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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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Mara

Mara-1596Girl, born 2005
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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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Maddox

MaddoxBoy, born 2015
T-G
Down syndrome

Listed: August 3, 2016
Cuddle bug alert! This special little guy is not quite one and oh my is he ever precious! When the agency’s team met Maddox in May 2016, he stretched out on the mat like a little frog in the sun. Each time someone would talk he would turn to face them, tilting his little head to the left. He played with the little rattle and enjoyed observing the other older kids play in the room.

Like most little ones he really seemed to enjoy snuggle time. Between his caregivers and the Superkids team he was snuggled a bunch. Who can resist a huggable, lovable baby?

Maddox has Down syndrome and after much consideration and love his birth parents have decided that making an adoption plan is best for his future.  The agency has his full profile, including medical information and photos.

Additional information and photos can be found in this blog post 1 and this blog post 2.

A $4000 grant is available to families adopting a child with Down syndrome through the current adoption agency. This grant is available through February 2017.

$82.81 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!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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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.

$180.00 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!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Farrah

Farrah3Farrah2Girl, born 2013
T-G
Shaken baby syndrome resulting in hearing/vision loss, cognitive/developmental delays

Listed: April 26, 2016

Farrah is a sweet almost 3 year old girl that agency representatives met in September. She had a calm demeanor and her caregivers stated that she enjoys playing with the other children. She likes playing with toys that light up or make sounds. Farrah is a foodie – she loves very flavorful foods! If she really likes something she will want to keep eating and eating!

She has an amazing connection to one of her caregivers – as soon as the caregiver walked into the room we saw her face just light up! She instantly became more active and smiley. Her caregiver explained that they have been working hard with her to learn new motor skills and that she also attends physical therapy weekly. They have seen her make great strides in her therapies.

Farrah wears hearing aids in both ears and it is also reported that she may have some vision issues. Farrah also has developmental delays and, as mentioned above, is receiving therapies.

Additional information and photos can be found in this blog post.

$121.50 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!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Micah

Micah1Boy, born March 2013
T-G
Down syndrome, repaired cleft lip & palate, PFO

Listed: April 21, 2016

Micah is an adorable little 3 year old boy that is waiting for his forever family. Micah was seen by the agency team in September and they all fell in love with him! He has such a sweet smile and a wonderfully affectionate relationship with one of his caregivers – his face just lit up when she walked in the room! Micah is a generally happy little guy who gets along well with his peers. His caregivers told us that he is easy-going but definitely has a little bit of a serious and determined personality.

Micah’s favorite toys are stacking rings and a piggy bank that he likes to put plastic coins into. He also loves to dance! His caregivers stated that he understands many words and simple instructions, and he can speak several simple words. He walks well and loves to ride on a little push toy car. He can hold crayons and scribble on paper. Micah has Down syndrome. He also has a repaired cleft lip and palate, and PFO which is expected to repair itself as he grows older. The agency has additional information for interested families.

Additional information and photos have been shared online blog post 1 and blog post 2.

A $4000 grant is available to families adopting a child with Down syndrome through the current adoption agency. This grant is available through February 2017.

$1,027.70 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!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Rianna

Rianna 10 Rianna 11Girl, born fall 2013
K-E
Down syndrome, heart defect

 

Rianna does have a minor heart defect and is said to have some minor feeding difficulties though she does not appear malnourished. She is said to be healthy otherwise and a happy little one (except when strangers are present that is!)

$247.50 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!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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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!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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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!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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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!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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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!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

 

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Armand

Boy, born October 2010

Leukoma Cornea (Blindness in both eyes) & Developmental Delays

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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!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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Talbot

Boy, born December 2009

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

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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!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.

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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 a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

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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 (Depakine, 4.5cc daily).

*** I am eligible for a $10,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

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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.

$51.00 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!

For more information on how to adopt this child, please visit our Contact Page.