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The Dollahite Family

Our family is preparing to welcome a new child through adoption. Both Stephanie and I have long desired to adopt, even completing training prior to the birth of Annaliese. These plans were paused in the following years as the Lord grew our family the old fashioned way, a grace for which we are continuously thankful. Over the last year we returned to consider our passion for adoption. We prayed. We read. We sought counsel and wisdom from our immediate families and closest friends, our pastor and elders, as well as professional psychologists and social workers. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and we are convinced our longing to adopt is prudent, reasonable, and good.

After investigating numerous options, our plan is to adopt a little one (likely under 2 years old) from South Korea. Our home study is already complete and word from our agency indicates a match is possible in November or December, Lord willing. Following a match, we will travel twice to Korea to complete court proceedings, and ultimately to bring our child home. The total process from now frequently takes 8-12 months.

So, what about the money? Adoption can be expensive. We explored the foster/adopt options in New Mexico, and for reasons mostly related to timing, this is not a viable option for us. Both domestic and international adoption involve fees for courts, travel, and agencies. We have already paid $8,000 preparing the paperwork necessary to submit for a match. The remaining expenditures include $24,000 due to the Korean government shortly after our match. Additional expenses, including the two trips to Korea, will bring the total adoption cost conservatively to ~ $42,000.

While we could conceivably pay for the entire process independently, we don’t think it is financially judicious in our current circumstances. Naturally, this could mean we delay or abandon our plans until such a time, or we can ask for help. Therefore, we humbly seek your assistance. We certainly have no desire to place an obligation or guilt on you, but we do believe partnerships multiply blessings and rewards. Already we have received exceedingly generous gifts toward our adoption, uniquely binding our hearts to such sacrificial friends. If you are not able to give financially, your prayers and encouragement are continuously requested!

 

 

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

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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.

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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