SEALEY for the Pohl family — SD

Jenny and Randall met online 21 years ago, in the olden days, when the Internet was in it’s infancy. The only problem – Randall was in the US, and Jenny was in England. They didn’t let that stop them, though – they got married a year later (in England), and Jenny moved across the ocean to South Dakota. They have one son, 14 year old Nathaniel – also known as Newt – a soccer loving teen who was born just before his mom turned 40.

As a child, Randall’s family moved around quite a lot, as his dad was in the military. Jenny’s family stayed in one place. Randall has worked for the same company for 35 years. Jenny has worked for over 30 years with disabled children, in many settings, including residential schools, a summer camp, as a nanny,and as a daycare provider. She is currently employed as a personal education assistant in an elementary school.

After discovering Reece’s Rainbow about 7 years ago, Jenny has done her best to advocate for and help fundraise for the children and adoptive families. About 4 years ago she became a “Guardian Angel” for Sealey, pledging to raise his adoption grant and try to find his family. One year she was his “Angel Tree” warrior. While advocating for him, it did cross her mind that she could be his mom, but a conversation with Randall several years prior led her to believe that adoption was not to be for their family.

This summer, Randall, too, started advocating for Sealey, believing that there was a family out there for him somewhere. Then, one day, out of the blue, he said the magic words – “what if WE adopted him”? He was still hesitant, and wanted to wait a while longer, to see if another, younger family stepped forward. However, about a month later, he realized that Sealey shouldn’t have to wait any longer, and that HIS was the family Sealey needed.

Jenny and Randall cannot wait to bring Sealey home and call him son, and Newt is excited to finally have a brother!

11/15/2017 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
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$227.95 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Sealey has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant.
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TATE for the Wilkinson family — KY

The Wilkinsons have been in the process to adopt for a little over a year. Jeremy is enlisted in the US Army and Elizabeth works PRN as an occupational therapy assistant. Through the week, Elizabeth homeschools their children and Jeremy has formerly coached the girls’ soccer team and helped with their son’s football team. Through the process they have felt called to adopt a child with down syndrome. They have 2 daughters, ages 6 & 7, and a son who is 14. When things weren’t proceeding through domestic/foster care, they decided to look into international adoption. They received a profile on their little guy but decided to hold off until funds were available. Finally, they were able to move forward and found his file on Reece’s Rainbow! Their entire family is over-joyed at the thought of bringing him home as soon as possible!!

11/13/2017 — DOSSIER IN PROCESS

$121.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Tate has received a $3,995.28 Waiting Child Grant.

 

PIPER for the Sandry family — CA

Chad and Melanie have been married for 10 years and have five children; two biological and three from China. Their two oldest, both boys, came home from China during 2014 at ages 6 1/2 and 10. During 2016, they returned to China and brought home a daughter with only weeks to spare before (according to the file) what would have been her 14th birthday. They’ve decided to return to China one last time and bring home a 4 year old daughter who has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and epilepsy.

The Sandrys would love your prayers and support as they work to bring their daughter home to her forever family.

11/9/2017 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$4,850.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MICAH for the Edwards family — TX

Over four years ago, Kyle and Beth adopted a little girl from Taiwan. It was their first adoption, but 6th kid. After spending 3 days in the orphanage when they traveled to get their daughter, they felt bittersweet when they officially walked out the door with her. They were thrilled to have her, but it was heartbreaking to leave with just one. Three weeks after they left that country, a little guy was born (on National Down syndrome Day!). They saw his file right about 4 years later and thought he looked like an Edwards. They began to pray and ask God if He thought so too. He did! Now they are in the process to bring another chromosomally enhanced treasure home.

$0.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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DERRICK for the Schlittenhart Family — AR

In the fall of 2014 Tasha saw Derrick’s photo for the first time, and instantly fell in love. She felt in her heart that he was their son. At the time, adoption wasn’t an option due to the traveling component of Jeff’s job, but Tasha began praying.

A year later the Schlittenharts began the process to bring their daughter home from China, but Tasha never stopped loving and praying for Derrick to find a family, either theirs or someone else’s.  After Norah came home, they discovered she had a life threatening heart defect and secondary lung condition, and they spent the last year and a half getting her through open heart surgery and other life saving procedures. Thankfully, Norah is now healthy and doing well, and the Schlittenharts feel the time has finally come to bring Derrick home after 3 long years of loving and praying for him!

10/25/2017 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$9.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Derrick has received a $177.30 Waiting Child Grant.

 

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A Family for Shirley, Sawyer and Thomas — GA

10/25/2017 — COMPILING DOSSIER

$48.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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

JAZ for the Mason family — VA

For thirteen years the Masons have experienced the added blessing of having a child with “a little something extra!” Back in 2004 their first child was born with Down syndrome.  Life with him has been sometimes challenging but always full of lots of love and fun!   Since then they have added two other children to the family as well, another biological son as well as a beautiful little girl who they adopted in 2009 from Ethiopia.  Recently they have been feeling those familiar tugs placed on their hearts to add another child to their family, so when they saw the sweetest little pictures of Jaz and her bright smile, they began to pray and ask God if this was the child that was supposed to join their family. They felt clearly that this child was meant to be in their family and they have been excitedly pursuing her ever since.

10/23/2017 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$4,679.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Jaz has received a $49.50 Waiting Child Grant.

TESIA for the Bearce family — MA

My name is Heather: Steve and I have been together for 7 years! We have a biological daughter, Zee, who is almost 4 and an adopted daughter from China, Mal, (listed here on Reeces Rainbow as Adeline) that is 5. I have always wanted to adopt a child and after a bit of convincing, Steve got on board and we came home with Mal in June of 2015. We knew when we came home from China with Mal that we would adopt again!

Our family is happy to announce we are adopting another beautiful little girl, and Mal and Zee are thrilled to have a new sister. The girls are already making a list of toys to share with her and arguing who will sleep in the top bunk! Tesia (we haven’t decided on a new name yet) will get all the love and care she needs here with us and we are hoping that our 1 in a million girl will love us as much as we already love her!

10/23/2017 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$19.40 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Tesia has received a $3065.96 Waiting Child Grant.

LANEY for the Gandolph family — CO

Since the day they met, Nathan made it known that adoption was a dream of his. Seven years of marriage and two children later, Amber got on board! Once fully committed to the adoption, things rolled along quickly and God matched them up with the newest member of their family, a spunky little deaf daughter from Asia.

Nathan and Amber are anxious to bring her home and get acclimated to their new life with “virtual twin” daughters, sign language, and so much love!

10/13/2017 — DOSSIER COMPLETE

$0.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CORIN for the West family — FL

Chris and Tia have been married for 8 years. They are over the moon excited to adopt a beautiful baby boy from Eastern Europe. They already have an amazing 15-year-old daughter named Morgan.

Morgan plays soccer at the High School she attends and is involved in several clubs in the school. This past summer Morgan Volunteered at a Non-Profit Hospital which happens to be where Chris and Tia both work. Chris is the Communications/Technology Manager and Tia works in Patient Financial Service.

A Few months ago, Tia learned about Reece’s Rainbow from another RR family. The more Chris and Tia learned the more their hearts were breaking for all the children. The minute they saw Corin’s sweet face everything changed for both of them. They both knew that was their son and they had to bring him home.

Chris, Tia and Morgan cannot wait for this baby boy to be in their family to shower him with LOVE.

11/11/2017 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
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$519.40 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Corin has received a $4.50 Waiting Child Grant.

MICK for the Busler family — TN

Forrest and Valerie’s journey toward adopting a child with Down syndrome started in May of 2014, while they were at the beach with family. In a still, quiet moment, as the sun was setting and the waves were lapping at the seashore, a vague perception came to Valerie that she might someday adopt a child with special needs. Forrest and Valerie were not at the time ready to act on the “message”, but thinking it might be from God, they held the moment and tucked it away for safekeeping.

In the subsequent months, they became involved in the life of an adult friend who has an intellectual disability, has limited family support, and is full of great joy and the love of God. While caring for this friend, he began to refer to Valerie as his “play mom” and Forrest as his “play dad”. Becoming surrogate parents for this friend with special needs made Forrest and Valerie’s thoughts turn toward adoption, and, at the same time, they felt a tug on their hearts to learn more about Down syndrome.

Over the course of many months, they found books to read, watched movies, and gathered information from the internet pertaining to Down syndrome. In early 2016, they found Reece’s Rainbow and were excited to learn about an organization devoted to raising awareness of and grant money for adoptions of children with Down syndrome. Through Reece’s Rainbow, they found out about a then two year-old little boy, “Mick”, who loves music and enjoys dancing and riding his rocking horse; he touched their hearts powerfully.

Shortly thereafter, Forrest and Valerie committed to pursuing adoption of Mick. Forrest and Valerie traveled to Mick’s home country in July 2017 to register for his adoption and to meet their future son. That was a joyful event, and they eagerly hope to return to finalize the adoption and bring Mick home in late 2017 or early 2018.

10/9/2017 — FIRST TRIP COMPLETE

$14.55 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Mick has received a $627.75 Waiting Child Grant.

A CHILD for the Miller family — IN

Leon and Gloria grew up in an Amish home where adoption was rarely heard of. After getting married and being blessed with 3 children, they often talked about adoption but always said “maybe someday”, and never really pursued it any further.

After reading a family’s story on Facebook, Gloria came to know, pray for, and support the families of Reece’s Rainbow. It was there that her eyes were opened to the plight of so many orphans around the world. After lots of prayer and careful consideration they decided that now was the time to move forward with their “maybe someday”. They are all very excited to be able to provide a forever home for one little girl.

It is only through the help of family, friends, strangers, and a whole lot of prayers that will make this adoption possible. One of their favorite quotes is, “Do for one what you wish you could do for millions.”

You can follow along in their journey in their facebook group, A Journey of Hope.

10/4/2017 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$257.54 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ELORA for the Joy family — FL

Kevin and Marta have been married for 15 and are blessed with 3 amazing kids – Greyson (16), Kasia (13) and our youngest, Mila (3) who was adopted from China about a year ago. God had opened their hearts during their 1st adoption process to Down Syndrome and Mila became part of their family in 2016.

They had been sponsoring multiple children with heart defects, one of whom was Elora and they fell absolutely in love. They hoped there was a chance she would someday be theirs. Despite the doctors saying Elora was too old and that she was inoperable — thousands prayed and fought for this girl! Elora’s surgery was a great success.

The next hurdle would be getting her orphanage to write her file. Elora’s agency fought for a year to get her file to be written. They waited and waited and finally their family sent in a photo of with Mila to show the orphanage that children with Down Syndrome are loved, wanted and cherished dearly. After 9 months of pleading and prayer they received a phone call — Elora’s file has indeed been prepared! They are so very excited to welcome Elora Meredith Joy home!

They are beyond excited and are doing everything they can to be prepared to welcome a beautiful new life into their home. If you’re reading this, then you’re likely thinking about helping them bring their Elora home. For that, they are forever grateful and want to thank you for partnering with them in this amazing new adventure! They don’t take your support for granted, no matter how big or small the donation. Thank you in advance!

9/29/2017 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$0.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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BRENNA for the Hourigan family — MD

Michael Patrick & Sarah Hourigan were high school sweethearts and have been married for 10 years. They have been blessed with four biological children: Weston (8), Nellie (6), Trevor (5) and Collin (almost 2). Pat works in Biotech Manufacturing and Sarah is a full-time homeschooling mother.

Pat & Sarah have always wanted to adopt and desire a large family. Sarah’s first experience in international adoption was as a teenager, when a close friend’s family brought home a baby girl from Asia. Sarah decided back then that adoption would be in her future and she particularly hoped to have a girl from Asia one day. Pat is a family man and truly enjoys young children. He has said that he hopes to always have little kids in his life.

While scrolling through Facebook one day, Sarah came across a video about a family who had adopted children with Down Syndrome. It piqued her interest and she found herself googling more about Down Syndrome adoption and feeling pulled strongly in that direction. She shared her feelings with Pat, who was supportive. In early June, it was Brenna’s precious face that sealed the deal. Sarah fell in love with her instantly, and Pat’s heart soon followed. There were many tears and desperate prayers and lots of joy as they began the process to welcome Brenna into their family.

God has already provided miraculously for the Hourigan’s adoption. They are trusting Him to provide and equip them for the rest of the journey.

10/3/2017 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$485.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Brenna has received a $4.50 Waiting Child Grant.

 

TYLER for the Baker family — KY

Tyler will come home to a large happy family. He will be reunited with a longtime friend from his group home but this time as her brother.

 

9/30/2017 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$5.24 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Tyler has received a $15,000 Older Child Grant.

 

JACOB for the Lehman family — MD

Tobin and Jen Lehman have been married for 11 years and have been blessed with three amazing kids; Rhys (8), Kathryn (5), and Elisabeth (2). Tobin runs an missions-minded marketing firm and Jen has been grateful for the opportunity to stay home and homeschool these three children.

Although Tobin and Jen have been aware of God’s heart for orphaned children and even participated in an orphan hosting program in 2014, adoption was not on their radar. But this spring they felt that God was preparing their hearts for the addition of a new child through adoption. Specifically, they felt that they were being specially equipped to welcome a child with special needs. As they thought and prayed about this, they felt that God was continually confirming this as a calling for their family.

Then, they saw a picture of Jacob and they immediately felt the desire to welcome him into their hearts and home. Jacob is six months younger than their youngest daughter and has Down Syndrome and mild heart defects.

Every step of the process has been met with support from their family and confirmation of this decision as provision for the adoption has been made as they have walked through the steps to bring this sweet boy home and show him that he is precious and loved.

They have already paid for and completed their application and home study and are now trusting God to help provide for the next steps. They hope to be able to bring Jacob home in the first part of the new year. They are thankful for the prayers and support of their family and community as they pursue the prize of bringing Jacob to his forever home.

10/31/2017 — DOSSIER COMPLETE

$11,921.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Jacob has received a $209 Waiting Child Grant.

PIERCE for the Phelps family — OR

Mike and Rebecca, along with their 6 children, are eager to bring their sweet boy home soon! The Phelps family began their journey into the world of adoption back in 2008 when the original five traveled to meet Maylee for the first time. Since that time, the Phelps family has added Sam David and Emma Clair to their growing family.

Rebecca and the kids recently spent some time volunteering in Southern Asia. They were able to be a part of an incredible organization and help to open and oversee the day to day operations of a foster home for babies with Down syndrome. It was during this time, that God began to put a special boy on their hearts. It first started with Maylee feeling the call to add a little brother to their family. Soon, everyone else was on board and eager to start the process of bringing sweet “Pierce” home.

Would you be willing to partner with the Phelps family as they journey to Asia once again and add this precious baby boy to their family?

9/15/2017 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; AWAITING FINGERPRINT APPT

$434.40 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Pierce has received a $79.50 Waiting Child Grant.

BRONSON and SOPHIE for the Polson family — MN

Samantha and Caleb have been a happy couple for the last 13 years. They met at an outdoor festival in Minnesota, and have been together ever since. After all these years, they still respect and love one another deeply. They have a large extended family that includes 10 wonderful nieces and nephews that they love to spoil and spend time with!

It has been a dream of Samantha’s since she was a little girl to adopt. No one was surprised when they announced their plans to close family to bring home two children from Eastern Europe. Everyone is waiting in anticipation for the arrival of Bronson and Sophie! Caleb and Samantha cannot wait to add to their family, and look forward to the many adventures and challenges that go along with international, special needs adoption!

11/13/2017 — TRAVEL DATE RECEIVED; APPT 11/23

$1,608.04 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Bronson has received a $2261.80 Waiting Child Grant.
Sophie has received a $4.50 Waiting Child Grant.

TANNER for the MacDonald family — MN

Laurie was raised in a large family, in a small town near the shores of Lake Superior in northeastern Minnesota. There were eight children in the family including Laurie and her identical twin sister. With many cousins growing up in nearby towns, crowds were always expected during holidays or weekend getaways at the family cabin. Eventually, children grew up and moved away to school or jobs as far away as Alaska and Indonesia. Nieces and nephews joined the family and Laurie settled in central Minnesota. While working at a group home there she became licensed to do foster care and soon a four year old boy moved into her home. Three years later Laurie adopted him. When her son was eight years old the little family moved to Minneapolis and Laurie attended school, graduated and moved back to the northeastern part of the state. She began working as a Educational Sign Language Interpreter in the public school system and has been doing that for the past 28 years.

While browsing on line one day, Laurie came upon Reece’s Rainbow and was immediately drawn in, looking at children’s photos and reading family adoption stories. Children with a variety of needs were of special interest ever since high school when Laurie developed a friendship with student who had Down syndrome. Laurie was also involved in the Special Olympics, both while working at group homes and while raising her own son. The picture of one child on the Reece’s Rainbow site caused Laurie to return to the site again and again. She began advocating for that child, posting information about Reece’s Rainbow on social media and donating to families. That did not seem as though it were enough and after eight years that child who had caused her to return to the site so many times, was aging out. This meant he would lead a life without a great deal of learning and opportunity. Sooooo … Laurie is stepping into the world of adoption once again after 30 years! Let’s see where this journey takes her!

10/27/2017 — USCIS APPROVED

$194.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Tanner has received a $15,000 Older Child Grant.

HOWIE for the Stoneman family — UT

Chandler and Dani have three biological children and a desire to grow their family. Little by little their hearts have been led to international special needs adoption. While following a co-worker’s Reece’s Rainbow adoption, Dani could not stop looking through the faces on Reece’s Rainbow, wondering if one would stand out as their child. Specifically, they were looking for a little girl with Down Syndrome. They asked about a few little girls, but none of them were meant to be part of the Stoneman family. They decided to wait until they knew which direction to go. Surely, they would know their child when they saw him/her. However, they felt a sense of urgency to keep pushing forward. They decided to work with an agency to prepare their home study so they would be a few steps ahead when they found their child on Reece’s Rainbow. Before their home study was complete, they found a little boy with Down Syndrome. They had passed over little boys before, thinking they were in search for a little girl, but Howie stole their hearts. While his circumstances and conditions may not be ideal to most, he is 100% perfect in their eyes. Isn’t that how every parent sees their child?

Things have moved quicker than expected. They have witnessed many miracles to get their family and Howie to where they are now. They have been blessed with support from angels both seen and unseen.

Fundraising has been an exciting family affair. Their 6 and 4 year olds started a neighborhood business of collecting cans to “save money for adoption.” And their 3 year old says every day, “Mom, we should go get my brother.” Soon, but not soon enough, the Stoneman’s hope to travel Spring 2018.

10/20/2017 — DOSSIER IN COUNTRY

$1,648.40 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LEEZA for the D’Angelo family — WA

Michael and Colleen D’Angelo have been married for 22 years and have two biological daughters, ages 10 and 12. Having worked for years with foster children as a social worker, Colleen has seen firsthand how difficult the foster care system can be for children. Michael is also a psychologist, and therefore is familiar with the psychological issues that can arise for children who have been orphaned.

Neither Michael nor Colleen ever imagined themselves adopting a child, especially not an older child. However, that all changed after they hosted a 14 year old girl for the summer.

Having their eyes opened to the plight of orphans, and falling in love with their host daughter, caused them to immediately begin the process of adoption.

They are so excited to take this journey, and learn what the Lord has planned for them over the next 12 months. They proceed out of obedience to the Lord, and out of a genuine desire to provide love for someone who is in such desperate need of love.

10/27/2017 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$24.98 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Leeza has received a $2,100 Older Child Grant.

MARIAN for the Higdon family — PA

Jonathan and Angela had been married for several years, and had four beautiful biological daughters when Angela came across an advocacy website for orphans with special needs. It was Reece’s Rainbow! After much prayer and talking with their daughters, the family decided to move forward to adopt Lily (listed on RR as “Flora”) from Eastern Europe. Lily has now been home for over a year and is doing wonderfully! She has cerebral palsy and having a family, along with good nutrition, medical care, and lots of therapy, she has come so far and continues to progress each day. The five sisters are a perfect team and you would never know Lily hasn’t been with the family from day one. About a year after Lily came home, the family felt like they had room at their table for one more…like maybe someone was missing. Marian is also in Eastern Europe and has been waiting for a family for seven years. The Higdons are incredibly excited to welcome her into their forever family and hope to bring her home in the Spring of 2018.

8/25/2017 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$683.72 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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FYNN for the Cooke family — TX

Jimmie and Rhonda Cooke are excited to adopt their third child from Eastern Europe.  The couple adopted two kids almost a year ago.  They have four kids ranging from 17 to 5 years old.  They would love to add one more to the family.  A friend of the Cooke’s opened their eyes to adoption and it completely changed their lives forever.  Jimmie works as a production foreman for an oil company in Texas, and Rhonda is a stay-at-home mother.  With many prayers, God has lead them to adopting another child with Down syndrome.  One of the children they adopted prior to this adoption had Down syndrome.  He has completely changed their lives for the best.  He has taught them to love with no strings and to be everyone’s friend.  They eagerly await for the day they can call this child her son.

10/18/2017 — COMPILING DOSSIER

$443.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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VALENTINE for the Lafreniere family — MI

Don and Erin Lafreniere met on amateur radio when they were in high school and began an international on-the-air romance (Don lived in Canada and Erin in the United States). These high school sweethearts will be celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary in January 2018. Erin, a former teacher, is now the stay-at-home/homeschooling mom of 12-year-old Peter, 5-year-old Simon, and 1-year-old Clara. The Lafreniere family has lived in both the US and Canada but now lives in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan, a wonderful place to raise a family. They enjoy visiting Lake Superior beaches, hiking in the woods, and visiting waterfalls together.

After years of Erin being interested in adoption and Don feeling reluctant about it, Erin saw 10-year-old “Valentine” in a summer hosting photolisting and recognized him as a child listed years earlier on Reece’s Rainbow. Knowing that being hosted would significantly increase his chances of being adopted, she convinced Don to host him in the summer of 2017. Once they started hosting, the whole Lafreniere family fell in love with Valentine and Don saw how desperately Valentine needed a family. Seeing his joy in simple things like seeing wildlife, jumping on the trampoline, and running through the sprinkler on a hot day, his pride in learning new skills like riding a bike, playing card games, and telling time, and his obvious desire to belong, and knowing the bleak future that awaits him in his country if he is not adopted, Don and Erin decided to pursue their first international adoption to make him a permanent member of their family.

Now they are trying to raise the funds to make it possible. They can’t wait to welcome Valentine back to their home to stay permanently, to build on the bonding developed during hosting and to continue to share their love with him.

10/19/2017 — COMPILING DOSSIER
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at burckeri.wordpress.com

$2,116.20 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Valentine has received a $2400 Older Child Grant.

ROMAN for the Kronenberger family — PA

Tim and JoLynne have been married for 9 years. They were high school sweethearts and married two years after graduation. They have four beautiful children- Dexter (6), Beatrix (5), Martina (3), and Simon (2). They adopted Martina from Bulgaria in November of 2016 and knew they weren’t done with adoption- or more accurately, they knew God wasn’t done growing their family in this special way. They weren’t planning on adopting again so soon, but that’s the thing about orphans- once you know their names and see their faces- you don’t forget. And recently, JoLynne and Timmy have realized they have room at their table for “one” more, they have room in their hearts for “one” more, and they are hoping their friends and family will support them as they work toward bring their “one” more home.

10/31/2017 — HOMESTUDY NEARLY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at writteninyourbook.blogspot.com

$3,247.35 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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WINSTON for the Lang family — PA

The Lang Family is excited to be adopting again. Peter and Daphne have been married for 25 years and have 1 biological child, 1 adopted child from Taiwan and two children adopted from China. They are stepping out of faith and following the Lord on a new journey.  This time the Lord led them to Winston a thirteen year old boy waiting in Asia who is going to age out soon!! He is so full of joy and wants a family of his own. We are on a race against the clock and pray many will rally around us and make this precious boys dream come true.

9/25/2017 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at provinceoflove.blogspot.com

$7,784.07 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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VANCE for the Fish family — CO

vance-2016The Fish’s have been married for 24 years. They were high school sweethearts and married 1 year after school. They have three beautiful children, one of whom has an extra “LOVE” chromosome (Down syndrome). Since becoming born again, they never truly obeyed James 1:27 until now. Their ministry work often takes them to the sidewalk of abortion buildings, where they offer to adopt those unwanted pre-born babies. It occurred to them that while doing this ministry, they had not taken serious the work they were doing. In order to obey God’s word, they needed to have a home study just in case a Mom & Dad wanted to chose life and have them adopt their baby. They are almost finished with their home study and no one has taken them up on the adoption offer. They have now found Vance. Vance was abandoned by his birth parents. He is about to age out of the system in his country. Since Vance has an extra “LOVE” chromosome, he will fit in perfectly in their family. Thank you for considering a donation to help them bring home Vance. The family covets your prayers for them and for Vance and is thankful for your monetary gifts!

10/27/17 — COMPILING DOSSIER

$15.04 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Vance has received a $15,000 Older Child Grant.

 

LYLAH for the Horst family — MI

Adoption has been part of the Horst family for over 12 years and has been a tremendous blessing in their lives; it has changed them forever. Galen and Yalonda carry a deep love and concern for needy children in their hearts. They have been blessed with 6 children, 2 adopted internationally and 4 biological, ages 17-3.

When they felt God calling them to adoption again it was with a huge leap of faith that they began the process. Their journey has been a journey full hope and disappointments and it was during one of their lowest points that they saw Lylah’s picture—a beautiful baby girl born with Down Syndrome and waiting for a forever family. The whole family knew immediately that she was their very own baby girl. She was beautiful! She was perfect! She was hand-chosen by God just for their family! They whole family is so excited about bringing their sweet baby girl home in a few months.

The Horst family feels ready to work with the challenges Lylah will face. They are familiar with special needs beings they have a son who is hearing impaired. They are excited about helping Lylah reach her full potential as well.

They humbly request your prayers for Lylah’s safety and health until they are able to bring her home. They are also deeply grateful to all the people who have supported them in their journey whether through prayer or financial support so far. This support is aiding God in the miracle of bringing Lylah home to her forever family!

10/26/2017 — TRAVELING NOV 2

$8,109.16 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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GABRIELLA for the Owens family — AL

I wanted to introduce myself and my family to this new community we have been recommended to join!

I am Amy, my husband is Benjamin, and we have two little girls. Lily has been home from Asia since October 2013 and she is 4 years old and our other little girl, Gabriella, is waiting for us in Asia, we are praying her home by February or March 2018. Both our little girls have a very rare genetic condition called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or more commonly known as brittle bones. Their bones may break but their spirits are unbreakable!

Since May 2015, we have been trying to get Gabriella’s file but through various reasons, outside of our control, we could never get her file. Lots of hope, waiting, praying, and heartbreak. But now, joy, blessings, miracles, and answered prayers. We have been given this incredible privilege after over two years of trying and waiting to officially pursue Gabriella and make her our daughter! Our family is so thankful for this wonderful gift of adoption.

We welcome you to follow along on our journey to reach Gabriella!

11/9/2017 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at faithandroses.wordpress.com

$421.20 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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KAISEY for the Forge family — NC

Robert and Theresa met in 2000.  She was a young widow with 3 small children, and Robert was divorced with 2 daughters.  Three years later, they got married and relocated to North Carolina.

The youngest of the children is Theresa Lauren, who they call TT.  She was born with Down syndrome and heart issues. Raising her has brought them into a world of special needs, IEPs, lots of doctor appts, and countless different therapies. T he family works hard to ensure TT has the same opportunities that other children are provided.  TTs extra chromosome even inspired Theresa to go back to school to become a nurse.

Several years ago, after talking with a friend who had recently adopted a child, Theresa googled “Down Syndrome Orphans” and was lead to Reece’s Rainbow.  Ever since then, she has donated, advocated, prayed, encouraged, and followed stories of families adopting Special Needs Children.  The family would choose a child from the Angel Tree each year at Christmastime to advocate and raise funds for.  Theresa saw a bit of TT in each of those faces, and felt sad that they did not have families to provide for their basic needs and medical care.

This past holiday season, the Forges had the opportunity to host a little girl from Asia who is rockin that extra chromosome, just like TT.  She lives in their home for a month so they could, among other things, advocate for her to find a forever family.  She also went to an eye doctor, a pediatrician, and a dentist, where she had quite a bit of work done.

It wasn’t long into her visit that the family realized that God had been preparing their hearts all along.  They should be her forever family, she should be their daughter.  They had plenty of love to give, empty bedrooms, and lots of experience with her special need.  It was now time to start the  mounds of paperwork to bring her home for good.

Even though there are huge costs, and lot of work associated with adoption, a child’s life is priceless.  A loving family should not be a privilege, it is a necessity.  Robert and Theresa are working hard to raise the funds needed.  Robert is working overtime at his job and doing carpentry and remodeling on the side, always with a smile.  Theresa is busy selling her art at craft fairs, having yard sales, and selling things online.  TT is even coloring pictures she hopes to sell, to help bring her little sister home.

The Forge family would appreciate any prayers, good wishes and financial donations in support of this adoption.

10/19/2017 — DOSSIER NEARLY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at afamilyforme.blogspot.com

$1,956.13 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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JENNA for the Mondano-Shevchenko family — NY

JennaDaria and Joe met in 2012, fell in love, and were married in 2014. Joe works as a paralegal for a city agency and Daria works as a vision teacher in a school for children with traumatic brain injuries and multiple disabilities. They have wanted children ever since they were first married. Sadly, while they were able to get pregnant, Daria suffered a miscarriage. Unfortunately while mourning the loss of their child, their doctor told them they would be unable to have another child. Feeling hopeless and lost; they were still overwhelmed with the desire to become parents. Daria and Joe soon looked into adoption.

Daria always advocated for international adoption. One day, while inquiring about the necessary paperwork, their agency asked her to check the profile of a little girl in Eastern Europe, who was waiting for her forever family. When Daria and Joe saw photos and video of “Jenna”, they fell in love with her almost instantly. They found their daughter. As an infant, “Jenna” was born very prematurely. Due to receiving life-saving oxygen, she has retinopathy of prematurity, resulting in almost total blindness. Due to a brain hemorrhage, “Jenna” has developmental delays, and a possibility of Cerebral Palsy. She also has hydrocephaly as a result, but this has been stabilized. Her mother soon abandoned her and “Jenna” was moved to an orphanage upon her improved health. That was over three years ago. She has never known what it’s like to be in a loving family. Nevertheless, she is learning to walk, and is a very curious little girl.

“Jenna” is described as lively and loving by those that meet her, and Daria and Joe think she will be the perfect addition to complete their family. Won’t you help Daria and Joe bring her home by making a donation? Daria and Joe want to bring their daughter home. Your generosity will change three lives, and will be truly appreciated.

9/25/2017 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$130.95 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CODY for the Nowrey family — NJ

Billy and Catrina have been married for 9 years, and are both deaf.  They struggled with pregnancy, but failed twice. Catrina’s dream has always been to adopt a child from China. God gave them a beautiful plan! They have a beautiful daughter from China, named Ramona, and she is deaf like her parents. Ramona is 6 years old, was adopted last year in May 2016. Ramona is learning sign language so quickly!

They want to adopt another child but were waiting until the right time. Ramona learned about families at school, and one days she came home and told us that she wants a sister or brother! They agreed that Ramona is ready to have a sibling, and they searched for a few months. Finally, God gave them another plan, to have a SON! They are honored to give him the name of Cody. Cody is 5 years old and deaf. Ramona is very excited and can’t wait to play with her new brother sometime next year. Billy and Catrina can’t wait to have another child in their arms and together forever!

10/1/2017 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow along on the family’s adoption journey at: https://nowrey.wixsite.com/growingto4

$1,601.03 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LOGAN for the Pirkle family — AL

Taylor and Sarah Pirkle have been married for 6 years. Together they have 6 biological children, yours, mine and ours. Caden-13, Blake-12, Kati-10, Alyssa-9, Tatum-5 and Brooks-3. Taylor is an IT specialist with a medical company while Sarah is a nurse at a home health agency. Their children are active in school and extracurricular activities. Most Friday nights this family can be found at the High School football game cheering on their oldest son in the band and their second son will join him next football season. Their oldest daughter is a competitive dancer, their second daughter is a cheerleader and youngest daughter has shown an interest in dance and gymnastics. Their youngest child is all boy!

Their story to adoption started with a tragedy but will end with a special child gaining a family. Sarah had heard of adopting special needs children through her friend Christy. Unfortunately, Christy and her family experienced a devastating tragedy when their son Auggie passed away suddenly. One day, Sarah was on line checking on Christy and her family when she came across a picture of a child with cerebral palsy. This picture changed her life. It was instant love! But it was not meant to be at that time. Another family wanted this child. So they waited. The child became available again. There was hope! But God had other plans, another family was interested in this child. Finally, God said “NOW”. Through a miraculous chain of events they were able to commit to their child! Their story is just beginning… This loving couple with their children are excited to add a new member to their “herd”.

10/31/2017 — HOMESTUDY NEARLY COMPLETE

$3,078.80 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CLYDE for the Davis family — LA

Gary Wayne and Dee have been married for 25 years and have raised 7 older children and 5 younger adopted children still at home. They are an older couple and also grandparents to 17 grandchildren.

Once the Davis’ Family was told their family was like a box full of Animal Crackers.  Inside the box you will find a few lions, a tig~ger or two, one big elephant, one tall giraffe and several wild monkeys. Each family member is so different but when you blend them all together and you have a box full of love. Some people do not understand that some families are created differently than others.  Every child is a gift from our Lord and we must protect and love these children. The Davis’ Family is a big supporter and advocate for adoption.

In adoption there is the paperwork on top of paperwork and then there is the cost of adopting. Adoption is costly yet the price of a child is priceless. Through much prayers and support mountains can be moved. And the Davis family is moving mountains for this one child. No child should be without a family to love them and the Davis’ Family has decided to step forward.

After completing their last adoption, the Davis’ knew that there was still love in their heart for one more. Immediately they knew in their hearts just which child it was. One little boy Reece’s Rainbow had listed for 4 long years. On Reece’s Rainbow he is listed as Clyde. Being that little Clyde is only 4 years old he has waited since a baby to be adopted. Clyde had been sitting in an a orphanage watching as other children were adopted. And daily Clyde has been over looked so many times. Clyde like most of his friends wants a family and yet no one stepped up till now. This little guy so full of sunshine and a smile that would melt hearts finally has a family to come bring him home. Like most little boys full or energy and so much love to give in return he deserves his chance for a family.

With the help of Reece’s Rainbow Clyde has found his family.  Now that he has a mother and a father traveling for him they will be working hard to compile their paperwork. Now he who will have a family to hold his small hand and tuck him into his very own bed at night.

Many children with Clyde’s illnesses are transferred into an adult setting after age at five years. Instead of a birthday cake and presents he will be transferred. He will be mixed into an adult setting and it would be harder for little Clyde to find a family.

Sometimes we take the small things for granted like buying your child a box of Animal Crackers. But sometimes for a child in an orphanage many children die daily from not having enough to eat. The Davis’ Family ask for your prayers, love and support during their journey in bringing Clyde home. Please follow their adoption blog and share their posts as they work to move mountains to bring their new son home.

9/14/2017 — COMPILING DOSSIER
Follow along on the family’s adoption journey at: www.animalcrackersforclyde.blogspot.com

$24.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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COLE for the Holliday family — KS

Christiaan and Kayla have been married for 3 years. During this time, they have had 2 beautiful children. Mila is a sweet and sassy 2-year-old. Maks is a cuddly and loving 1-year-old. It was during their years of dating that Christiaan and Kayla discussed their hope to adopt one day. They were unsure of the timing or any of the details. It was this year that they felt God tugging on their heart. He told them that It was time. A few years ago, Kayla stumbled across the Reece’s Rainbow page. It was at this time that her eyes were opened to the reality that orphans with special needs face every day. It was then that their hearts were turned toward special needs adoption. When they stumbled across a picture of Cole, they commented on how sweet his smile was and kept going. Over the next few days, their hearts and minds kept returning to him. They requested more information and prayed about it. They knew that this little boy was their son. Now they are working diligently to bring Cole home to his forever family!

10/4/2017 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$78.35 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CLARENCE and ARIA for the Dale family — ID

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40929163700 (2)As a family, Jonathan and Laura Dale have a unique set of skills. The Dales were blessed with two biological children, the 2nd of which was born with severe medical complications and mental delays. It was a privilege they were able to enjoy for 12 short years before their daughter passed away from these chronic issues. During this time they also were foster parents to several long term placements and eventually adopted two more children. Again, one a typical, thriving child and one medically complex. In their 21 years of marriage they have learned so much about how to be parents of children with severe trauma and medical issues that it has become their families “normal”.

In January 2017 they saw “Clarence” on a You-Tube video, a little boy in Eastern Europe, who has significant medical needs and has been in institutionalized care his entire life. Laura was smitten and soon Jonathan was on board too! Shortly upon actively starting the adoption process for him, they were introduced to “Aria” a little girl in another region in the same country. Jonathan immediately “claimed” her as his. Laura’s heart followed as well. Their family has decided that both of these children are to be a part of their forever family. Their older boys are on board and excited to meet their soon-to-be siblings.

Being patient and handling “red-tape” is not a concern for this family – it is money that is the greater challenge. Jonathan works three jobs (handyman, mechanic, farm hand) and Laura works from home 40-60 hours a week making baby items and selling them online or at farmers markets. They have also started working every weekend selling hard scooped ice cream at local events to add to their adoption funds. This process is long and tedious.

Adopting two children, from two different regions is incredibly expensive. It is a financial hurdle that can be very frightening. The Dales are up for this challenge and are committed to seeing these adoption through.

If you are willing or able to help them with the financial burden of saving this 4 year old boy and 9 year old girl from living the remaining part of their lives in a crib, this family would be forever grateful!

8/17/2017 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$5,960.62 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SUSANA for the Motley family — NC

Mike and Ruth have been married for 18 years. They have 4 children – ages 18 to 5 years old and in addition an 18 month old foster to adopt African American child. When their 5 year old daughter, Emma was born, the family discovered she had Down Syndrome. Having Emma in their lives opened them up to the heart of the Father – which is those orphaned and those with special needs. The family began to open their homes to international orphans thru a hosting program.

Ruth met “Susana” while on a trip to her orphanage in September 2015. Susana lives in a war-stricken orphanage in Eastern Europe. Many of the children in her orphanage have seen first-hand the effects of war & conflict.

The family brought Susana home in December 2015, to spend Christmas with their family and for her to be seen by a team of specialists at UNC Chapel Hill. She has what is known as lymphatic vascular malformation. While it is not necessarily life threatening, without treatment the growth will continue to grow and affect many aspects of her daily life, including her jaw and her ability to eat. She will need to receive treatment for this genetic issue for the rest of her life.

The family soon discovered that Susana is not defined by this malformation! She is sweet and spunky, full of life and laughter! She steals hearts with everyone she meets. Her potential knows no bounds!

As an orphan advocate family and ministry, when the family first met Susana there were no thoughts regarding adoption – our focus and prayers was to help her find a forever family! Over the months however, God was making it clear to the family that she is their special gift, their reward from the Lord!

Children are a gift from the Lord;
they are a reward from Him.
Children born to a young man
are like arrows in a warrior’s hands.
How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them!

Psalm 127:3-5

11/15/2017 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$14.55 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Susana has received a $500 Older Child Grant.

BRETT for the Gatto family — NJ

Jennifer knew since childhood that her place in life was to adopt. When she was 11 her younger brother was born with Down Syndrome and from that moment on she knew she’d be adopting a child or children with Down Syndrome. Jennifer stumbled upon the Reece’s Rainbow website about 7 years ago and her eyes were opened to the plight of these children in other countries. There were many reasons standing in her way when she first found RR and she just wasn’t in a position to adopt. Finally last year she felt like it was the right time. After many hours on the RR website and countless tears searching through the waiting children Jenn was still not sure if she would be adopting a baby or a child closer to Mia’s age. Then she took a look at the “At Risk of Aging Out” list. And saw Brett. And finally knew. This little boy abandoned in a field as a newborn and left to fend for himself in a mental institution for his entire childhood will soon be showered with more love, attention and opportunity than you cold ever imagine. Jenn and her 10 yo daughter Mia are so ready to welcome Brett into their family. Mia has been excitedly making plans for when her “little-big brother” comes home.

9/1/2017 — COMPILING DOSSIER

$30.07 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Brett has received a $15,000 Older Child Grant.

NIKA for the Calhoon family — TN

Cal and Melissa have been married for 22 years and have eleven children, nine biological and two from Liberia. Their oldest at nineteen is married, so they just have ten still living at home. Both Cal and Melissa had a desire to adopt even before they met. Melissa worked in an orphanage in Hong Kong for a year and a half. It was there that she had the joy of looking after many babies with Down Syndrome and hoped to adopt a special one of her own one day.

God had an exciting surprise for Cal and Melissa, their third child was born with Down Syndrome! Soon after this they discovered Reece’s Rainbow, gushing over the children and donating when possible. There was always the dream of adopting a little girl with Down Syndrome. Life got busy, until recently when God made it clear that He had a special little girl for the Calhoon family.

Everything is perfect in God’s timing, He prepared a large enough home, a great job for Cal, and after what was thought to be a phone call of inquiry, our little girl. We ended up doing things a little backwards and had pre-approval within a few days of calling to ask if our family was too big for adoption!

We have just completed our home study and are trying to remain patient while we wait for our little darling to come home.

7/18/2017 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$0.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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KAMBRIA for the Batty family — UT

Clay and RoseAnna have been married for 14 years. They have five biological children ages 12,10,6,3 and 3. They have devoted their time to raising and spending time with their family along with working on their family farm. They are so excited to add little Kambria to their family and can’t wait until they will be able to go get her. They have felt the pull to adopt for a few years and feel excited and blessed to pursue this journey.

9/1/2017 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$217.69 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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DAWN for the Fessler family — IA

Lin is a single mother of nine, 6 are grown and on their own, the oldest, Sara, has Down syndrome and lives at home as do as her brothers, Cody and Logan, who also have Down syndrome. The boys are two of Andrea’s originals and were adopted from Ukraine in 2008. Raising the boys has been a challenge and a joy for Lin and she can’t imagine her life without them. For years Lin has kept an eye on Reece’s Rainbow kids, helping out when she could. Dawn was a particular favorite and she had been praying she would find a home. When she heard from a friend that Dawn would age out in a matter of days, Lin decided she wasn’t able to let that happen. She managed to submit her needed paperwork to USCIS and they accepted it the day before Dawn’s 16th birthday, the day she would no longer be eligible for adoption. The family is excited to see Dawn come home and Sara can’t wait to have a sister at home to even things out. As a single, older (older with a capital O!) mother this will be a financial stretch, but Lin knows she will see a way and would greatly appreciate any support and encouragement.

10/11/2017 — FIRST TRIP OCT 21

$6.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Dawn has received a $15,000 Older Child Grant.

ALFRED for the Vis family — Canada


Raymond and Alison Vis met in high school and after losing contact for a few years have now been married for four years. They have two adorable biological children, Katie aged 3 and Ezra aged 1. They have their hands full with two young toddlers and were not planning on expanding their family again so quickly. But, God!

Alison stumbled across the blog of a family who had recently adopted from Eastern Europe and and was instantly drawn to their story. Many late nights and prayers later Raymond and Alison both accepted what they believed to be a calling to expand their family through international adoption of a child with special needs from Eastern Europe.

Raymond and Alison began the process with great urgency, believing that their child was out there somewhere, just waiting to be found. After many ups and downs Alison and Raymond believe that God has relived the child that they are to go and bring home to their family.

This little one will be a twin for Ezra, being only six weeks apart in age. He will also bring a little something extra to the family as he happens to have Down Syndrome and is rocking that extra chromosome!

Mountains are truly being moved to take this little one from lost to loved. Alison and Raymond are so grateful for all support to help get their little one home!

9/12/2017 — COMPILING DOSSIER
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bringinghomebrave.wordpress.com

$2,561.65 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A Family for LEO and SJ

We always viewed adoption as a part of our family’s future. Mom was born with a metabolic disorder called Phenylketonuria (PKU) that when treated immediately and consistently throughout life, allows the individual to pursue a happy, healthy life. Untreated, PKU causes cognitive delays and other neurological problems. Because our home is already set up to accommodate the treatment, which is a strict low protein diet and specific dietary supplements, when we heard of children with PKU needing a family, we decided to pursue adoption.

In May 2015 we were blessed with two sons with PKU who joined our family through adoption. Our family of four can be crazy, fun, and joyfully loud, and we can’t stop falling in love with the children we and other adoption advocates are working to find families for. We are currently pursuing the adoption of two of these boys with PKU.

One future son is eight and he seems to be a great kid! He can be shy, but looks out for other kids in his orphanage. We spoke to a volunteer who met him and she shared some touching stories about their time together, referencing his excitement at the zoo, his caring nature, and what a joy he was to be around.

The other boy we are adopting is a young man who was hosted in the U.S. recently. Though his PKU has not always been well maintained, we have heard from his host family how wonderful this sweet boy is. Along with our army of support, we are confident that with proper treatment of his PKU and a lot of love, he will flourish.

These boys will love living in a house with three other brothers, a house full of PKU-friendly food, a lot of music, laughter, and outdoor activities with their new family! Every dollar donated gets our family one step closer to bringing them home. The oldest one ages out on his fourteenth birthday in a few short months!

8/9/2017 — COMPILING DOSSIER

$955.90 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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

DWIGHT for the Kincinas family — IL

John and Sheryl met 16 years ago while working at an agency that provides supports for adults with intellectual disabilities. They were married five years later, while continuing to work at the same agency. They had always planned on adopting a child with Down syndrome, but their prayers were answered, and a lot of money was saved, when their second biological child, Remy, was born with Down syndrome. Sadly, Remy passed away tragically shortly after his fourth birthday.

Sheryl and John reconvened to see if adopting a child with Down syndrome was still in their hearts. After talking with their two young children, they decided that, yes, they would step out in faith and trust and begin the process to open their home to another child with Down syndrome.

As soon as Sheryl and John saw Dwight’s picture, they knew he was their son. During the waiting process, the whole family is passing the time enjoying learning about his culture, history, foods and holidays. They’re eagerly anticipating flying to Asia late Fall to bring their newest family member HOME!

9/1/2017 — DOSSIER in PROCESS

$1,640.60 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CHAD for the Stolz family — OH

The Stolz family is adopting again. Jim and Mary have been married 33 years, and have 15 children; 5 biologically theirs, and 10 theirs through adoption. They have found that God is calling them particularly to older children, especially older children with Down syndrome in Eastern Europe who are close to aging out, and being condemned to an institution forever!

So far, the Stolz family consists of 9 children with Down syndrome, and they are making it an even 10 this year!  Chad in Eastern Europe, just turning 16 years old, is going to finally have a home, with a mama and a papa, and lots of brothers and sisters to play with.

Multiple child adoptions are expensive. Back-to-back multiple child, older children adoptions are very expensive. Please consider helping these kids get home to their mama and papa!

10/26/2017 — TRAVEL DATES NOV 13-17

$3,707.55 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Chad has received a $15,000 Older Child Grant.

2 CHILDREN for the Baerbock family — MN

Matt and Sara have been married for 15 years and have 7 children, 2 of them adopted from Ukraine. Shortly after their 5th child was born, they saw a photo on the Reece’s Rainbow website of a young girl who looked like she could be their daughter. They began the adoption process, and God richly blessed their journey and unique way of adding to their family. They also brought home a young son that year. The transition has gone well overall and both kids are absolutely amazing! They are so loving, and the family cannot imagine life without them. Looking back, it feels like they have always been with them. Their other children have been very supportive and also want to adopt someday.

Fast forward to 2017. Matt and Sara have never stopped thinking about adoption and whether adopting again would be right for them. Would they still be supported if adding to their family again? After all, even 7 children is far past the national average in America. Would others understand the great need that is out there? After a recent road trip with much time to think, they saw two boys newly listed on the Reece’s Rainbow website and decided to follow their hearts and step forward in faith once again. It truly felt like their family was not yet complete and that adoption would grow their family yet again.

One evening, their oldest daughter also asked for the Reece’s Rainbow website address and began looking through photos of waiting girls. She brought a few to Mom and Dad’s attention, and soon 3 of the girls were looking at profiles together. As a result, the family also hopes to bring home an older daughter if it is God’s will. Altogether, it would even out the kids – 5 girls and 5 boys.

In addition to road trips across the US and Canada, the Baerbock family enjoys nature walks, family movie nights, and trips to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival and State Fair. They are also involved in their church through Sunday School and the church council. The girls enjoy track and gymnastics, and one daughter has even made it onto the local gymnastics team!

The family would be honored and humbled by your support and encouragement to help bring their children home. Please pray for them that all may go smoothly. You can follow their journey at their blog: www.postzero.com/adoption_journey

7/30/17 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$1,690.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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TALI for the Jarvis Family — NC

Jeff and Angel Jarvis have been married for 34 years. They have one grown son. They met at church where Angel was the organist.  Most of their life has been dedicated to the needs of others, and raising their son Matthew. They have been blessed to live in several states where they spend a great deal of time outside enjoying tennis and walking to stay fit.

Angel has been a member of the Reece’s Rainbow group for 3 years, and has been actively helping other families raise funds to get their kids home the whole time through advocating.  Both Angel and Jeff are active members in their community and are always eager to lend a helping hand wherever they are needed. In either mowing a neighbors lawn or transporting someone to a doctors appointment. Angel knew in her heart that their family was intended for more than just advocacy and shared this is Jeff. Initially he felt advocacy was all he felt led to do. So Angel continued to pray that God would lead them to his perfect will.

Jeff and Angel had an opportunity to host a small child last year and it was then, when that child had left that Jeff knew God had much more in store for their family. As they began to look at faces of orphaned children, they prayed for God to show them the face of their daughter or son.  When they saw the face of “Tali”, they knew she was the daughter God would use to grow their family. Tali has the special need of CP ( cerebral Palsy), but her greatest need is the love of a forever family.

They have begun the task of working, Marching in Faith to bring this precious little girl home. wont be without bumps or bruises, delays and trials, but they are determined to do whatever it takes to bring her home. Home to family and Love

11/3/2017 — DOSSIER IN REVIEW

$2,047.60 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A “butterfly child” for the Dellicker family — NC

Laura is a clinical social worker, founder of a nonprofit called EB Promise that advocates for orphans with EB, and a fierce EB advocate. EB (Epidermolysis Bullosa) is a rare genetic skin disorder in which any sort of friction against the skin causes the skin to blister or tear off completely. Things like seams of clothing, rubbing eyes, brushing teeth and other simple daily tasks we take for granted can cause pain and harm to individuals living with EB. Many people with EB have open wounds all over their bodies, wear bandages from head to toe, and endure painful dressing changes that can last several hours. Infections can be extremely dangerous. If all that weren’t enough, EB also affects people internally. Children with EB are often referred to as “Butterfly Children” because their skin is as fragile as a butterfly’s wings. EB became a part of Laura’s life in 2009 when her friend’s son Jonah (pictured with Laura above) was born with EB and it has since become her life’s passion and work.

We could go on and on about how Jonah and EB has impacted Laura’s life, but it is much shorter to say this: There is only one explanation of why her life has been so impacted by Jonah and EB, and that is Jesus. There is no earthly reason why she should care so much about EB – a disorder that has no direct impact on her life or the lives of any of her family members. But God put EB on her heart and it’s changed the path of her career, her life’s work, and the call on her life. She has known for years that God was calling her to adopt a child with EB, and she is excited to say that the time has finally come!

6/29/2017 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE
You can follow Laura’s adoption journey at her blog www.adoptingabutterfly.wordpress.com

$102.60 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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NITA for the Horst family — NY

The Horst family is so excited to be adopting again!  They have prayed many years for this time and God has moved their hearts that now is the time. Harlan and April have 5 children; two which they adopted from foster care and three biological children.  They love spending time together as a family working on their farm and caring for the animals.  They also have a garden and grow a lot of their own food.  They enjoy fishing, going to the zoo, and visiting friends.  One thing they enjoy most about adoption is watching the change in a child when they have a loving family.

They would love your prayers and support as they work to raise the money needed to bring their new daughter home to her forever family.

10/27/2017 — COMPILING DOSSIER

$1,080.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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DIMA for the Wallace family — ID

Matt and Andrea live in North Idaho and have 8 biological children. For many years they knew they wanted to expand their family by adoption. They’ve always felt very strongly about helping children, especially those with special needs, and those that have suffered neglect and abuse. They firmly believe that every child deserves a home and family for them to reach their fullest potential. They’ve fostered in the past and have experience with special needs in their family. They weren’t sure how, or where they would adopt from, but waited for the opportunity to begin the process. Then, one day, a friend shared a video of an older boy with Cerebral Palsy living in an institution in a foreign country. Through a series of events they were able to find out more about him and get in contact with the agency that made his video. He’s been waiting in an institution for a long time and is getting close to the age where he won’t be able to be adopted. He is also unable to walk, but he is determined that he will in the future and he works really hard at taking steps and gaining strength. With the proper care and therapies available, he could have his dream of walking fulfilled. He also dreams of being able to drive a car someday! Matt, Andrea and their children hope to be able to welcome Dima into their family quickly before he ages out and becomes ineligible for adoption. Please help them bring Dima home!

10/27/2017 — HOMESTUDY NEARLY COMPLETE

$1,439.61 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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GULLIVER for the Cochran Family — MS

Thomas (Rusty) and Rachel have been married for 11 years. They have two boys Hunter 10 and Mason 6. They felt a longing to adopt but didn’t know how until a family friend introduced them to Summer hosting. After conflicting schedule issues they had to regrettable turn down hosting after falling in love with sweet Gulliver. God wasn’t through with this story there. He had been warming the hearts of a local adoption advocate to bring Gulliver to visit and hopefully find a forever family. The two families through family friends met and expressed desires to meet. The lady asked Rachel to travel with her to get Gulliver when he arrived from Asia. Rachel followed Gods calling and packed for the road trip. The family fell in love with Gulliver and the story began. Rusty and Rachel submitted to adopt Gulliver before he ever left the states. Little did they know it wasn’t God’s timing. Rachel was not quite 30 which is a requirement for his adoption. Rusty and Rachel prayed and trusted the lord until the phone call came that Gulliver was still available. They immediately applied for PA and were approved. God has showed up and out all in this family’s story. The family of 4 will soon be a family of 5.

10/23/2017 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$2,675.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Gulliver has received a $22.50 Waiting Child Grant.

CARA and WANIYA for the Grandt family — OR

Michael and Elizabeth are eagerly waiting to bring Cara home! Michael comes from a family of 14 siblings, and has always wanted a house full of children. Together, Michael and Elizabeth now have 8 children. They both serve at their local church, where Michael helps lead worship. Theirs is a house full of music and worship. Elizabeth is a full time mother, and home-schools their children on their small farm in Oregon. She has had a longstanding desire and call on her life to adopt a child with special needs, and has been patiently waiting for the time God would open that door in her life. Several months ago, the Lord began leading Michael and Elizabeth down a meandering path to prepare for adoption. Doors seemed to open and close, but each bend in the road only reinforced their confidence that God was leading them. They began a homestudy to prepare for a child they had not found yet.

Finally, when they saw Cara’s profile on Reese’s Rainbow, they both fell in love. They found the little girl who had been waiting for them! Cara is an amazing, shining little girl from eastern Europe. Michael, Elizabeth and all of their children are excitedly and impatiently waiting to bring Cara home. Their home is overflowing with love and affection for this little girl. Please, won’t you consider investing in making this family whole?

10/30/2017 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED
Follow along on the family’s adoption journey at:  grandtdreamteam.blogspot.com

$4,021.47 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Cara has received a $1187.10 Waiting Child Grant.

EMMA for the Vincent family — FL

Jarret and April have been married for 10 years with three biological children. Their youngest daughter, Amelia, who is two, has Down syndrome. Here’s their story:

We received Amelia’s suspected diagnosis of Down syndrome the day she was born. Basically a doctor walked in and said, “You know your daughter probably has Down syndrome, right?” We did not. Afterwards, we were bombarded with questions, hypothetical scenarios with what her future might look like, social workers, specialists, and a lengthy heart test. To say that our joy over having a beautiful and precious newborn was replaced with instant fear would be an understatement.

Fast forward two years and all that uncertainty and fear has been replaced with absolute joy. Our daughter is one of God’s greatest blessings to our family, bringing us laughter, love, frustration, and all the typical emotions a two-year old brings. Those painful days of medical terms and fear of the future are replaced with love and hope. During the early days of Amelia’s birth, I saw God’s hand in so many things. We emerged stronger and more faithful, and I know God has a plan for Amelia’s life.

So how does this relate to today? One day, I clicked on a link to help a friend who was raising money to adopt a little boy with special needs. At the site, I also saw a picture of a little girl who is one-years old and has Down syndrome. She was adorable. She reminded me of my daughter. However, this little girl’s life is vastly different from Amelia’s world. She lives in an orphanage in Eastern Europe, given up for adoption because she has Down syndrome. Her name is Emma. My heart ached for her.

I thought of Emma over the next weeks and months. I wondered what her daily life was like. I thought of Amelia and all of the support our family gives her. I wondered if Emma gets any support. I wondered if she has ever been outside of the orphanage. Who feeds her? Plays with her? Bathes her? I knew that she should not be growing up in an orphanage and someone should do something.

More time passed, and I prayed that “the someone” who should do something would. I felt God’s nudges that “the someone” might be us. I thought of the objections I had to this plan. First, we don’t have money saved for an international adoption, and it’s a long and complex timeline. I watched Emma’s profile. I was sure she would be adopted soon. I struggled. I wanted God to take this off my heart, and he did not.

So, here we are, in the middle of the process to try and adopt Emma. To be honest, we are scared, nervous, and excited. We are asking for your prayers for Emma and our family, and if led, we invite you to make a tax-deductible monetary gift to Emma’s Reece’s Rainbow account to help us bring her home as soon as possible. Together, we can change her life. We know God is asking us to trust in him. We hope you will join us on this journey, because if not us, then who, and if not now, then when?

Please note: Donating from a FB application on your iPhone may not work. A workaround is to open a new page (outside of Facebook or Facebook Messenger) and type in: vincent.paytheransom.org from your phone or computer. Thank you so much for your love and support for Emma!

8/10/2017 — FIRST TRIP COMPLETE; AWAITING COURT

$7,529.78 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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PATRICK for the Romero family – MO

Please meet the Romeros. Teresa and Robert are the parents of two girls, a sixteen year old and a four year old. They are a family with strong faith. They always wanted to adopt, it was originally part of their family’s plan. However, they never felt financially secure enough to move forward. This past January Teresa was part of a mission trip to El Salvador. During the trip Teresa worked in very poor communities. The poverty was like nothing the family had previously experienced and Teresa was deeply distressed by the plight of the children. When she returned home, she shared her experiences with her family and they decided it was the right time to move forward with the adoption. The Romeros wanted a child that had special needs and over the age of 2, but also wanted to adopt in birth order so the child needed to be younger than their 4 year old toddler. They were ecstatic when they found the most adorable little guy, called “Patrick” on the agency profile. They inquired about him and had their doctor review his medical records. They were so excited to say “yes” to the adoption of Patrick. They quickly realized they would need to fundraise in order to make their dream a reality and have set up several fundraisers already.

The Romeros are totally committed to loving Patrick and making him part of their family. Please help the Romeros bring Patrick home.

7/13/2017 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$24.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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COLLEEN, JAXON, and STELLAN for the Van Veldhuizen family — MN

colleenjaxson stellanA family of five, following God’s call to become eight, we are pursuing the adoption of a sibling trio, ages 14, 16, and 18. We hosted the oldest and youngest in our home during the summer of 2016. We loved them, but let life and excuses get in the way of pursuing them further. After 6 months of working in both of our hearts, we had a heart-to-heart with one another and realized we need to be obedient to God and become V8. We hope to bring home our teens mid-late 2017.

We live in a small town in southwest Minnesota. We have a 4-year old son and 2-year old twin girls. Our 4-year old asks regularly when the teenagers can come back because he believes we need to be their family. Our response: God’s will; God’s time.

9/14/2017 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$407.64 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Jaxon has received a $8,855.14 Older Child Grant.

V for the Parrish Family — GA

Anna and Steven have been blessed twice through adoption! Eddie joined their family in 2015, and Rosa came home in 2016. After years of infertility and fruitlessly pursuing domestic adoption, the Parrishes saw Eddie’s picture in 2014 and were smitten. Once home, in 2015, they quickly saw the difference that it makes for children to be in families. Eddie immediately grew and blossomed. Anna and Steven immediately began considering adopting again. Rosa (previously listed as “Ryleigh”) has been an incredible blessing and joy to our family.

Shortly after getting home with Rosa, Anna and Steven were looking at orphans on Reece’s Rainbow and saw sweet V’s photo. They were instantly drawn to him. As the holiday season passed, he was often at the forefront of their thoughts. In January, the Parrish family reached out to their agency to begin pursuing V. They were matched in April and their homestudy was completed in May! V has a number of medical special needs including spina bifida and hydrocephalus. The Parrish family is working to bring V home as quickly as possible.

8/4/2017 — OFFICIAL REFERRAL RECEIVED
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at

$5,096.83 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LANDON for the Harmon family — UT

God has been working miracles in their hearts, and the Harmon family is adding a sweet little boy to their family! As their own four children slept safely in their beds, bellies full of food, hearts knowing they are loved, Nikki and Mikey wept as they scrolled through profiles of abandoned children who did not know the safety and love of a family. As they scrolled through page after page of profiles, they kept going back to one little boy who had touched their hearts. He was familiar to them somehow, and before the night was over they had emailed the agency for more information. They hardly slept that night as the weight of these forgotten children weighed heavily on their hearts and wet their pillows with tears. Over the next few days it became clear that God intended for this little boy to teach them about sacrifice and love. Suddenly their perspective had changed and nothing felt as important as bringing him home. Their children did not hesitate for a moment when Nikki and Mikey told them there was a child without a home who needed a family. They cannot wait to hold Landon in their arms!

7/12/2017 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at theharmonsadopt.blogspot.com

$1,652.90 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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KENNEDY for the Bouchard family — MO

kennedy-e1473918190496The Bouchard family is so excited to be adopting again!  They have prayed for years for some of the older little girls on Reece’s Rainbow to find their forever families, so when God opened the door for them to be able to go back, they were so excited to begin Kennedy’s adoption.  Kennedy will have two younger sisters who also have that very special extra chromosome!

Rick and Chante have been married for 18 years and live with their nine children on a farm in Missouri.  They have been blessed to be able to adopt children from Haiti, Ethiopia, and China, as well as having four biological children.

They love spending time outside on their farm, caring for the animals.  Their family also enjoys going to amusement parks, fishing, and playing board games together.  They are very involved in their church, and the whole family loves Sundays and Wednesdays, when they get to spend time in church together.  One of the things they love most about adoption in watching children blossom into all that God created them to be when they have the love of a family supporting them.  Everyone of their children adds something unique and special to their family, and they can’t wait to meet Kennedy!

They would love your prayers and support as they work to raise the money needed to bring Kennedy into their family.

9/28/2017 — LOA RECEIVED

$1,505.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Kennedy has received a $15,000 Older Child Grant.

 

OLIVER for the Robertson family — NJ

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Trent and Amber have been married for eight years. They have three children. The oldest, an 11 year old daughter who joined their family with Amber, is a sweet, loving child who enjoys softball and soccer. Together, they have two young sons. The four year old is hilarious and loves helping Dad with yard-work and car repairs. The baby is two and he is obsessed with tractors and trains. As a family, they enjoy being active in their church, escaping to the outdoors, and engaging in community activities.

Adoption was something they talked about from time to time. They always considered it down the road, when their children were older; when timing was more convenient. After watching local friends go through a domestic adoption, their hearts started to stir. They considered becoming respite caregivers for foster families. It was during this time of consideration their eyes were opened to the orphan crisis in the world. They were introduced to Reece’s Rainbow, particularly children with special needs in Eastern Europe. After watching a close friend commit to a child and go through the adoption process, Amber prayed that if this was God’s will for their lives now, that He would make it known to them. One day, she showed Trent a picture of a little boy, which had become pretty routine in their house, but this time he responded with, “OK. Find out what we need to do to get him home.” They knew then that they couldn’t say “but later” any longer. God had called them to make a difference to one.

They are thrilled to welcome home their son and cannot wait to start their journey as a family of six!

9/20/2017 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$3,226.01 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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EMMA for the Parkinson family — VA

Mark and Rachel Parkinson have been happily married 16 years. We have three beautiful children.. Christian, Naomi and Ella. We have a fun farmette where we enjoy all of our animals and plenty of fresh air!

Adoption has been on Rachel’s heart since she was a little girl…she dreamt of having her own orphanage one day. As time has gone by and prayers for direction made, the Lord opened their eyes to the needs of the orphans of Eastern Europe. Thus has begun our amazing journey leading us to commit to a beautiful little girl “Emma”. We feel so blessed to be called to bring her into our home and call her our own……she is in a very tough place and we are raising funds to bring her home as soon as possible!

11/2/2017 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$1,735.35 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Emma has received a $1183.90 Waiting Child Grant.

ETHAN for the Parsley family — AL

Jason and Alex Parsley have been happily married for 13 years and have a beautiful family of 5 (now going on 6!). They have 3 biological children: Lily, their oldest daughter, of 12 years old; Laila, their 2nd daughter, at 10 years old, and Jed, their son, who is now 6 years old. Jason and Alex have both been very active in ministry for many years and are very passionate about loving people. Over the last 3 years a stirring began in their hearts for the Orphan Crisis and they began seeking to make a difference . Alex and Lily were led to a mission trip in Asia last year to work with orphans when they met Ethan. They loved him from the moment they saw his sweet little face and he stole a very special place in their hearts. The Parsley family spent almost a year praying over him, praying that he would have the loving family he needed, and asking the Lord to lead them to the child He has for them. After months of searching for his file, accepting that they might not, and praying over many other children, God lead them right back to Ethan. And they are so ready to have this sweet little angel in their arms. The Parsleys are doing everything they can to be good stewards of what they have and raise funds creatively as well. However, they still need help, and would be honored if you would support them in bringing Ethan home.

You can follow their adoption journey at www.spiritorchard.com for regular updates. Thank you in advance for your considerations, support, and donations.

5/22/2017 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$13,494.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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EVITA for the Berna family — OH

Josh and Devin have been married for 10 years, and have 3 biological children. While never truly struggling with infertility, they have experienced the pain and loss of miscarriage, and the stillbirth of one of their sons. They cherish the precious lives of each of their children and are grateful for every child they have had under their roof! Josh and Devin became therapeutic foster parents 2 year ago and have had experience with many physical, mental, and emotional needs. Devin has wanted to adopt since she was very young, and Josh has personal experience with adoption in his family, so they were excited when they were finally in a position to adopt after Josh’s time in the military and college. After working with special needs through foster care and their own children, there was no question that Josh and Devin wanted to adopt a child with special needs…specifically Down Syndrome.

They fell in love with this precious little girl, and have enjoyed learning as much as they can about her country and culture. They can’t wait to finally meet “Evita”! Because of the special needs in the family, they are planning to stay together as much as possible during the long “pick-up” trip, which of course only adds to the already numerous expenses. There have already been several delays that have been discouraging, but they know their daughter is absolutely worth the wait, the fight, and the commitment it will take to bring her home.

11/16/2017 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$3,345.47 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Evita has received a $2754 Waiting Child Grant.

ALVARO for the Klassen Family — Canada

Jason and Celeste Klassen were kids when they first met, but have now been married for 6 years. Once they decided they were ready for kids of their own, they decided to be a little unconventional! They wanted to start their family by adopting a child that needed a home, instead of making another one. They knew they wanted to adopt a child who needed medical care, but they didn’t understand this was “special needs.”

Once their homestudy was done in early 2015, they settled in for a long wait in the Bulgaria program. They were matched with sweet “Tenley” from RR almost immediately! “Tenley” – now Siobhan – came home in December of 2015. She was 4 years old, tiny, non-verbal, not mobile, and had a host of medical needs. Just over a year later she never stops talking or running around their little house. Her successful surgeries post-adoption have made her medical concerns a second thought.

The Klassen family knew they would adopt again, but due to unfortunate circumstances during most of 2016, they were not expecting to adopt again so soon. They made the decision after much prayer and felt very strongly that this was the right thing to do! This means that they have a significantly larger portion of their adoption to fundraise than last time. Every $10 will pay some postage, every $30 will cover a notarization, every $100 will dent an agency fee!

Jason, Celeste, and Siobhan are so excited to bring home a sibling very soon! They are fundraising hard and are so grateful for the support!

8/16/2017 — TRAVELING SEPT 10

$2,435.68 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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An Older Boy for the Keno family — Canada

John and Mary Ellen Keno have been married for 32 years and are blessed to have eight children — three birth daughters and five adopted children — over the past 31 years.  They are also blessed with four beautiful grandchildren and a great son-in-law.  God has been nudging them to adopt a teen boy with Down syndrome from Eastern Europe.  Their whole family is excited to welcome their son/brother/uncle home.

10/31/2017 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$451.27 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A Family for Jayce — SC

 

Please help Jayce’s family bring him home, where he will receive the love and care he so desperately needs.

9/1/2017 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$6,009.54 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Jayce has received a $15,000 Older Child Grant.

 

ADLEY for the Seay family — PA

Brian and Cortney are excited to go back to Eastern Europe to adopt another child with special needs. A little over four years ago, they adopted two children with special needs, a son with Down Syndrome and a daughter with cerebral palsy, from the same country. This came after God opened their eyes to how children with special needs were languishing in orphanages, and they realized that He had equipped them to help.  After struggling with infertility, they are eager to build their family through the gift of adoption once again. They were smitten the first time they saw Adley’s photo and it was soon after that they realized he would be the perfect addition to their family.

The Seays want to thank all their family and friends who have helped them not only in the process of adopting their first children, but have also helped in the joy of raising them! Mostly they want to thank Jesus for saving us, calling us into His marvelous light, and enabling us to follow Him into His unexpected (and wonderful) plan for their lives.

9/29/2017 — APPOINTMENT in OCT
Follow the family’s journey on their blog:  homeismeanttobeshared.blogspot.com

$4,572.27 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Adley has received a $333.50 Waiting Child Grant.

JENNY for the Etter family — NJ

 photo fwbutton150.pngJustin and Tara have been married for five years and have a two-year old biological daughter who loves to read and loves Mickey Mouse.  As soon as Vivien was born, she was loved beyond comprehension by two parents who prayed for her and would show her the love of Jesus. This love grew and overflowed, and God began to give Tara and Justin hearts for the unwanted and unloved children in the world. Over the past two years, they have been praying about how God could use them in real, tangible ways, like fostering or adopting, to bring the light of Jesus and a forever home to a child in need.  God has opened doors where they never even thought to look and He has led their hearts to precious little Jenny.

9/14/2017 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED
Please follow the family’s journey on their blog:  thejourneytojenny.blogspot.com

$3,310.12 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Jenny has received a $468 Waiting Child Grant.

BRUCE and LILYA for the Ramirez family — NC

Robert and Louisa have been married for twenty-three years. They are the parents of five children, all through the blessings of adoption.

While traveling to Russia, Guatemala and Ukraine,  Robert and Louisa saw the unforgettable faces of children in orphanages they had to leave behind. They witnessed the heartache and misery that comes from growing up without the care of loving parents and living in austere conditions.   As Roman Catholics, they believe in the sanctity of every human life.

It was through Reece’s Rainbow they learned about children with special needs needing families. In 2013, they welcomed home a baby girl with Down Syndrome.  Being older parents, they thought their family was complete.  But, God helped them to trust in His plan.  One day, a little boy caught their eye.  Something about him spoke to their hearts.  He was three-years old and still waiting for his forever family.  They knew right away they wanted him.  After many prayers they decided to say, “Yes!”

Robert and Louisa want to thank their family and friends that have loved and supported them over the years. Most of all, they want to thank Jesus Christ for His sacrifice on the cross.  It would mean so much if you would pray for Bruce and the Ramirez Family. Reece’s Rainbow is so worthy of any support you can give.

6/2/2017 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$424.04 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Bruce has received a $1986.69 Waiting Child Grant.

ADRIAN and ADRIANNA for the Canessa family — TN

Kayla and Gino have been happily married for 6 years and have been blessed with two biological children.

Adoption has been a long time dream for Kayla, often a topic of conversation with Gino, an open possibility. They were nervous about the whole process, but not enough to give up their mutual dream of having a big family. Kayla kept looking online, then, one day not long ago, she finally found two little siblings! Immediately sent their pictures to Gino. They were both amazed to see that these sweet little angels looked just like their bio kids… They fell in love!

Finding them was a wonderful surprise. Meaning that they didn’t quite have enough time to get ready. So now they are rushing to pay fees, gather a humongous amount of paperwork and raise the remaining amount of money fast enough.

Adoption is never easy peasy process, but they know in their hearts that this journey is gonna be one of the most important and rewarding things they could ever do. They keep working at it and counting the days until they can finally bring those sweet angels home!

8/27/2017 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$131.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Adrian and Adrianna have received a $87.25 Waiting Child Grant.

 

MAE for the McCarthy family — FL

Mae

After four sons, Bobby and Michele McCarthy are excited to announce, the Lord is bringing them their FIRST DAUGHTER!!! They have been married for 17 years. Their boys are ages 15,14,9, and 8. Their youngest son was adopted in May 2016. He has complex CHD including HLHS. Through his adoption, the Lord grew their faith even more. They knew God planted in their heart the desire to continue adopting. And this time, the Lord brought them their very first girl! After wrestling with God about adopting a child with Down syndrome, He changed their hearts. God made it clear that “Mae” is their chosen daughter. She is 6 years old. All their sons are supportive and encouraged them to adopt “Mae” even when Michele and Bobby were scared themselves. With fear and then surrender, they said “YES!” They are incredibly grateful for your prayers and support. They are thrilled to welcome their first daughter full of spunk and spice and who just might help keep their boys in line!

To learn a little more about this family, please read Michele’s “He Is A Gift” post on No Hands But Ours about their first adoption.

11/3/2017 — AWAITING TA 

$3,207.57 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Mae has received a $759.40 Waiting Child Grant.

CHRISTIAN for the Sefransky family — CT

Ellen and Joel live in Connecticut where they have been married for 25 years. They have five children: two in college and three at home. As things often go, their children’s hobbies and interests have become their hobbies and interests. They enjoy getting outside, watching any kind of sport being played by their children and listening to their musical endeavors. The youngest, John (4), born with Down Syndrome, has been a blessing in all their lives. Since John was born, they have been introduced to the world of “special needs”. All members of the family have taken a keen interest into how to bring about John’s best abilities. They still enjoy the same endeavors, but perhaps in a different way. Over the years, Ellen and Joel have learned so much from being parents; so much about themselves. After John was born, they became aware of Reece’s Rainbow and the phrase “waiting children”. They have come to understand these children are not waiting for a ride to school, or waiting for new shoes; their real wait is for a family. Something many of us take for granted. This phrase, “waiting,” has been on their minds for over 4 years. Ellen and Joel feel their life journey has led them to the role of adoptive parents and they are happily accepting of this role.
Ellen traveled to a country intending to be matched with a girl who they picked from Reece’s Rainbow. On this trip, it was discovered that they were a better match to an 8-year-old boy, Christian. He also has Down syndrome. While visiting with him, Ellen and their daughter Diana played hours of “balloon ball” using plastic bowling pins to keep the balloon from hitting the ground. They had many laughs when the balloon would ricochet off someone’s head or face. Christian has lived his whole life in an orphanage where he is well cared for, but he does not have a mom or a dad. He also doesn’t have many choices. In preparing to bring him home, they began reflecting on how many choices their kids had when they were 8 years old. “This to eat or that, these shoes or those, play inside or out…” There is none of that in Christian’s life. In fact, they think we will have to keep choices to a minimum when he comes to America, as we all know the paradox of choice. Just go try and choose a tube of toothpaste!

The Sefransky’s are deeply committed to bringing Christian to live with them forever; deeply committed to giving him the opportunities that their son John has in his neighborhood school, and in the supportive and loving communities of church, family, and friends. They are currently asking for prayers and support to make this adoption financially, emotionally, and spiritually successful. Please consider partnering with them on their journey to make Christian a son and brother.

11/13/2017 — FIRST TRIP COMPLETE

$8,970.55 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Christian has received a $15,000 Older Child Grant.