Entries by Michelle Zoromski

A Child for the Dispenza family — LA

Patrick and Lindsey have devoted their lives to changing the lives of kids from all different backgrounds and abilities.  They always knew they would adopt internationally, but it wasn’t until 2020 when God said to step out in faith and they decided to push forward.  After fostering for over 10 years, they decided to pursue […]

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A CHILD for the Darnowski family — IN

We are the Darnowski family. We just adopted three little toddlers, who don’t yet toddle, from Eastern Europe! Elizaveta (Carmen on RR) 15 mos, Yuri (Quill) 2.5 and Piotr (Kade) 2.5 years. We realized that some other families were going back again right after adopting, to adopt again. They so inspired us, that we decided […]

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AARON for the Allardice family — MA

We are the Allardice Family from Fall River, MA. Our family includes Erica, Ian and our 2 children Kailee 12yo and Rylan 7yo. Our story started many years ago when Ian and I were only 15yo we met in driving school. We became close friends throughout high school. We parted ways after graduation and went […]

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A CHILD for the McFarland-Higgins Family — VA

Brian and Stephanie have grown their family in nearly every possible way: biology, step parenting, foster care and international adoption. Nine of their children are “permanent members” but a handful of extras call them mom and dad from their years as foster parents, and they have even recently added the title of “bonus grandparents” to […]

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BEATRICE for the Peters family — WA

Meet the Peters family! This beautiful family is excited to be on their second adoption working hard to bring home a precious girl born with Down Syndrome. Joe and Ronda have a special admiration for people born with Down Syndrome, their fourth child being born with DS, opened their world to the beauty of everyone […]

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DONNA for the Debus family — APO

Jason grew up in Oklahoma and spent most of his life in Texas and Merilee is from Georgia. Their story didn’t begin until they met while working overseas in Tokyo, Japan. After falling in love and deciding they wanted to start a future together, they were married and began the hard work of blending their […]

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Leon

Boy, born 2014 CO-7 Down syndrome Leon loves to play games with his peers. He also loves riding on his toy motorcycle. He loves to see motorcycles and hear motorcycles when he goes on his walks outside. He loves to watch the cars go by on the streets too. Leon also likes to paint, especially […]

2 CHILDREN for the Gillette family — CO

Chris and Gretchen have seven children, four sons and three daughters. Their eldest daughter was adopted from Russia back in 2012. Since then they’ve homegrown a few more. A year ago in October of 2019 Gretchen saw yet another orphan advocacy photo of a waiting child in Eastern Europe. She’d seen hundreds of them over […]

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BLAIR for the Cunningham family — VA

Jayme and her daughter, Londyn Grace, have prayed to grow their family. Jayme is a Supervisor for a restaurant chain in Virginia. She has worked for this company for 10 years and now has the flexibility to grow her family. At first, Jayme had considered fostering a child; however, she knew that her and Londyn […]

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Adeline

Girl, born 2018 low tone, hypothyroidism, right small kidney, left nephrocalcinosis, bilateral moderate hearing loss Adeline is a sweet little girl who was very sick when she arrived into the care of her orphanage, but has begun thriving. She babbles, but does not yet speak. Her BERA hearing test in June 2020 showed moderate bilateral […]

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Carly

Girl, Born 2012 Mild mental retardation; suspected autism; Disorder of brain, unspecified; Other congenital valgus deformities of feet; Congenital dislocation of hip, unilateral; Convergent concomitant strabismus   Carly’s younger sister and brother have been adopted.

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Mysa

Girl, born 2013 Spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, Profound intellectual disabilities, Other cardiomyopathies, Optic atrophy, malnutrition, Localization-related (focal) (partial) symptomatic epilepsy and epileptic syndromes with simple partial seizures  

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Harlynn

Girl, born 2017 Spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, Spastic hemiplegic cerebral palsy, Severe intellectual disabilities, Torticollis, epilepsy, limb deformities, Anisometropia and aniseikonia, Disorders of refraction and accommodation, malnutrition

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Lennon

Boy, born 2017 Developmental disorder of speech and language, Other phakomatoses, Umbilical hernia, Congenital malformation of cardiac chambers and connections, Esotropia, Congenital ptosis, malnutrition, anemia, Other disorders of psychological development    

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Eldon

Boy, born 2019 Disorder of brain, Undescended testicle, Other specified chromosome abnormalities, Congenital Heart Defect (Atrial septal defect & Other specified congenital malformations of heart), Hypermetropia He has a severe heart issue, doctors do not give him a chance for heart surgery, by their opinion he needs heart transplantation, and it’s impossible in his home […]

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Guy

Boy, born 2010 Spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, Severe intellectual disabilities, Microcephaly, Other congenital malformations of brain, Congenital malformation of cardiac chambers and connections, Other specified congenital malformations    

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London

Girl, born 2012 PRC Spina Bifida, Club foot London is a kind, smart, beautiful, shy, and determined girl, born in November of 2012, who interacts positively with her caregivers and the other children. London enjoys watching cartoons, listening to music, and playing with other children. Her favorite activities include singing and playing with dolls and […]

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Isla and Rick

Girl, born 2017 disorder of the brain, unspecified Boy, born 2015 Other developmental disorders of speech and language Other disorders of psychological development These two are in the same orphanage now, but they have 3 older siblings in a different orphanage. One of the older children was born in 2012; we don’t have the info […]

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Harlan

Boy, born 2018 Multiple congenital malformations, not elsewhere classified Other specified congenital malformations of brain spastic tetraplegia Other generalized epilepsy and epileptic syndromes Aortopulmonary septal defect Nonrheumatic mitral (valve) insufficiency Pain in joint   Harlan has 2 siblings: his half-sister, born in 2010, is not adoptable because she lives in her biological father’s family. His […]

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Kenrick

Boy, born 2014 Other specified congenital malformations of brain spastic paraplegia Communicating hydrocephalus Severe intellectual disabilities Other congenital valgus deformities of feet Congenital malformation of optic disc He has an older half-sister; she lives with family.

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Brienne

Girl, born 2010 Listed: Nov 2020 Spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy Microcephaly Localization-related (focal) (partial) symptomatic epilepsy and epileptic syndromes with complex partial seizures Other cardiomyopathies Iron deficiency anemia, unspecified  

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Spring & Summer

Girl, born 2016 HIV Umbilical hernia Flat foot Disorder of brain, unspecified Girl, born 2015 Healthy Siblings; these girls must be adopted together!

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Wolf

Boy, born 2014 Traumatic Brain Injury Listed: Nov 2020 His special needs are related with afteraction of head injury made by his birth mother; he was severely beaten at early childhood.  He requires permanent physical medicine and rehabilitation. He pulls his leg and doesn’t have full use of one of his hands. He has a […]

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Yara

Girl, born 2014 Other and unspecified encephalopathy; developmental disorder; Chronic tubotympanic suppurative otitis media; Astigmatism; Cytomegaloviral hepatitis; Iron deficiency anemia; Delayed development following protein-calorie malnutrition  

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Klover

Girl, born 2010 Compression of the brain; Unspecified severe protein-calorie malnutrition; Protein-calorie malnutrition of moderate and mild degree; Specific developmental disorders of speech and language

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Talisa

Girl, born 2010 HIV disease resulting in encephalopathy; developmental disorder; Esotropia; Myopia; Flat foot; Delayed development following protein-calorie malnutrition; Other specified diseases of gallbladder; Enuresis not due to a substance or known physiological condition; Contracture of joint; Hypothyroidism, unspecified; Other cardiomyopathies; Other specified congenital malformations of brain She is a very good girl with good […]

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Lincoln

Boy, born 2014 HIV disease resulting in other specified conditions Seborrhea capitis Disorder of central nervous system, unspecified Congenital deformities of feet Mixed specific developmental disorders Expressive language disorder Mixed behavior and emotional disorder Listed: Nov 2020 Lincoln has 3 sisters born in 2009, 2011, 2013 – all are in “a family-type children’s home.”  These […]

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Enzo

Boy, born 2014 PRC Down syndrome SEVERAL VIDEOS available! Handsome Enzo is an extroverted little boy who is well loved by his caretakers! He laughs out loud when other children play with him, but will cry loudly if someone grabs his toy. When people ask “Do you still know me?” he will respond with a […]

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Leigha

Girl, born 2015 PRC Down syndrome https://vimeo.com/maaspecialkids/maa-leiaupdate https://vimeo.com/maaspecialkids/maa-leiaupdate2 https://vimeo.com/maaspecialkids/maa-leiaupdate3 https://vimeo.com/maaspecialkids/maa-leiaupdate4 https://vimeo.com/maaspecialkids/maa-leiaupdate5 Leigha is a sweet little girl. In July of 2015, when she arrived to her current care center, she could sit alone and was said to be smiley, but also cried a lot. At the time her file was prepared in 2017, she could […]

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Jill

Girl, born 2016 PRC Down syndrome Jill is a beautiful little girl. She is active and smiley. She is afraid of strangers, but close to familiar people. Jill likes playing with toys that make sounds. Jill is a deep sleeper and she has a normal appetite and often holds her own bottle to drink. At […]

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Malachi

Boy, born 2010 Blind Listed: October 2020 Malachi is a very happy, friendly, active child! He loves to play with the other children in his home, jump on the trampoline, ride his bike, and listen to music. Malachi is blind, but has good awareness of his surroundings in familiar settings. Malachi is independent in all […]

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Quintin

Boy, born 2017 PRC Down syndrome Quintin is an adorable and active little boy, born in September of 2017 with Down syndrome. In December of 2017, he was moved into a foster family. He quickly grew very attached to his foster uncle. When he see his foster uncle, he will ask him for hug and […]

MARIELLA for the Kalkhorst family — CO

We (Brion and Jenn) have been part of the adoption community for most of our lives. Brion’s family, including his father, aunts, and uncles, as well as niece and nephew were adopted. Before Jenn met Brion, she spent many years working with organizations that supported orphans and community health in Vietnam, China, Mexico, and Honduras. […]

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Benson

Boy, born 2014 Disorder of central nervous system, unspecified Severe intellectual disabilities Other specified chromosome abnormalities Frostbite with tissue necrosis of abdominal wall, lower back and pelvis   He has a brother born in 2012 who was placed in a different orphanage.  

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Mateo

Boy, born 2014 Disorder of central nervous system, unspecified Mixed specific developmental disorders Expressive language disorder Other mental disorders due to known physiological condition Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, predominantly hyperactive type Other congenital malformations of upper limb(s), including shoulder girdle Congenital malformation syndromes due to known exogenous causes, not elsewhere classified Has two siblings under custody […]