Girl, born Sept 2008
Dandy-Walker syndrome, hydrocephalus, Thalassemia, speech delays
Elle needs regular blood transfusions for her Thalassemia. Additional medical information available.
Girl, born January 2009
Cerebral palsy (High tension in all four extremities); Brain atrophy (slight) and hydrocephalus
Quinn was 1 when she came to the institute. In the beginning, she cried often during bed time and at night. In her second month here, she slept well through the night. She could produce basic sounds, and move her head around. Her eyes could follow the movement of toys. At two, she could find the source of a noise and understood when the caretaker called her name. Due to the tension in her limbs, she still could not sit or stand by herself. The caretaker monitors her when she is using a walker.
Quinn is shy and quiet.
Girl, born January 2009
Brain malformation (corpus callosum agenesia, optic septal dysplasia, ventriculomegalia, cerebral hemisphere hypotrophy), spastic tetraparesis with severe movement disorders Q 04.8, symptomatic focal partial epilepsy with complex partial and rare secondary generalized seizures G 40.2, optic nerves atrophy, convergent squint.
Sweet girl has a laundry list of diagnoses; she needs a family, or she’ll spend so much of the rest of her life in a crib. She’s got sparkle — a family could help her truly shine!
Girl, born 2007
Glioependymal cyst of the right brain hemisphere – condition after surgery (Craniotomia regio frontalis – cystoventriculostomia); Spastic quadric paresis; Delay in the speech and motor development.
Isadora is in good overall condition with brain cyst and paretic syndrome, with good physical development. The internal organs are without pathological deviations. The child is with delay in the speech and motor activity, but within the limits of the main disease, big motor and speech improved is being registered. She says words, she knows the names of the children in the sector, carries out instructions, recognizes the toys, moves around by crawling and on all four while helping with her paretic hand, sits up on her own and follows the instructions of the physical therapist. She pulls up to a standing position with adult’s help or by unmoving support: she makes steps with the help of a gait trainer or holding on to both hands. She walks alongside unmoving support independently. She needs two aids. She plays with toys, doesn’t release them and fights for them. She eats independently. She goes to Montessori therapy and is in Kindergarten at the local special education school.
The child throws and catches a ball. She builds a tower of 10 blocks, builds with blocks (towers imitating houses, fences, etc.), she fits in mosaics; she takes out and fits in elements in the Seguin Board, puts together two pairs of pictures from “Lotto” game, fits in and strings, puts complicated forms in the bedding but has difficulties with the spastic hand. It prevents her from improving her motor skills. She brushes her teeth with help.
She eats on her own table food. She drinks from a cup. She puts the bib on her own, puts away and puts in order the utensils. She likes to be the center of the attention. She observes the play of the other children and laughs loud, teases and plays with her peers, enters into interactions with them showing selective attitude; she sooths the children if they cry but manages to take away from them the toys that she prefers. She insists on participating in the joint activities. She demonstrates observed actions with objects.
Isadora likes very much to interact with adults and always tries to attract their attention. She has a developed bond with a member of the staff. She likes to listen to music, shows with gestures and hums to children’s songs. She speaks with simple sentences but her articulation is disturbed due to the main disease.
Because we only have this child’s file for a short time, she will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for her.
Girl, born 09/24/08
Ysabelle is a very special girl looking for a forever family. She was born into a very poor family who cannot take care of her medical expenses. She suffers from cerebral palsy, atopic dermatitus, and intraventricular hemorrhage. From all accounts, she is a loving, sweet girl who loves to interact with other children and adults. She receives lots of therapy, and her teacher shows a lot of tenderness and care towards her. Ysabelle just started eating solid food, and can stand, walk, and squat with help. Her language development is behind, but they hope that with more social interactions her vocabulary will improve. Ysabelle needs a family who would be willing to dedicate themselves to providing therapy and lots of love.
Jennifer, born in April of 2008, is a sweet girl who loves to dress up; when her foster father brought her to the orphanage she was wearing a jacket with flowers on it, and looked like a little princess! He said she often secretly admires herself in the mirror. She loved posing for the camera and didn’t need any instruction – she knew exactly what to do! Her foster family reports that she can make sounds while lying down, but cannot once she is standing, as if something is blocking her throat. Jennifer has a good appetite and isn’t a picky eater, though she especially likes candy! She is diagnosed with delays in motor skills and language, but her latest developmental information is outdated; as of two years ago she could walk, but not run or jump with both feet. She was only calling out simple words, but had good understanding. She plays well with other children and never fights. She especially enjoys music, and whenever she hears a song she sways to the rhythm.
From her medical records: absence of rectum, cranial bones deformity, multiple development pathologies, severe dermatitis, delay of development but she is very smart and active
Hannah is a very friendly girl. She likes to play different toys, with other children of her group. She is very smiling, easy-going girl. She understands everything, but she does not talk yet. She is a smart girl. She is walking independently.
Hannah was born with deformed cranial bones. Hannah is very smart, she is nearly walking, and has striking blue eyes and a smile to warm your heart! She has severe dermatitis, from what they are not sure. She was also born without a rectum, and presumably uses a colostomy bag at this time. She will definitely need to be seen by a gastroenterologist once home.
From an adoptive family who visited with her in June 2010: ” Hannah is a precious little angel that despite her challenges, is unbelievably full of life. She loves her walker, especially moving “lightening fast” down the hallway, to the playroom, whenever she has the chance. She is a little spit fire…who has a mind of her own;) We took her pacifier (which she loves) out of her mouth to snap a few pictures and she made herself perfectly clear that she wanted it back:) She is developing very well and walks by holding on to her caretakers finger. She can hold a ball/toy and is very social little girl. She happily perked and stood up to her feet (while in her walker) when I bent down and spoke to her. When my camera flashed, she threw her little hands up to her face and smiled. She is an absolute favorite of her caretakers and the Orphanage Director. The “blue” on her skin is an anteseptic that is applied as a result of her extreme skin allergy. Given the chance, this little one will grow by leaps and bounds. She sure stole my heart!”
Hannah is doing well, she is still in the orphanage and will be available for adoption when she turns 5 in September. She is a sweet girl! Unfortunately, pictures cannot reflect it, but she is very charming! We would be happy if a good family could adopt her ASAP!
We got to meet Hannah while touring the special needs floor of the baby house in April 2011. She is obviously adored by the staff, and is well cared for. She was super tiny and a little shy, but that didn’t stop her from approaching our daughter who had traveled with us. Although I didn’t hear her make any sounds, she was very expressive and they quickly and easily responded to her. She appeared to fully understand what they were saying to her as well, and did respond with head nodding and shaking a few times. Not only was she walking on her own, she was strong and steady. Able to get up and down, chase the ball, run off with the ball in her hands. She is currently living in a caring environment with a great therapy floor, able to help her to meet her milestones and goals. She will be transferred between the age of 5 & 6 as all children are from this facility. The reality of where she will go, and the group where she will be fit into should a family not arrive for her BEFORE she is transfer is not good. She will quickly regress there.
Girl, born 2008
Mental delays, anomaly innate of development of central nervous system and spinal hernia with lower paraplegia, cross- eye. Chronic kidney infections (obstructive pyelonephritis, and congenital megaureter)
From someone who met her, summer 2013:
This girl has my heart. I can not get her off my mind! I wish I was in a place to adopt or I would go get her. I really, really hope a family falls in love with her like I have! I got to kiss her and love on her for a little bit. No idea what she was saying to me but she gave the biggest smile- very photogenic. I can’t bear to think about her just sitting in the wheelchair and watching the other kids play!
Girl, born July 2006
Sensitive special need
Fiona is diagnosed as having a disorder of sex development (DSD). Her social sex is listed as female. Her file is very outdated and the agency has requested an update. Unfortunately, her orphanage does not seem very cooperative. They just said other than her listed special need, she is just like any other child. Fiona is potty trained. Fiona’s file states that she has been living in foster care and that she is active and energetic. It also notes that she communicates fluently.
Update 6/2015: Fiona’s hobbies include calligraphy, rope jumping, and roller-skating. She is active, outgoing, straight forward, cute, and has a quick response. She likes studying and obeys the school rules. She is good at concentrating on studying and finishes her school work on time. She actively takes part in school activities. They’ve described her as a healthy girl.
Girl, born Jan 2009
Cerebral palsy, Epilepsy, partical optic atrophy , cross-eye, mental delay
updated medical 5/15: added cardiomyopathy and atopic dermatitis
What a pretty smile Lucie has! She could do so well with a family.
Girl, born April 2006
Matilda is a smart, confident girl, who greatly impressed our staff on a recent trip when she recited a long poem by memory! She answered questions easily, and performed a song as well. Caregivers report she is developmentally on target. She attends a local school for children who are blind, and has learned many English words there. Her reports show she received a lot of attention when she was younger, and that caregivers worked with her to gain confidence to walk on her own. The last thing she told our staff was “Please find me a family- I really want a family!
There is a $4000 Child Grant that may be available to families through the agency.
She is a very sweet and kind girl and extremely needs a family. She will be 5 this December, so any new family may commit to her and start preparing a dossier.
She has siblings, but none are available for adoption; 2 older sisters live with birth mother and 1 younger sister has been adopted.
From a family who met her in summer 2013:
She was in my kids’ groupa. She is the sweetest little thing and needs out of there ASAP!!! She has the most noble quiet nature about her. She is mentally delayed but has so much potential. She was one of the least favored children in the orphanage and she is desperate for love. On one occasion she wandered over to the play shelter where we were playing and was trying to eat our daughter’s cookie. We didn’t have any extra (we brought treats for the groupa every three days or so) so my husband just picked her up to distract her and as soon as he did, she threw her arms around his neck and rested her head on his shoulder just soaking in the attention. I can’t bear the thought of her being transferred! She already has it bad enough.
Helen was born with encephalocele, which is type of neural tube defect that occurs very early in fetal life where the embryo’s cells that form the skull do not come together to close over the brain. The result is a defect in the bones of the skull, causing brain tissue to protrude from the skull.
Helen loves to make herself laugh. She enjoys spending her time playing, humming, and observing things around her. She is doing well and getting strong. She is able to walk with help and has recently been able to pull herself up. She loves to go outside to the playground and practice her walking. Her smile is so cute and her laugh so hearty.
Helen has had surgery, and additional information is available about her surgeries and hospitalizations. She has vision concerns, and has recently begun speaking a few words.
Girl, born 12/2008
Brain dysplasia; post-operative congenital heart disease
5 year old Lolita is looking for a special family that will be hers forever. She is diagnosed with brain dysplasia and post-operative congenital heart disease. Lolita was abandoned at 4 years of age…can you even imagine? She had a surgery for her CHD before arriving at the orphanage. She can walk alone without help, but her step is a bit abnormal. She is curious and observant of her surroundings.Lolita is reserved, but gets along with her caretakers. When asked something, she will shake her head. Currently she is receiving preschool education in the center. Lolita can feed herself and use the bathroom independently, but her language is delayed. She has trouble with pronunciation and is only saying simple words. She will receive speech training to help her with this. Lolita has fine muscular tension of the limbs, but her motion is fairly flexible. Her fine motor of the upper limbs is poor. She enjoys going for walks outside and building towers with blocks. Lolita is gentle, cute, and quiet. She has a sweet smile. She likes to watch TV, listen to music and she is an easygoing child.
Update 4/2015- Look who is smiling again! From an adoptive family who met her on a visit to her orphanage. Lolita is definetly delayed, but she is walking and her smile has returned!
Girl, 8 years old
Physiologically healthy, Learning and language difficulties, Child abuse syndrome, Intellectual disability
Initially was diagnosed with moderate mental delays and an inferior IQ, diagnostic was modified for mild mental retardation and finally after psychological reevaluation her IQ is determined to be normal. Mental examination shows a calm and inexpressive child, staring off into space that shows indifference and only speaks when I ask her something, assures to be euthymic even though her appearance seems to be of sadness. Some level of cognition deficit, I have to repeat questions, she writes her name but unable to make her to read some words, can’t add 2+2, low tone of voice, monotone, without any inflection, her thought seems coherent, concrete, limited to isolated words and short phrases, good sleep habits, poor appetite, thin physical constitution, remembers “papa me pegaba” (my father used to hit me), there is no suicidal ideas but “ cansada de la vida” (tired of life), she isolates herself “solo tengo una amiguita” (I only have one little friend), no anxiety data. When child arrived to institution her caretaker described her as aggressive, hyperactive and complaints about misbehaving at school. Currently auto-sufficient to get dress, hygiene needs, eating moving from one place to another. The report card shows that she is inhibited, affectionate, fast learner, likes to participate in activities. Psychology report from 2013 reports no behavioral problems, calm, received therapy and attends to elementary school.
Brandi is a beautiful 7 year old girl. She is listed with bilateral hearing loss, but can definitely hear, as she will turn around and look for the person calling her name, and does respond to commands given if she chooses (if she doesn’t, she screams/attempts to run/swats at the caregiver). Cognitively, she is very delayed, more like a toddler, in ability to understand what’s going on around her, and in her responses, and appropriateness. She also has strabismus in both eyes, and has both a heart condition and anemia. She does NOT have CP, nor microcephaly. She does have brain malformations, significant developmental delays, and many stimming behaviors that are typical of lower functioning autism. She is completely nonverbal.
Families interested in Brandi should be aware that she appears to have autism, and that it impacts her significantly. She is a “runner” and will bolt and run unless contained or restrained and potential families need to be aware that this is common in autism, and that they will need to take appropriate measures to keep her safe in a home and family. She has a history of aggression when changes occur, such as a move, or unexpected event, which include biting peers and adults, and she struggled for at least a year after her last orphanage change four years ago, but is doing better now. However, as many with autism thrive on routine and predictability, families need to be aware that she may handle a transition poorly, especially at first. She has excellent mobility, and is very typically sized for a normal 7 year old in weight and height, and when she resists, it is challenging for a grown woman to hold her back. She has been in a school for the deaf, however, she knows no sign language nor does she read lips. She is very much in her own world in many ways. She enjoys music and will sometimes clap, but remains disconnected from the group and does not interact with adults (was not seen with peers).
Brandi attempts to smell/lick everything that is handed to her and when she realizes it isn’t food, she is not typically interested. The nannies report that she has an excellent appetite, and that she enjoys eating. She stims by rocking, throwing herself back and forth, sucking all four fingers on her hand, grunting, and moaning/shrieking. She walks with a lurching gallop. She flaps her hands often. A potential family should be aware that she has no awareness of danger, no fear of strangers and is very much like a very young child emotionally and cognitively, but physically is strong and very mobile. She currently takes psychiatric medications to assist in sleep and behavior.
She is a lovely little girl, with beautiful blond hair and clear complexion. She is in a good orphanage where she is well cared for. Families need to research autism, and be comfortable and familiar with caring safely for a child with the issues mentioned above, in order to provide Brandi with a safe, loving home.
Cerebral palsy, double hemiplegia with severe movement disorders, symptomatic epilepsy (frontal lobe, focal) with partial seizures with secondary generalization, significant mental delays, optic nerves atrophy.
This sweet girl needs a family to help her bloom!
Girls, Born November 22, 2004 &
Girl, born August 2007
Learning delays/low IQ
Lyla is a beautiful little girl who is 5 years old. She came into care just last August, and was found to be a normal, healthy little girl who was developmentally on target. She adapted to the orphanage life quickly. She was “tested” after being at the orphanage only 3 months, and they said she had “clear pronunciation, fluent, restless, no abnormal action, flexible hands and feet, understand general objects and use of some objects, poor initiative action”…then they slapped her file with a low IQ number. Lyla can speak in full sentences, understands directions, cares for her needs, helps out with the children younger than she is, and is a delightful little girl. She attends kindergarten and lives with a foster family.
Lyla loves to play games, loves to go to school, and is a very happy little girl. I am not sure what they expect of her as far as “initiative” is concerned…but considering the changes in her life these past months, she seems to be doing very well! Lyla needs a family to love her, and enjoy every minute of having this sweet girl as their daughter.
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.
Girl, born January 2009
infantile cerebral palsy, symptomatic epilepsy, nystagmus, delayed physical and neuropsychological development. She takes a medication so as to prevent the seizures. She has daily rehabilitation, remedial massages and gymnastics.
In the last 4-5 months Yvette has started performing active movements with the hands – she reaches for and grabs a toy that has been handed to her. She turns from her back to one side. She loves it when someone talks to her and caresses her and she then produces joyful sounds. She maintains stable eye contact. She pronounces several one-syllable words.
Because we only have this child’s file for a short time, she will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for her.
Girl, born February 2009
Chelsea Anne is a precious little girl who came into care when she was 3 years old. She loves to walk around and watch her friends play. She is not able to speak to her friends or caregivers and sometimes she can follow their directions. Chelsea Anne likes to twirl things in my fingers and she especially loves when she has a soft shirt to play with. Chelsea Anne has a difficult time self-soothing so sometimes she will bang on items to help herself calm down. She is working on getting more independent and eating independently. She is very helpful when it’s time to get dressed!
Girl, born October 2008
She is very sweet and positive child and we hope that she will find her family.
Enjoys the appearance of a preferable to her adult. Differentiates voice and tone of speaking. Laughs out loud, reacts positively to a corporal intervention in the form of teasing. Senses and react with understanding, when she’s place in the stroller for getting out for a walk outside. Enjoys the presence of a familiar adult, has built a referent relationship with a member of the staff.
She can sit independently, tries to imitate eating, which is expressed by holding a spoon, placing it in an eating bowl, and gesturing toward her mouth.
Stands up independently in her crib, steps sideways using support. She can pull the crib of another child and that is her way to communicate. Grabs a given toy and places it in her mouth or she drops it on the ground. Can open a door. She is a child with a preference for music. A person who takes care of her, shares that music provokes positive emotions. This fact is good to be considered in relation to applying music therapy when working with the child. Due to rehabilitation work, she makes steps by “holding” her legs in correct position. For 5-10 minutes stays upright with support.
Because we only have this child’s file for a short time, she will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for her.
Girl, born 2008
Backbone separation with hydrocephalus, cross- eye, Atrophy of eye nerves. Other and unspecified hydronephrosis on the left side.
Alexis was born in August 2006 and has been diagnosed with pelvic positioning of the left kidney, congenital hypotrophy, and mild cognitive delays. Alexis can walk independently, is potty-trained, dresses and undresses without help, and feeds herself.
Though a bit shy with strangers, Alexis is sociable, communicative, and gladly participates in games and activities. She is described as obedient and easily follows directions from her caretakers. Alexis likes to recite poems and sing songs, as well as play with toys like dolls, purses, etc. Alexis’s teachers note that she is able to learn and reasons well. In November 2013, she could count to ten and had just begun learning her letters.
Additional photos, video and reports available upon request from the agency.
Girl, born May 2007
Epilepsy, Cerebral palsy
Adorable Selah Rose is diagnosed as having Cerebral palsy and Epilepsy (she takes phenobarbital for this). She is described as extroverted with an active personality. She is restless and likes taking part in activities with other children her age. Selah Rose can get along well with other children and can share toys with other children. She likes all kinds of toys and responds actively to new things and to strangers. It really mentions nothing in her file about CP other than the diagnosis. Selah Rose had an abnormal EEG (epilepsy) but was found to have no obvious abnormal signs found by a cranium CT scan.
Girl, born 2007
Symptomatic epilepsy, autism, development delay, scoliosis, dermatitis, mental delays
She loved, loved loved the camera. Could not get enough of it but she would prefer to hold it herself. She was able to follow directions and was playing independently with toys.
Poor Haven……sweet little girl. Such a pretty girl burdened with such medical and cognitive difficulties….and no mama to love her through them.
From her medical records: celiac disease, CP, toxic Hepatitis, hypotrophy of III stage
From our team who visited there: Haven is afraid of strangers and would not interact with us.
Girl, born 2007
Birth anomaly brain development, microcephaly with tetraparesis, convulsive syndrome. Mental delays. Convergent squint. Partial optic atrophy. Umbilical hernia.
Oh sweet Vera! She spends much of her day in the crib and she needs stimulation!! She is living on borrowed time. She has tremendous potential for improvement if only she is given the chance. She will require medical attention and families should expect at the very least physical therapy.
Update June 2013:
Vera is doing well! She looks good — but she still spends too much time in her crib.
Vera needs a family!
Girl, born 2008
Mental delays, Cerebral Palsy, development delay. Atrophy of eye nerve. Cardiopathy.
From someone who met her in June 2013: “She was one of my absolute favorite kids I met! She is just the sweetest thing. She is diagnosed with MR not sure she really is. She was giggling and introduced herself by saying her name. She has a huge smile! She has a special nanny that does PT with her. She was bed bound when I met her but she came from a very good orphanage before she was transferred here. She needs out now!!”
Girl, born October 2008
Lanikai is a lovely little girl who is 6 years old! She arrived at the orphanage when she was almost 3 years old, and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and mild strabismus (crossed eyes). Lanikai is a sweet little girl, who so desperately wants to walk without help. She practices every day, and will sometimes cry in frustration when her efforts are not enough. Lanikai can walk with a walker, but is unable to stand or walk unassisted. She can use the walker to go where she needs, and is able to handle her toileting needs alone. Lanikai would certainly benefit from physical therapy. Her speech skills are good, and her fine motor skills are also good. Lanikai often asks the nannies when her new Mommy is coming for her. They always give her the same answer…”Your Mom is waiting for you afar. You just need to recover well, and your parents will come and take you home soon”. Lanikai always gives a content smile at this answer, and the happiness and hope are apparent in her eyes. It’s time for Lanikai to come home!
Girl, born August 2007
Delayed development; abnormal brain CT
Shayna is a clever girl and has a strong ability of expressing herself. She is developmentally delayed, but can communicate normally. She likes to imitate adults. When she sees the nannies, she will give them hugs. She is active, restless and likes to smile! When she hears something funny, she will laugh loudly and be filled with joy. She is very independent and can do many things on her own. She is attending a special training program in the institute, and she is happiest when she is in class with other children. She loves to sing and draw, and can recite poems and count numbers. She is progressing every day! Please help Shayna find her forever family!
Sibling group of 4 children
Lia, girl, born April 2007
Lia has age appropriate mental development. Lia has difficulty concentrating; she is slow to respond to commands, gives the impression that she does not understand.
Jo, girl, born November 2009
Jo has delayed psychomotor development. She has dysmorphic traits; She has a hearing impairment/hearing loss; defect of vision; and delayed speech development. Her social development is age appropriate.
Sy, boy, born October 2010
Good general condition, with normal mental development. Sy does currently have some stuttering.
Abe, boy, born February 2012
Abe has good general health and development.
Girl, born February 2007 PRC Cerebral palsy and strabismus Agency grant available for $2000 Elizabeth is diagnosed as having cerebral palsy and strabismus. From a March 2015 update: Elizabeth is very smart and has normal intelligence. If she was given a chance to go to school, she would have no problem learning. Her cognitive ability is good enough to learn a lot and to take good care of herself in daily life. She can put on and take off her clothing, go to the bathroom independently, climb stairs, play with toys, ride toy cars, etc. Elizabeth can walk when leaning on the wall or holding the rails. If there is nothing to lean on, she walks on her knees. She knows when to go to toilet in the day time and night time. She is attached to her caretakers. When she is unhappy, praise her or give her some snacks. Elizabeth has a very good appetite and likes to have snacks. She sleeps through the night and takes a nap in the day time.She has many good friends and gets along well with others. Elizabeth is quite extroverted and often says hello to others. She is a good girl with a loving heart. She likes smiling, playing, and focuses on being concerned for others. She also loves to show her best in front of those she is familiar with. Elizabeth is waiting for her family. Are you the one she is waiting for?
Girl, born November 2007
Congenital cytomegalovirus infection, Profound mental delays, Other paralytic syndromes (CP), epilepsy, Microcephaly, Coloboma of optic disc
Sweet love needs a family, or she’s destined to a life lying in a crib. She has a host of needs; a family will need to be well prepared — but she deserves the chance to bloom!
Girl, born August 2006
Right Cross foot; CHD
Meet 8 year old Meredith! Meredith is a strong and resilient little girl. She is diagnosed as having right cross foot and a Congenital Heart Defect. Her file does not mention the specific type, but does say- Suggestion: Aneurysm of ventricular septum, no defect; Mild eccentric aortic regurgitation; Right heart larger with tricuspid regurgitation (mild-medium); PH (severe). Meredith has not had surgery to repair her heart and she is starting to tire more easily because of the severe PH. She needs to come home and know what it means to be loved by a family. February is Heart Awareness Month…what better month for this child to finally find her family!
Meredith is self-sufficient and sweet. She loves to draw and play with others. She is described as lively, talkative, and cheerful. Meredith’s favorite subject in school is English. Meredith has a little trouble concentrating in school and needs a lot of repetition in her studies to help aid in memorizing information. She is quick to ask questions to learn more though! Meredith likes when the attention is on her and she is working on sharing. She communicates well and is a very polite little girl who is quick to greet new people. Meredith can be seen in these two videos with her friend who has a wonderful family in the adoption process.
Girl, 6 years old
Stacey is 6 years old and is a friendly and very sweet little girl that loves attention from her caregivers and to play with her friends. She is a very happy girl who is working very hard in therapy for her developmental and cognitive delays, as well as having some learning and speech disorders to catch up to her peers.
Girl, born January 2009
Prematurity, abnormal growth, developmentally delayed
Recently turned 6 year old Harper file is a bit outdated. Harper is diagnosed as being premature, having abnormal growth and developmentally delayed in one part of her file, but only as having malnutrition and mild anemia in another part of her file. Harper’s file mentions that Harper has normal limb and intelligence development. Harper is active and outgoing. Her motor and language development was only slightly delayed compared to a child born full term. She has a close relationship with her caretakers. Harper loves blocks, dancing, and she is a good sleeper. What Harper needs most is a forever family!
Girl, age 7
Mandy is 7 years old and currently lives with a foster family. She has many friends and her foster mother describes her as a very affectionate little girl with a bright personality. Mandy is a blind, but regardless of her situation, she has learned great self-help skills such as being able to comb her hair and tie her shoes. She is attending kindergarten and participating in physical and speech therapy to improve in her development. Mandy needs additional care and love from a forever family and if you are interested in adopting this precious little girl, please let us know immediately.
Girl, born 2006
Moderate hydrocephaly; spina bifida (post op); Bilateral club foot
Mindie is sitting up independently, but not yet walking. She has been diagnosed with Prematurity, moderate internal hydrocephaly, Spina bifida /the defect has been closed through a plastic surgery/, paraplegia inferior, pes equinovarus bilateralis. According to the staff at her orphanage it’s more likely that her hydrocephaly is a stationed one which is probably the reason why she has not had a shunt surgery.
The agency has additional information available for inquiring families. Photo from 2013.
Girl, born 2008
Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura
Mixed specific developmental disorders
Very good developed child, very smart and talented. She like to participate in performances.
She will not be available until summer ’15
FACING IMMINENT TRANSFER!!!
Poor sweet Marla …she was born with severe CP. She has a loving personality, but is completely immobile on her own. She is facing transfer soon and will remain bedridden the rest of her life if she is not adopted :((
From her medical records: Congenital malformation of the CNS: microcephaly, spastic tetraparesis. Can not walk. Does not speak.
Married couples only, older parents and large families welcome, travel required. More photos available.
Diagnosis: Cerebral Palsy
Rebekah was born premature at 27 weeks and has quadriplegic CP. She is delayed in all aspects of her development.
Update 2014: The child lags behind in her physical development, does not correspond to her calendar age. Impaired gross motor skills, does not sit up unaided, and cannot support herself. She has not developed fine motor skills. She is completely dependent on the help of the staff due to profound disabilities.
Psychical development does not correspond to the age. Fine motor skills are impaired. She likes to watch TV and to listen to music. She holds her attention briefly on favorite things. She laughs without a reason. When in contact with an adult she reacts emotionally. She waves her hands and expresses positive emotions. She reacts to her name and to a person who is familiar to her and pleasant. She makes a difference between familiar and unfamiliar faces. She has not developed manipulative skills. She does not play with toys and does not show interest toward different skills.
Social development: The elementary emotions which are congenital in nature, with her are limited due to her congenital conditions. When she is around children and hears their voices she appears satisfied. If children or adults touch her and caress or talk to her she also shows satisfaction and laughs. She loves to listen to music when is observed slight liveliness.
Characteristics of behavior: For unburdening of the nervous system the child is in a suitable for her age of development daily regime. Conditions of calm and healthy sleep are provided.
Characteristics of relations with others: Whenever possible the child is around the children when she is in continuous contact with them. When awake in most cases she prefers to be in peace and quiet. The influence of the voice of the adults and gentle touching also have their effect on her general vitality, although the child does not participate in the communication, she only reacts to those actions.
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.
Diagnosis: Massive destruction of the brain matter, sub-cortical cysts, cortical atrophy; Infantile cerebral palsy – spastic quadric paresis; Symptomatic epilepsy; Hypotrophy; Premature puberty
This little girl has significant delays in all aspects of her development. She will turn her eyes and head in reaction to someone speaking to her. She stops crying if someone calls her name. She follows objects with her eyes.
FAS, cognitive delays, anemia, ADD, congenital malformation of ribs NOS: pectus excavatum congenital heart defect: Atrial septal defect
What a little doll! She may be a strawberry blonde? Cara is a sweet little girl with many of the challenges of fetal alcohol syndrome. Facial features, cognitive/academic delays, inattention, and heart condition are all common symptoms of FAS. She previously had a diagnosis of Hep C, but we believe that was preliminary at birth. Families should be aware of this and prepared, but not expect it to be the case. Cara will need to be followed by a cardiologist.
From one of our adoptive families who met her in 2013: Cara seems to be a very bright girl all around. She wanted to sneak out into the room where we were playing with our daughter. They all try When she was told to come in she would quickly sit by our side and say, “but I’m going to sit here nicely and play, I promise.” I felt so bad when they would make her come in. She DID play very nicely. She didn’t throw any tantrums. We gave her a mini slinkie to keep and she was so excited and said thank you and ran back into the room. Her hair is cut much shorter and she is petite. She got her shoes on and off by herself…and fast when told she could play after her shoes were on. She would really thrive in a family. This region waives the 10 day wait usually too which is extra nice.
Update March 2014:
Cara is a sweetie, but more shy. She’s very pretty and has striking blue eyes and blond hair. She would watch me and sneak over to wave hello before the nannies would send her back to her chair. She’s in a groupa that does a lot of preschool type work, and and is set up like a classroom so the kids come home with more age- appropriate skills. Our just-turned-3 year old daughter knows how to work puzzles, hold a crayon/pencil properly to write (and is showing pre-writing skills already), understands the concept of counting, etc- not the “norm” for orphanage life! So, kids from this groupa will likely come home knowing how to play appropriately with toys but also prepared to learn in a school-type setting as well. Cara does have obvious facial features of FAS, but the only behavioral/developmental issues that were apparent from casual glance was the sensory needs- she does rock back and forth on her chair when she has to sit for more than about 30 minutes. Otherwise, she seems to do very well. She follows instructions and sat quietly while waiting for her turn.
Girl, Born July 2, 2007
I HAVE BEEN TRANSFERRED TO THE OLDER CHILD ORPHANAGE/SPECIAL NEEDS HOME.
From her medical records: minimal brain dysfunction, delay of psychological and speech development (may have slight mental delay), patent foramen ovale, crossed eyes.
Girl, born August 2007
Nervous system disorders, mental delays
Jolina is a darling girl, waiting for her forever family! She has some features of FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome). This is a cautionary disclosure, not a diagnosis.
Update from April 2014 : Jolina is a beautiful girl and she is very sweet! Her eyes are mesmerizing and full of hope and excitement. She is attentive to her nannies and seems to follow their instructions well. Jolina longs for attention and it is obvious that she has a desire for a family. She immediately wanted to call me “mama” and she patted the bench to let us know she wanted us to sit down near her. She seemed a little unsteady on her feet but she was walking around the room and she pulled a chair over to sit right in front of us. Jolina didn’t say much while we were in the room, so its hard to say how much she talks. Her orphanage was lovely and we would adopt from there again if given the choice. Jolina’s photo does not do her justice and sadly she seems very overlooked! We can’t wait to see Jolina with her forever family!
Girl, born 2008
Penelope is 4 years old and has been diagnosed as deaf. She is also post-operative for a PDA heart condition and has received treatment for cataracts, which do limit her vision. Penelope can visually perceive light and people moving around her.
Penelope came into care when she was about a year and a half old. She has good development of fine motor skills in that she could do the motions of grasping, holding, picking and putting things down as well as feeding herself. She has a strong sense of curiosity and experiences the world primarily by touch. We hope she can be adopted by a family who can provide her with the special education and care she needs.
UPDATE: Wendy has already been transferred
Updates and new photos will not be possible. Would any family take a leap of blind faith to save her? She will remain bedridden the rest of her short life if not.
Wendy is a beautiful girl with sandy blonde hair and blue eyes. She was born quite premature (not sure which gestational week, but it is listed as “4th stage”). She has CP and is completely blind, with congenital cataracts in both eyes, optic sub-atrophy, and microcephaly.
From her medical records: Microcephaly, tetraparesis, delayed psychomotor development due to perinatal CNS lesions. Congenital malformations of eye, cataracts, microphthalmia of both eyes.
An experienced adoptive family of institutionalized children is preferred. Married couples only. Older parents and large families welcome.
NEW PIC OF FRANNIE!
From reading 6.5 year old Frannie’s file, it is clear that this girl will do very well in a forever family! And speaking of files, hers is full of information! Frannie likes to play with other children. She also likes to play with dolls, games, and do puzzles. Her favorite foods are apples and eggs and she like to drink milk. She also loves snacks.
At the age of 6, Frannie began going to a special school. She quickly became a favorite. Frannie quickly learned to follow the teachers and learned some sign language. She is learning more gestures, such as one for her name, the numbers 1-10, and a sign for toilet. She has learned to write many numbers and some words. She is an active student in school and she enjoys games and crafts. Frannie won two awards at school- one for “good child prize”, and one for “small pacesetter who helps others prize.” The awards made her very happy and proud. Her overall performance is excellent! Even when she loses a game, she will smile. Frannie needs some help when it comes to fine motor skills, but she is fond of learning and can imitate quite well. She seems to be very interested in gymnastics and can do many tricks. She is flexible and has talent in dancing. Frannie is enthusiastic, outgoing, and fond of learning. All the caretakers in the orphanage love her very much! It is clear that with the love of a forever family and some guidance, this child will make huge gains and will soar!
Girl, born Sept 2007
Carissa has both physical and mental delays. She participates in horse therapy each week to develop core strength, and she has responded well to that. She is non-verbal and has not shown interest in expressing herself verbally, but she does love individual attention.
Carissa is a happy-go-lucky little girl who loves one-on-one attention. She loves music and will clap along with others. Her bright smile attracts visitors who give her the love that she needs.
From her medical records: symptomatic early myoclonic encephalopathy, spastic tetraparesis, severe delay of psychospeech development, perceptive hearing loss
Gabrielle really needs a family of her own! She will remain bedridden for the rest of her short life if she is not adopted, and is facing the institution very soon.
May be available with Wesley.
Girl, born July, 2005
Lizzie is blind with light perception and participates in a program that provides high quality care and education for orphans who are blind or visually impaired. Lizzie is a beautiful little girl who has learning needs. She goes to primary school and she is in a special needs class, which means she has a lot of one-on-one teaching and therapy time. She has had speech and language therapy classes for 8 months and she has learned so much! She can communicate through signs but she has loved the freedom that comes with being able to communicate what she wants.
Lizzie really enjoys listening to music and hearing nursery rhymes. Since she can see a little bit, she likes to be in the light and wave her hand back and forth in front of her face. She also likes to sit on the seesaw, and gets a big smile on her face as she goes up and down. Lizzie loves to cuddle and will give almost anyone a hug. She also loves where she can move around, such as jumping on the trampoline and playing with big exercise balls. Lizzie will need some extra care and therapy when she is in a family. Her learning needs are such that she should have speech and language therapy and one-on-one time with teachers who have experience with children with special needs.
Girl, born May 2007
She can run to you if call her name in the room and smile at you. She can get along well with other kids and play together. She is attached to the nurturers, likes staying in the nurturer’s arms and playing games with her or touching her face.
At present she can call “mom, granny”, can recognize tens of children, can do the simple action under the direction, can hold the spoon to eat, can take off her shoes and socks. She likes dressing herself, also likes showing her new clothes.
She has a happy life in the institute. We hope she will grow up happily and also bless she will find her loving dad and mom soon.
Daphne was born with CP. She is not able to walk and is significantly cognitively delayed. She is described as an affectionate and responsive child, and she would so benefit from having a loving family of her own.
She is facing transfer very soon, and will remain bedridden if she is not adopted.
More photos available
This 7-year-old girl has the following special needs: cheilognathopalatoschisis (cleft lip, -maxilla, and -palate) – in a condition after 3 corrective surgeries; severe mental delay; congenital childhood cataract – in a condition after surgical correction of both eyes; secondary glaucoma of the left eye; II-degree hypotrophy; self-aggressive behaviors and other generalized developmental disorders.
She produces random syllables and walks when led by one hand. From the age of 4 to the age of 5, for certain periods of time she was included twice in the program “Granny’s grandchild” with two different “grannies”, after which their relationships were terminated. Following the separations, severe manifestations of negativism and self-aggression were unlocked.
Significant features of FAS
Lexi is delayed in all aspects of her development, but continues to make improvements. She can feed herself with a spoon and get herself undressed. She is time trained with toileting and “rarely uses her diaper”. She can walk while holding on to the hand of an adult and has started taking a few steps independently. She crawls and is able to go up the stairs while holding on to the support rail. She continues to make improvements with motor skills. She plays with toys and her attention span continues to improve. She interacts with other children and will sit next to them and play. She is not aggressive, but if another child takes her toy, she will take it back. She gets very excited when she sees a known adult. She is attending school.
The agency also has video available for interested families.
Amelia likes to dance, listen to stories, read picture books, and play hide-and-seek. She came into care around 8 months of age and was sponsored by Half the Sky Foundation’s nurturing program for infants. At 9 months, she could sit steadily alone for a few minutes, grab her feet with her hands, and hold her hands up to be held. At one year of age, she could hold toys and stand when leaning on objects. She enjoyed sitting and rocking on the wooden horse. At 15 months, she was more outgoing and could stand for a long time when holding onto a support. She could grasp toys nearby and she could walk slowly with assistance. When it was time to take a nap, she would shake her head “no.” She could pick up objects with her thumb and index fingers.
Her condition became more serious in 2009, and we hope to see her come home soon so that she can receive the best medical treatment for her condition. Her caregivers exercise her daily to improve her symptoms, and say that “she has already taken the first step in life and will do better in the future.”
Boy, born May 2010
Delay of psychological and speech development, used to have heart defect (oval window that closed), hemangioma, chest deformation.
George can fulfill simple instructions, does not walk very well, has been in the orphanage for 1.5 years.
Girl, born August 2004
Severe mental delays
Martha does not react to her name, does not know colors, does not play with toys. can feed herself, but is not adequate. She would eat banana with skin and candy with cover. She is not potty trained. Her speech is almost not developed.
There is a history of prior neglect; George has better development because he lived in the family less time than Martha, before they were removed.
Girl 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.
Girl, born 2006
Diagnoses: depression, impulsive, attention deficit disorder
It is suspected she has FAS; she suffered meningitis in past.
Look at sweet Edith, all dolled up for the New Year’s party at her orphanage!
She has had a broken nose because when she lived in the family her mother’s boyfriend pushed her and she fell and broke the nose. Two foreign families have visited her but did not end up adopting her.
One of our adoptive families has met her, and has video of her for inquiring families. “Edith was was much in need of one on one attention but did not even know how to be held. She was whiney, but very willing to share her chocolate with anyone and everyone. Edith played with the other girls and was sociable. You could tell, however, that she was emotionally somewhat fragile. She would do really well, in my opinion, as the youngest or only child (or in a family where the other children are grown). She really needs an experienced adoptive family who can give her lots of one on one attention and help build her trust in humanity back”.
Girl, born June 2007
Abnormality of the head, hyperdactylia (extra digit) of left hand and left foot
Jinger is a lovely and active girl. She likes listening to music and happy tone could make her happy. Jinger likes not only listening to music but also singing.
She likes to play house and could imitate putting on clothes for the dolls, feeding and dressing the dolls. She is a girl who likes beauty. She is happy when praised as a beautiful girl. Jinger likes playing games with other children. Sometimes she would help the others to put on socks or shoes. The others are happy to play with her. Jinger is polite and would greet initially with the smile on her face.
Except hyperdactylia (of left hand and left foot) and abnormity of the head she seldom gets sick except occasional cold, but she could recover soon after treatment. She is considerate and we hope that she could blossom like a flower and be happy every day.
We were recently informed LORA is actually Tessa!
What a little doll Tessa is! She really needs a family — she has a whole host of medical issues.
Mental delay, rickets, strabismus (crossed eyes), epilepsy, and a speech delay. She does not talk at all. She prefers to be alone. Some of her behaviors remind autism but she was not diagnosed with it. Her epilepsy is well controlled by medications. It has been suggested that Tessa may have Angelman Syndrome, but this is not confirmed.
She is able to stand and walk independently. She does not have a diagnosis of CP but she walks unsteadily. She was previously diagnosed with microcephaly.
She deserves a loving family and a chance to reach her potential, not to be hidden away in a mental institution.
Girl, born August 2005
Post-op hydrocephalus and Spina bifida
Charissa is very outgoing and has a ready smile. She goes to school, and learns to sing in the school and can hold a pen with full hand and can imitate drawing lines and simple shapes. Charissa always listen to the teacher in class. She gets along well with other children and likes to have her picture taken. She hopes that she can be adopted by foreigners. Charissa is patiently waiting for the perfect photo-op, the day she meets her new family. Are you ready too?
If you are unfamiliar with FAS, please spend some time researching this condition. Just as with Down syndrome, FAS and FAE have a wide variation of effects on each child, both medically, physically, and cognitively. This is typically dependent on how long during the pregnancy the mother consumed alcohol, and of course, how much. There is no way to know this ahead of time.
Carolina is such a beautiful girl; beautiful brown hair with olive skin. She has cerebral palsy, and does wear AFO’s on both feet.
From her medical records: Cerebral palsy, convergent squint, mental delay. She can walk by supporter or holding one hand. She says separate words, understands simple speech, is affectionate and friendly. Physical therapy and a loving family will bring MIRACLES for this little girl!
Carolina was transferred in 2011 to a boarding school (not an institution).
UPDATE August 2013:
Sheila is a 5 years old girl who has been diagnosed with Hydrocephalus, an abnormal accumulation of cerebalspinal fluid in the brain.
She has a very good appetite loves to eat all types of food. She has very good motor skills, can climb the stairs and jump without help. Sheila is very intelligent, active, extroverted and talkative.
Diagnosis: Cerebral Palsy – spastic quadric paresis; Sight – +4.50 diopters, farsightedness; On anti-convulsive therapy with Convulex 3 x 2 ml; Severe delay in the physical and neuro-psychical development. Microcephalus.
Deenah was raised by her birth mother until she was 5 years old. She was removed from the home at that time by social services because the mother could not meet the child’s medical needs.
Deenah has high muscle tone as a result of the CP. She would greatly benefit from the care available in the US, such as botox treatments. She does have some movements in her limbs. She can raise her right arm to shoulder width and will open her hands. She’s receiving physical therapy to assist with her movements. When placed on her stomach, she will lift her head and can control it/move it around to look at desired objects. She attempts to roll over on her back and the staff is working with her on this skill. She sits in a positioning chair and while in the chair, she turns her head toward voices or toys.
She enjoys interactions with other people and will smile and laugh when interacted with. She cries when she wants attention. She appears to understand some spoken commands as she will lift her arm and attempt to hand a toy that she is holding to someone when asked.
The photos in the yellow are from Sept 2015. The agency also has videos from 2015 available.
Girl, born January 2008
Sensitive special need
Jolie received surgery in 10/2008 and is raised as a female. She will likely need reconstructive surgery after puberty. In other areas she is considered healthy.
She is an active and lively little girl! The agency is waiting for an updated report.
Girl, born October 2006
Aleah receives education in the special class in the orphanage. In the class, she can follow the class rules, has fairly good cognition capability and acceptance. Because she has difficulty controlling her hand muscle, she can’t hold a pen well. She can finish the homework well. If given a picture, she can color according to the requirements and also can draw the regular lines. Usually she likes to watch other children playing quietly or watch TV. She is quiet and smart and never has any problems.
Girl, born May 2008
Microcephaly; Coloboma of optic disc; Hypoplasia and dysplasia of lung; Ventricular septal defect; Convergent concomitant strabismus; Mixed specific developmental disorders
“Kellen” has been renamed — this is actually a GIRL! Let’s find this little love a family
Kellsey is in a region that typically waives the 10 day wait after court. Updated picture on left from summer 2013 – she looks great!
*** This child has significant facial features of FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome). This is a cautionary disclosure to better prepare our potential adoptive families. Families considering this child should research the challenges that can come with this condition. You can learn more about FAS here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fetal_alcohol_syndrome and post to our Facebook group to ask other adoptive parents about the challenges and blessings of children with FAS. ***
Girl, Born April 2006
Cerebral palsy / TBI
SIGNIFICANT RISK, PLEASE ADOPT ME SOON!! Eugene is really a GIRL! After all this time, we have learned he is a SHE. Dark brown hair and blue-green eyes. She has severe CP, but has recently started walking! Jewell is the victim of parental physical abuse, and suffers from post-traumatic brain injury, which has further complicated her delays and struggles.
Updated medical and pictures 8/2015:
She has after-effects of severe brain injury (brain bones fracture), subarachnoidal influence in the form of irreversable damage, hemiplegia with microcephaly.
Dark brown hair and blue-green eyes. She has severe CP, but has recently started walking!
Jewell is the victim of parental physical abuse, and suffers from post-traumatic brain injury, which has further complicated her delays and struggles.
She does have a sister with mild delays whom she can be adopted with or by herself
Girl, born 2006
After-effects of early organic affection of the central nervous system in the form of intelligence deficiency, atactic syndrome (epilepsy).
She does not talk, only makes sounds; fulfills simple tasks.
Girl, born August 2007
Mia is a beautiful 5 year old girl who has been diagnosed with CHD, clubbed feet, genital organ deformity, and Esotropia of both eyes.
Mia’s motor skills are limited because of her club feet, but she is able to sit and stand with support. She also cannot grasp well with her hands, but she is able to hold toys and the edge of her bed. As far as her language development goes, she was able to imitate syllables when she was 2, and at the age of 3, she could express her needs by crying. She has also learned to observe adults’ actions. Mia is a timid little girl that loves listening to music. Her favorite foods are milk and eggs, and she loves playing with her cloth doll. She has become a content and happy child under the care of her caretakers and doctors.
Girl, born June 2008
Cerebral palsy, focal symptomatic epileptic syndrome, complex local convulsions; rough delay of psychological and speech development
She needs physical therapy and a loving home.
Girl, born October 2007
Cerebral palsy; Mixed specific developmental disorders; Coloboma of optic disc
Waniya (pronounced Wa-NEE-ya) — a Lakota (Sioux) name that means “breath of life.”
Waniya is a gem; she needs a family to reach her true potential.
Girl, born November 2007
Grace has been diagnosed with Postoperative ASD (CHD). Grace has recovered well after her operation from 2010.
Grace is outgoing, smiles often, and likes playing with other children. She is a beautiful girl and is curious about the outside world. When intrigued by new objects, she will carefully observe and explore them. She likes meeting new people, and gets along with other children her age. She is a very active 5 year old. She can run and jump, can feed herself and use the restroom by herself. She can take on and off her clothing independently. She understands the meaning of “no”, can call “father”, “mother”. She can say “one, two” “give” “want” “fetch.” She enjoys listening to music and singing loudly. Even though nobody can understand what she is singing and yelling, she is very happy and involved in it. Even though she does not like speaking, she is very smart and observant. Grace likes to help the aunt to do some housework, such as folding the quilts and picking up toys. When the caretakers are holding the young children and they drop their toys, Grace will take the initiative to retrieve the toys. When the aunts want to feed the babies, Grace will take the initiative to bring them a towel. Her favorite fruits are bananas and small tomatoes. She also likes desserts.
Girl, Born September 27, 2006
This little love is riding in a stroller — we don’t know much about her mobility. Her wispy hair is beautiful, isn’t it?
Update from a family who met her in late 2013:
Lydia is the sweetest little girl! Our kids were in the same groupa, so we got to see Lydia everyday we were in country. She is a joy! Lydia spends her days sitting in a stroller with hardly any interaction. Now that our kids are home, she is the only non-walker left in her groupa, so she is the only one who sits in a stroller all day long. She looks to be about the size of a four year old, but looks like she is a healthy weight. She’s got a little chub on her legs. Her legs are not scissored, but when I lifted her legs up, they were definitely tight. She needs a Mama to stretch her legs! Her legs are always bent at the knee draped over the bar of the stroller (she’s too big for her stroller). I couldn’t tell how much head control she had because her head was always supported by her stroller, but her head was always upright, not bobbing. I never saw her move her body (except to arch her back when tickled), but one day I held both of her hands, and she was able to grasp my hands tightly in hers. Neither hand seemed weak. Lydia’s vision looks pretty good. She could follow me with her eyes, but there’s a good possibility she’ll need glasses. Her poor teeth are rotten. We watched her eat lunch once and she seemed to eat well. She eats pureed food from a bottle. Did I mention she is SO sweet? Lydia seems to be very easy going. Once a child was hanging on her and pushing on her and she didn’t respond except to make a face showing that she didn’t like it. Lydia was my favorite child to interact with in the groupa. All I had to do was say hi to her and smile and she would light up EVERY single time and reward me with a big smile. We tickled her lots and she giggled away. One time she was left in a room all by herself and was crying. I peeked my head in the doorway and said hi to her and she immediately stopped crying and started smiling and giggling. She is very responsive when talked to. Even though she is non-verbal, she communicates with lots of smiles and giggles. This little lady is FULL of joy! She will truly BLESS any family! Please, please consider this sweet little one. She is still in the babyhouse, but is one of the oldest in her groupa, so she will be one of the next children to be transferred.
She does have an older brother who is eight years old and looks to be typically developing. I’m not sure if they will need to be adopted together or separately.
Girl, born 2008
Spina bifida with hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy, deep mental delay, congenital deformity of the hip, congenital ptosis, optic nerve atrophy, iron and protein deficiency
This tiny girl has spent a lot of time in the hospital. She needs a loving family to be by her side and help her receive top-notch care.
Girl, born July 2007
Adorable little Kendra is receiving physical therapy and needs a dedicated family who can continue her treatment and help her to have a successful future! Update received from the orphanage in March 2013 reports that Kendra is doing very well with the physical therapy. She is not talking yet and is timid. She can walk, run, jump. She is still in diapers. She can follow instructions from adults and can get the attention of her caretakers when she needs or wants something.
Additional information and photos available for inquiring families.
Girl, born 2006
Mild mental delay
Alice has grey eyes and chestnut brown hair. She is positive and active, she finds it difficult to sit still for a longer time. She likes to play alone. Gladly communicates with adults rather than other children. She easily makes contact with other people. She is pleased if she has done something well and correctly. She attends dance classes. She also has drawing classes with art teacher.
The child has a diagnosis of mild mental delay. Therefore the girl attends specialized school. The girl has weak memory, she is able to learn and do activities only under adult’s supervision. The girl needs a lot of attention and needs to visit specialists regularly. She is recommended to attend speech therapy, ergo therapy, massages, and to be under surveillance of a psychologist and a psychiatrist. The girl needs a full family (mother and father). She has been diagnosed with bronchial asthma and unspecified disorder of psychological development.
Gretchen is a sweet little girl with giant blue eyes! She is officially diagnosed with FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome), and was *previously* a carrier of her mother’s Hep C antibodies. She is testing negative now. She does have strabismus as well. She is able to stand on her own, but is not quite walking yet. She is cognitively delayed, but is affectionate.
Gretchen is a beautiful little girl who deserves a family of her own. She was recently cleared for adoption in February, 2013, when she turned 5 years old.
Girl, age 7
Blind, retrolental fibroplasia, microphthalmia, amaurosis, nystagmus and converging strabismus; Epilepsy – on treatment with Convulex; Severe mental delay; Delay in the neuro-psychical development.
She has good motion activity. She can walk freely and overcomes different hurdles. She is with very well coordinated movements. She goes up and down stairs alternating her feet. She has good fine motor skills. She has developed skills in her hands and the movements of her fingers are strong. She can manipulate with small objects.
She has difficulties concentrating her attention. Her imagination is not developed. Intellect: Severe delay in her intellectual development. The cognitive processes are being developed now. She is emotionally unstable and with frequent changes in her moods. She is inclined to aggression and auto-aggression. She exhibits aggression towards the children around her without a reason. She calms down when she washes her hands or is showered by an adult.
The speech is underdeveloped – she pronounces several words/syllables. She imitates speech by using repetitive syllables and short words. This is her way of interaction with children and adults. The child partially understands what is told to her and orientates by the voice and the sounds. When an adult gives her instructions, she would carry them out if they are simple – she gives her hand for “hello”, waves “bye” and comes closer if called. She laughs if praised.
Sometimes she becomes irritable in the presence of strangers. She rarely interacts with other children. She doesn’t initiate contacts with them and sometimes is aggressive with them. She establishes contacts with the staff and when they ask her something, she understands. She doesn’t have preferences for specific members of the team.
She doesn’t have desire to participate in group games. She doesn’t show interest in toys. She is very musical, loves to listen to children’s music and very correctly hums melodies. She doesn’t attend school. Specialists work with her by sound and tactile stimulation – through touching hoarse and soft surfaces and fitting in figures by touch and with help. She doesn’t know the colors and doesn’t have orientation for “small” and “large”.
The girl is oriented and adapted to the familiar environment by touching with hands and feet. She has difficulties falling asleep but has a calm sleep. She doesn’t have preferences for specific foods. She undresses and takes her shoes off independently. She drinks form a cup on her own. She eats with a spoon given to her by an adult. She can eat solid foods on her own. She can go down a slide on her own.
Girl, born June 2008
Alder needs a family, to spare her from a life in a crib, and reach her full potential.
Large families welcome, married couples only. Travel required.
Adelaide was born in September 2005 and has been diagnosed with spina bifida, lower limb paresthesia, and a disorder of the hips. She is wheelchair-bound.
Adelaide is described as a sweet, joyful, and communicative girl. She is interested and participates in different activities and likes to help others. Adelaide regularly attends school and can read and write. She recites poetry and sings songs.
Update October 2014: Adelaide is being homeschooled at her orphanage at a third grade level. Her teachers are very happy with her academic progress and Adelaide likes showing off her math and language workbooks.
Additional reports and photos available upon request from the agency.
Girl, born May 2008
congential defects of development
From a family who met her in January 2014:
Maia is a sweet little girl. She was able to follow orders and do everything that her teacher asked her to do. She doesn’t speak but giggled a lot and made some noises. Her doctor said that while she was unsure if Maia would speak, she felt the prognosis was good. Her eyes are crossed. Vision and hearing are otherwise fine. Maia has mental delays and would benefit from focused attention and education. Maia is lively and active and ready for a family who is ready to play!
Girl, born August 2007
CP dystonic-dyskinetic type, rough delay of static and locomotor activity, mental delay, umbilical hernia, congenital cataract, crossed eyes
URGENT! CHANTELLE IS FACING TRANSFER
Sweet Chantelle has a list of diagnoses, but her main need is a loving family! A family could help her reach her potential and save her from a life in a crib.
From a family who met her in fall 2013:
Chantelle is mostly kept in a laying room although I did seen her out in the main groupa room laying down in a gated play area. I believe she can roll around. I saw her holding things in her hands as well. She has a calm, sweet spirit and I had her smiling in the first minute of seeing her. I touched her precious little face and told her I loved her and she smiled. The other kids seem to love her and they liked going into the laying room to take pictures of her with me. Chantelle so needs a family now! She won’t be kept at the baby house much longer. She is soooo beautiful, the pictures really don’t do her justice.
Girl, born 05/2007
Premature child (6 months of gestation), spastic cerebral palsy with motor difficulties on her right side. Limited Language
Report May 2012:
Intellectual: Low level due to spastic cerebral palsy.
Psychomotor: Due to fine and gross motor deficiencies child has more strength on her left side to manipulate objects like a pencil and to throw the ball.
Affective Emotional: Easily expresses affection to others wants to be the center of attention in different ways to receive love and attention. Low tolerance to frustration.
She is a cheerful child who is slowly progressing in her development that can be improved with individualized attention.
Girl, born April 2008
Anophthalmos of the left eye, optic atrophy of the right eye, spastic tetraparesis
Kanani has been transferred!
Lovely Kanani needs a family to help her reach her full potential.
From a family who met her in May 2012:
Large families welcome; travel required.Kanani is very sweet girl. She is well cared for in a good orphanage by caring nannies. She gets lots of outside time when it’s warm out but this time is spent lying down in the stroller as she can’t sit on her own. She can hold on to your fingers and seems to just love to have attention although with her eye troubles it is difficult for her to respond. She likes to have her cheek stroked and her hand held. She is quite stiff and in need of physiotherapy and most of all love and attention. We were told that she will be transferred to an institution very soon unless a family is found as children at this orphanage are typically transferred at age 4.
cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus, hypotrophy, severe aphasia, severe mental delay
She responds positively to stimulation and contact. This girl has a good emotional tone. She is sociable and calm. She can reaches for, holds and manipulates with toys.
She cooperates with her caregivers.
Girl, Born November, 2005
Girl, born November 2007
Ellisyn is an energetic and restless girl. She can be very talkative and she loves listening to music. After coming into care, she was able to live with a foster family and adapted well. Ellisyn learned how to walk steadily, progressed in communication and was able to recognize familiar people. Her doctors say that she is cognitively delayed compared to the other children and suffered from an external hemorrhoid. She is taking medicine for treatment and is now living back in the orphanage so that she can go to kindergarten. Ellisyn knows a huge amount of words and can recognize many objects. Ellisyn gets along well with others and is a joy to be around.
Girl, born 2006
Diagnosis: Delayed development
Laynie is described as having a positive attitude toward herself and others. Her motor skills are well developed. Her speech is delayed, but she speaks using single words and simple sentences. She’s attending kindergarten and has the assistance of a resource teacher. She mimics the actions of adults and plays games with other children. She enjoys looking at books. She follows verbal directions, asks questions and is beginning to memorize short poems and songs.
Girl, born September 2005
Delayed growth and development; deformity of spine
From her November 2008 file:
Physical exam results of the child on admission: postoperative cerebral palsy, vertebrae on waist bent, abnormal of left upper joint (birth trauma nerve injury); delay of growth and development. Now she has been in the institute for 2 years and 10 months with the age of 3 years and 2 months. On August 2006, she had the operation of cerebral palsy and she recovered well, but she still wears a diaper (at age 3). Colleen is a beautiful girl who has bright eyes. She usually observes changes in her surrounding with her bright eyes. She has an introverted personality and is timid when confronted by a stranger. She does not want to talk with strangers/guests. Colleen has a cute dimple. Whenever she is happy, her little dimple will present on her face. How cute it is. Colleen is very smart. She can sing children songs and usually performs for the nannies. All the nannies love her very much. Colleen has the ability of art. When nannies play music or she listens to the music on TV, she dances with the music. Her cuteness attracts all the nannies to kiss her. Colleen loves to play toys with others and knows to decline modestly to the younger children.
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.
Diagnosis: developmental delays
Mona is physically healthy. She has delays in her development. At the time of her last report, she was talking, walking, feeding herself and had recently started attending school. She has been assigned a 1:1 caregiver to work with her several days a week and she has been demonstrating continuous progress since that began.
Additional photos and videos are available.
Girl, born April 2008
Congenital Heart Defect
June is 5 years old and loves to play with blocks. She had CHD and had surgery for this in 2010. June has been doing well since then, but the doctors say that she have something called mild pulmonary stenosis. Since her treatment, the orphanage has not sent her to school. June seems to be learning a lot but is a little behind her friends in talking.
Her caregivers say that she is quiet and shy, but she makes a lot of friends and loves to play with them. Some of her favorite toys are building blocks and dolls!
Girl, born July 2006
Cerebral Palsy, congenital heart disease
Daisy was already 2 years old at the time of her arrival to the institute. She could neither walk nor speak at the time. She was also very skinny with a large head. Following an initial physical examination, it was found she had a congenital heart disease. She had lackluster complexion and dull eyes. The caretakers thought it was a miracle that she would survive. She has a strong will to live and has a healthy appetite. She eats three meals a day and is not a picky eater.
After a period of care, she slowly gained weight and colored returned to her complexion. Even more encouraging is that she began to speak. She will call the caretaker often, which made the caretakers very happy. She took her first step in May 2009 and surprised everyone when she started walking. Most fortunately is in all this time she has been in our institute, her heart disease has never surfaced. She has been living happily.
Girl, Born January 22, 2007
Nana is a precious little girl with sunshine blonde hair and blue eyes. Her medical records indicate prenatal alcohol abuse, resulting in severe CP and hydrocephaly.
More photos available, please inquire.
Girl, born June 2006
Congenital Heart Defect
When Mariah was younger she received a two-way Glenn operation and recovered well. She had a complete ASD; double outlets of right ventricle; severe pulmonary artery stenosis(under the valve), VSD(secondary), AO right arch right descending; and a formation of collateral circulation. She may need another surgery next year.
Mariah can walk, jump, climb up and down the stairs and do most thinks on her own. She is a little behind my friends, but that is because as a young child she was very sick. She enjoys time playing with the other kids and enjoys sharing her toys with them.
Lucy is a 5-year-old girl (born 2007) who has congenital microcephaly, infantile cerebral palsy, severe mental delay,delayed psychomotor development, multiple malformation syndrome. She rolls from back to belly and vice versa independently. She remains in a seated position for a short time when provided with some support. She shows interest in toys – she grabs and holds a toy in her hand, waves it around and examines it closely. She responds emotionally to seeing a familiar adult.
Linus is a 4-year-old boy(born 2009) who has microcephaly, congenital anomaly of the central nervous system, delayed psychomotor development, severe mental delay, multiple malformation syndrome. When put in a baby walker he steps on the floor with his whole feet and starts to slowly go around the room in the walker. The boy remains in a seated position for a short time with an adult’s assistance. He follows each and every movement of a person or an object with his eyes and head. He loves to watch the other children playing and moving around.
These siblings have very similar diagnoses. Biotinidase deficiency is suspected. There is an emotional bond between the children and they often hold hands, smile, laugh, look for each other with their eyes and jest with each other when they are placed side by side.
Because we only have these files for a short time, they will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for them.
Girl, born March 2007
URGENT: FACING IMMINENT TRANSFER to the INSTITUTION
Harriet has a cleft hard and soft palate. She has many facial features of fetal alcohol syndrome, please research this condition as a preparation for her needs. There are several children in this orphanage who could be adopted together!
From an adoptive family who visited with her in Jan 2012:
Girl, Born April 2008
Little Katerina also has CP. She has brown hair and big brown eyes.
Early intevention, improved nutrition, and a loving, encouraging family will make a big difference for this little girl!
From her medical records: cerebral palsy, delay of psychological and motor development, tetraparesis, equinovalgus feet, hypoxic-ishemic encephalopathy
She has been transferred to an orphanage for older children.
Girl, born January 2006
When Willow arrived, she did not want others to touch her or be near her. However, with some attention and one-on-one time with staff, she began to trust others. While she is unable to walk, she has responded well to therapy which has focused on developing leg strength. She also participates in water therapy weekly.
Willow arrived at this orphanage in early February 2013. She loves music and loves to dance. She has responded well to the pre-school program taught at the orphanage. She has a bright smile and a contagious laugh. When visitors come, Willow is delighted to swing with them or go on walks in the neighborhood.
From a missionary who visited with her in 2013: ” I’ve met Willow! Seriously, this girl ALWAYS smiles. Whenever I would come near her she’d just grab my hand and grin at me. She wants to go exploring so bad, but she can’t walk. She would just point at stuff and grin at me to try to get me there. She is a sweetie pie. my roommate got to feed her lunch one day. She is a happy little girl who went from being scared of others near her to loving the attention! ”
Girl, born October 2007
Hydrocephalus, spastic tetraparesis, epilepsy, adenoid vegetation, congenital partial atrophy of optic discs, recrudescent bronchitis in remission
Congenital heart disease (ASD), secondary cardiopathy.
Piper dear, where is your mama? Sweet girl has a lot of needs; a family could drastically change her life — otherwise, she is one who could be destined to spend her life in a laying down room.
Girl, Born October 2007
Oh Darina, how she has regressed :((( We had such a darling photo of her from two years ago, and to see her like this now breaks my heart. She could have come so far and been spared this ;(
Darina struggles with CP. She has compensated internal hydrocephaly as well. She is not able to walk on her own. From her medical records: congenital brain abnormality, atopic-astenic syndrome, delay of mental and motor development, microcephaly, hip dysplasia, congenital isotropy of both eyes, koch valga to the left (foot position)
Darina is facing the institution soon and will remain bedridden for life if she is not adopted.
Girl, born Dec 2006
Anal Atreisa (post surgery) / Bilateral Microtia
Hannah is a beautiful little girl who is 6 years old. She came into care when she was just a few days old. Hannah was born with anal atresia, and received corrective surgery in 2008. The surgery was successful, and she is now able to control her bowels with no problem.
Hannah also has bilateral microtia and is unable to hear. She uses some sign language, and will start school in September. Hannah is very active, and loves to play with the other kids. Her fine motor skills are excellent. She is a very “sensible” child, according to the nannies, and they seldom have to worry about her. Hannah loves to dance, and is good at imitating. We have a very recent video so you can see her. Hannah is a smart little girl, and will surely do her best in school. She needs a family…she is such a sweet little one, and will be such a wonderful daughter! Please consider this special little girl!
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.
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.
Girl, 8 years old
Sweet Tailia deserves the chance to know the love of a mother and father. She has a severely impaired condition due to her special needs (infantile cerebral palsy – spastic quadriparesis, symptomatic epilepsy, dysmorphic syndrome, neonatal seizures and severe mental delay)
Tailia has hypotonia – she turns from back to belly improperly. Her grasp reflex is underdeveloped but if an adult touches her hand with a rattle toy, she would hold the rattle toy for a while. The child’s visual-motor coordination is disturbed. She has convergent strabismus and nystagmus, she does not follow a bright-colored object with her eyes and she doesn’t make eye contact. She responds to sound stimulation and noises as she gets startled by those, but does not always orientate about the direction those are coming from. The development of her expressive speech is greatly delayed and she has not yet started producing sounds.
The child is usually calm during meal times, bathing, etc., unless she is not feeling so well and is ill, for instance. She cries quietly.
Her emotional responses are not intense – if touched and caressed by an adult, she would smile slightly, but otherwise her facial expression is not diverse in terms of mimics.
Could you be the one to show her what love is?
Girl, almost 8 years old
Infantile cerebral palsy, congenital toxoplasmosis, protein-calorie insufficiency, mental delay, strabismus, delayed physical and psychomotor development.
She is a very positive and responsive child. She demonstrates her capacity to learn new things and to further develop her ability to connect with other people and to have fulfilling relationships.
Age: 6 years
Special needs: microcephalus; delayed physical and psychomotor development; delayed speech development; mental delay; some autistic elements; intermittent heterotropia.
At the end of 2014, Abigail was transferred from an orphanage to a Center for Family Type Accommodation.
Abigail was calm throughout her adaptation period to the new place. She is the youngest child in the Center. She now goes to a mainstream kindergarten and she just loves it there, she plays with toys and with other children a lot, and when they go to pick her up in the afternoon, she is not really ready to leave the place. This is wonderful news about her socialization.
Also, Abigail is very affectionate with her caregivers and has formed some relationships of attachment. When a favorite caregiver of hers has to go home, the girl would stay in their way and protest.
They are working on her potty training and she is responding really well. Abigail cleans up her potty herself after using it.
As for her speech development, she understands everything she is told. She uses some words such as “mama”, “auntie”, “Give me…” and she calls the caregivers by their names, so it seems that it is just a matter of time for her to build up her vocabulary further and start speaking in sentences.
This is all great news as Abigail has been progressing consistently since her transfer. We believe she has a lot of potential and will keep on progressing over time.
Girl, born 2009
What a sweetie!
Internal hydrocephalus (operated), spastic tetraparesis with movement disorders, open oval window, development delays
From a family who met her summer 2015:
This little girl is wonderful! I have never met a child with so much personality and spunk. She absolutely loves people and she is so desperate for attention. I held her for most of our visitation time one day. If I tried to put her down she demanded that I pick her up again and then she would kiss all over me. She just wanted someone to be near her. Everyday when my husband would walk through the playground gates she would get a stern look on her face and point at him and then motion for him to come to her… NOW:) She would smile from ear to ear when he acknowledged her. You can not help but laugh when you are with her. Even the cold and distant nannies couldn’t keep a solemn expression on their faces when we interacted with her.
She is in need of urgent dental care! I have never seen such decayed teeth before. I am not sure why her mouth is so much worse than all the other children but her mouth is really concerning. She can stand on her own but struggles to lift and bend her legs when she is bearing weight on them. She has a little walker that she does wonderful with. She can walk along a bench by holding on to it but we never saw her walk independently. From what I could tell she does not have any limitations of her upper body.
We never witnessed her show any aggression towards any of the children. When I would sit on the bench holding my daughter she would try to climb in my lap as well, but she never tried to harm my daughter or push her out of the way. She is very hungry for attention and for the love of a family. She would make a wonderful daughter and I am sure she would provide you with a life time of laughter.
Sibling set – Must be kept together!
Girl, born 2004 (red dress)
Girl, born 2006 (pink dress)
Other disorders of psychological development
boy, born 2008
Other behavioral and emotional disorders with onset usually occurring in childhood and adolescence
Girl, born 2009
anal atresia, CHD, Club foot
Judy, age 6.5, was abandoned near a hospital when she was only one week old. She was born with anal atresia, which was surgically corrected when she was three weeks old and now has complete bowel and bladder control. She was initially diagnosed with congenital heart defect, but the orphanage reports that’s no longer an issue. Judy tested positive for hepatitis B but received treatment and is now considered a carrier who is not contagious. She also has a club foot which alters her gait a bit, but she gets around just fine. Judy has age appropriate intelligence and speech development. She can count past 100, can recite ancient poems, knows size and colors and likes to sing songs. Judy is described as smiley, gregarious, open and cute. Can Judy be your daughter?
Girl, 9 years old
diagnosed with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy; microcephaly with stationed internal hydrocephalus; infantile cerebral palsy – quadriparetic syndrome; symptomatic epilepsy; hypotrophy; profound mental delay; chronic fibrotic changes in the right lung; moderate thoracolumbar scoliosis.
She successfully controls her head in an upright position; follows moving people or objects with her eyes and partially turns her head; gets excited when involved in interactions, produces random sounds, listens intently to other people’s speech and music; distinguishes between familiar and unfamiliar people; follows adults’ actions with interest; responds emotionally to jests. When placed in a special walker she can push herself backwards with her legs.
Boy, born 2008
Congenital microphthalmus, congenital cataracts, and delayed intelligence development
Jordy is an outgoing 7 year old boy who was abandoned when he was 18 months old. Jordy lives in a foster family who report that he is always in a good mood. He takes the bus to school, feeds and dresses himself, and goes to the bathroom on his own. Due to his poor vision, his intellectual development is behind his peers but he goes to school, can sing and recite poems, teaches his younger foster brother to count, and loves when the teacher reads a story. He likes to play outdoors on the playground where he enjoys the swings, seesaw, slide and sandbox. Can Jordy be your son?
Girl, 8 years old
microcephalus; Infantile cerebral palsy – spastic quadric paresis; Epilepsy; Anemia; Amaurosis; Cortical atrophy; Osteoporotic changes; Protein-caloric malnutrition – 4th degree; Deep mental delay; Delays in the physical and neuro-psychical development.
Clementine is a beautiful little girl who is mainly in a lying position. Fine motor skills are lacking – she doesn’t reach out, pick up or hold a toy or an object.
She is a child who constantly needs an assisting adult. She prefers calm and quiet environments. She is difficult to reach. She doesn’t recognize children or adults. She doesn’t interact with children. She self-isolates from the other children and doesn’t play or have play activity skills.
There is lack of independency and autonomy in all spheres. The child is fed with a spoon by an adult and this is a difficult and long process. Usually, she cries and is restless when showered and in other periods of the routine.
Girl, born 2008
Ear deformities, strabismus
Fanny is a “very bright, considerate, honest, and friendly” 6.5 year old girl whose host-only mom says, “She is a loving child who would be a blessing to a family. Her photos don’t do her justice. She is a beautiful little girl who deserves a good home.”
Fanny was abandoned when she was just two days old. She was born with ear deformities and she has strabismus, but they don’t affect her hearing and vision. Her hosts say she is developmentally age-appropriate and in some ways advanced, easily adapting to rules and family life, getting through difficult tasks, showing her intelligence, and bonding warmly with children and adults. She enjoys physical activities, has been boating, kayaking, swimming, bike riding, and has even played basketball. She did gymnastics with the girls on her summer visit and learned to do a cart wheel. She likes playing with other children, starts out timid, but quickly opens up. She’s an active talker who likes to sing and listen to music.
We visited with Fanny at her orphanage in late June. She was friendly and happy. She attends kindergarten and likes to help the teacher.
Girl, born 2008
Spina bifida (condition after surgery), paraparesis, secondary hydrocephalus
She just radiates love!!!
Very nice girl, needs out of the institution asap
Girl, born May 2008
Cerebral palsy and congenital heart disease
Alexa is listed as having a history of CHD (less of mitral regurgitation in systole, no others abnormal flow) and CP. Alexa is described as a fairly quiet girl with a sweet disposition. She enjoys listening to music and reading picture books. In the company of strangers Alexa will smile shyly, but when surrounded by those she knows she is said to play with her whole heart! Alexa enjoys outdoor activities and watching cartoons. Alexa’s gait is affected by her CP, but she is able to walk, climb, etc independently. She does need some assistance with eating because she has a hard time controlling her hands. Her language development is normal. She can understand everything, follow directions, and can use her words to communicate with others. She is described as a favorable child.
This 7 y.o. girl’s special needs are: Schizencephaly – congenital brain cysts (subarachnoid cyst in the left area; parietooccipital in the right). Internal hydrocephaly. Infantile cerebral palsy. Spastic diplegia – severe form. Divergent strabismus. Bilateral partial atrophy of the optic nerve. Exotropia. Severe to profound mental delay. Hypotrophy of II – III degree.
Elsie eats transitional food from a bottle and is taken care of by the staff. The girl reacts positively when an adult is interacting with her – she makes pleasing sounds when they talk to her.
Diagnosis: spina bifida, shunt due to hydrocephalus, malnutrition
Margaret lives in an orphanage where several children have been adopted from that also had malnutrition of delays in development. The children have all made tremendous progress once their physical needs were met in a family.
Margaret smiles and laughs when people pay attention to her. She loves interacting with adults. She manipulates toys that are given to her and enjoys toys with bright lights.
Photos and videos from July 2015 are available for interested families. PROGRAM FEES ARE REDUCED for Margaret’s adoption!
Diagnosis: Generalized disorder of the development-possible autism
Aimee was placed in an orphanage at birth and adopted through a domestic adoption in her home country at age 3. After a psychologist gave Aimee a diagnosis of “generalized disorder of the development-possible childhood autism”, the adoptive family returned her to an orphanage at age 7.
Aimee has some developed self-help skills: She feeds herself, indicates when she needs to use the bathroom and is toilet trained, undresses herself, and washes her own hands. She is learning additional self-help skills in order to be more independent. She has well developed gross motor skills. She plays with toys appropriately. She enjoys attention from the staff and seeks out hugs and affection. Her memory is very mechanical and her intellect is delayed. She is not aggressive. She pronounces short words and simple sentences. She follows verbal directions. She participates in games and activities and enjoys games with movement. She has formed connections with the adults in her new environment.
Girl, born August 2006
Hemiplegia of the left side
Adorable Cece has been waiting quite some time for a family to see her. Her listing agency was able to get a written update on her and there are many photos available of Cece from over the years that a family will be blessed to have! Cece is diagnosed with hemiplegia of the left side, though it seems Cece’s biggest need is her lack of communication and need for a family.She is delayed compared to her peers, but she can walk, run, jump and climbed stairs on her own. Her caretakers describe her as a quiet and lovely girl. She cannot speak yet, but when seeing the nannies or teachers she knows well, she will come up and take your hand, smiling. Cece is well behaved and obedient. Cece’s speech ability is delayed compared with other kids the same age. She can speak baby words only. Cece can follow one, two and three step directions. She is a sweet little girl who will thrive in a loving family.
Girl, born May 2008
Laurel is a beautiful little girl who is 7 years old! She came into care when she was about 3 years old, apparently having had little stimulation or training. She was diagnosed with CP, and they began working with her at the orphanage. Laurel has good fine motor skills, and is able to walk without assistance. She is toilet trained (during the day). Her language is a bit behind, although it is difficult to know if that is due to the CP, lack of early education and adult interaction (before she arrived at the orphanage), or just general speech issues. A thorough exam and evaluation when she comes home will be helpful and lead her family in the right direction to help her. Laurel is very sweet, active, and a generally happy little girl! She needs a family!
Girl, born October 2006
Nystagmus and blurry distance vision
Everly is a beautiful 8 year old girl who came into care when she was 5 months old. An early exam showed she has nystagmus and later exams also show her near vision is good, but her distance vision is blurry. In short, Everly needs her vision corrected. Glasses could be wonderful! Her nystagmus currently does not appear to cause her any trouble with motor skills. Everly has been in good health, and attends school where she is a good student. She is learning a bit of English, and really enjoys those lessons. Everly is a quiet girl, but is not fearful of strangers. She speaks very fluently, and with very logical thinking. She can express herself very well. Everly is a delightful girl, who will be a wonderful daughter! She is ready for a family and maybe a good pair of glasses!
Girl, born March 2006
Cleft palate, post-op cleft lip
Farrah was born with a significant cleft lip which was surgically repaired, as well as a smaller cleft palate. It has not been repaired yet, so her speech can be unclear. Farrah can still communicate quite well and she is eager to communicate with people. She is attending a primary school near the orphanage and gets along well with her classmates. She can write her name and she can read and write simple pinyin letters. She recognizes numbers and can add and subtract. Farrah is an active girl who enjoys listening to music. She can care for herself and can help clean up and wash clothes on her own. She is very curious about new things.
Eden was born in June 2007 and has been diagnosed with kyphoscoliosis with rotation and lordosis of the fourth degree. The position of some of her internal organs deviates slightly from the norm and some of her organs are a little smaller than typical because of her skeletal differences. However, her major organs appear to be healthy and working according to their function.
Eden’s gross motor development is impaired due to her scoliosis, but she does walk and run independently. Her cognitive development is said to be age appropriate. She speaks in complete sentences, recites poetry and loves to sing songs.
Eden would benefit greatly from proper medical treatment and therapies under the loving wings of a dedicated forever family.
From a family who met Eden in May 2014: Eden was our daughter’s best friend at the orphanage. Both girls loved to play together and share their things. While we had our daily visits with our daughter, we were told Eden missed her in the group. She welcomed her back with a hug every time and told her, “My dear girl, my best girl, I miss you.”
Eden is a very sweet child who lights up a room. Her ability to walk unassisted impressed us tremendously. She also appears to be fully potty-trained and her self-help skills are age appropriate. Eden makes conversation and understands what is happening in her environment. This lovely girl would bring so much joy to a family and we believe her medical condition could be improved through treatments and therapies in the United States.
Update October 2014: Eden has been moved to an older child orphanage. Her caretakers are pleased with her and describe her as a very smart girl.
From a family who met Eden in May 2015:
Eden is a spirited girl who appears to be very happy most of the time. Physically, Eden is able to get around well, despite her disability. She can go up and down stairs, do all her own self-care (so I heard/did not observe). On the playground, I saw her run, climb up stairs, crawl through a tunnel and go down a slide.
She is very tiny, about the size of a 2-3 year old and about 25 lbs when I met her. But, the orphanage doctor says she hasn’t had any heart issues, or respiratory problems and no hospitalizations. She is fully toilet trained (again, what I was told). Her fine motor skills seem mostly on target. She was able to string beads and learned how to open/close files on a computer.
Social and emotional skills are a bit of a challenge at times for Eden. She is very excited to see people and very affectionate. However, she can be strong-willed and sassy. In these areas, Eden seemed to me to be about 4 years old. Intellectually I heard she is bright but she is definitely several years behind same age peers, certainly in the U.S. She knew some colors and counting but is unable to read or write.
I am certain Eden would benefit by having a family, especially one where she could have a lot of focused attention. Aside from her medical needs, she would need assistance with academic skills and help learning how to be a “family girl.”
There are several hospitals in the U.S. that have the ability to surgically straighten her spine (by inserting rods that can be adjusted) to some degree (we were told maybe to 50 degrees/her curve now is probably 90-100). We were told by an orthopedic surgeon that because her internal organs are small, she won’t ever have full cardio-vascular capacity–this means she can tire out more easily than age peers, but it doesn’t mean she can’t enjoy playing and most activities other children like.
Additional reports, videos, and photos available upon request from the agency.
Girl, born May 2006
cleft palate, post-op Congenital heart defect
Nine-year-old Hattie is diagnosed as having a cleft palate and post-op CHD, though her file mentions that her heart was normal. It seems that she had a cleft lip that was repaired and it looks like they wrote post-op CHD instead of cleft lip in her file. Hattie is described as outgoing, observant, active, and extroverted. She gets along well with the other children and adapts well to new environments. Hattie is obedient and very curious about everything! She likes to touch things she has never seen before and asks all sorts of questions. She goes to class with the other children and likes to sing and dance. Her language skills have improved as well. At the primary school she attends, she is noted to be a good listener and a good student. Hattie is happy to help others and she often goes back to the orphanage and teaches the younger children about the knowledge she has learned, along with the songs and dances. She always gets good grades and is a good role model for her younger brothers and sisters. Hattie is a good helper in the classroom too. She puts away the toys and helps the teacher do things she is able to do. She likes to build and create all kinds of thing using the blocks and likes to finish a project once started.
Hattie lives in the orphanage. She has a good appetite. Her favorite food is meat and her least favorite food are vegetables. Hattie’s favorite thing to do is to sing and dance with the other children and her favorite toys are puzzles and Barbies. Hattie sounds like she’d not only make a wonderful daughter, but a sweet sister as well!
Girl, born January 2006
post-op congenital cataract, ataxia of both eyes, cerebral palsy, deveolpmental delay
Nikkita has been waiting for a family for a long time and she has many adorable photos in her file from the time she was young until now. Nikkita is diagnosed as having postoperative congenital cataract; ataxia of both eyes; cerebral palsy; delayed development. Agency staff met Nikkita in November 2014 and did not feel that she had any issues with her vision. Nikkita is quiet and docile and has a strong will to learn, but her language ability is poor. She gets along well with other kids and is loved by her teachers. She is polite and she liked playing games and with dolls.
Jewel was born in 2009.
Her reports state: Epilepsy, infantile cerebral palsy – quadriparesis, profound mental delay and strabismus of the eyes.
Jewel is dependent on adults’ care. She cannot eat independently yet, but she expresses preferences towards certain foods. She likes yogurt very much! She gets excited when she hears someone singing or a musical toy playing. She responds to loud sounds by turning in the direction of the sound. The sounds of nature have a relaxing effect on her. She likes to cuddle and smiles when called by name.
When Jewel is afraid or anxious, she would sometimes start biting her hands or crying. She is not prone to aggression. She sometimes manifests self-aggressive behavior (biting the hands). She can take a sitting position independently. She can crawl and she can stand on her feet for a while with an adult’s help. Decreased muscle tone of the limbs.
Girl, born 2008
She had surgery for heart defect, she was born prematurely, and was diagnosed with microcephaly in early childhood. She has feature of FAS (Fetal alcohol syndrome) but it is not on her medical record.
Girl, born July 2007
Scout is a pretty little girl who is 7 years old. She came to the orphanage when she was about 3 years old, and they found she had CP affecting her lower legs. Scout also had club feet, and was unable to stand or walk. She received surgery in 2011, after which she was able to stand up straight, and walk with assistance! Scout’s fine motor skills are very good, and she is quite a talker. She is very helpful and able to care for herself. Scout is a very spunky little girl, who is ready for her own family.
Boy, born 2012
Delay of psychological and motor development, crossed eyes
Girl, born 2009
mild mental delays
She is a child Americans usually define as “a happy child”. She is very friendly with others. She is very active and likes to participate in orphanage performances, she recites poems. But in general she has some educational issues.
They must be adopted together.
Girl, born March 2009 (previously listed as Victoria)
Esme’s diagnosis was previously reported as Down syndrome, but it appears that is incorrect according to her file.
The real diagnosis is Ritscher–Schinzel 3C syndrome. It is a rare condition, whose symptoms include heart defects, cerebellar hypoplasia, and cranial dysmorphism. The report also states that when she was 15 months old she had a surgery to correct a congenital heart defect (cardiopathy). In April 2013 she had a correction of her AV fistula in her right wrist. In July 2013 she had a correction of her blocked tear duct. She has been treated for asthma.
Sweet Esme is 5 years old; she loves to play with dolls. She is a sweet girl who is kind, affectionate, funny, and lovable. She has been living in a foster home since she was 2-months-old, and is very affectionate with her foster family. She loves playing with her foster siblings, and gets along very well with the children closest to her age. Her foster mother describes her as a happy, obedient, sociable child, and they enjoy having her in their home.
Because Esme has Syndrome 3C, a condition that is characterized by cardiac malformations, cerebellar hypoplasia, and cranial dysmorphism (3C’s), her development is not up to age level. She has been going to therapy to develop her speech skills. She also has Enuresis, which affects her bladder and urination control.
Esme interacts well with other children and loves to watch TV and play. She can eat, brush her teeth, and dress herself independently. She loves doing her homework and schoolwork, and can concentrate on a task or an activity. She is an extremely outgoing child, who is respectful and always follows directions.
Esme is looking for a forever family that will provide her with love and affection, kindness and guidance. She will bring lots of laughter, many smiles, and tons of hugs to your home!
Girl, born March 2009
bilateral microctia, curvature of the spine, post-op esophageal and anal atresia
When Lola came into care she was diagnosed with esophageal and anal atresia. She had an operation to correct both of these in 2011, and recovered well after some good nutrition therapy. Lola has a difficult time hearing because of her bilateral microctia, but she is able to follow instructions and hear her caregivers. When the doctors looked at her heart, they saw that she has left ventricular false tendons, but other than that her heart looked healthy. Lola’s file says that she also has a curved spine, but is able to fully walk, run, and jump. Lola really enjoys being active and independent!
Girl, born March 2009
hydrocephalus (with shunt), spastic tetraparesis, convulsive disorder, Hep.B, valgus feet, optic discs atrophy
At the first sight, we were impressed by her black eyes. Her eyes were big and black, which seemed to talk. As she grew up, we found her hair was beautiful, black and soft. Till now we do not cut her hair. The caretaker likes dressing her and do various hair style for her. She received the surgery of meningocele and hydrocephalus. Now she is diagnosed as cerebral palsy and optic nerve atrophy. Her motion ability is poor and limbs are not powerful. She can turn over, can lie on the stomach, but can not sit. Additionally her mental development is delayed. She can not speak, just makes some unconscious sounds, she seems to dislike toys and not sensitive to the sounds. Now she can eat the fixed food, mainly vegetable, meat, egg, noodles, oatmeal, porridge, rice, etc. She also likes fruits. She rarely has illness.
She is slight, and shorter than other children of her age. Though she has lots of disadvantages, she is still a lovely and happy baby. She likes smiling, especially when someone is talking with her and teasing her. When someone is hugging her, she is quiet and listening to adults’ talk, sometimes she touches the person’s face. She likes noisy, always turns her head to the sounds. When no one plays with her, she will be upset and call unhappily. Though she is a disabled child, she is lovely as other healthy child. She has the same feeling, desires to be loved and cared. We hope she would grow up healthily and happily and she would have a family with warm and love. We believe she can adapt new place and bring happiness to the family. Bless Sarea! Wish she can find her parents soon and have a family. Wish she is peaceful all her life.