Oh man, today is your lucky day!
Today is the day I introduce you to some beautiful treasures.
I promised that I would begin to advocate in earnest. I warned you this day was coming. Woohoo!
There are 9 boys that I have been told are available for adoption. For some months we have been in the process of verifying with the government department of adoptions that yes, they are 100% legally free for adoption. At this point I have confirmation on 4 of the 9 boys, and we are waiting on the rest.
So, let’s meet the first 4!
*FYI, I’m giving them alias names to protect their identities.
Meet Alex!Oh my friends, this boy is precious. Alex came to Romaniv when he was 7 years old and now he is 15. We have until the end of this year to find him a family and then he will “age out”, meaning he will become to old for adoption. We can’t let this happen because this boy deserves the love of a family. Jed and I both agree that he would make a FABULOUS son. He is such a helper! Last summer, when the weather was nice, we would take the Isolation boys outside and some of the big boys who have more freedom would join us. Alex was always in that group. He would run to help us push wheelchairs, or gently take our blind boys by the hand. Every week when bananas are being served he is sure to be seen helping the less capable boys with their bananas, making sure no one steals from anyone else. PRECIOUS.
Alex doesn’t speak, but I wonder if he would, if he were given the chance for love and security? I know it might sound scary to adopt a 15 year old, but this sweet boy is not your average 15 year old. He has never had the experiences my 6 year old has had. He is a responsible helper, but he is also like a little child. Precious, precious boy. Someone please see this treasure!!
Meet Stephen!Stephen is one of our Isolation Hall treasures. We want a family for him so desperately. He is 12 years old, but really about the size of a 6 or 7 year old- just an itty bitty thing. The nannies say that he is blind, but we believe he can at least see shadows. He always wants to be near the window- especially on sunny days. There are two places you can usually find Stephen- either standing under the window at the end of the Isolation Hall, or sitting on a chair in the kitchen, waiting for the next meal.
Jed was describing Stephen’s behaviors to a woman in the US who works with children with visual impairments and she said that his description matches many children they work with who have sensory issues surrounding their vision. She said that for some of those children they can actually be taught to see! Stephen is extremely sensory-seeking and needs to feeeeeeeel the world around him 🙂 He loves to spin, flap his arms, spin some more, run, spin, you get the idea. He has absolutely no sensory input at Romaniv- so he has to create it himself.
He does not speak and displays many institutional behaviors. He is NOT harmful or aggressive to himself or others. He is absolutely adorable and has so.much.potential. He is more than a diagnosis. Please see our Stephen!! I have video for interested families. 🙂
Meet Micah!Okay, Micah. Ridiculous cuteness. To know him is to love him. Micah has lived with the big boys for many years, but only recently has been staying in the Isolation Hall. He gets severe headaches and they put him in with our Boys when that happens. Our volunteer team absolutely fell in love with him over the past month. He is so funny! He speaks and always says “thank you” and “goodbye”. Somehow he is super polite! It’s hilarious to see it in that environment. I have awesome video for interested families. You just have to see this boy in action. His pictures don’t do him justice.
Micah turns 16 this year and we just have to find him a family by the end of the year or he will age out. One very important consideration is that he has a brother who was born in 2001 and they must be adopted together. Unfortunately we don’t know anything about this boy. He is in another orphanage. I know, I know, this is a lot to take on. But please, don’t turn away. I truly believe God can do anything- even provide a family for Micah and his brother. 🙂
Annnnnd last but not least…
Meet Jonathan!Jonathan is the boy I know the least from this group. I simply haven’t spent much time with him. He used to live in the Isolation Hall, but shortly after we moved here he was moved to the big boy group. He is 12 years old, but about he size of an 8 year old. He came to Romaniv from the baby house orphanage when he was 5.
We’ve heard that Jonathan has a heart condition, but I really need to get that verified. He is described as kind and cheerful and I heard from one volunteer that he always helps the nannies clear the table after meals. 🙂 I will try my best to find out more information about him, I just didn’t want to delay getting his face out there. Are you out there Mommy and Daddy?
So there you have it. There’s the first of our 9. I hope to tell you about the rest as soon as I get confirmation of their availability.
I know they are not little babies. I know that you might not fall in love at first glance. But I can vouch for their value. I have met them. I have held each of them in my arms. They are not just pictures and diagnoses and ages. They are real boys- as real as my own sons. I can vouch that God’s plans for them are of no less value than his plans for my own sons. They have spent their growing up years thus far in a place no person should have to live for one day- let alone years.
Their childhoods have been stolen.
But it doesn’t have to stay that way.
Please stop and ask the Lord how He would have you respond. If you can’t adopt, will you at least help me share them with the world? My faith is big. There are adoptive families out there. We just need to introduce them to their sons. 🙂
If you are interested or would like more information please contact me! You can comment here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
*Thank you to Mission to Ukraine for the pictures of the boys when they were little!