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Higginbotham Family Adoption

We’re Mike and Melanie Higginbotham and over the last several years adoption has been something that has been brewing in our hearts. We recently attended a gathering at a local church for adoption, and it became clear that it is what the Lord is leading us to do. We listened to several families share their journey to adoption and our hearts were softened as we realized that there are over 157 million orphans in the world and that God’s heart is for them to find families.

While in her 20’s, Melanie had the opportunity to work with street kids in Mexico and became aware of fact that many of them would never know the love of a mother and father under one roof. Some of them lived in difficult situations, whether abused or having to work to earn their keep at the age of 7 or 8. This is where the desire to adopt began.

For Mike, adoption wasn’t something that he had ever thought of. But the more that we spoke about it, the more he became aware of his own desire for children and the desire to open our home to someone who is doesn’t know the love of a mother and father.

While in the process of adopting, the Lord blessed us with a beautiful baby girl named Ruthie Grace in January of 2016.  Ruthie is now 2 ½ and is a precious bundle of joy who keeps us on our feet.  While adoption has always been a desire on our hearts, the path that has brought us here today has been somewhat different than how we initially started.

After Ruthie, we became pregnant with a baby girl whom we named Salem Hope.  We were 17 weeks pregnant with her when we found out that she had passed away in the womb.  The months following were difficult for our family as we grieved her loss.  Since that loss, we have had 2 more unexplained miscarriages. We still believe that we will have another child, however, we also feel led to start the adoption process, therefore, we have decided to pursue both.

Given the financial realities of adoption, it is impossible for us to adopt without financial assistance. We are diligently saving and fundraising in the hopes of raising the $20,000 that it will take to complete the adoption.

We would love it if you would join our team through prayer, sharing, or financial means. Thank you for taking the time to read this message, we love you and thank the Father for you!

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 $5.7 million in grants and interest-free loans to help 979 orphans become sons and daughters in 854 Christian families since 2004 (as of early 2015) — with more adoptions being assisted every month.

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