Nate and Marisa Porter

are adopting a child from Colombia

(*Total does not count total from all source of funds).

The summer of 2022 changed our life forever when we undertook to host a 14 year old girl named *Li from an orphanage in South America at our home for six weeks. I'll never forget my family laying on a blanket under the Oklahoma fireworks and the google translate message I received later that night. "That was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. Thank you very much for showing me."

Anneka and Li were instant sisters! And though I told Anneka nothing about her story or adoption status, a few days before Li had to board the plane, she overheard that Li didn't have a family of her own. "Mommy, every night since that night, I prayed that we could be Li's forever family," she told me weeks later.

Some nights before she left, she would be sad, and I asked her why, and she said, "because it's one day closer to leaving." And she wouldn't be able to stop crying and I would hug her and tell her we felt the same.

The summer zoomed by and too soon this teen, who had become a member of our family, was boarding a plane for her country while we all said an emotional and difficult goodbye. The question that we had been asking God since we first saw her picture and bio, "could we be her forever family," was answered.

Especially since Li left us a letter telling us, "what was missing from my life was a family," and "I love you like family."

I miss the way she would give me pep talks if I was depressed about something. I miss the way she would delight over food, especially her food — [her country] food! And the music from Encanto, especially "We don't talk about Bruno." And oh her love for Sebastian Yatra — whom I'm now in love with as well.

I miss seeing Anneka and Li snuggled up on the couch, or begging to have a sleepover together, or giggling over language games Li would make up. I miss how happy they both were when they were together.

I miss the way she'd roll her eyes at me when I asked if she took her medicine. But then, after being here a few weeks, saying to me, "I like the way you are with me." Please help us bring our kiddo home! Seeing someone go back to an orphanage after they have already become part of your family is heartbreaking. We survive on hope, but we need the support of a village to make this dream come true.

Li will age out of the system when she is 16, and she's already 15, so time is running out! The adoption process takes a lot of time. It could take up to 1-2 years (but we don't have that long).

Some sad orphan facts: once they age out of the system, much to soon for our L., the statistics for thriving are not good. Suicide rates are high. Survival rates are low. Mental health is poor. Higher education or careers are low. Most orphans end up out in the streets. Please help us be one small change in this equation.

Adoption is expensive, costing around $30,000 and up for all the paperwork, social worker's time and expertise, and all the things the agencies do to both protect the kids and advocate for them and the family's applying for adoption. Then there are the travel expenses to L's country and the fact that we will need to be there for 4-6 weeks.

Yes, we are doing all we can with our personal finances, and applying for loans, and all the adoption-specific loans and grants, too, but all these things take TIME, and right now, time is something we don't have.

Thank you for your love and support!

Adoption Status

Completing Paperwork

Adoption Agency



  • Update 2

    I didn't imagine the $4,000 match would ever be matched

    September 29, 2022

    I am not actually exactly sure where we are with this, but I know we're close, and a week ago, I was feeling a bit of anxiety about this. I just thought everybody had given already, and there's no way we could come close to the match.

    But well over $3,000 of it has been matched! This is amazing and a miracle!

  • Update 1

    The next $335 will be doubled!

    September 18, 2022

    You've gotten us so close to our goal! The next $335 will be doubled. We only need $525 total because of this to reach our goal of $2400 by next week. This will allow our agency to continue working with us in the matching process.

    If you know of anyone you can share this matching opportunity with, please share. Have a blessed and restful Sunday!

$11,964 raised of $40,000 goal
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  • HoneyMT gave $310
    You guys got this! Praying for you.
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    I've loved seeing/reading about your family's journey. I'm praying you will be able to bring your sweet girl home soon.

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  • Shelby & Seth gave $50
    Sending love and hopeful wishes to all of you as you continue this journey together! ~ S, S, F & O

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  • Justin gave $1,124
    I have been saving my tithe money for a long time now. Mom said this was as good a cause as any. (:

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