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Hi!  We are the Quick family.  In 2017, we traveled to Eastern Europe to adopt our dearly loved son, Mannix, who just happens to have Down syndrome.  We brought him home to join his 8 older brothers and sisters when he was 9 months old, weighing just 10 lbs.

When we were in his birth country, we were able to see the conditions of his orphanage and the hospital where he was frequently sent, along with other bedridden children.  We have never been able to forget these kids, who spend their days in cribs with barely enough to eat to stay alive, and no one in the world to love them.

We knew right away we would want to go back and adopt again, if at all possible.  We have the room, the love, the time, and the resources to share with another child.  However, we do not have the $30,000 in hand or in credit that it costs to bring a child home.  We intend to work very hard at making and selling things, taking on extra jobs, selling things around the house and whatever else it takes to give another child a loving home and family.  Our hopes are that our family, friends and community at large will come alongside us to make this happen, whether that be in prayer, monetarily, or time.

We thank you for your time and interest in our next journey and hope you’ll follow along.

8/26/2020 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$877.86 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Susan knew that one day she would build her family through adoption after watching a 20/20 episode on an orphanage in Romania back when was she was 11 years old. Susan grew up with a sister that is 13 years older than her and always longed to have a large family. Grant was raised in a larger family and knew that he wanted a large family of his own. Susan shared her passion for adoption when she first started dating Grant. When Grant and Susan got married they came into the relationship with two biological children each making them a blended family.

They have now been through the international adoption process twice. Their first adoption was their son Soo Min who was adopted from South Korea in 2008 when he was 3 ½ years old. Soo Min has a form of primordial dwarfism, failure to thrive, and PDA. He is doing amazingly well, thriving, and bringing our family so much joy. Grant and Susan started their last adoption in 2014 with hopes to bring home their daughter, Eden, from Ghana. They traveled there, had her in their care for two weeks and even passed court. What they did not know was that everything was falsified information and she was never legally adoptable. To say they were all heartbroken was an understatement. One month after losing Eden, Susan became pregnant with their son Hudson. It is amazing the way God works.

This decision to adopt again wasn’t taken lightly. The decision this time around had many things to consider and time needing to heal from the failed adoption in 2015. Knowing and understanding the permanence of adoption is why the last time was so painful: Eden is still somewhat part of the family, and the reason the Lee children always say there’s eight children in the family. The Lee family started to pray about adoption again and researched programs that have a long history of success. This is what led them to Asia this time. Susan would lay in bed for hours scrolling through Reese’s rainbow looking at children waiting to be adopted. When Susan saw Alisa, she knew she was her daughter. She went back and forth between many kids and something was calling the Lee family to Alisa. They have a current Home-Study, have submitted their I-800A, and are compiling their dossier paperwork.

3/13/2020 — DOSSIER LOGGED IN

$722.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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The Calkins family lives in West Michigan in their blended home of six wonderful children.

When Michael and Jade met and started getting serious in their relationship, Jade expressed her long time desire to adopt. Fortunately for Jade, Michael was completely on board. They decided to have a biological child together as well, and were blessed to become pregnant shortly after their wedding. They were excited to be expecting a little girl they planned on naming Luna Eleanor. Unfortunately while several weeks pregnant they learned that their baby girl had passed away due to a chromosomal disorder. They were devastated but knew that they would have loved and raised her no matter what.

Not too long after their baby’s passing, they were able to get pregnant again fairly quickly. They welcomed a healthy baby boy, albeit prematurely, that they named Corbin. While Jade always knew that she wanted to adopt special needs, she didn’t ever consider Down syndrome (Ds), but not for any particular reason. She works with adults that have Ds and has been blessed to know and love several people in her life with Ds, but when she pictured adopting she thought about adopting children that had other special needs. Michael was the one that suggested they adopt a child with Ds, and with how much they loved Luna for the short time they carried her, it seemed like this was the best decision for them.

In the Summer of 2019 they saw three little girls listed on Reece’s Rainbow and had hoped to adopt all three girls. Due to circumstances completely out of their control, they’re only able to move forward to adopt one child at this time. They will continue to advocate for the sweet girls they weren’t able to adopt.

They thank you for your support in their adoption as they move forward with heading to Eastern Europe.  If the child that they intend to adopt is no longer available for adoption when they arrive, they will still be adopting a little girl with Ds.

9/9/2020 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$4,406.92 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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We are Galen & Yalonda Horst. We have been married 21 blessed years and God has touched our hearts and lives with 7 children; 4 biological children and 3 through the miracle of adoption. Our first 2 adoptions were from Guatemala and the last one was from China.

Adoption has touched our hearts and lives in a way that has changed us tremendously. We never dreamed, when we did our first 2 adoptions from Guatemala, that God would lead us to adopt a child from China who has Down Syndrome, but it has been another beautiful experience!

The transformation that Kyla has made in the past 2 years is nothing short of amazing! It was beautiful to see her personality unfold and come alive after coming to us as an unresponsive, shutdown, infant-like 2 year old. Now 2 years later she is hardly recognizable as the same child! She is so full of love, mischief, and humor!

So when another sweet little girl with Down Syndrome jumped off an advocacy page at us, we prayed fervently for an answer as to whether or not this was truly God calling us again. After much prayer, we felt God was telling us to step forward. So… we’re on our way to Asia again!

Our prayer for Kristi: “I pray that God would hold you in His arms until I can hold you in mine own!”

7/29/2020 — AWAITING TRAVEL APPROVAL

$2,304.72 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Kathy will be adding another aging out child to her family! She returned home in May of 2018 with an almost 16-year-old with Down syndrome from Armenia. She is now working to bring home another daughter with DS from East Asia. This precious one has been on the hearts and minds of a lot of people who love her and have prayed for her. She was hosted in the US in the summer of 2016 by a family who hoped to adopt her but were unfortunately denied due to rules changing in the country. Kathy is grateful for the knowledge, experience, and love the family provided to her while she was here, and continue to provide.

Kathy’s first hands-on experience with international adoption was when her daughter and granddaughter, also with DS, returned home in December 2015 from Armenia. Her daughter is also in the process of adding another little one with DS to the family! While following her daughter’s first adoption and the years since, Kathy has helped as many families as she could, financially and prayerfully. She has also advocated for many children in need of families. Reading story after story about the life altering effects of adoption – for the child and parents – has been an inspiration to her.

After reading about the conditions children who have aged out face, and knowing those children would never know the love of a family, she knew she needed to do more. For the last few months Kathy has been contemplating and praying on what more she could do to help these children. So she is excited to announce that she is once again crossing the ocean to adopt again before this girl ages out and loses the chance to live happily ever after knowing the love and joy of having a family!

Any prayers and support, financially or emotionally, are greatly appreciated during her adoption process!

6/16/2020 — LOA RECEIVED in MAY; AWAITING TRAVEL

The Rice family has a $5000 matching grant from RODS Racing!  When their FSP reaches $10,130, they’ll receive an additional $5000!

$15,386.82 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Stephani has always wanted to be a mother. Since she was a little girl, she knew she would have a big family and at least some of her children would arrive through adoption. She thought her family was going to be starting in 2009, when she found out she was pregnant. Sadly, God had other plans and her daughter Emma was stillborn.

In 2011, Stephani was introduced to Reece’s Rainbow through a friend who was adopting. She would spend hours looking at the children, reading their stories, and hoping that soon, the time would be right to adopt. That time finally came in 2015 when Stephani adopted her daughter Octavia from Eastern Europe with the help of Reece’s Rainbow!

Now, Stephani is back and ready to add a sibling to the mix. “Lola” will join Stephani and Octavia to be a family of three! “Lola” has Down syndrome and a heart defect like Octavia.

Any and all financial support and prayers are greatly appreciated!

3/13/2020 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

The Obenauf family has met their $5000 matching grant from RODS Racing!

$17,191.14 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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