Girl, born on 2006
April lives with a foster family since 2007. Foster family does not wish to adopt the child because the family believes that in the child’s best interest is to ensure the adoption abroad, as in this way child would have access to better medical care and more opportunities.
Suspected celiac disease; milk allergy. Delivery complications, premature birth. Low hemoglobin levels (anemia), congenital heart disease
April has grey-bluish eyes, blond hair. The girl has a significant development progress, she can walk and even run, girl contacts with other children, carries out simple instructions. The girl has begun to develop speech- separate words. The girl attends massage, remedial gymnastics and takes part in therapy on regular basis. The girl starts to show interest in animals – when she rides a horse during Reiter therapy time, she touches the animal, observes foals with interest.
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Diagnosis: delays in development
Listed: March 31, 2016
Dennis is living in a group home. His gross motor skills are developed, but his fine motor skills are not developed enough. It is hard to get his active attention. The passive attention prevails. His concentration is weak, and he is not good at memorizing. There is no logical thinking. His drawings are mainly scribbles, but some shapes can be distinguished. Intellectual development – mild mental delay in the development of the intellect. The child draws attention to himself on purpose. He is loving and emotional, sometimes even obsessive. He sometimes shows verbal aggression when defending his personal space. High level of anxiety is observed. He is communicative and when communicating he can express his feelings. He seeks the company of older children and adults. He doesn’t have notion of authority and hierarchy in school. He likes to sing and dance.
The child prefers to play alone. It is hard for him to fit in a group. He can read short words and when writing he writes in a straight line. His active and passive vocabulary has improved. He can count till 100 without knowing the algorithm of forming the numbers. He is in 5th grade and needs help and solicitation. He has self-service skills and can feed himself. He is independent when in familiar surroundings. He has a positive attitude towards adoption.
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Simeon is a beautiful Roma child with dark hair and big brown eyes. He is significantly delayed, and diagnosed with cerebral palsy. We are trying to get more information on his social history. Simeon is a fraternal twin, whose sister has already been adopted.
Simeon is described as mostly non-verbal, and is not able to walk on his own. There just seems to be so much potential for him in a family environment. He is already an outcast because of his darker skin and will be left institutionalized – and likely bedridden — if not adopted.
From a family who visited with him in 2011: Simeon is barely responsive to stimuli, but I believe that could change if he received regular, loving attention. I didn’t observe any of the orphanage workers spending much time interacting with him. There were times that I was able to get him to smile and grip my hand. After a few days, he was even able to clap! But most of the time he is staring off in any direction and seems completely unable to control most of his movements. He was always either lying down or propped up in a sitting position. I never heard him speak. I also never heard him cry or fuss. Overall, a very calm child.
Married couples only, larger families and older parents welcome.
Boy, 12 years old
background retinopathy of the right eye ( blindness) and high myopia in the left eye; some delay in all aspects of psychological development; severe mental delay;
Listed: March 25, 2016
Ackley is very agile. He runs fast without stumbling over or bumping into things. He orientates very well in different familiar spaces, without bumping into furniture.
Despite his impaired vision, he presents with relatively good perceptions and notions regarding his familiar environments. He remembers things that are emotionally significant for him or attractive, for a longer period of time.
Ackley presents with well-differentiated emotional reactions that are correspondent to the respective situation. He accepts new rules easily. He doesn’t demonstrate any aggressiveness towards other children or adults. He understands different questions and gives meaningful answers – “Yes”, “No”, “I don’t want to”.
Ackley uses a greater number of words now and his active vocabulary has improved. He attends a school for children with vision impairments where he adapted relatively easy. As reported by his teachers at school, Ackley copes with the requirements at school.
Ackley eats independently. He can partly undress himself and take his shoes off/put them on.
Boy, born August 2006
Listed: March 10, 2016
Active Donni loves to be outdoors. He is happiest outside and on his bicycle! He can feed himself, take off his own shoes and say some simple words. He is very close to his caregivers. Donni has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome and he has expressed a desire to be adopted and live in America. His biggest need is to be a part of a loving family and have that permanency and unconditional love!
Here is a terrific three! These siblings have been though their share of life. Kade is the youngest at approx. 11 years old, his older full sister Piper is 13. Their half-brother Tyce is 12 and suffers from some mental and physical delays. He is a very sweet boy who has been very poorly treated. These three lost their parents when they died during the Ebola epidemic. Piper herself had and beat the virus, but has some lingering side effects from the virus.
Their preliminary investigation is complete.
Boy, born 2012
Premature; one brother has autism
Warner and Walden are two handsome twin boys who are currently living in different foster families. They see each other periodically but do not have a close relationship. Their reports indicate that they were both born prematurely due to their low weights at the time they were found. Over time, they both increased their food intake and grew in strength.
When Warner was nearly 2 years of age, he could walk steadily, follow simple instructions, and speak 3-5 simple words. He could be stubborn at times like many toddlers, like throwing food he didn’t like in the trash when his foster mom wasn’t looking. He’s an active, outgoing kid who likes interacting with others and playing with toys with other children. According to an update October 2015, he’s made great progress with his communication and language skills; he can answer questions about his name and age, count to 20, express his wants and needs, knows children’s names, and can even recite poems. He has become more independent and can dress himself, feed himself, and use the bathroom. He feels closest to his foster mom and has a few close friends he likes playing with the most. Even though he can be stubborn at times and has an occasional quarrel with his younger foster sister, he still shows his empathy and kindness by helping with chores around the house and even offering his foster parents a back rub when he knows they’re tired!
Walden loves playing with toys, especially ones that make sounds! When he gets a new toy, he likes to shake it first; he’s particularly enthralled by car toys that make engine-like sounds. As an infant, he had some motor development delays; he could crawl and eventually learned to walk, though a bit unsteadily, just before he turned 2 years old. He did not cry often as an infant, and could babble sounds like “ma” and “ah wei”. He would get excited during mealtimes and adorably babble “muma” and scoot closer to anyone holding food. He responds better to familiar people and feels closest to his foster parents, sometimes even putting his arms around them for comfort. When he’s upset, he balls up his fists and his body shakes; his parents help him calm down by holding him and taking him outside. He can recognize his name and although his language skills are limited, he can understand simple instructions. He will sometime engage in repetitive self-soothing behaviors when he feels alone and would benefit from redirection to help him find other ways to comfort himself. An evaluation completed in 2014 suggests a possibility of mild to moderate autism due to his low engagement and minimal communication with others. An update from 2015 tells us he has improved his ability to make eye contact, and can still point to express his wants and needs (for example, when he wants to eat or watch his favorite cartoons). Walden would benefit from a loving, supportive environment and specialized education tailored to his needs.
The current agency has a $4000 grant available to assist families that qualify with the cost of this adoption.
Boy, born January 2007
Handsome Kelvin is 8 years old, and waiting for his family!
From a family who met him in June 2014:
This calm little guy came up to me with pleading eyes for attention and is just so polite. God has heard his prayers, and now he is listed for adoption! He is not overbearing or competitive at all. Rather, he is observant and inquisitive. He is about the size of a six year-old and just so gentle. I would take him home in a heartbeat if he was available before. He takes turns riding the red wagon around the orphanage grounds as the bigger boys pull him, and he gestures politely for fresh fruit when he sees it is available. He is kind to other children. He says a few words in his native language, and listened carefully when I was giving descriptions of my family photos. I have confidence that he would do wonderfully in any kind of family, and it is obvious– he can surely reciprocate love! He enjoyed throwing balls, going on walks, playing see-saw, and listening to English descriptions. Whoever adopts this little love will be so blessed to call him a beloved son.
Boy, born 2004
Listed: January 8, 2016
Liam has already been waiting far too long, with the painful bleeds of hemophilia and little medical intervention. He is considered to be a really lovely boy, who loves to play with other children. Liam has hemophilia. If he bleeds it is sometimes hard to get it to stop. He is aware of it, but it doesn’t slow him down. He is a wild and active boy but knows to be careful.
Here is what the volunteers at the Bring Me Hope Camp from this summer said about him. Liam is very outgoing, friendly, and a fun loving kid. He really enjoys outdoor activities such as badminton, frisbee, and basketball. With that being said, I don’t think there is an activity that he does not like. While at camp, he did not complain about an activity once and he clearly had a lot of fun doing whatever was put in front of him. To sum up his interests, Liam loves doing anything that involves other people and some physical activity.
Picking a favorite moment with Liam is impossible. The thing that I will always remember is seeing how much fun he had dancing every night with the kids and volunteers at camp. Another memory that I will treasure is getting to bond with him over card games. He is a quick learner when it comes to the game of speed. I will never forget the time when I taught him how to play speed without being able to speak the same language with him.
I think Liam’s biggest need in life is something that is needed by all children: love. With that being said, love is not absent in his life because he continually shows love towards the people around him. He loves life and has a way of showing that contagiously for others. Liam is an all around great kid who would thrive in a family that supports and loves in a way that he has not yet experienced.
Girl, born 2013
She is quiet and very easy to smile. When people play with her, she is very easy to laugh. If you clap your hands in front of her, she will reach for you and let you hold her. When someone is holding her, she stares at the person’s face carefully. She has a quick reaction and smile when people call her.
Boy, born 2003
Cerebral Palsy, tetraparesis, microcephaly, convulsive disorder, chest deformation, severe mental delays, crossed eyes, nystagmus
Listed: December 28, 2015
Look at the light in his eyes!
Boy, born 2002
Severe mental retardation as a result of CP, spastic monoparesis (severe form), convulsive disorder
Listed: December 28, 2015
Sweet boy needs a family! He still has light in his eyes.
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.
Update Oct 2014:
Yvonne is outgoing and sensible. In her foster family, she is like an elder sister who takes care of her younger siblings. Whenever there are conflics between her siblings, she will do mediation for them. She acts like a little judge who is amiable but dignified. Therefore, her siblings all have faith in her. Yvonne loved on all the kids at the SWI too. She tucked them all in and told the visitors all about them.
Yvonne is also a good assistant of her parents in the foster family. When her foster parents are cooking, she always helps them with trimming vegetables, washing dishes or sweeping the floor. She does all these things as good as an adult. When her foster parents need to go out, she can take good care of her siblings so that let her parents don’t need to worry about them. She does so many things that her parents always praise her and love her so much.
Boy, born 2004
possible muscular dystrophy
Listed: December 8, 2015
Harris is a bright and sweet boy who is 11 years old. He arrived at the orphanage when he was 2 years old, with a birth note to confirm his age. Harris is unable to walk, and there is a possibility he has muscular dystrophy. Harris has two wishes…he wants a family to adopt him, and he wants to go to school. There was a teacher at the orphanage for a while, but once she left there has been no one to help him learn. Harris speaks Mandarin, and has good writing skills. He is eager to learn. Harris’s cognitive skills are normal, and his fine motor skills are fine. He is waiting for a family, and the chance to learn!
Boy, born 2004
hyperkinetic disorder, long-term adverse health effects: cranium-brain-trauma – fracture of parietal bone, brain contusion
Listed: December 8, 2015
Possible Shaken Baby Syndrome
Listed: December 7, 2015
Fabio is an independent and capable 12 year old boy. He can take care of his personal needs such as eating, dressing, bathing, and using the bathroom. Fabio is very out-going, active, funny, and engaging. He loves riding his bike, as well as doing puzzles. Fabio enjoys meeting new people, and usually greets them by saying ‘good morning.’ Fabio is a smart young man and knows many animals, letters, words, phrases, counting. When Fabio gets stuck on something, he will throw his two hands in the air in despair and ask his teacher “How do I do?” When his teacher responds with the answer, Fabio claps his hands happily and imitates the teacher’s answer! Fabio has perseverance, and if the teacher does not understand his question, he will figure out another way to ask in order to get his point across. Fabio was abandoned at the age of 6.
Boy, born 2013
Multiple congenital arthrogryposis, internal hydrocephalus, open oval window
updated pics Jan 2015 and medical info:
Multiple congenital arthrogryposis, thymic hypoplasia, hypoplasia of abdominal wall muscles, crossed eyes, additional chord in the heart.
He had surgery. He is developing well. Smart boy. Needs out asap.
From a family that met him 11/15:
“Mathis” (he will be 3 years old in winter) also has delayed speech and mental delay. He did not use any words while we were there. He cannot sit, crawl, stand, or walk. We did not see him move about the floor, he needed to be held. This is frustrating for him. We did not observe him using his hands. I tried to place toys in his hands a he did not grab them. He did not laugh or smile.
Born: May 2003
bilateral conductive hearing loss, underdeveloped speech as a result of deafness, history of tuberculosis
Anthony is a very positive, optimistic and outgoing young man. He loves the world around him despite the fact that he can barely hear it due to bilateral hearing loss. He focuses only on good things in life and tries to see the good in everyone he meets. His teachers note how communicative Anthony is with his peers and with adults even though he mostly communicates by signs and notes. He attends a school for the deaf and teachers note his effort and dedication. Developmentally, Anthony is described to be on target, with only slight cognitive delays probably caused by his deafness. Physically, Anthony is very active and athletic – he loves sports, as well as ‘break’ and ‘hip-hop’ dancing. We hope someone notices this sweet boy without a mean bone in his body and gives him a chance!
Boy, born June 2000 AGING OUT
moderate mental delays and an organic lesion of the central nervous system.
Listed: November 19, 2015
Jonah is running short on time to be adopted — he is already 15 years old!
Jonah is shy, reserved, and soft spoken, but communicates very well with his peers. He is said to have difficulty comprehending what is asked of him, but with repetition he can complete simple tasks. At the same time, his caretakers note that Jonah likes to go to school and learn. It is believed that with more attention and targeted therapy, Jonah could progress.
Update October 2014: Our in-country representative visited Jonah and found him to be a quiet, shy boy who likes to smile. He is well-behaved, follows instructions, has good self help skills, plays well with other children and likes to draw. Jonah attends sixth grade and his teachers are happy with him.
Update March 2016: Jonah’s speech is well-developed. He attends school and is able to talk about his work there. Jonah walks independently. He ages out this summer and needs to find a family fast.
He can be adopted by single moms. Video available from the agency.
Girl, born June 2004
meningocele (post surgery)
Baylee is a delightful girl who is 11 years old! She was found abandoned on a train when she was 2 years old, clutching a small bag of clothes and food. She had received surgery for a meningocele, and was unable to walk. Baylee has no feeling below her knees, but is able to use a walker. Baylee loves pop music and her communication skills are great! She can write her name. She is incontinent, but able to take care of her needs. Baylee loves crafts, and painting. She would surely love school, too! Bailey is smart, social, and very loving. She gets along very well with the other kids, and is able to care for the younger ones. Baylee has a bleak future if she does not find a family. She understands what it means to be adopted, and she looks forward to having her own family.
Girl, born October 2002
loss of vision in one eye / some hearing loss (wears hearing aids)
Toni is a beautiful girl who recently turned 13 years old. She has less than one year to find a new family, after which time she will be ineligible for adoption. She came into care as an abandoned child when she was about 2 years old. They discovered she had vision loss in one eye. They thought at that time she was totally deaf. She was placed with a foster family, who taught her to use some basic signs. After a while, the foster mother realized Toni could hear louder sounds and voices. Toni has attended a school for the deaf since last year, where she receives speech therapy. She is now wearing hearing aids, which have enhanced her hearing. Toni is learning to speak. She is able to hear well enough to follow spoken directions. Toni can do addition to 100, and she can write her name. She has excellent self care abilities, and can also help out in caring for the younger children. Toni sets the table, and folds her own laundry. She is very polite. Toni’s caregiver has been encouraging her to be more out going and enthusiastic. She loves to play outdoors with her friends, and is very active. Toni enjoys drawing and making handicrafts, and in her quiet time, watches cartoons and other TV shows. In her videos, you can see how serious Toni appears. She realizes her time to find a family is short, and she is concerned. Toni needs a family who will help her learn all she has missed educationally, and help her blossom.
Boy, age 10
infantile cerebral palsy – spastic quadric paresis, mild degree; Congenital malformation of the secretion system – malformation of the right kidney and chronic obstructive pyelonephritis
*Program fees are reduced for his adoption through the placing agency*
Sebastian was raised by his birth family for 5 years and was severely neglected during that time. He entered into government care and was placed in an orphanage. In 2013, he was moved into a group home where he began receiving therapy and individual attention. He has made REMARKABLE progress since being placed in the group home. He is now walking independently, feeding himself solid foods, drinking from an open cup unassisted, saying a few simple words, putting his shoes on unassisted, locks and unlocks doors with a key and moves around the group home and yard independently. He enjoys swinging on the swing outside. He loves attention from adults and responds very positively to interactions with other people. He seeks out interactions. He is very inquisitive and loves anything electronic (cell phones, tables, cameras, etc). The staff continues to work with him to develop skills and believes that he’ll continue to make great strides in different skill areas.
Photos and videos from October 2015 are available through the agency.
Boy, born June 2005
Down syndrome, mixed development disorder, low IQ, and is nonverbal
Listed: October 30, 2015
Garrett is very active, attachable, and helpful. Look at that beautiful smile he has! He loves to jump on the trampoline and ball and swing. He loves to go for walks and enjoys cartoons and shows about nature and animals. He attends a special school and is in the 4th grade. He has difficulty communicating with other children.
Boy, born September 2002
Down syndrome, specific mixed developmental disorder and aphasia (Language disorder)
Listed: October 30, 2015
Mikel is not speaking, but follows directions. In 2004, he had surgery for cataracts, and glasses assigned for permanent wearing. The report indicates that the boy is not getting involved in any activities and performs the stereotypic movements. Mikel was never visited by his parents and has no contact with relatives.
Mikel goes to the special school in town. Mikel is not receiving any neurological medication. His sleep during the night is good (calm), but he needs to wear diapers. Mikel needs an ongoing supervision by an adult. His eye contact is short, is concentrating his attention to the sounds and visual signals. Has good understanding of the adult’s speech, implements instructions, but he is not speaking by himself. He is able to eat without help, to dress up and undress, to wash his hands, brush his teeth, but still his hygienic skill are not yet developed in full: he takes the action only when is reminded and is helped by the staff member. His eating is good and likes different food. His interest in the environment is weak, he feels secure in the environment he is familiar with with persons he knows. He likes to be together with other children in a family group setting, listen to music, but due to his slow motion he is not getting involved into the group activities. His favorite activity is to play with balloons and ball; he throws them up in the air.
Boy, born October 2005
mild CP – poss. seizures
Listed: October 27, 2015
Joseph is a handsome and active boy who has just turned 10 years old. He came to the orphanage as an infant, having been found by a caring citizen who was out for his morning exercise. There was a birth note in the box, so his birth date is accurate. Joseph had weakness in his right arm and leg, and was diagnosed with mild CP. He had surgery on his right arm in 2007. His range of motion with his right arm is limited. The doctors discovered he had mild hydrocephalus; however, subsequent CT scans have shown it is self correcting. There has been no need for medical intervention. Joseph had a seizure in 2012, and has been on medication since that time. We are unclear as to the type of seizure, and hope to receive an update soon. Joseph lives with a foster family, and they report he is a friendly boy, who enjoys playing with the kids in the neighborhood. Joseph attending a boarding school, and returns each weekend to his foster family. He likes school, and his many friends there. Joseph needs a family of his own. Video is available!
Girl, born June 2006
Listed: October 12, 2015
Bridget is a beautiful girl who is 9 years old. She came to the orphanage when she was 6 years old, after being found at a local hospital, with no identifying information, and unable to communicate with anyone. Bridget is deaf, and unable to speak. She quickly settled into life at the orphanage, and now communicates with limited sign language. She attends classes where she is learning additional signs, math, and Chinese characters. Bridget is a bright girl, who is very adaptable, out-going, and polite. She gets along very well with the other children, and enjoys sports, games, and other activities. Bridget has been healthy since her arrival. She is a warm and happy girl who would love to have a family of her own.
Listed: October 6, 2015
Samuel has Down syndrome, an undescended testicle & flat feet. He also has a functional heart murmur that does not require therapy. He is integrated in a room with healthy children. He walks independently. He can drink out of a cup but still requires assistance with feeding. He carries our simple verbal instructions. He seeks out the company of adults. His development is delayed in all areas.
Additional photos and videos from March 2014 are available from the agency.
UPDATE March 2014: Samuel is now living in a foster home. His foster mother is a retired school teacher and she shared her opinion that Samuel would do very well in an adoptive family. He is attending a day program for children with special needs where he is receiving basic academic instruction and therapy. He is working on becoming more independent with life skills. He is not currently talking, but he is able to express his wants and needs using gestures and nonverbal communication. His foster mother is encouraging him to vocalize more and make sounds so that he can learn to say words. He enjoys playing with other children and is not aggressive. He responds to verbal directions. He lives in the foster home with one other child and they are good friends. When he’s at the playground, he seeks out older children to play with. His foster mother reports that he enjoys eating sandwiches and drinking sweet tea. She is doing everything possible to prepare him for life with a forever family, as it is her hope that he will one day have a permanent adoptive family of his own!
Down syndrome; severe mental delay
Listed: October 5 2015
Aaric likes participating in group activities but also enjoys receiving individual attention. He loves one-to-one interactions and activities. He does not speak, but uses different sounds to express himself. He is very affectionate and easily forms loving relationships with the staff members.
Boy, born March 2006
congenital cataract, nystagmus
Listed: September 25, 2015
Yahto is an extroverted and active 9 year old boy. His vision is impaired in both eyes, but that doesn’t slow him down! Yahto loves to play with other children and enthusiastically participates in activities. He also enjoys playing with toy planes and listening to everything that is going on around him. He is able to bathe, dress himself, and complete other general tasks on his own. Yahto is a smart boy who has also learned to identify his caretakers by their footsteps! Yahto is lively, polite, confident, and otherwise healthy. Please help Yahto find his forever family!
UPDATE: The orphanage staff reports that Yahto’s mental ability compared to his peers is normal. He is able to take care of his own toileting needs and is well behave and obedient. Yahto’s gross motor skills are age appropriate although he does not run because he cannot see. He also has good fine motor skills. He attends a special needs class at the orphanage and the staff feels like he could catch up. Yahto can follow directions and his language ability is good. He is close to people and good at expressing his needs. He gets along well with other kids and adults. Yahto is warm, extroverted, happy and optimistic. He desperately wants a family and his orphanage has asked for help in finding him a family because he is a great boy!
Girl, born November 2010
Happy, active Kaisey is described as being clever, smart and energetic. She loves running, climbing and playing with other kids. Kaisey also likes to dance with her friends and loves to be on the playground. Her caretakers say she has a strong curiosity about her surroundings and always wants to do things for herself! Kaisey and Loman are friends that adore each other. Wouldn’t they make great siblings?
Boy, born 2004
cleft lip and palate (repaired)
Listed: September 2, 2015
Tanner is a handsome boy who is 12 years old. He came to the center as a newborn. with a cleft lip and palate. Both have been repaired, and Tanner quickly learned to talk, and ask questions. Lots of questions. He had so much he wanted to know! Tanner is now a healthy, bright, typical boy. He loves to play with his friends, help out the nannies, and go to school. He is a very compassionate boy, and cares deeply for his friends. Tanner needs a family of his own. He will be a great son, and bring so much joy to your family!
Boy, born October 2005
Listed: August 6, 2015
Declan is an easy going and quiet boy who was admitted to the orphanage as a newborn and has lived there ever since. He has albinism and nystagmus (involuntary eye movements). Declan is able to attend school and makes average grades. It is said that he listens carefully to the teachers and respects them. He also loves to do hard work and earns awards from the teachers. Declan enjoys numbers and studying. He is a leader that unites his classmates. Declan loves to be outside in all types of weather, including snow. He gets along well with the other children and he likes playing games and playing on the outdoor playground equipment. Once he gets to know you a little, he becomes talkative and has a ready smile. He has strong language skills and expresses himself well. He doesn’t see objects clearly due to his weaker vision, so his actions can seem a bit timid and slow, but he does see colors fine. Declan’s gross motor development is stronger than his fine motor skills. He adapts easily and has strong self care skills. When it comes to eating, Declan has a reputation for having possibly the largest appetite in the dining room! Declan has waited long enough for a family- please help us find this great boy a family!
Boy, born 2002
Listed: August 3, 2015
What a beautiful smile!! Jayce is already 14 years old. He needs a FAMILY before he is lost forever to an adult mental institution.
Boy, born July 2001
Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, flail legs, secondary multisystemic central origin dystrophy, delay of physical development, severe mental delays
Listed: August 3, 2015
Sweet boy needs a family to love him! AGING OUT.
Boy, born August 2003
Listed: July 31, 2015
Timon is a handsome boy who has overcome some amazing odds. When he first came into care he was dependent on others for help and care. Under the care of the center he became an independent and chatty boy who was doing so well. In Feb 2015, his caregivers noticed some irregularities in his gait and activity level. A CT scan showed enlarged ventricles and a tumor mass. He had emergency surgery for shunt placement and tumor removal. The surgeon believes all of the tumor was removed and it tested benign. Timon recovered slowly and has been able to become independent again in caring for himself, eating and talking. His speech remains slurred and slower but he is understandable. He is also back to being able to read and write. In early April 2015 Timon had a second surgery to place an external shunt to drain fluid from the area where the tumor was located and to allow for brain growth. The surgery went well and the plan is to remove the external shunt after 6- 12 months. While the long term effects of these surgeries is not fully known and further brain scans will be needed to monitor for any recurrence, Timon has proven himself to be a fighter. He has shown great courage in all his surgeries and therapies. He has shown great perseverance and commitment to doing well individually and in the therapies that have helped him recover after surgery.Timon is an overcomer and needs a family who sees his potential and can help him reach it. Are you the family that will help his light shine bright?
Girl, born 2010
spinal amyotrophy, Werdnig-Hoffman disease
The orphanage is begging for a family for this little girl because they have no medications to help her live longer and her muscles continue to die.
She is very smart and very well developed for her age.
She needs special care, rehabilitation, specific medications and good nutrition
Boy, born July 2006
Post-op cleft lip and palate
Benjamin is post-operative for a cleft lip and palate. He is an active and restless boy. Compared with children the same age, he is delayed in language development. He can only say some simple words including brother, aunt, sister, etc. He can’t speak clearly and usually uses body language to express himself. Benjamin is able to take care of himself and he is in a second grade special education class in the orphanage. He has strong cognitive and receptive ability and is able to understand most of what teachers teach him. He likes to help the teachers by helping moving the seats, picking up toys, and sweeping and cleaning the floor. He enjoys watching cartoons, including Boonie Bears, GG bond, and Happy Goat and Bad Wolf. He enjoys outdoor activities and likes playing with toys and building blocks very much. Benjamin is a happy boy who would thrive in a family that could help him with his speech and possibly use some sign language with him while he is learning to communicate verbally.
Boy, born December 2002 AGING OUT
Listed: July 9, 2015
Sweet Barry is now 12.5 years old and waiting for his forever family to see him. He was abandoned at a week old and was found by a stranger with a birth note. That person took him in and raised him until he was about 4.5 and then he was turned over to the local orphanage. It was determined when Barry came into care that he had cerebral palsy, but that he was very smart. He did need to use a walker when walking. Barry started receiving rehabilitation therapy once he came into the care of the orphanage. Barry wears orthotics on his legs in addition to using the walker for support. He is very determined and persistent and now insists on practicing standing with the support of the wall for 1-2 hours each day. Barry is a fighter and is very optimistic. He respects his elders and loves the younger children. He helps the nannies with what he can and helps take care of the other children. He practiced for two years so he could perform at the Chinese New Year celebration. He sang a popular song and his optimism affected everyone in attendance. Barry deserves to know the love of a forever family and sounds like a boy who would do so well in a family where he is able to receive the therapies he needs. Do you have room in your hear and home for Barry?
Girl, born August 2006
Hemiplegia of the left side
Listed July 7, 2015
Adorable Cece has been waiting quite some time for a family to see her. Her listing agency was able to get a written update on her and there are many photos available of Cece from over the years that a family will be blessed to have! Cece is diagnosed with hemiplegia of the left side, though it seems Cece’s biggest need is her lack of communication and need for a family.She is delayed compared to her peers, but she can walk, run, jump and climbed stairs on her own. Her caretakers describe her as a quiet and lovely girl. She cannot speak yet, but when seeing the nannies or teachers she knows well, she will come up and take your hand, smiling. Cece is well behaved and obedient. Cece’s speech ability is delayed compared with other kids the same age. She can speak baby words only. Cece can follow one, two and three step directions. She is a sweet little girl who will thrive in a loving family.
Boy, born September 2004
Post-op cleft lip/palate
Listed: June 26, 2015
Ellis is a handsome, active, and conscientious boy who is 10 years old. He came to the orphanage as a baby, with a cleft lip and palate. Both have been repaired (2004 and 2006). Ellis’ speech is not always clear, although he works very hard to correct it. He is healthy. Ellis loves to go to school! He has such a thirst for knowledge and wants to learn all he can. Before his first day of school, his nanny asked him what he liked most. He replied, “The happiest thing is to have a new bag, new folder, and new pencil!” Ellis has expressed his desire to have a family of his own, and looks forward to a life in a foreign country. He is a good “big brother” to the little ones at the orphanage. He enjoys playing with his friends at the orphanage and at school, and is a good helper to the orphanage staff. Ellis needs a family.
Boy, born October 2005
Byron is a bright child, whose cognitive abilities are the same as other children his age. He speaks in complete sentences with clear pronunciation, other than a slight regional accent. He has no problem communicating with adults, and can express his ideas and needs freely. In December, the orphanage sent him to a foster home for special training to help his cerebral palsy, and before too long they saw big improvements! His muscles were weak from lack of use, but he had a strong desire to learn to stand and walk. After six months of therapy he was basically independent in daily life. He gets along well with other children in the foster home and at school; when they occasionally have a disagreement they work it out quickly. He enjoys playing with toy cars and balls, and also likes drawing and doing handicrafts. Byron also loves field trips! This determined boy is waiting for a family who can help him continue his great progress!
The current agency has a $4000 grant available for Byron.
Boy, born April 2004
deformity of right hand; deaf
Listed: June 1, 2015
Sweet Ethan is diagnosed as having a deformity of his right hand, deformity of both auricles- deaf (though it seems he may really have microtia). Agency staff met this child and said: “I met Ethan on March 20, 2015. He immediately smiled at me and came over. He presents as a very calm, sweet, kind hearted child. He was very gentle and nurturing with the younger children and the neighborhood dogs. He is in foster care and seems very happy and loved. He also has some hearing and repeats back words when you talk closely and he sees you. As I went over and started talking to the other kids, Ethan came back over and gave me a flower he had picked for me. I LOVE this child and think he will do VERY well in a family.”
His file states: Ethan is the small honey of the family. His intellect is good and he is described as active, cooperative, and smart. He can guess what his family members are saying according to their gestures. Ethan is very close to his foster family. He can help his parents do some housework, such as collecting tableware, cutting vegetables for cooking, emptying the trash, taking the slippers around and so on. He is known as the helper of the family. Ethan is very clever, and can use body language to express his needs. His left hand is very flexible and he can do everything despite his right hand having a minor deformity. Ethan has a ready smile all the time and all the neighbors like him very much.
Arnold-Chiari syndrome, compensated hydrocephalus
flail legs, chronic pyelonephritis, nanism
subclinical hypothyroidism, Mild mental delays
Listed: May 22, 2015
VERY friendly, outgoing and happy, smart and tolerant to others. He likes to play with other children. He wants to be adopted.
Boy, born December 2004
Listed: May 18, 2015
This sweet boy has been waiting for so long! He is much loved by some advocates who work with him and worked hard to help get his paperwork together so he could have a chance at a family. Please share him, and don’t let this chance be lost!
Update Nov 2015:
He can do a lot of things, like a typical kid; he is the big brother in the orphanage, and helps the nanny do lots of housework. He feeds the babies, dresses them, put their shoes on, take the trash (babies’ dirty diaper, wipers etc.) to go throw away, plays with kids while the nanny is busy, and takes good care of himself. He helps the old men do some gardening, he is very well potty-trained, he eats well, won’t get the table messy, and knows to change the slippers while come into the room.
Videos available for interested families.
Listed: May 14, 2015
From a family who met him in July 2015: Pearson is a Lost Boy. He lives in a horrible institution. Pearson is nonverbal. I only heard him laugh. I never heard other sounds; that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t make them, I just never heard them while I was there. Pearson picks up quickly on things, like making a ball light up, or scribbling on the magna-doodle. He has a wonderful smile, and LOVED making his blue spiky ball light up. It is not in his file, but judged on behavior and facial features, we are pretty sure that he has FAS. We were not able to adopt Pearson because we have small children in our home, and also another son with major needs. Pearson is a beautiful boy, but he lives in a place that chews the boys up and spits them out. He was taken into government care as a baby, and has been there since. He most likely entered this institution when he was 5 or 6. That is a very long time to be neglected. It is a very long time to suffer the boredom and trauma of this place. He is very easily overstimulated. Every few minutes he is overwhelmed and his behavior reflects that. He needs constant supervision, and a home without small children. While he is very sweet and likes to throw balls, he also has a tendency to run away, break things, pull hair, head butt, spit, etc. The more he is worked with, the better his tolerance to stimulation will be. Someone without small children, and someone experienced with institutional behaviors would be best for Pearson. He is a beautiful, broken boy, who needs a mama and daddy to help him calm down, to play ball with him, and to love him and put his pieces back together that the institution broke.”
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.
Boy, born June 2012
Ankle joint contracture of both knees and muscular tension of limbs reduced
Ezrah can keep his head steadily and can hold his head up; he can stand up with wrists held slightly; he can recognize the aunt who cares him, can make sound of ma-ma, nai-nai, can shake and stare at the rattles, can take a block in a hand and take another one, can reach and grasp the toy beyond, and can shake the rattles consciously; he can chase the toy with hands and can look for the dropped toy; he can react to the game of hide and seek and looking oneself in the mirror; he is very curious and likes to discover and recognize all kinds of never seen objects and fresh things. He cares about the changers of around people and things.
Ezrah has an extroverted personality, is active, likes to play games with peers; he likes colorful toys with making sounds; he responds actively to stimulation of new things or strangers.
In an update from January 2016: Ezrah isn’t receiving any therapies for his conditions, and can’t yet stand or walk on his own. He gets around very well by crawling using his arms. Ezrah can speak in simple phrases, and express his ideas easily, as well as follow simple instructions from caregivers
April 2016 update: Ezrah is active and outgoing. Ezraht’s mental development is the same as kids the same age. His lower limbs make it so that he cannot walk. He knows and will tell adults when he needs to go to the bathroom. He can use the baby toilet by himself. Ezrah is well behaved and obedient.
He cannot walk, but he can move on his bottom with hand coordination. His fine motor skills are good and he can pick up rice. He cannot go to school due to his special need. Ezrah has good emotional development. He can read faces. He is attached to his foster mother and will share food with her. Ezrah can express his needs well and can follow simple directions. He is a very smart child! He can call the familiar people properly. Ezrah likes to play games with his foster family and other kids. He has been in the same foster family since March of 2014. He is not on any medication.
Elliot, boy, born 2004 – mental delays
Casey, girl, born 2008, healthy
Lynn, girl, born 2006, healthy
Listed: May 12, 2015
Casey,the younger girl was born in 2008 and has no SNs, just some kind of development delay. She is smart and active, participate in all orphanage performances. She has now been transferred as well.
Her older sister, Lynn, was transferred from her orphanage due to her age and in August she will be transferred again. She was born in 2006. By orphanage social worker her older sister is VERY smart and beautiful, no SNs, very active in all performances. She has now been transferred again
Both girls need a family asap!!! These 2 siblings are to be adopted together for sure.
They have an older brother born in 2004. He is in the special school orphanage and has severe mental delays.
If a family decides to adopt all 3 children it will be great!!! If they want only two younger siblings they are to be approved for 3 children and to get referral to meet ALL 3 siblings. Then if they decide not to adopt the oldest one we will do the best to “separate” them. I think it is possible, but we cannot guarantee it for sure. They have a younger brother as well, and he has already been adopted.
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Central nervous system lesions, spastic tetraparesis, severe mental delays, Vitreous Fibrosis, Horizontal Nystagmus, overbite.
Listed: May 2, 2015
NEW PHOTO! Stephen is such a treasure. We want a family for him so desperately. He is about the size of a 6 or 7 year old- just an itty bitty thing. The nannies say that he is blind, but we believe he can at least see shadows. He always wants to be near the window- especially on sunny days. There are two places you can usually find Stephen- either standing under the window at the end of the hall, or sitting on a chair in the kitchen, waiting for the next meal.
Stephen is extremely sensory-seeking and needs to feel the world around him. He loves to spin, flap his arms, spin some more, run, spin, you get the idea. He has absolutely no sensory input at the institution- so he has to create it himself.
He does not speak and displays many institutional behaviors. He is NOT harmful or aggressive to himself or others. He is absolutely adorable and has so.much.potential. He is more than a diagnosis.
Boy, born September 2004
Listed: April 27, 2015
Meet handsome 10 year old Joshua! Josh has the cutest dimples! Joshua is listed as having a developmental delay. He attends school in the orphanage and lives with a foster family. Joshua is described as introverted, friendly, shy, funny, a follower (he has a big brother in foster care), and a little naughty. He doesn’t like school. He attended public school in the past, but is now in the Sunshine Academy in the orphanage. Joshua reads well and is very well spoken and very logical. Joshua was initially raised by neighbors and was brought to the orphanage at a later age. The neighbor family wanted to keep Josh, but they were too old to care for him. The foster family takes good care of Joshua, but they are not strict about studying. Joshua is very artistic and he loves art. Joshua wants a big family and he likes cats.
Boy, born June 2008
At the age of 2 years old, Victor could play toys alone on his crib, be interested in the things in his surrounding environment and he has quick smile. Now he is in the special educational class and he understands simple instructions.
He is very cute and has quick reaction. He has special feelings to caregivers and enjoys being lead to outdoors for fun. He adjusts to strangers and new environment slowly. He loves listening to music and playing with toys and he is an adorable child.
Video available for inquiring families.
Boy, born March 2006
postoperative CHD, postoperative umbilical hernia repair, spina bifida of recessive character (L5), overactive disease of infantile bladder, mental development delay
Listed: April 21, 2015
Tallis is an outgoing, smart lovely little boy. He enjoys playing with friends and playing outside on the slide and tricycle. He is not afraid of being with strangers. At times he can be stubborn and impatient. However, so long as you guide him patiently, he will be back to normal soon.In school Tallis has improved his language skills and ability to understand instructions. He can express his thoughts and ideas via simple words and body language. He has formed a stable and close relationship with his caretakers and they hope that he will have a happy family soon. he is waiting for a family to help him continue to blossom and grow. Maybe that family is you!
Girl, born July 2006
Sensitive special need
Listed: April 13, 2015
Fiona is diagnosed as having a disorder of sex development (DSD). Her social sex is listed as female. Her file is very outdated and the agency has requested an update. Unfortunately, her orphanage does not seem very cooperative. They just said other than her listed special need, she is just like any other child. Fiona is potty trained. Fiona’s file states that she has been living in foster care and that she is active and energetic. It also notes that she communicates fluently.
Update 6/2015: Fiona’s hobbies include calligraphy, rope jumping, and roller-skating. She is active, outgoing, straight forward, cute, and has a quick response. She likes studying and obeys the school rules. She is good at concentrating on studying and finishes her school work on time. She actively takes part in school activities. They’ve described her as a healthy girl.
Listed: April 13, 2015
From a family who has met him many times:
This boy is absolutely exploding with energy. He’s really unsteady on his feet so he’s constantly roaming the halls half-running/half-falling. He loves to touch and craves physical contact. Sometimes we can get a glorious moment of quiet when he will just let us hold him and wrap our arms around him. He really does love that and it does wonders for his brain development. It’s just a matter of getting him still enough to realize he likes it!
He loves any kind of sensory play, like feeling the dirt outside and holding his hand under a running faucet. He likes to sit in a wheelchair and be pushed around, even though he doesn’t need a wheelchair! The best thing we can do for him is take him on walks. He likes to be outside so sometimes we just get him outside and follow wherever he leads. He doesn’t have any words, but when he gets excited he gives his signature shriek to let us know he’s excited. He needs a family who can provide him with a lot of structure. Right now he is constantly seeking sensory input, and getting into a lot of trouble doing that. We believe he would thrive within the structure and love of a family.
Boy, born December 2005
Listed: April 3, 2015
Leroy came into care as a baby, and by the time he was two and a half his caregivers were already describing him as extroverted, clever and with sparkling eyes full of mischief. An active little guy, he loved to dance happily in his chair to music. Even as a little tyke, he showed a calm and patient nature when adults were too busy to play with him, and he loved to interact with them when they had time. He’s grown into a handsome boy who lived for some time with a foster family including a mother, father, and another boy a year older who was also a foster child. When agency staff met him in 2010, despite having been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, he was walking independently for short distances, and he could run but would sometimes fall. At that time he wasn’t speaking very much. We’re looking forward to the update we’ve requested, to see how he’s doing now. Like all kids, Leroy needs the love and support of a forever family.
The application fee and pre-approval deposit has been waived for Leroy. In addition, there is a $4000 Child Grant that may be available to families through the agency.
Boy, born July 2005
Listed: April 3, 2015
Percy is a sweet, studious boy, who takes his lessons at the orphanage very seriously. On a recent trip his caregivers told our staff right away that he’s a very bright boy; he then demonstrated how well he reads, and showed off his homework. He especially enjoys reading fairy tales, and can’t help laughing out loud when he reads them. His favorite activity is to go play outside with the other children, often they’ll gather around him to hear him recite a story. He’s also learning math, writing, and computer skills. His cerebral palsy mainly affects his legs, and he uses a wheelchair to get around; one of his arms is slightly affected. However, he is completely independent in daily life, feeding, dressing, and using the bathroom without assistance. He made a point of telling our staff that he wants a whole family, even with dogs and cats! He was nervous about learning English, so he was learning English words to prepare.
There is a $4000 Child Grant that may be available to families through the agency.
Boy, born March 2006
Down syndrome, Severe Psychomotor Delay, Organic Language Delay
Listed: March 20, 2015
Adonai was found, abandoned along a public road as an infant. He shows affection toward those who care for him. He smiles constantly and seeks caresses from those around him; he also enjoys giving affection. He is connected to his surroundings, makes visual contact, responds to his name and follows simple directions. He has difficulty with oral expression and comprehension, and is receiving psychological treatment for showing auto-aggression.
We are waiting on a photo to share with you! Additional medical info available. Single moms and larger families welcome.
Boy, born January 2006
Slightly Mentally delayed, deaf, Speech and language disorder
Listed: March 20, 2015
Amadeus is restless and his moods can vary. He lacks affection. He needs a neurological evaluation to determine his Dx. Child institutionalized given the abuse and neglect of his mother.
From his report dated 2011:
As of 2011 (at 5 years old), he was testing at a mental age 2 yrs and 7 months; labeled as Mild Mental Retardation. He has poor expressive language with recent slight improvements saying: bread, water, mom. He has attended a community school, and adapts easily; participates and plays with other kids, shows interest in activities around the orphanage showing enthusiasm and communicates through guttural sounds. Receptive to expressions of attention and affection, responding with happiness to hugs and smiles. In some circumstances reacts in an auto-aggressive way biting his index finger, showing low level of tolerance and trying to hit his peers. Showing major deficiencies in communication but better ability in self-reliance to eat and to get dressed and to get clean.
Boy, born Dec 2005
Listed: February 25, 2015
Freddie is a very obedient child. In classes, he really gets along well with his classmates and is very willing to help others. He likes attending classes. Now, he is able to write and can even use pinyin. He is a very intelligent child. The children all like to listen to this older boy. When Freddie is normally inside, he frequently helps the nannies do some daily things; he is extremely independent. In everybody’s eyes, Freddie is a sensible and good child. In the heart of the little boys and girls, he is a warmhearted older brother. Freddie is an extremely charming boy.
Freddie has hemophilia. Occasionally, when he has blood clots, he will need a clotting factor VIII injection. When his hemophilia does not affect him, he can walk on his own. When he is affected by his hemophilia, he will need the support of adults. Even when his sickness often brings about pain and tears, he still loves life. Freddie is a compassionate person and he is an energetic and positive child. His ability to care for himself is strong. His hygiene is very good. After he gets up in the morning, he will make his bed on his own. He can brush his teeth, wash his face and eat on his own. We wholeheartedly hope Freddie will be able to be given the love of a father and mother, a happy family and a beautiful future!
Boy, born December 2005
History of delayed development but on track developmentally now
Listed: February 19, 2015
Timothy John is a quiet, introverted boy who opens up and becomes lively and outgoing in familiar settings. He is adjusting quite well to life with his host-only family, and they say “any family will be truly lucky to him as their son.” He is a getting along with kids and adults and even learning a few English words. Timothy John enjoys going to the playground and playing soccer. He also likes to relax and watch Tom and Jerry. He attends grade 3 in school and has good school performance. Teachers like him and describe him as curious and helpful, with a strong ability to imitate.
Boy, born June 2006
Post Op anal atresia, has a droopy eyelid and only one kidney
Shawnessy is a curious, lively and outgoing boy, described by his host family as “truly joyful.” His hosts report he is obedient, very intelligent, and doesn’t show developmental delays. He watches others and learns quickly, easily figured out a smart phone and complicated electronics. His letters are very finely formed, and he has good fine motor skills. He adapts easily to new situations, loves music, and keeps himself occupied. All his teachers in his country like him and he gets along well with his classmate and he always wants to help others. His school performance is good. Though he doesn’t speak clearly, that doesn’t impede him from communicating with others. He likes TV, cartoons, and playing with his many friends. He had surgery for anal atresia in infancy, has a droopy eyelid and only one kidney.
Girls, ages 8 & 10
Special Needs: Microcephaly, mild cognitive delay, anxiety and behavior disorder
Audrey is 8 years old and Anna is 10 years old. They are sisters who express a lot of love and care for one another. They wish to be adopted together, and hope to find a forever family.
NEW PHOTO!! Brandi is a beautiful 9 year old girl. She is listed with bilateral hearing loss, but can definitely hear, as she will turn around and look for the person calling her name, and does respond to commands given if she chooses (if she doesn’t, she screams/attempts to run/swats at the caregiver). Cognitively, she is very delayed, more like a toddler, in ability to understand what’s going on around her, and in her responses, and appropriateness. She also has strabismus in both eyes, and has both a heart condition and anemia. She does NOT have CP, nor microcephaly. She does have brain malformations, significant developmental delays, and many stimming behaviors that are typical of lower functioning autism. She is completely nonverbal.
Families interested in Brandi should be aware that she appears to have autism, and that it impacts her significantly. She is a “runner” and will bolt and run unless contained or restrained and potential families need to be aware that this is common in autism, and that they will need to take appropriate measures to keep her safe in a home and family. She has a history of aggression when changes occur, such as a move, or unexpected event, which include biting peers and adults, and she struggled for at least a year after her last orphanage change four years ago, but is doing better now. However, as many with autism thrive on routine and predictability, families need to be aware that she may handle a transition poorly, especially at first. She has excellent mobility, and is very typically sized for a normal 7 year old in weight and height, and when she resists, it is challenging for a grown woman to hold her back. She has been in a school for the deaf, however, she knows no sign language nor does she read lips. She is very much in her own world in many ways. She enjoys music and will sometimes clap, but remains disconnected from the group and does not interact with adults (was not seen with peers).
Brandi attempts to smell/lick everything that is handed to her and when she realizes it isn’t food, she is not typically interested. The nannies report that she has an excellent appetite, and that she enjoys eating. She stims by rocking, throwing herself back and forth, sucking all four fingers on her hand, grunting, and moaning/shrieking. She walks with a lurching gallop. She flaps her hands often. A potential family should be aware that she has no awareness of danger, no fear of strangers and is very much like a very young child emotionally and cognitively, but physically is strong and very mobile. She currently takes psychiatric medications to assist in sleep and behavior.
She is a lovely little girl, with beautiful blond hair and clear complexion. She is in a good orphanage where she is well cared for. Families need to research autism, and be comfortable and familiar with caring safely for a child with the issues mentioned above, in order to provide Brandi with a safe, loving home.
Girl, born August 2006
Right Cross foot; CHD
Listed: February 11, 2015
Meet 10 year old Meredith! Meredith is a strong and resilient little girl. She is diagnosed as having right cross foot and a Congenital Heart Defect. Her file does not mention the specific type, but does say- Suggestion: Aneurysm of ventricular septum, no defect; Mild eccentric aortic regurgitation; Right heart larger with tricuspid regurgitation (mild-medium); PH (severe). Meredith has not had surgery to repair her heart and she is starting to tire more easily because of the severe PH. She needs to come home and know what it means to be loved by a family. February is Heart Awareness Month…what better month for this child to finally find her family!
Meredith is self-sufficient and sweet. She loves to draw and play with others. She is described as lively, talkative, and cheerful. Meredith’s favorite subject in school is English. Meredith has a little trouble concentrating in school and needs a lot of repetition in her studies to help aid in memorizing information. She is quick to ask questions to learn more though! Meredith likes when the attention is on her and she is working on sharing. She communicates well and is a very polite little girl who is quick to greet new people. Meredith can be seen in these two videos with her friend who has a wonderful family in the adoption process.
Boy, born February 2006
left eye removed
Listed: February 11, 2015
Kippy is a handsome, active boy! He came into care as an infant, and was found to have an infection of his left eye when he was small. The infection did not resolve, and resulted in the loss of his left eye in 2012. A prosthetic was inserted after surgery. He healed well, and has had no further complications. His right eye was never involved. Kippy is a normal, healthy, active, and fun boy! He attends school and enjoys learning. Kippy’s development has always been on target. He gets along very well with the other kids, and loves the adults at the orphanage. Kippy and the other kids were invited to a Christmas party at the Marriott. Kippy made gingerbread and was praised by the baker of the hotel! He was a very happy and proud boy! Kippy is healthy, a bright boy, and is very eager to have a family of his own.
Boy, born November 2004
Listed: February 10, 2015
Meet Asherton. Asherton has good gross motor skills and he is able to feed and dress himself. He attends school and enjoys it. Though he is hard to understand when he talks, he likes to talk a lot. He can understand what others tell him and can follow directions. Asherton likes listening to music, singing, dancing and playing games with other children. Asherton is waiting for a loving family that will help him grow and thrive.
Girl, born August 2009
Angelica has Down syndrome. She has a congenital heart defect — VSD, ASD 11, PDA.
Angelica is said to have a moderate intellectual disability. She does not speak; she communicates through gestures and onomatopoeia — seemingly inarticulate sounds, playing voice. She understands simple commands.
Girl, born 2004
Mental delays. Down syndrome, cardiopathia. Umbilical hernia. Convergent squint.
Paige 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.
Girl, born Feb 2001
Diagnosis: severe grade of the mental delay, hydrocephalus, fibrosis of hyaloid, secondary glaucoma, exfoliation/detachment of retina, congenital defect of the heart partition
Angela is very small for her age. She needs a family!
Update June 2013:
She is so sweet. She is blind, but follows with her head your voice and she smiles very big when you talk to her! She has such potential but is in a bed!!
Girl, born 2006
Mild to moderate delays, FAS
This child shows significant facial features of FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome). Please research this condition so you are best prepared to help her thrive at home!
New picture (red stripes) from summer 2013.
SIGNIFICANT RISK, PLEASE ADOPT ME SOON!!
Chrystyna is a beautiful, brown haired, brown eyed girl who deserves a chance at a better life! Her official orphanage papers say she has developmental delays/difficulties from birth, but nothing more specific than that. It is possible she has FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome). Her biological mother was deprived her parental rights in December 2004, and the biological father is not known. Chrystyna has so much potential, and will be a precious gift to any family who adopts her.
Chrystyna is already living in an institution, so we need a family for her right away!
UPDATE: God has been watching Chrystyna. She was recently transferred out of the institution into a wonderful facility, where they teach these children, work with them, and they appear very well cared for. The difference in the few girls who were transferred OUT of the institution is incredible! Please give these girls a second chance for a loving family!
If you are unfamiliar with FAS, please spend some time researching this condition. Just as with Down syndrome, FAS and FAE have a wide variation of effects on each child, both medically, physically, and cognitively. This is typically dependent on how long during the pregnancy the mother consumed alcohol, and of course, how much. There is no way to know this ahead of time.
From a family who met her, Sept 2012:
She is getting settled into her new environment. She seems to be very comfortable in her groupa. She is very beautiful and still has a lot of potential. She deserves a chance!
From someone who met her, June 2013:
During the music performance, she was constantly stimming really fast (like it looks like she is being fast forwarded) and after they finished she was taken out by a nanny. Not sure what is going on with her; If interested families want to see the videos they are welcome to! I know a family tried to take pictures of her last year but couldn’t get a good one because she moved so much!
Girl, born 2001
Mild to moderate mental delays
Soleil comes very highly recommended from the orphanage director. She has shown great progress since she entered the orphanage.
She is running out of time — a family must be found for her before she turns 16!
Update June 2013:
Soliel really stands out. She is a helper. She was helping the younger children stand up and dance and they were watching her to mimic what to do. She seems to be one of children that helps the orphanage staff as she is able to follow directions. She can read and speaks very clearly when asked questions. It is unclear why she is in this specific orphanage and they pointed her out specifically as needing a family! She is a very sweet girl who said she has dreamed about having a family but isn’t sure if she will ever have one- it just about broke my heart. There is also video available with her in it!
Boy, born August 2005
Post-op cerebral palsy
Listed: January 12, 2015
Mike is an extroverted and mischievous child. He is very intelligent and studious. He gets along well with other children and likes outdoor activities. Mike takes pleasure in showing off his abilities. He does not do well in wet or humid climates as he breaks out in hives. He is also afraid of snakes. Mike has lived in a foster family, and made great progress while living there. He went through rehabilitation for his cerebral palsy and while his walking isn’t steady, his daily activities are not affected. He is able to take care of himself. We hope Mike finds his forever family!
Update from his host family: Mike likes to eat just about anything and everything, and in large amounts. He likes to play Uno Attack, and likes to ride a bike when the weather permits. He also enjoys going to help his host dad with the pigs on the farm. Mike likes hugs, and gives and receives them. The host family enjoys singing, and he seems to like it too; he has learned some songs and is always trying to sing along with them. The host family believes Mike will do best in a family that is ready to be very firm, structured, and consistent with him. He has a heart that desires to be loved like every child. The host family is very willing to try and meet up with a family if someone wants to meet him.
Down syndrome, Profound mental delays, Vomiting associated with other psychological disturbances, Umbilical hernia without obstruction or gangrene, Divergent concomitant strabismus, Other cardiomyopathies (open foramen ovale)
Listed: December 8, 2014
Alexis was born in August 2006 and has been diagnosed with pelvic positioning of the left kidney, congenital hypotrophy, and mild cognitive delays. Alexis can walk independently, is potty-trained, dresses and undresses without help, and feeds herself.
Though a bit shy with strangers, Alexis is sociable, communicative, and gladly participates in games and activities. She is described as obedient and easily follows directions from her caretakers. Alexis likes to recite poems and sing songs, as well as play with toys like dolls, purses, etc. Alexis’s teachers note that she is able to learn and reasons well. In November 2013, she could count to ten and had just begun learning her letters.
Additional photos, video and reports available upon request from the agency.
Down Syndrome, residual-organic lesion of the central nervous system, low paraparesis, slight mental delay, valgus feet, muscle hypotonia, diaphragmatic hernia (had surgery in May 2013), crossed eyes, congenital partial optic nerves atrophy.
He can sit, stand up, make steps. He does not talk. He expresses interest in toys. He lived with his mother but she passed away recently.
Boy, born April 2006
Listed: November 5, 2014
Jotham was born in April 2006 and has Down Syndrome. He is described as a well-behaved and good boy who is being homeschooled at his orphanage because he did not adjust well to a traditional classroom setting. Jotham can walk independently, is aware of his environment and knows the people around him. He follows instructions and has begun to communicate with words.
Additional information, including video, available upon request from the agency.
Boy, born November 2003
Cleft lip/palate, Hepatitis B
Listed: November 4, 2014
In June, 2009, he had his palate repaired. On admission he can’t speak clearly; others can understand what he says with listening carefully. His language development is normal, and he can express his thoughts. After surgery he is improved in pronouncing, much clearer than before. Usually the teacher correct his pronunciation, encourage him to more speaking and more communication.
He is fairly extroverted; he likes any interested things, including all kinds of toys and games. Once he is interested in it, he would be seriously involved it. He is closest to the persons who care him; for example, when having a class, he will embrace the teacher on his own initiative, as well as say “good morning”. Sometimes when taking part in the activities, he will ask the teacher to sit beside him and rest.
Girl, born May 2003
At the orphanage Aurora likes to lead the younger girls. She will hold their hands and take them to play on the slide. When the children want to play on the trampoline, they will always call their “big sister,” and she will happily lift them up to play.
She has a strong ability to be self-sufficient. She likes to wash her own socks. When she speaks, the sound is not very clear, but each time after she finishes washing her things, she will run to the nanny and say, “Nanny, I am done washing, are they clean?” The nanny will pat her cheek and tell her how great she is, and she will happily hang the things out to dry.
The orphanage sent Aurora to a special education school to attend class. When she first went to the school, she was not very used to it and she didn’t talk much with the other children. With the teacher’s help, she started to slowly try to talk to her classmates. Because her pronunciation was unclear, she would use gestures when she spoke to help explain. It wasn’t long before she started to like going to school. She learned with her classmates and always participated actively in their games. She worked very hard and always earned the teachers’ praise. After class, she would take the initiative to set out the tables and chairs, and she would neatly put her school supplies in her schoolbag. She is a little girl who loves cleanliness. Each morning she makes her own bed and cleans up her area.
Now Aurora has grown even prettier and she is especially polite. When she sees a nanny, she will say “Hello, Nanny!” on her own initiative. She particularly likes to wear pretty skirts and twirl around, and she will always praise herself, saying, “Nanny, I am so pretty!” She is a hard-working girl, and although the clarity of her speech isn’t very good, she is very diligent. Each morning when she wakes up, she will read her lessons aloud, and if there is a part she doesn’t understand, she will ask the teacher. At school if she earns rewards of red flowers, beaded necklaces, or pencils, she will share with the other children on her own initiative.
Girl, born July 2003
This lovely little girl has Down syndrome. She is quiet, polite and likes to be tidy. In 2006 we sent her to a foster family for better care. She had great changes during the period in the family. She has built deep relationship the foster family and knows to care for her parents and people.
At the aspect of language, she can communicate with people. Sometimes she is slow in reaction, but she can express her needs. At the aspect of cognition, her intelligence is the best among the children with this disease. She can recognize the things and objects in the daily life and knows how to do. She has no problems in study after repeat practice. At the aspect of sociability, she studies in the team, likes music and dancing, often joins the performance. She also helps other children and cooperates the teacher’s teaching. She is beautiful and lovely. We all like her.
Boy, born October 2004
Listed: November 4, 2014
Harrison is growing up happily in a foster family; he is outgoing and mischievous; when meeting guests he will say hello to them on his own initiative, sometime he will be shy. He can express his needs using words, can put on clothes and shoes and have a meal without help; he can go upstairs and downstairs without help and jump off floor with both feet. Hang is happy to help others; he likes to communicate with foster parents and when he is face to face with the strangers he is shy, and his head will turn to another direction or he will bow his head; he is slow in reaction. He has routine schedule; he can be getting along with children well; he is fond of reading picture books, listening to the story of teacher and watching cartons.
Boy, born November 2007
Congenital bilateral atresia of external acoustic meatus; congenital bilateral auricles deformity
Shaughan is a terrific little boy with a very manageable need! He is in care of a very well-run orphanage. Shaughan is diagnosed with bilateral atresia of external ears (moderate conductive hearing loss). Agency staff met him last year and said he is VERY sweet. A few adoptive families have met him too and have said that he is very sweet and precious! Shaughan’s file states that he is not affected by the atresia of the bilateral auricles. He likes being with and playing with other children. When called loudly, he will turn to you and smile to you happily. He likes helping his teacher- when the teacher praises him or affirms him, he gets very happy. Shaughan is also willing to help other children. He is extroverted, active, and restless. He is waiting for his family to find him. Are you the lucky family?
Three siblings: older brother, 2006, middle half-brother, 2008, and younger half-brother, 2010.
Oldest brother has brown eyes and hair. The boy attends 1st grade at the school, he loves drawing and he is good at it. The boy likes helping out teachers in the group works. The child particularly needs praises and support. The boy sometimes might have anger tantrums. Currently the child tries to control his feelings and he succeeds in this area. The boy wants to become a police officer when he grows up. He has been diagnosed with hipermetria. OU amblyopia. Dislalia. increased neuroreflectory irritability.
Middle brother has greenish brown eyes and light brown hair. The boy is inquisitive, communicative and active child. He likes when adults are around him, he talks a lot, asks lots of questions, and the boy memorizes what he has learned very well. He gladly participates in lessons and completes given tasks. The boy likes to draw, to color, to applique, to work with toy constructor and other developing toys, he enjoys putting puzzles. The boy is very self-dependent and self-secure, he likes to receive praises and recognition from the adults. The boy loves his brother very much, but argues with them frequently. The child falls asleep well in the evening but he has difficulties to fall asleep in the noon. He has acquired self-service skills according to his age. The boy has good appetite, he loves all kinds of food, and especially he loves sweets. The child has poor vision, therefore he needs to wear glasses. The boy attends specialized kindergarten for children with vision problems. The boy frequently gets ill with cough and running nose. He has been diagnosed with hypermetropia, CNS astenization, dislalia, phonetic and phonemic language disorders, bronchial asthma, moderate, persisting, exogenous, virus-induced.
Younger half-brother has brown eyes and dark brown hair. The boy likes active games, he likes running around and playing with toy cars. The child is very dapper, he loves his brothers very much, but frequently argues with them. He gladly participates in lessons, completes given tasks. The boy likes to put puzzles meant for older children. He talks a lot and his speech is quite well but still – he needs a speech therapy. The boy has poor vision, therefore he needs to wear glasses, he attends specialized kindergarten for children with vision problems. The boy loves attention of the adults, praises and recognition. Self-service skills acquires according to his age. The boy is neat, self-dependent and he loves tidiness. The boy has good appetite, he loves almost all dishes except for vegetable stew, he loves sweets. The boy sleeps well in the noon and he has no problems to fall asleep in the evening too. He has been diagnosed with esotropia, OU astigmatismus hypermetropicus, MCD, inward squint, language development delay, dislalia, thorax deformity.
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Boy, born 2013
Down syndrome, HIV, disorder of brain, atopic dermatitis, torticollis, atrial septic defect, biliary tract issue
Sweet baby boy!
Hopefully we’ll get a new picture soon.
Adorable Nolan was born in April 2010 and has Down Syndrome. He also has a congenital heart defect.
Nolan is a sociable child who enjoys playing with toys. He can cruise along stable support and is quite a little climber. Even though Nolan does not yet speak, he understands instructions. He likes moving to music, eats well and sleeps soundly.
Update Oct 2014:
From a family who met Nolan in October 2014: Nolan is an active little boy and very interested in the happenings in his environment. When we visited his room with our son who used to live there, he instantly tried to interact with our son who had crawled into the playpen with the other kids plus Nolan was watching what we were doing as well. Nolan cannot yet walk, but sits, stands, crawls, and cruises. He eats and sleeps well. Nolan still uses diapers, but his caretakers know his typical bathroom times and put him on the potty for them. When I picked up Nolan, he made wonderful eye contact with me and I heard him babble different sound combinations. His caretakers told me he is a kind child who enjoys and seeks physical affection and attention from others.
Additional photos and personal information available upon request from the agency.
Lana was born in June 2002 and has Down Syndrome. Lana is described as a very sweet, quiet girl with a beautiful smile. She is shy and does not speak, but she understands what is said to her and in her way answers questions. Lana can also carry out simple requests. Lana is obedient with her caretakers. She participates in games as well as group and individual activities. Her self-help skills are good. Lana loves to dance, likes everything pink, and is a very girly girl. She would thrive in a devoted family.
Update October 2014: Lana is a good girl who attends school where she participates in class and completes the tasks given to her. She is a very organized child and follows instructions. Additional photos and personal information available upon request from the agency.
Update December 2015: Lana’s caretakers are very happy with her. She understands everything that is said to her and even speaks several words now. She gladly goes to school and knows that she is in fourth grade. She continues to have a very sweet personality. New video is available from the agency.
Boy, born April 2004
Listed: September 9, 2014
He has learned basic motor skills, is very active, fast, and flexible. He has a tendency to act impulsively. He climbs, responds to his name, and selectively executes commands. He is curious and sociable, but he prefers the attention of adults. He loves playing with stuffed animals and spends the day with his favorite toy. Speech is not developed. He can eat independently and eats solid foods. He is dependent on the assistance of an adults.
Boy, born June 2006
Jensen is a very handsome and likable boy who turned 8 years old in June. Jensen was born with arthrogryposis, which mainly affects his wrists, elbows, and ankles. He had surgery on his legs in 2010, which was very successful. He can walk and is able to take care of all his needs. Jensen is a smart boy, who attends school at the orphanage. He gets along very well with the other kids, and is well loved by the adults there. Jensen is able to write, and likes to do crafts. He also enjoys sports! He is talkative, and has a happy personality. Jensen is described as optimistic and energetic. He is a delightful boy, who longs for a family of his own.
Boy, born Feb 2007
Healthy; Inharmonious development, below average provided for the ages. Speech defect, under the supervision of a speech therapist. Problems with memory and attention span. Very busy and impulsive.
Boy, born Sept 2005
Healthy. Inharmonious development, below average provided for the ages. Very busy and impulsive.
The agency can request further information for serious inquiries. We are so excited to be able to advocate for these children!
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Girl, Born 2010
syndactyly of hands and feet, steeple tower head, psychological and motor delay, Congenital heart defect (patent foramen ovale, secondary defect of interatrial septum)
The director is praying for a family before she transfers to the institution in the fall!!
Updated March 2016:
She is doing really well and making good progress in her development. She is facing transition to the institution in the fall. She doesn’t deserve a life in the institution. It weighs heavily on the orphanage director’s mind to have her moved out to the institution instead of a family.
She was born with multiple skeletal anomalies, including fused/webbed hands. As a cautionary disclosure, Mandy does appear to have Apert syndrome.
The girl is smiling, laughing. Doctors consider that surgery may help to separate her fingers on the hands. They give a positive prognosis regarding her mental development. More photos are available.
This region typically waives the 10 day waiting period for children with special needs.
Girl, born August 2000
Down syndrome, mental delays
Such a lovely young lady — she’s been waiting so long for a family of her own.
Listed: June 9, 2014
Update January 2012: Cullen is in 4th grade this year. He knows the names of all the children in his class and has a best friend. He pronounces short words and simple sentences. He can repeat numbers and counts to 5 with help. He is very musical and loves to dance.
Additional photos and videos of Cullen are available. Cullen is 15 years old. He’s been living in a mental institution since the age of 5. He is completely healthy with no physical delays or health problems. Cullen is in 3rd grade at a local special education school. He enjoys going on walks and field trips. He plays with blocks, mechanical toys and kitchen sets. He engages in pretend play. He likes to look at books and will look at the pictures in the book and point to objects in them upon request. He can identify animals and foods and choose them from photos. He has well developed self-help skills. He’s toilet trained, feeds himself, dresses himself, folds his own clothes and washes his hands and face independently before bed each night.
Girl, born February 2010
Down syndrome, Congenital Heart Defect (ASD and VSD), Hep B carrier
Shannon is an outgoing girl who loves to talk! She may only be able to say simple words but she can be the life of the party. She has been diagnosed with Down syndrome and has two mild heart defects (an ASD and a VSD). She is also a Hep B carrier. Shannon’s caregivers say that she lives life just like the rest of her friends in the orphanage. She loves to eat, play, and watch cartoons. Shannon is always playing and smiling!
Rule number one…never leave scissors out where Shannon can get them. She currently has little to no bangs due to an attempt to style her own hair. However, even a bad haircut can’t take away from Shannon’s sweet spirit and lovable personality! She is currently 5 years old, and waiting very patiently for her mama and papa. Shannon has Down syndrome, an ASD and VSD (which have not been repaired) , and is a HepB carrier. Shannon came to the orphanage at about 7 months of age, already able to sit and crawl. She has good motor skills, but needs help with her speech. Her receptive speech is good, and she follows directions. Shannon can use 3 word sentences. Shannon is a sweet and huggable girl who is very curious. She loves to play with her friends, and thrives in a noisy environment. Shannon is ready to be part of a loving family, who will help her reach her full potential! Video is available.
6 year old Tarsha is a smart and mild-mannered girl. Tarsha is diagnosed with Down Syndrome and is post-op CHD-TOF. She responds well when people talk to her gently. If someone is loud or impatient, Tarsha becomes stubborn and unresponsive. Her movement and mobility are very good.
When Tarsha first came to the orphanage, she couldn’t speak very well. She still doesn’t speak clearly but she has been working on it and is doing better. She underwent heart surgery in 2013. She is potty trained, can undress herself and gets along well with other children. She is independent and is a happy girl. Could Tarsha be your daughter?
Boy, born January 2003
post op. anal atresia and post op. genital malformations
Listed: April 8, 2014
Galan is already 13 years old. He was born with anal atresia and a genital deformity (hypospadias), and was abandoned when he was only 4 months old. He had several surgeries in 2005 and is now in good health. He has good bowel control, and moderate control of urination but he does not need to wear diapers.
Galan is a clever and intelligent boy, who gets good grades in his 5th grade class. He gets along well with other children. He lives in a foster family with whom he has good relations. When we met him in late June, he was all smiles, especially when playing with our iPad. He counted, demonstrated that he walks and runs without issue, and was friendly and happy to meet us.
It’s not easy to find a home when you’re a 13 year old boy. Maybe you could be the parents that Gavin needs to reach his full potential?
Boy, born March 2006
Listed: April 7, 2014
Tovi is diagnosed with cerebral palsy. He lives in a foster family on the grounds of the orphanage and participates in the Little Sister program. Tovi is described as smart, talkative, and has “personality”. He likes to sing, dance, and joke around with teachers and other children. He is curious, polite, and has a good sense of humor. Tovi communicates well with others, is logical, and understands his teachers well. He likes answering questions in school and learning about new things.
Boy, born July 2006
Multiple congenital malformations, condition similar to CP.
Nevermind the pink — Easton is a boy!
Easton smiles, reacts to familiar adults, toys. Look at that gorgeous smile — are those dimples?
From a family who met him in March 2014:
Easton is an incredibly cheerful little boy. The nannies told us that he is smart and talks with them, though we were also told that he is delayed. In fairness, Easton spends almost all of his time in a crib. He would either be sitting or laying when we saw him.
Easton always seemed to be very aware of what was happening around him. One day when a nanny was getting our son ready for his visit, we did a little dance behind her and Easton laughed. He would often smile brighter when we would wave at him across the room while picking up our son on our visits. I believe Easton would flourish in his own family.
Boy, born May 2010
Delay of psychological and speech development, used to have heart defect (oval window that closed), hemangioma, chest deformation.
George can fulfill simple instructions, does not walk very well, has been in the orphanage for 1.5 years.
Girl, born August 2004
Severe mental delays
Martha does not react to her name, does not know colors, does not play with toys. can feed herself, but is not adequate. She would eat banana with skin and candy with cover. She is not potty trained. Her speech is almost not developed.
There is a history of prior neglect; George has better development because he lived in the family less time than Martha, before they were removed.
Boy, born March 2005
Cerebral Palsy and Hep B+
Listed: March 31, 2014
Colton is diagnosed with cerebral palsy and hepatitis b positive. He received selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery in 2010, followed by rehabilitation training and participation in Little Sister education. Colton is described as open, smart, and lovely. He likes talking with people and expresses himself well. He enjoys playing with other children, is polite, and helps care for the younger children. Colton participates in recreational actives and does well in sports. He likes drawing, listening to stories, dancing and singing. He performs well in school. Colton’s report quotes that he is “excellent, strong, also responsible.” An orphanage project team visited with Colton last summer.
Boy, born March 2011
Down syndrome and missing fingers on left hand
Olivier is diagnosed with down syndrome and a partial left hand. He lives in a foster family on the grounds of the orphanage and participates in the Infant and Parenting program. His report describes him as extroverted, active, and energetic. He likes to communicate and play games with children. Olivier’s favorite activities are playing with blocks, balls and riding bike. He can walk, can transfer positions when squatting, he can kick the football, go upstairs and downstairs with hands held. He can build a tower of 4 blocks, can dismantle the toy and assemble it again. He is very clever and can express his needs. An orphanage project team visited with Olivier last summer.
Denise is a young toddler who has Down Syndrome, lacrimal duct stenosis and insufficiency, and a possible hearing impairment.
Please contact the agency for further details.
*Please note that we do not have all the information, including the date of birth, for this child at this time. An approved home study for this country and dossier must be submitted to the Central Authority before additional information may be obtained. Please note, USCIS approval is not required to submit a dossier or receive a referral. USCIS approval is only required prior to filing the I-800 package. If you have a completed home study for another country and your h/s provider is willing to update or amend your study to reflect this sending country, you may use this for your dossier.
Shelley is a toddler who has Down Syndrome.
Please contact the agency for further details.
Boy, born June 2006
Minimal brain dysfunction, pyramid insufficiency, secondary cardiomyopathy, anomalous chord of the left heart ventricle, hypermobility of hip joints, concomitant alternating convergent squint.
From a family who met him in late 2013:
Stephen was in Riley’s groupa. We saw him a lot during our 7 weeks of visits. He stood out because he’s 7 yo and taller than the other kids in his groupa of mostly 4-5 yo’s. He is a SWEET, sweet boy. He has a great smile with dimples. He’s not overly active (not hyper). Very obedient/cooperative and follows instructions and the flow of the groupa well. An easy going kiddo. He doesn’t seem to have very significant needs. He functions very “typically”, maybe just mild delays. One thing I’ll never forget about Stephen… one time when we were invited to watch a performance the kids were putting on, we were one of the only people in the audience. He stood there, singing and doing the body motions to the production just as well as could be. He kept looking right at my husband and I like he was performing just for us. He just seemed to love having someone be there for him and encourage him, and nod and smile and let him know he was doing a good job. He was working so hard to do his best and he did so well! It was sweet and sad all at the same time….knowing we weren’t his mama and papa and he didn’t have anyone there to give him that recognition forever, that he so appreciated. He would make such a delightful son! We would have brought him home too but were only homestudy approved for one boy. He’s in a good orphanage that provides good care and services. But who knows where he’ll be transferred to when they no longer have space for him (he’s already over age.) I have pictures and video of him. Such a kind, happy little boy….he needs a family!!!
Large families welcome; married couples only.
Boy, born October 2001
Hydrocephalus, mental delay
Listed: February 25, 2014
From a family who met him in January 2014: We saw Brad quite a few times while we visited our daughter. Brad is very short for his age, and his head is definitely big proportional to his body. We observed him dancing in a recital two different times. He seemed coordinated. He is curious and intelligent. Brad always had a twinkle in his eye! I would love to talk about Brad to seriously interested parents.
Eden is very happy and everyone gets along well with her. She is very close to her foster parents, and her favorite toys are dolls. She likes to sing and dance. Her file says that because of her ds she has slowed physical and intellectual development. She can use simple double syllable words like papa, mama, ah, yes, etc. At the end of the first part of her report: “We hope that she will live happy every day and her life is safe.”
Eden can go upstairs and downstairs without help, and jump off of the floor with both feet. She is imitating drawing crosses. She knows “big” and “small”. Eden can wash hands without help.
Eden is an adorable little girl who recently turned 5 years old! She came to the orphanage when she was just a few months old, and was found to have Down syndrome. Eden’s overall development has been good. She is living with a foster family within the orphanage along with 5 other children. Eden is very out-going, active, playful, and lovable. Her favorite cartoon is “Pleasant Sheep”, and she will sing and dance in front of the TV. Eden’s receptive speech is good, but her expressive speech is slow to develop. She can say some words, but is not yet able to make a short sentence. Eden is a loving little girl who needs a family!
Boy, born April 2006
post-op spinal growth, Lower limb paralysis
Listed: February 11, 2014
Brad came into care when he was 2 years old because he developed a growth on his spinal column. His family was not able to care for his needs but after coming into care Brad was able to have surgery to remove the growth. Due to this surgery, he is not able to use his legs to walk. Since Brad cannot feel his legs, he does need assistance going potty. All of this does not stop him from doing great in school and learning! He is very smart and creative. Brad has a great sense of humor and is always smiling and laughing!
Nolan is such a handsome boy! He needs a loving family!
From his medical records: long-term effects of some early trauma (right-side hemiparesis), mild mental delays, seizures, flat feet, farsightedness
He has fine motor skills, understands everything, he talks but it is hard to understand him. Nolan is very physically active, happy and cooperative, friends with other children. A family living in the states who has 3 children, one who is significantly disabled, has taken a special interest in Nolan but cannot add Nolan to their own family due to the needs of their children. Per the family, “Nolan’s eyes and smile caught our heart. He is close in age to one of our own children. We hope this gift will enable someone to give Nolan the chance to live outside an institution.”
$19,592.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!
Boy, born December 2001
Both eyes optic nerves atrophy, symptomatic epilepsy, diffuse nontoxic goiter, chronic tonsillitis.
Listed: January 27, 2014
Trent has not had any epileptic seizures. He cannot see straight (in front of him) but he has averted vision. Trent is quiet, modest, obedient; studies well. He has no mental delays.
Sawyer – older brother (wearing orange)
Boy, born January 2002
Finn – younger brother
Boy, born March 2005
Congenital cleft palate, inguinal hernia, scrotocele, developmental delays
Listed: January 20, 2014
Boy, born March 2012
Down syndrome, post-op Congenital heart defect
Brody is a sweet little boy who has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. He also has a heart defect in which he received surgery for his VSD, foramen ovale closure and ligation of ductus arteriosus. His treatment was successful and he is doing well now.
Brody is learning well and is he learning how to crawl. He can hold his own bottle and toys and likes to be active. He is not making sounds yet but he always has a ready smile.
Girl, born June 2005
Sarahfina has been at the orphanage since she was one week old. She has grown healthy and strong since being here, but she is very shy. Sarahfina is independent and prefers to take care of herself. She likes to eat and is not picky. She always eats all of her meals and snacks are her favorite!
Girl, born June 2006
Congenital Heart Defect
Listed: January 7, 2014
When Mariah was younger she received a two-way Glenn operation and recovered well. She had a complete ASD; double outlets of right ventricle; severe pulmonary artery stenosis(under the valve), VSD(secondary), AO right arch right descending; and a formation of collateral circulation. She may need another surgery next year.
Mariah can walk, jump, climb up and down the stairs and do most thinks on her own. She is a little behind my friends, but that is because as a young child she was very sick. She enjoys time playing with the other kids and enjoys sharing her toys with them.
Boy, born May 2004
Listed: December 9, 2013
From a family who met him in August 2015: “Came in and was very quiet, respectful of the nannies, and greeted us calmly. He posed for a picture and followed directions. When we were done taking his photo, he sat down quietly and waited for direction from the nannies. He posed for many pictures! He was very calm and sure of himself. The room was very busy, with lots of visitors and lots of children. This did not seem to upset Rogers at all. He said hello to us. Very well behaved! Rogers is very loved in this orphanage, and he has been prepared for the transition into a family. PLEASE SEE HIM BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!!! ”
Rogers has normal limb development and delayed mental development. Upon admission,he was 4 years old. At that time, he could walk alone, felt strange about the new place, and was careful to get to know new people. After a period of time, he learned how things worked and liked to get to know new people and got along with others well. At the age of 5 years, he could go up and down stairs holding the rail, could clap his hands along to the rhythm of music, could pick his favorite toys, and could share toys and food with other kids. At the age of 7 years, he could jump off the ground, could draw 3 parts of the body, and could pick up and throw a ball. At the age of 9 years, his self-management was improved and he knew his gender. He could eat and drink independently, take a bath, and put on his clothes independently. Now he is receiving the special education in the institute. He can imitate drawing pictures, can recognize common colors, can run and jump, and can have simple motion with his friends. He would like to do some work, but his language is delayed and he can only speak some simple words unclearly, He can understand the directions and he is gentle, shy, and likes familiar people close to him. Roger can get along well with other kids, likes playing games, enjoys basketball, and likes riding bikes with kids in the playground. Occasionally he is obstinate, but telling him a story can make him smile.
Girl, born April 2004
Down syndrome, Hep B
Trudy has normal limb development and delayed mental development compared to other children. Upon admission, she was 1 year old and she was careful in her new surroundings. At the age of 2 years, she could walk alone, was curious about new things, her hand-eye coordination was improved, and she could express her emotion. At the age of 4 years, she could have eat and drink independently and could recognize people, places and objects, but her expression was poor. At the age of 6 years, she was receiving the special education in the institute. Her self-management was improved under the guidance of the teacher, but her accepting ability was not good compared to other kids of her age. At the age of 8 years, she could speak simple numbers and words, could draw, could finish some simple jigsaw puzzles, and could play with the toy blocks. Now she can wave her body along with the rhythm of the music, can read simple children’s songs and words, and can count 1-10, but her expression is still poor. Trudy is open, likes music, can get along well with other kids, likes helping people, and wants to be praised. She is happy when watching cartoons and walking outside.
Girl, born August 2007
Samantha is a beautiful little girl who is 6 years old. She came into care as an infant, and was found to have Down syndrome. Samantha’s motor skills are good, and she has the typical language delays. She is able to speak, but not always clearly. She has been healthy, and they report no issues with her heart. Samantha is an active little girl, who enjoys playing with toys. She loves to be held. Samantha likes to “look pretty” (there goes the clothes budget), and loves to imitate singing and dancing on the TV. This precious little one is waiting for a family of her own!
Boy, born July 2002
Dropsy of the brain or Post op hydrocephaly
Marshall has normal mental development. Because he suffers dropsy of the brain,he was treated in the Children’s Hospital. In August 2006, he received a ventriculoperitoneal shunt. He recovered well, then in 2009 he received another surgery for the shunt. At the age of 2 years, he could point out the names of kids, at the age of 3 years, he could imitate to draw simple shapes, could call a yi, and at the age of 4-5 years, he could walk and say simple sentences. Because of the obstructive dropsy of brain, he is prone to falling down more easily. Now, his balance ability is better, his pronunciation is clear, and he is more of an extrovert. He an communicate with others and he can take care of himself. He is cute and polite and will help the younger brothers and sisters in daily time.
Boy, born November 2005
Listed: November 27, 2013
Oskar is small for his age, but has no trouble keeping up with the other kids. He is active and outgoing. He attends kindergarten where he gets average grades. He likes to sing and his speech is clear and articulate. He lives with a foster family, gets along well with other children, and has a healthy appetite. He can count all the way to 100, write his name, and likes to draw pictures of rabbits, which he called his friends. He has a beautiful smile.
Oskar receives monthly blood transfusions to treat his thalassemia.
Update 4/2014- The director of the agency states that out of all the kids she has met (and she has met MANY), she has 3 boys who are her favorites. She calls them her babies. Oskar is one of them! She wants him to find a family so badly- she just loves him! She says that he is so sweet and a very nice boy. Oskar has a great personality and makes great eye contact. He repeats everything that is said in English like a little parrot. Oskar is just a little sponge and is inquisitive and wants to learn English. He has a lot of friends and lives with a foster brother who he is so sweet to. They could not get the foster brother to open up so Oskar came over and sat down with him to help.
Oskar needs a family immediately so that he can receive consistent medical care for his condition and remain healthy.
Girl, born 2006
Moderate hydrocephaly; spina bifida (post op); Bilateral club foot
Listed: November 27, 2013
Mindie is sitting up independently, but not yet walking. She has been diagnosed with Prematurity, moderate internal hydrocephaly, Spina bifida /the defect has been closed through a plastic surgery/, paraplegia inferior, pes equinovarus bilateralis. According to the staff at her orphanage it’s more likely that her hydrocephaly is a stationed one which is probably the reason why she has not had a shunt surgery.
The agency has additional information available for inquiring families. Photo from 2013.
Girl, born July, 2005
Lizzie is blind with light perception and participates in a program that provides high quality care and education for orphans who are blind or visually impaired. Lizzie is a beautiful little girl who has learning needs. She goes to primary school and she is in a special needs class, which means she has a lot of one-on-one teaching and therapy time. She has had speech and language therapy classes for 8 months and she has learned so much! She can communicate through signs but she has loved the freedom that comes with being able to communicate what she wants.
Lizzie really enjoys listening to music and hearing nursery rhymes. Since she can see a little bit, she likes to be in the light and wave her hand back and forth in front of her face. She also likes to sit on the seesaw, and gets a big smile on her face as she goes up and down. Lizzie loves to cuddle and will give almost anyone a hug. She also loves where she can move around, such as jumping on the trampoline and playing with big exercise balls. Lizzie will need some extra care and therapy when she is in a family. Her learning needs are such that she should have speech and language therapy and one-on-one time with teachers who have experience with children with special needs.
Boy, born June 2004
Listed: October 30, 2013
Edward participates in a program that provides high quality care and education for orphans who are blind or visually impaired. When he first arrived he was very afraid of the unknown, especially sounds that he hadn’t heard before. He didn’t want to talk to strangers or touch anything new. He preferred to play by himself instead of with the other children. Today Edward is one of the most energetic, outgoing kids at his home. He loves to do everything fast–sometimes you can see him running down the hill to his house waving his cane in the air, even though he is completely blind! He doesn’t want to miss a second of the fun. Edward loves to sing and dance. He often makes his ayi’s laugh with his silly dance moves. He enjoys playing with a variety of toys, but especially with the cars. He is always cheerful and likes to play with everyone. Edward ran in the mini marathon in October 2013 and he often goes to the park to run 3-5km. Physical education is one of his favorite activities at school, but Edward is good at other subjects as well. He is the best in his class at Braille, and also is a very good English student. His only hindrance is that he loves to be active so much he has a hard time sitting still, so we have set up a special program where he gets to run on a treadmill before he goes in to class so that he can focus on his studies. We’re very proud of the active, fun boy Edward has become!
Boy, born 2010
UPDATE from 2014: Prince lives with a foster family, and is currently available for adoption. He has been diagnosed with DS and a heart murmur. The left side of his body is weaker then right and limbs on left side are less movable.
His speech is delayed.
Families interested in adopting special needs children from EE-5 should submit a letter of introduction to the Central Authority through the adoption agency in order to request more information on the available children. The Ministry has agreed to send additional information and a photo of any child the family wishes to adopt. The agency will help each family to prepare the letter and will forward it to EE-5. The Agency’s representative will translate and submit the letter of introduction to the Ministry. As soon as the Ministry responds, the Agency will forward the information on the child to the family. We welcome the opportunity to help you find the child the Lord has prepared for your family.
Twin boys, born August 2010
Updated pictures and medical info April 2015
Cerebral palsy. taking anticonvulsant therapy
cerebral palsy, focal symptomatic epilepsy, Paraplegia (paraparesis) and quadriplegia (quadriparesis), taking anticonvulsant therapy
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!
(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.
Boy, born March 2005
FAS, cerebral palsy, lower spastic paraparesis, delay of mental development of the child with organic lesion of the central nervous system, bilateral uranostaphyloschisis after plastic surgery, subatrophy of both eyes’ optic nerves, shortsightedness of both eyes, horizontal nystagmus, flat feet
Listed: October 9, 2013
Boy, born Dec 2008
Bryce can turn the book pages incessantly to read it and take out the toys he likes from the toy box. He likes riding a bike and also likes to hold a pencil to scribble. He is extroverted. He likes to look into the mirror a lot and has rich facial expressions and actions. He can swing his body excitedly when hearing music. Seeing the dancing people, he can also dance to imitate them. He likes to interact , play games and play with people very much. He gets along well with caretakers and kids. Everyone likes him very much!
Boy, born 2005
Listed: October 2, 2013
Luca is all boy! He adores mechanical devices and toys, with any action involved. He can spend a long time concentrating, studying the secrets of mechanics. Most of the time he plays alone as it isn’t easy for him to interact with others. When he gets tired of talking he goes to a corner and sits there for a long time. There are not many chances for him to be alone at the orphanage.
Luca prefers routines; it’s hard for him to deal with changes in his surroundings. The usual routine, having the same people around and things in usual places create for him an illusion of steadiness and reliability in his world. It calms him down and gives him some confidence. Unfortunately, soon Luca will have to drastically change his life. But, it would be better for him if he gets used to a foster home than to the institution.
Although he is a thin boy, he likes to eat. His mood changes like the weather on a spring day. He could be crying one moment and the next moment laughing. Classes are not always interesting to him but. He appreciates when some adults help him with his homework.
Girl, born April 2002
General delays of speech & development; cerebral paralysis atonic-astatic form; wears glasses for convergent squint and farsightedness
Aurora has been in the orphanage since 2005. She is being prepared to go to school. Special educator, speech therapist work with her intensively. The girl is active, willingly participates in group and in individual activity. Communicates with all the children. Wishes to be a leader, creates hers own rules. Is interested in puzzles, mosaics. Plays with dolls willingly. Likes thumbing and coloring books. Actively participates in games. Is able and likes ranging toys. Prosecutes orders willingly. She keeps to tasks consciously. Understands everyday vocabulary well, performs simple daily orders. Especially likes drawing classes. She recognizes main colors. When she gets angry, she persists, keeps silence and does not speak. Self-clean and hygiene skills formed. Orients in closest environment well. The girl is lovely, kind and smiling.
UPDATE November 2013:
Aurora attends a specialized secondary school for children who have speech development problems. She is in the 4th grade now. She likes to go to school, but still her motivation for learning is low. She is taught at the general level. The girl is confident in her self and very active. Independent, but is easy to distract her and she is impulsive. If there is enough stimulation – she will always perform well and will take care of herself. She chooses people with whom she is friendly, but with some persons she may be not polite.
Among the children of her age tries to get a leader‘s position. Sometimes she may pick on other children. When she is in her good mood she would play with all children and especially boys. Her hygienic skills are in place. Can take care of her own body. Is able and can take care of her room, can wash dishes, and wash her clothes. She helps other girls to do their hair. She knows the time, has very good orientation in the environment. She understands the value of money, but she goes to the shop with an adult. She knows how to work in a team. Aurora very much likes to paint and color, play with the computer. The top achievement – started to read book and she reads fairy tails. She participates in the dancing group.
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.
Update October 2014: Eva is described as an easy child who understands instructions and partially takes care of her own daily needs. She attends third grade.
Additional information is available from the agency, upon request.
Boy, Born July 2000
Listed: September 22, 2013 AGING OUT IN JULY 2016!!!!
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”.
Update March 2016: Brandon is a pleasant teen who attends school. He participates in conversations, including answering questions and responding to greetings. He even tries to recite poetry though his speech is not always clear. Brandon ages out this summer and needs to find his family very quickly.
Photos, video and a report are available from the agency upon request.
Nicholas was born in May of 2011. His physical development is on target. He is able to sit up, stand and is able to walk holding onto furniture. He is very active and likes to play with toys and other children. Nicholas is also very observant; when someone is playing with other kids of his group, he watches them very attentively as if wanting to take part in it. He has been seen playing with one of the other boys in his group, they giggle and talk in their own little language, as if they know exactly what the other is saying. In general, Nicholas is a serious child, but if you make him smile he smiles. He currently eats and sleeps well.
Update February 2014:
Nicholas is an active and very sweet boy. He likes to run around and gladly plays with toys and other children. He eats and sleeps well. Though non-verbal at this time, Nicholas is described as a very responsive child who understands everything that is said to him and follows instructions. His nannies adore him.
Nicholas is special friends with another little boy in his group; they giggle and communicate in their own private language, as if they know exactly what the other is saying.
Nicholas would thrive in a loving family.
Photos, videos and additional reports are available upon request from the agency.
Boy, Born July 2004
Down syndrome, ADD
Listed: September 22, 2013
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.
Update October 2014: Harlan is nonverbal and his development continues to be significantly delayed, but he can now walk independently.
Additional photos, video and report available from the agency.
Girl, 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.
Update October 2014: Addison attends third grade and is described as a good girl. Even though she is still nonverbal, she appears to understand at least some of what is said to her and responds in her own ways.
Additional information available upon request from the agency.
Boy, Born April 2009
Down syndrome, CHD
Christian was born in April 2009 and has Down Syndrome as well as a heart defect. He is a happy, but quiet little guy. Christian is active and attentive, enjoys playing with his friends, and is loved very much by his caregivers.
Update September 2015: Christian is doing very well and has age appropriate self-help skills. He can dress without assistance and even helps other children with this task. He makes his bed and is fully potty-trained. Christian understands everything that his said to him, follows directions, and speaks well. He can be shy with strangers, is a picky eater, and shows some stubbornness at times. Christian thrives in one on one settings. He will soon be moved to an older child orphanage and updates will be more difficult to obtain.
Update May 2013: After visiting with Christian in May, our agency representative had the following update. Christian can walk independently now. He speaks (although his words are a little unclear). He answers questions and completes simple requests. He is active and joyful. The orphanage director says that he is very smart and very kind. Our in-country representative feels that the family who adopts Christian will be blessed.
Update January 2013: Christian is able to walk, is very active and likes to dance. He is able to say various words but he cannot speak in sentences yet. He also enjoys listening to music and knows many songs by heart. He is smart and can play many different games. Christian knows different characters from various cartoons and sometimes asks for a certain cartoon to watch. He is able to eat by himself, except for soup, as he sometimes makes a little bit of a mess. Christian is described as very kind, friendly, shy and sensitive.
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.
From a family who met her in March 2015: Annalise is a beautiful young lady with long brown hair and the most adorable freckles. She is very sweet, but also quite independent. She came right up to me and sat on my lap. She speaks some English and is very verbal in her native tongue. The caregivers and other residents at her home speak English, so she has a good understanding of it. Annalise is adored by the other residents and caregivers in her home.
MARRIED COUPLES ONLY.
Boy, Born February 2003
Listed: September 22, 2013
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.
From a family who met him in 2015: Jake is such a nice boy. He will greet you happily with a handshake. Jake understands and speaks English as well as his native tongue. The caregivers and other residents at his home speak English, so he has a very good understanding of it. Jake is a very capable and independent boy. He would thrive in a family of his own. MARRIED COUPLES ONLY.
Boy, born November 2010
Shaw was abandoned at the age of 6 months. When he was found he could crawl and he initially made progress, but by the time he was 16 months old and was sent to a foster home, he was very thin and weak. After a few months in foster care he began to thrive again. Shaw loves to eat and shows patience in all areas except when he has to wait for his food! He gets along well with others and loves bright colorful toys that make sound.
Shaw is very talkative and loves to be cuddled! He is waiting for a family that will snuggle with him and help him continue to grow.
Such a handsome guy, so serious!
Boden was found in front of a building when he was 3 years old. He is a healthy, active and lovely boy. Boden likes going to his school and participates in classroom activities. His teachers just love him!
Boden likes to crawl up his caretakers leg and into their laps. He will lean in for a snuggle. He is a great imitator and likes to imitate his caretakers cleaning up the room. This handsome little guy is just waiting for a family to scoop him up, snuggle and include him in their fun adventures!
Girl, born Aug 2006
Down syndrome, CHD (post-op)
Listed: September 12, 2013
Genevieve is a sweet little girl who is 7 years old. She came into care when she was almost 3 years old, and has lived in the orphanage since that day. Genevieve has Down syndrome, and has had surgery to repair the VSD with which she was born. She is HepB positive. She is a delightful little girl, who loves to sing! She can care for her own needs, and is helpful to the nannies. Genevieve is ready for a family!
Girl, born August 2003
Evelyn is a pretty little girl who was abandoned at age 5 in a rural area. She had received no education and therefore is now a 10 year old trying to catch up with her peers. She is one of the favorites at the center. Several nannies take her home with them so she can experience family life. In the center she is in a room with 4 girls and 1 nanny. She is very shy especially around strangers. Evelyn attends the special class at school and is now able to count to 100 and on her own told me “thank you” although they say she does not understand many words in English. Her writing is excellent. She also loves to sing and is very talented.
Evelyn’s favorite foods are apples and chicken wings. Her favorite color is pink. She truly wants to be adopted and go to America….QUICKLY! (as stated in her own words!)
Evelyn has a $1,000 Special Focus agency grant
Carolina is such a beautiful girl; beautiful brown hair with olive skin. She has cerebral palsy, and does wear AFO’s on both feet.
From her medical records: Cerebral palsy, convergent squint, mental delay. She can walk by supporter or holding one hand. She says separate words, understands simple speech, is affectionate and friendly. Physical therapy and a loving family will bring MIRACLES for this little girl!
Carolina was transferred in 2011 to a boarding school (not an institution).
UPDATE August 2013:
Listed: September 4, 2013
Sweet Denzel! THIS CHILD IS 14 YEARS OLD. He is tube fed through his nose, and often swaddled to prevent him from removing the tube. He ‘lights up’ and smiles widely when presented with musical toys — a greatly welcome distraction from his days spent staring at the ceiling. There is so much a family could provide for him!
More photos available.
Boy, born April 2005
intracranial hemorrhage; possible epilepsy
Listed: August 28, 2013
Miko is active and outgoing with a ready smile. He gets along well with other children and knows how to share. Sometimes, he would be prone to crying but it is very easy to reassure him. Miko likes to ride a tricycle, sit on the teeter-totter and play on the slide. He likes to do daily exercises to music. He has normal mental and physical development and is making continual progress at school. He is a favorite of the caregivers to take to visit parks, shops and other places. He loves to go on adventures! He also enjoys participating on the dance team and shares his ideas with others. This little adventurer is waiting for his greatest adventure of all, a family to call his own.
A $5,000 agency grant is available, and his orphanage donation has been reduced and could possibly be waived completely.
Listed: August 20, 2013
From a volunteer who visited with him in July 2014: ” Nash is still this very small boy. He has the size of a pre schooler. He is really cute though. He loves to have a man around. He showed my boyfriend all around the place. He loves to blow little wind mills and play games together. He doesn’t really speak the language they speak in his country, but he does make all kinds of ‘words’. He actually tries to make you understand and every now and then there will be an actual word in it, which makes it easier to understand what he says. He is potty trained and he understands language and knows quite well how to read the body language of the nurses. He’s a big help for the nurses, he carries toys inside and pushes wheelchairs. We suspect that he has some kind of visual impairment. He had the glasses of my boyfriend on for a moment and he seemed to be able to see much more, but I’m no eye doctor, so I can’t say for sure. All I can say is that this boy desperately needs out. He is quite healthy and he needs a family where he can blossom. He is an amazing boy and I have tons of pictures and a couple videos of him, where he shows his own goofy self. So please don’t let this boy wait any longer. Many of his friends from the orphanage have been adopted, but he is still listed. I want him out there! I want someone to see his potential and love him all the way home!
From a family who met him in Dec 2013: He seemed to be rocking more persistently. I noticed when music was being played or when we would actively engage him play he would rock nervously. However, he is a wonderfully sweet spirited child and is eager to please. He would always great us with a formal, “hello” and then lead us to take a seat. He never missed an opprotunity to rush out of the groupa and jump in our laps or include himself in whatever game we were playing with our boys. He so desperately wants to be loved. He called me, “Mama” and it broke my heart…how I wish I could have taken this precious boy as well. There were many days that we noticed him strapped to a chair or straight jacketed; I am not sure why because I never saw any self injurious behavior from him. He is very impulsive and easily excited but his joy simply radiates a room. He desperately deserves to be loved, valued and wanted….he only aims to please. The first thought that came to mind upon meeting him was, “He does NOT belong here”….he is so smart…though his speech is often slurred; but only slightly. He seems to be minorly effected by his hydrocephaly and gets along very well. His poor little hands do shake though; probably as a result of the pressure on his brain. I am unsure if he has been shunted or not; I felt around his head one day and did not feel the bump that would indicate he has. If he has not been shunted then that makes his case even more urgent. He desperately needs out! This boy has ALL the potential in the world…he just needs the right parents to break him free! I also have a video with him in it, if a family is interested.
From someone who met Nash in 2012: Nash is a wonderful little boy. He is always quick to excitedly greet visitors with happy squeals and a formal hello, and is quite insistent visitors take a seat in the chair he brings over to them He is very helpful and obedient, and will sometimes bring toys over to the smaller kids in his group who cannot get toys for themselves. He is very talkative, but a lot of what he says is sort of like “Nash”-ese. He has no problem getting his point across, however, if it is important to him that you understand him! He likes to play with just about any toy; balls, legos, cars, light up toys, you name it he will play with it. He enjoys being silly and laughing, and especially thrives with one on one attention. He is generally a happy little guy, but does not like messes or rule breaking, and is not afraid to tell the other children “No” or try to right their wrongs if they are misbehaving. He very much aims to please! I feel Nash would adjust easily to and thrive in a family!
She is a very sweet and kind girl and extremely needs a family. She will be 5 this December, so any new family may commit to her and start preparing a dossier.
She has siblings, but none are available for adoption; 2 older sisters live with birth mother and 1 younger sister has been adopted.
From a family who met her in summer 2013:
She was in my kids’ groupa. She is the sweetest little thing and needs out of there ASAP!!! She has the most noble quiet nature about her. She is mentally delayed but has so much potential. She was one of the least favored children in the orphanage and she is desperate for love. On one occasion she wandered over to the play shelter where we were playing and was trying to eat our daughter’s cookie. We didn’t have any extra (we brought treats for the groupa every three days or so) so my husband just picked her up to distract her and as soon as he did, she threw her arms around his neck and rested her head on his shoulder just soaking in the attention. I can’t bear the thought of her being transferred! She already has it bad enough.
Boy, born May 2006 Congenital cerebral hernia, hydrocephalus, flail legs, slight mental delay, equinovarus, adenoid vegetations of I stage, paralytic strabismus, slight astigmatism, anemia, TB-infection, congenital heart disease (open oval window), diffuse goiter of I stage
Listed: August 11, 2013
This lovely boy has a long list of diagnoses, but SO much potential for growth in a loving family! MORE PHOTOS AVAILABLE. Married couples only. Travel required. Older parents & larger families welcome.
Brothers – they need to be adopted together!
They are said to be “very good boys”!
Listed: August 11, 2013
Hunter, The oldest, was born in March 2004: Hyperkinetic disorders/Hyperkinetic conduct disorder; Nonorganic sleep disorder/Emotional sleep disorder; Benign intracranial hypertension; Other specified diseases of gallbladder; Flat foot
Hunter likes to eat a lot. He and his brother Forest have a lot of energy. He really likes to do arts and crafts and play games. Most of the time he has a very sweet disposition. He is very keen to interact with adults. That being said if an adult is too rough with him things will start to escalate. If an adult tries to swat at him or restrain him in someway he may attempt to bite. Hunter can speak pretty well but he can’t always communicate what’s going on with his emotions. Hunter responds best to strong male figures. An attentive dad is key to a positive adoption for him. He is in grade 4 here but he can’t read, write, do math, or anything like that right now. He is schooled by himself and school mostly consists of arts and crafts. He is not unintelligent but very delayed. He likes soccer. He would be great in an attentive family where he and his brothers will get much attention and where they will be by far the youngest children. I would adopt him myself if I could be as focused on him and his brothers as he needs a dad and mom to be and if we had the space for them along with our current 3. He enjoys picking fruit and cleaning in the orphanage. He is never been far from the orphanage and he is interested in coming to America. He has communicated that he really wants to come to America and really wants a papa.
Forest, the middle boy, was born in Aug 2006:
Mild mental delays; speech disorder
Forest likes to eat a lot. He does school the same way his brother Hunter does. He is considered to be in the second grade. Very sweet but also very active. Like his older brother, he needs to need a lot of attention to keep him from unintended harm. He likes to be outside. He has minor institutional self harming tendencies like scratching himself to leave marks. He does not do that a lot though. Forest loves to give hugs and kisses and hold hands with the adults.
Ridge, the youngest brother was born in Aug 2008
Stenosis of pulmonary artery; currently he does not require surgery. Tuberculin skin test – positive?
Ridge likes to clean. He was mopping the floor with an adult sized mop as I wrote this. He is a very small but sweet boy. He’s a very peaceful and charming child. He is not in school yet but he seems to be the most intellectual of his brothers. He will likely do better in school then his brothers when he gets the chance. He is so cute it is hard to imagine him spending another day without a family. When the boys orphanage shuts down Ridge will be separated from his brothers for several months because he is not old enough to go with his older brothers. I expect this will be a very traumatic time for him, so if a family could come for him as soon as possible that would be best. No family should hesitate to adopt these children as long as they are available to give the time and attention that these children deserve. If that is done the children will flourish.
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Boy, born November 2009
UPDATE JANUARY 2016: Frederick now has a wheelchair that he can move on his own,and he is going to be able to go out to the neighborhood school starting this week! He is making amazing progress.
Frederick has low muscle tone, and he has been diagnosed with developmental delays. He is capable of feeding himself (but he makes a mess!) and just needs more practice to develop that skill. There is concern about core muscle development, but Frederick works hard, so it is believed that he may be able to walk some day.
Multiple unrelated children can be adopted together Frederick is a hard-working little boy who wants to develop his skills. He has developed friendships with some of the other kids in the orphanage (both able-bodied and special-needs kids). He responds well to physical therapy, and in just a couple of months he progressed from simply lying on a mat to attempting to stand and taking small steps.
- One parent must be at least 35 years old
- Parents must be married at least 10 years; singles may currently adopt
- The number of children can depend on other factors (marriage and parent age)
- Past depression is OK, but must explain the circumstances and past and/or current treatment.
- If a criminal history/background, must be explained in detail.
- Travel is not required; however, it is strongly encouraged
- Travel for pick-up is also not required, but strongly encouraged. Escorts can be provided, for an extra cost. The trip for pick-up is usually about a week long, so you and the child could get to know each other well in their environment.
Girl, born January 2006
When Willow arrived, she did not want others to touch her or be near her. However, with some attention and one-on-one time with staff, she began to trust others. While she is unable to walk, she has responded well to therapy which has focused on developing leg strength. She also participates in water therapy weekly.
Willow arrived at this orphanage in early February 2013. She loves music and loves to dance. She has responded well to the pre-school program taught at the orphanage. She has a bright smile and a contagious laugh. When visitors come, Willow is delighted to swing with them or go on walks in the neighborhood.
From a missionary who visited with her in 2013: ” I’ve met Willow! Seriously, this girl ALWAYS smiles. Whenever I would come near her she’d just grab my hand and grin at me. She wants to go exploring so bad, but she can’t walk. She would just point at stuff and grin at me to try to get me there. She is a sweetie pie. my roommate got to feed her lunch one day. She is a happy little girl who went from being scared of others near her to loving the attention! ”
Girl, born June 2007
Gabi has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. She loves attending the pre-school at the orphanage, but she has struggled with learning basic concepts such as numbers, letters, etc. However, with more one-on-one instruction, it is believed that she can and will learn.
Gabi is well-liked by the other children at the orphanage. She is also a favorite of visitors who come to visit. Gabi can sometimes come across too strongly in her attempts to get attention, but she truly is a delightful little girl!
Boy, born February 2003
Congenital malformation of entodermal canal, anus atresia (colostomy in 2003)
Listed: August 5, 2013
Rhyder is a very nice boy! He has had several operations, and currently wears diapers. He has “Absolutely normal mental development.”
Listed: July 30, 2013
Bright eyed Frank is very extroverted and outgoing. He gets along well with others and is active and clever. He is 8 years old and has been diagnosed with postoperative left inguinal hernia and a cyst of pellucid septal cave. Frank has had no symptoms or discomfort so no treatment has been done for his cyst. Frank has been doing very well and has been living with a foster family since 2006. Under the care of his foster family, he has grown up healthily. Frank has a good appetite and likes to eat meat. He also loves apples, bananas, potato chips, and candy. He is not afraid of strangers and can say hello to strangers on his own initiative. Frank likes to spend time with his friends and loves cartoons. When he sees an exciting scene in the cartoon he will jump about joyfully. His favorite activity is riding bikes and going for outdoor walks in the summer.
Update 2014: In 2007 Frank’s foster parents noticed a swelling on the right side of his groin and took him to the hospital where surgery was performed for right inguinal hernia. Almost four years later they noticed swelling on the left side of his groin and he had surgery for left inguinal hernia. Frank is now reported to be healthy. His favorite foods are rice, noodles, mild, eggs, fish, meat, vegetables and fruit – he is not picky. At the time of his report in March 2014 he was in the 3rd grade and described as a very good student with special skills in computers. Frank is said to be a sensible and hardworking boy who is curious about new things. The report also states he is good at sports and his favorite summer activity is riding a bike outdoors. His favorite toys are cars and Transformers. Frank is described as a lovely and active boy who is praised by his foster parents and teachers, but in his heart, he wants to have his own family.
Update 2015: Frank is a healthy boy who is a very good student with special skill in computers. His host family says he is a tender-hearted young man who is very smart and knows and understands a lot of English. He is cautious and likes to follow the rules, and he acts like a protective big brother to younger children in the program. He is enjoying the legos and the hot wheels race tracks and is very exact at following the directions to put new things together. He is also good at making up his own patterns with the legos. He had hernia surgery in 2011 but is now reported to be healthy.
Boy, born January 2005
Delayed Mental Development
Listed: July 9, 2013
Zephan was found at the hospital when he was 1 month old. He has delayed mental development and some lower limb weakness. Zephan is active, warm and generous, and has a ready smile. He likes to help other children on his own initiative. He likes to participate in classroom activities and he has good independence. Zephan is very interested and skilled in puzzle games. He will try new things. He likes to ride children bike with three wheels, play on the slide, and climb and play on the seesaw.
Zephan is a darling boy just waiting for his family to come and for it to be his turn to go home.
Boy, born July 2006
Spina Bifida (postoperative meningocele), postoperative right club foot, postoperative hernia (and one leg shorter than the other)
Jory was found abandoned beside the road at the age of 3 months. He has had corrective surgery to treat tethered spinal cord syndrome, meningocele and congenital cleft spine as well as right cross/club foot. He has normal intelligence. He likes to listen to music and sing. He likes playing with trucks, cars, and balls. His right leg is slightly shorter, but does not seem to impact him. He can walk, run, jump, and go up and down stairs well. He is currently in kindergarten and is doing well. He is patiently waiting for his family to find him.
Down syndrome, specific mixed developmental disorder, features of autism, farsightedness, atopic dermatitis, functional heart murmur, hydrocephalus. Due to a difficult birth, he was born with pneumonia, and intubated for a few days.
From a family who met him in 2015: “Heinrich ran right up to me and asked to go up, and then enjoyed a play session full of jumping. He definitely has a lot of energy, and I was amazed at his gross motor skills. He loved the play area’s rocking horse!”
UPDATE as of June 2015: Heinrich continues to make great improvements. He is communicating and asked to be picked up. He is strong, happy, and loves attention.
Update as of April 2013: His development is delayed; he recently started to walk without help, but not yet steady. Emotions are weak, play activity is primitive, throws away toys, turns them around, puts into the mouth, sucks his fingers, makes stereotypic movements with his head, swings.
He’s not yet speaking, and it’s possible he has a hearing delay. He eats with help, does not yet holds a spoon or the bottle, still it is hard for him to chew a hard food. The level of understanding is low, does not have motivation to make an activity.
Girl, born Jan. 2004
Down syndrome, Severe mental delays, Congenital malformation of heart, unspecified; Kyphosis and lordosis (curved spine); malnutrition
Aislinn is in urgent need of an adoptive family. She is already 8 and in an institution. Please share her need!
Married couples only. Large families and older parents welcome. Travel required.
Listed: June 21, 2013
Elijah needs a family asap, because he needs constant care, and at the orphanage he doesn’t receive it. They fed him with wheat cream only and how he is feeling sick all the time, it’s hard to feed him, so that at orphanages he just remains hungry sometimes.
He can walk and likes music and playing with mobile phones. He likes watching TV and doesn’t speak much.
Elijah really responds well to a male caregiver — he needs a Papa of his very own!
From a missionary who visited in August 2014: ” A beautiful little boy. He is doing so much better, he loves to walk. He needs someone to hold his hand as is too scared to walk alone just yet. He still has some self harming behaviors and lets you know when he’s not happy! But most of the time he is calm and has the cutest giggle. ”
From someone who met him summer 2013:
Elijah is a beautiful, sweet child. He is nonverbal but he occasionally makes some noises. Unfortunately, when I saw him he had to be restrained most of the time because he would hit himself and bang his head … hard. He now has a one-on-one caregiver, and I hear he is doing very well. Elijah likes to watch tv, and he loves musical toys. When you play music for him, he just lights up in a huge smile. He has an infectious laugh. While I was visiting, Elijah had surgery to fix a malfunctioning shunt. I was able to visit him in the hospital. The dedication of the man who is now his personal caregiver was amazing. Elijah can walk with support, and he loves to be held and cuddled. This little blond-haired child looks like an angel, and he would bring nothing but joy to a family’s life.
Several videos of him are available from Maya’s Hope.
Boy, September 2003
Down syndrome, severe mental delays
Listed: June 19, 2013
Brooks is also believed to have FAS, as well. Brooks can be adopted with PAUL. A family would be nearly fully funded with their doubled grant funding. Please consider them!!
Listed: June 19, 2013
Paul is almost 13 years old. He is living in an institution and needs a family so badly. He is able to walk. Married couples only. Travel required.
Listed: June 18, 2013
Mixed hemangioma of face and neck, Chronic viral hepatitis C, Other specified deforming dorsopathies (carriage defect), Astigmatism, Iron deficiency anemia
Susana is a friendly and sociable girl! From a family who visited her during hosting: “She’s a sweet girl, clung to her host mother a lot. Went through the dr appointments like a champ, very brave. Host mom said sometimes it would seem like she would shut down when she’d get upset or things wouldn’t go her way. The tumor is made up of blood vessels and requires more testing but is not cancerous to their knowledge. It will continue to grow if nothing is done and it has already caused problems with her jaw and she’ll require dental work. Surgery to reroute the blood vessels is needed.”
Married couples only. Larger families welcome, travel required. Contact email@example.com for more info on how to adopt Susana!
Boy, born 2006
neuropsychological, motor and speech development delays
Jacques has severely delayed neuropsychological, motor and speech development. His behavior corresponds to that of an infant. He makes several steps independently and walks when held by one hand. He doesn’t speak, but produces monotonous sound combinations. He sometimes seeks adults’ physical closeness.
Boy, born May 2002
Cerebral palsy, spastic tetraparesis, epilepsy, hydrocephaly, deep mental handicap
Listed: May 22, 2013
From someone who met him: Bedridden but still able to smile. They seemed particularly keen for me to photograph this child and kept turning his head for a better shot! I sensed that they too spot the potential within this child who smiled from inside his limited life. Somebody please go get this boy out of this cot!
10 day wait often waived here. Married couples only, larger families welcome.
Boy, born November 2002
Cerebral palsy, spastic tetraparesis, microcephaly, deep mental handicap, carditis, biliary dyskinesia
Listed: May 22, 2013
He was in the same room as Bobby and seemed quite quiet. I would love to see him outside of those stifling rooms.
10 day wait often waived here. Married couples only, larger families welcome.
Boy, born Sept 2004
Coffin Lowry Syndrome, Hydrocephalus, moderate mental delays
Listed: May 20, 2013
Garrett does not speak, but understands speech addressed to him.
From an adoptive family who met him: I met Garrett in May 2012 and I will always remember how sweet he was. He was usually the first one to greet me with a hug when I visited. He was always so excited to show off for me. When the care-taker announced that they were all going outside he promptly put his shoes on and helped some of the other kids with their shoes as well. He and the other boys in his group (Troy and Sammy) are very well loved by one of their care-takers and it shows. It is obvious that they have been taught manners and cooperation and they are very kind to one another. They are taught at least several days a week so do not let the diagnosis deceive you, they are fairly smart boys. They all have obvious delays but never had any problems following instructions and they understood everything they were told and all seemed to love to be helpful. When I show our son (who was adopted from this group) their pictures he remembers their names and tells me they were his friends. He told me he wants them to be adopted and to come to the U.S. How I pray that happens for Garrett and the other boys! Garrett is so sweet and innocent, I hate to see what will happen to him if he ages out of the orphanage.
Travis, Troy, Jake, Nathan, Arnold, Garrett, Sammy, Harold, Harriet, Jordan and Russ were all listed together and may still be in the same region, if not orphanage.
Boy, born Feb 2005
Asthma and Moderate mental delays; Subcompensated hydrocephalus; possible FAS
Listed: May 20, 2013
What a great grin!
From an adoptive family who met him: I met Sammy in May 2012 and he was one of the sweetest kids I had ever met. Always ready with a smile and a hug! I brought things for all the kids in his group and he waited so patiently for his turn and gave me a big hug after. He was very kind and gentle with all the other kids, especially the one girl in the group. He and the other boys in his group (Troy and Garrett) are very well loved by one of their care-takers and it shows. It is obvious that they have been taught manners and cooperation and they are very kind to one another. They are taught at least several days a week so do not let the diagnosis deceive you, they are fairly smart boys.
They all have obvious delays but never had any problems following instructions and they understood everything they were told and all seemed to love to be helpful. When I show our son (who was adopted from this group) their pictures he remembers their names and tells me they were his friends. He told me he wants them to be adopted and to come to the U.S. How I pray that happens for Sammy and the other boys! Sammy is so sweet and innocent, I hate to see what will happen to him if he ages out of the orphanage.
Travis, Troy, Jake, Nathan, Arnold, Garrett, Sammy, Harold, Harriet, Jordan and Russ were all listed together and may still be in the same region, if not orphanage.
Boy, born June 2010
Jacob’s test suggest Down Syndrome. An ultrasound dictation in his file also hints that he looks to have congenital heart disease and an Interventricular septum membrane department tumor and defect. His heart has normal cardiac function.
This little guy needs a mommy and some good nutrition!
He is not speaking yet but does understand the word “no”. He is restless and stubborn. He does not like baths and cries during them but can be comforted with food or being held.Jacob can roll but has poor muscle tone. He is unable to sit or crawl. He can hold objects and throw them and his eyes will follow objects. Jacob does well playing alone but also gets along well with other children.
Jacob is a very lovable little boy. All of us like him very much. We hope that he can find a home which loves him very much early in which he can enjoy the love of parents and owns a happy childhood, nice future. We believe he will bring much happiness to your family.
Boy, born July 2006
At admission he was very weak and was delayed. As time goes by, he has less differences than normal children. At present, he could reach the same level of physical motor skills of normal children. He mainly has language development delay. He often speaks single words and simple phrases as well as simple sentences such as, “mom, I want a ball; Mr. / Ms. teacher, he hits me.” He is able to run, jump and plays a swing set. He enjoys playing games with other children
He is very smart with strong imitating ability. When shopping in a supermarket, he knows to put the goods on the table of a casher to let him or her count them then he pays them. He knows the function of money. He is very loved by his foster family and has a good understanding of what a good big brother is.
Lyle was found in the waiting room of a train station when he was 3 years old. While he can only speak a few words, he understands what is said to him by adults. He is very protective of his friends and will go to their rescue if they are being bullied. He likes to dance and is very good at imitating dances he sees. He is able to dress himself, take care of his own toileting needs and feeds himself. His caretakers feel that he is a bright little guy although intellectually delayed compared to his peers.
He likes to be kissed on the cheek and will respond back with multiple kisses. Lyle is waiting for a family that will cover his little cheeks with kisses and shower him with love.
Boy, born February 2011
Dex is a fun, active and outgoing little boy! He has been in foster care since he was 2 months old. His favourite thing to do is to look at books. He also enjoys playing with toy animals, listening to music and dancing. He plays imaginatively, creating sound effects with cars and trains or caring for dolls and putting play food on plates. He is a caring little boy who gives great hugs, helps with his baby foster sister, and is attuned to the emotions and needs of others.
He is independent with eating and will get every last grain of rice with his spoon.
His communication is developing, his receptive language is excellent and he is progressing in his expressive language using sign language and is beginning to sound out simple words. He is able to follow simple instructions and responds appropriately to discipline, apologizing by signing sorry where appropriate.
He brings much joy and life to his foster home!
Girl, born Sept 2005
Down syndrome, congenital heart defect, congenital trichiasis
At t he time of abandonment she was 3 years old, still could not walk and speak. She is a child with Down syndrome from her appearance and still has mild CHD and trichiasis after test. At the beginning, her health was not good and often had a cold and fever. Now she can walk and her physical condition is good, just can not speak.
She is a little girl, but she likes playing with older children. She is restless and obstinate, likes doing anything.
Down syndrome, congenital heart defect
Kent is an adorable baby boy who is just 1 year old! He came into care when he was 4 months old, and they began working with him immediately to strengthen his muscles. Kent has Down syndrome, and a VSD (6mm) with left atrium enlargement. He may require a surgical procedure to plug the ASD. Kent’s development is delayed, as would be expected. When he turned 1 year old, he was not yet sitting alone, or crawling. He will need more time, and attention, before he masters these milestones.
Kent is a precious baby boy. He is very alert, and very engaging. His receptive language is very good, and he is beginning to make sounds to communicate with the nannies. His favorite activity is listening to music and being hugged. I cannot argue with that! Kent needs a family to love him, and help him reach his full potential. This sweet boy is waiting for you!
Girl, born April 2009
Tallulah is adorable, spunky, and about as sweet as she can be! She has been in care since she was about 5 months old. Tallulah has Down syndrome; her medical mentions a CHD that has been “cured”, but there is no other report of it, and they never mention it again.
Tallulah is incredibly flexible…a gymnastics instructor will love her! She is cheerful, loves to play (outside is her favorite place to be), and hide-and-seek is her favorite game. They report she has an adventurous spirit! Her report is over a year old…but we know she has only become sweeter, and more adorable! Tallulah needs a family to love her and be with her on all her adventures!
The agency has a video available.
Update May 2015: She is potty trained and can take care of herself. She speaks two or three words phrases now. But she understands everything. She understands what others are talking about and she can follow instructions.
She is attending special education preschool in the orphanage. In the special education class, she learns life common sense and children songs, poems, counting, drawing, etc. Her motor skills are as good as healthy children. She is flexible, active and lovely. She likes to dance. She always dance with television when there is a dance show. Her body is very flexible. She can run and jump. She is extroverted, she’s happy most of time. She’s been living group life here in the orphanage always. She gets along well with other children and caretakers. Although her language is not so good, she understands others well.
She likes to build blocks and play with beautiful Barbie dolls. She also likes to dress up beautiful dress or outfits. There is another Down Syndrome child in the pictures (Bruno). They came to the orphanage about the same time and have grown up together. They are very close. They both are extroverted, active and cute!
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.
Boy, born March 2005
Listed: April 20, 2013
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.
Down syndrome, Congenital heart disease
Regina was abandoned at the Children’s Welfare Institute in 2009, when she was approximately 5 years old.
After admission she adapted to the group life quickly. She likes being praised, can get alone well with caretaker and children, sometimes can care younger brothers and sisters and can manage her life.
In late 2010 she entered preschool class. We design and make some projects for her. We find she is interested with colorful paper, she takes the colorful paper to roll and unfold repeatedly. She learns to use scissor to cut paper. She likes painting, use colorful pens to draw circles on balloon. She can put the toy blocks of the same color together which makes her can recognize color and make her fingers more flexible. Regina has had a great change in the preschool class, from an autistic child she grows up into a polite and helpful child.
After training (blow the balloon, tongue exercise and read Pinyin), she can speak “wo, wawa, mama, yao, buyao, hao”, can write some numbers and simple characters. Her limb ability is improved, she can ride a bike, can swing, can sit on the seesaw, recently he loves riding children’s bike. Once upon a time, they are singing together, she feel the student near her does not sing well and tells to stop singing. At the same time she is helpful boy, she can do what she can, can help the teacher to clean the classroom and pick up the toys together; in the dormitory she can help to fold the clothes. In the picnic, she can pull child’s hand positively and can have a bag with food on her back. Through picnic and community activity, she broads her vision and improves her sociability.
She is confident, optimistic, polite, loving and sunshine child. She can perform actively when some guests visit the institute. MORE PHOTOS AVAILABLE.
There is a special $5,000 agency grant for Regina, from the adoption agency that currently holds her file.
Girl, born August 2003
Down syndrome, malnutrition
The information we have for Jennie is very outdated. We know she is walking, and as of age 8 she wasn’t talking.
Boy, born February 2008
Bert has cerebral palsy; we don’t have any specific information
Bert’s younger brother, Ernie, has been adopted domestically.
*** Bert needs a family to commit ASAP! They are ready to move him to the institution unless someone commits now. It will be a disaster for him after this very good orphanage he is in now, especially that he is making a good progress!***
Girl, 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).
Boy, born 2009
Peter is a precious 3 year old boy diagnosed with Down’s syndrome, congenital nystagmus, and polydactyly of the right hand. His limb, language and intelligence development is fairly delayed compared to his peers.
At the age of 1, he could crawl slowly and sit alone, and make sounds unconsciously. At age 2, he could stand while holding onto handrails and could walk with one hand held. He could also understand simple instructions such as “come here” “sit down” and “drink milk.” Now, he can walk steadily, run slowly, and go up and down the stairs while holding onto handrails. He can eat a biscuit by himself and is even practicing eating with a spoon. He can imitate monosyllables and can understand most daily conversations of adults. He is very interested in games and toys, and likes to play with others. Peter is a quiet boy who always has a ready smile. He gets along well with the other children and likes playing outdoors.
Boy, born 2006
post-operative mild cerebral palsy
Listed: March 13, 2013
Hanson is an extroverted boy who is 10 years old. He was found on a staircase at the subway station when he was 4 years old. His limb and intelligence development is delayed compared to peers, but his motor skills have improved with 2 years of post-operative rehabilitation. When he was admitted, he could only walk short distances and would fall down easily, but now with an improved, but not completely steady walk and run, he can walk long distances, go upstairs and downstairs while holding onto rails and even likes to play outdoor activities. His right hand function has also gotten better as he can grasp most objects and can eat with a spoon. His language development is quite delayed compared to his peers. He can say 3-5 words, and understands simple vocabularies. He is very curious and observant of the things around him, and desires to communicate through play.
Hanson received surgery in October 2012 for posterior rhizotomy of spinal nerves and right carotid sympathectomy part stripping resection. Now he receives postoperative rehabilitation. At this time, Hanson’s muscular tension of left limbs is not high, and his language ability is developing.
Boy, born July 2008
Zach is an adorable boy diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy. His limb, intelligence, and language development is delayed compared to peers.
Zach had some new medical testing done and the results indicate that it may be likely that he has Progressive Muscular Dystrophy and not Cerebral Palsy. A family should be prepared for that probable diagnosis.
From Zach’s host family (hosted December 2014)
Zach is a lovely 6-year-old boy and an absolute delight. He has a joyful and cheerful disposition, a sweet spirit, and an infectious smile. He is smart and resourceful in his interactions and playing. He enjoys playing with cars, dolls and animals, flying helicopters, and almost any mechanical objects. He enjoys playing pretend games, like pulling pretend luggage around the house and pretending to cook and serve us with play food, plates, cups, saucers, etc. He loves music and often sings as he goes about his day, and he’s been enjoying learning to play his new harmonica. He interacts well with other children: in our case with our 7- and 8-year-old daughters. He also has a good memory and surprised us by quickly learning things like where all of our dishes go and where we turn to get to our house. He has adapted so well to life in a family, and loves the bedtime rituals of bathing, brushing teeth, getting into his pajamas, and reading; but he also has an endearing habit of making sure the proper lights are turned off, doors are locked where they need to be, etc. He clearly is proud to show he can take on big-kid responsibilities. Zach has to work harder than most children to climb up steps and to get himself up off the floor. But he does navigate steps well, though he needs a boost at times getting into vans or other high places. In December, he was still able to walk normally, except that he has to be more careful than other kids in negotiating uneven surfaces, and steps. He doesn’t let this slow him down or limit his activities. On playgrounds, even with many unfamiliar children, he is not inhibited about climbing the equipment and riding down slides. He accepts help sometimes from us or from our children; other times he wants to show that he can do things alone even if it is harder for him. Zach can sometimes act like a much younger boy. He has a strong stubborn streak, which will sometimes manifest itself in a tantrum. Those tantrums did lessen over the weeks, however. He also enjoys being held, cuddled, and paid attention to and will come and say “Mama bao bao” when he wants to be picked up and carried. As our 7-year-old (without prompting from us) wrote in her journal, “Zach is the best boy I have ever met. He is cheerful and happy.” The medical evaluations we were able to do point to significant medical challenges ahead for Zach, and he will need a loving family to support him through those and ensure that he has the best care possible. Zach loves being a part of a family and will be a blessing and joy for whomever is lucky enough to adopt him.
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 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.
Boy, born August 2008
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.
Listed: February 22, 2013
Mental delays, but otherwise healthy. Tristan’s younger sister was adopted by a different family, and his older sister has aged out. He is a very nice, capable, and curious boy! *** ELIGIBLE FOR $10,000 OLDER CHILD GRANT ***
From a missionary who has met him: He wants a family! He is very tiny. He is a sweet loving kid. He can get very excited sometimes.
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!”
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.
Boy, born September 2003
Listed: February 20, 2013
Zayne wishes to be adopted by a family abroad. He hopes to have a dad and mum to call his own. He enjoys playing outside with other children!
Girl, born Sept 2010
Carol loves sitting and rocking on her hobby horse! She is enjoys listening to music and rocking on her horse. She can sit on the bed steadily and can stand with hands holding onto the bed rails. Sometimes when she sees other children take her favorite toy she will try and take it back.
Update Aug 2013:
Every day starting at 9:00 teachers of special education will take her and other children to the class room to do physical exercise and play. She receives special education in the institute. No other training/therapy. She walks pretty well but cannot speak, except for making some “yee-yah” voices. She will cooperate when a caregiver brushes her teeth. Her teeth are very healthy.
She can eat solid foods. She needs her caregiver’s help when the food contains bones or too hard to break. She needs to be fed by a caregiver. She is close to her caregivers.
Update Spring 2014:
Carol can use body language or expression to express her needs. sometimes she will say “ayi”. Sometimes she can answer simple questions, like “Carol, do you need potty?” and she will answer”No” Carol responds to her name and understands what you say. She likes to play with and gets along well with the other kids most of the time. She can get upset if others grab her toys or ignore her. Compared to other kids her age with Down Syndrome, Carol is said to be more skillful and obedient. She does not wear a diaper during the day, but needs to be taken to the toilet on a regular schedule. She still needs a diaper at night. Carol loves to get attention for her caregivers and loves to play with toy cars and blocks.
Diagnosis: Down syndrome
Listed: February 14, 2013
George can walk with support. He will play with toys. He is described as friendly and as having a positive attitude. He is exposed to games and activities, but he does not always participate. He is not aggressive toward himself or others.
Girl, 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. “Edith was was much in need of one on one attention but did not even know how to be held. She was whiney, but very willing to share her chocolate with anyone and everyone. Edith played with the other girls and was sociable. You could tell, however, that she was emotionally somewhat fragile. She would do really well, in my opinion, as the youngest or only child (or in a family where the other children are grown). She really needs an experienced adoptive family who can give her lots of one on one attention and help build her trust in humanity back”.
Boy, born 2004
Listed: January 30, 2013
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!