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Embracing the Adoption Process

09/27/2018 01:52PM ● By Digital Media Director

By: Bethany Christian Services

When they consulted with a cardiovascular doctor, they were warned that the costs of surgery would present a financial hardship for their family. But Dan and Annette believed it was meant to be, and they were willing to do it.

“Clara wouldn’t have received the surgery she needed without adoption, so we had to get her out of the orphanage and into a family,” Annette said.

One year later, Annette was preparing for an advocacy trip to China when she saw a picture of a young boy, Lewis, diagnosed with the same heart condition as Clara. The couple felt led to be Lewis’s parents and decided to step out in faith once more by adopting Lewis and welcoming him into their family and home.

Dan and Annette knew both children would need special care, including open heart surgery. After undergoing successful heart surgeries, the two 3-year-olds are now thriving and enjoying their preschool classes.

“Throughout this process, we’ve seen our faith in many ways,” Annette said.