Dean and Lacey Junell have been best friends for 9 years and married for nearly 8. Together they have three wonderful and spunky children who range from 11 to 4 years old. Dean and Lacey have always had a heart for helping others – Dean works as a firefighter paramedic, and Lacey is currently earning degrees in elementary education and psychology, with the dream of becoming a kindergarten teacher. They both just want to make a difference in the lives of others.
Long time cheerleaders of other adoptive families, the Junell’s have loved following along and supporting other families in their greatest adventures. Lacey became familiar with Reece’s Rainbow and grew to learn the stories and the faces with intentions of advocacy. Then one day they saw her face, and everything changed. Something in this little one’s eyes sparked a fire in them that they could not ignore. Upon emailing her agency, they were crushed to hear that a family had already committed to this sweet one. Six months later, out of the blue Lacey received an email from the same agency. The previous family was not able to complete the adoption. Both heartbroken for this child and overjoyed at the chance to make her their daughter, Dean and Lacey committed immediately.
This family is no stranger to special needs and purposeful parenting, as one of their children already has complicated diagnoses. They are willing and able to put forth all the work and time necessary to bring this precious child home, and to help her thrive once she is home.
Any help is immensely appreciated in their journey to bringing home the littlest Junell, adoption truly takes a village!
9/30/2019 — FINAL TRIP in OCTOBER