***10/10/ 12 New Update**Your help is greatly appriciated! We just received an update with all recent information on one of the two boys we are adopting who will be 9 years old in December. His hight is 44 inches and his weight is 42 lbs. To put this into perspective, our 5-year-old is 43 inches tall and 41 lbs, so he is very small. He speaks Belgian, English and Dutch. He lives in a foster family from Holland, along with 14 other children. He has some minor problems with his fingers. His diet is rice cereal, rice bread and milk. We are working at a feverish pace to complete this adoption, as both boys need to be with our forever family as soon as possible. Ethan may need additional cleft palate repair. It is not completly clear if Zach's has been completed or not. Somethings we won't know until we get there. They could both use a great deal more protien in their diets. Not sure how much surgery, etc in store when we return. Your donations are heartfelt and appreciated in every way.We are fundraising for all travel expenses, which we estimate will be $15,000. We also covet your prayers throughout the adoption process and transition into our family. Your support is deeply appreciated! Thank you for your support!***Update*** Scroll to the bottom - two special needs children***Is there really any way to put a price on human life? Sometimes it feels as though we are asked to do just that.Last year my wife Jill and I started praying about adopting another child. We felt moved to adopt a special needs child and began to peruse our agencyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s waiting child list for China. This is a list of children deemed difficult to place due to physical or mental disabilities, or age. And there he was, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ethan,Ã¢â‚¬Â an adorable 6 year-old boy we thought might just be our son. We contacted our agency and submitted the pre-application, and reviewed our finances. We were just recovering from the last adoption and my wifeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s return to school. Could we swing it? During the ensuing month-long debate over how to finance this adoption, Ã¢â‚¬Å“EthanÃ¢â‚¬Â dropped off the waiting list. In our disappointment, rather than rushing to the next child, we decided to table the idea.This spring we returned to the table, and on a whim checked out the waiting list. To our amazement, there was little Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ethan,Ã¢â‚¬Â another year older and still waiting. We knew it was time!As you may know, completing an international adoption is fairly expensive, currently about $30,000 to $35,000. While our first two adoptions took two and three years respectively, we expect this adoption to take only 9-18 months since he is on the waiting list. That gives us far less time to accumulate the necessary funds, but we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want Ã¢â‚¬Å“EthanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ to have to wait for a family any longer. Please help us bring him home!We are fundraising for all travel expenses, which we estimate will be $15,000. We also covet your prayers throughout the adoption process and transition into our family. Your support is deeply appreciated! *Ã¢â‚¬Å“EthanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢sÃ¢â‚¬Â special needs are a repaired cleft lip and palate, and the fact that he is a boy and 7 years old.***Update*** We have been informed that we are approved to adopt a second special needs child from an area close to "Ethan." We have pictures of both boys, have completed home studies and are progressing towards adopting both children. Both will need some cleft lip/ palate repair work. Any support is greatly appreciated. Blessings!
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