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Jacob’s Ladder: In Memory of Timmy Kroll

Sweet Timmy was much beloved, and gone way too soon.  His short life has touched many people, and he will be lovingly remembered.


$9,332.00 has been gifted in loving memory of Timmy Kroll.


A list of donors will be provided to Timmy’s family. If you would prefer to donate anonymously, please email


Emory 15

Boy, born November 2011

Gray eyes

Brown hair

The nature of calm

*** This child is in a country that is currently not accepting new commitments.  We can no longer accept grant donations or inquiries for this child, but we have not given up on any of these children and encourage all of our Prayer Warriors to continue their efforts!  When and if this country program re-opens for adoptions, we will relist this child and begin seeking an adoptive family immediately. ***




Boy, born 2010

mental disorders in the form of cognitive failure
hypotrophy of muscles of limbs
language disorders
subclinical hypothyroidism

He has many health issues due to he was together with his birth parents for many years until their death, and they were vagabonding. Due to that he cannot talk, just making sounds. However, he has a good memory and understands everything very well.

Approximately 3 years ago he broke his leg, and he did not get any medical care, therefore it did not grow together correctly. He could not walk, just crawled. Now he is dragging a leg.



Boy, born 2015
tuberculosis, Pneumonia, Right cerebral hypoplasia, Eczema

Listed: August 2019

Nathan’s spine is slightly lateral bending, but this does not affect his walking ability; he can hold the railing to go upstairs and downstairs; sometimes he can jump in place with both feet; can trot to chase us or toys; can also understand our orders to put the toys to appointed place. If there are new toys he will he happy to point them to us, and show us how to get toys disassembly and assembly; after he gets the toys disassembly and assembly he then hand us to look at his works. We will thumbs up and praise him, then he will laugh more happily. When we teach him to do new playing methods, he will play after watching once.

Nathan has a good memory.  He is good at observing, and he is curious about new things. He likes to be noisy, and he likes to play with us, likes to play outdoors; not afraid of strangers; not afraid of dogs, seeing dogs he will follow dogs to walk. He also likes to watch artist programs, and ball games. Every time he will watch carefully. Sometimes he can imitate us to dance, and he can dance well.

He is curious about new things, and has a strong imitation ability; but he doesn’t have a good sense of danger.   In this aspect he needs to be supervised. He has his own personality; sometimes he is obstinate. Nathan is lovely, optimistic, and clever.



Boy, born 2010
hernias (repaired), anemia

Listed: August 2019

Zeke is 8 years old this year and goes to kindergarten. He has a pair of small eyes, but his eyes are bright. He is very clever. He can remember the knowledge taught by the teacher or by mom. He is an obedient child, is active. Every morning he helps mom to fold up a quilt, clean and take care of young sister; he helps sister to put on clothes and he is very diligent. He holds sister’s hands to go to school and helps sister to go upstairs when back home after school; he teaches sister to sing children’s songs, play games, draw and he watches carton with sister together; he puts food onto the plates of sister when having a meal; he is a little sweet guy and is so caring.  He speaks clearly.

Zeke gets along well with classmates in the class; they like to play with him. When his foster mom takes him to play outdoors, he always runs around mom and doesn’t let her out of his sight; he is naughty and adored. He loves sports, loves to run, loves to jump and loves small toys. He likes to take photos and is good at making pose; he always makes a handsome pose to ask mom to take photos for him.

Zeke is very clever. He loves to learn, to use his head and has good memory. He knows the knowledge taught by the teacher and is able to finish his homework alone; he would teach sister to draw and write after school. He is careful in learning; he also likes to play puzzles with sister and spell outs various patterns.


PATRICIA and Edward for the Winslow family — GA

We are the Winslow family; a family of 4 who is working towards becoming a family of 6, by adoption! Our story began in 2007, when I met my husband, Dan. Dan was an active duty PFC in the Army and was a very proud soldier. Sadly, and proudly, the day came when Dan received orders for his deployment to Iraq, and it was scheduled to be an 18-month long tour.  When Dan deployed that day, I was about four months pregnant with our son; whom was named after his dad.

Unfortunately, Dan’s deployment did not go without complication. During a mission, one of his battle buddies dropped a very large and heavy tailgate onto the top of his head. This injury was not properly treated by the medical team and sadly everyone went on with their mission, Dan included. Over the next several months, Dan continued to serve in Iraq and did have many complications arise that were going untreated.

When our adorable baby boy was born, Dan was unable to make it home. Dan was not able to officially meet Daniel until a “rest and relaxation” was allotted, which allowed Dan leave Iraq for 18 days to be home. At that time, Daniel was 2 months old. During the 18 days home, we were officially married. After returning to Iraq, two years after the initial accident, a brain scan was even completed and we learned Dan suffered a traumatic brain injury. Due to this, Dan’s “planned out future” of staying Army until a 20-year retirement turned into becoming medically retired from the United States Army at the age of 25.

Dan and I were absolutely thrilled being parents, we always wanted a large family. We became pregnant again but lost the baby in a very early stage; this happened again during pregnancy number three and four. These losses were very hard on our family. In January of 2014, Daniel was 5 years old and we were once again blessed to learn that I was pregnant, but also absolutely petrified. Our beautiful little girl decided to come none the less; at only 25 weeks gestation; we named our tiny girl Joslynn.

Throughout our marriage, Dan and I have always had discussions about adoption, our goal has always been to have a blended family of biological and adoptive children. We always had this image that when God spoke, we would know it was time to start the process to adopt from foster, but little did we know the plans He had in store for us.

On a morning that seemed no different than any other day, I was scrolling on Facebook of all places and came across a post that a friend made. This post showed a picture of an adorable little boy with the sweetest grin.  I learned that this sweet child was in Eastern Europe and I learned this child was an orphan and had a lot of the same special needs as our Joslynn! I can’t explain it in any other way then that I felt God speak to my heart. It was as if He said, “this is your son.” Then we came across a little girl with adorable curls and it was as if we could hear her laugh through her photo. Dan and I just looked at each other and we knew.

Feeling so called, we started praying very fervently, this was such a big cost and a scary one to boot. How could we possibly think we could do this? When speaking to Daniel and Joslynn regarding the children, they were both so excited. Daniel yelled out “I will make a lemonade stand! We can raise the money” and our hearts just melted. Just today, our little Joslynn found a penny in a parking lot and excitedly exclaimed “this is going to help bring our babies home!” Its such a big leap of faith, but as a family it’s a faith walk, we feel God is calling us on. We are trusting in Him to provide and doing all we can to be open vessels for that providing.
In heartbreaking news, Silas passed away before his family was able to travel and meet him.  They are continuing with the adoption to bring Patricia home, and plan to add another child to their adoption, in honor of Silas’s memory.

The Winslow family traveled in November to meet their lovely new daughter-to-be, Patricia.

Edward and Patricia have each received a $2000 grant! 


Ryan #

Boy, born 2012
Listed: Oct. 2018
Diagnosis: remission after brain tumor; VP shunt; epilepsy
Ryan has no mental issues. His memory, thinking and intellect are normal for the age. He has very good communication skills; communicates easily entering into dialogue; telling his experiences, can define in words how his body feels. Among the children, he feels comfortable, looking for contact with his peers. Ryan’s games varied – typical boyish type, calm and connected with movement. He plays with a variety of toys – with keys, buttons, sound and light effects, musical etc. The child enters role in the story game. His current interests are aimed at police and fire trucks and accessories related to these items. He has good self-service skills. He eats clean, serves with a spoon and fork. He can dress and undressed by himself, puts and takes off his shoes. Controls and communicates his physiological needs, he is potty trained. His day and night sleep is calm and he falls asleep easily.
When Ryan was 2, a tumor was surgically removed from his brain. He went through chemotherapy procedures. Ryan has been experiencing a number of other physical problems, like changing the VPS 3 times because of the chemotherapy, Ataxi (lack of coordination during walking), Epilepsy symptoms and Strabismus. He is in a stabilized general condition, but needs constant specialized care and actively monitoring of his health. He is receiving physical stimulation and other supports and has made good progress. Ryan can walk with minimal support and his fine motor skills are improving as well.
Ryan is a calm and pleasant child.  He is well attached to his caregivers and responds well to them.
*** I am eligible for a $2,000 Grant! ***
This grant is offered by Reece’s Rainbow, for children in this specific country. Grant funds are dependent on available funding. 
For more information on this child, email



Girl, born 2009; Mild Mental Delay
Girl, born 2002 (sister)

Listed: April 25, 2016

Updated pics/info August 2016

Emma is going to be transferred into the school orphanage for mentally delayed children, and it is not the best place to anybody. The orphanage may keep her only till summer 2016, and then she will be transferred!

She is much educationally delayed. She is pretty friendly and calm. But her memory is not good, and it is hard for her to remember any rhymes or poems.

This girl needs a patient family who will love her and care of her. She deserves it!
*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds. For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***


Antonio #

Boy: 2013

Special needs: prematurity (born in 36 g.w.), intrauterine hypotrophy; born with necrotizing enterocolitis and peritonitis- surgically treated with installation of ileostoma; mild degree of post-ischemic encephalopathy; periventricular leukomalacia; infantile cerebral palsy-mixed form; condition after surgery for necrotizing enterocolitis; protein-calorie malnutrition of 3rd degree; severely delayed physical and neuro-psychological development; severely delayed speech development; Memory and intellect – correspondent to severe mental delay;
Antonio enjoys receiving personal attention and being caressed by an adult. He shows preference towards some of his caregivers.

Listed: June 2017

Antonio has spent all of his life in one of the biggest orphanages in his county. He is just one of the many children there that suffer from malnutrition, hypotonia and severely delayed physical and neuropsychological development.

*** I am eligible for a $2,000 Grant! ***
This grant is offered by Reece’s Rainbow, for children in this specific country. Grant funds are dependent on available funding. 
For more information on this child, email


Guest Blogger: Chandres Pickett and Phyllis Stephenson

Family for all Ages
Being Called to Adopt an Older Child
by Chandres Pickett and Phyllis Stephenson
As a society, we typically think of family and children with a vision of newborn babies, soft clothing, and new beginnings. This new journey fills us with hope and wonder for the future of our children. We dream of children experiencing milestones and “firsts” throughout their lives; we see them on their first day of school, graduating, and launching their lives as young adults. We see our child as an opportunity to share part of who we are with our family, friends, and communities that we love. The gift of a newborn baby is an amazing experience with miraculous newness. However, this vision does not have to be limited to just newborns. The gift of adopting an older child brings other amazing experiences with a new, already-defined person who has their own unique personality, interests and experiences.

The story of our forever family has brought us six cherished children, three who were adopted at the ages of 6, 10, and 15. My family’s story is of blessings, joys, and challenges resulting in an incredible circle of love that we proudly call family. 
Chandres and Scott’s Story

Five years ago, my husband and I began one of the greatest journeys of our lives, growing our family from what was a family of five to what is now a family of eight! At the beginning of our first adoption, there was a nervous anticipation about making the “right” decisions and choosing the “right” child for our family. We quickly settled on an international adoption from Bulgaria, but needed to decide if we would register with the country and allow the Ministry of Justice to match us with a child or if we would adopt a Waiting Child. We resolved that if a listing of waiting children was available, we couldn’t personally justify not adopting a child from that waiting list.

Of course, in Bulgaria, adopting a waiting child almost certainly means adopting an older child. In most countries, an older child is over five years old. The decision to adopt an older child was at first intimidating; we heard and read about the importance of maintaining birth order, the trauma older children experience as compared to infants, and the difficulty older children have in bonding with their new families.

During our first adoption, we decided to adopt not one, but two children who were not siblings and were 10 and 6 at the time. We found Viktorya first, and then fell in love with Denny’s picture several months into our adoption process.

Even before traveling to meet our children, Scott and I realized that our adoption would be completed in a little over a year, as compared to other families who could wait upwards of 3-5 years to be matched to a younger child. An additional benefit of that was for my young children at home, aged 8, 6, and 2, for whom the adoption process was mostly an abstract concept. The wait is terribly long for children preparing to welcome new siblings home. Shortening the process helped them remain hopeful and excited that their siblings would come home.

Scott and I spent a week in Bulgaria with our children. Their personalities were evident from the first moment! Viktorya took us for walks in her village and to a playground close to the orphanage. At ten years old, she was a spunky girl who wanted her new Mama and Papa to swing with her every afternoon. She taught us a card game she invented called “I Win.” Not surprisingly, she won every round. She wanted her picture taken with us and then to see each picture. We took her to a photo shop toward the end of the week to print some of the photos to keep. Each day, we felt more resolved in our decision to adopt an older child, especially since the interactions of the week were so rich. Leaving her at the end of the week was one of the most heartbreaking parts of the adoption process.

Denny, who, despite being six years old, was much more like an infant, and wanted only to be held and to hold our hands. His tiny fingers would arch back if we tried to move our hands even for a moment, so much of our days were spent rocking him and encouraging him to play with the toys we had brought with us. On that trip, we visited twice a day for the week, and Denny quickly adapted to our schedule. He was content to head to his nap after the morning visit, but cried each afternoon when we left. To say it crushed our hearts is an understatement! He was – and still is! – a snuggly little guy set on having everyone in our family wrapped around his finger!

Despite the joys of our first trip, my husband and I were nervous about bonding with our children once they were home with us. We knew that early childhood trauma could play a large part in their ability to bond well with our family and, being 10 and 6 years old, they could have experienced considerably more trauma than a younger child. It is important to know that every child available for adoption has experienced some level of trauma and loss and every adopted child will have some effects from trauma. To prepare, we read several books on trauma and the struggles that come as a result, especially The Connected Child by Dr. Karyn Purvis and The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson.  Connecting with other parents who were in the adoption process or already home with their children was essential, whether those connections were in person or online. We also worked on shedding our expectations that our kids would love us immediately and transition seamlessly into our family.

The second trip to Bulgaria was an opportunity to learn so much more about our newest children. We discovered more about their personalities and about the issues with which they struggle. We had more opportunities to engage with them through play and exploring the streets and history of their city and we had so much fun learning about the foods they like!

On “Gotcha Day,” our favorite memory of the kids was having a pitcher of water poured out across the porch of Viktorya’s orphanage as a blessing for our family. In Bulgaria, this symbolizes wishing success for new beginnings, along with the saying, “May your success flow like water.”  

Still, there were difficult moments, both in country and at home. Following bonding recommendations for a child of any age is challenging. Our first thought wasn’t to hold and rock the ten year old throwing a tantrum, but we did our best to follow this upside-down parenting. Thankfully, we were successful and did connect with each of our children. In truth, those shared experiences that we all remember are some of many our family would never want to be without. We certainly didn’t master this during our time in-country, but we made a head start for real life once we were home.

After our first experience of adopting Viktorya and Denny, our family made the decision to adopt another older child. A decision which was much less intimidating the second time around! Stella was 15 years old. The first videos we saw of her showed a goofy girl whose only goal in life was making everyone laugh!

Our second adoption process was much the same as the first. Because Stella was older, we could spend entire days together on our first trip and go on some fun excursions. One day we explored the fortress in Veliko Tarnovo. The next we spent with several of her friends, playing ping pong and swinging on the swings behind a small shop and restaurant.  Our return trip was the most fun trip of the four, with our two weeks spent on a walking tour of Sofia, Bulgaria, exploring antique shops, visiting the open air market, and simply enjoying the freedom of getting to know our teenager. Stella joined our family two and a half years ago. She confirmed that the decision to adopt an older child was such a blessing and has added so much joy to our family.

The Pickett family has shared the journeys of their three adoptions of older children.  As with all families our journeys have challenges and gifts – however it is the journey together that makes the memories.  If your family has a desire to have more children, take a few minutes to evaluate the benefits and challenges of adopting an older youth. Young babies bring the miracle of new life, while also blessing us with sleepless nights, diapers, colic, and the cry of helplessness. Older children bring an amazingly defined person with their own thoughts and perspectives enriching your life and family, while also bringing the challenge of loss and trauma. 

There is a great urgency for us to respond as families to bring older children home. They are closer to adulthood, which is right around the corner, and they need us to enter this phase of life with as much strength and support as possible. There is an urgency to have them experience the security of family and love during their childhood. Each child was once a baby for whom there was only unbridled hope for a life embraced by family, surrounded by love, and a future only limited by their ability to dream. 

Adopting an older child, while challenging, provides the opportunity to impact a future that will happen soon and right before your eyes.  As families wanting to have children full of dreams and experiences, we need not miss this opportunity.  We can evaluate our visions of family and see if we, in fact, have an empty seat for an older youth in our forever home.

The following are some advantages to adopting older youth into your family: 

Their personality is already evident.  From your initial meeting, you start to become familiar with the uniqueness of your child.  
Most of our older youth are equipped to communicate, which is a fantastic experience – though we may not always enjoy the message! However, growing up is messy and we all need the support of a family to help us transition in the journey to adulthood. As an extra gift, you can have a more rapid impact in the lives of these children and have the opportunity to experience young adulthood without the wait! 
They come equipped to share what they have learned in life. During my personal experience with short term placements of older youths in our home, we had a delightful 17-year-old young man. He quickly notified me that I needed to expand my cooking expertise. Upon his first stay with us, he inventoried my spice cabinet and advised that each week I needed to purchase a new spice that I did not know how to use so he could teach me a new recipe, which he did each time he returned for respite.  It was a joy and privilege to watch this young man demonstrate his ability to be a contributing part of our family.  We were blessed as he learned through our home how to equip himself for his, soon to be, independent home.
Older children come rich with experiences that may not only challenge but also enrich our families.  These unique, extra gifts may bring complexity; however, the nurturing environment of a loving family may also give rise to talents, skills, and interests fostering an adult that is amazing, successful, full of life, and life changing for other people in your community.
An unexpected bonus of adopting an older youth… it may greatly enhance your ability to successfully utilize technology! The reality is that many of us cannot keep up with the changes and developments in technology; however, a young person ages 12 to 21 is frequently a technology genius. One of my humorous memories is when one of my sons programmed my phone for a silent ring.  After a few days of struggling to figure out why it would not ring with the volume on maximum, he had mercy on me and showed me what he had done to my phone. There was admiration and irritation, but mostly love.  These experiences bring me smiles and some of my many special memories.
The adoption of an older child provides the opportunity to be a wanted family member.  In the journey of life, is there a greater gift?  In this case, it is a reciprocating gift.  There will be challenging and awesome moments, however it is the loving journey in a committed circle of love that creates a family.

Are you a family ready to welcome an older child home? Your open door is the key that can change the future for a child, enrich your family, and create a legacy for years to come!  Regardless of who is in your family, may you have joy in your journey together!

Visit our Waiting Child page today to see the many older children who are in need of a home!


Grayden #

Boy: 2006

Listed: May 2017

Grayden was born prematurely and suffered an intraventricular hemorrhage. His diagnoses include Congenital Cardiac malformation (moderately large inter-chamber cardiac defect), atresia of the duodenum – condition after surgery, moderate mental delay, hypotrophy first-second degree, Iron-insufficiency anemia and lagging in the neuro-psychological development.

The child is active, walks alone and takes part in mobile games. He can go up and down the stairs. When performing complicated actions, he has difficulties coordinating his hands and legs. The child’s fine motor skills are not poorly developed. He can grab an object with his hand and scribbles on a piece of paper.

The child’s notions and perceptions are poor and not accurate. His visual perception is slow. The involuntary attention is prevailing. His active attention is difficult to attract and hold. His concentration is weak. His memory is short termed and with poor reproducing. All thinking processes (analysis, summarizing and conclusion) are not developed.

No depression is observed. The child is with hypokinetic syndrome and his hyperactive behavior requires constant control.

The child likes to go on walks. He likes to be around children and likes to hug them. He likes to participate in activities with musical accompaniment. He explores objects by holding them, throwing and breaking them. The child likes to play chase with the other children, to watch music shows and listen to the radio and also to talk to his toys. He plays with different toys, he has good imagination and can play alone. He prefers games with ball.
*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds.  For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***


Kelan #

Boy, born: 2004

Diagnoses:  Grand Mal seizures; Epilepsy Partialis; brain edema; attachment disorder; Nocturnal Enuresis; learning abilities.

Listed: April 2017

Kelan is from Eastern Europe.  He was placed in a baby house shortly after birth and is currently residing in a group home for children.  Kelan’s attention is lacking.  He can concentrate on routine tasks for short periods of time. His memory is not accurate and his thinking process is slow.  Although his vocabulary needs improvement, he understands the meaning of the words used in everyday life.  He does not have good communication skills but he can express his emotions. He often violates the personal space of others. His self-evaluation of himself wavers as sometimes it is too high and other times it is too low. He cannot maintain friendships. He quickly loses interest in the learning process at school and doesn’t follow the rules.

Kelan is a happy and cheerful child!  He is very emotional. He wants to play with the other children but often teases them by taking their possessions and insults them which leads to conflicts. He insults the other children, throws things at them and uses bad words. After a while he calms down. He easily gets upset. Sometimes he overreacts by crying or laughing.  It is important for him to receive approval from adults (including the teachers at school) but does not always comply with requirements. He is affectionate and seeks care from adults. He is not shy and does not feel guilt. He likes to help with the household chores – cooks, cleans, irons. He participates in culinary clubs. He likes to play with the children from the group home. He also likes physical activities: soccer, volleyball, badminton, and riding bikes.
*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds.
For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***


Kessler #

Boy 2008

Listed: April 2017

Diagnosis:  Infantile cerebral palsy – quadric paresis; Severe to deep mental delay; Delay in the neuro-psychological development.

Kessler lived with his birth parents until he was almost 3-years-old when he was placed in an orphanage.  He currently resides in a group home.

Kessler can turn from his back to his belly and vice versa. He crawls using his hands and can sit when held by his hands.  He can sit with support for a longer period of time. He can reach out and grab a toy. When purposefully looking, he can coordinate the movement of his arms – he can thread rings on a stable axis with help from an adult. His notions and perceptions are not full. He is not oriented in a social environment. His concentration and attention are weak. Sometimes he looks at objects and can follow them. His involuntary attention is better than his active attention as it is hard to attract and to hold. His memory is with reduced volume and short-termed.

Most of the times, Kessler is happy. He seeks approval, attention and love from adults, attention and love. His reactions to positive emotional stimuli are adequate. He is apt to change his mood depending on the circumstances. He is attached to the staff.  Kessler makes undetermined and happy sounds that are the result of other people talking to him. He is communicative and curious.  When he is awake, he spends his time among the other children and interacts with them. He perceives their sounds, touch and reacts by moving his hands, turning his head, making sounds and laughing. He understands poor behavior and will stop unwanted actions.

Kessler can manipulate objects.  He plays with rubber toys, rattles and likes to move a ball in a labyrinth. He holds the toy for a short period of time and bites it. He can look at a toy for longer period if the toy lights up. His sleep is calm. He is dependent on the staff for his basic needs. He is fed by the staff.
*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds. For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***



Girl, born 2012
Down syndrome

Listed: Dec 2016

Emery is well adapted to her daily routine in the orphanage. She eats three meals a day but doesn’t have a big appetite and doesn’t care for snacks or desserts. The orphanage staff make efforts to enrich her days to help her development by watching TV, listening to music, playing with toys and taking her out for outdoor activities.

Her motion development is slightly delayed compared to other children but staff feel this is due to her being in orphanage life and not with a family. They say her opportunities are more limited there although she does participate in rehabilitation training in the institute. At the time of her report she was 3.5 years old and could sit independently, hold toys to play and walk holding the wall. She was described as being extroverted, well liked and having a ready smile. Emory could take off her socks and pants and was in good physical condition, but wasn’t yet speaking. Orphanage staff hope she will be adopted by a family who can educate her and help her grow up to be a happy girl.
*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant!  Through June 2020, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant! ***



Boy, born 2013
Down syndrome & CHD

Listed: June 2016

The agency’s team visited Levron for the third time in April. We glanced at this paperwork then looked a little closer. It was his 3rd birthday! So we sang, and Levron got 2 packages of fruit snacks rather than the standard 1 package per child.

My favorite memory of Levron from the April trip is how much he loved looking at himself in the mirror! He looked and giggled and kissed himself then looked at himself again. It was just too adorable! Another thing that brought peals of laughter from him was playing peek-a-boo! And his laugh is so cute! We couldn’t help laughing with him!

Levron was sooooo close to walking when we met him! He stacked cups for us and really loved looking at books. He babbles but isn’t saying words yet.

Additional information and photos are available in this blog post.

*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant!  Through June 2020, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant! ***

A $4000 grant is available to families adopting a child with Down syndrome through the current adoption agency. This grant is available through February 2017.



Boy, born October 2006
Hearing Impaired

Listed: January 26, 2016

Kipper is a handsome and outgoing boy who is 9 years old. (Note: his photos from his file have spots on them…these are not skin blemishes) He came to the orphanage when he was about 3 months old. They discovered he had hearing loss, with no other developmental issues. Kipper began “language recovery training” when he was 4 years old. At that time, his left ear was at 90dB, with his right ear having more hearing ability at 75dB. Kip had no language at 4 years old. He attended the language center during the week, then returned to the orphanage each weekend. He received hearing aids in 2010, and was soon able to repeat words and phrases. He is now able to speak in full sentences. Sometimes Kipper’s speech can be hard to understand, but for the most part, he can communicate with others with no problem. Kipper is a very smart boy, who quickly learns new skills. He has a fantastic memory, and can quickly recall passwords he has only seen one time. Kipper is a very compassionate boy, who looks out for the other kids. One friend at the orphanage is blind. He and Kipper are good friends, and he is able to understand what Kipper says every time. He refers to Kipper as his eyes, since Kipper helps him so much. Kipper is a sweet, active, energetic, and loving boy who wants to have a family of his own. He is inquisitive, polite, and eager to learn. He will be such a great addition to a loving family!

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds.
For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***


Jesse #11-51

Boy, age: 4
Diagnosis: External hydrocephalus; Arachnoid cyst; Infantile cerebral palsy – spastic quadric paresis

Listed: June 2, 2015

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.

Update 2/2018

Jesse has Moderate external hydrocephalus; Arachnoid cyst – cortical atrophy; Infantile cerebral palsy – spastic quadric paresis; Hypotrophy; Delays in the neuro-psychological development; Severe mental delay.

Jesse attention span is short-lived and unstable in relation to objects and people. There is some sharing with a close adult.  Jesse responds when called by name.  His memory and speech are poorly developed. When happy, he laughs loud and when anxious, he cries. Sometimes he pronounces unspecified sounds and separate syllables. He is sensitive and emotional and tends to be nervous around strangers.  When given a toy he reaches out and takes it. He is working on the pinch grip. He hasn’t mastered fully the ability to move a toy from one hand to the other. Jesse is fed with a spoon and sleeps calmly through the night.  He cannot control his physiological needs.  Jesse is entirely cared for by the team in his orphanage.

B/c we only have his file for a short time, donations will not be accepted until a family is found for hi



Boy, born August 2006

Listed: May 2015

Denny has got some spunk and personality! Denny is diagnosed with hydrocephalus. His orphanage has asked for help in advocating for him because they feel he is special and are surprised he has waited so long. From an April 2015 update: Denny’s mental development is normal. His language is behind his same aged peers. He can only say one word or two words at one time. If there is something new, he will ask, “What is it?” Though he cannot speak a whole sentence, he can understand all directions from adults and can express his needs very well by words and body language. His response is quiet and he has good memory. He is fully potty trained. Denny is introverted, but he smiles a lot. He is stubborn sometimes, but he is well behaved and obedient. Denny’s gross motor skills are totally normal. He can run, walk, jump, walk upstairs and downstairs. His fine motor skills are also normal. Denny studies at home. A special education teacher visits him 1 or two times a week. He can catch up with his study. He is very attached to his foster grandma and he cares for other kids. Denny is very helpful. His foster grandma was cooking congee and he saw it was overcooked, so he rushed to tell the grandma right away. He helps take care of the younger kids in the family. Denny gets along well with other kids and adults around him. He has been with the same foster family since he was little.
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Girl, born August 2009
Cerebral Palsy

Listed: Jan 29, 2015

Cassie is a beautiful little girl! She was found by a family when she was about 7 months old. They took her home and kept her until she was about 17 months old, then took her to the police station. Cassie was found to have cerebral palsy. She had a difficult time at the orphanage when she first arrived. She kept calling for her “neinei” (grandmother) and was inconsolable. After a bit, she warmed to the nannies and the other children. Through therapy, Cassie’s muscles are less tight, and she is able to crawl, sit alone, and can stand with assistance. She can speak (though not as well as her peers), and uses some sign language. Cassie can count, and has a good memory. She likes to sing, and loves to play with dolls! Reading about her progress with therapy at the orphanage, imagine what could happen with formal therapy once she is home! Sweet Cassie is waiting for a family. Please bring her home soon!
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Girl, born 2005
Diagnsis: mental delays, light degree tetraparesis (CP)

Listed: October 14, 2012

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.
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Jovan (L)

Boy, born June 2007
mixed developmental disorder and FAS

Listed: September 24, 2013

Update from Dec 2012:
After arrival the boy had attachment difficulty to the other children, had hard time while sleeping, was angry and upset, would not play with other children, his language was not clear, would cry without reason, would not eat and only chew the food, had difficulty walking.

Now Jovan’s language is clear, he has learned to dress himself, and washes himself without help.  His walking skill improved very much, his walk is good, runs, walks up and down the stairway, but due to the delayed development he sometimes makes movements with his hands and it seems that it is hard to control this.

Jovan is very good boy, likes to be closed to a person, communicates with social worker, is sensitive. He has good memory, likes to tell stories and is very happy when the care giver is listening to him and asks questions as he likes to answer the questions. Is able to learn a short poem by heart, likes to play and participate at the musical activities. Has a very good sense for rhythm, dances. Likes to work with puzzles, and coloring books. Can name animals, colors, knows letters and numbers, is very noticeable and polite. But sometimes is upset and stubborn, it is observed if communication with him is gentle his stubbornness disappears and he becomes of a very good mood.
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Boy, born April 2009
glaucoma of both eyes; developmental delays

Listed: Sept 2013

Tiger is active, restless, fond of playing with toys, and gets along well with others. He like to play games with adults and likes the toys that make sounds. Tiger likes to play with the skateboard and he is fond of taking part in outdoor activity with adults. Although, he cannot see, he can locate the direction of the sound and will reach out to find objects. Tiger is a great imitator of sounds and can communicate with short statements. He is able to answer “Tiger, where are you going?” by saying “take a bus, go shopping.” After he finishes his bath, he can say “so nice.” He has a good memory. When he went to the zoo with the school he could tell his foster parent the sound the tiger makes when it is walking and also the sound of the lion. Wouldn’t you love to hear all about the zoo animals from this little cutie
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Boy, born July 2008
Zach is an adorable boy diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy. His limb, intelligence, and language development is delayed compared to peers.

Zach had some new medical testing done and the results indicate that it may be likely that he has Progressive Muscular Dystrophy and not Cerebral Palsy.  A family should be prepared for that probable diagnosis.

Listed: March 13, 2013

From Zach’s host family (hosted December 2014)
Zach is a lovely 6-year-old boy and an absolute delight. He has a joyful and cheerful disposition, a sweet spirit, and an infectious smile. He is smart and resourceful in his interactions and playing. He enjoys playing with cars, dolls and animals, flying helicopters, and almost any mechanical objects. He enjoys playing pretend games, like pulling pretend luggage around the house and pretending to cook and serve us with play food, plates, cups, saucers, etc. He loves music and often sings as he goes about his day, and he’s been enjoying learning to play his new harmonica. He interacts well with other children: in our case with our 7- and 8-year-old daughters. He also has a good memory and surprised us by quickly learning things like where all of our dishes go and where we turn to get to our house. He has adapted so well to life in a family, and loves the bedtime rituals of bathing, brushing teeth, getting into his pajamas, and reading; but he also has an endearing habit of making sure the proper lights are turned off, doors are locked where they need to be, etc. He clearly is proud to show he can take on big-kid responsibilities. Zach has to work harder than most children to climb up steps and to get himself up off the floor. But he does navigate steps well, though he needs a boost at times getting into vans or other high places. In December, he was still able to walk normally, except that he has to be more careful than other kids in negotiating uneven surfaces, and steps. He doesn’t let this slow him down or limit his activities. On playgrounds, even with many unfamiliar children, he is not inhibited about climbing the equipment and riding down slides. He accepts help sometimes from us or from our children; other times he wants to show that he can do things alone even if it is harder for him. Zach can sometimes act like a much younger boy. He has a strong stubborn streak, which will sometimes manifest itself in a tantrum. Those tantrums did lessen over the weeks, however. He also enjoys being held, cuddled, and paid attention to and will come and say “Mama bao bao” when he wants to be picked up and carried. As our 7-year-old (without prompting from us) wrote in her journal, “Zach is the best boy I have ever met. He is cheerful and happy.” The medical evaluations we were able to do point to significant medical challenges ahead for Zach, and he will need a loving family to support him through those and ensure that he has the best care possible. Zach loves being a part of a family and will be a blessing and joy for whomever is lucky enough to adopt him.

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Zeke (L)

Boy, born March 2009

FAS; complex developmental disorder and autism features, CP ataxic form; mixed developmental disorder, low height, hypermetropic astigmatism, functional heart murmur

Listed: May 21, 2012

From a family who met him in 2015: “Zeke is seriously one smart cookie!! He is walking GREAT now and was even jumping from a play mattress to join in the fun. He actually knows a few words in English as well, and I taught him to fist bump (and blow it up, ha ha) when I came in and he remembered it when I left and hour and a half later. I was blown away by his attention to detail in the books we were reading — he will excel academically. He was very attached to the American volunteer who is regularly in his groupa — all of the kids love her and are lucky to have her attention.”

From a family who met him in Summer 2015:
He appears to be of normal size for his age.  He He can focus for pretty significant amounts of time if the activity interests him. We are now able to sit and flip through entire books together, taking time to figure out what is going on from the pictures on each page. He has become very good at identifying the characters’ emotions from their facial expressions and makes reasonable guesses as to why they feel how they do.

He is pretty stable when sitting. He’s not falling out of chairs or off of benches or anything. Sure, he falls sometimes when he runs, but the kid is running! He has been walking and running for a few years now; the boy dances!

He might be slightly cognitively delayed for his age, but he is a very quick learner and strikes me as very intelligent. We have as normal of conversations as I imagine are possible with a 6 year old. He has impressed me recently with some clever remarks that are evidence of him thinking quickly and independently, rather than just just parroting what his caretakers say. His emotional control has improved vastly. He just needs a calm presence when frustrated. For example, we were working with buttons the other day, and when he started getting frustrated and saying he couldn’t do it, I just calmly told him that it’s hard, that he’s really close, and that he’s totally capable, and he was able to complete the task.

Although he does still enjoy some solitary games, he’s becoming a lot more social. He always takes me around the yard to introduce me to people and knows everyone by name.  He’s a pretty calm, happy guy, especially when there are calm, warm adults to help him get over little obstacles.

December 2014 UPDATE:   A U.S. mom had these observations about Zeke: He’s a doll! He’s cheerful, helpful, and very friendly. Every time we entered the room he was the first to greet us (Labas!!). Zeke has a little issue with following directions. I don’t know him well enough to be able to distinguish if it was a willful issue or a cognitive issue. As far as I know he has FAS and possibly very mild CP effecting his legs/ Achilles’ tendon. Zeke is a very likable kiddo!

Update from a volunteer who spent extensive time with him:
I met Zeke in the summer of 2010 while volunteering; in the years that I’ve known him, Zeke has made considerable physical, cognitive and emotional progress, and has become an active, curious, quirky, good-natured, and nurturing young boy. As his physical abilities have improved, he has become much more independent, both dressing and feeding himself. He does, however, need some direction and encouragement with these endeavors. Zeke best completes such tasks when given positive reinforcement and clear sequence of events to follow. For example, if simply given a pile of clothes, he often has trouble focusing his attention. It is more effective to ask him what he needs to do first, second, and third, and to tell him how quick/good he is when he has completed a step in the sequence. If he is feeling unmotivated, it can be helpful to tap into his nurturing side (ex. “Put your socks on! Your feet will get cold and wonder why you didn’t dress them!”) or to incentivize him with tickling—his favorite activity in the world.

In the past year, Zeke has become an avid performer, bravely singing in dancing during musical lessons and performances in the children’s home. Even half a year ago, he would need a bit of coaxing to get up and join the other children in song. During this year’s holiday show, however, when the music teacher asked for volunteers to stand up and perform, Zeke was the first to rise to the challenge. He also really enjoys musical children’s films, often performing the routines from memory during playtime. One of his favorite toys is a little piano with a microphone into which he sings his favorite songs.

Zeke has a few other favorite games, which mostly revolve around caretaking and repetition. For instance, following the examples of the caretakers, he feeds, bathes and swaddles dolls, making sure to lovingly and carefully execute these tasks in the correct order each time; when waiting for the thermometer to show the doll’s temperature, he pets her head, rocking her back and forth. Another current favorite of his is petting me and telling me not to cry in a concerned, soft voice. After establishing that he has comforted me, he gets in his toy car, wishes me all the best, drives around the room, and comes back to take care of me again. Zeke has also grown to love animals, and when given the chance to be with a dog or horse, he always pets them, sweetly telling the animals that they are good and that he loves them.

Zeke is an incredibly nurturing, loving child, and delights in physical affection. He loves to be petted and hugged, and gladly returns the favor. He is very concerned with maintaining good relationships with the adults in his life and is sensitive to admonition. If he is beyond the point of being motivated by positive reinforcement, a serious look and stern voice usually suffice. If he sees that he has accidentally hurt me, he becomes quiet and sad, and seeks reassurance that everything is ok. Zeke is less sensitive with respect to the children around him, as he is possessive of his favorite toys and the other children habitually seek what another has. In the last few months, however, Zeke has made a great deal of progress expressing his emotions and restraining himself when he gets upset. Whereas he would previously go after the child to repossess his toy, I have consistently responded by wrapping an arm around him, telling him that we will all gladly help him if he calmly explains to us what is wrong, and he is now much better at seeking our help and articulating his feelings. When he is agitated, it’s best to take a calm, light-hearted approach to ease the tension; he thinks it’s hilarious when adults copy his little squeals and shenanigans, so he usually laughs if I playfully copy his whining, which gets him out of his rut and allows us to calmly seek a solution.

All in all, Zeke is a joyful, enthusiastic, loving child who responds to physical affection, positive reinforcement, and clearly established expectations. He has a friendly attitude towards new people, and seeks a great deal of hugs from the adults in his life. I have the utmost confidence that with patient, gentle and loving guidance, Zeke will continue to grow into a capable, kind young man who will enrich the lives of those around him. In the five years that I’ve spent with Zeke, he has certainly filled my life with more love than I could have possibly imagined.
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Lexi (L)

Girl, born September, 2004
has siblings (not available for adoption)
FAS; Mixed specific developmental delays; short-stature; strabismus; hypertrophy; flat-foot; repaired hernia.

Listed May 20, 2012

Lexi was born prematurely at 34 weeks gestation weighing 1530g. She has had trouble gaining weight. She has a history of bronchitis and otitis. She started walking at the age of 2. In March 2011 she weighed 15kg and was 103cm tall. Delay of speech comprehension, expressive speech, general motor, audio attention memory, and visual attention memory. She is developmentally on target for her age in the areas of fine motor, self sufficiency skills, and social adaptation.

Update from Lexi’s care home Feb 2011: She attends speech therapy classes. She was diagnosed with Speech and communication disorder- moderate delay of language development. During therapy she is active and interested in the activities. However her actions are stereotypical, chaotic, she struggles to understand simple plots of the games.

October 2010: Lexi is agile, happy, and communicative. She is able to recognise and name the objects from her nearest surroundings. She struggles to understand abstract concepts. She helps get herself dressed, undressed, makes her bed, and looks after her own clothes.
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