I realize I already posted today...and I also realize that I already posted about the Davis family earlier this week, and their son Kirill.
I've been praying all week for this little guy, for a miracle to take place in his adoption process.
If you didn't read my original plea- the Davis family needs your prayers. Kirill's adoption was fully funded, and the Davis family has traveled twice to his region.
Last week, they went before the judge in Kirill's region...here are Tesney's (his mama's) words:
When the ruling was read, the judge said, “Your application to adopt is rejected.” The basis given was that Kirill was “not socially adaptable” due to his “medical condition” and he was better off in an institution than in a home with a family. As the judge read her ruling, she stated several times that we were a good family, that we met all the criteria to adopt a child, but that she would not approve our adoption because Kirill has Down Syndrome. She told us that we could adopt another child, because legally our application had no problems according to Russian adoption law. She said she would approve our adoption for a “typical” child, but not this child. Why? The only reason? Because he has Down Syndrome. Even though we were approved by our home study and by the USCIS to adopt a child with special needs. It makes no sense whatsoever. Denying a child a family because he has Down Syndrome is a violation of human rights at its most basic level!
It was like a terrible dream. We were so unprepared for this outcome. As we left the courthouse in a mental fog, the doctors and social workers that had testified came to us and said, “If you appeal, we will fight for you. Appeal. Fight this decision.” Of course we were going to appeal…I could no more walk away from our biological son, Clayton at this point. Kirill is just as much my son.
I cannot imagine walking away from Lily, leaving her in another country, knowing that- barring a miracle- I would never see her again.
I cannot imagine Lily being placed in a mental institution, left to live out the remainder of her life without the love and care of a family.
I cannot imagine Lily being tied to a crib for hours on end, because she was walking, and there was no other way to keep her confined.
I cannot imagine Lily lying for hours on end in her own excrement, and being subjected to the whims of schizophrenic adults and hardened "caregivers".
If you don't believe that's what happens to children in mental institutions in Eastern European nations, I challenge you to do the research. Go read The Boy From Baby House Ten. Or read here or here or here.
A very good friend of mine who was a teacher a few years ago, told me about a young girl in her classroom. She had been adopted from one of these orphanages, and she had vivid memories of her time spent there. The staff forced these young children to watch pornography- to desensitize them to perversion, so that they would not resist sexual predators. If the children turned their faces aside, or closed their eyes, they were slapped and forced to keep watching.
Maybe that sounds sensational to you. Maybe it's hard to believe there is such ugliness in the world.
Honestly, I would rather not read or hear about such atrocities. Honestly, I would rather spend my days playing with my kids at the park or posting sweet pictures of Lily and her new accomplishments every day. Honestly, it's easier for me to turn a blind eye and close my mind to such evil.
But honestly- I cannot.
"Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows what we know, and holds us responsible to act." Prov. 24:12
It's more than just little Kirill that's at stake here.
I close with Tesney's plea:
So here we are, asking God to move the mountain that is standing between Kirill and us as we appeal to the Supreme Court in Moscow. There are also three other families who are in various stages of adopting children with Down Syndrome from Kirill’s region; one of the families has a court hearing set for next week.
We are hoping that someone will hear our outcry and help us bring our son and these other waiting children home. His adoption will set the precedent for many other children in his region. There are 98 children in his orphanage with special needs alone. It is one of many orphanages in this region that houses children with special needs. This is about more than just one child, the lives of hundreds of children with special need are at stake. Please help us.
Please pray for this judge, and this appeal. Please post about this in every forum you can think of.
And please visit the Davis family's blog and let them know you're praying for them.