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YIA for the Bartlett family — WI

Steve, a special education teacher, and Stacy, a science teacher, have always known they would grow their family through adoption. Since first starting the process to adopt from foster care in 2008, they have walked an adoption path that has turned out to be long and winding, hope-filled and heart-breaking, and, ultimately, one of surrender. After a recent, failed international adoption of a dearly loved and known daughter, Steve and Stacy began questioning how – wait things out, switch countries, adopt from foster care – or even if they could or should proceed – maybe their dream hadn’t been meant-to-be, afterall.

And then a series of seemingly random events led Stacy to see the photos and videos of a precious, adorable, funny, mischievous, and joyful little girl named Yia. Stacy’s heart melted and exploded at the same time.

Stacy gathered up the courage to discuss this unexpected adoption possibility with Steve and the boys, Kye (17) and Kade (14). ALL of them agreed that nothing about it made any sense: Yia was from a country that would require them to switch agencies, countries, and start back at square one with their paperwork, Yia had a lot of medical unknowns (though they love that she is a heart warrior just like their son, Kye), Yia was younger than they had considered, and, financially, their failed adoption left them completely unprepared to pursue her adoption. And yet, they have decided to step out in faith because it is clear, beyond a shadow of doubt, that Yia is their daughter. They are believing and trusting that Yia has been the plan all along, and, so far, each step of this new journey has confirmed that.

The Bartletts are excited, scared, hopeful, cautious, optimistic, anxious, but most of all certain that Yia is their sister and child. They would be forever grateful for your support as they run to bring Yia home!

Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. Proverbs 3:5

4/18/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

The Bartlett family has a $5000 matching grant from RODS Racing!  When their FSP reaches $5000, they’ll receive an additional $5000!

$2,074.13 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

Make the most of your gift, consider sending a check! Online donations to children with committed families incur a 3% PayPal transaction fee.

Yia has received a $5,000 Older Child Grant.
Yia has also received an Older Child Grant of $1,102.65.

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RYDER for the Carmichael family — TN

We are Sean and Stephanie Carmichael. We have been married over 20 years and have two biological children. Danielle is 26 and Cody is 24. We added Cole and Caden to our family in 2010. Both are from Ukraine and both have Down syndrome. We then added Cooper (also has DS) to our crew in 2012 from Ukraine. We said we were done then. Then, Stephanie found out about a little boy with Down syndrome in a horrible place called Pleven in Bulgaria. She fought the urge to go get him and lost! He was added to the family in 2016. Shortly after arriving home, he was diagnosed with leukemia. He is in remission and will finish chemo treatment in April, 2019. Right before Cobi was diagnosed, we took custody of Stephanie’s cousin’s son, Landon, who is now 5. Collectively, the boys are known as the DS Mafia.

Stephanie has been following “Ryder” for several years. He has had a couple of families commit to adopt him and then the families backed out and he was left again. After watching him deteriorate in pictures, we decided to add Ryder to our family. This will be our 6th adoption. International adoption is very expensive, so we are trying to raise some of the funds from Ryder’s fans.

Ryder is 6 years old and lives in an orphanage in Eastern Europe. He will soon be transferred to an adult mental institution, which is hell on Earth.

4/3/2019 –AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

The Carmichael family has a matching grant of $5000 from RODS Racing!  When their FSP total reaches $10,220 they’ll receive an additional $5000!

$6,700.68 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

Make the most of your gift, consider sending a check! Online donations to children with committed families incur a 3% PayPal transaction fee.

Ryder has received a $2,767.77 Waiting Child Grant.
Ryder has also received a $5,000 Older Child Grant.
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A Girl for the Hoppe family — WI

Kelly and Chad live in Madison, WI, with their 2 year old daughter, who is living with significant special needs. Chad works as a rural carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, and Kelly is a stay at home parent. They’ve been together 3 years, and married for 2.

Early in their relationship, they knew that adoption would someday become a part of their family story. At 21, Kelly was diagnosed with a medical condition that often leads to infertility. That following summer, she spent a month volunteering in Russia, where she witnessed firsthand the needs of children around the world who are waiting for forever families. Afterward, she knew that she wanted to adopt internationally someday. In 2016, Chad and Kelly’s daughter came as a huge surprise to them! While they briefly considered fertility treatments after not being able to conceive a second child, they decided to instead pursue their dream of international adoption.

One night, while looking through their agency’s waiting child listing, Kelly came across a 2 year old girl from Eastern Europe who intrigued her. After receiving her file, Kelly and Chad couldn’t stop looking at her photos and videos. This precious girl has so much life and determination in her, in spite of her numerous challenges. Many of her needs are similar to their daughter’s, so they knew that they would be well equipped to care for her.

They have stepped out in faith to commit to this child, knowing that they will have to rely on God to bring them the financial resources that will be necessary to bring her home. They greatly appreciate your prayerful consideration of a tax-deductible donation to their fund. Your prayers, thoughts, and support are appreciated as they continue their adoption journey.

4/5/2019 — TRAVELING in MAY

The Hoppe family has a matching grant of $1500!  When their FSP total reaches $4064 they’ll receive an additional $1500!

$3,489.45 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

Make the most of your gift, consider sending a check! Online donations to children with committed families incur a 3% PayPal transaction fee.

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Nicoletta for the Chudzik family — FL

Kris and Nichole knew each other for years due to their families being friends. It wasn’t until their 20’s did they reunite and start on their journey. Kris was blessed with an amazing son from a previous relationship who was three years old at the time they started dating. Nichole loved him like her own, but always had the strong desire to have her own children. They both moved from Ohio to Florida to further their careers. Kris works in Real Estate & Nichole has a degree in Early Childhood Education and has taught first grade for ten years. She has loved teaching her students and watching them grow into beautiful young men and women. Since then Nichole has committed to being a stay at home mom. Kris and Nichole were married in 2009 they were blessed with their first son Chase, who is an amazing young man with a heart of gold! Then in 2013 they were surprised with the news of TWINS on the way!! During this time they received the heartbreaking news that one of the twins suffered from a heart condition called transposition of the great arteries. After a scary birth he was taken away and immediately rushed into a procedure. This was an extremely scary time for the family, and at this time is where they truly found God. Christian was very ill, but through faith, hope, love, and lots of prayer he made a miraculous recovery after surgery. Christian is now a crazy, wild, loving 4 year old who loves playing with his twin brother Carson! Carson has a huge heart and is the wild child of the family, always keeps things interesting and keeps everyone on their toes! Through all the ups and downs of life, Kris and Nichole still felt something was missing. They tried to have another child but sadly after 2 miscarriages they decided to stop, and thank God for the blessings he had already given them in life. As time passed they both still felt God tugging on their hearts and leading them in a different direction. Through much prayer, and after spending a lot of time with their good friends children who have special needs, they knew it was their calling. It wasn’t the perfect time, but it was their time! It was time to take that leap of faith and put all their trust in the Lord, and follow their hearts. Which in turn lead them to Adoption and falling in love with the sweetest angel Nicoletta! They knew the moment they saw her, that she was the missing piece. She will complete their family. She will grow up and always know that she is loved, she is a blessing , and she is wanted! She will also have 3 very protective older brothers and a Daddy!! Please help us bring this sweet girl home where she belongs….with her family!!!!

Kris & Nichole like most families don’t have an additional $30,000 laying around. However this family is committed to this little girl mentally, emotionally and spiritually. They are prepared to do whatever it takes to bring her home! If you can find it in your heart to help bring Nicoletta home you can donate below. This little girl deserves a family that will love and cherish her for the rest of her life.

4/3/2019 — DOSSIER COMPLETE

The Chudzik family has a $5000 matching grant from RODS Racing!  When their FSP reaches $8227, they’ll receive an additional $5000!

$4,628.82 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Eden

Girl, born 2014

Eden is completely blind and has profound hearing loss. She received bilateral cochlear implants and is responding to sound and making many new sounds, although not yet saying any words.

Listed: Feb 2018

Eden has delayed milestones as a result of having no visual or auditory input for so long, but we are excited to see how she progresses over the coming months. She attends an on-site preschool every morning. She can sometimes get overwhelmed by the new sounds she is hearing, and when she feels this way, she tries to take her speech processors off. Eden has some self-stimulating behaviors. She loves to splash in the water and is getting better and better at walking independently with her guide cane. She loves to swing and rock in her rocking horse. She loves to cuddle. She has started to take several steps on her own, and also while holding onto a push toy (pre guide cane) or her cane.

 

Jan 2019 update: Eden has started moving around the home with purpose more independently.  She is now able to climb up 3 flights of stairs while holding onto the rail for support.  She is also able to come down the stairs, also holding onto the rail for support.  Eden has always been quite the acrobat and has now learned to climb on the sofa in the home and will stand while holding onto the back and jump and giggle.  She has also learned to find a low hanging disc swing in the home and climb on it.  She loves the swing and will vocalize sweet sounds as she enjoys the motion.  Eden continues to work with her guide cane and still needs encouraging and prompting to use the guide cane throughout the day.  She takes daily walks down the street with her teacher. She mostly enjoys the walks, unless she is tired, then she cries to be picked up and comforted.  Eden continues to wear her processors allowing her to hear and she often responds to the sounds of toys falling on the floor, familiar voices, and music.   She does require frequent prompting to complete activities in her classes.  Eden also continues to demonstrate some aversions to a lot of textures. This is addressed in the home through a lot of opportunity for sensory play.  She enjoys having lotion rubbed on her, sensory brush actives and water play.

Eden has a $500 matching grant!  When her grant reaches $1731.90, she’ll receive an additional $500!

$1,541.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

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Sebastian

sebastianBoy, born 2011

Multicystic Kidney disease

Listed: Feb 2017

Sebastian is a smart and Active child!

Sebastian has an older brother, in another region.

Sebastian has a matching grant of $1000! When his grant reaches $1049.50, he will receive an additional $1000!

$888.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!