Kissin’ Conns’ pig for the Congo
This is an update to a story we first brought you a couple months ago. Adoption is no doubt worth it, but it is not easy. The process can be lengthy, complicated and expensive, especially when adopting outside of the United States.
For a local family, it is their mission to adopt a child and they are using a creative event to raise money to bring their baby home.
The Conns are a family of five.
"We always knew we wanted a big family, when we first married, we estimated between three and five kids," said Ryan Conn.
Their three biological children are a blessing, but this time – Ryan and Natalie Conn want to adopt.
"We’ve always had a heart for Africa and looked at Africa for adopting, but the process is scary. We kept praying for the right time," said Natalie.
Those prayers were answered with a beautiful baby girl.
"A friend of ours contacted us and sent a picture of a little girl in the Congo," said Natalie.
However it is not that simple. The adoption process is expensive. So, the Conns are raising money, but not with your typical fundraiser.
They are asking people in the community to pucker up and kiss their pet pig, Donut.
"We’ve had a lot of people that will volunteer to kiss her! It’s not much different than kissing a dog on the nose," said Ryan.
Kissing Conn’s pig, Donut to raise thousands of dollars to bring their little girl home from the Congo.
"We are no one special, we are not millionaires, but we do have a mission and we are stepping out in faith," said Ryan.
The Conns think they have about nine months more to go before they can bring their girl home. The couple says international adoptions cost between $40,000 and $60,000.
The Local 6 Today team puckered up to raise money for the Conn family. If you would like to watch them kiss the pig, the video is posted above.
If you would like to donate to help them bring their girl home, click here.