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Two Wonderful Boys Are in Need of Adoption | Dec, 2022

Two Wonderful Boys Are in Need of Adoption | Dec, 2022

    Elon – Age 7 – Eastern Europe – Arthrogryposis (delays in development) Elon walks independently. He feeds himself and cleans up after his meals. He does not talk at this time, but understands what is said to him and follows simple instructions. He...

Zuri and Baby Andersen | Nov, 2022

Zuri and Baby Andersen | Nov, 2022

Five-year-old Zuri was born with congenital heart disease. Her specific diagnoses are atrial septal defect (ASD), severe pulmonary hypertension (PH) and tricuspid regurgitation (TR). All this means that her heart condition is quite complex. Zuri has five siblings, one...

Rya Troyer Comes Home | Oct, 2022

Rya Troyer Comes Home | Oct, 2022

  words by: Nic Stoltzfus, Plain Values Editorial Manager _______________ “I want our magazine to encourage families to consider adoption and to support those who have adopted children with special needs.”   When Marlin Miller and his wife Lisa founded Plain...

Celebrating Two Years! | Oct, 2022

Celebrating Two Years! | Oct, 2022

  Room to Bloom’s mission is to promote the beauty of adoption and to ascribe dignity to people with Down syndrome and other special needs. In our first two years, all because of our generous donors, we’ve had the privilage of funding the adoptions of 14...

Rya Troyer’s Adoption Story Coming Next Month! | Sept, 2022

Rya Troyer’s Adoption Story Coming Next Month! | Sept, 2022

    In May of 2022, Keith and Lori Troyer adopted 9-year-old Rya from an orphanage in Bulgaria. Now that they’ve been home for a few months, our very own editorial manager for Plain Values Magazine, Nic Stoltzfus, had the opportunity to pay them a visit and...

Lost Sparrows Trauma Conference | August, 2022

Lost Sparrows Trauma Conference | August, 2022

  Tickets on Sale Now _______________ October 14-15, 2022   |   Grace College Campus   |   Historic Winona Lake, IN _______________   The Lost Sparrows Trauma Conference is designed for foster/adoptive parents, teachers, or anyone who works with children....

Rya Troyer is Home! | July, 2022

Rya Troyer is Home! | July, 2022

    After months of waiting and prayer, Keith and Lori Troyer finalized the adoption of their newest daughter. In May, Lori and her son journeyed to Bulgaria where they met 9-year-old Rya at her orphanage. The experience of meeting Rya is one they’ll never...

An Update on Wide Awake International | June, 2022

An Update on Wide Awake International | June, 2022

    A couple of months ago, we shared that Jed and Kim Johnson of Wide Awake International made the difficult decision to leave their homestead near Kyiv, Ukraine, and find refuge in Germany. However, a team of people stayed behind, and they are working to...

An Update from the Abuhl Family | May, 2022

An Update from the Abuhl Family | May, 2022

    Back in January, we shared of the Abuhl family and of their goal to bring home a little girl with the exact form of rare epilepsy as their own daughter. It is a rather expensive adoption and you blew us, and them, away with your generosity! Thank you...

Children in Ukraine Need Help! | April, 2022

Children in Ukraine Need Help! | April, 2022

There are many updates to share with the current conflict in Ukraine. Jed and Kim Johnson with Wide Awake International live not far from Kiev, the center of much fighting. They stayed on the homestead as long as possible but made the decision to leave and get their...

Hearts Healed in China and India | March, 2022

Hearts Healed in China and India | March, 2022

  MONTHLY UPDATE     Did you know that in 2021, the Love Without Boundaries community, of which Room to Bloom is a supporter of, made it possible for 142 children to have heart surgery? That's more than 2 children per week, which is so much more than a...

An Update on Rowan | Feb, 2022

An Update on Rowan | Feb, 2022

We are overjoyed to share that little Rowan was able to receive his life-saving heart surgery! Everything went so smoothly that he was weaned off of his ventilator just one day after his surgery. After spending some time in the hospital recovering, Rowan is already...

Jared & Amanda Abuhl Family | Jan, 2022

Jared & Amanda Abuhl Family | Jan, 2022

  MONTHLY UPDATE     We are a family of seven—soon we will be a family of eight. We are on an unexpected path that started almost five years ago with the birth of our fifth child. Evangeline was born several weeks early; that was our only notice that...

Asher and Jude Are Home | Dec, 2021

Asher and Jude Are Home | Dec, 2021

    A few months ago a wonderful family from San Antonio, Texas, said yes to a very special set of twin boys born in Alabama. Asher and Jude both have Down syndrome, and they have recently come home after an extended hospital stay. Because of our readers’...

One Year Later | Oct, 2021

One Year Later | Oct, 2021

  MONTHLY UPDATE   It is hard to believe, but October marks the first anniversary of our non-profit, Room to Bloom. When I look back over these last ten years and trace the Lord’s work up to this point, I simply have to shrug my shoulders in awe. It is a...

Praise the Lord! | Sept, 2021

Praise the Lord! | Sept, 2021

  MONTHLY UPDATE   The Room to Bloom team has been busy! Because of your generosity, we have sent four families substantial grants to help cover the costs of the adoptions. We look forward to sharing these family stories in Plain Values in the coming year....

Adoption Requirements for China | June, 2021

Adoption Requirements for China | June, 2021

  HERE IS A GLIMPSE INTO THE JOURNEY OF ADOPTING A CHILD FROM CHINA   • Families may not adopt two unrelated children. • Both parents must be at least 30 years of age at the time of dossier submission. • There can be up to 50-year age difference between the...

Some Wonderful News | May, 2021

Some Wonderful News | May, 2021

  A FAMILY SAID "YES" TO AUDEN!     You may remember little Auden from the cover of the January 2021 issue of Plain Values (he was also featured on this page in the February 2021 issue). We are overjoyed to report that a family has said “yes” to...

An Update Story from Lost Sparrows | April, 2021

An Update Story from Lost Sparrows | April, 2021

words by: Ann Todorov Advocate working with foster and orphaned children with special needs in Bulgaria     At present in Bulgaria, most abandoned babies without a disability are taken into foster care. However, this is not the case for abandoned babies who...

Wide Awake International

Wide Awake International

A three-letter word makes all the difference. Jed and Kim Johnson say YES to Jesus every day with eyes wide open and hearts wide awake.

A Message for Donors | March, 2021

A Message for Donors | March, 2021

WE BELIEVE EVERY CHILD DESERVES A FAMILY AND EVERY PERSON DESERVES A CHANCE TO DISCOVER AND LIVE OUT THE GIFTS THAT GOD HAS GIVEN THEM.   Room to Bloom is committed to supporting organizations dedicated to orphan care and adoption advocacy, helping families who...

An Update on Edmound | Feb, 2021

An Update on Edmound | Feb, 2021

  What's Been Happening   Remember little Edmound from our December and January donation cards? At six-months old, Edmound was diagnosed with a VSD heart defect, but his family was unable to cover the surgery cost to repair it. He has been living with the...

From the Founder | Jan, 2021

From the Founder | Jan, 2021

  A Quick Update on Room to Bloom   The mission of Room to Bloom has always been to promote the beauty of adoption and to ascribe dignity to people with Down syndrome and other special needs. As we have moved into this work, the board and I have decided what...

What I Learned from My Trip to Bulgaria

What I Learned from My Trip to Bulgaria

I have been asked everyday about my trip. Well-intended, “How was your trip?” questions. And honestly, I find I lie. I lie and say, “it was hard, but we did a lot of good.” And the lie tastes bitter on my tongue. It was more than hard, and there was not a lot of good.

Tumaini Children’s Home

Tumaini Children’s Home

The Leister family is not your typical “foster family” or “children’s home.” It is a family—a large family built on the love and the Tumaini (hope) of Christ.

Why Down Syndrome Adoption?

Why Down Syndrome Adoption?

We believe every child deserves the love and nurturing of a family. We believe in embracing, enjoying, and sharing this one special life and all the blessings we have been given.

Nikolas’ Emergency Surgery | Dec, 2020

Nikolas’ Emergency Surgery | Dec, 2020

  What's Going On   Remember little Nikolas from the donation cards? He was only four months old and needed surgery as soon as possible to save him from infection, however the cost of the surgery was around $12,000. Over the past two months, you all have...

Love Without Boundaries

Love Without Boundaries

Love Without Boundaries is an international charity that provides hope and healing to orphaned and vulnerable children, and their underserved communities, through its

Children In a Cambodian Landfill | Nov, 2020

Children In a Cambodian Landfill | Nov, 2020

  Who Your Donations Helped   Your donations over the first few weeks of Room to Bloom being “active” have directly affected the lives of children living in a Cambodian landfill. Due to extreme poverty, these sweet and beautiful children were forced to find...

Healing Home: Children for Sponsorship

Healing Home: Children for Sponsorship

Lincoln originally entered the Healing Homes Program in March of 2017 at five months of age. Sponsors will receive monthly updates for this happy little guy