Wednesday, September 8, 2010


OK, I have the straight scoop on what we will have to pay when we accept our referral. For those of you who don't have time/don't want to read the entire blog, the total amount is $9385. That figure does not include the fees that will be due when we travel for court and for the embassy appearance which I will outline below for those "detail" people out there.

Final Program Fee: $1500
This is the 3rd America World program fee that is outlined in our America World agreement

Final International Program Fee: $7500 for two children ($3750 for one child)
This includes the following expenses:
America World Development Project program fee
Child(ren)'s medical exam(s)
Orphanage donation
Transitional child-rearing fee

Post Placement Admin Fee: $385
Administration fee for processing and translating post placement/adoption reports

So that is what is due AT referral acceptance. Also after we accept our referral, we will probably give the information that we have on our children to an International specialist who may be able to give us medical information about our children based on their medical records and pictures. I don't know how much that will cost exactly, but I have heard others say it is around $500. Following the acceptance, we will wait for a court date which is when Garth and I will fly over to Addis Ababa together and be there for about a week. At that time, we will have these additional expenses:

Trip 1: Airfare for two adults $2400 to $4000
This will be booked and paid for by us directly to the airline/travel agency as soon as we receive our court date.

Trip 1: In-Country Travel Package for two adults $1400 to $2500
This is due within 1 to 5 days of booking the Trip 1 flights. It is paid directly to AWAA with a credit card. It includes accommodations in Ethiopia, some meals, tour guides/translators, in-country transportation, and AWAA Travel/Processing fees.

Trip 1: Visas for two adults $40
This will be due upon arrival at the airport in Ethiopia. It is paid in cash by the family directly to immigration officials.

During this time, Garth and I will get to FINALLY meet our children, play with them, love on them, and get to know them a little bit. We will also have time to do some sight-seeing, shopping, and possibly even meet the parents who gave the children up for adoption. I would truly love to meet these courageous people in order to get as much history about the children as possible so when our kids want information about their birth family, we will have something for them. During the latter part of the trip, we will of course attend court to adopt our children and hopefully pass the first time. Following court, we will then come back to Nebraska where we will wait for our embassy appointment, all the while getting our home ready for children.

Approximately 4-10 weeks after returning home from court, we will receive an Embassy appointment date. You will probably hear screams of happiness all across America when that phone call comes. We will then have our trip 2 expenses.

Trip 2: Airfare for two adults $2400 to $4000
Just like trip 1, this will be booked and paid for by the family directly to the airline/travel agency as soon as we are cleared by Embassy to travel for our visa appointment.

Trip 2: Airfare for two CHILDREN $500 to $2000
We will buy these at the same time as our flight tickets.

Trip 2: In-country Travel Package for two adults $1000 to $2000
This is due within 1-5 days of booking Trip 2 flights. It will be paid directly to AWAA via credit card.

Trip 2: Visas for two adults $40
As on trip 1, we will pay this directly to the immigration officials at the airport

Visa/Embassy Fee for two children $800
This will be due at the Embassy appointment in Ethiopia. It will be paid in cash by us directly to the US Embassy in Ethiopia.

Following our Embassy appointment, we will ALL fly back to Nebraska and our new lives will a family of FOUR!!!!!

So, the estimated grand total that we need prior to bringing our children home is: $18,465 to $25,265. We still have a way to go financially, but I know that GOD will provide! However, if any of you find a money tree, please let me know where it is!


  1. The cost is overwhelming, isn't it!? I was just going over this myself yesterday. Gives me a headache. My friend reminded me though that GOD will PROVIDE ALL of our NEEDS(Phil 4:19) He means it and He has done it in the past, today, and in the future!

    We're requesting a boy but are open to a sibling group, so the added expenses... not so much fun.

  2. I haven't had any luck with finding a money tree yet, darn it.

  3. Isn't it crazy how much adoption can be??!!?? But isn't it even MORE amazing how WELL God PROVIDES when we are in His divine will!!??!! GO GOD! Can't wait to see how He continues to provide for you throughout your journey to your babe(s)! Blessings to you!

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Today I kissed an angel; This angel child of mine. Though not of my creation, My child by God's design.

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