A Hope and a Dream

The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy. ~Kalu Ndukwe Kalu

The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy. ~Kalu Ndukwe Kalu

There are many organizations across the globe who have lovingly undertaken the endearing cause of older adoptions. These older children are from a broad spectrum of challenging situations that present an extra variable to adoption’s often complicated equation. Some that are hoping to be adopted are from foster care and orphanages, while others are refugees or became older orphans when their parent(s) died unexpectedly.

As they enter the waiting period, where organizations search for families seeking to adopt older children, they have to conquer the tough emotional difficulties they’ve been dealing with surrounding their early childhood. Many have been through a great deal of grief and sorrow. Despite all this, this child clings to a hope and a dream that there is one family out there in the world who wants her, one family in search of an older child to take under their wings, overcome the different stages of transition, maintain their commitment to the child with optimism, humor and flexibility as they all strive to bond as a family.

When an older child is being considered for adoption, he or she will often meet with prospective parents who may ask questions and try and get to know him or her. But this can be intimidating for a child who as of yet may not feel very extroverted and may also be dealing with emotional stressors.

I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you're going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you. ~C. JoyBell C.

I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you’re going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you. ~C. JoyBell C.

Mecklenburg County Youth Services created a wonderful idea to assist children overcome these barriers; in early 2014 the children will be involved in a painting event with Painting with a Twist where they will each create a painting that they will be able to share with prospective parents when that time comes …which will enable them to explain the painting process to prospective parents and why they like this image and the many details that went into the work as a way to begin a meaningful conversation that could potentially change their lives forever.

We hope that you’ll help support this wonderful initiative by donating today… (http://spanninternational.com/donate.htm) .

Thank you in advance for your support in changing the lives of children for the better, a gift that will last forever, a gift that will become your legacy.

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