Natalie first became interested in adoption in 5th grade when she read the book, The Family Nobody Wanted about a couple that adopted several special needs children from around the world. She decided then that she would adopt 20!
Well, as a just married couple with a little more reality, we decided that 20 was a little ambitious for us, but we would start with getting licensed as foster/adopt parents in our state. Older children are harder to place, so we planned to adopt a few older children as we were older ourselves. But, none of the 17 children we fostered ended up becoming part of our permanent family.
We took time off from fostering with the birth of our biological daughter. After two years, we began to re-visit the idea of adoption. We looked into re-licensing with our state foster care system, but, as we began the paperwork, God redirected us to Peru. We were both very excited at the idea of getting to go back “home” to adopt from the country we met in and where Bruce grew up.
We began the adoption process in April of 2014. In September of 2015, Peru officially accepted us as adoptive parents. Then we waited for Peru to find and match us with a girl or sibling set. We waited a year, two years, three years, three and a half years, and then…..we were finally matched in March of 2019. We will head to Peru this summer once some official paperwork has been completed and approved. We are so looking forward to the day we get to meet and adopt our soon to be 5 year old girl!
Thanks for reading our story!
If you are interested in contributing towards the last $3500 (of approximately $37,000) needed to complete our adoption and get us all back home, the directions are below.
Bruce, Natalie and Ellie Friesen
We have been very blessed with a $2000 matching grant from Lifesong for Orphans.
Checks should be payable to “Lifesong for Orphans.” In the memo, note “Friesen 6478”to assure it goes to our account. Please mail to: Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744.
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