Hello! Thank you for taking the time to visit our page and find out a little more about our little fam. We are the Pruitt’s (Ismael, Amber and Stella (5). Ismael and I have been married since 2010. Ismael and I have always wanted to adopt. Even when we were dating it was something that we discussed that was a big desire for both of us. We really thought we would adopt before we had a biological child. A few years into our marriage we were in the process of getting approved to be foster parents and we got pregnant with Stella. Because of that we put fostering on hold. I had also wanted to adopt from Haiti for some time and had spent time researching that thru talking with agencies and we both traveled there. In the midst of having Stella, putting foster care on hold and researching adopting from Haiti we had started to do mission work in the Dominican Republic with our youth ministry. Our mission work was thru a group called Filter of Hope in which we installed water filters for families giving them clean water and also using it as an open door to share the gospel.
During our time in the Dominican Republic we always spent a day working in an orphanage with the kids. We all served with different age groups and I always helped with the babies and toddlers. Our first year we were there I was working in the baby room as well as one of the girls that I invest in that was in our youth group at the time. The girl that I was investing in was holding a baby that had just recently come to the orphanage. She was tiny and sweet and we all fell in love with her. The next year when we went back to that same orphanage I was looking for that same little girl to see how she had grown. During my time there I learned a lot about her story and spent more time with her one on one. I also found out that she was Haitian. I left the orphanage that day with a feeling that never left me. I knew that I wanted to have a further conversation with the director about this little girl. Ismael and I have a very close relationship with the director so she was more than happy to have a conversation with us about the possibility of adopting this little girl. Ismael and I spent time researching the possibilities of how we could adopt her knowing that it is harder to adopt from the Dominican. As we got further into the process I decided to contact Lifeline Children Services, an agency in Birmingham, AL. The director of the Latin America program was so helpful to us in walking along side us to figure out the possibility of adopting her. As she researched this with her lawyer and the central authority in the Dominican we realized there was a possibility we could do this but there would be a lot at stake for our family. There was a possibility that we would spend years living in the Dominican and would only get guardianship of her. So knowing that we decided to put the adoption of her on hold and pray that things would change with the process in the Dominican.
In the meantime we were having conversations with our social worker about going ahead with our home study and pursuing children from another area within Latin America. As we talked thru the different countries we felt like Colombia was the best fit for our family. Colombia has a big need for people to adopt sibling groups and children with special needs. So we decided to get approved for a sibling group of 2. As we were in the process of getting approved thru home study we were made aware of a brother and sister that was available for adoption in Colombia. We took a week to read their files and then moved forward in submitting a letter of intent for them. So their file is currently on lock. We do still have to technically go thru an official matching process with them. Our file is currently in Colombia so that should be soon! Once that is done we can start communicating with them.
So as you can see this has been a long awaited journey for our family. Would you join us in this journey? We would love for you to be a part of little M and little G’s story. We have been awarded a $4500 matching grant from the Tim Tebow Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans! So everything you give no matter how small or big will be matched! So spread the word to anyone you know that might be interested in donating, because this is a huge opportunity to double what is given and help us reach our final goal in our fundraising!
We treasure your support as we walk this journey to bring Stella’s Siblings home!
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