"What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters
compared to what lies within us."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, January 2, 2012

Sweet Valentin

I did not write this post. This post is from another mom named Autumn (her blog is http://noknots.blogspot.com/) who adopted a year ago. While they were there, they met another little boy who was in the same laying room. A laying room like Victoria was in. A room I wouldn't let a stray dog stay in, let alone a child.

"I come to you today to ask for your help.

This is Valentin and he is in the laying room.

I got to spend a few moments with him when he was first transferred into the room. He was healthy looking, sweet, responsive and aware. He smiled for the camera and interacted with us. They even put Yuri into his crib and he was kind and gentle. That was a year ago.

If you ever wondered how bad that room is, well, here is the proof. The pic above was Valentin after a couple of months in the room and this is Valentin now.

A family went to visit Valentin and reported his condition. Friends.... the child they met is a completely different child than I met a year ago. He is head banging. Having screaming outburst for no reasons and has delayed terribly. The child I met was delayed from lack of stimulation but seemed cognitively fine. Now.... ?

How can this happen? In just under a year. Its not fair! Its maddening!! I'm sad! and angry! No child should ever be in that confounded room especially not him!
This family that got to meet him is a great family that have adopted before and have a large family that Valentin a year ago would have fit into great. However with all the new delays they felt that they couldn't give him what he needs so they are now focused on raising funds for him and finding him a family.

That is where you and I come in.
#1 Please pray for this family. It is not an easy thing to go through all the paperwork, to fall in love with a picture only to get there and have everything be different than what you were told. I can't imagine how hard it is for them right now. Please continually keep them in your prayers

#2 Lets find a family for Valentin. How do we do this? Well first we pray and pray and pray our guts out. Second we increase his grant fund. There are so many families that want to adopt but are held back by that little old annoying thing called money.

Won't you please consider giving to his grant fund? Even just $10 will help. We could easily raise thousands of dollars if everyone just gave $10. Click here to donate. Plus any amount donated is tax deductible.

So what kind of family would be ideal? Well as you know kiddos coming from this room have serious issues to overcome just from the room not to mention any ailments they were born with so it is my personal opinion that Valentin needs a family with time. Time to help him recover. Time to love on him. Time to show him attention. Time to focus on him to help him heal and get back to boy I met a year ago and then learn and grow.

Here he is recently trying to color without the ability to do so.

That sweet little boy is still in there. I know it!! Won't you help him! Valentin is 5 years old and facing the institution any day now. There he will surely be gone in more ways than we can comprehend. This is a very serious situation!"

Please help if you can! His eyes used to look happy and now they are so vacant. It breaks my heart!


  1. Do you mind if I copy this and put it on my blog?

  2. Yes, please post about him!!!!

  3. Done! I will keep this sweet boy in my prayers!

  4. My heart breaks . . . may God's people's hearts be broken . . .

  5. Did a share on the article. Thank you for sharing. Will be in prayer for this sweet boy.

  6. Thank you for posting about Valentin.

  7. I donated yesterday when the fund was at $45, I see today it is at $421 already!! I will be donating more, so those of you who blog, please keep the posts coming!!

  8. Can I repost this on my blog?


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