Thursday, May 31, 2012

Thankful Thursday: Marcus

On this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for my son's resourcefulness! He wanted to watch the Harry Potter movies with his sister, but the rule in our family is no movie until you've read the book (and this is true of any movie/book combo). My son struggles with reading, so the idea of reading a 400-page book was daunting to him. He asked my husband to put the audiobook on his iPod, and he listened to the entire book (Goblet of Fire) in two days! He and his sister snuggled happily on the couch to watch the movie, and now he's moved on to book five!

I'm also thankful for Marcus. Marcus turns six this year and, unfortunately, will celebrate his birthday in an orphanage, without a family to make it his special day. That is, of course, unless he is adopted!

Marcus has Down syndrome. He lives with typically developing children, and he is described as a "leader in his group." Marcus goes to school and enjoys it. He is a positive child who gets along well with those around him and participates in activities such as plays. 

Marcus is a healthy child. He is communicative, friendly, warm, and compassionate. He enjoys playing with the other children and interacting with adults. He likes to dance to music. Marcus can feed and dress himself and follows verbal directions. He repeats one-syllable words. It is believed that Marcus would do very well in a family.

Marcus faces a bleak future if he is not adopted. It is likely that he will end up in an adult mental institution at some point, where his ability to reach his full potential will be severely hampered. Marcus needs a family to teach him to ride a bike, take him to the beach, and love him unconditionally!

At present, Marcus has only $5 in his adoption fund. Children with larger grants have a higher chance of being adopted. You can help Marcus by donating to increase his fund! You can help Marcus by sharing his information with others! You can help Marcus by considering whether he has a place in your family.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Waiting Wednesday: Dmitry

Welcome to Waiting Wednesday! This handsome young man is Dmitry. Dmitry was born in 1999 and lives in an Eastern European orphanage. Dmitry was interviewed by a woman who visits orphanages and talks to the children on behalf of the charity Happy Child. These pictures are from that interview.

Dmitry knows that as he grows older, his chances of finding a family decrease. But he desperately wishes for a family to love him. 

Dmitry is described as charming and with a good sense of humor. He is a diligent students who reads a lot. His current interest is mythology. Dmitry is a daydreamer but also an athlete! He plays tennis, basketball, and football. He also swims, and he is able to train at the municipal sports center, an honor few children at the orphanage receive.

Dmitry also plays several instruments: the dombra, the guitar, and the drums. He is an accomplished musician, and his favorite band? Metallica!

Dmitry has so much potential! He needs a family to provide him with the opportunity to fulfill it.

Dmitry needs your help to find a family! Please share his information was widely as you can, and please consider whether Dmitry has a place in your family. It also may be possible to correspond with Dmitry or visit him. You can visit the Happy Child charity page for more information on ways you can help Dmitry and his friends.

Please remember Dmitry!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Teamwork Tuesday: Priscilla

Teamwork Tuesday is a communal effort by many bloggers to bring attention to a specific child every Tuesday. All Teamwork Tuesday bloggers advocate for the same child on Tuesdays in hopes that increased exposure for that child will help in finding a family. 

As you all know, this is a blog about boys. However, I am part of Teamwork Tuesday, and some of the Teamwork Tuesday kids are (gasp) girls! Of course, there are countless waiting girls as well. And I like girls! I have two of my own! We'll get back to our regularly scheduled boys tomorrow, but today I would like you to meet Priscilla. Priscilla just turned two in February (two of my kid have February birthdays!). Look at that smile! And those gorgeous eyes! She looks like she has some spunk!

Priscilla displays many facial features of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, or FAS. She also has Myelodisplastic syndrome, also known as pre-leukemia. This poor sweetie is so young and battling so much! Priscilla really needs a home so that her parents can give her all the love, care, and treatment she needs to live a healthy, happy life. Priscilla needs to be read to, sung to, and snuggled by loving siblings!

Priscilla's caregivers describe her as communicative and reactive. They also say she is cheerful, active, and friendly and likes to play with a variety of toys.

Priscilla has approximately $100 in her adoption grant. You can help Priscilla by donating to increase her grant fund, sharing her picture and information, and considering whether she has a place in your family. There are additional photos of Priscilla that are available to interested families.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Monday Miracle: Sergey

Hello again! I hope everyone has had a happy Memorial Day weekend. As is usual for us, my family again attended the Indianapolis 500 this weekend. Our favorite Scot, Dario Franchitti, won the race! We had a great time, but as we were getting together with extended family, my thoughts were never far from the world's orphans, for whom holidays do not bring happy visits with families. I kept envisioning the sweet faces of the boys I have seen during my advocacy work among the crowd at the racetrack, lit up with the excitement of the day. How much better to be with family than sitting in an orphanage or mental institution ...

Today I am bringing you to Sergey. Sergey was born in 1996 and lives in a children's home (orphanage) in Eastern Europe. Sergey is described as the "golden voice of the orphanage school," having won awards in several singing contests. Sergey enjoys traveling and gardening. He is in 8th grade and is considered to be a responsible, polite, and hardworking student. He enjoys helping the elderly people who live near the orphanage with their gardens. Sergey is considered a very trustworthy boy. Sergey has said he would like to live in a family.

Unfortunately for Sergey, he (like Chad) is close to aging out of the system. If this happens to Sergey, he will be alone. On his own. No family to visit on holidays. No family to celebrate with. No family to provide him the support and comfort we all need. Sergey is another boy who needs your help.

Please share Sergey's information far and wide! Please consider whether Sergey has a place in your own family. If you are interested in corresponding with Sergey, that can be arranged. You can send him letters or care packages via post, or you can even email him!

Sergey with his friend. Please keep Sergey 
in your thoughts and prayers!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Time is running out for Chad!

I'd like to introduce you to Chad. Chad turned 15 years old in April. He is very close to aging out of the system. If you don't know what that means, here it is: when Chad turns 16, he will be turned out of the orphanage and will be on his own. Sixteen year old boys should not be on their own. They still needs their moms, and Chad is no exception. Through an unhappy act of fate, Chad wound up in an orphanage, but he should not be there. He should be in the arms of a loving family. For Chad, time is running out.

Chad has been hosted in the United States twice by families who have adopted children from the country Chad is from. Both families loved Chad and speak very highly of him, but neither family was in the position to adopt again. Chad has watched as his friends at the orphanage have been found by their forever families. Chad still waits, and time is running out.

Chad is a healthy child with no physical or mental delays. He is a quiet, kind, and helpful boy. Chad likes to ice skate and play basketball. He is a good runner. He would do very well on a high school sports team! (My own child, adopted at age 11, has played for the varsity soccer team! These kids thrive in families!) 

Chad does ok in school, but his teachers report that he prefers sports to studying. (Hmmm, that sounds very normal!) He knows a few words of English but is shy to attempt speaking them. Friends he knows from his country whom he met again while being hosted highly recommended Chad for adoptive placement; these children, who have been through what Chad has been through, feel that Chad would do very well in an adoptive family.

Chad desperately wants to be adopted. He knows his time is running out. He asks for a mother to come for him, as mothers have come for his friends. Chad was affectionate with his host mothers and enjoyed giving and receiving hugs. He was friendly with other children, interacting not only with the children his age but also with younger children.

Chad has good communication skills, and it is reported that he "seems like such a normal boy." Chad wants to come home to a family just as his friends in the orphanage have. Unfortunately for Chad, he has only about nine months before his chances for a loving family are gone forever.

Chad lives in a country with adoption fees of $20-25,000. The adoption process can be completed in 6-12 months. It is possible for Chad to be adopted after he turns 16 as long his his immigration has already been approved. To make sure that things work out, it is important to have a dossier ready by January of 2013. A family interested in Chad would need to move quickly!

The host program facilitator in Chad's country knows Chad well, and he and the host families would be willing to talk to any family interested in adopting Chad. It is possible that an interested family could Skype with Chad, email him, or speak to him via cell phone.

Please share Chad's information with everyone you can! This boy is depending on us to help him find a family! Fifteen may seem old, but think back to when you were 15. Think back to how much you still needed the love and security of your family. Think back to how much you have relied on your family as you have grown to adulthood; your family is with whom you have celebrated your successes and found comfort in times of distress. Your family are the people you love the most. Chad deserves the love of a family. He deserves a better life than being a throw-away child dismissed from an orphanage. Chad has been hosted in America twice; he knows what his potential is. Please help him achieve it!

Any family interested in Chad is welcome to contact me, and I can give you the contact information of the facilitator in Chad's country as well as that of people who know him. You can click the Email Me button on the right sidebar or you can leave a comment for me. Please help me move Chad to the left sidebar of my blog, where I can caption his photo Chad - Found! Chad is currently not listed with Reece's Rainbow and therefore has no adoption grant. However, a family interested in adopting Chad could set up a Family Sponsorship Fund through RR and fundraise.

Chad is running out of time! Please help him!

Thankful Thursday: Igor/Forever Friday: Andrew

All right, folks. I know it's no longer Thursday, but I had a crazy busy day yesterday and missed my Thankful Thursday post, so today you are treated to not one but two adorable boys who need your help!

First I'll begin with what I am thankful for this Thursday: my sweet son, who held his sister's hand while she got the TB test she needs for her camp application. While tears welled up in her eyes, he told her not to worry, that it didn't hurt that bad. Awwww ....

Please, if you have any stories to share of life with your boys, let me know! You can leave a comment or click the Email Me link in the right sidebar.

Ok, on to Thursday's adorable child.

This is Igor. Igor will be eight in November and, unfortunately, has already been transferred to an adult mental institution. If you don't know what that means for him, please read this post

Why was Igor deemed unadoptable and consigned to a bedridden life? Because he has arthrogryposis. Arthrogryposis is a non-progressive congenital disorder that causes joint contractures and muscle weakness/fibrosis. It can be treated with occupational therapy.

Igor has an hefty $5,125 in his adoption fund! Igor needs your help to get out of the mental institution and into a loving family! He will spend the rest of his life bedridden if he is not adopted. This little guy does not deserve that!

Igor can be adopted by married couples and also is available to older parents and larger families.

Please help Igor by donating to increase his adoption fund, spreading the word about his situation, and considering whether Igor has a place in your family. Igor deserves better than what is in store for him!

And now, Forever Friday.

This is Andrew. Andrew turns five this month and is confined to a crib or playpen. Why? Because he is blind. He is blind, and there are not enough workers in an orphanage to keep an eye on a blind child who is allowed to roam. It's easier to confine him.

This is what life is like for Andrew.

According to a volunteer at the orphanage, Andrew is a smart little boy who needs a forever family to rescue him. Due to his living circumstances, it is likely that Andrew has some delays and institutionalized behavior. You can see in his video that he is trying to self-stimulate by rubbing his hand on his head. I have seen other pictures of Andrew, and he is sucking his thumb or pressing his face against the bars of his crib. This boy is clearly frustrated with the lack of stimulation he receives. Andrew needs your help! Here is a giveaway currently in progress to raise money for Andrew's grant fund.

Andrew is available for adoption to larger families and older parents as well as younger parents with few or no children.

Andrew currently has almost $1,000 in his adoption fund. Please help Andrew! Please donate to his adoption grant. Please spread his information far and wide so that his family finds him! Please consider whether you can make room in your own family for this precious child.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

New Video of Beau!

The other day I featured this little cutie. He has cerebral palsy, but I received information that he had surgery in February that has improved his ability to walk. I just got new video of Beau that was taken right before he had his surgery. Give it a look ... this boy is too precious!!

Don't forget to stop by and add to Beau's adoption grant! And please share this video with everyone you can! We need to get Beau home to a family!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Waiting Wednesday: Ross

Today you are meeting Ross. Ross will turn 9 years old in August! (My daughter's birthday is in August, as is my husband's and our anniversary. August is a good month!) Ross has a bit of funny expression on his face, but that's because he is eating some candy! There are more pictures of Ross available.

Ross has a seizure disorder and possibly some other mental issues, but his file is unclear about this. It is also possible that Ross has a lazy eye or other vision issue.

Ross is in a orphanage with older children who are facing transfer at the end of the summer. Once Ross is transferred, it will be extremely hard to adopt him. A family interested in Ross would have to be able to move quickly!

Ross needs a family! Nine year old boys need moms to love them and cuddle them and reassure them and give them the special attention that only a mom can. Ross needs a bicycle and a superhero bedspread and a swingset! Ross currently has less than $100 in his adoption grant, and he is running out of time. PLEASE help this beautiful boy before he is transferred and his chance for a family is lost! You can donate to increase his adoption fund, share his photo and information far and wide, and consider whether Ross has a place in your family. Also, Ross does not have a Guardian Angel ... he needs one!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Why I Do What I Do

Disclaimer: The purpose of this post is not to defame any specific orphanage or specific workers in an orphanage. It is to give a general idea of what happens to children in orphanages and mental institutions.

Have you seen this photo? Probably not. It is an image taken from the documentary film Bulgaria's Abandoned Children, produced by Kate Blewett, a filmmaker from the UK. Over the course of several months in 2006/2007, Kate and her team visited the Mogilino Social Care Home in Bulgaria and documented the horrendous abuses of the children there. Many of the children had only minor disabilities but, due to malnutrition, lack of medical care, and lack of stimulation, had become bedridden, emaciated, and severely developmentally delayed. Many could not speak because they were never spoken to. Most spent their days in a single room, rocking unceasingly in an attempt to self-stimulate.

The conditions at Mogilino were so shocking that an international outcry caused investigation and led, ultimately, to the closing of the orphanage in 2009.

Sadly, Mogilino is not an isolated case. The orphanage in Pleven, also in Bulgaria, is currently being investigated for the sames types of horrific abuses and neglect. Luckily for the children there, the attention on the orphanage has resulted in improved care and the creation of a Baba (foster grandmother) program.

In many Eastern European countries, children who are deemed unadoptable (and this is for a variety of reasons, often for minor and correctable medical issues, often because a child is blind, deaf, or has Down syndrome) are removed from children's orphanages between the ages of 4 and 6 and sent to adult mental institutions.

Yes, you read that right. Adult mental institutions. This means that children barely out of toddlerhood are now sentenced to spend the rest of their lives in institutions that warehouse adults with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities. (These are not hospitals or treatment centers. They are warehouses where society's most vulnerable individuals are kept out of sight.) Many of these children are then confined to their beds ... for life. Children with treatable cerebral palsy wither away because they get no therapy or even a chance to move. Children with blindness, deafness, or Down syndrome never again feel the sunlight on their faces. Children with minor and correctable special needs die from neglect and malnutrition. They are touched sometimes only once a day, when their diapers are changed. No one talks to them. No one rocks them. No one sings to them. No one loves them.

Can you imagine your child in this situation?

This is 2012. It is unacceptable that children's lives are being destroyed by neglect. It is unacceptable that children who could be living in families, laughing, smiling, loving, and enjoying life, are consigned to this incessant hell from which there is usually no escape.

Can you imagine your child sitting in a crib for the rest of his or her life?

I am talking about 10 year olds the size of infants. Eighteen year olds the size of toddlers. These children are real, and this is what happens to them.

And what about the children who are "lucky" enough never to be transferred to a mental institution? Usually, at age 16 they are given a small bag containing their few worldly possessions, about $30, and sent away from the orphanage to make their own way in the world.

Can you imagine your 16 year old alone on the world?

In some places orphans are considered "defective" and their identity papers are marked to reflect their orphan status. They are then discriminated against and can be refused jobs and housing. Children with any sort of special need are often unable to access medical care. Many of these children end up in criminal gangs, prostitution, and sex trafficking situations. According to the UK's International Adoption Guide, "Twenty-one percent of Russian children who age out of orphanages are dead before they are 21."

The other day, after I watched Bulgaria's Abandoned Children, I was doing more reading about the orphan situation around the world. My oldest child, adopted from an Ethiopian orphanage, saw the picture of the emaciated children sitting on the potties. She was truly horrified, but my child could easily have been one of those children. She was in several different orphanage environments in Ethiopia before she was adopted, and she has, over the years, told us tales of abuse and neglect that she experienced as she grew up. She remembers not being fed regularly. She remembers once going for three days with no food aside from a single raw potato. She remembers that the good clothes and toys were kept in locked rooms and only brought out when important visitors came. She remembers not going to school. She remembers children dying and not being removed from the orphanage for several days. Luckily for my child, the orphanage she resided in was taken over by a group of people truly concerned for the plight of the children there, and for the last several years before we adopted her she was well cared for and given medical attention. She was just accepted into a medical school's summer internship for those interested in pursuing a career in a medical field and was awarded a full scholarship for her freshman year of college.

But that does not erase the years of neglect, hunger, and fear. And even the best orphanage is still ... an orphanage. It is still a place where children live without benefit of parents to love them, siblings to love them, and hope for a bright future.

The situation is dire.

A favorite story among the adoption community is the story of the starfish on the beach:

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed
a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. 
Approaching the boy, he asked, "What are you doing?"
The youth replied, "Throwing starfish back into the ocean.
The surf is up and the tide is going out.  If I don't throw them back, they'll die."
"Son," the man said, "don't you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish?
You can't make a difference!"
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish,
and threw it back into the surf.  Then, smiling at the man, he said
"I made a difference for that one."

I know that there are those who don't agree with international adoption. I know there are those who believe it to be a form of imperialism or wealthy people taking advantage of those in desperate situations. I know there are people who believe that international adoption is a form of cultural genocide.

I am not one of them.

I understand that international adoption is not the total solution. I know that it is not the answer to all the problems of orphaned children and poverty-stricken countries. I feel it would be naive to think that international adoption is more than a drop in the bucket in the approach toward improving the lives of orphaned and impoverished children.

But for the children whose lives are daily slipping away from them as they sit (literally -- watch the videos!) waiting in institutions, international adoption can be the answer. It was the answer for my son, who, before he was taken to the group home run by our adoption agency, lived in a large room lined with cribs and was cared for by not enough staff. My son still shows the effects of early malnutrition and lack of stimulation. It can be the difference between these children thriving in families, surrounded by love and happiness and stimulation, well-nourished and receiving proper medical care, growing into adults who can hold jobs and live productive lives, and these children remaining, for the rest of their lives, confined to single rooms or single beds, their voices forever silent and their potential forever blighted.

You can make a difference in the life of an orphaned child! You are not powerless. You can help in many ways. You can donate to increase a child's adoption grant fund. You can share the photos and stories of orphaned children. You can speak out against the abuses perpetrated on the most vulnerable children. You can volunteer for any of the many orphan advocacy organizations. You can adopt! You know what your skills are. You can find a way to make a difference! Our greatest enemy in this fight is ignorance ... people are ignorant of the situation of many orphans. You can help dispel that ignorance. You can make a difference!

This is why I do what I do.

Teamwork Tuesday: Darryl

Teamwork Tuesday is a communal effort by many bloggers to bring attention to a specific child every Tuesday. All Teamwork Tuesday bloggers advocate for the same child on Tuesdays in hopes that increased exposure for that child will help in finding a family.
This precious guy is Darryl. Darryl will turn five in June (a good month for a birthday, by the way ... my birthday is in June). He is described as physically active, friendly, and sociable. He is growing well, and there is more medical information available from his placement agency. Darryl has Down Syndrome.

Darryl is available to single mothers as well as couples and to parents up to age 60 who have no more than five children at home. Can't you see Darryl's sunny face brightening your life? Please help Darryl by sharing his information and by considering whether Darryl could be your son!

Monday, May 21, 2012

A Family for Titas, Revisited

Do you remember Titas, with the adorable overalls? I am thrilled to report that his family has found him! He has moved to the My Family Found Me page on Reece's Rainbow! Now I get to change the label on his post to Waiting No More! Sweet Titas! 

Monday Miracle: Nolan

This little miracle is Nolan. He will be 8 years old in September. Nolan has already been transferred from the baby house to an older children's orphanage. His time to be adopted is running out. Nolan is a physically active, happy, and cooperative boy who has a slight mental delay and is experiencing the effects of early trauma. He has good fine motor skills and understands everything that is said to him. He does have a speech impediment.

Nolan needs a family soon! He needs the chance for loving parents, going to the pool in the summer, running around the park with his friends, and an education that will help him reach his full potential. Nolan needs superhero figures to play with and comics to read (just like my own little boy)!

Because Nolan's time is running out, he needs a family that is already homestudy approved. Nolan is available for adoption to large families as well as small, and he already has more than $2500 in his adoption grant. Please help Nolan by donating to increase his grant, sharing his information, and considering whether he has a place in your family!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Adorable Kody

Kody's file will be returned to the authorities in his region soon, meaning he will not be listed on Reece's Rainbow anymore. This boy needs your help!!

JUST IN!! An updated pic of Kody!

This adorable little bug is Kody. He was born in 2008. Can you believe the joy in his face? The sparkle in his eyes! Kody was born at 27 weeks gestation and weighed only 2 pounds. He has some developmental delays as a result of his rough start in life.

Kody is a mostly healthy boy who occasionally battles respiratory infections. Although his motor skills are delayed, he walks independently, reaches for objects, and has good visual motor skills. He can drink from a cup and eat with a spoon. He does not yet have purposeful speech, but he does initiate communication and games with adults. Kody has a one-on-one caregiver who spends time with him daily.

A boy like Kody could be considered to be a collection of special needs, but there's so much more to him than that! There is his joy, his delight, and his wonder at the world. There is the love he is waiting to give to a family of his own. There are all the things that he can accomplish if given then chance and the support of a family who is dedicated to helping Kody achieve his full potential.

Kody has a very small adoption grant. I am am told there is a family interested in adopting Kody, but the financial aspect stands in their way. You can help Kody reach his forever family by donating to increase his adoption grant, sharing his photo and information as widely as you can, and considering whether Kody has a place in your family. Kody is available for adoption to large families, older parents, and single mothers as well as couples. Please help Kody find his forever family! Updated photos and video are available.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Beautiful Boy: Beau

This sweetie is Beau. He will be 8 in November. He lives in an Eastern European orphanage, and he wants to be adopted. Beau can read and spell, write and count. The workers at the orphanage say his intellectual development is above average. Beau likes to draw and play with puzzles.  Beau has cerebral palsy and has walked with a spastic paraparetic gait, but there is news that Beau had surgery on his legs in February and should, according to doctors, be able to walk almost normally with special orthopedic shoes. 

This video of Beau is several years old but you can see from watching it what a happy and engaging child Beau is. A Russian speaker has said that at the end of the video, Beau is reciting a poem and that he has a slight lisp.

Beau is available for adoption to married couples and single women who have up to five children (including Beau) in the home. He has approximately $200 in his adoption grant. Beau has the potential for a bright future if he ends up in a loving family. Please help Beau by donating to his adoption grant, sharing his information, or finding a place for him in your home.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Forever Friday: Edward

Today I'd like to introduce you to Edward. Edward is 7 years old and small for his age. He has already been transferred from the baby house to an older children's orphanage. Edward has mild developmental delays, but the fairly long description of him on his Reece's Rainbow page lists the many skills he has acquired. Edward attends a regular kindergarten with minimal support. He receives instruction in life skills, and he has made significant progress since he began school. Edward enjoys games that involve cooking and house cleaning and he relishes attention from adults. (What child doesn't?)

Although Edward is receiving special instruction, there is no substitute for life in a family. Both of my children joined us undersized and undernourished. Both needed special help learning how to live in a family. Both were lacking in basic skills because they simply didn't have parents who loved them and interacted with them every day in the way that only parents can. My kids are testaments to the fact that even kids with a rough start in life can thrive in a family setting. One of my kids has an IEP but is getting ready to graduate from a college-preparatory high school and has already completed two classes at the local community college. These kids can accomplish amazing things ... they just need a family to give them the opportunity!

This gorgeous boy needs your help! Apparently Reece's Rainbow's partner agency will only have his file available for a short time before it is returned to the authorities where he lives. Edward needs people to advocate for him to find a family! He needs to have his sweet face and information publicized. Edward is available for adoption to single mothers, older parents, and large families. Please help Edward ... a little boy who can make a BIG difference in a family's life!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Thankful Thursday: William

On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for my loving little boy who is a year younger but taller than his sister and still puts his arm protectively around her or holds her hand when we go out.

I am also thankful for sweet William, who will turn 7 in June.  William is an active, happy, and sociable child who has good attention and a good memory. He knows all of his shapes, colors, and sizes, speaks in complex sentences, and has developed good self-help skills. William has Klinefelter's  syndrome and an additional cord in his left ventricle.

William is available for adoption to couples and single women. No more than six children may reside in the home. William needs a family to give him all the love he deserves and help him thrive! William needs to chance to play with his puppy, ride his bicycle, and be tucked into bed by his loving family. William has approximately $100 in his adoption grant. You can help William by donating to increase his fund, sharing his information with everyone you can, or finding a place for him in your own family.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Waiting Wednesday: Wyatt

This adorable little fellow is Wyatt. He turns 8 this month and resides in an orphanage. Wyatt's profile states he is at "significant risk." Because of his age, he will likely be transferred to an older children's orphanage where, if he isn't adopted, he will be sent out to the streets to make his own way around age 16, most likely with no access to healthcare. Wyatt is described as smart and good at math. He likes poetry, drawing, and writing. He enjoys participating in children's activities, and, like children everywhere, he likes to receive encouragement. Wyatt is HIV+ and takes daily anti-retroviral medication.

Wyatt has approximately $500 in his adoption grant. Why is this lovely child still waiting? Because he is a boy, and because he has HIV, and because he's not a baby. Well, I adopted a child who is a boy, children who weren't babies, and a child with HIV. Don't let these things discourage you! Wyatt can live a full, healthy, normal life, doing all the things that little boys love to do: playing in the creek, riding his bike, reading Calvin and Hobbes, annoying his siblings ... hmmm, that sounds suspiciously like my own little boy!

Please help increase Wyatt's adoption grant! Please share his information with everyone you can! Please consider adopting him so that he can live a life of love and happiness, just like all children deserve.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Sad Occurrence ...

Those of you who have read all the posts on my blog know that I am the Guardian Angel for 11-year-old Jack and that two weeks ago a forever family committed to him.

I am very sad to report today that Jack's adoptive mother was found in cardiac arrest and not breathing last night. She was rushed to the hospital and is in the ICU in a medically induced coma. 

Please keep Katie, her family (which includes two young daughters), and Jack in your thoughts and prayers.

Teamwork Tuesday: Kyle

Teamwork Tuesday is a communal effort by many bloggers to bring attention to a specific child every Tuesday. All Teamwork Tuesday bloggers advocate for the same child on Tuesdays in hopes that increased exposure for that child will help in finding a family.

This blue-eyed sweetie is Kyle. Kyle is five years old and, because he has Down Syndrome, at considerable risk of being transferred to an adult mental institution, where he will live the rest of his life with no love and no hope. Kyle has flat feet and strabismus but is otherwise medically healthy. He needs a family to love him! Kyle has nearly $4000 in his adoption grant and can be adopted by a married couple or a single woman. Please help Kyle find his forever family!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Monday Miracle: Kristopher

This sweet little guy is Kristopher. Kristopher is seven years old and lives in an Eastern European orphanage. Kristopher has cerebral palsy and is cross-eyed. Look at his lovely smile! This is a boy who is ready to bounce into your family and brighten your day! Kristopher's adoption grant is small, but you can help it grow! You can also share his information to assist in finding this little miracle his forever family!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Motherless Day

As my husband and lovely children prepare to present me with my yearly (surprise) Mother's Day gift of flowers for my garden and a tiramisu, my thoughts are with the children of the world who are experiencing (yet another) Motherless Day.

It's just another day for them.

There's nothing special about this day.

It's just one of their 365 annual Motherless Days.

Below you will find 36 boys who deserve to spend next Mother's Day with the mother who found them, loved them, and brought them home. (Or the father. Or the two moms. Or the two dads. I don't discriminate.) Why 36? Because if you add together my children's ages, they equal 36. All of these children can be found on the Reece's Rainbow website. And all need a family.