Saturday, July 28, 2012

Urgent-- Family Needed Now

Hope everyone is having a good weekend..
We have an urgent situation this morning and I could sure use your help.  There is a group of kids here from Ukraine on a host program.  One 7 year old little girl's placement is not working out.  Her current host family would like her to spend the remainder of her time here with a different family.  This little girl needs a host family that is willing to take her for the next 3 1/2 weeks.  Preferably a family who is a days drive from Chicago where she will fly back to Ukraine on August 23.  There will be no cost to you accept what it costs to feed her and whatever out of the home activities you choose to do with her.

Here is a little about Tanya.  She sounds a lot like when Sveta first came home so I believe with love and attention she can thrive in your home for the next few weeks.

Tanya is seven years old, she will turn eight in August. Emotionally she is a little younger.  She absolutely loves to play with dolls!  She also enjoys coloring, drawing, and iPad games in Russian.  Tanya will play in the water for hours outside or in the bathtub.  She loves talking on the phone to her friends too.  She is very intelligent and understands a lot of English, though she prefers to speak to you in Russian.  She can also sound out Russian letters and enjoys reading to you. Tanya likes being read to in English too.  She loves playing dress up.  She will happily dress herself in perfectly coordinating clothes every morning before she does the dishes, washes the windows, and wipes off the counters.  Tanya is very, very independent and doesn't always like to accept help.  She even prefers to make her own food if you'll let her!

Tanya has trouble relating to other kids, she prefers to play by herself and gets upset when others are near her toys.  Because of this she would do best as the youngest child or as an only child.  She is very friendly and affectionate to every adult, sometimes including strangers. She also loves babies and toddlers, but she can be too helpful, including trying to help random little ones in public.  She isn't able to take no for answer sometimes and continues doing what she wants despite being told to stop. Tanya is also sneaky when she really wants to do something.  Tanya doesn't do well with pets--she is unable to stop grabbing, chasing, and being too rough.  She also dislikes large dogs and gets upset anytime they are in the house.  She loves small dogs, but is unable to let them rest despite being shown how to treat them gently.  She also struggles with understanding that possessions belong to other people and will take what she wants and try to run away with it and hide it.  

She loves to eat.  Her favorite foods include noodles, hard boiled eggs, oatmeal, pancakes, and bananas.  Tanya loves fruit of all kinds, and she will drink as much milk or juice as you have in your fridge.

Tanya has a crossed eye.  She has new glasses with the correct prescription now and can see much better!  The eye doctor prescribed twice a week eye drops to help strengthen her weak eye muscle rather than using an eye patch.  Tanya has no depth perception and gets hurt often.  She isn't able to ride a bike or a scooter.  She doesn't like a lot of physical activity unless it involves water!  Tanya really needs to go to the dentist for her cavities and chipped front teeth.

Tanya needs an afternoon nap to make it through the day.  She gets carsick if you don't roll down the windows and let air blow on her face, and she doesn't do well on long car trips.  She can't sit still and won't stay buckled, though she does better if an adult is able to sit in the back next to her.  Tanya loves to joke around and laugh loudly.  She will joke with you for hours!

When Tanya is nervous or excited she becomes very hyper and hard to control. She weighs 65 pounds and needs a strong adult to grab her at times. Once she adjusts she will calm down.  She needs very strict boundaries and a lot of one-on-one attention to keep her in line or she will get herself into trouble!  Despite her behavior issues Tanya is a very sweet and kind little girl who is always looking for love.  It's very easy to fall head over heels in love with her sweet smile and chocolate brown eyes.  With a lot of personal attention she will be very happy little girl.

If you are interested in hosting her beginning immediately please email Laurel at


  1. Poor thing! I am sure the nice hosting family had no idea this could be the case. Praying an experienced family steps forward soon! Cross posted on FB too!

  2. Christine - my question is this - and I am hoping it isn't politicaly incorrect, because I don't mean it to be.....I am wondering why this little girl was brought to the US for trip when she has so many challenges? Was there some sort of chaperone involved? Were there other children? Was the host family aware of this little girl's challenges? I feel so bad for this child AND the host family. Also, what will happen if no one steps up to the plate? Oh my - this isn't a good situation, is it?

    Marilyn from Canada

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  4. Marilyn a lot of those behaviors are common in kids from orphanages. My seven had them all to varying degrees. You can expect any child coming out of orphanage situation to have behavior challenges of one sort or another. Every kid is unique and there isn't really a way to know how severe their behaviors may become in a family. All they know is orphanage life.

  5. Did they find a place for Tanya? Would someone transport her to the hosting family, or would the family have to go to Chicago to get her?

  6. Ohhh, she sounds so sweet. I've been wanting to do something like this for years--- if only I could.

  7. These kids are in the U.S. for 3 1/2 weeks. What oganization sent them? I would like to do a little research before we would commit.

  8. What organization are these placements through. Could you post more information about why they are here, what is the purpose of their 3 1/2 week trip. I would need to research a bit before making a commitment.

  9. I saw that you just posted about another 7 year old looking for a short term placement.

    I have heard about these programs . . . but 7 years old seems so very young to travel across the world to spend a summer "alone" with a new family.

    How old are the youngest kids in these programs? I'm just quite surprised that they are so young.

    Wish I could help, but I do have other kids who need my attention, and cannot just focus on one needy child right now.


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