Friday, July 29, 2011
UPDATE November 20, 2011!!!!!!
Genesis has a family now!!!!
They've recently begun the adoption process -- pray it goes quickly so she can get out of the institution fast!
You can read the family's blog here!
To donate to her family's adoption fund click here!
and I decided to share her story with you too --
so that you can pray for her and maybe help her find her family.
This is sweet Genesis in her baby house orphanage...
She is blind, but she looks like she is having a great time!
The sad thing is -- because of her blindness and her age (she's passed her 4th birday) she has been transferred to an adult mental institution!
Here is the first picture I saw of her after her transfer....
So sad!! Where is her joy?
The next picture does look better thankfully....
.... but how long will her smile last?
She needs outta there fast!
A mental institution is not a place for an intelligent child who happens to be blind!
She needs a Mamma and Papa to love her and believe in her!
She needs to go to school -- she could learn to read braille!
Maybe she could get a loving service dog to help her get around!
There are a lot of happy options for Genesis -- if someone will give her a chance!
Let's save her smile!
How can you help?
First -- pray for her!
Second -- donate to her adoption fund if you are able. --
at the time of this writing her grant fund has only $47.50 in it:(
Third -- share her story with others!
Fourth -- If you could be her Mama or Papa -- go for it! The biggest blessing will be yours and God will be with you all the way!
Here's is information for prospective adoptive parents -- check it out! Maybe you CAN be Genesis' Family!
This post is part of the "Forget-Me-Not Friday" Linkup!
Do check it out Here!
Please Pray for my other sweet kids who are still waiting for their forever families to find them!
Valentine -- :) Yay Valentine's has a family now (You can visit their blog here!) -- their dossier has been submitted and they are waiting to receive a travel date! (Updated 11/20/2011)
Victoria -- Still waiting :(
Emmitt -- Still waiting :(
Thanks for praying for orphans!
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Here is an article that tells the experience of 2 older kids who were adopted (at ages 7 and 10). It's not always easy -- the article explains some of the kids struggles and fears. Some of them have been lied to -- and this makes it harder for them to trust their new families. It's a very insightful article. Pray for the older kids, not only that they can be found, but that the hole in their hearts can be healed and they can have meaningful relationships with loving families. Do read the article!
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Victoria's smile lights up the room! This precious girl is 8 1/2 years old. Because of her age and her arthrogryposis she has been transferred to an institution where she is bedridden! If she is not adopted she will stay in bed for the rest of her life! It's no wonder these children often regress from boredom and lack of love and stimulation. Imagine -- what in the world could you or I do to entertain ourselves in bed day after day? Count the ceiling tiles? Cover our ears to get away from the moaning of our suffering companions? Count to 1000 (or 1,000,000)? Try to say the alphabet backwards? (I wonder if anyone taught her the alphabet forwards?) Try to remember all the wonderful memories of times gone by? I wonder how many good memories Victoria has? Perhaps she has some memories of loving caretakers at the baby house or friends or toys there -- but she doesn't have the good memories she should have. She probably has some bad memories too.... She needs a family to help her make good memories! I'd love for her to have trips to the zoo or the beach. Hugs & Kisses from Mama & Papa. Playing dolls with a sister or friend. Storytime with Grandpa. Helping Grandma in the garden. Playing with a puppy.... Perhaps they could help the painful memories to fade.
Victoria has arthrogryposis, so her legs are stiff & her feet are twisted, but with proper treatment available in the US I think she has a chance of learning to walk! To see what can be done with medical treatment check out this post about Gerri, a former orphan with arthrogryposis -- she is making great strides! Here is a video of Gerri walking.
Victoria needs to be rescued soon. Judging by the following note that is posted on many of the children from her institution (#1), she REALLY needs to get out of there fast!
As with all children living in these difficult conditions, this child's cognitive development has regressed significantly since he/she was younger. It is of crucial importance that any family considering the adoption of an older child from the mental institution setting be well prepared for what to expect with regards to how the neglect and lack of adequate medical care and nourishment has affected this child. These children all have TREMENDOUS potential for improvement, and deserve to have a life outside these four walls.
These children are truly living on borrowed time, and families should be home study approved before an official commitment can be made for this child.
One more thing, Jane has begun a blog linkup each Friday featuring waiting children that are dear to the hearts of those who write about them. Check it out! You can join and advocate for your favorite orphans too. If you let her know in advance that you plan to link up she will post your orphan's picture in her Forget-Me-Not-Friday post! The linkup is not limited to posts about orphans though -- click here to find out more.
Click this button on my sidebar on Fridays to check out the Forget-Me-Not-Friday post and linkups! Or click it any day to check out Jane's blog.
Jane is raising money for Francine's adoption grant fund -- if you can help her, I know she would appreciate it! Here is a picture of her button! Anytime you are able to contribute to her grant fund you can click her button in my sidebar and you will be taken to Francine's Recce's Rainbow page where you can donate.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Look at this precious boy! Notice the description says he is "VERY smart." Becuase of his age and physical disabilities he will soon be transferred to an institution where he will be BEDRIDDEN!!! Imagine how boring that would be to spend all your days in bed with nothing to do! This boy needs education -- food for his bright mind! He needs therapy to maximize his physical abilities. Even if he has to use a wheel chair, there is a lot of life and potential for him if someone will only give him a chance! He looks like such a happy child -- a delight to be around. It would be such a shame for him to become depressed and regress in an institution! Are you his Mama or Papa? If so, please click here to find out how to become his family. If not, please pass his story on to others, pray for him, and donate to his fund if you are able.
FACING IMMINENT TRANSFER
Sweet smile! Alex was born with CP. Alex is a sweet boy. He is described as VERY smart, and the orphanage staff desperately want a family for him. He is not able to walk at this time, and he does have a functional systolic murmur in his heart.
Alex will remain bedridden when he is transferred to the institution. Hope we can find a family for him soon!
MORE PHOTOS AVAILABLE
$1125 / $5000.00 raised
Friday, July 1, 2011
Anthony!!!!! Anthony's family found him! Can't wait to see who they are and check out their blog! When I first saw Anthony's picture, his grant fund was very small. Over the months I've watched it grow and grow. I know he must have "fans" out there! His account grew until it got to a little over $20,000! Still, I was waiting and hoping someone would choose him. This evening I was sooo excited to see that at last his family has found him and has committed to adopt him! He looks like such a nice little boy, but he was destined for an institution where he would likely have been bedridden and neglected for life. Now he will receive the love of a family and the therapy he so much needs! Pray for his family as they jump the paperwork hurdles so they can get their boy home! Also pray for Anthony as he waits for them to arrive.
Update: Since I originally wrote this I learned more about Anthony's new family. The amazing thing is -- Anthony will have a new brother named ANTHONY who also has Cerebral Palsy! This family is well prepared to love and care for Anthony and to take care of his medical needs! God is so good --- he loves to work out details in amazing and perfect ways! To read about Anthony's new family (and donate if you feel so led) click here!
This post is part of the Forget me not Friday link up! Check it out here! This is a "good news" post about child that has been found - forgotten no longer!