A Baby Brother for AJ
Team Member: hortencia armendariz
Lilly Vallee-Wilson wrote -
About a month ago, Chris and I learned that our son's first mother was 6 months pregnant with another boy, AJ's little brother. We learned this because despite how sick she is, she had the presence of mind to ask the social worker where she is currently living in Southern California to find us and ask us if we would adopt this child too. Of course we said yes. This child is the sibling of our son! Then there is the alternative: If we don't, her son will go into the LA County foster care system at birth, and that's not an option for us.
But here is our problem... Even though we have discussed adopting another child through the foster care system in the past, we did not have a plan to do that anytime soon, let alone in two months. Complicating matters further is that this is not through the Alameda foster system, its a "private, independent adoption" in Santa Monica. That's a fancy way of saying lawyers and other bureaucrats charge over $10,000 to start and complete this process. We definitely don't have that kind of money saved or available. Although it's infuriating that neither the minor child nor the first mother see any of this money, and it doesn't go for their development, for better or worse this is how much it will cost to bring our child's brother home so he has the best chance at life.
I need your help to raise the money to bring my new baby home. We want our son to have the opportunity to grow up in a safe environment with his sibling and family. We are so grateful that we have a passionate & loving community of friends & family that committed to strong communities, social justice & human rights of every type, and that I can come to with this question: Will you donate $100 (or more, or what you can) to bring a very special and specific baby home to us?
Over 50% of children in California live under the poverty line. Help us prevent it from being this one.