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Autoblog reader Josh and wife Wendy need your help – Click above to watch video after the jump

A lot of emails arrive in our inbox every day, as you might imagine. We're not able to respond to all of them, sadly, and besides, we don't know why the bed of your 1993 GMC Sierra squeaks and we apologize in advance for not looking at your blog chronicling the hottest auto trends of Belarus. That said, we do respond to as many as possible, and we appreciate all of your tips. Every now and then, we receive very special emails that we take to heart and help out in any way we can. One such electronic letter arrived the other day from an Autoblog reader named Josh.

Josh says that he's a fanatical reader of the site (never hurts...), the owner of a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette and he even works for General Motors in Flint, Michigan. Josh is also a man looking to adopt a child with his wife, Wendy. The couple has gone through the process of applying for an adoption, passed with flying colors and now have been told they must simply wait.

Well, they've been waiting... and waiting, with no calls from the adoption authorities. Rather than dismiss the process or wait for years, the two have taken to marketing themselves. First, they printed up t-shirts and business cards. Now, Josh and Wendy have decided to go even bigger – as in billboard big. Alongside Michigan's Interstate 75 in Grand Blanc, you might see their smiling faces as well as a phone number to call and get in touch with them. The billboard in question looks like the one above (okay, so we've taken the CBS Outdoor art and touched it up a bit so you can see the information a bit more clearly).

It's a sad state of affairs when an approved and eager couple aren't able to find a baby waiting to go to real home. Their extraordinary promotion efforts says a lot about how much Josh and Wendy are eager to raise a bundle of joy, and we wish them luck. It's not just Autoblog trying to lend a helping hand, CNN caught up with Josh and Wendy and you can view the clip after the jump.

[Source: CNN | Source Image: CBS Outdoor/numberstumber – C.C. 2.0]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      My wife and I are also trying to adopt and we can totally relate to the challenges that Josh and Wendy are going through. It is very difficult to get matched. But I want a child so much that I sold my 2006 Mustang GT to help pay for the agency fees.

      Using a billboard is a new one for me though. Personally, the wife and I are advertising through Facebook. The demographics are much better and frankly, it's cheaper than a billboard.

      You can see our facebook page here:
      http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Lets-help-Rick-and-Miyako-adopt-a-child/129598927053577

      Good luck Josh and Wendy, I know there's a kid out there for you. It's just a matter of when...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Saw this billboard when I was out by Grand Blanc last week and thought it was kind of cool.
      I wish them the best.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know plenty of people who went overseas, you have children destined to a horrible life... I don't know if this was not mentioned or if they looked into it... For the money they have spent, they could have spent it on plane tickets. If he replies, would love to know if they looked into it.
      • 4 Years Ago

      Good luck to Josh & Wendy ! I wish them all the best. Sincerely.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope the billboard works for them. Would that get them up in the list?
      • 4 Years Ago
      All the best Josh.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hope in that Corvette and travel the countryside. A kid isnt worth going bankrupt over, theres too much in life to do.
      • 4 Years Ago
      is Eggnog any good, I have seen it in movies, but never tryed it, is there alcohol in it ?.
      Jeremy Wayne
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder what their story is for not having a baby of their own. I wish them the best!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Whoa really? Hmm... try the Angelina Jolie route of adopting international babies? Then again, I thought that was harder than adopting kids within the country.

      Good luck!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would suggest they try Puerto Rico and Hawaii, Puerto Rico is not a state but its a territory and everyone is a US citizen and the proceses are less complicated, plus its a poor state so it might be easyer to find a baby, good luck and happy holidays!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have 2 friends who have adopted Chinese children years ago. They were in the system for about 5 years, got frustrated, and it was easier to adopt a chinese kid which took them around 5-8 months each. They weren't out of the oven...they both already had kids who grew up and moved out of the house, and wanted to adopt a new child, so I believe one adopted one at the age of 8, and the other at the age of 5.

      My first complaint was "Why can't you help our own, rather than going overseas??" And after seeing all their paperwork, all the steps, everything stamped and dated from years ago, you can tell the system was filled of unnecessary red tape, so they became frustrated, and did the int'l route. And it's been a few years since and everyone seems to be happy.

      Again, I would really wish we could help out own since we have many kids without our own country, but there's a certain time limit people are working with. IN these cases, they were in their early 40s, so add about 5-7 years waiting and they finally got their adoptive kids at almost 50, so I ask you, do you really have the energy at 50 to raise 5 year old kids? Hence, time is of the essense.
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