Tuesday, August 1, 2017

$100 $100 $100

I don't know what else to do to get Sealey's family found.

I can shout until I am blue in the face, but if no-one is listening, what else can I do ?

Sealey does NOT have all the time in the world - he needs out of that institution as soon as humanly possible - every day that I sit here doing nothing for him is a day that HE spends doing absolutely nothing, other than laying in a crib waiting to die.

It breaks my heart, truly, to think of his life - his existence.  While I KNOW that he is not the only one suffering like this, he is the one I am shouting for right now. I have been shouting for him for a few years now, but all my shouting has done nothing for him. Zero, Zilch.

As an added incentive to get him seen, I am offering $100 in the month of August, for the best photo taken of Sealey's picture.

Please read THIS post to find out what I'm talking about - basically, I send you Sealey's photo, and you take it out and about with you, taking pictures of it with you, with your kids, in the backyard, on vacation - anywhere you happen to be !

Then, post these pics of your social media - use the hash tag #Sealey2017 - make sure as many people as possible can see those pictures - and make sure I can see them, too !!

I will be picking the best photo taken and shared, and will pay out $100 to whoever took that photo ! I will send the $100 however you would like - it can be cash (to your Paypal, or cash in hand if you are local to me), by way of a gift card, I can donate to your favorite charity - whatever the winner chooses.

This is in addition to the $100 prize for the best picture by Sealey's birthday on October 26th - this is JUST for pictures posted during the month of August !!

So - read my post HERE, and see where that takes you !!

Let's get Sealey SEEN this month !!

Thursday, July 27, 2017


If you haven't heard about Sealey's Summer of 2017 - please go HERE to read all about it !!  In a nutshell, I am challenging YOU to take Sealey's photo out and about with you, and take pictures of him, wherever you may be - then post those pictures on your social media.

Why, you may ask ?

To raise awareness - to get him seen - and to, hopefully, find him a family !  The more he is seen - the greater his chance of being adopted.

Not sure what kind of photos to take ? Check these out - I took them of him (and my son) on our recent vacation to Kentucky, to attend to Reece's Rainbow family reunion !

As an added incentive,  I am offering $100 to the best picture taken - and shared - by Sealey's 13th birthday at the end of October.

OH - and my husband has offered to donate $5 to Reece's Rainbow's Older Other Angels grant pool,  every time a photo is taken of Sealey's picture and shared on social media (up to $500) !!! 

Use #Sealey2017

Please - join in the fun - read THIS post, then contact me with your address so I can get Sealey's photo to you !!!

You can message me on Facebook - I am "Jenny Scrupps Pohl"

You can e-mail me - pieapple@aol.com (this IS correct, there is NO n in the word)

You can leave a comment on this post.


To read more about Sealey, please go HERE.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Ten Boys

As you all probably know, Sealey is an almost 13 year old orphan living in an institution in Eastern Europe.

I am trying my hardest to find him a family, as any of my Facebook friends can attest to - to learn about Sealey's Summer of 2017, please go HERE, to read my previous blog post about him.

Sadly, Sealey is just one of thousands of disabled children without a family.  

I won't go into the conditions these kids live in, as I am sure that the majority of readers are fully aware - I just want to share a few children today. 

If you want your heart breaking, head to Reece's Rainbow, where you can scroll through hundreds and hundreds of children waiting for a family.  

Otherwise, stick around and check out the children I am about to share - they are all older, all have cerebral palsy, and many probably spend their days doing nothing, eating little, wasting away.  

Please see them - look into their eyes - and consider whether or not they could be YOUR children.
Do you have room for one more ?

You can click on their names to see their profile at Reece's Rainbow.

Drew is 13 years old, has cerebral palsy, and is described as friendly, funny and inquisitive !

Donahue was born in 2004 - according to his profile, he weighs around 30 pounds, and spends his days in his crib, with no toys or distractions.

Joran is about 13 years old also - he is dependent on his caretakers for all of his needs, and yet is described as a happy, loving young boy.

Flynn turned 14 last month, and yet he spends his days doing nothing, absolutely nothing.

Mason turns or turned 14 this year - if you click on his name, you can see a short video of him !

Wayne was born in 2005. He is said to cry often.

Francis will turn 13 in October. While he does not spend his days in a crib, he DOES spend his days sitting in a chair. All day long.

Sherman turns 13 next month, he has mild cerebral palsy - he likes to be independent and is a great helper.
Sherman (1)

Samson will also turn 13 next month. His caregivers say he has a great personality !

Mitch turns 14 this month, and very very very much wants to be adopted !

Ten boys - just a few of the many more listed at Reece's Rainbow who have cerebral palsy. I will share more in a later post.

These boys are all so deserving of a family - they would absolutely thrive, given the chance of a normal life in a loving home

If you are thinking about adoption - please consider one of them.

If you can donate, please do so at the Older Other Angel Grant at Reece's Rainbow - ALL of these boys are eligible for up to a $10,000 adoption grant - and every penny helps !!

Everyone - PLEASE share these kids - you can share this post, or pick one or two of the boys to share.

Whatever you do - please do something.

If not you - then who ??

For more information about adopting, please go to Reece's Rainbow.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Sealey's Summer of '17

If you've read this blog before you've probably read about Sealey. I have been advocating for Sealey for several years now, and obviously have not done a very good job, as he is still waiting for a family. 

Sealey is 12 years old - he will turn 13 in October of this year. He has cerebral palsy - he cannot walk, and requires total care. He has been listed as available for adoption with Reece's Rainbow for almost SEVEN years. 

If you don't know anything about Reece's Rainbow - read on !  They basically raise awareness and adoption grants for children with special needs, children who live in various countries around the world. Many of these countries see no worth in the lives of children with disabilities, so they are left to exist in orphanages and institutions.  To learn more, please go HERE

Sealey lives in an institution in Eastern Europe, and by all accounts spends his days in a crib, with no toys, no stimulation, no education or therapies, and most definitely no love.

As Sealey is over the age of 10, he is eligible for an adoption grant of up to $10,000 through Reece's Rainbow's Older Child grant !!

However, this grant is fluid, and is in constant need of replenishing - and so I am trying to kill two birds with one stone - I want to raise awareness of Sealey, so his family can find him - AND I want to raise funds for the Older Child Grant.

I am hoping that, with your help, I can get Sealey seen far and wide - I just know that somewhere out there is a family for him to call his own - we just need to find them !  After a lot of thought, I have come up with a way to get him seen and shared - I just need a little (OK, a lot) of help !

All I ask of you is a $5 donation to the Older Child grant HERE.

Once you have donated, please then send me a copy of your receipt (you can e-mail to me HERE, or message me on Facebook HERE). 

I will also need your mailing address.

I will then mail you a 10" by 8" laminated photo of Sealey, along with his info on the back.

This is where the fun begins !

Once you have his photo in hand, you can take him out and about and take pictures of you, with Sealey, in various locations. 
You can take your pictures on vacation, in your back yard, at the dinner table, at a local landmark - with you, with your family members, with total strangers - the sky is the limit !!
THEN you can post your Sealey pictures on your own social media, and on Sealey's Facebook page, which you can find HERE.

Once you post your photos, please use #Sealey2017 so we can see them all in one place !

Here are some photos I took of Sealey and his old Reece's Rainbow profile picture, just to give you some ideas.

You will have plenty of time to get your photos taken, as this fundraiser/awareness campaign will run until Sealey's 13th birthday, on October 26th of this year !

Oh - and there will be PRIZES !!
I'm not too sure of the details yet, but I do know that there will be a prize of a $100 donation to the Reece's Rainbow waiting child or adopting family of your choice OR $100 cash !!  This will be awarded to the best overall picture.
I will be working on prizes for other categories (most creative, cutest etc etc) in the next few weeks - please bear with me.

Remember - the aim is to get Sealey seen AND raise $$ for the Older Child grant pool.

Let's find his family for him !!

Once a family finds him,, and he is home with them, I will use all the photos of him that you have taken, and make a book for him, so he and his family will know how much he was loved, even before they found him.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

A Plea for Chad

Here I am again, pleading for help - help to save Chad from a life that none of us can even imagine.  I am stealing the words of someone who knows Chad and knows what life has in store for him if he isn't rescued.  
Please read - please share Chad and please, don't let us lose another child !!

Chad collage 1
Folks, I need you again. Badly. 
I want to literally scream from urgency and desperation. 
For the last month and a half, I have been posting about Chad. However, there's still no hope on the horizon for him... I told you how you did #rescuethedawn
How we now need to #killgoliath
As the days go by and Chad keeps waiting, my breath stops short at the thought of what his fate would be, should he not find his Mama soon. Human imagination is poor when it comes to what the reality would be for this absolutely "wonderfully and fearfully made" child.
 All of the good efforts that went into creating the perfection that Chad is, would now go to waste. 
It is so sad, and so heart wrenching, and so incinerating to watch a child literally run out of days, in front of your very own eyes! 
I don't wish this on my worst enemy; no one deserves such a tragedy. No one should ever end their days in an institution. 
We, humans, are created to live in a family and we belong to communities and society. 
We don't belong to asylums. 
The immigration papers signed by Chad's family should be shipped by next Friday. 
That means that his Mama should ACTUALLY commit to him NOW. 
Are you THE deliverance for him? 
Are YOU his ticket to freedom? 
Are you the one called? 
Chad is a Son. 

We just need to find whose he is. 
Here are some practical aspects: 
(1) Chad has a generous grant of $15 000 through Reece's Rainbow: http://reecesrainbow.org/1130/chad-142 This grant will be sufficient to cover the entire decreased foreign fee, the home study, the immigration fees, the airfare, and then some; 
(2) At least one or the only parent has to be at least 15 years older than Chad and as we all know, he will soon turn 16;
 (3) At least one or the only parent has to be a US citizen; Family must meet USCIS poverty guidelines; Family must immediately start a home study process - good news is we don't need a home study right away, nevertheless, we have to hurry up!!!; 
(4) Family must immediately fill out I-800a and I-800 forms and express ship them to USCIS - package has to be opened there well before April, 09th (I know there is some controversy here but after some brainstorming with Judy at Global, we decided we'd go this route, with both forms, just to be on the safe side); 
(5) Family has to be in an overall good health and have no significant criminal past, if any. 
Family has to never have been deprived of parental rights; 

(6) Interested families can contact Judy Williams at Global, at: maryland@adoptglobal.org and at 410-459-9093; myself, at: toni@dreamadoption.org and at 011-359-888-527-934 or here; and Elizabeth Sherley Graham, here or at: elizabeth.sherley@gmail.com; 
(7) The clock is ticking. We can stop it. 

Please, share, share, share; donate, if you can to Chad's grant at RR; then think, pray, if you are a praying person, and make decisions. 

A precious life is hanging on one side of the rope. Let's do it together, let's find Chad's Mama, let's pluck him from the grip of the dark side and death, let's kill his Goliath called "orphaned for life"!!!

Below you can read his profile, as seen on Reece's Rainbow

Chad was born in 2001, he started looking at objects at the age of 6-7 months old; he started reacting to sounds at the age of 4-5 months old; he started sitting independently at the age of 1 year and 8 months and he walks with support since he’s been 2 years and 6 months. Chad has Down Syndrome; Delays in the neuro-psychical development; Moderate mental delay.
The child considerably lags behind for his age in his physical development. His motions are uncoordinated. The fine motor skills are not mastered. The child walks independently and climbs up stairs with support.  His attention is difficult to attract and to keep. His memory is with limited volume and the memorization is primarily mechanic, with accumulation.  The child reacts with increased anxiety and cry to unfamiliar environments. He participates in group activities with the other children and actively contacts them. He cheers up when contacted by an adult and reacts by uttering sounds of cheer and watching the adult in the eyes. Chad is oriented in the space in the different parts of the day.  He demonstrates bond, cheer, anxiety, and guilt. He calmly observes the children playing. He would play with them and is happy from their contacts. He carries out elementary instructions: “come”, “sit down”, “give me your hand”. The child doesn’t have developed skills for self-help and needs constant support. He can eat independently. He can’t dress or undress but cooperates when changed. He reacts to his name. He is oriented in the daily routine.
He understands the speech of the others when it is simple. He pronounces single sounds by imitation. He is interactive, seeks contact, and demonstrates selectivity and preferences in his interactions with the other children and the personnel. He has expressive facial mimics that he shows his emotions with. He likes to listen to songs, laughs out loud and claps with his hands. He moves in tune with the music and is very mobile and energetic. He attracts the attention of the adults by pulling them or patting them with his hands because he can’t speak. He pronounces separate syllables – “ma”, “ba”, “da”, as well as words with repetitive syllables – “mama”, “baba”.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Who will save Dixon ??

****** UPDATE - THURSDAY MARCH 16TH ******

Sadly, it has been found that Dixon is no longer listed as available for adoption with his country's government.  While it seems it is too late to save Dixon, there are still many many more older children facing the same fate.  
If you are interested in adopting an older, aging out child, please go HERE to see them.

  The child closest to aging out is CHAD - he has mere weeks before he ages out.
Chad collage 1

 Please, see Chad and all of the others, please share them as much as Dixon was shared in the past couple of days, and lets save as many as we can !!

*********** UPDATE - THURSDAY MARCH 16TH ***********

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This post is a plea for help - a plea for someone to step up and literally save a life.

Dixon is almost 16 years old, and has mere days before he ages out and is no longer eligible for adoption.

Dixon has Down Syndrome.

Dixon has never known the love of a family, and never will unless a  major miracle happens in the next 8 days - without a family he will spend the rest of his life in an institution, unloved and alone.

While it isn't possible to complete his adoption by the time he ages out, it IS possible to keep him eligible for adoption - all a family needs to do is file an I-800A before his birthday on March 22nd.  The family doesn't even need to be homestudy ready !!

Dixon is eligible for a $15,000 adoption grant !!!!!!!

Also - if a family steps forward for him by March 22nd, a donor will PAY THE USCIS fees for that family.
There is also a dedicated Family Warrior through Reece's Rainbow who will help the family by sharing their fundraising needs and helping in any way they are able !!

I need every one of you to see Dixon today.

Somewhere out there, someone who one of YOU knows will see Dixon and say "SON".

Maybe that someone is you.
Maybe that someone is a family member, or a friend.
Maybe that someone is a distant relative who you only keep in touch with through social media.
Maybe that someone is a work colleague, who you kind of sort of know, but don't know TOO well, other than posts on Facebook.
Maybe that someone attends your church.
Maybe that someone is a follower of yours on Twitter, or Instagram, or they read your blog.
Maybe that someone goes to school with you, or are the parents of a child your children attend school with.
Maybe that someone is in a Facebook group with you - a group totally unconnected to adoption - maybe a local garage sale group, or one local to your city, or a hobby you enjoy.

How will you ever know - if you don't share Dixon ?
YOU could be the person who shares Dixon and saves Dixon.

Just by hitting the share button on your Facebook page - or copying and pasting the link to this blog, or his profile, onto Twitter - or in another Facebook group - YOU could be instrumental in saving Dixon from life - and probably death - in an institution.

Please, before you do anything else today - please share Dixon.
Share him everywhere you can think of - for I know that his family IS out there - and, between us, we WILL find them before it it too late.

You can share this blog, or just share the link to his profile below - just copy and paste. You can also clock on his name anywhere in this post, and you will be taken directly to his profile at Reece's Rainbow.


Dixon is eligible for a $15,000 adoption grant !!!!!!!

If a family steps forward for him by March 22nd, a donor will PAY THE USCIS fees for that family.
There is also a dedicated Family Warrior through Reece's Rainbow who will help the family by sharing their adoption fundraising needs and helping in any way they are able !!

Thank you.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Siblings for Adoption

Did you know that there are many groups of siblings listed with Reece's Rainbow who are available for adoption ?

Today, I will highlight all of the sibling groups that include an older child (over the age of 10). 
Please take a look at these children - older does NOT mean less worthy !! 

If you click on any name, you will be taken to their profile at Reece's Rainbow, where you can read all that is known about them.
















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23 sets of siblings.
55 children.
All are eligible for an Older Child grant !! 
The Older Child grant is currently being rebuilt - if you would like to donate, please go HERE.

These kids have SO much stacked against them - they are older, have special needs AND want to stay with their brothers and sisters !!
If you have ever thought about adoption - please consider one of these sibling sets.
If not you - then who ??

If you are not in a position to adopt -  please share these children - you can share this post, or pick your favorite sibling set to share.
Please - do SOMETHING.
If not YOU - then who ??

Please, if you are a praying person, pray for these children - do whatever you can to get them seen, to get them found by their family.
If not you, then WHO ?