The Reichart Family
Niki and I will be celebrating fourteen years of marriage this June. We had conversations about adoption before we were ever married and knew that we wanted adoption to be part of our family story. The question for us was not if we would adopt but more how or when we would adopt.
After having our first son we began to pursue adoption when God closed the door because we became pregnant with our second son. After having our first two sons, Grayson and Roman we began the process again. We pursued both private adoption and foster care at the same time which is not always possible but our agency agreed to allow us to stay open to both options. We were in the process for two years with no placements and multiple failed matches and so we sought adoption through a facilitator which ended up being a financial and emotional disaster for us. We went to Virginia, cut the Chord for a baby that we thought was ours, payed a good lump sum of money and drove home with a broken heart, an empty wallet and tears in our eyes. Two weeks later we received a call for a placement of a six month old baby girl, who was just two months younger than our third son Jackson. We were foster parents to her for six months and miraculously her mother signed over her rights and we were able to adopt her when she was one year old.
We have had twelve foster children in and out of our home including the two that we have adopted. We had multiple foster care placements before Eliana and then after her adoption we had several more placements and one more biological child named Tyson. Then on May 8th 2013 we received a phone call for a week old baby boy. We immediately fell in love with our son Solomon much like other children who we had in our home. However, we had the privilege of not only fostering this beautiful boy but a year and a half later we were able to adopt him. Solomon brings so much joy to our family. One of our greatest joys besides his wonderful personality is the pleasure of knowing God has used us to reverse the curse of sin in the life of our son and pass down a blessing that will last for one thousand generations (Deuteronomy 5:6-10). We currently have seven children. We have had four biologically, we adopted Elianna and Solomon and recently we had a two year old foster son placed in our home.
We believe in adoption because we know that God our father has a heart for adoption. Romans 8:15 says, “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry ‘Abba, Father.’” We fell in love with foster care because we know that in doing foster care we are “caring for orphans… in their distress” (James 1:27). God has birthed a passion in our hearts to care for children in distress and love them with the love of their perfect heavenly father for as long as he keeps them in our home. We love our children passionately whether they are with us for one day or for the rest of their life. We have decided the only way to be an effective foster parent is to love recklessly and grieve bitterly when our children are removed. We believe the bonds and attachment we form with them will carry them in life and the prayers we pray over them will be answered on the day they surrender their hearts to Jesus, whether that is in our home or in another.
Ultimately we have a passion to care for children in distress and adopt orphans because we have been adopted by our perfect heavenly Father. We believe there is a challenge to the church in James 1:27 “Religion that God our father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” God wants us to follow in his ways and “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widow is God in his Holy dwelling. God sets the lonely into families…” (Psalm 68:5-6a). We believe the entire body of Christ is called to orphan care. Some are called to engage through foster care, some through domestic private adoption, some through international adoption and maybe some a combination of the three. Others may not be called to take orphans into their homes but they can participate in orphan care by praying for families who are adopting, providing practical or emotional support or giving gifts or making financial donations to make the adoption possible. The question is not if you should engage in orphan care but how. One of the burning passions of our family is to ask the question to individuals in the body of Christ, by word and deed, “What is God calling you to do to care for orphans in their distress?”
Applying for Adoption Assistance @ Gregory's Gift
if your interested in applying for funding through Gregory's Gift, or know someone who would be, please download and complete our Adoption Assistance application. Once completed, send the completed application and supporting materials to the address provided by Lifesong for Orphans (found on the application).