AimeeAge: 8
Diagnosis: Generalized disorder of the development-possible autism

Aimee was placed in an orphanage at birth and adopted through a domestic adoption in her home country at age 3. After a psychologist gave Aimee a diagnosis of “generalized disorder of the development-possible childhood autism”, the adoptive family returned her to an orphanage at age 7.

Aimee has some developed self-help skills: She feeds herself, indicates when she needs to use the bathroom and is toilet trained, undresses herself, and washes her own hands. She is learning additional self-help skills in order to be more independent. She has well developed gross motor skills. She plays with toys appropriately. She enjoys attention from the staff and seeks out hugs and affection. Her memory is very mechanical and her intellect is delayed. She is not aggressive. She pronounces short words and simple sentences. She follows verbal directions. She participates in games and activities and enjoys games with movement. She has formed connections with the adults in her new environment.

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.

Griffin #56Griffin is 15 and has delayed neuropsychological development; moderate mental delay.

He has good physical development and well-developed motor skills. He loves to help and he willingly joins the household activities and shares the responsibilities; curious and demonstrates interest in many different areas; leads conversations at an everyday level; independent with regards to self-service and hygiene habits; has introverted disposition.

 

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.

Roger 565Roger is 8 and has infantile cerebral palsy; severe mental delay; protein-calorie malnutrition; congenital lues – cured.

He walks stably and tries to run; threads elements on a fixed stand; holds a pencil; vocalizes when experiencing strong emotions. He is certainly a cute boy! Hope his family finds him soon!

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.

Paige 568Paige is a sweet 14 year old girl who has Down syndrome, severe mental delay and hydrocephalus.

She is calm and timid; often smiles; rejoices when receiving attention; demonstrates her attachment to staff members; produces sounds and she is visibly happy when someone hugs her; loves listening to music, watching TV and moving around in her positioning walker; loves it when someone reads fairy-tales to her; responds to other people’s speech; establishes contact easily; makes eye contact; engages in school work with the help of her resource teacher; looks at the pictures in children’s books.

 

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Matthew #01-10 (2) Matthew #01-10 (1)Age: 5
Diagnosis-very mild CP in his legs

Matthew walks and runs, though he does have an awkward gait due to the mild CP. He throws and catches a ball. His speech is excellent. He is able to ask and answer questions, share details about his life, count to 5 and hold a conversation with people. He gets along well with other children and adults. He does not have any behavioral concerns. He has a good memory. He participates in games and other activities and follow the rules set to complete the task. He is described as “sociable and affectionate”.

Photos and videos from July 2015 are available through the agency. In the videos, Matthew walks, runs, answers questions about his life and engages in conversation with an adult on the video.

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.

elijah-2015Age: 2
Diagnosis: Down syndrome

From a family who visited him in July 2015: “already crawling, standing, he’s smart, and speaking at least 10 words. He’s in the care of an amazing foster family which is a blessing because he is bonded and this will help his future attachments. He is active and strong! ”

Initial profile info:  Elijah 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.

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Lilly_June 2014LillyAge: 3
intrauterine hypotrophy, microcephalus, nanism, considerably delayed physical development; delayed neuropsychological development; her motor skills are well-developed; good general condition. The child’s emotional and social development and speech are delayed.

Lilly walks independently. She reaches for toys that are handed to her but still has a short attention span. She watches other children in the playroom but does not initiate interactions with them. She prefers to play alone. She does participate in organized activities with her group. She responds when being called by name. She produces some syllables, but is not yet talking. She recognizes familiar adults and smiles when they give her attention.

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.

NathanBoy, age: 2
Cerebral Palsy

He reaches out, picks up and holds toys, transfers them from one hand to another and knocks two blocks one against the other. His attention is stable if he is interested in something. When someone reaches out to him, he changes his body posture in order to be picked up. He differentiates between familiar persons and strangers and when contacted reacts with a smile. He demonstrates preference to some of them. He is calm among his peers in the room and follows them with a look when they move or produce sounds. He manipulates with and explores objects independently. He likes to look at books with pictures.

Photos and videos from June 2015 are available through the agency.

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.

Isaac JeremyIsaacBoy, age 2
Condition after a brain hemorrhage. Cyst in the left cerebral hemisphere. Microcephaly. Spastic quadriparesis.
Cryptorchidism. Anemic syndrome. Behind in his neuro-psychical development.

When put on his belly or held, he keeps his head up. He slightly turns to one side but doesn’t turn independently from back to stomach and vice versa. He doesn’t try to sit up and doesn’t get up to a standing position. He doesn’t have good support in his legs. He starts after loud sound but doesn’t turn his head to the direction of the sound. He listens to the speech of adults. He doesn’t look at an adult leaning over him. He doesn’t follow with a look moving objects or people. He reacts to touch. He is calm and doesn’t cry without reason. He reacts positively to interactions and laughs loud.

Photos and videos from June 2015 are available through the agency.

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.

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PENTACON DIGITAL CAMERAGirl, age: 2
Diagnosis: unrepaired cleft lip and palate, repaired clubbed foot, heart condition

Ryleigh has been through multiple medical procedures in her young life. She was born with a serious heart condition that resulted in pulmonary hypertension. She had surgery to repair her heart. Results of the surgery indicate “bending of the pulmonary artery and ligature of persisting arterial canal”. She was born with a clubbed foot, which was repaired through casting and bracing. Her cleft lip and palate has not yet been repaired.
Ryleigh has delays in her development. She can sit up and stands while in a walker. She makes eye contact, follows moving objects and turns her head to respond to her name. She drinks from a bottle and is fed with a spoon.

Photos and videos are available through the agency.

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.

Jebb (2)Boy, 3 years oldJebb (3)
multicystic encephalopathy, infantile cerebral palsy and delayed physical and psychomotor development

Jebb responds to familiar voices; produces guttural sounds; holds a toy that has been handed to him; smiles slightly when someone is speaking to him in a gentle voice. The child falls asleep easily and his sleep is calm. He is fed with a feeding tube. He is calm while his clothes are changed as well as during hydrotherapy procedures.Jebb (1)

He raises his head for a short period of time, while in a supine position, with his head turned to the left.

The agency also has video available.

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.

Lorenzo (3) Boy, 3 years oldJoel 555
This boy has the following special needs: microcephaly; infantile cerebral palsy – unspecified; epilepsy -petit mal seizures; atrial defect; congenital hypothyroidism; metabolic encephalopathy; secondary hypolactasia; syndactyly of the 2nd and 3rd toes of the left foot; incomplete descensus of the right testicle; delayed neuropsychological development; convergent strabismus.

He makes steps on his toes while an adult holds him; stands up on his knees while holding onto something; He is trying out what his body can do by performing different movements; demonstrates interest in bright-colored toys and tries to reach them with his hands; focuses his attention on an object that is new or interesting to him for a while; plays with toys for quite a while; loves playing with a ball by rolling it gently; smiles when involved in an interaction with an adult he finds pleasant; laughs aloud; produces guttural sounds spontaneously; has specific sounds for expressing pleasure, fear and pain.

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.

BetsyThis lovely girl has Spina bifida, mental delay, nocturnal and diurnal enuresis.  She iss 11 years old.

The girl is described as friendly and well-intentioned, emotionally stable, accepted well by her peers, demonstrates willingness to communicate with adults, prefers to play with peers, loves doing puzzles, has built self-service skills as well as hygiene habits, has a positive attitude towards adoption.

We have videos where you will see her answer questions and tell her age, that she is in the 4th grade at the local school, try to tell all the classes she had at school that day, share all her favorite foods (meatballs, soups, salads with tomatoes, sauces, cheese sandwiches, apples) and count up to 30 by herself.

It is worth mentioning that although the girl’s individual characteristics mentions some disturbances in her expressive speech and she does pronounce in a slightly muffled manner some sounds, we understands everything she says in the videos. The slight defects in the pronunciation of some sounds will probably be easily fixed with some speech therapy.

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.

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Shyla (2)Age: 2
Diagnosis: Persisting neurological problems – short term daily seizures – up to 10-15 daily; Suspected Laurence-Moon-Bardet-Biedle Syndrome; Rudiments of 6th fingers of the palms; Bottom extremities – clynobraquidactilia (2nd and 4th toe, bilaterally).Hypertrophy of the left cardiac chamber; Brain disorder (hypoplasia of the forehead and temporal segments); Delay in the neuro-psychical development.

Shyla lives in a foster home and attends daycare each day. She has well developed gross motor skills and talks in 3 word phrases. She can answer simple questions, recognizes herself in the mirror, knows the function of basic household items like the telephone and hairbrush, responds to her name, explores her environment appropriately and has bonded well with her foster mother.

Photos and videos from May 2015 are available from the agency.

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.

KristopherBoy, born 2010
Diagnosis: congenital cataract of both eyes and congenital glaucoma
Cytomegaloviral Infection that was passed to him from his birth mother

Kristopher has had 2 eye surgeries already and needs surgery for both cataracts. He’s been seen by an opthamologist 10 times since arriving at the orphanage when he was 4 months old.

 

UPDATE April 2012:    Kristopher is doing very well. In the new videos of him, he is tracking objects, playing with toys and saying “mama”!  He does have cataracts and would benefit from lens replacement surgery. The orphanage is currently seeking funds to have this done ASAP so that his development is not hindered by his vision problems.

UPDATE Jan 2014:   Kristopher currently lives in a family style group home with several other children. He’s receiving therapy daily.

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.

Brendan 535Boy, 2 years old
Main Special Needs: background retinopathy; retinopathy of prematurity; a condition after 2-degree intracranial hemorrhage (he is blind); Specific developmental disorder of motor function; hypotrophy; delayed neuropsychological development.

This boy manipulates continuously with a toy that has been placed close to him. He can turn from back to belly and move at short distances while supporting his body on his forearms. He stands in a baby walker and produces syllables and other sound combinations. The child eats well.

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.

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Elayna #6-30 (1)Age: 7
Diagnosis: mild CP

Elayna says words,knows the names of the children in the sector, and carries out instructions. She speaks with simple sentences but her articulation is disturbed due to the main disease. She names some domestic animals, fruits and vegetables. She says her name and counts to five on her own. She asks variety of questions. She moves around by crawling and on all four while helping with her paretic hand, sits up on her own and follows the instructions of the physical therapist. She pulls up to a standing position with adult’s help or by unmoving support: she makes steps with the help of a gait trainer or holding on to both hands. She walks alongside unmoving support independently. She needs two aids. She plays with toys. The child throws and catches a ball. She builds a tower of 10 blocks, builds with blocks (towers imitating houses, fences, etc.), she fits in mosaics; she takes out and fits in elements in the Seguin Board, puts together two pairs of pictures from “Lotto” game, fits in and strings, puts complicated forms in the bedding but has difficulties with the spastic hand. It prevents her from improving her motor skills. She brushes her teeth with help. She eats on her own table food. She drinks from a cup. She puts the bib on her own, puts away and puts in order the utensils. She picks out her clothes and makes attempts to undress on her own. She takes off her shoes alone but needs help to put them on. She goes to Montessori therapy and is in Kindergarten at the local special education school. She likes to be the center of the attention. She manages to have things her way and stands up for her desires. She observes the play of the other children and laughs loud, teases and plays with her peers, enters into interactions with them showing selective attitude; she sooths the children if they cry but manages to take away from them the toys that she prefers. She insists on participating in the joint activities. She demonstrates observed actions with objects. She likes very much to interact with adults and always tries to attract their attention. She has a developed bond with a member of the staff. She likes to listen to music, shows with gestures and hums to children’s songs.

Additional photos and videos are available through the agency.

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.

Adler 511 (2)511_photo6_Oct14Age: 4 years
Special needs: cerebral palsy (he walks independently!), 2-degree hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, congenital hypothyroidism without goiter (normal thyroid status at present, no hormone therapy), persistent foramen ovale, strabismus, inguinal hernia in the right, flat foot, delayed neuropsychological development.

This boy is in a satisfactory general condition and he is gaining weight. He also has been progressing in his psychomotor development ever since he got a “baba” as part of the “Granny and grandchild” program. His fine motor skills have improved greatly.

He walks independently. He imitates actions he has observed. He makes attempts to eat independently. He reaches for toys, plays with them and examines their functions. He makes eye contact and smiles. The child enjoys interacting with adults. He has formed a relationship of attachment with his “granny”. The boy produces sounds and syllables and follows simple instructions.

His progress can easily be noticed. The boy’s gait is now much more stable, he even tries to run. He also started feeding himself with a spoon independently.

In the videos we have of him you will see the boy show that he is hungry, eat alone, wipe his mouth with a napkin, drink from a cup, show how big he will grow, walk, run, laugh at loud when jested by an adult, show his head, mouth, legs, hands, show how much he loves his “granny”, kiss his “granny”, give blow kisses, knock on a door, look through a book and imitate how he eats the grapes and the bread .

He is such a ray of light! Full of energy, radiant, playful, lovable and affectionate. The psychologist from the Center for Family Type Accommodation makes a very favorable forecast about his potential and future development. This boy would simply thrive once placed in a stable, loving and stimulating family environment.

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.

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Jesse2_2015Boy, age: 2
Diagnosis: External hydrocephalus; Arachnoid cyst; Infantile cerebral palsy – spastic quadric paresis

Jesse has been seen by a neurosurgeon who has said that no surgical intervention is required at this time. He picks up a toy given to him, keeps it for a short time and drops it. He will play for a short time – studies a toy, puts it in the mouth, transfers it from one hand to the other.

Photos and videos from May 2015 are available.

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omar 1 omar 2Boy, born 2012

Diagnosis: Congenital anomalies with main affection of the face area (facial dysmorphia). Nervous and psychological developmental delay. Bronchoobstructive syndrome. Gastric esophageal syndrome. Family history of birthmother and birthfather with mental disorder, two deceased brothers with congenital hydrocephaly. Brother with possible Simpson Syndrome – Golabi-Behmel. Omar was to be hospitalized for diagnosis specification through DNA analysis in March 2015, no further information is available.

Description: Omar is a calm child, with good emotional tone. He communicates and is able to show positive and negative emotions during a contact. He keeps visual contact. He appears to feel happy when familiar people appear. He cries before eating and when the adult goes away. Omar accepts the food with appetite, feeds with a spoon, with a help from an adult. He is calm at the time of bathing and dressing. Omar can hold his head up and sit independently. He is able to walk with support from an adult or with a baby-walker. He is able to turn from his back to his belly and tries to crawl. He can point with both hands to a given object and can grab the object when it is in close proximity. Omar is able to pronounce a specific combination of sounds.

Several videos are available from the agency.

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.

Owen Mar 2014Owen 2014 (1)Boy, 6 years
Diagnosis: Von Willebrand disease, epilepsy, strabismus and delayed neuropsychological development.

Owen has been diagnosed with Von Williebrand disease and as a result is also anemic from the bleeding episodes. He is also reported to be very hyperactive and he’s currently being given medication to help calm him down so that he can focus better. The hope is that this will also reduce some of the bleeding episodes. His development is delayed, though he’s recently started making more developmental progress just to a change in his current environment. He walks and tries to run. He eats from a spoon. He is beginning to babble and make sounds. He plays in the children’s play room and enjoys going on walks with caregivers. He receives wilate treatments as needed for his condition.

Update 2014:   He has stable and consistent weight gain; walks stably and tries to run; produces random sound combinations; follows simple instructions; loves it when someone sings to him; builds up a pyramid of elements; plays with toy cars.

$155.20 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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Tage 546Boy, born 2012
age-correspondent physical development and delayed neuropsychological development (mostly regarding speech), cognitive deficit correspondent to mild mental delay, and generalized developmental disorder – infantile autism.

Tage walks independently; holds toys that are given to him and takes them around with him; produces random sound combinations. He is relatively calm for long periods of time. He does not demonstrate aggression towards other people or self-aggression.

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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJewel 547Jewel was born in 2009.

Her reports state: Epilepsy, infantile cerebral palsy – quadriparesis, profound mental delay and strabismus of the eyes.
Jewel is dependent on adults’ care. She cannot eat independently yet, but she expresses preferences towards certain foods. She likes yogurt very much! She gets excited when she hears someone singing or a musical toy playing. She responds to loud sounds by turning in the direction of the sound. The sounds of nature have a relaxing effect on her. She likes to cuddle and smiles when called by name.

When Jewel is afraid or anxious, she would sometimes start biting her hands or crying. She is not prone to aggression. She sometimes manifests self-aggressive behavior (biting the hands). She can take a sitting position independently. She can crawl and she can stand on her feet for a while with an adult’s help. Decreased muscle tone of the limbs.

JaxJax was born in 2011.

He has been living with a foster family since 2013.

He has a systolic murmur along the precordium; hyperkinetic conduct disorder and a mild mental delay. The child started walking on time, but his speech is underdeveloped. The child cannot stay focused for a long time while playing. He understands and follows simple instructions.

The agency has current medical reports available for serious inquiries.

Sterling (6)Boy, born 2011

Blind, microcephaly, metabolic disease – innate lactic acidosis, hypothyroidism, strong mental delays

There is lack of manipulative activity, as at the stimulation and irritation of his skin, he opens up fingers and holds his hands in a clenched fist position, sucks his little finger. He takes hold of an adult person’s fingers. He does not yet grasp toys. Sterling can turn from his back to his abdomen and vice versa. He has no support at his legs; he has some support at the head – he raises and holds it upright for a certain period of time from horizontal abdominal position. He turns towards the direction of a sound, reacts to a noise, subsides and listens attentively with both ears.

He is bedridden and unable to see. He is easily distracted by noises and voices. He subsides at quiet gentle music. He lags years behind in terms of development. He has a changeable emotional state – from tranquilly being on the watch/staying awake with animation and shouts; up to being uneasy-crying/tearful and irritable. He does not react to his name. He utters syllables; he makes different sound combinations and shouts loudly, as he exercises his voice in this way.

He accepts body contact, as he cracks a broad smile, whenever he is calm, reacts to speech; feels the presence of people around him and differentiates the tone of voice. He sleeps soundly in a routine.

HarmonyHarmony 5432 year old girl
Congenital anomalies syndrome affecting mainly the facial area, blind

(Harmony was also previously listed as Calli)

Harmony is blind (congenital eye anomalies – severe hypoplasia of the eye orbits, the optic nerves and the optic chiasm) and has congenital anomaly syndrome affecting mainly the facial area, agenesis of the corpus callosum; colpocephaly; delayed motor development. She is in a satisfactory general condition.calli

She rejoices when interacting with adults; produces syllables by imitation and also uses a couple of words; plays with toys for a long time; laughs when jested; smiles when caressed; differentiates between different tones of voice; feels comfortable both in children’s and adults’ company.

Harmony is fed with a spoon by an adult. She drinks from a cup with an adult’s help. She needs constant supervision and assistance due to her blindness. If the child is raised in a stimulating family environment, this would give her the opportunity to develop further her potential for psychological and physical development.

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.

Devyn 54411-year-old boy

Moderate mental delays with significant disturbance of behavior, requiring care or treatment; bilateral equinovarus foot deformity – in a condition after surgery. He has normal physical development.

He attends a mainstream school and he can read, count up to 100, add and extract up to 20. He is described as observant, quiet and attentive. He has excellent hygiene habits and maintains his personal and school belongings in a very good condition.

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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABoy, born June 2011
premature with moderate asphyxia. Uncertain data for periventricular hemorrhage. Manifestation of convergent strabismus and hypermetropia. Treatment with corrective glasses and occlusion. Increased tonus of limbs- started to walk at the age of 2 years and 2 months. Unstable walking. mild mental delay. Suspected possible autism

Jeremiah is calm when sleeps and is awake, has a good eating habits appropriate for the age. The child has chewing reflex and eats well. The child cannot service itself but is in the process of developing elementary skills for independence- takes part in the dressing process, holds the cutlery when eating.

Jeremiah can stand up without help, walks independently and is cautious in unknown environment. When someone holds his hand, he can go up and down stairs. He plays with cubes knocking them one another. He can appropriately use toys. He can continuously repeat one action. He is rarely interested in speech and role plays and has some moments of exclusion. He can express joy but difficulty becomes active in dynamic games. Micro motor skills are not well developed.
He rarely and selectively expresses interest for objects and happenings around him. He can use one particular object and does not always react to a new one that is offered to him. He shows and offers toys to other people. He can put some small items in a box and then empties it.

Jeremiah is often introspected in his own world and his attention and interest is not easy to be provoked.  His memory is very short. He cannot remember words and activities that are not repeated continuously. He easily forgets. Sometimes he imitate a person he knows.  The child communicates more with gestures and rarely uses speech. He can use only limited number of short words and does not follow instruction. He can express preferences among some items and activities. He can express pleasure and annoyance, joy, and happiness. He is happy during games, explores the game around him but with slower pace than the other children of his age.

Jeremiah can distinguish between familiar and unknown people. He can initiate a contact but has difficulties in maintaining it. He is passive in the playground and rarely initiates a contact with other children.

Jeremiah demonstrates delay in his psychomotor, cognitive and social development. Family environment poses extraordinary stimulating effect and he is able to quickly compensate his motor problems and shows potential for development. He can already walk independently, can overcome obstacles and stairs with help, develops skills for independence and stimulates his speech expression. His social skills are also under development.

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.

Oliver 2010 (2)Oliver 2010 (3)Oliver was born in 2010. He sits with support. He doesn’t speak. Oliver has Infantile cerebral palsy; Delays in the neuro-psychical development and underdeveloped speech. He can’t walk or eat independently. The child is in a good general health.He can turn independently from his back to his stomach and vice-versa.

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He can’t pull up to a standing position independently. With someone’s help, he can take steps. He uses a walker to move around. Oliver can give his hand; he picks up and holds objects for a short time. He can’t use utensil independently and doesn’t eat on his own. His sleep is calm. He easily falls asleep and doesn’t have sleep disorders.

More photos available from the agency.

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.

ella7 ella 01Hope (previously listed as “Ella”), is a precious 7 year old who desperately needs a family. Hope has poly-malformative syndrome; Infantile cerebral palsy – spastic quadric paresis to severe degree; Symptomatic epilepsy; Pseudo-bulbar paresis; Impossible gait; Cleft lip and cleft palate; Congenital cardiac malformation – intervalvular defect, hemodynamically insignificant; Delay in the neuro-psychical development.

Hope doesn’t walk, doesn’t talk, and eats through a tube. The correction of the cleft lip and palate is not finished. When talked to, she turns her head to the direction of the sound. She is put in a special verticalizer for longer periods of time. She holds up a toy put in her hand and manipulates with it for a short time. She reaches out to a hanging toy if it has attracted her interest; she pats it and shakes it. Hope pronounces quiet vowels sometimes to express positive emotions. She demonstrates emotional reactions with non-verbal means. She follows the movements of the adult with a look and by turning her head and makes long eye contact. She smiles when talked to and to tactile stimulation on her hands and cheeks, but only to some adults.

More photos of sweet Hope available.

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.

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Isadora (2)Girl, born 2007
Glioependymal cyst of the right brain hemisphere – condition after surgery (Craniotomia regio frontalis – cystoventriculostomia); Spastic quadric paresis; Delay in the speech and motor development.

Isadora is in good overall condition with brain cyst and paretic syndrome, with good physical development. The internal organs are without pathological deviations. The child is with delay in the speech and motor activity, but within the limits of the main disease, big motor and speech improved is being registered. She says words, she knows the names of the children in the sector, carries out instructions, recognizes the toys, moves around by crawling and on all four while helping with her paretic hand, sits up on her own and follows the instructions of the physical therapist. She pulls up to a standing position with adult’s help or by unmoving support: she makes steps with the help of a gait trainer or holding on to both hands. She walks alongside unmoving support independently. She needs two aids. She plays with toys, doesn’t release them and fights for them. She eats independently. She goes to Montessori therapy and is in Kindergarten at the local special education school.
The child throws and catches a ball. She builds a tower of 10 blocks, builds with blocks (towers imitating houses, fences, etc.), she fits in mosaics; she takes out and fits in elements in the Seguin Board, puts together two pairs of pictures from “Lotto” game, fits in and strings, puts complicated forms in the bedding but has difficulties with the spastic hand. It prevents her from improving her motor skills. She brushes her teeth with help.

She eats on her own table food. She drinks from a cup. She puts the bib on her own, puts away and puts in order the utensils.  She likes to be the center of the attention. She observes the play of the other children and laughs loud, teases and plays with her peers, enters into interactions with them showing selective attitude; she sooths the children if they cry but manages to take away from them the toys that she prefers. She insists on participating in the joint activities. She demonstrates observed actions with objects.

Isadora likes very much to interact with adults and always tries to attract their attention. She has a developed bond with a member of the staff. She likes to listen to music, shows with gestures and hums to children’s songs. She speaks with simple sentences but her articulation is disturbed due to the main disease.

 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.

ZayneBoy, age: 1
Diagnosis: Atresia of the esophagus – not corrected

Zayne has been through several surgeries in his young life. He was born with VACTER-association. He has had 2 successful cardiac surgeries with a follow-up appointment scheduled in May 2015. He also had two surgeries for reconstruction of the digestive system with output of esophageal stoma and gastric stoma, ligation of two tracheoesophageal fistulas, and pyloroduodenal plastic. He needs surgery to reconstruct his esophagus. Doctors believe that this is best done in the US. He’s currently being fed through a G-tube and his medical needs are well monitored.

Despite all the medical procedures in his young life, Zayne is a happy and interactive little boy. He is well loved by his caregivers, who believe that his delays are due to the amount of time he’s been hospitalized. He rolls over, sits with assistance and is starting to learn to crawl. He moves around in a walker He plays with toys, interacts with caregivers, smiles and vocalizes when spoken to, and enjoys playing peek-a-boo.

Members of the agency staff have met Zayne and have an understanding of his medical needs. Additional information, along with photos and videos will be available in May 2015.

$261.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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KandieGirl, age: 13
Diagnosis: Down syndrome

Kandie is currently living in a group home. She has well developed gross motor skills(walks, runs, etc). She talks using simple phrases and questions. She can memorize poems and songs. She understands everything that is said to her, though like some kids with Down syndrome, she has difficulty with inferring, so the staff uses short simple sentences and concrete vocabulary when providing directions. She can count to 5 independently and to 10 with some assistance. She can write a few letters. She works hard while in school and does not have any behavior issues. She is completely toilet trained. She bathes herself with supervision from an adult. She serves and cleans off the table after meal time when it is her turn (all the children in the group home take turns doing this). She makes her own bed. She enjoys playing with the other children, watching TV and listening to music.

$747.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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CLaireAge:5
Diagnosis: Down syndrome and asthma

Claire is now living in a group home. She is completely toilet trained, is learning to feed herself and making progress in all areas of her development. She has just recently started learning to walk and has speech and delays in motor skills that are common in children with Down syndrome. She is described as happy, sociable and that she reacts with displeasure when she doesn’t get her way.

 

MiloBoy, born August 2012Milo
Hydrocephalus, nystagmus, strabismus

UPDATE April 2015
He is pretty healthy. Had bronchiolitis and pneumonia. It is good that he did not have any problems with shunt after placement in newborn period. Prognosis depends how well hydrocephalus was advanced. In his case it will be no problems since he did not have complications in the first months. That he did not have any shunt infection that required surgical revision which is a very good sign. If there is no initial delay most of the cases have a totally normal life. There is no history of seizure disorder. He is small for his age, but we do not know history of the parents. There is a foot abnormality mentioned, but is nothing it does not restrict his normal activity. I do not see any ophtalmological evaluation for his nystagmus. Crossed eyes are not a big problem.

UPDATE March 2015:
Milo has excellent qualities. He is a very clever child. He made his first steps at the age of 10 months. At the age of 12 months he started to speak complete sentences …  The child only problem is the strabismus, but it can be corrected in the USA. After his birth it was made an intervention for removal of pressure in the brain in the best and most modern hospital in country. The operation was successful, no need for a second for now.
The agency has several pictures and videos available.

BellaBella3Girl, age: 15
Down syndrome

Bella will age out in the fall of 2015. She needs a family who can file their I-800a application before her 16th birthday!

Bella is a healthy and happy 15 year old girl. She lived in an institution for many years, but is now in a group home, where she is thriving. She attends a special education school, where she is in the 8th grade. She actively participates in class. She likes to help other children and willingly participates in group activities. She talks in simple sentences, likes music, drawing, watching TV, dancing, and playing games with other children. She has well developed self-help skills and feeds and dresses herself independently.

The agency has photos and videos from March 2015.

$15,000.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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Saleena (1) Saleena (2)Girl, age: 2 external hydrocephalus, delayed development Saleena walks while holding one finger of another person. She will interact with musical toys. She pronounces random sounds (da-da, ba-ba, etc). She eats soft foods from a spoon. Photos and video from March 2015 are available through the agency.

$166.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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Joseph2015 (6) Joseph2015 (2)Boy, age: 2
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) – classic salt wasting type, on substituting hormonal therapy; Low stature; Congenital cardiac malformation – systolic murmur, hemodynamically insufficient pulmonary stenosis, secondary arterial hypertonia

Joseph moves around in a walker. When let by the hand, he walks for short distances. He can sit up unassisted. He shows interest in the events happening around him. He cheers up when seeing familiar adults and is described as a very happy child. He has started babbling, but is not yet talking. He is eating soft foods from a spoon. He plays with toys and is very interested in them. He interacts with other children and enjoys being with a group of children.

Photos are from March 2015; the agency also has video available from March 2015.

$279.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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Bella (2) 20150225_112650Girl, born 2013
Down syndrome

 

Beautiful Bella was able to sit independently at the age of 1 year 2 months. She does not yet walk alone. She has delays in speech development. She is in a good general state.  Her emotional status is excellent- reacts to attention and hugs with a smile and shows discontent when she is not hugged.

The agency has additional pictures and adorable videos available!

$162.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Billy

Boy, born 2012
severe prematurity, physical and neuro-psychological development delays

Billy

Billy is a kind and happy child. He prefers contacts with particular people from the Staff with whom he has attachment. Delay in motor skills development. He can turn from one side to another and crawls well. He can stand up if supported and can walk if held by both hands. Fine motor skills: He tries to hit two cubes each other. He can play with a toy for some period of time and the game are different with different toys. With help by the others, he tries to put objects in a box.Billy’s emotional state is good. He is happy when someone talks to him or plays with him. He loves to be around people he knows. Sometimes he is upset and cries when left alone. He loves listening to songs for children. He can pronounce random syllabuses and sounds.

Billy is very kind and loving boy. He is well adapted to the daily routine in the institution. He seeks contact with others and easily gets attached to a person. He is selective in his eating preferences. His sleep is calm and when he is awake, he communicates with other children and adults. He loves to be outside.

Billy would thrive in a family environment!

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Diagnosis: CP

Austin’s medical reports indicate that he has spastic CP in all 4 limbs. Videos were taken of him in February 2015 that show him standing while holding the hands of a caregiver and taking steps to walk across the room. He is also using his arms and hands to reach for toys, hold them and manipulate them. He receives massages and therapy daily. He turns from back to stomach. He doesn’t sit independently. He makes attempts to crawl. He manipulates with toys. He is calm. He reacts positively when contacted by an adult and shyly smiles. He laughs loud at play and emotional contact with another person. He demonstrates interest in small and hard objects. He claps his hands, he knocks two blocks one against the other. He is fed with a spoon by an adult. He can move around in a walker and make several steps when led by the hands by an adult. He can maneuver the walker to get to a preferred adult.

Photos and videos from Feb 2015 are available through the agency.

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.

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SabrinaGirl, age: 2
Diagnosis: CP, neonatal exposure to drugs and Hep C

Sabrina is currently receiving therapy and treatment for CP. In videos taken in Feb 2015, she is moving her arms and legs, reaching for a ball and rolling it, sitting up and focusing on toys. She makes noises, but does not yet have any words. Her birth history includes information that her mother is a recovering drug addict that is taking methadone. The birth mother also has Hepatitis C. Sabrina is tested every 6 months and at this time, there is no indication of active Hep C. A CT of her head shows normal brain structure.

Photos and videos from Feb 2015 are available through the agency.

$140.40 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

OBoy, age: 2
Diagnosis: shunt placed at 2 months old due to hydrocephalus, delays in development

Kurt can sit unassisted and is learning to crawl. He smiles at favored adults and loves to cuddle. He enjoys playing interactive games with staff such as peek-a-boo. He will reach for toys and attempts to play with them once he has them (shakes them, explores what they do, etc). He turns his head toward noises and voices, but does not yet have any language skills.

Additional photos and videos are available through the agency.

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.

Aurora (1) Aurora (2)Girl, 2 years old
Atrophy of the optic nerve, amaurosis, congenital glaucoma, nystagmus, ROP (Retinopathy of the prematurely born) – 5th degree, blindness 100%; Specific disorders in the development of motor function; Delay in the neuro-psychical development.

When awake, the child demonstrates motor activity and initiative and her motor functions are at the following level: good muscle tone; good control of the head; she turns from back to stomach and vice versa; she gets on all four, and then transfers to a sitting position; she has good support in her legs – she pulls up with help to a steady support; when put in a Bungee, she actively jumps up; she moves in the space by scooting and rolling.

Aurora has a disability of the optic analyzer due to which the visual-motor coordination is difficult. Separate gripping skills are observed – she grasps when touched, transfers from one hand to the other, feels with her hands toys with different dimensions and textures, but she doesn’t explore with her mouth.

The hearing analyzer is within the norms – she listens and orientates to the direction of the sound. She demonstrates emotions when sung to.
The child is with adequate emotional reactions and preserved emotional tone. She accepts and maintains contact with an adult (she is emotionally responsive). To tactile and speech stimulation she laughs loud and pronounces a string of combinations of sounds with a melodic tone. She reacts with lots of crying to separation that is accompanied with rocking on all four, but she can be easily calmed down.

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.

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Flora 2526 (1)Girl, born 2010
Cerebral Palsy – spastic quadriparesis

Flora has delays in her psychomotor development: leans to the side; sits with support and in a baby chair for feeding. She has support on her legs but she does not make attempts to stand up. Lifts up her head, when put on her stomach. She props up on her hands but keeps them clenched, she makes attempts to crawl. She reaches for a handed toy and tries to hold it.

Flora smiles when somebody is talking to her. She pronounces single words. She reacts to positive stimuli. She has established a relationship with person from the staff. She sleeps soundly. She does not cry without reason. She eats slowly and fastidiously. She does not regulate her physiological needs.

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.

Sara 529Two sisters; the older sister has post-surgical encephalopathy.

Sara, age: 12 years
The girl had post-surgical encephalopathy of moderate degree. Condition after surgery of a benign formation of the cerebrum. The girl is clinically healthy at present. Her physical development is within the norm, as well as her intelligence.

The child communicates freely with both children and adults. She enjoys listening to music and dancing. She has a very close emotional bond with her younger sister.

Susan, aSusan 530ge: 11 years

Healthy. Her intelligence is within the norm. The child is sociable and radiant. She has well-developed self-service skills and hygiene habits. Her physical and mental development is correspondent to her age.

In the videos you will see the girls say “hello”, tell that they are in 7th and 5th grade respectively.  Sara’s favorite school subjects are reading and mathematics and Susan’s is man and nature. They share they have friends. Write. When asked confirm they are studying English at school but they get embarrassed and the only words in English they can think of are “Hello” and “Goodbye”

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.

Parker (2)Parker (1)Boy, 5 years old

retinopathy of prematurity; convergent strabismus, atrophy of the optic nerve, nystagmus; significant disturbance in behavior which requires care and treatment; mental delay.

He is physically active and initiative – he walks independently and stably; gets excited when taking a walk outside and shows interest in new places and objects; fixates with his eyes for a short time and at a close distance; distinguishes between familiar and unfamiliar people; produces chains of random sound combinations; responds to being called by name; follows simple instructions; some autistic elements in behavior.

 

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.

Tobias_2015Age: 1
Diagnosis: Repaired bilateral clubbed feet and congenital stenosis of the pulmonary valve

Tobias went through a series of casting of both feet followed by surgeries in order to correct his clubbed feet. He currently wears braces and orthopedic shoes. He is not yet putting weight on his feet for support. He can roll over and his starting to get up on his hand and scoot in an effort to crawl. He is very active when in his crib. He will move around, interact with toys and is very happy. When he is outside of his crib, he is more reserved and nervous of noises and crowds. He is easily calmed by someone talking to him.
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.

RoyceBoy, age: 1
Down syndrome

Royce keeps his head upright and turns it in the direction of sound. He turns from back to belly and vice versa. He has not started crawling yet. When in a lying position, he can sit up with some help. When placed in a position of supporting his body on his four limbs, he can maintain this position and then sit up. He stands up while holding onto a fixed support with both hands. He takes a sitting position by himself. He produces sounds, sound combinations and syllables. He responds to voices and to the tone of voice (he looks at the person and listens intently). He differentiates between familiar and unfamiliar people. He reaches out his hand for “hello” when encouraged by an adult. He takes a toy himself or grabs a toy that has been handed to him. He manipulates with toys at an elementary level – he examines them closely, waves them around and takes them to his mouth. He has recently learned to knock two cubes one into the other.

 

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Joshua 2015Boy, age: 7
Moderate mental delay; significant disturbance in the behavior requiring care and treatment; slightly hyperkinetic behavior; strabismus (wears glasses)

Joshua spent the first 6 years of his life in an orphanage surrounded by children much younger than him. As a result, he was not held to age appropriate expectations. He has recently been moved to a group home with children in his age range and significant improvements in his development have already been observed.

While living in his previous environment, he was often bribed to get compliance. As a result, he learned that if he acted badly, someone would give him a “present” in order to get him to behave. This has resulted in him not understanding how to regulate his behavior and in him having negative behaviors simply for the sake of getting a “reward” in order to get him to act appropriately. He needs a family that is willing to provide a structured family environment with consistency in teaching him how to build his own personal boundaries, how to respect other people’s personal boundaries, how to appropriately regulate his emotions, and how to appropriately respond and handle his emotions.

The staff at the group home HAS seen progress in the short time that he has been in their facility. They are working with him on learning to take care of himself, follow the routines of the group home, and how to deal with his emotions when he is upset or frustrated. He is an active little boy who loves to play outside and listen to music. At this time, he prefers the attention of the adults over interacting with other children, but this is also a learned behavior that the staff is working to address.

Observations from someone who has met him:
Joshua does have behavior issues, and needs a family who can be FIRM and invest the time needed with him.  He should be the youngest child in a family, so he doesn’t inadvertently hurt younger children.  It is possible that he is on the Autism spectrum, but autism is not in his official file.  A family who met him is willing to talk to families who are seriously considering adopting Joshua.

Photos and videos from January 2015 are available through the agency.

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Nevil_2015Boy, age: 2 and a half
Special needs: congenital adrenal insufficiency (for which he undergoes maintenance therapy); muscular dystrophy Duschen-Becker (for which he has physical therapy, remedial gymnastics, etc.); bilateral cryptorchidism and delayed neuropsychological development.
He demonstrates interest in toys and plays with them for quite some time; reaches out his hands to a person he finds pleasant; rejoices when playing peekaboo; laughs aloud when jested; produces continuous random sound combinations.

When held, he keeps his head upright. He has more support in his legs. He sits only with steady support but not independently. He turns from back to stomach and vice versa; he turns in different directions when put on his back; he stands in a walker. He insistently gets to a toy that has attracted his attention. He prefers to play with hanging toys and rings that he studies with interest. With little help he can knock two blocks one against the other. He takes and holds in his hand a toy given to him but mainly shakes it. He is fed by an adult and drinks liquids given by an adult. He cheers to play of “peek-a-boo” and hiding. He doesn’t imitate sounds but pronounces accidental and long combinations of sounds.

Photos and videos from January 2015 along with a complete medical report are available through the agency.

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.

O OBoy, age: 2
Down syndrome

Noah can sit unassisted, pull to a stand and push himself around in a walker. He eats from a spoon. He says several single words and understands/responds to everything that is said to him. He enjoys interacting with his caregivers.

The agency has photos and videos from January 2015.

 

BernadetteBernadette is a 4 year old girl who has hydrocephalus (shunt installed), infantile cerebral palsy, hypotrophy, strabismus, significantly delayed physical and neuropsychological development.

She has recently started making attempts to crawl; turns from back to belly; remains seated when provided with support; produces random sounds; stops crying when she receives individual attention; rejoices when involved in interactions with adults.

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.

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Juliet has normal physical development and significantly delayed neuropsychological development. She has been diagnosed with early childhood schizophrenia and is reported to demonstrate aggressive behavior and restlessness (mild mental delay in a child with aggressive and self-aggressive manifestations). However, her videos seem to present quite a different situation: in the videos you will see her: walk; seek her foster mother’s physical closeness; cut with scissors; wave her hand for “Hello”; blow kisses; treat other people with some candy and allow to be kissed; press the buttons of a computer keyboard; point at things/places and vocalize so as to express her wishes; examine different objects with interest; pretend to be talking on the phone; draw and color; throw a ball; go downstairs; write, stick and erase with a rubber; follow instructions; play at a playground and go down the slide. The child does not demonstrate any restlessness or aggressive behavior in any of the videos, on the contrary-she is very positive, calm and outgoing.

The characteristics prepared by the kindergarten the girl attends also presents the child in a positive light: she demonstrates a desire to express herself verbally; understands instructions; joins organized activities; integrates in the group of children; actively participates in the educational process; has age-correspondent knowledge, skills and competences; The child’s sessions with a speech therapist are bringing about good results.

All this creates serious doubts about her diagnosis. In our practice we have seen cases where children have been diagnosed with severe psychiatric disorders only for the purpose of their foster families receiving more substantial funding from the state for having to take care of a child with such conditions. We feel that this might be the case here, as well. We will try hard to collect additional information about Juliet and we hope that there will be people able to see in between the lines and make their own judgment about this little girl’s actual condition.
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.

Alexandre (1)Alexandre (2)Boy, almost 2 years old

Osteogenesis imperfecta type III/IV. Emotionally he is doing very well and is very communicative!

 

He is very emotional and sociable child. Seeks attention by an adult. Motor functions are limited having in mind the main diagnosis and disease, but he shows initiative and willingness to manipulate toys. He grabs given to him object, transfers it from one hand to another, examines with eyes, putting in mouth, tapping. He has a good visual-motor coordination in four directions.

He often vocalizes, as cheers and syllabic chains are heard / ba ba, de-di, pa-pa/. He makes sounds when he is in his crib and when meeting with an adult he gets lively and the sound production is increased. When verbally stimulated he makes sounds reminiscent of pleasure of communicative exchange. He laughs when teased.

He began to understand the hide and seek game. He reacts very positively to this type of game. He removes a cloth placed over his face. He makes good eye contact. He likes the company of an adult. He initiates interaction with others through sounds and facial expressions. His facial expression is lively, he responds to facial expressions (smiles in response to a smile). When in contact he touches the face of the adult, follows them in space with eyes and get angry upon parting. He is a sociable and cheerful in interpersonal relations. He does not exhibit irritability in the company of other children.

His sleep is calm and rhythmical. Physiological needs – no deviations, gains weight, but he is fussy for the types of food. He is in the process of spoon feeding.

After the New Year the agency will get additional info, pictures and video of him.

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.

ElijahAge: 1
Diagnosis: Frontal schizencephaly; Hypoplasia of corpus callosum; Allergy to the protein in the yogurt (started on milk protein without complications); Atopic dermatitis.

Elijah can sit up unassisted, roll over, and move around in his crib. He plays with toys, smiles and laughs when familiar adults interact with him, and has started making sound combinations and babbling. The consult with the neurosurgeon in 2014 indicated that surgery is not needed. Elijah does not have seizures or any of the other complications that he is monitored for due to his diagnosis.

 

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.

Geoff 504Boy, 2 years old

This little boy was born prematurely with very low birth weight and he had quite a few issues in the early neonatal period. He has been diagnosed with infantile cerebral palsy; internal hydrocephalus; microcephaly; inguinal hernia; convergent strabismus. He has delayed physical and neuropsychological development.

Geoff is described as a calm child. He reacts to light, sound, tactile and heat stimulation; smiles when someone talks to him and responds by producing sound combinations; demonstrates different reactions of pleasure and displeasure; stands up for a while when placed in a baby walker. He is responsive while playing with an adult.

He has started eating better and gaining weight. Some positive changes are seen in his emotional development – he smiles more and more often.

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.

KayleeGirl, born October 2008
Cerebral Palsy

She is very sweet and positive child and we hope that she will find her family.

Enjoys the appearance of a preferable to her adult. Differentiates voice and tone of speaking. Laughs out loud, reacts positively to a corporal intervention in the form of teasing. Senses and react with understanding, when she’s place in the stroller for getting out for a walk outside. Enjoys the presence of a familiar adult, has built a referent relationship with a member of the staff.

She can sit independently, tries to imitate eating, which is expressed by holding a spoon, placing it in an eating bowl, and gesturing toward her mouth.

Stands up independently in her crib, steps sideways using support. She can pull the crib of another child and that is her way to communicate. Grabs a given toy and places it in her mouth or she drops it on the ground. Can open a door. She is a child with a preference for music. A person who takes care of her, shares that music provokes positive emotions. This fact is good to be considered in relation to applying music therapy when working with the child. Due to rehabilitation work, she makes steps by “holding” her legs in correct position. For 5-10 minutes stays upright with support.

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.

Paul-2Paul_cropAge: 3Paul-1
hydrocephaly, epilepsy

Paul has seizures, which have decreased since March 2014 when he started on a new seizure medication. He’s delayed in all aspects of his development as a result of the years of medical complications. He’s recently started learning to eat from a spoon. He has physical therapy every day and also spends 1:1 time with an individual caregiver each day.

 

$175.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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LauraGirl, age: 2
Diagnosis: background retinopathy, reorganization of one of the 9th chromosomes – the long arm of the chromosome has extra material, asthma

Laura is under the care of an ophthalmologist, who is monitoring the background retinopathy. It does not require any treatment at this time. She has a hemangioma with size of about 1 cm, located on her forehead. It is monitored by a pediatric plastic surgeon, whose opinion is that there is no need for surgical treatment at this time. She has a Pulicort inhaler for asthma and is monitored by a pulmonologist.

She crawls actively on her four limbs. She stands up independently next to a fixed stand and she walks around it freely, albeit not very stably. She demonstrates interest in toys, including new ones. She mostly manipulates with toys in a non-specific manner. Her emotions are changeable and she easily gets upset. She seeks adults’ attention and caress. She knows and follows simple everyday instructions, which she has heard many times. She produces various syllables and has recently started trying to say separate short words by imitating the other children in her group. She eats from a spoon and is learning to drink from a cup.

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.

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Cora update (1)5 years old
Congenital eye anomaly: horizontal nystagmus. Aniridia and congenital cataracts in both eyes. Divergent strabismus of the right eye. Severely reduced visual acuity, without the possibility of correction.

Update December 3, 2014. During the past year and a half, since she lives with the foster mother, she has shown she has a potential that allows further development, improvement of mastered habits and skills, achieving new things, and making up for gaps. She is a wonderful child, who would thrive under the care of a loving family.

About her vision: the damage is genetic. Shortly before the child was placed in the foster family, she was brought by the orphanage in a medical clinic to do studies of her vision. The opinion of the experts was that surgically nothing could be done to improve about her vision.

She willingly goes to the kindergarten. Since this September, she has worked once a week with a resource teacher in the kindergarten: for correction of deficits.  She is not angry or aggressive child, she is cheerful and good child. She is obedient. She is affectionate and shows her attachment through caressing.  The girl sleeps in a regular bed. Her sleep is calm. She has a nap about an hour, sometimes a little more. After she wakes up she stays in her bed until someone tells her to stand up. She controls her physiological needs and self-care for example during the night.

She feeds herself alone and clean, and after she is done with her meal – she helps with cleaning the table. She dresses herself. She still has a problem in putting on her socks, she cannot oriented exactly where the heel is. Fasting zippers is also still difficult for her, as well as putting on a shirt with a picture on it – sometimes she rotates it in order to put it on the right way.

She loves water. In the summer they had inflatable pool in the yard, where she spends a lot of time. They were on the sea/beach for one day this year. She definitely had no fear from the sea.

She is a very charming girl. She is one of the many abandoned children, who deserves a chance for a better life, better opportunities and the chance to know the love of a family. She had the chance to be placed with an experienced foster parent (professional teacher) but she is not very emotional person and just doing her job but every child needs a hug and kiss every day, needs to feel loved and have a family!

AnthonyAge: 2
Down syndrome, extra thumb on one hand, 2 fused toes on one foot

 

Anthony reacts emotional and cheerful when contacting an adult and reacts appropriately to familiar people. He expresses interest towards toys, takes them by himself and plays. He tries to sit independently. The child holds, grabbing a not movable support. He makes 1-2 steps, when led by both hands from an adult.
Photos and videos are available through the agency.

 

$198.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

SheldonAge: 1
Down syndrome

 

Sheldon has Down syndrome and no additional medical concerns. He rolls over, sits with minimal assistance, reaches for toys and plays with them, responds positively to interactions with staff, laughs out loud, and pronounces syllables and sound combinations.

 

 

KikiGirl, born August 2010

Kiki first lived with her mother.  In 2013 she was placed in an institution that takes care for special needs children. She suffers from epilepsy and mental delays. There is a delay in her motor and neuropsychological development. She shows increased muscle activity, cannot speak, although she makes attempts and makes some sounds.  She has learned to walk and now runs. She is on drug treatment for her epilepsy.  Needs an adult’s help with dressing and toileting. She is relatively happy, calm and is not a problem child. She does not fear to interact with adults who knows. Suffers from strabismus and will probably need glasses or surgical correction.

Kiki has features consistent with a diagnosis of FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome).  This is not a diagnosis, but a cautionary disclosure.

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.

JoshAge: 4
Diagnosis: strabismus and delays in development

 

Josh has developed fine and gross motor skills. He walks, plays with toys, has a developed pincer and tweezer grasp, tracks objects with his eyes and manipulates objects appropriately. He wears glasses to help correct his vision issues. He shows interest in new things. He examines toys and works to understand their function. He understands object permanence and plays hide and seek. He builds towers with blocks and looks at books.He understands and follows simple instructions and complies with what he is forbidden to do. He responds to being called by name. He is in his initial stage of imitating others’ speech. Speech production – random sound combinations, no purposeful words yet. He always carries around a toy with him (most often a toy rattle) and he puts it in his mouth. He would leave it for a while when he is playing with another object. He defends his position before other children. He deliberately initiates interactions with adults so as to play or go for a walk together. He does not often join group activities or games but he usually takes the position of a passive spectator. He has low threshold of tolerance as regards other children. He isolates himself at times. He eats with a good appetite. He often finds his portion of food not to be enough and gets annoyed. He has not yet started announcing and controlling his physiological needs so he wears diapers. In the last several months the child has started compensating the delay in his neuropsychological development. He is being monitored.

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.

SAMSUNGSAMSUNGDOB: 2009
Diagnosis: Cerebral Palsy- spastic quadriplegia /more visible in the upper limbs, Retinopathy II type – Total detachment of both retinas; delayed development

Kraig is 4 years old. He is considered blind as a result of an injury during birth and surgeons in his home country have determined that his eyes can not be repaired. He is sociable, especially with adults he knows. He walks holding on to one hand of an adult and around an immovable support. He will take several independent steps and it is very likely that the only reason he is not 100% independent with his walking is due to his hesitation to walk since he can not see where he is going. He shows interest in the surrounding environment and listens to its noises. He eats from a spoon and is learning to feed himself. He can get the spoon to his mouth, but is still learning how to scoop food onto the spoon while compensating for his lack of vision. He plays with toys. He babbles and says some syllables spontaneously. He interacts with adults. He follows verbal directions and will play games in which he has to follow verbal instructions (raise your hands, clap your hands, etc). He enjoys music.

Several photos and a detailed video from April 2013 are available.

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.

Evan and Raymond_Sept2014Age: 6 and 8
Diagnosis: Saethre-Chotzen Syndrome

The boys live together in the orphanage. They both walk, run, play with toys, participate in group activities and attend mainstream classes at school. In the videos they answers questions. Raymond uses mainly “yes” and “no” but he clearly understands what he’s asked and answers the questions appropriately. Evan is much more verbal. In the videos, Evan counts to 10 and Raymond counts to 5 . They are saying the name of their teachers at school (they’re mainstreamed) and who are their friends there. They are also seen writing and drawing. Raymond writes several letters on the paper.

Additional photos and videos from September 2014 are available.

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Easy travel, larger families, older parents and single moms welcome.

MelissaGirl, born July 2013
Down syndrome

Melissa is able to crawl. She plays normally for a child of her age, both alone and with an adult. She makes attempts to get those around her to play with her. She knows her name and seems attached to her foster mother. She is able to understand simple instructions.

 

$274.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Ricky (2)Boy, under 2 years old
phenylketonuria

 

Ricky needs a special diet due to PKU. Additional pictures and video available from the agency.

 

 

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KollenBoy, Age: 3
Diagnosis: Cerebral Palsy- mixed form (impacts his legs); delays in development

Kollen has started taking independent steps. He also crawls, sits, pulls up to a standing position holding on to a support, stays up for a short time without support, and walks holding on to two hands. His fine motor skills are improving. He fits in 3 cups, winds and unwinds toys on screws, “reads” books. He plays well with toys and explores their functions, imitates activities demonstrated to him, knocks on door before going in, claps his hands, stamps his feet, shows where his belly is. He eats with a spoon and attempts to do it independently. He is a calm and quiet child, makes a good eye contact, smiles, delights in interaction, recognizes and differentiates between the adults, has an emotional bond to a caregiver that works 1:1 with him. He pronounces sounds and syllables and currently says 3 words. He also used gestures to communicate his wants and needs.

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.

PercivalBoy, 8 years old

Malformation syndrome; severe mental delay; protein-calorie malnutrition; ptosis (drooping eyelid) of both eyes; delayed neuropsychological and psychomotor development in all areas; delayed physical development.

Due to his condition his gross motor skills are limited as are his social skills and speech.

Percival is undergoing systematic rehabilitation – he moves around slowly and insecurely when held by the hands. The coordination of his movements needs to improve. He can stand up independently – he crawls so as to reach a fixed support to hold on to and then he stands up. He goes up the stairs while holding onto the railings with both hands. When going down the stairs he seeks an adult’s support.  He has significantly delayed speech development. He does not seem to always understand the meaning of what he is told. His expressive speech is underdeveloped.

 

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Age: 3
Diagnosis: congenital adrenal hyperplasia – salt-wasting form,developmental delays

Rodney shows interest in toys and plays with them. His attention is easy to attract. He listens to songs with great interest. He demonstrates curiosity and observes the events around him. He performs simple actions when directed with verbal instructions or gestures. He produces continuous sound combinations spontaneously, both when he is communicating with adults and when he is on his own. He is beginning to mimic sounds made by adults as well. He eats from a spoon. He has formed an emotional relationship with an adult staff member. He tries to attract the attention of friendly adult staff members and he initiates interactions for the purposes of playing. He has fully adapted to the daily regime that is observed for children at his age. He accepts other children’s presence and closeness. He moves around by crawling and he also walks around a fixed support or while held by the hands.

Additional photos and videos are available.

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.

CharlieBoy, born December 2012

Down syndrome

He is healthy, but his psychomotor development is delayed. He can crawl and roll over. He tries to pull himself up. His is able to eat without assistance. He plays with toys for a long time and joins other children in play. He is sociable with adults and children. He appears happy when receiving attention.

Update: This sweet boy started making 1-2 independent steps in the beginning of February, 2015!

$695.17 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

KieranBoy, born April 2004

Down Syndrome

He has learned basic motor skills, is very active, fast, and flexible. He has a tendency to act impulsively. He climbs, responds to his name, and selectively executes commands. He is curious and sociable, but he prefers the attention of adults. He loves playing with stuffed animals and spends the day with his favorite toy. Speech is not developed. He can eat independently and eats solid foods. He is dependent on the assistance of an adults.

 

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OAge: 1
Diagnosis: Congenital abnormality of corpus callosum

She plays for a longer period with toys, which she takes alone and explores their functions. She tries to imitate observed in the adult actions with objects. She tries to browse books, takes objects out of the box. She says a few words and short sentences such as “give me water”. She responds to her name and follows some simple instructions. She is now walking too.

Photos and videos from September 2014 are available.

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.

DylanAge: 2
Diagnosis: Shunt placed to repair hydrocephalus; heterozygous β-thalassemia

Dylan was hospitalized at 3 months old with viral meningitis. At that time, neurological testing was conducted and hydrocephalus was diagnosed. A VP shunt was installed and Dylan’s neurological care continues to be followed by doctors at one of the top hospitals in his birth country. After routine lab work, Dylan was diagnosed with anemia. When his body did not respond to the common treatments, he was referred to a hematologist, who diagnosed him with heterozygous β-thalassemia. Blood work is done routinely in the orphanage to monitor this condition.

Developmentally, Dylan is sitting up, playing with toys, making sounds and interacting with adults. He eats mashed foods and drinks from an open cup. He will stand when held by both hands.

Photos and videos from August 2014 are available from the agency.

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.

MoisesBoy, 4 years old

severe physical delay and polymalformative syndrome.

Polymaformative syndrome affecting all systems: Congenital cardiac malformation – interatrial defect – secondary Type, big left-right shunt. Conservative therapy. Anomaly of the foot – bilateral club foot – with orthesis. Cleft soft palate. Bilateral partial atrophy of ocular nerves. Pseudobulbar palsy. Hypospadias. Protein–energy malnutrition 3-4 degree.
The child has motor deficit, he can not move independently in the space and upright by adult. He turns himself from back to stomach and vice-verse.

He catches given toy and implement longer manipulative actions with it. He transfers it from hand to hand. He pronounces different sounds and sometimes syllables. He is happy and smile in games. He is nurturing with tube.He is crying and restless in bathing and dressing up.

Additional info coming soon.

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.

Deenah (10)Age: 7
Diagnosis: Cerebral Palsy

Deenah was raised by her birth mother until she was 5 years old. She was removed from the home at that time by social services because the mother could not meet the child’s medical needs.

Deenah has high muscle tone as a result of the CP. She would greatly benefit from the care available in the US, such as botox treatments. She does have some movements in her limbs. She can raise her right arm to shoulder width and will open her hands. She’s receiving physical therapy to assist with her movements. When placed on her stomach, she will lift her head and can control it/move it around to look at desired objects. She attempts to roll over on her back and the staff is working with her on this skill. She sits in a positioning chair and while in the chair, she turns her head toward voices or toys.
She enjoys interactions with other people and will smile and laugh when interacted with. She cries when she wants attention. She appears to understand some spoken commands as she will lift her arm and attempt to hand a toy that she is holding to someone when asked.

Photos and videos from August 2014 are available. In the videos, she is smiling and interacting with the adults in the videos.

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.

JoeyBoy, born October 2009

Joey has a diagnosis of Down Syndrome and is delayed in his psychomotor development.

Joey crawls and can pull himself up. He makes steps forward with the support of an adult. He babbles, listens to speech, and can respond to commands. He reaches for and holds toys, preferring musical toys. He can hold a pencil and a spoon. He seeks interaction with adults and tolerates other children. He is generally calm and cheerful.

 

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FinneasBoy, born July 2011
Cystic Fibrosis

Finneas has been diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. He is receiving medication and is otherwise doing well physically. Recently, improvements have been noted in his speech and motor skills. He interacts with his peers and is learning to walk with adult assistance. He plays appropriately with toys and has a good emotional tone.

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.

Nels 496Nels

Age: 8
Down syndrome, significantly delayed neuropsychological development, profound mental delay, delayed physical development.

Following the surgical intervention of his heart defect, his general condition visibly improves, he has a good appetite and he has started gaining weight.The boy smiles when involved in interactions. He produces syllables. He takes a sitting position independently. He stands up independently next to a fixed support. He grabs toys, examines them and manipulates with them. He walks in a baby walker and when held by one hand.

This boy has been making progress in all areas of his development. He takes a sitting position independently. He stands up independently next to a fixed support. He grabs toys, examines them and manipulates with them. He walks in a baby walker and when held by one hand. The boy smiles when involved in interactions. He produces syllables.

$1,052.70 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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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.

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.

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.

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 475475_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.

UPDATE 2015:
Throws the ball with from below. He sits down and gets up from a swing. Fine motor skills are not well developed. He can hold the other children. Climbs up and down on the yard equipment. The child seeks help from adults andcontinuous contact with the staff. He prefers to play alone. Takes part in mobile and music games. Sings along with melody. Performs two-stage tasks. He understands when an adult is speaking. Indicates known images withoutnaming them. He makes sounds. The child has a poor passive vocabulary. He can scribble on a sheet of paper. Likes to examine books. He puts together two cubes of different color. Not able to play a role.  He eats alone and is trying to wash himself alone. He takes off his clothes and shoes by himself. On a verbal signal he puts his shoes on. He doesn’t regulate his physiological needs.

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.

StephanieAge: 6
Diagnosis: developmental delays

Stephanie has been in her current placement for 2 years. She is making constant improvements in this environment. She is becoming more independent. She can eat on her own, drink water from a cup, she tries to keep clean. She is willing to put her shoes on and dresses by herself, and with some help she succeeds. Her fine motor skills are also improving. She is a calm child. She rarely becomes irritated. She communicates willingly with the other children and adults. She enjoys listening to music, dancing, watching cartoons, but her concentration is still low. She plays willingly with different toys – dolls, ball. She goes to a kindergarten, normal socialization, well integrated in the group.

 

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.

LaylaAge: 1
Diagnosis: weakness in right hand and leg

Layla had a cyst removed from her brain when she was a baby. She”s been very healthy since then. She currently has some weakness in her right hand and right leg. However, she does use her hand and she’s taking step while holding on to one hand of an adult. She can sit on her own, crawls independently around objects, walks on her knees and can walk on her feet while holding one hand of an adult. She moves around in a walker and climbs on physical therapy equipment and toys. She repeats words and understands everything said to her. She follows simple directions and plays with toys. The staff reports that she does not have any mental delays. She has a very happy personality and eagerly engages with staff. She receives physical therapy daily. She walks using both legs and will use her right hand as well. In the videos taken in July 2014, she is opening her right hand and taking steps with her right leg.

Additional photos and videos from July 2014 are available.

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.

Boone update 473 (2) Boone update 473 (1)Boy, nearly 2-years-old
a condition after surgery for internal hydrocephalus (valve installation) and meningomyelocele regio thoracolumbalis; lower flaccid paraplegia; equinovarus in the right slight convergent strabismus of the left eye.

The child performs a full range of movements with his upper limbs. His latest check-up examination with a neurosurgeon was in March, 2014: head circumference 46 cm; the child is in a good general condition, conscious, satisfactory tonus, with clinical evidence of normal functioning of the shunt.

The boy plays with different toys in a different manner. He prefers musical toys.The child is emotional. He smiles, laughs and rejoices when involved in joint games and activities. He distinguishes between familiar and unfamiliar people. He is insistent in seeking adults’ attention and affection. The boy imitates sounds and is trying to pronounce his first words.

 

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.

472_photo2_Jul14472_photo1_Jul14Boy, 5 years old
hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, symptomatic epilepsy (no seizures and medication since Jan 2011), latent infantile cerebral palsy and mild mental delay.

He walks independently; his gait is stable, although characterized by some CP features. He gradually improves his coordination and movements.

He eats well independently. He drinks from a cup with a little help by an adult. He uses the potty purposefully but he does not control his physiological needs yet, although he has developed notions about them. The boy takes off his shoes, socks and trousers by himself. He enjoys helping with household chores: cleaning the table, putting the toys back on their places, arranging objects and throwing garbage at the respective places

He seeks getting attention and interactions with familiar adults and he easily establishes contact with strangers as well. He prefers interacting with adults but he also joins some of the joint activities with the children from his group- he watches them and tries to do what they do. He follows various instructions very well, even such that have been addressed to another child. He can easily be persuaded with words.

The child has slightly delayed development. He shows good results from the physical therapy and pedagogical rehabilitation. The staff at the orphanage reports that this boy has very good potential for further development if raised in a family environment.

Update July 2014

The boy is very sociable and extremely responsive to interactions. He maintains very stable eye contact, listens intently to what he is told, responds adequately, smiles back at people, initiates interactions and comes up with his own ideas about what to do.

He is very independent and often refused help during my visit and preferred to try harder and do things by himself.
He has such a good attention span for a child his age and he obviously greatly enjoys being involved in educational activities.

As reported by the orphanage psychologist, he is striving for perfection and would not stop performing a given task until everything is in order and in the right place. He would not proceed to a next task before putting the things from the previous one back where they belong and he would not leave a room before closing its door. He is quite sharp and does not need instructions to be repeated to him. He is eager to please and get adults’ approval and praise. He is not embarrassed to seek an adult’s help when needed.

It is very easy to communicate with him, despite his unclear pronunciation. He has a lot to share and does whatever it takes to make himself understood and make his wishes known. Seeing how he is doing in an orphanage environment, he would undoubtedly just flourish in a family.

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.

ONadia 2563Girl, 5 1/2 years old

She is extremely sweet and smart, and doing very well!!!

She has been diagnosed with: “Children’s Cerebral Palsy. Spastic quadriparesis, average degree” and shows very good potential for development. She has exceptional spirit and constant striving to prove herself, which is also stimulated by the foster mother.

 

Update August 2014 – This girl’s intellectual development has been progressing very well since she’s been placed in the foster home. She knows a lot – she asks questions, has conversations with the people in the complex. She is able to lead dialog with people and uses full and complex, meaningful sentences. Sometimes for people who are not used to with children’s speech is difficult to understand every word. But with the time when used to her pronunciation everything become more understandable. She has very good vocabulary for her age. Her speech still is not clear, mainly because her CP but we are sure that with more constant and daily work with speech therapist everything just will gone.

She has undergone four surgical interventions in connection with her cerebral palsy. Two of which were on her Achilles tendons, and two of her hip joints, in which she had implants put, because of dislocation of the joints. The last operations was in the middle of June so she is still recovering, that is why she is unable to crawl or stand up straight with someone holding her by the waist. Her therapy is gentler ever since her last operation. More operations are planned, because she still can’t overcome the abduction in her hip joints. Her upper limbs are less spastic than the lower once, her left side is better than the right one. She mostly uses her left hand while eating with a spoon, drawing or throwing something, she can hold the bowl with her right hand while eating with the left one. She tries to chew on both sides while eating.

She knew some English already! She counted to ten, then she translated words from Bulgarian to English: elephant, rabbit, dog, boy, etc. She counts to 30 in Bulgarian; she knows the colors and named them. She knows the alphabet, when asked with what letter begins some word or someone’s name – she says the letter. The foster mother told me that they practice adding and subtracting (and also her fine motor skills) at home with a bead frame.

She is a very beautiful, charming and sweet little girl, who has a lot of potential if she is given the opportunity to develop in a good and loving environment. She is smart and intellectual preserved, has the ability to speak and lead conversation with people, just needs a little bit more individual attention, love and cares that will help her to achieve more and more. She is able to learn a lot, given the fact that everything she showed me has been thought only in a year and four months. She deserves to have her own family that will love her and take care of her, she will benefit enormously from having her own home and family with resources that will help her reach her full potential and become everything she can. She is so radiant, smiled and positive child, who needs the chance to keep her smile on her beautiful face forever!

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.

Dakota-updateAge: 3
Diagnosis: Spina bifida aperta at L1 – S2 – surgically corrected, bottom flaccid paraplegia; Internal hydrocephalus – VP shunt was placed on October 03, 2011; Brain atrophy and agenesis of corpus callosum; Partial atrophy of the optic nerve; Accidental cardiac murmur; Iron-insufficiency anemia

Due to the spina bifida, the child is moving in the space by crawling and with the help of his hands (the legs are lacking movements and sensitivity). He sits actively and makes attempts to pull up to a standing position by holding on to a support. He demonstrates motion activity and initiative. He gets to an object desired by him. If a toy is taken away from him by another child, he cries. He is with good visual-motor coordination (eye-hand, hand-hand), picks up objects and transfers them from one to another hand, all the while the eyes following the movements. He traces with a look a falling object. He follows with a look in all four directions (left/right/up/bottom). He has a palmar grip. He plays with the toys according to their purpose.

The speech background is at the level of accidental combinations of sounds and doubling the syllables. He “babbles”. He uses at least three conscious words. He understands simple orders – “come here”, and “give me this”. He turns when called by his name. He differentiates between familiar persons and strangers. He differentiates the tone of the speech. He hums 2-3 melodies of children’s songs. He makes a good eye contact. He is in the beginning stage of imitation. He is calm and with good emotional tonus. He is emotionally responsive. He purposefully seeks the contacts with adults and children. He demonstrates jealousy if not paid attention. He is easily calmed down when picked up. He eats with appetite from a spoon and fed by an adult. He drinks independently from a cup.

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.

MalachiAge: 1
Diagnosis: Hypothyroidism

After birth, doctors suspected Malachi had Down syndrome. They later decided that he did not, but no genetic testing was ever done. His heart was checked at the national cardiology hospital and was determined to be normal. He’s also had brain scans, hip Xrays and other testing, which is all normal. At this time, his only medical diagnosis is hypothyroidism and he is on medication for this condition.

Malachi has been living with a foster family since he was just a few months old. He stands up in his crib holding on to the side. He sits independently and crawls. He walks while holding on to an adult’s hand. He currently has 8 teeth and eats from a spoon. He waves hello/goodbye and claps his hands to cheer. He listens when spoken to and laughs out loud when teased. He differentiates between familiar and non familiar people. He picks up and holds toys. He is saying individual words. He loves to be hugged and smiles when spoken to.

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.

Sally (1) Sally (2)Girl, born 2011
Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita. Agenesis of right kidney.

 

Motor Development – she turns independently and many times from back to stomach and vice verse. She makes attempts to sit up on her own and when the upper part of the body is lying down on the slightly raised support, she is able to sit up without any help. She is happy from everything that she achieved alone and is looking for a suitable place to lie down and exercise alone the sitting. She moves in space by moving herself in seated position. She actively uses the opportunities for movement. The child shows desire for walking and held by an adult by the armpits, she walks with diligence, but she has no stable support in her legs, sank/drops herself, and holds her legs bent at the knees and wide apart, often raises her legs in the air and does not touch the floor. When climbing stairs when held by adult, she steps steadily on her feet and rotates them consecutively, stepping on the next step. When placed in a walker she moves by pushing herself with her chest. When placed reclining in front of adult, she exercise pressure with her foot on a cylinder module.

Habits – developmental age – 12 months. She drinks from a cup with adult’s help, feeds with a spoon given by adult, bites off but does not chew the food, she just sucks it putting it on her palate. She alone takes a piece of bread put on the table, with her lips. She shows desire for independent feeding and enjoys when the spoon is put in her hand. She reluctantly accepts when placed on pot, but more often performs her physiological needs in it.

Pictorial activity – 15 months. She alone leaves traces on a paper, holding the pencil with lips. She is happy of joint drawing with adult, with a pencil placed between her fingers.

Emotional-social development – developmental age – 24 months – with positive attitude, feisty. She shows initiative and independence. The child reacts with joy of close to her adult’s approval and with displeasure to ban, she is radiant, calm, and actively spends the awake time. She enters in interaction with the other children in the group.

Speech – developmental age – 21 months. She understands adult’s the speech, pronounces 10-12 words – sentences. She tries to connect two words in a sentence. More often expresses her reluctance for something, in verbal way. She makes transfer of her vision, received from the perception of real object, in the perception of the relevant image on the picture and identifies them – she names 5 images in pictures – ball, phone, cup, shoes, baby.

Update July 2014.
Yesterday we visited the little girl 2555. We are amazed by this little girl – she is one of the sweetest girls I have ever seen and at the same time she is fighter who doesn’t want to give up on the smallest of things! She is so full of energy and life! She is very smart and intellectually preserved, and mentally developing very well! Her potential is huge! I am honestly in love with this little girl! She made me laugh as she is really funny, smile with tenderness, and at the same time, I had tears in my eyes knowing that she still does not have a family to help her and love her through the difficulties she is going through. The orphanage staff helps her a lot and takes the best possible care for her but they can never be compared to what mommy and daddy can give. I truly hope that the family forever for little girl will find her very soon!

Fitz update (3)Fitz6-year-old boy  (pic in yellow from 2009)

update from March 2014:

He has been diagnosed with chromosomopathy –chromosome 4 short-arm deletion (Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome); congenital eye anomaly – complete blindness of the right eye and partial blindness of the left eye; microcephalus; epilepsy treated with two anti-convulsion medications. Following the therapy, he has not had any seizures.

He is a bedridden child who turns his body sideways and crosses his legs. His legs do not support his body. He keeps his head upright when lifted from his bed. He cannot see, he does not follow objects with his eyes or look closely at them. He does not hold a toy that has been handed to him but he grabs hold of the bars of his crib.

This boy becomes still and smiles slightly when someone caresses his cheeks or speaks to him, in which case he listens intently, reacts to the sounds and trembles. He is calm and quiet in his time awake.

Update from June 2014. The boy is currently 6 years old. Despite his age, his development is greatly delayed in relation with his medical condition and diagnoses. He spends his time lying in a crib, in a room with two other bedridden children in very severe condition and one caregiver. He is currently placed in a hospital (part of the orphanage got transferred to a hospital and all their children who could benefit from constant medical attention are now placed there). He continues taking the two medications mentioned in his medical records for epilepsy. While there is some hope that some of the vision in his left eye might be preserved, according to the temporary substitute for the orphanage director, his hearing might be impaired as a result of neuritis.

He is still fed with a feeding tube and seems to accept food well as he has gained weight compared to the older photo of him and looks much heavier now. According to the orphanage, he gets some rehabilitation (a massage and respiratory gymnastics) every day from Monday to Friday.

He can now maintain a sitting position and the caregiver places him in a sitting position in his crib.

 

Alaric 2015 (1) Alaric 2015 (2)Boy, born 2009
Down syndrome

Alaric has delays in psycho-motor development. Senses(sight, hearing) are preserved. Alaric can not walk alone, he bears a short distance, leaning on solid objects. He makes steps forward with the support from an adult. He can sit stable. He gets up holding something for support. Alaric reaches for toys and holds them. Tries to play with them for a while. Trying to separate the index finger from the other fingers when playing simple games. Sways to the rhythm of familiar children’s songs. Listens to speech. Pronounces separate syllables, but not meaningful words. Alaric can distinguish familiar from unfamiliar people. He reacts with joy to contact and quickly involves in the proposed game. He prefers communicating with an adult than playing with other children or handling toys. In an emotional aspect the child is calm, with a serene, cheerful mood. With regard to his physiological needs – feeding, dressing and undressing, hygiene, the child is dependent on adults.

UPDATE 2015:

Alaric was moved to a family style group home 6 months ago and has made significant progress in this new setting. He is now receiving more personalized attention from staff. While Alaric is still not walking, the director believes that this is due simply to his stubborn insistence to crawl, as he can walk while holding on to one hand of a caregiver. To help him become more independent, the staff introduced a wheelchair and Alaric has learned to maneuver the wheelchair to get where he wants to go. A physical therapist will begin intensive work on teaching him to walk in the coming months.

The staff reports that Alaric has become more expressive and confident since moving into the group home. They are working with him on learning self-help skills such as feeding himself and dressing himself. 
 
Photos and videos from Feb 2015 are available through the agency.
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Sadler 1049Boy, born 2004
Moderate delays in neuro-psychical development, Secondary hypothyroidism, nanism

Sadler understands and keeps the rules in the group and in school. He works with a speech therapist and psychologist in order improving his development of physical processes and speech.

Sadler is smiley, good-natured. He loves to be object of an adult’s attention. He recognizes different emotional conditions – happiness, resentment, sadness.

He uses simple sentences. He knows the children from the group, he knows the names of the children and the adults from the staff in the Home and the school. He is able to have a conversation, he asks questions, and answers with simple sentences to asked questions. He shows interest and involves himself in organized activities with the children from the group.

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.

Cullen Apr 2014 (1) Cullen-Bulgaria DOB: 2001
Down syndrome

Cullen Apr 2014 (2)

 

Update January 2012:  Cullen is in 4th grade this year. He knows the names of all the children in his class and has a best friend.   He pronounces short words and simple sentences. He can repeat numbers and counts to 5 with help. He is very musical and loves to dance.

Additional photos and videos of Cullen are available.

 

Cullen is 12 years old. He’s been living in a mental institution since the age of 5. He is completely healthy with no physical delays or health problems.  Cullen is in 3rd grade at a local special education school. He enjoys going on walks and field trips. He plays with blocks, mechanical toys and kitchen sets. He engages in pretend play. He likes to look at books and will look at the pictures in the book and point to objects in them upon request. He can identify animals and foods and choose them from photos. He has well developed self-help skills. He’s toilet trained, feeds himself, dresses himself, folds his own clothes and washes his hands and face independently before bed each night.

 

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JohnAge: 12
Diagnosis: Defect of the development of the skull and facial bones

John has well developed gross and fine motor skills. He loves to play sports. He has age appropriate self help skills. He assists with tasks in the orphanage such as cleaning the dining room, serving food, and cleaning his room. He is doing well in school. He has started computer classes, which he enjoys. He has a good attention span and a very good imagination. He answers questions accurately. He can tell a story based on pictures. He enjoys interacting with other children his age. He likes to watch cooking shows on TV and dreams of becoming a chef. He has age appropriate behaviors and acts appropriately in the presence of other children and adults. He participates in group activities. He helps the children who have physical disabilities that impact their mobility by bringing them items and pushing their wheelchairs.

One of John’s best friends is in the process of being adopted. John has verbally expressed his desire to be adopted and come to the US. He is in an orphanage that prepares children for being adopted and works with families during the adoption process to ensure the child is prepared to join a family.

 

From an adoptive family who met him in July 2014:  “Met this boy who is every bit of amazing!! His picture isn’t a good resemblance, it makes him look older. He is actually smaller looking in person. He is so thoughtful, kind, and has wonderful manners. Yesterday they asked if he would bring us a chair and he quickly gave us his chair and asked his friend to give his chair and then went for other chairs. He quickly says thank you for everything and today thanked us for spending time with him and said he had “it was a pleasure”! He wants a family, three boys from his group home will be going home this year. He loves to cook and the nannies say he can prepare entire meals. He is 11. Very bright, he knows all the workers schedules, he loves responsibility and smiled so much to be in charge of the keys for the gate. A young girl in a wheel chair asked him to push her and he was happy to do so. This is an amazing son just waiting for a family. Please help me find them!!! ”

The agency has additional photos and videos of John.

MarshaMarshaAge: 5
Diagnosis: polymalformative syndrome, chromosomopathy and developmental delays. Right-sided neuritis of the acoustic nerves. Right-sided microthia.

 

Marsha’s birth mother was just 16 years old when Marsha was born and raised her for 3 years. After several hospital stays, Marsha was placed in the orphanage. She has delays in all aspects of her development, but has been making steady progress since entering the orphanage.

Update 2015:
Marsha walks independently. She overcomes medium-sized obstacles, climbs up and down the furniture, and goes up and down stairs, leading by hands. She claps with hands, laughs aloud at tease, and smiles to beloved people from the staff that has sympathies to, goes to them and looks for their attention, touches them, turns her head, makes a chain of syllables. Her games are stereotypical. She comforts herself by rocking and rubbing her head against the wall. Marsha eats slowly and with appetite. She is not picky for food.

Marsha does not speak. She does not follow verbal instructions. She shows willingness to communicate despite her limited language skills and gradually observes tendency towards activity and initiative in nonverbal communication.

Gradually, with the help of adults Marsha is trying to master skills. She likes when special attention is paid to her. Her attention remains unstable, quickly distracted. Her emotions are not always adequate to the situation. She is interested in her mirror image. She cannot recognize herself in the mirror. Her self-control is related to the development of sense-motor schemes and abilities to be used their effects impacting on the objects. She does not regulate her physiological needs.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGirl, born October 2011
Significant gross motor delays, low vision, deafness in one ear, frequent respiratory illness

The was born at 25 to 26 weeks gestation and has had some of the usual problems associated with very premature babies. As of her last medical examination, she showed delay in general motor skills development, with improvement since last observation period- can sit independently, can stand continuously if placed to solid support, walks with assistance and crawls. She can reach, hold and play with a toy, placed in front of her. The left ear is with normal hearing, the right ear does not react. Can hold her attention for a while. Can articulate some sounds- ma-ma, la-la. Medical conditions that persist are asthma and diminished vision likely due to oxygen therapy after birth.

The agency has additional pictures and short videos of her, as well as more medical information.

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.

ClaraAge: 2
Diagnosis: Microcephalus; Infantile cerebral palsy; Severe delay in development

 

She pronounces sounds. She sits with help and in a positioning therapeutic chair. She can keep her head up when put on her stomach. She eats with good appetite but has unsatisfactory weight gain. She is calm when asleep and awake. Clara has recently started keeping her head up for longer periods of time. She can turn only from back to stomach. She sits only with support. She pronounces accidental sounds. She follows with a look moving objects for a short time and doesn’t reach out to them. She holds a toy put in her hand but doesn’t bring it up to her eyes or manipulate with it.She reacts positively to physical touch and when someone talks to her. She smiles and vocalizes in response.

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.

TiyaAge: 8

Diagnosis: Massive destruction of the brain matter, sub-cortical cysts, cortical atrophy; Infantile cerebral palsy – spastic quadric paresis; Symptomatic epilepsy; Hypotrophy; Premature puberty

This little girl has significant delays in all aspects of her development. She will turn her eyes and head in reaction to someone speaking to her. She stops crying if someone calls her name. She follows objects with her eyes.

 

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Zander updateZanderBoy, born 2009
Background retinopathy Microphthalmus of the left eye; coloboma affecting the iris, optic nerve papilla, both eyes. Asthma with predominant allergic component; Iron-deficiency anemia; general developmental delays
Update August 2014:

The pedagogue who works with this boy for two years, said that definitely there was improvement and progress in his development since she had started working with him. She said that he started eating transitional food and now is not eating from a feeding bottle; she said he chews well but slowly; he is calm while eating. He spontaneously pronounces syllables like “ma-ma”
He can push himself with the walker and he is doing a really good job in it. He really holds onto a toy when he has in his grip; he mostly bangs it on a hard surface or if he has two, one in each hand he bangs them together, but he really has his attention on them. When someone takes his toy or if he loses it, he starts to look for it. He can crawl really well, and in the instance that our representative saw him crawling, it was after a ball taken from him on purpose by the pedagogue. He was right after the ball and he caught up and got his ball back, which was very impressive, taking into account that he is diagnosed with detached retina. He can sit up straight holding on or leaning towards a fixed support. He can walks if he held by both hands – his legs still are a bit weak for him to walk all by himself, and that if it’s worked with him toward strengthening his legs he will be able to walk well.

The most surprising thing about him was that he could take a toy that was within his reach, without it making any noise. Apparently he has some vision left, the doctor in the Home said that he may “see shadows”, and that’s how he is able to reach for toys that are close to him. He seemed to reach mostly on his left side and with his left hand. He could detect toys from a big yellow bucket to a small red car, so he definitely has some partial peripheral vision left, no one was sure exactly how much though. Even the test that was done on him is inconclusive saying “following light?”. Otherwise it reads “Total detachment of the retina bilaterally. Retinopathy of prematurity fifth degree.”

He is a really cute boy who is definitely behind in all the areas of development, but he has the potential to develop a lot more. He is a blind boy, who otherwise is healthy. He needs more specific care, more patience and a lot of love to help him master tactile senses and some social skills. He needs people who will teach him to orientate in the environment. He is a good child, with very good potential. He needs more security and stability that only a loving family can give him. He is so young and can achieve many things! Having his own family who loves him and cares for him will benefit this child enormously.

Additional pictures and video available from the agency.
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.

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Girl, born in 2007.  She has a delay in neuro-psychical development and epileptic seizures.

She is very sweet and charming girl, with very big eyes and eyelashes. She is hyperactive child, who can not stay at one place long time. When you want to attract her attention and she is busy with doing something else, she does not pay any attention to you. When she feels uneasy and can not answer or does not want to answer some question, she starts asking her interlocutor questions. Her speech is not so clear and even some words are not understandable and is more like baby speech. She has speech problem and at the kindergarten she works with speech therapist.  She knows her age. She recognizes some of the basic colors but does not want to count.  She is very self-willed and makes the things that she wants to. She is more aggressive and hyperactive than her brother.

Boy, born in 2005.   He has a delay in neuro-psychical development and mental delay.

The boy is older than his sister but he has more delays than her. He is in second grade in the local school in the village where he lives. Unfortunately he still can not read, can not solve math problems. Before his placement in the foster family nobody cared for his knowledge and habits. Now he can count to 9 (after 9 he says 11 ). He is a child who needs a lot of work in order to master more habits and knowledge because he has some potential.

These children used to live in their bio family but they were not well taken care of. They have delays but with more professional work and individual activities, these children can have better progress. They are adorable children who really need patience, love and care. They know the life in foster families but are separated because the opinion of the social workers is that none of their foster families could manage these two children if they are placed together – because they are not so obedient.

Because we only have their files for a short time, they will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for them.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGirl, 10 years old
Ginny has been diagnosed with mental delay with hyperkinetic manifestations; microcephalus; delayed physical development in terms of weight.

She walks and eats independently; throws and catches a ball; holds a pencil properly; listens to and reproduces parts of children’s songs; follows simple verbal instructions; helps with performing simple everyday activities; sociable; uses words purposefully so as to express her wishes and assumptions.

IllianaAge: 14457_photo_2007_crop

Down syndrome

 

Illiana has been living in a mental institution for most of her life. She walks, eats and dresses independently; is very sociable; enjoys getting personal attention; recognizes her own as well as other people’s emotions – demonstrates attachment, joy and anxiety; indicates when she needs to go to the toilet; freely initiates interactions with the staff, other children and unfamiliar people; behaves well; understands other people’s speech; pronounces some words by imitation; selective attitude and preferences in her communication with other children and the staff; uses mimics to show her emotions and attitude.

Illianna has waited a long time for a family and she has very little time left to find one!

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Brandon 2014

Brandon 2014_2Age: 10
Diagnosis: spastic diplesia cerebral palsy

Brandon is significantly delayed as a result of living in a neglectful situation with no medical care for the first 8 years of his life. He has made a lot of progress in the past couple of years in regards to physical and emotional development.

Brandon

Brandon had a tenotomy of the adductors of both pelvic joints in 2012. He can roll over and crawl on his stomach. He cannot sit independently at this time. He moves his head in both directions to look at things. He shows an interest in toys and reacts with facial expressions showing happiness when he is interacted with by caregivers. He has a favorite toy and he will crawl to get to the toy. He responds to his name by turning his head when his name is called. He likes water and will hold his hand under the running water. He laughs out loud when adults play with him. He will reach out and hold hands with familiar adults. He eats from a spoon and drinks from a cup. He enjoys listening to music. When he is placed near other children, he will reach out for them and smile when they touch him. He has formed a bond with a 1:1 caregiver that works with him.

 

The agency representatives that visited him in the fall of 2014 reported that he is very responsive and interactive. They observed him playing with a toy (activating the buttons to make it light up), crawling to get to the toy he wanted, responding to his name and interacting with staff. He has a 1:1 caregiver that spends time with him each day and he was observed interacting with her.

The agency has photos and videos from November 2014.

$1,746.36 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACliff 2014Boy, born 2008

This almost 5-year-old boy has infantile cerebral palsy, microcephaly, club feet, congenital megacolon and hypotrophy.

 

Cliff laughs aloud when jested and smiles when involved in interaction. He follows moving objects with his eyes. He listens to adults’ speech. He has a good appetite. His sleep is calm.

 The agency has additional pictures and videos available for interested families.

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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnnieDOB: December 2005

Diagnosis: delays in development -report indicates that due to delayed speech, Autism was initially suspected. However, no formal testing has been done and the child’s development is continuing to improve.

Annie is 8 years old. Her motor skills are well developed. She walks, runs, catches & throws a ball, climbs, hops on one foot and participates in musical games that require movement. Her fine motor skills are developing as well. She can open/close scissors and is learning to cut with them. She draws on paper, though she is not yet writing letters. She plays with play dough and builds a tower of 12 blocks. She is in the 1st grade and attending school outside the orphanage. She follows verbal directions and responds to her name. She tries to imitate words said by adults. She currently expresses herself non verbally. She is very protective of her possessions. She doesn’t often initiate play with the other children, but she will play close to them. She will join in organized group activities for short periods of time and is very emotionally responsive to familiar adults. She needs extra time to complete tasks and has a short attention span. She stops inappropriate behaviors when redirected by an adult. She feeds and dresses herself. Since she is non verbal, she does not yet indicate that she needs to go to the bathroom on her own, so she is taken on a schedule and is completely toilet trained using this method.
Update March 2014:
She was recently transferred to a mental institution.

The child has moderate mental delay and her neuropsychological development is delayed mostly with regards to her speech. However, as you will see in the videos, the girl is repeating words after an adult and trying to pronounce them as the adult does. She knows and shows all her body parts, she knows how to write the first letter of her name. She also tries to write her full name but still has some difficulties as she is changing the order of the letters. The girl understands everything she is told by adults. She follows instructions and does errands. She is very musical. In the videos you will see her perform dance movements when asked by an adult.

It is obvious that this is a lovely, affectionate child, who seeks adults’ attention, caress and closeness. She is willing to learn new things and I believe that with a constant family environment, providing her with comfort, encouragement, love and attention and with regular individual sessions with a speech therapist, this child could achieve much more progress in her development.
Additional photos & videos are available.

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photoboy11 year old boy
Diagnosed with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss.

The child likes to play soccer, basketball and badminton. He likes physically activities. Klive looks very smile and smart. I think that he does very well at school because there are people who understand him and people that he can speak to. He likes his life at the boarding-school and when we asked him if he wants to back there, he said yes. I am sure that if Klive lives with parents who have commands of sigh language and pay him the needed attention, he will advance a lot as he is very smart and looks really motivated. He is an open, communicative and bright child! He is healthy and active little boy, who for sure will flourish in a family environment!

Klive has normal intellect. Good emotional background. Positive emotions prevail.

Klive is sociable, active, lively, open, and lightly and boldly interacts with people. Has does not have habits for keeping distance. He constantly seeks contact with the children from the group. Shows willingness and cooperates with the adults. He has acquired good manners. He can work individually as well as in group.

Photos are available from the agency.

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.

Brenda 2014 (2)BrendaAge: 4
Diagnosis: microcephaly, mental delays

Brenda has delays in her development. She walks, runs, climbs stairs independently. She is able to thread larger rings, to pull circle out of the tray, to fill and empty box, to turn the pages of a book with thick covers, to arrange a tower of 2-10 cubes, arranges puzzles. She prefers to play by herself. Her speech is delayed, though she does respond to her name. She feeds herself with a spoon and drinks from a cup.

 

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.

RhondaAGE: 11Rhonda update
Diagnosis: Hydrocephalus

Rhonda is VERY alert and aware. In 2012, her head measurement was 71cm. It has not grown since that time. She’s learning to push herself around in a wheelchair. She can control her head and hold it up, but still requires support to sit up. She loves being upright and gets upset when left laying for long periods of time. She sits in a positioning chair and loves it. She manipulate with objects-she puts cubes one on top of the other, puts wide rings on a fixed axis, she inlays 5 cubes with different sizes one into the other. She concentrates for longer time when doing something that is interesting for her. She likes listening to music and will share her toys with other children. She follows simple directions.

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.

Mario (1)Boy, Age: 8
Diagnosis: Mild mental delays

 

Mario was transferred from an orphanage setting to a foster family home in 2012 and ever since then he is constantly progressing and compensating his delays. He enjoys walks in the park, visits at the zoo and loves to go to the swimming pool. He is an affectionate and kind-hearted boy who truly deserves to have a family of his own.

Additional photos available.

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.

O Mikah 2014_2
Boy, Age: 12
Diagnosis: hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy

Mikah lived the first 10 years of his life in an orphanage where his physical and emotional needs were severely neglected. Drastic improvements have been made to Mikah’s care in the past 3 years and he’s shown significant growth both physically and emotionally during that time. He is now receiving physical therapy, spending his days actively engaged with other children and adults and having all of his medical and nutritional needs met. He makes eye contact and actively interacts with adults and other children. He can sit up unassisted and will play will people who interact with him (mimics patty cake and other games). He’s gentle with younger children and often interacts with children as young as 3 years old. He likes to play with a ball and roll it back and forth to another person. He enjoys listening to children’s music. He responds to his name and will follow some simple directions.

Mikah

 

The agency representatives that visited him in the fall of 2014 reported that he was very happy and engaged during their visit. He was observed in a setting with children of various ages. The care givers reported that he is a gentle child who enjoys receiving attention. He actively engaged with the visitors, giving hugs and kisses, mimicking hand gestures and playing games. He is significantly delayed for his age. However, the improvements seen in the past couple of years indicate that he has great potential when he has access to appropriate care and attention.

The agency has photos and videos from November 2014

$441.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Boy, Age: 6
Diagnosis: Poly-malformative syndrome – facial dysmorphism, microretrognathia, underdeveloped and deformed right ear with mildly narrowed ear canal; Congenital cardiac malformation – almost closed perimembranous inter-chamber defect with mild left-right shunt; Kidney anomaly – ectopic right kidney; Atopic dermatitis; Lagging behind in the neuro-psychical development.

We have several photos and video clips of him. A current update on his development is coming soon.

Additional photos are available.
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.

Shylah 503DorothyGirl, born June 2010
Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy, Recurrent urinary tract infections, Hypotrophy second degree, Delay in the neuropsychological development

Dorothy walks independently, tries to run; understands and follows simple instructions; manipulates with toys and objects; holds a pencil and scribbles with it; produces random sounds.  The child manifests emotional deficit – performs stereotypic movements, demonstrates self-aggression. She likes listening to music and she tries to dance. She loves to swing on a swing and does so with great pleasure.

Since her placement in a foster family, Dorothy has started responding to emotional stimulation with far more diverse facial expressions as compared to before. She is currently in a process of enriching her notions and acquiring self-service skills and habits. Some progress is seen as regards her social and emotional development as well as her fine motor skills.

Additional information is available from the agency.

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.

Angie 443 (1)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGirl, Age: 6
Diagnosis: Delayed mental development

She has well developed gross motor skills. Her fine motor skills are slightly delayed. She uses 30-40 words purposefully and can repeat words after an adult says them. She communicates using short sentences. She follows 2 step commands and expresses satisfaction once she’s completed an assigned task. She dresses/undresses herself and enjoys selecting her own clothes and shoes to wear. She loves listening to music and participating in musical games. She cleans up her toys when she’s done playing.

 

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.

Beau 442

Beau is nearly 12 years old. He has Hydrocephalus after shunt installation and mild mental delay. According to the latest check-up, the shunt is functioning very well.

The boy is joyful, playful and active. He is outgoing and enjoys interacting with other children. He is not aggressive or confrontational. The boy is adaptive and is well-settled in his environment. According to the staff in the institution he likes drawing, listening to music, training aikido and cricket, adapted for children.

 

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.

Phil 435This 13-year-old boy has hemophilia A and bronchial asthma. His psychological development is age-correspondent. He is an inquisitive boy with a specific interest in music. He is emotionally stable and independent in his everyday life.

Updated photos and information are coming shortly.

 

 

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.

Molly MarceyAge: 10
Diagnosis: Cerebral Palsy- quadriplegic

The girls were raised by their birth family until they were 3 years old. They both have CP that effects all 4 limbs. Both girls recently had tendon release surgery to extend range of motion in their knees. Both girls suffer from muscle spasms common in children with CP, which impacts their motor skills.

Both girls can independently roll over and sit in a supported seat controlling their head and upper body with proper supports for their legs. Both girls will engage and interact with other children and caregivers by following movement with their eyes/head, reacting with laughter or spontaneous sounds and reaching for toys. Both girls have good hand/eye coordination and can reach for and grasp a toy/object and move it to their mouth. The girls are placed in adaptive chairs in the main group area so that they can observe and interact with other children, which they enjoy. The recommendation for their future care includes physical therapy to address joint contractures and prevent future ones, medication/treatment options to address muscle spasms, speech therapy and exposure to other peer models.

 

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.

LexiOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAge: 6
Diagnosis: Ataxic cerebral palsy

Significant features of FAS

Lexi is delayed in all aspects of her development, but continues to make improvements. She can feed herself with a spoon and get herself undressed. She is time trained with toileting and “rarely uses her diaper”. She can walk while holding on to the hand of an adult and has started taking a few steps independently. She crawls and is able to go up the stairs while holding on to the support rail. She continues to make improvements with motor skills. She plays with toys and her attention span continues to improve. She interacts with other children and will sit next to them and play. She is not aggressive, but if another child takes her toy, she will take it back. She gets very excited when she sees a known adult. She is attending school.

The agency also has video available for interested families.

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.

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Reed Dec 2013Reed is a 3-year-old boy with spina bifida, hydrocephalus and CP.

He is passive while in his bed, he can’t control his head and his legs do not support him. The staff changes his body position. He reacts to strong noisy interactions with spontaneous quailing.  He cannot speak and make sounds. He takes liquid food from a nasogastric tube. He gains weight and sleep well.

 

UPDATE:  the caregivers said that they believe that he is aware of his environment and what is going on around him. He does move his eyes when people are in the room and seems to be aware that people are there and talking.

Additional information and a video clip is available from the agency.

There is a $5,000 agency grant for his adoption at this time.

 

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.

JamisonBoy, born 2005
Moderate mental delays, speech delays

 

Jamison could benefit from additional therapies. He does not establish verbal contact.  He pronounces unintelligible sounds and reacts when his name is called. He communicates with few children but initiates interaction with adults. He has good play skills, and he has good basic hygiene.

 

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.

Girl, born 2006photo 2013 (2)
Moderate hydrocephaly; spina bifida (post op); Bilateral club foot

 

Mindie is sitting up independently, but not yet walking.   She has been diagnosed with Prematurity, moderate internal hydrocephaly, Spina bifida /the defect has been closed through a plastic surgery/, paraplegia inferior, pes equinovarus bilateralis. According to the staff at her orphanage it’s more likely that her hydrocephaly is a stationed one which is probably the reason why she has not had a shunt surgery.

The agency has additional information available for inquiring families.  Photo from 2013.

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SereneGirl, age 12
Epilepsy

 

Serene has been diagnosed with epilepsy in 2013. She is sociable and has established habits. She loves going to school – she attends a mainstream school and demonstrates specific interest in Maths.

The agency has videos available; she introduces herself, tells where she lives and studies; that she likes watching movies and traveling; write; answers positively when asked if she would like to be adopted and live with a family.

 

 

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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKolby_smBoy, Age: 3
Diagnosis: Retrolental fibrodysplasia on both sides.

Kolby is blind but is with preserved intellect and is very smart and sweet!

Kolby can crawl and walk a few steps when held by hand of an adult. He is able to hold a toy that was passed to him. He recognizes familiar and unfamiliar voices. He repeats everything said by adults and is learning children songs. He is able to answer questions correctly with yes or no. He is able to raise himself around fixed support and to sit. He enjoys the proximity of a loved adult, he likes to be hugged. He prefers to play with rattles, creating strong noise by hitting them into objects. He has a positive attitude towards himself and the surrounding. He does not show any signs of aggression or autoaggression.

 

Update July 2014
Kolby is very beautiful and charming little boy who has a lot of potential!! If he has the chance to find and live in supporting family environment – with a loving, caring family, who helps him show and develop his potential, he has the abilities to achieve a lot. He is just 4 and he can speak, walk and freely lead a dialog with adults. This child just needs someone, who will love and direct him and then I am more than sure that growing up he will have more independent and free life – life that everyone needs and deserves. He memorizes very quick, his intellectual capacity is very good. This child is looking for contact and socialization most of the time – just because he is motivated by himself, he needs it. He misses one of the most important sense that can master skills and information with (his vision), but he has fully preserved intellectual capacity, as well as auditory. He can achieve a lot if he finds his family forever, who will support, help and show him how to master new, and more and more skills. This child really needs his chance for better future, full of love and care that will help him to be complete adult in the future!
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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJaceJace was born in 2006 he has infantile autism; moderate mental delay; gastroesophageal reflux disease; hyperactivity, stereotypic behavior. Jace he can kick a ball without holding onto anything for support and by stretching his/her leg forward, jump up with both legs at the same time, go up and down the stairs properly by using one leg after another, stand on one leg for at least one second, not holding onto anything for support and jump 15 cm. forward with both legs at the same time.

He can eat with a spoon independently and is a good eater! He is able to walks, runs and climbs like the other children at his age, he is in school and really enjoys it! He plays with different toys and he prefers constructors and mechanical and musical toys. He watches other children play but rarely joins them in their games. He scribbles within the borders of a sheet of paper. With a little help from an adult, he draws, glues pieces of paper together and models clay. He can string beads on a thread and he can inlay elements in the relevant places by himself. He has started understanding the meaning of words referring to his surroundings. He sometimes follows simple verbal instructions. He understands it when something is forbidden to him. He is acquiring self-service habits – he can take his shoes off, and he can dress and undress himself with some assistance from an adult. He eats with a spoon independently and he drinks from a cup.

Jace enjoys a cuddle. He seeks physical contact with certain children from his group – he jests them and tickles them. Additional photos and videos available. Older parents welcome.

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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGirl, 13 years old
Mild developmental delays

Ember was placed in an orphanage due to the parents’ neglect and there is some evidence of abuse in the family. The girl has overcome her past and is now progressing and developing her potential – enjoys going to school and demonstrates the skills she acquired at school with pleasure; she is emotionally stable and her dominant mood is positive. She is usually lively, cheerful and talkative. She communicates well with the children and is taking care of newly placed and younger children by protecting them and comforting them. She has started to more and more explicitly claim a leadership position in the group of children. She has extensive interests and enjoys taking part in creative activities.

The girl has a positive idea of a family and longs to have a family.

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.

RemoBoy, 10 years old
moderate mental delay

Good physical development. He is sociable and tries taking part in dialogues with short, simple sentences, accompanied by gestures. He is curious and eager to learn. He is not aggressive to his peers. He eagerly participates in different games. The child seeks contact with adults. He has normal physical development for his age. He actively participates in different games.

He is a very lively, energetic, radiant and friendly boy who wins you over the moment you meet him. The child is well built and is always eager to learn new things. He is not shy, initiates contact easily and openly demonstrates his great desire to have his own mommy and daddy.

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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMary EllenAge: 2
Diagnosis: Arnold-Chiari syndrome; hydrocephalus (shunt installed); spina bifida aperta-surgically repaired; stabismus; frequent bladder infections that are being treated

UPDATE:  “She is turning two in February. She speaks her first words and loves any attention she can get. She had surgical correction of her spine and a shunt installed to reduce fluid on her brain.”  “Recently the shunt that keeps her from having too much fluid on her brain failed and she underwent surgery again. The sweet baby who sought contact is now avoiding eye contact. While her physical issues have been met her emotional needs are suffering.”

UPDATE 2014:

became clear that following the revision of her VP shunt at the end of 2013, there are some negative effects on her vision and possibly her hearing. She does not fixate her eyes or follow a moving object with her eyes anymore. Her condition as of now will have to be further clarified.

She is not speaking, does not tolerate even being touched without screaming, has ZERO reaction to sound and no indication that she has any vision (doesn’t track objects moving in front of her face or even blink). We only have a very short video clip of her that is current, but the little girl in the photo you have posted and the info at the top of her report is sadly no longer the same child that is available for adoption. I desperately want to see this little one find a family, but her needs should be very clearly listed upfront.

Photos and videos are available, along with detailed medical reports.

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.

421_photo_2012 (1)This 7-year-old girl has the following special needs: cheilognathopalatoschisis (cleft lip, -maxilla, and -palate) – in a condition after 3 corrective surgeries; severe mental delay; congenital childhood cataract – in a condition after surgical correction of both eyes; secondary glaucoma of the left eye; II-degree hypotrophy; self-aggressive behaviors and other generalized developmental disorders.

She produces random syllables and walks when led by one hand. From the age of 4 to the age of 5, for certain periods of time she was included twice in the program “Granny’s grandchild” with two different “grannies”, after which their relationships were terminated. Following the separations, severe manifestations of negativism and self-aggression were unlocked.

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.

Quentin Photo 1 rec. Jul-2013-croppedBoy, Born January 2012

Down syndrome

 

Quentin was born prematurely, but is now considered physically healthy.   Quentin’s development is delayed, but at 16 months old he could sit with support, creep on his stomach, reach for and play with toys, and respond to his name.   Quentin is happy, curious, and expressive, clearly enjoying contact with adults and physical affection.   He tracks sights and sounds and responds properly to the tone of voice in which someone speaks to him.  Quentin cannot yet stand, walk, imitate sounds, or feed himself.  Additional photos and reports are available upon request.

 

Married couples and single moms welcome.  Older parents and large families welcome.  Only one parent has to travel.

$0.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

MonaAge: 8
Diagnosis: developmental delays

 

Mona is physically healthy. She has delays in her development. At the time of her last report, she was talking, walking, feeding herself and had recently started attending school. She has been assigned a 1:1 caregiver to work with her several days a week and she has been demonstrating continuous progress since that began.

Additional photos and videos are available.

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.

 Todd 2010 (1)todd-2015Boy, Born 2007
Diagnosis: hydrocephalus (shunt has been installed), spina bifida aperta, agenesis of the left kidney, fragile bones and strabismus
 
Todd can sit independently. He talks and easily carries on conversations with adults. His intellectual development is right at the “normal” level on testing. He has a caregiver that works 1:1 with him daily.
Families who have visited the orphanage where he lives report that he is a very smart and friendly little boy. He is able to carry on a conversation and answer questions appropriately and plays hand held video games.
From a family who visited with him in September 2013:    ” We had a chance to meet this little boy at our childrens’  orphanage last week. He is a very smart and vibrant little boy. My heart breaks at the thought that if he is not adopted, he will be sent to an institution to live out his days. This boy needs a mom and dad to care for him and tell him he is loved and valued.  I just know his family is out there! “
Update, 2015:
He has so much character that he impresses greatly anyone who meets him. He acquires some new skills over time but as he gets older, his motivation for developing further is more and more dependent on the attention he gets from adults. He understands that some children get adopted and thus get a family. Whenever he happens to meet an adoptive family visiting a child in his orphanage, he tells them he would like to have a family, too. Growing up, he feels both the lack of a family and the need for one more and more heavily.
Additional photos and videos are available.
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419_Photo2_Jun2013Boy, born June 2009
Hydrocephalus, epilepsy, atrophy of the left cerebral hemisphere, eye issues and blindness, and delayed psychomotor development

Keith stands up in his bed and makes steps sideways and he crawls. He takes a toy on his own initiative, transfers it from one hand into the other. He smiles when someone talks to him, laughs aloud when jested and produces syllables.

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.

413 YvetteGirl, born January 2009

infantile cerebral palsy, symptomatic epilepsy, nystagmus, delayed physical and neuropsychological development. She takes a medication so as to prevent the seizures. She has daily rehabilitation, remedial massages and gymnastics.
In the last 4-5 months Yvette has started performing active movements with the hands – she reaches for and grabs a toy that has been handed to her. She turns from her back to one side. She loves it when someone talks to her and caresses her and she then produces joyful sounds. She maintains stable eye contact. She pronounces several one-syllable words.

 

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.

415_Photo2_Aug13Erickson 415Boy, 8 years old
severe mental delays, agenesis of the left kidney

Erickson has a stable health condition and hasn’t been ill in the last year. He has significantly delayed neuropsychological development. He walks independently. He has good prehensile skills and responds to being called by name. He takes notice of his surroundings and makes attempts to interact and communicate with other children. A positive trend in his development has been observed over time.

 

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.

OGirl, 8-years-old
cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus, hypotrophy, severe aphasia, severe mental delay

She responds positively to stimulation and contact. This girl has a good emotional tone. She is sociable and calm. She can reaches for, holds and manipulates with toys.
She cooperates with her caregivers.

 

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.

Trever 408  (1) Trever 408  (2)This almost 8-year-old boy has moderate mental delay, cystic hydrocele and convergent concomitant strabismus.

 

He has built self-service skills (eats, dresses and undresses independently, potty-trained). He has marked progress in his speech development and tries to use more words and connect them in sentences. He interacts with children, albeit he prefers the company of adults.

 

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.

Silas 412Silas 412 2010This 7-year-old boy has congenital deformity of the lower limbs (club left foot – after surgical correction; flat feet; wears orthopedic shoes); moderate mental delay; congenital internal hydrocephalus (slight, not progressive, no surgical treatment is necessary); some disturbances in behavior.

He doesn’t often get ill. He vocalizes and follows simple commands. As a result of the extra attention he has been getting in the last several months, he has demonstrated a good rate of compensating his delays and there has been a slight increase in the intensity of his psychological activity – he wants to go out, he demonstrates how much he enjoys going for a walk, he waits and gets annoyed when he is not taken outside at the regular time. He plays with toys. He helps the orphanage staff. He loves physical contact and initiates physical closeness with familiar adults. He likes getting individual attention.

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.

Darren2_2015 Darren 2015Boy, age 5
Diagnosis: hydrocephalus-no shunt

Updated 2015: Darren now lives in a group home. He spends a great deal of time left in his crib. Despite that, he is very interactive and responsive. He will reach for toys, manipulate them and rolls over to drop them out of his crib while laughing. He smiles and responds to caregivers talking to him and laughs loudly when tickled. He reaches his arms up to people when they lean over his crib and reach for him. He turns his head to follow voices in the room. He interacts with handing toys in his crib. His hydrocephalus has not been treated and as a result, he can not sit or stand unassisted.

Photos and videos from May 2015 are available.

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.

Jacques 401 (1)Boy, born 2006
neuropsychological, motor and speech development delays

 

Jacques has severely delayed neuropsychological, motor and speech development.  His behavior corresponds to that of an infant. He makes several steps independently and walks when held by one hand. He doesn’t speak, but produces monotonous sound combinations. He sometimes seeks adults’ physical closeness.

 

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Linus Lucy
Lucy is a 5-year-old girl (born 2007) who has congenital microcephaly, infantile cerebral palsy, severe mental delay,delayed psychomotor development, multiple malformation syndrome.  She rolls from back to belly and vice versa independently. She remains in a seated position for a short time when provided with some support. She  shows interest in toys – she grabs and holds a toy in her hand, waves it around and examines it closely. She responds emotionally to seeing a familiar adult.

Linus is a 4-year-old boy(born 2009) who has microcephaly, congenital anomaly of the central nervous system, delayed psychomotor development, severe mental delay, multiple malformation syndrome. When  put in a baby walker he steps on the floor with his whole feet and starts to slowly go around the room in the walker. The boy remains in a seated position for a short time with an adult’s assistance. He follows each and every movement of a person or an object with his eyes and head. He loves to watch the other children playing and moving around.

Linus and Lucy

These siblings have very similar diagnoses. Biotinidase deficiency is suspected. There is an emotional bond between the children and they often hold hands, smile, laugh, look for each other with their eyes and jest with each other when they are placed side by side.

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

394_PhotoBoy, born 2001
History of seizures, speech delays

 

Carl is an 11-year-old boy, who takes epilepsy medication, hasn’t had a seizure ever since he was placed in the institution where he is at present (June 2009); has a speech difficulty; interacts freely with both familiar and unfamiliar people; loves playing with all children; shows a great interest in being involved in different activities; likes logic games; has normal physical development.

 

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.

OGirl, born 2006
Diagnosis: Delayed development

 

Laynie is described as having a positive attitude toward herself and others. Her motor skills are well developed. Her speech is delayed, but she speaks using single words and simple sentences. She’s attending kindergarten and has the assistance of a resource teacher. She mimics the actions of adults and plays games with other children. She enjoys looking at books. She follows verbal directions, asks questions and is beginning to memorize short poems and songs.

 

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.

DOB: 2006
Diagnosis: Cerebral Palsy

 

Rebekah was born premature at 27 weeks and has quadriplegic CP. She is delayed in all aspects of her development.

Update 2014: The child lags behind in her physical development, does not correspond to her calendar age. Impaired gross motor skills, does not sit up unaided, and cannot support herself. She has not developed fine motor skills. She is completely dependent on the help of the staff due to profound disabilities.

Psychical development does not correspond to the age. Fine motor skills are impaired. She likes to watch TV and to listen to music. She holds her attention briefly on favorite things. She laughs without a reason. When in contact with an adult she reacts emotionally. She waves her hands and expresses positive emotions. She reacts to her name and to a person who is familiar to her and pleasant. She makes a difference between familiar and unfamiliar faces. She has not developed manipulative skills. She does not play with toys and does not show interest toward different skills.

Social development: The elementary emotions which are congenital in nature, with her are limited due to her congenital conditions. When she is around children and hears their voices she appears satisfied. If children or adults touch her and caress or talk to her she also shows satisfaction and laughs. She loves to listen to music when is observed slight liveliness.

Characteristics of behavior: For unburdening of the nervous system the child is in a suitable for her age of development daily regime. Conditions of calm and healthy sleep are provided.

Characteristics of relations with others: Whenever possible the child is around the children when she is in continuous contact with them. When awake in most cases she prefers to be in peace and quiet. The influence of the voice of the adults and gentle touching also have their effect on her general vitality, although the child does not participate in the communication, she only reacts to those actions.

 

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.

BryannahDOB: 2001

Diagnosis: Down syndrome

Bryannah has been in a mental institution since 2011. She has been in orphanages her entire life, but was just recently registered for adoption in 2013. She has waited 12 years for a chance to find a family! She walks, plays with toys, responds to her name and attends a special needs school each day. She is not talking and still requires help with daily self-help skills.

 

 

The agency also has a video available.

 

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378_photoBoy, born June 2004

This 10 year old boy has been diagnosed with Fraccaro syndrome. He demonstrated a delayed neuropsychological development and hypogonadism, symptomatic epilepsy and mental delay. He needs a lot of positive emotions, individual work and positive reinforcement in order to master new skills and habits, and further acquire knowledge. His physical development is not correspondent to his biological age. He can sit independently but it is hard for him to walk on uneven surface and he is not always able to go down the stairs. This is main reason he cannot take part in sports games. He knows his name and responds with eyes when called by his name, especially when call by a familiar adult. He cannot speak yet and can pronounce a few words only.

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.

379_PhotoGirl, born May 2003
Hydrocephalus

This girl is almost 10 years old and her neuropsychological development is delayed as a result of her congenital condition – hydrocephalus. She is small for her age. She seeks other people’s closeness and responds with a smile when meeting unfamiliar adult. Her speech is underdeveloped and she doesn’t use language as a means of communications. She tries to imitate sounds and says the word “mama”…. She studies a special educational program at school. She sleep good and wakes up calm and joyful. She likes to play alone or observe the other children playing.

 

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.

George_2011DOB: 2004

Diagnosis: Down syndrome

 

George can walk with support. He will play with toys. He is described as friendly and as having a positive attitude. He is exposed to games and activities, but he does not always participate. He is not aggressive toward himself or others.

 

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Girl, born August 2000

Polly is a 12-year-old girl with a mild mental delay who has a developmental disorder of speech and language. She is in need of dental care due to some issues with her teeth.

Polly is relatively well-developed physically when compared to the age norms.  The lack of parental care, a mother’s caress and physical and emotional contact in early infancy has affected the child’s psychological development negatively by lowering the quality of her behavioral activity.

There are no significant irregularities as regards Polly’s psychomotor development. She demonstrates satisfactory verbal, non-verbal and eye contact. Her strength is correspondent to her bodily development. The child has normal mobility and well-coordinated movements. She would benefit from active physical activities and sports.   The girl has adapted well to her classmates at school. Her attention is unsteady during the classes; she has limited attention span and low stability of concentration and can easily be distracted.

Additional medical information available.

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.

Robert updateBoy, born December 2002
Down syndrome

Robert is a handsome young man.  His general development is delayed.  He has good gross motor skills, and his fine motor skills need a bit of assistance; he likes to color.  He enjoys listening to music, and dancing.  He vocalizes, but his expressive speech is not developed yet.

Robert currently is a student in the fourth grade of a Special School.   He has a good orientation in the academic environment and points at objects in the classroom. He understands instructions, but does not always follow them. He knows his name and reacts with a smile when called by name.  He takes part in the educational activities with interest but he would soon lose his concentration. He shows positive attitude toward children and adults. He often takes part in organized events. The boy performs simple chores – when assisted and stimulated he cleans his work place and the classroom.

Additional information available from the agency.  Recent pictures and videos available, too!

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DOB: 2001

Diagnosis: Down syndrome

Ryan is 12 years old. He has been in an institutionHis gross motor skills are well developed. He walks, runs, climbs and prefers physical activities. He exhibits some stereotypical movements. He plays with toys and attempts to manipulate them correctly. He requires 1:1 assistance for academic tasks. He is currently being instructed in how to trace letters, though he still requires assistance with this task. He tries to fit shapes into puzzles. He can arrange blocks and builds towers with them. He likes to arrange the chairs in stacks. He eats independently, though he’s still working on hygiene in related to table skills. He does put away his own dishes once he’s done eating. He can dress himself, but he does not undress himself independently. His personal hygiene skills are not built up at this time. During art class, he requires assistance with coloring and art projects. He can glue items onto paper if the items are pre-cut for him. His emotions and attention are unstable. He is hyperactive and doesn’t always follow the rules. He exhibits difficult behaviors when he doesn’t get his way or doesn’t want to do something. He is sometimes aggressive with objects and with his peers. He enjoys dancing and prefers to participate in activities and play that involve a ball and interacting with children who are more physical.

Additional information: Ryan has been visited by an experienced adoptive family and members from an adoption team well experienced in observing children with special needs. During the visits, he exhibited aggression toward the adults and staff members from the institution. He had difficulty following basic instructions from the staff and often didn’t respond to his name. He did seem to enjoy interacting in small amounts with the adults, though he wanted those interactions on his terms. He did not respond well to restrictions or being made to do things that he did not want to do. He will need a family willing to provide a lot of structure, routine and consistency in behavior management.

Additional photos and videos of Ryan from October 2012 are available.

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tyler-2-croppedBoy, born 2002
Down syndrome

Tyler has waited 10 years for the opportunity to have a family and he is now FINALLY registered for adoption. He needs a family that will look past his age and see all that this little boy can be under the guidance of a loving family.

Tyler has experienced many transitions in his young life. He was placed in an orphanage after birth, sent to a horrific mental institution at age 4, removed from those conditions and placed in a different orphanage at age 6 and then finally moved into a group home family style orphanage at age 7, where he still lives today. In the group home, he is learning daily living skills, basic academics and self-help skills. He eats from a spoon and is learning to feed himself proficiently. He loves water and enjoys playing in the bath tub. He likes to watch TV and to sit on the back patio and watch the dogs walking down the street and the cars passing by. He will call out to the dogs when he sees them. He also enjoys going for walks in the community. He enjoys playing with musical books and toys. He follows verbal directions and says a few one and two syllable words. He knows the difference between familiar people and strangers and enjoys receiving individualized attention from adults. A teacher comes to the group home to work with him and other children on educational goals.

UPDATE 2014:
This  joyful 11-y.o. boy wi is still waiting for his adoptive parents.
He is a radiant and sociable child who loves interacting with adults. He also has preferred adults which is a significant indicator that the child is capable of forming a relationship of attachment.

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DOB: 2002
Diagnosis: delays in all aspects of development

Carmen has spent most of her life in a family environment. She was raised by her birth mother until she was 3 years old. At that time, she was placed in a mental institution where the children are generally well cared for. At the age of 5, she was placed with a foster family. The family is missionaries and she lived with them for over 2 years, at which point they had to return to their home country. She moved from their home to another foster home, where she lived for over a year. At the age of 8, she was placed in a group home style orphanage, where she lives today. She was placed in the group home because her foster mother moved to a different town and could not take Carmen with her. The foster mother still visits her when she is able and takes her for weekend trips. She is well loved by therapists and others who’ve been involved in her care over the years and they’ve advocated for her to help her find a forever family.

Carmen is considered delayed in all aspects of her development. She feeds herself and drinks from an open cup. She walks and can go up and down steps independently. She cooperates with all self-help skills such as dressing and undressing. She maintains eye contact and responds to her name. Her speech is delayed, but she understands what is said to her. When she sees something she likes or wants, she will smile and clap. She interacts with the other children and participates in games and group activities. She is making progress in all aspects of her development. Her report has not been updated in over a year, so we are working to get information on her current developmental progress.

Kade 2014DOB: 2002
Diagnosis: Down syndrome, asthma

2014 UPDATE:  Kade was moved out of an institution and into a group home in 2014.  He is described as sensitive, with alert look, inquisitive, willful, contact and adaptive to the group. He is oriented in his immediate social environment and in the scheme of his own body. The fine motor skills are developed and all main motion skills have been mastered. He understands and carries out all commands and makes attempts to pronounce some words. He is very energetic with great desire for all kinds of motion games, and is well coordinated and purposeful. Kade feeds himself, dresses himself, and is completely toilet trained. His favorite activity is to listen to music and dance and he shows off on all festivities. His expressive and impressive speech is poor and he has limited vocabulary but he pronounces conscious syllables and words. He imitates objects from everyday life when they are mentioned. He likes to help to take care of the other children in the institution. He is interactive with the other children from the group. He can start playing with any toy. He draws by imitation within the limits of the paper. He likes to play with stuffed, musical and mechanic toys and he uses them according to their purpose. He can play for a long time with them.

Photos and videos from December 2014 are available through the agency.

Kade is currently living in a mental institution but is doing very well. He is attending school in the local village. His gross and fine motor skills are well developed. He colors inside the lines, feeds and dresses himself and is toilet trained. His expressive and receptive language is developed. He answers to his name, follows directions and repeats the names of objects. He participates in games and seeks out contact with other children. He enjoys playing with stuffed animals, musical toys and mechanical toys.

His play is appropriate. He is impulsive and will get upset if he doesn’t get his way. However, he is not aggressive toward himself nor toward other people.  He has a short attention span and will often give up easily when an activity is too hard and ask to do something else instead.  Kade is described as calm, inquisitive, headstrong, sensitive and communicative.

Update from Feb 2013: Kade is toilet trained, feeds and dresses himself, says some words, follows directions, and is not aggressive. He attends special education classes taught by teachers who come to the institution for instructional time. He is active and enjoys playing outside and staying busy. He enjoys the attention from the staff and will act silly to get them to pay attention to him. We have several current photos and a video of him. In the video, he is playing on playground equipment, following directions, joking around with staff and making funny faces at the camera and you can hear him say a few words too. He is living in a mental institution, but he is well cared for and doing quite well.

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Madden-BulgariaDOB: 2004
Down syndrome

Madden is doing very well!  He is physically healthy and has never had any medical concerns. Like most children with Down syndrome, he’s physically small for his age. He weighed 34 pounds on his 7th birthday.

Developmentally, Madden is delayed. He can walk and has good gross motor skills. He is talking and can say words and use simple sentences. He knows and pronounces his name and the names of the other children and care givers in his group. His articulation is not always clear.  He is receiving speech therapy.

 

Madden is described has having difficult with focus and attention. He follows directions and is very compliant with the teachers and staff when given encouragement and positive feedback. He is learning a variety of life skills, including dressing himself, brushing his teeth and making his bed. He enjoys playing with toy blocks and trucks. In September 2011, he began attending a daycare center to assist him in learning appropriate social skills and to help integrate him into the local community.

More photos available.

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Andrue-2012DOB: 2004
Andrue was raised by his birth family until he was 9 months old. At that time, he was hospitalized for genetic testing and when the diagnosis of Down syndrome was confirmed, he was left at the hospital. He was then transferred to an orphanage and later on, to an institution for children with mental disabilities, which is his current home. He walks, climbs and catches a ball. He likes to play with stuffed animals and has one favorite stuffed animal that he carries around with him.  He reacts to his name and follows simple directions. He pronounces some syllables and attempts to communicate, but his speech is not yet developed.  He smiles when spoken to and enjoys cuddling with familiar adults.

 

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Ulysess-BulgariaDOB: February 2004

Diagnosis: Down syndrome, Chronic pyelonephritis, hydronephrosis first degree to the left kidney

Ulysess is considered significantly delayed. As of March 2011, he was not independently walking. He can pull to a stand, walk while holding someone’s hand, walks behind push toys and climb in and out of his crib on his own. He holds toys in his hands and plays with them. He enjoys music and smiles when someone sings to him. He does have some sensory issues and will often hide his head in his hands. He demonstrates some auto-aggression by hitting the side of his head with his palm.  He has frequent kidney infections and it is possible that he experiences pain from his kidney condition that effects his behavior.
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Samuel 2015 (2)Samuel (2)Boy, Born June 2003

Samuel has Down syndrome, an undescended testicle & flat feet. He also has a functional heart murmur that does not require therapy. He is integrated in a room with healthy children. He walks independently. He can drink out of a cup but still requires assistance with feeding. He carries our simple verbal instructions.  He seeks out the company of adults. His development is delayed in all areas.

Additional photos and videos from March 2014 are available from the agency.

 

UPDATE March 2014:
Samuel is now living in a foster home. His foster mother is a retired school teacher and she shared her opinion that Samuel would do very well in an adoptive family.

He is attending a day program for children with special needs where he is receiving basic academic instruction and therapy. He is working on becoming more independent with life skills. He is not currently talking, but he is able to express his wants and needs using gestures and nonverbal communication. His foster mother is encouraging him to vocalize more and make sounds so that he can learn to say words. He enjoys playing with other children and is not aggressive. He responds to verbal directions. He lives in the foster home with one other child and they are good friends. When he’s at the playground, he seeks out older children to play with. His foster mother reports that he enjoys eating sandwiches and drinking sweet tea. She is doing everything possible to prepare him for life with a forever family, as it is her hope that he will one day have a permanent adoptive family of his own!

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Ameliaameliafromtoni-croppedGirl, Born August 2001
Down syndrome

Amelia was born with a Congenital cardiac malformation – Fallot’s tetralogy. Surgery was performed in 2005 and her heart condition was completely corrected. Amelia is currently living in a mental institution. She is delayed in all aspects of her development but does receive therapy. She also participates in the granny/grandchild program at the institution. She walks with support. Her speech is developing. She is making sounds and can say “no” and attempts to say the word for granny. She responds to her name, follows basic directions, and plays with toys. She drinks from a cup and eats independently. She enjoys affection, responds well to being cuddled, and is a very happy child.

Photo and medical report were updated in  2014.

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Isabelle Sept 2013 (1)Girl, Born February 2002

Down syndrome

From her medical records:   The child is in a very good general condition. Elementary thinking processes are observed. She can’t speak but pronounces sounds and combinations of sounds: ba-ba, etc. that are completely random. She knows her name and reacts when called. She carries out elementary orders. She is not oriented for place and time. Her attention is unstable, her memory is mechanic.

In emotional aspect the child is calm, merry and playful. She enjoys the attention that she is paid and actively seeks it. She easily enters into interaction with the children and the adults in the orphanage. She has friends among the children and prefers to play with them. She reacts actively in musical classes – makes rhythmical movements, but almost doesn’t play with toys and prefers to put them in her mouth or toss them.

The child walks independently and carries out the orders of the physical therapist – crouches, stands up. She already eats by herself. She doesn’t signal about her physiological needs and is taken care of entirely by the personnel of the orphanage.

The child is being taught to put her clothes on and take them off on her own. The training for gaining life skills continues.

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Girl, born 2001

Down syndrome

Update May 2012:
Dawn lived in an orphanage until she was three, when they moved her to an institution.

She just started walking a couple of months ago. She enjoys interacting with adults and playing with toys. Her favorite activities and toys revolve around music. She understands what is said to her but does not have any meaningful speech at this time. She reacts very positively to attention, smiles and cheers when adults interact with her. She attends a class at the institution, but does not go to school outside of the institution. She has not had the opportunity to experience many of the ordinary activities that other children her age are naturally exposed to due to the length of time she’s been institutionalized. She doesn’t have any medical or behavioral concerns. She just needs a family willing to look past her age to see her potential!

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Kolya

Boy, Born August 2004

 

Main diagnosis: Down Syndrome. Asthma with prevailing allergic component. Lagging behind in his neuro-psychical development. Abnormally low weight; full medical records available

 

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Boy, Born August 23, 2001

Diagnosis: Down Syndrome, Severe lagging behind in his development, Alopetio areata

Brett was born premature at home and taken to an open field, where he was abandoned. He was there for 6 hours before being rescued and taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for shock, hypothermia, bug bites all over his body and difficulty breathing. Once released from the hospital, he was placed in an orphanage and later transferred to a mental institution, where he lives today.  From a physical standpoint, he suffered several bouts of bronchitis and other sicknesses as a young child. He does have alopecia (hair loss), but does not have any other health problems at this time. Based on one of the video clips, it appears that Brett is able to pop his hip out of socket, as his can turn his leg at an unnatural angle.   He can walk and move freely around in his environment.

 

Brett suffers from many delays as a result of spending over 10 years in an institutionalized setting.   He walks, plays with toys, communicates using gestures and interact with adults at will. He is NOT aggressive.   The staff cares for all his basic needs and he is not receiving any academic instruction or any noted therapies at this time.

 

Several photos and videos of Brett from December 2012 are available.

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Marlowe (1)

Boy, Born August 2001

Down Syndrome, Inborn cardiac malformation – persisting arterial channel, Lung hypertonia, Severe lagging behind in his development.

UPDATE MAY 2015:
Marlowe was born in 2001. At the birth the child was with atresia of the esophagus and tracheoesophageal fistula due to which a surgery was performed on the third day after the birth. There was clinical data for Down Syndrome. Congenital cardiac malformation – persistent arterial canal and pulmonary hypertension. Persistent ductus arteriosus; Eisenmenger Syndrome. Infantile cerebral palsy – spastic quadric paresis, moderately expressed; Hypotrophy; Hypothyroidism; Cryptorchidism; Severe mental delay.

Marlowe (2)

Marlowe walks with the help of an adult and makes several steps on his own. His physical development doesn’t correspond to his age. He doesn’t speak. Marlowe would hold a toy given to him for a short time; he demonstrates interest in the objects and studies them; he makes eye contact and follows an adult if he is appropriately stimulated. He would look at his reflection in the mirror for a long time and makes attempts to touch it. He is entirely served by an adult. He eats mashed food and is fed by an adult. He is a student in the special education school.

He is calm and doesn’t demonstrate aggression or auto-aggression. He clearly expresses when he’s happy. The child doesn’t speak but he reacts when called by his name. He pronounces some combinations of sounds and irrational syllables. He wouldn’t play with peers and prefers the company of adults. The child demonstrates initiative for interaction with adults and children.

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Adam 2014_2DOB: 2001
Down syndrome, autistic traits

YAY!!!!!!  A new photo of Adam!

 

Adam has lived in a mental institution since shortly after his 4th birthday. Visitors to the institution have described it as very nice and more like a nice hotel than a mental institution. The children are well cared for and have many opportunities to experience things. Yet Adam is still missing the love and attention that comes with having a family of his own.

Adam is 10 years old. He walks and his gross motor skills are well developed. He does not talk at this time but does follow verbal directions. He feeds himself with a spoon but still requires some assistance with dressing. He plays with toys and enjoys music time, but prefers to play alone instead of with the other children. He is not aggressive toward himself nor others and is described as “a calm child”. He does the stereotypical rocking back and forth when sitting, which is a common “orphanage behavior”. He attends school in the local village. He’s in a special education class. He is not interested in most school activities, though he does enjoy music time.

UPDATE DEC 2014:
Adam is currently living in a group home. He walks independently and goes up and down stairs, but is very careful and always seeks support before acting. He electively carries out orders and doesn’t react to his name. He plays for a short time and doesn’t seek contact with the children from the group. He has preferences for certain toys but doesn’t use them according to their purpose. He is apt to seclusion and avoids group activities. He is a calm child, reacts to emotional stimuli and differentiates different tones of the voice. During celebrations and musical activities he moves away to play on his own. He requires assistance for tasks such as dressing and toileting.

Photos and videos from December 2014 are available through the agency.

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Boy, born April 2001
Down syndrome

(was previously listed under a different name)

Chad was born in 2001, he started looking at objects at the age of 6-7 months old; he started reacting to sounds at the age of 4-5 months old; he started sitting independently at the age of 1 year and 8 months and he walks with support since he’s been 2 years and 6 months. Chad has Down Syndrome; Delays in the neuro-psychical development; Moderate mental delay.

Chad 13

 

The child considerably lags behind for his age in his physical development. His motions are uncoordinated. The fine motor skills are not mastered. The child walks independently and climbs up stairs with support.  His attention is difficult to attract and to keep. His memory is with limited volume and the memorization is primarily mechanic, with accumulation.  The child reacts with increased anxiety and cry to unfamiliar environments. He participates in group activities with the other children and actively contacts them. He cheers up when contacted by an adult and reacts by uttering sounds of cheer and watching the adult in the eyes. Chad is oriented in the space in the different parts of the day.  He demonstrates bond, cheer, anxiety, and guilt. He calmly observes the children playing. He would play with them and is happy from their contacts. He carries out elementary instructions: “come”, “sit down”, “give me your hand”. The child doesn’t have developed skills for self-help and needs constant support. He can eat independently. He can’t dress or undress but cooperates when changed. He reacts to his name. He is oriented in the daily routine

He understands the speech of the others when it is simple. He pronounces single sounds by imitation. He is interactive, seeks contact, and demonstrates selectivity and preferences in his interactions with the other children and the personnel. He has expressive facial mimics that he shows his emotions with. He likes to listen to songs, laughs out loud and claps with his hands. He moves in tune with the music and is very mobile and energetic. He attracts the attention of the adults by pulling them or patting them with his hands because he can’t speak. He pronounces separate syllables – “ma”, “ba”, “da”, as well as words with repetitive syllables – “mama”, “baba”.

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Boy, Born March 2001

Down syndrome

 

From his medical records: Elementary thinking processes are observed. He can’t speak but pronounces separate sounds and some syllables. He knows his name and reacts when called. He carries out very elementary orders come here, give me your hand, and lie down. He distinguishes praise and reprimand. He is not oriented for a place and time. His attention is unstable, his memory is mechanic. He gives his hand for a greeting. He walks independently and has good general motorics.   The fine motorics are limited. In emotional aspect the child is calm and quiet. He rejoices at the attention he is paid but prefers to play alone. He likes to play with toys by turning them from all sides. He looks at his hands with a great deal of interest and entertains himself by making different movements with them. The child is taken care of entirely by the personnel.   The child is included in the project Granny and grandchild and learns how to eat independently.    A speech therapist works with the child in order to develop his speech skills. The training how to eat on himself continues.

 

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Mikale2_2013DOB: 2003
Down syndrome

Mikale has been transferred to a mental institution. He attends a specialized school. He interacts well with other children and does not have any behavior issues. He’s non-verbal, but he understands what is said to him and follows directions that are given to him. He plays appropriately with toys and enjoys blocks most of all. He feeds himself and assists with setting the table and also with cleaning up the toys. He seeks out adults and other people to interact with. He is physically healthy, with no past or current health concerns.

Mikale 2013

Additional photos and videos from January 2013 are available for interested families.

 

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MartyBoy, born June 2002
Down syndrome

Marty is described as a quiet and even-tempered child who has adapted quickly to the routine and daily schedule at the institution. He is able to walk independently. He assists with dressing and undressing himself and is learning to feed himself as well. He goes to the toilet when reminded to do so by the staff. He is not yet speaking but demonstrates understanding and follows basic requests.

He plays with other children and interacts well with adults. He responds to his name and loves attention from the caregivers. He has a special bond with one specific care giver. He loves to play with toys and shows a preference for stuffed animals.

Marty has already been transferred to an institution.

UPDATE March 2014:
He is a calm and quiet boy; good general condition; walks independently; eats, dresses/undresses and puts his shoes on independently; a 5th-grade student at an auxiliary school; vocalizes; understands what he is told; scribbles; establishes contact with other children and staff members; loves getting attention and being caressed; follows simple instructions; has formed a relationship of emotional attachment with one of the staff members; loves listening to music.

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Tanner 2014Boy, Born July 2001

Down syndrome, deafness, strabismus

Tanner was transferred to a group home in 2014. He is very small for his age and has delays in all aspects of his development. While he has an official diagnosis of deafness, he does respond to some sounds, so it is thought that he has some degree of hearing loss, but that he is not completely deaf. He does not have any speech, but he does respond to some basic commands and also to hand gestures. It is possible that many of his delays could be compensated for once his hearing issues are addressed.

Tanner attends a school for children with special needs. He doesn’t have problems following the rules in class and at school. He is calm and usually smiling. He is the favorite of the children at school. He is not aggressive and doesn’t get irritated by the other children. His expressive speech is not developed. He carries out simple commands – “stop”, “sit down”, “give me”, and “take”. He knows his place in the classroom – he has a favorite spot in each classroom. He is oriented in the rooms and partially in the school building. He opens and closes the closets. He can lock and unlock the doors of the closets if the key is put in. He tries to put in the key (rarely manages) and is happy if he succeeds. He likes to look at books with pictures. He has a favorite book in each classroom, picks it up and manipulates with it. He observes the other children while they work. He shows interest in pictures of animals. He works with desire in the classes for physical education.

Photos and videos from December 2014 are available through the agency.

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The King family is once again being blessed with the addition of two precious little ones. Having experienced the gift of adoption with their fifth child, they are honored to be given this privilege again. After becoming aware that the reality of life for many orphans across the world is to slowly die in a crib from neglect, the words in the Bible about caring for the orphan took on new meaning. While seeking God’s direction for their family, the straightforward Word of God has been an undeniable way of seeing the heart of God for His children. Taking these words literally, the family feels an urgency to follow God’s example and love these abandoned children.

“Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” Psalm 82:4

“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” Matthew 25:40

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:22

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27

7/23/2015 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

Douglas (2)“I used to think you had to be special for God to use you, but now I know you simply need to say yes.” – Bob Goff

Our family is so glad we decided to say, YES! Yes to God’s plan for our lives, yes to our son waiting for us in China, and yes to the journey ahead. We are Jason and Areka Blain and we are thrilled to announce our commitment to adopt and bring “Douglas” home from China. We have three wonderful children; Ava, Rowan, and Violet, and this is our first adoption. It is our belief that every child is deserving of a loving home. Our family means everything to us and part of our motivation to adopt comes from our deep love for our children and our Christian faith. It is heartbreaking to know that so many children (orphans) worldwide are without the love of a family. God has blessed us abundantly with our sweet kiddos, a strong marriage, and a great community of family and friends. It has been our heart to share these blessings with a waiting child, to adopt a little person that no one else was coming for. While researching, we were drawn to the large number of children who wait in China, specifically those with medical needs. We have followed Reece’s Rainbow for several years and when we came across Douglas’ profile, we knew he was our son. It has been a journey in and of itself to arrive on this path and we are so grateful to serve a big God, and for his love and grace. We cannot wait to bring “Douglas” home. He is loved and chosen!

“But here is the glory part. When we utter even the weakest yes, we find God to be big. Bigger than we once thought. Bigger than our lack. Bigger than our doubt. Bigger than the needs before us. Bigger than we can comprehend. Bigger. And He proves Himself good, steady, intentional, on time, able, strong, and sovereign.” – Rebecca via nohandsbutours.com

Thank you for your love, prayers, and support during this time. Our family is eternally grateful!

7/28/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
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Robert and Shelley’s journey with adoption started when they had 1 son, 2 daughters and a plan to add one little boy through adoption to complete their family. They completed that “plan” with the adoption of a little boy with Down syndrome from Ukraine in 2007. It was during that trip that the Lord opened their eyes to the plight of orphans with special needs. Armed with the knowledge of what happens to orphans with special needs in Eastern Europe as they age, and the conviction, “If not us, then who?”, they went to Serbia in 2008 and brought home a 2nd son with Down syndrome. Later that same year, Shelley was contacted by an attorney in Bulgaria who had found her blog and reached out with a request on behalf of an orphan in Bulgaria. Shelley advocated for that child and when, in 2009, the family felt the prompting of the Lord to go “one more time”, they made the decision to go to Bulgaria and adopted an older boy with Down syndrome that was already living in a mental institution. During the trip to meet their future son, a tiny little girl busted out of a group of children and latched herself to Shelley’s leg. Looking down into those big almond shaped eyes, Shelley promised that little girl that she’d find her a family. Ten months later, the Lord made it clear that they were to be that little girl’s family and once again, the family embarked on a “one more time” journey to bring home a daughter with Down syndrome. Vowing that they were “really done this time”, the family has spent their time over the past few years advocating for orphans and supporting other families through their adoption journeys. In early 2015, their children started talking about a baby sister. After much discussion and a lot of prayer, they made the decision to return to Bulgaria one more time to complete their family with a little girl with Down syndrome. This journey has been different because the family chose to start the home study and dossier paper work without having a child pre-identified. They have covered all the initial costs to complete their home study and dossier. They are approved to adopt a little girl with Down syndrome and hope to be matched with a little one very soon!

7/26/15—COMPILING DOSSIER

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Evie 2Luke and Christa Zeigler had their first date on December 23, 2000 (when they were only 17 and 16 years old). As they grew from teenagers into young adults and their relationship evolved, they both shared with one another the sense that God would call them to adopt one day. Five years after their first date, while on their honeymoon, they affirmed this calling and committed to one another that they would follow wherever God would lead them. After experiencing 2 miscarriages, they were overjoyed with the birth of their first daughter Kinsley in 2009. After Kinsley’s birth, they walked through two “surprise” pregnancies (both precious girls) in less than two years. They began to ask God how adoption would fit into their family plan; they knew adopting could be an expensive and emotional process. They were also very aware that their soon to be three children were huge blessings and would keep them very, very busy. They felt as if God answered their questions with “Wait and I will show you.”

In 2012, thirteen weeks into their third pregnancy, they began to feel as if God were trying to prepare them for something a little different. In their individual prayer lives, they were both hearing that they would become parents to a child with special needs, specifically Down Syndrome. Sharing this news with one another, they were blown away by the spiritual affirmation they felt! They began to research Down Syndrome so that they could be as prepared as possible, even without medical reason to do so. Mid-pregnancy they had a routine full anatomy ultrasound done on their baby. The technician found a few areas of Echogenic Intracardiac Foci on the baby’s heart. They were informed that these could sometimes be an indication of a chromosomal anomaly. They felt completely at peace with this news, in fact, it was if they had already been expecting it. They gave thanks to God that He had been preparing their hearts for this. A few weeks later test results would show that their daughter would more than likely not be born with Down Syndrome or any another anomaly. They were confused and prayed for clarity. Again God answered with “Wait and I will show you.”

Less than a week after receiving those test results, Luke “coincidentally” (they are sure by God’s design) started developing a friendship with a business acquaintance. Drew Miles and his wife Kamarie were the proud parents of three boys with a daughter on the way. Two of their sons were born with Down Syndrome. One of these sons was welcomed into their family biologically, the other through the gift of adoption. When they shared their story of how they “found” their son Kole through the website for Reece’s Rainbow (an advocacy foundation for orphans with Down Syndrome and other special needs), it was as if the missing piece of the puzzle “clicked” into place for Luke & Christa. The Zeiglers began looking over the Reece’s Rainbow website often and praying to God to make His timing clear to them.

Less than two years later, on January 12, 2014, God’s voice spoke again, loud and clear; the time had come to take the first steps towards growing their family through adoption. That night the Zeiglers logged onto Reece’s Rainbow to “look and pray” over the waiting children. Then, unexpectedly, the face of their daughter stared back at them from the screen. Christa describes seeing her daughter for the first time; “It was as if I already knew her; I felt like she kind of belonged to me before I even knew she existed.” (They joked with one another that they had both been sure God would lead them to a son after all these years of raising daughters!) They were surprised and excited when they shared with one another that they both felt equally pulled to her. Evie, as she was called on her Reece’s Rainbow profile, had been diagnosed with Down Syndrome and was currently living in an orphanage in Eastern China. Luke and Christa began pursuing her adoption a week later. The Zeiglers have decided they will name her Sadie Jane. Sadie means “Princess” and Jane means, “God is gracious”. She is so beautiful; perfectly, uniquely knit together as we all are. Luke and Christa truly believe Sadie is fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image; a true princess of the Most High King.

The Zeiglers admire the work of Reece’s Rainbow, its supporters and all the adopting families. They know the needs of each child and each family in the process of an adoption are great. The Zeiglers are quickly approaching the travel portion of their adoption. After 18 months of paperwork and waiting, they will finally meet their daughter and bring her home! Luke, Christa, Kinsley, Hattie and Taverly (Sadie’s sisters) can’t wait to see how far she will soar! Life should be interesting with daughters ages 5, 4 3 and 2 years old!

“We covet your prayers for our family, sweet Sadie, her caretakers and orphans around the world. We would be grateful for any donation you can give! You are appreciated more than you know! Thank you for sharing our journey with us! No donation is too small; we know with God, all things are possible and He will move mountains to help us bring our Sadie Jane home!” ~Luke and Christa Zeigler

7/21/15—LOA RECEIVED
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Ricord family (676 x 380)Leon and Sheri Ricord have been married 10 years. They have an 8 year old daughter Lauren who is in the 3rd grade and attends a Spanish Immersion elementary school. The Ricords also have a 3 year old son Aaron who will begin Chinese Immersion Preschool this fall to prepare him for his future Chinese Immersion elementary school.

For many years now, the Ricords have seriously contemplated special needs adoption as they currently feel their family is not quite complete. Sheri, being a nurse, felt confident she could provide care and support to a child with special needs. In 2011, they began the journey of foster care parenting/adoption but that journey was cut short due to their wonderful surprise pregnancy of their son. The adoption journey was then halted but not forgotten.

Sheri first came upon the Reece’s Rainbow website and Facebook group in April 2014. She has felt very blessed and thankful to follow so many amazing adoption journeys. Sheri then became more and more involved in the Reece’s Rainbow adoption community and discovered the courage to possibly consider international adoption for her own family. The Ricords are no strangers to special needs care as both of their children were born extremely premature, requiring complex healthcare support following their births. Thankfully, their children are healthy and thriving, despite their very rough beginnings.

In January 2015, the Ricords discovered Perry, a precious beautiful 5 year old boy in China who has been waiting for an adoptive family his whole life. Perry has never experienced or understands what it means to have a mother and father care for him. Despite this harsh reality, Perry’s smile lights up a room. He is described as a true delight and joy to those who care for him in China.

Leon, Sheri, Lauren and Aaron cannot wait until they bring Perry home to be a part of their family. The Ricords look forward to providing him a loving and nurturing home life with the added comforts of the Chinese culture and language at his future public school! We trust he will truly thrive and grow in our humble little family.

7/21/15—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE
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Tori update (1)Frank and Melissa have been married 24 years. They have a 21 year old daughter Emily, who is in college. Emily spent the spring 2014 semester in China learning Mandarin Chinese and Chinese culture. The Tilton’s have a homegrown son, Frankie who is 11 and in 6th grade. In August 2014, the Tilton family traveled to China for the adoption of Oliver and Gracie. Oliver is 6 and is in Kindergarten.Gracie is 5 and she is our Reece’s Rainbow sweetie.

In 2013 the Tilton family fell in love with a picture of Gracie on RR and she started this amazing adventure of adoption. She spreads love everywhere she is. Even though they have only been home a a year, the Tilton’s are thrilled to be returning to China. They are adopting Tori and she will be named Ruby. That name was chosen because Frank and Melissa believe she is a precious gem to be treasured and adored. The Tilton’s have a passion for children with Down Syndrome and other special needs. Melissa is a special education teacher, specializing in working with children with emotional and behavior disorders and children from hard places. Frank and Melissa believe every child has value and unlimited potential. Their heart’s desire is to pour their love into their children and they are thrilled to be growing their family through adoption.

7/11/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
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tobyThe Meyer family is joyfully taking a huge leap of faith, trusting the Lord in this journey to make Toby part of their family! It is so clear that God’s hand is on this decision – and that so many pieces of their pasts (as individuals and as a family) are being put into place for Toby.

Kameron spent several summers in Russia and studied Russian in college, so she has always had a heart for the former Soviet Union. Some of her most cherished memories of her summers overseas were those showing love to orphaned or neglected boys.

She and Josh both served in the Air Force, where they met and they eventually married in 2006 after spending months and months apart while both served in Iraq. Josh brought with him two amazing children, Jacob and Sarah, who allowed Kameron to learn about motherhood right from the beginning, spending each summer together as a family.

After Kameron medically retired from the Air Force for a debilitating ankle injury, she and Josh accepted a position as Family Teachers for a house full of boys at Boys Town in San Antonio, Texas. They spent a wonderful and challenging year there, investing in the lives of twelve different boys who were in need of a loving, family environment. It was during that year that they first began to think of possibly adopting an orphan. First, God chose to grow their family biologically. In 2008 they had their son Jack. Two years later George was born and in 2013, baby Joe was added to the family. All during this time, the family traveled to various locations for Josh’s work as a contract firefighter, including: Qatar, Kaua’i, Curacao and now Las Vegas, Nevada.

For the first time in several years, they began to feel settled in one place and comfortable with their family dynamic. Even so, they have longed to serve Christ more fully – more radically. To really live out the Gospel. Kameron’s extended family has had experience with international adoption and one sister’s family adopted a precious boy with Down Syndrome through Reece’s Rainbow, so they have been aware of the plight of orphans, but never felt the go-ahead from God to pursue adoption. Until July 2015 when Kameron read a beautiful blog post about Toby from another adoptive mother who had to leave him behind. The story shattered the world as the Meyers knew it. The entire family knew that Toby belonged with them…each of the five siblings gave strong approval to proceed with a commitment.

That wonderful adoptive mom who wrote the post about Toby included the verse Matthew 13:44: “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” The Meyers know that Toby is their hidden treasure. The Lord actually used his Celiac disease to bring him to his forever family! The Meyers have two children with gluten sensitivity issues, so they are well prepared to provide Toby with the gluten free environment he needs! Even gluten sensitivities can be used in the kingdom of heaven!!! And the Meyers are ready to “sell all they have” in pursuit of that wonderful treasure waiting for them. To God be the Glory!

7/11/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
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simon phoneLuke and Jennifer Webster are the proud parents of 5 (soon to be 6!) blessings. Their 3 oldest children are 12, 9, and 6. Their two youngest children, adopted from China in July of 2012, are 4 and 5. The entire family is absolutely thrilled to be bringing home “Simon” who will be their Benjamin. The Webster family stepped out in faith to begin Benjamin’s adoption and have seen God’s hand in each and every step.

“Simon” is visually impaired and currently resides at a foster home for children with visual impairments. The Websters are not new to children with VI or with special needs in general. Their youngest two children have multiple special needs. Their son, Caleb, has low vision due to a traumatic brain injury and has opened their hearts to children with visual impairments. They look forward to welcoming “Simon” into their home and hearts. The Websters would love for you to follow in their walk to bring Benjamin home.

7/8/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
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Processed with MoldivMike and Shannon met in 2005 while working together as singers at a theatre in Savannah, GA. They were married 5 years later, had their first daughter in 2011, and their second in 2012. Both Mike and Shannon have always felt the pull to adopt, separately in their lives, and then surprised when the other also felt that calling.

Through many months of research, they decided on China as the country they would adopt from, and through advocacy, they decided that they were comfortable with the special needs program.

They found the profile of a Chinese boy who was blind and loved music, and were in love with him from the start. He was the same age as their oldest daughter, and he was from the same province as Shannon’s distant relatives in China, and shared a birthday with Shannon’s only brother. While not believing in signs, but not disbelieving, they requested his file, consulted specialists, and spoke with friends and family about this child. They are confident that he will blend perfectly into their family.

Their oldest daughter has told them numerous times that THIS boy is her brother, long before Mike or Shannon had made a decision. She is excited to teach him how to sing and dance, and hold his hand to teach him to walk around the city. She is also very excited about learning Chinese.

Before submitting for Donnie, however, they decided to wait and see if their agency could find them a second child that would fit their expanding family. In June of 2015, they saw their first video of their one year old little boy who has no special needs. After reviewing his file and talking with their family about this child, they decided that this boy would complete their family. Their children are very excited to have a new baby to take care of!

The Zaller family is excited to expand their family, and is thankful to everyone who has helped them thus far on their journey!

7/6/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
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Ryan update (1)The Laveys are happy to announce their commitment to adopt Ryan, a 5 year old boy from Eastern Europe with Down syndrome. They hope you’ll consider partnering with them in their efforts to complete the lengthy and expensive process of adoption and bring Ryan home!

The Lord has blessed Andrew and Mary with 3 biological children and 1 adopted child: Abigail (17), Stephen (15), Lydia (12), and Jonah (4 1/2). Jonah came to our ho me when he was 1 mth old. Jonah has Down syndrome.

Their decision to adopt Ryan is not complete without telling the story of Jonah’s adoption. In 2009, the family cared for a foster baby who had Down syndrome. Their time with this precious baby lead them to start thinking about adopting a baby with Down syndrome. They realized Down syndrome was a condition they felt comfortable with and had some knowledge about. They were also made aware of the tremendous amount of resources such as early intervention therapies that are available to a child with Down syndrome. God worked in such amazing ways to bring Jonah to their family in the fall of 2010. They are extra blessed because of the beautiful relationship they continue to have with Jonah’s birth family.

Then in the fall of 2014, God started working on their hearts again – only this time instead of domestic adoption, God was pushing them towards international adoption. They “met” Ryan and fell in love and wanted him to be part of their family. Another driving force in their desire to adopt was when God revealed to them this difficult truth: The future for children like Ryan is that even if they are in good orphanages, this is not a substitute in any way for a way for a family. Also, eventually these children will age-out of the orphanage system. They next home for them will be a mental institution. The Laveys want to give Ryan a future with a family who loves him. They long for him to have a place to call home that is not an institution.

They are praying the same prayer for Ryan as they did for Jonah during his adoption process:

“Lord, you alone are [Ryan’s] portion and [his] cup; you make [his] lot secure. Let the boundary lines fall for [Ryan] in pleasant places; [and that he could] surely have a delightful inheritance.” Psalm 16:5-6

It is the Lavey’s desire that their home would be Ryan’s “pleasant place”.

Follow the family’s adoption journey through their blog “His Pleasant Place”

6/30/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
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Noa-GraceJoey and Laura have been married for 31 years and were blessed with three biological children who have all grown up and now have families of their own. In 2012 the couple found themselves experiencing the typical empty nest syndrome but instead of putting together a bucket list and focusing on retirement, they felt like God was calling them to adopt a child. It took a few months to really come to terms with the idea of adoption because of their older age, but once they did God led them to a little boy in Haiti. After several trips to visit their son in his orphanage they were finally able to bring Beaux home with them to Tennessee on Thanksgiving Day, 2013. Life with a preschooler in their home again has been adventurous. Beaux has a great sense of humor, loves life and keeps them laughing!

For the past few months Joey and Laura had been considering adopting another little boy so Beaux would have someone to play with everyday. But then they felt God was leading them to adopt a beautiful little 10 year old girl living in China who has Down Syndrome. You could say it was love at first sight! After much research and consulting with their adult children they decided to start the adoption process to make this special child their daughter.

The Davis’ appreciate your prayers and support to bring Noa-Grace home.

6/30/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
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JosephDillonWe have a great love for children. After I had a very difficult pregnancy and then I almost lost my life having my son, God laid adoption on our hearts. We went by way of the foster care system to adopt our daughter, Sarah. Emotionally, it was very hard knowing we had no legal rights to her. We eventually were allowed to adopt her.

I heard about the baby girls in China needing families. I traveled to China in 1996 and when I saw the overcrowded conditions in my Rebekah’s orphanage I felt God’s leading to adopt 9 more children in orphanages in China and Vietnam. Eight were born with cleft lips and palates.

We felt our family was complete until we saw an “Aging Out” boy named Joseph. God laid him on my heart. I have to be in China to adopt him before his 14th birthday in October. We need help with funding to bring him home.

UPDATE:  The Wheeler family will also be bringing home a second boy, 12-year-old Dixon!

6/28/15—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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lanayaupdated picture feb2014The adoption journey started several years ago. Having 2 beautiful biological children but feeling that the Lord wanted us to use some of our circumstances to help other children.

On a cold January day our 4 month old son, became the victim of abuse. What occurred after that was a numbing event of emergency craniotomy surgery, several eye surgeries, years of therapy and legal battles.

During the several years that we had intense therapy and medical issues with our son we learned how frustrating and hopeless parenting a special needs child can be BUT we also learned that love has no bounds and our love for him did not wavier based on his ability to walk, talk, swallow or learn. We were blessed with a group of friends that came beside us and provided support in unimaginable ways. We learned the ropes of applying for Medicaid, maneuvering thru the school system special education programs and working with insurance companies to ensure therapy sessions for our son. We also feel immensely blessed that we were able not only to see God’s grace but we were able to experience it firsthand. Having gone thru this with our son has strengthened our walk with Christ and we have learned to lean on him for all things, giving thanks always. Although we would not wish this circumstance on anyone we see the experience as a gift from the Lord. Thru this life experience we changed, grew and learned to love more deeply.

Fast Forward several years, our son went thru years of therapy and although we were told his prognosis was grim and he probably would never walk or talk, he entered 1st grade at a Christian School and was a “normal” student for the first time ever.
He plays sports, sings in the choir and makes straight A’s in school.

It was about this time that we began to seriously consider adoption and using the knowledge we had gained to help another special needs child. We researched several programs and decided on adoption from foster care. It was a year long process and although there were ups and downs we were very blessed to be able to adopt an 8 year old boy. Our son was considered special needs as well since he had encopresis and often soiled himself many times a day.

We have now had our adopted son in our home for 5 years and he was legally adopted on 12/20/2010. He has been such a blessing and our biological children have done very well “sharing” their parents. Our adopted son’s encopresis has all but stopped. We worked with him diligently using positive reinforcement and making changes in his diet and at this time he seems to be symptom free.
After our sons adoption we found ourselves with 3 happy healthy children and we still feel the call to help special needs children. So we decided to adopt internationally this time because we know that every child deserves to have a family and to know what love is. We choose to adopt our 4th child, a girl with down syndrome and many other medical problems. We were privileged to bring our daughter home in November 2012 and we treasured the sweet beauty that the Lord blessed us with. In March 2013 our daughter passed away. Although she was with us such a short time we count it one of life’s greatest gifts to have been her family. During her short time with us she impacted many lives and upon her death we worked with the school she attended to build a special needs playground in her memory.

In many countries these children are unwanted and seen as a hardship and we feel this is our opportunity to extend the Love of Christ to a child that might otherwise never get to experience that. Although we will never lead a large congregation and we may never see hundreds saved on the mission’s field, we can serve one. We can bring the Love of Christ to this child; we can offer her medical care and a loving family. Her future will be bright for we firmly believe that “I can do all things thru Christ which strength me” Phil 4:13.

As a family we are confident that this is what the Lord has called us to do and we are filled with anticipation as we follow his leading in this next chapter of our lives.

6/26/15—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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Elizabeth DeHority was not just one of Reece’s Rainbow’s wonderful, many supporters. She was an amazing and inspirational wife, mother, daughter, sister, doctor, friend…

Our community/family has lost a precious and beloved member… Elizabeth DeHority fought the hardest battle against cancer and she NEVER lost that battle. It never took away her fight and never took away her amazing spirit and it never stopped her from serving others. She is famous for her prayer socks, a prayer for every stitch as she knit them and inspired so many as she fought to help bring kids home. Her family are grieving her loss, as are we but we rejoice that she is now pleading on behalf of her babies and those children who need families IN PERSON. Heaven has a most treasured and wonderful woman today and we have her footprints (made by the most beautifully knit socks) to remember her and carry on what she inspired.

Although she was never one to self-promote, Elizabeth distinguished herself early in her life. The University of Michigan admitted her to its Medical School directly out of high school. Medical School preceptors saw her as a potentially excellent future surgeon, but Elizabeth selected Family Practice as her path of service. She retired from active practice many years ago but continued as an informal medical adviser to dozens of followers, friends, and family members. She was a passionate religious educator, an accomplished writer and photographer, a fiber/spinning/knitting expert, an advocate for orphans and children with Down syndrome, and an adventurer who was open to any new hobby or craft. What others would see for themselves as punishments, Elizabeth welcomed as blessings. In every reversal, she found consolation. A child with Down syndrome, another with Cerebral Palsy and an obscure metabolic disorder, the death of a premature son, even the terminal cancer itself. Each presented an opportunity for Elizabeth to serve as an example and to amplify her influence on others facing similar issues.

2d4c4-socks2She loved to teach people, especially children, the art of knitting. Her love of knitting turned into a way to help her as she prayed. She said a prayer with every stitch. Her now famous Prayer Socks were covered with prayers (and stitches).

More than 19,000 stitches in a pair of socks and each one a prayer! Even while fighting cancer herself, Elizabeth made dozens of pairs of prayer socks for friends, loved ones, and strangers who needed those prayers. This is her pattern, compiled from the entries on her blog. Knit from the top down with minimal purling, it has a hem at the top (photo tutorial included), short row heel and toe and is what she found to be the easiest way for her to knit socks and to teach others to knit them.

socks3In memory of Elizabeth DeHority by Denise Balvanz and the women of the Nursing Mothers’ Sewing List. The Nursing Mothers’ Sewing List is a group of moms who became close friends online because of a common bond over pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and sewing our own clothing. We miss Elizabeth dearly, she was a vital part of our group. We wanted to honor her part in our lives by sharing her pattern with the world and using it to help support a cause that was dear to her heart.

It is those prayer socks that became a very sought after item and she recognised the opportunity to use these as a way to help raise money for the families and children of Reece’s Rainbow, a charity that was dear to her heart. One pair, alone, was auctioned for over $600!

wheel1Eight years ago, she was diagnosed with invasive lobular carcinoma. She fought not just a battle against that, she waged war on it in order to prolong her time with her husband and children. But cancer NEVER won. Her entire body had to be completely overtaken before she succumbed to it.

Her blog begins with a verse from the Bible, Philippians 4:8, which reads, in part: “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, any excellence, anything worthy of praise – think about those things.”

All money from the sale of this pattern will go to support the work of Reece’s Rainbow, Down Syndrome Adoption Grant Foundation. Please give generously and help a child find a forever home.

This pattern being made available for purchase to honor Elizabeth and the children on Reece’s Rainbow for whom she fought and advocated is something beyond precious. It is like having a part of Elizabeth with you.
Elizabeth, we are so proud of you.


© 2015 by Denise Balvanz and the women of the Nursing Mothers’ Sewing List

Ward (2) Ward (1)Boy, born October 2001
PRC
Post-op anaplasty of left renal pelvis and ureter

Ward ages out in October. He has watched as many of his orphanage friends have been adopted and he has expressed a desire for a family of his own. His caretakers often say “He’s a good boy” Ward is in grade 6 and his favorite subjects are Math and PE. His sport of choice is soccer. He also likes to play the hulusi (a wind instrument) and he also likes to do card tricks. Ward had his kidney removed in 2004 and has had no major health issues since then. Ward’s time to find a family is now short. He is smart, funny, talented and so ready for a family. Are you the one that can give this child the family he so desires? His orphanage fee may be waived as the orphanage has previously stated that they would waive it.

$2,015.35 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

 photo fwbutton150.pngella7“Father, break my heart for what breaks Yours…….”
And once again our hearts have been broken.
This time for a little seven year old girl.
We know where she lives.
We have been there.
We may have walked past her two years ago when we adopted our Sophia. And because we know…we MUST go. Tiny tiny girls…..TEN pounds how can it be….how can it be!
Adoptions?
We thought we were done….
Seven adoptions, three births….Lord send someone else now!
We have again opened our home to foster children.
“You plead my cause
You right my wrongs
You break my chains
You overcome
You gave Your life
To give me mine
You say that I am free
How can it be
How can it be”
And now we have fallen in love. In love with a little girl who struggles to survive.
Please consider coming alongside us on this journey to HOPE.

7/15/15—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL


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Bella (2)JJ and Liz met when he was active duty in the military. They began dating soon after meeting and were married the same year. They attempted to have a child with medical assistance but were unable to conceive. Both of them knew that they wanted to be parents and loved interacting with kids. They began the process to foster children, who they might be able to adopt. In 2011 JJ was in a serious motorcycle accident. They were unsure of what the next day would hold. At this time they learned that life is short. Tomorrow really isn’t promised, so you need to make the most of out your life. Once out of the hospital and settled into their new home, they were blessed with their miracle baby, “D”. They have been trying to expand their family but have not succeeded. They are excited to begin this journey to expand their family through adoption.

This journey may be the hardest thing that God has ever told them to do. They have struggled with the thought of asking you to support them. They would be honored to know that you helped them bring their child home. Thank you so much for your support. No words could ever express our gratitude for your love for their family.

7/17/15—HOMESTUDY COMPLETED
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.facebook.com/Plustwofeet

$155.20 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Devin6ArcherThe Allen family is adopting again!  This will be their 2nd (& 3rd) adoption of a deaf child.  Their story really began 21 years ago, when Jamie went to college to be a Sign Language Interpreter, but then became a stay-at-home Mom; always wondering why she was given such a passion for the Deaf community.  Eleven years ago, John and Jamie met.  When they  married a year later, they were immediately thrown into the life-long task of “blending” their family, since John had 2 children and Jamie had 3.  Through 4 additional years they added 2 more biological children to their blender.  Fast forward to 3 years ago, when John and Jamie went with a group from their church to an adoption conference to see what the group could do to help in Orphan Care.  During that conference, John & Jamie were both lead to adopt.  They thought God would want them to adopt through the US Foster Care System.  They quickly realized, as doors shut in their face, that God wanted them to go to China to adopt a particular little boy, who was deaf.  Tobias has been home 11 months now and is thriving!  They are going back to China to adopt Devin, a 5 yr old girl, and Archer, a 12 yr old boy, who are both deaf.  Deafness is a special need that seems to cause undue fear in people, which is apparent in the amount of waiting deaf children in China.  They weren’t sure which child they should bring home, knowing both needed language as soon as possible.  God has opened the doors wide to adopt both children at once!  Their family knows American Sign Language to some degree, which will give both of the children, parents, and siblings they can communicate with, laugh with, and blend with.  Soon the Allen family will have 5 boys and 5 girls.  Lord have mercy, that’s a lot of noise, fun, and love in one 2500 sq. ft. house!

6/11/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$9.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Winslow-001“Care for the orphans in their distress!” James 1:27. 160 million orphans in this world! Love at least one!

Adoption is the mission field of the Winslow family of New Hampshire. With nine adopted children (one of which lives in heaven!) and 2 biological children, they are fulfilling God’s call on their lives!

Last year they brought home their 2 Bulgarian blessings! What a joy this has been for them! God has told them that they are NOT done yet! They said, “send us God”, and He is sending them again. To familiar territory for yet another blessing!

This one is a precious 5 year old girl with Down’s Syndrome. They already love her!

Thank you for taking the time to encourage and support the Winslow family! They sure do appreciate it and love you all greatly!

7/13/15—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL 
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at winslowsix.blogspot.com

$903.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Dennis and Rita have been married for 14 years, and are parents to five biological children, between the ages of 11 and 1 year. They had casually discussed adoption for several years, but late in 2014 felt compelled to look into more seriously. They didn’t know exactly what type of child they were looking for, only that God had asked them to, and that they would keep an open mind and heart to whomever God had in mind for them. When they saw Louise’s file, they felt strongly like she was the one they were being led to.

Dennis is a program manager for the local electric company and Rita is a registered nurse, though she is blessed to only have to work one day per week outside the home. They both come from very large families. They are an active family that enjoys the outdoors and traveling.

6/4/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at merrickfive.blogspot.com

$33.95 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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PrendergastBrian and Kimberly first expanded their family through international adoption in 2006. They adopted 4-year-old Molly from China not fully knowing how extensive or what would be involved with her facial meningocele. Because of Molly, they adopted another little girl, 2-year-old Brynn, in 2008. Brynn was born with a similar facial meningoencephalocele. Adopting their daughters, learning about their facial differences and going through their surgeries and care has really given them a heart for children with facial differences.

When they considered adoption again, they hoped in their hearts that God would lead them to a child with facial differences, a child that He hand-picked just for them. God, in fact, lead them to TWO beautiful boys who happen to be “best friends” in the orphanage where they live. “Billy” is six years old and he has a bilateral Tessier facial cleft #7, which has been an obstacle to speech and his ability to eat easily. “Alan” is five years old and he was born with a nasal deformity that looks quite similar, they say, to that of their daughter, Molly, however, based on their experience, “Alan’s” condition looks to be much more severe. They realize that the road ahead involves significant medical treatment(s) and surgeries and they are willing to do whatever possible to help “Billy” and “Alan” live normal, healthy, happy lives … “together”.

Brian and Kimberly are anxious and excited to have these “best friends” join their family and become brothers to each other and also to Molly, Brynn and their three adult children.

6/29/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at crossingthejordantojonahandrees.blogspot.com

$1,488.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Alexandre (2)Robinson AThe Robinson family began their adoption family almost four years ago. While going through the heartbreak of infertility and miscarriages, they started to think perhaps they were meant to add to their family in a different way. Surprisingly, after reaching out to several adoption agencies, they learned they were expecting a daughter. Then, very shortly after her birth, (as these things sometimes seem to happen), they learned a son was on his way. Several months later, Mike (active duty Army) received orders to Germany. Not forgetting the plight of orphans around the world, adoption still weighed very heavy on their hearts and they assumed they would continue on the process when they returned stateside in several years.

As often happens, their ‘plan’ was not the one in action and Alexandria received an e-mail from a stateside agency that they had spoken with years before – completely out of the blue. It had a picture of a beautiful little boy and she knew with the same certainty that she did when she saw their biological son after his birth, that this was their son as well. After many a “can we do this” discussion, they decided to take on an international adoption while living overseas themselves. Several weeks later, intent was submitted to his country and accepted.

Alexandria, though licensed as a nurse, stays home with the children while they are so young and has recently joined the ranks of a homeschooling mom (a title she never thought she’d have, but once again, “plans” change!). Mike is a Warrant Officer with the US Army and thoroughly enjoys his career. Once home, their son will join two sisters and a brother. They hope to travel for the first trip later this year and have him home by the beginning of next year. This process is surely a test in fortitude and patience but they know this sweet boy’s life will be forever blessed by a family to tuck him in at night, comfort him when he cries, and have the medical care he desperately needs (he has a diagnosis of osteogenesis imperfecta) to have a healthy and fulfilling life.

6/2/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at ourbulgarianadoptionstory.wordpress.com

$87.30 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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celinaFive years ago Mark and Rebecca discovered Reece’s Rainbow and learned of children with special needs all over the world who are living in sometimes horrible conditions, who are neglected, unloved, and malnourished all because they are orphans.

Since then they have adopted four children with Down syndrome from Eastern Europe, who have come so far, not only educationally, but socially, spiritually, and emotionally. They finally have a family who loves them and believes in them!

One of the hardest part of adopting was leaving the orphanages. Seeing the other children that were left behind. It is one of those images you just cannot get out of your head. It rocked them to the core and they knew they could not rest until they helped as many children as they could.

While they had not planned on adopting again this soon, God had other plans.

These last few years have been quiet the journey, and through it we have learned that God does not always call the prepared, but rather, He prepares the called.

They would love if you could include them in your daily prayers and if you could share their need of prayers with your church and others. If you feel lead to donate please know that every single penny counts and they would be extremely grateful!

6/1/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$805.63 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Jacob and Sarah live in Texas with their 5 little ones. Sarah is blessed to stay at home with the kids and Jacob works in Oil and Gas Risk Management. They are a very active family and most days can be found at the ball fields or park. While they have always dreamed of adopting, they got serious about it about 3 years ago. The first 2 children they fell in love with will always be a part of their family. Although politics and war have prevented them from coming home, there is still a dream of bringing them home some day. For now they are thrilled beyond measure to add baby Joy to the family. After viewing many files with no one jumping out, they saw Joy and immediately started paperwork. Everyone is so excited and the kids already talk about her as if she’s always been in the family.

7/15/15—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at justusholts.blogspot.com

$6,373.79 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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See below to see the families selected each month and the total amount raised, which was divided equally amongst all five families.

Month
The 5 Families
Total
Raised/
Donated
Month
The 5 Families
Total
Raised/
Donated
2014
July
The Greene family
The VanHalle family
The Aschoff family
The Kirk family
The Tilton family
$1057.12 2015
January
The Foerch Family
The Collier Family
The Thew Family
Laurence’s Family
The Lanz Family
$1984.16
August The Fraley Family
The Jenks Family
The Kindall Family
Kiril & Dell’s Family
The Lehmann Family
$734.89 February Ladybug’s Family
The Stickley Family
The Wetherington Family
The Vantrease Family
The Royaards Family
$2353.00
September The Averett Family
The Barrett Family
The Duvall Family
The Fristoe Family
The Lee Family
$1050.00 March The Karrick Family
The Graham Family
The Reed Family
The Embry Family
The Colfack Family
$2,828.15
October The Anderson Family
The Bowling Family
The Willock Family

$897.00 April The Allison Family
The Stum Family
The Gerber Family
The Valenzuela Family
The Stephens Family
$3170.00
November The Nelms Family
The Nap Family
The Horvath Family
The Bishop Family
The Orta Family
$891.20 May The Alford-DeBoer Family
The McIntee Family
The Bowen Family
The Darrow Family
The Bouchard Family
December The Piatt Family
The Precadio Family
The Barnett Family
The Steele Family
$1,110.64 June


 photo fwbutton150.pngWetherby (1) Greetings! We are the Chinchak Family, and we are proud to announce we are the Forever Family for “Wetherby”. He will be joining our family through the blessing of Adoption. This is a brand new process for us, and we are looking forward to both the joy and the challenges that we will face through this this journey. It will be a long road and we are aware we may face some struggles along the way, but they will be worth it all once we have him with us. We have learned “Wetherby” is a child who is blessed with a special ability to see the world through a different light then others; he has Down Syndrome. Some may see this as an obstacle, but we see this as a blessing, and we are ready to see how he will make this world, our world, a brighter place. We invite you to join us along the way.

5/25/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their Facebook Page titled, “How’s The Wether-An Adoption” and on their blog at HowsTheWether.wordpress.com

$1,559.97 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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