I have read that the biggest concern for couples considering international adoption is....can we afford it? For us, that was by far the biggest question and largest hurdle to date. We believe in God's provision, and trust 100% that this is the path He has led us on, which is why we decided to step out in faith. That being said, we also have three children and had to make sure we were being Good Stewards of our funds and not making a reckless decision that could send our family into financial ruin. I will admit, it is still a leap of faith, but we have learned a lot and are seeing the fruit of our "yes" in unexpected ways. This is also an interesting perspective. It is the cost of international adoption compared to other life expenses. The average international adoption can cost anywhere from $20-$50,000. Compare that to these purchases/investments:
Average price of a new car: $28,400
Average price of a wedding: $27,800
Those could all be considered necessary investments for sure, and once I broke some of those items down, it convinced me that our adoption could also be considered just as necessary as these other items. International adoption may not be for everyone (if you don't like to travel for example) and that is the blessing of options...domestic adoption, foster care, etc. Prayer and research go a long way! Sources like the "100 top adoption-friendly workplaces" and Section 23 of the IRS code (sooo thankful for that)! For those who feel called to international adoption, click here for information regarding options, ideas, and ways to afford it.