adoption news

I always have felt a calling to adopt. In fact after my first in vitro success and subsequent miscarriage we attended an adoption seminar at Nightlight Christian Adoptions. I just wanted to open all doors. I admired good friends of Ryan’s family who fostered and adopted three children after their three biological children were nearly grown. I admired good friends of mine who after struggling with infertility adopted a baby boy and later adopted two more babies. I admired other good friends of ours who also struggled with infertility. Rather than embark on the traditional adoption journey, they opted for snowflake adoption. I’ll never forget her calling me to share the news that not only were they pregnant, but pregnant with twins! I had never heard of snowflake adoption until our friends went through it.

Our little Snowflake is 13 months old now. His name is Amos. He is a happy and content, completely innocent, and beautiful baby, who is also unaware of the amazing story behind his life. I feel privileged to be part of it. I am grateful, though sometimes in pain, but with no regrets, and most importantly at peace. It all began with a 7 year long infertility struggle, which gave me the compassion for infertile couples in general. Then we were successful with IVF and delivered our healthy baby boy (Andrew) in 2007. We had a completely unplanned pregnancy a year later with the delivery of our second healthy baby boy (Lucas) in 2009. We then made the decision to use birth control, but I got pregnant for the third time in 4 years. This time I delivered a healthy baby girl (Louisa) in 2011.

Nightlight News, Winter 2014

“Klusa Nakts, Svēta Nakts:” that’s “Silent Night, Holy Night” in Latvian. In partnership with Project 143 and Every Child Has a Name, Nightlight brought thirteen children to the US for a winter tour. This tour was different in many ways from our past host programs. The kids were here for a whole month! Also, our families were dispersed over a wide geographic area, including three families in Temecula and one in Colorado. However, it was similar in many ways as well: the children had an unforgettably fun experience in a supportive host family environment. And while they were soaking in the love, they were also implicitly reminding the rest of us about the needs of orphaned children. What’s more, each family was blessed to have shared this special time with them.

Nightlight Annual Report, 2013

This year Nightlight has continued to create a legacy of uniting waiting children with loving families. Read our annual report to see how Nightlight got more kids adopted!

Nightlight News, Fall, 2013

Nightlight is partnering with Project 143 to bring a dozen children from Latvia (northwest of Russia) to Southern California for a winter orphan tour from December 15 to January 12.

Nightlight News, Summer, 2013

The California summer picnic and reunion is approaching soon: July 20. Adoptive parents Mark and Kathy found a birth mother on the other side of the country, and Nightlight helped bring them together.

Nightlight News, Spring, 2013

Rhonda “Smith” and her husband had discussed adoption before they were married more than 24 years ago. In fact, they had discussed the possibility of adopting a girl from China, when China was just beginning to open its doors to adoption.

Nightlight News, Winter, 2013

Eric and Corey’s Story: Our adoption journey has been one initiated by loss, sorrow, surrender, and deep pain, but has produced joy, redemption, healing, and a much deeper sense of thankfulness to our God. We have learned so much through this journey, but more than anything we have seen God carry us through and fulfill His promises showing us over and over His faithfulness, goodness, and love.

Nightlight Annual Report 2012

By any measure, 2012 has been a memorable year – and it isn’t over yet. I beleive that “God cause all things to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose” (Rom 8:28).
-Ron Stoddart

Nightlight News, Fall, 2012

Supporters of the Tender Hearts Baby Home in Uganda raised $11,500 at the Vivian’s Hope Fund Raiser, others are planning a mission trip in May, 2013, and others recently returned after raising $20,000 for a well at the orphanage. In addition, read about a recent miraculous snowflake story!

Nightlight News, Summer 2012

On June 9th, Natalie Gomez celebrated her 8th birthday, and she had a party. But instead of gifts, Natalie asked her friends to make a donation to the orphans in the world through Orphan Galaxy. Six years ago, Dan and Denise Gomez brought Natalie home from St. Petersburg, Russia – in fact they picked her up at her baby house on Father’s Day; a gift that Dan will never forget…

Family Album, Fall 2010
It would be nice if there was a way we could demonstrate to our children how fast time really passes when you get older. When you are 14, you think time crawls at a snail’s pace as you wait for such momentous milestones as getting your driver’s license, graduating from high school, hearing from that special friend who has ignored you for more than an hour and, of course, being able to make all of your own decisions without your parents’ interference. Then comes early adulthood, followed by middle age, followed by late middle age, followed by later middle age, followed by …. early post-middle age and .. well let’s stop there. My point? The year 2010 is flying by and there is still so much to do.

Email Update, August 2010
The summer has flown by–with tours, reunions, garage sales, family vacations–and now the kids are getting ready to go back to school. We have enjoyed every minute of it and loved seeing lots of our families at our reunions.

Email Update, July 2010
The Summer Tours are arriving this week! The children from Taiwan arrive on Tuesday and the children from Russia on Wednesday.

Email Update, June 2010
Summer is upon us and with it come plans for summer vacations, trips to beaches, picnics in the park, and a more relaxed time with friends and family. We hope we’ll get to see many of you at our picnic in July in Southern California.

Family Album, Winter 2010
As 2009 drew to a close, we were facing the typical financial shortfall and the prospects of ending the year in the red. But once again, God sent you to help. Your generosity enabled us to finish the year well and start 2010 with optimism and encouragement. We had 130 friends and supporters step up to help during our year end fundraising appeal. Although the amounts varied, the generosity and encouragement sent with each gift was a tremendous blessing to us. And lest we not get the message that God was behind these results – let me share one story with you…

Family Album, Fall 2009
Sculls, or racing shells, are long and narrow row boats used in competitive racing. Typically the races involve 2, 4 or 8 rowers. More than the speed of the boat, the more critical element of the race is to keep the scull going in a straight line – and that requires teamwork. One rower can cause the scull to veer off course…

Email Update, August 2009
We wanted to share with you some of the exciting news that is taking place at Nightlight. First of all, our headquarters’ office is moving on October 1st from Fullerton to Anaheim Hills. We also want to update you on our successful 2009 Taiwan and Ukraine Summer Tours and share ways in which you may become involved in our work…

Family Album, Spring 2009
Well, after selecting a title for this letter (“The Future of Adoptions”), I realized that I probably chose a larger plate than I had intended. So we will try to make this an appetizer and hope that those that are interested will ponder the questions raised and lend their wisdom to the future course of adoptions…

Family Album, Fall 2008
When Nightlight Christian Adoptions was formed in the Spring of 1959 (as Evangelical Welfare Agency), the goal of the agency was to meet the needs of birthmothers, children and adopting families. Although much has changed in the past 49 years, the need for our ministry in adoption and orphan care has not…

Family Album, Summer 2008
Many years ago, I worked for a company that manufactured, sold, and serviced high-tech medical equipment. One of my responsibilities was the service organization, and I was often in contact with radiologists informing me that their equipment wasn’t working and demanding to know what I was going to do about it…

Family Album, Spring 2008
Nightlight Christian Adoptions originally began offering adoption services in 1959 under the name Evangelical Welfare Agency. The agency later incorporated in 1963 and then changed their name to Family Ministries (1973), Christian Adoption & Family Services (1981) and finally Nightlight Christian Adoptions in 2000…

Family Album, Winter 2008
On Christmas morning I was awakened early with a call from Russia announcing that Nightlight had been re-accredited to do adoptions in Russia. This was a wonderful gift and one that I was able to quickly share with the 15 families who have been waiting to adopt older children from Russia…

Family Album, Fall 2007
I just returned from Sandestin, Florida where I participated in the Christian Legal Society’s annual conference. Flying in a small plane over the panhandle of Florida, I recalled lyrics from a song from the late 60′s that brought images to my mind…

Family Album, Summer 2007
I was recently introduced to a young lady at church by one of the girls who had been adopted through our agency several years ago. These two young ladies had recently met and found that they had something in common – both had been adopted through Nightlight…

Family Album, Spring 2007
Whenever Kathryn tells me it is time for our next Newsletter, it seems that I just finished reading the last one – yet another example of time passing at the speed of life. Having a regular spot in the Newsletter brings with it a certain amount of pressure…

Family Album, Winter 2007
A belated Happy New Year! Although 2006 brought some exciting successes as Nightlight continues to bring children and families together, it also brought more than enough frustrations. But as the saying goes, if it doesn’t defeat you, it makes you stronger. And certainly, I believe that 2006 has made us stronger…

Family Album, Fall 2006
We have all heard stories about how some people view the glass as being half-full while others view the glass as being half-empty. Now, I’m sure you don’t need to read another story about how some people are born optimists and some are born pessimists, but I do think it is important to know that I am an optimist…