After Long International Adoption Battle
by Audra Jennings Friday, April 23, 2010
The de Blecourts are scheduled to be reunited with family and friends at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport on Sunday, April 25, at approximately 6:55 p.m.
“It was compassion that opened our hearts to adoption, it was love that insisted we stay, and it was God that brought us home,” explains Kim de Blecourt. De Blecourt kept more than 400 relatives, church members and friends updated on her family’s adoption journey-turned-nightmare through her personal Facebook page and a group page titled “Bring Jake Home.”
Many offices, including the Christian Alliance for Orphans, the American Embassy in Kiev, and the Office of Children’s Issues in Washington D.C., have been in contact with the de Blecourts at some point during their adoption saga.
“This story reminds that the road of adoption, as with just about anything worth doing, is rarely an easy one. What we also see, though, is that the joy and purpose found in opening heart and home to a child that’d otherwise grow up without a family most always make the necessary sacrifices far more than worth it,” stated Jedd Medefind, President of the Christian Alliance for Orphans. The Alliance unites orphan-serving organizations and churches to ignite passion and build excellence for Christ-honoring orphan care, foster youth, and adoption ministry. Previously, Medefind served in the White House, leading the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.
The de Blecourts also received support from the office of Congressman Pete Hoekstra, who offered assistance through emails, phone calls, and conversations in Washington D.C., on their behalf.
The de Blecourt family arrived in Ukraine May 12, 2009, on what was supposed to be a four- to six-week voyage to adopt their son. Following their first court date, however, they were told their adoption ruling was being appealed by the prosecutor’s office. Because the prosecutor didn’t file the necessary paperwork in time, however, the de Blecourts were given physical custody of their 4-year-old son, Jake, on September 1, 2009.
De Blecourt has been caring for Jake and they have been bonding as a family in a small household in Ukraine ever since. If both Jahn and Kim de Blecourt had left Ukraine at any point, their new son would have be forced back into the orphanage and left bewildered. Tragically, the prosecutor had made it impossible for them to obtain the necessary documents for Jake to leave with them. The Odessa Appeals court sent the de Blecourts back to obtain a second court decision for the adoption, in what was explained as an attempt to help them. After a series of further delays, a new court decision was obtained on April 9, 2010.
Kim de Blecourt is the director of Works of Heart Productions, a non-profit film organization located in Holland, Michigan. Her husband, Jahn, is Vice President of Visser Brothers, Inc. They also have a 9-year-old daughter, Jacey, who stayed with her mother and new brother in Ukraine the past 11 months. The de Blecourts are members of Immanuel Church of Holland, Michigan.
The de Blecourts’ adoption process was administered through Adoption Associates in Jenison, Michigan.
To view a recent interview with Kim click here.
For more information and updates visit “Bring Jake Home” on Facebook
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