Wednesday, June 16, 2010
The Search Is On
First Steps of the Journey:
I set up a PayPal "Donate" button on the blog for friends and family who want to contribute to the Adoption Fund (left hand side, under my profile info). I had a couple of people suggest it, so I figured I'd give it a try. Planning on sending me a birthday card or Christmas present? Just put whatever amount you were going to spend on the card or gift into the Adoption Fund! What better present could I get than help bringing my baby home? :-) Then, I opened a special savings account strictly for my Adoption Fund. I'll be direct depositing into the account with every paycheck, and transferring any money that I happen to get in the PayPal account in there as well.
I started seriously researching adoption agencies in Texas last night. I've found quite a few that will work with singles, but most of them are hesitant to do so. I have found one or two that seem promising though, and I have a huge list to look into over the rest of the week. I'm hoping to have the list narrowed down to a few by the end of the weekend, and call them next week to find out success rates, average waiting times, etc. for singles with their agencies.
I need to sit down and seriously think about ways to save the money. I think I came up with some pretty good ideas in my "Adoption Fund Brainstorming" post last week. Now I just need to start putting things in motion. I'm pretty sure I'll have enough in the next month to be able to send in my application fee to whatever agency I decide to go with. That's the good thing about adoption... You pay in stages. I'm really hoping that I can use my foster/adopt homestudy from my foster agency, but I kind of doubt it. If not, I'll have to come up with another $1,500-$2,000 for the new homestudy fairly soon. Then I'll have some time to send in payments to the agency for their fees. I won't have to come up with everything else for a while.
I could save several thousand dollars if I can find a birth mother on my own, so if you know of anyone choosing adoption for her baby, feel free to send her my way! (I'm still seriously tempted to ask that girl at Sonic what her plans are. ;-)
Wish me luck!!! And, as always, fundraising ideas and moral support are much appreciated! :)