OPEN ARMS

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on email
Share on print

Sixteen years ago, my husband and I decided to try to adopt a child. I had always wanted children but we decided I shouldn’t carry due to orthopedic issues. We decided to adopt a child with dwarfism, because we believed we could provide him/her with support and understanding as they live through similar experiences as we had.

I contacted numerous adoption agencies and expressed our interest. Wide Horizons for Children informed us about Darya, a 3-year-old in a baby home in Russia. We knew nearly nothing about adoption, and we had never flown out of the United States. WHFC walked us through the process, from start to finish, through two trips to Russia and then finally bringing our daughter home. We could not have managed without the constant support and guidance from the wonderful people working for and with Wide Horizons.

Dasha was immediately accepted with open arms into our family and circle of friends. She also adjusted well to all the changes in her life and learned English rather quickly. Today, she is a kind, fun-loving, well-adjusted, outgoing 19-year-old. At 16 she earned her driver’s license, and she strives for all A’s in her schoolwork. She enjoys 4-H archery, fishing, forensics and public speaking, managing her high school girls’ varsity soccer team, church youth group activities, and spending time with family and friends. Now 19, Dasha is a sophomore in college, where she continues to excel academically and thrives socially. 

Dasha has many friends and family who love her dearly, and now we can’t imagine life without her. I pray that more families would open their hearts to the possibility of adoption. We are so blessed! Thank you, Wide Horizons!

Proud Mom, Terri Kirby

To submit your story and photos email: kbernstein@whfc.org

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on email
Share on print

Related Adoption Stories

We Could Have Missed This

She is a true gift from God. She is amazing and wonderful and has been such a blessing over the past year. I am truly grateful and humbled that God entrusted me to be her forever mom.

Read More »

Amazing Accomplishment!

Evan, now 12, adopted from South Korea, after winning the silver medal in cadet (12-14 years) red belt welter weight sparring at the 2019 USA Taekwondo National Championships in Minneapolis.

Read More »

My adoption story…

My name is Sue and I will start with today… my daughter Thea is 19 years old.. I adopted her from Cambodia through WHFC 18 years ago.. people always say to me that I saved her life and I say nooooo she saved my life!!

Read More »
subscribe to our newsletter
   Please leave this field empty

WIDE HORIZONS FOR CHILDREN IS DEDICATED TO THE WELL-BEING AND SECURITY OF VULNERABLE AND ORPHANED CHILDREN WORLDWIDE

back to top