The world is home to more than 170 million orphaned children.
It's a staggering statistic a Quincy family is hoping to change with the help of an organization called, Reece's Rainbow. The organization advocates for families looking to adopt children with Down Syndrome and other special needs. It raises funds for adoption grants for families, like Chris and Jill Reffett, who are looking to make a new home for many of these orphans.
Chris is a principal and special education coordinator in the Central School District and his wife Jill is an area director for Special Olympics Illinois. They have two biological children, a 3- and 4-year-old. Their oldest daughter was born with Down Syndrome.
Together, they're hoping to adopt two little girls with special needs from countries whose governments have made the adoption process more complicated. It also can be just as expensive as some American adoptions.
This weekend, you can help the Reffetts make the journey overseas to bring these girls home. Reece's Rainbow will host a mud volleyball tournament and pork lunch at the Adams Trading Post this Saturday, in Liberty, Ill. You can register a team by calling Jill, at 217-779-1332. The cost is $120/Team Double Elimination.
The Reffetts say the cost of the adoption and one-month stay overseas will cost them about $37,000.
Follow the family??s adoption journey on their blog at justclimbingdown.blogspot.com.