Help the Delhagens bring J. home!

For: Kyle and Elena Delhagen
Rochester, NY
Organizer: Elena Delhagen
Help the Delhagens bring J. home! (Kyle and Elena Delhagen)
$12,614
of $20,000 goal.
Raised by 111 donors
63% Complete

The Story

J. is a young girl I met in West Africa back in 2009. She had been abandoned at a nearby orphanage by her grandparents, and throughout my five years spent in her country, I grew very close to J. Even after I left and returned stateside, I'd speak of her often.

It has recently come to our attention that J. was taken to an eye clinic for vision loss, but the doctors there, with the limited resources they have, are unable to give a clear diagnosis. The first diagnosis they gave was a tumor. Weeks later, they also gave a possible diagnosis of a mature congenital cataract. Because her country does not have a pediatric ophthalmologist or oncologist, neither of those conditions are treatable there. After much thought and prayer, we have decided to pursue adoption for J.

By donating, you are helping us give her a new beginning, and a chance at health, healing, and long life. You are helping us to give her a family, a home, and access to opportunities she would not have otherwise.. The fact of the matter is: hope for J. means giving her a forever-family, where she will get properly diagnosed, treated as soon as possible, and have access to the life-long follow-up care she will need. Our hearts long to bring J. home, to have her as ours.  It is often said that to bring up a child in this world, it takes a village. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for becoming a part of ours!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 14, 2017

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Posted on December 14, 2017

We have said multiple times since beginning this adoption journey that it is a long, oftentimes draining road. Today, however, we are thrilled to share some happy news that we are celebrating, as we come close to crossing one of this road's biggest hurdles: our home-study process is almost complete! The final drafts should be notarized on Friday, and copies of the report mailed out. This means:

  1. We will be able to take the next step, which is applying for our USCIS approval. As of right now, the estimated waiting time for that process is 8-12 weeks. We are learning so much about patience through all of this.
  2. We can spend that waiting time compiling the last bit of paperwork and fundraising the next chunk of money needed. Our agency requires $10,000 for our bill to be paid in full and for our dossier to be sent to J's country once we have USCIS approval.
    Of that $10,000, we have nearly $6,000 (which is incredible, by the way, and would absolutely not be possible without you!!)
  3. We can start looking at grants to apply for! Again, the grant process involves many weeks of waiting (like the USCIS) and we have no way of knowing for certain if we'll be approved for one. But we won't know until we try, and we are only able to try once we have a copy of our finished home study in hand!

The road ahead remains long, and we are sure there will be other hurdles to cross before this is all said and done. But for now, we celebrate, and we thank each and every one of you who donated, bought t shirts or necklaces, spread the word, shared the campaign on social media; you are an incredible village, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We realized this week that the date we signed the application for adoption was September 16, 2017. It feels like so long ago, but in only three short months, we have come so far, and we have you to thank! Here's to the next leg of the journey!

Love,
The Delhagens



Posted on November 23, 2017

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Posted on November 23, 2017

Hello, Village!
We want to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving! This year, as we count our blessings, we are so grateful for each one of you who have given and supported us in our adoption journey.

Love,
The Delhagens


Posted on October 23, 2017

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Posted on October 23, 2017

First things first - we are at 54% of our $20,000 fundraising goal! That is cause for some MAJOR celebration, you guys!! There is no way we would be where we are without all of you who have given, bought t-shirts, spread the word, and more. What an amazing village you are! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Earlier this week, we said we were working on a new fundraiser, and we are so excited to launch it! Our dearest friend Ashley has designed and created two beautiful necklace options that are reminders that LOVE is what makes our family! J. is not our biological daughter, but she is ours in our hearts, and that's what matters!

Each necklace is hand-stamped and hand-made, and Ashley ships them directly from her home in Atlanta. And the best part is that proceeds from each necklace sold go directly to our adoption fund!
To browse and purchase, please visit her Etsy site by clicking here, and then share the love with everyone you know!

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