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Asia General Information

The orphan crisis for children with Down syndrome and other special needs crosses every political and continental border, extending through the countries of Asia.  Although many reside in foster homes, they are still discarded and need a forever family of their own.

 

China, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, and the Philippines all do an outstanding job of documenting each child’s social history, as well as providing thorough medical history and updates for potential adoptive families.   The process to adopt in these countries is very straightforward and predictable.  We have outstanding agency partners serving these children.  Length of travel and other requirements have been markedly relaxed over the last year, and even allow for single moms and larger families to adopt.

 

Despite all of these positive features, our Asian children are often the last to be chosen.  Please help us raise awareness and find adoptive families for them!

 

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Walfred

Boy: 2009
Diagnosis: Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa; Toe Syndactyly bilateral feet; webbed fingers; anemia

Listed: Feb 2018

Walfred currently lives in a hotel so that his medical needs can be appropriately managed. His intelligence is considered to be delayed, though it is believed to be a result of frequent sickness and hospitalization. His skin is severely impacted by the EB. He has hour long dressing changes each day. Ulcers in his mouth cause him to be on a restricted diet. It is also believed that these ulcers impact his ability to properly develop speech. He can expresses his wants and needs verbally, and use simple words and phrases. His motor skills are impacted by the bandages that cover his entire body. However, he can feed himself with a spoon, turn the pages in a book, and hold a toy. He can also drink from a straw, and wipe his face with a napkin after meals.  He receives PT and OT, though blisters on his skin often impact his ability to fully participate. He enjoys watching TV and playing on the iPad. He does not complain during bandage changes.

A full medical report is available through the agency.

$200.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

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Lochland

Boy: 2008

Diagnosis: low intelligence, dyslexia

Listed: Feb 2018

Lochlan was moved to a residential setting for boys with learning, and emotional problems in 2017. He is doing very well in both the school and group home setting now.  He is described as lively, active, popular with his peers, and helpful to the teacher. He enjoys playing football, playing with Legos, and watching TV. While at school, he participates in cycling and boy scouts. He completes his homework independently and participates in all the activities at the group home. His teachers state that he has demonstrated stable emotions since being at their school and that he earned a B in conduct the first semester of the 2017-2018 school year. He receives extra time on tests at school as an accommodation for his dyslexia. He follows the routines at the group home well. He has well developed self-help skills, goes to school on time, and has made many friends since moving to the group home.

He lived with his birth family until 2016. He has a lot of negative feelings about them and refuses to talk about them. He meets with a psychologist once a month to talk about his birth family, his past behaviors, and to prepare him for adoption. Lochlan has expressed a desire to be adopted and has stated that he won’t be at the group home long because a family will come for him.

$0.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

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Shepherd

Boy: 2011
Diagnosis: developmental delays, ADHD

Listed: Feb 2018

Shepherd receives PT, OT, and ST. He is making rapid progress with therapy. He is under the care of a psychiatrist for his behavior and has medication that he takes twice a day for the ADHD. His teacher reports that his behavior is his biggest issue at school. He is described as cheerful, energetic, playful, and active. Social skills are his greatest area of weakness. He wants to be in charge of the other children. He is very competitive. He likes to test boundaries. However, he is very motivated to learn and is doing well in school. He does better with adults who are very firm and enforce the rules. During free time, Shepherd enjoys riding his bicycle, playing with toy cars, and building with Legos. Shepherd wishes to be adopted. His only concern is that learning a new language will be hard. His social worker believes that Shepherd needs a family that will demonstrate love, patience, acceptance, and an understanding of how to handle his behaviors.

A full medical report is available through the agency.

$0.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

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Karmen

Girl: 2010
Diagnosis: Mild intellectual disability w/Autism Spectrum Disorder

Karmen’s birth parents are both reported to have an intellectual disability. Karmen was diagnosed with ASD due to a weakness in social and communication skills. She has lived with the same foster family her entire life.

Karmen speaks in 3 word sentences. She has difficulty answering reasoning questions such as “why?” and “how?” Her strengths are her rote memory and and literacy skills. Her foster mother describes her as affectionate, sensitive, and timid. She loves to give hugs. Her favorite free time activities include drawing, playing with stuffed animals, listening to music, and watching children’s videos on the iPad. She enjoys going to school. Her teacher describes her as polite, responsible, and gaining independence. The teacher reports that Karmen does better with verbal answers when assessing knowledge vs written ones.  Karmen is toilet trained, dresses and undresses herself, brushes her teeth, and feeds herself with a spoon. She is not a picky eater. She wears goggles in the shower to prevent water from getting in her face. She sleeps well.

A full medical report is available through the agency.

$0.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

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North

Boy: 2013

Diagnosis: Hypoventilation Syndrome, Hirschsprung’s Disease, Marcus Gunn Phenomenon, Ptosis

Listed: Feb 2018

North has normal vision and hearing. He has begun saying sounds and word approximations to get people’s attention and to indicate what he wants. He also communicates by pointing, and by taking someone’s hand to take them to what he wants. He follows verbal directions and can identify body parts by pointing when asked (ex: “touch your head”, “touch your feet”).  He gives high 5’s and blows kisses. He can feed himself with a spoon. He likes to eat rice cereal with chopped meat. His swallowing skills have improved and he is able to drink milk, water, and juice. He can walk while holding someone’s hand. He can stand and balance independently for approximately 10 seconds. He knows how to use a toy computer and a smart phone. He likes to take selfies with the social worker.  Medically, North requires a Trilogy Ventilator, Pulse OX, and Oxygen monitor. He’s off the ventilator for 2 hours each day, and is slowly working up to additional time vent- free. The goal for him is to be completely independent of the ventilator during day time hours. He sees the ENT and eye clinic. He receives PT, OT, and ST 5 times a week to help with his development. He currently lives in a hospital setting since the orphanages cannot care for his medical needs.

A full health report is available for interested families.

$0.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

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Wesley

Boy, born 2002

Hk-3

Listed: June 2017

Wesley was born with multiple medical problems including a chromosomal abnormality, developmental delay, oropharyngeal dysphagia and aspiration (difficulty swallowing), bilateral mild hearing loss, left amblyopia (a lazy eye), left perthes disease (disease that affects the hips), and cleft lip and palate with repair done, and more.

Wesley is a fun young boy looking for a home. Wesley is a friendly boy who likes to interact with his care givers, teachers and other children. He is usually happy and curious about things around him. He is active in class and likes to answer questions. He can mostly do basic things in the classroom such as playing with toys, listening to songs, drawing, and learning words.

Photos available for inquiring families.

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds.
For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

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Hailey and Hugh

Sibling Pair, ages 9 & 6
T-2sibs

Hailey has developmental delays and vision issues

Hailey & Hugh need to be together!!

Listed: April 2017

These siblings are unfortunately living apart, as the children are housed by age and gender at the facilities. They miss each other a lot and they’re both always happy to see each other when they can get together. They want to be together long term in the same adopted family.

Hailey is described by her caregivers as mild, positive, vivacious and well-behaved. She’s small for her age, wears glasses and has a small vocabulary. She’s easily distracted but has made great improvement in comprehension. Hailey’s a warm-hearted girl who finds pleasure in helping others. She remembers her birth family but is excited to start a new life with an adoptive family—as long as she isn’t separated from her brother.

Hugh is filled with curiosity about the world, often asking “why?” He speaks well and is reported to cooperative and able to follow rules. Like his big sister, he’s easily distracted but he works hard on his schoolwork. He attends primary school and mixes well with the other kids his age. His caregivers describe him as a good boy, energetic and usually happy. He’s been very clear he wants to be adopted with his sister.

There’s a $4000 grant for families who qualify to help with adoption expenses, available from the agency.  Video is available.

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

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

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Mara

Mara-1596Girl, born 2005
T-G
neurodegenerative disease (encephalomyelopathy), scoliosis, global developmental delay (mild-mod.), leg length discrepancy w/low muscle tone, low muscle tone in right hand

Listed: August 3, 2016

Total sweet heart alert! The agency’s team got to see Mara for the second time when they visited in May!

With total politeness she asked for a pack of gummy snacks. A girl that knows what she wants. Soon she was showing off her talent to color! Wow does this girl have skill. Colors all out and organized, color page tilted ever so slightly, and bent into the coloring pose she started her master piece. As we watched she made the most deep-in-thought faces as she decided exactly how she wanted the final product to be.

Mara is such a gentle soul. She has an adorable smirk and wise, knowing eyes. She loves drawing, puzzles and going to school. And she was very, very pleased with her new haircut– she “likes it short because it’s easier to fix and much cooler”. She is so incredibly persistent, such as hard worker. Her foster mom said “She is always like this. She comes home from school and does her work, I never have to remind her. She doesn’t even stop to eat her snack until she has completed all her work.” What an amazing kid!

Mara has a neurodegenerative disease — that is an umbrella term for the progress loss of function of her nervous system. She also has scoliosis. She gets occupational and physical therapy weekly and her foster mom says it has really helped her posture and endurance. Mara walks, goes up and down stairs and can even jump. She has weakness in her arms and legs, but she really impressively compensates when doing daily activities. She is independent with dressing, bathing, and eating.

Unfortunately, we don’t know specifics about Mara’s disease or how fast it will progress. She was seen by a neurologist in 2010, but they were not able to reach an official diagnosis. They refer to it as “encephelomylopathy” in her official paperwork, which is, again, an umbrella term for any disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. Sweet Mara is such a joy. She deserves a family who will be detectives and help determine what is causing her weakness. She deserves a family that will challenge her with puzzles, math problems and lots of therapy. She deserves a family that will be there, whether the disease progresses rapidly or very slowly. She deserves love. She deserves her family.

Mara is a go getter. She is sweet. She is looking for her forever family. Could that be you?

Additional information and photos are available in this blog post 1 and blog post 2.

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds.
For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

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Kamdyn

Kamdyn Kamdyn2Boy, born 2010
S.E. Asia
Down syndrome

Listed: June 2016

This sweet boy can follow his daily routines and has preferred friends and adults at his care center. Upon coming into care after being found, he was noted to have no right hand, a right leg that was longer and weaker than the left, and to have Down syndrome. His health has reportedly been good. He loves striking two things together to make sounds and climbing. His development is delayed but his gross motor skills are emerging. Recently he has shown improvements in learning to listen and expressing his emotions when upset. This boy is waiting for a family with the resources he needs to reach his full potential.

*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant!  From May 15 through Dec 31, 2018, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant***

$427.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

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Kevin

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Kevin 2Boy, born October 2008
K-H
Paresis of the facial nerve on the right side

 

  • Married couples and single women may adopt
  • Adoption process approx 8-12 months
  • Three trips – both parents need to travel for trip one
  • Trip one is 10-15 days
  • Trip two – about 6-8 weeks after trip one, for court
  • Trip three – about 6-8 weeks after trip two, 7-10 days long
  • Total estimated cost is $43,000

$117.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

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Cavan

Cavan 2 Boy, born March 2009
K-H
Ptosis of both upper eyelids

 

 

  • Married couples and single women may adopt
  • Adoption process approx 8-12 months
  • Three trips – both parents need to travel for trip one
  • Trip one is 10-15 days
  • Trip two – about 6-8 weeks after trip one, for court
  • Trip three – about 6-8 weeks after trip two, 7-10 days long
  • Total estimated cost is $43,000

$64.20 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

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Brendan

Brendan 3 Brendan 1Boy, born October 2013
K-H
feeding disorder, hydrocephalic syndrome, developmental delays

 

Sweet Brendan needs a family ASAP, he is struggling. The family needs to be homestudy ready, and the agency has a couple short videos for interested families.

 

  • Married couples and single women may adopt
  • Adoption process approx 8-12 months
  • Three trips – both parents need to travel for trip one
  • Trip one is 10-15 days
  • Trip two – about 6-8 weeks after trip one, for court
  • Trip three – about 6-8 weeks after trip two, 7-10 days long
  • Total estimated cost is $43,000

$148.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

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Darby

Darby 4Boy, born July, 2013
K-H
Darby has Arthrogryposis – both upper and lower extremities.  Additional pictures available.

  • Married couples and single women may adopt
  • Adoption process approx 8-12 months
  • Three trips – both parents need to travel for trip one
  • Trip one is 10-15 days
  • Trip two – about 6-8 weeks after trip one, for court
  • Trip three – about 6-8 weeks after trip two, 7-10 days long

$109.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

 

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Armand

Boy, born October 2010

Leukoma Cornea (Blindness in both eyes) & Developmental Delays

T-G

 

Armand entered foster care due to inadequate care and parental skills.  He has resided in care since February 2011.

Armand likes to be spoken to and laughs when his name is called. He laughs and smiles when caregivers touch his face and talk to him.

$64.75 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

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Talbot

Boy, born December 2009

Developmental Delays, feeding issues, failure to thrive, left congenital ptosis, laryngomalacia and supraglotoplasty

T-GLAD

 

Talbot entered foster care as a result of being removed from his home due to his parent’s inability to provide a safe and stable, loving home for him.  He has resided with a foster family since July 2011.  He is growing and developing in his foster family’s care.

Talbot likes toys that make sound.  When he hears music, he dances and laughs out-loud.  He enjoys taking walks with his foster family.  He is able to say Thank you, Auntie, Mama, and Papa.

Talbot was diagnosed at a few months of age as  having feeding issues, failure to thrive, left congenital ptosis, laryngomalacia and supraglotoplasty. According to a October 2011 developmental report, he was delayed in cognition, language, & gross and fine motor skills.  He attends weekly occupational and language therapy classes, showing improvement in the past few months.  He is able to walk on his own and at the time of the assessment, he was working on climbing stairs.  His appetite has picked up and he enjoys eating noodles and biscuits among other foods.

Talbot will do well in a family who is patient, has time to work on developmental growth through play and exploration, and able to access early intervention services.

$29.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

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Heather

Girl, Born December 2003
T-A
Epilepsy, moderate cognitive delay

Listed: November 12, 2011

This BEAUTIFUL girl needs a forever family of her own.   Heather is presently residing in an orphanage.

Health Condition: Heather has been diagnosed with Epilepsy.   She is currently on medication for this condition and reports state that she has not displayed any effects of Epilepsy since April 2009.   Heather has also been diagnosed with Moderate intellectual deficiency. According to reports, she had a brain injury caused by the suspected abuse from her birth father. Her psychological assessments show that she has a delay in cognitive and motor development. Heather has also been diagnosed with congenital myopia, astigmatism and mild strabismus. She currently wears glasses for myopia and astigmatism. The doctor related that astigmatism is mild so it is not necessary for her to have a surgery.

Likes & Dislikes: Heather’s favorite foods are rice with meat sauce, tapioca milk tea, chocolate, pudding, cookies, yakult, and candy. She dislikes carrots, noodles, vegetables, bean curd, and steamed buns. Her favorite activities are playing house, fishing, doing puzzles, drawing, and any active games. Y-W does not enjoy thunder, dogs, being alone, the dark, strangers, or caregivers having raised/angry voices. Heather very much enjoys school, especially singing and dancing. She gets along very well with her school peers.

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds.
For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

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Cullen

Boy, Born May 2004
T-A

Severe Mental Developmental Delay, Mild Physical Disability, and Epilepsy

Listed:  November 3, 2011

Cullen has been through WAY too many living situations and he needs a true *forever family*.  The agency can provide more details on this for you.

Cullen was born prematurely at 32 weeks gestation and was kept alive on an incubator for 4 days. His birth mother reported that she used amphetamine weekly since 16 weeks gestation, but Cullen was not reported to have any withdrawal symptoms. Cullen was diagnosed with cerebral hypoplasia. The EEG report showed that his brain displayed electronic activity, but no abnormal findings were seen in the brain waves. Cullen was diagnosed with severe mental developmental delay, mild physical disability(lower extremities),  and was suspected with autism but has no diagnosis. He  is on medicine treatment for his epilepsy.

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds.
For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant***

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Merlin

Boy, Born October 2007
T-A

Moderate Intellectual Deficiency and Congenital Cardio Disease

From the time that Merlin was born until January 2008, he was hospitalized due to his poor health condition at birth. From January 2008 to January 2010, Merlin lived with his birth mother, who was his primary caregiver.  He presently resides in an orphanage.

Merlin was born at 35 weeks gestation. After birth, he was diagnosed with ventricular and atrial septal defect and patent ductus arteriosus (large). He received several operations. At the age of 2 years, Merlin received frenulum incision due to his speech development delay. He has since been evaluated for speech, cognitive, and motor development. He began receiving therapy for his delays and was evaluated as having moderate intellectual deficiency. He continues to receive therapy while residing in the orphanage. Physically, Merlin has a wide nasal bridge, eyelids slanting downwards, big thumbs, wide gaps between his fingers, and conditions of short attention, motion disharmony, and blurred pronunciation.

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds.
For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***