The Doyle’s Story: Leaving Eden In Uganda

Sunday March 4th, One Seed Organization is holding a fundraiser at Puffy Muffin in Brentwood, TN for Lindsey and Ryan Doyle.  All proceeds will help the family bring their legally adopted daughter home from Uganda.
Several months ago, Eden Hannah was brought to a care center for children in the small village of Masindi, Uganda.  She was addicted to drugs, and was going through withdrawal.  The nurses who cared for her were also caring for other babies in the process of being adopted from Nashville, and eventually, word got back that a new young girl was in need of an adoptive family.
Enter Ryan and Lindsey Doyle.  With four young children, the Doyle’s have long had a heart for adoption.  Two years ago they adopted their youngest, Judah from Uganda.  In the fall of 2011, they learned of Eden Hannah’s predicament, and committed to bringing her into their family—no matter what.
As the months went by, the nurses confirmed that Eden Hannah was miraculously HIV-free and had survived a deadly case of dysentery.  Lindsey Doyle left for her first trip to Uganda in October, stayed for three weeks, and scheduled a court date for November 9th.   On that date and against all odds, the Ugandan judge passed legal guardianship of Eden Hannah to the Doyle’s.
Adoption is very new in Uganda.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs, only sixty-two Ugandan adoptions were completed in 2010.   In 2011, that number rose to 207.  In fact, many Ugandan judges have been reluctant to grant adoptions—hoping instead that these children can grow up in their own nation.  On the other hand, the U.S. has also been reluctant to grant adopted children visas.  Immigration Services requires sufficient evidence proving that a child is a true orphan, not just taken from their families, for money or other purposes.
“Every day visas are being denied,” Lindsey Doyle said.  She would know.  Eden Hannah’s visa was denied, too.
“We’re fighting the U.S.” Lindsay said, three fingers in the air, “We have three lawyers. One in Uganda, one in Washington D.C., and a local lawyer that’s helping.”
After spending a total seven weeks with Eden Hannah, Lindsay came home November 25 without her.  Since then, the Doyle’s youngest daughter has been in the care of Katie Davis, a Brentwood native living in Uganda.  Today, the Doyle’s are still waiting on an e-mail from U.S. Immigration Services granting Eden Hannah a visa to come home.   And the bills are piling up.
“This adoption has cost much more than we expected,” Lindsey explained.  In fact, the Doyle’s recently took out a loan and sold a family vehicle to cover some of the unforeseen costs.
Now, the Doyle’s are considering an international move.
If Eden Hannah is repeatedly denied permission to come to the United States, Lindsey, Ryan, Noah, Bella, Emma Lynn, and Judah Doyle would move to Uganda to be with her.  She is a Doyle, after all.  And they committed to be her family—no matter what.

How you can help:
Visit Lindsey and Ryan’s blog to learn more about Eden Hannah.  Donate (even something small!) to help bring her home. Or attend the fundraiser at Puffy Muffin from 10:30 to 2:00pm Sunday March 4th.   It will have a limited menu, and all proceeds will help bring Eden Hannah home.