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!

Sunday, September 1, 2013


Troll, Noun: 
1. A large, brutish creature of European myth, often lacking in intelligence. Sometimes compared to the Japanese oni.
2. A member of an internet forum who continually harangues and harasses others.

Trolls have no place in the adoption world. All they do is spread hate. Usually a troll had been adopted themselves, and is unhappy about it, and hence hate adoption.
This is for the trolls. I'm calling you out. You have no guts, attacking families who have never done anything to you. You think you're so clever, yet you hide behind a fake name on the internet.

Dear trolls,
Saying you hate adoption because you were adopted, and your family wasn't perfect doesn't make sense.
It makes about as much sense as saying you're against birth because you were born and your family wasn't perfect.
Yes, I get that sometimes adoptions don't work out. But that's no reason to hate it.
If you hate adoption, then you must be against all the products that came from someone who is adopted. So if you're going to be against all adoption, throw out all your Apple products. Your iPhone, your Mac, your iPod, your iPad. Delete your iTunes, and all the music you've ever bought from it. Because you're against adoption, and all those products were invented by someone who was adopted. That's right- Steve Jobs was adopted. If he hadn't been adopted, those products would not exist.

So, trolls, if you say you are against adoption, practice what you preach, and throw out all your Apple products, because they were invented by someone who was adopted.

I dare you.

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