The Hickey Family is back again! We’re so excited to be called back on this journey for a very special someone. While we weren’t expecting to be back quite so soon, God had other plans for our family.

In October 2019, our family was blessed with our first child, Sofija, through international adoption. We had an instant connection and feeling of comfort when we met her, it was truly meant to be. Sofija is our absolute greatest blessing!

While in the process for Sofija, we became aware that Sofija had a best friend who had become like a brother to her. In March 2018, we received our last and final update prior to traveling to bring Sof home, and we were sent several photos where our daughter was accompanied by a little boy. We could instantly see the bond between the two children. We responded with excitement about the update on our daughter while simultaneously inquiring about the darling little boy. At the time, our hopes were that some day when he too was adopted, we would be able to keep the two children in contact. However, when we arrived in-country, we were made aware that while few families had inquired, no family ever committed to this worthy little guy.

We had the pleasure of spending time with him while we bonded with our daughter and we felt an instant connection; both between him and our Sof, as well as, between him and each of us. We learned that he and our daughter had been roommates since they were first born and have been nearly inseparable since. It was heartbreaking for us to leave him behind but we assured his team that we would come back, should he still be waiting when we are ready to adopt again. Fast forward to Sofija being home for a few months, and we received a very unexpected message from our team in-country that they not only wanted us to come back for this little boy, but they wanted us to reunite the two children as soon as possible. While completing back-to-back adoptions seemed logistically and financially impossible, we have continued to witness God open doors for us to bring our son home. God moved mountains for us to bring Sofija home and while these mountains seem much bigger this time around, we trust that He will continue to be faithful.

We are incredibly thankful for any help, both spiritual and financial, that you can provide!

1/28/2020 — HOMESTUDY UPDATE in PROCESS

The Hickey family has a $5000 matching grant from RODS Racing!  When their FSP reaches $6173, they’ll receive an additional $5000!

$3,647.02 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Ross and Rachel were first introduced to international adoption, China specific, through Steven Curtis Chapman and his families’ journey of adoption. Ross and Rachel are both musicians and have always been inspired by Chapman and his music. What led them to their first consideration of international adoption was their struggle with infertility. At that time, they did not meet the adoption criteria so they continued to pray for the blessing of children. He answered, God blessed them with 2 wonderful children. Even as they had their first and second pregnancy, adoption was always something they desired to do.

Their son has Aspergers and Sensory Processing Disorder. They have had witnessed both trials and miracles through his disability. The valleys were tough, real tough…but the mountain views have been worth every moment of trial and hard work. Their son is now proactive and diligent in his academics making straight A’s, he is a respectful young man and has the kind of creativity one would only dream of having. Their daughter has the most beautiful pure heart of anyone they have ever known and has always friended the outcast due to her extreme passion for children with special needs. She has developed a new friendship with the little boy with trisomy 1 that Rachel babysat for 10 years through her high school/college years. With Ross and Rachel’s personal therapy experiences and with the heart of these two siblings, they thought it only appropriate to adopt a child with special needs. They are adopting Reeces Rainbow “Maura” who is 3 years old.

This family cannot wait to get their wildflower home! Due to all of her standing medical conditions, they are trying to set aside personal financial resources for post-adoption medical care while also fundraising and funding the adoption. They are looking forward to the day they hold her in their arms which is not too much longer away!

4/23/2020 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

The Anglen family has a $5000 matching grant from RODS Racing!  When their FSP reaches $5019.40, they’ll receive an additional $5000!

$4,222.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Kathy will be adding another aging out child to her family! She returned home in May of 2018 with an almost 16-year-old with Down syndrome from Armenia. She is now working to bring home another daughter with DS from East Asia. This precious one has been on the hearts and minds of a lot of people who love her and have prayed for her. She was hosted in the US in the summer of 2016 by a family who hoped to adopt her but were unfortunately denied due to rules changing in the country. Kathy is grateful for the knowledge, experience, and love the family provided to her while she was here, and continue to provide.

Kathy’s first hands-on experience with international adoption was when her daughter and granddaughter, also with DS, returned home in December 2015 from Armenia. Her daughter is also in the process of adding another little one with DS to the family! While following her daughter’s first adoption and the years since, Kathy has helped as many families as she could, financially and prayerfully. She has also advocated for many children in need of families. Reading story after story about the life altering effects of adoption – for the child and parents – has been an inspiration to her.

After reading about the conditions children who have aged out face, and knowing those children would never know the love of a family, she knew she needed to do more. For the last few months Kathy has been contemplating and praying on what more she could do to help these children. So she is excited to announce that she is once again crossing the ocean to adopt again before this girl ages out and loses the chance to live happily ever after knowing the love and joy of having a family!

Any prayers and support, financially or emotionally, are greatly appreciated during her adoption process!

5/6/2020 — LOA RECEIVED

The Rice family has a $5000 matching grant from RODS Racing!  When their FSP reaches $10,130, they’ll receive an additional $5000!

$10,289.82 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Boy, born 2013
H-C

Listed: March 2019

Jonah is a joy to be around. His smile and laughter lights up the room, especially when he really gets going. He loves to cuddle, get kisses, and to be included on what is going on around him. He has some breathing issues and breathes very loudly but does not regularly use any thing extra to help him breathe. Jonah has struggled with gaining weight his whole life, but lately has been doing better. In December of 2017 he had g-tube surgery and in December of 2018 he had a nissen to help prevent him from vomiting. He is unable to tolerate large amounts of food at a time so he is continuously fed with a feeding pump through his g-tube with a medical formula. Now that he has a nissen he is able to keep more inside him rather than vomiting it back out. Jonah has very high tone but is on medication to help with that as well as goes to therapy multiple times a week for stretching, massage, exercises, and time in the stander.

Jonah can hold his head up on his own, but isn’t steady and will often fall backwards or forwards. He can recover from this on his own but often needs encouragement and occasionally a little help. Jonah can roll from his front to his back or from a side to his back or his front, but cannot yet turn 360 degrees without help. He can also scoot around a little bit whether he is on his back or his stomach. On his stomach he can lift his head up to look around, but does not do so for long periods of time. Jonah needs help keeping his arms in position for supporting his upper body on his elbows. He cannot yet fully sit on his own, but will do most of the work when in a sitting position. Jonah can hold things in his hands, but does not do so for very long. He currently uses a special tomato chair for sitting as well as his wheelchair when needing to be mobile.

Jonah has been going to preschool for just over a year and has been working on communicating and making more and more choices. He can use a yes/no board or make choices between two things by touching the item or card or by looking in the direction of what he wants. He is learning to read just like most five and a half year olds are.

Jonah needs a family who can advocate for his care and love him fiercely. He needs access to more doctors than he has available in the country he is in to address and test some of his needs that cannot be done here.

Jonah has a matching grant of $150!  When his grant reaches $1387, he’ll receive an additional $150!

$1,242.20 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!

Girl, born 2011
H-C
Developmental delays, deaf, VSD, history of seizures

Listed: March 2019

Sasha is a spunky, free spirited 8 year old. She has developmental delays, but is very curious about her surroundings. She is constantly walking around and picking things up to examine them, play with them, or chew on them. She loves to interact when you mimic the things she does as well as being tickled. She laughs and has a fun sparkle in her eye. She also loves watching and interacting with herself in the mirror.

Communication with her is limited since she is deaf and has yet to learn sign language. She understands some signs such as “sit” and “no”, but has yet to repeat signs back to us such as “more” and “food.” Sasha continues to work on those both in her foster home and with her teacher at school, but it has been very slow progress. She also has a VSD (hole in her heart), but her body has learned to live with it well. She has been taken off all her heart medicine, and seems to be doing well so far. She has seen doctors about surgery, but none has been needed so far. She is also on medication for seizures, but under the current combination of seizure medication, she has not a had a seizure.

Sasha has a matching grant of $200!  When her grant reaches $1298, she’ll receive an additional $200!

$1,158.50 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!

Girl, 8 years old
H-C
Cerebral palsy and temporal lobe epilepsy

Listed April 2015

Sweet Jubilee is doing well. She has cerebral palsy and is on medication to control her seizures.

Update Feb 2018: With lots of patient attention, we are finally seeing Jubilee make an effort to be part of the world around her. She is doing so much better lifting up her head during tummy time. She has also started making some small but intentional hand movements when we are holding her with a toy in her lap.

Updated August 2019: Jubilee is a sweet 6 year old girl. She goes through phases where she is very happy and smiles a lot, and then goes through phases where she doesn’t smile very often. She is quite opinionated and will always let us know when she is uncomfortable, hungry, etc. She is adored by everyone that knows her. Her nannies love to dress her up, do her hair, and take her for walks.

At school she is working on making choices, using her hands to reach out, and focusing her eyes on one thing at a time. In therapy she is also working on purposeful movement, range of motion, standing, and several other things.

Jubilee has a matching grant of $400!  When her grant reaches $3664.50, she’ll receive an additional $400!

$3,294.50 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!