A friend of mine, Adeye, who writes much more eloquently than me, asked if I would send her a few before and after pictures of Victoria. She wrote a great post about how a family and love can change a child's life.
So many of the kids featured on her post "Seeing is Believing" were near death and are now thriving.
Her posts made me cry. Please scroll down to some of her other posts to see the reality of the children once they are sent to the institution. Their eyes haunt me.
Like my friend, Adeye, says, if not us, then who? You don't have to adopt to help.
Here is Victoria only 8 months ago. Her eyes were so blank.
She is not smiling here, she is grimacing in pain. We were still in the Ukraine and I was scared she wouldn't make it home. What if we had left her there, too afraid to take a chance on her? She wouldn't be happily singing in her crib right now.
Here is Victoria now, a happy little sweetie, with light and joy in her eyes.
Please share the stories on Adeye's blog. Maybe their family is out there right now, hoping to find them!