MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) -- November is Adoption Awareness Month. A local couple who knows the joy of adoption is once again looking to grow their family. 

Jada and Jake Allen always knew they wanted to adopt. Last year they became first time parents -- adopting their daughter 5-year-old Ginny from Bulgaria.

"It's been amazing... I guess it's been the best year of our lives. Having her finally come home and become parents to her -- she is just more than we could ever imagine," said Jada.

Despite a lot of special needs -- including epilepsy, heart defects, and only one kidney -- Ginny is adjusting well with new family.

"We've learned a lot in the last year. It's been a journey but I feel like Ginny is excelling very well," said Jake.

To pay for Ginny's $35,000 adoption, the couple both got extra jobs, fundraised and saved. They're now ready to grow their family even more -- already matched with another special needs little girl from Bulgaria.

"We just kind of thought if God has put this on our hearts -- he just made it so easy with Ginny's process -- we just knew he was calling us again and we are big people that if God is calling us to do it -- we go," said Jada.

They took out a loan to start the second adoption, but have the opportunity to get a huge gift. The Allens are now among 10 families -- competing to get their adoptions paid in full by "Fund the Nation."

"So each t-shirt sold... You can buy a t-shirt or a sweatshirt. No matter what you buy -- each item sold is one vote for our family. So, in the end -- whichever family has the most votes. So right now we are in 4th place... So we have a lot to go -- we have a long way to go," said Jada. "People who live locally can pay $20 and I can deliver it... but if they get it mailed it's $26."

They're proving a lot of love -- makes room for adoption.

"I don't think it would make our family complete because we want to adopt more -- because we know obviously there is a need," said Jada.

The contest ends on Thursday at midnight. If you would like to help them become a family of four click here.

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This is beyond horrifying. As an Adoptive Parent also from Alabama, I am mortified to see such a "competition" going on. Further, Fundraising? Are you kidding me? If you can't afford to adopt a legally free child from foster care, you don't deserve to adopt at all. How exactly do you think your children will react knowing they were party to this and you were too poor to properly adopt them? This couple needs serious education on Adoption and Trauma. This is not something that should be celebrated.


So... a competition where a child is the prize? Why not raise the money so the child can stay with her family.. I swear adoption has become a legal form of child trafficking. But of course the opinion and feelings of an adoptee doesn't matter, right? We adoptees should just automatically feel grateful. There's no trauma here (sarcasm x100).

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