We continue to have open communication with Dariya's birth father, Sasha. He is always so gracious and thankful for all the pictures and information we send him about Dariya.
When we met him his one request was that we would send a picture of Dariya each year around her birthday. Of course, I asked our translator to ask him if he would mind if we sent more, like on a monthly basis. He was so happy but, didn't want to impose on us. He truly loves this girl and that makes our hearts so happy. Every few weeks I email him a load of pictures and information about how she is doing health wise, transitioning to our family and at school. He is so thankful each time and always responds with kind, appreciative words.
I still believe that if Ukraine had services and supports for parents when their child was born with down syndrome that Sasha would have kept Dariya. I know many other adoptive families from EE don't have the opportunity to meet or be in relation with their child's birth parents so we are truly thankful for this blessing.
We never met Olga, Dariya's birth mother. I wanted to ask why Olga never came to meet us any of the times Sasha came to visit with us and Dariya but, didn't feel like that was an appropriate question at the time. Olga did call him while he was with us on Gotcha Day, she was at work but, obviously knew what was going on and that Dariya was leaving Cherkasy with us that day.
Sasha passes the pictures and information we email him to Olga. We learned while visiting with him that they divorced after Dariya was born. Sasha brought pictures of Olga to the orphanage to show us what she looked like and what Dariya looked like as a baby.
This week we were happily surprised to open our email to find pictures and video from when Dariya was a baby and a toddler.
|Sept 2008 - Dariya is 7 months old|
A true blessing, thank you Sasha!
The Reece's Rainbow Angel Tree raised over $3000 for Dariya's adoption. This was a huge start to our fundraising when we committed to her. Please visit the Angel tree this year and help another orphan find their forever family.