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GRIFFIN for the McCormick Family — NC

The McCormick adoption story began when Susan was very young. She saw movies like “Annie” and “Oliver!” and asked her parents if orphans were a reality. Ever since then, she wanted to give orphans a family who loves and cares for them.

Several years after she married Greg and had their first child, she spoke about adoption with him. He was open to it, but the family was still very young and not financially stable. Fast forward 19 years and 7 more pregnancies and Susan feels a strong calling to pursue adoption. Greg still doesn’t feel it’s the right time, but her grandfather sent some money unexpectedly and it was just enough to host an orphan for the summer. The family decided to host a 9 year old boy from Ukraine in the summer of 2017. The child was well accepted by the Mac kids and everyone was treating each other like siblings quickly. Greg saw that the family could handle bringing in a child and that adoption could actually work. In October 2017, the application to adopt a child in Poland was sent. Once the dossier was complete, Poland stopped accepting international couples. So the Mac Clan changed to a waiting older child in another Eastern European country. The dossier was submitted on November 13, 2018 and the official referral and invitation to travel was received on February 7, 2019.

2/11/2019 — FIRST TRIP FEB 25

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*** Griffin has received a $2,000 EE# Grant! ***

BODEY for the Mendez family — VA

Edgar and Rachael Mendez met and fell in love at work when they both worked for the same Pest Control Company. Rachael was an insect specialist and Edgar was the Branch Service Manager. Their shared love of insects is what bonded them and allowed them to spend a lot of time together on problem accounts. Two years later, in July of 2009, the priest that married them told their friends and family he had never before had anyone fall in love because of bugs! Theirs is a happy marriage filled with similar values and a desire to build a family despite their cultural differences.

It was not until three years later, that Rachael found out she was pregnant. On Valentine’s Day, Rachael went into early labor and delivered a 2- pound baby boy. Although he was tiny and fragile and stayed in the hospital for 105 days, there was a fighting spirit in him, and he soon became the center of the universe for the Mendez Family. Two weeks after his birth, this tiny boy was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. So, Edgar and Rachael immediately started reading and preparing for how to bring home a special needs micro-preemie. Now six years old, Nicholas loves Mickey Mouse, horseback riding, swimming and basketball, and with a lot of extra tutoring is very advanced with reading. And what a personality!

But Edgar and Rachael knew in their hearts that their family was not complete. After two miscarriages, one of which almost took Rachael’s life, and giving birth to a stillborn baby girl, the Mendez’s decided to turn to adoption. One night, Rachael stumbled across Reese’s Rainbows and discovered the plight that special needs orphans face abroad. Picturing their own son in this predicament, they suddenly felt called to do something. After clicking on the list of waiting boys, Rachael discovered Bodey and instantly felt the connection. His little baby photo, showed him sitting with his little hand fanned out beside him the same way their own son used to sit as an infant. Abandoned at 3 months old and sitting quietly in an orphanage with no one interested, Bodey needed a family to call his own. Yes, he needed to come home! After requesting his file, the Mendez family found more and more similarities between their two boys, especially with their shared love of basketball. Additionally, a friend of the family is from the same area and has toured the orphanage Bodey is living inside. It is the dream that these two little boys will grow up together in such a loving household, so now the Mendez’s are trying to prepare financially to take the leap and bring their son home. The cost of adoption will stretch them very much, but they could not leave Bodey behind. Please keep Bodey and the Mendez Family in your thoughts and prayers. Any contributions to bring Bodey home faster would be greatly appreciated.

2/8/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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ERIN for the Heckert family — OH

The Heckerts: Ryan, Sara, Layna, Luke, Ava… and… coming Summer 2019 – “Erin”, who will soon be named Anna!

Ryan and Sara are humbled and grateful to be growing their family through adoption once again! With Ryan’s career work in the disability field and Sara’s family members with disabilities, plus her professional experience, they feel God has perfectly placed them together. This is their second adoption and this time they’re going international!

Anna is actually 11 days older than Ava! “TWINS!” Reports from her caregiving agency describe her as extroverted and affectionate. She loves to be hugged. She can interact with other children. Sometimes she tickles other children and plays with them. She also makes funny faces to make the adults laugh.  Anna has Down syndrome and other minor special needs.

The Heckerts could talk all day about the love they receive from their amazing network of friends and family, including many who already have traveled the adoption road. This adoption wouldn’t be possible without their never-ending encouragement and support.

2/4/2019 — COMPILING DOSSIER

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STELLAN for the Hewitt family — CO

The Hewitts are currently a family of 6 but hoping to soon be a family of 7. They have one child by adoption: a 7-year-old boy with a rare genetic condition who has been the sweetest blessing to their family, and 3 children by birth: an adorably fierce toddler, a peaceful, sweet-hearted 5-year-old and a compassionate, free-spirited 8-year-old.

The Hewitt family recently brought home their son from Asia in November of 2017 after working through an expedited adoption due to his failing health. After receiving much-needed medical care and a family to wrap their hearts and arms around him – he is now thriving! Their lives have been full of incredible blessings and JOY through the beauty of adoption.

They are now in the midst of an even more expedited adoption (3 months from beginning to end) of an aging out orphan with a very similar genetic condition as their other adopted son. Stellan came to their attention after a friend shared his Reece’s Rainbow page and their hearts were immediately drawn to this boy. The Hewitts began their race to Stellan late in December 2018 after learning of his dire situation and will need to complete the adoption and bring him home before his birthday in early April.

Even though this adoption seems like an impossible task – they have learned through their previous adoption that NOTHING is impossible with God. So far, they are on track to get to him in time. They look forward to partaking in another miracle, seeing God change a child’s status from never-chosen, orphan to awaited brother, beloved son.

Stellan already has $15,000 in grants toward his adoption; the remaining estimated adoption costs is about $16,000 and all donations will help towards these costs.

2/4/2019 — LOA RECEIVED

$1,697.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Abraham for the Riley Family — MO

Jody and Kara Riley have been married for 10 years and have 3 beautiful children living in their home and 1 handsome boy living halfway across the world! Adoption has always been on Kara’s heart and she made it known to Jody when they were dating. After having 2 beautiful daughters, they began to pursue adoption. They brought home their first son in December of 2017 and hope to bring home their second son this year.

They have watched the Lord work out so many details with both adoptions and have seen Him provide for them over and over again. Kara has said since their first adoption that an adoption process is a front row seat to watching miracles occur. They are thankful the Lord chose them to play a part in the lives of two special little boys.

Thanks for all the love and support as they bring their second son home!

1/29/2019 — OFFICIALLY MATCHED

$1,428.74 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A Child for the Azevedo family — NC

Dennis and Tia Azevedo have been happily married for nearly 3 years now and have a your’s, mine and ours family – three beautiful children. Tia was one of those orphans they called “the crib babies of Romania”. By the grace of God, she was adopted by an American family and given a beautiful chance to live. Many were not!

Adoption has been a part of Tia’s life for several years as her family adopted internationally several times, so special needs and adoption is not a new thing for her. When Tia was very young, she thought everyone was adopted. As Tia grew, she realized how unique and special it was to be chosen and she wore it like a badge of honor

When Dennis and Tia married, they spoke of having a one or two biological children and then adopting. After the very terrible and almost life-threatening birth of their daughter Isabel who was born between 34/35 weeks gestation, they decided not to risk another pregnancy and they kept adoption on their radar. A few months after Isabel’s birth Tia had a hysterectomy because of some health issues pertaining to her pregnancy and delivery.

Tia started to look on Reece’s Rainbow daily, praying and then she fell across a sweet girl and shared her with Dennis and they immediately knew that she belonged in their family!

They are excited to start this journey of adopting their own sweet “orphan” who is soon to be called “daughter”.

Keep thy heart in all diligence for out of it are the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23

1/21/2019 – HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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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!

1/21/2019 — HOMESTUDY NEARLY COMPLETE

$378.30 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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

BLAKELY for the Felmlee family — CO

Cortney and Nikki have been together 10 years and are happily married with four children! In 2016 they felt their family was not yet complete and embarked on the journey of adoption. In 2017, they brought home their beautiful daughter Gracie! Within 2 months of having her home they found out multiple lifelong diagnoses, which was produced by a chromosome disorder, called Rubinstein Taybi Syndrome. For a year Gracie was in and out of Children’s hospitals and went through 7 surgeries, and now lives with oxygen and a g-tube, along with 24-hour care, but she does it all with the biggest smile ever! Watching Gracie power through her medical and physical differences, the Felmlee’s have felt blessed to be part of her life!

So, once again, the Felmlee’s are embarking on the journey back to China for their soon to be daughter, Blakely June! They have been so blessed by Gracie there is no way they could ignore this tug back to China! The second they seen Blakely’s they knew she was their daughter! They rushed to finish their homestudy and after a long month of waiting they finally had her file! Cortney and Nikki are excited to be bringing Blakely home in this summer, 2019! They feel she will fit right in as she is rocking an extra chromosome and is only 6 months younger than Gracie! Together Gracie and Blakely will make for the perfect set of sisters for their 3 big brothers!!!

1/11/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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Blakely has received a $15,000 grant from RODS Racing.