Chattanooga nonprofit helps families afford adoption costs
There are thousands of children in need of a good home but for many couples looking to adopt, the price tag is simply too high.
A nonprofit in Chattanooga is now giving some of those families hope.
The organization is called the Little Biscuit Adoption Fund.
Zeke Arter, the managing partner of Maple Street Biscuit Company, started the nonprofit with his wife, Shanda, after adopting their son.
He says they realized the financial burden on families and wanted to do something to help.
The couple, who has three biological daughters, began considering adoption in 2016.
“She (my wife) just kind of threw it out there. She said, hey, you need a little buddy to play golf with. I’m a pretty big golfer. Through different conversations, what she said really hit me between the eyes and I just stopped and all of a sudden it was like a light switch,” Arter told Channel 3.
Even though he was interested in adopting a child, Arter says the cost was a big concern.
“We didn’t know if we would have the energy or the time or the money to bring another child into our home but we love children and ultimately we decided to surrender to this,” said Arter.
They went through an adoption agency in Jacksonville, Florida and on April 3, 2017, their son was born.
“I look at my son every day and I’m just so thankful for life and thankful for all of my kids. This could have gone a different way and we could have said no and we would have missed out on all of this,” said Arter.
The cost of their adoption was approximately $26,000 and the Arters received help through fundraisers and support from family and friends.
“I’m a very prideful person. I don’t like to ask for help from anybody. I want to do it myself and I really don’t like asking people for money,” said Arter.
That’s how he came up with the idea for the Little Biscuit Adoption Fund.
“Adoption is so expensive and difficult to go through and a lot of times that directs people’s decision whether or not to adopt. We want to make that more readily available for families who want to adopt and feel called to adopt,” said Arter.
Couples can submit an application online. They’re also required to submit a three to five-minute video about why they want to adopt.
The nonprofit’s board meets four times a year and decides which families receive grants.
The Arter’s son, Caleb, is 28-months-old now and is doing well.
“He loves life. He’s got his foot on the gas pedal from the moment he wakes up until the moment he goes to bed. He’s a great kid. He’s got a great personality and his smile is just infectious. He loves his sisters and loves living life every day so it’s amazing,” said Arter.
Arter says people can participate in someone’s adoption journey by praying for them, making a donation or helping with a fundraiser.
To learn more, visit http://littlebiscuitfund.com/.