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Leah

LeahGirl, born January 2010Leah 1
PRC
Down syndrome

 

Leah is an active and curious little girl. According to her foster mom she is higher functioning compared to other children with the same special need. She is able to say, “mama, pa, and DADADA.’ Leah sleeps well and is not fussy about the foods served to her. She does not have a bad temper, but can become annoyed if one does not allow her to grab things you are holding. (2012)

 

$7319.49 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Mirabel


mirabelsept2013Girl, Born August 2009

 

Miss Mirabel is also a real cutie!   What a great smile she has :)   Mirabel is 4 now and facing imminent transfer.   We’ve had many successful adoptions from this orphanage and region!  Please help us share Mirabel’s need for a forever family!  Mirabel will remain bedridden for the rest of us her life if she is not adopted.

 

From her medical records:  congenital malformation of the central nervous system, cerebral hernia, hydrocephaly subcompensated, flail legs

 

From one of our families who visited with her in August 2013:  ” We saw Mirabel this morning.  She is in the laying down room.  The nannies were carrying them outside.  She can’t hold her head up, support herself, sit, or stand.   It looks like she has no control over her legs at all…flopped to the side when the nannies carried her. She does, however, have good use of her arms.  She kept reaching up to try to touch me.  I gave her a set of the rings to play with.   She was SO happy to have something to play with. She kept smiling at me. I really think that there is a smart, aware little girl in that broken body.”

 

More photos available.  Married couples only.  Large families and older parents welcome.  Travel required.

$7820.65 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Brandi

Brandi 2013Guardian Angel

Girl, Born August 2007
CP, microcephaly, hearing loss

 

Little Brandi is much loved….she has CP and microcephaly, but is physically active and in need of a forever family.

From her medical records:  “lack of development of brain from birth” ,”specific problems of psychological development”, “loss of hearing in both ears”

Update June 2013:
She has been transferred to the older children’s orphanage!  She is such a sweetheart and loved the music and the kids dancing. She was clapping her hands and had a huge smile on her face when she was watching them. She wasn’t so sure about participating but she watched everyone else. I wished I got a picture of her smiling but unfortunately I think the camera made some of the kids nervous and I couldn’t get a smile out of her!

$10681.29 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

$10581.32 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Nathaniel

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABoy, born August 2010

Other congenital hydrocephalus, Other specified congenital malformations of brain, Tetraplegia, Other specified disorders of brain, Optic atrophy, Iron deficiency anemia, Other ill-defined heart diseases

 

Updated picture from March 2014 (in pink pajamas).

We are so thrilled to be able to relist sweet Nathaniel!  He is alive and growing!

From a family who met him in April 2013:
Nathaniel was our little boy’s neighbor in the infirmary. When we first saw him, we were so sad for his condition and the pain it must cause him daily. But then his eyes met mine, and his joy in just that interaction traveled quickly to his sweet smile. We became fast friends through the windows separating the rooms, playing peek a boo and smiling at one another. He began to look for us and to squeal with joy when we came for our daily visits. He taught me so much about true joy in our weeks there. I pray that a family will come forward soon to claim him. I know they will be blessed beyond measure by this amazing little boy! I don’t know a lot about his diagnosis, but I know that the little boy we spent time interacting with was full of life and hope.

 

$10027.90 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Kiril

Boy, Born January 20, 2004
NEW UPDATE!: What a blessing to still have visibility of Kirill, and know he is still fighting for a chance and waiting for his family to come for him. He is regressing, as he is given little opportunity to stretch or be mobile at all. He needs help for the strength to sit up now, but even still he wears a smile and a light in his eyes. There is a loving, forever family out there for this boy!This spunky little angel is ready to melt your heart! Kiril has blonde hair and hazel eyes, and a smile that can light up a room! He was born with cerebral palsy. One of our own adoptive families who visited with him in March 2008 said this about Kiril: ” I’m a sucker for blondies and this little guy with his green-brown eyes is adorable! He smiled and wanted to interact with me when I came into the room despite the cries of his neighbor. His smiles were brief but heartwarming and then he was curious about what I was up to. Each time the camera flashed he rewarded it with a great grin! Except it was always right AFTER the flash so I couldn’t capture his sweet smile.”

From his medical records: infantile cerebral paralysis, double hemiplegia, epilepsy, optic nerve atrophy, multiple cardiopathies, contracture of hip and knee joints

As with all children living in these difficult conditions, this child’s cognitive development has regressed significantly since he/she was younger. It is of crucial importance that any family considering the adoption of an older child from the mental institution setting be well prepared for what to expect with regards to how the neglect and lack of adequate medical care and nourishment has affected this child. These children all have TREMENDOUS potential for improvement, and deserve to have a life outside these four walls.

$5180.24 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Paige

Paige June 2013 (3)Girl, born December 2004
Mental delays. Down syndrome, cardiopathia. Umbilical hernia. Convergent squint.

Paige is now 9 years old, and had previously been living with her mother until she lost her rights.

She can sit independently and can crawl! Her speech is not well developed but she can partially understand what you are saying.  She has a very short attention span.

Update June 2013:
Lovely Paige has hair now!  She broke my heart.  She was just sitting on the couch rocking back and forth and didn’t respond at all when I came over to her. Poor, sweet thing!! The nannys love her, but she needs more than they can give. I am not sure if the move was hard on her or what but she just rocked and rocked.

Married couples only.  Older parents and large families welcome.  Families should be home study approved prior to commitment.

$10208.45 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

 

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.

$7876.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

 

$3870.63 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

$7525.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

J.J.

JJ 2013Boy, born August 2008

J.J. is one of the sweetest little boys you will ever meet, and has no place to go but up! He needs a family excited about meeting him where he is and giving him every opportunity to shine.

It is believed that J.J. has spina bifida and hydrocephalus. He does not walk, but scoots around the orphanage where he lives. He is social and enjoys being part of any activity happening at the home. J.J. cannot receive the treatment and care that he needs in his country.

 

Update June 2013:
JJ is one of the most uncomplicated kids I know. He is never complaining about anything. He’s sitting the whole day on his pot because they say he can’t control when he needs to go to the toilet because he’s lamed but I am not convinced of this, I think he can really train this because I tried to train it with him and he was getting better. He’s not really walking because of his crossed legs but he’s so so fast in a kind of crawling. And he tries to walk. He comes to me, holds my hands and he‘ s able to walk somehow. His legs look terrible. I think when he gets a family he needs to be operated again. I just know they operated him several times in Kampala. JJ is very good in keeping himself busy when he is alone. Sometimes I observe him and he’s singing or talking with himself but he is not mentally disabled. He’s the first who knew my name when I came last year. He understands everything and he speaks. He just needs attention like all the kids do. Always when he gets attention he’s the happiest person in the world, and his eyes are always shining. He’s motivated to walk. He’s motivated for nearly everything. He will melt anyone’s heart. He really is a clever and loving little boy.

$4916.53 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Jojo

Jojo2Jojo1Girl, born July 2000
PRC
Cerebral Palsy

She ages out July 2014.

Jojo was abandoned at the age of 22 months. She has strong self-managing ability. Jojo can handle her own basic daily needs. She can also wash the dishes, wash simple clothes, and can fold the quilts in the morning, She is a dutiful child and she always keeps something delicious for her mum, letting her mum taste firstly and then shares with her brothers and sisters. In the simulated family group, she respects parents and gets along well with brothers and sisters. Jojo studies hard, unites classmates, and is a good student.

From her camp volunteer:
Jo Jo lights up the whole world when she smiles and her giggle makes you laugh with her. She is not at the development of her 13 year old peers she needs nurturing and patience. It would be a long road however a worthy one to have this beautiful girl part of your life. She has dreams for the future and wants to become a nurse and I hope who ever adopts this kind, caring girl will help her do that. After 13 years of not knowing love this little girl feels it and needs someone to make her safe and loved.

$2571.84 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

 

Octavian

30413212627 (1)Boy, born Jan 2013

Down syndrome

 

Such irresistible chubby cheeks!

Octavian will be available in very early 2014.

 

$2776.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

 

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.

 

$7687.30 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

 

Eva

Eva Photo 2 rec. 1-21-13-croppedGirl, 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.

$5000.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

$5000.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

$5000.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

$5000.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

 

$5000.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

 

$5000.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Callie

Callie Photo 2 April 2014 - April 2014 cropCallie Photo 1 2014 - April 2014Girl, Born 2003

Down syndrome, strabismus (surgically corrected in 2011)

 

Blonde hair, blue eyes, fair skin beauty!   Callie is the funniest child that loves to sing songs, make bread, attend camp and ride ponies.   She has Down syndrome and was born in 2003.    Her strabismus was surgically corrected in 2011.   Callie is such a smart little girl who also loves her dolls and cell phones.  Callie can speak and understand two languages, including English!   If you like to have fun, make puzzles, build Legos and read books, Callie is happy to join you!

Update 2014:
Callie is a beautiful and funny girl who likes to sing and dance and who easily makes friends. Callie is communicative, speaking clearly in two languages, one of them English. She has an extensive vocabulary, tells stories, recites poems by heart, and remembers places and names.

Callie eats and drinks, dresses and undresses, and brushes her teeth independently. She is potty-trained and a very tidy, organized girl who makes her own bed and puts away her toys without help.  Callie attends school and her teacher describes her as an attentive and good student. She recognizes numbers and 30 letters as well as colors.

Callie would be a wonderful addition to a loving family!
MARRIED COUPLES ONLY.

$5000.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Faith

Faith Photo 3 Apr-2013Girl, Born August 2010

Down syndrome

Faith was born in August of 2010 and has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. She has been seen by a cardiologist and the report shows that she has no cardiac concerns or problems. Faith is very active; she can walk holding onto a stable object and likes to listen to music. She is a somewhat serious little girl who makes sounds, recognizes her caretakers and smiles when teased.

From an adopting family who met her in January of 2013: “While visiting with our little girl [at the same orphanage] we had the pleasure of getting to spend time with sweet “Faith”. She is such a delightful little girl with the most amazing smile. She loves to be held, touch your hands and listen to music. She is not defined by her diagnosis and shows true determination for life. She is such a happy little girl and is waiting patiently for her forever family who will give her the chance to reach her full potential.”

Additional photos, videos and medical information available upon request.

$2730.33 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

 

Susan

SUSAN 4Girl, born January 2010
PRC
Down syndrome

You had me at the “pig-tails”!  Oh, this sweet cutie is a bundle of JOY!  Susan is 3 year old and has been lovingly fostered by a grandmother.  This little girl has had one on one attention from her foster family to help her catch up with others her age!  She is walking, going to a small school, playing games and singing in performances with other children.  You can see her smile is infectious and her eyes are full of wonder! She can express goodbye by waving her hands and knows to go to toilet using the bed pan. She plays games of hand in hand and can make a circle with older sisters; she is always happy when she plays games.

 

$3100.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Nadia and Nancy (twins)

born August 2007
Both girls have been diagnosed with FAS, pyramidal insufficiency in legs, mental delay, and crossed eyes

URGENT!  NADIA and NANCY HAVE BEEN TRANSFERRED!!!

 

What a lovely little pair of pixies!  Nadia and Nancy are twins.  Please help us find them a family where they can grow up, together!

 

From a family who met them in 2012:

We saw them successfully feeding themselves borscht. They were sitting up properly and feeding themselves soup with a spoon. One walks and even runs a little stiff/awkwardly but they are absolute DOLLS! The other crawls and socializes.  They have deep auburn hair and dark hazel-ish eyes. They are both tall, lean, and long-limbed. One is a bit more shy than the other. Both are BORED and need music, hugs, kisses, and a mama and daddy! They loved our attention and carried around magazine pages. They are beautiful twin girls!!!Oh my heart!!!! My heart is breaking!  Someone will be blessed to be their parents!

From a family who met them in 2013:

Both girls are now walking! We hugged them a couple times. They are very sweet! They giggle and seem to speak in sentences (from what little Russian I understand). They have a teacher working with them to try and allow them to progress enough to be sent to a regular older child orphanage instead of an institution! They say mama and papa and smile and laugh when we come in each day. They feed themselves and I don’t think either one is in diapers.

NN2NN
Large families welcome; married couples only.

$10000.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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!

 

$7668.95 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Yule

yuleupdatedpicture2march2014Boy, born Dec 2009Yule (2)
PRC
Down syndrome, Congenital heart defect

 

This handsome little guy likes to giggle when he plays. He was found outside a hotel gate when he was 6 months old. He is able to walk holding an adults hand and knows simple words, but has difficulty with correct sound production.

Yule is an outgoing little guy who likes to play with other children and will share his toys.He likes to play with cars and blocks and loves to listen to music.His caretakers describe him as an unforgettable good child and hope he finds a family soon. Are you ready to snuggle or play cars with this sweet little boy?

$4277.80 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Jasmine

JasmineGuardian AngelThis beautiful girl is 13 years old and HIV+.

Jasmine came to the orphanage in 2008. She is doing very well in the orphanage and has learned a lot from the other kids at the home. She loves to dance and listen to music; she has a beautiful singing voice.

She enjoys playing with the younger kids and they in turn really look up to her. She is exceptionally beautiful with a smile that lights up the entire room. At times she is reserved but she is so eager to learn about any and everything. She is very good with technology and is learning how to use a computer.

  • Her orphanage will require a Christian family who can provide a letter of recommendation from their pastor. Interested families will need to send a letter of introduction to the orphanage and have their homestudy approved by the orphanage social worker before being able to be matched.
  • Families with six or less children at home preferred but we can inquire about an exception
  • Couples must be married at least 1 year and one parent at least 21 years older than the child being adopted
  • One parent over 25 years old.

 

$2708.40 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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!

$11198.10 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

$3327.55 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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)

$3218.90 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

$4386.90 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

$9084.65 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Dagmar

30520133548Boy, born January 1999

Cerebral palsy; Moderate mental delays

 

$8251.80 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Grady

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

 

$8238.64 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

 

 

Delmar

Boy, born January, 2004

Down syndrome, mental delays, inborn partial optic atrophy of both eyes

 

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.

$3004.05 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Lydia Rose

Lydia Rose 2 Lydia RoseGirl, born August 2007
PRC
Cerebral Palsy

Lydia Rose is a shy girl; she has a ready smile and is fond of singing.  She is a very happy, obedient and good intelligent little child. At the age of 2 years and 6 months, the scissor step disappears and she can basically finish the actions such as putting off the shoes and socks. She can conduct the simple communication. At the age of 3 years, she can have meals with bowl and spoon. She can wash hands and face with help of the caretaker. Now little Lydia Rose can stand for several minutes alone. She can hold objects to walk. She has the prominent hand movements. She move flexibly and can hold things. Her intelligent development is well. She can conduct the daily communication. Lydia can take off clothes and go to the toilet without help.

Update and pictures from August 2012.

$2606.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

$3163.82 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

 

$4001.80 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

$3125.20 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

$3600.80 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

$3077.40 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Bert and Ernie

30319113915 (2)30319113543Guardian AngelWhat a handsome pair of boys!  And so young!

 

Boy, born February 2008
Bert has cerebral palsy; we don’t have any specific information

 

Boy, born March 2009
Younger brother, Ernie, is healthy.  He is only available to be adopted WITH his brother.

 

Large families welcome; married couples only.

$6667.64 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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).

$3340.45 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

$3882.85 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

$2645.13 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

$3425.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

$10000.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Araminta

30201201748 AramintaGirl, born 2001
CP spastic paraplegia with malfunction of lower limbs, convergent squint, myopic astigmatism of both eyes, S-type scoliosis of thoracic spine, flexion-adduction contracture of both hip joints, equinovarus feet, dysarthria.

 

Such a lovely young lady, such poise.

$2943.50 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

 

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.

$2725.50 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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!

$2528.65 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Gene

Gene1Boy, born August 1998

Gene2

Gene is described as eager and easygoing.

From someone who met him:  To really ‘get access’ to Gene, you need to try hard.  Some days he’s living in his own world and it’s hard to ‘reach’ him.   But it’s worth the effort.  I met Gene in the summer, and the other children in the group were all trying to get my attention, Gene wouldn’t  I tried to give some attention to every child in the group, so also to Gene. It took a while before I could get him out of his own world. I grabbed his hand and just stroke his fingers one at a time.  He would look at his fingers, and after doing that for minutes, he would finally look at me.  He looked who was stroking his hand.

Still he didn’t allow me to touch him more than just stroking his hand.  Next day I was wondering if he would still remember me and if I could touch his hand again.  I didn’t need to ask myself that question, because as soon as I walked in, he came up to me, reaching me his hand.  I knew I broke through his wall that kept him safe in his own world. It still took me a while to really ‘open him up’. In November I visited his group again, and again it took me a while to ‘reach’ him. But as I was tickling one of the other boys in his group, he came closer. So I grabbed his hand, to pull him on my lap, next to the other boy, and I tickled him. What happened was amazing! He started to laugh! He laughed out loud, the first time I heard him do that. And he couldn’t stop anymore. His laugh was so contagious and so wonderful to hear it. It brought tears to my eyes. He was so open and he wanted me to tickle him more. Next day I could hardly touch him again, which was hard for me, because I wanted to get him out of his own world again. But I found out that I should not lose hope, because it depends on his mood if he will let you touch him. Another day I could tickle him again and he laughed again. This boy just needs more stimulation to stay out of his own world. Because of the lack of stimulation he normally just sits on the ground and rock back and forth. But he is able to walk, to run around and play games. He can have fun and interact with other children. It just takes a little more. This boy is already in the institute for a long time, and this is the price he paid for it.

He desperately needs a family —  He needs a family committed to him before his 16th birthday, otherwise he’ll be condemned to institution life forever.

Married couples only, large families welcome.

$7641.50 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

$3636.50 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

 

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.

$2959.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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

 

$10894.90 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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!

$3252.50 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

 

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.

$3630.24 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Brett

Guardian AngelBrett 2013 (1)Boy, born September 2007

Brett is a handsome young man who was born with CP.  He is very smart, he gets around on his own by crawling, but he is not able to walk.  Therapy will do wonders for him!   He deserves to have a family!

From a volunteer who knows him:   He plays with other children. He speaks with separate words. He understands the addressed speech. The boy is curious, likes classes. He loves when his nurse reads for him, he likes making pyramids.

Brett 2013

Update December 2012:
Brett is very smart and curious. He has some learning and language delays associated with institutional life, but he does speak in complete phrases around people he trusts. He enjoys cars, coloring, and games. He got very excited when we showed him pictures of dogs and other animals, so he might do well with pets.
A family considering adopting him should be prepared to deal with some institutional behaviors and traumas. This is the area where Brett might need the most assistance in understanding rules, family, and nurturing relationships.His physical disability limits his lower body, specifically his legs and feet, but he is very strong in the upper body and crawls very quickly.  He is a very active kid who needs some physical therapy, appropriate equipment, and perhaps braces to get where he needs to for walking. He is able to pull himself to standing. The orphanage has worked with him on potty training and he seems to be doing well with it.

 

More photos available, married couples only.

 

$7612.80 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

$7736.91 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

 

$9787.83 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Whitaker

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

 

$4700.44 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

 

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.

$10000.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

$5025.93 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

$5000.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Leanne

Girl, born June 2002Leanne-2
PRC
Down syndrome

 

This darling little girl lives in a group home.  One of our adoptive families met her in 2012, and would love to see her find a family!

Leanne has started attending special education classes and is learning and communicating well.

 

She loves performance and is very good at putting on a show for everyone that will watch her. She is also extremely helpful at home, doing lots of house chores such as sweeping and washing bowls. She has been the little sister in her family (group home) for some time, but recently has had the opportunity to be a big sister when another little girl of 8 years moved into the home. She is a lovely, caring big sister too. She has just moved into a community group home and has adapted well to the new environment.

$3278.81 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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!

$4252.50 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Geneva L12

photogirlGirl, Born October 1999

Down syndrome

SO grateful to have this opportunity to share these beautiful older children with you!    Geneva is darling….almost 13 years old and growing so well.  She is much loved, and attends a school for children with special needs in the 5th grade.

Geneva has a little hyperactivity…she gets bored easily with things and goes from activity to activity.  She does not use words or gestures to express her desires.  She has such potential to learn to communicate, it would open up her own world and improve her level of frustration.   Geneva also has alopecia areata (like Reece!)…she may benefit from Vitamin D therapy and/or steroid treatment for that hair loss.

 

From her caregivers:  Very lively girl, moves all the time.   Wants individual attention to be focused on her.   Does not react on the admonishments of carers.   Girl gladly attends lessons but does not understand the need for them. Does not ‘see’ herself in the mirror.  Is not able to repeat movements with her lips and tongue.  Has good self-service skills and also tries to help others.   Gladly draws with pencils, chalks and also paints. Is trying to learn to ride in the three-wheel bike.   Likes walking around the city, going to cinema.   Behaves well, eats with fork.  She is a singleton, does not participate in the group activities.

Older parents and large families welcome.

$15000.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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!

$15000.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Dixie L2

photogirlGirl, Born January 1999
Down syndrome
Dixie is going to make a WONDERFUL daughter!   She is SO smart, helpful, kind, sociable….she needs a chance to live her life outside of an orphanage.  Her speech is very delayed, but she has computer skills and loves to browse through books.   She is active outside and enjoys sports and playing.  She is a “lttle mommy”, and enjoys helping other children whose needs are greater than hers.  Dixie goes to a special needs school where she is in 7th grade.   She does have glasses, but she doesn’t like wearing them….sound familiar?  :)

Dixie is describe as a “keen-witted young lady”.  I LOVE that they see her as the teenager she is, and not as a child.

Update 2013:  Dixie enjoys watching cartoons and TV broadcasts about the animals. She absolutely loves leafing books and encyclopedias about the animals. Very accurately paints in her work-sheets and also painting books. Girl likes going shopping, attending cinema and going to city. She also loves long walks in the city

Dixie can be adopted by older parents, larger families, and single moms.  Families should have experience with international adoption.   Full medical and social history available.

$15000.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

 

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).

$5637.17 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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!

$10450.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

$4642.20 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Valiant

Guardian AngelBoy, born July 2005

Mental delays; consequence of hard degree closed head injury (brain contusion) with tetraparesis. Symptomatic temple epilepsy. Immunity form of idiopathic jaundice. Middle degree anemia. Dysontogenetic cardiopathy

Mr. “V” is 7 years old but looks much younger.  As all of these children in this orphanage they NEED families to come adopt them. When the children get older they will be transferred to adult mental institutions (at young ages!) and there will be LITTLE to NO chance of adopting them.

Children in this orphanage need families! They do not receive enough interaction/therapy to help them thrive. They are seen as hopeless but we know that is not true!

$3612.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

$6434.50 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

$2968.43 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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!

$5000.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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!

 

$16724.50 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Aubree

AubreeGirl, born Aug. 1999
Diagnoses: arthrogryposis; mental delay

 

Aubree is very active, easy-going, and friendly. Currently, she lives in a special school-orphanage.

 

From one of our adoptive families who visited with her in August 2012:   She truly is a ray of sunshine!   She comes out to greet us in her wheelchair (she has good upper body strength, her legs are fixed straight out in front of her and are tiny.   She doesn’t appear to have AMC in her upper limbs at all.   She is extremely friendly and happy, she enjoys singing and dances in her wheelchair. She can also use her upper body strength to scoot around the floor. I am so excited that she is available because I know she will be a wonderful daughter if just given a chance.   This girl just exudes love and happiness!   The orphanage does provide the children with an education, and even music instruction.  We were able to see Aubree perform in a concert that the children gave for their visitors (they have help from humanitarian groups that come in to work on the building and work with the children).  If anyone asks about her, I would love to talk with them more about the orphanage and the children there.   They have my heart!

Update June 2013:
Aubree is a happy, loving, and well-adjusted little girl. She is popular in her groupa and loves to talk to people and attend the Montessori program at her orphanage. That being said, she is a child you don’t want to turn your back to. She can be very aggressive, and bites, pinches, and hits you when she wants attention or is jealous. She is also very dominant and wants to have your attention at all times, which is difficult when there are other children in the room. While she is very smart, I believe she has some mental delay, though how much of this is due to being raised in an orphanage environment is unclear. She was thrilled when I told her a lot of people loved her and were praying for her, and in the right family she would do very well. It would be best if she were the youngest or only child in a family in my opinion, so she can have all the attention she deserves.

Update from a family who met her in Feb 2014:
Aubree was one of the first ones I met. I’ll be honest, I’ve read her profile, and I was worried. She’s in the pictures we had of our new daughter in the new orphanage, and to think that she was the type of child described in the second “someone met her” description, was scary! I don’t know what brought about the difference yesterday (maybe they’re working with her, or she was just having a bad day before?), but she hung out with us for a while, and we didn’t see any of those behaviors. Our youngest daughter loved her- she was very gentle and nurturing with her, and our son, and very social! We talked for a while, with a nanny and our facilitator translating for us. She likes school very much, especially art, and writing and drawing. She likes animals (cats, dogs, etc). She LOVES jewelry, and hairbows (the more giant the better!). She very much wants brothers and sisters, and when I asked her if she wanted older ones or little ones, she said little (and I believe it, she was very interested in our five kiddos, and loved to snuggle them). She held our daughter and she walked her through our photo book, describing everything- Aubree was so attentive, and her face looked so wistful.

Physically, she has obvious arthrogryposis, although she seems to have some flexibility in her hands, because she was holding a banana (no peel) and eating sections of it by herself. Her legs are pretty small, and very stiff. She struggles with speech, not with the thoughts, but with getting it out, and I believe she would benefit from speech therapy. She was very polite and affectionate as well, and although she does have some obvious cognitive delays, she seems eager to learn new things and to be a part of things.

When she was with us, I had our children playing blocks on one of the beds, and although she watched, and looked very interested in what they were playing, she never attempted to roll over there or monopolize attention. She talked with her friends, with our facilitator, and with me, for a while, especially when she realized that I might know a family for her- which totally broke my heart, because she was so eager to be adopted. At one point, I had turned away to say something to someone else, and she was trying to get my attention- her arms do appear to be affected by the arthrogryposis from what I saw, because her elbows didn’t bend much, and her hands are turned at an unusual angle, and she grabbed at my shirt sleeve, trying to get my attention (she didn’t know my name then). Her hands are strong, from rolling the wheelchair, and her grasp is poor because of the arthrogryposis, so she had to kind of sling her arm and try to close her fingers on my sleeve. I could see the awkwardness of it for her, but she definitely wasn’t afraid to try! She’s beautiful in person- these pictures don’t do her justice at all. And I’m sorry my pictures are blurry, kids don’t stay still long and I was using my camera with a slower capture speed because the room was a bit dim.

*** ADDITIONAL $3000 GRANT AVAILABLE FOR AUBREE’S ADOPTION ***

$12000.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Collier

Boy, born October 1999

Down syndrome, significant mental delays

 

This handsome young man has waited a long time for a family of his own!

Update March 2014:  Collier- he breaks my heart. He’s also in a room with many older, more active and larger boys that are busy moving around, and so he retreats to a small area in the corner of the room, sitting on the floor in between two beds, and just watches everyone. He’s TINY- think toddler/preschooler size, definitely not like a 14 or 15 year old. He’s just a baby in so many ways. I cannot believe that in a year or so, he’ll be too old to be adopted- it just does not seem fair that a virtual preschooler would spend the rest of his life like this. he seemed very quiet, watching everything but never getting up to come over, even though we were handing out cookies and candy and juice.

 

Update June 2013:
Collier is a sweet little guy who just wants to be loved. He looks like he’s about 2 or 3, despite being almost 14 years old. He always keeps trying to find food, and is somewhat of a bottomless pit – I fed him lunch and a candy bar and he was still trying to take food from the other children. He attaches to you very quickly. He would not let go of me when I was in the room and was always trying to go outside on walks. When I picked him up, he would always giggle and smile. Collier would be a most precious son.

Update March 2014:
Collier- he breaks my heart. He’s also in a room with many older, more active and larger boys that are busy moving around, and so he retreats to a small area in the corner of the room, sitting on the floor in between two beds, and just watches everyone. He’s TINY- think toddler/preschooler size, definitely not like a 14 or 15 year old. He’s just a baby in so many ways. I cannot believe that in a year or so, he’ll be too old to be adopted- it just does not seem fair that a virtual preschooler would spend the rest of his life like this. he seemed very quiet, watching everything but never getting up to come over, even though we were handing out cookies and candy and juice.

 

$10000.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

$4810.05 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

$6332.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

 

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.

$7901.99 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

$5000.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

 

Randall

Boy, born Feb 1999
Down syndrome; infantile cerebral paralysis

Randall needs a family before he ages out in Feb 2015.

 

Randall is a handsome young man who likes to play outside, and is described as gentle with others.  He is a sunny, cheerful boy, who also enjoys arts and crafts.    He’s non-verbal, but is curious and open-hearted.

From a family who met him in summer 2012:

It took us a few days to really get to know Randall. He was not seeking out all the attention that some of the others were. He was content to swing and sing to himself while waiting patiently for someone to kick a soccer ball with him. Oh how he loves to kick a soccer ball.

He is such a kind gentle boy. He would patiently wait to ask to look through our photobooks. Unlike some of the others he was happy to just look – he didn’t need extra attention while looking through it. He was the most careful with the books always being sure to return them safely.

He has some speech issues. He talks and sings but is hard to understand. I think just before we left he was taken for surgery on his palate which may be why he has speech issues.

In addition to swinging and kicking the soccer ball he loves crafts (stringing tiny beads and coloring) He loved the electronic toys we brought – remote control helicopter and translator. But unlike many of the others he always waited his turn, was careful with the items and always gave it to the next boy when his time was up!

Unfortunately Randall is older – his time is running out!! It’s a pretty easy region – the 10 day wait has been waived in the past – and the boys are taken care of.

$10054.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

 

$10000.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

 

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!

 

$10000.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

 

$10000.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

 

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
$5462.25 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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
$6004.50 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

 

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.

 

$5406.26 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

$2510.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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!

$3187.60 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

$4143.60 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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!

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.

$6053.80 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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

 

$5841.72 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

 

$7593.21 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

$3700.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

 

$7500.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

$3645.50 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

 

$10000.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

$5429.45 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

 

$7503.10 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

$9469.70 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

$3065.90 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.

$5712.67 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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.  Travel required.   This region does often waive the 10-day waiting period!
$8052.45 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

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

$7500.70 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.