Entries by Michelle

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ISABELLA #

Girl, almost 11 years old special needs: infantile cerebral palsy – mixed form, with lower limb flaccid paraparesis, with monoplegia of the right upper limb; surgical intervention of Spina bifida occulta after tuberculous meningoencephalitis; Isabella uses a wheelchair. She has preserved intellect and attends a mainstream school. She is a 3rd-grade student. She copes well […]

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Mona

Mona was born in May 2015 and has Down Syndrome as well as Tetralogy of Fallot. She has been monitored regularly by a cardiologist and heart surgery is scheduled for March 2017. Listed:  Feb 2017 Mona can sit independently for a quite a long time and moves herself into this position from lying down as […]

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KAYLA for the McAuliffe family — OR

Kristina has been a natural caregiver her whole life. She is a single mom to three wonderful boys. Her youngest son is blessed with Williams Syndrome. Kristina has been a licensed daycare provider for 15 years. During this time she has cared for many children with sever special needs. She’s taken care of children with […]

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LAYLA for the Adams family — NC

The Adams adoption adventure actually spans several years. It was a desire Diane had since she was young. Diane always loved children and raised a wonderful son (Nick). However, with pay equivalent to a teacher and single, it took several years to actually be in a position to be able to afford adoption. Diane saved […]

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MARTIN for the Cotner family — NC

William and Lee-Ann Cotner had a whirlwind romance that has set the tone for their adventurous, fun loving family. William is an Active Duty Military Police officer. Lee-Ann is currently a stay at home mom but, with a background in education, which is where her heart completely fell in love with her students blessed by […]

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NATALIA and RYDER for the Newby family — NC

Our family was blessed with a miracle in 2014 when we learned after seventeen years of infertility we were expecting a baby. This little miracle would bring along an extra special combination of chromosomes aka Down syndrome. We couldn’t imagine the joy we had in store when he joined our family. Every milestone has been […]

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NOELANI for the Holt family — TX

Jacob and Sarah had that “love at first sight” moment 13 years ago at Dallas Baptist University and never stopped living the fairy tale. Jacob is a Vice President at Alliant Insurance Services and Sarah is a fitness bootcamp instructor / stay at home mom with their 6 children ages 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, […]

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WILKIE for the Ellison family — UT

Almost 3 years ago while preparing his file for families to review, adoption worker Stefani Ellison first saw the chubby little face of an endearing toddler boy. His special need was Down Syndrome and he had an extra tiny thumb protruding from his right thumb. That should have been her first clue. He was giving […]

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ADRIAN and ADRIANNA

Boy, born 2013 Autism Girl, born 2012 Mild Autism Adrianna talks, understands everything, communicates well with others. Available fall 2017!  

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Steven #

Boy, age 9 Spinal muscle atrophy; moderate mental delay Steven’s general motor skills are good, however, he walks with a waddling gait and it is difficult for him to stand up after squatting position. Steven’s fine motor skills are weak and his concentration is only held for about one-two minutes. Memorization capacity and imagination are […]

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Vassilio #

Boy, 6 years old Vassilio has cerebral palsy, strabismus, moderate mental delay and he is allergic to eggs, cocoa, fish and carrots. Vassilio can hold objects in both hands and his vocabulary consists of about 10-15 words. He understands verbal instructions and follows them. Vassilio likes to listen to music, dance and watch puppet shows. […]

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Grady and Vanessa #

Grady, boy, age 10 Vanessa, girl, age 16 Vanessa will be able to be adopted past age 16 as long as she is adopted with her brother, Grady. Grady is an adorable little boy who is very social and loves to communicate and interact with others. He has lived with a foster family and his […]

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George, Rose, Yvonne and Nadia #

These four siblings are available to be adopted together.  Nadia must be adopted prior to her 17th birthday, WITH her younger siblings, to be eligible for adoption.  Yvonne is only available with her younger siblings, as well. George, Age 13 George is a handsome, energetic, and great at making friends. He is healthy, can respond […]

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Gabby and Stephen #

Brother and sister, ages 12 and 9 The children are wonderful, despite the tough first years of their lives, living in a very poor environment and being severely neglected. Stephan was still a young boy, who had to take care of his younger sister. This made him much more mature than his calendar age. He […]

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STAR for the Gagnon family — AZ

Adopting their youngest son from Eastern Europe, Stacey swore she could never go back. After seeing firsthand the children she had only ever read about, she stepped off the plane back home and wanted to put it all behind her. She didn’t want to remember the silence of the orphanage, the smell of tooth decay […]

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Landon #

Boy, age 2 Probable Opitz Syndrome GBBB resulting in fronto-nasal dysplasia, hypertelorism, & male karyotype, MLPA-N. Hypospadias penis, surgically corrected in 2015. Accidental heart noise at birth, no longer present. Landon enjoys interacting with the other children and is interested in music. He is a happy child and is developing appropriately for his age. Detailed […]

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Codie

Boy, born 2015 PRC Down syndrome. Codie is in a wonderful foster home where he receives great care. AN UPDATE FROM NOVEMBER 2016 SAYS: Codie continues to make huge progress. He is sitting on his own, bear crawling and is really starting to develop socially with lots of eye contact, playing with toys and has […]

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Emma Jane

Girl, born 2015 PRC Down syndrome and mild PFO. Listed: Feb 2017 She is in a wonderful foster home where she receives great care. AN UPDATE FROM NOVEMBER 2016: Emma is as sweet as they get. She came to her foster home as a non-responsive baby–no eye contact and showed no emotion. Now she is […]

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Lylah

Girl, born 2015 PRC Down syndrome, heart defect Listed: Feb 2017 AN UPDATE FROM NOVEMBER 2016 SAYS: Lylah is very attached to her ayi and has just learned to sit up on her own. Her core strength continues to improve and she has a very sweet personality with silly smiles and giggles. She is in […]

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Meilani

Girl, born 2015 PRC Down syndrome Listed: Feb 2017 Meilani is described as “clever, cute, pretty, and very endearing.” She is lively and active, with an extroverted personality. She is a happy little girl with a ready smile. She likes to play outside. Meilani enjoys playing with her little friends and watching TV. She eats […]

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Naomi

GIrl, born 2012 PRC Down syndrome Listed: Feb 2017 Naomi is in a wonderful foster home where he receives great care. Oh my goodness, you have got to see Naomi’s video! I can’t help but smile every time I watch it. Naomi is very bright and she loves to sing and dance. She is an […]

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Ben

Boy, born 2014 PRC Down syndrome Listed: Nov 2016 Ben is in a wonderful foster home where he receives great care. AN UPDATE FROM NOVEMBER 2016 SAYS: Ben has literally transformed before our very eyes in terms of improvement and progress. He came to us at 19 months and could not sit up, and was […]

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SCARLETT for the Goodridge family — NC

Kyle and Leilani are excited about growing their family through adoption. They have three energetic little boys at home (21 months, 4.5, and 6 year old). This boy family is ready to shake things up and welcome a sister/daughter. They cannot wait to have “Scarlett” home. This sweet girl has just turned three and has […]

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Adelina and Adrian #

10 year old boy and 8 year old girl. Adrian is 10 years old and Adelina is 8 years old. Both children are described as clinically healthy with average physical development. Both have been diagnosed with attention activity disorder. Adelina and and Adrian have a family history of mental illness; with a father who has […]

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Graham #

Boy, age 15 Diagnosis:  Mild mental delay, Impaired articulation. AGES OUT IN MAY 2017 A family must file the I-800A immigration application before his 16th birthday Graham is a 15-year-old boy who lives in Eastern Europe. Graham has impaired speech development and uses limited and poor vocabulary. He doesn’t understand figurative meanings of words and […]

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LANA for the Rice family — MI

Kathy lives in West Michigan, where she was born and raised. Kathy was introduced to adoption – especially international adoption, and Reece’s Rainbow, when her daughter decided to adopt a little girl with Down syndrome from Eastern Europe. Her daughter and granddaughter returned home in December 2015. While following her daughter’s adoption and the year […]

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Tammy #1-38

Age: 12 Diagnosis: Mental delays Listed: March 31, 2016 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 […]

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Sally #

Girl, age 15 years Sally will age out in NOVEMBER 2017.  She needs a family to commit to her PRIOR to that date, and apply for USCIS approval before she ages out. Sally’s special needs/developmental delays: moderate mental delay; educational difficulties;  biological mother with psychological issues, low intellectual level and unstable personality Sally is described […]

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Vincent #

Vincent is 2 years old. He has hydrocephaly and spina bifida. Listed Nov 2016 Vincent is a quiet little boy. Vincent has been diagnosed with Spina Bifida (closed), hydrocephalus which was surgically treated and shunted, severe quadric pyramid syndrome, accidental murmur, delays with neuropsychological development and is fed by a tube. Vincent cannot move freely. He cannot see however, […]

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John and Anthony #479

John, age 13 Diagnosis: Moderate delay in development Anthony, age 12 Diagnosis: Moderate delay in development Listed: Aug 2014 (originally listed as Trey and Trent) John is a 13-year-old boy who lives in Eastern Europe. He is inquisitive and interested in many subjects. He has difficulty understanding the difference between “wants” and “needs” and relies […]

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Delaney #

Girl, born 2012 Hydrocephalus internal – ventriculoperitoneal shunt, Spina bifida, congenital anomalies of the urinary system, ventral hernia. Listed: April 25, 2016 Update Jan 2017: Delaney is a beautiful, sweet, calm girl. She likes to be hugged and held. She likes it when someone takes care of her and to be outside, with her stroller and […]

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VIVIAN for the Morse family — TN

Priscilla and Dave are experienced parents and adopters who have had their eyes opened once again to a precious child in need. They are pushing full steam ahead to bring their newest blessing home, and would love your support and prayers as they work as hard as they can to bring her home where she […]

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Mae

Girl, born 2011 PRC Down syndrome Mae responded to her name at one year old, and appeared very excited when she saw the caregiver coming her way with her bottle. She would hold her bottle tightly and drank until the bottle was empty. When she was about two, she started to walk independently. Her favorite […]

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KAYDEN for the Branscum family — WA

From as far back as Brianna can remember she has been inspired to adopt because of her sister. Her sister was adopted from Korea back in the 70’s. So, when Brianna and Josh got married it wasn’t a question that at some point they would adopt. They have almost been married 13 years and now […]

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Jake (L)

Boy, born 2015 Down syndrome, specific mixed development disorder, operation plastic of Ventrical Septal Defect and Atrial Septal defect as well as closing Open arterial duct (canal); heart insufficiency, stage C, class F III, hypermetropy astigmatism, low height Update 1-26-17: Jacob’s heart insufficiency diagnosis was before the operation and there are no signs since the […]

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Jozy, Rowan and Reisen

Girl, born 2013 HIV boy, born 2008 mental delays boy, born 2010 mental delays The dynamic duo – here come Rowan and Reisen. Their smile can light up a room and they are certain to win you over with their little boy charm. Both love cars and chocolate. Rowan has been hosted before last summer; […]

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Isaiah #

Boy, age: 10 years Special needs: prematurity of 1 degree; dextrocardia (without any heart malformations); moderate mental delay; delayed speech development Listed Jan 2017 Isaiah has age-correspondent physical development; He is in a stable and good health condition; His dextrocardia does not cause him any problems. Isaiah is marking significant progress in his development in […]

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Mollie

Girl, born 2008 PRC Down syndrome Listed: January 2017 Mollie is an 8 year old girl with high functioning Down syndrome. Mollie is a lovely, sweet, expressive and outgoing child who is very able and high functioning. Judging by the pictures over the years, she has no problem keeping up with the boys! Mollie loves […]

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Boyd #

Boy, age: 1 year 8 months Congenital malformation syndromes predominantly affecting the facial area (high forehead, dolichocephaly, bigger nose, microretrognathia, macroglossia); pes equinovarus; severely delayed neuropsychological development; severe generalized muscle hypotonia more affecting the lower limbs Listed: Jan 2017 Positive dynamics in Boyd’s status and improvement of his muscle tone have been observed in the […]

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Shelby

Girl, born 2010 PRC Down syndrome Listed: January 2017 Shelby is a petite little girl who doesn’t let her small stature get in the way of helping others. It is reported that Shelby loves to help her peers by standing up for them when they are teased by bigger kids, or when they fall and […]

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Daisie

Girl, born 2007 PRC Down syndrome, Congenital heart defect Listed: January 2017 Daisy loves to dance and listen to music. She enjoys being her foster mom’s little helper and is very protective and helpful with her little foster sister. She is learning how to help in the kitchen by cutting vegetables, cooking and folding clothes. […]

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Eric #2-7

Age: 8 Diagnosis: developmental delays Eric just turned 8 years old. He’s attending kindergarten, where he works with a resource teacher on academic delays. The report from the teacher says, “ The attention of the child is characterized by a relatively good concentration. He is actively looking for attention and physical closeness. The speech is […]

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Alek and Edward #2-9

Alek, age: 7 Diagnosis: atypical pulmonary stenosis Edward, age: 13 Diagnosis: no special needs The brothers live together in a group home. They are bonded and hope to be adopted together. Edward attends school, where he does very well. His IQ score is 95. He does not have any physical, mental nor behavioral concerns. Alek […]

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Mavrick #2-8

Boy, age: 3 Diagnosis: Prader Willi Syndrome (confirmed with DNA testing) Mavrick was formally diagnosed with Prader Willi Syndrome when he was a year old. He was started on growth hormones immediately following the diagnosis and continues to take them. A MRI of the cerebrum and pituitary was done after the diagnosis. The results of […]

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LAYLA for the Manuel Family — LA

Michael and Katie Manuel are proud parents to 5 (almost 6) amazing children. They started their family about 12 years ago when they welcomed home their first baby girl. Through the years they continued to have 2 more biological children. As they grew their family they never thought having 6 children, both through biology and […]

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Amory #685

Boy, 2 years old Listed July 2016 Special needs: biological mother with mental delay; the child: good general condition; good physical development; chronic viral hepatitis B without delta-agent; gallbladder dyskinesia; infantile cerebral palsy – mixed form; pes equinus bilateralis; delayed neuropsychological development; The orthopedist who examined Amory earlier has recommended gymnastics as appropriate at present […]

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Chelsea Qi for the Regan family — MD

Shannon lives in Maryland with her 14 year old son Alex. Alex is her pride and joy. After four miscarriages, and divorce, she still knew more children were meant for her family. She has been drawn to adoption since she was a little girl. Shannon grew up with physical disability in her family and knows […]

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Levi

Levi was born in February 2015 and has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and paraplegia. Levi can move is hands and legs, but is unable to sit or reach for objects at this time. He babbles, recognizes his caretakers and is cautious with strangers. He loves to watch TV and is very focused when doing […]

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Lorne

Boy, born 2014 PRC Down syndrome Lorne is soon turning 3 years old and has Down Syndrome. Wouldn’t a family be a wonderful birthday gift!? Listed: January 2017 Lorne is a quiet, observant little boy who preferred to stay on his caregivers lap rather than play with us, but once we got the little music […]

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Tyler

Tyler was born in May 2014 and has Down Syndrome. Tyler is an active boy who plays with toys and makes sure he gets what he wants. He follows instructions and responds appropriately to interactions. Tyler’s caregivers are happy with his development.  Tyler is available to single mothers. Tyler is in the same orphanage group […]

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Jasper

Jasper was born in April 2015 and has Down Syndrome as well as gastroduodenitis for which he has received treatment at the hospital and is now taking medication. Jasper is an active boy who sits unassisted and can stand up with ease. He climbs from his crib into those of other children and is very […]

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ROXY for the Siebold family — AR

Joseph and Samantha Siebold’s decision to add to their family through adoption began in November 2015. They never could have guessed the many ups and downs they would experience when they began. One year from making the commitment to adopt – after things going so very unexpectedly – they have had their hearts opened wider […]

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NORAH for the Garvin family — WA

Nate and Sanae reside in the Seattle area with four wonderful boys. Though God has always surrounded them at church with families who’ve adopted special needs children, they never seriously considered adopting a child themselves – perhaps because of the trials they were facing –unemployment, finances, and health and perhaps because they felt they had […]

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NOLAN for the Messenger-Carr family — NV

It seems only natural for a person who grew up knowing and loving two people with disabilities to want to become an advocate. Darla grew up with her beloved Uncle Phil, who had a head injury and her step brother Tony, who has Down Syndrome. While searching for information about her stepbrother Tony, Darla stumbled […]

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ANDERSON for the Linke family — MD

Markus and Sarah Linke met at church 11 years ago and have now been married for 8 years. A lot has happened in their 8 years of marriage; from experiencing miscarriages, to dealing with infertility, to the adoption of their miracle baby Hope in 2013. In the beginning of their relationship, long before they experienced […]

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BRIDGET for the Townsend family — IN

Ben and Amber have been blessed with a blended family that includes 5 children: two teenaged girls and three teenaged boys. They have been praying for a few years about expanding their family via adoption however they knew it had to be in God’s timing and not theirs. Ben’s cousin who has adopted six children […]

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Natalia L36

Girl, born 2011 Apert syndrome, Face dysmorphia, Multiple-suture craniosynostosis. Maxillary hypoplasia. Syndactyly (fingers grown together) Natalia has blue eyes and light hair. She is quiet, observant, she is interested in toys and what is happening around, walks by holding to the play pen, understands the words, but does not speak. Information from the pediatrician (2016) – girl`s […]

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Klay L35

Boy, born 2011 Sleep disorder. Other childhood emotional disorders, Anoxic brain damage, not elsewhere classified, aftereffects of perinatal hypoxia. Tracheostomy. Protein energy malnutrition. Language development delay. At nights boy uses artificial lung ventilation machine.  Klay has brown eyes and dark brown hair. He is joyful, communicative, understands the everyday situations. Differentiates persons and calls them by […]

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CHANCE for the Chinchak family — FL

Hello! We are the Chinchak Family from Central Florida and we hope to be the Forever Family for a special little boy in Eastern Europe. It is such an honor to be returning to Reece’s Rainbow for this adventure. Throughout 2015 we worked especially hard to earn the privilege to become the family to a […]

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Remmie L33

Boy, born 2014 Congenital heart disease (Tetralogy of Fallot) Cardiovascular insufficiency, stage I; OS ptosis palpebral. OU hypermetropia with astigmatism. Protein energy malnutrition. Physical development delay. Language development delay. Listed January 10, 2017 Remmie has grey eyes and light brown hair. He walks without assistance, but unsteady, can climb up on a sofa. He likes to operate with […]

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Blossom L34

Girl, born on October 2003 Down syndrome, mental delays, speech and language delays, behavior/attention issues. Hypothyroidism. Bronchial asthma. Astigmatism. Hypermetropia. The girl needs to wear glasses for distance. Blossom resides in an out-of-family care institution since October 2003 — her mother placed her in the social care center, as she couldn’t provide care and therapy for […]

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Drew

Drew was born in June of 2004. He has been diagnosed with children’s cerebral palsy and encephalopathy. He receives special education and is described as having moderate delays. Listed January 10, 2017 He communicates well with others, but may need some help with everyday tasks. Our in country partner visited Drew and describes him as […]

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