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Nora

Girl, born 2006
PRC
Down syndrome, Congenital heart disease (repaired)

Nora is an amazing little girl. She was hosted in the US in the summer of 2016 by a family who hoped to adopt her but were denied — They are willing to talk with anyone interested in knowing more about this precious child.

Nora is very independent and cognitively very able. She was able to confidently take care of all her needs. She has extremely long hair that she did not like to have to brush, but was willing to have it braided to have it out of her way. She spoke very clearly in her native languate and was able to communicate her needs to her host family. She ate well and was very healthy. She adored the younger children in the family and wanted to help in caring for them. She enjoyed having jobs to do with the other children in the home. She liked to play outside and go on trips but she also loved to look at picture books and draw in notebooks. She loves animals. Nora did tend to get fairly grumpy when given sugar – so it is best to limit her intake. At times she would shake her head no and cry if she did not want to do something (like go to bed) but always chose to comply when her host parents repeated their direction.

She was examined by a pediatrician, dentist, and ophthalmologist while in the US. The pediatrician said she was very healthy and well taken care of. She also said Nora’s heart sounded very healthy. Nora does not need glasses but does have a few cavities that will need some treatment once she is adopted.

Nora would do very well in a family – she loves being with people, especially children. She adored her host dad in particular but also loved to snuggle with her host mom and their children. She is very bright and curious. She wants to learn and explore. She is a treasure just waiting to be claimed.

*** I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

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Kelan #

boy: 2004

Listed: April 2017

 

Diagnoses:  Grand Mal seizures; Epilepsy Partialis; brain edema; attachment disorder; Nocturnal Enuresis; learning abilities.

 

Kelan is from Eastern Europe.  He was placed in a baby house shortly after birth and is currently residing in a group home for children.  Kelan’s attention is lacking.  He can concentrate on routine tasks for short periods of time. His memory is not accurate and his thinking process is slow.  Although his vocabulary needs improvement, he understands the meaning of the words used in everyday life.  He does not have good communication skills but he can express his emotions. He often violates the personal space of others. His self-evaluation of himself wavers as sometimes it is too high and other times it is too low. He cannot maintain friendships. He quickly loses interest in the learning process at school and doesn’t follow the rules.

Kelan is a happy and cheerful child!  He is very emotional. He wants to play with the other children but often teases them by taking their possessions and insults them which leads to conflicts. He insults the other children, throws things at them and uses bad words. After a while he calms down. He easily gets upset. Sometimes he overreacts by crying or laughing.  It is important for him to receive approval from adults (including the teachers at school) but does not always comply with requirements. He is affectionate and seeks care from adults. He is not shy and does not feel guilt. He likes to help with the household chores – cooks, cleans, irons. He participates in culinary clubs. He likes to play with the children from the group home. He also likes physical activities: soccer, volleyball, badminton, and riding bikes.

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

 

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Montgomery #

Boy: 2001

 

Diagnoses:  Triventricular internal hydrocephalus; evacuation of a hematoma; Posterior fossa arteriovenous malformations (AVM); mild to moderate mental delay.

AGES OUT IN JULY 2017!!!

Listed: April 2017

A family must file the I-800A Immigration application before his 16th birthday

His medical diagnoses include Triventricluar internal hydrocephalus; evacuation of a hematoma; Posterior fossa arteriovenous malformations (AVM); mild to moderate mental delay.  Montgomery’s physical development is normal for his age. His psychomotor development does not  correspond to his age. Montgomery moves around by himself but exhibits some clumsiness in his gait due to the underdeveloped gross motor skills. His fine motor skills are not developed – the coordination between arms and legs is compromised.  Montgomery understands and carries out simple instructions. He maintains adequate eye contact and recognizes familiar people from strangers. His abstract thinking does not correspond to his age and he lacks concentration. He has difficulties in reproducing words and concepts. His memory is short-termed and he has difficulties in storing information related to quantity and time.

Montgomery’s emotional development does not correspond to his age as he has a low degree of emotional intellect. No aggression is observed in his behavior. His frustration level is average having in mind that he is a teenager. Sometimes affected behavior is observed when he is unable to complete a task and often he just refuses to complete a given activity.  Montgomery has problems with articulation and has poor vocabulary. He communicates with his peers and adults via verbal and non-verbal means of communication. He prefers to play individually, but he is also willing to take part in group activities and maintains good relationships with his peers and the staff. He seeks emotional warmth and makes physical contact with the others – taking somebody by the hand and hugging. His speech is hard to understand – he uses short and simple sentences that are badly constructed.  Montgomery is interested in creative activities – modeling and drawing. He is motivated and willing to acquire everyday self-service skills.

Because we only have this child’s file for a short time, he will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for him.

More photos/file are available from his agency

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

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Locke #

Boy: 2005

Listed: 3/30/2017

 

Diagnosis:   Speech impairment; Mild mental delay; Disorder of the attachment in the childhood, reactive type.

 

Locke was with his birth family until he was 8-years-old when he was placed in a home for homeless children and then placed in a group home, where he currently resides. He started holding eye contact and reacting to sound when he was 2 months old.  He does not display aggressive, nor self-aggressive behavior. He is well intentioned. He likes to receive attention and when feeling neglected he will simulate stomachache or headache. He is emotionally unstable with weak self-control.

 

Locke has a speech impairment – he omits or pronounces the wrong sounds, which makes his speech incomprehensible. He understands the meaning of words but cannot use them correctly. He is respectful to authorities and is selective when communicating with children. He does not follow the social requirements for personal space. He is too trustful towards strangers.

 

Locke enjoys watching cartoons, listening to music, doing puzzles and drawing.  He often refuses to complete different tasks and instructions. He is not interested in learning at school and does not adapt to the requirements.  He can take care of his personal hygiene.  He does not wish to be involved in household chores or keeping his room in order. He needs constant reminders from the staff.

 

 

Because we only have this child’s file for a short time, he will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for him.

More photos/file are available from his agency

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

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Ellery #

 Girl: 2004

Diagnoses:  Spina bifida aperta, infantile cerebral palsy, internal hydrocephaly, mild mental delay and delay in neuro-psychological development

Ellery was born with spina bifida aperta (determined to be inoperable and necessitating conservative treatment and placement of a sterile bandage every day), Meningomyelocele lumbosacralils, Rashischisis, infantile cerebral palsy, internal hydrocephaly, hypotrophy, mild mental delay and delay in neuro-psychological development.  Her gross motor skills are not developed and her fine motor skills are developed. The notions and perceptions regarding color, shape and size are present. Her attention is not that stable and concentrating is difficult for her. Her memory is mechanic, and her thinking is with normal development and good associative ability.  Ellery is emotionally stable and rarely exhibits displeasure. She is not aggressive nor self-aggressive. Ellery is communicative, inquisitive and willingly participates in different activities.   She is eager to learn and asks questions and takes part in conversations.  Ellery likes to play with blocks, stuffed animals, dolls, read books and color.

Because we only have this child’s file for a short time, she will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for him.

More photos/file are available from his agency

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

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Briggs #

Boy: 2004

Diagnoses: short stature; cryptorchidism; familial nanism; mild mental delay.

Briggs is short in stature and has been treated with growth hormone.  He often soils his bed at night and is followed by a nephrologist.  He attends a resource center for support of his mental development, unstable behavior and euphoric moods.  Briggs is extremely emotional, radiant and smiles a lot.  He is lagging in neuro-psychological and physical development.  Briggs attends kindergarten and tries to adapt to the life of the group but usually does not seek the company of other children preferring to play by himself.  He has a good memory and uses it to learn texts with ease but without learning the meaning.  His attention is not stable.  He abides by the rules and does not exhibit aggression.   Briggs speaks well however his vocabulary is poor.  He is very interested in music and has developed a sense of rhythm, sings with pleasure and can repeat the melodies of different musical pieces.  Briggs gross motor skills are well developed however, his fine motor skills are poor with regard to his fingers and hands.

Because we only have this child’s file for a short time, he will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for him.

More photos/file are available from his agency

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

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Ellwood #

 

Boy: Born 2007

Physical and Cognitive delays

Ellwood’s  fine motor skills do not correspond with his age, although his gross motor skills are good.  He can stay focused on easy tasks for a short period of time.  Ellwood struggles with memorizing, retaining and reproducing new information.

He behaves like a younger child and can be aggressive and emotionally unstable.  When upset, he may scream, cry or use inappropriate words. Ellwood can express himself and easily connects with strangers.  He can be loving and kind also.  Ellwood likes sports but lacks the skills and understanding to play on a team.

 

Because we only have this child’s file for a short time, he will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for him.

More photos/file are available from his agency

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

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Princess

Girl, age 12
CO-4

Listed March 2017

Princess is deaf. She does not have any assisted listening device. Currently, she reads lips, and knows some sign language (in her native language). She also has congenital torticollis. She does not have academic delays.

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

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Ricardo

Boy, age 10
CO-4
He is deaf, but has Cochlear Implant. Born with Imperforate Anus, has colostomy.

Ricardo also has some learning disability – but it is believed it is mainly due to hearing problems — large class, lots of noise, difficult to hear even with implant.

 

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

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Vada #

Girl: Born 2003

Sarcoidosis — receiving treatment

Listed March 2017

Vada has good fine and gross motor skills but displays some cognitive delays.  She works with a resource teacher and likes to study. Art is her favorite subject.  She likes to looks pretty and enjoys having friends.  She has a good connection with familiar adults but needs time to warm up to unfamiliar adults.

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

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Wrayna

wraynaGirl,

PRC

Down syndrome

Wrayna is an 11-year old sweetheart, with tiny splashes of silly and spunk thrown in. This girl loves to sing children’s rhymes and recite poetry, and she says that her favorite activities are doing art and writing characters. Her love for creativity is evident, in fact, as she spent much of our ‘free time’ doing crafts or filling in coloring books that I had brought along! Wrayna loved to have me do her hair in hairclips and bows, but while she said her favorite colors were red or pink, she often chose comfortable sweatshirts over ‘cutesy’ outfits … and wouldn’t hesitate, at the park, to run at the head of the pack with the boys.

Wrayna is an affectionate and people-oriented girl. Though it took her a moment to warm up to me initially, she quickly became connected and wanted to spend every minute together! Wrayna knew her friends at the camp and was considerate of those at her weekend foster home, bringing treats home for them on our last day at the camp and taking initiative to share. Wrayna is highly relational, but also independent, and she can play by herself for extended periods of time.

Wrayna’s special need does not define her or significantly hold her back, which is why I wait until now to write about it. In fact, over the course of the week, I found myself occasionally forgetting that I was talking to someone whose file says that she has Downs Syndrome. Wrayna is extremely high-functioning, and at age 11 seemed only two or three years younger than her typical peers. Wrayna can carry on conversations and understand concepts accessible to a child in early elementary school. She attends fourth grade at the special education boarding school, where she has learned to recite classical poetry, write some characters (her reading skills seem weak), and is so good at problem solving!!! One day I could NOT figure out the electric lights in a room, although I was inserting a key card. Wrayna looked at me like, “How do you not get this?” and turned the key over so that the magnetic strip could register with the card reader. This girl is sharp!

Wrayna can care for herself as appropriate to the life skills level of an 8 or 9-year-old child. She could dress and feed herself, express her need to use the restroom, and take a bath without assistance. Wrayna knew to keep close when we were out and about and was very responsive to direction. There was only one time in five days together that I had to implement a ‘consequence’ for disobeying —- took away a toy that she had refused to put away. overall, throughout the whole course of our time together, she was obedient and responsive. I had a small infant with me, and even though Wrayna needed occasional reminder