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 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 2005
Congenital Heart Defect
Tanner is a very bright boy, who recently learned how to play a musical instrument after just two classes! He was very nervous when our staff were visiting, but communicated very well. He likes to speak English and showed us a little of what he knows! Physically he is very small due to his serious heart condition. His lips were blue and his fingers were stumped when we saw him. He gets along very well with other children, and says he’d love a family with an older brother! He has good self-care skills, including dressing himself. He is in desperate need of a family to get him medical care.
Please help find his family before he ages out (at 16)!
Update May 2015: I was only with him for a couple minutes, but he seemed very polite and obedient. I gave him a little hug and he seemed to enjoy the attention. He seemed quiet but not overly shy. Nice boy.
From someone who met him in 2012: Amos is a wonderful sweet boy! He will do anything you’ll ask. In the summer the children will play outside and the more disabled children are sitting in a big box. Everyday he carries out the carpet to put in the box and he will carry out the benches and chairs to sit on as well. When the ‘outside-time’ is over, he would carry it all back in again. He doesn’t really talk, but I’m pretty sure he would be able to. He does make sounds and he loves to ‘sing’. While singing he makes sounds that could almost be words, but as long as he’s lacking of stimulation, I think he will not talk. He likes to dance around to.
He is a big help for the nurses. When a child has to go to the shower or potty he brings them, when a child falls down, he picks the child up, even without somebody telling him to do that. He is a really social butterfly. He cares about the children around him and I’m sure that he would be an awesome big brother, because that’s what he is for the children in his group.
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.
Girl, born July 2011
Post op congenital heart defect; Post op cleft lip/cleft palate; microphthalmia of left eye
Delia is a quiet, timid girl, who so needs a family to bring her out of her shell! When agency staff visited her orphanage last year, she quickly became engaged in the toys they brought out, stacking blocks into a very tall tower and giggling when it toppled over! Her motor skills are normal, she is able to walk well on her own, run, jump, and go up and down stairs while holding the railing, even though sometimes she’s afraid of heights. Her language is delayed as it’s difficult for her to speak clearly due to an unrepaired cleft lip and palate, but she understands caregivers instructions, and is able to express her needs. She can feed herself and put on her own shoes, but needs help getting dressed. An introverted little girl, she can be shy sometimes, but is very close with her caregivers and likes to be held. She gets along well with other children, but is also able to play independently. When she sees other children are crying she’ll go over and pat them gently to comfort them, and helps the caregivers with chores like picking up garbage. Her favorite toys are stuffed animals, and she especially enjoys playing outdoors and dancing to music. She had a surgery for her heart condition in October 2012; she recovered well from surgery and rarely gets sick. One of her eyes is smaller and has poor vision, but the vision in her other eye is normal.
Delia was just part of a Cleft repair program and just had her cleft surgery in April of 2015.
Boy, born 2014
Brain affection of unspecified etiology, congenital multiple arthrogryposis, Jarcho-Levin syndrome, Freeman-Sheldon syndrome
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.
Gina has a sunshiney smile!
From a family who met her in August 2013:
Precious Gina is so willowy and gentle. She is being loved and cared for in her baby house. She is soon to be transferred, though. Her groupa goes outside twice daily on nice days and she sits in a stroller staring at the leaves and feeling the breeze. When touched and cuddled, she moves her head toward you. Her skin is soft, and her hands are so gentle. She blinks with delicate eyelashes and seems to be trying to clear the fog to see you. I got to see her several times and each time her face lit up with a smile and she moved her chest side to side rhythmically to acknowledge her joy at being noticed. She is so full of life, and needs more therapy to help her reach her full potential. Gina deserves so much more than what she has been given. If only her mom and dad could look into her eyes and see how much life is behind them. She is a treasure, and is in desperate need of a family as she approaches the age of transfer. The institution she is headed for will not offer her anywhere near what she has now. Please see Gina before she is lost forever.
Gina received massage therapy regularly, is in diapers, and could use some dental care. She is very thin, but is being offered excellent nutrition. She is in a region that we felt comfortable having just mom stay for much of the travel. More pictures and a video available.
From a family who met her in early 2014:
I did get to see her several times while the door was open to the groupa’s play room. She is so very skinny now. When she was left in her crib she was usually crying and trying to roll over. One day there was a sweet nanny holding her and singing to her. She had the biggest beautiful smile and was loving being rocked and sung to! Her hair looked like it had grown out some. She had really beautiful, sweet curls.
Gina is now available for international adoption as she recently turned 5.
Boy, Born August 2001
Down Syndrome, Inborn cardiac malformation – persisting arterial channel, Lung hypertonia, Severe lagging behind in his development.
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.
Jace was born in 2006 he has infantile autism; moderate mental delay; gastroesophageal reflux disease; hyperactivity, stereotypic behavior. Jace he can kick a ball without holding onto anything for support and by stretching his/her leg forward, jump up with both legs at the same time, go up and down the stairs properly by using one leg after another, stand on one leg for at least one second, not holding onto anything for support and jump 15 cm. forward with both legs at the same time.
He can eat with a spoon independently and is a good eater! He is able to walks, runs and climbs like the other children at his age, he is in school and really enjoys it! He plays with different toys and he prefers constructors and mechanical and musical toys. He watches other children play but rarely joins them in their games. He scribbles within the borders of a sheet of paper. With a little help from an adult, he draws, glues pieces of paper together and models clay. He can string beads on a thread and he can inlay elements in the relevant places by himself. He has started understanding the meaning of words referring to his surroundings. He sometimes follows simple verbal instructions. He understands it when something is forbidden to him. He is acquiring self-service habits – he can take his shoes off, and he can dress and undress himself with some assistance from an adult. He eats with a spoon independently and he drinks from a cup.
Jace enjoys a cuddle. He seeks physical contact with certain children from his group – he jests them and tickles them. Additional photos and videos available. Older parents welcome.
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 April 2001
(was previously listed under a different name)
Chad was born in 2001, he started looking at objects at the age of 6-7 months old; he started reacting to sounds at the age of 4-5 months old; he started sitting independently at the age of 1 year and 8 months and he walks with support since he’s been 2 years and 6 months. Chad has Down Syndrome; Delays in the neuro-psychical development; Moderate mental delay.
The child considerably lags behind for his age in his physical development. His motions are uncoordinated. The fine motor skills are not mastered. The child walks independently and climbs up stairs with support. His attention is difficult to attract and to keep. His memory is with limited volume and the memorization is primarily mechanic, with accumulation. The child reacts with increased anxiety and cry to unfamiliar environments. He participates in group activities with the other children and actively contacts them. He cheers up when contacted by an adult and reacts by uttering sounds of cheer and watching the adult in the eyes. Chad is oriented in the space in the different parts of the day. He demonstrates bond, cheer, anxiety, and guilt. He calmly observes the children playing. He would play with them and is happy from their contacts. He carries out elementary instructions: “come”, “sit down”, “give me your hand”. The child doesn’t have developed skills for self-help and needs constant support. He can eat independently. He can’t dress or undress but cooperates when changed. He reacts to his name. He is oriented in the daily routine
He understands the speech of the others when it is simple. He pronounces single sounds by imitation. He is interactive, seeks contact, and demonstrates selectivity and preferences in his interactions with the other children and the personnel. He has expressive facial mimics that he shows his emotions with. He likes to listen to songs, laughs out loud and claps with his hands. He moves in tune with the music and is very mobile and energetic. He attracts the attention of the adults by pulling them or patting them with his hands because he can’t speak. He pronounces separate syllables – “ma”, “ba”, “da”, as well as words with repetitive syllables – “mama”, “baba”.
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Girl, born March 2013
Down syndrome, post-op Congenital heart defect
Katrina is ready to give you a hug! Katrina is a shy, easygoing toddler who eats and sleeps well. She has been diagnosed with Down syndrome and has postoperative CHD. Katrina enjoys interacting with other children, watching TV (she loves the ads!), and playing with brightly colored toys. Katrina can’t walk yet, but she crawls well to get around. She is especially close to her caregivers and enjoys listening to music with them. Katrina needs a family who will love her unconditionally and a warm and caring environment where she will flourish. Could your family be what Katrina needs?
The agency hopes to place Katrina and Kaitlyn with the same family. They were born on the same day, both have Down syndrome, and there is a possibility they may be twins. If so, we do not want to separate these two sweet girls! What fun times are ahead for the family who brings these two little ones home to be their daughters!
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 early 2005
From a family who met him in December 2014:
Toby is the cutest little kid, a very serious and focused child with a great smile. He was in the orphanage’s St. Nicholas Day celebration. He didn’t have a role himself, but he was responsible for pushing the wheelchair of one of the children who was doing a lot of singing and dancing from her wheelchair. He gently spun her around in circles at times to coordinate with her dancing. Super cute, super sweet. He took his part in the celebration very seriously, and we could tell he was completely concentrated on getting everything just right. He had on the most adorable little suit and tie — made me want to scoop him up!
From a family that spent time with him April 2015:
He is the sweetest kid. Has some stimming behaviors but is so smart and is so so so gentle with the other kids. He’s a misfit there – physically fine but surrounded by physically disabled and yet he is so careful. He is GREAT with our son.
He needs a family who will let him be a boy and run free!
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!***
Girl, born October 2008
Leigh turned 5 in October. She came into care when she was just 2 years old. Leigh get massages every day to help her legs get more flexible. She is able to crawl around and is working on walking, but she is not quite there yet. Leigh is able to follow directions given by her caregivers and she likes to play with her friends. Her new favorite thing to do is crawl around and get into everything!
Update: Leigh lives with a foster family, who try their best to help her practice walking without assistance. She can speak in full sentences, although her speech can be low and just a bit slow. She can walk with one hand held, or using a walker. She can stand unassisted for a while. She can feed herself, is toilet trained, can write, and can put on her own shirt. Sweet Leigh has a very good memory and can learn new things easily. They have talked about adoption with Leigh, and she knows they are trying to find a family for her. Leigh is just precious, and really needs a family (and some physical therapy to help her walk without assistance)!
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.
Boy, born Feb 2011
Brandon is a sweet little boy who has been diagnosed with multiple and large nevus on his body.
Brandon is not afraid of strangers. He loves to smile and has an extroverted personality. After he entered the institute, he received meticulous care. Brandon doesn’t often cry and his sleeping condition is very good. His daily life is one of routine and his life habits are very good.
Boy, born June 2008
Simon has low vision. He is a lovely little boy who loves to play and cuddle everyone. He has low vision and therefore can still see large shapes. He loves playing in the playroom with his new friends or big toys. We are letting him get settled in so that he can become familiar with his nannies and friends at his new foster home for orphans with visual impairments. He has done well at primary school and he enjoys his classes. Not only has it greatly improved his communication skills, but it has been a lot of fun for him too. Every time he sits in a carboard box, it turns into a bus or a boat. He has an amazing imagination! Simon went up in a cable car once and he said it is now his favourite thing to do, he loved the feeling of flying! Simon can see characters, but it hurts his eyes if he looks at them for too long, and so he is learning Braille, which will be his primary means of reading and communication. His speech and language skills are very good, and he loves talking and playing with his friends! Wouldn’t you love to be the family who gets to ride the cable cars with him?
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.
Boy, born 2012
Little Camron has Williams Syndrome. He loves to dance! When the music comes on, he jumps up out of his seat to move to the music. A love of music (and sometimes an unusual skill with music, often referred to as “savant”) is common in children with this genetic condition.
All of the children he lives with in his house love him. They really cherish the time they get to spend with him. He is starting to take his first steps, and with help from his friends, he is learning quickly. Camron is described as an affectionate child. He is very happy with people he knows, and he obeys directions well.
Girl, born Feb 2003
Vanessa is a pretty young lady who loves jumping on the trampoline and playing with dolls! She also enjoys playing with the other children at the orphanage. She appreciates music and likes to sing and dance. She goes to school, but is described as “a little weak in studying.” Her mental development and behaviors are described as being the same as the other children her age from the orphanage. She is able to read, write, and draw but she is sensitive to light due to her albinism. She’s independent in her daily care and is an active girl. Vanessa is quiet, but has a ready smile. She enjoys watching cartoons and can communicate well with others. Vanessa is very close with her caretakers.
The agency has a $2000 grant available.
Girl, born June 2009
Organic lesion of the central nervous system, mental delay.
Update April 2015:
Antoinette has severe health problems, and they are NOT mild. She is mentally delayed. In accordance with update from her orphanage she chews badly and that is why she eats only mashed or ground food. She hardly understands speech addressed to her. She has developed reflux recently.
They are going to transfer her to another institution for mentally delayed children, but if a family can get a dossier done quickly she will be held.
Down syndrome, significantly delayed neuropsychological development, profound mental delay, delayed physical development.
Following the surgical intervention of his heart defect, his general condition visibly improves, he has a good appetite and he has started gaining weight.The boy smiles when involved in interactions. He produces syllables. He takes a sitting position independently. He stands up independently next to a fixed support. He grabs toys, examines them and manipulates with them. He walks in a baby walker and when held by one hand.
This boy has been making progress in all areas of his development. He takes a sitting position independently. He stands up independently next to a fixed support. He grabs toys, examines them and manipulates with them. He walks in a baby walker and when held by one hand. The boy smiles when involved in interactions. He produces syllables.
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!
Girls, Born November 22, 2004 &
Boy, age: 2
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) – classic salt wasting type, on substituting hormonal therapy; Low stature; Congenital cardiac malformation – systolic murmur, hemodynamically insufficient pulmonary stenosis, secondary arterial hypertonia
Joseph moves around in a walker. When let by the hand, he walks for short distances. He can sit up unassisted. He shows interest in the events happening around him. He cheers up when seeing familiar adults and is described as a very happy child. He has started babbling, but is not yet talking. He is eating soft foods from a spoon. He plays with toys and is very interested in them. He interacts with other children and enjoys being with a group of children.
Photos are from March 2015; the agency also has video available from March 2015.
Olivia was born prematurely in November 2013 and has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, spina bifida, liquorrhea, paralysis of the lower limbs, and malformations of the feet. She received a shunt in early infancy.
Olivia is able to track with her eyes, has some head control, can roll over with help, but does not yet sit without support. The movement in Olivia’s arms and hands is not restricted and she actively reaches for, holds and manipulates objects. Her caretakers describe her as an attentive girl who understands what they say to her and babbles a lot.
Head circumference in September 2014: 43.8 cm
Weight in September 2014: 6.2 kg
Height in September 2014: 63 cm
Additional information, photos and video available directly from the agency. Married couples only due to court appointed guardian.
From a family who met her in March 2015: What a gem! This little girl is such a doll with the biggest, most beautiful eyes. She is very alert and babbles. Olivia enjoys attention, even dropping her toy and whining so that someone would pay attention to her. Olivia appears to have good control of her arms and can sit up.
Boy, Born February 2003
Jake was born in February 2003 with Down syndrome. He is a happy young man who loves animals and can talk about them for hours, especially about cats. Jake can understand English and loves music and to sing! Songs that have hand motions are his very favorite. He enjoys puzzles, books and Legos! Please give Jake a chance!
Updated April 2014:
Jake is an active, happy boy who attends school, likes to play games, and enjoys singing and dancing.
Jake has well-developed self-help skills. He eats and drinks as well as dresses and undresses independently. Jake knows how to wash his hands and face, brush his teeth, and make his bed without assistance. Jake is also potty-trained.
Jake speaks in short sentences and has a large vocabulary. He was exposed to the English language for the first several years of his life and can understand it. He tells stories, counts, and recognizes 27 letters. Jake understands simple rules and follows them. He would thrive in a loving family.
From a family who met him in 2015: Jake is such a nice boy. He will greet you happily with a handshake. Jake understands and speaks English as well as his native tongue. The caregivers and other residents at his home speak English, so he has a very good understanding of it. Jake is a very capable and independent boy. He would thrive in a family of his own.
MARRIED COUPLES ONLY.
Down syndrome, CHD (repaired)
This energy filled and vibrant little girl was born with Down syndrome in August of 2003 and is ready for an active family with lots of structure. She can understand and speak two languages, including English. She had surgery to repair a heart defect in 2003, but has required no additional treatment. Annalise is beaming with sunshine and loves cell phones and cameras, like all curious little girls! She loves to be the center of attention and is very smart!
Updated April 2014:
Annalise is an active, friendly girl who speaks clearly with an extensive vocabulary. She uses short sentences and understands two languages, one of them English. Annalise walks independently, including up and down stairs.
Annalise has great self-help skills. She eats and drinks as well as dresses and undresses without assistance. She can wash her hands and brush her teeth on her own.
Annalise attends school where she has learned to count, recognize 25 letters, cut with scissors and paint. She can re-tell a short story and participates in simple games. Annalise likes to listen to music and dances very well. She would thrive in a loving family.
From a family who met her in March 2015: Annalise is a beautiful young lady with long brown hair and the most adorable freckles. She is very sweet, but also quite independent. She came right up to me and sat on my lap. She speaks some English and is very verbal in her native tongue. The caregivers and other residents at her home speak English, so she has a good understanding of it. Annalise is adored by the other residents and caregivers in her home.
MARRIED COUPLES ONLY.
Girl, Born November 2009
Down syndrome; her heart has an open oval window without hemodynamic disorders. There has been no need for monitoring or treatment by a cardiologist.
Laura receives physical and speech therapy. Laura’s caregivers report that she is a sweet and joyful girl who likes playing with toys, listening and moving to music, and spending time with other children. She is active and affectionate and it’s easy to make her laugh. Laura is currently non-verbal, but follows simple instructions and responds to her name. Laura lives in a great bilingual orphanage where she is exposed to the English language and receives wonderful care and attention.
Updates July 2, 2012 & September 30, 2012: Laura responds when she hears her name by looking or turning her head and smiles. She can give you a small item if asked. She is not eating by herself yet, but can put food in her mouth. She is not speaking or walking yet but is progressing little by little. She is described as playful and you can easily make her laugh. She likes to sit and take everything in around her.
Updates February & March 2013: Our agency staff representative visited Laura in February and March and our Executive Director visited Laura in February. They provided the following update: Laura is healthy and joyful as usual. She is very active and affectionate. She can entertain herself but likes attention very much. She does not walk yet, but is able to climb up the couch or on the chair or back to the floor. She does not say any words yet. She enjoys listening to music, rocks back and forth to the beat. She has a good appetite! Laura has a best friend in her orphanage and likes to play on her own or with him most of the time. Laura is in a bilingual orphanage, one of which is English, so she is used to hearing English and her native language. We have updated photos available upon request!
Update July 2014: Laura can now stand up without assistance and walk when held by the hands. She is a very quick crawler and using this skill to get everywhere. Laura feeds herself and understands instructions both in her native language and English.
From a family who met Laura in March 2015: Laura is so sweet. The first day we saw her, she was engaging in imaginative play and diligently caring for her baby doll and feeding herself and baby pretend food. Laura also likes music and dancing. The caregivers were playing a children’s music video that she found quite engaging. She is affectionate and sat cuddled in my lap for a time. Laura has been curious about us as we’ve been visiting our daughter.
Update May 2015: Laura can walk independently now. She appears to understand most of what is said to her, even though she doesn’t speak much. She loves attention and often seeks it out.
MARRIED COUPLES ONLY.
Girl, born February 2010
Colette is a delightful girl who is almost 5 years old. Her social communication and fine motor skills are both on target for a 4 year old child. Her self care and cognition are on a 3 year old level, with her gross motor skills on a 1 year old level. Her CP affects her legs; she can walk using walls, furniture , and her walker. For long distances, she needs a wheelchair. Colette has the potential to make progress with her balance and mobility. Colette is a quick learner, and is considered to be a clever child. She is very sweet and affectionate. Colette’s fine motor skills are good. She can undress herself without help. Her caretakers report she can also dress herself. She can eat with a spoon. Colette is able to use the toilet, though she may require some help in cleaning afterwards. Colette is continent during the day, but may use a pull up at night for urine. Her bowel control is no problem. Colette enjoys wearing new clothes and is known to admire herself in the mirror.This little girl is so sweet, and so loving and so ready for a family of her own!
Boy, born October 2007
Moderate mental delay, convergent concomitant alternating strabismus
updated pics March 2015;
can not talk properly, unknown reason
Boy, born July 2007
Convergent squint (operated), slight mental delay, fetal alcohol syndrome, epileptic reaction (affective-respiratory seizures), nanism of somatogenic genesis
updated pictures March 2015;
he does not speak properly
Boy, born Oct 20, 2002
Cleft lip / cleft palate
Gene’s file is with an agency; they are offering a $4000 grant.
Gene has been waiting patiently for his family to come for him for nearly five years. That’s how long his file has been on the shared list. During that time he has seen his friends leave the orphanage for a new life, and still he waits. His best friend was adopted last year and went to live in Spain. But still Gene waits. His special need, a cleft lip and palette, has long been repaired, and he appears to be healthy with just dental cavities listed in his file.
Gene waits because his real special need is that he is an 11 year old boy, and is therefore overlooked. Please don’t let Gene fall in the cracks and become a statistic. He has waited too long for that. He would make a loving son, brother and friend if given a chance. Are you his family?
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.
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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!
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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 2010
syndactyly of hands and feet, steeple tower head, psychological and motor delay, Congenital heart defect (patent foramen ovale, secondary defect of interatrial septum)
We are so glad to finally be able to relist Mandy! She was born with multiple skeletal anomalies, including fused/webbed hands.
The girl is smiling, laughing. She reaches for toys. She walks in baby-jumper. Doctors consider that surgery may help to separate her fingers on the hands. They give a positive prognosis regarding her mental development. More photos are available.
As a cautionary disclosure, Mandy does appear to have Apert syndrome.
This region typically waives the 10 day waiting period for children with special needs.
Boy, born November 2002
Cerebral palsy, post-op knee contractures
Saam has the cutest smile and is very ticklish. He needs a family of his own more than anything. One of his favorite things to do is to play outside with his friends. He especially likes hide and seek and soccer. He also loves drawing and art. Saam likes school, especially language classes.Saam is so happy and smiles and laughs all the time. His special need causes him to walk with a bit of a limp but he can still run around do everything any kid can do. When asked if he would like to be adopted, Saam said yes. He will see three of his friends get adopted this year so it is all becoming more real to him. He said he likes dogs and would like a dog. And he said he would like some siblings too. Saam said that he would like to say thank you to a family who adopted him.
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.
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Boy, born 2009
Alaric has delays in psycho-motor development. Senses(sight, hearing) are preserved. Alaric can not walk alone, he bears a short distance, leaning on solid objects. He makes steps forward with the support from an adult. He can sit stable. He gets up holding something for support. Alaric reaches for toys and holds them. Tries to play with them for a while. Trying to separate the index finger from the other fingers when playing simple games. Sways to the rhythm of familiar children’s songs. Listens to speech. Pronounces separate syllables, but not meaningful words. Alaric can distinguish familiar from unfamiliar people. He reacts with joy to contact and quickly involves in the proposed game. He prefers communicating with an adult than playing with other children or handling toys. In an emotional aspect the child is calm, with a serene, cheerful mood. With regard to his physiological needs – feeding, dressing and undressing, hygiene, the child is dependent on adults.
Boy, born December 2007
Kirk just turned 6 years old and his favorite pets are puppies! Kirk has limb differences in both his hands and feet . He is able to pick up items with both hands, and is working on learning new things around the orphanage. Kirk can walk and is getting stronger and better at this. Developmentally, he is on target. He knows all of his friends names, can express all of his needs, and is very talkative. Listening to music, watching cartoons, and singing are some of Kirk’s favorite things to do.
Update 2015- Kirk has recently has surgery on his legs/feet and is still receiving post surgery care of the rods/pins/bolts, etc. He has been a trooper! Even before his surgery, he was able to stand and walk with support. Kirk is very bright, and very social. When he arrived at the care facility before his surgery, he was very quiet; they discovered he spoke a different dialect. Now he will talk to anyone…and he does! Kirk’s fingers are very nimble, but his hands have a hard time. This, smart, funny, and charming boy has been waiting for a family. Are you the family he waits for?
Boy, born 2012
disorder of the brain, epilepsy, ectopic perineal testis, ventricular septal defect, other congenital malformations of the cardiac septa
update 2/15 – He had last seizure in October 2014. He is on medication for epilepsy. His heart condition does not require surgery.
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. Vaughn is now 8, and at a great age to join his forever family. 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.
He has so much character that he impresses greatly anyone who meets him. He acquires some new skills over time but as he gets older, his motivation for developing further is more and more dependent on the attention he gets from adults. He understands that some children get adopted and thus get a family. Whenever he happens to meet an adoptive family visiting a child in his orphanage, he tells them he would like to have a family, too. Growing up, he feels both the lack of a family and the need for one more and more heavily.
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.
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 May 2009
hydrocephaly, epysyndrom, spastic tetraparesis, congenital defect of brain development
Wylie has a handsome boy who is facing transfer soon.
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”.
Girl, born 09/24/08
Ysabelle is a very special girl looking for a forever family. She was born into a very poor family who cannot take care of her medical expenses. She suffers from cerebral palsy, atopic dermatitus, and intraventricular hemorrhage. From all accounts, she is a loving, sweet girl who loves to interact with other children and adults. She receives lots of therapy, and her teacher shows a lot of tenderness and care towards her. Ysabelle just started eating solid food, and can stand, walk, and squat with help. Her language development is behind, but they hope that with more social interactions her vocabulary will improve. Ysabelle needs a family who would be willing to dedicate themselves to providing therapy and lots of love.
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.
Girl, born 2003
From a family that spent time with her January 2015:
Very sweet girl who loved to practice English with me. Very tight scissor gait but walks with walker and up and down stairs. She also can hop a bit like a frog on hands and feet when she doesn’t have her walker. She is polite and likes chocolate! She seems a little shy but not so much she wouldn’t talk to us. I have tons of photos because there was a whole bunch of selfies with my daughter.
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.”
December 2014 UPDATE: Age 5 years: His height and head circumference are behind for his age. Zeke saw a neurologist who concluded that he has very small eye lids, his nose foundation is dented, and he has a thin upper lip. He can pay attention for short amounts of time. He has been evaluated in all aspects and is delayed physically and mentally. He struggles with fine motor skills and skills of independence. Control of waist/pelvis is not sufficient; is unstable when sitting. His emotions are inadequate. His cognitive processing is limited. He is developmentally delayed in all aspects.
Zeke can sit and crawl. When someone helps him to stand he balances on his tip toes. He can take a toy with his hand. He does not imitate actions that are shown to him. He has an attachment to small details. He tends to play alone. Often his emotions do not correspond with the reality.
Zeke can count up to 10, speaks in 2-3 words sentences, says poems, very active in musical activities, sometimes has anger expression difficulties and autoagression, has difficulty to move from one task to another, has broad and stable vocabulary, sentences not yet full, and sometimes he is lacks the simple logic. His hearing understanding is not in full potential. Made psychological autism test , observed many features of the autism. Diagnosed with complex developmental disorder and autism features, CP ataxic form; FAS, mixed developmental disorder, low height, hypermetropic astigmatism, functional heart murmur.
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 December 2009
Diagnosis: after-effects of general disease of the central nervous system (neuroinfection); spastic tetraparesis with strong motor disorders; general mental delays, including speech underdevelopment; undescended testicles; shortcut frenulum of tongue; convergent squint
UPDATE DECEMBER 2014: “Abner is a happy little boy who does not speak but whose facial expressions are easy to read. Those expressions are generally of joy, especially when he is given love and attention. Occasionally I would see a different expression, one that would break my heart. At 5 years old Abner is spending a lot of time in a wheelchair, unable to participate in playing with the kids around him, and the look of “I want to play too!” on his face broke my heart. When he had the opportunity to participate in playtime he always looked very happy and proud of himself. This sweet little boy needs a family who will be able to help him to reach his full potential!”
From a volunteer who visited with him in July 2014: “Abner has been transferred from the baby orphanage to an institution. He looks fine for now, but I wasn’t able to personally interact with him because of the nurses. He has quite a normal size for his age, compared to the other children in his group. I’m not sure if I was able at that moment to make a sane judgement call about that, but compared to the others he was doing quit well physically. I hope someone will take him home before he has to get worse. I’ve seen most of the children in that facility get worse through the years, so please, someone go get him!
Boy, born April 2003
Brian is now in Grade 2; 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!
Girl, born September 2005
Delayed growth and development; deformity of spine
From her November 2008 file:
Physical exam results of the child on admission: postoperative cerebral palsy, vertebrae on waist bent, abnormal of left upper joint (birth trauma nerve injury); delay of growth and development. Now she has been in the institute for 2 years and 10 months with the age of 3 years and 2 months. On August 2006, she had the operation of cerebral palsy and she recovered well, but she still wears a diaper (at age 3). Colleen is a beautiful girl who has bright eyes. She usually observes changes in her surrounding with her bright eyes. She has an introverted personality and is timid when confronted by a stranger. She does not want to talk with strangers/guests. Colleen has a cute dimple. Whenever she is happy, her little dimple will present on her face. How cute it is. Colleen is very smart. She can sing children songs and usually performs for the nannies. All the nannies love her very much. Colleen has the ability of art. When nannies play music or she listens to the music on TV, she dances with the music. Her cuteness attracts all the nannies to kiss her. Colleen loves to play toys with others and knows to decline modestly to the younger children.
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!
Down syndrome, deafness, strabismus
Tanner was transferred to a group home in 2014. He is very small for his age and has delays in all aspects of his development. While he has an official diagnosis of deafness, he does respond to some sounds, so it is thought that he has some degree of hearing loss, but that he is not completely deaf. He does not have any speech, but he does respond to some basic commands and also to hand gestures. It is possible that many of his delays could be compensated for once his hearing issues are addressed.
Tanner attends a school for children with special needs. He doesn’t have problems following the rules in class and at school. He is calm and usually smiling. He is the favorite of the children at school. He is not aggressive and doesn’t get irritated by the other children. His expressive speech is not developed. He carries out simple commands – “stop”, “sit down”, “give me”, and “take”. He knows his place in the classroom – he has a favorite spot in each classroom. He is oriented in the rooms and partially in the school building. He opens and closes the closets. He can lock and unlock the doors of the closets if the key is put in. He tries to put in the key (rarely manages) and is happy if he succeeds. He likes to look at books with pictures. He has a favorite book in each classroom, picks it up and manipulates with it. He observes the other children while they work. He shows interest in pictures of animals. He works with desire in the classes for physical education.
Photos and videos from December 2014 are available through the agency.
Boy, born September 2010
Cerebral Palsy and Microcephaly
Mederick has cerebral palsy and cannot sit or walk. He currently receives his feedings through an NG tube. He is on medication for seizures. Mederick receives regular therapy and is generally very relaxed during this. Mederick is often a sleepy little guy, but when he is awake, he will look around and observe his world.
Update Jan 2015:
Mederick has cerebral palsy. He recently received a g-tube and now receives his feedings through this. He is on medication for seizures. Mederick does not sit independently, but he receives regular therapy and his core strength has been increasing. He loves therapy time and is generally very relaxed during this. Mederick is often a sleepy little guy, but when he is awake, he will look around and observe his world. He is aware of much more than it may immediately appear; if someone is about to do something that will cause him discomfort, he knows and starts crying before they begin. He has even started to calm down or smile in response to positive things in his environment, such as voices or touch.
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.
YAY!!!!!! A new photo of Adam!
Adam has lived in a mental institution since shortly after his 4th birthday. Visitors to the institution have described it as very nice and more like a nice hotel than a mental institution. The children are well cared for and have many opportunities to experience things. Yet Adam is still missing the love and attention that comes with having a family of his own.
Adam is 10 years old. He walks and his gross motor skills are well developed. He does not talk at this time but does follow verbal directions. He feeds himself with a spoon but still requires some assistance with dressing. He plays with toys and enjoys music time, but prefers to play alone instead of with the other children. He is not aggressive toward himself nor others and is described as “a calm child”. He does the stereotypical rocking back and forth when sitting, which is a common “orphanage behavior”. He attends school in the local village. He’s in a special education class. He is not interested in most school activities, though he does enjoy music time.
UPDATE DEC 2014:
Adam is currently living in a group home. He walks independently and goes up and down stairs, but is very careful and always seeks support before acting. He electively carries out orders and doesn’t react to his name. He plays for a short time and doesn’t seek contact with the children from the group. He has preferences for certain toys but doesn’t use them according to their purpose. He is apt to seclusion and avoids group activities. He is a calm child, reacts to emotional stimuli and differentiates different tones of the voice. During celebrations and musical activities he moves away to play on his own. He requires assistance for tasks such as dressing and toileting.
Photos and videos from December 2014 are available through the agency.
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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 February 2009
Update Jan 2015:
Sam Thomas has had some developmental delays, but is making great progress in catching up to the other kids his age. He can still struggle to express himself, but his verbal skills are increasing every day and this seems to be helping him immensely. Sam Thomas knows many words in both his native language and English. He has had febrile seizures as well, although there have been no recent episodes. Sam Thomas has a slight deformity in one of his legs, but it is virtually unnoticeable and he is able to run around and play with his friends. Sam Thomas sometimes gets overwhelmed when his environment changes or when he gets too excited, but he is getting very good at self-regulating and requesting time alone in his room to settle down. He knows the names of everyone in his house and regularly attends English preschool, where he is making great progress.
Boy, born August 2011
Update Jan 2015:
Girl, born October 2012
Judy is a sweet little girl. She appears to have some delays, possibly cerebral palsy, and does not currently have much muscle control. She cannot hold her head independently, but her control is improving. She cannot roll over, but can roll to her side. As her nutrition level increases, we are hopeful that this will improve. Judy loves to interact with those around her and will eagerly watch you until you pay attention to her. She has a great giggle and a precious laugh and is completely adorable!
Update Jan 2015:
Judy is a beautiful little girl. She appears to have some delays, likely cerebral palsy, and currently has limited muscle control. Although unable to do so for long amounts of time, Judy has made great strides in her ability to hold her head up. Her general core strength is also improving and when her trunk is somewhat supported, she can stay in an upright position for quite awhile. Judy does not roll over, but easily turns her head from side to side to observe the world around her. She always keeps a close eye on her nanny and will watch her from across the room. Judy seems very aware of familiar people and will often smile at those she sees. If she is not happy, she is quick to bring out her pouty lip. Judy will cry to be held and stops immediately if you pick her up. She is a petite little girl who has struggled with weight gain, but we are supplementing her diet with high calorie foods and she is starting to gain a little weight. She has also had a few periods of illness with a fever, but has not had any recent issues. Judy has a smile and a giggle that make many fall in love with her. Even though she cannot talk, her eyes and facial expressions communicate volumes!
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:
Down syndrome, Cleft lip / cleft palate, rickets, additional chord of the left heart ventricle, carrier of Hep. C antibodies
UPDATE NOV 2014: Hep C blood test is negative
So glad to have a new pic, isn’t he darling!? What a sweetheart!
Girl, born May 2011
Post-op anal atresia/fistula, vision impairment, neoplasm of right ear
Mary is a sweet little girl who has been diagnosed with postoperative anal atresia/fistula, vitreous opacity of right eye, a neoplasm of right ear, and congenital microphthalmus of both eyes. She is able to crawl around but cannot walk on her own just yet. Mary still needs support while standing up and if she is helped can walk slowly. Mary uses a walker and with it is able to go places, sit, and stand up. She is learning how to eat with a spoon. Mary cannot see things that are far away due to her vision impairment. She gets along well with others and enjoys playing with the other children. Her caretakers think she is very energetic and active.
Diagnosis: Cerebral Palsy
Rebekah was born premature at 27 weeks and has quadriplegic CP. She is delayed in all aspects of her development.
Update 2014: The child lags behind in her physical development, does not correspond to her calendar age. Impaired gross motor skills, does not sit up unaided, and cannot support herself. She has not developed fine motor skills. She is completely dependent on the help of the staff due to profound disabilities.
Psychical development does not correspond to the age. Fine motor skills are impaired. She likes to watch TV and to listen to music. She holds her attention briefly on favorite things. She laughs without a reason. When in contact with an adult she reacts emotionally. She waves her hands and expresses positive emotions. She reacts to her name and to a person who is familiar to her and pleasant. She makes a difference between familiar and unfamiliar faces. She has not developed manipulative skills. She does not play with toys and does not show interest toward different skills.
Social development: The elementary emotions which are congenital in nature, with her are limited due to her congenital conditions. When she is around children and hears their voices she appears satisfied. If children or adults touch her and caress or talk to her she also shows satisfaction and laughs. She loves to listen to music when is observed slight liveliness.
Characteristics of behavior: For unburdening of the nervous system the child is in a suitable for her age of development daily regime. Conditions of calm and healthy sleep are provided.
Characteristics of relations with others: Whenever possible the child is around the children when she is in continuous contact with them. When awake in most cases she prefers to be in peace and quiet. The influence of the voice of the adults and gentle touching also have their effect on her general vitality, although the child does not participate in the communication, she only reacts to those actions.
Because we only have this child’s file for a short time, she will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for her.
Girl, Born February 2010
WONDERFUL new photo of Miss Priss!
updated medical: congenital malformations of her spinal cord/musculoskeletal system/eye/hip, lactose intolerance, nephritis, diverticulum of bladder, mental delays
From her caregivers: communicative; adequate reactions. Character: cheerful, active, friendly, communicative, likes to play with different toys.
Update Nov 18, 2014:
Priscilla is doing very well. She is a kind of shying but a smart girl. She understands everything but her speech ability is not understandable to me as she is very quiet. She has survived her blood issues she had few years ago.
She will be 5 years old in February 2015, and it would be great if a family will be ready to adopt her by that time. She really needs a family asap because her intellectual potential may be lost due to nobody really cares of her mental development and IQ in the orphanage. They care of her general health condition pretty good though.
More photos available.
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.
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
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”.
Photos, video and a report are available from the agency upon request.
Lana was born in June 2002 and has Down Syndrome.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Sweet Addison was born in May of 2003. She has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. She is described as extremely active, joyful and friendly. She does not speak, but is able to let you know what she wants and when you ask her questions she answers by gestures and making sounds. She loves toys, especially blocks. She communicates with other children very well.
Update October 2014: Addison attends third grade and is described as a good girl. Even though she is still nonverbal, she appears to understand at least some of what is said to her and responds in her own ways.
Additional information available upon request from the agency.
Boy, Born July 2004
Down syndrome, ADD
Sweet Harlan was born in July of 2004. He has been diagnosed with Down syndrome and Attention Deficit Disorder. He does not use speech as means of communication and he has cognitive delays. He needs assistance with basic daily living skills.
Update October 2014: Harlan is nonverbal and his development continues to be significantly delayed, but he can now walk independently.
Additional photos, video and report available from the agency.
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.
Girl, born June 2004
Down syndrome and Hep B+
Mary Lauren is a beautiful 9 year old girl. She came into care when she was about 3 years old. Mary Lauren has Down syndrome and is Hep B positive. She loves to dance, which is apparent in her video! Mary Lauren can speak in sentences, but her pronunciation is not very clear. Speech therapy would certainly help. She is very loving and social. Mary Lauren loves to swim! She is helpful to the nannies; she has chores every day and is able to complete them without assistance. She is learning to count. Mary Lauren is a sweet little girl, and will be such a blessing to your family!
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 2004
Spina bifida with hydrocephalus, low paraparesis, pelvic organs impairment, organic disorders of behavior and personality, paralytic clubfoot, kyphoscoliosis, chronic pyelonephritis, chronic granulated cystitis, convergent squint, retinal vascular abnormalities, myopia, reactive pancreatitis, biliary dyskinesia, nanism
NEW PHOTO DECEMBER 2014!!!
Yasmine is walking sunshine! What a glorious smile and a personality to match! Yasmine was born with CP. She has congeinital hydrocephaly as well. Her feet/ankles are turned in, but she is able to pull to a stand and tries so hard to get around! Surgery and therapy can make a world of difference for this darling little girl.
Let’s find a family for her FAST!!!
More photos available, please inquire. Older parents and large families welcome. MARRIED COUPLES ONLY.
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
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
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.
Girl, born January 2006
When Willow arrived, she did not want others to touch her or be near her. However, with some attention and one-on-one time with staff, she began to trust others. While she is unable to walk, she has responded well to therapy which has focused on developing leg strength. She also participates in water therapy weekly.
Willow arrived at this orphanage in early February 2013. She loves music and loves to dance. She has responded well to the pre-school program taught at the orphanage. She has a bright smile and a contagious laugh. When visitors come, Willow is delighted to swing with them or go on walks in the neighborhood.
From a missionary who visited with her in 2013: ” I’ve met Willow! Seriously, this girl ALWAYS smiles. Whenever I would come near her she’d just grab my hand and grin at me. She wants to go exploring so bad, but she can’t walk. She would just point at stuff and grin at me to try to get me there. She is a sweetie pie. my roommate got to feed her lunch one day. She is a happy little girl who went from being scared of others near her to loving the attention! ”
She is said to be independent and active, and she especially loves to swing. She is shy with other children, and seeks attention from adults, cuddling up when hugs and affection are available.
From her medical records: Down syndrome, esotropia, flatfoot, secondary cardiomyopathy.
From a missionary who visited in August 2014: ” she is full of energy, she’ll keep you on your toes. She eats very well and can feed herself. She can walk, run and jump. She doesn’t talk but she makes sounds. She is very boisterous and on the go, she needs big brothers in her life! ”
From a missionary who visited with her in March 2012: One time the care giver made her sit with other children she was so desperate for me all to herself shecried! she really didnt want to share me. This is seriously one child who wants a Mama! She seemed so bright, there is so much potential here being wasted. She whacked the other children to keep them away from me but I could tell she was not an aggressive child. Tania is fiesty and able and just desperate for love! I loved her!!! I wanted to bring her and Katarina home. Tania is always active and she loves playing with her swing set, unlike the other kids who rather just play with their toys. The child is a bit shy around the children of her age. However, she is very brave and courageous when dealing with new visitors. The girl suffers from a lack of motherly care and gentleness, so she is attracted to everyone who is nice and kind to her. She hides her lonely soul behind the wall of her active and independent lifestyle. But as soon as she receives a warm hug and a little love, the mischievous girl suddenly becomes docile and calm.
Larger families, older parents welcome. This region does often waive the 10-day waiting period!
From a family who met her, summer 2014:
Tania is such a tiny little cutie! I can’t believe she is still waiting! She was also a good friend of one of our boys. Every time he sees her picture he will call out her name.We saw her with the other kids from her home at a concert at the orphanage. She was watching everything and danced to a few of the songs. She was the size of a petite five year old, but proportionally small, not too skinny. Her hair is just starting to grow out and is so pretty. She waved and smiled at us a couple times while we were there with our sons. When everyone walked back to the homes after the concert, she got mixed in with our group as her caregivers were pushing wheelchairs and going more slowly. When our group pointed back to where her group was, she turned and walked back very agreeably. She had no trouble walking the fifteen minutes in each direction. We didn’t hear her talk, but she did seem to understand what the caregivers were saying.
She would do so well in a family. The home she is in now is more of a family setting with fewer children and more individual attention, but it is not the same as a real family and they can’t stay there forever. It will give her a great head start to transitioning to a family though!
Epilepsy; Other paralytic syndromes (cerebral palsy); Microcephaly; Coloboma of optic disc; Severe mental delays; intracranial injury
Daisy is a sweet flower who needs a family to really blossom! Otherwise, she’s destined to a life in an institution.
From a missionary who visited in August 2014: What a sweet sweet girl. She is vision impaired but she can see her bottle coming from the other side of the room! She gets very excited! She is fed a puree diet from a spoon, she has a very good appetite. She is hard to photograph as she moves her head a lot but she is so beautiful! Such amazing brown eyes.Her smile lights up the room! She stands with assistance and can even take a few steps. She can vocalize lots of noises. She would be such an amazing daughter to a lucky family.
Down syndrome, mental delays, inborn partial optic atrophy of both eyes
From an adoptive family who visited him in 2014: ” He is hilarious. He is on puree but can take some lumps. That means he is usually the last to eat and squacks with displeasure. He loves to makes noises with his lips and will thrive in a family. I bet he will learn to speak. When I came to visit my son he came and sat on the couch next to me and held my hand for 20 minutes. He is not particularly shy. He does very small bits of rocking and does not do much stimming. He is a favorite of the caretakers. He is a sweet and curious little guy who is the size of a 4 or 5 year old.”
From an adoptive family who visited with him in June 2013: I met Delmar today. He is really tiny … maybe the size of a 3 year old, very petite in build. He was quite shy and didn’t want to come near me. He moved away when I tried to touch his hand. He was more open with the therapist who was there (a guy). Mostly he just sat on a mat, rocking and looking into space. Occasionally he waved his hands around. He’s a beautiful little boy, and was adorable in a tiny pair of overalls.
10 day wait often waived here. Married couples only, larger families welcome.
Vance is a cute, outgoing boy, with a winning smile! He loves to play outside – particularly swinging and playing soccer. He enjoys drawing and playing with puzzles and bricks.
Vance has a significant speech delay, but interacts with others using gestures and expresses himself well.
Boy, born August 2003
Andrew lives with a foster family since 2004, for his better development and he feels warm towards his family. His foster parents take good care of him, and he has become more and more active and bright. His vision problem which was resulted from albinism didn’t affect his daily life, his physical indexed are within normal range.
Andrew is a bright boy; sometimes he is shy in front of strangers, but he is joy for his parents at home. He often helps his mother do something within his power such as sweep the floor, wipe table, wash clothes etc. He is a good student at school, respect teachers, studies hard, help other classmates, has good word of mouth, often praised by teachers and classmates.
He is such a good boy, and we sincerely hope he could have a secure and happy family in which his parents love him very much.
Andrew has mixed feelings about adoption. He would like to have his own forever family but his very best friend was recently placed in hers and he misses her … A LOT. He feels the emptiness in his own life that her adoption has left. When Andrew was asked how he felt about adoption, he immediately put his head down and sobbed, and sobbed and sobbed. His caregivers were able to explain the loss he feels about his dearest chum. Andrew shared with the team he would also like a chance to be adopted.
Boy, born December 2002
Robert is a handsome young man. His general development is delayed. He has good gross motor skills, and his fine motor skills need a bit of assistance; he likes to color. He enjoys listening to music, and dancing. He vocalizes, but his expressive speech is not developed yet.
Robert currently is a student in the fourth grade of a Special School. He has a good orientation in the academic environment and points at objects in the classroom. He understands instructions, but does not always follow them. He knows his name and reacts with a smile when called by name. He takes part in the educational activities with interest but he would soon lose his concentration. He shows positive attitude toward children and adults. He often takes part in organized events. The boy performs simple chores – when assisted and stimulated he cleans his work place and the classroom.
Additional information available from the agency. Recent pictures and videos available, too!
Boy, born September 2010
Post op heart defect, Post-op Cleft lip, post op hernia, cleft palate
Phillip is an outgoing, active and independent 3.5 year old boy. He was born with a heart defect (had corrective surgery at 8 months), a hernia (repaired when he was 14 months) and a cleft lip and palate (his lip was repaired when he was 15 months). He is doing great now, with normal physical and intellectual development. Phillip loves to participate in all kinds of activities such as playing with toys, helping other children and sitting on his teacher’s lap. He can go up and down the stairs and knows how to feed and dress himself. Phillip’s fine motor skills are good but he needs to build up his strength in his arms and hands. Phillip can say many simple words and can recite simple poems and songs. He already knows how to count and can name many body part and foods! Isn’t he the son you’ve been searching for?
Miriam also has significant signs of FAS, although that is not diagnosed
From a missionary who visited in August 2014: ” this tiny little lady is always on the go and is a total thrill seeker. She likes being spun around and tipped upside down. She has the cutest little giggle! She likes taking turns sitting on everyone’s knee. ”
From someone who met her: I loved this child but she seemed so lost…she had only just arrived at the institution when I visited and she was bewildered! She is TINY. She is the child we all talk about, the child plucked from the baby house at 5 and left in a cot! She is the child forgotten and alone!
I was told she could walk, in fact she is the only child in the bedridden building who can walk, and then without warning she was swooped from her cot and paraded in front of me. A recent update says she is still moving and can still walk and she cries if she doesn’t get her walk! And she is still laughing and playing; but for how much longer?
She needs OUT! She needs a Mama, NOW!
10 day wait often waived here. Married couples only, larger families welcome.
Sweet Denzel! He is tube fed through his nose, and often swaddled to prevent him from removing the tube. He ‘lights up’ and smiles widely when presented with musical toys — a greatly welcome distraction from his days spent staring at the ceiling. There is so much a family could provide for him!
Girl, born December 2008
Sweet Lianna was sadly abandoned at the age of 3 years. Upon entering the institution Lianna was not able to talk and this has not improved since. It is stated that Lianna likes class and helping the aunties.
Lianna could really benefit from a loving forever home that is able to see all her potential and be able to love her for exactly who she is.
Elijah needs a family asap, because he needs constant care, and at the orphanage he doesn’t receive it. They fed him with wheat cream only and how he is feeling sick all the time, it’s hard to feed him, so that at orphanages he just remains hungry sometimes.
He can walk and likes music and playing with mobile phones. He likes watching TV and doesn’t speak much.
Elijah really responds well to a male caregiver — he needs a Papa of his very own!
From a missionary who visited in August 2014: ” A beautiful little boy. He is doing so much better, he loves to walk. He needs someone to hold his hand as is too scared to walk alone just yet. He still has some self harming behaviors and lets you know when he’s not happy! But most of the time he is calm and has the cutest giggle. ”
From someone who met him summer 2013:
Elijah is a beautiful, sweet child. He is nonverbal but he occasionally makes some noises. Unfortunately, when I saw him he had to be restrained most of the time because he would hit himself and bang his head … hard. He now has a one-on-one caregiver, and I hear he is doing very well. Elijah likes to watch tv, and he loves musical toys. When you play music for him, he just lights up in a huge smile. He has an infectious laugh. While I was visiting, Elijah had surgery to fix a malfunctioning shunt. I was able to visit him in the hospital. The dedication of the man who is now his personal caregiver was amazing. Elijah can walk with support, and he loves to be held and cuddled. This little blond-haired child looks like an angel, and he would bring nothing but joy to a family’s life.
This child is rather calm, but always smiles when somebody touches him, and always tries to walk with somebody’s support.
From a missionary who visited in August 2014: “A very handsome young man. He gets around really well by crawling on his knees. He can walk a few steps with assistance but he cannot fully straighten his knees. But with therapy etc he could walk unassisted! He can feed himself a soft diet with a spoon. He verbalizes sounds but I do not think he can speak yet. He responds to affection but spends a lot of time staring out the window. He’s bored and needs out! ”
From a family who met him in June 2013: I met Blaine today. When I arrived at the orphanage he was being stretched by the therapist. He seemed to really like the therapist and would crawl to him and hold up his hands so that he could stand up. He can walk if you hold both his hands, and I saw him in a gait trainer, too. It’s very difficult for him to walk as he doesn’t seem to be able to fully straighten his legs. Blaine smiles a lot and seemed to be a pretty happy kid. He did get mad about something and have a tantrum, but it passed quickly. He rocks a lot and makes repetitive noises. He came over to sit by me and took my hand from another child’s so he could hold it. He was very interested in my iPhone.
From someone who met him: He was a bundle of smiles, just desperate to interact with us. [One of the men] picked him up and swung him, they obviously have built up a relationship and he shrieked with laughter…it was joyous! He was made to sit next to Tania for a picture, she hated it but he was just fine! He would blossom in a family and with a life!
10 day wait often waived here. Married couples only, larger families welcome.
From a missionary who visited in August 2014: ” such sad, soulful eyes. He has a lot of self-harming behaviors and is covered in scars. He is aware of what is going on around him though and needs love and attention to blossom. He likes music. He can feed himself but will give you the spoon back when he wants a break. He can walk. This little love deserves a chance to be happy, it makes me sick to think of what awaits him in life. ”
From someone who met him: When I met him I was heartbroken! More than any child in the institution the sight of this thin boy with his hands tied and blood on his sleeves made me weep! My own child self-harms and I think I connected with this sight…it could have been my angel!! The staff told me he was tied for his protection, as he hurts himself; the holes on his sleeves obviously points to this… my own child has a self-harming syndrome and lives a wondrously happy and fabulous family life! Yes it needs managing but this child in front of me was desperate and my heart literally broke! He needs help and the life I know he can lead!
From an adoptive family who visited with him in June 2013: I met Nehemiah today. He is in a groupa with 7 other boys. In the playroom he sat on a mat with a stuffed lion. He didn’t really interact with me at all. Occasionally he would begin to cry loudly. Luckily, the caregivers responded to him quickly. He has sores all over his hands and wounds on his face. He’s a very attractive little guy, though.
10 day wait often waived here. Married couples only, larger families welcome.
Brothers – they need to be adopted together! They are said to be “very good boys”!
Hunter, The oldest, was born in March 2004
Hyperkinetic disorders/Hyperkinetic conduct disorder; Nonorganic sleep disorder/Emotional sleep disorder; Benign intracranial hypertension; Other specified diseases of gallbladder; Flat foot
Hunter likes to eat a lot. He and his brother
Forest have a lot of energy. He really likes to do arts and crafts and play games. Most of the time he has a very sweet disposition. He is very keen to interact with adults. That being said if an adult is too rough with him things will start to escalate. If an adult tries to swat at him or restrain him in someway he may attempt to bite. Hunter can speak pretty well but he can’t always communicate what’s going on with his emotions. Hunter responds best to strong male figures. An attentive dad is key to a positive adoption for him. He is in grade 4 here but he can’t read, write, do math, or anything like that right now. He is schooled by himself and school mostly consists of arts and crafts. He is not unintelligent but very delayed. He likes soccer. He would be great in an attentive family where he and his brothers will get much attention and where they will be by far the youngest children. I would adopt him myself if I could be as focused on him and his brothers as he needs a dad and mom to be and if we had the space for them along with our current 3. He enjoys picking fruit and cleaning in the orphanage. He is never been far from the orphanage and he is interested in coming to America. He has communicated that he really wants to come to America and really wants a papa.
Forest, the middle boy, was born in Aug 2006
Mild mental delays; speech disorder
Forest likes to eat a lot. He does school the same way his brother Hunter does. He is considered to be in the second grade. Very sweet but also very active. Like his older brother, he needs to need a lot of attention to keep him from unintended harm. He likes to be outside. He has minor institutional self harming tendencies like scratching himself to leave marks. He does not do that a lot though. Forest loves to give hugs and kisses and hold hands with the adults.
Ridge, the youngest brother was born in Aug 2008
Stenosis of pulmonary artery; currently he does not require surgery. Tuberculin skin test – positive?
Ridge likes to clean. He was mopping the floor with an adult sized mop as I wrote this. He is a very small but sweet boy. He’s a very peaceful and charming child. He is not in school yet but he seems to be the most intellectual of his brothers. He will likely do better in school then his brothers when he gets the chance. He is so cute it is hard to imagine him spending another day without a family. When the boys orphanage shuts down Ridge will be separated from his brothers for several months because he is not old enough to go with his older brothers. I expect this will be a very traumatic time for him, so if a family could come for him as soon as possible that would be best. No family should hesitate to adopt these children as long as they are available to give the time and attention that these children deserve. If that is done the children will flourish.
Oh what a miracle, to have an updated photo of Katrina!!! And there is the light I knew had to be there! She doesn’t realize it, but now that she has a profile here on Reece’s Rainbow, Katrina has a CHANCE…a chance for a new life, a family of her own, to get out of these four walls and to have something to smile about.
From her medical records: Down syndrome, significant cognitive delay (coupled with FAS), flatfoot, partial atrophy of optic nerves, esotropia, secondary cardiomyopathy.
From a missionary who visited in August 2014: “Katrina is such a clever little munchkin. She mimics lots of different things, massage therapy, diapers changes, hammering in nails. Pulling faces the whole time, she is hilarious! She loves cuddles and once she has you she doesn’t want to let go. She still drinks from a bottle. She can walk. She cannot talk (yet). She can be a bit rough at times (scratching / hitting / pushing) so would be better in a family with bigger kids. She just wants to be loved. ”
From a missionary who visited with her in March 2012: Oh my heart…I so wanted to bring her home! She is a giggly soft hearted darling…she needs a mama!
From a family who met her, summer 2014:
Katrina was sitting in a stroller both times we saw her but I know she can walk. She seemed very happy to sit and listen to music during a concert for the orphanage, and she looked over at us with curiosity a few times. Her eyes are gorgeous. She was super cute and smiley, also calm and entertained when we saw her.
She was one of the girls selected for the group home, and the individual attention and instruction should really help her transition into a family! Even though she is getting better care right now, she would make even more progress in a real home. She needs a family!
Katrina and Tania can be adopted together if a family is approved and interested. 10 day wait often waived here. Married couples only, larger families welcome.
Tyler has waited 10 years for the opportunity to have a family and he is now FINALLY registered for adoption. He needs a family that will look past his age and see all that this little boy can be under the guidance of a loving family.
Tyler has experienced many transitions in his young life. He was placed in an orphanage after birth, sent to a horrific mental institution at age 4, removed from those conditions and placed in a different orphanage at age 6 and then finally moved into a group home family style orphanage at age 7, where he still lives today. In the group home, he is learning daily living skills, basic academics and self-help skills. He eats from a spoon and is learning to feed himself proficiently. He loves water and enjoys playing in the bath tub. He likes to watch TV and to sit on the back patio and watch the dogs walking down the street and the cars passing by. He will call out to the dogs when he sees them. He also enjoys going for walks in the community. He enjoys playing with musical books and toys. He follows verbal directions and says a few one and two syllable words. He knows the difference between familiar people and strangers and enjoys receiving individualized attention from adults. A teacher comes to the group home to work with him and other children on educational goals.
This joyful 11-y.o. boy wi is still waiting for his adoptive parents.
He is a radiant and sociable child who loves interacting with adults. He also has preferred adults which is a significant indicator that the child is capable of forming a relationship of attachment.
Boy, born February 2001
cerebral palsy, cognitive delays, spastic diplegia, inborn hydrocephalus, secondary cardiopathy
Leroy is one of the cleverest kids there, and he speaks a lot – he is rather impudent 😉
He gets sad, when other children get presents and he doesn’t. He understands much and likes ice-cream.
From someone who met him in 2012:
I thought he was wonderful…again one of the lucky 9 boys to be in the small group home, picked because he is so very able. He is clever and could achieve much. He was full of smiles and laughter when I met him. He was very polite and enjoyed the excitement of a visit. He really would thrive in a home environment.
From a family who met him, summer 2014:
Leroy is a very high functioning boy and definitely more mature than the other kids in his home. At first he wasn’t sure if he wanted a family, but after seeing so many of his friends leave with new parents he has changed his mind. He is very determined and has recently started to walk after years of being unable to move except by dragging his legs. He has a really good sense of humor and definitely understands everything going on around him. He was never inappropriate with us but had no trouble cracking jokes.
BOY, Born July 5, 2006
After-effects of inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system; optic nerve atrophy; conductive and neurosensorial hearing loss; atopic dermatitis; cryptorchism; severe mental delay
SIGNIFICANT RISK, PLEASE ADOPT ME SOON!!
Preston will be institutionalized and remain bedridden for life…he needs a family! He has been waiting far too long!
Girl, born November, 2008
Cerebral palsy and congenital developmental defect (cleft palate, right sided syndactyly).
Due to Mackenzie’s difficulty gaining weight, she did not have an operation for her cleft palate, but with time it has closed on its own. As her cleft palate closed itself, she is now able to eat almost everything, and has started to gain weight better. She stands only holding on something, but is able to crawl and scoot around well. She is very smiley and likes to be loved. She knows her name and reacts to it. She seems to know the caretakers, but her reactions and the way she plays corresponds to a one year old child. She plays with toys; but when she sees something new, she wants to take it to her mouth first. She does not speak and does not make sounds. Additional photos, video and report available upon request from the agency.
Comments from a current traveling family: “While visiting with our daughter [in the same orphanage] we had the chance to spend some time with “Mackenzie”. Wow… She is an amazing little girl with such a will for life. She shows such determination in everything she does and truly lives her life not letting anything get her down or in her way. She is such a happy little girl with the most contagious beautiful smile. Her diagnosis does not define her and it is clear that she will live life to the fullest if given the chance. She loves when she is talked to, loves listening to music and embraces the touch of others. She is loved dearly by everyone around her while she waits patiently for her forever family.”
From a family who met Mackenzie in May 2014: Mackenzie is a sweet and loving girl. She can now pull to a stand without assistance and cruise along stable support. She is even able to wobbly walk while pushing a walker.
Robert was born very prematurely in May 2010. He has been diagnosed with intrauterine chronic acute hypoxia, severe asphyxia, and retinopathy of prematurity.
Robert is an active child who likes to play with noisy and musical toys. He can walk, but due to his impaired vision needs to hold on to a stable support or someone’s hand. Robert is friendly and interactive, but can be stubborn and is protective of his favorite toys. He eats very well and likes being first when the meals are served.
Robert needs a patient and loving family that can provide the resources he requires to develop further.
Additional photos, reports, and videos are available upon request from the agency.
From a family who met Robert in May 2014: Even though Robert has impaired vision, it is clear that he sees something as he navigates himself through the room and seeks physical contact with others. Robert can walk with stable support and cruises along walls and furniture on his own. He was very affectionate with my husband and clearly enjoyed the attention. Robert was also able to play interactively with our son when receiving some guidance. The two boys had so much fun riding the seesaw together.
Boy, born March 2006
Cerebral Palsy, significant mental delays
Not a great picture, but Liam is a cutie! Even though he has CP, it’s nice to see him in a place that has him up and about.
Large families welcome, married couples only.
From a family who met him in 2014: This little guy tried for 5 minutes to get my attention before I could come over to him. Although he is mostly nonverbal, his receptive language is good, and he was able to follow instructions and respond to our conversation. I asked what he could do physically, and he immediately began pushing the cover back and trying to flip over, to show me he could roll, and pull up on the side of the bed. He is very sweet, and so very much wants OUT of the bed and to be up walking, but without proper medical intervention and regular therapy, he won’t be able to. His outgoing, sunny personality is absolutely wonderful! His biological mother died 4 years ago, and he entered the orphanage then, so he had that solid foundation of a loving mom during the important years. From a CP perspective- all four limbs are involved, and he has high tone in his torso that makes it difficult for him to sit up, because when he gets excited, his tone kicks in and it flattens him back out. He also has significant spasticity in his legs, particularly in his heel cords and hamstrings. That is something that in the USA might be treated with a medicine like Baclofen, which would allow him more flexibility. He’s very affectionate and easygoing, and constantly tries to get up and move around like the other kids. He just really needs a family to help him reach his potential!
Boy, born 2004
From a volunteer who visited with him in July 2014: ” Nash is still this very small boy. He has the size of a pre schooler. He is really cute though. He loves to have a man around. He showed my boyfriend all around the place. He loves to blow little wind mills and play games together. He doesn’t really speak the language they speak in his country, but he does make all kinds of ‘words’. He actually tries to make you understand and every now and then there will be an actual word in it, which makes it easier to understand what he says. He is potty trained and he understands language and knows quite well how to read the body language of the nurses. He’s a big help for the nurses, he carries toys inside and pushes wheelchairs. We suspect that he has some kind of visual impairment. He had the glasses of my boyfriend on for a moment and he seemed to be able to see much more, but I’m no eye doctor, so I can’t say for sure. All I can say is that this boy desperately needs out. He is quite healthy and he needs a family where he can blossom. He is an amazing boy and I have tons of pictures and a couple videos of him, where he shows his own goofy self. So please don’t let this boy wait any longer. Many of his friends from the orphanage have been adopted, but he is still listed. I want him out there! I want someone to see his potential and love him all the way home!
From a family who met him in Dec 2013: He seemed to be rocking more persistently. I noticed when music was being played or when we would actively engage him play he would rock nervously. However, he is a wonderfully sweet spirited child and is eager to please. He would always great us with a formal, “hello” and then lead us to take a seat. He never missed an opprotunity to rush out of the groupa and jump in our laps or include himself in whatever game we were playing with our boys. He so desperately wants to be loved. He called me, “Mama” and it broke my heart…how I wish I could have taken this precious boy as well. There were many days that we noticed him strapped to a chair or straight jacketed; I am not sure why because I never saw any self injurious behavior from him. He is very impulsive and easily excited but his joy simply radiates a room. He desperately deserves to be loved, valued and wanted….he only aims to please. The first thought that came to mind upon meeting him was, “He does NOT belong here”….he is so smart…though his speech is often slurred; but only slightly. He seems to be minorly effected by his hydrocephaly and gets along very well. His poor little hands do shake though; probably as a result of the pressure on his brain. I am unsure if he has been shunted or not; I felt around his head one day and did not feel the bump that would indicate he has. If he has not been shunted then that makes his case even more urgent. He desperately needs out! This boy has ALL the potential in the world…he just needs the right parents to break him free! I also have a video with him in it, if a family is interested.
From someone who met Nash in 2012: Nash is a wonderful little boy. He is always quick to excitedly greet visitors with happy squeals and a formal hello, and is quite insistent visitors take a seat in the chair he brings over to them He is very helpful and obedient, and will sometimes bring toys over to the smaller kids in his group who cannot get toys for themselves. He is very talkative, but a lot of what he says is sort of like “Nash”-ese. He has no problem getting his point across, however, if it is important to him that you understand him! He likes to play with just about any toy; balls, legos, cars, light up toys, you name it he will play with it. He enjoys being silly and laughing, and especially thrives with one on one attention. He is generally a happy little guy, but does not like messes or rule breaking, and is not afraid to tell the other children “No” or try to right their wrongs if they are misbehaving. He very much aims to please! I feel Nash would adjust easily to and thrive in a family!
Girl, born, March 2010
Cerebral palsy, optic atrophy, developmental delays
Ohh, I love her little pouf of hair, what a lovely little girl.
Not sure how much vision she has.
From a family who met her in early 2014:
She needs out! She is skeletal and looks to be in very poor condition. Neveah just cries and cries if you get near her. Also, she appeared to be heavily sedated. She had a toy tied to her wrist/hand, and her hands were bound to not scratch herself. So, so sad.
Girl, born Aug 2010
She can laugh aloud. She waves her head when happy. She grasps little toys with left hand and put them into her mouth to bite them. She can sit alone for a short time. She looks around when someone speaks to her.
Fern has a good physical state, has balanced nutrition, has a routine life every day, good living habits but is choosy about food.
From an adoptive parent who saw her in April 2014:
Let me start by saying my heart broke for this little one. She is unable to sit up or feed herself. She cannot walk. She was brought to me in the crib. She smiled when I spoke to her and she grabbed my hand when I placed mine in hers. She laughed when we tickled her and she seemed to enjoy my attention. The nannies say she can smile and laugh when tickled. She can chew and swallow food. She has a familiar caretaker and smiles when she is with her. She is described as a very content child. She is easy going.
Note: Fern’s updated file pictures do show her sitting up, although she may be supported by leaning on the wall in one picture. She desperately needs a family who can get her out of the crib and into therapy so she can be all that she can be!
Boy, born November 2005
Oskar is small for his age, but has no trouble keeping up with the other kids. He is active and outgoing. He attends kindergarten where he gets average grades. He likes to sing and his speech is clear and articulate. He lives with a foster family, gets along well with other children, and has a healthy appetite. He can count all the way to 100, write his name, and likes to draw pictures of rabbits, which he called his friends. He has a beautiful smile.
Oskar receives monthly blood transfusions to treat his thalassemia.
Update 4/2014- The director of the agency states that out of all the kids she has met (and she has met MANY), she has 3 boys who are her favorites. She calls them her babies. Oskar is one of them! She wants him to find a family so badly- she just loves him! She says that he is so sweet and a very nice boy. Oskar has a great personality and makes great eye contact. He repeats everything that is said in English like a little parrot. Oskar is just a little sponge and is inquisitive and wants to learn English. He has a lot of friends and lives with a foster brother who he is so sweet to. They could not get the foster brother to open up so Oskar came over and sat down with him to help.
Oskar needs a family immediately so that he can receive consistent medical care for his condition and remain healthy.
FAS, cognitive delays, anemia, ADD, congenital malformation of ribs NOS: pectus excavatum congenital heart defect: Atrial septal defect
What a little doll! She may be a strawberry blonde? Cara is a sweet little girl with many of the challenges of fetal alcohol syndrome. Facial features, cognitive/academic delays, inattention, and heart condition are all common symptoms of FAS. She previously had a diagnosis of Hep C, but we believe that was preliminary at birth. Families should be aware of this and prepared, but not expect it to be the case. Cara will need to be followed by a cardiologist.
From one of our adoptive families who met her in 2013: Cara seems to be a very bright girl all around. She wanted to sneak out into the room where we were playing with our daughter. They all try When she was told to come in she would quickly sit by our side and say, “but I’m going to sit here nicely and play, I promise.” I felt so bad when they would make her come in. She DID play very nicely. She didn’t throw any tantrums. We gave her a mini slinkie to keep and she was so excited and said thank you and ran back into the room. Her hair is cut much shorter and she is petite. She got her shoes on and off by herself…and fast when told she could play after her shoes were on. She would really thrive in a family. This region waives the 10 day wait usually too which is extra nice.
Update March 2014:
Cara is a sweetie, but more shy. She’s very pretty and has striking blue eyes and blond hair. She would watch me and sneak over to wave hello before the nannies would send her back to her chair. She’s in a groupa that does a lot of preschool type work, and and is set up like a classroom so the kids come home with more age- appropriate skills. Our just-turned-3 year old daughter knows how to work puzzles, hold a crayon/pencil properly to write (and is showing pre-writing skills already), understands the concept of counting, etc- not the “norm” for orphanage life! So, kids from this groupa will likely come home knowing how to play appropriately with toys but also prepared to learn in a school-type setting as well. Cara does have obvious facial features of FAS, but the only behavioral/developmental issues that were apparent from casual glance was the sensory needs- she does rock back and forth on her chair when she has to sit for more than about 30 minutes. Otherwise, she seems to do very well. She follows instructions and sat quietly while waiting for her turn.
Girl, born December 2007
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.