Last month, my husband and I traveled to Eastern Europe to visit the child we’re hoping to adopt. It was a fantastic experience. Plus, we got the opportunity to meet another potential adoptee along the way.
This is Piper:
Piper is a very sweet three and a half year old that lives in a fantastic baby house in a rural area of her country. Piper’s baby house has 43 children, with 11 in her groupa. Piper was only recently transferred into this (the oldest) groupa due to her special need, microencephalopathy. Basically Piper is small. Although she is nearly four years old, she’s roughly the size of a two year old. She is easily the smallest child in the group.
The baby house Piper lives in is ran by a fantastic medical doctor who was very patient and kind to us. Unlike many other adopters we’ve spoken to, we were encouraged to see all aspects of the orphanage including meal times, snack times, indoor play areas, the outdoor playground, cribs and beds, the baby rooms – everything. We were even allowed to give our child a bath. We were amazed at the openness and the patience the entire staff gave us. Here’s Piper eating a peeled apple during snack time:
Piper’s doctor related that Piper was kept with the younger children for longer than necessary, in hindsight. With the older group, she’s coming out of her shell, speaking in complete sentences and enjoys playing with the other children. She has some orphanage behaviors, including rocking and self soothing, but accepts redirection. Piper was excited to see us. She was friendly with us, the other adults and children. She seems quite smart and was always in a great mood when we interacted. In fact, while I was attempting to take a picture of another Reece’s Rainbow child, Piper hopped right in and gave me a big smile!
The baby house itself is a large building in a rural town. We found it to be very well staffed, with adequate supplies and plenty of food. The children were very well taken care of and their love for the orphanage director was evident every time she walked into the room.
Time is limited for Piper. She turns four in October, at which point she will be transferred to either an orphanage or an adult mental institution. It’s likely she won’t fair well there. The two things standing in the way of Piper living a better life is a family and funds for them to adopt her.
Please consider passing along the link to this blog post. Share it on Facebook. Visit Piper’s page on Reece’s Rainbow (http://reecesrainbow.org/40845/piper-1g). Consider making a donation. Every dollar gets her one step closer to finding the family that will improve her life tremendously.
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