Hello, we are the Pratt family. Our names are Kyle (dad), Ashleigh (mom), Makay (big brother, 13), and Cameron (little brother, 9) and prayerfully, “A” (adopted sister, 13) and “I” (adopted sister, 12). We are currently living is Goldsboro, NC. Kyle is active duty Air force and Ashleigh is a Registered Nurse working part-time in home health. Makay and Cameron are currently enjoying summer, but will be entering eighth and fourth grade, respectively.
In 2012 Ashleigh began to have medical complications that led to her requiring a partial hysterectomy. Prior to this we had often discussed adoption, not because we couldn’t physically have more children (at least we didn’t know at the time we couldn’t), but because we felt God was calling us to do something more, something different. We often talked about what it would be like to have a little girl. A girl who mom could raise to be a beautiful, strong, caring, and compassionate woman. A girl who dad would spoil and show her the way a man should love a woman (especially through the unconditional love and grace he shows mom). A girl that Makay and Cameron could protect and be there for as brothers should be. The more we talked about what it would be like having a daughter, the more we knew that God was calling us to adopt. This only became even more apparent once we realized we couldn’t have any more children by birth.
It was a few years later that we really began looking into adopting. We weren’t sure where to start, what the process would be like, if we planned to adopt through foster care, do a domestic adoption, an international adoption, or adopt a baby or older child. The only thing we really knew was that we were being called to adopt and we had to start somewhere. So, we began doing research on the different options. We spoke to a lot of people who have adopted (through foster care, infant adoption, international adoption and international hosting that led to adoptions). We were presented with so many different options, yet we were still not sure.
Fast-forwarding to fall of 2018 when we heard about the Bair Foundation. This organization provides therapeutic foster care training for families who are interested in foster care and even foster to adopt options. We were still unsure if this was the route we were going to take to pursue an adoption, but we felt it was a great place to start. However, through several weeks of training, and a lot of praying, we did not feel this was the route we were meant to take. We felt confused and a little defeated, but we decided we would just keep pushing forward, just in a different manner. This is when we decided we wanted to host a child (specifically a girl) over the summer. We have several friends who have done summer and winter hosting through an organization called New Horizons for Children and we always admired their selflessness when doing so, so we decided that this would be our next step. We knew this was not an adoption agency and that the goal of hosting was not to adopt. The goal of this organization is to give children in orphanages and foster care from other countries the opportunity to come to America, be part of a family, and to be loved and shown there is hope in what sometimes seems like a hopeless world. Some of these children are available for adoption, but many are not. Yet, we prayed about it and knew it was what we wanted to do at the time.
As soon as we filled out the application to host a child over the summer, we were contacted by one of the organizations coordinators. She asked us what our goals were with hosting and explained the program so well. We told her we are interested in adopting but weren’t sure how we were supposed to go about that, yet we knew we needed to do something. We felt hosting was a great way to provide love and care to a child in need of a family, even if that meant only temporarily having them in our home. We knew, regardless of the outcome, this child would forever be a part of our family and if we could give this child hope and show them love, then that’s what we were going to do.
Our coordinator was sure to remind us that their organization is not an adoption agency, only a hosting agency. However, she continued, there are some children who are available to be adopted and we could possibly host one of those children. She also asked us what we were looking for in a child. We told her we wanted a little girl, preferably between our sons ages, but we would be so grateful for any little girl. We will never forget the coordinator’s response, “I know you want one little girl, but let me tell you about these two sisters who have been hosted before with great feedback from the other families. They are 11 and 12 (at the time) and are also available for adoption. They are such sweet girls and to be honest we are not sure why they have not been adopted before. Can I send you pictures of them with their information?”. Well, before we even knew what we were saying we said, “Yes!”. Within a few minutes she sent us their picture and at that moment we knew we had to bring these girls home with us.
From the day “A” and “I” arrived at the airport in Raleigh, NC and we saw their sweet faces we knew they belonged with us. The summer they were here was fun, exciting, and even stressful at times. They called us mom and dad from the start (not uncommon with hosted kids) and they got along with, and even had meaningless arguments with Makay and Cameron (as siblings do). They opened up to us and we just knew they were comfortable with us just as we were comfortable having them here. The day they left us to go back to Ukraine was a very sad day for all of us, including our sons (our youngest son was especially heartbroken).
Moving forward to the adoption. As soon as they boarded the plane to go back to Ukraine we knew we could not let them go for good. We knew these girls belonged with us and we needed to do everything in our power to make that happen. Our family prayed about adopting these amazing girls and began the process to adopt them.
There was not one time when we were making our decision that we thought about how lengthy and tiring the process of adoption is, or how expensive it will be. All we knew (and will always know) is these girls, our girls, belong with us and we would not and will not rest until they are home with us where they are meant to be. Now here we are, home study complete, dossier complete, and process moving forward, and we are prayerfully asking you to please consider supporting our adoption and all the costs included in the process.
Our family has been so blessed to have support and prayers from so many people (family, friends, strangers) and have been able (and will continue) to set money aside ourselves for the adoption. We have also been working on fundraisers, most that are ongoing, to raise money. These fundraisers include selling homemade fudge, making and selling handmade crafts (wreaths, Chapstick’s, essential oil products, jewelry, blanket ladders), cookie fundraiser, yard sales, and even refinishing and selling furniture.
Through Lifesong’s matching grant we ask that you please consider helping our family bring our girls home. Our goal is to raise $3,000 in order to be awarded a matching grant.
Thank you all!
Kyle and Ashleigh Pratt
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