OF COURSE! thank you for continuing to post for them Mrs. Nalle- it means so MUCH to them!
Fasting & praying with you today
Thanks for updating us.... we will.
YES YES YES
I will pray!!!
I will pray...I wonder what orphanage she is in??? Looks like Ana's but I doubt it. Evan sure is a sweetie...that picture of her Dad holding her is PRECIOUS!
I will be praying.Sarah
I will pray. Also, I was wondering, is this the same judge who denied the last family and sent a young boy to an orphanage?
This is that judge. She believes that children with Down Syndrome are better off in institutions than in families.
Praying and fasting with you!
I will be praying of course! I have to check what time is that in my country, but you bet I will pray!
Hi Julia, We will definitely be praying! I am putting a presentation together for a spaghetti dinner our church is hosting for us as a fundraiser, and I believe it is a great opportunity for us to open people's eyes to the plight of orphans in EE. We have gotten a lot of opposition even within the church and our family why "we would do this to our family" being that we already have four beautiful girls. So, I want to take the opportunity to really share how God opened my eyes through many entries in your blog and others. Would it be okay to use some of your pictures and quotes, etc? Aaron and Vika will have very similar stories, yet I am not even close to being as eloquent in bringing across my point as you are. You can email me at caekoenig at gmail dot com. THANK YOU!!!
When you say "She believes that children with Down Syndrome are better off in institutions than in families" do you mean she's actually trying to do what she thinks is in the child's best interests? As in, however misguided this belief is, she really does care about the child's well being and wants the child to be in the place (orphanage or institution) she thinks can best meet the child's needs. If this is the case, could we take a little comfort in her at least she caring about the child, even if we strongly disagree with her beliefs and decision?That being said, I know you also could have meant that she believes the prospective family and society is better off when children with DS are institutionalized ...
Anonymous - I would love to believe that the judge has Kirill's best interest at heart when she says that he should not be in a family but in reality - the mentality over there is that these children are valueless. When we adopted our son from a judge who was very similar to this judge - she could NOT fathom why we would want a 'sick' child. She felt Aaron was better of in an institute because 'sick' children belonged in institutes. She questioned us again and again trying to understand why we would want him. She made us bring him into court so she could see him - study him. She wanted to hear him say that he wanted us to be his parents (he was too terrified to do this). He does not have DS but the mentality is the same for special needs children. The judge who oversaw our case agreed to let us have Aaron because he was physically disabled and though his records stated he was severely mentally disabled we were able to convince her that he was not mentally disabled. SHE WOULD NEVER HAVE APPROVED AN ADOPTION OF A CHILD WITH DS. NEVER!! Fortunately the next adoption from Aaron's institute will not be taken before her since it is a different district. The Davis, Hook and Moreno family are facing a judge with our judge's mentality. Only by the Grace of God will she agree to these adoptions. That is why we pray!
Loving words from kind people make our hearts glad!