We are continuing to make progress on our homestudy. Lots of steps to go, but things are moving along. Our family and friends are super supportive regarding our adoption efforts, so we are feeling very blessed.
Once we complete the homestudy and our profile is ready to show to birthparents (yay!), we are planning to do some fundraising. Our idea is to do a dessert social and invite friends from church for fellowship and yummy treats. We will have a box for a freewill offering or do a "puzzle fundraiser" (pieces of a puzzle for our child's room can be "purchased" for a small donation, and names can be signed on the back of the piece). We are then thinking of doing another similar event in Wisconsin to invite our families and friends there. Perhaps we could also do a silent auction, but it seems overwhelming to solicit donations and organize the logistics. We also set up an AdoptTogether account to accept tax-deductible donations, so hopefully that will be a good tool.
The more I think about fundraising and asking for help from friends and family, the more nervous I get. It will mean being really vulnerable. Eeeeeeeek!
The thing is, we could really use help from those who are willing. We have been saving, saving, saving, but adoption is not cheap (we are thinking it will be about $35,000....yikes!). We would really like to buy a house in the next year or two. It's scary to think about paying for adoption AND being able to buy a house with affordable payments. I know we need to trust God with all of this, but is it ok to fundraising?
I think supporting adoption is a great way to put pro-life values in action. But it's still scary to be the couple asking for that support.
What are your thoughts on adoption fundraising (ideas, how to ask for help, what's appropriate or not, etc)?
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