How and why did you decide to adopt?
We have been looking for a way to make a difference in the world. Because we have friends and family who have adopted, it seemed a natural place for us to start.
Why did you choose to adopt from South Africa?
I lived in South Africa and have always loved the people and culture there. We had talked about living there for a period of time with our children, long before the idea of adoption entered our minds, so it was very natural to begin the adoption process with South Africa when the news release stated that US families would now be able to adopt.
What has been the hardest part about the process so far?
As tough as the paperwork and the many obstacles that come with international adoption has been, waiting is the toughest.
What has been the most rewarding thing about the process so far?
Imagining and day-dreaming about Naso fitting into our family and him changing us.
What are some things you are worried about?
We worry because we know that he will grieve - for his mother he knew, for the friends he made during his time in the group foster home, and for the impact that the first 6-7 years of his rough little life has had on him. Will we be what he needs?
What are you excited about?
We are excited to make him a part of our family and see how much we will learn and grow and love as we make this transition.
What advice would you give someone thinking about adoption?
Follow your heart. Because this idea "snuck up" on us, we did not have the thousands it takes to adopt internationally. But because we have followed our heart, miracles have come and we take great comfort that we are following the path we feel compelled to take.
What advice would you give someone who can't adopt but would like to help orphans? Even if adoption is not in the future for your family, there are so many ways you can help orphans. I'm amazed at all those who advocate for these children all over the world. If your heart is in the U.S., then focus there. I have a strong belief that just beginning to think about doing good will turn into researching how, which will turn into discovery, which will turn into action. Never think you are too small to make a difference.
How can we help you?
We are raising money for the last of Naso's medical expenses and some remaining travel expenses at GoFundMe.
You can follow the rest of the Campbell's Adoption journey here. They are just waiting for their court date right now, and will be traveling very soon!
Thank you Campbell family for sharing your story!