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House Family Christmas

The House Family recently adopted Dima, a Russian orphan with Down Syndrome. They already had one son with the disorder, and the father, Charlie House, found Dima online. He was home from the Middle East, couldn’t sleep and was on the Internet in the middle of the night when an ad popped up to adopt a Russian child with Down syndrome. Charlie immediately decided to pursue adoption and he and his wife started raising money to pay for the adoption.

(Photos by Suzanne Rossi / The Free Lance-Star)