Tuesday, June 19, 2007
*Applying for adoption grants (no luck yet)
*Took out a loan against our home (helpful but still short $20,000)
*Selling any item we could possibly do without on ebay
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
More than 700,000 orphans are living in 2,000 state-run orphanages. Of those, 95 percent have a living parent unable to or unwilling to care for them. That doesn't include the estimated 2 million to 4 million homeless orphans living on the streets and in railway stations.
Of those who are not adopted and leave the orphanage between the ages of 16 and 18
- 50 percent of the girls become prostitutes
- 40 percent of the children become addicted to drugs or alcohol
- 40 percent commit crimes
- 10 percent commit suicide
- Just 1 in 10 former Russian orphans becomes a functional member of society.
- 132,500 children are abandoned to the state in Russia every year, up from roughly 67,000 in 1992.
- Nearly 4,640 Russian orphans were adopted by Americans in 2005, down from a record 5,865 in 2004.
- 13 out of every 100 children adopted by Russians are eventually returned to the orphanage.
- 40 million children in the former Soviet Union are living in poverty.
Sources: Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation, the Commission for Children at Risk, Human Rights Watch, European Children's Trust, Rosstat Agency
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Dear family and friends,
You must care very deeply for me to be reading this note. I can’t wait to meet you, but there are some special things you should know about me. I am only just learning what it means to have a mommy and daddy and how to be part of a family. For this reason, please allow my parents to do all my caretaking, including holding, comforting, and feeding me. You are welcome to play with me and smile and talk to me. My mommy and daddy have been told by experts that this will help me learn as fast as I can how to be a happy and healthy part of my new family.
Hope all is well with all of you! We'll keep you updated!
Ryan & Amy