Hi, we’re Melanie and Ryan Janus! We live in Colorado, where Ryan works as a musician for the Air Force, and Melanie is a CNA, and we have five beautiful kids ranging in age from 15 to 24, the youngest with Down syndrome. We love road trips, hiking, board games, movies and homemade pizza. We especially love music; between the seven of us, we play a total of over 20 different instruments! Ours is a noisy, fun, loving household.

We’ve been considering adoption for quite a while now, specifically an older Down syndrome child. Until recently, however, the timing and circumstances never seemed quite right. After prayerful consideration, we decided the time is now. If we wait for circumstances to be perfect, we’ll be waiting forever because they never will be. The boy we hope to adopt is a teenager and will be aging out soon, so the clock is ticking for us.

We knew this was going to be tough, but we’ve seen many little miracles happen for us along this journey. The mountain of paperwork is one hurdle, and we’ve been doing our best to get it done quickly. Another hurdle is money. Adoptions are expensive, international adoptions even more so. So if you’re feeling generous, please consider helping us bring our son home as quickly as possible!


$1,845.89 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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