Thursday, February 19, 2009


In response to some comments made in our decision to adopt again.

Unless you have spent time in an orphanage, you will not understand our urgency. There are children dying in this world with no one! No one. Some don't have enough food. No one to love them. The orphanages try. But there are oodles of children there they can't be a true substitute for a family.

Also if you felt there was a child out there waiting on you, waiting to be a part of your family.......could you tell them to "Wait". Wait until things are more convenient for me? Is that what Christ would do?

#4 is doing amazing. The other children are doing amazing with her. I can't even begin to explain it but God. There is no other answer. There is no other reason. She is doing school with us. She loves taking a bath, getting lotion(ed) up, and getting dressed. She LOVES playing dress up. She loves Elmo. She loves Sunday School. She loves playing with her little friends who she is beginning to learn names. She loves to "watch movie" and "pizza?". She is talking more and more. And usually will surprise us with what she knows. She knows what sounds a cat, cow and dog make. Sometimes she will share with our puppies what sounds they should make lol :) She is showing a very small interest in the "potty"! She still LOVE bananas. And talks about Nisha quite often. I think she has named her baby Nisha too.

We have no doubt that it is time to start. "He" whoever he is, is waiting and while we don't know for sure where he is, we are on our way to him. And even when #5 is home. We still are open to adopt even again. And as soon as He calls us to start again. God has a plan for these children. Who am I to say "we're done".

Here is a peak into orphanage life. While #4's was NOT like this. It was still an orphanage. She is home. Right where she belongs :)


Fri 13 February 2009 17:00

Exposing Europe's guilty secret: the incarcerated children of Bulgaria

Views and Records
From The Times

By Rosa Monckton

It is the smell that assaults you - filthy nappies, unwashed babies, rotting
flesh. Then you are hit by the silence, an eerie, unnatural silence, the
silence of babies who have given up hope of ever being consoled, cuddled or
comforted. It is the dreadful quiet of starving, neglected, unloved children
waiting to die.

I was in an institution for children aged three and younger in Bulgaria, and
I found myself crouching beside a cot so that the duty "nurse", who was
three rooms away but who could survey all the rooms through the viewing glass
placed in each dividing wall, was unable to see me. All I could see at this
level were bars stretching all the way to the viewing station, bars imprisoning
these children, whose only crime is to have been born. What sort of a Europe
is it that consigns innocent babies and children to a life like this - a life
bereft of all hope?

The poor child whose cot I was hiding next to had hydrocephalus. His swollen
head was turned to one side, and I could see his brain oozing out of his
skull. The girl in the adjacent cot was so pitifully thin that she looked
flattened, like a cardboard cut-out. The next one along had his legs tied together,
with an old pillow case pulled over them - I felt a huge growth on one of
his spindle-like legs.

The children in this particular wing have no human contact. They are fed
lying on their backs, and have their nappies changed only when there happens to
be a supply of new ones. Not one single word is uttered to them, so none of
them is able to talk. This is how they live, and this is how they die.

Over the past few months I have visited eight institutions in Bulgaria, and
have been staggered by the total lack of humanity. The baby world does not
exist for these children.

Children in Western Europe are institutionalized because of abuse and
neglect, whereas in other parts of Europe, particularly the old communist
countries, it is because of abandonment and disability. In Eastern Europe there is
still a widely held belief that disabled children are best dealt with by being
removed from their families and separated from society.

So the flow of children into the institutional system continues, with many
parents being forced by the State to hand over their children at the moment of
birth if a disability has been diagnosed. Bulgaria has the second-highest
rate of placement of children in institutions in Europe (Russia is top of the

In another institution I was taken around by a blonde Cruella de Vil:
stiletto heels, heavily made-up, clutching a clipboard as we marched along a
corridor. Stopping at each window, she consulted her list, took the pen from behind
her ear and pointed: "This one cerebral palsy, this one very handicapped,
this one Down's Syndrome, this one don't know...."

I asked to go into one of the rooms and picked up the nearest child, a
living skeleton. And what was wrong with him? He was blind. Just blind. But now he
was starving to death, rocking and banging his head against the side of his
cot. On another visit, I asked the director, a pediatrician, about a child
with Down's Syndrome. Why was she here? "She has Down's Syndrome, she will
die." I told her that this was not true, that these children could live
fulfilled lives. Angered, she asked: "Are you a doctor?" No, I replied, but I was the
mother of a child with Down's Syndrome. "But you are not a doctor, so you
don't understand... these children have no use. They should never have been

I am working with a charity called The Bulgarian Abandoned Children's Trust
and our aim is to re-educate government, doctors, midwives and parents to
bring an end to institutionalization and build small-group homes for the
children to move into. Because, unlike Romania, which has made huge progress in the
reform of its institutions and has shown that it is ready and willing to
change, Bulgaria remains in denial. The Government sees little need for change.
Nor has it come under the sort of pressure that Romania faced when it was in
discussions to join the European Union and reform of its children's
institutions was a condition of entry.

One of the problems with the old Eastern bloc countries is that where the
State was the guarantor of all moral values, it dehumanized society. The idea
of charity, of social responsibility, of caring for others, was eradicated.
There seems to be no recognition on the part of the carers that they share
something with these children - and that what they share is a common humanity. In
homes for the dying in India, you find volunteers serving food, cleaning, or
simply talking to patients 24 hours a day. There is a purpose and a feeling
of life, and hope, in even the most impoverished homes.

The sterility and eerie silence of the Eastern European children's homes is
all the more shocking by contrast. These children are Europe's guilty secret,
hidden away from the world. We need to talk about them, to bring the whole
issue out into the open. We need a co-ordinated European strategy, operating
at the highest levels of government. A tightly run ten-year plan could lead to
many of these shameful places closing their doors. This will need to include
social reform, services in the community, fostering being made an
occupation, easier adoption laws, the building of small-group homes and, most
importantly, more support at birth. More than 96 per cent of institutionalized
children across Europe have at least one living parent. Help is needed to persuade
families that they can cope.

It is too late to help many of the children incarcerated in institutions -
their lives are already irreparably damaged. But we can stop the flow of
children into these places. We need early intervention programmes in hospitals and
maternity wards; we need to make people care. If you are one of those people
who hunts through the supermarket to avoid buying a battery-raised chicken,
think for a moment about these children, who are treated no better


Brooke said...

I totally understand your frustrations with those that don't understand the urgency to get the kids home! I know God has the right kiddo(s) picked out for your family I will pray that He reveals this to you, WACAP, and the orphanage. I am really excited for you :)

Charlie McCoy said...

You know Jenn, I don't blame you for being upset. I say BRAVO to you and to your family for wanting to adopt! I think it's amazing and wonderful that you and your hubby have such a passion for all those children out there who don't have homes. Good for you guys that you want to help those kids, and help them find the Lord. I think it's great that you have a heart of gold and that you want to see all the children in a home. I know that if you could you would adopt all of them, and help them. Don't let people get to you, they don't know and understand the passion that you have. I pray that God makes it abundantly clear as to who y'all are to adopt and when. God has put that desire there for a reason, and I just know that he'll bless y'all with #5 soon! God Bless Jenn, and keep up the amazing work that you are doing!!!!

Lalena said...

I think the love of your family is apparent in #4's adjustment. She is remarkable because of the love that each of you give her. A lot of people don't understand the urgency, the horribleness that is orphanage life. That little boy needs a home and someone to love him, desperately. I'm sure you will find the peace to move forward in the direction that is best for your loving family. Lalena

Tisra said...

Okay- just you saying that #4 is adjusting nicely is a BIG ENCOURAGEMENT to me. We're homeschooling this year, and I'm starting to panic a bit about if we'll be able to continue when Dorothy comes home..."will she need me too much? Will she make schooling difficult? Will I go crazy?" the last one was only a bit of a joke. I am concerned about how to juggle a new child and schooling. I know the Lord will lead us, and it's early yet to make that call- but it was nice to hear that its possible to do both.

Your #5 is out there!

Vickie said...

Hi Jenn,

I am thankful I'm not the only one with the passion and desire upon my heart for multiple adoptions. I am praying to add more to our family this year as well.

God's blessings, I know your #5 has to be out there too :)

Vickie (Mom to 9, 6 of which are adopted)

~Christian Country Mama~ said...

Amen Sister! I am with you ALL the way! I am on Cafe Moms, I am the one wanting to open a small foster home AND adopt children. I think ALL of your children are beautiful!!! I will pray for y'all and ask for you to keep us in your prayers!

~Christian Country Mama~