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Sizeable Grants ($2500+)



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 $2,500+ 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.



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Octavian

30413212627 (1)Boy, born Jan 2013

Down syndrome

 

Such irresistible chubby cheeks!

Octavian will be available in very early 2014.

 

$2776.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

 

Susan

SUSAN 4Girl, born January 2010
PRC
Down syndrome

You had me at the “pig-tails”!  Oh, this sweet cutie is a bundle of JOY!  Susan is 3 year old and has been lovingly fostered by a grandmother.  This little girl has had one on one attention from her foster family to help her catch up with others her age!  She is walking, going to a small school, playing games and singing in performances with other children.  You can see her smile is infectious and her eyes are full of wonder! She can express goodbye by waving her hands and knows to go to toilet using the bed pan. She plays games of hand in hand and can make a circle with older sisters; she is always happy when she plays games.

 

$3100.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Janie

Girl, Born March 8, 2006

So glad to have an updated picture of Janie!  She is blessed to still be at the baby house, but she will remain bedridden for the rest of her life is she is transferred.
Janie is a beautiful little girl who struggles with the effects of FAS.    She also has CP and some effects of hydrocephaly.   She is not able to walk on her own, and will need the loving and patient care of a family to help her achieve her potential.

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.

$3410.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Corban

Corban-001Boy born March, 2009
PRC
Down syndrome

 

Corban’s physical capacity and mental development are delayed comparatively, due to his Down syndrome. As he grows older he has learned to roll over, crawl, stand by holding onto supports and walk by holding onto rails. Now he can walk forward with one of his hands led, he can distinguish familiar people and strangers. Seeing familiar people he can smile and greet them. He knows to be cooperative when dressed, give the clothes when asked, is a lovely little boy.

Corban is gentle, quiet, has a ready smile. He has Down syndrome, but it does not influence his happy life. He likes to play with toys, listen to music, can wave arms following rhythms which looks very adorable. He is willing to play games with kids, likes toys making sound, will laugh aloud when playing happily. Seeing strangers he will cry noisily because of being unfamiliar with them in the beginning. He can play with you gradually, is integrated into the games you bring to him, is a sensible good child!

Full social history and medical records available.  Single moms permitted, only one parent has to travel.

Videos available.

$3065.90 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Kirk

Guardian Angel

BOY, born August 28, 2006

 

From his medical records:  Connective tissue dysplasia, chest distortion, crossed eyes, delay of psychological development, functional cardiopathy.

 

$2667.50 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

 

Jeff

Boy, Born January 30, 2002

PRC
Down syndrome

From a missionary who visited with him in August 2010:  “  Jeff was found abandoned by his parents at the age of 2 1/2 years.   He was placed into a foster family right away, and has continued to make progress there.  He is active and doing well.”

More photos available, along with full social history and medical records.  Single moms permitted, only one parent has to travel.

$3333.50 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Marty #6-7

Marty 456Boy, born June 2002
Down syndrome, CP

Marty has Down syndrome and at the age of 5 months old was given a diagnosis of CP based on his delayed motor development and horizontal nystagmus (both of these things are common in children with Down syndrome). He is described as a quiet and even-tempered child who has adapted quickly to the routine and daily schedule at the institution. He is able to walk independently. He assists with dressing and undressing himself and is learning to feed himself as well. He goes to the toilet when reminded to do so by the staff. He is not yet speaking but demonstrates understanding and follows basic requests.

He plays with other children and interacts well with adults. He responds to his name and loves attention from the caregivers. He has a special bond with one specific care giver. He loves to play with toys and shows a preference for stuffed animals.

Marty has already been transferred to an institution.

UPDATE March 2014:
He is a calm and quiet boy; good general condition; walks independently; eats, dresses/undresses and puts his shoes on independently; a 5th-grade student at an auxiliary school; vocalizes; understands what he is told; scribbles; establishes contact with other children and staff members; loves getting attention and being caressed; follows simple instructions; has formed a relationship of emotional attachment with one of the staff members; loves listening to music.

SINGLE MOMS, OLDER PARENTS, & LARGE FAMILIES WELCOME, EASY TRAVEL. MULTIPLE CHILDREN CAN BE ADOPTED AT THE SAME TIME.

$4000.50 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Yvonne

Yvonne-ChinaGirl, born July 2005
PRC
Down syndrome

 

Yvonne is a polite and friendly girl. “She likes to be tidy and beautiful,” said a visiting social worker. “So many times I saw her combing her hair.”

For the past year, Yvonne has lived in a group home in Hebei, China, where she gets to experience family life in the care of a foster mother and father. Although Yvonne has Down syndrome, she is described as “high functioning” for her condition. In the group home, she has taken on a big sister role and often helps her foster mom care for the younger children. Now 8 years old, she can read over 50 Chinese characters and count and write from 1 to 10.

Yvonne loves to perform and has natural grace. She was chosen to be the dance leader at her orphanage preschool. When she completes a project, she loves sharing it with her foster mom, and basking in her praise. Although she can be stubborn at times, Yvonne mostly listens and follows directions well.

$3163.82 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Marla

Guardian AngelGirl, Born March 2007

FACING IMMINENT TRANSFER!!!

 

Poor sweet Marla …she was born with severe CP.   She has a loving personality, but is completely immobile on her own.  She is facing transfer soon and will remain bedridden the rest of her life if she is not adopted :( (

From her medical records:   Congenital malformation of the CNS: microcephaly, spastic tetraparesis.   Can not walk.   Does not speak. 

Married couples only, older parents and large families welcome, travel required.   More photos available. 

$2562.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Jeanette

JeanetteGirl, born 2003
HIV, strabismus, congenital cataract (blind in right eye)
Mild to moderate mental delays, FAS, tuberculosis of the lymph nodes

 

Update March 2013:

Jeanette was exposed to alcohol prenatally.  She has issues with impulsivity/understanding consequences.   She is well-liked where she is, but needs additional support to succeed in school.  It’s recommended that Jeanette would do great with older children whom could help correct her behavior and could model appropriate behavioral for her.

She is very sweet and loves to draw, and color.  She pays great attention to detail in her drawings and when she is doing something she like to do like drawing she can sit still for a very long time doing it. She is also very funny and dramatic. She loves to act and dance and sing and make goofy faces and act silly to make people laugh. She could do well in a family but they would need to be prepared for FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome).

$3340.45 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Lauren

Lauren-ChinaGirl, born August 2010
PRC
Down syndrome, congenital heart defect, strabismus

 

Lauren loves to play with the older children. She is active and stubborn. She likes some animals and likes to watch tv.  She understands adults and after reminding her a few times each day, she is very cooperative.  She sleeps well through the night.

Additional information available.She is surrounded by people that love her and children who loves to play games with her. They wish Lauren all the best and hope she will lead a successful life and live happily ever after.

$2968.43 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Valery

Girl, Born September 27, 2006

Valery was born with CP and spina bifida.  She has significant strabismus and “progressive hydrocephaly”.  She is not able to walk, and is significantly delayed in all aspects.   But she is still beautiful and deserving and can truly thrive in a loving family, with access to adequate medical care and nutrition.   Valery will remain bedridden for life, and will likely not survive the transfer to the institution.   Won’t someone consider being her “forever family”?
More photos available, please inquire.
$4609.50 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Prudence

Prudence-China Girl, born Dec 2005Prudence (2)
PRC
Down syndrome, Congenital Heart Defect (PDA)

 

Prudence is gentle, likes quiet places, and is a little shy with strangers.  She gets along well with other children.  She understands speech very well, and  is speaking, but not clearly.  She does speak enough to get her needs met.

She is a lovely little girl, and her fine motor skills are good (she can turn the pages of a book, and pick up small items).

She has difficulties swallowing, and eats harder foods (like crackers) slowly.  She does have a heart defect, and tires when standing or walking for a longer period of time.  She also frequently has colds or fevers, but no serious illnesses.

$3882.85 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Tori

Tori update (1) Tori update (2)Girl, born March 2011

PRC

Tori is a beautiful little girl who has been diagnosed with Down syndrome.

Tori has a balanced nutrition and good sleep. She has a routine life in the orphanage. According to her caregivers, she is growing up very similar to that of her peers.

$2645.13 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Edith

30131131941 EdithGirl, born 2006
Diagnoses:  depression, impulsive, attention deficit disorder

It is suspected she has FAS; she suffered meningitis in past.

 

Look at sweet Edith, all dolled up for the New Year’s party at her orphanage!

She has had a broken nose because when she lived in the family her mother’s boyfriend pushed her and she fell and broke the nose. Two foreign families have visited her but did not end up adopting her.

One of our adoptive families has met her, and has video of her for inquiring families. They said she was begging for attention, desperately needing love.

$2725.50 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Jason

Jason (1)Boy, Born April 10, 2003

 

HELP!  I have been transferred to a remote institution, with no hope of finding my family without you!

Jason spends his time either in a crib or in a stroller, sitting outside.

He needs a lot of love and attention … He is a good, sweet child, but he has a lot of self-injuring behaviors.  Unfortunately, he is often restrained because he hits himself really hard.

Update Nov 2012:  Jason is learning to walk with support!

 

From a  family who visited with him in June 2013:   I saw Jason this morning. I got to take him for a walk in the stroller, play with him, feed him (twice!), and get him ready for his nap. He is wonderful. He loved it when I made my hand crawl up his belly and tickle him under the chin. I was rewarded with loud laughing and a huge smile. He liked to have me rub his feet, and whenever I would stop he would stick his little foot up for more. He makes noises but he does not talk. He can walk if he holds both of your hands, but he prefers to crawl as he can go faster. He is the king of the bouncy seat. He sits in it whenever he can, and he shooed away another child who came too close. ;) He is about the size of a four year old and is in a 4/5 shirt. He’s heavier than I thought he would be, but I can carry him easily. I’m totally in love.

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

$3468.57 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Christian L11

photoboyBoy, Born May 2004

Down syndrome

Christian has positive reactions towards the adults with whom he is familiar.   Has interest about what surrounds him, though not very big and also not very sustainable.   Makes unarticulated sounds.   He sleeps well, but has difficulties to fall asleep.

Christian attends school and gets good references from his teachers, he is starting to express his opinion – murmurs when tries to answer.   Active and joyful and as most boys – he likes cars and playing with them.  Is able to move up and down the stairs, eats self-dependently, though has self-care difficulties (still working on toileting), likes long walks in fresh air but is able to do them only with holding on one’s hand.

 

Christian has amazing potential….what a joy to get to watch him grow and thrive in a forever family!

Older parents, large families, and single moms welcome.  Great program!

$4252.50 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Fritz L4

photoboyBoy, Born June 2001
Down syndrome

 

Handsome Fritz is already 11 years old.   He has blonde hair and hazel eyes.  Fritz is blessed to live in a nice orphanage, but he needs a family of his own.  He is considered lower functioning, and really needs a family who is experienced with adopting older children.

Fritz may struggle with some sensory or ASD challenges….he is very responsive but needs a lot of self-help and guidance from parents/caregivers.   He would probably do best in a family where he can get lots of attention from his parents and older typical siblings….be the focus of the family!

Wonderful program, outstanding agency partner…older parents, large families, and single moms welcome.   More photos and medical info available.

$4642.20 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Madden #61-1

Madden-BulgariaDOB: 2004
Down syndrome

Madden is doing very well!  He is physically healthy and has never had any medical concerns. Like most children with Down syndrome, he’s physically small for his age. He weighed 34 pounds on his 7th birthday.

Developmentally, Madden is delayed. He can walk and has good gross motor skills. He is talking and can say words and use simple sentences. He knows and pronounces his name and the names of the other children and care givers in his group. His articulation is not always clear.  He is receiving speech therapy.

 

Madden is described has having difficult with focus and attention. He follows directions and is very compliant with the teachers and staff when given encouragement and positive feedback. He is learning a variety of life skills, including dressing himself, brushing his teeth and making his bed. He enjoys playing with toy blocks and trucks. In September 2011, he began attending a daycare center to assist him in learning appropriate social skills and to help integrate him into the local community.

More photos available.

$3645.50 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Isabelle #2-2

Isabelle Sept 2013 (1)Girl, Born February 2002

Down syndrome

From her medical records:   The child is in a very good general condition. Elementary thinking processes are observed. She can’t speak but pronounces sounds and combinations of sounds: ba-ba, etc. that are completely random. She knows her name and reacts when called. She carries out elementary orders. She is not oriented for place and time. Her attention is unstable, her memory is mechanic.

In emotional aspect the child is calm, merry and playful. She enjoys the attention that she is paid and actively seeks it. She easily enters into interaction with the children and the adults in the orphanage. She has friends among the children and prefers to play with them. She reacts actively in musical classes – makes rhythmical movements, but almost doesn’t play with toys and prefers to put them in her mouth or toss them.

The child walks independently and carries out the orders of the physical therapist – crouches, stands up. She already eats by herself. She doesn’t signal about her physiological needs and is taken care of entirely by the personnel of the orphanage.

The child is being taught to put her clothes on and take them off on her own. The training for gaining life skills continues.

Single moms and large families welcome, easy travel!

$4427.25 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

 

Presley

PresleyBoy, Born March 2008
Significant mental delays

What a CUTIE!   Presley is a sweet boy with blonde hair and bright blue eyes.  He is a very happy and affectionate child.

 

From his medical records:  leukemia, delay of psychological and motor development, skull deformation (almost flat on the back), congenital isotropy of both eyes (crossed eyes)

Presley will benefit so greatly from having a loving family!  More photos available.

Updated Nov 2013:
He is a very sweet child. Seemed to listen to instructions well. Participated in group activities (like dance and singing). Longing for attention, affection, and stimulation.  He does not currently have leukemia; but he has mental delays, and his head is very flat.

 

The back of his head is very flat,

$2530.50 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

 

Kylie

Girl, born April 2002
PRC
Down syndrome

 

Report from 2008:

Kylie has a ready smile, and is fond of playing with others. Moderate sleep. She can go up and down stairs on her own, jump off floor with both feet, put on and off clothes and shoes, wash hands, feed herself.  She is fond of playing wtih toys, and reading picture books. Favorite spoort is playing outdoors, favorite toy is plush toys.

Full medical history is available for families.

$4143.60 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Alicia

alicia6Girl, Born 2004

SIGNIFICANT RISK, PLEASE ADOPT ME SOON!!  ALICIA HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED.

 

 SO THANKFUL FOR A NEW PIC OF ALICIA!!   Miss Alicia is a beautiful little girl who needs a loving family.  Her other two typically developing sisters were adopted by other families already.
 
 
Alicia was born to an HIV+ mother, and is HIV+ herself.  She has also has significant delays and challenges associated with her FAS.  (fetal alcohol syndrome).  We are waiting to learn if she has any medical complications, but she is cognitively delayed and does show signs of attention deficit and hyperactivity.    Alicia will do best where she can be the focus of attention and have her Daddy wrapped around her finger :)     Alicia has SO much potential, and deserves a family as much as her other sisters do.   I know there is a family out there for this little girl!  She is facing the mental institution soon, but has grown up in a loving and well kept orphanage so far.  A committed family now can prevent her transfer!
 
 
From an adoptive family who visited with her in July 2010:  “ Alicia absolutely LOVES one on one attention. she is front and center if you are handing out kisses and hugs. You can see she wants a Mama all her own, and it will be so hard on her to have her sister leave to be adopted, as her other sister was already adopted.   (Their mother is deceased, most likely from AIDS).   She likes to swing.   She loved to lay her head in my lap while we were both on the bench swing and I would stroke her hair. The other kids didnt like to share my attention but Alicia was ok with it.   I could have two in my lap and she didn’t mind, but she didnt like being crowded out when the other child decided they wanted me all to themselves.  She likes sensory input.   She kept rubbing her arm across my husband’s unshaved face and shivering and making the funniest face and then immediately doing it again.  She likes to go down the slide again and again.   She really likes to be in the  middle of whatever is going on, and be included. But often she is excluded, even by attendants.  For Alicia it’s a vicious circle. She is delayed, she gets frustrated, they don’t let her do things the others are doing, she gets more delayed and more frustrated. She is VERY VERY SWEET AND LOVING.  She needs a family that has only a couple kids, not ten. She has HIV.   If you want a little girl to hug and kiss, she will GLADLY take all the hugs and kisses you can hand out. She isn’t afraid of men but isn’t inappropriate either. I saw her with my husband as well as another couple of young men who visit regularly.  Alicia is on the small side, like maybe size 4.  The children are valued and loved at this orphanage.   The grounds are visually stimulating and the kids get outside for a couple hours in the morning as well as afternoon.   They even go swimming in the pool they have there.   Hope someone will come for Alicia very soon!”   Alicia is toilet-trained and able to say when she needs to use the restroom.  She has tremendous potential if someone would take her home and love her!

MORE PHOTOS AVAILABLE, MARRIED COUPLES ONLY

$3418.71 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Angelina

Angelina 2013Girl, Born May 2007   Angelina

Miss Angelina has spina bifida.  She has blonde hair and giant blue eyes!

From her medical records:  Congenital dysfunction, myelocele of lumbosacral part of spinal cord (had surgery); internal hydrocephalus (had surgery 2007), flail legs with dysfunction of pelvis/hips, cardiopathy, valgus feet, crossed eyes, TB-infection, delay of physical, psychological and speech development.

Guardian AngelMore photos available.

A family who met her in 2011 says she’s the happiest child, always smiling and laughing.

 

$3638.70 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Niles (L)

Boy, born March 2003
Diagnoses: specific mixed development delay, arthropathy (as the result of rickets), congenital flatfootedness, delay in intellectual development, specific cognitive delay, emotional, behavioral and social development delays, physical and motor delays, deviation of muscle tone

Niles was born from first pregnancy and delivery and was born at 38 weeks, his weight at birth was 305g and height was 54cm. He scored 10/10 on APGAR. He was born with an asymmetric face, his left side of his face and his nose were pushed towards the right, due to pathologic position in the womb. The symptoms of irritability were noticed after his birth: increased muscle tonus, tremor, and when he cries his skin turns reddish. The blood test was done and the boy was diagnosed with polycithaemia, neonatal cerebral irritability. The state of the health of newborn was satisfactory, there were no observed complications.

Niles is quiet and struggles with jealousy. He willingly gets involved in educational activities but sometimes has trouble learning the materials. He does not know how to read. He enjoys drawing, moulding, folding, and making appliques. He likes imitative activities and can express everything and does so very well. He can draw himself, a mother, a home, and flowers, can you tell he wants a mother and home of his own? He plays computer games. He wants to play with other children very much but always wants to be the leader. He has good hygiene and is self sufficient. He communicates with his peers and adults willingly. He adapts easily in new surroundings. He thinks positively about himself. He struggles to express his own opinions.

Niles says he wants a mummy and daddy very much.

$2510.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Kristie

Guardian Angel

Kristie (1)Girl, Born 2001
Kristie was born with Klippel Feil syndrome, as kyphosis and 6 of her vertebrates are fused together.   Despite this, she is completely mobile and totally functional/self sufficient.  She is also of typical development cognitively.  Kristie’s older sister was recently adopted into another family (separated legally), so Kristie is still waiting for her own “forever family”.
kristinanov2010-1
Hope someone will consider her, more photos available.
$2733.20 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Colby

ColbyBoy, born August 2008
PRC

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.

$3425.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Lynne

Girl, Born July 2, 2007

I HAVE BEEN TRANSFERRED TO THE OLDER CHILD ORPHANAGE/SPECIAL NEEDS HOME.

From her medical records: minimal brain dysfunction, delay of psychological and speech development (may have slight mental delay), patent foramen ovale, crossed eyes.

Lynne is a beautiful blue eyed girl who was born with FAS.  She is quite smart and high functioning socially.  She is described as calm and friendly, and will do well in a family.   FAS, Congenital heart disease; minor pulmonary valve stenosis; delay of psychological development, crossed eyes.
$4173.90 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Ulysses

Boy, born December 2009

Blind

Tetraparesis (which sounds like a degree of Cerebral palsy, or muscular weakness due to time in a crib)

ULYSSES HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED!  HIS NEED IS URGENT!   

 

Ulysses is blind; he won’t have much of a life in an institution, but he can THRIVE in a family!  Give this dear boy a chance at the world, help find his family.

He was born at 24 weeks.  He can’t speak but can understand everything.  Ulysses is unable to walk but is trying to stand up.  Will pull up to his knees.

 

Large families and older parents welcome.

$3327.55 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Vance

Vance-001

VanceBoy, born 2001

Down syndrome

 

Vance is a cute, outgoing boy, with a winning smile!  He loves to play outside – particularly swinging and playing soccer.   He enjoys drawing and playing with puzzles and bricks.

Vance has a significant speech delay, but interacts with others using gestures and expresses himself well.

$3077.40 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Anderson

BOY, Born December 13, 2003
 
Anderson is a sweet boy who is blessed to still be at his baby house.   He is significantly cognitively delayed, and needs a loving family to help his achieve his potential.  He does not have any words, but communicates through other sounds.    He is able to walk and is physically active.  he is facing the mental institution soon, hope someone will consider him and give him the life he so deserves!

 

$2559.70 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

 

J.J.

JJ 2013Boy, born August 2008

J.J. is one of the sweetest little boys you will ever meet, and has no place to go but up! He needs a family excited about meeting him where he is and giving him every opportunity to shine.

It is believed that J.J. has spina bifida and hydrocephalus. He does not walk, but scoots around the orphanage where he lives. He is social and enjoys being part of any activity happening at the home. J.J. cannot receive the treatment and care that he needs in his country.

 

Update June 2013:
JJ is one of the most uncomplicated kids I know. He is never complaining about anything. He’s sitting the whole day on his pot because they say he can’t control when he needs to go to the toilet because he’s lamed but I am not convinced of this, I think he can really train this because I tried to train it with him and he was getting better. He’s not really walking because of his crossed legs but he’s so so fast in a kind of crawling. And he tries to walk. He comes to me, holds my hands and he‘ s able to walk somehow. His legs look terrible. I think when he gets a family he needs to be operated again. I just know they operated him several times in Kampala. JJ is very good in keeping himself busy when he is alone. Sometimes I observe him and he’s singing or talking with himself but he is not mentally disabled. He’s the first who knew my name when I came last year. He understands everything and he speaks. He just needs attention like all the kids do. Always when he gets attention he’s the happiest person in the world, and his eyes are always shining. He’s motivated to walk. He’s motivated for nearly everything. He will melt anyone’s heart. He really is a clever and loving little boy.

$4916.53 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Yule

yuleupdatedpicture2march2014Boy, born Dec 2009Yule (2)
PRC
Down syndrome, Congenital heart defect

 

This handsome little guy likes to giggle when he plays. He was found outside a hotel gate when he was 6 months old. He is able to walk holding an adults hand and knows simple words, but has difficulty with correct sound production.

Yule is an outgoing little guy who likes to play with other children and will share his toys.He likes to play with cars and blocks and loves to listen to music.His caretakers describe him as an unforgettable good child and hope he finds a family soon. Are you ready to snuggle or play cars with this sweet little boy?

$4277.80 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Delmar

Boy, born January, 2004

Down syndrome, mental delays, inborn partial optic atrophy of both eyes

 

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.

$3004.05 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Alan

Boy, born January 2010 PRC
Down syndrome

 

Alan just turned three years old, and although he can stand by himself and crawl all over the furniture, he is not quite yet able to walk. His foster father has been taking him on tricycle rides to strengthen his legs and improve his balance. Alan seems to be enjoying himself immensely!

Alan is speaking some family words such as “mama,”, “uncle,” and “sister” and is learning his colors and how to build a tower. Also, Alan can turn the pages of a book and is quite curious. Based on our reports, we can just imagine this handsome little guy snuggling on the lap of a mom or dad of his very own and read book after book. He will surely be a happy addition to some very lucky family!

$3252.50 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

 

Quentin

Quentin update 2013 (5)Quentin (1)

Boy, born December 2008

PRC
Down syndrome, heart defect (acleistocardia)

 

 

Oh my, what a cutie!  Love his fuzzy hair!

Quentin has Down syndrome, but is otherwise healthy!

 

From a family who met Quentin in 2012:  
We were able to meet him when we visited our son’s first foster home.  The foster home is wonderful and the children are very well cared for and LOVED!!  I was told that he has made great progress since a new caregiver arrived from the states.  She absolutely adores him and was trying to hold back tears as she thanked me for coming and trying to find a family for him.  The past few months he has begun seeking out attention of her, interacting more with the other children, taking more interest in toys and pulling up to a standing position.  He loves being held and is adorable.

Video and additional pictures available for potential families.

 

UPDATE spring 2013:
Last time I saw Quentin was in early March and he was doing GREAT! I am so proud of his progress over the past year and a half. Not only is he walking steadily, but also making progress figuring out and doing things on his own, for example, climbing up the stairs to the slide and sliding down, stacking up chairs and stools to get in and out of his bed on his own. In the past the only noises he would make was to cry when he was sad or mad (which is rarely) but last time I saw him he was making noises like baby talk which to me was a good sign that he is wanting to try and talk/communicate…imitating noises, etc. He is also more and more affectionate and loving…coming up behind you to steal hugs and kisses.

He’s a treasure, and I can’t WAIT for some family to find him and take him home! He is SO smart and SO ready to have a family of his own!

$3187.60 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Alan

Boy, born October 2003

Alan has a cleft palate and hydrocephalus, as well as mild mental retardation.  This little boy does not have a moustache, the children were eating a snack just before their pictures were taken :)   However, he does show strong facial features of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and the cleft palate and hydrocehalus are common conditions associated with this syndrome.  Be sure to research FAS thoroughly so you are prepared for the challenges that come with this special need.

More pictures available.

URGENT:  This is a new orphanage for us to work with.  These children are older, and will be transferred at the end of summer and it will be extremely hard to adopt them once they are transferred.  If you are considering this child, please do not delay!

$3320.09 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Kimberley

P-OD
Girl, born Feb 2007
Down syndrome, congenital heart disease and hypothyroidism. Mental delays.

Report dated 2010

Kimberley is predominantly cheerful.  In the orphanage the girl is described as a sociable, smiling, loving, quiet girls, who enjoys being with other persons. Her sleep is normal. She enjoys eating pretty food, so the orphanage gives her vegetables, eggs, iron, etc.. However, they still give her vitamins and avoid foods with lactose.

Her communication is usually through gestures, cries and guttural sounds.  General gross motor and fine motor delays, common for a child with Down syndrome.

She participates in group activities and plays in partnership with other children.  She is cautious with strangers but she adjusts quickly to their presence.

$4810.05 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Araminta

30201201748 AramintaGirl, born 2001
CP spastic paraplegia with malfunction of lower limbs, convergent squint, myopic astigmatism of both eyes, S-type scoliosis of thoracic spine, flexion-adduction contracture of both hip joints, equinovarus feet, dysarthria.

 

Such a lovely young lady, such poise.

$2943.50 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

 

Heidi

Heidi 2HeidiGirl, born 2001

PRC
Down syndrome

 

Heidi was found abandon at the gates of the welfare institution at the age of 8 yrs.

She is shy, can write her name. Heidi can speak sentences of 5-10 words. Now she can manage her life, can recognize and write simple words under the guide of special teacher; likes helping the caretaker do the housework. She is open, can look after the younger brothers and sister, like feeding, putting on the clothes, etc. She likes outdoor activity, can sing simple songs, can draw simple picture. When the loving people come to visit the institute, she can make greetings passionately.

$3600.80 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Valiant

Guardian AngelBoy, born July 2005

Mental delays; consequence of hard degree closed head injury (brain contusion) with tetraparesis. Symptomatic temple epilepsy. Immunity form of idiopathic jaundice. Middle degree anemia. Dysontogenetic cardiopathy

Mr. “V” is 7 years old but looks much younger.  As all of these children in this orphanage they NEED families to come adopt them. When the children get older they will be transferred to adult mental institutions (at young ages!) and there will be LITTLE to NO chance of adopting them.

Children in this orphanage need families! They do not receive enough interaction/therapy to help them thrive. They are seen as hopeless but we know that is not true!

$3612.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Emmaline

EmmalineGirl, born June 2002

PRC
Down syndrome

 

Emmaline is well behaved, lovely and cute. Sometimes when she feels injustice from other children, she would act as a spoiled child in the cuddle of a teacher. As she grows up everyday, we feel happy yet we worry about her, because she is very sensitive and is able to understand what the teachers tell her. Sometimes she could do something out of predict. She has a good friend and they are called “golden partners” just because they are always together whatsoever playing or eating. They share things well and they even do things together such as cleaning floors.

We remember that once she found one shoe on the air conditioning, and she wanted to get it down, however, she was not tall enough and she babbled telling her friend.  The friend took a chair, Emmaline stepped on the chair in order to get the shoe, and finally, she made it.  She really surprised us at that time. She is really amazing. She could think of using a chair to help to get the shoe to finish her goal.

Unfortunately, she seldom speaks, which is the thing that we worry about her the most. Only give her more stimulate of language skills such as doing some oral gym to help her learn simple words, could she incorporate herself into this society well.

$3636.50 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

 

Lydia Rose

Lydia Rose 2 Lydia RoseGirl, born August 2007
PRC
Cerebral Palsy

Lydia Rose is a shy girl; she has a ready smile and is fond of singing.  She is a very happy, obedient and good intelligent little child. At the age of 2 years and 6 months, the scissor step disappears and she can basically finish the actions such as putting off the shoes and socks. She can conduct the simple communication. At the age of 3 years, she can have meals with bowl and spoon. She can wash hands and face with help of the caretaker. Now little Lydia Rose can stand for several minutes alone. She can hold objects to walk. She has the prominent hand movements. She move flexibly and can hold things. Her intelligent development is well. She can conduct the daily communication. Lydia can take off clothes and go to the toilet without help.

Update and pictures from August 2012.

$2606.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Adam

AdamBoy, born 2004Adam
HIV, hydrocephalus

 

Adam is a sweet, easy to please little cuddle bug. He is very much like a cuddly, curious little toddler. When I first met him he did not seem interested in me at all, but as time went by he began to want affection, and would grab my hands if I stopped rubbing his head and put them back on his head.

One day I picked him up and from that moment on he wanted to spend most of my time there in my arms. When I arrived he’d jump up from his little wooden chair, and hurry over to me with his arms raised. If I didn’t pick him up fast enough he’d try to climb up into my arms using nearby chairs or beds, and he would not hesitate to grab items from my hands and set them down to free up my hands so I could hold him. He also began to cry whenever I left. He loves wind up toys and toys that vibrate, and would giggle happily and flap his hands to show how excited he was about them. His other favorite toys were a pony he enjoyed chewing on, any sort of car, and some legos that made a train. He is not verbal but was beginning to make noises to communicate. I tried to teach him to sign more one day, by signing hand over hand with him. When I asked him to sign it he took my hands and helped me sign it. He seems to me to have a need for love and affection that can only come from a loving family. I would love to see him thriving and meeting his full potential, as well as bringing joy to as many people as possible!

$2528.65 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Bryannah #8-3

BryannahBryannah_Oct 2013DOB: 2001

Diagnosis: Down syndrome

Bryannah has been in a mental institution since 2011. She has been in orphanages her entire life, but was just recently registered for adoption in 2013. She has waited 12 years for a chance to find a family! She walks, plays with toys, responds to her name and attends a special needs school each day. She is not talking and still requires help with daily self-help skills.

 

 

The agency also has a video available.

 

$4001.80 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Gabrielle

Girl, Born October 2006

 

From her medical records:  symptomatic early myoclonic encephalopathy, spastic tetraparesis, severe delay of psychospeech development, perceptive hearing loss

 

Gabrielle really needs a family of her own!  She will remain bedridden for the rest of her short life if she is not adopted, and is facing the institution very soon.

 

$2709.30 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

 

Xander

Xander 3Boy, born March 2005Xander
PRC
Down syndrome

Xander was found abandoned at 6 yrs old, he’s an active child, running and chasing in the rooms all around, he was even running to go upstairs, however he never did that again after teacher’s criticism so that we could see he’s an obedient child. At the age of 6 years and 7 months, Xander did well in all aspects of taking care of himself: he eats food himself, washes the dishes after meal and takes shower, puts on clothes, socks and shoes, goes to washroom and occasionally he helps caretaker to do works within his abilities. At the age of 6 years and 1 month: he is active, restless and unquiet, able to greet familiar people and call “teacher, aunt, uncle, brother, sister”, he’s really naughty and played on class, he didn’t like to be restricted, playing is the nature for boys, however the teacher demanded him to keep classroom discipline and he couldn’t affect other kids, he’s acceptable to teacher’s words. At the age of 6 years 7 months, Xander behaved well on classes and he was praised many times by teacher, however his expression ability was not good enough and couldn’t express himself with whole sentences, so most of the time he needed the gestures, teacher said he had made big improvements, we trust he would express himself fluently and naturally.

$3125.20 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Lincoln

Boy, born March 2007
PRC
Down Syndrome

 

Since July 2007 he has been with a foster family. Per report written in 2010: At the age of 36-39 months he can walk alone quite steadily, and when he was walking he can stoop down to pick up the toy on ground and then go on walking. At present he can only call “baba”, but he can express his desire in body language, and if he wanted to drink water he will put his hand beside his mouth and look up. When he wanted to defecate or urinate he will make the sound and show actions familiar to his mother. Since he had learned to walk he had been very interested in outdoor activity, and he went to play games with other children in community every evening. He liked pulling his mother to go to the supermarket near to their home, and when they got there he will point at what he liked. He was very close to his father, and when his father came back home he will go out to welcome him.

At the age of 40-42 months he was very active, liked going out to play, even in cold days. He still did not speak much, besides father and mother he can say other words unclearly with the help of adults. He had to be fed, but he can drink water alone with cup with suction tubes. 43 months-present it has been too cold and he stays in house for most of the time. He likes to watch TV, and if there are children dancing in the program he will learn from them. He likes eating meat and is not choosy to food. He naps for 1-2 hours and has deep sleep. Sometimes he sleeps with adults, and sometimes he sleeps alone on his own bed. If he wants to go to toilet he will crouch and pull his trousers to tell adults sometimes. If adults remind him of going to toilet he will do so but they have to help him take off the trousers. He is very strong and seldom falls ill.

Single moms permitted, only one parent has to travel.

$3700.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Brandon

Boy, Born November 2005

NEW PHOTO!  And what a blessing, too!  Look how handsome he is!

Brandon is a sweet little boy who was born with CP.   Brandon is socially and emotionally delayed. Whether his delays are simply from institutionalization or have a congenital basis is unknown. Only when he is a wanted part of a loving family and given access to proper medical and educational interventions can his true potential be revealed.

He is also said to have significant speech delays. He has crossed eyes and astigmatism.

Brandon is blessed to still be at the baby house.  He is facing the institution. More photos available.

$4897.59 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Denis

DenisBOY, born July 2006

From his medical records:  epilepsy, frequent seizures therapeutic resistant, spastic tetraparesis, craniostenosis, gastroesophogeal reflux, congenital endogastritis

More photos available

From an adoptive family in summer 2012: 
We saw Denis three different times at large group events at this orphanage, and he is a very cute little boy. He is small for his age, and he was in a wheelchair the times I saw him (that may have been just for transport). But he was alert and following what was going on (a puppet show once, and a musical performance another time) with real interest.  He looked content and in a good mood every time we saw him.

This region typically waives the 10 day waiting period for children with special needs.   

Update March 2014:
Denis is a very handsome little guy. He is nonverbal, but makes a high trilling/singing sound or squeals when he is happy or trying to communicate. He looks like he is about the size of a 4 year old, however his abdomen is quite large (barrel shaped) while his arms and legs and hands are very thin and tiny. He is in a wheelchair and does not walk. His little body shakes often, from his head to his toes, which may be seizure activity. He’s very alert and watches what goes on, but does not appear very interested in interacting with people specifically. He is in a room with many other older, more mobile boys, so he may simply feel overwhelmed with the activity and constant movement.

$3010.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Maddie

Maddie (2)

Maddie (1)Girl, born July 2010
PRC
Down syndrome, congenital heart defect (ASD)

Maddie is a clever child, curious about anything new and with a passion for life. She is somewhat introverted but will play with other children. She is a happy child who often asks her caregiver for a hug. She likes colorful toys as well as dolls.

$3710.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Bree

BreeGirl, born December 2001
PRC
Down syndrome

Bree has normal limb development. Upon admission, she was 1 year old. After growing accustomed to life in the social welfare center, she began to understand how things worked, She was polite and could get along well with people. At the age of 10 years, she could go up and down stairs, could put on clothes and shoes independently, and could help adults. Now she cannot speak, but she can make sounds of “yiyiyaya”. She can count 1-10, can recognize big and small, but cannot concentrate in the special education class. Bree is open, can get along well with others, likes playing with kids in the playground, and likes playing on the slide and swing. Everyone likes staying with her and sharing joy with her. Bree has been waiting for a long time for her family to find her.

 

$3870.63 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.

 

Faith

Faith Photo 3 Apr-2013Girl, Born August 2010

Down syndrome

Faith was born in August of 2010 and has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. She has been seen by a cardiologist and the report shows that she has no cardiac concerns or problems. Faith is very active; she can walk holding onto a stable object and likes to listen to music. She is a somewhat serious little girl who makes sounds, recognizes her caretakers and smiles when teased.

From an adopting family who met her in January of 2013: “While visiting with our little girl [at the same orphanage] we had the pleasure of getting to spend time with sweet “Faith”. She is such a delightful little girl with the most amazing smile. She loves to be held, touch your hands and listen to music. She is not defined by her diagnosis and shows true determination for life. She is such a happy little girl and is waiting patiently for her forever family who will give her the chance to reach her full potential.”

Additional photos, videos and medical information available upon request.

$2730.33 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

 

Simeon

Guardian AngelBorn October 2007

Simeon is a beautiful Roma child with dark hair and big brown eyes.  He is significantly delayed, and diagnosed with cerebral palsy.  We are trying to get more information on his social history.  Simeon is a fraternal twin, whose sister has already been adopted.

Simeon has an older sister who is available for adoption, and in the same orphanage.  We hope to have more information on her soon.

 

Simeon is described as mostly non-verbal, and is not able to walk on his own.  There just seems to be so much potential for him in a family environment.  He is already an outcast because of his darker skin and will be left institutionalized – and likely bedridden — if not adopted.

 

From a family who visited with him in 2011:  Simeon is barely responsive to stimuli, but I believe that could change if he received regular, loving attention.  I didn’t observe any of the orphanage workers spending much time interacting with him.  There were times that I was able to get him to smile and grip my hand.  After a few days, he was even able to clap!  But most of the time he is staring off in any direction and seems completely unable to control most of his movements.  He was always either lying down or propped up in a sitting position.  I never heard him speak.  I also never heard him cry or fuss. Overall, a very calm child.

Married couples only, larger families and older parents welcome.

$2898.30 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Jasmine

JasmineGuardian AngelThis beautiful girl is 13 years old and HIV+.

Jasmine came to the orphanage in 2008. She is doing very well in the orphanage and has learned a lot from the other kids at the home. She loves to dance and listen to music; she has a beautiful singing voice.

She enjoys playing with the younger kids and they in turn really look up to her. She is exceptionally beautiful with a smile that lights up the entire room. At times she is reserved but she is so eager to learn about any and everything. She is very good with technology and is learning how to use a computer.

  • Her orphanage will require a Christian family who can provide a letter of recommendation from their pastor. Interested families will need to send a letter of introduction to the orphanage and have their homestudy approved by the orphanage social worker before being able to be matched.
  • Families with six or less children at home preferred but we can inquire about an exception
  • Couples must be married at least 1 year and one parent at least 21 years older than the child being adopted
  • One parent over 25 years old.

 

$2708.40 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.

Velia

velia-2013Girl, born August 2000Vl2
Down syndrome and cerebral palsy

 

From someone who met her:  She was in an almost empty room, just with another child next to her. She was rocking and gnawing at the bars of the cot and such a sad sight to behold.  My heart just collapsed for her!

 

Every minute Velia spends here is a lost opportunity for life.  There is a family out there who will want her, love her, cherish her, help her reach her true potential.   Grant donations make all the difference!

 

PLEASE SEE HER VIDEOS AND MORE INFORMATION HERE:

http://deti.zp.ua/eng/show_article.php?a_id=507030

 

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

$4386.90 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Jefferson

30115211711Guardian AngelBoy, born April 2006
After-effects of traumatic brain injury, brain contusion, right hemiparesis, ptosis, OS
F06.8, F80.1, F 88.0

 

JEFFERSON HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED.  He is at the older children’s internat.

30115211711 Jefferson (3)

In May 2011 the boy fell off the third floor and his condition is the result of the injury. He has some vision and speech impairment but he is a very smart and nice boy.

He is still in the orphanage but will be transferred to the institution soon if we don’t find him a family fast.

EzraCaius and Anne are in the same region with Jefferson.

$2959.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Helen

Girl, born Dec 2008guardianangel
PRC

 

Helen was born with encephalocele, which is type of neural tube defect that occurs very early in fetal life where the embryo’s cells that form the skull do not come together to close over the brain. The result is a defect in the bones of the skull, causing brain tissue to protrude from the skull.

Helen loves to make herself laugh. She enjoys spending her time playing, humming, and observing things around her. She is doing well and getting strong. She is able to walk with help and has recently been able to pull herself up. She loves to go outside to the playground and practice her walking. Her smile is so cute and her laugh so hearty.

Helen has had surgery, and additional information is available about her surgeries and hospitalizations.  She has vision concerns, and has recently begun speaking a few words.

$3630.24 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Whitaker

Boy, born October 2010
Cerebral palsy, spastic tetraparesis, optic atrophy, secondary internal hydrocephaly, seizure disorderGuardian Angel

 

$4700.44 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

 

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