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A plumfund forThe Challis Family + 2

$2,000 given of $3,175 goal

Bring Our Kids Home: Phase TWO!

Started by: Henry Challis

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Hello! We're the Challis Family - Henry, Tabitha and our amazing 9-year-old son/stepson, Z. We've always talked about having a large family through adoption, though like most people we didn't think we would be starting with a kid from 7,000 miles away.... who is a teenager.... and male..... with some challenges. Who we need to race to adopt in the nick of time. To the cost of.... $30,000 give or take. We know. It's a terrifying number. But on the other side of it is a child, hopefully two, who will be literally saved with your help.

This summer, we were blessed enough to have a fifteen year-old boy with us who had spent his entire life in Eastern European orphanages. We gave him his first taste of family life, and he gave us, well, everything we didn't realize how badly our family was missing.

For the first time in his life, he had been picked by someone - and the confidence and delight absolutely unfolded him over the summer. Boys, especially with any special needs, are chosen last if at all. As a teenager, his chances were virtually gone. His sister had been adopted, but he hadn't been. He has always lived without family, in a very rural area, in a country not equipped to take care of the vast numbers of unwanted children, particularly with any medical or intellectual challenges. But somehow - this kid's light never went out. He brought it to America, and he shared it with us. Growing to love us, and call us his Mama and Papa.

Admittedly, we were kind of nervous about opening our house to a strange teenaged boy who spoke no English and had grown up in kind of a "Lord of the Flies" environment. Within 24 hours we realized that a sweet, hilarious, and affection-starved boy was showing us that he belonged right there, with us, in our family, forever.

He's smart, funny, charming and has so much great potential - unfortunately his chances of reaching that potential in his home country are unexaggeratedly non-existent. Imagine your child had no idea how to count money, crack an egg, buy anything in a store, plus had some challenges, and then was essentially dropped off on a corner to make his own way. It boggles your mind, doesn't it? That's what our boy is facing, and we are frightened for him.

There are virtually no social services. His country is a hub for human trafficking. Orphans have a high suicide rate after "graduation" at age 16. Half the boys quickly end up in prison. Current conflict with Russia has further added to the poverty in this country. His chances of supporting himself are extremely slim there, but here we can maximize all of his abilities and he can have a safe, productive life with love and support of a family to teach him everything he needs to know and feel danged blessed to be able to do it.

Immediately after he left to return to his country this summer - we started work on the home study process. Thanks to the Four F's of Adoption (faith, family, friends and fundraising) we catapulted through our initial preparation.

So here it is - Phase 2 of our campaign to bring K home to become a citizen of the U.S. and to be our legal son forever! Which brings us to the "hopefully two" part of our process. We are seeking approval to bring home a second child with special needs from his country while we are there - this is a smarter choice financially as we re-pay only part of the fees. Both K and Z are happy about siblings, and we have room, time, experience and love.

So it is two human beings, kids who you will see grow up and put on weight, get medical care and education, learn how to do every thing they are able to, and know are loved, loved, loved. You can stay our "friend" and will be able to see how much your donation or sharing or our fundraiser changed these lives, and ours.

If you already know our story, we know you already care and love K. We thank you. We need as many people on our team as possible. It's awkward to ask people for money and favors, and we will be transparent in what we are doing and what we need so you can see that we are personally working every route possible to bring our boy home.

We are breaking this into small steps, so we can pause and apply for every grant possible along the way. We also have no time to waste because he turns 16 in May and is then "aged out" for international adoption. We applied for a grant in his name through a special needs international adoption website (where we originally saw him) and they have just awarded him $10,000 towards our in-country expenses! See? We are already making it! But grants this size are rare, and none others are this fast. Most of it will require earning, borrowing, asking.

If you'd like to make a tax deductible donation, please message us and we can provide you with contact information for two ways to do that. We have some significant fees, however, that are not able to be paid through a nonprofit so we are fundraising for direct donations as well. Thank you so much.

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  • Melinda Lee6 weeks ago Blessings as you do what God's called you to do! Love to your family!!!
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