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)
$18,631
of $25,000 goal
74% Complete
Raised by 133 donors

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 June 15, 2018

Posted on June 15, 2018

We're moving! For the remainder of our fundraiser, we will be utilizing a tax-deductible platform via Lifesong for Orphans. All updates will now be on https://mystory.lifesongfororphans.org/stories/love-makes-family/

Thank you for following us on our journey!


Posted on June 14, 2018

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Posted on June 14, 2018

A few weeks ago, we shared the unfortunate news on Facebook that our adoption had hit a bit of a standstill due to paperwork backlog in J's birth country. That is still the case and, sadly, we are no further along in the procedure of getting her file processed.

Today, we also found out that we did not get the grants we recently applied for, which felt, quite honestly, like a punch in the gut--more bad news on top of the bad news we'd already received. We were hopeful that a grant would help us finish up our fundraising efforts so we would have the remaining adoption costs covered. Alas, that is not the case.

International adoption, we are discovering, is a lot like a roller coaster. There are highs, and they are exhilarating. But there's also a slow build of suspense and, of course, there are dips and drops along the way.

The one piece of good news amongst all this is that one of the organizations we applied with, though they couldn't offer a grant, are allowing us to use their fundraising resources. As soon as our profile is approved (which should be by the end of the week), we will able to offer unique products like coffee and mugs that support our adoption, as well as an online donation platform that will be tax-deductible for donors. We are hopeful that these efforts will help us reach the $6000 goal we have remaining.

For anyone who wants to give offline, please contact us directly for information on how to do so. We will give you our family's assigned number to make sure your donation goes into our account, and your giving will be tax-deductible as well.

Thank you for standing with us, in both the highs and the lows.

Until she's home,
Kyle and Elena


Posted on December 17, 2017

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Posted on December 17, 2017

All day, as we thought about what we should write for this update, this is the only word we could come up with. JOY. We are full of joy, and we have you to thank!

We shared a few days ago our home study had been completed, and we were working on fundraising the last chunk of money needed to pay the adoption agency. This morning in worship, we were surprised with a beautiful gift from our church to go towards our adoption costs. Both of us were moved to tears by the outpouring of love and generosity our church family has shown us. With this donation, we are a mere $2600 away from paying our agency balance, and then we will just need the money for travel (J's country will require two trips, but only one of us needs to go; the other will stay home with our son)!

And in MORE good news: our profile is in the process of being approved on Adoption Bridge, which will allow donors to give tax-deductible gifts! We are anxiously awaiting the email letting us know our profile is live, and once it comes, we will be sure to share the link with you!

As we look ahead to Christmas and the beginning of a new year, we are so full of gratitude, excitement, and joy. There is still much work to be done, and we still have a lot of waiting ahead of us, but our family is hopeful for 2018! Merry Christmas to you and yours, and thank you for joining us on this journey!

Love,
The Delhagens

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