Adopting an Older, Special Needs Child from Bulgaria

Ryan Norris
Ryan Norris Seabrook, Texas

We are the Norris Family – Mary, Ryan & Henry!

We are happy to share that God has called us to adopt a wonderful child from Bulgaria who is in need of a home. The child’s name is Ansel and he is an older, special needs child who has lived in orphanages and group homes since he was 2 weeks old. Ansel has mild to moderate mental delay but he has a very happy and gentle disposition. He enjoys being the center of attention and playing with friends at his school.

Our family was not looking to add to our home, but in the summer of 2021 a co-worker of Ryan’s brought up Lifeline and their adoption program. After looking at the Lifeline website and seeing Ansell for the first time, he began to tug at our hearts. After months of prayer and affirmation, we were convinced that we were the right family for him. Yes, our lives were comfortable they way they are, but comfort is not what the Lord has called us to. He has called us to the blessing of helping this child and we’re happy and grateful to be able to do it and go on this journey.

We did recently received an update from the group home where Ansel lives saying that Ansel was so happy when he received our letter about wanting to adopt him that he was “bragging to everyone at his school” that he would “finally have a family that wants him.”

Overall, our family is ready to love and care for this child who has waited his whole life for a family and a home to call his own. We ask for your help in one of two ways:

1. Consider a donation to assist in our adoption process. International adoption can carry a heavy financial cost and your help makes Ansel's journey home possible. We are so grateful to have received a matching grant of $5,000 from the Tim Tebow Foundation. For every dollar we raise, the Tim Tebow Foundation will match that dollar up to $5,000! Our goal is to raise $10,000 total.

2. Please pray for Ansel and for our family.

Thank you for reading our story and considering a gift and/or prayer!


STRIPE charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction)*. Your donations will be decreased by this amount. You may also send a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo line please write “Norris 9924”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 9, Gridley, IL 61744.

Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.

  • In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Lifesong for Orphans. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.
  • Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Individual donations of $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request.
  • *3.5% fee for donations given with an American Express card
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My Story

We are the Norris Family – Mary, Ryan & Henry!

We are happy to share that God has called us to adopt a wonderful child from Bulgaria who is in need of a home. The child’s name is Ansel and he is an older, special needs child who has lived in orphanages and group homes since he was 2 weeks old. Ansel has mild to moderate mental delay but he has a very happy and gentle disposition. He enjoys being the center of attention and playing with friends at his school.

Our family was not looking to add to our home, but in the summer of 2021 a co-worker of Ryan’s brought up Lifeline and their adoption program. After looking at the Lifeline website and seeing Ansell for the first time, he began to tug at our hearts. After months of prayer and affirmation, we were convinced that we were the right family for him. Yes, our lives were comfortable they way they are, but comfort is not what the Lord has called us to. He has called us to the blessing of helping this child and we’re happy and grateful to be able to do it and go on this journey.

We did recently received an update from the group home where Ansel lives saying that Ansel was so happy when he received our letter about wanting to adopt him that he was “bragging to everyone at his school” that he would “finally have a family that wants him.”

Overall, our family is ready to love and care for this child who has waited his whole life for a family and a home to call his own. We ask for your help in one of two ways:

1. Consider a donation to assist in our adoption process. International adoption can carry a heavy financial cost and your help makes Ansel's journey home possible. We are so grateful to have received a matching grant of $5,000 from the Tim Tebow Foundation. For every dollar we raise, the Tim Tebow Foundation will match that dollar up to $5,000! Our goal is to raise $10,000 total.

2. Please pray for Ansel and for our family.

Thank you for reading our story and considering a gift and/or prayer!


STRIPE charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction)*. Your donations will be decreased by this amount. You may also send a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo line please write “Norris 9924”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 9, Gridley, IL 61744.

Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.

  • In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Lifesong for Orphans. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.
  • Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Individual donations of $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request.
  • *3.5% fee for donations given with an American Express card
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Immigration Approval Step 1!

September 29, 2022

This past weekend we received our first of two approvals from US Immigration for our adoption. This is exciting news and big step towards completing our adoption. There are still many steps ahead but this a positive move forward!

We are now beginning to submit all of our documents to the Bulgarian government over the coming weeks with hopes of travelling to meet Ansel in the coming months! We appreciate your continued support and prayers!

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Jan 30, 2023

“Also from texas and starting our adoption journey with lifeline. Praying you get to have Ansel quickly into your home!”

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