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)
$10,566
of $30,000 goal
35% Complete
Raised by 63 donors

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 February 11, 2018

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Posted on February 11, 2018

Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU!  I can not thank you all enough for your generous donations to our adoption.  We have seriously been blown away by the generosity of our friends, family, and even total strangers throughout this adoption process.  Whether you supported us by giving money for our adoption fund, donating items for our garage sales, buying items from our garage sales, buying a t-shirt from our t-shirt fundraiser, buying items from our Celebrate Life Shop, through prayer, or a combination of any of those - we appreciate you more than we can adequately express!  

I would like to give you all an update on where we are financially with this adoption, and also where we are in the process.  God has blown us away in how He has provided for us in this adoption, and made it possible to bring this precious boy home. Total adoption costs with 2 adults traveling is around $30K.  We really desired to bring all of our kids along, which adds about another $10K.  We knew if God wanted it to work out that way, He would make it happen.  Through all of your generous donations and purchases, we were able to raise close to $11K to go towards our adoption costs.  This funding came to us during some of the earlier stages of our adoption, when we would receive very large bills from our adoption agency that had to be paid asap.  I can't tell you how much of a blessing you all were to us during that time.  Over the course of time that the $11K was raised by all of you, we had to pay a total of about $15K towards our adoption.  The money you all helped us raise, came at a time when we really didn't know where the money would come from, but we knew God would provide. YOU were a huge part of that - God used you in big ways - and we want to say THANK YOU!

You may or may not have noticed that since October, we really stopped all fundraising efforts.  Something happened that we could not have foreseen a the beginning of the year, and beginning of this adoption process.  God used Jared's job in some pretty amazing and wonderful ways to provide the rest of what we would need for this adoption.  It's really amazing to look back on this past year at all that took place.  Going from really having no idea how we would come up with $30k-$40K extra for this adoption - yet knowing this is what God was calling us to do, and believing He would provide...to now, just being blown away at how He did it!  Using all of you for the first half of the adoption, and providing amazingly through Jared's job for the rest.  We are just so very grateful. We see His hands all over this adoption, in so many ways.  We know He desires for this boy to be in our family.  Thank you for stepping in and being a part of this story with us.  Thank you for your self-less giving, to help a little boy come home to his family forever, and helping a family grow with the blessing of another child.  

I post all updates related to our adoption in the private Facebook group titled "Bringing Zane Home" - if you are not already in that group, please feel free to request to join it over on FB.  We are all approved from China, and set to travel very soon to pick up our son!!  

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!

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