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Older Child Grant — Other Angels

AdamLizzie (1)Beginning May 6, 2016, children age 10 & up are eligible for a grant up to $10,000.  Older children with special needs other than Down syndrome are referred to as “Other Angels” on the Reece’s Rainbow website.

$454,000 has been awarded in Older Other Angel Grants since May 2016.

We are currently working on rebuilding this grant fund!  

Additional information available on the new Older Child Grant policy.  To inquire about one of these children, please email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org

For a list of children who are eligible for these grant funds:  Older Other Angel Boys     and     Older Other Angel Girls  and    Other Angel Children (HIV)

 

To donate to the Older Child Grants (Other Angels) and help the grant grow:

$37,425.61 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption, including $702.50 from MACC donations!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

Checks can be mailed to:
Reece’s Rainbow
PO Box 146
Combined Locks, WI 54113

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Irina

irina2015-3irina-2016Girl, Born March 5, 2005

Listed: prior to 2010

Cleft palate, possible FAS

From a volunteer who visited with her in August 2016:  Irina’s update from last year is still very accurate. Her introvert and shy behaviors got more though. She prefers not to interact at all. It took me half of our trip to get her to trust me enough to walk around the building with us and she would still not look at me. She avoids any eye contact. She did enjoy the attention though. She still loves to sit on someones lap. She has grown even more than last year. This year she had become too heavy for me to carry her.

I think Irina wants to get out of the facility. She was transferred to this facility a couple years ago. Before she lived here, she lived in a ‘normal orphanage’ with a special needs group. When they lost their funding she was transferred here. When we take her for a walk she walks to the gate and she just stares at the world outside of those gates. She realizes there is an entire world out there. One day the nurses saw us at the gate though and they yelled at us for minutes. We were not allowed to take Irina there, she could walk away. The gate is closed and locked and we were there with her, so there was no way she’d walk away, but from that day on Irina was even more closed and she lost most of the initiative while walking. She even lost her interest in the swing. She needs someone she can trust, someone who she’ll know will stay and will love her. She has already been listed for so long! She needs a family!

From a volunteer who visited with her in July 2015:  ” Irina is a beautiful girl with dark hair and big dark eyes. She has a cleft palate. She is a precious and happy little girl. She loves personal attention. She is craving attention and physical touch. If it was up to her she’d be held and hugged all day. She can react really shy to people who talk to her and especially when yelled at, she will become really introvert. She is a really sweet girl. Irina is a physically quite healthy girl. She is well nourished, she can walk, run, swing, etc. Her physical development is good, compared with the other children in the same facility. She seems to have a strong body. She knows how to use a swing properly and can swing by herself. She enjoys it a lot. She can play accurate with toys, like dolls, or pretend play with kitchen tools. She knows how to walk stairs. She can dress and undress herself. She can drink from a cup and eat by herself. She is potty trained and will tell if she has to use the bathroom. She doesn’t talk, most likely because of her cleft palate. She doesn’t make noises, but her eyes express a lot about how she feels. And her smile will tell you when she enjoys something. She understands what is being said to her and she can follow orders. When Irina is in the group, she’ll try to stay away from the others. She prefers to play by herself, but she is also capable of interacting with other children or adults. She prefers to play with children who are smaller or younger than her, probably because they are no threat to her. Last year I saw how she was being bullied by other (bigger) children. She tries to flee from bullies (and from yelling), but there is nowhere to go. This year she is doing much better. She has grown physically, which made her less of a target for the bigger children. Maybe also because new smaller children are in the group now. Sometimes she’s still the target of bullying and harming behaviour, but at other moments she will show these behaviours herself. She can be a bully to the smaller children herself. I think this is her way of showing that she is stronger now, but this is no good development. The longer children are in this facility, the more harming behaviour they show. Irina is still able to receive love, but time is ticking away. She needs a family. She would thrive in a family where she could be ‘the baby’.”

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

Irina has been transferred to the older child internat now.   Elinor, Devora, Julia,  Sullivan, Artemur, Duane, Abner and Irina may all be in the same region.

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

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Janie

janie-2016
janiefromyuliaGirl, Born March 8, 2006

Listed:  June 21, 2010

NEW PHOTO MAY 2016:  Janie has been transferred.
She will remain bedridden and restrained for the rest of her life is she is not adopted.  Janie is a beautiful little girl who struggles with the effects of FAS.    She also has CP and some effects of hydrocephaly.   She is not able to walk on her own, and will need the loving and patient care of a family to help her achieve her potential.

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

Janie may be available with Nate and Jared.

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

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Jewell

jewell2015aGirl, Born April 2006
Cerebral palsy / TBI

Listed: August 6, 2010

SIGNIFICANT RISK, PLEASE ADOPT ME SOON!! Eugene is really a GIRL! After all this time, we have learned he is a SHE. Dark brown hair and blue-green eyes.  She has severe CP, but has recently started walking! Jewell is the victim of parental physical abuse, and suffers from post-traumatic brain injury, which has further complicated her delays and struggles.

Updated medical and pictures 8/2015:

She has after-effects of severe brain injury (brain bones fracture), subarachnoidal influence in the form of irreversable damage, hemiplegia with microcephaly.

Dark brown hair and blue-green eyes. She has severe CP, but has recently started walking!

Jewell is the victim of parental physical abuse, and suffers from post-traumatic brain injury, which has further complicated her delays and struggles.

She does have a sister with mild delays whom she can be adopted with or by herself

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

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Leila

leila-2017-croppedGirl, Born March 2005

Miss Leila is so pretty!  Dark hair and giant brown eyes, she is waiting for her forever family.  Leila does not have a specific diagnosis for her cognitive and physical  delays. Her speech is severely delayed and she is not able to walk her own.  She does have strabismus and an astigmatism.

Listed: November 21, 2010

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

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Daphne

Girl, Born April 25, 2006

Daphne was born with CP.  She is not able to walk and is significantly cognitively delayed.  She is described as an affectionate and responsive child, and she would so benefit from having a loving family of her own.

She is facing transfer very soon, and will remain bedridden if she is not adopted.

More photos available

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

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Lorena

Girl, Born November, 2005

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

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

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Willow

WillowWillow-001Girl, born January 2006
H-NMWillow

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! “

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

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Sarahfina

SarahfinaGirl, born June 2005
PRC
Autism

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!

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

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Lizzie

Lizzie (1)Lizzie (2)Girl, born July, 2005
PRC
Blind

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.

Guardian AngelLizzie 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.

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

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Samantha and Kristina

samantha2015

2015Girls, Born November 2004 & November 2005

 Guardian Angel
HELP, WE HAVE ALREADY BEEN TRANSFERRED!
Listed: August 7, 2010

Samantha (the oldest), on the left:  Brown hair and stunning green eyes!   Microcephaly, mental retardation, crossed eyes, physically capable, friendly and affectionate girl, will do well in family environment.  High likelihood of fetal alcohol syndrome.

Kristina, on the right:  cognitively delayed, physically capable, helpful, friendly, likes to play, good girl.

The girls are currently NOT in the same orphanage, but are in the same region and we could love for them to be adopted together.

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

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Haven

Guardian Angelhaven-2017-croppedGirl, Born March 2006

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

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

Listed: February 22, 2011

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

 

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

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Madison

41128135847 Madison (2) Girl, born 200441128135847 Madison (1)
Severe mental delays, anemia, other disorders of optic disc, Other specified acquired deformities of limbs

Listed: November 30, 2014

Madison may be transferred to mental institution SOON. She is delayed, does not talk. She understands and follows simple directions.

 

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

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Edith

30131131941 EdithGirl, born 2006
Diagnoses:  depression, impulsive, attention deficit disorder
It is suspected she has FAS; she suffered meningitis in past.

Listed: January 31, 2013
 

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”.

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

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Emilie

EmilieGirl, born April 2005
PRC
Repaired cleft lip and palate

Listed: March 10, 2014

Emilie is on target in every way (cognitively, physically,emotionally etc.) , but her speech is a bit delayed. She can recite children’s rhymes, but her pronunciation is not very clear. She enjoys playing with kids older than she is and likes to be praised by adults.

 

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

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Chrystyna

Guardian Angelchrystyna2015-croppedGirl, Born January 2002

SIGNIFICANT RISK, PLEASE ADOPT ME SOON!!

Listed: August 7, 2010

Possible Marfan syndrome.

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!

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

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Carolina

Carolina 2013 (3)carolina-2017Girl, Born May 2006

Listed: August 6, 2010

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).

New pic January 2017!  

UPDATE August 2013:

Carolina is a beautiful girl! She is about 4ft tall and about 50lbs. Her CP affects her mostly from the knees down. She does have cytomegalovirus. This was reconfirmed last year, but we were not able to find out if it is active, or if she merely was exposed while her mother was pregnant with her. CMV does cause brain damage if a baby is exposed in utero, so a family needs to be prepared for that, or for the fact that is IS transmissible when it flares. She is very strong and she does make her likes and dislikes known. Her biggest love is candy…but not chocolate! She likes white chocolate a lot though. She likes dolls, and can undress them herself. She has good use of her hands. She gets around by crawling or knee walking, which is great. Knee walking shows her hips are nice and strong. She loves to “dance.” Dancing, to her, is an adult bouncing her up and down for as long as you can stand to do it. She gets quite unhappy when you stop to take a break. The nannies make her walk a bit while holding onto hands, but her legs and feet are just not able to line up with her being so tight. She is very strong. She loves cell phones and will try to snatch them at any opportunity. A toy cell phone that plays music would be nice for her. She speaks, though it is like a toddler. She repeats the same few things over and over, but she does say a couple other words and used them correctly. She understands much more though and the caretakers speak to her in complete sentences. She just loves to move and bounce and be twirled around. She likes BIG movements. She was very briefly startled by my husband, but quickly discovered he could bounce her around longer and higher than I could…and so she quickly preferred him!

Carolina does have some institutional behaviors that a family needs to be prepared for. Her moods change quickly, and when she gets upset, she can throw herself to the floor, even injuring herself. She will hit, pull hair,etc if she is upset. She will throw large toys as well. The caretakers love her, but did express that she would likely not engage or interact with kids bigger than her, and would be likely to assert herself over anyone smaller. That is just how life in these places is. Families without small children would be best for her. An involved, hands-on Papa would be ideal, and a trampoline would be out of this world for her.

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

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Havalah

Havalah June 2013Girl, born 2005
Mild to moderate mental delays

Listed: October 29, 2012

This little peach is just waiting for a family of her own!

 

Update June 2013:
So disappointed her new picture is fuzzy.  She is teeny-tiny and a very happy little girl!

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

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Krista

30930133635Girl, born November 2005
slight mental delay, flat feet, convergent squint, vision impairment

 

Listed October 9, 2013

 

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

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Charissa

Charissa (1)Charissa (2)Girl, born August 2005
PRC
Post-op hydrocephalus and Spina bifida

Listed: January 16, 2014

Charissa is very outgoing and has a ready smile. She goes to school, and learns to sing in the school and can hold a pen with full hand and can imitate drawing lines and simple shapes. Charissa always listen to the teacher in class. She gets along well with other children and likes to have her picture taken. She hopes that she can be adopted by foreigners. Charissa is patiently waiting for the perfect photo-op, the day she meets her new family. Are you ready too?

 

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

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Anastasia

Anastasia June 2013 (1) Anastasia June 2013 (2)Girl, Born 2002
Cerebral Palsy, mild/moderate mental delays

Listed: August 7, 2010

Anastasia is a lovely young lady with blonde hair and blue eyes.  Anastasia was born with CP, and has difficulty walking, but she is very smart and affectionate and doing well.    Physical therapy will work wonders for her.  She will be a wonderful daughter for anyone who considers her!

Update June 2013:
This girl is a dancer! She does not let her CP stop her and she was up and dancing up and down to the music. She is mobile and does walk unassisted but poor thing desperately needs PT and is not receiving it. Her legs do not go straight

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

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Caroline

41122172320 Carolinecaroline-2017-croppedGirl, born 2004    (outdated picture)
Mental Delay, mitral valve prolapse, secondary cardiopathy, umbilical hernia

Listed November 22, 2014

ALL GROWN UP 🙁  Still waiting.  Caroline is almost 13 years old now.  She needs a family!

 

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

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Delta

Delta-002Girl, born 2003
Mild to moderate delays, left eye condition

Listed: October 29, 2012

Update July 2017:

She has moderate mental retardation (NOT just psychological and speech delay!). It is organic damage of brain. She is not at school, defectologists teach her something, but her level of development does not stipulate for “traditional” education. She is taught by program developed for special needs children with mental issues, so it is very primitive.

Delta is almost blind. She has a slight right eyesight. She has been diagnosed with congenital anophthalmos.  Also she is hearing-impaired, and currently she uses hearing device, which is helpful.

Her personality is kind and friendly.

Update June 2013:
Look at Delta- isn’t she beautiful?! She is SO, SO sweet- we gave the kids lollipops and she grabbed my hand and squeezed it and said thank you. She is very “with it”- the kids danced for me and she was one of the very few that was on beat! She is able to follow directions and imitate. I have a video but for privacy reasons I can’t put it on her profile but if a family is considering her I would be happy to share!

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

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Alisha

Alisha June 2013Alisha 2012Girl, Born 2003
Alisha was born with Penn-Sjogren Syndrome.  We do not have any other info indicating why she may be cognitively and physically delayed.  She has cognitive delays, and a divergent squint.

Listed: August 7, 2010

Update 2012:
Little Miss Alisha’s eyesight has regressed significantly.  She needs a family!
She can’t move by herself but she tries to sit. Her speech is not developed. Mental processes are not formed. Ideation is not developed.  Alisha is friendly and quiet. Her emotional world is poor.  She needs care constantly.

Update June 2013:
Look how good she looks! When I saw her she was sitting on the floor with another child, and she reached out and tugged on my pant leg almost like “look at me!”  I said her name, and she gave me a big grin.

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

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Adelina

Adelina June 2013Girl, born Dec 2002Adelina (2)
Mild to moderate delays

Listed: October 29, 2012

Another lovely young lady, still waiting for her forever family.

Update June 2013:
This picture does not show off her true beauty! She loved wearing this dress as when she danced the beads went flying. She has some pretty good dancing moves! I am not sure if she knew the words to the song but her mouth moved the entire time. She also rocks when she sits and does present as delayed.  She has a very sweet, shy smile.

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

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Cheryl

Cherylcheryl-2017Girl, born 2004
Mild to moderate delays

Listed: October 29, 2012

New pic January 2017.

Update June 2013:
She is delayed but she tries very hard to keep up with everything. She is super, super smiley- like she could not stop smiling and giggling. She loved singing and she also loved watching everyone else dance (she did not participate). She also rocks when she sits, but again probably to self-soothe. There is video available with her in it as well.

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

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Coralina

Coralina June 2013coralina-2017-croppedGirl, born 2004
Mild to moderate mental delays

Listed: October 29, 2012

New pic January 2017.  Coralina has been listed with us for 4+ YEARS.  The wait is endless for these children.  They deserve to be in families.

Isn’t she just the sweetest?  Some facial features of #FAS.  Please research this condition so you are prepared for her emotional and academic needs!

Update June 2013:
Coralina is also such a sweet girl! She loved the beach balls and was running around the room making sure they all stayed in one place. She is very small especially considering she is almost 9.  She is in a video, available to interested families.

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

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Dorothy

Dorothy MAAGirl, born May 2005
PRC
post-op Cerebral Palsy and estropia

Listed: May 18, 2015

Dorothy is diagnosed as having post-op CP (both lower limbs affected) and esotropia. From an update (April 2015): Dorothy is extroverted, optimistic, and happy. Her mental development is same as other peers the same age in the orphanage. She understands everything adults say. Dorothy can comprehend and remember what she is taught, but she cannot speak clearly. She needs a walker when walking, as she cannot walk independently. Dorothy can stand by herself for a short time and she can walk upstairs or downstairs by holding the rail. Dorothy is potty trained and has no continence issues. She can communicate with adults by using simple words, but talks slowly. She likes talking with people and she is well behaved and obedient. She can feed herself and put on her own clothing. Dorothy’s fine motor skills are normal. She can draw simple shapes like a circle, triangle, and apple and she can pick up little things with her fingers. She likes playing with blocks, coloring, painting, and dancing. She receives special education in the orphanage and her academic performance is fine. Dorothy’s emotional development is normal. She is close with her foster mother and her teachers. She gets along well with the other kids and is very caring. When other kids carry her walker for her, she will say ‘thank you.” She has lived with a foster family inside the orphanage for four years. Before, she lived with another foster family. She got along well with both families. Dorothy wants to be adopted.

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

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Alys

Alys June 2013Girl, born February 2003
Mental delays, fetal alcohol syndrome, microcephaly, partial atrophy of optic nerve, birth vitium cordis

Listed: October 8, 2012

Alys is a beautiful, sweet girl who is already 9 years old!   She has significant mental delays, FAS, microcephaly and partial atrophy of optic nerve.   She could greatly benefit from a family!

Update June 2013:
She was about ready to take her nap when I saw her. She already had her hands behind her head relaxing! She does get out of her crib and her orphanage just created an outside safe space for older children who are in cribs.

Married couples only.  Larger families and older parents welcome.

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds.
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Nadene

Nadene 2013 (1)Girl, born 2005
Diagnsis: mental delays, light degree tetraparesis (CP)

Listed: October 14, 2012

Miss Nadene has regressed greatly in the orphanage. She has bad memory and attention. She is very shy and quiet. She needs help often but she can walk with support. She could use the love of a family to really blossom!

 

UPDATE 2013:
She is a mover!  It was difficult to get her to stand still.

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Willa

WillaGirl, born February 2005
PRC
Motions of right tendon is bad, deformed tongue

Listed May 11, 2015

Willa is by all accounts an extroverted, happy, well-behaved, very obedient and caring, helpful and easy-going girl.  She  has been in the orphanage system and foster care since 2005 and has lived in the foster home inside the orphanage for the last 5 years.  She’s always gotten along well with foster families.  She likes to help her foster mom, do housework, take care of her little brothers and sisters, and help children with physical disabilities walk up and down stairs.  Though she is diagnosed with postoperative tongue malformation and mental development delay, others who’ve met her say she has normal mental and emotional development, but can’t speak clearly. Her motor skills are normal, and she has no physical limitations.  A recent report says she’s in kindergarten, but past reports have said she is in the orphanage special education class, is the best student there, understands what is taught, and is good at painting.  She is close to the teachers and gets along very well with all other kids and adults.  She can recite some poems and children’s songs, as well as simple English words.  She can write simple words and do simple addition and subtraction. We and others met Terri in her orphanage, and one visitor reports, “She is a very sweet and happy child who really lights up the room when she smiles. She will go very far with love and formal education.” She really wants to be adopted!  See her happy personality as she dances in her video.   Click here to see Terri’s video

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Lexi

LexiGirl, born October 2005
PRC
Hyperextension of right knee/incontinent (possible lower spine issue)

Listed: May 27, 2014

Lexi is a beautiful little girl with such a sweet spirit! She is 8 years old, and has hyperextension of her right knee and is incontinent (possible issue with lower spine). She is able to “walk” with some assistance. Lexi used to sit and watch the other kids run and play, and she was so sad she couldn’t join in the fun. She worked and worked to find a way to get around! Lexi has had some delays but has excellent fine motor skills. She can take care of herself very well and is a smart girl. She has a best friend at the orphanage. Lexi sings while her friend dances. I imagine Lexi would love to be able to dance, too. She will need possible surgery and therapy on her right leg, and help with the continence issues. Lexi is a very loving and patient little girl. She is ready and waiting for a family of her own.

A family met her in country in 2015; they are willing to discuss her privately with families who are seriously considering adopting her.

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McKinley

McKinley CollageGirl, born June 2004
PRC
Growth and developmental delays, mental delays

Listed: October 27, 2015

Agency staff had the pleasure of recently meeting beautiful 11 year old McKinley! McKinley is living in a mock family in the foster village, which is on the orphanage grounds. She attends school in the special education class at the orphanage, where she is in 2nd grade. Her favorite subjects are art and Chinese. McKinley’s best friend has already been adopted to the US and she would very much like to be adopted too and she said she’d love a big family! When asked what kind of family she would like, she pointed to one of our staff members. She is a very sweet and considerate little girl. The guide that was with our staff said she has known her for years and that she is a wonderful girl!

McKinley’s favorite foods are fish, noodles, and grapes. Her favorite toys are dolls and puzzles. McKinley’s favorite animals are dogs and kangaroos. Her favorite color is white. McKinley said she wants to be a mama when she grows up…so sweet! McKinley’s mental abilities are slightly below her peers. She is not receiving any therapy at this time. Her hearing is normal, but she does squint a lot. It is a possibility that she needs glasses. She can read simple books and plays well with others. The orphanage staff described McKinley as shy, kind, helpful, friendly, and obedient.

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Kathleen

Kathleen2-croppedKathleen 2015Girl, born 2004
Unrepaired cleft palate, mental delays

Listed: October 1, 2015

Kathleen is described as broadminded and cheerful.

From someone who met Kathleen in 2010: Kathleen is a very loving and social little girl who loves getting attention from adults. Whenever I was in her group, she was always right beside me, participating in whatever I was doing and engaging me in her own favorite activities. Kathleen has kept that silly, playfulness that most institutionalized children seem to lose. She was definitely a little mischievous getting into everything, but was also very quick to follow direction and obviously eager to please. I truly believe she would thrive in a family where she was showered with all the attention she deserves and allowed to simply be the fun-loving, silly little girl God created her to be.

From someone who met Kathleen in 2012: Kathleen is a happy little girl who would love to be able to communicate, but cannot because of an unrepaired cleft palate. She makes noises to communicate to the best of her ability. She is a very sweet little girl, and loves to play outside. Many missionaries who have met her loved her and spoke highly of her!

Update September 2015: Kathleen was moved into an all girls facility in 2012. The staff say she has adapted well to the routine and has a group of friends. However there is no opportunity for education or therapy where she currently is. The staff say their goals are focused physical activity and teaching the girls self care rather than on education. The facility is in a very rural village and there is no school nearby.

Kathleen was evaluated by a doctor who said that she is moderately mentally disabled. There is a high likelihood that she has some form of a congenital syndrome that she was born with. She has an unrepaired cleft palate, mitral valve prolapse, as well as some abnormality of her elbow joints. She is also very thin, it’s unclear if this is related to her syndrome since the other girls at her facility were not under weight like she is. We observed her eating several times, the palate does not seem to slow her down, but she does have to clear her nose frequently because there is no barrier between her mouth and her nasal cavity. It was originally thought that her speech challenges were due to the unrepaired palate, but the doctor says this is not likely since she is not just delayed in speech, but rather is completely nonverbal. He believes that she will remain nonverbal, but then again there is no speech therapy offered where she is, so we doubt that!

Kathleen understands and is able to follow basic instructions, and is able to perform self care with supervision (self feeds, toilets, dresses independently, etc). We were able to get her to play briefly kicking around a ball, and she liked to watch us color. We were unable to get her to use the crayons herself to see what her fine motor skills are like. She likes to take pictures but refuses to look at the pictures on the phone! She seems really averse to iphones, ipad, etc, when we tried to show her pictures and videos. She would hold our hands and lead us around where she wanted to go, and enjoys skipping! The staff have a nickname for her that basically means “energizer,” because she is always active and on the go!

Kathleen is a beautiful girl who is not able to reach her God given potential where she currently is. The doctor was not hopeful that she would “ever progress,” but we know that with the love/dedication of a family, and medical care/therapy that she needs, that she can prove him wrong!

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Audrey, Adelaide and Emmett

audrey

adelaide

emmett

Sibling set – Must be kept together!

 

Listed: October 5, 2015

Girl, born 2004 (red dress)
Healthy

Girl, born 2006 (pink dress)
Other disorders of psychological development
Phonological disorder
flat feet
astigmatism
cardiomyopathy

boy, born 2008
Phonological disorder
ADHD
Other behavioral and emotional disorders with onset usually occurring in childhood and adolescence
Flat foot

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LouAnn

LouAnnlouann-2017-croppedGirl, born 2004
spastic tetraplegia, profound mental retardation, congenital malformation of retina

Listed: December 8, 2015

New pic January 2017

This is the face of institutional abuse and neglect in an Eastern European orphanage.  LouAnn needs a family to love her…provide for her medical needs and give her the life she deserves.

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Nanci

Nanci (2) Nanci (1)Girl, born March 2006
PRC
cognitive and speech delays

Listed: October 28, 2015

Nanci is a sweet and active girl who is 9 years old. She came to the orphanage as an infant, and has been found to have cognitive delays, as well as some speech delays. She uses short sentences to express her needs. Her movements seem to be a bit slow, overall. Nanci enjoys playing with her friends. She can be easily distracted, and is typically a quiet girl. Nanci would benefit from a good special education class, and a full developmental evaluation. But, most of all, Nanci needs a family!

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Bailee

guardianangelBailey CollageGirl, born November 2005
PRC
arthrogryposis

Listed: Feb 21, 2016

Sweet 10-year-old Bailee is diagnosed as having arthrogryposis, which affects her knees, ankles and elbows. She is a very capable and independent girl despite her limb differences. In November 2015, she received surgery to improve her mobility and she is currently going through rehabilitation for walking. Bailee participates in the big sister program in her institute. Her teachers say she is polite, gets along well with other children, and loves studying. Although she was able to walk with support a little prior to her recent surgery, she had mostly been using a wheelchair to get around. Her teachers report that she is very smart, independent, and capable. Bailee learned to write her name after being shown only once and seldom asks for help. She is strong and very self-reliant both inside and outside of class and laughs happily when she is praised by her teachers. She is well liked and supported by her friends and classmates. Although the orphanage staff say her fingers aren’t affected by arthrogryposis, they do report some weakness in them. She is able to hold a pencil to write many words, do addition and subtraction, and feed herself.

Bailee enjoys singing, crafts, and drawing. Her teacher said that while all of the other children color a page working from the top to the bottom, Bailee starts at the bottom and colors up. When asked why, she replied: “I just want to be different from others.” Bailee is happy in the institute but also has a good attitude about adoption. Her orphanage prepares children very well for families and takes great care of their kids too! Bailee is willing to be adopted by foreigners so she’ll have more friends and people to love her. She told our staff that she would like to have siblings. She also shared that her favorite toys are Barbie dolls and that she likes the color blue. She said she hopes to go to college to become a teacher. What an inspiration this girl will be to the family who says “YES” to her!

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Lizzie

LizzieGirl, born 2003
Microcephaly
Profound mental retardation

Listed: December 8, 2015

Sweet girl!

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Simeon and Charlotte

Guardian AngelCharlottesimeon-2017Simeon, Born October 2007
Significantly delayed; Cerebral palsy
Charlotte, born 2002
significantly delayed

Listed February 22, 2011

New pic Jan 2017.

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.

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Betsy

guardianangelbetsy-2016betsy-2016Girl, born late 2002
Slight mental delay, simple astigmatism

Listed: March 1, 2015

From a family who met her in 2014:  This young lady is very sweet! She is in school and just finished the 3rd level. Betsy likes to color, read, run, swing on the playground, and dance. When we were able to talk to her she seemed slightly shy but very calm and gentle. Betsy is articulate and seems only slightly delayed. She and my daughter hugged and cried when they had to say good-bye. Betsy really wants to come to America. She would be a wonderful addition to any family! I would love to share more with seriously interested families.

Update November 2016:  Here is a beautiful young lady who wants a family very badly. Betsy just turned 14 years old. She is fun, rather shy, very sweet, immature emotionally (more like an 8-10yo), physically affectionate, with some mild mental delays, has severe astigmatism that made her nearly blind (but since corrected with strong glasses). She was hosted this summer by a family in TX. We visited Betsy for 6 days while she was here. Betsy confided in our daughter that she did not want to go back to her country at all and wanted to stay here in America with a mama and papa and brothers and sisters. Betsy cried at the thought of going back to her internat (boarding school for orphans).

Yes, adopting Betsy would be adopting an older child. Yes, it comes with different expectations than adopting an infant. Yes, I’ve been there done that and would be more than happy to share the ups and downs of adopting an older child. Yes, I would adopt Betsy in a heartbeat if our house wasn’t already full.

Please, DO NOT turn away from Betsy. Please, pray about adopting her.

I KNOW what kind of internat she comes from…it’s NOT a good place. Betsy does have a few teachers who do care somewhat for these children. She does receive some schooling. Betsy needs out!

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Shayla

shayla june 2013Girl, born 2004
Diagnoses: deep mental delay. Cerebral paralysis- double spastic form, microcephaly. Strabismus, divergent squint, and Optic atrophy. First degree anemia.

Listed: October 4, 2012

Sweet little Shayla could tremendously use a family and medical attention to help her thrive. She has already been living in this orphanage for 3 years and risks soon having to be transferred to a place where adoption will be next to impossible.

Her speech is not well developed, she holds toys in her hands for brief periods of time (but she sure does love to hold stuffed animals!), she has a reaction when you say her name but she is not able to communicate back but she smiles. She walks with support- can”t walk independently. Children in this orphanage need families! They do not receive enough interaction/therapy to help them thrive. They are seen as hopeless but we know that is not true!

Update June 2013:
This is not a great picture [on the right] but she would NOT sit still. She was wanting to move!! She thought it was so funny and would not stop laughing and rocking back and forth about the camera. The nannys also were laughing with her- her laugh and happiness is very infectious.

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Venetia

venetia-2017-croppedGirl, born 2005
Mild to moderate delays, needs dental work

Listed: October 29, 2012

New pic January 2017.

Sweet girl!  She needs a mama to paint her nails and braid her hair.  She’s trying so hard to force a smile for the camera.

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Lauren

 

Guardian Angellauren-2016lauren-2017Girl, Born January 2002
From her medical records:  achondroplasia

NEW PIC OF LAUREN! January 2017.  She has grown into quite a beautiful young lady.  She urgently needs a family of her own!

Listed: August 7, 2010

Lauren says “HI Mama!!  I’m here waiting for you!”  (in this photo she is riding a rocking horse!)

Lauren is a super-sweet and active little girl.  She is very social and affectionate, and will do well in a family setting.

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

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Frieda

Frieda June 2013Girl, born Sept 2002
Mild to moderate delays, Cerebral Palsy

Listed: October 29, 2012

Update June 2013: 
Frieda is also very sweet but is delayed. She is shy when you meet her but she loves lollipops and will smile for one 🙂  There is video also available with her in it, for interested families. She knew the words to the lyrics to the songs they performed and also tried to dance along to the music. She does like to rock a little bit when she sits more than likely to self-soothe.

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Sarah Anne

Sarah AnneGirl, born October 2004
PRC
Cerebral Palsy

Listed: May 9, 2014

Sweet Sarah Anne has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Right now she is living in an orphanage but is able to go to a Special Education school in the big city. Sarah Anne is still a bit behind her friends developmentally but she does like to play with other children and she studies very hard. Sarah Anne is friendly with others and likes meeting new people. Sarah Anne’s limbs can be a little stiff but she still loves communicating with others.

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Sophia

Sophia (1)Sophia2014Girl, born June, 2004
PRC
Scoliosis and delayed mental development

Listed: March 12, 2014

Sophia can communicate with teachers and caregivers, but when talk is deeper, she can not express herself well. She is able to take care of herself in all daily needs. She is in Grade 4 of a Special Need Children School.

Video:  http://youtu.be/hswDggLxjOQ

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Lucy

LucyLucy 1Girl, born December 2004
PRC
mental delays and language delays

Listed: March 10, 2014

Lucy lives in a foster home and attends special education classes. Lucy is said to be outgoing and enjoys interacting with other children. Lucy was diagnosed with mental delays and language delays. Lucy loves to sing and dance. She knows about 30 Chinese characters, can count to 100, knows all the months of the year and days of the week. Her sentences are said to be limited to four to five words. Lucy can dress and undress herself, feed herself and participate in most all physical activities. Lucy is said to love to read books aloud.

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Sarina

Sarahfina Feb 2014 (1)Sarina (1)Girl, born December 2004
PRC
Cerebral Palsy

Listed: November 27, 2013

Sarina has normal limb development and delayed motion development. Her mental development is delayed compared to other children. She is open, gentle, polite, and likes familiar people close to her. She can get along well with other kids, likes sharing toys with kids, likes riding the bike, listening to music, and reading. Sarina is able to communicate with people and express her preferences.She can sing short children’s songs, recite short poems and can imitate drawing various shapes. Sarina can walk independently as well as go up and down the stairs. She likes to help people. Sarina is waiting to have a family so she can be a helper to her brothers and sisters.

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Ellie

Ellieellie updated picture Feb2014Girl, born July 2004
PRC
Cerebral palsy, mental delays

Listed: September 17, 2013

 

Ellie is open, gets along well with others, is helpful, and can join in group activities. She is a positive girl, and likes to share the toys. Ellie is receiving acupuncture and motion treatment according to her condition. She can sit stably, can crawl well, can walk slowly with the help of the walking aid. This beautiful girl is just waiting to light up the lives of a her new family.

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Jessica

Girl, born July 2004
PRC
cerebral palsy

Listed: September 29, 2012

Jessica is a shy and sensitive little girl. She is also timid.

Jessica was abandoned by her parents in front of our institute in 2005 due to her cerebral palsy. At the time, her complexion was dark and she was skinny. She could neither walk nor talk. In the institute, she is a very good girl who did not cry without reason. We all treasure her. When she interacts with other children, she likes to hold hands with them and touch their faces. Most interestingly, she takes very good care of her toys as they are always the cleanest and complete after she plays with them. For all of this, she is constantly praised by our caretakers.

Because of her cerebral palsy, Jessica has limitations in movement and speech. She received rehabilitation treatment in the institute for a period of time. From July 2011, she received rehabilitation treatment  for half a year. Currently, she can walk slowly when holding onto something. She can also say some simple words. For example, she can say the names of all the children in the institute. Because she is timid, she cannot walk freely for fear of falling. She’s afraid to step forward and would sometimes just sit on the floor. We would tell her encouraging words everyday, for Jessica is a child in need of much encouragement.

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Cambria

Cambria smiling March 2014Girl, born January 2005

Anophthalmos (absence of eyes)

Listed: August 13, 2012

What a sweet little girl!  She is walking independently. Married couples only, large families welcome!

Update June 2013:
Don’t let Cambria’s pictures fool you. She is happy and full of life. Usually, she is stuck in bed for her own safety, as the nannies are afraid she could fall or run into something and hurt herself. When I took her out, she was able to walk, run, and dance to the music playing on the TV in the room. She loves dancing! She started laughing when I clapped my hands in front of her face and when I sneezed. She is an absolutely angelic little girl. While I do believe she has some institutional autism, she would be a joy in any family, and with love and proper care will thrive.

Update March 2014:
Although she mostly lays around because she cannot see, she walks and dances; she loves music. She is extremely gentle, and sensitive to noises.  She loves to be swung around and rocked gently, and that also makes her giggle.

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Lexi (L)

Girl, born September, 2004
has siblings (not available for adoption)
FAS; Mixed specific developmental delays; short-stature; strabismus; hypertrophy; flat-foot; repaired hernia.

Listed May 20, 2012

Lexi was born prematurely at 34 weeks gestation weighing 1530g. She has had trouble gaining weight. She has a history of bronchitis and otitis. She started walking at the age of 2. In March 2011 she weighed 15kg and was 103cm tall. Delay of speech comprehension, expressive speech, general motor, audio attention memory, and visual attention memory. She is developmentally on target for her age in the areas of fine motor, self sufficiency skills, and social adaptation.

Update from Lexi’s care home Feb 2011: She attends speech therapy classes. She was diagnosed with Speech and communication disorder- moderate delay of language development. During therapy she is active and interested in the activities. However her actions are stereotypical, chaotic, she struggles to understand simple plots of the games.

October 2010: Lexi is agile, happy, and communicative. She is able to recognise and name the objects from her nearest surroundings. She struggles to understand abstract concepts. She helps get herself dressed, undressed, makes her bed, and looks after her own clothes.

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Noel

Guardian AngelGirl, Born October 2004

Oh, Noel!   Noel was born with hydrocephaly and severe CP.   She has had surgery and has a shunt for her hydrocephalus, but she is still just “existing” for right now.  She is blessed to still be at the baby house….the director can’t bear to send her on.

Listed: February 21, 2011

There is no way to know her potential until she is out of an orphanage and in her own family setting.  She will likely require 24 hour care.   But she deserves a family of her own!

Because of her severe special needs, any family considering a commitment for Noel should have experience caring for a child with these significant needs.

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Tressa

tressa-2017-croppedGirl, Born January 16, 2005
FAS

Listed December 23, 2010

New pic January 2017!  Tressa is a beautiful little girl! She just turned 12 and needs a family of her own.

Shareable video link: https://youtu.be/cse6UVe-730

 

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Valerie

valerie-2015Girl, Born February 2004

SIGNIFICANT RISK, PLEASE ADOPT ME SOON!!  Valerie has been transferred.

Listed: August 7, 2010

Shareable video link: https://youtu.be/M-AHBDIdqD0

Isn’t Valerie cute??  She is diagnosed with hypothyroidism.  She also has strabismus (crossed/lazy eyes).    She is diagnosed with developmental delay, and shows many of the facial characteristics of a child with FAS (Fetal Alcohol syndrome).  But she is a darling girl, very active, loving and affectionate!   She is facing the institution soon.  I hope a family is out there waiting just for her!

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.

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Miranda

miranda-2017-croppedGirl, Born August 25, 2004
Cerebral Palsy

Listed: June 20, 2010

FINALLY, an update for Miranda.  January 2017.  This is the miserable life of a child stuck in an institution.  She needs a FAMILY.

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

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

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

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Devora

DevoraGirl, born February 2002
Mental delay, HIV

Listed: March 4, 2013

Creative, eager

Devora is a real sweetie pie! She loves to have her head rubbed, and enjoys being tickled. Her smiles and giggles are absolutely heart melting! She does not talk, stand, or walk as far as I could tell. Her idea of mischief is to kick off a shoe or hide her arm inside of her sweatshirt, and she’d giggle as these things were corrected.

She seemed to find it very amusing when I would ask her where her hand was, then say “There it is” as I removed it from inside of her shirt. This became a game, and she would giggle as she hid her arm again as soon as I removed it from inside of her shirt. She is a very content little girl, and something as simple as a spiky ball could put a big grin on her face. I never saw her upset as long as she was allowed to play in either her bed or her chair, but she would become upset if I tried to move her to a more unfamiliar area to play.

Elinor, Devora, Isolde, Julia,  Sullivan, Artemur, Duane, Abner and Irina may all be in the same region.

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Shirley

ShirleyGirl, born February 2004
PRC
Cerebral Palsy

Listed: February 11, 2014

Shirley is a sweet girl who has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and high muscle tension in her legs. She has had surgery to help with the tension in her tendons. Shirley loves to play dress up with her dolls. She is currently attending a primary school and is learning a lot! Shirley has been living in a foster family since 2006 so that she could get more individualized attention. She go to therapies every day to make her body stronger. Shirley is able to take care of all her personal needs and is very independent. She has been taught about adoption and would like to be adopted!

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Alice

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AliceGirl, born December 2003
PRC
Developmental Delay

Listed November 18, 2013

Alice is very caring and sweet. She is diagnosed as being developmentally delayed, but the volunteer at camp found her to be a very smart girl who loves chatting about everything around her!!

What Alice’s camp counselor had to say:
“I am writing about my girl Alice whom I worked with at camp for a week. Alice is such a great girl! She is 9 years old, loves crafts, singing and dancing in front of people in her own way, and taking care of others. As I watched her, I noticed how kind and sweet she is. Alice is so kind to others, especially children who are with her, or those she lives with at her orphanage.

One of the best moments I had with Alice was when we read our goodbye letters to each other. She seems so tough and tried not to show her emotions to me all week, but when I read my letter to her and she read her letter to me, she started crying. She cried for a very long time, which made me emotional and she turned and looked at me and whispered “I love you.” It broke my heart, but made me so thankful to have this sweet girl in my life that I didn’t realize I needed, until God placed her there.

Alice looks a little small for her age, but has no physical needs. She is very active, talks a lot once she gets to know you, and like I have said before, LOVES kids! It is so neat to see her take care of those around her, make sure they have enough to drink, to eat, and that they are clothed well. Any family would be so blessed to have Alice in their life and I hope you consider adopting her!! She is so amazing and I’m blessed to know her and call her my little sister.”

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Iris

30702000250Girl, born March 2003
Moderate mental delays; Microcephaly; Acquired deformity of chest and rib; Scoliosis

Listed: July 7, 2013

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Melody

melody updated picture 1 feb2014Melody 2Girl, born May 2004
PRC
Developmental delays, possible mild Thalssemia

Listed: January 14, 2014

Melody is diagnosed with moderate delayed mental development and Hypochromic microcytic anemia- possible thalassemia or iron deficiency anemia. Her file mentions beta thalassemia minor, but it does not appear that she receives regular transfusions at this time. She may have thalassemia intermedia. A prospective family should be prepare for any form of thalassemia. www.choosingthalassemia dot blogspot dot com is an excellent resource to learn more about thalassemia. Melody does not have good motion development and her mental development is delayed. A prospective family should be prepared for mild CP as well, even though that is not on the list of diagnoses. She was admitted to the orphanage at 5 years old. At that time, she could sit, stand, and walk alone. After she got comfortable with her new surroundings, she was polite and could get along well with people. At the age of 6 years, she could go up and down stairs holding onto something and could pick her favorite toys, but her language development was delayed. She could greet adults positively. At the age of 8 years, her motion of both upper limbs was not good and her walking position was not normal. She could wash her hands, could put on and take off her clothes independently, and could button and unbutton. She is now receiving special education in the center, can recognize common colors and shapes, can participate in some simple activities with kids, and can read some short children’s songs with teachers and friends, but she cannot read alone. Melody is gentle and shy, can get along well with others, and is very happy when playing games with children. Occasionally she is obstinate. She likes to share toys and food with the other children.

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Heather

Girl, Born December 2003
T-A
Epilepsy, moderate cognitive delay

Listed: November 12, 2011

This BEAUTIFUL girl needs a forever family of her own.   Heather is presently residing in an orphanage.

Health Condition: Heather has been diagnosed with Epilepsy.   She is currently on medication for this condition and reports state that she has not displayed any effects of Epilepsy since April 2009.   Heather has also been diagnosed with Moderate intellectual deficiency. According to reports, she had a brain injury caused by the suspected abuse from her birth father. Her psychological assessments show that she has a delay in cognitive and motor development. Heather has also been diagnosed with congenital myopia, astigmatism and mild strabismus. She currently wears glasses for myopia and astigmatism. The doctor related that astigmatism is mild so it is not necessary for her to have a surgery.

Likes & Dislikes: Heather’s favorite foods are rice with meat sauce, tapioca milk tea, chocolate, pudding, cookies, yakult, and candy. She dislikes carrots, noodles, vegetables, bean curd, and steamed buns. Her favorite activities are playing house, fishing, doing puzzles, drawing, and any active games. Y-W does not enjoy thunder, dogs, being alone, the dark, strangers, or caregivers having raised/angry voices. Heather very much enjoys school, especially singing and dancing. She gets along very well with her school peers.

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Mara

Mara (1) Mara (2)Girl, born 2003

Diagnoses: Mild mental delays, Hydrocephalus, cleft palate, Anomaly (congenital) (unspecified type) of pupil function

Listed:  January 21, 2013

This child shows significant facial features of FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome).  Please research and prepare yourself for the challenges of children with this condition.

Update:
She was so sweet! She was playing nice with all the kids. Very lovable. She came up to ask if I was her mama? It broke my heart. She loved to be held.

She followed the care givers directions & was very well behaved!! With love & patience she would fit right into a family.

Married couples only, large families welcome.

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Julia

2015

2015

julia-2016Girl, born 2002

FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome), probable secondary CP

Julia has such happy, giant brown eyes and a smile that lights up a room!

Listed:  January 13, 2013

Update from August 2016:  Last year Julia got operated on, on her feet. This year she is walking like a queen! She gets therapy where she learns to walk in a straight line, jump, etc. It was amazing to see what she was capable of. She was talking a lot this year. It’s very hard to understand her, even if you speak the language, but the girls that she has been in a group with for many years understand her completely and are capable of having conversations together. She loves to go on the swing, she hates to get off again. 😉

It is hard to tell what she does and doesn’t understand. She hardly responded to any question that was asked. She only answered question about whether or not she wanted to walk around the building, go on the swing, play with the ball. It was hard to tell if she wasn’t interested in answering other questions or that she didn’t understand the other questions or didn’t know the answer.

This year she showed less harming behaviors, but they were not totally gone. See does bite herself or other smaller children around her sometimes. There doesn’t seem to be a specific reason for it. It happens on random moments. But she is totally not an aggressive girl, she is so cheerful and enthusiastic. She has been a hero in her rehab therapy. It makes me think that she can achieve a lot if she gets the chance and sets her mind to it. I would really look forward to see how she’d thrive in a family!

UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 2015: “Julia is a very enthusiastic girl. I don’t know how else I should put it in words. Meeting Julia is an experience. She is one blast of fun and energy and happiness. When I met Julia I called her my little monkey, because as soon as your within reach, she will grab you (whereever she can) and she will climb on you. And she will hold on so tight that you don’t even have to hold her. She won’t fall. She is really strong. She loves to be hold This spring Julia got operated on her feet. Before her feet were shaped like how ballerinas hold their feet while dancing. This summer she was wearing casts and one of our last days the casts were taken off and her feet are straight. Even with the casts she was already walking on her own, without the casts she did the same. Walking was very hard for her before the operation. She could amaze me sometimes by getting up and walking a couple steps to reach something she really wanted, but now she was really capable of walking, not just a couple steps. She is still in a wheelchair most of the time though. Julia is potty trained and will tell if she has to use it. She can dress (or at least undress) herself. She can play accurate with toys, like dolls, or pretend play with kitchen tools. She also tries to brush hair and put a band in it. She is really careful when she does that. She can drink from a cup and eat by herself. Julia can say some words, she doesn’t speak in sentences. She understands what is being said to her. Julia is pretty social if you compare her to many of the other children in her group. She is willing to share toys sometimes. She likes to show you around and show you beautiful things, like flowers. She has a hard time sharing personal attention though. She just wants someone for her own. Someone that she doesn’t have to share. She wants someone who has time for her, sees her, likes her. And it’s not hard to like her. With her big smile, her beaming eyes and her loving hugs it’s easy to fall in love with this girl. Last year we think she was sedated many days that we were there. She would hardly respond to anything. She would only hold my hand, but she wouldn’t even try to hold it when I walked away. We expect that they sedated her because she is such an energetic girl and there was a lack of staff last year. This year we didn’t see that anymore. Things are better in her facility than last year. She will most likely also get some kind of physical therapy now that her casts are taken off. I’ve seen some self-harming behaviors in Julia. Sometimes she bites herself or pinches herself. She can do this so badly that she starts to bleed. She can also bite and pinch others when she is upset. This is not regular behavior for her, but I’ve seen it happen. Julia is a loving girl who desperately needs a family. She has a sweet character with a lot of fire in her spirit as well. She needs someone to get her out there, before she loses the fire in her eyes.”

From a volunteer who visited with her in July 2014:  “I know Julia as a big Drama Queen. She loves attention and she’ll do anything to draw your attention. But not this year. I don’t know if she was on heavier sedatives or that she lost her strength to fight for attention. The only thing she’d do was take my hand as I walked by. Normally she’d wheel after me and try to climb on me, but it seems like there was no strength left. I missed my Julia as I know her, my little monkey. I want her to find back her energy to get out of life what’s in there. She’s an amazing girl and she deserves a loving family. She Always has a big smile on her face and she’s really caring. She takes care of dolls as if they are real babies. She feeds them, changes their diapers. She loves to play with my hair and she actually tries to put the band in it. She is amazing! She would be such a good daughter! “

From someone who met her:   Julia is a girl that I know as the girl with the big smile.  Somehow she just seem to smile almost always. She’s a little monkey. Whenever somebody enters her group she would crawl up to that person and just start to climb on him/her. She doesn’t even need you to give her a hand, she’ll just climb up without any help and then she hangs on your neck, looking around, proud, as if she wants to say ‘Did you see that? Do you see where I am?’

Guardian AngelHer favorite toy is a doll. She plays with it as if it is a baby. Keeping the doll up straight, putting her down carefully. She feeds and clothes the doll. One of the nurses showed her how she should put a cotton diaper on the doll, she totally loved it. She even sings lullabies for the doll and she’ll ask visitors to do the same. She also loves to play with long hair. She really tries to make ponytails or braids.

Julia is able to walk, but her legs are really crooked, and she needs help to keep standing or to walk.  Julia is described as curious and enthusiastic.

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Tadee

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGirl, born February 2004
Chronic Hepatitis B

Listed: March 26, 2013

Tadee is a lovely young girl, hoping for a family of her own!  Her hair is adorable, with the multiple braids.

 

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The Reece’s Rainbow Prayer Warrior Ministry was created with three goals in mind:

  1. To lift the daily needs of each waiting child up in prayer
  2. To lift Reece’s Rainbow up in prayer
  3. To lift the families whom God is preparing for each waiting child up in prayer

 

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Aurora (L)

AuroraGirl, born April 2002
General delays of speech & development; cerebral paralysis atonic-astatic form; wears glasses for convergent squint and farsightedness

Listed: April 12, 2012

 

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.

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Luigina

30702001143Girl, born July 2003
Moderate mental delays; Acquired deformity of chest and rib; Epilepsy

Listed: July 7, 2013

 

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Merida

Girl, born May 2003
Bilateral hearing loss, right-sided hemiparesis, cognitive delays

Listed: June 12, 2012

What an adorable young lady!

 

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Paxton

Girl, born Nov 2002

Paxton is a wonderful, kind teenager who would love to be in a family. PAXTON IS AGING OUT SOON!

Paxton has congenital tricuspid atresia. She had a bi-directional Glenn Shunt in 2007 and TCPC surgery with fenestration on 23-Dec-15. Prior to the 2015 surgery she had poor circulation which has caused clubbing in her fingers and toes. When waiting for surgery, her oxygen levels were low and were not supplying to her extremities well. This clubbing is purely aesthetic and does not affect function in any way. Prior to her surgery, Paxton had trouble going up and down stairs and had swelling in her legs. This is no longer the case post-surgery. Paxton is very active. She loves to ride her bike and jump on the trampoline.

Paxton’s heart condition is very stable. She is on two maintenance meds with therapeutic response. She requires monthly blood tests as one med is a blood thinner but if she were adopted she would likely have access to meds available in other countries that would not require this. Paxton is very well liked by her peers. She is in third grade at school, due to a very late start, but she enjoys going to school and appears intellectually normal.

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Rebekah

Girl, born 2006
Apert syndrome, craniosyntosis (frontal skull reconstruction done, midface advance needed, would be best done in the US), syndactyly of feet and hands (fingers surgically separated–has 4 digits on each hand).

Rebekah feeds herself independently and calls people by name. She can identify objects and colours. She is independent in indicating her needs and independent in her self care. She is attending on site school where she can write numbers 1 to 200. She loves counting things. She knows and writes all of her upper and lower case letters. She is reading and writing 3 letter words. She can spell her name.She doesn’t want to miss out on what is happening, she is eager to be a part of the fun. She enjoys sitting with adults and telling stories. She loves to color, draw and write. She is proud to be a helper and to be independent. She is working on pre-vocational skills of washing dishes and sweeping.

Rebekah has a $5000 agency grant offered by a specific grant.

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Noreen #

Girl: 2002

Diagnoses: hydrocephalus, spina bifida

 

Noreen turned 15 earlier this year.  She lives in Eastern Europe in a group home for children with disabilities.  Noreen uses a wheelchair and needs assistance for some of her needs.  She is not yet fully able to take care of herself however, she has developed good hygiene habits, can dress, undress and feed herself.  She is fun-loving, active and involves herself in many group activities.  She is quiet and kind, approaches others with respect, and exhibits no signs of aggression.  Noreen gets along with her classmates, teachers, and children at the specialized institution.

 

Noreen moves around without help except for her electric wheelchair.  She can catch and throw a ball and any other toy with both hands.  She has normally developed speech and makes complete and logical sentences.  She adapts with ease and can focus well, depending on the environment.  If necessary, she keeps eye contact.  Noreen relates and reacts to music and will sometimes sing! Noreen is easily motivated, smart, kind, respectful, well-mannered, with no signs of any aggression.  She is thirsty for knowledge and has developed a creative personality and good character.

Donations will not be accepted until a family is found for her.

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Liesl, Kurt, Brigitta and Louisa

4 Siblings

girl, born 2013 — mild mental delays

boy, born 2012 — alalia

girl, 2007 — alalia, She cannot talk

girl, born 2005 — moderate mental delay

They must be adopted together!

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