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!