Monday, July 30, 2012

Three



Jack. Denis. Jason. Here are three faces I can't forget. My goal is to make sure you don't forget them either.

Three precious boys. Three unique individuals. Three beautiful children.

Jack is 11. He will turn 12 in the fall, and he won't know yet that he has a mom, and a dad, and a dog named Boo-Boo waiting for him, wishing for him, working for him. He won't know that he has hundreds, maybe thousands, of warriors who are raising money and praying and striving to get him home. Jack has a family. He doesn't know it, but soon ... soon he will be in his mother's arms. Soon he will be hangin' with his dad. Soon he will be romping with his dog. Soon he will be sleeping in his own bed in his own room in his own house in his own family. Jack will not spend his 13th birthday as an orphan.

Denis is 10. He will turn 11 next spring, and he doesn't have a mom, or a dad, or siblings, or dogs or cats or hamsters, waiting for him. He likely does not have hundreds or even dozens of people advocating on his behalf. Denis does not have a family. He knows it. He wishes for a mom and a dad ... he wishes for a family. Maybe he even wishes for a dog. But for the time being, Denis has no one coming for him. He will not soon be sleeping in his own bed in his own room in his own house in his own family. He will be, as he has been, in a bed in a room in an orphanage. Denis very well may spend his 12th birthday as an orphan.

And Jason ... sweet little Jason. Jason is 9. He will turn 10 next spring, and he may well have given up all hope of a mom and a dad and siblings to love him. Jason does not have a Guardian Angel. He has a few people advocating for him, but he slips by unnoticed most of the time. Jason does not have a family. He lives in a very remote orphanage for children with physical and mental disabilities. It's difficult to get information about Jason, but I'm trying. But no one is coming for Jason and, as I have been told he has spina bifida, and as I have some knowledge of the lives of disabled children in Eastern European orphanages, it's easy to imagine that Jason passes his days in a crib in a room in an orphanage that is not really his home. It's where he exists, but it's not a home. It's not a family. Jason will likely spend his 11th birthday as an orphan.

But these boys are my boys. These boys are the ones I love just a tiny bit more than all the others. No mother should ever admit to having favorites, but something about these boys has burrowed its way into the deepest recesses of my heart and taken up residence there, and it will never go away. These are my boys, and I won't give up the fight until I see them home.

As I continue to advocate for every wonderful boy who needs a home and a family that I can, I will continue to place these boys before you in the hope that you, or someone you know, or someone that someone you know knows, can make the difference for these boys. For Jack, the difference is purely money. He has a family; Jack's need is solely financial at this time. His adoption will cost upwards of $40,000. Read that again: $40,000. Say it out loud: Forty. Thousand. Dollars. It's not fair. No child's fate, no child's future, should depend on whether someone has a spare tens of thousands of dollars hanging around. Jack's family has stepped out in the faith that kindhearted people will help them pay this ransom, as it is often referred to in the adoption community, to get their child out of an orphanage, to save his life not only medically but emotionally and spiritually as well. Jack's family is saving him from a life of being unwanted and alone. Fundraising for an adoption can feel icky, and it can be very hard to ask people to give you money for something that can be perceived as so very, very personal as building your family. But it's not personal. In the end, adoption is not a personal act. Adoption is people saying, "No, we will not accept children growing up as orphans. We will act." If the saying goes that "it takes a village to raise a child," well, then, it also takes a village to adopt one. Ransom Adoption fees are so outrageously high that they bar many, many qualified and loving families from rescuing these children, and they bar countless innocent children from becoming treasured family members. Jack has a family. The knowledge part of the knowledge+money duo has been achieved. Now it's on to the money part.

And here we go: Jack's family's August fundraiser. I've made my plug (and I will continue to do so throughout the month). If you can, please consider donating. If you can't donate, please share the information. Please be one of the 1,000 loving Jack, the 1,000 who make him an orphan no more.


And sweet Jason ... whose recent fundraiser didn't raise much money for his adoption grant (and not through lack of trying by the host). Jason, who lives in a crib in a crumbling facility hidden away far off the beaten track. Jason, who, as his Reece's Rainbow profile page says (and it's the only thing said about him), has "no hope of finding my family without you." Please donate to increase Jason's grant fund, which currently stands at $95.70. Please share his information with everyone you can. Please consider whether Jason has a place in your own family. Please help make sure that Jason's 11th birthday is spent as an orphan no more.


And Denis, the brown-eyed thief of my heart, who longs for a family and watches as adoptive families come to his orphanage and choose ... not him. Denis, who every day edges closer to the time at which he will be dismissed from the orphanage, alone, frightened, outcast, with no family to comfort and care for him. It breaks my heart every day to consider Denis' fate. As of yet Denis has no established grant fund, but I am working to change that. If you or anyone you know or anyone you don't know but could stop on the street and tell about this boy should wish to adopt this child, please email me through the Contact Me button on the right sidebar of my blog and I will put you in touch with people who can help you.

These three boys are with me every day, and you will be seeing them again and again on the pages of this blog. These three boys, my own special loves ...

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Vote for Donovan!



Each year, from November 1st to December 31st, Reece's Rainbow does an Angel Tree fundraiser. The purpose is to raise $1,000 for the adoption grant of each child on the Angel Tree. (Last year, the Angel Tree raised $343,568 for orphans' adoption grant funds!) Traditionally, Angel Tree kids have been those up to age 5 with Down syndrome, but this year the Angel Tree will be open to 39 additional kids, chosen by vote. This week, until Thursday, August 2nd, at 5 pm EST, you can vote for a boy with Down syndrome in the 6-9 age category. I voted for Donovan, and I'm asking you to, also. As incredible as it may seem, this little guy is 8 years old. He desperately needs to get out of the orphanage and into a family. Getting him on the Angel Tree will not only increase his visibility but also allow him to get a grant fund.



When you go to the page, you should see, under his picture at the bottom of the page, a yellow star. Click on that to vote. You can only vote once, so please share this with all your friends.

Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for your support of orphaned boys worldwide.



Friday, July 27, 2012

Forever Friday: Konner

Hello, friends! Although yesterday's storm did cause the children to miss Garden Club, it turned out not to be as severe as was expected. We did get some much-needed rain, and the kids enjoyed playing some board games while we waited out the storm.


Unfortunately, a storm is gathering in the life of Konner, today's Forever Friday child.




Konner is a cognitively typical three year old who was born with spina bifida, which has been surgically corrected. Konner currently lives in a baby house, but the gathering storm on Konner's horizon is transfer to an adult mental institution. If Konner is not adopted by the time he turns four, he will be transferred. You know that that means. "Life" in a crib. Existence in a crib. No more toys, no more playing, no more going outside; Konner will live in a crib for the rest of his life, hidden away from society for the crime of being born with a medical condition.



Here is Konner's baby picture. What an adorable little sweetie! The clock is ticking for Konner. His birthday is in June. He has 11 months for his family to find him. Every day that goes by brings Konner one day closer to imprisonment.

There is good news, however! Konner currently has $1081 in his adoption grant fund! And he has a Guardian Angel who is working hard on his behalf to bring attention to Konner so that his forever family finds him! You can visit his GA's blog to read more about Konner and her efforts on his behalf. 

And, as always, you can help Konner! You can share his photo and information, you can donate to increase his grant fund, and you can consider whether Konner has a place in your own family.


Please also visit my post about Alec, a seven year old who is still waiting to be found.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Thankful Thursday: Chase (+ the brains of institutionalized children)

Welcome back to TWOB! Things are going to get kinda crazy around TWOB Central today; the weather forecast is calling for a derecho (land hurricane) with winds up to 80 miles an hour as well as a heat index over 100 degrees! Don't worry, though ... we'll weather the storm and continue advocating on behalf of the boys who need us the most!


Today I'd like to direct your attention to this article, recently published in the Chicago Tribune, about the effects of institutionalization on children's brains. As you'd expect, the news is not good. In brief, the brains of children raised in orphanages (and even in foster care) have significant structural differences from those of children raised in their families. Those differences are noticeable even if the children are removed from orphanages between the ages of 6 and 31 months. Although that news may be daunting, don't let it scare you; I have two children who are living proof that even when adopted at an older age, these kids are able to thrive, love, and accomplish great things!


And on the theme of accomplishing great things (and along the line of brain development), today, on this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful that my son was rescued from an orphanage and able to live a love-filled and rewarding life. Two examples will illustrate this.




This handsome young man, adopted from an orphanage at age 2, is, in this photo, holding his award for Most Valuable Player of his age group at the season-ending tournament for the youth hockey league he plays in. My son was chosen by vote of the coaches of all the teams (12) that participated. My son was a second-year player, and he is the team's goalie. As if that isn't enough accomplishment, my son was not even in the age group for this team. In hockey lingo, my son was Mite (8 and under) aged, but he was asked to play for the Squirt (10 and under) team because of his outstanding skill as a goalie. Congratulations, son!


Additionally, although my son still struggles with some cognitive, learning, and behavioral challenges related to institutionalization/neglect and malnourishment, he has worked extremely hard in the academic realm (we homeschool) and has made amazing progress in many areas. I just got his standardized test scores back for this past academic year and he made gains in all areas. He is aware that he struggles more in school than his sister (who is his virtual twin, age-wise) and it frustrates him, but he continues to plow ahead, undaunted, eager to learn all he can and pursue his goal of becoming a firefighter. Or a pirate. And I must say that although his sister is quicker to memorize poems in our daily memory work sessions, my son is better at retaining them once he has committed them to memory. And he is the sweetest, most smiley, most accepting kid you will ever meet. Everyone is his friend, and he is quick to defend the underdog.


It chills me to consider the life he would have faced had he been left to languish in an orphanage. (My son just skipped by chanting "Say yes to chess!" as he went to sit on the couch and play chess on my Nook.)




This little guy is Chase. Chase turns 8 in August. I believe he has Treacher-Collins Syndrome. Children with Treacher-Collins often have hearing loss but are usually of normal intelligence. There is little information available about Chase, but you can tell by his smile that he's a happy little guy who's just waiting for a family to spring him from the institution and allow him to do all the things that 8 year old boys love to do!


Chase lives in a region that requires 3 trips and has total program fees of approximately $35,000. Unrelated children can be adopted together. Married couples and single mothers may apply to adopt Chase.




Chase currently has $148.80 in his adoption grant fund. You can help Chase by sharing his information, donating to increase his grant fund, and considering whether he has a place in your family. This little boy deserves to find his own areas of excellence, surrounded by the love, support, and encouragement of a family. (My son just walked by and said, "That's a cute little boy!")



Please also visit my post about Daniel and Colin, two sweet little boys who still wait for their shot at a family! 


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Post on a Rainy Tuesday

Hello, friends! The last week has been very busy around here at TWOB Central. We had a very nice trip with the extended family to celebrate my parents' anniversary, the children had hockey camp, and I have been putting the finishing touches on plans for our new school year, which began yesterday!


Also, I have been experiencing some wrist pain recently, so I am attempting to limit my time spent typing. I will therefore be reducing my posts to approximately three per week for the time being.


But first, I have some fantastic news to report! Two more boys to whom I have introduced you (in the same post, nonetheless!) have been found by their families! Both boys were in very bad situations. One had been transferred to an adult mental institution and faced a life of nothing but lying in a crib. The other, who is blind, was spending his days confined to a playpen.


Congratulations to both Igor and Andrew, and to their new families, from TWOB! Please consider continuing to financially support these families as they work to bring their children home.




Also, I would like to remind you that we are still collecting spare change for Jack! This fundraiser runs through the end of the month, and it's not too late to join! Every penny counts! Please also remember to check out the left sidebar of my blog for more fundraising opportunities!




Next, I would like to remind you of Denis, another little boy who has stolen my heart. An adoptive family met Denis earlier this month, and they report that he very much wishes for a family. Denis is described as polite, smart, and playful, and he would make an excellent addition to any family.

And finally, I would like to close today's post with a reminder that adopting older children is an extremely important, especially rewarding thing to do. No one outgrows the need for a family, ever. One of our children was adopted from an orphanage at the age of 11. This child has gone on to participate in both a varsity-level high school soccer program AND a professional soccer team's pre-professional academy program; participate in a televised Martin Luther King Day speech competition; present at a statewide National History Day competition; attend a year-long seminar on immigration issues run by our state's former governor; get that first teenage job at a restaurant; and receive a one-year college scholarship for being selected to attend an elite, competitive-entry medical internship at the local medical school. All of these things are amazing achievements in their own right, but more important than any of them is that this child went from being an angry, untrusting, unhappy child who did not know how to live in a family to an integrated member of the family who seeks parental involvement and advice and has loving relationships with family. Adoption helped this child to reach full potential rather than graduating from an orphanage and facing a life of poverty, hardship, and aloneness.


If you have never considered adopting an older child but are interested in discussing it, please email me through the Contact Me button on the right sidebar of my blog.


Thanks for visiting, and thanks for your support of orphaned boys worldwide!













Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Teamwork Tuesday: R.J. and Waiting Wednesday: Quinton

First: Steven's family found him!!


Second: Don't forget our July fundraiser, Spare Some Change to Change Jack's Life! We have a lot of Spare Changers helping out! Throw your change in with us!


Third: 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 is R.J. This handsome little guy turns four in December, and he is facing transfer. R.J. has Down syndrome but no other reported health issues. There isn't a lot of information available about R.J., but it is known that he is available for adoption to older parents as well as younger and single mothers as well as married couples. R.J.'s region requires three trips to complete the adoption. There is a limit of five young children in the household, or seven children if some of the children are older/teenagers. Total adoption fees are approximately $35-40,000.

Because little is known about R.J., he does not have an adoption grant. If a family commits to him, however, they can set up an FSP and raise funds for his adoption. You can help R.J. by sharing his photo and information and considering whether he has a place in your family.


This cutie is Quinton. Quinton is not listed on Reece's Rainbow but was met by a family who traveled to his orphanage to adopt their son. Quinton has Down syndrome but is otherwise healthy. If you are interested in making Quinton your son, I can direct you to someone who has additional photos and video of him and can point you in the right direction to get the adoption started. 


Please also revisit my post about Darryl, a five year old who still waits for his family.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Monday Miracle: Denis

Good morning! Please remember to Spare Some Change to Change Jack's Life!


Today I would like to introduce you to Denis. Denis turned 10 in May. Can you believe those eyes? And that impish look on his face? You can tell by looking that this child is fun to be with.


Denis lives in an Eastern European orphanage. He has a chronic, manageable illness and is otherwise healthy.



Denis is described as well-behaved, kind, caring, and gentle.  When another child from his group was adopted, Denis became teary and wished the child good luck. He has no delays and lives in a facility that is reported to provide excellent care.

Denis wants a family.

I think that it is important to remember that, even for kids who have never lived in a family, never experienced the love of a mom or a dad, never belonged to a family that calls them "mine" and cares for them more than anyone else in the world, these kids know what a mom and dad are, they know what a mom and dad do, and they know, to some degree, what they are missing. It is a human instinct to want the love of a mother; it is a human instinct to want to belong to a family.

When my husband and I traveled to adopt our children, many of the kids we met in our childrens' orphanages called us Mom and Dad. Even if they didn't know any English, they knew the words Mom and Dad. They wanted us to take their photos ("Photo me? Photo me?" they would ask, repeatedly) and, more importantly, they wanted us to take photos of them with us. These pictures of the children sitting on our laps, with our arms around them, smiling at each other, were very important to the children. For a moment, they belonged to someone.

Denis wants to belong to someone.



These photos were taken recently by an adoptive family at Denis' orphanage. I have smudged the faces of the adoptive parents so they are not identifiable. But you can see the look on Denis' face. You can see how much it means to him to be with these people.

Denis is almost the age that one of my children was when adopted. As I have mentioned before, it was not always easy. That child's adjustment to the family, and our adjustment to that child, was sometimes rocky. But we built our family by adoption, and we live together in love, and I can say without any shadow of a doubt that adopting an older child has its own rewards and that older children need the love and stability of a family every bit as much as younger children. No one outgrows the need for a family, ever.


An adoptive family who recently met Denis had this to say about him: 

Denis is a wonderful boy with very good manners, excellent social skills, and VERY bright (tries some English!)   He very much wants a family and has enjoyed interacting with [my husband] and I!  I believe he will be an easy fit into a family and he has a huge desire for a Mom and Dad.  He is both a gentlemen and will shake your hand upon an introduction and a playful little boy when the time comes.  We observed him taking pride and initiative  with things such as clearing his dishes and taking out the trash.  He has an excellent attitude and is outgoing without being obtrusive.



Denis' future, if he is not adopted, is bleak. According to Haven Bridge, an organization that helps teens as they age out of orphanages, children who graduate from orphanages lack the basic life skills, critical thinking skills, decision-making skills, and educational skills to create a life for themselves beyond the orphanage environment. Additionally, the stigma of being an orphan follows these children and can hinder their ability to integrate into society. More than 10% percent of these children commit suicide within a few years of graduation from an orphanage; more than half are recruited into a life of prostitution or crime. More than 30% of recently-released orphans become addicted to drugs and alcohol. One-third of all released orphans end up in prison, making the journey from one state institution (orphanage) to another (prison).


Look at this child. He deserves more than a childhood spent in an institution. He deserves more than an adolescence struggling just to survive. He deserves better than a life of crime, addiction, and prison.


And even if none of these horrible things that, statistically, are likely to happen to Denis, actually happen to him, he still deserves better than a life spent believing no one ever wanted him.


Denis is not listed on Reece's Rainbow. I am working to set up fundraising for him. If you are interested in adopting Denis, I can point you in the direction of people who can help make that happen. If you are interested in helping to raise funds for an adoption grant for Denis, I would love to work with you on that. For any of these reasons, please email me through the Contact Me button on the right sidebar of my blog. Please share Denis' information so that his forever family can find him.



Please do not forget about Denis.


Please also revisit my post about Kristopher, a 7 year old boy who still waits for his family.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Blog Blitz: 63 Passed-Over Kids

Hello, friends. Today is a blog blitz for 63 kids who have been passed over for too long. The Reece's Rainbow community got together and decided to act on behalf of these 63 kids who have been waiting ... and waiting ... and waiting. I will introduce you to six of these children, and I will give you the links to all the other bloggers who are advocating today for these 63 kids.


Sixty-three seems like a lot. And it is. But if all of TWOB readers and all of the readers of all of the other blogs read about these kids, we can find them families. If all of TWOB readers and all of the readers of all of the other blogs share these kids in the social media world, we can find them families. Working together, we can find them families.


Knowledge and money. Together we can overcome these two barriers to adoption for these children, and we can find them families.


And now, the stars of today's show:



Daniel was born in January of 2006. He has CP, hydrocephalus, and epilepsy. Daniel has already been transferred to a mental institution and will spend the rest of his life bedridden if he is not adopted. But there is good news! Daniel already has a $3,000 adoption grant, and the region he is in typically waives the 10-day waiting period after court. 


Denis turns 6 this month. He has multiple medical needs, including epilepsy and spastic tetraparesis. But look at those brown eyes! I am a sucker for brown eyes. More photos are available of this young man. Unfortunately, Denis has already been transferred to a mental institution, but he has $3,010 in his adoption grant and, like Daniel, lives in a region that typically waives the post-court waiting period.


Nate will turn 6 in August. He was born with CP and also has CMV-related vision problems. Nate is another brown-eyed cutie! He cannot walk on his own, but he could make great improvement if he were given consistent therapy. Nate has $161.00 in his adoption grant fund. Nate is available to larger families as well as smaller and resides in a relatively lower-cost region.


Poor Matvey did not want his picture taken. Matvey will turn 8 years old in August. He has a cognitive delay but is otherwise healthy. An adoptive family met Matvey in 2008 and described him as "more aware and alert than a child with Down syndrome might be at the same age." Matvey could thrive in a loving family. He currently has $50.50 in his adoption grant fund.


Yuri turned 9 in April. He was recently transferred to an institution and needs a family now so that he does not regress in his development. Yuri has a cognitive delay and "syndrome of movement inhibition," but he is described as happy, active, and very independently mobile. Yuri could progress so much in a loving family environment! Yuri does not currently have an adoption grant, but an family that commits to him could create an FSP and fundraise for his adoption.


Anastasia turned 10 in June. She has CP but no other mental or physical delays. Anastasia has difficulty walking but is described as affectionate and smart. Anastasia will definitely benefit from physical therapy and a family of her own. Anastasia has $197.50 in her adoption grant fund, and she is available for adoption by large families as well as small.

All of these children, plus 57 more, have been overlooked for too long.They may be "too old" or "too disabled." But all of these children have tremendous potential to make great progress in a family that is dedicated to providing them with the love, care, therapy, and education they deserve. It can be daunting to consider adopting an older or a disabled child. But there are many, many adoptive parents who have walked this road already and who will be happy to share their experiences with you. If you are not in a position to adopt, please consider donating to increase the grant funds of these children, and please share their information with others so that these children have the best possible chance of being seen by their forever family!

Also, please visit the following blogs to read about the 57 other children who have been passed over for too long.



Friday, July 13, 2012

Thankful Thursday: Noah and Forever Friday: Kurt

Hello to TWOB community! I hope that your Spare Change jars are filling up!


Just a heads up: Jack now has a FIG account through Project Hopeful. (What is a FIG account? Read about it here.) Like Reece's Rainbow, Project Hopeful is a 501c registered charity that advocates and raises funds for special needs adoption. Project Hopeful recently won a $50,000 grant from Cultivate Wines!


Today I will introduce you to two beautiful waiting boys.




First, though, I will continue my Thursday tradition of talking about something I am thankful for in my life with my wonderful boy. We have a passel of animals around our house, and I am thankful that my sweet boy treats them with such kindness and compassion. He regularly walks the dogs, and he likes to take the bunnies out for exercise, and he lavishes his cat, Farrah, with attention. He has such a deep bond with all the non-human creatures in our home!




This is Noah. Noah will turn 6 in December. This blue-eyed cutie has CP and is said to be significantly cognitively delayed. He loves to be held and loves to receive attention and affection. 


Noah is a child whose potential is stifled by living in an orphanage but who could blossom and exceed all expectations if he were living in a family, with the love, stimulation, support, and therapy he needs. I have heard over and over again stories of children with significant reported disabilities who made unheard-of progress after adoption. It is not uncommon for children to be significantly delayed simply because they live in an orphanage and aren't receiving the things children need to thrive.


Noah currently has $280.00 in his adoption grant fund. He needs a Guardian Angel to raise funds for him and advocate to find him a family. You can help Noah by donating to increase his grant fund, sharing his information, and considering whether he has a place in your family. You can also help him by becoming his Guardian Angel. Noah deserves the chance to meet his full potential!



This little guy is Kurt. He will turn five in September. I have blogged about him before, but he still waits for a family. There are some additional pictures of Kurt! 


As you can see, even though he has CP, Kurt can stand and walk on his own. In fact, it looks like he can run!



Kurt is described as a "delightful boy!" Now who can resist adding a delightful, handsome boy to their family?


Kurt needs a family to love him, to take him swimming and bowling and mini-golfing. Kurt needs to opportunity to stay up late with his siblings, snacking on junk food and watching a movie. Kurt deserves to benefit from the best education and therapy available. And Kurt deserves to be loved. 


Kurt only has $61 in his adoption grant fund. You can help Kurt by donating to increase his grant fund, sharing his information, and considering whether he has a place in your family.







Please also check out my previous post about Igor and and Andrew, two little boys who still wait.





Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Waiting Wednesday: Oliver

Spare Some Change to Change Jack's Life, yo!



No good deed goes unpunished. On the way home from work last night, I saw my friends' runaway cat cruising the neighborhood. I cajoled him into coming to me, scooped him up, and tried to carry him home. Nothin' doin'. He left me with this little souvenir of our time together. My ten year old saved the day. She came out of the house in her robe (it was after 11!), called to Mr. Isaac Newton Kitty, scooped him up, and took him home. Our friends were very happy. Isaac, not so much. His adventuring was cut short. I know this has nothing to do with adoption or boys. I just wanted to whine about my arm. 


This sweet little peanut is Oliver. He is five years old and has lived his entire life in a crib. He was born with achondroplasia. He has some other medical issues, as well. Oliver is facing transfer to an institution, and if he is transferred, he will lose all hope of a life not spent in a crib.

Oliver deserves more than this. Oliver deserves to feel the sun on his face and the breeze on his skin. He deserves warm baths from loving parents, smiles and laughter and cuddles and hugs, trips to the grocery and the playground and the movies. Oliver deserves to be educated and receive therapy. Oliver deserves a life, not an existence.

Oliver current has $3500.80 in his adoption grant fund. He has a Guardian Angel who is very concerned for his welfare. You can help Oliver by donating to increase his grant fund, sharing his photo and information, and considering whether Oliver has a place in your family. Oliver is truly in desperate need of a family to save him.

Kinda renders my sniveling about my arm scratches pathetic ...


Please visit my previous post about Ross, a little boy about to turn 9 who still waits for a family.



Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Breaking News!

PORTER HAS A FAMILY!





This little guy, who was removed from his baby house and sent to one of the worst mental institutions in his country simply because he has HIV, has been found! He will spend the remainder of his childhood in a family, with parents who love him, doing all the things that children love to do: swimming, riding his bike, playing sports, building with Legos ... he will not be confined to a mental institution where he is unloved, under-nourished, untreated, and forgotten!

Teamwork Tuesday: Brent

Hello, friends! I would like to remind you of the Spare Some Change to Change Jack's Life fundraiser that is going on the entire month of July. It's not to late to start! Every penny makes a difference! You can also check the right sidebar of the blog to see the other fundraising opportunities we have available.


Don't forget that Jack's mom has started a new blog, 1,000 Loving Jack, to chronicle their journey to bring home their son. Check it out!


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 is Brent. Can you believe that smile? Brent turned 7 last month, and he lives in an institution. Brent has Down syndrome and severe mental retardation. The institution he lives in benefits from an orphan care program that provides children with one-on-one nannies and extra stimulation. I have seen video of Brent, and he is a very smiley and happy child. He is an orphanage favorite due to his sweet nature.

Unfortunately for Brent, if he is not adopted he will age out of the orphan care program and end up just an anonymous, neglected adult in a mental institution. Brent's life could be so much more if he were adopted and helped by his parents to reach his full potential.

Brent has $10,209.35 in his adoption grant. Many people have worked very hard to raise money for Brent. You can help Brent by donating to increase his grant fund, sharing his photo and information, and considering whether Brent has a place in your family. Brent also needs a Guardian Angel.


Please also see my post about about Kyle, another Teamwork Tuesday child who is still waiting for a family. He has an updated picture!