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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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Dante L3

boysillouettenophotoBoy, 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!

$15,036.00 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!

Vaughn

Vaughn-most recent photo Feb. 2015Boy, 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 now 8, 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!

UPDATE:
The last report from December 2014 states that his overall health is good. He has gained some weight. Still lives in a foster home where he has activities to help him with his skills and development, he is in the first grade at a school for special needs children. He loves to watch the TV program “Dora la exploradora” and playing with lego games. He likes to help around the house.

$16,724.50 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!

Jianna

Jianna (1) Jianna (2)Girl, born May 5, 2001
PRC
Down syndrome

Jianna needs a family, prior to her birthday in May 2015, or she will age out!

Jianna AGES OUT IN MAY! SHE WILL NO LONGER HAVE A CHANCE TO BE ADOPTED AFTER HER 14th BIRTHDAY in MAY!! She is so precious and deserves a family. She does not have heart issues. Her file is older, but says: Jianna lives In the foster family she has a regular life and normal living schedule every day. She has general sleep and snores loudly after falling asleep and has a tendency to grind her teeth. At age 9.5, she could only pronounce the words like “ante” “mum” “dad” “dan” “strong”. She cannot say a word with two syllables. But those familiar with her can understand what she means through her actions and expressions. She knows her name. When someone calls her name, she would nod with a smile. Jianna is now attending the second grade in the kindergarten. In the kindergarten, the teacher would lead the children to do serial broadcast gymnastics. When the teacher plays the music, Jianna would sway her body to the music and perform some simple actions. She cannot understand figures, colors and pictures. When the teacher teaches other children to read aloud, she would utter some uncertain syllables with the teacher.

Jianna (3)

Jianna can understand what the teacher taught sometimes. When back home from the kindergarten, she would take out all the books and open the leaves one by one and then draw circles or 1 on the notebook with a pen. At home, she would help the foster mother to do some housework. For example, she would help the mother to fold the clothes when she saw her doing that. When she saw the mother was peeling fruits, she would bring a rubbish basket to her. Jianna would help tidy the table after dinner. She doesn’t feel shy when meeting a stranger. If you play with her, she would play with you. If asking her to dance, she would clap her hands and sway her body and smile a sweet smile. Jianna understands the instructions from adults but cannot say, using a gesture to express her meanings. When she sees something she doesn’t know, she would pat the shoulder of her foster mother and asks her to tell her. She is fond of outdoor activities. Every weekend, she would visit the children downstairs in the yard with her foster sister to play games.

$20,703.00 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!

Clarice

CLarice

Clarice 2014 2 Girl, 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:
Clarice 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.

$21,627.30 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!

 

Shepard

ShepardBoy, born May 2001
PRC
Down syndrome

 

Shepard has normal limb development and delayed mental development. Upon admission, he was 6 years old and he was curious and careful. After a period of time, he understood how things worked and became more open. At the age of 7 years, he was receiving the special education in the institute. He took part in more games, study, and work activities. His self-management was improved, but his accepting ability was poor compared to other kids. At the age of 8 years, his observing ability was improved and he could understand the language. He could try to imitate simple words, but his pronunciation was not clear. At the age of 10 years, he could do simple math and finish simple intelligence games under the guidance of his teachers. At the age of 12 years, he could tell the difference between things and had his own thoughts and abilities. He likes to help the younger kids. Now he can understand directions, can express simple sentences, can count 1-10, can paint, and can memorize things slowly. He is open, ready to smile, can get along with others well, and likes playing with kids in the playground. He likes playing basketball and riding the bike. He also likes drawing and watching cartoon with his friends.

$20,438.95 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!

Porter

Porter 2013Guardian Angel

BOY, Born August, 2005

PORTER HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED TO AN INSTITUTION!

 

Don’t mind this pink shirt, Porter is a BOY.    He is HIV+, stage 3.   He is cognitively delayed as well, and has some paralysis on half of his body.

From his medical records:   HIV stage 3, without immunosuppression, delay of psychomotor and speech development, bacillosis

Update 2013:    Severe mental retardation, HIV, congenital heart disease

 

$15,097.40 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!

Andruis (L)

2014

2014

Born December 31, 2000
Down syndrome

 

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!   Andruis is a precious little boy who is 12 years old.  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
$21,559.50 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!
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