Organization helping families adopt
Colorado families who want to adopt now have a regional chapter of a national organization to turn to for assistance.
Gift of Adoption is a national charitable organization providing financial assistance to complete domestic and international adoptions. The organization launched a new chapter in Colorado in mid-June, the group’s eighth regional chapter.
“The thing I love most about this organization is the simplicity of their mission,” said Jane Rich, president of the Colorado chapter board of directors.
And that mission is to prioritize grants for the most vulnerable children, many of whom face their last or only chance at adoption. This includes uniting or keeping siblings together, adopting children with medical conditions, or kids aging out of foster care.
The organization awards grants based only on financial need. Once a family has successfully completed a home study — basically an intense background check — the group awards funds ranging from $3,000 to $7,500.
Over the past 10 years, the organization has awarded $80,000 in grants to unite 25 children with families in Colorado, Rich said.
“We felt that we could have a much bigger impact and meet the needs of Colorado families if we had a presence here,” Rich said.
Gift of Adoption has already helped one family on the Western Slope. Jim and BK Gale of Olathe adopted their fourth child with the help of the group.
Prior to adopting, the couple had a daughter of their own, who is now 15, and they became foster parents in the hopes of adopting another child when they had difficulty having another of their own.
After a few years as foster parents, the Gales ended up adopting two siblings born 13 months apart. With that, they left the foster care system — until they found out the family they adopted from was about to have another child who also needed a home.
The Gales wanted the keep the siblings together.
“We weren’t quite prepared to adopt another child but it didn’t take us long to decide to adopt (again),” Jim Gale said.
Adopting a child can be expensive, costing about $25,000 on average due to administrative and legal fees. In seeking some financial help, they found Gift of Adoption.
“They were very gracious in the funds that they gave us to help with the adoption of our youngest,” BK Gale said.
The siblings they adopted — now ages 7, 8 and 9 — also have two older siblings that were previously adopted by a family in New Mexico. The Gales get together with that family when they can and made an agreement to raise the children together and have them be involved in each other’s lives.
Rich had the opportunity to meet the family and said, “I think they really personify what we’re trying to do here in helping out the most vulnerable children and keeping them together.”
For more information on Gift of Adoption visit their website at giftofadoption.org.