Frank's Freedom

Meet Frank. He’s 13 years old, and is curious, busy, fun happy and bright. He has a mental delay, but that doesn’t stop him from being friendly, engaging and kind. He’s also an orphan in Eastern Europe. This means he is in an institution. If he is not adopted by age 16, he will be thrown out on the street with nothing but the clothes on his back and his “disabled orphan” status. Let me tell you more about Frank.

He’s little, about the size of a 7 year old. And he’s smart. He is in a group with teenage boys ages 16-24. He does puzzles and he does his chores diligently. He is very kind to the younger children. Frank is friendly and engaging. He likes being with the boys, but is happy being alone too. He plays appropriately with toys and is “all boy”. He could very easily function in a family. Frank is curious, smart, fun and sweet. He likes to play in the dirt and jump on the trampoline. Frank is independent, a good eater, is happy and content. Frank is physically healthy. He walks, runs, feeds himself, speaks, does puzzles and interacts with others well. He's a sweet boy who seems rather unaffected by his surroundings. He has no future where he's at, and without help, he's never getting out. Institutions are a one way ticket to nowhere. And this little boy deserves a future. This little boy will be a blessing to any family.

The Baker family has committed to adopt Frank and another boy, Emmitt. But international adoption is pretty expensive. The adoption would cost about $30,000. Reece’s Rainbow is an organization that helps with this cost. They set up grants for children in 25 countries around the world, and any money that is donated to these funds is given to the families to help with adoption fees. With Reece's Rainbow's help, the Baker family only needs about $10,000 to bring home both boys!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

My Name Is Anthony.

Dear Mommy,
Hi, My name is Anthony. I'm an orphan and I don't know is I'll ever have a Mommy or Daddy. I really hope I do. My real Mommy didn’t want me cuz I have "too many problems", so she put me in this boring old orphanage. There's a playground, but I can't walk or play. I just sit here and sleep the day away. I've slept a lot in the past couple years. What's Christmas? What's a Birthday? What's a present? I've always wondered about them. Mommies and Daddies of kids in my groupa always talk to their new kid about Christmas and Birthdays and presents and I always wondered what they’re talking about. Are they good?

We don’t get to eat much here. We get a small morning meal, a small midday meal, and a small supper. Sometimes, if we're good, we get a small snack between our midday meal and supper. I'm always hungry.

My groupa sleeps in the same room, so it's always really loud. We have babies who haven’t learned how things work around here, so they're always screaming at night. The caretakers don't even come in to calm them down, they just let them scream. It keeps me up at night. When I finally get to sleep, I have to wake up for morning meal at 7. I just want out of here.

I want to live In America (or Canada) I hear It's beautiful. I want to smell it and feel it myself. I've never been outside these walls before. I want to feel fresh air; my groupa says it's great. What's Music? Is it pretty? I want out of this trap and into the world.

Why aren't I In the real world yet? Why haven't you brought me home yet? Is it the money? Cuz I'm paid for. Is it the endless papers? Is it the scary walls of the orphanage? Cuz I'm on the other side and they're not that scary, I've grown up here. Please mommy, whoever you are, come for me, I’m not scary, I’m just really sad. Please save me, you're my only hope.

Your Son,


1 comment:

  1. I pray Anthony's mommy reads this. she is out there.


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