Children born in Eastern European countries with Down syndrome ( or any other "disability") are viewed as worthless and defects. They are sent to an orphanage shortly after birth. If they are not adopted by the time they turn 4 or 5 years old, they are sent to an adult mental institute where 95% of them die within the first year. They are tied to cribs, left to sit in their waste all day, and then thrown on a hard cold floor to be hosed off. They are starved to death.
This fact is something that Adam and Lauren Evans of Poulsbo cannot ignore. Adam is a United States Marine stationed at Bangor and Lauren is a stay at home mom. Adam and Lauren have three boys, ages 4 years, 3 years, and 17 months.
After much research and time spent on reecesrainbow.org, an advocacy group for such children, and many prayers, Adam and Lauren decided it was God's will for them to adopt a sweet girl with Down Syndrome. In September 2011, they committed to a beautiful little girl listed on RR, named Amanda.
This beautiful little girl turns four in March. Depending on the region she lives in, she could be transferred to an institute that is not even fit for an animal, let alone a CHILD.
The adoption costs range from $25,000-$45,000,with Amanda's ( Adam and Lauren will be naming her Alaina Jo) region costing around $34,000. They took a leap of faith, knowing that God would make sure that every need was met.
Any support you could offer them and this sweet girl this Christmas season would mean the world to them, even if just an encouraging word is shared. For more info on the plight of these children and adoption, please visit www.reecesrainbow.org.