We are Nathan and Amy from Chicago, IL and we wanted to share our amazing experience with Brittany's Hope Foundation! We completed two international adoptions this year and would not have been able to bring our daughters home without the help from Brittany's Hope Foundation. Our daughters both have neurological special needs and needed immediate medical care (amongst other things) upon arriving home. Receiving the Brittany's Hope adoption grant helped us provide our daughter's with the surgeries, therapies, and services that they needed in order to be able to thrive. The staff at Brittany's Hope were beyond amazing and even accommodated a grant extension for our second adoption. We will be forever grateful! Thank you Brittany's Hope Foundation!
When my husband and I began our journey adopting our precious son from Eastern Europe, we did not know how we were going to pay the $35-$40k that it cost to bring him home. We looked into grants, but our income which, here in the DC area is modest, disqualified us from most of the grants out there. However, Brittany's Hope accepted our application for a matching grant and we raised funds by selling homemade products to friends and family. The $3000 was such a help to us and the matching grant was a fun way to have others to help. Paula Tobias, who coordinated everything, was a wonderful and kind liaison. Thank you so much, Paula and Brittany's Hope! God bless you for what you do to bring precious children to loving homes.
Our sixth adoption...so many waiting children needing a permanent and caring family that will provide unconditional love. We have been blessed that with faith, we were able to complete another adoption. Each being a daunting financial challenge but with the support of Brittany's Hope Foundation and their strong mission to assist families with international adoption, we completed the adoption of our son from China.
Our adoptive son is 11 years old and has a physical handicap that reduced his ability to find a family. Thinking we were done raising children, our hearts knew someone needed to take him and who better than our family. This makes our eighth child, each of which has brought a new perspective to our lives.... Faith brought us to Brittany's Hope and gave us the support we needed to raise our seeding match. Their continued progress reports gave us the energy to keep moving forward in spreading the word. We were able to make our match the week before we flew to China to pick up our son.
We are not very open people about our personal lives but Brittany's Hope seeding program motivated us to share our story. Through our newspaper story and Facebook campaign, we received other "in kind" support, such as donated airline miles. Our prayers are that this amazing organization can continue to help place more children. Please consider supporting Brittany's Hope Foundation, we have been blessed by them.
We received a matching grant from Brittany's Hope in 2016. This foundation was very helpful and easy to work with. Our raised funds were distributed to us in a timely manner and we were able to travel to China to bring home our son with these funds. Without the help of Brittany's Hope and their generous grant program, we wouldn't of been able to go to our son as quickly as we did. We will forever be thankful and grateful for the generosity and steadfast support from Brittany's Hope. Our son, Theo is now home and getting proper medical care. He is thriving and attaching to our family. We would of missed out on such an awesome experience if we wouldn't of taken such a huge leap of faith. We thank God for our son and for opening the hearts of so many people who donate to Brittany's Hope Foundation in order for families like ours to adopt. Thank you again! Our hearts are full!
Our family adopted our son in 2007 from Vietnam, and very much wanted to add to our family again through adoption. Sadly, the U.S. stopped adoptions from Vietnam in 2008 due to corruption and child trafficking concerns. While we attempted several other adoption options, we felt strongly led wait for Vietnam to reopen to U.S. adoptions so our 4th child would share our son's birth country and ethnic heritage. So we waited 6 long years for adoptions to reopen. In 2014 when we got the news that Vietnam had chosen to open a small, pilot program for special needs children, we were overjoyed and started the process immediately. We were the first family to have our paperwork submitted to the Vietnamese government! We received the referral of 7 month old Linh Khanh Ho in Febrary of 2015. Unfortunately, because of Hague regulations and being a new process, we waited a year and a half after seeing our daughters face of excruciating delays and unknowns, at one point even being told the process might not being completed, until we were able to travel to being our daughter home.
While we were incredibly grateful for the financial support that the seedling grant from Brittany's Hope provided, what was amazing and truly an answer to prayer was the constant support and prayer that Brittany's Hope was to our family through the long and difficult wait. They regularly checked in with us, asked where the process was, and offered counsel and prayers. They even provided in-country support when we visited our 9 year old son's orphanage and spent time in the city of his birth!
We have had the amazing opportunity to learn more about all the different kinds of work that Brittany's Hope does around the world, specifically in Vietnam. While we don't know if we will be adding to our family through adoption again, we do know that we will be working with Brittany's Hope through all of their amazing programs.
We are so grateful for Brittany's Hope, for their vision, passion and leadership in the area of caring for children around the world!
Thank you, THANK YOU to Brittany's Hope.
With all the other paperwork and things to do for our adoption, this was an easy process, and had such a huge impact. We are so grateful for the encouragement and love we also received along with our grant. So priceless.
We didn't know how we were going to financially meet the needs we had to bring our daughter home, and this grant helped us meet those final needs and lift that burden completely off our shoulders so we could focus on the things we needed to.
Brittany's Hope will forever have a special part in our adoption. THANK YOU.
This grant was instrumental in helping us complete our adoption. Some of our donors had some technical difficulties with donating via the web site but those were worked out. The hardest thing for us was the timing of the grant fund raising. Our fund raising time was from date of referral until we traveled to pick up our daughter, just shy of 4 month. The amount of time was not the difficulty as mush as the time of year (summer). We had to cancel several of our planned fundraisers either because of venue use issues (May, June and July are very popular wedding months) or because vacations and family reunions had too many friends and family out of town. Fortunately, we had received several pre-fundraising commitments around Christmas time from friends and family and that really helped us to raise more than our goal.
Our family is beyond thankful for the support we received from Brittany's Hope Foundation. Their ministry was instrumental in allowing us to bring our 4 1/2 year old son home from China. They not only blessed us financially, but with great encouragement during a weary time of waiting. Our experience with their ministry is nothing but positive. It is with grateful hearts that we can fully recommend Brittany's Hope Foundation
We were told about Brittany's Hope from our adoption agency. We found Brittany's Hope staff to be very informative and helpful when we had questions and when we wanted to see our fundraising progress in a very timely manner. Thank you for the grant you gave us, our beautiful daughter is now home and thriving. She is thrilled to have 3 brother, 3 sisters. Our youngest daughters,Grace and Olivia knew each other in China, they were in the same foster home (Bethel China a foster home for blind children) and were very close friends there. Now they are home and are forever sisters! Here is a picture of Grace on the left and Olivia they are dancing at their sisters wedding and were also the flower girls in the wedding!
Brittany's Hope Foundation offered a wonderful experience during our adoption process. It was really special to partner with other families who were adopting in "paying it forward" with our matching funds. Our friends and family who donated found it very easy to use the website for donations and also appreciated that they were able to receive a tax deductible receipt, and help others as well as our family/children. As questions or concerns arose throughout the entire LENGTHY process of our adoption, Brittany's Hope staff were always incredibly courteous, understanding, and quick to respond.