Urgent Need in the India Program- “Yasmin” needs a Family.
“Yasmin” is a 9 month old baby girl waiting in India for her forever family, with some serious medical needs.
“Yasmin” has Cystic type Biliary Atresia, a rare disease of the liver that affects infants. She has already had a KASAI procedure done in-country, which a common surgical procedure for this illness. Many infants born with biliary atresia must undergo a liver transplant prior to age five.
“Yasmin” is also underweight and has moderate hearing loss. While this baby girl has several medical needs, we know her greatest need is a forever family.
Would you pray for “Yasmin” and share her story?
This is a shared referral. For more informaton on “Yasmin” or the India program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
USCIS has announced, via the Federal Register, proposed fee increases for some of their services, including those that impact adoptive families. You can learn more about the proposed fee increases and how to provide your comments here.
You can ask your Members of Congress to sign this letter regarding USCIS’s proposed adoption fee increases. The deadline to sign this letter is noon on this Thursday, June 30th. We’ll have to ask fast!
We encourage you to take 15 minutes to call the DC office of both of your Senators and your Representative. (Find them here.) Here are some basic suggestions for that call: 1. Ask to speak to the person who handles international adoption issues 2. Ask them to ask their boss to sign the letter increasing USCIS fees for adoptive families 3. Tell them to contact the offices of Senator Blunt, Senator Klobuchar or Representative Franks by noon on Thursday, June 30th to sign the letter. 4. Ask for the staffer’s email to forward them a copy of the letter and explain how to sign on. (Check out the sample email below!) 5. Don’t forget to send that follow-up email! Polite persistence helps get the job done!
You can send something like the below email to finalize your request:
Dear NAME OF INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION STAFFER,
Thanks for taking my call today! I hope Representative/Senator XYZ will support this letter to prevent burdensome USCIS fee cost increases from impacting adoptive families.
Join Senators Blunt and Klobuchar, Representative Franks and others in this important effort to support adoptive families.
Today we are celebrating ONE project Funded through your generous donations!
A huge thank you goes out to several families and individuals who provided the $3,000 needed to fully fund a new engine. The SUV can once again be used to assist orphans and vulnerable children. The vehicle is primarily utilized as transportation to take children to the hospital, medical appointments, court appointments, passport/visa appointments, and for investigations pertaining to orphan status verification and birth family interviews.
When we all work together, even the biggest needs become small.
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Today was one of the best days we have had all week. We were allowed to take the children outside for a good bit of time and blow bubbles which is definitely one of their favorite activities.
Today we gave each child a stuffed bunny. This was so fun to watch! Each child reacted differently. They seemed so happy to have something of their own to keep with them throughout the day. The nannies also enjoyed them and told us that they were very cute. Thank you very much to Susan Rice for putting in so much time and effort in making the stuffed bunnies because it was so worth it.
We can't believe that tomorrow is our last day with these sweet kids. We will all miss them so much and think about them throughout the entire year until we see them again.
Today was sadly the last day at the orphanage. This week has gone by extremely fast and although we miss our families, we don not want to leave our little friends.
To kick off the day, we brought some of the kids outside. We played soccer with the older boys. This was a perfect way for them to spend their energy and just play. Blowing bubbles was a good activity for the younger kids.
We planned to make our last day special by having birthday party for them. Many of the the children have never experienced a birthday party before.
We bought bikes, shaky cars, and huge cakes to celebrate this group of amazing children. It was a huge success and we feel confident that each child felt celebrated and loved today.
We are all very physically and mentally exhausted. We can't wait to see everyone when we get home and tell all of our stories. This trip has seemed to really pay off for the children and it has also given us the chance to see and visit the kids we met and loved last year.
As always, we know this trip is only the beginning. The advocacy and story telling will continue on as we share the need for adoptive families, resources and prayer support.
One Orphan Storytellers serve in Haiti, Uganda, Ethiopia and China. If you are interested in joining our advocacy efforts check out the opportunities page here.
We started the week off with letters of acceptance from the CCCWA and are excited to see one more to end the week! This beautiful girl’s family has now entered the final stage of their adoption and they plan to meet their daughter later this summer.
The Summer is very busy with teams traveling to assess, advocate for and of course... do crafts with the children in our partner orphanages.
Read the latest update below.
Day 2 It's only the second day in the orphanage and we already feel back at home! The children were even happier today than yesterday to have us back. We started our day by doing several different crafts with some of the older children. This seemed to be something they thoroughly enjoyed because of their participation and attention.
When we left for lunch today, the nannies decided to take us to a bakery nearby. While we were there, we asked them to come back to our hotel for pizza after their work was done for the day and they agreed. Afterwards we came back to the orphanage and played outside with the older kids while Sara and Ashley did health assessments on the children. Then it was time to say goodbye and 7 of the nannies piled into the van.
The conversations we had with these ladies was just more proof that they really do love and care for these children as best as they can. We are so excited about the growing relationships we have with these caretakers. Many of the members on our team love the Chinese culture because of how sweet and welcoming they are.
Day 3 We began our day as we have the others, making a craft. Today each of the children made their own butterfly's and hung them up in the room. (Some of the children made them into hair bows and/or airplanes:) Afterwards we sang some American songs with them and taught them how to dance to them. (Such as the hokey pokey)It's funny how music seems to please children from all around the world. We are literally falling in love with all of these children and don't want to leave them. Friday seems way too soon to leave them for an entire year, but we are thankful to the director and all others who allow us to come. Today we collected toys and activities from a nearby store for a birthday party we will have for the kids at the end of the week. Most of the children have never experienced a birthday party so this will hopefully be something that they won't forget. Thank you so much for your prayers. We are very thankful for the orphanage staff and their love. Look forward to keeping you updated!
One Orphan teams serve in Haiti, Ethiopia, Uganda and China. Learn more about our trip opportunities here.