A Family for LEO and SJ

Matt and Kristi always viewed adoption as a part of their family’s future. Kristi was born with a metabolic disorder called Phenylketonuria (PKU) that when treated immediately and consistently throughout life, allows the individual to pursue a happy, healthy life. Untreated, PKU causes cognitive delays and other neurological problems. Because their home is already set up to accommodate the treatment, which is a strict low protein diet and specific dietary supplements, when they heard of children with PKU needing a family, they decided to pursue adoption.

In May 2015 the couple was blessed by the adoption of two sons, Andrew and Luke. Both boys have PKU. The family of four can be crazy, fun, and joyfully loud, and Kristi & Matt can’t stop falling in love with the children Kristi and other adoption advocates are working to find families for. The family is currently pursuing the adoption of two of these boys with PKU.

One future son, Caleb, is eight and he seems to be a great kid! He can be shy, but looks out for other kids in his orphanage. A volunteer who met him shared some touching stories about their time together, referencing his excitement at the zoo, his caring nature, and what a joy he was to be around.

The other boy the family is adopting, Ben (previous advocacy name was Leo), is a young man who was hosted in the U.S. recently. Though his PKU has not always been well maintained, his host family shared how wonderful this sweet boy is. Along with an army of support, Matt & Kristi are confident that with proper treatment of his PKU and a lot of love, he will flourish.

These boys will love living in a house with three other brothers, a house full of PKU-friendly food, a lot of music, laughter, and outdoor activities with their new family! Every dollar donated gets this family one step closer to bringing them home. The oldest one ages out on his fourteenth birthday in a few short months!

12/18/2017 — LOA RECEIVED

$7,585.05 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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