Saturday, May 26, 2012

Why being "Fully funded" doesn't mean fully funded

My mom asked me tonight why we are still raising money if we are "Fully Funded" That is a good question that I thought I should explain more in depth. First I should explain how Reece's Rainbow works. They are an organization that is here for the orphans not for the families. So all the money raised for a family is really the child's money. That way if the family walks away from the child, then the child still has the money to be adopted by someone else. If a family has all their ducks in a row, then when they get a travel date from the Ukraine, Reece's Rainbow releases their funds to the family so they can book flights and such. So that means that there are several expenses not covered by the Reece's rainbow money because it is due before we ever get those monies. Does that mean we will have left over money in the end??. Maybe but A LOT of families run into extra expenses on the trip that they have to raise money for when they are out of the country. We are trying like heck to avoid that.  IF WE do have any extra we will donate it to another child listed on RR so that they might be adopted as well. As I said before there is the possibility of us adopting 2 while we are there and we might have my nieces travel with us for the second trip which means extra expenditures.  There are lots of ways that things can crop up so that is why we are raising beyond our "Fully funded status"

Take this past 2 weeks for example, We had 4 medical forms to be filled out at the cost of $35 dollars a form. The testing for the medicals was $154 dollars and so that made a grand total of $289 for that alone. Then we had to get fingerprints again for the state...which was $52.50 per person, total $105.00 So you can see where the money goes...WE keep a separate account just for Vika that we pay everything out of...we didn't want the funds we raised to mingle with our personal accounts so we keep them separate.

$2000 ............ homestudy
$890 ............ USCIS,i-600a and fingerprinting
$5000 ............ flights
$8500 ............ facilitator fees
$ 500 ..............dosssier prep fee
$1700 ............ first trip lodging ($80/nt 3 weeks)
$1100 ............ second trip lodging ($80/nt 2 weeks)
$450 ............ first trip food/other supplies ($20/day 3 weeks)
$250 ............ second trip food/other supplies ($20/day 2 weeks)
$600 ............ passport 
$550 ............ Visa and Medical
$2000 ............ transportation (in country)
25,000 21090.00 TOTAL

1 comment:

  1. Oh my goodness, Amanda! I just saw that your fund for Victoria is over $15,000! What an incredible amount! *So* happy for you... Karen

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