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Faith Based and Community Initiatives Family Stories

 

Todd and Emily Vesper, Overland Park, Kansas

 

 

The Vesper family was called to help children in need after watching a news story three years ago, about a little boy with down syndrome who allegedly suffered abuse at the hand of his mother. The Vespers were moved to tears and immediately contacted a foster care provider for the State of Kansas. They took the required classes, obtained their licensing and opened their home to a baby girl. Thirteen months later, the little girl became a permanent member of the Vesper family. They invite others to take this same journey and feel the joy of bringing love, security and hope to a child in need.

 

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Mike and Beth Calhoon, Holton, Kansas

 

 

Mike and Beth Calhoon were introduced to the world of foster care when Beth learned a student at her school was in a difficult situation and would need to leave his current home. “Guess what, it’s a boy,” Beth said to her husband. She stepped up quickly to provide an emergency placement so the student could stay in the community and school. The Calhoons didn’t stop there. They took the necessary courses and obtained licensing to help other children in need. The couple has older children and they say their biological children are happy to have younger siblings. The older children have been inspired by their parents’ example and would like to serve as foster and adoptive parents as well someday. Mike and Beth have adopted two children who came into their home in need of foster care. “People don’t even realize the rewards and the impact you have on some of these kids,” Mike said.

 

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Kyle and Lori Zuber, Wichita, Kansas

 

Kyle and Lori Zuber had always wanted to adopt. Kyle was adopted and so was his mother. It was something that Kyle and Lori had discussed before they got married and were very passionate about it. The Zubers began the required classes in 2011, when they learned about the need to adopt older children. The Zubers knew they were led to a boy who was 11 at the time. At the end of one month, the boy was living with them and after six months, the recommendation was made to finalize the adoption.  Kyle and Lori know they can’t change a child’s past but they can give them a brighter future.

 

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