Rothrock International Adoption Journey

Derek and Crystal Rothrock Kevil, Kentucky

This summer, as Derek and I put our kids to bed, we encouraged them to pray for a sweet, precious, and feisty girl we had met. This young girl was here in the US through an international hosting program and would only be here for a short time before she would return to her orphanage in her home country. We explained that we needed to pray that she would be cared for, loved, have plenty to eat, and that she would know that God loves her and that we love her. Then my daughter looked at me and said “Mom, why don’t we just bring her home?”. Inside I’d been asking myself the same question for a couple of weeks. But I was scared. Scared of what Derek would think if I said what I was thinking out loud. Scared of what our extended families would think. Scared of what it meant for the children I’d given birth to. I responded, “Well, why don’t you pray about that.”. As we walked out of their room, I knew it was time to share with Derek what God had been laying on my heart. Little did I know, that God had been speaking to him as well. Before I could explain what was on my heart and that I’d had been researching the adoption process in her country, Derek showed me his computer, full of tabs where he too had been researching what it might take to make this child our own.

This was the beginning of a journey that has just begun.

We prayed. We cried. We prayed some more. But ultimately, we felt that God had called us to this child. For several years we had talked about adoption, but it was just a “one day” thought. But now, it was real and present. It was an orphan in our presence that was no longer a statistic, but a child that we’d grown to love.

Adoption is hard. It’s hard for everyone involved. For the adopted child (especially an older one), they will leave everything they have ever known (good or bad) for a life that is completely foreign to them. They will have to learn to trust a family they don’t know, that proclaims to love them, when all they have ever known is loss. Loss of their birth parents, loss of friends who have aged out of their orphanage, loss of friends who have been adopted to new families, loss of workers in their orphanage who have moved on.

For the adoptive family, they will have to try and balance their time and attention with their newly adopted child, and their biological children. Trying to show one that they are indeed part of the family, and loved as such, while trying to show the others they are still as important as they always have been. Then there is the fear. Fear that you won’t be enough. Fear that your adoptive child might not reciprocate your love. Fear that your biological children will act out because they feel unimportant because your current focus is on helping your adopted child adjust.

But in the end, God has called us to more. More than just a comfortable life focused on ourselves. More than a career or success. God has called us to be his hands and feet. Derek and I ask that you pray with us as we work to get our girl home for good.

“A” will be joining us for Christmas hosting but will then have to return to her orphanage until we can bring her home forever. We ask that you will prayerfully consider a donation to help us offset the financial burden of the adoption expenses.

We have received a $3000 matching grant from Hope That Binds Adoption Fund, managed by Lifesong for Orphans. If we received at least $3000 in donations it will be matched. 


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 “Rothrock 8043”, 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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My Story

This summer, as Derek and I put our kids to bed, we encouraged them to pray for a sweet, precious, and feisty girl we had met. This young girl was here in the US through an international hosting program and would only be here for a short time before she would return to her orphanage in her home country. We explained that we needed to pray that she would be cared for, loved, have plenty to eat, and that she would know that God loves her and that we love her. Then my daughter looked at me and said “Mom, why don’t we just bring her home?”. Inside I’d been asking myself the same question for a couple of weeks. But I was scared. Scared of what Derek would think if I said what I was thinking out loud. Scared of what our extended families would think. Scared of what it meant for the children I’d given birth to. I responded, “Well, why don’t you pray about that.”. As we walked out of their room, I knew it was time to share with Derek what God had been laying on my heart. Little did I know, that God had been speaking to him as well. Before I could explain what was on my heart and that I’d had been researching the adoption process in her country, Derek showed me his computer, full of tabs where he too had been researching what it might take to make this child our own.

This was the beginning of a journey that has just begun.

We prayed. We cried. We prayed some more. But ultimately, we felt that God had called us to this child. For several years we had talked about adoption, but it was just a “one day” thought. But now, it was real and present. It was an orphan in our presence that was no longer a statistic, but a child that we’d grown to love.

Adoption is hard. It’s hard for everyone involved. For the adopted child (especially an older one), they will leave everything they have ever known (good or bad) for a life that is completely foreign to them. They will have to learn to trust a family they don’t know, that proclaims to love them, when all they have ever known is loss. Loss of their birth parents, loss of friends who have aged out of their orphanage, loss of friends who have been adopted to new families, loss of workers in their orphanage who have moved on.

For the adoptive family, they will have to try and balance their time and attention with their newly adopted child, and their biological children. Trying to show one that they are indeed part of the family, and loved as such, while trying to show the others they are still as important as they always have been. Then there is the fear. Fear that you won’t be enough. Fear that your adoptive child might not reciprocate your love. Fear that your biological children will act out because they feel unimportant because your current focus is on helping your adopted child adjust.

But in the end, God has called us to more. More than just a comfortable life focused on ourselves. More than a career or success. God has called us to be his hands and feet. Derek and I ask that you pray with us as we work to get our girl home for good.

“A” will be joining us for Christmas hosting but will then have to return to her orphanage until we can bring her home forever. We ask that you will prayerfully consider a donation to help us offset the financial burden of the adoption expenses.

We have received a $3000 matching grant from Hope That Binds Adoption Fund, managed by Lifesong for Orphans. If we received at least $3000 in donations it will be matched. 


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 “Rothrock 8043”, 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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Approval and Appointment

March 15, 2019

We recieved the call today that we got approval and our first appointment with the SDA office. We will travel soon for our first appointment and then gete to spend a couple days with our girl before heading back home! 🙂 Exciting times! And God’s timing has been incredible with our schedules. He continues to amaze me throughout this process. Thank to all who have prayed for us and supported us on this journey so far! We covet your prayers as we continue this journey! 

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Dossier Submitted!!!

February 26, 2019

Our dossier (fancy word for lots of official paperwork) was finally submitted in country last week (The 18th, I think – time differences sometimes make it hard to know what day is what!). We are so excited about getting to this point. If felt forever away, and now we have finally made it here. 

 

 We are finishing up our training requirements that need to be completed in order to travel. We anticipate making our first trip in April. It could be as early as the first week of April based on timelines I’m seeing from other families who have submitted this year. Please pray specifically that this trip would fall during the first week of April which happens to be spring break and would mean that Derek would not have to take time off (or as much time off) to make this trip. We think it will be anywhere from a week to two weeks in country for this trip. 

 

Please continue to pray for our sweet girl. She celebrates her 13th birthday tomorrow. It hurts to think about her celebrating another birthday without a family. But we also know that this is all in God’s timing. 

 

As we approach Easter, we are considering a t-shirt fundraiser that would allow people to wear our adoption t-shirt for Easter Sunday and “Forget the Frock”. You can use the money you might spend on a new Easter outfit to buy a t-shirt and help bring an orphan home to her forever family. 🙂 Stay tuned for more details! 

 

Thank you so much for supporting us on this journey – through prayer, through donations, and through encouraging words. We have been so overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of others. It is truly humbling. The paperwork feels overwhelming at times, but it pales in comparison to the thought of our girl not having a family.  And while our current goal is getting her home, our ultimate goal is that she would know God and her eternal home would be secured! 

 

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Good news… but more waiting

February 8, 2019

 

We finally received this long-awaited piece of mail from USCIS last Saturday. By Monday our adoption agency had it and had it apostilled and in the mail on its way to its final destination. Once received, it will be translated to be submitted to the State Department of Affairs with our other documents that are already in country and translated. Once again, we wait for approval. 

 

Once the SDA approves us, we will be given an appointment date for our referral appointment in country. We are so looking forward to that appointment and getting to see our girl, even if only for a short time! 😊

 

Thank you for your continued prayers and support through this journey. God has continued to reveal himself to us through this process in so many ways.

 

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FINALLY!

January 26, 2019

We finally received word yesterday that we were approved by USCIS for adoption. This was the final approval that we needed in order to be able to submit our dossier. Hopefully the official approval letter will arrive in the mail next week so we can get it to our caseworker to be sent to Ukraine for translation and submission. Once our dossier is submitted and approved, we will be scheduled for our first trip. 

Please continue to pray for this process. Everything seems to be moving so slow and we are so anxious to bring our girl home. We know it’s all in God’s timing, but it’s so hard to wait. 

Thanks for your continued support on this journey! 

Derek, Crystal, Raylee and Maddox

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Joy

Apr 22, 2019

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Beth

Mar 30, 2019

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Mar 24, 2019

“Thank you so much for the help! It would have taken us forever!”

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Jeff and Joy

Mar 23, 2019

“So proud of you and for you! Love you!!!”

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Margaret

Mar 4, 2019

“Prayers for continued success as you move through this process. So proud of your wonderful family.”

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Feb 8, 2019

“I hope you get to see your sweet girl soon. I know how happy you all will be to get her home❤️”

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Jan 26, 2019

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Jan 6, 2019

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Dec 26, 2018

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