Each month our adoption agency, Bethany Christian Services, has a match night for families waiting for an adoption from China. This means that rather than waiting for a referral/match at any time, our anticipation grows one night a month as we wait to hear from the Bethany Team in China about a possible match.
The wait time for a match from China varies depending on the criteria that you provide the adoption agency. Currently the wait time for a healthy Chinese girl is 7 years! There are many parents praying and waiting for a daughter from China who have a great deal more patience than I would! As we’ve mentioned before, we are seeking a girl between 8-24 months old with minor, correctable special needs. These minor, correctable special needs include things like cleft lip, cleft palette, missing digits, or even something like a large birthmark. Because of our openness in this area, we were given a wait time significantly less than if we wanted a “healthy” girl.
That said, our wait goes on. The most recent match night was Monday, January 20th. We really had hopes that there would be a match in January but it was not to be. We continue to pray for God’s perfect timing in our adoption and invite you to pray for us as well. Pray for the health of our daughter and for a gentle transition to coming to live with our family.
We have been blessed to receive a $3,000 matching grant through Lifesong for Orphans as a way to help pay for our adoption of a little girl from China that will cost us close to $35,000. You can give online at http://www.lifesongfororphans.org/give/donate. Select “Give to an Adoptive Family.” Complete the online form and fill in Account Number with #4189 and Family Name with “LaMotte Family”
You can send a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans.” In the memo line, note “Acct #4189″ and “LaMotte” to ensure that your gift is credited to the correct account. You can mail your donation to: Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744.
As gifts made through Lifesong are tax-deductable. If you have questions, please email me at srlamotte (at) gmail (dot) com