Smith’s Adoption Fund

We have teamed up with Gobena Coffee to raise funds for our Adoption.  $4 from every item purchased will go to our adoption fund.  On top of that we have received a $3,000 matching grant so that $4 becomes $8!  Thanks for supporting our adoption and enjoy the specialty, fresh roasted coffee.

Have you heard our adoption story?  Read below to learn how God has been working in our lives.

We began going to Uganda in 2008, one of the very fist pictures I took was of this little boy. I used his picture in an article for a magazine company I worked for, and thought I’m not going to use his picture without at least sponsoring him to go to school. So William Serwanga became one of the 3 kids we sponsored. Over the years we grew closer and closer to him and learned that he was abandoned as a small child and his Grandma cared for him.

In the summer of 2011, William’s grandmother fell ill, and we tried to see about his other family taking him. With no luck and some shocking responses, we felt God ask, why not you? On August 15th, Ben Smith, Pastor Steve, Pastor Russ, and I visited William’s Grandmother and got full consent to adopt him as our own.

The journey begins:

Contacted our lawyer in Uganda.

Contacted a probation officer.

Probation officer is corrupt.

We do not comply with the officer aka pay them off.

Probation officer is removed

Attorney finds Williams family members and does interviews

William’ birth family notified

New probation officer takes over

We get interviewed a lot

Home study done in Uganda

Finally receive care order awarding us Foster Care of William.

William begin’s calling himself William “Smiff” (Smith)

We are told William will be home within months

Friends throw a shower, we paint his room and decorate, we go to get our son.

Our hearts are broken as more corruption takes place and we are unable to foster William from the states.

Over a year later

When we are in Uganda we are Mummy and Daddy Serwanga. We wait and our hopes go up and we don’t give up.

Progress made:

Homestudy Finalized

All birthparents relinquish rights

Processing Immigration approval

Current: My husband is in uganda with our son awaiting our court date, I’m in the states trying to raise money and will be joining them as soon as we have court.