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Dorsey Seoul Sibling Adoption is raising money on AdoptTogether for their adoption from South Korea.

Dorsey Seoul Sibling Adoption

is adopting from South Korea

Adoption Status

Travel Planned

We are excited to have begun the adoption process to bring a child to our home from South Korea!

As christians, we have been adopted into the family of God. We believe that God has called His people to provide for the least of these, to specifically reach out to those who can not take care of themselves. Even before we were married. we shared a desire to build our family through adoption. We have been blessed richly through the adoption of our son Daniel and believe God has brought us to a place where we are ready step out in faith and start this journey of bringing another child into our lives again.

Our family has been blessed with a legacy of faith built on service to others in and out of the Kingdom. It is this legacy and the conviction we feel that has lead us to this act of faith in spite of all of the unknowns.

We believe it takes a community to raise a child in the way of the Lord. We are at the
beginning of this process, but we ask that you would partner with us in this journey. Our
hope is that our community will commit to our child, even before we know their name.
Commit in prayer, commit in love and if so called commit financially to help bring our
child home.

This journey is a long and costly one. We will be funding our adoption from personal savings, fundraisers, grants and the love and support from family and friends. Adoption is costly and much of the associated fees are due at the start of this process.

We are asking our community of faith to partner with us by contributing to the fees that support this child's development and fostering while waiting to join our family. In addition, due to the pandemic, our travel costs are unpredictable at this time. Our fundraising goal has been updated to $35,500. We are planning for additional expenses due to the currently required isolation in South Korea and ask for your prayers over our little one for their health and safety. 

Every donation is tax-deductible and will help make this adoption a success. Would you consider making a donation? Also, we would appreciate your willingness to share this with others who may want to participate.

We believe that by sharing this journey with our family, friends and community of faith, God may be glorified through the life of this child.

Please pray for our child and its foster family as we work to complete the process of
adoption and build a family for His glory.

Flights home booked! by Andrew and Julie Dorsey

Julie left Korea nearly two weeks ago and the next milestone has been reached: we have a custody date, visa appointment at the US Embassy and booked flights home for me and little brother!

Ever since we arrived (and Julie went home) our mantra has been "Home by 2022." I am so glad to say God knows our hearts and the plan is as follows:
Tuesday 12/28 Custody Appointment
Wednesday 12/29 Visa Appointment
Thursday 12/30 Flight home to Knoxville!

We are now praying more fervently for his heart in preparation and my endurance and stamina over those few days together in Seoul. He and I will both be out of our element and need strength for one another. I can't wait to be home and be reunited as a family of four. 

We are almost there.


The Last Supper by Andrew and Julie Dorsey

So, we've had a slight change in our plans. Okay, slight is not a big enough word, but had to start with some humor. 

We are in Korea, just finished a wonderful meal together and are packing bags for a flight home. However, we are only packing bags for Julie.

With the Omicron Variant sweeping the globe, many nations are imposing stronger restrictions and measures to combat the spread of this virus. South Korea is one of those nations who has taken further action to protect its citizens and slow the spread. Currently, we are in Korea with a Quarantine Exemption, meaning we were not subject to the 10-day quarantine required of visitors to Korea. However, that allowance has ended and we would be subject to a quarantine on our return visit.

In partnership with our agency (and much prayer) we have made the decision that Andrew will stay in Korea through the duration of this adoption and bring little brother home alone. We are not the only family making this tough decision and feel it is best for our family, especially should the situation get worse.

We are grateful for the support of Starbucks to allow Andrew to take a 30-Day Personal Leave from work and use some additional Vacation to finish this process. Without this, we would be in a much more difficult situation. Many hotels are at capacity due to the changing plans of many travelers, but we were able to secure a room for Andrew in our current hotel in a familiar area of Seoul through the New Year.

This was not the plan we had for ourselves, but we know the Lord has set this path before us. While it will be filled with much anxiety, grief and stress, we know that the end will be filled with joy as we reunite as a family of four. We are so grateful for those who have helped us along the way. If you are looking for a way to help, all donations through this fundraiser are tax-deductible.

Your prayers for our family during this time will be greatly needed as we continue to navigate the ambiguity of this very fluid situation. 

Our adoption just got updated to Travel Planned by Andrew and Julie Dorsey

As I write this, we are 58 hours from departure to Seoul for the third time. 

This trip is all about preparation for custody. We will have two meetings with little brother and have an appointment in family court. Though Julie & I have completed this process before, this time has many differences and variables.

Julie & I will be traveling without Daniel. Our hearts are broken he will not be with us for those first meetings and be gifted a return to his home country. However, we are grateful for family who are coming to Knoxville so Daniel can maintain his routine and celebrate Thanksgiving with him.

Your prayers are coveted as we prepare to travel in a pandemic, leave Daniel at home, experience the joy of our first meetings and navigate the family court summons. We have so many feelings as we prepare to go, we pray the awareness to be present and see His hands at work.

Our adoption just got updated to Child Identified by Andrew and Julie Dorsey

We will be welcoming a little BROTHER to our family through adoption!

We have been matched with and accepted the referral of a little boy who is currently being cared for by a loving foster family in South Korea.

You may be wondering, "does this mean he will be coming to America soon?" Sadly, no. We have submitted our end of the adoption paperwork to Korea and now begin the immigration process with the State Department. The estimated time frame currently is 8-12 months before we receive "the call" to come to Korea.

This is a big step and accepting his referral means we are close to using the funds collected through PureCharity/AdopTTogether. The funds collected here are for his care in Korea before he arrives home with us and they go straight to our adoption agency, Dillon International.

We are so excited and have been blessed that God chose him for us! Thank you all for your emotional, spiritual and financial support. We are truly blessed by a community who already loves him as much as we do.

Please continue to pray that our little man will keep growing and that God will bless him and his foster family as He God prepares our hearts for him and he for us.

Home Study is complete! by Andrew and Julie Dorsey

An update, finally.

I know you have heard this before, but 2020 has had its ups and downs. One thing we have been relearning this year is how to manage our sense of control. Throughout our family story, God has reminded us He is in control. We know this to be true, but as His children we must be reminded to trust in Him and know He will deliver on His promises as He always has. 

This adoption has followed the same trajectory as with Daniel, albeit at a much slower pace. The pandemic set back our home study quite a bit and Julie got a new job this school year (praise) but we are grateful for our agency and social worker who have helped us complete these steps.

Our home study is on its way to Korea! This means all our necessary paperwork to receive a referral (matching) is complete and the process is progressing forward.

During the next 30-90 days we should receive a referral matching us to our child. This is an exciting time as we will get to see that beautiful little face for the first time and learn his/her story. 

We ask that during this season you pray for that child and his/her foster family as we all find out what the future holds. Thank you for walking alongside us in this journey, though progress has been slow, we know who is in control and we praise His timing and providence as we wait to see who He has waiting for us.

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