About Natalya


Notice 12/21/2017: My blog is under construction for some changes. I apologize for any formatting errors in the meantime. However, new and old posts will still be able to be read. Thank you!

I'm Natalya and I was adopted from Russia when I was 17 months old. I have a mild form of Cerebral Palsy, six younger adopted sisters, and two rescue dogs from Ukraine. This blog started in 2016, two years after I traveled to Ukraine for the adoption of two of my sisters. Since that trip, I have spread awareness about the plight of aging-out orphans of Eastern Europe. I recognize the blessings I have been given through adoption and I would like to share them with others.

All of my sisters and I have some kind of special-need including: varying forms of Cerebral Palsy, Spina bifida, Epilepsy, Scoliosis, and Profound Deafness with a Cochlear Implant. I am also the administrative assistant for Ting Ministries, a Christian non-profit organization that works with special-needs and teenage orphans around the world.

My writing has appeared in an anthology by the Living Poets Society of New Jersey, The Tab, and adoption-related blogs. I am also a contributing writer for The Silver Petticoat Review, a blog/online magazine focused all about Old Fashioned Romance in literature and film. On my blog you will find posts ranging from adoption, disability advocacy and book or KDrama recommendations. I am an aspiring historical fiction author, who loves period dramas or any story that lingers in my thoughts long after it has ended. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Please become a member by clicking the Follow button on the side of the blog. I'd love to hear from you, so be sure to drop me a line in the comments! If you have a question, please comment or email me - I might even write about on the blog!

On My Blog

Orphans and Adoption - Here are posts about orphan care, issues faced by adopted children, the plight of disabled orphans, and special-needs adoption among others. Adopted from Russia with Cerebral Palsy, I am the oldest of six adopted sisters, all with special-needs. I hope my story encourages other possible, post, or current adoptive families. 

Ting Ministries Updates - Here are some specific updates from Ting Ministries, my family's non-profit organization that works with special-needs and teenage orphans around the world. To stay up-to-date on the latest news, please visit Ting Ministries' website. 
James 1:27

My Reviews - Here I share my reviews on books, dramas, and movies. Sometimes these posts may be general reviews. Other times, I may write more about how the book or drama relates to orphan care and adoption. Or, I may just share my thoughts about a particular part of the book or film. 

The Silver Petticoat Review - Here you will find excerpts of my articles originally posted on the blog/online magazine The Silver Petticoat Review. I became part of the contributing authors team in 2016. I only have excerpts from these articles on my blog; to read the original articles in its entirety, please click the links provided in the posts. Please visit The Silver Petticoat Review online for more reviews by a community of writers who love Old-Fashioned Romance.


  1. Hmmm . . . I don't see the button to click to "join."


    1. Hi Kathy,
      I have tried replacing the "Members" button with a "Followers" button. I have placed it where the Members heading used to be (underneath Check These Out!) If you see it, please try clicking the blue Join This Site button. This should let you join the blog. Please let me know if this new button works. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

  2. Hi Sasha!

    I'm sorry to have been so slow responding -- this is the first opportunity I've had to actually look at your site from my laptop for quite a while. Looks like the "Followers" button is working now!

    My oldest daughter introduced me to RR in the fall of 2010. I have followed the blogs of numerous adopting families . . . and, in the last couple of years, I have especially wondered about the perspective of the adopted special needs (former) orphans as they become adults. Yours is the first blog I've found (that writes from that particular perspective), which makes it special to me.

    I've read a lot of adult adoptee blogs written by healthy individuals adopted as infants, mostly from unwed mothers, and I've wondered if the same frustration they seem to feel applies to SN adoptees from non-US orphanages. These orphans are already separated from their parents . . . living in (in many cases) less-than-humane situations, with no recourse.

    If you know any other adult adoptee bloggers with backgrounds like yours -- adoptees with special needs, adopted from various institutions around the world, I would love to read their blogs, too.

    Thanks again for your blog, and for enabling me to follow it!