Adoption Stories

2018 Adoption: The Rawe Family

A local non-profit is throwing a huge blowout to help bring a special needs girl home to Kentucky. The Rawe family of Campbell County is adopting a baby with Down Syndrome from Eastern Europe and the journey to get her to her new home won’t be easy. The Rawes knew that their family wasn’t complete and after suffering a series of miscarriages, they turned to the website Reece’s Rainbow. It was there that they learned some staggering statistics. Thousands of children across Europe and Asia are put up for adoption because they’re born with Down Syndrome. It was on that site that they found their little girl.


“It was kind of like, ‘oh, I think she’s ours’,” said Jackie Rawe.


Then the daunting cost of getting the little girl here began to set in. That is where Brack Duncan and Josh come in. The pair founded the non-profit Buddies of the Bluegrass, to raise money for Kentucky families adopting children with special needs. It just so happens that Brack was already thinking of throwing an event for Josh.

They are putting on an event with Kentucky musicians to raise the $20,000 to bring the Rawe’s little girl home. The event will include an ‘America’s Next Top Model’ alum.

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2020 Adoption: The Briscoe Family

Samuel and Leslie Briscoe are in the process of adopting their little boy from India. They met while attending Tennessee Tech University, and they have been married for six years. Samuel is an active duty soldier in the Army, and Leslie is a part-time student and a full-time mother. The Briscoes have a beautiful two-year-old daughter who is the light of their lives.


Samuel has always had the desire to adopt a child due to his experience with his youngest sister, who was adopted. Through his own family, he has seen firsthand the love and joy that comes through adoption, and he has always desired to give a child the same kind of love that his parents gave to his sister. Leslie was easy to convince in adopting a child, due to her great love and compassion for others. The Briscoes believe that every child deserves to have a warm home and a loving family, and they are thrilled and honored to be the parents of anther child.


Soon after the birth of their first child, the Briscoes felt impressed by God to start the process of adopting a child. They had not planned on adopting at this time, but the impression was so strong from God, that they knew there was a child waiting for them. They felt excited and nervous about the prospect of bringing a child into their family through adoption, but they could not deny that it was the right time.


The Briscoes had decided early on that they would adopt a child with differing abilities, but they had not considered adopting a child with Down syndrome. On the second day of reviewing referrals of waiting children, they were sent the file of a little boy with Down syndrome, and they both independently knew that he was their child.

They are very excited to bring their little boy home, and they can’t wait to officially add him to their family. Their daughter loves to kiss her brother’s picture, and she asks to watch his video. The Briscoes would like to thank Buddies of the Bluegrass for being part of their adoption journey. They are so grateful to be working with an organization who is promoting inclusion and creating a community that is supportive of all people. They would like to thank those who have taken the time to read their story.

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