SN: mild humpback
In Asia, many people believe it’s important to welcome the new year with new clothes. Eight-year-old Winnie is so proud of her new coat and is ready to bring in the Year of the Rabbit!
Winnie is a very sweet girl. She is always smiling and is very outgoing. The nannies love her because she is an excellent helper! Cleaning the table, mopping the floor, making beds, folding clothes and feeding babies are all fun and games for Winnie. She has a little humpback (a frontward curving of the spine that causes a bowing of the back), but it is said to not be too serious. Winnie walks very well, although occasionally she is a little unsteady. She expresses herself well but has difficulty articulating some of her words.
Please help find his family before he ages out (at 16)!
Update May 2015: I was only with him for a couple minutes, but he seemed very polite and obedient. I gave him a little hug and he seemed to enjoy the attention. He seemed quiet but not overly shy. Nice boy.
From someone who met him in 2012: Amos is a wonderful sweet boy! He will do anything you’ll ask. In the summer the children will play outside and the more disabled children are sitting in a big box. Everyday he carries out the carpet to put in the box and he will carry out the benches and chairs to sit on as well. When the ‘outside-time’ is over, he would carry it all back in again. He doesn’t really talk, but I’m pretty sure he would be able to. He does make sounds and he loves to ‘sing’. While singing he makes sounds that could almost be words, but as long as he’s lacking of stimulation, I think he will not talk. He likes to dance around to.
He is a big help for the nurses. When a child has to go to the shower or potty he brings them, when a child falls down, he picks the child up, even without somebody telling him to do that. He is a really social butterfly. He cares about the children around him and I’m sure that he would be an awesome big brother, because that’s what he is for the children in his group.
Illiana has been living in a mental institution for most of her life. She walks, eats and dresses independently; is very sociable; enjoys getting personal attention; recognizes her own as well as other people’s emotions – demonstrates attachment, joy and anxiety; indicates when she needs to go to the toilet; freely initiates interactions with the staff, other children and unfamiliar people; behaves well; understands other people’s speech; pronounces some words by imitation; selective attitude and preferences in her communication with other children and the staff; uses mimics to show her emotions and attitude.
Illianna has waited a long time for a family and she has very little time left to find one!
Boy, born January 2000
Eben is a communicative, friendly boy. He studies well at school, and is interested in computer sciences.
From a missionary who visited in August 2014: ” such sad, soulful eyes. He has a lot of self-harming behaviors and is covered in scars. He is aware of what is going on around him though and needs love and attention to blossom. He likes music. He can feed himself but will give you the spoon back when he wants a break. He can walk. This little love deserves a chance to be happy, it makes me sick to think of what awaits him in life. ”
From someone who met him: When I met him I was heartbroken! More than any child in the institution the sight of this thin boy with his hands tied and blood on his sleeves made me weep! My own child self-harms and I think I connected with this sight…it could have been my angel!! The staff told me he was tied for his protection, as he hurts himself; the holes on his sleeves obviously points to this… my own child has a self-harming syndrome and lives a wondrously happy and fabulous family life! Yes it needs managing but this child in front of me was desperate and my heart literally broke! He needs help and the life I know he can lead!
From an adoptive family who visited with him in June 2013: I met Nehemiah today. He is in a groupa with 7 other boys. In the playroom he sat on a mat with a stuffed lion. He didn’t really interact with me at all. Occasionally he would begin to cry loudly. Luckily, the caregivers responded to him quickly. He has sores all over his hands and wounds on his face. He’s a very attractive little guy, though.
10 day wait often waived here. Married couples only, larger families welcome.
Boy, born Dec 2001
Reid is an active child who loves warm atmosphere, has a ready smile and prefers to play outdoors. He is full of expressions, fond of music, being active when playing toys. He is obstinate sometimes, and being closed to caretakers. He would block the sunshine by his hands when too much sun burn; sometimes he could take care to other infants in bed by touch their head or feed them with cake. He has normal intelligence growth, good at imitation, is a smart and lovely child.
Additional pictures available.
UPDATE NOVEMBER 2014! From one of our adoptive families who visited with him: “The institution he is living in has undergone a lot of changes in the last year after a new director was appointed. The building has been remodeled so that the children now live in family style groups with multiple bedrooms for two children each, a living room, small kitchen, dining room, two bathrooms, laundry room and a visiting area. During free time the children move around between the rooms as they please and we have seen the children in Andruis’ group helping with some of the daily living tasks – clearing dishes, vacuuming, assisting children who cannot feed themselves and so on. Andruis is in a group with seven other children of varying ages and special needs. He is a very quiet, peaceful, gentle boy. He prefers to play with dolls and stuffed animals and he generally keeps his distance from the loudest and most active children. We watched him sit with a much smaller, weaker child who crawled on Andruis and stroked his hair for a solid half an hour and Andruis was not at all defensive or rough with the littler boy. His caregivers say that he does not speak, but hears and understands what is said to him. He can dress and use the bathroom with minimal assistance. He has had trouble with his teeth since being transferred to the institution and eats only soft foods, but he feeds himself neatly and clears his own dishes when he is finished. He is shy and new people in his environment cause him to withdraw a bit, but I saw him snuggle up to and smile at a familiar caregiver and he interacts appropriately with the other children in the group. He attends a nearby school for children with special needs and participates in many therapies and activities. If he is not adopted he will remain at the same institution for the rest of his life, moving from the children’s to the adult’s wing when he turns 21. The director is very interested in seeing children adopted, but a bit incredulous that anyone would want them. Our daughter is the first child ever to be adopted, domestically or internationally, from this institution. It would be wonderful if Andruis could be the second!”
Thank God for a new photo and updated info about Andruis! He is a New Year’s Eve baby, so he brings the promise of great things in every new year! Andruis has some hearing loss and wears hearing aids. He continuously receives speech and music therapy. As you can see from his photo, he is doing well, but desperately needs a family as he has been living at the institution since 2007. Andruis attends the 5th grade at the special needs school. He is able to walk/run and is active. He smiles and is affectionate, but shy around people he doesn’t know. He does not have much speech at all, but so much of this is due to his poor hearing. Imagine how is world could open up with improved hearing aids! His entire world, everything he processes, is delayed due to hearing impairment….signing may be the key to opening his whole world. He is able to eat on his own. He needs help with self-care/hygiene. Andruis has SO much potential in a loving family. He’s been waiting SO long and has lost so much time when he should have been at home!
From his medical records: born premature at 35 weeks, 4th pregnancy. Down syndrome, cognitively delayed, cochlear neuritis – hearing impairment. Atopic dermatitis. Hypermetropia on both eyes. FULL MEDICAL RECORDS available upfront.
This is a GREAT country program, with excellent health and social care, and full medical records available upfront. Andruis has been listed with us for many years, it’s his turn to find a family! Interested families should be home study approved (or close to it) to adopt an older institutionalized child and should not have very young children in the home.
Experienced adoptive families may be the best fit for Andruis. Please inquire! He is running out of time.
- Married couples only (married at least 2 1/2 years)
- Parents must be 18 years older than child; no more than 50 years old
- Two unrelated children can be adopted together
- Two trips are required
Girl, born 1999
Mild Mental Delays
Natalie will age out in DECEMBER 2015!!
From a family that met her in early 2015:
She is a very sweet girl. We didn’t spend much time with her but she seemed very quiet and smart. I don’t know what her special need is but it must be very mild.
Boy, born December 2002
Nephritic syndrome, post-op cleft lip and palate
Saul is a very happy boy. He was eager to catch our attention and say hello to everyone. His caregivers state that he is outgoing and gets along well with his peers. They also stated that he acts out at times. Solomon was part of the Non-profit run Preschool/Kindergarten program and now attends the Special Education school in the orphanage. He loved the fishing activity at the park because his favorite animal is a fish! He was very determined to catch as many fish as he could. Who is ready to take him fishing and watch him reel them in?
A $5,000 agency grant is available, and his orphanage donation has been reduced and could possibly be waived completely.
His mother was single and she passed away. He has no siblings.
Every time our facilitation team visits his orphanage, Ricky asks if anyone has inquired about him. He very much wants a family of his own!!!
Ricky is already 14 and is running out of time to be chosen. Please share him and help him find his “forever family”.
Boy, born August 2000
Lord, please, PLEASE let them see me here…please let my Mama and papa find me…please…..
Davian is 13 years old and stuffed in a stroller. Experienced adoptive families preferred. Large families and older parents welcome. Married couples only.
Girl, Born September 2002
NEW pictures and an update, from 2013!
She is extroverted and can express her feelings very well. When she is happy she will greet you warmly and embrace you enthusiastically; if she thinks that she was treated wrongly she will make sharp sound and cry loudly to blow off her discontent. She has made great physical progress and can go up and down stairs and loves to dance around!
UPDATE from 2013:
Tara does not speak; she uses sign language to express herself. She is independent with most of her daily life. She is in a special need class; she can not read and write. She gets along with kids not super well but so so; Her personality is outgoing and she is very strong-willed. She can jump and climb. She likes to ride bike, watch TV, chase.
Single moms permitted, only one parent has to travel.
Boy, born July 2002
Dropsy of the brain or Post op hydrocephaly
Marshall has normal mental development. Because he suffers dropsy of the brain,he was treated in the Children’s Hospital. In August 2006, he received a ventriculoperitoneal shunt. He recovered well, then in 2009 he received another surgery for the shunt. At the age of 2 years, he could point out the names of kids, at the age of 3 years, he could imitate to draw simple shapes, could call a yi, and at the age of 4-5 years, he could walk and say simple sentences. Because of the obstructive dropsy of brain, he is prone to falling down more easily. Now, his balance ability is better, his pronunciation is clear, and he is more of an extrovert. He an communicate with others and he can take care of himself. He is cute and polite and will help the younger brothers and sisters in daily time.
Girl, born April 2002
Report from 2008:
Kylie has a ready smile, and is fond of playing with others. Moderate sleep. She can go up and down stairs on her own, jump off floor with both feet, put on and off clothes and shoes, wash hands, feed herself. She is fond of playing wtih toys, and reading picture books. Favorite spoort is playing outdoors, favorite toy is plush toys.
Full medical history is available for families.
Girl, Born July 2000
Down syndrome; Moderate delays
#AGINGOUT July 2016
From a report in 2009: “Frankie is a self-sufficient girl, confident, independent, with initiative, restless, with the capacity to interact, she reclaims what she wants, is stubborn and demanding in their desires, impulsive, she plays games for recreation and relationship with her peers. She likes music and dancing.
She has a mental age of 3 ½ years [as of 2009], her verbal language is limited, she shows initiative to communicate, her comprehension is more advanced than her expressive speech.
She moves easily up and down stairs, kicks and throws the ball; her fine motor coordination is poor, she likes coloring, making repetitive lines and activities with the pencil, she uses scissors.
Boy, Born April 2000
Dante is a handsome young man! Nearly 14 years old and full of life and potential. Considered quite high functioning by the staff and caregivers. Very smart, active, friendly, helpful…enjoys the computer very much, as well as hockey and basketball. Loves people and playing with other children, but likes to have his own time as well. Speaks well, understands clearly, responds appropriately. He even knows how to ride a bike safely in the street! He is generous with his things, but also takes care of them. (I’m wondering where I can get a child like this!? Wow!)
He does seem to need glasses (he squints a lot). Full medical and social history available.
Praying Dante will not have to wait one second longer now that he has a voice and a chance through Reece’s Rainbow. Older parents and large families welcome, single moms welcome. Wonderful program!
Boy, born August 2002
hemiparalysis of right side, delayed language
Skippy is now 13 years old and is listed as having hemiparalysis of right-sided; his language is not fluent. He reportedly uses only his left hand due to no strength in his right arm and hand. Although it is difficult at times for him to put on his clothes, his file states that he can do it quickly and neatly. His file states that he is active, cute., loves to work and to help other children. This sweet boy is said to have a ready smile and is called a “sunshine little boy”. He really likes to draw and has good imagination.
Boy, born February 2000
Edison is a fun loving boy, very active, likes sports, is fond of soccer, average student.
Girl, born June 2002
Emmaline is well behaved, lovely and cute. Sometimes when she feels injustice from other children, she would act as a spoiled child in the cuddle of a teacher. As she grows up everyday, we feel happy yet we worry about her, because she is very sensitive and is able to understand what the teachers tell her. Sometimes she could do something out of predict. She has a good friend and they are called “golden partners” just because they are always together whatsoever playing or eating. They share things well and they even do things together such as cleaning floors.
We remember that once she found one shoe on the air conditioning, and she wanted to get it down, however, she was not tall enough and she babbled telling her friend. The friend took a chair, Emmaline stepped on the chair in order to get the shoe, and finally, she made it. She really surprised us at that time. She is really amazing. She could think of using a chair to help to get the shoe to finish her goal.
Unfortunately, she seldom speaks, which is the thing that we worry about her the most. Only give her more stimulate of language skills such as doing some oral gym to help her learn simple words, could she incorporate herself into this society well.
Boy, born July 26, 2002
Leonard is an extroverted and active 10 year old boy who always has a ready smile. He has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and extropia of both eyes. Leonard’s cerebral palsy effects mostly his physical movements with little effect on his intellect. Leonard can walk alone steadily, run, and can go upstairs and downstairs alone and his grasping ability and fine motor ability have improved. Leonard has trouble trying to keep his body still for a long time. Although he speaks slowly, he understands words and has no serious barrier in communicating. He has good self-care abilities. Leonard is fond of watching TV and playing games. He always gets along well with the other children and likes to be close with others.
Sweet Denzel! He is tube fed through his nose, and often swaddled to prevent him from removing the tube. He ‘lights up’ and smiles widely when presented with musical toys — a greatly welcome distraction from his days spent staring at the ceiling. There is so much a family could provide for him!
Boy, born June 2002
12.5 year old Charles has waited far too long for a family of his own and the number one reason he has likely waited as long as he has is because he was born a boy. Charles is diagnosed with a mild form of congenital ichthyosis, a skin condition that can be easily managed. Charles will be celebrating his 13th birthday in June and then will only have one year left to find a family or he will age out at 14. There is no reason this child should age out. His needs are manageable and he deserves to be loved by a forever family of his own!
Charles’ file is very outdated. Charles is described as active and smart. He is independent with is personal care and he is good at answering questions. He enjoys singing and can also recite rhymes. Charles gets along well with the nannies, teachers, and other kids. He is able to express his needs and talks clearly and politely. Charles has good manners and is positive when greeting his teachers and friends. He loves to help the teachers sweep and mop the floor, wipe the desks, etc. Charles likes playing on the sliding board, swings, and trampolines. He is also fond of watching tv, taking pictures, and looking at pictures. Maybe Charles could be a photographer in the future, but first we need to find Charles a forever family!
Boy, born December 2002
Sweet Barry is now 12.5 years old and waiting for his forever family to see him. He was abandoned at a week old and was found by a stranger with a birth note. That person took him in and raised him until he was about 4.5 and then he was turned over to the local orphanage. It was determined when Barry came into care that he had cerebral palsy, but that he was very smart. He did need to use a walker when walking. Barry started receiving rehabilitation therapy once he came into the care of the orphanage. Barry wears orthotics on his legs in addition to using the walker for support. He is very determined and persistent and now insists on practicing standing with the support of the wall for 1-2 hours each day. Barry is a fighter and is very optimistic. He respects his elders and loves the younger children. He helps the nannies with what he can and helps take care of the other children. He practiced for two years so he could perform at the Chinese New Year celebration. He sang a popular song and his optimism affected everyone in attendance. Barry deserves to know the love of a forever family and sounds like a boy who would do so well in a family where he is able to receive the therapies he needs. Do you have room in your hear and home for Barry?
Boy, born August 2002
Cerebral Palsy, Hep B
Flynn has an agency grant of $3,500 available.
Flynn has the sweetest smile! The agency staff found him to be kindhearted, obedient and a good sharer. He is very smart and attends the orphanage school. They believe he could do so much better with a good education! He is so cute with his big eyes and it’s clear that he’s a favorite with the caretakers. Flynn has physical therapy every day and is able to walk, jump, go up and down stairs, and do all of the activities of the other children. He is completely independent with his self-care, and he is determined!! Flynn appears younger than his age due to his special need. He knows some English and sang “Do-Re-Mi” for the agency staff!
Girl, born November 2002
Elize is a beautiful little girl who will be 13 years old in November. She is deaf, but is very outgoing and likes to communicate with her friends by writing or using sign language. She is in the 6th grade and does well in school. She is developing normally and is currently healthy. Please help Elize find her forever family!
Paige is a sweet 14 year old girl who has Down syndrome, severe mental delay and hydrocephalus.
She is calm and timid; often smiles; rejoices when receiving attention; demonstrates her attachment to staff members; produces sounds and she is visibly happy when someone hugs her; loves listening to music, watching TV and moving around in her positioning walker; loves it when someone reads fairy-tales to her; responds to other people’s speech; establishes contact easily; makes eye contact; engages in school work with the help of her resource teacher; looks at the pictures in children’s books.
Boy, born March 2002
post-op hernia, post-op sensitive special need, lesion/hairy patch on his spine
Meet 13 year old Milos! An agency in-country facilitator recently met Milos at a Journey of Hope camp. Those camps are typically for children who have been waiting around a long time for a family to choose them. This is an URGENT situation for Milos because he will turn 14 years old in March, 2016 and at that time he will forever lose the opportunity to be part of a forever family. Milos needs someone to see him as their son SOON and work hard to bring him home. His adoption could be expedited because he has less than a year before he will age out. Milos is diagnosed as having a repaired hernia, a repaired sensitive special need, and a lesion/hairy patch on his spine. According to the agencies in country facilitator, he has had surgeries and most of his physical issues were fixed. He is in good health now. Milos is in 6th grade at a nearby elementary school. He does not do very well at school in academics, but he is well behaved and obedient. He likes playing cooking and wants to be a chef. Milos likes helping his caretakers. He likes playing chess and playing with toy cars and airplanes. Milos is a good kid- he just doesn’t like to study. There are no mental concerns, he just does not do that well in school. He has a best friend at the orphanage whose paperwork is being submitted.
Milos wants to be adopted, but is very disappointed because he has been to many Journey of Hope camps. He feels hopeless and doesn’t feel like a family will come for him. The agency is heartbroken to read that and hopes that they can find him a family and that eventually that wonderful news could be shared with him and his hope will be renewed! Please help us spread the word about Milos. We know there is a family out there for every child- we just need you help in finding them!
Boy, born April 2002
Peterson is blind with light perception and has lived in a foster home for orphans with visual impairments since 2009. Every child has an individual education plan and the goal is to allow them to be independent and live life to the full. Peterson is very independent. He has lived in an apartment next to his school for over two years. Every day, he uses his cane to walk to school. He studies a lot of different subjects and he is fluent in Braille reading and writing. He can speak some English and loves to talk to visitors in English. His self-help skills are good and he can get himself dressed, washed and get ready for school. He does his homework well and he has chores to do around the house, including washing dishes, cleaning the table and hanging up washing. Peterson has a good memory. He always asks a lot of questions. He loves to sing and has a perfect tenor voice. He loves to give and receive hugs. In his second semester at the Blind School, he was awarded some scholarship money for his excellent work, and he spent it on music lessons learning to play the erhu. He is confident and in December 2012 he presented the Christmas Concert with a loud and clear speaking voice in front of over 300 people! Peterson has now run twice in the (mini) marathon and he often goes to the park to regularly run 5km. When asked he said his favorite thing to do is sing and his favorite subject at school is PE. His favorite animal is an elephant and his favorite food is peanuts. Peterson wants to be a singer when he grows up. When asked if there was anything he wanted to say he replied “Thank you to everyone who helps!” Are you the musical family Peterson is waiting for? Maybe he is the tenor to round out your family choir!
Diagnosis: Down syndrome
Bryannah has been in a mental institution since 2011. She has been in orphanages her entire life, but was just recently registered for adoption in 2013. She has waited 12 years for a chance to find a family! She walks, plays with toys, responds to her name and attends a special needs school each day. She is not talking and still requires help with daily self-help skills.
The agency also has a video available.
Girl, born Feb 2003
Danielle is a sweet 10 year old girl who came to the institution at 5 years of age. She tends to have an episode when the weather suddenly turns cold. She will usually start to feel better after lying down for half an hour. Danielle is a very polite and sensible little girl. Usually, when she has nothing to do, she likes to help the nannies with whatever she is able to help with. She enjoys playing games with other children and really loves to talk. She is lively and open, and is well liked by everyone.
Danielle has become an active little girl. She likes to go jogging in the morning with the other kids and can run 400-500m. She did not attend school due to flare-ups of her condition, and because she has not been attending school, her intelligence is a bit lower compared to her peers. However, she has good language ability and can communicate with others normally. She enjoys singing songs and can recite some poetry. She can also write numbers. Danielle is also very hospitable. When guests come, she will warmly greet them, ask if they would like to sit down, and will shake their hand to say goodbye when the guests are leaving. She also considers herself as the Big Sister and will take care of the younger children.
Dani’s caregivers say that she is very hospitable, kind, and helpful. She likes to help clean up after the younger kids in the orphanage. Her favorite thing to do is SING!
Boy, born 2001
History of seizures, speech delays
Carl is an 11-year-old boy, who takes epilepsy medication, hasn’t had a seizure ever since he was placed in the institution where he is at present (June 2009); has a speech difficulty; interacts freely with both familiar and unfamiliar people; loves playing with all children; shows a great interest in being involved in different activities; likes logic games; has normal physical development.
Because we only have this child’s file for a short time, he will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for him.
Girl, born March 2002
Yani lives with a foster family! She can communicate with the family and is very close to the mother of the home. She is very helpful and well-liked. She is active. Yani’s mental development is below average compared to her peers. She likes to play games, sing and dance. While she is introverted, Yani has a passion for performing! She sometimes makes up her own dance moves. She currently studies at a special school and has many friends. All of Yani’s teachers really like her. We truly hope Yani finds a home!
Brilynn is one smart cookie! She is an excellent student and loves to learn. She is fond of drawing, listening to music, playing puzzles, watching cartoons and reading. Her favorite toys are Barbie dolls. Brilynn gets along with other children well, and is happy to share toys. She likes to laugh and make others laugh. Brilynn is adored by her caretakers. She is the perfect princess just waiting for her royal family to find her.
A $5,000 agency grant is available, and her orphanage donation has been reduced and could possibly be waived completely.
Girl, born Feb 2002
perforate in the right tympanum
Emily is believed to have a diagnosis of Williams syndrome, but her records reportedly say Down syndrome. An adoptive family should be prepared (and approved) for either.
She can walk alone, run and jump, can communicate with other kids, watch TV or play toys together, she can put on clothes and shoes alone and can go to the toilet, she has
normal diet, likes to eat sweet food and meat, likes to play games and study with others, can count 50 numbers, knows colors, big and small and picture shapes and so on, she is lovely and cute.
Girl, born 2002
13 year old Kennedy doesn’t have much time left! She will age out and forever lose the chance to have a family if a family doesn’t see her and get to China before her 14th birthday in April.
Kennedy spent 12 years of her life living in a family in the foster village on the orphanage grounds. Last year she moved with a family outside the orphanage grounds. She attends a public school and is in 3rd grade. Her favorite subject is math. She can add double digit numbers, multiply, and she can read fluently. She can write her name and her language is clear and fluent. She is learning a little English there as well. She understands adoption, but is a little scared. She walks independently, but has a noticeably different gait. Her CP affects her control- her movements are a bit jerky. Kennedy can go up and down stairs independently. She received PT when she was younger, but no longer receives that since she is doing everything independently. She has good fine motor skills and she understand everything and answers questions well. Her mental ability is normal. She has no issues with continence and she has normal hearing and vision. She is independent in her self-care- dressing and eating. She uses a spoon and chopsticks to eat, but prefers a spoon.
Kennedy’s best friend is Millie, who is also on the agency’s waiting child list. Her favorite foods are fruit- especially bananas. She likes toys that are special/unique and meaningful- not little kid toys. Her favorite animal is a puppy and her favorite color is pink. She hopes to be a teacher when she grows up! She is very mild and sweet. The orphanage staff described her as playful, extroverted, very friendly, helpful when asked, a follower, and obedient. They said she is only shy/quiet in front of strangers. Kennedy really enjoys painting.
The agency has several videos of Kennedy!
There is a $4,000 agency grant for Kennedy’s adoption with her current agency.
Boy, born May 2002
Nathaniel is an outgoing boy turning 11 years old in May. His intellectual development is delayed, but he does have normal body development.
Nathaniel was found and brought to the institution when he was 2 years and 6 months old. Upon admission, he could stretch his hands out when he wanted to be cuddled and could say mom. When he was 3, he could say sister, aunt and brother in Chinese. By the time he was 5, he could tie his shoelaces without help and could basically understand adults. Nathaniel learned how to do simple chores such as sweeping the floor and cleaning the desk when he was 8. Now, he is able to have simple communication with others and helps the aunt do simple tasks around the house. Nathaniel is an active boy that loves playing sports with his classmates. He is also good at saying thank you and says hello to others on his own initiative.
Boy, Born 2001
Alexey is consdered significantly delayed. He is fully mobile, and oh so handsome! But he has been given a second chance at life, saved from the mental institution and living in this well-kept school setting.
From a family who met him, Sept 2012:
Alexei is really a handsome guy and I think he knows it! He was playing ball with his groupa and is very active. When he was given a cookie from us he said thank you appropriately and made perfect eye contact. He will be a joy to any family with sons at home!
Update June 2013:
Alexey has a very big sweet tooth! He would not put down his lollipop to take a picture- when asked he told us politely “No, thank you.”
Diagnosis: Down syndrome
Ryan is 12 years old. He has been in an institutionHis gross motor skills are well developed. He walks, runs, climbs and prefers physical activities. He exhibits some stereotypical movements. He plays with toys and attempts to manipulate them correctly. He requires 1:1 assistance for academic tasks. He is currently being instructed in how to trace letters, though he still requires assistance with this task. He tries to fit shapes into puzzles. He can arrange blocks and builds towers with them. He likes to arrange the chairs in stacks. He eats independently, though he’s still working on hygiene in related to table skills. He does put away his own dishes once he’s done eating. He can dress himself, but he does not undress himself independently. His personal hygiene skills are not built up at this time. During art class, he requires assistance with coloring and art projects. He can glue items onto paper if the items are pre-cut for him. His emotions and attention are unstable. He is hyperactive and doesn’t always follow the rules. He exhibits difficult behaviors when he doesn’t get his way or doesn’t want to do something. He is sometimes aggressive with objects and with his peers. He enjoys dancing and prefers to participate in activities and play that involve a ball and interacting with children who are more physical.
Additional information: Ryan has been visited by an experienced adoptive family and members from an adoption team well experienced in observing children with special needs. During the visits, he exhibited aggression toward the adults and staff members from the institution. He had difficulty following basic instructions from the staff and often didn’t respond to his name. He did seem to enjoy interacting in small amounts with the adults, though he wanted those interactions on his terms. He did not respond well to restrictions or being made to do things that he did not want to do. He will need a family willing to provide a lot of structure, routine and consistency in behavior management.
Additional photos and videos of Ryan from October 2012 are available.
Boy, born 2001
Significant mental delays, hydrocephaly, spastic paresis and inborn partial optic atrophy
From someone who met him:
He is a quiet child who smiled every time I looked his way.
10 day wait often waived here. Married couples only, larger families welcome.
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 expresses himself well.
Griffin is 15 and has delayed neuropsychological development; moderate mental delay.
He has good physical development and well-developed motor skills. He loves to help and he willingly joins the household activities and shares the responsibilities; curious and demonstrates interest in many different areas; leads conversations at an everyday level; independent with regards to self-service and hygiene habits; has introverted disposition.
Because we only have this child’s file for a short time, he will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for him.
Update January 2012: Cullen is in 4th grade this year. He knows the names of all the children in his class and has a best friend. He pronounces short words and simple sentences. He can repeat numbers and counts to 5 with help. He is very musical and loves to dance.
Additional photos and videos of Cullen are available.
Cullen is 12 years old. He’s been living in a mental institution since the age of 5. He is completely healthy with no physical delays or health problems. Cullen is in 3rd grade at a local special education school. He enjoys going on walks and field trips. He plays with blocks, mechanical toys and kitchen sets. He engages in pretend play. He likes to look at books and will look at the pictures in the book and point to objects in them upon request. He can identify animals and foods and choose them from photos. He has well developed self-help skills. He’s toilet trained, feeds himself, dresses himself, folds his own clothes and washes his hands and face independently before bed each night.
Girl, born 2001
Update May 2012:
Dawn lived in an orphanage until she was three, when they moved her to an institution.
She just started walking a couple of months ago. She enjoys interacting with adults and playing with toys. Her favorite activities and toys revolve around music. She understands what is said to her but does not have any meaningful speech at this time. She reacts very positively to attention, smiles and cheers when adults interact with her. She attends a class at the institution, but does not go to school outside of the institution. She has not had the opportunity to experience many of the ordinary activities that other children her age are naturally exposed to due to the length of time she’s been institutionalized. She doesn’t have any medical or behavioral concerns. She just needs a family willing to look past her age to see her potential!
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Boy, born 01/05/01
James is looking for an amazing family to help him grow and develop. In 2007, he was diagnosed with Asperger’s, ADHD, and developmental disability but is considered high functioning. He lived with his birth parents for the first two years of his life, but due to abuse and maltreatment, was placed in the care of the government. James’ foster mother describes him as sweet and considerate. He struggles with his social interactions with his peers, but does much better with adults. He has difficulty adjusting to a new environments and changes in routine, but his foster mother and teachers work very hard with him to prepare and ease transitions. James does well in school and when he is interested in something, he is able to maintain his focus for long periods of time. He has a special talent for puzzles. He is able to complete puzzles with 300 pieces alone!
Boy, born February 2001
cerebral palsy, cognitive delays, spastic diplegia, inborn hydrocephalus, secondary cardiopathy
Leroy is one of the cleverest kids there, and he speaks a lot – he is rather impudent 😉
He gets sad, when other children get presents and he doesn’t. He understands much and likes ice-cream.
From someone who met him in 2012:
I thought he was wonderful…again one of the lucky 9 boys to be in the small group home, picked because he is so very able. He is clever and could achieve much. He was full of smiles and laughter when I met him. He was very polite and enjoyed the excitement of a visit. He really would thrive in a home environment.
From a family who met him, summer 2014:
Leroy is a very high functioning boy and definitely more mature than the other kids in his home. At first he wasn’t sure if he wanted a family, but after seeing so many of his friends leave with new parents he has changed his mind. He is very determined and has recently started to walk after years of being unable to move except by dragging his legs. He has a really good sense of humor and definitely understands everything going on around him. He was never inappropriate with us but had no trouble cracking jokes.
Boy, born January 2003
post op. anal artresia and post op. genital malformations
Galan is already 12 years old. He was born with anal atresia and a genital deformity (hypospadias), and was abandoned when he was only 4 months old. He had several surgeries in 2005 and is now in good health. He has good bowel control, and moderate control of urination but he does not need to wear diapers.
Galan is a clever and intelligent boy, who gets good grades in his 5th grade class. He gets along well with other children. He lives in a foster family with whom he has good relations. When we met him in late June, he was all smiles, especially when playing with our iPad. He counted, demonstrated that he walks and runs without issue, and was friendly and happy to meet us.
It’s not easy to find a home when you’re a 12 year old boy. Maybe you could be the parents that Gavin needs to reach his full potential?
Boy, born in 2001
psoriasis vulgaris, Hyperkinetic disorders, nonorganic enuresis
Christopher also has two half-siblings — middle half-sister, born in 2005, and a younger half-brother, born in 2008
Christopher is calmer, verbal aggression in interaction is no longer observed.
In a relationship he tries to act nice, waits for praises. He likes making social contacts, has friends of the same age as he is. The boy loves doing household chores. Spends his spare time by the TV, likes cell phone games, sometimes plays with his little sister and brother. The boy likes inventing things, he has logically practical thinking. The boy has acquired knitting. He is in a correction class at the school. The boy does his homework in a prolonged school group, sometimes some tasks should be done at home though. He is not so good in mathematics, especially in solving math word problems. The boy packs his bag for school self-dependently, sometimes forgets something. The boy does his homework quickly but superficially, then characteristic phrase for him is “Everything will be fine!”. The boy needs control. He wants to be adopted together with his siblings.
Girl, born Feb 2001
Diagnosis: severe grade of the mental delay, hydrocephalus, fibrosis of hyaloid, secondary glaucoma, exfoliation/detachment of retina, congenital defect of the heart partition
Angela is very small for her age. She needs a family!
Update June 2013:
She is so sweet. She is blind, but follows with her head your voice and she smiles very big when you talk to her! She has such potential but is in a bed!!
Boy, born 2001
Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, flail legs, secondary multisystemic central origin dystrophy, delay of physical development, severe mental delays
Sweet boy needs a family to love him!
Girl, born 2001
Mild to moderate mental delays
Soleil comes very highly recommended from the orphanage director. She has shown great progress since she entered the orphanage.
She is running out of time — a family must be found for her before she turns 16!
Update June 2013:
Soliel really stands out. She is a helper. She was helping the younger children stand up and dance and they were watching her to mimic what to do. She seems to be one of children that helps the orphanage staff as she is able to follow directions. She can read and speaks very clearly when asked questions. It is unclear why she is in this specific orphanage and they pointed her out specifically as needing a family! She is a very sweet girl who said she has dreamed about having a family but isn’t sure if she will ever have one- it just about broke my heart. There is also video available with her in it!
Girl, born 1998
Boy, born 2003
Mental delays, but otherwise healthy
They are currently in the same region, but in different orphanages.
Girl, born January 2002
Chelsia ages out in January 2016 – she needs a family to be in country to adopt her, prior to her birthday!
Beautiful Chelsia recently turned 13. Normally that would be very exciting, but for Chelsia it means she now has less than a year for her family to find her and for them to be in her country. Chelsia must be adopted before her 14th birthday or she will age out and likely face a life in an institution. Chelsia is diagnosed with delayed development. Chelsia is shy at first, but she likes communicating with people once she is familiar with them. She enjoys reading books and watching tv. Chelsia’s teachers say she is not good at math, but it does not seem to affect her socially. She is energetic and is often found with a smile on her face! Chelsia enjoys playing with toys, but she enjoys puzzles and drawing the most. She can express her will and she is very polite. She is independent with taking care of her own needs and will help adults when she is able. Chelsia has a good appetite. Her favorite foods are dumplings, vegetables, fruits, sweets, and snacks.
Boy, born March 2002
Tyrek ages out 3/2016 – He needs a family to adopt him prior to his 14th birthday, or he will lose his chance at a family.
From his file dated May 2011: Tyrek is extroverted and gets along well with others. He has great ability to adapt to his environment. Tyrek likes playing gate ball, hula hoop, rope skipping. He likes to play planes, rockets, ultraman and he like to sing adults’ songs and no longer has interest in children’s songs He can recite many poems of Tang Dynasty and his performing ability is excellent. Tyrek attends a school for the blind and likes microcomputers the best. He can look after himself in his life and his teachers speak very highly of him.
Girl, born 2000
Mild Mental Delay
From a family that met her in early 2015:
She is so sweet. Speaks English very well and even translated for us some, she loves to dance and put on shows. The outfit she has on is a traditional dance costume; they were getting ready to put on a show for St Nicholas day.
ALIVE and WAITING!
A question was raised about whether Kiersten had passed away, but this photo was taken March 14, 2012 😉 She still needs a family!
Isn’t Kiersten beautiful? She is 15 years old but is still very much a toddler. She is not able to walk on her own. There is nothing in her medical records to indicate why she is so delayed, and she does not show obvious facial features of FAS…her needs are quite unknown.
From her medical records: significant mental delay, congenital hypothyroidism
As with all children living in these difficult conditions, this child’s cognitive development has regressed significantly since he/she was younger. It is of crucial importance that any family considering the adoption of an older child from the mental institution setting be well prepared for what to expect with regards to how the neglect and lack of adequate medical care and nourishment has affected this child. These children all have TREMENDOUS potential for improvement, and deserve to have a life outside these four walls.
Girl, born August 2000
Polly is a 12-year-old girl with a mild mental delay who has a developmental disorder of speech and language. She is in need of dental care due to some issues with her teeth.
Polly is relatively well-developed physically when compared to the age norms. The lack of parental care, a mother’s caress and physical and emotional contact in early infancy has affected the child’s psychological development negatively by lowering the quality of her behavioral activity.
There are no significant irregularities as regards Polly’s psychomotor development. She demonstrates satisfactory verbal, non-verbal and eye contact. Her strength is correspondent to her bodily development. The child has normal mobility and well-coordinated movements. She would benefit from active physical activities and sports. The girl has adapted well to her classmates at school. Her attention is unsteady during the classes; she has limited attention span and low stability of concentration and can easily be distracted.
Additional medical information available.
Because we only have this child’s file for a short time, she will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for her.
Boy, Born July 2000
Brandon was born in July of 2000. He has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. He is described as calm, smiley, active, and friendly. He likes toys, especially blocks. He likes to show what he has built with blocks and is very proud with himself. He does not pronounce words clearly, but most people are able to understand what he was saying. He is able to understand what is being said to him, as well as perform simple tasks. He recognizes some items and knows the colors. He is described as “a very sweet boy”.
Photos, video and a report are available from the agency upon request.
Girl, born August 21, 2002
Her paperwork is old, from 2009 and it states:
For her better growth, we sent her into foster family. During this period, she become more outgoing, and will not afraid of people, and can call people. In kindergarten, nannies teach her dance, she study seriously, nannies and children all liked her very much. She is a beautiful girl.
From a volunteer who met her:
Joy is getting better and better since coming [here]. With enough teaching and training we hope Joy will be able to live independently eventually. Joy was hit when she was little. We only spent several hours with her, but she wasn’t aggressive when we were there. She actually was quite caring. She can cook and do everything for herself. School is very hard for her and when she can’t do her school work it makes her very sad. Joy only lived with [the volunteer]for a few months, but she had improved greatly in that time. Her behavior was much better. She isn’t sure about her being able to live independently.
Additional pictures available.
Boy, born November 2000
Down syndrome, neurodystrophy, psychological and motor development disorder, alalia
So glad to have a new photo of Duane! He’s making silly faces for you.
From a volunteer who visited with him in July 2014: ” Duane is a wonderful boy, but he doesn’t get the attention he deserves. It is getting harder to interact with him. He responds less and less when you try to interact with him. Even when you are interacting with him, he loses interest and he will lay on the floor again.
He is best friends with Isolde, but she has been put in a different group now. Nobody ever puts them together, so that’s what we did this summer. The nurses first wouldn’t let us, but we explained that they are best friends and then it was okay. They hugged for minutes, until he was getting weaker (his legs aren’t really strong) and he lay down on the floor again. Isolde tried to get him to hug some more or to play a game through the bars from the playpen, but he didn’t react anymore. I’m afraid that next year he’ll be worse again. He needs to get out. Duane has some language, but is mainly non-verbal. He shows no aggressive behaviors, but as said, he is getting weaker, he is showing less and less behaviors at all. Someone needs to go and get him out of there.”
From someone who met Duane in 2012: Sweet little Duane is the huggiest boy I’ve ever met! He is a determined, strong willed little guy and is up walking and chasing after balls despite some mild CP on his left side that causes his left knee to extend backwards in a painful looking manner. He has an amazing laugh, though it is sometimes a mischievous laugh. He sometimes feels the need to push boundaries, such as throwing balls at the other children, but he is a boy with a lot of love to give, both to the adults and the other kids in his group. He also sometimes gives massages. I feel he would especially thrive in a house where he is the youngest, or at least the smallest child in the home.
Significant features of FAS, shared as a cautionary disclosure for families considering his needs.
Duane’s best friend is Isolde; they could be adopted together. Elinor, Devora, Isolde, Julia, Sullivan, Artemur, Duane, Abner and Irina may all be in the same region.
Boy, born June 2000
moderate mental delays and an organic lesion of the central nervous system.
Jonah is running short on time to be adopted — he is already 15 years old!
Jonah is shy, reserved, and soft spoken, but communicates very well with his peers. He is said to have difficulty comprehending what is asked of him, but with repetition he can complete simple tasks. At the same time, his caretakers note that Jonah likes to go to school and learn. It is believed that with more attention and targeted therapy, Jonah could progress.
Update October 2014: Our in-country representative visited Jonah and found him to be a quiet, shy boy who likes to smile. He is well-behaved, follows instructions, has good self help skills, plays well with other children and likes to draw. Jonah attends sixth grade and his teachers are happy with him.
He can be adopted by single moms. Video available from the agency.
Girl, born Oct 2002
Patience moved from the orphanage to a foster home in 2011. At that time, she also began receiving some schooling. She is happy, outgoing and polite. She likes to sing, recites children’s song, likes to express herself, is easy going, likes to take part in activities. She can help the caretaker do housework. She can read words at level of grade 2 or grade 3 kids. She has right view and correct cognition of things. She has good fine motor skills and is good at cross-stitch. She has an optimistic personality, and she is a kind-hearted girl. She always smiles at you.
She recovered very well from her surgery and likes outdoor play. She can walk by herself but one leg is still stiff. She has a hard time walking. She is wearing a leg corrective device and uses a cane. She falls sometimes. Better to use wheel chair to assist.
Girl, born June 2004
meningocele (post surgery)
Baylee is a delightful girl who is 11 years old! She was found abandoned on a train when she was 2 years old, clutching a small bag of clothes and food. She had received surgery for a meningocele, and was unable to walk. Baylee has no feeling below her knees, but is able to use a walker. Baylee loves pop music and her communication skills are great! She can write her name. She is incontinent, but able to take care of her needs. Baylee loves crafts, and painting. She would surely love school, too! Bailey is smart, social, and very loving. She gets along very well with the other kids, and is able to care for the younger ones. Baylee has a bleak future if she does not find a family. She understands what it means to be adopted, and she looks forward to having her own family.
Girl, born 2002
loss of vision in one eye / some hearing loss (wears hearing aids)
Toni is a beautiful girl who recently turned 13 years old. She has less than one year to find a new family, after which time she will be ineligible for adoption. She came into care as an abandoned child when she was about 2 years old. They discovered she had vision loss in one eye. They thought at that time she was totally deaf. She was placed with a foster family, who taught her to use some basic signs. After a while, the foster mother realized Toni could hear louder sounds and voices. Toni has attended a school for the deaf since last year, where she receives speech therapy. She is now wearing hearing aids, which have enhanced her hearing. Toni is learning to speak. She is able to hear well enough to follow spoken directions. Toni can do addition to 100, and she can write her name. She has excellent self care abilities, and can also help out in caring for the younger children. Toni sets the table, and folds her own laundry. She is very polite. Toni’s caregiver has been encouraging her to be more out going and enthusiastic. She loves to play outdoors with her friends, and is very active. Toni enjoys drawing and making handicrafts, and in her quiet time, watches cartoons and other TV shows. In her videos, you can see how serious Toni appears. She realizes her time to find a family is short, and she is concerned. Toni needs a family who will help her learn all she has missed educationally, and help her blossom.