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Kersten Family Adoption

It was recently said, “Adopting a child who needs a home will NOT change the world. But for that child who finds a loving home, his or her world WILL be changed.”

That’s what we’re hoping to do. In addition to growing and enriching our family, we look forward to seeing the world, destiny, and life trajectory of a child change completely before our eyes.

We are a Christian family of three living in Springfield, Missouri. For months we’ve felt God leading us to open our home, hearts, and lives to adopt a little girl whose family had either abandoned her, or who could not care for her.

But from where?

As a journalist and licensed Assemblies of God minister, Dan has had the opportunity to travel to almost 40 countries of the world. On these travels Dan has seen the ugly, brutal, heart-wrenching reality that human life is regarded as cheap in many places. And sadly the most cast aside, forgotten, abused, and long suffering ones who daily know and live this reality are little children.

Tara always joked (half joked) when Dan would depart for another country, “Please know you can bring home one of those little ones because we’ll give him or her the home and love they need.” While traveling, Dan often anguished over the sheer number of little ones without homes, families, or love. But literally bringing one home was not an option.

Finally, in 2016, after considering numerous options for adopting within the United States and other foreign nations, the country of BULGARIA in eastern Europe became the best option for our family.

So we decided to pursue the adoption of a Bulgarian girl between the ages of 2-5 (the age at time of adoption), within the next two years.

On October 31, 2016 our application as international adoptive parents was approved by MLJ Adoptions, a Hague Accredited adoption agency based in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Within the next 24 months we hope to become the parents of a 2-5 year-old Bulgarian girl. There is a very high probability this child will be from Romani (or gypsy) descent. We are also open to adopting a child with some special needs.

So now the process begins. And it is far beyond our ability to manage or accomplish on our own. We know we will lean heavily upon family, friends, and complete strangers to help us reach our fundraising goals–which are significant.

We need to raise at least $35,700 to facilitate our international adoption. We are willing to sacrifice our own resources and work hard to make this happen. But even though this will be one of the hardest things we’ve ever done, we know a little girl is out there waiting for a loving family.

This is where the ABBA Fund comes in. When we first began pursuing adoption and felt overwhelmed by the costs associated with it, a friend told us about the ABBA Fund. This Fund is specifically designed to help alleviate the financial burden for Christ-centered families who feel called to adopt. By giving to the ABBA Fund, you are not only helping us adopt, but you are actually investing in the eternal destinies of orphans around the world.

So we invite anyone with a heart for growing families, for children who have been abandoned or neglected, and for “the least of these” to partner with us in prayer and financial assistance.

No gift amount is too small. If you can chip in $5 or $10 every so often, or one time, that will help us. If you, your family, or your church or buiness would like to help with $50, $100, $500 or more, that will be a tremendous blessing.

We want to offer thanks in advance for every person, family, church and/or business who will walk with us on this journey!


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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