187 days.  187 days until his birthday.  Kids should be excited about a birthday countdown!  And maybe Joe is.  But I’m not.  And all those who love him are not.  Because in 187 days he will no longer be eligible for adoption.  He will ˜age out.’  Perhaps he will be able to stay at the orphanage and work.  Perhaps not.  Perhaps he will get vocational education.  Perhaps not.  The future for children who age out in China is filled with uncertainty and often instability.  We cannot let that happen to this sweet boy.

Joe is warm.  He is always eager to help.  And is so often seen as happy and with a smile on his face.  Joe knows he has limitations due to his low vision, and he is honest to himself and others about his abilities.  But he still does all things with vigor, and is usually willing to try new things!

Joe will bless his family.  He seeks connection from others, and is loved by those who know him.  Though they will miss him fiercely, it is the hope of everyone at his orphanage that he is chosen as a son.

Joe is eligible for adoption through Madison Adoption Associates.  He is diagnosed with septo-optic dysplasia, but does have some vision.  There is a $5,000 Bright Futures grant available to the family who adopts Joe.  Email Sarah@madisonadoption.org for more information.