Tuesday, January 27, 2015

How Could We Afford Three Adoptions?


How could we afford three adoptions

We knew that we wanted to adopt, but one of my biggest questions was "How in the world are we ever going to afford that?" 

At the time we were about to be a family of four (I was pregnant with our second child) and we were solely living off of my husband's income. 

Then we met three kids who changed our lives (here is our story on film.They were in foster care in the home of one of our dear friends. Inspired by our friends, and with it heavy on our hearts to help, we went to an informational meeting to find out more ways that we could help with these kids. We got our foster care license so that we could be available to do respite care for the kids when needed. Our hearts grew and when it came time for these kids to be in a forever family we knew that we wanted to open up our home to them...but how

Our hearts were in it, but we had no idea if there would be enough money in the bank!

So we started asking, "how much will this cost?" 

I think this is a responsible question to ask. 

We wanted these kids to have a home and a family more than anything, but we also wanted them to have the most stable environment possible. Just trying to imagine how our daily budget would shift by going from a family of four to a family of seven was more than enough to get my head spinning.  

My head also started spinning with the thought of, "how in the world am I going to do laundry for a family of seven?!?" Thankfully we had some great friends who pointed us in the right direction!

We started asking questions of other friends who had adopted in Minnesota as well as asking our social worker questions. We discovered that for us to adopt a sibling group of three in Minnesota all of the fees for adopting would be covered by the State. 

Let me back up...all?!?

Can we just let that sink in.

ALL!

The thing that shocked me the most was that we could have gone our whole lives assuming that we simply couldn't afford to adopt. But what the world needs is good families to open up their home to amazing kids who might be caught in the middle and simply need a place to call home. 

You'll never know the answer, unless you ask the question.

AdoptUSKids is a great site with a wealth of information. It has access to your specific state's website and guidelines on adopting through foster care. There are lots of frequently asked questions and pictures of some of the kids in the US waiting to be adopted. 

Grab your tissues. 

Maybe you've wondered if it would be possible for your family to adopt. You'll never know the answer, unless you ask the question.

8 comments:

  1. I love this! I've also heard children adopted from foster care have free health insurance until age 18. I can feel my heart being tugged this way, but some days I'm already overwhelmed by the 6 we have. Then I see other families who manage with more and am convicted.

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    1. Angela,

      I'm not sure how it varies from state to state but in Minnesota that is true about children being adopted from foster care having free health insurance until age 18!

      ~Sarah

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  2. I had no idea that there were such programs! I've always thought adoption and foster care was a costly thing (which made no sense to me, but somebody has to make money on it, right?), but that's fantastic that there are resources and funding in places that help cover those costs!

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    1. Jessica,

      Yes, absolutely fantastic! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  3. Yup, we thought the same thing. We'd always heard people talk about how expensive adoption was, but once we actually looked into it we discovered adopting through foster care was extremely affordable. And next month we'll finalize the adoption of our son through Missouri foster care with all legal fees and everything paid!

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    1. Katy,

      I am SO excited for you and your family...yay!!!

      ~Sarah

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  4. We are foster parents in Texas and have a newborn foster baby right now with 3 bio Children of our own. :)
    Here in Texas if you adopt a sibling group, your court fees are paid, you get free healthcare till the child graduates from college, free college instate for the child as long as they keep going they can go and be a doctor, lawyer etc and you get a monthly stipen till they are 18. For a group of 3 this would be approx $800-$1200 a month.

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    1. Courtney,

      Wow, FREE college...that is incredible! Thank you so much for sharing! :-)

      ~Sarah

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