Corey Swiftney and Kate Swiftney hoped their second adoption process would be quick and seamless after their first one from Ethiopia, but it’s been anything but easy.

By Cassy Arsenault (Fox17) |

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— A family in West Michigan says they are up against the clock after their international adoption, just two weeks away from being finalized, was stopped in its tracks. The boy they’re hoping to call their son is a 4-year-old with a heart condition. The heart defect’s long-lasting implications are still unknown.

The Swiftneys are an experienced family when it comes to international adoptions in Ethiopia. It was going to be their second adoption from the country. They adopted now-4-year-old Declan when he was just months old. The Swiftneys hoped the second time around would be quick and seamless after their first adoption from Ethiopia, but it’s been anything but easy.

“Bonding happens the younger the child comes and the better bond,” said Kate Swiftney when talking about the many reasons she wished her soon-to-be-son, Til, was already here. “He was our son the minute we accepted a referral for him.”

Kate and her husband Corey said adoption was always in the plan for them. They have two biological daughters of their own, then they adopted Declan, and now they are trying to adopt Tilahun, or Til, as they like to call him for short.

“I saw a post on Facebook, a little boy who had a heart condition, and they were looking for help. So we called our adoption agency, and asked them what can we do? Do you need financial support? Our caseworker laughed and said ‘It’s really funny you called because what do you think about adopting him?’”

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