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About The Hemker Family

Bradd & Sheila

We are the Hemker Family! We met while working at Loyola University Medical Center in 2004. We had moved often for Bradd’s medical training and have lived in Chicago, Boston, Milwaukee, and Green Bay prior to moving to Grand Rapids in 2012. Each of our four children were born in a different city along the way! (And Jessica will continue this trend when she joins our family!).

Bradd works as a Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine physician at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and through Hospice of Michigan. Sheila is a licensed Clinical Social Worker but has spent the last 16 years working as a homemaker. We are blessed with four wonderful children — Luke (16), Sara (14), Grace (11), and Levi (9).

We love spending time together as a family volunteering at our church, spending time outdoors, camping, swimming, and just being active together. We have been matched with a 13-year-old girl in the Philippines whose warm smile simply makes our heart melt. We feel beyond blessed and can’t wait to welcome her into our chaotically beautiful, messy, and wonderful life!

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What is a Brittany's Hope Adoption Grant?

Brittany’s Hope believes in the fundamental right of all children to have the security and love of a family. There are an estimated 153 million orphans living around the world (UNICEF – 02/2011). These staggering statistics are heartbreaking considering a large number of these children are special needs, who have little or no value in the eyes of their own country. They are left to languish in institutions, where they receive minimal care and live hopeless, helpless lives.

The cost of international adoption can be overwhelming and is only further compounded by the medical and accessibility costs a child with special needs presents. Our Adoption Grant Program provides grant monies while giving families the opportunity to assist Brittany’s Hope in raising funds so the next child may also be united with their forever family. The phrase “It takes a village to raise a child,” takes on new meaning as the “seeds” of the adoptive family’s friends, family and neighbors take root and help provide future families with adoption grants. With a gift to Brittany’s Hope, a donor’s monetary support of the Adoption Grant Program means double for the adoptive family.