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GRADY for the Hartman family — WA

30520133224Ben and Melanie have been together for close to 10 years, having met on a blind date. In that time we have been down some crazy roads that have grown us, stretched us, and bent our hearts more and more toward a life of surrender to the Lord.  Early in our marriage we both shared our hearts toward adoption with one another, having no clue what the future would hold. In the last 8 years we have grown our family from 2 children to 6. In the fall of 2010 we first heard of Reece’s Rainbow. It wasn’t long before God broke our hearts for a little boy across the ocean with Down syndrome living in a mental institution. In the Summer of 2011 we were able to bring that little rascal home and it has been an amazing and wild ride ever since. He was known as Brady on RR and is now our beloved Judd. While we were visiting Judd in his institution we met another boy. We have prayed about him for the last 3 1/2 years and have told anyone that would listen about him. Just recently God began to make it very clear to us that we needed to go back for the one we left behind. His name is Grady on RR and we are committed to doing everything in our power to bring that boy home before his chances at a family are lost forever. Please pray for us and if God pricks your heart, help us. Thank You.

1/267/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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FOREST for Brian and Kathryn — OK

Forest1Brian and Kathryn met as 6th graders and began dating their senior year of high school after many years of friendship. They tied the knot a few years later, and have been happily married for 14 years.

They have a shared desire for a larger family, and hoped to grow their family through birth and adoption. The couple was blessed with four biological children before they started looking into special needs, international adoption programs. Because Kathryn’s brother has Down syndrome, they felt this was a need they could handle.

In October 2012 they fell in love with a little girl in China who has Down syndrome. She faced some serious health issues while living in her orphanage, leaving the family racing the clock to bring her home. August 2013, Meghan was placed in her mother’s arms and forever welcomed into the family. Though her needs were great and at times overwhelming, this precious girl has absolutely thrived since adoption. She has an army of people who wholly love and treasure her, and see her for the blessing that she is.

Adoption changed the family forever, and Meghan’s older siblings frequently talk about how smart Meghan is, how wonderful she is, and how thankful they are that she is a part of the family.

Because of the impact of their adoption trip, and especially seeing firsthand innumerable children in orphanages, Kathryn began advocating for waiting-children, especially those with Down syndrome. It was on an advocating website in Fall of 2014 that she first saw Forest. The family requested his file, and began praying and talking about how to proceed.

On Christmas Day 2014, the family was granted pre-approval for this precious 4 year old boy. Forest has a different history and different needs than Meghan, but the family is completely committed to bringing him home. They can’t wait to show Forest what a family is. They can’t wait to show him what unconditional love means. They can’t wait for him to see how treasured he is, and they look forward to the day they are forever his.

1/26/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at notthecrazyone.com

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JONATHON for the Turner family — VA

JonathonWe are Richard and Judy Turner. We have been married for 22 years and have 3 children- Michael, 21 (almost 22), Beth, 20, and Alicia 16. We met while we were both in the Navy. I became a sty at home mom for a while and Rich retired after 21 1/2 years in the Navy. We live in Virginia Beach and spend a lot of our free time volunteering at our church and in the community. Our daughter Alicia and I traveled to Eastern Europe last summer and spent time helping run a 4-day Bible camp at a Level III-IV orphanage. Rich and I were not planning on adopting, but there was something about this young man that I couldn’t shake. As our group traveled back to Kiev, I just knew that had I to know more- God was not letting me forget THIS child! When Alicia and I came home, we had already shared this desire with my husband. He was a bit reluctant, but quickly agreed that we had to go for it! All the kids were excited and ready to take the plunge into the world of adoption! Now, we eagerly await the next step and the day we get to fly over and make this a reality for us, but more importantly for him.

1/26/15—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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RANIA for the Centrella family — NJ

Margaret and Danny have volunteered and worked with people with special needs since their high school and college years.   They met 29 years ago while volunteering at the Special Olympics.  After they married, Margaret took time off while they raised their 4 children. Benny and Sammy are working and living on their own.  Helen is a sophomore in college and Harry is in middle school. Margaret and Danny talked about and looked into adopting a child with special needs.  Their search started and ended with Reece’s Rainbow when one beautiful smile from Rania captured their hearts! The whole family is very enthusiastic and excited about adopting Rania and their children are looking forward to having a new sister!

 1/23/15—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS

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Lorelie

LzGirl, born 2008
Mental delays, Cerebral Palsy, development delay. Atrophy of eye nerve. Cardiopathy.

 

From someone who met her in June 2013:  ”She was one of my absolute favorite kids I met! She is just the sweetest thing. She is diagnosed with MR not sure she really is. She was giggling and introduced herself by saying her name. She has a huge smile! She has a special nanny that does PT with her. She was bed bound when I met her but she came from a very good orphanage before she was transferred here. She needs out now!!”

$46.35 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!

 

Vera

Vera June 2013-001VeraGirl, born 2007
Birth anomaly brain development, microcephaly with tetraparesis, convulsive syndrome. Mental delays. Convergent squint. Partial optic atrophy. Umbilical hernia.

Oh sweet Vera!  She spends much of her day in the crib and she needs stimulation!! She is living on borrowed time. She has tremendous potential for improvement if only she is given the chance. She will require medical attention and families should expect at the very least physical therapy.

Update June 2013:
Vera is doing well!  She looks good — but she still spends too much time in her crib.

Vera needs a family!

$45.90 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!

 

Venetia

Girl, born 2005
Mild to moderate delays, needs dental work

 

Sweet girl!  She needs a mama to paint her nails and braid her hair.  She’s trying so hard to force a smile for the camera.

$10.00 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!

 

Karis

June 2007Girl, born 2007
Symptomatic epilepsy, autism, development delay, scoliosis, dermatitis, mental delays

 

She loved, loved loved the camera. Could not get enough of it but she would prefer to hold it herself. She was able to follow directions and was playing independently with toys.

$27.90 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!

 

Eponine

July 2007Girl, born 2007
Cerebral palsy, dysplastic cardiopathy, first degree flatfoot, incorrect posture, hearing loss, epilepsy

 

$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!

 

Angela

Angela June 2013Angela (1)Girl, born 2001

Diagnosis:  severe grade of the mental delay, hydrocephalus, fibrosis of hyaloid, secondary glaucoma, exfoliation/detachment of retina, congenital defect of the heart partition

 

Angela is very small for her age.  She needs a family!

 

Update June 2013: 
She is so sweet. She is blind, but follows with her head your voice and she smiles very big when you talk to her! She has such potential but is in a bed!!

$100.50 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!
 

Adelina

Adelina June 2013Girl, born 2002Adelina (2)
Mild to moderate delays

Another lovely young lady, still waiting for her forever family.

 

Update June 2013:
This picture does not show off her true beauty! She loved wearing this dress as when she danced the beads went flying. She has some pretty good dancing moves! I am not sure if she knew the words to the song but her mouth moved the entire time. She also rocks when she sits and does present as delayed.  She has a very sweet, shy smile.

$5.00 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!

 

Nadene

Nadene 2013 (1)Girl, born 2005
Diagnsis: mental delays, light degree tetraparesis (CP)

Miss Nadene has regressed greatly in the orphanage. She has bad memory and attention. She is very shy and quiet. She needs help often but she can walk with support. She could use the love of a family to really blossom!

 

UPDATE 2013:
She is a mover!  It was difficult to get her to stand still.

$22.50 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!

 

Alys

Alys June 2013Girl, born February 2003
Mental delays, fetal alcohol syndrome, microcephaly, partial atrophy of optic nerve, birth vitium cordis

 

Alys is a beautiful, sweet girl who is already 9 years old!   She has significant mental delays, FAS, microcephaly and partial atrophy of optic nerve.   She could greatly benefit from a family!

Update June 2013:
She was about ready to take her nap when I saw her. She already had her hands behind her head relaxing! She does get out of her crib and her orphanage just created an outside safe space for older children who are in cribs.

Married couples only.  Larger families and older parents welcome.

$9.50 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!

 

Delta

Delta-002Girl, born 2003
Mild to moderate delays, left eye condition

 

Update June 2013:
Look at Delta- isn’t she beautiful?! She is SO, SO sweet- we gave the kids lollipops and she grabbed my hand and squeezed it and said thank you. She is very “with it”- the kids danced for me and she was one of the very few that was on beat! She is able to follow directions and imitate. I have a video but for privacy reasons I can’t put it on her profile but if a family is considering her I would be happy to share!

$16.71 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!

Anastasia

Anastasia June 2013 (1) Anastasia June 2013 (2)Girl, Born 2002
Cerebral Palsy, mild/moderate mental delays

 

Anastasia is a lovely young lady with blonde hair and blue eyes.  Anastasia was born with CP, and has difficulty walking, but she is very smart and affectionate and doing well.    Physical therapy will work wonders for her.  She will be a wonderful daughter for anyone who considers her!

Update June 2013:
This girl is a dancer! She does not let her CP stop her and she was up and dancing up and down to the music. She is mobile and does walk unassisted but poor thing desperately needs PT and is not receiving it. Her legs do not go straight

$315.00 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!

 

Soleil

Soleil June 2013Girl, born 2001
Mild to moderate mental delays

 

Soleil comes very highly recommended from the orphanage director. She has shown great progress since she entered the orphanage.

She is running out of time — a family must be found for her before she turns 16!

Update June 2013:
Soliel really stands out.  She is a helper. She was helping the younger children stand up and dance and they were watching her to mimic what to do. She seems to be one of children that helps the orphanage staff as she is able to follow directions. She can read and speaks very clearly when asked questions. It is unclear why she is in this specific orphanage and they pointed her out specifically as needing a family! She is a very sweet girl who said she has dreamed about having a family but isn’t sure if she will ever have one- it just about broke my heart. There is also video available with her in it!

$202.50 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!

 

Bernadette #521

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

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

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

Juliet #524

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.

LIZZY for the Neville Family — NC

Lizzy LoveWilliam and Danya, along with their 7 children are so excited to be bringhing little Lizzy Love home.  They knew they woul adopt one day, but not sure when or where, until Danya’s sister brought home not one but tow little princesses from China.  First home was Yixi, a sweet, very little girl with Down syndrome.  Yixi can bring a smile to anyone at anytime.  Their hearts melted as they fell in love wtih their new little niece.  As they began to feel God was calling them to a Chinese princess of their own, Danya’s siter adopted another girl from China with Down syndrome, Amy Joy.  To say that Amy brings Joy to everyone she meets would be an understatement.  Being around these girls would make your cheeks hurt from smiling so much.  Soon after Amy Joy came home the Nevilles found out that Amy’s best friend in China had her paperwork ready to be adopted.  They immediately found Lizzy Love’s paperwork and began their adoption journey.

They truly thank you for your prayers and support.  They are praying for their story to reach those in a position to give and help little Lizzy Love to come home to her forever family.

 

 1/21/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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NATHANIEL for the Chaves family — VT

Nathaniel 2014Ernest and Ruth Chaves have eleven children. Four of these children are biological children who are grown and on their own. Seven of their children joined them through the gift of adoption and reside with them in their home. Ruth and Ernie felt early in their marriage a desire to adopt. However when they first began to pursue their desire they found they were expecting their first child and decided to wait. Four children later the urge still present they started to talk and look for ways to adopt.

In 1997 they received a ministry letter from dear friends who lived and ministered in Haiti at Maranatha Children’s Home. In this letter were pictures of beautiful children who were in need of forever families.

And so it began. Calls made, papers gathered, money raised, and after just over a years time they brought two beautiful little girls home from Haiti. And the wonderful story of love and family in adoption began. Since that time they have brought home 5 other children, from the countries of Haiti, Vietnam and China. Each addition brought deeper joy to their hearts and home.

And again love has gripped their hearts and they have heard the cry of a sweet little boy known as Nathaniel on RR but to them Zebadiah Brighton and the process begins again. The process to bring home a little boy who will add joy and laughter to their home and hearts. This precious little boy has touched the heart of many in his four years of life and much prayer has gone before him. It is time he comes home to join his family, forever his. Please continue to pray and stand behind this family as they seek to make this child their own.

1/21/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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