Adoption was always a day we had long dreamed of but never knew how we could afford such an endeavor. We are so grateful for Brittany's Hope Foundation! They came in at the end and helped us finish our fundraising efforts when we had exhausted all of our resources. Brittany's Hope made it possible for us to keep within our efforts to stay debt free and enjoy the journey of adoption and not get lost in all of the financial woes. We will always remember Brittany's Hope Foundation because of the impact they had on our family and bringing our sweet Matthew home. We are in love......
My husband and I always wanted to adopt. After we both graduated college and started our careers we launched out on our first amazing adoption adventure. In 2008 we applied with Holt International to adopt our first child. We were matched with our son in January of 2009 and brought him home June of 2009. He was the cutest 6 month old ever!!! In 2010 we applied again with Holt International for our second child. This process took much more time. It wasn't until December of 2011 that we were matched with our daughter, also born in Ethiopia. We brought her home in May of 2012. She was 14 months old. She was a very resilient little girl! In 2013 we applied again with Holt International and came very close to bringing home a waiting child from Ethiopia. But this wasn't meant to be. In January of 2015 Rhonda found a sweet waiting child on Holt's Korea page. In just 3 short weeks our family was matched with a 14 month old girl with multiple medical needs. We arrived home with her December 24th, 2015. She was 26 months old. She is the perfect addition to our family! Along this last adoption journey we had friends and family approach us asking if there was anyway they could give toward our adoption fees. We were blown away by this! We did no fundraising at all for the first two adoptions and so this was unknown territory for us. We talked with Holt International about this. They mentioned your matching grant. We then found you online and inquired. The information was clear and concise on how the process would play out. Your staff is always quick to respond via email and very helpful. We are so thankful that your foundation exists. It was such a relief to point our friends and family to your website and they could give what they were comfortable with in the comfort of their homes. We are still shocked that we made our goal! International adoption is very expensive, but we know now to not let that stop us! Thank you so much for helping our family bring home our daughter.
We have been blessed by your organization several times for adoption assistance. This time I felt even more blessed as we were expediting our daughters medical case. Everyone made our paperwork easy and explained exactly what would be needed. We would not be blessed with this beautiful baby girl without the amazing generosity of your organization.
Brittany’s Hope Foundation will forever be important to our family. The last month before we traveled to China to adopt our daughter, we still needed to raise funds to cover our in-country expenses and travel expenses. Brittany’s Hope issued us a generous grant that made it possible for us to travel to China to adopt our daughter without the worry of incurring a substantial debt. This is the only grant we received that provided a detailed packet of information to guide grant recipients through each step of the grant process. The instructions were well organized and easy to follow. I would highly recommend this organization to anyone seeking a matching grant to adopt a child with special health care needs.
As a member of the general public, I have had numerous encounters with Brittany's Hope Foundation (BHF) and their outreach programs in Viet Nam.
The first time I encountered BHF was in November 1995, when their Executive Director, Candace Abel, traveled back to Viet Nam in order to personally experience the Vietnamese culture and understand the orphanage and adoption processes. I was only 6 at the time, but I remembered clearly how their presence at my orphanage brought so much excitement and happiness to the orphan and special needs children. As an orphan child now living in the United States, I can truly testify to the wonderful work that they provide in third world countries.
Another momentous encounter was rather recently during my own personal travel to my mother land after 14 years. In search of my own past and history, I discovered that BHF was also in Viet Nam on another excursion to Cam Ranh and other cities throughout Viet Nam in order to volunteer to spend time with the orphan children and help build orphanages, and brings gifts of not only time, but talents and also treasure to the needy. I was not a volunteer myself, but I remembered spending time with the volunteers and remembered clearly their devotion to BHF to assist in the process in order to make life a little easier for these children who endures a squalid existence in a government-run orphanage as I once was. Further more, that year in Viet Nam, I had the opportunity to also volunteer my time with BHF when they returned for the second time, this time not only to Central Viet Nam and Southern Viet Nam, but in Ha Noi, Viet Nam's capital.
In all my years as a pursuer of successful non-profit programs, I have never seen so much devotion as I have experienced with BHF. Though their base is in small Elizabethtown, their humanitarian projects are successfully executed in third world countries all the way across the world. I have personally experienced the difficulty in conducting a conference call at 12 pm or 1 am US time in order to accommodate for the time zone difference on the other side of the world. I can go on for days about how much I personally appreciate BHF even though I am not an affiliate, but I believe that an outsider's eyes, the general public's opinion gives new insights to a foundation that may or may not already exist.
Talking with Candice on the phone felt as though I was speaking with an old friend with the same passions for Jesus and His orphaned children that I have.
Our family is incredibly grateful for the wonderful support we have received in the adoption of our daughter. The financial strain of adoption can be enough to dissuade many families from taking the leap to bring a child in need home. Brittany's Hope has a profound effect on the family adopting. The support they give is not only financial. They are encouraging, emotionally supportive and truly excited about the gift they are giving to children.
I have been very impressed by the professionalism of the Brittany's Hope staff. They are efficient in their responsiveness, effective in their communication and thorough in their paperwork.
We will be traveling to adopt our new daughter soon. We look forward to sharing in her future which is made possible, in part, by the loving support we have received from Brittany's Hope!