Even after Angela and Curt learned that they did not meet the requirements to adopt this littleboy, their hearts were now open to adopting a schild with special needs. After updating their Domestic Infant home study to comply with international requirements, Angela and Curt heard of a baby girl from Colombia.
“It was a very long and intense 10 weeks, but looking back at it now, I feel like that was the time we needed to be present with her and to develop patience for what was to come, understanding better what her needs were,” shared Angela. “She was 1 of 52 people who had been born with this brain disorder.” Angela and Kurt received support from Juliana’s host parents and the FANA program.
In 2013, Angela and Kurt started another adoption journey, this time for a healthy infant. The Healthy Infant Program was closing and FANA did not want the family to consider another special needs child due to the needs of Juliana. Their dossier was accepted in January of 2014. Waiting all of 2014 with no luck, they instead received a wonderful offer from their sister-in-law who offered to carry a child for their family. Their son, Evan, was born via surrogacy in February of 2015. “He is biologically our son, but we did have to adopt him on paper.” With the birth of their second child, the families’ dossier went on hold until one year later. In July of 2017, the family received a referral for their third child, a healthy five-month-old little girl from Colombia.