Our Journey of Adopting a Little One with Down Syndrome

Jena Walden
Jena Walden Carrollton, Illinois

I believe God has been molding me(Jena) to adopt since I was young. I loved playing with dolls and Barbies and I usually picked the ones that had different skin color than myself. So, when Jeffrey and I married in 2011, it wasn’t long before we started the adoption process. We hit several bumps in the road before becoming foster parents in 2014. In the summer of 2014, we became parents for the first time to 2 foster kids, 16 months and 3 months. We were lucky to be able to adopt these 2 and officially make them Waldens in 2017. In 2015, we welcomed our one and only biological son to the world and we were determined our family was complete, but God had other plans for us. Towards the end of 2018, God laid international adoption on my heart, specifically a child with Down Syndrome. By February 2019, we were waist deep in adoption and grant paperwork, as well as fundraisers. By October 2019, we were on a plane, for the first time(YES), to China. So many emotions rushed through our bodies and only God and the prayers of others helped us get through the 2 weeks there. However, when we were on our orphanage visit, God began getting our hearts ready to go back one day and adopt again. We decided that when our kids were older, we would adopt again. But, God had a different plan. When I saw our little one’s face on an advocacy page, we knew that child was ours. We received Pre-Aprroval November 9 for our little addition, who also has Down Syndrome.

We recently were rewarded a $5000 matching grant from


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 “Walden 09348”, 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

I believe God has been molding me(Jena) to adopt since I was young. I loved playing with dolls and Barbies and I usually picked the ones that had different skin color than myself. So, when Jeffrey and I married in 2011, it wasn’t long before we started the adoption process. We hit several bumps in the road before becoming foster parents in 2014. In the summer of 2014, we became parents for the first time to 2 foster kids, 16 months and 3 months. We were lucky to be able to adopt these 2 and officially make them Waldens in 2017. In 2015, we welcomed our one and only biological son to the world and we were determined our family was complete, but God had other plans for us. Towards the end of 2018, God laid international adoption on my heart, specifically a child with Down Syndrome. By February 2019, we were waist deep in adoption and grant paperwork, as well as fundraisers. By October 2019, we were on a plane, for the first time(YES), to China. So many emotions rushed through our bodies and only God and the prayers of others helped us get through the 2 weeks there. However, when we were on our orphanage visit, God began getting our hearts ready to go back one day and adopt again. We decided that when our kids were older, we would adopt again. But, God had a different plan. When I saw our little one’s face on an advocacy page, we knew that child was ours. We received Pre-Aprroval November 9 for our little addition, who also has Down Syndrome.

We recently were rewarded a $5000 matching grant from


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 “Walden 09348”, 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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$2,500

Mitchell

May 30, 2021

$100

Kara

May 17, 2021

$500

Troy and Jocelyn

May 14, 2021

“Nolan’s Hope Memorial Grant”

$50

Hidden

May 12, 2021

“Deuteronomy 10:18 “He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. “”

$100

Debi

May 11, 2021

“God bless you!!”

$25

Julie

May 11, 2021

“Good luck Jena and Jeff!”

$40

Melissa

May 11, 2021

$10

Courtney

May 11, 2021

$10

Kayla

May 11, 2021

$10

Emily

May 11, 2021

“Hoping this helps you meet your full grant!”

$10

Evan

May 11, 2021

“:)”

$10

Sami

May 9, 2021

“Happy Mother’s Day!!”

$103

Hidden

May 6, 2021

$50

Gina

May 4, 2021

“Blessings on your adoption”

$173

Lilly

Apr 13, 2021

“Money raised from our school bazaar”

$260

Michelle

Apr 1, 2021

“Donation from Littlest Warrior”

$175

Yanin

Mar 26, 2021

“Praying for you all and your sweet baby!”

$150

Sarah

Mar 16, 2021

$60

Gayle

Mar 1, 2021

“❤❤🙂”

$1,500

Hidden

Feb 23, 2021

“Jesus will provide for all of our needs when we trust and obey Him.”

$90

Karen

Feb 22, 2021

$50

Amie

Feb 2, 2021

“Love y’all!!”

$100

Shari

Feb 2, 2021

$142

LuAnn

Jan 1, 2021

“My commission from your Trades of Hope party!”

$13

Brittany

Dec 18, 2020

$50

Kacie

Dec 16, 2020

$20

Brooke

Dec 10, 2020

“Thank you!!”

$20

Heather

Dec 10, 2020

“Good luck!!!”

$120

Vicki

Dec 9, 2020

“Hope you get to bring your child home soon.”

$70

Coreena

Dec 9, 2020