When an orphan from Ukraine reaches six years old,
their chance of adoption goes down by 60%. Their
chances of adoption plummet each year.
With all the challenges of older child adoption,
these wonderful kids still have lots to offer.
Below is the story of one of these teens….
“Valentyna fought to keep away the tears and anger
as she cleaned the orphanage floor on her hands and
knees. It wasn’t her job, but the older girls forced
her to do their chores and called her Cinderella.
Cinderella was Valentyna’s favorite fairy tale and
we can only imagine how she wished for Prince
Charming to come and save her from her abusive
Just the other day, she told us this story about her
past and how her life has been a true Cinderella
story. She wasn’t saved by a handsome prince,
but by a family who gives her the love and attention
that she has never had.
Valentyna first came to our home in southeast
Michigan at the age of 14 through a hosting program
during Christmas 2006. Once she was with our family,
we knew she was to be our third daughter and began
the adoption process!
Her adoption was completed in November 2007 and she
arrived home to stay on December 4, 2007!
It has only been a short 6 months that we have been
together, but you would never have known it.
Valentyna has shown our family the true spirit of
love. She can break the tension in any room with her
uncanny sense of humor. It has been a growing
experience for all of us in that we have learned how
to deal with different backgrounds, cultural
differences and experiences. Adding Valentyna to our
family has taught us all to be more supportive of
We do not know what the future holds, but we know
that with God’s help and guidance, and the love and
support of each family member, none of us will need
a Prince Charming to save us.”