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Kenneth

 Boy, Born November 27, 2006

 

Photo dated Feb 2010.  Kenneth is a blonde haired, blue eyed cutie who was born with FAS.  Kenneth does have some spasticity on his left side, and will greatly benefit from therapy and a loving family to encourage him! He is diagnosed with hydrocephaly, but this is a result of the FAS. He is not in need of a shunt to correct (the doctors say).

As you can see from this updated picture, Kenneth is doing GREAT! He wants a mama and papa of his own.

If you are unfamiliar with FAS, please spend some time researching this condition. Just as with Down syndrome, FAS and FAE have a wide variation of effects on each child, both medically, physically, and cognitively.  This is typically dependent on how long during the pregnancy the mother consumed alcohol, and of course, how much.  There is no way to know this ahead of time.

$1,021.00 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!

Jason

Jason (1)Boy, Born April 10, 2003

 

HELP!  I have been transferred to a remote institution, with no hope of finding my family without you!

Jason spends his time either in a crib or in a stroller, sitting outside.

He needs a lot of love and attention … He is a good, sweet child, but he has a lot of self-injuring behaviors.  Unfortunately, he is often restrained because he hits himself really hard.

Update Nov 2012:  Jason is learning to walk with support!

 

From a  family who visited with him in June 2013:   I saw Jason this morning. I got to take him for a walk in the stroller, play with him, feed him (twice!), and get him ready for his nap. He is wonderful. He loved it when I made my hand crawl up his belly and tickle him under the chin. I was rewarded with loud laughing and a huge smile. He liked to have me rub his feet, and whenever I would stop he would stick his little foot up for more. He makes noises but he does not talk. He can walk if he holds both of your hands, but he prefers to crawl as he can go faster. He is the king of the bouncy seat. He sits in it whenever he can, and he shooed away another child who came too close. ;) He is about the size of a four year old and is in a 4/5 shirt. He’s heavier than I thought he would be, but I can carry him easily. I’m totally in love.

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

$3,468.57 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!

Matvey

Boy, Born August 28, 2004

 

SIGNIFICANT RISK, PLEASE ADOPT ME SOON!!

 

Matvey is such a cute little boy, with blonde curls!   He is cognitively delayed, but does not seem to have any official diagnosis other than that.  He has amazing potential!!   He was transferred to another region in 2010.

Please give this little guy a chance to fulfill his potential!    One of our own adoptive families who visited with him in March 2008 shared this with us:  “This little guy did NOT want to be photographed!  He was quite happy doing whatever he was doing before being brought into the room but having his picture taken was not high on his priority list.  He has “deep mental delay” (understand that this is according to Eastern European standards — he was more aware and alert than a child with Down syndrome might be at the same age).  I can’t tell you his eye color because he down-right refused to look at me, but those blonde curls sure were cute!”

$310.80 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

This child is in a region that is currently not open to adoptions. We are no longer able to accept new donations for this child. The current grant funds will remain with this child until the unrest is resolved or the children become permanently unavailable for adoption.

Anderson

BOY, Born December 13, 2003
 
Anderson is a sweet boy who is blessed to still be at his baby house.   He is significantly cognitively delayed, and needs a loving family to help his achieve his potential.  He does not have any words, but communicates through other sounds.    He is able to walk and is physically active.  he is facing the mental institution soon, hope someone will consider him and give him the life he so deserves!

 

$2,559.70 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!

 

Samson

BOY, Born August 28, 2004

 

Samson is also blessed to still be at the baby house.  He was born with CP and strugges with epilepsy.    He has optic nerve subatrophy, and will do great in a family who has experience with vision impairments!   The caregivers say he has a great personality!  Samson has so much potential!

 

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$1,062.50 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!

Sealey

Guardian Angel BOY, Born October 26, 2004

 

Sealey needs a family….he has severe CP, and is diagnosed with congenital brain malformation; anencephalea (no cerebral cortex).  He is not able to walk and needs full care.  It wil be so wonderful to see him blossom in a loving family.  He is facing the institution very soon.

 

MORE PHOTOS AVAILABLE

 

$145.20 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!

 

Ruslan

Boy, Born November 12, 2002

Down syndrome

ALREADY TRANSFERRED, PLEASE ADOPT ME SOON!!

Ruslan is a handsome young man who is in desperate need of a family right away.  He has strabismus, and is also a CARRIER of Hepatitis B.  (www.webmd.com) He is asymptomatic at this time.   We are trying to get more details on his Hep B….he is living in the general population of children, so they don’t appear to be very concerned about him transmitting it to other children.   (Typically, children with blood-born viruses such as Hep B and HIV are isolated in special orphanages and never available to be adopted, so we are thinking that maybe he tested positive at birth and hasn’t been retested, or he isn’t showing any outwards symptoms).

 

From a nurse in the infectious disease unit in a pediatric hospital:  *** Hepatitis B is something that children in the USA are routinely vaccinated for.   If parents have not received the vaccinations, they can easily go to their physician and receive the series.  With these vaccinations transmission is extremely minimal as vaccinated parties can have immunity to Hepatitis B. Titers (simple blood test) can also be drawn after taking the vaccines to make sure immunity has been acquired. Hepatitis B is also treatable with medications and people can also just be carriers of the virus.  This health condition is labeled chronic, but with proper medical treatment and simple precautions it is very treatable and the risk of transmission is minimal at most. ***

Ruslan has already been transferred out to the institution due to his age, but he can still be adopted!!    Please open you heart to little Ruslan….he needs you!

 

$10,385.67 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!

Yuri

Blonde hair and blue eyes.    He has been diagnosed with HIV, but is medically healthy.  Yuri is already living in the older child internat/boarding school.

$1,255.10 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!

Lorena

Girl, Born November, 2005

This beautiful, brown haired, blue eyed angel was born with a lot of strikes stacked against her.  That doesn't mean she doesn't deserve a voice or a chance to have a family who loves her and can help her be all she is able!  
  
From her medical records:  CEREBRAL PALSY.   Inborn defect of brain development (hypoplasia of right hemisphere, cerebellum, mosaic body). Syndrome of spastic tetraparesis; stage of motion defect.   Secondary microcephaly.  Hip dysplasia.  Secondary miocardiopathy.  Mental delay.  Strabismus.
 
Lorena is facing the mental institution soon, and will remain bedridden for life if she is not adopted. 
 
 
$1,570.65 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!

Irina

Irina2012
Girl, Born March 5, 2005

Irina is a beautiful girl with dark hair and big dark eyes. She has a cleft palate. She is cognitively delayed, likely as a result of FAS. She is a precious and happy little girl, and will do great in a family. She can be *assertive* at times, but responds very well to individual attention and will really thrive as the “baby”.

Irina is a child who keeps to herself. Usually, if she plays with others, she prefers to stay in small groups, but she also can be okay with larger groups of children.   She prefers playing with children younger than she is.   Irina is a good listener and is a sweet and sensitive child.

From a volunteer who visited with her in July 2014:  ” Irina has been transferred from a preschool to a facility for children. She is really small for her age, the size of a toddler, and she is being bullied by other children in her group. They hit her and yell at her. They nurses don’t protect her. She seems really overwhelmed and tries to flee from it, but when they are all in the playpen there is nowhere to go for her. She needs to be rescued. She needs to get out of there. She was in a better place, but this must be an awful experience for her. She looks much worse than in the pictures. Unfortunately the nurse wouldn’t let us take pictures.”

If you are unfamiliar with FAS, please spend some time researching this condition. Just as with Down syndrome, FAS and FAE have a wide variation of effects on each child, both medically, physically, and cognitively. This is typically dependent on how long during the pregnancy the mother consumed alcohol, and of course, how much. There is no way to know this ahead of time.

Irina has been transferred to the older child internat now.  She is with Juri and Jefferson.

$600.20 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!

Darina

Guardian Angel

 

Girl, Born October  2007

Oh Darina, how she has regressed :( ((   We had such a darling photo of her from two years ago, and to see her like this now breaks my heart.   She could have come so far and been spared this ;(

Darina struggles with CP.  She has compensated internal hydrocephaly as well.  She is not able to walk on her own.  From her medical records:  congenital brain abnormality, atopic-astenic syndrome, delay of mental and motor development, microcephaly, hip dysplasia, congenital isotropy of both eyes, koch valga to the left (foot position)

Darina is facing the institution soon and will remain bedridden for life if she is not adopted :(

$217.80 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!

Janie

Girl, Born March 8, 2006

So glad to have an updated picture of Janie!  She is blessed to still be at the baby house, but she will remain bedridden for the rest of her life is she is transferred.
Janie is a beautiful little girl who struggles with the effects of FAS.    She also has CP and some effects of hydrocephaly.   She is not able to walk on her own, and will need the loving and patient care of a family to help her achieve her potential.

If you are unfamiliar with FAS, please spend some time researching this condition.  Just as with Down syndrome, FAS and FAE have a wide variation of effects on each child, both medically, physically, and cognitively.   This is typically dependent on how long during the pregnancy the mother consumed alcohol, and of course, how much.   There is no way to know this ahead of time.

$3,617.00 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!

Wendy

Girl, Born June 25, 2006

Guardian Angel

 


UPDATE:  Wendy has already been transferred :(

Updates and new photos will not be possible.   Would any family take a leap of blind faith to save her?  She will remain bedridden the rest of her short life if not.

 

Wendy is a beautiful girl with sandy blonde hair and blue eyes.    She was born quite premature  (not sure which gestational week, but it is listed as “4th stage”).  She has CP and is completely blind, with congenital cataracts in both eyes, optic sub-atrophy, and microcephaly.

From her medical records:  Microcephaly, tetraparesis, delayed psychomotor development due to perinatal CNS lesions.  Congenital malformations of eye, cataracts, microphthalmia of both eyes.

An experienced adoptive family of institutionalized children is preferred.  Married couples only.  Older parents and large families welcome.

$2,637.07 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!

Miranda

Girl, Born August 25, 2004
Cerebral Palsy

 

SIGNIFICANT RISK, PLEASE ADOPT ME SOON!!

What a beautiful little girl!    Wispy blonde hair and bright blue eyes!  Miranda is healthy and developing well out side of her CP.    She is an orphanage favorite.   Waiting for more info on her ability to walk/speak, etc.

She has two younger siblings, their status is not known.

 

She was transferred from her baby home, and still waits for her family.  She has been listed for SO long!!

$1,202.89 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!

Valery

Girl, Born September 27, 2006

Valery was born with CP and spina bifida.  She has significant strabismus and “progressive hydrocephaly”.  She is not able to walk, and is significantly delayed in all aspects.   But she is still beautiful and deserving and can truly thrive in a loving family, with access to adequate medical care and nutrition.   Valery will remain bedridden for life, and will likely not survive the transfer to the institution.   Won’t someone consider being her “forever family”?
More photos available, please inquire.
$4,616.70 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!

Nastya

Guardian Angel

Girl, Born July 27, 2005

 

Nastya was born with spina bifida and minor hydrocephalus.  She has had corrective surgery, but is not able to walk.   She has already turned 7 and needs a family right away to save her spending the rest of her life bedridden in a mental institution.
PLEASE HELP!
More photos available, please inquire.
$1,741.05 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!

Nana

Girl, Born January 22, 2007
Nana is a precious little girl with sunshine blonde hair and blue eyes.  Her medical records indicate prenatal alcohol abuse, resulting in severe CP and hydrocephaly.    I so wish we had a better photo of Nana, and hope to get one soon so she has a better chance of finding a family to save her.
More photos available, please inquire.

 

$1,440.73 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!

Sergey

BOY, Born June 15, 2006

 

Sergey needs a loving family who can help him achieve his full potential.  He is destined to be bedridden for his very short life if he is not adopted.  he is able to sit on his own and does his best to get around.  He is significantly delayed and really needs a family!  Sergey is facing imminent transfer to the institution.

From his medical records: congenital brain anomaly, spastic tetraparesis, simptomatic epilepsy, generalized tonic clonic seizures, cryptorchidism, adenoid vegetation, bending-movable contractures of the hip joints, deficiency anemia, mental delay

$5,000.00 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!

Nate

BOY, born August 2006

 

Nate is a handsome young man!   He was born with CP, and has some vision problems as a result of CMV (cytomegalovirus). He has brown hair and big brown eyes.   He is not able to walk on his own, but he will truly blossom in a loving family, who can provide the therapy and encouragement he needs.  We are hoping to learn if he is being treated for the CMV, but he is asymptomatic at this time.

 

$161.00 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!

Jared

Jared (26)

BOY, born May 1, 2007

This handsome young man, with dark hair and dark eyes, was born with a rare genetic condition called Stickler Syndrome.  His medical records also indicate microcephaly, a common symptom of SS.

Individuals with Stickler syndrome experience a range of signs and symptoms. Some people have no signs and symptoms; others have some or all of the features described below. In addition, each feature of this syndrome may vary from subtle to severe.

A characteristic feature of Stickler syndrome is a somewhat flattened facial appearance. This is caused by underdeveloped bones in the middle of the face, including the cheekbones and the bridge of the nose. A particular group of physical features, called the Pierre Robin sequence, is common in children with Stickler syndrome. Robin sequence includes a U-shaped or sometimes V-shaped cleft palate (an opening in the roof of the mouth) with a tongue that is too large for the space formed by the small lower jaw. Children with a cleft palate are also prone to ear infections and occasionally swallowing difficulties.

Many people with Stickler syndrome are very nearsighted (described as having high myopia) because of the shape of the eye. People with eye involvement are prone to increased pressure within the eye (ocular hypertension) which could lead to glaucoma and tearing or detachment of the light-sensitive retina of the eye (retinal detachment). Cataract may also present as an ocular complication associated with Stickler’s Syndrome. The jelly-like substance within the eye (the vitreous humour) has a distinctive appearance in the types of Stickler syndrome associated with the COL2A1 and COL11A1 genes. As a result regular appointments to a specialist ophthalmologist are advised. The type of Stickler syndrome associated with the COL11A2 gene does not affect the eye.

People with this syndrome have problems that affect things other than the eyes and ears. Arthritis, abnormality to ends of long bones, vertebrae abnormality, curvature of the spine, scoliosis, joint pain, and double jointedness are all problems that can occur in the bones and joints. Physical characteristics of people with Stickler can include flat cheeks, flat nasal bridge, small upper jaw, pronounced upper lip groove, small lower jaw, and palate abnormalities, these tend to lessen with age and normal growth and palate abnormalities can be treated with routine surgery.

Another sign of Stickler syndrome is mild to severe hearing loss that, for some people, may be progressive (see hearing loss with craniofacial syndromes). The joints of affected children and young adults may be very flexible (hypermobile). Arthritis often appears at an early age and worsens as a person gets older. Learning difficulties, not intelligence, can also occur because of hearing and sight impairments if the school is not informed and the student is not assisted within the learning environment.

Stickler syndrome is thought to be associated with an increased incidence of mitral valve prolapse of the heart, although no definitive research supports this.

$1,148.05 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!
 

Vitaly

Boy, Born January 14, 2005

 

Little Vitaly is so handsome, with his dark hair and eyes!   Vitaly was born with CP and is not able to walk at this time.    He is moderately cognitively delayed, but will regress every day he is in this place.  He is already living in an institution, and he needs to be rescued desperately.   Otherwise he will never have a chance to walk, never have the opportunity for surgery or therapy.

 

$100.00 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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