Down syndrome, deafness, strabismus
Tanner was transferred to a group home in 2014. He is very small for his age and has delays in all aspects of his development. While he has an official diagnosis of deafness, he does respond to some sounds, so it is thought that he has some degree of hearing loss, but that he is not completely deaf. He does not have any speech, but he does respond to some basic commands and also to hand gestures. It is possible that many of his delays could be compensated for once his hearing issues are addressed.
Tanner attends a school for children with special needs. He doesn’t have problems following the rules in class and at school. He is calm and usually smiling. He is the favorite of the children at school. He is not aggressive and doesn’t get irritated by the other children. His expressive speech is not developed. He carries out simple commands – “stop”, “sit down”, “give me”, and “take”. He knows his place in the classroom – he has a favorite spot in each classroom. He is oriented in the rooms and partially in the school building. He opens and closes the closets. He can lock and unlock the doors of the closets if the key is put in. He tries to put in the key (rarely manages) and is happy if he succeeds. He likes to look at books with pictures. He has a favorite book in each classroom, picks it up and manipulates with it. He observes the other children while they work. He shows interest in pictures of animals. He works with desire in the classes for physical education.
Photos and videos from December 2014 are available through the agency.
Charles is a sweet little guy, who looks like he’s in need of a Momma to scoop him up!
He is also listed as having barrel chest, which is common in children with Down syndrome. He has no listed heart condition or other health issues.
Charles can be adopted with Megan or any of the other children in this orphanage!
She is said to be independent and active, and she especially loves to swing. She is shy with other children, and seeks attention from adults, cuddling up when hugs and affection are available.
From her medical records: Down syndrome, esotropia, flatfoot, secondary cardiomyopathy.
From a missionary who visited in August 2014: ” she is full of energy, she’ll keep you on your toes. She eats very well and can feed herself. She can walk, run and jump. She doesn’t talk but she makes sounds. She is very boisterous and on the go, she needs big brothers in her life! ”
From a missionary who visited with her in March 2012: One time the care giver made her sit with other children she was so desperate for me all to herself shecried! she really didnt want to share me. This is seriously one child who wants a Mama! She seemed so bright, there is so much potential here being wasted. She whacked the other children to keep them away from me but I could tell she was not an aggressive child. Tania is fiesty and able and just desperate for love! I loved her!!! I wanted to bring her and Katarina home. Tania is always active and she loves playing with her swing set, unlike the other kids who rather just play with their toys. The child is a bit shy around the children of her age. However, she is very brave and courageous when dealing with new visitors. The girl suffers from a lack of motherly care and gentleness, so she is attracted to everyone who is nice and kind to her. She hides her lonely soul behind the wall of her active and independent lifestyle. But as soon as she receives a warm hug and a little love, the mischievous girl suddenly becomes docile and calm.
Larger families, older parents welcome. This region does often waive the 10-day waiting period!
From a family who met her, summer 2014:
Tania is such a tiny little cutie! I can’t believe she is still waiting! She was also a good friend of one of our boys. Every time he sees her picture he will call out her name.We saw her with the other kids from her home at a concert at the orphanage. She was watching everything and danced to a few of the songs. She was the size of a petite five year old, but proportionally small, not too skinny. Her hair is just starting to grow out and is so pretty. She waved and smiled at us a couple times while we were there with our sons. When everyone walked back to the homes after the concert, she got mixed in with our group as her caregivers were pushing wheelchairs and going more slowly. When our group pointed back to where her group was, she turned and walked back very agreeably. She had no trouble walking the fifteen minutes in each direction. We didn’t hear her talk, but she did seem to understand what the caregivers were saying.
She would do so well in a family. The home she is in now is more of a family setting with fewer children and more individual attention, but it is not the same as a real family and they can’t stay there forever. It will give her a great head start to transitioning to a family though!
UPDATE December 2015: “This is Kinley. She is a great girl who loves attention. She tries everything the other girls are doing. She is nonverbal and makes her needs known by gestures. She understands staff. Kinley is inquisitive and very interested in what is going on around her. She is affectionate and a real cutie pie!! ”
FINALLY! A better picture of Kinley! She is running out of time! Sweet Kinley, she’s never has really had her picture taken before, but she’s trying! It’s apparent she’s in need of dental work, and either glasses or surgery to help her vision. Kinley could be adopted with Emmalyn. She’s already waited so long, let’s find Kinley her mama!
Because Teagan has Down syndrome, his physical development, intelligence and mental development developed slowly and was delayed compared to kids of similar age obviously, especially motion and flexibility of his limbs were slightly poorer. In recent years, with the efforts of this institute and foster parents, he can stand by holding onto objects, walk slowly. Now according to his growth foster parents offered him speech rehabilitative and limb training every day.
Teagan is shy, has a ready smile, likes to listen to music very much. When music plays all of his attention is attracted. When being glad he will swing his body following the musical rhythms. He likes to play toys very much, in particular toy cars are his favorite toys. We hope that he who is shy could become more and more active.
Teagan can sit, can understand simple language. His life is regular, has 3 meals per day, has dinners and goes to bed on time. Every day he tells stories, plays games and has outdoor activity under the guide of the foster parents.
Full social history and medical records available. Single moms permitted, only one parent has to travel.
Tyler has waited 10 years for the opportunity to have a family and he is now FINALLY registered for adoption. He needs a family that will look past his age and see all that this little boy can be under the guidance of a loving family.
Tyler has experienced many transitions in his young life. He was placed in an orphanage after birth, sent to a horrific mental institution at age 4, removed from those conditions and placed in a different orphanage at age 6 and then finally moved into a group home family style orphanage at age 7, where he still lives today. In the group home, he is learning daily living skills, basic academics and self-help skills. He eats from a spoon and is learning to feed himself proficiently. He loves water and enjoys playing in the bath tub. He likes to watch TV and to sit on the back patio and watch the dogs walking down the street and the cars passing by. He will call out to the dogs when he sees them. He also enjoys going for walks in the community. He enjoys playing with musical books and toys. He follows verbal directions and says a few one and two syllable words. He knows the difference between familiar people and strangers and enjoys receiving individualized attention from adults. A teacher comes to the group home to work with him and other children on educational goals.
This joyful 11-y.o. boy wi is still waiting for his adoptive parents.
He is a radiant and sociable child who loves interacting with adults. He also has preferred adults which is a significant indicator that the child is capable of forming a relationship of attachment.
SIGNIFICANT RISK, PLEASE ADOPT ME SOON!!
Chrystyna is a beautiful, brown haired, brown eyed girl who deserves a chance at a better life! Her official orphanage papers say she has developmental delays/difficulties from birth, but nothing more specific than that. It is possible she has FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome). Her biological mother was deprived her parental rights in December 2004, and the biological father is not known. Chrystyna has so much potential, and will be a precious gift to any family who adopts her.
Chrystyna is already living in an institution, so we need a family for her right away!
UPDATE: God has been watching Chrystyna. She was recently transferred out of the institution into a wonderful facility, where they teach these children, work with them, and they appear very well cared for. The difference in the few girls who were transferred OUT of the institution is incredible! Please give these girls a second chance for a loving family!
If you are unfamiliar with FAS, please spend some time researching this condition. Just as with Down syndrome, FAS and FAE have a wide variation of effects on each child, both medically, physically, and cognitively. This is typically dependent on how long during the pregnancy the mother consumed alcohol, and of course, how much. There is no way to know this ahead of time.
From a family who met her, Sept 2012:
She is getting settled into her new environment. She seems to be very comfortable in her groupa. She is very beautiful and still has a lot of potential. She deserves a chance!
From someone who met her, June 2013:
During the music performance, she was constantly stimming really fast (like it looks like she is being fast forwarded) and after they finished she was taken out by a nanny. Not sure what is going on with her; If interested families want to see the videos they are welcome to! I know a family tried to take pictures of her last year but couldn’t get a good one because she moved so much!
From her medical records: absence of rectum, cranial bones deformity, multiple development pathologies, severe dermatitis, delay of development but she is very smart and active
Hannah is a very friendly girl. She likes to play different toys, with other children of her group. She is very smiling, easy-going girl. She understands everything, but she does not talk yet. She is a smart girl. She is walking independently.
Hannah was born with deformed cranial bones. Hannah is very smart, she is nearly walking, and has striking blue eyes and a smile to warm your heart! She has severe dermatitis, from what they are not sure. She was also born without a rectum, and presumably uses a colostomy bag at this time. She will definitely need to be seen by a gastroenterologist once home.
From an adoptive family who visited with her in June 2010: ” Hannah is a precious little angel that despite her challenges, is unbelievably full of life. She loves her walker, especially moving “lightening fast” down the hallway, to the playroom, whenever she has the chance. She is a little spit fire…who has a mind of her own;) We took her pacifier (which she loves) out of her mouth to snap a few pictures and she made herself perfectly clear that she wanted it back:) She is developing very well and walks by holding on to her caretakers finger. She can hold a ball/toy and is very social little girl. She happily perked and stood up to her feet (while in her walker) when I bent down and spoke to her. When my camera flashed, she threw her little hands up to her face and smiled. She is an absolute favorite of her caretakers and the Orphanage Director. The “blue” on her skin is an anteseptic that is applied as a result of her extreme skin allergy. Given the chance, this little one will grow by leaps and bounds. She sure stole my heart!”
Hannah is doing well, she is still in the orphanage and will be available for adoption when she turns 5 in September. She is a sweet girl! Unfortunately, pictures cannot reflect it, but she is very charming! We would be happy if a good family could adopt her ASAP!
We got to meet Hannah while touring the special needs floor of the baby house in April 2011. She is obviously adored by the staff, and is well cared for. She was super tiny and a little shy, but that didn’t stop her from approaching our daughter who had traveled with us. Although I didn’t hear her make any sounds, she was very expressive and they quickly and easily responded to her. She appeared to fully understand what they were saying to her as well, and did respond with head nodding and shaking a few times. Not only was she walking on her own, she was strong and steady. Able to get up and down, chase the ball, run off with the ball in her hands. She is currently living in a caring environment with a great therapy floor, able to help her to meet her milestones and goals. She will be transferred between the age of 5 & 6 as all children are from this facility. The reality of where she will go, and the group where she will be fit into should a family not arrive for her BEFORE she is transfer is not good. She will quickly regress there.
Andrue was raised by his birth family until he was 9 months old. At that time, he was hospitalized for genetic testing and when the diagnosis of Down syndrome was confirmed, he was left at the hospital. He was then transferred to an orphanage and later on, to an institution for children with mental disabilities, which is his current home. He walks, climbs and catches a ball. He likes to play with stuffed animals and has one favorite stuffed animal that he carries around with him. He reacts to his name and follows simple directions. He pronounces some syllables and attempts to communicate, but his speech is not yet developed. He smiles when spoken to and enjoys cuddling with familiar adults.
Girl, born 2004
Mental delays. Down syndrome, cardiopathia. Umbilical hernia. Convergent squint.
Paige had previously been living with her mother until she lost her rights.
She can sit independently and can crawl! Her speech is not well developed but she can partially understand what you are saying. She has a very short attention span.
Update June 2013:
Lovely Paige has hair now! She broke my heart. She was just sitting on the couch rocking back and forth and didn’t respond at all when I came over to her. Poor, sweet thing!! The nannys love her, but she needs more than they can give. I am not sure if the move was hard on her or what but she just rocked and rocked.
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!
SINGLE MOMS, OLDER PARENTS, & LARGE FAMILIES WELCOME, EASY TRAVEL. MULTIPLE CHILDREN CAN BE ADOPTED AT THE SAME TIME FOR LOW COST.
Samuel has Down syndrome, an undescended testicle & flat feet. He also has a functional heart murmur that does not require therapy. He is integrated in a room with healthy children. He walks independently. He can drink out of a cup but still requires assistance with feeding. He carries our simple verbal instructions. He seeks out the company of adults. His development is delayed in all areas.
Additional photos and videos from March 2014 are available from the agency.
UPDATE March 2014:
Samuel is now living in a foster home. His foster mother is a retired school teacher and she shared her opinion that Samuel would do very well in an adoptive family.
He is attending a day program for children with special needs where he is receiving basic academic instruction and therapy. He is working on becoming more independent with life skills. He is not currently talking, but he is able to express his wants and needs using gestures and nonverbal communication. His foster mother is encouraging him to vocalize more and make sounds so that he can learn to say words. He enjoys playing with other children and is not aggressive. He responds to verbal directions. He lives in the foster home with one other child and they are good friends. When he’s at the playground, he seeks out older children to play with. His foster mother reports that he enjoys eating sandwiches and drinking sweet tea. She is doing everything possible to prepare him for life with a forever family, as it is her hope that he will one day have a permanent adoptive family of his own!
Boy, born October 2005
Byron is a bright child, whose cognitive abilities are the same as other children his age. He speaks in complete sentences with clear pronunciation, other than a slight regional accent. He has no problem communicating with adults, and can express his ideas and needs freely. In December, the orphanage sent him to a foster home for special training to help his cerebral palsy, and before too long they saw big improvements! His muscles were weak from lack of use, but he had a strong desire to learn to stand and walk. After six months of therapy he was basically independent in daily life. He gets along well with other children in the foster home and at school; when they occasionally have a disagreement they work it out quickly. He enjoys playing with toy cars and balls, and also likes drawing and doing handicrafts. Byron also loves field trips! This determined boy is waiting for a family who can help him continue his great progress!
The current agency has a $4000 grant available for Byron.
Girl, born October 2008
Lanikai is a lovely little girl who is 6 years old! She arrived at the orphanage when she was almost 3 years old, and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and mild strabismus (crossed eyes). Lanikai is a sweet little girl, who so desperately wants to walk without help. She practices every day, and will sometimes cry in frustration when her efforts are not enough. Lanikai can walk with a walker, but is unable to stand or walk unassisted. She can use the walker to go where she needs, and is able to handle her toileting needs alone. Lanikai would certainly benefit from physical therapy. Her speech skills are good, and her fine motor skills are also good. Lanikai often asks the nannies when her new Mommy is coming for her. They always give her the same answer…”Your Mom is waiting for you afar. You just need to recover well, and your parents will come and take you home soon”. Lanikai always gives a content smile at this answer, and the happiness and hope are apparent in her eyes. It’s time for Lanikai to come home!
Carolina is such a beautiful girl; beautiful brown hair with olive skin. She has cerebral palsy, and does wear AFO’s on both feet.
From her medical records: Cerebral palsy, convergent squint, mental delay. She can walk by supporter or holding one hand. She says separate words, understands simple speech, is affectionate and friendly. Physical therapy and a loving family will bring MIRACLES for this little girl!
Carolina was transferred in 2011 to a boarding school (not an institution).
UPDATE August 2013:
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.
Down syndrome, mental delays, inborn partial optic atrophy of both eyes
From an adoptive family who visited him in 2014: ” He is hilarious. He is on puree but can take some lumps. That means he is usually the last to eat and squacks with displeasure. He loves to makes noises with his lips and will thrive in a family. I bet he will learn to speak. When I came to visit my son he came and sat on the couch next to me and held my hand for 20 minutes. He is not particularly shy. He does very small bits of rocking and does not do much stimming. He is a favorite of the caretakers. He is a sweet and curious little guy who is the size of a 4 or 5 year old.”
From an adoptive family who visited with him in June 2013: I met Delmar today. He is really tiny … maybe the size of a 3 year old, very petite in build. He was quite shy and didn’t want to come near me. He moved away when I tried to touch his hand. He was more open with the therapist who was there (a guy). Mostly he just sat on a mat, rocking and looking into space. Occasionally he waved his hands around. He’s a beautiful little boy, and was adorable in a tiny pair of overalls.
10 day wait often waived here. Married couples only, larger families welcome.
Boy, born August 2008
Colby is a precious boy who has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome and Patent Ductus Arteriosus (Congenital Heart Defect). From observation, the heart condition has no obvious affect on daily life.
Colby is active, extroverted, and smiles often. When Colby hears music on the radio, he dances with joy. He does well in dance class and has a good sense of rhythm. Colby also enjoys playing games with other children and likes to watch cartoons.
Boy, born January 2002
DS, atrial septal defect, polydactyly of the left hand
From a volunteer who met him in November 2014: “Artemur really needs to get out. Artemur is probably the strongest and one of the biggest children in his group, eventhough he’s only the size of a preschooler. The nurse who knew how to handle this group, an Artemur, isn’t there anymore. Artemurs behavior has gone worse. He bullies other children and he hits them. He doesn’t listen when nurses try to correct him. But as soon as he gets the positive attention of an adult he totally changes, he starts smiling and behaving very sweet. He is desperate for love and attention. They allowed us to take him (and some other stronger children) for a walk and that makes him so excited. He runs around and he want to explore everything there is to see. It’s a very eager boy. He just needs someone to teach him how to interact with other children. I think he would do best in a family with no younger (or at least smaller) children. Artemur is potty trained. When the nurses ask him to help bring the toys inside or push a wheel chair he will help. He knows how to react on verbal instructions. He has some language, but his language isn’t very clear. I have never seen him communicate about his needs with the nurses.”
Artemur is a handsome boy who has already been waiting far too long for a family of his own!
Large families welcome, multiple children may be adopted together from the same orphanage. Elinor, Devora, Isolde, Julia, Sullivan, Artemur, Duane, Abner and Irina may all be in the same region.
From someone who met Artemur in 2012: Artemur is a ladies man 😉 He loves to greet visitors with a formal “Hello”, a chair for the visitor to sit on, and for the ladies he’ll kiss their hands and sometimes request a kiss by pointing to his cheek. He has ten toes and ten fingers, and appears healthy. He is one of the two highest functioning boys in his group and is a big helper. He is quite verbal, and he has good self-care skills, he is able to feed himself and ask to use the restroom. He likes to play with etch a sketches, toy phones, and bubbles. Artemur would probably do better in a family environment where he can be the youngest in the family.
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.
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.
Oh what a miracle, to have an updated photo of Katrina!!! And there is the light I knew had to be there! She doesn’t realize it, but now that she has a profile here on Reece’s Rainbow, Katrina has a CHANCE…a chance for a new life, a family of her own, to get out of these four walls and to have something to smile about.
From her medical records: Down syndrome, significant cognitive delay (coupled with FAS), flatfoot, partial atrophy of optic nerves, esotropia, secondary cardiomyopathy.
From a missionary who visited in August 2014: “Katrina is such a clever little munchkin. She mimics lots of different things, massage therapy, diapers changes, hammering in nails. Pulling faces the whole time, she is hilarious! She loves cuddles and once she has you she doesn’t want to let go. She still drinks from a bottle. She can walk. She cannot talk (yet). She can be a bit rough at times (scratching / hitting / pushing) so would be better in a family with bigger kids. She just wants to be loved. ”
From a missionary who visited with her in March 2012: Oh my heart…I so wanted to bring her home! She is a giggly soft hearted darling…she needs a mama!
From a family who met her, summer 2014:
Katrina was sitting in a stroller both times we saw her but I know she can walk. She seemed very happy to sit and listen to music during a concert for the orphanage, and she looked over at us with curiosity a few times. Her eyes are gorgeous. She was super cute and smiley, also calm and entertained when we saw her.
She was one of the girls selected for the group home, and the individual attention and instruction should really help her transition into a family! Even though she is getting better care right now, she would make even more progress in a real home. She needs a family!
Katrina and Tania can be adopted together if a family is approved and interested. 10 day wait often waived here. Married couples only, larger families welcome.
Boy, born November 2002
Leonard is so handsome! Growing well, and is blessed to be in a boarding SCHOOL for children with special needs, not an adult mental institution. He has Down syndrome, but no other medical conditions listed at this time. He is said to be very quiet, friendly and cheerful.
Hope someone will see this darling boy and give him the chance he deserves to have a loving family of his own. Married couples only. Older parents and large families welcome.
Jordan does NOT have Down syndrome. He seems very tiny for his age. This sweet boy could really thrive in a family!
Updated picture (left): March 2014
Travis, Troy, Jake, Nathan, Arnold, Garrett, Sammy, Harold, Harriet, Jordan and Russ were all listed together and may still be in the same region, if not orphanage.