I’m not exactly sure how to start this since I’ve been very private when it comes to my sister but I’ll just start from the beginning:
In mid-2006, my cousin and his 5 month old daughter, Raylene, were moving out of an unsafe environment and asked my family to watch her while he tried to settle things with his wife. My cousin had Raylene with another women so he asked us to watch her for awhile until he could find a proper home for her.
After a month, all three of us got attached and we asked for legal custody of the baby. My cousin gave us custody and understood that one day we would want to adopt her and make her a full fledged member of our family. For a good three years, we raised Raylene, who has been going by Sarah since she was 7 months old.
You’re probably wondering, “Where was the mother in all this?”
After Raylene was born, her biological mother was arrested on drug charges. She was released 7 months after Raylene was born. At one point in time, she called the house asking what she had to do in order to get, at most, visitation rights. I told her (I’ve been the only one to speak to her) that she had to go through parenting classes and drug rehabilitation.
Her response: “I have to do all THAT? UGH! *click*”
Three months later she was arrested for kidnapping and more drug charges.
At the age of four, Sarah’s biological mother started to try to get in touch with Sarah, writing letters to Sarah and also sending out threats to my family. She has been trying to have our social worker talk us into giving her visitation and communication right with Sarah, but we feel that she is not the most stable nor would she be any sort of positive influence in Sarah’s life.
In May, it will be 8 years since Sarah was placed in our care.
Sarah is eight years old, in the second grade, has received numerous awards for academic excellence and is in great health.
If you’ve never been a part of the adoption process, it is very lengthy and very expensive. And we have been saving for almost all of Sarah’s life to get the money to adopt her, but many roadblocks have come up.
In 2010, my mother had a burst appendix and almost died. It took her months to recover and for our family to catch up on hospital bills and house payments.
In 2011, my father had a small stroke. While it was small, it was also a wake up call to my mother and I on how much stress was being put on my father.
In that same year, the bank foreclosed on our house which made us move and our rent is ridiculous and continues to go up.
I have been attending college and have been trying to look for a part time job, but nothing has come up. I’ve applied to every job I can think of and have had a handful of interviews. I took the semester off for health reasons and to focus on my search for a job.
Looking for work is stressful and as much as I’ve been trying, I’ve been coming up short for years.
What I’m asking for is donations to help us cover the adoption cost. I wouldn’t be asking for any if I know we could do this by ourselves but things are starting to get tighter around here.
What I’m looking for is at least $2000. My parents have money saved up but I would like to help them speed up the process and help cover the rest of the amount and whatever fees, Any amount, even a dollar, would mean the world to me. You can contact me here on how to donate.
I’m an Eagle Scout and if that means anything to any of you, I swear on my life that whatever you’d be able to give would go solely to helping us keep my sister in a safe home and a safe environment.
Edit: You can send donations through paypal. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org