Rieger Family Adoption

Jessica Rieger
Jessica Rieger Leola, Pennsylvania

We are TJ, Jess, Blake, and Malcolm Rieger from Lancaster, PA. We are very excited to be in the process of adoption from South Korea. We have recently been matched with a beautiful 8 month old baby girl!

TJ and I feel very blessed to be on this journey, as we have felt called to adopt, even since before we were married. We decided to apply last April through Holt International. We both felt led to choose South Korea during an introductory phone call from the agency, and it was a really holy moment where we experienced God’s calling. Somewhere in South Korea, at that moment, there was a pregnant woman, carrying a child in her womb whom she could not care for. We are thankful and humbled to be able to say, yes, we can give a home and a family to this child. Even though we don’t her yet, we pray daily for this little girl who is meant to join our family. Blake and Malcolm are very excited about their little sister to be!

Any donation you can give will be used for our program fee, when we accept a match! Please consider helping our family give a child a home! We are very blessed to be receiving a $4,000 matching grant from the Calvary Church Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans. That means that your donation counts as twice as much! 

We also would appreciate prayers for God’s provision during this time and for the health and care of our child as we wait.


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 “Rieger 7339”, 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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Raised to date by 44 people
 of  $30,000
38 days left

My Story

We are TJ, Jess, Blake, and Malcolm Rieger from Lancaster, PA. We are very excited to be in the process of adoption from South Korea. We have recently been matched with a beautiful 8 month old baby girl!

TJ and I feel very blessed to be on this journey, as we have felt called to adopt, even since before we were married. We decided to apply last April through Holt International. We both felt led to choose South Korea during an introductory phone call from the agency, and it was a really holy moment where we experienced God’s calling. Somewhere in South Korea, at that moment, there was a pregnant woman, carrying a child in her womb whom she could not care for. We are thankful and humbled to be able to say, yes, we can give a home and a family to this child. Even though we don’t her yet, we pray daily for this little girl who is meant to join our family. Blake and Malcolm are very excited about their little sister to be!

Any donation you can give will be used for our program fee, when we accept a match! Please consider helping our family give a child a home! We are very blessed to be receiving a $4,000 matching grant from the Calvary Church Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans. That means that your donation counts as twice as much! 

We also would appreciate prayers for God’s provision during this time and for the health and care of our child as we wait.


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 “Rieger 7339”, 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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waiting for a court date

January 5, 2019

We are so extremely excited to say that we are waiting for a court date! We are anticipating an end of Feb/early March court date (optimistically), which would mean custody in April. We have enjoyed starting to get Alice’s room ready, painting the walls purple/pink, and getting a bed ready for her! We can’t wait to travel to Korea and meet her!

While we don’t actually need as much money as this website reflects (since I have no way of changing that number), we could use some help with travel costs, if you feel led or know someone who might be interested in giving! We will need to travel to Korea twice, for about a week each trip. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers as we get close to finally meeting Alice!!

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EP Submission!

November 2, 2018

We are so extremely thankful that after six long months of waiting, we have received emigration permit submission!! This means our file has officially been given to the Korean goverment for consideration that allow us to adopt Alice. Our next step is EP approval, when the government says YES to us! 

This might seem like a small step, but in actuality, it’s huge, because it means that our case is moving forward! 

Now that we have received EP submission, we have two weeks to send in the remaining $7,000 of our program fee! Please consider giving towards Alice joining our family!

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Alice’s birthday!

July 26, 2018

Alice’s birthday is coming up in two day! (7/28). She will be turning one year old! In this difficult season of waiting, we are excited to celebrate, even though she is not here with us, because Alice is growing and thriving so well. We are learning so much about how big God is, as he takes care of Alice while we aren’t able to. She has a foster mom who cares for her so much, and she is walking and has two teeth! So there is so much to celebrate, and I pray that her foster family is making her feel special for her birthday.

To celebrate her birthday, would you consider sharing our page with someone you know who may be interested in giving? Thank you for your prayers and support for our family and for Alice in this time! Please also be praying for Alice’s birth mother as this day comes up, I can imagine it will be a difficult day for her. 

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Praying for EP submission

July 3, 2018

The next step in our process is Emigration Permit submission. This is when our case is offcially given to the Korean government so that they can grant permission for Alice to leave Korea with us. EP submission has been taking 4-6 months, and we are right now at the two month waiting mark. (But who’s counting?) 

Alice’s first birthday is coming up this month on the 28th, and we are fervently praying that we would receive EP submission by her birthday! Once we get EP submission, we will owe the rest of our program fee. If you would like help us cover this fee, please give on our page!

Please pray with us for a speedy EP submission and approval, so we can bring Alice home soon! 

Thank you for being a part of our adoption journey!

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WE ARE MATCHED!

April 12, 2018

We are so thankful to share that we have been matched with a beautiful 8 month old little girl!! We are not allowed to share her photo here, but I can promise you she is gorgeous, and we are so thrilled! Our boys are very exited about having a little sister! 

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Comments

$100

Gene

Nov 18, 2018

“TJ, Jess, Blake, Malcolm and Alice. Praying for wonderful life and blessings for all. The Hidlays”

$50

Alisa

Nov 18, 2018

$100

Andrew

Nov 16, 2018

$20

Elyse

Nov 15, 2018

$420

Robert

Nov 15, 2018

“Here is to one amazing family in Lancaster! Philia, Rob”

$25

Spencer and Allison

Nov 9, 2018

“❤️❤️❤️”

$100

Whitney

Nov 8, 2018

“Praying for sweet Alice, that the adoption process continues to move forward at a (fast) steady rate and that you’ll be holding your sweet girl in your arms very soon!”

$200

COREY

Nov 8, 2018

“Though I don't know you well, we went to high school together. I've seen your posts and have been inspired and thankful for your faithful witness and openness. I will continue to pray for your family!”

$100

Ron

Nov 4, 2018

$25

Aleka

Nov 2, 2018

“Sending so much love and prayers to all of you. I can't imagine the anticipation in waiting to finally meet her for the first time. Miss you!”

$50

John

Sep 18, 2018

$100

Mary Anne

Sep 15, 2018

“Praying you can bring your daughter home soon! Steve & Mary Anne”

$300

Robert

Sep 13, 2018

$546

Robert

Aug 27, 2018

“You guys are wonderful people. This girl will be blessed to join your family.”

$135

MELISSA

Aug 17, 2018

$20

Kate

Aug 11, 2018

“excited for you all!”

$500

Hidden

Aug 5, 2018

$30

Robert

Jul 27, 2018

“You guys rock. Alice is going to be so lucky to join your family.”

$20

Ashley

Jul 26, 2018

$15

Sarah

Jul 26, 2018

$50

Vanessa

Jul 26, 2018

$100

Andrew

Jul 23, 2018

$200

George

Jul 23, 2018

$100

Mary Anne

Jul 21, 2018

“Praying for you as you eagerly await bringing Alice home! Steve and Mary Anne”

$100

George & Linda

Jul 8, 2018

$40

Hidden

May 17, 2018

$10

Hidden

May 16, 2018

$1,062

Kathy

Apr 6, 2018

“We are excited for you!!”

$293

Robert

Mar 27, 2018

“Whoever you're matched with is going to be one lucky kid! Philia, Rob”

$200

Hidden

Mar 11, 2018

“Praying for your family's journey!”

$1,000

Hidden

Mar 4, 2018

“Matching Funds!”

$50

Aaron

Mar 4, 2018

“So happy for you guys! God's people are moving on your behalf. This little one will be very blessed as your family expands to fill the earth and be a greater blessing!”

$50

Kate

Mar 3, 2018

$100

William

Mar 3, 2018

$75

Hidden

Mar 3, 2018

$50

Susan

Mar 2, 2018

“May God be praised!”

$45

Robert

Mar 1, 2018

“You two are amazing parents and people :)”

$30

Hidden

Mar 1, 2018

“Jess and TJ, Thank you for answering the call to adopt! We are looking into adoption as well, from the foster care system. <3 Chrissy (Garrison) Hinchcliff”

$250

Amber

Feb 26, 2018

“May God continue to provide.”

$100

Alsu

Feb 26, 2018

“Hopefully it will happen very soon for you guys and you would be able to meet your baby, your addition to your very kind and friendly family!!!”

$50

Amanda

Feb 26, 2018

$200

Hidden

Feb 25, 2018

“So very excited for you guys! Praying for you!”

$100

Jesse & Charity

Jan 24, 2018

“Let us know what else we can do to help! Maybe I could send a message to our F&M and LVC IV friends?”

$25

Matt

Dec 6, 2017

“Best of luck on your journey! I know first hand that the adoption process is not an easy one but is something our family will one day do. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers!”