Cloutier Family Adoption
I am adopting Qing Qing, an 11 year-old girl from China. All money raised through this campaign will go toward adoption expenses, including agency fees, orphanage fees, document filing expenses, and travel fees.
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About the campaign
Adoption has always played a significant role in my life. I was 10 years old, when my parents, two brothers, and I welcomed my youngest sister, Lina, into our family. Born in Haiti into difficult circumstances and with a medical condition that nearly took her life, Lina's story could have been over before it had a chance to begin. But God had another plan for her. A plan that involved many people coming together to fight for this baby girl. A plan that brought her to the United States for life-saving surgery. A plan that made her my sister. Aplan that she would defy all medical expectations and not just live but truly THRIVE.
I could write a book about all of the amazing things God has done in and through her life over the last two decades – all of the “unlikely” milestones she’s achieved and the lives she has touched – but for now, I’ll just say that her life and my parents’ decision to adopt have impacted me so significantly that it is not an exaggeration to say that I truly cannot picture what my life would be like today if Lina had never been adopted into my family. Although there have, of course, been other influencing factors along the way, I can honestly say that my faith, my desire to adopt, my love for kids with special needs, my career as a nurse, and even where I currently live, all find their root in my parents’ decision to adopt.
Fast-forward to 2010, when I was visiting the orphanage in Haiti where Lina (and another of my siblings, adopted a few years after Lina) used to live. During that short trip, I met and fell in love with a little girl who, years later, would become my daughter. Christina has a neurological disorder called agenesis of the corpus callosum, which means she has to work extra hard to do many things that most people take for granted; but she does not let that steal her joy! She is, in fact, one of the most joy-filled people I’ve ever met, and her smile is infectious! She is such a gift. Christina came home in January of 2015, and it has been so much fun to see how much she is learning, growing, and thriving in a family and with educational and medical opportunities that weren’t available to her in Haiti.
This past summer, Christina and I were able to host a (then) ten-year-old girl from China with Down syndrome as part of an orphan advocacy program. Qing Qing (pronounced “Ching Ching”) spent three weeks with us, and it was pretty quickly evident how well she fit into our family. Even in that short amount of time, Christina and Qing Qing bonded in a way that was so beautiful to see – they didn’t let language differences or special needs get in the way of just having fun together! Qing Qing is a perfect mix of sweetness and sass, and she stepped right into the role of big sister with her love of helping others. Within a week after Qing Qing returned to China, I began the adoption process for her, and am working to get her back home with us as quickly as possible! I’m hopeful that her adoption will be complete by next spring.
Between agency fees, the cost of compiling and processing paperwork, orphanage fees, and travel expenses, adoption from China is around $30,000. When I was praying through the decision to pursue this adoption, I knew that although that seemed like an overwhelmingly high amount of money to come up with on a single income, I couldn’t let that keep me from giving Qing Qing a forever family. I knew that one way or another, God would provide. I have already been so blessed and encouraged by the generosity of so many people who have come alongside us as we work to become a family of three. My hope is that this MudLOVE campaign will help get me closer to being fully funded before I travel to China in 2017 to bring Qing Qing home. Thank you in advance for your support!