Operation “Fund Kurtz Adoption” Has Begun!

Kurtz family adoption fundIf you are interested in helping fund the adoption of our children, now is one of your chances!  One of my good friends helped me set up a Pay Pal account to give an easy and secure way for people to donate to our adoption fund.  {Thank you, friend!}  I am excited to see how God continues to provide for our family, particularly in the way of financial resources.  Below are a few questions that you might have regarding our adoption fundraising, with my best attempt at answering them.  {If you have any additional questions, please feel free to shoot me an email at honeybeekurtz@gmail.com.  I’d love to hear from you!}

1.  How much does it cost to bring home 2 children from India?  

While we cannot give you an exact number due to varying costs in travel fees, including flying to and from India, as well as in-country travel; the cost will range from $45,000 – $50,000.  Ish.  🙂  Because we are wanting to bring home two children, there are several adoption fees that are doubled: the International Program Fee (total cost : $17,000), airfare for the kids (total cost: ~$2,000), the Visa/Embassy fee for them (total cost: $460), as well as the in-country travel fees that we’ll incur during our stay in India .  To see America World’s estimate of fees for India, please follow the link and remember that those fees are based upon bringing home one child, not two.

2.  Why is international adoption so darn expensive?

I know, right?!?!  It really is, and to the best of my understanding, this is why…

  • Several agencies and a large number of people are involved in this process.  We are working with AWAA and must pay them for their services to us, which includes the home study process.  On top of this, we must pay an International Program fee for all the work that the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) will be doing on our behalf in India.  Additionally, since our children are from outside of the United States, we’ll need to also work with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) which, yep, means paying them as well.  Behind every organization/agency that we work with are tons of people who must get paid, and because international adoption means working with several large organizations, there are many people involved.
  • Processing fees add up.  As many know, there is a BIG load of paperwork that must be compiled into our dossier.  And a number of these papers that we need to acquire are legal/medical documents (which, again, means working with people who need to get paid!).   So, while just one document might not be very expensive to acquire and then notarize, when you do that to a large number of documents, it gets a little pricey.
  • Traveling is expensive. By the time we bring our children home with us to the United States, we will have paid roughly $12,000 – $15,000 in travel expenses.  In travel expenses alone (I included Visa costs and the International Specialist Consultation).  One of many things that is entirely out of our control is the time of year in which we will be traveling.  Once we get the call that we are able to go meet our children and bring them home, we will be going to meet our children and bring them home.  This call might come on a weekend, it might happen on Christmas.  And if it does occur during a time of year when airfare is more expensive, we will go when airfare is more expensive.  And it will cost more money.  {And it will be worth every penny.}

3.  What if I can only give a little bit?

Please know that there is no amount considered too small.  I think often of the time when Jesus and His disciples were at church, and there was a poor widow who put in a miniscule amount of money compared to what the Pharisees put in.  And it was her offering that was honored.  So, if you want to give, there is no such thing as “a little bit”, or “lesser” amount.

{And just think: if 1,000 people gave $50, our adoption would be fully funded!  Every.Donation.Helps.}

4.  What if I am unable to give financially?

We know that if God desires for us to bring home two children {and we believe He does}, He will provide.  He has unlimited resources, and He is the One who stirs hearts to give!  Please do not think that just because you cannot give financially to support us, that you are not helping us in our efforts to adopt our kids.  We have been greatly encouraged by “random”, encouraging emails from friends; people letting us know that our family is in their prayers; as well as time and talents being offered by those around us to help us fundraise.  Adoption is a long and often lonely road to walk; therefore, prayers and encouragement are much appreciated!  Also, side note on prayer: it works.  God hears, He listens, and He answers.  Prayer is one of the most powerful tools in our arsenal, because the One on the other end can do anything!

4.  I don’t want to pay via Pay Pal.  Is there another way I can donate to the adoption?

Oh, yes. 🙂  If you would prefer to donate via check, please send me an email at honeybeekurtz@gmail.com.  We’ll talk!

I hope this gives you an idea of the expenses that are involved in international adoption, as well as some ideas for how you can be a part of our story.  To give a financial donation, simply click on the “Donate” button below.  I’ve also included this button at the top of the sidebar on this blog.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to read our blog and join us in this journey of adoption.  I anticipate that God will continue to use our family’s story to bring Him glory and spread the good news of what He has done!

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”  -Eph. 3: 20, 21

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