These families are in country now…meeting their child for the first time as a result of your life-saving donations
These families are in country now…meeting their child for the first time as a result of your life-saving donations
The Marsh family is so excited to ONCE AGAIN be growing their family through adoption!
Shannon and Jay both have a long history in special needs adoption. Shannon previously adopted her two daughters as a single mom. Both Chelsea and Sony were previously advocated for by Reece’s Rainbow. Jay himself was adopted by his step-father and has a sister with special needs who was also adopted. When Shannon and Jay started dating, Shannon had no idea that Jay himself had a history of adoption. As the relationship grew, it became very clear Jay’s heart and experiences with special needs adoption aligned with Shannon’s, something that was even written into his wedding vows. Now as husband wife, they are thrilled to be able to adopt together and grow their family.
The Marshes are currently parents to Alex, Sony, and Chelsea and have just completed the adoption of two teen boys from Eastern Europe. The family was adopting three teens, but the girl they were adopting became unavailable for adoption at the very end of the adoption process. Just after the boys passed court and legally became the Marshes sons, the family was made aware of a precious girl about to age out. The Marshes had already been prepared to bring home a teen daughter and had a lot of necessary paperwork in place to be able to jump very quickly. And so they did. They are overjoyed to announce they are working on bringing a daughter home to their family.
This leap of faith required moving some mountains in a matter of literal days to ensure the child would be safe from aging out of adoption. Now it’s all hands on deck to do all they can to bring her home as soon as possible. The Marshes are kicking off her adoption while preparing to travel to bring their new sons home. The Marshes could use any help possible to make this all happen swiftly for this sweet girl. Older child adoption has been at the heart of the family and everyone is excited about their new sister coming home.
The Marsh family has met their $2500 MATCHING GRANT!!
5/8/2023 — FIRST TRIP in JUNE
Marnie has received a $5000 Older Child Grant from Reece’s Rainbow!
Steven and Andrea are growing their family with adoption. Married on March 12, 2011, Steven and Andrea decided to pursue adoption to grow their family due to fertility issues. The Winner’s adopted their son five years ago from China and now they are adding one more to their family, this time from Bulgaria. Originally planning to adopt again from China, those plans were derailed with China not opening the adoption program back up. After waiting a few months the Winner’s decided to go with Bulgaria.
Adoption is a long process and not without its challenges. From paperwork, finances, and making hard choices. There are many waiting kids who all need loving family’s and out of the lists the Winner’s have identified a child on and are excited to be taking the next steps to be officially matched.
The Winner’s son Samuel is excited about having a sibling and can’t wait to travel and teach his new sibling everything he knows.
With the homestudy and dossier done and translated the process should be relatively quick. The Winner’s will have 2 trips, the second one being pickup. They estimate that their second trip will take place some time in the summer. Great time to travel but expensive. They welcome donations to help them bring their son home.
5/9/2023 — TRIP ONE in LATE MAY
In 2017, Kirstin moved overseas to serve at Amazima Ministries. She had no idea the journey God was going to take her on in the next five years! During her time there, she got involved an organization that works with children with disabilities.
In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic hit. The restrictions in their country were especially intense, and Kirstin ended up locked down in her apartment building with her neighbors, who were short-term fostering Shiloh for the length of the lockdown. Kirstin felt an immediate bond with Shiloh, and God planted an idea in her mind—maybe one day they would be forever family. It took Kirstin a year of praying and seeking wise counsel, but God continued growing the idea of adoption in her mind until she knew that Shiloh was her daughter. After Shiloh’s many years at the children’s home, Kirstin began fostering her in June of 2021.
Now, Kirstin and Shiloh have been together for over a year (as required in the country’s adoption process). Shiloh brings so much joy everywhere she goes, and the bond between Shiloh and Kirstin has continued to grow. They are moving forward as quickly as possible towards finalizing their adoption, as Shiloh has complex medical needs that will be better addressed when they are able to return to the States.
Kirstin and Shiloh are deeply grateful for all the support that they have been given. Thank you for considering being part of their story!
5/19/2023 — COURT in EARLY JUNE
Shiloh has also been awarded an older child grant.
IT’S OFFICIAL, I am gonna be a Mommy again!
Howdy from Texas, I have exciting news to share with ya’ll- I am matched/approved for 2 kids. You read that right, yes, 2. After a very bumpy road and being rejected by the first match we have a set of happy campers that all want the same thing. Yee-haw!!
These sweet boys are 9 and 12. They have been waiting for 4 years and want to be adopted together. They are survivors of trauma and neglect. We met each other via zoom, and after some awkward moments we shared a few smiles and I was able to show them their new pets too. Leo and Felix LOVE soccer and made sure to ask if they’d be able to play soccer here. Their favorite soccer players are Messi and Ronoldo.
Even though we are matched and have met online, we still have a long way to go.
I am expecting to travel very soon in the next month or 2. There are 2 trips required, and the children can come home at the end of the second trip. I am so excited and also nervous. I have been applying for grants to help the boys get out of the orphanage and come home to their forever family. Please help Leo and Felix come home and make a donation to the FSP today. You’ll be forever changing the life of 2 kids, and making the world a better place at the same time. Good luck for them, good karma for you. What better way to “double dip?’ 😉
**It’s a tax-deductible donation- RR is a 501C3.**
Thanks for your support. All my love, Sarah.
P.S. Leo and Felix say thank you too.
The Morgan family has met their $2500 MATCHING GRANT!!
4/19/2023 — FIRST TRIP in APRIL
Meet the Hymas family! Curtis and Desiree married young 16 years ago and have never looked back! They knew they had something special and envisioned a simple life of love, sacrifice, faith and adventure. Five biological kids later, they recognized their passion for being parents, creating memories and raising a close-knit family with the same values.
One of Desiree’s most formative experiences growing up was having her aunt Vickie live with her family. Vickie had Down Syndrome and brought unconditional love and happiness everywhere she went. Over the years, Desiree spent time working with and befriending those with special needs—associations which have brought her increased meaning and joy as a mother. Upon learning that children with Down Syndrome are consigned to orphanages around the world, the Hymas family immediately felt the need to answer the call to open their home.
After many months of fasting, prayer and emotional experiences together, the Hymas family found a 3-year-old boy from Kyrgyzstan and felt an instant connection. After looking up Kyrgyzstan on a map, they found out it’s one of the most expensive countries for adoption. Already frustrated with the length of time international adoption requires and the amounts of money due up front, the Hymases are doing their part to act quickly to avoid unnecessary financial delays in bringing their new addition home.
It will require miracles and push the family way outside its comfort zone, so all the support received from family, friends and the global community of those desiring to make a difference is eternally appreciated!
4/10/2023 — FIRST TRIP in APRIL
Lewis and Amber are high school sweethearts who have been married for 16 years and blessed with 7 wonderful children. They are the 7th generation of farmers working an apple orchard in northeastern Pennsylvania. Their days are delightfully full in their farm store, bakery and butcher shop and also homeschooling their little tribe. As teens they had the opportunity to work in an orphanage on a mission’s trip in Romania. From that point on, they hoped adoption would be part of their future. Roughly 5 years ago, Amber discovered Reece’s Rainbow and learned about the challenges that special needs children face in finding loving homes. In May 2022, after much prayer and preparation, they felt it was the right time to begin the amazing and sometimes daunting process of international adoption. Lewis and Amber, Lena, Griffith, Sutton, Judson, Cricket, Ginny, and Wiley are thrilled to be welcoming two little boys into their forever family this coming spring!
The Peregrim family has a $2500 MATCHING GRANT!! When the grant reaches $4085, they’ll receive another $2500!
4/21/2023 — AWAITING COURT
Joe and Jenna live in NY and have 4 daughters ranging in ages from 6-20. Stella, the youngest, was born with Down Syndrome, and was adopted from Asia in 2018. Shortly after returning home from Stella’s adoption, the Neri’s fell in love with another little girl with Down Syndrome from Asia. They began the adoption process again in early 2020 and had no idea that they would still be waiting to bring home their daughter 2.5 years later.
As most know, adoptions from China are on hold for right now. We are still committed to bringing our daughter home from China and pray for her daily. We have been heartbroken that we have no news as to if/when the process will resume and our updates are getting further and further between. But we will continue to pray and hope that someday soon we will get to hold onto our girl and bring her home.
While waiting for China to resume adoptions, we had begun to consider and research other countries. There are still more children all over the world that need loving homes but was this an option? What if China resumes adoptions? What if right when we were to start a concurrent adoption, things started moving? While these are questions we still have, our family continues to have room in our hearts and home for another child. Recently, a little girl with Down Syndrome was posted on Reece’s Rainbow and our hearts leapt. This little girl stole our hearts, and the hearts of many others in a very short amount of time. We immediately sent in our inquiry and application to be matched with her. Recently we were matched with her and are working very hard to get her home as quickly as we can. She needs medical attention and the care that she can receive here very soon.
We are overjoyed to be able to be adding these children to our family. We ask for God to guide us in both of these journeys and pray that we will all be together one day. We thank you for your prayers for both of these children from different parts of the world, and the hope that our family will be together soon.
4/25/2023 — FINAL TRIP in MAY
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?
10/5/2022 — AWAITING COURT
Zachary and Caitlyn Connelly are the parents of 5 biological children. They are starting the journey to adopt a 2 year old boy from Eastern Europe. They know this may seem radical to some people but being the hands and feet of Jesus is what we are called to do, right? Adoption is expensive and while they have many obstacles to overcome during this time they have faith God will provide everything they need. Knowing that not everyone can help financially they ask for your prayers above anything else. Prayers for the process and also prayers for the little boy who has some complex medical issues that may not be being met due to being in an orphanage and not having access to great medical care.
The family thanks each and every one who prays and donates. It truly takes a village and they are thankful for theirs!
3/9/2022 — UPDATING PAPERWORK
Gary and Denise became members of the Reece’s Rainbow Family in 2006. First by advocating and supporting International Adoption for Ukraine and children in Eastern Europe. After adopting both Makayla and Patrick in 2000 and 2002 they wanted to return to adopt but decided on adopting from Bulgaria Chrissie 2009, then Jake and Gennie in 2011 from Bulgaria. Sadly Gennie died of complication of organ failure from her Cystic Fibrois shortly after arriving in the US. Little Jake also suffers from Cystic Fibrosis. But the Davis Family devotes their love and time to caring to ensure Jake gets the very best medical care. After Gennie’s death the Davis family hearts ached. But also the Davis family heart was for another little girl so their hearts were led to Ukraine and adopted not one but two little girls Penelope and Katya. As time quickly passed by read of a little girl Sophia who needed major ortho care and a young man they named Grayson who received a donor kidney. These two children needed out quickly to survive and without medical care Grayson would have died. And Sophia now can run and dance like other children.
Advocating for Reece’s Rainbow did not end after their adoption of Grayson and Sophia in 2019. Denise followed each child as they were listed and daily prayed each found a home. Speaking to many families through her blog she shared her journey with the assistance of Reece’s Rainbow. Many times there would be certain children or families who touched Denise’s heart. So she helped by donating and advocating to families adopting. This pass year there was a particular little girl with two healthy sisters. Her name on Reece’s Rainbow but not her given name was sitting on a couch watching her sisters play. This particular video Denise watched over and over. Each night the girls were in Denise’s prayers. Soon the entire family prayed for this little girl. She sat in an old blue pair of pajamas as her healthy sister dressed in party dresses. Both playing with dolls and pushing doll strollers. Watching a video of a small girl who so many people viewed yet never inquired or cared. As months passed she sat once again on the same couch but this time alone. Her precious beautiful healthy sisters were chosen for adoption. Makes one ask themselves why not little Cassandra also. Make children like Cassandra are over looked. Her clothes still old and mismatched. Could they have placed a pretty dress on her? Add on a big beautiful bow? Made you wonder if she knew her sisters were not coming back. Knowing this one little girl once she is 4 or 5 wll be moved to an older child’s orphanage or even worse an adult institutional setting. Yes there are thousands of orphans in the world but not one child out of the thousands chose to be an orphan. Not sure if many of you have visited an orphanage. The Davis family and their adopted children can tell you this is not a home nor a family. Children need a Father a Mother, sisters and brothers. And maybe a few cats or a dog to snuggle with and play ball with.
No child as they grow up wonder why they were not in a family. Many times families do not adopt because they are unsure or afraid.. Adopting a child involves a ton of paperwork, many tears, many prayers and yes one adoption can cost over $34,000. Without prayers, love an support of others through donation can not be possible. Please in your heart Take that Leap. The Davis Family prays that the funds they need are provided as needed during their adoption. Every dollar goes to saving a little girl or boy sitting on a couch alone or laying in a bed.
3/9/2022 — AWAITING TRAVEL