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NADIA for the Daughton family — NY

OTwo years ago Tim and Cathy set out on a journey to bring home a teenage boy with cerebral palsy from Ukraine. They jumped through all the hoops and by the grace of God they arrived in Kiev with high hopes and great expectations. Ten days later the couple was headed home empty handed and broken hearted. Their almost son decided to stay in Ukraine, thinking and planning at such a young age, that his future was brighter there. To this day they stay in touch with him and while his path has not been an easy one, there is at least hope.

Fast forward two years and here they are again, ready and eager to embark on another journey to a different country for another child in need. They are again hopeful and trusting completely in the providence of the Almighty to bring this adoption to fruition. The three Daughton boys are excited about having a little sister and Nadia will have a small army of her own to command when she finally arrives. They will love, help, protect, cherish, and watch over her as big brothers are supposed to do. Many plans have already been made as the boys have begun to explore creative ways to help her over come her physical challenges. There is no doubt that she will receive the lion’s share of attention in this household, but no one is complaining.

Nadia is a beautiful, charming, and sweet little girl who is making great strides in her ability to walk, speak, and even learn English; she just needs more one-on-one time and attention. She will benefit enormously from having her own home and family with resources that will help her grow and overcome her less than ideal start in life. She is a radiant child who needs the hope of a family and the shared love of Christ so that her warmth and enthusiasm never fades. The family is eager to bring her home and know that her presence will have a profound and radical impact on each of them.

The family humbly asks for your prayerful support as they continue along this exciting path that God has laid before them.

3/30/15—USCIS APPROVED

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GRADY for the Hartman family — WA

30520133224Ben and Melanie have been together for close to 10 years, having met on a blind date. In that time we have been down some crazy roads that have grown us, stretched us, and bent our hearts more and more toward a life of surrender to the Lord.  Early in our marriage we both shared our hearts toward adoption with one another, having no clue what the future would hold. In the last 8 years we have grown our family from 2 children to 6. In the fall of 2010 we first heard of Reece’s Rainbow. It wasn’t long before God broke our hearts for a little boy across the ocean with Down syndrome living in a mental institution. In the Summer of 2011 we were able to bring that little rascal home and it has been an amazing and wild ride ever since. He was known as Brady on RR and is now our beloved Judd. While we were visiting Judd in his institution we met another boy. We have prayed about him for the last 3 1/2 years and have told anyone that would listen about him. Just recently God began to make it very clear to us that we needed to go back for the one we left behind. His name is Grady on RR and we are committed to doing everything in our power to bring that boy home before his chances at a family are lost forever. Please pray for us and if God pricks your heart, help us. Thank You.

3/18/15—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL


Follow the Hartman family’s adoption journey on their blog at happyhartmanfarm.blogspot.com

 

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PAYTON and YANA for the Robinson family — WA

Payton (1)YanaGrowing up in a house with six younger siblings forces you to learn a lot of responsibility. At just 12-years-old, Kristin was rocking a colicky baby back to sleep, wiping runny noses and jumping into a convertible-shaped toddler bed with her brother to comfort him after the house rumbled at 6:30am. So, she learned some handy “mom-tricks” before even hitting puberty. Needless to say, she felt that being a mom was in her blood and she yearned for the day that she would be a mother to her own kids.

Fast-forward to Halloween 13 years later, when she met the-one-she’d-been-waiting-for, Bill. When she walked into that Saddleback Church singles Bible study for the first time, and saw him across the room dressed in his military blues, she couldn’t be sure if she was dreaming or if he was a cardboard cut-out. (Backstory: there had been a similar cardboard cut-out of her cousin in his military attire made for her grandfather’s 80th birthday party, since he was off at military training somewhere, so it was not totally cuckoo to think that Bill was a cardboard cut-out.) When he came over and introduced himself as the leader of the study, her heart jumped. He shared his testimony that night, and she got a peek at the character and passion that this man had, in spite of hardships. She was smitten. They were married seven months later on May 20, 2006.

A few years after having their own biological children, they began to look into adoption. Kristin had been aware of the millions of orphans and foster kids who are looking for forever families, so she would frequently check out sites like http://reecesrainbow.org/. In the process, she would occasionally bring kids or stories from Reece’s Rainbow to Bill, but he was not yet ready to begin the adoption process.

In the past year, though, God started working on Bill’s heart with respect to the adoption idea. He began reading sites like http://ellerslie.com/, which explain God’s heart for adoption. Then, one day, he sent Kristin a link to the “Depraved Indifference” video, and said that he knew that God wanted them to adopt some day soon.

Fast-forward to November 9th, 2014, when Kristin came across a blog post called “The Short List.” This powerful post mentioned a sweet boy named Whitaker, who was on the Reeces’ Rainbow website. The boy caught her attention because he looks so much like their son, William, but the post was devastating! It explained that, if not adopted soon, Whitaker would be transferred to a mental institution. The Crunchy Lutheran Mommy wrote that “Between neglect, abuse and starvation, well over 90% of these precious ones die within a year of transfer.” She had never heard of such a thing!

Kristin shared the story with Bill and his heart immediately began to soften. He asked her, “Does this little guy have a picture?” She ran for her laptop and opened up to the post- never thinking that they would actually consider adopting Whitaker at that time. Bill began to seriously think through the possibility of adopting right away, and, that evening, they prayed and researched together.

The next day, she contacted Reece’s Rainbow to ask about Whitaker and learned that a family had stepped up to adopt him that weekend. Bill then asked to look at other kids listed on the Reece’s Rainbow site. After a couple of days of searching and praying, they began the process of adopting Payton and Yana. They hope to have both kids home by the end of the summer.

3/2/15—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at fourtosixfamily.blogspot.com

$646.99 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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OLEN for the Stewart family — ND

31021075254 Olen (2)Harlan and Andrea met in junior high, became friends in high school, started dating in college, and were married in June of 2012. They were both born and raised in rural North Dakota and attribute their values of hard work, family, friends, and faith in God to their upbringing in this area.

Harlan and Andrea developed a love and passion for working with individuals with special needs while working at a local summer camp devoted to providing services to children and adults with disabilities in North Dakota.

The subject of adoption came up frequently and was talked about as something they would do “some day.” A divine encounter with a mom of a child adopted through Reece’s Rainbow changed their whole outlook on the plan to adopt. This mom told Harlan about the journey they went through to bring their son home – sparking an urgency to their plan to adopt.

Harlan and Andrea made the decision to grow their family through adoption. They are very excited to make this dream of theirs a reality. They appreciate anyone who chooses to partner with them by supporting financially, emotionally or through prayer for their little boy.

“My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” – Exodus 33:14

3/6/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.journeyforteddy.blogspot.com

$8,395.17 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SUPERMAN for the Kreb family — CO

KrebChris and Yvette met in college and have been married 20 years. They have 3 biological children 16, 13, and 8. Their youngest was born with a rare form of dwarfism. Along their journey they learned how bad conditions are for people with dwarfism, all over the world. Their adoption process began simply by wanting to open their home to one of these children, anywhere in the world. Eventually, they received their referral for a little girl with dwarfism. She came home December, 2011 along with their son who is a double amputee.

Yvette began advocating for children with dwarfism, as many orphanages still viewed this need as unadoptable. As she advocated and found families for many children with dwarfism, they have also grown their family with 2 more boys with this need. Tao is now 4 and came home 11/2012, and Dawson now 12 came home 4/2014.

They are unexpectedly in process for one more little boy. The more they learned of this child’s potential condition, the more they knew that although it wasn’t their plan, it was most definitely God’s. Their new son just turned 4 and obviously has albinism (meaning he will most likely be legally blind.) It was Chris who noticed he looked like he also had dwarfism. After researching the two conditions together they found he probably suffers from a rare syndrome that falls under the OCA-ID diagnoses. The most concerning part is they he is chronically and severely immunocompromised. Last year he almost died from a basic childhood illness. Treatment in the US is available, however left untreated it is expected he will die by age 6.

The Kreb family is racing to bring him home by summer to start treatment before fall. This adoption is unexpected and there is little time for them cut back and save has they have for the previous 4 adoptions. They are asking that you partner with them in raising the much needed funds, and praying Superman home (that is the exact translation of his Chinese name!!!)

2/18/15—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bringinghomeholland.blogspot.com

$948.66 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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NATHANIEL for the Chaves family — VT

 photo fwbutton150.pngNathaniel 2014Ernest and Ruth Chaves have eleven children. Four of these children are biological children who are grown and on their own. Seven of their children joined them through the gift of adoption and reside with them in their home. Ruth and Ernie felt early in their marriage a desire to adopt. However when they first began to pursue their desire they found they were expecting their first child and decided to wait. Four children later the urge still present they started to talk and look for ways to adopt.

In 1997 they received a ministry letter from dear friends who lived and ministered in Haiti at Maranatha Children’s Home. In this letter were pictures of beautiful children who were in need of forever families.

And so it began. Calls made, papers gathered, money raised, and after just over a years time they brought two beautiful little girls home from Haiti. And the wonderful story of love and family in adoption began. Since that time they have brought home 5 other children, from the countries of Haiti, Vietnam and China. Each addition brought deeper joy to their hearts and home.

And again love has gripped their hearts and they have heard the cry of a sweet little boy known as Nathaniel on RR but to them Zebadiah Brighton and the process begins again. The process to bring home a little boy who will add joy and laughter to their home and hearts. This precious little boy has touched the heart of many in his four years of life and much prayer has gone before him. It is time he comes home to join his family, forever his. Please continue to pray and stand behind this family as they seek to make this child their own.

2/28/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE

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CLIFF for the Morse family — TN

 photo fwbutton150.pngCliff 2014David and Priscilla have always known that special needs adoption would be woven into their marriage somehow. Priscilla was adopted herself and grew up with a brother with significant special needs. David’s niece was adopted, and his father was differently abled. In November 2012 they brought home their daughter McKenzie, who was listed as Xenia on Reece’s Rainbow, and she has been the brightest light in their lives (along with their biological sons) ever since. McKenzie has taught them a lot about parenting a child with special needs, and they feel led to go back and give another child what McKenzie was denied for so long, hope. Life might now be easy when you choose to parent a child with significant special needs, but it is always worth it. The blessings they bring to your life absolutely overflow your heart each and every day. This time, a little boy grabbed at their heart strings, and they just knew they had to get him out of the situation he was in. No child deserves to be left in an orphanage, but this child reminded Priscilla so much of her own brother, that there was no way she couldn’t bring him home. Her brother had several of the same conditions, and passed away at the age of nine, but he left an imprint so deep on her heart, that she credits him fully with her passion for children with special needs. They are firm believers that God calls us to care for the orphan, in whatever capacity we can, and for them, that calling is through adoption. They are so excited about embarking on this journey (again!) and completing their family.

Please keep Cliff in your thoughts and prayers. He has a fighter’s heart, and we know he will bloom just like his sister once he’s home and experiencing the love of family for the first time in his life.

 3/30/15—USCIS APPROVED

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at love–conquers–all.blogspot.com

$14,909.53 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CALEB for the Maas family — OH

Caleb updateDarrell and Angel met before either was in their twenties and married in August of 1995. Darrell is a Bio Medical Electronics Technician and Angel has a degree in Accounting. After a few years of marriage, they were blessed with their two biological children. Mason was born in 1999 and Madisyn in 2001. God placed it on their hearts to become foster parents around the time Mason was 9 and Madisyn was 7. In 2009, they attended the classes and received their foster parenting license with no intention of adopting. They just wanted to be a safe, healing home for hurting kids until they were reunited with their families. Little did they know that the decision to become involved in the lives of orphans was only the beginning phase of an amazing journey that God had planned for their family.

Darrell and Angel had two little boys placed with them in the summer of 2009. Austin and Alex are biological brothers and joined the Maas family forever when the adoption was final in 2012. In late 2013 they adopted their second placement, a sibling set of 5! After adding 7 kids to the family in a few short years, the couple said their family was completed….or so they thought.

God is amazing and knows that you can only handle so much at once. Never in a million years would the Maas’ have dreamed they would have 9 children, but they do! The nine children are: Mason (15), Joseph (14), Madisyn (13), Jacob (11), Austin (8), Alexander (7), Jaylie (6), Joshua (5) and Julia (5). God showed them that anything is possible with HIM! Angel saw “Caleb’s” picture on the Reece’s Rainbow sight a few years ago while looking at a picture of her now nephew. Scrolling down through the list, Caleb caught her eye because he looked so much like the son, Alex. “I can remember thinking that I would snatch him up if I had the money!” After running into Caleb’s picture a few other times over the last year, a few big signs that this adoption is God’s will, and a lot of prayer, they are stepping out in faith and calling Caleb their son. They are so excited to bring this little guy home!

3/18/15—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

Follow the Maas family adoption journey on their blog at www.maasfamilyof4.blogspot.com

$6,549.20 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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HOPE for the Farley family — KY

hope2Married in 2003, Adam & Cynthia Farley knew that it was Gods plan to create His ultimate masterpiece of their family through adoption.

Their first adoption journey began in 2005 when they traveled to China for their daughter Keegan. Wanting to expand their family further, they were back in China just 13 months later bringing home their second daughter Romy.

A few years had passed and they felt God nudging at their hearts again so in 2010 they traveled to Taiwan for their son Asher. It wasn’t long after Asher arrived home, they returned to China “one last time” to bring home little Lucy in 2011.

With four speedy adoptions and four young kids, the Farley’s THOUGHT their precious family was complete until…

Cynthia came across an adoption blog one day featuring a precious little girl named “HOPE” and felt an instant connection to this sweet girl even with her a world away. The blog listed her as having untreated hydrocephalus and due to it being “untreated” Hope had suffered a “massive stroke-like event” in May of 2014. She was expected to die. Hope was unable to swallow, talk, walk, eat, hold her head up, etc. This precious little girl had gone from a rather normal 22-month old toddler to literally no hope.

It is obvious God has bigger plans for this sweet girl. It is a miracle she is even alive. Today she is no longer considered a “waiting child” because now she has a family and SHE is waiting on a THEM. THEY ARE THE FARLEY’S AND THEY ARE HER FAMILY! As long as HOPE keeps fighting, they will keep fighting to get to HER!

HOPE needs medical attention and she needs it FAST! Adam & Cynthia are expediting this adoption in all areas possible. Every day Hope is left untreated means more fluid builds up causing more brain damage. Hope has many other special needs as well: CHD, PFO, external hydrocephalus, enlarged ventricles, brain damage syndrome, porencephaly and hearing impairment of the right ear.

The Farley’s are expecting to travel in April. They said YES when they knew funds would be tight but they knew this little girl just needed someone to take a chance on her. Time is running out and they still have a long way to go financially to make this adoption happen.  You can read more about Hope (her name to remain HOPE when she comes home) and the Farley’s on their blog.  God has been preparing the Farley’s for this journey to HOPE…won’t you join them in helping them bring her on home?

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 hope and a future – Jeremiah 29:11

2/20/15—DOSSIER COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at thefarley4.blogspot.com

$1,519.99 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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DELLA for the Isom family — ND

After a wild roller coaster adoption ride that ended in heartache, the Isom family is back and ready to go full force in their new adoption process. Through a selfless and heartfelt act by another RR family … the Isoms are beyond grateful and overjoyed to have the honor of one day calling this sweet little girl their Daughter.

John and Jenny met in high school and became instant friends. After high school John served a full time mission for their church. When he returned 2 years later the two ran into each other and the rest is history. Ten years later htey have two awesome little boys. Linkon is 5 years old and Hank is 2 years old … both wild energetic funny little boys. Their family also consists of a little dog named George, one rabbit named Rosie, a bird named Pecky and a bearded dragon named Turbo.

They are all excited to share this amazing journey with you and appreciate your love and support.

Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny. – C.S. Lewis

1/29/15—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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SIMEON + SISTER for the VanDyck family — MI

simeon (2)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.

2/24/15—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at vandyckfamilyofhowmany.blogspot.com

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BOONE for the Myers family — SC

Boone update 473 (2)Billy and Suzanne have known each other since high school.  They reconnected a couple of years after graduation and have been together for 10 years, married for eight.  They have been blessed with two wonderful biological children, ages four and two.  They always felt a calling to adopt but never knew where to begin.  They were introduced to RR and instantly fell in love with a sweet two year old boy.  They were so excited to bring this little guy home.  While working on their home study, they received a devastating phone call.  Their beautiful boy had passed away.  A void was left that no child could ever fill.  Even though they continue to grieve over the loss of their son, they knew God was still calling them to adopt.  They came across this adorable two year old and could not take their eyes off of him.  After prayer and deep consideration they decided to begin pursuing adoption again.

We are excited to meet and bring our beautiful son home.  We cannot get enough of his pictures and videos.  We treasure the day we get to meet and hold this wonderful gift from God.

2/22/15—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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CODY + 1 for the Keir family — CO

CodySteve and Deanna Keir met in tech school for the Air Force 20 years ago, and a special connection was born. The military took them their separate ways, and life threw in some curve balls, and 10 years later they reunited and fell in love and began a life together. While pregnant with their 3rd child, they felt called to grow their family even more, and refused any preventative measures after his birth. Within 2 years they discovered their next children would not come through traditional biological methods. They knew the call of God was for them to grow and provide love and nurture to children, so they began to explore adoption. Steve shared his call for special needs, specifically for a child with Down Syndrome. Through Reece’s Rainbow they fell in love with their 3 year old Gwendolyn and committed to bring her home.

Only a few days after submitting a letter of intent for Gwen, Deanna saw the file of a 13-year-old boy and she couldn’t get him out of her head and heart. He has hemophilia and will age out of the adoption system on his 14th birthday in July. Reading his file she discovered he has lived a life of fear, cautious of any injury. Thirteen years of reading and playing chess, because other activities could lead to a bleed and death. Having 3 boys at home, who are all very active on their 7 acres of land with 3 wheeling, sledding, football and more left her sobbing for this child. You see, in his country, the life expectancy for a child with untreated hemophilia is age 24. At his 14th birthday he would lose the support of his foster family and with no medical care his future looked bleak. This was not only a matter of providing a home and family, but providing him life. After 3 days of feeling the Lord say, GO, she confided in Steve. At first, they hesitated because the cost of two international adoptions seemed insurmountable. When they spoke with their pastor he said, “Adopting one child is a step of faith. Two would certainly be a leap.” After more prayer they realized where the Lord leads He would provide, and they were called to cast aside fear and step out in faith. So they moved forward to save Cody’s life, to give him a chance at growing into a man and experiencing a life with joy and free from daily pain from his treatable illness. It is not by accident the Lord placed them within an hour of quality medical care for both hemophilia and Down syndrome. They are excited to welcome these two blessings into their home, to care and share Jesus with them, to live out the call to care for orphans in need. But they need your help. Due to his age, their process is expedited and they have only a few months in which to raise the needed funds of over $50,000.

The love story of an active duty firefighter and a health coaching nurse is still unfolding as the Lord grows their family in number, faith, and love. Having lived overseas multiple times and seeing the poverty around the world, they knew they wanted to make a difference and give back in a long lasting way. Very few times in life do you get the opportunity to actually save a life….this is one such opportunity. Won’t you be a part of this legacy, offering two children hope and a future?

2/25/15—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at keirjourneytoseven.blogspot.com

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STARR for Kelly and Kyle

 photo fwbutton150.png40808183336  Starr (1)Kelly and Kyle’s family has grown twice through the gift of adoption. The two beautiful souls that proudly call them Mama and Papa have changed their lives in ways they never would have imagined.

Their hearts are full and happy.

Knowing that their home and lives are set up for little ones with Down Syndrome, they talked about finding a baby girl to complete their family. Starr fits the bill just perfectly!

Any help you can offer them as they bring Starr home is most appreciated!

3/18/15–HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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JULIA for the LaDuke family — NY

LadukeAdam 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!

2/18/15—I800 SUBMITTED 

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BLAKE for the McBride family — NC

McBrideAshton and Tony have been together for 6 years. They have 2 beautiful children and always knew adoption would be a part of their story. So when they made the decision to start the adoption process they thought it would take a long time and were open to several countries. They soon learned about “waiting children” and their life was changed. They had decided on a country and started the process to find their child and every time they visited Reece’s Rainbow, they were drawn to one particular little boy, listed online as “Blake”. The problem was this little boy, with beautiful curly brown hair and gorgeous brown eyes who captured their heart, was not in the country they thought they were adopting from. So for a while they kept looking. As time went by, they could not forget this little boy and continued praying that “his family” would find him and want him as badly as they did. After a few months, they knew they had to make the call to his agency to see if it was possible for them to qualify for his country and were elated to find out they qualified!

A few days after reviewing his file and prayerfully seeking direction, Ashton was contacted by a woman who was in Eastern Europe meeting her son. She shared her story of meeting this wonderful little boy with spina bifida, and how this little guy asked her if she knew where his mommy and daddy were. A few weeks later she went back to the orphanage and the nuns told him that the lady was going to America to find his mommy and daddy. This little boy put his hands together and prayed for his mama and daddy. This happened to be the same day Ashton and Tony asked to see his file. For them this was a sign that it was meant to be.

God has moved mountains and continues to show this family that this is the path they are supposed to be taking; this is the little boy that will change their world and brighten their days.

Every day that it takes them to get to his country is another day that he is losing hope that he will have a family. But he has a brother and sister and parents that love him so much! The McBride family hopes that they can continue to move through the process quickly and bring this amazing little boy home to so much love and happiness.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read their story, sharing their story and praying for them. Thank you so much for being a part of their journey and if you feel led; please make a tax deductible donation to help them bring their son, soon to be named Owen, home.

Please help them bring home their son where he will receive the therapies he needs and the love of a family he deserves.

3/18/15—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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JONATHON for the Turner family — VA

JonathonWe are Richard and Judy Turner. We have been married for 22 years and have 3 children- Michael, 21 (almost 22), Beth, 20, and Alicia 16. We met while we were both in the Navy. I became a sty at home mom for a while and Rich retired after 21 1/2 years in the Navy. We live in Virginia Beach and spend a lot of our free time volunteering at our church and in the community. Our daughter Alicia and I traveled to Eastern Europe last summer and spent time helping run a 4-day Bible camp at a Level III-IV orphanage. Rich and I were not planning on adopting, but there was something about this young man that I couldn’t shake. As our group traveled back to Kiev, I just knew that had I to know more- God was not letting me forget THIS child! When Alicia and I came home, we had already shared this desire with my husband. He was a bit reluctant, but quickly agreed that we had to go for it! All the kids were excited and ready to take the plunge into the world of adoption! Now, we eagerly await the next step and the day we get to fly over and make this a reality for us, but more importantly for him.

1/26/15—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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ELOISE for the Baerbock family — MN

EloiseMatt & Sara met in college and have been married for nearly 13 years. They have 5 biological children ranging in ages from 11 down to a newborn, 3 girls and 2 boys. They had discussed the possibility of adoption in the past, but thought it was a long time away, someday after they were done having children of their own – and then domestically.

A few weeks after their son was born, a friend happened to post a picture of Eloise. Sara passed it along to Matt, praying hard and hoping against hope that he’d feel what she felt – a strong bond & connection. Surprisingly to both of them, he did! It was completely out of the blue, and they had no inkling God was about to add to their family again so soon and in this way, which is why they decided to pursue adopting Eloise.

The kids are very excited to have another sister and have been asking tons of questions. The whole family is excited to meet Eloise and bring her home where she belongs as quickly as possible before she is transferred out of the orphanage and no longer available for adoption. That is a very real possibility as it sounds like she is the oldest there.

Please pray as Matt, Sara, and family take up this journey for a child in need. Your support and prayers are appreciated!

 3/18/15—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at  postzero.com/adoption_journey/

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IVEY for the Charnesky family — MI

 photo fwbutton150.png31209225022 IveyEric 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!

1/8/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at countitalljs.blogspot.com

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HARLEY for the Steinhoff family — WI

Harley-2015Yeah know, Its never easy when God closes doors.But I have learned over the years that His will is always BEST.We have had a few doors close when it comes to adoption…Gods peace was always there,and I knew God would reveal the child He has chosen for our family .I am NOT a patient person and quite often infact I speed ahead of God and THINK I know who that child is.Now you would think I would know better,because we have traveled this road many times,knowing we were called to adopt again,feeling it in our hearts and hearing Gods voice clearly every time.Once I KNOW that..Im all over finding THAT child..hehehe…Oh how God must grow weary dealing with me and my crazy heart for orphans! With all that said..Here we go again..Clearly we have heard Gods call once again and we are honored and in awe of who God is bringing into our family!! Sweet precious Harley,you have waited so long,I cannot wait to wrap my arms all around you .To look into your beautiful precious brown eyes and tell you that you matter and that you were created in the very image of Jesus! What a treasured,blessing you are sweet girl! We are working fast,to get all the paperwork going and we pray Harleys 15th Birthday will be with us in June.We covet all prayers,and help to get our girl home.

P.S. Oh yea,we are the Steinhoff family.We have adopted children from Ethiopia,China and from foster care.We LOVE how God builds families !!!

3/14/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at steinhofffamily22.blogspot.com

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EMMA GRACE for the Brook family — FL

emmagraceThe Brook family has had quite an eventful past few years! Isabella (Haliegh on RR) was adopted from Ukraine and home in 2012. Seven months later they adopted Kolya, (Tucker on RR), also from Ukraine, he was home in 2013. Also in 2013 Dawn’s oldest daughter Tiffany, married another Reece’s Rainbow family’s brother! Life has been eventful and beautiful the past several years! Dawn and Rich both said many times they were done with adoption and they would both just pray, share and give when they could to help other families in process. Then, a little girl’s picture and story showed up on their computer screen, and they knew it was time to go again. She also has that special “something” just like Isabella, and the joy that comes from having a child with Down syndrome is really a blessing. This little girl has waited so long for a family of her own, and she deserves to have one! You can follow them on their blog at

2/2/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE, DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.theyareprecious.wordpress.com

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TRUE for the Wallace family — MO

WallaceBen and Nicole were married in March 2008. Prior to starting a family, they both agreed adoption would be part of their story. Before their second daughter was born in September 2011, adopting a child with special needs had never crossed their minds. After Reese came along, they knew adopting a child with Down syndrome was the only way to go.

Ben & Nicole have been blessed with three amazing biological daughters (ages 5, 3 & 21 months) and are currently in the process of adopting a three year old girl with Down syndrome, True, from China. Soon they will have four girls, all five and under, running around the house and they can’t wait. Their already chaotic life is about to get a little crazier!

As stated above, adopting a child with Down syndrome has been their goal since their middle daughter was born. Reese was diagnosed with Down syndrome and an AV canal heart defect on her birthday & underwent open heart surgery when she was seven months old. Although True has no diagnosed heart issues, Ben & Nicole feel prepared & confident in parenting a child with special needs and in navigating the world of therapists, specialists and IEPs. They have a wonderful support system in place who are all desperate to bring True home.

3/11/15—USCIS APPROVED
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at babyreesereport.blogspot.com

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OCTAVIAN + WHITAKER for the Harlin family — WI

Octavian update20141017_100945A six year old boy, an ocean away
Lay in his crib day after day
Never a touch or an I love you
Not enough food, neglect and abuse
And then by God’s amazing grace, his mama from afar saw his face
And now today, home at last
A little boy is full of life and happiness!
Adoption is the reason he lives……

Sergei and Crosby, 2 former Reece’s Rainbow kiddos came home spring of 2014! Only by God’s goodness and grace and support of all of you was this possible and two lives were saved. So stepping out in faith again, Brian and Laurie are adding number 10 and 11 to their family! Prayers and support are very much needed to make this happen the second time around! They would be honored for you to join them on this journey. The blessings from adoption are too numerous to count!! Brian and Laurie and their family want to say thank you in advance for donations and prayers that help lives change and miracles happen.

John 14:18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”

1/11/5—HOME STUDY COMPLETE

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at amillionstepstosergey.blogspot.com

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BROOKE and JILLIAN for the Joss family — WA

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JillianWe have a sign in our home that says, “Our family ~one of God’s masterpieces.” He has truly done great things. We began as a couple struggling with infertility, thinking we would never have children to hold and love. But by His grace we now have 7 biological children and 7 adopted children. Our children have come from all over the globe with many different abilities and gifts. God has truly done more than we could have ever asked or imagined (Eph 3:20).

Now God has called us onward again. Each time it is a little greater step of faith…a little more to trust Him for. We added 4 children to our family within 14 months. He again has called us to go back for more. We are trusting Him for all that we will need.

We are so proud to introduce our two new daughters, Brooke and Jillian. Precious Brooke was blessed with an additional chromosome. She is 3 years old. Beautiful Jillian is just a year old and has Apert Syndrome just like our Serenity. We are so amazed that God is giving us such amazing treasures to care for. To Him be all glory, honor, and praise!

3/6/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.redemptionwhispers.blogspot.com

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LAURA for the Barrett family — FL

LauraMichelle 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!

3/24/15—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bringinghomefamily.blogspot.com

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DYLAN and DAKOTA for the Gagnon family — AZ

 photo fwbutton150.pngDylanDakota-update“We looked out at the whole world and have been blessed to choose a beautiful child named Dylan to be our son.” The Gagnon family is excited to welcome home Dylan! Darren and Stacey have 5 children and know that God is calling them to bring home one more. The Gagnons are blessed with a large home, big family and lots of love to spread around. Dylan will be welcomed by three brothers and two sisters. He will be embraced by a daddy and mommy who love Jesus and can’t wait to see the wonderful plans God has for him. Daddy is a teacher and mommy is a nurse, so he will be in good hands with his medical and physical needs. But best of all, Dylan will know the love and hope of a family.

The Gagnons are stepping out in faith and hoping for prayers, support and excitement at the arrival of their child. Will you join them in the rescue and ransom of Dylan?

3/6/15—COMPILING DOSSIER, AWAITING STATE CERTIFICATION OF HOME STUDY

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at ransomfordylan.blogspot.com

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Ya Ya for the Williams family — MI

YayaHere they grow again! The Williams bunch is expanding! John and Sarah have been married for almost 19 years and have 2 biological daughters and three adopted children. Their oldest girls have fully embraced their siblings and have been a great help with the younger children. Their oldest daughter, Imani, is in her sophomore year at the University of Michigan. She loves to visit and see her siblings! Isabel is a junior in high school and has a soft spot for children with Down syndrome. Landie, age 9, is their “mother hen” and was adopted from Haiti at the age of 3 ½. She was lucky to be in a wonderful orphanage there because she was extremely sick as a baby and would likely have not made it without their quick thinking and access to medical care! Isaiah is 3 and is a sweet, sensitive boy who was adopted domestically. He LOVES his brother Ashton age 1 ½! Ashton has Down syndrome and he was also adopted domestically at 3 ½ months. They are best buddies and love to play together.

Over Christmas, the Williams were able to host a little girl from China who they call Ya Ya. She is almost 9 years old and has Down syndrome. Ya Ya is a bright and determined young lady! They loved having her here and are missing her terribly! Everyone was very surprised at how well she adapted while she was here and how they were able to overcome the language barrier. She is very expressive and they used a lot of charades and Google translate, but they did very well! They made the decision to adopt Ya Ya because she is such a sweet, loveable girl and they were able to see what a wonderful fit she was for their family.

The Williams would be honored to have others come alongside and partner with them in their adoption. This will be their third adoption in 3 years and they know they can’t do this alone! Adoption is such a life changing gift for everyone involved! They can’t wait to see how much Ya Ya grows and learns when she has the opportunity to be loved by a family.

3/20/15—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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JAYDA for the Simonsen family — WA

JaydaDavid and Lu have always wanted a big family. Before they knew it they had six kids. What they didn’t realize is that when their sixth child was born it would open their eyes up to a whole new world. Their sixth child was born with Down syndrome. Despite the initial shock of the diagnosis, they as well as the rest of the family realized the unique blessing of this daughter. As they got to know others in the Down syndrome community they bumped into several families that had adopted from overseas. This began their thinking about adopting themselves. Specifically adopting a young child with Down syndrome. After months of talking and looking through Reece’s rainbow they decided to stop talking about it and take action. They are now in the process of adopting a 3 year old girl from Eastern Europe who happens to have Down syndrome.

 

3/30/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at https://www.facebook.com/BabySophiaJoy

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LOUIS for the Bachelder family — TX

Louis-1Before they even met each other, Kasi and Chip had their hearts set on adopting… someday. Seven years of marriage and three precious biological children later, that “someday” is now the present! Chip has visited China many times and Kasi has visited once before and both of them have fallen in love with the people and culture there, so it only made sense to pursue adopting a child from this country. Also, Kasi is a former special education teacher and Chip and Kasi both have years of experience mentoring and working with children and adolescents with all sorts of backgrounds and special circumstances, so it only made sense for them to pursue adopting a child with special needs. For years, Kasi and Chip have adored the children listed on Reece’s Rainbow and in the Fall of 2014 they found “Louis ( aka Louie).” Their whole family felt very strongly that they were being drawn to pursue adopting him. They are beyond excited to lavish love on Louie and include him as part of their family! Thank you for your prayers, thoughts, and support!

3/20/15—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE 

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FOREST for Brian and Kathryn — OK

Forest1Brian and Kathryn met as 6th graders and began dating their senior year of high school after many years of friendship. They tied the knot a few years later, and have been happily married for 14 years.

They have a shared desire for a larger family, and hoped to grow their family through birth and adoption. The couple was blessed with four biological children before they started looking into special needs, international adoption programs. Because Kathryn’s brother has Down syndrome, they felt this was a need they could handle.

In October 2012 they fell in love with a little girl in China who has Down syndrome. She faced some serious health issues while living in her orphanage, leaving the family racing the clock to bring her home. August 2013, Meghan was placed in her mother’s arms and forever welcomed into the family. Though her needs were great and at times overwhelming, this precious girl has absolutely thrived since adoption. She has an army of people who wholly love and treasure her, and see her for the blessing that she is.

Adoption changed the family forever, and Meghan’s older siblings frequently talk about how smart Meghan is, how wonderful she is, and how thankful they are that she is a part of the family.

Because of the impact of their adoption trip, and especially seeing firsthand innumerable children in orphanages, Kathryn began advocating for waiting-children, especially those with Down syndrome. It was on an advocating website in Fall of 2014 that she first saw Forest. The family requested his file, and began praying and talking about how to proceed.

On Christmas Day 2014, the family was granted pre-approval for this precious 4 year old boy. Forest has a different history and different needs than Meghan, but the family is completely committed to bringing him home. They can’t wait to show Forest what a family is. They can’t wait to show him what unconditional love means. They can’t wait for him to see how treasured he is, and they look forward to the day they are forever his.

2/20/15—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at notthecrazyone.com

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HOPE for the Peterson family — WY

HopeThe Petersons were high school sweethearts, and have been married for the last 13 years. They both work as special education teachers, and thoroughly enjoy the world of education. They have been blessed with 6 amazing children – 5 boys and one girl! They adopted their daughter, Addelyn (Heavenly on RR), from Eastern Europe in 2014. They have been home 9 months, and are now preparing to head back for their second daughter. Adoption has been an amazing journey for this family. The Peterson family is excited to return and expand their family once again!

3/16/15—DOSSIER NEARLY COMPLETE

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GABRIEL for the Bird family — OK

BirdWhen Steve and Sheri visited China last September, they had no idea it would lead to an adoption. As parents of FIVE boys, many teased that they would come home with a baby girl, but that was not the case. While installing wood floors in an orphanage outside of Beijing, Steve and Sheri had lots of opportunities to play with the kids. They would step outside and were instantly smothered in little orphan love! Out of the corner of her eye, Sheri saw three teenage boys. She told herself, “If we adopt, it will be one of those boys.” After returning home, Sheri “liked” Shepherd’s Field Children’s Village on Facebook, just hoping to see some pictures from their trip. The first post she viewed was a video about Gabriel (Li Zhong Fu), and the urgent need for him to be adopted before he ages out in July. Sheri knew she could not watch this young man forever lose his chance of having a family. She shared the video with her husband, and they decided right then and there to pursue Gabriel’s adoption. Sheri’s prayer has been, “If this is meant to be, make it easy!” The first agency that Sheri called, had Gabriel’s file. Of the millions of orphans and the thousands of agencies, this was the first little miracle of many along the way. If you would like to be a little miracle in this family’s adoption, please donate below.

3/18/15—USCIS APPROVED

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LIZZY for the Neville Family — NC

Lizzy LoveWilliam and Danya, along with their 7 children, are so excited to be bringing little Lizzy Love home. They knew they would adopt one day but they were not sure when or from where. That all changed when Danya’s sister brought home not only one but two little princesses from China. First home was Yixi, a sweet and tiny girl with Down syndrome. You can count on Yixi to bring a smile to anyones face at anytime. Their hearts melted as they fell in love with their new little niece. Just as they felt God calling them to adopt a Down syndrome child of their own, Danya’s sister adopted another girl from China with Down syndrome named Amy Joy. To say that Amy brings Joy to everyone she meets would be an understatement. Being around these girls would make your cheeks hurt from smiling so much. Soon after Amy Joy came home, the Neville Family found out that Amy’s best friend’s paperwork was ready for her to be adopted. They immediately secured Lizzy Love’s paperwork and began their adoption journey!

They truly thank you for your prayers and support. They are praying for their story to reach those in a position to give and help little Lizzy Love to come home to her forever family.

 

 2/11/15—COMPILING DOSSIER

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VIOLET for the Greene family — ID

 photo fwbutton150.pnggreene-violetAlison is a single Registered Nurse. She has always dreamed of having children, but has not been so blessed. Alison has worked with children and adults with special needs in the past, including Down syndrome, and has always enjoyed it. One night, she had a dream that she and her sister were looking at a website of children for adoption with Down syndrome. When she woke, she did a search on her computer, and found Reece’s Rainbow. After years of looking at the site, and much encouragement from family and friends, she decided to give it a try! There have been many roadblocks in the process, but she has finally fallen in love with the little girl she feels was meant to be her daughter!

3/6/15—USCIS APPROVED

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at achildforali.blogspot.com

$2,013.65 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ELIJAH and ANTHONY for the Howell family — MI

ElijahAnthonyWe have two beautiful homegrown girls and last year we were blessed to add our son Hironari to our family from Japan. We call him Hiro, and he truly is our little hero! He has come SO far in the year that he’s been home with us and we are so thankful God chose us to be his forever family! When he came home I mentioned in passing to our agency that if another baby with Down syndrome ever came available for adoption to please let us know because we’d love for Hiro to have someone to grow up with. Never did we think that call would come so soon. In June we were contacted about a baby who needed a family and quickly… she came home to us at the beginning of August and we were all so in love. She was pure perfection. We had her for 24 very short hours when we received the call that her birth mother had changed her mind and had decided to parent. When we brought her back a strong storm hit our area and the rain flooded the streets. The rain felt so fitting for the sadness that poured from our hearts and out of our eyes. We knew that the heavens were crying out, but as we started the drive home the rains stopped and a rainbow crossed the sky. God’s promise. We were and continue to be heart broken for the baby we prepared for. She will always hold a place in our hearts that no other child will fill. She was ours and we were hers. Just as before, we knew that there was a child out there waiting that needed us. So when a friend sent me a picture of the most beautiful baby boy my heart leapt. We prayed together about adding him to our family and the answer was yes. He will be ours and we can’t wait to welcome him into our waiting arms. Hold tight baby boy… Mommy and Daddy are coming!

12/8/14—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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LINNY for the Aske family — FL

Linny 3Mark and Mary have been married for 25 years and have 5 children, the last of which was adopted from China in 2013.  They are in the process of preparing their dossier to bring sweet Linny home.  Mark is a patient, stay-at-home dad, who provides care for the three remaining children at home.  He has a history of Traumatic Brain Injury and leads an independent life including coaching baseball and basketball.  His experience with therapeutic interventions will help him to be his daughter’s biggest cheerleader and support as she makes progress toward independence.  Mary is a practicing Speech Language Pathologist who will assist their precious daughter to the highest level of communication independence.  Mark and Mary look forward to bringing Linny home from China as soon as possible.  Please help with your thoughts, prayers and support to bring sweet Linny home.  She has waited way too long.

3/6/15—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at maryaske.blogspot.com

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CAROLINE for the Anascavage family — FL

CarolineHello my name is Terri and I am a single mother with a 7 year old daughter adopted from the US. I am currently adopting a 13 year old girl from China with minor special needs. The greatest need that my daughter has now is that she is aging out and must be home from China before her 14th birthday. I have applied for several grants and I have contacted several different agencies that help families who are adopting, only to be told that they do not offer help to single parents. When I learned about Reece’s Rainbow I contacted them and they immediately told me to send my application in. As you know adoption is very expensive and requires a lot of faith. But, when you know that God is calling you to step out of your comfort zone and answer His call, He will provide for you.

I have met some of the most amazing families through adoption sites and on Facebook. I am blessed beyond words for all of the prayers and support that I have received so far. I have also been criticized and asked by those who do not understand, “Why would you adopt a child with special needs?” For me this answer is simple, God has called me to do this. When my daughter Addison and I looked at the new children that were placed on our agencies site, we knew immediately that this precious child that looked so sad was ours. She was turning 13 in a couple of weeks and no one had requested her file.

So, it was with a Leap of Faith, that we submitted our LOI to China on Thursday, August 28th and on Tuesday, September 2nd we received our PA.

I have heard many times that it takes a village to raise a child. Now, more than ever, I need that village and their support.

3/24/15—USCIS APPROVED

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PAISLEY and ELSA for the Staley family — WA

PaisleyMiss ElsaPaul and Elizabeth have been together for 8 years and have three wonderful bio kids between them Carl 25, Bethany 21 and Ethan 17. Carl is in school to be a child psychologist, Bethany just finished 4 years at a local university (she will begin her Master’s program in public health and is on her way to becoming a physician) and Ethan is in high school and is a talented musician and computer geek like his father.

This family of five started their adoption journey 2 years ago when asked to adopt a little girl from Ecuador. Ultimately the laws would not allow an identified child adoption. They were heartbroken this little girl would not become part of their family. It was then the Staley’s realized they were in fact missing a piece or two from their family.

They did a lot of research on adoption, although for some reason Elizabeth kept coming back to Asia over and over again. She had always wanted to adopt internationally and more specifically from Asia. Finally speaking with a couple of agencies and getting some very good advice, they decided to proceed. Originally they had planned on adopting one child with a mild special need, but sometimes you don’t get to make the plans.

After seeing receiving an e-mail about a little girl with a serious heart problem in October of 2014 they decided it would be too serious a special need for their family. Then little “Elsa” popped up on the advocacy page. Elizabeth kept coming back to check on this little girl every day, watching the videos and peeking to see if anyone had stepped forward for her. Several families reviewed Elsa’s file but there were no takers.

In the meantime a little girl with Albinism also popped up on the advocacy page with another agency on December 1st, they requested “Paisley’s” file. At that time they were told there were 7 families waiting to see her file. Elizabeth wanted to be on the list no matter what (“I just had a feeling” she says). They pressed on continuing to look at little faces and learning about all the special needs. Out of the blue on Dec 15th Paisley’s file was in her in-box. They knew this little angelic girl was their daughter.

They had been talking about adopting two. Both Paul and Elizabeth were only children and knew they did not want that for these kids. The couple wanted two and the only consideration would be one trip or two? There are pretty big pros and cons on both sides.

Even with all of this going on Elizabeth is still checking Elsa’s page and reporting everything to Paul every night. When a new update came out Paul then said they should see if Elsa could be transferred to their agency. When BAAS was contacted they said another family has the file but we will let you know. Waiting was really hard.

That family passed on Elsa’s file and the file was pulled before it could be transferred and Elsa was gone. She was nowhere. The not knowing was the worst. They questioned if maybe they were pushing something that was not meant to be.

Out of the blue Elsa popped up on the Shared file and their agency snapped her up for the Staley’s. They wrote the LOI the next day. Elsa’s heart issue is really big and really scary, Elizabeth talked to several other moms with heart babies, she wondered “Could we do it?”, “Can we handle it?” It was one of those moments where adoptive parents are on the ledge and need a minute and to hear from the “Been there done that” moms. Paul told her that Elsa was already meant to be in the family no matter what happens. It has been full steam ahead ever since.

A very gracious mom to several heart babies from Asia referred them to a cardiologist at Children’s. This doc is going to assist in requesting “Elsa’s” file be expedited for the family and the treat “Elsa” as soon as she arrives home.  “Elsa” has TOF with Pulmonary Atresia. This means there are 4 structural abnormalities of the heart and a malformed or missing pulmonary artery.

They are ready to be family of seven, the girls’ room is almost ready. There are books and puzzles, blocks and stuffed animals and a rocking chair for story time. There are bottles, sippy cups, little plates and bowls all ready. Two highchairs stand ready and waiting in the dining room. A double stroller in the hall is waiting for trips to the zoo.

Paisley will be named Isabella and Elsa will be named Gabriella. The family is still working on middle names. Dad is very fortunate to have a flexible position working in IT and mom will stay home with the girls. They believe every single child counts and should be treasured because they are our future.

Now the family is scrambling to get all the funds together so the girls can come home and Elsa can get the medical care she so desperately needs.

2/24/15—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bissynut.com

$47.53 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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KATHLEEN for the Glanz family — CA

KathleenMike and Amy met through a mutual friend in college 10 years ago…the rest is history! They have been married for 8 years now and have had many adventures and been fortunate enough to travel and even do some missions work together. They have two cute biological children: Abigail who is four and David who is 2.

They have been open to the idea of adoption for several years, but finally feel like it is God’s timing to move forward with their first adoption. After a friend posted Kathleen’s picture on Facebook, Amy hasn’t stopped thinking about her sweet face, & dreaming about getting her the surgery she needs to finally have a voice of her own.

Amy is a Registered Nurse and feels like they are equipped to open their home to a child with special needs like Kathleen. They are so excited about the plans God has for their family and can’t wait to welcome Kathleen into her forever home!

3/18/15—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at theglanzfamily.com

$29.68 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LYDIA for the Humphreys Family — PA

Greg and Emily Humphreys have been married since 2007. Since that time, they have welcomed four children into their home. In 2012, their third child, Graham, was born with severe heart defects and passed away at just 15 hours old. This experience, although difficult, has blessed their lives, strengthened their faith, and shaped the way they view children.

It was in the months leading up to Graham’s birth that they became aware of the millions of orphans worldwide that are waiting for families. Many of these children need medical care and support they cannot get in their birth countries. The Humphreys family has cheered and supported others in their adoption efforts, and they are excited to begin their own journey to adopt.

All prayers and support are greatly appreciated.

3/28/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at gandehumphreysfamily.blogspot.com

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ZHEN for the Conner family — FL

ZhenJoel and Stephanie Conner met at Calvary Chapel of Charleston, S.C., but fell in love while on a short term mission trip to a Mexican orphanage. They have been married for 10 years and have 2 children, both with special needs. Their first child was adopted from Mexico while they were teaching for 3 years in the same orphanage where they had first fallen in love. After the adoption was complete, they had to return to the USA because of their son’s medical needs. But orphan care and adoption was still their passion. They’ve experienced first hand the need for adoption, and also the JOY of adoption, especially regarding orphans with special needs. They have wanted to adopt another child with special needs for a long time and are excited that the door is finally opening! They are so thankful for God’s gift of little “Zhen” and can’t wait to bring him home to join Team Conner! They’ve decided to name him Gideon Gui Conner.

3/30/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE

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JOAQUIN for the Spence family — KY

Joaquin (1)Back in 2002, Lynn was raising her two children and going to the University. One afternoon she received a phone call from her sister, who was on a work trip in Nevada. Her co-worker John was with her at the time. John picked up the phone and began to chat with Lynn. They discovered a similar sense of humor and many mutual interests: hiking, kayaking, traveling, books, music, etc. History was made.

Fast forwarding several years, after being a family of four, with two growing children, their family grew even more and they were blessed with 2 more wonderful children. Their family now includes four extraordinarily bright, talented and loving children including a son (20) in college, a daughter (15) and two younger sons (7 and 5). With their oldest son enjoying success in college and getting out on his own, the time seemed right to try to fulfill a dream of trying to help a child in need.

As a teenager, and after reading of the struggles of Eastern European orphans, Lynn dreamt of being able to help, to be able to give them the life that every child deserves with a loving family. John, who has an adopted cousin, was on board with the idea. Both John and Lynn believed that no child should be denied the basic things we often take for granted. Loving parents, a supportive family, education, and good healthcare, in a place where people with disabilities may enjoy every opportunity.

In their search, it only made sense to reach out and try to help a special needs child, one of many such children all too often overlooked by adoptive parents because of the potential challenges they may bring. Little Joaquin was challenged at birth with Achondroplasia , a common form of dwarfism. He also has minor heart defects, and developmental delays, most likely for institutionalization. He will need continued monitoring for hydrocephalus (water on the brain), and orthopedic problems that are common with his condition.

Joaquin touched their hearts from the moment his sweet little face showed up in their search. The more that they learned about him, the more that they realized how very well he would fit in to their family. If already felt as though Joaquin were a part of the household. Gage, the youngest in the family wrote Joaquin a poem about how much he loves him. Matthew the next oldest is trying to find the perfect spot to put Yoan’s firetruck bed. The older children just cannot wait to meet their baby brother. The whole family is excited and anxious to help bring him home to his “forever family”.

Now, John and Lynn are trying their best to expedite Joaquin’s adoption. He has already been an orphanage for too long. He is behind in his development and needs to come home to bloom and flourish. John and Lynn’s desire to speed up Joaquin’s adoption are further fueled, by the knowledge, that in Bulgaria, when a child turns 4 , they will most likely be transferred from the “baby” orphanage into one for all older children. Imagining the fear a child would go through leaving the only people he has known to go to a whole new orphanage, John and Lynn decided to do whatever they could to try to avoid that and to make his next move be to their family instead.

Please join them along their journey to give Joaquin the life, love, family, and opportunities he deserves. Any help with fundraising and prayers to allow them to complete this process before he has to move again would be greatly appreciated.  Blessings from our family to you and yours.

3/30/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE

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