Wow! It has been a year and this is our 10th post in our series highlighting families adopting from Asia. It has been one of the most wonderful, heartbreaking, nerve-wrecking, miracle-witnessing year i have seen to date. And i’m sure the next year will hold even more moments of joy and tears and even more prayers and seeing more children home with their forever families.
i want to thank you all for your continued support of these posts and our amazing families who have stepped up to give loving homes to special needs orphans who would otherwise be passed over and left to age out of their adoption system with little hope of a bright future. Please do continue to give your support (financially, emotionally, in prayers, in sharing their stories) to these families as they can not travel this journey on their own and every bit of help is much appreciated! Thank you again.
Families who are HOME:
The Garrick Family is home with Julianna. Keep up with them here.
The Phelps Family is home with Emma Claire. You can read more here.
The Gilbert Phillips Family is home with Winnie. Read about their journey home here.
The Steinhoff Family is home with Carrington and Peyton. Catch up with them here.
The Evans Family is home with Meilin. For reasons they can not state, they were only able to bring home one child. Read more here.
Families still on their adoption journey:
The Murdoch Family is waiting on Travel Approval (TA). Do pray that they will receive this quickly and be able to travel before or during Christmas as apparently airfares in the first week of January are insane! They would love to start the new year with Corina. They still need funds for airfare so please help by visiting their FB group, Crazy for Corina, where they sell lovely handmade items, just request to join and start buying. You can contribute directly to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here. UPDATE: 7 Dec: TA received! Now they are booking flights and prices are through the roof. Please pray for affordable flights during this holiday season and for the final travel funds to come in. Give here. 11 Dec: They are leaving tomorrow, Thursday 12 Dec. And Gotcha Day is the 16th!
The Dismuke Family is looking at travelling early December to bring Johanna home. Unfortunately their request to bring home a 2nd child was turned down. BUT they are still in need of some funds – about US$2000 for travel expenses and plane tickets. So do continue to help them. Their fundraising efforts include: AdoptTogether, Puzzle Fundraisier and Just Love Coffee Roasters. They are also a Pampered Chef representative so buy from their page here. You can contribute to their adoption grant here. You can follow the family’s journey here. UPDATE: 2 Dec: They have TA – travelling either this Saturday (7th Dec) or next Saturday (14th Dec) BUT they are still short of US$2054.08. Please help them fund this last bit! Give here! 4 Dec: They have CA (Consult Appointment) and Gotcha Day is 16th Dec! They still need that US$2000. Give here! 7 Dec: Fully FUNDED! Praise the Lord!
The Lewis Family is just waiting on Abby-Kate’s passport to be issued by her home country and then they are off to bring her home. They still have some travel expenses (US$2800) to raise so do stop by this page and buy a few lovely handmade headbands. You can contribute directly to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here. UPDATE: 9 Dec: They have a court date! And hope to bring Abby-Kate home by mid-January!
The Wetherington Family has received their USCIS approval for both Henry and Elliette. So travel would be in a matter of weeks. They have a yummy Christmas fundraiser; selling delicious homemade Peppermint Bark in lovely Christmas Tins. See here for details. You can contribute directly to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here. CORRECTION: Travel would not be so soon but still it is coming up in a few months. UPDATE: 29 November: Dossier is being authenticated now. They have also started an Ultimate Giveaway with a grand prize, which includes 4 tickets to Walt Disney World, and a 2 night stay in a 3 bedroom condo in Windsor Hills! So join now! 7 Dec: Their dossier is en route to country! Praise the Lord! 14 Dec: Just In! NEW Fundraiser – FLASH AUCTION of a holiday chalet stay… see details here! Only till Sunday 15th Dec!
The Smith Family who are bringing home Steve have finished their homestudy and are waiting on USCIS Approval. They have quite a number of fundraisers going on, so pick one and go shopping! Amazon Link, Just Love Coffee, Adoption Bug, Young Living (use number 1450122) and Play World Toys. Also Jamberry Nails and Ginger on a Mission (enter Smith family for Steve in the notes to seller). You can give directly to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here. UPDATE: 14 Dec: They have sent their dossier to country!
The Huhn Family has submitted for USCIS Approval but are now stuck at RFE/RFI (Request for Evidence/Request for Information). Do pray that they will get across this hurdle as soon as possible, so Josie can come home. In the meantime, you can contribute to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here. UPDATE: 14 Dec: Their dossier is on its way to country!
The Monier Family has sent off their documents for USCIS application. They have an agency fee (US$3200) due by the end of November (which is but a few days away). Please help them! Shop at their Esty shop or Channah’s Guardian Angel’s Esty shop with lovely sandwich bags and business card holders, please put in a note at checkout that you would like 50% to go to Channah. You can also contribute directly to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here. UPDATE: 14 Dec: They have their fingerprinting appointment in January.
The Campbell Family has LOA (Letter of Approval) which means travel is about 10 weeks away! They are still in need of US$15,700 and have a whole host of fundraisers going on: Usborne Books, Trades of Hope, Thirty-One, Scentsy (ends 30th Nov), Young Living Essential Oils, Just Love Coffee, Pasta Fundraiser, Tastefully Simple (ends 30th Nov), Tupperware (ends 30th Nov), Lilla Rose, T-shirt Fundraiser and Christmas Auction. SO many ways to help, just pick one! Also you can shop through their Amazon Link. Contribution can also be made to their Project Hopeful account. You can contribute directly to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here. UPDATE: 14 Dec: Looking to travel in about 6 weeks!
The Aschoff Family is awaiting USCIS approval for i800a and then they go into the Matching Approval phase for Leo. They are currently running an Apparent Bracelet Fundraiser – buying these bracelets helps not just this family but also families in Haiti who make these bracelets. You can also contribute to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.
The Rakoczy Family has submitted for I800a and ask for prayers for quick approval. Then it will be DTC (Dossier to Country), at which time they will need US$900. They can’t wait to bring to bring Daniel home. You can help by shopping through their Amazon Link. You can contribute to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.
The Lanz Family has LID (Log-In Date) which means Peter’s country has their file in their computer system. Now they wait for LOA. And while they wait, they are making major home renovations to accommodate Peter’s wheelchair. They have various fundraisers going on; ApParent Fundraiser, Fair Trade Shop (use family code TOM12003), their own Esty Shop, Puzzle Fundraiser (specifically for Peter’s plane ticket), Amazon Link and Ginger On A Mission Esty Shop (mention “Peter and the Lanz Family” at checkout). You can see most of the fundraisers on this FB page. You can also contribute to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here. UPDATE: 4 Dec: Their dossier has been translated! LOA is next.
The Fraley Family has filed for I800a and will be applying for Visas this week. They have also received their final bill from the agency and it is higher than expected due to the ages of Autumn and Abby so they are US$5800 short. They have lots of fundraisers going on and have gathered them all on this FB page. Please check it out and help them with this unexpected increase in costs. You can contribute to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.
The Collins Family is not new to special needs or adoptions, they have a full house but have opened their hearts and home again for a precious little boy called Caleb. They are just at the start of the process, doing their homestudy. Any help and encouragement you can give them would be most wonderful. You can contribute to their adoption grant here.
The Estes Family is on their second adoption and this time they are bringing home 2 cuties; a boy, Jacob and a girl, Julia Mei, both just over a year old. They are waiting on TA. They have a FB page where you can follow and take part in fundraisers. You can also follow their journey here.
The Cassel Family is bringing home little Shawna. They are now doing up their homestudy and would appreciate prayers and any financial support you can give them. You can contribute to their adoption grant here.
The Perry Family is on their second adoption journey. They brought home their 2nd daughter (first adopted one) 3 years ago. They had found Vonnie/Reily some time ago but were only able to pursue the adoption now. They have Letter Of Approval (LOA) which means travel is not far behind. Do pray for a smooth process. You can contribute to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.
The Duvall Family is excited to be bringing Jimmy home. They have just started the journey and are working on their homestudy at the moment. They have a Puzzle Fundraiser going on and they have an Esty Shop with lovely crochet items. You can also contribute to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.
The Anderson Family has long had a heart for orphans and had started a journey to adopt from an Eastern European country but the adoption was denied because of a medical condition. Then God placed Daniel, an 11-year-old boy with left side paralysis, in their path and they said yes. Not only to Daniel but also to another little boy. So they are working on their homestudy and getting pre-approval for the second boy. You can contribute to their adoption funds here. You can follow their journey here. UPDATE: 10 Dec: They have just sent off the pre-approval pack. Please pray for good news. Thank you.
The Stickley Family is bringing home Jada who ages out of the adoption system in her home country in February 2014. They have USCIS approval and need to reach her in about 9 weeks. Because this is an expedited process they have had very little time to raise funds, please do HELP them. You can give to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here. UPDATE: 3 Dec: They have an Online Auction running here. Please have a look – there are some lovely items. Make a bid and help them bring her home. 14 Dec: Their auction brought in a good amount of funds but they are still a long way from funded and time is running short. Please help and give here.
The Smith Family (a different one) has had their hearts broken with a failed Russian adoption (no fault of theirs). But they have answered the call to bring Barry home. They are now getting their homestudy together and appreciate any support; in prayers and funds. You can contribute to their adoption grant here.
The Casebier Family is adopting 2 little ones but are not able to show photos or disclose their names or country until they have LOA. They have requested for certain waivers which are now in question. They ask for prayers to pass this hurdle and have peace in their hearts. Thank you.
The Maples Family is most definitely not new to adoption, from the get-go they have been all about adoption. This will be their 6th adoption and they will be bringing home Callie (Coral). They have their dossier completed but their agency will not send it for authentication until they are paid. So they have to raise US$2448 (at time of writing) by Monday, 1st December! Please give to their YouCaring fund so they can have immediate access to it. For other upcoming expenses, you can give to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here. (Blog to be updated soon.) UPDATE: this just came in minutes before i hit publish – their agency has messed up their paperwork and the embassy might reject it all. Please please pray that if the agency hand-delivers that it will be accepted! 3 Dec: They now require a new birth certificate for one parent. Please pray for no more paperwork delays and for funds to come in so that they can send their dossier to country. They still need US$1729. Give here. 9 Dec: They have had a very generous donation! Praise the Lord! And now they need another US$170 to meet that fee! Give here. 14 Dec: They have met their immediate fees. Now to raise funds to be fully funded – another US$9000. Give here.
5 families home! 10 new families! 22 families needing your help, support and prayers. We have not had that many listed before. So give generously in all aspects. Thank You.