I know that some have asked about money. I am guessing even more are wondering but don't know if it is right to ask. We had a lot of donations and it is totally ok to wonder.
Here's the breakdown. Everything in our 'family grant fund' ($3333.97) was (and still is) OUR family grant - it can be applied to an adoption of any child on the Reece's Rainbow site. From what I understand from the email we got - her 'waiting child' grant will also be able to be applied ($545) to a child we adopt from RR - since she is no longer available and was not adopted from a RR family.
We have already submitted our dossier to one particular country - and we would loose $$ if we chose to change countries.
While there are literally hundreds of children on the RR site in the same country as Claire, we aren't open to every child - one thing that makes it difficult is that we specifically requested a girl under 3 (highest request) and while we were open to physical disabilities - we requested 'Marissa' because she was 'congnitively normal' - we aren't sure if we are willing to go outside of our comfort zone there....
We can also go 'blind referral' and still apply that $$ towards our adoption - RR has said that is not a great choice as it leaves a lot of unknowns. We don't know what to do just yet.
Also - most of the money we had donated and saved from my little side job, craft fairs, etc has gone into a special 'adoption fund' account at our bank & it will be applied towards an adoption.
Anyway - that might be more info than many needed - but I know so many people contributed to this process financially & they are totally entitled to know.
Bottom line - if we adopt in the same country & through RR - we literally do not loose anything. If we adopt in a different country but through RR, we loose some.
If we scrap our whole RR journey - the money donated to our family grant will be applied towards another waiting child so it will still go towards a special needs orphan and we still have a substantial account to 'start all over' if necessary.
I hope that answers some questions.