Love Across Oceans: Smith Family
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About the campaign
We are Jeff and Noreen Smith, and we’ve been married for 13 years. Almost 2 years ago, after a long struggle with fertility issues and several miscarriages, we made the decision to pursue an international adoption. We knew we had a lot of love in our hearts to share with a special child, and looked forward to becoming a family.
After considering several options, we found a little girl who we knew was meant to be ours. She was put in an orphanage at 10 days old due to a diagnosis of severe scoliosis, and has been there ever since, waiting for her forever family.
When Noreen was a child, she also had scoliosis and the corrective spinal fusion to correct it. I (Noreen) knew instantly that this little girl needed the same surgery and love of a family that I had. Unknown to us, at the same time we were starting our adoption journey, a charity organization was working behind the scenes to help our daughter get the life saving surgery she needed. She was able to have this surgery last year, but was then returned to her life at the orphanage.
We were prepared to adopt her just as she was, and this love is no more or less since she's had her surgery. She will always have some differences in her outward appearance, but we love her for the special little girl she is inside!
A few months ago we were blessed to be able to travel to meet her in person for the first time, and register to adopt her. It was wonderful to see her smile and feel her arms wrap around us in a hug, but bittersweet when we had to return home without her.
As we get closer to the end of this long journey, we need help with the final adoption expenses that will be due with approval paperwork to return for our second trip. We expect to be in her country for at least 23 days before everything is completed for her trip home with us. Fees that will be due to our adoption agency include our final international program fee, the application for her visa, post-placement service fees as we host, and fees while we are in her country during our trip. All proceeds from this campaign will be submitted directly to our agency. We greatly appreciate your help! We are truly thankful to you for your purchases, as well as sharing our story with your family and friends. Thank you!