years.  We felt the Lord putting it on our hearts for "someday" - and we are so excited to announce that someday is now here! 

Over the past several years, during our talks about adoption, we both felt drawn to adopt older children.  There are so many older kids who are waiting, get passed over, and eventually "age out" of the system without ever experiencing the love and care of a family.  We had a desire to bring some of these precious older children into our family.  To be honest, we always thought we would adopt through the foster care system here in the US, and had not given international adoption much thought.  Adopting from the foster care system just seemed like a simpler process, and was definitely MUCH less expensive.  However, a friend of ours spent a week with a boy in China this past November, getting to know him, and then advocating on his behalf – trying to find his forever family.  In January, we came across an article she wrote, and read all about her time with him. We learned a little about what he was like, and some of his special needs.  Katie felt very drawn to him, unlike any child's story she had ever read before.  We both began to pray and ask the Lord if this was the child He was calling us to adopt.  After a few weeks of praying and looking into his file, we both felt the answer was YES - this is our child!  His agency name is “Whittingham” – it is the name they use to protect his identity, but it is not his real name. Until we decide on his new American name, we are calling him Whittingham or Whitt.

We are now about a month into the process of adopting our son from China. We need about $30,000 to bring him home to us. We would be so thankful if you would consider being a “piece of the puzzle” to help us bring our son home!

Using this fundraising site, we are hosting a Puzzle Piece Fundraiser! We have ordered a custom made 500 piece puzzle, and the completed puzzle will look like the China word art graphic in the center of our picture collage on this page. For a donation of ANY amount made through this fundraising page, we will write your name on a puzzle piece. Once we have all of the puzzle pieces claimed, we will assemble the puzzle and put it in a clear double sided frame so we can see our completed puzzle as well as the names of ALL of the wonderful people who have contributed to our adoption, and helped us bring our son home!!

All donations will go directly into our separate adoption savings account, and will only be used to pay our adoption expenses.

If you read this far – you are amazing! Thank you so much for taking the time to read our story, and to consider helping us bring our son home!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 27, 2017

Posted on April 27, 2017

We finished our 4th and final home study visit last Saturday!  We have about 4 more items to finish up on our list of 44 (literally 44) things we have to do/gather/etc for our home study.  We should be about finished with all of it, and the entire home study will be written and complete, most likely by the end of next week. Super exciting!  The to-do list for our home study and dossier prep has felt a little daunting and overwhelming at times, and it is very exciting to finally be seeing a tiny glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel.  We are so thankful for all of you who are supporting us in this journey through your prayers, and through your help in fundraising!  We can't wait to meet our son and bring him home!

Posted on April 11, 2017

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Posted on April 11, 2017

The month of April has been home-study month, with home-study visits scheduled all throughout the month!  We are simultaneously working on getting everything ready for our Dossier to be sent to China.

We are definitely ready and excited to get to the end of all of the paperwork and hoops we have to jump through to be able to bring our son home!

I think the most asked question right now is "when will you get to bring him home?"  It's hard to give a solid answer on that right now, because at this time it mostly depends on how long all of the paperwork & everything else takes.  It also depends on our funds, as we work to meet our payment deadlines for everything.  It's nice that the $30k is split up over many months, and does not all need to be paid at once.  However, the amounts we've had to pay so far, and will have to pay again soon are not small! They are still huge chunks (to us) to pay at a time.  So because of the process, and funding, it's hard to put an exact time on when we will travel.  Hopefully we will know a better guess as we get closer to the time.  For now, I usually tell people that my best guess & hope is probably September - November, sometime in there.

Thank you so much to all of you who have so generously donated to our adoption fund!!  We are so thankful for you!

Posted on February 24, 2017

Posted on February 24, 2017

I posted this today over at my blog (www.boastinginmyweakness.com), but I thought it would be fitting to post it here as well...

Asking for financial help and donations for our adoption is a humbling experience. In our pride, we would love to be able to say that we have planned and put away money for adoption for years, and we’ve got this! That is probably the way we would have tried to go about it, had we done the planning. However, this adoption didn’t come about in our human planning ways. God stepped in, and asked us to step out in faith in a BIG way. Many big ways, actually – not just financial ones.

Our soon-to-be-son has a lot of serious health issues – this was something we had never even considered being open to in the past. He speaks Chinese, and as far as we know – no English. Also something we had never considered being open to in the past. With his health conditions, there is the possibility he might never be able to live on his own and be an independent adult. Again, something we never thought we would even consider being open to. Not to mention all of the issues that can arise with a child who has lived most of their life in an institution. Turning back to the financial aspect of it – saying yes, and jumping into the process of adopting a child when we had not in any way prepared financially for – also something we had never considered doing in the past.

But GOD!

One thing alone overruled all of these things – a very clear direction from the Lord that He desired for us to say YES. Yes to this precious boy He created and loves. Yes to his health issues, yes to the language barrier, yes to the possibility of having a child who never leaves home, yes to trusting the Lord to provide all of the money needed to bring him home. Yes to every unknown, good or bad. Yes – Even though we don’t have all the answers, we don’t have it perfectly planned out, we don’t know the future of our son’s health, or our family, we don’t have $40,000 set aside, ready to cover all of the adoption and travel expenses.

Yes, Lord.

This is a huge leap of faith for us. We believe with all of our hearts that God has this covered! He has planned for this child to be in our family, and He is working out every single detail along the way. Saying yes was definitely not an easy thing. It took a lot of prayer, a lot of discussion, a lot of surrendering our wills to the Lord. But oh the joy of saying yes, and following the Lord’s direction and leading in your life. Laying down our comfort, pride, and selfishness to say yes, Lord (even though it feels scary) – whatever you have for us. Seriously indescribable! And the best part is, I know, that those joys have only just begun!

We have just started the fundraising for this adoption, and already the Lord has used it to humble me in ways I did not expect. The generosity of friends and even total strangers in just these few days, has completely blown me away! In my human nature, it is hard not to feel guilty when someone gives to our adoption fund when I know there is a good chance they don’t have the extra money to give right now, but they give it is freely and joyfully anyway! Amazing! It’s bringing me to tears again, as I type this! Blows my mind, and convicts me to be a more generous giver too. Take my little niece, for example, who wants to donate her three-story doll house to our garage sale fundraiser, to help bring her new cousin home – talk about a sweet little generous heart! Then there are the young girls from our church who are planning to host a bake sale at our garage sale! Even people I’ve never met, but who have heard about Whittingham’s story, have been praying he would find a family, and who are so excited, that even though they don’t know us, have given to help him come home. Amazing sweetness and generosity all around – and it humbles me, and brings out so much thankfulness to the Lord for all of the amazing ways and people he is using to provide the funds to bring our son home!

This whole adoption process so far has been indescribably humbling, scary, and hard, while all at the same time is filled with amazing joy, growth in faith, and just feeling so much closer to the Lord. It is bringing us so far outside of our own comfort, but in ways that the Lord is using to grow us and bring us closer to Him. It is truly awesome! And the best part is, it’s only just begun. I can’t wait to see all the things the Lord does throughout this process – in the lives of all people this adoption touches, in our own lives, and especially, in the life of our new son!

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