Thursday, April 26, 2012

Meet Owen!

 This is Owen.

Unfortunately, Owen has grown up in pictures, so I'm able to show you a few.  I wish that wasn't the case.  I wish people could look beyond his picture, and see his soul.  I can.  I don't understand why others can't.

Owen has a genetic abnormality called Saethre-Chotzen Syndrome.  You can learn more about it here, but here's a short explination:

Saethre-Chotzen syndrome is a genetic condition characterized by the premature fusion of certain skull bones (craniosynostosis). This early fusion prevents the skull from growing normally and affects the shape of the head and face. Most people with Saethre-Chotzen syndrome have prematurely fused skull bones along the coronal suture, the growth line that goes over the head from ear to ear. Other parts of the skull may be malformed as well. These changes can result in an abnormally shaped head, a high forehead, a low frontal hairline, droopy eyelids (ptosis), widely spaced eyes, and a broad nasal bridge. One side of the face may appear noticeably different from the other (facial asymmetry). Most people with Saethre-Chotzen syndrome also have small, unusually shaped ears.

Owen looks different.  He's always going to look different.  Maybe he can have some surgeries.  I would imagine he'll need them.  But he'll always look different. 

That's no reason to lock him away. 

It's no reason to hide him. 

It's. just. not. 

We don't know too much about Owen.  I wonder if it's because his caregivers don't believe anyone would want him.  But we know that's not true.  Don't we?
Don't we?? 

Owen has a significant grant.  His forever family will have over $3,000 taken care of.  It's not enough, but it's a start.  It's a lot mroe than a lot of kids have.  Every bit helps, and this is a good bit. 

And, as an added bonus, his region seems fairly flexible as far as adoptive parents go.  Here's a summery of their requirements:
3 trips

  • Both parents for 2 weeks
  • Wait 2-3 months for court
  • Both parents travel for 2nd trip
  • 30 day wait period after court, one parent returns
  • No family size restrictions
  • Both parents must be younger than 60 years
  • Total program fees under $25,000, plus travel expenses
  • Fee includes a $500 orphanage donation
  • Married couples and single mothers may apply

  • Fairly low cost.  No family size restrictions.  Single mothers welcome, and Canadians welcome!

    You can't get any better than that!! 

    So why is he still listed?  Is it because he looks different?  Are we really so barbaric?  So childish?

    Owen is 4.  He will turn 5 this year.  That's the magic number, remember?  The bad magic number.  The one where he'll be sent away.

    Now you know.  What will you do?


    1. Why didnt you adopt him then?

    2. Unfortunately, we weren't in a position to adopt before his country closed. We prayed hard about it, but the answer was definitely a no at that time.