TRISTAN +1 for the Challis family — MD

The Challis Family is Tabitha, Henry and 9 year-old Z. Tabz works at the public library, Henry manages an office for a small family business, and Z is a future pro-parkour-gamer-comedian. They are working to bring home a 15 year-old boy who they have hosted and another child (to be identified) so they can wrap them up in their close-knit, quirky home to enjoy a life of board games, movie nights, comic-cons, crafts, trampoline tricks and their faith community.

Tabitha and Henry had been coming back to “Tristan’s” profile for over a year. They were considering adoption or hosting, and weren’t sure which to start with… until an advocate for Reece’s Rainbow kids noticed that “Tristan” was being hosted and (as a 15 year-old boy,) was still waiting to be chosen – with time almost up. To Tabitha and Henry it was just the sign they needed. It was time to move and stop watching this boy get older on his webpages! Left behind, aging out, this shy sweet teen would soon know just how wanted he was.

The Challis Family hosted him over the summer for ten wonderful weeks. He fit right in like a missing puzzle piece. He played with nine year-old Z, melted into Tabitha’s hugs, and learned about being a husband and father from Henry. His older siblings had aged out. His younger sister had been adopted without him to the U.S. three years before. He had not heard from her family since they had left his orphanage. He had been left behind and alone for so many years. He came to hosting very shy, and sad. Although the Challises often wished they had more children, they realized it was God’s plan for him to be with a small family that summer – they could pour extra love and time into him. He thrived! He loved the quiet family and the time they could spend all together. The Challises realized quickly that their family was no longer complete without this special boy! They were even able to find the family who had adopted his sister three years before and get him back in contact with her! Though he had only known her for a few months in the orphanage they thought it was important for him to know where she was and that she was safe and sound – and even get to visit her!

As soon as he went back to the orphanage, the Challises got to work on preparing for their home study. They are fundraising, Henry has put his Special Education degree on hold to work extra, and even little Z has been making crafts to sell to bring his brother home! They remain in frequent contact and can’t wait for “Tristan,” who has been calling them Mama and Papa for six months now – to be an official Challis.

The family has two empty bedrooms left as well as flexible job schedules, supportive resources and an excited 9 year old son to help, so with prayer and support they have decided to bring home another child from the same region. This child will probably be under 8 and will also have special needs – they welcome messages with suggestions from their RR family! They are so grateful to the RR community for advocating for the boy they will bring home. Don’t give up! Your advocacy will bring this teenage boy home!


$617.67 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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