Sorry if this topic has been covered before, I searched and didn’t see it.
DH and I are trying to adopt. We are stuck with the cost of adopting. I would prefer to adopt through a Catholic agency, although we are also looking at Foster Care to Adopt due to the cost (this option is basically free). We would like to eventually adopt at least 2 children so we might do both routes.
We do Tithe to the Church generously (well we think), last year it was 16.7% of our gross income, the year before was around 12% (this just counts all the collections through the mass collection envelopes, it does not count the items we buy to support the schools, Alter Rosary, etc.). We would never consider not tithing. Although, we are in a friendly debate on if we took partial or all of our tithe and applied it to a Catholic Adoption agency would that be against the Church’s tithing recommendations? I had heard somewhere that you can give 5% to the Church and 5% to another charity? I am not sure that is correct. We do not make a great amount of money so if we took half of what we tithe now it would take us about 2 years to save the amount needed to adopt through Catholic Charities. If we applied all of our tithe it would take a year.
A short VENT!!! When my parents adopted me in 1971 from Catholic Charities it cost them a grand total of $150. Today it would cost us a minimum of $15,000 (ours will be more because of travel time for the Social Worker and we live about 100 miles from the closest Catholic Charities office.