Monday, August 16, 2010

Down Syndrome Adoption


Today I'm linking up with Chatting At the Sky for Tuesdays Unwrapped. Please check out Emily's blog and many others. http://www.chattingatthesky.com/

My heart will forever be with adoption. I hope to once again work in the field of adoption and am waiting to see where God leads me next.

If I could, I would adopt more children but I have learned my limits and 6 is it for me. I'm afraid to go to Africa because I would want to adopt all of the children there. I would also adopt a child born with Down Syndrome. When I see someone who has Down Syndrome, the very first thing that I think of is what a blessing they must be to those who love them. It has been my experience that they bring joy to those around them with their innocence and unconditional love. I imagine that it is also heartbreaking to have a child with the many medical issues that can come with Down Syndrome, specifically heart conditions.

A couple years ago, I had the opportunity to help place a child due to be born with Down's Syndrome for adoption. I was completely amazed by the number of applicants we had for this little girl! People from all over the United States were looking to adopt a child with special needs, specifically Down Syndrome. I got to know some very neat families and was so blessed by the lives of many of them as they truly lived out what it means to love. In the end, the couple chose to keep their daughter and are very happy with their decision! I was thankful for the learning experience this gave me on the subject of adoption and Down Syndrome.

There is a need for families to adopt children born with Down Syndrome in the United States but there is an even greater need for families to adopt children born with Down Syndrome internationally because they are considered societal outcasts with no ability to learn and are therefore placed in mental institutions. That just breaks my heart!

I recently ran across the website for Reece's Rainbow http://www.reecesrainbow.org/ They are an international Down Syndrome Orphan Ministry. They help with adoptions by giving people grants to help with the cost of their adoptions. They have a wonderful ministry.

I started reading the blogs of several families currently in process of adopting internationally. I want to share them with you because I was touched by all of their stories. I love watching how God works throughout the entire adoption process!

http://malloryandpeach.blogspot.com/
http://ready4ross.blogspot.com/
http://www.psalmsixtyeight.blogspot.com/
http://duncanhope4ahome.blogspot.com/
http://www.thepurplesparrow.com/
http://www.thepurplesparrow.com/
http://choosingcharlie.blogspot.com/
http://malloryandpeach.blogspot.com/
http://letitbetome.blogspot.com/
http://whitesadoptionjourney.blogspot.com/

I am not at all an expert on Down Syndrome, I am just a person that God has given a HUGE burden for those who are hurting. My prayer today is for all of those children without someone to love and nurture them.

Dear Jesus,
I know that you love all of us. I bet your heart breaks more than I can imagine over these children being left in mental institutions. Please comfort them and send them forever families. Please bless the ministry of Reece's Rainbow with families to adopt and funds to help the families. Also Lord bless the families who are adopting or who have adopted children with special needs. Give them the strength they need, a loving support system and also good medical doctors. Thanks for opening my eyes to this need. Amen

If you go to the site http://www.reecesrainbow.org/ you can donate by using Paypal or
for our Voice of Hope Fund
Donations may also be mailed to:

Reece's Rainbow

PO Box 4024

Gaithersburg, MD 20885

4 comments:

Studio JRU said...

This is wonderful. Thank you for sharing all of this great information. When I was in my 'babysitting' age, I took care of a child with Down Syndrome. He was just the sweetest boy I had ever met!! :) It really does touch your heart. I had to smile when you gave your reason for not wanting to go to Africa... I tell my husband that same thing... how could I leave any of them behind!

~Jennifer

Alison said...

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I love your post on adoption. We have good friends who are in the process of adopting for the first time and just found out that their little boy might be deaf and are adjusting to the news.

God's heart is for adoption and I believe He is overjoyed when one of His orphans finds a family.

Thanks for the reminder!

Mental Retardation Syndromes said...

i think down syndromes Must be Given Opportunity

Melinda said...

My brother in law and sister in law are currently in the process of adopting two lovely little boys from Reece's Rainbow.

It is amazing to see how this adoption has opened people's hearts and minds and to see God working in so many lives in so many ways.

It breaks my heart to know that at such a young age they are thrown into a mental institution because they are different. Individuals with Down Syndrome have so much to offer and are anything but worthless. I am overjoyed that I will soon have 2 very special nephews that will change lives and change the world because God loves them so :)

Thanks for mentioning Reece's Rainbow in your blog!!

http://adoptingourfirst.blogspot.com/

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