Rachel Lawrence is beyond excited and blessed to soon be a mother for Austin. She is an intervention specialist (special education teacher) and also runs a horseback riding program for kids with special needs. God is in control and he has been blessing and paving the path to help bring Austin home. This is her first adoption and she is beyond grateful for all the support and prayers of those around her. Rachel is a single mother who has always known that she wanted a family through adoption. When she came across Austin on Reece’s Rainbows, she just knew it was time to begin her family and Austin was who she needed to bring home! Rachel can’t wait to meet and hold Austin. He will be growing up on a small farm with family and friends close by. Thank you for your prayers and support during this process!
10/7/15—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; COMPILING DOSSIER
You can follow our adoption at rachelsadoption.weebly.com
Jay — soon to be named Dominic — is vision impaired, with a diagnosis of Congential microphthalmus . He is currently being cared for in a facility dedicated to the blind and vision impaired orphans. When Dominic saw a friend recently go home with his new forever family, he asked, “When will my Mommy come?”
“Mommy is coming, Dominic!” Heidi would like him to know.
Please consider helping to bring Dominic home.
Heidi is the loving single Mom to two wonderful sons adopted from China. Ben (cleft l/p) was adopted at 3 ½ in 2006, and Evan (profoundly deaf) was adopted at age 6 in 2012. Heidi is a former elementary school teacher with a huge heart for children and passion for advocacy for orphans with special needs.
“Being Mom is the greatest blessing of my life,” she explained. “I saw my new son Dominic’s profile, and immediately new he was meant to join our family. As a single mother, the expenses to adopt can be scary, but one morning I passed a church sign that said, “God doesn’t ask if you are ready, He asks you to trust him.”
Dominic will be a part of a loving family with 2 terrific older brothers and a loving Mom. He will have a loving extended family with Aunties and cousins to dote on him. He will get the medical and educational support he will need to thrive in life. Thank you and God Bless you for all that you do to help children join forever families!
The Rebers are thrilled to announce that they are adding to their family! Their newest daughter, Lacy, is 9 years old, and is currently living in an orphanage in China. Kim teaches children with disabilities, and Greg is a music teacher. They met in 1991 at the elementary school where they were both teaching, and have been married for 22 years.
Kim and Greg believe that adoption was God’s plan for their family. He has blessed them with three beautiful girls through international adoption. Kaitlyn Taomei and Jessica Taoli are 19 year-old identical twins, who were adopted from Nanchang, Jiangxi, China in October 1996 when they were 11 months old. Ashley Heejung is 14, and was a waiting child in S. Korea due to spina bifida, failure to thrive, and other medical needs. She was 16 months old when she came home.
Lacy has spina bifida (spinal meningocele) and bilateral club feet. She has had multiple surgeries for her meningocele and club feet in China. Lacy enjoys going to school in the orphanage – her favorite subject is her native language. Lacy also loves arts and crafts. According to the agency that visited her, Lacy is smart, very sweet, and a loving girl. She is very eager to have a family of her own.
Lacy’s big sisters can’t wait to meet her! Kaitlyn and Jessica are Communication Design (art) majors at Kutztown University of PA, and Ashley is in middle school. The Rebers hope to travel to China early next summer to bring Lacy home to join their family!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” –Jeremiah 29:11
9/10/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.hope4joy.com
Hi! We’re the Pattersons. We’ve been married for 22 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 fourth grade. Two years ago we adopted our youngest, Joseph (Igor on Reece’s Rainbow) from Ukraine. The past two years have been challenging but SO rewarding.
For over a year we have wanted to adopt again. When we saw Vienna’s picture on Reece’s Rainbow 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 Arthropryposis. Joseph was born with Arthropgryposis 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 Vienna 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.
9/25/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at hiskindness.wordpress.com
The Meyer family is joyfully taking a huge leap of faith, trusting the Lord in this journey to make Toby part of their family! It is so clear that God’s hand is on this decision – and that so many pieces of their pasts (as individuals and as a family) are being put into place for Toby.
Kameron spent several summers in Russia and studied Russian in college, so she has always had a heart for the former Soviet Union. Some of her most cherished memories of her summers overseas were those showing love to orphaned or neglected boys.
She and Josh both served in the Air Force, where they met and they eventually married in 2006 after spending months and months apart while both served in Iraq. Josh brought with him two amazing children, Jacob and Sarah, who allowed Kameron to learn about motherhood right from the beginning, spending each summer together as a family.
After Kameron medically retired from the Air Force for a debilitating ankle injury, she and Josh accepted a position as Family Teachers for a house full of boys at Boys Town in San Antonio, Texas. They spent a wonderful and challenging year there, investing in the lives of twelve different boys who were in need of a loving, family environment. It was during that year that they first began to think of possibly adopting an orphan. First, God chose to grow their family biologically. In 2008 they had their son Jack. Two years later George was born and in 2013, baby Joe was added to the family. All during this time, the family traveled to various locations for Josh’s work as a contract firefighter, including: Qatar, Kaua’i, Curacao and now Las Vegas, Nevada.
For the first time in several years, they began to feel settled in one place and comfortable with their family dynamic. Even so, they have longed to serve Christ more fully – more radically. To really live out the Gospel. Kameron’s extended family has had experience with international adoption and one sister’s family adopted a precious boy with Down Syndrome through Reece’s Rainbow, so they have been aware of the plight of orphans, but never felt the go-ahead from God to pursue adoption. Until July 2015 when Kameron read a beautiful blog post about Toby from another adoptive mother who had to leave him behind. The story shattered the world as the Meyers knew it. The entire family knew that Toby belonged with them…each of the five siblings gave strong approval to proceed with a commitment.
That wonderful adoptive mom who wrote the post about Toby included the verse Matthew 13:44: “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” The Meyers know that Toby is their hidden treasure. The Lord actually used his Celiac disease to bring him to his forever family! The Meyers have two children with gluten sensitivity issues, so they are well prepared to provide Toby with the gluten free environment he needs! Even gluten sensitivities can be used in the kingdom of heaven!!! And the Meyers are ready to “sell all they have” in pursuit of that wonderful treasure waiting for them. To God be the Glory!
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at tobyourtreasure.blogspot.com
This was the third trip to China for the Hall family. With each trip, Josh and Shauna volunteered at the same orphanage installing wood floors and working with the children. And with each trip, a seed of love from god was planted in their hearts. The Halls knew it was a blessing and an honor to travel to China to help change the lives of the children for the better, but little did they know that one of those children was going to change the Hall’s life forever. The trip was getting near to the end and the job was almost done before Mrs. Hall walked up on Wyatt standing outside of his home with his nanny. And from that moment, it was love at first sight for Shauna. Shauna grabbed Josh to introduce him to Wyatt and the trio seemed like an instant family and that’s when they knew god’s seed bloomed in their hearts and he was to be their son. The Hall’s proceeded with the adoption the minute they got home and the rest is history. Thank you so much for taking the time to read the Hall’s story as they hope it might plant a seed of love from god in your hearts. In remembrance of the “Waiting Children”.
3/31/15—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; USCIS APPROVED
Greetings! We are the Chinchak Family, and we are proud to announce we are the Forever Family for “Wetherby”. He will be joining our family through the blessing of Adoption. This is a brand new process for us, and we are looking forward to both the joy and the challenges that we will face through this this journey. It will be a long road and we are aware we may face some struggles along the way, but they will be worth it all once we have him with us. We have learned “Wetherby” is a child who is blessed with a special ability to see the world through a different light then others; he has Down Syndrome. Some may see this as an obstacle, but we see this as a blessing, and we are ready to see how he will make this world, our world, a brighter place. We invite you to join us along the way.
9/1/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their Facebook Page titled, “How’s The Wether-An Adoption” and on their blog at http://howsthewether.blogspot.com/
The Allen family is adopting again! This will be their 2nd (& 3rd) adoption of a deaf child. Their story really began 21 years ago, when Jamie went to college to be a Sign Language Interpreter, but then became a stay-at-home Mom; always wondering why she was given such a passion for the Deaf community. Eleven years ago, John and Jamie met. When they married a year later, they were immediately thrown into the life-long task of “blending” their family, since John had 2 children and Jamie had 3. Through 4 additional years they added 2 more biological children to their blender. Fast forward to 3 years ago, when John and Jamie went with a group from their church to an adoption conference to see what the group could do to help in Orphan Care. During that conference, John & Jamie were both lead to adopt. They thought God would want them to adopt through the US Foster Care System. They quickly realized, as doors shut in their face, that God wanted them to go to China to adopt a particular little boy, who was deaf. Tobias has been home 11 months now and is thriving! They are going back to China to adopt Devin, a 5 yr old girl, and Archer, a 12 yr old boy, who are both deaf. Deafness is a special need that seems to cause undue fear in people, which is apparent in the amount of waiting deaf children in China. They weren’t sure which child they should bring home, knowing both needed language as soon as possible. God has opened the doors wide to adopt both children at once! Their family knows American Sign Language to some degree, which will give both of the children, parents, and siblings they can communicate with, laugh with, and blend with. Soon the Allen family will have 5 boys and 5 girls. Lord have mercy, that’s a lot of noise, fun, and love in one 2500 sq. ft. house!
Stephanie and Sean are at it again. They have been married since the beginning of time and have 5 children. Their oldest, Danielle, is 22 years old, a recent college graduate and growing into a fine young lady. Next is Cody. He is 20 years old and in college now and working with special needs adults. The youngest three came to the family through adoption. Cole is 8, adopted from Ukraine at age 4. Caden is 6, adopted from Ukraine at age 2. Cooper is 8, adopted from Ukraine at age 5. We thought we were done, but God had another plan. They both love Ukraine and thought if they ever adopted again, it would definitely be from there, but when they saw Noah, they knew he should be part of the gang. The little boys are affectionately called the “DS Mafia” and we are all excited for Noah to be a part of that. Please help offset the cost of the adoption by donating to Noah’s grant. Thank you in advance.
5/6/15—COMPILING DOSSIER, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at carmichaeladoption.blogspot.com
Colleen and James first met in college. Colleen was a freshman and James was a junior. After James graduated, they parted ways, then five years later they started dating. Two years after that, they got married, and they have been married for two years. After exploring state adoption and not really agreeing with their system, Elijah’s file basically fell in their lap, and James and Colleen knew he was theirs. Colleen and James have always wanted a big family, through adoption and biological children. Elijah will be their first child and they couldn’t be any happier. They cannot wait to show him the world.
7/15/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Frank and Melissa have been married 24 years. They have a 21 year old daughter Emily, who is in college. Emily spent the spring 2014 semester in China learning Mandarin Chinese and Chinese culture. The Tilton’s have a homegrown son, Frankie who is 11 and in 6th grade. In August 2014, the Tilton family traveled to China for the adoption of Oliver and Gracie. Oliver is 6 and is in Kindergarten.Gracie is 5 and she is our Reece’s Rainbow sweetie.
In 2013 the Tilton family fell in love with a picture of Gracie on RR and she started this amazing adventure of adoption. She spreads love everywhere she is. Even though they have only been home a a year, the Tilton’s are thrilled to be returning to China. They are adopting Tori and she will be named Ruby. That name was chosen because Frank and Melissa believe she is a precious gem to be treasured and adored. The Tilton’s have a passion for children with Down Syndrome and other special needs. Melissa is a special education teacher, specializing in working with children with emotional and behavior disorders and children from hard places. Frank and Melissa believe every child has value and unlimited potential. Their heart’s desire is to pour their love into their children and they are thrilled to be growing their family through adoption.
9/2/15—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at tiltonfamily5.blogspot.com
Effie was found abandoned at the age of 2 months and she was placed in an orphanage where she currently lives. She turned 4 in October, 2014.
Effie has a Tessier Facial Cleft and congenital malformation of her nose which has not been corrected.
Effie’s country has granted me preliminary approval to adopt her and bring her home to live with our family. Because Effie has significant special needs, all of my paperwork and a significant portion of the fees associated with the adoption, must be submitted prior to July 1, 2015.
As a single parent, I created my family through the miracle of adoption and have been blessed with two beautiful daughters and a fabulous young son, all from Asia. I also have a wonderful adult son who I adopted as a toddler here in the United States.
There is still plenty of love to spread around and we look forward to giving this little girl the life she deserves.
Mark and Rebecca paths first crossed when they were introduced to each other by friends. They became good friends and that friendship continued to grow until, and a couple of years later they were planning their wedding.
Mark and Rebecca have always had a very strong sense of faith and family. One scripture that they kept coming back to was, “A father of the fatherless, and a defender of the widows, is God in his holy habitation. God sets the lonely in families. (Psalms 68:5-6)”.
In 2011 they talked about expanding their family of six through adoption.
After much prayer they committed to and adopted two infants with Down syndrome. Their lives were forever changed. In March 2014 they went back to Eastern Europe to adopt again. This time they brought home two teenagers with Down syndrome.
They cannot imagine life without their amazing children they have adopted in it. Watching their children grow in love and faith before their eyes has been one of the most magical and enriching experiences, one they would not trade for the world.
When Celina was listed on Reece’s Rainbow they knew she was meant to be part of their family and have decided to bring home two other children as well!
9/12/15—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at becauseyouareloved.blogspot.com
Jacob and Sarah live in Texas with their 5 little ones. Sarah is blessed to stay at home with the kids and Jacob works in Oil and Gas Risk Management. They are a very active family and most days can be found at the ball fields or park. While they have always dreamed of adopting, they got serious about it about 3 years ago. The first 2 children they fell in love with will always be a part of their family. Although politics and war have prevented them from coming home, there is still a dream of bringing them home some day. For now they are thrilled beyond measure to add baby Joy to the family. After viewing many files with no one jumping out, they saw Joy and immediately started paperwork. Everyone is so excited and the kids already talk about her as if she’s always been in the family.
7/15/15—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at justusholts.blogspot.com
When Nickolas Kupper makes a decision, he does it quickly. When he was 14 and in freshman Honor’s English, for example, he saw Crystal and decided on the spot that they would someday marry. She, however, needed convincing. After three years of intense research on “How to Woo a Wife in 137 Easy Steps,” (a book that has yet to be written; he doesn’t want to give away his secrets!), Nick was stunned when Crystal took a cue from the whole Laura-and-Urkel saga and caved. It was the best defeat and sweetest victory either of them have ever had.
With all the wisdom of teenagers, they married at 19. Today, at the much wiser age of 30, they are parents to Jack (7), Jude (4) and Avinly (2). As an Air Force family stationed in England, Crystal had no idea how literally she would have to take the “I will go wherever you go” part of her vows. Nick, meanwhile, had no idea that he would still be in the military after his first six-year commitment. But 11.5 years later, he’s still one of the Air Force’s best.
Crystal is a freelance magazine writer who grew up in a foster and adoptive family. Besides the Oregon Ducks winning their first national football championship, the thing she has wanted more than anything is to use her special needs experience through adoption. Despite that obvious decades-old passion, Nickolas played it cool until he saw Abigail on Reece’s Rainbow. He asked a few questions about her medical needs and possible future treatments. Approximately five seconds later, he asked, “What would you think about us adopting her? Look into it.” And just like the first time he saw Crystal, he knew that this girl was supposed to be with him.
Abigail has extensive medical needs. She also has an extensive ability to melt your heart with her smile and voice. Won’t you join the Kuppers on their adoption journey to the most beautiful girl in Eastern Europe?
9/17/15—DOSSIER COMPLETE, USCIS APPROVED
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.crystalkupper.net/blog
Margaret and Danny have volunteered and worked with people with special needs since their high school and college years. They met 29 years ago while volunteering at the Special Olympics. After they married, Margaret took time off while they raised their 4 children. Benny and Sammy are working and living on their own. Helen is a sophomore in college and Harry is in middle school. Margaret and Danny talked about and looked into adopting a child with special needs. Their search started and ended with Reece’s Rainbow when one beautiful smile from Rania captured their hearts! The whole family is very enthusiastic and excited about adopting Rania and their children are looking forward to having a new sister!
8/21/15—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at margierose25mc.blogspot.com
Ernie and Jennifer have been married for 16 years and have 8 kids, 7 of whom have been adopted from around the world. After their most recent adoption (“Breck” on Reece’s Rainbow) they had planned to spend some time recovering from the financial challenges associated with so many adoptions. However, they couldn’t stop thinking about their daughter Hannah’s foster brother who continued to wait for a family long after they had brought her home. He was diagnosed with arthrogryposis and had limited use of both his arms and legs. Ernie and Jennifer knew there weren’t many people eager to adopt a child who couldn’t walk, had limited use of his arms, and would need numerous surgeries and lifelong treatments due to his special needs. However, they also knew that while his medical needs seemed significant, his need for a family was truly his greatest need. He and Hannah had been very closely attached to one another. Hannah continued to carry his picture around talking about him on a daily basis. Their other children had started asking to adopt him while Hannah was still in China (he was with Hannah in many of the pictures they received while waiting to bring her home). They couldn’t let this child spend another minute waiting for a family when they knew the only concern in adopting him was money. They would simply have to step out in faith that once again God would provide to get this precious boy home. At the same time, their hearts continued to be pulled towards older children with Down syndrome who had literally been waiting YEARS for a family. With each passing year these children become even less likely to find a family. Ernie and Jennifer knew they could easily love one of these children. Their other children were eager to have another sibling. It took only one look at Yvonne’s profile on Reece’s Rainbow for them to know SHE was the one they should adopt. The children all eagerly joined in praying for Yvonne to become their sister. After several weeks of hearing their children’s prayers Ernie and Jennifer knew THIS was the answer they had sought concerning God’s will for their lives and this adoption. While their initial pull to adopt yet again had been to bring home Hannah’s foster brother, they would also be bringing home a new daughter. Adopting even one child can be a huge financial challenge. These two newest children will bring the number of children adopted into this family to NINE. The family has worked hard to cover the financial expenses associated with so many adoptions, even moving to a smaller home to help financially, but they know that it’s only through God’s great provision they will be able to bring home these two new children. They greatly appreciate all who desire to be a part of God’s provision to help bring these precious children home to the love and care they so greatly need.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at mysonsfromafar.blogspot.com
Michelle is a single mother to her seven children. She has four biological children and three children that were added to her family through adoption. Her oldest daughter and son-in-law have blessed her with a four year old granddaughter, a one year old grandson and another granddaughter due in 2015. She has a son currently completing the Police Academy and is top of his class. She has a daughter who is going to school to get her degree to work as an adoption social worker. She states she plans to have 3 biological children some day and 3 children who join her family through adoption. She has a son who will be graduating high school in a few months and plans to complete his college studies with a major in Equine Studies. Michelle adopted a medically needy sibling group from the US Foster Care system. They were biological siblings but never lived together until she adopted them. Her son has Arthrogryposis of his upper and lower limbs and is a double amputee with amazing Iron Man prosthetics. He is no longer medically needy. Her daughter has had numerous surgeries on her hip, has lower limb difference, wears leg braces, has had ankle reconstructions, and her cancer is in remission. She is also no longer medically needy. She adopted a 3 year old little boy from China in 2014. She traveled with her second oldest daughter and fell in love with the culture and her heart hurts for those left behind. Before her trip to China she fell in love with a beautiful bald little girl with amazing dimples who had waited on the shared list for over 5 years. When she saw how there was no future for her in China she knew she had to return to adopt her. She received an update shortly after submitting her letter of intent and she now has a beautiful head of hair and the same glowing dimples!
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bringinghomefamily.blogspot.com
Because they are led…Cecil and Cathy met 15 years ago of all places commuting back and forth on the bus for their jobs. They have been married now 13 ½ years. Cecil has grown children, in addition to a grandson and Cathy is now a stay-at-home mom and homeschools their two youngest. They started their family through adoption in 2007 with their daughter at 16 months old, now 9, then again in 2009 for their youngest son at 22 months old, now 7, and one more time in 2011 for their son at 12 years old, now 16. They have all been adopted from China with various special needs.
Adoption has always been a part of Cathy’s life as she is adopted also. She knew she always wanted to adopt at least once and here they are adopting #4!
They believe this is their calling in life and very excited to be adding another daughter and sister to their growing family and they feel led to add as many children as God wants them to have! They would be grateful for prayers and support to help bring their daughter Ceilie into their family.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at babyjellybeans.com/web/do/site?pg=747782
“Care for the orphans in their distress!” James 1:27. 160 million orphans in this world! Love at least one!
Adoption is the mission field of the Winslow family of New Hampshire. With nine adopted children (one of which lives in heaven!) and 2 biological children, they are fulfilling God’s call on their lives!
Last year they brought home their 2 Bulgarian blessings! What a joy this has been for them! God has told them that they are NOT done yet! They said, “send us God”, and He is sending them again. To familiar territory for yet another blessing!
This one is a precious 5 year old girl with Down’s Syndrome. They already love her!
Thank you for taking the time to encourage and support the Winslow family! They sure do appreciate it and love you all greatly!
7/13/15—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at winslowsix.blogspot.com
The adoption journey started several years ago. Having 2 beautiful biological children but feeling that the Lord wanted us to use some of our circumstances to help other children.
On a cold January day our 4 month old son, became the victim of abuse. What occurred after that was a numbing event of emergency craniotomy surgery, several eye surgeries, years of therapy and legal battles.
During the several years that we had intense therapy and medical issues with our son we learned how frustrating and hopeless parenting a special needs child can be BUT we also learned that love has no bounds and our love for him did not wavier based on his ability to walk, talk, swallow or learn. We were blessed with a group of friends that came beside us and provided support in unimaginable ways. We learned the ropes of applying for Medicaid, maneuvering thru the school system special education programs and working with insurance companies to ensure therapy sessions for our son. We also feel immensely blessed that we were able not only to see God’s grace but we were able to experience it firsthand. Having gone thru this with our son has strengthened our walk with Christ and we have learned to lean on him for all things, giving thanks always. Although we would not wish this circumstance on anyone we see the experience as a gift from the Lord. Thru this life experience we changed, grew and learned to love more deeply.
Fast Forward several years, our son went thru years of therapy and although we were told his prognosis was grim and he probably would never walk or talk, he entered 1st grade at a Christian School and was a “normal” student for the first time ever.
He plays sports, sings in the choir and makes straight A’s in school.
It was about this time that we began to seriously consider adoption and using the knowledge we had gained to help another special needs child. We researched several programs and decided on adoption from foster care. It was a year long process and although there were ups and downs we were very blessed to be able to adopt an 8 year old boy. Our son was considered special needs as well since he had encopresis and often soiled himself many times a day.
We have now had our adopted son in our home for 5 years and he was legally adopted on 12/20/2010. He has been such a blessing and our biological children have done very well “sharing” their parents. Our adopted son’s encopresis has all but stopped. We worked with him diligently using positive reinforcement and making changes in his diet and at this time he seems to be symptom free.
After our sons adoption we found ourselves with 3 happy healthy children and we still feel the call to help special needs children. So we decided to adopt internationally this time because we know that every child deserves to have a family and to know what love is. We choose to adopt our 4th child, a girl with down syndrome and many other medical problems. We were privileged to bring our daughter home in November 2012 and we treasured the sweet beauty that the Lord blessed us with. In March 2013 our daughter passed away. Although she was with us such a short time we count it one of life’s greatest gifts to have been her family. During her short time with us she impacted many lives and upon her death we worked with the school she attended to build a special needs playground in her memory.
In many countries these children are unwanted and seen as a hardship and we feel this is our opportunity to extend the Love of Christ to a child that might otherwise never get to experience that. Although we will never lead a large congregation and we may never see hundreds saved on the mission’s field, we can serve one. We can bring the Love of Christ to this child; we can offer her medical care and a loving family. Her future will be bright for we firmly believe that “I can do all things thru Christ which strength me” Phil 4:13.
As a family we are confident that this is what the Lord has called us to do and we are filled with anticipation as we follow his leading in this next chapter of our lives.
Adam and Karen LaDuke have been married for 16 years. They have two daughters- ages 12 and 10. They have so enjoyed parenting and feel so strongly for the plight of the orphan that they hoped to add to their family by adopting again in 2013. After attempting to adopt little sisters and having the process end differently than they had planned, they were put on a waiting list. For seven months they waited and prayed and mourned, not knowing what God had in store for their future. Finally, “Julia” was informally referred to them. Without much initial information, they prayed over the situation and asked God to show them if she was meant for their family. While praying, Adam felt he suddenly knew “Julia’s” name. Within hours of telling Karen, an email arrived confirming Adam’s realization. This little girl was meant to be theirs! “Julia’s” soon-to-be older sisters are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their little sister, as are Adam and Karen. God’s plan is always best- even when it catches us by surprise!
The Sotolongo family recently adopted their son “Nevada” as named on Reece’s Rainbow. The Sotolongo’s have four other children all under 6 years old. Nevada’s first year has been nothing short of a miracle. He has undergone corrective heart surgery, which in his country was deemed impossible based on his condition. He is flourishing in a family, learning to sign words and perform daily tasks. He bond’s and interacts very well with his siblings. While adopting Nevada, the Sotolongo’s met a few other children at the orphanage that grabbed their hearts. When leaving, the Sotolongo’s already felt that they would be back. The Sotolongo family is very excited to revisit Nevada’s orphanage and leave with new additions to their family. The Sotolongo’s want to thank you for your support and prayer as they continue on this adoption journey.
7/25/15—COMPILING DOSSIER, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at pursuedandtreasured.blogspot.com
Jeremy and Aubrey met in 2006 and married in 2008. They are both from upstate New York. Jeremy enlisted in the Army in 2007 as a Field Artillery Cannon Crewmember. In 2009 they PCS’d to Germany. Inspired by Jeremy’s hard work, Aubrey joined the Air Force. Today, they are still living in Germany. Aubrey is a Dental/Prophylaxis Technician for the Air Force and Jeremy is in the Army Reserves and attending college. They have a one year old daughter.
While living in the military communities of Vilseck & Ramstein, they have been blessed with many good Christian friends who took the time to mentor them in God’s Word. One such family adopted 7 children and showed them the important role faith in God has had in their decision to adopt from around the world. After many wonderful Tuesday night dinners with them and learning about their unique family, Aubrey & Jeremy wanted to follow their example.
Ellis’ sweet little smile and the sparkle in his eyes melted their hearts, and they knew the time to adopt is now.
7/16/15—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
The Prien family is big, loud, fun, and loving. The parents Todd and Jill have been married for 23 years and are still madly in love. They have been blessed with eleven beautiful kids and are enjoying every second of watching them grow up into strong loving individuals. They were blessed with the opportunity of raising a little boy with Down Syndrome. This opened their eyes to a whole new world. They realized how great the need for loving, supportive homes were. While looking at these children in need, Sarah, who is deaf, caught their eye. They are already learning American Sign Language for their boy with Down Syndrome and thought it would be fun for them to sign together. They hope to bring her home with them and share their love and devotion with her. The christian family prays each night to bring Sarah to their family. Even the younger children are involved and excited. Their motto “Big Families, Big Blessings” couldn’t hold more truth. They feel very blessed and want to give her the best life possible. Please help us give her the home and love she deserves!
Jeff and Shanda got a bit of a non-traditional start. When Jeff and Shanda met, Shanda was a divorced single mom of two boys. They quickly merged into one tight knit family though, and were thrilled to soon celebrate the birth of a little girl. A few months after the princess joined their family, they realized she wasn’t developing at the typical speed and began seeking answers. The princess was soon diagnosed with Chromosome 15q Duplication Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. Not long after that, their family expanded again, this time with the addition of an 8 yr old through kinship foster care. They were later blessed to adopt this sweet boy, who fit perfectly into their family from day one. But God wasn’t done – Jeff and Shanda then welcomed the newest addition to their family – a sweet baby boy was born in December 2012! Their family now has 4 boys, ages 15, 12, 11, & 1, and one sweet little 3 year old girl. Their family was complete – so they thought. One day they read an article about the plight of special needs kids in other countries. Their eyes were opened and their hearts were broken. Children just like their sweet princess, routinely abandoned to spend their lives in institutions. The magnitude of that injustice was beyond their comprehension. Their journey parenting a special needs child and also adopting had taught them many things. It brought their family closer together, it made them stronger. It made them realize that the important things in life are smiles and love, not IQ and test scores. They learned that every child brings pride and joy and blessings, regardless of a diagnosis or a biological connection. As a family who had seen first hand the blessings of both adoption and special needs, they had to do something. So, they prayed. They knew that it was their job as Christians to join the fight against this injustice. So they prayed about how. And soon God gave them an answer – their part is to adopt. So they made plans to adopt. Someday. But God changed that plan when they ran across a picture of sweet Antoinette! They took some time and prayed over it, and God confirmed that she is their child. God has already begun moving mountains – after a long search, they recently bought a big house that could easily accommodate another child. The purchase of the house has depleted much of their savings and made the process of adopting at this time very daunting. But God promised – if they just said “yes”, that He would provide. So they enter into this adoption completely on faith that God will move the mountains and they will soon bring home another sweet little princess.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog 15milesfromnowhere.blogspot.com
The Warinners are happy to announce their commitment to adopt an orphan girl from Eastern Europe. They hope you’ll consider partnering with them in their efforts to complete the lengthy and expensive process of adoption and bring her home! Derek and Sarah became interested in adopting from Eastern Europe through a large family newsgroup, when a prayer request introduced 4 brothers who needed a family. As they followed this story until they were adopted by another family – they got to know about orphans in the region including several with special needs. After several months they were introduced to “Casey” and “Iggy”, two orphans with cerebral palsy who were nearly too old to be adopted (both were 15 years old at the time). Derek and Sarah felt that Casey and Iggy would have difficulty thriving in an adult institution, so they acted quickly to make the proper government filings to become eligible to adopt them before they “aged out”. After completing their home study and fundraising, they made the trip to meet them. They bonded quickly with the children and, after prayerful contemplation, decided they should become part of the Warinner family! In March 2014, Casey and Iggy became Lucas and Matthew, the newest (and oldest) Warinner children. Derek and Sarah have enjoyed having Lucas and Matthew in their family and have put considerable effort into accelerating their development. After only a year it’s clear the kids are making great progress!
Derek, Sarah, and their 7 children Maria, Jeremiah, Michael, Daniel, Gabriel, Lucas, and Matthew, anxiously await the adoption process approvals and arrival of a new daughter into their family. They are fundraising to obtain resources to cover the international adoption costs, travel expenses, and her process to enter the US. Thanks for your partnership and support!
8/25/15— AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Joe and Jenny met working EMS and fell in love. They have always known they wanted a big family. They started creating their bundles of joy and now want to add more. They have been together almost 20 years and love their family with all of their hearts. They have 5 beautiful children who are so alike, but so different. Three are home grown and two are Ukrainian Princesses. They have meshed into one big, happy family. Now the kids are wondering when the family can bring more love into their home. They live in the wild wonders of the UP of Michigan where they live life to the fullest. Their children are well loved and accepted in the community and are missed when they are unable to attend events. They are excited to begin this newest adventure for their family. Adoption can bring such exciting adventures and bring so many people together.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at vandyckfamilyofhowmany.blogspot.com
We love our life!
God has used the trials and challenges in our life to strengthen us and show us his purpose for our family. Adoption is a glorious gift that we feel so lucky to be a part of. We have four children, two biological daughters and two adopted sons who have Down syndrome. We all feel like we won the lottery when they joined our family. They have been an amazing gift to us all. Their sisters love watching them grow and learn new things and they have become strong advocates for people with special needs. The boys have made us all better people.
This time we weren’t looking for a child to adopt when a video of Tamarix was shared by a friend who thought she would fit perfectly in our family. God began to work in our lives and made it very clear to us that this was our daughter and we must go and get her!
Tamarix is deaf, and so is our 12 year old daughter. We all use American Sign Language in our home. Tamraix now uses her home country Sign Language. We love to debate, What American sign will we show her first?
We have stepped forward with faith, trusting in God’s grace that he will make a way.
There is a Chinese proverb that goes like this…
An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break.
We hope that you might somehow be a part of our story, and we thank you for any donation you can make to finally give Tamarix what every child deserves, hope for her future.
8/6/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at werhutson.wix.com/seejennyjuggle
Eric and Jasmine met in high school and quickly became close friends. After two years their friendship blossomed into a relationship and the couple was happily married in 2007. Adoption had always been on their hearts, and more recently special needs adoption. The family is blessed to have Jasmine working as a full time homeschooling mom and Eric works from home 4 days a week so taking children to appointments is much easier to manage. They currently have 4 children with at home, a son (7) and daughter (4) born in Ethiopia, a daughter (5) born in Utah and a daughter (2) born in Hong Kong.
After having read through many of the child profiles, Eric and Jasmine felt God leading them to adopt again. Over their last 4 adoptions they have learned to trust more and more in God’s leading and are taking a leap of faith as they pursue adopting an older child. They are looking forward to adventure God has in store for their family!
7/8/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at countitalljs.blogspot.com
Lawrence and Michele Conklin met as teenagers at Church youth group. They started with a friendship that gradually became a relationship. They have now been married over 20 years.
Lawrence worked hard at providing for their family as they welcomed Lawrence Jr in 1992 and Zachariah in 1995. They thought their family was complete however God had other plans. Michele felt a strong pull to do foster care and they began their foster care journey in 2007. Since that time they have fostered over a dozen children, adopting 4 of the children.
Emily is 14, Jack is 8, Nickolas is 7 and Michael is 5. And in 2011 they added a daughter in Law to their family when Lawrence Jr. married Kimberlee and they welcomed their first child the Conklin’s first grandchild Jayda Renee in 2013.
In the summer of 2013 God rocked their world once again, they were called to host a sweet 14 year old boy from Eastern Europe. Igor filled a spot in their family they did not know existed all the kids got along and when he had to go back the family soon realized the family would not be complete without Igor.
It has been long hard process raising funds etc. to bring him home and God in his wisdom decided to speak to their hearts once again and to compel the Conklins to rescue a child from RR while they were over there and that is when sweet Janelle caught their hearts. The Conklins feel strongly that the Lord has brought them this far and he will continue to grow their family as he sees fit.
4/14/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
The Doloski family is growing again! Michael and Jennifer have been married for 20 years. Their children are Rebecca (17), Anna (14), Pavel Joshua (9) and Daniel (8). Joshua (formerly “Patrick” on Reece’s Rainbow) came home from Eastern Europe in 2012. While Michael and Jennifer were visiting with Joshua, they had a chance to meet and bond with his best buddy in the Baby House. “James” was funny, polite, kind, and so very handsome. Months after coming home, they were still talking about him, wondering how he was, and feeling like they had left him behind. They have made many inquiries over the last three years, hoping to bring “James” into their family as well. Each time, they were told “James” was not available to be adopted, his paperwork was not in order, and, finally, “this boy is not available and probably never will be.” As “James” moved from Baby House to older children’s orphanage and in and out of the care of his family, the Doloskis tried hard, with the help of a local charity, to keep track of the boy they loved. Hoping to help him stay in his family’s care, they even offered to raise the funds necessary for surgery to correct his special need – an issue routinely repaired successfully on infants in the United States. Many months ago, they were told “James” was back with his family. They thought – hoped – that his story had a happy ending. On Christmas Eve 2014, however, they received a picture from the local charity. “James” was back in the government’s care, this time for good, as his family could no longer care for him. However, he was not pictured alone. He was photographed embracing his little brother, “John.” After weeks of prayer and discernment, knowing they could not leave behind the boy who won their hearts so long ago, the family decided that the only thing to do was put up another set of bunk beds and do everything they can to bring these boys home. These adoption plans were, truly, unexpected, and, as a result, the family is hoping to earn and raise everything they need to cover adoption expenses between now and the beginning of September. Donations are sincerely appreciated. (Philippians 2:12-13)
7/15/15—STATE APPROVED, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at doloski.blogspot.com
We are Jordan and Bethany Whiteley, and we are so excited to announce that we are adopting Mikah! When he joins our family, Mikah will become a brother to our two biological children — Jimmy (5) and Katherine (3). We are a happy family that loves God, loves life, and loves each other. We look forward to making Mikah a loved and valued member of our family!
For a number of months, we saw Mikah’s profile on Reece’s Rainbow, and along with many others, wished that a family would step up for him. We had no clue that we would be that family! Recently however, we received word that Mikah was suddenly being moved into a bad situation, and God laid it on our hearts to adopt him! After much prayer and discussion (and some encouraging words from some close friends), we made the decision to make him our son! We are now working to get him home as soon as we can.
Through all of this, we remember the compassion and love Jesus Christ had for us when He sacrificed His own life for us, and see how we are called to give the same love and compassion to those in need around us.
“By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or tongue, but in deed and truth.” I John 3:16-18
To us, adopting a child is wonderful picture of what God has done for us — He adopts us to be His children, loves us unconditionally, and makes us heirs to eternal life. In the same way, we plan to take Mikah up into our arms, and give him a new life where he is loved and valued, and able to reach his full potential. We thank you for your help!
7/8/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at cardboardfort.net/adoption