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Family Turns to Website to Fund an International Adoption

Posted: Updated: Jan 9, 2013 10:58 PM EST

More and more people are turning to social networks for various reasons. One Charlottesville couple looking to expand their family has turned to the internet to help cover the costs.

Stephen and Dolly Garnecki plan to bring their new baby girl home from China at the end of the month. But adoption costs can be steep, so they decided to reach out for help.

Tuesday night, they created an account on the fundraising site Indigogo. In just a short amount of time, they have raised money to help bring home their baby girl.

"Because of the process of doing this fundraiser, some other people hearing about it, its probably resulted in over 1,500 in less than 24 hours," Stephen said.

The couple will travel to china at the end of the month to pick up their baby. Her name means "morning rain" in Chinese, but they have decided to keep her American name a secret until she arrives.

The high price tag that comes with adoption is the reason they turned to the internet to make it easier for family and friends.

"One thing we've learned about adoption being different from pregnancy and having a biological child is it really is a community effort from day one," Dolly said.

The couple urges others considering adoption not to rule it out because of the costs.

"I find that sometimes it's frustrating because it can be cost-prohibitive for a lot of families that have the desire and have the heart to want to welcome a child into their home through adoption, but there are means to help fund it at least to a certain degree," Dolly said.

They were able to curb those costs and now, their biological son Calvin, will soon have a new baby sister.

The Garneckis have also used other sites directly connected to adoption agencies to raise money. By the end Wednesday evening, they had raised nearly another $1,500.

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