Thursday, April 21, 2011

Beautiful


The days will come when you don't have the strength
When all you hear is you're not worth anything
Wondering if you ever could be loved
And if they truly saw your heart they'd see too much

Elange and Olson March 2011
You're beautiful
You're beautiful
You are made for so much more than all of this
Elange March 2011 (4)
You're beautiful
You're beautiful
You are treasured, You are sacred, You are HIS
School Uniforms Feb 2011 (13)
You're beautiful
I'm praying that you have the heart to fight
Cause you are more than what is hurting you tonight
Elange and Rose Guerlande March 2011
For all the lies you've held inside so long
They are nothing in the shadow of the cross
You're beautiful
You're beautiful
Elange March 2011
You are made for so much more than all of this
You're beautiful
You're beautiful
Elange and Lovelie March 2011
You are treasured, You are sacred, You are HIS.
You're beautiful
Elange March 2011 (2)
This is Elange. Most of you met her here. My heart has been so heavy for Elange, this week the weight overloaded. I found out something that breaks my heart. This week IBESR, the Haitian Social Services, informed the orphanage that if Elange is not matched with a family within the next 4 weeks, they will not allow her to be adopted. The reason is that she must be under 16 years old at the time she is issued her visa. We are already pushing it. No one really knows the average adoption timeline for Haiti post-earthquake but given the rate that our files are moving through, we estimate around 9 months. This does not give Elange time to wait.
The reality of this situation is that if someone does not step forward and chose this precious girl she will be lost. Her dreams of becoming a doctor will be impossible. If she does not get adopted she will have to leave the orphanage. Her life will become like hundreds of thousands of other Haitian women. She is worth so much more than that!
Elange’s chances are running out and the very worst part of it all is that she knows. She knows that no one has chosen her. She has watched as one by one parents have come for their children, her friends, while she watches and waits. She begs me, over and over again not to leave her there forever. She begs me to find her someone. The last time I left she reminded me on my way out the door, to show her picture to all of the people who might want a bigger girl. She understands, she knows people want babies… SHE deserves to be someone’s “baby”.
Right now I am doing everything in my power to keep the promise that I made to Elange, to tell everyone I can, to show her picture, to make sure she has a chance to be known, loved.
Elange needs a family to step forward with either a current Haitian approved dossier OR current USCIS approval for international adoption. Because of the time limits she needs someone that is paperwork ready.
For someone with current USCIS approval (not specific to Haiti) an application can be made to rush your status approval for another country. This will need to be done right away.
The current criteria for adoption from Haiti are…-
  • Couples must be married for at least 10 years.
  • At least one parent must be 35 years or older.
  • Couples may have no more than 2 biological children.
  • Single men are not allowed to adopt, single women are acceptable and must be at least 35 years old.
  • FDPD also requires that adoptive parents be of Christian faith.
The fee for Elange’s adoption is $10,000. It is big, it is scary. God is bigger. Financial concerns are the #1 thing that hold people back from adoption, please don’t let that be the case for this girl. We are working on setting up a fund for the costs associated with this adoption. There will be some sort of scholarship in place to help mitigate the cost of this adoption. We don’t know yet what that will be, but that is what faith is, “being sure of what we hope of and certain of what we do not see”.
I believe with all of my heart that God has plans for Elange’s life. I believe that He longs to rescue her. His plans are not dependent on our abilities, finances do not intimidate Him. The only thing that can prevent God from doing a big work in this life is fear. He only requires you to step out in faith, His promises cover the rest.
Please, if you would like information about adopting Elange contact me. Let’s give this girl a chance!

10 comments:

Emily Suzanne said...

I'll pass this on, Rhyan.

Renae said...

Sharing this also today on my blog and FB!:) We'll stand together for Elange! God IS big!

Mama Wants This said...

Good luck, I hope you'll find someone to adopt Elange soon! You have a good heart :-)

Stumbled and stumbling in from BlogFrog.

Rebecca said...

She is beautiful. She tugs at my heart. I will pass this on!

Joy said...

I shared this on my facebook wall. I'm standing with you in prayer for Elange and others like her.

Rebecca said...

Rhyan- As I have been sharing this info, someone suggested you give Elange's info and share the urgent need with American Academy Adoption Attorneys, that way they could pass it on to families ready to adopt who have completed the paperwork. I don't know, maybe you have already done something like this, but here is a url that has links to all of these attorneys' info in the US.
God Bless!

http://www.adoptionattorneys.org/directory_map.asp

Jillian and Crew said...

Is sponsorship an option? If she does "age out" could we sponsor her through school (Food for the Hungry, World Vision, Compassion, Bethany, etc) ?

Ransomed~Redeemed said...

I desperately want to see her in a family. However, I'd be willing to sponsor her if she needs help. Kind of like a virtual Mama? We have 5 bio kids and Haiti won't allow us to adopt. But she is loved. Alida w5

The Budget Diet said...

You always open my eyes to the world of adoption. Why must love be so complex?

Jennie said...

I soooo wish I was old enough to adopt... :(