Chad and Travis' Adoption
$120 raised
2% of $5k goal
2 contributors
5 Years running
Friends and Family,Thank you so much for all of the love and support that you have given to Chad and I over the past 5 years as we have navigated the path to getting our degrees and starting our lives together. I have no doubt your support allowed us ...
Friends and Family,Thank you so much for all of the love and support that you have given to Chad and I over the past 5 years as we have navigated the path to getting our degrees and starting our lives together. I have no doubt your support allowed us to survive! Since we met 5 years ago, Chad and I have wanted to have a family. We have adopted 4 wonderful animals that have made us feel like parents. As wonderful as Sherri, Tyler, Isaac and Sophia have been for us, we have begun readying ourselves to have children. The prospect of raising children is daunting for any couple, but the challenge for a gay couple is even more difficult. As you may know, the undertaking of having a child is compounded by the fact that neither one of us has the ability to give birth. We have considered several options for bringing a child into our home but ultimately adoption seems to be the most feasible option for us. We have gone to several meetings to help us decide the best route for us to take and have settled on the best fit for us. We have found an agency in Los Angeles that specializes in private, open adoptions. This agency – Independent Adoption Center – works tirelessly to help make a connection between a birthmother who is seeking to give her child up for adoption and the couple seeking to be parents. The idea of open adoptions is based on the premise that the healthiest situation for the child is to make the birthmother part of the experience even after she gives up her legal rights as a parent. We, as the adoptive parents, set the criteria for how involved the birth mother is in the child’s life. We feel that this is probably the healthiest option for everyone involved and will allow our baby to still have a connection to the birthmother. They say it takes a village to raise a child. You are getting this letter from us because, for Chad and I, you are part of our village. There is no doubt that we will need help with a lot – prayers, encouragement, advice, and babysitting just to name a few. But our situation requires us to ask for some non-traditional help before our baby even comes home. Our costs start before the child is even born. The cost of adoption is $18,500. This price pays for all aspects of the adoption – legal fees, counseling, home study costs, birth mother fees and agency fees. We have been saving but are still shy of the full amount. This is where we are asking the village for help. We still need to raise approximately $10,000. Some of you are far away from us physically, but it is our hope that by contributing to the cost of the adoption, it will unite our village and make us stronger as we welcome our child into the family. Because the process can be long, we want to start as soon as possible. We will begin our full orientation and home study at the end of July and hope to be fully approved shortly after and can work toward making a match with a birthmother and welcome the newest member of OUR family home. Please consider joining us by making a donation to help us meet the financial needs of making this a reality for our family. Any contribution will help us get closer to meeting our goal of having a child. We love you and thank you, Chad and Travis PS – anything helps bring our child home and we greatly appreciate any prayers and support.
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