Help us bring Losha and Denis home.

Please scroll through our site, read our story, and share in our journey to becoming a family.

Hello from the Raefs!

We’re Tom and Melissa Raef. We’re growing our family through adoption, and we hope that you will be part of our journey. We’ve always known that adoption is our calling, and after 10 years of wedded bliss and dreaming of this day, we’re excited to share our news! We’re adopting!

A Perfect Match:

This past summer we hosted two siblings from Ukraine, Luda and Losha. There are three siblings total, but the youngest, Denis, was not eligible for the hosting program. We fell in love and knew immediately we are meant to be a family. Sadly, the hosting program was short, and twenty days after it all began, we tearfully said our goodbyes in the airport and watched the kids head back to Ukraine. It was heartbreaking to stand by helplessly as the children we've bonded with as a family were ushered away from us and through the international terminal. But we will never forget our loving little guy jumping up and down all the way through the international terminal line as he looked back at us, trying to make one last connection before he was out of sight. We saw you, buddy, and we’re working hard to bring you home.

The Journey Home:

We’ve come a long way on our adoption journey. We’ve satisfied all of our state requirements, and we’re very close to finishing our dossier – international requirements. We’re working through a list of grant opportunities, and, of course, we’ve been saving for this moment. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the road ahead, but we’re staying positive by taking it one step at a time; after all, this is the exciting part. This is when over a year of hard work, paperwork, meetings, classes, and more turns into an opportunity to adopt. So here’s the hard part. We’re asking that you consider supporting us in any way possible to help offset some of our impending adoption expenses. There are several ways to help: share our website on social media, tell our story, or donate to our adoption fundraiser. If this is something that you’d like to do, please click on the “Contribute” button for more information. Every contribution gets us one step closer to reuniting and becoming a forever family.

Thank you for reading our story. Please click through our site to learn more about the kids and our time together.

With love,

Tom and Melissa

“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” – John 14:18

Would you like to come along on our journey?