Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Big Bleg, Not Funny At All

Some of you know we are on the adoption journey. We hope to give you a concrete update on that soon.

In the meantime, one of the children on our hearts has been Alex, who is 4, has CP, and lives in an Eastern European country. We just found out he has been transferred to an institution for older kids/adults in his country. This is typical around age 5-6. But not at all good. These institutions range from kinda barely OK to "crimes against humanity" cases. It is especially hard for children who cannot walk--is it very possible they just get ignored.

He is still available to be adopted. There is that hope. So what to do?

1) Money in his account is his best ticket out. International adoption is expensive and Reeces Rainbow sets up grants for particular children to offset the costs. This is a brilliant idea, because there are people who want to adopt these children with special needs--but cannot afford the approx. $25000 cost. Reeces Rainbow is a 501c3 organization, so donations are tax-deductible. Right now, an enterprising 17 year woman and young mom are running a campaign for Alex, and you can donate AND enter their giveaway of all kids of gift certificates and nice items.

2) Anyone willing to adopt him--especially if you are "paper ready" (that means your home study is done)--please consider it. The country goes on "break" from processing adoptions from November to the end of January. The sooner the better. If you can't adopt, you can spread the word.

3) Please pray.

Thanks all. I had ideas for funny posts today, but when I got this news last night, I couldn't have cracked a joke for the life of me. Peace.

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