Meet Nicole and Theo
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 to experience the love and sense of belonging that comes only from being part of a family.
Our goal is to raise $3,500 – enough to fund one adoption grant
David and Lilly’s Annual Summer Party Benefit
Let’s Change Children’s Lives Together!!!
As far as we’re concerned, nothing is more important than family. This is why this year’s Summer Party – gathering our own amazing “family” of relatives and friends – is dedicated to Gift of Adoption Fund.
By making a donation here, you are about to make a very real, direct and permanent impact on the life a child. Go you! Jokes aside, short of adopting, this is the most direct way you can aid vulnerable children who need love and support and don’t have the family to provide that – YET!
Gift of Adoption supports children by providing small bridge funding grants to help get them out of foster care and into the loving arms of a strictly screened, qualified parent – their forever family. Anything you donate on this page will be used to help the children who need it most be adopted to a family right here in WA.
A few of the facts that opened our eyes:
- 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.
THE GOOD NEWS:
Gift of Adoption is working around the clock 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 be adopted and receive the care they need.
We feel so strongly about this cause that Lilly has recently joined the Board of the WA chapter of Gift of Adoption and now serves as its Co-President.
Your donation is tax-deductible and 100% of your donation will be applied directly to adoption grants, just in case that makes you feel like being even more generous 😉
THANK YOU for your big hearts – and for coming to the party!!!! We can’t wait to see you.
David & Lilly
Proprietors of Lakehouse Party, Inc.
P.S. If you what you read here stays with you, PLEASE feel free to share the link. These kids need us!