Entries by Michelle

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Lillian and Aston

Girl, born 2015 Carrier of Hep C antibodies (diagnosis may be cancelled soon) Boy, born 2009 Spastic tetraparesis He can walk by himself, can talk some, eats everything, strives at school They will be available fall 2017, and they must be adopted together.

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Karsen

Karsen was born in November 2008 and has Down syndrome. His heart is healthy.  He is available to single moms. Karsen is a kind, friendly, and sensitive little boy who frequently hugs the other children in his group. He walks independently, repeats words, and easily learns songs and dances. Karsen loves to eat and enjoys […]

MARY for the Nalle family — VA

Rob and Julia Nalle have been happily married for 24 years, and have two biological sons: 22-year-old Benjamin and 18-year-old Elijah. They brought home their first adopted son, Aaron, in 2010. That first adoption turned out to be as life-changing for Rob and Julia as it was for Aaron; for it opened their eyes to […]

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Robert Jay

Boy, born July 2014 PRC Down syndrome In September of 2015, I met the most special baby boy! He was to be advocated for as ‘Robert.’ Robert was 14 months old at the time and he didn’t have a file even started. Let me tell you about this little angel. This precious baby boy was […]

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BELLA for the DiAntonio family — PA

Bernie and Marabeth met in 2009 while working together at a helicopter plant. Eighteen months later they were married in a small ceremony surrounded by their five children, Meghan, Nicole, Brian, Joe and Shane. A little bit later Michael, who is blessed with Down Syndrome, came along. Shortly after that came the youngest, Maggie. Adoption […]

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PIPER for the Roush family — GA

Timothy and Tanna have been married almost 18 years and have 3 biological children. Their adoption journey began with a single prayer that, once answered, changed their lives forever. This prayer simply asked God to break their hearts for what breaks His and to rise up in them a holy passion. They adopted their youngest […]

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LUCY for the Speelman family — OH

This is the Speelman’s second adoption. They have three boys, two biological boys and their third son who was adopted from Asia in 2014. The summer of 2016 they determined they still had a child waiting in Asia and Ginny began looking. She stumbled upon a little girl but due to changes in their family […]

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ANGEL for the Job family — CA

The Job family currently reside in Northern California and are thrilled to be adopting for the first time. Gary and Sasha have been married for nearly seventeen years and have been blessed with four amazing children. Their youngest biological child, Zoey, was born with a congenital heart defect as well as an extra chromosome – […]

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Pia #

Pia was born in 2002 and has been diagnosed with spina bifida (which has been surgically addressed), infantile cerebral palsy, club feet, slight lower paraparesis, and mild developmental delays. Pia is an inquisitive and sociable teen who shows a generally positive attitude. She has a well-developed active vocabulary and easily makes conversation. Pia is oriented […]

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Kade #16-2

DOB: 2002 Diagnosis: Down syndrome, asthma Listed: October 9, 2011 2014 UPDATE:  Kade was moved out of an institution and into a group home in 2014.  He is described as sensitive, with alert look, inquisitive, willful, contact and adaptive to the group. He is oriented in his immediate social environment and in the scheme of […]

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Antoinette #24-33

Girl almost 8 years old infantile cerebral palsy; blindness; bilateral sensorineural hearing loss, muscle tone – quadri-hypotonia and hyperreflexia. Listed: July 2014 FEB 2017: CP, Atrophy of optic nerve, neuritis of hearing nerve bilateral with deafness in left The girl usually is calm, in moment of indisposition she shouts, cries.  Shows joy and sadness . […]

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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; From the agency representative who met her:  We are delighted deeply touched by this girl’s kindness and sweet personality. Her intellect […]

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PAULSON for the Hiatt family — UT

Angela and Jon have been married for two years. They have a beautiful blended family of 13 kids. All are girls but one. Angie has a biological daughter with Down syndrome and in 2014 she adopted a little girl from China who also has Down syndrome, and adopted a little girl domestically with special needs. […]

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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. Update April 2017: Mona had the flu in March so her heart surgery has been postponed to a later time this spring. Listed: […]

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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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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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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

Girl: 2003 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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Sydney

Girl, born 2012 epilepsy moderate mental delays congenital talipes calcaneovalgus other chromosomal abnormality myopia Listed: January 2017 $31.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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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 Listed: Jan 26, 2017 Update 1-26-17: Jacob’s heart insufficiency diagnosis was before the operation and there are […]

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Jozy, Rowan and Reisen

Girl, born 2013 HIV boy, born 2008 mental delays boy, born 2010 mental delays Listed: Jan 26, 2017 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 […]

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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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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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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 Listed: Jan 25, 2017 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. […]

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Alek and Edward #2-9

Alek, age: 7 Diagnosis: atypical pulmonary stenosis Edward, age: 13 Diagnosis: no special needs Listed: Jan 25, 2017 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 […]

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Mavrick #2-8

Boy, age: 3 Diagnosis: Prader Willi Syndrome (confirmed with DNA testing) Listed: Jan 25, 2017 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. […]

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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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