Edited March 2018
Update: *Stephan (named Slavik) is home with his loving family ❤ This is why I advocate, spread the word, share, signal boost, and further promote waiting children.
Click the link above to read Wide Awake Family’s blog post, “From Darkness Into Light”.
In it is featured a young boy who used to live in an institution (called Romaniv) in Eastern Europe where WAF has adopted a child (his name is Vladik), and continues to provide help there while living in-country. He was listed on Reece’s Rainbow as Stephan, so that is how I will refer to him. Stephan was 13 years old, but appeared to be around the size of a 6 or 7 year old child. Stephan is blind, but believed to have some amount of light perception to be able to see shadows. He has some other diagnoses. He loves to seek sensory input, especially by spinning and hand-flapping.
Stephan needed a family. As I said, an institution is no place for a child. Especially a child who has one of his senses reduced. He is receiving therapy that is tailored to his needs, in a family. He now has love, care, and understanding, in a family. His medical needs are better-managed in a family.
The best part is, WAF has spent time with Stephan and the other boys in this institution! WAF is looking into building or refurbishing group homes for some of the younger boys in the institution who are unable to be adopted due to their age.
WAF continues to live and work in Ukraine with their family to improve the lives of the boys at the institution, and are currently in the process of building a smaller, family-style home for some of the boys, with the hope to eventually expand the program. They have moved to the Ukraine permanently, to oversee their charity work.
The family has recently taken custody of a young man named Boris, who is one of the family, and had a biological child born recently. Follow Wide Awake Family’s journey here (blog) and here (Facebook page).
Click the photo below to visit their official website! There are ways to support them which are listed on the site, as well.
PD: Wide Awake’s logo, which has the text written in blue & white transposed over a blue dot.