I grew up in Amarillo, Texas. I am married with two beautiful daughters, Maggie and Rachel. Both of our daughters were adopted from Romania. God has revealed one of his greatest blessings to our family through international adoption and it is our passion to share these blessings with families around the world. Since the inception of this organization I have never considered my position here as a job, or work, but as an honor to serve all the Little Miracles families. I know that God has shown his purpose for me here, and has led the growth of Little Miracles, an organization that I consider a ministry to others.
I have always been fascinated by other cultures and countries and have put an extensive amount of time into research of religion, customs, geography of other people and places. I have dear friends around the world. I have a background in laboratory technology and paramedicine. Previously I worked in the non-profit management field for about nine years. I enjoyed the sector I worked in with teens coming from foreign countries on scholarships to enrich their education. I concentrated my work with the US Government program called Freedom Support Act and participated in the first ever Eastern European Students coming to the US after the fall of communism. These lucky students were carefully screened and tested and were the students that were at the top of their classes in high school and university. I was responsible for orientation, supervision, mediation, problem resolution and debriefing of all the students arriving from the former Soviet Union, living and departing from their American Adventure.
I participated and led some humanitarian missions numerous times in Mexico with other teams from different areas of the US. These missions had a haunting impact on my heart and brought me close to the compassionate heart of God . Always, as I held the poor, sick, malnourished, and hungry children, my thoughts would go back to Romania...Russia...and the former communist nations' oppressed children imprisoned in orphanages. I had previously seen the news documentaries about Romania in the early 90's and they had touched something deep inside of me. I would envision the precious contents that the understaffed, under financed and degenerating orphanages contained, inside the walls of peeling gray paint and crib lined rooms. A haunting self-rocking child in a semi-fetal position would appear and I would see this vision over and over. I would see children crying alone, without sound, without voices, without tears. I knew God was trying to tell me something!
I founded Little Miracles International in 1999 after our adoption of Maggie in December of 1998 who was 4 years old at adoption. We began to discuss not only helping with humanitarian aid, but to assist families to adopt. Little Miracles International was then licensed in the State of Texas. In December 2002 we adopted our second Romanian child, Rachel, then 10. In 2002 LMI assisted in the opening of the House of Angels in Romania, an Emergency Reception Shelter for children 0-3. From 2002-the first of 2004 we have seen 78 children find a permanent placement in Romania through our center, without the assistance of international adoption! We continue many humanitarian programs in other countries as well, and bring children to the US for medical treatment on medical visas.
Working with the LMI adoptive families and seeing their dreams realized, has been the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done in my lifetime. I cherish every moment of assisting families, through challenging times and happy endings!
Certified Texas Christian University Institute of Child Development, Trust-Based Relational Intervention Professional Training Program®
Please feel free to contact Lori if you have any questions about our agency or adoption!
"For this child I prayed, and the Lord hath granted me my petition which I asked of him"
~I Samuel 1:27~