Empty Nest Adoptions

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Bob and Tracy Gavigan have been married for 30 years and are the proud parents of four biological children. Earlier in their marriage, they had considered adoption, but the timing never seemed right. With most of their children grown, Bob and Tracy finally took the leap and brought home two-year-old Sophie from China last December.

Dwayne and Marla Hastings have been married for 30 years and were already the parents of five children when Marla felt called to expand their family. Over the last several years, the Hastings have adopted three children from China: Grace, James and Hudson. At first their friends thought they were crazy. But Dwayne and Marla knew they had much to offer children in need of a loving family.

Shane Pass is the children’s minister at Clearview Baptist Church in Franklin, Tennessee. With help from his wife Heather, Shane started an adoption ministry that provides financial and emotional support to families pursuing adoption. Shane and Heather had been married for 17 years but had no children and finally decided to pursue adoption. Although three adoption attempts fell through, Shane and Heather refused to lose hope. Six months before the time of filming, their faith was rewarded when they adopted a baby girl named Hallie.

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