Our Mission

Signs for Hope is not an adoption agency. We do not collect fees for any of our services and no one receives pay for the services we provide. We are a non-profit ministry, functioning under 501c3 status as approved by the IRS under “charitable” organization. Therefore, all donations are tax deductible.

ADOPTION

Signs for Hope strives to:

  • Connect waiting Deaf/HOH children with families desiring to adopt them.
  • Strongly encourage those adopting Deaf/HOH children to adequately prepare for their adoption.
  • Provide encouragement and prayer support for families adopting Deaf/HOH children throughout the adoption process and beyond.
  • Provide a vast amount of Deaf/HOH related resources and adoption related resources on the Signs for Hope website and the Signs for Hope FaceBook page for the pre-adoption process.
  • Develop a list of skilled American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters, state-by-state, willing to provide services as needed for those in the adoption process.
  • Provide vast post-adoption resources on the Signs for Hope website and the Signs for Hope FaceBook page for families once they bring their Deaf/HOH children home.
  • Provide qualified ASL interpreters to travel with Deaf couples adopting from other countries.
  • Develop relationships with other agencies and organizations willing to provide support for families adopting Deaf/HOH children domestically or internationally.

HEART ADOPTION (Monthly Sponsorship)

Signs for Hope strives to:

  • Seek monthly sponsors for Deaf orphans and children around the world. Signs for Hope is currently working in Liberia, West Africa through African Christian’s Fellowship International, one of the indigenous Christian churches there, and Christian Adoption Services in Matthews, NC.
  • Raise funds to improve educational and/or trade school opportunities for Deaf/HOH orphans and children. Signs for Hope is currently seeking donors to complete the construction of the Vocational Trade School in Liberia, West Africa.
  • Provide manual language training for Deaf/HOH children and their caretakers and teachers. Indigenous manual language is preferred, but where there is none ASL will be taught.

HIS ADOPTION

Signs for Hope strives to:

Provide all Deaf/HOH orphans and children the opportunity to know and understand the gospel in their own language and be trained in all that God has commanded.

Then Jesus came to them and said,

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

Matthew 28:18-20


About the Founder

Hello, my name is Becky Brooks Lloyd. I am hearing, but I have a strong Deaf family heritage. My maternal grandparents were Deaf and so was my aunt. My aunt married a Deaf man and they had four d/Deaf children. While growing up, you would think I would have learned to sign with my Deaf family members, but sadly I did not.

In 2000, at the age of 41, I went back to school—after God’s urging for two years—to become a certified sign language interpreter. In the spring of 2003 I graduated with a 2-year Interpreter Training degree in American Sign Language (ASL) from a local community college. That summer I realized I did not have the skills necessary to become a certified interpreter. Again—following God’s leading—I decided to transfer to Gardner-Webb University (GWU) with the goal of a 4-year degree in ASL Studies and a minor in ASL Interpreting. Honestly, this was a huge challenge for me and my family for various reasons; the first being—I was 44. In addition, the commute from my home to GWU was 70 miles one way, the tuition was costly, and the classes themselves were difficult. But by God’s grace, a lot of hard work, and a wonderful supportive family I graduated from GWU in December of 2008.

I have passed the first portion (written) of the National Interpreter Certification (NIC) test and hope to pass the Interview and Performance portion soon; thus, fulfilling the original reason for returning to school—becoming a certified interpreter.  Update:  August 2014, NIC Passed & RID Certified!  Praise God!

During my years of school from 2000-2008 I began interpreting in my church and for various religious events in the state of North Carolina. I have also taught ASL classes in the community for three years and lead two RID Interpreter Workshops – one on Religious Interpreting and the other on Fingerspelling. During my college years I had the pleasure of being involved in two mission trips to work with the Deaf in New Mexico – one of them counted as an Internship that was required for my degree.  Outside of classes my time has been consumed with researching Deaf culture and language and Ministry to the Deaf.

In the spring of 2008, without any warning, God told me He wanted me “to coordinate the adoption of deaf orphans in the world.” I was completely shocked! My husband and I had never adopted and neither had any of our immediate family. In fact, the adoption stories I was familiar with did not have “happily ever after” endings. However, God had given our 19-year-old son a great love for the orphan. Through his initial encouragement and his sharing of pointed scriptures (James 1:27 being one of them) about God’s heart for the orphan, I have embarked on an adventure that only God knows where it will lead.

I covet your prayers as I seek His guidance each step of the way.


Board of Directors

Dr. Steve Farmer- Chairman

Steve was born deaf and raised in Maryland. Growing up, he attended a residential school for the deaf, a Christian school, and a public high school. Upon graduation from high school, he went to Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Deaf Education and met the woman of his dreams, Heather, a sign language interpreting major. Upon graduation, he went to work at the Tennessee School for the Deaf in Knoxville as a Youth Service Worker in the residential component.

The following June, Steve and Heather got married and moved back to Chattanooga where he taught a self contained classroom at Red Bank High School for approximately 5 years. In 1998, Steve and Heather, along with two very young daughters, moved back to Knoxville where he assumed an administrative position at the Tennessee School for the Deaf where he still serves today. In 2001 and 2011, he earned his Master’s and Doctorate respectively from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (Steve still bleeds Orange). In addition to his responsibilities at TSD, he serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Research at UT. During his free time, he spends time with his wife and three children, travels, reads, and goes hunting and fishing. At church, he stays active teaching Deaf Sunday School class, serving as Chair of Deacons, leading mission teams to Jamaica, and helping with research related to Deaf Education in Liberia. Steve and Heather are prospective adoptive parents of a deaf boy in Africa.

My interest in SFH was piqued about three years ago by a mutual friend of Becky’s and mine who knew Heather and I were seeking to adopt an African deaf boy. She told me briefly about SFH, so I decided to google SFH and contacted Becky. Two months after the initial contact, my interest and involvement in SFH were strengthened after a lunch meeting and Heather going with Becky and her team to Liberia in March of 2013. It was a privilege to have joined Becky and her team in March 2014 to help lead a Educational research team in March 2014 in 4 schools for the deaf, a visit with the Assistant Minister of Special Education, and advertising SFH on the National’s TV and radio.

Blaire McCorkle

Blaire McCorkle is a vocational rehabilitation counselor for the deaf and hard of hearing in Charlotte, NC. In this role, Blaire has been incredibly successful at supporting people with disabilities in finding employment. She is also serving on two advisory boards related to advocating for people with disabilities. Blaire obtained her Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling from Auburn University in 2011.

Blaire, who became Deaf at the age of three, is a dedicated leader in the Christian Deaf community. She has served as the elected Secretary and Treasurer for the NC Baptist Conference for the Deaf (NCBCD) and as President of Junior NCBCD. In her roles at NCBCD, Blaire has coordinated conferences and outreach, leading the Deaf community to a closer relationship to Christ. She has also been a leader in the local church, conducting bible studies and providing spiritual guidance for Deaf Christians.

Blaire has a growing interest in research, and was called to join the research mission to Liberia trip that took place in March of 2014. While she had served on the SFH board for a year prior to this trip, in Liberia she discovered a personal passion for helping orphans through research and advocacy. She is honored and grateful to be part of such an amazing organization!

Becky Lloyd- Founder

Becky Lloyd is the Founder and Director of Signs for Hope (SFH). In the fall of 2000, at the age of 41, Becky followed God’s leading to return to school with the goal of becoming a certified ASL interpreter. Deafness was prevalent in Becky’s family including her maternal grandparents, two aunts and an uncle and four 1st cousins. After completing a two-year degree in ASL interpreting, Becky followed God’s leading, again, to transfer to a 4-year program at Gardner-Webb University (GWU) in the fall of 2003. She graduated, in December of 2008, with a BS in ASL Studies and minor in ASL interpreting. During her 8 years of schooling, between 2000 and 2008, Becky became deeply involved with the interpreted Deaf ministry of her church and began interpreting for Christian events across the state of NC. Her obsession became researching the question, “What is best for the deaf child?” during those 8 years of school, which has now become a strong foundation for Signs for Hope. On March 18, 2008, while driving to the GWU campus, God called Becky to “coordinate the adoption of deaf orphans in the world”. After the initial shock dwindled and multiple confirmations from God, Becky and her husband Charles embarked on an adventure that only God could envision. The establishment of Signs for Hope, Inc. was begun in February of 2009 and became an approved charitable organization (501c3) under the IRS in November of 2013. Signs for Hope has evolved into an all-encompassing ministry of “adoption” surrounding deaf children. It not only includes supporting families involved in the traditional adoption of deaf children in a variety of ways, it also includes the “Heart Adoption”—monthly sponsorship—of deaf children around the world that may never have the opportunity to be adopted and ultimately, God’s “adoption” of all deaf children. In Becky’s spare time, she delights in spending time with her and Charles’ adult children and their spouses and enjoys photographing God’s incredible creation all around her. To learn more about the history and current ministry of Signs for Hope, check out the archived newsletters here on the website and the Signs for Hope blog www.signsforhope.blogspot.com.

Charles Lloyd, DVM- Secretary/Treasurer

Charles is Becky’s husband of more than 35 years. He is currently serving as the Secretary-Treasurer for Signs for Hope. Missions have been a focus in the Lloyd family for several generations. In early 1981, that influence led Charles to accept the request of a veterinary missionary’s plea to come to South Africa where he was training students to care for their countries’ livestock. In December of 1981 through January of 1982, when Charles was still a veterinarian student at the University of Tennessee he was granted an 8 week externship to work alongside this same veterinary missionary in South Africa. Becky was able to join him on this adventure. In 1984, Charles joined his oldest brother on another short-term medical mission trip to Uganda. In those early years Charles and Becky talked often about the possibility that God might call them into full-time mission work, little did they know what God already had planned, but many years down the road. Charles has traveled twice with Becky to Liberia, West Africa in 2011 and 2013. He also joins Becky as often as he can at the annual orphan care events held by Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) and the Empowered to Connect (ETC) conferences, which provides vital parental training for adoptive parents. Charles enjoys sports, especially football and soccer, and scuba diving.

Vandora Henderson

Jonathan Walterhouse

Janna Lechner

Advisory Board Members:

Heather Farmer

Michelle Walterhouse