Help Justin and Kim Tolman adopt!

For: Justin and Kimberly Tolman
Greybull, WY
Organizer: Justin Tolman
Help Justin and Kim Tolman adopt! (Justin and Kimberly Tolman)
$2,550
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 13 donors
25% Complete

The Story

We're Justin and Kim Tolman and we'd like to ask to you to please help us adopt. We just celebrated 12 years of marriage, but we haven't been blessed with children yet. We've been to a couple doctors, but they've never really found anything wrong. We've also been registered with an adoption agency before. We had a completed home study and were waiting and hoping to find a child to adopt. Unfortunately in June of 2014 LDS Family Services announced that it was going to stop being an adoption agency and instead focus on counciling. To get so far and have a stumbling block placed in our path was disheartening to say the least. We questioned our decision of whether or not this was the right path for us, and only recently have we come to the conclusion that, yes, this is what we want.

We can't do this without you, so from the bottom of our hearts, Thank you!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 27, 2017

Posted on January 27, 2017

Hey Everyone!

We've had some good questions coming in so I'll try to provide some answers. We’re posting these on the fundraiser page, our blog, and facebook so once you’ve read it, you won’t miss anything by not reading the other two.

What Agency are you going to use?

-We've chosen to use Catholic Charities of Wyoming. www.charitieswyoming.org They are a non-profit adoption agency whose placement fees are based on our income (with a minimum of $5k and a maximum of $20k). Considering that for-profit agencies can charge 20k to 50k+ (and that's not including international adoption prices), we thought this was much more attainable. Private adoptions could be even less, but we've been told that even the legal fees could be as high as $5k. This choice of agency is subject to change if for some unforeseen reason they do not accept our application. We've been through this stage before with a similar agency so we think things will go smoothly.

Why did we choose $10,000 dollars as our goal?

-First, make sure you read the Agency question right above this one. Second, this is not the exact price of an adoption, nor is it a number we pulled out of thin air. It's a guess we're making based on the fees from our currently chosen agency, travel costs, possible medical bills, and other incidentals (eg. background checks, fingerprinting, physicals). In all likelihood, the total cost will be more than our goal, but you didn't think we were asking people to donate when we weren't willing to come up with as much as we could on our own, right?

Do you have to reach your goal before you start?

-Nope! In fact we had already saved enough for the application fee before announcing this fundraiser! All that's left to get things started is half of the $1000 home study fee. As of the time of this writing we're over half way to that first "sub-goal" of $500. Once we reach that, we'll get things rolling as fast as we can.

Should I tell you if I know someone who is considering placing a child for adoption?

-Absolutely Positively Unequivocally Unquestionably YES!

Feel free to continue asking us questions on facebook or our blog at www.thetolmans.net. We will make posts here from time to time when we reach milestones along our path so check back often. On the flip side of that, we’ll try not to talk your ear off either. The longest (and hardest part in our opinion) is the waiting and hoping to find and be chosen by a birth-mother. We don’t want to use up your patience with us during that phase.

We want to thank everyone who's donated and/or shared our posts of facebook. We really appreciate it from the bottom of our hearts!

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