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ZOEY for the Means family — KS

Antigone is the mother of eight incredible children, who just wasn’t ready for an empty nest as her oldest near adulthood. No stranger to adoption, Antigone and her two biological children first decided to grow their family through adoption in 2005, when they were 4 and 6 years old. Their new sister was almost 3, a waiting child from China with arthrogryposis, who could not walk due to club feet and a congenitally dislocated hip (that same sister is now a competitive dancer). In 2006, the family opened their hearts again and brought home a two year old sister from China, a spunky little girl with albinism and visual impairment. Antigone’s one son begged and begged for a brother, so in 2007, he traveled to Ethiopia with her to bring home an 8-½ year old brother.

After some time for adjustment, Antigone and her family felt that their hearts and home were big enough for more, so two more siblings, age 7 and 9, joined the family through domestic foster care adoption in 2011. The family connected through church, dance, hiking, cooking, art, music, gardening, caring for pets, and other activities that they could do together to build connection and joy.

When the last of Antigone’s children entered middle school, the family discussed and all agreed that it would be wonderful to have a younger sibling that all could get to know before they left for college, and Antigone was happy with the idea of not having an empty nest just yet. In 2015, Antigone brought home a 4 year old boy from China, who was diagnosed with albinism, visual impairment, and autism. He readily bonded to the family and, although he is nonverbal, he is thriving and is very interactive and strongly attached to mother and siblings. Over time, all of the siblings agreed that it seemed unfair that they grew up with the benefit of similarly aged siblings (they are now 18, 18, 17, 15, 15, 13, and 13), while he is so much younger (6).

Antigone returned to the advocacy lists and noticed an adorable little girl with visual impairment. The little girl caught her eye, but she was undecided until an update was posted, showing that this little girl was not thriving. She had not grown between ages 2 and 3, and had lost a pound. In the videos, she showed behaviors very similar to Antigone’s youngest son- social and curious, though quite delayed. Antigone showed the video to the kids and it was unanimous- that’s our girl and she can thrive here! Antigone contacted the agency for information and the paperchase began!

Being a large, single income family, Antigone is grateful that her daughter has some grant funding available through Reece’s Rainbow. She is incredibly thankful for all who have donated to the fund to help bring her daughter home.

5/5/2017 — LOA RECEIVED

$48.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Zoey has received a $553 Waiting Child Grant.

ERIKA & ILYA for the Parker family (3)–KS

Molly (Lena) 2013

Lena (Erika) 2013

Ukraine

 

Follow the Parker family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.teamparkerblog.blogspot.com