When I was at the Behold Conference, a friend named Carla came up to say hello. I had met her last year when she was in the process of adopting a special needs child, and asked how things were going. She told me all about her precious new son, who is her seventh child, and recounted some of the adventures of the adoption process (which you can read about at her great blog here). But then she immediately changed the subject to a little boy named Malcolm, who also needs a home. I haven’t stopped thinking about him since that moment.
Malcolm is five years old, and has cerebral palsy. He is cognitively normal, but is scheduled to be transferred to an adult mental facility in his country next month. From his page at Reece’s Rainbow:
Malcolm needs family badly. He is very emotional, sensitive and not a leader by nature and is being hurt by older and physically healthy children in the orphanage. He can hardly walk but retains sensitivity in the feet. There is a chance only in the presence of caring and loving parents Malcolm can walk independently in a future but in the orphanage environment the child is afraid of everything even walking.
Malcolm has a favorite little toy: stuffed tiger, he carries it everywhere, he kisses it, puts to sleep, worries about it. Malcolm is interested in all new, he knows the names and colors, understands commands, has attachments to friends in a group, he goes on contact easily and is pleased to dialogue.
Okay, internets. What are we going to do about the little boy and his stuffed tiger who desperately need a home?
Both the good news and the bad news is this: One of the biggest hurdles is money. Overseas special needs adoptions often cost around $30,000. Even if there are families who are interested in bringing him home, they may not have the funds to do so. That’s bad news because it’s tragic to think that Malcolm could languish in an adult mental facility just because of a financial issue; but it’s good news because it’s relatively easy to do something about.
HOW TO DONATE (IT’S EASY!):
You can find the link at the bottom of his Reece’s Rainbow page (as well as an update about his current level of funds). Reece’s Rainbow is a respected organization, and their payment system uses PayPal, so it only takes a matter of seconds to make a donation.
I just donated, and would love for you to join me, even if it’s only a few dollars.
Here is a video of this sweet boy:
A few other items:
- You can read about Brianna Heldt’s special needs adoption discernment here.
- You can find Carla’s special needs adoption story in two installments, here and here.
- If you’d like to find out more about how you can help waiting children with special needs, read the Reece’s Rainbow page here.
And please do keep Malcolm and all the other orphans in the world in your prayers. Thank you.