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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.
4/8/2019 — DOSSIER NEARLY COMPLETE

$6,735.89 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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VIJAY and ATHENS for the Pohl family — SD

Vijay

Athens

Ukraine

 

Follow along on the family’s journey on their blog:  rtkop.blogspot.com

TATE for the Wilkinson family — KS

The Wilkinson family as been in the process to adopt now, for over 2 years. They have been married for 10 years and have a 15 yr old son and 7 and almost 9 year-old daughters. Jeremy is in the United States Army and Elizabeth was working but moving every 2 years has made things difficult to continue. Initially, when they felt the call to adopt, they started by getting licensed for foster to adopt. They had already discussed adopting a child with Down Syndrome but they waited as they never received a placement. After the heartbreak of waiting and thinking it may not happen, Elizabeth met a woman who had adopted once from a certain country program and was currently in the second adoption. So Elizabeth decided to contact an agency in regards to trying to adopt internationally. They saw a file for a little boy with down syndrome who was very young. Once her husband came home and she showed him the photo, he had already picked a name! This was in March 2017. They were excited yet apprehensive because of the high cost and not understanding the process fully. So, after a few weeks of not really knowing how to come up with the money, they decided they needed to remain with the foster care to adopt route. This decision was very difficult for Elizabeth. She prayed and cried daily about the little boy who stole both of their hearts. She continued to check with the agency, but they assured her another family had come forward for him. Fast forward to September 2017, they were back home visiting family and Elizabeth noticed the same little guy on Reece’s Rainbow with a decent sized grant! She couldn’t believe it so she reached out to Reece’s Rainbow to verify that he was indeed still available to adopt. Elizabeth talked to Jeremy and showed him the grant. They decided together that they would go ahead and pursue him. This time they were able to get his file from their agency. It has not been an easy road. After starting and completing their home-study and immigration approval, they got notice they would be moving quickly to another state. But determined not to lose their little boy’s file, Elizabeth located another home-study agency in their new state that had been used for the same country program!! The move slowed things down drastically and has added expenses but now they are in the final months before travel and still have a little bit more to come up with. They are continuously applying to grants and scraping every penny possible to finish. After 13 long months in the process for him so far they are eager to bring him home and spoil him with love!

8/8/2019 — OFFICIALLY MATCHED

FULLY FUNDED!!!

$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.

Killian

 

 

 

2/28/2019 — Family awaiting court.

 

Killian has received a $2,500 Older Child Grant.

Kayden

 

 

$3,709.40 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

6/20/2019 — TRAVELING in JULY

Clare

Ukraine

 

NATHAN for the Etter family — NJ

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Justin and Tara have a heart for adoption. They recently spent over 18 months in the process of adopting little “Jenny” from Eastern Europe. Unfortunately for them (but fortunately for Jenny!) a local foster family with intentions of adopting her stepped forward at the last minute and she was no longer available for international adoption. While heartbroken, the Etters knew they had not yet reached the end of their adoption journey.

When Nathan’s file came into their hands, they prayed for God’s direction. They had been hoping for a little girl, and Nathan’s diagnosis wasn’t quite what they had prepared for. Regardless, they felt confident that God was telling them to pursue little Nathan, and now they already see him as part of their family and pray for him every night with their 3 year old biological daughter, Vivien who will be his artificial twin! Their “Journey to Jenny” ultimately led them to Nathan – and maybe that was God’s plan from the beginning!

7/10/2019 — COURT PASSED; FINAL TRIP in AUGUST
Please follow the family’s journey on their blog:  thejourneytojenny.blogspot.com

$5,639.67 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Nathan has received a $468 Waiting Child Grant.