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Franzen Family Fund

We have exciting news! Lord willing, we, the Franzens, are going to adopt! Although we are blessed with our own biological children, there are so many more millions of children around the world in need of loving homes. We have decided to engage with this global issue via adoption.

After much prayer and consideration, we have begun the adoption process to adopt a child from Kyrgyzstan (in Central Asia near Mongolia). Our desire is to adopt a toddler girl under the age of 4. At this point we have completed our IL Home Study and are awaiting our visa approval from USCIS in order to send our dossier to Kyrgyzstan.

Elizabeth, a homeschooling mother, has desired this since she was about 11 and it has been an ongoing discussion over the Franzen’s marriage of 10+ years. Elizabeth grew up in Latin America in a missionary family, and has precious memories of volunteering with her mother at the local girl’s orphanage on a weekly basis. Elizabeth’s younger sister was adopted from this same orphanage as a baby. She continues to be a blessing and reminder of God’s love and faithfulness. Thankfully, over time, Paul, a high school teacher, has come on board with adoption, too.

International adoption is a drawn-out process. And it is expensive. Finances are our biggest hindrance. To adopt from Kyrgyzstan (including the 3 required trips), the adoption will end up costing $50,000-$55,000. In late 2019, Elizabeth received some inheritance money from her missionary parents (who both passed away from cancer within 10 months of each other). We are planning to honor her parents by using a portion of this inheritance towards the adoption. We also plan on applying for numerous other grants.

Would you consider supporting our family during this adoption process? We thank you, in advance, for partnering with us in prayer and/or giving a tax-deductible donation. We are honored and grateful.

Much love,
Paul and Elizabeth
(for Zak (8), Kai (6) and Zoe (4))

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.

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