After several years of struggling with infertility, Matt and Laura were so excited to grow their family through open adoption. After a year of waiting they were matched with the most beautiful little girl – Ginny Lee. In August 2017, the Gentry family officially became four – giving Ryan a sibling with his new little sister. With an open adoption relationship, they also added another extension to the family with Ginny’s birth mom.
The bond with their sweet girl was immediate. Laura has said that it feels as though Ginny has always been a part of their family. She is their daughter, and Ryan’s sister. Matt and Laura have poured their hearts into Ginny. Her well-being is their top priority. She has flourished with their love – and is now a happy and playful little girl. They want nothing more than to continue to protect her and provide her with their safe, stable, loving and nurturing home and family.
Shortly after the adoption, they learned that members of Ginny’s biological family planned to take them to court to overturn the adoption. Since then, Matt and Laura have been blessed to secure wonderful adoption attorneys. They attempted mediation but were unable to reach an agreement that they felt was in Ginny and their family’s best interest. Now the legal direction is moving towards an evidentiary hearing to look at all the facts and determine if anyone else has a right to intervene on Ginny’s adoption.
Months of post-adoption legal hurdles have been unexpected and challenging mentally, emotionally, and financially. Until now, with the help of family, they have been able to cover the costs. They are confident in the merits of their case, and the outcome, but this next phase of legal proceedings may cost upwards of $30,000.
As part of the Gentry’s community of friends and family, we ask for your help.
1. Please pray for:
a. God to continue to work His hand over the situation
b. Wisdom for the legal team and presiding judge
c. Peace and strength for Matt and Laura
d. Stability and security for Ryan and Ginny
2. If you are able, please contribute financially. While we can’t shoulder their emotional burden, we can help lessen the financial consequences for this young family.
Matt, Laura and Ryan have been blessed by Ginny. And we continue to be blessed by their family. Thank you for upholding them in your prayers and for your support.
- Karen Foster
- Steven Hook
- Bruce Wickersheim
- Elizabeth Hall
- Jean Mecham
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