There are 712,000 orphans in China.
There’s about to be one less as we are in the final stretch of the adoption process, and we’re preparing to bring our daughter home.
“He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will” ~ Ephesians 1:5
Our family's adoption journey began over 12 years ago when Steve and I (Dolly) were first engaged. We discussed international adoption as something we both wanted to do someday to grow our family. This God-given desire to adopt also grew to our son who kept urging us to bring a sister home beginning summer of 2011. Our son was moved by the stories Dolly shared of her time in Shanghai that summer when she met orphans with special needs at the non-government organization, CereCare.
In October of 2011, we submitted our application to America World Adoption Agency, and we’ve endured the hurdles of paper chasing, multiple medical check-ups, online training, home study visits, and much more. The waiting is especially trying on our son Calvin who prays daily for his sister’s ability to walk on her own, to climb stairs and run, and that we can go get her soon. We longingly await embracing our daughter for the first time and welcoming her into her forever home. Our daughter, whose name in Chinese translates to "Morning Rain", was born premature and endured a life-saving spinal surgery when she was only 9 days old.
By God’s grace and through generous donations from family and friends, we’ve been able to pay the initial $31,200. However, we’re still $7,500 short of what we need to finalize the adoption--primarly travel expenses and payment directly to the Chinese orphanage.
By contributing to China Orphan Adoption, you will help a bright and beautiful toddler girl leave a welfare institution in China and join our family. We long to bring her home and wrap her in love.
What We Need & What You Get
As of December 12, 2012, we were $17,200 short of the final amount needed for adoption. Since then, we've raised $9,700 through LifeSong for Orphans.
- However, we're still short $7,500 to meet our final deadline of January 23, 2013.
- 100% proceeds go directly to LifeSong for Orphans--a tax-deductible, non-profit organization--all funds raised cover adoption costs, and are not used for administrative expenses.
- $25: receive a photo of the Garnecki family of four (4) taken in China.
- $50: receive a handmade artistic momento from China, hand-picked by Steve & Dolly (handpainted bamboo bookmark, hand-dyed intricate paper cutting, embroidered leaf, OR chopsticks in silk brocade).
- $100: receive a Garnecki family photo taken in China AND a handmade artistic momento from China.
- $1500: One (1) person who generously donates $1500 or more will receive a brand new Pong case for the new iPad.
- Even if we don't reach our entire goal, we will still provide the funds to LifeSong for Orphans who will allocate the funding to our family's specific adoption expenses.
- Bringing "Morning Rain" home will help her get the medical care she needs for her spinal condition.
- This lovely baby girl will leave a welfare institution and enter into a family who will shower her with love and support.
- Read more about our adoption journey on Dolly's blog, Traveling with Baby: Adoption Story.
Other Ways You Can Help
- We'd love your help to get the word out and make some noise about our campaign via Facebook, Twitter, or Indiegogo's share tools.
- Contribute a fabric square for our daughter's 100 Wishes Quilt.