Michelle is a single mother to her six children. She has four biological children and two that she adopted from the US Foster Care System three years ago. Her oldest daughter, Brittany, and son-in-law have blessed her with a 3 year old granddaughter and a grandson born Feb 2014. She also has a 20 year old son, Chase, who is a Manager at a retail store and will be attending the Police Academy. She has a 19 year old daughter, Chelsea, who is a full time employee and student. She is a college student majoring in Health Services and plans to become an Adoption Social Worker. She has a 17 year old son, Andrew, who has Autism and is a very successful senior at his Private Christian School. He plans to attend College of Central Florida when he graduates and major in Equine Studies (Horse Studies). Michelle adopted a medically needy sibling group from the US Foster Care System. They are biological siblings only one year apart but never lived together until she adopted them. Her son is 6 years old, just started Kindergarten, has Arthrogryposis of his upper and lower limbs and is a double amputee with amazing Iron-Man prosthetics. He is no longer medically needy. Her daughter is 5 years old, has had numerous surgeries on her hip, has lower limb difference, wears leg braces and her cancer is in remission after a year of infusions and treatments. She is also no longer medically needy.
Michelle’s parents were Foster Parents for 18 years while she was growing up and she had always known that she would adopt one day. She did adopt and is now adopting again. It is hard to adopt as a single mother from anywhere and even harder to adopt as a single mother who already has Special Needs children at home. She is adopting a beautiful three year old boy from China. He just turned three in August and she will be traveling in early Oct to bring him home.
During this journey Michelle has meet so many other adoptive families through facebook but she has also met over 35 adoptive families in her small town. She started an adoption support group that meets monthly and is a HUGE support to all involved. Several of the families have adopted through the assistance of Reece’s Rainbow. These families can not wait to have Michelle’s son home in a few weeks so they can greet her at the airport, the kids can play together and grow up as great friends with great stories as to how all of their mom’s rallied together to bring them to their forever families. Some of the children that he will be growing up with are Kolya Brook, Bella Brook, Dunham Quinn, Edgar Quinn, Max Wetherington, Ryder Wetherington, Anchor Wetherington, Stori Wetherington, Nikita Sotolongo, Dima Monier, Grace Monier, Kole House, Gabe House, and Levi House. All in ONE town plus MORE!!!
Michelle works as the Children’s Minister at her church and has a large heart for children. She helps so many other families with Back to School Supplies, Thanksgiving meals, Christmas meals, Christmas gifts, Easter baskets and so much more all year round.
9/16/14—TRAVELING OCTOBER 8
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bringinghomefamily.blogspot.com
The Barrett family has a $400 matching grant! When their FSP reaches $2413, they’ll receive an additional $400!