Weed Family Adoption

Campaign Created by: Joel & Kellie Weed
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The funds from this campaign will be received by Kellie Weed.

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Goal : $25,000

Raised : $6,158

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9 years ago, after first becoming parents, God put the desire in our hearts to expand our family through adoption. 4 years later we moved to Honduras to serve as full-time missionaries. Life got crazy and with our focus on ministering to children and families, we didn't think adoption was any longer in our future. In November 2016, God revealed to Kellie that He was going to give us a child. Again, in January 2018, God showed Joey more specifically that He was going to give us a son. That same week our "angel baby" was born. 5 days later we went to Bible study at a friends house as Weed party of 3 and went home as FOUR! 

His story is woven with God's Providence. Over the past 3 years we have seen time and time again the greatness of God's love for not only Santiago, but us as well. Since day one, our hearts have been for the best interest of Santi and last year we watched God move a mountain and confirm that he is our boy. 

Santi's abandonment process has begun, yet the timeframe is unknown. We've waited to start the adoption process until we felt the timing was right. A few weeks ago we felt like God was prompting us to take a tiny step of faith and order documents that would be needed in the adoption process. We contemplated it for a week or so. Days after ordering the documents we learned that adoption was a real possibility for our family and a big step in his abandonment process had been completed!!! We feel that now is the time to take a bigger step and officially begin the adoption process.

Since we are an American family living abroad, we are pursuing international adoption with an estimated cost of $25,000. The first steps (application, orientation and home study) are estimated at $7,000. Once these steps are complete, we will be approved as an adoptive family. From there we will pursue getting matched with our sweet boy.

Thank you for taking the time to read a little of our story. We are so grateful for many of you who have walked this journey with us, prayed for us and encouraged us along the way. We ask that you prayerfully consider giving financially to help our family officially become complete!   

UPDATES

Puzzle Fundraiser
June 8, 2021
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As we continue taking steps towards adoption the more we feel that it isn’t about asking people for money, but asking them to be a part of our story. The amount of funding and steps in the process is overwhelming. It's crazy to us to think how we can raise a child since birth with no government assistance and then pay thousands to make him officially ours. But just like we are doing with the paperwork and really even in life on the mission field, taking it one step at a time.

Puzzles have been one of our favorite activities since we were dating and now it's a favorite family activity. So we are so excited about this PUZZLE FUNDRAISER!

It works like this:
1. We had a 500 piece puzzle created with some of our favorite family photos from the past three and a half years.
2. We are “selling” each piece for $20. You can choose to buy 1, 2, 3, or 10! There is no limit! 
3. You can "purchase" by donating through our Give, Send Go link (https://www.givesendgo.com/Weedfamilyadoption) or by sending it via PayPal (Kellie.Weed@gmail.com)
4. Once you purchase a piece, we will write your name on the back of one of the puzzle pieces and send you a picture.
5. Once every single piece has been “sold”, we will put the puzzle together and hang it in our home so we can always look back and be reminded of who had a “piece” in our adoption!

Our goal with this Puzzle Fundraiser is to sell all 500 pieces which will raise $10,000!!!! That will take care of our upcoming Home Study, Dossier completion, and part of the Foreign Fee. How amazing would that be?!?! We’d be honored and humbled to have you be a part of this story.

The other amazing thing that you could do to help would be to spread this! Share it with your families and friends. Thank you! We love you! Joey, Kellie, Connor and Santi

Update #2
June 8, 2021
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After a few months of uncertainty, the Honduran government released clarification on the adoption guidelines which allows for us to continue with the international adoption process. 

A social worker from our adoption agency will be traveling down at the end of June to complete home studies for adoptive families. We had put the entire process on hold while we waited for answers from the government as it looked like international adoption wouldn't be possible. Now that we know it is possible and with just weeks to knock out a lot of paperwork, we are excited to be taking a step forward. 

We are still just in the process of getting approved as an adoptive family. The Home Study is an important step. We feel that now is the time to complete this for several reasons:

1- We can share the travel expenses with other families who are also completing home studies.
2- We will still have a significant amount of time to complete all the adoption requirements.
3- Once approved, we can apply for grants to help cover some of the adoption costs.

Our words will never truly express our gratitude. If you have visited us in Honduras or even just talked to us in the past 3-1/2 years you know how important this process is to us. Our family is complete, but we need to make it legally that way as well. We know the adoption costs are numbers that we could never think of covering on our own. To say the finances didn't cause a little stress would be a lie. But we serve a God who sets the lonely in families, who brought us that 5lb bundle of joy (and tears), who has been faithful every single step of the way and will never fail us. We continue to trust in Him, in His timing and in His provisions. 

*If you would like to follow our story more closely, message us to be added to our facebook group! 
 

Update January 2021
January 9, 2021
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Our application for adoption has been approved and we are beginning the orientation and education phase. 

We had a meeting with the government and were reminded several times of how complicated Santi's case is and how the adoption laws are stacked against us. Nonetheless, God can move mountains and do miracles far beyond what man can comprehend.

Thank you for making adoption a reality for our family!

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