We are Lee and Andie Hendrickson, founders of Heaven
Sent. We have been married for 10 years and are survivors of infertility (check out Heaven Sent’s
sister group, Cycles of Insanity website listed on the Resources page, for folks facing infertility). We have three children
– Shaun (age 4) and Cody (age 2) and hope to adopt our foster daughter later this year.
All three of our children are considered special needs and
we personally have had experience with prenatal drug exposure, failure to thrive, bonding and attachment disorders and sensory
integration dysfunction. We have also experienced both open and closed adoption. Other members of the group have even a wider
range of experience - so there's LOTS of help!
After adopting Cody, we felt a compelling need -
a call - to begin a support group that networked and encouraged other adoptive and foster parents in the East Valley.
We had already spent several years navigating the crazy world of adoption, therapy for special needs children and the
DES/CPS system alone. The first meeting of Heaven Sent in November of 2003 brought
more than just East Valley folk – we also welcomed families from Sun City, Tempe and Glendale!
We are excited about what the future will bring for us
and the Heaven Sent folks – and hope that YOU will join us at our next get together! We always welcome questions from
folks who are thinking about adoption or foster care (we never thought we’d do either one)!
Andie and Lee