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Bates Family Adoption

We are Richard and Joyce Bates, we have been married for 10 years. We have two biological children, Jeremiah, age 8 and Rachel, age 6. Thorough out our marriage we have said that “one day we will adopt, one day” and little did we know that God would began our journey by hosting two orphans from Eastern Europe over the Christmas season of 2013.  We were presented with the opportunity to host by a friend in our homeschool co-op, intrigued we looked into this amazing opportunity.  We both immediately knew, that this is how we are to serve “the least of these” (Matthew 25:40).  We jumped on board with full trust that God would provide the $6000 we needed in order to invest in these precious children, even though we knew not how it was going to be done.  Through our faithfulness and complete trust He provided all the money.   God not only provided the money, but a great church we just started attending that embraced us with open arms and open hearts to support and love us through this.  Our hosting experience, not only impacted the children’s lives that we invested in, but ours as well.  It impacted us in such a way that we could not imagine going any farther in our life without adding other children to our family, through adoption. We believe our calling is to adopt from the Eastern European country of Ukraine.  International adoption expenses are extremely overwhelming.  We are hoping to add a sibling group up to 5, because the larger the sibling group, the least likely chance they have of finding their forever family.

Using the online form on this page automatically submits a request to preference your gift to the family profiled on this page as part of ABBA Fund’s Christian Family Adoption Grant Fund. ABBA Fund administers this fund and maintains full control and administration of all donated funds. We also strive to honor our donor’s preference requests in accordance with IRS and Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) guidelines.

As required by IRS regulations, any tax-deductible donation is made to the charitable organization (ABBA Fund) and not the individual (family) — otherwise it is a non-deductible gift and should be given directly to the family.

Every gift into the Christian Family Adoption Grant Fund is helping reduce the financial burden of adoption for families that have qualified for support from ABBA Fund — including the family listed above in their online Family Adoption Fund profile.

The IRS allows donors to state a preference of how their contribution is used and request that the gift support a particular family — and it allows the charitable organization (ABBA Fund) to fully consider that request as long as the donor understands and acknowledges for charitably given tax-deductible gifts that the ultimate authority regarding the disposition of your gift is at the discretion of the charitable organization. By using this online form, or other method described above, you are acknowledging an understanding of those IRS guidelines.

ABBA Fund is grateful for each donation given to the Christian Family Adoption Grant Fund, and broad participation in the fund helps ensure that ABBA Fund is able to assist each approved family with the grant and loan funds preferenced to reduce the financial burden of their adoption.

ABBA Fund, a 501(c)(3) ministry, has provided more than $5.4 million in grants and interest-free loans to help 972 orphans become sons and daughters in 780 Christian families since 2004 (as of fall 2014) — with more adoptions being assisted every month.

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