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.