"In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps."

Monday, December 10, 2012

The Price of International Adoption

International adoption is expensive.

$20,000 is considered a “cheap” international adoption with some regions in Russia costing upwards of $40,000 USD!

Some would ask if the cost is worth it?  That’s a topic for another post, but for the families who commit to adopt the least of these, they know the price is worth it. And the families who have already completed an international adoption have seen the redemption in those numbers.

Most of the families who commit to adopting special needs children, do not have that kind of money just lying around (how many people do?).  But they know that these children need rescuing, and they step out in faith trusting that God will help them shoulder the burden every single step of the way!

That’s where Reece’s Rainbow comes in!  Do you know that there has never, been a single Reece’s Rainbow child NOT come home for lack of funds? That’s pretty incredible!  God truly does provide – but you still have a part to play.

Some people think that its ridiculous for adoptions to cost so much, and that the process should be made easier to just get these kids out of their horrible living conditions.  I agree up to a point, but its important to remember that these are children, and there has to be a process in place to make sure that they are going into loving, homes with capable parents… although definitely $40,000 is a little ridiculous IMHO.  A good portion of the costs come in ensuring just that – that the children are being placed in good homes.

Here is an example breakdown of the cost of an adoption from Eastern Europe. These are numbers taken from an actual adoption -

  • Reece's Rainbow Application Fees/Trust Deposits...$1305
  • Home Study/Post-Adoption Fees...$2760
  • Birth Certificates/Marriage License...$127.95
  • Fundraising Costs...$166
  • Passports...$300
  • Dossier Costs (so far)...$1093
  • Plane Tickets...$5000
  • EE Facilitation Fees...$9000
  • Apartment Rental...$1800 (for 30 days)
  • In-Country Travel Expenses/Food...$2500
  • Medical/Visa for child...$550
  • Passport for child...$350

Each component of traveling to another country and facilitating an adoption in another language has a price, but these families count it worth every penny.

Please let’s help out Sonny, Suzanne and Daphne’s future families!  A family who wants to adopt, but is hesitant about the cost of adoption is much more likely to commit to a child if they have a large grant.  And as a bonus for helping these three, you will get the opportunity to win the fun prizes below!


Because Sonny is my Angel Tree babe, you can enter the giveaway by making a tax-deductible donation to his Reece’s Rainbow account. One donation of $5 will put your name in our giveaway! Entries $35 and over, and you will receive an adorable ornament with Sonny’s picture on it.

After that, if you feel led to help, please consider donating to Suzanne OR Daphne. By donating to these girls, you gain additional entries for the prizes, starting at $5 for each girl.

As an incentive for making additional donations, you will receive additional entries for every additional $5 donated to any of our children.

          • $5 = 1 entry
          • $10 = 2 entries
          • $20 = 4 entries
          • $50 = 10 entries
          • $500 = 100 entries
          • And so on…

You can also gain additional entries by sharing about our Giveaway on Facebook, Twitter or your own Blog. Just leave a comment on my blog to let me know you’ve shared.


  • Use the links below to go to the sites where these precious children are receiving donations. Follow the directions there to make your generous donations.
  • THEN, come back to this blog and leave a comment to let me know two things: (1) that you donated to Sonny, and (2) the total amount that you donated to ALL THREE of the children (if you chose to donate to more than one child).
  • If you prefer not to comment, you can email me at slwann@gmail.com.
  • The giveaway will end on December 15th and the winner will be announced on the 16th.
  • If you have any questions, please feel free to leave one in the comment section or email me at slwann@gmail.com.

Please use these links to make your donations.

Donate to Sonny.

sonny beforesonny after

Donate to Suzanne.


Donate to Daphne.



16 GB iPad with Retina display – a $500 value!


Kitchen Aid 5-Quart Stand Mixer – a $430 value!

stand mixer

You will be able to select the color of your choice – there are 25 options!

A $150 gift to card to your choice between Best Buy, Pottery Barn or Home Depot!

best buy cardpottery barn gift card


Please let me know if you have donated even if you don’t want the prizes! If you win and you don’t want the prize, you can choose to donate the equivalent cost of the prize to the child of your choice. BUT please feel free to keep the prizes if you win! Smile

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Stori. I donated $50 to Sonny. Love you and think you're awesome for doing this.
    love, Sherri


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