Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Adoptions All Around

McKenna and DJ had court this morning and they are now the ecstatic parents of Reese! They now have a 10 day mandatory waiting period, during which time they will return to their children at home and then go back for Reese. Hopefully by early April, Reese will be home for good!

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Cara and Gary over at Adding On are leaving for Russia in three days! They are adopting a seven year old girl, Anastasia. Cara and Gary hosted Anastasia for four weeks over the holidays. They fell in love with her and now they are close to bringing her home for good! Anastasia has mild Cerebral Palsy and if she were not adopted by the time she turns eight, she would be sent to an institution. Don't even get me started on that!

So hop on over and let's give them all the support they need throughout their journey! We all know how incredibly expensive international adoption is ... so if you have the ability to offer any amount of financial support to Cara and Gary, there is a paypal button at the top of their blog.

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Gillian and Sergei over at Expecting Evangeline are working hard to adopt a little girl that has Down syndrome from Eastern Europe. To help raise money to do so, they are currently hosting a fundraiser for which one lucky person will win a Canon PowerShot Camera! Click here to learn more about the fundraiser.

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Renee and Frank over at Bringing Kellsey Home are also working hard to adopt a little girl that has Down syndrome from Eastern Europe. To help raise money to do so, they are currently hosting two fundraisers, the first of which one lucky person will win a cruise. Click here to learn more about the cruise fundraiser. They also are currently hosting a silent auction ... read more about that here!

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Brigitte and Joe over at Living a Van Nice Life are working hard to adopt a little boy that has Down syndrome from Eastern Europe. To help raise money to do so, they are currently hosting a fundraiser for which one lucky person will win a iPod Touch! Click here to learn more about the fundraiser.


8 comments:

  1. Ohhhhh!
    I can not wait to sit down and look at all of these blogs.
    I'm running out the door now, but hope to do it tonight when the kids are asleep!

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  2. Bethany, that was so sweet of you to do that! Thank you so much

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  3. I love reading all these adoption blogs, they are all very inspiring. Perhaps one day we will adopt too!

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  4. Bethany, your stomach is not the only one turning over our numbers! We have done everything possible to prepare ourselves, but we found Anastasia so unexpectadly so we didn't have any "adoption" funds yet. We have moved into a less expensive house that we rent, and we rent out the more expensive house that we own. I sold my MacDaddy Minivan, but we will have to get another car once she is home due to 3 kids barely fit in the back of our small suv. We'll be paying off our daughter for years to come, but we are still just so grateful to have found her and to be able to do this. Some people can't even due it through loans and credit card bills.
    Basically things have changed greatly in the last 6 months with the whole waiving thing, St Pete used to have a judge that would waive a lot of the time, but now it is pretty non-existant, but trust me I still pray for that. Plus Russia is slowlly inplementing the biometric passports, which is why I know that if our 10 days aren't waived, we will certainly be making 3 trips, because now, once you apply for the passport it takes 4 business day to get it. Which would mean at least 3 weeks in Russia, and we simply cannot do that with my husband's work and our other 2 children. We are taking everything in stride though.
    About the hosting agency, we paid to host her, which basically pays for her plane fare and for to help pay for the chaperones and translators to come with the children, then if you end up adopting, they have a mandatory donation, which I didn't mind because they do a lot of work to bring these children over here, and almost 80% end up being adopted, and these are children that people in their own country would never even consider adopting.
    Whew, that was long!!! There you go getting me started again.

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  5. There is nothing I love more than watching rr adoptions progress. Totally cried when I saw the first pictures of Reese. Yep I'm a weenie.

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  6. Hey Bethany... I just found out something interesting to pass on to McKenna and DJ. I noticed Reese's cleft and a friend just told me that kids with open cleff palate experience a lot of extra pressure upon landing when flying. Her doc told her to put styrofoam cups over her son's ears during landing to help. He has Chromosome 21 Ring and still has a few cranial facial surgeries to go to completely repair his palate but she says that cupping his ears really helps when they fly. So maybe something to pass along to make the flight more enjoyable for everyone.... especially Reese. hugs
    rae

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