Update: Interview Scheduled

We are celebrating progress!

Our application has been approved and we are now moving ahead in the adoption process (can I get a “wahoo!”?). The next steps are filling out lots more paperwork (I had “syllabus shock” after opening that email) and going through our Home Study Update interview. Our interview is scheduled for March 3. Our case worker will come to our home and update our report, adding in Jonathan. We have until May 4 to complete our paperwork.

Included in the paperwork are items like getting fingerprinted for a background check and going through a CPR/First Aid Class. In addition, I’m working on our Family Profile which is a printed photo book that will go out to expectant parents and will be how they chose us to be the parents of their baby. It’s fun and a little challenging to try to boil our family down into a book. It seems much easier than last time since I’ve already made one and this time we get to tell them all about our life with Jonathan.

We are also continuing to save our pennies and raise funds. My heart has already been touched by the generosity of many of our family and friends. Thank you so much!! We are now over halfway to our goal of $40K! It is powerful to sense God behind us in this venture. I’m thankful that I can rest in His ability to make it all work when I feel so powerless to control the details.

Thank you for your prayers, friends. I seriously felt a deep peace and joy the day after we announced our adoption and have been continuing to feel that since. I know this peace is the result of your prayers. My biggest grief in adoption is not being able to protect our baby in the womb. Would you please join us in praying for his or her protection as we move forward? I know it’s out of my control and I need to trust God with our child. However, my Mother’s Heart is really struggling with this.

Your support of us during this time means the world to us as a family. We are incredibly thankful for you!!

If you want to help support our adoption: Ben + Liz Adoption #2 GoFundMe Page

We Are Adopting!

 Ben and I are so excited to officially announce that we are adopting! It has been a long journey to get to this place and we are looking forward to see who God has planned to join our family.

After much prayer, thought, research, and conversation we are moving forward with adopting an infant from the US. This means we’re going through an agency in the US that connects us with a Birth Mother who is choosing to give life to her child and place him or her with loving Adoptive Parents. Ideally, we’ll get to meet our baby’s Birth Mother before our child is born and even be there for his or her birth.

What this means for us:

Fundraising/Saving.

It costs an average $35,000 to complete an adoption in the US through an agency. There are legal fees, home study fees, classes, application costs, travel expenses, post-placement fees, and more. We are doing everything we can to aggressively save money and budget well, but a significant gap will remain that we are trusting God to fill.

Learning.

We are busy learning everything we can about adoption. Talking with adoptive families, reading books, researching online, networking, etc. – we’re basically sponges right now. There’s a lot to learn!

Paperwork.

There is a lot of paperwork to complete. Filling out home study paperwork, agency applications, and completing our family profile will keep us busy for months to come.

Waiting.

We don’t know how long it will be until we get to bring Baby Udall home. It could be a year or longer. Right now we see the waiting as a good thing. God gives Moms nine months of pregnancy for a reason! We have a lot of work to do to prepare our hearts and home for our baby.

What you can do:

Connect with Us.

We are in need of leaning into community now more than ever. We know we cannot do this alone.

Ask Questions.

We don’t expect you to know a lot of information about adoption if you’ve never had experience with it.  We are really happy to answer any questions you may have about our process. We love sharing the things that we are walking through and learning.

Share Positive Adoption Stories.

Raising children is risky whether they are adopted or your biological children. We are stepping into becoming parents with eyes wide open – and faith that God is in control. If you have any resources, ideas, or positive stories of adoption, I’m all ears!

Give Financially.

If you want to contribute financially to our adoption, you can use the link below. We’re working to raise an initial $5000 to cover Home Study and our Adoption Consultant. Once we reach $2000, we will be able to start our home study. Once that is completed (it can take up to 5 months), we will be able to apply for a tax-deductible giving organization. If you want a tax-deductible receipt, you may wish to wait to give at that time.

Give to Udall Adoption

 

Most of all, we want to communicate how thankful we are for the community of supportive people in our life. It will not only take a village to raise our baby but also to make it possible to welcome him/her into our home. Thank you for your support!

 

Udall Family-9 reduced

Here are some other helpful resources about adoption I have come across if you’re interested.

What to Do When Your Friends Adopt an Infant.

3 Ways to Support Adoptive Families.

8 Things to Stop Saying to Your Adoptive Friends.

Respectful Adoption Language. (P.S. it’s okay if you mess up!)