31 for 21 #3: Andy
Andy was born in China, four years to the day before Sarah! He and Sarah also share another common bond–they were both surrendered by their biological mothers because of their extra chromosomes.
However, Sarah, unlike Andy, is fortunate enough to live in American and that she has myself and her Dada to take care of her. Andy is not so lucky–he doesn’t have any parents to call his own!
Reece’s Rainbow is an organization that matches prospective adoptive parents with children in European and Asian countries who have special needs, mostly Down Syndrome. I am choosing to talk about Reece’s Rainbow today instead of about Sarah because I feel like this shouldn’t only be about Sarah. We need to look at the bigger picture.
There are thousands of children in Eastern Europe and Asia who are in orphanages because they have special needs. These orphanages are NOT the place for these children. They do not get to grow, develop, and learn to reach their full potential, and when they turn six years old, most of them are sent to an ADULT MENTAL INSTITUTION. The majority of these children will die within one year of being committed.
Here in America we are blessed with many opportunities for our kids to reach their full potential, and that’s why we make ideal families for these children, who so desperately need mommies and daddies to love them and help them to grow into fantastic people.
If you are reading this, and you feel called to adopt Andy or any of the other children on Reece’s Rainbow, please look into it, or considering donating money, or becoming a prayer warrior. Every bit helps!