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At-risk of Aging Out

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.

Erich

ErichGuardian Angel

Erich (1)Boy, born May 24, 2001
PRC
Blind

 Erich needs to be adopted PRIOR to his birthday in May!

Erich is blind and participates in a program that provides high quality care and education for orphans who are blind or visually impaired. Every child has an individual education plan and the goal is to allow them to be independent and live life to the fullest. Erich came from a large orphanage that didn’t have any special programs for blind children. He had class with the other children his age, even though he is completely blind. Erich has a very technical and logical mind. He loves maths and science, and when he first came he learned Braille from scratch in just one week! He took to it very quickly. He loves knowing how things work, and for his 12th birthday, he got to visit an elevator factory and he loved listening to the engineers telling him how they worked. He used to have one leg longer than the other, but a recent X-ray showed that his legs are the same size! He can walk well but could do with some more physical therapy. In spite of all this, he has now run twice in a (mini) marathon and he often goes to the park to run 3-5km. Erich’s favorite food is tomatoes and his favorite subject is braille. When he grows up he wants to be an engineer! When asked what he would like to tell the world about himself he said “God lives in my heart!”

$195.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

Jasper

Jasper (1)Jasper (2)Boy, born January 2001  (ages out 1/1/2015)
PRC
Down syndrome, undescended testis, Dental concerns

JASPER NEEDS A FAMILY IMMEDIATELY.  HE AGES OUT IN JANUARY, WHICH MEANS HE WILL BE LOST FOREVER WITHOUT A FAMILY OF HIS OWN.    Because of the short time frame, interested families must be Hague-homestudy approved and already in progress to adopt from China.    Please contact debbie@reecesrainbow.org for more info.

 

Jasper was abandoned at 8 yrs old. He can walk alone steadily, can speak simple words, not clearly, can understand others, can have a meal alone and can go to toilet alone.

He, is active and extroverted, likes to integrate with other people, and is good at it;  In life, he can take care of himself, can put on clothes and shoes, can have a meal alone, without any concerns; sometimes he would care adults; when he sees the aunt tried to stand, he would move a chair for her; he is fond of playing with toys, and would speak to himself while playing with toys; after that he can put toys back.

$9,052.81 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption, including $639.96 from Angel Tree donations!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

Blaine

MI (1) Blaine-2014Boy, born Sept 1999
Cerebral palsy, deep mental handicap, hydrocephaly, complete vascular leukoma, corneal staphyloma, inborn optic atrophy

This child is rather calm, but always smiles when somebody touches him, and always tries to walk with somebody’s support.

 

From a missionary who visited in August 2014:  “A very handsome young man. He gets around really well by crawling on his knees. He can walk a few steps with assistance but he cannot fully straighten his knees. But with therapy etc he could walk unassisted! He can feed himself a soft diet with a spoon. He verbalizes sounds but I do not think he can speak yet. He responds to affection but spends a lot of time staring out the window. He’s bored and needs out! ”

From a family who met him in June 2013:   I met Blaine today. When I arrived at the orphanage he was being stretched by the therapist. He seemed to really like the therapist and would crawl to him and hold up his hands so that he could stand up. He can walk if you hold both his hands, and I saw him in a gait trainer, too. It’s very difficult for him to walk as he doesn’t seem to be able to fully straighten his legs. Blaine smiles a lot and seemed to be a pretty happy kid. He did get mad about something and have a tantrum, but it passed quickly. He rocks a lot and makes repetitive noises. He came over to sit by me and took my hand from another child’s so he could hold it. He was very interested in my iPhone.

From someone who met him: He was a bundle of smiles, just desperate to interact with us. [One of the men] picked him up and swung him, they obviously have built up a relationship and he shrieked with laughter…it was joyous! He was made to sit next to Tania for a picture, she hated it but he was just fine! He would blossom in a family and with a life!

10 day wait often waived here. Married couples only, larger families welcome.

$426.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

Dagmar

30520133548Boy, born January 1999

Cerebral palsy; Moderate mental delays

 

$8,535.30 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

Francesca

Girl, born February 1999
Affection of the central nervous system, spastic low paraparesis, myopia, hip dysplasia, mental delays

 

What a lovely young lady — she’s waited far too long for a family.

Please help find her family before she ages out (at 16)!

Additional photos available.  Married couples only; travel required.

$428.80 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

Benji

benBoy, born July 31, 2001
PRC

 Benji needs to be adopted PRIOR to his birthday in July 2015!

Benji is a happy boy that has been diagnosed with mental delays, Esotropia of both eyes and hearing loss of both ears. Aside from these conditions, Ben has normal body development, and is doing well at the institute.

Benji was admitted to the institute at the age of 1 year and 3 months. At that time, he was able to sit for a while and could wave “good bye” to people. When he was 2, he could put on his own clothes and enjoyed playing games with his peers. At age 3, he could run, jump, and greet people in a positive manner. At the institute, Benji has learned many things such as washing his hands and face, eating dinner with a spoon, putting on his shoes, recognizing male and female, and saying thank you. He is now able to understand directions and do basic self-care. Benji also loves to play outdoors, and often kicks the ball around with his classmates. Benji is described as an active, open, and smiling boy that gets along well with others.

$18.10 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

Rania

20525191619 (5)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 GraceLynnKinley, and Emmalyn) 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.   Previous adoptive experience of older institutionalized children is preferred.

 

$20,090.90 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

 

Reign

Y1999reign-2014Girl, born December 1999guardianangel

 

 

New current photo of Reign.  Nearly 15 years old and left in a crib to die slowly.  Imagine the transformation in her life if she had a loving family of her own!

 

Cerebral palsy, deep mental handicap

Bedridden and quiet, so heartbreakingly alone.
10 day wait often waived here.  Married couples only, larger families welcome.

$3,871.27 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

Garion

Garion2 GarionBoy, born August 1999
HIV, mental delays, nonverbal, possible autism

 

From a missionary who met him in 2013:
Garion is a very active boy.  He is one of the few children in the institution who seeks out ways to occupy his time. He loves to be outside and is often found climbing trees or playing in the dirt pile. He likes to carry a bucket around and fill it with the odds and ends he finds. He needs more stimulation then he gets in the institution. Garion does not talk, but he smiles at anyone who smiles and waves at him. He responds to his name. He is wary of strangers, but I was able to gain his trust. He does not like to be touched but eventually allowed me to kiss his hand.

One evening I spent an hour with him, throwing back and forth a ball made out of a pair of rolled-up tights. I would recommend Garion for a family that does not have young children. I really loved this boy and felt like he needed someone to work with him to bring him out of his shell.

Physically Garion seems fine. He is the right size and build for a kid his age. He is not small or too thin or anything.

I really, really loved this boy. Emotions pass over his face so plainly, and he looks scared a lot of the time. I think that the world doesn’t make much sense to Garion. I had to work really hard to gain his trust, but I see so much potential in him.

$75.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

Walt

Walt (1)

Walt (2)Boy, born May 2001
PRC
Cleft lip/palate

This very mischievous child needs to be adopted before he turns 14 next May! Walt was picked up by the orphanage on Sept. 22, 2006. He had already had his cleft lip repaired.

Because of the cleft lip and palate operations he has received, his pronunciation is not so clear. He has good intellectual development, is bright, naughty. He is sure to be the participant for the bad things done by the kids in the institute. He can also look after younger kids and share with them whatever food nice to eat. When some younger kids are bullied he will go to help them proactively. Like other kids of same age, he likes playing games and singing.

Walt is introverted, does not contact with strangers, does not pay attention to the unfamiliar people who calling him. He is reserved, but is lively, mischievous, often strives with kids of same age, and likes watching TV. He likes to eat any food and never refuses snack food. He is a mischievous and lovely boy.

$19.80 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

Calder

40223154407 CalderBoy, born August 1999
Emotional disorders

 

 

$459.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

Emil

emil-2014Born December 1999emil
Diagnosis: cerebral palsy and down syndrome

 

DARLING NEW VIDEO OF EMIL from August 2014!  Snugglebug!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5fMJJhY6DA

 

From a missionary who visited with him in August 2014:  Emil is a little rascal that loves attention. He likes to climb up on your lap and blow raspberries. After I kissed him on the cheek he kept squishing his face against mine so that I would kiss him again! He is one smart cookie. He can verbalize lots of different sounds, so he would learn to speak in no time. He can stand and take a few steps with assistance when he wants to! He is lots of fun and needs a Mama and Papa!

 

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.

 

$13,558.22 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

Clarice

Clarice 2014 2 Clarice 2014Girl, born July 1999
Down syndrome

 

Clarice’s pictures are so fun to see – she seems to be all sunshine and motion!   She has such an amazing grin!

Clarice is so tiny; and she has many facial features of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, in addition to her Down syndrome.

She has the personality of an impetuous toddler- very high energy and eager to try everything life has to offer. She too needs a family, and the sooner the better. The possibilities for a child to thrive when they reach a family are endless. She will definitely need medical attention, as you can tell from just seeing her teeth, and lots of patient instruction and guidance.

 

Update from May 2014:
CClarice has a sunshine smile, twinkling eyes, and a unique set of needs, as she is the victim of at least one confirmed type of maternal substance abuse in addition to having Down Syndrome and scoliosis. She has spent the entirety of her almost-15 years of her life without the essential and nurturing maternal and paternal bond. She is a sweet-natured, not loud, strong, and curious child who is the size of a slender six year-old. She is cognitively about two years old. She IS able to obey the stern orphanage nannies, and enjoys massage, stroller rides, sensory activities if she is offered, joint stimulation, and can walk. Clarice can engage in purposeful play and follow basic instructions. She bear-crawls (think Jungle Book) many times, and really has a gentle disposition. Her eyes are innocent and kind, and her personality is gentle and sweet. It is not fair to expect a child in this condition to “perform” for a room full of adults, and she is enamored and thankful with any offers of play or stimulation. She has a self-stimming habit of pushing on her private parts under her underpants, but as I have learned in the DS community, this is probably a result of a lack of sensory input. So, if given the right redirection through sensory play, her habit could be redirected. Clarice has the strength of a man when she wants you to hold her, and it is my opinion that it is unsuitable for her to have several physically smaller siblings. However, that is not legislated. There are several telling videos and photos of Clarice to share for the right family. She needs a family ASAP! I was told by a national regarding the kind of place she goes next — that “most children live for only one year at most once transferred.” Please pray for precious Clarice. Could you love her as a daughter? God knows her name, and he will provide her needs.

$15,378.80 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

 

Amos

Amos-1Boy, born December 1999
Rough mental delay, hydrocephalic syndrome

Please help find his family before he ages out (at 16)!

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.

The only self stimulating behavior that I saw in Amos was sticking things in his ears. You can easily distract him from that by offering him a toy. Once he has a toy, he will not be bored, he can play forever with just one toy.

 

Large families welcome, multiple children may be adopted together from the same orphanage.  Married couples only; travel required.

$662.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

Joseph

Joseph Drawing JosephBoy, born Oct 2001
PRC
postoperative congenital cleft lip and palate neoplasty

Joesph needs to be adopted PRIOR to his birthday in October 2015!

From someone who met him in 2013:
Joseph is an older boy I met this past July who lives in a foster care apartment within his orphanage with two older sisters and three younger siblings. He attends a middle school in the area. Joseph excels in his Art classes and his art is displayed around his foster home and the walls of his bedroom. His foster mom was very proud of his accomplishments and made sure we didn’t leave without seeing his Artwork first! Joseph seemed a little shy but we were told he does hope to be adopted. I imagine he would smile a lot more after some braces. He may be a little self conscious of his teeth but his face lights up when he talks about his Artwork and I was able to catch a small shy smile.

 

$100.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

Isolde

Isolde2Isolde3-2-croppedGirl, born November 1999
Cerebral palsy
Additional information coming soon

Please help find her family before she ages out (at 16)!

Isolde is described as creative and eager.

From a volunteer who visited with her in July 2014:  ”Isolde is really hitting puberty, it’s cute to see how her face starts to change and how tall she has grown this last year. Isolde is becoming a young lady, a wonderful young lady with a very strong but sweet character. Isolde is a good friend as well. She is best friends with Duane, 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 Duane was getting weaker 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. Isolde was so disappointed, she tried for minutes to get him back on his feet and she didn’t want to sit down in her wheelchair again. She kept holding on to the bars of the playpen to keep herself on her feet. I had to tell her very strongly that she had to sit down and that she had to go back to her own group. She cried a little bit when I had to leave her again. Seeing her cry made me cry. She just wants to be loved and to give love. She has so much love to give. I wish someone would see what an amazing young woman she is. She is verbal, potty trained and very sweet. She is able to walk short paces, but to be honest, they wouldn’t let us this summer, so I hope she can still do it, because nobody has trained with her. They don’t have PT in her facility anymore, which she received a couple years ago. She needs to get PT. I stretched her legs a couple times those days and I could already see improvement in flexibility. It is amazing what a bit of stretching can do for her, imagine what PT can do for her. She can blossom in a family and I don’t have a doubt about the fact that she will be able to walk if she is given the chance.”

 

From someone who met her:  Isolde is lovely. First I thought she couldn’t speak when I was there in the summer, ’cause it took her about 3 weeks before she would even say ‘thank you.’ But then she started to talk more and more. I started to do walking exercises with her. She could hardly stand on her legs by then. I practiced with her everyday and what I noticed is that she is a fighter. She worked so hard. She worked until she was bathing in sweat and totally tired. She wouldn’t stop before her legs couldn’t hold her anymore. Everyday we could walk further. First just one side of the building and in the end we could easily walk 2 rounds around the building. Though she needs quite some support. After the summer they gave her PT and she was walking way better when I was there in November again. She could walk with one hand then, which was totally impossible for her in the summer. And again she was fighting to learn more, but being inside the building all day would limit her. She is pretty smart too, I played games with her. One of the games was creating a ‘picture’ with little pins, just copying the example. The physical part of the game was the hardest. So we trained to pick up the pins, put them in and get them out. She is so wonderful! She smiles so sweet. She just stole my hard. In the beginning of the summer she had hardly any muscles in her leg and she was extremely skinny, but during the summer she got more muscles from exercising and in November she was doing even better. I’m so proud of this girl. If she will get the chance, she will reach so much, because she will fight for it. She would do so well in a family, because a family can give her the chance that she deserves and I know she will make the most of it.

Isolde’s best friend is Duane; who is also listed for adoption.

MORE PHOTOS AVAILABLE.  Married couples only, no parent age or family size restrictions, travel required.

$474.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

Zebadiah

Zebadiah-001Boy, born July 2001
PRC
HIV+

Handsome Zebadiah was found when he was 4 years old. He likes to play with other children and he know how to share. He can express his needs, but has difficulty with pronunciation. He doesn’t speak too often and has difficulty expressing his ideas, but he does get along well with others, respects his teachers and is popular with his caretakers and other children. Zebadiah can walk, run and jump freely, understand adults directions and has good self care skills. He studies in Grade 3 and has average marks. He likes to draw, knows simple English letters and has a good sense of observation.

Zebadiah is a good kid who is praised by his foster parents and teachers. He is waiting for his forever family to find him and help him reach his full potential.

$190.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

Marty

MartyBoy, born in November 2001Gary and Marty
PRC
mild hydrocephalus

Marty is a loving, kind child who rarely becomes angry but when he does, he gets over it quickly. He was diagnosed with hydrocephalus when he was found as a baby. He was cured and now is considered to be healthy. Marty stated it perfectly when he exclaimed, “It is good luck to be healthy again.” Marty attends 4th grade where he is especially good with computers. He is of normal intelligence and a great helper to the teacher. He can say many words in English including: no, hello, thank you, goodbye. He also loves all sports, especially basketball. His favorite color is red.

Marty’s best friend is Gary. They are truly close and Marty said his greatest dream would be for them to be adopted together! Marty is not opposed to a large family. He desperately wants to have a forever family. He also commented, “but if you can’t find me a family it will be OK because in the future I will be able to help other children find forever homes.”  Now who wouldn’t love to have a son with such a sweet, caring and positive attitude?

UPDATE DEC 2104:
13 year old Marty and 11.5 year old Gary are foster brothers who are VERY close! They wish to be adopted together and the orphanage hopes they will be as well. BOTH boys now have their orphanage donation waived!!!! The agency has a partnership with their orphanage and just visited in November. After the staff finished interviewing the boys, Marty said, “This is the third time you have come here to meet with us… Why don’t we have a family yet?” Oh my heart…no child should even have to ask that. Can you imagine? These boys NEED to find their forever family and it needs to be quick too since Marty doesn’t have a lot of time!

Marty is a 13 year old boy (ages out next November) who dreams about becoming a teacher. He is diagnosed with mild hydrocephalus. He perseveres in school as he is a leader in his class. His favorite classes are drawing and singing. He’s quite an extroverted young man and is friendly, playful, helpful, and kind. And my favorite…he smiles A LOT! His mental acuity is normal and he is equal to his peers. MARTY HAS NO ORPHANAGE DONATION and he has a $3,000 AGENCY GRANT with Madison Adoption Associates. Agency fees for his adoption will be $3,500.

$32.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

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