Wednesday, December 28, 2011

a different story

Dear Friends,

If you're a part of our Down syndrome blogging community, you've no doubt been following with joyful hearts the fabulous news coverage given to a little girl named Mia Kareen. Her parents, Kris and Kecia Cox, traveled last spring to Eastern Europe to adopt her.

Last December we featured two beautiful little girls in our Home For Christmas iPad Giveaway- Olga and Kareen. So many readers here gave faithfully and liberally to Kareen's grant fund on Reece's Rainbow, in the hopes of attracting a family for her.

And it worked.

Not two weeks after the giveaway ended, Kecia wrote to me saying she saw Kareen's face here and knew she found her daughter.

There are some stories in life that seem more like fairy tales, that seem just too good to be true- and this is one of them.

And there are some stories in life that are so horrendous, so unimaginable, that it's easier to just close our eyes to them and pretend they didn't happen.

This is Brent...

This is Brents' description on Reece's Rainbow:

Boy, Born June 21, 2005

Look how darling this little one is!   Brent is HEALTHY, with no noted heart conditions.    He is active and an Orphanage favorite.   He is considered lower functioning than  Spencer or Kareen, but will truly blossom like a flower in a loving family environment.   

Brent waited at his orphanage for a family to come and rescue him...waited and waited until he finally turned 6 years old. His description states he was an orphanage favorite- perhaps the reason he was able to wait longer than the typical age of four or five when children are transferred to a mental institution for life.

But the day came when - orphanage favorite or not - Brent's transfer papers were drawn, and they came and took him away from the only home he'd ever known...because now, listed under his photo are these words...

Brent has been transferred
Please give Brent a chance!

I started the Angel Tree project this year advocating for two little angels- Artem and Robyn. I added Ty in when my friend Julie decided to adopt him along with Peter. As many of you know, Ty become unavailable for adoption shortly after the Kehm's traveled to rescue their boys.

I asked Andrea Roberts for help choosing another child, and she gave me Brent. 

Last year, when our giveaway for Olga became so successful that it was apparent she would find a family soon, I asked Andrea for the name of a child who needed our help...and she gave me Kareen. An orphanage favorite herself, Kareen was facing transfer- and the orphanage directors had specifically asked for someone to help find her a family.

Two children, facing the same nightmare of a future. One was spared, and the other is living out that nightmare today.

And if you think those words are sensational, and you think that ugliness and pain do not truly exist in the world, go take a look at the institution featured in this video- filmed in the same area where little Brent lives - and ask yourself if that is any place for a little boy? Or read this post, written by the mother of a little boy who was surviving in one of those institutions- surviving, because there is no way you can call it living in any true sense of the word -and ask yourself the same thing I'm asking myself- what can I do to help?

I don't have any fancy giveaways today. No iPads or cameras or gift cards or prizes. I just want to put before you the face of an innocent little boy, every bit as deserving of a family as Kareen, and ask you to help.

Please spread the word- Brent needs a family. Please ask yourself if you could be that family. If you are able to, please donate to Brent's grant fund on Reece's Rainbow, so that when a family does come forward for him, they are that much closer to rescuing him.

Please help write a different story for Brent.


cathy said...

Oh, Patti-

just donated for this Angel..


shayneswife said...

Patti, This is how it all starts! You just don't quit, do you? You're amazing! I donates $25. I wish I could do more. I wish I could go get him! Maybe a family that is homestudy ready will see him. He's got so much potential. You can just see it! God Bless,

nicole said...

Praying and donating for Brent.

cara said...

Oh Patti- so thankful you are never giving up for these children!! Sometimes it just seems so overwhelming that I freeze. And you always are reminding me that it is ALL worth it, and to NEVER give up. NEVER!! I will never forget the giveaways for Olga and Kareen that truly opened my eyes!! I want them to stay open. I am going to help you do all I can to advocate for Brent. As we drive reading this, we are in tears! Breaks my heart. Will be praying, spreading the word, donating, and anything else I can. Love, Cara

Anonymous said...

I am praying for these children, it is haertbreaking to hear the stories and see the news reports. I am also praying that these "Eastern European Countries" see, through the actions of always generous and loving AMERICANS, that their children are more than orphanage material.

Kirsten said...

Patti, I'm so glad you are advocating for Brent! I have been praying for him to find his family since last year! I am so sad he has been transferred. I blogged about him last December here:

and this year here:

He so badly needs a family!! If you want to post a link to my blogposts, you are welcome to do so, if you blog about him again. :)
Again, thanks for getting his sweet face out there! We CAN find his family!!!

Anonymous said...

Good thing for Brent, that he has you advocating for him! Praying for his family to come SOON!

Rochelle Wilson
Elk Grove, CA