Help us rescue Evan from the orphanage!

$13,901 of $35k goal

Raised by 172 people in 37 months
Christie Duty Orta  POOLER, GA
We are Christe, Raymundo, and Laura Orta. For the past 7 years we have been content to be a family of 3. However, recently, God placed a mission on our hearts that we are unable to avoid :-)

Meet Evan! He is a 2 year old little boy who lives in Eastern Europe. His parents abandoned him at 1-month old because he has Down Syndrome. Each day since he has been lying a crib with no hope for a future, no one to hold him, no one to call him their own.

We recently became aware of the conditions that children with disabilities face in certain countries...life behind crib bars, no medical care, diapers changed and fed broth maybe once a day, never held or taken outside. We learned that these children waste away in these orphanages until they are 5 years old and then they are transferred to an adult institution where they may live to see their 6th birthday. Most children die within a year of being institutionalized.

Some people ask us why we want to travel half way around the world to adopt a child when there are many here in the US who need a home....the answer is simple...this is where God is sending us. There are no country borders when it comes to love and acceptance. A child in need is a child in need, no matter what country they may have been born into. (Also, just for FYI purposes...we have tried twice to go through our local social services and were met with roadblock after roadblock)

We fell in love with Evan the moment we saw his sweet face on Reece's Rainbow (a site that helps to advocate and raise $$ for the adoption of children in need). Since then we have been on a mission to raise enough money to be able to break him free of a life of hopelessness and bring him home to be a part of our family. In our eyes, he is our son.

The total estimated cost to complete Evan's adoption is about $35,000. So far we have raised almost $7000. We need your help! We have a loving home where we will be able to love, care, and raise him. We have medical insurance to cover his health care and therapies once the adoption is final. Christie is an Early Childhood Special Education teacher and has many years of experience working with children with disabilities (including Down Syndrome). What we don't have is $35,000 in our back pocket to pull out to make this adoption possible.

Please do some research for yourself and see how children are being treated half a world away. Maybe you are not in a position to adopt a child yourself...but maybe you are in a position to help a child find a home. Maybe you are in a position to give $5 or maybe $50 or maybe more. 100% of donations received will go toward Evan's adoption. If, God willing, we raise more than we need for Evan's adoption, the remaining money will be donated to another family in our position...another family in the position to adopt but just needs a helping hand to get there.


We thank you from the bottom of our heart for anything that you would be willing to contribute...even if you are only able to share our story with your friends and family. No child deserves to live a life this way...all children deserve hope and a loving family. God Bless!

Please check out Evan's page on Reece's Rainbow to see his sweet face http://reecesrainbow.org/66637/evan
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Update 13
Posted by Christie Orta
11 months ago
We found out yesterday that our court date is January 19th! Hooray!! Finally!!! After 27 LONG months we are finally at the end of our journey and I can't thank all of you enough! Evan will finally have a family of his very own because of the generosity of so many people around the world. I can't wait to share with you all our first official family photo...in 21 days!!!
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Update 12
Posted by Christie Orta
12 months ago
We.Are.Almost.There!!! It's been a LOOOOONG 25 months but we are almost there!!! We are hoping to be able to travel in January to pick up that sweet boy! We only need about $5000 remaining to be fully funded (of the $38,000 total cost). We traveled in July to meet him and it has been AGONY the past 5 months waiting on all of the final approvals to finally get that court date!! Thank you again to everyone who has donated, prayed, listened, advocated, shared, etc etc etc. God has really shown Himself through the kindness of friends and strangers and we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts!
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Update 11
Posted by Christie Orta
18 months ago
We made the front page of the Savannah Morning news for Mother's Day!! We hope to be able to travel any day now for our first trip and are still short $5000. Thank you so much to EVERYONE who has donated their time, money, and prayers. Please continue to spread the word about our need and our progress. Thank you <3
http://savannahnow.com/news/2015-05-09/mothers-calling-savannah-family-nears-end-journey-adopt-special-needs-child
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Update 10
Posted by Christie Orta
27 months ago
This month Evan will turn 3 years old. For his birthday I would like to ask everyone to give him the gift of life and a family...it will only cost $5 and a share. As always thank you from the bottom of my heart! His adoption will cost us more than I make in a year...and none if this could be possible without the love and support of our family, friends, and community <3
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Jonna Shamwana
11 months ago

Fatima, GoFundMe is a legimate fundraising site with millions of users. Your card details are fully encrypted and protected here. The cause is also genuine, I personally know Christine (the mum) and have known about Evan even before they committed to adopting him. This is a genuine cause and a deserving family. I would not have put an appeal on my blog otherwise. I hope this reassures you.

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Fatima Zohra
11 months ago

I would like to donate, how can I be sure that it is genuine and secure? there are so many different types of Spam mails everyday that I hesitate to put my card details. Have you got a bank account I can transfer some money to for Evan?

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Iyisha Oden
36 months ago

I have nothing to donate but I have been sharing this all over the place I hope u guys get all the money needed as fast as possible and have your little guy in your arms where he belongs soon .

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$13,901 of $35k goal

Raised by 172 people in 37 months
Created October 21, 2013
Christie Duty Orta  
BK
$5
brooke kelly
36 months ago

God bless you and your family! We hope Evan gets home soon!

$5
Anonymous
35 months ago
$5
Anonymous
36 months ago
KM
$5
Kendall Martin
36 months ago
LM
$5
Lorie McClure
36 months ago

I don't have a job right now but every little bit helps. I send all my love to Evan and your beautiful family. Love, Lorie

JW
$5
Jennifer & Donnel Williams
36 months ago
BP
$5
Beth Pearson
37 months ago
RM
$5
Rick McNall
18 months ago

I know my donation isn't much but I hope you reach your goal in the end. Get that boy over here!

CP
$5
carolyn pistellato
37 months ago

Truly hope u suceed with the adoption best wishes from the UK

TS
$5
Thomas Sears
35 months ago
Jonna Shamwana
11 months ago

Fatima, GoFundMe is a legimate fundraising site with millions of users. Your card details are fully encrypted and protected here. The cause is also genuine, I personally know Christine (the mum) and have known about Evan even before they committed to adopting him. This is a genuine cause and a deserving family. I would not have put an appeal on my blog otherwise. I hope this reassures you.

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Fatima Zohra
11 months ago

I would like to donate, how can I be sure that it is genuine and secure? there are so many different types of Spam mails everyday that I hesitate to put my card details. Have you got a bank account I can transfer some money to for Evan?

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Iyisha Oden
36 months ago

I have nothing to donate but I have been sharing this all over the place I hope u guys get all the money needed as fast as possible and have your little guy in your arms where he belongs soon .

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