Newly Listed Children

These precious children are the newest on Reece’s Rainbow! Please share them on your social media and blogs and if you can help to get their grant fund started, that would be wonderful!

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Gaston #

Boy: 2010

 

Diagnoses:  Infantile cerebral palsy – severe spastic quadric paresis; Delays in the neuro-psychological development.

Gaston is from Eastern Europe. He was born 20 days prematurely and lived with his birth parents for 2 years and then placed in a baby house.  He is currently placed in a group home.  Gaston’s speech is underdeveloped – he lacks expressive speech. He cannot walk or eat independently and is incontinent.  He visibly does not correspond to his age for height and weight.

 

Gaston is in good general health.  He can turn independently from his back to his stomach and vice-versa. He cannot pull up to a standing position independently. With someone’s help, he can take steps. He uses a walker to move around. He cannot stand independently. His muscle tone is decreased and his movements are stereotypical.  Gaston can give his hand, pick up and hold objects for a short time, and manipulate toys with delayed movements.  He cannot use utensils independently and does not eat on his own.

 

Gaston’s eye contact for a short time is rarely observed. There is no cognitive interest corresponding to his calendar age. The child reacts to stimuli – he plays with toys but not according to their purposes. He gets upset if the environment or the position of the body changes. He doesn’t understand or carry out commands or instructions. He doesn’t differentiate between familiar persons and strangers. He reacts and expresses positive emotions when taken out to walks; he touches objects and makes non-verbal contact with the personnel – smiles and pronounces sounds. His attention is unstable. He rarely focuses and keeps his attention. It could happen for a short time when he plays with toys or when there is contact with adults.  He has deficits in the thinking processes. Gaston doesn’t have developed imagination and he doesn’t play imaginary games. He is not aggressive and will express negative emotions with crying and sounds.  There is no expressive speech but he pronounces separate sounds. When he wants to enter into contact with peers and adults, he uses non-verbal communication – sounds, mimics, and change in the position of his body.

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 him.

More photos/file are available from his agency

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Ellery #

  Girl: 2004

 

Diagnoses:  Spina bifida aperta, infantile cerebral palsy, internal hydrocephaly, mild mental delay and delay in neuro-psychological development

 

Ellery was born in Eastern Europe with spina bifida aperta (determined to be inoperable and necessitating conservative treatment and placement of a sterile bandage every day), Meningomyelocele lumbosacralils, Rashischisis, infantile cerebral palsy, internal hydrocephaly, hypotrophy, mild mental delay and delay in neuro-psychological development.  Her gross motor skills are not developed and her fine motor skills are developed. The notions and perceptions regarding color, shape and size are present. Her attention is not that stable and concentrating is difficult for her. Her memory is mechanic, and her thinking is with normal development and good associative ability.  Ellery is emotionally stable and rarely exhibits displeasure. She is not aggressive nor self-aggressive. Ellery is communicative, inquisitive and willingly participates in different activities.   She is eager to learn and asks questions and takes part in conversations.  Ellery likes to play with blocks, stuffed animals, dolls, read books and color.

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 him.

More photos/file are available from his agency

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds.
For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

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Briggs #

 

 

Boy: 2004

Diagnoses: short stature; cryptorchidism; familial nanism; mild mental delay.

 

Briggs is short in stature and has been treated with growth hormone.  He often soils his bed at night and is followed by a nephrologist.  He attends a resource center for support of his mental development, unstable behavior and euphoric moods.  Briggs is extremely emotional, radiant and smiles a lot.  He is lagging in neuro-psychological and physical development.  Briggs attends kindergarten and tries to adapt to the life of the group but usually does not seek the company of other children preferring to play by himself.  He has a good memory and uses it to learn texts with ease but without learning the meaning.  His attention is not stable.  He abides by the rules and does not exhibit aggression.   Briggs speaks well however his vocabulary is poor.  He is very interested in music and has developed a sense of rhythm, sings with pleasure and can repeat the melodies of different musical pieces.  Briggs gross motor skills are well developed however, his fine motor skills are poor with regard to his fingers and hands.

 

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.

More photos/file are available from his agency

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds.
For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

 

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Denver #

Boy: 2011

Cerebral Palsy,  reflux, delay in neuro-psychological development

Denver can sit, pull himself up to a standing position with support and makes small steps.  He walks in a walker or when led by his hands by an adult but cannot yet walk independently.  Denver has a small attention span and doesn’t have expressed interests in certain types of activities or games.  He laughs loudly when teased by an adult, likes to listen to children’s songs, and pronounces long combinations of sounds.  Denver cannot carry out instructions according to verbal prompting and depends entirely on adults.   He is not potty trained and only eats mashed table food fed by an adult with a spoon.  Denver picks up and holds small toys and reaches out to desired objects. He makes attempts to imitate the adults’ actions with toys.  He memorizes actions and manipulations that he repeatedly uses in his everyday life.  Denver needs a loving family to nurture him and provide the attention he needs and deserves.

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.

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Franny

Girl, born 2015
PRC
Down syndrome, congenital heart defect (PDA)

Franny is a beautiful baby girl, with the best chubby cheeks you could spend hours kissing each day. Franny’s caregivers say she is an easy baby who doesn’t have a temper. In April of 2016, she could lay on her tummy and hold her head up. As of October 2016, she could roll over and crawl on her hands and knees. She babbles and tries to imitate words and can now sit up independently too. She had surgery for in August of 2016, for her heart defect. The orphanage feels she might have some hearing loss, though they haven’t formally tested her since she’s so young. Franny is fairly extroverted and is close to the other kids and the nannies at the orphanage. This sweet baby girl enjoys looking in the mirror, listening to music, and playing with toys. The agency was able to get a great update for her- they have videos, too.  Franny will be such a blessing to a very lucky family – could that family be yours?

$0.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Deenah #6-20

Deenah_Sept2015 Girl: 2007
Diagnosis: Cerebral Palsy – spastic quadric paresis; Sight – +4.50 diopters, farsightedness; On anti-convulsive therapy with Convulex 3 x 2 ml; Severe delay in the physical and neuro-psychical development. Microcephalus.

Listed: Aug 29, 2014

Deenah was raised by her birth mother until she was 5 years old. She was removed from the home at that time by social services because the mother could not meet the child’s medical needs.

Deenah has high muscle tone as a result of the CP. She would greatly benefit from the care available in the US, such as botox treatments. She does have some movements in her limbs. She can raise her right arm to shoulder width and will open her hands. She’s receiving physical therapy to assist with her movements. When placed on her stomach, she will lift her head and can control it/move it around to look at desired objects. She attempts to roll over on her back and the staff is working with her on this skill. She sits in a positioning chair and while in the chair, she turns her head toward voices or toys.

She enjoys interactions with other people and will smile and laugh when interacted with. She cries when she wants attention. She appears to understand some spoken commands as she will lift her arm and attempt to hand a toy that she is holding to someone when asked.

Update: March 2017.

 

Deenah can turn to a side position. When she’s on her back, she can turn in circles. She makes active movements with her hands and legs. She can hold a toy put in her hand although manipulating the toy is very difficult. She differentiates between the adults and reacts with positive emotion when stimulated. She does not pronounce syllables, only throaty sounds. She is fed with a spoon by an adult, but it is very difficult due to which most often she is fed with a bottle.

She can move her right hand best and recently, her left hand been more mobile. After stimulation and a little help, she turns from her back to stomach but cannot pull out her hand beneath on her own. When positioned in a chair she can stay seated. The fine motor skills are not developed. She can pick up a toy if placed conveniently on her own with her right hand and will play with it with interest.  She makes attempts to pick toys up with her left hand but at this point needs help.

Her attention is short-lived.

 

When Deenah sees an adult she recognizes, her reaction is a wild, almost euphoric laughter.  She often cries if not paid attention. She differentiates between familiar people and strangers and has different expectations.  She demonstrates different attitudes to the adults, based on her past experiences with them. She cheers up when other children tease her. She understands and gives her hand for “hello” but does not carry out other social gestures.

 

Deenah smiles when someone talks tenderly to her. She understands and carries out 2-3 simple typical instructions like “give me” and “hello”. She pronounces sounds and unclear combinations of sounds, mostly vowels.

 

She is included in the educational system. In the 2014/2015 school year she is enrolled in first grade for special needs education and is trained according to an individual plan. In the 2016/2017 school year she will continue her education in third grade.

 

The photos in the pink are from March 2017.  The agency also has videos from 2015 available.

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.

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Brogan #

Boy:  2010

Intercranial trauma (surgery done at 11 months for it), mild-moderate delays, seizures.

Brogan is amiable, friendly, at times is too enthusiastic. He cooperates with others; participates in group activities; He shows that he is proud with his achievements; often searches for the approval of the adults and insist to make things independently. He likes role games and pretend games. Brogan easily memorizes and reproduces what he learned and his attention is more sustainable and focused. Because of that he is secure in his expressions and does undertake initiative in the learning process.   He likes to impose his opinion in the game and to be a leading figure, but agrees with the opinion of the others as well. He willingly communicates with the others, without too much physical closeness, and seeks approval of his foster parent. His understanding corresponds to his age and environment. He is able to lead a dialogue with others and is empathetic towards others. When communicating with  others he uses non-verbal methods as gestures and mimics for better communication. He has some vocabulary is working on that. He knows his first name and his age. He understands and uses the specifications for emotional states, features of the character, for himself and others as well. He loves to listen to tales or stories, expresses interest towards the pictures in the books. He can tell overall if he likes certain story or not. He has established perception of his body structure. He has developed feeling of good and evil. He has developed a sense of justice. He is more patient. He has vast desire to explore the world around him and is constantly asking questions until he receives a satisfactory answer. He demonstrates care for the others and his foster parent.

 

He loves to play with car toys, constructors, to listen to music and dance. He enjoys independent and group games with peers.

 

He had surgery at 11 months old for inter-cranial trauma.  He shows mild to moderate delays and occasional seizures if ill or upset.

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Scotty #

Boy: age 2

Diagnosis: Lumbar spina bifida (surgically corrected), grand mal seizures, spastic cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus

Scotty has little support from his legs.  His head control has improved and he can turn from his back to his belly.  He sits independently by holding on to the bars of his crib and also makes attempts to stand up.  Scotty can hold toys in his hands and tries to clap!  He maintains eye contact and recognizes the faces of his caregivers.  Scotty expresses appropriate emotions to happiness and agitation and will laugh out loud when teases.  He imitates and prnounces combinations of sounds and syllables.  SCotty interacts with all children and caregivers.  He likes music and toys.  Scotty is fed by a spoonand receives additional nutrition from a bottle

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Charlie

Boy, born 2013
PRC
Down syndrome, CHD

Charlie is tenacious and determined. He will work at new skills until he has grasped them – whether learning to balance or stealing crackers to share with the other children! Charlie is adventurous and loves to explore. His caretakers report that he is always curious about fresh things in life. He loves to play with toys and has a special affinity for trying on shoes. Charlie has been diagnosed with Down syndrome and patent foramen ovale, a hole in his heart, but he has normal cardiac function and is otherwise healthy. Charlie’s file has been designated Special Focus, indicating his need of a forever family! Families do not need a dossier registered in-country to be matched with Charlie.

$0.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Thomas #1-43

Thomas

Thomas 2Age: 6
Diagnosis: Spina bifida apeta, prolapse, lower left paraplegia, inner hydrocephalus, bilateral luxation, chronic osteomyelitis, delay in the neuro-psychical development.
Thomas moves around by sliding with the help of his arms. He can not stand upright. He receives constant physical therapy. He can string element to a stationary axis. He can do simple puzzled with shapes. He can build thinks with Lego, can place cubes on top of each other or collects them in a box. He is emotionally stable, smiling and happy. He is acquiring cognitive skills. He recognized the circular and square forms, can draw a circle on a piece of paper. The child is getting acquainted with the general characteristics of the objects – their color, shape and size. His attention is getting more and more stable. She is beginning to show interest in the given tasks and asking for another when he has finished the previous. His thinking is slow. His attention is developing through play. He seeks attention from adults and shows excitement by waving his hands. In the group he is calm and tries to interact with the children. He gets annoyed by loud noises and is scared of scissors. His speech lags behind, but uses a lot of words. He can carry out simple instructions. He feeds himself, but is slow and sometimes needs help. He is picky about the food. He can drink out of a cup, but refuses to hold it and waits for the adult to hold it. When getting dressed he assists the adult. He doesn’t control his physiological needs.

Photos and videos from March 2016 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.

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Ellwood #

 

Boy: Born 2007

Physical and Cognitive delays

Ellwood’s  fine motor skills do not correspond with his age, although his gross motor skills are good.  He can stay focused on easy tasks for a short period of time.  Ellwood struggles with memorizing, retaining and reproducing new information.

He behaves like a younger child and can be aggressive and emotionally unstable.  When upset, he may scream, cry or use inappropriate words. Ellwood can express himself and easily connects with strangers.  He can be loving and kind also.  Ellwood likes sports but lacks the skills and understanding to play on a team.

 

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.

More photos/file are available from his agency

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds.
For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

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Felix Cooper

Boy, born 2014
PRC
Down syndrome

Felix Cooper is a happy toddler who is usually smiling! Caregivers describe him as obedient, and say he gets along well with other children. Though he would often cry wanting to be picked up, he could be distracted with a rattle, and would happily play on his own.

Felix Cooper is diagnosed with Down syndrome, and his thorax protrudes out. At one year old, he could hold his head up, roll over, and sit on his own, though not for very long. Now he can crawl, stand and take steps when holding onto furniture. A social little boy, he interacts with his nannies and makes eye contact. He can feed himself finger foods. His favorite toys are balls and musical instruments! This chubby sweetheart needs a family to give him lots of cuddles!

The agency that currently has his file is offering an additional $4000 grant!

$180.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Charity, Levi & Micah

Three siblings
CO-4

Charity: age 12, good student, but 3 years behind in school as parents didn’t send her. Great memory. Perseverant.

Levi: age 9, Learning disabilities (already having to repeat a grade), untreated Strabismus – Ametropia Exotropia. He has language delays and is in speech therapy.

Micah: age 6, average student, in speech therapy but problems mild and disappearing.

$0.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Princess

Girl, age 12
CO-4

Princess is deaf. She does not have any assisted listening device. Currently, she reads lips, and knows some sign language (in her native language). She also has congenital torticollis. She does not have academic delays.

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds.
For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

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Ricardo

Boy, age 10
CO-4
He is deaf, but has Cochlear Implant. Born with Imperforate Anus, has colostomy.

Ricardo also has some learning disability – but it is believed it is mainly due to hearing problems — large class, lots of noise, difficult to hear even with implant.

 

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds.
For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

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Elsie and Evie

Elsie and Evie are sisters who have been diagnosed with dwarfism. As of March 2017, they are 5 and 6 years old.

Elsie is a shy girl who can walk independently, feeds herself and is potty-trained. She is verbal and able to express her ideas. Evie has not mastered these skills and her speech is less developed. Prospective adoptive parents should be prepared for possible additional diagnoses after homecoming.

$90.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Simon

Boy, born 2014
PRC
Down syndrome

Simon is a happy little boy who loves to be outside. His foster mom says he likes to be with other children and laughs very easily. Simon isn’t quite walking yet, but he crawls and sits on his own and pulls to a stand. He says several words and had a wonderful time ripping up paper and flinging it around!

Simon is in foster care and appears to have a close connection with his foster mother. He likes when she hugs him but is more reserved with people he doesn’t know.  Little Simon needs a family. Could be your son?

***Simon has a $4000 grant towards his adoption from his current agency!***

$6.30 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Maximus #

Boy: 2012

Moderate cognitive and speech delay

Maximus like to play with musical toys.  He understands his name and reacts when called.  He can point to body parts when asked too.  Maximus is nonverbal, but can point to pictures of familiar objects.  He prefers to interact with adults and shows affection when they are familiar to him.  He is introverted when interacting with other children still.  He eats independently and is potty trained.

 

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.

 

More photos/file are available from his agency

 

 

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Clifton #

 Boy: Born 2012

specific disorders of motor function development, Moderate mental delay, ectopic left kidney, strabismus

Clifton lives with a foster family.  He loves to listen to music and dance and is always looking for a dancing partner! His foster family is working on him walking longer distances independently.  He is learning how to play with toys and interact appropriately with other children.  He has few words and does not follow verbal directions.  Clifton is receiving therapy multiple times a week.

 

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.

 

More photos/file are available from his agency

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Paddy #

Boy:Born July 2012

Hydrocephalus, Thalassemia, astigmatism

Paddy can turn over on his own, and sits independently. He will walk holding hands or using a walker, but does not like to walk over uneven surfaces.  He likes musical toys and has recently started imitating simple actions like a ring stacker.  Paddy likes to interact with familiar adults and may pout when they leave.  He eats mashed food and drinks from a cup.

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.

More information and pictures may be available from his agency.

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Vada #

Girl: Born 2003

Sarcoidosis — receiving treatment

Listed March 2017

Vada has good fine and gross motor skills but displays some cognitive delays.  She works with a resource teacher and likes to study. Art is her favorite subject.  She likes to looks pretty and enjoys having friends.  She has a good connection with familiar adults but needs time to warm up to unfamiliar adults.

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.

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds.
For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

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Quinntavius

Quinntavius (1)Boy, born February 2012
PRC
Limb difference

Listed: May 26, 2015Quinntavius (2)

3 year old Quinntavius is missing his right hand. It looks as if he may have ptosis (droopy eye lid) of his left eye, but that is not a formal diagnosis. Quinntavius likes to look at picture books and be read to. He really enjoys going outside and playing and basking in the sunshine. Quinntavius has good fine motor skills and is very observant.

He knows his name and likes hearing his named called. Quinntavius has good expression and is very curious. He is a quiet boy and doesn’t cry often. He can combine actions with words, such as shaking his head no and saying no. He really likes to play with toys, especially blocks, and he enjoys rolling balls. Quinntavius sounds like a wonderful little boy who doesn’t let anything stop him. Now he just needs a forever family of his own!

$1,979.40 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Oliver #11-60

Oliver2

Age: 2
polycystic left kidney

Oliver’s medical condition does not require any medical intervention at this time. His urine is cultured every month to check for infections and he has had 2 infections in his entire life, which were appropriately treated with medication.
Developmentally, Oliver has delays that are common in a child being raised in an institution. At the time of assessment, he was 26 months old and was assessed to be at an 18 month level. Oliver walks, feeds himself, and plays appropriately with toys. He has a 1:1 caregiver that spends time with him each day. He is bonded to her and seeks her out for help. When playing with toys, he was observed turning, transferring from one hand to the other, opening, turning the pages, pushing a button and tapping with the whole palm in an expectation to provoke a sound from the toy. He was observed walking around outside where he explored the environment and mimicked picking a flower. He is shy, but he interacts appropriately with familiar staff members. He mimics their actions and follows simple directions.

UPDATE March 2017: Oliver is a happy child who likes to play with cars, listen to music and take walks. He likes to be praised and doesn’t like to be interrupted.  He also likes to draw and play with playdough.  He takes some time to warm up to unfamiliar adults.

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.

Oliver shows  facial features of FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome). This is not a diagnosis, but a cautionary disclosure

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Jax #49

Jax

Jax was born in 2011.

He has been living with a foster family since 2013.

Listed May 2015

He has a systolic murmur along the precordium; hyperkinetic conduct disorder and a mild mental delay. The child started walking on time, but his speech is underdeveloped. The child cannot stay focused for a long time while playing. He understands and follows simple instructions.

The agency has current medical reports available for serious inquiries.

UPDATE March 2017: previous Diagnosis of Atypical autism that was changed to hyperkinetic disorder, very interested in motor activities. Responds to positive interactions and praise from familiar adults, but can become anxious in new situations or if a familiar caregiver is not around. He seeks comfort from familiar adults and can become sad if one leaves.

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Lillie

Girl, born 2012
PRC
Down syndrome

Lillie is 4.5 years old with a rosy complexion. She is described as active and bright with a ready smile. Lillie is very social and loves to play. Her verbal skills are not very strong, but she can say “Dad” and “Mom” and some short phrases. She can understand simple things that adults say.

$36.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Kristopher #4-5

KristopherBoy, born 2010
Diagnosis: congenital cataract of both eyes and congenital glaucoma
Cytomegaloviral Infection that was passed to him from his birth mother

Kristopher has had 2 eye surgeries already and needs surgery for both cataracts. He’s been seen by an opthamologist 10 times since arriving at the orphanage when he was 4 months old.

 

UPDATE April 2012:    Kristopher is doing very well. In the new videos of him, he is tracking objects, playing with toys and saying “mama”!  He does have cataracts and would benefit from lens replacement surgery. The orphanage is currently seeking funds to have this done ASAP so that his development is not hindered by his vision problems.

UPDATE Jan 2014:   Kristopher currently lives in a family style group home with several other children. He’s receiving therapy daily.

UPDATE March 2017: Kristopher is living with a foster family now.  He is able to stand up if he has support like being propped on up.  He can crawl to preferred toys, and will walk if you hold his hands.  He eats a blended diet, and likes to play in water.  He responds to his caregivers by smiling and reaching to be held, and prefers his familiar adults to strangers.

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.

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Wrayna

wraynaGirl,

PRC

Down syndrome

Wrayna is an 11-year old sweetheart, with tiny splashes of silly and spunk thrown in. This girl loves to sing children’s rhymes and recite poetry, and she says that her favorite activities are doing art and writing characters. Her love for creativity is evident, in fact, as she spent much of our ‘free time’ doing crafts or filling in coloring books that I had brought along! Wrayna loved to have me do her hair in hairclips and bows, but while she said her favorite colors were red or pink, she often chose comfortable sweatshirts over ‘cutesy’ outfits … and wouldn’t hesitate, at the park, to run at the head of the pack with the boys.

Wrayna is an affectionate and people-oriented girl. Though it took her a moment to warm up to me initially, she quickly became connected and wanted to spend every minute together! Wrayna knew her friends at the camp and was considerate of those at her weekend foster home, bringing treats home for them on our last day at the camp and taking initiative to share. Wrayna is highly relational, but also independent, and she can play by herself for extended periods of time.

Wrayna’s special need does not define her or significantly hold her back, which is why I wait until now to write about it. In fact, over the course of the week, I found myself occasionally forgetting that I was talking to someone whose file says that she has Downs Syndrome. Wrayna is extremely high-functioning, and at age 11 seemed only two or three years younger than her typical peers. Wrayna can carry on conversations and understand concepts accessible to a child in early elementary school. She attends fourth grade at the special education boarding school, where she has learned to recite classical poetry, write some characters (her reading skills seem weak), and is so good at problem solving!!! One day I could NOT figure out the electric lights in a room, although I was inserting a key card. Wrayna looked at me like, “How do you not get this?” and turned the key over so that the magnetic strip could register with the card reader. This girl is sharp!

Wrayna can care for herself as appropriate to the life skills level of an 8 or 9-year-old child. She could dress and feed herself, express her need to use the restroom, and take a bath without assistance. Wrayna knew to keep close when we were out and about and was very responsive to direction. There was only one time in five days together that I had to implement a ‘consequence’ for disobeying —- took away a toy that she had refused to put away. overall, throughout the whole course of our time together, she was obedient and responsive. I had a small infant with me, and even though Wrayna needed occasional reminders to be gentle, she was very quick to watch out for the baby’s welfare – even stopping a well-intentioned older child from feeding her solid food!

Per orphanage workers, Wrayna has no medical needs other than asthma. On the day before we all parted ways, Wrayna somehow seemed to tune in to an English conversation that another staff member and I were having about how difficult it is to place older children and their unfortunate prospects within the country. She became very subdued and started to shed quiet tears, which she did on and off for much of the afternoon. Later she asked me, “If I have my birthday, will I not get to go to America {and have a family?}” We assured her that we would try everything we could to find a mama.

When the nannies came to take her back to her foster home, Wrayna truly cried. She so much wants to have a mother and a father. When I shared this with another adoption professional, she commented on the reality — that while many people may express concern for Wrayna, her increased age means that many potential adoptive parents may not pull the trigger…and her pool for hope is small.  Would you be willing to be Wrayna’s forever family?

*** I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

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Patty #5-1

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Patty #5-1
Age: 1
Diagnosis: Cerebral Palsy

 Patty can sit without support. She moves toys from one hand to the other. She demonstrates emotional attachment to specific adults and is shy around strangers. She plays appropriately with toys. She says some words and is also able to imitate sounds. A recent update from Patty’s social worker states that Patty is able to stand and walks without problem in a walker. She is standing stable when someone holds her. She needs time to start feeling comfortable with someone she don’t know. She doesn’t have any problems with her hands. She grabs toys, she is manipulating with toys, she is able to move things from one of her hands to the other one, and she is reaching her hand to catch an offered subject or a toy. She says some words and she is trying to use phrases. She likes to eat fruits and vegetables. She changes without a problem the TV channel. She loves animals. The foster family has chickens and dog and she love them. 

Photos and videos of Patty are available through the agency

 

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Sorenson #

Sorenson (1)sorensonBoy, born 2010
retinopathy, premature birth, general overall delays

Listed: April 2, 2015

Update March 2017:

Sorenson sees only light and dark. He currently lives in a very small village with a foster family and does not have access to good ophthalmologist evaluations.

Sorenson explores items through touch and smell. When he drops an object, he will search for it by feeling around with his hands. He navigates a room by feeling along the wall and making a noise that he uses to follow the acoustics of the room. He speaks in simple sentences and is able to request things that he wants. He can feed himself and is learning to drink from a cup independently without spills. He is learning to use the toilet independently.  He interacts with familiar adults and will socialize with strangers once he has adjusted to their presence.
Update Jan 2017:  Sorenson has bilateral retinopathy and is blind in both eyes. He has some mental delay. He can move independently in space by walking and crawling; he climbs the furniture, squats, goes up and down the stairs. He uses his hands and feet to learn about his environment and reaching objects. Lately he’s shown the desire to feed himself with a spoon. He gets his cup on his own, holds it steadily and drinks form it. He learns of the world by touch, smell, or with objects that reflect the noises in the room. He stands next to the wall and with a stick reaches up. According to the foster mother his skill of detecting objects has improved – he now can name an object at 20 cm distance. He can hold his attention on an activity/ topic.

Sorenson learns songs – starts singing but how much of the text he’s going to reproduce depends on his current mood. He remembers deals or promises from the previous day like “after you sleep we will go to the park” or “after… something…. Tomorrow we will buy…” He uses sentences consisting of several words. He informs of his needs that have to do with eating or drinking. He draws the attention of his caregiver by initiating common activities such as the exercise they do together. He creates and performs activities that develop his fine motor skills and help him orient in the environment. He makes up games, has a new hiding place in the home of his foster family. He shows more and more interest in is environment. He can’t protect himself from dangers when playing and when moving in space. He’s learning the body parts – he knows ear, hand, foot. He orients himself in closed spaces through clicking with his mouth and knocking with a stick on a surface. He shows negative and positive emotions according to the situation. He’s usually happy and in a good mood, he reacts to humor and jokes. He laughs out loud, he rarely gets upset or angry – mostly when he can’t find his toy or when he wants attention and his caregiver has other work.

Sorenson understands other people’s speech and expresses his thoughts and desires, asks and answers questions. He expresses his emotions. He’s getting more and more active in studying his environment and expresses desire to be independent. He plays independently or with other people. He changes his preferences towards toys. He likes to play for a longer time with a toy phone filled with balls or with a spikey ball. He goes to kindergarten in the morning for 2 hours and has breakfast there with the other children. He works with a psychologist and a speech therapist.

 

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.

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Anthony #

anthonyBoy, age 1.5
Neonatal, cerebral schemia; hydrocephalus; ventriculoperitoneal shunt

Anthony is an adorable, sweet 1 year old! Anthony has a lack of development physically and neurologically. In late 2015, a ventriculoperiteneal shunt was placed and he has been free of seizures since then. He cannot sit upright by himself and does not talk, but responds to sound. Anthony is tube fed due to lack of suck reflex. He does not react well to teasing or tactile stimulation by smiling but by irritation and crying.

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.

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Jocelyn

jocelyn-collageGirl, born 2015
PRC
Down syndrome, congenital heart defect

Sweet little Jocelyn is gentle and quiet and a too-cute sweetheart who is about to turn TWO! She likes it when the caretaker cuddles or teases her. She can play with toys and likes watching her hands. She will smile at you when she is happy and she is generally good spirited. Jocelyn has been receiving rehabilitation training and after her first month of training, she could turn over and search for toys and control her head when her body is propped with her elbows. Jocelyn is living in a foster family and is diagnosed as having Down Syndrome and CHD. In November of 2016, she had a VSD repair, ligation of PDA, PFO (patent foramen ovale) closure, and tricuspid plasty. Agency staff have met Jocelyn multiple times.

Her current agency has a $5000 grant available for her adoptions. They have many photos and videos available, as well as additional information!

$6.30 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Thomas Michael

thomasBoy, born 2011
PRC
Down syndrome

Lively Thomas likes kicking ball and listening to music! He is currently in kindergarten and is talkative and sometimes mischievous! He is fond of others, shares well, and is known to comfort those who are sick of his own initiative. He is described as very active and energetic! Thomas has been diagnosed with Down syndrome, but he considered healthy otherwise and is rarely sick. Thomas is ready to find his forever family!

$6.30 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Meredith Joy

meredithGirl, born 2014
PRC
Down syndrome

Brave Meredith is quiet but loves to smile! She is quite independent and likes to play with toys that make noise. She makes good eye contact, is responsive to others, and can stand with support. Meredith is believed to have Down syndrome, but no official diagnosis has been made. She is considered healthy otherwise.

$65.70 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Lillian and Aston

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astonGirl, born 2015
Carrier of Hep C antibodies (diagnosis may be cancelled soon)

Boy, born 2009
Spastic tetraparesis
He can walk by himself, can talk some, eats everything, strives at school

They will be available fall 2017, and they must be adopted together.

$100.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Karsen

karsen-feb-2017Karsen was born in November 2008 and has Down syndrome. His heart is healthy.  He is available to single moms.

Karsen is a kind, friendly, and sensitive little boy who frequently hugs the other children in his group. He walks independently, repeats words, and easily learns songs and dances. Karsen loves to eat and enjoys games, cartoons, and going for walks. The director of his orphanage highly recommends him for adoption.

Update February 2017: Karsen is a polite and sociable little boy. He speaks in simple sentences and understands and follows directions such as pointing to specific body parts when asked and blowing kisses.

$1,345.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Robert Jay

robert-collageBoy, born July 2014
PRC
Down syndrome

In September of 2015, I met the most special baby boy! He was to be advocated for as ‘Robert.’ Robert was 14 months old at the time and he didn’t have a file even started. Let me tell you about this little angel. This precious baby boy was found abandoned in a toilet. Unfathomable to me, but I knew God had a very important reason for keeping this baby alive. He is special- beyond special really. Back on that September day in 2015, I walked into a room full of kids of all ages. Most lay still in their cribs, not very interactive. They had grown accustomed to their solitary life. Not Robert. Robert was moving around, made awesome eye contact, and had the best smile. His eyes were piercing. As he looked into my eyes, I knew he was special and that I had to find this boy a family. Later on, I went into a room to meet all of the children with down syndrome who didn’t have files yet. In came this boy with a nanny who clearly adored him. I could tell he was her favorite by the way she cared for him, how well he appeared, and because I saw he was wearing these beautiful little bracelets, one on each hand. I knew it was that boy…the same one I had saw hours earlier in his crib. Then I saw him interact with his nanny. His smile and his laugh…it stole my heart. I found myself wishing I could somehow sneak him out and take him home because he was ADORABLE! The sad reality was that it would be at least 6 months before his file was even available. Unfortunately for Robert, it took much longer than that. It took over a year for his file to be made ready and to arrive to the agency…15 months from the first time I met him to be exact. But hey…it’s here and it’s time to find this precious little boy a forever family. He’s going to be such a blessing!

The agency has videos available, and is offering a grant of $5000 towards Robert’s adoption costs.

$189.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Clio

clioGirl, born 2012

Blindness, both eyes; Aphakia

 

She needs a family ASAP!

$36.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Adley

adleybBoy, born 2016

Down syndrome
tetralogy of fallot

$126.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Pia #

pia-march-2017Pia was born in 2002 and has been diagnosed with spina bifida (which has been surgically addressed), infantile cerebral palsy, club feet, slight lower paraparesis, and mild developmental delays.

Pia is an inquisitive and sociable teen who shows a generally positive attitude. She has a well-developed active vocabulary and easily makes conversation. Pia is oriented in time and space and her thinking is moving toward being abstract and logical. Pia participates in group games, interacts with peers, and enjoys individual attention. She loves music.

Pia walks independently though with a slightly unstable gait. Her gross and fine motor skills are well-developed and she has good self-help skills, including for hygiene and eating.

Pia currently attends 8th grade and receives integrated education with a resource teacher. She wishes to be adopted. Families who have met Pia would be happy to speak with anyone interested in bringing her home.

Update March 2017:  In an update received on Pia this month, she is described as a diligent, responsible teen who is willing to learn new things.  She regularly attends school and is meeting the goals of her IEP.  Pia can read and write, including by dictation, as well as solve math problems.  She is also studying English as a foreign language.  Pia is respectful toward adults and has good relationships with her peers among whom she prefers to be a leader.  She enjoys playing on the tablet, watching TV, drawing and coloring.  Pia dreams of having a family and would love to have younger siblings.

Please contact the agency for information about a substantial grant offered by a private donor.

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds.
For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

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Peggy

peggy-feb-2017Peggy was born in December 2014 with spina bifida. A VP shunt has been placed.

From a family who met her in March 2017: Peggy speaks and knows a lot of words, but doesn’t appear to use full sentences yet. Though shy, Peggy would do very well in her speech and communication in a family where she could develop further. She seems like a typical little girl, other than not being able to use her legs. She reacts and responds appropriately for her age. Peggy is very detail oriented, and loves to draw with a little sketch-it toy, which seems to be her favorite toy. She can wheel herself in a zipzac chair and would stay in it all day to move around if she were allowed. I could get her to laugh and smile often. She would follow me around in the zipzac chair and cried when we left.

Update February 2017: Peggy is a very affectionate and interactive little girl. She knows and uses the names of the children in her group, vocalizes functional words such as “here”, “bring”, and “give”, and follows single-step directions. Peggy enjoys playing with toys and games and is especially good at matching shapes and colors. She moves across the floor using her hands and is able to sit unsupported for a short period of time.

August 2015: 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.

Married couples only.

$22.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Kade #16-2

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Kade 2014DOB: 2002
Diagnosis: Down syndrome, asthma

Listed: October 9, 2011

2014 UPDATE:  Kade was moved out of an institution and into a group home in 2014.  He is described as sensitive, with alert look, inquisitive, willful, contact and adaptive to the group. He is oriented in his immediate social environment and in the scheme of his own body. The fine motor skills are developed and all main motion skills have been mastered. He understands and carries out all commands and makes attempts to pronounce some words. He is very energetic with great desire for all kinds of motion games, and is well coordinated and purposeful. Kade feeds himself, dresses himself, and is completely toilet trained. His favorite activity is to listen to music and dance and he shows off on all festivities. His expressive and impressive speech is poor and he has limited vocabulary but he pronounces conscious syllables and words. He imitates objects from everyday life when they are mentioned. He likes to help to take care of the other children in the institution. He is interactive with the other children from the group. He can start playing with any toy. He draws by imitation within the limits of the paper. He likes to play with stuffed, musical and mechanic toys and he uses them according to their purpose. He can play for a long time with them.

Photos and videos from December 2014 are available through the agency.

Kade is currently living in a mental institution but is doing very well. He is attending school in the local village. His gross and fine motor skills are well developed. He colors inside the lines, feeds and dresses himself and is toilet trained. His expressive and receptive language is developed. He answers to his name, follows directions and repeats the names of objects. He participates in games and seeks out contact with other children. He enjoys playing with stuffed animals, musical toys and mechanical toys.

His play is appropriate. He is impulsive and will get upset if he doesn’t get his way. However, he is not aggressive toward himself nor toward other people.  He has a short attention span and will often give up easily when an activity is too hard and ask to do something else instead.  Kade is described as calm, inquisitive, headstrong, sensitive and communicative.

Update from Feb 2013: Kade is toilet trained, feeds and dresses himself, says some words, follows directions, and is not aggressive. He attends special education classes taught by teachers who come to the institution for instructional time. He is active and enjoys playing outside and staying busy. He enjoys the attention from the staff and will act silly to get them to pay attention to him. We have several current photos and a video of him. In the video, he is playing on playground equipment, following directions, joking around with staff and making funny faces at the camera and you can hear him say a few words too. He is living in a mental institution, but he is well cared for and doing quite well.

*** I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

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Antoinette #24-33

2433-antonya-lilyanova-asenova-01Girl almost 8 years old

infantile cerebral palsy; blindness; bilateral sensorineural hearing loss, muscle tone – quadri-hypotonia and hyperreflexia.

Listed: July 2014
Antoinette (1)

FEB 2017: CP, Atrophy of optic nerve, neuritis of hearing nerve bilateral with deafness in left

The girl usually is calm, in moment of indisposition she shouts, cries.  Shows joy and sadness . Speech production – cooing sounds and vocalizations. Affective reactions – heavily decreased/ anemical facial expression, responds to tactile stimulation, “facade” smile is observed briefly. Autonomous – put in position entirely by an adult. She eats slowly. Sleep – calm and rhythmic. She feeds with adult’s help /hand in hand/ with spoon. She drinks from a cup/sippy cup. She is with a dipper.    * New update hopefully coming soon

March 2014 update:   No physical activity and initiative. Takes a passive seat with adherence, has elbow support but shows poor balance reactions. Gripping reflex – upon touch with, grips for a short while. Visual – motor coordination /hand-to-hand; Hand-foot-thigh; Hand-foot-mouth /. Visual analyzer – horizontal nystagmus, amaurosis, atrophy of optic nerve. Does not follow and fixate a bright object. Does not wince and does not orient in the direction of strong acoustic stimulus, bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. Pronounced “seeking” reflex and pathological oral automatisms. Speech production – coo sounds and vocalizations. Affective reactions – heavily decreased mimical facial expression, responds to tactile stimulation, “facade” smile is observed briefly.

Autonomy – positioned entirely by an adult. She feeds with an appetite and permanently gains on weight. Sleep – short periods of wakefulness.

Update, August 2014: Within a month this little girl has made a progress, which is encouraging. Also, the staff working with her shared that according to them she is not deaf but probably with decreased hearing!!!

The agency has an updated report on file and video! Antoinette needs a family that will give her a chance!

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.

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Faith

faith

faith1Girl, born 2012

Cornelia deLange Syndrome
heart issues

 

 

$74.55 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Mona

mona-feb-2017Mona was born in May 2015 and has Down Syndrome as well as Tetralogy of Fallot. She has been monitored regularly by a cardiologist and heart surgery is scheduled for March 2017.

Listed:  Feb 2017

Mona can sit independently for a quite a long time and moves herself into this position from lying down as well. She plays with toys (her favorite is a rattle), moves around, and babbles. She has no problems with eating, sleeping and toileting.

Mona’s caregivers say she’s not quite as interactive as some of her peers, but our team reports that she responded each time they called her by name.  The agency has video available.

$473.40 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Zachary

zacharyBoy, born 2012

Phenylketonuria (PKU)

Available end of summer 2017!

 

 

$47.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Steven #

steven-2 stevenBoy, age 9
Spinal muscle atrophy; moderate mental delay

Steven’s general motor skills are good, however, he walks with a waddling gait and it is difficult for him to stand up after squatting position. Steven’s fine motor skills are weak and his concentration is only held for about one-two minutes. Memorization capacity and imagination are poor. He can carry out instructions and has good visual contact. Steven’s intellectual abilities are limited even though there is the impression that he understands his surroundings. Steven is non-verbal; he communicates by mimics and gestures. He pronounces syllables and some words but his speech is incomprehensible. Steven likes to play outside in a sandbox, go down slides and swing on the swing set. He is happy when there are children around him and he will share his toys with others.

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.

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Sebastian

sebastianBoy, born 2011

Multicystic Kidney disease

 

Sebastian is a smart and Active child!

$4.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Vassilio #

vassilioBoy, 6 years old

Vassilio has cerebral palsy, strabismus, moderate mental delay and he is allergic to eggs, cocoa, fish and carrots.

Vassilio can hold objects in both hands and his vocabulary consists of about 10-15 words. He understands verbal instructions and follows them. Vassilio likes to listen to music, dance and watch puppet shows. He likes to communicate with adults and children and likes to be hugged and touched. Vassilio can put small bites of food in his mouth and can drink out of a cup. He cannot dress or undress himself. The agency has additional information and photos.

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.

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Grady and Vanessa #

gradyvanessa Grady, boy, age 10
Vanessa, girl, age 16

Vanessa will be able to be adopted past age 16 as long as she is adopted with her brother, Grady.

Grady is an adorable little boy who is very social and loves to communicate and interact with others. He has lived with a foster family and his sister since 2008. Grady is on the shorter side but with well-developed motor skills and enjoys activity and dynamic games. He shows some cases of chaotic movements of the body. He does well with drawing picture but his attention can be unstable and makes learning content in school difficult. He is very competitive in games and communicates well but with slight speech impairment. He understands when he messes up and feels guilty. He isn’t very independent but doesn’t ask for help if he doesn’t need it. Grady is excited to find a family and wants to be adopted!

Vanessa is a beautiful young girl who is so sweet and easy to interact with. She has lived with a foster family and her brother since  2008. Vanessa is very social and initiates conversation with people she knows but not as well with people she just met. She has a well-developed short and long term memory and does well at summarization with limited information. She has good fine motor skills and is healthy and athletic. She is competitive but not aggressive. She is kind-hearted and can’t wait to be adopted!

 

*** We are eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds.
For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

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George, Rose, Yvonne and Nadia #

georgerosenadiayvonne

These four siblings are available to be adopted together.  Nadia must be adopted prior to her 17th birthday, WITH her younger siblings, to be eligible for adoption.  Yvonne is only available with her younger siblings, as well.

George, Age 13
George is a handsome, energetic, and great at making friends. He is healthy, can respond well, and maintain an attention span. He can concentrate well and does well in school. He has been treated through vaccinations since he was young and doesn’t show peculiarities. George is the perfect candidate for becoming a new member of the family!

Rose, Age 15
Rose is a beautiful young lady who is curious, social, and kind-hearted. She is healthy, has low intellectual skills, gets easily distracted and has a mild mental delay. She has difficulty remembering content learned in school and loses interest quickly. Rose communicates well and always engages in conversation by asking questions, and responding well. She is very active in group play and is far from aggressive. She is honest and always has good intentions. Rose is so ready to find a new family and make new friends!

Yvonne, Age 16
Yvonne is a gorgeous 16-year-old with a kind heart, social communicator, and good-intentioned teen. She is healthy, has a mild mental delay, and delay in the neural-psychical development. She has trouble remembering content and poor vocabulary. She does well with communication and well developed motor skills. She also has an impaired hearing memory. She shows a strong connection between her siblings an isn’t aggressive towards others. Yvonne is ready to be accepted into a new family!

Nadia, age 17
Nadia is the oldest of the four children and is very social, kind, and loving to those she bonds with. She is healthy with specific learning disabilities. She has well developed motor movement and can have an adequate conversation. She is emotionally connected with her siblings and connects well with other children in the orphanage. Her intellect is low and she has limited learning abilities. Her thinking ranges from low and sometimes very fast. She has a short attention span and concentration. She wants to be a cook when she is older and is very much ready to find a family.

*** We are eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds.
For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

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Gabby and Stephen #

gabby-stephanBrother and sister, ages 12 and 9

The children are wonderful, despite the tough first years of their lives, living in a very poor environment and being severely neglected. Stephan was still a young boy, who had to take care of his younger sister. This made him much more mature than his calendar age. He is a bight and responsible young boy and it is easy to see how much he cares about his sister. Gabby loves her brother and count on his care and protection. The emotional bond between the two of them is very strong. Both kids have great potential for future development, if only provided with stable, loving and caring environment that only a family could give them.

GABBY, age: 9 years

Special needs: moderate spastic left-sided hemiparesis as a result of the tuberculosis meningoencephalitis suffered at the age of 3; grand mal seizures (with or without petit mal), not specified.

Gabby is a carefree, radiant and beautiful girl. She is calm and emotionally stable. She does not demonstrate any aggression/self-aggression. She is well-behaved and polite.

Gabby is well-intentioned, compliant and respectful in her relationships with adults and peers. She is sociable, talkative and affectionate. She communicates with both children and adults with ease. Gabby likes watching cartoons in her spare time and she is interested in solving math tasks.

STEPHEN, age: 12 years

Special needs: None! Healthy child, with normal development;

Stephen presents as a very bright and mature young boy. Stephen is calm and emotionally stable. He does not demonstrate any aggression/self-aggression. He is well-behaved and respectful. He observes the rules and norms. He shows solidarity in his communication with adults. Stephen is interested in his studies and he wants to succeed. He is motivated to acquire new knowledge and study.

Because we only have this  file for a short time, they will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for them.

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Landon #

landonBoy, age 2

Probable Opitz Syndrome GBBB resulting in fronto-nasal dysplasia, hypertelorism, & male karyotype, MLPA-N. Hypospadias penis, surgically corrected in 2015. Accidental heart noise at birth, no longer present.

Landon enjoys interacting with the other children and is interested in music. He is a happy child and is developing appropriately for his age. Detailed medical information on Opitz syndrome is available along with several videos for any interested families. Could you be Landon’s forever family?

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.

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Codie

codieBoy, born 2015
PRC
Down syndrome.

Codie is in a wonderful foster home where he receives great care.

AN UPDATE FROM NOVEMBER 2016 SAYS:
Codie continues to make huge progress. He is sitting on his own, bear crawling and is really starting to develop socially with lots of eye contact, playing with toys and has really started to made better attachment. While he has made great progress in his physical development, his social development has also progressed rapidly. He will reciprocate smiles and hugs, and will now freely smile and giggle. Video available.

$22.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Lylah

lylahGirl, born 2015
PRC
Down syndrome, heart defect

Listed: Feb 2017

AN UPDATE FROM NOVEMBER 2016 SAYS:
Lylah is very attached to her ayi and has just learned to sit up on her own. Her core strength continues to improve and she has a very sweet personality with silly smiles and giggles. She is in a wonderful foster home where he receives great care. Lylah receives physical therapy daily and she has really benefited. She’s just a tad spoiled (oops) and would prefer to be held and played with rather than playing on her own. She is VERY attached to her ayi. Video available from the agency.

$387.90 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Meilani

meilaniGirl, born 2015
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: Feb 2017

Meilani is described as “clever, cute, pretty, and very endearing.” She is lively and active, with an extroverted personality. She is a happy little girl with a ready smile. She likes to play outside. Meilani enjoys playing with her little friends and watching TV. She eats and sleeps well. She is described as smart, and would truly thrive in a family. Meilani is diagnosed with Down syndrome  There is no mention of any heart defects and her heart is said to be “normal” in her file, but her family will want to follow-up with cardiology once home to confirm. She is a healthy girl with great overall development. Meilani is waiting for her family to see her and choose her as their daughter. Is Meilani the sweet daughter you’ve been searching for?

$22.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Naomi

naomiGIrl, born 2012
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: Feb 2017

Naomi is in a wonderful foster home where he receives great care. Oh my goodness, you have got to see Naomi’s video! I can’t help but smile every time I watch it. Naomi is very bright and she loves to sing and dance. She is an active and lovely child. Her limbs and intelligence development are delayed compared with peers. She gets along well with children and is very loving. She has learned about 30 kinds of gesture language. She uses the gesture language to express her needs, such as having a meal and drinking water. She recognizes her own belongings and likes outdoor activities very much, especially the slide. She often takes her shoes to the nanny and asks her to help her. She hopes that the nanny takes her to play at outdoors. Video available from the agency.

$22.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Ben

benben-updateBoy, born 2014
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: Nov 2016

Ben is in a wonderful foster home where he receives great care.

AN UPDATE FROM NOVEMBER 2016 SAYS:
Ben has literally transformed before our very eyes in terms of improvement and progress. He came to us at 19 months and could not sit up, and was extremely low tone in all of his muscles. Now he sits up, plays on his own. Gives us good eye contact. Eats table food from a spoon, and sitting in a high chair. He has come a long way in his 4 months here. Video available from the agency.

$54.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Mari Rose

marina-rose1Girl, born 2016

Down syndrome, congenital heart disease

 

She just had heart surgery in country!

$1,635.90 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Pierce

pierceBoy, born 2015
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: Nov 2016

Pierce is in a wonderful foster home. An update from October 2016 says that he is sitting up on his own and full of spunk and personality. He likes to play outdoors. Agency staff met Pierce in September 2016.

 

$76.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Graham #

graham2Boy, age 15

Diagnosis:  Mild mental delay, Impaired articulation.

AGES OUT IN MAY 2017

A family must file the I-800A immigration application before his 16th birthday

Graham is a 15-year-old boy who lives in Eastern Europe. Graham has impaired speech development and uses limited and poor vocabulary. He doesn’t understand figurative meanings of words and he cannot see the difference between similar concepts. It is difficult for Graham to divide his attention and switch tasks and he is easily distracted and loses concentration easily. Graham likes to participate in group activities and with the help of a resource teacher, he is getting through school. Graham would like to be adopted and to live with another family. The agency has more information, photographs and videos of Graham!

 

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds.
For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

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Sally #

sallyGirl, age 15 years

Sally will age out in NOVEMBER 2017.  She needs a family to commit to her PRIOR to that date, and apply for USCIS approval before she ages out.

Sally’s special needs/developmental delays: moderate mental delay; educational difficulties;  biological mother with psychological issues, low intellectual level and unstable personality

Sally is described as a nice girl who demonstrates mostly positive emotions. She is independent when in familiar environment. She is friendly and communicative and can interact equally good with children and adults. Sally is curious. She creates long-lasting friendships. Sally is generally obedient, she follows the rules at school and respects authorities. She participates in musical and dynamic game. Sally loves listening to music and dancing. Sally takes care of her appearance and she is always clean and well–dressed.

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds.
For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

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Vincent #

vincent-updateVincent is 2 years old. He has hydrocephaly and spina bifida.

Listed Nov 2016

Vincent is a quiet little boy. Vincent has been diagnosed with Spina Bifida (closed), hydrocephalus which was surgically treated and shunted, severe quadric pyramid syndrome, accidental murmur, delays with neuropsychological development and is fed by a tube. Vincent cannot move freely. He cannot see however, he can hear and reacts to touch. The child’s motor skills are impaired due to his condition. He doesn’t show emotions and startles when there is a loud noise. We know there is a special home for Vincent with a family well equipped to care for his special needs.

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.

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John and Anthony #479

john-anthonyTrey TrentJohn, age 13
Diagnosis: Moderate delay in development

Anthony, age 12
Diagnosis: Moderate delay in development

Listed: Aug 2014 (originally listed as Trey and Trent)

John is a 13-year-old boy who lives in Eastern Europe. He is inquisitive and interested in many subjects. He has difficulty understanding the difference between “wants” and “needs” and relies on his memorization skills when learning. John has difficulty with concentrating and therefore, is academically below his grade level. John is mobile and energetic and enjoys soccer, badminton, riding his bike and skateboarding.

Anthony is John’s 12-year-old brother. There is data that the child has loss of hearing in one ear while the hearing in the other one is preserved. He has difficulties with carrying out constructive-technical activities, speaks simple sentences and often his words are unclear and incorrectly articulated and therefore, is delayed in speech and language development.

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds.
For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

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Sydney

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGirl, born 2012

epilepsy
moderate mental delays
congenital talipes calcaneovalgus
other chromosomal abnormality
myopia

Listed: January 2017

$31.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Jake (L)

jacob3 jacobBoy, born 2015
Down syndrome, specific mixed development disorder, operation plastic of Ventrical Septal Defect and Atrial Septal defect as well as closing Open arterial duct (canal); heart insufficiency, stage C, class F III, hypermetropy astigmatism, low height

Update 1-26-17: Jacob’s heart insufficiency diagnosis was before the operation and there are no signs since the operation. He now has only 1 degree of mitral valve not being able to fully close. His last consultation by a cardiologist took place on 11/15/16. He does not need any medical or operational treatment.

As of 10-17-2016 Jacob can turn himself from side to side and around by himself. He takes toys into his hands, plays with them and crashes them together. He smiles when he is spoken to and has started to pronounce some sounds. He laughs and has six teeth. He has a hard time falling asleep, but then sleeps well. He has started to crawl and can get into a sitting position and sit without help. He loves music and reacts to the sounds. His development is in delay due to Down syndrome. He needs speech therapist, special education teacher, and physiotherapist services in the future.

$9.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Jozy, Rowan and Reisen

rowan-reisenjozyGirl, born 2013
HIV

boy, born 2008
mental delays

boy, born 2010
mental delays

The dynamic duo – here come Rowan and Reisen. Their smile can light up a room and they are certain to win you over with their little boy charm. Both love cars and chocolate. Rowan has been hosted before last summer; Reisen just recently arrived at the orphanage. Both boys have some developmental delays, but are teacher’s favorites. Rowan has grown leaps and bounds since he was last hosted in the US, in every way possible.

Rowan: Loves cars, Happy & Playful, Speech delays; Reisen: Outoging lil bro, Artistic explorer, Friendly

From Dec 2016:
They appeared to be very hyper, having serious behavioral issues and mental delays. They changed families during hosting program because first hosting family couldn’t handle them.

Their sister can be adopted separately from them but adoptive family needs to have approval for three children in order for us to be able to separate them. She lives in a different orphanage from them.

$31.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Isaiah #

isaiahBoy, age: 10 years
Special needs: prematurity of 1 degree; dextrocardia (without any heart malformations); moderate mental delay; delayed speech development

Listed Jan 2017

Isaiah has age-correspondent physical development; He is in a stable and good health condition; His dextrocardia does not cause him any problems.

Isaiah is marking significant progress in his development in the last couple of years. Isaiah talks and composes sentences. He is learning how to write and read.

Isaiah is a sociable child who joins his peers in different games and group activities; He is able to create long-lasting friendships with other children. For the 5 years spent in a foster family the boy has developed a relationship of attachment with his foster mother. Isaiah enjoys spending time on the computer playing children’s games and listening to children’s songs and fairy-tales. He plays with toys in accordance with their purpose.

Isaiah is expressive and artistic boy who can imitate actions, movements, behavior and cartoon characters.

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds.
For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

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Mollie

mollie-1Girl, born 2008mollie-3mollie-2
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: January 2017

Mollie is an 8 year old girl with high functioning Down syndrome. Mollie is a lovely, sweet, expressive and outgoing child who is very able and high functioning. Judging by the pictures over the years, she has no problem keeping up with the boys! Mollie loves to sing and dance, and had no shyness about performing for us on a little stage. We have watched Molly grow and progress well over the years. She is affectionate with her caregivers, and she is very close with her group of little friends. Molly resides in a foster program, does well in a family, and loves her four foster siblings. She attends special classes where she does very well. She has good self-care skills and is able to dress herself and take care of her own toileting needs.

$103.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Boyd #

boydBoy, age: 1 year 8 months

Congenital malformation syndromes predominantly affecting the facial area (high forehead, dolichocephaly, bigger nose, microretrognathia, macroglossia); pes equinovarus; severely delayed neuropsychological development; severe generalized muscle hypotonia more affecting the lower limbs

Listed: Jan 2017

Positive dynamics in Boyd’s status and improvement of his muscle tone have been observed in the last months. Boyd has marked slight increase in his spontaneous motor activity, too.

Boyd’s caregiver and the head nurse from his ward share that he has been making a constant, albeit very slow, progress in his development since his placement in the orphanage. They both share that Boyd is like a baby and needs a lot of patience but they both believe he also has the potential to continue progressing in his development. Boyd would greatly benefit if he is adopted by a family who can meet his medical needs but also provide him with proper stimulation and personal attention. Most of all, little Boyd needs a forever family who would accept and love him unconditionally.

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.

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Shelby

shelbyGirl, born 2010
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: January 2017

Shelby is a petite little girl who doesn’t let her small stature get in the way of helping others. It is reported that Shelby loves to help her peers by standing up for them when they are teased by bigger kids, or when they fall and get hurt. Shelby is an animated little girl who her orphanage workers describe as “lovely”. Shelby is a bundle of fun who loves imitating the behaviors of her peers such as reading books.

$13.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Daisie

daisyGirl, born 2007
PRC
Down syndrome, Congenital heart defect

Listed: January 2017

Daisy loves to dance and listen to music. She enjoys being her foster mom’s little helper and is very protective and helpful with her little foster sister. She is learning how to help in the kitchen by cutting vegetables, cooking and folding clothes. She watches the cartoon heroes on TV and imitates saving the world. She is noted to be very verbal and loves to be cuddled.

$111.70 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Eric #2-7

eric-2Age: 8
Diagnosis: developmental delays

Eric just turned 8 years old. He’s attending kindergarten, where he works with a resource teacher on academic delays. The report from the teacher says, “ The attention of the child is characterized by a relatively good concentration. He is actively looking for attention and physical closeness. The speech is developing. He follows simple instructions. The active vocabulary is developing. He maintains good eye contact by communicating with an adult. In relation to the perceptions it Is important to explain by specifying and visualizing. No evidence of significant increased impulsivity, hyperkinetics, aggression and auto-aggression. He draws curves by going out of the sheet borders. He knows and points some body parts – nose, teeth and feet. He has basic cognitive structures – persistence of an object, understands simple instructions, performs simple instructions, recognizes basic shapes etc” He has formed ideas about the surrounding. He understands limited prepositions related to spatial relations. He orients in space: up, down, big, small. He follows verbal instructions, related to the everyday life. He holds a pencil correctly with prompting and colors. He likes to listen to music. He follows verbal instructions. The passive vocabulary of the child is significantly improved. The change in the active vocabulary is also significant. Some words are present. He tries to answer to an asked question with a word. He looks at books, points objects and names some of that. Says the names of everybody in his surrounding. Games for developing the fine motor skills are used in the sessions. He manipulates plastic material, soft and hard toys and objects of different material. He’s neat, writes on a loop with help, cuts with scissors on a drawn line and a curve, applies finished shapes, pieces puzzle of 6 parts, builds towers and houses with a builder (constructor). He likes to “write and scratch”, but is still not able to color and comply with a contour. He knows the main colors. Recognizes the red, yellow and green color. He folds with help a sheet in two. The stability of the attention is increased. The independence is developed on a better level by encouraging the individual performances – undressing, dressing, taking shoes on and off, collecting toys, arrangement of working materials and others. Sings with pleasure some children’s songs. There is some development in the perceptual-idea activity. The ideas of the surrounding world are enriched. He expresses different emotions by facial expression. He is positive and loving at first contact with an adult.

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.

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Alek and Edward #2-9

alek-and-edwardAlek, age: 7
Diagnosis: atypical pulmonary stenosis

Edward, age: 13
Diagnosis: no special needs

The brothers live together in a group home. They are bonded and hope to be adopted together. Edward attends school, where he does very well. His IQ score is 95. He does not have any physical, mental nor behavioral concerns. Alek is the youngest child in the group home. He gets along well with peers at school and with the older children in the group home. He is doing well in school. He does not have any mental or behavioral concerns. His pulmonary stenosis does not require medication at this time.

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.

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Mavrick #2-8

mavrick mavrick-001Boy, age: 3
Diagnosis: Prader Willi Syndrome (confirmed with DNA testing)

Mavrick was formally diagnosed with Prader Willi Syndrome when he was a year old. He was started on growth hormones immediately following the diagnosis and continues to take them. A MRI of the cerebrum and pituitary was done after the diagnosis. The results of the MRI were normal. A bone scan was done when he was 19 months old with results showing a bone age of 6 months old (this is consistent with the syndrome).

Mavrick’s gross motor skills are developing. He can sit up, sit on his knees, crawl, pull up to a stand, and take steps to walk short distances. He makes sounds and says a few words. He claps his hands. He will point to things that he wants and reaches for people when he wants to be held. He likes to cuddle and seeks contact with an adult. He reaches for toys and explores them. He joins in playing with balls, cubes, and constructing toys. He attends daily therapy sessions.

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.

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Levi

levi-jan-2017Levi was born in February 2015 and has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and paraplegia.

Levi can move is hands and legs, but is unable to sit or reach for objects at this time. He babbles, recognizes his caretakers and is cautious with strangers. He loves to watch TV and is very focused when doing so. Levi’s caregivers report that he has made great progress.

 

$1,080.95 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.