Entrance to Kremenchuk Baby Home

Many of the Google searches that send people here deal with information about specific orphanages in Ukraine.  I originally began blogging Dec. 2009, just before we left Israel to adopt a sister for Karen. When I look again at the posts from the time we were in Ukraine, and the frustrations we paddled through, I can understand why people planning an Eastern European adoption would want to read about our experience.

For those people who are visiting the site to learn about our adoption experience, I recommend you start reading here: http://www.zendette.com/2009/12/02/almost-in-kiev/ It seems that it is rather hard to start at the very beginning of the blog, as I’m missing some navigation links on this new blog, but I think if you start on the link above, you should be able to access the “whole story”, of our trip to Ukraine to adopt a sister for Karen, which eventually turned into a trip to adopt a brother instead.

In addition, if anyone has specific, personal questions about adoption and you don’t want to post in the comments, then feel free to contact me via the contact form.

If you are looking for information on specific baby homes, the only ones we have visited are Kremenchuk, Pryluky and Lugansk Baby Homes.  We did the have opportunity to spend almost a month in Kremenchuk, and even longer in Lugansk.  Our visit to Pryluky was very short, but I was quickly impressed by the renovations done there.  The building was beautiful, but I didn’t have a chance to see what the living conditions were like for the children.

This blog goes into great detail about the Lugansk Baby Home because I was able to record my daily impressions during the month-plus that we spent visiting Matan while he still lived there.   I was satisfied with the care he received since it appeared to be better than the care Karen received at the Kremenchuk  Baby Home.

I have provided far fewer details about Kremenchuk Baby Home since I wasn’t recording my daily impressions in a blog.  I plan to write  at least  one blog post about Karen’s adoption so that I can at least have some written material should she later ask why her adoption wasn’t covered.

We adopted Karen back in February 2007, when she was 2.1 years old.  We spent the majority of the time in Kremenchuk, with only 4 nights in Kiev.  We were totally shell-shocked by the whole experience, and DH vowed he would never set foot in Ukraine again.   I’m glad DH has an open mind and was willing to go back for a second adoption.

If you have specific, personal questions about adoption and you don’t want to post in the comments, then feel free to contact me via the contact form.