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Matthew’s Child


“It is our belief that it takes a community to raise a child. Everyone is involved, be it parents, social workers, teachers, therapists, neighbors, friends or coaches. Not everyone is called to take children into their home; but those that are need support from others. A friendly word of encouragement or a cup a coffee; a night out to go on a real date; to feel supported by members of their communities as they work together to make a difference for children and families. You are the answer to that need.”

Matthew’s Child supports, advocates, educates and enhances the adoptive community, assisting foster children in Virginia’s Roanoke Valley with programs such as:

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Eden’s Closet – this foster care closet is available for new placements; when a child outgrows old clothes; back to school; or for children to stock up on clothes before they return home to their families.

First Night Meal – when you accept a new placement into your home, those first few nights can be hectic. Contact Matthew’s Child for a family meal or gift cards to local restaurants, and take the stress off dinner.

Car Seat Swap – if you accept a last minute placement and need a car seat, Matthew’s Child will provide a brand new car-seat, and request that you purchase a brand new car-seat when you are able to, and donate back to Matthew’s Child and pay it forward to other families in the future. “We cannot provide used car seats, so families replenishing our supply of new car seats are what make this program successful,” Director Melanie Couch says.

Until recently, Matthew’s Child has stayed anonymous.

“We bless people from the shadows, simply to encourage and support,” Melanie says. “The need is growing, and as a result, our resources must grow with it. We are looking to partner with other non-profits that have a like mind in goals. We would like to simply make a connection to see if our organizations can work together to assist the foster children in Roanoke Valley of Virginia.”

Community – Helping – Community

Matthew’s Child also creates a variety of Family Survival Kits for, well –everyone involved:

Kids – When a child first comes into foster care, they provide everything from basic baby essentials in a diaper bag, to hygiene products for teenagers.

Foster Parents – When they can, they provide gift baskets complete with a full date night package to say thanks for all foster parents do for their kids.

Workers – Like the foster parent baskets, they like to “love on” local workers who support adoptive families. They encourage nominations.

Family – Family survival kits promote attachment and togetherness and usually contain family activity gift cards, family games, etc.

Trainings – Matthew’s Child offers a wide variety of trainings both in the community, and at local agencies, partnering with area professionals.

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For a person who indeed has a passion for children’s fashion –I have no children of my own to shower with love. I’ve thought about adoption many times in my life. Matthew’s Child offers meals for families with new placements; gifts for children entering the system; support and love for families and parents; a swap option for needs a foster family may have, like kids clothing or furniture; and random acts of kindness for parents, kiddos and social workers who are making a difference every day.

If you live, run a business or a non-profit in the Roanoke Valley are and are interested in supporting your adoptive community, get to know the folks at Matthew’s Child.

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LÍLLÉbaby & The Guncles


A new baby carrier that celebrates adoption – Benefits the Independent Adoption Center

Popular baby carrier maker LÍLLÉbaby and The Guncles (aka Bill Horn and Scout Masterson) are collaborating on an original, new, limited-edition baby and doll carrier to celebrate adoption. The bold geometric print is available now on LILLEbaby.com and Amazon.com. A portion of the proceeds from sales will be donated to the Independent Adoption Center (IAC), a national non-profit adoption agency.

Who are The Guncles®?

100715_CRTPost_LILLEbaby The Guncles doll carrier Simone2For six seasons, millions tuned into reality TV’s Tori & Dean and saw the couple’s good friends who became known as The Guncles (the words gay + uncles combined) to their kids. Throughout the years, fans tuned in to be a part of Bill Horn and Scout Masterson’s commitment ceremony as well as their efforts to adopt a child of their own. In 2010, with the help of IAC, daughter Simone Lynn became part of the family, which grew again in 2014 with the addition of son Bosley Jo.

100715_CRTPost_LILLEbaby The Guncles All Seasons Bosley“When our friends at LÍLLÉbaby suggested we create our own custom print to be featured on their popular carriers, we knew we wanted to design a bold, geometric print that was cheerful, sophisticated, and unique,” The Guncles say. “We are proud to be able to use this project to benefit a charity near-and-dear to our hearts – the Independent Adoption Center.”

With a fresh box of crayons and a blank sheet of paper, The Guncles created the colorful print by hand, an expression of the joy and love that adoption has brought into their lives.

“We are excited to announce this beautiful new collection and love this bold, one-of-a-kind print created by Bill and Scout,” LÍLLÉbaby President Lisbeth Lehan says. “We followed their adoption process last year, and it feels very special to be able to assist them in giving back to the organization that made their family.”

Benefits of Babywearing

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“Wearing your baby is an amazing experience that serves you and your baby in so many ways,” Lisbeth says. “There are many benefits of babywearing, not the least of which is that it promotes bonding and attachment. Many social workers recommend babywearing as an effective way for new adoptive parents and children to bond. LÍLLÉbaby is thrilled to be a part of that essential bonding process and further support it through this collaboration.”

100715_CRTPost_LILLEbaby The Guncles Airflow Product ShotAll proceeds that The Guncles earn from the sale of this limited edition run of LÍLLÉbaby carriers will be donated to the IAC and LÍLLÉbaby is matching their donation. IAC plans to use the donations to assist adoptive parents with above expected or anticipated expenses, such as legal and medical fees.

“What a great and creative way for Bill and Scout to pay-it-forward to other adoptive parents with the help of LÍLLÉbaby’s wonderful products,” says Ann Wrixon, IAC Executive Director.

IAC is the largest open adoption agency in the country, facilitating adoptions in 49 states, and fully licensed with offices in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, New York, North Carolina, and Texas. Since opening in 1982, the IAC has successfully placed over 4,000 newborns with families in the United States. “The IAC is so grateful for their generosity.”

Good news for fans, too – The Guncles are currently in development on their own reality TV show.