November is national adoption month.
It's a chance to highlight both domestic and international
adoptions happening all across the country.
One local family is sharing their own adoption story.
hoping to encourage others to do the same.
News eight's Eric Jacobson joins us now with more.
Mike and Martha,
Angie Schlesner and her family from Cashton have always
wanted to expand their family through adoption.
But instead of turning to adoption here in the U-S.
the family looked to Kyrgzstan in Central Asia.
And what they found.
is one special girl.
Angie Schlesner and her family are an open book.
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We stay pretty busy with the kids.
But when their family story turned another chapter...
We talked for a couple years about going from 3 to
That chapter had a different name.
In addition, we talked about how we were going to
do that, adoption was a word in our vocabulary for
a few years.
Angie and her husband contacted Lutheran Social Services
about looking to adopt outside the U.S.
In International adoption, the timeframe can look
Anywhere from 18 months to 3 three years.
That's when they found Sofia in Krygyzstan.
We just feel like the Lord brought her to us.
Sofia has Down Syndrome.
but that has made their love for her.
She may not be one of these kids that ends up leaving
the home and goes out on their own, and once we came
to be at peace with that thought, was when we decided
there must be a reason that we're ok with this.
And Sofia's presence.
now being here since August...
...has been a welcome new chapter.
Sofia is a sweetheart.
She's a good baby.
She isn't generally fussy, but she's kind of high
She has a lot of needs, which we want to meet.
Schlesner hopes her story can help others make the
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...and allow others to write their own stories.
When you decide to love and care for even just one
child that needs a home.
That's one less child that is subject to grow up without
a family at all.
In Cashton, EJ, N8.
Lutheran Social Services helps with domestic as well
as international adoptions for families in Wisconsin.
as well as upper Michigan.
They have three agency programs located in the Phillipines.
and Krygyzstan for families looking to adopt.
If you are interested in learning more .
you can head to the website.
l-s-s-adopt.org for more information.
Sofia is 2-and-a-half but this will be her first time
celebrating the holidays here.