A CHILD for the Lafreniere family — MI

Don and Erin Lafreniere met on amateur radio when they were in high school and began an international on-the-air romance (Don lived in Canada and Erin in the United States). These high school sweethearts celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in January 2018. Erin, a former teacher, is now the stay-at-home/homeschooling mom of 13-year-old Peter, 6-year-old Simon, and 1-year-old Clara. The Lafreniere family has lived in both the US and Canada but now lives in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan, a wonderful place to raise a family. They enjoy visiting Lake Superior beaches, hiking in the woods, and visiting waterfalls together.

After years of Erin being interested in adoption and Don feeling reluctant about it, Erin saw 10-year-old “Valentine” in a summer hosting photolisting and recognized him as a child listed years earlier on Reece’s Rainbow. Knowing that being hosted would significantly increase his chances of being adopted, she convinced Don to host him in the summer of 2017. Once they started hosting, the whole Lafreniere family fell in love with Valentine and Don saw how desperately Valentine needed a family. Seeing his joy in simple things like seeing wildlife, jumping on the trampoline, and running through the sprinkler on a hot day, his pride in learning new skills like riding a bike, playing card games, and telling time, and his obvious desire to belong, and knowing the bleak future that awaited him in his country if he was not adopted, Don and Erin decided to pursue their first international adoption to make him a permanent member of their family. They embarked on the grueling process of preparing and submitting their dossier, dreaming of the day they would welcome Valentine back to their home to stay permanently.

However, in March 2018, just after receiving an invitation to travel to Valentine’s country, Don and Erin learned that Valentine had been adopted by a family in his country just weeks before. Although shocked and distraught, they decided not to let all the work they had done go to waste; they chose to travel anyhow and seek a referral for another child. They continued to face obstacles in their path, as the first child they met was not ready to agree to be adopted, even after almost a week of daily visits. After losing Valentine and not being successful with their first referral, they were filled with trepidation as they faced their appointment for a second referral. Happily, the second child they met was excited about the prospect of being adopted, and they hit it off immediately.

The Lafreniere family is eager to welcome this 10-year-old girl to their home and share their love with her. They are humbly asking for financial support to make this adoption possible.

5/24/2018 — COURT PASSED MAY 10; in 30 DAY WAIT PERIOD
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at burckeri.wordpress.com

$4,279.60 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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