Baby Moran Adoption Fund

For: Mike and Karen Moran
Saint Augustine, FL
Organizer: Mike and Karen Moran
Baby Moran Adoption Fund (Mike and Karen Moran)
of $30,000 goal
65% Complete
Raised by 111 donors
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Thank you for taking a moment to view our adoption fund. We couldn't be more excited for this dream of being parents to be fulfilled, but also to have amazing family, friends, and supporters like you in our lives to help make it happen. It brings us overwhelming joy to know how loved baby Moran is already.

We've been married almost 11 years and always knew that we would one day be parents and raise up a family. Early on in our marriage, God had placed on our hearts the desire to adopt. Since then, He has given both of us dreams reminding us of His promise and we believe now is the time to pursue the child He has for us. 

We've been working with a Florida based agency since the summer of last year. We are approaching the step in the process where our profile will be available for an expectant mother to choose us as adoptive parents! Once we have been matched, our first large payment of $6500 is due, followed by another $6500 plus court and lawyer fees to finalize the adoption. This could be a matter of weeks or months from now and we know that with your help, we can reach that goal. Our dear friend and local artist is creating a hand-lettered art piece (picture to come) to hang on the wall of our baby's room. The front of the piece will read lyrics from a favorite song and the back will read the names of all of you who donated to help welcome our baby HOME-
"If only you knew
The forests grew a little greener
The roots reach in a little deeper
The birds all sing a little sweeter
All to welcome you"

This story of our family that God has already written is unfolding and we are thankful for you and your part in it. We understand that some of you may not be able to give financially, but if you could please share this page with others and come alongside us through prayer, it would mean the world to us! We will post updates on this page throughout the process, so please check back for any news. 

Mike and Karen

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 7, 2017

Posted on July 7, 2017

First of all, we would like to thank you for all of the support and prayers you have provided during our adoption process. It truly takes a village to adopt and we couldn't do this without you! It's been almost a year since we last posted an update and we wanted to share with you where we are at in our journey. As most of you may know, we were matched with a birth mom back in March of 2017. However, this past week she changed her mind and decided to keep her baby. Although it was a painful time for us, we were so filled with peace and were able to remain hopeful. Now, only a week after our news of a disrupted adoption, we are beyond excited to announce that we have been re-matched with a new birth mom TODAY (7/7/17) and our baby GIRL is due on 8/16/17. Her name will be Jovie Emma Moran. 

With the turn of events over the past week, the financial cost of our adoption has been significantly increased. When we were first matched in March, all of the adoption fees for that match were due up front. With the failed adoption, only a portion of the fees are carried over to our current adoption. At this point, we are required to pay fees that have not been carried over plus the estimated birth mom expenses. This is a lot of money needed in a short period of time, but we are believing that there are not going to be any financial obstacles in the way of us and the baby God has for us! We have also applied for an adoption grant to assist in the cost and are remaining hopeful.  

So many of you have generously sowed into this adoption and we are not expecting you to do so again. We are asking you to please share this part of our story and help us get the word out! THANK YOU again for all of your support and prayers. We love you!

Moran Family

Posted on July 18, 2016

Posted on July 18, 2016

I thought today was fitting to post an update for a few reasons...

  • Although Mike and I have had the desire to adopt for several years now, it was exactly this time last year that we attended our orientation to learn more about the adoption process. After that orientation, we were so excited and knew it was time to pursue our child. During that time frame of the year, we have been immensely blessed by family, friends, and complete strangers through love, prayers, financial support, baby gifts, parental wisdom, and the list goes on and on! 
  • If we have not yet reached out to you individually, we want you to know that we are so thankful for your donation and that you have simply taken part in what we believe is a miracle. We are so encouraged by your generosity. 
  • Lastly, many of you have been asking us on what the latest news on the adoption is. We are ready to go, and on a waiting list to be matched. We have no idea when we will hear from the agency until a birth mother has chosen until then, we just wait. All we can do is be patient, hold on to hope, and continue to daydream about our little one.
Recently, a dear friend of ours shared a song with me that really resonates in my heart during this time of waiting. I posted the link to the song below and I highly encourage you to have a listen...especially if you are waiting for something. We understand that waiting can be hard. You may be waiting for a breakthrough, a change, healing, an answer, someone to love...or just like Mike and I, you are waiting to have a child. I want you to know that God IS IN THE WAITING. It is in His nature to finish what He begun and you WILL see that thing you've been waiting for through!

Much love,

Posted on April 19, 2016

Posted on April 19, 2016

We can't THANK YOU enough. It's been two weeks since we've shared our adoption fundraising page on Facebook and we have received $8,610 in donations plus an additional $1,520 that has been given to us personally. Our first lump amount due is already taken care of!!! Our families, old friends, new friends, and even complete strangers have poured into this. We are so blessed in numerous ways by your generosity, love, and support. 

We've added a photo to our gallery of an art piece titled "Anchor and Heart" by our dear friend Chris Blackway. He and his wife Donna came up with the idea to donate 100% of the sales of this print to help us out! How cool is that?! The print is $20 and this special love promo is happening now until May 31st. The link to his etsy site is below:

Thank you again for being a huge part of our family's story! 

Much love,

Mike and Karen

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