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.

The Bryan family is growing...

It has been a journey... A few years ago, we have felt that God wanted us to expand our family. However, we both felt that He wanted us to look beyond and consider helping a child in need. Following a period of prayer and seeking guidance from others who had experienced the joy and struggle of adoption, we both agreed that we wanted to pursue expanding our family. After talking with our agency, we realized that there is a need for adoptive families for children in China and both felt that that's where the Lord is leading us. We wanted to be obedient to His calling, to help a child in need and do our best to model God's love for His people. He calls us to love and help the orphans (James 1:27), and as Chris always said, "We have more love to give!"

So here we are today. We have officially started the process of adoption. We told our kids about it, and they were both ECSTATIC about being a big-big brother and a big sister. If you see them, that will probably be the first thing they will tell you about it.

Our family is excited. We realize that it will be a long and a complicated process but it is so worth it. We would covet your prayers for us in this phase and for the child that the Lord has for us in China.

Hinton Family Adoption

We are Mark and Renee'. We have been married 24.5 years. We have four children: three biological 18 year-olds and an adopted 5 year-old son, Ian. After adopting Ian in 2014, we honestly thought we were done growing our family. We were both close to turning 50 and had started child-raising all over again with a special needs child. Since Ian came home with us, he has made so much progress and continues to amaze us how he is thriving.

Earlier this year we learned of a child needing a forever family. We learned of this at the same time, but neither one of us mentioned it to the other at the time. We later discovered that God had been moving in both of us that we needed to adopt again, and this was the child. Soon after accepting the referral of this child, we learned of another child also in need of a forever family. When presented with this 2nd referral, neither of us hesitated in agreeing that we were being led to adopt 2 children. In the span of a month, we went from thinking our family was complete to beginning the process of adopting two more children.

As you may know, international adoption comes with many expenses. To date we've had a yard sale, with others to follow, to raise funds; we've had a t-shirt fundraiser; have applied for several adoption grants, and plan to apply for several more. Not knowing exactly how this adoption process would go, we stepped out on faith that God will provide throughout the process. We ask for your prayers as we embark on this journey, and if you feel led to be a part of our adoption through giving to help offset the costs, we would be forever grateful. All donations will go directly to our adoption agency to pay fees or offset expenses.

Waiting for a family

I've lost my only daughter to a brain tumor. And, I want a family. I can provide and give what is needed to raise a family. But, I am getting older, so I think I would be best at having older children .But,I am willing to expand my horizons on that. I am really interested in the two sisters but I would like to be given the chance to become a foster or a forever home for anyone.

Divinely Chosen

I thought my dreams of having another child were forever shattered when I went through my divorce! I had longed for another child for years, and had tried in vitro fertilization while I was married, with no success. Emily expressed that she wanted a sibling, and as an only child myself, I wanted a bigger family for her life experience. But, as I started my family later in life and as a single mother, I was convinced that adoption was nearly impossible (after inquiring with domestic adoption agencies) and that I had somehow missed out on the opportunity for more children. Moreover, I thought God had placed this longing in my heart, but was not going to fulfill it.

Then, I met a patient who told me she had adopted a child from Khazakstan as a single mother. I inquired about Khazakstan adoptions and was led to Nightlight Christian Adoptions in Loveland, Colorado. Kate, from Nightlight, said that Khazakstan had recently closed adoptions to single moms, but Kyrgystan was still open. She encouraged me to do my research and meet with her. After meeting with her, I started my homestudy process, completing it the following year. During that time, I flippantly signed up for Eharmony out of complete curiosity, and not expecting to truly meet "The One". I had a few nice dates, and some nice meals. Then, I met Todd! He was completely different than the men I had dated: reserved, courteous, and filled with the Holy Spirit!

I told him early in the dating process about my dreams and intentions to expand my family. As he had adult children, I wanted to give him an exit strategy, as I was convinced he would not be interested in the whole adoption thing. I even told him, "This train is on the adoption track. You are welcome to jump off, or stay on, but this train is leaving the station." Ha! Boy was I wrong! He promptly retorted, "Well, I guess I'm getting on the train with you!"

What a blessing he has been for me and Emily! He has not only opened his heart to me and Emily, but he has joined our homestudy for our Kyrgystan adoption. Moreover, he has proposed to us, asking us to join his family! We are currently planning our wedding for July 3, 2017! So, now WE are adopting! We are so excited and are asking those who would like to give a wedding gift, to consider contributing to our adoption fund.

I remain continually amazed at God's blessings and provisions, even when I have been convinced there is no way! He has brought this amazing man into our lives, who is supportive of this adoption dream and who desires to participate in this miraculous journey. We look forward to seeing how He brings these desires to fruition, and can't wait to celebrate our joy of being a forever family to our adopted child with friends and family!