Joplin Family Needs Help

These girls already lost their biological parents, and now they’ve lost their mother, too. If you can help in any way, please do! I just received this from my adoption agency representative. My heart and prayers go out to these girls.

Last week we received an update from Candace Shively, Children’s Division Director, who told us that more than 15 foster family homes have been destroyed in the tornado last month. Those foster families were caring for 25 children. In addition, one adoptive parent was killed.

As a community, we are asking for your help. We need you to spread the word that MFCAA is accepting donations of gift cards (in any amount) for gas, Target, Walmart and fast food. These donations will be provided to Missouri State Foster Care and Adoption Board member from the South Region, Melinda Nicholson, who has been on the ground in Joplin since the storm. She is working directly with Jean Rodriguez, the Children’s Division Circuit Manager in the Joplin office, to provide support to the effected families and children.

Additionally, we are seeking help with a special request. There are two girls who have been left orphaned as a result of their adoptive mother’s death in the storm. The family was passing through Joplin in a car on their way to church when the tornado hit them. One of the girls remains hospitalized at Children’s Mercy here in Kansas City.

The Children’s Division has identified some kin who are willing to step up and serve as guardians for the injured girl and her sister. However, this kinship family is facing substantial loss, both personal loss (five funerals in the last week), and financial loss (one vehicle was totaled and not replaced by insurance at an adequate level and another needs repair). In addition, they are expending substantial resources traveling back and forth to the KC area to visit with the girl at CMH, and will now have to do some home remodeling to accommodate raising two girls that they had not anticipated having.

This family needs specific help. They need Kansas City area folks who can help them by visiting them and the injured child at the hospital, they need a car or van, they need help with gas and food. They need whatever kind of welcoming and support Kansas City’s foster and adoptive families can provide for them.

If you can help, email me directly at so that I can connect you with the information you need. If you can provide gift cards or send in a donation, please send or drop off to MFCAA, 3210 S. Lee’s Summit Road, Independence, MO. 64055. You can also donate cash on our website, noting that the donation is for Joplin foster/adopt families on the form: . Also, if you happen to be a social networking person, please consider posting this need on your facebook or my space page. We’d like to reach as many kind Kansas Citians as we can.

Love Without Boundaries Auction

Hi, folks. Many of you know my husband and I adopted our daughter, hence the Holt Adoption Ad. What some of you may not know is, she has special needs. While none of her needs could be met in China with surgery, (we’ve corrected some things here, but many of her special needs will be life-long issues) some children DO receive life-saving procedures while living in the orphanage. The cost of these surgeries are covered by the orphanage’s adoption fees and the generosity of people who love children. If you are inclined to help orphans, please select the link in the title of this post.

I’m told there are over 300 items up for auction this year. Bidding begins Thursday, April 22, at 11 a.m. EST/8 a.m. PST and will close throughout the day on Tuesday, April 27.

If, like me, you have no money right now but want to help, please post the information on your Facebook, Twitter and blog accounts.