Adoption of the Month - April 2015

Wes and I have been married for almost 19 years we have two biological children ages 16 and 14 and the newest member of our family is 4 ½. We love being outdoors and both of the older kids enjoy competitive sports. For the past 4 ½ years our family has been a part of a volunteer program, called TOPSoccer that works with special needs children-adults.  Being with these amazing kids helped to open us up to the idea of adopting a special needs child.

Even as a young child, adoption was always on my heart. I knew of a few families that had adopted and I had been able to observe them from a distance at church and school. I was drawn to the idea of one day opening up my home to a child who needed a family. Before Wes and I got engaged I had asked how he felt about adopting. After getting married we had 2 children; both pregnancies and deliveries had been rough and we were informed that I could not have any more biological children. My desire to adopt had never waned, but we thought we could never afford it. Then in 2008 we were asked if we would be interested in adopting a sibling group. Unfortunately we had a house fire, and our whole house had to be gutted and rebuilt. There was no way we could rebuild and pay for an adoption.  But God had a different plan for the siblings and for us. These children were adopted by a lovely family and in 2011 we were once again approached about adoption. At first we were asked to be a host family for a medically needy child. By hosting him he would be able to have life-saving surgery. We agreed immediately! Six weeks later we were told that he was adoptable and we told them we would be interested…..and that is how our journey began.

Before entering into this journey called adoption you should research the agency you want to work with before doing business with them.  Be prepared for a roller coaster ride and setbacks.  It helps to have an intimate group of supporters who will rejoice with you and cry with you.  “Hardships Often Prepare Ordinary People for an Extraordinary Destiny” ~C.S.Lewis

Working with Mark Iverson was such a great experience.  We were so impressed at how efficient and quickly Mark and his staff were able to process and complete our re-adoption of our Haitian son. We really felt that Mark and his staff cared about us and our re-adoption. We never felt like “just another case”, we always felt like we were top priority.  With our future adoption we will definitely work with Mark and his team again. 

The 2 ½ process to bring our son home stretched us and grew us as individuals and as a family unit. This adoption was a decision that the whole family made and together we worked towards the goal of bringing our son/brother home. We all got to see God work in a tangible way to protect our son from further medical issues. Once he came home it was like he had always been with us. Yes, we deal with Attachment and Orphanage Behavior but none of us can imagine him not being a part of our family. He is such a blessing!