BOY, born May 2007
This handsome young man, with dark hair and dark eyes, was born with a rare genetic condition called Stickler Syndrome. His medical records also indicate microcephaly, a common symptom of SS.
Listed: June 3, 2010
Update May 2016: Jared has been transferred a while ago from his baby orphanage. New pictures are not currently available, but he *IS* still available for adoption.
Individuals with Stickler syndrome experience a range of signs and symptoms. Some people have no signs and symptoms; others have some or all of the features described below. In addition, each feature of this syndrome may vary from subtle to severe.
A characteristic feature of Stickler syndrome is a somewhat flattened facial appearance. This is caused by underdeveloped bones in the middle of the face, including the cheekbones and the bridge of the nose. A particular group of physical features, called the Pierre Robin sequence, is common in children with Stickler syndrome. Robin sequence includes a U-shaped or sometimes V-shaped cleft palate (an opening in the roof of the mouth) with a tongue that is too large for the space formed by the small lower jaw. Children with a cleft palate are also prone to ear infections and occasionally swallowing difficulties.
Many people with Stickler syndrome are very nearsighted (described as having high myopia) because of the shape of the eye. People with eye involvement are prone to increased pressure within the eye (ocular hypertension) which could lead to glaucoma and tearing or detachment of the light-sensitive retina of the eye (retinal detachment). Cataract may also present as an ocular complication associated with Stickler’s Syndrome. The jelly-like substance within the eye (the vitreous humour) has a distinctive appearance in the types of Stickler syndrome associated with the COL2A1 and COL11A1 genes. As a result regular appointments to a specialist ophthalmologist are advised. The type of Stickler syndrome associated with the COL11A2 gene does not affect the eye.
People with this syndrome have problems that affect things other than the eyes and ears. Arthritis, abnormality to ends of long bones, vertebrae abnormality, curvature of the spine, scoliosis, joint pain, and double jointedness are all problems that can occur in the bones and joints. Physical characteristics of people with Stickler can include flat cheeks, flat nasal bridge, small upper jaw, pronounced upper lip groove, small lower jaw, and palate abnormalities, these tend to lessen with age and normal growth and palate abnormalities can be treated with routine surgery.
Another sign of Stickler syndrome is mild to severe hearing loss that, for some people, may be progressive (see hearing loss with craniofacial syndromes). The joints of affected children and young adults may be very flexible (hypermobile). Arthritis often appears at an early age and worsens as a person gets older. Learning difficulties, not intelligence, can also occur because of hearing and sight impairments if the school is not informed and the student is not assisted within the learning environment.
Stickler syndrome is thought to be associated with an increased incidence of mitral valve prolapse of the heart, although no definitive research supports this.
Boy, born April 2007
Listed October 11, 2012
Updated pictures from 2016
Boden was found in front of a building when he was 3 years old. He is a healthy, active and lovely boy. Boden likes going to his school and participates in classroom activities. His teachers just love him!
Boden likes to crawl up his caretakers leg and into their laps. He will lean in for a snuggle. He is a great imitator and likes to imitate his caretakers cleaning up the room. This handsome little guy is just waiting for a family to scoop him up, snuggle and include him in their fun adventures!
Girl, born March 2010
Down syndrome, Congenital heart defect (VSD)
Darcy is a delightful little girl! She came into care when she was 3 years old. She was diagnosed with Down syndrome, and a CHD (VSD) As of her report, done almost a year ago, she has not received surgery. Darcy has very good gross and fine motor skills! She is able to dress herself, and can walk and run with ease. She attends pre-school where she is learning to write. She has good recognition of colors, numbers, shapes, and names of objects. Darcy loves to play sports, and really enjoys her time outdoors! She has adapted to school very well, and plays well with the other kids. Darcy’s receptive speech is good, and they are working on her expressive speech. She has had no serious illnesses while at the orphanage. This precious little girl will bring lots of fun and laughter to your house! Darcy is waiting for a family!
Listed: October 28, 2012
UPDATE MAY 2016: Ryan was moved to a group home. He has made significant progress since leaving the institution and the staff believes that as they continue to work with him, he will continue to improve. Due to his history of behavior difficulties, the agency team sent a certified psychologist to spend time with Ryan and assess him in his new home. This updated information was provided by the psychologist who spent the day with Ryan and interviewed his teacher and the director of the group home: Ryan lives with children with more severe special needs, most of whom are in wheelchairs or bed bound. He feels like a leader in his group and enjoys helping with the other children. He has formed an emotional bond with the teacher that comes to the home to work with him. He waits for her in the morning, brings her the shoes she wears inside the home, and works very hard to obtain her praise and approval. He enjoys working with his teacher on activities such as assembling a train track. He is learning to do simple academic tasks like puzzles, though he loses interest quickly if he thinks it is “work”. He responds well to completing tasks and trying new things when the adults use praise and positive encouragement. He feeds himself. He is not yet toilet trained, but the director believes this is simply because no one at the institution attempted to train him. They will be working with him on this skill. He responds to his name and follows simple instructions. Behaviorally, he is doing very well in his new environment. He has formed attachments and works to please those he cares about. The staff describes him as calm and emotionally positive. He does struggle with concentration and is easily distracted, but he is willing to work hard for praise. He is hesitant with strangers, but will engage with them when encouraged. Photos and videos are available through the agency.
Ryan is 12 years old. He has been in an institution. His gross motor skills are well developed. He walks, runs, climbs and prefers physical activities. He exhibits some stereotypical movements. He plays with toys and attempts to manipulate them correctly. He requires 1:1 assistance for academic tasks. He is currently being instructed in how to trace letters, though he still requires assistance with this task. He tries to fit shapes into puzzles. He can arrange blocks and builds towers with them. He likes to arrange the chairs in stacks. He eats independently, though he’s still working on hygiene in related to table skills. He does put away his own dishes once he’s done eating. He can dress himself, but he does not undress himself independently. His personal hygiene skills are not built up at this time. During art class, he requires assistance with coloring and art projects. He can glue items onto paper if the items are pre-cut for him. His emotions and attention are unstable. He is hyperactive and doesn’t always follow the rules. He exhibits difficult behaviors when he doesn’t get his way or doesn’t want to do something. He is sometimes aggressive with objects and with his peers. He enjoys dancing and prefers to participate in activities and play that involve a ball and interacting with children who are more physical.
Additional information: Ryan has been visited by an experienced adoptive family and members from an adoption team well experienced in observing children with special needs. During the visits, he exhibited aggression toward the adults and staff members from the institution. He had difficulty following basic instructions from the staff and often didn’t respond to his name. He did seem to enjoy interacting in small amounts with the adults, though he wanted those interactions on his terms. He did not respond well to restrictions or being made to do things that he did not want to do. He will need a family willing to provide a lot of structure, routine and consistency in behavior management.
Additional photos and videos of Ryan from October 2012 are available.
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Listed: June 4, 2012
Congenital hydrocephalus; epilepsy; cerebral palsy; Convergent concomitant strabismus; Optic atrophy
Vijay means “Victory” and we are all hoping he will find a family where he can thrive. That would be a victory, indeed! Please help save him from a lifetime in a crib.
Large families welcome, travel required.
Listed: June 4, 2012
FAS. Microcephaly; Other congenital valgus deformities of feet (duck toed); Coloboma of optic disc; Severe mental delays; strabismus; paralytic syndromes (cerebral palsy?)
What a cutie! And what a world of different a head of hair would make for her, she needs to be in pigtails!
Update March 2014:
Very sweet and energetic little girl, eager to play and interact. She definitely has cognitive delays, and does not speak but functions within the preschool type setting classroom of her groupa. She communicates by pointing and making sounds. She appears to have something like hemiplegia CP affecting the right side of her body, causing a big of a drag in her leg as she walks, and causing her arm to be stiff on that side as well. She’s a happy little girl and very cute.
Listed: June 23, 2010
UPDATE MAY 2016: He easily relates to both children and staff. He likes to play with the children from his group. He responds when addressed by name and enjoys receiving attention.. He shows interest in all kinds of toys, but his top favorites are the stuffed ones. He has been included in a special remedial and training program created by a local university where he is involved in game therapy, individual activities,and kinesitherapy. The child struggles with his participation in the training activities due to easily being distracted. He will look with interest at bright objects, pictures and books. He likes to listen to music.He takes an active part in the music classes and in physical education activities.
Marty is described as a quiet and even-tempered child who has adapted quickly to the routine and daily schedule at the institution. He is able to walk independently. He assists with dressing and undressing himself and is learning to feed himself as well. He goes to the toilet when reminded to do so by the staff. He is not yet speaking but demonstrates understanding and follows basic requests.
He plays with other children and interacts well with adults. He responds to his name and loves attention from the caregivers. He has a special bond with one specific care giver. He loves to play with toys and shows a preference for stuffed animals. Marty has already been transferred to an institution.
UPDATE March 2014: He is a calm and quiet boy; good general condition; walks independently; eats, dresses/undresses and puts his shoes on independently; a 5th-grade student at an auxiliary school; vocalizes; understands what he is told; scribbles; establishes contact with other children and staff members; loves getting attention and being caressed; follows simple instructions; has formed a relationship of emotional attachment with one of the staff members; loves listening to music.
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Girl, born March 2004
Listed: March 5, 2014
Mollie can sit, stand and walk, jump, run and go up and down stairs independently. She can make movements with teacher’s guidance. Regarding language development, she can communicate with nannies and teachers. She get’s along well with other children and likes to help others. She is able to play with toys, clap hands and dance with music, and participate in outdoor activities.
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Girl, born October 2013
Listed October 13, 2015
UPDATED May 2016: This gentle little girl has Down syndrome and came into care at approximately 2 weeks old after being found at the front gate of her current care center. She responds to her name, laughs out loud, stands alone for 5 seconds, and walks with support. Tabatha is noted to have developmental delays that have been improving with physical therapy, malnutrition, and congenital heart disease. She shows much interest in music, clapping her hands when she hears it. Verbally, she babbles a few words and greets familiar people. Tabatha can follow simple directions from her caregivers. This sweetie is waiting for a family who has excellent access to the medical and developmental resources she needs to thrive and meet her full potential.
Mallory was born in November 2014 and has Down Syndrome. Her congenital heart defect was surgically repaired in June 2015. She takes no medication and is doing well.
Mallory tracks with her eyes, recognizes her caretakers, and reacts when someone speaks to her. She can roll over in the playpen and is interested in toys. Mallory lets her needs be known by crying and fusses when things she wants are taken from her.
The agency has video available.
Girl, born February 2011
Updated April 2016:
Felicity is a very cute little girl, who warmed up to our staff quickly when they visited in April 2016. Another little girl put a crown on her head at the nanny’s request, which Felicity didn’t seem to mind! She is diagnosed with Down syndrome, as well as a heart murmur. She is able to walk and run well. Her speech is not always clear, but staff heard her say “mama” very clearly. Caregivers say it seems like she tries to put 2-3 words together, but they can’t always tell. She’s a very social little girl, who loves to be playing with other kids. A natural little leader, she can become loud trying to get the other children’s attention and get them to follow her! She follows basic directions, but isn’t receiving any formal teaching yet. When asked to point to parts of the face (eyes, ears, nose, mouth) she could do so. Our staff watched her put together duplo blocks very well!
There is a $4000 Child Grant that may be available to families through the agency.
Boy, born June 2012
Ankle joint contracture of both knees and muscular tension of limbs reduced
Ezrah can keep his head steadily and can hold his head up; he can stand up with wrists held slightly; he can recognize the aunt who cares him, can make sound of ma-ma, nai-nai, can shake and stare at the rattles, can take a block in a hand and take another one, can reach and grasp the toy beyond, and can shake the rattles consciously; he can chase the toy with hands and can look for the dropped toy; he can react to the game of hide and seek and looking oneself in the mirror; he is very curious and likes to discover and recognize all kinds of never seen objects and fresh things. He cares about the changers of around people and things.
Ezrah has an extroverted personality, is active, likes to play games with peers; he likes colorful toys with making sounds; he responds actively to stimulation of new things or strangers.
In an update from January 2016: Ezrah isn’t receiving any therapies for his conditions, and can’t yet stand or walk on his own. He gets around very well by crawling using his arms. Ezrah can speak in simple phrases, and express his ideas easily, as well as follow simple instructions from caregivers
April 2016 update: Ezrah is active and outgoing. Ezraht’s mental development is the same as kids the same age. His lower limbs make it so that he cannot walk. He knows and will tell adults when he needs to go to the bathroom. He can use the baby toilet by himself. Ezrah is well behaved and obedient.
He cannot walk, but he can move on his bottom with hand coordination. His fine motor skills are good and he can pick up rice. He cannot go to school due to his special need. Ezrah has good emotional development. He can read faces. He is attached to his foster mother and will share food with her. Ezrah can express his needs well and can follow simple directions. He is a very smart child! He can call the familiar people properly. Ezrah likes to play games with his foster family and other kids. He has been in the same foster family since March of 2014. He is not on any medication.
Down syndrome, Congenital heart disease
Listed: April 10, 2013
Regina was abandoned at the Children’s Welfare Institute in 2009, when she was approximately 5 years old.
After admission she adapted to the group life quickly. She likes being praised, can get alone well with caretaker and children, sometimes can care younger brothers and sisters and can manage her life.
In late 2010 she entered preschool class. We design and make some projects for her. We find she is interested with colorful paper, she takes the colorful paper to roll and unfold repeatedly. She learns to use scissor to cut paper. She likes painting, use colorful pens to draw circles on balloon. She can put the toy blocks of the same color together which makes her can recognize color and make her fingers more flexible. Regina has had a great change in the preschool class, from an autistic child she grows up into a polite and helpful child.
After training (blow the balloon, tongue exercise and read Pinyin), she can speak “wo, wawa, mama, yao, buyao, hao”, can write some numbers and simple characters. Her limb ability is improved, she can ride a bike, can swing, can sit on the seesaw, recently he loves riding children’s bike. Once upon a time, they are singing together, she feel the student near her does not sing well and tells to stop singing. At the same time she is helpful boy, she can do what she can, can help the teacher to clean the classroom and pick up the toys together; in the dormitory she can help to fold the clothes. In the picnic, she can pull child’s hand positively and can have a bag with food on her back. Through picnic and community activity, she broads her vision and improves her sociability.
She is confident, optimistic, polite, loving and sunshine child. She can perform actively when some guests visit the institute. MORE PHOTOS AVAILABLE.
There is a special $5,000 agency grant for Regina, from the adoption agency that currently holds her file.
Girl, born in 2007. She has a delay in neuro-psychical development and epileptic seizures.
Gracie has been diagnosed with epilepsy and moderate mental delay. She is in a good general condition and has good general condition and well-developed gross and fine motor skills. She has formed self-service skills – she eats independently, arranges her clothes and keeps her personal belongings in order. She likes to be involved in art and musical activities.
Boy, born in 2005. He has a delay in neuro-psychical development and mental delay.
The boy has infantile cerebral palsy and moderate mental delay. He rarely gets ill. He talks in simple sentences and participates in dialogues. He has good orientation in familiar surroundings and is not shy with strangers. He has built self-service and hygiene habits.
Listed April 9, 2014
Both children are friendly towards strangers and in the videos you will see them communicating with each other and with the person taking the videos.
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Girl, born April 2011
cerebral dysplasia, growth development delayed (head size not reach the standard)
At the age of 11 months, she can sit alone steadily. Her left hand movement is normal, and her right hand is not very flexible; when playing with toy, her grip and flexing action is slow; Although her motor development delayed, she would express her love for music rhythm by her body language; for example, she sits in front of me, when I sing while clapping hands, after a while, she begins to imitate me, and shakes her head follow my rhythm, so lovely. At the age of 12 months, she can respond to the facial expressions of adult, can express her emotions. At the age of 13 months, she can crawl while lying on the stomach. When she sees her favorite toys, she would crawl to get them. At the age of 14 months, she can understand instructions; her hands and legs are getting more flexible gradually; she can stand for a long time with hands holding onto handrails; when asked to stand up or sit down, she would stand up with hands holding onto handrails or squat down following instructions; when she stands in front of mirror, she would do some interesting actions; for example, she would clap the mirror with hands, kiss herself in the mirror and make faces or make sounds to the mirror. She is active, has a ready smile and no matter who teases her, she will smile happily.
An update on Hadley from January 2016 says that Hadley is not a picky eater. She can follow simple instructions, she can also speak in simple words. Her favorite thing to do is play with her friends. Hadley will start attending pre school after Chinese New Year, to help with her interact with her peers and to help her catch up with her peers. With love and support, she has almost caught up in physical development with other children her age. Her language, cognitive, and fine motor skills are behind compared to her peers.
Listed: May 1, 2013
Yvonne is a polite and friendly girl. “She likes to be tidy and beautiful,” said a visiting social worker. “So many times I saw her combing her hair.”
For the past year, Yvonne has lived in a group home in Hebei, China, where she gets to experience family life in the care of a foster mother and father. Although Yvonne has Down syndrome, she is described as “high functioning” for her condition. In the group home, she has taken on a big sister role and often helps her foster mom care for the younger children. Now 8 years old, she can read over 50 Chinese characters and count and write from 1 to 10.
Yvonne loves to perform and has natural grace. She was chosen to be the dance leader at her orphanage preschool. When she completes a project, she loves sharing it with her foster mom, and basking in her praise. Although she can be stubborn at times, Yvonne mostly listens and follows directions well.
Update Oct 2014:
Yvonne is outgoing and sensible. In her foster family, she is like an elder sister who takes care of her younger siblings. Whenever there are conflics between her siblings, she will do mediation for them. She acts like a little judge who is amiable but dignified. Therefore, her siblings all have faith in her. Yvonne loved on all the kids at the SWI too. She tucked them all in and told the visitors all about them.
Yvonne is also a good assistant of her parents in the foster family. When her foster parents are cooking, she always helps them with trimming vegetables, washing dishes or sweeping the floor. She does all these things as good as an adult. When her foster parents need to go out, she can take good care of her siblings so that let her parents don’t need to worry about them. She does so many things that her parents always praise her and love her so much.
Boy, born 2003
FAS, Spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, profound mental delays, Other disorders of optic disc, general delays
Listed: November 30, 2014
Updated Picture and information 4/16!
The orphanage cannot keep this boy longer. They will try to hold him till the end of this summer. If nobody commits to him, he will be transferred to the terrible place for handicapped people forever, and it will be very hard to pull him out from there.
Boy, born 2008
updated picture/information 4/16!
This boy used to cry a lot before. He needs his family ASAP! Recently he was at health and recreation resort where lots of nationals spend their vacation. So he got good social experience and made good progress in his communication skills. He has a good potential. If he is not chosen for adoption within next year they will place him in a handicapped children and adults orphanage forever where more likely he will be a bedridden person with no chance for normal life.
Spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, Severe mental delays (with the statement of no, or minimal, impairment of behavior), Undescended testicle (bilateral), Convergent concomitant strabismus, Nystagmus and other irregular eye movements, Cardiomyopathy, unspecified
Maeve was born in November 2014 and has Down Syndrome. Her heart defect is being monitored and will be treated as necessary.
Update April 2016: Maeve’s heart defect was surgically corrected in May 2015. She had a smooth recovery and has been doing noticeably better since then. Maeve is an active toddler who eats well, sits independently and pulls to a stand against stable support. Her doctor and caregivers are happy with her development.
Boy, born 2009
congenital heart disease, ventricular septal defect in the phase of closure, nebtal delay, nanism
Probable FAS (cautionary disclosure….facial features and other medical complications consistent with this condition).
Update from a family who met him in April 2016:
The director was encouraging us to consider (Max) for adoption too and really wants to see him in a family. He was transferred into the institution with our son. He was very small for his age, (maybe the size of an American 3 year old) and very active. He reminded me of a small chipmunk because he kept running around the director’s office and poking his nose into everything!!! He was SO curious! I saw him get cookies off the director’s table and he was able to chew and swallow, without difficulty, though he does tend to overload his mouth. (maybe he is afraid they will take the food away?) He drinks normally from a cup.
He understood speech addressed to him and appropriately made the correct animal sound when asked what the dog, cow, etc says. He also knew placement of his body parts. (Eyes, ears…) I did not observe him speak except for animal sounds but gestured appropriately when he needed his needs met.
He does tend to ignore redirection, but does it with a mischievous gleam in his eye and, due to him responding appropriately to questions, there is no doubt in my mind he understands, just doesn’t want to listen! After all, the director’s large office was a fun, new place to explore!
I saw him swinging in a swing and he seems fine physically. His movement (walking and running) is very good. He is not overly affectionate but tolerates affection well. (Director was lifting him/giving him hugs)
This is a nice institution to adopt from. It is an easy walk from the hotel and the hotel director speaks English and is very welcoming and accommodating to American guests. They will overfeed you! There are many shops, parks, and markets within easy walking distance of the hotel and institution. Unfortunately, at this institution, the disabled adult men are lumped in with the little boys. Max needs out now! He has amazing potential with a family!
Boy, born 2009
new updated picture 4/16!
Microcephaly, Tetraparesis, Severe mental delays (with the statement of no, or minimal, impairment of behavior), Lack of expected normal physiological development, Convergent concomitant strabismus, Iron deficiency anaemia, Undescended testicle (bilateral)
Boy, born April 2001
Listed: June 23, 2010
Chad was born in 2001, he started looking at objects at the age of 6-7 months old; he started reacting to sounds at the age of 4-5 months old; he started sitting independently at the age of 1 year and 8 months and he walks with support since he’s been 2 years and 6 months. Chad has Down Syndrome; Delays in the neuro-psychical development; Moderate mental delay.
The child considerably lags behind for his age in his physical development. His motions are uncoordinated. The fine motor skills are not mastered. The child walks independently and climbs up stairs with support. His attention is difficult to attract and to keep. His memory is with limited volume and the memorization is primarily mechanic, with accumulation. The child reacts with increased anxiety and cry to unfamiliar environments. He participates in group activities with the other children and actively contacts them. He cheers up when contacted by an adult and reacts by uttering sounds of cheer and watching the adult in the eyes. Chad is oriented in the space in the different parts of the day. He demonstrates bond, cheer, anxiety, and guilt. He calmly observes the children playing. He would play with them and is happy from their contacts. He carries out elementary instructions: “come”, “sit down”, “give me your hand”. The child doesn’t have developed skills for self-help and needs constant support. He can eat independently. He can’t dress or undress but cooperates when changed. He reacts to his name. He is oriented in the daily routine
He understands the speech of the others when it is simple. He pronounces single sounds by imitation. He is interactive, seeks contact, and demonstrates selectivity and preferences in his interactions with the other children and the personnel. He has expressive facial mimics that he shows his emotions with. He likes to listen to songs, laughs out loud and claps with his hands. He moves in tune with the music and is very mobile and energetic. He attracts the attention of the adults by pulling them or patting them with his hands because he can’t speak. He pronounces separate syllables – “ma”, “ba”, “da”, as well as words with repetitive syllables – “mama”, “baba”.
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Diagnosis: Infantile cerebral palsy – quadriparesis; Hypotrophy; Delay in the neuro-psychical development
The child is considerably delayed in the psycho-motor development. He is not stable on his legs. He can turn from his stomach on his back and vice versa. He can sit alone and can stand up on his knees. Reacts to emotional stimulus with smile, makes sounds, but does not pronounce syllables. He is a picky eater. His sleep is calm. The child reaches out and grabs a toy and plays with it by moving the toy from one hand to the other. He looks at people and follows objects by turning his head. He recognizes known people. He can solve simple problems – moving to an object he is interested in. He is mostly happy, gets irritated when placed in a noisy surrounding. He listens to speech but doesn’t seem to understand it. He reacts mainly to the tone. He can play on his own by manipulating simply with toys (takes cubes out of a box and hits them together).
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.
Boy, born January 2011
Rudy is described as an active little boy. At the time of his report when he was 2.5 he could roll over, crawl, bang blocks together, pick toys up out of a cup, feed himself biscuits and track people with his eyes as they move. He recognizes people, imitates sounds, recognizes his own name, understands facial expressions and waves his hands to say good-bye. Rudy laughs out loud and he has a good appetite.
Girl, born 2015
Thoracic spina bifida with hydrocephalus; Lumbar spina bifida with hydrocephalus; Sacral spina bifida with hydrocephalus
Congenital heart defect: atrial septal defect; other malformation of the tricuspid valve; heart failure
Look at that hair! Adorable!
Precious baby girl! What a gift to have her listed so young.
At the age of two days old, she was operated. Now the hole in her spinal column is closed, but she needs the second step, next surgery. Mentally she is developing normal, she can grab things, she does the baby talk, she makes eye contact, she cries very seldom.
She can not sit, she always lays in her crib. She is a good eater, she has some baby fat. Her caregivers say she is not a cry baby, and seems to be happy. She was also previously listed as “Samantha.”
Girl, born 2006
Inga is a very delicate and shy girl. She has blond hair and blue eyes. She resides at the orphanage since February 2015. Before this she has stayed with her father. Her mother died in 2008.
Her father has lived with her mother’s sister (Inga’s aunt) after her mother’s death. They both abused alcohol and reportedly there were a lot of fights and alcoholic libations. For sure Inga saw many negative situations. Her father is suspected of abusing the girl. A court case is in process. He has prohibition of contact with Inga.
Sometimes she has visits of her grandmother (mother of her mother) and aunt. She likes their visits but understands her situation. At the present Inga operates well in the orphanage. She doesn’t create any behavior problems. She tries be very independent. She is open with children and adults. She is very sensitive girl. She hides her emotions. During the days she is smiling but sometimes she has a withdrawal period. She doesn’t want to speak about the past. She looks for contact with adults. She needs to be noticed and be cuddled. Sometimes she can be stubborn.
Inga is clever girl. She likes puzzles, drawing (and doing it really well!), playing with other children. Her IQ is average and she is good schoolgirl. She attends in dancing class. She works with a psychologist and pedagog.
Update 2016: Inga at the beginning of her stay in the orphanage was very withdraw, she hasn’t wanted to speak. She was afraid so much of new situation. During the adaptation process (3 months) she hasn’t been willing to cooperate with the educators, she has avoided contacts with other children. She has been very sad and lost. During this period Inga has been sick very often. Her appearance has aroused anxiety. She was very slim, her skin was pale, she looked tired. Inga has had very often fever, cough, rashes. Inga had aversion to eat. After many medical exams the diagnosis that she is chronically ill (HIV).
In opinion of people who take care of Inga in the orphanage she functions very good now. She is more open, she wasn’t sick almost at all. In this difficult period of the year autumn-winter Inga wasn’t sick even once. She didn’t have any rash. She much better copes with swallowing drugs. Inga is open, smiling, more communicative. Other children like her. She is very sensitive and sustainable. She good cooperate with the children, in school and in the orphanage. Sometimes she has the moments that is little withdraw. Inga needs little time to trust new person.
Since the beginning of the January the psychologist and the pedagogue in the orphanage have been talking with Inga about potential (domestic) adoption. She understands what is adoption and how this process works. Her reaction is positive. But she hasn’t been informed about possibility of international adoption at this moment. The psychologist and the pedagogue will work with her further and they think she will be positive about it as well.
Girl, born 2011
Post-operative cleft palate
Beautiful Marielli has a contagious giggle. She loves to play with her foster mommy and giggles every time a toy block falls from her head. Like most toddlers, she wants to play the game on repeat. She shows how she wants to play again by grabbing her foster momma’s hand and motions to do it again. One of her favorite times of day is bath time! The sweet girl loves to splash and splash.
She is social, active and definitely not shy. She is often comforted by being held and snuggled when she is upset. Marielli was fortunate to be a part of Love Without Boundaries cleft exchange in 2012 and has had her cleft palate repaired already. Her file states that she congenital cleft palate (now repaired) and poor brain development. She is sure to be an absolute joy to a family. Who is ready to giggle and splash with Marielli?
An update received in the fall of 2015 states that Marielli is now living with a foster family. She is reported to be a healthy little girl who rarely gets sick. Compared to children of the same age, Marieli is still very delayed. She does crawl, stand, and walk with assistance. Marielli is cooperative with her caregivers, but rarely talks and says few well-pronounced words. She is happiest when her caregivers play with her, offer her toys, or hug her. Marielli has quite an appetite and eats a wide range of foods. There is a small hole in her palate, so some foods are difficult for her to eat. It is said that she is receiving rehabilitation training, but no details were given. Marielli has a fear of meeting strangers and her caregivers say she has an introverted personality.
Marielli’s current agency also has a $3000 grant available for qualified families.
Listed: May 9, 2014
Nicki is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and post-operative cleft lip. Nicki has waited a very long time to find her forever family. Such a beautiful smile, she is said to be kind to people, is polite, attached to foster mother, sensitive and active thinking. Presently she has normal intelligence development, good physical development, and average balance ability and can walk with hands holding onto support.
Boy, born September 2010
Hydrocephalus, Dandy-Walker Syndrome, post-operative meningoencephalocele, post-operative peritoneal shunt of arachnoid cysts
Handsome Hewitt is a sweet little boy who needs a family willing to look past all the labels he’s been given and see him for the precious little boy he is and the wonderful son he will be. Hewitt can sort objects by color, follow directions, make great eye contact and conversation, and draw quite well. He is clearly a happy little guy with a sweet and gentle personality. Hewitt is from a very good orphanage and he is living with a foster family on the grounds of the orphanage. Hewitt loves to play and sing!
Hewitt is diagnosed as having hydrocephalus and Dandy Walker syndrome and is postoperative for a meningoencephalocele and postoperative for a peritoneal shunt due to arachnoid cysts.
Hosted in February 2016 – His host mama says:
Tristan is a precious little boy with a lot of energy. He loves being with people and for the most part is gentle and kind to other children. He really desires to please and loves to help around the house. He enjoys playing outside and wants desperately to learn how to ride a bike. He likes to listen to music. He has fun trying English words and cracks up when google translate translates his Chinese into silly things. He is very responsive to love and attention and is an intuitive little boy.
Tristan has adjusted well. Initially he stuck pretty close to me but has bonded more with host dad in the last week. He’s also been having a lot of fun playing with our children. The three of them were dancing to music tonight. He and our daughter made up some hand motions to one of the songs. He also enjoys playing with the baby (age almost 2) and is very gentle with her. He really looks up to our older girls (ages 10 and 12) and loves when they read to him or spend time playing with him.
On Saturday he found a children’s worship cd and has been listening to it over and over. He has played it as he’s fallen asleep every night since then. Tonight we caught him on video singing along with pretty decent English.
We took him swimming with friends…he really enjoyed that. He went to church with us and wasn’t so sure about it the first week. This past week he did much better, although it’s still hard on him to be around so many different people who all want to say hello to him. He gets pretty silly and sticks very close to us.
He has participated in our homeschool…he loves to water color, cut paper, glue, and paint. We’ve also been able to “read” several books to him through google translate…we discovered you can take a picture of the words and it will translate! Very fun! He enjoys that a lot. We’ve gone to the park, played in our back yard (he loves it out there), ridden bikes together, and gone for family walks. Tristan does very well with a predictable schedule and does struggle when things are different than the norm. He really likes it when we are all together. He eats pretty much anything we give him, although he didn’t want to touch oatmeal the first time we served it. He did like it the second time. He especially LOVES eggs, apples, and carrots .
The first week and a half that Tristan was with us, he struggled any time we needed to say no to him…especially in the afternoons. He was having melt downs almost daily. We would simply hold him until he calmed down and was willing to listen. He did get pretty worked up several times and tried to bite, scratch, and throw his head back. As he has settled into our home, these met downs have occurred less and less. He didn’t have any melt downs over the weekend even though our schedule was different than the norm and things were busier. He has been much quicker to listen and to say sorry when we ask him to.
Tristan is a very sweet little boy. He’s very active and likes to be outside a lot. He’s gentle with other children for the most part and loves to be silly. He likes to be held and loves to snuggle. We’ve all fallen in love with him in the short time he’s been with us.
Girl, born March 2006
Listed: October 29, 2015
Susan is active and outgoing. She needs some time to be familiar with strangers and will interact with you if you are familiar. She gets along with others very well. She can communicate with others basically. She would help others to get utensils out. She can walk; go up and down stairs alone. She could stack blocks. She is very helpful to other kids. She will carry chairs, clean rooms and pick up garbage on the floor.
Additional photos available from the agency.
From her host family, February 2016:
Suzy has adjusted well to being in our home. She initially had some anxiety during travel in our vehicle. This seems to have subsided after the first couple of day trips. We believe it may be related to not being certain where we were going and if she would be returning to our home. At this point, after six days with our family, she seems comfortable with our outings, and seems to understand that we will end up back at our house by the end of the day. This comfort seems to help her. She does get sleepy while riding in the car, if traveling over 45 minutes at a time. She naps, and then readily wakes up when we stop, with no problems.
Suzy is staying in the bedroom with two of our girls, ages 11 and 8. She remembers our 8-year old, who was a close friend in China! She has bonded well to both girls, looking to the older one as a constant guide/helper/playmate, and enjoys playing with the younger one, too. The girls are often holding hands when we’re walking about during our outings. Suzy is very sweet to our youngest daughter, age 6, who is wheelchair-bound and cannot speak. She also gets along well with our two boys, ages 15 and 13. Suzy is an obedient child, and listens to what we ask her to do. She also does a good job with our hand gestures, use of English, and demonstrations with the other kids to let her know what we are asking of her. She is a good-natured child, and has a very pleasant personality. She often giggles and laughs, and is now saying “hello” to people we pass by in the stores. She also says “bye” to people readily. She is seeming to understand us better each day, picking up on what we are saying (in English) and motioning.
Suzy is eating well. She usually eats a small breakfast, medium size lunch, has snacks during the day, and a larger dinner. This is by her own choosing, as we let her eat what she needs. She enjoys the Chinese food that we’ve made or purchased. We have also had Chick-fil-A and made taco salad, which she liked. She favors rice, meat, and some vegetables. We had ice cream this afternoon, which she thoroughly enjoyed!
We have gone to the park on a couple of occasions, to the pet store, and gone shopping. We also went to church and to an evening kids program. We have invited people over to our house to visit as well. She really does well in stores, and does not reach out to touch a lot of things. She stays with us in the stores very well. She liked riding in the cart for a little while.
Girl, born 2014
Updated medical and picture Jan 2016:
Down syndrome, she had two fused toes that were corrected and surgery for her duodenal atresia
A sweet girl with some attitude!!
From a family who met her Feb 2016:
She is BEAUTIFUL. The few pictures we were able to take do not do her justice. She has the most beautiful eyes and is sweet as can be. She’s very calm and sweet and snuggly. She likes to be tickled. I wish I could somehow express with words how beautiful and precious she is. It broke my heart to hold her and not be able to bring her home. Please someone go get this sweet girl! She is in a very easy region to adopt from! She needs a family to get her out of the orphanage and let that hair grow into pigtails!
Poor girl is obviously drugged and needs out!
Boy, born August 2003
Listed: May 4, 2011
His file says he has a seizure disorder, an possibly other mental disorders and brain damage — it is unclear if that all refers back to his seizure disorder. It does not state that he has a mental delay, but it is possible.
It also appears that he has either a lazy eye or vision issues, from the pictures. More pictures available.
Boy, born June 2009
hydrocephalus (condition after ventriculoperitoneal shunt); cerebrospinal hernia of lumbar spine, post-surgery; congenital partial atrophy of optic discs; pelvic organs dysfunction; cytomegalovirus infection; anemia; rickets
Girl, born February 2014
Kate is a precious baby girl! She came to the orphanage when she was about one month old, and was diagnosed with Down syndrome. Kate has the typical delays seen with children with Down syndrome, but is trying her best to learn! She has no known heart issues, and has been healthy since her arrival. Kate is very happy, sweet, social, and a lovable baby girl! She is ready for a mommy and daddy, and lots of love and attention.
Boy, born March 2005
FAS, cerebral palsy, lower spastic paraparesis, delay of mental development of the child with organic lesion of the central nervous system, bilateral uranostaphyloschisis after plastic surgery, subatrophy of both eyes’ optic nerves, shortsightedness of both eyes, horizontal nystagmus, flat feet
Listed: October 9, 2013
Boy, born June 2007
Kaelin is a handsome boy with an outgoing personality! He is 8 years old, and came into care as a baby. Kaelin has a CHD (VSD) that had not been repaired as of 2014. He has been with a foster family since 2008, and has been well cared for since that time. He is close to his foster brother and sister, and enjoys playing games with them. He likes to read, and gets along well with his classmates. Kaelin is a bright boy who is active, obedient, and very social! He is waiting for a family of his own. Kaelin is a great kid, loved by those who know him, and will certainly be a wonderful addition to your family!
Boy, born 2014
Additional medical information available to those seriously interested!
What a beautiful little boy!! Additional pictures available.
Girl, 5 years old
Early antenatal central nervous system defect, microcephaly, cerebral palsy with a spastic feet paraparesis. Speech development delay. Lack of protein energy. Received primary latent hypothyreosis.
UPDATED 2016: Noelia has blue eyes and light brown hair. She is friendly, helpful, likes joking and laughing, strong will, adequate emotions and overall positive mood. She likes games with singing, she remembers and repeats movements. She has great interest in what is happening around her. She really likes individual consultations with specialists, enjoys walks – she walks with the help of walking frames. She has a good appetite and tries to talk, expresses interest in board games, but her focus is not firm, she has difficulty concentrating; speech delay, self-service skills like eating are well developed, but dressing up and going to the bathroom is problematic, probably due to the overbearing care of adults. Social worker says that she is doing much better than her diagnosis sounds.
Update Jan 2016:
The child is making good progress! He started to walk, plays well, reacts to everyone and everything. He is very affectionate and smiles all the time.
He has to be transferred to the institution now.
Girl, born Feb 2010
Pepper is an active, extroverted little girl who was born in February of 2010. She was abandoned only months after she was born and was diagnosed with Down syndrome and a heart condition. She received surgery for her heart condition and recovered well. She has good motor development and self-care skills, having the ability to wash her hands before and after meals, and dress herself. She is very helpful to her caregivers, often assisting with simple chores like folding towels. She can respond to simple requests, like when someone asks her to give them something. She can draw a circle, count from 1-10, and say words like “aunt,” “brother,” and “sister.” She can sing children’s songs and likes to watch TV to learn new songs and dances. She likes playing on the playground and playing games with other children!
From a recent update (1/2016)
Pepper is toilet trained but does need reminders. Her caretakers state that she is active, lovely, well behaved and obedient.Pepper is attending school at the orphanage. She can follow multistep directions. She can speak simple words like “Ayi(nanny), GeGe(elder brother) and JieJie(elder sister), etc. Pepper will point at eyes, ears, noses, hands etc. She loves to imitate others- do what they do and say what theysay. For example, she will imitate the nanny’s words and behavior. She will sing or dance when she watches music programs on tv. She can express herself. Her speech ability is a bit behind compared with healthy children her age.
A $4000 grant may be available to families from her current agency.
Elliot, boy, born 2004 – mental delays
Casey, girl, born 2008, healthy
Lynn, girl, born 2006, healthy
Listed: May 12, 2015
Casey,the younger girl was born in 2008 and has no SNs, just some kind of development delay. She is smart and active, participate in all orphanage performances. She has now been transferred as well.
Her older sister, Lynn, was transferred from her orphanage due to her age and in August she will be transferred again. She was born in 2006. By orphanage social worker her older sister is VERY smart and beautiful, no SNs, very active in all performances. She has now been transferred again
Both girls need a family asap!!! These 2 siblings are to be adopted together for sure.
They have an older brother born in 2004. He is in the special school orphanage and has severe mental delays.
If a family decides to adopt all 3 children it will be great!!! If they want only two younger siblings they are to be approved for 3 children and to get referral to meet ALL 3 siblings. Then if they decide not to adopt the oldest one we will do the best to “separate” them. I think it is possible, but we cannot guarantee it for sure. They have a younger brother as well, and he has already been adopted.
*** We are eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org ***
Girl, born 2007
Julia, 8.5 years old, was born with Down syndrome and was abandoned when she was only three months old. Julia is learning to read, write and count, and her speech is well developed. Julia is a performer and loves to dance and sing! She is potty-trained and likes to help take care of younger children.
We visited Julia in her orphanage in late June. She is small for her age, which is common for children with DS. She was just precious. She recited a poem for us along with hand gestures, which we captured on video.
If your family is open to the adoption of a child with Down syndrome, please consider Julia. She could be a wonderful addition to your family.
A $5000 grant is available to reduce Julia’s adoption expenses for an eligible family, from her current agency.
Boy, 1 year old
Down syndrome, hydrocephalus; a brain cyst; epilepsy; bronchial asthma; hypothyroidism.
Oscar has good physical development.
When hearing familiar adults speak, he would produce sounds and sound combinations and turn his head in the direction of sound. He likes listening to relaxing music and children’s songs.
Sweet Oscar is rolling over! The agency has video available for interested families.
viral meningitis at the age of 3 months, internal and external hydrocephalus, after installation of a lumbar-peritoneal shunt; agenesis of the corpus callosum; heterozygous Beta-thalassemia; he was diagnosed with epilepsy that was resistant to the conducted treatment and after a check-up MRI examination, a shunt was installed. After the surgery the EEG results were within the norm and the anticonvulsant treatment was stopped; Delayed physical and psychological development in all areas;
Dylan takes a sitting position independently and remains sitting for a long time without using anything for support.He stands up in his crib while holding onto the bars and he walks around in his crib freely. He can walk when held by both hands and he makes small steps, albeit not stable enough. He has already started moving around independently with a movable support (a special walker). Dylan is very happy when a familiar adult jests him. He would often get sulky when the adult is going away. He produces various sounds. He often expresses his emotions with screams and shouts. Dylan responds to being called by name and to the invitation “Come here”. He is fed with slightly mashed transitional food. Dylan does very well drinking liquids from a cup. If he likes the drink, he holds the cup independently, with both his hands. Dylan cannot yet control his physiological needs and he isn’t potty-trained yet.
Because we only have this child’s file for a short time, he will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for him.
Girl, almost 4 years old
infantile cerebral palsy; blindness; bilateral sensorineural hearing loss, muscle tone – quadri-hypotonia and hyperreflexia.
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.
Boy, born 2011
Spina bifida, hydrocephalus
Kyle is 3.5 years old with an adorable smile! Kyle was abandoned when he was only one month old. He had surgery for a meningocele and had a shunt placed for hydrocephalus when he was only 7 months old, but is now doing well although he does not yet have bowel or bladder control. Kyle is described as an active little boy who is walking and talking and has age-appropriate mental development. He likes to play with toy cars and to dance along to music! Could Kyle be your son?
Boy, born 2010
meningocele (post-op), hydrocephalus (shunt placed)
Ryan, age 5, is a sweet, shy little boy. He was abandoned outside a hospital when he was about 12 months old. Shortly after coming into orphanage care, he had surgery for a meningocele and also had a shunt placed to decrease the pressure in his head caused by hydrocephalus. The procedures were successful and he has recovered well. Ryan has good bowel and bladder control and his latest medical report says he’s healthy now.
We visited Ryan in his orphanage in late June and were taken in by his shy smile. He enjoyed playing with our iPad. Ryan demonstrated his excellent walking and running, and sang us a song. His video will melt your heart.
Ryan lives with a foster family. He sleeps with his foster mother and is very attached to her. Ryan is described as introverted and not very talkative. His motor and speech development are a bit delayed.
Could Ryan be the son you’ve been searching for?
Boy, born June 2000 AGING OUT
moderate mental delays and an organic lesion of the central nervous system.
Listed: November 19, 2015
Jonah is running short on time to be adopted — he is already 15 years old!
Jonah is shy, reserved, and soft spoken, but communicates very well with his peers. He is said to have difficulty comprehending what is asked of him, but with repetition he can complete simple tasks. At the same time, his caretakers note that Jonah likes to go to school and learn. It is believed that with more attention and targeted therapy, Jonah could progress.
Update October 2014: Our in-country representative visited Jonah and found him to be a quiet, shy boy who likes to smile. He is well-behaved, follows instructions, has good self help skills, plays well with other children and likes to draw. Jonah attends sixth grade and his teachers are happy with him.
Update March 2016: Jonah’s speech is well-developed. He attends school and is able to talk about his work there. Jonah walks independently. He ages out this summer and needs to find a family fast.
He can be adopted by single moms. Video available from the agency.
Girl, born August 2007
Learning delays/low IQ
Lyla is a beautiful little girl who is 5 years old. She came into care just last August, and was found to be a normal, healthy little girl who was developmentally on target. She adapted to the orphanage life quickly. She was “tested” after being at the orphanage only 3 months, and they said she had “clear pronunciation, fluent, restless, no abnormal action, flexible hands and feet, understand general objects and use of some objects, poor initiative action”…then they slapped her file with a low IQ number. Lyla can speak in full sentences, understands directions, cares for her needs, helps out with the children younger than she is, and is a delightful little girl. She attends kindergarten and lives with a foster family.
Lyla loves to play games, loves to go to school, and is a very happy little girl. I am not sure what they expect of her as far as “initiative” is concerned…but considering the changes in her life these past months, she seems to be doing very well! Lyla needs a family to love her, and enjoy every minute of having this sweet girl as their daughter.
UPDATED 2015: She’s an extraverted girl with lots of energy. She would greet everyone with a smile, and would try to engage them. She moves and talks constantly. She has a sweet disposition, never saw her angry or upset. She often tries to trick us for fun, saying things like “I have to go pee” but then 10 seconds later say “Oh I tricked you!” Molly is funny in her own way, often saying or doing random things that surprise people.
One night, toward the end of camp, the kids were wide awake and full of energy so we brought out some coloring books, markers, and nail polish. Molly immediately grabbed at the markers and started scribbling, by the end of the night Molly seemed to have more lines on her legs and arms rather than on the coloring book. Because of her short attention span, coloring time ended soon after it started and nail polish was her next amusement. After covering her fingers in blues, reds, and yellows Molly came after the translators and volunteers in the room. Succeeding in her escapade, there was more nail polish on everyone’s skin and on the floor than on people’s nails. It’s hard to say no to an adorable little girl when she asks to paint your nails, even when you know it’s going to end up in colorful body parts instead of nails.
Her chronological age is 8, but we estimate her developmental age to be around 3 or 4. She has difficulty in focusing on one activity, and seems averse to learning when we tried to engage her. She moves and talks constantly, and sleeps very little, such as 4-5 hours each night.
Girl, born February 2010
Down syndrome, Congenital Heart Defect (ASD and VSD), Hep B carrier
Shannon is an outgoing girl who loves to talk! She may only be able to say simple words but she can be the life of the party. She has been diagnosed with Down syndrome and has two mild heart defects (an ASD and a VSD). She is also a Hep B carrier. Shannon’s caregivers say that she lives life just like the rest of her friends in the orphanage. She loves to eat, play, and watch cartoons. Shannon is always playing and smiling!
Rule number one…never leave scissors out where Shannon can get them. She currently has little to no bangs due to an attempt to style her own hair. However, even a bad haircut can’t take away from Shannon’s sweet spirit and lovable personality! She is currently 5 years old, and waiting very patiently for her mama and papa. Shannon has Down syndrome, an ASD and VSD (which have not been repaired) , and is a HepB carrier. Shannon came to the orphanage at about 7 months of age, already able to sit and crawl. She has good motor skills, but needs help with her speech. Her receptive speech is good, and she follows directions. Shannon can use 3 word sentences. Shannon is a sweet and huggable girl who is very curious. She loves to play with her friends, and thrives in a noisy environment. Shannon is ready to be part of a loving family, who will help her reach her full potential! Video is available.
Sweet Maisie was born in April of 2012 and has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.
Maisie is a sensitive child who likes looking at the world around her as well as listening to music and watching cartoons. She reaches for toys and tries to babble. Maisie can roll from stomach to back and vice versa. She cannot sit unassisted, but has some head control and tries to pull to a stand against stable support.
Maisie is responsive to her caregivers and appears to understand everything they say to her. She recognizes familiar adults and loves to be held.
Update April 2015: Specific reasons are unknown, but Maisie’s condition seems to be deteriorating. She needs the love of a family as well as appropriate medical care and therapies quickly.
Update December 2015: Our in-country representative once again sought new information about Maisie and learned that she was born prematurely, weighing 1220 grams and 39 cm tall. Her APGAR score was 3-5. Maisie’s current diagnoses are cerebral palsy, bilateral hemiparesis, non-progressive retinopathy, esotropia, high muscle tone, mild anemia (no helminthosis), and developmental delays.
At this time, Maisie’s mobility is limited and she does not use a wheelchair. She has head control, but cannot sit unassisted. Maisie reaches for and holds toys, recognizes and smiles at her caretakers, and understands what is said to her though she does not respond verbally. Maisie is spoon-fed and sleeps calmly.
Girl, born March 2014
Maddie is a sweet little girl who has developmental delays. She has not been diagnosed with anything particular, but she does appear to have cerebral palsy of some degree. She prefers to keep her head tilted to one side and tends to be very stiff, however she does great at tummy time and will lift her head up to look around. Maddie also loves to be held and can easily be soothed when you pick her up for some cuddles. Maddie does have a lot of muscle spasms, but it is currently unclear whether this is seizure activity. Despite her delays, Maddie is very observant of her environment; she can often be seen looking at those around her and she has gotten good at tracking people and objects with her eyes. Maddie cannot yet sit up on her own, but when put in a crawling position, she will often move her legs forward like she is trying to crawl. She also bears weight on her legs when put in a standing position. Maddie is an easy going baby, except sometimes at meal time when she does not want to eat, and she is very loved by her nannies. One particular nanny has a special love for Maddie. She says that Maddie reminds her of one of her sister’s kids, so she pays special attention to her. This nanny was very excited when we gave Maddie a new chair to help her keep her head straight; she even thanked us with a hug and a kiss. She was also very happy to learn therapy techniques to help Maddie and has been using these regularly.
Eloise was born in October 2006 and has Down Syndrome as well as strabismus.
Eloise can walk independently and uses the bathroom with help. She drinks unassisted from an open cup, but needs a hand when eating. Eloise is non-verbal at this time, but makes herself heard with gestures and understands simple instructions. She attends a homeschool program at her orphanage.
Update December 2015: Eloise is described as a very sweet and easy child. She is tidy and takes care of her own needs, but continues to be nonverbal. She responds to greetings by waving and shaking hands. Eloise loves music and when a classical quartet came to play at her orphanage, she was mesmerized and did not want to miss a single note.
Additional information, including video, available upon request directly from the agency.
Boy, age: 2
Diagnosis: External hydrocephalus; Arachnoid cyst; Infantile cerebral palsy – spastic quadric paresis
Jesse has been seen by a neurosurgeon who has said that no surgical intervention is required at this time. He picks up a toy given to him, keeps it for a short time and drops it. He will play for a short time – studies a toy, puts it in the mouth, transfers it from one hand to the other.
Update November 2015: He demonstrates interest in musical and mechanical toys. He will play for a short time – studies a toy, puts it in the mouth, transfers it from one hand to the other. He likes activities involving music. He recognizes familiar areas of the orphanage and understands his daily routine related to familiar tasks such as eating. He is very happy when interacting with familiar adults.
Photos and videos from November 2015 are available through the agency.
Boy, born 2013
Multiple congenital arthrogryposis, internal hydrocephalus, open oval window
updated pics Jan 2015 and medical info:
Multiple congenital arthrogryposis, thymic hypoplasia, hypoplasia of abdominal wall muscles, crossed eyes, additional chord in the heart.
He had surgery. He is developing well. Smart boy. Needs out asap.
From a family that met him 11/15:
“Mathis” (he will be 3 years old in winter) also has delayed speech and mental delay. He did not use any words while we were there. He cannot sit, crawl, stand, or walk. We did not see him move about the floor, he needed to be held. This is frustrating for him. We did not observe him using his hands. I tried to place toys in his hands a he did not grab them. He did not laugh or smile.
Felix was born in February 2011 and has been diagnosed with arthrogryposis. He is an active, friendly boy who interacts well with other children, loves his caretakers, and knows everyone by name.
Due to his medical condition, Felix cannot yet walk, but he is very mobile by crawling. He can sit and stand independently and is fully potty-trained, but needs assistance with feeding. Felix speaks in sentences and while a little shy with unfamiliar people to start, he quickly warms up and shows his happy personality.
Update October 2015: Felix’s cognitive development is said to be on target. Surgical intervention for his arthrogryposis is not available in his birth country.
Update 2015: Our in-country representative visited William and was impressed with his tremendous progress. William can walk with assistance and with a walker, interacts with others and speaks in short sentences. He knows all of his caretakers and loves to play. William used to be terrified of strangers, but now is comfortable around them, smiling and talking and seeking their attention. He is potty-trained and can feed himself. William would thrive in a loving family.
From a family who met William in Sept 2015: Each time I saw William he gave me a huge grin. One day a nanny was helping him walk all around the courtyard using his walker and William was beaming. He also thoroughly enjoyed watching cartoons and music videos with his group, even getting up from his chair several times to stand, dance, and clap to the music, again with a big smile on his face.
Sweet Chandler was born in July of 2008. He has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and psychomotor developmental delay. He cannot walk, but uses a wheelchair. Chandler can speak, but not clearly. He seems to understand what is said to him. He likes to play with other children and toys. He takes part in activities as much as he possibly can.
Update September 2014: Chandler is a shy boy who is friendly with other children and his caretakers. He asks for attention, explains his feelings and finds ways to get his needs met. Chandler sits independently, can stand with support, but is unable to walk at this time.
Update October 2015: Chandler understands what is said to him and speaks in short sentences. He maneuvers his wheelchair independently, eats with a spoon, and has started using the bathroom.
Girl, born Feb 2010
Hanna, age 5, has Down syndrome and was abandoned as a newborn. Hanna has a big smile and is described as an active little girl. Since being placed with a foster family, she has made progress in her language, physical, cognitive, social and emotional development. Hanna is not a big talker, but she understands and responds to her teacher. She can use the bathroom, get dressed/undressed on her own, throw and chase a ball. Hanna likes to care for other children and comfort them when they are sad. Could this sweet girl be your daughter?
5 year old Hanna is an absolute doll! Agency staff were blessed to meet her in China in September of 2015. She is in foster care in the orphanage village on the orphanage grounds. She attends school in the orphanage, where she is in her 2nd year of kindergarten. She likes to play with toys and help put chairs away at school. She is friends with all of the kids in her class. She loves sweet dim sum, crackers, and cakes. Hanna likes playing with the sports equipment, especially balls. She is toilet trained.
Hanna was sent to the orphanage in 2014. She had a scar on her neck when she came- the orphanage is not sure what it was from. She is super cute, smiley, flexible, and very friendly! She laughed happily and is always excited to see new people. She offers toys to new friends and is good with sharing. She is not at all aggressive. She only makes noises and mimics. She has a couple of simple words, but is not totally clear. Hanna loves to dance and has good gross motor skills. She has good fine motor skills as well and can string beads. She is independent with her care- she can dress and undress herself and feed herself using a spoon and a cup. Hanna is high functioning for a child with down syndrome. She is a very happy and loving girl who will bless some lucky family so much!
A $3000 grant is available from the agency that currently has her file, to help Hanna get adopted.
Girl, born August 2011
Elsa is just adorable! She is 3 years old, incredibly charming, and sweet. Elsa has Down syndrome with the expected delays, but was walking at 2 years old. She has no known heart issues. She lives with a foster family, who have made sure she has a good diet, plenty of fresh air, and all the hugs she wants(she likes warm hugs)! Elsa is ready to let it go and have a family of her own and will waste no time in wrapping them around her little finger.
Boy, born 2013
Congenital Heart Defect
Kenny recently turned two years old. When he was about 4 months old, he was left at a safe haven drop spot at the local orphanage. Kenny has a heart defect (patent foramen ovale) but it is reported to be closing on its own and it’s thought that it will not require surgery. He may have bronchopulmonary dysplasia (abnormal development of lung tissue) which affects premature babies, who are born with underdeveloped lungs. [According to the internet, many babies diagnosed with BPD will recover close to normal lung function, but this takes time. Scarred, stiffened lung tissue will always not work as well as it should. But as infants with BPD grow, new healthy lung tissue can form and grow, and might eventually take over much of the work of breathing for damaged lung tissue.] Kenny received treatment for BPD in March, 2014 and now his condition is improved, with decreased incidents of shortness of breath.
Recently, the orphanage’s physical therapy team has been working on the right side of his body, which seems a little weaker than the left. He is not able to hold things in his right hand. Kenny’s mental development is age appropriate. His physical development is good – he can crawl, sit, and walk holding on. Kenny is very attached to his nannies and loves to play with the 10 children in his room. Can Kenny be the son you’ve been searching for?
Boy, Born April 2009
Down syndrome, CHD
Christian was born in April 2009 and has Down Syndrome as well as a heart defect. He is a happy, but quiet little guy. Christian is active and attentive, enjoys playing with his friends, and is loved very much by his caregivers.
Update September 2015: Christian is doing very well and has age appropriate self-help skills. He can dress without assistance and even helps other children with this task. He makes his bed and is fully potty-trained. Christian understands everything that his said to him, follows directions, and speaks well. He can be shy with strangers, is a picky eater, and shows some stubbornness at times. Christian thrives in one on one settings. He will soon be moved to an older child orphanage and updates will be more difficult to obtain.
Update May 2013: After visiting with Christian in May, our agency representative had the following update. Christian can walk independently now. He speaks (although his words are a little unclear). He answers questions and completes simple requests. He is active and joyful. The orphanage director says that he is very smart and very kind. Our in-country representative feels that the family who adopts Christian will be blessed.
Update January 2013: Christian is able to walk, is very active and likes to dance. He is able to say various words but he cannot speak in sentences yet. He also enjoys listening to music and knows many songs by heart. He is smart and can play many different games. Christian knows different characters from various cartoons and sometimes asks for a certain cartoon to watch. He is able to eat by himself, except for soup, as he sometimes makes a little bit of a mess. Christian is described as very kind, friendly, shy and sensitive.
Little Max was born in February 2014 and has been diagnosed with bilirubin encephalopathy, cerebral palsy, and first degree hypotrophy. Max had ABO and rhesus incompatibility with his birth mother for which he received a blood transfusion after he was born.
Max does not yet have head control, but he can open his hands and move his fingers. He recognizes his caregivers and smiles at them when they speak to him. He enjoys physical affection.
Update November 2014: Max has improved his head control and can roll from back to tummy, but does not yet sit or crawl. He does not reach for things, but can hold objects handed to him. Max likes playing with his caretakers and enjoys receiving hugs. He is a happy boy who is starting to babble.
Update September 2015: At 19 months old, Max’s development is quite a bit behind his peers. He now has had control, grabs onto objects with at least one hand, and pushes up through his feet and legs in a baby walker. Max appears to be interested in his environment, but his caretakers are wondering if he has impaired vision. He smiles at others and seems to be making eye contact. The orphanage director believes that his cerebral palsy is rather severe.
Girl, born August 2009
Cassie is a beautiful little girl! She was found by a family when she was about 7 months old. They took her home and kept her until she was about 17 months old, then took her to the police station. Cassie was found to have cerebral palsy. She had a difficult time at the orphanage when she first arrived. She kept calling for her “neinei” (grandmother) and was inconsolable. After a bit, she warmed to the nannies and the other children. Through therapy, Cassie’s muscles are less tight, and she is able to crawl, sit alone, and can stand with assistance. She can speak (though not as well as her peers), and uses some sign language. Cassie can count, and has a good memory. She likes to sing, and loves to play with dolls! Reading about her progress with therapy at the orphanage, imagine what could happen with formal therapy once she is home! Sweet Cassie is waiting for a family. Please bring her home soon!
Girl, born July 2010
Cerebral palsy (low muscle tension)
Rona is a ray of sunshine! She is a little shy and timid, but is very friendly to those she is familiar with. She likes to play with toys, especially rag dolls. Rona underwent rehabilitation for her cerebral palsy and she can now walk on her own! She is steadily growing to taking care of herself and the nannies are proud of her progress. We hope Rona finds her home soon!
Boy, born 2009
Alaric has delays in psycho-motor development. Senses(sight, hearing) are preserved.
UPDATE early 2015:
Alaric was moved to a family style group home 6 months ago and has made significant progress in this new setting. He is now receiving more personalized attention from staff. While Alaric is still not walking, the director believes that this is due simply to his stubborn insistence to crawl, as he can walk while holding on to one hand of a caregiver. To help him become more independent, the staff introduced a wheelchair and Alaric has learned to maneuver the wheelchair to get where he wants to go. A physical therapist will begin intensive work on teaching him to walk in the coming months.
The staff reports that Alaric has become more expressive and confident since moving into the group home. They are working with him on learning self-help skills such as feeding himself and dressing himself.
Photos and videos from Feb 2015 are available through the agency.
Update Sept 2015
He is extremely energetic child, constantly in motion, keeping his attention on something for a short time. When he has some purpose, he is able to walk a long distance lead by hands to reach his goal. If he was sitting on the ground and nearby there was a support – he succeeded standing up without other’s help. If there was some distance to his goal – then he was crawling to the support (the wall in our case), after which leaning on the wall with his hands, he alone was reaching the desired object.
As to the food, having in mind his diagnose – Down syndrome and related with its physiological characteristics, he is chewing and swallowing with difficulty. Therefore he still accepts blended food – five times daily. He is fed by the staff but usually they “encourage” him to eat alone, holding his hand and bringing the food to his mouth. He drinks liquids with a spoon or with syringe. When served with a cup, he can hold it, but does not bring it to his mouth. He is usually biting the feeding/nursing-bottle. Otherwise, he eats/finishes everything, even very often when he is done with his food, he snivels.
Boy, born 2010
UPDATE from 2014: Prince lives with a foster family, and is currently available for adoption. He has been diagnosed with DS and a heart murmur. The left side of his body is weaker then right and limbs on left side are less movable.
His speech is delayed.
Families interested in adopting special needs children from EE-5 should submit a letter of introduction to the Central Authority through the adoption agency in order to request more information on the available children. The Ministry has agreed to send additional information and a photo of any child the family wishes to adopt. The agency will help each family to prepare the letter and will forward it to EE-5. The Agency’s representative will translate and submit the letter of introduction to the Ministry. As soon as the Ministry responds, the Agency will forward the information on the child to the family. We welcome the opportunity to help you find the child the Lord has prepared for your family.
Boy, born 2012
Down Syndrome, crossed eyes, cryptorchism
updated pics 9/15!!
He is a DOLL!!! He is a favorite in the orphanage and loves to giggle!
Boy, 7 years old
Prematurely born with low birth weight; Infantile cerebral palsy – spastic quadric paresis; ROP (Retinopathy of the prematurely born) with detachment of the retina in both eyes – second type, final stage; Amaurosis; Delays in the physical and neuro-psychical development.
UPDATE from a family who met him in 2016: I spent a week with Kraig at the children’s home. He is very well cared for and loved by the Nannies, but they are so limited in respect for knowing how to care for a blind child and being able to provide what he needs. He cannot play with most of the toys because he cannot see them. He is walking VERY well. He has a very hard time when the room gets loud and he does self soothe by putting his hands on his ears and rocking. I believe with a good school/program he would learn how to live daily life as a blind person and be fully functional. He really wants to be loved. He would even let me put my hand on his head or rub his back. He would be a real Mama’s Boy! I would love to help find him a family and I will commit to helping that family fundraise as much as I possibly can.
Kraig needs a family! His most recent update shows he is doing worse than previously; he has started some auto-aggressive behaviors and autistic traits – which is not a surprise since he’s blind and doesn’t have a lot of stimulation and attention in his environment.
Kraig doesn’t talk but understands the speech of the adults, reacts to his name but not always, and pronounces accidental combinations of sounds. He doesn’t use non-verbal means or gestures to communicate. He likes to cuddle in familiar adults.
He laughs loud when teased and expresses positive emotions to interactions with familiar adults. When he is anxious, he exhibits auto-aggression. He cries form strangers. Sometimes he lives in his own world, does stereotypical movements (rocks), and refuses to carry out instructions. He becomes very restless in a noisy environment, when the tone of the voice is raised or at loud sounds (hi puts his hands on his ears). He has difficulties accepting new things.
Kraig tolerates close contact with familiar adults but doesn’t interact with his peers due to his vision. He walks with support and around unmoving support. He makes independently several steps but is afraid. He moves comparatively calmly in a familiar environment. He is terrified by the walks in the yard. He has good appetite and eats well but doesn’t gain weight well.
Kraig plays with musical toys. He likes to listen to music and songs. He claps his hands and is happy then. He prefers familiar toys and children’s songs. He has difficulties accepting new games and needs time to get used to them. He holds objects in his hands. He can play for a long time with appropriate musical toys – hits a drum and tambourine and waves with rattles.
Updated photos from Sept 2015 — the agency has videos available, too.
Boy, born 2009
Updated pictures 8/15
Pervasive developmental disorders, Hypertrophy of adenoids, Cardiomyopathy, unspecified, Complicated cataract, Myopia
He has little sight, but he is a very friendly and happy boy!
Susie was born prematurely at 27 weeks gestation in June 2011. She has been diagnosed with multiple malformations of the brain, including agenesis of the corpus callosum, porencephaly, hydrocephaly, and hematomas. A catheter and shunt have been placed to allow fluids to drain from Susie’s brain. Susie has epilepsy, is blind, has no head control, and has significant developmental delays, but she reacts when someone speaks to her and loves music.
Additional photos and reports are available upon request from the agency. Please note: Married couples are given preference due to child’s court appointed guardian in this case.
Girl, age 7
Blind, retrolental fibroplasia, microphthalmia, amaurosis, nystagmus and converging strabismus; Epilepsy – on treatment with Convulex; Severe mental delay; Delay in the neuro-psychical development.
She has good motion activity. She can walk freely and overcomes different hurdles. She is with very well coordinated movements. She goes up and down stairs alternating her feet. She has good fine motor skills. She has developed skills in her hands and the movements of her fingers are strong. She can manipulate with small objects.
She has difficulties concentrating her attention. Her imagination is not developed. Intellect: Severe delay in her intellectual development. The cognitive processes are being developed now. She is emotionally unstable and with frequent changes in her moods. She is inclined to aggression and auto-aggression. She exhibits aggression towards the children around her without a reason. She calms down when she washes her hands or is showered by an adult.
The speech is underdeveloped – she pronounces several words/syllables. She imitates speech by using repetitive syllables and short words. This is her way of interaction with children and adults. The child partially understands what is told to her and orientates by the voice and the sounds. When an adult gives her instructions, she would carry them out if they are simple – she gives her hand for “hello”, waves “bye” and comes closer if called. She laughs if praised.
Sometimes she becomes irritable in the presence of strangers. She rarely interacts with other children. She doesn’t initiate contacts with them and sometimes is aggressive with them. She establishes contacts with the staff and when they ask her something, she understands. She doesn’t have preferences for specific members of the team.
She doesn’t have desire to participate in group games. She doesn’t show interest in toys. She is very musical, loves to listen to children’s music and very correctly hums melodies. She doesn’t attend school. Specialists work with her by sound and tactile stimulation – through touching hoarse and soft surfaces and fitting in figures by touch and with help. She doesn’t know the colors and doesn’t have orientation for “small” and “large”.
The girl is oriented and adapted to the familiar environment by touching with hands and feet. She has difficulties falling asleep but has a calm sleep. She doesn’t have preferences for specific foods. She undresses and takes her shoes off independently. She drinks form a cup on her own. She eats with a spoon given to her by an adult. She can eat solid foods on her own. She can go down a slide on her own.
Because we only have this child’s file for a short time, she will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for her.
Boy, born March 2011
repaired meningomyelocele, possible mild scoliosis
Jamieson is a bright, smiley four year old boy who is considered very bright and a favorite of the nannies in his orphanage. He came into care as an infant and was diagnosed with a myelomeningocele (a birth defect in which a portion of the spinal cord and its covering, the meninges, protrudes from the back) and myelosyringosis (cavities in the spinal column). At one year of age he had a successful surgery to repair his spinal cord defects. He was walking even before his surgery and continues to be an energetic, active boy fond of games and playing with toys. He can talk, run, jump, feed and dress himself, and often volunteers to help with chores. Jamieson sleeps well, has a great appetite, and is fully potty trained. At his last update he was almost 40 inches and weighed 35 pounds. Although his file states that he had delayed mental development, the orphanage explains that this was due to language delay when he didn’t respond to the doctor examining him. Jamieson no longer carries this diagnosis and the nannies say he is on target for his age and is normal in his development. This sweet boy is ready for a forever family to make him their own!
Boy, born June 2007
Porter is 8 years old and deaf, but has no other health issues. He was abandoned when he was 4 years old. He lives in a foster family, where he is a good helper and playmate to his foster siblings. He is described as kind, sensible, and clever and everyone likes him. He attends kindergarten in the orphanage. His foster mother has taught him writing and drawing, and he can write his name and draw pictures. Porter takes care of himself (feeding, washing, dressing) and likes to help his foster mom with chores. He loves to learn and wants to do homework like his foster brothers do. He feels proud when he earns a “thumbs up.”
Boy, born April 2010
Hyde, age 5, is an energetic little boy. Harry was born with a meningocele and was abandoned as a newborn baby. He has since had surgery and is doing well, although he does not yet have bowel or bladder control. He has a significant scar on his back that US doctors may be able to improve.
We visited Hyde in his orphanage in late June. What a cutie! He was happy to recite two poems for us and enjoyed playing with our iPad. Hyde attends kindergarten in the orphanage and has normal intelligence.
Boy, born January 2003
post op. anal atresia and post op. genital malformations
Listed: April 8, 2014
Galan is already 13 years old. He was born with anal atresia and a genital deformity (hypospadias), and was abandoned when he was only 4 months old. He had several surgeries in 2005 and is now in good health. He has good bowel control, and moderate control of urination but he does not need to wear diapers.
Galan is a clever and intelligent boy, who gets good grades in his 5th grade class. He gets along well with other children. He lives in a foster family with whom he has good relations. When we met him in late June, he was all smiles, especially when playing with our iPad. He counted, demonstrated that he walks and runs without issue, and was friendly and happy to meet us.
It’s not easy to find a home when you’re a 13 year old boy. Maybe you could be the parents that Gavin needs to reach his full potential?
Girl, Born April 2006
Cerebral palsy / TBI
SIGNIFICANT RISK, PLEASE ADOPT ME SOON!! Eugene is really a GIRL! After all this time, we have learned he is a SHE. Dark brown hair and blue-green eyes. She has severe CP, but has recently started walking! Jewell is the victim of parental physical abuse, and suffers from post-traumatic brain injury, which has further complicated her delays and struggles.
Updated medical and pictures 8/2015:
She has after-effects of severe brain injury (brain bones fracture), subarachnoidal influence in the form of irreversable damage, hemiplegia with microcephaly.
Dark brown hair and blue-green eyes. She has severe CP, but has recently started walking!
Jewell is the victim of parental physical abuse, and suffers from post-traumatic brain injury, which has further complicated her delays and struggles.
She does have a sister with mild delays whom she can be adopted with or by herself
Boy, born November 2000
Down syndrome, neurodystrophy, psychological and motor development disorder, alalia
Listed: October 21, 2012
From a volunteer who visited with him in July 2014: ” Duane is a wonderful boy, but he doesn’t get the attention he deserves. It is getting harder to interact with him. He responds less and less when you try to interact with him. Even when you are interacting with him, he loses interest and he will lay on the floor again.
He is best friends with Isolde, but she has been put in a different group now. Nobody ever puts them together, so that’s what we did this summer. The nurses first wouldn’t let us, but we explained that they are best friends and then it was okay. They hugged for minutes, until he was getting weaker (his legs aren’t really strong) and he lay down on the floor again. Isolde tried to get him to hug some more or to play a game through the bars from the playpen, but he didn’t react anymore. I’m afraid that next year he’ll be worse again. He needs to get out. Duane has some language, but is mainly non-verbal. He shows no aggressive behaviors, but as said, he is getting weaker, he is showing less and less behaviors at all. Someone needs to go and get him out of there.”
From someone who met Duane in 2012: Sweet little Duane is the huggiest boy I’ve ever met! He is a determined, strong willed little guy and is up walking and chasing after balls despite some mild CP on his left side that causes his left knee to extend backwards in a painful looking manner. He has an amazing laugh, though it is sometimes a mischievous laugh. He sometimes feels the need to push boundaries, such as throwing balls at the other children, but he is a boy with a lot of love to give, both to the adults and the other kids in his group. He also sometimes gives massages. I feel he would especially thrive in a house where he is the youngest, or at least the smallest child in the home.
Significant features of FAS, shared as a cautionary disclosure for families considering his needs.
Elinor, Devora, Julia, Sullivan, Artemur, Duane, Abner and Irina may all be in the same region.
Boy, born January 2002
DS, atrial septal defect, polydactyly of the left hand
Listed: December 19, 2012
From a volunteer who met him in November 2014: “Artemur really needs to get out. Artemur is probably the strongest and one of the biggest children in his group, eventhough he’s only the size of a preschooler. The nurse who knew how to handle this group, an Artemur, isn’t there anymore. Artemurs behavior has gone worse. He bullies other children and he hits them. He doesn’t listen when nurses try to correct him. But as soon as he gets the positive attention of an adult he totally changes, he starts smiling and behaving very sweet. He is desperate for love and attention. They allowed us to take him (and some other stronger children) for a walk and that makes him so excited. He runs around and he want to explore everything there is to see. It’s a very eager boy. He just needs someone to teach him how to interact with other children. I think he would do best in a family with no younger (or at least smaller) children. Artemur is potty trained. When the nurses ask him to help bring the toys inside or push a wheel chair he will help. He knows how to react on verbal instructions. He has some language, but his language isn’t very clear. I have never seen him communicate about his needs with the nurses.”
Artemur is a handsome boy who has already been waiting far too long for a family of his own!
Large families welcome, multiple children may be adopted together from the same orphanage. Elinor, Devora, Isolde, Julia, Sullivan, Artemur, Duane, Abner and Irina may all be in the same region.
From someone who met Artemur in 2012: Artemur is a ladies man 😉 He loves to greet visitors with a formal “Hello”, a chair for the visitor to sit on, and for the ladies he’ll kiss their hands and sometimes request a kiss by pointing to his cheek. He has ten toes and ten fingers, and appears healthy. He is one of the two highest functioning boys in his group and is a big helper. He is quite verbal, and he has good self-care skills, he is able to feed himself and ask to use the restroom. He likes to play with etch a sketches, toy phones, and bubbles. Artemur would probably do better in a family environment where he can be the youngest in the family.
Boy, age 2
Condition after a brain hemorrhage. Cyst in the left cerebral hemisphere. Microcephaly. Spastic quadriparesis.
Cryptorchidism. Anemic syndrome. Behind in his neuro-psychical development.
When put on his belly or held, he keeps his head up. He slightly turns to one side but doesn’t turn independently from back to stomach and vice versa. He doesn’t try to sit up and doesn’t get up to a standing position. He doesn’t have good support in his legs. He starts after loud sound but doesn’t turn his head to the direction of the sound. He listens to the speech of adults. He doesn’t look at an adult leaning over him. He doesn’t follow with a look moving objects or people. He reacts to touch. He is calm and doesn’t cry without reason. He reacts positively to interactions and laughs loud.
Photos and videos from June 2015 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.
Boy, born 2005
Listed: January 17, 2013
Justin does not always go to school because of blood transfusions. He is behind in each aspect compared to other children. Now he can go up and down stairs, can jump off the ground, can draw lines with holding pen, can draw circle, likes painting; knows “big and small”, “inside and outside”, “more and less” and “left and right”; recognize color of “red, yellow, blue, green, white and black”. He can count from 1 to 10, but does not know number because of not receiving regular education.
His general language ability – he is talkative and can communicate simply, like telling you where he goes but not clearly. At the aspect of self-management, he can eat alone, can go to the toilet, can put on and off the clothes and socks. He also is a good helper, likes helping the caretaker do things like fetching things, helping the younger children.
Boy, born July 2008
Zach is an adorable boy diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy. His limb, intelligence, and language development is delayed compared to peers.
Zach had some new medical testing done and the results indicate that it may be likely that he has Progressive Muscular Dystrophy and not Cerebral Palsy. A family should be prepared for that probable diagnosis.
From Zach’s host family (hosted December 2014)
Zach is a lovely 6-year-old boy and an absolute delight. He has a joyful and cheerful disposition, a sweet spirit, and an infectious smile. He is smart and resourceful in his interactions and playing. He enjoys playing with cars, dolls and animals, flying helicopters, and almost any mechanical objects. He enjoys playing pretend games, like pulling pretend luggage around the house and pretending to cook and serve us with play food, plates, cups, saucers, etc. He loves music and often sings as he goes about his day, and he’s been enjoying learning to play his new harmonica. He interacts well with other children: in our case with our 7- and 8-year-old daughters. He also has a good memory and surprised us by quickly learning things like where all of our dishes go and where we turn to get to our house. He has adapted so well to life in a family, and loves the bedtime rituals of bathing, brushing teeth, getting into his pajamas, and reading; but he also has an endearing habit of making sure the proper lights are turned off, doors are locked where they need to be, etc. He clearly is proud to show he can take on big-kid responsibilities. Zach has to work harder than most children to climb up steps and to get himself up off the floor. But he does navigate steps well, though he needs a boost at times getting into vans or other high places. In December, he was still able to walk normally, except that he has to be more careful than other kids in negotiating uneven surfaces, and steps. He doesn’t let this slow him down or limit his activities. On playgrounds, even with many unfamiliar children, he is not inhibited about climbing the equipment and riding down slides. He accepts help sometimes from us or from our children; other times he wants to show that he can do things alone even if it is harder for him. Zach can sometimes act like a much younger boy. He has a strong stubborn streak, which will sometimes manifest itself in a tantrum. Those tantrums did lessen over the weeks, however. He also enjoys being held, cuddled, and paid attention to and will come and say “Mama bao bao” when he wants to be picked up and carried. As our 7-year-old (without prompting from us) wrote in her journal, “Zach is the best boy I have ever met. He is cheerful and happy.” The medical evaluations we were able to do point to significant medical challenges ahead for Zach, and he will need a loving family to support him through those and ensure that he has the best care possible. Zach loves being a part of a family and will be a blessing and joy for whomever is lucky enough to adopt him.
Girl, born July 2006
Sensitive special need
Listed: April 13, 2015
Fiona is diagnosed as having a disorder of sex development (DSD). Her social sex is listed as female. Her file is very outdated and the agency has requested an update. Unfortunately, her orphanage does not seem very cooperative. They just said other than her listed special need, she is just like any other child. Fiona is potty trained. Fiona’s file states that she has been living in foster care and that she is active and energetic. It also notes that she communicates fluently.
Update 6/2015: Fiona’s hobbies include calligraphy, rope jumping, and roller-skating. She is active, outgoing, straight forward, cute, and has a quick response. She likes studying and obeys the school rules. She is good at concentrating on studying and finishes her school work on time. She actively takes part in school activities. They’ve described her as a healthy girl.
Girl, born April 2009
Tallulah is adorable, spunky, and about as sweet as she can be! She has been in care since she was about 5 months old. Tallulah has Down syndrome; her medical mentions a CHD that has been “cured”, but there is no other report of it, and they never mention it again.
Tallulah is incredibly flexible…a gymnastics instructor will love her! She is cheerful, loves to play (outside is her favorite place to be), and hide-and-seek is her favorite game. They report she has an adventurous spirit! Her report is over a year old…but we know she has only become sweeter, and more adorable! Tallulah needs a family to love her and be with her on all her adventures!
The agency has a video available.
Update May 2015: She is potty trained and can take care of herself. She speaks two or three words phrases now. But she understands everything. She understands what others are talking about and she can follow instructions.
She is attending special education preschool in the orphanage. In the special education class, she learns life common sense and children songs, poems, counting, drawing, etc. Her motor skills are as good as healthy children. She is flexible, active and lovely. She likes to dance. She always dance with television when there is a dance show. Her body is very flexible. She can run and jump. She is extroverted, she’s happy most of time. She’s been living group life here in the orphanage always. She gets along well with other children and caretakers. Although her language is not so good, she understands others well.
She likes to build blocks and play with beautiful Barbie dolls. She also likes to dress up beautiful dress or outfits. There is another Down Syndrome child in the pictures (Bruno). They came to the orphanage about the same time and have grown up together. They are very close. They both are extroverted, active and cute!
From a family who met Cody spring 2014: we were able to spend a good amount of time with him. He was delightful! He loved holding our hands when we went for walks outside, and he loved playing ball with my husband. He seemed healthy, smart, well-behaved, and kind to the other kids. We often saw him acting kind of like a big brother, helping some of the others with things like zipping their jackets. I think he would do great in a family with other kids. We were sad to say goodbye to him, and he asked us when his mom and dad were coming.
Cody: Mild mental delay, Atrial septal defect, HIV disease resulting in encephalopathy, Hypertrophy of tonsils
They must be adopted together. She is in a different orphanage because of her age, but in the same region, pretty close to each other. It will be the same court for both children.
He changed 3 orphanages already and this summer he will be transferred again because of his school age; he is scheduled to be transferred before school starts in September. Where is he going is NOT good! He needs OUT!! He is a very good and friendly boy and needs a family asap!
updated medical 5/15: added cardiomyopathy and atopic dermatitis
What a pretty smile Lucie has! She could do so well with a family. Lucie has recently been transferred to the adult institution. We must find a family for her!
Age: 3 years
Special needs: blind (due to congenital eye anomalies) and has congenital anomalies syndrome mainly affecting the facial area, agenesis of the corpus callosum, colpocephaly and delayed motor development.
Listed May 11, 2015
She rejoices when interacting with adults; produces syllables by imitation and uses a couple of words; plays with toys for a long time; laughs when jested; differentiates between the tones of voice; feels comfortable in both children’s and adults’ company.
Harmony rejoices when interacting with adults; produces syllables by imitation and also uses a couple of words; plays with toys for a long time; laughs when jested; smiles when caressed; differentiates between different tones of voice; feels comfortable both in children’s and adults’ company.
Harmony is fed with a spoon by an adult. She drinks from a cup with an adult’s help. She needs constant supervision and assistance due to her blindness. If the child is raised in a stimulating family environment, this would give her the opportunity to develop further her potential for psychological and physical development.
Because we only have this child’s file for a short time, she will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for her.
Boy, born November 2013
Down syndrome and strabismus
This precious peanut is Tadd! Tadd has Down syndrome and he may need glasses once home due to having strabismus or a lazy eye. He cannot talk, but he can makes sounds. He is very happy when listening to and dancing to music. He understands the caretaker’s words, such as “good boy” and “so cute” and he can smile at the caretaker when hearing such words. Tadd has a ready smile and is an energetic and active baby. He wants to be the first to eat- if the caretaker feeds others first, he will cry loudly. Tadd likes to imitate and will sometimes imitate a singing and dancing show on TV. He cannot walk independently yet, but he can walk around his a walker. He likes to play with the other children and with all kinds of toys. Sometimes he will sit quietly and watch the caretaker, but his favorite thing to do is to play peek-a-boo with the caretakers. His caretakers all like him very much!
5/18/2015 update: Tadd cannot talk yet. He is a happy child. When the nanny takes him for a bath or plays with him, he smiles a lot. Tadd can stand up by holding the crib rail. He can crawl to catch toys. He can move around in the walker. When eating, Tadd will move to the nanny for food in a walker.
Reese was born in April 2007 and has an infectious smile and piercing blue eyes. Reese has been diagnosed with strabismus, Spina bifida and hydrocephaly, receiving a shunt shortly after birth.
He is able to crawl with assistance, but cannot sit up without support. He receives physical and occupational therapy which has improved his head control. He enjoys books, blocks and singing songs. He is able to feed himself finger foods, such as bread and cookies. His caretakers say he is extremely smart and has an extensive vocabulary for his age. Currently he is completely immobile, but would really like to use a wheelchair like many of his friends. Any family interested in Reese will need to be prepared for obstacles that may come with his diagnoses.
From a family who met him in December 2015: He is often very quiet and observant, very content to sit back and watch the action. He knows the words to many songs and recited prayers and seems to understand everything that is said to him, often replying appropriately. Reese is quite a handsome boy and could do so well in a family!
From a family who met him in March 2015: Reese is such a joy! He just laughs and laughs and loves to be a part of the other children’s laughter and joy. He even waved at me and blew me a kiss. Reese is verbal, I heard him speaking some English as well as in his native tongue. I was told that he will often start prayers and has them memorized. Reese would thrive in a family that could provide him with the therapies and love that he deserves. He really is a bright boy, but his physical limitations hold him back.
From a family who met him in 2014 and again in May 2015: Reese looked so much better this time! He remembered us and we hadn’t been there in several months. He was more interactive and his assisted sitting position seemed improved. He does great on his stomach and can raise his upper body and head. Reese sings songs with everyone and knows the words. He speaks in his native language, but can copy English words. With therapy and more medical care and a family, I think he would progress at a fast rate. His physical disabilities are out of his control, but he chooses to be kind, funny, loves to laugh, loves to be held and touched.
Married couples are given preference due to child’s court appointed guardian in this case.
Girl, born 2010
disorder of the brain, unspecified; mild intellectual disabilities; strabismus; Osteochondrodysplasia with defects of growth of tubular bones and spine; Moderate protein-calorie malnutrition
Boy, born June 2010
Microcephaly, spastic tetraparesis, epileptic syndrome with frequent seizures, chronic subdural hematoma
This sweet little tyke needs a family to love an care for him — he’s said to have frequent seizures, so a neurologist should be overseeing his care and medications.
Boy, born 2014
Brain affection of unspecified etiology, congenital multiple arthrogryposis, Jarcho-Levin syndrome, Freeman-Sheldon syndrome
Boy, Born August 2001
Down Syndrome, Inborn cardiac malformation – persisting arterial channel, Lung hypertonia, Severe lagging behind in his development.
Listed: June 23, 2010
UPDATE MAY 2015: Marlowe was born in 2001. At the birth the child was with atresia of the esophagus and tracheoesophageal fistula due to which a surgery was performed on the third day after the birth. There was clinical data for Down Syndrome. Congenital cardiac malformation – persistent arterial canal and pulmonary hypertension. Persistent ductus arteriosus; Eisenmenger Syndrome. Infantile cerebral palsy – spastic quadric paresis, moderately expressed; Hypotrophy; Hypothyroidism; Cryptorchidism; Severe mental delay.
Marlowe walks with the help of an adult and makes several steps on his own. His physical development doesn’t correspond to his age. He doesn’t speak. Marlowe would hold a toy given to him for a short time; he demonstrates interest in the objects and studies them; he makes eye contact and follows an adult if he is appropriately stimulated. He would look at his reflection in the mirror for a long time and makes attempts to touch it. He is entirely served by an adult. He eats mashed food and is fed by an adult. He is a student in the special education school.
He is calm and doesn’t demonstrate aggression or auto-aggression. He clearly expresses when he’s happy. The child doesn’t speak but he reacts when called by his name. He pronounces some combinations of sounds and irrational syllables. He wouldn’t play with peers and prefers the company of adults. The child demonstrates initiative for interaction with adults and children.
Boy, born September 2010
spina bifida (congenital malformation of the central nervous system, spina bifida of lower thoracic spine and upper lumbar spine)
lower paraplegia, pelvic organs dysfunction, hydrocephalus
Boy, born October 2013
Update April 2015:
Birth trauma after-effects, tetraparesis, epileptic syndrome
Such a sweet, squishy little guy! His head is completely flat on the back.
Boy, born February 2008
Bert has cerebral palsy; we don’t have any specific information
Bert’s younger brother, Ernie, has been adopted domestically.
*** Bert needs a family to commit ASAP! They are ready to move him to the institution unless someone commits now. It will be a disaster for him after this very good orphanage he is in now, especially that he is making a good progress!***
Twin boys, born August 2010
Updated pictures and medical info April 2015
Cerebral palsy. taking anticonvulsant therapy
cerebral palsy, focal symptomatic epilepsy, Paraplegia (paraparesis) and quadriplegia (quadriparesis), taking anticonvulsant therapy
Please help us find them a family, where they can grow up together and reach their full potential!
From someone who met them in 2013:
(Brother 1) He is in with a much younger groupa. He goes outside twice daily when it is nice, and this orphanage does physical therapy five times a week. He makes eye contact, but is in his own little world until you talk directly to him. He appears kind of zoned out, and then I said his name and stroked his cheek and his whole body came to life, just longing to be touched and tickled. He arched his back and smiled, but I wasn’t allowed to pick him up. He has grown too long for his stroller. I put a velcro wrist rattle on him and he purposefully moved his left arm to interact with it immediately. He is well nourished there, but he will really need a mama’s touch to help him grow. His teeth look like they are in great shape. He uses his arms, but I did not see him move his legs, though he was certainly wiggling from one side to the other and is a kid who would really like to be on the move! He is not in the same groupa as his brother. Kids are generally grouped by what they are eating, and his brother was in the groupa for kids doing formula and purees. I think he may be on only formula still. It was so hard to leave him behind!
(Brother 2) Several days later, I saw who I thought was the same child in a different stroller, but the nannies corrected me when I called him by his brothers name, slowly communicating that this was his twin brother. They look SO much alike! The first day I saw him, he was badly in need of a diaper change and I showed the nannies. He was laying flat on his back in the outdoor playpen, and when I came back to return my daughter to the groupa, he was still there an hour later, unchanged in diaper and position. The next day I saw him, though, one of the sweet nannies was playing music on her ipod, and he was laying close to her in a stroller. Although he didn’t interact with the music, he was very quick to respond to my voice. The second I stopped talking, he stopped smiling and zoned out again. But, he was so responsive to touch and baby talk! He pushed his body around in the stroller with his legs AND arms, and had a lot of good neck strength. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he is only being limited by the assumptions of his diagnosis. As we left our daughter’s groupa for the last time, we saw him being lovingly carried down to his physical therapy appointment. I think it was a sign of good things to come for these boys!
Neither boy is using meaningful speech, though both babble. Videos available. Wonderful region to adopt from, especially if one parent needs to stay alone for a time.
Girl, born Feb 2011
Down syndrome, Cleft Palate, bilateral ear deformity, growth delays, developmental delay
Tesia has a diagnosis of Down Syndrome, but a prospective family needs to be open to the possibility of a different medical diagnosis as Tesia exhibits many characteristics of children who have been diagnosed with Treacher Collins, although TC is not mentioned specifically in her record. Tesia was found abandoned at around 10 days old. She is a timid, shy and quiet little girl who likes to play with toys especially balls, sand and slides. Tesia is able to walk and is reported to be toilet trained. She can search for the source of a sound and can make sounds on her own, but did not use words as of the report date. Tesia likes to be cuddled and spoken to. She is waiting for a family of her own who can snuggle with her as they tell her “I love you!”
From an April 2015 UPDATE: Tesia can walk, run and go up and down the stairs. She can dress herself and goes to the bathroom on her own. She goes to the special education class in the SWI. She likes to go to school and gets along well with other classmates. As of today, Tesia is very active with quick responses and more speech. However, she speaks in a low voice. She has a strong ability to imitate and follows the teachers to do exercises. After class, she will play on the swings with her favorite friend. She will cry when she is blamed for wrong doings. When she sees the other kids cry, she will comfort them by patting them on the back. Tesia loves to play in the ball pits and on the trampoline. She likes someone to play with her and talk to her.
NEW PIC OF FRANNIE!
From reading 6.5 year old Frannie’s file, it is clear that this girl will do very well in a forever family! And speaking of files, hers is full of information! Frannie likes to play with other children. She also likes to play with dolls, games, and do puzzles. Her favorite foods are apples and eggs and she like to drink milk. She also loves snacks.
At the age of 6, Frannie began going to a special school. She quickly became a favorite. Frannie quickly learned to follow the teachers and learned some sign language. She is learning more gestures, such as one for her name, the numbers 1-10, and a sign for toilet. She has learned to write many numbers and some words. She is an active student in school and she enjoys games and crafts. Frannie won two awards at school- one for “good child prize”, and one for “small pacesetter who helps others prize.” The awards made her very happy and proud. Her overall performance is excellent! Even when she loses a game, she will smile. Frannie needs some help when it comes to fine motor skills, but she is fond of learning and can imitate quite well. She seems to be very interested in gymnastics and can do many tricks. She is flexible and has talent in dancing. Frannie is enthusiastic, outgoing, and fond of learning. All the caretakers in the orphanage love her very much! It is clear that with the love of a forever family and some guidance, this child will make huge gains and will soar!
Samantha (the oldest), on the left: Brown hair and stunning green eyes! Microcephaly, mental retardation, crossed eyes, physically capable, friendly and affectionate girl, will do well in family environment. High likelihood of fetal alcohol syndrome.
Kristina, on the right: cognitively delayed, physically capable, helpful, friendly, likes to play, good girl.
The girls are currently NOT in the same orphanage, but are in the same region and we could love for them to be adopted together.
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Boy, Born February 2003
Listed: September 22, 2013
Jake was born in February 2003 with Down syndrome. He is a happy young man who loves animals and can talk about them for hours, especially about cats. Jake can understand English and loves music and to sing! Songs that have hand motions are his very favorite. He enjoys puzzles, books and Legos! Please give Jake a chance!
Updated April 2014: Jake is an active, happy boy who attends school, likes to play games, and enjoys singing and dancing. Jake has well-developed self-help skills. He eats and drinks as well as dresses and undresses independently. Jake knows how to wash his hands and face, brush his teeth, and make his bed without assistance. Jake is also potty-trained. Jake speaks in short sentences and has a large vocabulary. He was exposed to the English language for the first several years of his life and can understand it. He tells stories, counts, and recognizes 27 letters. Jake understands simple rules and follows them. He would thrive in a loving family.
From a family who met him in 2015: Jake is such a nice boy. He will greet you happily with a handshake. Jake understands and speaks English as well as his native tongue. The caregivers and other residents at his home speak English, so he has a very good understanding of it. Jake is a very capable and independent boy. He would thrive in a family of his own. MARRIED COUPLES ONLY.
Down syndrome, CHD (repaired)
Listed: September 22, 2013
This energy filled and vibrant little girl was born with Down syndrome in August of 2003 and is ready for an active family with lots of structure. She can understand and speak two languages, including English. She had surgery to repair a heart defect in 2003, but has required no additional treatment. Annalise is beaming with sunshine and loves cell phones and cameras, like all curious little girls! She loves to be the center of attention and is very smart!
Updated April 2014:
Annalise is an active, friendly girl who speaks clearly with an extensive vocabulary. She uses short sentences and understands two languages, one of them English. Annalise walks independently, including up and down stairs.
Annalise has great self-help skills. She eats and drinks as well as dresses and undresses without assistance. She can wash her hands and brush her teeth on her own.
Annalise attends school where she has learned to count, recognize 25 letters, cut with scissors and paint. She can re-tell a short story and participates in simple games. Annalise likes to listen to music and dances very well. She would thrive in a loving family.
From a family who met her in March 2015: Annalise is a beautiful young lady with long brown hair and the most adorable freckles. She is very sweet, but also quite independent. She came right up to me and sat on my lap. She speaks some English and is very verbal in her native tongue. The caregivers and other residents at her home speak English, so she has a good understanding of it. Annalise is adored by the other residents and caregivers in her home.
MARRIED COUPLES ONLY.
Boy, born July 2007
Convergent squint (operated), slight mental delay, fetal alcohol syndrome, epileptic reaction (affective-respiratory seizures), nanism of somatogenic genesis, poor speech
November 2015: *** Emery facing imminent transfer. He urgently needs a family! ***
Info from a family that met him 10/15:
He has a lot of energy, but he listens well to the nannies. They often reminded him to behave in passing – though it was more of a reminder that they were watching than because he was acting up. He interacts well with other children though he did not engage me (adult) very much. He is delayed, but has potential in a family. Super cute. He needs a family, there is so much hope and potential for him that he will not get in an orphanage. He would do well with older children to set an example.
Boy, Born May 2007
From his medical records: symptomatic epilepsy G40.1 Other disorders of psychological development. F88.0; Tuberous sclerosis. Q85.1 Other ill-defined heart diseases. I51.8 Iron deficiency anaemia, unspecified D50.9 Hypermetropia H52.0 Convergent concomitant strabismus H50.0 Cytomegaloviral disease, unspecified. B25.9
Emerson is growing up so fast! He is so tall now! He is a sweet, blonde haired, blue eyed boy waiting for his forever family. He is quite self sufficient and a happy child.
MORE PHOTOS AVAILABLE
Boy, Born May 2007
HIV+, FAS, heart defect, vision issues (blind in one eye), moderate mental delay
Kristopher finally available again!! Kristopher is a handsome young man with blonde hair and brown eyes. He is very active and is said to be always happy, but he is quite delayed. Kristopher has significant vision issues, which may or may not be correctable. He shows many facial and medical features of FAS.
From a family who met him in early 2014: Kristopher is such a sweet boy, and I think he would have so much potential in a loving home! He is very small for his age; he was 6, but looked like about 4 years old. He was definitely more mentally delayed than the other boys in his group, but he could answer questions appropriately, followed directions, could eat by himself and get dressed to go outside with little help. One time we played a game like ring-around-the-rosy, and he knew the words to the song and how to play along. He loved when my husband lifted him up high in the air. His eyesight is poor, and they said he is blind in one eye. He had trouble doing a puzzle, but we weren’t sure if it was a cognitive issue, or because he couldn’t see the pieces well. They told us he has some sort of heart condition, which might require surgery. We did see him showing rocking behavior at times. He got along well with the other kids, although he often played by himself, probably because of cognitive differences. He is so precious and really needs a family!
From a family who met him in October 2012: Kristopher is a super-sweet boy who is 5 but looks 2 and is happy ALL the time. He needs to live near a large medical facility, have heart surgery (unless it’s too late), and probably needs a small family that can commit to pretty full care for him. He is darling!
From a family who met him in spring 2014: Kristopher is such a sweet boy, and I think he would have so much potential in a loving home! He is very small for his age; he was 6, but looked like about 4 years old. He was definitely more mentally delayed than the other boys in his group, but he could answer questions appropriately, followed directions, could eat by himself and get dressed to go outside with little help. One time we played a game like ring-around-the-rosy, and he knew the words to the song and how to play along. He loved when my husband lifted him up high in the air. His eyesight is poor, and they said he is blind in one eye. He had trouble doing a puzzle, but we weren’t sure if it was a cognitive issue, or because he couldn’t see the pieces well. They told us he has some sort of heart condition, which might require surgery. We did see him showing rocking behavior at times. He got along well with the other kids, although he often played by himself, probably because of cognitive differences. He is so precious and really needs a family!
Additional photos available.
Listed: October 9, 2011
Andrue was raised by his birth family until he was 9 months old. At that time, he was hospitalized for genetic testing and when the diagnosis of Down syndrome was confirmed, he was left at the hospital. He was then transferred to an orphanage and later on, to an institution for children with mental disabilities, which is his current home. He walks, climbs and catches a ball. He likes to play with stuffed animals and has one favorite stuffed animal that he carries around with him. He reacts to his name and follows simple directions. He pronounces some syllables and attempts to communicate, but his speech is not yet developed. He smiles when spoken to and enjoys cuddling with familiar adults.
Girl, born August 2009
Love the grin on this little love!
Jessica has congenital brain malformation. She has a heart defect: stenosis of the pulmonary artery, and an atrial septal defect.
She has vision issues (listed as optic atrophy and also nystagmus). She is listed as anemic and malnourished.
Families should be aware that her medical history says FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome), as well.
MORE PHOTOS AVAILABLE. Married couples only, travel required, larger families ok.
Paul has seizures, which have decreased since March 2014 when he started on a new seizure medication. He’s delayed in all aspects of his development as a result of the years of medical complications. He’s recently started learning to eat from a spoon. He has physical therapy every day and also spends 1:1 time with an individual caregiver each day.
Boy, born January 2007
Down syndrome, otherwise reported to be healthy
What a handsome young fella! I adore how he’s standing with his hands in his pockets. This is a great program with a wonderful agency partner. Hope you will consider Vaughn as your son!
The last report from December 2014 states that his overall health is good. He has gained some weight. Still lives in a foster home where he has activities to help him with his skills and development, he is in the first grade at a school for special needs children. He loves to watch the TV program “Dora la exploradora” and playing with lego games. He likes to help around the house.
Good general condition, hydrocephalus with a shunt installed, spina bifida aperta, lower limb paraplegia, congenital anomaly of the excretory system – agenesis of the left kidney, hypotonic right ureter, osteogenesis imperfecta (which has not been genetically proven), convergent strabismus, logorrhoea, delayed neuropsychological development.
Todd can sit independently. He talks and easily carries on conversations with adults. His intellectual development is right at the “normal” level on testing. He has a caregiver that works 1:1 with him daily.
Families who have visited the orphanage where he lives report that he is a very smart and friendly little boy. He is able to carry on a conversation and answer questions appropriately and plays hand held video games.
Todd recently turned 9 years old. He engages in symbolic and role play, which includes the activities and roles typical for his environment (how a doctor’s visitation goes; how one gets medical supplies; how one organizes a birthday party; what happens during the lesson with the resource teacher). He knows the staff members. He takes the initiative in meeting new people. Todd eats independently. He eats common food. He chooses his clothes depending on the season and the temperature in the building. Todd leads a dialogue and asks a lot of questions.He loves telling stories and improvising depending on the specific interests of the person he is communicating with.
Additional photos and videos are available.
Boy, born June 2009
Down syndrome, enlarged tonsils
Bruno is active and positive, has a ready smile, he is very lovely, he is favored. Since he can walk, he may play with his peers, and he will find staff on his own initiative. Ordinary, he likes cuddle balls and play, roll over the ball on the ground, then he will throw it away, he may pick up again. Sometime he will play and entertain himself for a whole day. He can pronounce simple sounds, he can use gestures to say hello and goodbye to others.
Girl, born Feb 2010
Athena is a sweet little girl who has been diagnosed with congenital cleft palate and a slightly dilated ventricular system.
Athena is an active child who likes riding on the wood horse in the institute. She likes playing with toys and rattles and her favorite toy is the toy bee. Athena likes communicating and playing with her caregivers. She likes to crawl and receive hugs too.
Athena is a delicate little one who will be 5 years old in February. She came into care when she was about 5 months old and was found to have a cleft palate (no cleft lip), pneumonia, and lots of insect bites. Athena’s main file is almost 3 years old, although there is a brief update and photos from last September. Athena has some slight dilation of the ventricular system, per her medical. As of 4 months ago, she could crawl, and stand with assistance, but could not stand or walk without help. Her palate has not been repaired, thus her speech is very delayed. Athena is active, and enjoys riding the rocking horse. She has favorite toys, and delights in getting them before the other kids! They do not know the cause of Athena’s motor delays, but we do know she needs a loving family and good medical care. Athena is a very loving little girl, who asks for hugs. Are you her family?
Boy, born Oct 2012
Meet Jackey! This handsome little guy will turn 2 in October. He is described as outgoing and active. Jackey loves snuggling and attention, both of which he welcomes with a smile. According to his caregivers, because he is often smiling, he is lovely and adored It doesn’t get much sweeter than that!
Good general condition; delayed physical and neuro-psychological development; moderate mental delay; congenital anomalies syndrome predominantly affecting the facial area; pectus excavatus-while walking he slightly shuffles and rotates his right foot
Lyndon has good overall gross motor skills development. He seeks help from an adult and constant interaction with the staff members. He has underdeveloped speech, but understands what adults say. He eats independently and tries to wash himself independently; takes his shoes on/off and undresses by himself.
Throws the ball with from below. He sits down and gets up from a swing. Fine motor skills are not well developed. He can hold the other children. Climbs up and down on the yard equipment. The child seeks help from adults andcontinuous contact with the staff. He prefers to play alone. Takes part in mobile and music games. Sings along with melody. Performs two-stage tasks. He understands when an adult is speaking. Indicates known images withoutnaming them. He makes sounds. The child has a poor passive vocabulary. He can scribble on a sheet of paper. Likes to examine books. He puts together two cubes of different color. Not able to play a role. He eats alone and is trying to wash himself alone. He takes off his clothes and shoes by himself. On a verbal signal he puts his shoes on. He doesn’t regulate his physiological needs.
Wylie has a handsome boy who is facing transfer soon. VIDEO: https://youtu.be/XEt-iY-OHtk
From a family who visited him in 2015: He is calm when being walked around but becomes over stimulated easily. He is getting close to being transferred and this will be terrible for him. In the baby house the caregivers have more time to spend with him. In an institution I can see him just being constantly sedated… This handsome little guy needs out now!!!!
From a family who met him in 2014:
Wylie is a sweet boy, and obviously loved by the nannies. They often stooped down to talk to him, and walked hand in hand with him. He walked constantly, clapping his hands and smiling. He exhibited what I would describe as autistic tendencies. I don’t recall ever hearing him speak. One day he wondered out of his groupa (apparently the door wasn’t latched) into the common area we were visiting out son in. My husband took his hand and led him back. He has a special place in our hearts and we pray someone will see him and choose him. I would be glad to talk to anyone interested. He is precious. He’s at a great baby house, that is very pro-adoption, and in a faster region than most.
*** This child has significant facial features of FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome). This is a cautionary disclosure to better prepare our potential adoptive families. Families considering this child should research and be prepared for the challenges that can come with this condition. You can learn more about FAS here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fetal_alcohol_syndrome and post to our Facebook group to ask other adoptive parents about the challenges and blessings of children with FAS. ***
Boy, born December 2007
Cerebral palsy, sickle cell anemia, kerion
Peter is 3 years old and has been at this home for almost 2.5 years. Peter has cerebral palsy. He cannot sit independently, but he can hold his head up in his chair or during tummy time. He has a skin condition called, “kerion,” but this is usually fairly well controlled with special creams and shampoos. He has frequent muscle spasms and is on medication for seizures. In the past several months, we have seen Peter learn to express himself more, and are seeing more of his adorable smile!
From someone who works with him:
Resiliency only begins to describe Peter! This young boy has gone through so much medically, yet still finds the strength to smile through it all. No matter what, rubbing his head will produce a sweet smile of pure contentment and a look of peace in his eyes! Peter certainly has faced more than his share of medical challenges these past months. For quite some time, he was experiencing both scalp and skin issues that were resistant to seemingly all conventional treatments. After a long course of steroids and special mixtures of creams, Peter has finally experienced some relief and his skin is in the process of healing. While he has a history of seizures and is positive for sickle cell, both of those conditions are wonderfully under control with daily medications. Peter enjoys receiving special care and attention and really responds well to being able to attach to certain people he can trust.
Update Jan 2015:
Peter has lived with us for the past several years. He has cerebral palsy and sickle cell anemia. He cannot sit independently, but he can hold his head up in his chair or during tummy time. He has a skin condition called, “kerion,” but this is usually fairly well controlled with special creams and shampoos. He has frequent muscle spasms and is on medication for seizures. In the past several months, we have seen Peter learn to express himself more, and are seeing more of his adorable smile! Peter recently had a g-tube placed and is now getting fed through this. He can also eat soft foods by mouth and these are offered to him regularly. Peter enjoys receiving special care and attention and really responds well to being able to attach to certain people he can trust. His favorite nanny tells us that he calls her, “grandma”.
Boy, born March 2009
Cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus; seizure
Neil has hydrocephalus and has had a shunt placed to relieve the pressure in his head. Neil does have seizures and is on regular medication for these. He is nonverbal, but easily expresses himself through sounds and actions; it is easy to tell if Neil is hungry, happy or in pain. He has received glasses for a slight vision impairment. Neil can hold his head up and roll over. He is also working on sitting independently, which he can do for several seconds if put in a sitting position.
From someone who works with him:
Neil truly is a joy every day to interact with! He captures the essence of innocence with the way he sweetly watches the world around him and smiles in response to conversation. Though he does experience extremely painful headaches due to hydrocephalus, he responds well to simple Tylenol and can get back to enjoying the rest of the day. Neil absolutely loves to be carried around to look at the blue sky and will laugh and giggle as he sees its beauty. Other than the occasional headaches, Neil stays extremely healthy and his seizures are completely under control on Phenobarbitol. He enjoys holding his own bottle and playing around after he is finished waving it around to amuse himself in an adorable fashion. We are in the process of getting Neil a new special chair that will help him better interact with his environment!
Update Jan 2015:
Neil has hydrocephalus and has had a shunt placed to relieve the pressure in his head. Neil does have seizures and is on regular medication for these. He is nonverbal, but easily expresses himself through sounds and actions; it is easy to tell if Neil is hungry, happy or in pain. He has received glasses for a slight vision impairment. Neil can hold his head up and roll over. He can also sit independently. While he does not put himself into a sitting position, he is pretty stable once balanced. He can even sit up and play with a toy at the same time. Neil holds his own bottle or sippy cup to drink and loves to wave it around when he is finished. Neil can roll and scoot all over; he can often be seen making his way towards any open doors so that he can swing them and shut them. He loves to laugh and play and is a joy to care for.
FAS; complex developmental disorder and autism features, CP ataxic form; mixed developmental disorder, low height, hypermetropic astigmatism, functional heart murmur
From a family who met him in 2015: “Zeke is seriously one smart cookie!! He is walking GREAT now and was even jumping from a play mattress to join in the fun. He actually knows a few words in English as well, and I taught him to fist bump (and blow it up, ha ha) when I came in and he remembered it when I left and hour and a half later. I was blown away by his attention to detail in the books we were reading — he will excel academically. He was very attached to the American volunteer who is regularly in his groupa — all of the kids love her and are lucky to have her attention.”
From a family who met him in Summer 2015:
He appears to be of normal size for his age. He He can focus for pretty significant amounts of time if the activity interests him. We are now able to sit and flip through entire books together, taking time to figure out what is going on from the pictures on each page. He has become very good at identifying the characters’ emotions from their facial expressions and makes reasonable guesses as to why they feel how they do.
He is pretty stable when sitting. He’s not falling out of chairs or off of benches or anything. Sure, he falls sometimes when he runs, but the kid is running! He has been walking and running for a few years now; the boy dances!
He might be slightly cognitively delayed for his age, but he is a very quick learner and strikes me as very intelligent. We have as normal of conversations as I imagine are possible with a 6 year old. He has impressed me recently with some clever remarks that are evidence of him thinking quickly and independently, rather than just just parroting what his caretakers say. His emotional control has improved vastly. He just needs a calm presence when frustrated. For example, we were working with buttons the other day, and when he started getting frustrated and saying he couldn’t do it, I just calmly told him that it’s hard, that he’s really close, and that he’s totally capable, and he was able to complete the task.
Although he does still enjoy some solitary games, he’s becoming a lot more social. He always takes me around the yard to introduce me to people and knows everyone by name. He’s a pretty calm, happy guy, especially when there are calm, warm adults to help him get over little obstacles.
December 2014 UPDATE: A U.S. mom had these observations about Zeke: He’s a doll! He’s cheerful, helpful, and very friendly. Every time we entered the room he was the first to greet us (Labas!!). Zeke has a little issue with following directions. I don’t know him well enough to be able to distinguish if it was a willful issue or a cognitive issue. As far as I know he has FAS and possibly very mild CP effecting his legs/ Achilles’ tendon. Zeke is a very likable kiddo!
Update from a volunteer who spent extensive time with him:
I met Zeke in the summer of 2010 while volunteering; in the years that I’ve known him, Zeke has made considerable physical, cognitive and emotional progress, and has become an active, curious, quirky, good-natured, and nurturing young boy. As his physical abilities have improved, he has become much more independent, both dressing and feeding himself. He does, however, need some direction and encouragement with these endeavors. Zeke best completes such tasks when given positive reinforcement and clear sequence of events to follow. For example, if simply given a pile of clothes, he often has trouble focusing his attention. It is more effective to ask him what he needs to do first, second, and third, and to tell him how quick/good he is when he has completed a step in the sequence. If he is feeling unmotivated, it can be helpful to tap into his nurturing side (ex. “Put your socks on! Your feet will get cold and wonder why you didn’t dress them!”) or to incentivize him with tickling—his favorite activity in the world.
In the past year, Zeke has become an avid performer, bravely singing in dancing during musical lessons and performances in the children’s home. Even half a year ago, he would need a bit of coaxing to get up and join the other children in song. During this year’s holiday show, however, when the music teacher asked for volunteers to stand up and perform, Zeke was the first to rise to the challenge. He also really enjoys musical children’s films, often performing the routines from memory during playtime. One of his favorite toys is a little piano with a microphone into which he sings his favorite songs.
Zeke has a few other favorite games, which mostly revolve around caretaking and repetition. For instance, following the examples of the caretakers, he feeds, bathes and swaddles dolls, making sure to lovingly and carefully execute these tasks in the correct order each time; when waiting for the thermometer to show the doll’s temperature, he pets her head, rocking her back and forth. Another current favorite of his is petting me and telling me not to cry in a concerned, soft voice. After establishing that he has comforted me, he gets in his toy car, wishes me all the best, drives around the room, and comes back to take care of me again. Zeke has also grown to love animals, and when given the chance to be with a dog or horse, he always pets them, sweetly telling the animals that they are good and that he loves them.
Zeke is an incredibly nurturing, loving child, and delights in physical affection. He loves to be petted and hugged, and gladly returns the favor. He is very concerned with maintaining good relationships with the adults in his life and is sensitive to admonition. If he is beyond the point of being motivated by positive reinforcement, a serious look and stern voice usually suffice. If he sees that he has accidentally hurt me, he becomes quiet and sad, and seeks reassurance that everything is ok. Zeke is less sensitive with respect to the children around him, as he is possessive of his favorite toys and the other children habitually seek what another has. In the last few months, however, Zeke has made a great deal of progress expressing his emotions and restraining himself when he gets upset. Whereas he would previously go after the child to repossess his toy, I have consistently responded by wrapping an arm around him, telling him that we will all gladly help him if he calmly explains to us what is wrong, and he is now much better at seeking our help and articulating his feelings. When he is agitated, it’s best to take a calm, light-hearted approach to ease the tension; he thinks it’s hilarious when adults copy his little squeals and shenanigans, so he usually laughs if I playfully copy his whining, which gets him out of his rut and allows us to calmly seek a solution.
All in all, Zeke is a joyful, enthusiastic, loving child who responds to physical affection, positive reinforcement, and clearly established expectations. He has a friendly attitude towards new people, and seeks a great deal of hugs from the adults in his life. I have the utmost confidence that with patient, gentle and loving guidance, Zeke will continue to grow into a capable, kind young man who will enrich the lives of those around him. In the five years that I’ve spent with Zeke, he has certainly filled my life with more love than I could have possibly imagined.
Josiah can be very interactive and can comprehend what is being said to him. He also has seizures that are being controlled with medication. He loves when people sing songs with him. Josiah is a very happy and loving boy. He is always full of smiles.
Josiah can hold his head up, and is practicing learning how to sit, although he has not yet mastered this skill on his own. Josiah is very strong and his muscles are often tight; he is receiving therapy to help him relax and control his muscles better. Josiah is nonverbal, but can still express several of his needs very well; he will cry if he wants attention and will happily reward you with a smile when you talk with or sing to him.
From someone who works with him:
We have had the privilege of caring for Josiah for 3 years. He is the oldest child in our care and has been with us longer than any other child. Josiah was abandoned at a nearby hospital when he was 1. Josiah has cerebral palsy and requires special care and attention. He has limited control over his movement and needs support when sitting. For 3 years, our nannies and staff have cared for Josiah, fed him and bathed him. Ask any person who has cared for Josiah though and they will say that they are the one who was blessed.
When you are with Josiah, it is clear that God’s love resides in Josiah. Josiah can’t talk, but he loves to smile and interact with anyone who will talk to him. Josiah cannot sing like most of us, but each day during nanny prayer and singing Josiah joins in with a big smile. Our deep desire is for Josiah to join his forever family through adoption. We have had difficulty finding that family, but we know that God has a plan for Josiah . We also know that where ever he goes, Josiah will be a blessing as his loved ones bless and care for him.
Update Jan 2015:
Boy, born April 2003
Listed: August 26, 2012
Brian is now in Grade 5; he likes arts and drama,he is a good student. He is living in the foster family in the orphanage,he is close to the little brother and little sister in the foster family. He is willing to be adopted by a foreign family.
He hasn’t had any corrective surgery before.
Brian likes reading, drawing and playing game with friends. He is extroverted, easy-going and active. He gets along with other children,and he likes to help the younger ones. He is a very good boy cause stays postive is hard in the orphanage,please help him to have a family.
Brian is outgoing and can express himself well. He says hello when he sees people and can tell the function of regular tools. He can distinguish many and little and can find the mistakes in pictures. He often raises questions and is very curious. He loves singing and performing. He likes to dance to the music and can recite children’s songs. He loves to listen to stories, see pictures and watch cartoons. He enjoys outdoor activities. Brian is good at caring for himself. He can finish his own things independently. He can feed himself, go to bathroom, take on and off clothes, socks and shoes without help. He likes toy cars very much.
UPDATE Jan 2015:
Brian is being hosted in the US this winter! Brian is quite mischievous and needs firm guidance, but the host family is happy with him. He has come out of his shell and is much more outgoing. Brian is becoming more comfortable and confident with his surroundings and is more willing to engage with people. He is engaging with other kids and having fun with them. Brian is independent, mischievous, strong- willed, but also pleasant, funny, and persistent (when he wants to learn something, he sticks to it for quite a while.) He likes to tease, and he smiles a lot! He is very interested in playing the guitar, playing ping pong, and learning how to ride a bike. Naturally, he prefers noodles and rice, but he is willing to try other things. Although he does not seem to be a great fan of American food, he did like grapes, muffins and eggs. He also ate hamburgers and requested pizza.
Brian’s intellectual development is close to that of children of his age. He is outgoing and can express himself well. Brian often raises questions and is very curious. He loves singing and performing. He likes to dance to music and can recite children’s songs. He loves to listen to stories, see pictures and watch cartoons. He enjoys outdoor activities. Brian is good at caring for himself. He can finish his own things independently. He likes toy cars very much. Brian is not picky about food. We hope Brian finds a loving home soon!
Boy, born January 2010
Zeke cannot sit and generally has very little control of his head, although he will lift it up occasionally. His overall muscle tone is low, but this has improved with therapy. Zeke cannot yet roll over, but can often be seen wiggling around and trying to accomplish this – if he can figure out what to do with his arm, he will be fine! Ezechiel is non-verbal, but expresses himself through happy noises or crying. He will likely require ongoing care his whole life.
From someone who works with him:
Zeke is such a happy little guy. He loves to sit outside and watch the leaves blow in the wind. His eyes light up each time he is given attention. He loves to be held and even more loves to be tickled. Zeke has the cutest little dimples and a beautiful smile that can melt any ones heart! He is always in a good mood and very rarely cries. Even though his name was given to him recently, he already response to it! Zeke is a picky little guy and often requires special meals made for him as he doesn’t like what the other kids are having. He has only been here with us a short time, but has already touched many people’s lives. He is such a joy to be around and is loved dearly by his nannies, volunteers, and the other children!
Zeke has very little control of his muscles. We are hopeful that with the right therapy he will improve in these areas.
Update Jan 2015:
Zeke is a sweetheart who has cerebral palsy. He does not have a lot of control of his muscles, but through regular therapy has increased his muscle tone a lot. Zeke cannot sit and generally has very little control of his head, although he will lift it up occasionally. Zeke cannot yet roll over, but can often be seen wiggling around and trying to accomplish this – if he can figure out what to do with his arm, he will be fine! Ezechiel is non-verbal, but expresses himself through happy noises or crying. He is a happy little guy who loves to spend time outside playing. His eyes light up each time he is given attention. He loves to be held and even more loves to be tickled. Zeke has the cutest little dimples and a beautiful smile that can melt any ones heart! He is usually in a great mood! He is such a joy to be around and is loved dearly by his caregivers and the other children!
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.
Girl, born May 2011
Siezures; other undiagnosed issues
Lollie is learning how to sit; when you put her in a sitting position, she can now sit for several seconds. She has an epileptic syndrome and is on medication for seizures, but has not had any seizures since being admitted to our care. She has a vision impairment, but with glasses is able to see much more of her world. Lollie is nonverbal, but she will make contented noises to express herself.
Update Jan 2015:
Lollie is an absolute princess who loves getting special attention from her caregivers and friends. She responds to voices and physical touch, often with a smile or contented noise. She is learning how to sit up on her own and is often put into a tripod position to practice. Even though she often keeps her head down while doing this, she can stay in this position for several seconds. She usually gets to practice sitting while her nannies do her hair – they will help her sit against their legs while they put the intricate braids in place. Lollie has an epileptic syndrome and is on medication for seizures, but rarely has any episodes that last more than a few seconds. She has a vision impairment, but with glasses is able to see much more of her world. Lollie seems to respond better to people that she knows; when she first meets someone, it often takes her a few days to warm up to them and begin to smile in response to their attention.
Boy, born February 2011
Breckin has cerebral palsy, but he can sit up and stand with assistance. He can even take a few steps if you hold onto his hands! He cannot yet feed himself, but he has practiced holding his own spoon and sippy cup and has made great progress.
Update Jan 2015:
Breckin has cerebral palsy, but he can sit up and stand with assistance. He can even take a few steps if you hold onto his hands. He has been receiving regular therapy and loves this time. Breckin is making great improvements – he now has a modified crawl that he uses to get all around his house and can quickly move to wherever he wants to be. He can also pull himself up to stand and does this often. Breckin does not yet feed himself, but he has practiced holding his own spoon and sippy cup and has made great progress. Breckin is a happy little guy who loves to play.
Boy, born May 2008
Update Jan 2014:
Carlton has cerebral palsy, but can sit up independently. He can also stand assisted and will walk with assistance if you hold his hands. He has vision impairment, but can still see what is happening in the world around him. Carlton has no history of seizures and is medically stable, although he does struggle with weight gain. He is nonverbal, but is often babbling and loves to have “conversations” with those around him, often making loud noises. Carlton can roll and scoot independently and has no trouble making it from one side of the room to the other. He loves pressure and a tight hug helps to calm him down when he gets overexcited. He loves to be tickled and receive special attention.
Boy, born August 2011
Update Jan 2015:
Boy, born July 2012
Hydrocephalus, spina bifida
Brenden is an absolute sweetheart. He has hydrocephalus and spina bifida and has had surgery for both. Brenden has limited movement in his lower body, but has already made some progress and can move his legs a little bit on his own. He is working on sitting up and is almost there. A visiting therapist thinks that, with braces and a walker, Brenden will be able to walk in the future. Brenden loves to play and chat and is starting to say several words. He is definitely a precious little guy!
Update Jan 2015:
Listed: July 30, 2013
Bright eyed Frank is very extroverted and outgoing. He gets along well with others and is active and clever. He is 8 years old and has been diagnosed with postoperative left inguinal hernia and a cyst of pellucid septal cave. Frank has had no symptoms or discomfort so no treatment has been done for his cyst. Frank has been doing very well and has been living with a foster family since 2006. Under the care of his foster family, he has grown up healthily. Frank has a good appetite and likes to eat meat. He also loves apples, bananas, potato chips, and candy. He is not afraid of strangers and can say hello to strangers on his own initiative. Frank likes to spend time with his friends and loves cartoons. When he sees an exciting scene in the cartoon he will jump about joyfully. His favorite activity is riding bikes and going for outdoor walks in the summer.
Update 2014: In 2007 Frank’s foster parents noticed a swelling on the right side of his groin and took him to the hospital where surgery was performed for right inguinal hernia. Almost four years later they noticed swelling on the left side of his groin and he had surgery for left inguinal hernia. Frank is now reported to be healthy. His favorite foods are rice, noodles, mild, eggs, fish, meat, vegetables and fruit – he is not picky. At the time of his report in March 2014 he was in the 3rd grade and described as a very good student with special skills in computers. Frank is said to be a sensible and hardworking boy who is curious about new things. The report also states he is good at sports and his favorite summer activity is riding a bike outdoors. His favorite toys are cars and Transformers. Frank is described as a lovely and active boy who is praised by his foster parents and teachers, but in his heart, he wants to have his own family.
Update 2015: Frank is a healthy boy who is a very good student with special skill in computers. His host family says he is a tender-hearted young man who is very smart and knows and understands a lot of English. He is cautious and likes to follow the rules, and he acts like a protective big brother to younger children in the program. He is enjoying the legos and the hot wheels race tracks and is very exact at following the directions to put new things together. He is also good at making up his own patterns with the legos. He had hernia surgery in 2011 but is now reported to be healthy.
Boy, Born July 2000
Listed: September 22, 2013 AGING OUT IN JULY 2016!!!!
Brandon was born in July of 2000. He has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. He is described as calm, smiley, active, and friendly. He likes toys, especially blocks. He likes to show what he has built with blocks and is very proud with himself. He does not pronounce words clearly, but most people are able to understand what he was saying. He is able to understand what is being said to him, as well as perform simple tasks. He recognizes some items and knows the colors. He is described as “a very sweet boy”.
Update March 2016: Brandon is a pleasant teen who attends school. He participates in conversations, including answering questions and responding to greetings. He even tries to recite poetry though his speech is not always clear. Brandon ages out this summer and needs to find his family very quickly.
Photos, video and a report are available from the agency upon request.
Lana was born in June 2002 and has Down Syndrome.
Listed September 12, 2014
Lana is described as a very sweet, quiet girl with a beautiful smile. She is shy and does not speak, but she understands what is said to her and in her way answers questions. Lana can also carry out simple requests. Lana is obedient with her caretakers. She participates in games as well as group and individual activities. Her self-help skills are good. Lana loves to dance, likes everything pink, and is a very girly girl. She would thrive in a devoted family.
Update October 2014: Lana is a good girl who attends school where she participates in class and completes the tasks given to her. She is a very organized child and follows instructions. Additional photos and personal information available upon request from the agency.
Update December 2015: Lana’s caretakers are very happy with her. She understands everything that is said to her and even speaks several words now. She gladly goes to school and knows that she is in fourth grade. She continues to have a very sweet personality. New video is available from the agency.
Gertie was born in September of 2002 and has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. She receives regular physical therapy and is able to stand and walk with the help of a walker.
Listed: July 23, 2014
Gertie is described as an outgoing, sensitive and friendly girl. She eagerly takes part in group and individual activities and is very engaged in games. She likes to draw, memorizes songs and poems, and gladly completes her homework.
Update October 2014: Gertie is described as a smart, open and positive girl whose hard work continues to result in academic as well as physical progress for her. She’s now in 5th grade.
Additional reports and photos are available upon request from the agency.
Adelaide was born in September 2005 and has been diagnosed with spina bifida, lower limb paresthesia, and a disorder of the hips. She is wheelchair-bound.
Listed: July 23, 2014
Adelaide is described as a sweet, joyful, and communicative girl. She is interested and participates in different activities and likes to help others. Adelaide regularly attends school and can read and write. She recites poetry and sings songs.
Update October 2014: Adelaide is being homeschooled at her orphanage at a third grade level. Her teachers are very happy with her academic progress and Adelaide likes showing off her math and language workbooks.
Update March 2016: Adelaide is a lovely girl with an easy and quick smile. She is extremely mobile with her wheelchair which she maneuvers herself, even in tight spaces. Adelaide has great upper body strength and skills and is able to move herself from the wheelchair onto furniture and back. She independently takes care of her toileting needs. Adelaide gets along very well with everyone, older and younger children as well as caretakers. She makes conversation, responds to requests, is alert and engaged with her surroundings. Her social worker says she is a smart and sweet girl.
Additional reports and photos available upon request from the agency.
Boy, born January 2010
Three year old Jesse is a beautiful little boy who resides a specialized foster care home for blind and visually impaired children. It is small home with only five children and the carers are specially trained to work with blind children. He is being taught life skills and self-care that will help him prepare for adoption and eventually independent living.
While this is a great opportunity, life has not been so fortunate for Jesse. He was abandoned at the gates of his orphanage when he was 9 months old. His blindness was caused by an untreated eye infection, and he was so ill he was sent to a palliative care home to die. He arrived a very sick and frightened little boy but was nursed back to health and given the opportunity to gain confidence and trust others around him. He is currently healthy with no further medical problems but is delayed in some areas of his development such as walking and feeding himself.
Jesse is now a happy child, interested and aware in all that is around him. In the absence of sight, he uses other senses to explore the world. He is quite timid in nature but likes to be around other children and his carers. He is sometimes uncertain when trying new things but enjoys praise and attention, so this motivates him to keep going. He would be a wonderful son with a great future but just needs his family to find him.
Some recent updates on Jesse, speech is making an appearance and Jesse is saying bye,bye and waving when his carers leave. He is eating a good variety of food now and sleeping much better than when he arrived at the foster home. Jesse communicates what he wants and doesn’t want by nodding and shaking his head. He can move himself around the room and onto furniture to get to a comfortable spot for a nap! He has been practicing with his walker and has started with physical and occupational therapy to take his walking from aided to independent.
Videos available for inquiring families.
Handsome Graham was born in April of 2007. He is developmentally delayed, does not speak and does not make sounds. He seems to understand some of what is said to him. He may also have cerebral palsy or another disorder affecting his motor skills.
Graham is described as kind, friendly, smiley, and joyful. He is very active and enjoys participating in games. Graham can complete a task when you repeat the instructions many times and show him what to do.
Update October 2014: Graham just started attending a school for hearing impaired children where testing is underway to get him a proper hearing aid. He continues to be nonverbal, but follows instructions and finds ways to communicate. Graham’s self-help skills are evolving. He’s now potty-trained and feeds himself.
Additional reports, photos and video available upon request from the agency.
Adorable Nolan was born in April 2010 and has Down Syndrome. He also has a congenital heart defect.
Nolan is a sociable child who enjoys playing with toys. He can cruise along stable support and is quite a little climber. Even though Nolan does not yet speak, he understands instructions. He likes moving to music, eats well and sleeps soundly.
Update Oct 2014:
From a family who met Nolan in October 2014: Nolan is an active little boy and very interested in the happenings in his environment. When we visited his room with our son who used to live there, he instantly tried to interact with our son who had crawled into the playpen with the other kids plus Nolan was watching what we were doing as well. Nolan cannot yet walk, but sits, stands, crawls, and cruises. He eats and sleeps well. Nolan still uses diapers, but his caretakers know his typical bathroom times and put him on the potty for them. When I picked up Nolan, he made wonderful eye contact with me and I heard him babble different sound combinations. His caretakers told me he is a kind child who enjoys and seeks physical affection and attention from others.
Additional photos and personal information available upon request from the agency.
Girl, Born May 2003
Listed: September 22, 2013
Sweet Addison was born in May of 2003. She has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. She is described as extremely active, joyful and friendly. She does not speak, but is able to let you know what she wants and when you ask her questions she answers by gestures and making sounds. She loves toys, especially blocks. She communicates with other children very well.
Update October 2014: Addison attends third grade and is described as a good girl. Even though she is still nonverbal, she appears to understand at least some of what is said to her and responds in her own ways.
Additional information available upon request from the agency.
Boy, Born July 2004
Down syndrome, ADD
Listed: September 22, 2013
Sweet Harlan was born in July of 2004. He has been diagnosed with Down syndrome and Attention Deficit Disorder. He does not use speech as means of communication and he has cognitive delays. He needs assistance with basic daily living skills.
Update October 2014: Harlan is nonverbal and his development continues to be significantly delayed, but he can now walk independently.
Additional photos, video and report available from the agency.
Listed September 22, 2013
Sweet Eva was born in September of 2004. She is described as an active, joyful girl who likes toys and to play games. She is also very friendly and likes to communicate with people.
Update October 2014: Eva is described as an easy child who understands instructions and partially takes care of her own daily needs. She attends third grade.
Additional information is available from the agency, upon request.
Nigel was born prematurely at 29 weeks gestation in February of 2007, weighing 1500g. At the age of two months, Nigel was diagnosed with hypertensive syndrome and deformation of the head. A neurologist has also stated that his cerebellum is small and that is why he had some problems with coordination (in the past).
Nigel was brought to the orphanage when he was 5 months old and lived with his parents until that time. At the orphanage his issues with coordination improved and at present there are no concerns. He is able to walk, run and is very active. After being placed in the orphanage it was also found that he has a hearing impairment. He has not had a full hearing screen but it has been suggested that his impairment is rather severe. His caretakers are apprehensive of anesthesia needing to be used to check the issue further and will wait to see if there are other options. Nigel also has vision impairment, but he does not wear glasses at this time as he ends up breaking them. He is described as a happy boy, who is also very neat. He does not like when something is not in its place or the table is dirty or his clothes are dirty. He lets the caretakers know about it and ask them to clean it. He does not speak and does not say sounds, but is able to let his caretakers know what he wants by gestures. He loves going outside and is also very friendly.
Update October 2014: Despite wearing hearing aids, Nigel continues to be nonverbal. He is homeschooled at his orphanage where he feels more comfortable than in a public school setting. In unfamiliar or stressful situations, Nigel exhibits stubbornness and aggression. His social worker believes that he would make progress in a dedicated family.
Additional photos and video are available upon request from the agency.
Girl, born June 2007
Gabi has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. She loves attending the pre-school at the orphanage, but she has struggled with learning basic concepts such as numbers, letters, etc. However, with more one-on-one instruction, it is believed that she can and will learn.
Gabi is well-liked by the other children at the orphanage. She is also a favorite of visitors who come to visit. Gabi can sometimes come across too strongly in her attempts to get attention, but she truly is a delightful little girl!
Boy, born November 2009
UPDATE JANUARY 2016: Frederick now has a wheelchair that he can move on his own,and he is going to be able to go out to the neighborhood school starting this week! He is making amazing progress.
Frederick has low muscle tone, and he has been diagnosed with developmental delays. He is capable of feeding himself (but he makes a mess!) and just needs more practice to develop that skill. There is concern about core muscle development, but Frederick works hard, so it is believed that he may be able to walk some day.
Multiple unrelated children can be adopted together Frederick is a hard-working little boy who wants to develop his skills. He has developed friendships with some of the other kids in the orphanage (both able-bodied and special-needs kids). He responds well to physical therapy, and in just a couple of months he progressed from simply lying on a mat to attempting to stand and taking small steps.
- One parent must be at least 35 years old
- Parents must be married at least 10 years; singles may currently adopt
- The number of children can depend on other factors (marriage and parent age)
- Past depression is OK, but must explain the circumstances and past and/or current treatment.
- If a criminal history/background, must be explained in detail.
- Travel is not required; however, it is strongly encouraged
- Travel for pick-up is also not required, but strongly encouraged. Escorts can be provided, for an extra cost. The trip for pick-up is usually about a week long, so you and the child could get to know each other well in their environment.
Boy, born 2003
Listed August 8, 2013
Merritt recently (February 2013) had eye surgery to remove cataracts. That surgery was successful, and he will hopefully have follow-up surgery to correct his crossed eyes. He has been diagnosed with mild mental handicaps, and he exhibits autistic-type tendencies.
Merritt is a delightful boy who loves one-on-one attention. He loves music and has a bright smile. He is capable of feeding himself, but he just hasn’t had many opportunities to do so. Since his eye operation he has begun to verbalize. He also participates in water therapy each week to help him work on using his eye sight.
Girl, born Sept 2007
Carissa has both physical and mental delays. She participates in horse therapy each week to develop core strength, and she has responded well to that. She is non-verbal and has not shown interest in expressing herself verbally, but she does love individual attention.
Carissa is a happy-go-lucky little girl who loves one-on-one attention. She loves music and will clap along with others. Her bright smile attracts visitors who give her the love that she needs.