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Cullen #12-4

Cullen Apr 2014 (1) Cullen-Bulgaria DOB: 2001
Down syndrome

 

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 Apr 2014 (2)

 

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.

 

$3,903.80 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!


Clarice

Clarice 2014 2 Clarice 2014Girl, born July 1999
Down syndrome

 

Clarice’s pictures are so fun to see – she seems to be all sunshine and motion!   She has such an amazing grin!

Clarice is so tiny; and she has many facial features of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, in addition to her Down syndrome.

She has the personality of an impetuous toddler- very high energy and eager to try everything life has to offer. She too needs a family, and the sooner the better. The possibilities for a child to thrive when they reach a family are endless. She will definitely need medical attention, as you can tell from just seeing her teeth, and lots of patient instruction and guidance.

 

Update from May 2014:
CClarice has a sunshine smile, twinkling eyes, and a unique set of needs, as she is the victim of at least one confirmed type of maternal substance abuse in addition to having Down Syndrome and scoliosis. She has spent the entirety of her almost-15 years of her life without the essential and nurturing maternal and paternal bond. She is a sweet-natured, not loud, strong, and curious child who is the size of a slender six year-old. She is cognitively about two years old. She IS able to obey the stern orphanage nannies, and enjoys massage, stroller rides, sensory activities if she is offered, joint stimulation, and can walk. Clarice can engage in purposeful play and follow basic instructions. She bear-crawls (think Jungle Book) many times, and really has a gentle disposition. Her eyes are innocent and kind, and her personality is gentle and sweet. It is not fair to expect a child in this condition to “perform” for a room full of adults, and she is enamored and thankful with any offers of play or stimulation. She has a self-stimming habit of pushing on her private parts under her underpants, but as I have learned in the DS community, this is probably a result of a lack of sensory input. So, if given the right redirection through sensory play, her habit could be redirected. Clarice has the strength of a man when she wants you to hold her, and it is my opinion that it is unsuitable for her to have several physically smaller siblings. However, that is not legislated. There are several telling videos and photos of Clarice to share for the right family. She needs a family ASAP! I was told by a national regarding the kind of place she goes next — that “most children live for only one year at most once transferred.” Please pray for precious Clarice. Could you love her as a daughter? God knows her name, and he will provide her needs.

$15,350.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

 

Rita

RitaGirl, born 2007
Cerebral palsy, spastic hemiplegia, epilepsy, cardiomyopathy, deformity of lower limb, respiratory disease, malnutrition

 

Sweet girl!   Several videos of her are available from Maya’s Hope.

$12,222.84 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Caleb

Caleb updateBoy, Born November 29, 2007
PRC
Down syndrome

From a missionary who visited with him in August 2010:  “Caleb is extroverted, active and restless. He has a ready smile, enjoys playing with other children. He loves listening to music, watching cartoons. He is energetic and likes being outdoors!”

Update 2013:

Caleb can walk, run, jump, climb, and is good physically. He expresses his needs well to his foster mom, and knows his eyes, nose and ears, etc. He even understands simple English. He can feed himself. He is an outgoing and active boy, likes being with other kids, the other kids like him also. His favorite toys are cars and toy bricks. He likes to play with trampoline, slider, water and sand.

$10,646.13 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Shepard

ShepardBoy, born May 2001
PRC
Down syndrome

 

Shepard has normal limb development and delayed mental development. Upon admission, he was 6 years old and he was curious and careful. After a period of time, he understood how things worked and became more open. At the age of 7 years, he was receiving the special education in the institute. He took part in more games, study, and work activities. His self-management was improved, but his accepting ability was poor compared to other kids. At the age of 8 years, his observing ability was improved and he could understand the language. He could try to imitate simple words, but his pronunciation was not clear. At the age of 10 years, he could do simple math and finish simple intelligence games under the guidance of his teachers. At the age of 12 years, he could tell the difference between things and had his own thoughts and abilities. He likes to help the younger kids. Now he can understand directions, can express simple sentences, can count 1-10, can paint, and can memorize things slowly. He is open, ready to smile, can get along with others well, and likes playing with kids in the playground. He likes playing basketball and riding the bike. He also likes drawing and watching cartoon with his friends.

$7,876.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Bree

BreeGirl, born December 2001
PRC
Down syndrome

Bree has normal limb development. Upon admission, she was 1 year old. After growing accustomed to life in the social welfare center, she began to understand how things worked, She was polite and could get along well with people. At the age of 10 years, she could go up and down stairs, could put on clothes and shoes independently, and could help adults. Now she cannot speak, but she can make sounds of “yiyiyaya”. She can count 1-10, can recognize big and small, but cannot concentrate in the special education class. Bree is open, can get along well with others, likes playing with kids in the playground, and likes playing on the slide and swing. Everyone likes staying with her and sharing joy with her. Bree has been waiting for a long time for her family to find her.

 

$3,870.63 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Harley

Harley31209223645 HarleyGirl, born Jun 2000

Down syndrome

 


From someone who met her in 2013:

It is so difficult to believe we celebrated Harley’s 13th birthday when we visited the orphanage. She’s so very tiny and still very much a baby. She is very loving and sweet. She clings to you when you hold her and always smiles when you bounce her up and down and tickle you. She doesn’t walk or talk, and is very limited. Harley is capable of walking with assistance and can take a few steps on her own if you push her hard enough! She can babble a little bit.

Harley walking

Update March 2014:
This little girl has spunk! She is now walking while holding hands with the nanny, and has opinions of her own about exactly who she will walk with and when she will do it. She may look like a 5 year old in size, but she has a ton of personality and independence! She seemed quite obedient, as they asked her to sit in her bed for a bit while they got her things together.

She doesn’t speak that I heard, but is very observant and watched everything that was going on. Her receptive language skills seem much better than her expressive ones, since she nodded and complied with everything they asked, even though she had just woken up and seemed a bit bleary eyed. The staff said she has a very good attention span. She is very cute – so tiny for her age- she looks just like a kindergartner, not a 14 year old.

$7,534.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Clayton and Caleb

31009173432 update 31009112817 UpdateTwin boys, born August 2010

 

Clayton has Cerebral palsy.
Caleb has been diagnosed with Flail legs, superior spastic paraplegia, focal symptomatic epilepsy.

Please help us find them a family, where they can grow up together and reach their full potential!

From someone who met them in 2013:
(Brother 1)  He is in with a much younger groupa. He goes outside twice daily when it is nice, and this orphanage does physical therapy five times a week. He makes eye contact, but is in his own little world until you talk directly to him. He appears kind of zoned out, and then I said his name and stroked his cheek and his whole body came to life, just longing to be touched and tickled. He arched his back and smiled, but I wasn’t allowed to pick him up. He has grown too long for his stroller. I put a velcro wrist rattle on him and he purposefully moved his left arm to interact with it immediately. He is well nourished there, but he will really need a mama’s touch to help him grow. His teeth look like they are in great shape. He uses his arms, but I did not see him move his legs, though he was certainly wiggling from one side to the other and is a kid who would really like to be on the move! He is not in the same groupa as his brother. Kids are generally grouped by what they are eating, and his brother was in the groupa for kids doing formula and purees. I think he may be on only formula still. It was so hard to leave him behind!

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(Brother 2)  Several days later, I saw who I thought was the same child in a different stroller, but the nannies corrected me when I called him by his brothers name, slowly communicating that this was his twin brother. They look SO much alike! The first day I saw him, he was badly in need of a diaper change and I showed the nannies. He was laying flat on his back in the outdoor playpen, and when I came back to return my daughter to the groupa, he was still there an hour later, unchanged in diaper and position. The next day I saw him, though, one of the sweet nannies was playing music on her ipod, and he was laying close to her in a stroller. Although he didn’t interact with the music, he was very quick to respond to my voice. The second I stopped talking, he stopped smiling and zoned out again. But, he was so responsive to touch and baby talk!  He pushed his body around in the stroller with his legs AND arms, and had a lot of good neck strength. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he is only being limited by the assumptions of his diagnosis. As we left our daughter’s groupa for the last time, we saw him being lovingly carried down to his physical therapy appointment. I think it was a sign of good things to come for these boys!

Neither boy is using meaningful speech, though both babble. Videos available. Wonderful region to adopt from, especially if one parent needs to stay alone for a time.

 

$7,687.30 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

 

Eva

Eva Photo 2 rec. 1-21-13-croppedeva-2014Girl, Born September 2004

Down syndrome

 

Sweet Eva was born in September of 2004.     She is described as an active, joyful girl who likes toys and to play games.   She is also very friendly and likes to communicate with people.

Additional information is available from the agency, upon request.

$5,000.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Brandon

Brandon Photo 5 rec. 1-22-13 (cropped)-croppedBoy, 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.

$5,000.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Harlan

Harlan Photo 1 rec. 1-22-13Boy, 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.

Additional photos, video and report available from the agency.

$5,000.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Addison

Addison Photo 7 rec. 1-21-13Girl, Born May 2003

 

Sweet Addison was born in May of 2003.   She has been diagnosed with Down syndrome.   She is described as extremely active, joyful and friendly.   She does not speak, but is able to let you know what she wants and when you ask her questions she answers by gestures and making sounds.   She loves toys, especially blocks.  She communicates with other children very well.

Additional information available upon request from the agency.

$5,000.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Annalise

Annlise Photo 3 April 2014 - April 2014 cropAnnalise Photo 2014 - April 2014Girl, Born August 2003

Down syndrome, CHD (repaired)

 

This energy filled and vibrant little girl was born with Down syndrome in August of 2003 and is ready for an active family with lots of structure.  She can understand and speak two languages, including English. She had surgery to repair a heart defect in 2003, but has required no additional treatment.  Annalise is beaming with sunshine and loves cell phones and cameras, like all curious little girls!  She loves to be the center of attention and is very smart!

Updated April 2014:

Annalise is an active, friendly girl who speaks clearly with an extensive vocabulary. She uses short sentences and understands two languages, one of them English. Annalise walks independently, including up and down stairs.

Annalise has great self-help skills. She eats and drinks as well as dresses and undresses without assistance. She can wash her hands and brush her teeth on her own.

Annalise attends school where she has learned to count, recognize 25 letters, cut with scissors and paint. She can re-tell a short story and participates in simple games. Annalise likes to listen to music and dances very well. She would thrive in a loving family.

MARRIED COUPLES ONLY.

 

$5,000.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Jake

Jake Photo 1 April 2014 - April 2014 -cropJakeBoy, Born February 2003

Down syndrome

 

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.

MARRIED COUPLES ONLY.

 

$5,000.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Mildred

MildredOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGirl, born February 2011
Cerebral palsy, microcephaly, pseudobulbar syndrome, focal symptomatic epilepsy

 

Mildred is so young — she could really thrive with the love and care of a family!

 

$7,668.95 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Simeon

Guardian AngelBorn October 2007

Simeon is a beautiful Roma child with dark hair and big brown eyes.  He is significantly delayed, and diagnosed with cerebral palsy.  We are trying to get more information on his social history.  Simeon is a fraternal twin, whose sister has already been adopted.

Simeon has an older sister who is available for adoption, and in the same orphanage.  We hope to have more information on her soon.

 

Simeon is described as mostly non-verbal, and is not able to walk on his own.  There just seems to be so much potential for him in a family environment.  He is already an outcast because of his darker skin and will be left institutionalized – and likely bedridden — if not adopted.

 

From a family who visited with him in 2011:  Simeon is barely responsive to stimuli, but I believe that could change if he received regular, loving attention.  I didn’t observe any of the orphanage workers spending much time interacting with him.  There were times that I was able to get him to smile and grip my hand.  After a few days, he was even able to clap!  But most of the time he is staring off in any direction and seems completely unable to control most of his movements.  He was always either lying down or propped up in a sitting position.  I never heard him speak.  I also never heard him cry or fuss. Overall, a very calm child.

Married couples only, larger families and older parents welcome.

$3,132.30 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Twyla

photogirlGirl, born October 2000
PRC
Spina Bifida, Requires walking frame and wheelchair for mobility
Twyla needs to be adopted PRIOR to her birthday in October!

Photo available for interested families.

Twyla is a spirited 13 year-old girl who is chatty and sociable. She is very adaptable and adjusts well to changes. Twyla enjoys playing on the computer, reading novels and doing handicraft work. She is now learning to do cross-stitch.

Twyla is intelligent and bright and recently completed her primary school education. She will start junior high school in September 2013. Twyla has an inclination towards learning languages but also enjoys mathematics. Twyla’s dream is to enter college.

Twyla was in foster care from 2004 and stayed with a wonderful foster family. Her foster family provided her with very good support and care during her growing years. However due to her foster mother’s deteriorating heart condition, the family is no longer able to provide full-time foster care and Twyla was returned to the institution recently. The family still maintains weekend contact with Twyla and continues to help her in her adjustment.

Twyla has expressed that she would really like to have a family of her own that is permanent, she would like to be adopted and can be provided with good preparation for adoption.

$2,941.34 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Lynda

30815195533Guardian AngelGirl, born Dec 2008
Hydrocephalus, Severe mental delays

 

She is a very sweet and kind girl and extremely needs a family.  She will be 5 this December, so any new family may commit to her and start preparing a dossier.

She has siblings, but none are available for adoption; 2 older sisters live with birth mother and 1 younger sister has been adopted.

From a family who met her in summer 2013:
She was in my kids’ groupa.  She is the sweetest little thing and needs out of there ASAP!!!  She has the most noble quiet nature about her.  She is mentally delayed but has so much potential.  She was one of the least favored children in the orphanage and she is desperate for love.  On one occasion she wandered over to the play shelter where we were playing and was trying to eat our daughter’s cookie.  We didn’t have any extra (we brought treats for the groupa every three days or so) so my husband just picked her up to distract her and as soon as he did, she threw her arms around his neck and rested her head on his shoulder just soaking in the attention.  I can’t bear the thought of her being transferred!  She already has it bad enough.

 

$2,637.75 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Mark (Latin America)

Boy, Born August 2006
Down syndrome

UPDATE Nov 2013:  Mark is doing well, and his overall health is good!!   

We did not receive any information on the treatment he received for leukemia — but GOOD HEALTH is GREAT news!!

UPDATE December 2012:   It has been determined that sweet Mark is also battling leukemia.  We are waiting for additional medical testing and details, but PLEASE pray for him and help us find his forever family!  THANK GOD for a new photo, he has grown so much!   Trying to get his new photo in a larger size, but SO glad to finally have one!   Mark is up and walking and doing SO well!   Updated info coming soon!

 

609-02 This gentle boy has smooth, baby soft skin. He has dark skin and dark hair, potentially from an African/black parent. He is just darling, with a round chubby face. He was born on 8/2006. He enjoys playing with toys and with other children. His legs are rather weak so he scoots around quickly to reach his destination. He smiles brightly when he is spoken to. He waits for his loving family because he has Down syndrome. His family will be so lucky to be able to help this angel reach his fullest potential!

$11,198.10 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Ulysses

Boy, born December 2009

Blind

Tetraparesis (which sounds like a degree of Cerebral palsy, or muscular weakness due to time in a crib)

ULYSSES HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED!  HIS NEED IS URGENT!   

 

Ulysses is blind; he won’t have much of a life in an institution, but he can THRIVE in a family!  Give this dear boy a chance at the world, help find his family.

He was born at 24 weeks.  He can’t speak but can understand everything.  Ulysses is unable to walk but is trying to stand up.  Will pull up to his knees.

 

Large families and older parents welcome.

$3,327.55 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

AnnaMarie

AnnaMarie (1)Girl, born December 1998
HIV, crossed eye

 

AnnaMarie loves school and was in 6th grade when I met her. Her favorite subject is math and likes working on the computer and with cameras. AnnaMarie is very quiet, sweet, and soft-spoken. She is very positive. She wants to have brothers and sisters of her own, and has many friends. She likes going out with her friends and dancing. She wants to go to college. I hope someone can help her make her dream come true!

 

AnnaMarie is in the same orphanage with several other available children. Interested and approved families could adopt multiple children together.

 

 

AnnaMarie (2)

$3,421.40 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Velia

velia-2013Girl, born August 2000Vl2
Down syndrome and cerebral palsy

 

From someone who met her:  She was in an almost empty room, just with another child next to her. She was rocking and gnawing at the bars of the cot and such a sad sight to behold.  My heart just collapsed for her!

 

Every minute Velia spends here is a lost opportunity for life.  There is a family out there who will want her, love her, cherish her, help her reach her true potential.   Grant donations make all the difference!

 

PLEASE SEE HER VIDEOS AND MORE INFORMATION HERE:

http://deti.zp.ua/eng/show_article.php?a_id=507030

 

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

$5,919.59 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Pearson

30520132428Boy, born Dec. 2004
Moderate mental delays

 

He is a very good boy, communicable, calm and friendly.

From a family who met him in Fall 2013:
Pearson is doing so good!! He is precious and sweet! I saw him from a distance every day. The first time, he was with a group of boys having their picture taken in the fall leaves. He always did what the nanny told him to. He walks very well, and he likes holding the nannies hands. My favorite day was when I walked past their group and he was right in front of me on the sidewalk, and before the nanny could move him, I bent down and in Russian told him how sweet he was. He took my face in both of his hands, and pulled me down so our foreheads were touching, and just stared in my eyes. I kissed his cheek, and his whole face lit up!! And he has the most adorable splatter of freckles! He is smaller than I would have thought too.

$9,129.65 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Dagmar

30520133548Boy, born January 1999

Cerebral palsy; Moderate mental delays

 

$8,332.80 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Grady

30520133224Boy, born Sept 2000
Сerebral palsy with mild tetraparesis; Severe mental delays

 

$8,238.64 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

 

 

Delmar

Boy, born January, 2004

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.

$3,004.05 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Yvonne

Yvonne-ChinaGirl, born July 2005
PRC
Down syndrome

 

Yvonne is a polite and friendly girl. “She likes to be tidy and beautiful,” said a visiting social worker. “So many times I saw her combing her hair.”

For the past year, Yvonne has lived in a group home in Hebei, China, where she gets to experience family life in the care of a foster mother and father. Although Yvonne has Down syndrome, she is described as “high functioning” for her condition. In the group home, she has taken on a big sister role and often helps her foster mom care for the younger children. Now 8 years old, she can read over 50 Chinese characters and count and write from 1 to 10.

Yvonne loves to perform and has natural grace. She was chosen to be the dance leader at her orphanage preschool. When she completes a project, she loves sharing it with her foster mom, and basking in her praise. Although she can be stubborn at times, Yvonne mostly listens and follows directions well.

$3,163.82 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Bryannah #8-3

BryannahBryannah_Oct 2013DOB: 2001

Diagnosis: Down syndrome

Bryannah has been in a mental institution since 2011. She has been in orphanages her entire life, but was just recently registered for adoption in 2013. She has waited 12 years for a chance to find a family! She walks, plays with toys, responds to her name and attends a special needs school each day. She is not talking and still requires help with daily self-help skills.

 

 

The agency also has a video available.

 

$4,001.80 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Xander

Xander 3Boy, born March 2005Xander
PRC
Down syndrome

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.

$3,125.20 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Heidi

Heidi 2HeidiGirl, born 2001

PRC
Down syndrome

 

Heidi was found abandon at the gates of the welfare institution at the age of 8 yrs.

She is shy, can write her name. Heidi can speak sentences of 5-10 words. Now she can manage her life, can recognize and write simple words under the guide of special teacher; likes helping the caretaker do the housework. She is open, can look after the younger brothers and sister, like feeding, putting on the clothes, etc. She likes outdoor activity, can sing simple songs, can draw simple picture. When the loving people come to visit the institute, she can make greetings passionately.

$3,600.80 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Vance

Vance-001

VanceBoy, born 2001

Down syndrome

 

Vance is a cute, outgoing boy, with a winning smile!  He loves to play outside – particularly swinging and playing soccer.   He enjoys drawing and playing with puzzles and bricks.

Vance has a significant speech delay, but interacts with others using gestures and expresses himself well.

$3,077.40 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Bert

30319113915 (2)Guardian Angel

Boy, born February 2008

Bert has cerebral palsy; we don’t have any specific information

 

Bert’s younger brother, Ernie, has been adopted domestically.

 

Large families welcome; married couples only.

$6,982.64 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Jeanette

JeanetteGirl, born 2003
HIV, strabismus, congenital cataract (blind in right eye)
Mild to moderate mental delays, FAS, tuberculosis of the lymph nodes

 

Update March 2013:

Jeanette was exposed to alcohol prenatally.  She has issues with impulsivity/understanding consequences.   She is well-liked where she is, but needs additional support to succeed in school.  It’s recommended that Jeanette would do great with older children whom could help correct her behavior and could model appropriate behavioral for her.

She is very sweet and loves to draw, and color.  She pays great attention to detail in her drawings and when she is doing something she like to do like drawing she can sit still for a very long time doing it. She is also very funny and dramatic. She loves to act and dance and sing and make goofy faces and act silly to make people laugh. She could do well in a family but they would need to be prepared for FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome).

$3,340.45 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Prudence

Prudence-China Girl, born Dec 2005Prudence (2)
PRC
Down syndrome, Congenital Heart Defect (PDA)

 

Prudence is gentle, likes quiet places, and is a little shy with strangers.  She gets along well with other children.  She understands speech very well, and  is speaking, but not clearly.  She does speak enough to get her needs met.

She is a lovely little girl, and her fine motor skills are good (she can turn the pages of a book, and pick up small items).

She has difficulties swallowing, and eats harder foods (like crackers) slowly.  She does have a heart defect, and tires when standing or walking for a longer period of time.  She also frequently has colds or fevers, but no serious illnesses.

$3,882.85 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Tori

Tori update (1) Tori update (2)Girl, born March 2011

PRC

Tori is a beautiful little girl who has been diagnosed with Down syndrome.

Tori has a balanced nutrition and good sleep. She has a routine life in the orphanage. According to her caregivers, she is growing up very similar to that of her peers.

$2,645.13 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Colby

ColbyBoy, born August 2008
PRC

Colby is a precious boy who has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome and Patent Ductus Arteriosus (Congenital Heart Defect). From observation, the heart condition has no obvious affect on daily life.

Colby is active, extroverted, and smiles often. When Colby hears music on the radio, he dances with joy. He does well in dance class and has a good sense of rhythm. Colby also enjoys playing games with other children and likes to watch cartoons.

$3,425.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Hannah

Girl, Born September 7, 2008

Hannah is a darling girl who needs a family.   MORE PHOTOS AVAILABLE.

From her medical records:  absence of rectum, cranial bones deformity, multiple development pathologies, severe dermatitis, delay of development but she is very smart and active
Hannah is a very friendly girl. She likes to play different toys, with other children of her group. She is very smiling, easy-going girl. She understands everything, but she does not talk yet. She is a smart girl. She is walking independently.

Hannah was born with deformed cranial bones.   Hannah is very smart, she is nearly walking, and has striking blue eyes and a smile to warm your heart!   She has severe dermatitis, from what they are not sure.    She was also born without a rectum, and presumably uses a colostomy bag at this time.  She will definitely need to be seen by a gastroenterologist once home.

From an adoptive family who visited with her in June 2010:  “ Hannah is a precious little angel that despite her challenges, is unbelievably full of life.  She loves her walker, especially moving “lightening fast” down the hallway, to the playroom, whenever she has the chance.  She is a little spit fire…who has a mind of her own;) We took her pacifier (which she loves) out of her mouth to snap a few pictures and she made herself perfectly clear that she wanted it back:)  She is developing very well and  walks by holding on to her caretakers finger.  She can hold a ball/toy and is very social little girl.  She happily perked and stood up to her feet (while in her walker) when I bent down and spoke to her.  When my camera flashed, she threw her little hands up to her face and smiled.  She is an absolute favorite of her caretakers and the Orphanage Director.   The “blue” on her skin is an anteseptic that is applied as a result of her extreme skin allergy.  Given the chance, this little one will grow by leaps and bounds.  She sure stole my heart!”

UPDATE 2013:
Hannah is doing well, she is still in the orphanage and will be available for adoption when she turns 5 in September.  She is a sweet girl! Unfortunately, pictures cannot reflect it, but she is very charming!  We would be happy if a good family could adopt her ASAP!

We got to meet Hannah while touring the special needs floor of the baby house in April 2011.  She is obviously adored by the staff, and is well cared for.  She was super tiny and a little shy, but that didn’t stop her from approaching our daughter who had traveled with us.  Although I didn’t hear her make any sounds, she was very expressive and they quickly and easily responded to her.  She appeared to fully understand what they were saying to her as well, and did respond with head nodding and shaking a few times.  Not only was she walking on her own, she was strong and steady.  Able to get up and down, chase the ball, run off with the ball in her hands.  She is currently living in a caring environment with a great therapy floor, able to help her to meet her milestones and goals.  She will be transferred between the age of 5 & 6 as all children are from this facility.  The reality of where she will go, and the group where she will be fit into should a family not arrive for her BEFORE she is transfer is not good.  She will quickly regress there.

$10,000.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Edith

30131131941 EdithGirl, born 2006
Diagnoses:  depression, impulsive, attention deficit disorder

It is suspected she has FAS; she suffered meningitis in past.

 

Look at sweet Edith, all dolled up for the New Year’s party at her orphanage!

She has had a broken nose because when she lived in the family her mother’s boyfriend pushed her and she fell and broke the nose. Two foreign families have visited her but did not end up adopting her.

One of our adoptive families has met her, and has video of her for inquiring families. They said she was begging for attention, desperately needing love.

$2,725.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Adam

AdamBoy, born 2004Adam
HIV, hydrocephalus

 

Adam is a sweet, easy to please little cuddle bug. He is very much like a cuddly, curious little toddler. When I first met him he did not seem interested in me at all, but as time went by he began to want affection, and would grab my hands if I stopped rubbing his head and put them back on his head.

One day I picked him up and from that moment on he wanted to spend most of my time there in my arms. When I arrived he’d jump up from his little wooden chair, and hurry over to me with his arms raised. If I didn’t pick him up fast enough he’d try to climb up into my arms using nearby chairs or beds, and he would not hesitate to grab items from my hands and set them down to free up my hands so I could hold him. He also began to cry whenever I left. He loves wind up toys and toys that vibrate, and would giggle happily and flap his hands to show how excited he was about them. His other favorite toys were a pony he enjoyed chewing on, any sort of car, and some legos that made a train. He is not verbal but was beginning to make noises to communicate. I tried to teach him to sign more one day, by signing hand over hand with him. When I asked him to sign it he took my hands and helped me sign it. He seems to me to have a need for love and affection that can only come from a loving family. I would love to see him thriving and meeting his full potential, as well as bringing joy to as many people as possible!

$2,528.65 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Emmaline

EmmalineGirl, born June 2002

PRC
Down syndrome

 

Emmaline is well behaved, lovely and cute. Sometimes when she feels injustice from other children, she would act as a spoiled child in the cuddle of a teacher. As she grows up everyday, we feel happy yet we worry about her, because she is very sensitive and is able to understand what the teachers tell her. Sometimes she could do something out of predict. She has a good friend and they are called “golden partners” just because they are always together whatsoever playing or eating. They share things well and they even do things together such as cleaning floors.

We remember that once she found one shoe on the air conditioning, and she wanted to get it down, however, she was not tall enough and she babbled telling her friend.  The friend took a chair, Emmaline stepped on the chair in order to get the shoe, and finally, she made it.  She really surprised us at that time. She is really amazing. She could think of using a chair to help to get the shoe to finish her goal.

Unfortunately, she seldom speaks, which is the thing that we worry about her the most. Only give her more stimulate of language skills such as doing some oral gym to help her learn simple words, could she incorporate herself into this society well.

$3,636.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

 

Jefferson

30115211711Guardian AngelBoy, born April 2006
After-effects of traumatic brain injury, brain contusion, right hemiparesis, ptosis, OS
F06.8, F80.1, F 88.0

 

JEFFERSON HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED.  He is at the older children’s internat.

30115211711 Jefferson (3)

In May 2011 the boy fell off the third floor and his condition is the result of the injury. He has some vision and speech impairment but he is a very smart and nice boy.

He is still in the orphanage but will be transferred to the institution soon if we don’t find him a family fast.

EzraCaius and Anne are in the same region with Jefferson.

$3,139.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Porter

Porter 2013Guardian Angel

BOY, Born August 10, 2005

PORTER HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED TO AN INSTITUTION!

 

Don’t mind this pink shirt, Porter is a BOY.    He is HIV+, stage 3.   He is cognitively delayed as well, and has some paralysis on half of his body.

From his medical records:   HIV stage 3, without immunosuppression, delay of psychomotor and speech development, bacillosis

Update 2013:    Severe mental retardation, HIV, congenital heart disease

 

$11,007.40 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Alan

Boy, born January 2010 PRC
Down syndrome

 

Alan just turned three years old, and although he can stand by himself and crawl all over the furniture, he is not quite yet able to walk. His foster father has been taking him on tricycle rides to strengthen his legs and improve his balance. Alan seems to be enjoying himself immensely!

Alan is speaking some family words such as “mama,”, “uncle,” and “sister” and is learning his colors and how to build a tower. Also, Alan can turn the pages of a book and is quite curious. Based on our reports, we can just imagine this handsome little guy snuggling on the lap of a mom or dad of his very own and read book after book. He will surely be a happy addition to some very lucky family!

$3,252.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

 

Helen

Girl, born Dec 2008guardianangel
PRC

 

Helen was born with encephalocele, which is type of neural tube defect that occurs very early in fetal life where the embryo’s cells that form the skull do not come together to close over the brain. The result is a defect in the bones of the skull, causing brain tissue to protrude from the skull.

Helen loves to make herself laugh. She enjoys spending her time playing, humming, and observing things around her. She is doing well and getting strong. She is able to walk with help and has recently been able to pull herself up. She loves to go outside to the playground and practice her walking. Her smile is so cute and her laugh so hearty.

Helen has had surgery, and additional information is available about her surgeries and hospitalizations.  She has vision concerns, and has recently begun speaking a few words.

$3,796.74 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Artemur

ArtemurBoy, born January 2002
DS, atrial septal defect, polydactyly of the left hand

 

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.  Married couples only; travel required.

From someone who met Artemur in 2012:  Artemur is aladies 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.

$7,736.91 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Emil

emil2014Born December 1999emil
Diagnosis: cerebral palsy and down syndrome

From someone who met him in 2012:  Emil was the gentlest child ever! Unable to talk but the pleading in his eyes killed me! He grabbed my finger and wouldn’t let go…what a grip! He also got really hit a few times by others wanting my attention, he didn’t retaliate but fell in a heap and moved away, only to return when the coast was clear. I would love to see this child in a nurturing environment!

Emil is able to walk.

 

$13,211.72 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Whitaker

Boy, born October 2010
Cerebral palsy, spastic tetraparesis, optic atrophy, secondary internal hydrocephaly, seizure disorderGuardian Angel

 

$6,545.44 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

 

Saige

Girl, born November 2002
Down syndrome
PRC

Saige is almost 12 years old, and still waiting.

From her file:  At present, she has lived here for 3 years and now she is 9 years old. She studies cognition, language, math, social intercourse, emotion, fine arts, music, arts and crafts and physical education. She has Down syndrome and although she is 9 years old, she has poor developments than normal children in her age in terms of language, intellect and social intercourse.  She cannot speak clearly, yet she is willing to communicate with others. Typically, she could call the names of her familiar persons, understand words and follow 2-3 steps of instructions such as use a cloth to clean a table. She could express her needs via 3-5 words such as a teacher gives me soup. She could refuse the things she dislikes orally such as I do not want more rice and I am full.

She could tell several colors such as red, yellow, white and black; tell and use over 10 daily used goods, tell circle and triangle shapes, know several animals such as fish, chicken, duck, dog, pig and cow. She could tell several vegetables and fruits such as apple, banana, pear, cabbage, carrot and pumpkin as well as vehicles of cars, motorcycles and bicycles. She could count numbers from 1 to 10, take a couple of objects, figure out the size of objects.

She can walk, run, jump and crawl as per instructions. She loves doing gyms and dances the most. She could thread a needle, hold a pen to draw, write down numbers and simple words. In terms of self-cared ability, she could eat on her own, go to washroom, clean and wash, wash and fold clothes, clean rooms and wash and put away tableware.

She positively participates in the games with other children and she is polite, greets acquaintances when seeing them. She could help fellow friends do something. She enjoys showing herself off and she acts as an older sister.

She is outgoing, gentle and kindhearted. In daily life, she tends to help the children who are not capable than her to do something as her age appropriate such as helping other children putting on shoes, taking on and off clothes and washing face. Other children love such older sister. She has sweet teeth, likes wearing colorful skirts and playing dolls.    She has been healthy since admission and seldom gets sick other than having chap on lips in winter time.

$10,000.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Tobin

Tobin-ChinaBoy, born January 2008
Down syndrome
PRC

At the age of 3 years: he could sit steadily, sit up from supine position then stand up when holding onto handrails.  He could practice horizontally walking quite well while holding onto handrails and even step on one bar. He could take step with one hand held, switch a toy between hands, and pick up small pills with thumbs and index fingers. He could take off clothes with both hands. He could cover his face with clothes and towel to play peekaboo with an adult. He could follow guide to watch the objects an adult points to. He could repeat one motion from adults, take out food from a pocket, understand simple words, and play with other children in the playroom of the kindergarten. He could be cooperative with putting on clothes. He knows the motions of welcoming and goodbye and the game of pinching fingers. When being cuddled by an adult, he could automatically kiss him or her. He could eat all kinds of food. He is shy when being called his name and covers his face with both hands. He likes playing balls, finger game.  He is extroverted.

$5,025.93 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Ryan #6-14

DOB: 2001

Diagnosis: Down syndrome

Ryan is 11 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.

$5,180.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Christian L11

photoboyBoy, Born May 2004

Down syndrome

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!

$4,252.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Dante L3

photoboyBoy, Born April 2000

Isn’t Dante handsome?  My goodness!  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!

$15,000.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Thomas L19

photoboyBoy, Born November 2003
Down syndrome
L19

 

Hi Thomas!   Thomas is 9 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).

$5,637.17 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Margeaux L18

photogirlGirl, Born December 1999
Down syndrome, oval window
L18

 

Margeaux is almost 13 years old and is in a crib in her photo :(   She is considered quite low functioning, but it is these children we always see the greatest transformation in!   She is able to pull to a stand.   Full medical and behavioral information is available.   Older parents, larger families and single moms welcome.  Margeaux needs a family who is experienced in international adoption and the challenges of children with special needs who have been living in institutional settings.

Additional medical and social history available from the agency.

Update 2014:
Currently Margeaux receives schooling in the 3rd grade but she is not able to learn language, counting, or to recognize digits and letters etc. The teacher comes to her twice a week. Learning process is actually more of an interaction with the teacher; Margeaux listens to the teacher read, and they do some activities together. She reacts towards words like “let’s eat” or “let’s stand up now” etc. She is not verbal. Margeaux reacts towards the smell of food. She is satisfied when feels comfortable. Margeaux does not like environment changes; she does not like persons’ she is unfamiliar with.

Margeaux does not stand up on her feet (she needs support). She is able to change position in the bed by herself. Due to her severe mental delays, she is not able to try learning how to walk. She has leg malformation. Margeaux is being put in the wheelchair, several times a day she is taken out of the bed and being put on the buckwheat bag and also put on the toy horse. A doctor has said that the musculature of her legs could not be overstrained, she also does not like moving a lot.  Margeaux receives massages.

Margeaux has 4th level of care, it is the highest level; she is incapable to take care of herself and to perform simple self-care activities. She is not able to chew food, she is being fed only with purees.  She has inner anxiety, auto-aggression – she might hit herself on the face but she is not aggressive towards others. She sleeps well.

Margeaux is rapidly approaching the time where she will “age-out” and no longer be eligible for international adoption (by US law).  Her life means, and can be, so much more than this!  PLEASE do not leave her behind now that she has been given a voice and a chance through Reece’s Rainbow!

$10,505.80 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Fritz L4

photoboyBoy, Born June 2001
Down syndrome

 

Handsome Fritz is already 11 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.

$4,642.20 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Tessa

Tessa-ChinaGirl, born November 2010
PRC
Down syndrome, Cleft lip and palate

 

Tessa was sent to a foster family for care the same day she was admitted. Due to her severe cleft palate, feeding her was extremely difficult.

A comprehensive physical was done in spring 2012.   The diagnosis was severe cleft lip and palate and down syndrome. At the time, the doctors examined her heart beat and found everything to be normal.

In May 2012, she received cleft lip repair surgery; the surgery was successful and her recovery went well.   Tessa’s outer appearance improved.  (photo from June 2012, post-op)

Tessa is a timid and shy little girl who recognizes people.  She is closest to and dependant on her nanny.  She sleeps with her nanny every night.  When she sees the nanny carry another child and not her, she will feel slighted and start to cry.  Tessa can understand our words.  She will turn her head to look around.  If you ask her whether she wants milk, she will respond with a smile.  She can say “nana”.  When interacting with strangers, she will look at you quietly and will not respond to questions.  Only after a period of time of interaction will she start to warm up.  She also likes to look pretty and likes to wear pretty clothes.  When you praise her and tell her how pretty she looks, she will immediately smile happily.

$7,334.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Lauren

Lauren-ChinaGirl, born August 2010
PRC
Down syndrome, congenital heart defect, strabismus

 

Lauren loves to play with the older children. She is active and stubborn. She likes some animals and likes to watch tv.  She understands adults and after reminding her a few times each day, she is very cooperative.  She sleeps well through the night.

Additional information available.She is surrounded by people that love her and children who loves to play games with her. They wish Lauren all the best and hope she will lead a successful life and live happily ever after.

$2,968.43 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

William and Tommy

William (DOB 11/17/06)
Special Needs: developmental delays, autism symptoms, mild thoracic scoliosis, strabismus

Tommy (DOB 08/07/08)
Special Needs: Developmental delays, congenital thalassemia

T-HSA

William is considered to be a sweet and considerate boy, he helps other children clear up their toys and is “the teacher’s wonderful little helper”. William’s foster mother has been working with him on his emotional control and stability, he is becoming more stable through her guidance and comfort. His schooling is helping him to progress in his learning though he continues to receive speech training through a Speech Language Pathologist.

Tommy has adapted very well to his foster family as well. He has developed a close relationship with his foster mother and seeks her attention. His emotions have also stabilized and he gets along well with his foster sister as well. He is very independent and can follow directions and warnings well. He also loves to go to school though he is about one year behind children of his age – it has been recommended that he needs more social stimulations and his therapy seems to be helping him catch up.

William and Tommy are looking for a forever home where they can be cared for and loved together!

$5,000.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Vaughn

Boy, born January 2007

CO-A

Down syndrome, otherwise reported to be healthy

What a handsome young fella!  I adore how he’s standing with his hands in his pockets.  Vaughn is already 6, and at a great age to join his forever family.  This is a great program with a wonderful agency partner.  Hope you will consider Vaughn as your son!

 

$16,724.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Kimberley

P-OD
Girl, born Feb 2007
Down syndrome, congenital heart disease and hypothyroidism. Mental delays.

Report dated 2010

Kimberley is predominantly cheerful.  In the orphanage the girl is described as a sociable, smiling, loving, quiet girls, who enjoys being with other persons. Her sleep is normal. She enjoys eating pretty food, so the orphanage gives her vegetables, eggs, iron, etc.. However, they still give her vitamins and avoid foods with lactose.

Her communication is usually through gestures, cries and guttural sounds.  General gross motor and fine motor delays, common for a child with Down syndrome.

She participates in group activities and plays in partnership with other children.  She is cautious with strangers but she adjusts quickly to their presence.

$4,819.05 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Kanani

Girl, born April 2008

Anophthalmos of the left eye, optic atrophy of the right eye, spastic tetraparesis

Kanani has been transferred!

 

Lovely Kanani needs a family to help her reach her full potential.

 

From a family who met her in May 2012:

KananiLarge families welcome; travel required.Kanani is very sweet girl. She is well cared for in a good orphanage by caring nannies. She gets lots of outside time when it’s warm out but this time is spent lying down in the stroller as she can’t sit on her own. She can hold on to your fingers and seems to just love to have attention although with her eye troubles it is difficult for her to respond. She likes to have her cheek stroked and her hand held. She is quite stiff and in need of physiotherapy and most of all love and attention. We were told that she will be transferred to an institution very soon unless a family is found as children at this orphanage are typically transferred at age 4.

$6,332.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

 

Frankie

P-OD
Girl, approx 12 years old
Down syndrome; Moderate delays

From a report in 2009:

Frankie is a self-sufficient girl, confident, independent, with initiative, restless, with the capacity to interact, she reclaims what she wants, is stubborn and demanding in their desires, impulsive, she plays games for recreation and relationship with her peers. She likes music and dancing.

She has a mental age of 3 ½ years [as of 2009], her verbal language is limited, she shows initiative to communicate, her comprehension is more advanced than her expressive speech.

She moves easily up and down stairs, kicks and throws the ball; her fine motor coordination is poor, she likes coloring, making repetitive lines and activities with the pencil, she uses scissors.

$7,901.99 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Tyler #4-5

Boy, born 2002
Down syndrome

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.

UPDATE 2014:
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.

$5,010.80 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

 

Rania

Girl, born March 1999
Down syndrome

 

She looks so thoughtful, doesn’t she?  She only has until age 16 to be adopted — let’s not let her wait that long!    This princess needs a Mama!

 

Rania (along with GraceLynn and Kinley) are in a facility for older disabled children.  We are blessed to have the photos and info we do to fight for these girls to find forever families.   We may be their ONLY chance at a future.   We are seeking an experienced adoptive family who will take a chance on one of these girls, and help open the doors for other older children waiting in this institution.

 

Married couples only.  Older parents and large families welcome.  Travel required.  Previous adoptive experience of older institutionalized children is preferred.

 

$10,000.90 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

 

Emmalyn

Girl, born May 2001

Down syndrome

 

Emmalyn is a beauty, with her shy smile!

Such a gift to be able to advocate for these older girls.  Large families welcome!

 

$3,577.41 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Kinley

Girl, born April 2001

Down syndrome

 

Sweet Kinley, she’s never has really had her picture taken before, but she’s trying!  It’s apparent she’s in need of dental work, and either glasses or surgery to help her vision.

She’s already waited so long, let’s find Kinley her mama!

 

$10,000.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Gracelynn

Girl, born December 2002

Down syndrome

 

Well, doesn’t this little pixie look like a spit fire?   Those deep brown eyes are gorgeous!

 

Large families welcome, travel required.  Married couples only.  Gracelynn could be adopted with Rania, Kinley, and/or Emmalyn.

 

$10,000.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

 

Henry

P-OD

Boy, born December 2006
Down syndrome

 

This picture may not show much of his face, but it definitely looks like he takes playing in the water very seriously!

As of a report in 2011, Henry isn’t walking yet, but he gets around well by crawling.  He doesn’t speak, and needs assistance feeding himself.  He’s not yet toilet trained.

A family could do wonders for Henry!

 

  • Large families okay (with adequate space in the home)
  • One trip – total travel time 21-30 days in country (one parent can leave earlier)
  • Average length of time from Dossier submission to travel is 7-10 months
  • Total costs estimated around $27,000
$5,462.25 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Fernando

P-OD

Boy, born October 2006
Down syndrome, Organic Brain Disorder, allergies, mental and physical delays

 

As of a report in 2011, Fernando is significantly delayed.  He has a good appetite, but needs assistance in feeding himself.  He’s not yet toilet trained.  He generally sleeps well.  At that time, he was not yet walking.

Such a handsome guy — a family could do wonders to help him reach his full potential!

Interested families can inquire for additional information.

 

  • Large families okay (with adequate space in the home)
  • One trip – total travel time 21-30 days in country (one parent can leave earlier)
  • Average length of time from Dossier submission to travel is 7-10 months
  • Total costs estimated around $27,000
$6,004.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

 

Barrett

Guardian AngelBoy, born October 2011

This little love has a heart defect and numerous other health issues:  condition after resection of coarctation of the aorta, aneurysm of interatrial septum with multiple defects perimembranous (VSD), laryngotracheomalacia (collapsed airway), micrognathia (abnormally small jaw), tracheostomy

It’s suspected that Barrett may have Pierre Robin syndrome or a chromosome deletion. Families should be prepared for additional health needs, just in case.

Barrett desperately needs a family to give him the love, attention and medical care he needs to thrive.

 

$5,406.26 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Niles (L)

Boy, born March 2003
Diagnoses: specific mixed development delay, arthropathy (as the result of rickets), congenital flatfootedness, delay in intellectual development, specific cognitive delay, emotional, behavioral and social development delays, physical and motor delays, deviation of muscle tone

Niles was born from first pregnancy and delivery and was born at 38 weeks, his weight at birth was 305g and height was 54cm. He scored 10/10 on APGAR. He was born with an asymmetric face, his left side of his face and his nose were pushed towards the right, due to pathologic position in the womb. The symptoms of irritability were noticed after his birth: increased muscle tonus, tremor, and when he cries his skin turns reddish. The blood test was done and the boy was diagnosed with polycithaemia, neonatal cerebral irritability. The state of the health of newborn was satisfactory, there were no observed complications.

Niles is quiet and struggles with jealousy. He willingly gets involved in educational activities but sometimes has trouble learning the materials. He does not know how to read. He enjoys drawing, moulding, folding, and making appliques. He likes imitative activities and can express everything and does so very well. He can draw himself, a mother, a home, and flowers, can you tell he wants a mother and home of his own? He plays computer games. He wants to play with other children very much but always wants to be the leader. He has good hygiene and is self sufficient. He communicates with his peers and adults willingly. He adapts easily in new surroundings. He thinks positively about himself. He struggles to express his own opinions.

Niles says he wants a mummy and daddy very much.

$2,510.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Quentin

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Boy, born December 2008

PRC
Down syndrome, heart defect (acleistocardia)

 

 

Oh my, what a cutie!  Love his fuzzy hair!

Quentin has Down syndrome, but is otherwise healthy!

 

From a family who met Quentin in 2012:  
We were able to meet him when we visited our son’s first foster home.  The foster home is wonderful and the children are very well cared for and LOVED!!  I was told that he has made great progress since a new caregiver arrived from the states.  She absolutely adores him and was trying to hold back tears as she thanked me for coming and trying to find a family for him.  The past few months he has begun seeking out attention of her, interacting more with the other children, taking more interest in toys and pulling up to a standing position.  He loves being held and is adorable.

Video and additional pictures available for potential families.

 

UPDATE spring 2013:
Last time I saw Quentin was in early March and he was doing GREAT! I am so proud of his progress over the past year and a half. Not only is he walking steadily, but also making progress figuring out and doing things on his own, for example, climbing up the stairs to the slide and sliding down, stacking up chairs and stools to get in and out of his bed on his own. In the past the only noises he would make was to cry when he was sad or mad (which is rarely) but last time I saw him he was making noises like baby talk which to me was a good sign that he is wanting to try and talk/communicate…imitating noises, etc. He is also more and more affectionate and loving…coming up behind you to steal hugs and kisses.

He’s a treasure, and I can’t WAIT for some family to find him and take him home! He is SO smart and SO ready to have a family of his own!

$3,187.60 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Kylie

Girl, born April 2002
PRC
Down syndrome

 

Report from 2008:

Kylie has a ready smile, and is fond of playing with others. Moderate sleep. She can go up and down stairs on her own, jump off floor with both feet, put on and off clothes and shoes, wash hands, feed herself.  She is fond of playing wtih toys, and reading picture books. Favorite spoort is playing outdoors, favorite toy is plush toys.

Full medical history is available for families.

$4,143.60 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Katrina

Girl, Born December 2001

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Oh what a miracle, to have an updated photo of Katrina!!!    And there is the light I  knew had to be there!   She doesn’t realize it, but now that she has a profile here on Reece’s Rainbow, Katrina has a CHANCE…a chance for a new life, a family of her own, to get out of these four walls and to have something to smile about.

From her medical records:  Down syndrome, significant cognitive delay (coupled with FAS), flatfoot, partial atrophy of optic nerves, esotropia, secondary cardiomyopathy.

From a missionary who visited with her in March 2012: Oh my heart…I so wanted to bring her home!   She is a giggly soft hearted darling…she needs a mama!

From a family who met her, summer 2014:
Katrina was sitting in a stroller both times we saw her but I know she can walk. She seemed very happy to sit and listen to music during a concert for the orphanage, and she looked over at us with curiosity a few times. Her eyes are gorgeous. She was super cute and smiley, also calm and entertained when we saw her.

She was one of the girls selected for the group home, and the individual attention and instruction should really help her transition into a family! Even though she is getting better care right now, she would make even more progress in a real home. She needs a family!

Katrina and Tania can be adopted together if a family is approved and interested.   10 day wait often waived here.  Married couples only, larger families welcome.

$6,071.80 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

James LA

Boy, Born May 2011

CO-A

 

Sweet baby James!   Healthy besides his Down syndrome, and waiting for his forever family.  Full medical and social history available.

 

  • Single heterosexual parents may adopt
  • No family size restrictions
  • Both parents must travel to the country and stay until completion of adoption — approx 5-7 weeks (one parent may leave after a week or two)
  • Estimated total cost $21,000-24,500
  • Multiple unrelated children may be adopted together

 

$5,841.72 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Leonard

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. Travel required.

 

$7,863.21 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Lincoln

Boy, born March 2007
PRC
Down Syndrome

 

Since July 2007 he has been with a foster family. Per report written in 2010: At the age of 36-39 months he can walk alone quite steadily, and when he was walking he can stoop down to pick up the toy on ground and then go on walking. At present he can only call “baba”, but he can express his desire in body language, and if he wanted to drink water he will put his hand beside his mouth and look up. When he wanted to defecate or urinate he will make the sound and show actions familiar to his mother. Since he had learned to walk he had been very interested in outdoor activity, and he went to play games with other children in community every evening. He liked pulling his mother to go to the supermarket near to their home, and when they got there he will point at what he liked. He was very close to his father, and when his father came back home he will go out to welcome him.

At the age of 40-42 months he was very active, liked going out to play, even in cold days. He still did not speak much, besides father and mother he can say other words unclearly with the help of adults. He had to be fed, but he can drink water alone with cup with suction tubes. 43 months-present it has been too cold and he stays in house for most of the time. He likes to watch TV, and if there are children dancing in the program he will learn from them. He likes eating meat and is not choosy to food. He naps for 1-2 hours and has deep sleep. Sometimes he sleeps with adults, and sometimes he sleeps alone on his own bed. If he wants to go to toilet he will crouch and pull his trousers to tell adults sometimes. If adults remind him of going to toilet he will do so but they have to help him take off the trousers. He is very strong and seldom falls ill.

Single moms permitted, only one parent has to travel.

$3,700.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Kade #16-2

KADE_ 2013 photoDOB: 2002
Diagnosis: Down syndrome, asthma

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.

 

$7,500.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Madden #61-1

Madden-BulgariaDOB: 2004
Down syndrome

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.

$3,645.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Andrue #16-4

DOB: 2004
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.

 

$10,000.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Dylan

DylanBoy, born March 2003dylan
Down syndrome

 

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?

Dylan can be adopted with COLLIER!

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.

$5,429.45 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Josiah

Guardian AngelphotoboyBoy, born May 2007
H-C
Cerebral palsy, seizures

Josiah can be very interactive and can comprehend what is being said to him. He also has seizures that are being controlled with medication. He loves when people sing songs with him.  Josiah is a very happy and loving boy. He is always full of smiles.

Josiah can hold his head up, and is practicing learning how to sit, although he has not yet mastered this skill on his own. Josiah is very strong and his muscles are often tight; he is receiving therapy to help him relax and control his muscles better. Josiah is nonverbal, but can still express several of his needs very well; he will cry if he wants attention and will happily reward you with a smile when you talk with or sing to him.

From someone who works with him:

We have had the privilege of caring for Josiah for 3 years. He is the oldest child in our care and has been with us longer than any other child. Josiah was abandoned at a nearby hospital when he was 1. Josiah has cerebral palsy and requires special care and attention. He has limited control over his movement and needs support when sitting. For 3 years, our nannies and staff have cared for Josiah, fed him and bathed him. Ask any person who has cared for Josiah though and they will say that they are the one who was blessed.

When you are with Josiah, it is clear that God’s love resides in Josiah. Josiah can’t talk, but he loves to smile and interact with anyone who will talk to him. Josiah cannot sing like most of us, but each day during nanny prayer and singing Josiah joins in with a big smile. Our deep desire is for Josiah to join his forever family through adoption. We have had difficulty finding that family, but we know that God has a plan for Josiah . We also know that where ever he goes, Josiah will be a blessing as his loved ones bless and care for him.

 

$7,503.10 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Teagan

Teagan update-001Boy, born January 2007

PRC
Down syndrome

 

Because Teagan has Down syndrome, his physical development, intelligence and mental development developed slowly and was delayed compared to kids of similar age obviously, especially motion and flexibility of his limbs were slightly poorer. In recent years, with the efforts of this institute and foster parents, he can stand by holding onto objects, walk slowly. Now according to his growth foster parents offered him speech rehabilitative and limb training every day.

Teagan is shy, has a ready smile, likes to listen to music very much. When music plays all of his attention is attracted. When being glad he will swing his body following the musical rhythms. He likes to play toys very much, in particular toy cars are his favorite toys. We hope that he who is shy could become more and more active.

UPDATE 2013:
Teagan can sit, can understand simple language. His life is regular, has 3 meals per day, has dinners and goes to bed on time. Every day he tells stories, plays games and has outdoor activity under the guide of the foster parents.

Full social history and medical records available.  Single moms permitted, only one parent has to travel.

$9,649.70 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Corban

Corban-001Boy born March, 2009
PRC
Down syndrome

 

Corban’s physical capacity and mental development are delayed comparatively, due to his Down syndrome. As he grows older he has learned to roll over, crawl, stand by holding onto supports and walk by holding onto rails. Now he can walk forward with one of his hands led, he can distinguish familiar people and strangers. Seeing familiar people he can smile and greet them. He knows to be cooperative when dressed, give the clothes when asked, is a lovely little boy.

Corban is gentle, quiet, has a ready smile. He has Down syndrome, but it does not influence his happy life. He likes to play with toys, listen to music, can wave arms following rhythms which looks very adorable. He is willing to play games with kids, likes toys making sound, will laugh aloud when playing happily. Seeing strangers he will cry noisily because of being unfamiliar with them in the beginning. He can play with you gradually, is integrated into the games you bring to him, is a sensible good child!

Full social history and medical records available.  Single moms permitted, only one parent has to travel.

Videos available.

$3,065.90 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Ulysess #46-2

Ulysess-BulgariaDOB: February 2004

Diagnosis: Down syndrome, Chronic pyelonephritis, hydronephrosis first degree to the left kidney

Ulysess is considered significantly delayed. As of March 2011, he was not independently walking. He can pull to a stand, walk while holding someone’s hand, walks behind push toys and climb in and out of his crib on his own. He holds toys in his hands and plays with them. He enjoys music and smiles when someone sings to him. He does have some sensory issues and will often hide his head in his hands. He demonstrates some auto-aggression by hitting the side of his head with his palm.  He has frequent kidney infections and it is possible that he experiences pain from his kidney condition that effects his behavior.

$5,712.67 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Tania

Girl, born August 2002.

 

She is said to be independant and active, and she especially loves to swing.  She is shy with other children, and seeks attention from adults, cuddling up when hugs and affection are available.

 

From her medical records:  Down syndrome, esotropia, flatfoot, secondary  cardiomyopathy.

 

From a missionary who visited with her in March 2012:  One time the care giver made her sit with other children she was so desperate for me all to herself shecried! she really didnt want to share me.   This is seriously one child who wants a Mama!   She seemed so bright, there is so much potential here being wasted.   She whacked the other children to keep them away from me but I could tell she was not an aggressive child.  Tania is fiesty and able and just desperate for love!  I loved her!!!   I wanted to bring her and Katarina home.  Tania is always active and she loves playing with her swing set, unlike the other kids who rather just play with their toys. The child is a bit shy around the children of her age.  However, she is very brave and courageous when dealing with new visitors.  The girl suffers from a lack of motherly care and gentleness, so she is attracted to everyone who is nice and kind to her.   She hides her lonely soul behind the wall of her active and independent lifestyle.   But as soon as she receives a warm hug and a little love, the mischievous girl suddenly becomes docile and calm.

Larger families, older parents welcome. This region does often waive the 10-day waiting period!

From a family who met her, summer 2014:
Tania is such a tiny little cutie! I can’t believe she is still waiting! She was also a good friend of one of our boys. Every time he sees her picture he will call out her name.We saw her with the other kids from her home at a concert at the orphanage. She was watching everything and danced to a few of the songs. She was the size of a petite five year old, but proportionally small, not too skinny. Her hair is just starting to grow out and is so pretty. She waved and smiled at us a couple times while we were there with our sons. When everyone walked back to the homes after the concert, she got mixed in with our group as her caregivers were pushing wheelchairs and going more slowly. When our group pointed back to where her group was, she turned and walked back very agreeably. She had no trouble walking the fifteen minutes in each direction. We didn’t hear her talk, but she did seem to understand what the caregivers were saying.

She would do so well in a family. The home she is in now is more of a family setting with fewer children and more individual attention, but it is not the same as a real family and they can’t stay there forever. It will give her a great head start to transitioning to a family though!

$8,052.45 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Jordan

Jordan_2014 Boy, born January 2005
Cerebral palsy and spastic tetraparesis
Jordan does NOT have Down syndrome.  He seems very tiny for his age.  This sweet boy could really thrive in a family!

Updated picture (left):  March 2014

$7,770.70 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Brody and Auggie

Brody (on the left) born April 2006

Auggie (on the right) born March 2005
Rough mental delay, partial atrophy of eye nerves, cerebral palsy, Epilepsy
From someone who met Brody in 2011 and Auggie in 2012:

Brody and Auggie are sweet little boys who appear to have some sort of genetic disorder that causes developmental delays and self-harming behaviors. They are not aggressive towards others, only towards themselves, and these behaviors can be halted temporarily by picking either boy up and spinning him around. Brody is able to walk, and can drink from a cup without help. He is not quite able to feed himself, but is willing to try. Auggie was in a laying room for over a year, but after only 3 months of physical therapy is now sitting independently and working on learning to stand. Both boys have wonderful, heart stealing smiles. Brody appears to be in his own world much of the time, and loves things that crinkle or light up, and things shaped like sticks, as well as hands, gloves, feet and socks. He shows numerous signs of autism, which may or may not be environmental. Auggie loves things that crinkle or light up, slinkies, music, and tv. He is more interactive than Brody, and appears to lift his arms up to indicate he would like to be held. This is the only form of communication I observed from either of the boys. The boys are currently living in separate orphanages. I pray a family will reunite these brothers together in one family, where they can receive all the love and attention they need to meet their full potential!

We hope a family will consider adopting them TOGETHER.

More pictures available.

$7,522.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Alan

Boy, born October 2003

Alan has a cleft palate and hydrocephalus, as well as mild mental retardation.  This little boy does not have a moustache, the children were eating a snack just before their pictures were taken :)   However, he does show strong facial features of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and the cleft palate and hydrocehalus are common conditions associated with this syndrome.  Be sure to research FAS thoroughly so you are prepared for the challenges that come with this special need.

More pictures available.

URGENT:  This is a new orphanage for us to work with.  These children are older, and will be transferred at the end of summer and it will be extremely hard to adopt them once they are transferred.  If you are considering this child, please do not delay!

$3,320.09 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Charles

Boy, born:  June 2004

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!

 

$8,946.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Megan

megan2013Girl, Born October 2002

 

Praise God for a new photo!  Isn’t she BEAUTIFUL!?   This beautiful girl is waiting for her forever family.   She has blonde hair and blue eyes.  She was born with Down syndrome, and is positive for Hep B.

 

$10,000.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

 

Marla

Guardian AngelGirl, Born March 2007

FACING IMMINENT TRANSFER!!!

 

Poor sweet Marla …she was born with severe CP.   She has a loving personality, but is completely immobile on her own.  She is facing transfer soon and will remain bedridden the rest of her life if she is not adopted :( (

From her medical records:   Congenital malformation of the CNS: microcephaly, spastic tetraparesis.   Can not walk.   Does not speak. 

Married couples only, older parents and large families welcome, travel required.   More photos available. 

$2,562.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Brittany

brittany2013-1brittany-2013Girl, Born April 2005

SO THANKFUL FOR A NEW PIC OF BRITTANY!   She looks wonderful!!!

Brittany is a beautiful girl with striking blue eyes.  Brittany has Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.    She is able to walk and speak some, but she is quite delayed.  She will so benefit from having a loving family of her own.

From someone who met her:  She is very active and loves helping others.  She can dress herself, feed herself, and do other tasks with minimal help.  She loves reading stories to herself and hearing other people tell stories.  The staff wants to make her feel like she’s just like the other children, even though she’s more disabled than the rest of them.   She says she has many friends, and loves to dance and sing. She’s also very shy.   She keeps asking around for a mama.

 

More photos and VIDEO available:  http://mediapasport.com.ua/41-anastasiya.html

 

Married couples only.  Older parents and large families welcome.  Travel required.

 

$6,028.60 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Presley

PresleyBoy, Born March 2008
Significant mental delays

What a CUTIE!   Presley is a sweet boy with blonde hair and bright blue eyes.  He is a very happy and affectionate child.

 

From his medical records:  leukemia, delay of psychological and motor development, skull deformation (almost flat on the back), congenital isotropy of both eyes (crossed eyes)

Presley will benefit so greatly from having a loving family!  More photos available.

Updated Nov 2013:
He is a very sweet child. Seemed to listen to instructions well. Participated in group activities (like dance and singing). Longing for attention, affection, and stimulation.  He does not currently have leukemia; but he has mental delays, and his head is very flat.

 

The back of his head is very flat,

$2,530.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

 

Haven

Guardian AngelGirl, Born March 2006

 

Poor Haven……sweet little girl.   Such a pretty girl burdened with such medical and cognitive difficulties….and no mama to love her through them.

From her medical records:  celiac disease, CP, toxic Hepatitis, hypotrophy of III stage

From our team who visited there: Haven is afraid of strangers and would not interact with us :(

 

 

$5,054.31 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

 

Gabrielle

Girl, Born October 2006

 

From her medical records:  symptomatic early myoclonic encephalopathy, spastic tetraparesis, severe delay of psychospeech development, perceptive hearing loss

 

Gabrielle really needs a family of her own!  She will remain bedridden for the rest of her short life if she is not adopted, and is facing the institution very soon.

 

$2,709.30 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

 

Brandon

Boy, Born November 2005

NEW PHOTO!  And what a blessing, too!  Look how handsome he is!

Brandon is a sweet little boy who was born with CP.   Brandon is socially and emotionally delayed. Whether his delays are simply from institutionalization or have a congenital basis is unknown. Only when he is a wanted part of a loving family and given access to proper medical and educational interventions can his true potential be revealed.

He is also said to have significant speech delays. He has crossed eyes and astigmatism.

Brandon is blessed to still be at the baby house.  He is facing the institution. More photos available.

$5,437.59 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Samuel #3-2

Samuel (1) Samuel (2)Boy, Born June 2003

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.

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!

Additional photos and videos from March 2014 are available from the agency.

$7,500.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Amelia #2-1

Amelia_Sept 2013

Sept 2013

Girl, Born August 2001
Down syndrome

Amelia was born with a Congenital cardiac malformation – Fallot’s tetralogy. Surgery was performed in 2005 and her heart condition was completely corrected. Amelia is currently living in a mental institution. She is delayed in all aspects of her development but does receive therapy. She also participates in the granny/grandchild program at the institution. She walks with support. Her speech is developing. She is making sounds and can say “no” and attempts to say the word for granny. She responds to her name, follows basic directions, and plays with toys. She drinks from a cup and eats independently. She enjoys affection, responds well to being cuddled, and is a very happy child.

Photo and medical report were updated in February 2010.

SINGLE MOMS, OLDER PARENTS, & LARGE FAMILIES WELCOME, EASY TRAVEL
MULTIPLE CHILDREN CAN BE ADOPTED AT THE SAME TIME

$6,040.60 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

 

Isabelle #2-2

Isabelle Sept 2013 (1)Girl, Born February 2002

Down syndrome

From her medical records:   The child is in a very good general condition. Elementary thinking processes are observed. She can’t speak but pronounces sounds and combinations of sounds: ba-ba, etc. that are completely random. She knows her name and reacts when called. She carries out elementary orders. She is not oriented for place and time. Her attention is unstable, her memory is mechanic.

In emotional aspect the child is calm, merry and playful. She enjoys the attention that she is paid and actively seeks it. She easily enters into interaction with the children and the adults in the orphanage. She has friends among the children and prefers to play with them. She reacts actively in musical classes – makes rhythmical movements, but almost doesn’t play with toys and prefers to put them in her mouth or toss them.

The child walks independently and carries out the orders of the physical therapist – crouches, stands up. She already eats by herself. She doesn’t signal about her physiological needs and is taken care of entirely by the personnel of the orphanage.

The child is being taught to put her clothes on and take them off on her own. The training for gaining life skills continues.

Single moms and large families welcome, easy travel!

$4,427.25 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

 

Dawn #17-1

Girl, born 2001

Down syndrome

Update May 2012:
Dawn lived in an orphanage until she was three, when they moved her to an institution.

She just started walking a couple of months ago. She enjoys interacting with adults and playing with toys. Her favorite activities and toys revolve around music. She understands what is said to her but does not have any meaningful speech at this time. She reacts very positively to attention, smiles and cheers when adults interact with her. She attends a class at the institution, but does not go to school outside of the institution. She has not had the opportunity to experience many of the ordinary activities that other children her age are naturally exposed to due to the length of time she’s been institutionalized. She doesn’t have any medical or behavioral concerns. She just needs a family willing to look past her age to see her potential!

SINGLE MOMS, OLDER PARENTS, & LARGE FAMILIES WELCOME, EASY TRAVEL.   MULTIPLE CHILDREN CAN BE ADOPTED AT THE SAME TIME FOR LOW COST.

$10,000.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Tara

Tara (1) Tara (2)

Girl, Born September 2002

PRC
Down syndrome

 

NEW pictures and an update, from 2013!

She is extroverted and can express her feelings very well. When she is happy she will greet you warmly and embrace you enthusiastically; if she thinks that she was treated wrongly she will make sharp sound and cry loudly to blow off her discontent. She has made great physical progress and can go up and down stairs and loves to dance around!

UPDATE from 2013:
Tara does not speak; she uses sign language to express herself. She is independent with most of her daily life. She is in a special need class; she can not read and write. She gets along with kids not super well but so so; Her personality is outgoing and she is very strong-willed. She can jump and climb. She likes to ride bike, watch TV, chase.

Single moms permitted, only one parent has to travel.

$6,499.67 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Andy

Andy (2)Boy, Born April 2007
PRC
Down syndrome

From a missionary who visited with him in August 2010:   Andy is a sweet boy who has bonded well with his foster mother.  He really enjoys playing outside!

Update from 2013:
Andy is in his 3rd year of Kindergarten (which is the equivalent to USA preschool) and the hope is that he will attend the special education school for the next school year. He enjoys going to the community center on most nights so that he can dance to the music. He is waiting for his forever family to find him so he can dance into their hearts.

Andy (1)

More photos available, along with full social history and medical records. Single moms permitted, only one parent has to travel.

$6,069.32 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Jeff

Boy, Born January 30, 2002

PRC
Down syndrome

From a missionary who visited with him in August 2010:  “  Jeff was found abandoned by his parents at the age of 2 1/2 years.   He was placed into a foster family right away, and has continued to make progress there.  He is active and doing well.”

More photos available, along with full social history and medical records.  Single moms permitted, only one parent has to travel.

$3,483.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Kirk

Guardian Angel

BOY, born August 28, 2006

 

From his medical records:  Connective tissue dysplasia, chest distortion, crossed eyes, delay of psychological development, functional cardiopathy.

 

$2,667.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

 

Denis

DenisBOY, born July 2006

From his medical records:  epilepsy, frequent seizures therapeutic resistant, spastic tetraparesis, craniostenosis, gastroesophogeal reflux, congenital endogastritis

More photos available

From an adoptive family in summer 2012: 
We saw Denis three different times at large group events at this orphanage, and he is a very cute little boy. He is small for his age, and he was in a wheelchair the times I saw him (that may have been just for transport). But he was alert and following what was going on (a puppet show once, and a musical performance another time) with real interest.  He looked content and in a good mood every time we saw him.

This region typically waives the 10 day waiting period for children with special needs.   

Update March 2014:
Denis is a very handsome little guy. He is nonverbal, but makes a high trilling/singing sound or squeals when he is happy or trying to communicate. He looks like he is about the size of a 4 year old, however his abdomen is quite large (barrel shaped) while his arms and legs and hands are very thin and tiny. He is in a wheelchair and does not walk. His little body shakes often, from his head to his toes, which may be seizure activity. He’s very alert and watches what goes on, but does not appear very interested in interacting with people specifically. He is in a room with many other older, more mobile boys, so he may simply feel overwhelmed with the activity and constant movement.

$3,010.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!