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Samuel & Jonathan — Meet ABBA Assisted Family #251

The Count to 1,000 Families Assisted: Celebrating 10 Years of Providing Adoption Assistance for Christian Families

McClard Family #251 - web versionWith more than 127,000 adoptions per year, the United States accounts for more than half of the adoptions worldwide. And while a lot of attention is given to international adoptions, 78% of families who adopted did so within the United States. There were 52,039 children adopted domestically in 2012 with public agency involvement—but 101,719 children were left waiting to be adopted in the US foster care system. While private adoption numbers are harder to gather, more than 30,000 domestic adoptions were handled by private agencies and private lawyers in 2007—and ¼ of those were infant adoptions.

But the most important number when it comes to adoption is 1. It only takes 1 family to forever make a difference for 1 orphan.

Recognizing the impact of 1, Dave and Jennifer McClard began to explore domestic adoption in 2007. With 59% of children available for adoption in the US being non-white, the McClards opened their hearts and home to the idea of adopting a child from a different race. As the McClards started the adoption process in 2008, they were informed that they were among a few homes open to adopting a black child that particular year.

McClard2 - web versionIn January of 2010 little Samuel was placed in their arms at 11 days old. Jen stated, “There’s an instant bond when you first see your child. It’s a clear picture of God’s redemption.” A baby that might have become another “number” lost in the foster-care system, or worse another baby whose life was terminated before birth. Instead, a helpless child without heritage or hope of healthy family life was instead grafted into a family with godly parents, a loving home, and a promising future.

Now, Samuel is an energetic boy of four years who just lost his first tooth, plays soccer, and envisions himself conducting trains across the wild-west. ABBA Fund helped clear the financial mountain that stood in the way of the McClard’s calling to transform child from an orphan to their son. For them, finance was the greatest hurdle, and the help of an interest-free loan enabled them to consider a second adoption a few years later.

Jen calls the summer of 2012 “the fertilizer summer.” God whispered to the McClards to adopt again and soon after they received a call from their adoption agency that Samuel’s birthmother was going to have a girl who she would put up for adoption. They prepared the nursery, everything was ready. They had already fallen in love with the unborn girl. Then, the McClards received a call that the mother had decided to parent the baby herself. Although wonderful news, David and Jen were deeply heart broken. It was as if they had lost their own child. But in the soil of suffering, God poured out a richness of love, preparing them for Jonathan.

In February 2013, David McClard’s half-sister died. As they planned to depart for the funeral, they got another call that a little African American boy would soon be ready for adoption. Immediately, the McClards contacted ABBA Fund to assist with their remaining financial needs. On Valentine’s Day, David and Jen welcomed baby Jonathan into their lives, testimony of God’s lavished faithfulness. He is now a 16-month-old bundle of sweetness who is content to always be held. The McClards cannot imagine their lives without him, or as a “traditional” family.

ABBA Fund is passionately dedicated to making adoption more attainable—and with only 5% of Christian families adopting compared to the 38% that are seriously considering adoption—we have ways to help the other 33% off the sidelines and into the game. Join us in celebrating 10 years of serving 750 families, and striving to assist 250 more by the end of the year. Surpassing the 1,000 mark for adoptive families assisted — that’s a 10th anniversary milestone worth celebrating. Please consider joining ABBA Fund in redeeming orphaned children who deserve loving, nurturing Christian homes. Help us give hope and a future to orphans today.

Would You Consider Adoption?

33% of Americans consider adoption. 79% of those are concerned about the costs, the biggest deterrent. Less than 2% adopt.