I didn’t get that memo

The news from Eastern Europe was not good. Our facilitator there and the IAC went at it again over Irina, and allowing her to be adopted by older parents. We learned a few things from their interchange. The Minister is really not child-friendly, and is more concerned about the their pride then about the children. Sad, but seems to be true. There is a bigger push to hide the children with special needs, and refer much healthier children than some people request. Many people are interested in adopting children with specific special needs, and those requests aren’t always honored. Maybe they already have a child with Down’s Syndrome and want to adopt another child with DS. Many times those requests are being ignored. The Minister feels Irina’s special needs are quite severe. I’m not sure where that information is coming from. American doctors feel Irina has a chance at a good life IF someone gets her out of there in time. No one truly knows what her needs are because no one has ever held her, picked her up, talked to her, or interacted with her. I doubt she acts much older than a 3 month old baby since she’s been left in an iron crib for 2 1/2 years now. There was hope the ministry would add her after this past meeting, but it just seems to get uglier. I don’t know what God has planned for Irina. I wish I knew. I hope He is as incensed as I am over the minister’s remark, “People over 50 are incapable of playing with a child.” I guess I never got that memo…