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Adoptive Families in Dysart from 100 Years Ago To Today

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DYSART, IowaŚ In a town of around 2,000 people, the population includes adoptive families with children from all over the world. It costs about $25,000 for an international adoption, though it varies for different countries.

Shawn Grimm owns and operates Orphan Annie's, a store that sells vintage re-purposed furniture. The business profits will fund her family's newest member, an adoption from Haiti.

"We just kept feeling a tap on our shoulder that we should revisit that whole idea," said Grimm.

The Grimm's are just one of many adoptive families in Dysart.

"We have some friends that have adopted three kids from Africa, another family from our church has adopted from Haiti," said Grimm.

One of those families is Carol Zeien, who owns the store Imagine This. Her family adopted their daughter from Asia and says international adoption is not an easy process.

"I have a great admiration for people who adopt because I know where it comes from in the heart and I'm glad to be a part of it," said Zeien.

The Grimm's adoption process from Haiti will take about two years.

"You go to Haiti, you meet your child, then you leave them behind for probably about 18 months," said Grimm.

Both mothers say although the process can be difficult, it is worth it.

"From what I can see from the families I do know, they're doing it because they have a genuine love in their heart for children and they see a need," said Zeien.

Dysart has a history of providing children with families. Over 100 years ago, the Orphan Train brought abandoned children from New York City out west. One of the trains brought six children to Dysart. Now the town has 25 descendants who still reside in Dysart.

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