Kelly Family, TEXAS - Thousands of older children and children with special needs in China long for the secure embrace of an adoptive family. In the below video, the Kelly family shares the love, laughter and compassion they discovered when their daughters joined their family at ages 6 and 8.
Singing Lyric’s Song: From Hong Kong to Home
Posted: 20 Mar 2013 07:26 AM PDT
By Jamie Huff
They say that you just “know” when you find the child that is supposed to be yours. I am a sold-out true believer of that statement now. (click here to read more of this story)
Little Hero, BIG HEART - the story of how a Dillon adoptee with cerebal palsy is overcoming odds and inspiring others along the way.
Argent Family, MISSOURI-
"When my husband and I began the process for our daughter, we had NO idea the plan God had for us. We already had one son through Dillon and felt God's leading to adopt another child. I had the opportunity to go to Korea on one of Dillon's mission trips. I got to see first-hand how the wonderful staff at Eastern took care of the babies. I also got a better understanding about the wonderful medical care and information that is provided on babies with special needs. It was there that I felt very sure that God had a child for us. We knew in our hearts that God wanted us to take a baby with special needs. When filling out the paperwork, we prayed over the special needs list.
We felt sure about many of the needs on the list including cleft lip and palate. To our amazement, just a few weeks after we turned in our paperwork, Dillon called us about a baby girl with a cleft palate. She was a waiting child. To our surprise, she had been born a few weeks after I had been in Korea. Our daughter is an incredible child and has added so much to our lives. When I look at her, I can't believe that she was a waiting child. We feel so blessed that God brought her into our family. We feel it is important to tell others our story because special needs adoption doesn't have to be scary. We learned how many things classified as special needs are minor or with good medical help, can be cured, fixed or helped. We hope others will prayerfully consider these special children and wait for an answer from God. One of these children may just be the child they have been praying for."
Jenkins Family, TEXAS -
The Jenkins family went from an empty nest to parenting two teen girls adopted from Russia. Though their days aren't always drama-free, this family loves each other.
Culbertson Family, OHIO-
"We have three children whom we adopted through Dillon's India program and each one was considered a child with special needs. We chose these children because we felt that despite their physical conditions, each one had so much potential and we had the love and resources to help them reach for it. It took a leap of faith to begin each adoption, but we've been rewarded by seeing each child blossom in his/her own way once they were part of a loving family. It is an awesome honor and responsibility to love our children and to be loved by them in return. I wish that I could bottle up a little of my kids' love and share it with anyone who is considering special needs adoption so they could experience what a blessing it is."
Potts Family, TEXAS -
The Potts family has adopted three older children from Russia. They believe parents and adoptive children both have baggage. They also believe both sides can overcome their baggage, because all children deserve a chance to be in families.
Bayer Family, OKLAHOMA-
"The moment we saw our daughter's video we knew she was ours. She was 8 months old. She had had one previous assignment of a family who had decided not to pursue the adoption. She was shown to several other families who also declined. We like to think of her as our unexpected gift from God. In other words our hearts were opened to the child God had planned for us, whatever her special needs were."
Wilkins Family, TEXAS -
Russian orphans, upon graduating from orphanages, receive their ID card stamped with the word "Orphan." The Wilkins adopted two older children from Russia, giving them a new start, an opportunity to thrive and a chance to lose the stigma of being an orphan in Russia.
Nancy T. -
"THE PERFECTION OF AN IMPERFECT CHILD…My son is two years old. He cannot four-point crawl. He cannot walk without aid. He cannot stand on his own. He cannot drink from a cup. He cannot eat with utensils. He cannot catch himself if he falls. And, he cannot run and play with his older brother.
Yet, he can smile so brightly that he lights up a room. He can love unconditionally. He can willingly accept his "lot in life" and never feel as if he has been cheated. He can find pleasure in the laughter of other children playing. Because his life moves at a slower pace, he can take the time to notice the things that many of us pass by. The gentle rustle of the breeze, the symbiotic flap of the bird's wing, the grainy texture of a piece of sand. And, he relishes the thrill in "small steps" the way an Olympic athlete relishes winning a medal.
He has taught me the greatest lesson that I have learned in life so far, the lesson that no one wants to learn voluntarily--that one grows by suffering. I am a different person than I was 1 ½ ago. I am stronger, I am more compassionate, I am better. I have learned that although I did not think it, I have the perfect life. To many this is unimaginable and yet I would not trade my experiences for the chance to walk an easier road. My son has taught me that life is short and we must each celebrate every day that we are given. We cannot count on there being a tomorrow. I have learned that there is beauty to be found even on a rainy day. I have learned to love more and to hate less. And mostly, I have learned to live life with no fear and no regrets.
Thank you, sweet baby, for all you have given me -- for being my teacher, lighting the path, and showing me the way. "
Titony Family, -
"Although it is extremely difficult for me to express in words how the world opened up to me and my heart and life was filled with insurmountable love for my blessed baby Zoe, I can tell you that not a second goes by that I am not eternally grateful to the gift of a thousand lifetimes that we have been given. I pray that in some way, somehow, some day, Zoe's biological mother could see how much she has blessed us and filled our lives with joy. Everyone wants to change the world. International adoption is a pretty good place to start!"
Ybarra Family, -
"We have two beautiful sons. Our youngest son came to us from Korea through the wonderful world of adoption. We feel so blessed to have him in our family. We struggled with infertility for many years and then chose to adopt.
We chose Dillon International because of the very personalized care and attention we received from their staff. All of our fears and concerns were addressed BEFORE we could even ask the question "What if ?"
Dillon's care and concern for your family doesn't stop after you get your child home. The on-going support and the programs that they offer are fabulous. There truly is not another agency like Dillon out there that could give us the "family" feeling we were looking for.
We feel very blessed and honored to have a son from Korea and are very thankful to all the Dillon staff for making our adoption journey a good one."
Skaggs Family, TEXAS –
"Our family came to international adoption through God's divine plan. We had a fantastic son by birth and wanted more children. After several years, we realized our family would be built through adoption. We researched many agencies before hearing about Dillon International from another Dillon family. Based upon their glowing report, we attended a Dillon workshop. We walked out of our first pre-adoption workshop in January of 2000 knowing Dillon was the agency for us. We have since completed two Korean adoptions. The agency is not just an agency, but an extended family! They are truly committed to their families for life."
Argent Family, MISSOURI –
"We have adopted 3 beautiful children from Korea. After 10 years of infertility, we truly felt God leading us to adopt. We had no idea the blessing He would give us when we began our journey. Dillon International has become part of our family. They have been with us along each adoption and are here with resources to help with our concerns or questions now. Dillon International is a wonderful agency with loving and supportive people that only want to help families come together. "