This was the query my dad and mom and Present Hope Founders, Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman, requested themselves when dreaming how to further address the medical wants of youngsters who’ve been orphaned.
That dream, which started percolating within the early days of 2020, grew to become a actuality later that fall after we, at Present Hope, awarded our first two Medical Care grants.
“For me personally, this [grant] makes it attainable for me to be trustworthy to the ministry that God’s known as me to, and be trustworthy to my household, and never sacrifice both one,” mentioned Steven Hyperlink, whose household are church planters and one of many first Present Hope Medical Care grant recipients.
“I’m prepared to do no matter it takes to advocate for my youngster. I believe each dad or mum would say that. You’ll do no matter it takes however to what finish—sacrificing what?” continued Kristin Hyperlink, Steven’s spouse and mom to Aaro, who was welcomed house by means of intercountry adoption. “What this grant does is present hope. It’s a win for the entire adoption group.”
Of the greater than 15 million youngsters who’ve been orphaned around the globe—having misplaced each dad and mom—and the estimated 125,000 youngsters within the U.S. Foster Care system who’ve had parental rights terminated, a majority of those youngsters have advanced medical and particular wants. In 2014, one report confirmed that 88.5 p.c of youngsters concerned in unrelated, home adoptions had particular wants, and in response to the adoption company Holt Worldwide, 68 p.c of the intercountry adoptions they processed in 2019 concerned youngsters with particular wants.
“After diligent analysis, quite a few conversations with healthcare professionals and households, and Present Hope’s personal years of expertise, we’re satisfied that households will surely profit from further assist to ease the monetary burden of accessing high quality medical care for his or her youngsters welcomed house by means of adoption,” my dad and mom defined. “And so our hope is: As households come to know these monetary sources can be found, they’ll really feel extra supported of their journeys to like nicely the kids who’ve been entrusted to them by means of adoption.”
Based in 2003, Present Hope is a faith-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit group with a mission to look after orphans by participating the Church and reducing barriers to adoption. For practically twenty years, our work has remained targeted on lowering the first boundaries to adoption, together with the monetary, medical, and information boundaries. Within the e book “Turning into Residence,” printed by the Barna Group, Jedd Medefind writes, “Whereas practically two in 5 practising Christians have thought-about adoption, solely 5 p.c have truly performed it.” With that in thoughts, at Present Hope, we attempt to proceed to handle the next points.
- The Monetary Barrier: The price of adoption can vary between $25,000 and $50,000. That’s exterior the monetary attain for many households.
- The Medical Barrier: Many youngsters who’ve been orphaned stay with delicate to acute healthcare wants, requiring entry to medical and therapeutic intervention.
- The Data Barrier: Many who’ve the flexibility to make a distinction within the lives of ready youngsters don’t take motion as a result of they’re unaware of the necessity or really feel helpless to do something.
Since our inception, Present Hope has seen the panorama of adoption change dramatically with the full variety of intercountry adoptions processed yearly declining by 87 p.c. And but, the prices related to adoption and the variety of youngsters being adopted with delicate to acute healthcare wants continues to rise.
Medical Care Grants
So in an effort to additional scale back boundaries to adoption, particularly the monetary and medical boundaries, our new Medical Care grants are serving to households navigate and entry enough healthcare for his or her youngsters after being welcomed house by means of adoption. By leveraging experience gained from practically twenty years of awarding Adoption Assist grants, we stepped into this work, figuring out there’s a want for monetary help amongst households who’ve adopted youngsters—both domestically or internationally—with medical wants. And although just some months into the work, now we have already awarded greater than $65,000 in grants to almost 15 households.
Meet the Palacios Household
For the Palacios household, who welcomed house their daughter by means of home adoption, a Present Hope Medical Care grant not solely supplied monetary assist but additionally a aid each mentally and emotionally.
“Medical payments may be tense financially in addition to mentally and emotionally. The medical grant we had been awarded covers the payments we raked in whereas ready to fulfill our daughter’s deductible final yr and earlier than she certified for Medicaid’s Medically Dependent Kids Program,” the Palacioses shared. “This grant permits us to spend our cash on household trauma and grief counseling to assist us navigate the yr we had and course of as a household the lifetime of hospital stays, seizures, and close to loss of life experiences. The emotional and psychological care that this has supplied us is a fantastic instance of the way in which God cares for his youngsters[;] he desires to provide us good items and luxury us in our sorrows, and Present Hope has performed simply that.”
Methods to Get Concerned
So what can you do to support children and families just like the Palacioses and the Hyperlinks?
First, pray for the kids who’ve been orphaned, particularly these with advanced medical and particular wants together with the households who’re stepping out in religion to like and care nicely for these youngsters. (For extra particular methods to hitch Present Hope in prayer, go to the “How You Can Join Us in Prayer” weblog put up.)
Second, assist “unfold the phrase” about Present Hope’s new Medical Care grants endeavor. If you recognize a household or households who’ve adopted youngsters experiencing medical wants, think about pointing them to Show Hope’s Medical Care grants webpage. There, they will request extra info and start the appliance course of.
Lastly, prayerfully think about a present to Show Hope’s Medical Care grants. These grants are made attainable with God’s faithfulness by means of the generosity of donors and supporters.
I, together with my dad and mom and your complete Present Hope employees, have been astounded by how God has used numerous prayers and assist to launch this latest endeavor, Medical Care grants, and we’re desperate to see the place we go from right here. There may be nonetheless a lot work to be performed, and we stay up for serving extra youngsters and households within the years to come back. As we transfer ahead, we’re trusting we are going to proceed to see the dominion of God shine a lightweight by means of the fragments, reminding us of what’s most true: I cannot go away you as orphans; I’ll come to you (John 14:18).