Orphans with Arthrogryposis

There are kids with Arthrogryposis all over the world who wait for a family to call their own. Every child should have a Mama and Papa to love them. Sadly many kids will never know the love of a family as they will live out their shortened lives in institutions. The children posted here are from Reecesrainbow.com If you can't adopt, you can donate to their grants on reecesrainbow.com Don't leave them to die in institutions.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

What Happens If You Care A Whole Awful Lot

When we started advocating for orphans with arthrogryposis in January 2012, we had no idea what to expect. We created a group on Facebook, Bringing Hope to 12 in 2012 and we believed we could make a difference. There were a lot of orphans with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita that needed to find forever families. All of our contributors are either moms of children with arthrogryposis or adults with arthrogryposis, so who better to advocate than us?

In the past year, I have had the honor to be a part of a group that is teaching me with every post, every discussion.. I have learned so much about international adoptions--not only about the conditions these children are living in--but most important, the people who believed in a child they never met and said yes, you are mine. Many of our new AMC famiilies, I have only had the chance to meet online. But I am forever connected to them because of arthrogryposis, because of adoption, because they cared a whole awful lot./

We will continue to advocate for a new child each month in 2013 and we cannot do it alone. We need your voices and your support. Sharing the stories of our children is just as important as putting money in their adoption funds.. We know it can get better and it all starts with a simple “share” or email with a link to a blog post. If you can financially support each featured child, any donation does make a difference./

Anthony, our featured child for January, could really use someone to care a whole awful lot. Anthony is a 13-year year boy living in an Eastern European Institution. He needs parents, and he needs them fast! In Eastern Europe if he reaches the age of 16 he will become un-adoptable. Given that he has all extremity arthrogryposis his ability to become an independent adult in his society is very, very unlikely. He will likely be an some level of an institution forever. He doesn't deserve that, no child does. You can read more here.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Anthony has a matching grant!!

Our focus child for January has ZERO dollars toward the cost of his adoption! 

Lets change that! 

Remember it will cost around $20,000 to complete the adoption process for Anthony. 

I've had adoptive parents tell me that they were able to commit to their child because they knew a significant portion of the money it would cost to complete the paperwork had already been fundraised. 

So lets help lessen the financial barrier to Anthony getting a committed family! 

For every dollar donated between now and February 15th will be matched up to $1500 total!  

So $1 becomes $2
$5 becomes $10 
$12 becomes $24 
$50 becomes $100

Every.Single.Dollar WILL help!! 

He has waited for THIRTEEN YEARS 

He Turns 14 on February 15th so lets get $3,000 into his account by that time! 

Lets ensure he doesn't have to wait in 2014 too! 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Meet Anthony!

The first child we are spotlighting for Bring Hope to 12 is a young man named Anthony! 



Anthony is a 13-year year boy living in an Eastern European Institution. He needs parents, and he needs them fast! In Eastern Europe if he reaches the age of 16 he will become un-adoptable. Given that he has all extremity arthrogryposis his ability to become an independent adult in his society is very, very unlikely. He will likely be an some level of an institution forever. He doesn't deserve that, no child does. 

This young-man has all kinds of great qualities! He is full of energy and is a ham. He can read and write. He follow directions. He loves chocolate with nuts, the colors yellow and brown, likes soccer and cars. He picks up english quickly. He has a huge smile and loves to laugh! 

He has had some treatment for his arthrogryposis which included a year of serial casting on his legs and feet. He has been seen walking when he is in casts but otherwise utilizes a wheelchairs for mobility. He can self-propel in his wheelchair. 

He is VERY anxious to be adopted. When Americans come to his orphanage to adopt other children he asks to be adopted and yet he continues to wait. He remains hopeful his family will find him but understandably is getting frustrated. 

Here is a VIDEO of Anthony. 

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He turns 14 in February, which means he has just 24-months to adopted or he will remain institutionalized for life. An adoption from his country normally takes around 9-mons but could take longer. A family will need to commit to him in less than 15-mons to have enough time to complete the adoption and still have enough time to allow for delays in paperwork. 

An international adoption will cost upwards of $20,000! Most people can afford to take care of another child and would willingly adopt but reality is they don't have $20,000 laying around. 

Anthony needs our help...he needs your help! 

Please consider donating to his adoption here and if your finances don't allow for that please just SHARE this blog post. Publicity on social media and the internet could lead to his family finding him and sharing is FREE and takes 30 seconds or less! 30 seconds of your time could change his entire life FOREVER! 

If you're interested in adopting Anton please contact us or click the "contact us about this child" at the bottom of this page: http://www.eliproject.org/children/anthony/ 

Adopting an older child with special needs can be scary but we know several families who have adopted much older children with arthrogryposis so if you're interested in adopting Anton and would like to connect with these families please let us know! 

Here are more pictures: 



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