Smith Family Adoption
We are adopting a sweet little girl from China who is in desperate need of advanced medical care. We are doing everything we can to complete her adoption as quickly as possible. Your purchases and donations will help offset our adoption expenses. We appreciate your support so much!
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About the campaign
Hi! We are Eric and Ashli Smith from Tennessee. We have 8 amazing kids, two coming to us through the gift of international adoption. Our 9-year-old daughter came home in 2010 from Kherson, Ukraine. In December 2015, we adopted our now 3-year-old daughter from Yangchun, Guangdong, China. Both girls have special needs.
Our family has once again been called to adopt a sweet little girl who needs a forever family. This is not something we had planned, so we are not as financially "prepared" as we had been in the past. We would appreciate your support to help offset our adoption expenses.
I wear many "hats" on a daily basis, one being that of an adoption advocate. I enjoy this role very much. In May 2015, the agency we work with shared photos of a little girl who did not have a file prepared yet. She was adorable, but her medical needs were complex, and honestly, frightening. In December, our agency sent me the completed file of that same little girl to advocate for her and help to find her a family. When I opened the file, I knew: this little one was meant to be ours. WE are the family she has been waiting for.
A little backstory -- I had traveled to China last June to participate in an advocacy camp, at HER orphanage! I did not get to meet her however, because she was hospitalized in Beijing for surgery. I really think God had orchestrated this. She was not doing well at the time, and I would have been too scared to say yes to her. I am not sure I would have listened to God's (loud) whisper of "this one is yours." But I was there, in her place, in her city, meeting her nannies and little friends. I feel such a connection to her.
We started the process right away to bring her home as quickly as possible. She has several complex medical concerns (bladder exstrophy, solitary kidney, hydronephrosis) and needs to be evaluated and treated in the U.S. under the care of the terrific doctors at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. She has already undergone 4 surgeries in China, all without a mommy and daddy to love her through it. She needs us to expedite this process as quickly as we can, so we are trying to do a few fundraisers to offset the expenses of bringing her home.
Any purchase or donation amount is greatly appreciated! I know there are a lot of worthy fundraisers out there, and we sincerely appreciate you taking the time to read our story and help us along this blessed journey.