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Tapley Family Adoption

In early 2013, I (Jeanette Tapley) was reading the book “Kisses from Katie” and felt the call on my heart to look into international adoption. Together my husband and I began exploring this possibility for our family. We prayed and thought about it for days independently and came to the same conclusion. There was no way around it; we are called to adoption! We knew it would be a long, hard, expensive journey, but we were willing to do what it took to make it a reality.

Our journey thus far has led us to a precious little girl that currently lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in Africa. Her name is Zaina. She will be 4 in September ’14, is deaf and lives in a small orphanage right now. Jesse is fluent in American Sign Language and has two adopted cousins that are deaf, so we knew deafness was a hurdle that we could overcome. We strongly believe that God placed Zaina with us for good reason. Tapleys - Zoe

We were so blessed that the Chosen Marathon for Adoption was based in the town we had just moved to! This race is incredible for adoptive families because it allows people to run for more than just themselves. The financial burden associated with international adoption is staggering, and this race eases that burden greatly. Our Chosen team consisted of friends of ours and friends of friends that have chosen to sacrifice their time and efforts to train and race along side us. Some of these people are very close to us, and some we have never met, but we feel blessed and humbled to call them teammates! Our two sons Ezekiel and Titu cheered us on as we crossed the finish line, and they also ran in the kids’ fun run! We also had our church and gym families supporting us along the way. Jeanette & Jesse Tapley

Not only will each of our teammates’ registration be formed into a grant for our family’s adoption, but it allows tax deductible giving to our adoption journey as well! The race prep, race day and encouragement throughout … and financial assistance from the race registrations has given us a boost to continue on — thank you.

While our participation in the Chosen benefit run is over for this year … our “marathon” to bring Zaina home continues.

As her legally adopted parents, we are responsible for her ongoing care until the DRC allows us to bring her home. Right now we are in the Visa process. The Embassy in Kinshasha is investigating our case in our to provide us with Zaina’s Visa, however they are not issuing passports because of the DRC’s exit permit suspension, and without a passport they will not give a visa. So unfortunately we are stuck in this process — along with 350+ other US families. That means we are incurring a $500 a month expense for ongoing care fees — so $16.50 a day … $116 a week. We also have a bit of agency fees, shots and a lot of travel expenses yet to come.  But God has knitted our hearts to Zaina, she is our daughter … and we are standing with her. While fund raising has gone well so far, $500 a month can eat away at our adoption fund pretty quick. 

We would feel honored if you would consider participating with us in any way. In addition to your ongoing prayers and encouragement, our biggest need right now is the ongoing care of Zaina. You can use the form below to make a charitable contribution to the Christian Family Adoption Grant Fund at ABBA Fund, and using this form automatically requests that your gift be preferenced to our family’s adoption of Zaina.

– Jeanette & Jesse Tapley


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.

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 support from ABBA Fund — including the family listed above in their online Family Adoption Fund profile.

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.

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 $5.4 million in grants and interest-free loans to help 972 orphans become sons and daughters in loving, nurturing homes through assistance to 827 Christian families since 2004 (as of fall 2014) — with more adoptions being assisted every month.

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