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A Boy for the Woertman family — NC

Frederick and Candy Woertman are looking for monetary assistance to adopt their third child from Asia. Grace was our first adoption. We adopted her at the age of 3. Grace has cerebral palsy and limited use of the left side of her body. When she started school at age 4 she was measured to have a cognitive ability of 6 months. With the help of many professionals, Grace has learned to use a gait trainer, feeds herself, climbs up and down stairs, can do math, volunteers for the smart board, and now has a cognitive ability of 23 months. This is 4 years makes me excited for the growth in the next 4 years and beyond. Joy was our second adoption. We adopted her last year at the age of 7. Joy has Down syndrome. Joy had never been to school but was thrust into Kindergarten upon her arrival. This year she is about to complete first grade in a mainstreamed classroom. She has learned a lot of English and continues to astound us with her understanding of the language. She likes to swim, jump on trampolines, ride her bike/scooter/skateboard, and watch Peppa Pig. With the support of many, we are just as excited to see what the future holds for our little Joy dynamo. We are now looking to provide a home for another. We feel that we are blessed to provide a home to kids that need a home. Watching the growth physically, emotionally, educationally, and spiritually of our children is where we draw our excitement. We are looking to adopt a boy with Down syndrome this time. Join with us in providing support to get us to Asia and bring this boy home.

4/24/2018 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$1,027.38 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LUCILLE for the Johnston family — NC

The Johnston family is excited to be adopting for the third time, working quickly to bring home a little girl in need of a family.

God graciously introduced them to the blessing of special needs when their son Isaac was born in 2010, and it was through his birth and young life that they learned about the plight of orphans with special needs.

They have since welcomed their daughter Providence (with Down syndrome) home in 2014, and most recently, their son Slavik (who spent 15 years in an institution) who came home this past September. They are both doing well and enjoying the friendships that naturally come with large families.

The Johnstons are uniquely blessed with a community of friends and family who celebrate and value life and are grateful for others they continue to meet through organizations like Reece’s Rainbow.

4/2/2018 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$5,970.35 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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

 

A CHILD for the Rohats family — NC

We have a very long story. We started hosting this young man years ago. We hosted him and his younger sister first initially. We actually started the adoption process for the both of them before hosting them on blind faith. Our hosting went fairly well, but we learned quickly his sister did not want to be adopted. She was very happy with her foster mom and she didn’t want to leave Eastern Europe. So, the adoption stopped as they had to be adopted together since they were a sibling group. We hosted Daniils again the following hosting season and his sister did not come with him this time. We had 3 straight years of hosting him off and on during Christmas & then in the summer. Our girls literally grew up with him. During this time period we moved my husband’s parents into our home with us so we could care for them as they were both terminally ill. They both sadly passed away within four months of each other and we were able to care for them for a year.

One day I was driving down the road and the adoption agency called me and asked me to brace myself that Daniils had worked to get himself legally separated so we could indeed adopt him as this is what he truly wanted. We quickly started the adoption process back up and by winter we were traveling for trip one. We were in country for 3 weeks with our daughters to bring him home. On the third visit with the social worker he said “no” to the adoption. We were shocked and devastated. We never saw that coming. We sadly had no translator support in country and at this point Daniils would no longer speak English to us. We left, crushed and confused as you can imagine. There was no word for this loss at the time as I knew his future would be very bleak. Three months went by and his sister called me. She asked if I would like to speak to Daniils. I of course wanted to and it was so great to hear his voice. The first thing he said to me was. “Mom, I am so sorry”! Those words rung in my head and it was like ripping a band aid off. He also told me, ‘he made a huge mistake and he tried to come back to us the day after he left us but they told him we had already left the country”. It was all so hard. About five months after Daniils said no to the adoption his foster mom had the court place him in an orphanage as she could no longer handle him.

About 6 months went by and God placed on our hearts to adopt again and China was placed in our hearts. We locked in a little boy and we were very excited. Then two days later I found another little boy through advocacy. We like to say that, “God obviously thinks we can handle much more than we think we can”. We traveled in the summer of 2016 to China to bring them home. They have adjusted so well and are a true blessing.

I have always continued to stay in touch with Daniils. He was always so happy for his new brothers and never bitter. We would facetime and send messages back and forth via facebook. We talk every other day currently. Our relationship continued to blossom and a few months ago it hit me like a ton of bricks the reality that he was aging out in March. My son would no longer be adoptable and would forever be classified as an orphan. I thought to myself that I have made so many mistakes in my life as a young adult and I always had my family to fall back on. We spent about 3 weeks asking Daniils questions about what he wanted. We openly talked about our feeling with the adoption loss with him, that we truly loved him, that he had always been our son and always would be no matter what. He never once brought up us coming back to adopt him. We decided to ask him if he would want this and he sobbed. He told us that he wanted this more than anything and that he was so sorry for saying no. We of course spent a long time talking to him about making sure he truly knew in his heart that, “yes” was the only answer for him because our family could not handle that kind of heartbreak again. My son is gypsy and has a very rough go at life in Eastern Europe.

We heard a sermon this summer and the visiting pastor spoke of “living uncomfortably” and asked were we doing all that we have been called to do? So, this will be number 4 adoption in two years. We used our savings for the first adoption in Eastern Europe. No funds from that adoption were returned to us. We took out a home equity line of credit on our home for our boys from China and we honestly don’t have the money to adopt our son in Eastern Europe. My dear friends had an online “square buying fundraiser” a few weeks ago and that paid for our first large fee with our adoption agency. We just had two huge yard sales and raised money doing that. I have sold all designer anything I have to make money at the women’s consignment sale. I’m doing a shirt fundraiser currently and a Mud Love fundraiser currently. I am starting to put together an online auction to fundraise now. I literally am doing everything I can to make this happen and I’m still coming up short. My son ages out in March so we are in a rush to get all approvals and funds raised as soon as possible.

We believe in forgiveness, we believe in second chances and we believe in redemption! Please, I ask for your consideration for help! We would be forever grateful!

2/27/2018 — TRAVELING MARCH 9

$3,643.55 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ROGER for the Newby family — NC

The Newby family are adding another little Newby in Summer of 2018. Stay tuned for updates.

4/12/2018 — DOSSIER NEARLY COMPLETED

$3,373.61 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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KAISEY for the Forge family — NC

Robert and Theresa met in 2000.  She was a young widow with 3 small children, and Robert was divorced with 2 daughters.  Three years later, they got married and relocated to North Carolina.

The youngest of the children is Theresa Lauren, who they call TT.  She was born with Down syndrome and heart issues. Raising her has brought them into a world of special needs, IEPs, lots of doctor appts, and countless different therapies. T he family works hard to ensure TT has the same opportunities that other children are provided.  TTs extra chromosome even inspired Theresa to go back to school to become a nurse.

Several years ago, after talking with a friend who had recently adopted a child, Theresa googled “Down Syndrome Orphans” and was lead to Reece’s Rainbow.  Ever since then, she has donated, advocated, prayed, encouraged, and followed stories of families adopting Special Needs Children.  The family would choose a child from the Angel Tree each year at Christmastime to advocate and raise funds for.  Theresa saw a bit of TT in each of those faces, and felt sad that they did not have families to provide for their basic needs and medical care.

This past holiday season, the Forges had the opportunity to host a little girl from Asia who is rockin that extra chromosome, just like TT.  She lives in their home for a month so they could, among other things, advocate for her to find a forever family.  She also went to an eye doctor, a pediatrician, and a dentist, where she had quite a bit of work done.

It wasn’t long into her visit that the family realized that God had been preparing their hearts all along.  They should be her forever family, she should be their daughter.  They had plenty of love to give, empty bedrooms, and lots of experience with her special need.  It was now time to start the  mounds of paperwork to bring her home for good.

Even though there are huge costs, and lot of work associated with adoption, a child’s life is priceless.  A loving family should not be a privilege, it is a necessity.  Robert and Theresa are working hard to raise the funds needed.  Robert is working overtime at his job and doing carpentry and remodeling on the side, always with a smile.  Theresa is busy selling her art at craft fairs, having yard sales, and selling things online.  TT is even coloring pictures she hopes to sell, to help bring her little sister home.

The Forge family would appreciate any prayers, good wishes and financial donations in support of this adoption.

1/15/2018 — LOA RECEIVED
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at afamilyforme.blogspot.com

$6,482.10 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SUSANA for the Motley family — NC

Mike and Ruth have been married for 18 years. They have 4 children – ages 18 to 5 years old and in addition an 18 month old foster to adopt African American child. When their 5 year old daughter, Emma was born, the family discovered she had Down Syndrome. Having Emma in their lives opened them up to the heart of the Father – which is those orphaned and those with special needs. The family began to open their homes to international orphans thru a hosting program.

Ruth met “Susana” while on a trip to her orphanage in September 2015. Susana lives in a war-stricken orphanage in Eastern Europe. Many of the children in her orphanage have seen first-hand the effects of war & conflict.

The family brought Susana home in December 2015, to spend Christmas with their family and for her to be seen by a team of specialists at UNC Chapel Hill. She has what is known as lymphatic vascular malformation. While it is not necessarily life threatening, without treatment the growth will continue to grow and affect many aspects of her daily life, including her jaw and her ability to eat. She will need to receive treatment for this genetic issue for the rest of her life.

The family soon discovered that Susana is not defined by this malformation! She is sweet and spunky, full of life and laughter! She steals hearts with everyone she meets. Her potential knows no bounds!

As an orphan advocate family and ministry, when the family first met Susana there were no thoughts regarding adoption – our focus and prayers was to help her find a forever family! Over the months however, God was making it clear to the family that she is their special gift, their reward from the Lord!

Children are a gift from the Lord;
they are a reward from Him.
Children born to a young man
are like arrows in a warrior’s hands.
How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them!

Psalm 127:3-5

3/23/2018 — COURT PASSED!

$915.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Susana has received a $500 Older 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.

HARPER and BRENT for the Kayser family — NC

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at thekaysers.blogspot.comkayser-brent2015

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BLAKE for the McBride family — NC

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Follow the McBride family’s adoption journey on their blog at watchthemcbridefamilygrow.blogspot.com

DANIEL and BO for the Dewberry family — NC

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at  andthisonematters.blogspot.comDewberry fam

NADIA and NANCY for the Collier family — NC

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Follow the Collier family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.Rebeccathesaint.blogspot.com

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ANTHONY, KRISTJAN and HANNAH for the Dewberry family — NC

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

IANTO and LANE for the Rowe family — NC

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at weretakingbabysteps.blogspot.com

 

Oscar (Lane) 2014

Oscar (Lane) 2014

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KYLE and KALEB for the Anzaldua family — NC

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at dschangedmyife.blogspot.com

 

DANNY and RILEY for the Wojcik family — NC

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

Rumyana (Riley) 2014

Rumyana (Riley) 2014

Doychin (Danny) 2014

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OLIVIA for the Binkley family — NC

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at adventuresinabundantliving.wordpress.com

SARAH and ALEIGH for the Roodhuyzen family — NC

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at helpinggodssmallestofangels.webs.com

 

STEVEN for the Dewberry family — NC

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

 

BRIGITA for the Etheridge family — NC

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at faithlovehopeandcourage.blogspot.com

 

JEREMIAH for the Townsend family — NC

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at http://townsendgirl.blogspot.com

 

 

EMORY for the Handrich family — NC

 

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Follow the Handrich family’s adoption journey on their blog at beautifulthings2011.blogspot.com

 

LILIANA, WILL, BUTLER & PAM for the Brown family — NC

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at thesousabrownfamily.blogspot.com

 

 

MASHA & CHRISTOPHER for the Rowe family — NC

  

Atticus (Christopher) 2014

Atticus (Christopher) 2014

UKRAINE

 

Follow the Rowe family’s adoption journey on their blog at weretakingbabysteps.blogspot.com

DANIL for the Maddex family–NC

  

Zeke (Danil) 2014

Zeke (Danil) 2014

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Follow the Maddex family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.addingtothemaddness.blogspot.com

 

QUINTON for the Miller family–NC

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Follow the Miller family’s adoption journey on their blog at

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NADIA for the Ferguson family–Raleigh, NC

 

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Follow the Ferguson family’s adoption journey on their blog at http://www.seeingtheupsideofdown.blogspot.com/

VALERIE for the Phillips family – NC

Varsha (Valerie) 2014

Varsha (Valerie) 2014

INDIA

 

Follow the adoption journey of the Phillips family on their blog at alwaystryingagain.blogspot.com

ARTYOM, NASTYA, & MAXIM for the Brown family–NC

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Follow the adoption journey of the Brown family on their blog at thesousabrownfamily.blogspot.com

 

ANASTASIA for the Williams family–NC

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Follow the adoption journey of the Williams family on their blog at steppingoutinfaith-williamsjourney.blogspot.com