Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Teamwork Tuesday--Samantha and Kristina

Today, I have a treat for you!  A beautiful sibling set of sisters!!


Samantha is the oldest, at 7.  Kristina is her 6 year old younger beauty of a sister.  From their Reece's Rainbow profile:

Samantha (the oldest):  microcephaly, mental retardation, crossed eyes, physically capable, friendly and affectionate girl, will do well in family environment
Kristina:  cognitively delayed, physically capable, helpful, friendly, likes to play, good girl.

These sisters sound so very lovely!!  Unfortunately, they've already been sent to an institution.   The big, ugly red words are already on their profile.


Let's get these two beauties out of the institution, and into a family.  Let's make sure these sisters aren't separated, are allowed to grow up together, and are love.  They only have $120 in their fund.  That's not enough. 

Help me as we raise their fund.  Pray with us as we search for their forever family.  And join us in the search by sharing, sharing sharing.  

Now you know, what will you do? 

Teamwork Tuesday--Beau 15H

UPDATE!!  Beau has been adopted in country!!  What a blessing for this special young man!!

What a handsome young man we have to share with you today!!

Beau is such a handsome young man!!   He is 8 years old, and has blond hair and gray eyes.  Beau has cerebral palsy, but he doesn't let that stop him!!  From his Reece's Rainbow profile page:

Beau does not make an impression of a child who lives in an orphanage from his birth. Beau is very well developed, already knows how to read by syllables and is able to spell, write and count. The child loves to learn more and will be a promising student in a future.  He is kind and friendly with the children and polite with the adults. He can be left alone in a room and will play with puzzles and mosaics for hours. He also likes to draw and is interested in technologies. He is a very accurate boy and likes cleanliness and order. He goes to the bathroom by himself and never forgets to brush his teeth and comb the hair. Beau walks without help but has spastic paraparetic gait.

Beau is mobile and independent!  Cerebral palsy is not a degenerative condition, which means it doesn't get worse over time.   There's nothing scary about Beau!! 

Here are the requirements for adopting in Beau's Region:
  • 1st trip, Both parents for 5-7 days
  • 3 trips total
  • 2-3 month wait for the judge to appoint the court hearing
  • Both parents travel for 2nd trip about 7 days, both parents leave after the court hearing
  • 30-day waiting period is NOT waived for special needs
  • Only one parent would need to return after the 30-day wait
  • Up to 5 young children in the home
  •  if the family income is sizeable (the adopted child being the 5th child). Up to 7 children at home may be permitted on a case-by-case basis if income is adequate and some of the children at home are older (teenagers)
  • Both parents must be younger than 60 years
  • Parents may NOT be currently on anti-depressants; prior history of anti-depressants may be permitted on a case-by-case basis
  • No criminal background (DWI’s acceptable on a case by case basis)
  • Fee includes orphanage donation
  • Married couples and single heterosexual mothers may apply
  • Un-related children may not be adopted simultaneously
  • Total program and travel fees approx $35-40K

 Did you notice that bottom number?  $35-40K?  Beau only has $257 in his adoption fund.  Can we increase that a bit?

Let's pray over Beau.  Pray about donating to his fund.  Pray that his Mama and Daddy find him.  Pray, and share, and pray some more!!  Let's get Beau found!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Teamwork Tuesday--Kurt!

Today, I'd like to introduce you to a pair of the most soulful brown eyes I've seen.  (Next to Carter's, of course...)

Kurt is just about to turn 5 years old.  He has very mild Cerebral Palsy, and is able to walk on his own.

And he's just sweet and adorable and precious.

Cerebral Palsy isn't a degenerative disorder.  That means he won't get worse over time.  This precious, beautiful young boy has an amazing life ahead of him, he just needs a family who will give him a chance.

He also needs someone willing to invest in him.  Kurt only has $61.00 in his adoption fund.  It will cost closer to $25,000 to adopt him.

Won't you please pray over Kurt?  Pray that his family finds him, and prayerfully consider making a donation to his fund.  And, as always, share share share!!!  Let's get Kurt out there, and get him seen!!  Someone, somewhere, is looking for this precious, beautiful little boy, as much as he is dreaming about them!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Teamwork Tuesday--OWEN!!!!!!

YES!!  Our Owen!!!  It's his turn for Teamwork Tuesday!  And... have you seen???

This is Owen's newest picture!!  What a handsome man!!  Owen is 4 years old and has a condition called Acrocephalosyndyldactyly Type Chotzen or Saethre-Chotzen Syndrome.  Here's what we know from his Reece's Rainbow profile:  

Chotzen Syndrome is a dominant genetic condition. They have a tower-shaped skull (acrocephaly), fused fingers and/or toes (syndactyly), asymmetric face, widely spaced eyes, droopy eyelid (ptosis), strabismus (crossed or “wall-eyes”), beak-like nose, small upper jaw, and jutting out lower jaw (prognathism).   Some plates in their skull close early.   This is called craniosynostosis.   Often people with Chotzen Syndrome are mildly hard of hearing. Sometimes they’re unusually short.   Occasionally the closing of the plates in their skull can compress their brain and slow their development.   Sometimes boys with Chotzen Syndrome have undescended testicles.

I think that Owen's condition looks a lot scarier than it is.  Here is an article about Saethre-Chotzen Syndrome.  It says that most people are of normal intelligence, might be hard of hearing....  Owen's not scary!!  

Owen's Baby Picture

He does, however, have extremely chapped cheeks.  (I have the best lotion for this, and for the family that adopts Owen, I'll personally buy your first stash!!)  I would imagine (though I don't know for sure) that he probably has headaches.  I bet he wonders why his friends sometimes go home with families, and he doesn't.

Oh, and he's approaching that Horrible Magic Number--5.  (((shudder)))

Please, please please don't let Owen wait and wonder.  Let's not even begin to approach him being transferred!!   Because Owen also has a Sizable Grant-- over $3000!! And he's from a straightforward Region!  Here are the 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 and travel fees around $35,000-40,000
  • Fee includes a $500 orphanage donation
  • Married couples and single mothers may apply

I don't understand why Owen doesn't have a family, other than people are scared away by his looks.  I pray, pray, pray, and fervently pray some more that my readers are beyond that, and can see the precious little 4 year old boy behind the big scary words.  So please, pray for Owen.  Donate to him ($3000 is a lot, but it's only a fraction of what his family will need).  And finally, share this blog post around everywhere.

Now you know.  What will you do? 

This is Millie.

Millie is 8 years old.  She has Down Syndrome, and she's in an orphanage.  Millie is our Teamwork Tuesday child this week. 

Millie's picture breaks my heart.  She looks like she's been crying.  Oh, sweet Millie!! 

Millie is described as being able to walk and run. She is not yet talking. She enjoys listening to music and playing with toys that make sound. She enjoys going outside.

She has Down Syndrome, strabismus, and excema around her nose.  Nothing overly serious.  No heart problems that we know of.  No blood born disease.  Just... Down Syndrome, strabismus, and excema. 

But, she's a sweet girl.  Let's help Millie get home, shall we?

Pray over Millie!  Let's cover her life--her caregivers, her Forever Family, everyone that comes in contact with her--in prayer.  Prayerfully consider making a donation to Millie's grant, and, if you're considering adoption, won't you consider Millie??

And let's get her out and show her face.  Let's get Millie seen!  Facebook, Twitter 

Now we know.  Now, we act!