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

5/28/2021 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; AWAITING OFFICIAL MATCH

$529.62 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Devin, an IT manager at an electric cooperative, and Melissa, a former teacher, have been married for six years and have two children, a toddler and a teen that make life full and fun! They love spending time together, hiking, fishing, exploring new parks and destinations.

For many years Melissa felt God placing the special needs orphan on her heart and together, their family spent several years advocating for children through Reece’s Rainbow’s Guardian Angel program. They were even able to meet one of the wonderful girls they had advocated for after her family found her. It was such a beautiful experience and they and are still in contact with that family today.

A couple years ago, the calling was clear that advocating was no longer enough and there was definitely more they could do. After a teary conversation, Devin and Melissa both committed to making the changes necessary to pursue their own adoption and give a child the home and family he has always deserved.

Melissa resigned from her career to be a stay at home mom, they added another bedroom to their home, restructured their budget, and got busy saving for the upcoming cost. They have felt God paving their way with every step and cannot wait to grow their family.

They are so grateful for everyone who finds it their hearts to help. International adoption is expensive, but Devin and Melissa are certain the expense will be nothing in comparison to what their family will gain. If you are unable to donate, they kindly request that you share their story. They believe strongly in the power of prayer and ask that you join them in keeping their child wrapped in prayer until they can bring him home.  You can visit them at their blog.

4/8/2021 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$1,058.20 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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We are the Darnowski family. We just adopted three little toddlers, who don’t yet toddle, from Eastern Europe! Elizaveta (Carmen on RR) 15 mos, Yuri (Quill) 2.5 and Piotr (Kade) 2.5 years. We realized that some other families were going back again right after adopting, to adopt again. They so inspired us, that we decided we would also try to seize the opportunity while the way still presented itself to us, (while only required to have a homestudy update, vs a whole new homestudy) to get some more children to a loving home!

We saw some pretty beautiful faces while visiting the orphanages with sad, longing looks in their eyes. We saw the beauty of how our biological children love and interact with their new siblings, and the amazing strides our newly adopted children are making in just the little time they have been home. Some of the other little children in our children’s’ orphanages will soon be moved to an adult institution! (Age 5-35 years!!). We were told that while the children’s’ orphanages in their region have pretty good care including therapies, the adult ones are considered “palliative”.

We wish we could bring them all home. Will you consider doing so, or supporting us as we go on this crazy journey again? Thank you in advance for your amazing generosity which carried us through Eastern Europe adoption number one! You are amazing!!!

6/7/2021 — USCIS APPROVED

$11,966.81 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CHINA

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

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Sarah (Ariel)  2015

Sarah (Ariel) 2015

Sasha (Sutter) 2015

Sasha (Sutter) 2015

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

Asher (Jimmy) 2015

Asher (Jimmy) 2015

China

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

 

UKRAINE

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

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 Bulgaria

 

Follow the Stevens family adoption journey on their blog at stevensadoption.wordpress.com

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Follow the Krulik family’s adoption journey on their blog at oldhouseonwashington.typepad.com/ouradoptiononwashington

 

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Follow the adoption journey of the Imboden family on their blog at www.imbodens.wordpress.com

2016

2016

UKRAINE

 

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

 

 

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