After working in the Middle East, God directed us to Malaysia where we recently got our professional visas. We pursued working here when we became aware of the needs of the stateless children. Helen was adopted and both of us feel strongly, the need for God's people to follow His Word obediently, to care for the fatherless and widow. We believe God has put us in a unique place to serve these children. Recently, we were approached about adopting stateless twins whose mother wants to relinquish her rights. They were born prematurely and have been in the hospital for the past two months. Now that they are ready to be discharged, the medical expenses are costly and the preemies will need ongoing medical care. Other couples have backed out, but we believe that to refuse would be to reject God's command.
Here are the basics regarding expenses: - There are around $10k in medical bills that the mother can't pay. > A charitable organization is willing to stand as guarantors for the fees so that the babies can come home with us, and the hospital will allow us to pay in installments. - The babies do have some medical concerns (respiratory issues) so we will need to purchase monitoring equipment and see a doctor regularly. (I don't have an estimate yet, we need to talk to the hospital tomorrow and then see a doctor on Monday.) - We need to pay for an adoption service provider and a home study. From what we can gather, they may charge us separately for each child. (This may be $3000 - 5000 per child.) - We think that the church here can provide a lot of the baby things we need, but we don't have anything yet (at least not for preemie twins). - We think a local group will cover our Malaysian legal expenses, but that was for the last case, so we still need to get confirmation. (If they don't, that would be around $4000.) Once the mother terminates her rights tomorrow, then we will be responsible for the babies. 1. We will need to get their birth certificates (we're not sure yet if the hospital will issue them, or if we will need to apply since it has been two months). 2. We will need to appear before a Malaysian court that will assign us as guardians and appoint a social worker to our case. 3. The social worker will do a home visit (for MY purposes only), and then in 3-6 months time we will go back to court and be approved for adoption. 4. Birth certificates will then be re-issued in our names. And we will be their legal parents in MY. Meanwhile, we need to apply for citizenship with the US. We will need an adoption service provider who is willing to handle our case. They will complete a home study and submit our application and dossier to the government. If we are approved, then we will have an appointment with the US embassy. The US embassy will clear us to take the babies back to the States for citizenship. At any point along the way, we could run into difficulties. Even if we successfully adopt in Malaysia, there is a risk that an adoption service provider will not take our case. At that point, we will need to make our case and find legal assistance to get the babies US citizenship.