Thomson family opens home to adopted child
By Caitlin Boland

The Hadden family, Jonathan, Kim, Ella and Jude, are shown above. Jonathan and Kim will soon travel to Burundi, Africa, to pick up Henry Elijah Hadden, their new adopted child.
Henry Elijah Hadden is shown above. The Hadden family, of Thomson, will soon welcome Henry into their home.
The Hadden family, comprised of Jonathan, Kim, Ella and Jude, will soon expand to a family of five.
Jonathan and Kim Hadden will soon travel to Burundi, Africa, to pick up Henry Elijah Hadden, a three-year-old boy they have adopted. The trip will end a three-year adoption process that the Haddens began in November 2014.
I had watched a couple of documentaries about adoption, and adoption is something we had talked about for years," Kim Hadden said. We never really thought we would be able to make it happen, but it was something we had a heart for for years, specifically adopting from Africa.
In January 2015, Hadden said they began researching adoption, and they began looking at Haiti.
We started to Google Christian adoption agencies. The first one we actually applied to was Haiti because we fit the parameters for it as far as age and income. We were put on a waiting list, and very shortly after that, within a few weeks, we were told they werent taking anymore adoptions.
After that door shut, Hadden said they then found an organization called All Gods Children International that had a pilot program in Burundi, Africa. The Haddens fit the parameters, so they decided to do the pre-application. Then they were able to fill out the big application.
In July 2016, Hadden said they were matched with a one-and-a-half year old child who had been abandoned on the streets of Burundi at 10 days old.
His birthday was actually in November 2014, and that was when God started saying, Hey Ive got a kid over there that you need to adopt, Hadden said.
Hadden said the paperwork and adoption were approved in Burundi in April 2017, and the Haddens have recently received a date to travel to Burundi to pick up Henry.
Its been long and arduous. Really, Gods had his hand on everything," Hadden said. Its gone pretty smoothly. Its been long for the kids because when you say hey youre getting a brother its usually a nine-month process but its been two years later and theyre like wheres the brother? Patience is a virtue when you adopt.
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