A forever home

At a Christian concert we heard first hand the story of an orphan getting a forever home. We talked about it and prayed about it ad felt God directing us to pursue giving a child a forever home. We started found an agency and started the process. Just as we were beginning the home study my appendix ruptured and I spent 3 months recovering from multiple complications. God still had plans for me. We resumed the journey as soon as I was well enough to do so. We hosted a young girl in over the summer. We expressed our desire to adopt her and her younger sister. That did not come to pass. Looking back I see God's hand pointing her in a different direction. She was not "our" child. After a time to move past that disappointment, we knew there were other children that need forever homes. Enter 2 teen sisters needing a forever home. We believe God has a perfect plan and perfect timing. We trust that by his plan he will make a way for us to bring these girls to their forever home. We appreciate all who would partner with us on this journey, be it with prayer or financial gift.

Matthew 25:40 "The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'

Looking for a Little Girl to Complete Our Family

To any biological family member or foster family...
We are thinking of you. We are thinking of what you/your child are going/ have gone/will go through during this entire process. Know that all of these things are not taken lightly by us. We give you our word that we will work every single day to be worthy of such sacrifice. We'll try to tell you as much about us as we can here:
Our names are Cory and Natalie. We've been happily married for thirteen years. We have an eight-year-old biological son, Austin, who is sweet, smart, funny, and has more energy than should be humanly possible.
Originally, we are from the Midwest and Northeast (respectively), but have called South Carolina home for over a decade now.
We always meant to have more children, we were able, but time just got away from us. We believe in things happening when they’re supposed to, though, so we’re sure we’re here at the time we’re supposed to be to meet the child we’re supposed to meet. Natalie’s sister (who we’re all close with) is adopted, so adoption has always felt very natural and comfortable for our family.
We have a great gift of a rock-solid, loving, forever family to give to a child who, in turn, could give us the gift of becoming the family of four we've always dreamt of being. We have enough guys in the home, LOL, so we are looking for a little girl. The ages we are open to are four through ten.
As for what we're like personally?
We are a very active family. We have a lot of energy and like to explore the world around us.
Austin is a bookworm who loves school, riding his bike, playing video games, playing basketball, and reading and writing. He is currently in the third grade. Austin has always wanted a sister. He talks about it often. He'd like his future sibling to know that he's very nice, smart, and that we have two cats. He doesn’t want her to know that he’s obsessed with his hair. But we think she’ll be able to figure that out pretty quickly...
Cory works at an insurance company and is big into history, gardening, and volunteers at a cat shelter. Natalie is a voice actor and writer and is into all things "artsy". These jobs are great for family time. Natalie works normal hours from home, so she’s there after school. Cory works 9-5 Monday - Friday at a building just a few miles away.
We live in a four bedroom, single-family home (so our second child can have their own room!) in the suburbs.
We have a small pond out back with fish in it, so we can fish out there, there's a fire pit out there we don't use nearly enough, too.
Our community has a pool, so we spend a lot of days there in the summer. We're on a cul-du-sac, so it's great and safe to play out front.
We have a pretty structured routine, but we're not overly strict people. We’re weird, silly, and very loving people.
As parents, it’s important to us that our children learn to love, how to be loved, to be good people, the importance of an education, and to be self-sufficient adults. We will do everything in our power to nurture and support their natural passions, talents, interests, and goals -- whatever they may be.
If there is an active, inquisitive, little girl out there that you think we would be a good fit for, we’d love to hear from you! Thanks so much for taking the time to read this, we're excited and greatly appreciate it.
Best, Natalie, Cory, and Austin

Our Forever Family Story

Sitting on the hilltop behind the elementary school my husband attended, he and I were playfully talking about how many kids we wanted. Seven. Both of us said seven and thought it sounded so doable, so simple! We fell in love fast. One of the things I loved most about Jackson was his tender heart. He had served a two year mission for the LDS church in Albania and it was evident that he loved an cared for the people there with everything he had. I knew he would love our future family that way too. That night on the hilltop was two months into our dating and then we got married 6 months later! We finished school and then decided it was time to start a family, but a year went by and nothing. Two years, three years, four years all went by and then five. Last year we had our 6 year anniversary and decided it was time to do IVF. After several other infertility treatments, we were told this was what we had to do next.
We had moved to Seattle, but had a doctor and clinic we were attached to in Utah that we decided to do our IVF through. It made for some difficult time apart from each other as I went back and forth for weeks at a time while Jackson continued working. But, we were hopeful and encouraged by the amazing results we had from our "batch!" 13 healthy embryo's were created and we were thrilled. All things seemed to be working perfectly for us, we even had positive results from our first attempt where we had implanted 2 of those embryo's. It was during Christmas time and we waited until we were with our families for Christmas to tell them the happy news that I was pregnant! It was such an exciting time as both of our families had been praying for us for years. But then I woke up one morning and it was over.
We were discouraged, but many of our friends had to do IVF a couple of times to get pregnant. Our next cycle, we did it again. Two embryo's and the trips back and forth to Utah. A nerve racking 10 day wait and I was pregnant! This time with no bleeding and I felt amazing. Again, it was such a happy time. I was at lunch with my girl friends talking about when my due date would be and how my pregnancy would line up close to theirs. Walking back to the car, I suddenly doubled over in pain. My left side of my abdomen felt like it was being stabbed from the inside. I went home and tried to rest, but it was getting worse. I called the doctor and they told me to get to the hospital and I was hitting my leg the whole way there to stop myself from passing out. Jackson met me there and held my hand as the technician did a 45 min. ultrasound without telling us anything.
I'm so grateful for the doctor that day who advised me to terminate the pregnancy immediately, but respected that I had worked so hard and let me have a little more time to do some blood work to confirm that this was an ectopic pregnancy. When the results came back a few hours later, I was ordered to go to the ER and to get an injection of methotrexate. It was over and I was broken. We cried for a long time and even though we had so many embryos and the clinic was already making plans for us to do a third round, we couldn't bring ourselves to even think about it.
We will never know why pregnancy has been an issue for us, but I'm so grateful. I know that sounds weird or crazy, but I'm so grateful for the perspective and thoughts and love and experience it's given me. It is the reason why we are here. There came a point even before we attempted IVF where I began to think that there had to be a child out there who wanted a mom & dad as much as we wanted him. There were so many signs along the way that added to mine and Jackson's realization that this is how we want our family to come to us. We wanted to adopt. We wanted to make that choice intentionally. Not because we ran out of embryos or because we had exhausted every resource to get pregnant. No, we want our child to know that we made this decision because we felt and believed that there was a child out there meant for us and who we would love and who would love us to. We believe in eternal families, that we can be together forever and that because of Jesus Christ we can love an adopted child as our own.
We began our adoption journey shortly after that difficult time with a lot of prayer and research. After about a month or two we felt undeniably sure that we wanted to adopt internationally from the country that Jackson spent two years of his life serving in. Over the years of our marriage, Jackson and I have traveled to Albania and I too fell in love with the people and the culture. So much hope and potential and goodness in the people there and it's stunningly beautiful with a rich and complex history. We also considered the unique opportunity we would have to build a strong connection to our child's heritage because Jackson knows the language and can speak it fluently. It's our hope to teach our child about where they are from and that they can develop a sense of pride for their heritage and a love of their personal adoption story.
May 1, 2017 was the day we officially began and on September 8, 2017 we were sent a photo of a darling 10 month old boy and the rest of his file came shortly after. Jackson and I are overjoyed to announce that we were matched with this sweet baby boy just this past week! He already has our hearts and we carry his photo with us wherever we go. We pray for him daily and together we pray for him nightly. We ask God to watch over him and to protect him, to keep him safe until we can get there. I can't explain the love I feel for this child that I've never met and only know so much about! I have one photo to hold, but it's the first thing I'd save if our house caught on fire!
Thank you for letting us tell our story. It's one we love and that we want to share because we believe with our whole hearts that this little boy is our miracle. We don't know yet when we will be able to go to Albania to meet him and bring him home, but we are preparing in every way we can. Anything you can offer to give helps us so much and fills our hearts with gratitude.
With love,
Jackson & Emily Owen

We are looking to make our family bigger!!!

My husband and I are both stay at home parents with 5 children of our own. As 4 of them get ready for college we have a 9 year old still at home looking for a new brother or sister. We live on the beach in a nice house with a pool, little Chihuahuas, and even a pot belly pig named Lola! Our family has a lot of love to give and now that my husband is retired from the USMC we have all the time in the world to give all the love we have to a new addition to our family!

Three Brothers Find a Family

We have been married for 25 years. Since the beginning we have both had a strong desire to share our lives with children and have a house full of love, laughter, and teaching. First Lorrie gave birth to our oldest boy, then another boy and then a daughter– three altogether. These three brought so much joy it can’t be articulated in this brief write up. But Lorrie’s pregnancies while beautiful were also very difficult for her. We longed for more children to share the love of our growing family that God had given us. This led us to pursue an adoption of a little girl from the Philippines. In January of 2010 we were so blessed with another beautiful daughter Naomi. She needed us and we needed her –she brought another beautiful melody into our home. And later with Naomi’s enthusiastic blessing we went back to the same orphanage and adopted her best friend -Jacob - in 2012. You can read more about Jacob's adoption by visiting our blog emptytheorphanage.blogspot.com

Jacob and Naomi brought so much life and love to us. We camped, climbed canyon walls and had adventures all over Colorado. In 2014, Jacob was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. It was devastating news. We came together as a family and walked with Jacob through a deep valley. Sadly, he passed away on January 3, 2015. Jacob was only 14.

Adoption is our family’s story it's who we are. What we’ve (the whole family) found is that we have even more room to love now and we want to share it with others. We’re not finished loving and providing a family to orphans. We found out about a sibling group of three brothers ( ages 9,8 and 7) who have spent their entire life in an orphanage in the Philippines. So, after talking with the children and much prayer, we have decided to pursue the adoption of these three brothers. We are in the process of bringing them home to join their forever family.

This will make the third adoption for our family. 25 years ago when we married, we had no idea what the future would hold and how blessed we would be simply because of adoption.

Smith Family India Adoption

We have been talking about adoption since we got married in 2008. Over the last 9 years, we have had 3 biological children, moved overseas, come back, talked about adoption, lost our sweet 4th child before her birth at 18 weeks with Down Syndrome, and have felt God finally confirming the timing for us to pursue adoption. Because we have lived among the nations and felt particularly drawn to South Asians, India was a natural and exciting fit for us.

We have completed our home study and hope to be registering in India for a 2-4 year old girl with mild to correctable special needs - but we are open to God's leading! We will be waiting for our paperwork to be approved by the US government and when that comes back (probably around mid November) we will need to have raised $6500 to get registered as a prospective adoptive family in India. When we do get matched with a child, we will need $6000 at that time. This could be very quick, if our child is on the waiting child list.

So our fundraising goal is $12,500 by December 1st! We would love if you would prayerfully consider being a part of our adoption story. We can't wait to find out who God has in store for our family!

Fairchild Family Adoption

Adoption has always been on our hearts but on a mission trip to Nicaragua our hearts broke for older orphans that would likely age out of the system without ever knowing the love and stability of a forever family. Already having four biological children we prayed hard to see how God could use us to make a positive impact in the lives of these children. We know that having a large family comes with some obstacles and also that older orphans come with their own set of issues, but we felt God calling us to be open to up to a sibling group of up to three children and to be open to any age child. We have been blessed with so much and know that our hearts and home are ready for this new challange.

Older child or waiting child adoption

Hi, We are Russ & Brenda. We have a 10 year old daughter, and have wanted another child for a long time. We almost adopted an infant several years ago, however, that didn't work out. After some soul-searching, we have decided that adopting an older child could also be a good way to complete our family. We would like to adopt a child younger than our daughter, and have a current home study approved to adopt a child from 0-7 years old. We are also applying to our state's foster-to-adopt program, and have been learning about how to parent an older child who may have had trauma or other special needs. We are a loving family in the upper Midwest and live in a fantastic neighborhood with great schools. We look forward to answering any questions you might have about our family!

Wanting to Adopt

Dear Birth Mother,

We would like to first say Thank-You for taking time out to read about our story and brave enough to consider an Adoption plan for your child. We can only imagine the decisions that you face at this time. We commend you in your strength and courage in making plans to make sure your child has the best possible life. We Thank-You in advance for taking time out to read our letter as you make plans to find suitable parents for your child-to-be.

We want to introduce ourselves to you, hello my name is Terri and my husband’s name is Shane and we have been married for 17 years now. We are both in our 40's and we attend church every Sunday. We have a very stable home, a home my husband built himself from scratch he has a really good job. (doing construction work.) With that I mean I can be a stay- at-home mom and tend to the children's needs. We live in the country on five acres. Our house has four-bedrooms and has 2 ½ baths, it is a 1 ½ story ranch style house, with a basement completed for entertainments. We have a big back yard so that the kids can play in. We just adopted a stray baby kitten and some baby pups. We have chickens so that someday we can start a farm. My husband and I love the outdoors. We enjoy traveling, going to the museums, plays, movies, concerts, horseback riding. We also like going camping, fishing, canoeing, bike riding, playing tennis. We just took our adopted son to Disney world in the year 2015. Our son loves to hang out with Daddy and build things and play on his bunk bed. His bed is L shaped and has a loft underneath so that when the adopted sibling comes they can watch movies together. He is looking forward for their arrival here and we pray for them to come every day. Our son loves to play with his Legos, has a big imagination on how to care for his sibling and what they will be doing together. I want to explain why we can’t have kids.
Around our third Anniversary of marriage we lost our first child through a miscarriage. We were devastated but we didn't lose hope that God will provide a child to us. Our first miscarriage was in the year 2003. Then in the year 2006 we thought we would try doing invitro and they implanted twins in me but sadly after two weeks of being pregnant we lost them both. So, shortly after that we knew that God's plan for us was to adopt, we were placed on the waiting list from the year 2006- 2010. I will never forget that beautiful moment of this call on April fool’s day of the year 2010 saying you need to pick up your baby boy! We were crying and laughing with so much joy, a joy I never experienced in my life!
So, we decided to go through an adoption plan in the year 2010 and successfully we were able to adopt a boy when we got him he was only 4 days old, he is now 7 years old and he has been saying Momma when can we adopt another one? I am lonely and need someone to play with? This was his reply. He has been wanting a sibling to play with since he was two years old. Adoption is a big part of our lives and we value the gift that our God provides. This is for that birth mother whom chooses us to adopt her child. If you choose for us to love and nurture your child, they will be truly loved and will cared for. We will provide a fund for their future college and will be filled with lots of love. We have a room full baby girl clothes. I homeschool our son through a Christian setting. We are very excited to start adding to our family again through adoption.
My plan is to draw awareness to our children and show them how blessed they truly are and to show them that even God was adopted and allow them to see how special adoption is. If you choose us, I will show you pictures of our home and show you pictures of all the clothes we have ready for that bundle of joy to be part of our lives. You can e-mail me at Adopting4causes@yahoo.com and we look forward to your reply soon.

Life after over 20 Years of Military Service

I am an Army Officer, who is currently assigned at Fort Knox, Kentucky. After over 20 years of service, I am most interested in focusing on my family life, as a single parent. I recently completed my PhD in Human Services, which is where my interest lies, in particularly working with youth.