We received news that we've been awarded a grant from The Sparrow Fund, to cover the future expense of a medical review for the file of any child that we might be considering for adoption!!!!!! A glorious blessing!
The Sparrow Fund is a non-profit 503(c)3 organization that provides funds to qualifying pre-adoptive families for medical reviews of the child they are considering adopting.
When an agency calls adoptive parents with a potential child, I'll tell you from first hand experience, that all commonsense and reason flies out the window! Logic takes a back seat to nerves, excitement, and fear. You can hardly remember your own name and phone number, much less make a life altering decision. So to have an international adoption doctor look over medical documents and explain terminology and answer questions, especially regarding a special need's child and one that is institutionalized, is an invaluable service! A medical evaluation (and the continued support that these professionals offer) is so important when considering if a child will be a good match for a family. The cost of this service from medical providers is usually between $400-$600. And we are so so so excited to have the burden relieved of finding these funds, on what will be a very short notice.
If you're involved with IA or know someone who it, please pass along the news of this fabulous organization! I know my blog has a few readers who are involved with adoption circles of China, South Korea, Haiti, and Ethiopia. Please forward the news of this wonderful organization to your adoption circles. Grab the badge and put it on your blog. (It's here on Kelly's blog.) Pretty please? Dem's good folk! And they're offering financial assistance for a really important step in the adoption process, and that's really good stuff all the way around!
Thank you so much, Sparrow Fund! This crazy family is so so grateful!
Now... if we could only have an occasion to use it!