Tom & Heather Bress are adopting a boy from Colombia

Maryland

adopting from
Colombia
fundraising goal
$15,000
adoption status
Child Identified
adoption agency
Catholic Charities
Our Story
Donors (93)
We are the Bress family: Tom, Heather, Nathan (13) and Zachary (10). Last spring our family discerned a call to adopt again. We didn't feel the desire to adopt an infant or toddler, as our kids are older. We wondered, could we be called to adopt an older child? This is something that in the past we would never have considered. Everyone knows that those children are too damaged, too hard, too scary.

Except that our God is the God who removes all fear. Who opens hearts and gives grace. Who calls us to care for the orphan and tells us all things are possible with Him. We know beyond the shadow of a doubt that this is what we are being called to do.

In July we hosted a sweet 12-year-old boy named Jean Carlos from Colombia, and we fell in love! We had the pleasure of giving him his first swimming lessons, his first time camping, and his first time seeing the ocean. We saw that he is just a normal kid who was orphaned through no fault of his own. He is so brave, so affectionate, so drawn to babies and small children! He loves swimming and water balloon fights, drawing and Monopoly, and befriended children and adults alike, charming them with his eager attempts to converse in English.

Several weeks after he returned to Colombia, we were able to tell him that we wanted to adopt him, and we are leaving to bring him home early in February of 2017.

The adoption will cost about $40,000. We have saved $25,000 of that and hope to raise the remaining $15,000 through fundraising efforts. Family and friends have expressed an interest in being part of the journey to bring our new son home through a financial gift. We are grateful to be a part of Adopt Together, which makes your gift tax-deductible.

We feel honored that God would choose us to parent this amazing child and are grateful that there are people out there with hearts for the orphan who can help us make Jean Carlos's dream of a family a reality. Thank you for your prayers and your assistance!

Gratefully,
Tom and Heather Bress
Yury
"God bless you ! "
February 20, 2017
Victoria Stevens gave $293
February 1, 2017
Theresa Wellons
January 31, 2017
Mary Pat Donoghue gave $50
"Much love and prayers for your effort to bring Jean Carlos home!"
January 31, 2017
The Shelfers gave $200
January 31, 2017
Ellen Jasinski gave $49
January 28, 2017
Rob and Anne Henry gave $100
"Blessings to your sweet family."
January 23, 2017
Matthew Bowman gave $98
January 22, 2017
The Rulos gave $50
"Love and prayers for your beautiful family!"
January 16, 2017
The Beckwith Family gave $50
January 13, 2017
Cortney Long gave $40
January 12, 2017
The Riordon Family gave $100
"May God bless you all!"
January 12, 2017
The Brummonds
"From one adoptive family to another. Prayers!"
January 9, 2017
Katherine Kramer
"The Kramers are praying!"
January 7, 2017
Jane M. Ruffing
"God bless you as you journey through the final steps to bringing Jean home. Safe travels for all of you."
January 6, 2017
The Raymond Family gave $40
January 6, 2017
Cafe Azul (Monica Serrano gave $100
"Wishes to an amazing future for your son and family! My mother is from Colombia and the people are so warm and happy."
January 6, 2017
Matera family406095562162 gave $80
January 6, 2017
Richardson Family gave $60
January 6, 2017
The Requena Family gave $40
January 5, 2017
the Parode Family
January 5, 2017
Kendra Jochum gave $100
"Peace and Blessings to Your Growing Family!"
January 5, 2017
Marlana Portolano gave $100
"Hi Heather. I hope to meet you in February at the TOP meeting. I am a chapter member who has been on extended leave for about 10 years because of five older-child international adoptions--all gown up now and settled down! All the best to you and your family, Lana"
December 31, 2016
Barbara Smith gave $98
December 29, 2016
Therese Errigo gave $100
"Congratulations! And Welcome to America, Carlos! All prayers for a very happy future with your new family! God bless you all lots and lots!"
December 29, 2016
Susie Currie gave $146
December 27, 2016
Katherine Stroud gave $40
"God Bless and Merry Christmas!"
December 22, 2016
Kari Flynn gave $35
December 21, 2016
Iwona D'Andrade gave $20
December 19, 2016
Nneka Barnes gave $200
December 14, 2016
Anonymous gave $300
"Good luck on your adoption and many blessings!!!"
November 30, 2016
Anonymous gave $130
November 19, 2016
Lauren Buschbacher gave $489
November 14, 2016
Anonymous
November 11, 2016
Virtue Connection gave $107
November 1, 2016
The Guevaras gave $200
"Can't wait to hear the good news that he's home!"
November 1, 2016
The Contreras Family gave $40
"Here's to nothing standing in your way. Lots of love."
November 1, 2016
Teri Frontin gave $25
"Great idea and what a blessing for this child!"
November 1, 2016
The O'Donnell Family
October 31, 2016
Cathy and Mark Knepper gave $100
October 27, 2016
The Kenneally Family
October 22, 2016
Guarnere Family
"God bless you all. Can't wait for you all to enjoy many, MANY years of "happily ever after.""
October 21, 2016
Lichtenwalner Family gave $60
"Praying for you and Jean!"
October 21, 2016
Catherine Maresca gave $58
October 20, 2016
Mindy Anderson & Family gave $20
"God bless your family and Jean as you make this beautiful transition!"
October 19, 2016
Jan Di Iulio gave $250
"God bless your family!"
October 19, 2016
Lathrop Family
October 19, 2016
The DiIulio Family
"So excited for this to become a reality for your family and Jean! We continue to hold you in our prayers!"
October 19, 2016
Lisi, Avery Grace, Wesley
"God Bless you all"
October 18, 2016
Brackins Family gave $40
"Prayers for your growing family!"
October 18, 2016
Berry Family gave $120
"congratulations!"
October 18, 2016
Touched by your Story gave $20
"Jean, may you feel the care, concern and love that surround you now and always."
October 17, 2016
Mary and David Jividen gave $20
October 17, 2016
The Farajs
"May Our Lord Jesus bless you as you model the families we are all called to be!"
October 17, 2016
The Hood Family gave $40
October 17, 2016
Basil gave $60
"God bless you all. Good luck on your adventure!"
October 17, 2016
The Chenet Family gave $125
"We are praying for you."
October 16, 2016
The Fodor Family gave $40
October 16, 2016
Solares Family
"We hope you will soon have Jean Carlos at home. You are in our prayers."
October 16, 2016
Mary Ann Novak gave $40
"I have the greatest admiration for you and your family and for Jean-Carlos too. May God be with you all, and may St Theresa of Avila watch over you. Mary Ann"
October 15, 2016
Kathleen Brunner gave $20
"The Brunner Family"
October 14, 2016
Rebecca gave $100
October 14, 2016
Mike and Annie Norton gave $100
"God bless you guys!"
October 14, 2016
Dickson family gave $40
October 13, 2016
The Longs gave $20
"It is not much but wanted to show our solidarity! So blessed to know you guys!!"
October 13, 2016
Garvey family gave $200
"I think this is just wonderful. Thank you so much for letting us be a part of this beautiful story. Lots of love, Katie Garvey"
October 13, 2016
Bundren Family gave $20
"We are excited you all! We, too, have adopted our two sons from Colombia in recent months."
October 13, 2016
The Smith Family
October 13, 2016
Anonymous
October 13, 2016
The Gorman family
October 13, 2016
Kathryn Murphy gave $39
October 12, 2016
Anonymous gave $100
October 12, 2016
Anonymous gave $100
October 12, 2016
The Walden Family gave $100
"Love, The Walden Family"
October 12, 2016
The Rajnes Family
October 12, 2016
Taryn Okuma gave $39
October 11, 2016
Christi Roniger gave $19
October 11, 2016
The Kreps family gave $100
October 11, 2016
The Faitel Family gave $100
"We are praying for you! Love, The Faitel Family"
October 11, 2016
Maurisa Mayerle gave $40
"Please put The Mayerle Family on our puzzle piece. God bless you! We are praying for you!"
October 11, 2016
Duggan gave $130
"We are happy to help bring your young man home to wonderful God filled parents."
October 10, 2016
Karen Parker
October 10, 2016
Kit Slack
"Praying for Jean and you all while you wait!"
October 5, 2016
Heather Dengler
October 2, 2016
Anonymous
"We are so excited for you and Juan Carlos. You all are in our prayers!"
October 1, 2016
Margot Davidson gave $100
October 1, 2016
Anonymous gave $50
"Prayers for you all. Thank you for answering God's call to adopt."
October 1, 2016
Robert & Myra Eppinger gave $100
"After reading "Jean's Journey." we were both moved tremendously. Despite the fact that we are both retired and with limited finances, we've decided to make a financial donation and also to let you know that we will add your family to our daily rosary intentions. God bless and may He speed this adoption process!!"
October 1, 2016
Cynthia Finley
September 27, 2016
Michelle Widmer Schultz Fine Art gave $127
September 24, 2016
Nury Siekkinen
September 24, 2016
Lee & Sandra Schmidt gave $205
"Heather as you suggested in your email this morning, I am designating payment as a donation towards our adoption as a a tax-deductible credit card payment through your profile at AdoptTogether. I am registering for the 9/24 Sauteing,10/15 - Satisfying Soups, and 11/19 - Roasting for a total of $205."
September 24, 2016
Nury Siekkinen
"I'm happy to help!"
September 23, 2016

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Yury
"God bless you ! "
February 20, 2017
Victoria Stevens gave $293
February 1, 2017
Theresa Wellons
January 31, 2017
Mary Pat Donoghue gave $50
"Much love and prayers for your effort to bring Jean Carlos home!"
January 31, 2017
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