Like many unsuspecting birth parents, my husband and I grieved for quite some time after Reece’s birth in April of 2002. The life we had envisioned for ourselves and our first-born-son was turned completely upside down, and we felt very much alone. We were so blessed to find help through the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta and Parent-to-Parent of Georgia. Our faith that God had given Reece to us, and us to Reece, for a purpose, carried us through our darkest hours.
Reece’s Rainbow was started in 2004 as an outreach program serving new families with babies with Down syndrome at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, GA. The nurse who attended me post-partum with Reece, Mrs. Kim Wood, RN, called me one day out of the blue and asked if she could use Reece’s name for her hospital service project. She asked if I would come talk to new families and share everything I have learned with them before they were discharged from the hospital. I was moved, honored, and terrified. Would I be able to face a new grieving mother? Would I be able to HELP and not break down again? YES.
Since that time, we have met countless numbers of new “colors” of Reece’s Rainbow. We have made so many wonderful friends, and our life has been blessed in a million ways. Our network of friends and families continues to grow. But the one constant is REECE…the beauty and innocence that a child with Down syndrome brings to the world is truly one of Divine nature. God has led me through some very difficult times, but waiting on the other side of that “rainbow” for me was enlightenment, empowerment, compassion, mercy, and a tremendous “calling” to reach out to other children like Reece who were not as fortunate as he to have a loving, supportive family to grow up in.
In 2006, the program expanded to include promoting the international adoption of children with Down syndrome. By raising money to offer adoption grants on waiting children, we are able to give adoptive families the extra financial help they need to bring a child with Down syndrome home from a miserable existence in overseas orphanages.
Our Sponsorship Program provides a unique opportunity for anonymous donors to contribute to the adoption journey of our families. These children are viewed as outcasts with no ability to learn or be functional members of society. They languish in mental institutions, hidden away from the world in shame.
Even if you are not able to adopt a child at this time, you truly can change the course of a child’s life by helping adoptive families afford the costs of international adoption. $20, $50, $1000….whatever you have goes into a grant, held for ANY family adopting a child with Down syndrome. Click here to learn the many ways you can help!
Families interested in adopting should visit our New Family page for more information on our country programs, our waiting children, the costs, and the process in general.
From these humble beginnings, Reece’s Rainbow has been powered by the grace of God and thousands of passionate advocates.
I can say with great confidence that if we had a full grant for every child on our website, there would BE no children on our website. There are hundreds of families in the US and Canada who would give their left arm to bring one or more of these children home. The money is the ONLY thing standing in their way.
After ten years of advocating for the children and helping to find families for them, I have officially retired from Reece’s Rainbow in order to start a new endeavour providing respite for the families of children with extra needs.
If you have questions or would like to discuss adopting or donating, please do not hesitate to contact our Interim Executive Director, Michelle Zoromski firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you VERY much for your financial support, your prayers, and for sharing our organization with everyone you know.