Collins Come Home
Organized by: Kelsey Bahner
Collins was born in Ghana to a young orphan girl and is considered special needs. Because of his medical condition, Hydrocephalus, and his appearance as a cause of it, his natural family has surrendered their right to raise him. Doctors believe that a surgery to remove the fluid from his brain will show marked improvement in his development and that he will begin to thrive once healed. Collins will then be able to travel to Oklahoma, where he will finally be with his new, adoptive, forever family! Please help fund the surgery, Cody's and Shelby's travel expenses, expedite the adoption process, and change the life of this sweet boy and of the Opitz family forever!
The Opitz's Story:
A few weeks ago, Cody and Shelby Opitz made the decision to adopt a child. Since starting a family of their own, adding to their numbers by way of adoption has always been something they've thought about. Knowing how many gifts they had received, they agreed they were too blessed not to help a child in need.
To begin their search, Shelby started researching adoption agencies on the internet. She happened across a website for Nightlight Christian Adoptions; an organization out of Tulsa specializing in both local and international adoptions. Shelby's heart sank when she came across sweet Collins' picture in the "Waiting Children" section. She immediately accessed his profile to learn everything she could.
On Nightlight's website it was disclosed that Collins suffers from Hydrocephalus, a medical condition in which there is an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the brain, so he is considered special needs. After doing more research on the condition, Shelby emailed Carrie, the Nightlight contact, that very afternoon. Carrie informed the Opitz family that Collins is the child of a young orphan girl, and that because of his condition and the swelling in his head, her family relinquished all rights. This is because in Ghana, a swollen head is often seen as a curse, and as such, the afflicted child would be shunned by the other people in their village. The most heartbreaking part of this to Shelby and Cody was that the same child born with Hydrocephalus in the United States would simply have a shunt put in and would lead a relatively normal life after the fluid was drained. They know it is definitely not a curse on one of God’s beautiful babies!
Since beginning a dialog with Carrie and spending many hours in long, hard prayer, Shelby and Cody have decided to pursue the adoption of baby Collins. They are in the earliest phases of the process and are currently waiting on the completion of their home study process. Because Collins is considered special needs, it's believed that this normally lengthy process could be expedited fairly quickly. Unfortunately, as with everything else, it comes with a price. Cody and Shelby will have to travel to Ghana at least once (possibly twice) to complete the adoption process. They hope to have an appointment in place with a specialist, so that immediately upon returning to the United States with Collins they can address his medical needs. The sooner he's relieved of the fluid on his brain, the more likely he is to thrive!
If you're in a position to help meet Collins' needs and to assist the Opitz family in expediting the adoption process, they would be forever grateful. They will genuinely appreciate whatever help you're able to give, whether monetary or simply forwarding this on. If you're unable to provide financial assitance, they ask that you please keep Collins in your prayers: for his health and safety and that together with Nightlight Christian Adoptions they can get him the help he needs and the love he deserves.