Adoption Heart Ministries was created in 2006 by Bob and Katherine Sanford out of a desire and call to share what they have learned on their adoption journey. It is their prayer that it will be a blessing and encouragement to fellow journeymen on the path of parenting adopted children.

Bob and Katherine Sanford are the proud and blessed parents of 18 children: three by birth and fifteen by adoption. Through two domestic adoptions and three international adoptions, their experiences include: older children and toddler adoptions, two adoptions due to disruption, special needs adoptions, biracial adoption, host to adopt, foster care domestically and internationally, birth-order changes, bonding and attachment issues, language barriers, teaching ESL, learning difficulties, physical delay, mental delay, sexual abuse, physical abuse, mental abuse, death of a birthparent, siblings raised separately, birth children factor, homeschooling all their children.

The Sanfords are contacted weekly for information and advice from adoptive parents from across the United States. Through Adoption Heart Ministries, they desire to help educate and address the issues associated with adoption for Christian parents. Bob and Katherine have spoken on radio and television, written articles for magazines, and are in the process of writing two books.

Bob received a B.A. degree in Religious Studies from Randolph Macon College, Ashland, VA in 1983. He has since expanded his education to include Reformed Doctrine and Theology.

Katherine received a B.S. degree as a Recreational Therapist from Radford University, Radford, VA in 1986. She specialized in working with troubled youth, special needs, and geriatrics.

The family resides on six-acres in Downs, IL. All enjoy a good game of softball or Ultimate Frisbee, taking walks, riding bikes, playing games, camping (two very large tents!), Church, family worship, listening to good books read by Dad, and pizza with a movie. Nine children are living out on their own; three of which are married. Also, five grandchildren have joined the family with two more on the way. Bob and Katherine are members in good standing at Providence Church, CPC in Morton, IL where Bob also serves as Deacon-chair and treasurer.


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