There are many orphans in Ukraine and many children are deprived of parental care. Thus one of the priorities in the Center’s work is legal support of adoption, including international adoption.

The following information on adoption has been used with permission from the respective adoptive families.

The McNew Family

Dean and Denise McNew gave the love of their hearts to a little boy from Ukraine. Thanks to them Alexzander received a comfort of a caring home and loving parents in the place of the shelter of the orphanage.

The Manna Family

Coming a long and difficult way, Catherine found new parents and became part of Michael and Judy Manna family.

The Schlaack Family

A Journey of Adoption - The Schlaack Family

It is my pleasure to write of our adoption process in the Ukraine and our partnership with the “Law and Justice” Legal Center. Our journey began in 2006 when our hearts were led to the Ukraine to adopt a child.

We prayed for God’s child for us, as well as a facilitator to help us. A month later we had a child we wanted to pursue and a law office to work with.

As Christians, it is our firm conviction that it is our responsibility to care for those who are in need as James 1:27 states “This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” We could not merely read the words of God, but we were convicted that we must obey it as well. “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.” James 1:22.

The process for our adoption was challenging. Our lawyers had a great task ahead of them. They would need to meet with her family, the orphanage, and the officials in Ukraine to see if this would all be possible. During this time, our family and friends began to pray and pray for Victoria.

Three years later, through many obstacles and trials, we were invited to come to Ukraine to pursue the adoption of Victoria in February of 2009. We learned once again that God does work all things together for the good for those that love God and are called according to His purpose” Romans 8:28. We were able to see that God defends the orphan and the needy. We also were able to see that God has called believers into one body where we work together to bring Him glory, this was seen through our friendship and partnership with the lawyers.

We were able to spend much time with our lawyers and with the people in Ukraine. What a blessing they were to us. We were able to see the hearts of our lawyers as they fought for the rights of the children. We witnessed their love for their own people and their integrity as they dealt with many agencies and officials. It was truly our honor and privilege to be with them and to call them our friends.

In March 2009 we became the proud parents of child #6, Victoria. She is the perfect addition to our family. We have all learned about love from her and from one another. We see a glimpse of what love our heavenly Father has for us.

I John 4:11 “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” We are so thankful for the timing, the friends, the labor, and the blessing of adoption.

We could have taken a vacation, bought a new car, remodeled our home.

But a vacation will end, a car will rust, and our home will need to be remodeled again, but investing in a life of another person is eternal.

Time, money, and energy are never wasted when we invest in someone’s life. Best of all it is pleasing to our heavenly Father.

We highly recommend the “Law and Justice” Legal Center. We also encourage you to consider adoption to extend the love of God to someone else.


The Schlaack Family

John Lisa

Gabrielle ,Caleb, Victoria, Jonathan, Seth, and Sophia

John 15:12 “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”