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These teenagers need to be adopted before their next birthday, or they will no longer be available for international adoption. In some cases, the paperwork needs to be filed for immigration before their birthday — and in some cases the adoption needs to be finalized.

Please inquire if you believe you could work quickly to complete an adoption and save one of these older children and give them the family every child deserves.

Trudy

TrudyGirl, born 1998
HIV+

 

Trudy is the older sister of Tristan and Tatiana.

All three children can be adopted together or separately; they are currently in the same region, but in different orphanages.  We hope to find a family where they can stay together!

Rania

Girl, born March 1999
Down syndrome

 

She looks so thoughtful, doesn’t she?  She only has until age 16 to be adopted — let’s not let her wait that long!    This princess needs a Mama!

 

Rania (along with GraceLynn and Kinley) are in a facility for older disabled children.  We are blessed to have the photos and info we do to fight for these girls to find forever families.   We may be their ONLY chance at a future.   We are seeking an experienced adoptive family who will take a chance on one of these girls, and help open the doors for other older children waiting in this institution.

 

Married couples only.  Older parents and large families welcome.  Travel required.  Previous adoptive experience of older institutionalized children is preferred.

 

$10000.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

 

Sara

SaraGirl, born November 2000 (ages out 11/2014)
PRC
Poor eyesight, slight inversion of foot

 

Sweet Sara is described as active and outgoing. She is polite and has to work hard in school (perhaps an eyesight issue?). She likes barbie dolls, playing house with other children and running. Sara is respectful to her elders and loves younger children. She is a a ind child who wins the love of others. This sweet child is waiting for a family to love.

$118.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Jojo

Jojo2Jojo1Girl, born July 2000
PRC
Cerebral Palsy

She ages out July 2014.

Jojo was abandoned at the age of 22 months. She has strong self-managing ability. Jojo can handle her own basic daily needs. She can also wash the dishes, wash simple clothes, and can fold the quilts in the morning, She is a dutiful child and she always keeps something delicious for her mum, letting her mum taste firstly and then shares with her brothers and sisters. In the simulated family group, she respects parents and gets along well with brothers and sisters. Jojo studies hard, unites classmates, and is a good student.

From her camp volunteer:
Jo Jo lights up the whole world when she smiles and her giggle makes you laugh with her. She is not at the development of her 13 year old peers she needs nurturing and patience. It would be a long road however a worthy one to have this beautiful girl part of your life. She has dreams for the future and wants to become a nurse and I hope who ever adopts this kind, caring girl will help her do that. After 13 years of not knowing love this little girl feels it and needs someone to make her safe and loved.

$2571.84 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

 

Manny

MannyBoy, born September 2000
PRC

Manny needs to be adopted PRIOR to his birthday in September!

Manny is an active 12 year old boy who has been diagnosed with mental retardation.

He was found and brought to the orphanage when he was 8 years old. Upon admission, Manny was found to have normal body development. He has learned to do simple chores, such as cleaning the ground, and can now help his caretaker with household tasks. He has also learned basic self-management. Manny’s language development is also getting better. When admitted, he could say thank you when give things, and at the age of 11, he could have simple conversations with people. Manny enjoys playing outside with his classmates. He loves sports and is known to get along well with other children.

$88.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Danny

dannyBoy, born August 2000 (ages out 8/2014)
PRC
Deaf, Hep B

Danny just turned 13 and after next August if he has not found his forever family he will no longer be eligible for adoption. Danny was brought to the middle school in when he was 10 yrs old. Because he cannot hear he lives with a foster family. The doctors state he has Hepatitis B, but it doesn’t bother him. Danny goes to a special school away from home. He can understand some sign language and can read lips. He has adapted to his new family setting and consider himself to be very clever, obstinate and outgoing.

$376.65 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Alyssa

AlyssaMei3Girl, born November 2000Mei_CrossStitch
PRC
hearing nerve injury on both sides, serious on right side; right scroll ear deformity; scoliosis; congenital anal atresia, postoperative anoplasty;  postoperative rectovestibular fistula

 Alyssa needs to be adopted PRIOR to her birthday in November!

Alyssa was a little introverted when she was young. Now under the help of teachers and aunts, she is quiet, smart, and has a ready smile. She is fairly active when she plays with familiar people; she can take good care of herself in life, and is organized and responsible. She can care about young brothers and sisters; sometimes she is reserved, like a girl. In the studying, she is very careful, and is able to finish homework according to the teacher, meticulously, writing and reading text in particulars.

Alyssa has had some surgeries but is still incontinent. Additional pictures are available for interested families.

There is a family who adopted her best friend and is willing to talk to anyone interested.

$150.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Holly Rose

Holly Rose (2)Girl, born Nov 2000
PRC
Moderate mental delays

Holly was at a foster home, and they had to return her to the orphanage.  She will age out in November, and become unadoptable, when she is 14 :(

She likes to tell the people around her that “I love you”, if see the stranger, she will take initiative to greet “Hello”. Every day aunt taught her to paint, sing, play game and learn the Chinese words one by one. The effort of aunt made her improve quickly in each aspect, she can handle daily life, count from 1 to 30, especially make a big progress in painting, she likes painting, and tell her friends and teacher what she painted, she likes to have classes. She has colorful imagination, and often builds out various blocks shapes, if she builds up a house, she will be glad and want the aunt to praise her.

Holly is outgoing, kind, active girl, she likes to talk and laugh, can speak the sentences with 5 to 10 words in it, often ask some simple questions and good at communication. Usually she likes to watch TV with her friends, if see the picture she loved, she will be very excited and point the TV and tell everyone the name of the person and the meaning of the picture. She can handle her daily life basically, can use chopsticks, knifes and forks, can put on her clothes and shoes, brush her teeth and go to the toilet by herself. She is sympathetic and ready to help. She is clever, sensitive and popular girl.

$1863.90 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

AnnaMarie

AnnaMarie (1)Girl, born December 1998
HIV, crossed eye

 

AnnaMarie loves school and was in 6th grade when I met her. Her favorite subject is math and likes working on the computer and with cameras. AnnaMarie is very quiet, sweet, and soft-spoken. She is very positive. She wants to have brothers and sisters of her own, and has many friends. She likes going out with her friends and dancing. She wants to go to college. I hope someone can help her make her dream come true!

 

AnnaMarie is in the same orphanage with several other available children. Interested and approved families could adopt multiple children together.

 

 

AnnaMarie (2)

$3218.90 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Randall

Boy, born Feb 1999
Down syndrome; infantile cerebral paralysis

Randall needs a family before he ages out in Feb 2015.

 

Randall is a handsome young man who likes to play outside, and is described as gentle with others.  He is a sunny, cheerful boy, who also enjoys arts and crafts.    He’s non-verbal, but is curious and open-hearted.

From a family who met him in summer 2012:

It took us a few days to really get to know Randall. He was not seeking out all the attention that some of the others were. He was content to swing and sing to himself while waiting patiently for someone to kick a soccer ball with him. Oh how he loves to kick a soccer ball.

He is such a kind gentle boy. He would patiently wait to ask to look through our photobooks. Unlike some of the others he was happy to just look – he didn’t need extra attention while looking through it. He was the most careful with the books always being sure to return them safely.

He has some speech issues. He talks and sings but is hard to understand. I think just before we left he was taken for surgery on his palate which may be why he has speech issues.

In addition to swinging and kicking the soccer ball he loves crafts (stringing tiny beads and coloring) He loved the electronic toys we brought – remote control helicopter and translator. But unlike many of the others he always waited his turn, was careful with the items and always gave it to the next boy when his time was up!

Unfortunately Randall is older – his time is running out!! It’s a pretty easy region – the 10 day wait has been waived in the past – and the boys are taken care of.

$10054.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Gene

Gene1Boy, born August 1998

Gene2

Gene is described as eager and easygoing.

From someone who met him:  To really ‘get access’ to Gene, you need to try hard.  Some days he’s living in his own world and it’s hard to ‘reach’ him.   But it’s worth the effort.  I met Gene in the summer, and the other children in the group were all trying to get my attention, Gene wouldn’t  I tried to give some attention to every child in the group, so also to Gene. It took a while before I could get him out of his own world. I grabbed his hand and just stroke his fingers one at a time.  He would look at his fingers, and after doing that for minutes, he would finally look at me.  He looked who was stroking his hand.

Still he didn’t allow me to touch him more than just stroking his hand.  Next day I was wondering if he would still remember me and if I could touch his hand again.  I didn’t need to ask myself that question, because as soon as I walked in, he came up to me, reaching me his hand.  I knew I broke through his wall that kept him safe in his own world. It still took me a while to really ‘open him up’. In November I visited his group again, and again it took me a while to ‘reach’ him. But as I was tickling one of the other boys in his group, he came closer. So I grabbed his hand, to pull him on my lap, next to the other boy, and I tickled him. What happened was amazing! He started to laugh! He laughed out loud, the first time I heard him do that. And he couldn’t stop anymore. His laugh was so contagious and so wonderful to hear it. It brought tears to my eyes. He was so open and he wanted me to tickle him more. Next day I could hardly touch him again, which was hard for me, because I wanted to get him out of his own world again. But I found out that I should not lose hope, because it depends on his mood if he will let you touch him. Another day I could tickle him again and he laughed again. This boy just needs more stimulation to stay out of his own world. Because of the lack of stimulation he normally just sits on the ground and rock back and forth. But he is able to walk, to run around and play games. He can have fun and interact with other children. It just takes a little more. This boy is already in the institute for a long time, and this is the price he paid for it.

He desperately needs a family —  He needs a family committed to him before his 16th birthday, otherwise he’ll be condemned to institution life forever.

Married couples only, large families welcome.

$7641.50 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Twyla

photogirlGirl, born October 2000
PRC
Spina Bifida, Requires walking frame and wheelchair for mobility
Twyla needs to be adopted PRIOR to her birthday in October!

Photo available for interested families.

Twyla is a spirited 13 year-old girl who is chatty and sociable. She is very adaptable and adjusts well to changes. Twyla enjoys playing on the computer, reading novels and doing handicraft work. She is now learning to do cross-stitch.

Twyla is intelligent and bright and recently completed her primary school education. She will start junior high school in September 2013. Twyla has an inclination towards learning languages but also enjoys mathematics. Twyla’s dream is to enter college.

Twyla was in foster care from 2004 and stayed with a wonderful foster family. Her foster family provided her with very good support and care during her growing years. However due to her foster mother’s deteriorating heart condition, the family is no longer able to provide full-time foster care and Twyla was returned to the institution recently. The family still maintains weekend contact with Twyla and continues to help her in her adjustment.

Twyla has expressed that she would really like to have a family of her own that is permanent, she would like to be adopted and can be provided with good preparation for adoption.

$234.50 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Mason and Madison

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Mason
Boy, Jan 2001
Cardiac abnormalities: mitral valve prolapse of 1 stage, supplemental oblique chord of the left ventricle. Scoliosis.

 

Madison
Girl, born Sept 1997
Abnormal development of cardiac system: mitral valve prolapse of 1 stage, humpback.

 

They are currently in the same orphanage, and need to be adopted together.

 

$2399.50 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

 

 

Emil

emil2014Born December 1999emil
Diagnosis: cerebral palsy and down syndrome

From someone who met him in 2012:

Emil was the gentlest child ever! Unable to talk but the pleading in his eyes killed me! He grabbed my finger and wouldn’t let go…what a grip! He also got really hit a few times by others wanting my attention, he didn’t retaliate but fell in a heap and moved away, only to return when the coast was clear. I would love to see this child in a nurturing environment!

Emil is able to walk.

 

$9787.83 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Aubree

AubreeGirl, born Aug. 1999
Diagnoses: arthrogryposis; mental delay

 

Aubree is very active, easy-going, and friendly. Currently, she lives in a special school-orphanage.

 

From one of our adoptive families who visited with her in August 2012:   She truly is a ray of sunshine!   She comes out to greet us in her wheelchair (she has good upper body strength, her legs are fixed straight out in front of her and are tiny.   She doesn’t appear to have AMC in her upper limbs at all.   She is extremely friendly and happy, she enjoys singing and dances in her wheelchair. She can also use her upper body strength to scoot around the floor. I am so excited that she is available because I know she will be a wonderful daughter if just given a chance.   This girl just exudes love and happiness!   The orphanage does provide the children with an education, and even music instruction.  We were able to see Aubree perform in a concert that the children gave for their visitors (they have help from humanitarian groups that come in to work on the building and work with the children).  If anyone asks about her, I would love to talk with them more about the orphanage and the children there.   They have my heart!

Update June 2013:
Aubree is a happy, loving, and well-adjusted little girl. She is popular in her groupa and loves to talk to people and attend the Montessori program at her orphanage. That being said, she is a child you don’t want to turn your back to. She can be very aggressive, and bites, pinches, and hits you when she wants attention or is jealous. She is also very dominant and wants to have your attention at all times, which is difficult when there are other children in the room. While she is very smart, I believe she has some mental delay, though how much of this is due to being raised in an orphanage environment is unclear. She was thrilled when I told her a lot of people loved her and were praying for her, and in the right family she would do very well. It would be best if she were the youngest or only child in a family in my opinion, so she can have all the attention she deserves.

Update from a family who met her in Feb 2014:
Aubree was one of the first ones I met. I’ll be honest, I’ve read her profile, and I was worried. She’s in the pictures we had of our new daughter in the new orphanage, and to think that she was the type of child described in the second “someone met her” description, was scary! I don’t know what brought about the difference yesterday (maybe they’re working with her, or she was just having a bad day before?), but she hung out with us for a while, and we didn’t see any of those behaviors. Our youngest daughter loved her- she was very gentle and nurturing with her, and our son, and very social! We talked for a while, with a nanny and our facilitator translating for us. She likes school very much, especially art, and writing and drawing. She likes animals (cats, dogs, etc). She LOVES jewelry, and hairbows (the more giant the better!). She very much wants brothers and sisters, and when I asked her if she wanted older ones or little ones, she said little (and I believe it, she was very interested in our five kiddos, and loved to snuggle them). She held our daughter and she walked her through our photo book, describing everything- Aubree was so attentive, and her face looked so wistful.

Physically, she has obvious arthrogryposis, although she seems to have some flexibility in her hands, because she was holding a banana (no peel) and eating sections of it by herself. Her legs are pretty small, and very stiff. She struggles with speech, not with the thoughts, but with getting it out, and I believe she would benefit from speech therapy. She was very polite and affectionate as well, and although she does have some obvious cognitive delays, she seems eager to learn new things and to be a part of things.

When she was with us, I had our children playing blocks on one of the beds, and although she watched, and looked very interested in what they were playing, she never attempted to roll over there or monopolize attention. She talked with her friends, with our facilitator, and with me, for a while, especially when she realized that I might know a family for her- which totally broke my heart, because she was so eager to be adopted. At one point, I had turned away to say something to someone else, and she was trying to get my attention- her arms do appear to be affected by the arthrogryposis from what I saw, because her elbows didn’t bend much, and her hands are turned at an unusual angle, and she grabbed at my shirt sleeve, trying to get my attention (she didn’t know my name then). Her hands are strong, from rolling the wheelchair, and her grasp is poor because of the arthrogryposis, so she had to kind of sling her arm and try to close her fingers on my sleeve. I could see the awkwardness of it for her, but she definitely wasn’t afraid to try! She’s beautiful in person- these pictures don’t do her justice at all. And I’m sorry my pictures are blurry, kids don’t stay still long and I was using my camera with a slower capture speed because the room was a bit dim.

*** ADDITIONAL $3000 GRANT AVAILABLE FOR AUBREE’S ADOPTION ***

$12000.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Collier

Boy, born October 1999

Down syndrome, significant mental delays

 

This handsome young man has waited a long time for a family of his own!

Update March 2014:  Collier- he breaks my heart. He’s also in a room with many older, more active and larger boys that are busy moving around, and so he retreats to a small area in the corner of the room, sitting on the floor in between two beds, and just watches everyone. He’s TINY- think toddler/preschooler size, definitely not like a 14 or 15 year old. He’s just a baby in so many ways. I cannot believe that in a year or so, he’ll be too old to be adopted- it just does not seem fair that a virtual preschooler would spend the rest of his life like this. he seemed very quiet, watching everything but never getting up to come over, even though we were handing out cookies and candy and juice.

 

Update June 2013:
Collier is a sweet little guy who just wants to be loved. He looks like he’s about 2 or 3, despite being almost 14 years old. He always keeps trying to find food, and is somewhat of a bottomless pit – I fed him lunch and a candy bar and he was still trying to take food from the other children. He attaches to you very quickly. He would not let go of me when I was in the room and was always trying to go outside on walks. When I picked him up, he would always giggle and smile. Collier would be a most precious son.

Update March 2014:
Collier- he breaks my heart. He’s also in a room with many older, more active and larger boys that are busy moving around, and so he retreats to a small area in the corner of the room, sitting on the floor in between two beds, and just watches everyone. He’s TINY- think toddler/preschooler size, definitely not like a 14 or 15 year old. He’s just a baby in so many ways. I cannot believe that in a year or so, he’ll be too old to be adopted- it just does not seem fair that a virtual preschooler would spend the rest of his life like this. he seemed very quiet, watching everything but never getting up to come over, even though we were handing out cookies and candy and juice.

 

$10000.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.
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