Looking into Adoption out of Rwanda

I recently posted this as part of an update on our website, and thought it would be worth copying here for those of you who would like to know and are eager to pray.

Cindi and I are currently beginning the process of looking into adoptions out of Rwanda.  If you saw “Hotel Rwanda” and if you watched it thoughtfully (I don’t know how you could watch it any other way), you would easily deduce that there are loads of orphans there (as in the rest of Africa, although not always from genocide).  Some people that the Lord has sovereignly placed in our lives have highlighted Rwanda for us, and we have always wanted to adopt, so we’re looking into it seriously.  Although we haven’t yet decided on when we’ll try to start our own biological family, I’ve never thought that we had to have “our own” kids or even try before pursuing adoption.  Maybe I’ll think otherwise after getting counsel from others, but I don’t think so right now.  Also, up until now, I had always postponed pursuing adoption because I’m not 25 yet, and as far as I know, 25 is a fairly standard minimum age for adopting.  But I’ll turn 25 in 6 months, Lord-willing, and it also doesn’t look like Rwanda has a minimum age from the little bit that I’ve read so far (maybe the U.S. does, but we’ll see).

If at all possible, we would love for our family to reflect the every-tribe-tongue-people-nation diversity of God’s family (Revelation 5:9).  His family is colorful and it is lovely, in ways that cannot be numbered.  Also, God is the Father of the fatherless, and reflecting His image is our mission in this world.  We have been adopted, and we want to adopt.  This is one way of exercising pure and undefiled religion (James 1:27).  The compassion of Christ that lives in our hearts through the Holy Spirit compels us to take these steps, and to see where God leads.  Please pray for us regarding this, and for orphans around the world.

18 thoughts on “Looking into Adoption out of Rwanda

  1. Katie and Mitchell,

    I have loads of info for you and a heart to help you thorugh it. I have helped 2 families since returning home with independent adoptions and currently have 5 people in the beginning stages of paper chasing in 4 different states! Praise God! Email me so that I can respond and get in touch with you…. brockntina@metrocast.net

    Talk to you soon,

  2. My husband and I are also interested in adopting from Rwanda and would appreciate your information Tina. Thanks!

  3. Do any of your know much about Widows of Hope in Rwanda? They sound very helpful in fascilitating adoption from their end. Has anyone from the above threads proceeded further? I would love to hear how things have worked out. We are just looking into adoption from Rwanda. Thanx. Sandi O

  4. Hi, I am a single Canadian woman, age 40 and am reasearching the possibility of volunteering at an orphange in Rwanda and adopting a child from there. I would be grateful for any information you could provide. Thank you! Jody

  5. Hi Tina, My husband & I are also looking into adopting from rwanda. Can you please e-mail me any info you may have about the process??? Can I contact Tina Harriman? Thanks, Kelly

  6. We are also looking into adoption from Rwanda and America World Adoption is opening up a program there. Ryan Hanlon is over the Rwanda program. I would be interested to find out what type of paperwork is necessary. I would really appreciate being able to contact Tina Harriman from the post above to ask her about her experience. Is there a way to do this? Thanks- Emily

  7. Hi Lana My husband and I just completed the adoption of our son who was an orphan in Rwanda. He is almost 18 months old and we have had him for 4 months now. It is very possible to adopt from Rwanda and not as difficult as you may think. The first step is getting your homestudy completed by a licensed social worker in your area of jusrisdiction. I can give you more info if you are really interested in the details and I can even email you an outline of the process and documents needed.

    1. We have started our homestudy and are going to pursue an independent adoption in Rwanda. We would love any and all information you could provide. Please email me.

      1. Good morning. Do you still need help with your adoption in Rwanda. I am able to help you, if you will. Please, feel free to contact me

  8. Hi, I am from Canada and have traveled to Rwanda this past summer. My husband and I are just starting the adoption process and are wondering if you can adopt from Rwanda. Any and all info would be greatly appreciated. Thank You!

  9. Hi, we’re American Christians in China with hearts open to inter-country adoption. We do not qualify to adopt in China due to age and income restrictions. I realize you posted this piece about potential adoption in Rwanda quite some time ago, but I hope that you and others who have commented are still able to communicate with us about it. We are anxious to learn anything more about the process of adopting in Rwanda.

  10. Hi, we’re Christians in Britain, and we believe that God is asking us to add to our family by adopting 2 Rwandan AIDS orphans. WOuld love to hear from anyone with similar desires or experiences
    Helen and Stephen

  11. Hi…we’re church planters in western Mongolia and we are also praying about adopting a Rwandan child. Have you continued to pursue it? if so, can you tell us any details…are you using a lawyer, etc.? Fees? We have already adopted a beautiful Mongolian daughter and have a bio. daughter too. Like you, we think, how wonderful for our family to look international like the body of Christ! We’d love to hear from you..>Chris and Sarah M.

    1. Hi sarah and chris,

      My name is Abby. I attend a word school and in word class we were required to choose a country and missionary. I chose your country because 3 or 4 years back you attended my fathers house and you told me a lot about your country. You gave me Mongolian money and really shared alot of your information. I have alot of questions to ask.

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