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Bush Family Adoption

We have been married for eleven years as of this past March, and during our time dating and for years after we got married, we talked about adopting children. In May of 2012, God began to work in our lives in a deeper way than ever before. One of the things that God taught us is what it means to be adopted by Him into His family, and that as Christians we get to call Him our Father. At the time we had taken two trips to Haiti in the previous three months and we began to get to know a group of children at an orphanage there. Seeing these children without a Mom and Dad changed us in a way that is difficult to explain.

We did not have biological children, and it was in May 2012 that God led us to expand our family through adoption. At that time, we began the process to adopt internationally, and we applied with an adoption agency in their Ethiopia program. By the time we turned in our dossier in October, we had made the decision to quit our jobs and move to Haiti to run the orphanage. We were worried that the decision to move would disqualify us from adoption, but we were assured by our agency that it was fine. We were approved to adopt 1-3 children from ages 0-7 and we were sure that we would have children soon. As we waited, we began to hear that international adoptions in Ethiopia were becoming increasingly difficult and that many agencies were pulling out of the country altogether. We were strongly encouraged to move to a different program, but our hearts were in Ethiopia, and, we had already paid a considerable amount towards non-transferable or refundable adoption expenses at that point. We still knew that we would adopt, but it became increasingly clear that we could not adopt from Ethiopia.

In December of 2014, a friend of ours told us about a local domestic adoption agency and we contacted them just to find out what was involved in a domestic adoption. We really liked the agency and our contact there, so we filled out an application and changed our home study to that end. It was time to wait again, this time without knowing whether we would adopt domestically or internationally, a baby or an older child, but knowing that God would provide for us. In May 2015, a birth mother who was due in October chose us to adopt her baby! For the first time in our adoption journey, we were matched with a child and it was an amazing feeling. On November 2, 2015 Sophie Hayes Bush was born. We fell in love with her instantly the very second we laid eyes on her. She was and is beautiful and has been an incredible addition to our family.

After the adoption was finalized in March 2016 we took Sophie to meet her new family in Haiti and she loves it there. Our kids fell in love with her just like we did. So, in July, we contacted the adoption agency and told them we would like to begin the adoption process again thinking that maybe by the next Summer or Fall we would have the chance to be matched with a new birth mother. God’s timetable, however, was much quicker than ours and we now have a son due on February 15, 2017, which just happens to be Jessica’s birthday as well! It has been a whirlwind, but we are so excited to add a son to our family and for Sophie to become a big sister. The very thing that we thought would keep us from being chosen by potential birth mothers (the fact that we live in Haiti as missionaries) has been the thing that has drawn people to us and we know that is only by the grace of GOD. Thank you for reading our story and please consider supporting us financially in this process.

To DONATE BY MAIL, please make out the check to ABBA Fund (do not write the family name on the physical check, which will invalidate the charitable aspect of your gift … instead either print out this page to send with it or include a separate note to request that we preference your gift toward the family profiled on this page) — then mail your check and preference request to:  

ABBA Fund, PO BOX 868049, Plano, TX 75086-8049

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.

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.

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 adoption assistance from ABBA Fund.

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 $6.5 million in grants and interest-free loans to help 1,012 orphans become sons and daughters in 912 Christian families since 2004 (as of early 2015) — with more adoptions being assisted every month.

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