Family Stories
International Adoption 2015

In 2015 we awarded grants to help 147 children to be adopted from 14 different countries.  Some of their wonderful pictures and links to their adoption experiences are below.

Abraham - China 2015

I wanted to thank you for the grant that my family received to assist us with the adoption of our son, Abraham, from China.

We had a wonderful trip and it turns out that he was the piece our family puzzle was missing all along.  Abraham is adorable!  He is the happiest child I have ever met and has adjusted very easily into our routines and lifestyle.  Abraham, it turns out, has aniridia.  We weren't expecting no iris at all but we are in the hands of a wonderful specialist from Children's in Pittsburgh.

Abraham and our other son, Alec, were best friends from the first moment.

Our family can't thank your organization enough for the support and assistance to make it possible to bring home Abraham.  Thank you!

 

Anaka - China 2015

Anaka Tao joined our family in November 2015.  What a joyous event after over a year of working toward that moment!  Since she has been home, she has bonded with her family and settled into her new life here.  In less than a month, she will receive BAHAs (hearing aids) that will give her the gift of "normal" hearing for the first time in her life!

Our daughter has had the rare opportunity of having three mothers in her 3 years thus far. She was loved by a foster mother who poured into her, knowing that she would have to let her go. We

got to meet that woman and thank her and cry with her. We get to send her updates and let her know that her legacy of love is being continued an ocean away. We get to raise our newest daughter to appreciate her special place in our family and in the hearts that cared for her before we could!

 

Audrey - China 2015

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We are so very thankful to A Child Waits Foundation for their generous grant in support of our adoption of Audrey Mae.   Audrey is adapting so well to our family.  She glows with love.  We had some reservations regarding adopting out of birth order, but Audrey thrives in the role of big sister and loves her little sister, Eva, whom we adopted from Ukraine. 

 

Our lives are so blessed by the addition of Audrey to our family.  Throughout the day, I will sometimes exclaim that my cup runneth over and the girls, with their emerging speech, will often repeat, "my heart cup runethes over."  So, thank you again, for your kind and generous gift to our family.

 

Sylvie & Kate - China 2015

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It's been over a year since our adoption was complete, but never too late to say Thank You for all the help and support you gave us! 

Kate and Sylvie came home in November 2015.  At the time Sylvie was very ill and desperately needing a liver transplant.  We spent the next 6 months in and out of the hospital, had many surgeries, and a great deal of medical interventions to keep her alive.  God has done an amazing miracle in her life and she is here with us today, as healthy as she has ever been.  She was able to receive her transplant in April of 2016.  We praise God for this miracle!

Both girls are doing beautifully.  It seems as they have always been part of our family and we can't imagine life without them.                                With Gratefulness

 

Yu Min - China 2015

When God first put it on our hearts to adopt Yu Min, all we had were some pictures and a medical report. The pictures were adorable, but they were void of personality. The medical reports were overwhelming, but God gave us a peace to accept them, knowing that He had called us specifically to her. So we went to the other side of the world to bring home a "little" one we did not know, with medical needs we knew very little about. Seems crazy, crazy to be called to a person you do not know; crazy to take on medical conditions that are beyond us. However, there was that peace and that knowing that this was what God was calling us to do.
Yu Min is a precious young lady who is full of life and giggles. She is a gift and treasure to our entire family. We would not trade her for an easier life or less hassles. She is worth all that it takes to keep her healthy and healing. She is such a gift, She is our daughter.

We are so thankful to all who have given to our adoption, We had no funds to begin or complete this adoption, but God did. He has used family, friends, and several grants to make this adoption possible. Thank you, A Child Waits Foundation and donors, for being part of our fourth adoption journey.

 

Annie - China 2015

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Dear Board of A Child Waits Foundation,

 

As I sit writing this letter, my two beautiful daughters are right next to me, coloring, smiling, and enjoying the day. There are truly no words to thank you all for what you have done. Your work is literally changing lives for children, and I have two children who are evidence of this!

 Your generous grant allowed me to bring my daughter, Annie, home from China just two weeks ago. I cannot begin to tell you how amazing and brave this little girl is! Despite being legally blind due to her albinism, and speaking little English, she has adjusted to life here in record speed. She is loving, kind, SUPER smart, and is picking up English at a record pace! I adore her, and literally would not have been able to bring her home without your help. As a single mom, it would have been impossible for me to afford the adoption costs.

 But, Annie is only part of the story. You see, I already had a daughter whom I also adopted from China three years ago. Ellie is four, and has the same disability as her sister. The bond between these two is nothing short of magical. I had prepared Ellie for Annie’s homecoming, and as the weeks led up to our trip to China, we talked a lot about what Annie would be like. I warned Ellie that Annie might be a little scared at first (Ellie, in typical four-year-old fashion, can be, umm  . . .a little overwhelming when she is excited J)  Well, I shouldn’t have worried.  On “Gotcha Day,” there were six families in the Civil Affairs office waiting for their children. Annie was the last child to arrive, and when she entered the building,  a momentary hush came over the room. Ellie immediately ran to Annie and said, “Annie! There’s my Annie! Ni hao, Annie! Don’t be afraid; I’m your SISTER!” There was not a dry eye in the room as the two sisters literally JUMPED into each other’s arms. I am attaching the picture of this moment to this letter. Since that day, they have been absolutely inseparable.

 

A Child Waits Foundation changed the lives of not one, but TWO children on that day. These two were meant to sisters from the beginning, I am sure.   Thank you, thank, you, thank you for all you have done for my family

 

Zoe - China 2015

We want to sincerely thank you so much for blessing us with A Child Waits Foundation grant to complete the adoption cost for our travel to China.  We were relieved from our financial adoption burden before we left our trip.  We appreciate your foundation so much!  We received our beautiful daughter, Zoe Kaihua, April 18th in Beijing, China.  Our trip was smooth sailing, except for Dan getting food poisoning for a few days.  We arrived home April 30th and have adjusted back to Eastern time zone.

Zoe is such a great baby!.  She is 13 months old now.  She loves to eat and is a great sleeper.  We taught her how to clap her hands, wave bye- bye, and practices walking every day.  She is a happy baby and has already adjusted to her new home well.  She loves playing with her daddy and loves bath time with mommy.

Thank you so much again for being a part of our adoption process financially and growing our family.  We are truly blessed by your foundation.

 

Elizabeth - China 2015

From as young as I can remember, I (Trina), have always wanted to adopt an Asian girl. My parents tell me that it all started when I was around 10 and we visited a distant family member who had adopted a Chinese girl.
Adopting internationally was something that was shared very early on when Craig and I began dating. Craig immediately latched on to this vision as well, and we knew that somewhere down the road, God willing, adoption would be in our future.
Fast forward about seven years after marriage and having two little boys of our own, to the point when we were finally 30! While most people cringe at reaching this milestone, we were eager, as it meant we were now old enough to begin the process of bringing our daughter home!  We got notice on Christmas Eve of a possible January 6th travel date- earlier than we had expected! We were thrilled.
Our time overseas was nothing short of amazing. Elizabeth latched onto the both of us equally, and very quickly too. Her laid back, easy go lucky personality came out right away, and the trip that others had told us to not think of as a vacation, had really became just that! How wonderful it was to spend 16 days with our little girl, in her own country, getting to know her and soaking up every precious moment. We all stayed perfectly healthy; she slept through the night immediately; she was even happy the entire 14 hour plane ride home. Wow! It was almost to good to be true, this little girl handled it all so impressively!!
Upon returning home, she adjusted very seamlessly to life at our house with two crazy little boys and all of their rowdiness! It feels as though  we have had her for a lifetime, even though it has only been one short month since she was first placed in our arms.
Our daughters name is Elizabeth Grace: Elizabeth after my middle name, as she has always been my desire. Grace after God's grace, for giving her to us, and the grace he extends to us each and every day. We would like to thank A Child Waits for helping us bring our precious Elizabeth home. We truly do not know what we would have done without your generous donation to our family.

 

Ezekiel - China 2015

We are a family who has been serving in East Asia since 2009, arriving with three children and giving birth to a 4th within a few months of arrival to our host country.  We moved here to join a Christian charitable organization which has a family medicine residency program to train local physicians in western style family practice medicine.  Our medical team also does regular charitable outreaches to area orphanages, nursing homes and other underserved rural villages in the countryside, and E. has been going to several orphanages regularly since moving here.  Over the years we have seen a number of children with disabilities have permission to go into foster care, and then become adopted into forever families.  

In the spring of 2014 we became aware of an 18-month old boy in the orphanage who had complex congenital heart disease.  Initially the plan was for him to receive his surgery at the typical hospital that contracted with the orphanage, but two hospitals said they were unable to do his repair until he was 10 years old.  As a result, the orphanage made him available for international adoption.  When E told her husband B about this child's dilemma, his first response was, "Well, why don't we adopt him?" 

As we entered the adoption process, we did not have any idea where we would find the finances to pay for either any urgent medical care or for his adoption.  As it is, our entire budget for living and serving overseas is raised through personal fundraising efforts, and there was no margin in the budget to absorb the costs of an international adoption.  We are so thrilled to say that at each step along the way God has given us signs of His provision in big and small ways, and He has used individuals, groups and A Child Waits Foundation to allow us to finance the entire adoption process!  

Since we reside here in China, where most Chinese families only give birth to one child, our situation with five children sparks a lot of curious discussions with everybody we encounter.  People wonder how someone can embrace a child with a disability, how they can absorb the cost of medical care, how one can love a child that is not biologically related, and much more.   Just living our “normal” life in our neighborhood has been a tremendous opportunity to communicate not just with our words but with our actions the immense value we place on human life.  It is an honor to serve God by loving this precious boy and providing him with a family, and to see the joy he has brought to so many around him. 

 

Hayat - Ethiopia 2015

I am so thrilled to get to write this thank you to you.  You helped us with the expenses of adopting our little girl and on June 25th, 2015 we welcomed her into our forever home from Ethiopia.  Our daughter Hayat turned 7 years old on 1-9-16.  She is the light of our world and of the school, our neighborhood, our church and everywhere we go.  Her smile is always on and so big and bright and when she laughs it is so genuine now and sometimes you’ll hear a snort with it.    Now, just over 6 months home ,  she is very attached to her family and is cautious who she goes to outside of those she really knows and trusts, knows right from wrong and follow most basic directions,   She loves her night time routine of taking a bath, getting lotion and PJs on, brushing her teeth and then cuddling on the couch until she falls asleep contently next to my husband or I (sometimes even one of her brothers).  

Thank you again so much for the assistance.  This was our second adoption in 3 years, both from Ethiopia, both older children and God clearly provided every bit of what we needed and we are forever grateful!

Blessings and Love                                                                                                                                                                       

 

Miriam & Aviya - China 2015

We came home with our two newest daughters from China and it is wonderful to be a family of six!
The journey of adoption is frequently wonderful, exciting, and full of emotions.  It also has many facets, such as the paperwork and financial mountains, which are sometimes overwhelming and daunting.  Even upon arriving home, we are overwhelmed with both joy and stress as the medical attention they need is also addressed.
For their medical needs, we have health insurance to help. But there is no insurance when you adopt.  It is similar to giving birth without any insurance -you pay all expenses in full.  This is a mountain we could not move on our own, but because of generous donors and foundations like A Child Waits Foundation the financial burden was lessened for our family so we can focus on meeting the needs of our two newest daughters.
We thank you with deep gratitude for standing beside us with prayers and financial support as we brought our two precious miracles home.

 

Jia Eve - China 2015

We have been home from China for just over one month now. We are adjusting and settling in very well to our life as a family of four.

Our daughter, Jia, is just absolutely amazing! Each day, we see her become more comfortable, trusting, and accepting of the love her new family has for her. It has just been absolutely amazing to watch the transformation take place! We realize that it will take a great deal of time for her hurts to heal and for complete trust to develop, but we are just so amazed and thankful to have her with us and to witness what the love of a family can do - even in just a few weeks.

We are just so, so very thankful to you, Cynthia, and everyone at A Child Waits. Your grant was such a tremendous help - just such a wonderful gift - and answer to prayer! Thank you for everything that you do to help build families through adoption. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help out in the future.

 

Emmy - Honduras 2015

" As I reflect on God's Faithfulness during our five plus year process, you cross my mind so often. We are so very grateful for you- you were the hands of Christ to us. Saying "thank you" seems terribly inadequate, although our hearts are filled with gratitude towards you. I wanted to send this picture so you could see the difference you helped to make in our lives and in the life of our precious daughter Emmy, who is waiting no longer for her forever family. She is an amazing child, has adjusted so beautifully, and has completed our family. We recognize God's grace and blessings in this, and we will never forget that He used you and others who obeyed His call to love the orphans who are so precious in His sight."

 

Theodore - China 2015

Our journey began with much prayer and hesitation. My husband and I are both LP’s (we have a type of dwarfism). Unable to have children of our own we knew we wanted to adopt. All we knew from the start is that God had called us. We had no idea how it would happen. Financially it would take a miracle. One agency even told us it was impossible. Along with that, much like hobbits in the “Lord of the Rings” series we like comfort and home. We are not travelers by nature or adventure seekers. In our wildest dreams we never thought that God would build our family by taking us to China… but He did. It was an 18th month rollercoaster ride that often left us weeping or jumping with joy at God’s goodness. We arrived in China the day before we met our son. We were exhausted, overwhelmed by nerves and excitement. We woke up early and were the first to arrive at the Civil Affairs Office in Zhengzhou. Other families arrived to meet their new sons and daughters to come. We watched as the children walked in and were introduced to their forever families. Our son Theo was one of the last to arrive. He was so tiny and so scared. He screamed and cried for 45 minutes until he fell asleep. After a nap it seemed as though everything had changed. He played, smiled and laughed. He is so resilient and so full of joy. The next day we went back to the Civil Affairs Office and he was able to smile with us in a photo. I see such strength and bravery in this little boy that we now call son. He is a smiling, wonderful daredevil who loves his new “Baba” and “Mama”. We know that one journey has ended and a new one has begun. We are so very grateful for the love and support that made this possible. A precious boy is now a son. A couple is now a family. Glenn and Estrella are now Mama and Baba!! Tears flow as I write this! Thank you!!

 

Addison - China 2015

I can't tell you how much your grant has helped us with the travel fees!!  We returned back to Florida, May 14th...  Addison is doing great!  We are working on getting her occupational therapy, but she has made such strides since we received her!  She was not walking before we got her and she was unfortunately tied down to a chair... She is now walking on her own, she is still not using her right side much, but she does occasionally (only when absolutely necessary) use it.. lol  She understands English very well :)  She is picking up on things faster than we could have ever imagined...  She is just perfect :)  I just wanted to update you guys and let you know we are back and thank you for everything!

 

Aiden - China 2015

I wanted to send a big THANK YOU to A Child Waits for your help in bringing home our son, Aiden.  We got home from China in July, and it's been such a joy to have Aiden as part of our family!  

We spent a few quiet months at home getting to know each other before Aiden started Kindergarten in September.  The first week and a half of school was a hard adjustment for Aiden, but once he learned the routine (and learned mom would always pick him up at the end of the day) he started really enjoying it.  He is going to a Chinese immersion school in Minneapolis, which allows him to maintain his native language.  His teacher tells us he is a great student and gets along well with his peers.  Aiden and his sister Madelyn have bonded and act like typical siblings.  Most of the time they play well together, but are known to get into fights over toys that they don't want to share.  Aiden is learning what it's like to be a part of a family, and that mom and dad will help him, protect him, feed him, love him, and comfort him.    

Again, thank you for your help in making Aiden a part of our family!  We sure have a reason to feel blessed this holiday season!

 

Pauli- Bulgaria 2015

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Since Pauli and I arrived home from Bulgaria on February 11, we've been very busy!  She is adjusting well and doing great.  She has LOTS of friends and is doing wonderfully in school. 
This new job called “Mom” can be truly challenging but a commitment I'm so happy I've made for the rest of my life.  I love this little girl with every fiber of my being and after searching and waiting for her for over 8 years, I still find myself staring at her in sheer amazement that she’s actually mine.... and you helped me bring her home!
She is a "delight" and those who have spent time with her (including neighbors and teachers) seem to use that word unsparingly. 
Her English improves daily and she uses complete sentences now instead of single words or phrases.  When she can’t figure out how to say what she's thinking, she says, “Wait!” or Listen!” until she can find the words which eventually pour out of her repetitively as if she never wants to forget how to say what she's finally discovered!
Her vocabulary is astounding and she has a voracious appetite for learning (i.e. her favorite question being "Why? Why? Why?") She wants me to read to her every night and will ask me to turn off a Disney movie halfway through so I can read to her instead. We'll climb into her bed and inevitably, she'll take the book out of my hands in order to read it to me in her own words (which I've termed Moon Language - a cross between Swahili, Bulgarian, Chinese and Spanish!) Eventually it will be my turn to read to her until she finally falls asleep in my arms and I tip toe out of her room.
She's part athlete and part musician. She sings at the top of her lungs every chance she gets, makes up songs on the spot and snaps her fingers on 2 and 4 in perfect time. She can catch and throw a ball like a 10-year-old and runs with the gait of an up and coming marathon runner. 
I feel incredibly blessed and grateful to finally have her in my life. 
Thank you again for your extremely generous support.
From the bottom of my heart

 

Timothy - China 2015

I can’t believe that Timothy and I have been a family for 6 months! Thank you again for the amazing financial gift that came at just the right time when I was preparing to travel and many final costs were approaching. Just one more blessing from God to remind me that He was in my entire adoption journey. Thank you to the wonderful donors who helped bring our family together. As a single woman working for a non-profit overseas, I knew that I could only accomplish this with God’s help and He used A Child Waits to help show me His provision. Timothy is such an a smart, goofy, fun-loving little boy that I am so privileged to have call me “Mama.” Thank you for helping to fulfill God’s wonderful plan for us!

 

Meili - China 2015

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It has been 8 months (last April) since we boarded our flight to go pick up our daughter in China.  Meili was 3 ½ years old, completely deaf, and waiting for her forever family. 

We didn’t know what to expect when we met her for the 1st time, but we were prepared for anything.  She didn’t scream or cry, like some of the other children, but she seemed very indifferent toward us.  She fell asleep in my husband’s arms and seemed to just want the whole thing to be over with so she could go back home.  She didn’t interact with us, other than letting us hold and cuddle her.

The days went on, we returned home to the rest of our family, and our new life began.  Meili did not catch on to signing like the other (hearing) children we saw in China with their families.  She didn’t seem to even understand that we were trying to communicate with her and help her to find a “voice”, and express herself.  She just seemed trapped inside of herself for so long; playing by herself and not wanting much to do with the rest of us.

A few weeks later, we found out that Meili desperately needed glasses.  Not only was she missing the hearing world, she was also missing most of the seeing world too.  She was diagnosed with Astigmatism in both eyes and everything was so blurry and distorted for her.  We got her some adorable Lavender glasses and her whole world seemed to change.  She could finally see our faces clearly and see all the details of the world that she had been missing.

Fast forward a few months to September.   We found out that she was approved for Cochlear Implants and we felt good about that decision for her.  We went forward with anxious hearts and trust that we were doing the right thing for Meili.  It was a couple weeks after the surgery that her CIs were activated and she was now officially “hearing”.  However, we knew it would be a long road until she was able to use that gift to communicate. 

Today, just before Christmas, she is recognizing her mama’s voice!  Whenever I call “Meili” she will turn to find me and look at me.  (She doesn’t respond as well to the rest of the family yet, but that will come).  She will smile and jump when she hears my voice and sees my face and knows that I am focused on her and trying to communicate with her.   In addition to that, she knows several signs in ASL, and although she will not willingly sign to us when she wants something, she does understand several of the signs that we sign to her: Eat, Sleep, Bathroom, All Done, Clean Up, Shoes, Car, Pajamas, Tree, and Cat, just to name a few.

Meili is catching on to things so quickly considering where we started from back in April.  She loves to play with her siblings and she loves to be held and snuggled.  She has been such a blessing in our lives and we love to see the progress that she makes each day!

Thank you for the grant you provided to us to help us get her home!  We will forever be grateful to your generosity!

 

Khloe - China 2015

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We are home from China with our precious Khloe. And here it's already been almost 4 months! Khloe is doing so good and adjusting wonderfully with our family. We are all so in love with her and are overjoyed to finally have her home.
As you know Khloe has a cleft lip and palate. Her lip was repaired in China when she was about 1 year old, and we had her palate repaired 2 weeks ago,  she is recovering very well!
Thank you so much for all of your help and support to get Khloe home :) We will never forget your kindness and in turn plan on helping others bring their children home too!