To start out Adoption Awareness Month with some good news...
The word is out! Sandra's forever family found her! No news on the family yet, but we're excited to see her listed as found!
And "Patrick?" Well his name is now Joshua! And his mom and dad and brother and sisters are all excited! You can donate to his adoption here. His family just finished their dossier a little over a week ago and are waiting for permission to travel! Visit their family blog here!
Anastasia is just precious in this new picture we have of her! She's still waiting for a family. What they did to her hair is a crime! She is ready for pretty locks to match that pretty smile! Are you her mommy?
Joel is a darling little baby boy who needs a family. He just had his first birthday last month. Last we checked he had no interest from potential mommies, but he has had some interest in fundraising. He has over $3,000 in his account! That's enough to cover the cost of a Home Study--the first step in the adoption process! To help his fund grow, click here. To read a plea for Joel's life, click here. Are you his mommy?
There are more children with arthrogryposis who need families. Igor has been transferred! How horrifying! Leo has been listed for so long. Raymond has $0 in his account. We can fix that! And Victoria is so active despite having no walking therapy; she needs a family! Elizaveta was un-listed from Reece's Rainbow because they lost track of her whereabouts. And Laurel... 15 years old and still waiting for a family! I can't imagine. Alexis too! Eleven years old and still waiting. Gosh. And there's more.
But during Adoption Awareness Month we also want to point out the adorable children in wonderful families! Remember Madeline and Ethan (formerly Gabe)? They are in a wonderful family! Cameron (Jordan) found his forever family, and they continually pour out their happiness when they write about him. Then there is Andrei (Grady). He has a wonderful family! Do you remember that cute little baby Tasha? Well her name is Ember now and her family is wonderful! Little Victoria was not only adopted into a wonderful family, but her mom is the most hilarious blogger I know! And baby Henry (who kept his Reece's Rainbow name--love it!) is in a wonderful family! Then there is Bryson who has a wonderful family. And Evan's family! Just wonderful! (If you click on Evan's link you'll read the best blog post about arthrogryposis adoption ever!) And Sophie and Ben's family! Yes that's right, TWO kids with AMC! And Aaron's family! His mom yells from the rooftops about adoption! She directly led to Patrick finding his family! And look at all the family links on the right side of this blog! Wonderful!
Are these families wonderful? Yes. (Duh.) Are they special? Not really. They're normal, everyday people. What makes them wonderful is their willingness. That doesn't make them super human. But an everyday, messy, hum-drum family is one hundred times better than no family.
I hope Adoption Awareness Month is bringing you to this blog. I hope you are encouraged by the ones who found families, and will think about supporting the ones who are waiting. But I feel I can't end this post without mentioning those who wait and wait. Their only hope is adoption. They go to mental institutions even though arthrogryposis is not a mental condition! They languish! Please pick one child with AMC and just spread the word about him or her. Donate to their accounts! Send words of encouragement to their parents. Let's join forces and get these children home! They don't need a huge home, lots of money or a specifically-sized family! They don't need a home that is super organized and spotless! They don't need the best doctors or schools! They don't need parents who "have it all together!" They just need a home.
Adoption awareness month. Life saving month. Kids with arthrogryposis make the best aditions to families. Please spread the word!