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Elijah #29-5

ElijahAge: 1
Diagnosis: Down syndrome

 

Elijah recently turned a year old. He is rolling over, making sounds in an effort to mimic speech, playing peek-a-boo, reaching for toys and trying to play with them. He interacts with his care givers through facial expressions, sounds and gestures. He recognizes familiar people. He has no other health issues other than Down syndrome. He eats and sleeps well.

$0.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Micah #

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Boy, born 2012

Down syndrome; extra thumb; syndactylia of 2 toes

Micah’s overall health is good.  He lives in a specialized medical institution.  The agency can provide additional information and photos.

 

Because we only have this child’s file for a short time, he will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for him.

Malinda #

MalindaGirl, born 2012
West syndrome / infantile spasms; delays in neuro-psychological development, hypotonia, facial dysmorphia, nystagmus (inconstant), systolic murmur

 

 

 

Because we only have this child’s file for a short time, she will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for her.

Garrison #

GarrisonBoy, born 2010

Blind
When taken by the 2 hands, Garrison stands up and has the support of his feet. When he is put on a children’s stool, he sits on it during a meal. He actively moves his hands and legs, kicks and rolls over in bed. He rolls over in free space and turns handsprings.

Garrison is blind. He does not manipulate objects, plays with his hands-hits them against each other, slaps and puts them into his mouth; joins the hands of an adult person. He reacts to a noise and a sound, even to the slightest of them; he listens attentively and grows quiet when he hears music.

He has improved emotional tone-calmly and activelystays awake, smiles and laughs in a loud voice even touched. He recognizes familiar voices, becomes animated and utters sounds. He accepts touch and gets in touch. He tolerates more and more social situations-having a bath, eating and dressing.  He utters syllables – da-da; ba-ba; shouts in a loud voice, uses his voice and utters guttural sounds.

Because we only have this child’s file for a short time, he will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for him.

 

Spencer #

Spencer (2) Spencer (1)Boy, 5 years old
Mild mental delays, family history of mental illness, malnutrition, physical delays, strabismus

 

Because we only have this child’s file for a short time, he will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for him.

EVERETT for the Johnson family — ND

EverettBlake and Crystal have 2 young biological daughters and thought their family was complete. Little did they know that God would lead them to Reece’s Rainbow through friends who adopted a little girl from Eastern Europe last Christmas. Crystal scrolled through the many faces of children who need families and read many blogs of adoptive parents. After learning about the neglect of these children, they prayed. A lot! They had never seriously considered adoption. Especially international adoption. They are planners. They are not risk-takers. But they love children. They love God. They want to be obedient to God’s calling.

Since they have two girls they decided if they were to adopt they would like to add a boy to the family. They were waiting for clarity from God of what age of boy, from which country, what type of special needs, when to start the process. One day the older daughter talked of a discussion she had with Blake about getting a boy in the family. Blake said they never had the discussion so they believe it must have been a dream. They were wondering what God was up to! Then about four days later they were presented with Everett’s information and fell in love. The decision was prayerfully, fearfully, obediently made to add this precious little boy to their family.

They appreciate your prayers for provision, protection, unity, peace, and health.

8/21/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at turntojoy.wordpress.com

$58.20 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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OLEN for the Stewart family — ND

31021075254 Olen (2)Harlan and Andrea met in junior high, became friends in high school, started dating in college, and were married in June of 2012. They were both born and raised in rural North Dakota and attribute their values of hard work, family, friends, and faith in God to their upbringing in this area.

Harlan and Andrea developed a love and passion for working with individuals with special needs while working at a local summer camp devoted to providing services to children and adults with disabilities in North Dakota.

The subject of adoption came up frequently and was talked about as something they would do “some day.” A divine encounter with a mom of a child adopted through Reece’s Rainbow changed their whole outlook on the plan to adopt. This mom told Harlan about the journey they went through to bring their son home – sparking an urgency to their plan to adopt.

Harlan and Andrea made the decision to grow their family through adoption. They are very excited to make this dream of theirs a reality. They appreciate anyone who chooses to partner with them by supporting financially, emotionally or through prayer for their little boy.

“My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” – Exodus 33:14

8/20/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.journeyforteddy.blogspot.com

$24.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LAYLA for the Horn family — IA

LaylaKatherine has worked with children as a social worker for almost 14 years. Around 6 years ago she decided she was ready to become a mom. After carefully researching different options she decided on international adoption. She was hoping and praying for the perfect toddler to add to her life. After waiting for a referral for a year she found her first daughter in Bulgaria on the waiting child list. Katherine quickly updated her dossier to match her daughter’s age and special needs and excitedly prepared for her. Maria came home from Bulgaria June 2012 and Katherine entered parenthood with a preteen. The past two years Katherine has been focusing on managing Maria’s spina bifida and ensuring that Maria has the opportunities to experience life fully. Katherine also spent time helping Maria’s close friends find from the orphanage adoptive families. Over the past two years it has been obvious to Katherine that their family is not complete and that Maria misses having the close sibling relationship she had with specific peers in the orphanage. Over the past year Katherine has considered starting the adoption process, but that was put on hold this past spring due to Maria needing 3 unexpected surgeries. Thankfully Maria is recovering well. This summer Katherine saw Layla and knew that she would be the perfect little sister for their family.

8/20/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at adoptingsinglemom.blogspot.com

$29.63 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Joaquin #

Joaquin (2)Joaquin (1)Boy, born 2011
achondroplasia

 

Update from 2013:
Joaquin is walking with support.  He can reach out, grabs and holds a toy, putting it in one hand and then the other.  He plays continuously. He gets alive at attention, becomes angry at separation, when upset, he cries continuously and is hard to be calmed down. He is active and calm. He can pronounce syllables- ba-ba. The child’s psychomotor development is delayed under all indicators. He has a good emotional status.

 

Because we only have this child’s file for a short time, he will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for him.

Tate and Piper #23

OSiblings; Piper (2004) and Tate (2005).

Tate is an active, lively and smiley child; he is suffering from asthma with predominantly allergic component; Bronchial asthma – atopical, moderately severe asthma, with moderately frequent fits. He is using inhaler for his asthma. He has been diagnosed with mild mental delay. He is self-oriented and is specially oriented. He is roughly oriented for time. His concentration is mildly decreased, the properties of attention are improving when he is doing an activity that he is interested in. His impressive speech is underdeveloped – his vocabulary is poor. His communication is mainly nonverbal, accompanied by mimics and gestures. He has good emotional background, positive emotions are predominant. He shows fear of situations accompanying child’s development. He understands instructions. He attends school activities and study hall. In classes he is quiet and calm. He is studying by an individual educational program and finished 2nd grade, and willingly works with the resource teacher.

Piper is motorically active. She is coordinated; she knows the position in her body in space, as well as all physical activities. She is familiar with her bodily expression; her fine motor skills are in the process of development. She has been diagnosed with mild mental delay. She seeks support, she need reminding when solving simple problems. Her notions are limited; she is self-oriented and is specially oriented. She has monomorphic dyslalia, she understands the meaning of words. She is lively and active. She is trying to be noticed and is positively influenced by praising. She frequently plays with her brother. When invited she participates in group activities. She is studying by an individual educational program and finished 3rd grade. When the setting is friendly and supporting she shows curiosity and interest for learning about objects, asks questions and if the approach is right she can establish closeness. She still has some problems with bedwetting but it now happens very rarely and sometimes in cases when she changes the environment.

Piper and Tate have been in orphanages all their lives. Tate brother has been in this orphanage (for children from 7 to 18 years of age) for over a year, and sister for about two years and that according to him there is a visible progress in the development of both kids, they both have been developing since they were placed in this orphanage.

These children are socially and educational neglected and given they are approached in the right way by specialists, they will compensate their educational and developmental deficits. Tate is more calm and introverted, and sister is more touchy and emotional.

These children are very attached to each other, they know they are brother and sister and they want to be adopted together because they have never lived separately. They are looking for each other – they have normal and “sweet” relationship between siblings and are happy together. When Piper was asked whether she wants to have a mommy, she said “I do not have a mommy but I want to have mommy very much and her to be a mommy for me and my brother”. These two children just need a chance and love, encouragement, support and personal attention. They really need to find their own family forever, who will show them the real meaning of the word “family”. A family who will help them catch up with the missed hugs, emotions, kisses – who will show them that there is someone, who really will love them forever and in this way they will have more and more motivation for mastering of knowledge and skills.

Because we only have these children’s file for a short time, they will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for them.

Tenley #476

476_Ph_Apr143 years old

polymalformative syndrome, a condition after surgery for atresia of the esophagus and the anus, plastic reconstruction, esophagogastroanastomosis, colostomy, restoration of the colon. She has vesicoureteral reflux, hydronephrosis and megaureter in the left. 2-degree hypotrophy; significantly delayed neuropsychological development.

Tenley turns from back to belly and from back to a sideways position. She does not yet make attempts to crawl or stand up independently. She cannot take a sitting position independently yet. However, she is stable once placed in a sitting position. Her legs support her. When placed in a standing position, she can remain standing while holding onto a fixed support. She makes steps while held by both hands by an adult.

As regards the child’s speech, she mostly produces sounds and sound combinations. She responds to voices, although she does not yet differentiate being called by name.

She reaches for, takes by herself or insistently tries to reach a toy. She plays with toys continuously (looks at them closely, transfers them from one hand into the other, examines them with her mouth). She prefers plastic toys. She reacts positively to music (children’s songs).  She tolerates the presence of other children or adults. The child does not always demonstrate readiness to interact or play together with an adult. She has low frustration threshold.
The child eats with an adult’s assistance. She does not yet announce or control her physiological needs.

Updated pictures and information coming soon.

Because we only have this child’s file for a short time, she will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for her.

 

STARR for Kelly and Kyle

40808183336  Starr (1)Kelly and Kyle’s family has grown twice through the gift of adoption. The two beautiful souls that proudly call them Mama and Papa have changed their lives in ways they never would have imagined.

Their hearts are full and happy.

Knowing that their home and lives are set up for little ones with Down Syndrome, they talked about finding a baby girl to complete their family. Starr fits the bill just perfectly!

Any help you can offer them as they bring Starr home is most appreciated!

 8/19/2014—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$19.40 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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VALERA for the Schultz family — WI

Valera photo fwbutton150.pngWhile at the RR Family Reunion this year I met a little boy who had the ability to draw in a crowd! He was adorable and sweet and had a continual smile on his face! I couldn’t wait to meet the parents of this little firecracker!

I continued to watch him and finally figured out who he “belonged” to. I was shocked to find out he was an orphan being hosted by a RR family for the summer and would be sent back to the orphanage the end of August. He looked about 7 or 8 years old but was actually 12. I had a hard time imagining what his life was like back there. My husband and I were already in process to bring home a little RR sweetie from another country so I never imagined it would even be possible to be his Mama too; I was wrong!

We had to make some phone calls, change homestudy agencies and have a LOT of Faith that fundraising would go well! But WE DO BELIEVE that he is our SON and he will be home soon with the help of our family and friends in real life and in the cyber world! No donation is too small and will mean the world to our SON!

8/11/2014—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$2,368.60 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Starr

40808183336  Starr (2)40808183336  Starr (1)Girl, born 2014
DS, congenital heart defect, duodenum atresia (operated), syndactyly

 

 

$9.27 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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Marilee #474

474_Ph_Dec13Girl, 1.7- year-old
Congenital hydrocephalus (no indications for a surgical correction at present); microcephalus; suspected infantile cerebral palsy; convergent concomitant strabismus; specific developmental disorder of motor function; delayed neuropsychological development.

Marilee vocalizes (vowel sounds such as “a-a-a”), although she does not yet produce defined syllables or connected syllables. She does not cry in a loud and clear voice. Her eye contact needs to improve further. Marilee does not yet respond to being called by name. She responds visibly to touch and relaxes greatly when someone holds her in their arms. Marilee is being monitored by a team of specialists at the orphanage.

Because we only have this child’s file for a short time, she will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for her.

Lyndon #475

475_Photo_Jun11Boy, 7-years-old
Good general condition; delayed physical and neuro-psychological development; moderate mental delay; congenital anomalies syndrome predominantly affecting the facial area; pectus excavatus-while walking he slightly shuffles and rotates his right foot

Lyndon has good overall gross motor skills development. He seeks help from an adult and constant interaction with the staff members. He has underdeveloped speech, but understands what adults say. He eats independently and tries to wash himself independently; takes his shoes on/off and undresses by himself.

Because we only have this child’s file for a short time, he will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for him.

Bowden, Sam and Jesse for the Rieben family — OH

OSamOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen Richard and Valerie Rieben were married 12 years ago they never could’ve imagined the adventures that awaited them. In 2005, just 2.5 years after saying “I do,” the Rieben’s welcomed biological triplets Maren, Lukas and Jacob into the family. But the adventures didn’t stop there! In 2007, the family grew by two when Joshua was adopted from Uzbekistan and Evan from Ukraine. Life with five under five was so much fun that the Rieben’s decided to invite a few more to the party and in 2010 Alayna, Lilyana and Alexis joined them from Bulgaria. Realizing that they were still a few players short of a baseball team, they brought Benjamin and Thomas home from Bulgaria in 2012 bringing them to double digits! They say that things are cheaper by the dozen and, with three seats left in their 15-passenger van, the Rieben’s have decided to cross the pond one last time to bring Jesse, Sam and Bowden home! Won’t you join them in the adventure by supporting them on this wild ride!? After all, the more the merrier!

 8/11/2014—FIRST TRIP
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at fromthetrenchesofadoption.blogspot.com

$362.78 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Little Brother for the O’Brien family —

OBrienHi! I’m Cecelia! My mommy and daddy adopted me from Kazakhstan back in 2009. I came to my forever home a week before my first birthday. Mommy and daddy have been trying very hard since soon after I came home to adopt a sibling for me. They say that countries have closed and referrals have been lost (whatever that means). But FINALLY, we have found my little brother in India! While we aren’t allowed to publicly share his photo, you can take my word for it, he’s a cutie! Mommy and I have been working on a list of all the things we need to teach my brother when he gets home. Priority number one is to teach him how long we’ve wanted him here and how much we love him!

Will you please consider making a donation to help get my brother home? I’m dying to be a big sister! Thank you!

 

8/8/2014—I800 SUBMITTED; AWAITING ARTICLE 5
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at alittlebrotherforcecelia.blogspot.com

 

$75.66 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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FRANCINE for the Wassink family — MO

Francine Photo 2 March 2014Once upon a time, in the wild land of Montana, there lived a young boy named Chad. He grew up with two brothers and loved playing sports and exploring the mountains around his home. There also lived a young lady named Whitney who grew up in the land of Kansas, far far away. Growing up among the wheat fields, she played sports along with her brother and sister and helped around the house. Little did Chad and Whitney know, God had a very special plan in store for them.

Among many other pursuits, each of them learned to throw the javelin. Each having shown a talent for the sport, a college recruiter named Robert whisked them off to the exotic land of California where they met for the first time. Competing together for the track team, they fell in love and were married in September 2000.

They had many adventures together over the next years and moved to the land of Oklahoma, where they decided to start a family of their own. They were blessed with a son, Finley (now 6) and a daughter, Delaney (now 4) before moving again. They settled in the land of Missouri, a short journey to the east of her home land.

It was at this time that God started to open their eyes to the very special path that he had in store for them. He blessed them with another son, Grady (now 2). Now Grady would prove to change the course of their lives forever. He opened their eyes to a world that had been around them all along, but they had never truly seen. Grady, you see, had Down Syndrome. Grady, and this newly discovered world brought untold treasures and blessings into their lives. But God was not finished yet.

Over the next years, God opened their eyes to lands across the vast oceans that had countless children like Grady, that were without families. They were not seen as another of God’s precious children, but as outcasts. As mistakes that were not worthy of love and were to be discarded to the edges of society. But what Chad and Whitney saw were thousands of amazing children who had been made in God’s image, with his loving hand crafting each of them just as he meant them to be. Children, whose potential and gifts could be unlocked through simply giving them the loving family that they so desperately wanted and deserved.

One little girl touched their hearts and they knew that God was calling them to travel across the ocean to a far off eastern European country and bring her home as their daughter. They knew they couldn’t help all of the children, but they could give this one child a life and allow her to become who God had created her to be. But the ruler of this distant land would not allow them to come. They were heartbroken and pray to this day for the situation to be put right.

Time passed and Whitney continued to watch the children on Reece’s Rainbow, wondering when the time would be right. After being blessed with another son, Kelby (now 8 weeks), the day came when they knew. They saw another little girl, Francine. God gave them a peace that day, for she was the one that was meant for them. For that moment, all of the excuses, hesitation, and fear melted away and they knew that the time had come. God was calling them down this path, and they had faith that He would provide the strength, wisdom, courage and endurance to meet the challenges and obstacles to come. Only God knows what is to come for their family, but as this beautiful journey unfolds, they would appreciate your thoughts and prayers.

8/8/2014—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$48.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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TALIA for the Reed family — PA

TaliaWendy and Jeff Reed have been abundantly blessed with 9 precious children, four born to them, and five through the miracle of adoption! Many of you are very familiar with the Reed’s last adoption journey to China in February 2014 to bring their son Joel home as well as their loss of their sweet daughter Sophia who passed away just days before they were to travel for both of their children. The Reed’s are so very thankful to all who were a part of helping to bring Joel home and were a tremendous support in their time of loss and grief. Jeff and Wendy are so very excited to introduce you to their newest treasure, Miss Talia Grace, and the incredibly amazing journey God has set them upon to bring their daughter home.

“Beauty from Ashes” has been a theme that has been entwined throughout the Reed’s journey to Talia since they first found out about this beautiful little girl, and from the very beginning of her tiny fragile life. Talia was born with a life threatening condition called biliary atresia that really has no treatment options in the area of China where she is from. Since surgery was not performed at an early age, Talia’s liver sustained severe damage, and her only hope for survival was to receive a liver transplant (almost completely non-existent in China!). Her story could have ended there in despair and ashes, but she was given hope when she was moved to a Foster Home in Beijing, China where she miraculously received a liver transplant. Talia has continued to recover and BLOSSOM from that life-saving surgery…a beautiful story of” beauty from ashes” only made possible by God’s intervention!

The Reed’s were originally in process to adopt BOTH Joel and Talia when they began their adoption journey two years ago. Talia’s adoption file was just being compiled and they were eagerly awaiting its completion so that they could adopt both Joel and Talia at the same time. As time went on, there were issues that arose that would stop all adoptions coming out of Talia’s region.

After a year into the adoption process, Joel had already been waiting far too long and the Reed’s had to make the heartbreaking decision to move forward with his adoption without Talia. The Reed’s attention was then turned towards a beautiful little girl on their adoption agency’s waiting child list who desperately needed a family that was traveling soon to come for her. Sweet Sophia had a serious heart condition that was inoperable in China and her only hope was for a family that was close to travel to come for her as quickly as possible so that she could receive life-saving heart surgery here in the US. The Reed’s wanted to give sweet Sophia the same opportunity for the hope of a healthy future that Talia received with her life-saving liver transplant surgery and so they agreed to move forward towards bringing precious Sophia home. Jeff and Wendy were just 6 days from traveling for both Joel and Sophia when they received the devastating news that Sophia had suddenly passed away. Their sweet baby girl had gained her heavenly Princess Tiara and was now in the arms of our Heavenly Father.

Heartbroken over the loss of Sophia, Jeff and Wendy clung to their faith that in time God would bring “beauty from ashes” once again. Our God is FAITHFUL and He did just that! Shortly after Sophia’s passing, the Reed’s found out that Talia’s adoption paperwork had been released and was finally moving forward again! It took a bit of time and a great deal of patience, but on May 30th the Reed’s FINALLY received Talia’s adoption file from their new adoption agency and submitted their request to make Talia part of their family!!! They have received Pre-Approval from China to move forward towards bringing Talia home, and so the Reed’s begin one last journey to China for their precious daughter! Wendy and Jeff are so excited to see the beautiful painting that God is creating from those ashes and are looking forward to having Talia home in their arms!

Wendy and Jeff invite you to follow along on their journey for Talia Grace, and covet your prayers and support as they work towards bringing her home! Your encouragement and support have been instrumental as they worked towards bringing each of their beautiful treasures home from China and they would not be here without YOU!

 

8/7/14—UPDATING HOMESTUDY; COMPILING DOSSIER
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.paintingbeautyfromashes.com

$38.80 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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