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Ukraine Adoption

Ukraine Adoption is told in this touching International Adoption Tale about Vitaly.


Ukraine Adoption: Born from the Heart

Day Four: "Train and Lugansk Day" 7:30a.m.-Train to LuganskSo far, this train ride has been okay. We have heard horror stories about the restrooms and overall conditions in general of the trains. But, personally, I have slept in worse places. Our compartment has two bench seats, which convert to beds, a table, and a TV. Of course, they only show American films dubbed in Russian. So, Larry and I read and sleep. Looking out the window is very interesting. The landscape and villages are a scene right out of an old soviet photo. There are very small villages with people leading goats and cows. Everyone seems very busy walking, riding bikes, or doing chores. The villages seem so remote, I wonder where they could be going. Most of the homes are very run-down, yet they paint them in vivid colors. It is fascinating.

1:00p.m.- Lugansk
We arrive in Lugansk. Dima meets us at the train station. He has driven over night in his Blazer. Our bags are so heavy, it takes three trips to unload them from the train. Dima says we will not be able to go to the orphanage today. We decide to check into the "best" hotel in the region. It has hot water and heat, unlike the one Masha stays in. We are lucky to meet another family in IUAFN- Rob, Sue, and Noah Corrigan. What a relief, I am so glad they are here with us. They are adopting a two year old boy and will be in court by Thursday.

We all meet at the Internet Cafe across the street from the hotel. Now, we have something to do when we are bored. It costs 4.5gryvnas for an hour (@5 gs=1$).
We decide to go to a restaurant in town for dinner. We of course are the only Americans, but they have an English menu. So, we point to what we want, but the waitress cannot read English! I order some chicken with brown gravy, and mashed potatoes. Larry has chicken soup, Schnitzel and potatoes. The Corrigan's have a type of ravioli and pork. It is all good and we talk about the children we might see at the orphanage. They tell us of a cute red head boy with green eyes available for adoption. He is one of the pictures we were shown at the AC! It is cold, but we walk back to the hotel.

Day Five: "A Terrrible Day" 5:00a.m.-Lugansk Hotel
I am not able to sleep. My mind is racing in anticipation of going to the orphanage. I get up and rearrange the suitcases and look over some notes. Larry awakes around 8 and we go to breakfast in the hotel disco. We are served salami/cheese/slaw and bread. The butter slices looks like cheese (which I mistake them for) and I take a huge bite. Larry thinks this is hilarious. Next, we are served mashed potatoes with an egg and beets on top with sausage. Desert is wedding cake!

Noon: Lugansk
We are leaving for the orphanage in two cars. The Corrigan's are going to visit their new son Andy. We are going to FIND our son. Our translator Masha has to stay in Lugansk to fix some paperwork fot the Corrigan's. We are traveling with the Corrigan's translator- Yman. This does not make me happy. I want to be with Masha. It takes about 45 minutes to get to the orphanage, which is in the middle of nowhere. As we pull up, I see a group of children bundled up and outside. Larry and I smile. We are getting very anxious to see the children. We wait in a hall for about 30 minutes, and then, we are brought into a bleak office with a desk and two chairs. The head doctor comes in and barely glances at us. She seems very rude and asks Yman why we are there. She says there are no babies, only two years and older. We say okay, and she tells the nurse to bring in the first child. We know right away he is very sick and cannot stand. He is about three and when he sees us he screams and bangs his head on the wall repeatly. We are not prepared for this and don't know what to do. They say he has CP and many other conditions. We know he is not our son. We feel bad, but, we know they will often show the sickest children first. The next child is older then three. He cannot stand/walk. They say he also has CP. I am beginning to get worried and a bit upset. The doctor is glaring at us and Yman asks if we want to see him longer. We try to explain, we have come to see the children we were shown in the AC. We say we would like to see children with minor correctable conditions or less severe maladies. The doctor shakes her head and leaves the room. She tell Yman there are none available. Yman tells us there are two more boys, but they are very ill. This completely upsets me, and I break down and begin to cry. Then, Yman says "That is all, then" I am crying and ask "What about the three boys we saw at the AC?" He shrugs and states "This is all they have." I am a wreck. Larry and I run outside. The Corrigan's also run outside and cannot believe we have not been shown any of the AC children, including the red headed boy. Masha and Dima finally show up. He demands we go back into the orphanage to see another boy. The doctor says he is very ill. I want to leave the orphanage and say "Let's just go." But, they make me sit and I am crying. The doctor states "He is 2.5 and his mom drank a lot!" (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) He is the size of a three month old and cannot even hold up his head. Everyone is looking at me and I tell Masha he is to ill and I want to leave. I am very upset for the children, and how I hate to turn them down, but I know they are not my son. We all leave the orphanage.

3:00 p.m.
We are still sitting in a cold blazer. We are waiting to hear from the AC. We are also waiting for the Corrigan's to finish court. Dima answers the phone. There is alot of screaming. Masha is looking worried. I ask her "What has happened?" She says the AC wants us to go back to the orphanage. Thay think we have been shown the boys we saw in the pictures. I explain again, we were not shown them. I start to cry. About 45 minutes later the AC calls back. We are allowed to go to the baby house in Maripol. There should be three quite healthy baby boys under two. YEAH!

6:00 p.m. Lugansk
There are no trains to Maripol. So we hire a driver (50 dollars) for the three hour drive. We decide to leave in the a.m. We spend our last evening in Lugansk with the Corrigan's (who were successful in court) and Masha. Dima has gone ahead without us. We drink some good beer and eat undercooked chicken. We are asleep by ten. I am able to sleep for eight hours for the first time in a week. I dream of the boys we were shown in the orphanage.


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