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Ukraine and its current political crisis are on the world stage. People everywhere wait anxiously to see what will happen next. It isn’t yet clear which flag—Russian or Ukrainian—will fly over various parts of the country a few weeks from now. Regardless of how the political situation resolves, one thing won’t change: there are 30,000 orphans in Ukraine. 30,000 children who go to sleep each night in orphanages or even on the streets, awaiting good foster and adoptive homes. Foreigners adopt around 2,500 Ukrainian orphans each year. Many of you reading this have adopted from Ukraine; many more know someone who has adopted from Ukraine. But that leaves 27,500 children this year with, at best, institutional care. It’s plain that their countrymen must help stem the tide.orphanage_girls

Some good news in these tumultuous political days is that adoptions of orphans by Ukrainians is on the rise! Now, we all know that adoption can be a challenge. Many of us who have adopted from America and abroad have survived as families precisely because of the social supports surrounding us. Our churches, neighbors, and relatives provide much needed counsel, financial support, respite care and wisdom. And when our personal resources run out, government social services can take over. We have adoption tax credits, church clothes closets and city food pantries. It’s challenging but quite doable to thrive as American adoptive families.

Contrast this to Ukraine, where there are few resources and almost no counseling available to adoptive families. And people who adopt are still firmly in the minority and may not have a single acquaintance who has ever adopted. As a huge blessing to these families (more good news!),Orphan’s Promise, a well-respected Christian organization with ten years experience in country, partnered with local churches and ministries to provide a conference for Ukrainian adoptive families. Karen Springs, of Orphan’s Promise, says many families

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stepping forward to adopt “are not equipped to handle the issues that come with parenting children from hard places. With virtually no resources or counseling for adoptive parents in Ukraine, families have had nowhere to turn for help in their moments of crisis.“ Until now. The 3rd annual Strengthening Families Conference will take place in April in Kiev. There is great demand and interest, and conference registration by Ukrainian adoptive families is full. But families in this country, where $250 per month is considered a good salary, can’t attend without financial help. We raised $6,796.67 to help meet this need!!

THANK YOU  for your abundant giving for the sake of the orphan.

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