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Johnson Family is raising money on AdoptTogether for their adoption from Ukraine.

Johnson Family

is adopting from Ukraine

Adoption Status

Paperwork In Process



Welcome!

Hello, and welcome to our AdoptTogether page! We are the Johnson Family and we're so grateful you're considering joining our team as we step into the exciting process of adopting a child from Ukraine!

Our story began more than a year ago when God began to grow a desire in our hearts to reach out to and love the fatherless, unloved, and unwanted (Isaiah 58:7). At the time, we didn't know any orphans specifically, but we had a vague idea that someday God would call us to pursue something related to foster care or adoption, so we committed to walk through the door when God opened it for us.

Introduction to Hosting

In spring of this year (2021), we learned about orphan hosting from a family member and took our first step to welcome an orphan from Ukraine into our home for the summer. However, due to COVID restrictions, the child we had planned to host could not travel to the United States. It seemed that perhaps this wasn't God's plan for our summer; however, a few weeks later, we were given a last-minute opportunity to host a different child. We only had a single photo of a little seven-year-old girl named Margarita and 2 days to decide. After praying together, Christy and I clearly felt that God wanted us to open our home to this sweet girl for the summer.

Our Summer Hosting Adventure

In late June, we picked up Margarita at the airport to spend the summer in our home. She quickly joined our family's routines and rhythms and found a place among our five children. Our summer days were filled with crafts, bike rides, countless games of UNO, and lots of family time to connect and build relationships. Margarita is an energetic, fun, and curious girl - she is also very thoughtful and kind, especially towards younger children. We found out that she loves babies - she had an opportunity to hold a newborn cousin near the end of the summer and loved it!

About halfway through the summer, we inquired about Margarita's adoption status and found out that she is a true orphan (i.e. one of her parents has died). Our hearts were broken for her situation and by this point we had grown to love her and consider her a special part of our family. In August, we started the adoption process with a local adoption agency. As the summer hosting time ended, it was sooo difficult to take Margarita to the airport and send her back to a life no child should have to live. We love Margarita so much and know that she has gone through significant trauma already; even in the orphanage she is vulnerable as a younger child. It is clear that Margarita needs a forever family, and we believe that God wants us to be that family for her!

Our Status In The Adoption Process

So here we are, brand new to adoption, early on in the process, and excited at the prospect of welcoming Margarita into our family - not just for a few weeks or months, but as a daughter and sister. Adoption is an intense process and a big investment (both in terms of finances, time, and emotions). You might be surprised to learn that international adoption costs can easily total up to $40,000 or more. This is why we have set a goal of $35,000 to help ease the financial burden on our family.

Additionally, there are risks involved - we currently have no control over Margarita's situation and we don't have an official "match" approval from Ukraine, although we hope we will be approved once all of our paperwork is complete. Due to these risks and a host of other factors outside of our control, we have to wrestle with the possibility that our family might not be able to adopt Margarita. If this happened, we would explore all available possibilities to bring our girl home, but also take a step back and consider what God's plan is for our family. Should we pursue another child? Or wait to host again? For now, we're trusting God for each step as we collect and prepare paperwork, attend parent training, and also start fundraising.

Join Us!

We would love to invite you to join us in this adventure by contributing financially and praying for our family. You can follow our story on our family blog at https://mcjohnsons.com or our Instagram @mcjohnsonadoption. Even if you are unable to personally host an orphan or welcome a child into your home, we hope that you will see yourself as part of the story that God is writing about Margarita's life.


Thank You and Winter Hosting Update by Matthew and Christy Johnson

We are long overdue for an update, and we feel the need to start with a huge thank you. As of today, we have reached 91% of our funding goal, thanks to ALL OF YOU! Wow - this feels like an incredible accomplishment. We are immensely grateful for each one who has sacrificed financially to help us bring Margarita home forever. As we look back over the past 4-5 months since we began this journey, it's amazing to see how God has provided for our needs through your love and generosity. And we know it is not just the financial provision, but also the encouragement, help with childcare during hours of adoptive parent training, provision of meals on a hard day, and the many, many prayers!

Winter Hosting

In our last update, we mentioned that we were anticipating hosting Margarita again over the Christmas break. Our family was able to spend the last month together, celebrating Christmas and New Years, enjoying games and puzzles, and just relaxing. We didn't post as many photos to our social media as we did over summer, and part of that was because we were just being family together. On this trip, Margarita made it very clear to us that she considers us to be her family, and she's looking forward to our eventual trip to Ukraine in mid-to-late spring when we will come to bring her home. Our family just took her to the airport today for the return trip to Ukraine - it was a sad and tearful goodbye, but we know it's not really goodbye, just "see you soon". You can read more about our winter hosting experience from Christy's perspective on our blog.

Adoption Update

Regarding the adoption, we are probably halfway through the wait on our US Immigration paperwork. Just this past week, we completed our fingerprinting for USCIS and are now preparing the remaining paperwork needed to complete our dossier that will be sent to Ukraine. If all goes well, Christy and I will likely make the first of multiple trips to Ukraine in April or May.

Thank you again for joining us on this journey to bring Margarita home! We are continually grateful for your prayers for a quick completion of the adoption paperwork and for Margarita's protection as she returns to Ukraine and waits for us to come for her. Praising God for His kindness to our family through each of you!


Home Study Complete, on to Immigration Paperwork! by Matthew and Christy Johnson

It’s about time we posted an update regarding the status of our adoption paperwork. Last week we found out that our home study has been approved at the state level, which is a huge milestone! With that approval, we are now able to file our US Immigration paperwork, which takes approximately 60-90 days, one of the longer steps in the process. Once we receive approval from US Immigration, we will be able to submit our dossier (huge collection of documents and paperwork) to Ukraine for translation and submission!

While we are waiting on USCIS, our family is super happy that Margarita can travel back to the US for winter hosting - tonight, we’re going to the airport to pick her up!! She will be here over Christmas and New Years’ for about a month, which is such an amazing gift! Sooo excited to be together as a family! If you'd like to follow along with photos and updates while she's here, check out our Instagram: @mcjohnsonadoption

Of course, we want to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for your financial support and prayers. We are incredibly grateful to each person who has sacrificed financially (including a few super-generous anonymous donors) to help with our adoption costs - we’re now more than 60% funded!! Truly, we see each one of you as God’s hand of provision for our family, and we are so grateful for your help in bringing Margarita home.

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