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

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

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

7/22/2022 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED in OCT 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/22/2022 — COURT in OCTOBER

$17,534.22 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Kamdyn April 2013Candace2Bulgaria

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog eightisnotenough2012.blogspot.com

Steven (Max) 2015

Steven (Max) 2015

BULGARIA

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at http://www.lisagarcia.net/adoptionblog

 

CHINA

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bairdsfaithtrustandpixiedust.blogspot.com

 

Anna (Marsha) 2014

Anna (Marsha) 2014

BULGARIA

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog eightisnotenough2012.blogspot.com