Mike and Shannon met in 2005 while working together as singers at a theatre in Savannah, GA. They were married 5 years later, had their first daughter in 2011, and their second in 2012. Both Mike and Shannon have always felt the pull to adopt, separately in their lives, and then surprised when the other also felt that calling.
Through many months of research, they decided on China as the country they would adopt from, and through advocacy, they decided that they were comfortable with the special needs program.
They found the profile of a Chinese boy who was blind and loved music, and were in love with him from the start. He was the same age as their oldest daughter, and he was from the same province as Shannon’s distant relatives in China, and shared a birthday with Shannon’s only brother. While not believing in signs, but not disbelieving, they requested his file, consulted specialists, and spoke with friends and family about this child. They are confident that he will blend perfectly into their family.
Their oldest daughter has told them numerous times that THIS boy is her brother, long before Mike or Shannon had made a decision. She is excited to teach him how to sing and dance, and hold his hand to teach him to walk around the city. She is also very excited about learning Chinese.
Before submitting for Donnie, however, they decided to wait and see if their agency could find them a second child that would fit their expanding family. In June of 2015, they saw their first video of their one year old little boy who has no special needs. After reviewing his file and talking with their family about this child, they decided that this boy would complete their family. Their children are very excited to have a new baby to take care of!
The Zaller family is excited to expand their family, and is thankful to everyone who has helped them thus far on their journey!
7/6/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at thethousandmileblog.wordpress.com
The Laveys are happy to announce their commitment to adopt Ryan, a 5 year old boy from Eastern Europe with Down syndrome. They hope you’ll consider partnering with them in their efforts to complete the lengthy and expensive process of adoption and bring Ryan home!
The Lord has blessed Andrew and Mary with 3 biological children and 1 adopted child: Abigail (17), Stephen (15), Lydia (12), and Jonah (4 1/2). Jonah came to our ho me when he was 1 mth old. Jonah has Down syndrome.
Their decision to adopt Ryan is not complete without telling the story of Jonah’s adoption. In 2009, the family cared for a foster baby who had Down syndrome. Their time with this precious baby lead them to start thinking about adopting a baby with Down syndrome. They realized Down syndrome was a condition they felt comfortable with and had some knowledge about. They were also made aware of the tremendous amount of resources such as early intervention therapies that are available to a child with Down syndrome. God worked in such amazing ways to bring Jonah to their family in the fall of 2010. They are extra blessed because of the beautiful relationship they continue to have with Jonah’s birth family.
Then in the fall of 2014, God started working on their hearts again – only this time instead of domestic adoption, God was pushing them towards international adoption. They “met” Ryan and fell in love and wanted him to be part of their family. Another driving force in their desire to adopt was when God revealed to them this difficult truth: The future for children like Ryan is that even if they are in good orphanages, this is not a substitute in any way for a way for a family. Also, eventually these children will age-out of the orphanage system. They next home for them will be a mental institution. The Laveys want to give Ryan a future with a family who loves him. They long for him to have a place to call home that is not an institution.
They are praying the same prayer for Ryan as they did for Jonah during his adoption process:
“Lord, you alone are [Ryan’s] portion and [his] cup; you make [his] lot secure. Let the boundary lines fall for [Ryan] in pleasant places; [and that he could] surely have a delightful inheritance.” Psalm 16:5-6
It is the Lavey’s desire that their home would be Ryan’s “pleasant place”.
Follow the family’s adoption journey through their blog “His Pleasant Place”
6/30/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at hispleasantplace.blogspot.com
Joey and Laura have been married for 31 years and were blessed with three biological children who have all grown up and now have families of their own. In 2012 the couple found themselves experiencing the typical empty nest syndrome but instead of putting together a bucket list and focusing on retirement, they felt like God was calling them to adopt a child. It took a few months to really come to terms with the idea of adoption because of their older age, but once they did God led them to a little boy in Haiti. After several trips to visit their son in his orphanage they were finally able to bring Beaux home with them to Tennessee on Thanksgiving Day, 2013. Life with a preschooler in their home again has been adventurous. Beaux has a great sense of humor, loves life and keeps them laughing!
For the past few months Joey and Laura had been considering adopting another little boy so Beaux would have someone to play with everyday. But then they felt God was leading them to adopt a beautiful little 10 year old girl living in China who has Down Syndrome. You could say it was love at first sight! After much research and consulting with their adult children they decided to start the adoption process to make this special child their daughter.
The Davis’ appreciate your prayers and support to bring Noa-Grace home.
6/30/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey online at facebook.com/TheRaceforNoaGrace
We have a great love for children. After I had a very difficult pregnancy and then I almost lost my life having my son, God laid adoption on our hearts. We went by way of the foster care system to adopt our daughter, Sarah. Emotionally, it was very hard knowing we had no legal rights to her. We eventually were allowed to adopt her.
I heard about the baby girls in China needing families. I traveled to China in 1996 and when I saw the overcrowded conditions in my Rebekah’s orphanage I felt God’s leading to adopt 9 more children in orphanages in China and Vietnam. Eight were born with cleft lips and palates.
We felt our family was complete until we saw an “Aging Out” boy named Joseph. God laid him on my heart. I have to be in China to adopt him before his 14th birthday in October. We need help with funding to bring him home.
UPDATE: The Wheeler family will also be bringing home a second boy, 12-year-old Dixon!
The adoption journey started several years ago. Having 2 beautiful biological children but feeling that the Lord wanted us to use some of our circumstances to help other children.
On a cold January day our 4 month old son, became the victim of abuse. What occurred after that was a numbing event of emergency craniotomy surgery, several eye surgeries, years of therapy and legal battles.
During the several years that we had intense therapy and medical issues with our son we learned how frustrating and hopeless parenting a special needs child can be BUT we also learned that love has no bounds and our love for him did not wavier based on his ability to walk, talk, swallow or learn. We were blessed with a group of friends that came beside us and provided support in unimaginable ways. We learned the ropes of applying for Medicaid, maneuvering thru the school system special education programs and working with insurance companies to ensure therapy sessions for our son. We also feel immensely blessed that we were able not only to see God’s grace but we were able to experience it firsthand. Having gone thru this with our son has strengthened our walk with Christ and we have learned to lean on him for all things, giving thanks always. Although we would not wish this circumstance on anyone we see the experience as a gift from the Lord. Thru this life experience we changed, grew and learned to love more deeply.
Fast Forward several years, our son went thru years of therapy and although we were told his prognosis was grim and he probably would never walk or talk, he entered 1st grade at a Christian School and was a “normal” student for the first time ever.
He plays sports, sings in the choir and makes straight A’s in school.
It was about this time that we began to seriously consider adoption and using the knowledge we had gained to help another special needs child. We researched several programs and decided on adoption from foster care. It was a year long process and although there were ups and downs we were very blessed to be able to adopt an 8 year old boy. Our son was considered special needs as well since he had encopresis and often soiled himself many times a day.
We have now had our adopted son in our home for 5 years and he was legally adopted on 12/20/2010. He has been such a blessing and our biological children have done very well “sharing” their parents. Our adopted son’s encopresis has all but stopped. We worked with him diligently using positive reinforcement and making changes in his diet and at this time he seems to be symptom free.
After our sons adoption we found ourselves with 3 happy healthy children and we still feel the call to help special needs children. So we decided to adopt internationally this time because we know that every child deserves to have a family and to know what love is. We choose to adopt our 4th child, a girl with down syndrome and many other medical problems. We were privileged to bring our daughter home in November 2012 and we treasured the sweet beauty that the Lord blessed us with. In March 2013 our daughter passed away. Although she was with us such a short time we count it one of life’s greatest gifts to have been her family. During her short time with us she impacted many lives and upon her death we worked with the school she attended to build a special needs playground in her memory.
In many countries these children are unwanted and seen as a hardship and we feel this is our opportunity to extend the Love of Christ to a child that might otherwise never get to experience that. Although we will never lead a large congregation and we may never see hundreds saved on the mission’s field, we can serve one. We can bring the Love of Christ to this child; we can offer her medical care and a loving family. Her future will be bright for we firmly believe that “I can do all things thru Christ which strength me” Phil 4:13.
As a family we are confident that this is what the Lord has called us to do and we are filled with anticipation as we follow his leading in this next chapter of our lives.
“Father, break my heart for what breaks Yours…….”
And once again our hearts have been broken.
This time for a little seven year old girl.
We know where she lives.
We have been there.
We may have walked past her two years ago when we adopted our Sophia. And because we know…we MUST go. Tiny tiny girls…..TEN pounds how can it be….how can it be!
We thought we were done….
Seven adoptions, three births….Lord send someone else now!
We have again opened our home to foster children.
“You plead my cause
You right my wrongs
You break my chains
You gave Your life
To give me mine
You say that I am free
How can it be
How can it be”
And now we have fallen in love. In love with a little girl who struggles to survive.
Please consider coming alongside us on this journey to HOPE.
6/19/15—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at andthentherewashope.blogspot.com
JJ and Liz met when he was active duty in the military. They began dating soon after meeting and were married the same year. They attempted to have a child with medical assistance but were unable to conceive. Both of them knew that they wanted to be parents and loved interacting with kids. They began the process to foster children, who they might be able to adopt. In 2011 JJ was in a serious motorcycle accident. They were unsure of what the next day would hold. At this time they learned that life is short. Tomorrow really isn’t promised, so you need to make the most of out your life. Once out of the hospital and settled into their new home, they were blessed with their miracle baby, “D”. They have been trying to expand their family but have not succeeded. They are excited to begin this journey to expand their family through adoption.
This journey may be the hardest thing that God has ever told them to do. They have struggled with the thought of asking you to support them. They would be honored to know that you helped them bring their child home. Thank you so much for your support. No words could ever express our gratitude for your love for their family.
6/12/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.facebook.com/Plustwofeet
The Allen family is adopting again! This will be their 2nd (& 3rd) adoption of a deaf child. Their story really began 21 years ago, when Jamie went to college to be a Sign Language Interpreter, but then became a stay-at-home Mom; always wondering why she was given such a passion for the Deaf community. Eleven years ago, John and Jamie met. When they married a year later, they were immediately thrown into the life-long task of “blending” their family, since John had 2 children and Jamie had 3. Through 4 additional years they added 2 more biological children to their blender. Fast forward to 3 years ago, when John and Jamie went with a group from their church to an adoption conference to see what the group could do to help in Orphan Care. During that conference, John & Jamie were both lead to adopt. They thought God would want them to adopt through the US Foster Care System. They quickly realized, as doors shut in their face, that God wanted them to go to China to adopt a particular little boy, who was deaf. Tobias has been home 11 months now and is thriving! They are going back to China to adopt Devin, a 5 yr old girl, and Archer, a 12 yr old boy, who are both deaf. Deafness is a special need that seems to cause undue fear in people, which is apparent in the amount of waiting deaf children in China. They weren’t sure which child they should bring home, knowing both needed language as soon as possible. God has opened the doors wide to adopt both children at once! Their family knows American Sign Language to some degree, which will give both of the children, parents, and siblings they can communicate with, laugh with, and blend with. Soon the Allen family will have 5 boys and 5 girls. Lord have mercy, that’s a lot of noise, fun, and love in one 2500 sq. ft. house!
6/11/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
“Care for the orphans in their distress!” James 1:27. 160 million orphans in this world! Love at least one!
Adoption is the mission field of the Winslow family of New Hampshire. With nine adopted children (one of which lives in heaven!) and 2 biological children, they are fulfilling God’s call on their lives!
Last year they brought home their 2 Bulgarian blessings! What a joy this has been for them! God has told them that they are NOT done yet! They said, “send us God”, and He is sending them again. To familiar territory for yet another blessing!
This one is a precious 5 year old girl with Down’s Syndrome. They already love her!
Thank you for taking the time to encourage and support the Winslow family! They sure do appreciate it and love you all greatly!
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at winslowsix.blogspot.com
Brian and Kimberly first expanded their family through international adoption in 2006. They adopted 4-year-old Molly from China not fully knowing how extensive or what would be involved with her facial meningocele. Because of Molly, they adopted another little girl, 2-year-old Brynn, in 2008. Brynn was born with a similar facial meningoencephalocele. Adopting their daughters, learning about their facial differences and going through their surgeries and care has really given them a heart for children with facial differences.
When they considered adoption again, they hoped in their hearts that God would lead them to a child with facial differences, a child that He hand-picked just for them. God, in fact, lead them to TWO beautiful boys who happen to be “best friends” in the orphanage where they live. “Billy” is six years old and he has a bilateral Tessier facial cleft #7, which has been an obstacle to speech and his ability to eat easily. “Alan” is five years old and he was born with a nasal deformity that looks quite similar, they say, to that of their daughter, Molly, however, based on their experience, “Alan’s” condition looks to be much more severe. They realize that the road ahead involves significant medical treatment(s) and surgeries and they are willing to do whatever possible to help “Billy” and “Alan” live normal, healthy, happy lives … “together”.
Brian and Kimberly are anxious and excited to have these “best friends” join their family and become brothers to each other and also to Molly, Brynn and their three adult children.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at crossingthejordantojonahandrees.blogspot.com