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About The Kuehne Family

Jon & Cassie

We always felt like adoption would be part of our story. We didn’t know it would come this soon. Yet, a number of months ago we were approached by dear friends to consider adoption from Jamaica. They both felt led by God to ask us to consider. After praying for a number of weeks, we felt led by God — and incredibly excited to begin the adoption process. We felt like God was clearly leading us to adopt not just one child, but a family or sibling set. We’ve heard stories of siblings being separated or being much harder to place. While we know it’s quite a step, we are overjoyed and the thought of growing our family through the adoption of aa set of siblings. One of the things the family who initially approached us said was, “Don’t worry about the finances. That’s what your community — your family, friends, your church — that’s what we’re here for.”

Our adoption journey has been filled with adjustments and challenges. Most shocking and challenging for us was the bankruptcy of our initial adoption agency in 2020 (none of our initial funds were recovered from that bankruptcy – over $7,000). We had to quickly find and sign on with another agency. Adoption matches were also significantly affected by the global pandemic. Nearly all adoptions and matches in the Caribbean were put on hold during this time. Our intention was to adopt from Jamaica, a country we knew and loved. However, adoptions from Jamaica slowed significantly and nearly all communication ceased. In the middle of 2022, our adoption agency asked if we were willing to consider matches from the greater Caribbean. This meant the possible expense of changing country programs. However, we said yes. Shortly after, in November 2022, we received an initial match to a sibling set from Grenada. Just before Christmas 2022, we were able to take a trip to Grenada, meet the children, and enjoy nearly a week together with them in our custody. We quickly accepted the match and are excitedly waiting for the moment when we can finally be together as a family.

We hope that by inviting you into this process, you will see yourself as part of the community we hope to build around our children as they grow up.

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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.