Monday, November 11, 2013

Tatiana needs redemption


Tatiana is a beautiful little girl, and she has a $200 matching grant running until November 16. Anything you donate to her fund up to that amount will be matched, dollar for dollar. From a woman who met her one year ago:

Tatiana is a darling, sweet little girl that I had the pleasure of meeting exactly one year ago today.  She is living in an orphanage in Eastern Europe without a family to call her own.  She desperately wants and needs a family.  This is an account from another adoptive family who also met Tatiana in 2011.
Tatiana is a sweetheart, and she wants a mama so badly. When we’d go to get our kids, she kept asking “And Tania? And Tania?” She would sob when we would leave her with the groupa. Out of all the kids there, she was the only that I saw playing pretend – eating pretend food, taking care of baby dolls. She is very emotionally fragile, and she seems to get overwhelmed. She is very small and thin. She has big blue eyes, and she desperately wants to be held and cuddled.
Along with growing up from birth without the love of a family, she is also living with HIV.  In the United States, living with HIV means taking daily medication, and living a full life.  That is not what it means in Eastern Europe.

If she makes it to 16, she will be put on the streets with a modest amount of money.  She will be given an ID card that states she is an orphan, and that she is HIV positive.  Even if she had skills, no one will hire her because of her orphan and HIV status.  She will not have access to her necessary medication. She will likely turn to a life of crime (prostitution, stealing), and drug and alcohol abuse.  Some orphanages have informants telling people in the sex trade when the children are going to be released.  They are easy marks.  They have no family or friends.  No one will even notice they are missing.

Click my photo for more information.

Tatiana needs our help.  By donating to her grant, it could encourage a family to step forward and bring her into their home. To give her a family.  International adoption is very costly, and is a major hurdle for some.  

No child should have to face this future.  Please consider donating to Tatiana by clicking here.

God bless you for caring, and please remember that the $200 matching grant for Tatiana ends on November 16.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Heartbreak: Andrew and Oliver reslisted

It is with a broken heart that I tell you that Andrew and Oliver have been relisted on Reece's Rainbow as being available again for adoption. The family who had previously committed is unable to complete their adoptions.

Please, please, their time is very short. Soon, they will be headed for institutions and the outcomes there are dire.

They have large grants and I can direct you to folks who have met them. Andrew is blind, and Oliver has a type of dwarfism. They don't deserve what is about to be their fate.

I am too sad to say more. Just please, pray. And find families.

Andrew and Oliver

Thursday, August 22, 2013

This older girl just breaks my heart. Time is running out.

Here is Karen, a beautiful young teen who has NO future in her own country:

From the site:

Karen is the older, biological sister of Chrystyna. She is a beautiful Roma girl with dark hair, dark eyes, and olive skin. She is 17 years old. She is healthy and smart and has no diagnosed special needs. She goes to school and has no negative behavioral issues. She is just a teen in need of a loving family!

Karen and Chrystyna are living in different orphanages, but in the same region. It would only be possible for Karen to be adopted WITH her younger sister. Due to her age, she can not be adopted on her own.

If you might be seeking a sibling set, please inquire!  Both girls need a loving family!

Sigh. Please pray. Please spread the word. Surely this child and her sister will not face all of life without a family?

Friday, July 26, 2013

Carol, a little doll!

This sweet little angel, Carol, has Down Syndrome and is on the verge of turning three years old! What a precious little girl sitting on her great big toy! 

Click my photo for more details!

She is a lively one, as her profile shows:

Carol loves sitting and rocking on her hobby horse!  She is enjoys listening to music and rocking on her horse.  She can sit on the bed steadily and can stand with hands holding onto the bed rails.  Sometimes when she sees other children take her favorite toy she will try and take it back.

Sounds like a fighting spirit to me! Life in an institution has not squashed her yet. ;) Wouldn't it be a dream to see this small, hopeful child in the arms of loving parents? With a warm bed and a cozy room, maybe a pet and some siblings to call her own? Please pray for Carol, and spread the word. She is deserving of a home and a family, like every little girl should have. Her potential is so great, and she just needs the chance.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Be still my heart!

Oh, look at this angel!

Noah is a six-year-old by with cerebral palsy, who would no doubt be helped immensely by the care of American doctors and therapists.

Click my photo for more info!
His profile info gives so much hope…
Noah is a sweet boy with light brown hair and big blue eyes. He was born with CP and is significantly cognitively delayed. He is not able to walk at this time, but loves to be held and loves attention and affection. His possibilities are endless!
...and he has $1,000 in his adoption fund already!

C'mon guys, let's find Noah his forever family! You can see he's ready to go home and be loved by his mommy and daddy! Something tells me he is going to be an amazing son. :)


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Marshall!! How can this be?

This little sprite was two years old when I first spotted him last year:

Click my photo for more info!

I never in a million years thought he'd still be waiting at the age of three, but he is still in the orphanage, a little, perfect boy needing a family:

Marshall, when oh when will it be your turn? I will not stop shouting for you till you have found your family

God bless you, sweet boy! Stay strong!


Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sweet Iris (with a huge adoption grant!)

The older children with HIV are heartbreakers to me. It is so unjust that they sit without families, languishing in orphanages, when they should be doing what every other child at their age does, beloved by mom and dad, perhaps with siblings, growing strong and happy and healthy.

Iris is a young lady (born 2001) with a beautiful smile and a heart of gold.

Read what one visitor said about her just last year:
"Iris is a sweet girl who loves attention and physical affection. She loves to be hugged and will play with your hair and sit in your lap. She is a big helper within her group, and is a good friend (more like a big sister) to many of the other kids in her group. She is very affectionate with those kids, and will play with them and try to pick them up. She has great play skills, and loves dolls. She also enjoys playing with balloons (hitting them back and forth to other people), and coloring with markers. I have been told she was not burnt, but that she has a birthmark. She is taking medication for her hiv. Her cognitive abilities and social awareness are not what you would expect from a child of her age, and I am not sure how much of this is due to orphanage delays."

This precious child has over $16,000 available in her grant, which can be used to fund her adoption. The rest could easily be raised by a few strategic fundraisers. Iris has many Reece's Rainbow followers who love her and would be happy to help a family bring her home.

Please click on her photos for more information, and please, spread the word and pray for Iris to find the family she has hoped for!


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Simon is my son's age. He hasn't got much time.

I have a son, Paul, who is just a few months younger than Simon. My son is a freshman in  high school, making good grades, enjoying sports and leisure and the love of a stable family in a cozy, safe home. He has every chance in life.

Simon, who might have been my son's friend in another life, is experiencing his own life very differently. When he turns 16 in October, he will have lost his chance to be adopted. He has about six months before his hope for a family is gone. I am begging you to spread the word about this young man, and let's rally to find him a family before it's too late.

Click my photo for more information.

A wonderful woman named Jane George met Simon last February and took the pictures you see here. In her own words:
Simon on Reece's Rainbow is as bright as a button. Somehow he found my bag, he had found my phone, he was mortified...he had broken it. Actually he had taken the whole phone apart to be more accurate, it sat in pieces. The look on his face as he brought it apologetically to me said an awful lot about this boy, he was crestfallen, mortified, just so sorry. But that twinkle was still there, I suspect if I had spent more time with him I would have liked him very much. I suspect I would have seen a boy of great potential, a fun spirit and a dreaming vision. 
This is a boy who wants a family, the workers who do spend time with him, who do know him even say this! But Simon is running out of time, he needs somebody to act now....right now, before he ages out! He has only till this October to be adopted.

Watch this video where you can see his twinkling eyes and bright smile and listen to his voice (he has a special message)….

I am told by another lady who knows him that he dearly wishes for a family and is getting more and more discouraged. Please don't let Simon be lost forever, never having known a real family. Spread the word, and please pray. His family must be out there somewhere, but they need to act fast.

God bless you for not turning a blind eye to Simon in his urgent need. As the mother of a spirited teen boy his age, I know what a blessing he will be for some wonderful family.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Sometimes you just wonder...

…why someone like Griffith is not adopted already? He is four years old -- described as "a very nice boy!" -- with minimal hydrocephalus.

That's it? That's doable!

What an amazing son he would be! Imagine him outside of an orphanage and safe and loved in a family of his own!

Click my picture and come get me!!

Please share Griffith on your facebook, twitter, email, blogs…. he is just precious, and ready to start his new life!


Sunday, February 3, 2013

Tears and prayers for Marina Z

There is a beautiful little four-year-old girl who lives across the ocean and who is loved very much. We know her as "Marina Z", and although she is an orphan, there is a family who would take her into their home in a heartbeat, but they do not qualify for her country's requirements. Sadly, her country is now closed to all Americans wishing to adopt.

However, the woman who introduced me to her -- the woman who wishes she could be Marina's mother -- wants you to know her and pray for her. Here is Michelle, in her own words:

It is tough to write about my Sweet Marina Z without crying. Since I started advocating for her 2 years ago, so many people have said that they were surprised that they had not noticed her. She is so beautiful and such a good girl and last year in April she turned 4 and was transferred away from the only home she had ever known to an “older child” facility far away from her Baby House. Even before the ban on U.S. adoptions in her country, my husband and I did not qualify to adopt her, so I pray and fundraise and pray and pray that she will finally catch the eye of her Mommy and Daddy and they will bring her home. Even with the adoption ban, I continue to pray—for her to feel the arms of God around her and feel comfort; for her country to come to their senses and remove the ban; for her Mommy and Daddy to find her and go and get her… She is such a sweet girl. I hope that those who may read this can join me in praying for her future family. I cannot lose hope. I love Sweet Marina Z so much. Thank you.

Marina Z's profile describes her this way:

Marina is another tiny munchkin who needs a loving family to help her be as active and mobile as she can! … Blonde-haired, inquisitive, sociable, happy. Enjoys educational games. Dances. Loves to play ball, rolls and throws a ball. Compassionate, feels sorry for a crying child.

Dear readers, prayers transcend time and space, and God can do miracles if he wills -- even the miracle of letting a little orphan girl feel waves of love from people she cannot see and will never meet. Thank you for praying, both for Marina Z and for the officials in her country, that their hearts may be softened and the adoption ban lifted.


Monday, January 28, 2013

Two months ago, Henry died. His mom is asking you for a favor.

Reprinted from wonderful Carla's blog today. Please consider sharing….


Two months ago today, Henry died.

As my pastor Fr. Greg said at his funeral, "He went from hell to the heaven of your arms to the heaven that never ends."

Today I bring you Darren...

Another little boy living in Henry's country....who needs to come to the heaven of a family before being transferred to the hell of an institution.

He SHOULD have been transferred to that institution NOW because he just turned 5 years old...

but an advocate friendly with the director at the baby house got them to give him 6 MONTHS before transfer.

He has 6 months to find a family or the rest of his life will look like this.

According to a family who met him in late 2012 (while adopting their child), he is gentle with others. He listens to and follows basic directions from caregivers. He has a developmental delay in all areas. He has "clubfeet" and walks with help.

Abby has met him before and blogged about him HERE and she took this precious photo and wrote these words: "He is in this photo. You can't see his face, but you can see affection. He used the small fence around the play area for support to walk over to this little girl and gently rub her hair."

Today I am going to ask you for a favor.

PLEASE share Darren....

in honor of Henry...

to find him a family before it is too late.

A friend has provided a $100 Prepaid Mastercard. If you share Darren's Reece's Rainbow profile:

you get an entry to win the card (leave a comment below telling me how you shared).

If you share Darren's Facebook Group:

Darren Needs a Family

you get an entry to win the card (leave a comment under my FB post)

If you blog about Darren on YOUR blog (and leave a comment and link to your blog here) you get 5 entries to win the card.

We are running this "SHARIN' DARREN GIVEAWAY" from today until February 28...

or until he finds a family, whichever comes first :-)

We are not asking for money for his Reece's Rainbow grant fund...but if you want to go to his Reece's Rainbow profile page linked above and click the "Donate Now" button on the bottom left and put in a little something today to show his family that we will support them when the time comes... would make this grieving momma's day a bit brighter.


Monday, January 21, 2013

Tatiana, the little dollie!

I've been following Tatiana for as long as I have been following the Reece's Rainbow children, and like everyone else, I fell in love with this beautiful face. Who wouldn't?

A family had hoped to adopt her, but when they arrived in her country and met her, Tatiana's needs were far greater than what they had expected. Reluctantly, they had to let her go (and they did go on to adopt another orphan more suited to the level of care they could give). 

So, Tatiana is sill available, and waiting for that very special family that can take on a child with FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) and possibly other conditions or behavioral issues that have been exacerbated by life in an institution. She is just six years old, and I pray that by her seventh birthday, she will have a family committed to bringing her home.

If you might be that special family, please click on Tatiana's photo for more information. 

If you are not her family, consider sharing her on your blog or facebook page, as exposure (and lots of it!) saves these children. 

And please, don't forget to pray for her. 


Friday, January 11, 2013

Sisters! One could save the other.

Just look at these beautiful girls.

Karen and Chrystyna are sisters, and in a strange twist of fate (or more accurately, God's providence), Karen has an opportunity to be adopted, even though other teen orphans her age, in her country, can no longer legally be adopted.

You see, Karen is a healthy 16-year-old girl with no special needs (aside from needing a family), and as long as she is adopted with her little sister, Chrystyna -- who is ten years old and does have some special needs -- Karen also can be saved! The law allows for keeping siblings together.

In this unusual case, Chrystyna's special needs ironically become a blessing to her sister, as both girls are given the extraordinary opportunity to stay together and be saved from sad fates in their own country.

Click for more information on beautiful Karen!
Click photo for much more information on Chrystyna,
and a second picture!

Please consider these sisters for your daughters, and if you cannot be their family, then please pray for them, and share their information.

These gorgeous girls have so much promise. They just need someone, somewhere, to say "yes".


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Urgent diaper drive for orphans!

I have received a heartfelt plea from Sylvia Middleton, who is bringing home her two girls from Eastern Europe:

My husband and I are in country right now adopting two girls! We visit our youngest soon-to-be daughter's orphanage everyday and have seen first hand the extreme, urgent need for diapers there!

Several times, our little one has leaked through on us and when we check her diaper, it always appears to have not been changed the entire day. I don't think this is because of neglect. I think it is because the orphanage does not receive the funding to be able to give each child more than one diaper change a day!

We have purchased diapers for our girl and gave them to her caregivers but they are not just using them for her, they are using them for all of the children in her groupa. I understand this. However, we are doing this diaper drive to be able to give the entire orphanage a stockpile of diapers that will last them a while and hopefully will get these babies dry and keep them that way for a while.

We will do the diaper drive from now until next Friday, January 11th. Before we leave to come back home, we will purchase as many packs of diapers as money that has been donated will allow. We will also take a picture of all of the diapers being delivered to the orphanage and post it.

If you feel to donate to this cause please see the chip-in link listed here, or simply donate using the link below.

(My friend, Kelly Fowler, and fellow orphan advocate set up the chip-in up herself to vouch for the fact that the funding is being used for this purpose.)

Thank you so much,
The Middleton Family

Thanks to everyone who contributes to help these babies, and thank you for prayers, even if you can't contribute at this time.

God bless you!