How are you going to communicate with the girls when they don't speak English and you don't speak Russian?
Why are you spending time and money that you don't have helping a child from another country when there are so many American children in foster care who need a family?
We strongly believe in the verse in James 1:27:
"Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their afflication, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."
We think that orphans everywhere should be thought of and taken care of. We were called to three precious girls in Ukraine and their two little sisters. If someone has strong feelings about taking care of orphans in the U.S., we feel that they probably should contemplate those feelings they are having and possibly act on them. God may be calling them to help here. Every orphan in the world is loved by God. Americans are more likely to adopt a child not of their blood than many other countries. For many orphans in the world, being adopted out of their country is the only way they will be adopted. Especially as they get older.
As far as the money goes, we hadn't planned on adopting when we hosted. We didn't think the girls were adoptable because of their family situation - so many kids in their family - so we really had no plans to adopt them. The first week the girls were with us I felt strongly that they needed to be adopted. As hosting went on we learned that they could be adopted. Although we have the means to provide for the girls once we adopt, because we hadn't been planning on adopting, we didn't have the large amount of money needed sitting around! We have been able to come up with a good size portion of the funds ourselves, but we have had to fundraise for the rest.
Ukraine Orphan Statistics:
At the age of 16 children living in orphanages "graduate."
They are given a small apartment and need to support themselves.
Orphan Foundation: "Less than 50% of orphans live to see their 20th birthday."
Of those that live: 60% of girls wind up in prostitution
70% of boys wind up in crime
In Ukraine orphans are shunned, even after they have left the orphanage.
We are thankful that our girls are in an orphanage with caretakers who love them. That is a huge blessing. We are concerned about their future when leaving their orphanage. Please help us adopt them and give them a chance at a good life by donating!