~Welcome to the story of our journey to save another Eastern European princess with down syndrome and an older child! In 2010, we traveled half way around the world to adopt a twenty month old (now three years old) precious girl with down syndrome, Gabby. Now, less than two years later, we are on a mission to adopt another precious little girl that is in the same orphanage Gabby was in, Ava. Not only Ava, but yes....one more "Elaine". That means we are trying to adopt two more children!!!! If you are unaware of the situation in most, if not all Eastern European countries, please continue to read. In these countries children with down syndrome and special needs are most often placed in orphanages and if not adopted by the age of four or five (depending on circumstance), they are transferred to institutions where the likely-hood of them ever seeing outside of the institution walls remain slim to none. Many will live very short lives due to lack of appropriate care. Please don't allow this to happen to our sweet Ava! "Elaine" was fortunate enough to escape a very bad institution but nonetheless is in an institution and is an older child whose chances of coming home if we can't adopt her are not good. Having adopted and fully funding ourselves the previous adoption such a short time ago, we will need all of the help we can get to reunite these two angels and bring their big sister home. We utilized all extra resources with our first adoption and so fundraising is essential with this adoption. Whether it be from your prayers, helping to fundraise, buying from fundraisers, donations, etc...your help is much appreciated and is very much needed in order to make this dream a reality. Thank you so much for following our journey~

Thursday, April 5, 2012

~The Reality of A Special Needs Child or Orphan in Eastern Europe~

The reality of a special needs child in Eastern Europe is much different than that of a special needs child in America!  The harsh reality is that a child with special needs in Eastern Europe is most times thought of as a burden to a family that has very little means to provide and no health care.  Most, pretty much all, of these children will be sent to orphanages where they will remain there until around the age of 4 where they will be sent to or scheduled to be sent to an institution where they will most likely continue to decline or die.  These children are underfed, under-weight, and under-loved!!!! THEY NEED US! They sit there day in and day out, WAITING on a mommy and daddy who will come to rescue them from what lies ahead!  PLEASE help us to save one of these children. Our little Ava (Yulia) has spent far too long waiting! I remember seeing Gabby for the first time.  When they placed her in my arms, her pale skin was striking!  She had bald spots in her head, she was tiny, and starving!  She was sick and not recieving any care whatsoever!  The thoughts of Ava being in the very same shape right now is terrifying! PLEASE HELP! She doesn't have to keep waiting! Remember, donations through Reeces Rainbow (click our donate button about) are taxe deductable!!!! If you can help, please do so! You wont find a better way to contribute!!!! THANKS SO MUCH!

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