Boy, born October 2006
Down syndrome, Organic Brain Disorder, allergies, mental and physical delays
As of a report in 2011, Fernando is significantly delayed. He has a good appetite, but needs assistance in feeding himself. He’s not yet toilet trained. He generally sleeps well. At that time, he was not yet walking.
Such a handsome guy — a family could do wonders to help him reach his full potential!
Interested families can inquire for additional information.
Girl, born Jan. 2004
Down syndrome, Severe mental delays, Congenital malformation of heart, unspecified; Kyphosis and lordosis (curved spine); malnutrition
Aislinn is in urgent need of an adoptive family. She is already 8 and in an institution. Please share her need!
Married couples only. Large families and older parents welcome. Travel required.
Boy, born April 2001
(was previously listed under a different name)
Chad was born in 2001, he started looking at objects at the age of 6-7 months old; he started reacting to sounds at the age of 4-5 months old; he started sitting independently at the age of 1 year and 8 months and he walks with support since he’s been 2 years and 6 months. Chad has Down Syndrome; Delays in the neuro-psychical development; Moderate mental delay.
The child considerably lags behind for his age in his physical development. His motions are uncoordinated. The fine motor skills are not mastered. The child walks independently and climbs up stairs with support. His attention is difficult to attract and to keep. His memory is with limited volume and the memorization is primarily mechanic, with accumulation. The child reacts with increased anxiety and cry to unfamiliar environments. He participates in group activities with the other children and actively contacts them. He cheers up when contacted by an adult and reacts by uttering sounds of cheer and watching the adult in the eyes. Chad is oriented in the space in the different parts of the day. He demonstrates bond, cheer, anxiety, and guilt. He calmly observes the children playing. He would play with them and is happy from their contacts. He carries out elementary instructions: “come”, “sit down”, “give me your hand”. The child doesn’t have developed skills for self-help and needs constant support. He can eat independently. He can’t dress or undress but cooperates when changed. He reacts to his name. He is oriented in the daily routine
He understands the speech of the others when it is simple. He pronounces single sounds by imitation. He is interactive, seeks contact, and demonstrates selectivity and preferences in his interactions with the other children and the personnel. He has expressive facial mimics that he shows his emotions with. He likes to listen to songs, laughs out loud and claps with his hands. He moves in tune with the music and is very mobile and energetic. He attracts the attention of the adults by pulling them or patting them with his hands because he can’t speak. He pronounces separate syllables – “ma”, “ba”, “da”, as well as words with repetitive syllables – “mama”, “baba”.
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Boy, born March 2007
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.
NEW PICS OF DYLAN! Lots more available, please inquire. He can be adopted with Harley, if a family is approved and interested!
This handsome little guy has eyes that cross, so an opthamologist visit will be in order when he gets home. He’s looks pretty small for his age! Doesn’t he look like he needs a Mama to scoop him up & snuggle?
Update June 2013: Dylan is an energetic, smart, and goofy little boy. Physically, he looks about 5 or 6 years old, but has the attitude of a teenager. He can be extremely aggressive – he shoved other children out of the way when I was holding them to try and get to me and hits other children. I can’t tell you how many times he headbutted me in the face. But he can also be very loving – one of the other missionaries was crying and he just sat in her lap and hugged her until she stopped. Dylan is also very smart. When he wanted to go outside, I told him he had to have shoes on…I didn’t expect him to go bring his shoes to me! He also has an extensive vocabulary and loves his Montessori classes at the orphanage.
Update March 2014:
Dylan has a lot of personality! Dylan would do well in a family with older children, especially teen boys that love to roughhouse and wrestle! He’s quite the clown, and extremely verbal and capable. As someone mentioned before, he is also rather aggressive in getting what he wants, not only because he seems oblivious to personal space, but also because he will not hesitate to grab what he wants and assert his strength over weaker ones. He’s 11, and is strong, stands about the height of a typical 9-10 year old. He also seems to have a mischievous streak and is very impulsive, which can result in him pinching people unprovoked. Although he has a lot of potential, he definitely needs the right environment and very patient and experienced parents in order to thrive.
YAY!!!!!! A new photo of Adam!
Adam has lived in a mental institution since shortly after his 4th birthday. Visitors to the institution have described it as very nice and more like a nice hotel than a mental institution. The children are well cared for and have many opportunities to experience things. Yet Adam is still missing the love and attention that comes with having a family of his own.
Adam is 10 years old. He walks and his gross motor skills are well developed. He does not talk at this time but does follow verbal directions. He feeds himself with a spoon but still requires some assistance with dressing. He plays with toys and enjoys music time, but prefers to play alone instead of with the other children. He is not aggressive toward himself nor others and is described as “a calm child”. He does the stereotypical rocking back and forth when sitting, which is a common “orphanage behavior”. He attends school in the local village. He’s in a special education class. He is not interested in most school activities, though he does enjoy music time.
UPDATE DEC 2014:
Adam is currently living in a group home. He walks independently and goes up and down stairs, but is very careful and always seeks support before acting. He electively carries out orders and doesn’t react to his name. He plays for a short time and doesn’t seek contact with the children from the group. He has preferences for certain toys but doesn’t use them according to their purpose. He is apt to seclusion and avoids group activities. He is a calm child, reacts to emotional stimuli and differentiates different tones of the voice. During celebrations and musical activities he moves away to play on his own. He requires assistance for tasks such as dressing and toileting.
Photos and videos from December 2014 are available through the agency.
FULL MEDICAL INFO AVAILABLE. SINGLE MOMS, OLDER PARENTS, & LARGE FAMILIES WELCOME, EASY TRAVEL. MULTIPLE CHILDREN CAN BE ADOPTED AT THE SAME TIME WITH LOW COST
Boy, Born February 2003
Jake was born in February 2003 with Down syndrome. He is a happy young man who loves animals and can talk about them for hours, especially about cats. Jake can understand English and loves music and to sing! Songs that have hand motions are his very favorite. He enjoys puzzles, books and Legos! Please give Jake a chance!
Updated April 2014: Jake is an active, happy boy who attends school, likes to play games, and enjoys singing and dancing. Jake has well-developed self-help skills. He eats and drinks as well as dresses and undresses independently. Jake knows how to wash his hands and face, brush his teeth, and make his bed without assistance. Jake is also potty-trained. Jake speaks in short sentences and has a large vocabulary. He was exposed to the English language for the first several years of his life and can understand it. He tells stories, counts, and recognizes 27 letters. Jake understands simple rules and follows them. He would thrive in a loving family.
From a family who met him in 2015: Jake is such a nice boy. He will greet you happily with a handshake. Jake understands and speaks English as well as his native tongue. The caregivers and other residents at his home speak English, so he has a very good understanding of it. Jake is a very capable and independent boy. He would thrive in a family of his own. MARRIED COUPLES ONLY.
Diagnosis: Down syndrome
Ryan is 12 years old. He has been in an institutionHis gross motor skills are well developed. He walks, runs, climbs and prefers physical activities. He exhibits some stereotypical movements. He plays with toys and attempts to manipulate them correctly. He requires 1:1 assistance for academic tasks. He is currently being instructed in how to trace letters, though he still requires assistance with this task. He tries to fit shapes into puzzles. He can arrange blocks and builds towers with them. He likes to arrange the chairs in stacks. He eats independently, though he’s still working on hygiene in related to table skills. He does put away his own dishes once he’s done eating. He can dress himself, but he does not undress himself independently. His personal hygiene skills are not built up at this time. During art class, he requires assistance with coloring and art projects. He can glue items onto paper if the items are pre-cut for him. His emotions and attention are unstable. He is hyperactive and doesn’t always follow the rules. He exhibits difficult behaviors when he doesn’t get his way or doesn’t want to do something. He is sometimes aggressive with objects and with his peers. He enjoys dancing and prefers to participate in activities and play that involve a ball and interacting with children who are more physical.
Additional information: Ryan has been visited by an experienced adoptive family and members from an adoption team well experienced in observing children with special needs. During the visits, he exhibited aggression toward the adults and staff members from the institution. He had difficulty following basic instructions from the staff and often didn’t respond to his name. He did seem to enjoy interacting in small amounts with the adults, though he wanted those interactions on his terms. He did not respond well to restrictions or being made to do things that he did not want to do. He will need a family willing to provide a lot of structure, routine and consistency in behavior management.
Additional photos and videos of Ryan from October 2012 are available.
Girl, 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. “Edith was was much in need of one on one attention but did not even know how to be held. She was whiney, but very willing to share her chocolate with anyone and everyone. Edith played with the other girls and was sociable. You could tell, however, that she was emotionally somewhat fragile. She would do really well, in my opinion, as the youngest or only child (or in a family where the other children are grown). She really needs an experienced adoptive family who can give her lots of one on one attention and help build her trust in humanity back”.
From a missionary who visited with him in August 2010: “Sean was found abandoned by the riverside at the age of 4 months. Sean is doing super and is well loved by his nannies!” Update from 2012: After his rehabilitation we feel his physical development is very good, he can clearly call father and mother, can sit alone, stand alone, can walk with holding something. He can not walk alone steadily, can feed himself snacks without help, good appetite, likes playing with other children sitting on the floor, occasionally he will challenge his favorite toys with other children. He is very favorable, and we hope him can find a family sooner to have parents to love him to live happier life.
More photos available, along with full social history and medical records Single moms permitted, only one parent has to travel.
Marty 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.
Boy, born December 2006
This picture may not show much of his face, but it definitely looks like he takes playing in the water very seriously!
As of a report in 2011, Henry isn’t walking yet, but he gets around well by crawling. He doesn’t speak, and needs assistance feeding himself. He’s not yet toilet trained.
A family could do wonders for Henry!
At the age of 3 years: he could sit steadily, sit up from supine position then stand up when holding onto handrails. He could practice horizontally walking quite well while holding onto handrails and even step on one bar. He could take step with one hand held, switch a toy between hands, and pick up small pills with thumbs and index fingers. He could take off clothes with both hands. He could cover his face with clothes and towel to play peekaboo with an adult. He could follow guide to watch the objects an adult points to. He could repeat one motion from adults, take out food from a pocket, understand simple words, and play with other children in the playroom of the kindergarten. He could be cooperative with putting on clothes. He knows the motions of welcoming and goodbye and the game of pinching fingers. When being cuddled by an adult, he could automatically kiss him or her. He could eat all kinds of food. He is shy when being called his name and covers his face with both hands. He likes playing balls, finger game. He is extroverted.
Boy, Born November 2003
Hi Thomas! Thomas is 11 years old and waiting for his forever family. He is in 2nd grade now in his school and doing well. He is very active and friendly, smart and helpful! He does have a heart condition that will need attention.
Thomas likes to listen music, fairytales and poems. He tries to recognize letters and digits from 1 to 10 now. Is able to count along if one also is counting together with him, can show the digit, which is needed on his palm, when asked. He also is trying to learn to group shapes and to recognize colors. Thomas likes working with playdough. He gladly participates in sports activities and he likes aerobic exercises. Thomas is good in acquiring and comprehending everything what is new to him.
Self care skills – is able to dress and undress his clothing, but needs some help to button and unbutton his clothes, puts on his boots. Eats and drinks slowly but self-dependently. Toilet-trained during the day, still needs help at night. Thomas is learning how to wash his hands without getting wet and also tries to brush his teeth. Willing to participate in different house-works, he watches how it is done by others and then imitates it.
Thomas walks and runs. Likes going outside. He pronounces simple words and his own name in his special ‘language’. Responds to his name and is active. Understands simple instructions. Repeats words and always wants to do something – playing, imitating sounds and actions. Especially boy likes to improvise dancing. He likes playing alone, then he puts pyramids, draws lines with pencil. He observes other children around him and then imitates what he has seen. Thomas always will find what to do in his spare time. Likes music lessons and he often dances by the music. Learns to put in order toys after he had played with them.
Diagnose: Severe mental retardation, significant behavioral changes that require a looking after or treatment (F72.1). Down’s Syndrome. Compensated hypothyroidism. Celiac disease. Gastritis, duodenitis-helicobacter pylori positive, congenital heart disease, defect of septum of auricle of the heart, cardiovascular incompetence I-II (CVI I-II).
WE’VE HAD MULTIPLE SUCCESSFUL OLDER CHILD ADOPTIONS IN THIS PROGRAM!!
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.
Boy, born June 2010
Jacob’s test suggest Down Syndrome. An ultrasound dictation in his file also hints that he looks to have congenital heart disease and an Interventricular septum membrane department tumor and defect. His heart has normal cardiac function.
This little guy needs a mommy and some good nutrition!
He is not speaking yet but does understand the word “no”. He is restless and stubborn. He does not like baths and cries during them but can be comforted with food or being held.Jacob can roll but has poor muscle tone. He is unable to sit or crawl. He can hold objects and throw them and his eyes will follow objects. Jacob does well playing alone but also gets along well with other children.
Jacob is a very lovable little boy. All of us like him very much. We hope that he can find a home which loves him very much early in which he can enjoy the love of parents and owns a happy childhood, nice future. We believe he will bring much happiness to your family.
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 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.
Boy, Born May 2004
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!
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.
Boy, Born June 2005
Down syndrome (no heart issues)
This very sweet young boy has Down syndrome. He is well loved by his foster mother and father. He was a dancer in the orphanage performance. Whenever he hears music he starts dancing. He was cooperative and happy. He can wash his face if his foster mom gets the towel ready and can do other self help skills. He can feed himself and. He can pull his pants up and down. He has good speech and can say many words. He pulls his chair to the table when it is time to eat and he will clean his mouth after he eats. He is kind when he plays with other children and does not take their toys. He likes to run around and play with balls. He is very curious and likes to watch large machinery outside. He loves cars and will play with them and watch them out the window for long periods of time. He was described as a “happy, curious and lovely child.” He is healthy and energetic. He is friendly to others and sensible! He does not have any heart issues.
Single moms permitted, only one parent has to travel.
Girl, born April 2008
Anophthalmos of the left eye, optic atrophy of the right eye, spastic tetraparesis
Kanani has been transferred!
Lovely Kanani needs a family to help her reach her full potential.
From a family who met her in May 2012:
Large families welcome; travel required.Kanani is very sweet girl. She is well cared for in a good orphanage by caring nannies. She gets lots of outside time when it’s warm out but this time is spent lying down in the stroller as she can’t sit on her own. She can hold on to your fingers and seems to just love to have attention although with her eye troubles it is difficult for her to respond. She likes to have her cheek stroked and her hand held. She is quite stiff and in need of physiotherapy and most of all love and attention. We were told that she will be transferred to an institution very soon unless a family is found as children at this orphanage are typically transferred at age 4.
UPDATE December 2015: Emmalyn is a beauty, with her shy smile! Emmalyn likes having her picture taken and is a friendly and happy young lady!
Emmalyn (along with Kinley) are in a facility for older disabled children.
Such a gift to be able to advocate for these older girls. Large families welcome!
Girl, Born February 2002
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!
Nikolajs is 12 years old and waiting for his family to find him. His name means “Victory of the People”. Walks free, is active in the environment which is known to him. Is not able to talk but understands what others are saying, uses gestures when communicates. Expresses emotions by making different sounds and by imitating gestures, likes to imitate different activities, likes dancing or talking by the toy cell phone. Nikolajs also likes playing, has interest in books and magazines. He is calm and he likes to play with his toys alone. Makes role plays – cooperates with other children when wants to. Likes leafing books. Nikolajs knows his digits from 1 to 5 on his fingers. Also points to correct letters when asked. Takes part in sports and culture events at the orphanage.
Full medical and social history available!
Boy, born March 2005
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.
Down syndrome; severe mental delay
Aaric likes participating in group activities but also enjoys receiving individual attention. He loves one-to-one interactions and activities. He does not speak, but uses different sounds to express himself. He is very affectionate and easily forms loving relationships with the staff members.
Boy, born 2001
Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, flail legs, secondary multisystemic central origin dystrophy, delay of physical development, severe mental delays
Sweet boy needs a family to love him!
Girl, born August 2000
Down syndrome, mental delays
Such a lovely young lady — she’s been waiting so long for a family of her own.
Sweet Denzel! THIS CHILD IS 14 YEARS OLD. He is tube fed through his nose, and often swaddled to prevent him from removing the tube. He ‘lights up’ and smiles widely when presented with musical toys — a greatly welcome distraction from his days spent staring at the ceiling. There is so much a family could provide for him!
More photos available.
Boy, born November 2009
UPDATE JANUARY 2016: Frederick now has a wheelchair that he can move on his own,and he is going to be able to go out to the neighborhood school starting this week! He is making amazing progress.
Frederick has low muscle tone, and he has been diagnosed with developmental delays. He is capable of feeding himself (but he makes a mess!) and just needs more practice to develop that skill. There is concern about core muscle development, but Frederick works hard, so it is believed that he may be able to walk some day.
Multiple unrelated children can be adopted together Frederick is a hard-working little boy who wants to develop his skills. He has developed friendships with some of the other kids in the orphanage (both able-bodied and special-needs kids). He responds well to physical therapy, and in just a couple of months he progressed from simply lying on a mat to attempting to stand and taking small steps.
- One parent must be at least 35 years old
- Parents must be married at least 10 years; singles may currently adopt
- The number of children can depend on other factors (marriage and parent age)
- Past depression is OK, but must explain the circumstances and past and/or current treatment.
- If a criminal history/background, must be explained in detail.
- Travel is not required; however, it is strongly encouraged
- Travel for pick-up is also not required, but strongly encouraged. Escorts can be provided, for an extra cost. The trip for pick-up is usually about a week long, so you and the child could get to know each other well in their environment.
She is a very sweet and kind girl and extremely needs a family. She will be 5 this December, so any new family may commit to her and start preparing a dossier.
She has siblings, but none are available for adoption; 2 older sisters live with birth mother and 1 younger sister has been adopted.
From a family who met her in summer 2013:
She was in my kids’ groupa. She is the sweetest little thing and needs out of there ASAP!!! She has the most noble quiet nature about her. She is mentally delayed but has so much potential. She was one of the least favored children in the orphanage and she is desperate for love. On one occasion she wandered over to the play shelter where we were playing and was trying to eat our daughter’s cookie. We didn’t have any extra (we brought treats for the groupa every three days or so) so my husband just picked her up to distract her and as soon as he did, she threw her arms around his neck and rested her head on his shoulder just soaking in the attention. I can’t bear the thought of her being transferred! She already has it bad enough.
Girl, born October 2002
loss of vision in one eye / some hearing loss (wears hearing aids)
Toni is a beautiful girl who recently turned 13 years old. She has less than one year to find a new family, after which time she will be ineligible for adoption. She came into care as an abandoned child when she was about 2 years old. They discovered she had vision loss in one eye. They thought at that time she was totally deaf. She was placed with a foster family, who taught her to use some basic signs. After a while, the foster mother realized Toni could hear louder sounds and voices. Toni has attended a school for the deaf since last year, where she receives speech therapy. She is now wearing hearing aids, which have enhanced her hearing. Toni is learning to speak. She is able to hear well enough to follow spoken directions. Toni can do addition to 100, and she can write her name. She has excellent self care abilities, and can also help out in caring for the younger children. Toni sets the table, and folds her own laundry. She is very polite. Toni’s caregiver has been encouraging her to be more out going and enthusiastic. She loves to play outdoors with her friends, and is very active. Toni enjoys drawing and making handicrafts, and in her quiet time, watches cartoons and other TV shows. In her videos, you can see how serious Toni appears. She realizes her time to find a family is short, and she is concerned. Toni needs a family who will help her learn all she has missed educationally, and help her blossom.
Girl, born 2005
Nina is a lovely little girl who has Down Syndrome and a congenital heart defect. Nina has also previously had kidney stones.
Nina lives in a foster family and loves to play with her foster sibling from the orphanage. She also enjoys watching cartoons and playing outdoors. Nina is an introverted girl and is very well behaved. She is not receiving any special treatment or rehabilitation, and it is clear that she would greatly benefit from the attention of a loving family.
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.
Update January 2012: Cullen is in 4th grade this year. He knows the names of all the children in his class and has a best friend. He pronounces short words and simple sentences. He can repeat numbers and counts to 5 with help. He is very musical and loves to dance.
Additional photos and videos of Cullen are available.
Cullen is 12 years old. He’s been living in a mental institution since the age of 5. He is completely healthy with no physical delays or health problems. Cullen is in 3rd grade at a local special education school. He enjoys going on walks and field trips. He plays with blocks, mechanical toys and kitchen sets. He engages in pretend play. He likes to look at books and will look at the pictures in the book and point to objects in them upon request. He can identify animals and foods and choose them from photos. He has well developed self-help skills. He’s toilet trained, feeds himself, dresses himself, folds his own clothes and washes his hands and face independently before bed each night.
Sergey needs a loving family who can help him achieve his full potential. He is destined to be bedridden for his very short life if he is not adopted. he is able to sit on his own and does his best to get around. He is significantly delayed and really needs a family! Sergey is facing imminent transfer to the institution.
From his medical records: congenital brain anomaly, spastic tetraparesis, simptomatic epilepsy, generalized tonic clonic seizures, cryptorchidism, adenoid vegetation, bending-movable contractures of the hip joints, deficiency anemia, mental delay
Girl, Born May 2003
Sweet Addison was born in May of 2003. She has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. She is described as extremely active, joyful and friendly. She does not speak, but is able to let you know what she wants and when you ask her questions she answers by gestures and making sounds. She loves toys, especially blocks. She communicates with other children very well.
Update October 2014: Addison attends third grade and is described as a good girl. Even though she is still nonverbal, she appears to understand at least some of what is said to her and responds in her own ways.
Additional information available upon request from the agency.
Boy, Born July 2004
Down syndrome, ADD
Sweet Harlan was born in July of 2004. He has been diagnosed with Down syndrome and Attention Deficit Disorder. He does not use speech as means of communication and he has cognitive delays. He needs assistance with basic daily living skills.
Update October 2014: Harlan is nonverbal and his development continues to be significantly delayed, but he can now walk independently.
Additional photos, video and report available from the agency.
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.
Poor Haven……sweet little girl. Such a pretty girl burdened with such medical and cognitive difficulties….and no mama to love her through them.
From her medical records: celiac disease, CP, toxic Hepatitis, hypotrophy of III stage
From our team who visited there: Haven is afraid of strangers and would not interact with us.
Down syndrome, CHD (repaired)
This energy filled and vibrant little girl was born with Down syndrome in August of 2003 and is ready for an active family with lots of structure. She can understand and speak two languages, including English. She had surgery to repair a heart defect in 2003, but has required no additional treatment. Annalise is beaming with sunshine and loves cell phones and cameras, like all curious little girls! She loves to be the center of attention and is very smart!
Updated April 2014:
Annalise is an active, friendly girl who speaks clearly with an extensive vocabulary. She uses short sentences and understands two languages, one of them English. Annalise walks independently, including up and down stairs.
Annalise has great self-help skills. She eats and drinks as well as dresses and undresses without assistance. She can wash her hands and brush her teeth on her own.
Annalise attends school where she has learned to count, recognize 25 letters, cut with scissors and paint. She can re-tell a short story and participates in simple games. Annalise likes to listen to music and dances very well. She would thrive in a loving family.
From a family who met her in March 2015: Annalise is a beautiful young lady with long brown hair and the most adorable freckles. She is very sweet, but also quite independent. She came right up to me and sat on my lap. She speaks some English and is very verbal in her native tongue. The caregivers and other residents at her home speak English, so she has a good understanding of it. Annalise is adored by the other residents and caregivers in her home.
MARRIED COUPLES ONLY.
Sweet Eva was born in September of 2004. She is described as an active, joyful girl who likes toys and to play games. She is also very friendly and likes to communicate with people.
Update October 2014: Eva is described as an easy child who understands instructions and partially takes care of her own daily needs. She attends third grade.
Additional information is available from the agency, upon request.
Diagnosis: Down syndrome, Chronic pyelonephritis, hydronephrosis first degree to the left kidney
Boy, born 2012
Premature; one brother has autism
Warner and Walden are two handsome twin boys who are currently living in different foster families. They see each other periodically but do not have a close relationship. Their reports indicate that they were both born prematurely due to their low weights at the time they were found. Over time, they both increased their food intake and grew in strength.
When Warner was nearly 2 years of age, he could walk steadily, follow simple instructions, and speak 3-5 simple words. He could be stubborn at times like many toddlers, like throwing food he didn’t like in the trash when his foster mom wasn’t looking. He’s an active, outgoing kid who likes interacting with others and playing with toys with other children. According to an update October 2015, he’s made great progress with his communication and language skills; he can answer questions about his name and age, count to 20, express his wants and needs, knows children’s names, and can even recite poems. He has become more independent and can dress himself, feed himself, and use the bathroom. He feels closest to his foster mom and has a few close friends he likes playing with the most. Even though he can be stubborn at times and has an occasional quarrel with his younger foster sister, he still shows his empathy and kindness by helping with chores around the house and even offering his foster parents a back rub when he knows they’re tired!
Walden loves playing with toys, especially ones that make sounds! When he gets a new toy, he likes to shake it first; he’s particularly enthralled by car toys that make engine-like sounds. As an infant, he had some motor development delays; he could crawl and eventually learned to walk, though a bit unsteadily, just before he turned 2 years old. He did not cry often as an infant, and could babble sounds like “ma” and “ah wei”. He would get excited during mealtimes and adorably babble “muma” and scoot closer to anyone holding food. He responds better to familiar people and feels closest to his foster parents, sometimes even putting his arms around them for comfort. When he’s upset, he balls up his fists and his body shakes; his parents help him calm down by holding him and taking him outside. He can recognize his name and although his language skills are limited, he can understand simple instructions. He will sometime engage in repetitive self-soothing behaviors when he feels alone and would benefit from redirection to help him find other ways to comfort himself. An evaluation completed in 2014 suggests a possibility of mild to moderate autism due to his low engagement and minimal communication with others. An update from 2015 tells us he has improved his ability to make eye contact, and can still point to express his wants and needs (for example, when he wants to eat or watch his favorite cartoons). Walden would benefit from a loving, supportive environment and specialized education tailored to his needs.
The current agency has a $4000 grant available to assist families that qualify with the cost of this adoption.
Girl, born Feb 2001
Diagnosis: severe grade of the mental delay, hydrocephalus, fibrosis of hyaloid, secondary glaucoma, exfoliation/detachment of retina, congenital defect of the heart partition
Angela is very small for her age. She needs a family!
Update June 2013:
She is so sweet. She is blind, but follows with her head your voice and she smiles very big when you talk to her! She has such potential but is in a bed!!
Girl, born July 2003
This lovely little girl has Down syndrome. She is quiet, polite and likes to be tidy. In 2006 we sent her to a foster family for better care. She had great changes during the period in the family. She has built deep relationship the foster family and knows to care for her parents and people.
At the aspect of language, she can communicate with people. Sometimes she is slow in reaction, but she can express her needs. At the aspect of cognition, her intelligence is the best among the children with this disease. She can recognize the things and objects in the daily life and knows how to do. She has no problems in study after repeat practice. At the aspect of sociability, she studies in the team, likes music and dancing, often joins the performance. She also helps other children and cooperates the teacher’s teaching. She is beautiful and lovely. We all like her.
Boy, born February 2011
Dex is a fun, active and outgoing little boy! He has been in foster care since he was 2 months old. His favourite thing to do is to look at books. He also enjoys playing with toy animals, listening to music and dancing. He plays imaginatively, creating sound effects with cars and trains or caring for dolls and putting play food on plates. He is a caring little boy who gives great hugs, helps with his baby foster sister, and is attuned to the emotions and needs of others.
He is independent with eating and will get every last grain of rice with his spoon.
His communication is developing, his receptive language is excellent and he is progressing in his expressive language using sign language and is beginning to sound out simple words. He is able to follow simple instructions and responds appropriately to discipline, apologizing by signing sorry where appropriate.
He brings much joy and life to his foster home!
Girl, born August 2003
Down syndrome, malnutrition
The information we have for Jennie is very outdated. We know she is walking, and as of age 8 she wasn’t talking.