Couple's prayers answered in adoption of Ethiopian child

Published: Monday, February 25, 2013 at 09:35 AM.

Hope and disappointment

They underwent their home inspection and scrambled to compile their dossier, a collection of notarized legal documents to offer a detailed look at them as prospective adoptive parents.

By September 2010, everything was in order and the wait began for a referral. They requested a child or siblings younger than their son, who was about 2 years old at the time.

In January 2011, they received their first official referral. As they looked at the picture of a beautiful little girl, they sensed something was wrong.

“I just knew it wasn’t my daughter,” Kristin said. “It’s hard to explain.”

She was close to Ethan’s age, but developmentally she was older. They wanted to keep the birth order of their family intact, and decided to turn down the referral. They made their peace with the decision, confident the little girl would find a family.

“The last thing you want to do is say no to a child,” Kristin said.

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