We are so thankful for the wonderful support and interest from so many people! Here are answers to some of our frequently asked questions. Let me know if you have more questions and I’ll do another installment!
Q: Do you know the children you are adopting?
A: No. Haiti’s adoption authority (IBESR) receives our dossier and then sends us a referral based on our child request. At this point we have requested siblings 0-2 since Reist is 2 1/2. We will update that request if needed as time goes by.
Q: How long will it take?
A: I have often said that the most consistent thing about the Haiti adoption process is inconsistency. Based on many factors there is not a very exact timeline. We have just finished our dossier and it is in Haiti. It will likely be about 2 years to homecoming.
Q: Will you travel to Haiti?
A: Yes, once we have our referral we will travel for a 2 week bonding trip and then travel again at homecoming.
Q: Are you a really great person to do this?
A: Ok, this actually is usually a statement but I wanted it to fit. 🙂 No, we are ordinary people who are following God’s plan for us. He has adopted us into his family and He has loved us more than we can imagine! He has a plan for each of us and we are not any better than you for following our plan.
Q: Do you get tired of questions about your adoption?
A: Not at all. I love to share what’s going on.
Q: How can I help?
A: The absolute most important thing you can do is pray for Haiti and pray for us. God has this worked out and we want to rest in that. Pray that the adoption workers will work efficiently and for the best of the children. Pray that families that want to stay together will find resources to. Pray that our family will find ways to use the wait to prepare and grow. Grael already prays many nights that we will be able to bring out new kids home soon. I love to see her soft heart but I know the wait will get long.
Also, we have been blessed with a $3,000 matching grant from Lifesong for Ophans funded by Parkview Church! We know people are all called to give in different ways so please, please, please DO NOT feel obligated to give! However, if you wish to contribute here is how you can.
- Checks should be payable to Lifesong for Orphans. In the memo, note Miller/ #4753 to assure it goes to the correct account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744. Lifesong has been blessed with a partner that underwrites all U.S. administrative and fund-raising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.
- To pay online go to www.lifesongfororphans.org/give/donate. Select “Give to an Adoptive Family.” Complete the online form and fill in “Miller” and “#4753”. (Note PayPal charges an administrative fee (2.9% + $.30 USD per transaction). Your donation will be decreased by the amount of this fee.)
- NOTE: In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to the named non-profit organization. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use. Individual donations $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts
for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request. Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization.