Friday, July 29, 2011

Haiti Adoption Information

As our church and community has embraced the children that we serve in Haiti, we hear many requests for information about adopting children in Haiti. Haiti is open for adoption and many children are waiting to be matched with families. I have listed some agencies and orphanages below.

Working with a supportive and experienced agency is important. The agencies and orphanages listed have MANY years of experience in Haiti. :)

A Love Beyond Borders

You can contact Stephanie directly at for more information.
A Love Beyond Borders works with a couple orphanages in Haiti. One the orphanages that they work with is Children of the Promise in Cap- Haitien, Haiti (our son Luke was at this orphanage).

Bethany Christian Services
You can contact Bonnie directly at 866-933-6830 for more information.
Bethany Christian Services works directly with God's Littlest Angels in Petion-ville, Haiti:

A few guidelines regarding adoption requirements in Haiti:
  • Haiti does not allow single men to adopt.
  • Haiti does allow single women to adopt.
  • Haiti has a minimum age limit for parents. Couples must be at least 35 years of age unless there is documented infertility.
  • Haiti requires that couples be together at least 7 to 10 years.
  • Haiti will allow families with up to 2 biological children to adopt with a Presidential dispensation. (special approval) - If your family size exceeds the number of children allowed, you can submit a request for Presidential approval. Agencies are seeing larger families approved to adopt.
  • One or two parents may be required to travel to submit adoption paperwork and finalize the adoption
  • The average adoption process in Haiti is approx. 2 years from the start of your homestudy until your child comes home.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Extraordinary Families needed!!!!!

You may have read the above title and immediately thought to yourself, "extraordinary, that's not me". I disagree.
If you are reading this post you want to know what you can do to make a difference in the life of a child. THAT MAKES YOU EXTRAORDINARY!!
These two sibling groups need a family. They need someone who will show up at their school programs, attend their sporting events, help them with their homework and show them that family IS forever, no matter how challenging some days can be. :)

Please contact The Colorado Adoption Exchange at 303-755-4756 for more information about these kids or other kids who are waiting in Colorado to be matched with their forever family.

Blaize - 6th grade 9638
Emmerry - 7th grade 9639
Keegan - 8th grade 9640
Merrick - 8th grade 9641
Merren - 9th grade 9642
Skelar - 4th grade 9643

Isaiah - 3rd grade 9149
Moniquie - 5th grade 9150
Shadasia - 12th grade 9151

Friday, July 22, 2011

You can make a difference in the life of a child here in Larimer County!!!

A Backpack of My Own

Welcome Child is partnering with Foster and Adoptive Families of Larimer County to provide filled backpacks for foster and adoptive families of Larimer County. Thank you to all of you have signed up to fill a backpack. A personal note (attached on the outside) on the backpack is not required, but I can tell you that the kids and the parents are so blessed by those notes. In fact those are generally the first ones that the kids pick. If you have not signed up yet, it is not too late. Our drop-off dates are Aug. 6/7 and Aug. 13/14 during all services in the mall area. Filled Backpacks can also be dropped off at the church office. :)

Children Wearing Backpacks

Recommended Supply List-

24 pk crayons
1 pk markers
1 pk colored pencils
5 glue sticks
24 pencils
2 blue pens
2 black pens
yellow highlighter
5 spiral notebooks
5 2-pocket folders, different colors
ruler - inches and metric
pink eraser
5x8 schoolbox
1 box tissue
4th and 5th graders - basic calculator

Middle School:
3 1" 3-ring binder
3 pkgs loose leaf notebook paper - wide ruled
24 pencils
blue pen
black pen
1 pkg markers - 12 ct
1 pkg colored pencils - 12 ct
pencil bag
3 2-pocket folders - 3 prong
5 spiral notebooks
divider tabs - 2 sets of 5
calculator - basic

High School:
3 1" 3-ring binders
3 pkgs loose leaf paper - wide and college ruled
divider tabs - 2 pkgs of 5
24 pencils
blue and black pens - 5 each
2 2-pocket folders - 3 prong
combination lock
book covers for text books
index cards - ruled and unruled

Extra Items Needed:
Scientific Calculators
flash drives
graph paper black sharpies
sticky notes
hand sanitizer

Thank you for your faithfulness to help with this outreach.
For more information contact: Erin Branchflower at:

"Whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me." Matthew 18:5

Monday, July 11, 2011

Expand your world by......


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As Welcome Child/Timberline Church partners with Jesucristo es me Casa in Guatemala City, we are committed to supporting them financially, spiritually and physically. We need you to be a part of that vision!! It is not about what we can do individually, but what we can do as the body of Christ, coming together to support and pray for these kids.

Today 20 kids need a sponsor!!!
Daniel, Sebastian and Fernanda are three of them.

As a sponsor, you would commit to a monthly donation of $34 that would go towards providing food, housing and education.

In addition, you would be asked to pray for this child. No dollar amount can be placed on the the value that your prayers. Even though the children are well cared for and loved by the staff, they do not have a parent in their life that is providing that prayer covering for them.

Prayer will not only have an effect on your sponsored child's life, it will also change your life. As you are obedient to pray for your child, your world and heart will expand beyond your location. God will draw your heart closer to things that are on His heart.

Please contact Tiffany Cherry for more information about sponsoring one of these

Then he said to them, "Whoever welcomes this little child in My name welcomes Me; and whoever welcomes Me welcomes the One who sent Me. For he who is the least among you all --- he is the greatest.
Luke 9:48

Matthew West - "My Own Little World"
This line resonates in my heart:

I don't want to miss what matters,
I wanna be reaching out.
Show me the greater purpose.
So I can start living right now
outside my own little world.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011