Entries by Michelle Zoromski

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Violet

Girl, born 2010
PRC
Rare Chromosome Disorder: Chromosome 15 Ring

Listed: May 2020

Violet is a very petite girl, born in September of 2010, who appears much younger than her age. She is very shy and afraid of strangers, but is extroverted and cheerful around her caretakers. In fact, this cuddly girl loves to be held by her nannies. She gets along with the other children and likes to play games with them. Though she is behind other children her age, Violet continues to make progress in her development. She now speaks in short sentences, such as “I want to eat that” and she can answer yes or no questions. When she became scared of a stranger visiting, she told her nanny “I want to leave.” Despite Violet’s tiny size, she can run very fast and is able to go up and down stairs by holding the railing. Her self-care is good. She feeds and dresses herself and can climb up into a bed that’s taller than she is. She can point to body parts when asked and can do simple counting. She is also able to follow basic directions.

Violet is diagnosed with developmental delays and a congenital heart defect-VSD, that she has received surgery for. Though she was previously on a medication for pulmonary hypertension, she is no longer taking any medication. She was not re-tested for PH. Violet also had a test that showed a ring abnormality of chromosome 15. You can read more about that here.

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Agency staff who met Violet said that it appears to be understaffed based on observations and conversations with caregivers, with a higher than typical child to caregiver ratio. As a result, most of the children do not receive any rehabilitative services or therapies. Most of the children do not attend school and do not receive any lessons within the orphanage. Many of the children spend most of their time in their crib. Due to this, these children may have delays more significant than typical institutionalization. This could potentially be part of why Violet has developmental delays. Though she is behind other children her age, Violet continues to make progress in her development. She needs a patient, gentle, and loving family to help her adjust and provide the stimulation and nourishment she needs to learn and grow.

A family that traveled more recently said: “The children in this orphanage are in a group of 13 (ages 6-13) with 3-4 nannies. They were happy and loved, excited to see us and all smiles. My daughter has been home since 1/28/20 and learned English words and how to write her name in country. They watched Paw Patrol and other cartoons and have learned preschool skills from the shows. They do not go to school, but do have craft classes. My daughter can cut with sisters, paint, draw, and color in the lines, so I know someone worked with her. I met Violet and she is very sweet and social.”

There is a $1,500 agency grant for Violet’s adoption with her current adoption agency.

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ELI for the Keim family — NE

Rodney and Alisha Keim live in Atkinson, Nebraska with their children Josiah, Selah, Jeremiah, and Tallulah.  Jeremiah was adopted from Thailand in 2015 and Tallulah from Asia in 2019. The family was first matched with Tallulah through her advocacy page at Reece’s Rainbow. In one of the photos, she was pictured with another little boy who also captured their hearts. Had it been possible to adopt them together, that would have been their desire. The family met Eli while in country finalizing the adoption of Tallulah in May of 2019.

Their “happy family” picture was taken at the orphanage. Just after the picture was taken, the Keim family left the orphanage with Tallulah. Just before the photo was taken, Eli was taken back to join the other kids without families, bawling. The Keim family longs for the day they can see him again, the day his friend will become his sister. They pray he will come to understand how much he was loved that day and that he holds a piece of their broken hearts in his.

The last piece of paperwork the family will need in order to submit their dossier has been sitting on a desk in the USCIS office since March (just before immigration biometrics offices shut down due to the COVID-19 Pandemic). The family asks for your prayer: perhaps the God who moves mountains can push that little piece of paper on through soon. They also ask you to consider giving a donation to help them bring Eli home! Rodney and Alisha are each self-employed by small businesses that have been impacted by the Coronavirus shutdowns. God continues to provide graciously for their every need… perhaps you are one way he will provide for the adoption of Eli!
5/26/2020 — COMPILING DOSSIER

*** Elijah received a $5,000 Grant! ***

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Derrick

Boy, born 2018
PRC
Down syndrome

One and a half year old Derrick is a loving and cuddly boy. His file states that he can roll over on his own and lift his head when laying on his stomach. Derek enjoys touching his caretakers face and will laugh out loud.

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Diana

Girl, born 2018
PRC
Down syndrome, CHD

Nearly two year old Diana is described as a giggly and cuddly girl. Her file states that she can hold her head up while lying on her stomach. Diana responds to her name being called and smiles at those she knows. She likes toys that make sounds and being cuddled. Diana has been diagnosed with Down syndrome and patent ductus arteriosus (PDA).

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LILY MAE for the Rinehart family — TX

We are the Rinehart family and we are adopting! This will be our third and final adoption from Asia. We have six grown children and multiple grandchildren. Our home and family are full of people and love. Our two youngest daughters (ages 8 & 6), adopted in 2017 and 2018, are eagerly awaiting their little sister! We began our adoption journey in 2016 after the Lord laid in on our hearts over a several year period to adopt. The journey was like chipping away at stone to reveal the diamond underneath. The first time we saw her picture we were hooked! Little did we know then that we would repeat the process two more times. Like her sisters before her, our newest little one has stolen our hearts and we know that she is our daughter! We hope to bring her home this fall. With all of the uncertainty in the world, we would appreciate your prayer. Please pray for our family to get through this process quickly and that travel would be safe and available when it comes time to travel. If the Holy Spirit moves you to donate, we would certainly appreciate that as well. Thank you!
5/18/2020 — COMPILING DOSSIER

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Hasini for the Woods family — NH

We are Carrie and Ken Woods, parents of six children, four adopted from Asia and two biological. We met in high school and have been married for almost 34 years. Our children range in ages from 8 to 31 and we are also excited to soon be grandparents. We started our first adoption in 2000 and over the years we have been fortunate to grow our family one at a time. Our last adoption in 2015 started with looking at several files and came down to two beautiful girls. It was a difficult decision but we are thankful that we brought our new daughter home when we did because she has needed significant medical care over the last 5 years. Fate would have it that the file for the other little girl came to our attention at the end of last year and we felt we were in a place to move forward and bring her home. She has always been in our hearts and now she will be in our lives and loving home.
5/15/2020 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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Mickey

Boy, born 2016
PRC
Down syndrome, CHD, hypospadias

Precious Mickey is described as mild-mannered and quiet. He loves when his caretakers hold him and chat with him! Mickey was born with Down syndrome, CHD- VSD and PFO, and hypospadias. In September of 2017, Mickey had heart surgery to repair his VSD and PFO, along with PDA ligation. Mickey is close with his caretaker and he loves playing with toys that are bright colored and make sounds. Mickey’s best buddies are two little boys we’ve been advocating for as Calvin and Torin. We sure hope all three of these precious little boys find their families soon and we have requested an update on Mickey!

There is a $1,000 agency grant for Mickey’s adoption with his current adoption agency.

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Taliyah

Girl, born 2016
PRC
Down syndrome, CHD (VSD)

Taliyah is a beautiful, quiet, and shy little girl, born in June of 2016 with Down syndrome and CHD-VSD. Taliyah’s caretakers say that she likes listening to music, playing with toys, and hanging out in her walker. Taliyah will smile readily and she gets along well with others. She likes noisy places and spending time playing in the special education room. Taliyah’s favorite food is an apple. She is a sound sleeper. She can imitate drawing lines and shapes and can catch a ball. Taliyah’s file is brand new and the agency has requested an update to hopefully get some videos of this precious little girl!

There is a $1,000 agency grant for Taliyah’s adoption with her current adoption agency!

A CHILD for the Creech Family — TN

Mollie doesn’t remember the exact moment when adoption was put on her heart and in her mind. But, she does remember it was all consuming. She tried to get away from it. But, she couldn’t. It was there and it wouldn’t go away. It was 2015. By early 2016 she finally worked up the nerve to bring it up to her husband, Bryan. It’s not that they didn’t talk often, or that they kept secrets. It’s that she thought he would think that she was crazy! You see… they had seven biological children and they thought they were done. Their family felt complete.

Earlier that year their youngest, at seven years old, had had open heart surgery. She had recovered and was doing great. Their oldest son was engaged to be married. Life was good. But, that nagging adoption thing wouldn’t go away. So she told him. And, the miracle of it all was that he had been thinking about it, too.

In April 2017, one month after their first grandchild was born, they came home with not one, but two sons from China. They were their pride and joy! But life wasn’t ever going to be the same. It was overwhelming! But, one day at a time, one sleepless night at a time, they got through it.

They went into adoption with their eyes wide open, or so they thought. In the end both boys, their sons, had needs that had been undiscovered. The words deaf and autism, and global delays were added to their family. But guess what? These were their children, the ones they fell in love with before they had ever met them! They held on because God knew what they needed. They needed to depend upon him totally. Three years later their adopted sons are thriving and their biological children have learned so much about love and the privilege to know people with special needs.

In 2020 that call to adopt has become strong in their family again. This time they have felt called to consider adopting a little girl with that beautiful extra chromosome. They want to add a child with Down syndrome to their family. And, once again it’s the same, that all consuming desire is there to give a child a family. Would you please pray God will make a way?
5/11/2020 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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CLEMENTINE for the Luckow family — FL

Meet the Luckow family. They are finally excited to expand their family to a party of 3! Lauren and Drew were both born and raised in south Florida. After meeting through mutual friends they were inseparable. Moving forward to being happily married for 3 years, settling into their homes and careers, they have chosen to move forward with adoption.

In their hearts they have always wanted to adopt, and specifically adopt a child with Down syndrome. Over the past few years Lauren & Drew have volunteered with the Special Olympics, Starability and other local organizations. With spending time with the athletes and children, they knew they wanted to start growing their family with adoption, despite being able to conceive on their own.

They spent a lot of time educating themselves on international adoption and looking through advocacy websites. Coincidentally both Lauren and Drew came across “Clementine” through different advocacy sites and felt very strongly God saying, “This is your child.”  This is just the start for the Luckow family. In time they would like to expand their family. Your support and prayers are greatly appreciated in this process. Thank you!
5/5/2020 — COMPILING DOSSIER

Two Children for the Redfern family — OR

We are the Redfern Family. We have 9 children between the ages of 8-30 years old right now. Our oldest daughter is married and pregnant with our second grand baby. Our oldest son is finishing his masters and getting married this summer. One son lives in a neighboring town where he works. Our two oldest girls at home graduate from high school this year.

We are in process to bring home a sibling group from Eastern Europe. A boy and a girl. The girl has special needs. The children we hope to adopt are not on hold for us until our first trip. If they are not available then we will be shown other referrals of children matching our homestudy. Our prayer though is that this sibling group will be available for us. We are excited to be adding to our family. The cost of this adoption will be approximately $39,000 both children. This is why we have set a goal of $25,000.00. We have paid $10,000 of the cost so far and will be able to save another $5000.00 towards it. It’s hard to have garage sales, bake sales and such with a virus around. We will be applying for grants as soon as we can. If you can donate we would be forever grateful. If you can not, that is absolutely fine too! We know times are tough right now.

We would love prayer requests for the following issues if you feel led. 1) That this sibling group will be available as we love them already and they could be kept in the same orphanage until we can travel. This will save quite a bit of money (we have budgeted this way above believing that God will do this). That they are safe and fed until we can come and their hearts prepared to love a new family. That they can be adopted at the same time.  2) That this country would waive the 30 day waiting period, allowing me to make 2 trips instead of three. The area they are in have never waived it but other areas have. I believe it will for sure not happen if we don’t ask God. So I am asking him. 3) That He will prepare the hearts of the siblings at home. They are very excited. And that Torey and I would have wisdom to raise all our children to have a personal relationship with Christ and to love Him with their whole hearts. 4) That He would provide as He sees fit.
5/5/2020 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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Kylie

Girl, born 2015
PRC
Down syndrome

Four and a half year old Kylie is described as outgoing and active. Her 2017 report states that she laughs loudly when happy and she can say a few simple words, such as “mom” and “dad”. Kylie can stand when holding onto a support and she has strong hand strength. Her file states she can follow objects with her eyes and moves around using a baby walker. Kylie enjoys playing with others.

A CHILD for the Briar family — AK

Dave and Erin Briar have been blessed with eight children – two boys, five girls and one older “daughter-of-the-heart” – Alicia. Dave and Erin met Alicia at church while serving overseas in the US military. They quickly bonded with Alicia, invited her into their home, and “adopted” her at age 20. In essence, a daughter-of-the-heart. They love all their kids from oldest at age 28 to the youngest at age 12. Caliana will be a much-loved and welcome addition to their family — another daughter-of-the-heart.

The last five years have brought a lot of change to the Briars’ lives. Dave retired from active duty. The family moved back to their home in Tok, Alaska, where Dave works for an Alaska-based company. Several other aspects of their family situation changed and they felt the Lord wanted them to be doing something different. That ‘different’ was being introduced to Reece’s Rainbow by one of their daughters. From the very beginning Caliana caught Erin’s heart. After much prayer and talking it over as a family (who are all very much excited by another sister!) they have started the journey to bring home another daughter-of-the-heart!

Dave served in the US Air Force for 30+ years and the Briars moved around quite a bit before settling in Tok, Alaska. The Briars have lived in Texas, Delaware, South Carolina, Mississippi, Kansas, Nevada, Maryland, and Alaska. They also lived in Germany for six consecutive years and South Korea for a total of six years on three separate assignments. In addition, Dave did an unaccompanied tour in Honduras and two combat tours in Iraq. As a result, the Briars are no stranger to overseas living and culture. But living in a foreign country never slowed down their desire to grow their family. In fact, four of their children were born overseas – two in Germany and two in Korea. They feel that having a daughter born in Eastern Europe will further add to the international flavor of their family. And Caliana will ensure that the Briars born overseas outnumber those born in the US!
4/28/2020 —  HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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Camille

Girl, born 2014
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: April 2020

New pic & video from May 2020!

Camille is an adorable little girl, who is said to be active and smiley. Camille can walk, run, and go up and down stairs. She has a strong imitating ability and likes holding writing utensils to scribble. Camille recognizes her name and understands simple instructions. She occasionally calls “mama.” Camille can build a tower with blocks and she enjoys chasing adults and listening to musical toys. She also likes playing with other children and wants to excel.

Camille’s gross motor skills are basically normal. She can walk, run, and jump independently, but her balance ability lags other kids of her age. Her fine motor skills are generally normal. She can independently complete finger pinching, eating, washing hands, washing face, etc., but her coordination skills are relatively poor. She clearly speaks “Mama, Ayi (aunt), Chifan(eat rice), Nihao(hello), bye-bye, Zuo(sit down).” However, she doesn’t usually speak clearly. Sometimes when she says a word, she will utter “ah ah ah” in a hurry. She understands instructions, such as “throw the rubbish into the garbage can” and “set the table and chairs for lunch/dinner.”

When seeing caretakers standing and feeding other kids, Camille would bring a stool and ask the caretakers to have a seat. She is gentle in character and gets along with other kids peacefully. She has strong imitation ability, such as learning from her caretakers how to fold clothes and quilts. When watching TV, she will imitate dancing. She is extroverted and very enthusiastic towards visitors. She is not picky about food and she has a good sleep at night.

Camille has a $1,000 agency grant for her adoption with her current adoption agency.

A CHILD for Jeff and Mollie family — OH

We are Jeff and Mollie, parents of 9 living children, as well as one, Hannah, who passed away in 1991. Three of our children still live at home, while the others are married and living independently, or in college. We have one grandson at this time! His name is Austin and he is two. He is the center of attention most of the time and we love opportunities for him to come and stay the night.

We met while Jeff attended college and Mollie’s mother met him in a bookstore and invited him to church. It was in church we met for the first time, became best friends, dated, and in March of 1978, we became engaged then married in 1979. We both had a calling from God to serve in some capacity in the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. We moved to the area near Chicago and attended Bible college. After graduation, we began our career in the field of ministry. We’ve had the privilege of Pastoring 3 churches and working in a Bible college in Texas. We have been completely in love with each other and with our children. As a family we are actively busy serving in our churches in a variety of ways. We are a musical family of pianists, guitar playing and singing. Our family has known the satisfaction that comes in truly making a difference in the lives of those who need us in our communities and churches, from our seniors and our ministries to people with special needs, and those in our inner cities and nursing homes.

Our family loves to laugh and have fun but also practices our faith and applies a “person centered” approach with each of our family members.  We are a family of a variety of backgrounds and races. We adopted our oldest son from Honduras and another daughter from Seattle who is part Eskimo Indian..
We do have our times of stress but have learned to talk things out and pray together about our differences and show love and support to each other.

What is important to us is making a difference in the lives of children with special needs. Our first born daughter Hannah, was born with Down syndrome. She died at age 4 after her 4th heart surgery. We were told we would never have more children and began to adopt. Then we had three more biological children! Each person in our family is so unique and plays a vital role in our family structure. Jeff is now a retired Pastor but does teaches others through an online Bible college. Mollie works with the state of Ohio as an independent provider for adults and children with special needs. We also have helped churches start ministries to include people with special needs within the congregation. We feel this is so vital today. Not long ago, we saw a photo and read the narrative on Vivi and wanted to help her so began to call families we knew. After not finding someone who would undertake this we decided why not us? We want to adopt her ourselves and pray Vivi can be a part of our family. This will more than likely be our last adoption as we are getting older! We know that God can open the door for us and make this happen and we would appreciate your prayers and support. We are both in good health and love our busy happy family life and feel Vivi would be loved and happy here!
4/24/2020 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

*** The child the family is adopting has received a $5,000 Older Child Grant! ***

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Nolin

Boy, born 2017
PRC
Down syndrome, CHD

Two and a half year old Nolin is described as introverted, shy, and with a ready smile. His report from 2019 states that he can babble, imitate words, sit on his own, and stand with support. His file shows that he can express his needs through body language. Nolin is fond of listening to music, singing, and playing on a toy drum set. Nolin has been diagnosed with Down syndrome and congenital heart disease.

Nolin has a $1500 agency specific grant from his current agency.

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Esme

Girl, born 2015
PRC
Down syndrome, post-op CHD

Esme is described as outgoing, active, and social. Her 2017 report states that she uses sounds and actions to communicate her needs. Esme’s file also states that she can sand while holding a handrail. She enjoys throwing an object on the ground and will giggle happily. Esme has been diagnosed with Down syndrome and postoperative congenital heart disease.

A Child for the Park family — UT

Hi there! We are the Park family, Bryce, Annie, Benson and Emmaline.  We met through friends in 2009 and hit it off. After a cup of coffee and talking all night- the rest is history. We got married in 2011 and have since welcome 2 biological children into the world. We’ve fostered 2 children with disabilities and have always known there is a permanent place in our home and family for a child with special needs- who might not otherwise have one.

Most of our adult life has been spent taking care of people with disabilities in many capacities, from direct support, to foster care, to lifelong friendships. We have a passion caring for and loving people with disabilities.

We have been fortunate in our journey to parenthood, and we are looking to grow our family. We are finally in a place where the time is right for us to expand our love and give a deserving child a home. Our children are excited for their next brother or sister!
5/4/2020 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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A CHILD for the Davis family — VA

Leah is a lifelong Navy sailor who grew up as a dependent and is now active duty. When she was a young girl living in Hawaii, her stay-at-home RN mother fostered several children under 2 who had special needs for a few months and one at a time while they were between more permanent homes. Even though she was only 5 years old at the time, she fell in love with a baby named Emily whose smile she can still remember and was old enough to understand that adopting meant adding a child who didn’t come out of my mommy’s tummy. Since then, adoption has been at the forefront of her mind when it comes to adding kids to a family of her own.

In 2015 while stationed on a ship, her church hosted an adoption agency that talked about older child adoption. They told her that even single women who work full time on a Navy ship can adopt. Leah knew that her time was coming when she would add to her family of one.

In January of 2019, a friend shared the Reece’s Rainbow page of a girl who was aging out and Leah felt the tug on her heart. She began prayerfully considering adoption in the near future and knew it was almost time. Almost one exact year later, another girl with the same special needs was shared to Facebook by a friend who had already completed an adoption for a child on Reece’s Rainbow and was working on her second. Leah knew it was time and began her home study that month.

First time international adoption can be a long and difficult process and the child that Leah is working toward adopting doesn’t have much time! Any kind of help is welcomed and appreciated and thanks to all who follow this journey to make the Davis family go from one to two!
4/14/2020 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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A GIRL for the Wierenga family — MA

James and Colleen met when Colleen was freshman and James was a junior, in college. We started dating five years after that and we married 2012. We found out in 2014 we couldn’t have children biologically. As it broke our hearts, we immediately knew we were meant to adopt. Before we got married, we spoke about the possibility of fostering and adoption, as Colleen knew as a young girl she wanted to adopt. At that time, we found Reece’s Rainbow, and instantly we found our son. We adopted Jacob in 2016 from Bulgaria and he will be 7 in July. Four years later, a little girl in Eastern Europe has our hearts and God has very clearly said go, just like what happened, four years ago.
4/8/2020 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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Rae

Girl, born 2016
PRC
Down syndrome, CHD-ASD

Update and video from May 2020!
Rae is described as gentle and quiet.  She is relatively weak physically and delayed in terms of gross motor skills and speech development.  She’s not yet potty-trained. She holds her bottle and drinks milk. She can sit up on her own, but she cannot run, jump, or climb up/down stairs. When playing, she occasionally reached out his hand. She cannot pick up tiny things yet. Rae doesn’t have any schooling, and isn’t particularly attached to a caregivers. She’s begun to utter one syllable sounds. Her file says she likes to play hide and seek — I bet she’s adorable playing “Peek a boo”! Please help this tiny girl find her family, where she’ll be loved and treasured for exactly who she is.

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Precious Rae has the most expressive faces! Rae was born with Down syndrome and a congenital heart defect- ASD. She was reported to have developmental delays commonly seen with children with Down syndrome, but she has been diligently working to meet milestones. Rae’s caregivers say that she is calm and easy-going. At the time her file was prepared, she loved when her caregivers would give her a massage and when they would hold her and talk to her. When the nanny would tell her stories, she would quietly listen and when the nanny would call on her, she would look at the nanny. Little Rae desperately needs an update and we’re hoping one will come for her soon!

There is a $1,000 agency grant for Rae’s adoption with her current adoption agency.

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Tristan

Boy, born 2014
PRC
Bullous ichthyosiform erythroderma

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Tristan has a severe skin condition. Look at that smile in spite of what must be very painful and itchy sores. A report from August 2018 says the following:

Tristan has a pair of bright eyes. He has a smile, he is so shy and cute when he laughs. He loves clean. Although he is young, he always spreads out the little towel, puts the bowel and spoon on the towel and has a meal carefully each time when it’s time for a meal. He knows to clean his face and mouth after a meal, and tells the caretaker that he eats over. When the caretaker praises him “well done”, he shows his happy smile. He likes all kinds of snacks and his favorite foods are ships and chocolates; he also loves all kinds of fruits, such as apple and pear. His favorite fruits are bananas. He is fond of watching cartoon; sometimes when there is familiar music from TV, he knows to sing follow it. His favorite cartoon is Boonie Bears. He sleeps alone in his cradle.

Tristan can go upstairs and downstairs without help, can jump off floor with both feet, can go upstairs one foot per step, can hold a pen with right hand, can hold a pen with full hand and scribbles on the book. He also can grasp a small ball with his hand, throw the ball away. He knows red color, count numerals of 1-5. He is fond of playing with toys. He is happiest when he is playing with toys. Usually he can play with toys alone over 10 minutes. He likes all kinds of toys. He can take a toy with his hand and plays with it, he puts it back after he doesn’t play; he can put on and take off socks and shoes. Due to his skin, he is difficulty in putting on and taking off clothes.

He can say some phrases; he is very clever and is not afraid of strangers. Each day, he sees that the caretaker goes to work or off the work, he says “good morning, mom” “goodbye, mom” on his own initiative. When he sees the repair men in the institute, he also says hello to them with open arms. The staffs like him very much. He knows the adult’s words and he also can communicate with the adult. He states out his needs on his own initiative and makes the caretaker to know his meanings. Sometimes we ask him “how old are you?”, he answers “4 years old”. In the group, he knows the names of all children, like a big brother; even if the children change their beds each other, he also knows to state out their names. He often plays with children together in the group. Sometimes he is naughty and grabs the toy with other children. He enjoys that he is praised by the adult, he is so happy at that time. Sometimes he is naughty, he shows his unhappiness and grievance when is criticized by the caretaker.

Please won’t a family adopt this sweetie and help make his life with this skin condition as comfortable as possible as he continues to grow and thrive!

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Ping

Boy, born 2018
PRC
epidermolysis bullosa (EB) and CHD-ASD

Ping is a sweet little boy, with epidermolysis bullosa (EB) and CHD-ASD. Ping was sent to a special home when he was only a few weeks old because he needed nursing care for his skin, extra nutrition, and heart surgery. Ping has had surgery for his heart, but still needs lots of special care for his skin. His skin is easily damaged from ordinary things, like seams on clothing, scratching an itch, and by doing things like rolling over, sitting up, or crawling. During the summer of 2019, Ping started to eat food orally. His nannies are so proud of the progress he’s made! He can sit up independently and loves singing time!

We sure hope Ping’s family finds him and can get him home while he’s still so young!

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Leonel

Boy, born 2010
Down syndrome

CO-8

Listed: March 2020

Leonel is a quirky little 10-year-old boy with down syndrome.  He has an extraordinary spark and charisma. Whenever he feels comfortable in his environment, he will respond to the people around him with his smile and all his affection. He likes all the colors, but his favorite is blue. Leonel wants to find a forever family that can love him and take care of him forever.
*** I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

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Maxwell

Boy, born 2012
Down syndrome, CHD

CO-8

Listed: March 2020

This eight-year-old boy may be shy at first but is full of love inside and is looking for a loving family to help him externalize it. If you want to see Maxwell happiest, play some music and ask him to dance. Through the sounds of the songs he likes, you can always bring a smile out of him. One of his favorite activities is to ride around in the car while listening to his favorite tunes, as the constant movement of the car gives him a feeling of safety.

Maxwell has a diagnosis of Down syndrome, risk of low size, heart disease correction, adenoid hypertrophy and daytime and nighttime enuresis and encopresis. Due to his diagnosis he needs constant attention and support to get through daily tasks such as brushing his teeth and getting dressed. He doesn’t usually speak verbally. Maxwell has a hard time relating to kids his age therefore needs a lot of encouragement on making new friendships and maintaining them. With the constant affection and support of a loving family, Maxwell will exceed his potential and become the wonderful boy he is supposed to.

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Evi

Girl, Born 2010

Cerebral Palsy

Evi was transferred to her current home in September, 2019. She had experienced neglect and under-stimulation in her previous orphanage, but has grown so much in her new home that it’s hard to tell she is the same girl.

Evi has cerebral palsy and although it hasn’t been officially diagnosed, it’s possible that Evi may have Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) based on its high correlation with cerebral palsy and the presence of several characteristics of CVI in Evi’s visual behaviors and processing. Improvements in her visual processing and engagement during her time in her new home have been made, due primarily to better nutrition and stimulation.

Evi is a happy, fun-loving child and loves to listen to music and play with her friends within the home. She enjoys being held and rocked, and being in the sunshine. Evi is able to independently lift her head up and makes purposeful eye contact, laughing and smiling at those she is familiar with. Evi is nonverbal and appears to understand some basic words in both English and her native language as she often smiles or laughs in response.

Evi flaps her hands when she is excited. She is able to grab and pick up various items, and is working on both hand strength and mobility in physical therapy weekly. She is also working with physical therapy to prepare her body for a double hip surgery to help increase both her mobility and function.

Evi is a joy and would benefit and grow exponentially in a family of her own.

Klein for the Reinecke family — WI

The Reinecke family is no stranger to international special needs adoption. They returned from Eastern Europe last summer with their twin girls and are now ready to go back for a little boy!

Rebecca started researching international adoption while she was in college, knowing that with her own health conditions she might not be able to build a family in the traditional way. She already had three cousins added to her family through adoption and felt that this could be a good plan for her as well. She spent hours reading the blog “The Blessing of Verity” and fell in love with the idea of adopting a child with special needs. Years later, she became engaged to Brendyn and was listed for a pancreas transplant shortly after. Plans were in the works to build a family through both biological and adopted children and then a pancreas became available, which changed their lives forever, in the best and hardest ways possible. The surgery that was supposed to make conceiving easier, ended with complications that made carrying a child dangerous for mom and baby. Always planning on adopting anyway, they decided to move the plans for adoption to the forefront and began researching. Rebecca remembered that blog from so long ago and started sharing the idea with Brendyn who agreed that adopting a child with special needs would be something they were well situated to do with Rebecca’s nursing experience and personal experience with medical conditions. On July 17, 2018 Rebecca saw an advocacy post for 3.5 year old twins and they decided to get more information. It was love at first sight and they had the commitment paperwork with them to mail out on the first day of their honeymoon a couple weeks later. Twelve months after they saw the picture they brought Margo and Rose home to Wisconsin.

A few months after returning home with the twins, a little boy on Reece’s Rainbow named “Klein” started popping up on Rebecca’s newsfeed. She couldn’t help but notice how similar he was to Margo, who is completely blind from Retinopathy of Prematurity. He still had the light in his eyes that was quickly fading from Margo when they picked her up in July. He was sitting in a room familiar to the family and had the same black hair and dark eyes. They were not yet eligible to adopt and he became the first Reece’s Rainbow child that Rebecca advocated for. A couple months passed and he was still listed and tugging on Rebecca’s heartstrings. The time was coming when they would be eligible to adopt again and Rebecca brought him up to Brendyn and they requested more information. After much conversation, they decided it was meant to be and they signed on with their placing agency New Year’s Eve 2019. Since signing on with their agency they have dove into the paperwork and doing everything they can to get him home as quickly as possible. Rebecca, Brendyn, Margo, and Rose are all excited to welcome this little boy into their family!
3/30/2020 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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A Boy for the McFarland-Higgins family — VA

Brian and Stephanie’s family has been grown in nearly every way possible: biology, step parenting, foster care and international adoption. Eight of their children are “permanent members” but a handful of extras call them mom and dad from their years as foster parents and Brian and Stephanie love the crazy joy that their large family brings.

When they brought home their daughter, Nadya Rose, from Eastern Europe right before Christmas in 2018, Stephanie said “see you soon” to their daughter’s birth country as the plane took them home to America. Fulfilling that promise, the Higgins family is adopting another tiny “homie with an extra chromie” and are excited to watch their littlest daughter become a big sister to the little one they are affectionately calling “cheeks.”
3/30/2020 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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Houston

Boy, born 2017
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: March 2017

May 2020 Written Update: His cognitive abilities are slower compared to typical children, but he has not other health issues. He is not yet potty trained, yet he is working on it. Houston has a lively personality! He can crawl and walk with assistance. He can grab small things with his hands. He is attached to his foster parents; the foster family likes him very much. Houston has delayed language; he doesn’t speak yet. He will grunt and point to something that he wants. He can understand simple instructions such as to pick something up. He likes to watch TV and play with cars.

Houston is a precious and smiley little guy! Houston can roll over, sit alone steadily, and crawl. He can stand with his hands held and he can change position easily, including going from a kneeling to sitting position. When there are toys beyond him, he crawls to reach them. Houston likes colorful toys and balls. He likes to bounce balls and bang two toys together to make sounds. Houston loves a lively environment and will crawl to a place with many children and sit down to observe the caretaker and children’s activities. He knows how to grab his favorite toy and how to throw the toy he dislikes away from him. Houston also enjoys interacting with the caretaker and playing peek-a-boo with her. He knows some simple instructions, such as “Come here,” “Have a meal,” and “Clap your hands.” Houston will crawl to the caretaker quickly and imitate putting a phone to his ear. He is curious about new toys and familiar with his own name. He turns when called and will respond to the caretaker’s facial expressions. When the weather is good, the caretakers take him to play outdoors. Houston has a good appetite and knows how to use a spoon. He can chew and swallow and can eat biscuits without help. Houston is a good sleeper too. We hope a family will come forward for precious Houston while he is still so young!

Houston has a $1000 grant with his current adoption agency.

These families are in country now…meeting their child for the first time as a result of your life-saving donations

Families are still eligible for FSP donations until they are HOME with their new child, so it is not too late to help them with your sponsorship gifts.

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Griffiths Family Fundraising

Whilst adopting our daughter with special needs from abroad, we were privileged to meet and fall in love with many beautiful children with Down Syndrome in her orphanage.

The conditions they have to endure, even against children with minor or no special needs are terrible, and we decided that when we came back, we would try and help as many children with Down Syndrome as possible who are waiting to be adopted find their forever homes. We spent five months in the orphanage with our five year old son, and he decided he wanted to do a bake sale to help his new friends from the orphanage when he came home to the United Kingdom.

His school is kindly allowing us to host a bake sale on World Down Syndrome Day to celebrate the special friends he met, and help him raise awareness and funds for this very important cause.

We will also be donating 10% of everything we sell through our business (minimumworld.com) on World Down Syndrome Day to help a family adopt one of these beautiful children.

The Griffiths family

A list of donors will be provided to the Griffith family. If you would prefer to donate anonymously, please email Michelle@ReecesRainbow.org

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MADELINE for the Swegle family — CO

Brian and Julie Swegle are the parents of 7. After raising their 6 birth children, they decided that they were still young enough and brave enough to add more children to their family through adoption. Because Julie is a teacher for the visually impaired at a school for the deaf and the blind, they felt particularly equipped to parent children who are blind. So, 1.5 years ago they welcomed a daughter from China (who is deafblind) to their family. She was such a joyful addition to the family that they decided to grow their family through adoption for a second time.

Through a series of seemingly well-orchestrated circumstances, Madeline and her need for a family to adopt her immediately came to the attention of the Swegle family. When they read Madeline’s story they fell in love with her and realized how well she would fit into their growing family. Brian and Julie are hoping to bring Madeline home as quickly as possible. They are so grateful for the opportunity to be Madeline’s parents and for all those who are joining them in helping Madeline. Thank you for joining the Swegle family on their journey to Madeline!
3/20/2020 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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The families listed on this page have made it to “the end of the rainbow”.

They have endured many long months of paper-chasing and fundraising in anticipation of bringing their new child home quickly.

Your sponsorship is most critical now, as their final agency, country, and travel fees are coming due. Your help will make such a huge difference!

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Sponsor one or more families to help with the financial burden of their adoption journey.

These families are GETTING CLOSER, but still very much need your financial support!

Thank you for your generous gift of life and love!

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Sponsor one or more families to help with the financial burden of their adoption journey.

These families are in the process of completing their HOME STUDY, and still very much need your financial support!
Thank you for your generous gift of life and love!

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These are the families who have taken a leap of faith and committed to adopt one or more of our orphaned children most recently.

We are thrilled to have them, and so grateful for this life-saving step to rescue our angels!Your continued financial support will give them the strength and courage to continue this journey!

 

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The newest “colors” of Reece’s Rainbow 

Home in 2020
Home in 2019
Home in 2018
Home in 2017
Home in 2016
Home in 2015 
Home in 2014 
Home in 2013 
 

Home in 2012 
Home in 2011 
Home in 2010 
Home in 2009 
Home in 2008 
Home in 2007
Home in 2006 

“It is so magical to watch this child come alive right before my eyes…my cup runneth over”
 

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Dillan

Boy, born 2017
PRC
Down syndrome, CHD (VSD – repaired)

Adorable Dillan is almost always smiling and his nannies absolutely adore him!  They say he is a good little boy who is so gentle and sweet. He is especially close to one of the “little sisters” in his room. He likes to exchange toys with her. When he goes to bed, he likes to reach his hand to the neighboring crib to hold her hand and play with her. Dillan was born with a VSD heart condition, but it has since been repaired. His nannies say he has been very healthy recently and he is rarely sick. Dillan is very observant and understands what is said to him. He can walk on his own and climb stairs while holding onto his nanny’s hand or the hand rail. Dillan is a little treasure and we are so excited to see who his lucky family will be!

Many photos and videos are available!  Dillan has a $1000 grant available from his current adoption agency.

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Ivory

Girl, born 2008

Severe mental delay
congenital malformation of retina
congenital malformation of optic disc
concomitant strabismus
flat feet

Her biggest problem she cannot see good and that is why she is significantly delayed.
By some reason she cannot have her glasses on when she needs them permanently. Instead she gets them only for classes.

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Hazel

Girl, born 2008

Severe mental delay
Cerebral Palsy
scoliosis
flat feet
concomitant strabismus

A WONDERFUL very kind, careful, attentive, loving, thoughtful, super-friendly, helpful girl with a very good potential for education. She NEEDS a family and more than ready for it!

In fact, it seems like she has NO severe mental delay, just educational delay and perhaps mild mental delay. She walks normally as a usual child.

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Cadi

Girl, born 2007

enuresis
encopresis
mild mental delay with behavioral disorders

Listed: March 2020

She shows her bad behavior only to people who are rude to her. She is very sensitive to pain. She is very good with young children, she can organize them very well. She takes a medication.

Loving Starfish

We are a group of passionate people advocating and fundraising for special needs orphans around the world and the families who are running to bring them home.

A list of donors will be provided to Loving Starfish. Thank you!

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A CHILD for the Jones family — GA

Chipper and Kinsley met how any normal millennial couple meets these days, in the Buffalo, New York, International Airport. The budding romance continued with a generic Facebook friend request a few days later which set the stage for an entire year of not talking at all. True love can never be denied, though. In the fall of 2013, one message led to another and, one week later, the two lovebirds were talking multiple hours every day, Chipper in Baltimore and Kinsley in Charleston. Chipper did the rational thing, having seen Kinsley once before in the airport, and drove down through the night to surprise Kinsley at church in South Carolina. Four months later, wasting no time, they were married in Rockville, Maryland, and the rest is history. Movie rights to the relationship story are owned by Disney… Just kidding.

They now have 5 children and live in suburban Atlanta. Chipper works for a Cyber Security Software company while Kinsley is a homemaker and homeschools the kids. They began looking into adoption a few years prior but between becoming pregnant and a few other things it was put on hold. In September of 2019, they saw a little boy they were drawn to and decided to pursue adopting. While they were unable to bring that little boy home, they were so thankful to find a specific country they wanted to pursue adopting from.
4/2/2020 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

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A BOY for the Crapo family — UT

Hello! We are Madisen and Allen Crapo. We are so excited to finally be in this place and would love to share a small part of our story with you. When we were dating and things began to become serious, I (Madisen) brought up the possibility of adopting a child with DS in the future. I was nervous to hear his response, but he was equally as excited and on board. We always knew adoption would be part of our lives, though we didn’t know what a large part it would play. As teenagers, we were blessed with a beautiful little girl, who we chose to bless another family with. We were not prepared financially or emotionally at the time for a child and are so blessed with our new family. We were thrown into the adoption community, and we have learned so much.

Through our new found friends, we found Reece’s Rainbow. The plan was eventually, when everything was perfect, to adopt from an Eastern European country whose children we felt a strong pull to. God had other plans, and a few years ago placed a sweet boy in our hearts. We became determined to start the process much sooner than planned. We had to wade our way through school and starting careers while trying to wait patiently. We are so grateful that we saw his picture, while available, to give us that extra push to have faith. Though we know there is no guarantee of receiving his referral, we have already seen countless miracles in our process that confirm to us we are on the right path. Our daughter (5) is so nurturing and we are excited to see her welcome her new brother and become officially outnumbered (our son is 2). We are incredibly thankful for any help, both spiritual and financial, that you can provide!
3/4/2020 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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Hedda

Girl, born 2007
PRC
metabolic condition – Guillain Barre Syndrome

In April of 2021, Hedda will age out and become ineligible to be adopted by an international family. Let’s make this the last year she lives in an orphanage. Could your family be hers?

Hedda is currently enrolled in elementary school. Hedda is described as outgoing. She loves playing with other children, enjoys all foods, and is a good singer and dancer. She performs at an annual show within the orphanage. She is attached to a caregiver, but also looking forward to being adopted. She has great self-care skills, tidy with with her belongings and able to pull her hair into a ponytail. Hedda has a (GSD) and there are no developmental concerns with her.

Eligible families may qualify for a grant through a specific adoption agency and Brittany’s Hope Foundation, in addition to a $12,500 Child Specific Grant (exp 6/1/2020).  These grants are not offered by or ensured by Reece’s Rainbow.

CHIP for the Kosloski family — WI

Phil and Maggie have been married for 10 years and have been blessed with 5 beautiful children, ages 9, 7, 6, 4, and 3.  Phil is a writer and works from home.  Maggie homeschools the children and the whole family gets to spend most of their time together, which is something they do not take for granted.

Maggie felt drawn toward adoption from a young age and, through experience with family members and through volunteering at a local organization that employs those with special needs, she developed a special love for those with Down syndrome.  Phil has not always felt called to adoption, but Maggie asked him to pray about the possibility of adopting.  Several years later, after finding out that his grandfather was adopted, Phil’s heart opened and he was on board.  They both felt called to international adoption from the start and, through prayer and various circumstances, they discerned that God was leading them toward an Asian adoption.

There were three little boys that they felt drawn to during the referral process.  Two of these boys had families hoping to adopt them once their home studies were approved, which gave Phil and Maggie peace about pursuing the third little boy.  Something about his picture really grabbed their hearts and they were so excited that he might become a part of their family.

After a roller coaster of twists and turns and many months delay, they finally received pre-approval to adopt Chip.  Their other children fell in love with him instantly and already consider him a part of the family.  The 3-year-old loves to pray for “Chippy” and they can’t wait until they get to meet him face to face, as they feel like he has been in their hearts forever.

They feel so blessed to have been called to the beautiful journey of adoption.  Financial hardships have been many throughout the process, but they are trusting that the Lord will provide for them as He always has.  Thank you to anyone willing to assist in bringing their new son home!  May God Bless you!
3/3/2020 — COMPILING DOSSIER

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CALEB for the Beck family — TX

We are Jaime and Gary and we hope that our story can help you understand why we have chosen the wonderful yet difficult path of adoption. We are the parents to three internationally adopted children from China, Shawn 8, Ryan 5, and Robin 3. We are often asked why we chose to adopt internationally rather than have our own biological children. We answer them how Vernon Pierce, a pastor and foster parent, does. He describes the mirrors between adoption and Gods love. He says “I like to tell people that we were the people in the back of the filing cabinet with the red stamp saying: Do not adopt. You look at the file on humanity and it says: Prone to rejection, prone to running away, prone to disobedience. There is no reason why God should have loved us and yet God did love us. He set his love upon us and it was a redemptive love to reconcile us to himself, to restore us to himself and restoring a people to himself. We were meant to be part of the family of God. We fell away and God still brings us back to himself”. When we adopt, we willing to choose the “red stamps” of life; those who are hurt, both physically and emotionally. We as parents set our love upon them and watch as Gods redemptive and restorative power work through us to directly change our children. It’s a truly powerful and miraculous thing to watch. It is also why we believe that the most profound thing we can impart to our children is the love of Christ. While we set our love upon our children we also disciple them with this message, that it is only Jesus who can save and change a heart from the inside.

In 2012 we started our journey with the adoption of a 2-year-old boy, Shawn, born with a cleft lip/palate. We followed his adoption up with two others in 2016 and 2017. Ryan was adopted at 3 and was diagnosed with Lamb-Shaffer Syndrome, a rare genetic deletion causing intellectual disabilities, speech impairments, and ataxic muscle movements. Little Robin arrived home at the age of one. She was diagnosed with cleft lip/palate, a heart defect, and hearing loss. As with all institutionalized children, their early childhood trauma and fear manifests in various ways. We meet them where they are, set our love upon them and trust God to redeem and restore the broken, just as Christ does for us.

Each one of our children has their own individual stories. Yet, they all share a similar heritage and can relate to each other through their medical needs. While they recognize the others struggles or disabilities they don’t capitalize on them but overlook them; the abled helping the disabled, the better signer helping the non-verbal to communicate more effectively, playing as a sibling unit despite ability.
We are seeking to adopt Caleb, a 7-year-old with arthrogryposis. We had the privilege of speaking with Caleb’s American foster family and gaining insight into his personality. His foster parents describe Caleb as a peacemaker with a sweet personality. He tries to find ways to accomplish tasks on his own despite his physical disability. Caleb also lives with foster siblings that have a variety of needs, ranging from Trisomy 21, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, and Clefts. His foster parents feel that Caleb would thrive as a middle brother who could not only look up to his older brother but also be a helper to his younger siblings. Caleb is receiving excellent care at his healing home but cannot reach his full potential there. He has already had seven surgeries and will require several more to achieve greater range of motion in his extremities. We have a translated letter written by Caleb expressing his desire to be adopted. You can also hear the sadness in his voice as he feels overlooked while he watches all of his friends be adopted.
We are humbled that you have taken the time to read our profile and thank you as you consider donating to help us bring Caleb home!
2/26/2020 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

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Lien

Boy, born 2016
PRC
Down syndrome, post op CHD

There is no shortage of fun when Lien is around! Three year old Lien shares joy with all he comes into contact with! When he is happy, he moves his hips. When you touch his face, he laughs happily. His laugh can be heard on video in a game of chase and is simply contagious! Lien is lively, gentle and always smiles when he sees people.

Lien has a bond with a little friend in the SWI as well as his caregivers. He likes playing a game of chase and playing with blocks. He is very affectionate and enjoys attention, snuggling in his caretaker’s arms. He understands instructions of caregivers. Lien is cooperative with his therapist when in rehabilitation training.

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Henry

Boy, born 2018
PRC
Down syndrome, funnel chest, and PFO

Update from May 2019: Henry is 1 ½ years old. At the age of 11 months, Henry enjoyed playing on the cushion, turning around, making a circle. He was reaching for toys and is most happy when a caretaker is playing with him. He likes to play with his hands and play with toys that make noise. He is described as a lovely boy who likes playing in the water during bathtime!

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Jacoby

Boy, born 2016

Hydrocephalus
spastic tetraplegia
epilepsy
severe mental delay
mixed specific disorders of psychological development
atopic dermatitis
congenital deformation of foot
polydactyly
optic nerve atrophy
cardiomyopathy

 

2 CHILDREN for the Suero family — PA

Danny and Rachel Suero have been married for 8 years and have 3 biological children. They always wanted to adopt and have cared about orphans and adoption advocacy for many years. They strongly hoped to grow their family through adoption, but thought it would be at least a few years away. Everything changed one day in February when Rachel decided to visit the Reece’s Rainbow site as she had often done for years. This time was different because staring back from the computer screen was little Amelie. She experienced an instant gut feeling that this was her child. She decided to pray about it, but once she shared the information with Danny, he was completely on board as well! He agreed that they should ask for more information and try to adopt this beautiful little girl.

The Sueros have been very open to the possibility of adopting a second child at the same time as Amelie. They thought that they’d ask when they arrived in her country about any available children at the same orphanage. They had no idea that just a few days after committing to Amelie, a second little one, from a different region and living in an institution would find his way into their hearts. While scrolling through the Reece’s Rainbow Facebook group, there was little Kayson, a boy who has experienced far too much neglect in his 10 years of life and who has been confined to a crib and left alone. Something powerful overcame them again, and they found themselves desperately wanting to bring him home too, even through the fears and uncertainty.

Both Amelie and Kayson have certain special needs, some profound, that Danny and Rachel had previously not been open to. They live in a country that wasn’t one they had hoped to adopt from. And adopting them will mean going out of “birth order” which is sometimes frowned upon, they followed their hearts anyway. Not only are they now open to these ages, special needs, and country, but they find themselves thrilled that this is the path they’re on and that God’s plans were so much better than what they used to think they wanted. Door after door leading to these children have opened. They believe that the financial obstacles between them and their children will be overcome as well.

Their 3 biological children can’t wait for new siblings! While it’s overwhelming to have to come up with such a large amount, they believe that through lots of fundraising, some extreme budgeting, and the generosity of others, it will happen. Although it can feel like the process can’t move quickly enough, they know that everything is in God’s hands. Just like Amelie, and then Kayson came into their life at a time and in a way that they never would’ve expected, they’re trusting that the remainder of their adoption journey will unfold in His way and in His timing as well.
4/16/2020 — COMPILING DOSSIER

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Madelyn

Girl, born 2017
PRC
Down syndrome, CHD, anal atresia

Listed: Feb 2020

Update from Feb 2020:

Madelyn is a darling little girl with Down syndrome, CHD- Complete Atrioventricular Septal Defect (CASD), Secondary Atrial Septal Defect (ASD), Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA), and anal atresia (no fistula).

Madelyn is described as smart and lovely, active, energetic, and well-behaved.  She is a lovely girl. She follows adults’ instructions and likes playing outdoors.  She can walk on her own. She can walk upstairs/downstairs when she puts a hand on the wall.   Her fine motor skills are also very good. She can pick up tiny things with her fingers.  Madelyn is sociable and friendly, and attached her to her caretakers.  Her language skills are emerging, and she can follow simple directions.

In February of 2017, Madelyn had anal angioplasty surgery and in June of 2017, she had heart surgery.

There is a $2,000 agency grant for Madelyn’s adoption with her current adoption agency.

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Sienna

Girl, born 2016
PRC
Down syndrome

Precious Sienna is described as an active, sunny, and energetic little girl. Sienna likes playing freely in the activity room or going outdoors to explore the outside world. She plays well in the activity room and is full of curiosity. She especially loves the toys with sounds. In between playing sessions, she loves to go up to her early education teacher to interact and play with her. She occasionally takes toys from other children and takes off. If someone takes her toys or she has a need that is not met, Sienna will cry. She is sensitive, but she stops crying when someone picks her up and holds her. Sienna has a good appetite and is not a picky eater. She falls asleep on her own and is a sound sleeper. Sienna has seen many of her friends leave with their forever families this past year! It just has to be her turn!

There is a $1,000 agency grant for Sienna’s adoption with her current adoption agency.

ETHAN PAUL for the Nowrey family — DE

Another Journey!! Welcome to our new addition, our 3rd child, Ethan Paul.

William and Catrina are the parents of two, 7 and 8 years old.  William and Catrina know each other for long time and met again in 2006.  They went out on date in 2006 and marriage in 2008! They used live in New Jersey but moved to Wilmington Delaware.  Their children are from China, and Deaf like their parents! Ethan Paul is Deaf also. They’re excited to welcome a little boy who has no family of his own.  God gave them blessings to adopt another child, and to give their children best life and loving by the family and support!
4/28/2020 — DOSSIER EN ROUTE

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HARLOW for the Marshall family — VA

The Marshall Family is adopting again! 2.5 years ago the Marshall’s welcomed Ping (Pepper on RR) and Liam into their family and went from a family of 4 to a family of 6. One year after bringing Ping and Liam home, Laura saw an advocacy post for a little boy. He was so tiny and had the most piercing eyes she had ever seen. His file indicated many medical issues and he had Down Syndrome just like Ping and Liam. The Marshall’s fell in love with him and rushed to get him home. Due to his needs he was medically expedited and came home January 25, 2019. It has been a busy year for the Marshall family and a year of great growth; physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

The Marshall Family now consists of Billy and Laura who have been married for almost 14 years, Tessa Grace 16 years old, Bella Charity 12 years old, Ping Joy 10 years old, Liam Worth 6 years old, and Asa Courage 4 years old. Recently, Laura and Billy felt the familiar tug towards adoption and discovered one of the little girls they have loved for a while is still waiting. They made some inquiries and decided she will be the next Marshall, Ember Faith “Emmy”. The Marshall’s are hoping to bring her home by the end of 2020 which will be 4 adoptions in 3.5 years! They are stepping out in faith that God will provide funding to help bring their daughter home where she will receive medical attention, nutrition, and LOVE! Thank you for joining the Marshall’s on their journey and supporting them with your prayers and donations.  
4/13/2020 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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A Child for the WALLACE family — WA

In December of 2018, the Wallaces brought home their son Dima, adopted from an orphanage in Western Ukraine. He was the first child adopted from that institution. He has settled in well and is an amazing kiddo. He’s made major strides! But there are so many children still there waiting. One of Dima’s friends desperately wants a family and is about to “age out” which means he would be ineligible for adoption and would have to be in that institution for the rest of his life. His story is tragic and the thought of him never having a chance for life outside of the orphanage broke their hearts. They have started the process to bring him home to their family where he will be a loved son, and where he will receive therapy and education. He dreams of traveling, he loves learning, and best of all he will be able to be with his best friend Dima. Please help them to bring him home! Help to give him a hope and a future! They are so thankful for the community of love and support for him!
4/27/2020 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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Keaton

Boy, born 2010

spinal dysraphism corrected through surgery and neurogenic bladder

Keaton has no physical limitations and is incredibly active. Keaton loves to jump on the trampoline, play chase, and ride bikes. He started attending a full-day public school in January 2020 and has quickly and easily made friends with the other children in his class. Keaton is very motivated to learn and tries to soak in as much information about everything around him. He is behind slightly academically due to the previous orphanage he was living in, however he has made incredible strides in his education this past year. Keaton is currently reading at a 1st/2nd grade level, and can complete double digit addition and subtraction questions. His ability to both understand and speak English has also increased exponentially this year. He is able to communicate most everything he wants and needs in English and will use 6-8 word sentences in English regularly. If he doesn’t know the English word for something he will describe it using other words until his point is made. At school, Keaton tells his teacher that his favorite subjects are reading and dance class!

Keaton takes daily medication and uses a catheter throughout the day. Keaton is incredibly independent in his medical care and daily catheterizations requiring only some supervision to make sure his catheter is cleaned properly. More information available about Keaton’s continence care for seriously interested families.

Keaton is a very spirited, sweet, and creative child who has formed healthy attachments with his current caregivers. He is independent in all of his daily living tasks and likes to make a good impression at school by making sure he dresses nicely. He has a great sense of humor and will laugh at his own jokes with the sweetest smile and biggest, belly laugh. Keaton loves building in sand and playing in mud. Keaton honestly just loves all things outdoors in general! Keaton is such a clever child with an incredible future ahead of him, especially in a family to call his own!

A Child for the KRUSE family — UT

Rusty and Kristin Kruse are the parents of seven children, ranging in age from 31 years old to seven years old. Rusty and Kristin met in the Army at Ft. Hood, Texas in 1994. They were married later the same year.They have lived in many different areas of the US.

Rusty recently retired from the Army and now works as a civilian on a military post. Kristin is working on a college degree in Biblical Studies. They are at a very stable, very blessed point in their lives, and have decided that they would like to share their love with a little boy in Eastern Europe who has no family of his own.

Kristin has been a prayer warrior for many children on Reece’s Rainbow for years, and has a deep love for orphaned little ones. She is so grateful to God for blessing her and her family with another child.

Rusty and Kristin ask for your prayers as they work to bring this adoption to completion, as well as prayers for the well-being of the tiny boy they are hoping to adopt. “Behold, children are a gift from the LORD…” Psalm 127:3
2/17/2020 — HOMESTUDY NEARLY COMPLETE

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Mila

Girl, born 2017
PRC
Down syndrome

Mila is a beautiful, quiet, and smiley little girl. Mila is also reported to be easy-going and outgoing. She gets along well with others and is not afraid of strangers. She enjoys playing with colorful toys that make sounds.  Mila has a good appetite and enjoys her daily fruit juice. She is a sound sleeper. At the time Mila’s file was prepared, she could roll over and sit. She likes making sounds and interacting with the adults. Mila is going to therapy every day and is progressing in all areas. Mila is very happy when someone holds or kisses her. Mila’s file is rather new; we’d love to see Mila in the arms of her very own forever family!

There is a $1,000 agency grant for Mila’s adoption with a specific adoption agency.

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Liviah

Girl, born 2016
PRC
Down syndrome, post op CHD, pigeon breast

Are you ready for some cuteness?! Check out Liviah, so fancy in her red dress with her hair in a little ponytail! Bows would be a hit!

Her file describes her as active, cheerful, smart and clever. She is loved by teachers and caretakers. Liviah’s communication and cognitive development has progressed since coming into care at age 1.5 years. She is now ale to ask for help, express her needs, respond to simple questions, and although not potty trained she can express herself when she needs to use the bathroom. She enjoys therapy and learning about facial features, playing a clapping game, and imitating sign language.

Liviah likes to ride on the scooter, go down the slide and explore, taking walks inside and outside! She likes can build a 5-6 block tower with blocks, loves balls, listening to Opera music and match shapes in a puzzle. Her file reports that she has fallen in love with “painting” and “going to the theatre”. She loves dancing and when she sees a cell phone, she gets excited, starts dancing and in her own way, asks for Opera music to be played!

Liviah’s file was recently prepared and she has many photos and videos for review with her current agency.

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Lynette

Girl, born 2015

Spastic diplegic cerebral palsy
Congenital malformation of optic disc
Localization-related (focal) (partial) symptomatic epilepsy and epileptic syndromes with simple partial seizures
Moderate intellectual disabilities
Cardiomyopathy, unspecified

Listed: Feb 2020

 

Allie and Noah

Siblings, listed Feb 2020

Girl, born 2016
Down syndrome
HIV
tetralogy of fallot
Other congenital malformations of cardiac septa
Other congenital malformations of pulmonary artery

boy, born 2010
healthy

 

$1,480.35 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

 

 

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Rafi

Boy, born 2018

Paraplegia
Nonobstructive reflux-associated chronic pyelonephritis
Congenital dislocation of hip, bilateral
Other congenital deformities of feet
Other congenital malformations of spine, not associated with scoliosis
Iron deficiency anemia
Other ill-defined heart diseases
Hypermetropia
Renal hypoplasia, unspecified

 

Listed: Feb 2020

3 Children for the Darnowski family — IN

Doug and Adele met on a website, Catholicmatch.com! They were married a year later. Due to a cancer diagnosis early on before marriage, Adele did not know if she would be able to have children. Doug and Adele looked into adoption soon after marriage. Amazingly, within the first six months, a little boy was conceived, and so the adoption went on the back burner. After a second boy was born, they began the adoption process from China! Little Therese was a waiting child with “Lobster claw” syndrome and learning issues. She came along when she was two and a half years old, and joined the family! For the first six months, the Darnowskis did not realize that Therese was also hearing impaired. It was such a relief when they finally found out the diagnosis of LVAS and hearing impairment. It explained a lot! Seven more children came along after Therese. Among these were two sets of twins (back to back!) girls and then boys. God really has a sense of humour! Sometimes you really get what you pray for! They were extremely grateful for all of the amazing blessings that they knew they did not deserve. After a number of early miscarriages, and an empty place In their hearts, they attended the funeral of a little adopted boy with Down Syndrome who died of a severe heart defect, although his life expectancy far exceeded the doctor’s expectations. After talking to Max’s mother, and hearing that many of these children die alone in orphanages with no one to care at all, and after looking around the room at the funeral at all the love, and tears, and visitors and flowers offered for little Maximilian, the Darnowskis felt the tug to look into Reece’s Rainbow, and consider adoption again!
5/12/2020 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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Andy, Brenda, Carl, Dani

4 Siblings!

9 year old boy, 8 year old girl, 6 year old boy and 4 year old girl

The oldest boy, Andy (age 9) is creative and can draw beautifully. His social skills are developed according to age. He is able to communicate verbally and can clearly tell about his wishes and feelings. He likes sports activities. He is inquisitive and tries to do his homework. He has difficulties in concentrating on a task that requires longer time and can quickly gets tired, offended and angry. His language development is delayed. He has difficulties in dealing adequately with conflict situations, respecting borders, accepting criticism or correction and has anxious behavior. He tends to disobey the rules and react to remarks with anger and resentment. He is friendly with peers but not always friendly with his sisters and brother. He is a strong leader. His psycho-emotional state is stable and he needs to continue to learn to control his emotions.

Brenda, the 8 year old girl is loving, kind, generous and hardworking. She likes to sing, dance and swim. She likes to dress up, wear dresses, create hairstyles and help with household chores. She likes to go to school but has difficulties in Latvian, English and mathematics. She has language delays. She is friendly with peers and makes eye contact with adults and shows affection for them. If something is not right, she tends to get very angry and resentful. She is always interested and feels responsible for her siblings.

Carl, the 6 year old boy, is inquisitive, explores his surroundings and shows a desire to learn something new. He likes to play with Lego, toy cars, puzzles and play board games. He is also active and likes to play ball and ride a scooter. He is beginning to read and put syllables together. He has language delays and his social skills are developed according to his age. He fits well into the work of groups and follows the rules of behavior adopted by a group. He has become more independent and shows a sense of humor. He attends a pre-school institution and is in an educational program for children with language development delay.

Dani, the 4 year old girl, is very kind by nature and knows how to and likes to care for others. She likes to play with dolls and ride a scooter. When playing with peers or younger children she is like a teacher and enjoys instructing others. She has a tendency to get angry when something is not right and defends her opinion. The girl creates a game with a story and various events. She has language delays and her social skills are age appropriate. She has great motor skills developed appropriate to the age. She is becoming more and more independent. She begins to realize that her actions have consequences and is learning to limit herself. She shows care for younger children and attends kindergarten.

The children have suffered from emotional, physical and sexual abuse as well as neglect. They have received social rehabilitation for children who have suffered from violence, medical assistance and appropriate education. Rehabilitation has made the children more balanced and aware of what to do in an emergency. They need special attention and love, patience and strict boundaries.

$27.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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Nehemiah L12

Boy, born summer 2015

FAS, Hypermetropic astigmatism. Protein energy malnutrition. Changes of retinopathy and retinal blood vessels. Moderate mental retardation with significant impairment of behavior requiring attention or treatment

Nehemiah has grayish-blue eyes and brown hair.   Nehemiah is very active and moving, generally in a positive mood. He likes to walk a lot, walks hand in hand with adults willingly, can do it independently, but in long walks can also use the walking frame. There is no sense of fear in his movements, can climb on different objects (table, windowsill).  Nehemiah likes to exercise, to do backbends and plays alone often. He has short-term steadiness while playing with the toys. He still puts toys in his mouth.  Nehemiah  likes to play with the toy car, to page through the picture books, but only for a short moment. His attention can be attracted by musical toys. He sometimes doesn’t sleep during the day, he likes to play while he falls asleep, sometimes has difficulties to fall asleep in the evening, but sleeps well at night.  Nehemiah  often expresses his feelings with gesticulation and mimicry. He says different sounds, syllables “ta-ta”, “bu-bu”, but doesn’t pronounce words. The boy eats independently, but has to be looked after, drinks unwillingly.

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Jaylen L5

Boy, born 2014

mild mental retardation. Early organic CNS damage. Physical development delay. Other disturbances in speech and language development. Malabsorption syndrome

Jaylen has blue eyes and light, blond hair.  Jaylen walks steadily, eats independently, also solid food, can speak 4-5 words sentences, is active – loves to ride a push-car, run, play with other kids, wants to get to know everything new around him. Jaylen has successfully started his pre-school education, he attends kindergarten from Monday to Friday. He has adjusted well, he is very happy and eager to go to the kindergarten every day. He studies according to a specialized pre-school education program for children with mixed developmental disabilities. In everyday life a child is able to employ himself constantly. On a daily basis Jaylen needs assistance with changing his diapers as he still continues his potty-training. He needs a little help to get dressed and undressed.

Jaylen has learned to caress a doll or someone from adults or children. In the beginning Jaylen did not know, how to react out his emotions – he threw things away, he was hitting adults and children, also when he was happy to see someone. At the moment Jaylen by movements imitates caresses, gives kisses. Jaylen gets on well with other children, especially with children of his age. Jaylen helps in small daily chores, can collect his toys and put them in places. Jaylen has started to eat hard food; he bites and swallows biscuits, bananas, apples. He shows interest about books, especially about the ones that are with sound. Jaylen starts to show and demonstrate independence. He reacts calmly to new events. He has high level of energy.