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Stephani has always wanted to be a mother. Since she was a little girl, she knew she would have a big family and at least some of her children would arrive through adoption. She thought her family was going to be starting in 2009, when she found out she was pregnant. Sadly, God had other plans and her daughter Emma was stillborn.

In 2011, Stephani was introduced to Reece’s Rainbow through a friend who was adopting. She would spend hours looking at the children, reading their stories, and hoping that soon, the time would be right to adopt. That time finally came in 2015 when Stephani adopted her daughter Octavia from Eastern Europe with the help of Reece’s Rainbow!

Now, Stephani is back and ready to add a sibling to the mix. “Lola” will join Stephani and Octavia to be a family of three! “Lola” has Down syndrome and a heart defect like Octavia.

Any and all financial support and prayers are greatly appreciated!

10/21/2020 — Awaiting Article 5

The Obenauf family has met their $5000 matching grant from RODS Racing!

$22,807.49 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Melanie and Luke Dabbs have been best friends since their senior year of high school. The two met at a church they were both attending in 2010, and have been inseparable ever since! After courting for 7 years, they were married in Raleigh, NC in April, 2017. They now live in Raleigh with their corgi-terrier mix, Kona and their shepherd-lab mix, Zippy. They both love superheroes, Disney movies, cosplaying, traveling, and board games. Melanie is a teacher of the Deaf and hard of hearing, and teaches at a middle school. Luke is a mortgage specialist. Melanie and Luke love language, traveling, and different cultures.

In January, the Dabbs Family went to court and adopted a 7 year old boy named Sidikie from Sierra Leone, West Africa. Adoption was something they talked about before getting married, and they were both in agreement that they would adopt someday. However, with all of the country requirements, such as age and length of marriage just out of reach, they were prepared to have to wait to start their adoption journey for several years. That’s when a friend announced that she would be adopting from a small orphanage in Sierra Leone. After asking some questions, the Dabbs realized that they also met the country requirements for adopting from Sierra Leone! They looked at a picture of some of the children who also lived in that orphanage, and fell in love with a little boy named Sidikie.

Sidikie is an adorable little boy who loves Spider-Man, cars, and planes. As a toddler, Sidikie was badly burned when he fell into a cooking fire. As of right now, Sidikie’s burn wounds have healed, but he has not received the ongoing care he needs. As he has grown, his wrist and hands have become unusable as the scar tissue inhibits his growth and movement. Currently, he is virtually unable to use either of his hands due to the lack of medical care in his home country. He needs several surgeries to loosen scar tissue and allow his body to grow properly, as well as give him back some use of his hands. The Dabbs have encountered obstacle after obstacle during their adoption journey, from important government buildings in Sierra Leone burning down, to their attorney getting malaria and being out of work for over a month, to a global pandemic. When they started the adoption process, Sidikie had just turned 5. Now, he is almost 7. He has been waiting a very long time to be with his forever family, and has had to be so brave each time his family has to leave after a visit.

The Dabbs finally went to court to adopt their little boy in January, and are now just waiting on his visa so he can come HOME.

12/10/2020 — AWAITING FINAL TRIP

$2,168.41 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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While in process, a different family accepted the referral for their former host son “Tristan,” leaving the Challis family unsure how they should proceed. They talked about finding another teen, but their son felt that “Tristan” is his big brother and didn’t want anyone in “Tristan’s space.” Everyone was sad, and struggled to connect to another child again.

Enter “Ian,” AKA “The Cloudbuster,” with his huge grin like a shaft of sunlight forcing the clouds aside. Since their jobs have flexible schedules, allowing for a lot of one-on-one time, both parents have experience advocating for children with special needs, and their city has a renowned Down syndrome clinic a few miles away PLUS everyone in the family feeling something special for him, the family felt confident that Ian was the right child, and were thrilled to be matched to him.

Their son is ready to be a BIG brother now – he is already sewing him toy cars to play with. Tabitha is a librarian and Henry manages a property rental office so they need (like everyone) to fundraise a lot of money on the quick, and welcome all ideas! They appreciate any advice, prayer, encouragement or support anyone can offer.

They are approved for two children and are hopeful that they will be able to pursue a match with another Reece’s Rainbow child, but are holding off on a referral until they feel confident about funding the second set of fees.

1/8/2021 — COURT in EARLY FEB

The Challis family has met their $5000 matching grant from RODS Racing!  

$19,744.53 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Ian has received a $2000 country-specific grant.
Vinnie has received a $5000 Older Child grant.

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