“With help from Gift of Adoption we headed to China in 2009 to give our new daughter, Chloe, age 13-1/2, a family. Our happiness soon turned to despair when we read a translated police report stating she was found with other children and, when asked who these children were, our new daughter said, "my brothers".
We didn't know what to do. But it soon became obvious that we HAD to go back for her brothers. Our girl was a sibling, a set. She was not complete without her brothers. We understand the bond these children have and we want to parent them ALL - as a part of our family.
We will be back, to ask again for help, to get these boys home, where they belong. With their sister that loves them, parents who want them and a house filled with joy, fun and a little craziness.
Thank you for your part in getting us to China the first time to learn of these 3 children's plight. They will now have a family together.”
Ron and Vicki (adopted Chloe in 2009)
A waiting child A loving family A chance to unite them forever
There are an estimated 140 million orphaned and abandoned children worldwide. The vast majority live without adequate food, water, and shelter. All live without the one thing children need and deserve most to thrive - a family of their own. Through the Gift of Adoption GoAdoption Giving Circle program, you have a chance to change that.
You can make the difference for one child and one family
When you form a GoAdoption Giving Circle, you will be linked to a specific family and the child they yearn to love. Your gift to this family is to raise the final funds they need to bring their child home.
This is no small deed. Because of your GoAdoption Giving Circle, a forever family will be born. Because of your GoAdoption Giving Circle, the course of one child’s life will be changed permanently for the better. Though you may never meet this family or child in person, you will come to know them deeply in spirit. To be a part of such an incredible journey is a humbling experience.
As one GoAdoption Giving Circle Leader put it, “I get it. It’s a way to get the satisfaction of adopting a child yourself, but without all the sleep deprivation!”
Following are two examples of GoAdoption Giving Circles currently in progress:
Kris is leading a GoAdoption Giving Circle in honor or her daughter to help another child become adopted.
Julia is leading her 2nd GoAdoption Giving Circle.This year she is helping a 6-year old girl from China w/ Down Syndrome become adopted
Each Giving Circle leader makes a pledge to raise enough money to fund one adoption grant within a 3-month period. Currently, the amount of a pledge is $3,500. These grants provide the final funds approved adoptive families need to bring their child home.
Just as every family and child is unique, the same goes for each GoAdoption Giving Circle. It is a reflection of the leader who forms it and the people who make it up.
Previous GoAdoption Giving Circles include
Elementary school children
They have raised their pledges by:
Dinner and Holiday parties
Facebook and Twitter networking
As you give, so you receive
It is a common experience for GoAdoption Giving Circle members to say they got so much more from the experience than they gave. To be a part of a GoAdoption Giving Circle is to help the most vulnerable among us — a child without a parent. It is to know deep in your heart that one less child will go hungry, homeless and parentless... it is to know that one more child will receive the love they deserve. To be a part of a Giving Circle is a life-giving and life-changing opportunity.
You can do it and we are here to help
Gift of Adoption has partnered with FirstGiving.com to make establishing, promoting, and administering your GoAdoption Giving Circle as fun, easy, and successful as possible.
If you would like additional information about GoAdoption Giving Circles, please contact Tina Rounds toll free at (877) 205-2367 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Longaberger Basket Company: A Medium for Good
The Longaberger Company generously donates American Work Baskets as a ‘signature element’ of Gift of Adoption’s most expansive, mission-driven fundraising program: GoAdoption Giving Circles.
Each GoAdoption Giving Circle fills a Longaberger basket full of mementos and well-wishes. In this way, the baskets become a unique expression of the Giving Circle and child, conveying, at its essence, the hope and aspirations the Giving Circle has for the child they’re now welcoming home.
The filled Longaberger basket is sent to the child as a celebration of the greatest gift being given: the gift of family.
Imagine a Circle from Columbus, Ohio helping fund the adoption of a 4-year-old boy from India filling their Longaberger basket with tons of football gear in the hopes of someday making a Buckeye fan of him!
Imagine 6th graders from a middle school sending a little girl being adopted domestically a Longaberger basket that includes the Christmas CD they made and sold to raise funds so she, too, could have a mom and dad.
Imagine an adopted child, Julia, now 22, placing a newborn sized t-shirt from her college, her favorite childhood book, a statue of a couple with a newborn and a personal note in a Longaberger basket for Jacob. And, imagine how Jacob’s parents felt receiving the Longaberger basket; a timeless basket with love woven in from the start by the Longaberger team member who hand-crafted, initialized and dated the basket … just for this kind of special, real-life purpose.
Longaberger baskets are the ‘Tiffany box” of GoAdoption Giving Circles and a powerful medium for good. We are grateful for the generous donation of baskets and, more so, the opportunity to affiliate with an organization known for quality, integrity and the living-out of family values.
“I knew I wanted to donate money to a charity or do something for a family in need but couldn't find just the right thing that I felt good about. I am currently a 22-year-old college student and I love children.
The reason I chose the Gift of Adoption is because I was adopted as an infant and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't want to thank my parents for just being my parents.
I was a gift for them and now I want to give back in the same way. With your help, hopefully one more child and family can achieve their dreams.”