CLARENCE and ARIA for the Dale family — ID

40929163700 (2)As a family, Jonathan and Laura Dale have a unique set of skills. The Dales were blessed with two biological children, the 2nd of which was born with severe medical complications and mental delays. It was a privilege they were able to enjoy for 12 short years before their daughter passed away from these chronic issues. During this time they also were foster parents to several long term placements and eventually adopted two more children. Again, one a typical, thriving child and one medically complex. In their 21 years of marriage they have learned so much about how to be parents of children with severe trauma and medical issues that it has become their families “normal”.

In January 2017 they saw “Clarence” on a You-Tube video, a little boy in Eastern Europe, who has significant medical needs and has been in institutionalized care his entire life. Laura was smitten and soon Jonathan was on board too! Shortly upon actively starting the adoption process for him, they were introduced to “Aria” a little girl in another region in the same country. Jonathan immediately “claimed” her as his. Laura’s heart followed as well. Their family has decided that both of these children are to be a part of their forever family. Their older boys are on board and excited to meet their soon-to-be siblings.

Being patient and handling “red-tape” is not a concern for this family – it is money that is the greater challenge. Jonathan works three jobs (handyman, mechanic, farm hand) and Laura works from home 40-60 hours a week making baby items and selling them online or at farmers markets. They have also started working every weekend selling hard scooped ice cream at local events to add to their adoption funds. This process is long and tedious.

Adopting two children, from two different regions is incredibly expensive. It is a financial hurdle that can be very frightening. The Dales are up for this challenge and are committed to seeing these adoption through.

If you are willing or able to help them with the financial burden of saving this 4 year old boy and 9 year old girl from living the remaining part of their lives in a crib, this family would be forever grateful!

7/21/2017 — HOMESTUDY NEARLY COMPLETE

$621.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SUSANA for the Motley family — NC

Mike and Ruth have been married for 18 years. They have 4 children – ages 18 to 5 years old and in addition an 18 month old foster to adopt African American child. When their 5 year old daughter, Emma was born, the family discovered she had Down Syndrome. Having Emma in their lives opened them up to the heart of the Father – which is those orphaned and those with special needs. The family began to open their homes to international orphans thru a hosting program.

Ruth met “Susana” while on a trip to her orphanage in September 2015. Susana lives in a war-stricken orphanage in Eastern Europe. Many of the children in her orphanage have seen first-hand the effects of war & conflict.

The family brought Susana home in December 2015, to spend Christmas with their family and for her to be seen by a team of specialists at UNC Chapel Hill. She has what is known as lymphatic vascular malformation. While it is not necessarily life threatening, without treatment the growth will continue to grow and affect many aspects of her daily life, including her jaw and her ability to eat. She will need to receive treatment for this genetic issue for the rest of her life.

The family soon discovered that Susana is not defined by this malformation! She is sweet and spunky, full of life and laughter! She steals hearts with everyone she meets. Her potential knows no bounds!

As an orphan advocate family and ministry, when the family first met Susana there were no thoughts regarding adoption – our focus and prayers was to help her find a forever family! Over the months however, God was making it clear to the family that she is their special gift, their reward from the Lord!

Children are a gift from the Lord;
they are a reward from Him.
Children born to a young man
are like arrows in a warrior’s hands.
How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them!

Psalm 127:3-5

7/20/2017 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; COMPILING DOSSIER

$9.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Susana has received a $500 Older Child Grant.

 

BRETT for the Gatto family — NJ

Jennifer knew since childhood that her place in life was to adopt. When she was 11 her younger brother was born with Down Syndrome and from that moment on she knew she’d be adopting a child or children with Down Syndrome. Jennifer stumbled upon the Reece’s Rainbow website about 7 years ago and her eyes were opened to the plight of these children in other countries. There were many reasons standing in her way when she first found RR and she just wasn’t in a position to adopt. Finally last year she felt like it was the right time. After many hours on the RR website and countless tears searching through the waiting children Jenn was still not sure if she would be adopting a baby or a child closer to Mia’s age. Then she took a look at the “At Risk of Aging Out” list. And saw Brett. And finally knew. This little boy abandoned in a field as a newborn and left to fend for himself in a mental institution for his entire childhood will soon be showered with more love, attention and opportunity than you cold ever imagine. Jenn and her 10 yo daughter Mia are so ready to welcome Brett into their family. Mia has been excitedly making plans for when her “little-big brother” comes home.

7/20/2017 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$10.67 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Brett has received a $15,000 Older Child Grant.
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NIKA for the Calhoon family — TN

Cal and Melissa have been married for 22 years and have eleven children, nine biological and two from Liberia. Their oldest at nineteen is married, so they just have ten still living at home. Both Cal and Melissa had a desire to adopt even before they met. Melissa worked in an orphanage in Hong Kong for a year and a half. It was there that she had the joy of looking after many babies with Down Syndrome and hoped to adopt a special one of her own one day.

God had an exciting surprise for Cal and Melissa, their third child was born with Down Syndrome! Soon after this they discovered Reece’s Rainbow, gushing over the children and donating when possible. There was always the dream of adopting a little girl with Down Syndrome. Life got busy, until recently when God made it clear that He had a special little girl for the Calhoon family.

Everything is perfect in God’s timing, He prepared a large enough home, a great job for Cal, and after what was thought to be a phone call of inquiry, our little girl. We ended up doing things a little backwards and had pre-approval within a few days of calling to ask if our family was too big for adoption!

We have just completed our home study and are trying to remain patient while we wait for our little darling to come home.

7/18/2017 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$0.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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KAMBRIA for the Batty family — UT

Clay and RoseAnna have been married for 14 years. They have five biological children ages 12,10,6,3 and 3. They have devoted their time to raising and spending time with their family along with working on their family farm. They are so excited to add little Kambria to their family and can’t wait until they will be able to go get her. They have felt the pull to adopt for a few years and feel excited and blessed to pursue this journey.

7/13/2017 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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DAWN for the Fessler family — IA

Lin is a single mother of nine, 6 are grown and on their own, the oldest, Sara, has Down syndrome and lives at home as do as her brothers, Cody and Logan, who also have Down syndrome. The boys are two of Andrea’s originals and were adopted from Ukraine in 2008. Raising the boys has been a challenge and a joy for Lin and she can’t imagine her life without them. For years Lin has kept an eye on Reece’s Rainbow kids, helping out when she could. Dawn was a particular favorite and she had been praying she would find a home. When she heard from a friend that Dawn would age out in a matter of days, Lin decided she wasn’t able to let that happen. She managed to submit her needed paperwork to USCIS and they accepted it the day before Dawn’s 16th birthday, the day she would no longer be eligible for adoption. The family is excited to see Dawn come home and Sara can’t wait to have a sister at home to even things out. As a single, older (older with a capital O!) mother this will be a financial stretch, but Lin knows she will see a way and would greatly appreciate any support and encouragement.

7/12/2017 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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Dawn has received a $15,000 Older Child Grant.

DRAKE for the Vis family — Canada

Raymond and Alison Vis met in high school and after losing contact for a few years have now been married for almost four years.  They have two adorable biological children, Katie aged 3 and Ezra aged 1. They have their hands full with two young toddlers and were not planning on expanding their family again so quickly. But, God!

Alison stumbled across the blog of a fellow Reece’s Rainbow adoptive family and was instantly drawn to their story. Many late nights and prayers later Raymond and Alison both felt called to expand their family through international adoption of a child with special needs from Eastern Europe.

They began scrolling through profiles on Reece’s Rainbow and stumbled upon baby Drake. The Vis’ initially kept scrolling on past Drake as they though that their adopted child should be the youngest in the family. However, God had other plans. Both Raymond and Alison could not shift Drake from their minds and eventually realized that it was Drake that God was clearly telling them to bring into their family!

Drake will have a brother the same age as him and a very excited older sister to watch over him.  Raymond and Alison are thrilled to be moving quickly in this journey to bring Baby Drake home to his forever family!

7/12/2017 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bringinghomebrave.wordpress.com

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VINNY for the LeBlanc family — LA

Dana and Scott LeBlanc have been happily married for 6 years and have two biological children, Kara and J.J., ages 4 and 1. Dana has always dreamed of adopting, and Scott was always very open to the idea. They discussed it over the years, but were never fully sure of who, when and where they would adopt from.

When Dana came across Reece’s Rainbow in 2016, she began following the families, their journeys and their experiences of special needs adoption from overseas. She learned of the awful treatment of orphaned babies and children with special needs in other countries. These children are left alone to lay in cribs, with little food and care. If they survive to age 5, they have a very grim future and are transferred to an adult institution where 95% die before age 6.

After advocating and donating for months, Dana could not ignore the strong feeling calling her towards the adoption of these children. Scott had concerns, but kept an open heart, knowing that if the right child came along, he would be more than willing to bring this child into to their family.

For months, Scott and Dana followed adoption stories, watched videos, and saw photos of many children listed for adoption. It was not until April 2017 that Dana saw a video posted by Maya’s Hope, of a little boy in Eastern Europe with Cerebral Palsy. Dana immediately knew this was their son. She showed the video to Scott, and they requested the child’s file for more information. They both fell in love with this little boy, whom they are naming Conner. After many discussions and prayers, they officially committed to Conner’s adoption and already feel that he is a part of their family!

Scott and Dana cannot wait to bring Conner home! They are working as fast as possible to make this happen. Conner is in need of immediate medical and nutritional care, and he has not a moment to waste. Once Conner is home, he will thrive with proper nutrition, medical care, and most importantly LOVE as part of their family.

Scott and Dana have been amazed along this process, seeing God lead a path for them to their son. They have been blessed with families, people and events along the way—opening doors and blessing them with information and guidance that will help them move faster through the mountains of paperwork and comfort them during the rollercoaster ride that is international adoption.

This is a long, extensive and expensive process. Scott and Dana keep the end goal in mind, as they work hard every day to bring Conner home.

Many people question how and why to choose a child, so far away, with such great needs. Scott and Dana looked around their life, and then they looked at their life through the eyes of these orphans—the least of many—and saw how much they truly had. The answer became clear. Of all the love, family, resources, opportunities, and endless blessings in their life that they could offer a child, they still truly feel like they are the lucky ones—to call Conner their son and have him as a part of their family. He will be a blessing unlike any other, and they cannot wait to bring this blessing home!

The LeBlanc’s are forever grateful for all prayers and donations in support of this adoption. Thank you for being a part of this journey to bring their son, Conner, home.

7/10/2017 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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A Family for LEO and SJ

We always viewed adoption as a part of our family’s future. Mom was born with a metabolic disorder called Phenylketonuria (PKU) that when treated immediately and consistently throughout life, allows the individual to pursue a happy, healthy life. Untreated, PKU causes cognitive delays and other neurological problems. Because our home is already set up to accommodate the treatment, which is a strict low protein diet and specific dietary supplements, when we heard of children with PKU needing a family, we decided to pursue adoption.

In May 2015 we were blessed with two sons with PKU who joined our family through adoption. Our family of four can be crazy, fun, and joyfully loud, and we can’t stop falling in love with the children we and other adoption advocates are working to find families for. We are currently pursuing the adoption of two of these boys with PKU.

One future son is eight and he seems to be a great kid! He can be shy, but looks out for other kids in his orphanage. We spoke to a volunteer who met him and she shared some touching stories about their time together, referencing his excitement at the zoo, his caring nature, and what a joy he was to be around.

The other boy we are adopting is a young man who was hosted in the U.S. recently. Though his PKU has not always been well maintained, we have heard from his host family how wonderful this sweet boy is. Along with our army of support, we are confident that with proper treatment of his PKU and a lot of love, he will flourish.

These boys will love living in a house with three other brothers, a house full of PKU-friendly food, (omit “and”) a lot of music, laughter, and outdoor activities with their new family! Every dollar donated gets our family one step closer to bringing them home. The oldest one ages out on his fourteenth birthday in a few short months!

7/7/2017 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$455.90 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Leo has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant.

DWIGHT for the Kincinas family — IL

John and Sheryl met 16 years ago while working at an agency that provides supports for adults with intellectual disabilities. They were married five years later, while continuing to work at the same agency. They had always planned on adopting a child with Down syndrome, but their prayers were answered, and a lot of money was saved, when their second biological child, Remy, was born with Down syndrome. Sadly, Remy passed away tragically shortly after his fourth birthday.

Sheryl and John reconvened to see if adopting a child with Down syndrome was still in their hearts. After talking with their two young children, they decided that, yes, they would step out in faith and trust and begin the process to open their home to another child with Down syndrome.

As soon as Sheryl and John saw Dwight’s picture, they knew he was their son. During the waiting process, the whole family is passing the time enjoying learning about his culture, history, foods and holidays. They’re eagerly anticipating flying to Asia late Fall to bring their newest family member HOME!

7/7/2017 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$1,640.60 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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AURA LEE for the Henry family — WA

We are Jacki & Michael Henry. We have raised 5 very successful adult children whom have their own families and lives going on.. We have adopted 3 children. We were Foster Parents for 15 years to medically fragile infants and toddlers. It has been heavy on my heart to adopt a child internationally. Since our 18 year old daughter was adopted from Eastern Europe, this is where we were focused on.

We found a very vibrant little girl who was transferred to an adult mental hospital and in almost no time she is no longer a vibrant child. She is in fact dying. We have made the decision that Aura Lee will come home to us and be as vibrant as she can be again.

We are going to be doing fund raisers and open to donations to bring this precious child home as quickly as possible. Every penny will be spent on the homestudy and legal fees and country fees to bring Aura Lee home.

7/4/2017 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$796.73 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CHAD for the Stolz family — OH

The Stolz family is adopting again. Jim and Mary have been married 33 years, and have 15 children; 5 biologically theirs, and 10 theirs through adoption. They have found that God is calling them particularly to older children, especially older children with Down syndrome in Eastern Europe who are close to aging out, and being condemned to an institution forever!

So far, the Stolz family consists of 9 children with Down syndrome, and they are making it an even 10 this year!  Chad in Eastern Europe, just turning 16 years old, is going to finally have a home, with a mama and a papa, and lots of brothers and sisters to play with.

Multiple child adoptions are expensive. Back-to-back multiple child, older children adoptions are very expensive. Please consider helping these kids get home to their mama and papa!

7/3/2017 — HOMESTUDY UPDATE in PROCESS

$24.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Chad has received a $15,000 Older Child Grant.

HARRISON and HENRY for the Baerbock family — MN

Matt and Sara have been married for 15 years and have 7 children, 2 of them adopted from Ukraine. Shortly after their 5th child was born, they saw a photo on the Reece’s Rainbow website of a young girl who looked like she could be their daughter. They began the adoption process, and God richly blessed their journey and unique way of adding to their family. They also brought home a young son that year. The transition has gone well overall and both kids are absolutely amazing! They are so loving, and the family cannot imagine life without them. Looking back, it feels like they have always been with them. Their other children have been very supportive and also want to adopt someday.

Fast forward to 2017. Matt and Sara have never stopped thinking about adoption and whether adopting again would be right for them. Would they still be supported if adding to their family again? After all, even 7 children is far past the national average in America. Would others understand the great need that is out there? After a recent road trip with much time to think, they saw two boys newly listed on the Reece’s Rainbow website and decided to follow their hearts and step forward in faith once again. It truly felt like their family was not yet complete and that adoption would grow their family yet again.

One evening, their oldest daughter also asked for the Reece’s Rainbow website address and began looking through photos of waiting girls. She brought a few to Mom and Dad’s attention, and soon 3 of the girls were looking at profiles together. As a result, the family also hopes to bring home an older daughter if it is God’s will. Altogether, it would even out the kids – 5 girls and 5 boys.

In addition to road trips across the US and Canada, the Baerbock family enjoys nature walks, family movie nights, and trips to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival and State Fair. They are also involved in their church through Sunday School and the church council. The girls enjoy track and gymnastics, and one daughter has even made it onto the local gymnastics team!

The family would be honored and humbled by your support and encouragement to help bring their children home. Please pray for them that all may go smoothly. You can follow their journey at their blog: http://www.postzero.com/adoption_journey

6/29/17 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$179.45 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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TALI for the Jarvis Family — NC

Jeff and Angel Jarvis have been married for 34 years. They have one grown son. They met at church where Angel was the organist.  Most of their life has been dedicated to the needs of others, and raising their son Matthew. They have been blessed to live in several states where they spend a great deal of time outside enjoying tennis and walking to stay fit.

Angel has been a member of the Reece’s Rainbow group for 3 years, and has been actively helping other families raise funds to get their kids home the whole time through advocating.  Both Angel and Jeff are active members in their community and are always eager to lend a helping hand wherever they are needed. In either mowing a neighbors lawn or transporting someone to a doctors appointment. Angel knew in her heart that their family was intended for more than just advocacy and shared this is Jeff. Initially he felt advocacy was all he felt led to do. So Angel continued to pray that God would lead them to his perfect will.

Jeff and Angel had an opportunity to host a small child last year and it was then, when that child had left that Jeff knew God had much more in store for their family. As they began to look at faces of orphaned children, they prayed for God to show them the face of their daughter or son.  When they saw the face of “Tali”, they knew she was the daughter God would use to grow their family. Tali has the special need of CP ( cerebral Palsy), but her greatest need is the love of a forever family.

They have begun the task of working, Marching in Faith to bring this precious little girl home. wont be without bumps or bruises, delays and trials, but they are determined to do whatever it takes to bring her home. Home to family and Love

6/29/2017 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$29.10 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A “butterfly child” for the Dellicker family — NC

Laura is a clinical social worker, founder of a nonprofit called EB Promise that advocates for orphans with EB, and a fierce EB advocate. EB (Epidermolysis Bullosa) is a rare genetic skin disorder in which any sort of friction against the skin causes the skin to blister or tear off completely. Things like seams of clothing, rubbing eyes, brushing teeth and other simple daily tasks we take for granted can cause pain and harm to individuals living with EB. Many people with EB have open wounds all over their bodies, wear bandages from head to toe, and endure painful dressing changes that can last several hours. Infections can be extremely dangerous. If all that weren’t enough, EB also affects people internally. Children with EB are often referred to as “Butterfly Children” because their skin is as fragile as a butterfly’s wings. EB became a part of Laura’s life in 2009 when her friend’s son Jonah (pictured with Laura above) was born with EB and it has since become her life’s passion and work.

We could go on and on about how Jonah and EB has impacted Laura’s life, but it is much shorter to say this: There is only one explanation of why her life has been so impacted by Jonah and EB, and that is Jesus. There is no earthly reason why she should care so much about EB – a disorder that has no direct impact on her life or the lives of any of her family members. But God put EB on her heart and it’s changed the path of her career, her life’s work, and the call on her life. She has known for years that God was calling her to adopt a child with EB, and she is excited to say that the time has finally come!

6/29/2017 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE
You can follow Laura’s adoption journey at her blog www.adoptingabutterfly.wordpress.com

$83.20 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A CHILD for the Horst family — NY

The Horst family is so excited to be adopting again!  They have prayed many years for this time and God has moved their hearts that now is the time. Harlan and April have 5 children; two which they adopted from foster care and three biological children.  They love spending time together as a family working on their farm and caring for the animals.  They also have a garden and grow a lot of their own food.  They enjoy fishing, going to the zoo, and visiting friends.  One thing they enjoy most about adoption is watching the change in a child when they have a loving family.

They would love your prayers and support as they work to raise the money needed to bring their new daughter home to her forever family.

6/27/2017 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$104.76 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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DIMA for the Wallace family — ID

Matt and Andrea live in North Idaho and have 8 biological children. For many years they knew they wanted to expand their family by adoption. They’ve always felt very strongly about helping children, especially those with special needs, and those that have suffered neglect and abuse. They firmly believe that every child deserves a home and family for them to reach their fullest potential. They’ve fostered in the past and have experience with special needs in their family. They weren’t sure how, or where they would adopt from, but waited for the opportunity to begin the process. Then, one day, a friend shared a video of an older boy with Cerebral Palsy living in an institution in a foreign country. Through a series of events they were able to find out more about him and get in contact with the agency that made his video. He’s been waiting in an institution for a long time and is getting close to the age where he won’t be able to be adopted. He is also unable to walk, but he is determined that he will in the future and he works really hard at taking steps and gaining strength. With the proper care and therapies available, he could have his dream of walking fulfilled. He also dreams of being able to drive a car someday! Matt, Andrea and their children hope to be able to welcome Dima into their family quickly before he ages out and becomes ineligible for adoption. Please help them bring Dima home!

6/26/2017 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$118.34 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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GULLIVER for the Cochran Family — MS

Thomas (Rusty) and Rachel have been married for 11 years. They have two boys Hunter 10 and Mason 6. They felt a longing to adopt but didn’t know how until a family friend introduced them to Summer hosting. After conflicting schedule issues they had to regrettable turn down hosting after falling in love with sweet Gulliver. God wasn’t through with this story there. He had been warming the hearts of a local adoption advocate to bring Gulliver to visit and hopefully find a forever family. The two families through family friends met and expressed desires to meet. The lady asked Rachel to travel with her to get Gulliver when he arrived from Asia. Rachel followed Gods calling and packed for the road trip. The family fell in love with Gulliver and the story began. Rusty and Rachel submitted to adopt Gulliver before he ever left the states. Little did they know it wasn’t God’s timing. Rachel was not quite 30 which is a requirement for his adoption. Rusty and Rachel prayed and trusted the lord until the phone call came that Gulliver was still available. They immediately applied for PA and were approved. God has showed up and out all in this family’s story. The family of 4 will soon be a family of 5.

7/13/2017 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$500.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Gulliver has received a $22.50 Waiting Child Grant.

CARA for the Grandt family — OR

Michael and Elizabeth are eagerly waiting to bring Cara home! Michael comes from a family of 14 siblings, and has always wanted a house full of children. Together, Michael and Elizabeth now have 8 children. They both serve at their local church, where Michael helps lead worship. Theirs is a house full of music and worship. Elizabeth is a full time mother, and home-schools their children on their small farm in Oregon. She has had a longstanding desire and call on her life to adopt a child with special needs, and has been patiently waiting for the time God would open that door in her life. Several months ago, the Lord began leading Michael and Elizabeth down a meandering path to prepare for adoption. Doors seemed to open and close, but each bend in the road only reinforced their confidence that God was leading them. They began a homestudy to prepare for a child they had not found yet.

Finally, when they saw Cara’s profile on Reese’s Rainbow, they both fell in love. They found the little girl who had been waiting for them! Cara is an amazing, shining little girl from eastern Europe. Michael, Elizabeth and all of their children are excitedly and impatiently waiting to bring Cara home. Their home is overflowing with love and affection for this little girl. Please, won’t you consider investing in making this family whole?

6/13/2017 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$223.10 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Cara has received a $1187.10 Waiting Child Grant.
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EMMA for the Vincent family — FL

Jarret and April have been married for 10 years with three biological children. Their youngest daughter, Amelia, who is two, has Down syndrome. Here’s their story:

We received Amelia’s suspected diagnosis of Down syndrome the day she was born. Basically a doctor walked in and said, “You know your daughter probably has Down syndrome, right?” We did not. Afterwards, we were bombarded with questions, hypothetical scenarios with what her future might look like, social workers, specialists, and a lengthy heart test. To say that our joy over having a beautiful and precious newborn was replaced with instant fear would be an understatement.

Fast forward two years and all that uncertainty and fear has been replaced with absolute joy. Our daughter is one of God’s greatest blessings to our family, bringing us laughter, love, frustration, and all the typical emotions a two-year old brings. Those painful days of medical terms and fear of the future are replaced with love and hope. During the early days of Amelia’s birth, I saw God’s hand in so many things. We emerged stronger and more faithful, and I know God has a plan for Amelia’s life.

So how does this relate to adoption? One day, I clicked on a link to help a friend who was raising money to adopt a little boy with special needs. At the site, I also saw a picture of a little girl who is one-years old and has Down syndrome. She was adorable. She reminded me of my daughter. However, this little girl’s life is vastly different from Amelia’s world. She lives in an orphanage in Eastern Europe, given up for adoption because she has Down syndrome. Her name is Emma. My heart ached for her.

I thought of Emma over the next weeks and months. I wondered what her daily life was like. I thought of Amelia and all of the support our family gives her. I wondered if Emma gets any support. I wondered if she has ever been outside of the orphanage. Who feeds her? Plays with her? Baths her? I knew that she should not be growing up in an orphanage and someone should do something.

More time past, and I prayed that “the someone” who should do something would. I felt God’s nudges that “the someone” might be us. I thought of the objections I had to this plan. First, we don’t have money saved for an international adoption, and it’s a long and complex timeline. I watched Emma’s profile. I was sure she would be adopted soon. I struggled. I wanted God to take this off my heart, and he did not.

So, here we are, in the middle of the process to try and adopt Emma. To be honest, we are scared, nervous, and excited. We are asking for your prayers for Emma and our family, and if led, we invite you to make a tax-deductible monetary gift to our Reece’s Rainbow account to help us bring Emma home as soon as possible. Together, we can change her life. We know God is asking us to trust in him. We hope you will join us on this journey, because if not us, then who, and if not now, then when?

6/9/2017 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$51.41 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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PATRICK for the Romero family – MO

Please meet the Romeros. Teresa and Robert are the parents of two girls, a sixteen year old and a four year old. They are a family with strong faith. They always wanted to adopt, it was originally part of their family’s plan. However, they never felt financially secure enough to move forward. This past January Teresa was part of a mission trip to El Salvador. During the trip Teresa worked in very poor communities. The poverty was like nothing the family had previously experienced and Teresa was deeply distressed by the plight of the children. When she returned home, she shared her experiences with her family and they decided it was the right time to move forward with the adoption. The Romeros wanted a child that had special needs and over the age of 2, but also wanted to adopt in birth order so the child needed to be younger than their 4 year old toddler. They were ecstatic when they found the most adorable little guy, called “Patrick” on the agency profile. They inquired about him and had their doctor review his medical records. They were so excited to say “yes” to the adoption of Patrick. They quickly realized they would need to fundraise in order to make their dream a reality and have set up several fundraisers already.

The Romeros are totally committed to loving Patrick and making him part of their family. Please help the Romeros bring Patrick home.

7/13/2017 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$24.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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COLLEEN, JAXON, and STELLAN for the Van Veldhuizen family — MN

colleenjaxson stellanA family of five, following God’s call to become eight, we are pursuing the adoption of a sibling trio, ages 14, 16, and 18. We hosted the oldest and youngest in our home during the summer of 2016. We loved them, but let life and excuses get in the way of pursuing them further. After 6 months of working in both of our hearts, we had a heart-to-heart with one another and realized we need to be obedient to God and become V8. We hope to bring home our teens mide-late 2017.

We live in a small town in southwest Minnesota. We have a 4-year old son and 2-year old twin girls. Our 4-year old asks regularly when the teenagers can come back because he believes we need to be their family. Our response: God’s will; God’s time.

6/7/2017 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$407.64 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Jaxon has received a $8,855.14 Older Child Grant.
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V for the Parrish Family — GA

Anna and Steven have been blessed twice through adoption! Eddie joined their family in 2015, and Rosa came home in 2016. After years of infertility and fruitlessly pursuing domestic adoption, the Parrishes saw Eddie’s picture in 2014 and were smitten. Once home, in 2015, they quickly saw the difference that it makes for children to be in families. Eddie immediately grew and blossomed. Anna and Steven immediately began considering adopting again. Rosa (previously listed as “Ryleigh”) has been an incredible blessing and joy to our family.

Shortly after getting home with Rosa, Anna and Steven were looking at orphans on Reece’s Rainbow and saw sweet V’s photo. They were instantly drawn to him. As the holiday season passed, he was often at the forefront of their thoughts. In January, the Parrish family reached out to their agency to begin pursuing V. They were matched in April and their homestudy was completed in May! V has a number of medical special needs including spina bifida and hydrocephalus. The Parrish family is working to bring V home as quickly as possible.

6/6/2017 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE
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$2,488.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LANDON for the Harmon family — UT

God has been working miracles in their hearts, and the Harmon family is adding a sweet little boy to their family! As their own four children slept safely in their beds, bellies full of food, hearts knowing they are loved, Nikki and Mikey wept as they scrolled through profiles of abandoned children who did not know the safety and love of a family. As they scrolled through page after page of profiles, they kept going back to one little boy who had touched their hearts. He was familiar to them somehow, and before the night was over they had emailed the agency for more information. They hardly slept that night as the weight of these forgotten children weighed heavily on their hearts and wet their pillows with tears. Over the next few days it became clear that God intended for this little boy to teach them about sacrifice and love. Suddenly their perspective had changed and nothing felt as important as bringing him home. Their children did not hesitate for a moment when Nikki and Mikey told them there was a child without a home who needed a family. They cannot wait to hold Landon in their arms!

7/12/2017 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at theharmonsadopt.blogspot.com

$345.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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KENNEDY for the Bouchard family — MO

kennedy-e1473918190496The Bouchard family is so excited to be adopting again!  They have prayed for years for some of the older little girls on Reece’s Rainbow to find their forever families, so when God opened the door for them to be able to go back, they were so excited to begin Kennedy’s adoption.  Kennedy will have two younger sisters who also have that very special extra chromosome!

Rick and Chante have been married for 18 years and live with their nine children on a farm in Missouri.  They have been blessed to be able to adopt children from Haiti, Ethiopia, and China, as well as having four biological children.

They love spending time outside on their farm, caring for the animals.  Their family also enjoys going to amusement parks, fishing, and playing board games together.  They are very involved in their church, and the whole family loves Sundays and Wednesdays, when they get to spend time in church together.  One of the things they love most about adoption in watching children blossom into all that God created them to be when they have the love of a family supporting them.  Everyone of their children adds something unique and special to their family, and they can’t wait to meet Kennedy!

They would love your prayers and support as they work to raise the money needed to bring Kennedy into their family.

6/5/2017 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$0.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Kennedy has received a $15,000 Older Child Grant.

 

OLIVER for the Robertson family — NJ

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Trent and Amber have been married for eight years. They have three children. The oldest, an 11 year old daughter who joined their family with Amber, is a sweet, loving child who enjoys softball and soccer. Together, they have two young sons. The four year old is hilarious and loves helping Dad with yard-work and car repairs. The baby is two and he is obsessed with tractors and trains. As a family, they enjoy being active in their church, escaping to the outdoors, and engaging in community activities.

Adoption was something they talked about from time to time. They always considered it down the road, when their children were older; when timing was more convenient. After watching local friends go through a domestic adoption, their hearts started to stir. They considered becoming respite caregivers for foster families. It was during this time of consideration their eyes were opened to the orphan crisis in the world. They were introduced to Reece’s Rainbow, particularly children with special needs in Eastern Europe. After watching a close friend commit to a child and go through the adoption process, Amber prayed that if this was God’s will for their lives now, that He would make it known to them. One day, she showed Trent a picture of a little boy, which had become pretty routine in their house, but this time he responded with, “OK. Find out what we need to do to get him home.” They knew then that they couldn’t say “but later” any longer. God had called them to make a difference to one.

They are thrilled to welcome home their son and cannot wait to start their journey as a family of six!

5/31/2017 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$690.45 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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EMMA for the Parkinson family — VA

Mark and Rachel Parkinson have been happily married 16 years. We have three beautiful children.. Christian, Naomi and Ella. We have a fun farmette where we enjoy all of our animals and plenty of fresh air!

Adoption has been on Rachel’s heart since she was a little girl…she dreamt of having her own orphanage one day. As time has gone by and prayers for direction made, the Lord opened their eyes to the needs of the orphans of Eastern Europe. Thus has begun our amazing journey leading us to commit to a beautiful little girl “Emma”. We feel so blessed to be called to bring her into our home and call her our own……she is in a very tough place and we are raising funds to bring her home as soon as possible!

5/25/2017 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$609.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Emma has received a $1183.90 Waiting Child Grant.

ETHAN for the Parsley family — AL

Jason and Alex Parsley have been happily married for 13 years and have a beautiful family of 5 (now going on 6!). They have 3 biological children: Lily, their oldest daughter, of 12 years old; Laila, their 2nd daughter, at 10 years old, and Jed, their son, who is now 6 years old. Jason and Alex have both been very active in ministry for many years and are very passionate about loving people. Over the last 3 years a stirring began in their hearts for the Orphan Crisis and they began seeking to make a difference . Alex and Lily were led to a mission trip in Asia last year to work with orphans when they met Ethan. They loved him from the moment they saw his sweet little face and he stole a very special place in their hearts. The Parsley family spent almost a year praying over him, praying that he would have the loving family he needed, and asking the Lord to lead them to the child He has for them. After months of searching for his file, accepting that they might not, and praying over many other children, God lead them right back to Ethan. And they are so ready to have this sweet little angel in their arms. The Parsleys are doing everything they can to be good stewards of what they have and raise funds creatively as well. However, they still need help, and would be honored if you would support them in bringing Ethan home.

You can follow their adoption journey at www.spiritorchard.com for regular updates. Thank you in advance for your considerations, support, and donations.

5/22/2017 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$4,444.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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EVITA for the Berna family — OH

Josh and Devin have been married for 10 years, and have 3 biological children. While never truly struggling with infertility, they have experienced the pain and loss of miscarriage, and the stillbirth of one of their sons. They cherish the precious lives of each of their children and are grateful for every child they have had under their roof! Josh and Devin became therapeutic foster parents 2 year ago and have had experience with many physical, mental, and emotional needs. Devin has wanted to adopt since she was very young, and Josh has personal experience with adoption in his family, so they were excited when they were finally in a position to adopt after Josh’s time in the military and college. After working with special needs through foster care and their own children, there was no question that Josh and Devin wanted to adopt a child with special needs…specifically Down Syndrome.

They fell in love with this precious little girl, and have enjoyed learning as much as they can about her country and culture. They can’t wait to finally meet “Evita”! Because of the special needs in the family, they are planning to stay together as much as possible during the long “pick-up” trip, which of course only adds to the already numerous expenses. There have already been several delays that have been discouraging, but they know their daughter is absolutely worth the wait, the fight, and the commitment it will take to bring her home.

5/22/2017 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$209.67 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Evita has received a $2754 Waiting Child Grant.

 

A Child for the Klassen Family — Canada

Jason and Celeste Klassen were kids when they first met, but have now been married for 6 years. Once they decided they were ready for kids of their own, they decided to be a little unconventional! They wanted to start their family by adopting a child that needed a home, instead of making another one. They knew they wanted to adopt a child who needed medical care, but they didn’t understand this was “special needs.”

Once their homestudy was done in early 2015, they settled in for a long wait in the Bulgaria program. They were matched with sweet “Tenley” from RR almost immediately! “Tenley” – now Siobhan – came home in December of 2015. She was 4 years old, tiny, non-verbal, not mobile, and had a host of medical needs. Just over a year later she never stops talking or running around their little house. Her successful surgeries post-adoption have made her medical concerns a second thought.

The Klassen family knew they would adopt again, but due to unfortunate circumstances during most of 2016, they were not expecting to adopt again so soon. They made the decision after much prayer and felt very strongly that this was the right thing to do! This means that they have a significantly larger portion of their adoption to fundraise than last time. Every $10 will pay some postage, every $30 will cover a notarization, every $100 will dent an agency fee!

Jason, Celeste, and Siobhan are so excited to bring home a sibling very soon! They are fundraising hard and are so grateful for the support!

5/19/2017 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$769.21 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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An Older Boy for the Keno family — Canada

John and Mary Ellen Keno have been married for 32 years and are blessed to have eight children — three birth daughters and five adopted children — over the past 31 years.  They are also blessed with four beautiful grandchildren and a great son-in-law.  God has been nudging them to adopt a teen boy with Down syndrome from Eastern Europe.  Their whole family is excited to welcome their son/brother/uncle home.

5/16/2017 — COMPILING DOSSIER

$402.77 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A Family for Jayce — SC

 

Please help Jayce’s family bring him home, where he will receive the love and care he so desperately needs.

5/11/2017 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$2,771.54 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Jayce has received a $15,000 Older Child Grant.

 

ADLEY for the Seay family — PA

Brian and Cortney are excited to go back to Eastern Europe to adopt another child with special needs. A little over four years ago, they adopted two children with special needs, a son with Down Syndrome and a daughter with cerebral palsy, from the same country. This came after God opened their eyes to how children with special needs were languishing in orphanages, and they realized that He had equipped them to help.  After struggling with infertility, they are eager to build their family through the gift of adoption once again. They were smitten the first time they saw Adley’s photo and it was soon after that they realized he would be the perfect addition to their family.

The Seays want to thank all their family and friends who have helped them not only in the process of adopting their first children, but have also helped in the joy of raising them! Mostly they want to thank Jesus for saving us, calling us into His marvelous light, and enabling us to follow Him into His unexpected (and wonderful) plan for their lives.

6/23/2017 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s journey on their blog:  homeismeanttobeshared.blogspot.com

$3,935.35 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Adley has received a $333.50 Waiting Child Grant.

ZOEY for the Means family — KS

Antigone is the mother of eight incredible children, who just wasn’t ready for an empty nest as her oldest near adulthood. No stranger to adoption, Antigone and her two biological children first decided to grow their family through adoption in 2005, when they were 4 and 6 years old. Their new sister was almost 3, a waiting child from China with arthrogryposis, who could not walk due to club feet and a congenitally dislocated hip (that same sister is now a competitive dancer). In 2006, the family opened their hearts again and brought home a two year old sister from China, a spunky little girl with albinism and visual impairment. Antigone’s one son begged and begged for a brother, so in 2007, he traveled to Ethiopia with her to bring home an 8-½ year old brother.

After some time for adjustment, Antigone and her family felt that their hearts and home were big enough for more, so two more siblings, age 7 and 9, joined the family through domestic foster care adoption in 2011. The family connected through church, dance, hiking, cooking, art, music, gardening, caring for pets, and other activities that they could do together to build connection and joy.

When the last of Antigone’s children entered middle school, the family discussed and all agreed that it would be wonderful to have a younger sibling that all could get to know before they left for college, and Antigone was happy with the idea of not having an empty nest just yet. In 2015, Antigone brought home a 4 year old boy from China, who was diagnosed with albinism, visual impairment, and autism. He readily bonded to the family and, although he is nonverbal, he is thriving and is very interactive and strongly attached to mother and siblings. Over time, all of the siblings agreed that it seemed unfair that they grew up with the benefit of similarly aged siblings (they are now 18, 18, 17, 15, 15, 13, and 13), while he is so much younger (6).

Antigone returned to the advocacy lists and noticed an adorable little girl with visual impairment. The little girl caught her eye, but she was undecided until an update was posted, showing that this little girl was not thriving. She had not grown between ages 2 and 3, and had lost a pound. In the videos, she showed behaviors very similar to Antigone’s youngest son- social and curious, though quite delayed. Antigone showed the video to the kids and it was unanimous- that’s our girl and she can thrive here! Antigone contacted the agency for information and the paperchase began!

Being a large, single income family, Antigone is grateful that her daughter has some grant funding available through Reece’s Rainbow. She is incredibly thankful for all who have donated to the fund to help bring her daughter home.

5/5/2017 — LOA RECEIVED

$48.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Zoey has received a $553 Waiting Child Grant.

JENNY for the Etter family — NJ

 photo fwbutton150.pngJustin and Tara have been married for five years and have a two-year old biological daughter who loves to read and loves Mickey Mouse.  As soon as Vivien was born, she was loved beyond comprehension by two parents who prayed for her and would show her the love of Jesus. This love grew and overflowed, and God began to give Tara and Justin hearts for the unwanted and unloved children in the world. Over the past two years, they have been praying about how God could use them in real, tangible ways, like fostering or adopting, to bring the light of Jesus and a forever home to a child in need.  God has opened doors where they never even thought to look and He has led their hearts to precious little Jenny.

6/21/2017 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE
Please follow the family’s journey on their blog:  thejourneytojenny.blogspot.com

$505.55 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Jenny has received a $468 Waiting Child Grant.

BRUCE for the Ramirez family — NC

Robert and Louisa have been married for twenty-three years. They are the parents of five children, all through the blessings of adoption.

While traveling to Russia, Guatemala and Ukraine,  Robert and Louisa saw the unforgettable faces of children in orphanages they had to leave behind. They witnessed the heartache and misery that comes from growing up without the care of loving parents and living in austere conditions.   As Roman Catholics, they believe in the sanctity of every human life.

It was through Reece’s Rainbow they learned about children with special needs needing families. In 2013, they welcomed home a baby girl with Down Syndrome.  Being older parents, they thought their family was complete.  But, God helped them to trust in His plan.  One day, a little boy caught their eye.  Something about him spoke to their hearts.  He was three-years old and still waiting for his forever family.  They knew right away they wanted him.  After many prayers they decided to say, “Yes!”

Robert and Louisa want to thank their family and friends that have loved and supported them over the years. Most of all, they want to thank Jesus Christ for His sacrifice on the cross.  It would mean so much if you would pray for Bruce and the Ramirez Family. Reece’s Rainbow is so worthy of any support you can give.

6/2/2017 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$97.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Bruce has received a $1986.69 Waiting Child Grant.

ADRIAN and ADRIANNA for the Canessa family — TN

Kayla and Gino have been happily married for 6 years and have been blessed with two biological children.

Adoption has been a long time dream for Kayla, often a topic of conversation with Gino, an open possibility. They were nervous about the whole process, but not enough to give up their mutual dream of having a big family. Kayla kept looking online, then, one day not long ago, she finally found two little siblings! Immediately sent their pictures to Gino. They were both amazed to see that these sweet little angels looked just like their bio kids… They fell in love!

Finding them was a wonderful surprise. Meaning that they didn’t quite have enough time to get ready. So now they are rushing to pay fees, gather a humongous amount of paperwork and raise the remaining amount of money fast enough.

Adoption is never easy peasy process, but they know in their hearts that this journey is gonna be one of the most important and rewarding things they could ever do. They keep working at it and counting the days until they can finally bring those sweet angels home!

4/25/2017 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$24.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Adrian and Adrianna have received a $87.25 Waiting Child Grant.

 

MARI ROSE for the Collins family — AZ

“Mari Rose” was born with Down syndrome and Congenital Heart Defect, because of this her family abandoned her at birth and now she lives in an orphanage. Luckily a non-profit in the United States found out about “Mari Rose” and her life threatening need to have immediate open heart surgery, they quickly raised the money and found a surgeon from the United States to go and successfully perform the surgery.

She had to spend weeks recovering from surgery without a family to love and care for her. She is a fighter and is doing great. The Collins are doing everything they can to bring her home to their loving family.

You and/or your company can make a tax deductible donation to help bring “Mari Rose” home to the Collins family. These donations will go directly to helping with adoptions costs in Eastern Europe. It is estimated that just the international costs for courts, paperwork, and in country fees will be $15,000.

Lee and Diana Collins met while on a high school graduation trip in 1994, and they knew right away that fate had brought them together! Over the next 23 years as a couple, 18 years of marriage, Lee and Diana created their fairy tale life.

They were blessed with three amazing biological children – two sons, ages 15 and 16, and one 8 year old daughter. Lee and Diana absolutely LOVE being parents, so naturally the thought of adding to their family has always been a topic of conversation.
They have an abundance of experience with children of all abilities through their work, and they have so much love to give.

While most people look forward to their children growing older and eventually moving out, Diana and Lee have always been quite the opposite. They have never felt the need for “easier days”, in fact, their best memories are filled with the laughter, chaos, and love, that only a house full of children can provide!

It was meant to be to find that beautiful little angel and she will be an extremely loved baby sister. They want to hold her in their arms and make sure she finally knows that from here on out, everything is going to be ok…she is home with her family forever ❤

Thank you for reading about “Mari Rose” and consideration of making a tax deductible donation to help reach the goal of $15,000. If your company has an employee matching program, please see if Reece’s Rainbow is on their list of non-profit organizations.

7/21/2017 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$15,343.98 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Mari Rose has received a $1653 Waiting Child Grant.

SEAMUS for the Quick family — MI

Christina and Bill have been blessed with eight biological children. Although for some people that’s “more than enough,” they do not look at life that way. It’s been quite a few years that they have been thinking about making their family even more blessed by adding one or more children with special needs to it. They have been following the journeys of friends who adopted challenged kids, and they both felt that was something they definitely wanted to do as well. Yet, their plans were placed on hold when in 2015 Christina was diagnosed with breast cancer. Thanks be to God, treatment was successful, and now Christina can consider herself cancer free. When she asked her oncologist for a letter specifically stating that she was medically fit to start an adoption process, the physician did not hesitate to say yes and give her a bill of good health. Still the Quicks decided not to be so extremely quick and give themselves a little more time following Christina’s treatment. Despite such determination, she kept on longingly going over the little faces of waiting children listed on Reece’s Rainbow. The family fell in love with a little girl with cerebral palsy in Eastern Europe. Sadly after months of thinking of her as their own, they were not able to proceed with adopting her. Their hearts were broken. After much searching and contemplation about how and when to proceed with adopting, one sunny morning, Christina saw a picture of a newborn baby boy with Down syndrome. The family knew right away that this child was the one meant for their family all along. The country they are adopting from now, is a quick process. They may be able to bring him home in 6 months if all the paperwork goes well! This leaves little time to fundraise, but time cannot be wasted as their new little boy has a heart defect that needs to be monitored and possibly fixed by experienced doctors here in the USA. We hope you will follow the Quicks along in this journey to bring home this sweet little baby and consider helping in whatever way you can.

5/24/2017 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$3,451.40 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MAE for the McCarthy family — FL

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After four sons, Bobby and Michele McCarthy are excited to announce, the Lord is bringing them their FIRST DAUGHTER!!! They have been married for 17 years. Their boys are ages 15,14,9, and 8. Their youngest son was adopted in May 2016. He has complex CHD including HLHS. Through his adoption, the Lord grew their faith even more. They knew God planted in their heart the desire to continue adopting. And this time, the Lord brought them their very first girl! After wrestling with God about adopting a child with Down syndrome, He changed their hearts. God made it clear that “Mae” is their chosen daughter. She is 6 years old. All their sons are supportive and encouraged them to adopt “Mae” even when Michele and Bobby were scared themselves. With fear and then surrender, they said “YES!” They are incredibly grateful for your prayers and support. They are thrilled to welcome their first daughter full of spunk and spice and who just might help keep their boys in line!

To learn a little more about this family, please read Michele’s “He Is A Gift” post on No Hands But Ours about their first adoption.

7/13/2017 — USCIS APPROVED; DOSSIER COMPLETE

$413.22 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Mae has received a $759.40 Waiting Child Grant.

ELOISE for the Sefransky family — CT

Ellen and Joel live in Connecticut where they have been married for 25 years. They have five children: two in college and three at home. As things often go, their children’s hobbies and interests have become their hobbies and interests. They enjoy getting outside, watching any kind of sport being played by their children and listening to their musical endeavors. The youngest, John (4), born with Down Syndrome, has been a blessing in all their lives. Since John was born, they have been introduced to the world of “special needs”. All members of the family have taken a keen interest into how to bring about John’s best abilities. They still enjoy the same endeavors, but perhaps in a different way. Over the years, Ellen and Joel have learned so much from being parents; so much about themselves. After John was born, they became aware of Reece’s Rainbow and the phrase “waiting children”. They have come to understand these children are not waiting for a ride to school, or waiting for new shoes; their real wait is for a family. Something many of us take for granted. This phrase, “waiting,” has been on their minds for over 4 years. Ellen and Joel feel their life journey has led them to the role of adoptive parents and they are happily accepting of this role.

One day while looking on Reece’s Rainbow, Ellen saw Eloise and showed her to Joel. The brief description of Eloise noted that, “she responds to people by waving and shaking hands. She loves music and is mesmerized by every note”. AAAAhhh, they felt, “this is our girl!” They shared her picture and the idea of adopting her with their four older children and not one of them hesitated to say, “YES, let’s do it!” So here they are, deeply committed to bringing Eloise to live with them forever; deeply committed to giving her the opportunities that their son John has in his neighborhood school, and in the supportive and loving communities of church, family, and friends. They are currently asking for prayers and support to make this adoption financially, emotionally, and spiritually successful. Please consider partnering with them to bring Eloise to her forever home.

6/29/2017 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$3,236.75 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Eloise has received a $15,000 Older Child Grant.

HAINES for the Holloway family — FL

 photo fwbutton150.pngThe small seed of adoption was planted in the Holloway family during an annual dinner for a local ministry in 2010 and soon blossomed into a growing awareness that God was not done creating their family yet.  Married for five years and raising their three children in the panhandle of Florida, Lenny and Roberta started the process to adopt a child with special needs from China in 2011 but listening to God’s prompting, changed their path to domestic infant adoption.  Their family was thrilled to welcome baby Zoe into their family in Spring 2013 and they continue an open adoption relationship with her birth parents.  But Lenny and Roberta knew in their hearts their family wasn’t yet complete.  Roberta would sit in the nursery, rocking Zoe in the early hours of the morning and knew God was calling them to adopt again.  Roberta says, “At that time, my only prayer was OK, but not yet.”  In the fall of 2015 they knew it was time again, but felt drawn to teenagers who were running out of time to find a family.  Lenny says, “With both of us working in local law enforcement we have seen how important family, good role models, and a support system are and what a positive impact in can make, even if it’s later in life.” They completed the process to adopt from state foster care, but again felt God calling them in a different direction.  They became aware of a teenage boy who needed a family through friends who had adopted a sibling group of 3 from the same orphanage in Eastern Europe.  They saw his picture, knew he was supposed to be a part of their family and started the process in February 2017 to bring him home.  They are flying through the paperwork and praying to welcome him home this year.

7/18/2017 —  USCIS APPROVED; DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$925.38 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Haines has received a $3872.15 Older Child Grant.

MATILDA for the Routhier family — NH

Austin and Allison are high school sweet hearts! Austin is a 23-year old and has been a Fire Fighter in the New Hampshire Air National Guard since 2013 and Allison is a 22-year-old elementary school teacher who transitioned to being a stay at home mom. Austin and Allison met their Junior year of high school and married in 2014. They have two biological children (Landon is 4 and Lilah is 2) and a foster daughter, and now, they find themselves in the middle of an effort to bring the newest member of their family home for next year’s holidays.

Adoption was never on the Routhier’s radar until they found out about Reece’s Rainbow. Allison found out about Reece’s Rainbow in the Spring of 2016 and began researching international adoption. Allison was still in school and it wasn’t the right time. They decided to become licensed foster parents through DCYF until the time was right for them to begin the adoption process.

In October of 2016 Allison mentioned adopting a child from Eastern Europe who has Down Syndrome. Austin agreed that reaching out to agencies to gather more information would the next appropriate step. One of the agencies sent The Routhiers a waiting child’s profile from Eastern Europe and they fell in love. The child was a 1 year old girl who has Down Syndrome and a Congenital Heart Defect. She is, in a word, adorable.

They have been racing through paperwork at record speeds. This is going to be a “hurry up and wait” process, where they rush as much as possible, then sit tight until her paperwork is finally completed. Thank you for being a part of our daughters adoption story!

6/9/2017 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED; AWAITING TRAVEL
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$2,195.57 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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PRISCILLA for the Koebel family — MO

Darrel and Shonette have been married for 28 ½ years. Darrel is retired AF, and is now in law enforcement. Shonette is a stay at home mom and homeschools five children who are still in school. They are active in First Baptist Church, in their city.

They have ten children, four biological and six adopted. They have always been led to adopt overseas. They finally took that leap of faith back in 2009. They started out to adopt one little girl and that fell threw. Then they picked another little girl, which could not be adopted because paper work wasn’t ready for her. In that entire process, they wanted to God to lead them to the one that was to be their daughter. Their agency sent them five more little girls. They prayed that whichever one was paper ready, was to be their daughter. In April 2010, they landed with their little girl from Ukraine, AnnaKae Hope. AnnaKae was weeks from being transferred. They knew AnnaKae was meant to be their daughter. They have been praying for years about adopting another one so AnnaKae could have a little sister.

They were praying about Priscilla on Reece’s Rainbow. Then Shonette heard she was going to be transferred in August. She knew it was time to jump again. God has called them to a place that a lot of people don’t want to go. Darrel and Shonette have a heart for orphans and know it’s their passion. They are rushing to get everything done, to get to Priscilla before she is transferred. They are excited about adding another little one to their family and can’t wait to get her home.

5/3/2017 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$167.82 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Priscilla has received a $2378.95 Waiting Child Grant.

REESE for the Howard family — CA

Caleb and Lisa Howard have been contemplating adoption since late 2015. After finding out Lisa was pregnant with baby #3 in 2016, adoption got pushed to the wayside. In early 2017, Lisa joined the Reese’s Rainbow facebook group and her heart was again opened to adoption. She showed Caleb child after child, but none seemed to fit in to their family. When an advocate for Reese posted his information, they inquired about him. After much prayer and consideration, Caleb and Lisa decided God was opening the doors for them to adopt Reese! They are anxious to bring him home to meet their 3 other children: Hannah, Judah, and Shiloh!

3/27/2017 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$2,499.47 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Reese has received a $5,715.96 Waiting Child Grant.

 

TALIA for the Pehl family — AZ

The Pehl family is adopting again!  This adventurous family began their adoption journey only 5 years ago.  Their first daughter was born and God immediately placed the plight of the fatherless on their hearts.  They were heartbroken that there were children just like their daughter, just as important as her, just as precious as her, just as loved by God as her who didn’t have parents to love them.  They knew they had to do something.  Five years into their journey, they have two biological children and four adopted children.

The Pehl’s first international adoption was a hard experience for them.  They face nearly every hurdle, roadblock, and heartbreak including having their legally adopted children become “stuck” in a foreign country for nearly three years.  After getting them safely home they really felt like they would never adopt internationally again … but God!  God started stirring Rachel’s heart towards the orphan again.  Rachel felt a burden she could not ignore … a burden for the fatherless, for the special needs child that so few saw value in.  She quietly started doing her research and talking to Gavin who needed a little coaxing.

Finally they decided they would search for a country where they could adopt a baby… under two … make the transition home a little easier on everyone … but God!  Once again the Lord changed their plans and showed them a girl with little brown eyes and big black curls!  Her hair was wild but her disposition peaceful.  She wasn’t a baby but instead the same age as their firstborn who changed their lives forever.  They were hooked, they were in love, they decided to make her their own.  Just 8 months after bringing their domestically adopted son home they are trusting in the Lord to provide every step of the way and excited to see how he does it!

5/5/2017–HOMESTUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at pehladoption2.blogspot.com

$2,165.61 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Talia has received a $1,218.80 Waiting Child Grant.

JEFF for the Gomes family — HI

JeffAlapaki and Joanna got married in 2009 and spoke of the desire to have a “larger family”. God has honored that desire and by 2013, they had 3 young children. But God knew of a little boy half a world away that needed a family and in 2014, Joanna traveled to Ukraine to bring home a little boy to grow their family to 4 children. God smiled and blessed them with another baby in 2015 and so the number became 5. Joanna and Alapaki agreed, they had very full hands and with a full mini-van, it was time to call it quits. Well, God is smiling again and stirred in their hearts for another little boy half a world away who wants nothing more than to be part of a family. They are overjoyed at the prospect of this little boy joining their crazy family and a bigger vehicle to accommodate! So please pray for them as they step out on this journey for wisdom, discernment, and peace. Thank you!

6/8/2017– DOSSIER SUBMITTED
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at gomesohana.blogspot.com

$287.31 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Jeff has received a $58.50 Waiting Child Grant.

ROYCE for the Maxwell family — CA

Janet is so excited to start this family expansion by welcoming in this Deaf child. She is a hearing daughter of two incredible Deaf Parents. She works as a Sign Language Interpreter at Stanford University’s Hospital. So as you can see bringing in a Deaf child… just fits perfectly! Janet and her extended family are so excited to share her language of ASL, her Deaf culture, her family, her friends and extended community with Royce.

Janet has never been married, but her yearning to be a mother has never wavered. This is what led her loving heart right to adoption. She decided to allow God to direct her path to her future as a Mother, and he led her right to Royce. Royce is a bright, cute, energetic preteen that is in need of a signing & stable home. She is only a few miles from the best School for the Deaf in the country in Fremont, CA. He’s already so loved and has so many excited to meet him and help guide, and shape this young man. Janet feels incredibly blessed to be on this journey towards him across these 5552 miles that currently separate them. Thank you for your time to read this biography and donating to her path towards motherhood.

3/22/2017 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$215.34 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Royce has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant.

ELSIE for the Tenenika family — NC

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The Tenenika Family is working hard to bring home their daughter Elsie from Eastern Europe. Elsie has Down Syndrome. The Tenenika Family has two biological sons. One of their boys has Down Syndrome also! Pavel and Maryana are originally from Ukraine!

7/8/17–TRAVELING JULY 14

 

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CAMILA for the Patterson family — TX

 photo fwbutton150.png camilaHi! We’re the Pattersons. We’ve been married for 23 years (Wow, time flies!) and currently have five children. Our two oldest are in college, our next two are in high school and our youngest is in fifth grade. Four years ago we adopted our youngest, Joseph. The past four years have been challenging but SO rewarding.

For over 2 years we have wanted to adopt again. We had been in process with another country when the adoption could not move forward. We were heartbroken. When we saw Camila’s picture we were so excited! We had been praying about who our next child would be and hoping that we could adopt a little girl with Arthrogryposis. Joseph was born with Arthrogryposis and we have become quite familiar with the ins and outs of the medical procedures and therapies that are necessary. So, when we inquired about Camila and were accepted to pursue her adoption we were thrilled! Despite the unknowns, we are ready to plow through the paperwork to bring our little girl home as soon as possible!!

We appreciate your prayers and support so much as we begin this journey.

4/11/17—HOMESTUDY UPDATE COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at hiskindness.wordpress.com

$3,231.17 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Camila has received a $40.50 Waiting Child Grant.

EMMA JANE for the Kelley family — TN

emma-janeDaniel and Stacy have 5 children at home (Noah-7, Zoey-7, Eli-5, Selah-4, and Emma-3) and one daughter in Heaven. Daniel works for Nissan and Stacy homeschools. They enjoy their life out in the country and spending time outdoors.

They are perhaps considered experienced adoptive parents as Zoey and Selah were both adopted and have been home for a year. They experienced a miraculous homecoming with their girls, as Zoey arrived from China and Selah arrived from Congo on the exact same day. Their journey getting to that point was filled with years of waiting and heartbreak. But they serve a faithful God and they are amazed not only at the way their children came home but also in the way they have seamlessly blended into the family.

Even with their ‘hands full’ as everyone seems to say, they felt the call to go back for another child with Down syndrome. After seeing the children and the need first hand, they could not turn away. And after seeing Zoey and Selah blossom before their very eyes, their minds constantly went back to the untold numbers of children waiting in orphanages.

Then they saw her face. ‘Emma Jane’ was easy to say ‘yes’ to and they can’t wait to add her to their family. She is a jewel. A bright light. Pure joy. And they are thankful they get to be her forever family. All of the kids are so excited as well! So while they are not new to adoption and not naive to the challenges ahead, they also personally know the joy that awaits.

They are so thankful for the prayers as well as the emotional and financial support they receive along the way.

7/12/17—LOA RECEIVED

$3,249.45 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Emma Jane has received a $150 Waiting Child Grant.

MARY for the Nalle family — VA

maryRob and Julia Nalle have been happily married for 24 years, and have two biological sons: 22-year-old Benjamin and 18-year-old Elijah. They brought home their first adopted son, Aaron, in 2010. That first adoption turned out to be as life-changing for Rob and Julia as it was for Aaron; for it opened their eyes to the suffering of institutionalized orphans all over the world. Aaron’s institution was the saddest place Rob and Julia had ever seen, filled with lovable boys who didn’t deserve what was happening to them. The Lost Boys of Aaron’s world had no stimulation of any kind. They wasted their days in gloomy sheds— doing nothing, seeing and hearing nothing, idly waiting for the next meal or snack time to arrive. The sight made Rob and Julia want to help more of them find homes. Since bringing Aaron home, they have done their best to raise awareness and funds for special needs orphans overseas.

Their second adoption came in 2014, when they added John to their family. Though Aaron and John came from different regions and different families, they had the same name (Ivan), similar diagnoses and similar stories of abandonment and loss. Fortunately, John’s institution was far better than Aaron’s. Even so, it was more proof that any orphanage is a hard place to grow up.

After much prayer and consideration, Rob and Julia are adopting again. A little girl has need of a family, and the family with four sons has need of a little sister.

5/22/17—DOSSIER SUBMITTED
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.covenantbuilders.blogspot.com

$15,310.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Mary has received a $1590.45 Waiting Child Grant.

 

BELLA and BRANSON for the DiAntonio family — PA

bella_dec-2016Bernie and Marabeth met in 2009 while working together at a helicopter plant. Eighteen months later they were married in a small ceremony surrounded by their five children, Meghan, Nicole, Brian, Joe and Shane. A little bit later Michael, who is blessed with Down Syndrome, came along. Shortly after that came the youngest, Maggie. Adoption was never something they knew much about until 2012 when a family from their church adopted a child through Reece’s Rainbow. After learning, through the other family’s journey, more about orphan situation and seeing the kids listed on Reece’s Rainbow, Marabeth was deeply moved and envisioned someday adopting a child with Down Syndrome. However, at the time she was pregnant, with a one year-old, and there were several seemingly impossible obstacles to overcome.

Still, she prayed over the next few years for God to either open the doors for them to adopt a child with Down Syndrome or else to give her a more practical vision for their lives. Then on November 18th, 2017 she felt an unusual urgency to pray about adopting a child again and this time she asked God to show her the next day in a specific way if they were meant to adopt or else she would drop the idea. Well, the next day mountains started moving out of the way for them as they started seriously investigating the adoption process. On December 27th, 2016 they saw Bella on a friend’s Facebook page and felt would she be a great fit in their family. Her siblings are all very excited to meet her, especially her younger sister Maggie who has been very busy making a giant stack of drawings to give Bella when she gets home, as well as big plans to share bedrooms and ballet classes. Bernie and Marabeth are also anxious to get her home and help her to learn to live as a beloved daughter in their family. They truly appreciate any and all support, prayers and well-wishes as they go through this process to bring their daughter home.

6/15/17—DOSSIER EN ROUTE

$2,670.13 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Bella has received a $27 Waiting Child Grant.

 

PIPER for the Roush family — GA

roush piperTimothy and Tanna have been married almost 18 years and have 3 biological children. Their adoption journey began with a single prayer that, once answered, changed their lives forever. This prayer simply asked God to break their hearts for what breaks His and to rise up in them a holy passion.

They adopted their youngest 2 sons from Asia in December 2013. They then returned in June 2016 to adopt their sweet daughter. At that point, they assumed their family was complete. Their house was full and happy with 6 children (ages 14, 11, 6, 5, 4, & 2 year old). They started investigating new ways they could be used in adoption/foster/orphan-care ministries. They volunteer on our church’s adoption/foster care ministry team, Tanna started the process to be trained as a CASA (court appointed special advocate) for children in the foster care system, and she enjoyed her role on the board of a small domestic adoption agency. Then, in December 2016 (while on their agency’s waiting child website), they saw the face of the child who will be their 7th. Piper is 3 months younger than their youngest daughter and has Down syndrome. This adoption has been their biggest faith journey by far. They could probably list 100 things that are scary about their “yes”. So many reasons they could have said no. But, if they are strong and courageous, He promises to never fail or abandon us. And none of their reasons to say no trumped Piper’s right to have a family who adores her and stands by her in this world. So, with mustard seed sized faith and trembling hands, they are headed back to adopt their precious baby with the extra chromosome and the special need of forever people.  And they’ve stopped telling people “we are done” and/or that their family is “complete”. Piper has taught them that, because of a simple answered prayer, it’s not up to them to decide when He’s done breaking us and molding us and using us. They are indeed broken in the best possible way and He has indeed raised in them a holy passion to defend the defenseless and to walk with these children down the scary, lonely roads that they have been asked to walk.

6/21/17—TRAVEL DATES RECEIVED
Follow the family’s journey on their blog: roushroadtochina.wordpress.com

$1,062.15 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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PAULY for the Shea-Dupuis family — CA

paulyBrian Dupuis and Jennifer Shea met through mutual friends and began dating over 12 years ago. They both fell in love with each other’s honesty, humor, and love of life. They were married almost 9 years ago in a beautiful church just down the street from where Jennifer had grown up.

Brian and Jennifer have always realized that they were incredibly blessed with an amazing family and wonderful friends. They always knew that they had a lot to give… the couple had talked about adoption off and on for a few years and had even looked at a few adoption sites over those years, but they had never felt that it was the time to act. However, this past December when Jennifer saw a little boy “Pauly” on the Reece’s Rainbow website, she felt an instant connection. For the next several days she woke up thinking about him, he popped into her head at random times throughout the day, and she went to bed praying that he felt safe and loved- and that he would find a family soon. After sharing her experience with her husband, he agreed that it was time to move forward.

Although the couple does not currently have any children of their own, they have many amazing nieces, nephews, and godchildren who they adore. And with the most supportive family and friends by their side, they cannot wait to bring their adopted child into their extended family filled with unconditional love!

6/16/17 —HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$29.85 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Pauly has received a $18 Waiting Child Grant.

 

LUCY for the Speelman family — OH

 photo fwbutton150.pnglucy speelman-famThis is the Speelman’s second adoption. They have three boys, two biological boys and their third son who was adopted from Asia in 2014. The summer of 2016 they determined they still had a child waiting in Asia and Ginny began looking. She stumbled upon a little girl but due to changes in their family it was not a good time to start an adoption. J.T. started a new job in September and on the first day of his new job they decided to request the paperwork of the little girl who had now been waiting most of the summer. After extensive research on her medical conditions and treatment options they decided the Speelman family was a good fit for this child and began the adoption process a second time around.

Lucy likes to listen to music, gets along well with other children, likes to play outside on swings and slides, prefers to play with other kiddos than alone and is described as a fighter full of spunk. The boys are thrilled to be getting a little sister!  The Speelmans cannot wait to get their little fighter home where she will have a family to fight with her!

The Speelmans request your prayers for Lucy’s health, speedy paperwork process, safe travel, adoption finances, and for Lucy to be prepared for a family.

7/15/17—LOA RECEIVED
Follow the family’s journey on their blog: speelmanhome.wordpress.com

$1,991.13 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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KAILA and CONNIE for the Adair family — MN

 photo fwbutton150.pngadair-girlsadair-famJacob and Rebecca are the couple that everyone looks up to and inspires to be because they know each other so well and have the most open communication. Rebecca is very sweet and caring. Jacob is very supportive and understanding. They met online when Rebecca was 18 and Jacob was 19. Instantly there was a strong connection between the two and they got married in 2006. Their relationship grew and they had 4 beautiful girls but felt their family was destined for more as they grew by 3 more girls last year. Jacob and Rebecca’s strengths to support their growing family are through their faith and dedication to God and their family. Their weakness is the same as any family that has seen the inside of an orphanage; that their hearts are forever burdened with the never ending suffering of orphans that will never know the love of a mother and father. They strongly feel led to the ministry of adoption even more now that they have seen first hand how amazing adoption can be when they brought home 3 beautiful sisters from Ukraine in 2016. Overall, they feel their adoption experience has been one of the best as their girls have integrated into their family so easily thanks to the ministry staff and other orphanage staff who did an amazing job preparing them for a life with a family to love and support them forever. This next trip they intend to add two more wonderful girls (biological sisters) into their ever expanding and loving home. Patiently waiting for their days to travel, they need all the help and support possible to bring these girls home and welcome them to a lifetime of family, friendship, and happiness.

7/10/2017–APPT on AUGUST 7

$1,773.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ANGEL for the Job family — CA

Angel (1)The Job family currently reside in Northern California and are thrilled to be adopting for the first time. Gary and Sasha have been married for nearly seventeen years and have been blessed with four amazing children. Their youngest biological child, Zoey, was born with a congenital heart defect as well as an extra chromosome – she has Down syndrome! Zoey has shown the family not only how strong she is, quickly recovering from open heart surgery at three months old, but also that life with Down syndrome is beautiful. The joy she has brought to their world is contagious and the family knew that one day they would add to their family through adoption … and they knew one thing for sure, they wanted a child with Down syndrome!

In November Sasha saw “Angel” on Reece’s Rainbow. Immediately something grabbed her, she couldn’t look away from “Angel’s” photo. She read her bio and sat there, staring at her sweet little face on the computer screen … she knew she was this little one’s mama! Soon the entire family had fallen in love with her as well. It was becoming clear that they were definitely “Angel’s” family! The financial aspect of adoption being the only thing holding them back, but after much prayer they chose to step out in faith … confidently saying “yes” to this sweet girl!

“Angel” is four years old. She has a congenital heart defect as well as an extra chromosome (Down syndrome). She is perfect and so loved! The family signed with the agency “Angel” is listed with and submitted paperwork in December. They got the best Christmas gift imaginable, pre-approval to proceed in adopting this precious girl. Now officially on their adoption journey, they are doing everything they can to get to her as quickly as possible.

They hit the ground running and began fundraising immediately – and they continue to do so. They are nearing completion of their homestudy and have begun to work on their dossier. Please keep this family continually in your prayers and if you feel led, please donate toward their adoption to bring “little sister” (as they now affectionately call her) home!

6/20/17— DOSSIER EN ROUTE

$4,124.14 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Angel has received a $162 Waiting Child Grant.

AMELINDA for the Terborg family — IN

amelindaJill is a single mom to two girls adopted from China. Jill always felt that she would adopt someday. She never thought that she would be doing it on her own, but feels incredibly blessed to be their mom. Jill adopted Ella in 2009 and Lexie in 2012. Both girls were adopted through the special needs program. They each have medical needs that require regular follow up but are very manageable now. Jill has found that she’s never really been doing this on her own, after all. God has directed every step and she and her girls are loved by Him as well as a community of family and friends. Her daughters are the joy of her life.

Jill and her daughters hosted Lexie’s best friend from her orphanage in December 2015 with the purpose to find a family for him. He is Reece’s Rainbow’s “Beau.” The two friends were reunited and he was recently adopted by family friends. That was a wonderful experience and Jill agreed to consider hosting again per Ella’s request. Ella wanted to host a little girl this time.

Jill, her daughters, and her mom (who takes care of her daughters when she works) looked at the next list of children available for hosting and were drawn to a 5 year old little girl. They watched her video and couldn’t imagine why she was still waiting for a family. Jill requested her file which had a long list of medical conditions in it that seemed daunting on paper but didn’t seem to fit the little girl in the video. Jill is an RN and felt like they could certainly help her find a family. Selah spent three weeks with them in their home last summer. They quickly fell in love with this sweet, funny, and determined little girl. Though she has challenges and the medical needs in her file proved to be true, it was obvious that they won’t define her. She doesn’t let anything stop her! Jill had a tearful goodbye with Selah at the airport when she went back. While Selah was here, Jill saw how well she fit into their family but hadn’t planned to adopt again and kept telling herself that she couldn’t do this… add a third child with multiple medical needs as a single mom… but she could also feel God saying, “No, you can’t. But I can.” After Selah left, she knew what she needed to do. Four days later, Jill emailed the adoption agency to begin the process to adopt Selah and bring her back to them, forever this time.

Selah has a long list of diagnoses and is in need of medical care and surgeries which may still include open heart surgery. There will be some travel required in the Midwest to provide her with the best options for medical care that will improve her quality of life. Selah is known as “Amelinda” on Reece’s Rainbow.

Jill hopes to travel for Selah’s adoption in the summer. Ella and Lexie are excited to bring their little sister home. They appreciate your prayers for the journey that lies ahead. “Once our eyes are opened, we can’t pretend we don’t know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know, and holds us responsible to act.” Proverbs 24:12

6/20/2017—DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$6,821.11 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Amelinda has received a $950 Waiting Child Grant.

A CHILD for the McAuliffe family — OR

 photo fwbutton150.pngKristina has been a natural caregiver her whole life. She is a single mom to three wonderful boys. Her youngest son is blessed with Williams Syndrome. Kristina has been a licensed daycare provider for 15 years. During this time she has cared for many children with sever special needs. She’s taken care of children with Cerebral Palsey, Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Oppositional Defiance Disorder , ASD, and of course Williams Syndrome. Kristina has always welcomes these children with open arms when other daycares turn them away. Kristina loves being a daycare provider because she’s earning a living and home for her own children’s needs. It’s the best of both worlds. Kristina knows the love of adoption because her mom was adopted. Most of Kristina’s family has passed away. Losing them so young has left Kristina with a deep passion for family. Kristina always knew she wanted to adopt. After seeing a friend fundraising through Reece’s Rainbow she began asking questions. Her friend introduced her to the profiles on Reece’s Rainbow. Kristina spent weeks reading hundreds of profiles. She knew she wanted to adopt but how? She had little savings, she was single. She just felt it was impossible. God kept whispering you can do it. She prayed about making the best adoption decision for her family. Kristina has no idea how she’s going to raise the money for this adoption. She has already doubled her work hours. She knows it’s going to take hard work. She is truly jumping in on faith.

2/15/2017–HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$293.49 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LAYLA for the Adams family — NC

Layla3_July 2016The Adams adoption adventure actually spans several years. It was a desire Diane had since she was young. Diane always loved children and raised a wonderful son (Nick). However, with pay equivalent to a teacher and single, it took several years to actually be in a position to be able to afford adoption. Diane saved over the years, but hadn’t quite gathered the entire amount needed to cover the expenses. There were garage sales and she grew a garden and canned the vegetables to save money here and there. Slowly her nest egg grew. Then sadly, her brother passed away after a long illness. Her brother was aware of her desire to adopt, and Diane was surprised to learn he provided a small sum of money to jump start the process. He would have been so happy to know that he had a part in her adventure.

In 2009, after what seemed forever, Diane began her first adoption. The referral was an incredibly small, sickly little girl in Eastern Europe. At the time of the first visit this little one-year-old was not able to sit independently, crawl, stand or support herself. She had digestive problems and was not able to absorb food adequately. It was felt she possibly has celiac disease or some other digestive disorder. She was failure to thrive, and the international adoption medical specialist said she had severe global delays. On the first visit, this little one looked up at Diane when she held her and just smiled. Diane knew that this little girl belonged with her. The adoption was complete in 2010. It was later learned that this little one was hearing impaired. Today, Makenzie is thriving in every way. While she wears bilateral hearing aids and does have celiac’s disease, her daughter reads in the top of her class and does equally as well in math. She enjoys gymnastics and is beautiful, loving and amazing in every way. She adores having a big brother, and he adores her.

In 2014, Diane began to feel that tug to add to her family again and pursue another adoption. She started having garage sales and her co-workers helped by donating items. She had a pastry fund raiser and even posted a go fund me page. Makenzie helped by selling homemade brownies at the garage sale. One day, in 2016, while Diane was looking on a web site that posts profiles of orphans with special needs, she saw a picture of a sweet little girl (Layla), in Eastern Europe. Layla had a rough start with club feet (now corrected), microcephaly and a genetic eye defect. She also had developmental delays, but she seemed to be a perfect fit for the Adams growing family. The Adams family is excited to add this sweet little girl to their family but still has a few financial hurdles before they can get there. We hope that others will want to make the difference in the life of this special little girl as well.

6/21/2017 — TRAVEL DATES RECEIVED

$651.42 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MARTIN for the Cotner family — NC

 photo fwbutton150.pngcotnerWilliam and Lee-Ann Cotner had a whirlwind romance that has set the tone for their adventurous, fun loving family. William is an Active Duty Military Police officer. Lee-Ann is currently a stay at home mom but, with a background in education, which is where her heart completely fell in love with her students blessed by Down Syndrome. They always knew they wanted to adopt but, always dreamed it was when their four biological kiddos were older. One day in 2015, sitting at the breakfast table and scrolling Facebook, they came across the profile of little boy on Reece’s Rainbow and they immediately knew he was to be their son. In 2016 Harvey became an official member of the family. Harvey has been such an amazing blessing to their family. He is rocking his Down Syndrome and brings such joy to everyone his smile meets.

The Cotner children IMMEDIATELY began asking for another brother or sister. But, so soon after Harvey’s adoption financially, William and Lee-Ann knew it would be best to wait. Lee-Ann came across Martin’s profile and felt that tug. She kept going back to his profile reading it over and over for several days. She made the inquiry to the agency and saw the most precious little boy’s face. Three year old Charlotte walked over the computer… looked at the picture and said “Oh THERE’S my baby brother”… and that was the sign of all signs that he in fact was meant to be their son. They live by that saying that there is ALWAYS a way…you just have to believe and remember God bless the broken road.

William, Lee-Ann and their five children, Peyton, Parker, Charlotte, Quinn and Harvey are so overjoyed to have you as part of the adventure bringing Martin home. They are grateful for those that show their support both financially and spiritually. Every donation will leave a lasting impact on their hearts and helping bring Martin home into his forever family, where we will be a cherished and welcomed member of the family, who they can’t wait to see shine!

6/21/2017–TRAVELING JULY 7

$2,898.75 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Martin has received a $36 Waiting Child Grant.

NATALIA for the Newby family — NC

 photo fwbutton150.pngnataliaOur family was blessed with a miracle in 2014 when we learned after seventeen years of infertility we were expecting a baby. This little miracle would bring along an extra special combination of chromosomes aka Down syndrome. We couldn’t imagine the joy we had in store when he joined our family. Every milestone has been a celebration and we’ve learned to appreciate every moment.

When our family began to discuss adoption we knew we wanted to give a child with Down syndrome a home where they would know love and acceptance. We wanted to offer a home where they could thrive, grow, and know the love of a family.

After looking into the adoption process, we came across Reece’s Rainbow. After researching international adoption and learning the living conditions of children in orphanages our hearts were led to adopt via this route. We felt this was the way God was directing our path.

We are so excited to be welcoming Natalia home! She will have two amazing big brothers waiting for her! Our journey is set before us and we are ready for the joys and challenges.

3/27/2017–COMPILING DOSSIER

$7,404.14 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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NOELANI for the Holt family — TX

noelani-1Jacob and Sarah had that “love at first sight” moment 13 years ago at Dallas Baptist University and never stopped living the fairy tale. Jacob is a Vice President at Alliant Insurance Services and Sarah is a fitness bootcamp instructor / stay at home mom with their 6 children ages 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 10. After the adoption of #6, they knew they had room in their hearts and home for one more and started looking at Reece’s Rainbow for the perfect child with “something extra.” The whole family is so excited to welcome their new sister, soon to be named “Noelle”!

2/6/17 —HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey at:  justusholts.blogspot.com

$6,153.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Noelani has received a $360.95 Waiting Child Grant.

WILKIE and OLIVIA for the Ellison family — UT

wilkie-2OliviaAlmost 3 years ago while preparing his file for families to review, adoption worker Stefani Ellison first saw the chubby little face of an endearing toddler boy. His special need was Down Syndrome and he had an extra tiny thumb protruding from his right thumb. That should have been her first clue. He was giving her the “thumbs up” sign no matter what direction she looked at him from. He needed a privacy name and she named him WILKIE.

Months, then years passed, no family came for him. His file left her agency and was assigned to multiple agencies. Still, no family came. His file again returned to her agency and he was included in an Advocacy Camp in November 2016. Stefani was assigned to be one of the traveling staff and her teenaged daughters Alexa and Jaeya were lucky get to go help too.

Alexa has had an extra special place in her heart for Wilkie. She has watched him for years as he waited. She wanted to be assigned as his advocate SO BADLY and in the end she was. She did a fundraiser to earn her plane ticket. They went to camp and needless to say, Wilkie was amazing, utterly ready for them to be friends. While in Asia, Stefani made repeated online posts and plead for someone to find their son Wilkie. Why was his prospective mother not listening?

Camp ended and they said their heartbreaking goodbyes and watched him taken into the elevator with his caregiver. The doors shut on that bright face. Sob. They made the arduous journey home missing Wilkie with their whole hearts.

A few days after returning home, Stefani’s husband Stephen called her from work. He declared, “I need to sell my truck”. To ever see Stephen with that Dodge Mega Cab 350 truck was to know that the beauty was his baby. Stefani wondered what on earth must be broken with it and steeled herself for what was coming next. What she didn’t prepare for was the answer to her question why when Stephen replied, “I need to sell my truck because I think I am supposed to be Wilkie’s dad.” Simply that and hearts were turned and future’s changed.

They have received pre-approval, Stephen’s truck sold and other tender mercies have been shown to them. There is no doubt today that Wilkie is an Ellison son and brother. His time waiting for a family to know he was theirs had finally ended.

The Ellison’s have blended a family, adopted 12 children, been foster parents, and have stepped up many times to help kids from very hard places. It has been painful and sometimes utterly challenging but they are certain they need to step up one more time and bring Wilkie home.

So, they walk towards Wilkie. They enfold him. They will do battle for him. They will sign every piece of unending paperwork with joy in their hearts that they get to be part of this blessing. Please walk with them. Be a partner in their journey. Together be awestruck by what Wilkie will bring into our lives and in what he will give the world.

5/5/2017–AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$2,591.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Wilkie has received a $2,119.50 Waiting Child Grant.
Olivia has received a $15,000 Older Child Grant.

CODY and CAREN for the Simmons family — TN

CodycarenMark and Brenda Simmons have been married for twenty years and have five biological children ages ranging from 3 to sixteen. They have always had a heart for children and although having a large family had always been part of their plan, they had not considered that adoption was part of their life story. God was constructing other plans though, and had been working in their lives for many years preparing their hearts to love and care for others in need. They initially pursued helping children in need through the foster care system. After completing their last foster care class though, they came across the Reece’s Rainbow website quite by accident. They immediately felt as if they were being led in the direction of special needs adoption. They were both drawn to siblings, Cody and Caren, and became convicted to make these beautiful children part of their family. Mark and Brenda are blessed to be surrounded by family and friends who love and support their values and their desire to grow their family through adoption. God has always guided with love and faithfulness. Mark and Brenda and their children are so excited to be a part of Gods leading in this wonderful journey of adoption. Please help them bring Cody and Caren home soon!

7/18/2017 — APPT DATE AUG 23 

$1,477.49 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Cody and Caren have received a $5220.40 Waiting Child Grant.

STAR for the Gagnon family — AZ

star-10Adopting their youngest son from Eastern Europe, Stacey swore she could never go back. After seeing firsthand the children she had only ever read about, she stepped off the plane back home and wanted to put it all behind her. She didn’t want to remember the silence of the orphanage, the smell of tooth decay and urine, and the babies lying for hours on end in their metal cribs. They had rescued their son, Israel, and perhaps there were other ways that God would use them to help the other children.

But God had other plans and they learned of a little girl that was laying in another crib on the other side of the orphanage, the same orphanage they had carried their son out of. They learned about the horrible medical procedures the baby had endured and her need for a family. This sweet girl had an amputated left arm and right foot, and she needed a mommy and daddy who could help her grow into a strong, confident woman. She needed siblings who could challenge her to walk and run, in spite of her limb differences. This little one needed a home, and the Gagnons knew that they could make room for one more.

The Gagnon’s are excited to welcome home there “Room for One More”, named Star. And as they travel this journey, they would like to invite you to come along and support them in prayer.

Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.

Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching. As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”

The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”

The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”

5/5/2017–HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; AWAITING USCIS
You can follow their journey at www.ransomforisrael.com as they make a difference to this one; their little “Star”fish.

$20,365.52 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ANNA and DOLLY for the Graham family — TX

 photo fwbutton150.pnganna-2016dolly-2017Hi there! We are Chris and Elizabeth Graham. Newlyweds. Mama and Daddy to Worth. Adoption advocates. Chipotle lovers. A musician and an artist.

In early 2015, I (Elizabeth) was living the single lady life when I had the craziest dream. In my dream, I was marrying the love of my life, and there right next to us was my precious, adopted child. It was breathtaking and vividly real.

By mid-2015, I was home study approved and eagerly learning the world of international adoption. After setback and heartbreak, I finally met my son, Worth, in May 2016, and he was in my arms forever on October 17, 2016.

Somewhere in the middle of that beautiful chaos, I met Chris and immediately knew he was the man of my dreams. Chris asked me to be his wife right before we traveled together to pick up my son, now our son. Loving Worth together has been the greatest joy of our lives. Some days are hard and messy and full of tears, but every day is overflowing with love.

Our prayer as a couple is that our love be so abundant that we have plenty to share with the world; now is the time to share our love with two daughters, two sisters for Worth. After months of praying and advocating for “Anna,” it became clear that she was supposed to join our family. Right now, she is locked away in a mental institution for adult men. Soon, she will be ours, forever home in our family.

With all signs and dreams pointing to adopting two girls, our hearts were led to “Dolly.” Without a doubt, she is our missing piece! “Anna” and “Dolly” are already in our hearts. Now we just need to get them home!

Thank you for being a part of this beautiful story. I can’t wait to see how it unfolds.

6/20/17 — COMPILING DOSSIER

$9,648.83 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Anna has received a $1054.95 Waiting Child Grant.
Dolly has received a $344.16 Waiting Child Grant.

SCARLETT for the Goodridge family — NC

scarlett-updateKyle and Leilani are excited about growing their family through adoption. They have three energetic little boys at home (21 months, 4.5, and 6 year old). This boy family is ready to shake things up and welcome a sister/daughter. They cannot wait to have “Scarlett” home. This sweet girl has just turned three and has Down Syndrome. Kyle and Leilani knew that adoption was in their future at some point, but being a busy military family made that a challenge. Moves have slowed down and now is the time! Leilani is a former preschool special education teacher, who now stays at home with their three young boys. Kyle is a dedicated Army officer who serves our country and sets a wonderful example to for his children. Kyle and Leilani would appreciate your support, please help them raise some funds to bring this precious little one home.

6/2/2017–LOA RECEIVED

$1,230.60 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Scarlett has received a $32.40 Waiting Child Grant.

LANA for the Rice family — MI

 photo fwbutton150.pnglana-video-still-jan-2017-jan-2017Kathy lives in West Michigan, where she was born and raised. Kathy was introduced to adoption – especially international adoption, and Reece’s Rainbow, when her daughter decided to adopt a little girl with Down syndrome from Eastern Europe. Her daughter and granddaughter returned home in December 2015. While following her daughter’s adoption and the year since, Kathy has helped as many families as she could, financially and prayerfully. She has also advocated for many children in need of families. Reading story after story about the life altering effects of adoption – for the child and parents – has been an inspiration to her.

After reading about the conditions children who have aged out face, and knowing those children would never know the love of a family, she knew she needed to do more. For the last few months Kathy has been contemplating and praying on what more she could do to help these children. So she is excited to announce that she is going to bring ‘Lana’ home before she ages out and loses the chance to live happily ever after knowing the love and joy of having a family!

Kathy raised her daughter as a single parent and knows the struggles it involves and the additional work it requires, but she decided that now is a good time to adopt an older child who is also from the same country where her granddaughter is from. Like her granddaughter, Lana rocks that awesome extra chromosome!

Any prayers and support, financially or emotionally, are greatly appreciated during her adoption process!

6/13/17 —DOSSIER SUBMITTED
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at lifealteringeffects.blogspot.com

$1,216.14 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Lana has received a $15,000 Older Child Grant.

 

VIVIAN for the Morse family — TN

 photo fwbutton150.pngvivian-2016-1Priscilla and Dave are experienced parents and adopters who have had their eyes opened once again to a precious child in need. They are pushing full steam ahead to bring their newest blessing home, and would love your support and prayers as they work as hard as they can to bring her home where she can know love, family, support and get the medical care she desperately needs. She will be joining her three older brothers and older sister who can’t wait to have her home to dote on. Please join the Morse family in their journey across the ocean once more, to gently gather their sweet baby girl into their arms and shepherd her home.

4/12/2017 –AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$23,422.68 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Vivian has received a $1102.50 Waiting Child Grant.

 

 

JEWEL for the Jones family — MT

Jewel2Cory and Kate Jones have been married for 10 years and live in northwest Montana.  They have 3 boys ages 6, 5, 2, and a daughter age 2.  Christ is the center of their lives and they strive to live and love the way Christ loves.  They adopted their 2 year old daughter, KyLynn, in July 2016 from China.  She has a blood disorder called beta thalessemia.  They have experienced firsthand what family, love, and proper medical care can do for a child.  Their daughter is growing and thriving in ways they never imagined.  Just two months after being home, they saw their sweet Magnolia’s face.  Kate knew that she was going to be their daughter, but they were a bit scared to say yes.  They had just exhausted their resources bringing home KyLynn.  After lots of prayer, God has confirmed to them in many ways that this is their daughter and they are not going to let money be a hindrance from following what God is calling them to.  They are confident that what God calls them to, he will provide while they trust and wait on Him.  They are choosing to walk by faith and not by sign as they work to bring sweet Magnolia home!  Magnolia Joy has Down syndrome and she rocks it, the Jones family knows that she will bring so much joy to their home!

5/26/17 —LOA RECEIVED

$2,924.93 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Jewel has received a $225 Waiting Child Grant.

KAYDEN for the Branscum family — WA

kaydenFrom as far back as Brianna can remember she has been inspired to adopt because of her sister. Her sister was adopted from Korea back in the 70’s. So, when Brianna and Josh got married it wasn’t a question that at some point they would adopt. They have almost been married 13 years and now have 7 biological boys ranging from 1 to 10 years old. The discussion has always been very open with their boys about adopting, but they have always said down the road. Maybe 10 years. Their 8-year-old is already making plans to adopt teenagers from foster care when he grows up. He talks constantly about adoption and ask every question under the sun. Adopting a special needs child hadn’t always been the plan though. Brianna has always been drawn to Down Syndrome kids and has looked through Reece’s Rainbow numerous times over the years. She’d always show kids to Josh, but they knew it wasn’t the right time. Special needs kids made him nervous. Then a little over a year ago he had a change of heart. He was completely on board with adopting a special needs child. Brianna continued to read blogs about other families adopting. One family in particular that was adopting 4 kids lead her to this specific country, so all she would look at was kids from there. One day though she pulled open 4 kids pages and when Josh got home she showed him. One adorable, little boy they closed instantly because there wasn’t a ton of information and it scared them. They both agreed to pray about the other 3 kids. Ultimately, they didn’t feel like God was telling them to adopt any of these 3 kids. A month or so later one of the pages Brianna follows on Facebook shared a blog by Wide Awake International. The little boy in the preview photo oddly looked familiar so she opened it up. And there right in front of her was that little boy that they had closed the webpage instantly on! It was love at first sight. His giggle and smile stole her heart. When Josh got home he couldn’t believe it. They both agreed to pray about this little boy, but already could tell God was speaking to them about him. A few days later as Brianna was carrying their youngest to the changing table after he had cried in the middle of the night she felt an overwhelming feeling that the little boy was meant to be there son. She texted Josh at work instantly and he agreed! They gave it fully to God to help them figure out the funds to commit to this little boy by Thanksgiving and He came through instantly. All their other boys are so excited! They had always begged for a sister, but the mention of a new brother brought no request for a sister and just the question of how fast can he be their brother. So now we are praying and doing whatever it takes to get him home and make him Branscum Boy #8!

7/14/17 — USCIS APPROVED

$363.58 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Kayden has received a $18 Waiting Child Grant.