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"Michael & Shannon's adoption journey. Help us bring a little angel home."

Hello Everyone,
Just a little update, in case you haven’t heard by now, Shannon and I are going through the process of adoption. We both have wanted to start our family for some time now, but the road hasn’t gone exactly as planned. Through trying to conceive naturally and years of infertility treatments, we have yet to become successful at achieving our dream, becoming parents. We’ve decided on adoption late last year, and have gone through the initial steps of the process. We are currently waiting for our time when we are chosen to give a child a new home and a loving family.

In Michigan, on average, adoption can cost anywhere between $13,000-20,000 plus Birthmother expenses. We are currently connected with 2 Michigan adoption agencies and have been for about 1 year now. Both agencies have told us that our wait time for a baby would be about 1 year. A year has come and gone, and yet, we are still waiting. We are now being told that Michigan agencies are “Slow”, due to more birthmothers choosing to parent their child instead of making an adoption plan. They say that because of all of the state aid and programs that MI offers, it’s making it easier for these young mothers to parent. We have been told over and over again that our best option at this time would be to choose Interstate Adoption (Adoption outside of MI). We’ve thought about this recommendation, but because of it’s cost (Aprox. $25-35,000), we have been unable to pursue this option. We would love to be able to seek that opportunity: We could be “matched” with a birthmother sooner and bring home a baby much quicker!

This is not a plea, or us looking for some type of handout. We simply understand that this process can take some time and it will certainly test our patience and faith. We would rather not worry about the financial part of the whole thing. Truth is, we would sell everything we have to be blessed with a family of our own. Whether we started this fundraising opportunity or not, we would find the money, but every little bit helps. And not just money either, that’s not what this is truly about. Every word of encouragement, every person that you spread the word to about us, and every prayer that you say, brings us that much closer and makes it that much easier for us to handle! Please consider donating. Thank you for you Love, Prayers and Support.

All of our love,
Michael & Shannon
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