Adoption of 2 Ukrainian Boys

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Raised by 75 people in 38 months



          In the summer of 2016, our family went on a mission’s trip to Bridges of Faith – a ministry that hosts 10 Ukrainian orphans for a month in June, August and December. They get to experience a cultural exchange, hear the Gospel, and experience love from families and local churches. It was during our time serving these beautiful children that God struck our hearts with the reality that these children will face apart from adoption.           

           Ten percent of Ukrainian orphans who age out of the system will commit suicide within the first year of aging out. Over ten percent will end up in jail. Six out of ten girls will be forced into violent sex trafficking. After learning this statistics and seeing these incredible children who simply needed a family to belong – we knew we could no longer turn our eyes from the global issue of orphans.

            We met a sibling group of three, though we would learn they also have another brother back in Ukraine who was too young to travel. As a large family already, our hearts broke that this sibling group would probably not get adopted because of their size. We would also meet a teenager who acted as the mama to the group and knew we did not want to separate them. There was another young girl who kept coming up to our family and we knew she was supposed to be a part of our family.

            The reality of our adoption is that it will cost $55,000 to bring home six orphans. It is $30,000 for one child and by adopting more at the same time that makes the fee for each additional child $5,000. We will have enough to adopt one child by the time we fly to Ukraine this summer.

             We trust that God is going to provide exactly what we need for this adoption. We invite you to join with us to bring these children home. God commands His people to care for the orphans and widows as we see in James 1:27. God may not be calling all people to adopt, but we must all do something. Please help us bring home six Ukrainian orphans and make them sons and daughters – chosen, pursued, and beloved.

               You are welcome to follow our journey on our blog: www.branchesandarrows.com  We long to share the miracles God is doing in our journey and the wisdom He is providing along the way. We also share updates and struggles of this adoption journey. We welcome you to our journey.
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Praise the Lord…we are now a family of EIGHT! We have been approved by both courts to adopt the boys! Each boy is from a different so we had to attend courts in each region. Introducing Vova and Vasya Busenbark.

The journey is not done yet…now begins the paperwork to bring them home. We have to go back to their regions and apply to have their birth certificates changed and to get their passports stamped allowing them to leave the country…wait for it…FOREVER! This will take about five business days. We will then bring them to Kyiv where we will get them medical appointments and get an appointment at the Embassy for their Visa!

Please continue to pray for us as we are trying to get this paperwork processed in-between many holiday seasons. What should only take a week may take two specifically because of different days off for both the US and Ukraine Governments. This means we will probably be traveling home the week between Christmas and New Years. This also means that (according to Adoption Airfare) the tickets between the Holidays are often double in cost. We are bracing for our tickets to cost $1000 to $1200 each…for a total of $4000 to $4800 to get home from Kyiv.

Please pray that all paperwork will be processed quickly and that we can be home by Christmas. Please pray that if we miss Christmas that we are able to get very inexpensive tickets or that God would provide the difference. If you are wanting to donate to our adoption we still have a need for financing, especially with the ticket prices listed above and we would be grateful for anything y’all would be wiling to give.

God Bless and Merry Christmas
Dan and Charlotte
Vasya
Vova
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OK! Here we go. We leave in a few short days to go bring our boys home! Our process was MUCH longer than we thought it would be...but God has put us right where he wanted us. The end result is that we get to go bring home two amazing boys!

There have been many road blocks, and many unforeseen expenses that we could not anticipate (such as the de-certification of our adoption agency - which cost us $1000 to pay another agency), but God has provided through so many of you all that we have been able to meet the need.
We still have many needs. Some of the more urgent needs are:
1.Return airfare (we use Adoption Air which averages $700 each) for a total estimate of $2800.
2. Vova's I-600 and Visa $750.
3. Train tickets for Vasya from Mykolaiv to Kyiv (will need to make 2 trips which is 4 tickets) $160.
4. Train tickets for Vova from Alexandria to Kyiv (will need to make 2 trips which is 4 tickets) $120.

There are many other needs, including re-adoption expenses for when we return with the boys to Alabama, but the items above are most urgent.

Thank you ALL so much. Please keep us in your prayers as we enter our final trip!
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We have received many gifts and are so thankful for all the support. We have hit many difficult snags and were just informed that we will have to attend court separate for each of our boys, which is in two different regions. Our facilitator informed us this will cost us more (at least $1000) to attend a separate court hearing, not including the additional trips we will have to take to each region. This will also require us to stay in Ukraine longer than we planned for our second trip. Further, due to the nature of complications in our process I will have to adopt the boys myself when they get home so that I can be their primary sponsor for our insurances. I spoke with a couple of our local lawyers and was told it would cost a minimum of $2500. There are many additional costs which seem to be "nickel and diming" us. We are truly grateful for all the support, but still need additional help to bring our boys home.
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Wow…it has been a while since I updated…a long and eventful while! So here is the short and sweet of it. We are in Kiev Ukraine for our first trip. We arrived on June 4th 2017. The bottom line up front is this, nothing is as planned lol. The original kids we pursued did not work out. Kristina was adopted by another amazing family, praise the Lord. The sibling group of four we were pursuing do not want to come to America. The last child we were pursuing is not going to work out because of a 17 year old brother who is in a region we can’t travel to due to the ongoing conflict with Russia. So, God totally hijacked our plan. The good news story of this is that we are now coming home with two boys, unrelated, that we met at Bridges of Faith in December. The amazing thing is that while these two boys were never on our mind, but were on God’s mind for us the whole time!
The current struggle is that due to many unavoidable issues, such as the relieving of the Social Work Services boss and assignment of a new one. Many other road blocks later and now we are at 22 days in country and have our last appointment on 10 Jul. Yes, 10 July, meaning we have another 12 to 14 days here before we can fly home! This extra two weeks is costing a lot more of my leave time and money to stay here. It is still far cheaper to stay out here rather than flying back, but it is also more time away from our family! God will prevail though, and years from now we can know that this is a small sacrifice for our two boys that will become part of our family.
Please pray for us to have endurance as we stay out here. Pray for our children and mother in law. And please pray for our finances as this is costing more than we anticipated. The boy in this photo is Vova, and his initial process is complete. We are now waiting on our second child.

God Bless
Daniel and Charlotte.
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Brooke Smith
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God is good--all the time! I am so excited for your family and your new son!

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We are so grateful to the Smiths for sharing this opportunity with us to help in a small way.. we pray Gods greatest blessings and provision over your family!

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