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ALEXANDER for the Schmidt family — WI

Ken and Sarah Schmidt are the parents of three girls: Grace and Isabelle, age 9 (twins) and Everly, age 3. They didn’t know when they were expecting twins that Isabelle would be born with Down syndrome and need lifesaving open heart surgery at six months old. There is not much that can prepare two young parents for that news. It took time to realize what a blessing it was to have a child with Down syndrome; it took time for them to be comfortable with the fact that their child had special needs, and their vision would not be what we had planned.

In doing research about children with Down syndrome and early intervention, they came across an advocacy group, Reece’s Rainbow, which advocates for the adoption of children with special needs who are orphaned. It didn’t take long before both Ken and Sarah knew that they would be adding to our family, another child with Down syndrome; a child that would be orphaned for the same reason they consider our family to be so blessed.

In May of 2016 Sarah and her mom traveled to China to bring home their daughter, whom they named Everly. They had the option of visiting the orphanage where their daughter lived. It was a very difficult decision, but they knew that it would be their only chance to get that information and save it for their daughter someday. Standing in the place where their daughter’s history started is the place Sarah knew in her heart that they would be back in China as soon as God would allow.

By early spring Ken and Sarah knew they were ready to start the adoption process again, and this time they knew they would like to adopt a little girl again, as that is what they’ve had experience with. They also knew they would be comfortable adding a child with minor or correctable needs, such as a limb difference or repaired heart defect. However, God knew that there was much greater work to be done. He has shown them that with the knowledge and support, our comfort zone is much larger than they anticipated.

God helped in making connections for the Schmidt family with a family that had adopted children with beta Thalassemia, and helped them to understand the needs of those with Thalassemia. Ken and Sarah were presented with the file of a BOY that is 3 years old, and he has a very severe type of anemia, called beta Thalassemia. He is getting transfusions, however; not frequently enough as his hemoglobin has dropped significantly. Also, he is not getting chelation therapy which is imperative for those who have beta Thalassemia. While this was not their plan, God is greater! Saying yes to God is often the most challenging step… watching all the pieces come together confirms the “Yes!” We know that God will continue to guide us and bless us with everything we need to get to our son and help provide the care he needs as soon as possible.

2/14/2018 — DOSSIER COMPILED

$0.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ANNA and ALEX for the Sharlein family — WI

Noah and Patricia have been married less than a year but adoption has been something they both have talked about for a long time. The minute they saw these two precious they knew the kids were meant to join the family forever. They have no other children but are very excited for the opportunity to bring Anna & Alex home.

Noah grew up with a sister that has Angelman Syndrome. He loves her dearly and that has helped shape his passion for individuals with special needs.

Both Noah and Patricia enjoy hiking and volunteering with the Miracle League of the Lakeshore (a baseball league for children with special needs). Noah has ben a coach and Patricia has been a buddy for 3 years. They also work with a couple families doing respite care. They are very excited to share these experiences with Anna and Alex when they come home.

1/19/2018 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$145.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ANGELINA and TRAVIS for the Heath family — WI

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

BILLY and ALAN for the Prendergast family — WI

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

HARLEY & GRACE for the Steinhoff family — WI

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at steinhofffamily22.blogspot.com

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OCTAVIAN + WHITAKER + DANI for the Harlin family — WI

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

DIANA and ANNE for the Michaletz family — WI

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

SERGEY and CROSBY for the Harlin family — WI

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

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WESLEY and JULIAN

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CARRINGTON and PEYTON for the Steinhoff family — WI

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at steinhofffamily22.blogspot.com

 

 

 

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ELLA and ALLIE for the Clark family — WI

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at acinder-ellastory.blogspot.com

2 Girls in Ethiopia for the Oswald family — WI

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

 

EZEKIEL for the Prevost Family — WI

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

 

 

 

 

 

ANTONIO for the Gibson family — WI

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

ANNA & EVERETT for the Karol family–WI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow the Karol family's adoption journey on their blog at http://watchwhatfaithcando.blogspot.com/