JENNY for the Etter family — NJ

 photo fwbutton150.pngJustin and Tara have been married for five years and have a two-year old biological daughter who loves to read and loves Mickey Mouse.  As soon as Vivien was born, she was loved beyond comprehension by two parents who prayed for her and would show her the love of Jesus. This love grew and overflowed, and God began to give Tara and Justin hearts for the unwanted and unloved children in the world. Over the past two years, they have been praying about how God could use them in real, tangible ways, like fostering or adopting, to bring the light of Jesus and a forever home to a child in need.  God has opened doors where they never even thought to look and He has led their hearts to precious little Jenny.

9/14/2017 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED
Please follow the family’s journey on their blog:  thejourneytojenny.blogspot.com

$3,810.07 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Jenny has received a $468 Waiting Child Grant.

BRUCE and LILYA for the Ramirez family — NC

Robert and Louisa have been married for twenty-three years. They are the parents of five children, all through the blessings of adoption.

While traveling to Russia, Guatemala and Ukraine,  Robert and Louisa saw the unforgettable faces of children in orphanages they had to leave behind. They witnessed the heartache and misery that comes from growing up without the care of loving parents and living in austere conditions.   As Roman Catholics, they believe in the sanctity of every human life.

It was through Reece’s Rainbow they learned about children with special needs needing families. In 2013, they welcomed home a baby girl with Down Syndrome.  Being older parents, they thought their family was complete.  But, God helped them to trust in His plan.  One day, a little boy caught their eye.  Something about him spoke to their hearts.  He was three-years old and still waiting for his forever family.  They knew right away they wanted him.  After many prayers they decided to say, “Yes!”

Robert and Louisa want to thank their family and friends that have loved and supported them over the years. Most of all, they want to thank Jesus Christ for His sacrifice on the cross.  It would mean so much if you would pray for Bruce and the Ramirez Family. Reece’s Rainbow is so worthy of any support you can give.

6/2/2017 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$463.81 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Bruce has received a $1986.69 Waiting Child Grant.

ADRIAN and ADRIANNA for the Canessa family — TN

Kayla and Gino have been happily married for 6 years and have been blessed with two biological children.

Adoption has been a long time dream for Kayla, often a topic of conversation with Gino, an open possibility. They were nervous about the whole process, but not enough to give up their mutual dream of having a big family. Kayla kept looking online, then, one day not long ago, she finally found two little siblings! Immediately sent their pictures to Gino. They were both amazed to see that these sweet little angels looked just like their bio kids… They fell in love!

Finding them was a wonderful surprise. Meaning that they didn’t quite have enough time to get ready. So now they are rushing to pay fees, gather a humongous amount of paperwork and raise the remaining amount of money fast enough.

Adoption is never easy peasy process, but they know in their hearts that this journey is gonna be one of the most important and rewarding things they could ever do. They keep working at it and counting the days until they can finally bring those sweet angels home!

8/27/2017 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$131.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Adrian and Adrianna have received a $87.25 Waiting Child Grant.

 

MAE for the McCarthy family — FL

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After four sons, Bobby and Michele McCarthy are excited to announce, the Lord is bringing them their FIRST DAUGHTER!!! They have been married for 17 years. Their boys are ages 15,14,9, and 8. Their youngest son was adopted in May 2016. He has complex CHD including HLHS. Through his adoption, the Lord grew their faith even more. They knew God planted in their heart the desire to continue adopting. And this time, the Lord brought them their very first girl! After wrestling with God about adopting a child with Down syndrome, He changed their hearts. God made it clear that “Mae” is their chosen daughter. She is 6 years old. All their sons are supportive and encouraged them to adopt “Mae” even when Michele and Bobby were scared themselves. With fear and then surrender, they said “YES!” They are incredibly grateful for your prayers and support. They are thrilled to welcome their first daughter full of spunk and spice and who just might help keep their boys in line!

To learn a little more about this family, please read Michele’s “He Is A Gift” post on No Hands But Ours about their first adoption.

11/21/2017 — TA RECEIVED

$3,207.57 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Mae has received a $759.40 Waiting Child Grant.

CHRISTIAN for the Sefransky family — CT

Ellen and Joel live in Connecticut where they have been married for 25 years. They have five children: two in college and three at home. As things often go, their children’s hobbies and interests have become their hobbies and interests. They enjoy getting outside, watching any kind of sport being played by their children and listening to their musical endeavors. The youngest, John (4), born with Down Syndrome, has been a blessing in all their lives. Since John was born, they have been introduced to the world of “special needs”. All members of the family have taken a keen interest into how to bring about John’s best abilities. They still enjoy the same endeavors, but perhaps in a different way. Over the years, Ellen and Joel have learned so much from being parents; so much about themselves. After John was born, they became aware of Reece’s Rainbow and the phrase “waiting children”. They have come to understand these children are not waiting for a ride to school, or waiting for new shoes; their real wait is for a family. Something many of us take for granted. This phrase, “waiting,” has been on their minds for over 4 years. Ellen and Joel feel their life journey has led them to the role of adoptive parents and they are happily accepting of this role.
Ellen traveled to a country intending to be matched with a girl who they picked from Reece’s Rainbow. On this trip, it was discovered that they were a better match to an 8-year-old boy, Christian. He also has Down syndrome. While visiting with him, Ellen and their daughter Diana played hours of “balloon ball” using plastic bowling pins to keep the balloon from hitting the ground. They had many laughs when the balloon would ricochet off someone’s head or face. Christian has lived his whole life in an orphanage where he is well cared for, but he does not have a mom or a dad. He also doesn’t have many choices. In preparing to bring him home, they began reflecting on how many choices their kids had when they were 8 years old. “This to eat or that, these shoes or those, play inside or out…” There is none of that in Christian’s life. In fact, they think we will have to keep choices to a minimum when he comes to America, as we all know the paradox of choice. Just go try and choose a tube of toothpaste!

The Sefransky’s are deeply committed to bringing Christian to live with them forever; deeply committed to giving him the opportunities that their son John has in his neighborhood school, and in the supportive and loving communities of church, family, and friends. They are currently asking for prayers and support to make this adoption financially, emotionally, and spiritually successful. Please consider partnering with them on their journey to make Christian a son and brother.

11/13/2017 — FIRST TRIP COMPLETE

$10,375.55 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Christian has received a $15,000 Older Child Grant.

HAINES for the Holloway family — FL

 photo fwbutton150.pngThe small seed of adoption was planted in the Holloway family during an annual dinner for a local ministry in 2010 and soon blossomed into a growing awareness that God was not done creating their family yet.  Married for five years and raising their three children in the panhandle of Florida, Lenny and Roberta started the process to adopt a child with special needs from China in 2011 but listening to God’s prompting, changed their path to domestic infant adoption.  Their family was thrilled to welcome baby Zoe into their family in Spring 2013 and they continue an open adoption relationship with her birth parents.  But Lenny and Roberta knew in their hearts their family wasn’t yet complete.  Roberta would sit in the nursery, rocking Zoe in the early hours of the morning and knew God was calling them to adopt again.  Roberta says, “At that time, my only prayer was OK, but not yet.”  In the fall of 2015 they knew it was time again, but felt drawn to teenagers who were running out of time to find a family.  Lenny says, “With both of us working in local law enforcement we have seen how important family, good role models, and a support system are and what a positive impact in can make, even if it’s later in life.” They completed the process to adopt from state foster care, but again felt God calling them in a different direction.  They became aware of a teenage boy who needed a family through friends who had adopted a sibling group of 3 from the same orphanage in Eastern Europe.  They saw his picture, knew he was supposed to be a part of their family and started the process in February 2017 to bring him home.  They are flying through the paperwork and praying to welcome him home this year.

11/14/2017 — COURT on 12/20

$4,718.81 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Haines has received a $3872.15 Older Child Grant.

A CHILD for the Routhier family — NH

Austin and Allison are high school sweet hearts! Austin is a 23-year old and has been a Fire Fighter in the New Hampshire Air National Guard since 2013 and Allison is a 22-year-old elementary school teacher who transitioned to being a stay at home mom. Austin and Allison met their Junior year of high school and married in 2014. They have two biological children (Landon is 4 and Lilah is 2) and a foster daughter, and now, they find themselves in the middle of an effort to bring the newest member of their family home for next year’s holidays.

Adoption was never on the Routhier’s radar until they found out about Reece’s Rainbow. Allison found out about Reece’s Rainbow in the Spring of 2016 and began researching international adoption. Allison was still in school and it wasn’t the right time. They decided to become licensed foster parents through DCYF until the time was right for them to begin the adoption process.

They have been racing through paperwork at record speeds. This is going to be a “hurry up and wait” process, where they rush as much as possible, then sit tight until her paperwork is finally completed. Thank you for being a part of our daughters adoption story!

6/9/2017 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED; AWAITING TRAVEL
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$3,600.83 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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PRISCILLA for the Koebel family — MO

Darrel and Shonette have been married for 28 ½ years. Darrel is retired AF, and is now in law enforcement. Shonette is a stay at home mom and homeschools five children who are still in school. They are active in First Baptist Church, in their city.

They have ten children, four biological and six adopted. They have always been led to adopt overseas. They finally took that leap of faith back in 2009. They started out to adopt one little girl and that fell threw. Then they picked another little girl, which could not be adopted because paper work wasn’t ready for her. In that entire process, they wanted to God to lead them to the one that was to be their daughter. Their agency sent them five more little girls. They prayed that whichever one was paper ready, was to be their daughter. In April 2010, they landed with their little girl from Ukraine, AnnaKae Hope. AnnaKae was weeks from being transferred. They knew AnnaKae was meant to be their daughter. They have been praying for years about adopting another one so AnnaKae could have a little sister.

They were praying about Priscilla on Reece’s Rainbow. Then Shonette heard she was going to be transferred in August. She knew it was time to jump again. God has called them to a place that a lot of people don’t want to go. Darrel and Shonette have a heart for orphans and know it’s their passion. They are rushing to get everything done, to get to Priscilla before she is transferred. They are excited about adding another little one to their family and can’t wait to get her home.

9/26/2017 — APPT on NOV 11

$7,533.28 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Priscilla has received a $2378.95 Waiting Child Grant.

REESE for the Howard family — CA

Caleb and Lisa Howard have been contemplating adoption since late 2015. After finding out Lisa was pregnant with baby #3 in 2016, adoption got pushed to the wayside. In early 2017, Lisa joined the Reese’s Rainbow facebook group and her heart was again opened to adoption. She showed Caleb child after child, but none seemed to fit in to their family. When an advocate for Reese posted his information, they inquired about him. After much prayer and consideration, Caleb and Lisa decided God was opening the doors for them to adopt Reese! They are anxious to bring him home to meet their 3 other children: Hannah, Judah, and Shiloh!

11/9/2017 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$2,709.69 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Reese has received a $5,715.96 Waiting Child Grant.

 

ROYCE for the Maxwell family — CA

Janet is so excited to start this family expansion by welcoming in this Deaf child. She is a hearing daughter of two incredible Deaf Parents. She works as a Sign Language Interpreter at Stanford University’s Hospital. So as you can see bringing in a Deaf child… just fits perfectly! Janet and her extended family are so excited to share her language of ASL, her Deaf culture, her family, her friends and extended community with Royce.

Janet has never been married, but her yearning to be a mother has never wavered. This is what led her loving heart right to adoption. She decided to allow God to direct her path to her future as a Mother, and he led her right to Royce. Royce is a bright, cute, energetic preteen that is in need of a signing & stable home. She is only a few miles from the best School for the Deaf in the country in Fremont, CA. He’s already so loved and has so many excited to meet him and help guide, and shape this young man. Janet feels incredibly blessed to be on this journey towards him across these 5552 miles that currently separate them. Thank you for your time to read this biography and donating to her path towards motherhood.

10/10/2017 — FIRST TRIP OCT 20

$215.34 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Royce has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant.

MILEY for the Patterson family — TX

Hi! We’re the Pattersons. We’ve been married for 23 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 fifth grade. Four years ago we adopted our youngest, Joseph. The past four years have been challenging but SO rewarding.

For over 2 years we have wanted to adopt again. We had been in process with another country when the adoption could not move forward. We were heartbroken. We had been praying about who our next child would be and hoping that we could adopt a little girl.

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.

11/13/17 — TRAVEL DATES RECEIVED; APPT 11/27
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at hiskindness.wordpress.com

$5,340.41 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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BELLA and BRANSON for the DiAntonio family — PA

bella_dec-2016Bernie and Marabeth met in 2009 while working together at a helicopter plant. Eighteen months later they were married in a small ceremony surrounded by their five children, Meghan, Nicole, Brian, Joe and Shane. A little bit later Michael, who is blessed with Down Syndrome, came along. Shortly after that came the youngest, Maggie. Adoption was never something they knew much about until 2012 when a family from their church adopted a child through Reece’s Rainbow. After learning, through the other family’s journey, more about orphan situation and seeing the kids listed on Reece’s Rainbow, Marabeth was deeply moved and envisioned someday adopting a child with Down Syndrome. However, at the time she was pregnant, with a one year-old, and there were several seemingly impossible obstacles to overcome.

Still, she prayed over the next few years for God to either open the doors for them to adopt a child with Down Syndrome or else to give her a more practical vision for their lives. Then on November 18th, 2017 she felt an unusual urgency to pray about adopting a child again and this time she asked God to show her the next day in a specific way if they were meant to adopt or else she would drop the idea. Well, the next day mountains started moving out of the way for them as they started seriously investigating the adoption process. On December 27th, 2016 they saw Bella on a friend’s Facebook page and felt would she be a great fit in their family. Her siblings are all very excited to meet her, especially her younger sister Maggie who has been very busy making a giant stack of drawings to give Bella when she gets home, as well as big plans to share bedrooms and ballet classes. Bernie and Marabeth are also anxious to get her home and help her to learn to live as a beloved daughter in their family. They truly appreciate any and all support, prayers and well-wishes as they go through this process to bring their daughter home.

9/18/17—TRIP ONE SEPT 22

$4,754.51 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Bella has received a $27 Waiting Child Grant.

 

PAULY for the Shea-Dupuis family — CA

paulyBrian Dupuis and Jennifer Shea met through mutual friends and began dating over 12 years ago. They both fell in love with each other’s honesty, humor, and love of life. They were married almost 9 years ago in a beautiful church just down the street from where Jennifer had grown up.

Brian and Jennifer have always realized that they were incredibly blessed with an amazing family and wonderful friends. They always knew that they had a lot to give… the couple had talked about adoption off and on for a few years and had even looked at a few adoption sites over those years, but they had never felt that it was the time to act. However, this past December when Jennifer saw a little boy “Pauly” on the Reece’s Rainbow website, she felt an instant connection. For the next several days she woke up thinking about him, he popped into her head at random times throughout the day, and she went to bed praying that he felt safe and loved- and that he would find a family soon. After sharing her experience with her husband, he agreed that it was time to move forward.

Although the couple does not currently have any children of their own, they have many amazing nieces, nephews, and godchildren who they adore. And with the most supportive family and friends by their side, they cannot wait to bring their adopted child into their extended family filled with unconditional love!

12/4/17 —TRAVEL DATE RECEIVED

$29.85 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Pauly has received a $18 Waiting Child Grant.

AMELINDA for the Terborg family — IN

amelindaJill is a single mom to two girls adopted from China. Jill always felt that she would adopt someday. She never thought that she would be doing it on her own, but feels incredibly blessed to be their mom. Jill adopted Ella in 2009 and Lexie in 2012. Both girls were adopted through the special needs program. They each have medical needs that require regular follow up but are very manageable now. Jill has found that she’s never really been doing this on her own, after all. God has directed every step and she and her girls are loved by Him as well as a community of family and friends. Her daughters are the joy of her life.

Jill and her daughters hosted Lexie’s best friend from her orphanage in December 2015 with the purpose to find a family for him. He is Reece’s Rainbow’s “Beau.” The two friends were reunited and he was recently adopted by family friends. That was a wonderful experience and Jill agreed to consider hosting again per Ella’s request. Ella wanted to host a little girl this time.

Jill, her daughters, and her mom (who takes care of her daughters when she works) looked at the next list of children available for hosting and were drawn to a 5 year old little girl. They watched her video and couldn’t imagine why she was still waiting for a family. Jill requested her file which had a long list of medical conditions in it that seemed daunting on paper but didn’t seem to fit the little girl in the video. Jill is an RN and felt like they could certainly help her find a family. Selah spent three weeks with them in their home last summer. They quickly fell in love with this sweet, funny, and determined little girl. Though she has challenges and the medical needs in her file proved to be true, it was obvious that they won’t define her. She doesn’t let anything stop her! Jill had a tearful goodbye with Selah at the airport when she went back. While Selah was here, Jill saw how well she fit into their family but hadn’t planned to adopt again and kept telling herself that she couldn’t do this… add a third child with multiple medical needs as a single mom… but she could also feel God saying, “No, you can’t. But I can.” After Selah left, she knew what she needed to do. Four days later, Jill emailed the adoption agency to begin the process to adopt Selah and bring her back to them, forever this time.

Selah has a long list of diagnoses and is in need of medical care and surgeries which may still include open heart surgery. There will be some travel required in the Midwest to provide her with the best options for medical care that will improve her quality of life. Selah is known as “Amelinda” on Reece’s Rainbow.

Jill hopes to travel for Selah’s adoption in the summer. Ella and Lexie are excited to bring their little sister home. They appreciate your prayers for the journey that lies ahead. “Once our eyes are opened, we can’t pretend we don’t know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know, and holds us responsible to act.” Proverbs 24:12

11/13/2017— AWAITING TRAVEL DATES

$7,521.11 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Amelinda has received a $950 Waiting Child Grant.

KORA for the McAuliffe family — OR

 photo fwbutton150.pngKristina has been a natural caregiver her whole life. She is a single mom to three wonderful boys. Her youngest son is blessed with Williams Syndrome. Kristina has been a licensed daycare provider for 15 years. During this time she has cared for many children with sever special needs. She’s taken care of children with Cerebral Palsey, Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, ASD, and of course Williams Syndrome. Kristina has always welcomes these children with open arms when other daycares turn them away. Kristina loves being a daycare provider because she’s earning a living and home for her own children’s needs. It’s the best of both worlds. Kristina knows the love of adoption because her mom was adopted. Most of Kristina’s family has passed away. Losing them so young has left Kristina with a deep passion for family. Kristina always knew she wanted to adopt. After seeing a friend fundraising through Reece’s Rainbow she began asking questions. Her friend introduced her to the profiles on Reece’s Rainbow. Kristina spent weeks reading hundreds of profiles. She knew she wanted to adopt but how? She had little savings, she was single. She just felt it was impossible. God kept whispering you can do it. She prayed about making the best adoption decision for her family. Kristina has no idea how she’s going to raise the money for this adoption. She has already doubled her work hours. She knows it’s going to take hard work. She is truly jumping in on faith.

8/18/2017 — MATCHED WITH KORA

$1,509.21 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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NOELANI for the Holt family — TX

noelani-1Jacob and Sarah had that “love at first sight” moment 13 years ago at Dallas Baptist University and never stopped living the fairy tale. Jacob is a Vice President at Alliant Insurance Services and Sarah is a fitness bootcamp instructor / stay at home mom with their 6 children ages 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 10. After the adoption of #6, they knew they had room in their hearts and home for one more and started looking at Reece’s Rainbow for the perfect child with “something extra.” The whole family is so excited to welcome their new sister, soon to be named “Noelle”!

9/1/17 — USCIS APPROVED
Follow the family’s adoption journey at:  justusholts.blogspot.com

$7,173.52 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Noelani has received a $360.95 Waiting Child Grant.

 

CHIARA for the Simmons family — TN

Mark and Brenda Simmons have been married for twenty years and have five biological children ages ranging from 3 to sixteen. They have always had a heart for children and although having a large family had always been part of their plan, they had not considered that adoption was part of their life story. God was constructing other plans though, and had been working in their lives for many years preparing their hearts to love and care for others in need. They initially pursued helping children in need through the foster care system. After completing their last foster care class though, they came across the Reece’s Rainbow website quite by accident. They immediately felt as if they were being led in the direction of special needs adoption.

Mark and Brenda are blessed to be surrounded by family and friends who love and support their values and their desire to grow their family through adoption. God has always guided with love and faithfulness. Mark and Brenda and their children are so excited to be a part of Gods leading in this wonderful journey of adoption. Please help them bring a new child home to their family!

10/4/2017 — COURT DATE SCHEDULED 

$1,648.21 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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STAR for the Gagnon family — AZ

star-10Adopting their youngest son from Eastern Europe, Stacey swore she could never go back. After seeing firsthand the children she had only ever read about, she stepped off the plane back home and wanted to put it all behind her. She didn’t want to remember the silence of the orphanage, the smell of tooth decay and urine, and the babies lying for hours on end in their metal cribs. They had rescued their son, Israel, and perhaps there were other ways that God would use them to help the other children.

But God had other plans and they learned of a little girl that was laying in another crib on the other side of the orphanage, the same orphanage they had carried their son out of. They learned about the horrible medical procedures the baby had endured and her need for a family. This sweet girl had an amputated left arm and right foot, and she needed a mommy and daddy who could help her grow into a strong, confident woman. She needed siblings who could challenge her to walk and run, in spite of her limb differences. This little one needed a home, and the Gagnons knew that they could make room for one more.

The Gagnon’s are excited to welcome home there “Room for One More”, named Star. And as they travel this journey, they would like to invite you to come along and support them in prayer.

Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.

Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching. As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”

The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”

The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”

11/28/2017 — COURT PASSED!
You can follow their journey at www.ransomforisrael.com as they make a difference to this one; their little “Star” fish.

FULLY FUNDED!!!

A CHILD for the Graham family — TX

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Hi there!  We are Chris and Elizabeth Graham. Newlyweds. Mama and Daddy to Worth. Adoption advocates. Chipotle lovers. A musician and an artist.

Here’s a little bit about our story.

In early 2015, I (Elizabeth) was living the single lady life when I had the craziest dream. In my dream, I was marrying the love of my life, and there right next to us was my precious, adopted child. It was breathtaking and vividly real.

By mid-2015, I was home study approved and eagerly learning the world of international adoption. After setback and heartbreak, I finally met my son, Worth, in May 2016, and he was in my arms forever on October 17, 2016.

Somewhere in the middle of that beautiful chaos, I met Chris and immediately knew he was the man of my dreams. Chris asked me to be his wife right before we traveled together to pick up my son, now our son. Loving Worth together has been the greatest joy of our lives. Some days are hard and messy and full of tears, but every day is overflowing with love.

Our prayer as a couple is that our love be so abundant that we have plenty to share with the world; now is the time to share our love and grow our family. We have more than we need, so we are building a longer table.

Thank you for being a part of this beautiful story. I can’t wait to see how it unfolds.

12/3/17 — COMPILING DOSSIER

$10,556.55 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LANA for the Rice family — MI

 photo fwbutton150.pngKathy lives in West Michigan, where she was born and raised. Kathy was introduced to adoption – especially international adoption, and Reece’s Rainbow, when her daughter decided to adopt a little girl with Down syndrome from Eastern Europe. Her daughter and granddaughter returned home in December 2015. While following her daughter’s adoption and the year since, Kathy has helped as many families as she could, financially and prayerfully. She has also advocated for many children in need of families. Reading story after story about the life altering effects of adoption – for the child and parents – has been an inspiration to her.

After reading about the conditions children who have aged out face, and knowing those children would never know the love of a family, she knew she needed to do more. For the last few months Kathy has been contemplating and praying on what more she could do to help these children. So she is excited to announce that she is going to bring ‘Lana’ home before she ages out and loses the chance to live happily ever after knowing the love and joy of having a family!

Kathy raised her daughter as a single parent and knows the struggles it involves and the additional work it requires, but she decided that now is a good time to adopt an older child who is also from the same country where her granddaughter is from. Like her granddaughter, Lana rocks that awesome extra chromosome!

Any prayers and support, financially or emotionally, are greatly appreciated during her adoption process!

11/30/17 —FIRST TRIP COMPLETE; AWAITING COURT
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at lifealteringeffects.blogspot.com

$4,410.99 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Lana has received a $15,000 Older Child Grant.

SYDNEY and ROGER for the Branscum family — WA

From as far back as Brianna can remember she has been inspired to adopt because of her sister. Her sister was adopted from Korea back in the 70’s. So, when Brianna and Josh got married it wasn’t a question that at some point they would adopt. They have almost been married 13 years and now have 7 biological boys ranging from 1 to 10 years old. The discussion has always been very open with their boys about adopting, but they have always said down the road. Maybe 10 years. Their 8-year-old is already making plans to adopt teenagers from foster care when he grows up. He talks constantly about adoption and ask every question under the sun. Adopting a special needs child hadn’t always been the plan though. Brianna has always been drawn to Down Syndrome kids and has looked through Reece’s Rainbow numerous times over the years. She’d always show kids to Josh, but they knew it wasn’t the right time. Special needs kids made him nervous. Then a little over a year ago he had a change of heart. He was completely on board with adopting a special needs child. Brianna continued to read blogs about other families adopting. One family in particular that was adopting 4 kids lead her to this specific country, so all she would look at was kids from there. One day though she pulled open 4 kids pages and when Josh got home she showed him. One adorable, little boy they closed instantly because there wasn’t a ton of information and it scared them. They both agreed to pray about the other 3 kids. Ultimately, they didn’t feel like God was telling them to adopt any of these 3 kids. A month or so later one of the pages Brianna follows on Facebook shared a blog by Wide Awake International. The little boy in the preview photo oddly looked familiar so she opened it up. And there right in front of her was that little boy that they had closed the webpage instantly on! It was love at first sight. His giggle and smile stole her heart. When Josh got home he couldn’t believe it. They both agreed to pray about this little boy, but already could tell God was speaking to them about him. A few days later as Brianna was carrying their youngest to the changing table after he had cried in the middle of the night she felt an overwhelming feeling that the little boy was meant to be there son. She texted Josh at work instantly and he agreed! They gave it fully to God to help them figure out the funds to commit to this little boy by Thanksgiving and He came through instantly. All their other boys are so excited! They had always begged for a sister, but the mention of a new brother brought no request for a sister and just the question of how fast can he be their brother. So now we are praying and doing whatever it takes to get him home and make him Branscum Boy #8!

Due to family circumstances that have changed they will not be able to bring the sweet boy home as planned, but a family leaving very soon is adding him to their adoption. They are thrilled to be adding two children to their family!

12/4/17 — TRAVEL DATES RECEIVED; DEC 27

$6,950.51 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Talia has received a $3,389.26 Grant.

Chelsea Qi for the Regan family — MD

Chelsea Qi (3)Shannon lives in Maryland with her 14 year old son Alex. Alex is her pride and joy. After four miscarriages, and divorce, she still knew more children were meant for her family. She has been drawn to adoption since she was a little girl. Shannon grew up with physical disability in her family and knows first hand the difference love and support and good care can make in someone’s life. When she saw Chelsea-Qi’s profile, there was no doubt it was time to get the house ready for a little sister for Alex. Shannon is anxious and ready to meet Chelsea and show her all of the wonderful things Annapolis has to offer. God has called Shannon to adopt and specifically children with special needs. Waiting now is no different than the nine months she waited for her son to be born. Chelsea will be so loved and cared for and encouraged to live this beautiful life in the way she dreams. The Regan family (including Chelsea) is forever grateful for all prayer and donations in support of this adoption.

12/11/17 — USCIS APPROVED

$1,759.30 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Chelsea Qi has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant.