When my wife and I adopted our daughter in 1998 and our son in 2002, Christmas took on an even more special meaning.
Our children brought not only the fun of toys and games at Christmastime, but also a deeper appreciation in our family of the love our Heavenly Father has for us.
As this year is closing, we at Dillon International want to take a moment to thank all of our families and friends who have supported us through the years.
Because of families who make the bold decision to adopt and donors who make our work possible, Dillon has helped bring home 40 children to their forever families this year.
I’ll share just one story with you. As you may know, the Vietnam program completely closed to American adoptions in 2008. Then in September 2014, two American agencies were licensed to reopen a program for older children and those with special medical or developmental needs.
Happily, one of our last adoptees to arrive home this year will be a girl from Vietnam, and she will be the very first child adopted from Vietnam to arrive in the United States in more than seven years. We are so happy that she will be a part of the Dillon International family.
Her parents used to call Dillon every year during the closure to see if we knew when they might be able to start the adoption process. Finally, when Dillon was licensed last year, the family started their paperwork. It was a race against the clock because once a child turns 16, international adoption is no longer an option.
This sweet child will be home a few days before her 16th birthday.
In 2015, we also celebrated that our Lifetime Support Services department has helped hundreds of children, teens, adult adoptees and families through heritage camps, tours and birth search services.
In 2016, we hope you’ll join us for one of our mission trips to Haiti, Uganda or South Korea. We also will have birthland tours to China, India and Korea.
Because of our lifetime commitment, we are redoubling our efforts to support families with individual and family counseling in our Tulsa office and coaching services throughout the country.
I realize that many of you reading this may be feeling a gentle tug toward adoption, but you may have doubts. Are you up for the challenge? Can you make the financial commitment? Is the time right?
Kendel and I wondered these same questions so many years ago, and now we cannot imagine our lives without our children.
As you celebrate Christmas and the New Year with family and friends, I hope you will prayerfully consider adoption. We would love to be your agency for a lifetime.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Dillon International.
—David Hall, executive director and Dillon dad
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