Farmington Hills family gets creative to fund overseas adoption

Even before Cheyenne and Sam Foran married, the Farmington Hills couple knew one day they would adopt a child.

That day is here, and the Forans have found some creative methods to cover the $40,000 cost of adding to their family. A t-shirt fundraiser is underway at, and they’re organizing and taking donations for an August 17 and 18 fundraising yard sale at their home on Lake Park Drive.

Jon Aldred for Farmington Hills City Council

Foran Family Adoption Fundraiser

Cheyenne said the property was the fifth one she and Sam looked at when they moved in 2016 from Novi to Farmington Hills, and they instantly fell in love with it. The Forans had only been in Michigan a couple of years, transplanted from Pennsylvania.

”We heard so many great things about Farmington Hills,” she said. “There’s so much going on here… so many community events.”

The couple settled in and welcomed their first child, who is now a year old. When their biological son was six months old, they began pursuing adoption in earnest, choosing Holt International to facilitate the process.

“We decided we wanted to adopt a slightly older child, a toddler or early elementary… A lot of those children aren’t selected (for adoption),” Cheyenne said.

The daughter of a U.S. Navy veteran, Cheyenne spent five years of her childhood in Japan and so knew a little about Asian culture. The Forans’ research led them to South Korea, a country they’ll visit twice before bringing their child home.

The Foran Family
In this adoption announcement photo, the Forans are wearing t-shirts they designed to raise funds for an international adoption. (Contributed)

The Forans are preparing for that day by learning the Korean language, and searching for Korean children’s books, video programming, and other resources. Because the child will be older, he or she will have stayed with a foster family before adoption.

“You basically have to take them from everything they’ve ever known,” Cheyenne said. “That’s why we’re trying to make them feel as comfortable as possible.”

Cheyenne created a website to document their adoption journey ( and shares information on social media (#theforansadopt). A required home study is almost complete; the next step is matching with a child.

“We’re getting very close to knowing who our son or daughter will be,” Cheyenne said.

The August 17 and 18 yard sale will be open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days at 29268 Lake Park Drive. If you’d like more information or to donate items, write to

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