My dear friends Mark and Kelly recieved their referral the same day I received my referral for Emma. They are a very dear family. During their adoption process, they contacted the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to review their file. There was a hefty fee involved, but in addition to reviewing the referral file, the doctors at CHOP are available for consultation before your trip, during your trip, and upon your return they will provide a thorough examination of your child. Mark and Kelly were ever so grateful to have CHOPS to refer to while in China. During the first days, Lydia became very ill and they needed to contact a doctor stateside for advice. Thankfully, Lydia turned a corner and continues to thrive! Now that they are home, CHOP is still a great resource as they are able to attend adoption seminars which have been eye opening and helpful for the entire family.
While the services CHOPS provides are so beneficial, for many families, the cost is inhibitive. Mark and Kelly decided that they wanted to create a fund to help families cover this cost. The Sparrow Fund was born out of that desire.
During the month of May, dozens of businesses have pledged a part of their proceeds to help The Sparrow Fund. Please take a moment to check out their site...you might even find some goodies you can't live without!
More than anything, please pray for Mark, Kelly, and The Sparrow Fund - that God would use it to help many families care for their adoptive children.