Greetings! We are the Chinchak Family, and we are proud to announce we are the Forever Family for “Wetherby”. He will be joining our family through the blessing of Adoption. This is a brand new process for us, and we are looking forward to both the joy and the challenges that we will face through this this journey. It will be a long road and we are aware we may face some struggles along the way, but they will be worth it all once we have him with us. We have learned “Wetherby” is a child who is blessed with a special ability to see the world through a different light then others; he has Down Syndrome. Some may see this as an obstacle, but we see this as a blessing, and we are ready to see how he will make this world, our world, a brighter place. We invite you to join us along the way.
5/25/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their Facebook Page titled, “How’s The Wether-An Adoption” and on their blog at HowsTheWether.wordpress.com
When Ben & Jen met in high school in 1994 they had no idea the adventures God would lead them on. They got married in 1997, and went on to have 5 home grown children over the next few years. Pregnancy complications put an end to growing their family in the “usual way” and they started to look into adoption. Their house was tiny though and they were already cramped, so they knew it would have to wait till they could move.
In 2011 God brought them to the small farm with a big house that they had been dreaming about for all of those years and the doors opened to adoption at last. In 2013 He led them to adopt a precious little boy with cerebral palsy and profound hearing loss through Reece’s Rainbow. When they met him he was vacant, sickly, and thin. In just weeks of them meeting him he started to come alive. Over the 16 months in their care he grew and flourished. He was a changed child and they were a forever changed family. In early 2015, just after his 4th birthday, their hearts were broken as he was taken to Heaven suddenly in his sleep due to some medical complications. Their world was shattered. But the Kroll family knew that God had more in store for them. They had started to feel the pull to adopt again just months before the loss of their son. They put their trust in God and have stepped out in faith again, this time to adopt two children. They invite you to join them in this new adventure and help them bring them home!
5/22/15—HOMESTUDY UPDATE in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at a-sparrows-nest.blogspot.com
The Prien family is big, loud, fun, and loving. The parents Todd and Jill have been married for 23 years and are still madly in love. They have been blessed with eleven beautiful kids and are enjoying every second of watching them grow up into strong loving individuals. They were blessed with the opportunity of raising a little boy with Down Syndrome. This opened their eyes to a whole new world. They realized how great the need for loving, supportive homes were. While looking at these children in need, Sarah, who is deaf, caught their eye. They are already learning American Sign Language for their boy with Down Syndrome and thought it would be fun for them to sign together. They hope to bring her home with them and share their love and devotion with her. The christian family prays each night to bring Sarah to their family. Even the younger children are involved and excited. Their motto “Big Families, Big Blessings” couldn’t hold more truth. They feel very blessed and want to give her the best life possible. Please help us give her the home and love she deserves!
5/22/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Greetings! We are the Gautreaux family. We would love to introduce you to our newest family member, “Sulley”. In our 15 years of marriage we have been blessed abundantly! Recently God has brought us to our 6th child through the miracle of adoption. He is still waiting in China while we complete the adoption process. As our 3rd son, we will have an even count now, three boys and three girls! Our youngest daughter was also adopted from China 2 1/2 years ago. She and Sulley both have Spina Bifida, a medical condition that we have learned is easily managed here in the United States. We also know the road of adoption very well. We know the joys and challenges that come along the journey. Yet the reward of having our son in our arms will be worth the wait and all the struggles. Sulley was abandoned as a newborn and has been in the loving care of Little Flower Foster home in China. At 9 years old, Sulley has waited a long time for a forever family. Yet he has touched so many lives already. We are so very grateful that we get to be his forever family. We will have front seats in watching how he will touch this world! Will you please pray for our family and our precious son as we journey closer to each other?
5/19/15—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at loveneverfails-gautreaux.blogspot.com
The Evensen family is growing again! God loves adoption, and so do the Evensens. Three years ago they were blessed with two amazing Ukrainian boys, Gideon and Micah, to add to their family of five, and the following year they were blessed again with the adoption of their daughter from US foster care. Six kids might sound like a lot to some, but to this family, it still feels like there is somebody missing. And in a few months they are hoping to welcome their sweet girl home! She has been waiting far, far too long.
5/16/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at addtothebeauty-e.blogspot.com
Glory is a two year old little girl with so much life to live. She suffers from chronic brain hemorrhage and cerebral atrophy. The Knapp family is working diligently to bring her home for much needed treatment, so that she can live a life full of love and family.
John and Takisha Knapp have been married for nearly 13 years. They have five children, two via adoption and three biological. This is their second adoption, they adopted two children with Down syndrome five years ago. The whole Knapp family is looking forward to adopting Glory from Africa. Just last year John became a saved man, and they have thrown themselves into various local and international ministries, working together as a family to reach out to those in need.
They thank you for your support and would covet your prayers for their journey, for Glory to make it home in time for the necessary medical intervention, and for her recovery.
5/15/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at dailybeginagains.blogspot.com
Matthew and Kimbra met in 2008 while working at an inner city ministry. In 2013, they started to talk about adopted and decided that there was no time like the present so they started the process to adopt a little boy from Eastern Europe. In the middle of the process they found out that the toddler was no longer available and they were matched with two baby girls. While this was not who they were expecting, each girl captured their hearts. The girls came home in the summer of 2014. Matt and Kimbra thought they had their hands and hearts full. They didn’t realize someone was missing from their family until they found this sweetie. Matt and Kimbra are currently working to raise funds as fast as possible to get this sweetie home!
5/13/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at kimbrajohnson.wordpress.com
Aaron and Michelle were married in 1999 in Minnesota. They have moved to SW Missouri after graduating from college in 2003, and have been blessed thus far with six children. They have one daughter and five sons, ranging in age from 2 ½ -15 years of age, whom they homeschool. Their son was adopted when he was 5 years old from the U.S. in 2013. Adoption is an act of rescuing – for everyone (parents, siblings, relatives, child…) willing to partake in it. It requires a willingness to not have all the answers, to learn, to grow, to change, to stand on God’s promises, to face your fears, to pour yourself out, to weep, to laugh, to repent, to forgive, to be uncomfortable, and to know a depth of His Love and beauty you cannot comprehend. We are so blessed to be partaking in it again. Aaron and Michelle and their children now live in the country with some chickens, cats, a dog, a hamster and whatever critters the kids happen to bring home. They love learning together, reading, playing games, going for hikes and walks, talking, singing and playing music, working together, and traveling. About a year and a half ago the Lord laid it on Michelle’s heart to pray for a baby. She did not have any idea who or where this baby was, but she prayed. Aaron and Michelle have had quite a few conversations regarding adoption, and recently they were told about a little boy in China in need of prayers. They prayed for him and prayerfully considered him, even though they had never really considered adopting from China before. In the midst of this, they were led to pursue sweet Laine in China. Laine has Down syndrome and the Jaeger’s are excited to meet their daughter and sister and help her reach her full potential, and they can’t wait to discover and embrace what she will teach them. They recently read a statistic saying that children who have Down syndrome in foreign countries, and are not adopted by the time they are 4, are many times placed in institutions for the rest of their lives; and that sadly 95% of these children die. This all the more confirmed their decision to pursue their daughter in China! Of course their beautiful niece, Hannah, influenced them greatly, as did some other special children in their lives over the years. Hannah was adopted in November of this year and has Down syndrome as well. So, they move forward trusting and hoping in the Lord and resting in His Love. Please keep Laine in your prayers, and consider helping us bring her home! Psalms 82:3 Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
5/12/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
The Rebers are thrilled to announce that they are adding to their family! Their newest daughter, Lacy, is 9 years old, and is currently living in an orphanage in China. Kim teaches children with disabilities, and Greg is a music teacher. They met in 1991 at the elementary school where they were both teaching, and have been married for 22 years.
Kim and Greg believe that adoption was God’s plan for their family. He has blessed them with three beautiful girls through international adoption. Kaitlyn Taomei and Jessica Taoli are 19 year-old identical twins, who were adopted from Nanchang, Jiangxi, China in October 1996 when they were 11 months old. Ashley Heejung is 14, and was a waiting child in S. Korea due to spina bifida, failure to thrive, and other medical needs. She was 16 months old when she came home.
Lacy has spina bifida (spinal meningocele) and bilateral club feet. She has had multiple surgeries for her meningocele and club feet in China. Lacy enjoys going to school in the orphanage – her favorite subject is her native language. Lacy also loves arts and crafts. According to the agency that visited her, Lacy is smart, very sweet, and a loving girl. She is very eager to have a family of her own.
Lacy’s big sisters can’t wait to meet her! Kaitlyn and Jessica are Communication Design (art) majors at Kutztown University of PA, and Ashley is in middle school. The Rebers hope to travel to China early next summer to bring Lacy home to join their family!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” –Jeremiah 29:11
5/8/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.hope4joy.com
Hi! We’re the Pattersons. We’ve been married for 22 years (Wow, time flies!) and currently have five children. Our two oldest are in college, our next two are in high school and our youngest is in fourth grade. Two years ago we adopted our youngest, Joseph (Igor on Reece’s Rainbow) from Ukraine. The past two years have been challenging but SO rewarding.
For over a year we have wanted to adopt again. When we saw Vienna’s picture on Reece’s Rainbow we were so excited! We had been praying about who our next child would be and hoping that we could adopt a little girl with Arthropryposis. Joseph was born with Arthropgryposis and we have become quite familiar with the ins and outs of the medical procedures and therapies that are necessary. So, when we inquired about Vienna and were accepted to pursue her adoption we were thrilled! Despite the unknowns, we are ready to plow through the paperwork to bring our little girl home as soon as possible!!
We appreciate your prayers and support so much as we begin this journey.
5/7/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at hiskindness.wordpress.com
Along with their children Pearson, Henry and Winnie, Chris and Stephanie are thrilled to announce their intention to adopt “Penny” from China.
Chris and Stephanie have been married 16 years and have 2 wonderful biological boys who are 12 and 10. In 2013, they travelled to China to adopt Winnie, a beautiful 5 year old with Down syndrome. Winnie is the light of their lives, and she brings so much joy and sunshine to everyone she meets. Since bringing Winnie home from China, this family has been so fortunate to experience the tremendous blessing of adoption. Parenting Winnie for the past year and a half has been such a gift, but Chris and Stephanie know that her life has not always been full of happiness and love. After their visit to the orphanage in China, Chris and Stephanie are heartbreakingly aware of the orphan crisis that remains in China and throughout the world.
Chris and Stephanie saw “Penny” listed on Reece’s Rainbow just two months before they travelled to China meet Winnie. She has been on their hearts and minds for all this time, and they are so excited to be able to bring her into their loving family now. Pearson and Henry are overjoyed to have another little sister, and they cannot wait to see “Penny” and Winnie grow up together forever.
Thank you for your love, prayers and support during this journey of a lifetime. Chris and Stephanie know they couldn’t do this without the wonderful community support of their family, friends and Reece’s Rainbow.
5/4/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at mamaonawire.blogspot.com
Effie was found abandoned at the age of 2 months and she was placed in an orphanage where she currently lives. She turned 4 in October, 2014.
Effie has a Tessier Facial Cleft and congenital malformation of her nose which has not been corrected.
Effie’s country has granted me preliminary approval to adopt her and bring her home to live with our family. Because Effie has significant special needs, all of my paperwork and a significant portion of the fees associated with the adoption, must be submitted prior to July 1, 2015.
As a single parent, I created my family through the miracle of adoption and have been blessed with two beautiful daughters and a fabulous young son, all from Asia. I also have a wonderful adult son who I adopted as a toddler here in the United States.
There is still plenty of love to spread around and we look forward to giving this little girl the life she deserves.
5/2/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Nate and Cassie have been married for almost 7 years with two biological children, Noah (5) and Sophie (2). This will be their first adoption and what a journey it has been. Adoption laid heavy on their hearts in early 2014 and after much prayer and trusting in God’s plan, they took a leap of faith to adopt from Eastern Europe. They had found a beautiful four year old girl who they were sure to bring home. With the help of family and friends, they bathed that child in prayer. Nearing the end of the process (after they received their invitation to travel), they found out that she had been adopted by a Eastern European family. While they were grateful that she was given a loving home, their hearts were broken. They pressed on determined to pick up the pieces and follow God’s plan for their adoption. Finally, after a year of preparation and roadblocks, they are ready to go to Eastern Europe and meet their child. The couple can’t wait to see the child that God has picked to be part of their growing family.
Eric and Natalie have been married 24 years. They met coincidentally as both of them were supposed to be be meeting dates that never showed up. Eric is a co owner of a machine tool repair and sales business. Natalie is an OB/Gyn nurse.
Adoption is an issue close to her heart as she was adopted by her maternal grandparents at the age of 11. They became aware of the plight of special needs orphans from watching a documentary called “Bulgaria’s Abandoned Children”. An Internet search led them to Reece’s Rainbow where they found their boys.
They are a Christian family who believe that they are amply blessed. After having their eyes opened forever to the plight of special needs orphans they felt as though they had to do something to share these blessings.
All help and prayers are welcome and appreciated.
4/27/15—USCIS APPROVED; AWAITING TRIP ONE
Please follow our blog and join us on our journey! www.bulgariabound2015.blogspot.com
We love our life!
God has used the trials and challenges in our life to strengthen us and show us his purpose for our family. Adoption is a glorious gift that we feel so lucky to be a part of. We have four children, two biological daughters and two adopted sons who have Down syndrome. We all feel like we won the lottery when they joined our family. They have been an amazing gift to us all. Their sisters love watching them grow and learn new things and they have become strong advocates for people with special needs. The boys have made us all better people.
This time we weren’t looking for a child to adopt when a video of Tamarix was shared by a friend who thought she would fit perfectly in our family. God began to work in our lives and made it very clear to us that this was our daughter and we must go and get her!
Tamarix is deaf, and so is our 12 year old daughter. We all use American Sign Language in our home. Tamraix now uses her home country Sign Language. We love to debate, What American sign will we show her first?
We have stepped forward with faith, trusting in God’s grace that he will make a way.
There is a Chinese proverb that goes like this…
An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break.
We hope that you might somehow be a part of our story, and we thank you for any donation you can make to finally give Tamarix what every child deserves, hope for her future.
4/27/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at thehutsonfamily.wordpress.com
Adrian and Ali have been married for 7 years and have 4 biological children. Their youngest child, Jack, was born with Down syndrome. Adrian and Ali have always had a heart for helping children and fostered for a short time in 2011. It was not until after Jack’s birth in 2013 that they began their journey of international adoption.
Ten months after Jack was born, Ali happened upon the Reece’s Rainbow website. She knew instantly that her family was supposed to adopt a person with Down syndrome. Ali and her husband know that their son Jack was given to them for a greater purpose than just brightening their family. He was given to them so they would feel equipped to care for other special needs children.
Mark, as he is known on RR, is a 7 year old boy from Latin American who has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. He has been in institutional and foster care since he was 12 days old. As Adrian and Ali were looking at the countless faces and biographies of children, Mark’s face was the face that would not leave their minds. He is the child meant for their family and they can hardly wait to bring him home!
The Soto children are excited to travel to Latin American as a whole family! Besides bringing home a new brother … they are also REALLY excited to fly in a plane and look out at the clouds!
4/23/15—DOSSIER COMPILED; AWAITING TRANSLATION
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at lovemercylivejustly.wordpress.com
The Sanborns are happy to announce their commitment to adopt Kit, an orphan boy from China with Down Syndrome. They hope you’ll consider partnering with them in their efforts to complete the lengthy and expensive process of adoption and to bring Kit home!
Sarah and Bryan have always had a heart for adoption. Sarah knew she would adopt a child since she was a little girl, it had always been her dream. Bryan on the other hand, didn’t fall in love with the idea of adoption until he met Sarah in 2003 – and everything changed.
They fell in love with individuals with Down Syndrome many years ago when Bryan began coaching Special Olympics Swimming. Throughout the years they met many wonderful kids and adults with Down Syndrome and knew that someday they would adopt a child with that very same special need.
Bryan and Sarah met and began dating in 2003. They were married in 2009 and welcomed their daughter Kate in 2013. Kate is an amazing, funny, smart, loving, and vivacious little girl and is very much looking forward to having a ‘partner in crime’.
Kit is a beautiful, healthy little boy with Down Syndrome and no other known medical needs. He is very smart, sweet, and deserves a loving home. There’s no doubt he will thrive at home in Minnesota with a loving family and access to exceptional medical care (OT, PT, Speech Therapy).
Bryan, Sarah, and Kate just can’t wait to bring Kit home! They are all very excited and look forward to experiencing this journey of a lifetime.
4/23/15—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Mike and Wendy Fix recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
As they anticipated this milestone over the years, Mike often talked about wanting to celebrate their 25th in Hawaii. Instead, God pierced their hearts for the cry of the orphan domestically and abroad, and just months before their anniversary, they traveled – not to Hawaii – but to China to adopt their daughter, Selah AiJing, who came home in April 2014. Mike and Wendy agree the trade-off was well worth it. China gave them something a Hawaiian beach vacation never could: a beloved daughter.
It was during Selah’s adoption process in January 2014 that Wendy first saw Tomas’ file and photos. Something about his smile and countenance grabbed hold of her head and heart and wouldn’t let go. Approved to adopt one, she knew it wasn’t possible to add him to Selah’s adoption. Months after they were home from China, she still thought about Tomas frequently. Every time she saw an advocacy post for him on Facebook, her heart lightened a bit, and she prayed for his family to find him quickly.
It was on the evening of October 19, 2014 that Wendy realized Tomas was waking up to his 8th birthday in China. Suddenly, it was as if God struck her with this thought: “Don’t mamas think about their babies on their birthday? Why can’t I be his mama?”
Though the idea of returning to China so quickly seemed an impossible task because of the financial strain, God impressed a peace upon Mike and Wendy that compels them to move forward. They decided it was a step of faith they needed to take, and are trusting the Lord to provide. Through a twist and turn of events and answered prayer, the Fixes submitted their Letter of Intent to adopt Tomas in December, and received their Pre-Approval just in time for Christmas.
Mike and Wendy are parents of 8 children; 4 grown and 4 at home, ages 16, 16 (boy-girl twins), 3-year-old boy, and 3-year-old Selah AiJing. One of their children has Mild Mental Retardation, Global Developmental Delay, and an Unknown Genetic Syndrome. Because of this, the Fixes learned long ago that along with raising special needs children come many blessings and joy! The Fix Family is very excited for Tomas to join their family, that he may be ONE LESS ORPHAN and know the stability and comforts of unconditional love. Once home, they will name him Levi – which means “united, joined, adhered.” The Fixes thank you and covet your prayers and support on this journey of faith to bring Tomas home.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.PrairieInk.com/blog
Robert, Elizabeth, and their children are a loud, vivacious, always-busy family of eight. Robert and Elizabeth met as young teenagers at their local shopping mall. Their first encounter, at the Blockbuster music store, consisted of Elizabeth questioning Robert with, “What are you listening to?” And his enduring reply, “Skee-Lo”. It was a genuine alignment of the stars.
In 2001, at the ages of 20 and 18, Robert and Elizabeth were married. A year and a half later they had their first biological child and then, one by one (except the last two… they came together!), five more followed. With such a busy household, they thought they were in for a nice, lengthy break from adding more children to their family.
They were wrong.
In March 2014 God got their attention in an undeniable way and told them: “You’re adopting from Latin America”. After the shock began to die down, they somewhat skittishly agreed. Very soon afterward God once again got their attention in a way they could not work around and He informed them (and confirmed in multiple ways) that they were to pursue a particular little girl. Her name is Lene. If they were to be totally honest, they’d have to admit to being caught by utter surprise that God pointed them in this little girl’s direction. Why? Because Lene has Down Syndrome. A child with that type of special needs was never on their radar. While God was busy softening their hearts toward what this would entail, He also began building a love for Lene inside them. Once they laid all of their fears and hesitations down at the feet of their Lord, they were changed. God had done a work in their hearts that was not possible in the natural realm. Not only did they say yes to God and to sweet little Lene, but suddenly they saw themselves with only her in mind. Regardless of legalities, this family feels that Lene is already a part of them and they are doing everything in their power to bring her home as quickly as possible!
4/15/15—HOME STUDY IN PROCESS, COMPILING DOSSIER
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at http://www.amerrychaos.blogspot.com/