Roth family advocates for adoption

November is National Adoption Month, and a local family is doing their part to help children find forever homes.

SUMMERSET, S.D. – Families come in all shapes and sizes. For Wes and Kim Roth, they always knew they wanted a family and were interested in adopting. After considering their options, they went to Bethany Christian Services for assistance. They first adopted 6-month-old Kaleb from Ethiopia in 2011 then added Elsie to the family in 2013. She was 19 months old and from China.

Wes says, “Our family, you know, I can’t see it any other way. Kaleb and Elsie are just miracles and God had a plan for our family. We are a diverse family; we don’t look like every family in the region or even in South Dakota. And we love just being Kaleb and Elsie’s mom and dad.”

The Roths were recently nominated by U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds for the Angels in Adoption Award. The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s Angels in Adoption Program honors individuals, couples and organizations that have helped children in need of families.

Wes has worked in the office of U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) since 2005 and has assisted many adoptive families with immigration applications and paperwork. Outside of work, he also serves on the Board of Directors for Bethany Christian Services in Rapid City.

Kim volunteers at adoption events throughout the Black Hills. She also heads up a Facebook group for adoptive families to give advice and answer questions about the process.

Kim says, “That is so valuable because you don’t have a lot of friends that maybe have walked down that journey, and so having a group of people that you can connect to is really valuable. It’s just like any parenting situation – you want someone to turn to or to rely on.”

The Roths’ advice for others going down the path of adoption is, “It’s not always easy, but it is worth it.”

Wes says, “A lot of people think adoption is hard or there’s a lot of work, like you need all this money up front, and that’s not the case. And there so many professionals there to help you through this process and answer questions.”

Kim adds, “You go through that process and there’s definitely some time for adjusting and that could take a lot of work and reestablishing kind of how your family operates. But now, I mean, we’re just basically a normal family. We got two great kids and that’s such a huge blessing.”

Kaleb & Elsie Roth, behind the scenes

To learn more about the Angels in Adoption Program, click here.

To nominate someone for our Faces in the Crowd segment, click here. 

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