MaceyMacey2Age: 3
Diagnosis: congenital cardiac malformation; pulmonary hypertention

Macey is developing well. She can walk while holding someone’s hand or holding on to a support. She repeats words, assists with dressing/undressing, and is in the process of being toilet trained. She responds to her name, follows simple directions, plays appropriately with toys, and demonstrates age appropriate pretend play skills (takes a plate and spoon and pretends to eat, holds a phone to ear and says hello).

Videos from April 2016 show her walking while holding one hand of a caregiver, appropriately playing with toys, saying a few basic words, saying animal sounds, looking at a book, and interacting with the adults in the room.

Photos and videos from April 2016 are available through the agency.

Age: 2
Diagnosis: Epidermolysis bullosa

Travis turns his head to sound, recognizes the faces of staff, and enjoys watching musical toys and things that spin. Due to his medical condition, he is left laying on his back in a crib, so his development is significantly delayed. He needs a family that can move quickly to bring him home for appropriate medical care.

Photos and videos from April 2016 are available through the agency.

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AgathaAge: 7 years
Special needs: atypical autism; delayed neuropsychological development; intellectual development correspondent to moderate mental delay;

The girl doesn’t take any medications at present.

The girl is described as friendly and smiling. She has age-correspondent physical development. She walks independently, jumps, catches and throws a ball, goes up and down the stairs independently. She does well following simple instructions; responds to being called by name; copes well with simple everyday tasks; loves playing with dolls; wants to show all of her toys to others. She eats independently.

The girl has started seeking contact with other children and showing interest in them. She involves other children in her games.

IsadoraGirl, born 2007Elayna #6-30 (1)
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 (1)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.

Update 2016: She had the tendon release surgery and can now walk independently with a walker. She has been moved to a group home, where she is making a lot of progress in all areas. She talks very well and is able to answer questions, share about her life and carry on a complete conversation. She’s learning to write and to compensate for the weakness in her left arm. In the videos, when prompted, she does use her left arm/hand. She is able to pull herself up and manipulate/control her walker in order to independently navigate her environment. She demonstates a good imagination and an ability to pretend play in the videos when she interacts with a doll (burps it. changes the diaper, applies powder to it, etc). She is a very sweet and lively little girl.

Photos and videos from January 2016 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.

AustinAge: 9 years (turning 10 soon)
Special needs: moderate mental delay, equinovarus (club foot) of both feet, strabismus

Austin does not take any medications with regards to his special needs.

Austin is curious boy who likes exploring his environment and forming new social relationships. His initiative and independence level are increasing. Austin loves music and he clearly love making photos with a cellphone.

Austin is a sociable child who initiates contact with adults easily. He likes asking questions and he also answers the questions asked by an adult. He is described as a child, who prefers communicating and interacting/playing with adults and not with children. However, this is typical for children who have spent long time in institution. When with other children, Austin would talk to them, which is a good sign for his abilities to socialize and interact.

Austin goes to a mainstream school where he does not receive any resource help with the school syllabus. Perhaps if he had the opportunity of working with a resource teacher, he would have been able to achieve better results in his school performance.

Austin has formed self-service and hygiene habits. He eats independently. He dresses and undresses himself with minimal help from an adult. He needs short instructions during his morning and evening routine. Austin controls his 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.

Matthew #01-10 (2) Matthew #01-10 (1)Age: 6
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.

maxwell (1)

maxwell (2)Boy, 3 years old
hypotrophy body structure. Prader-Willi syndrome. Hypotension I degree. Bilateral cryptorchidism.

Maxwell has control of the head, turning himself from back to stomach and vice versa. Passes from lying position in kneeling position. Placed in sitting position, he stays stable. He stands up holding for stable support. He stays upright caught for support. He makes steps, led by an adult for two hands. He moves in walker also.

He reaches, catches and holds a toy. He uses grip partially opposing thumb, makes try to catch small object with three-finger tweezers grip. He pronounces vocalization, occasional combinations of sounds and syllables. Selectively, rarely makes tries to repeat after an adult. There are nonverbal gestures – reaches hands to be taken; watching intensively.

Insistently looking for physical contact (hug) with an adult. Easily frustrated in refuse.

His interaction with children is observation, goes to them near, touching them, taking away their toys, and does not look for purposeful communication with them. He prefers adult’s attention, most of the time insistent looking for physical contact (hug). He is happy of adult’s tease (smiles and laughing). He protest in separation with pleasant for him person. Demonstrates displeasure when the adult gets away.

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.

Aniah2_April 2016

Aniah_April 2016Age: 13
Diagnosis: dwarfism

 

Aniah walks, plays with toys, enjoys music class and playing hide and seek. She is not talking at this time, but responds to her name and basic commands.

Photos and videos from April 2016 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.

Brenda 2014 (2)AbigailAge: 6 years (turning 7 soon!)
Special needs: moderate mental delay; some evidence of microcephaly; intermittent heterotropia; hyperactive behavior; delayed neuropsychological development; delayed speech development; good physical development; good general health condition; well-developed gross motor skills.

Abigail can eat and drink independently, albeit slowly. She does well with the major activities as part of her everyday life, with some adults’ support.

Abigail’s mood is positive for the greater part of the day. No significant anxiety or any depressive episodes were witnessed in the child.

Abigail likes playing, dancing, and be “tossed in the air”. She rejoices when being praised and caressed.

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.

Thomas

Thomas 2Age: 5
Diagnosis: Spina bifida apeta, prolapse, lower left paraplegia, inner hydrocephalus, bilateral luxation, chronic osteomyelitis, delay in the neuro-psychical development.
Thomas moves around by sliding with the help of his arms. He can not stand upright. He receives constant physical therapy. He can string element to a stationary axis. He can do simple puzzled with shapes. He can build thinks with Lego, can place cubes on top of each other or collects them in a box. He is emotionally stable, smiling and happy. He is acquiring cognitive skills. He recognized the circular and square forms, can draw a circle on a piece of paper. The child is getting acquainted with the general characteristics of the objects – their color, shape and size. His attention is getting more and more stable. She is beginning to show interest in the given tasks and asking for another when he has finished the previous. His thinking is slow. His attention is developing through play. He seeks attention from adults and shows excitement by waving his hands. In the group he is calm and tries to interact with the children. He gets annoyed by loud noises and is scared of scissors. His speech lags behind, but uses a lot of words. He can carry out simple instructions. He feeds himself, but is slow and sometimes needs help. He is picky about the food. He can drink out of a cup, but refuses to hold it and waits for the adult to hold it. When getting dressed he assists the adult. He doesn’t control his physiological needs.

Photos and videos from March 2016 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.

CollenBoy, age 2Collen 2

Syndrome of the multifocal infantile hemangioma; Congenital cardiac malformation – Septal defect, Heart failure; Pseudo-hydrocephalic configuration of the head; Facial dysmorphism; Micrognathia, gothic palate; Allergy to the proteins of the cow’s milk and Piperacilin; Hypotrophy 3rd degree.

Collen sits with support. He can turn around from his back to his stomach and vice versa. He smiles when talked or sang to. He makes sounds but does not repeat syllables. He plays with toys. He is feed with a bottle and has good appetite.

Photos and videos from March 2016 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.

Niko (1)Boy, 7 years old
Moderate mental delays, speech delay

Update March 2016: Because of his problem with having almost no speech, it is impossible to enroll him in the local school as there are no specialists there to work with him and to help him – like speech therapist, resource teacher, etc. The orphanage director thinks that the mental delays he was diagnosed with is just because he does not talk. They think that actually he is very smart and intelligent child! The staff thinks that if he is enrolled in a school for deaf children he will master sign language and the communication with him will be of full value. He was also put under general anesthesia and his hearing was tested – the conclusion after this examination is that he has adequate social hearing. The nurse explained that there is no anatomic reason for the lack of speech related with his hearing apparatus. He does not talk but presently, he uses around 4-5 words. He pronounces “yes” and “no” well, he says also “thank you” but is not so understandable and clear. The staff thinks that if he works daily with speech therapist there is a chance that he advances quickly.

He understands everything. The staff shared that his biological mother also does not talk. Usually he sits down and colors. He does very well in coloring. But usually he does this only if he decides to. He is very willful and wants to do the things that he wants to, not what he is told. He can put elements on the board by shape and size.

He usually plays alone and he likes to watch TV and listen to music. He is very independent child: he dresses and undresses himself, folds his clothes and makes his bed alone. He usually washes his face and teeth alone but for bathing the staff help him. He can eat without an help.

We really think that he has a lot of potential if he has the chance to work with specialists, especially – speech therapist, resource teacher and occupational therapist. He is good child who deserves better life like every child, but he needs a family who will provide him with all resources that will help him develop his potential, master new skills and knowledge and especially, environment where he will be understood. He deserves a family, who will unconditionally love him, help and support him, a family who will accept him with all of his nature, character 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.

Sawyer 4-5 (1)

Age: 6Sawyer 4-5 (2)
Diagnosis: Arthrogryposis with knee joint contractures, bilateral club foot, Hypotrophy.

Sawyer is able to move around the room by scooting on his bottom. He can talk in sentences, but his articulation is not always clear. He plays with toys, responds when spoken to, follows simple directions, and assists with self-help tasks such as dressing/undressing.
Photo and videos from March 2016 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.

Dennis (1)Age: 13
Diagnosis: delays in development

Listed: March 31, 2016

Dennis is living in a group home. His gross motor skills are developed, but his fine motor skills are not developed enough. It is hard to get his active attention. The passive attention prevails. His concentration is weak, and he is not good at memorizing. There is no logical thinking. His drawings are mainly scribbles, but some shapes can be distinguished. Intellectual development – mild mental delay in the development of the intellect. The child draws attention to himself on purpose. He is loving and emotional, sometimes even obsessive. He sometimes shows verbal aggression when defending his personal space. High level of anxiety is observed. He is communicative and when communicating he can express his feelings. He seeks the company of older children and adults. He doesn’t have notion of authority and hierarchy in school. He likes to sing and dance.

The child prefers to play alone. It is hard for him to fit in a group. He can read short words and when writing he writes in a straight line. His active and passive vocabulary has improved. He can count till 100 without knowing the algorithm of forming the numbers. He is in 5th grade and needs help and solicitation. He has self-service skills and can feed himself. He is independent when in familiar surroundings. He has a positive attitude towards adoption.

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

Age: 8
Diagnosis: cleft lip; developmental delays
Larry lived the first 7 years of his life in an orphanage where he received very little care and intervention. As a result, he has significant delays in his growth and development. He does not have any medical diagnosis other than a cleft lip. He is now living in a group home, where he is growing and gaining skills. He has started taking steps independently, making sounds and saying some words, and is exploring and manipulating with toys. He enjoys contact with adults and will laugh out loud when someone plays with him.

Photos and videos from March 2016 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.

Age: 11
Diagnosis: short stature-family history of short stature; mild delays in development; frequent UTIs

Listed: March 31, 2016

Terance is being given growth hormones to assist with physical growth. He is also under the care of a doctor for frequent urinary tract infections. He has extremely developed mechanic memory. He perceives new information mechanically. His thinking is visual-figurative. He abides to prohibitions and doesn’t exhibit aggression. He can be persuaded with words. He is terrified of darkness and thunders. The speech of the child is characterized with correct word order but his vocabulary is still poor. His knowledge about the surrounding and social world is poor. The manipulative activity and actions with objects are varied. He shows extreme interest in music, has developed sense for rhythm, sings with pleasure and can reproduce absolutely correctly the melody of different musical pieces. He is in 4th grade and a resource teacher works with him. He hasn’t mastered the minimum of the curriculum for his age. He recognizes and can write the letters of the alphabet and the numbers. He can read. He recognizes the shapes, the animals, the seasons, the plants. He can name the days of the week, the months and the year in the correct order. His painting is chaotic, but he recognizes the colors.

Photos and videos from March 2016 available through the agency. FEES ARE REDUCED FOR HIS ADOPTION.

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

TammyAge: 12
Diagnosis: Mental delays
Tammy is calm and sometimes shy and uncertain of her abilities. She is shy when communicating and doesn’t trust strangers. She understands and follows rules and has self-care skills. She showers on her own and feeds herself by using utensils. She strives to be independent when dealing with different situations. Her visual and hearing memory is developed and the presence of long term memory is observed regarding things that impressed her. She often gets confused about situations that happened at different time and mixes them in one. Her attention is stable and focused but with limited capacity and distribution. She can not determine the logical sequence and the cause-effect relation. She can not differentiate the tasks in terms of importance and time, which hinders her success. Her imagination is not developed. She speaks correctly and can have a conversation. She has formed a concept of her personality, culture, communication in a family or social situation, for the most important holidays, animals and seasons. She has extensive notions regarding objects and terms in her surroundings, the natural phenomena, different animals and plants, the human body and health.

The child is acquainted with the possibility of being adopted and wants to have a family that will care for her. She often plays a game of “family” and she is the mother.

Photos and videos from March 2016 are available through the agency. FEES ARE REDUCED FOR HER ADOPTION.

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.

AckleyBoy, 12 years old

background retinopathy of the right eye ( blindness) and high myopia in the left eye; some delay in all aspects of psychological development; severe mental delay;

Listed: March 25, 2016

Ackley is very agile. He runs fast without stumbling over or bumping into things. He orientates very well in different familiar spaces, without bumping into furniture.

Despite his impaired vision, he presents with relatively good perceptions and notions regarding his familiar environments. He remembers things that are emotionally significant for him or attractive, for a longer period of time.

Ackley presents with well-differentiated emotional reactions that are correspondent to the respective situation. He accepts new rules easily. He doesn’t demonstrate any aggressiveness towards other children or adults. He understands different questions and gives meaningful answers – “Yes”, “No”, “I don’t want to”.

Ackley uses a greater number of words now and his active vocabulary has improved.  He attends a school for children with vision impairments where he adapted relatively easy. As reported by his teachers at school, Ackley copes with the requirements at school.
Ackley eats independently. He can partly undress himself and take his shoes off/put them on.

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

Dyna (2)

Dyna (1)Dyna is a 2.5 yr old girl with microcephaly.

She is delayed in all areas and dependent on her caregivers to meet all of her needs. She has a range of emotions, and does not like to be held for long periods of time. She reacts to sound and follows objects with her eyes. She is small for her age (31″ and 14.5 lbs).

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.

Bryson (1)Bryson is a year and a half old and has congenital Spina bifida with hydrocephalus. At the end of 2015 he underwent a surgery for treatment of the Spina Bifida due to it bursting. From information from the Center staff at the same time the shunt was also removed as the neurologists decided that the child does not need shunt. After these surgeries his condition has considerably worsened. Before the surgeries Bryson was smiling, turning to his name, he made limited movements with his head from lying position, he was moving his upper limbs and was holding tight for a short time objects with his hand. Now he cannot move his limbs, there is no eye contact, does not react to stimulus (toys, different sounds). He has wounds on his body due to sudden crack of capillary. From words of the staff, Bryson still reacts to his name, cries when he is hungry and reacts to pain. Until about a year ago Bryson was fed with tube but with common efforts now he eats by spoon. Bryson is sweet and fragile little boy. Although the bad prognosis of the doctors, he still breaths and fights for his life. Everybody in the Center talk about him with pain in their hearts and tears and their eyes, their innermost dream is good people to be found, who can give their love to Bryson.

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.

AdolfoBoy, just turned 7 years

Moderate mental delay and epilepsy (with improvement noted as regards the frequency of the seizures, and with permanent medication therapy), delayed neuropsychological development; delayed speech development (well-developed receptive speech, poorly developed expressive speech).

Adolfo’s “seizures” are explained by the staff at his orphanage as moments of falling asleep that last for a short period of time (3-5 minutes). Since his placement in the Center for Family Type Accommodation in October 2014, Adolfo had only three “seizures” that were more likely “petit mals”, as there were no muscle spasms, convulsions, eye turning, foaming at the mouth, snoring sounds, etc. Some of his “seizures” happened at a time when he had high fever.

Adolfo is a sociable and energetic child. He interacts with all the children and the staff eagerly and with great joy. He sometimes shows preference for some of the other children in the Center and for some of the staff members.  He tries hard to pronounce words and names properly. He makes simple sentences consisting of several words. He responds adequately to adults’ requests and he follows simple instructions.

Adolfo has mastered all basic self-service skills- he eats independently and drinks from a cup. He can put on his clothes and shoes independently. He uses the restroom independently during the day. Adolfo is working on affirming his skills for washing his hands and face and brushing his teeth independently.

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.

AishaGirl, recently turned 14

Severe mental delay; congenital convergent strabismus and horizontal nystagmus; disorder of the vegetative nervous system.

Aisha is described as mostly calm and cheerful. She doesn’t demonstrate any aggressive behavior. The stability of her attention needs to improve further as she has some difficulties focusing her attention on certain objects and she easily gets distracted.
Aisha is a very affectionate child and she loves receiving individual attention.

Aisha has formed self-service habits. She eats independently and slowly as her chewing reflex needs to develop further. The level of independence and inattentiveness she presents with should improve further as well. She needs support and supervision in performing her daily tasks and activities.

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.

ArdellAge: 7 years

Special needs: malformative syndrome; epilepsy(generalized tonic-clonic seizures,some of which with right-sided lateralization); infantile cerebral palsy – quadripyramidal syndrome; flexion contractures of the limbs; delayed physical development; profound mental delay;

Ardell presents with very poor motor activity due to his severe neurological condition. He performs some weak uncoordinated movements with his arms and legs. When in a lying position, he turns his head to the side.

Ardell produces some incomprehensible sounds in his spontaneous reaction when he is experiencing some kind of discomfort. In relation with his severe health condition Ardell doesn’t show much interest in objects.
Hearing adults’ voices and their gentle touch also influences Ardell’s general life status, although he is not an active participant in communication but just responds to this influence. Ardell has a referent adult, who tries to make him feel calm and comfortable.

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.

AnnaGirl, just turned 4 years

born from a pathological pregnancy with bleeding throughout the pregnancy; 3rd-degree prematurity; infantile cerebral palsy – quadripyramidal form; external hydrocephalus; brain cyst; calcifications in both thalamuses; epilepsy; 1st-degree hypotrophy; cow’s milk protein allergy; gastroesophageal reflux disease; significantly delayed physical and psychomotor development. The child is on constant therapy with Convulex. Jan.2015 – negative test results for milk protein allergy.

Anna turns from back to belly and vice versa in her crib. She cannot yet take a sitting position independently. She is fed with dietetic foods. An individual rehabilitation plan has been prepared for the child.

She looks at toys that have been placed close to her and she reaches out to grab them. She listens intently to the melodies that musical toys produce. She hasn’t manifested any signs of aggressiveness, depression or anxiety. Anna hasn’t yet formed any language skills but she smiles when jested by an adult or even in response to an adult showing up.

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.

ArloBoy, recently turned 5 years

Special needs: hydrocephalus (internal and external), epilepsy, infantile cerebral palsy, delayed physical and neuropsychological development.

Arlo is fed with a baby bottle, with transitory pureed food. Recently the staff have started trying to feed him with a spoon. He eats very slowly and sometimes he refuses to eat.

 

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.

GregBoy, born September 2005

Listed: February 23, 2016

Greg has mental developmental delays and delayed speech. His ability to communicate is delayed but improving; he can connect words in a simple sentence to express his desires.

Greg is emotionally reserved and enjoys playing by himself. He will interact with others for a time but quickly withdraws from social situations. Greg enjoys taking apart toys, and is able to group shapes and tell parts of the human body. He is able to feed and dress himself, sleeps well, and is comfortable using the toilet. Greg’s gross motor skills are well developed.

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

 

ShirleyAge: 14
Diagnosis: spina bifida

Shirley moves around independently in a wheelchair. She can pull up to a standing position on her own by holding on to a steady support. She can get on and sit in a chair, sofa or bench. She writes, draws, cuts, and eats independently. She is very social and easily carries on a conversation with people. ; she does her nails and can recognize herself in the mirror. She likes to do her hair and put bows and tiaras in it. She likes to receive gifts – bracelets, rings, etc. She likes to be a leader among her peers. She is concerned for the younger children and helps them. When helping someone, she feels meaningful and useful. When someone interacts with her, she is very loving, seeks contacts with the people who take care of her, constantly asks questions and is curious. She likes to listen to music and watch soap operas on the TV. She sings children’s songs, dances well and can follow the rhythm. She likes to draw and color as well as to go out on walks.

At 7 years old, she was placed in a mental institution, where she lived for 7 years. She is now living in a group home and has the opportunity to attend school. In the school 2015/2016, she is in the seventh grade in a mainstream school, in the program “Inclusive Education”. She is in the 7th grade, in a group for individual education of children with multitude of disabilities. She loves going to school. She partially recognizes numbers, letters and writes elements of the letters. She counts to 20. She knows “smaller” and “larger”. She knows the days of the week and the seasons. She knows the main colors and with directions from an adult, recognizes the fruits and vegetables. She participates in activities from the everyday life – she puts her room in order, eats on her own; she can put the table and clean it; she helps the children in the group. She can do her morning and night routines independently. She also can choose her clothes that she will wear.

The agency has videos from January 2016. While videoing, she asked a lot of questions and made sure to watch the video to ensure she looked good before allowing the photos and videos to be seen. She demonstrated an inquisitive nature and a sense of humor during the interaction.

FEES ARE REDUCED FOR THIS ADOPTION

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.

Vaughn2

VaughnVaughn
Age: 6
Diagnosis: blind

Vaughn currently lives in a group home. He talks in complete sentences, enjoys musical objects/toys, counts, and can fit rings and cups onto shapes using his sense of touch. He’s currently attending kindergarten and receiving speech and physical therapy. He can name people after hearing their voice (knows all the adults and children in the group home this way), sings and memorizes poems, can state his name and age when asked, and is learning to be independent with dressing, and eating. He moves around with moving and unmoving support but his actions when up are still hesitant and uncertain. He can crouch on his own and after command and tries to jump while holding on to support. He goes up and down stairs led by one hand and holding on to the rails with the other. He performs the movements and exercises in PT with great deal of pleasure. He likes going to walks outside with an adult. He can walk with specialized walker completely independently and the physical therapist controls the process but doesn’t intervene. He can walk led by the hand or around steady support. He recognizes by touching his immediate environment in which he lives. He is oriented in time and place through smell, hearing, and acoustics of the premises.

Photos and videos from January 2016 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.

Tucker 4-4Boy, age: 3
Diagnosis: hyperthyroidism, mild delays primarily in speech

Tucker walks, runs and hops. He plays with toys, follows verbal directions, and drinks from a cup. His speech is delayed, but he does pronounce some sounds and communicate his wants/needs through non-verbal actions. He has a developed imagination and enjoys cuddling with a close adult.

Additional photos and videos are available through the agency.

NoelBoy, born 2014

Down Syndrome, acute pyelonephritis and hydronephrosis sinistra, neuropathic regurgitation

This sweet baby boy loves listening to music and spending time with his favorite caretakers. He laughs and babbles with excitement while making eye contact and cries desperately when left alone. He has no reported heart defect, but currently receives treatment for his kidney issues. Hoping he finds his family this Christmas!

$40.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

AlvinBoy, age 2.5

Alvin’s biological mother has mental delay; Alvin has the following diagnoses: infantile cerebral palsy – hypotonic form; quadriparesis – moderate degree; bilateral pes cavus (high arch of the feet); joint hyperlaxity; delayed neuropsychological development

Alvin moves around freely by crawling and he stands up on his knees. He turns around freely while in a lying position. He climbs up on his bed and he gets down from it. Alvin makes steps while supported by an adult or while holding onto parallel bars. Alvin is inquisitive, he manipulates with objects and examines them. He also recognizes the neighborhood around the foster family’s home and he knows when he is going for a visit at their friends’ house. Alvin is responding differently to a smile and an angry facial expression.

He shows that he finds it pleasant when someone plays with him. He has formed a very good emotional relationship with his foster mother.

Alvin vocalizes. He repeats syllables (“ma”, “ta”, “dya”) and he uses them appropriately so as to refer to the foster mom, dad and granddad. He has recently started using the word “bob” (beans). He vocalizes so as to express his experiences of pleasure and displeasure. He uses gestures such as pointing at things or pulling so as to direct adults’ attention. Alvin also responds to being called by name.

Alvin enjoys his morning gymnastics, which he performs together with his foster mom, who follows the guidelines of the kinesitherapist. He stands when placed in a baby walker; turns from back to belly and vice versa; makes attempts to move around by scooting at short distances; has mostly positive emotional tonus; easily establishes non-verbal contact, smiles when jested and tries to participate in games and interactions; produces sounds spontaneously; observes the children and the events around her with interest; demonstrates interest in toys, examines them an d tries to grab them; turns her head when called by name.
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.

OlieAge: 3
Diagnosis: Syndrome of Coffin-Lowry is suspected: genetic test results and medical records have been sent to a specialist in another European countries for an accurate diagnosis.

Olie is a calm child with good emotional tone. He interacts with children and adults. He maintains eye contact. He cheers at the appearance of persons whom he likes. He cheers up when an adult plays with him. He cries when he’s hungry and when the adult leaves. He is bonded to a particular caregiver. He picks up a toy given to him and plays with it. He turns when called by his name. He turns his head towards a person who talks to him. He reacts at the change of intonation and timbre of the voice. He differentiates the tone of the speech – angry or friendly tone and reacts with cry to the angry tone. He stops crying and smiles when talked to. He smiles to the attention from an adult. He loves playing peek-a-boo with an adult. He laughs loud when teased or while playing with an adult. He is cautions with strangers. He differentiates between familiar adults and strangers. He has generalized muscle hypotonia, more expressed for the neck and spine muscles and bottom extremities. Recently, the muscle hypotonia has improved due to everyday physical therapy. He already keeps his head up for extended periods of time, turns from back to stomach, sits independently, crawls well, has better support in the legs, pulls up to a standing position while holding on to steady support and makes steps sideways. He walks held by both hands. From a standing position, he transfers to a sitting position while holding on to a steady support and then carefully eases off his hands. He reaches out to objects, picks up a toy with whole palm and with both hands. He puts a block in a box and knocks two blocks one against the other. He claps with hands. He shows “how big he is”; he gives his hand for “hello” and blows kisses.

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.

Delylah Delylah2Age: 15
Diagnosis: Down syndrome

Delylah will age out in March 2016!  She needs a family to commit to her prior to then!

Delylah is described as “cheerful, endearing, and very compassionate to smaller children”. She had surgery on her knee in 2014.

More medical information is being obtained, along with videos of Delylah.

$4,584.30 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Barbara_Nov 2015 Barbara2_Nov 2015Age: 15
Diagnosis: Cerebral palsy that primarily impacts her legs

Barbara has reduced fees through the agency.

Barbara just turned 15 years old. She independently maneuvers her wheelchair, goes to the bathroom independently, eats independently, and performs self-help tasks without assistance. Her communication skills are well developed for her age, she has a steady attention span, and does not appear to have any cognitive delays. She is in the 9th grade in public school with an IEP. Videos from November 2015 show her communicating and answering questions appropriately. She is able to talk about her favorite music, TV shows, preferences, etc.
Barbara is a wonderful young lady who has very limited time left to find an adoptive family. Though she’s been registered for adoption since she was very young, her file had never been reviewed until now. Despite how well she is doing cognitively and with her self-help skills, if she is not adopted, she will end up in an adult mental institution once she ages out of the group home.

 

From one of our families who visited in May 2015: “She is so very smart, patient, and helpful with the younger kids. Her and another teenage girl were watching a dvd of a teenager that had been adopted from their orphanage. She expressed wanting a family but that she thought no one would want an older girl, especially one in a wheelchair. She is beautiful in every way. She is very attentive and polite. She would sit and do crafts for hours and did not hesitate to try and use English.   She has the most precious smile and I would love for her to understand how incredible she is.   She would observe and take everything in and then apply it in perfect context. We took her gifts when we went for pick up. She could not understand why we brought her gifts, blushed the entire time, and could not stop saying thank you. When she hugs you, she hangs on for a bit…. like she wants to be able to remember it. ”

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.

Age: 10
Diagnosis: Partial cryptogenic epilepsy; Anemia

Tera’s file indicates that she has delays in all areas of her cognitive development, many of which are the result of being institutionalized her entire life. She talks, responds to questions and sings beautifully. She enjoys playing games and likes to have the role of the teacher in games. She is significantly behind academically, but shows a great interest in learning and tries very hard to do what the other children are doing. She is very sociable and enjoys interacting with other people.

The agency has photos and videos from November 2015 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.

Aimey_Nov 2015 Aimey2_Nov 2015Age: 13
Diagnosis: Osteochondrodysplasia (dwarfism)

Aimey has reduced fees through the agency.

After birth, Aimey was placed in an orphanage for children with brain damage and then transferred at age 4 to a notorious mental institution. She has lived her entire life in settings where she had no chance to develop her cognitive skills or any true life experiences simply because they looked at her medical diagnosis and assumed that she could not learn. The mental institution where she lived for over 10 years was recently closed and she is now living in a group home where she has the chance to attend school and learn life skills. As a result of all of the years of living in an inappropriate environment, Aimey is considered moderately delayed, though it is believed that the cognitive impairments are all a result of her environment. She now has a limited time to find a family before she will “age out” and be sent to an adult institution to live out the rest of her life.

Aimey moves around independently and walks on her own. She goes up and down stairs while holding on to the rails. She is not confident when throwing and catching a ball. The fine motor skills are developed, though they don’t correspond to the norms for the age. She aligns several blocks one next to the other. She tries to fit in figures by imitation. Her favorite toy is a form for sand. She memorizes after many repetitions and for a short time. Her thinking is specific and visual. Her notions and concepts are in the process of forming. She doesn’t recognize her colors and shapes. The emotional tone of the child is positive. She is well adapted in the group of children. She plays with the children and doesn’t seclude. She participates in group activities. She loves going to school. When she wants to establish a contact with an adult, she looks at them and persistently watches them for a long time, laughs, waives for “hello” and “bye”. She eats independently with a spoon and is not picky. She drinks from a cup on her own. She can undress independently but needs help for dressing. She is interactive and seeks attention from the adults.

Photos and videos from November 2015 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.

bELINDA2 BelindaAge: 12
Diagnosis: Familial laden – the mother is with oligophrenia and the child was born from close kinship relationship; Prematurity 2nd degree; Congenital relapsing ichthyosiform erythroderma; Microcephalus and malformative stigmas; Hypotrophy; Delay in the physical and neuro-psychical development; Severe mental delay

Belinda spent the first 9 years of her life in an orphanage where she was extremely neglected and malnourished. She is now in much better living conditions and has made developmental progress as a result. She learned to walk at age 12! She walks around the medical ward that is well familiar to her. She sits down and stands up from the chair and can move it according to her choice. She manipulates well with both hands and has well developed fine motor skills. She seeks independently her favorite toys and aligns blocks well. She has formed an emotional bond with an adult. She has a favorite place in her crib as well as in the play room. She perceives and expresses positive and negative emotions. She reacts to speech and differentiates between familiar adults and strangers. She demonstrates attention to objects and toys that are interesting for her, as well as to the specialized classes. She has moderately developed memory for favorite toys and persons. She has developed time and spatial characteristics with respect of the different places she goes to, as well as with respect of the start and end of activity, the regimen for eating, and presence and absence of adults. She is with good emotional tone. When talked to or teased, she smiles and recognizes the members of the team. When someone talks to her or explains and shows something, she shows interest in repeating words and actions, however she can’t speak yet. She is not aggressive. She makes attempts to pronounce her first syllables. She pronounces sounds and laughs loud. She understands almost everything that she is told. She can carry out elementary orders according to verbal instructions. She doesn’t express herself with words but with specific vowels. She is interested in specific objects and toys; she seeks them and plays with them. She likes to be nicely dressed and to be paid attention. She interacts well with the personnel and with the other children. She goes on walks daily and interacts positively with the other children.

Photos and videos from November 2015 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.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGirl, born 2008
Diagnosis: epilepsy (Lennox-Gastaut syndrome) Dandy-Walker variation, craniostenosis, infantile cerebral palsy, severe mental delay, hypotrophy.

 
Once in a while we receive a case file of an immobile child living in a state orphanage in Eastern Europe. No, living is not the right word- it’s an existence, a survival. We refuse to believe that lying in her crib, still and unmoving, is all life has in store for her…

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.

AnthonyBorn: May 2003
bilateral conductive hearing loss, underdeveloped speech as a result of deafness, history of tuberculosis

Anthony is a very positive, optimistic and outgoing young man. He loves the world around him despite the fact that he can barely hear it due to bilateral hearing loss. He focuses only on good things in life and tries to see the good in everyone he meets. His teachers note how communicative Anthony is with his peers and with adults even though he mostly communicates by signs and notes. He attends a school for the deaf and teachers note his effort and dedication. Developmentally, Anthony is described to be on target, with only slight cognitive delays probably caused by his deafness. Physically, Anthony is very active and athletic – he loves sports, as well as ‘break’ and ‘hip-hop’ dancing. We hope someone notices this sweet boy without a mean bone in his body and gives him a chance!

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

Sebastian

Sebastian 3Boy, age 10
infantile cerebral palsy – spastic quadric paresis, mild degree; Congenital malformation of the secretion system – malformation of the right kidney and chronic obstructive pyelonephritis

*Program fees are reduced for his adoption through the placing agency*

Sebastian was raised by his birth family for 5 years and was severely neglected during that time. He entered into government care and was placed in an orphanage. In 2013, he was moved into a group home where he began receiving therapy and individual attention. He has made REMARKABLE progress since being placed in the group home. He is now walking independently, feeding himself solid foods, drinking from an open cup unassisted, saying a few simple words, putting his shoes on unassisted, locks and unlocks doors with a key and moves around the group home and yard independently. He enjoys swinging on the swing outside. He loves attention from adults and responds very positively to interactions with other people. He seeks out interactions. He is very inquisitive and loves anything electronic (cell phones, tables, cameras, etc). The staff continues to work with him to develop skills and believes that he’ll continue to make great strides in different skill areas.

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

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

PollyGirl, age: 1

Diagnosis: Multiple malformative syndrome – congenital anomalies with predominant affection of the facial area and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; Internal hydrocephalus without necessity for neurosurgical intervention; Delay in the neuro-psychical development.

Polly has undergone genetic testing with all the results coming back normal. Her emotional tone is very good. She loves interacting with other children and her caregivers. She has a special bond with one specific caregiver. She is a very social baby. She is making sounds and attempting to communicate. She smiles when spoken to and laughs out loud when played with.

Additional photos and videos will be available soon.

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

Aaron, Abby, Accel, Addy, #41-2Aaron – born 2000
Accel – born 2003
Abby and Addy – twins, born 2007

Addy is a shy and sweet 8-year old is a baby of the family, doted on by older brothers and twin sister, who also happens to be her best friend and preferred playmate. Addy is diagnosed with cognitive/developmental delays; she needs a bit more help and individual attention than her more brilliant siblings. All four children are physically and emotionally healthy, with no behavior issues, very loving and protective towards each other.

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.

Nicole (14) , Nicoletta(9), Nicolina(5) and Nicholas (7)Nicole (14) , Nicoletta (9), Nicolina (5) and Nicholas (7)

A close-knit sibling group of four kids is waiting for their forever family! Born to parents who are both mute and deaf, all four kids have moderate to severe hearing loss and resulting delays in speech and development. Unfortunately, they only received medical evaluation and hearing aids last year.

These children need someone to teach them sign language, to help them catch up their peers, and to seek more treatment and therapies to mitigate their hearing loss. No lessons in love are needed – the kids already know what it means to be a family and are very attached to each other – they just need to find a family to share their affection with!

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

Tailia 594Girl, 8 years old

Sweet Tailia deserves the chance to know the love of a mother and father. She has a severely impaired condition due to her special needs (infantile cerebral palsy – spastic quadriparesis, symptomatic epilepsy, dysmorphic syndrome, neonatal seizures and severe mental delay)

Tailia has hypotonia – she turns from back to belly improperly. Her grasp reflex is underdeveloped but if an adult touches her hand with a rattle toy, she would hold the rattle toy for a while. The child’s visual-motor coordination is disturbed. She has convergent strabismus and nystagmus, she does not follow a bright-colored object with her eyes and she doesn’t make eye contact. She responds to sound stimulation and noises as she gets startled by those, but does not always orientate about the direction those are coming from. The development of her expressive speech is greatly delayed and she has not yet started producing sounds.

The child is usually calm during meal times, bathing, etc., unless she is not feeling so well and is ill, for instance. She cries quietly.

Her emotional responses are not intense – if touched and caressed by an adult, she would smile slightly, but otherwise her facial expression is not diverse in terms of mimics.

Could you be the one to show her what love is?

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.

AudreyGirl, almost 8 years old

Infantile cerebral palsy, congenital toxoplasmosis, protein-calorie insufficiency, mental delay, strabismus, delayed physical and psychomotor development.

She is a very positive and responsive child. She demonstrates her capacity to learn new things and to further develop her ability to connect with other people and to have fulfilling relationships.​​​​

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.

Matthew 486Boy, age 5
Special needs: Spina bifida (surgically corrected when he was just a couple of months old) and hydrocephalus (has been permanently stationed and does not need a shunt installation).

Matthew has stable health condition at present and all of his special needs were timely addressed and taken care of.

Matthew is sweet-hearted, calm and a very bright little boy. He plays with toys for a long time. He can build a tower of cubes. He looks through books with a huge interest and leaves traces with a pencil on a sheet of paper. He is a smiling child, who enjoys other children’s company. He is emotionally warm and radiant. He started using several meaningful words.

According to our psychologist who visited him at the end of last months, Matthew has kept on progressing in the past year and there has been lots of positive changes in his social and speech development. He has matured emotionally and presents himself as more confident in communication.

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.

Samuel 2015 (2)Samuel (2)Boy, Born June 2003

Listed: October 6, 2015

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!

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

Aaric12 years
Down syndrome; severe mental delay

Listed: October 5 2015

Aaric likes participating in group activities but also enjoys receiving individual attention. He loves one-to-one interactions and activities. He does not speak, but uses different sounds to express himself. He is very affectionate and easily forms loving relationships with the staff members.

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

Marla (1)Girl, less than a year old
Diagnosis: CT scan at 1 month old showed external hydrocephalus and brain stem hypoplasia. Neurosurgeon recommended a follow up scan at 1 year old to check brain development and solidify an accurate medical diagnosis.

Marla can roll over, support herself on her elbows and hands to lift herself up while controlling her head. She reaches for toys, and shakes them to make noise once she has them in her hand. She is very responsive to interactions from adults and laughs out loud when they play with her. She eats and sleeps well and is gaining weight at an appropriate rate for her age.

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.

Fallyn2 2015 Fallyn 2015Fallyn 2Girl, two years old
Turner syndrome, neuro-sensory disorder in hearing, Persisting anemia, suspected for minor thalassemia

The agency has many photos and video, from October 2015

Fallyn was raised by her birth mother for the first year of her life. Her birth mother is deaf and mute, and Fallyn was developmentally delayed upon entering the orphanage.

She has undergone multiple hospital and specialist visits since entering the orphanage in order to receive a proper diagnosis. An MRI was done to check for CP or other conditions and results came back normal. She was severely anemic and had other deficits in her blood work upon entering the orphanage. She was given iron and Vitamin D supplements until her blood work came back in the normal range. She was diagnosed with a neuro-sensory hearing loss in late 2014, but no intervention or follow-up has been done as of her most recent report. .

Fallyn can walk independently. She looks around in her environment, smiles when teased, follows what happens around her and observes children and adults. She understands the voice tone of the adults. She cheers up when paid attention, vivifies and shouts out. She cheers up when contacted by a child, touches them and smiles wide. She reacts with cry to pain. She can be upset for a short time.

She pronounces syllables (ba-ba, da-da, ta-ta), sounds and crowing sounds. She turns when called by her name. She shouts loud to attract attention and doesn’t stop until she gets what she wants. She has preference and linking to specific adults. She demonstrates cheerful emotion when seeing specific adults and is upset when they leave. She takes away toys form the hands of the other children. She interacts with the adults, seeks contact and attention but prefers to play alone and no one to invade her personal space. She reaches out, picks up a toy with both hands, transfers it from one hand to another, lifts it to her mouth and plays for a short time. She would shake it to produce sounds. She studies the toys for a long time from all sides. She prefers to play with her hands and touch them and her face. She claps with her hands. She has a favorite toy (a stuffed fox), holds it, “talks” to it and brings it up to her face. She eats with a spoon and drinks from an open 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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABrother; 6 year old boy
early congenital syphilis

Sam is friendly and sociable by nature, talkative and cheerful, with a notable attempt to be noticed and appreciated. He has respect for adults and observes rules, orders and prohibitions. He does not have problems in communicating with peers. He loves playing with children his age. He expresses emotions through facial expression and through actions. He does not show aggression, self-aggression and symptoms of an anxious child.

There is expressed need of social approval and attention. He works well to instructions and following examples. He shows will to complete the set task. He responds well to praises and encouragement.  Sam feels the need of attention, tenderness, love, security and safety, feeling approved and significant.

Sister; 11 year old girlSam and Scarlett (2)
Healthy

Scarlett has adequate behavior. No signs of anxiety, depression or aggressiveness. She is cheerful and emotional, continuously looking for attention and approval of the adults. The child has well developed passive vocabulary. She understands the speech of the others and adequately abreast. She can lead dialog and to initiate it. She keeps the rules of communication. She has built habits concerning personal hygiene, feeding and service of physiologic needs. She is independent.

She is a child who takes interest in school subjects but prefers singing, dancing and drawing, activities related to motion. She likes playing “cord jumping” and jump rope. She has finished the school year with a very good average grades.  She dreams about the time when she will be adopted and will have real parents like the other children.

Darla-001Age: 1
Diagnosis: Mosaic Down syndrome

Darla can turn from back to stomach, sit up independently and is learning to pull to a stand. She is receiving regular physical therapy sessions each week. She is babbling and making combinations of sounds in an attempt to talk. When a familiar adults talks to her or teases her, she smiles and laughs. She tracks objects with her eyes and by turning her head. She turns her head to look for people or when she hears voices. She differentiates between familiar persons and strangers. She enjoys playing games with a ball. She will roll a ball back and forth with a caregiver.

$13.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOscarBoy, 1 year old
Down syndrome, hydrocephalus; a brain cyst; epilepsy; bronchial asthma; hypothyroidism.

Oscar has good physical development.

When hearing familiar adults speak, he would produce sounds and sound combinations and turn his head in the direction of sound. He likes listening to relaxing music and children’s songs.

Sweet Oscar is rolling over!  The agency has video available for interested families.

$90.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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PrestynAge: 1
Diagnosis: Down syndrome

Prestyn just turned one year old. He does not have any additional medical conditions other than Down syndrome. He is developing at a rate that is considered common for a child with Down syndrome. He has starting babbling and making syllables, and shows appropriate emotions and responses to staff.

 

 

Randall 2

Age: 2
Diagnosis: caudal regression syndrome

He sits alone and stable. Often stands on four limbs an crawls on hands Puts rings and pieces with a small hole on the stand. He has a good attention span when interested in a particular toy or object. The child understands and responds to praise and prohibition. Performs simple orders, but generally not prone to group games or activities. He is happy when banter by an adult and likes to cuddle. He can distinguish between familiar and unfamiliar people. He can pronounce syllables and short words, but rarely, only when he decides.

In the videos, he is independently maneuvering his wheelchair and also navigating his environment by using his hands to “crawl”.

Photos, videos and a detailed 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.

Darly #567This 10 y.o.girl has specific developmental disorders of speech and language; mild mental delay. She is physically healthy. She does not often get ill.

Darly has started speaking in full sentences and her speech is becoming more and more understandable. She has started seeking contact with some of her peers as well as with the educators. She is timid and shy, agile and independent as regards her self-service needs. She attends a mainstream school. She marks progress in her sociability and her speech. She has a positive attitude towards adoption.

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.

Emily 2_July 2015OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAge: 5
Diagnosis: Cerebral palsy -spastic diplegia; hearing impaired-wears hearing aides

Emily is very alert and seeks out the attention of her caregivers. She is bonded to the staff members that care for her regularly. She watches the activities of the other children with interest. When placed on the floor, she can scoot around on her back. She enjoys looking at her reflection in a small mirror. She likes to hold objects in her hands. She will play games with other people by rolling a ball or throwing an object given to her and reaching for it to be handed back to her.

Photos and videos from July 2015 are 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.

Margaret_July 2015Age: 8
Diagnosis: spina bifida, shunt due to hydrocephalus, malnutrition

Margaret lives in an orphanage where several children have been adopted from that also had malnutrition of delays in development. The children have all made tremendous progress once their physical needs were met in a family.

Margaret smiles and laughs when people pay attention to her. She loves interacting with adults. She manipulates toys that are given to her and enjoys toys with bright lights.

Photos and videos from July 2015 are available for interested families. PROGRAM FEES ARE REDUCED for Margaret’s adoption!

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.

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.

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

Listed July 26, 2015

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.

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

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.

$18.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Nathan 2016 (1) Nathan 2016 (2)Age: 3
Diagnosis: Infantile cerebral palsy – quadriparesis; Hypotrophy; Delay in the neuro-psychical development

The child is considerably delayed in the psycho-motor development. He is not stable on his legs. He can turn from his stomach on his back and vice versa. He can sit alone and can stand up on his knees. Reacts to emotional stimulus with smile, makes sounds, but does not pronounce syllables. He is a picky eater. His sleep is calm. The child reaches out and grabs a toy and plays with it by moving the toy from one hand to the other. He looks at people and follows objects by turning his head. He recognizes known people. He can solve simple problems – moving to an object he is interested in. He is mostly happy, gets irritated when placed in a noisy surrounding. He listens to speech but doesn’t seem to understand it. He reacts mainly to the tone. He can play on his own by manipulating simply with toys (takes cubes out of a box and hits them together).

Photos and videos from March 2016 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.

Shyla (1)

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.

Jesse_May 2015

Boy, 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.

Update November 2015: He demonstrates interest in musical and mechanical toys. He will play for a short time – studies a toy, puts it in the mouth, transfers it from one hand to the other. He likes activities involving music. He recognizes familiar areas of the orphanage and understands his daily routine related to familiar tasks such as eating. He is very happy when interacting with familiar adults.

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

$117.57 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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Owen 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.

$191.20 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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

Updated: Jeremiah’s record was updated, he does not have an autism diagnosis. He has generalized development disorders.

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.

Oliver 2010 (1)

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.

Zayne

zayne-2015-1Boy, age: 2
Diagnosis: Atresia of the esophagus – not corrected

UPDATE DECEMBER 2015: URGENT shout out for ZAYNE: I saw him again today. He’s in my son’s group at the orphanage. He is talking, learning to walk and doing so very well. He has an American brand mickey button g-tube for feeding that is changed every 2 months.He is gaining weight and is very healthy at this time thanks to specialized formula that is being paid for by a wonderful adoptive family. HE DESPERATELY NEEDS A FAMILY! He needs surgery to connect his esophagus and the orphanage director is being pressured to sign the paper work to have the procedure done in his birth country. It will be dangerous if it is done there. He NEEDS to be adopted and have the surgery done in the US. This little guy is just precious and the staff loves him so much. He is receiving excellent care and is well bonded to particular caregivers. The director told me today, ” you must find him a family quickly.” I have photos and videos of him and I can get medical questions answered.

 

UPDATE NOV 2015:  ” Zayne is now sitting independently and taking steps while holding on to a caregivers hands.
We have photos and videos from November 2015 to add to his report. ”

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.

$967.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption![/column]

Kandiekandie-2015-5Girl, age: 13
Diagnosis: Down syndrome

Would you just look at this BEAUTY!?  Amazing!   The agency has photos and videos from 2015. In the videos, she is dressing a Barbie doll, writing some letters, talking to staff members, answering questions, and singing. She is now in the 7th grade at a mainstreamed school with resource support.  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.

$3,312.20 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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.

$15,234.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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!

Joseph2015 (6) Joseph2015 (2)Boy, age: 2
ADOPTED!!!

 

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.

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.

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.

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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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGirl, 6 years old
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.

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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Cora update (2)

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!

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.

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!

Kraig_Sept 2015 Kraig2_Sept 2015Boy, 7 years old
blind
Prematurely born with low birth weight; Infantile cerebral palsy – spastic quadric paresis; ROP (Retinopathy of the prematurely born) with detachment of the retina in both eyes – second type, final stage; Amaurosis; Delays in the physical and neuro-psychical development.

UPDATE from a family who met him in 2016: I spent a week with Kraig at the children’s home. He is very well cared for and loved by the Nannies, but they are so limited in respect for knowing how to care for a blind child and being able to provide what he needs. He cannot play with most of the toys because he cannot see them. He is walking VERY well. He has a very hard time when the room gets loud and he does self soothe by putting his hands on his ears and rocking. I believe with a good school/program he would learn how to live daily life as a blind person and be fully functional. He really wants to be loved. He would even let me put my hand on his head or rub his back. He would be a real Mama’s Boy! I would love to help find him a family and I will commit to helping that family fundraise as much as I possibly can.

Kraig needs a family! His most recent update shows he is doing worse than previously; he has started some auto-aggressive behaviors and autistic traits – which is not a surprise since he’s blind and doesn’t have a lot of stimulation and attention in his environment.

Kraig doesn’t talk but understands the speech of the adults, reacts to his name but not always, and pronounces accidental combinations of sounds. He doesn’t use non-verbal means or gestures to communicate. He likes to cuddle in familiar adults.

He laughs loud when teased and expresses positive emotions to interactions with familiar adults. When he is anxious, he exhibits auto-aggression. He cries form strangers. Sometimes he lives in his own world, does stereotypical movements (rocks), and refuses to carry out instructions. He becomes very restless in a noisy environment, when the tone of the voice is raised or at loud sounds (hi puts his hands on his ears). He has difficulties accepting new things.

Kraig tolerates close contact with familiar adults but doesn’t interact with his peers due to his vision. He walks with support and around unmoving support. He makes independently several steps but is afraid. He moves comparatively calmly in a familiar environment. He is terrified by the walks in the yard. He has good appetite and eats well but doesn’t gain weight well.

Kraig plays with musical toys. He likes to listen to music and songs. He claps his hands and is happy then. He prefers familiar toys and children’s songs. He has difficulties accepting new games and needs time to get used to them. He holds objects in his hands. He can play for a long time with appropriate musical toys – hits a drum and tambourine and waves with rattles.

Updated photos from Sept 2015 — the agency has videos available, too.

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.

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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

Listed: September 9, 2014

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.

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

DylanDylanAge: 3 years

viral meningitis at the age of 3 months, internal and external hydrocephalus, after installation of a lumbar-peritoneal shunt; agenesis of the corpus callosum; heterozygous Beta-thalassemia; he was diagnosed with epilepsy that was resistant to the conducted treatment and after a check-up MRI examination, a shunt was installed. After the surgery the EEG results were within the norm and the anticonvulsant treatment was stopped; Delayed physical and psychological development in all areas;

Dylan takes a sitting position independently and remains sitting for a long time without using anything for support.He stands up in his crib while holding onto the bars and he walks around in his crib freely. He can walk when held by both hands and he makes small steps, albeit not stable enough. He has already started moving around independently with a movable support (a special walker). Dylan is very happy when a familiar adult jests him. He would often get sulky when the adult is going away. He produces various sounds. He often expresses his emotions with screams and shouts. Dylan responds to being called by name and to the invitation “Come here”. He is fed with slightly mashed transitional food. Dylan does very well drinking liquids from a cup. If he likes the drink, he holds the cup independently, with both his hands. Dylan cannot yet control his physiological needs and he isn’t potty-trained yet.

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.


Joey
Boy, 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.

$1,705.52 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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nels-2015-3-croppedAge: 8
Down syndrome, significantly delayed neuropsychological development, profound mental delay, delayed physical development.

UPDATE NOV 2015: Nels has learned to walk! He still needs some assistance going up and down steps, but is continuing to improve his gross motor skills. He manipulates with toys by knocking them one against the other, looking at them and studying them, rolling them, etc. He smiles when contacted, pronounces separate syllables and imitates short melodies. He picks up toys, looks at them, studies them and manipulates with them. He fits in simple forms. He eats table food (pureed). He is now being potty trained. He goes to school and has an IEP (the classes take place in the orphanage). He is inquisitive and sociable. He is jealous of the team members if they pay more attention to the other children. He imitates different gestures and short melodies. He makes eye contact for a short time. He prefers to play with an adult or with the other children, instead of just observing.
Photos and videos from October 2015 are available through the agency.

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.

$2,059.30 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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.

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.

Antoinette (2) Antoinette (1)Girl, almost 4 years old

infantile cerebral palsy; blindness; bilateral sensorineural hearing loss, muscle tone – quadri-hypotonia and hyperreflexia.

March 2014 update:

No physical activity and initiative. Takes a passive seat with adherence, has elbow support but shows poor balance reactions. Gripping reflex – upon touch with, grips for a short while. Visual – motor coordination /hand-to-hand; Hand-foot-thigh; Hand-foot-mouth /. Visual analyzer – horizontal nystagmus, amaurosis, atrophy of optic nerve. Does not follow and fixate a bright object. Does not wince and does not orient in the direction of strong acoustic stimulus, bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. Pronounced “seeking” reflex and pathological oral automatisms. Speech production – coo sounds and vocalizations. Affective reactions – heavily decreased mimical facial expression, responds to tactile stimulation, “facade” smile is observed briefly.

Autonomy – positioned entirely by an adult. She feeds with an appetite and permanently gains on weight. Sleep – short periods of wakefulness.

Update, August 2014: Within a month this little girl has made a progress, which is encouraging. Also, the staff working with her shared that according to them she is not deaf but probably with decreased hearing!!!

The agency has an updated report on file and video! Antoinette needs a family that will give her a chance!

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.

Alaric 2015 (1) Alaric 2015 (2)Boy, born 2009
Down syndrome
Alaric has delays in psycho-motor development. Senses(sight, hearing) are preserved.

 

UPDATE early 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.

Update Sept 2015
He is extremely energetic child, constantly in motion, keeping his attention on something for a short time. When he has some purpose, he is able to walk a long distance lead by hands to reach his goal. If he was sitting on the ground and nearby there was a support – he succeeded standing up without other’s help. If there was some distance to his goal – then he was crawling to the support (the wall in our case), after which leaning on the wall with his hands, he alone was reaching the desired object.

As to the food, having in mind his diagnose – Down syndrome and related with its physiological characteristics, he is chewing and swallowing with difficulty. Therefore he still accepts blended food – five times daily. He is fed by the staff but usually they “encourage” him to eat alone, holding his hand and bringing the food to his mouth. He drinks liquids with a spoon or with syringe. When served with a cup, he can hold it, but does not bring it to his mouth. He is usually biting the feeding/nursing-bottle. Otherwise, he eats/finishes everything, even very often when he is done with his food, he snivels.

$1,295.35 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMelaneyGirl, age 7

Blind, retrolental fibroplasia, microphthalmia, amaurosis, nystagmus and converging strabismus; Epilepsy – on treatment with Convulex; Severe mental delay; Delay in the neuro-psychical development.

She has good motion activity. She can walk freely and overcomes different hurdles. She is with very well coordinated movements. She goes up and down stairs alternating her feet. She has good fine motor skills. She has developed skills in her hands and the movements of her fingers are strong. She can manipulate with small objects.
She has difficulties concentrating her attention. Her imagination is not developed. Intellect: Severe delay in her intellectual development. The cognitive processes are being developed now.  She is emotionally unstable and with frequent changes in her moods. She is inclined to aggression and auto-aggression. She exhibits aggression towards the children around her without a reason. She calms down when she washes her hands or is showered by an adult.

The speech is underdeveloped – she pronounces several words/syllables. She imitates speech by using repetitive syllables and short words. This is her way of interaction with children and adults. The child partially understands what is told to her and orientates by the voice and the sounds. When an adult gives her instructions, she would carry them out if they are simple – she gives her hand for “hello”, waves “bye” and comes closer if called. She laughs if praised.

Sometimes she becomes irritable in the presence of strangers. She rarely interacts with other children. She doesn’t initiate contacts with them and sometimes is aggressive with them. She establishes contacts with the staff and when they ask her something, she understands. She doesn’t have preferences for specific members of the team.

She doesn’t have desire to participate in group games. She doesn’t show interest in toys. She is very musical, loves to listen to children’s music and very correctly hums melodies.  She doesn’t attend school. Specialists work with her by sound and tactile stimulation – through touching hoarse and soft surfaces and fitting in figures by touch and with help. She doesn’t know the colors and doesn’t have orientation for “small” and “large”.

The girl is oriented and adapted to the familiar environment by touching with hands and feet. She has difficulties falling asleep but has a calm sleep. She doesn’t have preferences for specific foods. She undresses and takes her shoes off independently. She drinks form a cup on her own. She eats with a spoon given to her by an adult. She can eat solid foods on her own. She can go down a slide on her own.

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.

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

Listed: June 9, 2014

 

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 15 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.

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***


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.

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.

 

$230.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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.

IllianaBorn November 1999
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Down syndrome

 

 

 

Illiana’s grant of $4,503.30 has been gifted to Delylah.

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.

$1,001.81 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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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.

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!

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.

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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.

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.

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

Listed:  November 27, 2013

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.

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

 

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.

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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-2015Boy, Born 2007

Good general condition, hydrocephalus with a shunt installed, spina bifida aperta, lower limb paraplegia, congenital anomaly of the excretory system – agenesis of the left kidney, hypotonic right ureter, osteogenesis imperfecta (which has not been genetically proven), convergent strabismus, logorrhoea, delayed neuropsychological development.

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.

Update, 2016:
Todd recently turned 9 years old.  He engages in symbolic and role play, which includes the activities and roles typical for his environment (how a doctor’s visitation goes; how one gets medical supplies; how one organizes a birthday party; what happens during the lesson with the resource teacher).   He knows the staff members. He takes the initiative in meeting new people. Todd eats independently. He eats common food. He chooses his clothes depending on the season and the temperature in the building. Todd leads a dialogue and asks a lot of questions.He loves telling stories and improvising depending on the specific interests of the person he is communicating with.

Additional photos and videos are available.

$749.91 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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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.

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.

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.

 

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

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.

BryannahDOB: 2001
Diagnosis: Down syndrome

Listed: April 23, 2013

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.

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

George_2011DOB: 2004
Diagnosis: Down syndrome

Listed: February 14, 2013

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.

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

Robert updateBoy, born December 2002
Down syndrome

Listed: November 29, 2012

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!

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

DOB: 2001

Diagnosis: Down syndrome

Listed: October 28, 2012

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.

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

tyler-2-croppedBoy, born 2002
Down syndrome

Listed: June 24, 2012

Tyler has waited 14 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.

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

Kade 2014DOB: 2002
Diagnosis: Down syndrome, asthma

Listed: October 9, 2011

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.

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

Madden-BulgariaDOB: 2004
Down syndrome

Listed: October 9, 2011

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.

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

Andrue-2012DOB: 2004

Listed: October 9, 2011
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.

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

Ulysess-BulgariaDOB: February 2004

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

Listed: June 17, 2011

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.

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

Ameliaameliafromtoni-croppedGirl, Born August 2001
Down syndrome

Listed September 27, 2010

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. SINGLE MOMS, OLDER PARENTS, & LARGE FAMILIES WELCOME, EASY TRAVEL
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Isabelle Sept 2013 (1)Girl, Born February 2002
Down syndrome

Listed: September 27, 2010

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.

Single moms and large families welcome, easy travel!

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

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!

SINGLE MOMS, OLDER PARENTS, & LARGE FAMILIES WELCOME, EASY TRAVEL.   MULTIPLE CHILDREN CAN BE ADOPTED AT THE SAME TIME FOR LOW COST.

$10,204.30 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

Kolya

Boy, Born August 2004

Listed: August 4, 2010

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

Listed: June 23, 2010

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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MULTIPLE CHILDREN CAN BE ADOPTED AT THE SAME TIME WITH LOW COST

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

Marlowe (1)

Marlowe (2)Boy, Born August 2001

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

Listed: June 23, 2010

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 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.

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

Adam 2014_2DOB: 2001
Down syndrome, autistic traits

Listed: June 23, 2010

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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Chad collage 2 Chad collage 1

Boy, born April 2001
Down syndrome

Listed: June 23, 2010

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.

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”.

SINGLE MOMS, OLDER PARENTS, & LARGE FAMILIES WELCOME, EASY TRAVEL

MORE PHOTOS AVAILABLE

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

Boy, Born March 2001
Down syndrome

Listed: June 23, 2010

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.

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

 

Mikale2_2013Mikale 2013DOB: 2003
Down syndrome

Listed: June 23, 2010

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.

 

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

SINGLE MOMS, OLDER PARENTS, & LARGE FAMILIES WELCOME, EASY TRAVEL.  MULTIPLE CHILDREN CAN BE ADOPTED AT THE SAME TIME WITH LOW COST. 

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

MartyBoy, born June 2002
Down syndrome

Listed: June 23, 2010

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.

SINGLE MOMS, OLDER PARENTS, & LARGE FAMILIES WELCOME, EASY TRAVEL. MULTIPLE CHILDREN CAN BE ADOPTED AT THE SAME TIME.

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

Tanner 2014Boy, Born July 2001

Down syndrome, deafness, strabismus

Listed: June 23, 2010

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.

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

Our 2016 Reece’s Rainbow Family Reunion trip is being held at the Jellystone Park in Cave City, KY from June 24-July 1.  More than 50 RR adoptive families are already booked to join us.  The park is public, so your advertising investment will be seen by hundreds of other park visitors outside our small community.


PRESENTING Sponsor, $1000:  Your logo on our 12 foot vinyl banner, hanging at the main pavilion at the front of the park.  Logo on each of the yard signs that are set up in front of each RR family’s cabin or tent site.  Full page ad in our beautiful, high quality, full-color  8.5×11 family booklet, logo on back of the event t-shirts.

Booklet sponsor:  This is a beautiful, high quality, full-color 8.5×11 booklet that we provide to each of our attending families.  It includes maps, activities, info about the park, a list of other families, and ads from generous sponsors like you.  
¼ page ad $75
 
½ page ad$150
 
Full page ad $300
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Yard sign sponsor:  Logo and website on all the yard signs posted at each family’s cabin or tent site, $250 (4 spaces available, 3 inches wide by 4 inches high across the top of the sign). 13115653_10153302072146653_1730671088_n

T-shirt sponsor: logo and weblink in black and white on the back of our event t-shirts, $100 (the shirts will be done in a light yellow this year). 13120887_10153302073511653_657158047_o

Family Sponsor:  $250-$500  Given to help families with the cost of attendance.  You are welcome to choose a particular family to sponsor. This will not be advertised, but at your request, we can advise the family who their trip sponsor is. It’s a generous investment in the family’s post-adopt health. Your donation can make this trip a real retreat for them, and not a financial burden. Tax deductible for the donor. Please email me directly if you’d like to inquire about giving this way. andrea@reecesrainbow.org 13147947_10153302076931653_278688010_o

Please contact Andrea Roberts with any questions and/or to set-up your sponsorship today!  andrea@reecesrainbow.org  
DEADLINE IS JUNE 1.  
Select and Pay below or checks made payable to:
Reece’s Rainbow, PO Box 277 Monrovia, MD  21770

rogan-2016-croppedRogan famNate and Savannah have 6 beautiful children, 5 of them came through adoption! And this will be their second International adoption to Eastern Europe in just a year!

A while back, Savannah came across pictures and a video of Rogan and began praying about him. He has weighed heavily on her heart and after much prayer, her and Nathan have decided that Rogan needs to join their family as well. He needs to know the love of a mother and father and siblings.

This family has a strong passion for advocating for children with Down syndrome and especially for adoption!  Their family would not be their family without the miracle of adoption.

4/27/16—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
You can follow this amazing journey with the Hawkins family at: www.samuelone27.blogspot.com

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

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jasperBoy, born 2012

disorder of the brain, unspecified
other specified mental disorders due to brain damage and dysfunction and to physical disease
hypospadias

He is not available until summer 2017! 
Unless a medical codes changes

$45.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

girlsillouettenophotoGirl, born on 2006

April lives with a foster family since 2007.  Foster family does not wish to adopt the child because the family believes that in the child’s best interest is to ensure the adoption abroad, as in this way child would have access to better medical care and more opportunities.

Suspected celiac disease; milk allergy.  Delivery complications, premature birth.  Low hemoglobin levels (anemia), congenital heart disease

April has grey-bluish eyes, blond hair. The girl has a significant development progress, she can walk and even run, girl contacts with other children, carries out simple instructions. The girl has begun to develop speech- separate words. The girl attends massage, remedial gymnastics and takes part in therapy on regular basis. The girl starts to show interest in animals – when she rides a horse during Reiter therapy time, she touches the animal, observes foals with interest.

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

KassiThe Cogan Family feels so honored to have been chosen to bring sweet Kassi home at last! She has waited so long- almost too long, as she ages out in July!

They saw Kassi on Wonderful Waiting Kids, an advocacy site that helps to find families for children that are older or have more significant needs. The Cogans routinely follow the children’s stories and pray for them as they wait for a family. They keep the children’s faces in their minds and their stories in their hearts and love them from afar. They all deserve to be loved!

There are far too many children aging out and this family prays for all of them to find their forever place, but for them, at this time, it was Kassi that was foremost in their hearts. They started to wonder whether they were her family and the questions began to be answered bit by bit. They found out that with an expedited adoption, although very difficult, it could be possible. They still felt unsure of the timing, the money…. They continued prayerfully to ask for guidance. They put up a grant hoping that her family was out there and was closer in the process and that the grant might be the help that was needed. More phone calls, more prayers. They just couldn’t imagine how… and then they saw a video in which Kassi talks about wanting a home and describes the family. They felt like she was talking directly to them. They had their answers. They knew. They would listen and do everything in their power to get her home with her family – theirs!

The Cogans are blessed with a large “krewe” of three biological children and three children given to them through adoption. Their adopted kiddos have very similar reasons to see their fabulous team of medical helpers. You see Kassi has two clubfeet that remain unrepaired and it makes getting around very difficult. The family knows through experience with this condition that the longer she waits the more difficult it will be to find ways to repair the damage. In fact, they have everything already in place for her medically and, although they can have no guarantees, there is every hope that her daily life can be so much easier and more pain free. Of course their greatest hope is that Kassi can someday stand straight and tall on her sweet feet. Make no mistake, they will feel so very blessed and proud to be able to truly call themselves “Kassi’s Krewe”, no matter what!

They are counting down the days until her birthday and there just aren’t that many! Although this wasn’t their timing, they feel that they are being led down this path and all will be well. They are doing a twelve-month process in just twelve very short weeks! This timing won’t allow for much grant support and they are equally grateful for support of any kind whether it be through thoughts and prayers, fundraising or funds.

4/25/16—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at theworldwillchange.blogspot.com

$3,104.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Huy (1)We are Tony and Julee Huy and we are excited about our ever increasing family! We have 8 kids and are excited to be adopting 2 boys from China! We began our adoption journey this time with a 5 year old boy (Toby) who we will be naming Jayce Alexander. While in the process of adopting Jayce we hosted a 12 year old with the intention of advocating for him and finding him a family. We instantly fell in love and we’re ecstatic to also be adopting Jackson Fei!

We’ve taken a leap of faith in adopting two at one time and we’re so thankful for your support and prayer!

4/20/16—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS 

$97.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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FordOur Family Puzzle

So here we are, at the beginning of a journey to add another child to our family. This time will be different. This time I won’t be pregnant for nine months. This time I won’t hold my baby for nine months and dream about seeing her face for the first time. This time we already know what she looks like. This time we already know her name and her birthday. This time we will watch her grow up from afar for a year or more while we work tirelessly to bring her home.

We are the Ford Family. My name is Alysen. I am a stay at home mom. My husband is police officer and we are raising two children currently; we have a precious three year old girl and a little boy who will soon be eight months old. And now we have another little girl. She is waiting on us in S.E. Asia. She is two years old and she also happens to be blind. She is perfect in every way, and we are very proud parents!

One night after our oldest daughter was born my husband and I were watching the documentary “Its a Girl.” That kind of thing has a way of popping your safe little bubble and opening your eyes to how the Lord has blessed you. Then it gets you thinking, why has he blessed us with more than we need, and so many opportunities? We are no more deserving than anyone else in the world. EXACTLY. “For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required” Luke 12:48 We talked about adopting that day.

We decided we would look into it when we were more stable. It was the Lord preparing our hearts. Our sweet little two year old was born right around that time. Fast forward about two years and we are in a new town, my husband has a good job, and we have purchased our first home. We started attending a new church here locally and noticed lots of adoptive families. I even started getting involved in some fundraising efforts for adoption and slowly we pulled our heads out if the sand and remembered that first whisper from God telling us to adopt. We started looking into programs and agencies and the Lord led us to our daughter. “God sets the lonely in families” Psalm 68:6. Our little girl deserves a family. She deserves a mommy and a daddy to hold her, and teach her about the love our heavenly Father has for her, and to help her make her mark on this word.

So here we are. We are paper chasing and fundraising and praying for the Lords guidance and help to bring us to our baby. We cannot wait to hold our sweet girl and have our family of five all together forever!

4/19/2016—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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

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We are proud to announce that we are adopting two precious little girls from Eastern Europe! We are the Howard/Price family.  We live in Wisconsin with three of our sons, two dogs, two cats, several rabbits, a bearded dragon and a few fish.  We have two sons that live near us, one of whom is  married to our lovely daughter-in-law.  This will be our second adoption, but first international adoption.  We love these little girls and desperately wish to go get them as soon as we can!

We thank you for taking a look at our page and hope that you will be able to help us out!

4/18/2016—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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

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jensenkids-2014blake-sergey-baseball*** Effective May 6, 2016, our Older Child Grant Policy will be changing. ***

After careful consideration, the RR Board of Directors has unanimously voted to modify our Older Child Grants to a pooled program instead of individual child grants.  Nearly $750,000 is currently being held in waiting child funds, much of it with children who’ve been listed with us for years and have still not been chosen for adoption. We have listened to your comments & suggestions.   A pooled system will open up these funds to give all of the children a better chance to find families faster.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: (please read carefully before contacting us with further questions)

  1. There will be two grant pools, one for children with Down syndrome and one for Other Angels (children with other special needs).
  2. These pools will include the existing funds already held by those particular children.  ($498k for Down syndrome & $239k for Other Angels.)  Boys & girls will have combined eligibility after the transition.
  3. Starting May 6, each older child will be eligible for a $10,000 waiting child grant
  4. ONLY CHILDREN LISTED WITH RR are eligible for these grant pool funds.
  5. As 9 year olds “roll over”, their funds will go into the general grant pool for their category.
  6. Children who have more than $10k and are #agingout in 2016 will keep their current grants.
  7. Children who have funds given primarily by one benefactor will be eligible to keep their current grants until the end of 2016 (if the donor so chooses).
  8. Families already in progress for older children prior to May 6 are not retroactively eligible for the new funding. ***no exceptions ***
  9. Sibling groups with at least one child aged 10 or older will be eligible for pool grant funds.
  10. Older children from Bulgaria will now be eligible for waiting child pool grant funding.
  11. Once a complete FSP app is recvd & profile posted, we will allocate the 10K in the child’s name.   Funds will be shown on the child’s individual profile on MFFM.
  12. A current running total of available funds for each grant pool will be listed at the top of category pages for full transparency.
  13. Donors can (and should!) still give to keep these grant pools adequately funded!  Donation buttons will also be at the top of each page for easy giving.  Checks still welcome!
  14. Donations will still be 90/10 to waiting child and Voice of Hope.
  15. We need Older Child WARRIORS!  It’s crucial to keep these kids visible!  Our job as a community is to find adoptive families for them as quickly as possible.

 

We welcome your thoughts, comments, suggestions & questions on this policy change.  Please contact us! 

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DSC_0061edtThe Anderson family isn’t new to international adoption, or special needs adoption for that matter. They have been to Eastern Europe to adopt twice. They feel called to return, there still is room at the table and love in their hearts for more children in need. Dane and Misty dreamed of a big family and always knew adoption would be a part of that dream. In 2013 they brought home two beautiful girls blessed with an extra chromosome. Upon returning, they felt they might go back, if ever God called them. They knew too much, they saw too much, too many children suffering, too many laying alone and unloved. And before they knew it, they were headed back! Another sweet girl with lower limb paralysis joined the 6 boys and 5 girls. A perfect dozen! But God wasn’t through with them yet, a move to a roomier house and the knowledge of children still suffering gnawed at their hearts. Every night the children would pray for those left behind at the orphanage, the ones without a family to cherish them. As Dane and Misty were praying about going back, they received news that one of the children they were considering was gravely ill and had been hospitalized. They knew then that they must go! That there was space at the table and love in their hearts for two more!

The Andersons are needing to move fast, they want to get to their sweet girl quickly before her health deteriorates any further, and they can’t wait to tell their new son that he has been chosen! Their home study is nearly done, they are moving right along!

What an amazing opportunity you have to partner with them and help bring home two orphans, to bring them into a family to be loved and cherished to know that they are chosen!

4/15/16—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS 
 Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at thesassafraschronicles.blogspot.com

The Anderson family has a $1500 matching grant!  When their total reaches $5873.99 they will receive an additional $1500!!

$7,153.91 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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UsMark and Callie Van Wagenen have been married for 8 years and have been longing to start their family. They both come from large families and have yearned to have a family of their own. After struggling through infertility they decided to open their hearts to adoption.

They believe that God has a plan for them and have been seeking His guidance through their journey. After receiving strong promptings to start looking international to build their family, they found Ryan and knew that he would be their son.

They see miracles every day as they work to bring him home. Thank you for being a part of that miracle.

4/15/2016—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at markandcallieadopt.blogspot.com

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

Make the most of your gift, consider sending a check! Online donations to children with committed families incur a 3% PayPal transaction fee.

sibsKim and Nathan Woods have been married for almost 10 years.  Kim is originally from Canada and Nathan is from New Hampshire.  They have been living in Florida for the past 9 years.  They have 3 beautiful daughters living at home, Lydia (9), Chloee (7), and Chanelle (5).  Since the moment they met they both knew that one day they would adopt.  They didn’t know how, when, or who but God has miraculously opened the door and they know that this is His perfect timing.  They are very excited to begin their adoption journey by adding two beautiful sisters “Kaila” and “Connie” to their loving family.

Please consider helping them as they step out in faith to accomplish God’s will in their lives.  Help them make these beautiful girls orphans no more.

4/28/2016—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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

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Bethany update IMG_2492If you would have asked them a year ago, what they would be doing today, in the throws on an international adoption would probably not have been their answer. God truly works in mysterious ways! The Davis family suffered through the premature birth of their youngest child in January of 2014, followed by two miscarriages in 2015. After emotionally recovering from the pain these situations created, they were able to step back and see that God actually had a very different plan than they had originally believed. They thought they had figured it all out when they were given the opportunity to host an amazing little girl “A” from Eastern Europe. They fell in love through pictures, and just knew this was what God had instore for their family. When “A” arrived their feelings remained strong, but the situation also became clearer. Adoption to American was not her dream. The Davis’ remain in contact with “A” and support her from afar. Although the hosting experience did not turn out exactly as they had planned, their hearts and lives were definitely changed through the experience. With a lot more prayer…. The true plan became clear. This is when we saw her picture, and knew that sweet “E” (RR as Bethany) was to be our daughter. She now has a momma, daddy, sister, and brother who can’t wait to get her home where she belongs!

4/11/2016—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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

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Kaitlyn (2)Katrina_webreadyJaime and Chris married over 10 years ago after meeting each other at church. They started discussing their future family even before marriage, and always knowing adoption would be apart of it. Right after their first anniversary, Chris and Jaime started the process to become Foster Parents and over the last 9 years have fostered over 30 children and have adopted 5 through Foster Care. In 2013 they were blessed once again by the birth of their youngest son, whom they adopted as an embryo. (He had been frozen for 8 years!)

The Richardson’s were greatly blessed to be matched with a 4 year old treasure for an interstate adoption through foster care in 2015. This little boy was very medically fragile and though he had a life limiting diagnosis, no one expected his passing to be imminent. Within weeks of being matched, their son became very ill. After several months of him being in and out of the hospital and the Richardson family living on and off in a Ronald McDonald house 7 hours from home, their son (in their hearts, as the adoption wasn’t yet finalized) passed away and went home to be with Jesus. Six months, to the day, after the passing of their son, the Richardson’s found out about twin girls in a China diagnosed with Down Syndrome, who needed a family. They immediately felt that these were their daughters and submitted a request to be matched with the girls.

This large family knows first hand how much the love and security of a family can change the life of a child and they feel doubly blessed to be adopting these princesses from China. They are working hard to get their girls home as quickly as possible, and feel honored that others want to help get the girls home as well.

4/11/2016—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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

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JoyEvita (2)KoraGary & Karen Rubenstein have been married for 18 years and have been blessed with (12) twelve soon to be (15) fifteen children. Three children were born into their family and they were blessed by adopting one daughter through a domestic adoption as a special needs infant. They have been blessed with 8 children from China with special needs ranging from missing limbs, missing fingers/toes, cleft lip/palette, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Peter’s Anomaly, Blindness, Ptosis, Tethered Spine Syndrome, and developmental delays.

The desire to adopt again has been very strong for their family and God has shown them three more daughters from China! Two of their daughters have limb difference, including missing fingers, club feet, and enlarged lower extremity that will more than likely require amputation. Their third daughter that they have added has epilepsy and will age out in August, 2016. The Rubenstein family has Pre Approval to proceed with adopting all three girls.

Aria “Ruthie Joy” is a thirteen year old little girl with epilepsy. Aria has grown up in an orphanage seeing others around her being adopted and has waited too long for a family to call her own. She will no longer be eligible for adoption after August 21, 2016.

Lily (“Evie”) is a two year old with deformed limbs, including club foot, ectrodactyly and syndactyly and sinus tract in lumbosacral. She is in need of much medical attention and will require many surgeries once she is home.

Kora is a two year old with bilateral feet deformity, right leg is larger then left and will more than likely require an amputation once she is home. She has missing fingers on her right hand.

Gary and Karen feel God leading them to go and bring their daughter’s home. The Rubenstein’s are stepping out in faith that God will provide for these adoptions.

4/11/16—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL 

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at chopsticksandchickensoup.wordpress.com

$853.60 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Saleena (2)Polly

We are the Huizinga family from Virginia! We are excited to announce we are adopting “Saleena” and “Polly”! They will join Dad & Mom, Paul & Maureen, as well as siblings Penny, Sarah, Nathaniel, Iain, Thomas, Fanny, Joshua, Greyson, Julia, one big fat dog named Ellie, and a silly barn kitty named Dingo (Mom says, don’t ask…) We have been married for 16 years.  2 years ago, we brought Penny and Fanny home to join our family, and our entire heart for orphans/orphan care was forever changed.  We have waded through some challenging transitions and scary health concerns with Penny in particular and patiently waited to see if or how God might allow us to care for more children.

Thus enters two sweet tiny girls….

Saleena and Polly reside in Pen’s previous orphanage facility. This particular orphanage is near and dear to our hearts, and we have been blessed to see huge progress in the quality of care that is being provided there.  The best facility in the world, however, can’t replace a FAMILY as the best place for children to grow & flourish!  Saleena and Polly have some special challenges and delays, but we are familiar with the types of needs which are currently known (and know well enough to be prepared for more need, less need, or completely different needs, as they are revealed in the process!)  Thank you for supporting our family.  James 1:27.

4/7/16—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS 
 Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.zingermama.blogspot.com.

$63.05 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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BiancaJairo and Katie met at a race put on by their University. They quickly became friends through their shared love of endurance sports and love for God. Fast forward a few years and they were happily married and settled into their respective careers and excited to welcome their first baby Oliver. Shortly after Oliver was born, they began to seriously talk about adding to their family through adoption. Adoption was not a new topic for Jairo (who is adopted) and Katie, as they had previously discussed the possibility of adding to their family through adoption one day. Both felt strongly that “one day” was now and this resulted in the adoption of their beautiful and spunky daughter Anna from the foster care system. As often happens, once a family’s eyes are opened to the amazing gift of adoption and the enormous need, the Flores family once again felt that they were being called to love another little one through the process of adoption. This time China and this time a sweet little one with Down Syndrome. Oliver (5 years old) and Anna (2 years old) share the excitement of their parents in welcoming this new addition. Anna asks on a daily basis “sissy almost home?” Soon little one…soon!

4/5/16—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS

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Laura Photo 3 Mar-2015AThe Hadley’s adoption journey is the culmination of a long awaited heart’s desire. Jon and Kari had discussed adopting or fostering multiple times. However, God was clear that the time was never right either through multiple military moves and deployments or Kari’s numerous (4) pregnancies. Then after the birth of their 4th son, Kari began to look for ways to use her love of running to help children in need. It was during the registration for the Walt Disney World Marathon that Kari found RODS (Racing for Orphans with Down Syndrome). Kari has always had a heart and passion for children and adults with Down Syndrome and a longing to maybe one day adopt a special needs child. Partnering with RODS allowed Kari to use her running in advocacy and awareness for children that captured her heart. Kari was glad she was helping a child with Down Syndrome find a forever home. When Kari joined RODS, Laura was not the RODS Orphan. Shortly after joining RODS, Laura became the new RODS Orphan. Kari immediately felt a draw towards Laura but it was a few months before she really began to try to find out more about her. Kari soon began to feel that God was directing her toward Laura but did not know how Jon would feel about an international special needs adoption. Jon was certainly surprised when Kari suggested that they adopt Laura. Jon requested Kari get more information on the process and Laura and from there things just took off. Every question asked was answered in a way that led Jon and Kari to feel that this was what they were called to do. All the information they could find on Laura only confirmed for Kari that she was the daughter God was giving them. Kari and Jon are now trying to bring Laura home in record time to join her four anxiously awaiting brothers.

4/5/16—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS

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IsaiahDavid and Azalia have been married for 13 years, David has served in the US Army for 19 years and is almost ready for retirement. They have 3 biological sons, Jasson (15), Nathyn (11), and Dominik (4) who has achondroplasia. As a military family they have traveled around world and have exposed their children to different cultures, they enjoy traveling, going to the beach, playing board games on rainy weekends, and of course eating dinner all together. Going to Sunday service is essential, teaching their children to trust God and talk to Him is part of their everyday routine. Azalia home schools the 2 younger boys and takes them to do different activities during the day. Bringing another child into their home was something they always dreamed of doing, God spoke to them when they saw the picture of Isaiah and heard his story. He is destined to be their son, and they need all the help you can give them because Isaiah will age out in 5 short months. This little boy has achondroplasia, just like their youngest son Dominik, a condition they are very familiar with and know the proper care needed.

4/4/2016—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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 photo fwbutton150.pngAmos 2015 (1)Daisy-2014The entire Bloom family is thrilled to be adopting again! In 2014, with the help of Reece’s Rainbow, they added four older boys with special needs to their family. 2 of them had been living in a group home, 1 had spent his entire life in a crib in a laying down room, and 1 had already aged out and would have been transferred to a very bad place. All 4 of them have thrived since coming home. Now they can’t wait to do it again with your help!

They sent in paperwork to be able to adopt another aging out child, a friend of their son who is headed to the same place. They are moving as quickly as possible to get to him because he has already turned 16. Any prayers and support you can offer are very appreciated!

Update:  The Bloom family will also be bringing home Daisy!

4/4/2016—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
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AnnaNathan and Amber have been together exactly half their lives. After all these years, their family is nearly complete (for real this time…). They have five children, ages 12, 9, 9, 9, and 5—the last two through Reece’s Rainbow. Their oldest is a precious daughter and budding paleontologist. Next are boy/girl twins adopted domestically who each plan to have their name in lights some day! Their inquisitive little guy came home from China in 2014, and their little sunshine girl home from Ukraine in 2012. The youngest daughter also has Down syndrome and is/was the only one without a roommate…

With multiple special needs amongst their five, their house is busy and loud and crazy and happy. They THOUGHT they were done…. And then they saw her. The timing seemed crazy, so when God whispered, they tried to argue with Him! He got louder. In an instant, it was clear that this was His call. Accepting and obeying sent a rush of peace and a gush of excitement for their newest daughter! They cannot wait to have this little girl in their arms and watch her blossom in family life, becoming everything she was created to be.

3/31/2016—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
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$509.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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patrice Girl, born 2012

She needs family fast because she is facing transition to the institution

microcephaly; other congenital hydrocephalus
Localization-related (focal)(partial) symptomatic epilepsy and epileptic; syndromes with simple partial seizures
severe mental retardation,
other congenital deformities of hip; Haemangioma; amenia
congenital malformation of larynx
convergent concomitant strabismus; optic atrophy; other cardiomyopathies

$9.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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ZhenyaAdam and Heather met in University, where both vowed they would not start dating within their first month there, but knew each other was too special to stay apart! They were married fresh out of University and have been together for almost 13 years. They spent much of their married life traveling the world, embracing culture through study and teaching, until they settled down in a small city in Canada where they could start growing their family.

They knew that adoption was always something that they wanted to pursue, but aimed to start their family biologically first, only to have the unfortunate experience of 4 miscarriages and infertility. But God used their experiences of loss to bring them the most beautiful gift they could ever have received: their son Pierce, through adoption.

NO child should be orphaned. Every child deserves to be embraced wholeheartedly by family, to be loved unconditionally and to never go without warm hugs. And because they know this to be true, they knew that adopting another child, particularly one that may not be considered by another family, was what they wanted to do.

After watching a documentary called “Ukraine’s Forgotten Children” and through a process of many google searches about the plight of so many children with special needs in Eastern Europe, they were brought to Reece’s Rainbow. It didn’t take long before they came across a boy who pulled strongly on their heart strings; he was their son, a brother to Pierce, made in the image of God, His masterpiece.

Already there are so many friends and family who can hardly wait to wrap this boy up in love and adoration, even though they don’t know him yet. We cannot wait to get him home and give him everything he needs to experience the fullness of life and the love of God.

3/22/2016—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; COMPILING DOSSIER
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LynnHugh & Rachael Lynn have been married for 16 years and have been blessed with four soon to be five children. Three children were born into their family and they were blessed by adopting their daughter with cerebral palsy a year and a half ago from China.

The desire to adopt again has been very strong for their family and God showed them another daughter with cerebral palsy that needed a family. The Lynn family have Pre Approval to proceed with adopting Audrey.

Audrey is a ten year old little girl with cerebral palsy. Audrey has grown up in an orphanage seeing others around her being adopted and has waited too long for a family to call her own. Hugh and Rachael feel God leading them to go and bring her home. The Lynn’s are stepping out in faith that God will provide for this adoption.

The Lynn’s have a Facebook page that follows their journey of adoption called Anticipating Ava + Audrey.

4/28/2016—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their Facebook page called Anticipating Ava + Audrey.

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Todd and Lindsey first met while living in New Orleans 10 years ago. They now live in Southwest Michigan with their two preschool age sons, and just celebrated their 7th wedding anniversary. They are looking forward to sharing their many life blessings with Ben, giving him the unconditional love of his family, and being by his side as he is receives the medical attention and therapies he needs to thrive. They are so thankful for the many people who have given their talents, time, love, prayers donations, and advocacy for sweet Ben even before they found him. They know God has intentional plans for Ben’s life and feel honored and humbled to be a part of it. Their prayer is for God to continue to be with their son and every child waiting for their family, so they may be safe, brave and loved. Every bit of support and every prayer you could offer for Ben and his family would mean so very much to them!

3/21/2016—HOMESTUDYCOMPLETE

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TessaThe Masse family completed their first adoption in June of 2015 but knew even before they left that this was not the end of the story. After having 5 children Jeff and Julie felt like maybe their family was complete, or was it? Married in 2000, they had occasionally talked about the possibility of adopting one day. It wasn’t until they saw a video advocating for orphans in China that they really began to seriously discuss the possibility that God was calling them to adopt. As they prayed about it, God used the parable of the Good Samaritan to confirm that a little girl with special needs in an orphanage somewhere in China was indeed their neighbor – and more than that – their daughter! God placed a desire in their hearts to love their “neighbor” by adopting a child into their family, loving her unconditionally and without any expectations.

The process to adopt their daughter Lila took about 15 months and they arrived home in June 2015 with their precious girl. But all through the process as they became more involved in the adoption community they were struck by the tremendous need!! There are many orphan statistics and the sheer numbers can be staggering but as David Platt has said, “Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes.” The Masses began to see the faces, hear the stories and realized that there was more they could do! Their transition home with their daughter was going very well, so after a few months they began praying and seeking who God would have them adopt. Through many circumstances they were led to the file of sweet Tessa, a beautiful 2 year old girl with an extra chromosome and lots of extra love to give!

Jeff and Julie and their children can’t wait to have Tessa home to be part of their family forever! Thank you so much for helping them in their adoption journey!

4/10/16—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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

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555forfamiliesprofileSophieSuMark and Leslie Lenig have been married for almost 14 years, and that’s about how long they’ve been talking and praying about adoption. It has been a long journey seeking the Lord for how and when He would add to their family in this way. They have been blessed with four biological children, Oliver (9), Nora (7), Calvin (4) and Peter (18 months). Just last spring the family learned of an international hosting program that they could take part in to give an orphaned child the once in a lifetime opportunity to come to America and experience life outside of their orphanage. A sweet 6-year-old girl with Cerebral Palsy was available for the 4-week hosting program through an adoption agency in the US. Mark and Leslie saw this as an opportunity to see firsthand what it was like to care for a child with special needs in their home and for their children to experience loving an orphan and advocating for her to find a family. Only God knew that this little girl was meant to become a part of their family forever! The program got shortened to 2 weeks due to problems with the US issuing visas, but it didn’t take more than that to know how perfectly Su fit into their family. Just a week after sending her back to Asia, the family decided to begin the long process of adopting her, with hopes to have her home with them before her next birthday, May 21st, 2016.

The most unexpected part of this story is that God had another daughter chosen for them as well. Mark and Leslie never thought they would get approved to adopt two children, but when they did, they knew that sweet Sophie, who had been on their hearts for months, was destined to be the baby sister in the family. Leslie had seen Sophie’s picture on the Reece’s Rainbow page and felt an immediate connection to her. They found her on the shared list once they were approved to add her to their adoption plan. They only know Sophie through pictures and videos, but she has stolen their hearts. The Lenig’s children are so excited to be adding two sisters to their family! They have been helping mom and dad with various fundraisers, including bagging up hundreds of pairs of shoes!

Over the past seven months, since Su returned, she has been the topic of conversation in their home. Everyone in the family misses having her smiling face around the house and hearing her giggles. They’ve been known to watch home videos of their time with Su over and over and over again! They often talk about what life will be like when “the girls” get home. They’ve had fun setting up a girl’s room for Nora and her two new sisters. They discuss where they will sit at the dinner table and how they will take bike rides with all the attachments needed for 4 kids who can’t ride on their own yet. Life is about to get really interesting, but the saying is true “the more the merrier”. Mark and Leslie are so grateful to God to be chosen to be the parents of these six blessings, and they are so appreciative of any financial support that you feel moved to give toward bringing their girls home!

4/22/16—TRAVELING MAY 13

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Jack-2004 (2)Boy, born 2004
PRC
bilateral cleft lip and palate – repaired; ear deformities and partial hearing loss

Listed: March 14, 2016
Jack desperately wants to be adopted! Jack was born with bilateral cleft lip and palate, which was repaired when he was two.He has some ear deformities, and has partial hearing loss. In spite of that, he communicates freely. His communication skills have taken a big leap forward in the past couple of years. He is very tall, and has beautiful big eyes and long eyelashes. Jack is friendly and outgoing. He plays well the the other children, and they like him a lot. He has many friends.He loves to make things, and his favorite activity is handcrafts. He would love to become an engineer, because he likes to fix things. He also thinks that if he was an engineer, he could make a lot of money and but a car. Jack likes noodles, dumplings and chicken. Oh, and chocolate too, he tells me with a laugh.He is still hopeful that he might be chosen, even though he has waited so long.

Jack is so eager to have a family and go to America. This is his dream. He asks the caregivers constantly if a family is coming for him. He asked me, “Is it today?”

From his host mama:
Jack is a great kid who likes to engage people with his sense of humor. He has a lot of energy but can focus and be still when needed. He is very willing to try new things. He is easy going and has been happy to go along with our family’s routines. He loves to make things with his hands in a constructive and mechanical way and likes to figure out how things work.

He has moderate hearing loss in the right ear, but it does not hinder him. He communicates well and is picking up English words easily. His repaired cleft lip/palate do not seem to bother his speech and he prefers soft foods, noodles being his favorite.

He does not appear to have much confidence in school work and struggles and or quits when he can’t do something well. He doesn’t have many social skills but that is to be expected and will require patience and attention to help him “catch-up”. However his manners are perfect and he is very sweet with the younger children in the hosting group.

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

Mark & Virginia Miner met at church as teenagers, fell in love, and married when Mark graduated from college. God has given us three (soon to be four, then five) children: Ivan (4 yrs) loves music, drawing, stories, and is excited for another brother or two; Gibbs (2 yrs) loves to help out with dishes, yard work, and anything physically demanding or crazy; Ana (14 yrs) came home to us from Bulgaria in 2015, and her smile and giggle have been a delight to us all. We are looking forward to our new baby boy (April 2016), and excited to bring “Owen” home to join all the jolly brothers. We are thankful for our local church family and for all those people of God who are a blessing to orphans.

3/10/2016—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at iamtheresurrectionandthelife.blogspot.com

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Beckadelmarchantelle1Bill and Nancy have been married for 27 years. They have been blessed with 4 beautiful daughters and 6 amazing grandchildren.They have always supported charities involving children and are very passionate about a child’s right to feel safe and to be loved. Their oldest daughter, Audra, showed them a website, Reece’s Rainbow, and after seeing all that these children have endured knew they were ready to start the adoption process. They are so thrilled to be bringing home two more lovely daughters and an adorable son. The reality is this will not be easy but these children and every other child are worthy and deserve loving parents. They are asking for your prayers as they know this is what has brought them this far. If you feel led, any gift to bring their children home will be a huge blessing.

“You are the helper of the fatherless, Lord. You have heard the desire of the humble, You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear, to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed. That the man of the earth may oppress no more. psalms 10:14, 17-18

4/28/16—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
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Donni croppedBoy, born August 2006
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: March 10, 2016

Active Donni loves to be outdoors. He is happiest outside and on his bicycle! He can feed himself, take off his own shoes and say some simple words. He is very close to his caregivers. Donni has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome and he has expressed a desire to be adopted and live in America. His biggest need is to be a part of a loving family and have that permanency and unconditional love!

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

KADE, TYCE, PIPERHere is a terrific three! These siblings have been though their share of life. Kade is the youngest at approx. 11 years old, his older full sister Piper is 13. Their half-brother Tyce is 12 and suffers from some mental and physical delays. He is a very sweet boy who has been very poorly treated. These three lost their parents when they died during the Ebola epidemic. Piper herself had and beat the virus, but has some lingering side effects from the virus.

Their preliminary investigation is complete.

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

DarylBoy, born 2004
PRC
ectopia and limited motions of right lower limb

Listed: March 6, 2016

Daryl came into care as a newborn with a broken leg.

 

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

 photo fwbutton150.pngsabine-2015jessie1The Heirigs family is back. After thinking they were done building their family. God had other plans.

They brought home their oldest daughter from Russia in 2010. Which during court they found out she had an older brother still in an orphanage. After coming home they hired a Russian attorney to help get permission to adopt him. Months went by before they got the green light to start his adoption. Only to have the region freeze adoptions for investigations on past cases. This went on for months where there was a green light to continue. With all their paperwork in country, Bam! The region stopped again. During this process they reached out to the boy, sending him care packages and letters.

While Anne was doing research on the web she found Reece’s Rainbow. There she found a little girl that stole her heart. They prayed about this little one and starting her adoption. After submitting their paperwork to the country the next day new laws went into effect and the child had to be 5 years of age. The Heirigs decided to wait for her until she turned 5 in a few months. During that time a priest in country opened up his own children’s home and she was no longer available.

Heartbroken they just waiting for God’s direction. After a few months there was a beautiful little girl with the same need as the one they lost only back in Russia. So they started her adoption. During the end of their 2nd daughter’s adoption (2012) they were given the green light to continue the brother’s adoption again. A week after being home, Russia banned all adoptions to American citizens. The Heirigs were again heartbroken. They still keep in contact with him by talking on the phone and sending out care packages.

Now the Heirigs have been blessed with 2 little Russian princesses and are planning on adding 2 more little princesses to their family.

They ask for prayers to see these adoptions through. If you can donate to their adoption fund they would be so grateful and appreciated. Most of all they ask you to please advocate for all these beautiful children. No child should have to go without a family.

3/2/2016—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at mykiddosandcrazylife.blogspot.com

The Heirigs family has an anonymous matching grant of $500 — when their FSP reaches $630.95, they will receive an additional $500!

$187.21 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Help us raise $21,000 for the Voice of Hope Fund!

$9,204.85 has been raised towards our $21,000 goal!


$2,583.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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Clover

Russ and Jody met in a blind date. They hit it off right away and were married nine months later. After two years of marriage they were blessed with a son, Jakob. Jakob was a preemie and had five holes in his little heart. It was a tough two years but Jakob overcame all obstacles. Russ and Jody knew they wanted more children, so they became foster parents in 2003. When their first foster child went home it left them feeling sad and their home felt very empty. So Russ and Jody made the decision to adopt internationally. In 2005, they brought their 9 month old son, Joshua home from Guatemala. Life was good, over the next ten years Russ and Jody added four more children – Julia, Jenna, Jordan and Jaxson – all of them adopted through Foster Care.

They were feeling complete. But God has a great sense of humor and a different plan for the Navratil family. You see, Jody’s father passed away the previous year, they were very close. One night in July Jody’s father came to her in a dream and told her; “Jody, your family is not complete.” Jody was a bit stunned and laughed it off and thought it was just a crazy dream. But, then her dad began bringing her a little girl every night in her dreams. Jody began researching adoption again but was not ready to share all this to her husband as Jody was afraid he would say, no way. Then one day Russ asked Jody if she felt like their family was complete because he didn’t and felt they should adopt again. Jody was thrilled, so she began searching a little harder and then one night she came across the little girl in her dreams! This little girl was Clover. Jody was in tears and over joyed. Jody shared the picture with her nine year old daughter, Julia. When Julia saw the picture she says, “that’s my sister!” When shared with Russ after work they all knew she was meant to be a part of the Navratil family.

Russ, Jody and their six children can’t wait to get her home where she will be loved unconditionally and will be a part of a forever family. As it says in John 14:18 “I will not leave you orphans I will come to you” God has not abandoned us, he has called us by name and through his sacrifices we are called chosen and adopted by God.

Won’t you consider a donation, so Clover can be an orphan no more and know the love of a family. No amount is too small. If you are unable to support financially please keep the Navratil family in your prayers. Thank you.

4/21/16—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at journeytojazlyn.blogspot.com

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Skippy updated photo

JessikaWhen God calls, answer, say YES, and watch HIM work! Our journey up to this very day, our adoption of TWO children from China was planted in our hearts years ago.  I always dreamed of adopting children. Steve, too, has always had a heart for orphaned children. God reminded us of what He says in His word about “the least of these”, the orphans and the widows. We asked God to break our hearts for what breaks His. He led us to Skippy, who will soon be named Patrick: Our son. We said YES when we began to pray for him. We said YES when we were approached to host him. We said YES when God said “Adopt him. He is yours.” Then the fun began! God is orchestrating and conducting the most beautiful experience of our lives. Things happened quickly, money showed up at our front door, the perfect amount at the perfect time.

We were incredibly blessed to have Patrick with us for the month of December.  It was the most incredible month of our lives. This boy, our son, was here! Four weeks flew by too quickly. It ripped our hearts out to have to send him back to China. But we knew that God was in this and Patrick would be coming back to our family forever. That is the confidence and hope that we have.

All that Steve and I really have had any control over in the whole adoption process is prayer. We pray unceasingly and fervently for God’s grace and His will to be done. God knows our hearts and our fears. Finances are always at the forefront of those things, but HE has gone before us and paved the way thus far. HE is faithful and we know that all things work for the good of those who are called according to HIS purpose. We said YES, He said “Now watch me work.” We gave Him “God Space” to move in our lives. And He is.

Which brings us to another YES moment…not only did we pray for Patrick, but Jessika was on our hearts as well. Steve particularly fell for this angel. Her smile and her dimples snatched Steve’s heart, (and mine). God spoke to us about Jessika, quietly but incessantly. As we were preparing our fundraising events, we got a phone call. Jessika is available, and now is the time to go and bring her home. We said YES! (Surprised?) Again, we didn’t know how, but we knew who and why: Because HE is GOD and HE called us.

The journey has been nuts! Piles of paperwork, passports, reports, documents, exams, all the fun stuff that goes with the adoption process has been worth every minute, even the money factor. Who but God can speak to people and place them at your doorstep, literally, with your exact need and at the exact moment?  Who but God? Not one. Sure, it sometimes feels overwhelming, but each step gives us affirmation that we are that much closer to bringing Patrick and Jessika home. He designed this for us, He wrote our story. We are obeying and living our each chapter at a time with His loving direction. He wrote Patrick and Jessika’s stories, and we are blessed to be part of their book of life. We are their family and they are ours.

It does take a village, as we have often heard. Our village is full of incredible supporters, friends, family, and believers that pray daily for our family. Give your Father “God Space” in your life.

4/15/16—DOSSIER EN ROUTE (DTC)

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AveryWhat would you do if you found out you have a child in another country?

We are a loving family of Eight. We have adopted 4 special needs children from China and we have two biological children. Recently while on facebook. I stumbled across the photo of a beautiful little girl. I noticed right away that she looked just like my adopted daughter and is from the same orphanage as our Aubrey. And this sweet girl would be aging out in August! The post was asking to advocate for her and of course I wanted to help. I stared at the photo for the longest time though because I couldn’t believe how much she looked like my daughter. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who thought this because as soon as I shared the photo I started getting messages from others who thought the same thing.

Days passed and yet I couldn’t get this little girl off my mind. I kept remembering the day I visited the orphanage and asked if my daughter had siblings. No one really said anything. Could this girl being her sister? My heart had always felt like she had a sister and that we were leaving someone behind. I HAD TO KNOW. I couldn’t rest until I knew. After lots of prayers for two weeks pacing the floors, finally a DNA test confirmed our suspicion. YES THEY WERE SISTERS!!! The little girl in the photo was in fact the biological sister of my daughter! In other terms, That also meant that I have a daughter! That also means I MUST GET HER HOME TO HER FAMILY, FAST! OUT OF 143 MILLION ORPHANS IN THE WORLD, I stumble across the biological sister of my adopted child. Had to be God!!! This just didn’t happen. This is why I need you……. We just got home a year ago with our last adoption and still owe for the entire thing. We are a one income family supporting eight people. I am driven by emotions, my husband is driven by reality, Initially he said there is just no way we can afford it. He was right and I knew it but I have been physically ill thinking about everyday that passes with this sweet girl sitting in China as her time runs out. She is my daughter. She has only had a family for 2 days her entire life and on her birthday in August, her chance for a family will be lost forever. How can I rest knowing that? So after a lot of prayers my husband agreed to use our tax return to begin a home study but we know that’s as far in the process that money will take us. We will need a lot of help to pull this off! We are asking for fundraising ideas and any other means of support possible. This will have to be an expedited adoption to get this precious girl before her birthday so we have to raise funds quickly enough to keep with financial needs as the adoption progresses. That’s the challenging part. There is no time prepare or save.

Both Avery and Aubrey have Cerebral palsy and delays. What a gift it would be for them to not only have a family but to have EACH OTHER! We hope to be able to work this out and share the news with Avery soon. Please help get this sweet girl HOME where she belongs.

OHANA means family! Family means nobody gets left behind or is forgotten — Lilo & Stitch

4/13/16—USCIS APPROVED

$1,417.90 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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mark1Eric and Blythe are very excited about the adoption of Mark! This will be their second international adoption in a year and they couldn’t be more thrilled about adding to their family again so soon. Mark has down syndrome and he desperately needs a family. They have four children already at home, two are adopted and two biological. Mark’s siblings are very excited about having a baby brother and they constantly ask if its time for him to come home yet!

Since they just recently finished an adoption, with the help of Reece’s Rainbow, of a special needs child, they are praying for people to rally around them once more to help bring this little boy home. They greatly appreciate any support that is given whether it be financially, prayerfully or just an encouraging note!

4/21/16—DOSSIER EN ROUTE

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at FourLittleOaks.wordpress.com

$8,320.83 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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aubreyThe Wolfenbarger family is no stranger to adoption or to Reece’s Rainbow. They have adopted 3 children and Eve (featured as Allison on Reece’s Rainbow), their youngest, was the reason they discovered this wonderful advocacy organization. She arrived home in July 2013 and her transformation has been incredible to witness. Their hearts have remained open to another child with special needs as they continued to wait for the right time.

Just a few months ago, a little girl made her way into their hearts. Josie has brain and spinal tumors and her future without medical care is devastating. The Wolfenbargers know they can provide Josie love of a family and the necessary medical care for her to thrive for hopefully many years to come. Josie’s cancerous tumors have caused her to be paralyzed and like Eve, she will use a wheelchair for mobility. Josie will have 5 siblings who are so excited to welcome her home.

The adoption process will be expedited due to Josie’s urgent medical needs and this is the reason the Wolfenbargers are in need of fundraising for the adoption related costs. They know God has provided before and will do so again. Thank you for your consideration in joining their journey!

4/24/16—USCIS APPROVED

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at: http://joyfuljourneymom.blogspot.com/

$151.32 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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esteban1Dennis & Cindy have been married 38 years and have raised 8 biological children ages 36 to 19 and 7 beautiful grandchildren. They started their journey of adoption 4 years ago with their little girl Adalyn in Russia, just 5 days after they returned home the ban became law. For a year with the other Russians parent they tried to bring her home and through the journey were open to children God would bring before them. They still Believe, Trust and Stand on Faith and Hope for the orphanage Gates in Russia to reopen for their little girl and all the other orphans that are caught in the ban. On Jan. 7, 2014 they stepped out to adopt their two little ones, Abraham and Sarah, biological siblings from Ukraine. Then the war broke out and Abraham and Sarah were in an orphanage in one of the 3 cities where the war was, but they still continued.

On May 7 their dossier was submitted and on June 7 they got travel dates. But joy soon turned to wait, it was unsafe to travel to their children because of the war. But they stood Believing in Faith against everything that was reported , because God continued to speak to Cindy, guiding her in each step, with clear messages of Hope and Promises. In July they found out Russia came in and tried to kidnap their children and the other 60 children in the orphanage but they were stopped. The next day the children were evacuated North to a safe region. For 6 weeks they heard nothing. Then in August God gave Cindy a date Sept. 27 and He also told her they would be home by CHRISTmas. On September 26 Cindy missed Nancy’s phone call and didn’t know it till 3 hours later. When she called Nancy, she was told the team thinks they have found a way be prepared to travel anytime. Cindy knew something was going to happen soon because of the 27 but it was still the 26, then Nancy told her it was the 27th in Ukraine!  If Cindy had gotten the phone call 3 hours earlier it would not of been. Our Father is Amazing…

On Oct. 4 Cindy got the call to book her flight. She booked it for Oct. 11 and had 1 week to raise the rest of the funds because she couldn’t say anything until now and she couldn’t fundraise before because no one believed she would travel because of the war. Long story short God did provide all the funds on her 2nd trip. On her first trip she found out that their little girl had open heart surgery a week before, and was still in the hospital. After being in country 10 days their 21 year old son was in an air crash with 4 fractures in his back. She flew home for 7 days and then returned knowing her son would recover but healing would take some time.

On December 4, 2014, just like God said, Abraham and Sarah came home with their mommy and daddy. It has been a year filled with Miracles,Blessings and also some of the most difficult times they have ever gone through. Helping little ones heal from being in a war, with bombing, is heartbreaking; seeing their little girl who was neither walking or talking, who is now running and never stops talking. Hearing their little son now leading and Praying over his little sister in Prayer.

Now God is calling us to step out again for our little boy. God gave Cindy the name Ayden Samuel awhile ago and now we know who our little Ayden Samuel is. Once again God keeps speaking and confirming. So they are stepping out in Faith again, Trusting their Father in the journey. Little Ayden had a family committed who sadly had to release him and Cindy has been in contact with his first momma. God has a perfect plan for each of our lives and our children, His children and His timing is Perfect. We can’t always understand nor do we always have answers but in all of this we can Trust Him as He leads and guides us. They are Blessed that Ayden has large fsp, but they will still need to raise the rest of the funds. So they are stepping with joy into another journey to bring another little boy into their family and will be so humbly grateful to any help given for their little boy.

2/20/2016—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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charlie-2015-2IMG_7541 (1)Brent and Mary met in vet school and married in 2009. After their daughter was born in 2010, Mary stumbled upon Reece’s Rainbow. After following a number of families over the years, a beautiful little girl named “Celine” caught Mary’s heart. Unfortunately, shortly afterwards, her country banned adoptions to American couples. Her picture still hangs on the fridge. Mary continued to follow many of the Reece’s Rainbow families and, through the blog of an adoptive family, saw a picture of a handsome young man named “Charlie” who she immediately knew belonged in their family.

The Sanders’ have four daughters and are excited to be adding a boy to the mix. The girls cannot wait to have a brother and now Brent and Mary finally have an answer to the question, “so when are ya’ll gonna try for that boy?!”

4/19/16—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL


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

$12,604.93 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Jenny2Manny and Lynn have been together for 13 years. They have a family of 4 adult children, Manny, Fatima, Angie, Yudith, a teenager, Aly, and a preteen, Rebeka. Rebeka has Down syndrome. They love all their children equally, but having a child with Down syndrome forever changed their lives. Lynn had always wanted to adopt, but shortly after Becky was born they both knew they would adopt a child with Down syndrome.

Manny is an automotive technician. Lynn is an office assistant for their church. She is also a full time student, just a few classes from a degree in Psychology. They own a business and work to provide a future for their family.

Lynn is the eternal optimist. Manny is the realist. For years she’s been showing Manny pictures of children on Reece’s Rainbow and praying about the day they would adopt. Manny kept saying, it’s not time, one day, “I’ll pray their families find them.” One night a friend posted a picture of a gorgeous girl on RR. As the couple looked at the picture and read her story, the tears started flowing. The next day Manny wanted to know when they could “go get their girl!”

This is how the Fleites family found Jenny. Her smile grabbed at their hearts. They decided to keep on praying and take the chance. If God meant it to be their path, it would happen. And happen it did!

Jenny, soon to be Lucy, has no other known medical concerns. She lives with foster parents and seems happy and cheerful. In videos, she is always smiling, singing and dancing. Her family is anxious to have her join them! Her room is prepared, her siblings are ready to spoil her, and her parents are counting down the days.

Every step has been slow and steady. Every financial deadline has been a testament to God’s faithfulness. Almost every step has been fully paid with donations so far. The blessings keep coming! They have met so many amazing people that have been on this journey. They still have $28,000 to go, but the burning desire to bring their daughter home propels them forward!

They are very grateful for the support they have received and thank you in advance for your support! They covet your prayers and for you to share their story!

4/7/16—COMPILING DOSSIER, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at: punkymonkeychronicles.blogspot.com

$633.20 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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OBrienWe arrived home with Adhu from India on July 17, 2015 after a long, faith-shaking process. We thought we were done – our family was complete.

Big sister, new little brother, father and mother were settling into our new normal. We were bonding and getting ready to live our lives as a family of four.

But God had plans that we could not forsee. Plans bigger than us, plans for another child in need – of a family, of a future. Please pray for our family as we step out in faith once again.

Big sister, Big brother – waiting for “Mickey”.

4/20/16—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL


Follow the family’s adoption journey at http://and-now-there-is-a-third.blogspot.com

$742.05 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Annabelle March2014ajoeyJeff and Tammy Jarrett are so excited to be growing their family again! This time with 2 little ones from Asia!

Jeff and Tammy were high school sweethearts and got married while they attended college. They have 3 biological boys, but always felt God was calling them to adopt. In 2008 they completed their first adoption and brought Jasmine home from China. Jasmine is legally blind and in bringing her home, the Jarrett’s lives have been completely changed.

In 2010 the Jarretts went back to China and brought home Jewel. Jewel was born without eyes and has multiple other disabilities. The Jarretts don’t like to look at her disabilities though. They believe that children with special needs shouldn’t be defined by the things they can’t do, but rather by what they can. To the Jarretts, Jewel is the happiest person they have ever met. She laughs all of the time and loves everyone. Jewel is an inspiration to anyone who has gotten to know her.

The Jarretts have prayed, asking God to lead them to adopt again if that is his plan for their lives. They KNOW that God loves ALL children and are so excited to announce that God has answered their prayers and they will be adding 2 more children to their family!

Annabelle, who the Jarretts will name Teagan, has been the Jarrett’s daughter in their hearts for a long time. They have prayed persistently for her for and are so blessed to FINALLY be able to bring her home and make her a loved daughter, and sister. Annabelle is already so deeply loved by her forever family!!

The Jarretts are also excited to announce that they will be bringing home Joey, a precious 6 year old boy with Down Syndrome. Joey has attended the Bring Me Hope Camp in China, and those who have met him say he one of the most loving boys. He loves bubbles and playing in the sand. They can’t wait to make Joey a part of their growing family.

The Jarretts are adopting on a complete leap of faith, and trust that God will provide for them financially. They also know that a lot of times God provides for his children through other people! If you feel led to give toward their adoption, please know that it will be SO appreciated!!

4/8/16—HOME STUDY COMPLETE


Follow the family’s adoption journey at  www.jarrettfamilyadoption.blogspot.com

$3,048.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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 photo fwbutton150.pngEddieAbigailWhen the market crashed, the Solano family lost their house; were homeless with 3 kids, 2 dogs and a Camry for 2 months. Talk about crazy! They went from owning 5 properties to homeless in the blink of an eye. Amazing, wonderful people took them in and cared for them.

Losing everything makes one stop and reevaluate; starting over they are investing their lives into what will last forever.

That experience makes one ever so grateful for a roof over your head, food on the table and a vehicle to get to work. There are so many that don’t have what we take for granted. Even in their worst time they were safer, better fed and more loved than the least of these.

These children are dying without a family; alone, no one to hold them, comfort them, abandoned, rejected by the world. They are so precious in God’s eyes. The Solano family adopted a child with no worth in her culture, made her their own, an heir,
equal, a daughter, her ransom paid. To say it has been a profound experience is an understatement. It is a privilege to live life with her. They did it once, it was the best thing they’ve ever done, and it’s time to do it again.

To rescue 2, they need more than a year’s salary. They have only until August to raise it. Even saving every penny possible (which they are), it’s not possible for them to do on their own.

Adoption – some may call it foolish and impossible but for every orphan rescued it’s a miracle. Please help them make a difference for 2 more. Any donation would be helpful. Even if you cannot give, please forward their message.

Together we’ll make a difference that lasts forever.

3/11/16—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$63.05 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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PhiliparthurAaron and Erin Compton are profoundly blessed to be the parents of ten children. They have been married for 20 years and are both educators. Aaron teaches history at the middle school and college level while Erin is an educator at home. In 2003 they adopted their oldest daughter from Haiti. She is now 13 and a great blessing to all who know her.
Aaron and Erin recently felt the Lord calling them to adopt for the second time. In January they were matched with a precious young boy in China who has cerebral palsy. Additionally, he is malnourished and has been diagnosed as failure to thrive. At nearly 4 years old he is the size of a 9 month old child. The Compton family is very anxious to bring Philip home and fill his tummy with food and his heart with love.

In February the family was again contacted by their agency and made aware of another young boy in need of a family. After much prayer the Comptons accepted this second referral and will now be bringing home 1 year old Arthur as well! Arthur has a liver condition of unknown severity. He is in need of a medical evaluation as soon as he arrives home in the US.

Stepping out in faith for financial provision is very intimidating but the Lord can move mountains. The Compton family is trusting in the Lord’s provision in every aspect of their adoption journey.

4/10/16—USCIS APPROVED


Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog: lotsacomptonsplusmore.blogspot.com

$8,046.08 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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vance2014-2April will make 10 years Stephen and Rachelle have been married. They have 3 biological boys (1 is from Rachelle’s first marriage.) And four adopted boys from Eastern Europe through Reece’s Rainbow. Yes, that is a total of 7 boys ages 4 years to 17 years old: Maben is 4, Andre is 7, Silas, Felix and Tage are 8, D.J. is 13 and Ruslan is 17. Here is our story:

We came across Reece’s Rainbow in such a carefully weaved web of fate that only God Himself could create that has changed the course of our lives, the friendships that we have made and of course the way in which we have grown our family, live our everyday lives and bear witness to Jesus’ unconditional love and answer to God’s calling. And I just love to tell the story of how each person played a role in leading us to this very special place in our life in an amazing community of people whom I might never knew existed if things might not have happened exactly the way that they did.

A few years ago we were introduced to a blog by a family member went to school with the author of a popular blog, “EBing A Mommy” and the disease EB that her sweet baby boy Tripp was born with. Tripp won the hearts of so many. We began participating in fundraisers for Tripp and EB Awareness and also made some amazing friends within the EB community, both advocates and parents. A blog entry about a sweet boy in Russia by the name of Anton who was in the process of being adopted by an amazing family led us to the Reece’s Rainbow website.

WOW did we learn A LOT that we never ever knew even existed when coming across Reece’s Rainbow! Of course, like many, we became fascinated with the work of Reece’s Rainbow and hoped to one day become a part of the beautiful story that was written into the colors of that rainbow.

Many people we come across ask us the same questions “Why?” A popular Matthew West Song puts it so perfectly:
If not us, then who?
If not me and you?
RIGHT NOW
It’s time for us to do something
If not now, then when?
Will we see an end?
It’s not enough to do nothing
It’s time for us to do something
(Matthew West)

Well, sooner came rather than later, as when they saw Silas’s picture they had to DO SOMETHING and in 2012 Rachelle and Stephen embarked on their first adoption adventure.

We thought we would be adopting one child, Silas, a little boy with Cerebral Palsy. God made better plans, we came home with two little boys: Silas and Andre. 1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written: “What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him,”

Andre has Down Syndrome. Silas was very sick when he came home, weighing 17 pounds at 5 years old, and suffering violent drug withdrawals, spent a few weeks in the hospital upon coming home. He now has a severe movement disorder as a result of the high dosages of medication given to him by the orphanage. He has had brain surgery to try to help relieve the disorder, with not much help but doctors are still working on a possible solution. Andre was our surprise added child in country while some paperwork issues were worked out for Silas. Andre is a ball of energy ready to take you for a ride anywhere and everywhere you want to go!

In 2014 we adopted again. Originally we thought we might adopt a girl or two but again, God made other plans. Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” We adopted two more boys instead as the girls we had committed to had other families adopt them. One of them was a little boy whose file we were shown in 2012. He was adopted at one time but was disrupted in country. His name is Felix and he has Cerebral Palsy. His transition has been a roller-coaster but one well worth the ride. He is a sweet, loving child with an enormous amount of potential that we see no end to anytime soon! The other boy we adopted, Ruslan, was 15 and a half, just 6 months away from aging out. Ruslan is so smart, funny, happy, lively and social. He lived in a place called the “Happy Home.” While there I met several other very sweet boys. One very lively boy has stayed on our hearts and minds since coming home. We have decided it is time to go back and reunite two former roommates as brothers!

We have learned so much through this wonderful journey, met so many wonderful people, made so many friendships, more like formed new family and we are so thankful to be once again embarking on this journey to add to our family once again! Never in a million years could we have imagined how our lives would have changed so drastically (in the most amazing way) and the wonderful path we would be taking! We love this life God planned for us!

4/29/16—HOME STUDY COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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

$11,067.49 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Tessa1The Montagues are excited to announce their commitment to bring home Tessa! They are at the end of the homestudy process and getting their dossier paperwork ready. She is part of the “Pearl Track” program which moves things along pretty quickly, with a May 9th deadline, so they are trying to raise whatever they can to help bring this sweet girl home!

This is their fourth adoption–they have adopted once from China and twice from Ethiopia. They have always said it is not the business of raising kids that is costly, it is getting them home! They know what it means to give up things other families have–fancy cars, fancy homes, expensive “stuff”–to be able to adopt, and they would do it all over again! Building a family through adoption, with a few bio babies sprinkled in, has been a wonderful journey for which they are grateful to be on.

They know there are lots of causes out there, and lots of things you can donate to, and they are grateful for any amount, small or large, that you see fit. If you can’t give anything to them, that’s OK too! Find a cause and support it with your whole heart!

4/19/16—DOSSIER EN ROUTE (DTC)

 

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Eden (2)Paul and Emily Jarrell are parents to two sweet babies who were born to them and one precious girl who was born to another.

Emily has always known she wanted to adopt. After meeting Paul, they were quickly married and quickly having kids. After the birth of their second child, Emily felt she should take a break from having more biological children (a feeling she didn’t expect). Within a few months, she was thinking about adoption for the first time since she was married. So, she began searching the internet for information. A few years earlier, she had spent five months in Eastern Europe; part of her time spent in orphanages. She began her search there.

She came across “waiting children”- terminology she wasn’t familiar with. She began reading and showing the profiles to Paul. “Eden” was one of the first profiles she found. She kept going back to it, despite the fact that she had never considered the adoption of an older child. So, she asked Paul what he thought about inquiring further. He said, “Go for it.” Before they knew it, they were raising funds and filling out paperwork trying to get to the little girl God had been holding for them for the past eight years.

Paul and Emily believe adoption is a picture of the gospel, of God’s grace to us. We are adopted into his family and given full rights as children, not because of anything we have to offer but because of his great love for us. Will you help them live this out?

1/28/16— HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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 photo fwbutton150.pngShyla (1)John and Christina Carter call their home “Glorious Chaos”. They have six children, ranging in age from 23 down to 3 years old and love big family life. Circumstances surrounding the birth of six child and fifth daughter, Nora meant that there would be no more biological children. John and Chris always knew, from the very beginning that adoption would be a part of their story and this just confirmed it.

It was a “someday” kind of idea, but then the three youngest children began praying for an adopted child to join the family. They had watched another family walk through international adoption, and these little ones knew that it was something they wanted to do too.

Chris went on Reece’s Rainbow, thinking to choose three profiles to post on the bulletin board for the family to pray daily for.

But there were four, not three, that jumped out at her. All four were printed and tacked up in the dining room and the family began to pray.

One of those four just stayed on their minds and in their hearts. Shyla.

The rest is history! John and Chris can not wait to get this little girl in the midst of their Glorious Chaos and be the family that she deserves. It turned out that Somday was now!

“We can make our plans, but the Lord God determines our steps.” Proverbs 16:9NLT

“Every good and perfect gift is from above…” James 1:17

“God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing…” Psalm 68:6

4/19/16—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL


Follow the Carter family’s adoption journey at www.joel2twentyfive.com

$270.63 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Elijah (4) Elijah (3)Boy, born June 2003
PRC
Cerebral Palsy

Listed January 26, 2016

Elijah was found abandoned at the orphanage gate at five years old. On admission to the institute it was found that he suffered from cerebral palsy, was tested to have normal intelligence and was found to have weakened lower limbs. Although he tried, he could not walk, and he was given a wheelchair. He showed his strong will, and integrated into the group life in the institute. At the age of 7 years, he liked to play games with peers and share the toys with other children. He is polite to others, and always smiles at strangers who visit the orphanage.

He has received physical therapy at the institute, and after great diligence and perseverance on Elijah’s part, he can now walk slowly while holding onto handrails. In the institute, he is an obedient and sensible boy, and he is adored by the caretakers and medical staffs. The nannies and orphanage directors hope a family will chose him as he will make a wonderful addition to any family.

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

ChazzRobert and Serenity Andrews met while attending a Bible college in 2004. Their backgrounds could not have been more different – Robert was from the Midwest and former US Army soldier, Serenity was a child of a missionary family, who lived all over the US and in several countries including China – but they soon became close friends and were married three years later. Right from the beginning, God put the desire to adopt in their hearts. After having a biological daughter the desire to adopt was still very much there. Through a mutual friend and their adoption of a young special needs boy, Robert and Serenity were introduced to Reece’s Rainbow. Robert began reading the stories of those waiting to be adopted. When the profile for Chazz came across the screen, it was as if at that moment Robert knew that this was his son. He sent the web address to Serenity without saying anything more. Her response was “let’s do it.” God’s hand was definitely in this because when the adoption agency was contacted Robert and Serenity were told that Chazz was spoken for. They were both disappointed and yet happy that this beautiful child was going to a loving home. Days later Serenity was contacted by the adoption agency who explained that if she and Robert were still interested he could be their son. Of course Robert and Serenity said yes and now are on the long journey of meetings, phone calls and paperwork with the ultimate goal of bringing their son home.

3/17/16—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID)

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