Saturday, April 9, 2011

Spotlight

I have decided to start doing a new kind of post on my blog. Each month I am going to do a “spotlight” of a child up for adoption. Knowing a bit about a particular child helps the need seem a bit more real, more organic, than just simply telling you there are millions of children around the world waiting for a home. Some months I may tell you about a child from another country, some months I may tell you about a child right here in BC. For more information on any of them please feel free to contact me for more information!

This month I would like to highlight Jamaica! Right now there are two amazing beautiful little girls waiting for their forever homes. They are each waiting for a mom and dad to love them. I don’t have a lot of information about them (compared to spotlights of children here in BC). One little girl is 6 years old and has cerebral palsy. The other little girl, also 6 years old, may have FAS. They both live in an orphanage in Jamaica, waiting for a place to call home. They are currently living in an orphanage for children 0-6 year old, and shouldn’t be kept waiting any longer. While I do not have a lot of information about them, I thought I would start my spotlight off with them, so that I could also give information about Jamaican adoption.
One of the great things about choosing this country on the international route, is there are no fees associated with Jamaican adoptions. They do not have private agencies, therefore all adoptions are done through the government and do not require any sort of fee. While fees are still necessary here on the Canadian side (coming in under $10,000 including travel) it is one of the cheapest country’s to choose from.
These girls are also in a loving, caring, Christian orphanage. You know their needs are being met and God’s love is flowing down on them daily. In Jamaica it is also possible to do something called a “child specific” adoption. Usually the government matches an applicant to a child, which can include many delays and long wait times. However, if you were interested in one of these two young girls, you could apply to directly adopt them, an option that appears to speed up the process with their government. While wait times are still a real and common truth in any international adoption, your typical wait is around 2 years (Although I have heard them happening as fast as 6 months and as long as 4 years.) International adoption definitely requires patience! Currently there are only two agencies in BC working with Jamaican adoptions, and they are Hope Agency and Family Services. So if you’re able to bring one of these darling creations of God into your family, then contact me for more information. Stay tuned to learn about more children waiting for their forever families!

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