Thursday, June 30, 2016

Expedited Adoption due to Aging Out

What does that mean?  It means that an orphan has a very limited amount of time to have a family.  So, his/her family must complete the entire adoption process at super speed.  Once a child ages out, they are no longer eligible for adoption. 

I have such strong feelings about aging out orphans.  It makes me feel more than sad.  I apologize if I offend anyone as that is not my intention, but all too often I see many people joining together to advocate so hard for orphans who are at risk of aging out.  Then, once a family decides to pursue adopting one of these orphans, this group support seems to stop.  It needs to NOT stop!! 

These families need our help!  You see, this family will now have to complete all the paper work required for the entire adoption process at lightning speed.  This leaves very little time for doing anything else.  But, fundraising still needs to be done.  And, it is so hard to organize fundraising efforts while working on paperwork.  Oh, it's so difficult!  Even if you complete the paperwork for each step on time, you can't move on to the next step without the necessary fees required for that step.  Most grant organizations aren't able to review applications and make their decisions in a short enough amount of time for families who are expediting due to aging out. 

I know I have already said it but I'm going to say it again....these families NEED OUR HELP!  We must help raise the funds needed to bring these orphans to a family before they age out.  We must share their fundraisers and pray for their success every night.  Donate if you are able, you can donate items for an auction; you can donate money- any amount helps; or you can donate the few minutes it may take for you to share their post on your Facebook page.  You may be surprised who might see your post and decide to help!

Please help! Pray for these children who WANT to have a family and are at risk of never being able to have one.  Pray for the families who so courageously step up and take on the international adoption process in a compacted time frame.  Pray for the children who aren't reached in time.  Pray for the families who aren't able to get to their children in time.

Monday, June 20, 2016

I'd like to introduce you to someone special

Abandoned when he was maybe 2 years old, Isaiah was found and taken to live his life in an orphanage.  A few months later, he was moved to a foster home.  Now 13 years old, he doesn't know how it feels to have a Mom or a Dad or brothers.  In less than two months, he will turn 14 years old.  Notice I did not say he will celebrate his 14th birthday because there will be no celebration.  Instead, he will be moved to a mental institution or told to go live on the streets.  Neither option is anywhere near acceptable for this young man.  He has a type of dwarfism and in his country it is considered a bad omen.  So, if he does try to live on the streets, he will be treated very poorly by all who see him.

There is a family here in America that is trying very hard to raise the funds needed to cover his adoption expenses and racing through the stacks and stacks of paperwork necessary to adopt Isaiah.  The have less than 7 weeks left to complete the entire process.

With everyone's help, they will make it in time!  Isaiah will be adopted and come home to a loving family with two older brothers and one younger brother, who happens to have the same type of dwarfism.  He will be someone's son, someone's brother, and someone's grandson.  He will have his own bedroom with his own comfy bed, fluffy pillow, and soft blanket.  With his love for cars, his Mom and Dad will make sure there is a nice pile of toy cars waiting for him to come home to play with them.  He will also get to go to school and learn all sorts of things, something he doesn't get to do now.  His life will be filled with hugs, hugs with genuine 100% love for him.  And, oh, I can only imagine how much time he will spend in the backyard running around playing with his brothers and their pet dogs.  He loves being outside and will love it even more with a family!

Please, please, please help!! Share Isaiah's story with everyone you know, ask them to pray that everything happens in time.  Ask everyone you know to donate $5 here  
 If we can get everyone to donate just $5, it will add up so fast, and Isaiah will get to come home to his family this year!  He will know LOVE, love of a family, and the love from our Heavenly Father.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Lucky number 13 !!!-

Let’s talk about 13.  If you’re superstitious, you believe the number 13 is an unlucky number.  When you ride in an elevator of a very tall building, you may notice there is no button for the 13th floor, all because of superstition.  If the 13th of the month happens to be on a Friday, people consider it a day filled with unlucky events, “Friday the 13th.”  The age 13 is the first year a person is considered a teenager, and that’s when the challenging part of life begins.  There is so much pressure for 13 year olds: to be liked by the peers, to dress the right way, to have many friends, to be invited to all the parties, to “fit in.”  In China, being an orphan who is 13 years old, is negative for a completely different reason.  You see, when an orphan turns 13 years old, there is only one year left for him/her to have a family.  Once an orphan turns 14, he/she is no longer eligible for adoption.  Even if a family arrives in country and meets them on their 14th birthday, it doesn’t matter.  It is too late.  That child will never know the love of a family.

There is a special place in my heart for orphans who are in that final year.  Growing up, I LOVED the number 13!  I refuse to be intimidated by superstition.  I try hard to advocate for Chinese orphans who are 13 years old.  All children deserve to know what FAMILY means.  They deserve to know GOD and have a relationship with Him.  We adopted our son last year less than one week before his 14th birthday.  Watching him learn how to love, and how to care for others is indescribable.  Watching him learn about God is invaluable.  Learning who he is and watching him grow in to the young man he is meant to be is incredible.  Yes, adopting an older child is challenging.  Yes, it has been just as challenging for him to be adopted as an older child.  His life changed so much!  I only need a few words to describe how I feel about our son and everything he has endured in just 14 years of life.  He is brave, precious, loved, and SO WORTH IT!

There is an orphan in China right now who is 13 years old.  I am begging everyone who reads this to help make 13 a lucky number for Isaiah.  Let this, his 13th year of life, be the best year of his life!  Help this be the year he comes home to his family, to learn how it feels to have a family who loves you, a mommy to hug you and a daddy to tuck you in bed at night.  Bring Isaiah home so his family can teach him about God and all the love He has for him.  We need everyone’s help!!  Say a prayer for Isaiah, donate if you are able to, and then share this with all your friends.  Prayer is powerful, and we need it to help this family get to Isaiah before it is too late!  Please help!!
Sweet Isaiah

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