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Riley Family Fund

We are ready to add to our family through adoption, and we are asking some family and close friends to consider partnering with us financially in that journey. Our home study is complete, and two agencies will be ready to show our profile to birth mothers as soon as we have all funding in place. Additionally, we have applied for two major adoption grants that we hope to have news of by late spring.

Many of you already know our winding road toward adoption, but for those who do not, we want to share it with you. In 2013, after many years of unexplained infertility, we began working with Catholic Charities in Nashville to adopt. We had both always been open to fostering/adopting (even before we knew of our infertility), but we imagined it was something we would do after we raised a biological family. We processed the grief of infertility on different timelines, but we were so excited to embrace adoption once we were both ready. We submitted our profile to the agency in October of 2013, and by December we had received a call that a birth mother wanted to meet with us. We began forming a relationship with her as she was deciding whether to make an adoption plan for her child. On the very same day the agency called us to say that the birth mother did want to make an adoption plan with us, Bridget took a pregnancy test and it was positive! We had waited many long years for a child, so after a very short time of discussion and prayer, we decided that we were willing to go forward with the adoption and then have a baby 6 months later. The birth mother was a twin herself and she liked the idea of her daughter being raised as a twin, so we all proceeded with the plan. We had a nursey ready to bring a daughter home in March of 2014, but ultimately, when the mother delivered, she chose to parent her daughter. This was a hard time for us (and even harder for many of you, who did not yet know we were pregnant), but God revealed his providential hand to us in many ways after that moment of heartache. Our “mid-October baby” wound up barely making it to September in the womb, and we had a 3-week hospital stay when Ellis was born prematurely. I remember the moment vividly in the NICU when I turned to Joel and said, “What would we do if we had a 6-month-old right now?” God knew what lay ahead of us, and even when we could not understand why the adoption didn’t happen, he knew what was best for all involved.

Due to the complications at Ellis’s birth and mystery surrounding why we had those complications, we have chosen to continue building our family through adoption. Our placement fee at the time of adoption will range from $11,000-15,000 (depending on birth mother medical needs and legal services needed). Please consider whether you can support us financially in this journey. We also covet your prayers as our family goes through this transition. As we tell Ellis often, we do not know WHO will join our family or WHEN, but God does, and we trust His providence and His timing.

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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