STUCK is a new award-winning documentary film, produced by Both Ends Burning that uncovers the personal, real-life stories of children and parents navigating a rollercoaster of bureaucracy on their journeys through the international adoption system, each filled with hope, elation – and sometimes heartbreak.

STUCK steps into the complex human experience of adoption, exploring the challenges faced by birth parents, prospective adoptive parents – and children.

The film follows Tihun from Ethiopia, Nate from Vietnam, and Erickson and Therline from Haiti on their individual voyages from orphanages in their native countries to their homes with families in the United States. Filmmaker Thaddaeus Scheel tracks the chapters in the lives of these four children, and the three couples seeking to be their parents, revealing along the way the intense hope and disappointment they experience on the odyssey to unite as families. Some stories are heartwarming, showing incredible examples of kids who blossom after joining their families, while others offer insight into the emotional and physical impact institutional life can have on these kids.


Well, it has been a while since we updated everyone about the fundraising event held back in November. And to be honest, well, we were waiting on the Lord to provide the $30,000 that we thought He had in mind – to go along with the $30,000 matching gift. So, without further delay, we are happy/thrilled/elated to share with you that the final $2,000 came in just this week…which put us over the $30,000 mark! He did it! We now have over $60,000 in the Lookout For Orphans Fund to be given out to adopting families. Every penny will go towards bringing a child home.

Speaking of bringing children home, we are in the final weeks of bringing our son Kervens home! We are waiting with great anticipation and very little patience.  We have his passport and are simply waiting on his visa. We do not know how many weeks before we travel to get him, but we do know it is coming. Thank you all for your prayers.

-Carlee Hilger