As I said yesterday, about 85% of children with special needs who find themselves in adult institutions in Eastern Europe die within a year of transfer.
"Brenton" is almost 16 years old. He has Down syndrome. He is in an institution in Ukraine.
|Does he really look like a 15-year-old?|
Having escaped becoming a statistic all these years, he has just over a week before he "ages out" from being eligible for American international adoption. Some other countries permit international adoption until age 18 or even later, but for Americans, 16 is the cutoff.
"Brenton" is in the institution documented in the video below:
As you can see, there are some people working hard on making changes in this institution. But even in the best-case scenario, this is NOT where a young person should look forward to spending the rest of his life!
Julia Nalle has more information about "Brenton" here. I hope his family finds him soon!