Danny and Rachel Suero have always wanted to adopt and have cared about orphans and adoption advocacy for many years. Rachel has 2 younger brothers who were adopted from China as older special needs children, and she has seen both the poor treatment of many special needs orphans, as well as the beauty of adoption first hand. Needless to say, adoption felt like a great way to build their family. Considering that they have 3 young children, and are living on 1 income while trying to attack very large student loan debts, they assumed it would have to be years down the road. Danny is a caseworker for the state of Pennsylvania and he also works part time building websites, while Rachel is a stay at home mom and homeschools their children. They thought they would probably move soon, let the kids get a bit older, and pay down their debt before jumping into the world of adoption. However, as the saying goes, “man plan and God laughs.” Everything changed one day in February when Rachel decided to hop on Reece’s Rainbow (something she has frequently done for years.) This time was different because staring back from the computer screen was little “Amelie”. She felt instantly that this little girl absolutely HAD to be a part of their family.
Other children had caught her eye before, and she quickly could imagine trying to adopt many of the children on Reece’s Rainbow, but this was different. This time, it wasn’t just curiosity or a sweet little face, it was the gut feeling that this was her child. However, she had a special need that Danny previously had said he wasn’t comfortable with, and she was in a country that neither of them had ever seriously thought about adopting from due to the many trips involved and the high expense of that. She decided to pray about it. Once she shared the information with Danny, he was completely on board as well! He agreed that they should ask for more information and try to adopt this little girl. Rachel asked what had changed and he responded “I just don’t feel scared of that now for some reason. I know it’s going to be ok.” That same day, Rachel inquired about her and started connecting with agencies. They gathered the initial agency application fee, and the first fee for their dossier/facilitation team, and within 2 days they went from seeing her face to being officially committed and in process to adopt her! They found a homestudy agency and immediately applied and started their required classes. Everything was exciting, but overwhelming to have already identified a child before beginning any part of the adoption process.
Although it has already been a whirlwind of paperwork, excitement, eagerness, and a bit of fear, Danny and Rachel talked about their options and decided that they both wanted to adopt at least one more special needs child, which is something that is allowed in her country. They are open to a boy or a girl, and many different special needs. They may find this child through Reece’s Rainbow as well, or they may not know which additional child they’re adopting until they arrive in country. Either way, they have faith that God will lead them and that they’ll be able to fundraise enough to bring two little ones home very soon. Their 3 biological children can’t wait for new siblings! While it’s scary to have to fundraise such a large amount, they believe that there’s nothing else in the world that would be a better use of money, and that these children are worth every last penny. Although it can feel like the process can’t move quickly enough since they’re so ready to meet the newest members of the Suero family, they know that everything is in God’s hands. Just like Amelie came into their life at a time they never would’ve expected, they’re trusting that the remainder of their adoption journey will happen in His timing as well.
2/24/2020 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS