Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Presley: What a Smile!

Hello, friends! I hope that everyone had a nice holiday weekend. Our family went camping at a music festival down in the hills. A bunch of friends went with us, and the weekend was full of dancing, swimming, hanging out, and being together. Being together is what it's all about.

Today I would like you to meet Presley. Presley turned four years old in March. He is described as a happy and affectionate child. Unfortunately, Presley suffers from leukemia. He has delays of psychological and motor development and crossed eyes.

Look at that smile! Presley looks like he's ready to dive right in to family life. This little guy needs all the love and care he can get, and he needs a family that will provide him with the best medical care possible.

It can be very scary to contemplate adopting a child with known medical issues. When we adopted our first child, we specified that we wanted a healthy child. We were youngish, rather inexperienced parents, and we didn't feel capable of meeting complex medical needs. Little did we know that our "healthy" child would have an array of special needs! After nearly 8 years, we are still dealing with continuing medical and developmental issues ... and honestly, I rarely bat an eye over it. My child is my child ... the needs are just part of who that child is, and meeting those needs is just part of what we do. I won't lie: sometimes it's annoying. Sometimes it's inconvenient. Sometimes it's costly. But I have never wished that we didn't have this child in our lives, and even with all these issues, this child is thriving and living life to the fullest.

Adopting older children, adopting traumatized children, adopting medically needy children ... this is not for everyone. I get that, and I am under no illusions that everyone has an obligation to adopt. But if you have ever considered it, if you have ever thought about it, if you have ever wondered whether you would be able to handle the needs of a post-institutionalized child, well, you have already opened the door a crack. I urge you to open it further by reading about adoption and attachment, talking with parents who have adopted children with special needs, discussing it with your spouse (should you have one), and contacting an agency about taking the first steps. These children need you, and I'm betting that you will find that you need them, too.


A while ago I wrote about Edward. I was pleased the other day to see that he has a new picture! What a handsome little guy! Please consider whether Edward has a place in your family!

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