Chazz turned two years old in June. He was abandoned when he was two days old and has lived in the orphanage ever since. Chazz was born with hypospadias (the opening of his urethra is on the underside of his penis) but he’s otherwise healthy.
Chazz is described as cute, clever, and a little bit shy. He likes being held by caretakers and playing games. We visited him in his orphanage at the end of June and he was adorable, interactive, and demonstrated his good development in terms of walking and running.
Can Chazz be the boy you’ve been searching for?
Boy, born 2010
Microtia, absence of iris (Aniridic keratopathy?)
Ty is a handsome little guy who will be 5 years old in September. He was found abandoned when he was about 4 months old. His initial exam at the orphanage discovered he has microtia affecting his right ear. Ty is able to hear. In fact, the orphanage staff reports his hearing is very good! Ty also has an absence of iris in both eyes. They have diagnosed him with cataracts, however, with the iris issue, he may have aniridic keratopathy. Ty’s file was done when he was 2 years old, and we are waiting for more recent info. At 2, he was climbing into and out of his crib, and loved to play with toys. Ty was imitating, and saying a few words. His receptive speech was very good. Ty (at 2) did not like to be alone. That is the one time he would be very sad, Ty needs a family…one with several kids would be great! That way, he would always have someone around to play with. No more loneliness! Ty is waiting for you!
Boy, born 2004
cleft lip and palate (repaired)
Tanner is a handsome boy who is 11 years old. He came to the center as a newborn. with a cleft lip and palate. Both have been repaired, and Tanner quickly learned to talk, and ask questions. Lots of questions. He had so much he wanted to know! Tanner is now a healthy, bright, typical boy. He loves to play with his friends, help out the nannies, and go to school. He is a very compassionate boy, and cares deeply for his friends. Tanner needs a family of his own. He will be a great son, and bring so much joy to your family!
Sweet Penelope was born prematurely at 29 weeks gestation in June of 2012 and has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus. She currently has a working shunt in place to alleviate this condition. Penelope also has strabismus.
Penelope’s development is significantly delayed overall. She currently functions at the level of a 7-8 months old child. She can roll over, crawl, and transfer toys between her hands. Penelope can not yet sit or stand unassisted.
Her pediatrician has also noticed symptoms of autism in Penelope’s social and emotional development, including low eye contact, repetitive stereotyped movements, lack of interest in books, not responding to her name, and being non-verbal. Her caregivers report that it is difficult to engage her and that Penelope is frequently in her own world, but that she will laugh when tickled and has become a bit more active in recent months.
Her pediatrician believes that the cause for Penelope’s possible autism lies in the early trauma of her premature birth as well as several surgeries and hospital stays. It is expected that she will improve if she receives one on one therapy from a qualified professional.
Update March 2014: Penelope’s caregivers report that her eye contact is improving and that she smiles at familiar people and responds to the things they do.
Update July 2014: Penelope has become more affectionate and likes to be carried as much as possible these days. She better relates to her caregivers and is showing increasing interest in her environment. Penelope can say mama and sits without assistance. Her caretakers believe that with appropriate stimulation, she will make even more progress.
Update March 2015: Penelope can now stand and cruise with stable support. She actively seeks attention.
Please note: Married couples only due to child’s court appointed guardian in this case.
Sweet Chandler was born in July of 2008. He has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and psychomotor developmental delay. He cannot walk, but uses a wheelchair. Chandler can speak, but not clearly. He seems to understand what is said to him. He likes to play with other children and toys. He takes part in activities as much as he possibly can.
Update September 2014: Chandler is a shy boy who is friendly with other children and his caretakers. He asks for attention, explains his feelings and finds ways to get his needs met. Chandler sits independently, can stand with support, but is unable to walk at this time.
Ewan was born in January 2012. Little is known about him at this time. He is able to walk and may be nonverbal, but in videos from 2015, he appears to respond to questions asked of him by shaking his head no.
We are hoping to receive more information on Ewan soon.
Ashton was born prematurely in July of 2007. He has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, bilateral second to third degree neuro-sensory hearing loss, strabismus, left-sided cryptorchidism, and absence of speech. Ashton has been fitted with hearing aids for both ears that allow him to hear speech and sounds at louder volumes, but unfortunately, Ashton does not like to keep his hearing aids on.
Ashton’s overall development is delayed. He recently moved to a new orphanage where he now receives regular speech and physical therapy and is showing progress. In 2013, Ashton has learned to walk a few steps independently, due in large part to own his determination and desire to be mobile. He understands what he is told and can follow instructions. Ashton’s social skills are not well developed and he struggles to participate in group games, but he is described as a smiley and friendly boy.
Update October 2014: Ashton is now a first grader at a school for the hearing impaired. He enjoys school and has become more comfortable with wearing his hearing aids which has improved his interactions. Ashton is now able to walk.
Sage was born in June 2014 and diagnosed with anal atresia. A colostomy was performed within days of her birth. Sage is typically developing.
Sage is an alert and interactive child who responds to her name. She crawls well, pulls to a stand, and can almost stand without support. Sage makes eye contact, babbles, and smiles.
A family adopting Sage should be prepared for possible effects of the significant and persistent medical trauma Sage experienced during the first six months of her life prior to placement at the orphanage.
From a family who met Sage in August 2015: I love this child. If it were prudent, I would totally return tomorrow to bring her home. She is beautiful and capable and so strong. She spent a lot of time upstairs with the “big kids” and was included with them often, which I think is great for her stimulation and development. She walked well holding on to others’ hands; and honestly, I think the only reason she isn’t walking independently yet is probably more due to cultural reasons (thick, heavy soled shoes; not wanting the children to sit on bare floors; etc.). She is sensitive and discriminating. She is interested and curious, but very cautious with new people. She prefers familiarity.
Available to married couples only.
Felix was born in February 2011 and has been diagnosed with arthrogryposis. He is an active, friendly boy who interacts well with other children, loves his caretakers, and knows everyone by name.
Due to his medical condition, Felix cannot yet walk, but he is very mobile by crawling. He can sit and stand independently and is fully potty-trained, but needs assistance with feeding. Felix speaks in sentences and while a little shy with unfamiliar people to start, he quickly warms up and shows his happy personality.
Girl, born October 2005
Hyperextension of right knee/incontinent (possible lower spine issue)
Lexi is a beautiful little girl with such a sweet spirit! She is 8 years old, and has hyperextension of her right knee and is incontinent (possible issue with lower spine). She is able to “walk” with some assistance. Lexi used to sit and watch the other kids run and play, and she was so sad she couldn’t join in the fun. She worked and worked to find a way to get around! Lexi has had some delays but has excellent fine motor skills. She can take care of herself very well and is a smart girl. She has a best friend at the orphanage. Lexi sings while her friend dances. I imagine Lexi would love to be able to dance, too. She will need possible surgery and therapy on her right leg, and help with the continence issues. Lexi is a very loving and patient little girl. She is ready and waiting for a family of her own.
A family met her in country in 2015; they are willing to discuss her privately with families who are seriously considering adopting her.
Arwen was born at 32 weeks gestation in March 2013 and has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus for which a shunt was placed in July 2013 as well as cysts on his brain. He takes medication for epilepsy, but has not had a seizure since November 2014. Arwen also has esotropia and a cardiologist monitors his heart after he had sinus bradycardia.
Even though Arwen’s development is delayed, he is an interactive boy who tracks with his eyes, babbles, follows simple instructions, and giggles. Arwen has head control, can sit without support for a little while, and uses his hands. Arwen can chew small bites of solids and guide finger foods to his mouth.
From a family who met him in August 2015: This little guy charmed me every time I saw him – such a smiley guy and so responsive to interaction from others. He enjoyed attending mass and parties, too. So joyful.
Married couples only.
Remy was born prematurely in August 2014 and has been diagnosed with post-hemorrhagic hydrocephalus for which a shunt was placed in infancy and hypertensive hydrocephalus syndrome. It is unclear how much Remy can see due to bilateral congenital diffuse cataracts.
Remy has head control and tracks with his eyes in all directions. He looks and smiles at familiar adults. At this time, he does not reach for toys. His caretakers say that Remy is doing quite well and that he laughs a lot.
From a family who met him in August 2015: Remy’s first birthday was celebrated in conjunction with our daughter’s farewell party. Remy’s super cute and fell asleep during the festivities of lots of people and music!
Married couples only.
Girl, 9 years old
diagnosed with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy; microcephaly with stationed internal hydrocephalus; infantile cerebral palsy – quadriparetic syndrome; symptomatic epilepsy; hypotrophy; profound mental delay; chronic fibrotic changes in the right lung; moderate thoracolumbar scoliosis.
She successfully controls her head in an upright position; follows moving people or objects with her eyes and partially turns her head; gets excited when involved in interactions, produces random sounds, listens intently to other people’s speech and music; distinguishes between familiar and unfamiliar people; follows adults’ actions with interest; responds emotionally to jests. When placed in a special walker she can push herself backwards with her legs.
Because we only have this child’s file for a short time, she will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for her.
Diagnosis: caudal regression syndrome
He sits alone and stable. Often stands on four limbs an crawls on hands Puts rings and pieces with a small hole on the stand. He has a good attention span when interested in a particular toy or object. The child understands and responds to praise and prohibition. Performs simple orders, but generally not prone to group games or activities. He is happy when banter by an adult and likes to cuddle. He can distinguish between familiar and unfamiliar people. He can pronounce syllables and short words, but rarely, only when he decides.
In the videos, he is independently maneuvering his wheelchair and also navigating his environment by using his hands to “crawl”.
Photos, videos and a detailed medical report are available through the agency.
Because we only have this child’s file for a short time, he will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for him.
Girl, born December 2014
Spina bifida; a VP shunt has been placed.
Peggy is alert and tracks with her eyes. She has developed hand to hand and hand to mouth coordination and reaches for toys, but cannot yet hold them. Peggy appears to have head control, but needs support to sit. She regularly receives therapy.
Additional information, video and photos available directly from the agency. Married couples only due to court appointed guardian.
Girl, born 2006
She is listed as Blind with a left foot deformity; she was assessed and they confirmed that she has no visual impairments but rather what they think is a visual processing disorder.
Chelsea Qi is a sweet girl with a kind spirit. It is rare to see her without a huge smile on her face. When first meeting her she may come across as shy or reserved but she warms up very quickly!
Chelsea loves to color and craft time was her favorite activity at camp. She could sit for hours coloring, making beaded necklaces or filling in her memory book. Chelsea has a beautiful voice and really enjoys singing! She knows a lot of Chinese songs and even a few songs in English! She really enjoyed our assembly time where we would sing some crazy camp songs and dance. She even sang a song all by herself during the end of week Talent Show. Swimming time was another highlight of the week for her, she loved getting to splash around in the pool and play with the blow up balls. All morning she would ask if it was time to go swimming yet!
Chelsea does have some special needs but her biggest need of all is a family that will love and help her to succeed in life. We have seen what small interventions can do for her development and with proper support and therapies we have no doubt she can continue to thrive! She used to live in a great foster home but had to return to her home orphanage in February 2015. We know she greatly misses her friends and nannies as the situation in her current orphanage isn’t ideal.
A specific agency is offering a $4,000 grant if a family uses their agency to adopt her.
Boy, born 2011
Severe delay of physical and mental development
NOT available until Fall 2016
He is currently not available until fall 2016 but his coding may change once he has a new medical exam when he is transferred soon! We will update as soon as we know!
From a family that met him 6/15:
We spent about a week with this sweet boy when we were adopting our son in June 2015. He is so desperate for love. He called me momma and begged my daughter and me to hold him. We loved on him as much as possible and he soaked it up. He picked up English words very quickly, and remembered day after day that I had hand sanitizer in my purse and asked for it by saying, “soap!” He loved to play ball with my kids, and the nannies would let him push the baby carriage around during walks. He has the most infectious giggle I’ve ever heard. He walks well, but the nanny indicated that he has issues with his knees. It didn’t stop him, though!
He needs a good, patient, and loving family to give him what he needs. He is so skinny and needs good nutrition. He has very minor orphanage behaviors, but from the progress he made just being with us for a few days, I know he will flourish in a caring family. He will be transferred to a horrible place (the director of the orphanage told me it is horrible), likely very soon, since he’s almost 4.
This region is beautiful and very cost efficient. The orphanage director is lovely. The facilitators are amazing, and the judge is hilarious and wonderful! You will be able to stay in a hotel and walk to the orphanage and enjoy the beauty and culture of a wonderful town.
LOTS of videos available!
Boy, almost 4 years old
Infantile cerebral palsy; gastroesophageal reflux disease; delayed physical and neuropsychological development.
The child’s weight and height are correspondent to his age. He stands up by using a fixed support and even makes steps when held by hands by an adult or by using a walker! He takes and holds small toys in his hand and reaches towards a desired object. The child plays with toys for a while and tries to imitate the adults’ actions. The child has difficulties concentrating but he is able to concentrate for short periods of time. He keeps his attention focused for long enough on certain activities that he likes. The boy memorizes actions and manipulations and he performs them often in his everyday life. The boy laughs aloud when jested by an adult. He reacts emotionally to familiar adults and situations from his everyday life. He pronounces prolonged sound combinations. The child enjoys listening to children’s songs.
Because we only have this child’s file for a short time, he will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for him.
Boy, born 2011
Spina bifida, hydrocephalus
Kyle is 3.5 years old with an adorable smile! Kyle was abandoned when he was only one month old. He had surgery for a meningocele and had a shunt placed for hydrocephalus when he was only 7 months old, but is now doing well although he does not yet have bowel or bladder control. Kyle is described as an active little boy who is walking and talking and has age-appropriate mental development. He likes to play with toy cars and to dance along to music! Could Kyle be your son?
Boy, born Feb 2006
York was found abandoned at the age of 2 1/2 years old. He is a very clever, outgoing, and active child and can learn fast. York has good self care skills and he can put on clothes and shoes, fold the quilt and have a meal alone, and can also help other children to do something what they can’t do, such as pass the toy to them or sing for them. In school he listens to the teacher and is learning well. He also has learned some English and he likes to sing English children’s songs.
By the way, he is quite the little singer and loves to perform when guests come. York performs for them happily, which always bring laughter and joy for everyone. his caretakers state that he is so excellent, so happy, so strong, which can’t help making us send the most enthusiastic applause for him. York would love to have a family to perform for and sing with. Are you ready to add this little star to your family?
$40.50 is available towards the cost of my adoption!
Girl, 3 years old
Congenital anomalies syndrome predominantly affecting facial appearance. Epilepsy. West syndrome. Arachnoid temporal cyst in the left. A flat hemangioma on the left shank. Innocent systolic murmur. Delayed neuropsychological development. Bilateral atrophy of the optic nerve.
She has age-correspondent physical development. She turns from back to belly and holds toys that have been handed to her for a while. She laughs aloud when jested by an adult. She produces random and diverse guttural sounds. She recognizes people’s tone of voice.
Because we only have this child’s file for a short time, she will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for her.
Boy, born 2008
Congenital microphthalmus, congenital cataracts, and delayed intelligence development
Jordy is an outgoing 7 year old boy who was abandoned when he was 18 months old. Jordy lives in a foster family who report that he is always in a good mood. He takes the bus to school, feeds and dresses himself, and goes to the bathroom on his own. Due to his poor vision, his intellectual development is behind his peers but he goes to school, can sing and recite poems, teaches his younger foster brother to count, and loves when the teacher reads a story. He likes to play outdoors on the playground where he enjoys the swings, seesaw, slide and sandbox. Can Jordy be your son?
Boy, born 2014
Charlier is a cute one year old baby boy who was born with hydrocephalus. He was abandoned at the gate of the orphanage at three months old. He received surgery in July 2015. His fine motor skills appear to be on track. Charlier is now able to crawl, but not able to sit up, stand or walk yet. He eats well and babbles. He loves to listen to music and his favorite toy is a drum-shaped rattle. Can Charlier be the son you are looking for?
Boy, 6 years old
Broken skull and facial bones due to suffered trauma; Infantile cerebral palsy – double hemiplegia and spastic quadric paresis and pseudo-bulbar paralysis; Epilepsy; Obstructive internal hydrocephalus; External hydrocephalus; Bronchial asthma; Feeding through a tube; Severe delay in the physical and neuro-psychical development.
The child is with pseudo-bulbar paralysis and often is in opistotonus. Babinski and Rossolimo – bilaterally positive. Despite the carried out treatment with medications, the neurological symptomatic is worsening.
The child is fed through a tube. He is constantly in a lying position. He utters sounds.
Because we only have this child’s file for a short time, he will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for him.
Girl, 8 years old
microcephalus; Infantile cerebral palsy – spastic quadric paresis; Epilepsy; Anemia; Amaurosis; Cortical atrophy; Osteoporotic changes; Protein-caloric malnutrition – 4th degree; Deep mental delay; Delays in the physical and neuro-psychical development.
She is mainly in a lying position. Fine motor skills are lacking – she doesn’t reach out, pick up or hold a toy or an object.
She is a child who constantly needs an assisting adult. She prefers calm and quiet environments. She is difficult to reach. She doesn’t recognize children or adults. She doesn’t interact with children. She self-isolates from the other children and doesn’t play or have play activity skills.
There is lack of independency and autonomy in all spheres. The child is fed with a spoon by an adult and this is a difficult and long process. Usually, she cries and is restless when showered and in other periods of the routine.
Because we only have this child’s file for a short time, she will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for her.
Girl, 5 years old
born with unknown probable term of delivery in a severe general condition upon birth, which necessitated for the child to be placed in a neonatal intensive care unit, under monitor control, with oxygen and infusion therapy for two days; unspecified disorder of psychological development; delay in all areas of the neuropsychological development ; delayed speech development; long-sightedness;
She responds to being called by name. When in front of the mirror she would look at her reflection and observe her own actions. She is adaptive and observant in a new environment. She responds to other people’s looks, jests and verbal communication.She responds positively when someone initiates interactions with her. She is emotionally responsive. She livens up when playing peek-a-boo. She laughs aloud when jested and participating in games. Once a joint activity is over, she continues to be interested in the respective adult and she moves around in close proximity to them and observes their actions. She responds when seeing a familiar person or familiar environment. She interacts with other children and does not tend to isolate herself. She runs when playing tag, she livens up, produces joyful exclamations and laughs aloud.
Boy, born 2010
Maximilian is an adorable little guy who recently turned 3 years old. He came into care as a newborn, and was diagnosed with CP. Max has good fine motor skills, excellent speech (although they say he has a short tongue tie), and is able to walk…but not for long distances. Max’s head tilts to the right; this could be a result of the CP. Maximilian is a delightful little boy, whose cognitive skills are on target. His receptive speech is great, and he follows instructions well. He can easily express his needs. The nannies describe him as “strong and brave”. They also said when he sees the other kids walking and doing things he would like to do he wants to be like them. Max works very hard when exercising…he wants to be strong and able to run and play with his friends. Max need a family, good therapy, and treatment to straighten his neck. Max needs you!
Girl, born 2012
hydrocephalus and spina bifida and exotropia
She is good at speaking and understands everything, she is good in contact. She manipulates objects very well (can draw), she can sit and crawl but not walk because she has no pelvic rotation.
The agency has additional photos and a couple short videos for serious inquiries.
Boy, born 2007
Andy, age 8, was found abandoned when he was three months old. He was born with a meningocele and hydrocephalus, for which he received surgery when he was 9 months old. Other than a few scars, he’s in great health now. He has complete bowel and bladder control.
Andy has had a difficult road on his adoption journey. He visited the US for a few weeks in our Summer 2014 Bridge of Hope hosting program, and stayed with a host-only family in South Carolina. His host mom described him as “sweet as a kitten” and a “great, great happy kid” from the moment he wakes up each day. He was very affectionate, giving lots of hugs and kisses, and did everything asked of him. He loves to swim and got used to the family’s dogs. He also loved food—waffles, corn on the cob, watermelon, shrimp, and noodles—and even a July 4th hot dog. His host family found Andy to be strong, brave, kind and mature. He enjoyed family activities including long hikes, puzzles and math games and piano practice.
A family met Andy during his visit and decided to move forward with his adoption. Over the course of a year, they had several starts and stops on their adoption paperwork and just this week decided that they will adopt domestically instead.
We visited Andy in China at the end of June. He lives with a foster family, with whom he is very attached. He knew he was in the process of being adopted and several months ago his school had a celebration/farewell party for him in anticipation of his upcoming adoption. Now he will have to start school again in the fall, with no adoption prospects at present.
Andy is a laughing, funny, talkative boy who loves playing with other children and helping them. He’s also an entertainer who enjoys making people laugh. He really needs an adoptive family!
Boy, born 2010
Lou is almost 5 years old. He was abandoned near a botanical garden when he was 2 days old. Lou was born with a lumbosacral meningomyelocele, and had surgery when he was only 17 days old. He had some weakness in his legs and delayed walking, but he’s doing well now. He does not yet have bowel or bladder control. Lou is described as a lovely and outgoing boy who loves to smile. He can count, do simple addition and subtraction, and sings simple songs. He wears orthopedic shoes but he can run and jump and likes to play ball outside with the other children. Lou’s speech development is age appropriate. Can Lou be your son?
Boy, born 2012
Hugo is a sweet little boy who turned three years old this summer. Hugo has deformities in his left forearm and hand, but he has adapted well. He can use his left hand to hold a pen, cellphone and building blocks but has difficulty picking up small objects. Hugo also has an issue with his right wrist but his caretakers report that his right hand function is more flexible and a little different but basically normal. Hugo is reported to have good coordination. Hugo is a shy but curious little boy with an infectious smile who loves to play! He knows to wait his turn for the swing, loves to play catch, and to “read” a book. Could Hugo be your son?
Girl, born 2008
Ear deformities, strabismus
Fanny is a “very bright, considerate, honest, and friendly” 6.5 year old girl whose host-only mom says, “She is a loving child who would be a blessing to a family. Her photos don’t do her justice. She is a beautiful little girl who deserves a good home.”
Fanny was abandoned when she was just two days old. She was born with ear deformities and she has strabismus, but they don’t affect her hearing and vision. Her hosts say she is developmentally age-appropriate and in some ways advanced, easily adapting to rules and family life, getting through difficult tasks, showing her intelligence, and bonding warmly with children and adults. She enjoys physical activities, has been boating, kayaking, swimming, bike riding, and has even played basketball. She did gymnastics with the girls on her summer visit and learned to do a cart wheel. She likes playing with other children, starts out timid, but quickly opens up. She’s an active talker who likes to sing and listen to music.
We visited with Fanny at her orphanage in late June. She was friendly and happy. She attends kindergarten and likes to help the teacher.
Boy, born 2011
spina bifida, hydrocephalus (post-op)
Daniel just turned four years old. Daniel was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus and he was abandoned when he was only two days old. He had corrective surgeries for both conditions in August and September 2014 and is now doing well (aside from a strange haircut).
We visited Daniel at his orphanage at the end of June, and he was just adorable. He has a scar on his back from his meningocele surgery and scars on the back of his head from his hydrocephalus surgery, but they’re not too bad. The best news is that he runs and walks well and he has both bowel and bladder control. Daniel was fascinated by the games on our iPad. Could Daniel be your son?
Girl, born 2007
Julia, 8 years old, was born with Down syndrome and was abandoned when she was only three months old. Julia is currently taking preschool level courses, but her speech is well developed. Julia is a performer and loves to dance and sing! She is potty-trained and likes to help take care of younger children.
We visited Julia in her orphanage in late June. She is small for her age, which is common for children with DS. She was just precious. She recited a poem for us along with hand gestures, which we captured on video.
If your family is open to the adoption of a child with Down syndrome, please consider Julia. She could be a wonderful addition to your family.
A $3500 grant is available to reduce Julia’s adoption expenses from the agency who currently has her file.
Boy, born 2014
Cleft lip (post-op); cleft palate
Ahren, age 1, is an adorable little boy who was abandoned at a hospital when he was only a couple of days old. Ahren was born with a cleft lip and palate. Last summer, he had surgery to correct his cleft lip but still needs surgery to close his palate. Ahren can stand and walk, imitates others when they speak, and feeds himself. The orphanage reports that he has normal intelligence and that his speech development is OK. He’s saying simple words now, like mama, grandma, etc. Ahren is an active little boy who likes to play with his toys or be outside. Could Ahren be the son you’ve been looking for?
Girl, born 2004
mild Cerebral Palsy
Lucinda is a beautiful 11 year old girl who was abandoned at age 2. She is described as an active child who is an extrovert. She is diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy. We have recent video of Lucinda which shows her walking and climbing stairs well – no indication of any problems getting around although she reportedly has a slight limp. Lucinda can read and write (we have recent video of her reading too). She speaks a little slowly and has some delays with expressive language but communicates with others very well. Lucinda wears glasses (which we’ve provided for her) and has some dental cavities which will need attention. She enjoys quiet activities and loves to read, solve puzzles and draw. Could you be the parents of this amazing young girl?
Girl, born 2014
Down syndrome, congenital pes planus, Congenital deformity of sternocleidomastoid muscle, Other specified congenital malformations of urinary system, Mild protein-calorie malnutrition
Sweet baby girl!! She needs love!
Girl, born 2010
Hanna, age 5, has Down syndrome and was abandoned as a newborn. Hanna has a big smile and is described as an active little girl. Since being placed with a foster family, she has made progress in her language, physical, cognitive, social and emotional development. Hanna is not a big talker, but she understands and responds to her teacher. She can use the bathroom, get dressed/undressed on her own, throw and chase a ball. Hanna likes to care for other children and comfort them when they are sad. Could this sweet girl be your daughter?
A $3500 grant is available from the agency that currently has her file, to help Hanna get adopted.
Boy, born 2010
Sensitive special need
Hank is a “sunny and active” 5 year old boy with a ready smile. He loves playing with other children, singing and listening to music, and watching cartoons. He knows the names of everyday items, can count, communicate with adults, sing nursery songs, and likes to help others. He has a genital malformation that has not been surgically corrected. His chromosome test shows he’s a boy.
We visited with Hank at his orphanage at the end of June and he was adorable! He recited a poem for us in Chinese and also knew some English words (banana, apple, watermelon, etc.). The orphanage considers him to be very smart. We have several new videos which will melt your heart.
Can you help Hank have a loving future as part of your family?
Boy, born 2010
Congenital heart defect
Frankie Lee, a sweet little boy, is five years old. He was abandoned at eight months. Frankie Lee was born with a congenital heart disease (complex single atrium, single ventricle) and will need surgery soon. When we visited with him in late June, his lips and fingernails were a bit blue, so we know his cardiac needs are pressing.
Frankie Lee lives with a foster family who keep his activities somewhat restricted due to his heart condition. He is reported to have normal intelligence but doesn’t attend school yet.
Frankie Lee is a bit shy and very attached to his foster mom. He loves listening to music and dancing along to the rhythm. Could Frankie Lee be your son? Can you provide the care he needs?
Boy, born 2011
cleft lip (repaired); cleft palate, ptosis
Rick is a 4 year old boy who loves learning. He is well-liked by his foster family and his teachers. He loves playing games with teachers and students, but as an introvert, he sometimes like playing alone. He had successful surgery to correct his cleft lip but will still need surgery to close his palate. Rick is also diagnosed with ptosis (droopy eyelids), but it doesn’t affect his vision. Rick has good bladder control during the day, but still uses diapers at night.
Boy, born 2010
meningocele (post-op), hydrocephalus (shunt placed)
Ryan, age 4.5, is an adorable little boy with a bright smile. He was abandoned outside a hospital when he was about 12 months old. Shortly after coming into orphanage care, he had surgery on his back for a meningocele and also had a shunt placed to decrease the pressure in his head caused by hydrocephalus. The procedures were successful and he has recovered well. Now Ryan has good bowel and bladder control.
We visited Ryan in his orphanage in late June and were taken in by his shy smile. He enjoyed playing with our iPad. Ryan demonstrated his excellent walking and running, and sang us a song. The video will melt your heart. Could Ryan be the son you’ve been searching for?
Boy, born 2010
meningocele and tethered spinal cord (post-surgery), Achilles tendon surgery corrected
Yanni is 5 years old. He was born with a meningocele and tethered spinal cord and was abandoned when he was just two days old. Two weeks later, he had surgery to correct his meningocele and spinal cord and is doing well. Yanni also had surgery on his Achilles tendon. He now walks and runs, and even marched like a soldier when we visited his orphanage in late June. Yanni is potty trained but sometimes needs reminders when he’s tired. He counts to ten, knows his colors, and plays well with his foster mom’s grandson. Can he be your son?
Girl, born 2014
Dysplasia of thighbones; possible osteogenesis imperfecta
Shannon Rae is almost 18 months old. She was left at an orphanage when she was only a couple of days old. Shannon’s official diagnosis is dysplasia of both thighbones but she’s had two leg fractures and one arm fracture in her short life so we suspect she may have brittle bone disease (osteogenesis imperfecta). We have xrays of her arm and legs. We have requested additional testing, but it is not available in her hometown so we’re urging the orphanage to arrange for this in a bigger city.
Shannon Rae is a cute little girl who laughs out loud and has a ready smile. Shannon cannot bear weight on her legs or sit up on her own, but she is able to wiggle and move her legs freely when laying on her back and she can sit for a short while with support. Could Shannon be your daughter?
Girl, born August 2010
Elena has been diagnosed with specific mixed developmental disorder, FAS, language and speech developmental disorder, functional heart murmur, hypermetropic astigmatism, and sub-atrophia of the visual nerve. Her cleft palate was repaired.
Elena is very smart and collects all the information about what is going on around her. She knows all the details about every child. She is speaking a lot, asking questions, and can explain situations. She follows directions and redirection and knows the routine. She eats by herself and does need any help, drinks from a cup, asks when she needs to go and use the bathroom and dresses herself without help. Speaks in 2-3 words sentences, her speech becomes more clear as the speech therapist is working with her. She recognizes objects in pictures, knows colors but does not yet count. She likes educational activities very much. She is friendly with children and plays with them well. She is always seeking attention from adults and likes to come up and to complain about things just to get personal contact. She gets upset when she does not get attention when she needs it and scratches herself when this happens.
Heavenleigh is extremely malnourished, weighing less than 10 pounds at 5 years old. She was born with atresia of the duodenum, which was surgically repaired when she was 6 days old. She was also born with a heart condition, which was surgically repaired when she was 10 months old.
Despite the fact that she is extremely malnurished, Heavenleigh is very alert and active. She rolls over and Army crawls to get where she wants to go. She enjoys toys that play music and will seek out her favorite toys. She picks up toys on her own and will search for a toy if she drops it. She plays peek-a-boo and laughs when teased. She will transfer items from one hand to the other and bang blocks together. She babbles and makes sounds in an attempt to “talk”.
Photos and videos from August 2015 show her playing with a toy, rolling over to find the toy after it is dropped, and smiling and responding to a musical toy. Heavenleigh needs a family that is prepared to work quickly to complete her adoption. Her adoption will be expidited by both the US agency and the country where she lives.
Girl, born 2006
What an amazing smile!! Possible FAS in addition to the Down syndrome.
From a family who visited with her in August 2015: “She is so sweet! Very affectionate. I got her out of the stroller today and was dancing with her, the radio was on, and she smiled and giggled the whole time! After a while, I just sat and bounced her on my lap and then she snuggled in to me and almost fell asleep. She will do so well with a home! She constantly has “sleep” in the corners of her eyes. ”
Boy, 13 years old
Syndrome of congenital anomalies related with short height, general disease – Hypo-pituitarism. Deficit of growth hormone. Delay in physical development as to the height.
Looking for adult’s attention and support. Very positive and optimistic child. He is sociable, likes to participate in group activities and play computer games.
He wants to be adopted and have a family.
Boy, 2 years old
low birth weight, congenital hydrocephaly, condition after surgery correction – ventriculoperitoneal shunt, visual impairment – ROV V degree and delay in neuro-psychic development and physical skills.
He catches toys only in touch with right hands, he still does not open his left hand and through tactile stimulus. Missing catching reflex.
Laughing with voice when teased. Often observation of oral stimulation through sucking his hands. He does not imitate sound production but shows emotional respond in caressing speech and touch. During the time when he is not sleeping he is calm.
Boy, 6 years old
Shane has been diagnosed with background retinopathy and changes in retinal vessels ROP. Blindness and reduced eyesight. Condition after intraventricular hemorrhage III degree. Cerebral palsy – spastic diplegia. Severe delay in neuro-psychic development.
He has spastic muscle tone of the lower limbs. It has been reached a very good result from his working with the remedial therapist. It has been improved the general motor skills, the positioning of the body in space. He walks with walker or lead by two hands, he gets down stairs with pillar of handrail and verbal instruction, independent seat and straightening support. He deliberately manipulates, he feels the space around him to orientate. He takes given object, explores it, and makes tries to use it, he plays with it longer. He is happy of children’s and adult’s presence but also prefers to be alone. When he is alone, he starts talking, uses sentences and phrases that he heard and remembered, sings songs. When he feels presence of people around him, he stops the verbal expression. He returns a greeting, gives his hand. He understands the speech directed to him.
He feeds with aid, his actions are concomitant. He chews solid food. He drinks from a cup also with aid. He cooperates in dressing, undressing, washing his hands. He does not control his pelvic reservoirs.
He has regulated and relatively calms sleep. He goes outside in nice weather. He has calm behavior without aggressive manifestations. He sleeps in dormitory, does not cry when he wakes up. He likes music, speech, listens to sounds from surrounding environment.
He is very sweet and doing very well for his condition. This boy has a very good potential for development!
Julissa: born April 2002; lack of protein energy. Weak posture. Enuresis of night. Psychomotor development delay in the form of a mild mental development delay.
the oldest sister has greyish-blue eyes and ash blonde hair. The girl is currently attending school and has good grades. The girl has a rich imagination, she gladly writes poems, stories, and enjoys performing in front of an audience and reciting poems. She is organizing a dance team in which they create performances and show them to the social workers. She likes roller-skating and has many friends, but also enjoys being alone. An educational neglect was observed, she had difficulties with adapting herself to having lessons, wasn’t able to independently study the school materials. She needed to be motivated and supported by adults on a regular basis. Her thinking speed was medium slow. The girl really needs a support of adults and needs to hear their thoughts and opinions. She needs someone she can trust, whom she could open up to, whom she could tell her feelings, emotions and thoughts. The girl has big mood-swings and she sometimes has self-destructive thoughts. She explained to her mother on the phone that she will be a part of a host program in USA and she wants to be adopted.
Jodi: born January 2005; bronchial asthma, moderate degree, allergic rhinitis. Hereditary knee anomalies, feet deformation. Mild mental delays, disturbance of activity and attention, institutional upbringing.
Jodi has blue eyes and ash blonde hair. In the school year of 2012/2013 the girl began her 1st grade. The girl is attending a specialized school. She has a great imagination and artistic thinking. She loves watching movies, singing songs, portraying things in her drawings and acting. The girl takes care of the youngest children. She is very active, gladly joins in different activities, including the dance team, and loves roller-skating. Currently, she really likes to make herself look pretty and enjoys having fun with such girly things. The head of the institution in which she currently resides explained, that her mild mental development delay cannot be seen when talking with the girl, it mainly is expressed as difficulties with focusing when studying. She has a poorly developed willpower, has low motivation for learning. Apart from that, she has good reasoning skills, she knows how to defend her point of view. The girl wasn’t prepared for school, wasn’t able to focus during lessons, had a slow thinking pace, and couldn’t follow the rest of the class. The abilities, health condition and development level was evaluated and she was introduced to a more suitable education program for children of minorities and with mental development issues.
Girl, born 2008
Spina bifida (condition after surgery), paraparesis, secondary hydrocephalus
She just radiates love!!!
Very nice girl, needs out of the institution asap
Girl, born May 2008
Cerebral palsy and congenital heart disease
Alexa is listed as having a history of CHD (less of mitral regurgitation in systole, no others abnormal flow) and CP. Alexa is described as a fairly quiet girl with a sweet disposition. She enjoys listening to music and reading picture books. In the company of strangers Alexa will smile shyly, but when surrounded by those she knows she is said to play with her whole heart! Alexa enjoys outdoor activities and watching cartoons. Alexa’s gait is affected by her CP, but she is able to walk, climb, etc independently. She does need some assistance with eating because she has a hard time controlling her hands. Her language development is normal. She can understand everything, follow directions, and can use her words to communicate with others. She is described as a favorable child.
Girl, born January 2014
Adorable Alisha was just six months old when she arrived at her specific care home, and we often fight over who gets to cuddle our baby girl. She is a very happy baby. She is always smiling and loves to be held. She is very strong and often rolls from her back to her tummy and then lifts her arms and legs, which makes it look like she is flying! Alisha is in our baby home, where she gets lots of love and attention from the nannies. She was born with cataracts but had surgery to remove them shortly after she came to her current placement. She can see a little and focuses in on bright toys and faces. We love this beautiful little girl! A volunteer also recently said: She can crawl or walk with a push toy or holding someone’s hand. She has glasses prescribed but is still getting used to them.
Boy, born October 2011
Down syndrome and congenital heart defect
Just look at that smile little Lucas has! Lucas is 3 years old and is waiting for a family to see him and come for him. He is an active little boy who can be impatient at times. He will cry if a stranger tries to hold him and gets upset when other kids grab toys from him. However, he easily calms down when comforted or when given candy. He is able to say some simple words in Chinese like aunt and sister, though his speech is a little unclear. Lucas can wave his hands to to say goodbye and is able to walk on his own. He reacts when people call his name. Lucas enjoys playing with children in the same room as him and he likes to play with toys and building blocks. He loves playing on the playground and the seesaw is his favorite! Lucas has down syndrome and an ASD congenital heart defect that will not require surgery.
Boy, born January 2013
Davis is an absolutely adorable little guy who is 2 years old! He came into care when he was about 9 months old. He was found to have Down syndrome, with no heart issues. Davis has very good fine motor skills. He is able to crawl, and stand and walk with assistance. He can go up stairs with assistance. Davis has good receptive speech, and is able to imitate. He “talks” to himself while he is playing! Davis is in an orphanage where he is receiving lots of love and attention. He is ready for a family of his own, and the orphanage staff is very eager to see him placed with a loving family. Davis will be such a sweet addition to your family! Video is available!
Boy, born October 2005
Declan is an easy going and quiet boy who was admitted to the orphanage as a newborn and has lived there ever since. He has albinism and nystagmus (involuntary eye movements). Declan is able to attend school and makes average grades. It is said that he listens carefully to the teachers and respects them. He also loves to do hard work and earns awards from the teachers. Declan enjoys numbers and studying. He is a leader that unites his classmates. Declan loves to be outside in all types of weather, including snow. He gets along well with the other children and he likes playing games and playing on the outdoor playground equipment. Once he gets to know you a little, he becomes talkative and has a ready smile. He has strong language skills and expresses himself well. He doesn’t see objects clearly due to his weaker vision, so his actions can seem a bit timid and slow, but he does see colors fine. Declan’s gross motor development is stronger than his fine motor skills. He adapts easily and has strong self care skills. When it comes to eating, Declan has a reputation for having possibly the largest appetite in the dining room! Declan has waited long enough for a family- please help us find this great boy a family!
Boy, born 10/2012
Two year old Dionte is a doll! Dionte is an active and positive little guy. He can walk independently and he can go up stairs with the support of the wall. He is able to hold and use a pencil and he can put blocks into a cup and take them out of the cup. He is able to take off his own clothes independently. Dionte understands the meaning of the word ‘no’ and will give you things when you ask for them. He can use a spoon to eat and can say ‘aunt, brother, sister’ and other simple words and sentences in a clear voice. Dionte enjoys playing with other children, playing at parks, listening to music, and playing with blocks.
Boy, born 2012
Little Camron has Williams Syndrome. He loves to dance! When the music comes on, he jumps up out of his seat to move to the music. A love of music (and sometimes an unusual skill with music, often referred to as “savant”) is common in children with this genetic condition.
All of the children he lives with in his house love him. They really cherish the time they get to spend with him. He is starting to take his first steps, and with help from his friends, he is learning quickly. Camron is described as an affectionate child. He is very happy with people he knows, and he obeys directions well.
This 6 year old boy has the following diagnoses: infantile cerebral palsy – quadriparesis; microcephaly; epileptic seizures; significantly delayed neuropsychological development.
He can lie on his side as well as on his back. He holds objects for a while. He responds to touch and loud noise. He maintains a sitting position for a while when provided with support. Deformities of the neck and head are seen. He hardly makes eye contact. He is fed with liquid food in a semi-sitting position. The child needs specialized medical care.
This 7 y.o. girl’s special needs are: Schizencephaly – congenital brain cysts (subarachnoid cyst in the left area; parietooccipital in the right). Internal hydrocephaly. Infantile cerebral palsy. Spastic diplegia – severe form. Divergent strabismus. Bilateral partial atrophy of the optic nerve. Exotropia. Severe to profound mental delay. Hypotrophy of II – III degree.
Elsie eats transitional food from a bottle and is taken care of by the staff. The girl reacts positively when an adult is interacting with her – she makes pleasing sounds when they talk to her.
This 10 y.o.girl has specific developmental disorders of speech and language; mild mental delay. She is physically healthy. She does not often get ill.
Darly has started speaking in full sentences and her speech is becoming more and more understandable. She has started seeking contact with some of her peers as well as with the educators. She is timid and shy, agile and independent as regards her self-service needs. She attends a mainstream school. She marks progress in her sociability and her speech. She has a positive attitude towards adoption.
This 12 y.o boy has bronchial asthma with predominant allergic component; has been placed in a childcare institution due to some evidence of abuse. He has age-correspondent physical and psychological development.
Roran is an active boy who loves doing sports. He is independent and keeps his appearance neat; helps with household chores around the orphanage; well-intentioned towards others; good social adaptation; expresses his feeling spontaneously and genuinely; does very well at school (reads, writes, counts up to 1000, adds and subtracts 3-digit numbers); inquisitive; likes drawing and reading books; has good vocabulary.
This 4 y.o. boy’s special needs are: polymalformative syndrome, epilepsy, infantile cerebral palsy and microcephaly.
Rhett is fed through a nasogastric tube and is fully dependent on adults’ care. He easily transits from waking state into light stupor and deep sleep. Lately he seems to be smiling more often when an adult is present in the room, but can not react fully to social stimulation.
Girl, born Jan 2003
Hypophrenia, muscular tension of upper limbs is low
Bailey is 10 years old. She dresses neatly and likes to be beautiful. She is shy but gets along well with other children. She listens well in class but has some difficulty understanding. She has some difficulty writing and with some personal care such as combing her hair, due to the low muscle tension in her upper limbs. Additional pictures available.
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!
Diagnosis: Cerebral palsy -spastic diplegia; hearing impaired-wears hearing aides
Emily is very alert and seeks out the attention of her caregivers. She is bonded to the staff members that care for her regularly. She watches the activities of the other children with interest. When placed on the floor, she can scoot around on her back. She enjoys looking at her reflection in a small mirror. She likes to hold objects in her hands. She will play games with other people by rolling a ball or throwing an object given to her and reaching for it to be handed back to her.
Photos and videos from July 2015 are available for interested families.
Diagnosis: spina bifida, shunt due to hydrocephalus, malnutrition
Margaret lives in an orphanage where several children have been adopted from that also had malnutrition of delays in development. The children have all made tremendous progress once their physical needs were met in a family.
Margaret smiles and laughs when people pay attention to her. She loves interacting with adults. She manipulates toys that are given to her and enjoys toys with bright lights.
Photos and videos from July 2015 are available for interested families. PROGRAM FEES ARE REDUCED for Margaret’s adoption!
Girl, born 2013
Child’s mother is HIV positive. Several tests have been performed to child to rule out HIV with a reactive result. No treatment has been indicated.
Good development level for her age. Sociable and cheerful child with good appetite; she doesn’t like to be alone and even though she enjoys playing with other kids, prefers the company of an adult. She is communicative. Currently attends an early stimulation classroom showing good interaction with her peers.
Language is adequate for her age, pronouncing some words, phrases and short sentences. Adequate psychomotor development. Walks and runs alone in a coordinated way; good balance, she tries to stand up with one foot, moves around freely, goes up and down stairs with support, builds towers with 3 blocks, executes simple commands; has an adequate fine psychomotor development.
Depends on the closeness of an adult (caretaker), doesn’t like to be alone, shows affection and likes to play with other kids. Shows an adequate development in all areas for her age.
Girl, born August 2011
FAS (Fetal alcohol syndrome)
Lucinda has age-appropriate social development. It is easy for to express what she likes or dislikes. She is sociable and she likes to be part of group activities and on occasions she enjoys playing alone. She offers an apology if she makes a mistake and establishes and maintains good relationships with her peers.
She is fluent, expressive, establishes good communication and has good diction. She is a sociable with people she meets, interacting with her peers and adults that offer her attention and affection. She is a generally healthy child, with normal gross and fine psychomotor development.
Girl, born October 2010
Chronic constipation, Nutrition eutrophic, Chronic anal fissure, Language delay
Linnet is agile, neat, participative, obedient and cheerful. Play with her peers and interacts accordingly. She has leadership qualities, she is able to organize her peers to achieve her goals. Linnet interacts with adults in a friendly and spontaneous way; she follows indications and the daily routine established by the orphanage. Occasionally when she gets frustrated she tends to have a tantrum. She likes to be positively reinforced. She likes to play with dolls and assemble blocks.
Boy, born August 2003
Timon is a handsome boy who has overcome some amazing odds. When he first came into care he was dependent on others for help and care. Under the care of the center he became an independent and chatty boy who was doing so well. In Feb 2015, his caregivers noticed some irregularities in his gait and activity level. A CT scan showed enlarged ventricles and a tumor mass. He had emergency surgery for shunt placement and tumor removal. The surgeon believes all of the tumor was removed and it tested benign. Timon recovered slowly and has been able to become independent again in caring for himself, eating and talking. His speech remains slurred and slower but he is understandable. He is also back to being able to read and write. In early April 2015 Timon had a second surgery to place an external shunt to drain fluid from the area where the tumor was located and to allow for brain growth. The surgery went well and the plan is to remove the external shunt after 6- 12 months. While the long term effects of these surgeries is not fully known and further brain scans will be needed to monitor for any recurrence, Timon has proven himself to be a fighter. He has shown great courage in all his surgeries and therapies. He has shown great perseverance and commitment to doing well individually and in the therapies that have helped him recover after surgery.Timon is an overcomer and needs a family who sees his potential and can help him reach it. Are you the family that will help his light shine bright?
Siblings, born October 2010 & January 2012
This 4 y.o. girl resides in a foster family with her younger brother since February 2013. hair. She is happy and sparkling. Partially acquires taught material according to her age. She quickly enters in communication with other people. She has begun to speak, talks actively and a lot, but mostly intelligibly. She is already asking to go to potty but some nights still needs a diaper. Overall, the girl is hyperactive and chaotic. She attends specialized boarding elementary preschool institution.
Her medical diagnosis – mixed specific developmental disorders. Expressive language development disorders. Receptive language development disorders. Physical development delay. Short stature. Disorders of autism specter.
This 3 boy’s development is happening a lot faster than that of his older sister, he speaks, understands what he says, and tries to repeat words he hears. This boy attends mainstream preschool educational institution, has partially acquired taught program corresponding his age. He walks independently but his gait is quite slouchy. He can run, but only a little bit – he gets tired fast, begins to sweat and can fall down. He is quite slow, quickly gets offended. He is shy with unknown people. he is very attached to his older sister but she treats his badly (hitting, biting)
His medical diagnosis – psychomotor development delay. Language development delay.
Harvey, the older brother, is 11 y.o. He is active, helpful, kindhearted, he likes participating in different events and enjoys dancing. The boy wants to be a leader among peers. His medical diagnosis – bronchial asthma (in remission).
Hudson, the younger brother, has blue eyes and light blond hair. This 4 y.o. boy plays with toys according to his age. He attends kindergarten, his speech gradually develops. His physical development is good, but he still has slight problems with apprehension, he still has mild delay in mental development. His medical diagnosis – erosive gastropathy (in remission).
Siblings, born March 2008, April 2009, November 2010
The children reside in a foster family since March 2011.
Older brother is 7 y.o. He is quiet child. He likes to play with Lego and toy cars. He is good at drawing, coloring pictures and handicrafts. His medical diagnosis – physical development delay. Language delay. Urinary incontinence (neurosis).
The middle sister is 6 y.o. This girl is clever and musical. She likes to sing and dance, and also draw and color pictures as well as do various handicrafts. The girl is sometimes disobedient and tearful in both – kindergarten and home. Her medical diagnosis – psychomotor development delay. Neurosis – urinary incontinence, neurotic reactions
The youngest sister is 4 y.o. She is clever for her age. She is very musical and she has a good memory – she knows many songs and she likes to dance. She is also good at drawing and coloring pictures as well as in various handicrafts. The girl is disobedient and wishes to do only what she wants. The girl is nervous and fragile. Her medical diagnosis – hypostature (physical development delay), and asteno-neurosis.
Girl, born fall 2003
Her medical diagnosis – speech development delay. Inner rotation of both feet in the level of shins, left>right. Tibial torsy.
This 11 y.o. girl has grey eyes and light hair. She is friendly, has good relationships with peers and smaller children. She likes animals, enjoys helping out smaller children. She likes to sing and dance. At school she has average results, has a lowered motivation to study. Sometimes she can act in a provocative or manipulative way while trying to get what she wants. It takes a lot of time and patience to gain her trust.
Charlotte has blue eyes and light brown hair. She is starting to develop her speech, she tries to repeat the actions and words of other people. She likes drawing and flicking through books.
Girl, 5 years old
Early antenatal central nervous system defect, microcephaly, cerebral palsy with a spastic feet paraparesis. Speech development delay. Lack of protein energy. Received primary latent hypothyreosis.
Noelia likes games with singing, she remembers and repeats movements. She pays large interest to what’s happening around. She really likes individual consultations with specialists, enjoys walks – she walks with the help of walking frames. Has a good appetite. She tries to talk, expresses interest in board games, but her focus is not firm, she has difficulty concentrating.
Boy, born April 2010
Motor, physical, and mental development disorder
This 5 y.o. boy resides in a foster family since August 2013.
He has not attended kindergarten before, it is planned that soon he will start to attend specialized kindergarten. According to the decision of a pedagogically-medical commission, the boy needs to study in program for children with mixed development disorders. This boy has problems in communication with both – children and adults. He likes to succumb to other children. He has speech disorder, motor movement disorder, but whilst in the foster family, improvement can be seen.
Since he lives in the foster family, he has become brave and he wants to have undivided attention. At times he is very loud, he does everything slowly. The boy cannot be left unattended, he needs a strict discipline. His self-care does not correspond the age.
Boy, born 2011
His medical diagnosis – preterm birth II grade. Foot deformity. Fingers, toes congenital anomalies. Osteogenesis imperfect (type I). Bilateral hydrocele, antenatal damage to the central nervous system.
This 3 y.o. boy has a gentle care, with a passive posture on the back. Hand, foot-stretching movements. He can fix and direct eye-sight, smile. He is smart, talks about many things. In his young age he talks in short sentences. Right now he is bed-ridden and gets outside in a wheelchair and his possibility to walk independently is unsure. Currently he is using special medicine that in long-term can possibly improve the state of his bones, but as of now he gets a fracture approximately once in three months.
Boy, born November 2014
Jude is a contented little baby who recently joined us here. He is interactive and loves to play. Jude is quick to reach for toys and grasp fingers. He is great at tracking people and does fairly well with his bottle and feeding. Jude loves to make silly noises with his mouth and is starting to show off his smile. Jude’s core strength is already improving; he has a Bumbo seat that he loves to sit in and we are working with him to be able to sit up independently. Jude first learned to roll from his tummy to his back and is now working on rolling from his back to his tummy. While laying on his tummy, Jude can hold his head and shoulders up. While laying on his back, he loves to play with his hands and feet. He is a great sleeper and generally sleeps through the night, although he does not always take consistent naps.
Boy, born March 2002
post-op hernia, post-op sensitive special need, lesion/hairy patch on his spine
Meet 13 year old Milos! An agency in-country facilitator recently met Milos at a Journey of Hope camp. Those camps are typically for children who have been waiting around a long time for a family to choose them. This is an URGENT situation for Milos because he will turn 14 years old in March, 2016 and at that time he will forever lose the opportunity to be part of a forever family. Milos needs someone to see him as their son SOON and work hard to bring him home. His adoption could be expedited because he has less than a year before he will age out. Milos is diagnosed as having a repaired hernia, a repaired sensitive special need, and a lesion/hairy patch on his spine. According to the agencies in country facilitator, he has had surgeries and most of his physical issues were fixed. He is in good health now. Milos is in 6th grade at a nearby elementary school. He does not do very well at school in academics, but he is well behaved and obedient. He likes playing cooking and wants to be a chef. Milos likes helping his caretakers. He likes playing chess and playing with toy cars and airplanes. Milos is a good kid- he just doesn’t like to study. There are no mental concerns, he just does not do that well in school. He has a best friend at the orphanage whose paperwork is being submitted.
Milos wants to be adopted, but is very disappointed because he has been to many Journey of Hope camps. He feels hopeless and doesn’t feel like a family will come for him. The agency is heartbroken to read that and hopes that they can find him a family and that eventually that wonderful news could be shared with him and his hope will be renewed! Please help us spread the word about Milos. We know there is a family out there for every child- we just need you help in finding them!
Girl, born 2010
Her official diagnoses are syndrome of movements disturbance, conformational abnormalities of brain, unspecific; other disorders of mental development.
She cannot talk, she only makes some sounds to express herself. She understands direct speech though.
Well-behaved and friendly girl.
She has a 17-year old brother, but local authorities promised to allow “separation” of siblings if necessary.
Boy, born 2008
He has epilepsy; moderate mental retardation; convergent concomitant strabismus
He was placed into institution this July 2015 (transferred from a different orphanage). He cannot concentrate his attention; he understands speech addressed to him but keeps doing what he wants to; a kind of “runner”.
Diagnosis: Generalized disorder of the development-possible autism
Aimee was placed in an orphanage at birth and adopted through a domestic adoption in her home country at age 3. After a psychologist gave Aimee a diagnosis of “generalized disorder of the development-possible childhood autism”, the adoptive family returned her to an orphanage at age 7.
Aimee has some developed self-help skills: She feeds herself, indicates when she needs to use the bathroom and is toilet trained, undresses herself, and washes her own hands. She is learning additional self-help skills in order to be more independent. She has well developed gross motor skills. She plays with toys appropriately. She enjoys attention from the staff and seeks out hugs and affection. Her memory is very mechanical and her intellect is delayed. She is not aggressive. She pronounces short words and simple sentences. She follows verbal directions. She participates in games and activities and enjoys games with movement. She has formed connections with the adults in her new environment.
Girl, born September 2010
Bree Ann is 4 years old and is doing wonderful. She is reported to not give up and is doing well developmentally.
Griffin is 15 and has delayed neuropsychological development; moderate mental delay.
He has good physical development and well-developed motor skills. He loves to help and he willingly joins the household activities and shares the responsibilities; curious and demonstrates interest in many different areas; leads conversations at an everyday level; independent with regards to self-service and hygiene habits; has introverted disposition.
Roger is 8 and has infantile cerebral palsy; severe mental delay; protein-calorie malnutrition; congenital lues – cured.
He walks stably and tries to run; threads elements on a fixed stand; holds a pencil; vocalizes when experiencing strong emotions. He is certainly a cute boy! Hope his family finds him soon!
Paige is a sweet 14 year old girl who has Down syndrome, severe mental delay and hydrocephalus.
She is calm and timid; often smiles; rejoices when receiving attention; demonstrates her attachment to staff members; produces sounds and she is visibly happy when someone hugs her; loves listening to music, watching TV and moving around in her positioning walker; loves it when someone reads fairy-tales to her; responds to other people’s speech; establishes contact easily; makes eye contact; engages in school work with the help of her resource teacher; looks at the pictures in children’s books.
Diagnosis-very mild CP in his legs
Matthew walks and runs, though he does have an awkward gait due to the mild CP. He throws and catches a ball. His speech is excellent. He is able to ask and answer questions, share details about his life, count to 5 and hold a conversation with people. He gets along well with other children and adults. He does not have any behavioral concerns. He has a good memory. He participates in games and other activities and follow the rules set to complete the task. He is described as “sociable and affectionate”.
Photos and videos from July 2015 are available through the agency. In the videos, Matthew walks, runs, answers questions about his life and engages in conversation with an adult on the video.
From a family who visited him in July 2015: “already crawling, standing, he’s smart, and speaking at least 10 words. He’s in the care of an amazing foster family which is a blessing because he is bonded and this will help his future attachments. He is active and strong! ”
Initial profile info: Elijah is rolling over, making sounds in an effort to mimic speech, playing peek-a-boo, reaching for toys and trying to play with them. He interacts with his care givers through facial expressions, sounds and gestures. He recognizes familiar people. He has no other health issues other than Down syndrome. He eats and sleeps well.
Boy, born January 2008
Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis (EV)
Aslan has the heart of a lion. Every day he manages the physical effects of his special need. He likely has Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis. EV is a rare inherited condition characterized by chronic infection with human papillomavirus (HPV) leading to multiple cutaneous lesions. It can be disfiguring and is rapidly progressive not only in terms of physical deformity but also functionality. Little Aslan’s fingernails have growth long and difficult to use. The condition is not contagious to others and is not life threatening. With close medical multidisciplinary care it can be managed. Regardless of all of this, Aslan is determined to enjoy his friends and all that his current life has to offer him. Video taken in April 2015 shows his exhuberance.
Aslan’s reports from March 2015 share, “Now Aslan is extroverted; active, relentless; can run and jump freely; has a ready smile; talkative; can communicate well with others; like singing, dancing and telling stories; outstanding performance in our institute; strong receptivity of knowledge; can put on and take off clothes and shoes by himself; like clean up; helpful; can distinguish position, color, size and shape; know to share and give; coralloid adamant on whole body’s skin except for belly and back; such coralloid adamant will fall off after a period of time; if touches such coralloid adamant by accident, it will be bleeding and hurting.”
Girl, born summer 2003
A family hosted her two summers ago and would love to see her find her forever family. They’d be happy to talk to inquiring families. Comments from her host mother:
She is spunky, lively, funny. She had SUCH personality. She responded to love, to being held. She was strong-willed. Very much a “mommy”, too. But, if you had to tell her she did something she shouldn’t, she would break down and cry. So, I would hold her on my lap and she would curl up, close her eyes, and fake being asleep. She just wanted to be loved. She was funny, and LOVED to help. She loved sweeping and cleaning.
When here, we got her glasses but she didn’t like to wear them. She even hid them once. I would try to get her to wear them, but I didn’t want a “battle of wills” to develop. I let it go, and she would occasionally put them on. She had nystagmus, her eyes shook, and her head would shake a bit, too. It was very endearing to me. When she would insist on something she would stomp her foot, cross her arms, and give me a serious look. It made me smile. She can be bossy!
She LOVED swimming! The picture in the purple shirt and sunglasses is at the pool. Every day she would put her swimsuit on, waiting to go swimming, all ready to go in case we went! She blossomed so much! When she first came, she would not let me hug her, or touch her. I kept at it, she eventually curled up in my lap when upset. I would rock her to sleep.
She had the BEST laugh! I mean, with her entire heart and soul!! I. Loved. It!
Boy, born January 2007
Handsome Kelvin is 8 years old, and waiting for his family!
From a family who met him in June 2014:
This calm little guy came up to me with pleading eyes for attention and is just so polite. God has heard his prayers, and now he is listed for adoption! He is not overbearing or competitive at all. Rather, he is observant and inquisitive. He is about the size of a six year-old and just so gentle. I would take him home in a heartbeat if he was available before. He takes turns riding the red wagon around the orphanage grounds as the bigger boys pull him, and he gestures politely for fresh fruit when he sees it is available. He is kind to other children. He says a few words in his native language, and listened carefully when I was giving descriptions of my family photos. I have confidence that he would do wonderfully in any kind of family, and it is obvious– he can surely reciprocate love! He enjoyed throwing balls, going on walks, playing see-saw, and listening to English descriptions. Whoever adopts this little love will be so blessed to call him a beloved son.
This is Prudence and she is 3 years old.
She is HIV positive but that does not stop her from enjoying life. Prudence is starting to thrive with good medical and nutritional management. She is said to like to be the center of attention, the jokester in the group. That little bit of “stink” amidst her sweetness has served her well so far in life. A family would be blessed to add this little one to their family.
Girl, born 2010
Pierre Robin syndrome, slight mental delay
She had surgery for cleft palate. She doesn’t speak but snuffles. She congenitally has very low palate. She most likely will never talk normally.
Girl, born 2010
spinal amyotrophy, Werdnig-Hoffman disease
The orphanage is begging for a family for this little girl because they have no medications to help her live longer and her muscles continue to die.
She is very smart and very well developed for her age.
She needs special care, rehabilitation, specific medications and good nutrition
Boy, born July 2006
Post-op cleft lip and palate
Benjamin is post-operative for a cleft lip and palate. He is an active and restless boy. Compared with children the same age, he is delayed in language development. He can only say some simple words including brother, aunt, sister, etc. He can’t speak clearly and usually uses body language to express himself. Benjamin is able to take care of himself and he is in a second grade special education class in the orphanage. He has strong cognitive and receptive ability and is able to understand most of what teachers teach him. He likes to help the teachers by helping moving the seats, picking up toys, and sweeping and cleaning the floor. He enjoys watching cartoons, including Boonie Bears, GG bond, and Happy Goat and Bad Wolf. He enjoys outdoor activities and likes playing with toys and building blocks very much. Benjamin is a happy boy who would thrive in a family that could help him with his speech and possibly use some sign language with him while he is learning to communicate verbally.
Boy, born December 2002
Sweet Barry is now 12.5 years old and waiting for his forever family to see him. He was abandoned at a week old and was found by a stranger with a birth note. That person took him in and raised him until he was about 4.5 and then he was turned over to the local orphanage. It was determined when Barry came into care that he had cerebral palsy, but that he was very smart. He did need to use a walker when walking. Barry started receiving rehabilitation therapy once he came into the care of the orphanage. Barry wears orthotics on his legs in addition to using the walker for support. He is very determined and persistent and now insists on practicing standing with the support of the wall for 1-2 hours each day. Barry is a fighter and is very optimistic. He respects his elders and loves the younger children. He helps the nannies with what he can and helps take care of the other children. He practiced for two years so he could perform at the Chinese New Year celebration. He sang a popular song and his optimism affected everyone in attendance. Barry deserves to know the love of a forever family and sounds like a boy who would do so well in a family where he is able to receive the therapies he needs. Do you have room in your hear and home for Barry?
Boy, born January 2006
Post op sensitive special need
That face…that smile! Handsome 9 year old Sawyer is an active boy who loves playing outdoors! He also enjoys toy cars and building with blocks. Caregivers report he is clever and does well in school, though sometimes he has trouble paying attention. He says that his favorite class is PE. He can recite poems and songs and loves to perform dances during the holidays. He has told people he really wants to be adopted in a family with many brothers and sisters. Sawyer is a social boy who has many friends! His nannies report they are anxious to see him adopted and think he will adjust well in the right family. He has had his appendix removed, as well as surgery to correct another sensitive condition. He’s an active and healthy boy who would do great with the loving guidance from a family experienced adopting older children or a family who have parented children his age or older.
Boy, born August 2013
Rigby is a precious little one who is 22 months old. He came into care when he was about 10 months old…wheezing, and in need of help. After some TLC from the nannies, there was improvement in his health and motor skills. He was still behind his peers, but had become a very engaging and social baby. At 17 months of age, Rigby could roll over, sit with some support, and play with toys. Rigby was not able to crawl or walk at that time. He loves to be around the other kids. The more action, the better! The nannies have noticed he has high muscular tension and uncoordinated movements. There was no formal diagnosis made in his file which had resulted from a thorough exam. Rigby is an active, loving, happy little guy who really needs a family and some good therapy to help him with his gross motor skills. He needs to come home.
Girl, born August 2006
Hemiplegia of the left side
Adorable Cece has been waiting quite some time for a family to see her. Her listing agency was able to get a written update on her and there are many photos available of Cece from over the years that a family will be blessed to have! Cece is diagnosed with hemiplegia of the left side, though it seems Cece’s biggest need is her lack of communication and need for a family.She is delayed compared to her peers, but she can walk, run, jump and climbed stairs on her own. Her caretakers describe her as a quiet and lovely girl. She cannot speak yet, but when seeing the nannies or teachers she knows well, she will come up and take your hand, smiling. Cece is well behaved and obedient. Cece’s speech ability is delayed compared with other kids the same age. She can speak baby words only. Cece can follow one, two and three step directions. She is a sweet little girl who will thrive in a loving family.
Girl, born May 2008
Laurel is a beautiful little girl who is 7 years old! She came into care when she was about 3 years old, apparently having had little stimulation or training. She was diagnosed with CP, and they began working with her at the orphanage. Laurel has good fine motor skills, and is able to walk without assistance. She is toilet trained (during the day). Her language is a bit behind, although it is difficult to know if that is due to the CP, lack of early education and adult interaction (before she arrived at the orphanage), or just general speech issues. A thorough exam and evaluation when she comes home will be helpful and lead her family in the right direction to help her. Laurel is very sweet, active, and a generally happy little girl! She needs a family!
Boy, born September 2010
Hydrocephalus, Dandy-Walker Syndrome, post-operative meningoencephalocele, post-operative peritoneal shunt of arachnoid cysts
Handsome 4.5 year old Hewitt is a sweet little boy who needs a family willing to look past all the labels he’s been given and see him for the precious little boy he is and the wonderful son he will be. Hewitt can sort objects by color, follow directions, make great eye contact and conversation, and draw quite well. He is clearly a happy little guy with a sweet and gentle personality. Hewitt is from a very good orphanage and he is living with a foster family on the grounds of the orphanage. Hewitt loves to play and sing!
Hewitt is diagnosed as having hydrocephalus and Dandy Walker syndrome and is postoperative for a meningoencephalocele and postoperative for a peritoneal shunt due to arachnoid cysts.
Girl, born February 2002
Meet Katie Anne! She has spastic Cerebral Palsy but her cranium CT is normal. So she’s basically a precious and beautiful little girl who has physical limitations – and that’s it!
Katie Anne loves deeply. She chats freely. She learns happily. Katie Anne is in a foster family right now on the grounds of the orphanage, and she attends some classes at the orphanage for children with special needs. She cannot walk, but boy do her eyes dance when she smiles! Her birthday is listed as 2/2002 on her file. This means that she will age out in February. She needs a family NOW. But the family should be prepared for the fact that she may actually be younger than her file states. Katie Anne wants a forever family so badly.
A specific agency has offered a $4000 grant for Katie Anne.
Girl, born October 2013
Precious Macey loves to play with colorful toys and toys that make sound. She also like to take toys from the other kids too. Macey can babble and crawl. Sometimes she crawls under the bed to play and gets stuck. She will cry and the caretaker will then help her out from under the bed. A recent update states that Macey behaves well and understands simple instructions. She can grasp and pick up little things. Macey is attached to her nanny who accompanies her every day.
Boy, born February 2006
Post-op spinal meningocele
Hyatt was born with meningomyelocele (spina bifida) and has had surgery. He can walk, has a bit of a limp, but can do everything on his own. He’s shy with strangers but a good friend to his little buddies. Hyatt is independent in his dressing and eating skills and can make his own bed.He is a good helper and helps his caretakers empty the trash and hand out the chopsticks and bowls to the other kids at mealtime.
A specific agency has offered a $4000 grant for Hyatt.
Boy, born September 2004
Post-op cleft lip/palate
Ellis is a handsome, active, and conscientious boy who is 10 years old. He came to the orphanage as a baby, with a cleft lip and palate. Both have been repaired (2004 and 2006). Ellis’ speech is not always clear, although he works very hard to correct it. He is healthy. Ellis loves to go to school! He has such a thirst for knowledge and wants to learn all he can. Before his first day of school, his nanny asked him what he liked most. He replied, “The happiest thing is to have a new bag, new folder, and new pencil!” Ellis has expressed his desire to have a family of his own, and looks forward to a life in a foreign country. He is a good “big brother” to the little ones at the orphanage. He enjoys playing with his friends at the orphanage and at school, and is a good helper to the orphanage staff. Ellis needs a family.
Girl, born October 2006
Nystagmus and blurry distance vision
Everly is a beautiful 8 year old girl who came into care when she was 5 months old. An early exam showed she has nystagmus and later exams also show her near vision is good, but her distance vision is blurry. In short, Everly needs her vision corrected. Glasses could be wonderful! Her nystagmus currently does not appear to cause her any trouble with motor skills. Everly has been in good health, and attends school where she is a good student. She is learning a bit of English, and really enjoys those lessons. Everly is a quiet girl, but is not fearful of strangers. She speaks very fluently, and with very logical thinking. She can express herself very well. Everly is a delightful girl, who will be a wonderful daughter! She is ready for a family and maybe a good pair of glasses!
Girl, born March 2006
Cleft palate, post-op cleft lip
Farrah was born with a significant cleft lip which was surgically repaired, as well as a smaller cleft palate. It has not been repaired yet, so her speech can be unclear. Farrah can still communicate quite well and she is eager to communicate with people. She is attending a primary school near the orphanage and gets along well with her classmates. She can write her name and she can read and write simple pinyin letters. She recognizes numbers and can add and subtract. Farrah is an active girl who enjoys listening to music. She can care for herself and can help clean up and wash clothes on her own. She is very curious about new things.