Friday, October 7, 2011
Find My Family Friday - Maxim
A lot has happened since the last time I posted about Maxim (you can read my previous posts about him here and here).
First of all, Maxim turned seven years old last month. It sounds like a reason to celebrate but sadly, it is not. If Maxim were here in North America and someone asked him how old he was Maxim could proudly display his seven little fingers as the inquirer delightfully explained, “Wow, you’re a big boy now!” Instead, as an orphan living in Eastern Europe, when someone hears that little Maxim is 7-years-old the news does not illicit delight but disappointment, uncertainty and even fear.
You see, in the world of adoption where babies are preferred, older children (older boys in particular) are often passed over. Prospective parents want a child who is cute, cuddly and little. They are often fearful of ‘older children’, uncertain about the impact that years of institutionalization may have on a child after hearing horror stories of aggression, sexual abuse, Reactive Attachment Disorder, etc.
Yet I have met Maxim and can tell you that he is cute, cuddly and little. Of course there’s no way to know what his future will look like but that is true for any adopted child, even the cute and cuddly babies. I might even dare to say that it is true for ‘healthy’, biological children as well.
What I can tell you is that, at least as of the last time I saw him, Maxim was sweet, calm, gentle, playful and well loved by his caregivers. He may be 7-years-old but he is the size of a preschooler. All he wants is the chance to simply be the little boy God made him to be.
Recently Reece’s Rainbow made it possible for children aged 6-9 to have grant funds of their own – now that’s a reason to celebrate! Don’t you want the honour of being one of the first people to donate to Maxim’s new grant fund? The blessing of knowing that you played a part giving Maxim the childhood he deserves? Even if you can’t donate right now, you can help Maxim’s family find him by sharing his story and remembering him in your prayers. For more information or to donate, click here.