CLARENCE and ARIA for the Dale family — ID

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40929163700 (2)As a family, Jonathan and Laura Dale have a unique set of skills. The Dales were blessed with two biological children, the 2nd of which was born with severe medical complications and mental delays. It was a privilege they were able to enjoy for 12 short years before their daughter passed away from these chronic issues. During this time they also were foster parents to several long term placements and eventually adopted two more children. Again, one a typical, thriving child and one medically complex. In their 21 years of marriage they have learned so much about how to be parents of children with severe trauma and medical issues that it has become their families “normal”.

In January 2017 they saw “Clarence” on a You-Tube video, a little boy in Eastern Europe, who has significant medical needs and has been in institutionalized care his entire life. Laura was smitten and soon Jonathan was on board too! Shortly upon actively starting the adoption process for him, they were introduced to “Aria” a little girl in another region in the same country. Jonathan immediately “claimed” her as his. Laura’s heart followed as well. Their family has decided that both of these children are to be a part of their forever family. Their older boys are on board and excited to meet their soon-to-be siblings.

Being patient and handling “red-tape” is not a concern for this family – it is money that is the greater challenge. Jonathan works three jobs (handyman, mechanic, farm hand) and Laura works from home 40-60 hours a week making baby items and selling them online or at farmers markets. They have also started working every weekend selling hard scooped ice cream at local events to add to their adoption funds. This process is long and tedious.

Adopting two children, from two different regions is incredibly expensive. It is a financial hurdle that can be very frightening. The Dales are up for this challenge and are committed to seeing these adoption through.

If you are willing or able to help them with the financial burden of saving this 4 year old boy and 9 year old girl from living the remaining part of their lives in a crib, this family would be forever grateful!

The Dale family has a $600 matching grant!  When their grant reaches $17,297 they will receive an additional $600!

5/4/2018 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$17,485.35 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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NIKA for the Calhoon family — TN

Cal and Melissa have been married for 22 years and have eleven children, nine biological and two from Liberia. Their oldest at nineteen is married, so they just have ten still living at home. Both Cal and Melissa had a desire to adopt even before they met. Melissa worked in an orphanage in Hong Kong for a year and a half. It was there that she had the joy of looking after many babies with Down Syndrome and hoped to adopt a special one of her own one day.

God had an exciting surprise for Cal and Melissa, their third child was born with Down Syndrome! Soon after this they discovered Reece’s Rainbow, gushing over the children and donating when possible. There was always the dream of adopting a little girl with Down Syndrome. Life got busy, until recently when God made it clear that He had a special little girl for the Calhoon family.

Everything is perfect in God’s timing, He prepared a large enough home, a great job for Cal, and after what was thought to be a phone call of inquiry, our little girl. We ended up doing things a little backwards and had pre-approval within a few days of calling to ask if our family was too big for adoption!

We have just completed our home study and are trying to remain patient while we wait for our little darling to come home.

7/18/2017 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$97.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ALFRED for the Vis family — Canada

Raymond and Alison Vis met in high school and after losing contact for a few years have now been married for four years. They have two adorable biological children, Katie aged 3 and Ezra aged 1. They have their hands full with two young toddlers and were not planning on expanding their family again so quickly. But, God!

Alison stumbled across the blog of a family who had recently adopted from Eastern Europe and and was instantly drawn to their story. Many late nights and prayers later Raymond and Alison both accepted what they believed to be a calling to expand their family through international adoption of a child with special needs from Eastern Europe.

Raymond and Alison began the process with great urgency, believing that their child was out there somewhere, just waiting to be found. After many ups and downs Alison and Raymond believe that God has relived the child that they are to go and bring home to their family.

This little one will be a twin for Ezra, being only six weeks apart in age. He will also bring a little something extra to the family as he happens to have Down Syndrome and is rocking that extra chromosome!

Mountains are truly being moved to take this little one from lost to loved. Alison and Raymond are so grateful for all support to help get their little one home!

4/26/2018 — FINAL TRIP MAY 27
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bringinghomebrave.wordpress.com

$6,940.47 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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NITA for the Horst family — NY

The Horst family is so excited to be adopting again!  They have prayed many years for this time and God has moved their hearts that now is the time. Harlan and April have 5 children; two which they adopted from foster care and three biological children.  They love spending time together as a family working on their farm and caring for the animals.  They also have a garden and grow a lot of their own food.  They enjoy fishing, going to the zoo, and visiting friends.  One thing they enjoy most about adoption is watching the change in a child when they have a loving family.

They would love your prayers and support as they work to raise the money needed to bring their new daughter home to her forever family.

5/5/2017 — AWAITING COURT

$2,698.36 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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DIMA for the Wallace family — ID

Matt and Andrea live in North Idaho and have 8 biological children. For many years they knew they wanted to expand their family by adoption. They’ve always felt very strongly about helping children, especially those with special needs, and those that have suffered neglect and abuse. They firmly believe that every child deserves a home and family for them to reach their fullest potential. They’ve fostered in the past and have experience with special needs in their family. They weren’t sure how, or where they would adopt from, but waited for the opportunity to begin the process. Then, one day, a friend shared a video of an older boy with Cerebral Palsy living in an institution in a foreign country. Through a series of events they were able to find out more about him and get in contact with the agency that made his video. He’s been waiting in an institution for a long time and is getting close to the age where he won’t be able to be adopted. He is also unable to walk, but he is determined that he will in the future and he works really hard at taking steps and gaining strength. With the proper care and therapies available, he could have his dream of walking fulfilled. He also dreams of being able to drive a car someday! Matt, Andrea and their children hope to be able to welcome Dima into their family quickly before he ages out and becomes ineligible for adoption. Please help them bring Dima home!

5/15/2018 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$2,534.74 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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OLIVER for the Robertson family — NJ

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Trent and Amber have been married for eight years. They have three children. The oldest, an 11 year old daughter who joined their family with Amber, is a sweet, loving child who enjoys softball and soccer. Together, they have two young sons. The four year old is hilarious and loves helping Dad with yard-work and car repairs. The baby is two and he is obsessed with tractors and trains. As a family, they enjoy being active in their church, escaping to the outdoors, and engaging in community activities.

Adoption was something they talked about from time to time. They always considered it down the road, when their children were older; when timing was more convenient. After watching local friends go through a domestic adoption, their hearts started to stir. They considered becoming respite caregivers for foster families. It was during this time of consideration their eyes were opened to the orphan crisis in the world. They were introduced to Reece’s Rainbow, particularly children with special needs in Eastern Europe. After watching a close friend commit to a child and go through the adoption process, Amber prayed that if this was God’s will for their lives now, that He would make it known to them. One day, she showed Trent a picture of a little boy, which had become pretty routine in their house, but this time he responded with, “OK. Find out what we need to do to get him home.” They knew then that they couldn’t say “but later” any longer. God had called them to make a difference to one.

They are thrilled to welcome home their son and cannot wait to start their journey as a family of six!

5/22/2018 — AWAITING COURT

$9,095.40 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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EVITA for the Berna family — OH

Josh and Devin have been married for 10 years, and have 3 biological children. While never truly struggling with infertility, they have experienced the pain and loss of miscarriage, and the stillbirth of one of their sons. They cherish the precious lives of each of their children and are grateful for every child they have had under their roof! Josh and Devin became therapeutic foster parents 2 year ago and have had experience with many physical, mental, and emotional needs. Devin has wanted to adopt since she was very young, and Josh has personal experience with adoption in his family, so they were excited when they were finally in a position to adopt after Josh’s time in the military and college. After working with special needs through foster care and their own children, there was no question that Josh and Devin wanted to adopt a child with special needs…specifically Down Syndrome.

They fell in love with this precious little girl, and have enjoyed learning as much as they can about her country and culture. They can’t wait to finally meet “Evita”! Because of the special needs in the family, they are planning to stay together as much as possible during the long “pick-up” trip, which of course only adds to the already numerous expenses. There have already been several delays that have been discouraging, but they know their daughter is absolutely worth the wait, the fight, and the commitment it will take to bring her home.

11/16/2017 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$6,884.56 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Evita has received a $2754 Waiting Child Grant.

An Older Boy for the Keno family — Canada

John and Mary Ellen Keno have been married for 32 years and are blessed to have eight children — three birth daughters and five adopted children — over the past 31 years.  They are also blessed with four beautiful grandchildren and a great son-in-law.  God has been nudging them to adopt a teen boy with Down syndrome from Eastern Europe.  Their whole family is excited to welcome their son/brother/uncle home.

5/18/2018 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED; AWAITING OFFICIAL MATCH

$451.27 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A Family for Jayce — SC

 

Please help Jayce’s family bring him home, where he will receive the love and care he so desperately needs.

5/7/2018 — AWAITING COURT

$6,309.54 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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

 

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.

5/18/2018 — AWAITING TRAVEL DATES
Please follow the family’s journey on their blog:  thejourneytojenny.blogspot.com

$5,562.07 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Jenny has received a $468 Waiting Child Grant.

BRUCE +1 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.

3/13/2018 — TRAVEL DATES RECEIVED

$2,541.41 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!

5/18/2018 —  DAP RECEIVED for JUNE 4

$258.10 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Adrian and Adrianna have received a $87.25 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 a 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.

5/22/2018 — COURT PASSED

$10,749.80 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Christian has received a $15,000 Older 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!

5/17/2018 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED in MARCH; AWAITING TRAVEL DATES

$4,203.49 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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

 

EUGENE 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.

5/18/2018 — DOSSIER NEARLY COMPLETE

$1,805.06 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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STAR for the Gagnon family — AZ

star-10   Bulgaria

 

You can follow their journey at www.ransomforisrael.com as they make a difference to this one; their little “Star” fish.

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

$10,580.80 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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