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In this country most children with Down syndrome are typically able to get the care and love they need to thrive. This past week there was a disturbing story going around Facebook of an infant with Down syndrome in Arkansas. He and his twin brother were intended to be adopted at birth. Sadly only one infant went home. The other was given a DNR order. Since then, advocacy groups have stepped in and the DNR order has been lifted. Please join those of us in the Down syndrome community as we pray for the continued health of this little darling as he waits for a homestudy-ready family in Arkansas to step up and bring him into his forever family and that he gets the medical intervention that is needed in order for him to live.
Thankfully, this story is the exception here in this country. In Eastern Europe and other parts of the world this isn’t the case. As November draws to a close and with it National Adoption Month; I thought I would take this week’s corner view as an opportunity to share a wonderful organization with you. An organization that takes a different perspective on the value of the lives of children born with Down syndrome in countries where that is seen as a burden rather than a blessing. Reece’s Rainbow is a non-profit organization that helps children who have Down syndrome (and other disabilities) internationally find their “Forever Families”. During November and December they sponsor an Angel Tree where you can see pictures of some of these sweet children and donate to their adoption fund. This money will go towards the costs of funding an adoption for one of these sweet children. If you donate at least $35 before December 15, you will receive an ornament with a picture of the child you donated to on it.
I wrote about this topic last year. And as I went through my archives this year to look at it again I was tickled to see one of the little angels from this tree, Mallory as one of the pictures I had high-lighted again. Dear Sandra and her lovely family have joined the ranks of forever families and brought her home just this past season. You can read about their journey here in adopting Mallory and Peach. There are so many lovely families that have given the gift of a forever family and a chance at life itself for these children. Jennifer’s, Lisa’s, Lacey‘s and Michelle’s to name a very small few.
Visit these blogs, consider adoption or donating to one of these sweet children. Let your heart and eyes see how different life can be if you just choose to see it that way.
Here are just a few of the sweet angels needing forever families:
See what’s going on around the world:
great strength, great thought, great courage.
thank you for bringing it to mind.
Wow! I hadn’t heard this story. Thanks for sharing. It makes me so mad how we can be such selfish human beings at times. Doesn’t this child life matter. Most think not because they don’t contribute in the same way as others, but every life matters.
Heartbreaking, but touching too.
You have a nice perspective on life.
You start your post with a very important message in your first sentence.
Yes, corner view can be an opportunity to share this question with us. And think about all these angels… and try to help.
Beautiful post … thanks for sharing this perspective.
I too like your first sentence. very powerful.
forever families, I love that. And thank goodness for advocacy groups.
Thanks for sharing this.
Thank you for sharing this with us. Every child deserves a loving family around them. A forever family is such a lovely term.