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The Hopkins family has been in process for nearly two years to bring Knox home. As travel to his country is still on hold, due to the COVID pandemic, they pray nightly to bring him home. Because of participating in a recent hosting program, and while they are waiting, they have chosen to embark on a second adoption. They are working hard in anticipation of having both of their children home in 2022.

Roderick and Melissa have been happily married for over ten years and reside in a small town in Illinois with their five wonderful children Adeson (14), Emery (13), Jacob (11), Ella Grace (9) and Casey(7). Four of their five children were adopted internationally, two from China and two from Ethiopia. Rod and Melissa have been committed to adoption, and both they and their extended families have been foster parents, adoptive parents, and advocates for humanitarian and children’s rights. They are also parents to Melissa’s seven children from her first marriage of 17 years Brandon (36), Ryan (deceased), Alex (27), Matthew (26), Sara (22), Emily (19) and Antonio (19), Alex, and Antonio were also adopted, one at age eight and one at age four from Russia and Guatemala. They believe their family is their calling and feel blessed to have had the blessing of family and friends throughout their life journey.

The cost and process of international adoption, while intimidating they believe is far worth the journey. Rod and Melissa believe that completing their family through adoption is the right thing for them and are very excited about bringing home their new son from Asia who they found through Reece’s Rainbow, whom they will call Noah, as well as now a second child from Portugal. If you can help them support their adoption journey, their family would be grateful.

You can also follow their journey at https://www.facebook.com/rockwellhopkinsfamily/

9/29/2022 — AWAITING TRAVEL to CHINA
& AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL for PORTUGAL

 

$10,677.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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In 2017, Kirstin moved to Jinja, Uganda to serve at Amazima Ministries. She had no idea the journey God was going to take her on in the next five years! During her time in Uganda, she got involved with Ekisa Ministries, an organization that works with children with disabilities.

In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic hit. Uganda’s restrictions were especially intense, and Kirstin ended up locked down in her apartment building with her neighbors, who were short-term fostering Shiloh from Ekisa Ministries for the length of the lockdown. Kirstin felt an immediate bond with Shiloh, and God planted an idea in her mind—maybe one day they would be forever family. It took Kirstin a year of praying and seeking wise counsel, but God continued growing the idea of adoption in her mind until she knew that Shiloh was her daughter. After 8 years of living at Ekisa Ministries, Shiloh moved home in June of 2021.

Now, Kirstin and Shiloh have been together for over a year (as required in Uganda’s adoption process). Shiloh brings so much joy everywhere she goes, and the bond between Shiloh and Kirstin has continued to grow. They are moving forward as quickly as possible towards finalizing their adoption, as Shiloh has complex medical needs that will be better addressed when they are able to return to the States.

Kirstin and Shiloh are deeply grateful for all the support that they have been given. Thank you for considering being part of their story!

9/28/2022 — COMPILING DOSSIER

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

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Shiloh has also been awarded an older child grant.

Ever since she was a young girl, Stephani has wanted a big family with a lot of kids, several of whom she hoped would arrive via adoption. She learned about the plight of orphans with special needs 10 years ago when an online friend adopted a little boy with Down syndrome from Ukraine and that’s when she realized she would someday pursue international special needs adoption.

That someday came a few years later when Stephani saw a newly listed little girl with Down syndrome from Armenia that led her to start her first adoption. Another family accepted the referral for that little girl soon after Stephani submitted her dossier but she knew she was meant to continue her journey and in 2015, Octavia joined the family. Stephani was happy with her small family but knew it wasn’t complete.

In 2018, a newly listed little girl with Down syndrome from the country of Georgia called Lola caught Stephani’s attention but she didn’t think it was the right time to adopt so she advocated for her, hoping Lola’s family would see her. Her family did see her! A year later, Stephani started the adoption process once again and brought Lola, now Coralie, home in 2021.

Stephani, Octavia, and Coralie are excited for another little one to join the family, this time from a different Eastern European country. Your financial, emotional, and prayerful support is appreciated.

8/19/2022 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$322.42 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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“Pearl”

“Nan” in China

Joe and Jenna live in NY and have 4 daughters ranging in ages from 6-20.  Stella, the youngest, was born with Down Syndrome, and was adopted from Asia in 2018. Shortly after returning home from Stella’s adoption, the Neri’s fell in love with another little girl with Down Syndrome from Asia. They began the adoption process again in early 2020 and had no idea that they would still be waiting to bring home their daughter 2.5 years later.

As most know, adoptions from China are on hold for right now. We are still committed to bringing our daughter home from China and pray for her daily. We have been heartbroken that we have no news as to if/when the process will resume and our updates are getting further and further between. But we will continue to pray and hope that someday soon we will get to hold onto our girl and bring her home.

While waiting for China to resume adoptions, we had begun to consider and research other countries. There are still more children all over the world that need loving homes but was this an option? What if China resumes adoptions? What if right when we were to start a concurrent adoption, things started moving? While these are questions we still have, our family continues to have room in our hearts and home for another child. Recently, a little girl with Down Syndrome was posted on Reece’s Rainbow and our hearts leapt. This little girl stole our hearts, and the hearts of many others in a very short amount of time. We immediately sent in our inquiry and application to be matched with her. Recently we were matched with her and are working very hard to get her home as quickly as we can.  She needs medical attention and the care that she can receive here very soon.

We are overjoyed to be able to be adding these children to our family. We ask for God to guide us in both of these journeys and pray that we will all be together one day. We thank you for your prayers for both of these children from different parts of the world, and the hope that our family will be together soon.

8/16/2022 — NEW DOSSIER in PROCESS

$9,948.15 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Lindsey and Patrick have been married for 15 years and knew they always wanted to adopt. They began fostering soon after getting married and have continued to foster many kids, including their now adopted daughters. In 2020, they saw a little girls on Reece’s Rainbow and decided to no longer let finances stop them from adopting internationally. During the homestudy phase, that little girl was matched with another family. Even though their hearts were broken, they prayed and knew they needed to continue. After learning about the children with Down syndrome and likely outcomes they decided to adopt a little girl they called Liana. They now have a house full of girls, including their biological daughter, but felt they still had some love to give. This time, they will be bringing home their first BOY! They are so excited, but needs lots of prayers and help to make it happen. With international adoption costing $35,000+ they can’t do it without you! Any help to bring this sweet boy home is greatly appreciated.

8/2/2022 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$205.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Dustin and Marlaina are happy to be working on their third international adoption. Dustin and Marlaina have been married for 19 years and have three children. Imani, age 13, was born in Tanzania and was adopted while Dustin and Marlaina were working and volunteering in Tanzania for six years. Cohen is ten and loves soccer and fishing. Their daughter Ruby is six and was adopted from China in 2018 and has Down Syndrome. While in country for Ruby’s adoption, Dustin and Marlaina had a sense that there was someone else waiting and they would be back again one day.

When Dustin and Marlaina saw Rosalia’s picture through an advocacy post on social media, their hearts were drawn to her. It seemed crazy to others to begin an international adoption in the middle of the Covid pandemic, but they knew they had to be faithful to what God was placing in their hearts.
The whole Harper family is excited to add Rosalia to their home. The love and bond the siblings share is very special and they are excited to add a new sister to the bunch.

Dustin works as a regional sales manager for a company while Marlaina works from home teaching fifth grade to virtual public-school students. Dustin and Marlaina volunteer and advocate for their church’s adoption and foster care ministry. The family loves spending time together camping, kayaking, and hiking in North Georgia. Dustin and Marlaina are so thankful for how God has used others in their family’s journey and has been faithful to meet their needs.

7/22/2022 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED in OCT 2021

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

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Sarah is single. She has always known that she was called to work with orphaned and displaced children; and at the young age of 7 years she told everyone that would listen that she would adopt all of her children when she was grown up. In 2008 her journey towards adoption began with US foster care.

By 2016 this desire to make a difference for children in need expanded across the globe and she was blessed with a waiting, orphaned child with special needs. Again in 2018 she was blessed with another waiting child with spina bifida.

Once again Sarah has heard the call of adoption and committed to a sibling set. Sarah could use your help and has set up this page for a place to send your tax deductible donations. This sibling set has not lived together for many years and suffered the effects of neglect and separation. The male child is an older child who is 13 years old with a mental delay. It is said that he remembers being mistreated/ neglected and sometimes talks about it. His younger sister is 9 years old and lives in another foster home. The children sometimes visit each other but very much want to live together and have a family that will accept them both together.

When asked how they felt about being adopted the younger child said “I hope mom comes for us soon!” Please help her bring them home. Children belong in families.

Sarah’s youngest son says: “Sarah (Mommy) will be a great mom for them! I hope they are good brother and sister. I hope they will play with me.”

6/23/2022 — COMPILING DOSSIER

$1,488.95 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Residing in the state of North Dakota, Bill and Raelynn, along with their three boys John (8), James (6), and Reid (3), hope to welcome home sweet Melly. Their adoption journey started as conversations during their dating years, and the desire to grow their family through adoption remained on their hearts years later.

In 2018 while pregnant with their third child, Raelynn really began to look into adoption. At first the idea was to pursue domestic newborn adoption, but the Schimetz family quickly became aware of the immense need of children born with special needs. Providentially, Raelynn aligned paths with someone who adopted children with special needs abroad and shortly after found Reece’s Rainbow. Knowing that the time wasn’t quite right to adopt, Raelynn advocated and raised funds for children on RR and patiently waited until it was time. In March of 2022, Bill and Raelynn agreed that the time was right, and just a week later the couple saw the sweetest picture of a little girl on RR.

The couple is fully trusting in His provision and timing in the adoption process, and are hopeful to welcome Melly into their home. Videos of Melly show her having the sweetest little demeanor, full of determination and adorableness. The family feels that Melly is an absolute treasure and would be beyond grateful to be able to call her their own.

When talking about his purpose in life and the role he is meant to fill, Bill will tell you it’s to be a father. Likewise, Raelynn is overjoyed by her role as a mother. She can’t think of anything better than the blessing of raising their children up in the way in which they should go. The family is so grateful to be on this path and marveling at the Lord’s hand leading them on this journey.

Bill and Raelynn have been married for 10 years, together for 14, and homeschool their children. They thank you for any support, whether it be prayer, financial, or encouragement.

9/13/2022 — COMPILING DOSSIER

$202.10 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Colombia

Meet the Hymas family! Curtis and Desiree married young 16 years ago and have never looked back! They knew they had something special and envisioned a simple life of love, sacrifice, faith and adventure. Five biological kids later, they recognized their passion for being parents, creating memories and raising a close-knit family with the same values.

One of Desiree’s most formative experiences growing up was having her aunt Vickie live with her family. Vickie had Down Syndrome and brought unconditional love and happiness everywhere she went. Over the years, Desiree spent time working with and befriending those with special needs—associations which have brought her increased meaning and joy as a mother. Upon learning that children with Down Syndrome are consigned to orphanages around the world, the Hymas family immediately felt the need to answer the call to open their home.

After many months of fasting, prayer and emotional experiences together, the Hymas family found a 3-year-old boy from Kyrgyzstan and felt an instant connection. After looking up Kyrgyzstan on a map, they found out it’s one of the most expensive countries for adoption. Already frustrated with the length of time international adoption requires and the amounts of money due up front, the Hymases are doing their part to act quickly to avoid unnecessary financial delays in bringing their new addition home.

It will require miracles and push the family way outside its comfort zone, so all the support received from family, friends and the global community of those desiring to make a difference is eternally appreciated!

9/13/2022 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$10,787.76 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Meet Derek and Kristy! They have been dating for 23 years and married for 17 years! Derek and Kristy met online when they were just freshmen in high school. Kristy’s family had just purchased a brand-new computer, and the next day on October 9, 1999, she was connected to the internet for the very first time. Believe it or not, that was the day derek_guy15 met ladychick_1999 in a Yahoo! Chatroom. They dated all through high school, decided to attend the same community college, and got married in the summer of 2005. By 2012, they had completed grad school and started their careers.

Their journey to parenthood has been nothing short of a miracle. Despite two pregnancy losses and a cancer diagnosis that could have caused infertility, God has trusted Derek and Kristy with three amazing biological children. – Elise (9), Ava (6), and Cameron (2). There is nothing they love more than being their parents. Derek and Kristy believe every child deserves the unconditional love of a mother and the steadfast love of a father, and they have always known adoption would be a part of their story. In fact, while they were dating and talking about marriage and starting a family, adoption came up just as naturally and as frequently as having biological children.

Derek and Kristy believe that when God calls us to something, He equips us to fulfil His calling. They feel so much reverence and gratitude that their Heavenly Father continues to bless and equip their home with such peace and stability. With God’s grace and guidance, they are able to provide their children with security so that they feel safe and sound, and they are able to meet their basic needs: shelter, food, clothing, medical care, and protection from harm. They’re blessed to have a stable and strong marriage, to have a very rich relationship with their parents and grandparents, and to be a part of a loving church community that gives them all a sense of belonging, tradition, and cultural continuity. They also absolutely make sure their sweet children know that they will always love them. They certainly aren’t perfect parents, and they practice the art of sincere apologies and forgiveness daily, but they do have a loving and stable home and the desire to share this beautiful life with their children. Psalm 127:3-5 teaches that, “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!” Furthermore, James 1:27 teaches that “religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” For Derek and Kristy, the Bible makes their calling quite clear. They are to love and take care of one another, and they are called to make sure that every child is taken care of and a part of a family. While they can’t adopt every orphan in the world, they can do for one what they wish they could do for millions.

Derek and Kristy are thrilled to be officially matched with a little boy in Eastern Europe with cystic fibrosis who will turn 8 this summer. The journey ahead for this precious boy is a long and difficult one. Cystic fibrosis is having a big impact on his lungs and liver. The truth is, a life of difficulty with cystic fibrosis is his reality whether or not he has a family. But, oh, what a difference a forever family will make for him. He is worthy of love and the best possible care. Glory be to God that this boy will soon have a mommy and a daddy and three siblings who will stick with him through thick and thin, making sure he has the best care possible and that he is loved immeasurably all the days of his life. Derek and Kristy ask you to prayerfully consider coming alongside them to bring their son home. Your donation is greatly needed and greatly appreciated. Thank you for your love, your prayers, and your support.

7/1/2022 — FIRST TRIP in JULY

$1,488.05 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Jim and Katya came from completely different worlds. Jim was born and raised in the Midwest and had rarely traveled. Katya is from Russia and loved to travel. She spent the summer of 1998 working at a bed and breakfast in the U.S. She returned to Russia in the fall of 1998 to complete her degree not sure if she would ever come back. But, in the summer of 2000 she got the chance to return to the U.S. and that’s where things got interesting.

Jim and Katya met while taking a class at a local university in 2001 and have been together ever since. They married in 2003 and have seven wonderful children ranging in age from 5 to 18. Their youngest son, Sammy, came home from Eastern Europe in July of 2020. Sammy is deaf and has cystic fibrosis. He had undergone two surgeries since coming home, doubled his weight, can now hear with the help of cochlear implants, and is learning to communicate both verbally and using ASL. He is energetic, loves dressing up, wrestling with his brothers, going shopping and riding the bus to school. He brings so much love, joy and laughter to the Bukowski household.

A year after Sammy’s adoption was complete, Katya fell in love with Vivian (who has a genetic syndrome and hearing loss) who just happens to be living in the same orphanage as Sammy. After experiencing the amazing transformation born of the love between Sammy and his six siblings, Jim and Katya knew that Vivian was meant to be part of this family.

Jim and Katya ask that you pray for their family’s adoption, and for the health of Vivian during this process and beyond. She desperately needs medical care that is inaccessible in her birth country. There are so many amazing and deserving families on Reece’s Rainbow, and nothing makes this particular family more worthy than any other. However, if you feel moved to help the Bukowski family financially, please know that they will be forever grateful. As in addition to high cost of international adoption, they do anticipate having high ongoing medical costs due to Vivian’s needs.

May God continue to bless the Reece’s Rainbow family!

8/6/2022 — AWAITING COURT

$3,193.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Vivian has also received a $2000 country-specific grant from Reece’s Rainbow.

Ryan and Jamie Noll have been married for nearly 20 years! They grew up in the same neighborhood, and dated for three years before a year-long engagement; he proposed on the infamous covered bridge in Frankenmuth, Michigan. They home school their five daughters and one son – Jadyn (16), Evalynn (14), Raieyn (11), Loushyn (9), Gwendelyn (5), and Gaebrielle (3). Ryan is the field supervisor for a pump company, and Jamie coaches roller skating. The family all pitches in with their small hobby “farm” of chickens, ducks, turkeys, peacocks, rabbits, cats, dogs, and horses, as well as a couple guinea pigs and lizards, and some turtles and fish.

The pregnancy of their sixth child was used to radically change the family’s life. After the baby cried and took her first breath, proving the expectations of most wrong, the family continued to be challenged. During one of the baby’s many hospitalizations, Jamie learned that children like her new daughter were sometimes abandoned in the local hospital due to complex medical needs. She knew then that special needs adoption would be a part of her family’s future; Ryan was not so sure.

Months after that particular hospitalization, a seven-week critical care stay for Gaebrielle, when the special needs adoption seed was planted for the Noll family, an orphan was placed on Jamie’s heart through one of her online support groups for moms of children with arthrogryposis. Since Ryan still was not ready, he agreed to pray for the child with Jamie. She appeared to age out of eligibility, which caused Jamie to grieve heavily. The grieving was used to connect her with people in the Reece’s Rainbow community, where she discovered another family who was ready to adopt the child who had appeared to age out. Then, another child was placed on her heart. Ryan still was not ready so they prayed.

In December 2021, Ryan finally said they could take the next step toward a child in India. Jamie was delighted, again, at God’s provision, and started the process immediately. Because the Noll’s have a “large” family, their agency suggested they wait until another family with similar familial circumstances get to the next step before the Noll’s officially started. Four weeks later, they were given the go ahead. They wasted no time during those four weeks, having already begun the paperwork for their home study, which is nearing completion. They also submitted the first set of documents for their international agency, as well the first fee to accompany it. They are currently working toward CARA registration.

The entire Noll family has been involved in the adoption, as well as their loved ones and community — fundraisers, donations, notarizations, flexibility in appointments, and PRAYERS. They are looking forward to bringing home a new daughter who will make their only son the official middle child.

7/13/2022 — HOMESTUDY APPROVED!

$526.71 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Meet the Harris family! Heather and Randy have known each other since middle school, and have now been married for ten years. They have two sons, ages six and nine. Heather has always known that adoption would play a part in growing her family, and in late 2021, she and Randy decided it was the right time to start the process. They are incredibly blessed with a wonderful support system of family, friends, church and community and know that this newest member of the family will be welcomed and loved. Their sons are most excited about meeting their new sibling, and can’t wait to have her/him home!

Heather and Randy feel fortunate to have such an incredible support system. As a special education teacher, Heather also has an understanding of the resources available throughout the community and a fantastic team of professionals that will support their new child’s needs.

Randy and Heather are so excited to open their hearts and home to a very special child from Eastern Europe. They humbly ask you to join along on their journey to bring this little one home. They can’t wait to have their new child home to become a loved member of their family and community.

6/21/2022 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$2,205.19 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Megan and Jacob Zars have been together for ten years and have two children, Otto (5yo) and Caspian (4yo). They are currently waiting to bring home a little girl from India, age 1, with Down syndrome. The Zars family has been in the process to adopt since 2019, originally pursuing a China adoption but switching to India in 2021. They have talked about adding a “baby sister” to the family for a long time and the ball officially got rolling after they experienced a miscarriage of their third son, in early 2019.

For years the Zars family knew that Down syndrome adoption was a possibility and as they looked into international vs. domestic adoption, the choice came more clear. Learning of the number of children with Down syndrome left in orphanages all over the world, they felt reassured that that was the right direction for their family. “We’ve seen her face and heard her giggle. We just can’t believe that she will be part of our family! Our boys think she is the cutest and we couldn’t agree more!” shared Megan.

The Zars family enjoys exploring nature, growing a backyard garden, doing art together, and so much more. They love to spend time with their extended family and take trips together. Family is very important to the Zars family and they are grateful to have their support as they pursue adoption!

This process has been a long one but they wouldn’t have it any other way as it has led them to their sweet daughter! Thank you for supporting our family along the way.

9/22/2022 — TRAVELING in OCTOBER

$14,571.55 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Hello! We are the Carter Family! We have 4 boys and a beautiful little girl. In 2017, we felt the Lord calling us to adoption and began praying for the direction and timing that God would have for us. In 2020, when our daughter turned 2, we knew that God was giving us the green light to move forward. We jumped all in! We originally submitted an application in Asia and were matched. Sadly, this direction did not work out and we began praying, once again, where the Lord wanted us to go. We felt called to Eastern Europe where we have applied to be matched with a little girl that was listed as a waiting child.

Most of our funds will transfer over, but there are additional expenses. We are praying for God to move mountains to get this little girl home and make her a Carter for forever! Please help us get her home to her forever family!

7/28/2022 —  FINAL TRIP in AUGUST

$3,604.42 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Debbie has also received a $2000 country specific grant.

Meet the Bryant family! Jeremy (40), Patricia (39), Justice (16), Chance (15), Liberty (14), Journey (13), Victory (8). The Bryant family is at it again! Since Jeremy and Patricia were married 18yrs ago, they knew they were meant to adopt. They knew their lives were going to be used to care for orphans. Jeremy and Patricia served in Botswana, Africa as missionaries working in the village of Maun and surrounding areas, serving with the school, the orphan care, church, HIV/Aids ministry, etc. Shortly after arriving, they started their family. After three years there, they returned to the States with their three bio kids, where Jeremy would join the US Army as an active-duty Soldier, and is currently still serving on active duty.

Shortly after his first deployment, both Jeremy and Patricia knew the time had come for them to venture into adoption. Not knowing how, when, where, or anything else, they trusted the Lord would show them what needed to happen and when. The adoption road is a scary road full of ups and downs and twists and turns. But Jeremy and Patricia knew for certain one thing… the Lord had called them to go and adopt. They were saying yes to the Lord’s leading and not backing down. December of 2017, Jeremy and Patricia adopted their 8-year-old daughter, Victory. Then, shortly afterwards, December 2019, they finished their second adoption of their oldest son, Chance Zane. Over the last two years, even through Covid, they’ve watched all 5 of their children blossom into who the Lord wants them to be. They’ve grown in wisdom, knowledge and skill and have grown so deeply together through all the ups and downs.

When they finished that last adoption, they didn’t think they’d be adopting again, but obviously the Lord has different plans and the Bryants, as a family, are all emphatically saying yes one more time to adoption! The adoption of Finley! The really neat part of this is that Jeremy and Patricia Bryant met Finley the same day that they met Victory, 4.5 years ago. At that time, they were in the same baby house orphanage. Since then, they had advocated for him, prayed for him and shared his story with many people. But the time has come. No more waiting and advocating. Finley has been a part of the Bryants in their hearts since the day they met him and it’s time to make him a part of their lives for good. The Bryant family is so excited to gain another son.

1/27/2022 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE 

$1,067.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Laci is a Texas-certified early childhood special education teacher. She is certified in ESL, Special Education, and EC-6. She has been teaching in a special education setting for five years and has experience working with disabilities ranging from mild to severe. She is passionate about working with students with special needs.

Laci began thinking about international adoption in 2021. She started researching ways to finance an international adoption. Upon finding Reece’s Rainbow, international adoption began to seem possible. She took a step of faith after 6 months of research and prayer. She has been matched with a waiting child. She is now working on compiling her dossier and waiting on her I-800A approval. She believes she has the skills and resources to raise a child with special needs (medical care, special education, and therapies).

4/29/2022 — COMPILING DOSSIER

$1,310.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Hello! We are the Garrett Family.  Last year, the Lord called us to Eastern Europe to adopt a beautiful little girl who has Down syndrome. She has been such a joy & an unspeakable blessing to our family. We are again working toward the adoption of not one, but TWO sweet girls from Eastern Europe. Both girls have special needs – Down syndrome & Cerebral Palsy. And we need your help to bring them home safely.

Last year, we were so richly blessed by our community as they rallied around us & helped support us through prayers, fundraisers, and financial donations. We couldn’t have gotten her home without the generosity & love of our tribe. Will you please come alongside use again as we work to make another beautiful image bearer a daughter – an orphan no more!

1/20/2022 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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Jim and Emily were married 10 years ago and knew that adoption would play a big role in growing their family. At the age of 16, Emily traveled to Thailand on a mission trip where she visited an orphanage. Her experience there broke her heart and changed the course of her life. Upon meeting Jim, she immediately brought up adoption and her heart for adopting. Though Jim had never thought about adoption as a way of growing his family, he absolutely was open to it.

In their first year of marriage, they started their home study in hopes of adopting from Uganda. After being married for just a little over a year, they moved over to Uganda to complete the adoption process. They spent 13 months in Uganda and in September of 2014 they came home with their daughter, Evelyn (1 year) and son, Aven (6 years). At the end of their time in Uganda, they found out that Evelyn and Aven had an older biological brother, Jensen (10 years), and they started the adoption process all over again to bring him home.

While working through the adoption process for Jensen, Emily met Brian (15 years) at the local school she worked at. He was in foster care and began spending time with their family. He moved in full-time in August of 2015. Soon after, in November of 2015, Jensen (10 years) came home from Uganda. In November of 2016, the adoption of all four of their children was finalized at court surrounded by family and friends.

Shortly after finalizing the adoption of their four, they saw the profile of a little boy with special needs in Uganda. They began advocating for him and it didn’t take long for them to realize he was meant to be their son. On Valentine’s Day in 2017, the adoption of Ezekiel (age 6) was finalized, and he came home in June of 2017.

In 2018, Emily learned she was pregnant, and they welcomed their sixth child, Lincoln, in June of 2019. The children continued to grow and thrive and in April of 2020, they learned they were expecting again. In January 2021, Hyler was born.

Jim and Emily have always known they wanted to adopt again, and they wholeheartedly believe that children belong in families. They are hoping to adopt two beautiful little girls — one little girl with Down Syndrome and one with Cerebral Palsy. These two girls will be unconditionally loved and surrounded by a BIG family. Jim and Emily are incredibly appreciative of the support shown to their family as they start the adoption process again. Beyond financial support, they believe in the power of prayer and ask that you pray for them, their children and their two newest additions as they wait. They have seen God work miracles in the lives of their children, and they cannot wait to watch their new girls become loved & cherished members of their family.

1/12/2022 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$722.65 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Taylor and Celia Marsh have embarked on a journey to bring their son home from Eastern Europe! They currently have 3 precious boys who are so excited to welcome another brother into the family. The Lord began to speak to them during the pandemic in regards to adoption, and led them through dreams and visions to a little boy who is soon to be their son. They have watched God’s affirmations unfold, as they have stepped out in faith. They are confident the Lord has big plans for this little guy!

In 2017, Celia came to know Christ from Atheism. It was an abrupt awakening in their lives and marriage and God continues to do a work in their hearts. It was a year or so later that they began to really feel called into fostering/adopting. While reading the book of James, the conviction remained: “Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” This scripture resonated deep within their hearts, and ignited a calling.

As they continue to step out in faith, they are so excited to open their hearts and home to another child. Won’t you come alongside them to bring their son home? You can help by donating to their adoption. Thank you so much for your prayers and support!

12/8/2021 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$1,000.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Adam and Kara have 6 children and are in process of adopting a baby boy from Eastern Europe.

We brought our daughter, Karalyne home in January 2021. Many people ask why we chose to adopt internationally. We learned from a friend who was adopting from the same country as we did that there are about 90,000 orphans living in orphanages. While some children are truly orphaned (having lost their parents), others are abandoned by their parents due to special needs or taken away due to neglect or substance abuse. Unfortunately all of these factors are very common there.

Our first adoption cost about $40,000 and took 8 months from start to finish. We expect this one to cost slightly less- about $35,000 with saving a little bit by only having to update our homestudy and not having to pay for a new Immigration application fee. However, with this savings, we will not have as much time to save and fundraise for this adoption. We are humbly so grateful for your help in bringing home our baby boys!

3/21/2022 — DOSSIER NEARLY COMPLETE

$5,558.51 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Charsie and Micheal have been married 8 years and together for over 11. They have dedicated their life to serving others. Micheal works child welfare for the State of Michigan and Charsie is a Family Nurse Practitioner currently working in Hospice. They have always been open to the idea of a family through adoption and have answered the calling to become mom and dad.

A couple years ago Charsie came across Reece’s Rainbow on Facebook and identified so many children she could pray for. One day, a child “spoke” to her heart, and she began praying this child would receive a family. Over time, she felt a pull to this child and decided to just causally mention this to Micheal. Of course, the response was “let’s pray about it” and go from there. Throughout this time, they both prayed and left it at that. After nine months, God spoke to them, knowing this was his plan, they took a step-in obedience and started the adoption process.

Charsie and Micheal are committed to welcoming a child into their family with love and understanding. We don’t know all the how’s and why’s but know God has been faithful. If he has called us to be parents, he will equip us for the work. Charsie and Micheal are aware of the many miracles that will occur to bring home their child and are thankful for your prayers and financial support.

5/16/2022 — USCIS APPROVED

$1,615.32 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Charlie and Amanda met in high school during a school play of Hound of the Baskervilles. There were so many students interested that the school filled 2 complete casts! They were both cast as the lead character Sherlock Holmes! Perhaps the Director knew something about these two young kids and how they were evenly matched even way back then!

Since that time, Charlie and Amanda have had a long and beautiful relationship history. They knew they wanted to adopt a child at some point in their lives, and this was something they had discussed prior to being married in July of 2016. They currently have one biological daughter and have chosen to adopt a child from Bulgaria to expand their family. They believe they have a lot of love to give and are looking forward to sharing that love with their new child.

7/29/2022 — TRIP 1 in AUGUST

$1,307.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Jonathan and Maggie Casey are classically trained musicians living in Northeast Indiana. They met when they were 10 years old and started dating in college. From early in their relationship they determined that they both wanted lots of children; at the time they both had nieces and nephews they loved dearly and both of them cherish the good gift that children are. After their marriage in 2015 they hoped and waited for children in God’s time. In the intervening years, they consulted medical professionals, prayed, and sought guidance both from faithful teachers and from scripture.

In mid-2018 Jonathan and Maggie began to seriously plan for adoption. They had discussed adoption together earlier in their relationship, as a good that they would like to participate in, and they began to make concrete plans. They began to save money and to exercise strict budgetary discipline to be able to purchase a house that could accommodate their longed for children. In early 2019 they were able to purchase a house and they turned their attention to research. Over the course of 2019 and 2020 they read many books, continued to pray and save money, even while having to adjust their plans because of delays brought on by COVID.

In early 2021, Jonathan and Maggie decided to begin their long awaited quest and began the adoption process with a home study agency in their area. After much consideration, they had decided they wanted to adopt two children, based on their emotional, financial, and spiritual ability to care for them; and because they both cherish their own siblings and wanted any children to immediately have that benefit. Even as they began the home study paperwork, they were sent a profile for a sibling pair in Eastern Europe, two kids with special needs, who needed a home. They submitted a request to the government of the boys’ country and received a soft match. As of October, their home study has been completed and they are working on completing their dossier.

Jonathan and Maggie both come from moderately sized families. Each of them has three siblings and from these three siblings they have 17 amazing nieces and nephews (so far). They are part of a supportive and loving Church community, gathered around the Word and Sacraments and succored by the mutual consolation and conversation of their brothers and sisters in Christ. They both sing in the choir and Maggie plays the organ for the church school’s daily morning prayer service.

Jonathan works for an insurance company as a case manager, and has dedicated his energy and resources to making his home fit for children, particularly by letting Maggie remain in it. Maggie is a part time music teacher, and together the two of them fill their home with music, art, and books. Lots of books. Maggie’s teaching includes teaching music for a special needs organization in their area and she has several children with special needs in her private studio.

The Caseys crave your support in any fashion you can give, money being the most obvious, but foremost in your prayers. God is the author and source of every good, and it is only through His mercy and goodness that Jonathan and Maggie can know that He will bless these boys through them. If God Himself is for them, then nothing can stand against His will and favor.

5/17/2022 — FIRST TRIP in JUNE

$10,757.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Knowing just how many children in the world need loving homes, Kelley and Jon have dreamed of adoption for years. They thought their story would start with having biological children, then growing their family further through adoption. God had different plans, though. After experiencing 4 difficult pregnancy losses, they started to open their hearts to beginning the process of adoption. They weren’t sure which route they would go – foster care? domestic adoption? When an email showed up in Kelley’s inbox from an international adoption agency with pictures of a 3-year-old boy, she was intrigued and immediately requested more information. When Kelley saw the first video of this little guy, her first thought was “that’s my kid!”. After praying about it together, Kelley and Jon decided to move forward with pursuing a soft match with that particular waiting child. After being prepared for a 4-6 week wait, his country approved the soft match in only a few short days!

With so much love to give, Kelley and Jon are ready for the beautiful and challenging journey ahead. As an occupational therapist with experience in pediatrics, Kelley has a great understanding of the resources available in the community to best support this little guy’s developmental and medical needs. Since we live within an easy drive of a state school for the deaf, a wide range of resources will be available to support the learning needs of this sweet little guy.

Kelley and Jon can’t wait to bring home their first child and begin pouring love into him. The waiting will be hard, knowing that he is still living in an orphanage and not receiving medical and therapeutic interventions that are so important at this early age. They are ready to do everything possible to speed up the process. They are so grateful for any financial support to help bring this sweet little guy home and into a loving family!

9/21/2022 — COURT PASSED!

$17,762.86 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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In 2013, when Nick and Val said yes to adopting a young boy from Eastern Europe that was being hosted in the US, they never dreamed answering God’s call would impact their lives so much. What they didn’t know was that little boy already had a family pursuing him. After much prayer they decided to continue the adoption journey in Ethiopia. After three successful and life changing adoptions of four children from Ethiopia, they felt the tugging on their heart by the Holy Spirit to adopt again.

The tug they were feeling was to adopt a waiting child. They saw a little girl on Reece’s Rainbow that took their breath away. They started the process to adopt her. Then covid hit, the process with their sweet little girl in China is now on hold.

Val saw a little boy in March from Eastern Europe and her heart skipped a beat. She felt the Lord say to her, “this is your son.”  Nick and Val called their agency and asked if they could do concurrent adoptions. Their agency said it was possible but would be hard.  Months later God preformed a miracle. They are in the process to bring their sweet son home.

Val and Nick’s heart for adoption started with a sweet little boy from Eastern Europe and now they are heading to that same country to bring their son home. This is only a story God could write❤️!

2/10/2022 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$291.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Isabella knew that one day she would grow her family through adoption, when she was a young girl watching Adoption Stories on TV. Though she never imagined ever going the route of international special needs adoption, until she was introduced to Reece’s Rainbow.

She saw a social media post of a single mom adopting a little girl with Down syndrome from Bulgaria. At the time many things went against her being able to start the process. So she spent the next 5 years researching, donating, and supporting other families in process and waiting for the moment to be able to start the process herself. The day she has been praying for has finally come and she is so excited. She is hoping to adopt a little girl from Armenia that was once listed on RR before advocating stopped for that country. Knowing that the little girl she first saw and fell in love with is possibly still waiting for a family, she is going full speed and doing everything she can to raise the money needed.

All donations and prayers are appreciated!!!

4/19/2022 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$1,722.13 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Hello, we are the McChesneys.  We have jumped into our seats and buckled up for our next rollercoaster ride to Eastern Europe to adopt up to 3 children.  God is Good!!  He has kept us mostly humble and patient during these ups and downs or when they change tracks.  We have been blessed to ride the special needs’ adoption coaster five times from 2010 to 2017.  Looking back, I’m still in awe of how God provided for each adoption.  We thought we were done then because our house was bursting at the seams with 3 bio children and 5 adopted.  While some kids have reached adulthood (yes, it does happen!), God answered our prayers and provided a new place, a “mansion” the kids called it because it had more bathrooms.

In the adoption world, you never say “we’re done” because God uses just one picture or story to change your mind (maybe longer to change your spouse’s mind) but eventually, you’ll grab your tickets for the next thrill ride.  You must have a sense of humor because these adventures will be at times exhausting, but the children are well worth it!!!  And we can’t wait to see how God writes this story.  We don’t want to miss this.  Finding JOY in the Journey.  Come be a part of our adventure and Praise God!!!

3/1/2022 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$1,168.85 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Robbie and Meagan’s hearts were broken after learning that over 1,000 special needs children were ready and waiting to find their forever families in India. They brought home their first daughter in Dec 2019 and became advocates for adoption, especially adoption of special needs children.

About 9 months after Nivi joined the Hart family, they began the process of applying to adopt a second child. While applying, they saw a Facebook post about a young girl from the same state as their first daughter, who had similar physical needs. Due to licensing, she was aging out of her orphanage at the young age of 6. So many people advocated for her to be moved to a new home so she would be able to find her forever family. The Harts held on to her loosely as they completed filing their paperwork, thinking someone would surely snatch up such a beautiful young girl.

In many steps that feel miraculous, the Harts have been able to reserve Lucy (name changed for security), and they are hoping to bring her home in December of this year. Lucy is 7 years old, and she really wants to do something with her life. Would you consider helping the Harts bring Lucy home?

1/5/2022 — AWAITING COURT

$3,112.67 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Matt and Jessica are excited to be working on their third international special needs adoption!

Matt and Jessica have been married almost 10 years and adoption has always been part of their plans. Matt and Jessica knew that God was calling them to adopt. They chose to add to their family only through adoption, and felt that special needs adoption would suit them well as a special education teacher and a pediatric nurse. They began actively looking into the international adoption process in 2015, that is when they fell in love with Li-Ru through the website Rainbow Kids. Their journey to her began! 9 months later, they were in Taiwan to bring their almost 3 year old home!

About a year after Li-Ru’s arrival, Matt and Jessica were ready to journey back to Taiwan again. This time Xin-Jou would become Li-Ru’s older sister. Li-Ru (10 years old) and Xin-Jou (13 years old) are adopted from Taiwan in 2014 and 2016 respectively. It has been amazing to watch the girls grow and blossom into the wonderful young ladies they are today. They have overcome so many obstacles and challenges in their lives. It’s a blessing to have God weave the girls into the Hughes Family.

Matt and Jessica devote their time to helping the girls achieve their goals and be close as a family. Matthew continues to work as a pediatric nurse and Jessica stays home with the girls to care for Li-Ru and Xin-Jou’s educational, medical, developmental, and emotional needs.

Now that everyone currently in the home is feeling secure they know it is time to bring home the third little girl that God has waiting for them across the ocean! They are so amazed at how God has placed people in their lives during this third journey so far and know that amazing things are going to happen! They are working hard to get to their girl as quickly as possible!

7/7/2022 — COURT in LATE JULY

$3,705.21 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Hello we are Kurt and Cyndi Petrich. We have been married six years. We have seven beautiful children, four biological children and three children God gave us through His glorious plan of adoption. We were both widowed late in life. The Lord brought us together when we both said, “yes” to a mission trip to serve special needs orphans in Eastern Europe. We met on the mission field. We fell in love with each other and the precious forgotten children. We came home from our missions’ trip, were married and have been serving these children ever since.

While on an extended missions’ trip we met a beautiful brown eyed little girl, who stole our hearts. God placed our sweet Dasha in our family in 2018. Upon our arrival home, our daughter started to pray every night in her native language, “Praise God, My God, please bring my best friend home.” Night after night she would pray the same prayer over and over again. We knew immediately God was calling us to grow our family once again. During this time, we learned about a sibling to this child. We were thrilled to find both girls on the Reece’s Rainbow list of available children. We prayed again fervently. Once again, God lead us to say, “Yes” to both children. He is mighty and He brought the girls home in October 2020. Dasha has been home for three years and her new sisters Tanya and Veronica almost a year and the transformation we have witnessed has been nothing short of a miracle. They are loved and they know how to love.

Recently we saw a beautiful little girl who moved our hearts to pray once again, “God can we be her parents?” We believe the Lord has given us a resounding yes! We wholeheartedly believe God’s Word that says, Psalm 68: 5-6 “God sets the lonely in families.” We openly admit and profess adoption has deepened our faith and understanding of God’s deep love and affection for his children. We watched God do the miraculous during the journey of adoption with Dasha, Tanya and Veronica.

He shows us again, and again that He is faithful. Our prayer is that hearts would be moved to help us bring these girls home. Hebrews 10:23, “Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for HE who promised is faithful.

5/31/2022 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$6,160.06 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Mandy and Thomas have been married for fifteen years, together for twenty, and have always been overflowing with love and enthusiasm for life and excited to thoughtfully grow their family. Parents to two biological sons, they’d always wished to add a third child to their family. Adoption had been something they have talked about since meeting as teenagers, but they hadn’t been certain when the time would be right.

In 2020, Mandy and Thomas felt the pieces of life fall into place; they found and moved into their forever home, the boys were past the toddler stage and begging for a sibling, and the family was ready to seriously explore adoption. They found an incredible adoption agency and through them learned more about Eastern Europe and the need for adoption there. They had assumed they would take a traditional route to be matched and that the process might take years, but while working through the required documentation, they saw Tippi’s profile posted on their agency’s waiting child list. They felt an instant connection (it is truly impossible not to fall in love when you see her beautiful little face) and they immediately felt called to be her family. Even though the odds were against them this early in the process, they moved forward applying. Exactly a month later on Thomas’s birthday, they received confirmation that they had been matched!

“Looking at her photos and videos, we are struck by her determination, inquisitiveness, and sweet demeanor. We are in awe of her resilience, strength, and abilities after such a hard medical start to life. We talk regularly with our boys about growing our family, and both love the idea of having a little sister to dote on and teach. Our strong family bond means Tippi will be welcomed with open arms and hearts by us – her parents, brothers and community, whatever her long-term needs may be. We are so grateful for your support and love, and hope you’ll follow along on our adoption journey to bring our daughter home.”

8/2/2022 — FINAL TRIP in AUGUST

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$34,243.04 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Adoption of a child with special needs has been on my heart for over 15 years. After reading an article about Reece’s Rainbow and how kids were dying every day in other countries, simply because they had Down’s Syndrome, I was convinced that adoption was the plan for me. I struggled to understand how it could be that kids who were so loving and kind to others could just be tossed aside and left. It pierced my heart from that day on, but my husband was simply never on the same page as me. For years, I mourned the loss of a dream that I thought God had for me, and tried to understand why it didn’t happen.

Fast forward a few years, and now is the time!! My life has had some big changes and our family is finally ready to welcome a new sibling! This child is so loved already, and will be joining our crazy, fun hectic home with a big brother and 2 big sisters who are beyond excited to have a little one back in the house! We are absolutely thrilled to be in process, and can’t wait to meet our newest addition!

8/17/2021 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$509.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Our family has set out on the journey of adoption. We are so honored and blessed by this chapter in our lives.

We have watched as many families have said yes and have brought so many beautiful children out of orphanages into loving homes. We are so thankful we have the opportunity to provide a home for a waiting child. We are adopting from a non-Hague country and we understand we have no legal hold on the children there.

Please pray for our family as we continue through the adoption process. We are so thankful for those who donate to our adoption and will forever be thankful that your generosity was a precious gift that helped is bring a child home.

7/29/21 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$150.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Hi everyone, we are Candy and Adam Travis from Alabama.

Adam and I met through a mutual friend, and we are now about to be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary!! We have four biological adult children, and a precious three year old little girl that we are in the final stages of adopting domestically.

We feel so blessed and honored to be called to adoption. God started speaking to our hearts about foster care and adoption in 2017 and that ultimately led us to bringing home our little angel from the NICU in May of 2018. But God wasn’t finished yet! He started speaking to us again, and led us to the most precious little boy with the sweetest smile, who also happens to be rockin’ that extra chromosome! We submitted Letter of Intent for “Benson” on 3/31/21 and received PA on 7/16/21. All I can say is God is So Good, and we CANNOT WAIT to bring our little boy home!!!!

7/22/2021 — DOSSIER COMPLETE; OFFICIALLY MATCHED

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Meet the Newsoms! The Newsom family is originally from Texas but moved to East Tennessee a little over two years ago. They love living in the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains and exploring this beautiful part of the United States. Husband & father, Cass Newsom, was in the military for 8 years in both the Marine Corps and the Texas Army National Guard. Wife and mother, Kristin Newsom, was a public school teacher for five years before becoming a stay at home/homeschool mom. They have three biological daughters aged seven, four, and one.

They always talked about fostering or adopting. After watching many friends foster and adopt, they decided that international adoption was best for their family. At the same time, they came across two sisters listed on Reece’s Rainbow. While still contemplating and researching the decision to commit, Kristin came across a post by Keshia Melton containing the girls pictures. It was just the encouragement they needed!

Cass went on several mission trips as a teen when he was first introduced to special needs orphans. Kristin worked with middle school and high school students in both rural and inner city areas. Her last year of teaching, she switched to special education. Through challenges within their own household, they saw parenting through a different perspective.

These experiences have afforded them the ability to work with children from different backgrounds with unique needs. They believe that every child has value and is made and loved by God. While they do not know the extent of their challenges & capabilities, they do know that they need a family to love and take care of them!

1/22/2022 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$14,676.79 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Ukraine

 

The two girls came home in late 2021; Percy came home in January 2022!

We are James and Kim Shepard. We are two passionate, goofy, and adventurous cat parents who are seeking to grow our awesome family through international adoption. We both work for the same agent as community-based therapists for individuals with disabilities and mental health dual diagnoses. We both have a huge heart for individuals with disabilities and are fervent advocates for acceptance and inclusion, which started when we were young and grew into our professional lives. We seek to continue this mission through our personal family lives and feel a huge calling to establish a home where children with disabilities are given the highest quality of life and the love that they deserve. This mission has really grown and developed as God called us towards international adoption of a child with Down Syndrome in 2021, while we were looking through all the wonderful children in need of loving homes on the Reece’s Rainbow website. We recently purchased a home in Indiana, where we care for our four cats and bearded dragon, explore our love of foods from all different cultures in our bright orange kitchen, and develop James’s growing photography business. We are so excited to welcome our future child into our wonderful and exciting lives.

9/22/2021 — USCIS APPROVED

$1,994.87 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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The Calo family is excited to be expanding their family again via adoption!

Three years ago we hosted two sisters over the Christmas holiday. The connection with the girls was instantaneous, like we had always known each other, so we continued to host them several more times until God allowed us to begin the adoption process to bring them home permanently.

They are already teenagers and have waited their entire lives for a family and we feel like the lucky ones chosen to be theirs.

Our other children ask about their “sisters” daily and we cannot imagine our lives without them. Thank you for your help in bringing them home for good!

12/8/2021 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$31,367.75 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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The Marsh family is so excited to be growing their family through adoption. They are currently parents to Alex, Sony, and Chelsea and are working on bringing home two boys. Shannon and Jay both have a long history in special needs adoption. Shannon previously adopted her two daughters as a single mom. Both Chelsea and Sony were previously advocated for by Reece’s Rainbow. Jay himself was adopted by his step-father and has a sister with special needs who was also adopted. When Shannon and Jay started dating, Shannon had no idea that Jay himself had a history of adoption. As the relationship grew, it became very clear Jay’s heart and experiences with special needs adoption aligned with Shannon’s, something that was even written into his wedding vows. Now as husband wife, they are thrilled to be able to adopt together and grow their family.  Older child adoption has been at the heart of the family and everyone is excited about their new siblings coming home.

7/26/2022 — AWAITING COURT

$23,257.10 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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These children have received a $2000 Country Specific grant from Reece’s Rainbow & a $5000 Older Child Grant

The Ampe family is returning to Eastern Europe to adopt two more children. They will have a “Baker’s Dozen”! Joe and Tiffany currently have eleven children ages 2-20. Two of their children are amazing preschoolers that they adopted from Ukraine, who just happen to have Down Syndrome.

The Ampe family lives on a homestead in Michigan with plenty of animals and children. They learned of Reece’s Rainbow through the Down Syndrome community that their biological niece was a part of. While she is a treasured member of the extended family, they discovered that disabled children in other countries aren’t as fortunate. In 2018 Joe and Tiffany traveled to Ukraine expecting to adopt a sweet baby boy. Instead, they returned home with two (and gave birth to a biological baby the next day). This time, they are setting out to adopt two children. The entire family is ecstatic, hoping to be adding a five year old girl and eight year old boy. This time neither child has Down Syndrome, but instead have other significant health issues and disabilities, including hydrocephalus.

The Ampe family knows the miracles that are required to travel across the world to bring home a child. They have experienced the community that is necessary to support families financially, emotionally, and physically. There’s no way to do it alone and they are extremely grateful for those that walk beside them. Thank you for your generous prayers and financial support.

12/7/2021 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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I am happy to introduce you to the Umstead family. They are a family of 11! Tom and Heather have 4 biological children who are all adults. Tom, along with his brother-in-law, father-in-law and son, own their own business where they cut trees and sell the timber. Heather stays at home with the kids and grandkids and cares for the home duties.

The Umsteads had their children young and were just reaching the time in life where things were starting to slow down, and they were looking forward to more time with each other and possibly some traveling. About that time, they began to feel a nudge from God to be completely surrendered to Him. They wanted to give their lives back to God so He could use them as a blessing to others. That is when adoption was placed on their hearts. Not just adoption but they researched and found the greatest need was children with Down syndrome. Asia in particular had a great number of boys with Down syndrome in orphanages.

Enter their 4th son, Samuel! Samuel was adopted in 2017; he was 3 when the Umstead’s brought him home. He has Down syndrome and an extra surprise of Autism. Samuel fit into their family like only God could do. Autism was not a disability they thought they were open to, but they would not change a thing about Samuel. They were over the moon about Samuel and did not plan on a return trip to Asia. However, during the visit to the orphanage, Tom met Joy (formerly Caroline on RR). Joy shared a crib with Samuel, and they lived in that small space together for 3 years. So as soon as they returned to the US they began advocating for Joy. When their year was up, and no one submitted for Joy they knew they had to go back for her. Joy came home in 2019. Joy rocked the extra chromosome along with a heart defect that eventually will need another surgery, but you would never know! Joy is amazing! She is such a quick learner and is thriving in her new family.

Prior to adopting Joy, the Umstead’s learned of a little guy in the same orphanage as their children. His name is Auden, and they were drawn to him. During the visit at the orphanage when adopting Joy, they asked to see and spend time with Auden. They were able to see him but were not given permission to interact with him. Auden was not doing well. They committed at that moment to return for him as soon as possible. They spoke with friends and were able to get Auden out of the orphanage and into a healing home until they would be permitted to return for him.

That takes us to today. The Umstead’s have submitted their dossier and they are just waiting for the travel suspension to be lifted so they can make their final trip to bring home their last son,  who will be named Moses John.  Along with your financial support (because fundraising is hard with Samuel and Joy) they would appreciate your prayers.

3/16/2021 — AWAITING TRAVEL

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Zachary and Caitlyn Connelly are the parents of 5 biological children. They are starting the journey to adopt a 2 year old boy from Eastern Europe. They know this may seem radical to some people but being the hands and feet of Jesus is what we are called to do, right? Adoption is expensive and while they have many obstacles to overcome during this time they have faith God will provide everything they need. Knowing that not everyone can help financially they ask for your prayers above anything else. Prayers for the process and also prayers for the little boy who has some complex medical issues that may not be being met due to being in an orphanage and not having access to great medical care.

The family thanks each and every one who prays and donates. It truly takes a village and they are thankful for theirs!

3/9/2022 — UPDATING PAPERWORK

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Hi! We are Steven and Anna, and we have four amazing kids! We got married in 2010 and immediately started talking about having a family. We knew that we wanted adoption or foster care to be part of our story, but there is no way we could have envisioned how God would bring us all together!

In 2014, after attempting to do foster care locally and having doors closed, we faced the heartbreaking reality of infertility. We decided to lean back into the idea of adopting, and began working with our agency to pursue domestic infant adoption. While in the homestudy process, we saw our son Eddie listed in an advocacy post. We immediately contacted our agency and couldn’t believe it when they said we met all of the criteria to be matched with him! We were overjoyed. Eddie is now eight years old, and has been home from Bulgaria since Fall 2015. He loves music and the outdoors with a passion!

After bringing Eddie home, we knew that our family was not complete. We also saw how quickly his health and overall development improved after leaving the orphanage, and  we felt that we should act quickly.  To many, it seemed overzealous to start the process again when Eddie had only been home for a few months, but we knew that if there was a little girl out there in a crib somewhere, it wasn’t too soon for her. We began the process to adopt again from Bulgaria, and were still in our homestudy phase when another Reece’s Rainbow mom contacted me to share Rosa’s photo and advocacy profile. We were immediately drawn to her! Rosa came home in late 2016. She is eight years old and loves video chatting with grandparents, playing with siblings, family bike rides, and reading books together.

Shortly after Rosa came home, we saw Victor’s photograph. We immediately knew that his needs were urgent and that it was pressing for him to get out of orphanage care.  After just a few weeks, we inquired with our agency about the feasibility of starting the adoption process for the third time in two years. His adoption was completed in less than a calendar year, and he came home right before Christmas in 2017. Victor has a smile that lights up the whole room. He loves vestibular stimulation, his fiber optic lamp, and riding in the bike trailer. We are so thankful that he was able to come home to our family.

In 2019 we got an incredible gift of new life! Karyn, our biological child, was born in the Fall. It has been so wonderful to watch her grow up with such diverse family members and how much she loves them all. One of Karyn’s first consistent words was “Vic!” and she chirps his name constantly! “Vic! Vic!” Victor, who doesn’t always like a lot of touch, loves her and will even smile a little as he hears her running towards him. She has inspired Eddie to play more and has given Rosa a chance to nurture to her heart’s content. Karyn is full of moxie!

In late 2020, we realized that we had room in our hearts and home for another kiddo. As we contemplated adopting again, Anna saw an advocacy post about a specific kiddo that sent the family in the direction of Latin America. We are so thrilled to have the chance to adopt again and bring home a beloved sister and treasured daughter. Children belong in forever families, and we can’t wait to meet our little girl!

Update: Sadly, in July 2021, Victor became critically ill and did not survive his illness. While our family is deeply saddened, we are wholeheartedly committed to continuing the adoption process. We are so grateful for Victor’s time in our family and that Victor lived and died with dignity in the arms of a loving family. We are working with our agency and the central authority in our proposed child’s country to update needed dossier documents with a goal of receiving our referral in Spring 2021.

Another update: Sadly, in December 2021 the child that we were pursuing in Latin America, passed away. While deeply saddened, we still feel greatly burdened by the need for permanency for waiting children. We pivoted, and are now pursuing a waiting sibling group in Eastern Europe! We have been matched with them and hope to get their referral early spring.

9/22/2022 — COURT in OCTOBER

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We are the Perryman family we have been married for almost 28 years now. God has blessed us with 3 bios. Children 26 ,21,14 & a daughter in law. This is our 2nd adoption from Asia. God blessed us with Eliyahu who is now 6. We brought him home in Nov. 2018. He was born with Down Syndrome (Rocking that 3rd Chromosome) and Anal Atresia so he has a colostomy bag. We have always had a heart for special needs children. Those who have Down Syndrome especially tugs at our hearts. In 2014 God said 2 years. We were not sure what that meant at that time but during the next 2 years we had a heavy heart for the kids with special needs that needed a loving family. Seemed like everything we heard of saw was about adoption so we started looking and reading about thousands of kids waiting to be adopted & it brought tears to our eyes & pulled at our heart strings. We know without a doubt God was calling us to adopt.

In 2016 God said it is time. We went & talked to our friends that have adopted 4 special needs kids from China. She showed us some sweet faces waiting to be adopted. The next morning, she texted me a picture & said she had forgotten about this little guy, he was in the same orphanage as their daughter was. Oh, my heart that little face. I shared his picture with my husband. That night when we got home, I showed our daughter she said Mom that’s my brother. That was conformation that this little guy was ours. In March 2016 we started the process on our 1st adoption. A lot of prayers, trusting and relying on God! Nov. 2018, we brought our son home from China. In June 2019 I (Christin) felt the need to look at special need’s children waiting on a forever family & as I was looking at all of those beautiful little souls there was one little face with Down Syndrome that tugged at my heart & I knew God is blessing us with another daughter. Now all I needed to do was tell M.J.. He would probably say it was to soon, because at this time we had only had our son home for 6 months. We know God had put it in our hearts to adopt again but we were not sure when. I know my wife looks at the special needs children on Reece’s Rainbow & often prays God would be with them & watch over them. One evening when she was on Reece’s Rainbow, she came across this beautiful little girl & my wife said look at this baby. I looked at the picture for a minute then looked back at my wife (Christin) & said this is our baby girl. When my husband (M.J.) said those words, I knew that was conformation & it is God’s plan for this precious baby girl to be ours. She is chosen & wanted. We are stepping out in faith & being obedient to what God has called us to do. We are expectant and can not wait to see how God’s Grace, Mercy & Love is shown through this.

5/2/2022 — APPROVED by FOREIGN COUNTRY; AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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Meet the Boyer family! Shane (dad) works in the manufacturing industry. April (mom) stays at home and homeschools their five children. They live on a small homestead in Ohio.  Shane and April began the process to foster-adopt early on in their marriage and soon found out they were expecting their second child, so they decided to put the process on hold until their children were older.

Fast forward to 2020 and Shane and April were blessed by the birth of their fifth child who also has Down syndrome. Aside from the pandemic, 2020 was a rough year for them as they navigated their daughter’s numerous medical needs. However, Shane and April believe God used 2020 to prepare them for even more.

Shane and April believe ALL children are a gift from The Lord and know God is leading them to international special needs adoption. These children are normally put in orphanages, group homes or institutions and do not have access to proper care. Shane and April have been busy planning and looking for ways to earn the funds needed, such as chopping and selling firewood and crocheting handmade items as well as applying for grants to help with the costs. They appreciate your prayers and support. You can follow their journey on their blog at www.boyerfamilyfarm.com. Thank you and may God bless you!

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. – James 1:27 NIV

9/1/2021 — DOSSIER COMPLETE

$7,865.39 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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