We are home with Amos, Daisy, Lee and Violet! Meanwhile we have jumped in again for one last very special girl. If you would like to help with that, you can make a non-tax-deductible donation HERE that we can access immediately. You can also make a tax-deductible donation HERE that we can use once we receive travel dates. Or by donating HERE you can help provide her and other children at her orphanage the care and nutrition they desperately need. See all of our current fundraisers HERE. We are thankful for any support you can offer!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Clara and Gideon Are Aging Out!

Aging out is when a child becomes legally unadoptable due to their age and the laws of either the child's country or the country of the adoptive parents. Today's children are in the same country our family has adopted from. They require married couples with at least one parent more than 15 years older than the child. You need to send in immigration paperwork and fees before these children turn 16. The rest of the adoption process can begin after that, if necessary. If you have any questions about this process, today's children, other aging out children, or how to adopt children with special needs internationally, email for more information. See other aging out children who have been shared recently HERE. All of the aging out kids I post here have at least a $10,000 grant to assist with adoption expenses. Some have even larger grants! Please share all of these kids to help them find families! It helps!

Clara Ages out in 2017

Clara will be aging out at some point in the coming year. Because we do not know her exact birthdate, we are assuming she will need a family before the year begins. Clara has been diagnosed with hearing loss and an expressive language disorder, but she is able to talk. Her profile is very brief. Guys, it is HARD to find families for kids with so little information. I don't know anyone who has met her. I don't know anything more about her than her age and that brief description.

I know that in general deafness is not a limiting special need. If I had to guess, based on her appearance, I would guess that Clara is probably in an orphanage or boarding school for more typical children rather than a mental institution for children with severe disabilities like we adopted from. She has long hair that has been pulled back in braids and is wearing normal clothing. I haven't seen that except in the more typical orphanages. Children in these settings are usually moved out of the orphanages or boarding schools as early as 16. Some go to trade schools and many begin to try their best to live independently, with the limited skills and resources they have been given. I would guess that is where Clara would be headed.

I don't know for sure. I don't know her abilities and I don't know her future. This is only a guess based on her photo and profile. If I do receive any new information I will update it here! Clara is eligible for a $10,000 older child grant to assist with adoption expenses. Email or visit her profile HERE for more information.


Gideon Ages out in January 2017

Gideon is another older child in the same country as Clara. We know a lot about Gideon! We know when his birthday is. He will turn 16 in January, so a family will need to mail in their paperwork before then. A family has hosted Gideon. (Hosting is when a child comes to stay with a family for several weeks over summer or winter break. A lot of kids are available for hosting in different countries through different hosting programs. Some kids can be adopted and some can't be adopted. Not all orphanages and regions work with hosting programs.) His hosting family spent a lot of time with him and would love to see a family adopt him! They can answer questions about him!

Gideon has stated that he DOES want to be adopted. This is great to know ahead of time because children his age without severe special needs are given the choice whether or not to be adopted. Gideon has said repeatedly that he very much wants a family to adopt him.

Gideon's special need is HIV. This is a very different special need than the developmental delays and other special needs my children have. I don't really think of HIV as a special need anymore. I think of it as a medical need. It does need treatment, but it is manageable. Many of the children with HIV available for adoption in this country are neurotypical.

His special need DOES qualify for Reece's Rainbow and their $10,000 older child grant to assist with adoption expenses! Email or visit his profile HERE for more information!


Thank you for sharing these and other aging out kids!

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