Monday, November 1, 2010

Meet Some of the Kids that Need YOUR Help

Boy, Born September 15, 2004
Maxim is a precious little boy who has already been sent away to the institution. He needs a family immediately!! He is 6 years old, with blonde hair and blue yes.  He struggles with strabismus in both eyes and a significant tongue thrust, but surgery/glasses and OT will help with that!  Please give Maxim the chance to grow up in a loving family, so he can realize his full potential!!  We have already had a family adopt from this institution, so Maxim still has an opportunity to be saved and to live the life he so richly deserves!
From one of our adoptive families who visited with him in October 2010:   I don't know if I can openly share how the whole encounter went so I will just say that we were able to go and while we were there I was able to see Maxim. To hold him and love on him. To laugh as he passed gas and laughed about it. That was one of the best parts of the visit, how he thought "tooting" (is it called that when boys do it?) was just the funniest thing – just like any other 6 year old little boy would. He was so sweet and so alert and attentive to those who had come to visit with him. Here's a little rundown of his abilities that I witnessed first hand:
  • He can pull up to stand and walk with assistance.
  • He knows his name and responds to it.
  • He has a sweet nature, personality, and sense of humor
  • He copies hand motions (I believe he could learn to sign)
  • He can crawl
  • He likes cars! :) They said he crawls tro the window to look out when the car comes to their building.
In the one pic above where  you see his hands, he kept touching his thumbs together and so I put his pointers togehter to make a heart and after that he kept trying to do it himself. His worker was a really sweet lady who obviously believes that people with DS are capable. She hopes to see change in her country someday. That really touched my heart to know that he is being cared for by someone who believes that he can be something if given a chance. AND HE CAN!
Maxim's Mom and Dad? Where are you? I've seen him. I've held him and kissed his sweet face. He is waiting patiently for you to come for him. I KNOW, I just KNOW, that he will be the biggest blessing to his family. Please hear the call – for Maxim.

Girl, Born April 7, 2001
Angelia has been living in an institution for 5 years. Yet she is healthy, active, happy and SO ready for a family to love her and show her what her life is supposed to be like. She does have some strabismus, but no heart condition. The orphanage staff tell us she does like to play with toys, is interactive and affectionate, and has “potential to improve”.
Angelia is in a place where we have successfully adopted several children out of, and those families can tell you horror stories about many of the other kids there. Angelia is strong and healthy, despite her surroundings. What a miracle it would be to save her!
Boy, Born January 20, 2004
 This spunky little angel is ready to melt your heart!   Kiril has blonde hair and hazel eyes, and a smile that can light up a room!  He was born with cerebral palsy.   One of our own adoptive families who visited with him in March 2008 said this about Kiril:  "  I'm a sucker for blondies and this little guy with his green-brown eyes is adorable!  He smiled and wanted to interact with me when I came into the room despite the cries of his neighbor.  His smiles were brief but heartwarming and then he was curious about what I was up to.  Each time the camera flashed he rewarded it with a great grin!  Except it was always right AFTER the flash so I couldn't capture his sweet smile."
NEW UPDATE!:  What a blessing to still have visibility of Kirill, and know he is still fighting for a chance and waiting for his family to come for him.   He is regressing, as he is given little opportunity to stretch or be mobile at all.   He needs help for the strength to sit up now, but even still he wears a smile and a light in his eyes.  There is a loving, forever family out there for this boy!      
From his medical records:  infantile cerebral paralysis, double hemiplegia, epilepsy, optic nerve atrophy, multiple cardiopathies, contracture of hip and knee joints
As with all children living in these difficult conditions,  this child's cognitive development has regressed significantly since he/she was younger.  It is of crucial importance that any family considering the adoption of an older child from the mental institution setting be well prepared for what to expect with regards to how the neglect and lack of adequate medical care and nourishment has affected this child.    These children all have TREMENDOUS potential for improvement, and deserve to have a life outside these four walls. 
These children are truly living on borrowed time, and families should be home study approved before an official commitment can be made for this child.  

Bridget  (20)
Girl, Born November 8, 2003
Little Bridget is a beautiful girl, but impacted by many medical complications.  She will so benefit from a loving family who can help her achiever her very best!   She is blessed to still be at a wonderful baby house, but she si facing imminent transfer and will spend the rest of her short life bedridden if she is not adopted.   Please consider Bridget!
From her medical records:  nystagmus, cerebral palsy, convulsive syndrome, severe mental delay, congenital partial atrophy of visual nerves

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