Andrue was raised by his birth family until he was 9 months old. At that time, he was hospitalized for genetic testing and when the diagnosis of Down syndrome was confirmed, he was left at the hospital. He was then transferred to an orphanage and later on, to an institution for children with mental disabilities, which is his current home. He walks, climbs and catches a ball. He likes to play with stuffed animals and has one favorite stuffed animal that he carries around with him. He reacts to his name and follows simple directions. He pronounces some syllables and attempts to communicate, but his speech is not yet developed. He smiles when spoken to and enjoys cuddling with familiar adults.
Mikale has been transferred to a mental institution. He attends a specialized school. He interacts well with other children and does not have any behavior issues. He’s non-verbal, but he understands what is said to him and follows directions that are given to him. He plays appropriately with toys and enjoys blocks most of all. He feeds himself and assists with setting the table and also with cleaning up the toys. He seeks out adults and other people to interact with. He is physically healthy, with no past or current health concerns.
Additional photos and videos from January 2013 are available for interested families.
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Boy, born November 2004
Meet Asherton. Asherton has good gross motor skills and he is able to feed and dress himself. He attends school and enjoys it. Though he is hard to understand when he talks, he likes to talk a lot. He can understand what others tell him and can follow directions. Asherton likes listening to music singing, dancing and playing games with other children. Ashertom is waiting for a loving family that will help him grow and thrive.
Tyler has waited 10 years for the opportunity to have a family and he is now FINALLY registered for adoption. He needs a family that will look past his age and see all that this little boy can be under the guidance of a loving family.
Tyler has experienced many transitions in his young life. He was placed in an orphanage after birth, sent to a horrific mental institution at age 4, removed from those conditions and placed in a different orphanage at age 6 and then finally moved into a group home family style orphanage at age 7, where he still lives today. In the group home, he is learning daily living skills, basic academics and self-help skills. He eats from a spoon and is learning to feed himself proficiently. He loves water and enjoys playing in the bath tub. He likes to watch TV and to sit on the back patio and watch the dogs walking down the street and the cars passing by. He will call out to the dogs when he sees them. He also enjoys going for walks in the community. He enjoys playing with musical books and toys. He follows verbal directions and says a few one and two syllable words. He knows the difference between familiar people and strangers and enjoys receiving individualized attention from adults. A teacher comes to the group home to work with him and other children on educational goals.
This joyful 11-y.o. boy wi is still waiting for his adoptive parents.
He is a radiant and sociable child who loves interacting with adults. He also has preferred adults which is a significant indicator that the child is capable of forming a relationship of attachment.
Boy, born April 2004
He has learned basic motor skills, is very active, fast, and flexible. He has a tendency to act impulsively. He climbs, responds to his name, and selectively executes commands. He is curious and sociable, but he prefers the attention of adults. He loves playing with stuffed animals and spends the day with his favorite toy. Speech is not developed. He can eat independently and eats solid foods. He is dependent on the assistance of an adults.
Boy, Born August 23, 2001
Diagnosis: Down Syndrome, Severe lagging behind in his development, Alopetio areata
Brett was born premature at home and taken to an open field, where he was abandoned. He was there for 6 hours before being rescued and taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for shock, hypothermia, bug bites all over his body and difficulty breathing. Once released from the hospital, he was placed in an orphanage and later transferred to a mental institution, where he lives today. From a physical standpoint, he suffered several bouts of bronchitis and other sicknesses as a young child. He does have alopecia (hair loss), but does not have any other health problems at this time. Based on one of the video clips, it appears that Brett is able to pop his hip out of socket, as his can turn his leg at an unnatural angle. He can walk and move freely around in his environment.
Brett suffers from many delays as a result of spending over 10 years in an institutionalized setting. He walks, plays with toys, communicates using gestures and interact with adults at will. He is NOT aggressive. The staff cares for all his basic needs and he is not receiving any academic instruction or any noted therapies at this time.
Several photos and videos of Brett from December 2012 are available.
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Update January 2012: Cullen is in 4th grade this year. He knows the names of all the children in his class and has a best friend. He pronounces short words and simple sentences. He can repeat numbers and counts to 5 with help. He is very musical and loves to dance.
Additional photos and videos of Cullen are available.
Cullen is 12 years old. He’s been living in a mental institution since the age of 5. He is completely healthy with no physical delays or health problems. Cullen is in 3rd grade at a local special education school. He enjoys going on walks and field trips. He plays with blocks, mechanical toys and kitchen sets. He engages in pretend play. He likes to look at books and will look at the pictures in the book and point to objects in them upon request. He can identify animals and foods and choose them from photos. He has well developed self-help skills. He’s toilet trained, feeds himself, dresses himself, folds his own clothes and washes his hands and face independently before bed each night.
Boy, born April 2001
(was previously listed under a different name)
Chad was born in 2001, he started looking at objects at the age of 6-7 months old; he started reacting to sounds at the age of 4-5 months old; he started sitting independently at the age of 1 year and 8 months and he walks with support since he’s been 2 years and 6 months. Chad has Down Syndrome; Delays in the neuro-psychical development; Moderate mental delay.
The child considerably lags behind for his age in his physical development. His motions are uncoordinated. The fine motor skills are not mastered. The child walks independently and climbs up stairs with support. His attention is difficult to attract and to keep. His memory is with limited volume and the memorization is primarily mechanic, with accumulation. The child reacts with increased anxiety and cry to unfamiliar environments. He participates in group activities with the other children and actively contacts them. He cheers up when contacted by an adult and reacts by uttering sounds of cheer and watching the adult in the eyes. Chad is oriented in the space in the different parts of the day. He demonstrates bond, cheer, anxiety, and guilt. He calmly observes the children playing. He would play with them and is happy from their contacts. He carries out elementary instructions: “come”, “sit down”, “give me your hand”. The child doesn’t have developed skills for self-help and needs constant support. He can eat independently. He can’t dress or undress but cooperates when changed. He reacts to his name. He is oriented in the daily routine
He understands the speech of the others when it is simple. He pronounces single sounds by imitation. He is interactive, seeks contact, and demonstrates selectivity and preferences in his interactions with the other children and the personnel. He has expressive facial mimics that he shows his emotions with. He likes to listen to songs, laughs out loud and claps with his hands. He moves in tune with the music and is very mobile and energetic. He attracts the attention of the adults by pulling them or patting them with his hands because he can’t speak. He pronounces separate syllables – “ma”, “ba”, “da”, as well as words with repetitive syllables – “mama”, “baba”.
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Boy, born May 2004
From a family who met him in August 2015: “Came in and was very quiet, respectful of the nannies, and greeted us calmly. He posed for a picture and followed directions. When we were done taking his photo, he sat down quietly and waited for direction from the nannies. He posed for many pictures! He was very calm and sure of himself. The room was very busy, with lots of visitors and lots of children. This did not seem to upset Rogers at all. He said hello to us. Very well behaved! Rogers is very loved in this orphanage, and he has been prepared for the transition into a family. PLEASE SEE HIM BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!!! ”
Rogers has normal limb development and delayed mental development. Upon admission,he was 4 years old. At that time, he could walk alone, felt strange about the new place, and was careful to get to know new people. After a period of time, he learned how things worked and liked to get to know new people and got along with others well. At the age of 5 years, he could go up and down stairs holding the rail, could clap his hands along to the rhythm of music, could pick his favorite toys, and could share toys and food with other kids. At the age of 7 years, he could jump off the ground, could draw 3 parts of the body, and could pick up and throw a ball. At the age of 9 years, his self-management was improved and he knew his gender. He could eat and drink independently, take a bath, and put on his clothes independently. Now he is receiving the special education in the institute. He can imitate drawing pictures, can recognize common colors, can run and jump, and can have simple motion with his friends. He would like to do some work, but his language is delayed and he can only speak some simple words unclearly, He can understand the directions and he is gentle, shy, and likes familiar people close to him. Roger can get along well with other kids, likes playing games, enjoys basketball, and likes riding bikes with kids in the playground. Occasionally he is obstinate, but telling him a story can make him smile.
Boy, Born July 2004
Down syndrome, ADD
Sweet Harlan was born in July of 2004. He has been diagnosed with Down syndrome and Attention Deficit Disorder. He does not use speech as means of communication and he has cognitive delays. He needs assistance with basic daily living skills.
Update October 2014: Harlan is nonverbal and his development continues to be significantly delayed, but he can now walk independently.
Additional photos, video and report available from the agency.
Diagnosis: Down syndrome
George can walk with support. He will play with toys. He is described as friendly and as having a positive attitude. He is exposed to games and activities, but he does not always participate. He is not aggressive toward himself or others.
Down syndrome, mental delays, inborn partial optic atrophy of both eyes
From an adoptive family who visited him in 2014: ” He is hilarious. He is on puree but can take some lumps. That means he is usually the last to eat and squacks with displeasure. He loves to makes noises with his lips and will thrive in a family. I bet he will learn to speak. When I came to visit my son he came and sat on the couch next to me and held my hand for 20 minutes. He is not particularly shy. He does very small bits of rocking and does not do much stimming. He is a favorite of the caretakers. He is a sweet and curious little guy who is the size of a 4 or 5 year old.”
From an adoptive family who visited with him in June 2013: I met Delmar today. He is really tiny … maybe the size of a 3 year old, very petite in build. He was quite shy and didn’t want to come near me. He moved away when I tried to touch his hand. He was more open with the therapist who was there (a guy). Mostly he just sat on a mat, rocking and looking into space. Occasionally he waved his hands around. He’s a beautiful little boy, and was adorable in a tiny pair of overalls.
10 day wait often waived here. Married couples only, larger families welcome.
2014 UPDATE: Kade was moved out of an institution and into a group home in 2014. He is described as sensitive, with alert look, inquisitive, willful, contact and adaptive to the group. He is oriented in his immediate social environment and in the scheme of his own body. The fine motor skills are developed and all main motion skills have been mastered. He understands and carries out all commands and makes attempts to pronounce some words. He is very energetic with great desire for all kinds of motion games, and is well coordinated and purposeful. Kade feeds himself, dresses himself, and is completely toilet trained. His favorite activity is to listen to music and dance and he shows off on all festivities. His expressive and impressive speech is poor and he has limited vocabulary but he pronounces conscious syllables and words. He imitates objects from everyday life when they are mentioned. He likes to help to take care of the other children in the institution. He is interactive with the other children from the group. He can start playing with any toy. He draws by imitation within the limits of the paper. He likes to play with stuffed, musical and mechanic toys and he uses them according to their purpose. He can play for a long time with them.
Photos and videos from December 2014 are available through the agency.
Kade is currently living in a mental institution but is doing very well. He is attending school in the local village. His gross and fine motor skills are well developed. He colors inside the lines, feeds and dresses himself and is toilet trained. His expressive and receptive language is developed. He answers to his name, follows directions and repeats the names of objects. He participates in games and seeks out contact with other children. He enjoys playing with stuffed animals, musical toys and mechanical toys.
His play is appropriate. He is impulsive and will get upset if he doesn’t get his way. However, he is not aggressive toward himself nor toward other people. He has a short attention span and will often give up easily when an activity is too hard and ask to do something else instead. Kade is described as calm, inquisitive, headstrong, sensitive and communicative.
Update from Feb 2013: Kade is toilet trained, feeds and dresses himself, says some words, follows directions, and is not aggressive. He attends special education classes taught by teachers who come to the institution for instructional time. He is active and enjoys playing outside and staying busy. He enjoys the attention from the staff and will act silly to get them to pay attention to him. We have several current photos and a video of him. In the video, he is playing on playground equipment, following directions, joking around with staff and making funny faces at the camera and you can hear him say a few words too. He is living in a mental institution, but he is well cared for and doing quite well.
Boy, Born May 2004
Christian has positive reactions towards the adults with whom he is familiar. Has interest about what surrounds him, though not very big and also not very sustainable. Makes unarticulated sounds. He sleeps well, but has difficulties to fall asleep.
Christian attends school and gets good references from his teachers, he is starting to express his opinion – murmurs when tries to answer. Active and joyful and as most boys – he likes cars and playing with them. Is able to move up and down the stairs, eats self-dependently, though has self-care difficulties (still working on toileting), likes long walks in fresh air but is able to do them only with holding on one’s hand.
Christian has amazing potential….what a joy to get to watch him grow and thrive in a forever family!
Older parents, large families, and single moms welcome. Great program!
Boy, Born December 2001
Handsome Gabriel! 13 years old and really needs a loving, experienced family to give him the life he deserves. He probably has a bit of ADHD, possibly ASD. He is considered relatively low functioning (compared to other children with Down syndrome). But he is active, able, and deserving of a better life than he’s got!
Gabriel will do best in an environment without younger children. He is a big boy and can be assertive at times. He has tremendous potential and I can’t wait to see him blossom in his new family! Older parents and larger families welcome!
Madden is doing very well! He is physically healthy and has never had any medical concerns. Like most children with Down syndrome, he’s physically small for his age. He weighed 34 pounds on his 7th birthday.
Developmentally, Madden is delayed. He can walk and has good gross motor skills. He is talking and can say words and use simple sentences. He knows and pronounces his name and the names of the other children and care givers in his group. His articulation is not always clear. He is receiving speech therapy.
Madden is described has having difficult with focus and attention. He follows directions and is very compliant with the teachers and staff when given encouragement and positive feedback. He is learning a variety of life skills, including dressing himself, brushing his teeth and making his bed. He enjoys playing with toy blocks and trucks. In September 2011, he began attending a daycare center to assist him in learning appropriate social skills and to help integrate him into the local community.
More photos available.
Boy, born January 2002
DS, atrial septal defect, polydactyly of the left hand
From a volunteer who met him in November 2014: “Artemur really needs to get out. Artemur is probably the strongest and one of the biggest children in his group, eventhough he’s only the size of a preschooler. The nurse who knew how to handle this group, an Artemur, isn’t there anymore. Artemurs behavior has gone worse. He bullies other children and he hits them. He doesn’t listen when nurses try to correct him. But as soon as he gets the positive attention of an adult he totally changes, he starts smiling and behaving very sweet. He is desperate for love and attention. They allowed us to take him (and some other stronger children) for a walk and that makes him so excited. He runs around and he want to explore everything there is to see. It’s a very eager boy. He just needs someone to teach him how to interact with other children. I think he would do best in a family with no younger (or at least smaller) children. Artemur is potty trained. When the nurses ask him to help bring the toys inside or push a wheel chair he will help. He knows how to react on verbal instructions. He has some language, but his language isn’t very clear. I have never seen him communicate about his needs with the nurses.”
Artemur is a handsome boy who has already been waiting far too long for a family of his own!
Large families welcome, multiple children may be adopted together from the same orphanage. Elinor, Devora, Isolde, Julia, Sullivan, Artemur, Duane, Abner and Irina may all be in the same region.
From someone who met Artemur in 2012: Artemur is a ladies man 😉 He loves to greet visitors with a formal “Hello”, a chair for the visitor to sit on, and for the ladies he’ll kiss their hands and sometimes request a kiss by pointing to his cheek. He has ten toes and ten fingers, and appears healthy. He is one of the two highest functioning boys in his group and is a big helper. He is quite verbal, and he has good self-care skills, he is able to feed himself and ask to use the restroom. He likes to play with etch a sketches, toy phones, and bubbles. Artemur would probably do better in a family environment where he can be the youngest in the family.
Diagnosis: Down syndrome, Chronic pyelonephritis, hydronephrosis first degree to the left kidney
Charles is a sweet little guy, who looks like he’s in need of a Momma to scoop him up!
He is also listed as having barrel chest, which is common in children with Down syndrome. He has no listed heart condition or other health issues.
Charles can be adopted with Megan or any of the other children in this orphanage!
Boy, born November 2002
Leonard is so handsome! Growing well, and is blessed to be in a boarding SCHOOL for children with special needs, not an adult mental institution. He has Down syndrome, but no other medical conditions listed at this time. He is said to be very quiet, friendly and cheerful.
Hope someone will see this darling boy and give him the chance he deserves to have a loving family of his own. Married couples only. Older parents and large families welcome.
Boy, Born August 2004
Main diagnosis: Down Syndrome. Asthma with prevailing allergic component. Lagging behind in his neuro-psychical development. Abnormally low weight; full medical records available
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Boy, Born February 2003
Jake was born in February 2003 with Down syndrome. He is a happy young man who loves animals and can talk about them for hours, especially about cats. Jake can understand English and loves music and to sing! Songs that have hand motions are his very favorite. He enjoys puzzles, books and Legos! Please give Jake a chance!
Updated April 2014: Jake is an active, happy boy who attends school, likes to play games, and enjoys singing and dancing. Jake has well-developed self-help skills. He eats and drinks as well as dresses and undresses independently. Jake knows how to wash his hands and face, brush his teeth, and make his bed without assistance. Jake is also potty-trained. Jake speaks in short sentences and has a large vocabulary. He was exposed to the English language for the first several years of his life and can understand it. He tells stories, counts, and recognizes 27 letters. Jake understands simple rules and follows them. He would thrive in a loving family.
From a family who met him in 2015: Jake is such a nice boy. He will greet you happily with a handshake. Jake understands and speaks English as well as his native tongue. The caregivers and other residents at his home speak English, so he has a very good understanding of it. Jake is a very capable and independent boy. He would thrive in a family of his own. MARRIED COUPLES ONLY.
Nikolajs is 12 years old and waiting for his family to find him. His name means “Victory of the People”. Walks free, is active in the environment which is known to him. Is not able to talk but understands what others are saying, uses gestures when communicates. Expresses emotions by making different sounds and by imitating gestures, likes to imitate different activities, likes dancing or talking by the toy cell phone. Nikolajs also likes playing, has interest in books and magazines. He is calm and he likes to play with his toys alone. Makes role plays – cooperates with other children when wants to. Likes leafing books. Nikolajs knows his digits from 1 to 5 on his fingers. Also points to correct letters when asked. Takes part in sports and culture events at the orphanage.
Full medical and social history available!
NEW PICS OF DYLAN! Lots more available, please inquire. He can be adopted with Harley, if a family is approved and interested!
This handsome little guy has eyes that cross, so an opthamologist visit will be in order when he gets home. He’s looks pretty small for his age! Doesn’t he look like he needs a Mama to scoop him up & snuggle?
Update June 2013: Dylan is an energetic, smart, and goofy little boy. Physically, he looks about 5 or 6 years old, but has the attitude of a teenager. He can be extremely aggressive – he shoved other children out of the way when I was holding them to try and get to me and hits other children. I can’t tell you how many times he headbutted me in the face. But he can also be very loving – one of the other missionaries was crying and he just sat in her lap and hugged her until she stopped. Dylan is also very smart. When he wanted to go outside, I told him he had to have shoes on…I didn’t expect him to go bring his shoes to me! He also has an extensive vocabulary and loves his Montessori classes at the orphanage.
Update March 2014:
Dylan has a lot of personality! Dylan would do well in a family with older children, especially teen boys that love to roughhouse and wrestle! He’s quite the clown, and extremely verbal and capable. As someone mentioned before, he is also rather aggressive in getting what he wants, not only because he seems oblivious to personal space, but also because he will not hesitate to grab what he wants and assert his strength over weaker ones. He’s 11, and is strong, stands about the height of a typical 9-10 year old. He also seems to have a mischievous streak and is very impulsive, which can result in him pinching people unprovoked. Although he has a lot of potential, he definitely needs the right environment and very patient and experienced parents in order to thrive.
Boy, Born December 7, 2001
Latin America SN.26
Diagnosis: Down syndrome, Hypothyroidism, Language delay, Moderate mental delay
Michael says “HI MOM, do you see me? I’m waiting for you!” Michael is a handsome, happy, and active little boy! He has been blessed to be very loved and well taken care of! But here he is waving to his new mama, wherever she may be! FULL MEDICAL and SOCIAL RECORDS available. Michael is described as very loving and affectionate. He is well adjusted and attached to his caregivers. He is very active and physically capable…a typical boy! He receives therapy regularly and continues to work on his speech. Please consider Michael! His adoption will open doors for so many more children in this wonderful, but small, program!
From his caregivers: Michael attends a school for children with special needs. He has been in the orphanage since he was 2 1/2 years old. Michael is very affectionate and has achieved a certain level of independence. He demonstrates an ability to adapt quickly in various situations and has great capacity to give and receive affection. He is working on improving his pronunciation.
Update Feb 2012: (further records available on development)
He is a child with fast adaptation to new situations, however when he gets confidence and trust to somebody, he has demanding and resistant behavior when somebody don’t do what he wants. The lack of an appropriate way to express his ideas, emotions and thoughts, generates emotions like sadness and frustration; this usually can be manifested in situations who are demanding.
Michael is a happy child, likes to show his affection, affectionate and with big desires of attention. His social development corresponds to mild retardation. In self-reliance activities his performance is independent, for which he only requires slight supervision. In activities which involve expressive and written language he still requires support.
Michael’s country is *beautiful* to visit, and is rich in culture and history. Amazing trip no matter what time of year!
- Single women or married couples, age 25-55
- Both parents, one trip of 4 weeks
- Total cost approx $27,000
Boy, born September 2003
Zayne wishes to be adopted by a family abroad. He hopes to have a dad and mum to call his own. He enjoys playing outside with other children!
Boy, born December 2002
Robert is a handsome young man. His general development is delayed. He has good gross motor skills, and his fine motor skills need a bit of assistance; he likes to color. He enjoys listening to music, and dancing. He vocalizes, but his expressive speech is not developed yet.
Robert currently is a student in the fourth grade of a Special School. He has a good orientation in the academic environment and points at objects in the classroom. He understands instructions, but does not always follow them. He knows his name and reacts with a smile when called by name. He takes part in the educational activities with interest but he would soon lose his concentration. He shows positive attitude toward children and adults. He often takes part in organized events. The boy performs simple chores – when assisted and stimulated he cleans his work place and the classroom.
Additional information available from the agency. Recent pictures and videos available, too!
Boy, Born April 2000
Dante is a handsome young man! Nearly 14 years old and full of life and potential. Considered quite high functioning by the staff and caregivers. Very smart, active, friendly, helpful…enjoys the computer very much, as well as hockey and basketball. Loves people and playing with other children, but likes to have his own time as well. Speaks well, understands clearly, responds appropriately. He even knows how to ride a bike safely in the street! He is generous with his things, but also takes care of them. (I’m wondering where I can get a child like this!? Wow!)
He does seem to need glasses (he squints a lot). Full medical and social history available.
Praying Dante will not have to wait one second longer now that he has a voice and a chance through Reece’s Rainbow. Older parents and large families welcome, single moms welcome. Wonderful program!
Boy, born August 2000
Lord, please, PLEASE let them see me here…please let my Mama and papa find me…please…..
Davian is 13 years old and stuffed in a stroller. Experienced adoptive families preferred. Large families and older parents welcome. Married couples only.
UPDATE NOVEMBER 2014! From one of our adoptive families who visited with him: “The institution he is living in has undergone a lot of changes in the last year after a new director was appointed. The building has been remodeled so that the children now live in family style groups with multiple bedrooms for two children each, a living room, small kitchen, dining room, two bathrooms, laundry room and a visiting area. During free time the children move around between the rooms as they please and we have seen the children in Andruis’ group helping with some of the daily living tasks – clearing dishes, vacuuming, assisting children who cannot feed themselves and so on. Andruis is in a group with seven other children of varying ages and special needs. He is a very quiet, peaceful, gentle boy. He prefers to play with dolls and stuffed animals and he generally keeps his distance from the loudest and most active children. We watched him sit with a much smaller, weaker child who crawled on Andruis and stroked his hair for a solid half an hour and Andruis was not at all defensive or rough with the littler boy. His caregivers say that he does not speak, but hears and understands what is said to him. He can dress and use the bathroom with minimal assistance. He has had trouble with his teeth since being transferred to the institution and eats only soft foods, but he feeds himself neatly and clears his own dishes when he is finished. He is shy and new people in his environment cause him to withdraw a bit, but I saw him snuggle up to and smile at a familiar caregiver and he interacts appropriately with the other children in the group. He attends a nearby school for children with special needs and participates in many therapies and activities. If he is not adopted he will remain at the same institution for the rest of his life, moving from the children’s to the adult’s wing when he turns 21. The director is very interested in seeing children adopted, but a bit incredulous that anyone would want them. Our daughter is the first child ever to be adopted, domestically or internationally, from this institution. It would be wonderful if Andruis could be the second!”
Thank God for a new photo and updated info about Andruis! He is a New Year’s Eve baby, so he brings the promise of great things in every new year! Andruis has some hearing loss and wears hearing aids. He continuously receives speech and music therapy. As you can see from his photo, he is doing well, but desperately needs a family as he has been living at the institution since 2007. Andruis attends the 5th grade at the special needs school. He is able to walk/run and is active. He smiles and is affectionate, but shy around people he doesn’t know. He does not have much speech at all, but so much of this is due to his poor hearing. Imagine how is world could open up with improved hearing aids! His entire world, everything he processes, is delayed due to hearing impairment….signing may be the key to opening his whole world. He is able to eat on his own. He needs help with self-care/hygiene. Andruis has SO much potential in a loving family. He’s been waiting SO long and has lost so much time when he should have been at home!
From his medical records: born premature at 35 weeks, 4th pregnancy. Down syndrome, cognitively delayed, cochlear neuritis – hearing impairment. Atopic dermatitis. Hypermetropia on both eyes. FULL MEDICAL RECORDS available upfront.
This is a GREAT country program, with excellent health and social care, and full medical records available upfront. Andruis has been listed with us for many years, it’s his turn to find a family! Interested families should be home study approved (or close to it) to adopt an older institutionalized child and should not have very young children in the home.
Experienced adoptive families may be the best fit for Andruis. Please inquire! He is running out of time.
- Married couples only (married at least 2 1/2 years)
- Parents must be 18 years older than child; no more than 50 years old
- Two unrelated children can be adopted together
- Two trips are required
Boy, Born June 2001
Handsome Fritz is already 13 years old. He has blonde hair and hazel eyes. Fritz is blessed to live in a nice orphanage, but he needs a family of his own. He is considered lower functioning, and really needs a family who is experienced with adopting older children.
Fritz may struggle with some sensory or ASD challenges….he is very responsive but needs a lot of self-help and guidance from parents/caregivers. He would probably do best in a family where he can get lots of attention from his parents and older typical siblings….be the focus of the family!
Wonderful program, outstanding agency partner…older parents, large families, and single moms welcome. More photos and medical info available.
Diagnosis: Down syndrome
Ryan is 12 years old. He has been in an institutionHis gross motor skills are well developed. He walks, runs, climbs and prefers physical activities. He exhibits some stereotypical movements. He plays with toys and attempts to manipulate them correctly. He requires 1:1 assistance for academic tasks. He is currently being instructed in how to trace letters, though he still requires assistance with this task. He tries to fit shapes into puzzles. He can arrange blocks and builds towers with them. He likes to arrange the chairs in stacks. He eats independently, though he’s still working on hygiene in related to table skills. He does put away his own dishes once he’s done eating. He can dress himself, but he does not undress himself independently. His personal hygiene skills are not built up at this time. During art class, he requires assistance with coloring and art projects. He can glue items onto paper if the items are pre-cut for him. His emotions and attention are unstable. He is hyperactive and doesn’t always follow the rules. He exhibits difficult behaviors when he doesn’t get his way or doesn’t want to do something. He is sometimes aggressive with objects and with his peers. He enjoys dancing and prefers to participate in activities and play that involve a ball and interacting with children who are more physical.
Additional information: Ryan has been visited by an experienced adoptive family and members from an adoption team well experienced in observing children with special needs. During the visits, he exhibited aggression toward the adults and staff members from the institution. He had difficulty following basic instructions from the staff and often didn’t respond to his name. He did seem to enjoy interacting in small amounts with the adults, though he wanted those interactions on his terms. He did not respond well to restrictions or being made to do things that he did not want to do. He will need a family willing to provide a lot of structure, routine and consistency in behavior management.
Additional photos and videos of Ryan from October 2012 are available.
Boy, Born July 2000
Brandon was born in July of 2000. He has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. He is described as calm, smiley, active, and friendly. He likes toys, especially blocks. He likes to show what he has built with blocks and is very proud with himself. He does not pronounce words clearly, but most people are able to understand what he was saying. He is able to understand what is being said to him, as well as perform simple tasks. He recognizes some items and knows the colors. He is described as “a very sweet boy”.
Photos, video and a report are available from the agency upon request.
Down syndrome, deafness, strabismus
Tanner was transferred to a group home in 2014. He is very small for his age and has delays in all aspects of his development. While he has an official diagnosis of deafness, he does respond to some sounds, so it is thought that he has some degree of hearing loss, but that he is not completely deaf. He does not have any speech, but he does respond to some basic commands and also to hand gestures. It is possible that many of his delays could be compensated for once his hearing issues are addressed.
Tanner attends a school for children with special needs. He doesn’t have problems following the rules in class and at school. He is calm and usually smiling. He is the favorite of the children at school. He is not aggressive and doesn’t get irritated by the other children. His expressive speech is not developed. He carries out simple commands – “stop”, “sit down”, “give me”, and “take”. He knows his place in the classroom – he has a favorite spot in each classroom. He is oriented in the rooms and partially in the school building. He opens and closes the closets. He can lock and unlock the doors of the closets if the key is put in. He tries to put in the key (rarely manages) and is happy if he succeeds. He likes to look at books with pictures. He has a favorite book in each classroom, picks it up and manipulates with it. He observes the other children while they work. He shows interest in pictures of animals. He works with desire in the classes for physical education.
Photos and videos from December 2014 are available through the agency.
Boy, Born April 2001
Brady is a young man who is 14 years old. He has blue eyes and light brown hair. Brady by nature is calm, kind and he likes tactile communication with an adult.
Brady needs a loving, experienced family of his own. He has heart and pulmonary conditions that desperately need to be addressed. These impact his physical and cognitive abilities, and keep him from achieving his full potential. Full medical and social history available.
Older parents, large families, and single moms are welcome.
Boy, Born November 2001
Diagnosis: Severe mental retardation, significant behavioral changes that require looking after or treatment (F72.1). Down Syndrome. Atrophy of optic nerve. Thrombocytopenia. VCC – atrial septal defect.
Jordan is 13 years old. He has light brown hair and brown eyes. Instead of playing soccer and other games, Jordan clings to a walker because he has vision problems, and it makes him feel so uncertain about the world around him. Jordan has tremendous potential in a loving, experienced adoptive family.
Older parents, large families and single moms welcome. A family where Jordan can be the youngest, with older siblings, would be ideal for his learning and attachment. He has missed out on so much in life WE’VE HAD MULTIPLE SUCCESSFUL OLDER CHILD ADOPTIONS IN THIS PROGRAM!!
Boy, born November 2000
Down syndrome, neurodystrophy, psychological and motor development disorder, alalia
So glad to have a new photo of Duane! He’s making silly faces for you.
From a volunteer who visited with him in July 2014: ” Duane is a wonderful boy, but he doesn’t get the attention he deserves. It is getting harder to interact with him. He responds less and less when you try to interact with him. Even when you are interacting with him, he loses interest and he will lay on the floor again.
He is best friends with Isolde, but she has been put in a different group now. Nobody ever puts them together, so that’s what we did this summer. The nurses first wouldn’t let us, but we explained that they are best friends and then it was okay. They hugged for minutes, until he was getting weaker (his legs aren’t really strong) and he lay down on the floor again. Isolde tried to get him to hug some more or to play a game through the bars from the playpen, but he didn’t react anymore. I’m afraid that next year he’ll be worse again. He needs to get out. Duane has some language, but is mainly non-verbal. He shows no aggressive behaviors, but as said, he is getting weaker, he is showing less and less behaviors at all. Someone needs to go and get him out of there.”
From someone who met Duane in 2012: Sweet little Duane is the huggiest boy I’ve ever met! He is a determined, strong willed little guy and is up walking and chasing after balls despite some mild CP on his left side that causes his left knee to extend backwards in a painful looking manner. He has an amazing laugh, though it is sometimes a mischievous laugh. He sometimes feels the need to push boundaries, such as throwing balls at the other children, but he is a boy with a lot of love to give, both to the adults and the other kids in his group. He also sometimes gives massages. I feel he would especially thrive in a house where he is the youngest, or at least the smallest child in the home.
Significant features of FAS, shared as a cautionary disclosure for families considering his needs.
Duane’s best friend is Isolde; they could be adopted together. Elinor, Devora, Isolde, Julia, Sullivan, Artemur, Duane, Abner and Irina may all be in the same region.
YAY!!!!!! A new photo of Adam!
Adam has lived in a mental institution since shortly after his 4th birthday. Visitors to the institution have described it as very nice and more like a nice hotel than a mental institution. The children are well cared for and have many opportunities to experience things. Yet Adam is still missing the love and attention that comes with having a family of his own.
Adam is 10 years old. He walks and his gross motor skills are well developed. He does not talk at this time but does follow verbal directions. He feeds himself with a spoon but still requires some assistance with dressing. He plays with toys and enjoys music time, but prefers to play alone instead of with the other children. He is not aggressive toward himself nor others and is described as “a calm child”. He does the stereotypical rocking back and forth when sitting, which is a common “orphanage behavior”. He attends school in the local village. He’s in a special education class. He is not interested in most school activities, though he does enjoy music time.
UPDATE DEC 2014:
Adam is currently living in a group home. He walks independently and goes up and down stairs, but is very careful and always seeks support before acting. He electively carries out orders and doesn’t react to his name. He plays for a short time and doesn’t seek contact with the children from the group. He has preferences for certain toys but doesn’t use them according to their purpose. He is apt to seclusion and avoids group activities. He is a calm child, reacts to emotional stimuli and differentiates different tones of the voice. During celebrations and musical activities he moves away to play on his own. He requires assistance for tasks such as dressing and toileting.
Photos and videos from December 2014 are available through the agency.
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Marty is described as a quiet and even-tempered child who has adapted quickly to the routine and daily schedule at the institution. He is able to walk independently. He assists with dressing and undressing himself and is learning to feed himself as well. He goes to the toilet when reminded to do so by the staff. He is not yet speaking but demonstrates understanding and follows basic requests.
He plays with other children and interacts well with adults. He responds to his name and loves attention from the caregivers. He has a special bond with one specific care giver. He loves to play with toys and shows a preference for stuffed animals.
Marty has already been transferred to an institution.
UPDATE March 2014:
He is a calm and quiet boy; good general condition; walks independently; eats, dresses/undresses and puts his shoes on independently; a 5th-grade student at an auxiliary school; vocalizes; understands what he is told; scribbles; establishes contact with other children and staff members; loves getting attention and being caressed; follows simple instructions; has formed a relationship of emotional attachment with one of the staff members; loves listening to music.
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Boy, Born August 2001
Down Syndrome, Inborn cardiac malformation – persisting arterial channel, Lung hypertonia, Severe lagging behind in his development.
UPDATE MAY 2015:
Marlowe was born in 2001. At the birth the child was with atresia of the esophagus and tracheoesophageal fistula due to which a surgery was performed on the third day after the birth. There was clinical data for Down Syndrome. Congenital cardiac malformation – persistent arterial canal and pulmonary hypertension. Persistent ductus arteriosus; Eisenmenger Syndrome. Infantile cerebral palsy – spastic quadric paresis, moderately expressed; Hypotrophy; Hypothyroidism; Cryptorchidism; Severe mental delay.
Marlowe walks with the help of an adult and makes several steps on his own. His physical development doesn’t correspond to his age. He doesn’t speak. Marlowe would hold a toy given to him for a short time; he demonstrates interest in the objects and studies them; he makes eye contact and follows an adult if he is appropriately stimulated. He would look at his reflection in the mirror for a long time and makes attempts to touch it. He is entirely served by an adult. He eats mashed food and is fed by an adult. He is a student in the special education school.
He is calm and doesn’t demonstrate aggression or auto-aggression. He clearly expresses when he’s happy. The child doesn’t speak but he reacts when called by his name. He pronounces some combinations of sounds and irrational syllables. He wouldn’t play with peers and prefers the company of adults. The child demonstrates initiative for interaction with adults and children.
Boy, Born March 2001
From his medical records: Elementary thinking processes are observed. He can’t speak but pronounces separate sounds and some syllables. He knows his name and reacts when called. He carries out very elementary orders come here, give me your hand, and lie down. He distinguishes praise and reprimand. He is not oriented for a place and time. His attention is unstable, his memory is mechanic. He gives his hand for a greeting. He walks independently and has good general motorics. The fine motorics are limited. In emotional aspect the child is calm and quiet. He rejoices at the attention he is paid but prefers to play alone. He likes to play with toys by turning them from all sides. He looks at his hands with a great deal of interest and entertains himself by making different movements with them. The child is taken care of entirely by the personnel. The child is included in the project Granny and grandchild and learns how to eat independently. A speech therapist works with the child in order to develop his speech skills. The training how to eat on himself continues.
Boy, Born November 2003
Hi Thomas! Thomas is 11 years old and waiting for his forever family. He is in 2nd grade now in his school and doing well. He is very active and friendly, smart and helpful! He does have a heart condition that will need attention.
Thomas likes to listen music, fairytales and poems. He tries to recognize letters and digits from 1 to 10 now. Is able to count along if one also is counting together with him, can show the digit, which is needed on his palm, when asked. He also is trying to learn to group shapes and to recognize colors. Thomas likes working with playdough. He gladly participates in sports activities and he likes aerobic exercises. Thomas is good in acquiring and comprehending everything what is new to him.
Self care skills – is able to dress and undress his clothing, but needs some help to button and unbutton his clothes, puts on his boots. Eats and drinks slowly but self-dependently. Toilet-trained during the day, still needs help at night. Thomas is learning how to wash his hands without getting wet and also tries to brush his teeth. Willing to participate in different house-works, he watches how it is done by others and then imitates it.
Thomas walks and runs. Likes going outside. He pronounces simple words and his own name in his special ‘language’. Responds to his name and is active. Understands simple instructions. Repeats words and always wants to do something – playing, imitating sounds and actions. Especially boy likes to improvise dancing. He likes playing alone, then he puts pyramids, draws lines with pencil. He observes other children around him and then imitates what he has seen. Thomas always will find what to do in his spare time. Likes music lessons and he often dances by the music. Learns to put in order toys after he had played with them.
Diagnose: Severe mental retardation, significant behavioral changes that require a looking after or treatment (F72.1). Down’s Syndrome. Compensated hypothyroidism. Celiac disease. Gastritis, duodenitis-helicobacter pylori positive, congenital heart disease, defect of septum of auricle of the heart, cardiovascular incompetence I-II (CVI I-II).
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Boy, born 2000
He needs out NOW!! Please let’s find him a family!!
A Family must file the I600a before July 2016!
From a family that met him 3/14:
I love him. Quite simply, I really truly love him, and I hope someone goes and gets him immediately! If you could meet him, you would never want to let him go!!! He was in the bed next to another child I was talking to, and he fluttered his hand to me, and then grinned the cutest, most precious little smile I’ve ever seen! I turned and spoke to him and he turned on the full charm- he is very good at eye contact and a total flirt! His facial expressions are hilarious- and although I didn’t hear him speak, he is VERY good at communicating his needs/wants! He has so much personality. He pushed his covers off, and I noticed his tights had slid down almost to his knees, but before I could fix them, he gave me a sheepish grin and tried to reach for them, to cover himself up. I pulled them up for him, and he grinned a huge thank you, but then started wiggling his foot and pointing to it and frowning and sighing. The nanny came to adjust it, and they shared that he likes his tights fixed “just so” lol. The staff is quite worried about him, his belly is very distended and although he eats very much and well, he is not growing. (They pulled his shirt up to show me their concerns and he politely pulled it back down lol). His legs are very thin, but this is a great orphanage and they definitely feed the kids very well, so I would guess he has some type of digestive issues, maybe Celiac that keeps him from absorbing the nutrients very well and could cause that type of bloating in the abdomen. He can pull to sitting and stand and tried to take steps even, and is quite eager to do so- but his stomach weighs him down and his legs are just very thin to bear his weight very long. This sweet, wonderful, charming little guy needs a family FAST to get his medical needs straightened out so he can enjoy his life. He has the most adorable little face and his smile will steal your heart. He has so much eagerness for life, and his receptive language seemed to be good, but I hate seeing him without the medical care that is so easily available in the USA. Definitely one of my favorite kids ever- he totally stole my heart!
Fabio is an independent and capable 11 year old boy. He can take care of his personal needs such as eating, dressing, bathing, and using the bathroom. Fabio is very out-going, active, funny, and engaging. He loves riding his bike, as well as doing puzzles. Fabio enjoys meeting new people, and usually greets them by saying ‘good morning.’ Fabio is a smart young man and knows many animals, letters, words, phrases, counting. When Fabio gets stuck on something, he will throw his two hands in the air in despair and ask his teacher “How do I do?” When his teacher responds with the answer, Fabio claps his hands happily and imitates the teacher’s answer! Fabio has perseverance, and if the teacher does not understand his question, he will figure out another way to ask in order to get his point across. Fabio was abandoned at the age of 6.
Boy, born June 2005
Down syndrome, mixed development disorder, low IQ, and is nonverbal
Garrett is very active, attachable, and helpful. He loves to jump on the trampoline and ball and swing. He loves to go for walks and enjoys cartoons and shows about nature and animals. He attends a special school and is in the 4th grade. He has difficulty communicating with other children.
Boy, born September 2002
Down syndrome, specific mixed developmental disorder and aphasia (Language disorder)
Mikel is not speaking, but follows directions. In 2004, he had surgery for cataracts, and glasses assigned for permanent wearing. The report indicates that the boy is not getting involved in any activities and performs the stereotypic movements. Mikel was never visited by his parents and has no contact with relatives.
Mikel goes to the special school in town. Mikel is not receiving any neurological medication. His sleep during the night is good (calm), but he needs to wear diapers. Mikel needs an ongoing supervision by an adult. His eye contact is short, is concentrating his attention to the sounds and visual signals. Has good understanding of the adult’s speech, implements instructions, but he is not speaking by himself. He is able to eat without help, to dress up and undress, to wash his hands, brush his teeth, but still his hygienic skill are not yet developed in full: he takes the action only when is reminded and is helped by the staff member. His eating is good and likes different food. His interest in the environment is weak, he feels secure in the environment he is familiar with with persons he knows. He likes to be together with other children in a family group setting, listen to music, but due to his slow motion he is not getting involved into the group activities. His favorite activity is to play with balloons and ball; he throws them up in the air.
Samuel has Down syndrome, an undescended testicle & flat feet. He also has a functional heart murmur that does not require therapy. He is integrated in a room with healthy children. He walks independently. He can drink out of a cup but still requires assistance with feeding. He carries our simple verbal instructions. He seeks out the company of adults. His development is delayed in all areas.
Additional photos and videos from March 2014 are available from the agency.
UPDATE March 2014:
Samuel is now living in a foster home. His foster mother is a retired school teacher and she shared her opinion that Samuel would do very well in an adoptive family.
He is attending a day program for children with special needs where he is receiving basic academic instruction and therapy. He is working on becoming more independent with life skills. He is not currently talking, but he is able to express his wants and needs using gestures and nonverbal communication. His foster mother is encouraging him to vocalize more and make sounds so that he can learn to say words. He enjoys playing with other children and is not aggressive. He responds to verbal directions. He lives in the foster home with one other child and they are good friends. When he’s at the playground, he seeks out older children to play with. His foster mother reports that he enjoys eating sandwiches and drinking sweet tea. She is doing everything possible to prepare him for life with a forever family, as it is her hope that he will one day have a permanent adoptive family of his own!
Down syndrome; severe mental delay
Aaric likes participating in group activities but also enjoys receiving individual attention. He loves one-to-one interactions and activities. He does not speak, but uses different sounds to express himself. He is very affectionate and easily forms loving relationships with the staff members.
Boy, born 2001
Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, flail legs, secondary multisystemic central origin dystrophy, delay of physical development, severe mental delays
Sweet boy needs a family to love him!
Boy, born December 2004
This sweet boy has been waiting for so long! He is much loved by some advocates who work with him and worked hard to help get his paperwork together so he could have a chance at a family. Please share him, and don’t let this chance be lost!
Update Nov 2015:
He can do a lot of things, like a typical kid; he is the big brother in the orphanage, and helps the nanny do lots of housework. He feeds the babies, dresses them, put their shoes on, take the trash (babies’ dirty diaper, wipers etc.) to go throw away, plays with kids while the nanny is busy, and takes good care of himself. He helps the old men do some gardening, he is very well potty-trained, he eats well, won’t get the table messy, and knows to change the slippers while come into the room.
Videos available for interested families.
Boy, born March 2005
Xander was found abandoned at 6 yrs old, he’s an active child, running and chasing in the rooms all around, he was even running to go upstairs, however he never did that again after teacher’s criticism so that we could see he’s an obedient child. At the age of 6 years and 7 months, Xander did well in all aspects of taking care of himself: he eats food himself, washes the dishes after meal and takes shower, puts on clothes, socks and shoes, goes to washroom and occasionally he helps caretaker to do works within his abilities. At the age of 6 years and 1 month: he is active, restless and unquiet, able to greet familiar people and call “teacher, aunt, uncle, brother, sister”, he’s really naughty and played on class, he didn’t like to be restricted, playing is the nature for boys, however the teacher demanded him to keep classroom discipline and he couldn’t affect other kids, he’s acceptable to teacher’s words. At the age of 6 years 7 months, Xander behaved well on classes and he was praised many times by teacher, however his expression ability was not good enough and couldn’t express himself with whole sentences, so most of the time he needed the gestures, teacher said he had made big improvements, we trust he would express himself fluently and naturally.
Boy, born April 2005
Louie is walking, running, jumping and crawling, can stand with one foot for 5 seconds, can jump with both feet. His balance is good. Louie can use the scissor deftly, like cutting paper, can draw simple pictures, can imitating drawing fish.
He would like to express with language, though his voice is not clear, other people can understand him. Every day he comes to the classroom, he can make greetings with teachers politely and express his willing. Also he can communicate with adults. Usually he can help mates in trouble like older brother.
Louie likes studying, is curious with new things, likes operating with hands, like drawing. He can not only join kinds of sports, but also he can use materials to create. His self-performing is improving, can answer the questions actively. He can recognize common color in the daily life, can paint and draw simple pictures. He has good memory, can remember poems and children’s songs. He likes imitating, and can write his name. He can learn dancing quickly and often joins art performance.
Teachers and other children all like Louie. He is active, open, confident, often plays with mates. He likes handcrafts, also likes outdoor activities, like rocking horse, sliding, see-saw, etc. He has good safety awareness. He likes balls, toy cars and toy guns.
Boy, Born June 2005
Down syndrome (no heart issues)
This very sweet young boy has Down syndrome. He is well loved by his foster mother and father. He was a dancer in the orphanage performance. Whenever he hears music he starts dancing. He was cooperative and happy. He can wash his face if his foster mom gets the towel ready and can do other self help skills. He can feed himself and. He can pull his pants up and down. He has good speech and can say many words. He pulls his chair to the table when it is time to eat and he will clean his mouth after he eats. He is kind when he plays with other children and does not take their toys. He likes to run around and play with balls. He is very curious and likes to watch large machinery outside. He loves cars and will play with them and watch them out the window for long periods of time. He was described as a “happy, curious and lovely child.” He is healthy and energetic. He is friendly to others and sensible! He does not have any heart issues.
Single moms permitted, only one parent has to travel.