When the Wilkins family opened their hearts to adopt older Russian children, they never could have imagined the joy they would receive. They learned startling statistics about how many older children in Russian orphanages age out of institutions without ever finding a family, and so they decided to pursue adopting an older child.
"I'll never forget when we first met this shy, serious little boy with a backpack as big as his 60 lb. frame," Tiffany Wilkins said about her son, who was 10 years old when they adopted him. "Our hearts were putty in his hands." The challenges that came were worth every moment as they continued to pour more love into him. Four years later they returned to Russia to adopt another older child. "Both of our children gave up all they had ever known to be a part of a family," Tiffany continued. "We are so thankful we are their family."
Dillon's Building Families Fund was created by several adoptive families to assist older children and children with special needs to become more accessible for adoption and find a permanent family through covering some of the adoption expenses families would incur to adopt these children. The fund may also be used to help cover some of the adoption expenses for families, who want very much to adopt a child and yet lack all of the financial resources to do so. The fund is only
available to families who are adopting through Dillon International.
The Quinn Fund
is similar to the Building Families Fund with the exception that it is only available to Dillon International families who are adopting from Korea.
$1,000 will help an orphan child find a "Forever Family" through Dillon's Building Families Fund or Quinn Fund.