Posts Tagged ‘Shaohannah’s Hope’

Georgia Bulldogs head coach, Mark Richt and his wife adopted two children in 1999.  Their story was featured on ESPN earlier this week and if you have not already seen it, I would encourage you to watch the segment.  Shaohannah’s Hope has posted it on their website.  

Coach Richt with daughter Anya

Coach Richt with daughter Anya in 2000

At one point, Coach Richt says an adoption journey is more than just a one-time event; it’s a lifelong commitment.  I often think of our adoption journey as one that will unite us with our child.  But the journey certainly does not end there – it is a lifelong commitment, just as it is with biological children.

Steven Curtis Chapman performed live on “CBS This Morning” today, – click here to watch the segment.  

CBS also reported on its website that more than $700,000 has been donated to Shaohannah’s Hope since May.  The Chapman family established Maria’s Miracle Fund at Shaohannah’s Hope following their youngest daughter’s death.   Shaohannah’s Hope is a foundation, started by the Chapmans several years ago, which helps off-set the financial barriers to adoption by providing grants to families.

The cost of adopting can seem daunting, and I think many people decide they are not able to adopt because of the cost. There are fees for the adoption agency, the home study, immigration paperwork, plus travel expenses if you are doing an international adoption. And because our wait will likely extend into next year, we will have to renew our home study and immigration paperwork.

But there’s hope! The US Government offers a federal adoption tax credit, which is currently at $11,390. Several states also offer tax credits or deductions. Virginia is not yet one of them, although the General Assembly did consider an adoption tax credit proposal during the 2007 session. If you are considering adoption, check with your state’s tax office to see whether there are any tax credits or deductions for which you would be eligible. (This is not tax advice. Please check with your accountant.)

David’s employer offers adoption assistance benefits. We hope to apply some of those benefits to our adoption expenses. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has a listing of adoption-friendly workplaces. And if your employer does not offer adoption assistance benefits, perhaps it is worth asking the human resources department to consider establishing a new policy. The Dave Thomas Foundation offers a toolkit to help you prepare a presentation on adoption benefits.

There are also grants available from organizations for families who qualify for financial need. There are often more applicants than money available, but it may be worth checking into to see if you would qualify. Shaohannah’s Hope, the ministry started by Steven and Mary Beth Chapman, is one organization that offers grants.

You should also check out the website for Adoptive Families Magazine. It offers a great overview on adoption costs, and advice from families who have adopted.  For those of you who have or are adopting, I would love to hear your ideas on financing adoption. 

The Associated Press has reported that about $275,000 has been donated to Shaohannah’s Hope.  What a blessing amidst such sadness.   Steven Curtis Chapman’s family had requested donations be made to the organization in honor of their youngest daughter, Maria, who was killed in a tragic accident in the family’s driveway on May 21.  Shaohannah’s Hope  is an orphan care ministry which provides grants to families who are adopting.  The Chapmans started the organization after adopting a little girl, Shaohannah, from China.  They went on to adopt two more girls, Stevey Joy and Maria, from China.  Please continue to pray for the Chapman family as they mourn for Maria – pray that God would be their Comforter and their strength, and He would be glorified.

(Left to right Will Franklin, Maria, Steven, Shaoey, Mary Beth, Stevey Joy, Caleb and Emily)

(Left to right Will Franklin, Maria, Steven, Shaoey, Mary Beth, Stevey Joy, Caleb and Emily)

My heart breaks for Steven Curtis Chapman and his family.  Their five-year-old daughter was killed in a tragic accident on Wednesday, when she was hit by an SUV in their driveway.  Her older brother was backing up and did not see Maria.  Please pray for the Chapmans as they grieve for their sweet little girl, and pray also for protection over their family.  The Chapmans are strong advocates of adoption and have adopted three little girls from China.  They started Shaohannah’s Hope, named in honor of their first adopted daughter; the organization provides grants to adopting families and encourages adoption.   Steven Curtis Chapman is a Grammy award-winning Christian music artist.  Please pray for them during this difficult time.