Last week was Thanksgiving. What were you thankful for? Great food, spending time with your family, stuffing your stomach until you felt like you were going to bust? Kids in orphanages have different criteria of what they are thankful for. They are thankful for a glance from an orphanage worker as they walk by even if it is a look of disdain or disgust. They are thankful for a human touch even if it is only from someone moving them to change their dirty sheets for the only time that month. They are happy to hear sounds even if they are muffled voices passing down the hall. They are thankful for days when the have more to eat than just mashed up food coming from a bottle. This is the life these kids live each and every day.
This is the life that Svetlana lives. She has lived this life for 15 years and if she is not adopted soon she will be destined to live this way for the rest of her days. You see Svetlana will turn 16 in February which means that she will be unadoptable by U.S. Standards UNLESS someone steps up to claim their daughter. A couple of months ago she was transferred from an orphanage where a charity here in the states reaches out to do all they can to an institution where children like Svetlana are forced to lay in their crib day in and day out. She wears a diaper around her neck because of her excess drool that no one is there to wipe up or take her to the doctor so that she may have the medication to control it.
Imagine a 15 year old […]