Bring Olga Home

Dear friends and family,

  We are the Kalyuzhnyy family: Yuriy, Yelena, Mariya, Sophia, Annie, Elizabeth and Alexander. Originally from Ukraine we have been living in the United States for 19 years now.
   We were never a family that considered adoption, I mean five kids already were a lot of work but it seemed God had other plans. In August of 2016 I had been praying one day about ministry and how I could best serve God in my ability. I was impressed to learn more about the orphans of our home country. After much research I came across photos of many mentally and physically disabled orphaned children. In many eastern European countries children who are born with disabilities get left behind at the hospitals. Many parents in these countries cannot afford to take care of the child and their disability as many need so much medical attention and different kinds of therapy. Parents are forced to quit their jobs to be able to care for their child who need so much attention and care. Doctors encourage parents just to give them up. Before the age of 5 the children are kept in slightly nicer orphanages with more care but still without the love and nurturing that all children deserve. After the age of 5 they are given up to institutions. The harsh reality is that the institutions where these special needs children end up are underfunded. Not enough employees are staffed, children do not get enough attention, stimulation or enough to eat. Most of them are used to being hungry, they are being abused and neglected. There are endless halls of metal cribs.. even children who are mobile get tied down in these cribs so they cannot climb out of their beds. Imagine being confined to your bed your entire life with never getting embraced in loving arms or experiencing other’s kindness. This is not living, this is a slow, painful and lonely death.  Below we have link to a video that shows the reality of what I have just described. Disabled orphans do not have a voice, they cannot defend themselves or stand up for themselves.. Many children have potential to be capable of developing further mentally and physically if just given social interaction. In September 2016 ,God led us to a beautiful little seven year old girl, Olga. I never dreamed that God would actually put adoption on my heart. Sharing this with my husband he immedietly supported the idea because he himself always thought about adopting.  We are now in process of adopting a beautiful girl with cerebral palsy, microcephaly and other diagnoses, she was abandoned because of her condition. She has been through so much.. but she will never be alone again! Every child has a value and deserves a family. Help us bring our daughter home. 

After more then one year of paper work, adoption classes, home study process, dossier preparation, etcetera....

We were finally registered as adoptive candidates on February 8. The Department of Adoption and Protection of the rights of the child in Ukraine has given us a date to arrive in Ukraine for February 21. 

 Now we have urgent need for prayers and financial support as we believe we are following God's calling on our lives as scripture says to provide for the orphans and widows. James 1:27

 Usually the total expenses of the adoption process add up to be around $25,000-$30,000

* Homestudy: $2500+.
* Translation fee: $500
* Stateside assistance fee: $400
* Misc: $1000+ medical evaluations, background checks, passports, notary, apostille services, mailing fees, etc.
* $2800+ Hague agency fee
While the United States expenses above have been paid, the total expenses in Ukraine will add up to be around $16,000. We have two upcoming trips to Ukraine to complete this process and bring Olga home.


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Yelena Kalyuzhnaya 
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