Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Just decided to do it.

I must be crazy for starting a second blog when I can barely keep up with the first. But the orphans on Reece's Rainbow have captured my heart, and I need to have a place to advocate.

I love to play at matchmaking as most of you know, and this is just another extension of that. Building up families for the Kingdom is pleasing to God, I am sure.

So, if even one orphan finds a family through my ramblings and postings here, then I am satisfied. 

To that end, the bloggers' "Malcolm Monday" has garnered $6,489.54 in two and a half days, for a total of $13,675.76*, not counting the checks that are being mailed in! I'd say that was a huge success!

Way to go, Malcolm! AND… drum roll… he has been moved to the "My Family Found Me" page! Malcolm has a commitment from the most wonderful family! I know them and I love them!! Hooray!

The most urgent case next is finding Laurel a family before she can no longer be legally adopted and her future is over:

She has over $11,000 available, and her region often waives the 10-day waiting period. But time is of the essence! Please spread the word about Laurel!  UPDATE: Laurel found a family!!! Praise God!

*Now at $14,148.26, on Thursday afternoon. That's close to $7,000 since Monday!


  1. Leila...I spent over 2 hours last night reading about these children on Reece's Rainbow. My heart hurts for them. We are homestudy approved for domestic adoption but I can feel my heart opening to international options. My husband and I are praying about it and determining what our next steps should be. Thank you for being an advocate for these children. You are reaching so many people each and every day!

  2. PW, thank you for your open and generous heart! You are an inspiration to me!

  3. You go girl. Let's bring these babies home!

  4. I love Laurel's smile! I hope she finds a family soon!

  5. Sweet Laurel, hope she's found soon.

    Let me know if you need help. I love this!!!

  6. You... Your heart is so big, you just can't help yourself! :) Love this. I'm in!

  7. Way to go Leila! And so excited to hear the good news about Malcolm!

  8. Ok, Leila, due to everything going on at home (anyone want to adopt a couple of teenagers who are trying to convince me that I'm the worst mother on earth? jk! mostly!) I have only read bits and pieces about your latest venture. Can you give me a quick description of how this works? I think it is like this: family decides that they are open to international adoption of special needs children; they have an international home study done; they look into the children in need and with prayer, decide which child or children they can help; the fund makes the adoption possible because otherwise it is too expensive for most families. Is that right? Does "fully funded" mean the adopting parents only have to cover incidental costs like travel? Sorry, I'm sure you've covered all of this but I need a super simple explanation! A link with a super simple explanation would be good, too! God bless you, how exciting that He has led you to this work!

    1. Sharon, Leila has it right in her response here, but as I am in the middle of this myself, hoping to adopt 5 yr old Alex, who has CP, I can add a couple of things.

      Fully funded in RR terms means that you have enough funds to cover the adoption costs once you need to buy tickets and stay in country. Usually covers flights, basic accommodations, facilitation costs and inclidentals like Visas and the child's passport in country). It is assumed you can pay for your own home study and other "upfront" costs. With the country we are adopting from, up front costs have been about $6000-$7000.

      Also, you can commit to a child on RR as you start the home study process (although you can also get a home study done and then move to committing. Only problem--different countries require different home studies (some require Hague Compliant studies, others not). Since you may qualify to adopt from some countries and not others (married/unmarried, age, history of depression or not, yearly income, number of kids at home, etc.), it makes sense to zero in on a country and proceed from there.

      (our adoptionblog is on private right now but we are happy to add people-- contact me at ironiccatholic at yahoo dot com)


    2. Susan, awesome! Thank you! You have taught me even more today!!

  9. Sharon, you are awesome!

    I think I will do a post on that at some point soon. I am still learning! I think it doesn't necessarily matter what order you do things, because some people have no homestudy and are not thinking of adopting when a picture captures their hearts. But yes, basically that is how it goes. The funds seem to help motivate people to commit, but some commit to kids with little or no funds. The fundraising can then happen privately, or continue on the Family Sponsorship page of RR. The costs of the travel are often the biggest costs (travel to and from Russia, with open return dates, for two or more people each time), so those would be a huge part of what the funds would cover. Take a look at the breakdown for Malcolm's adoption:

    The travel and ease of adoption depends on the region. Russia requires a lot of travel and red tape, Hong Kong is super easy and less expensive. So, it depends.

    Also, there are restrictions on some adoptive parents in some regions. But some regions accept single moms and older parents, or big families. Each child has a few links at the bottom of his or her profile to show you what those categories are.

    As far as the disabilities: One category is Down Syndrome kids, then there are "Other Angels" who have various other problems such as cerebral palsy, blindness, spina bifida, etc. Then there are the HIV+ kids, many of whom have very low levels of the virus, and are like any other child, but have no place in their societies.

    And of course, there are babies through teens. On about three continents? Eastern Europe, Asia, South America. Maybe more? I am still learning!

    Thanks for the GREAT questions!! And thanks for spreading the word!

  10. Thank you, Susan and Leila! I am going to post a message on FB so I wanted to be sure I understood everything a bit better. Susan, I will keep you in my prayers. How exciting for Alex and for your family!

    I'll keep checking back to learn more about how to help these children.

  11. Thank you for starting this blog and advocating for all of the many children who wait around the world. God Bless!!