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210 Million Reasons to Adopt

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Susan McWhite

posted April 7, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Project 1:27 is missing an opportunity to increase their available funds. We paid $1,100 for the training we were required to have to adopt. We did not go through Project 1:27 to adopt so they would not allow us to pay for and attend their training classes. We had to go elsewhere. As a church member and Christian, I would have paid them the $800 to take their classes to fulfill my requirement. If they opened up their training classes to Christians who are not using them for adoption and charged a fee, they would have a new source of funds.
Domestic adoption should be more affordable for families. We wanted an infant because we wanted the experience of raising a child from birth. The cost is outrageous. But we have such a special little blessing who is now two years old and adorable.

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Rick Valore

posted April 9, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Dear Ms.McWhite,
I agree, Project 1.27 is missing an opportunity to increase our available funds by not charging our parents $800 to take our training classes. But, that is exactly the point. Our goal is that money should not get in the way of a family who wants to adopt. Adopting children from foster care is very inexpensive. For most of our families, their out of pocket expenses are under $500 which include court fees, background checks, CPR class and the $50 we charge for our families to receive the training and services Project 1.27 provides.
My position is that it is the people of God (the church) who are called to care for orphans (James 1:27). This includes not only those called by god to take children into their homes, but for others to financially support families and Christian Ministries like Project 1.27 that are helping families successfully reach for these children.
Adopting children from foster is not for everyone and the cost of adopting infants domestically is outrageous. I have great respect for all adoptive parents and think adoption is the greatest picture of God’s love for us.
Ms.McWhite, I applaud your decision to adopt and am glad you can afford to do so. Please also consider gathering others at your church to support for those families in your congregation that want to adopt but don’t have the resources to do so. I hope you will direct some of them to Project 1.27, we would love to serve them.

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