Posted on December 18, 2016
Posted on December 18, 2016Thank you all so much for the outpouring of support we have received over the last couple days. Your kind words and generosity fill us with gratitude and inspiration.
A few months ago the children in my class created posters of quotes about children, many of them from the writings of Dr. Maria Montessori. One in particular, which hangs in the hallway right outside my classroom, always makes me think of Kailane --
"Free the child's potential, and you will transform him (her) into the world."
If you've read about the adoption you know about the extreme poverty in the suburb of Salvador, Brazil where Kailane lives, but perhaps we haven't thoroughly conveyed the immediate danger that she's in. Over the past year and a half or so, with the Brazilian economy in the midst of a recession, the neighborhood where she lives has become increasingly more violent and abusive. Much of this violence/abuse is directed toward women and girls. Without getting into specifics, she has had to deal with the threat of sexual predators in her neighborhood that the local police refuse to deal with. We'd like you to know that this isn't only about us wanting to adopt Kailane because of how much we love her and want to give her a better life. That is truth.... but what is crucial right now is that she is living in an environment in which the majority of young women become caught up in a violent, repressive cycle of poverty and hopelessness. She needs your help now....anything....if all you can afford to give is $5 then please give $5. I ain't too proud to beg when it comes to children. Kailane💚❤
Posted on December 3, 2016
Posted on December 3, 2016This morning we passed the $1,000 mark! If everyone chips in a little we can reach our goal before the new year! Please share as much as you can. More shares = more donations. We're currently only waiting on the judge in Brazil to give the final okay (could be any day) but we won't be able to bring Kailane home with us until we have the final payment. If everyone pitches in as much as they're able she could be here with us in the next few months.
Posted on November 30, 2016
Posted on November 30, 2016These photos were taken this past summer when we traveled to Brazil to visit Taiala's family. It had been two years since we had last seen Kailane and she was overwhelmed with joy for our arrival and getting to meet her new cousin Daví. They got to know each other very well over the weeks we spent together and Kailane is even more excited than ever now about coming to live with us as the newest addition to our growing family.