OPEN ARMS

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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

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