AUBURN — Spring and Rich Gouette have three kids, an 11-year-old boy and two young girls. Louise and Brian Johnson have three boys; the oldest is 6. Each family considered adoption last fall, yearning to add to their young broods, but the time didn’t feel right for either. The Gouettes had their house up for sale. Moving invited uncertainty. The Johnsons prayed about adoption, leaving the decision with God. They weren’t yet feeling called.
And then, an earthquake struck Haiti in January.
The sale of their house had fallen through and the Gouettes couldn’t see waiting any longer. They connected with a Haitian orphanage through friends and immediately fell in love with a 9-year-old boy named Augenson. He was the one.
Then came news that he wasn’t alone.
Augenson had brothers, 6-year-old Wisler and 2-year-old Wisly.
“We were just in agony: ‘How do we separate the brothers?’” Spring Gouette said. “I put the word out on Facebook, ‘Here’s the deal …’”
Click on the link for the rest of this story by Kathryn Skelton in the Lewiston Sun Journal.
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An expedited adoption process
adds to the brood at
Richard and Carlyn Lenfestey’s home
WINTHROP — Reginald knelt on one of the three light-colored toddler beds lined up near the foot of his parents’ bed.
This one is Richard’s. This one is Sasia’s. This one is Reggie’s.
Though he just turned 3 in December, Reginald clearly relishes his new role of big brother.
On Friday, Richard, 2, and Sasia, 20 months, clung to mom Carlyn Lenfestey, who sat on her bed.
“It’s kind of like the romper room,” she said.
Dad, Matt Lenfestey, surveyed the room and his newly enlarged family, occasionally addressing the children in their native Creole language.
Up until Tuesday, Richard and Sasia lived in a creche, a home for orphans in Lagosette, on Haiti’s north coast.
The Lenfesteys adopted Reginald from the same creche and brought him home to Winthrop last June. Soon thereafter, they started the process of adopting Sasia and Richard.
Click on the link for the rest of the story by Betty Addams in today’s Kennebec Journal.
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Tagged adoption, aid, donation, earthquake, Haiti, Haitian, Kennebec Journal, orphanage, orphans, relief, Winthrop
Pittsfield couple says becoming
adopted parents is not too different
from births of their biological children
PITTSFIELD, Maine — The Logiodice household, with its five children, is about what you’d expect.
The four oldest — Donovan, 8, Braeden, 5, Christella, 5, and Bella, 4 — jump around and screech as they collaborate to keep half-deflated balloons off the floor. They knock a picture off the wall and Mom steps in.
“All right, guys, calm down,” says Amanda Logiodice patiently, shooing the balloons into a bedroom. A few minutes later Donovan and Braeden are at it again. “If you don’t stop I’m going to take this balloon outside and let it go,” says Mom, more firmly this time.
“Noooo!” cries Bella.
The girls are dressed in princess costumes; the boys pile a few dozen stuffed animals on the living room floor. One-year-old Jediah Junior toddles around in a constant quest to be held. Once held, even by a stranger, his kisses are free and plentiful.
But what seems like a common scene is not. Three of the siblings just met the other two on Wednesday. A week ago, Christella and Jediah Junior were in southern Haiti, where their orphanage crumbled around them in the terrible earthquake that struck on Jan. 12. They ate rationed meals of rice and water only twice a day. They lived among human corpses and all the other tragedy that is life today in southern Haiti.
Click on the link for the rest of the story by Christopher Cousins of the Bangor Daily News.