In Kyrgyzstan, hundreds of children are abandoned in hospitals or left to the care of the state. Presently 11,000 children are living in institutions with no “adoptable” status. There are a myriad of factors that contribute to the vulnerability of children and families in this country, including challenging economic conditions, alcohol, and drug abuse. However, these trends are changing! Our partner, Kyrgyzstan Without Orphans, is an orphan care movement that is leading the way to a world without orphans through awareness-raising events, which frequently result in orphans finding loving Christian families in their home country.
Alina who, like many children in Kyrgyzstan, was abandoned at birth. Her biological mother suffered from severe alcohol abuse that transpired into a life of homelessness. Alina was born without proper medical attention and her mother left her to the care of the state. Although Alina’s mother didn’t see or visit her daughter in the institution for three years, Alina didn’t have an “adoptable” status.
Alina’s now-adoptive parents, Elmira and Alexandr, deeply desired to adopt a child. They spoke to the local social services and were told there were no children available for adoption.
Enter the Kyrgyzstan Without Orphan (KWO) team. They are working tirelessly with the local government to assist children like Alina to obtain an “adoptable” status when the parent(s) have given up their children to institutions. Through one of KWO’s awareness-raising initiatives, Elmira and Alexandr learned about the movement and began working with the local KWO team to find their future son or daughter. After meeting Alina, Elmira and Alexandr quickly fell in love and, with much thanks to the KWO team, Elmira and Alexandr received interim custody of Alina. For two years the team worked with the local government to obtain an “adoptable” status for Alina and, finally, Elmira and Alexandr officially adopted her! Praise God that He is able to work through movements like KWO to help find forever families for children like Alina!