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Sizeable Grants ($15,000+)



It is our true belief that there is a “forever family” for each of our waiting orphans with special needs. The purpose of Reece's Rainbow is to raise funds as adoption grants, to help potential adoptive families with the high cost of giving these children the life they so richly deserve.

Your donations and advocacy turn the child on the left into the child on the right!

This page includes the profiles of those children with more than $15,000+ in grant funding available. Put on your WARRIOR shoes and help us find families! PLEASE SHARE THIS PAGE, that others will see it and take that leap of faith to save a child in need.





Grants:


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Vaughn

Boy, born January 2007

CO-A

Down syndrome, otherwise reported to be healthy

What a handsome young fella!  I adore how he’s standing with his hands in his pockets.  Vaughn is already 6, and at a great age to join his forever family.  This is a great program with a wonderful agency partner.  Hope you will consider Vaughn as your son!

 

$16364.50 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.

Dante L3

photoboyBoy, Born April 2000

Isn’t Dante handsome?  My goodness!  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!

$15000.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Geneva L12

photogirlGirl, Born October 1999

Down syndrome

SO grateful to have this opportunity to share these beautiful older children with you!    Geneva is darling….almost 13 years old and growing so well.  She is much loved, and attends a school for children with special needs in the 5th grade.

Geneva has a little hyperactivity…she gets bored easily with things and goes from activity to activity.  She does not use words or gestures to express her desires.  She has such potential to learn to communicate, it would open up her own world and improve her level of frustration.   Geneva also has alopecia areata (like Reece!)…she may benefit from Vitamin D therapy and/or steroid treatment for that hair loss.

 

From her caregivers:  Very lively girl, moves all the time.   Wants individual attention to be focused on her.   Does not react on the admonishments of carers.   Girl gladly attends lessons but does not understand the need for them. Does not ‘see’ herself in the mirror.  Is not able to repeat movements with her lips and tongue.  Has good self-service skills and also tries to help others.   Gladly draws with pencils, chalks and also paints. Is trying to learn to ride in the three-wheel bike.   Likes walking around the city, going to cinema.   Behaves well, eats with fork.  She is a singleton, does not participate in the group activities.

Older parents and large families welcome.

$15000.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Dixie L2

photogirlGirl, Born January 1999
Down syndrome
Dixie is going to make a WONDERFUL daughter!   She is SO smart, helpful, kind, sociable….she needs a chance to live her life outside of an orphanage.  Her speech is very delayed, but she has computer skills and loves to browse through books.   She is active outside and enjoys sports and playing.  She is a “lttle mommy”, and enjoys helping other children whose needs are greater than hers.  Dixie goes to a special needs school where she is in 7th grade.   She does have glasses, but she doesn’t like wearing them….sound familiar?  :)

Dixie is describe as a “keen-witted young lady”.  I LOVE that they see her as the teenager she is, and not as a child.

Update 2013:  Dixie enjoys watching cartoons and TV broadcasts about the animals. She absolutely loves leafing books and encyclopedias about the animals. Very accurately paints in her work-sheets and also painting books. Girl likes going shopping, attending cinema and going to city. She also loves long walks in the city

Dixie can be adopted by older parents, larger families, and single moms.  Families should have experience with international adoption.   Full medical and social history available.

$15000.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

 

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