Special needs adoption from a Jewish perspective.

Special needs adoption from a Jewish perspective.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Aging out!

Here is a boy who looks no bigger than my 4-year-old:

No, he is not aging out of a baby house.  He will be turning 16 years old in June!  Can you imagine?  According to US immigration laws, once he turns 16 he may not be adopted by an American family.  Of course, the chances of him being adopted domestically in Ukraine are slim to none.  Most likely he will remain in the mental institution until he dies, which will probably happen all too soon, and he will be buried on the overgrown hillside in an unmarked grave.

You can see his institution in this video:

He has Cerebral Palsy and seborrheic dermatitis, but his greatest problem is clearly malnutrition and the lack of a family. He has significant delays, as could be expected, but he is a happy, smiley boy:

He does not walk or stand, and can't even use a spoon.  Is there a family out there who can help him?

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