In 2003 I married by best friend. We tried to get pregnant, but it never happened. We went to several doctors that said we couldn’t get pregnant due to infertility issues I was having.
Finally in 2012, we listened to what we felt was God telling us we needed to do Foster care. I called KCSL and asked how we could become foster parents. We were looking to adopt from foster care and prayed it wouldn’t take long. We had a few kids placed with us who were able to return to their family and then finally November 14, 2012 we received a phone call asking us to take in two sisters. Of course we said yes. Over the next 3 years we cared for and loved these two precious girls as if they were our own. Finally in the beginning of July 2015 we were approved to adopt Sumaya and Sanaa. Two weeks later we found out I was pregnant. The adoption was finalized November 21, 2015 and we gave birth to our son March 4, 2016. Our family practically grew over night, but we couldn’t be happier. This is our first family photo taken July 2016.
Ronmel, Heather, Sumaya, Sanaa, & Jay-Shaun Gilbert
Our story started in the fall of 2008, before we were married. We were both working at a children’s ranch in Texas. I was the weekend respite for the girls’ house and school cook, Scott filled in wherever they could use him in the boys’ houses and school. We loved working with the kids, and I loved watching Scott work with the boys.There’s nothing more endearing then a man playing with kids. Read More
My name is Michelle Vink and my husband is Scottie Vink. We have been married for 6 ½ years. During the first 3 years of marriage we were unable to have our own biological children. Before we got married, we had always talked about adopting children, because both my husband and his younger brother were adopted by his aunt and uncle when they were 6 and 4, so we always knew that we wanted to adopt, we just had planned on doing it after having biological children. Read More
When I married Derek, thirty-two years ago I never dreamed I would become the momma to eighteen beautiful children, we have thirteen biological children and five adopted. Through the years we have seen seven of our biological children grow up and leave home to start families of their own. We had six biological children at home when we found out about a sibling group of seven that were soon to be orphaned due to neglect and abuse. We began the process of preparing to adopt them, as we couldn’t imagine them being split. Read More
My name is Blake, and I adopted my kids in June of 2014. Growing up and entering my 20’s, I was very “success” oriented. I was driven and cared very much about going to college, getting a good job, and climbing the corporate ladder. I put everything I had into this goal, and eventually obtained my MBA and a job I loved as a Senior Executive. I relocated every few years since, and as part of my most recent job I relocated to Kansas City. After several years, I began to love the area and decided to buy a house and settle in one place. I hadn’t been in my house very long when I had a strong feeling something was missing. Read More
My husband Thomas and I have quite different upbringings in life. I grew up in a family where my parents were always taking people in and helping people out.I have four “heart sisters” right now along with several other “heart siblings” from the past. “Heart siblings” are individuals so close knit into my family that they are just as important as an actual sibling, but are not legally adopted or biologically connected to me…it was a decision I made in my heart. Read More
A little over a year ago, on Thursday, April 17, 2014, I saw a video posted on the Adopt Kansas Kids Facebook page. I went to their website to search for new faces, like I had several times over the last few years . . . but this day was different. This day I felt more frustration than usual . . . and sadness . . . as I looked at the many faces waiting to find “forever families.” Read More
Hi everyone we are the Reid Family. My name is Jayme and my husband Bilal and I got married almost 2 years ago. Even before we got married we decided that we would look into adopting a child. I wasn’t sure how that all worked so I began surfing the web and requesting information. Bilal and I happen to go to the local farmer’s market and one day there was a booth set up where they were giving out information about fostering children. We took the information to read over before eventually choosing to become foster parents. Read More
The first experience we had in regards to adoption was the MAPP classes at KCSL. While going through class, we began to reconsider whether adoption was the right path for us. When you hear about some of the behaviors children can have, you wonder if you will be able to handle them. After MAPP classes, the search was on to find the perfect child to be a part of our family. Read More
For my husband Kent and me, adoption was always an option as a viable way to expand our family. When we were first married, we had the opportunity to foster two sisters which gave us a chance to better understand the foster care/adoption process and the needs of the children in foster care. After having two biological children, Kaleb and Rosie, we decided that we would not have any more biological children, but adopt from foster care in the future. Read More
We are the Ostrom family. We were married in 2006 and have a blended family with Lon having 2 boys and I, Kathy, having 3 boys. In 2007, we decided to do foster care. I was adopted as an infant and always knew I was adopted. My mother was adopted as well. In 2001, I lost my youngest son to an accident at the age of 3. Unable to have more children and finding Lon who had taught elementary children PE for 35 years, we decided we wanted to do foster care. Read More
Hello! We are the DuBrees…all seventeen of us! Adoption is very special to us…specifically adopting sibling groups. Will and I (Janelle) married in our late thirties. I brought one son into the marriage and then later we had a daughter, Cydnee, together. Prior to getting pregnant with our daughter, we started the foster care adoption process thinking that I couldn’t get pregnant. Imagine our surprise when I did and we put our adoption plans on hold. After the birth of our daughter, we began the adoption journey again. Read More