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SEAMUS and JOSIAH for the Timmerman family — OH

Keith and Angie met in 2013 and married in 2014. In the summer of 2015 they welcomed their oldest son Dax. He is now almost three and absolutely the orneriest little boy you have ever met. In the fall of 2016 they welcomed their daughter Daigan. It was at their 20 week ultra sound that they received the diagnosis that Daigan had Down Syndrome. As all parents who face this challenge they immediately began educating themselves on Down Syndrome. Daigan had to be born out of town to be nearer Children’s Hospital as the initial information from the doctors was that she would need immediate open heart surgery. Through the power of prayer, Daigan did not need heart surgery. In fact they were able to take her home in four short days. She has been perfect in every way. Keith and Angie continued to educate themselves on Down Syndrome and it was through this research they found all of the children with Down Syndrome around the world that are in orphanages and need loving families. Through Reece’s Rainbow they found and committed to Seamus. As they continued to pray it became evident that they thought they could do more and they have recently also committed to Josiah. They truly believe they are answering God’s call and doing His work. They are asking for prayers and any financial support that could be provided. Please help them!

9/20/2018 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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

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A CHILD for the Rees family — MI

Timm and Tabatha Rees reside in Bancroft, MI. The met in High school and started dating in the summer of 1998. They never looked back from there. In 18 years of marriage, they have had 8 biological children. Through it all, they always talked about wanting to adopt “eventually.”

In August of 2014, an event happened that would change them profoundly. This is when their precious little girl, Faith would be lost to stillbirth. Having never really gotten the chance to know their little girl, they found themselves asking, “did she know we loved her?” Struggling to deal with this question, they eventually started to notice all of the medically fragile children on Reece’s rainbow and found themselves asking the same question; do these kids have anyone who they know loves them?

Soon after, in October of 2015, their son, Trevor was born with Cerebral Palsy. This would catapult the Rees family into the world of special needs. Watching and helping Trevor grow and learn over the next three years would give them a passion for special needs kiddos and the confidence that they could handle a child with special needs.

Soon enough, Tabatha would see a post on Facebook asking if anyone would be willing to adopt Alivea before she ages out of the system. She knew right away that this was her little girl. She showed the videos and pictures to Timm and asked about his interest, expecting some form of “not yet,” but instead, he replied, “let’s pray about it.” They did so for several days and realized that yes, God was leading them to adopt this precious little girl.

Won’t you please consider joining them in prayer and support for this amazing little girl?

9/18/2018 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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

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CADENCE for the Bowles family — VA

ln October of 2007, Ronnie, a single dad of 3 girls, and Vivian, a single mom of 2 girls began a new adventure together as one family. 2 more baby girls were added to the mix; one in 2008 and the other in 2012. Children that were not being raised in a family had been on Vivian’s heart since she was a small child and in 2014 her childhood dream of growing a family through adoption was realized when they brought home their first son and 2 more daughters from Eastern Europe. Then in 2017 God sent them a super sweet baby boy bringing their total to 9 daughters and 2 sons.

While still pregnant with their baby boy Ronnie expressed to Vivian that he was open to adopting again. She was not but was willing to pray. Over the next few weeks God wrecked her heart for children with special needs who were being raised in institutions. That fall she came across a blog post of a family who had met Cadence and were hoping to help find her a family. And slowly over the fall and winter God changed her no to a yes.

Ronnie and Vivian and their children are excited to bring Cadence home and watch God’s plan to give her a hope and a future unfold. They are both humbled and grateful for any who come alongside them in their journey.

9/10/2018 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$848.75 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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3 Children for the Henriksen family — KS

Jennifer and Ryan have been hosting children from Eastern Europe, and are now on a journey to add these siblings to their family. With two bio children, they started their adoption journey to bring home a sibling set of 7 children.  They recently brought the first group of 4 home, and are working hard to turn around and bring the other 3 home!

8/28/2018 — HOMESTUDY UPDATE in PROCESS

$1,024.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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STELLA for Tyler and Rachael – SC

Tyler and Rachael are so excited to be adopting sweet little “Stella”. She is a 8 year old little girl who desperately needs a family and medical care. She has Down Syndrome and for some unknown reason, is very tiny – about the size of a 2 year old. She is soon facing transfer from her baby house, to an adult mental institution. Tyler and Rachael are racing to complete their paperwork and get to Stella before she is transferred. Tyler and Rachael have adopted three other children through Reece’s Rainbow – a now 10 year old with Cerebral Palsy, a 5 year old with Down syndrome, and 3 year old with Down syndrome. They also have 3 biological children. Their children are all beyond thrilled to welcome Stella to the family!

Tyler and Rachael have been blessed to previously witness the way people come together to support an adoptive family and a child who needs a home. They are hopeful that through hard work, prayer, and the generosity of others, this little girl will find love, care, and an incredibly bright future!

They are moving very quickly to get all their paperwork done and hope to be in her country in just a few months! Tyler and Rachael do not want money to hold them back from traveling to Stella as soon as possible. Please pray for them, share this page, and give financially if you feel led.

Tyler and Rachael are so grateful to all those that are helping bring sweet Stella home!

9/17/2018 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$3,205.85 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Stella has received a $5,000 Older Child Grant.

Nicoletta for the Chudzik family — FL

Kris and Nichole knew each other for years due to their families being friends. It wasn’t until their 20’s did they reunite and start on their journey. Kris was blessed with an amazing son from a previous relationship who was three years old at the time they started dating. Nichole loved him like her own, but always had the strong desire to have her own children. They both moved from Ohio to Florida to further their careers. Kris works in Real Estate & Nichole has a degree in Early Childhood Education and has taught first grade for ten years. She has loved teaching her students and watching them grow into beautiful young men and women. Since then Nichole has committed to being a stay at home mom. Kris and Nichole were married in 2009 they were blessed with their first son Chase, who is an amazing young man with a heart of gold! Then in 2013 they were surprised with the news of TWINS on the way!! During this time they received the heartbreaking news that one of the twins suffered from a heart condition called transposition of the great arteries. After a scary birth he was taken away and immediately rushed into a procedure. This was an extremely scary time for the family, and at this time is where they truly found God. Christian was very ill, but through faith, hope, love, and lots of prayer he made a miraculous recovery after surgery. Christian is now a crazy, wild, loving 4 year old who loves playing with his twin brother Carson! Carson has a huge heart and is the wild child of the family, always keeps things interesting and keeps everyone on their toes! Through all the ups and downs of life, Kris and Nichole still felt something was missing. They tried to have another child but sadly after 2 miscarriages they decided to stop, and thank God for the blessings he had already given them in life. As time passed they both still felt God tugging on their hearts and leading them in a different direction. Through much prayer, and after spending a lot of time with their good friends children who have special needs, they knew it was their calling. It wasn’t the perfect time, but it was their time! It was time to take that leap of faith and put all their trust in the Lord, and follow their hearts. Which in turn lead them to Adoption and falling in love with the sweetest angel Nicoletta! They knew the moment they saw her, that she was the missing piece. She will complete their family. She will grow up and always know that she is loved, she is a blessing , and she is wanted! She will also have 3 very protective older brothers and a Daddy!! Please help us bring this sweet girl home where she belongs….with her family!!!!

Kris & Nichole like most families don’t have an additional $30,000 laying around. However this family is committed to this little girl mentally, emotionally and spiritually. They are prepared to do whatever it takes to bring her home! If you can find it in your heart to help bring Nicoletta home you can donate below. This little girl deserves a family that will love and cherish her for the rest of her life.

8/17/2018 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$654.91 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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REGINA for the Averett family — UT

Dean and Tori have been happily married for 30 spectacular years. They have 9 amazing and talented children. Their youngest 3 children were adopted with the help of Reece’s Rainbow who advocated and shared information about them so they could be found, Thank you Reece’s Rainbow! Now they are adding 1 more to their happy home and life adventure by adopting Regina. Regina is 13 and has only a few months before she will age out and be too old for adoption. Dean and Tori have enjoyed having a large family and their home filled with love and excitement, experiencing highs and lows and learning about life.

An advocate for Regina said that anyone who meets her will tell you there is nothing down about this girl. She is full of spunk, sass, hugs, Wo Ai Ni’s (I love you) and has the best smiles for everyone who meets her. Regina has celebrated in joy as many of her friends have left her orphanage with loving families because that is who she is. Now, finally, it is her turn to celebrate, she has been chosen! God has had his hand on her from the beginning and has been working on her story all along.

Please consider helping Regina and the Averetts unite as a family and contribute with a tax deductible donation. They are very grateful for everyone’s help, generosity, prayers, support and blessings as they embark on their next adoption journey.

8/22/2018 — DOSSIER COMPLETE

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

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

LILY for the Scott family — SC

The Scotts are a family of 5 living in South Carolina. With 3 boys at home ages 5, 8, and 10, Dan and Abby always knew that someday they wanted to add a sweet girl into the mix. After joining Reece’s Rainbow’s Facebook group they saw a precious young girl being advocated for and knew that she was meant to be their daughter. Through pursuing this adoption they have learned more about what it means to have special needs and how to care for their soon to be daughter who has moderate to severe Cerebral Palsy. What they used to see as a disability they now see as special abilities, she is so able and the special needs community has shown them that different abilities are something to be celebrated! They hope that their adoption will inspire others to step out in faith into the unknown and care for a child that will bring so much joy and open the mind of others to how capable special needs people really are. We hope that you join us on our journey in bringing our precious and wonderful daughter home!

8/2/2018 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$161.02 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Lily has received a $5,000 Older Child Grant.

 

PENNY for a family in Canada

This soon to be single mom by choice has wanted to be a mother for as long as she can remember. When she was a young teen she knew she wanted to adopt. She found Reece’s Rainbow when she was in university and dreamed of the day when she would be in the right position to start the process. She started her journey to motherhood in 2013 and there were many ups and downs until she found her true path; adopting a little girl with Down syndrome from India. Girls in India are often thrown away in rivers and trash bins just because they were born female. Add to that a special need such as Down syndrome and they are even more “undesirable”. The little girl this mom is hoping to adopt has be “fortunate” enough to be living in an orphanage but she needs to be in a loving family. This mom is very excited to be creating her family through the joy of adoption and anxiously awaits being able to meet her daughter. Please consider donating to help bring this sweet little girl home to her family or share the fundraiser to help spread the word. Thank you.

8/2/2018 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$344.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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FAITH ANN for the Lee family — CO

David and I (Stephanie) met on Mother’s Day 2002. I knew immediately that we would marry! Four months after meeting, we starting dating and three months later, we were engage. Four months after engagement, we were married. We knew we wanted kids and adoption was always something we thought about. I got pregnant in 2005, but lost the baby early on. A month later I was pregnant and in April 2006, Isabella was born. 13 months later, I was pregnant again, but lost the baby at 12 weeks. This was devastating to us, and after 4 years hoping for pregnancy, we decided we ought to look into international adoption. A few days after meeting with an adoption agency, we found out that we were expecting. So, adoption was put on hold.

For 7 years we thought our family was complete, but last year, God put adoption on our heart again, this time, via Foster Care. We became a licensed foster family in November of 2017. Oddly enough, we never had a foster child placed with us! I believe God was simply preparing us for what was to come. In February 2018, a friend on Facebook shared the picture of Faith Ann. Immediately, we loved her! WE asked our kids what they thought and the excitement was our answer. Izzy (12) and Elijah (8) can hardly wait to meet their sister! It has been a big leap of faith for us in so many ways, but God has been increasing our faith through this. Faith Ann’s name is so perfect! She is already growing us in so many wonderful ways!

9/19/2018 — DOSSIER LOGGED IN

Faith Ann has received a $25,115.20 Waiting Child Grant.
The Lee family is fully funded, with Faith Ann’s generous grant!

EDDIE for the Marshall family — VA

Billy and Laura Marshall have been married for 13 years. They have four children, the youngest two adopted from Asia last year. They knew they would go back to Asia one day, but had no idea it would be so soon. When they saw “Eddie’s” picture they knew he was their son. After learning more about him, they decided to begin compiling their Dossier and completing their home study as quickly as possible. As soon as their 1 year adoption anniversary came, they quickly began the process to adopt “Eddie”.

The Marshall family was humbled by the support for their first two adoptions and asks that you consider supporting them again as they rush to their newest little one. “Eddie” needs medical care, proper nutrition, and a family to love him. The Marshall’s are working quickly to bring “Eddie” home and welcome him into their family.

8/2/2018 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$72.75 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Eddie has received a $202.50 Waiting Child Grant.

 

A Family for Titus — VA

Titus has a family in process to adopt him!  They are fully funded with his grants.

 

9/7/2018 — LOA RECEIVED

 

$9.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Titus has received a $5,000 Older Child Grant.

 

CLIO for the Holland family — FL

The Holland family is beyond excited to be adding another child to their home! This will be their third adoption from this country and their sixth child. As they have been pursuing God’s call on their lives God spoke to them loud and clear that it was time to open their home again to an orphaned child. They have such a peace that God will provide every step of the way. They want to thank those in advance that feel led to donate. God uses people and how wonderful to know you are being used. Even more than donations, they treasure your prayers as they travel the road of adoption again.

9/18/2018 — COMPILING DOSSIER

$194.97 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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TALLULAH for the Keim family — NE

Rodney and Alisha Keim live in a small Nebraska community with their children, Josiah, Selah, and Jeremiah, where Rodney runs a small brewpub and Alisha teaches dance. They have always planned to grow their family through adoption. They first found and fell in love with Tallulah after seeing a Facebook post linking to her Reece’s Rainbow profile, and immediately began the process of adopting her in December of 2017…though they had been praying for her long before they knew her face.

The Keims are humbled and honored and amazed that of all the people in the world God could choose to bless with the treasure of this little girl’s soul, he chose them. They are now asking for your help in bringing her home. The first time they adopted internationally, they had saved up for years before beginning the process. This time, they jumped in…trusting God would provide. Please consider sharing the financial burden of adoption by donating today!

7/26/2018 — COMPILING DOSSIER

$1,661.45 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Tallulah has received a $4,360.59 Waiting Child Grant.

PRINCESS for the Thomas family — NV

Charles and Mary Anne Thomas have been happily married for 20 years. Their lives, like most, have followed a completely different path than planned. When Mary Anne was pregnant with their second son, Bryant, they felt inspired to begin the process of becoming foster parents. They took in their first foster child when Bryant was only 3 months old and they never looked back. The Thomas’s have been foster parents for 16 years now, adopting 4 of the sweet children they fostered, loving the others until they were able to return home to their birth families. At the end of each adoption they thought, “Our family is now complete.” Then another sweet child would be placed in their home that needed a forever family, to which they were happy to provide. They are eternally grateful for each child they now call theirs.

When they saw the picture and read the brief story of Princess they knew right away she was meant to be a part of their family. Charles and Mary Anne have never adopted internationally, nor even looked into it, but that hasn’t deterred them from bringing Princess home. Each of the children in the Thomas family is excited to meet her and call her sister. The children in the Thomas family understand what a blessing having a family truly is, and each of them are always excited to share the joy they felt on their adoption day with other children also looking for a family to love them.

7/24/2018 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$4.85 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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

LARRY for the Karrick family — GA

Steve and Ginger Karrick have been married for 22 years. Steve is a Firefighter/EMT and Ginger stays home with their 9 Beautiful children, three biological and six adopted. They are excited to announce they are adopting again. This time a young man that is aging out very soon.

It has been amazing to see God work through this family with all of their adoptions. They walk by faith once again to bring their son home before he ages out. This will be the third time Reeces Rainbow has assisted in this families adoptions. They are very Grateful for Reeces Rainbow and all they do for so many children and families. They are Grateful and Thankful to all who would like to join them on this journey.

9/4/2018 — DOSSIER COMPLETE

$536.41 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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DOLLY for the Vierstra family — CA

Christinna and Kendall Vierstra have three children that are now adults living on their own.  They want to share their love with a child they can adopt into their loving family. Christinna and Kendall are an International family… Christina is Russian, Kendall is American and Dolly is Eastern European.

Christinna said she was on Facebook and saw a post from Keshia Melton where she exposes the disabled children and this post was about “Dolly.”  After opening her profile, she saw a video where the correspondent is talking to the girl that they are looking for a family for her. Video was from 2015 now is 2018! A child is still in the hope and still waiting for this miracle.

Christinna showed the photo and video to her husband, Kendall and he immediately suggested taking her for the hosting program for Christmas. (They already had such an experience by this time, recently they took a girl with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy for two times). Christinna immediately wrote to the woman who put up a post, with a proposal to bring her on a visit through a hosting organization. But her request was denied with an explanation that “Dolly” is for adoption only. She has too many health problems.

They were upset, but did not talk about the adoption. They watched the video where Dolly is waiting for her parents again and again. And they began to pray for Dolly and felt that something was going on with them. The words from the Matthew 18: 5 sounded in there hearts clearly. On the fourth week of their prayers ,they made the decision to adopt this girl!

Starting the process Christinna and Kendall knew that they did not have the right amount of money and they put trust in the Lord, GOD WILL PROVIDE.!  They ask all who are not indifferent to this girl, to take a part in the financial assistance of our journey towards becoming Dolly’s parents. Let us stop her orphan life and make her dream true. God Bless you all!

8/7/2018 — USCIS APPROVED

$5,276.80 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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GIANNA and SLOANE for the Hawkins family — ID

The Hawkins family came across Reece’s Rainbow a few years ago, and started doing some research on international special needs adoption. This was the first time the orphan crisis became real to them, this was the first they saw these children being abandoned, starved and neglected. They knew they couldn’t fix this problem but they sure could do something. They adopted two little boys with Down syndrome later that year from Ukraine and then went back a year later for another little boy with Down syndrome who was also in Ukraine. These three boys have changed their lives and changed the way the see the world. Small things are big things and love is unbridled and joy is never ending… They only wish everyone could experience life as they do.

When Nate and Savannah visited the orphanage on their last adoption, they drove away for the final time to orphans calling “mama!” “Papa!” and following the car, waving goodbye. Tears streamed down their faces and they vowed they’d never stop doing something. Whether that means advocating, praying, helping other adoptive families or actually adoption again.

The time has come for them to go back to Eastern Europe, where they feel led to adopt and bring home a sweet little girl(s) who can and will no longer be an orphan.  Will you help the Hawkins family by donating and praying for them to get to Eastern Europe quickly and have the finances quickly as well?

Update: The Hawkins family will be bringing home two beautiful daughters; they have added Sloane to their adoption!

8/22/2018 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$2,267.64 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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JAYCIE for the Massie Family – TX

Crystal and Bryan have been living in the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex for most of their adult lives. They have two beautiful daughters aged 5 and 2. They are excited to add to their family by adopting a child internationally. Their oldest child was born with Down Syndrome and has inspired the family to help other children in any way they can. They feel the best way to do this is by giving a child the chance to experience the love only a family can provide. The Massie family is very appreciative of any and all help that will make this dream a reality!

8/27/2018 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$505.15 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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RUBY for the Rosplochowski family — WI

The Rosplochowski family has their heart set on a little girl in Asia. Mike and Amy live in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and have two children, Owen is eleven years old and Brynn is seven years old. This little girl, who they are calling Ruby for now, happened to be advocated by several people looking to find her a family and needed medical care. Amy is involved in the craniofacial community because Brynn has a craniofacial syndrome and craniosynostosis, CFND. Several moms had noted how much Ruby looked like their daughters who also have CFND. Amy, Mike and the kids discussed adopting her right when they saw her photo and heard her story, but then they learned of how much international adoption costs and weren’t sure they could do it.

They discussed adoption on and off for the next year. Ruby was again being advocated for by several people. Amy began discussing international adoption with several people who had adopted before. They explained that raising the money to adopt is possible with a lot of hard work, persistence and faith. So at the beginning of 2018 the family decided to jump right into this crazy international adoption process to bring Ruby into their home.

Amy and Mike are very devoted to their kids and will be just as devoted to Ruby. They will teach her to love herself and her culture and help her stay connected to her cultural roots. They will find her the best medical care to help her grow up healthy and happy. They will advocate for her well-being, always.

Ruby is already very loved by her family and the community around her that is working hard to bring her home. They can’t wait to learn about all of the things she loves and encourage her to follow her dreams. They already know that Ruby loves to play outside from the short profile they have seen. At her new home she will have a large backyard with a playset, swimming pool, sand box and garden. They know she loves mandarin oranges which is also Owen and Brynn’s favorite fruit so they plan to buy oranges in bulk when she arrives! They learned that Ruby loves to play with stuffed animals and Brynn has her set with a room filled with tons of stuffed animals. In the winter, they can’t wait to have her try sledding and ice skating! Owen is a great ice skater and plays hockey so he is ready to teach her everything she needs to know about winter sports. Brynn wants for her to take dance classes and has been saving all of her own tutu’s and dance shoes for Ruby to use when she gets here.

The Rosplochowski’s are so excited to welcome Ruby into their home and family. They are so very thankful for everyone who has supported their family during this journey!

8/1/2018 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$1,654.75 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A CHILD for the Regan family — MD

Shannon and her family live in Maryland. Shannon is mom to her son Alex and her daughter Chelsea. Chelsea was adopted at 11 years old and lived most of her life in an orphanage. Chelsea spent much of her life being considered blind and in a wheelchair. In a short few months home, she is flourishing, wearing glasses, learning, and there is much hope she will soon walk. She has brought so much joy to their family and is a true testament to what love can do for a child. Shannon has always intended to adopt again and is prayerfully hopeful that the child she has seen on Reece’s Rainbow will become her daughter. This family has stated they have always had a heart for adoption and bringing Chelsea home solidified the place adoption has in their life. Chelsea is a low vision child and the family hopes to adopt another low vision girl. Chelsea and Alex are both excited about the idea of a new sister. Reece’s Rainbow helped bring Chelsea home. The family is so grateful to work with Reece’s Rainbow again as they begin their journey to adopt their second daughter. Shannon and her children thank you for your kindness, support, and generosity in helping bring an child home to a loving forever family.

7/13/2018 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$72.75 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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The Regan family has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant. The child they are hoping to adopt will be added to their FSP later in the process.

GARRETT for the Dinn family — GA

When Clayton and Angie Dinn started dating and began talking about marriage adoption became part of those conversations. They hoped that God would allow them to add to their family one day through adoption. In 2000 they had their first child and then quickly after that added 2 more children through birth. In 2006, they felt that God was continuing to stir in their hearts a desire to adopt specifically from Asia. In 2008 they added their first child through adoption. This precious son had more special needs than what they had anticipated as well as institutionalized behaviors so they delved into doctor appointments, surgeries, and therapies. Between Angie’s degree in special education and now a child with special needs and emotional needs they knew God was doing something unique in their lives. One of their greatest joys is seeing this child meet milestones and conquer fears. In 2010 and 2012 they went on to add another son and daughter from Asia. It has been incredible to see how having siblings with special needs has impacted all of the children in the family. Their oldest is working toward being a nurse. Her sister would like to be a speech therapist. All of the kids have such tender hearts toward people with special needs. Their daughter from Asia has an intellectual disability and it has been exciting to watch her gain more independence with the support of her family and community services. It is because of this daughter that the Dinn family felt like God could be leading them to adopt a child that has Down syndrome a few years ago. During this time, they also met several families that have been blessed with children that have a diagnosis of Down syndrome, both biological children and adopted. They realized God was leading them to adopt again and that He had led them specifically to “Garrett”. Everyone in the Dinn family is excited about seeing him grow into an amazing young man and are looking forward to seeing him join their family! Thank you for partnering with them in adoption!

7/13/2018 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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

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RUTH for the Durand family — GA

Chris and I met at college and married in 1993. We have 3 boys (Josh 22, Stephen 21, and Tyler 15). We thought our family was complete with two in college and one in high school. In November 2017 we began praying for some kids needing to be adopted. As we were praying for these children, we became curious about the term “aging out”. We became concerned about what happens to these children with disabilities if they did not get adopted by age 14.  After finding out that these kids with disabilities could not be adopted after age 14 our hearts saddened. We continued praying for these kids to get adopted but know the chances grow slimmer as they get older. God would just not let it rest with us. We felt we were to adopt a child close to aging out. With our ages of 52 and 56 and us having older children … it just seemed God was leading us to adopt a child who was aging out.

We decided to take steps toward adoption. We felt that if God did not want this for our family He would shut the door. So far, the door has not closed and we are excited about adopting a 12 year old little girl from Asia with Down syndrome.

7/13/2018 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$25.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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

EDEN for the Smith family — WI

The Smith family, Noreen and Jeff, look forward eagerly to bringing home soon a special little girl who has captured their hearts.  The story of their adoption began about three years ago,  when they first found Eden and knew she was meant to join their family. It took a while to get the funds together to begin the adoption process, but they hoped after officially starting in early 2016 that things would move swiftly. Unfortunately, due to many unforeseen circumstances in Eden’s personal story and her birth countries government, they’ve had to sustain their adoption journey for an unusually long time, which has taken a great emotional and financial toll. However, every setback has only strengthened their resolve to bring this little girl home! After all, they’ve dealt with many setbacks before on their journey to becoming parents. When they got married almost 15 years ago, one of their shared goals included a strong desire to start their own family.  They both loved children, Noreen having worked for years in childcare, and Jeff had dated a woman who brought a daughter to the relationship, who he helped raise. They eagerly looked forward to having their own children to love and care for.  The next five years were filled with multiple rounds of fertility treatments, and when they finally become pregnant, they were heartbroken when it ended in miscarriage. That was followed by another pregnancy also ending in miscarriage.  In the years that followed, they considered adoption while channeling their love and energy into spending time with family, friends and their children, as well as their own much loved family pets. The desire to become parents never left their hearts, but they hesitated to take the final leap needed to begin the process. Years later, they both came to the realization that they still had a greater love to share and agreed to look into adoption again. At the time they didn’t realize the journey God had planned for them, but He had planted the seed!

A leap of faith was truly needed to start the adoption process, but God provided that by leading them to find a new church, where they met other families built by adoption. After Noreen found a little girl who shared a similar medical condition to one she herself had as a child, she knew she had a unique and special understanding of this little girl’s conditions and the struggles she faced, and she couldn’t get this little girl out of her mind. She eagerly her information with Jeff, and he agreed it seemed God answered their prayers. The years of struggles they’d faced to become parents made sense, as it seemed all along the parents they were meant to be were hers! They’d been waiting for a child, and she’d been waiting for a family. Any questions went from “Should we do this?” to “We have to find a way to make this happen!”

On their adoption journey, in addition to the obstacles and unexpected delays, they’ve also experienced many unexpected and wonderful offers of support, made many new friends in the adoption community, and grown much deeper in faith.  Now as they await their final trip, they appreciate your prayers and support to bring Eden home to her forever family!

9/6/2018 — COURT PASSED!

$3,849.05 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Eden has received a $2820.57 Waiting Child Grant.

DASHA for the Fry family — CA

Matt and Sherry Fry fell in love in high school in 1988. They lost contact and were reunited in 2010, 22 years later through Facebook. They married in 2013 with Matt having two small sons and Sherry having two grown daughters. They have 5 grandchildren and one due in December. The latest addition to the family is Miss Nastiia, a Reece’s Rainbow sweetheart adopted in 2016. Nastiia is a true princess with a whole lot of sass!

After Nastiia came home, Sherry found a video of a darling older girl with cerebral palsy and was instantly drawn to her. Sherry would soon realize why: Sherry had lost twins in 2004. That same year, the child she saw in the video was born across the world, also as a twin!

Matt and Sherry knew that she was meant to be their daughter; this was God’s plan, not their own. They had a full house and honestly thought they were finished having children! After watching this same video over and over and leaving this decision in God’s hands, they quickly realized there would always be enough love for one more small Fry. 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.

7/4/2018 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$250.26 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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The Fry family has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant. The child they are hoping to adopt will be added to their FSP later in the process.

MONA for The Williamson Family — TX

Tony and Ashley Williamson have always wanted a big family, there just wasn’t a specific plan on how that would happen. Their son Hayden is 20, their daughter Lauren is 18. Along the way, they have had other children in and out of the home based on needs in their community. Friends of their children, kids in desperate need of love after temporary tragedy occurred with their own families, family members in need, you name it, they have done it. After years of a friend who had adopted a special needs child from Russia had sent photos advocating, without any time, raising the family they had in their home at the time, the photos weren’t really given any thought other than donations. The Williamsons felt like all of the kids had grown up and were thriving, and maybe this was it. Maybe they had completed their family.

Then late one night, the same friend who had been advocating for orphans for years, called Ashley in the middle of the night and said, “this baby came out of your womb!!! Check the profile I am about to send you, and tell me she isn’t yours!” Ashley hung up the phone laughing and shaking her head, and then opened the text she was sent. As she clicked on the Reece’s Rainbow link, all of the air in her chest had seem to disappear, her eyes filled with tears, this beautiful baby girl with the sweetest, biggest, almond shaped eyes, with the darkest pigtails, jumped off the screen, slid down the giant lump in her throat, and sat down right inside of her heart. At 1am, she sat with tears in her eyes in her bed, without a single doubt that this is her daughter, Ashley started furiously sending emails and started the process, all before she even woke her husband. The next morning, Tony had received an email being that she gave both parent’s contact information. He was a little confused being Ashley had yet to mention a word to him, so he asked her about it. She was so protective and so sure in that moment, that he was caught off guard. This was a Monday morning. He told her that he felt like their family was complete, and thought she needed to rethink this. Ashley knew this was meant to be. All week every text Tony had sent Ashley, all she replied with was photos of this precious baby girl. Friday after a very busy day at work, she didn’t have time to respond. That evening, when they both arrived home from work, Tony said to her, “you didn’t send any photos of her to me today?” Ashley asked, “Do you want photos of her?” Tony relied, “I think I do!” Tears is joy filled Ashley’s eyes and she exclaimed, “We are having a girl!” Tony and Ashley have never looked back. While they do not discount her having Down syndrome, they are up for any challenge, including her congenital heart defect that will also require immediate surgery but know in their hearts she is a child of God and not only worthy of this family, but fee they are blessed with the addition of her, the little girl that hung the moon.

7/3/2018 — AWAITING FIRST TRIP

$551.10 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SEAN for the Langer family — WI

Mike and Cassie (Pronounced KC) were married in 1998 with the idea of a large family. 7 to be exact! But after having 7, Cassie knew she wanted more. The good Lord was willing, as they found themselves prego again!  It was another boy! A very special boy. Their little Mikey has Down Syndrome. He soon became the favorite in everyone’s heart. Not only the family, but the community and friends as well.

Everyone loves Mikey! He was perfectly healthy and conquered milestones quickly (except for talking. Oh well!) Mikey planted a seed. The family wanted more. They knew they wanted to have another Down Syndrome child in their family. But you can’t just order that, so they started checking into adoption. That’s when they found Sean. That was December 2016.  Sean is in an orphanage, where he has spent his whole life. Alone and waiting. He is 5 years old now and has Down Syndrome. He is tiny, malnouirished and sedated. He needs a forever home.  Everyone was very excited, but there were so many unknowns. Mike could make no rational sense of going so far to get a child they knew so little about. And the cost was WAY out of their budget. So they waited. They printed off all the pictures and have them all over our house and in frames on the wall. They prayed for him and prayed for a way that the adoption could actually happen.

One magical evening in December 2017, Mike and Cassie again had the discussion of adopting Sean. They talked about the serious threat that he may soon be transferred from the baby house to the institutions. This time Mike said “YES!”. They knew they were taking a huge leap of faith, but their Faith was strong. They know they have to get him out and they know God will help them save their little boy who sits waiting in an orphanage for someone to have and to hold him.

They are now in process of finalizing their home study and getting papers in order. Hopefully they will have their boy soon. Your prayers and support are what the family needs most right now. But the biggest, most necessary prayer is that Sean will not be transferred out of the baby house until the family can get to him, and save from this horrible place where he waits.

The Langers would like to thank you in advance for your financial support as well as your support in prayers and passing the word. THANK YOU!  Sincerely, Mike, Cassandra, Colton, Walker, Waylon, Haydon, Adeline, Porter, Weston, and Mikey

9/4/2018 — USCIS APPROVED

$364.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Sean has received a $1544 Waiting Child Grant.

A CHILD for the Anderson family — MO

Dane and Misty met in high school and married shortly after. They always planned a big family, but had no idea that Gods idea of big was much bigger they ever imagined. In 2013 in the midst of raising their 9 biological children, Dane and Misty felt God calling them to adopt a child with special needs. They researched and prayed and researched some more. Each step they took they expected the doors to close, but instead they opened. December of 2013 saw two wee daughters added to the family! Catyah and Sofiah both have Down Syndrome, they fit right into the group and everyone fell in love with them! Shortly after coming home Misty saw a picture of a sweet 5 year old that was being transferred to an institution. She knew almost immediately that she was their daughter and they needed to get her home! Again after much prayer and discussion they jumped in with both feet and headed over the ocean! While meeting Vika, the tiny 5 years old, they got to meet and play with many other children in the institution. Misty and her oldest son spent many hours playing games and drawing with them. One young girl stuck out among them, her sweet demeanor and kind, motherly attitude pricked their hearts. When they flew home with Vika in early 2015, they felt they left a daughter behind. Upon returning home, life got pretty busy with 12 children all headed in different directions. Vikas diagnoses was cerebral palsy, but after many tests and appointments it was determined that she had suffered polio as a baby. She needed several surgeries but is always positive and doesn’t let anything get her down. In early 2016 Misty was feeling the tug to adopt again. Dane wasn’t so sure and they decided to just pray about it for a while. It wasn’t but a few months later that they found out the sweet little girl they had met in 2015 was suffering form kidney disease and wasn’t expected to live much longer. They felt they had their answer and once again stepped forward and the doors just kept opening, funding came and they were able to fly over and see Yannah. She was in rough shape as untreated kidney and bladder infections had cause irreversible kidney disease. They were able to bring her home in in the fall of 2016, and she was admitted to the hospital upon landing! Yannah is undergoing treatment for her kidney issues and is doing amazingly well.

And now it’s 2018 and the Andersons feel God calling them again. This time the children asked for a brother, and a baby would be great too, they said. They know the right child is out there waiting for them. They need a van, and heck the kitchen could use to be remodeled, but you know what? They believe giving a child a home is much more important than any of those things. So they are embarking on the long adoption journey again. There’s reams of paperwork and tons of appointments. There’s fundraisers to plan and bedrooms to get ready. It will be a busy time for the Andersons, well, it’s always busy at the their house! But it will be a joyful time of busyness. Like most families they don’t have $30,000 just sitting in a bank account waiting to be used on an adoption. But they know from lots of previous experience that HE will always provide. If you would like to be a part of helping this great big joyful family adopt again, you can donate below! Thank you!

6/6/2018 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$71.34 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A CHILD for the Hickey family — IL

Robert and Kelly Hickey are High School sweethearts who started dating at age 16 and have been inseparable ever since! They spent 8 years together prior to their marriage supporting one another as they developed their careers and built a home together. Robert is a hardworking, family man who works as a mechanic, lays concrete, and plows. He also spends much of his time working on their new home in which they will build their family in. Kelly is a passionate special educator who went on to pursue Behavior Analysis and spends her days working hard to advocate for those with disabilities. Although Kelly has her dream job, she knows her true purpose in life is Motherhood. While Robert and Kelly are still newly married, they have been highly anticipating the start of their new family. Since early on in their relationship, the couple had discussed growing their family through adoption, however, they didn’t know when would be the right time. The couple had decided they would start by pursuing foster care but one night as they were preparing to send the application, they had an overwhelming feeling that God was leading them to a specific adoption. Not long after, Kelly came across a photo of a beautiful little boy, and instantly knew that he was the one waiting for them. The couple is now working tirelessly to bring their son home from an orphanage to the love and family that he deserves.

The Hickeys, along with their families and friends, are beyond excited to bring their son home! The adoption process can be long and difficult but with everyone’s support they know God will make this possible for their growing family. Robert and Kelly are incredibly appreciative of any financial, emotional, or spiritual support that you can provide.

6/1/2018 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$745.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SOPHIA for the Breakfield family — VA

After adopting two boys with Down Syndrome thru Reece’s Rainbow from Ukraine in 2013, our eyes were opened to the beauty of children with intellectual disabilities. We have the love, space, and heart for another extra special child but we are asking for your help in raising the money to bring her home!

We are currently a family of 9. Joey and Victoria were married in 2004 and our first son, Isaiah, was born in 2006. Followed by Hannah (2008), Meah (2010) and Jedidiah (2011). We thought our family was complete. But God! Early in 2013, we felt the pull to adoption, specifically international special needs adoption. We knew we could have biological children so we felt called to adopt an orphan, one that someone else might overlook. Children with Down Syndrome pulled at our hearts. We had lots of research and learning to do as this was all new to us. We came home with our new additions in December of 2013 and we have continued to learn. Jeremiah (age 9) and Nehemiah (age 5) are treasured sons, incredible blessings, and beautiful examples of the power of adoption. They were left in orphanages at birth just like the child we are seeking to adopt now. We don’t want anymore time to pass for this child without the love of a family, support of parents and siblings, security of a warm home, full belly, and knowledge that she will never be left alone again. We would love for you to come along side us as we race to bring her HOME.

8/15/2018 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED & ACCEPTED

$2,534.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Ethan for the Hornbuckle Family — GA

Larry and Angela met when Angela was still in high school and began dating several years later. Friendship blossomed into love and they married in 1993. Early on in their relationship they discussed their future plans for a family and decided that they would have at least one biological child but would also like to adopt at some point. They talked about the possibility of adopting a child with Down syndrome one day, since as a special education teacher Angela had always felt called to parent a child with special needs. Six years after getting married they had Holton, and for the next 9 years he was an only child. At that point, they realized that it was time to expand their family and they both agreed that it wasn’t important to them whether they brought any more children into the world, because there were plenty of kids who needed families and they would love them just as much whether or not they gave birth to them. In addition, they realized that there were many kids who were considered harder to place due to being older or having special needs. They wanted to provide a family for kids who may not otherwise have one. Their daughter Maili joined the family at the age of 4. She was born in China and was listed as having a congenital heart defect in addition to significant developmental delays due to hypoxia at birth. She brought a joy to their family that they had not even imagined possible, and two years later they returned to China to adopt another daughter. Callie was 6 years old at that time and only 8 months younger than Maili. She had a very rare heart condition but has thrived after having surgery. The girls quickly became inseparable and today these virtual twins are still the very best of friends. Now that the girls are almost teenagers, the Hornbuckles have decided that it is time to add to their joy once more by adopting a little boy with Down syndrome. The kids couldn’t be more excited about having a younger sibling to dote on, and Angela and Larry are ready to complete their family as they envisioned it almost 25 years ago. They feel particularly led to adopt a child with more significant medical and developmental disabilities who may have a harder time finding a family. In addition to Down Syndrome, Ethan has been diagnosed with a congenital heart defect (TOF) as well as tracheal and subglottic stenosis. He has a g tube and currently receives tube feedings.

Due to Ethan’s extensive medical needs, there will be increased medical expenses once he arrives home and they are trying to make sure that they are allowing for that in the monthly budget. Although they have the resources needed to raise this child, they do not yet have all of the resources they need to bring him home. Therefore they will have to rely on the understanding of grant selection committees and generous donors to help them come up with the final $10,000 or so they will need in order to bring this sweet boy home to his forever family in Georgia. The Hornbuckles believe that every child deserves a family regardless of their disability, and this little guy is no exception. They also believe that where God guides, He provides and they ask that you find it in your hearts to help Ethan come home to his forever family because they can’t wait to meet him!

9/18/2018 — COMPILING DOSSIER

$500.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MALACHY and BRUNO for the Askvig family — UT

The Askvig family resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. David and Jackie have been married nearly 9 years and have four biological children. They stumbled upon Reece’s Rainbow early in their marriage and so began their heart for orphans and vulnerable children. In 2016, the Askvigs became licensed foster parents and fostered a total of four children. They assumed that foster care would be their story until a Reece’s Rainbow post stopped them in their tracks and God showed them that now was their time to bring home a special needs child from abroad. They began pursuing a beautiful teen from an Eastern European country and are hoping to expedite the process for this sweet boy’s grave health. After they started the process for Malachy, the Askvigs saw Bruno, learned more about his story and his sweet soul, and knew he was theirs too. Just days before his 16th birthday, the Askvigs committed to add him to their adoption. Join them in prayer for these boys’ sustenance and a smooth, quick journey.

9/14/2018 — APPOINTMENT SEPT 25

$1,748.12 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Bruno has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant.
Malachy has received a $20,124.40 Grant.

ROSE for the Hadsell family — TX

David and Ashley Hadsell are thrilled to be adopting sweet Rose, and to welcome her into their growing family. David and Ashley met in 2001, and were married less than a year later. Adoption has always been on their hearts, with a particularly strong calling to special needs adoption. After the births of their first two biological children, David and Ashley adopted their third child in 2012, an 8-year-old boy originally from Ukraine. The Hadsell’s were then surprised by two more biological sons, which brought their family to four boys and one girl. Over the years, the Hadsell’s have prayed over the children of Reece’s Rainbow, knowing that each little face is a unique reflection of God’s love, shining with their own unique light of Jesus, carefully knit into that one extra little chromosome. They do not believe that extra chromosome is a mistake; rather, it carries an extra measure of love and honesty, an extra measure of childlike innocence, an extra measure of pure joy. David and Ashley, along with their five children, are so very honored and blessed to be welcoming Rose into their family.

7/15/2018 — DOSSIER LOGGED IN on 6/14
Please visit their blog to learn more about their family, and their adoption journey! https://OurRoseInBloom.blogspot.com

$1,955.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CYRIL and RUSTY for the Ampe family — MI

Joe and Tiffany Ampe already know the joys (and challenges!) that children bring to a household. With eight children (ages two to 18), they have been blessed with an exceptionally jubilant and noisy home. For the past five years they have actively discussed adoption (even becoming a licensed foster home) and adding to their family. The couple has periodically perused Reece’s Rainbow and prayed for the waiting children and families actively working towards bringing them home. On one such evening Tiffany saw a picture of a sweet baby boy with Down Syndrome. Down Syndrome seemed a natural fit, as they have a seven-year-old niece with an extra chromosome. When Tiffany shared the brief bio of “Cyril” with Joe, he retorted, “you don’t show me the picture of a baby needing a home and then close the laptop”. The same evening, they requested more information on the country he is in, requirements, costs and information on additional diagnoses.

 

The couple was excited to quickly receive a response with additional material. But they already had a list of which countries they were open to adopting from (all with solid reasons why: someone just might be Type A!), and “Cyril’s” country wasn’t on it. Joe wasn’t dissuaded but Tiffany felt disappointed and certain that they needed to keep looking for a child that “fit” the list. But that all changed within days as Tiffany reflected on a Podcast that examined how quickly the disciples followed Jesus. The priest exclaimed that, “delayed obedience is disobedience”. WOW! The same day Tiffany and Joe committed to “Cyril”.

The entire Ampe family, grandparents, friends and church are excited for this newest addition to come home. The adoption process has been significantly more trying than pregnancy and they remain deeply appreciative of the financial, emotional and spiritual help of all those that support them.

8/10/2018 — TRAVELING AUG 14

$8,444.18 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CLARA for the Tomasetti family — PA

Adam and Emily met in college at Northern Arizona University. They started dating in March and were engaged by August. They got married and moved to Texas after that, where Adam graduated with his doctorate in chiropractic from Parker College of chiropractic. Much to their surprise and excitement they found out Emily was expecting right before they celebrated their first anniversary, Anna was born in March 2002 and Aryn Joy was born in March 2004. The foursome moved to Pennsylvania in May 2000 to start Adam’s chiropractic practice. Over the next five years they added three more children to their family. Alice in July 2006, Owen in February 2008 and Ethan in September 2009. The last three Tomasetti kiddos were very high-risk pregnancies, they decided not to add any more children to their family. For most of their married life they had talked and prayed about adopting. Having five biological kiddos in 7 1/2 years made the idea of adding anybody else to our crew feel overwhelming. Over the years, Emily has often looked through advocacy sites for adoption, praying and seeking the Lord, to see if any of those lovely faces belonged in their family.

On Sunday, March 4, during Elevation Church their prayers and conversations came together into an answer. Right before the service began Emily was prayerfully looking through Reece’s Rainbow’s waiting children page. During the worship set the band played “Break every chain”by Will Reagan. As the music played and they sang along, Adam prayed for Jesus to break the chains of the orphan. At that moment Emily saw the picture of Clara in her mind’s eye and started weeping. After church, Adam, Emily and the kids talked about why she was crying and before they were finished Aryn Joy ran over to the table to sketch the picture that she saw in her mind as they talked about Clara. It was just the confirmation they needed. Aryn had never seen her picture before. They are hoping to bring Clara home in the spring of 2019. It will be a Herculean effort to raise all the funds that are needed, but They know that God who has always been faithful, will continue to be. This is the sketch that Aryn Joy drew, above Clara’s picture from Reece’s Rainbow.

7/23/2018 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$6,539.45 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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EMMALINE for the Eilert family — KY

John and Amanda met in 2009 through a family member who worked with Amanda. Since John was at a military college, their relationship was over the phone, through emails and little visits when they could. The day after John graduated, they got married! They have been married for 7 years and were blessed with their son by their first anniversary. John was in the military for 5 years and then made the switch to law enforcement.

Years passed and after trying for 5 years to have more children, they went to a fertility specialist to find out that Amanda was blessed to even have had her son because there wasn’t much hope of her having another naturally. The next option they were given was IVF and rather than put their money in hopes of getting pregnant, they felt that God was leading them to adopt a child who needed a home already. John and Amanda were on the waiting list for a pair of twins with numerous special needs, but God had a different little girl who needed them more. John and Amanda fell in love with Emmaline – soon to be Temperance, through her jubilant smile!  Her big brother is so excited to have her home, he sleeps with her picture by his bed and prays for her every day.

Thank you to everyone for being so supportive in helping their family grow!

8/15/2018 — DOSSIER EN ROUTE

$1,000.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ADDISON and ADELAIDE for the Kimrey family — VA

Laurie and Travis met in High school. They became engaged quickly after they met. They will celebrate their 29th wedding anniversary this year. Adoption has always been something they both talked about. That is why at the age of 21 and 22 they built their dream home extra large to accommodate all the children they prayed they would be blessed with. The Kimrey family adoption journey began when they became foster parents after having had their five children. Very quickly they received a call for micro preemie twins, one with extreme special needs and would they be willing to accept the placements? Well they said yes and their journey began. Haylee and Baylee became officially Kimreys in December 2014. Bio Mom and Dad had micro preemie twins again 11 months later. They also joined their family shortly after their birth. They became officially Kimerys in June 2015. Twins times two has been quite the wild ride. But they are darling precious children. Well in Nov 2015 while they were browsing Reeces Rainbow and saw picture come up of a little boy in Bulgaria he suffered the same condition as our first twin Haylee, Hydrocephalus. Only his case was untreated. He had been left in a box locked away for six years, his head had grown so large he could not even hold it up. Yet, in all the orpanage reports it spoke of his wonderful, loving demeanor. It was at that moment that God spoke to Laurie’s heart and said, “There in that broken body, trapped there was a little boy” They knew he would be their son. Nathaniel came home and join their family in December 2015. Laurie and Travis did find out once in Amercia that he suffers from Dandy Walker Syndrome and he is actually missing parts of his brain. So he is like a baby but the sweetest little guy. He has changed their lives and how they see every minute of everyday. To know him is to be changed forever. Now here they find theirselves again, God has called the Kimreys back they feel to two more precious little souls. Both medically fragile and in need of urgent placement. The orphanages they are placed in are neglectful of the children and they need rescuing as soon as possible. The fees are upwards of 30,000. While that is quite a large sum it pales in comparison to the lives that will be saved. Your donations will equip this family with the funds they will need to get these kids out of there forever and into a loving home where they will be orphans no more. Expected travel should be Metcha trip around August/September and their Gotcha trip should be January/February of 2019. Thank you for taking the time to read our story.

8/15/2018 — FIRST TRIP SEPT 10

$144.53 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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BLAINE for the Woertman family — NC

Frederick and Candy Woertman are looking for monetary assistance to adopt their third child from Asia. Grace was our first adoption. We adopted her at the age of 3. Grace has cerebral palsy and limited use of the left side of her body. When she started school at age 4 she was measured to have a cognitive ability of 6 months. With the help of many professionals, Grace has learned to use a gait trainer, feeds herself, climbs up and down stairs, can do math, volunteers for the smart board, and now has a cognitive ability of 23 months. This is 4 years makes me excited for the growth in the next 4 years and beyond. Joy was our second adoption. We adopted her last year at the age of 7. Joy has Down syndrome. Joy had never been to school but was thrust into Kindergarten upon her arrival. This year she is about to complete first grade in a mainstreamed classroom. She has learned a lot of English and continues to astound us with her understanding of the language. She likes to swim, jump on trampolines, ride her bike/scooter/skateboard, and watch Peppa Pig. With the support of many, we are just as excited to see what the future holds for our little Joy dynamo. We are now looking to provide a home for another. We feel that we are blessed to provide a home to kids that need a home. Watching the growth physically, emotionally, educationally, and spiritually of our children is where we draw our excitement. We are looking to adopt a boy with Down syndrome this time. Join with us in providing support to get us to Asia and bring this boy home.

8/28/2018 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$12,512.04 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A Child for the Bradley Family — FL

Shannon and Elizabeth always expected that adoption would one day be a part of how their family grew. They just weren’t sure exactly what it would look like or when. Shannon was adopted into a loving home at 17 days old and adoption plays a big role in Elizabeth’s family too. The oldest of 4 girls, all 3 of Elizabeth’s younger sisters and their husbands have adopted children. The number of grandchildren on that side of the family currently number 14… with 8 having been adopted through a combination of international, US domestic, and foster-to-adopt. It was through Elizabeth’s youngest sister and brother-in-law that the Bradleys were first introduced to and older girl when she was hosted by them in the summer of 2016. After that summer hosting, Elizabeth found herself regularly thinking about and praying for this girl. In time, she and Shannon began praying about adopting her. Their adoption journey has been one of multiple twists and turns involving lots of research, education, and talking with other adoptive families (especially who had adopted older girls). In July 2017 the Bradleys enjoyed meeting and spending time with her when she was hosted again by Elizabeth’s sister and brother-in-law. Now Shannon and Elizabeth and their 5 year old daughter are excited to be adding a “big sister” to their family.

5/19/2018 — COMPILING DOSSIER

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

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SAMANTHA for the Rawe family — KY

Scot and Jackie are lucky to be true High School sweethearts. They met a month into their Freshman year of High School and have been together ever since. They got married shortly after Scot graduated college in 2009. Scot and Jackie always knew they wanted to adopt, but were first blessed with two amazing boys. The boys are now 7 and 4. After struggling with multiple miscarriages, they have decided it is time to take the leap of faith and pursue the adoption they dreamed of since before getting married.

Jackie has followed the Reece’s Rainbow page since before they got married. She has always had a passion for children with Down Syndrome, ever since her first mission trip to Camp Echoing Hills when she was in middle school. One day while scrolling through the photo listings, she came across a little girl who stole her heart. After deep thought and prayer, Scot and Jackie knew it was time to start their adoption journey to bring their daughter home. Their 2 boys are so excited to become big brothers!

Scot and Jackie appreciate all the love and support they’ve been shown since announcing their decision to adopt. They also appreciate any help that will be given in the future to help them bring their little girl home.

5/29/2018 — DOSSIER COMPLETE

$1,647.36 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Samantha has received a $15,067.50 Waiting Child Grant.

 

3 Siblings for the Perron family — MD

Brett and Jessica met 17 years ago while attending college in upstate New York. They currently live in Maryland with their 5 biological children. Clayton (13), Ava (11), Lyla (9), Allen (4) and Pierce (2), are the loves of their lives. Brett is a mechanical engineer and works as project developer at Ameresco Inc and Jessica owns an early intervention preschool for children diagnosed with Autism. They enjoy spending time as a family going for bike rides, playing board games and spending time outside. After Pierce was born they thought their family was complete, however God had other plans. In August 2017, Brett and Jessica started considering International Adoption. After working with children with special needs for over 15 years, Jessica knew that if they decided to adopt, they would adopt a waiting child with special needs. One afternoon Jessica called an adoption agency to inquire about a little girl who was diagnosed with multiple medical needs. The agency told her that she had already been matched but there was a sibling group that was available for hosting and adoption. When Brett and Jessica received pictures of the siblings, they immediately fell in love. The ages of the siblings were 7, 5 and 4. They had been in the orphanage for 2 years.

After hosting the older 2 siblings this past Christmas, Brett and Jessica knew that their story didn’t end there. After the children returned to their orphanage in January they started the journey to adopt all 3. All children, regardless of life circumstances, medical needs and disabilities deserve to grow up in a loving and stable family. The 3 siblings that Brett and Jessica are adopting are amazing. They are smart, loving and full of joy despite the circumstances that they have been through. The youngest needs medical care, medical evaluations and proper therapy for her to develop to her fullest potential.

Brett and Jessica believe that serving those who are the most vulnerable is one of life’s biggest blessings. When you pour love and compassion into those who need it the most, your dreams will start to come true. Over the 3 weeks that they hosted the children, they taught us more about the goodness of God than we ever thought possible. They were given hundreds of hugs and kisses and they can’t wait to give them more. They did more for Brett and Jessica during their 3 weeks stay than they could ever do in a lifetime. They are working hard and praying to raise enough money to bring the children home as soon as possible. The fees associated with adopting 3 children at once are extremely high.  Their country also requires 3 trips to finalize the adoption. Thank you for your support and prayers to help bring our 3 precious children home.

9/18/2018 — USCIS APPROVED

$837.34 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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HARPER GRACE for the Price Family — GA

Evan and Hope are high school sweethearts who have been together for 13 years and married for 7. Evan has been with the same company in sales since college and Hope is an Athletic Trainer at a local High School.

Hope always told Evan that she had dreamed of adopting a little girl from China since she was a young girl herself, but they never actually thought it would happen. Fast forward to 2013 and they were faced with the fact that they would not have biological children. They immediately knew that God was telling them Adoption was where He was taking them. Fast forward another 2 years and in May of 2015 they brought home their little girl Chandler through domestic adoption.

Hope found Reece’s Rainbow in 2016 and told Evan about the organization. She was always showing him children she saw listed and researched different countries and their adoption process. She told Evan she thought God was trying to tell her that this was the route they should take for their next child. Evan didn’t feel the same way to begin with. He had many worries and reservations about international adoption, but eventually he couldn’t deny God’s calling either and agreed that this was His plan. Hope came across Harper Grace’s file and immediately knew this was he child. It just so happens Chandler’s middle name is Grace as well so the Price’s knew it was meant to be.

The Price’s are so excited to bring this precious little girl home and watch her grow and thrive. Chandler is so excited to have a sister and tells everyone all about her and where she lives now.

8/6/2018 — DOSSIER EN ROUTE on July 27

$2,123.51 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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DAVY for the Peters family — WA

Joe and Ronda fell in love while in high school where they met one night during a high school football game. A couple of years after graduation they were married and soon started their sweet family. They have been married and best friends for 23 years and have four beautiful children. Ronda has been a stay at home mom enjoying raising their children and Joe has worked for the phone company for the last 21 years. They enjoy their family time getting outdoors and hiking together. Family is very important to them, always putting their kids first and being involved in all their activities. Though the years as their family was growing they experienced the loss of two babies due to miscarriage which then started the conversations of adoption. They then had two rainbow babies three years apart, their youngest being born with Down syndrome. The beautiful experience of love and joy from their son being born with an extra chromosome inspired more conversations of adoption and in particular a child with Down syndrome. Ronda came across a photo of Davy from a fellow mom of two children with Down syndrome, one that they had adopted, who was advocating for Davy on Instagram. Ronda said she read the words “Be sure to show Davy’s picture and pray for him and for a family to adopt him…… Maybe that family is you?” Ronda felt a wave of emotions come over her and as she looked at Davy’s photo she knew in her heart that she was his mommy. Joe and Ronda soon after started the adoption process knowing Davy would complete their loving family. They are very excited to be on this journey and are trusting in the Lord as he leads them through this adoption. Joe and Ronda would love the support of prayers and the generosity of donations to raise funds to help bring their son Davy home.

5/23/2018 — DOSSIER COMPLETE & IN TRANSIT

$2,033.12 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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AJ for the Kurtz family — NY

Hi everyone! This may be one of the most humbling things Alex and I have had to do. We are asking for your help to bring our sweet boy home. Baby AJ is 1 year old and he is a beautiful boy with down syndrome. Due to his medical needs, the sooner we can get him home, the sooner we can provide him with resources he is now lacking. As you may know, this adoption will cost 20-30 thousand dollars.

A (not so) quick background:  Those that know me, know that adoption has always been a calling of mine. It had nothing to do with my baby making ability, my desire to have my own children or anything else of that nature. It has always just been something in my heart that I knew I would pursue. Children are constantly on my mind. Alex and I have talked all about having babies, adopting babies and everything in between. Luckily, my husband is the kindest man I have ever known. He has always stood by my passions even when they sounded like pure madness. When I expressed my feelings on adopting to him very early in our relationship, he was with me 100 percent. We prolonged adding to our family when I was diagnosed with lupus. Afterwards, I had no idea when the right time for anything was. I prayed to God every night and asked him to guide me in the right path.  I prayed that I would somehow know what I was supposed to do, and that I would be accepting of that regardless of what it was.

Why ?: So everyone has reasons for what they choose to do, especially in adoption. While I knew I would adopt, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I knew I was supposed to adopt a special needs child. I wont get into the details (research if you would like) but our country is very fortunate to have the resources, medical advances and programs that we do. I knew that if we adopted a beautiful child with needs, we could offer them so much. Who wouldn’t want to change a child’s life like that? Why wouldn’t I chose a child who needed me just a little bit more? To me, when I learned of hardships other countries face in dealing with special needs children, its a no brainer.

How did I know it was THIS baby:  We have researched this process forever. Alex and I have visited the idea and revisited the idea numerous times. We just never felt like it was the right time. I felt like I was too sick. I didn’t know when I wanted be pregnant. We had to many medical bills and student loans. Funny fact, you will NEVER have the timing right for something like this.

We were at dinner one night and I ran into a woman I knew from my old job. The last time I saw her, she was in the process of adopting a beautiful baby boy. Alex and I went out to dinner one night and she was there with her lovely family. I looked up and there she is holding this precious little man, with his little blue glasses and denim overalls. My heart sank and I just grabbed him to snuggle. I remember tearing up in the moment. I told her again to keep us updated as she knew we were interested in adopting. She told me she was fundraising for another little boy who was a year old with Down syndrome. We chatted and she told me again about the little boy. I didn’t think much about it, but we exchanged numbers so I could see his photo. As soon as my phone went off and I saw him, again I teared right up. Alex said “no…I know that look Caitlin”. But he was smiling just as big. Needless to say…that is how we were introduced to this baby boy. I went home and continued to pray. I prayed hard and I prayed a lot. By the end of the week, he was already ours.

International adoptions are insanely expensive. I decided that day, that I would do whatever I had to do to bring this baby home to be with his family. After talking with many strong and amazing women, I learned that adopting a special needs child can be made easier by the number of grants out there. I learned that adoption has been possible for many because of grants and fundraising. I figured if they could do it, why couldn’t we. So this is where we are at. In the whirlwind of a process called adoption. Fighting and praying for our beautiful baby boy every single day.

7/23/2018 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED
Follow the family’s adoption story on their blog at:  https://theheartofouradoption.wordpress.com/

$3,976.85 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.

9/18/2018 — TRAVELING NOW

$439.72 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MOLLY for the Hilton Family — UT

Cassidy and Amanda have always had a special place in their hearts for adoptive families, and have discussed “what could be” since they were dating. they’ve always marveled at the idea of providing love, structure, safety and opportunity for a child whose story may not have involved these precious and sacred things.

When they were pregnant with Jane (3yo, their youngest) they decided that due to Amanda’s consistent health related pregnancy difficulties, and the evident worsening circumstances with Jane’s complications, they were done having babies — they were at peace with this! However, the lord had other ideas.. Just minutes after Jane was born, as the NICU team was trying to stabilize her, Amanda had the strongest impression that their family simply was not complete. She even partially expressed these thoughts to Cassidy, literally as Jane was trying to find her first breaths.

Since that day, they’ve wrestled with the idea of expanding their family. How? …Amanda’s body cannot hold up? What? …these promptings and impressions would come and go, but their persistence was ever so consistent. Who? …they’ve always slightly toyed with the idea of adopting an infant … When? …they’re getting older, and lives are hectic! At long last, they decided this past year that they needed to ponder deeply, pray with great intent, and finally come to a final decision..

In going through this process over several months, they experienced some of the most unforseen experiences they ever could have imagined. The process began with a half hearted decision to be finished having babies, but it became clear that they needed to put much more effort into finding answers, as they were still emotionally unsettled. As they continued to navigate the pursuit of answers, they were seemingly being blessed with new knowledge and new people in their lives which allowed for broadened perspective and realities.

Cassidy and Amanda are in the process of adopting the most precious little girl. She currently resides (in wait) in an orphanage. She is 3 years old, and she has Down Syndrome. She was born in June of 2014, and matter of factly, the same month they lost (what would have been) their third child. They “committed” to her the week of Thanksgiving, and received Pre-Approval to move forward with the adoption on December 1st. they already have a connection with her that is undeniable and quite prominent in their home.  They have a goal to bring her home to her forever family before Christmas of 2018 and appreciate everyone’s support from the bottom of their hearts!

“I don’t care what your problem is, where you came from, what your background is, what your beliefs are, man LOVE conquers all.” -Dabo Sweeney

7/18/2018 — DOSSIER EN ROUTE

$11,594.89 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LUCILLE and JANIE for the Johnston family — NC

The Johnston family is excited to be adopting for the third time, working quickly to bring home a little girl in need of a family.

God graciously introduced them to the blessing of special needs when their son Isaac was born in 2010, and it was through his birth and young life that they learned about the plight of orphans with special needs.

They have since welcomed their daughter Providence (with Down syndrome) home in 2014, and most recently, their son Slavik (who spent 15 years in an institution) who came home this past September. They are both doing well and enjoying the friendships that naturally come with large families.

The Johnstons are uniquely blessed with a community of friends and family who celebrate and value life and are grateful for others they continue to meet through organizations like Reece’s Rainbow.

7/5/2018 — TRAVELING in JULY

$11,072.95 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Lucille has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant.
Janie has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant.

3 Siblings for the Adamson Family

John and Traci Adamson are the parents of 9 children, 3 of whom were adopted through Reece’s Rainbow between 2009 and 2010. They learned about “Slava,” a young boy with Down Syndrome, in 2008, and that discovery of their son (now named Sean) would forever change their lives. Originally intending to adopt “Lacy” (also with Down Syndrome) at the same time and from the same orphanage, they were to discover that she was not available while in country to adopt Sean. Not to be deterred, the Adamson kids set their sights on getting her, too, and shortly after Sean got home, the fundraising and paperwork began again. The next year, they returned to the country to adopt “Lacy” (now Lily), and also brought home Joshua (formerly Taras, suffering a deletion of part of his 14th chromosome)!

These children changed their lives forever, as they saw them thrive with the love of a family and knowing what would have happened to them if they had gone to an institution. God gave them greater understanding of the value of every life and had special hearts for orphans with disabilities who are unvalued by much of the world but are precious in His sight.

After 8 years of advocating for other orphans and families, the Adamsons unexpectedly began another adoption journey. Their daughter Naomi (who shared often with her parents about waiting children) told them of an older orphan sibling pair who urgently needed a host family, because their original hosts had fallen through. The Adamsons’ hearts went out to them, and they prayerfully as a family decided that they could welcome a 14-year-old boy (V) and his 10-year-old sister (V) into their home for Christmas time. They were excited to share the love of Christ with them and it was the best Christmas ever.

These kids fit right into their family and thrived in their busy home full of love. Their family prayerfully and unanimously decided that God would have them bring V and V home forever, along with their little sister (L) whom these kids have never seen and likely has greater special needs due to in-utero stress (they have developmental delays & challenges from life in an orphanage).

The Adamsons can not wait for the older 2 to come to visit them again in the summer with the hosting program and are praying that soon after that they will be able to travel and begin the process of giving all 3 the gift of a forever family who loves them greatly.

9/18/2018 — TRAVELING in OCT
They would love and appreciate you joining them in this journey by following their blog at: www.childrenpreciousinhissight@blogspot.com

$6,280.55 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SYDNEY and REAGAN for the Eby family — MI

The Eby family has been involved with adoption for more than 11 years. So you would think they’d know that saying they were done growing their family through adoption wasn’t a wise thing to do. After Kaitlyn and Kathryn came home in 2015, they felt ready to settle in and enjoy the family they had been given. Laura was still advocating for children and through those groups saw two little girls. Twins. One an typical two year old, the other her very delayed sister.

But… Laura thought, they were done. She watched as family after family asked to see the girls’ files hoping one of the families would choose them. Curious after a while, Laura asked to see the files. Beautiful little girls. One with significant needs, needs they already had experience with.

But they were done building their family.

Sydney has complex needs. Her file says esotropia and agenesis of the corpus callosum. She had a seizure when she was younger and was put on seizure meds. She has significant delays and feeding issues.

Reagan is healthy and doing well.

Keeping these girls together is very important.  But…

The files were asked for and returned again and again. Laura finally told Ron about these little girls and found him surprisingly open to adding them to their family.

But… they were done building their family.

“If you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans”

After careful thought and consideration they decided (what they really already knew) that Sydney and Reagan were their daughters.

The Eby family is happy and excited to announce that WE will be Sydney and Reagan’s family!

And then, we are done building our family……. 😉

8/14/2018 — LOA RECEIVED

$1,226.10 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ZADOCK for the Clark family — UT

Nicole and Jeremy are excited to announce the adoption of their fourth son from Bulgaria! Alex (7) came home from Bulgaria in July 2014. Then, in August 2016, they brought Jon (6) and David (5) home. Soon they will get to add their youngest (4) to the pack. Nicole stays home with the boys while Jeremy works as a Middle School teacher, swim coach and CrossFit coach.

The Clarks are adopting, not because it’s an especially convenient time or because they are looking for more to fill their plate. They’re adopting because when they happened to see this little guy’s profile on an adoption site, and recognized him from their son David’s orphanage, they simply couldn’t turn away. Adoption, when it’s a little bit of a stretch, is such a vivid picture of the way God loves and rescues his children. Nicole and Jeremy are humbled to get to show off God’s lavish love in their own small way.

Of course, they cannot do it alone! They are so grateful for the support they’ve received in the past and even now through the love and generosity of others. As they prepare their home and hearts for their fourth, consider giving to help get him here as soon as possible!

8/27/2018 — TRIP 1 COMPLETE; AWAITING COURT

$7,338.05 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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GABRIEL for the Kladder family — MI

Ben and Holly are not new to the adoption world, nor to special needs adoption, having adopted all four of their children (now ages 15, 11, 7, and 6), three of whom were once waiting children with special medical needs. Ellie came home from S. Korea in 2006 and Bereket came home from Ethiopia in 2008. Ezra was adopted as an infant domestically in 2011, and XuBin came home from China in 2014. When they arrived home from China in 2014, they both assumed that their family was complete. Holly had been the “pusher” when it came to adding children to the family and she made a vow to God and to Ben that she wasn’t going to push anymore. It wasn’t fair to Ben for Holly to always be leading the charge toward another child and it wasn’t fair to Holly either, as she wasn’t allowing herself to trust God to lead Ben through His spirit, to trust Him with His timing, and ultimately to trust in His plans for their family. She kept her promise.

Holly began advocating for Gabriel, a little boy who had captured her heart back in 2013. She advocated through social media and in person whenever she conversed with someone who she thought might be interested. She told God that she didn’t need to be Gabriel’s mother, she just needed someone to be. Someone needed to love this little boy that she loved. She prayed that his family would find him. She began donating a small monthly amount to his Reeces Rainbow account so that when his adoptive family found him, they would have a grant to use toward their adoption.

Life went on. They were happily raising 4 kids and working full time. Their hearts and hands were full.

Imagine Holly’s shock when Ben told her one day in November that he was 100% positive that they were supposed to adopt Gabriel! The message was clear: they were his family and this little love was waiting for them this whole time. Ben and Holly look forward to welcoming Gabriel into their family in August or September 2018.

8/7/2018 — TRAVEL APPROVAL RECEIVED

$3,597.38 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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INGA for the Duncan family — TN

Jody and Michelle Duncan have been married for almost 24 years and have four beautiful daughters, ages 19 to 7.  For several years they have had a burden for orphan care.  After walking with their friends through an adoption journey, they learned of the staggering number of orphans in the world and the dire state in which so many of these children live.  As Christians they felt the scriptures that instruct believers to care for the orphan were spoken in a very personal way to them, but they often made excuses of why they could not adopt.  These included the fact that they could not afford it, were busy with their own children, and not equipped to deal with the special needs an adopted child would have.

On two different occasions the family hosted orphans in their home for the Christmas holidays.  The Duncans were open to adopt the hosted children but for various reasons those children could not be adopted. However, after the last hosting experience, they were ready to finally act and move forward with being obedient to what God was calling them to do. The Duncans desire to adopt an older child because these children have a small chance of being chosen.  After praying as a family, they chose to seek to adopt an eleven year old girl from Eastern Europe. Inga has been in the orphanage for about three years.  Her mother past away when Inga was two and her father had his parental rights removed for his improper care of Inga. Sadly, Inga has health concerns that further minimize her chances for being adopted.  Because they live very near St. Jude’s Children’s hospital in Memphis, TN, a hospital with a special division for the care of children who suffer from Inga’s illness, they felt it would be a great place for Inga to live.  Currently, their letter of intent to adopt Inga has been approved; their dossier is in country and awaiting ministry approval.

The Duncans are not wealthy nor do they have many financial assets.  However, they do have a longing to offer a home to a child who has none.  Psalm 68:5-6 tells us that God is a Father to the Fatherless and that He sets the lonely in families. Even though they have been blessed with four biological daughters, they know that there is room in their hearts to love and care for another child.  They want to be a family to Inga and by God’s grace offer her a safe, secure life with the opportunity to grow up and experience joy and love.  Will you help them be that family to Inga?

5/18/2018 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED; AWAITING TRAVEL DATES

$494.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Inga has received a $7,500 Older Child Grant.

Augustine for the Creyer family — PA

Meet the Creyers! Casey and Michael met online in December of 2013. They were shocked to find out that they only lived a mile from each other in their small town. Michael was Casey’s restoration in faith, as she had just gotten out of an emotionally abusive relationship. They were married in front of their friends and family in April of 2016, and closed on their first home a month later.

They struggled to conceive for a year, after Casey’s diagnosis of PCOS. Adoption was always part of the plan, because Casey’s brother was adopted, and she wanted to adopt too. She discussed her plans with Michael, and because of her relationship with her brother, he was on board too. The plan was to continue to try to conceive, but begin to look at local agencies and try to get some paperwork out of the way. They went to a local agency for an information seminar, where the presenter was advocating for this little guy in Albania. Once the presentation was over, they asked to see the little guy she was advocating for. It was love at first sight. Both Casey and Michael fell in love with this little boy with Down syndrome, and knew that he was supposed to be their son. They then jumped right into the adoption process. They had no plans on adopting a child with special needs, but after seeing him it didn’t matter. He was their boy. Michael was a little hesitant and nervous, but knew they could do it. Casey was a special education teacher and had a lot of tricks up her sleeves.

While they were trying to get their home study finished, they were told there was another family interested in Augustine. They were crushed. Luckily, the agency was letting both families write a letter of intent to express their interest, and plead their case. It was the longest 2 weeks ever, but they eventually got the call that they had been chosen! Casey cried happy tears, and Michael wore the biggest smile. Now, they are working on immigration and getting their dossier together to go and bring their son home!

5/18/2018 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$528.88 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SIMSON and SLAVIC for the Oden family — OK

The Oden family was changed when they found Reece’s Rainbow a few years ago. They already had one adopted child (so they knew the joys and trials of adoption), and one child with a disability (so they knew the joys and trials of raising a child with a disability). When they learned that children with disabilities are institutionalized all over the world, they knew they had to act. God’s call on them was clear – they needed to adopt a child with a disability who was currently institutionalized. One day, while researching adoption, the Odens saw a precious face on Reece’s Rainbow, and knew that call wasn’t “some day”, but “now”. That precious face became their beloved daughter in January 2016.

After seeing an orphanage and the effects of institutionalization first hand, the Odens returned home with an even bigger passion for waiting children. They have often felt like they were impatiently biding their time until God said “go” again. They are excited to be adopting again, and also that this time, God said “TWO.” The Oden family currently has six children, and are excited to bring home two more. However, adoption is costly, and this is their third adoption in 6 years, so they cannot do it without help! All donations toward bringing these children home is greatly appreciated.

9/14/2018 — FINAL TRIP SEPT 22

$7,632.55 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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2 CHILDREN for the Wilde Family — UT

 photo fwbutton150.pngShannon first discovered international adoption – and Reece’s Rainbow – in 2008 after a heartbreaking miscarriage. She instantly knew adopting internationally was something she wanted to do, but Troy wasn’t so sure. After serving as missionaries in Haiti (Troy) and Paraguay (Shannon), they knew first -hand the difference that good medical care, good nutrition and love made in the lives of children – but Troy felt they were busy enough with their 4 children and worried about the cost and risks involved. Two more miscarriages and finally their surprise baby boy followed over the next 8 years, but the dream of adopting a child in need never left Shannon’s heart – and the reluctance to adopt never left Troy’s!

In the fall of 2016, Troy saw the photo of a newly listed little girl, Carrie, and felt something in his heart he’d never felt before. They hurried to get all the paperwork together to adopt her, but were heartbroken when she went into foster care the same week they received the final document. Loving Carrie opened Troy’s heart to adoption, and they decided to wait and watch for another little one to touch their hearts in the same way Carrie had.

9/18/18 —TRAVELING NOW

$933.71 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ANNABETH for the Jackson family — ID

 photo fwbutton150.pngRachael and her daughter Shyna are a family small in size but big in love and heart! Rachael is a nurse and for the past year and a half has worked one on one with children with special needs. From the first day of working with a child with Down Syndrome Rachael immediately understood how uniquely amazing these children are. She thought that day to herself, what a blessing it would be to have a child with Down Syndrome! She never imagined at that time, the plans that were in store. When God placed adoption on her heart, both she and her daughter were overflowing with excitement of meeting the one that God had destined for their family. Through a path of perfect unexpected turns, uncomfortable bumps and hard dead ends, it all strategically led to that destined door which held Annabeth… the one!

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17

Funding for the remainder of Annabeth’s adoption is still needed and any donation amount is very much appreciated. Thank you for supporting this family’s amazing journey!

5/18/2018 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$1,499.15 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A CHILD for the Rohats family — NC

We have a very long story. We started hosting this young man years ago. We hosted him and his younger sister first initially. We actually started the adoption process for the both of them before hosting them on blind faith. Our hosting went fairly well, but we learned quickly his sister did not want to be adopted. She was very happy with her foster mom and she didn’t want to leave Eastern Europe. So, the adoption stopped as they had to be adopted together since they were a sibling group. We hosted Daniils again the following hosting season and his sister did not come with him this time. We had 3 straight years of hosting him off and on during Christmas & then in the summer. Our girls literally grew up with him. During this time period we moved my husband’s parents into our home with us so we could care for them as they were both terminally ill. They both sadly passed away within four months of each other and we were able to care for them for a year.

One day I was driving down the road and the adoption agency called me and asked me to brace myself that Daniils had worked to get himself legally separated so we could indeed adopt him as this is what he truly wanted. We quickly started the adoption process back up and by winter we were traveling for trip one. We were in country for 3 weeks with our daughters to bring him home. On the third visit with the social worker he said “no” to the adoption. We were shocked and devastated. We never saw that coming. We sadly had no translator support in country and at this point Daniils would no longer speak English to us. We left, crushed and confused as you can imagine. There was no word for this loss at the time as I knew his future would be very bleak. Three months went by and his sister called me. She asked if I would like to speak to Daniils. I of course wanted to and it was so great to hear his voice. The first thing he said to me was. “Mom, I am so sorry”! Those words rung in my head and it was like ripping a band aid off. He also told me, ‘he made a huge mistake and he tried to come back to us the day after he left us but they told him we had already left the country”. It was all so hard. About five months after Daniils said no to the adoption his foster mom had the court place him in an orphanage as she could no longer handle him.

About 6 months went by and God placed on our hearts to adopt again and China was placed in our hearts. We locked in a little boy and we were very excited. Then two days later I found another little boy through advocacy. We like to say that, “God obviously thinks we can handle much more than we think we can”. We traveled in the summer of 2016 to China to bring them home. They have adjusted so well and are a true blessing.

I have always continued to stay in touch with Daniils. He was always so happy for his new brothers and never bitter. We would facetime and send messages back and forth via facebook. We talk every other day currently. Our relationship continued to blossom and a few months ago it hit me like a ton of bricks the reality that he was aging out in March. My son would no longer be adoptable and would forever be classified as an orphan. I thought to myself that I have made so many mistakes in my life as a young adult and I always had my family to fall back on. We spent about 3 weeks asking Daniils questions about what he wanted. We openly talked about our feeling with the adoption loss with him, that we truly loved him, that he had always been our son and always would be no matter what. He never once brought up us coming back to adopt him. We decided to ask him if he would want this and he sobbed. He told us that he wanted this more than anything and that he was so sorry for saying no. We of course spent a long time talking to him about making sure he truly knew in his heart that, “yes” was the only answer for him because our family could not handle that kind of heartbreak again. My son is gypsy and has a very rough go at life in Eastern Europe.

We heard a sermon this summer and the visiting pastor spoke of “living uncomfortably” and asked were we doing all that we have been called to do? So, this will be number 4 adoption in two years. We used our savings for the first adoption in Eastern Europe. No funds from that adoption were returned to us. We took out a home equity line of credit on our home for our boys from China and we honestly don’t have the money to adopt our son in Eastern Europe. My dear friends had an online “square buying fundraiser” a few weeks ago and that paid for our first large fee with our adoption agency. We just had two huge yard sales and raised money doing that. I have sold all designer anything I have to make money at the women’s consignment sale. I’m doing a shirt fundraiser currently and a Mud Love fundraiser currently. I am starting to put together an online auction to fundraise now. I literally am doing everything I can to make this happen and I’m still coming up short. My son ages out in March so we are in a rush to get all approvals and funds raised as soon as possible.

We believe in forgiveness, we believe in second chances and we believe in redemption! Please, I ask for your consideration for help! We would be forever grateful!

8/27/2018 — TRIP 3, OCT 6-13

$3,714.36 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Logan for the Ford family — GA

Chet and Nicole have been married for 20 years. They struggled through infertility for several years and then suffered the loss of their pregnancy of twin boys, Will & Ches. They now have 5 biological children. Jordan (25), Liam (15), Gavin (13), Caris (11) and Wurth (7). Chet & Nicole had a niece born in 2014 with Down Syndrome. They started running for RODS Racing after that. Nicole saw Logan’s picture needing his forever home. She knew he was perfect for their family. Chet and Nicole both work as Nurse Practitioners. They travel on mission trips at least once a year and are very familiar with what life looks like in an orphanage. They are very excited about bringing Logan home to his forever family.

8/6/2018 — LOA RECEIVED

$518.73 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Logan has received a $14,321 Waiting Child Grant.

 

KELLAN for the Jolly-Lee family — DC

Tierra and Rusty first met in 2007, as Teach for America corps members in post-Katrina New Orleans. Though their paths often crossed, they didn’t become friends until 2009, when a chance teacher happy hour commiseration over breakups and homesickness sparked a lasting friendship. Both returned home for graduate school and married other people, but they stayed in touch, always able to ask each other for the kind of advice most folks are too polite to give.

When their first marriages ended, they again turned to each other to commiserate. Emails became text messages, which led to phone calls of increasing frequency. On one of those calls, Tierra suggested that they find a way to spend time together over their spring break off from teaching. Rusty agreed, and drove up to D.C. for Cherry Blossom Festival. Then he came back the next weekend, and the next weekend, then for the summer, then forever.

In 2017, they finally married each other, and soon after welcomed their beautiful daughter Rocket into the world. Born with the perfect button nose and rocking an extra 21st chromosome, Rocket changed their lives. Rusty and Tierra learned everything they could about Down syndrome, early intervention and IEPs, and about the defect in Rocket’s heart. But none of their research prepared them to lose their four month old baby girl to complications following open heart surgery.

Even in heartbreak, Rusty and Tierra knew they wanted to continue growing their family, but couldn’t shake the feeling that their experience with Down syndrome wasn’t – and shouldn’t be – over yet. After discovering Reece’s Rainbow, they began to discuss adoption. Then Tierra saw one of the most perfect little faces she’d ever seen and instantly knew in her heart that this tiny, precious boy was their son. Rusty agreed, and here they are – grateful that you’ve found your way to this page and are willing to help them bring sweet Kellan — soon to be named Max! — home.

8/10/2018 — COURT PASSED!

$12,378.07 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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BREE for the Carlson family — KY

We are the Carlson family and sweet Bree will be our third adoption from Asia. With an accessible home and the desire in our hearts to welcome another child, we searched for an older girl with mobility needs to add to our crew. One look at her beaming smile and we were hooked! Bree was found at age 3 and has waited many years for a forever home. We look forward to introducing her to the love and joy of our family, friends and community.

8/3/2018 — TA RECEIVED

$232.80 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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

CAMPBELL for the Croasdaile Family —

Sara is a single mother of two teenaged children with special needs.  She is also a Special Education Teacher and is passionate about her roles as a mother and educator.

Sara’s Aunt Vicki was born with Down Syndrome, but unfortunately passed due to complications from heart surgery before Sara was born.  Sara’s Grandparents, upon the birth of Vicki, were pressured by doctors to institutionalize her.  Of course, Sara’s Grandparents did not listen to their doctors and brought Vicki home to love and grow.  Since learning about Vicki as a child, Sara started dreaming that one day she would save a child from the future that Vicki might have had if her Grandparents had listened to the doctors.

Sara and her children officially started their journey during National Adoption Month 2017.  After looking into the files of waiting children, they found their Campbell Reilly (who was briefly listed on RR as Kai) and cannot wait to bring him HOME!

8/7/2018 — TRAVEL APPROVAL RECEIVED

$6,865.90 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A Family for Finley and Fern

Let me tell you a story about a little boy known as Finley. He is four years old and he has spent every one of those years living in an orphanage in Eastern Europe. I remember the day his profile was first listed on Reece’s Rainbow. I was sure a baby so young would be adopted quickly. But he wasn’t. Over the years his baby photo with the little bonnet and the feeding tube snaking out of his nose was finally updated with the picture of a beautiful little boy who had learned to walk in spite of his special needs. And I thought, surely now a family will claim him. But no one did. Then one day he was joined in the orphanage by a baby brother, and I knew a family would be unable to resist such a darling duo. But they still waited. And then I heard the news that even though he was still just a little boy, he would soon be transferred to a very hard place, a very rough place, where no one cares about little boys and no one protects them. A place where if a little boy is disliked he likely won’t survive his first year there. And my heart was filled with fear for him. And even though it’s not the perfect time for our family to adopt, and even though we don’t have all of the funds to pay for another international adoption, I couldn’t stop thinking of a little boy who has waited and waited for it to be a good time for someone, anyone, to adopt him. A little boy who doesn’t have any more time to wait. And we had to move forward for this little boy because we couldn’t not. Because there is a little boy named Finley who has waited all of his life to be claimed by a family and we are finally coming. Can you please help us give Finley and Fern a family at last?

You can follow our family’s adoption on our YouTube channel Amerikrainian Tribe.
8/16/2018 — DOSSIER NEARLY COMPLETE

$6,711.64 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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DARIA for the Petrich family — VA

Their first experience with orphans came through a mutual friendship with two amazing people. David and Jane Daulton, heroes in the faith who have been serving orphans overseas forever. (not to mention adopting as many children as they can get their hands on) They invited both Kurt, Cyndi and Christella to join them on a missions trip to serve special needs orphans in the summer of 2015.

Kurt and Cyndi fell in love on the mission field. Both were widows. Cyndi and her daughter Christella took a giant leap of faith by saying yes to a mission’s trip to serve orphans overseas.They were not there 48 hours and they both knew God was calling them to the orphans.

Kurt was planning a trip to Nepal, to serve disabled orphans when God changed his plans and rerouted him to join the same missions trip with David and Jane. The three of their paths crossed (Kurt, Cyndi, and Christella) and they immediately bonded with each other, and their hearts were on one accord for these precious lost children.

Kurt and Cyndi were married October 2015 and in the two years since, they have made 5 trips back to the mission field to minister to the orphan children. They are presently working to help these beautiful children find forever loving family’s and to help forge a new plan that would end institutionalized care for them in this country.

During their journey they met a sweet brown eyed little girl who stole their hearts. This beautiful child desperately needs American medicine and a whole lot of love. We can’t wait for the Lord to bring her home and make her a forever part of our family.

8/2/2018 — COURT PASSED

$6,006.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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VIJAY and ATHENS for the Pohl family — SD

Vijay

Athens

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.

Sealey

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.

However, just as they received USCIS approval to adopt, the unthinkable happened – word came from across the ocean that Sealey had passed away.  Despite being heartbroken, Randall and Jenny knew that they had to carry on, and choose another child.

Once child stood out to them,  and they are excited to now bring Vijay home – Sealey will forever be the son of their hearts,  and thanks to him, Vijay will also soon be a beloved son and brother.

7/31/2018 — COURT DATE AUG 13
Follow along on the family’s journey on their blog:  rtkop.blogspot.com

$9,589.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Vijay has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant.
Athens has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant.

TATE for the Wilkinson family — KS

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!!

3/1/2018 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$5,363.75 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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