Gabriel for the Pellegrino family — MD
Although Kim and Eric met in Middle School, they married “later” in life (ok, so meeting in Middle School is a stretch as they were both teachers there). Once they were married they left their home state of New York to move to Maryland. They continued to teach with the hopes of filling their home with lots of little feet. As the years passed they came to realize that birth children were not in God’s plan for them. Rather than search for answers in biological terms, they chose to begin their search in the many faces of orphaned children. In August of 2011, they found their first son Anthony. Anthony was one of 800 children in his orphanage in the province of Gansu. His cleft lip and palate was likely the reason he was abandoned and his age was likely the reason he was still available (2 1/2 at the time of referral). While he was considered “special focus” all Kim and Eric knew was that he was SPECIAL. Anthony came home a year later (September 2012) and is just so full of life and personality! They knew that he was that special gift from God. He has adjusted so well and they thought they couldn’t be happier. That was until their heart’s ached when they saw a photo listing with yet another beautiful orphan. They knew that this precious one was destined to be Anthony’s little brother. This little 18 month old has psychomotor development delays, was abandoned at one month old and most likely will remain in an orphanage for his lifetime due to the unknowns of his condition. He is in need of a family like Kim and Eric’s to share the same love they have already begun to provide their first son. The cost of adopting is in the tens of thousands of dollars and with both of these adoptions so close in time, Kim and Eric are forced to reach out to people and corporations like you for assistance. Although they are both schoolteachers they are operating as a one-income family so Momma can stay at home with Anthony and provide him with the support he needs. This is extremely important in these adoptions and will need to continue when their second son comes home. They are kindly asking for any gifts you can offer and appreciate anything to help bring this little boy home to the family that already loves him. They estimate that they will meet their new son and bring him home from China in September of 2013. Thank you for your attention and may your 2013 be filled with as much excitement and love as the Pellegrinos!
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at faithhopeloveadoption.blogspot.com