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A Boy 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.

4/24/2018 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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

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4 Siblings 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 a 5 month old baby and busy 7 year old they started on their adoption adventure!

The children they are adopting are a part of a larger sibling group.  They were hoping to adopt all 7 children, but at this time they are only able to adopt 4 of the children.

4/17/2018 — AWAITING COURT DATES

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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.

4/12/2018 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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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.

4/3/2018 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$488.88 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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.

4/2/2018 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$703.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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BO for the Wingfield family — TX

Jared and Debbie have been married for 20 years and in that time they have grown their family in a very exceptional way. They both knew they wanted to have a large family, but through multiple IVF cycles, IUI’s, and miscarriages were still unable to have the large family they wanted. These challenges brought them closer to one another and in time helped them realize the plan God had for them. In 2008 they were finally able to conceive and carry a baby to term. In 2009 their first son and only biological child was born. He was really a miracle and special for so many reasons. Carter was born with Down Syndrome and through him, Jared and Debbie, began to see the world through a different lens. The experience and joy that came from having a child with Down Syndrome motivated them to be more involved and educated. It also inspired the conversation to adopt and provide a home for children like their sweet Carter. That is where their connection with Reece’s Rainbow started and their adoption journey began. Since 2012 the Wingfield’s have adopted children from multiple countries with different needs and abilities. They are excited to be on this journey and over the years have received so much needed support and prayers from friends and family. They feel, though, that they are not done and have room in their home and in their hearts for one more special child.

When Jared and Debbie began the process of adoption again they came across “Bo” and absolutely fell in love with him. He has the kindest and sweetest smile and they know he will be the perfect addition to their family. Due to his urgent medical needs, the Wingfield’s are working quickly to get him home and get him the specialized care that he requires. They know that the greatest healer of all, though, is the love of a family. Jared and Debbie appreciate any and all the thoughts, prayers, and support they can receive.

“We think sometimes that poverty is being hungry, naked, and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty”– Mother Teresa

“It is our duty to love the unloved, help the helpless, and bring hope back to the hopeless” -Anthony Douglas.

4/2/2018 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$164.90 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.

3/28/2018 — HOMESTUDY NEARLY COMPLETE

$1,928.84 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.

3/23/2018 — COMPLETED HOME STUDY; AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$1,771.22 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.

3/22/2018 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$2,516.35 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.

3/19/2018 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$121.25 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

3/5/2018 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$10,095.76 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LUCILLE 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.

4/2/2018 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$5,970.35 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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

 

LOMAN for the Harvey family — SC

The Harveys are a family of six from SC. Angie is a teacher assistant in the local elementary school in a kindergarten class. Chris is a captain in the local fire department that he has been a part of for 21 years. They have four children ages 13, 10, 5, and 4. They adopted their youngest two from Asia in 2014 and 2015.

Angie was adopted domestically into a wonderful family when she was two days old. Adoption has always been a huge part of her life. She knew as a small child that she would one day adopt. Soon after her parents passed away from cancer, she felt the calling stronger than ever. They quickly started the paperwork process to be matched with a child from Asia. It took two years from start to finish for the adoption. From the moment they laid eyes on their daughter, their lives were forever changed. Their hearts beat for the orphan and they wanted to be involved in orphan care some way or another. After being home for eight months with their newly adopted daughter, they saw the face of their youngest son in an email. They were not looking to adopt again but felt after learning more about this child that it was not a coincidence that they came across his picture. They immediately started the process to adopt him and brought him home 16 months after their first adoption. They spent the next year bonding as a new family of six.

Chris and Angie felt like their family was complete at this point. They looked into ways to be involved in orphan care. Angie followed another family on social media that was hosting a child from Asia for one month in their home. She and Chris got information on hosting and decided it was something they wanted to pursue. The only thing that was holding them back was the cost. They had used all the extra funds they had to adopt their two children from Asia. They worked hard to make things to sell in fundraisers to provide the funds to host. They went into hosting wanting to host a girl with Down syndrome. Once Angie saw the listing of the children that were available, she fell in love with a four year old BOY with Down syndrome. He came to their home in December 2016 and stayed for one month. Their intent on hosting was to advocate for him fiercely and find a family for him. They found a local family and couldn’t have been more excited. Shortly after the family applied to adopt him, his country did not allow them to move forward with the process. This left Chris and Angie devastated. They had fallen in love with this child and could not imagine him being without a family. After many tears, and seven months of prayer, Chris and Angie decided to make him their son. They started the process with no funds to do so. God has provided a way for the funds to be available every step of the way. They are getting closer to travel and larger sums will be due quickly. They are trusting that the Lord will see them through this and their son will come home and travel will not be held up due to lack of funds.

Chris and Angie are grateful for the support they have received this far and appreciate any donations that they receive. They are determined once this adoption is complete, that they will pay it forward to other adoptive families for years to come.

3/1/2018 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$3,145.53 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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.

2/26/2018 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
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$3,224.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A Family for GRACELYN

Gracelyn is a beautiful little girl who has Down syndrome, West syndrome and Cerebral Palsy.  She has a wonderful family working to bring her home.  They are experienced adopters, and can not wait for her to join her family!

 

2/20/2018 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$625.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ALEXANDER for the Schmidt family — WI

Ken and Sarah Schmidt are the parents of three girls: Grace and Isabelle, age 9 (twins) and Everly, age 3. They didn’t know when they were expecting twins that Isabelle would be born with Down syndrome and need lifesaving open heart surgery at six months old. There is not much that can prepare two young parents for that news. It took time to realize what a blessing it was to have a child with Down syndrome; it took time for them to be comfortable with the fact that their child had special needs, and their vision would not be what we had planned.

In doing research about children with Down syndrome and early intervention, they came across an advocacy group, Reece’s Rainbow, which advocates for the adoption of children with special needs who are orphaned. It didn’t take long before both Ken and Sarah knew that they would be adding to our family, another child with Down syndrome; a child that would be orphaned for the same reason they consider our family to be so blessed.

In May of 2016 Sarah and her mom traveled to China to bring home their daughter, whom they named Everly. They had the option of visiting the orphanage where their daughter lived. It was a very difficult decision, but they knew that it would be their only chance to get that information and save it for their daughter someday. Standing in the place where their daughter’s history started is the place Sarah knew in her heart that they would be back in China as soon as God would allow.

By early spring Ken and Sarah knew they were ready to start the adoption process again, and this time they knew they would like to adopt a little girl again, as that is what they’ve had experience with. They also knew they would be comfortable adding a child with minor or correctable needs, such as a limb difference or repaired heart defect. However, God knew that there was much greater work to be done. He has shown them that with the knowledge and support, our comfort zone is much larger than they anticipated.

God helped in making connections for the Schmidt family with a family that had adopted children with beta Thalassemia, and helped them to understand the needs of those with Thalassemia. Ken and Sarah were presented with the file of a BOY that is 3 years old, and he has a very severe type of anemia, called beta Thalassemia. He is getting transfusions, however; not frequently enough as his hemoglobin has dropped significantly. Also, he is not getting chelation therapy which is imperative for those who have beta Thalassemia. While this was not their plan, God is greater! Saying yes to God is often the most challenging step… watching all the pieces come together confirms the “Yes!” We know that God will continue to guide us and bless us with everything we need to get to our son and help provide the care he needs as soon as possible.

4/7/2018 — TRAVELING APRIL 12 

$467.54 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……. 😉

02/05/2018 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$609.70 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!

3/2/2018 — COMPILING DOSSIER

$3,130.95 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.

2/9/2018 — COMPILING DOSSIER

$2,154.79 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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INGA for the Duncan family — TN

146066781485749-7Jody 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?

1/26/2018 — DOSSIER COMPLETE

$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!

1/24/2018 — COMPILING DOSSIER

$525.00 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.

2/15/2018 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; COMPILING DOSSIER

$575.21 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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DAWN 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.

Meanwhile, in the spring of 2016, Shannon first saw Dawn’s photo on an advocacy website in her country and fell in love, but she was not then legally free for adoption. After losing Carrie, she inquired about Dawn and was told she was still not available and they did not know if or when she would be. Shannon kept watching and hoping that when the time was right, Dawn would become available, and 18 months after Shannon first saw her photo, she did! When Shannon showed Dawn’s photo to Troy, he felt the same connection she had felt, and they knew it was time to move forward again. Shannon waited 2,434 days for Troy’s “yes” –and all along he was just waiting for the right little ones to come along!

1/8/18 —USCIS APPROVED

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

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LARRY for the Wade family — GA

God has given the Wade family the privilege to parent three biological children. Although tough at times, being a parent has been one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives.

Upon beginning the journey of adoption, they started in the State of Georgia Foster Care program through The Department of Family and Children Services, feeling strongly that God had called them to pursue children from hard places. Because Kalee’s brother was adopted through the foster care system and she had been around foster children all of her teenage life, this felt like the obvious place for them to stand in the gap.

After spending a year praying, reading profiles of children and waiting for what God had in store for them, they came across their son’s profile — who will soon be named Leo — on Reece’s Rainbow. They learned that he was in an orphanage and had Down Syndrome, and that statistically, was highly unlikely to get adopted. They decided to take a month to pray and ask the Lord if they should pursue him, understanding that God would open all of the doors necessary if he was their son. They were so excited when we filed commitment paperwork and they came back with a match. Their only reservation was the amount of money it would to take to get him home. The Wades are a family of five on one income, so they really had to trust that God would provide every fee along the way. He is faithful to complete the work He has called them to and He has no limitations. The Wade family feels like adoption is such a tangible way to live out the gospel. When they envision how God left the comforts and glory of heaven, to pursue us and bring us into His family, they are beyond grateful. Even though we had nothing to offer Him and the cost was great, He did it because of His love for us. It is God’s heart for the fatherless that has grown this family’s affections for adoption.

1/5/2017 — TRIP 1 JANUARY 12
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$2,500.00 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!

2/24/2018 — COMPILING DOSSIER; AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$1,014.15 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!

2/27/2018 — TRAVELING MARCH 9

$3,643.55 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.

12/27/2017 — HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS

$493.73 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.

4/5/2018 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$11,076.27 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.

4/24/2018 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED (4/2), USCIS APPROVED

$0.00 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!

4/19/2018 — DOSSIER LOGGED IN 4/10

$3,600.21 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ROGER for the Newby family — NC

The Newby family are adding another little Newby in Summer of 2018. Stay tuned for updates.

4/12/2018 — DOSSIER NEARLY COMPLETED

$3,243.63 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.
3/16/2018 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$5,663.75 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A FAMILY FOR SAVANNAH

Pete and Kim have been married for 19 years. The have dealt with the pain and sorrow of miscarriages and have also gotten to experience the exquisite joy and blessing of three precious children by birth. They knew that the pain and sorrow they’d experienced was not meaningless. It was a catalyst for love. God had burdened their hearts for children who were experiencing a pain and sorrow far worse; one they should never, ever have to endure. A life without a family.

Two years ago, Pete and Kim adopted their two youngest children from Asia. What they saw and experienced in the orphanages they visited there changed them forever. There were so many children. Too many. As they adjusted to life as a family of seven and helped their newly adopted children settle in, Kim was advocating for some of the children left behind. Face after face, vying for attention, all in desperate need. In April 2017, Peter returned to Asia to spend time with some of those children in a care center where their youngest daughter had once lived. There he met many children, but one stood out: a 5-year-old little girl with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy and the brightest smile you’ve ever seen, one of the children Kim had been advocating for over the past several months. He knew right away that she should join their family, but he didn’t want Kim to hear that from him. He wanted Kim to know that for herself. So he returned home and decided to pray about it. He asked God to make it clear. If they were to adopt this little girl, that Kim would not be able to stop thinking about her and, specifically, that Kim would be the one to bring up the possibility of adopting her. Well, wouldn’t you know it, Kim could not get the little girl with the sunshine smile out of her mind. She thought about her so frequently that, frankly, it was getting ridiculous! So she called their old adoption agency and asked if her file was still available. It was, and she had it in her email inbox in under ten minutes. She read it and the tears started to flow. This was their daughter!!! She found Pete in the barn and told him what she had done. He smiled and told her about his prayer. They formally began Little Miss Sunshine’s adoption process that night.

Pete and Kim are very excited to welcome home their Sunshine girl, Savannah! As their family travels this journey, they invite you to partner with them in prayer and support of the children who wait. Because no one should face life alone.

1/22/2018 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$4,288.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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RYAN and AIDEN for the Jast family — OH

The Jast Family is made of John, Kelsey, and their 6 children. After having 3 biological children, they adopted their youngest domestically almost 3 years ago. That started an incredible journey for them that they know God had planned from the beginning. While navigating all the medical things their newly adopted daughter needed, they learned about the great need for families for kids who have special needs. They soon found Reece’s Rainbow and adopted 2 older boys from Eastern Europe. The boys have been an incredible addition and are settling nicely into family life. They are a joy to not only their family but to the entire community of people they have been placed in! While adopting them, the Jast family knew they would be going back because the need is too great and they have more room at their table. They believe each of these kids, no matter their need, deserve a family of their own. They are ready and excited to bring another child into their family and see how God is going to provide yet again. With adopting for the 3rd time in 3 years, they know it will be tough but they also know when God calls you to act, he always provides exactly what you need right when you need it. They are so grateful to everyone who has come alongside them the last few years and look forward to sharing this journey with you yet again!

3/21/2018 — APPT RECEIVED; APRIL 23

The Jast family has a $500 matching grant!  When their FSP reaches $11743.91, they will receive another $500!

$11,425.92 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.

12/1/2017 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$1,909.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MAXIM for the Ashlock family — KY

Ben and Darrci have been married for 14 years this December. By their second date they were already discussing their shared interests in adoption. Fourteen years, 11 children (biological and adopted domestically) later, they are ready for their first venture in international adoption!

The second the Ashlocks saw Maxims face they knew he was theirs. They have a busy and fun family ready to take on this new journey!

4/19/2018 — AWAITING TRAVEL DATES

$669.30 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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

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.

4/7/2018 — USCIS APPROVED
Follow along on the family’s journey on their blog:  rtkop.blogspot.com

$6,743.44 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Vijay 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.

 

PIPER for the Sandry family — CA

Chad and Melanie have been married for 10 years and have five children; two biological and three from China. Their two oldest, both boys, came home from China during 2014 at ages 6 1/2 and 10. During 2016, they returned to China and brought home a daughter with only weeks to spare before (according to the file) what would have been her 14th birthday. They’ve decided to return to China one last time and bring home a 4 year old daughter who has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and epilepsy.

The Sandrys would love your prayers and support as they work to bring their daughter home to her forever family.

4/9/2018 — LOA RECEIVED

$5,839.40 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MICAH for the Edwards family — TX

The email with his file came and there he was, this little guy with a repaired cleft lip scar and those beautiful Asian eyes and I thought he looked like an Edwards.  Even at that, I had my list of why we couldn’t adopt and I gave that list to God.  Well, God had His own plans (of course) and here we are.
This is our second adoption process.  I can hardly believe that I’m typing that!  He’s in the same orphanage that our “Crystal” once lived in and was born just 3 weeks after we left Taiwan with her.  We spent 3 days in that orphanage with the kids in her group, but leaving with her on that final day was so bittersweet.  We were so thrilled to finally have our Gotcha Day, but so sad that there were still little faces in that room behind her.  I never actually imagined that we’d be going back to bring another one home, but I’m in awe that God is calling us back to amazing and beautiful.  Given, it isn’t always beautiful because adoption is hard, but it’s one of the best beauty from ashes stories I’ve ever been allowed to be part of.

2/20/2018 — USCIS APPROVED
Please follow along on their blog at:  shinelikethenoondaysun.blogspot.com

$320.10 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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DERRICK for the Schlittenhart Family — AR

In the fall of 2014 Tasha saw Derrick’s photo for the first time, and instantly fell in love. She felt in her heart that he was their son. At the time, adoption wasn’t an option due to the traveling component of Jeff’s job, but Tasha began praying.

A year later the Schlittenharts began the process to bring their daughter home from China, but Tasha never stopped loving and praying for Derrick to find a family, either theirs or someone else’s.  After Norah came home, they discovered she had a life threatening heart defect and secondary lung condition, and they spent the last year and a half getting her through open heart surgery and other life saving procedures. Thankfully, Norah is now healthy and doing well, and the Schlittenharts feel the time has finally come to bring Derrick home after 3 long years of loving and praying for him!

4/4/2018 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED; AWAITING TRAVEL DATES

$863.90 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Derrick has received a $177.30 Waiting Child Grant.

 

JAZ for the Mason family — VA

For thirteen years the Masons have experienced the added blessing of having a child with “a little something extra!” Back in 2004 their first child was born with Down syndrome.  Life with him has been sometimes challenging but always full of lots of love and fun!   Since then they have added two other children to the family as well, another biological son as well as a beautiful little girl who they adopted in 2009 from Ethiopia.  Recently they have been feeling those familiar tugs placed on their hearts to add another child to their family, so when they saw the sweetest little pictures of Jaz and her bright smile, they began to pray and ask God if this was the child that was supposed to join their family. They felt clearly that this child was meant to be in their family and they have been excitedly pursuing her ever since.

1/3/2018 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$12,871.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Jaz has received a $49.50 Waiting Child Grant.

TESIA for the Bearce family — MA

 photo fwbutton150.pngMy name is Heather: Steve and I have been together for 7 years! We have a biological daughter, Zee, who is almost 4 and an adopted daughter from China, Mal, (listed here on Reeces Rainbow as Adeline) that is 5. I have always wanted to adopt a child and after a bit of convincing, Steve got on board and we came home with Mal in June of 2015. We knew when we came home from China with Mal that we would adopt again!

Our family is happy to announce we are adopting another beautiful little girl, and Mal and Zee are thrilled to have a new sister. The girls are already making a list of toys to share with her and arguing who will sleep in the top bunk! Tesia (we haven’t decided on a new name yet) will get all the love and care she needs here with us and we are hoping that our 1 in a million girl will love us as much as we already love her!

1/19/2018 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$694.61 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Tesia has received a $3065.96 Waiting Child Grant.

 

LANEY for the Gandolph family — CO

Since the day they met, Nathan made it known that adoption was a dream of his. Seven years of marriage and two children later, Amber got on board! Once fully committed to the adoption, things rolled along quickly and God matched them up with the newest member of their family, a spunky little deaf daughter from Asia.

Nathan and Amber are anxious to bring her home and get acclimated to their new life with “virtual twin” daughters, sign language, and so much love!

10/13/2017 — DOSSIER COMPLETE

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

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CORIN for the West family — FL

Chris and Tia have been married for 8 years. They are over the moon excited to adopt a beautiful baby boy from Eastern Europe. They already have an amazing 15-year-old daughter named Morgan.

Morgan plays soccer at the High School she attends and is involved in several clubs in the school. This past summer Morgan Volunteered at a Non-Profit Hospital which happens to be where Chris and Tia both work. Chris is the Communications/Technology Manager and Tia works in Patient Financial Service.

A Few months ago, Tia learned about Reece’s Rainbow from another RR family. The more Chris and Tia learned the more their hearts were breaking for all the children. The minute they saw Corin’s sweet face everything changed for both of them. They both knew that was their son and they had to bring him home.

Chris, Tia and Morgan cannot wait for this baby boy to be in their family to shower him with LOVE.

4/11/2018 — APPT on APRIL 16
Please follow our journey at allthingspossible.blog

$519.40 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Corin has received a $4.50 Waiting Child Grant.

ELORA for the Joy family — FL

Kevin and Marta have been married for 15 and are blessed with 3 amazing kids – Greyson (16), Kasia (13) and our youngest, Mila (3) who was adopted from China about a year ago. God had opened their hearts during their 1st adoption process to Down Syndrome and Mila became part of their family in 2016.

They had been sponsoring multiple children with heart defects, one of whom was Elora and they fell absolutely in love. They hoped there was a chance she would someday be theirs. Despite the doctors saying Elora was too old and that she was inoperable — thousands prayed and fought for this girl! Elora’s surgery was a great success.

The next hurdle would be getting her orphanage to write her file. Elora’s agency fought for a year to get her file to be written. They waited and waited and finally their family sent in a photo of with Mila to show the orphanage that children with Down Syndrome are loved, wanted and cherished dearly. After 9 months of pleading and prayer they received a phone call — Elora’s file has indeed been prepared! They are so very excited to welcome Elora Meredith Joy home!

They are beyond excited and are doing everything they can to be prepared to welcome a beautiful new life into their home. If you’re reading this, then you’re likely thinking about helping them bring their Elora home. For that, they are forever grateful and want to thank you for partnering with them in this amazing new adventure! They don’t take your support for granted, no matter how big or small the donation. Thank you in advance!

2/26/2018 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$4,455.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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BRENNA for the Hourigan family — MD

Michael Patrick & Sarah Hourigan were high school sweethearts and have been married for 10 years. They have been blessed with four biological children: Weston (8), Nellie (6), Trevor (5) and Collin (almost 2). Pat works in Biotech Manufacturing and Sarah is a full-time homeschooling mother.

Pat & Sarah have always wanted to adopt and desire a large family. Sarah’s first experience in international adoption was as a teenager, when a close friend’s family brought home a baby girl from Asia. Sarah decided back then that adoption would be in her future and she particularly hoped to have a girl from Asia one day. Pat is a family man and truly enjoys young children. He has said that he hopes to always have little kids in his life.

While scrolling through Facebook one day, Sarah came across a video about a family who had adopted children with Down Syndrome. It piqued her interest and she found herself googling more about Down Syndrome adoption and feeling pulled strongly in that direction. She shared her feelings with Pat, who was supportive. In early June, it was Brenna’s precious face that sealed the deal. Sarah fell in love with her instantly, and Pat’s heart soon followed. There were many tears and desperate prayers and lots of joy as they began the process to welcome Brenna into their family.

God has already provided miraculously for the Hourigan’s adoption. They are trusting Him to provide and equip them for the rest of the journey.

1/4/2018 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED; HOPING to TRAVEL in SPRING

$7,062.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Brenna has received a $4.50 Waiting Child Grant.

 

JACOB for the Lehman family — MD

Tobin and Jen Lehman have been married for 11 years and have been blessed with three amazing kids; Rhys (8), Kathryn (5), and Elisabeth (2). Tobin runs an missions-minded marketing firm and Jen has been grateful for the opportunity to stay home and homeschool these three children.

Although Tobin and Jen have been aware of God’s heart for orphaned children and even participated in an orphan hosting program in 2014, adoption was not on their radar. But this spring they felt that God was preparing their hearts for the addition of a new child through adoption. Specifically, they felt that they were being specially equipped to welcome a child with special needs. As they thought and prayed about this, they felt that God was continually confirming this as a calling for their family.

Then, they saw a picture of Jacob and they immediately felt the desire to welcome him into their hearts and home. Jacob is six months younger than their youngest daughter and has Down Syndrome and mild heart defects.

Every step of the process has been met with support from their family and confirmation of this decision as provision for the adoption has been made as they have walked through the steps to bring this sweet boy home and show him that he is precious and loved.

They have already paid for and completed their application and home study and are now trusting God to help provide for the next steps. They hope to be able to bring Jacob home in the first part of the new year. They are thankful for the prayers and support of their family and community as they pursue the prize of bringing Jacob to his forever home.

2/1/2018 — AWAITING TRAVEL INVITE

FULLY FUNDED!!!

Jacob has received a $209 Waiting Child Grant.

TANNER for the MacDonald family — MN

Laurie was raised in a large family, in a small town near the shores of Lake Superior in northeastern Minnesota. There were eight children in the family including Laurie and her identical twin sister. With many cousins growing up in nearby towns, crowds were always expected during holidays or weekend getaways at the family cabin. Eventually, children grew up and moved away to school or jobs as far away as Alaska and Indonesia. Nieces and nephews joined the family and Laurie settled in central Minnesota. While working at a group home there she became licensed to do foster care and soon a four year old boy moved into her home. Three years later Laurie adopted him. When her son was eight years old the little family moved to Minneapolis and Laurie attended school, graduated and moved back to the northeastern part of the state. She began working as a Educational Sign Language Interpreter in the public school system and has been doing that for the past 28 years.

While browsing on line one day, Laurie came upon Reece’s Rainbow and was immediately drawn in, looking at children’s photos and reading family adoption stories. Children with a variety of needs were of special interest ever since high school when Laurie developed a friendship with student who had Down syndrome. Laurie was also involved in the Special Olympics, both while working at group homes and while raising her own son. The picture of one child on the Reece’s Rainbow site caused Laurie to return to the site again and again. She began advocating for that child, posting information about Reece’s Rainbow on social media and donating to families. That did not seem as though it were enough and after eight years that child who had caused her to return to the site so many times, was aging out. This meant he would lead a life without a great deal of learning and opportunity. Sooooo … Laurie is stepping into the world of adoption once again after 30 years! Let’s see where this journey takes her!

3/27/2018 — FINAL TRIP APRIL 14

$15,580.45 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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

LEEZA for the D’Angelo family — WA

Michael and Colleen D’Angelo have been married for 22 years and have two biological daughters, ages 10 and 12. Having worked for years with foster children as a social worker, Colleen has seen firsthand how difficult the foster care system can be for children. Michael is also a psychologist, and therefore is familiar with the psychological issues that can arise for children who have been orphaned.

Neither Michael nor Colleen ever imagined themselves adopting a child, especially not an older child. However, that all changed after they hosted a 14 year old girl for the summer.

Having their eyes opened to the plight of orphans, and falling in love with their host daughter, caused them to immediately begin the process of adoption.

They are so excited to take this journey, and learn what the Lord has planned for them over the next 12 months. They proceed out of obedience to the Lord, and out of a genuine desire to provide love for someone who is in such desperate need of love.

1/10/2018 — USCIS APPROVED

$524.98 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Leeza has received a $2,100 Older Child Grant.

MARIAN for the Higdon family — PA

Jonathan and Angela had been married for several years, and had four beautiful biological daughters when Angela came across an advocacy website for orphans with special needs. It was Reece’s Rainbow! After much prayer and talking with their daughters, the family decided to move forward to adopt Lily (listed on RR as “Flora”) from Eastern Europe. Lily has now been home for over a year and is doing wonderfully! She has cerebral palsy and having a family, along with good nutrition, medical care, and lots of therapy, she has come so far and continues to progress each day. The five sisters are a perfect team and you would never know Lily hasn’t been with the family from day one. About a year after Lily came home, the family felt like they had room at their table for one more…like maybe someone was missing. Marian is also in Eastern Europe and has been waiting for a family for seven years. The Higdons are incredibly excited to welcome her into their forever family and hope to bring her home in the Spring of 2018.

4/4/2018 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED; AWAITING TRAVEL DATES

$4,063.69 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A CHILD for the Lafreniere family — MI

Don and Erin Lafreniere met on amateur radio when they were in high school and began an international on-the-air romance (Don lived in Canada and Erin in the United States). These high school sweethearts celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in January 2018. Erin, a former teacher, is now the stay-at-home/homeschooling mom of 13-year-old Peter, 6-year-old Simon, and 1-year-old Clara. The Lafreniere family has lived in both the US and Canada but now lives in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan, a wonderful place to raise a family. They enjoy visiting Lake Superior beaches, hiking in the woods, and visiting waterfalls together.

After years of Erin being interested in adoption and Don feeling reluctant about it, Erin saw 10-year-old “Valentine” in a summer hosting photolisting and recognized him as a child listed years earlier on Reece’s Rainbow. Knowing that being hosted would significantly increase his chances of being adopted, she convinced Don to host him in the summer of 2017. Once they started hosting, the whole Lafreniere family fell in love with Valentine and Don saw how desperately Valentine needed a family. Seeing his joy in simple things like seeing wildlife, jumping on the trampoline, and running through the sprinkler on a hot day, his pride in learning new skills like riding a bike, playing card games, and telling time, and his obvious desire to belong, and knowing the bleak future that awaited him in his country if he was not adopted, Don and Erin decided to pursue their first international adoption to make him a permanent member of their family. They embarked on the grueling process of preparing and submitting their dossier, dreaming of the day they would welcome Valentine back to their home to stay permanently.

However, in March 2018, just after receiving an invitation to travel to Valentine’s country, Don and Erin learned that Valentine had been adopted by a family in his country just weeks before. Although shocked and distraught, they decided not to let all the work they had done go to waste; they chose to travel anyhow and seek a referral for another child. They continued to face obstacles in their path, as the first child they met was not ready to agree to be adopted, even after almost a week of daily visits. After losing Valentine and not being successful with their first referral, they were filled with trepidation as they faced their appointment for a second referral. Happily, the second child they met was excited about the prospect of being adopted, and they hit it off immediately.

The Lafreniere family is eager to welcome this 10-year-old girl to their home and share their love with her. They are humbly asking for financial support to make this adoption possible.

4/16/2018 — COURT SCHEDULED MAY 10
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at burckeri.wordpress.com

$4,126.85 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Jerome

Boy, born 2016

esophageal obstruction, GERD, bronchopneumonia, VSD, malnutrition
benign intercranial hypertension

DAP APPT in MAY

ROMAN for the Kronenberger family — PA

Tim and JoLynne have been married for 9 years. They were high school sweethearts and married two years after graduation. They have four beautiful children- Dexter (6), Beatrix (5), Martina (3), and Simon (2). They adopted Martina from Bulgaria in November of 2016 and knew they weren’t done with adoption- or more accurately, they knew God wasn’t done growing their family in this special way. They weren’t planning on adopting again so soon, but that’s the thing about orphans- once you know their names and see their faces- you don’t forget. And recently, JoLynne and Timmy have realized they have room at their table for “one” more, they have room in their hearts for “one” more, and they are hoping their friends and family will support them as they work toward bring their “one” more home.

3/23/2018 — TRAVEL DATES RECEIVED
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at writteninyourbook.blogspot.com

$17,618.65 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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VANCE for the Fish family — CO

vance-2016The Fish’s have been married for 24 years. They were high school sweethearts and married 1 year after school. They have three beautiful children, one of whom has an extra “LOVE” chromosome (Down syndrome). Since becoming born again, they never truly obeyed James 1:27 until now. Their ministry work often takes them to the sidewalk of abortion buildings, where they offer to adopt those unwanted pre-born babies. It occurred to them that while doing this ministry, they had not taken serious the work they were doing. In order to obey God’s word, they needed to have a home study just in case a Mom & Dad wanted to chose life and have them adopt their baby. They are almost finished with their home study and no one has taken them up on the adoption offer. They have now found Vance. Vance was abandoned by his birth parents. He is about to age out of the system in his country. Since Vance has an extra “LOVE” chromosome, he will fit in perfectly in their family. Thank you for considering a donation to help them bring home Vance. The family covets your prayers for them and for Vance and is thankful for your monetary gifts!

4/23/18 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$745.04 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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

KAISEY for the Forge family — NC

Robert and Theresa met in 2000.  She was a young widow with 3 small children, and Robert was divorced with 2 daughters.  Three years later, they got married and relocated to North Carolina.

The youngest of the children is Theresa Lauren, who they call TT.  She was born with Down syndrome and heart issues. Raising her has brought them into a world of special needs, IEPs, lots of doctor appts, and countless different therapies. T he family works hard to ensure TT has the same opportunities that other children are provided.  TTs extra chromosome even inspired Theresa to go back to school to become a nurse.

Several years ago, after talking with a friend who had recently adopted a child, Theresa googled “Down Syndrome Orphans” and was lead to Reece’s Rainbow.  Ever since then, she has donated, advocated, prayed, encouraged, and followed stories of families adopting Special Needs Children.  The family would choose a child from the Angel Tree each year at Christmastime to advocate and raise funds for.  Theresa saw a bit of TT in each of those faces, and felt sad that they did not have families to provide for their basic needs and medical care.

This past holiday season, the Forges had the opportunity to host a little girl from Asia who is rockin that extra chromosome, just like TT.  She lives in their home for a month so they could, among other things, advocate for her to find a forever family.  She also went to an eye doctor, a pediatrician, and a dentist, where she had quite a bit of work done.

It wasn’t long into her visit that the family realized that God had been preparing their hearts all along.  They should be her forever family, she should be their daughter.  They had plenty of love to give, empty bedrooms, and lots of experience with her special need.  It was now time to start the  mounds of paperwork to bring her home for good.

Even though there are huge costs, and lot of work associated with adoption, a child’s life is priceless.  A loving family should not be a privilege, it is a necessity.  Robert and Theresa are working hard to raise the funds needed.  Robert is working overtime at his job and doing carpentry and remodeling on the side, always with a smile.  Theresa is busy selling her art at craft fairs, having yard sales, and selling things online.  TT is even coloring pictures she hopes to sell, to help bring her little sister home.

The Forge family would appreciate any prayers, good wishes and financial donations in support of this adoption.

1/15/2018 — LOA RECEIVED
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at afamilyforme.blogspot.com

$6,195.95 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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JENNA for the Mondano-Shevchenko family — NY

JennaDaria and Joe met in 2012, fell in love, and were married in 2014. Joe works as a paralegal for a city agency and Daria works as a vision teacher in a school for children with traumatic brain injuries and multiple disabilities. They have wanted children ever since they were first married. Sadly, while they were able to get pregnant, Daria suffered a miscarriage. Unfortunately while mourning the loss of their child, their doctor told them they would be unable to have another child. Feeling hopeless and lost; they were still overwhelmed with the desire to become parents. Daria and Joe soon looked into adoption.

Daria always advocated for international adoption. One day, while inquiring about the necessary paperwork, their agency asked her to check the profile of a little girl in Eastern Europe, who was waiting for her forever family. When Daria and Joe saw photos and video of “Jenna”, they fell in love with her almost instantly. They found their daughter. As an infant, “Jenna” was born very prematurely. Due to receiving life-saving oxygen, she has retinopathy of prematurity, resulting in almost total blindness. Due to a brain hemorrhage, “Jenna” has developmental delays, and a possibility of Cerebral Palsy. She also has hydrocephaly as a result, but this has been stabilized. Her mother soon abandoned her and “Jenna” was moved to an orphanage upon her improved health. That was over three years ago. She has never known what it’s like to be in a loving family. Nevertheless, she is learning to walk, and is a very curious little girl.

“Jenna” is described as lively and loving by those that meet her, and Daria and Joe think she will be the perfect addition to complete their family. Won’t you help Daria and Joe bring her home by making a donation? Daria and Joe want to bring their daughter home. Your generosity will change three lives, and will be truly appreciated.

4/9/2018 — FIRST TRIP MAY 12

$2,493.62 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CODY for the Nowrey family — NJ

Billy and Catrina have been married for 9 years, and are both deaf.  They struggled with pregnancy, but failed twice. Catrina’s dream has always been to adopt a child from China. God gave them a beautiful plan! They have a beautiful daughter from China, named Ramona, and she is deaf like her parents. Ramona is 6 years old, was adopted last year in May 2016. Ramona is learning sign language so quickly!

They want to adopt another child but were waiting until the right time. Ramona learned about families at school, and one days she came home and told us that she wants a sister or brother! They agreed that Ramona is ready to have a sibling, and they searched for a few months. Finally, God gave them another plan, to have a SON! They are honored to give him the name of Cody. Cody is 5 years old and deaf. Ramona is very excited and can’t wait to play with her new brother sometime next year. Billy and Catrina can’t wait to have another child in their arms and together forever!

4/23/2018 — AWAITING LOA
Follow along on the family’s adoption journey at: https://nowrey.wixsite.com/growingto4

$5,709.20 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LOGAN for the Pirkle family — AL

Taylor and Sarah Pirkle have been married for 6 years. Together they have 6 biological children, yours, mine and ours. Caden-13, Blake-12, Kati-10, Alyssa-9, Tatum-5 and Brooks-3. Taylor is an IT specialist with a medical company while Sarah is a nurse at a home health agency. Their children are active in school and extracurricular activities. Most Friday nights this family can be found at the High School football game cheering on their oldest son in the band and their second son will join him next football season. Their oldest daughter is a competitive dancer, their second daughter is a cheerleader and youngest daughter has shown an interest in dance and gymnastics. Their youngest child is all boy!

Their story to adoption started with a tragedy but will end with a special child gaining a family. Sarah had heard of adopting special needs children through her friend Christy. Unfortunately, Christy and her family experienced a devastating tragedy when their son Auggie passed away suddenly. One day, Sarah was on line checking on Christy and her family when she came across a picture of a child with cerebral palsy. This picture changed her life. It was instant love! But it was not meant to be at that time. Another family wanted this child. So they waited. The child became available again. There was hope! But God had other plans, another family was interested in this child. Finally, God said “NOW”. Through a miraculous chain of events they were able to commit to their child! Their story is just beginning… This loving couple with their children are excited to add a new member to their “herd”.

4/5/2018 — COMPILING DOSSIER; AWAITING USCIS

$8,562.10 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CLYDE + ELLIE for the Davis family — LA

Gary and Dee have been married for 25 years and have raised 8 older children and 4 younger adopted children still at home. They are an older couple and also the proud grandparents now to 18 grandchildren.

Once the Davis’ Family was told their family was like a box full of Animal Crackers.  Inside the box you will find a few lions, a tig~ger or two, one big elephant, one tall giraffe and several wild monkeys. Each family member is so different but when you blend them all together and you have a box full of love. Some people do not understand that some families are created differently than others.  Every child is a gift from our Lord and we must protect and love these children. The Davis’ Family is a big supporter and advocate for adoption.

In adoption there is the paperwork on top of paperwork and then there is the cost of adopting. Adoption is costly yet the price of a child is priceless. Through much prayers and support mountains can be moved. And the Davis family is moving mountains for this one child. No child should be without a family to love them and the Davis’ Family has decided to step forward.

After completing their last adoption, the Davis’ knew that there was still love in their heart for another little one or two. Immediately they knew in their hearts just which child it was.  One little boy Reece’s Rainbow had listed for 4 long years.  On Reece’s Rainbow he is listed as Clyde.

With the help of Reece’s Rainbow Clyde has found his family. Now that he has a mother and a father traveling for him they will be working hard to compile their paperwork. Now he who will have a family to hold his small hand and tuck him into his very own bed at night.  Many children with Clyde’s illnesses are transferred into an adult setting after age at five years. Instead of a birthday cake and presents he will be transferred. He will be mixed into an adult setting and it would be harder for little Clyde to find a family.

Sometimes we take the small things for granted like buying your child a box of Animal Crackers. But sometimes for a child in an orphanage many children die daily from not having enough to eat. The Davis’ Family ask for your prayers, love and support during their journey in bringing Clyde home. Please follow their adoption blog and share their posts as they work to move mountains to bring their new son home.

 

4/2/2018 — USCIS APPROVED
Follow along on the family’s adoption journey at: www.animalcrackersforclyde.blogspot.com

$5,029.10 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Clyde has received a $10,252.44 Waiting Child Grant.

COLE for the Holliday family — KS

Christiaan and Kayla have been married for 3 years. During this time, they have had 2 beautiful children. Mila is a sweet and sassy 2-year-old. Maks is a cuddly and loving 1-year-old. It was during their years of dating that Christiaan and Kayla discussed their hope to adopt one day. They were unsure of the timing or any of the details. It was this year that they felt God tugging on their heart. He told them that It was time. A few years ago, Kayla stumbled across the Reece’s Rainbow page. It was at this time that her eyes were opened to the reality that orphans with special needs face every day. It was then that their hearts were turned toward special needs adoption. When they stumbled across a picture of Cole, they commented on how sweet his smile was and kept going. Over the next few days, their hearts and minds kept returning to him. They requested more information and prayed about it. They knew that this little boy was their son. Now they are working diligently to bring Cole home to his forever family!

4/16/2018 — FIRST TRIP APRIL 21

$1,004.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CLARENCE and ARIA for the Dale family — ID

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40929163700 (2)As a family, Jonathan and Laura Dale have a unique set of skills. The Dales were blessed with two biological children, the 2nd of which was born with severe medical complications and mental delays. It was a privilege they were able to enjoy for 12 short years before their daughter passed away from these chronic issues. During this time they also were foster parents to several long term placements and eventually adopted two more children. Again, one a typical, thriving child and one medically complex. In their 21 years of marriage they have learned so much about how to be parents of children with severe trauma and medical issues that it has become their families “normal”.

In January 2017 they saw “Clarence” on a You-Tube video, a little boy in Eastern Europe, who has significant medical needs and has been in institutionalized care his entire life. Laura was smitten and soon Jonathan was on board too! Shortly upon actively starting the adoption process for him, they were introduced to “Aria” a little girl in another region in the same country. Jonathan immediately “claimed” her as his. Laura’s heart followed as well. Their family has decided that both of these children are to be a part of their forever family. Their older boys are on board and excited to meet their soon-to-be siblings.

Being patient and handling “red-tape” is not a concern for this family – it is money that is the greater challenge. Jonathan works three jobs (handyman, mechanic, farm hand) and Laura works from home 40-60 hours a week making baby items and selling them online or at farmers markets. They have also started working every weekend selling hard scooped ice cream at local events to add to their adoption funds. This process is long and tedious.

Adopting two children, from two different regions is incredibly expensive. It is a financial hurdle that can be very frightening. The Dales are up for this challenge and are committed to seeing these adoption through.

If you are willing or able to help them with the financial burden of saving this 4 year old boy and 9 year old girl from living the remaining part of their lives in a crib, this family would be forever grateful!

4/2/2018 — USCIS APPROVED

$11,103.61 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SUSANA for the Motley family — NC

Mike and Ruth have been married for 18 years. They have 4 children – ages 18 to 5 years old and in addition an 18 month old foster to adopt African American child. When their 5 year old daughter, Emma was born, the family discovered she had Down Syndrome. Having Emma in their lives opened them up to the heart of the Father – which is those orphaned and those with special needs. The family began to open their homes to international orphans thru a hosting program.

Ruth met “Susana” while on a trip to her orphanage in September 2015. Susana lives in a war-stricken orphanage in Eastern Europe. Many of the children in her orphanage have seen first-hand the effects of war & conflict.

The family brought Susana home in December 2015, to spend Christmas with their family and for her to be seen by a team of specialists at UNC Chapel Hill. She has what is known as lymphatic vascular malformation. While it is not necessarily life threatening, without treatment the growth will continue to grow and affect many aspects of her daily life, including her jaw and her ability to eat. She will need to receive treatment for this genetic issue for the rest of her life.

The family soon discovered that Susana is not defined by this malformation! She is sweet and spunky, full of life and laughter! She steals hearts with everyone she meets. Her potential knows no bounds!

As an orphan advocate family and ministry, when the family first met Susana there were no thoughts regarding adoption – our focus and prayers was to help her find a forever family! Over the months however, God was making it clear to the family that she is their special gift, their reward from the Lord!

Children are a gift from the Lord;
they are a reward from Him.
Children born to a young man
are like arrows in a warrior’s hands.
How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them!

Psalm 127:3-5

3/23/2018 — COURT PASSED!

$915.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Susana has received a $500 Older Child Grant.

STELLAH for the Batty family — UT

Clay and RoseAnna have been married for 14 years. They have five biological children ages 12,10,6,3 and 3. They have devoted their time to raising and spending time with their family along with working on their family farm. They are so excited to add a little girl to their family and can’t wait until they will be able to go get her. They have felt the pull to adopt for a few years and feel excited and blessed to pursue this journey.

1/18/2018 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$4,278.49 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ALFRED for the Vis family — Canada

Raymond and Alison Vis met in high school and after losing contact for a few years have now been married for four years. They have two adorable biological children, Katie aged 3 and Ezra aged 1. They have their hands full with two young toddlers and were not planning on expanding their family again so quickly. But, God!

Alison stumbled across the blog of a family who had recently adopted from Eastern Europe and and was instantly drawn to their story. Many late nights and prayers later Raymond and Alison both accepted what they believed to be a calling to expand their family through international adoption of a child with special needs from Eastern Europe.

Raymond and Alison began the process with great urgency, believing that their child was out there somewhere, just waiting to be found. After many ups and downs Alison and Raymond believe that God has relived the child that they are to go and bring home to their family.

This little one will be a twin for Ezra, being only six weeks apart in age. He will also bring a little something extra to the family as he happens to have Down Syndrome and is rocking that extra chromosome!

Mountains are truly being moved to take this little one from lost to loved. Alison and Raymond are so grateful for all support to help get their little one home!

3/15/2018 — TRAVELING MARCH 15
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bringinghomebrave.wordpress.com

$6,887.12 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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