Adopting Vladik

Adopting Vladik.

I will not leave you as orphans. I will come to you.  John 14:18

Vladimir is a 15 years old boy who never met his mom and dad. He was raised in the orphanage in Ukraine in the city of Khmeknytsky. This summer he came to U.S. through a wonderful program called HostUkraine. For more info go to
Within one week of his arrival the family who brought him to U.S. decided he was not the right child for their family. Vlad was destined to go back to Ukraine unless there was another family who would take him. At the age of 16, kids are  placed out of the orphanage and forced into a trade school. If they don't do well in school they are dismissed to the streets.  Statistically, 90% of the boys end up in jail for theft or other crimes. These kids are not given a fair chance at life.  George and I learned about Vlad, through my cousin Yelena Dolinskiy and her husband, Arthur, who are hosting a brother and a sister through the same program. Our hearts were touched to help this young boy and give him a home, education, a future here, and possibly for eternity. 
Vlad's adoption expenses are rising fast. We are in a time crunch to act fast because he is turning 16 soon and he will age out of adoption opportunity. We need to come up with $25,000 in a short period of time.  We will also have to take time off work to travel to Ukraine for appointments and court dates related to adoption at 3 different times. Friend, if God is touching your heart to contribute in helping this orphan child become our son, we welcome your help. Your gift, no matter how big or small, will make a difference.


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Helen Ionashku 
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