Thursday, March 24, 2011

Kirill's Story


For those of you just joining our family's journey to adopt Kirill, I thought it might be helpful to have a summary so you don't have to go back and read this entire blog. That could take a long time since we started our adoption almost two years ago.

Two years ago; that was when Greg and I began praying for God to do whatever he wanted with our lives. We handed him a “blank check” so to speak, and told him to cash it. He opened our eyes to children with disabilities wasting away across the ocean in Eastern Europe. We joined God and started our adoption journey.

Our family is more than equipped to handle a child with special needs. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education. I am a member of the Board of Directors of Best Buddies of Alabama. I have volunteered for RISE and Eagles’ Wings. All of these organizations serve individuals with special needs. My husband I have close friends and family who have special needs and we are a big part of each other’s lives. Our wedding party included some of these special people. Our involvement with individuals with special needs led us to adopt a child with special needs; specifically, we chose Down Syndrome.

As we prayed over the faces of thousands of orphaned children with Down Syndrome, we ultimately chose a little boy named Sergey from Russia. Eight months later, as we neared the finish line of our adoption, one of Sergey’s family members in Russia stepped forward to adopt him. We were heartbroken for our loss, but God showed us that we were following him, and his ways are perfect. We knew we still wanted to adopt, so the way we saw it, two children would find homes because of our journey…Sergey went to his family and now we would choose another child to come into our family. We took great comfort in knowing that God could see this when we first committed to Sergey! We were honored to be a part of his plan.

Shortly after losing Sergey, we received a new referral with a grainy photo of a four-year-old blond-haired boy wearing pink glasses named Kirill. We were instantly in love with him. We had to re-file a lot of our paperwork because of the change in referrals and regions of Russia, but we were fast and we thought we were looking at three more months at the most until we would have Kirill home.

That was well over a year ago.

Since then so many things have happened. A tragic story of an adoptive mother sending her child back to his country alone on a plane with a note pinned to his shirt rocked our world…he was from Russia. Adoptions in Russia came to a screeching halt. Kirill’s region stopped processing adoptions for eight long months. The judge refused to accept any Amercian adoption cases until an official treaty was signed between the United States and Russia.

Even though we wouldn’t be able to finalize the adoption in court until the treaty was signed, we were allowed to go visit Kirill and sign our official petition to adopt him in August 2010. We fell more deeply in love with him. This was our son.

During that time, we found out that Kirill is the first child from his region EVER to be adopted with Down Syndrome. A birth mother keeping her child with Down Syndrome is unheard of in this area of the world. Adoptions of children with Down Syndrome just don’t happen there, these children are literally hidden away from society in orphanages and mental institutions. As our process continued, it became apparent that Kirill would be a pioneer. If our adoption was approved, it would pave the way for other children with special needs to be adopted from this region.

Then, a miracle happened around Christmas and the judge in this region suddenly changed her mind and began processing American adoptions again. We were elated.  Could this be the light at the end of a very long tunnel? I was somewhat nervous about Kirill being the first child adopted with Down Syndrome from his region, but our agency was very confident that if we got a court date, our adoption would be approved. In seventeen years, they had never had a case rejected IF the family was issued a court date. We were told not to worry, so I didn’t. After meeting the judge’s requests for several supporting court documents, we were finally granted a court date-March 17, 2011. St. Patrick’s Day…I was thrilled. This would be our new favorite holiday! Our son was coming home!

Our other son, Clayton, who had just turned three when we started this adoption process, has prayed fervently for his brother. He is now almost five. When we told him Kirill was coming home, oh my…we had an excited big brother on our hands! At one point he even went to his room, dumped out his toy cars and divided them into two stacks…one for him and one for Kirill. He will not even speak of having separate bedrooms. He wants Kirill to sleep in the same room as him and has been sleeping with a stuffed animal he is planning to give to Kirill.

Last week, as we sat in the courtroom and suffered through five agonizing hours of difficult questioning, we were not prepared for anything but an approval of our case. Two doctors, two social workers, and the Minister of Children’s Services all made very strong statements on our behalf. They spoke strongly on our behalf.

But when the ruling was read, the judge said, “Your application to adopt is rejected.” The basis given was that Kirill was “not socially adaptable” due to his “medical condition” and he was better off in an institution than in a home with a family. As the judge read her ruling, she stated several times that we were a good family, that we met all the criteria to adopt a child, but that she would not approve our adoption because Kirill has Down Syndrome and he could not socially adapt to being adopted. She told us that we could adopt another child, because legally our application had no problems according to Russian adoption law. The ruling stated she would approve our adoption for a “typical” child, but not this child. The ruling also stated that he would be better served in a mental institution than in our home; an institution that does the best it can with what it has, but that has one caregiver for every 13 children, all of which have intellectual disabilities. Even though we were approved by our home study and by the USCIS to adopt a child with special needs. Even though we have so much personal experience with children with special needs AND the resources, knowledge, and community support to provide him with the therapies that he will need (and could never get in an institution) to grow and develop at his maximum potential. Even though we had two doctors (from his current and previous orphanages), two social workers (one from the region and one from the orphanage), and the Minister of Children's Services testify that Kirill would be better off in our home than he was in an institution.

It was like a terrible dream. We were so unprepared for this outcome. As we left the courthouse in a mental fog, the doctors and social workers that had testified on our behalf came to us and said, “If you appeal, we will speak again for you. Appeal this decision. Kirill belongs with your family.” Of course we were going to appeal…I could no more walk away from our biological son, Clayton, at this point. Kirill is just as much my son. WE LOVE HIM. It is absolutely heartbreaking to think about having to explain to Clayton that Kirill may not be coming home. I cry everytime I think about it. He loves his brother so much already.

So here we are, asking God to move the mountain that is standing between Kirill and us as we appeal to the Supreme Court in Moscow. Please pray with us and for us. 


205 comments:

  1. I'm praying for your family Tesney! And most especially for sweet Kirill. I re-posted this post in my blog.
    http://whitney-armywife.blogspot.com/2011/03/please-pray-for-kirill.html

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  2. Praying for your beautiful precious family and you sweet baby boy!!!!!

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  3. I wonder if she was to read our blog about the transformation that has happened with our little G at 4.5 years of age. NO language.... the list goes on and on. If she could read about the change adoption has made for our little one and countless other little ones adopted out of orphanages with down syndrome? We have a google translator on our blog. Would it help? We too were stuck in a loophole during our adoption. What shouldve taken 3 months took two years. God DID move mountains. I am so sorry for the emotional roller coster you are going through. God has a plan dear friend. Hold tight!!!!

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  4. I shared the link to your blog on my facebook earlier today and will repost this again. My word. My heart is breaking for you and poor sweet Kirill - but He knows and He has a plan. He is mighty to save! I will also continue to pray!!!!

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  5. I WILL PRAY! I am a special ed teacher and know that this precious boy can have a full and wonderful life that will bring God much glory. Don't grow weary!

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  6. We are praying for you! We have never met but we live in Northport and hope to be on the adoption journey in the next 2 years. I can not imagine the many different emotions you have gone through in the last several months. God's plan is perfect and I am praying HARD!

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  7. my husband and i are praying for your family. we don't know you but i saw your blog on a friend's facebook. i don't know how we can help but i'm a professional photographer and can fly to russia any time to do a photo story on your son. contact me if you're interested. whitrunyon@gmail.com

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  8. Another famous Kirill (Cyrill) was a missionary to the slavic people in the 9th century. The people did not have a written language so Cyrill gave them an alphabet (the cyrillic) and then gave them the word of God, the Bible.
    I pray that your Kirill will also leave such a legacy! :)

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  9. PRAYING`SHARING`POSTING...., Dear God in heaven...please please please help this family, this beautiful little boy, fearfully and wonderfully made...!

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  10. Please know that myself, my family, & friends are praying for you. My heart breaks for you & this precious little boy.

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  11. Praying that God would touch this judge's heart.

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  12. Sooo sad... If i had the money i would fly to Russia with you with my beautiful and ooo so incredibly smart 3 year old daughter and SHOW them why these children deserve wonderful loving homes! With people who care and nurture their learning in a safe environment there is no end to how incredible our children can be! Raven currently signs about 200 words speaks about 40 and thats just expressive... her receptive language is off the charts!!! (no seriously she is further ahead then most peers in receptive language!!) ... you want us to fly with you ... you let me know!!! i have taken 2 years of Russian and though i really dont know much i know more than most americans. feel free to add me on facebook Sara Grace Powers. good luck with your appeal and Prayers! God does see the greatness in your family. Everything happens for a reason and though it is unclear now... hopefully one day your family INCLUDING Kirill will look back on this and know why his planned course was so trying.

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  13. Praying....and Praying for all of these children everywhere and that you Bring Your Son Home.

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  14. I have followed your journey off an on for the last year as we have been in the middle of our own adoption. My heart breaks for you at this mountain and am praying with you that God crumbles this mountain in BIG ways. May you feel his peace and hear his voice of comfort as you wait and fight this ruling.

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  15. I will commit to praying for your precious family. Please know you are surrounded by many who are praying and supporting you, don't stop.

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  16. I came to this post through another friends blog. Your story has touched my heart and your family will be in our prayers. My husband and I just returned from Russia with our son a few short weeks ago. While our circumstances are not quite the same as yours the thought of any judge denying a child the opportunity to have a forever family pains me. EVERY child no matter race, gender, age, needs, etc. deserves a family and to know what it feels like to be loved. I hope that God will work on this judges heart and he/she will come to realize that love knows no boundaries. Praying that God will also continue to give you and sweet Kirill strength!!!!!

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  17. I wanted to let y'all know I have put your family and situation in my church's prayer circle. For the next 30 days, you will all receive focused, dedicated prayer 24/7.

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  18. I am praying hard and I know countless others are praying, too!!

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  19. Praying for you all many times a day!!!! I posted your story on my blog!

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  20. We are praying for you and Kirill!! May our Almighty God change this judge's heart & remove all obstacles so that you may bring your son home. May God use your story to spark a fire of passion for these special children and their waiting families.

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  21. There is something tragically wrong with a society that would allow any child to be "warehoused" rather than become a cherished part of a loving family. He is a special boy and he deserves a special family to call his own. Prayers for you and your family - may God touch the hearts of those with the final say.

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  22. About 100 teens in our youth group heard about Kirill a couple of weeks ago at church. we have been praying for and your family is in our thoughts.

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  23. My husband and I adopted a baby girl in l992. We had been married for 3 months and were approached by a social worker who asked if we were interested in a newborn. She was 3 weeks old and still in the hospita nursery and was "unadoptable". She was born with CMV - a virus that she got from her birth mother, that crosses the placental barrier and attacks the developing central nervous system of the developing fetus. We were told she would not live 1 year. Mary Elizabeth is 18 years old, deaf, blind, has cerebral palsy, seizures, is non-verbal and totally dependent on us for all of her care. She is the joy of our family and everyone who needs her. God brought us together to form a family. We will pray that God will work this our for your family also. In His Love, Linda Moran
    lz2lm@bellsouth.net

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  24. Tesney, I have some great contacts in Russian National television ( theyve done several stories on our struggle to adopt my daughter's sister, over the years). If you would allow contact from them, email me at kericahill34(at)gmail(dot)com.

    These are only VERY reputable producers/jounalists. One is VERY pro-adoption and would probably be vERY happy to cover this,. if it would help. In my own experience, media attention was helpful.

    My every prayer is with you.

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  25. Praying for you and Kirill and all the other beautiful children and families. God's grace.

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  26. this is not remotely fair keep fighting i wish that in 2011 we people with disabilties
    would not be viewed as second class citizens. Keep fighting for your son he needs u hang in there

    AX from California

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  27. I'm as heartbroken reading this sad story as I have ever been. Its so cruel to deny that beautiful little boy a loving family just because he was born with Downs. Downs is no big thing. A downs child or adult has more love in their hearts than most. They are just as intelligent, they just have a harder time expressing it into words. I pray for you all.

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  28. Just wanted you to know that I am praying for you and sharing your story on my FB page and blog! Stand strong...for Kirill and all those still waiting in Russia!

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  29. I'm praying as well. Have you tried the US Embassy? What about your US Senators and Congresspeople? Governor? Any other contacts there may be--missionaries, etc.? Sometimes that helps. What about relief agencies from the US?

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  30. My thoughts are with you!! I'm appalled at the refusal and hope that the right thing happens very soon for Kirill....that he comes home with his family.

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  31. I "just happened" to read something in my Bible this morning that gave me great hope. In Deuteronomy, of all places. I have to admit that I usually prefer to read other books of the Bible, but there it was on my reading plan, so...
    God reminded me that, "He is the defender of the fatherless." (Deut. 10:18) Now, I have read that before, but this morning it jolted me into renewed prayer for Kirill and the two little ones whose cases are soon to come up before the same court. God himself is their defender! And here is one more...."But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless." (Psalm 10: 14). He is Kirill's helper and defender!

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  32. how can we help?

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  33. Tesney,

    I'm the news director at the NPR (public radio) station in Birmingham. Someone posted your story to our Facebook page and suggested your story would make an interesting radio story. I agree. Can you email me at tanya@wbhm.org so we can connect about a possible story?

    Thanks,
    Tanya

    www.necessarypleasures.blogspot.com

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  34. Praying for you and your family.

    Claiming that by His power he comes home to you.

    "Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit," says the Lord...."
    Zech 4:6

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  36. Posted the story on my Down's Syndrome and Congenital Heart Disease Information and Support page on Facebook on Tuesday, but I've just posted your blog on my personal profile and asked our global DS community to show their support and bolster your strength.

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  37. Praying Gods hand will work swiftly in this situation. Lord use this to bring glory and honor to you!!! Hear our cry. Praying each of you.

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  38. I just posted it on my Facebook I have a child with DS he is 5 but I have a question for you every time a see a blog for a adoption for a child with DS they get the support from the National Down Syndrome Association I don't know how that happens but it goes on your blog page to get the support and the connections from the DS community. Just and idea if you can do that.

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  39. Praying for you and your sweet boy.

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  40. Praying for your family, please know that we are behind you all the way. We will continue to pray!!

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  41. I just read your post and cried my heart out while I prayed for so many things. Stregnth for you and your family to hold fast to the Lord while he works his magic. Prayers for the judge to see the error in her ways, that ALL children are the light of the world and that if you have the qualifications and the love for precious Kirill, he should be allowed to come home and be loved. Everyone deserves love and while I do not have a downs child, the ones I have met are so loving and have so much to offer the world when given the chance. I am praying hard that your son will be home and living a happy life soon. Keep the faith. God will provide!! God bless and keep you. I have to believe Kirill will be home soon. He just has to.

    In His Love,

    Kath

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  42. Praying for you!

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  43. Tesney- I posted this on my blog today. Please know that there are more people and communities than you can imagine praying HARD for Kirill to come home.

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  44. Please call me I may have some information for you.. that can lead to victory.. Luke 18:27 7069839149 Anne

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  45. It's on our blog. So many are loving you through this and lifting you all up in prayer...

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  46. As the parent of two adopted children, one (technically) w/special needs, AND the aunt to an amazing little boy who happens to have Down Syndrome, my heart and prayers are with you!! Please don't give up on Kirill. You not only have the chance to change his life, but to change the world. What a blessing!!

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  47. God can change her mind or his? Luke 18:27 what is impossible for man is Possible for God. I have met alot of people who had very diffiicult adoptions who have went threw Irina Orear and they have went threw please have them call me or hav...e them call her Immediately she can help she is leaving in April to go back over there. Please tell them not to give up some worth having is worth the fight.. A lady who used Irina told me what they went threw to get her two from Russia she lost 12,000 and 5,000 before she found Irina and she said it was worth every dime to have what she has today.. God told her there was going to be 3 things involved blood sweat and tears. The blood that Jesus shed for us, Sweat was the work they was having to go threw, and the tears of what she shed. Amazing story they are calling Irina the Modern Day Moses. Dont loose heart and dont give up where GOd leads God will provide..
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  48. Have you thought about contacting Human Rights Watch? They were the ones that I was telling you about yesterday who did the report on my son's orphanage. They might be willing to help!

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  49. I shared your blog on FB as well. I will keep you in my prayers that sweet Kirill will be allowed join your family. Keep the faith & best of luck!

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  50. More thoughts as I read this you must get your representatives involved go to the Pentagon. I may have a way to get contact not sure but start praying for Kingdom Connections nothing can stop GODS plan!!!!! other countries don't like it when other governments get involved. I share a testimony on that as well. This lady I have met that used Irina she said when they was going threw there night mare she looked back in the bible and Israel had to fight for what they wanted they didnt get to sit back and it was given to them no they had to fight defend and keep going. I am praying for you guys and I am praying you will call me soon we have to talk. THanks Anne When there seems like no other way GOD can... Jeremiah 32:27 Behold I am the Lord, The God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me? Jeremiah 33 is great incouragement in to what God can do and what to pray..

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  51. I have added the link to your story on my blog. I will be praying.
    www.onthewingsofmorning.blogspot.com

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  52. I would like to send you a DVD I made of children from RR that have come to the U.S. May I? Is there any way to use it for your appeal? My email at dgthibault@comcast.net

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  53. Posted your story on my blog and Shared on Facebook as well. Praying for you all.

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  54. Praying for you! We have been home for 18 months with our daughter, adopted from Colombia. When we were there to bring her home I was caught off guard by the question, "Why would you want to adopt a child with her diagnosis?" I can't imagine what I would have done had they said we couldn't bring her home. Last August I did a post {HERE if you are interested in reading it} highlighting just some of her progress after being home just one year. Today, there's so much more that could be added to the list! Please know that prayers are lifting you up and we are standing in prayer that your appeal is successful and your family is home safe, sound, and together forever VERY SOON.

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  55. my family and i are praying for your family. this is just down-right wrong. as a mother to a child with down syndrome, i am outraged that this is still going on in the world. all my children are the best thing that happened to me, but my daughter with down syndrome has literally changed my life for the better. because of her, i am now a Christian, i am now fighting for social justice and many other things. children with down syndrome, to me, are God in the flesh. i get to wake up every day to a little person who just loves me b/c she just does. a little person who sees the world as God intended it to be. how is this not "socially fit"? i know God is using your family in a great way. keep up all that you are doing and God, of course, will keep on doing his part. GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  56. I will be posting a link from your blog on mine to get word out to pray.
    www.minichfamilyblog.blogspot.com

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  57. I am praying. Two of my six are from Ukraine and I have a 41 year old brother with DS. I am indeed praying. And I am praying for God's peace which passes all understanding to physically embrace you through this journey. - BT in KS

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  58. Mainstream Media Coverage. I think all your readers need to send a copy of your story to their local news producers.

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  59. I would think about using any media you can. It may be different now but back in 1991 when we were adopting from Romania we hit MANY road blocks. One road block was broke down because the BBC happened to be at the same place we were and asked if they could follow us that day. We let them and barriers were so broke down only because they were with us! It might be a thought.
    Praying for all!!!

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  60. Dear Tesney and family~

    The last couple of days I've seen my cousin, Karen, posting your story and it is heartbreaking. I am so sorry. I have shared your story on Facebook and with my very faithful fellow adoptive mothers who are amazing prayer warriors. I know they will join me in praying for you.

    I love the visual of Isaiah 49:16: "See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me." God has your names right in the palm of His hand and I pray He will look at Kirill's name and subsequently move the mountains keeping you from him; He is able! I pray God will soften the heart of the judge and speak loudly to him that Kirill deserves to be with his forever family--you. I pray He will conquer the enemy; He is stronger!

    During this time of sadness, anger, confusion, etc., I pray you will be comforted knowing so many are praying for you and Kirill to be united.

    Blessings~
    Lisa Caples Osborn

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  61. Will share your story on my blog and Facebook! So sorry you're going through this. It ISN'T right! Thinking positive thoughts for you...

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  62. Several weeks ago, we sat in our small group listening to a friend working with a couple adopting a girl; their was a typo that made her ineligible for adoption because of US law. There were a lot of prayers and within about 36, this had gone to the top of our government and the law was reinterpreted, allowing her adoption and countless others around the world. You can read about it at www.claypeck.com in the adoption journey section. Be encouraged- God's heart is for the orpans and the marginalized. Will be praying!

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  63. Praying for Kirill and others like him. What a sweetheart.

    I didn't see a Paypal or way to donate. Do you need money? I don't have alot but I'd like to give. xo

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  64. I could only cry as I read this - cry for you, cry for this young boy, but mostly cry out to God that he would be released into your hands. I will continue with that cry.

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  65. Lifting you, precious Kirill, and all of these children up in prayer now. God DOES, indeed, move mountains.

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  66. Aw, this is truly sad. It sadden me the judge would think as she did. A child is a blessing no matter what physical challenge they may have. They should not be treated as wild animal and be locked away. Especially when they are giving the opportunity to be love by someone who want to love them.

    I will pray for your family and hope you can bring Kirill home!

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  67. Keep fighting! We are praying! I shared his story via No greater Joy Moms blog on facebook.

    Be blessed
    Ashlee

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  68. I posted your story on my blog. I'll be prsying too.

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  69. I am praying for your precious son! That the judges heart would be changed! Hang in there!

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  70. I will share your story with everyone I know! We will all pray for you.

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  71. Your story touched my heart. I will add your to my prayers. I know all will work out in God's way and in God's time. What an inspiration of hope and perseverance you have shared. I am looking forward to following your story and I have shared it with my friends as well. God bless you and keep that shining beacon of hope you both possess.

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  72. Found out about your family through a post on Facebook from a friend. Reposted and will definitely share with others among the adoption community. We have adopted twice and we have many friends that have adopted. Some of our friends have adopted SN children including children with DS. Wondering if you could network together with other families that have adopted DS children and provide some "proof" to the judge through photos/testimonies of how well the children do in a forever family? Just a thought on how you might be able to make an impression through putting "faces of families" together in front of the judge to perhaps help her change her heart/opinion. Wishing you the very best and praying for your family and that Kirill will be able to come home to his forever family that loves him unconditionally.

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  73. Saw your story on a friends facebook page. I don't know you personally, but your family will be in our family's prayers. We undertsand how difficult the journey of adoption can be and will pray for strength for your family and softened hearts in Russia! God bless!

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  74. We are praying!! I am in tears as I read your story and gaze at the beautiful face of your little boy. Lord, please hear our prayers.
    - Maureen

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  75. Praying for God's favor in this situation and for your family and sweet Kirill.

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  76. You definitely have my prayers! God loves Kirill and is using him for so much good!
    "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

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  77. We are praying for your family and Sweet Precious Kirill! I shared your story on my facebook page and will also be sending this to my Sunday School prayer chain. My heart goes out to all of you! I have a beautiful 6yr old son with Down Syndrome and can't imagine my life without him! He has taught me so much more than I could ever teach him and he just amazes me each and every day! I am so thankful to God for blessing us with him! I pray that the Supreme Court overrules the judges decision and that you will be able to adopt your special child Kirill! I will also be praying for the judge who made the decision not to let you adopt. That God will speak to his or her heart and they will see that Kirill and all other Special Needs Children deserve to be loved and cared for just as any child should be loved and cared for! My prayers are with you!

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  78. I don't know you... but I know diabetes I have type 2), I know social work (I want to go into counseling at some point), and I know adoption (my sweet neice is adopted). I'm sharing and posting on FB in hopes of prayers and maybe some help for you. Often I feel that persons with DS are MORE fit for society and deserve to live more than we who are "normal" do. (My FB id is helen20 if you want to add me.)

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  79. Are you allowed to bring video or photographs of other children and adults with DS with you to court? This judge needs to see with her own eyes how successful children and adults with DS are here in the US. Show her the college programs preparing adults with DS to be successful and independent citizens. I have been outraged since I first read your story several days ago and have been praying non-stop. I'm currently writing a blog post for Kirill. You will remain in my prayers and I will spread the word as much as I can.

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  80. When I heard what happened last week, it shook me to my core. I have been flooding heaven with prayers ever since. Praying the Judge realizes the great tragedy she's been party to, that she reconsiders, and that you are able to pave the way for those who come after you. Praying too for your sweet darling boy, that he eventually will make it into the arms of those who love him.

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  81. Praying for you , makes no sense that a special needs child especially would be denied a forever home.

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  82. Completely unbelievable! I assure you that I will be praying that you get to bring home your sweet son soon.

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  83. PS - I love the verse at the top of your blog. I recently read The Hole in Our Gospel and Radical and God has been faithfully working at breaking my heart for the things that break His.

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  84. I posted on FB, on my blog, shared this with friends...we just want you to know you have an army of prayer warriors fighting with you.

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  85. Praying for you - and posting to my Facebook page so that more will also pray.I am horrified that someone with Downs is considered "unadoptable" by a judge!!! Heaven help our world!

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  86. We have adopted a special needs child in a domestic adoption. When I saw this case in a friend's FB status, I felt like I'd been kicked in the gut.
    I blogged about your case here

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  87. we will be praying that compassion wash over those who make these decisions and Kirill can begin a normal life with a family who already loves him.

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  88. I've posted your story on my blog (http://aspiemama.livejournal.com/72335.html) and my facebook and put your name on the prayer roll of my local Temple. I wish there were more I could do.

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  89. My prayers are with your family and with Kirill. I pray that your appeal will be successful and that the judge will realize that ALL children are worthy of and deserve parents that love them.

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  90. Our God works in mysterious ways. He knows our hearts and all things work together for good, for those who love the Lord. In ALL things praise Him! I want to help you fight in anyway that I can. I've posted and sent this to all of my facebook friends and emailed the director of RISE, but she said she has already spoken with you and is trying to help too. I think something very great is going to come out of this.

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  91. Referred to your blog by someone who knows you, I am praying for you and for Kirill - for strength and confidence God is in control and blesses your every step. I'll do all I can to get the word out for more and more support and prayers. Close to God, you are already winners - and He'll fill the gaps for you. Mac

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  92. Posted here..

    http://babynumber10.blogspot.com/2011/03/our-eyes-opened.html

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  93. I will be blogging about this on my business' blog-- I am an adoption attorney and homeschooling mother. I have a daughter adopted from the Novosibirsk Region of Russia. She has a rare genetic syndrome. If there is anything I can do for you, please let me know-- sharee@SIadoptionlaw.com. You are most definitely in my prayers.

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  94. Another person praying for you and your WHOLE family! God bless you!

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  95. Praying you will be able to bring your son home someday soon. Keep fighting!

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  96. MAY YOUR JOURNEY BE CONFORTED WITH GOD'S AMAZING LOVE AND GRACE. HE PROMISES THAT IF WE HVAE FAITH AS A MUSTARD SEED THAT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. I KNOW HE CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS. HE HEALED MY AUNT OF BONE CANCER 14 YEARS AGO THAT THE DR'S SAID THAT SHE WOULD ONLY LIVE A FEW MONTHS. THE DR'S DON'T EVEN SEE EVIDENCE OF CANER IN HER BODY TODAY. THE DR ASKED HER DO YOU KNOW WHO HEALED YOU AND SHE SAID MY GOD DID. HE IS GOD AND HE IS STILL ON HIS THRONE TODAY. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AS YOU SEEEK HIS WILL. LOVE IN CHRIST,
    COURTNEY <><

    mY GOOD FRIEND JUST ADOPTED A CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS IN EASTERN EUROPE A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO AND THEY JUST GOT HOME A WEEK AGO. THIS WAS THERE 2ND ADOPTION.

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  97. Two Christmases ago, I first saw Kirill on RR 's Angel Tree and feel in love with him. And later when I saw he received a Forever Family, I cried tears of joy!!! I received an email today from RR talking about this angel and then found your blog. As I read your blog, tears came again but this time with hurt. If there is anything I can do, anyone I can write a letter to, I would be so happy to do so. I hope you know how many are praying for you and the love we have for your family for fighting this battle. May God be with you and bring your baby boy home and soon!!!!
    Much love in Christ (and many prayers),
    Terri

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  98. God said,"When you walk through the waters, the will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned.' Why? Because He is there ! He is with you and with Kirill. He Will answer our prayers !!

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  99. In the name of Jesus, you are covered by His Blood! Little Kiril WILL be at home with his family! We will help storm the gates of Hell until he comes home.

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  100. Oh my our hearts go out to you! We have been and will continue to pray for you and the judge's decision. We will re-post this as many places as we can. I'm speaking for my mom as well who is sitting next to me reading this. She is going to try to find out if Amnesty International could help.

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  101. Tears flow when I read your story. We stand with you in this battle. Lord Jesus, lay your mighty hands on Kirill. Hold him and comfort him until he is safely home with Mommy & Daddy and big brother Clayton. Soften the hearts of all those involved in making this critical decision. Bring peace and comfort to this family. And YES may you be glorified above all else, and may the journey to Kirill's homecoming be a forever testimony of your faithfulness and love. May your will be done and may you grant this family the faith and strength to praise you in all circumstances. AMEN!

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  102. Praying for you, your family and for sweet Kirill. May our Lord open the eyes of the judge, letting her see the beauty of every person, disability or not. I will also be praying for comfort and strength for your family during this time. Bless you.

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  103. I am parying for all of you!!!!! God is working may be laws will change because of your willingness to do Gods will.

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  104. Praying in Minnesota!!!!!

    "Love the Lord your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him."
    Deuteronomy 30:20a

    God is not going to leave that precious boy without the family that was chosen for him! Keep looking up!!!!

    ~DIana

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  105. Sherri from MarylandMarch 25, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    So many prayers for you as a family, as individuals, prayers for that judge, prayers that human dignity & God-given rights will prevail as your appeal is considered. Especially prayers for Kirill, that he understands how very much you love him and that you are willing to fight for him to your last breath - that's being a parent, isn't it? I also pray for the strength you will need as you face these hurdles & sail over them! God is with you!!!

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  106. I am also praying for your family and Kirill!I prepared the translation of all your documents for Russian court.My name is Inna.And I don't know your family in person. When I knew that your appeal was rejected, it was also like a "stroke of lightening" for me...It is so unfair!But we will fight!We will fight against this terrible and unfair decision!

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  107. Praying for little Kirill and your family. Praying that God will arise and move mountains. If you get a chance go to grooveshark.com and listen to Salvador's "Psalm 3". It brought me to tears yesterday as I listened to it and thought of your story.

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  108. i am praying with tears on my face for your boy to come home and i send you all the love in the world xx

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  109. Is there some other reason why the Judge would deny your adoption? Is it cheaper for the government in the region to "house" a child like Kirill than a "typical" child? Is that perhaps one of the reasons your request was denied? I can't fathom why the Judge would think it is better for a child with Down syndrome to be institutionalized, and ultimately on the dole, than to go to live in another country with a family who wants him dearly. Sorry if the above sounds cold. I don't mean it that way. I'm just wondering if there is more to why the Judge ruled the way she did. And, is there any way to contact the Judge directly, preferably via email? If so, I would happily write to her (and I'm sure many others would too) to plea on your behalf. Mom of 8 year old Roo.

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  110. Wow, I am just amazed at the cruelty of the system over there - or the individual judge. To sentence a child to life in an institution, where no one truly loves and cares for him, when there is a perfectly capable family to take him? People don't even do that to dogs and cats in animal shelters. If someone wants them, they go home to them. End of story.

    What an awful shame. I will be following this blog for updates. And I PRAY that your sweet boy will be allowed to join your here in the US one day very soon.

    God bless you all. God bless little Kirill and keep him safe until he can be at home with his family.

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  111. Praying, praying, praying for a change of heart in that region of Russia and for your strength as you bring about that change.

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  112. I am simply flabbergasted that this could happen in this day and age. I will be praying for your family, and posting this story on my blog. This is an outrage for special needs children everywhere.

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  113. I'd be glad to repost this tomorrow on We Are Grafted In -- send me your bio and a picture of you to use with your bio. Let the adoption community support you all in prayer!
    Kelly@wearegraftedin.com

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  114. Your adoption journey brought tears to my eyes. We brought home two wonderful children from Russia in 2006. There were many obstacles placed in our path prior to and during our trips, including the loss of a referral. We placed our trust in God that he would create the right family for us and for our future son & daughter. If Kirill is meant to be your son, it will happen. Your family and Kirill will be in our thoughts & prayers. You will provide strength & inspiration to the other families wishing to adopt special needs children in your region. Please don't give up! Wishing you all the best! Blessings, Michelle

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  115. I am so praying that the judge will change her mind. I will pass it on to all that I know who pray.
    I really hope this story has a happy ending. My son who is 3 has DS and I wish I could send the judge videos of how socially adaptable he is! He's the most social kid I know.

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  116. I veiwed your story on FB this evening from a friend who postd it ! We are both parents of T-21 Angels ! And I want to applaud you ! I and my family are praying for all of you , And that
    God Will move Moutians ! I will also do what ever I can to forward your story to NDSS and other support groups in hope it will find a higher power ! Please do not give up hope ! Love and Hope and Unconditional love as you know are what these little Angels are all about !......God speed ...Nole's Mommy

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  117. I would be honored to pray for you and your son. We adopted our own Kirill (now Wesley Kirill) from Ukraine in 2008. Our son was born with esophageal atresia, which means that he was born without an esophagus, ate through a stomach feeding tube, and his spit drained through a hole in his neck. In court we were asked why we would want to adopt a child with such severe special needs. And just like you said, we couldn't walk away. We knew God meant for us to be there adopting him. I pray that your appeal moves swiftly through the system and you are home with both of your sons before you know it.

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  118. 1 Peter 5:6-7

    What a precious little boy and what wonderful people you are to be so determined in spite of the obstacle, namely the judge. I am praying for God to change this "stiff necked" judge's heart. Do not give up! It looks like there are hundreds of people behind your family. Believe Kirill will come home with you, all for the honor and glory of God our precious Father.

    God's blessings upon you, Faith K.

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  119. My family is praying for your sweet little boy.

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  120. a friend had your story linked to her facebook page. our God is really very big - we will pray.

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  121. With God we will gain the victory and He will trample down our enemies. Psalm 60:12.
    Praying that God tramples the enemy that stands in the way of your precious son coming home.

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  122. That judge probably thought she was doing you a favor and doing a favor to some other "socially acceptable" child who could get a family...
    Our views are so different.And the value of a life so different in different cultures.
    I will pray that God's will be done. Maybe it is your role to challenge her ideas, maybe your child is somewhere else??

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  123. Praying for you, Kirill and his release to his family!!!

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  124. Lifting your family in prayer. May God's beloved child Kirill come home soon. May you feel God's comfort, love, strength, and peace as you await his timing and his will. Sending you love.

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  125. I adopted my son 2 years ago. I too was told it was impossible. We are living testament to the power of prayer - God bless I will be praying with all my heart!

    Neroli

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  126. Praying that this "no" will be turned into a "YEA! and AMEN!" that will complete your dear family, and to unite many more children with forever families.

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  127. Praying. Yahweh is the Father of the Fatherless. I am believing with you for his coming home. The mountains must move.

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  128. so unfair, every child needs to be loved.
    your family will be in my families prayers.
    this is in God's hands he will make it right

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  129. Prayers are being lifted to the throne of God on your behalf.

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  130. I am Sarah Deetz's friend in California. When she posted about your court decision I was crushed for you. Today I posted your story on my blog and asked my readers to pray for your family and Kirill. God CAN move mountains- Look what he did for Sarah and Chad! I know Kirill will be home with you soon. Prayers for miracles! meagan @ www.stayathomemeagan.blogspot.com

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  131. I have a daughter with DS and I know your fight is worth it. I have 5 friends who have adopted over seas and the transformations in these children have been amazing. I made a video for World DS day to promote exactly what you are up against. Showing the worth of these individuals. I hope my video inspires the fight you are fighting. It is so worth it, he is so worth it! Our prayers and our heart reach out to you! The link to our video is below :) Enjoy! It is just a couple minutes.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsFN5xW1lnY&feature=autoplay&list=ULMuwj0z4r2io&index=1&playnext=1

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  132. Your fight is worth fighting. I wanted to share our 2 minute video I made for world DS day and hope it inspires and strengthens you on your journey, that the worth of these souls is great. We have had 5 friends adopt from orphanages and the children's transformations have been amazing once they had a family who loved them! Here's the video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsFN5xW1lnY&feature=autoplay&list=ULMuwj0z4r2io&index=1&playnext=1

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  133. I am praying and sharing your storey on my blog.

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  134. I'm praying that this turns out well. The judge has obviously never been a mother because she doesn't care about this child. I am personally not able to care for a child with down syndrome, but since you are, they shouldn't take him from you. This is ridiculous. Good luck hun.

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  135. My Dears, I will pray and also put you on the Internet Prayer Chain to which I belong. In the New American translation of Psalm 105:3, the passage is interpreted, "The scepter of the wicked SHALL NOT REMAIN upon the TERRITORY of the JUST." This little boy's place in your hearts is the territory of the just. God will deliver him into your hands. You are simply being permitted a Lenten sharing of the Passion of the Lord. Moses was saved from a life of bondage, so will Kirill be. God bless you with the grace to hope against hope as Father Abraham did.

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  136. Tears rolling...our God is BIG and Mighty! I am praying sister.

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  137. My heart is breaking over this story. I pray God strengthens you for this fight and removes any and all obstacles that keep you from having this boy. What a testimony to His love this is. I pray that so many people see and come to know Jesus during this battle, especially the judge. I hope he is tormented by thoughts of this child and sees he is a child who needs the love of parents who are willing to sacrifice and fight for him. I pray for all your needs to be met supernaturally. I pray that you are both flooded with the Joy of the LORD and have peace during this battle. In Jesus Name, AMEN.

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  138. Devastating. Gina from North Carolina here praying for your beautiful son to come home to his forever family. Shared on facebook & twitter asking friends to join together and pray this precious one home.

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  139. I found your blog through Patti's blog. I just wanted to let you know that I am spreading the word to my prayer warrior friends, putting on FB, etc. and seeking God on your behalf- on Krill's behalf. We will not give up praying until that precious son is at home in your arms!! Love, Cara

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  140. Hello Tesney & Greg,
    I wanted to let you know that I am praying as well. I added your story to my blog in hopes to spread it, as well on facebook. With God, all things are possible! :) keep the faith.

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  141. We are praying for your family with all of our hearts!

    Stay strong!

    Kerin (mom of 1 son with DS)

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  142. Our family's prayers are with all of you. Six months ago, my husband, our 5-year-old bio. son, and I brought home our physically-disabled 3-yr-old new son/brother from St. Petersburg, Russia. Our hearts are breaking for you and Kirill right now. However, I am praying, with so many others, that God moves this mountain quickly through the Supreme Court in Moscow, and that your story of victory and deliverance for Kirill will ultimately be a powerful witness to Christ that begins a shifting of the tide in this region of Russia. May you all always feel the strength of God's grace with you.

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  143. We are praying for your precious family, and sharing your story. Know that you are an inspiration to many.

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  144. Maybe you could request special needs family that have adopted from Russia (or elsewhere)to tape some video footage of everyday life in their homes? I think any judge would be blown away to see the interventions, caring schools and the amount of tremendous love and support these children receive from their adoptive parents. Sometimes real life "snapshots" speak volumes. I would be happy to provide such a video with my Dev Delayed/Mild CP son .
    God bless your family and Kirill!

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  145. How can we help? Can we write to the judge? I have a 7 month old son with DS, we knew before birth and never thought about not welcoming him into our lives. I could write and show pictures? I'll help in any way I can x

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  146. To connect with other families who have adopted from Russia, many of whom have adopted special needs children, I hope you will consider joining Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption (FRUA). We offer hope, help, and community to adoptive families and would be delighted to connect your family with ours to support you during your adoption journey.

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  147. I posted your story on my FB page and will be storming the gates of heaven for the high court in Russia to overturn the judge's decision regarding Kirill's adoption. EVERY child is important and deserves to know the love of a family!

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  148. I am writing to let you know that today I not only posted your video & story on FB, but contacted FoxNews, NBC News, as well as my local news affiliate here in Ohio. It is my hope that the media will get wind of your story & help you in your quest to rescue sweet Kirill. In the meantime, continuing to pray for a successful appeal. God bless you & your family.

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  149. This just makes me cry so hard! I'm praying and spreading Kirill's story to everyone I know. I've posted on my blog and on my Facebook. I've also tweeted about it! I'm praying that the judge has a change of heart! I have an older biological brother with Down syndrome and he's doing so well, I can't imagine life without him. Lots of love to you and your family. xxxooo

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  150. My family and I are praying for you and your family. How tragically sad this story is. I look forward to hearing about his homecoming. There will be a celebration across the globe in honor of your sweet little son.

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  151. May the peace of Jesus be on you now sweet sister and i pray you and your husband get to bring Kirill home soon! He is so sweet! I just want to kiss his cheeks! My heart is to one day adopt or do foster care for children with special needs specifically Down Syndrome. My husband and I have three children two of whom have special needs. i cannot imagine life any other way! Your story has made me cry and pray harder than i have in a while. I posted your blog on mine and your news story is my blog post for today, and I added it to my fb page too. I have a cousin with DS and a good friend with an 18 month daughter with DS they are such sweet spirited loving people and I feel Gods love and joy everytime i think of them or see them! God bless you for listening to his call on your life. We are praying for you!
    Chelsea
    http://meyouwineandcheesecake.wordpress.com/

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  152. I will share your story on my blog. I can't believe this...it's outrageous and appalling. He deserves a family just as much as any other child out there! Anything to spread the word for you guys. Best of luck! <3

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  153. I used to work at an orphanage in Hong Kong. They have a similar attitude about children with special needs, and to this day, only one child with special needs has been adopted within Hong Kong. I actually worked with in the special needs section of the orphanage, and the workers there loved the children, and had a great attitude with them. All special needs orphans in Hong Kong are now automatically put on overseas adoption, and almost all of them get adopted. A very few of them end up in a residential care home, where they are taken care of until they are adults and are then admitted to an adult care facility. It was, however, a long process to get to a place where the children were so easily adopted overseas. If your case goes to the supreme court and you win, then you will have set a nation wide precedent and no judge will be able to reject an application for this reason again. It will be a great victory for all the special needs kids in the country that need a forever home. I will be praying that, despite the emotional turmoil it is currently causing you, it will end up being for the good of not just your son, but many others as well. I woudl also like to share with you the story of a friend of mine who adopted from Kazakhstan. She was adopting a 14 year old girl and unexpected had a very long and grilling court hearing where the judge was unable to understand why they would want such a "retarded child" (the judges words). They insisted that they loved her, an eventually ended up having to sign a document that they were fully aware the girl was "retarded" and that they wanted to adopt her anyway. They felt terrible having to do all this, but they got the girl out of that place and into their very loving home. With a little medical attention it turned out, she simply needed glasses and a hearing aide. She was almost completely deaf and blind. With her glasses and hearing aide, she was able to learn English and integrate into a typical classroom in under a year. You're doing a great thing, and I wish you the best, and will definitely keep your family in my prayers.

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  154. Matthew 21:22 Whatever you ask for in prayer, with faith you will receive. BELIEVE!

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  155. This is a terrible thing. I'm so sorry for you and for your two little boys. I'll pray for you all, and for the judge, and re-post the story on my blog. God bless you all.

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  156. I am praying for you all! My brother has autism and he is one of the greatest blessings in my life. It was a great privilege to grow up with him and have the opportunity to meet so many wonderful special needs people in his life. Kirill is a little angel, and he absolutely deserves to be in your loving home. God bless you!

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  157. We are praying...seriously. I look at our son from Russia and my heart aches. Praying God will move mountains. He is bigger than any government.

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  158. I have reposted this post on my blog. I am praying for your family and for Kirill.

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  159. praying hard. wishing too. i am stunned by this. what a joy, a gift any child is. love from naples, fl

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  160. Got this link through Suzanne's blog and I will be praying. Also spreading the word at to my friends and family to pray. You are being God`s hands and feet and He is bigger than any judge!

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  161. I'm praying for you as I read this.... that God will do GREAT things through your story and Krills! I have a baby with DS. In our Virginia hospital we were greeted with a "specialist" who said, "it is your fault he has DS, you could've done something about it (abortion) but you didn't. Now you're stuck with him!" That is in America! Your story is so close to my heart. I know God has plans for your family and for Krill. Just as he has plans for my little guy!

    ALL things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Hold on to HIM, I know He will be glorified in this journey.

    We are praying in VA !!

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  162. I found your blog through Suzanne's. Such a heartbreaking story. Contact the US ambassador to Russia, and see if they can help you. Contact your congressman, your senator and the media. Keep fighting, you will bring your son home.

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  163. this tears at my heart. lifting up your son and your family. praying that God will quickly unite your family forever. please know we are bearing this burden with you.

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  164. Lots of prayers for the family and for precious Krill. I pray that God will soften the hearts of the judges involved!

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  165. We too had to fight to bring our two boys home from Russia. They were considered special needs and are of an Asian ethinic background. The judge couldn't understand why we would want them. (there were also some other things that they picked at) We had 5 court hearings. On the 3rd hearing the prosecutor said no to the adoption. We kept fighting and PRAYING! WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU!!!! We saw the hand of God work miraculously when all seemed hopeless. Satan does not want Kirill in your home, but our God is more powerful and mighty. I am praying that He will be glorified to see that sweet boy as your son, in your arms and home!

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  166. We are praying with all our might. My mom just wrote a post on the blog.

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  167. I believe with all my being that every child is deserving of a home. Praying for your family and spreading the word on FB and our blog!

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  168. Satan's aim is not to make you an atheist; it is to make you a quitter. "Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you've got, be resolute, and love without stopping." I Cor. 16:13 (The Message) Lots of prayers going out to you and sweet Kirill from No. Carolina! (Logan's mom & dad)

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  169. Adding my prayers and name to those of the many who are praying for Kirill and your family...I hope this week will see justice done and doors opened not only for Kirill to come home, but for other children also to find their families.

    Very best wishes,
    Susan in Ky
    Cousin to Two from U.

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  170. You need to get ahold of your congressman or woman and your senators. Tell them all your story. They can, at times amazingly work miracles for human rights issues. Pelase let me know how this proceeds. I am a mother of a child with DS, so my heart goes out to you. Sending many prayers.

    Bless you!

    Terri Anderson-Schlader
    brendensmom@hur.midco.net

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  171. Contact your congress person, and senators. They can help you. I am sending you hugs and prayers. I am a mother of a child with DS, and I cannot imagine him not being in my life. Please keep me posted

    Terri
    brendensmom@hur.midco.net

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  172. God, before He adopted us cost Him, His only Son.
    I know this is not an easy journey, but The Father knows everything about your desires. Be patient and ready to receive His answer. God bless!

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  173. Just passed the message forward on my blog: http://mundanemagic.com/2011/03/bring-kirill-home.html

    Love to all of you as you fight this fight.

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  174. Your story is haunting, but moreso I don't think I've ever been so angry in my life. Our son, Gabriel, has Down syndrome. I cannot imagine how anyone could belief that Down syndrome makes him subhuman so that he would be denied a loving family. My prayers are with you and your family, and for Kirill.♥

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  175. I'm so sorry for what you are going through. What an outrage! My heart is broken for precious little Kirill. I have emailed everyone I know to join in fasting and praying on Wednesday. I really believe that God will hear our prayers. Keep believing! :)

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  176. So sorry that your family is facing this road block in the adoption process. I pray that doors are opened for Kirill to be given the opportunity to become a part of your family. God bless you!

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  177. I know I have already posted above but wanted to let you know that I have shared this on the blog you can find it here http://capcreations.blogspot.com/2011/03/kirill.html

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  178. I just came accross your blog, all my thoughts are with you and I hope Kirill gets to go home soon.

    I posted the link on my blog and I will make a proper entry tomorrow.

    Much love from Spain

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  179. This story just rips out my heart and makes me angry, hurt and upset, this is inhumane. I wanted you to know I am a prayer warrior and will be putting this out to other prayer warriors because your right it's in God's hands and God can move mountains. Kirill is such a sweet boy and I pray God gives you a judge who will let you adopt him and the other families to adopt as well.I am on my knees in pray as I write this.
    Stay strong
    Blessings sarah

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  180. One of the things that struck me the most is the picture of you holding him. You say that he is your son in every way but legally. You can see by the look on this sweet boy's face that you are his mommy.

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  181. praying and hoping that your appeal will come through and kirill will be home with you and your family VERY SOON!!!

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  182. Praying and fasting for your family today and that the judge's heart will be softened and Kirill will be HOME soon!

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  183. prayers are definately coming your way! and that these sweet children including your son will be coming home soon.

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  184. May God provide a way.

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  185. My husband and his three other siblings were adopted, even my niece was adopted. I do not see anything wrong with this family wanting to give this adorable little boy a family and a home. It should not matter that this little boy has down syndrome. Would they have been denied adoption if this little boy had something else or if he was not the same race as the family? This is an outrage and everyone in the world should pray for this family to be able to win the next court fight. God brought this family to this little boy because he knew that this little boy needed someone special in his life and God will see that this happens and will make a way for it to happen. My prayers are with this family. God bless!!!!!!!

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  186. I have posted your amazing story to my site and I will pray that the right resolution will be made. I am shocked that a judge thinks she has the right to take away the chance of a family for a child, when all other criteria has been met, because a child has Downs Syndrome. Unbelievable and it is my hope that your future success with bringing your son home will result in many other future happy endings for others.

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  187. I am praying for your family and your sweet boy. I posted your blog to my Facebook to get everyone I know to pray. I have seen mountains moved, so keep the faith. God has a special place in his heart for orphans. Blessings to you and your family.

    Sherry Crist
    wwwr.rachellorraine.blogspot.com

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  188. Your family- your whole family- including dear Kirill are in our hearts. I've posted about your all as well. Will be following. Keep fighting for that dear boy.

    http://thetaooftulips.wordpress.com/2011/03/30/i-was-going-to-post-about-our-bird-but-this-dear-boy-needs-your-hearts-more/

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  189. Praying fervently for Krill, and that the judge's heart would be changed immediately.

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  190. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. My amazing son has DS and it breaks my heart to think that anyone would consider a child with special needs as unadoptable. I pray that the courts in Russia will realize what precious gifts ALL children are and that Kiril will be allowed to come home soon.

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  191. i don't even know what to say. this just really breaks my heart. wendy

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  192. I'm still praying!

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  193. I only ask you, do not give up!
    if we leave everything as it is now, there will be no more chance for Cyril nor for many other children. If there is reject to you again, refer to the good Russian and American reporters at the central channels, refer to all as far as possible and fight.
    Everything is in the hands of God. But this does not mean that we can do nothing and then say - God wants to happen is.
    God gives the means and power for us to act.
    And all who read this story write and speak to all.
    Because now the life story of one little man Kirill is at a crossroads where he can go on the road with love and parents, or stay there without any hope for happiness.
    Sorry for my bad English

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  194. Praying for your family and Kirill!

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  195. Thank you for sharing this heart-wrenching story. My son Jack has Down syndrome and I cannot fathom a person saying he did not deserve a family. Kirill deserves love and deserves you as his Momma. Thank you for being strong and brave to forge your way and make a difference in this area of the world for those special children with an extra chromosome. We will pray that your son comes home.

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  196. Our Family will pray your appeal goes through and the judge will realize that special needs people influence their communities in a more positive way than "typical" people. Our son is deaf blind and has Cerebral Palsy but he helps people more than I ever could.

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