Entries by Michelle

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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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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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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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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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CALINA for the Weaton family — AZ

Chris and Amy have been married for twelve years, and have hearts for growing their family through adoption. They have five young children, aged 1-9 years old, four of whom are adopted from Ethiopia, USA and China. They believe that family is more than blood, and built through love. Though some may say their hands […]

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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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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. $1,590.45 has […]

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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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Shaughan

Boy, born November 2007 PRC Congenital bilateral atresia of external acoustic meatus; congenital bilateral auricles deformity Listed: Oct 24, 2014 Shaughan is a terrific little boy with a very manageable need! He is in care of a very well-run orphanage. Shaughan is diagnosed with bilateral atresia of external ears (moderate conductive hearing loss). Agency staff […]

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4 Siblings

These siblings MUST be adopted together!  They will be available after March 2017!! Boy, born 2010 mixed developmental disorders Girl, born 2011 other disorder of nervous system mixed developmental disorders Haemangioma Girl, born 2013 other disorder of nervous system Girl, born 2014 other specified congenital malformation of circulatory system $3,091.50 has been donated towards the […]

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STAR #1-57

Age: 1 Diagnosis: Amniotic band syndrome resulting in limb differences- Left arm was amputated after birth, missing right foot, left foot is clubbed. Star’s limb differences were detected in a prenatal ultrasound. At one day old, her left arm was amputated. The wound site healed appropriately and she has not had any complications. She does […]

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A Child for the Bloom Family — AL

The Bloom family is heading back to adopt again, this time for one last extra special girl. This is an adoption built on miracles. Our family met her during a previous adoption. She was a lonely girl confined to a crib. Everyone thought she couldn’t be adopted. Everyone thought she had already aged out. Her […]

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Elaine

Girl, born Feb 2013 The girl moves crawling and pushing handles. She can independently sit. She learned to move around using a wheelchair (knows how to turn, go forward and backward). She passively stands – able to set and maintain the torso axis. Attempts to walk with walker.  She have muscle flaccidity and paralysis from […]

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EMMALINE for the Millward family — NJ

We are the Millward family.  Carolyn and Eddie have been married for 26 years and have two incredible boys; Christian 18 and Brian 13.  We cannot forget the other members of the family; their cat and dog Goober and Maggie. Adoption has been a consideration for many years, but a recent blog rekindled the fire […]

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Ruth #1-55

Girl, Age: 1 Diagnosis: Chronic Monocytic Leukemia – Juvenile Myeloid-Monocytic Leukemia- in remission Ruth is currently being raised in an orphanage. She was diagnosed with leukemia at 7 months old. According to the orphanage director, she is currently in remission and only requires a daily oral medication. The director indicated that her prognosis is very […]

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MALLORY for the Bowman family — IN

The Bowman family is excited to be adopting for the 1st time. Angie and Tim met while in college and have been blessed with 4 biological children. Their oldest daughter Allison graduated with a biology degree, and she lives in the same city as Angie and Tim. Their second daughter Brittany is currently working on […]

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Mia #

Girl, 8 years old Special needs: renal agenesis of the left kidney and other reduction defects of kidney; congenital bilateral flatfeet; strabismus (wears glasses); delayed neuropsychological development correspondent to mild mental delay; born with rectovaginal fistula and anal atresia (surgically corrected) Listed: November 2016 Some significant progress is seen in terms of enriching her vocabulary, […]

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DONNI for the Young family — PA

Trevor and Jodi began their journey together in 2000, when they both stated in their premarital counseling workbook that they’d like to have three to five children. After four biological daughters, God spoke to their hearts about adoption in 2010. Over the next six years, they brought home a son and a daughter from Bulgaria […]

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Layla

Girl, born December 2004 PRC Down syndrome, post-op CHD Meet Layla! Layla is a sweet 11-year old girl who will be turning 12 this December! She has Down Syndrome and a congenital heart defect. She had received a heart surgery and since that time she has been doing great! She will be hosted here in […]

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Allen #38-1

Age: 12 Diagnosis: hydrocephalus Allen lived in a mental institution for many years before recently being moved to a group home. Since being moved to the group home, he has made rapid progress in his development. Videos taken in November 2016 show him appropriate answering questions (such as “When is your birthday?”), identifying objects, and […]

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Drake #1-53

Age: 3 Diagnosis: arthrogryposis Medical report indicates contractures are at knees and 4 fingers Videos from November 2016 show him sitting unassisted, making sounds/verbalizations to express pleasure and react to desired toys, playing appropriately with toys (taking blocks apart, interacting with stacking cups by putting them in/out, and shaking a shaker toy. He has full […]

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JENIFER and JOEL for the Horn family — PA

After raising three bio boys, Chuck, Dan and Nick, Christine and Chuck Horn had much more love to give. China was where their hearts were when they learned of orphan hosting in the US.  The Lord opened doors and they excitedly moved forward.  In June of 2016 they hosted an amazing 8 year old boy. […]

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JOHN for the Zupfer family — WA

Shawn and Jenni Zupfer have been married for 10 years and have an incredible 4 year old biological son. While they felt their family of three was complete, they knew they had more love to share and opened their hearts to international adoption. They completed their home study and were soon matched with a toddler. […]

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MARK for the Evans family — NC

Martha and Mike live on a family farm in North Carolina. They have 2 children, one of whom they found on Reece’s Rainbow way back in 2009. Their daughter was completely deaf when adopted and now hears with the aid of Cochlear Implants. They knew their adoption story was not over but had not heard […]

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Eliza #

Eliza was born preterm at 29 weeks in February 2014. She is a healthy little girl with cerebral palsy (mild spastic quadriparesis) and developmental delay. Eliza can sit, pull to stand, walk with support, and is learning to take steps on her own. She grasps and holds objects with both hands, knocks blocks together, and […]

ADELAIDE for the Speck family — KS

The Speck family — Adam, Tiffany, Elijah, Avelyn, Malachai, Brynley, and Truenne — are excited to be adding to their family again, this time through adoption. While Adam and Tiffany had briefly discussed adoption when they were first married 16 years ago, the arrival of 5 biological children in a few short years and the […]

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A mama for EDWIN

Krista has worked in private (domestic and international) adoptions as well as Social Service adoptions for her entire 15 year career. Krista is an only parent to an 8 year old son who has always wanted a little brother. They have often discussed expanding their family through adoption, however were looking at options through the […]

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NORA for the Duty family — WI

The Duty family, Scott, Jennie, Nathan, Jack, Joelle and Elliot, are excited to be adopting for the 1st time! With 3 biological brothers at home, 12, 11 and 7, sister Joelle is ecstatic to finally have a sister! Scott and Jennie have desired to adopt since they started dating. After marrying, having 4 biologic children […]

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Noelani

Girl, born Sept 2014 PRC Down syndrome Meet Noelani! She has just turned 2 years old, and is about the cutest little one ever! Noelani has Down syndrome, and is waiting to be your daughter. She has the typical delays, but is working very hard to progress. Noelani is a favorite of the nannies there, and […]

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MARCUS for the Turner family — MD

The Turner Family would like to introduce you to a very special little boy.  This is their child, Marcus! Although they do not know Marcus yet, Carl and Martha are adopting him from Eastern Europe. What they do know about Marcus is this: He has never known the warm and loving embrace of a mother, […]

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RUTH for the Felmlee family — CO

The Felmlee family, Cortney, Nikki, Tyler, Camden, and Keenston, are excited to be adopting for the 1st time! With 3 biological sons at home, 11, 5, & 3, they cannot wait to add a sister to their family of all boys! Cortney and Nikki are happily married and are both blessed to work from home!  So […]

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BELINDA for the Tegtmeier family — NE

The Tegtmeiers are not new to special needs adoption, although you may remember this family by another name. Grace (Knuth) adopted their two children, Sam and Tony, as a single mom. Not long after the completion of Tony’s adoption, God brought a godly husband and father into picture. Chris (dad) farms Nebraska corn and soybeans […]

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Ansel

Boy, born 2003 Down syndrome LA-E2 Ansel was relinquished to the children’s home when he was almost 2 years old; his family was unable to care for a child with special needs. Ansel receives language and physical therapy once a week, and his vocabulary and social skills are improving!  He enjoys riding bikes, playing in […]

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Joey

Boy, born 2005 Down syndrome LA-E1 Joey was left in the hospital at birth.  He is cleared for adoption and has been waiting for SO very long!  He has lived in the same children’s home since he was an infant.  He attends a school for children with special needs in the community. Joey sounds like […]

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Martin #

Martin is a lovable 21-month old boy. He is described as calm and likes to seek out attention from adults. Martin also loves to receive hugs from other people and is able to walk when held by both hands. Martin is also able to steadily sit up unaided. Doctors have diagnosed Martin with Down Syndrome. […]

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ALEXIS for the Van Halle Family–NY

The VanHalle family is not new to special needs adoption, having adopted three children with Down syndrome with the help of the Reece’s Rainbow community (along with their family and friends) in the last 4 years. They are ready this time to pursue the adoption of Alexis who has been on their hearts now for […]

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Stanley #

Boy, age: 2 and a half years Special needs: protein-energy malnutrition, strabismus, right-sided hydrocele, significant disturbance of behavior requiring care and treatment. He doesn’t take any medications. Stanley crawls, scoots around, stands up while holding onto something for support, walks while held by one hand and when placed in a baby walker. He can make […]

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Parker (L)

Parker needs medical rehabilitation and medical treatment for HIV syndrome. Listed: Oct 26, 2016 Parker is a very loving, gentle, attached, and curious two year old boy. He likes to participate in activities. He is interested in toys and evaluates them. He likes to play independently as well as with other children. He likes to […]

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Zadie

Girl, born 2005 PRC Down syndrome Listed: Oct 26, 2016 Zadie gets along well with everyone in her foster home. She has 2 best friends in particular that she is often with. She loves riding her tricycle and doing puzzles. She is a good listener in school and is proud of her work.   *** […]

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Harriet

Girl, born 2014 PRC Down syndrome Listed: Oct 26, 2016 Harriet can be a little timid at times but is not afraid of strangers. She is often smiling and loves being around the other children. She can understand what is being said to her and is a smart girl. She loves toys and her favorite […]

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Cheyenne

Girl, born 2009 PRC Down syndrome Listed: Oct 26, 2016 Cheyenne is an active and very optimistic 7 year old girl. She loves to sing and dance and is a very happy child. She loves playing piano and is capable of doing many things on her own, such playing and eating. She can communicate well, […]

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Chloris

Girl, born Oct 2010 PRC Down syndrome Listed: Oct 26, 2016 This is Chloris!  Chloris came to the orphanage when she was just a few months old. They found she has Down syndrome, with no known heart or other health issues. Chloris lives with a foster family, and gets along very well with her foster […]

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Vance

Boy, born February 14, 2001 Down syndrome Listed April 3, 2013 Vance is a cute, outgoing boy, with a winning smile!  He loves to play outside – particularly swinging and playing soccer.   He enjoys drawing and playing with puzzles and bricks. Vance has a significant speech delay, but interacts with others using gestures and […]

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TIMON for the Arnold family — WA

Brent and Holly Arnold have been married for 24 years. They wanted to adopt children from the beginning of their marriage. Their plans were put on hold when they were blessed with two biological children. Later they added four more children through the gift of adoption. They are hoping to adopt a 13 year boy […]

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Dominick

Boy, born May 2004 PRC Down syndrome Listed October 2016 A recent adopting family met this boy, and spent time with Dominick on two different occasions.   They said:  “He is a very sweet boy who has expressed that he wants to be adopted. We have adopted two of his friends, and they pray every […]

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Owen

Owen was born in July 2014 and has Down Syndrome. His heart is reportedly healthy. Listed October 2016 Owen is an active child who can cruise along furniture and likes to play with toys. Owen responds to the people around him, communicates with gestures and sounds, and understands at least part of what is said […]

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Evelyn

Evelyn was born in October 2012 and has Down Syndrome. Her heart defect was surgically repaired. Listed October 2016 Evelyn can walk holding a hand or against support. She’s an active girl who plays with toys and interacts with friends. She eats well, is potty-trained and makes herself understood with gestures, facial expressions and by […]

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