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Doherty Family Adoption

We are middle school teachers and worship leaders in Wilmington, NC. Years before we were married, we made the decision that we would one day adopt internationally. Last summer, we began our adventure to bring home a little boy or girl from Seoul, South Korea, who we are very excited to meet! We are so grateful to have finished the home study process and to begin this new and exciting stage of our adoption story.

Our vision for adoption is rooted in Ephesians 1. We long to adopt because God first adopted us. Verses 4-5 say that before the creation of the world, God chose us in all of our filth, rebellion, and sin, knowing that we would break His heart time and time again, and yet he chose us to be adopted eternally into his family even though it required the death of his only begotten and perfect son. Matt and I are constantly floored by the fact that God called us and chose us as His own, and our response is a deep and profound desire to show a child that same grace by saying, “Whether you break my heart or reject me, I choose you and I will always love you because God first chose us.” This cannot be accomplished through our own strength alone, but we have faith in God’s promise that His graces are new every day. We know he will equip us for His good work through the adoption and throughout the child’s life by His grace and for His glory alone.

We are so excited to share our adoption journey with you! Please feel free to follow our journey on our blog or Facebook sites. We are grateful for the involvement of ABBA Fund and for the Christian families who help serve adoptive families to bring these little ones home. It is truly an honor to be a part of this community!


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

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**AN IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION FROM ABBA FUND ABOUT YOUR DONATION**
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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