The day I was approved for court I received a wonderful email. Maria at iSupportAdoptions has chosen our family (our kids ) and our stories to be sponsored through iSupportadoptions!! I support adoptions is a nonprofit organization that supports orphanages around the world and has just begun sponsoring families who are adopting. We have been selected as the pilot family in this campaign. And the second family sponsored. Please pass along the iSupport adoptions page! Maria has been a great support to me over the last few months.
All donations made to I Support Adoptions during this time and towards our second sponsorship goal, will be awarded to the Bates family here at the Support This Adoption page. Please read below about this family’s extraordinary adoption adventure.
My adoption journey is nearing almost 3 years. It has led me around the world several times and I have learned about countries and geographies I did not know about before. My story reflects how adoption has forever changed me and how I am in the world…
My name is Ann Bates. I am a 39 year old pre-adoptive mother. I have filed 3 dossiers as a single person, however my fiancé, Brian, and I plan to marry soon after our children are home. He will then adopt them officially as we re-adopt them here in the United States. I live on a farm in South Eastern Pennsylvania with dogs, cats, horses, chickens and even a miniature donkey. I train dogs for competition as a hobby. I am also a life-long photographer and a pediatric critical care transport nurse in Delaware.
My initial dossier was submitted to the Ukraine for translation in April, 2008, but soon after, Ukraine closed adoption to single people. Brian and I made a difficult decision to consider adoption from another country. Our hearts opened to a 17 month old girl. She was a waiting child who had been premature, has delays and has mild Cerebral Palsy. Shelby Krystina, now three and a half years old, is still living in her home country of Kyrgyzstan. Although I have visited with her, we were unable to bring her home to her “forever family” because of political unrest that led to the closing of international adoptions in that country. There were 65 other U.S. families whose adoption plans were crushed along with us. We are waiting and waiting for legislation and governmental decrees to re-establish adoptions in that country. As a group, we pray, lobby and advocate for the children frozen in that system. I have traveled to Kyrgyzstan three times and last year spent two weeks on a humanitarian aide trip working in invalid homes, orphanages, and senior facilities. Kyrgyzstan truly has my heart!
Since there was no timeline for our daughter’s homecoming, Brian and I decided to pursue a concurrent adoption. We found a handsome fellow waiting for us in Russia. This past Easter Sunday I traveled to Moscow and then made a 7 hour car ride to meet this charming Prince. I was immediately smitten by his golden, red hair and beautiful smile and knew I had been led to where I was called to be. N. Benjamin is 18 months old. He has a treatable condition called blepharophimosis which is a fancy term for a droopy eyelid that will potentially require several surgeries. Currently we are waiting a court date for our son-to-be. Sometime in the next 1-2 months he may be home safe and sound and beginning his new life as an American citizen.
Brian and I never imagined we would be called to two international adoptions! We were intimidated by the cost and mindful of the money already invested. I researched ways others have successfully raised money for their adoptions, made grant applications and connected with I Support Adoptions. Additionally, Brian has taken a second job. I also took a part-time position in addition to my full-time nursing job. We have raised money by selling household items at community forums on the web and yard sales and are hopeful that we will be able to finance our adoptions.
The journey to adopt has led me down an unexpected path. I have been places and met people I am honored to know. I have shared my gifts and helped those with less. I have developed a huge network of pre-adoptive and adoptive friends. I have friends and new family from places all over the world! The adoption process is filled with twists and turns and is not for the faint of heart! I am blessed to know all about that!
For my full adoption story spanning the last two years, please see www.myadoptiongeography.blogspot.com.
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