No Hands But Ours is committed to encouraging, informing and supporting families as they pursue adoption through the special needs program in China. In an effort to be more purposeful in supporting in-process families as they stretch financially to adopt, we are now featuring one fundraising family per month. If you would like your family to be considered for a future post on NHBO, please complete the short form here.
We would love to introduce you to the Melendezes! They are currently a family of 3 living in sunny San Diego. Ryan and Alexcis have been married for 9 years and welcomed their first child into their family this past January. Kai, age 4, was adopted through China’s special needs (SN) program and it quickly became apparent to his parents that his biggest special need was the need of a sibling! So after only being home from China for 4 short months, the Melendezes were approved to become a boomerang family and reuse their dossier to bring another precious son home.
After several weeks of searching the waiting children lists, they found their Lok, he was “Scotty” on the TwentyLess.com advocacy site! He was just what they were looking for, an older boy with the exact same medical SN as Kai. He had waited for a family for over six long years and they knew that he had waited just for them! Jessica from TwentyLess.com was even able to connect them with Lok’s former foster sister’s family through whom they were able to learn so much about their new son. They received photos of him as a 3 year old, fun facts about his personality, and were told that they had been praying for him to find a family for nearly 4 years! This is the power of advocacy and prayer! Never underestimate it.
Their journey to Lok has been moving at warped speed. The family’s home study is complete, and they are now working on all other loose ends to get their dossier to China ASAP! As you can imagine, back to back adoptions can be both emotionally and financially draining. Here are a few of ways you can help support the Melendezes in brining Lok home!
1.) Prayer! And lots of it. Pray for the journey, the finances, Lok’s wellbeing, and for the Melendezes transition to a family of 4
2.) Tune in to the #ForTheLoveOfLok adoption auction on Instagram at @HelpLexAdopt on July 8th-9th
3.) Donate directly through their YouCaring account
4.) Follow @LeftyLex on Instagram for frequent handmade embroidered necklace Instasales!
Thank you for reading about our July Fundraising Family, please help us celebrate and support them as they bring Lok Home!