Jagge Family Adoption

Kelci Jagge
Kelci Jagge Saint Hedwig, Texas

If you had met Theron and I before 2020, you would probably be surprised to hear that we are now in the process of adopting.  Prior to 2020, we were focused on our dreams of a bigger house, bigger bank account and career advancement. With our 2-year-old son Hudson and 10-year-old daughter Emma, we were your average family of 4 in search of “the American Dream”.  Foster care and adoption were acts that we admired but never considered for our family.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—” Ephesians 2:4-5

God, in his merciful kindness, completely changed both of our hearts around the same time in 2020 and saved us. With that change of heart came a change of priorities and a desire to share the love of Christ with others.

We did briefly discuss fostering due to the crisis at the border with abandoned children.  I printed off paperwork and started filling it out, but that fell to the wayside due to COVID shutdowns posing several issues.

In the Fall of 2020, I came across an Instagram reel of two little boys with down syndrome hugging and the caption said that it was the first time one of them had shown affection.  I was captivated by the family’s story of adoption, which led me to discovering Reece’s Rainbow.  I spent days looking at all the pictures of children on their website/social media and shed many tears for these precious souls.  I felt like we had to do something.  I shared Reece’s Rainbow with Theron and we both donated.  After donating a few times, I still felt like we needed to do more so I signed up to be a guardian angel for a little boy on Reece’s Rainbow.  Before long, Theron and I were discussing eventually adopting once we had built a bigger house and paid down our student loan debt.  You can guess where this story goes – we quickly decided that our future children did not care about a bigger house and they could not wait in orphanages while we are paying down student loan debt.  We also felt like there is no “perfect time” to adopt and there was no better time than now.

We started our adoption process in February of 2021 and have watched in awe as God has opened door after door to make this possible.  We have been approved to adopt two children.  The country we are adopting from (Ukraine) does not allow commitments to specific children until we have traveled there, so we can’t be certain who our children will be at this time!  We do have a specific 3-year-old boy, Parc, that we are hoping to adopt and we are hoping to also adopt a girl around the age of 5-7.  (We will have a better idea of who the second child will be when we are ready to travel.  The facilitator will not give us information on what regions accept certified copies of our dossier until that time.)  “Parc” has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, among other medical issues.  The two girls that are on our heart have cerebral palsy and Apert syndrome respectively – we hope to be able to adopt one of them.

Both children that we hope to adopt have special needs and will likely have some level of institutional neglect.  We felt led to adopt children with special needs because many of them will die in an institution unless they are adopted internationally.  Unfortunately, it is common in Eastern Europe for children with any level of special needs to be given up and placed in orphanages.  We feel equipped to handle special needs as we have a very supportive community, family, and friends and we live in an area rich with medical field options. 


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 “Jagge 09743”, 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.
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My Story

If you had met Theron and I before 2020, you would probably be surprised to hear that we are now in the process of adopting.  Prior to 2020, we were focused on our dreams of a bigger house, bigger bank account and career advancement. With our 2-year-old son Hudson and 10-year-old daughter Emma, we were your average family of 4 in search of “the American Dream”.  Foster care and adoption were acts that we admired but never considered for our family.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—” Ephesians 2:4-5

God, in his merciful kindness, completely changed both of our hearts around the same time in 2020 and saved us. With that change of heart came a change of priorities and a desire to share the love of Christ with others.

We did briefly discuss fostering due to the crisis at the border with abandoned children.  I printed off paperwork and started filling it out, but that fell to the wayside due to COVID shutdowns posing several issues.

In the Fall of 2020, I came across an Instagram reel of two little boys with down syndrome hugging and the caption said that it was the first time one of them had shown affection.  I was captivated by the family’s story of adoption, which led me to discovering Reece’s Rainbow.  I spent days looking at all the pictures of children on their website/social media and shed many tears for these precious souls.  I felt like we had to do something.  I shared Reece’s Rainbow with Theron and we both donated.  After donating a few times, I still felt like we needed to do more so I signed up to be a guardian angel for a little boy on Reece’s Rainbow.  Before long, Theron and I were discussing eventually adopting once we had built a bigger house and paid down our student loan debt.  You can guess where this story goes – we quickly decided that our future children did not care about a bigger house and they could not wait in orphanages while we are paying down student loan debt.  We also felt like there is no “perfect time” to adopt and there was no better time than now.

We started our adoption process in February of 2021 and have watched in awe as God has opened door after door to make this possible.  We have been approved to adopt two children.  The country we are adopting from (Ukraine) does not allow commitments to specific children until we have traveled there, so we can’t be certain who our children will be at this time!  We do have a specific 3-year-old boy, Parc, that we are hoping to adopt and we are hoping to also adopt a girl around the age of 5-7.  (We will have a better idea of who the second child will be when we are ready to travel.  The facilitator will not give us information on what regions accept certified copies of our dossier until that time.)  “Parc” has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, among other medical issues.  The two girls that are on our heart have cerebral palsy and Apert syndrome respectively – we hope to be able to adopt one of them.

Both children that we hope to adopt have special needs and will likely have some level of institutional neglect.  We felt led to adopt children with special needs because many of them will die in an institution unless they are adopted internationally.  Unfortunately, it is common in Eastern Europe for children with any level of special needs to be given up and placed in orphanages.  We feel equipped to handle special needs as we have a very supportive community, family, and friends and we live in an area rich with medical field options. 


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 “Jagge 09743”, 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.
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