bound by love. joined by hearts.

two adopted children

Can you believe that one year ago today, you called me and told me the good news that in two weeks we would be going to Kaz? On February 13, we boarded a plane with such joy and anticipation. I could not stop thinking what did he or she looked like, how old would he or she be, would he like us, and what was Kazakhstan like! We had labored through all of the paperwork and appointments, and had a horrible experience with another agency. But that all of that melted away when we sat in the director's office, and they brought Alexander in, and placed him on my lap. I could not believe how beautiful he was, and how small. Although we could not speak each others language, LOVE as they say is a universal language. Thank you for making our dreams come true! We could not have been happier with LMI, and the staff in Kazakhstan.

Kevin and Nicole LordAdopted Alexander in Kazahstan

For years my husband and I tried to build a family by having our own children with little success. We tried to adopt from China, and were faced with unexpected delays in the program. Through fate, a very close friend of mine from college suggested we look at the Kazakhstan program and spoke very highly of Little Miracles. We decided to look at alternatives to building our family in the hopes that we would be able to welcome a child into our family. I instantly felt a connection with Little Miracles and our program coordinator, Andrea. Throughout the journey LMI was open and honest about the process and helped to set realistic expectations about timelines. They held my hand through the process from preparation of our dossier to preparing for our trip to meet our girls for the first time. Approximately 15 months following the completion of our initial application to LMI, my husband and I welcomed home two beautiful little daughters that happened to be biological sisters. We could not have imagined a better ending to our long journey and often times struggle of having a family. The team at Little Miracles is truly dedicated, passionate and professional from our program coordinator, Andrea to the wonderful in country team that welcomed us in their country. We have been home nearly 2 months with our lovely little girls and are amazed at how they continue to flourish everyday. We can not thank Little Miracles enough for helping to complete our family.

David & Lori Gatto, WashingtonAdopted Aya & Lucy, Semey, Kazakhstan, February '09

Sabina, came home with her mom, Elise, on April 2, 2009 at 3.5 years old. She has made an amazing transition to her new life. In only 8 short weeks, most people who meet her are amazed that her English language skills had developed so quickly, but what truly impresses her mom is how she has stepped into her new life and surroundings with such ease. Sabina spends most of her days playing in Central Park, visiting the Natural History Museum, taking toddler hip hop and yoga classes. I can’t imagine a more drastic change of environment for a young child to go through. Sabina seems to take each day in stride, instead of being fearful of her new world as I had been concerned she would be, she is a sponge, soaking in every new day, brave when facing a new experience and beyond curious to know and understand everything that she sees and hears. Sabina lived at the Baby House in Semey, Kazakhstan since she was 2 months old; her development and bright spirit are a testament to the great care she received those first 3 years of her life and thanks to the wonderful folks at Little Miracles, who patiently calmed my pre-adoption anxieties and brought Sabina and I together we are now a family.

Elise PrestonAdopted Sabina, Semey, Kazakhstan, April 2, 2009

With months of research, countless phone calls and interviews we decided to put our trust in LMI to bring our little miracle home. From our first conversation with our coordinator, we felt in our hearts we had made the right choice in a leap of faith in our quest to bring our son home. Lisa acted as if she was part of our family. Her follow up and ability to communicate gained our trust and at times when our situation looked bleak with the current political climate in Guatemala she was our biggest cheer leader! We appreciate the up front professionalism and warmth that LMI provided in perhaps our families biggest decision. Phone calls were returned immediately, information in real time was outstanding, and never did we feel that we were in the dark or that our concerns were not addressed. Rare in today’s world! From our first encounter with our son and the foster family we were amazed to witness the warmth and love Nicco was receiving. The whole team from LMI went out there way to make us feel secure and safe; we felt we were among friends. Going the extra mile was their motto, never did we encounter “we can not do that.” Again, very rare. Our son has adjusted quickly and has had no problems, We attribute our good fortune to the foster family that cared and loved him in his first months of life. We are blessed and can not imagine our family without him! It is our honor to recommend LMI, we believe you can count on them to perform miracles!

Christopher and Kelly BorsaAdopted Nicco from Guatemala, Spring '08

In every way, Little Miracles lives up to its name. On a daily basis, they help to create miracles and to fulfill the dreams of so many families. They strive to provide beautiful children with loving homes. From start to finish, my adoption was flawless. There were no surprises. The fees were exactly as stated, the medical records were accurate, and there was no hidden agenda. My daughter, Hayden, has been home for almost 9 months now and she is just thriving. She is a joy and a delight and consistently charms those around her. From day one, Little Miracles was there to hold my hand. They answered my questions in a timely manner, calmed my fears throughout the process and addressed my concerns with honesty and integrity. I never felt like a number or a client, but instead I felt like a friend. Andrea, my Kazakhstan coordinator, treated me with so much love, caring and kindness and I trusted her completely. The in-country associates in Kazakhstan were absolutely wonderful. They were friendly, reliable, protective and knowledgeable. They went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable and safe. They understood that it can become lonely being away from home for such an extended period of time and they did their best to keep us entertained and to show us the “Sights of Semey”. We even had the opportunity to exercise at the gym and we celebrated our adoptions with a very unique spa experience. Although I had initially planned to complete my adoption in two trips, I changed my mind half way through the first trip. The associates were so supportive and made the necessary arrangements for me to extend my stay. Adoption is truly a leap of faith. If I one day decide to take this leap again, I will look no further than Little Miracles. I thank God every day for bringing Andrea and the Little Miracles staff, both in the US and in Kazakhstan into my life. They are truly the best. I feel privileged to be Hayden’s mom. Thank you, Little Miracles, for bringing us together.

Joanie VignovichAdopted Hayden from Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan, November '07

When we decided to adopt from Kazakhstan, we spent a lot of time and effort researching and interviewing agencies. We chose LMI because of their excellent reputation in Kazakhstan adoptions. We read several blogs and message board posts of families who had used LMI, and there were only positive comments. When we interviewed Andrea (Kazakhstan coordinator), we felt she was open, honest, and willing to answer any question. Our adoption process with LMI was flawless. We spoke with Andrea at least weekly, and she kept us abreast of the state of our adoption. She guided us through all the paperwork and gave us moral support during the long waiting periods. The in-country staff in both Semey and Almaty were wonderful. They had a true desire to help us become parents of our first son, Owen. Too, they did anything necessary to make us feel as comfortable as possible and to expedite the process and thus minimize the length of our stay. They did everything from driving us around for errands to hauling a crib up five flights of stairs. We cannot thank the in-country staff enough and will always remember them. We are forever indebted to LMI for uniting us with our son, and we plan to use LMI for future adoptions.

Stewart and AshleeAdopted Owen from Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan, August '07

We recently returned from Kazakhstan on August 17th 2007 . We could not be happier. Our son is just beautiful and we can’t figure out how we ever lived without him. The LMI team stateside is fantastic and you could not ask for a better group of associates to coordinate your adoption in Semey. We were provided for very well while in country and the fees charged were to the penny. We never experienced one single problem. If it was within their power to provide something for us that we wanted or needed they went above and beyond. We were a group of six and they managed to cater to each and every one of us and let me tell you we were a handful. It was a life altering experience and we would never consider or recommend doing it without the help of Little Miracles. Our son is happy, healthy, and the center of our world.

Kevin and Stacey Burd, KentuckyAdopted Benjamin from Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan, August 2007

1) Communication from LMI as soon as we started looking into the agency. They took time to answer our questions. We weren’t clients – just lookey-loos. They actually talked in great length about the Kaz adoption program, not just telling us they would send out a brochure. When they did send their info – it was all thru email and we got EVERYTHING immediately – didn’t have to wait for snail mail to bring us their package. A+ on that one. 2) Feedback from many many others showed LMI as a strong, well connected agency who had a great reputation within the adoption community. When there were problems with PAP’s adoptions (and they do happen), we heard nothing but good things about how LMI handled the situation and that it ended in a positive way. 3) I think it says something about an agency when former clients will recommend them to others. LMI kept coming up everywhere. 4) Being from the South, we wanted the southern hospitality during these next trying months. It sounds silly, but it helps! 5) Smaller hands on agency–you don’t get lost in the shuffle. 6) For our Kaz adoption we wanted the very best agency we could find. LMI fits the bill. After going thru a Russian adoption and being around IA for almost 7 years, we have watched as friends have made bad choices with regards to agencies and we have seen them go thru heartache. We didn’t want to take any chances – we wanted tried and true with the very best contacts.

Terri Martin, Oklahoma

We are crazy about our daughter. She is all we dreamed about. She is very smart, clever, funny and loves the family. She already knows we are a family. She loves to give kisses and hugs. All I can say is that the waiting and suffering of all these years is all worth it because at the end God gave us what we wanted--our Little Miracle. I loved the people in Kaz. Little Miracles has great teams working in Kazakhstan. Olga, Pasha, Lariza, Katia even Nicolas the other driver were all excellent. You fall in love with them; they take care of you like gold; and they become your family in Kaz in the process!! They are our family in Semey,Kazakhstan. I owe all my happiness to Olga (I would call her Angel Olga) for finding the right Miracle child for us, Angela. They were with me all the way and they found the child I dreamed about. I wouldn't have survived those final days without Marina and Sam in Almaty. They made me feel at home and the days went by faster for me and Angela. The process went so smooth...no mistakes, no draw backs...like clock work from start to finish. The teams are very professional that know exactly what is going on in their jobs and at the same time we met great down to earth people and made great friends. Thank you Little Miracles!

Giovanni and Blanca SteaAdopted Angela, Kazakhstan April '06

We are crazy about our daughter. She is all we dreamed about. She is very smart, clever, funny and loves the family. She already knows we are a family. She loves to give kisses and hugs. All I can say is that the waiting and suffering of all these years is all worth it because at the end God gave us what we wanted--our Little Miracle. I loved the people in Kaz. Little Miracles has great teams working in Kazakhstan. Olga, Pasha, Lariza, Katia even Nicolas the other driver were all excellent. You fall in love with them; they take care of you like gold; and they become your family in Kaz in the process!! They are our family in Semey,Kazakhstan. I owe all my happiness to Olga (I would call her Angel Olga) for finding the right Miracle child for us, Angela. They were with me all the way and they found the child I dreamed about. I wouldn't have survived those final days without Marina and Sam in Almaty. They made me feel at home and the days went by faster for me and Angela. The process went so smooth...no mistakes, no draw backs...like clock work from start to finish. The teams are very professional that know exactly what is going on in their jobs and at the same time we met great down to earth people and made great friends. Thank you Little Miracles!

Giovanni and Blanca SteaAdopted Angela, Kazakhstan April '06

We researched many agencies before talking with Lisa Glover from LMI. She was knowledgeable about different programs and helped us choose one that best fit our needs. We completed our dossier very fast and were matched with a sweet, healthy baby even faster. It was fun to get news from Lisa, as she was always as excited as we were! What a blessing to visit our baby while waiting for the paperwork to be processed! We met the foster family and felt comfortable that somebody knowledgeable and loving was caring for our daughter in our absence. We were able to see how hard working the team was on the Guatemalan side. Our daughter has been home 8 months now. We have the joy of bonding with her and watching her bond with siblings. Life has never been sweeter.

Morales FamilyAdopted Margareth, from Guatemala, February '08