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Adopting "Baby Gray" from Poland

Organized by: Chris Gray

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THE STORY:

Adoption has been apart of my life for as long as I can remember. In September of 1985, at the young age of 15, my cousin Rebecca died in her sleep of heart failure. Approximately 18 months later, my aunt and uncle adopted their son from South Korea. It was my first experience regarding adoption and then a few years later, they adopted again via the foster care system. Then a few years later, I had a first cousin that adopted domestically. I never really thought a lot about one day growing up and adopting but I did think about having a family one day. My wife and I married and 4 years later, we decided to try to start having our own family. We tried on our own for a few years but nothing ever happened, then we went to a fertility doctor. We both had various tests run on each of us and we tried surgeries and help from doctors but still no luck. We prayed, sought advice, but still nothing. We were willing for whatever God had planned for us, and we believe that he led us to adopt from Russia. So many things fell into place during our adoption journey that most people would find it incredibly fascinating to believe. Neither I nor my wife or our families could imagine our family with our beautiful daughter from Russia. Our daughter has been such a blessing in our lives and I am extremely honored to get to be her daddy here on earth to watch over and take care of her. After we adopted our daughter, we knew that we would adopt again from Russia because we did not want our adopted daughter to be an only child. We began our 2nd adoption journey in January 2012. We had completed our home study from EAC and were in the waiting game, waiting for a referral until we heard the dreadful news on December 26th, 2012, when Vladimir Putin ended all Russian adoptions by American citizens. We immediately lost $25,000 dollars that we had paid in agency fees towards our adoption that had been part of the adoption process costs. We had raised some money by collecting empty coke cans to turn in for cash, we did garage sales, we did a pancake breakfast at Applebee's, and we put on an Amazing Race adventure; however, everything that we had raised was lost when Russia shut down Americans adopting from their country. However, we were determined to continue on with our adoption journey and have been led to adopt from Poland. We have completed our home study with New Beginnings out of Tupelo, MS and will be sending off our final paperwork for our dossier in the next few days. We have applied for grants, aid, and a HELOC; however, we have either gotten a "no response" or a "denial" from everything we have applied to. Like so many other families who are adopting, we are financially strapped after losing the $25k to Russia; however, we know that we will get the funding to reach our goal of $40,000 dollars to complete our adoption from Russia. If you would like to contact our adoption agency about donating, you can contact Amanda Ashcraft who is our consultant at www.newbeginningsadoptions.org or at 2164 Southridge Drive Tupelo, MS 38801 or by phone at 662.842.6752 ext. 111.

We know that you may not have a lot to give or anything at all. We will take your prayers for safe travels, a healthy child, prayers to repay our adoption debt loans, and prayers that the babies adjustments will go smoothly. If you need to contact me, please feel free to do so at christopher.gray1@yahoo.com, and I will call you back to answer any questions that you might have. We appreciate your financial support and thank you with all our hearts in our adoption journey to Poland. I will be glad to send you pictures of our adoption fundraiser from the Amazing Race if you'd like to see them.

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