We are Jaime and Gary and we hope that our story can help you understand why we have chosen the wonderful yet difficult path of adoption. We are the parents to three internationally adopted children from China, Shawn 8, Ryan 5, and Robin 3. We are often asked why we chose to adopt internationally rather than have our own biological children. We answer them how Vernon Pierce, a pastor and foster parent, does. He describes the mirrors between adoption and Gods love. He says “I like to tell people that we were the people in the back of the filing cabinet with the red stamp saying: Do not adopt. You look at the file on humanity and it says: Prone to rejection, prone to running away, prone to disobedience. There is no reason why God should have loved us and yet God did love us. He set his love upon us and it was a redemptive love to reconcile us to himself, to restore us to himself and restoring a people to himself. We were meant to be part of the family of God. We fell away and God still brings us back to himself”. When we adopt, we willing to choose the “red stamps” of life; those who are hurt, both physically and emotionally. We as parents set our love upon them and watch as Gods redemptive and restorative power work through us to directly change our children. It’s a truly powerful and miraculous thing to watch. It is also why we believe that the most profound thing we can impart to our children is the love of Christ. While we set our love upon our children we also disciple them with this message, that it is only Jesus who can save and change a heart from the inside.
In 2012 we started our journey with the adoption of a 2-year-old boy, Shawn, born with a cleft lip/palate. We followed his adoption up with two others in 2016 and 2017. Ryan was adopted at 3 and was diagnosed with Lamb-Shaffer Syndrome, a rare genetic deletion causing intellectual disabilities, speech impairments, and ataxic muscle movements. Little Robin arrived home at the age of one. She was diagnosed with cleft lip/palate, a heart defect, and hearing loss. As with all institutionalized children, their early childhood trauma and fear manifests in various ways. We meet them where they are, set our love upon them and trust God to redeem and restore the broken, just as Christ does for us.
Each one of our children has their own individual stories. Yet, they all share a similar heritage and can relate to each other through their medical needs. While they recognize the others struggles or disabilities they don’t capitalize on them but overlook them; the abled helping the disabled, the better signer helping the non-verbal to communicate more effectively, playing as a sibling unit despite ability.
We are seeking to adopt Caleb, a 7-year-old with arthrogryposis. We had the privilege of speaking with Caleb’s American foster family and gaining insight into his personality. His foster parents describe Caleb as a peacemaker with a sweet personality. He tries to find ways to accomplish tasks on his own despite his physical disability. Caleb also lives with foster siblings that have a variety of needs, ranging from Trisomy 21, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, and Clefts. His foster parents feel that Caleb would thrive as a middle brother who could not only look up to his older brother but also be a helper to his younger siblings. Caleb is receiving excellent care at his healing home but cannot reach his full potential there. He has already had seven surgeries and will require several more to achieve greater range of motion in his extremities. We have a translated letter written by Caleb expressing his desire to be adopted. You can also hear the sadness in his voice as he feels overlooked while he watches all of his friends be adopted.
We are humbled that you have taken the time to read our profile and thank you as you consider donating to help us bring Caleb home!
2/26/2020 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED
Danny and Rachel Suero have always wanted to adopt and have cared about orphans and adoption advocacy for many years. Rachel has 2 younger brothers who were adopted from China as older special needs children, and she has seen both the poor treatment of many special needs orphans, as well as the beauty of adoption first hand. Needless to say, adoption felt like a great way to build their family. Considering that they have 3 young children, and are living on 1 income while trying to attack very large student loan debts, they assumed it would have to be years down the road. Danny is a caseworker for the state of Pennsylvania and he also works part time building websites, while Rachel is a stay at home mom and homeschools their children. They thought they would probably move soon, let the kids get a bit older, and pay down their debt before jumping into the world of adoption. However, as the saying goes, “man plan and God laughs.” Everything changed one day in February when Rachel decided to hop on Reece’s Rainbow (something she has frequently done for years.) This time was different because staring back from the computer screen was little “Amelie”. She felt instantly that this little girl absolutely HAD to be a part of their family.
Other children had caught her eye before, and she quickly could imagine trying to adopt many of the children on Reece’s Rainbow, but this was different. This time, it wasn’t just curiosity or a sweet little face, it was the gut feeling that this was her child. However, she had a special need that Danny previously had said he wasn’t comfortable with, and she was in a country that neither of them had ever seriously thought about adopting from due to the many trips involved and the high expense of that. She decided to pray about it. Once she shared the information with Danny, he was completely on board as well! He agreed that they should ask for more information and try to adopt this little girl. Rachel asked what had changed and he responded “I just don’t feel scared of that now for some reason. I know it’s going to be ok.” That same day, Rachel inquired about her and started connecting with agencies. They gathered the initial agency application fee, and the first fee for their dossier/facilitation team, and within 2 days they went from seeing her face to being officially committed and in process to adopt her! They found a homestudy agency and immediately applied and started their required classes. Everything was exciting, but overwhelming to have already identified a child before beginning any part of the adoption process.
Although it has already been a whirlwind of paperwork, excitement, eagerness, and a bit of fear, Danny and Rachel talked about their options and decided that they both wanted to adopt at least one more special needs child, which is something that is allowed in her country. They are open to a boy or a girl, and many different special needs. They may find this child through Reece’s Rainbow as well, or they may not know which additional child they’re adopting until they arrive in country. Either way, they have faith that God will lead them and that they’ll be able to fundraise enough to bring two little ones home very soon. Their 3 biological children can’t wait for new siblings! While it’s scary to have to fundraise such a large amount, they believe that there’s nothing else in the world that would be a better use of money, and that these children are worth every last penny. Although it can feel like the process can’t move quickly enough since they’re so ready to meet the newest members of the Suero family, they know that everything is in God’s hands. Just like Amelie came into their life at a time they never would’ve expected, they’re trusting that the remainder of their adoption journey will happen in His timing as well.
2/24/2020 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Another Journey!! Welcome to our new addition, our 3rd child, Ethan Paul.
William and Catrina are the parents of two, 7 and 8 years old. William and Catrina know each other for long time and met again in 2006. They went out on date in 2006 and marriage in 2008! They used live in New Jersey but moved to Wilmington Delaware. Their children are from China, and Deaf like their parents! Ethan Paul is Deaf also. They’re excited to welcome a little boy who has no family of his own. God gave them blessings to adopt another child, and to give their children best life and loving by the family and support!
2/21/2020 — USCIS APPROVED on 2/18
The Marshall Family is adopting again! 2.5 years ago the Marshall’s welcomed Ping (Pepper on RR) and Liam into their family and went from a family of 4 to a family of 6. One year after bringing Ping and Liam home, Laura saw an advocacy post for a little boy. He was so tiny and had the most piercing eyes she had ever seen. His file indicated many medical issues and he had Down Syndrome just like Ping and Liam. The Marshall’s fell in love with him and rushed to get him home. Due to his needs he was medically expedited and came home January 25, 2019. It has been a busy year for the Marshall family and a year of great growth; physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
The Marshall Family now consists of Billy and Laura who have been married for almost 14 years, Tessa Grace 16 years old, Bella Charity 12 years old, Ping Joy 10 years old, Liam Worth 6 years old, and Asa Courage 4 years old. Recently, Laura and Billy felt the familiar tug towards adoption and discovered one of the little girls they have loved for a while is still waiting. They made some inquiries and decided she will be the next Marshall, Ember Faith “Emmy”. The Marshall’s are hoping to bring her home by the end of 2020 which will be 4 adoptions in 3.5 years! They are stepping out in faith that God will provide funding to help bring their daughter home where she will receive medical attention, nutrition, and LOVE! Thank you for joining the Marshall’s on their journey and supporting them with your prayers and donations.
2/18/2020 — HOMESTUDY NEARLY COMPLETE
In December of 2018, the Wallaces brought home their son Dima, adopted from an orphanage in Western Ukraine. He was the first child adopted from that institution. He has settled in well and is an amazing kiddo. He’s made major strides! But there are so many children still there waiting. One of Dima’s friends desperately wants a family and is about to “age out” which means he would be ineligible for adoption and would have to be in that institution for the rest of his life. His story is tragic and the thought of him never having a chance for life outside of the orphanage broke their hearts. They have started the process to bring him home to their family where he will be a loved son, and where he will receive therapy and education. He dreams of traveling, he loves learning, and best of all he will be able to be with his best friend Dima. Please help them to bring him home! Help to give him a hope and a future! They are so thankful for the community of love and support for him!
2/18/2020 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Rusty and Kristin Kruse are the parents of seven children, ranging in age from 31 years old to seven years old. Rusty and Kristin met in the Army at Ft. Hood, Texas in 1994. They were married later the same year.They have lived in many different areas of the US.
Rusty recently retired from the Army and now works as a civilian on a military post. Kristin is working on a college degree in Biblical Studies. They are at a very stable, very blessed point in their lives, and have decided that they would like to share their love with a little boy in Eastern Europe who has no family of his own.
Kristin has been a prayer warrior for many children on Reece’s Rainbow for years, and has a deep love for orphaned little ones. She is so grateful to God for blessing her and her family with another child.
Rusty and Kristin ask for your prayers as they work to bring this adoption to completion, as well as prayers for the well-being of the tiny boy they are hoping to adopt. “Behold, children are a gift from the LORD…” Psalm 127:3
2/17/2020 — HOMESTUDY NEARLY COMPLETE
Doug and Adele met on a website, Catholicmatch.com! They were married a year later. Due to a cancer diagnosis early on before marriage, Adele did not know if she would be able to have children. Doug and Adele looked into adoption soon after marriage. Amazingly, within the first six months, a little boy was conceived, and so the adoption went on the back burner. After a second boy was born, they began the adoption process from China! Little Therese was a waiting child with “Lobster claw” syndrome and learning issues. She came along when she was two and a half years old, and joined the family! For the first six months, the Darnowskis did not realize that Therese was also hearing impaired. It was such a relief when they finally found out the diagnosis of LVAS and hearing impairment. It explained a lot! Seven more children came along after Therese. Among these were two sets of twins (back to back!) girls and then boys. God really has a sense of humour! Sometimes you really get what you pray for! They were extremely grateful for all of the amazing blessings that they knew they did not deserve. After a number of early miscarriages, and an empty place In their hearts, they attended the funeral of a little adopted boy with Down Syndrome who died of a severe heart defect, although his life expectancy far exceeded the doctor’s expectations. After talking to Max’s mother, and hearing that many of these children die alone in orphanages with no one to care at all, and after looking around the room at the funeral at all the love, and tears, and visitors and flowers offered for little Maximilian, the Darnowskis felt the tug to look into Reece’s Rainbow, and consider adoption again!
2/5/2020 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Nathan and Tina Scheid met in high school in their small hometown of Saranac, MI, and were married just a few years after. While they are from Michigan, Nathan’s career in the United States Marine Corps has taken them to several states that they have called home. They currently live in San Diego, California and Nathan works on Miramar Air Station. Tina has been able to stay home and take care of their children while they were little, and be there for them with their extra activities they are starting to enjoy now that they are getting older. They have three daughters, ages 14, 12. and 10, and their son Teddy, who is 6.
The Scheid’s actually found Teddy’s advocacy profile one day when they were scrolling through the list of waiting children on the Reece’s Rainbow website. They quickly started the adoption paperwork for him, and welcomed him into their family in March of 2016.
The Scheid family is so excited to announce they are adopting again. They can’t wait to bring another son into their family. Please pray for the health and safety of their new son they are in process for, and pray for the adoption process to be a smooth one.
1/29/2020 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
The child the Scheid family is adopting has received a $2000 grant!
The Edwards are back for their 3rd adoption. They brought home Avalyn (Crystal on RR) in 2013 and Ian (Micah on RR) in 2018. They are both from the same orphanage in a small Asian country, and they both have Down syndrome.
Two months after Ian came home, Beth was on Facebook watching their agency’s Superkids trip to that same orphanage her children were in, because her friend was adopting her second kiddo with Down syndrome and the agency team was going to be seeing her on their trip. As Beth watched, a different little girl (Annabelle) came into the room with her infectious giggle and Beth’s heart jumped. She didn’t say anything to anybody, but instead started advocating for Annabelle by showing her to all of her friends and praying that God would send her a family. By summertime, nobody had come forward to become Annabelle’s family and Beth started to feel like maybe they were supposed to be her family. As much as she already loved this little girl, adopting another little one with Down syndrome felt pretty crazy and the pile of paperwork and the fundraising was something that she was not wanting to do ever again. Still, there was that little face that was already tugging at her heart. For every reason she could come up with for why they shouldn’t adopt again, there were so many more reasons why they should. There were so many ‘what ifs’ that floated through her head.
What if we hadn’t adopted Ian and Avalyn? What if we had not been open to Down syndrome? What if we had missed out on the beautiful journey? What if….
There were so many things we could’ve missed. Honestly, that idea is pretty devastating. We are so much better because of them. Honestly, we don’t deserve the gift of these children, but we’re so thankful that we get to be their family.
Still another adoption process felt pretty terrifying. One of Beth’s friend’s was talking about something entirely not adoption related and said something that stuck with Beth. She said, “Do it afraid.”
Beth mentioned it to Kyle. He gave the go ahead to send the initial email. With shaky hands on the keyboard, Beth sent that first email. The subject line was: We’re not crazy. I promise. Actually, in hindsight, it may be the teensiest bit crazy, but love makes you do crazy things sometimes.
So, here we are, completely afraid, but doing it anyway. We’re looking forward to getting to be this precious little girl’s family and we’re excited to watch those fears melt away as step by step we work our way through another process. In the end, we’ll remember how scary this was, but mostly we’ll know that love is greater than fear and some of the best things in life take a little crazy love.
Thank you for your support and joining us on this journey!
1/29/2020 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; COMPILING DOSSIER
The Hickey Family is back again! We’re so excited to be called back on this journey for a very special someone. While we weren’t expecting to be back quite so soon, God had other plans for our family.
In October 2019, our family was blessed with our first child, Sofija, through international adoption. We had an instant connection and feeling of comfort when we met her, it was truly meant to be. Sofija is our absolute greatest blessing!
While in the process for Sofija, we became aware that Sofija had a best friend who had become like a brother to her. In March 2018, we received our last and final update prior to traveling to bring Sof home, and we were sent several photos where our daughter was accompanied by a little boy. We could instantly see the bond between the two children. We responded with excitement about the update on our daughter while simultaneously inquiring about the darling little boy. At the time, our hopes were that some day when he too was adopted, we would be able to keep the two children in contact. However, when we arrived in-country, we were made aware that while few families had inquired, no family ever committed to this worthy little guy.
We had the pleasure of spending time with him while we bonded with our daughter and we felt an instant connection; both between him and our Sof, as well as, between him and each of us. We learned that he and our daughter had been roommates since they were first born and have been nearly inseparable since. It was heartbreaking for us to leave him behind but we assured his team that we would come back, should he still be waiting when we are ready to adopt again. Fast forward to Sofija being home for a few months, and we received a very unexpected message from our team in-country that they not only wanted us to come back for this little boy, but they wanted us to reunite the two children as soon as possible. While completing back-to-back adoptions seemed logistically and financially impossible, we have continued to witness God open doors for us to bring our son home. God moved mountains for us to bring Sofija home and while these mountains seem much bigger this time around, we trust that He will continue to be faithful.
We are incredibly thankful for any help, both spiritual and financial, that you can provide!
1/28/2020 — HOMESTUDY UPDATE in PROCESS
Vicki and Eddie are experienced adoptive parents, who are in process to add three more children to their family. They are heading to Eastern Europe, and hope to bring home two daughters and one son.
1/27/2020 — FIRST TRIP in FEBRUARY
Logan and Harli live in East Texas with their three children. They felt led to adopt from Eastern Europe and are hoping to add two more children to their family.
1/21/2020 — COMPILING DOSSIER
Meet the Carper family from central Pennsylvania. Jason and Candid met the 2nd day of their high school senior year in 2001 and have been together ever since. Jason and Candid were married after dating almost 4 years and Candid competed nursing school. They have 2 boys, Colton who is 11 and Jackson who is 6. They also have 2 labrador retrievers named Gracin and Hope and a cat named Callie. The Carper family enjoys camping with family and spending time together playing outside.
From a very young age, Candid could see people’s ability not their disability and has always been drawn to helping people. In 2007, she began researching adoption, but the timing was not right. She attended nursing school and worked in a long-term care facility for the first few years but felt called to pediatric nursing. She then went to work for an agency that provided care in children’s homes with special needs. After working 7 years for the agency she was blessed with their second son, however he would require a short-term NICU stay. She took time off to help him grow. When she returned to work, she started a new job as a school nurse at their local school district but always felt the call to return to special needs nursing. Candid returned to the pediatric home care and remains there taking care of children with multiple special needs. She has always felt the call from God to adopt but the timing was not right for their family due to caring for Jason’s grandmother for 7 years as well as 2 children.
Jason is the main family provider. He works very hard to be sure that his family is taken care of. Growing up with his grandparents and working on the family farm taught him many skills in life. Jason knows what unconditional love is and is looking forward to a new journey with a daughter.
Colton and Jackson both helped to care for their great-grandmother and showed great compassion in her care. They helped prepare her meals, attend medical appointments and hold her hand to guide her as she was blind. Both boys have been recognized in their school for helping others and having a loving heart. They are looking forward to a sister and being her protector.
In 2019, the call from God became greater and Candid began researching adoption again. She began praying for her family and for their future daughter. In July of 2019 she came across an advocacy post of a little girl with down syndrome. She then began having dreams of her and she just knew that she was who God had placed on her heart for her family to adopt. The Carper family began praying about adoption and in October they submitted their application to bring home a precious little girl.
They are now home study approved and have sent in their LOI and I-800A forms. Please pray for their family and little girl as they are excited to bring her home and become a family of 5.
1/20/2020 — DOSSIER COMPLETE
Here is the Vierstra family! Kendall and Christinna recently adopted a wonderful little girl named Milana Grace (known as Dolly on Reece’s Rainbow). She has brought so much joy into our new home and has developed into a bright and loving little girl! Christinna has been working with Milana with physical therapy and she is getting stronger and more mobile every day.
Now Milana would love to have a little sister! She is also a special needs child from Eastern Europe who deserves to have a loving family. Please help them bring their little girl home. God bless you for being a great part in their journey!
1/16/2020 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS