As excited as I was to see my girls pictured, it was the PICTURES OF THE WAITING CHILDREN that caught my eye the MOST!! There was a simple flier inside this packet that listed and pictured the different children waiting with AGCI!! I just stared at ALL their beautiful faces and COULDN'T believe that these precious children MUST WAIT week after week, year after year FOR SOME ONE TO PICK THEM!!! It broke my heart, it still breaks my heart....so I MUST DO SOMETHING!! I might not always end in success, but I can't rest or relax UNTIL I KNOW I'VE TRIED!!! So, here goes (i'm not allowed to show pictures, so bare with me as I describe these precious children of God to you):
1. There is a gorgeous 12 year old boy that is said to be healthy and on target for his age!! He has a beautiful smile and just waits for his chance to have a family!!
2. There are two sets of sisters...both very similar to one another! One set is 11 and 9...the other set is 11 and 8!!! They love sports and are in school and doing very well. They are right on target for their age!! They would thrive in a family if just given the chance!!
3. There is a new face on the list I had not seen before!! It is an adorable 7 yr. old girl!! She is precious and reminds me of my girls!! I don't have any more info on her..but I know AGCI would love to share WHAT THEY HAVE if interested!!
4. There is an adorable 11 year old girl with pigtails!! She too is healthy and just WAITING!!
***NOTE: The 11 and 9 year old sisters have two grants being given if they are adopted, AND the 11 year old girl in pigtails ALSO has a couple grants for her as well!! This is to help with the cost of adoption!!
OK, so that is JUST the Ethiopian Program...there are also children waiting in the "CHINA" Special Needs program...absolutely adorable children with some very MILD special needs and some that have already been fixed and these children STILL WAIT!!! OH, AND there are children waiting in the Eastern Europe program too!! You have to check them out.....
** All you have to do is contact AGCI www.allgodschildren.org and they will grant you permission to their "waiting children" site!! OR, you can talk directly to the "Waiting Children" coordinator: Megan Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling directly 971-244-1461 OR by contacting email@example.com OR by calling 1-800-214-6719!!
***Ok, so here is my prayer tonight: That everyone would take their favorite agency, or the country that HOLDS THEIR HEART....AND ADVOCATE!!! Get their stories out there and make these children COME ALIVE to the world!! You see...if Oprah put these precious faces and stories on her show JUST ONE TIME...they'd all be adopted!! I know there is a fine line in "advertising" when children are involved THAT YOU CAN'T CROSS, I get that...BUT...I still believe IF MORE PEOPLE knew about all these precious children, their hearts would be stirred and in the end, more would be adopted!! Simple as that!!!!
**I also want to let you know that I contacted two agencies domestically recently to find out MORE about their need for African American Infant adoptions!! Basically this is what I found out: The need is REAL in the U.S. It was said that there are 7,000 waiting parents for every ONE Caucasian baby born and ZERO for every African American baby born!! This just breaks my heart!! This is who I called:
http://www.adoptionassociates.net/ out of Michigan is in desperate need for people to sign up for AA infants!! They have 13 signed pregnant mothers and 3 signed adoptive parents!! I did talk price with them and they are only slightly cheaper than going to Ethiopia, but obviously the travel will be less expensive (and easier)! These are USUALLY semi-open adoptions!! They were GREAT to talk with and very HELPFUL!!
AND: http://www.covenantcareadoptions.com/ They are out of Georgia and were GREAT to talk with as well!! They are also in GREAT need for people to sign for AA infants!! They are also usually semi-open adoptions. Their prices were actually GREAT!! Their entire adoption cost was only slightly over $4,000!! That is a GREAT price in the land of adoption!! They seem to place new- borns VERY QUICKLY and are ready to sign potential, qualifying parents!!
***So, those are the ONLY two I personally called..and I know there are probably agencies every where in this same boat...so if this tugs at your heart...give them a call...AND ANSWER GOD'S CALLING DOMESTICALLY!!!
***I'm also always searching http://www.adoptuskids.org/ I found a sibling group of 4 the other day that I fell in love with..There were 3 girls and one boy!! They were something like 6, 3, 1 and a new born!! Oh, they were gorgeous!! Talk about instant family...I know someone COULD DO THAT!! I don't know if they are still on there or not, but they were some beautiful children!!
***Oh, and not to forget what my friend Maria is doing...She is also advocating on her blog now: http://www.loveyamorethancookies.blogspot.com/ She has a heart for Reece's Rainbow and is getting children adopted left and right off her blog!! AND, if you don't have a blog...HOW ABOUT FACEBOOK???? You could update your profile once a week with a new link to a waiting child somewhere!!
***Ok, that's all I've got tonight....this stuff just weighs HEAVY on my heart and I must always follow what God calls me to do...AND THAT IS TO ADVOCATE FOR THE ORPHAN!!
I'm going to leave you tonight with a new Gotcha Day video that was just sent to me...it is GREAT!! Watch the whole thing...it is REALLY WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT: Two parents finding room in their hearts and home for two more children!!!
"In you the orphan finds mercy" - Hosea 14:1
Happy Tuesday to you all, kj
PS...and if that's not enough for ya to DECIDE TO ADOPT...go watch the video on http://www.oatsvallteam.blogspot.com/ My girl Gwen has her hubby making a video..BUT the ending of the video IS THE BEST!!! You gotta go see!!! :)