Adopting the Chosen One

Fundraising campaign by Nicole Hromalik
  • ¥182,941
    raised of ¥300,000.00 goal
60% Funded
20 Donors
Raised offline: ¥20,000.00
Total: ¥202,941.00

No more donations are being accepted at this time. Please contact the campaign owner if you would like to discuss further funding opportunities

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Together since August 2011, Shuichi and Serena (along with Mucha and Freyja: the cats) are looking to grow their family with an adopted child. After much discussion, consideration, and research, the Ogawas decided they would adopt a Japanese child from the Tokyo Jidou Soudancho (Tokyo Child Guidance Center).

Shuichi and Serena married in 2012, one year after their first date. When the two met it was instant love for the international couple. That first date in Shibuya, Tokyo, that involved buying matching couple’s rings and tea lattes evolved into a long-distance relationship and, six months later, engagement and cohabitation.

The two have overcome many obstacles in their relationship. Language barriers, a geographical gap (Shuichi being a Japanese national and Serena being American), an overseas marriage ceremony, immigration visa applications, and many more.

Adoption is the next step in their adventures together—but it won’t be easy. There are parenting and adoption courses, exams, translators, house inspections, physicals, and of course, furnishing the child’s room. All of those things add up to a lot of time, endurance, and costs.

The parenting courses will begin in February 2022 and go on for about three to six months. After which child matching will begin. The entire process can take up to two years in Japan.

Any funds raised here will go directly into paying for the parenting and adoption courses, the Japanese-to-English translator that must be hired because Serena is a foreigner and the agency requires it to ensure full understanding, exam costs, house inspection, and renovation costs. Altogether, it's estimated that it will be about 3,000 to 5,000 USD.

If you find it within your means to help in any way—even sharing this page with others—the Ogawas would be so grateful if you can help bring their chosen one home.

If you’d like to follow along with their journey of adoption, please check the Facebook page for updates:
Adopting the Chosen One

Thank you and best wishes,
Serena and Shuichi Ogawa

Organizer

  • Nicole Hromalik

Donors

  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Mar 20, 2022
  • Love you!!

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  • Zachary Downen
  • Donated on Mar 20, 2022
¥11921.00
  • Folea Jennifer
  • Donated on Mar 17, 2022
  • 💗

¥2000.00

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Donors & Comments

20 donors
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Mar 20, 2022
  • Love you!!

Amount Hidden
  • Zachary Downen
  • Donated on Mar 20, 2022
¥11921.00
  • Folea Jennifer
  • Donated on Mar 17, 2022
  • 💗

¥2000.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Mar 16, 2022
¥3000.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Mar 16, 2022
¥2000.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Mar 15, 2022
¥4000.00
  • Bradley Bridges
  • Donated on Mar 15, 2022
¥20.00
  • Rory Dudgeon
  • Donated on Feb 06, 2022
  • Wishing you both the very best in your endeavour! Much love, Rory

¥20000.00
  • WenChao Qin
  • Donated on Feb 04, 2022
  • Lovely couple, super happy for them and believe that they can give the child a wonderful life environment!

¥12161.00
¥300.00
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Followers

4 followers
WenChao Qin
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Eric Joh
Hannah Wills
¥182,941
raised of ¥300,000.00 goal
60% Funded
20 Donors
Raised offline: ¥20,000.00
Total: ¥202,941.00

No more donations are being accepted at this time. Please contact the campaign owner if you would like to discuss further funding opportunities