This has been on my sidebar for almost 2 years now.
Two years ago I watched a whole host of families, many of them friends of mine in the adoption world, get sucker punched when Rus*ia closed its door to U.S. adoptions. So many of them had crossed the ocean and met their child only to be standing on the wrong side of the doors when they swung shut.
It is easy for us who were not affected to forget the agony they feel but trust me - they will never forget.
One mom in particular has been fighting on every level for her sweet girl. She has been tireless in her efforts to keep the children left behind from being forgotten.
This is Natasha - the sweet babe she left behind.
I'm not asking for money. I'm only asking for a very simple and easy way to show support. If you are on Facebook - please click THIS LINK and like the page. The goal is to get 10,000 likes by the end of the year in order to show the world that the orphans behind those closed doors have not been forgotten.
That's it. Just LIKE THIS PAGE.
Today in Mosc0w, a documentary is premiering called Children of the State. It tells the story of the ban and the impact it has had on the families and the children left behind. Natasha is in that documentary. She was 6 years old when her family met her, held her, kissed her and promised to come back for her. 2 1/2 years later she still sits in the orphanage...
Please please do not stop praying for the orphans in Rus*ia. Pray for that documentary. Pray that it touches hearts and brings about sweeping changes. Pray that hearts of stone will soften. There are so many locked away. My Yegor who was on the Angel Tree two years ago and had a Mama who was just starting the process to get him is one of them. This is an updated picture of him.
Sweet boy will most likely spend the rest of his life in an institute. So will Natasha. They are the hard to place, given up at birth, children that no one wanted. But they ARE wanted. They ARE loved. They HAVE families who have room at their table. That's the hardest reality of all.
Please don't stop praying.
And LIKE this page. Let the families who left their babes behind know that you care.