Celebrating Four Years With Matthew

Matthew sits next to bunny and spring flowers

Matthew, turning 4, welcomes the spring

Tomorrow, Matthew Beckley will celebrate his fourth birthday.

It’s his third birthday celebration with his parents, Michelle and Michael, since coming home. Matthew was adopted through WACAP from Russia, where WACAP has worked since 1993 to find families for the 500,000+ children who live in institutional care. 

In June of 2009, WACAP helped Matthew find his family, and in honor of his birthday, Michael and Michelle reached out to WACAP to share a little about their son today and to send a donation in his honor. 

In their words:

“Wow, time sure flies! We are so fortunate to have this little boy in our lives. He is smart, funny, sweet, spunky, silly, happy, and opinionated, and just the reason for waking up sometimes. He is loved, loved, loved — and loved some more.”

picture of Matthew as a baby in his Baby home in Russia

Matthew in his baby home in Russia (the first photo the Beckley's received)

Although swimming lessons aren’t quite his cup of tea, Matthew does love reading and is very fond of animals (as his above picture gives away). He also enjoys the company of many friends, and his parents often find him singing a happy tune — another of his favorite pastimes.   

Michelle and Michael, thank you again for your very special donation, which will be used to find adoptive families for the children who continue to wait in Russian institutions. 

Matthew, as you celebrate this year in the music and company of your family, WACAP sends you our happy birthday wishes.


WACAP (World Association for Children and Parents) is one of the largest and most experienced international nonprofit adoption and child assistance agencies in the United States. Since 1976, we’ve placed over 10,000 children with loving adoptive parents and provided food, medical care and education to more than 200,000 children around the world.
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1 Response to Celebrating Four Years With Matthew

  1. Cheryl Stowell says:

    I think we met little Matthew at the WACAP Kids Day picnic the summer of 2009 and he had just come home. He was cute then and he’s even cuter now! Happy Birthday and I’m so glad to hear all is going well!

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