Saturday, November 20, 2010

Adoption Awareness Month

Sorry I’ve been so quiet lately. I seem to have settled into a more or less consistent schedule and there just hasn’t been much to update you on. I’m hoping to take a bunch of new pictures next week though so hopefully a couple of photo posts will make up for my lack of blogging lately. In the meantime, I have some great and some not-so-great news to share with you…

You may remember a few weeks ago I did an Orphan Sunday post here where I introduced you to some orphans in need of forever families right here in the orphanages I am working in. Well, since that post two of those kids have found their families! Yes, that’s right, in the past few weeks both “Marlena” and Aleksey have had families step forward to adopt them and I could not be more thrilled. Thank you so much for praying for these little ones whose lives will soon be completely changed by the love of a family and hope for a future filled with potential.

That brings me to the not-so-great news… A couple months ago I posted here about a vote that would be taking place in Ukraine regarding a bill that would ban international adoptions. At that time the bill was postponed indefinitely however, over the past couple of weeks it has come to my attention that earlier this month parliament voted to pass the bill. The bill needs to pass one more time before it is written into law and that vote is supposed to be taking place sometime this week. If the bill passes this week there will be an immediate halt on all international adoptions, regardless of where families are at in the process. That means that unless a family has already been to court and has a document in their hands stating that they are the legal parents of that child (a document which is not issued until 10 days after the court proceedings), they will be prohibited from bringing their child home. There are currently over 100 children in the process of being adopted through Reece’s Rainbow alone. Some whose parents have just begun the seemingly endless paper chase, others whose parents have already held them in their arms, all of whom will remain orphans if this bill is passed. Do to their special needs, these children have no chance of being adopted within their own country and many are facing health problems that make it imperative that they get out of here quickly. There are also countless typical, healthy children in the process of being adopted by foreigners, some of who are older and will soon age out of the system and lose their chance at a family forever.

November is Adoption Awareness Month and I cannot think of a more crucial, more urgent issue than that which is taking place in Ukraine right now. Please be in prayer about this this week; pray for those who will be making this decision, pray for all the children and families already in process and pray for all the children who are still waiting for their families to find them…the lives of so many are at stake.


Flossysmom said...

Are you aware whether this affects Canadian adoptions as well? I don't see anything about it on the Government of Canada website.

andrea said...

Yes, from what I read this will affect all adoptions out of Ukraine.