On Sunday, Father’s Day here in America, but Monday in Russia, two men will determine if thousands of Russian orphans will grow up in a family or in an institution. Hundreds of them had already met their families. Many of these precious orphaned children are living with HIV. In fact, at least 20 Russian orphans with HIV had American families in process to adopt them when the adoption ban went into effect.
The G8 Summit is in a few days and although our Congress and Senate have been AMAZING help to families in the adoption process, President Obama has yet to respond. If you would like to write him a note to let him know this matters to you and that it needs to matter to him, that would be great! The link to his correspondence page is below, just click and fill in the info. I placed my comment in the Subject that says Administration at the very bottom under Non Policy Comments. This only takes 2 minutes of your time.
Here is a sample comment, although it is always best to personalize:
Dear President Obama,
I am saddened to know that you have yet to respond to letters written to you about the Russian Adoption Ban that 170 Members of Congress and the Senate have, in a rare show of UNIFIED support, signed requesting your involvement in finding a solution to reuniting the Russian orphans that were promised homes with American families. Please make sure this item makes it on your agenda and is discussed with President Putin at the Summit Meeting. Take just one moment and think of the love you had for Malia and Sasha the moment they were placed in your arms. Now think how you would feel if after holding them and loving on them for days, they were taken from you. Your heart would break as it is now for many American families. I know several of those families, all of which were in the process of adopting children with disabilities such as Down Syndrome and HIV. These are children who may never know the love of a family if they remain in Russian orphanages. It is an urgent human rights matter that Russian orphans with disabilities have the opportunity to be adopted by Americans and other international families.
The Summit meeting is fast approaching. Please make sure this item makes it on your agenda and is discussed with President Putin at the Summit Meeting.
Other ways you can help:
‘Like’ 300 Broken Promises on FB to support the families in process.
Support The Dark Matter of Love film campaign and video.
After a period of quiet while officials in India made changes to the adoption process–World Association for Children & Parents (WACAP) is now seeing adoptions in India up and running successfully for families interested in children with medical needs. Each month, information about a group of children with medical needs is shared with the agency. In recent months WACAP has been seeing toddlers and young children with HIV on India’s list. The agency has a grant program that offers a $9,500 grant to (eligible) families who adopt an unidentified child age two or older with HIV from India. Eligible family incomes must be less than $125,000 a year after subtracting $3700 for each child in the home. The family must be paper ready with a complete homestudy and dossier before being able to review child information. You do not have to be of East Indian origin to be matched with a child with HIV. With the new system in place, WACAP strongly encourages families who are interested in adopting children with HIV to apply to the India Program! Please email Jo Reed in FamilyFinders@wacap.org or Priyanka Joshi, PriyankaJ@wacap.org manager of WACAP’s India program, or call her at 206-575-4550.
WACAP (www.wacap.org) is a non-profit adoption agency.
This little girl recently turned 8 in Fall 2012. She is a very nice girl, a little shy yet friendly, smart and curious. She likes cats, dogs and other pets. She also loves to play with friends.
As of October 2012, this little girl was 10 years old.
These girls CAN be adopted by American citizens. Contact Victoria Tucker at Good Hope Adoption Services
‘Siri’ was born July 2010. She does not have any siblings. Her description was written in August 2012: She is an affectionate, attentive and sociable girl. She loves to play with her favorite toys and she takes very good care of them making sure nothing gets broken, then she puts them away when she is done playing. She takes an active part in the games and activities at the baby house. She shows a keen interest and she likes to look at books, pictures and cartoons. She understands adult requests and can carry out simple instructions. There are four different colors, like chalk on a blackboard. She is beginning to speak and willingly repeats syllables for adults, telling tales, poems and songs. Her motor skills and well developed; she walks, runs, jumps and climbs. Her developments of movement are normal. She likes playing outdoor games and doing exercises using a drum. Her cultural and hygiene skills are well formed: she can partially dress and undress herself, uses a towel and the potty. She likes to get dressed up in dresses and wear pigtails and braids and when asked, she always chooses a bow. She eats selectively but gently, uses a napkin, gestures and says ‘thank you’. She sleeps peacefully. Her memory, attention and thinking is correct and she perseveres in the classroom. Siri is living with HIV.
Several babies in an Eastern European country are in need of international adoptive parents. Time frame for the total adoption from start of homestudy until the child is in the home is about 10-11 months. Total adoption costs exceed $40K. The babies have a confirmed HIV-positive diagnosis. They are in a decent (specialized) baby home and have access to excellent medical care. Several children have come home from this orphanage and are doing well. Their photos and date of birth can be shared with a serious adoptive family. Single mothers may apply and will be accepted on a case by case basis. It may be possible for unrelated children to be adopted simultaneously (case by case) and many other children with HIV in this region other than the ones listed here are in need of immediate placement. These particular children are all Caucasian and under one year of age. Please use the contact form for additional info.
8mo girl, gray eyes, brown hair
7mo boy, brown eyes, light brown hair
5mo girl, brown eyes, blond hair
10mo boy, brown eyes, brown hair
He often ran up to the door,
he heard steps … – he is waiting.
The boy firmly believes -
Once MAMA looking for, then find.
In bed, eyes closing,
to dispel any worries of the day,
as he repeats the prayer:
-Mamulechka, find me …
in the pockets of hidden candy,
flowers for mom collected.
But left unanswered
prayer children in the night.
And yet, with hope and stubborn,
quietly sitting on the window,
The boy draws the word MAMA
Prints finger on … when you look at him, once you see how he is growing into a handsome and tall man. The children in children’s homes grow up too fast – they have no children’s problems… but he is still very young, only 6 years! And he is clever, detailed, beautiful eyes, and just a nice kid with which you can not remain indifferent. He’s intelligent, fairly well developed (no mental delays) and smart. He really needs a mom. His biological mother was deprived of parental rights and the biological father is unknown. He has been in the system for a long time, from infancy. He has an older sister, born in 2004 who is currently residing with an aunt (who refused the boy). He has status for international adoption.
Many additional photos available.