Entries by Michelle

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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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Iris

Iris was born in January of 2005. She has been diagnosed with spina bifida and hydrocephaly. Listed: January 10, 2017 She is described as a very modest girl. She does not talk much, is shy and reserved. She has a very sweet smile. She is a calm girl who eagerly does what her caretakers want […]

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William #

Boy, born Jan 2006 mild mental delay, hyperactivity, and speech/language delay William is in second grade and benefits from the care of a foster family. He needs help with his homework and has difficulty focusing in school. He has a limited vocabulary and struggles with pronunciation. He communicates non-verbally and would benefit greatly from speech […]

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Vallis #

Boy, born 2001 Vallis needs a family prior to his 16th birthday in July! Vallis was placed in a foster family in 2013, and is currently in eighth grade. He has normal physical development. He also has diabetes mellitus- type 1 which is maintained with medication therapy. He has well-developed gross and fine motor skills. […]

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Melisa #

Girl, born 2004 She has been diagnosed with moderate mental delay and strabismus. Listed: Jan 2017 Melisa has benefited from the care of a foster family for two years. They include her in family outings and she has gone on two vacations with them. Her foster mother works with her to teach her new skills. […]

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Randy #34

Boy, born 2008 Diagnosis: Mild mental delays Randy is a sweet boy who has moderate mental delay and speech delay compared to child his age. He has good gross motor skills though. He still scribbles outside the paper in art activities. He can manipulate some of the musical toys and seeks their functional application, because he […]

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Dido #65

Boy, born 2007 infantile cerebral palsy; severe mental delay; protein-calorie malnutrition Listed: July 26, 2015 Update Jan 2017:  Dido is small and looks younger than his age. He has cerebral palsy – mixed type. He learned to walk at age 3. He goes up and down the stairs holding on the rail. He tries to […]

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MILA for the Perry family — KY

Robbie and Kasey Perry are high school sweethearts now married for thirteen years. They have six biological children –first five boys and one baby girl- and knew they had more love to give. Both parents have always had a heart for adoption, believing adoption to be the theme of the Gospel, and after Kasey watched […]

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Sorenson #

Boy, born 2010 retinopathy, premature birth, general overall delays Listed: April 2, 2015 Update Jan 2017:  Sorenson has bilateral retinopathy and is blind in both eyes. He has some mental delay. He can move independently in space by walking and crawling; he climbs the furniture, squats, goes up and down the stairs. He uses his […]

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Colleen, Jaxson and Stellan

  Sibling Group! Must be adopted together!  They are all currently located in the same region. Colleen must be adopted before she turns 18! an I600 must be filed by spring 2017! girl, born 1999 healthy boy, born 2001 mild mental delays; definitely has some delays, developmentally. he is teased by other kids because he […]

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Harmony #43

Age: 4 years Special needs: blind (due to congenital eye anomalies) and has congenital anomalies syndrome mainly affecting the facial area, agenesis of the corpus callosum, colpocephaly and delayed motor development. Listed May 11, 2015 Updated Jan 2017:  Harmony tries to sit independently and stands with the help of an adult or holding onto support. She […]

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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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Kayla #

Girl, born 2015 Despite Kayla’s needs, she is resilient and displays a social and happy personality. Kayla has several diagnoses; spina bifida aperta of severe form, dislocation of the right coxo-femoral articulation, hydrocephalus and congenital hydronephrosis, 2nd to 3rd degree (hydro-ureter right). Kayla has a ventricular-peritoneal shunt system in place. At this time Kayla is […]

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Tage #46

Boy, born 2012 Age-correspondent physical development and delayed neuropsychological development (mostly regarding speech), cognitive deficit correspondent to mild mental delay, and generalized developmental disorder – infantile autism. Listed: May 2015 Tage is a joyful and happy child.  He is healthy and does not get sick often. There is no delay in his physical development and […]

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Petal L32

Girl, born on February 2012 Moderate to severe mental retardation with significant impairment of behavior, non-organic enuresis and encopresis. Significantly delayed social abilities’ development;  expressive language disorder, seizure syndrome Petal has brown eyes and dark brown hair.  She is unable to find activities independently, plays alone with selective toys (blocks etc.), does not comprehend adults’ talk, […]

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River L31

Boy, born on August 2012 premature birth (degree II), intrauterine infection, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy I-II stage, physical and mental development delay, protein energy malnutrition, microcephaly, OU astigmatism, hypermetropia;  speech therapy recommended River has brown eyes and hair. Welcomes the given attention, but if it is suddenly stopped or in case of contact rejection may react with […]

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Carice L30

Girl, born on January 2016 meningomyelocele of lumbosacral region, hydrocephalus, ventriculoperitoneal shunt; lower limbs flaccid paraparesis, congenital feet inversion-extension deformation, neurogenic bladder, which causes chronic urinary tract infections;   Carice has bluish-grey eyes and brown hair.  She is very positive, often smiles, and always is glad when an adult talks or plays with her. She is […]

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CARRIE for the Wilde Family — UT

Shannon first discovered international adoption – and Reece’s Rainbow – in 2008 after a heartbreaking miscarriage. She instantly knew adopting internationally was something she wanted to do, but Troy wasn’t so sure. After serving as missionaries in Haiti (Troy) and Paraguay (Shannon), they knew first-hand the difference that good medical care, good nutrition and love […]

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A Family for PEARL

We have been thinking about adoption for a few years now but never really felt ready to take the leap of faith, until we saw the pictures of a little girl with a shy grin and the most adorable yellow bows in her hair. She looked like our daughter, and a perfect fit for our […]

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A Family for CLARA and BENTLEY

This family is so excited to once again be adopting. They would greatly appreciate your prayers and would welcome any financial support as they race to try and get Bentley home to treat his cancer and Clara before she ages out in March!   1/1/17 —HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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MOLLIE for the Wheaton family — IL

Kim lives in suburban Chicago, Illinois.  She has four daughters, two biological and two whom she adopted internationally.  She considers her daughters to be the biggest blessing of her life! This past summer, Kim and her daughters decided to participate in a summer hosting program, hosting a 12 year old orphan for four weeks.  When […]

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Bella #2-6

Girl, age 5 Down syndrome BELLA is 5 years old and has Down syndrome. Bella’s gross motor skills are well developed. She walks, runs, goes up and down the stairs without support, and throws a ball. She plays appropriately with toys and will play with her favorite toys for long periods of time. She plays […]

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GWEN for the Myatt family — NC

The Myatt family is so excited to be adopting. This has been a dream of Stephanie’s since she was a young girl in 5th grade. Tommy and Stephanie have been married for 11 years and have 3 biological children: Dylan (12), Bryson (9) and Cohen (5). Tommy is a Calibrations Engineer for a titanium company […]

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Zayn

Boy, born March 2011 PRC Down syndrome Zayn, 5, was abandoned at 1 month old with a diagnosis of Down Syndrome. Zayn is described as an active little boy. He can run and go upstairs and downstairs by himself. He is fond of listening and dancing to music! He enjoys playing interactive games and greeting […]

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Duke

Boy, born July 2013 PRC Down syndrome, CHD Duke, 3, was abandoned at 2 months old. Upon admission to the orphanage, he was diagnosed with Down Syndrome and Congenital Heart Defect (CHD). His caretakers described him as an active, bright and smart kid. Duke has great gross motor skills. He can walk on his own, […]

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Daniella

Girl, born February 2011 PRC Down syndrome Daniella, 5, is described as an active and bright girl though her intellectual capabilities are behind that of her peers. She can use simple language, but cannot speak whole sentences. Her caretakers believe she has the intent to speak but is unable to do so clearly. Instead, Daniella […]

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NINA for the Englert Family — VA

Karen is a licensed professional counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist who has been working with children and families for over 20 years now. Through her career plans have progressed over time and even is able to run her private practice from her home now, there is something missing in her life — a child. […]

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Parker

Boy, born 2012 PRC Down syndrome, possible hearing loss Parker came into care shortly after birth. He has Down Syndrome and possibly some hearing loss in his left ear. This cute little guy goes to preschool five days a week in the orphanage. He can speak many words and follows instructions. Active and affectionate, Parker […]

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Cullen

Boy, born 2014 PRC Down syndrome, CHD Cullen came into care when he was 3 months old. He has Down Syndrome and congenital heart disease (atrioventricular septal defect, PFO and pulmonary hyptertension). He was hospitalized for about three months in late 2014 for heart surgery and currently takes heart daily heart medications. A social worker […]

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Hazel

Girl, born September 2012 PRC Down syndrome Hazel’s story is a little special. She is a beautiful 4 year old girl who has Down Syndrome. When one of the agency’s families traveled to adopt their son they visited the orphanage and met Hazel. They fell in love and asked if she had an adoption file. […]

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Harley

Girl, born Feb 2014 PRC Down syndrome Harley’s paperwork states that she is 2 years old, but the doctors think she may be younger than that. Regardless of her age, Harley is a little sweetie who is squishy and huggable. Her caregiver says she likes to be held and loves snacks and bananas. She is […]

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Mari Rose

Girl, born 2016 Down syndrome, congenital heart disease   She just had heart surgery in country!  She will be available in a couple of months $566.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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3 Siblings for the Howell Family — WA

Justin and Codi Howell are high school sweethearts who have now been married for nine years. Codi has wanted to have a large family and to pursue adoption ever since she was a little girl and Justin was adopted himself. Adoption has always been something that is close to their hearts. The Howells currently have […]

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CHARLIE for the Amick family — NC

The Amick family is excited to be adopting again. Jeremy and Angela have been married for 17 years and have three biological boys- Nathan (12), Caleb (11) and Eli (8). They also have an adopted daughter from China- Lia (adopted in 2015). Jeremy is a pastor and Angela a nurse. They enjoy being outdoors, cooking […]

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LILYA for the Colfack family — NE

Rex and Melissa, have been married for 20 years and have 4 children; 3 biological and one adopted daughter from China. Rex, Melissa, and their children are excited to welcome another little girl into their family. Reece’s Rainbow grabbed their hearts nearly 10 years ago and even though they loved the idea of adopting they […]

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Emery

Girl, born 2012 PRC 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, […]

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RUTH for the Stacey family — IA

Jared and Tera are the parents of four biological children and a son they adopted from Bulgaria a year ago. They are now pursuing an adoption of a young girl with Leukemia who desperately needs treatment. This little girl is also in Eastern Europe. Their adopted son, Andrew, weighed just 11 pounds when they brought […]

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Tess #

Tess was born in February 2004. She has been diagnosed with spina bifida (for which surgery has been done), hydrocephalus, mild cerebellar ataxia, and delayed physical and cognitive development. Tess walks independently for short distances with a distinctive gait, although she prefers to crawl. She can climb up and down stairs holding the railings, and […]

OSCAR for the Gunther family — Canada

Jalena knew she should adopt from from a very young age. Growing up her parents fostered teenagers and instilled in her, a heart for caring for others. She remembers being eight years old, sitting in a blanket fort with her best friend planning their futures. Jalena was going to be a Spice Girl, have a […]

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Sosie

Girl, born 2012 Delayed development of more complex forms of communication and entertainment affect hypersensitivity tactile, visual and auditory, psychomotor hyperactivity, attention and memory deficits. She requires ongoing speech therapy. Listed: Dec 7, 2016 Sosie constantly acquires new language skills and communication, but the process is delayed. She can understand and follow simple commands like […]

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Kitt

Girl, born 2013 features of hypotrophy, dysmorphism face and hands, cataracts, circulatory system defect Listed: Dec 7, 2016 Oh my, what a darling girl! During holiday, Kitt has made good progress in the area of movement – and she’s learned to walk on his own.  Kitt understands instructions, complies with them, plays, and has her own […]

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Wyoming

Boy, born 2012 PRC Down syndrome Listed Dec 7, 2016 Wyoming is wise as ice. That is what Wyoming’s caregiver told me about him. When I tried to clarify what she meant, she replied that it meant he was very smart. She continued that he also likes to read books by himself but also play […]

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Wrennie

Girl, born 2010 PRC Down syndrome Listed: Dec 7, 2016 Wrennie is gentle and quiet by nature. She is introverted but will also play with other children and will interact with her teachers and caregivers. She understands requests made to her and is usually compliant with her caregivers and teachers. She enjoys music time and […]

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Winkler

Boy, born 2014 PRC Down Syndrome Listed: Dec 7, 2016 Winkler is so cool he rules! He can rock his roll on the plasma car. While he is still perfecting walking independently, he is able to to crawl to all the toys he is eager to grab and manipulate. Winkler is reported to be strong […]

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Wilkie

Boy, born 2011 PRC Down syndrome, extra finger on his right hand Listed: Dec 7, 2016 “Wilkie can understand the directions to finish the mission.” Now there is a gift! To understand directions, follow them through and finish the mission is a strong characteristic parents long for their children to develop and incorporate. Right up […]

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Wregan

Girl, born 2012 PRC Down syndrome Listed: Dec 7, 2016 Wregan also participated in the agency’s camp. She is sassy, spunky and a good dancer! She participated in the group performances and was able to execute choreography with little prompting. Wregan was also meeting milestones for a child her age with Down syndrome according to […]

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Wellington

Girl, born July 2014 PRC Down syndrome Listed: Dec 7, 2016 Wellington participated in the agency’s recent advocacy camp. She was paired with an advocate who has a bio child with DS who said she meets most, if not all of the milestones for a child her age with DS.  She said Wellington is an […]

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Kimmy #

Girl, born 2013 This 3 years old girl has been diagnosed with PDD – Pyruvate dehydrogenase deficiency (PDD), Spastic quadriplegia with axial hypotonia, microcephaly and dismrphic facies. She has rehabilitation every day and is on a special Pyruvate dehydrogenase diet due to the PDD. She is a little sweet girl with big brown eyes, white […]

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STEPHAN for the Johnston family — NC

The Johnston family is excited to be adopting for the second time. Chris and Julianna have been married for almost 10 years. Chris works for an international relief organization, and Julianna works at home, educating and caring for their 5 children. One day, the couple read Stephen’s story through Wide-Awake’s post, and after learning more […]

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Evita

Evita was born in May 2016 and has Down Syndrome. She’s very active, reaches for toys and grabs them. She can roll both ways. The director and doctor at her orphanage are very impressed with her development. She is available to single mothers. $2,754.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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Sadie #

Age: 8 years Special needs: moderate mental delay, significant disturbance in behavior requiring care or treatment; bronchial asthma; a condition after 2nd-degree hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy; delayed neuropsychological development. Sadie walks independently. She scribbles on a sheet of paper; looks through books; recognizes different objects and classifies them; keeps her attention focused on different objects and activities, […]

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Mary

Girl, born 2011 epilepsy other disorder of psychological development Her speech centers are affected, she can hardly pronounce separate words but caregivers understand her. Her epilepsy presents in uncontrolled body movements (her body slightly rocks, hands and legs slightly move, sometimes she can even fall down). She is very beautiful, smart and kind.

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Kennedy

Kennedy was born in July 2004 and found abandoned almost 6 months later. She has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome and estropia. I had the opportunity to spend time with Kennedy while volunteering on an advocacy trip in July 2013 and I just discovered that her adoption file was finally prepared in November 2015! I […]

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Emma Joy

Girl, born 2014 PRC Down syndrome When Emma Joy first entered her orphanage she had a poor appetite so the caretakers needed to give her extra care by offering smaller meals more frequently. At the age of 1.5 years old she could sit on a bed and play with a toy alone and could walk […]

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A Family for ANDRE — NY

The Schaus family is excited to be adopting for the first time. Chris and Amanda have been married for 15 years and have two beautiful biological children – Esme (10) and Gavyn (7). They are both teachers – Chris is a high school English teacher and Amanda is a Chairperson for Special Education. They enjoy […]

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Roxy #2-5

Age: 2 Diagnosis: Down syndrome Roxy recognizes her name and is making some sounds. She is not yet speaking words. She recognizes familiar people. She plays with toys and interacts with others. She tries to get the attention of adults when she wants someone to interact with her. She explores things both visually and tactile […]

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