Monday, June 28, 2010
Peyton, Tara, Daniel, Caitlyn, Rachel, Zach and Tessa are now officially matched with their families. Today is a great day! We are elated for each and every family.
We especially celebrate for Daniel. His story is moving and inspirational. Daniel was not originally scheduled to be in the journey of hope program. However, his desire for a family was so great that he approached the orphanage director with a special request. Daniel did not really understand what the program was all about but he knew another child who had been adopted through it. He understood that it would give him a better chance to find a family. After deliberation, the orphanage staff decided to include him. Daniel talked with me candidly about his hope. He also told me that he hoped for lots of brothers and sisters. I promised Daniel that I would try my hardest to find him his family. Several of us cried after we met with Daniel. From our experience, we knew that it was a longshot. Daniel is nearing the age of unadoptability. We would only have a short time. To our delight, Daniel's family found us! He was one of the first children matched! This experience has humbled us and reminded us that we are not the ones matching these children but something greater than us.
We also rejoice for Zach. Zach is blind. In the adoption world that translates into a phrase I really dislike "hard to place". However unpleasant the phrase, statistically it is true. You would be amazed at the number of children on the shared list with vision problems. They are the children who stay on the list the longest too. However, once again, Zach's perfect family found him. We couldn't hope for a better family. In their loving care he will grow to his fullest potential.
We also are thankful for another small miracle (although not small for the family).
Rachel and Caitlyn will be sisters! Not only do these girls have the same medical condition but they have been playmates. They will transition into their new family together. I suspect that they will be a blessing to each other and their bond will be strong. =)
So as we rejoice for these children, we are still praying for the remaining 14 children from our camp. Could you be part of one of these children's story?
Please take a look at the descriptions of these children on our website www.aacadoption.com and below in previous posts. Also stay tuned to this blog for future child of the day postings.
Monday, June 21, 2010
I love this picture of him. I think the way he is standing shows a little bit of his personality. Soo confident and charming.
Avery is now in the first grade and does very well in school. His teachers say that he is very smart. He is very friendly and gets along well with the other children. When I asked Avery what his favorite subject was in school, he told me snack time. =) He's a boy after my own heart LOL. Avery also told me that he really wants to go to America. This little guy is doing well in his foster home, but is ready for a family of his own, one that will love and care for him forever.
Check out this smile....TOOO cute!!
Avery's cleft lip and palate have been repaired. He has attended speach classes and has progressed wonderfully. He is a healthy child who is very active. Avery also has a scar from scalding on his buttocks and leg. He has had two surgerys to extend the skin as he grows. As you can see in the video, he has excellent mobility and is even more coordinated than other children his age. Other than itching, it doesn't affect his life at all. He may need additional surgeries as he grows though.
This boy has so much potential. With a loving family he could really flourish. We would love to give you more information on Avery. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-532-3576.
This little guy is such a sweet boy. He is in a foster home where he is growing and learning what it is like to be part of a family.
Gabriel is very friendly and full of smiles. When we met him, he impressed us with a few stories that he made up. Gabriel is very imaginative. During game time, he was eager to participate in every activity. He is very creative and made an awesome bracelet at the bead station. During the interview Gabriel told me that he enjoys playing games and riding bikes. He is currently in first grade. He likes school and his friends there. One of Gabriel's favorite things to do is draw.
Gabriel also enjoys practicing Kung Fu. He and his foster brother are taking classes. They are both quite good actually. We were all very impressed at the talant show.
Check out the video below. Awesome!
If you are considering adopting a waiting child, I ask you to consider this child. Get some information from your doctor on this specific special need. It is something that effects more people than you would guess and is more minor than most initial notions.
Ask yourself, is this a child you could love?
Monday, June 14, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
TJ enjoys lots of activities. He told me that some of his favorite things to do (in addition to playing ball) are play with cars, watch cartoons and go fishing. He was really into playing the fishing game during the activities. In fact, he even brought the fishing pole with him to the interview.
TJ is not shy at all. He gives high-fives and hugs freely. He really is a wonderful boy. His cleft lip and palate have been repaired and he has no other medical conditions.
If you would like more information on this child, give us a call 970-532-3576 or email us at email@example.com.
To the world you are one person, but to one person you could be the world!!!
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
We will meet at 10:00 am. After some great food and awesome company, enjoy miniature golf, go carts, bumper boats and laser tag with your family.
This event is open to all AAC families regardless where you are in the process. So come one come all. Families who have been home for years, come and reconnect. Families who are waiting for their child to come home, bring your other kids or come be a kid yourself. Families who are considering adoption, come and talk with others who have experienced it.
See you there!
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Please everyone, keep spreading the word for those children who are still waiting!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
All of the children were wonderful and they equally deserve the love of a family. Naturally though, each of us (the four of us from AAC who had the privilege in going) were drawn to some children more than others. During lunch and dinner we would rave about them and wish that we could bring them home with us. Sam was one of the one's I raved about the most (and still do). If I didn't already have six children at home, I'd be filling out an AAC formal application packet for this little guy!
Sam is 6 years old and has a deformity of some of his fingers and one of his feet. He doesn't let this slow him down one bit though.
I first met Sam that morning in the classroom. He ran up to me and grabbed my hand and brought me to the playdo station. We played there for a while and then moved on to puzzles. I noticed his finger deformity because we were doing things with our hands. However, Sam has totally learned to overcome this. He still has great fine motor skills.
That morning I never noticed the deformity of his foot. He had a shoe on so it wasn't visible. He ran and jumped like any boy his age so it never occurred to me.
Later that afternoon Sam sang a song in the talent show. He was a natural! He is very expressive and comfortable in front of a crowd. During the group performance, we were amazed at Sam's outgoingness and leadership qualities. He left his spot in the crowd and came to the front, facing the group of children with his back to the crowd. He was leading them! Amazing =)
After the show, we played a few games. Sam eagerly participated in every activity that we had. This is when I first noticed his foot. As Sam ran and played his shoe would sometimes fall off. But this is a boy on the go! He would just run back, grab it, put it back on, and keep playing.
I was amazed at all of the things that this boy could do in spite of his "disability". I was even more amazed by his attitude. He didn't seem to be bothered by his differences at all.
I had the privilege of interviewing Sam on the second day. Once again I was in awe of his spirit. He is such a playful boy. And like most kids, he loves candy. After talking with us for a bit (and he was quite talkative) we gave him his gift bag. Sam immediately found his ringpop. Yum! We talked with him for a bit and took a few pictures of his cute little self. I wanted to make sure that we had good pictures of Sam's foot for prospective adoptive families. So, I timidly asked our translator to ask Sam to show us his foot. Some of the kids were more shy showing there "special need" than others. Sam is definitely comfortable with who he is. He had no problem with us taking pictures of his foot. With the sucker still in his mouth, he kicked off his shoe, leaned back and plopped his leg up on the table =) I had to laugh! You know allot of these kids must be used to having doctors and orphanage staff examine them. But I tell you this was not what led Sam to be so comfortable. It's just him! Confidence radiates through his outgoing personality.
We wanted to be able to show how capable Sam is, so we asked him to walk around and jump while we video taped him. We even took him out into the hall and had him run around. I remember thinking to myself "All we have to do is find a family who is open to a boy his age. He will capture their heart as soon as they see this video." Unfortunately the disk that we recorded this on is damaged. I could just scream! Really!
At the end of the day we were all wowed by Sam again. Representatives from CCAA, both orphanages, and AAC were all brought to the front of the room. Larry, the president of the Board and founder of AAC was asked to speak. The director of each orphanage and the CCAA Journey of Hope director also gave short speeches thanking every one involved and stating their hopes for the success of the program. Then, to our delight Sam gave a speech! I'm not sure what all he said but it was adorable!
Do you think that you could offer love and a home to help this amazing boy flourish and grow to his full potential? Do you think your family has room in their hearts for the joy this child could bring to your life? Contact us for more information about this outgoing and loving boy.
Many of you reading this post now are already considering adoption (or adopting again). I urge you to consider these waiting children. They are so much more than the words that we can say about them. Please take a look at our website www.aacadoption.com, click on waiting children from the drop down menu and view their profile. If you feel the strings of your heart being tugged by one of them, feel free to call 970-532-3576 or email firstname.lastname@example.org anytime. I would love to tell you about my experience with that specific child.