These are the families who have taken a leap of faith and committed to adopt one or more of our orphaned children most recently.
These are the families who have taken a leap of faith and committed to adopt one or more of our orphaned children most recently.
Adam and Kara have 6 children and are in process of adopting a baby boy from Eastern Europe.
We brought our daughter, Karalyne home in January 2021. Many people ask why we chose to adopt internationally. We learned from a friend who was adopting from the same country as we did that there are about 90,000 orphans living in orphanages. While some children are truly orphaned (having lost their parents), others are abandoned by their parents due to special needs or taken away due to neglect or substance abuse. Unfortunately all of these factors are very common there.
Our first adoption cost about $40,000 and took 8 months from start to finish. We expect this one to cost slightly less- about $35,000 with saving a little bit by only having to update our homestudy and not having to pay for a new Immigration application fee. However, with this savings, we will not have as much time to save and fundraise for this adoption. We are humbly so grateful for your help in bringing home our baby boy!
12/5/2021 — DOSSIER NEARLY COMPLETE
Charsie and Micheal have been married 8 years and together for over 11. They have dedicated their life to serving others. Micheal works child welfare for the State of Michigan and Charsie is a Family Nurse Practitioner currently working in Hospice. They have always been open to the idea of a family through adoption and have answered the calling to become mom and dad.
A couple years ago Charsie came across Reece’s Rainbow on Facebook and identified so many children she could pray for. One day, a child “spoke” to her heart, and she began praying this child would receive a family. Over time, she felt a pull to this child and decided to just causally mention this to Micheal. Of course, the response was “let’s pray about it” and go from there. Throughout this time, they both prayed and left it at that. After nine months, God spoke to them, knowing this was his plan, they took a step-in obedience and started the adoption process.
Charsie and Micheal are committed to welcoming a child into their family with love and understanding. We don’t know all the how’s and why’s but know God has been faithful. If he has called us to be parents, he will equip us for the work. Charsie and Micheal are aware of the many miracles that will occur to bring home their child and are thankful for your prayers and financial support.
11/29/2021 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
There is a reason why God doesn’t let us see the future. It would be so hard to wait for the good times and the hard times would be so unbearable to face! If Keith and Lori Troyer and their 4 biological children would have known what their adoption journey would be like when they started out they would have most likely said, “no way, we can’t do it!”
In the fall of 2018, they started the home study process, wrote their family profile and got on the National Down Syndrome Adoption Networks registry. They were also on a registry with Special Angels, which helped find homes for children with any types of special needs. A year later they were matched with a sweet baby girl who happened to have Stuve Weidemann syndrome. This very special little one was on oxygen, had a g tube, and was barely hanging on. Her prognosis was slim. With a lot of tears, singing and rocking together in the NICU, baby Elena got stronger and stronger and the Friday before Christmas in 2019 she came home for the first time. Thank you, Jesus!!
Keith and Lori still had that soft nudge every now and then, calling them to make room for one more. Could they manage? Elena was making huge progress, impressing her medical team and therapists. The older children were on board to bring another child home. They agreed that this time they would adopt a girl with Down syndrome, and after speaking with their home study agency, decided on Eastern Europe. The same day the USCIS approval came in the mail, a sweet little lady was pictured on Reece’s Rainbow. Through their placing agency!! After much prayer and family discussion they agreed that she was their girl and made the call to their wonderful case manager that they would like to move forward with adopting her.
The Troyer family is hoping to be traveling to pick up their new daughter this winter. They are so thankful for everyone who has helped them on their journey.
11/17/2021 — USCIS APPROVED; AWAITING OFFICIAL MATCH
Charlie and Amanda met in high school during a school play of Hound of the Baskervilles. There were so many students interested that the school filled 2 complete casts! They were both cast as the lead character Sherlock Holmes! Perhaps the Director knew something about these two young kids and how they were evenly matched even way back then!
Since that time, Charlie and Amanda have had a long and beautiful relationship history. They knew they wanted to adopt a child at some point in their lives, and this was something they had discussed prior to being married in July of 2016. They currently have one biological daughter and have chosen to adopt a child from Bulgaria to expand their family. They believe they have a lot of love to give and are looking forward to sharing that love with their new child.
11/9/2021 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE
Jonathan and Maggie Casey are classically trained musicians living in Northeast Indiana. They met when they were 10 years old and started dating in college. From early in their relationship they determined that they both wanted lots of children; at the time they both had nieces and nephews they loved dearly and both of them cherish the good gift that children are. After their marriage in 2015 they hoped and waited for children in God’s time. In the intervening years, they consulted medical professionals, prayed, and sought guidance both from faithful teachers and from scripture.
In mid-2018 Jonathan and Maggie began to seriously plan for adoption. They had discussed adoption together earlier in their relationship, as a good that they would like to participate in, and they began to make concrete plans. They began to save money and to exercise strict budgetary discipline to be able to purchase a house that could accommodate their longed for children. In early 2019 they were able to purchase a house and they turned their attention to research. Over the course of 2019 and 2020 they read many books, continued to pray and save money, even while having to adjust their plans because of delays brought on by COVID.
In early 2021, Jonathan and Maggie decided to begin their long awaited quest and began the adoption process with a home study agency in their area. After much consideration, they had decided they wanted to adopt two children, based on their emotional, financial, and spiritual ability to care for them; and because they both cherish their own siblings and wanted any children to immediately have that benefit. Even as they began the home study paperwork, they were sent a profile for a sibling pair in Eastern Europe, two kids with special needs, who needed a home. They submitted a request to the government of the boys’ country and received a soft match. As of October, their home study has been completed and they are working on completing their dossier.
Jonathan and Maggie both come from moderately sized families. Each of them has three siblings and from these three siblings they have 17 amazing nieces and nephews (so far). They are part of a supportive and loving Church community, gathered around the Word and Sacraments and succored by the mutual consolation and conversation of their brothers and sisters in Christ. They both sing in the choir and Maggie plays the organ for the church school’s daily morning prayer service.
Jonathan works for an insurance company as a case manager, and has dedicated his energy and resources to making his home fit for children, particularly by letting Maggie remain in it. Maggie is a part time music teacher, and together the two of them fill their home with music, art, and books. Lots of books. Maggie’s teaching includes teaching music for a special needs organization in their area and she has several children with special needs in her private studio.
The Caseys crave your support in any fashion you can give, money being the most obvious, but foremost in your prayers. God is the author and source of every good, and it is only through His mercy and goodness that Jonathan and Maggie can know that He will bless these boys through them. If God Himself is for them, then nothing can stand against His will and favor.
11/2/2021 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE
Knowing just how many children in the world need loving homes, Kelley and Jon have dreamed of adoption for years. They thought their story would start with having biological children, then growing their family further through adoption. God had different plans, though. After experiencing 4 difficult pregnancy losses, they started to open their hearts to beginning the process of adoption. They weren’t sure which route they would go – foster care? domestic adoption? When an email showed up in Kelley’s inbox from an international adoption agency with pictures of a 3-year-old boy, she was intrigued and immediately requested more information. When Kelley saw the first video of this little guy, her first thought was “that’s my kid!”. After praying about it together, Kelley and Jon decided to move forward with pursuing a soft match with that particular waiting child. After being prepared for a 4-6 week wait, his country approved the soft match in only a few short days!
With so much love to give, Kelley and Jon are ready for the beautiful and challenging journey ahead. As an occupational therapist with experience in pediatrics, Kelley has a great understanding of the resources available in the community to best support this little guy’s developmental and medical needs. Living within an easy drive of a state school for the deaf, a wide range of resources will be available to support this little guy’s learning needs secondary to his hearing impairment.
Kelley and Jon can’t wait to bring home their first child and begin pouring love into him. The waiting will be hard, knowing that he is still living in an orphanage and not receiving medical and therapeutic interventions that are so important at this early age. They are ready to do everything possible to speed up the process. They are so grateful for any financial support to help bring this sweet little guy home and into a loving family!
10/26/2021 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
In 2013, when Nick and Val said yes to adopting a young boy from Eastern Europe that was being hosted in the US, they never dreamed answering God’s call would impact their lives so much. What they didn’t know was that little boy already had a family pursuing him. After much prayer they decided to continue the adoption journey in Ethiopia. After three successful and life changing adoptions of four children from Ethiopia, they felt the tugging on their heart by the Holy Spirit to adopt again.
The tug they were feeling was to adopt a waiting child. They saw a little girl on Reece’s Rainbow that took their breath away. They started the process to adopt her. Then covid hit, the process with their sweet little girl in China is now on hold.
Val saw a little boy in March from Eastern Europe and her heart skipped a beat. She felt the Lord say to her, “this is your son.” Nick and Val called their agency and asked if they could do concurrent adoptions. Their agency said it was possible but would be hard. Months later God preformed a miracle. They are in the process to bring their sweet son home.
Val and Nick’s heart for adoption started with a sweet little boy from Eastern Europe and now they are heading to that same country to bring their son home. This is only a story God could write❤️!
10/12/2021 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Isabella knew that one day she would grow her family through adoption, when she was a young girl watching Adoption Stories on TV. Though she never imagined ever going the route of international special needs adoption, until she was introduced to Reece’s Rainbow.
She saw a social media post of a single mom adopting a little girl with Down syndrome from Bulgaria. At the time many things went against her being able to start the process. So she spent the next 5 years researching, donating, and supporting other families in process and waiting for the moment to be able to start the process herself. The day she has been praying for has finally come and she is so excited. She is hoping to adopt a little girl from Armenia that was once listed on RR before advocating stopped for that country. Knowing that the little girl she first saw and fell in love with is possibly still waiting for a family, she is going full speed and doing everything she can to raise the money needed.
All donations and prayers are appreciated!!!
9/28/2021 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE
Hello, we are the McChesneys. We have jumped into our seats and buckled up for our next rollercoaster ride to Eastern Europe to adopt up to 3 children. God is Good!! He has kept us mostly humble and patient during these ups and downs or when they change tracks. We have been blessed to ride the special needs’ adoption coaster five times from 2010 to 2017. Looking back, I’m still in awe of how God provided for each adoption. We thought we were done then because our house was bursting at the seams with 3 bio children and 5 adopted. While some kids have reached adulthood (yes, it does happen!), God answered our prayers and provided a new place, a “mansion” the kids called it because it had more bathrooms.
In the adoption world, you never say “we’re done” because God uses just one picture or story to change your mind (maybe longer to change your spouse’s mind) but eventually, you’ll grab your tickets for the next thrill ride. You must have a sense of humor because these adventures will be at times exhausting, but the children are well worth it!!! And we can’t wait to see how God writes this story. We don’t want to miss this. Finding JOY in the Journey. Come be a part of our adventure and Praise God!!!
9/22/2021 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE
Robbie and Meagan’s hearts were broken after learning that over 1,000 special needs children were ready and waiting to find their forever families in India. They brought home their first daughter in Dec 2019 and became advocates for adoption, especially adoption of special needs children.
About 9 months after Nivi joined the Hart family, they began the process of applying to adopt a second child. While applying, they saw a Facebook post about a young girl from the same state as their first daughter, who had similar physical needs. Due to licensing, she was aging out of her orphanage at the young age of 6. So many people advocated for her to be moved to a new home so she would be able to find her forever family. The Harts held on to her loosely as they completed filing their paperwork, thinking someone would surely snatch up such a beautiful young girl.
In many steps that feel miraculous, the Harts have been able to reserve Lucy (name changed for security), and they are hoping to bring her home in December of this year. Lucy is 7 years old, and she really wants to do something with her life. Would you consider helping the Harts bring Lucy home?
9/13/2021 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE