Past Families

The Cloy Family

The Cloy Family

cloy-1Mason and Shannon Cloy originally met in Columbia, South Carolina, Shannon’s home town, when Mason’s dad was stationed there with the Army. Years later we reunited while we were both attending Clemson University (Go Tigers!). We dated for a couple years and were married in Clemson in March of 2012. Since then, we have been growing in our love for the Lord, for one another, and in our desire to start and family and raise children.

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Adoption and foster care have been a part of our conversations and prayers since before we were married. Shannon’s brother and sister-in-law have adopted, our churches have always been adoption-oriented, and we see a biblical call to be involved in orphan care.  We also feel a great calling to adopt a child into our family because we understand our place as adopted children in the family of God, secured by the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus on our behalf. Even so, we weren’t sure what our future family would look like: we wanted to be involved in adoption or foster care, but kind of assumed we would have biological children first.

After much prayer and consideration, we began trying to get pregnant. But, when that didn’t happen quickly, we understood that as a confirmation of God’s call on us to adopt first.  We are overwhelmed with the mercy, grace, and unconditional love we have received from Christ, and we want to share that love with the child God had planned for us as well as his or her birth parents.

The Cloy family was supported by Poets, Painters, & Storytellers 2017.

The Groce Family

The Groce Family

img_6440Our adoption journey began in January 2016 when Taylor and I (Brittany) felt that God was putting it on our hearts to adopt. In the beginning, we both thought of many reasons not to do it. (We were already busy with our 3 children, they’re getting older and more independent, adoption is expensive, and it’s probably gonna be really hard.) Well… for weeks we prayed about it and consulted with others who had already adopted. I kept trying to justify the reasons why we shouldn’t and couldn’t get away from the fact that this was part of God’s plan for our family. I begged God to please give me a peace about this if this is truly what He was putting on our hearts to do.

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For weeks I felt very depressed, unhappy, and confused!! I prayed more than I had ever prayed, until God began to show me through people and circumstances that this was what He wanted for our family to do and He gave me a huge peace to go ahead and start the adoption process. We finally started our paperwork in March!! We have seen God work in so many ways throughout this process. It has become so clear to us that this is what He was calling us to do. I never imagined this would be a part of my life, but I am thankful for a God who directs my ways.

The Groce family was supported by Poets, Painters, & Storytellers 2017.

The Fincher Family

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Almost ten years ago, we (Paul and Becca) weren’t certain about many things. We were newlyweds, new homeowners, and were both starting fairly new careers. We were excited about our new life together and the future was full of opportunities and dreams. However, one thing was certain…we wanted to be parents. But more specifically, we were both sure that God was calling us, at some point, to the gospel-reflecting ministry of adoption. After struggling with infertility for a few years, and not feeling the freedom during that time to pursue adoption, the Lord blessed us with our first child, Michael. He was, and is, a gift from God. In the time since our Michael was born, we’ve tried to conceive again, but the Lord has not seen fit for us to have another biological child yet. The biggest difference, however, is that we feel more sure than ever that God is calling us to adopt a child and He has given us a greater sense of peace in pursuing growing our family through adoption. In October we received the call that we’d been praying for; a birth mother had chosen our family for her baby. We are so excited about our adoption journey and can’t wait to welcome our new little one in January.

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The Fincher family was supported by a matching grant.

The Copeland Family

The Copeland Family

copeland-family Scott and Heather Copeland met while they were in college. They began dating not long after they met, and they were married within a year on December 3, 2005. Scott is the owner of Affordable Heating and Cooling in Columbus, Georgia. Heather was a high school counselor at Russell County High School and Northside High School, and although she loved her students and occupation, God had other plans. Heather’s heart and dream has always been to stay at home with her children, and she is obedient in following God’s plan for this. The Copeland family members are Scott, Heather, Ridge (4), Creek (3), Lake (2), and Spring (10 mos).

The Copeland children continue to keep Scott and Heather on their toes. Between swimming, bike riding, riding the gator, and playing in the water hose, their life is never boring. Their boys love the outdoors and it is where most of their time is spent! They can’t wait for Spring to be big enough so she can join in on all the activities her brothers love.copeland-family-children

God laid adoption on Scott and Heather’s hearts before they had their four biological children. They struggled with infertility before God opened Heather’s womb for the first time, and in God’s loving kindness, he opened it three more times! God is so good, and his timing is perfect. It has always been their plan to foster to adopt. Scott and Heather began the paper work for it, but God had other plans! Heather started a Bible study at their church in January 2016, and during this time, Heather had been watching Will and Karan Anne Hawk’s adoption journey on Facebook. Her heart was forever changed. God moved in her, and she knew they were called to adopt. At the Bible study, the thought of China never left Heather, and she couldn’t escape it. She knew their daughter was in China, and she later told Scott, and he began to pray for China too. Through much prayer and discussion, they knew God was calling them to China. Now they are waiting and praying for their precious daughter. They know she is out there, and in God’s timing, they will bring her home. The following quote describes their heart for adoption. The gospel is adoption!

God searched for you, found you, fought for you, signed the papers with His blood and He adopted you and brought you Home –and the only way any of us get into the family of God is through the most painful adoption.” -Ann Voscamp. 

The Copeland family was supported by Family Photo Day 2016.

The Hull Family

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Thad and Christine Hull have been together for about two-and-a-half years, but it has always felt as though they have known each other for a lifetime. As neither of them were particularly invested in the traditional dating scene, they met online and went on their first date after a week of communicating back and forth for several hours at a time. They quickly discovered that they had the same goofy sense of humor, shared several of the same interests, and had similar strong, Christian family backgrounds. They met for dinner followed by an outdoor concert and a walk along the river in downtown Columbus. That first date hasn’t ended yet! They still feel the same thrill for each other and for their lives together as they did the first night they met. A year after that first date, they got married with the support of over 200 of their family members and close friends and began to settle into a new home.

As they began discussing the possibility of starting a family, Christine and Thad had already prayerfully considered Hull Family 3adoption early in their relationship because Thad and his brother were both adopted as infants and Thad and Christine wanted to share that very special kind of love with a child of their own. Christine had also previously experienced the sorrow of infertility due to the ravages of cancer. You can read their entire story on their website at www.angling4adoption.net.

For Thad and Christine, adoption was their first choice for creating a family. Watching close friends adopt children and raise them to love God and love people has only deepened their desire to be parents through adoption themselves. They both felt completely led by the Lord to pursue adoption even though they had no idea from whence the money, time, or resources would come. They started their blog and website site at Angling4Adoption to help raise not only funds for their own adoption, but to raise awareness and hope for adoptive families everywhere. Their idea was to garner support for adoption through their favorite hobby—bass fishing (through tournaments, outreach, and the like), and through blogging about their journey, telling others about their struggles and their victories. Then they received news from Clement Arts about their wish to support their cause. Thad and Christine are thrilled, humbled, and honored to have been chosen, and they hope to be able to help other families in the future through the relationship between Clement Arts and Angling4Adoption.

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The Hull family was supported by Poets, Painters, & Storytellers 2016.

The Holland Family

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Will and Kaci Holland are from Columbus, GA and have three boys: Wilson (10), Woodruff (8) and Walter (6). Having desired to adopt for years, the Holland’s finally began their adoption journey in July 2015. They are “super excited and scared all at the same time.” The boys talk about having a little sister and “can’t wait to dress her in camo.”

At first unsure if they should adopt domestically or internationally, the Holland’s began to receive clarity from the Lord about pursuing an adoption from China. “Considering that we already have three boys,” says Kaci, “adopting a boy just felt comfortable. But we decided to adopt a girl so our sons could have a sister and we could both have a daughter.”

“We are blessed Clement Arts chose our family as we follow God’s calling to bring home our little girl.”

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The Holland family was supported by Poets, Painters, & Storytellers 2016.

The Hawk Family

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The Hawks are William, Karan Anne, and their three boys Ellis (6), Thad (4), and Aimes (2).

William and Karan Anne met in high school when she was 15 and he was 17. Karan Anne told a friend that Will would be her “dream guy to date” but “DON’T SAY A WORD!” The next day that friend went straight to William and said a word! He called her immediately, and they talked all night until Karan Anne’s dad woke up for work and made the crazy teenagers get off the phone. The following night (after catching up on sleep) they went on a date, and they have been together since.

William has been in youth ministry since he graduated from high school. He is currently on staff as pastor at CrossPointe church. His main focus is with the teenagers and young adults, but he also enjoys teaching Kids’ Church and counseling.

Karan Anne was a teacher for before having Ellis, but now stays home and is living her dream of being a stay-at-home mom. She enjoys decorating and dreaming up fun little projects for her and William to complete together. She also partners with William in a lot of his ministry work because they believe that being an imperfect, Jesus-loving family is an important thing to model in front of the teenagers and young adults.

They recently moved into a house that William spent about a year building and contracting out himself on some land out in the country. They are enjoying their new country life where the boys are continually sweaty, muddy, and sneaking frogs and lizards into the house.

Why Adoption?

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Back in high school and college the couple began hearing more and more adoption stories. After watching a particularly moving clip together on YouTube they looked at each other and decided that this was a route they wanted to pursue. At first Karan Anne admits it just seemed so sweet to give an orphan a home and a family. It was more of an emotional decision than God’s calling.

After having kids of their own and maturing in their understanding of the realities of adoption and that it needs to be a call, not just something to make your Christmas cards look like you are a good Christian family they prayed and asked God to confirm this path. God did and they are excited to walk in faith as they pursue a child from China.

Why China?

When their oldest was just a baby they went and met with a person from an adoption agency and asked a ton of questions – lots of naïve questions about adoption. One thing that stuck out most from that meeting was when William asked, “Where is the biggest need? Domestic or international?” The man answered that the need is great everywhere, but if he had to pick he would say that a child in the foster care system here in the states has a much better life than a child in a foster care situation in a foreign country. After hearing that, they new God was calling them to adopt internationally.

When picking a country, William and Karan Anne really wanted to pick somewhere where the Gospel was not easily heard. After doing some research they narrowed it down to India and China.

The Hawks love Lifeline Adoption agency and have seen firsthand how responsible they are with their money and how thorough they are in the country. Lifeline did not have an India program, so China it was!

The Clark Family

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Will & Tiffany Clark with children: Adams, Reams, Maggie, Ruby, Grady, & Willa

The Clark family of 5 began its odyssey into adoption nearly 10 years ago and along the way has been blessed with 3 more children, an interim foster baby, a foreign exchange student, and numerous relationships across the world.  It’s been a wonderful ride and we are thrilled to be preparing for our 7th child – our 4th special needs adoption from China.  It has been humbling to see God at work through each of our children, often harkening the arrival of the next child.  Our family is messy, noisy, and overflowing with the grace that only comes from a Savior.

But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.  Micah 7:7

(That is the verse we have chosen for this adoption—and inspiration for the new kiddo’s name: Micah Nathaniel LiuYang Clark, the 7th Clark kid!)

The Carlisle Family

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The Carlisle Family is very excited that a one-year-old little girl, Lilly Wen, will be joining our family late this spring. We are adopting our precious daughter, Lilly Wen, from China’s special needs program. She is currently living in Lifeline’s private foster home in the city of Zhanjiang.

IMG_2290Our adoption journey began in 2007 leading us to bring Ellie Jeeah home from South Korea in 2009. Ellie went home to be with Jesus, but her brief, yet complete, life gave us a better understanding of God’s perfect plan for every life. In 2010, God blessed us with Sara Beth by domestic adoption. We currently have five children at home: Trey(17), Chandler(15), Tucker(13), Cason(8), and Sarah Beth(4).

Since Sarah could talk she insisted she had a sister and that we must go adopt her. After praying, Chance and I also knew God was leading us to another child. We began the adoption process in early 2014. Our adoption journeys have transformed our hearts and given us a deeper faith and trust in Him.

The Greenway Family

The Greenway Family

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Brandon & Ashley Greenway fell in love in high school and married immediately after graduating. They now have been happily married for 12 years. Brandon has been serving in the military since 2002, and they count it a blessing to have been stationed at Fort Benning the entire time. Ashley is a stay-at-home mom who home-schools their amazing, six-year-old biological daughter, Lola.

“From the very beginning of our relationship we started talking about how we both wanted a big family. We both had hearts for children and felt a strong calling to adopt. We have always known that adoption would be a part of God’s plan for us one day. After two years of trying to conceive our second child, we very clearly heard God tell us it was time to adopt. We always thought we would adopt a bit later in our lives, but God has different and better plans! We have experienced such joy in our obedience throughout our adoption journey thus far and are excited to see what else God has planned for our family!”

The Ogden Family

The Ogden Family

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Lance and Kristian live in Columbus, GA with their two sons, Brayden and Asher. God began to give them a heart for the fatherless in 2009, and they began their journey to adopt from India in January 2013. They planned to adopt two little girls, but on Valentines Day 2013, they were surprised to received a referral for three sisters, “K”(6), “K”(5) and “R”(2), who tragically lost their mother in late 2011. Lance and Kristian began the process of adopting these girls, but were devastated when they learned in September 2013 the children had been given to another family, and they were told to “move on”. The whole Ogden family prayed for God to return the girls to them, but that seemed impossible.

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However, what is impossible with man is possible with God! In January 2014, the Lord answered the Ogdens’ prayers. The other family rejected the referral for the girls, and India automatically matched “K”, “K” and “R” with the Ogdens.

 

 

 

The Hord Family

The Hord Family

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ca-hordsDaniel and Jenny Hord live in Ellerslie, Georgia where Jenny is a stay home mom and Daniel is a lieutenant at the Columbus Fire Department. They have four children, three who were brought home through adoption, Josiah, Ezra, Charlotte Mei, and Mary. They traveled to China in May of 2014 to bring home their daughter, Mary.

 

 

The Sullens Family

The Sullens Family

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Todd & Nicole Sullens live with their children in Leesburg, GA, where Todd is the pastor of First Baptist Church. In December 2013, the Sullens’ family adopted Molly Grace (above: 2nd from left), who had been placed in their home through foster care. When she came to the Sullens’ home, Molly Grace was deaf and in need of bilateral cochlear implant surgeries. She has since received one of the implants, and when the device was activated in January 2014, she could hear!

From the Sullens family:

“The Sullens family is so grateful for the support and encouragement of Clement Arts. We were blessed by their fundraising and we are quick to tell others how God used you as a conduit of His provision. We are keeping track of how God has moved through the adoption of Molly Grace. One day, we hope to reflect on God’s hand throughout this journey. Clement Arts is composed of people that have hearts tuned into people going through adoption and orphan care. Now we have an extended family with whom we can share this God-sized journey.”

The Maguire Family

The Maguire Family

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ca_maguiresKristopher and Allison Maguire married December 2007, and Kate was born in June 2010.  In the spring of 2013, the Maguire’s brought home from China their adopted daughter, Ellie. Kristopher currently teaches math at Hardaway High School, while Allison stays home with Kate & Ellie. God stirred the Maguire’s hearts for adoption early in their marriage and continued to show His love, grace, and faithfulness throughout their adoption process.

 

The Coker Family

The Coker Family

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Craig and Jennifer Coker married in spring of 1998, and have two biological children, Lauren & Mitchell. The Coker’s sensed God’s call and joyfully stepped out in faith and obedience to adopt two sibling boys from DR Congo. Their adoption process began in April of 2012, and after a long wait, Craig & Jennifer brought their sons, Samuel & Chris, home in January 2014.

The Gallatin Family

The Gallatin Family

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The Gallatin’s are lifelong residence of Harris County. Dewayne and Kristin have 3 biological sons, Zachary (17), Warren (15), and Tucker (12). They are in the process of adopting their little 7-year old cousin, Bailey.

Unfortunately, like many children, Bailey’s life hasn’t been easy to this point.  The Gallatin’s opened their home to her 19 months ago in an effort to give her a Christian home that is a stable and safe home for her to grow up in.

Due to many circumstances surrounding this adoption, the Gallatin’s do not qualify for grants or loans that most families can apply for during the adoption process. The Gallatin’s have put their trust in God to provide their financial needs along the way with many different fundraisers. Clement Arts will be hosting their next fundraiser as a way to help with the mounting legal expenses that they are incurring.

Thanks for your prayers!