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Tania

tania-2014Girl, born August 2002.

 

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!

$8,052.45 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Daisy

Daisy-2014Girl, born March 2005

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.

$101.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Dillon

dillon2014-4dillon2014-1Boy, born 2000
Down syndrome

 

From a missionary who visited in August 2014:    Dillon loves cuddles and attention. He also loves getting his photo taken with other people, then takes his own “photos” with his hand. He grabs you and says “cheee” and takes a selfie with his hand. So adorable!  He has a killer laugh.  He is smart and helps out the caregivers.  He doesn’t speak but verbalizes sounds and makes his needs known. He will be a lovely son.

 

From a family who visited with him in 2014:  In all my interaction and time with Dillon, I never saw the slightest sign that he was aggressive or had the ability to hit children. In fact, out of all the boys there, Dillon is the most gentle, softhearted, and kind. I did see some horse play and pinching between the other boys, but never Dillon. Dillon is calm, extremely happy, and joyful, and very soft and slow with his movements.

From another family who met him:
He is beautiful! absolutely a treasure. a teddy bear my hubby says. When he first met me, he kissed my hand to say hello, and then he kissed (my husband’s) hand.  He has a beautiful smile! We visited him again later that night. He gave me a huge hug. He just wraps his arms around you very tight! He is quiet, but sat next to me and loves to spend time with you. Today, when we arrived and gave the kids cookies, he was so happy. We have a video where he sets down what he has in one hand just to say hello to the camera. He is full of smiles. When we left, I went up to him and he put the world’s hugest smile on his face and put his arms out in a straight “t”, armed and ready for a tight hug! An absolute treasure is the best way to describe him He is more than that.  He loves to play soccer. He runs and plays and laughs. He will be a huge blessing to a family! Also very gentle!

$3,009.63 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Gina (Missy)

Gina 2014 (2)Gina 2013Girl, born September 2008
Cerebral palsy

 

Gina has a sunshiney smile!

More pictures available, but she is seated in this chair in all the pictures we have.

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.

$287.15 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Rita

RitaRita-2014Girl, born 2007
Cerebral palsy, spastic hemiplegia, epilepsy, cardiomyopathy, deformity of lower limb, respiratory disease, malnutrition

 

From a missionary who visited in August 2014:  ”girly needs out now people! The doctors in her country have decided she doesn’t have long to live (they have said that for her whole life…) She needs proper medical attention and intervention. She is such a little doll, her smile can make your whole day. Don’t condemn her to die alone in a cot. ”

 

Sweet girl!   Several videos of her are available from Maya’s Hope.

 

Married couples only.  Travel required.

$12,222.84 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Miriam

Miriam-2014Girl, born August 2007Miriam pic
Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities,  myopia

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.

$129.35 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Denzel

Denzel2Guardian AngelDenzel-2014Boy, born January 2001
mental delays, spastic tetraparesis, convulsive disorder

 

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!

$1,002.90 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Lianna

Lianna updateLiannaGirl, born December 2008
PRC
Down syndrome

 

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.

$235.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Elijah

Elijah-2014Boy, born Feb 2006
Elijah Birth defect of central nervous system, hydrocephalus, mental delays, manifest deviation, cardipathy and protein-calorie deficiency

 

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.

Guardian AngelElijah 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.

$832.97 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Blaine

MI (1) Blaine-2014Boy, born Sept 1999
Cerebral palsy, deep mental handicap, hydrocephaly, complete vascular leukoma, corneal staphyloma, inborn optic atrophy

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.

$75.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Zander #

Zander updateZanderBoy, born 2009
Background retinopathy Microphthalmus of the left eye; coloboma affecting the iris, optic nerve papilla, both eyes. Asthma with predominant allergic component; Iron-deficiency anemia; general developmental delays
Update August 2014:

The pedagogue who works with this boy for two years, said that definitely there was improvement and progress in his development since she had started working with him. She said that he started eating transitional food and now is not eating from a feeding bottle; she said he chews well but slowly; he is calm while eating. He spontaneously pronounces syllables like “ma-ma”
He can push himself with the walker and he is doing a really good job in it. He really holds onto a toy when he has in his grip; he mostly bangs it on a hard surface or if he has two, one in each hand he bangs them together, but he really has his attention on them. When someone takes his toy or if he loses it, he starts to look for it. He can crawl really well, and in the instance that our representative saw him crawling, it was after a ball taken from him on purpose by the pedagogue. He was right after the ball and he caught up and got his ball back, which was very impressive, taking into account that he is diagnosed with detached retina. He can sit up straight holding on or leaning towards a fixed support. He can walks if he held by both hands – his legs still are a bit weak for him to walk all by himself, and that if it’s worked with him toward strengthening his legs he will be able to walk well.

The most surprising thing about him was that he could take a toy that was within his reach, without it making any noise. Apparently he has some vision left, the doctor in the Home said that he may “see shadows”, and that’s how he is able to reach for toys that are close to him. He seemed to reach mostly on his left side and with his left hand. He could detect toys from a big yellow bucket to a small red car, so he definitely has some partial peripheral vision left, no one was sure exactly how much though. Even the test that was done on him is inconclusive saying “following light?”. Otherwise it reads “Total detachment of the retina bilaterally. Retinopathy of prematurity fifth degree.”

He is a really cute boy who is definitely behind in all the areas of development, but he has the potential to develop a lot more. He is a blind boy, who otherwise is healthy. He needs more specific care, more patience and a lot of love to help him master tactile senses and some social skills. He needs people who will teach him to orientate in the environment. He is a good child, with very good potential. He needs more security and stability that only a loving family can give him. He is so young and can achieve many things! Having his own family who loves him and cares for him will benefit this child enormously.

Additional pictures and video available from the agency.
Because we only have this child’s file for a short time, he will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for him.

Nehemiah

Vm (1)Nehemiah-2014Boy, born January 2000
Cerebral palsy, difficult mental handicap

 

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.

$142.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Grady

30520133224Boy, born Sept 2000
Сerebral palsy with mild tetraparesis; Severe mental delays

From a family who met him:
He is so sweet and smart! He was asked to come tell us “Speceeba” (thank you) for the bananas a few times by the other staff. They wanted us to see him. He’s quite small for his age, walks with a little trouble, not much (this was 3 years ago though). On the last day we asked about adopting another child. The director sent for him. He came out and sang us a beautiful song in Russian. It has haunted me. I know when a previous family was there, he looked very battered.

He needs out!

$8,238.64 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Kendall

O girl (1)Kendall-2014Girl, born January 2006
cerebral palsy, bigeminal epilepsy, deep mental handicap, inner hydrocephaly, convergent squint

Kendall is a true orphans, as her mother has passed away.

 

From a missionary who visited in August 2014:  ”is a total sweetheart. She loves being picked up, held and tickled. She can stand with support but her feet don’t sit flat on the ground. She needs a family who can get her the therapy she needs. She responds to the caregivers she has a bond with, she will pull herself along the ground to get to them. Her giggle is precious. She really is an amazing little girl who would light up her families life.”

 

From someone who met her:  She was gorgeous, when I spent time with her she had been taken into the playroom by a caretaker and she was lapping up every single second, she couldn’t stop laughing and grinning; it was a joy to watch! when I compare to pictures I received of her later in her cot it does not look like the same child! She needs a life and love, she could bloom, I know it!

10 day wait often waived here. Married couples only, larger families welcome.

$185.93 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Cliff #397

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACliff 2014Boy, born 2008

This almost 5-year-old boy has infantile cerebral palsy, microcephaly, club feet, congenital megacolon and hypotrophy.

 

Cliff laughs aloud when jested and smiles when involved in interaction. He follows moving objects with his eyes. He listens to adults’ speech. He has a good appetite. His sleep is calm.

 The agency has additional pictures and videos available for interested families.

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.

Reno

Reno 201430706161738 (2)Boy, born April 2011

Congenital heart disease: perimembranous ventricular septum defect, congenital atrial septum defect, minor pulmonary valve stenosis

crossed eyes, ptosis (droopy eyelid), both sides inguinal testis, delay of psychological and speech development.

 

From a family who met him, summer 2014:
He is very small but he does not let it stop him. He can run and climb and say names. He played very well with other children. I never witness him being aggressive to other children. Every time we came to visit he would run up and put his arms up to be held. I would stroke his check and say his name then he was off to the races. He would make an awesome son! The orphanage is so nice. The playground facility was top notch and the nannies were so nice. We were able to interact with all of the children in our daughter’s group which I found to be a huge plus. We got to see first hand how he played and got along with other children

 

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

Hunter, Forest and Ridge

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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 Hunter-001

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

ForestForest 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-001Ridge 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.

Hunter

Hunter 2014

Ridge

Ridge 2014

 

$1,962.05 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Laura

Laura Photo 4 - May 2014Girl, Born November 2009
Down syndrome

 

Laura was born in November 2009 and has 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 cannot yet walk independently, but tries to do so with help. She can climb and scoot along on the floor as well as feed herself. Laura is currently non-verbal, but follows simple instructions and responds to her name.

Laura Photo 5 Jun-2013

Laura lives in a great bilingual orphanage where she is exposed to the English language and receives wonderful care and attention.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact the agency.

Please note: Married couples are given preference due to child’s court appointed guardian in this case.

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.

 

MARRIED COUPLES ONLY.

$1,121.07 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Katrina

katrina2014Girl, Born December 2001

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.

$6,071.80 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Tyler #4-5

Boy, born 2002
Down syndrome

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.

UPDATE 2014:
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.

$5,010.80 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

 

Leroy

LeroyBoy, 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.

$165.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Preston

40710133438 Preston 2014BOY, Born July 5, 2006
Cerebral palsy
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!

$388.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Kelvin Philip

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Boy, born January 2007
Down syndrome

 

Handsome Kelvin is 7 years old, and waiting for his family!

From a family who met him in June 2014:

This calm little guy came up to me with pleading eyes for attention and is just so polite. God has heard his prayers, and now he is listed for adoption! He is not overbearing or competitive at all. Rather, he is observant and inquisitive. He is about the size of a six year-old and just so gentle. I would take him home in a heartbeat if he was available before. He takes turns riding the red wagon around the orphanage grounds as the bigger boys pull him, and he gestures politely for fresh fruit when he sees it is available. He is kind to other children. He says a few words in his native language, and listened carefully when I was giving descriptions of my family photos. I have confidence that he would do wonderfully in any kind of family, and it is obvious– he can surely reciprocate love! He enjoyed throwing balls, going on walks, playing see-saw, and listening to English descriptions. Whoever adopts this little love will be so blessed to call him a beloved son.

 

$1,102.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

 

Tina #417

IMG_0201SAMSUNGDOB: 2009
Diagnosis: Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome

Tina has been diagnosed with Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome, which is characterized by short stature, learning difficulties and distinct facial features. She was born with a heart condition that was surgically repaired. She can roll over and support herself up on her hands. All 4 of her limbs appear to have weak muscle tone, which could be a result of spending prolonged amounts of time in her crib. She will hold a toy in her hand and watch it. She makes eye contact with caregivers and eats from a spoon.

Additional photos of Tina are available.

Update from a family who met her in Nov 2013:
We visited her first during our November visit to Bulgaria. She is absolutely beautiful. She is very sweet and was happy to be held. She clearly has likes and dislikes and is able to make that clear. We spent a lot of time walking with her when she got restless from laying or sitting for too long. I was able to feed her one afternoon. She has some feeding issues and needs to eat pureed or soft foods. She enjoys eating and showed, by her eagerness, which foods were her favorite. She did not show any signs of recognizing her caregivers and showing any varying emotion for different people. We were told that she has not connected to any of her caregivers or show recognition of them. We had an evaluation done on her medical file by our local International Adoption Center. They told us that given what is reported in her MRI that she has fluid where she should have brain matter so her functioning level will likely not make major gains. I can’t say enough how lovely she is and sweet. She showed preference for toys and loves to put things in her mouth! We very much enjoyed our time with her.

 

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.

Raul

30728131752 2Boy, born November 2002Raul 2014
HIV

From a family who met him, May 2014:
Raul is a very engaging young man.  He is full of smiles and really likes learning English.  He has a few words and some sentences already his belt.  He will try to have a conversation with you and will repeat what you say in an effort to understand you.  He prefers to be in the presence of adults verse many of his peers.  He is very professional in a business-like manner when he speaks with you and how he dresses.  You will often find him in his school uniform.  He loves to carry around his green brief case with a frog on it.  He is ready to make a deal.  He is not one to be found playing sports or soccer on the field but engaging in conversation or helping the adult supervisors in the boarding school.  He is very well liked by the staff and helpful to them.  He loves swimming and just being near you.  He is very receptive to hugs and willing to give and take them.  He is one to grab your hand, hold it while you walk and it just makes his day!

$128.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

 

Ashley

Ashley Photo 6 May-2013-2Girl, Born August 2009

Down syndrome, CHD

 

Sweet Ashley was born in August of 2009 and has been diagnosed with Down syndrome, 1st degree of prematurity, hypotrophy 2nd degree (20%) and congenital heart defect.   Ashley loves music and dances to the beat whenever music is played.   She is able to sit up unassisted and can pull up onto furniture.   Her caretakers state that she is a lovely and happy little girl.

Additional photos and video are available upon request from the agency.

From a family who met Ashley in May 2014: Ashley is a very active girl, despite not yet being able to walk.  She especially enjoys riding the rocking horse in her room.  Ashley does not yet notify her caretakers when she needs to use the restroom, but they report that she is very clean and stays dry during the day by using the potty on the orphanage schedule.  When we presented Ashley with the gift of a stuffed animal, she imitated my giving it a hug and then also lavished a big raspberry kiss on it.

$1,203.25 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Clarice

Clarice 2014 2 Clarice 2014Girl, born July 1999
Down syndrome

 

Clarice’s pictures are so fun to see – she seems to be all sunshine and motion!   She has such an amazing grin!

Clarice is so tiny; and she has many facial features of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, in addition to her Down syndrome.

She has the personality of an impetuous toddler- very high energy and eager to try everything life has to offer. She too needs a family, and the sooner the better. The possibilities for a child to thrive when they reach a family are endless. She will definitely need medical attention, as you can tell from just seeing her teeth, and lots of patient instruction and guidance.

 

Update from May 2014:
CClarice has a sunshine smile, twinkling eyes, and a unique set of needs, as she is the victim of at least one confirmed type of maternal substance abuse in addition to having Down Syndrome and scoliosis. She has spent the entirety of her almost-15 years of her life without the essential and nurturing maternal and paternal bond. She is a sweet-natured, not loud, strong, and curious child who is the size of a slender six year-old. She is cognitively about two years old. She IS able to obey the stern orphanage nannies, and enjoys massage, stroller rides, sensory activities if she is offered, joint stimulation, and can walk. Clarice can engage in purposeful play and follow basic instructions. She bear-crawls (think Jungle Book) many times, and really has a gentle disposition. Her eyes are innocent and kind, and her personality is gentle and sweet. It is not fair to expect a child in this condition to “perform” for a room full of adults, and she is enamored and thankful with any offers of play or stimulation. She has a self-stimming habit of pushing on her private parts under her underpants, but as I have learned in the DS community, this is probably a result of a lack of sensory input. So, if given the right redirection through sensory play, her habit could be redirected. Clarice has the strength of a man when she wants you to hold her, and it is my opinion that it is unsuitable for her to have several physically smaller siblings. However, that is not legislated. There are several telling videos and photos of Clarice to share for the right family. She needs a family ASAP! I was told by a national regarding the kind of place she goes next — that “most children live for only one year at most once transferred.” Please pray for precious Clarice. Could you love her as a daughter? God knows her name, and he will provide her needs.

$15,350.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

 

Neal

Neal Photo 3 rec. Jan-2013Guardian AngelSweet Neal was born in January of 2009 and has been diagnosed with perinatal encephalopathy and psychomotor development delay. We have reports that his doctor has stated that there is a possibility that Neal may be able to walk in the future, but there are no guarantees. He is able to express himself very well. He is a very kind little boy and is very much loved.

Update August 2012: Neal is very shy with people he does not know well, but his caretakers state that he is very outgoing and personable with those he knows well. He can say poems and he is very friendly and sociable. He once told his caretakers that one day he will walk, and they are working on therapy. Currently, he is not so strong but little by little he is progressing.

Update from January 2013: Our agency staff representative visited Neal in January and provided the following update. Neal speaks, understands the speech addressed to him, and recognizes everybody. He is very articulate, using complex sentences and knows poems and songs by heart. With physical therapy he has acquired better head control and is using his hands more. Therapists are working on his legs as well. With the help of physical therapy his doctors feel he will, little by little, develop his muscles. At this point he can stand for a second, which is big progress. Plus he is very smart and he himself wants to stand, walk and be stronger. It is very touching when he says so. It has only been a year and a half that he has been at the orphanage, and all that period of time they have done therapy, only not so intensive. If an intensive therapy was available for him he would have better progress.

Caregiver update March 2014: Everybody agrees the progress that Neal has made by now is huge. He’s able to move his hands and is doing really well. A very smart and sweet boy!

Additional photos, video and personal information available upon request from the agency.

From a family who met Neal in May 2014: Neal is a very shy boy when he doesn’t know you, but it is clear that he is very smart and aware of his surroundings.  Everyone from the orphanage director down raves about Neal’s intelligence.  He knows everyone, can tell you what has happened or will happen, memorizes parts of TV shows, recites poetry and sings songs.  Despite his limited mobility, Neal is now potty-trained and notifies his caregivers when he has to use the restroom.  Neal’s caretakers report that every morning when he wakes up he tells them, “I know my mama is coming.”

$416.88 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Mackenzie

Mackenzie Photo 6 rec. 1-22-014Girl, 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.

$40.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Robert

Robert Photo 1 March 2014Robert 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.

$50.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Liam

Liam 2014 (2)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!

$101.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Nash

NashBoy, born 2004
Hydrocephalus

 

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!

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.

$1,688.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Nevaeh

Neveah (1)Nevaeh (1)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.

$145.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Teddy

40223153742 (1)teddyBoy, born January 2012
Spastic dyplegia, completely deaf

 

Sweet boy has such beautiful, dark eyes.
Update from a family who met him in early 2014:
Teddy crawls- he’s very high functioning. He does have some autistic type behaviors- but I think it’s because he cannot hear. In other words- he stims from boredom, and when they call his name, unless he’s looking at their faces when they speak, he appears not to respond. Which is to be expected, as he is deaf.

$131.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Sulley

Sulley (2)Sulleyupdated pictureapril2014Boy, born 2005
PRC
Meningocele

Sulley is a sweet boy with a great sense of humor! Even when younger, he always had a large vocabulary and liked to talk! He is attending school through his group foster home. Sulley has a diagnosis of postoperative meningocele, scoliosis and deformity of thorax. He is listed as HBV suggested, but that is believed to be due to the positive results caused when given the Hep B vaccine.

This funny, sweet little boy is waiting for a fun loving family to find him. Videos are available which show how adorable and sweet this cutie really is.

$100.06 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Penny

Penny (1)

Girl, born Oct 2009Penny (2)
PRC
Down Syndrome

This precious toddler girl is said to be gentle and lovely by her orphanage staff! She has been in a foster family and also is able to do therapy at a Rehab Center close-by.

Penny enjoys exploring things, likes dolls and playing with other children. She also likes painting! She is quickly catching up with her peers in all areas. She knows how to dress herself and can feed herself as well. Now, all she needs in a mommy to tuck her in at night!

UPDATE RECEIVED MARCH 2014: Penny is very healthy now and she can feed herself. She can put her own shoes on and understands some simple commands from the adult. She is very curious and can imitate people. Penny is a happy active little girl who likes to smile a lot. She can say some single words now and gets along well with other children.  Agency has videos available.

$1,013.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Fern

Fernuodated filepicture2Fernupdated file pictureGirl, born Aug 2010
Cerebral palsy
PRC

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!

$99.45 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Oskar

Oskar April2014OskarBoy, born November 2005
PRC
Thalassemia B

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.

$8.10 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Jake

Jake Photo 1 April 2014 - April 2014 -cropJakeBoy, Born February 2003

Down syndrome

 

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.

MARRIED COUPLES ONLY.

 

$5,000.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Annalise

AnnaliseGirl, Born August 2003

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 Photo 2014 - 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.

MARRIED COUPLES ONLY.

 

$5,000.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Tori

Tori update (1) Girl, born March 2011

PRC

Tori is a beautiful little girl who has been diagnosed with Down syndrome.

Tori has a balanced nutrition and good sleep. She has a routine life in the orphanage. According to her caregivers, she is growing up very similar to that of her peers.

Tori update (2)

$2,645.13 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Kambry

Girl, born July 2007Kambry 201430816153202
Freeman Sheldon syndrome,  both legs clubfoot (condition after surgery in 2011), developmental delays

From a family who met her, April 2014:
She seems gentle and quiet. Probably the oldest in her groupa. She plays appropriately although it seems she is a little on the outside of the other kids play sometimes, probably because she walks a little awkwardly from her feet being turned inwards. I personally would be surprised if she is actually mentally delayed.  She walks well, just probably slower and I’ve not seen her try to run. I think she would be a real sweetheart.

$18.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

 

 

Cara

Cara 201420602083027
Guardian Angel
Girl, born September 2007

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.

$962.10 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Brenna

Brenna 2014-001
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.

$5.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

 

Annie #40-4

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnnieDOB: December 2005

Diagnosis: delays in development -report indicates that due to delayed speech, Autism was initially suspected. However, no formal testing has been done and the child’s development is continuing to improve.

Annie is 8 years old. Her motor skills are well developed. She walks, runs, catches & throws a ball, climbs, hops on one foot and participates in musical games that require movement. Her fine motor skills are developing as well. She can open/close scissors and is learning to cut with them. She draws on paper, though she is not yet writing letters. She plays with play dough and builds a tower of 12 blocks. She is in the 1st grade and attending school outside the orphanage. She follows verbal directions and responds to her name. She tries to imitate words said by adults. She currently expresses herself non verbally. She is very protective of her possessions. She doesn’t often initiate play with the other children, but she will play close to them. She will join in organized group activities for short periods of time and is very emotionally responsive to familiar adults. She needs extra time to complete tasks and has a short attention span. She stops inappropriate behaviors when redirected by an adult. She feeds and dresses herself. Since she is non verbal, she does not yet indicate that she needs to go to the bathroom on her own, so she is taken on a schedule and is completely toilet trained using this method.
Update March 2014:
She was recently transferred to a mental institution.

The child has moderate mental delay and her neuropsychological development is delayed mostly with regards to her speech. However, as you will see in the videos, the girl is repeating words after an adult and trying to pronounce them as the adult does. She knows and shows all her body parts, she knows how to write the first letter of her name. She also tries to write her full name but still has some difficulties as she is changing the order of the letters. The girl understands everything she is told by adults. She follows instructions and does errands. She is very musical. In the videos you will see her perform dance movements when asked by an adult.

It is obvious that this is a lovely, affectionate child, who seeks adults’ attention, caress and closeness. She is willing to learn new things and I believe that with a constant family environment, providing her with comfort, encouragement, love and attention and with regular individual sessions with a speech therapist, this child could achieve much more progress in her development.
Additional photos & videos are available.

$1,001.81 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Marty #6-7

MartyBoy, born June 2002
Down syndrome

Marty is described as a quiet and even-tempered child who has adapted quickly to the routine and daily schedule at the institution. He is able to walk independently. He assists with dressing and undressing himself and is learning to feed himself as well. He goes to the toilet when reminded to do so by the staff. He is not yet speaking but demonstrates understanding and follows basic requests.

He plays with other children and interacts well with adults. He responds to his name and loves attention from the caregivers. He has a special bond with one specific care giver. He loves to play with toys and shows a preference for stuffed animals.

Marty has already been transferred to an institution.

UPDATE March 2014:
He is a calm and quiet boy; good general condition; walks independently; eats, dresses/undresses and puts his shoes on independently; a 5th-grade student at an auxiliary school; vocalizes; understands what he is told; scribbles; establishes contact with other children and staff members; loves getting attention and being caressed; follows simple instructions; has formed a relationship of emotional attachment with one of the staff members; loves listening to music.

SINGLE MOMS, OLDER PARENTS, & LARGE FAMILIES WELCOME, EASY TRAVEL. MULTIPLE CHILDREN CAN BE ADOPTED AT THE SAME TIME.

$4,000.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Reese

Reese Photo 1 March 2014Reese Photo 4 Sept-2013Reese 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.

Married couples are given preference due to child’s court appointed guardian in this case.

$18.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

 

Kristopher

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Boy, born September 2004
Cerebral paulsy, spastic diplegia, mental delay, epileptic syndrome, crossed eyes.

 

Look at the bright smile on this handsome boy!  Kristopher has cerebral palsy and is cross-eyed, but would do so well in a family of his own!

Update from someone who met him in summer 2013:
Kristopher is one of those wise old souls. He is very intelligent and loves it when adults come and visit him. He’s also quite the charmer – the head of Child Services for the region was so charmed with him she gave him a life-sized stuffed crocodile for a present! Kristopher loves his classes at the orphanage and always strives to please the teacher, and he has many friends. He also loves music – one of the other missionaries let him play with her harmonica the first day and every day after that he asked for “the thing that blows”. He has some strabismus and gets around well in his wheelchair. The director would love for a family to adopt him, and she says he would do well.

Update March 2014:
This kid is awesome!!!  He’s a very healthy weight, quite strong in his upper body (which appears to be not affected or just minimally affected by the CP), and although his spasticity in his legs is obvious, he still is able to stand from sitting in the wheelchair, and walk while pushing the wheelchair.  He rolls his own wheelchair, however, since the chair he is in is too big for him, and not designed to be self-propelled by the rider, he has to lean very far over one side to reach the wheel.  For those familiar with CP- his heel cords are tight and feet are pointed downwards.  He has very little ROM in the right foot, but some in the left.  He legs are “scissored”, with the right pulled slightly over the left, indicating involvement of the adductors in the spasticity.  He has tightness in his hamstrings. Without a full medical exam and some PT, I don’t know how much is just spasticity or whether it could be contractures- but even with those restrictions, he is still able to stand and walk some.  His torso seems strong and his neck does as well.  He is a very sweet boy- a bit shy and quiet in his responses at first (although he grinned and giggled the entire time, very pleased with the attention), but smart as well.  He very, very, very much wants a family- in fact, he is the one who heard we were there for our daughter, and found the director and begged her to bring his family to him as well.  He has great motivation to walk and move around, and very much wants to be a typical boy, but without the medical care for his CP, his options here are limited.  He is about the height of a typical 8 year old, but solid in weight.  He interacts well with the adults and children in the groupa, and seemed very appropriate (not overly affectionate or engaging) when he met new people.  He frequently looked to the familiar adults for confirmation that it was ok to talk to us and preferred their attention (which is good news when it comes to transferring attachment to a new family).  He is an adorable little guy with an engaging grin that just lights up his eyes, and he very much would love to have a family of his own.

Kristopher can be adopted with Collier, Dylan, Cambria and Tatumn. He and Collier are in the same groupa.

$1,776.30 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Susie

Susie Photo 1 March 2014 (1)SusieGuardian AngelSusie was born prematurely at 27 weeks gestation in June 2011. She has been diagnosed with multiple malformations of the brain, including agenesis of the corpus callosum, porencephaly, hydrocephaly, and hematomas. A catheter and shunt have been placed to allow fluids to drain from Susie’s brain. Susie has epilepsy, is blind, has no head control, and has significant developmental delays, but she reacts when someone speaks to her and loves music. Additional photos and reports are available upon request from the agency.

Please note: Married couples are given preference due to child’s court appointed guardian in this case.

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

Cecily

Cecily 5Cecily in blue (3)Girl, born January 2007

Mixed developmental disorders; congenital malformations of ribs; Coloboma of optic disc; strabismus; Mild protein-energy malnutrition

 

Cecily should be getting ready for kindergarten, not an institution!

She has some facial features of possible FAS, but this is not documented and is only a cautionary disclosure.

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Update March 2014:
I LOVE this girl!!!! She is so poised and smart and sweet and totally impressed me when I would interact with her. She’s very formal and polite when she meets new people, but as soon as she would go back into her classroom, she would be playing and laughing and giggling with her friends. She and Cara are friends and play together often. She’s a very typical kid, and often took a leadership role when playing with the other kids. One day, she was playing with my daughter, doing some kind of pretend play, and it was quite fun to watch! 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.

$259.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

 

Tanner #31-1

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Boy, Born July 2001

Main diagnosis: Down Syndrome. Deafness. Converging strabismus. Obstructive and reflux nephropathia.  Lagging behind in his neuro-psychical development.

The agency has several photos and a video clip of Tanner from March 2014. In the video, he says “hi”, follows simple verbal instructions, gives someone a hug upon request and drinks from an open cup. Based on the video, he does appear to have some level of hearing.

$7,892.40 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

David

David smilingBoy, born March 2004

 

 

David has cerebral palsy and his eyes cross.  He would do so well in a loving family!

 

Update March 2014:
This kid is AWESOME!!!! He seriously has no business in a level III/IV institution. His CP is so mild- he walked around, did all kinds of stuff. He’s smart and funny, he and my translator talked for about 15 minutes and she said he is a “very normal child and good at conversation.” He was very “appropriate”- I don’t know another way to say it- he was quiet and looked at us like “who are these strangers?” and looked to the nannies for approval, and only then spoke to us. My English (and butchered attempts at Russian) made him start to grin but he quickly got it under control and didn’t outright laugh at me (which makes him more polite than the majority of folks lol!) and he was very respectful.

I LOVE this kid- he needs a family immediately- someone to get him in school and get some botox in that left leg and get those legs stretched so he can walk easier. He would be an awesome addition to a family!

$135.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Harley

Harley-2014Girl, born Jun 2000

Down syndrome

 

From one of our adoptive families who met her in August 2014:  ” Harley was so sweet and gentle.   She reached for my hands several times and is very aware of her surroundings. She is walking and just a gentle little love. However, she knows how to express her dislikes as well.   One of the other children was crowding her and she did not like it so she let her know in no uncertain terms that she was not pleased.  She really is a doll!”


From someone who met her in 2013:

It is so difficult to believe we celebrated Harley’s 13th birthday when we visited the orphanage. She’s so very tiny and still very much a baby. She is very loving and sweet. She clings to you when you hold her and always smiles when you bounce her up and down and tickle you. She doesn’t walk or talk, and is very limited. Harley is capable of walking with assistance and can take a few steps on her own if you push her hard enough! She can babble a little bit.

Harley walking

Update March 2014:
This little girl has spunk! She is now walking while holding hands with the nanny, and has opinions of her own about exactly who she will walk with and when she will do it. She may look like a 5 year old in size, but she has a ton of personality and independence! She seemed quite obedient, as they asked her to sit in her bed for a bit while they got her things together.

She doesn’t speak that I heard, but is very observant and watched everything that was going on. Her receptive language skills seem much better than her expressive ones, since she nodded and complied with everything they asked, even though she had just woken up and seemed a bit bleary eyed. The staff said she has a very good attention span. She is very cute – so tiny for her age- she looks just like a kindergartner, not a 14 year old.

$7,534.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Brayden

Brayden eating31209224312 (3)Boy, born September 2004
Mental delays; he does not talk. He is very active.

 

From someone who met him in 2013:
Brayden looks to be about 4 years old, not 9. He’s a very energetic and happy little boy. He would always run up to the missionaries. He is in the same groupa as Collier. He loved it when we went outside, and when the older boys swung him around. He also loved swinging on the bench swing and on one of the bouncy cars. He has some speech sounds, but it is very difficult to understand. Brayden is also very caring, and has the most infectious smile. I believe he would be a very good fit in a family.

Update March 2014:
He is a very enthusiastic and high energy little guy with obvious microcephaly. He spoke, but very minimally, and makes a lot of other noises- squeals and such. he is very assertive, especially when it comes to getting something he wants (like candy and fruit!) and seems to have poor proprioceptive input, and is unaware of how frequently he bounces into people and things lol (very common with FAS, and typically addressed through an improved sensory diet and occupational therapy, for more info, read about the Out of Sync Child). He seems like a sweet little boy.

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

Janelle

Janelle taggie 2 Janelle 3Girl, Born June 2007

Isn’t Janelle pretty? She was born with CP and struggles some with epilepsy. She is not able to walk on her own, but would such a blessing to any family.

She will remain bed/chair-ridden for life if she is not adopted. More photos available.

From her medical records: microcephaly. Spastic tetraparesis (CP), steady movement
violation. Episyndrome J 80-83, Q 02, J 40.6. Strabismus. ZPMR.

This region typically waives the 10 day waiting period for children with special needs.

Update March 2014:
Janelle is very frail, very tiny. She is about the size of a 6-9 month old, and very pale. She has beautiful reddish light brown hair and eyes that are about the same color. She appears very weak, and doesn’t interact much. They are very concerned about why she is not growing and have her on a special diet. She is clearly a favorite of one of the nannies, who was carrying her the entire time (which is wonderful in terms of mental and emotional health and sensory input, and to decrease issues of psychosocial dwarfism). She does not interact much, but this may be due to her weakened state. She is alert and watches what is happening. She needs a loving mama and daddy to get her the medical care she so desperately needs- and fast.

$1,616.90 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Scarlett

Scarlett Photo 2 March 2014Scarlett Photo 7 rec. 3-6-13-croppedGirl, Born September 2012

Down syndrome, CHD

 

Beautiful Scarlett was born in September of 2012 with Down syndrome and a heart defect.   She reacts to sounds, follows objects, smiles when being talked to and eats and sleeps well. She currently lacks head control and has low muscle tone.

Update March 2014:

Beautiful Scarlett was born in September of 2012 with Down Syndrome and a heart defect. She reacts to sounds, follows objects with her eyes, and eats and sleeps well. Scarlett is an active child who plays with toys and insistently demands attention She is smiley and content when she receives it.

Additional photos, videos and medical information available from the agency upon request.

 

Update July 2014:  Scarlett can now sit unassisted, stand with stable support, but does not yet walk.  At this time, she is not very active and does not play much with other children.  Scarlett’s heart defect is expected to close on its own as she grows older.
Video from July 2014 available for review by interested families.
$530.80 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Denis

DenisBOY, born July 2006

From his medical records:  epilepsy, frequent seizures therapeutic resistant, spastic tetraparesis, craniostenosis, gastroesophogeal reflux, congenital endogastritis

More photos available

From an adoptive family in summer 2012: 
We saw Denis three different times at large group events at this orphanage, and he is a very cute little boy. He is small for his age, and he was in a wheelchair the times I saw him (that may have been just for transport). But he was alert and following what was going on (a puppet show once, and a musical performance another time) with real interest.  He looked content and in a good mood every time we saw him.

This region typically waives the 10 day waiting period for children with special needs.   

Update March 2014:
Denis is a very handsome little guy. He is nonverbal, but makes a high trilling/singing sound or squeals when he is happy or trying to communicate. He looks like he is about the size of a 4 year old, however his abdomen is quite large (barrel shaped) while his arms and legs and hands are very thin and tiny. He is in a wheelchair and does not walk. His little body shakes often, from his head to his toes, which may be seizure activity. He’s very alert and watches what goes on, but does not appear very interested in interacting with people specifically. He is in a room with many other older, more mobile boys, so he may simply feel overwhelmed with the activity and constant movement.

$7,452.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Levi

lewis-levi updated picture2 Feb2014LeviBoy, born April 2007
PRC
Mental developmental delay, postoperative left oblique inguinal hernia

Levi is active, social, fond of listening to music and he can get along well with other children. He enjoys musical or movable toys, playing balls, clapping hands and swaying his hips along with music. He is curious about new things and delicious food makes him happy. Levi has attached stable and close relationships with the caregivers. Levi is attending the center’s preschool and loves participating in the class games. He has some difficulties paying attention, but he will listen to someone close to him or someone he knows well. He is very polite and greets everyone he meets. This sweet boy is waiting for a family who will provide him with structure, love and the opportunity to continue his progress.

A $5,000 agency grant is available, and his orphanage donation has been reduced and could possibly be waived completely.

$81.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Dylan

DylanBoy, born March 2003dylan
Down syndrome

 

This handsome little guy has eyes that cross, so an opthamologist visit will be in order when he gets home.  He’s looks pretty small for his age!   Doesn’t he look like he needs a Mama to scoop him up & snuggle?

Dylan can be adopted with COLLIER!

Update June 2013:
Dylan is an energetic, smart, and goofy little boy. Physically, he looks about 5 or 6 years old, but has the attitude of a teenager. He can be extremely aggressive – he shoved other children out of the way when I was holding them to try and get to me and hits other children. I can’t tell you how many times he headbutted me in the face. But he can also be very loving – one of the other missionaries was crying and he just sat in her lap and hugged her until she stopped. Dylan is also very smart. When he wanted to go outside, I told him he had to have shoes on…I didn’t expect him to go bring his shoes to me! He also has an extensive vocabulary and loves his Montessori classes at the orphanage.

Update March 2014:
Dylan has a lot of personality! Dylan would do well in a family with older children, especially teen boys that love to roughhouse and wrestle! He’s quite the clown, and extremely verbal and capable. As someone mentioned before, he is also rather aggressive in getting what he wants, not only because he seems oblivious to personal space, but also because he will not hesitate to grab what he wants and assert his strength over weaker ones. He’s 11, and is strong, stands about the height of a typical 9-10 year old. He also seems to have a mischievous streak and is very impulsive, which can result in him pinching people unprovoked. Although he has a lot of potential, he definitely needs the right environment and very patient and experienced parents in order to thrive.

$5,439.35 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Cambria

Cambria smiling March 2014Girl, born January 2005

Anophthalmos (absence of eyes)

 

What a sweet little girl!  She is walking independently.

Married couples only, large families welcome!

Update June 2013:
Don’t let Cambria’s pictures fool you. She is happy and full of life. Usually, she is stuck in bed for her own safety, as the nannies are afraid she could fall or run into something and hurt herself. When I took her out, she was able to walk, run, and dance to the music playing on the TV in the room. She loves dancing! She started laughing when I clapped my hands in front of her face and when I sneezed. She is an absolutely angelic little girl. While I do believe she has some institutional autism, she would be a joy in any family, and with love and proper care will thrive.

Update March 2014:
Although she mostly lays around because she cannot see, she walks and dances; she loves music. She is extremely gentle, and sensitive to noises.  She loves to be swung around and rocked gently, and that also makes her giggle.

$65.30 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Jordan

Jordan_2014 Boy, born January 2005
Cerebral palsy and spastic tetraparesis
Jordan does NOT have Down syndrome.  He seems very tiny for his age.  This sweet boy could really thrive in a family!

Updated picture (left):  March 2014

$7,877.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Samuel #3-2

Samuel (2)Boy, Born June 2003

Samuel has Down syndrome, an undescended testicle & flat feet. He also has a functional heart murmur that does not require therapy. He is integrated in a room with healthy children. He walks independently. He can drink out of a cup but still requires assistance with feeding. He carries our simple verbal instructions.  He seeks out the company of adults. His development is delayed in all areas.

Additional photos and videos from March 2014 are available from the agency.

 

UPDATE March 2014:
Samuel is now living in a foster home. His foster mother is a retired school teacher and she shared her opinion that Samuel would do very well in an adoptive family.

Samuel (1)He is attending a day program for children with special needs where he is receiving basic academic instruction and therapy. He is working on becoming more independent with life skills. He is not currently talking, but he is able to express his wants and needs using gestures and nonverbal communication. His foster mother is encouraging him to vocalize more and make sounds so that he can learn to say words. He enjoys playing with other children and is not aggressive. He responds to verbal directions. He lives in the foster home with one other child and they are good friends. When he’s at the playground, he seeks out older children to play with. His foster mother reports that he enjoys eating sandwiches and drinking sweet tea. She is doing everything possible to prepare him for life with a forever family, as it is her hope that he will one day have a permanent adoptive family of his own!

$7,500.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Weston

Westonweston updated picture feb2014Boy, born November 2008
PRC
Cerebral Palsy

Weston is diagnosed as having CP and mastoiditis. Weston has delayed motion development. He came into care at 1.5 years of age. At that time, he could sit alone, but his muscular tension was low and his head control was bad. At the age of 4 years, he was receiving preschool education, could imitate drawing circles, recognized big and small, and knew left and right. Now he can wash his face and hands, eat independently, and can speak sentences of 7-8 words. He can read simple characters, communicate with people, and express his will. After the rehabilitation treatment, he can crawl, but still cannot stand and walk. His muscular tension is low, but his hand function is good. His hip joint and both lower limb joints were deformed and he is continuing to receive the rehabilitation treatment. Weston is gentle, quiet, and shy. He likes staying with familiar people going to class, playing with toys, and watching cartoon with kids. He likes expressing his thoughts and being praised.

$45.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Zephan

Zephanzephan updated picture2 feb2014Boy, born January 2005
PRC
Delayed Mental Development

 

Zephan was found at the hospital when he was 1 month old. He has delayed mental development and some lower limb weakness. Zephan is active, warm and generous, and has a ready smile. He likes to help other children on his own initiative. He likes to participate in classroom activities and he has good independence. Zephan is very interested and skilled in puzzle games. He will try new things. He likes to ride children bike with three wheels, play on the slide, and climb and play on the seesaw.

Zephan is a darling boy just waiting for his family to come and for it to be his turn to go home.

$25.65 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Timothy

timothyupdatedpicture March2014Timothy-ChinaBoy, born May 2007

PRC
Down syndrome

 

Please Mama, FIND ME!   Timothy enjoys playing outside on the slide, riding bikes and games with other children.  With the help of his special education teacher his language is improving and he is beginning to gain some independence.  Timothy is a loving, open boy who enjoys being with others.

 

 

$1,730.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Ellie

Ellieellie updated picture Feb2014Girl, born July 2004
PRC
Cerebral palsy, mental delays

 

Ellie is open, gets along well with others, is helpful, and can join in group activities. She is a positive girl, and likes to share the toys. Ellie is receiving acupuncture and motion treatment according to her condition. She can sit stably, can crawl well, can walk slowly with the help of the walking aid. This beautiful girl is just waiting to light up the lives of a her new family.

 

$5.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Jory

Jory bikeJory Feb 2014Boy, born July 2006
PRC
Spina Bifida (postoperative meningocele), postoperative right club foot, postoperative hernia (and one leg shorter than the other)

 

Jory was found abandoned beside the road at the age of 3 months. He has had corrective surgery to treat tethered spinal cord syndrome, meningocele and congenital cleft spine as well as right cross/club foot. He has normal intelligence. He likes to listen to music and sing. He likes playing with trucks, cars, and balls. His right leg is slightly shorter, but does not seem to impact him. He can walk, run, jump, and go up and down stairs well. He is currently in kindergarten and is doing well. He is patiently waiting for his family to find him.

$45.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Melody

melody updated picture 1 feb2014Melody 2Girl, born May 2004
PRC
Developmental delays, possible mild Thalssemia

Melody is diagnosed with moderate delayed mental development and Hypochromic microcytic anemia- possible thalassemia or iron deficiency anemia. Her file mentions beta thalassemia minor, but it does not appear that she receives regular transfusions at this time. She may have thalassemia intermedia. A prospective family should be prepare for any form of thalassemia. www.choosingthalassemia dot blogspot dot com is an excellent resource to learn more about thalassemia. Melody does not have good motion development and her mental development is delayed. A prospective family should be prepared for mild CP as well, even though that is not on the list of diagnoses. She was admitted to the orphanage at 5 years old. At that time, she could sit, stand, and walk alone. After she got comfortable with her new surroundings, she was polite and could get along well with people. At the age of 6 years, she could go up and down stairs holding onto something and could pick her favorite toys, but her language development was delayed. She could greet adults positively. At the age of 8 years, her motion of both upper limbs was not good and her walking position was not normal. She could wash her hands, could put on and take off her clothes independently, and could button and unbutton. She is now receiving special education in the center, can recognize common colors and shapes, can participate in some simple activities with kids, and can read some short children’s songs with teachers and friends, but she cannot read alone. Melody is gentle and shy, can get along well with others, and is very happy when playing games with children. Occasionally she is obstinate. She likes to share toys and food with the other children.

$8.10 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Saul

Saul updated picture2 feb2014OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABoy, born December 2002
PRC
Nephritic syndrome, post-op cleft lip and palate

Saul is a very happy boy. He was eager to catch our attention and say hello to everyone. His caregivers state that he is outgoing and gets along well with his peers. They also stated that he acts out at times. Solomon was part of the Non-profit run Preschool/Kindergarten program and now attends the Special Education school in the orphanage. He loved the fishing activity at the park because his favorite animal is a fish! He was very determined to catch as many fish as he could. Who is ready to take him fishing and watch him reel them in?

A $5,000 agency grant is available, and his orphanage donation has been reduced and could possibly be waived completely.

$5.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Travis

Boy, born November 2006

 

Travis is listed as having congenital defects of the Central Nervous System (CNS).  We don’t have additional information yet on how that affects him overall.

 

From a family who met him in 2012:

When I saw Travis my heart completely broke.  I remembered his picture where he was sitting up, and it was obvious that in the time since that picture was taken his health and any ability he once had had deteriorated.  He laid nearly lifeless, covered with blankets (mind you it is very hot in the room).  I only have the one picture of him  because his position never changed.  He rarely moved and seemed to be asleep all the time.  The only time I ever saw him move he just rocking his head from side to side very slowly as he grinded his teeth…and grinded…and grinded.  My instant feeling was that Travis had given up on life, and it breaks my heart.

Every time I saw him there was vomit on the blanket next to his mouth.  I suspect it is due to improper feeding.  Like Janna, Travis is living at the orphanage on borrowed time.

Please friends, let’s not let Travis give up on life.  I don’t know what his future ability would be in a family but even if it never changed isn’t he deserving of the love of a family?  Please…someone…rescue Travis.

Update March 2014:Travis2
He is not doing well. He appeared very drugged. He just rocked his head back and forth and ground his teeth. He occasionally would moan and he was salivating a lot and drooling on himself. He did not respond to me when I approached at all, he just kept rocking his head back and forth…which is why the picture is a little blurry…he never stopped.

$1,000.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Harold

Harold2Boy, born May 2009

 

This beautiful boy has hydrocephaly.   He’s already three years old, and would obvsiously benefit from excellent medical care.

Harold

 

Update March 2014: 
Harold is very responsive and would copy my facial expressions. If I smiled, he smiled back…he would stick out his tongue when I did too. He would grasp my hand….so very sweet.

 

$45.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Maddie (L)

MaddieGirl born March, 2006
Moderate mental delay; congenital heart defect, has had surgery to repair; developmental delays; farsightedness. She is currently receiving speech therapy and physiotherapy.

From 2010 report: Maddie is alert and likes to engage. She is helpful, likes to help with the younger children. Her walking in unsteady and is described as “crooked”. Understands simple orders, but in various activities she does not fully understand what is being asked of her. Maddie is determined to be independent and tries to perform everything herself. She enjoys helping others, likes to clean up when she sees a mess. Her fine motor skills need improvement. She seeks out attention. She likes to observe and then imitate. She is protective of her toys. Speech is significantly delayed at this time. She says few words (thank you, bye, this, no, uncle, mom). She enjoys singly loudly in her own little language.

Isn’t Maddie adorable? She would fit right in as “Mommy’s little helper”

UPDATE SEPT 2013:
The girl is well disposed towards school: she already can sit by the table with help completes the tasks, for a short time started to concentrate her attention to the task she is interested in. She is able to complete the task if proper motivation is provided. Still the girl’s activities in general are chaotic, non-meaningful and in consecutive order. She understands short instructions. General knowledge about herself and environment still are limited. She can show some items in her surrounding environment. Speaks in sounds/words, short words which needs the correction; is able to express her wishes, emotions, understands when misbehaved and comes close to a person and touches saying sorry and expressing her apology. She always asks when need to go to the bathroom and walks accompanied by the teacher‘s assistant. Her hygiene skills needs to be improved, but they are in place. The school bus takes Maddie from care institution and brings her back.

$786.45 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Delmar

delmar2014-12delmar2014-1Boy, born January, 2004

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.

$3,004.05 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Vance

vance2014-2vance2014-8Boy, born 2001

Down syndrome

 

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.

$3,077.40 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!