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Hamilton Family Adoption

Ten years ago my husband and I were pregnant with our youngest son.  We had two older boys and were excited to be having another baby.  My prior two pregnancies were medically challenging and this one proved to be the most medically challenging of all.  My husband and I knew this was the last baby it was safe for me to carry, but at the same time we received assurances from God that there was a little girl that would somehow join our family.

Shortly after the birth of our youngest son, our family took a step away from our religious group and in the process lost our relationship with God. Two years ago, God presented us with a community of believers who resonate with our ideals and beliefs.  Our family’s focus was no longer on careers and vacations, but we started to focus on healing our hearts and following the journey God was asking us to go on with him.

About a year ago one of our friends from church started working on the Chosen Half Marathon in Salt Lake City and needed some help organizing the race… I felt God calling me to support this cause, so even though I was unsure why this was something that he was calling me to, I volunteered.  The work with the team reminded me of our commitment from God early in our marriage that there was a little girl that would join our family, so I started to talk to friends about their adoption processes, while at the same time being terrified of starting all over with a baby.

Some circumstances arose with a family member where we were asked if there were an adoptive placement was needed, would we be willing to consider adopting.  Daniel and I prayed to God asking him if we were being called to adopt right now in our lives… was this a part of our journey that he was unfolding for us?  We both got a very clear YES!!!  Little did we know how this story would progress.  The family member decided to keep the baby and confusion over our answered prayer left us unsettled and questioning God.  If we were being called to adopt, why did things not work out.

Several weeks later our church had “Orphan Sunday” where there was a presentation on children legally available for adoption through the foster care system.  I felt God at that moment moving in my heart and helping me to see that this was the next step in our journey and that he had been preparing us all along to have our hearts open to this idea.

We called the Utah Foster Care offices and from that day to the day we received our license was less than three months (which we are told is a record since it normally takes 6 months or more to complete the classes and become licensed).  So many small miracles happened for everything to line up perfectly to allow us to be able to attend classes, to get our home ready on time, and to be assigned a case worker who understands what we are looking for as we add to our family.

I don’t know what children we will adopt, but I do know that we are allowing God to guide this journey for us and are so appreciative of the love and support that our family, friends, and community continue to provide as we are faithful in following Him.

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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.

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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