From one of Tesney's friends in the "Saving Kirill" facebook group.
Feel free to use this write-up to share with others:
My friend, Tesney, lives in Alabama, and she and her family have been on a looooong journey to adopt a boy with Down Syndrome named Kirill in Russia. Last week they appeared before a judge to receive her decision about whether or not they could bring Kirill home. 5 HOURS of testimony on their behalf later, the judge agreed that they were a great family and would have been happy to let them adopt. BUT not Kirill. Her reason? She believed he is "socially unadaptable" because of his "medical condition" and that he would be better off in an orphanage than with a family. Tesney and her family were heartbroken.
But they haven't given up. Now they're fighting with an appeal but need all the help they can get. We're trying to spread their story to as many people as possible. They are not the only family who is trying to adopt children with special needs in this region -- but they are the first. This decision will affect other families who want to give these children a loving home and a chance at a full life!
Here is a link to Tesney's story in her own words:
And here is a video of Tesney and Kirill -- do you call this socially unadaptable???
What can you do?
1) PRAY -- God is powerful and He can do anything!!!!!!!!!
2) Join the "Saving Kirill" group on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/home.php?sk=group_160513784005050&ap=1
3) Share the link to their story on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, discussion boards -- anywhere! We are trying to get the word out so that the media picks it up!
4) If you have any political or media connections, please forward this story on to them.
Our Eyes Opened: Kirill's Story
"Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows what we know, and holds us responsible to act." Prov. 24:12