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Help Ana Know a Family’s Love!

February 22, 2018
Help Ana Know a Family’s Love!

At only 11 years of age, Ana has gone through more change and heartache than a child ever should. Her father died when she was young and her mother was out of the picture, so she lived with her grandparents. Sadly, her grandparents can no longer take care of her and she may soon be placed in an orphanage. But local Christian leaders are working hard to provide Ana with a permanent Christian foster family.

In Ana’s Southeast Asian country, adoption isn’t an option for orphans because of outdated or non-existent child welfare laws. These children are trapped in overcrowded orphanages with deplorable conditions—where most don’t thrive and a disturbing majority will fall into lives of crime and prostitution.

Permanent foster care is a huge step towards caring for the emotional and developmental needs of orphans in places where adoption is not yet possible. It has the potential to change the face of orphan care in Southeast Asia, by shifting cultural mindsets away from institutional care as the primary solution, so that more children can experience the love of families. Permanent foster homes allow orphans to go to school, participate in community, and even grow up with siblings. For Ana, it may also mean the chance to fulfill her dream of becoming a doctor one day.

Won’t you pray with us that God would provide the funds (for housing, food, basic amenities, medication, and schooling expenses) so that Ana to be part of a permanent, loving foster family? She will finally have the stability, attention and love she needs! Please also pray that, through her family, Ana’s heart will be prepared to receive the love of Jesus and share it with others.

Milana Is Home!

February 09, 2018
Milana Is Home!

Last fall we introduced you to little one-and-a-half year old Milana, abandoned at an orphanage in Ukraine when she was only 1 month old. Often such orphanages are overcrowded and provide poor nutrition, unsanitary conditions, insufficient access to medical care, and a complete lack of positive adult interaction.

Praise God that when Alexander and Yana met Milana at the orphanage, they knew she was meant to be their daughter. She even looked like she could be their own biological child! All that stood in the way of Milana’s adoption was a furnished bedroom in their home and funds for her medical expenses. Thanks to your prayers and some generous gifts, these needs were quickly met and Milana was officially adopted! Now she will grow up knowing the love of family. Thank God with us that Milana now has a safe, love-filled, and bright future. Pray that others in similar situations will soon know the joy of being part of a forever family.

Andrei: Heading Home!

January 26, 2018
Andrei: Heading Home!

After rescuing Andrei from a near-death situation last October (see Rescued from Death), The Ukraine Without Orphans (UWO) team who found him began an investigation. Given his treatment at the orphanage, the team was very concerned and wanted to find out more about his family situation, whether there was a possibility of reunification, or perhaps placement into a foster or adoptive family.

They found out that Andrei’s mother and father were still living, and had sent him to the orphanage not because they wanted to relinquish their son, but because the had been persuaded by their doctors and social workers that he would be better provided for by the “specialized” caregivers and medical staff at this special needs orphanage. The family lived in a rural village where there were no doctors or specialists who were equipped to help Andrei. So with heavy hearts, but thinking they were doing the best for their son, they sent Andrei to the orphanage.

Within months, Andrei’s health had deteriorated. It is suspected that the orphanage did not want their reputation to be darkened by the situation, so the staff transferred Andrei to a state-run orphanage. Andrei’s family was not informed. When they found out, they immediately began the legal process of being reunited with him (required because they had sent him to the orphanage). But much damage (emotional and physical) had already been done to both Andrei and his parents through this time of separation.

Further treatment was needed for his cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and respiratory disease, as he’d experienced a childhood with lack of medicine, poor care and poor nutrition. Andrei was transferred to a regional children’s hospital where he was taken care of properly for the first time in years.

However, two weeks later, after he had stabilized a bit, the local authorities issued orders to send him back to the orphanage that had sequestered him in that room to die. Although stabilized, he had all the signs of atrophy and malnutrition. Providentially, enough concern was generated that, instead of going back to the orphanage, he was transferred to a special pediatric hospital unit in Kiev where he was properly diagnosed and attended to.

During that time, our UWO partners hired nurses to provide round-the-clock care for Andrei. He gained 11 pounds and began sleeping for several contiguous hours. His mother visited him multiple times a week. He began recognizing and responding positively to his mother and his caregivers.

Now our UWO partners are working to rehabilitate Andrei’s family and reunite them with their son. They are also setting up a support system in the family’s local community. In the meantime, he is living with a temporary foster family with frequent visits from his biological mother.

A team has also been assembled to thoroughly investigate the situation of that orphanage and others in the region, and criminal investigative proceedings have been initiated so that this story will not be repeated with another child. Thank God with us for partners like Ukraine Without Orphans who work tirelessly to ensure that children are placed in loving families. Please pray that Andrei and his parents will be together again soon!

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At the present time, 153 million children in our world are orphans. If these children were counted as a single nation, they would compose the seventh largest nation on earth. Join us in praying that God provides a home for each of these precious little ones who long for a loving family!  

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