Things in Kyrgyzstan are continuing to move forward but not without some new challenges for the waiting families. The good news is that the new adoption regulations are complete and they are awaiting the final signature of approval from the Kyrgyz government. That is supposed to occur in the very near future. The bad news is that the families and the agencies are likely going to have to reapply to the program. For the families, it means that they will have to re-do their dossiers and as of now, they will have to make two additional trips to Kyrgyzstan in order to complete their adoptions. As you can imagine, none of the above takes place quickly and none of the above is cheap. The additional expenses are absolutely going to impact many of the waiting families, making Altynai's Fund all the more important. As already so nicely stated on my dear friend Kim's blog, several of these families have already spent thousands of dollars to travel countless times to Washington, DC, New York and Kyrgyzstan to meet with Members of Congress, Department of State officials, Kyrgyz officials and adoption advocacy organization to advocate for these children. Their children are literally wasting away physically, mentally and emotionally in overcrowded orphanages and many have special needs, just like Altynai. They desperately need to have their adoptions completed and I hope that Altynai's fund will help. The fund raising is on going so if you have not had the chance to donate yet, please consider it. Any donation, small or large would be greatly appreciated. $10- $20 donations can add up quick. $2000 is fabulous but I have a long way to go. If you are new to the blog, please read my post from August 16th. It explains Altynai's story and fund in detail. Donations are easy to make. Just look on the right side of this post.
Thanks again to everyone that has made donations, shared the blog with a friend or family member or said some prayers for the waiting families and children. There is a lot of work to be done and I will take all the help I can get!