We’re so excited to be following our latest detour. But just like before with RVing, we can’t do it on our own. Adoption is often a long and emotional journey and your encouragement and support means the world to us.
If you are wondering how you can get invloved and help us along this journey, good news – there are lots of ways!
1. Encourage Us
Over the years, probably the best part of running this website is the encouraging messages, comments and emails we’ve received. From people sharing wisdom and strength from their personal journies to simply reminding us that we are not alone, the support that we continually get has been incredible.
Now that our adoption journey has started, your words of encouragement are so needed. We’d love to connect with you and learn the ways adoption has touched your life. You can easily reach us on Facebook, Instagram, or by contacting us through the site.
2. Help Spread the Word
When it comes to adoption, birth families get to choose who they want to adopt their baby. Most commonly, this occurs through birth parents working with an adoption agency which presents profiles of prospective adopting families in the waiting pool. This process is called matching and is why it can often take years for people to successfully adopt – many times there are many more waiting families than there are birth mothers.
With the power of the internet, however, it is possible for people like us to be matched with birth parents through social media. With just a few shares, someone’s story can literally be spread across the world. This opens up the opportunity of being matched outside of the agency process, which greatly expands the possibilities.
You can help us tremendously by sharing our story, sharing this page or any of our posts, by telling your friends and neighbors, telling your coworkers or even random people on the street! We’d be honored if you’d help spread the word about our adoption journey – the more people that know about it, the greater chance we’ll have of being connected to our future baby.
3. Support Us Financially
Another very important way that you can help us with our adoption journey is to support us financially. Most people that we talk to are simply not aware how expensive it is to adopt in the United States; we know we weren’t. The average adoption typically costs between $35,000 to $50,000. Therefore, over the coming months, we will be saving and raising money with a variety of fundraisers, appying for grants and scholorships, and accepting adoption fund donations. Our goal is to raise/save $50,000 since that seems to be the absolute safest amount to ensure you can successfully adopt. We’ve got a long way to go, but are so incredibly grateful for all of the support.
How You Can Support Our Adoption Financially
1. Donate to our Adoption Fund
We’ve created an adoption fund on AdoptTogether.org, the most trusted non-profit, crowdfunding platform for those seeking to adopt. Crowdfunding is one of the best ways to raise money for great causes, and we hope that you believe that our journey and desire to become parents is a great cause. Click here to donate to our fund.
2. Purchase Follow Your Detour, The Book
Lindsay wrote and self-published Follow Your Detour earlier this year. The book is a gripping account of our infertiltity story and the origins of Follow Your Detour. In addition to sharing her personal account, Lindsay also provides practical and relavant advice and strategies that allow the readers to learn and implement some of the books biggest lessons. You can find the book on Amazon (ebook and paperback) or you can click here to get a signed copy!
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One of our partnerships is with Amazon. This is the easiest way to support us, simply click on our Amazon link and then do your shopping as normal – when you purchase something, we earn a small commission at no cost to you! If you love RVing and are looking for our recommendations, check out our Amazon Store