These little cuties have a couple things in common:
They all have an extra copy of the 21st chromosome, also called Trisomy 21 or Down syndrome.
And, they are all desperately waiting for a family that will love them.
That's right: these kids all don't have parents to love them.
They were born in countries where children with Down syndrome are not worth much,
and often 'given away' to orphanages at birth.
I can barely look at these pictures, because these faces remind me so much of our own little girl.
And there are many, many more children in the same situation!
Fortunately, there is some hope for these children:
There are families out there who want to welcome them in their hearts and homes!
But, these international adoptions are very expensive.
To help families who want to adopt an orphan with Down syndrome or other special needs,
Reece's Rainbow collects money for individual orphans. That money goes into a grant for a specific child, and can be used by parents who commit to adopting that child to help cover the costs for the adoption. That way, families who would not able to adopt simply because they could never afford that, are enabled to adopt!
So, if you would want to help, there are different ways:
I have met a family who has adopted a little boy with Down syndrome,
and just recently met a mom who is waiting for her little girl with Down syndrome to come to the USA. These people are amazing!
And they're not the only ones...
This family and also this family went on to adopt a girl with Down syndrome, after they had a daughter with Down syndrome. This family has been waiting for a long time for their little boy Davis to come home. Davis has Down syndrome, and he will have a big brother with Down syndrome, too, in his new family. And there are many more families like it.
In closing, I would just like to quote the mission statement of Reece's Rainbow:
"The mission of Reece's Rainbow is to rescue orphans with Down syndrome through the gift of adoption, to raise awareness for all of the children who are waiting in 25 countries around the world, and to raise funds as adoption grants that help adoptive families afford the high cost of adopting these beautiful children."
(All pictures used in this post are Copyright © Reece's Rainbow)
"31-for-21" Challenge - Day 24