It’s been awhile since we posted an update on our journey.
If you are just finding out about our embryo adoption, you might want to read about what we’re doing, why we’re doing it, and why we’re doing it this way to catch up. Here’s where we stand right now: we are at just under 20% in our funding, leaving a little more than $12,000 left to raise.
One reality about embryo adoption that is different than traditional adoption is that we do not qualify for any of the typical adoption grants that you may have heard of people receiving to help with their adoption costs. There are a few grants out there for embryo adoption, but they are given to infertile couples using this as their route to first-time parenthood. Also, embryo adoption is not eligible for the Adoption Tax Credit. So those are two big avenues of financial help typical in traditional adoptions that are not open to us. So even though our costs are significantly lower than traditional adoption, we have fewer resources available for help. We are relying solely on the provision of the Lord through individuals and groups who choose to partner with us directly by helping us raise the $15,000 total medical costs for us to adopt two embryos.
We have been in constant prayer, seeking the Lord for His plan for us and for these embryos, and we believe He is continuing to lead us down this road. Because of that, we are going out on faith and asking Him for big things during the month of August. We are asking Him to provide most if not all of the remaining $12,000 this month, so that by our appointment at the clinic on September 11, we will be able to tell them we’re ready to start the process for embryo transfer by the end of this year. That’s a huge goal, we know, but we serve a huge God.
Many of you have already partnered with us and we are grateful. If you haven’t, here are some ways you can help:
- You can sponsor a puzzle piece–we have a blank puzzle that we are filling in with the names of those who give to make this adoption possible. If you give a gift of $35 or more, your name will be added to the puzzle as a permanent reminder to us of your generosity and investment in these babies’ lives.
- You can give as a group–maybe you’d like to help but $35 is a stretch or you would just like to get your friends involved. Consider giving as a Sunday school class, small group, etc, and we’ll include your group on our family puzzle.
- Donate through your business–If you are an independent consultant for a direct sales company, consider allowing me to host an online or in-person party for your product, with a percentage of the proceeds going to the adoption. Or donate a percentage of the proceeds from one specific product or one specific time frame.
- Local friends, hire us–our children are as excited about this as we are, and they are eager to help. Catherine and Elisabeth can turn out goodies from the oven that are both delicious and good-looking. Cupcakes, cookies, pies, breads, and basic cakes–consider placing an order or watching for our posts when we have a baking day and have some to sell. They would also be willing to make pillows like they sold last summer if you had a special request. Abigail loves children and has gone through baby-sitting training and would love to care for your children. All of them are willing to do tasks like helping outdoors, helping with animals while you’re out of town, or helping with odd jobs here and there.
- Spread the word–maybe there’s no way for you to help financially. Believe me, we understand. We haven’t always been able to help when our friends were raising money, either. But maybe you know someone with a heart for adoption or pro-life causes that might be in a position to help financially. Consider sharing our story with someone who might be interested in investing in life this way.
Financial gifts can be given via PayPal at www.paypal.me/hallembryoadoption, or by mail (checks made out to Clay or Monica Hall) at Hall Embryo Adoption, PO Box 92, Grand Rivers, KY 42045, or given in person.