KLA Schools of Plainfield Jump 4 Kids

Where we finish, a family starts.

Meet Amanda


Amanda is a beautiful three-year-old Estonian orphan with Downs Syndrome. Unfortunately, many children in international orphanages who have Downs Syndrome are transferred to mental institutions at the age of four. The odds of them being adopted after that are extremely low. Knowing this, Thomas and Kris decided to act.

In 2007, Tom and Kris welcomed Kara into their family when they adopted her from the Ukraine. Kara and their youngest daughter, Meghan, also have Downs Syndrome. Knowing there are so many more children like Kara who are in need of the love and security of a family, Tom and Kris soon began a second adoption journey. Financing a second adoption so closely on the heels of the first proved to be difficult. Because time was of the essence, they turned to Gift of Adoption for assistance. A grant from Gift of Adoption provided the last bit of funding needed to give Amanda a forever family and allow her to be all she is meant to be.

Your donations will enable a child like Amanda to experience the love and sense of belonging that comes only from being part of a family.

Using the donation form below, sponsor a student participating in KLA Schools of Plainfield Jump 4 Kids. We are grateful for your support!

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Let’s Change Children’s Lives Together!!!

During the Week of the Young Child, KLA students will participate in a Jump-a-Thon to raise awareness and funds for Gift of Adoption Fund.

Gift of Adoption supports children by providing grants to help get them out of foster care or an orphanage and into the loving arms of a strictly screened, qualified parent – their forever family.

You can choose to donate any amount. Your donation will be used to help the children who need it most be adopted to a family right here in Illinois, while helping foster compassion and social responsibility in our students.

Your donation is tax-deductible and 100% of your donation will be applied directly to adoption grants.

A few facts about this cause:

  • 140 million children worldwide are orphans – that’s equal to half of the US population. They are all under the age of 18.
  • 500,000 children in the U.S. foster care system await adoption
  • 10% of those children have been waiting to be adopted for over 3 years.
  • For every month in an orphanage, a child can lose as much as 3 months of normal developmental advancement.


Gift of Adoption is working to see that children are raised by families. And they pay special attention to assisting adoptions for the kids who need it most. Last year, about 15% of Gift of Adoption grants helped keep biological siblings together in one caring and loving home. 36% of Gift of Adoption grants went to children with critical medical conditions, giving them a chance to receive the care they need.

Thank you for your support,
KLA Schools of Plainfield