A Family of 8 Pursuing Number 9 (With an Extra Chromosome!)

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McKenney Signal Mountain, Tennessee

We are Brian and Sarah McKenney and we have begun the international adoption process, pursuing a child with Down Syndrome in Bulgaria.
Bulgaria is a beautiful and ancient country, and their need for adoptions (especially for children with Down Syndrome) is one of the largest in Europe.

It can be a long process and we are just at the beginning. We haven’t been matched with a child yet – that will all come in time – but we are so excited to walk in obedience and add a beautiful gift from God to our family.

Now we know that God has a heart for adoption – but to be real – the idea of adding another child – specifically a child with Down Syndrome seemed daunting. But as we’ve been praying through this and seeking God in this – we’ve been so inspired by all the times in Scripture that God calls out His people into obedience – into things that seem daunting, a little scary – things that seem too big for them. And we’ve been challenged and comforted by the words of Jesus in Mark 10:27:
“With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”

If you feel called to support us in this process, then the first and most important thing we ask you for is prayer. Pray for our family during this process, pray for this little one as we wait for one another, and pray that God would continue to provide financially.

The reality is that international adoption is very expensive – so if you feel God is calling you to financially support this process, then we would welcome your support!

Thank you for your prayers and financial support as we pursue this beautiful child that the Lord has placed in our hearts!


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 “McKenney 08582”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, 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.
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We are Brian and Sarah McKenney and we have begun the international adoption process, pursuing a child with Down Syndrome in Bulgaria.
Bulgaria is a beautiful and ancient country, and their need for adoptions (especially for children with Down Syndrome) is one of the largest in Europe.

It can be a long process and we are just at the beginning. We haven’t been matched with a child yet – that will all come in time – but we are so excited to walk in obedience and add a beautiful gift from God to our family.

Now we know that God has a heart for adoption – but to be real – the idea of adding another child – specifically a child with Down Syndrome seemed daunting. But as we’ve been praying through this and seeking God in this – we’ve been so inspired by all the times in Scripture that God calls out His people into obedience – into things that seem daunting, a little scary – things that seem too big for them. And we’ve been challenged and comforted by the words of Jesus in Mark 10:27:
“With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”

If you feel called to support us in this process, then the first and most important thing we ask you for is prayer. Pray for our family during this process, pray for this little one as we wait for one another, and pray that God would continue to provide financially.

The reality is that international adoption is very expensive – so if you feel God is calling you to financially support this process, then we would welcome your support!

Thank you for your prayers and financial support as we pursue this beautiful child that the Lord has placed in our hearts!


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 “McKenney 08582”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, 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.
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