Friday, March 25, 2011
On my heart today ...
A little boy, named Kirill,who's hopeful adoptive parents, spent ten's of thousands of dollars and traveled thousands of miles,to bring him home and love him totally and absolutely unconditionally,was denied his forever family because a judge deemed him "socially unadaptable due to his medical needs"."In other words,because he has Down syndrome,the adoption was rejected.A first for a child being adopted through RR and a wake up call,of what other adoptive families could possibly face.Especially 2 that are set to go before this very same judge very soon.
You see,in Kirill's country, and most of Eastern Europe,children who are born with Down syndrome are hidden from society and even those birth parents who want to keep their children,cannot.Society would turn their backs on them as well.These children are placed in baby homes,or orphanages, some better than others,for up to 5 years,and then they are transferred to mental institutions,with mentally ill adults and most will die within the first year.Those are the statistics.That is their reality.And for Kirill's family,they left heartbroken and shocked and today are desperately trying to find a way to get back to their son.For 2 years they journeyed toward him and they are not about to give up now.
Up until 6 years ago,most of the world had no idea that these children even existed but thanks to the incredible vision of one woman,Reece's Rainbow came to be and as of today over 500 children,who would otherwise be dead,blunt but true,are living and thriving,in this country and bringing joy and laughter to those who know and see the beauty and magic in that extra chromosome.If you have never been to RR site.Please go.See the faces that are calling all of us to action.And if little Kirill and his families story are not enough,meet Carrington ...
She arrived in the states on March the 17th,from an Eastern European orphanage,weighing 11 pounds... at 3 years of age.She was immediately taken to the hospital,where today,she continues to fight her way back to life.Heartbreaking.And again, a stark,in your face reality check.
Reece's Rainbow is near and dear to our hearts.We have supported their mission of raising awareness to the plight of these precious orphans and their desire to save one child at a time,for a few years now.We have fallen in love with countless children and watched joyfully as they have come home to their forever families.We have even contemplated adopting ourselves.A few times.The time as never seemed quite right and sadly,adoptions in Russia and Ukraine,cost upwards of 30,000 dollars.Sounds crazy doesn't it?These are countries throwing away their children and have families waiting in line to rescue them.Something is so wrong with that.To it's very core,wrong.But for hundreds of families,this was not a deterrent.People fundraise unbelievable amounts of money and take a leap of faith,that the money will come.And usually it does.One way or another, through sacrifice and determination and the kindness and generosity of strangers,they find a way to bring their children home.Just this week,a family was short something like 15,000 dollars and this amazing community that we belong to,made it happen.
I can't help but look at Zoey and feel such gratitude that she is with us.A child like her,with her complex medical needs at birth and beyond, and still today,would not survive.No way.
I often say that our family could attach ourselves to so very many causes:Down syndrome, congenital heart defects,childhood/infant stroke hemiplegia awareness,epilepsy and of course, pediatric cancer.Each one of those diagnosis' of Zoey's, calls us to never lose sight of the miracle of having her here with us today.It is hard to spread ourselves around ,but we try and today,the plight of the forgotten and abandoned children of Reece's Rainbow,is what is on my heart today.