We are Jeff and Mollie, and a family not new to adoption. Our first adoption was a baby boy in 1992, our first adoption after the death of our only child in 1991. She was born with Down syndrome and her name was Hannah.
Years later we would be blessed with 3 more biological children added to our family. Also during those years, we were able to adopt 4 girls with Down syndrome. Other than 3, all are grown, married, or live independent. Jeff is a Semi retired Baptist Pastor of 35 years but still serving the Lord in ministry. That ministry encompasses traveling to various churches to help start and bring awareness to ministries for people with special needs and their families.
Though we were older parents, We were drawn to adoption by a picture on R. Rainbow of a little girl with Down syndrome. We prayed and felt led to go forward with adoption.
When we submitted our dossier to Ukraine, we learned this little girl was suddenly unavailable! We prayed and felt led to travel to Ukraine on a blind referral and let God lead us. We met Tetiana and Kira! Kira has cerebral palsy and Tetiana has no known special needs. We went on trip one by raising our own funds thru garage sales and other hard work!
We then returned on trip two and had received a small grant and some donations on RR.
We were able to bring home Tetiana but must return for Kira.
Due to her special needs a friend has offered to go and help Mollie with this adoption workshops Jeff takes care of the family at home.... We are excited to bring Kira home where she will get the medical care she so desperately needs and an education as well.
We are so grateful to Lifesong for offering us a matching grant to fascilitate this adoption!
We since learned court is April 1rst so we are working to raise funds. If you can help us we would be so grateful! Thank you for any amount!
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