Note about this post: This post features children who are listed on the Reece’s Rainbow adoption advocacy and grant funding website. Names used in this blog post are not the children’s real names. Each of their names will also be hyperlinked to their RR profile page, where you can learn more about them.
This post is going to introduce you to some girls who live in Eastern European institutions. These girls live at adult mental institutions. Mind you, these girls are not adults. They are children and teens who need homes. Some of them are running out of time to be adopted, others still have some time to find families. But they all deserve loving homes. Medical care. A family to call their own.
These girls live in an institution that is improving greatly, thanks to the funding of Maya’s Hope, a nonprofit organization helping to improve the lives of children in Eastern European orphanages (as well as low-income children in the Philippines). No, orphanages and institutions are still no place for children; however, they do still exist, and the children who live within their walls and grounds are very real children.
Update 9/8/17: *Miriam is still waiting and eligible for adoption!
There is *Miriam (born 2007 – 10 years old), an energetic and rambunctious little girl who likely lives with the effects of FAS, although this is currently officially un-diagnosed. She does, however, show the identifying features of FAS, and has a few other developmental differences. *Miriam has been diagnosed with myopia, which may be correctable with glasses. She has some other disabilities that are listed on her RR page. *Miriam could walk the last time a visitor was at her institution.
You can request more photos of her on her RR page, as well as watch a short video!
The region where *Miriam lives often waives the 10 day waiting period required for international adoption!
UPDATE: Unfortunately, *Katrina and *Tania are no longer available for adoption… they are living in another foster home.
*Katrina’s best friend is *Tania, who also has Down Syndrome and is energetic, yet loves to cuddle.
Update: unfortunately, *Emily has aged out for US adoption.
Or you could consider *Emily. *Emily has CP (cerebral palsy) and really, really wants a family. When her friends get adopted, she cries because she does not currently have a family coming for her. Please see her! *Emily would benefit from physical therapy – she does have some contractures in her knees, which means she currently cannot walk. She scoots or uses a wheelchair to get around. She is described as a very capable and cheerful girl with good comprehension and a little difficulty speaking. Speech therapy, along with being taught some alternative communication techniques, would benefit *Emily as well!
Other children who are available for adoption in the same institution/region can be found here. If you’ve always considered adopting, but didn’t know how to start, start here! Reece’s Rainbow also provides many other resources for adopting, or trying to adopt, families. If you are trying to figure out the ins-and-outs of international adoption, this is a good place to start. There is also a significant amount of information to be read here and here.
Children with disabilities who are not adopted by the upper legal age of adoption (16 in most Eastern European countries) who cannot live on their own will remain in adult institutions for the rest of their lives, which can be significantly shortened due to less-than-ideal conditions. The children who are living in a foster-style family home now will no longer be able to live in that environment when they turn 18; they will be returned to the institution once they come of age. Even if they do not have disabilities that affect their cognition, they will remain in the institutions because there is nowhere for them to go.
In the society in which they live, they are not valued or seen as possible contributing members of society. They are seen as burdens, unworthy of basic human rights. People are fighting to change that stigma and get rid of orphanages or institutions altogether in favor of foster homes, but it is a fight every step of the way. And it won’t happen overnight. The infrastructure needs to be put into place, the minds of the people changed to see the value of every child. Help by boosting the visibility of children who need families.
These are not adoption agencies, but rather non-profit organizations who support children globally (Maya’s Hope in Eastern Europe/the Philippines and Sarah’s Covenant Homes in Ongole and Hyderabad, India). Both are reputable non-profits which do excellent work in the support of orphans and low-income children.
You can find other children who are listed for adoption here (including *Lily & *Chloe, from SCH!), on the Reece’s Rainbow main site, by clicking through the ‘You Can Help’ tab on the top navigation bar. Select ‘The Children’ in the drop-down menu, then choose a category to explore.
Please SHARE this post, so that the children will be seen and their chances of adoption be increased. I don’t know how many blog followers I have, but I am hoping just one (or more) of you share the story of a waiting child today. You never know who you might know that is looking to adopt a child.