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CLARA for the Russell family — MD

Meet Heath, and Stacey Russell! They met 13 years ago and have been talking about adoption since their very first date! They both have a special place in their hearts for children. Together they are raising five boys who are beyond excited to have a sister to love and spoil!

In 2010 they were told that all the numbers pointed to their son having Down Syndrome. They were given the option to have an abortion. This was obviously not an option for them! During her pregnancy Stacey did a lot of research and was shocked to find out that the abortion rate for a prenatal diagnoses of Down Syndrome was 65% in America and up to 96% in other countries. She couldn’t believe how high those numbers were!

During her research Stacey ran across https://reecesrainbow.org. This is when she began advocating for the waiting children and participating at buddy walks. During this time it was clear that God was preparing their hearts for a child who may have special needs, but it wasn’t their son. The doctors were wrong.

This experience is what brought them to Reece’s Rainbow where they found their daughter. (Clara L21 on Reece’s Rainbow) At birth, Clara was diagnosed with Down Syndrome and Tetralogy of Fallot (a congenital heart condition presenting a combination of four defects in the structure of the heart).

This heart condition causes her heart to pump oxygen-poor blood into her body, which makes breathing difficult and any physical activity very hard on her little body. She is now 6 years old and is still in desperate need of medical care to help repair her heart.

It has now been two years since the Russell family started their adoption journey. Stacey and Heath jumped in with nothing but faith. They had no idea how they were going to accomplish this, but they knew that God would provide a way.
Now, Stacey and Heath are thrilled to say that their Dossier will soon be submitted to the Ministry! It took a lot of finances, a lot of prayer and a long time for them to get here and they couldn’t be more excited!

However, they aren’t done just yet. They are praying for a referral in the next 2-4 months. Once they get this, they will need to make 3 trips, one of which they both have to travel for 3-4 weeks! This seems difficult, but not impossible! Their girl has been in this orphanage for 6 years, she is very sick and desperately needs out! The Russell’s know if they can just get her here, they will love her and make sure she gets all the medical care and love she deserves!

If you feel led, I pray that you will please help the Russell family provide hope, love and a new future for this precious girl! They would greatly appreciate your prayers and any financial support as they prepare to bring her home!

5/2/2019 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$410.76 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Clara has received a $2297 Waiting Child Grant.

TRISTAN +1 for the Challis family — MD

The Challis Family is Tabitha, Henry and 9 year-old Z. Tabz works at the public library, Henry manages an office for a small family business, and Z is a future pro-parkour-gamer-comedian. They are working to bring home a 15 year-old boy who they have hosted and another child (to be identified) so they can wrap them up in their close-knit, quirky home to enjoy a life of board games, movie nights, comic-cons, crafts, trampoline tricks and their faith community.

Tabitha and Henry had been coming back to “Tristan’s” profile for over a year. They were considering adoption or hosting, and weren’t sure which to start with… until an advocate for Reece’s Rainbow kids noticed that “Tristan” was being hosted and (as a 15 year-old boy,) was still waiting to be chosen – with time almost up. To Tabitha and Henry it was just the sign they needed. It was time to move and stop watching this boy get older on his webpages! Left behind, aging out, this shy sweet teen would soon know just how wanted he was.

The Challis Family hosted him over the summer for ten wonderful weeks. He fit right in like a missing puzzle piece. He played with nine year-old Z, melted into Tabitha’s hugs, and learned about being a husband and father from Henry. His older siblings had aged out. His younger sister had been adopted without him to the U.S. three years before. He had not heard from her family since they had left his orphanage. He had been left behind and alone for so many years. He came to hosting very shy, and sad. Although the Challises often wished they had more children, they realized it was God’s plan for him to be with a small family that summer – they could pour extra love and time into him. He thrived! He loved the quiet family and the time they could spend all together. The Challises realized quickly that their family was no longer complete without this special boy! They were even able to find the family who had adopted his sister three years before and get him back in contact with her! Though he had only known her for a few months in the orphanage they thought it was important for him to know where she was and that she was safe and sound – and even get to visit her!

As soon as he went back to the orphanage, the Challises got to work on preparing for their home study. They are fundraising, Henry has put his Special Education degree on hold to work extra, and even little Z has been making crafts to sell to bring his brother home! They remain in frequent contact and can’t wait for “Tristan,” who has been calling them Mama and Papa for six months now – to be an official Challis.

The family has two empty bedrooms left as well as flexible job schedules, supportive resources and an excited 9 year old son to help, so with prayer and support they have decided to bring home another child from the same region. This child will probably be under 8 and will also have special needs – they welcome messages with suggestions from their RR family! They are so grateful to the RR community for advocating for the boy they will bring home. Don’t give up! Your advocacy will bring this teenage boy home!

6/17/2019 — USCIS APPROVED; COMPILING DOSSIER

$617.67 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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

HONOR for the Regan family — MD

Shannon and her family live in Maryland. Shannon is mom to her son Alex and her daughter Chelsea. Chelsea was adopted at 11 years old and lived most of her life in an orphanage. Chelsea spent much of her life being considered blind and in a wheelchair. In a short few months home, she is flourishing, wearing glasses, learning, and there is much hope she will soon walk. She has brought so much joy to their family and is a true testament to what love can do for a child. Shannon has always intended to adopt again and is prayerfully hopeful that the child she has seen on Reece’s Rainbow will become her daughter. This family has stated they have always had a heart for adoption and bringing Chelsea home solidified the place adoption has in their life. Chelsea is a low vision child and the family hopes to adopt another low vision girl. Chelsea and Alex are both excited about the idea of a new sister. Reece’s Rainbow helped bring Chelsea home. The family is so grateful to work with Reece’s Rainbow again as they begin their journey to adopt their second daughter. Shannon and her children thank you for your kindness, support, and generosity in helping bring an child home to a loving forever family.

6/4/2018 — OFFICIALLY MATCHED

$1,566.55 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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*** Honor has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant ***

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.

6/13/2019 — REFERRAL RECEIVED; TRAVELING in SUMMER

$3,935.44 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A CHILD for the Linke family — MD

Markus and Sarah Linke met at church 11 years ago and have now been married for 8 years. A lot has happened in their 8 years of marriage; from experiencing miscarriages, to dealing with infertility, to the adoption of their miracle baby Hope in 2013.

In the beginning of their relationship, long before they experienced infertility, Markus and Sarah realized they had a common desire to adopt. And in 2013, less than 2 years after they experienced the heartache of miscarriages, their baby girl Hope practically fell into their laps. She is by far the biggest blessing in their lives. In 2015, when Hope was 2 years old, they saw the profile of a little boy with special needs and decided to try to adopt again. But just as they were nearing the end of their home study, the foster family decided to adopt the little boy.  So they decided to put adoption on hold for a little while. There is no guarantee in adoption; there are always risks. But they knew they had to try again! They have room in their hearts and home for more children, and Hope is so very excited to be a big sister!

Markus and Sarah feel so blessed and are thrilled to be on this adoption journey! They would greatly appreciate your prayers and welcome any financial support as they work hard to bring their son home as quickly as they can.

1/30/19 — DOSSIER APPROVED; AWAITING REFERRAL

$3,359.85 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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TEMPERANCE for the Willock family — MD

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Vanessa (Temperance)

Vanessa (Temperance)

Lithuania

 

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

Gabriel for the Pellegrino family — MD

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

JOHN MARK and PRATT for the Hutson family — MD

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at thehutsonfamily.wordpress.com

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MICHELLE and FELICIA for the Cooper family — MD

UKRAINE

 

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

GARRETT for the Rumbaugh family — MD

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

 

 

LINA for Amy and Mike — MD

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Lina 2015

Russia

 

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