Entries by Michelle Zoromski

A GIRL for the Vierstra family — CA

Here is the Vierstra family! Kendall and Christinna recently adopted a wonderful little girl named Milana Grace (known as Dolly on Reece’s Rainbow). She has brought so much joy into our new home and has developed into a bright and loving little girl! Christinna has been working with Milana with physical therapy and she is getting stronger and more mobile every day.

Now Milana would love to have a little sister! She is also a special needs child from Eastern Europe who deserves to have a loving family. Please help them bring their little girl home. God bless you for being a great part in their journey!
1/16/2020 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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A BOY for the Howard family — WA

Meet the Howard Family! Greg and Angelina are college sweethearts who were on a mission to serve the Lord, wherever He may call. After graduating their first year, they got married and started their family. Before they had biological children they had a discussion that some time down the road, they hoped adoption would be a part of God’s story written on their family.

The Lord blessed them with 4 beautiful children, one of which has special needs. It was the most difficult time during their marriage when they found out that their son of 7-months had Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome. Yet with all the unknowns of their future, they accepted their fragile child and trusted that God had a plan for them, despite the pain and hardship and 24/7 care for their son. They knew God would be faithful to their family even when things just didn’t make sense.

Angelina, who was born in Ukraine, realized how blessed they were to be living in America and had access to so many resources. They had a support system from doctors, school, family, church, and support groups. Unfortunately, in many Eastern Countries that is not the case and most parents with special needs children are encouraged to place them in orphanages.

The Howard family hearts were greatly burdened for other children just like their son that would never have access to the support and medical care that has allowed them to thrive. Throughout the last three years, they have been following other families through Reece’s Rainbow. Through this organization they have witnessed countless testimonies of such children being adopted into loving homes, provided medical care and love, and seen those children thrive as a result! Regardless of what condition a child is born with or what our limited perception of their abilities and potential of them are, they all belong in families.

Out of conviction, they simply began praying that God would so kindly show them how to move forward with adoption. More specifically, that the Lord will place a particular child in their hearts and show them who to adopt. One night after laying the children down to bed, they saw the profile of a certain boy and felt that confirming peace and love in an instant. They just knew that the Lord answered their prayer! Since then, they have not been able to escape the thought of how much Jesus loved them and gave His own life to them. We were all adopted into Gods family and they feel it is God’s love in them compelling them to love this boy unconditionally.

“We love because He first loved us” 1 John 4:19

Unfortunately, with international adoption there are many moving parts. Please consider partnering with them through prayer and financial support to bring their new son home.
1/15/2020 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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A CHILD for the Gannon Family — PA

Brian and Patrice met in 2009 shortly after Patrice moved to the area for her work with the federal government and the rest, as they say, is history. They were married by 2012 and are now the parents to three awesome kids: Gwen (age 6), Noel (age 4) and Jack (age 2) and one scruffy little dog named Scrapple.

Professionally, Brian is an elementary music teacher at an underprivileged school in Camden, NJ and Patrice is a Technical Expert for the Social Security Administration. However, what the couple really loves is being parents. The kids are never bored at the Gannon house – from guitar sing alongs with Daddy to sleepovers and designer pancake breakfasts with Mommy, there is never a dull moment. Game nights are a regular occurrence and small trips camping and to the beach are family traditions.

Although this is their first adoption, Brian and Patrice are both professionally experienced with special needs children and, in December 2018, received a diagnosis for their own oldest child. Gwen has always had trouble walking stairs and was thought to be simply less coordinated. It was not until her little sister began to eclipse her physical milestones that the family began to take notice. Gwen was formally evaluated for muscle weakness in kindergarten and, in a very quick turn of events, was referred to her pediatrician who stated that Gwen likely had terminal Muscular Dystrophy. This was a very challenging time for the Gannons. Priorities and purpose began to come into focus, and parent was right at the top. While ultimately, Gwen’s diagnosis was downgraded to a less severe form of Muscular Dystrophy, their urge to help other children stuck around. Patrice has always been an adoption advocate and has volunteered with foster kids for many years. Little did they know, they would soon see a picture of a boy who felt like their son. And so, their adoption journey began.
1/14/2020 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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Calvin

Boy, born 2018
PRC
Down syndrome

Calvin is very loved by his caretakers and that he is a calm and sweet boy. His report from when he was seven months states that he can raise his head while lying on his stomach and use his hands for support. Calvin can track the movement of objects and turn over from his stomach. His file says he will gaze at his caretakers with a sweet smile.

 

A Girl for the Galaleo Family — FL

Hi! We’re Kristy and Dale, and we’re the Galaleo family!

Dale and I first met in 2008 at the gym in where Dale was a spinning instructor and I was an admiring student. By day, I managed an aquarium and Dale built cool unmanned deep ocean gliders. We didn’t start dating until one Friday the 13th in 2012 and were fittingly married on Friday the 13th in May, 2016 at a beautiful waterfall in Connecticut. Two of our dogs, Trooper and Kopper served as our best men.

The end of 2016 and most of 2017 were rough for us as we lost some of our beloved animals and Dale’s adopted sister passed away unexpectedly. But 2017 also brought us a silver lining — one that redefined our definition of family and may change our lives forever.  After his sister’s passing, Dale’s adopted brother came to live with us. We spent much of 2017 reconnecting with Dana, who was diagnosed with schizophrenic tendencies and other behaviors that would now fall on the spectrum for Autism as well as very poorly managed diabetes, and helping him get situated in an adult rehabilitation program that brought new purpose to his life.

Because he was such a great benefit to the program, they offered him housing in one of their newly built quadraplexes. Watching Dale’s brother grow and finally achieve a fulfilling life at 59 helped us realize that we might be able to help someone else.

As you can see in our photo, we have adopted several “handi-capable” dogs over the years. We’ve poured our love into them, but I’ve always felt like something else was missing. I have previously served as a respite provider for foster parents, and I know the need for caring parents and safe homes.

Dale and I have often thought about adoption, influenced by Dale’s experience as a younger brother to two adopted siblings and my experience fostering. However, I found myself in a job that required too many hours to bring a child home for good. If we were going to adopt, we knew we would both need to make some life changes.

I left the field of marine biology for interior design more than a year ago. Now, I’m able to leave work on time and don’t bring work home with me. We’ve moved to Florida and settled into a less hectic routine. There’s no time like now for us to grow our family, but we need help.

In October, Dale and I committed to adopting a beautiful 5-year-old girl from Asia. One night I was Googling “adopting children with special needs” and came across Reece’s Rainbow. I clicked on their waiting children link and started clicking through the various ages of children with Down syndrome. I remember being saddened by how many children there were and how long some of them have been waiting for a family of their own. As I scrolled through the “girls 3-5” I came across an adorable full face with the most genuine smile. Her name on the site is “Della” (we won’t know her real name until our home study is completed). I watched the videos that were posted and in all her videos she just seems to smile. Now her smile melts our hearts every time we watch the videos. We realize adopting a special needs child may require more work on our part, but there is no denying that our hearts are ready for this journey.

We have been working diligently on all the paperwork. Our home study is near completion, and we’re already researching all the best options to support for our daughter to ensure she blossoms in our care. We appreciate that you’ve read our family’s story and thank you in advance for anything you can give to bring us a step closer to uniting us with our new daughter.
1/14/2020 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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Delfina

Girl, born 2014
PRC
Down syndrome, Congenital heart defect, unknown eye issue (not in file)

Delfina is a precious little girl who is described by her caretakers as spirited and sweet. She has lots of personality and snuggles to share! Delfina loved celebrating the holiday season with her nannies and friends. She especially enjoyed dressing up in festive hats and playing with jingle bells. Delfina loves getting her picture taken. Immediately after seeing a camera, she will get in front of it and pose or flash a great big smile. Delfina usually asks to see the pictures by plopping down on the photographer’s lap and pointing to the camera. Delfina has a big smile and an even bigger personality!

Staff say that she has matured and learned about stretching her imagination and playing with others. She likes to build and stack blocks, read books, and play outside. Watching Delfina explore the world around her is a joy, and between her wonderful hugs and loving pats on the back, she’s won over all of her caretakers’ hearts. Delfina’s nannies love sharing about how smart, strong, and adorable she is. Her enthusiasm for life is endearing. Whenever you introduce her to a new toy or game, she doesn’t hesitate to join in on the fun. Popping bubbles is her current favorite activity and the joy she exudes is contagious!

Delfina was born with Down syndrome and CHD- TOF, Perimembranous VSD, Pulmonary stenosis, Right ventricular hypertrophy, and PFO. We are trying to find out if she has had any surgeries, because her outdated medical file doesn’t mention any. It also appears that Delfina has had something happen to her right eye since her file was prepared. We are not sure if she has any vision in that eye or not, but are also looking to get more information about that. It’s clear Delfina brings so much joy to her caretakers. We hope her forever family will see her soon, so they don’t continue to miss out on that joy!

Delfina has a $1,000 Agency grant with a specific agency for her adoption.

Leah`s Birthday!

Back in 2010, I found this new passion for helping special needs kids/teens be adopted internationally & it’s then, at just 18, I knew I had to do something to help. My sister, Sarah, who just so happens to have Down syndrome, has been my biggest inspiration into why I continue to fight for these kids. 9 yrs later, I continue to plead on their behalf which is why I’m asking, instead of Birthday gifts, for donations to Reece’s Rainbow.

Til every child finds their forever family,

Leah

*** All donations are tax deductible

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

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MAURA for the Anglen family — KY

Ross and Rachel were first introduced to international adoption, China specific, through Steven Curtis Chapman and his families’ journey of adoption. Ross and Rachel are both musicians and have always been inspired by Chapman and his music. What led them to their first consideration of international adoption was their struggle with infertility. At that time, they did not meet the adoption criteria so they continued to pray for the blessing of children. He answered, God blessed them with 2 wonderful children. Even as they had their first and second pregnancy, adoption was always something they desired to do.

Their son has Aspergers and Sensory Processing Disorder. They have had witnessed both trials and miracles through his disability. The valleys were tough, real tough…but the mountain views have been worth every moment of trial and hard work. Their son is now proactive and diligent in his academics making straight A’s, he is a respectful young man and has the kind of creativity one would only dream of having. Their daughter has the most beautiful pure heart of anyone they have ever known and has always friended the outcast due to her extreme passion for children with special needs. She has developed a new friendship with the little boy with trisomy 1 that Rachel babysat for 10 years through her high school/college years. With Ross and Rachel’s personal therapy experiences and with the heart of these two siblings, they thought it only appropriate to adopt a child with special needs. They are adopting Reeces Rainbow “Maura” who is 3 years old.

This family cannot wait to get their wildflower home! Due to all of her standing medical conditions, they are trying to set aside personal financial resources for post-adoption medical care while also fundraising and funding the adoption. They are looking forward to the day they hold her in their arms which is not too much longer away!
1/14/2020 — PA RECEIVED; AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

A GIRL for the Hamilton family — AL

Jon Hamilton has always had a huge heart for taking care of others. He takes pride in the ability he has to defend the defenseless and care for those in need. Since becoming an adult he has devoted his life to taking care of others. Jon joined the Marine Corps right after graduating high school so he could serve his country. After returning from his second deployment he met his wife Jessica. The two started a family and he decided the deployments were not as family friendly as they hoped. After fulfilling his commitment with the Marines he immediately began pursuing his career in the medical field. After obtaining his Associates degree as a paramedic he went on to obtain his certification as a firefighter. Jon currently serves his community now as a professional firefighter and paramedic.

Jessica Hamilton has only ever dreamed of taking care of others and being a mother. She attended college to pursue her nursing degree but put it on hold to stay home and care for her children. She was once told “there is no higher calling than that of a mother.” She feels that God has blessed her tremendously as a mother and her job is to be the best mother she can. She says that being a mother is a never ending, more fulfilling job than ever imaginable. Jessica devotes her life entirely to being the best mother she possibly can.

Jon and Jessica had always talked about adopting one day but never thought it would be possible due to the financial aspect. Their priorities are not going to change. Money doesn’t come first in our household. Unfortunately Jon’s career in doing for others doesn’t pay as well as other careers may pay. And Jessica staying home with their children is a huge priority and obviously doesn’t pay monetarily at all. Knowing that things were not going to change drastically enough for them to afford an adoption they decided to put their faith in God to make it all possible. The entire family prays nightly that God provides for this adoption.

Jon and Jessica both share the desire to have a large family. Being able to raise their children to be respectful, kind hearted, christ following is very important to them. Both are very open with their children and they are all very excited to be able to add to their family through adoption.
They describe adopting as “a crazy long and expensive process that no one could have ever prepared them for, and certainly one they don’t think is possible without their faith”. Their case worker sent them a file for a beautiful little girl with Down syndrome, who is 19 months old.  It was never about them wanting another child. It was about them wanting to share their love with another child, one that truly needed them. They hope to truly touch the life of others through Christ’s love. There are so many children out there who desperately need people to open their hearts and minds to special needs adoption. It shouldn’t be about what your child will be able to do for you but what you will able to do for your child.

They both feel the only obstacle for them will be the financial aspect. Jon and Jessica say how shocked they are already with how much support they have received from friends and some close family. Those who have given to their adoption so far, they know truly gave from the heart, certainly not just because they had the extra. It’s hard for them to ask for so much but they know it’s not really for them., it’s for their new daughter. They vow to spend the rest of their lives making sure she lives the happiest, most fulfilled life they can possibly give her. With what they lack financially to adopt, they make up for with love and determination. Both truly feel that where there’s a will, there’s a way. As long as they’re committed to do all they can, God will provide for them.
1/8/2020 — COMPILING DOSSIER

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LUKE for the Weber family — VT

Jacob and Jacqueline met in 2000 at a Spirituality Retreat in the Pocono’s. They had a traditional courtship and wrote letters for the first many months of dating. They were both clear that they wanted to have a family someday. Jacqueline was called to work with adults with developmental delays which she has been doing for over 23 years. Jacob is both an artist and an Activities Coordinator for an agency supporting adults with developmental delays.

Once it was clear that they were ready to start a family, Jacqueline knew in her heart that she was meant to be a stay at home mother. They didn’t know how they would be able to do that as they depended on 2 incomes just to get by. They decided to pray about it. A prayer that has seen them through so many times.

“Dear God, Show me Your will, Give me direction, and please make it obvious!” They prayed that prayer and literally the next work day, Jacqueline noticed her co-worker looked really sad. Jacqueline asked if there was any way she could help. Her co-worker replied with her head in her hand, “Only if you have a place in your home for my client to sleep tonight for an emergency placement!” Jacqueline knew at that moment that was something she could offer. She called Jacob and he agreed. That was 12 years ago. What was going to be one overnight turned into a lasting, meant to be situation. It is considered adult foster care here in Vermont. The tax free stipend allowed Jacqueline to work from home by supporting a lovely woman with a developmental delay, while also being a stay at home mom.

When their first child was born they found out that he had a rare medical condition. They did everything they could to offer their child all the care he needed. It was a very challenging beginning. Their faith in God carried them through. Though they had a 50/50 chance of passing this gene on with another pregnancy, they loved parenting so much and truly felt called to have another baby. This time, a baby girl. Their children are now 8 and 10 years old and are best friends. Jacqueline homeschools the children and they have welcomed another woman with developmental delay into their home 6 years ago. Supporting and volunteering with Special Olympics is a big part of this families activities.

The support group they are involved with posted a child who needed to be adopted. Jacqueline showed Jacob, and the next morning Jacqueline called the listing adoption agency. They are now officially matched with Luke. Everything seems to be moving at lightning speed. Luke turns 13 this February. The family is working very hard every day to prepare for welcoming a new child to their family.
1/8/2020 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

Luke has received a $5,000 Older Child Grant.

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Kora

Girl, born 2016
PRC
Down syndrome, CHD-VSD (post-op)

Kora is a beautiful little girl with a beautiful smile and cute little dimples! Kora was born with Down syndrome and a CHD-VSD, for which she has had surgery to correct. By 2.5 years of age, Kora was walking forwards and backwards independently. She can understand simple instructions and helps look after other children near her. If another child has a runny nose, the caretaker will say “Kora, wipe the nose for your friend with the towel” and she would use the towel to help clean the child. She would pass it to the caretaker and then get another towel to clean another child up. Her caregiver will give her a thumbs up and praise her for being so great. At the end of an activity, she will put away toys with the other children. Kora likes music and dancing to the beat. She gets along well with other children and will kiss them or put her hand on her mouth and blow them a kiss. She will wave her hands to say goodbye. Kora is also very happy to play outdoors! She loves to pull the caretaker’s hands to go upstairs and walk on the bridge. She enjoys looking around and touching flowers and grasses after seeing them.

In May of 2019, Kora started attending the Little Sister’s Pre-School Program. She adapted well to going to school. She can move her stool to the designated position when she comes into the classroom and will sit down happily. She does not speak much, but she can understand the teacher’s instructions and will cooperate positively. When the teacher calls her name, she can raise her hands up to indicate that she is there. She will imitate the teacher to dance along to the music in class. Kora can hold a pen to write on the blank paper. She will curiously touch the lines she draws with the other hand. When the teacher says it is time to go outside, Kora always stands up and runs to the door. She likes interaction with people too and is not scared of new people. Kora has a good appetite and she likes snacks. She is a sound sleeper. Kora is ready for a forever family! Could that family be yours?

There is a $1,000 Agency Grant with a specific adoption agency to help a family bring Kora home!

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Elaine, Jerry and George

Girl, born 2018
HIV
Other disorder of speech
Abnormal results of cardiac function

 

Boy, born 2016
healthy

Boy, born 2014  (pic is 2 yrs old)
healthy

 

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ALISA for the Lee family — MI

Susan knew that one day she would build her family through adoption after watching a 20/20 episode on an orphanage in Romania back when was she was 11 years old. Susan grew up with a sister that is 13 years older than her and always longed to have a large family. Grant was raised in a larger family and knew that he wanted a large family of his own. Susan shared her passion for adoption when she first started dating Grant. When Grant and Susan got married they came into the relationship with two biological children each making them a blended family.

They have now been through the international adoption process twice. Their first adoption was their son Soo Min who was adopted from South Korea in 2008 when he was 3 ½ years old. Soo Min has a form of primordial dwarfism, failure to thrive, and PDA. He is doing amazingly well, thriving, and bringing our family so much joy. Grant and Susan started their last adoption in 2014 with hopes to bring home their daughter, Eden, from Ghana. They traveled there, had her in their care for two weeks and even passed court. What they did not know was that everything was falsified information and she was never legally adoptable. To say they were all heartbroken was an understatement. One month after losing Eden, Susan became pregnant with their son Hudson. It is amazing the way God works.

This decision to adopt again wasn’t taken lightly. The decision this time around had many things to consider and time needing to heal from the failed adoption in 2015. Knowing and understanding the permanence of adoption is why the last time was so painful: Eden is still somewhat part of the family, and the reason the Lee children always say there’s eight children in the family. The Lee family started to pray about adoption again and researched programs that have a long history of success. This is what led them to Asia this time. Susan would lay in bed for hours scrolling through Reese’s rainbow looking at children waiting to be adopted. When Susan saw Alisa, she knew she was her daughter. She went back and forth between many kids and something was calling the Lee family to Alisa. They have a current Home-Study, have submitted their I-800A, and are compiling their dossier paperwork.
1/3/2020 — COMPILING DOSSIER

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DEAKYN for the Kuehne family — PA

In February, we felt a tug on our hearts that we were being called to pursue adoption. We immediately began praying and trying to determine which route of adoption was best for our family. After looking at all the opportunities available, we felt that international adoption was the best fit for our family.

At first, we felt that we were being called to pursue a child in China. We started researching and found that we would not be able to start the process until December because of China’s requirements regarding the age of your youngest child. However, we still felt that China was where we were meant to go, so we spent time praying and learning about what the future would hold for our family. During this time, we felt very strongly that we were being called to pursue a child with Down syndrome. Children with Down syndrome in other parts of the world often face deplorable conditions and are institutionalized once they age out of the orphanage system.

At the end of May, Sarah received an email with a picture of a little boy who lives in Eastern Europe. We were immediately drawn to his big brown eyes and his sweet smile. We knew the decision to pursue him would totally turn our plan upside down, but we also had no doubt that he was meant to be our son. On June 4, we submitted our letter of commitment. On July 1, the foreign government approved our commitment application! Now, it’s time to work hard to get our sweet boy home! We have decided to name him Alek. “Alek” is part of his birth name, and we wanted him to have a connection to his heritage.

We do not personally know Alek yet. What we do know is this: He has never had a momma to snuggle with him the morning. He has never experienced having his daddy read him a bedtime story. He doesn’t know what it feels like to snuggle up next to his sisters during a family movie night. He doesn’t have a favorite blanket or stuffed animal that he takes with him everywhere he goes. He has never known the love of a family, and we cannot wait to share that with him!
12/30/2019 — DOSSIER APPROVED; TRIP 1 in JANUARY

Deakyn has received a $2000 Grant.

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SIMON for the Bukowski family — IL

Jim and Katya came from completely different worlds. Jim was born and raised in the Midwestern United States and he rarely traveled. Katya is from Russia and loved to travel. She spent the summer of 1998 working at a bed and breakfast in the U.S. She returned to Russia in the fall of 1998 to complete her degree not sure if she would ever come back. But, in the summer of 2000 she got the chance to return to the U.S. and that’s where things got interesting.

Jim and Katya met while taking a class at a local university in 2001, and have been together ever since. They married in 2003 and have six wonderful children ranging in age from 5 to 15. Their belief that children are a great blessing from God has led them to proceed with the adoption of Simon, a beautiful 3-year-old boy with cystic fibrosis and developmental delays.

When Simon arrives, he will find three brothers and three sisters who have been waiting anxiously to welcome him into a loving home. A home that has a strong faith in Jesus Christ. A home that has received many blessings and graces from the Lord and believes that it is their duty to share those blessings and graces with others.

Simon was the 6th pregnancy of his mother, and fittingly, will be the youngest of seven once he arrives home. And when he does, the Bukowski family will once again be very humbled and grateful for God’s continued blessings on them.

Jim and Katya ask that you pray for their family’s adoption, and for the health of Simon during this process and beyond as he desperately needs medical care that is inaccessible in his birth country. There will also be the high cost of ongoing medical care once he comes home. The Bukowski family will be eternally grateful for any prayers and assistance you can provide. May God continue to bless the entire Reece’s Rainbow community.
12/26/2019 — FIRST TRIP in LATE JANUARY

*** Simon has received a $2,000 Grant! ***

A CHILD for the Chavira family — TX

It is with a joyful heart that I share with you the journey that Kourtney and Josh Chavira are on. It has always been heavy on both Josh and Kourtney’s hearts to one day adopt a child, which is no surprise to the people who know them! Josh has served 6 years in the United States Army, including two deployments to Afghanistan and Kuwait. While serving in the military and being away from his home and loved ones, Josh held on to the knowledge that nothing is more important than family. It is then that he confirmed the passion he felt to adopt and give a child a loving family that every child so deserves to experience. Kourtney has supported and often started up fundraisers to benefit special needs children who need assistance with medical bills, equipment for physical therapy, surgeries, etc. Many of these fundraisers were very successful for the families. Kourtney followed her dream of becoming a registered nurse. During her first year in her new career, Kourtney had the privilege of working in the homes and caring for families who had special needs children each day. This daily experience has only made the desire to adopt grow more and more for Kourtney.

Josh and Kourtney have been trying to have a baby since they became married in 2017. With no success, they sought medical advice. Kourtney was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Kourtney and Josh are hopeful that with treatment, they will one day be able to conceive a baby. During this wait, they feel called to open up their hearts and home to a sweet baby boy with Spina Bifida.

If you find it in your hearts to help Josh and Kourtney at this time, it will not go unnoticed. Even by just sharing their story and spreading the word, they will be forever grateful.
12/23/2019 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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Annalise

Girl, born 2015

 

Congenital diaphragmatic hernia
Other specified congenital malformations of nervous system
Other congenital malformations of musculoskeletal system
Other congenital valgus deformities of feet
Flaccid Paraplegia
Mixed specific developmental disorders
Expressive language disorder
Contracture of joint
Lactose intolerance
Hypoglycemia
Moderate protein-calorie malnutrition
Cardiomyopathy

Listed: Oct 2019

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Hana

Girl, born Nov 2012
PRC
Down syndrome

Hana is a precious little girl! Hana is quiet, kind, and an all around girly-girl! She thrives with one-on-one attention, but also loves to be around other kids. When in foster care, she was eager to have her hair done every morning and liked to play in the bath. Hana enjoys PE and dance. She has a good appetite and can self feed. Before she was taken to an orphanage, she was being potty trained during the day and wore a diaper at night.

Hana has a very generous adoption grant from Journey of a Joyful Life that could cover up to half of her adoption costs! Her file is currently on the Shared List.
*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant!  Through June 2020, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant! ***

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Abel

Boy, born 2018

Microcephaly
Disorder of brain
Other developmental disorders of speech and language
Esotropia
Anemia
Carrier of viral hepatitis
Congenital hydronephrosis
Abnormal results of cardiovascular function studies

 

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Cedric

Boy, born 2017

Disorder of the Brain
Other developmental disorders of speech and language
Undescended testicle
Accessory thumb(s)
Acquired deformity of chest and rib
Ventricular septal defect

Listed: Dec 2019

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Warik, Reya and Silvia

Boy, born 2014

Updated pics 12/19!

Generalized idiopathic epilepsy and epileptic syndromes
Mild mental retardation
Convergent concomitant strabismus

Warik has two sisters —
girl, born 2013
girl, born 2017
both healthy

All 3 siblings must be adopted together!

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Cohen

Boy, born 2018

Disorder of the Brain
Other disorders of psychological development
Fused fingers
Fused toes
Other iron deficiency anemias
Congenital malformation syndromes predominantly affecting facial appearance
Abnormal results of cardiovascular function studies
Atrial septal defect

Listed: Dec 2019

TWO GIRLS for the Calkins family — MI

Michael and Jade met at work and soon fell in love. When they knew they were getting serious, Jade expressed to Michael her long time desire to adopt a special needs child internationally. Michael said that he would also love to adopt. After a very short engagement, they eloped in Hawaii on the Island of Kauai. When they climbed the cliff at Keoneoloa bay to take some wedding photographs, Jade looked up at the moon and remarked to Michael and their photographer that she felt they had a daughter near, but also felt that she was very far away. She brushed the feeling out of her mind for the time being but thought of it from time to time.

When they returned home to their now blended family of 5 children, they discussed if they wanted to have a child biologically. They decided they would try and were blessed to become pregnant very quickly. Unfortunately when Jade was several weeks pregnant, they found that their little baby had passed away. They opted to have testing done and found that their baby had some chromosomal issues. A few weeks later, they decided to go ahead and try again and were blessed to become pregnant with their son, Corbin Anthony, who was born several weeks early. They moved when Corbin was 2 weeks old into a larger home to accommodate their growing family. Jade would often look through waiting child profiles on Reece’s Rainbow. In August of 2019, she happened to look through waiting little girls with Down Syndrome. She came across Perla’s photo and something jumped out at her and said “This one.” Jade saw that her birthday was in 2017 and thought that adopting out of birth order would be too hard, so she ignored her intuition. Through this time, Jade advocated for Perla, asking friends to consider opening their homes and hearts to adoption. She prayed a lot, and thought that they may pursue another waiting child, but her and Michael never felt completely peaceful about it.

One day Jade had received a message from a woman that she did not know asking her if she would like to adopt Perla. Jade told her that she would love to, but was not sure about the logistics of an out of birth order adoption. Jade was able to get the information she needed and asked Michael what he thought. He said he would love to adopt Perla, and once they came to that decision, they both felt peace beyond understanding. Also,  Perla was born in the month that they got married, so they took it as a sign that she was the daughter Jade felt was near. Michael and Jade are aware that things are not always guaranteed in adoption, and have decided that if for some reason they are unable to continue to pursue the adoption of Perla, they will choose to adopt another child with Down Syndrome in that country. They are excited to bring their new daughter home, and their children are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their baby (and big) sister.
12/19/2019 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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Harley

Boy, born 2011
PRC
Down syndrome

Handsome Harley is described as a sunny, active, passionate, kind, and helpful little boy! He is a very happy boy who loves to smile. Harley likes helping other children who have physical limitations in any way that he can. When he sees his teacher busy with children who are physically weaker, he will give her a hand. He often helps push one child in a wheelchair and helps pull another child to get to and from school. Harley likes singing and dancing! He has a strong music sense and good imitating abilities. Harley’s gross motor skills are good too. He can catch a ball and his favorite outdoor activities are throwing sand bags or colorful balls. Harley also likes picking vegetables and fruits in the garden with his friends. Harley has made great improvement with his language skills since coming into care. He can count from 1-10 clearly with the teacher. By age seven, he could say some simple daily words under the teacher and mom’s patient guidance, such as: “take the candy,” “I am Harley,” etc. He can use simple words, sentences, and gestures to express his needs. When his teacher asks, “Who is your good friend, Harley?” he will point at DZ and say loudly, “DZ!” If other children scream, he will imitate his teacher and, though not clearly, he will say “softly and slowly.” He is currently learning to use personal pronouns for daily communication, such as: me and you.

At school, Harley can raise his hand and answer questions actively when asked. He positively participates in activities. He is said to like to ask the teacher questions to get to the bottom of things if it was something he did not understand. Harley’s concentration has improved too. He can listen to other children’s self introductions quietly, can identify a circle and a triangle, and can find similar shapes around him. Harley is said to be very warm towards his foster mom, teacher, and friends. When he sees his foster mom or teacher’s disheveled hair, he can help manage their hair. Harley was born with Down syndrome, but he most certainly was born with a heart of gold! It is our hope that Harley’s family sees him soon. He is certain to be a blessing!

There is a $1,500 agency grant for Harley’s adoption, with a specific adoption agency.

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Tolliver

Boy, born 2016
PRC
Down syndrome

 

Nearly three year old Ollie is described as quiet and is smiley. According to his report in 2017, he can turn over, prop with his elbows at prone position, he can grasp toys. His file states that he can track moving objects and sounds; he will gaze at caretakers faces and smile. Ollie’s 2018 video shows him walking quickly and with a wide smile.

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A CHILD for Hamlet — MI

The Hamlet family had a baby girl named Saraiah in 2010 with Down syndrome and multiple heart defects. She was not given a long life expectancy. After hours of praying and talking to doctors, they were told their daughter did not have a chance at life and they should wait for her to pass away peacefully within a couple of days. Days turned into weeks and weeks turned into months. The doctors were amazed at her prognosis, and she continued to rally. They almost lost her a few times in the first year of life, but each time a miracle took place and she recovered. After age 3 doctors said she could live well into her 20’s or 30’s with how well she was doing. They had never seen a child with her condition live past a few days old without surgery. In 2018, at the age of 8 she passed away in her sleep. Shortly after, the Hamlets felt that God impressed upon them to adopt a baby with Down syndrome. Veronica, had followed Reeces Rainbow for some time, eagerly praying for her husband to commit to adoption. After a silent prayer, Veronicas husband called, expressing his desire to adopt a child with DS. It was in this moment they both felt sure of the calling that God had placed on their life. They have sought the adoption of a baby girl from Eastern Europe with Down Syndrome. Their entire family (3 kids) are excited to bring their baby sister home. Please pray for them as they patiently wait to submit their dossier.
12/13/2019 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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Leann

Girl, born 2014
PRC
Down syndrome

There are several videos available of Leann!

This precious little girl is Leann! Leann is said to be a sweet, enthusiastic, and active little girl who has a pair of watery eyes and two lovely dimples on her face when she smiles. In regards to her motor development, Leann has good physical development. She is able to go up and down stairs alone. She can hold a pen with a full hand and imitate drawing vertical lines and crosses. Leann is helpful with setting up exercises during the break. She claps her hands, sings, and follows the teacher and the music when exercising. She is very focused and can immerse herself in things she likes for a long time. Leann is fond of drawing and is so careful in each drawing class. She always enjoys drawing class! Leann loves to play shadow games too. Every time she goes outside, she likes to do hand movements in the sun while observing her own shadows and hand movements.

Compared to other children with Down syndrome, Leann’s language expression is better. She is fond of imitating sounds and words the teacher says. She can say baba, mama, jiejie, ayi, and gainai clearly, repeating the teacher. She is able to sing familiar songs and can state other children’s names in the class. Leann observes the details and emotions around her and understands instructions from her teacher and caretaker. She can open the door, close the door, wash her hands, eat a meal, and put on her shoes without help. She always puts her shoes in the designated location on her own initiative before going to sleep. Her caretaker will gesture to give her a kiss and she kisses her cheek right away. The caretaker will then say “the other side?” Leann then kisses the other side of her cheek! It’s so sweet and cute!

Leann is studying in a preschool class. She goes to class and plays well with the other children. She actively responds to the teacher in class. Leann is happy to help the teachers and children around her. She helps the caretaker to set out chairs for children on her own initiative before the meal and also helps the children to bring clothes and shoes. She is rich in emotion. Leann laughs happily when she is happy. She is excited when she meets her familiar teacher and caretakers and when she sees her favorite snacks. Leann is silent when she is unhappy and will sulk in the corner. She will cry if she does something wrong and the teacher criticizes her. In class, she is unhappy if she doesn’t get the teacher’s praise. Leann has high self-esteem and she is going to thrive in a loving family! We can’t wait to see who that lucky family will be!

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Madeline

Girl, born 2011
PRC
Blind

Madeline is an adorable little girl with a beautiful smile! Madeline recently spent a year at a foster home for blind and visually impaired orphans. Staff at the foster home said, “Watching Madeline blossom from an overly timid and scared child into a lively and happy little girl has been one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. Madeline is still shy, but she has the sweetest smile when she accomplishes something new. She was very nervous the first time we took her to the pool, but after a few seconds with her feet in the water she was ready to jump right in! I’ve never seen her happier than when she’s playing in the pool. Madeline loves hugs and kisses, when she hears the voice of someone she loves she will call out to great them and walk over for a hug. She will bring so much brightness and love to a forever family.”

Madeline was learning cane skills and can navigate short routes on her own, and longer routes with someone telling her where to go. She can express her basic needs such as when she is hungry, thirsty or needs to go to the bathroom, but only when she is asked directly. Madeline follows directions and is clearly very smart, but selective about when she speaks. Towards the end of her time at the foster home, Madeline was starting to speak spontaneously and in more complex sentences, as she felt safe there. She was also learning English and had fantastic pronunciation. Madeline was recalled to her orphanage and she desperately needs a family to get to her so she doesn’t regress from all that she had gained!

December 2019 Written Update:
Self-care: She can walk, run under the guidance of someone else, brush her teeth, wash her face, and eat by herself with a spoon. However, food sometimes drops mid-way due to her vision issue. She can use the toilet on her own, but she needs adults to take her to the toilet.

Emotion: She likes to give hugs to those she knows well. She wants hugs from others too. She is very close to her foster mom and her teachers. She trusts and relies on those she knows. She usually keeps a stable mood, but when she cannot find the toys she wants, she will get upset and anxious.

Cognition: She can tell different people apart by listening to their voice and she knows what she wants or doesn’t want. She also knows if she needs to go to the toilet. Under the guidance of her teachers, she can count numbers and recite poems and three-character sutras.

Speech: She says hello to the teacher and goodbye when she leaves. She can complete simple dialogue with the teacher or foster parents. When you ask her simple questions, she will respond to you. She can introduce herself.

Motor: She can walk independently under the guidance of adults and can run and jump with support of a hand. Her hands grasp things very well. She can play with toys and construction blocks. She can ride a twist car and follow the music to do morning exercises.

Many videos of Madeline are available!

Madeline has a $5,000 Bright Futures Agency Grant with Madison Adoption Associates.

A GIRL for the McCallum family — AZ

We are the McCallums! Corey and I met in 2005, were married in 2008, and have four sons age 3-10. Corey is one of 5 kids, one having Downs Syndrome, and I am one of 13 kids, some of them adopted. We had always talked about adoption, since I grew up around it, it was always something I considered. With Corey having a special needs brother, we were open to special needs adoption but I figured we’d do it the “easy” way and find a child locally!

A few years ago I found myself on the Reece’s Rainbow website and was aimlessly scrolling through profiles. One profile caught my eye, a little girl with blonde hair and big blue eyes. But my eyes then drifted to her location and list of diagnoses and I almost immediately decided that was not the ideal situation for us. I had zero desire to go to Eastern Europe and I had never even heard of some of her diagnoses! I tried to put her out of my mind but I couldn’t. As time went on, people were put in my life that helped me see that all these things that were scary to me were completely doable! I kept telling myself she’s so cute, someone else will go get her. One night I reminded myself of that and I so clearly heard God say “YOU go get her.” From that moment on I decided I would do everything in my power to do so! I made my “presentation” to Corey and to my surprise he didn’t look at me like I was crazy. We made the decision to commit to her that night and sent paperwork the next morning! The process has had a lot of ups and downs with us and has taken longer than I would have wanted. But at the end of the day, it will all be worth it to get her home and settled into a life with her very excited brothers!
12/4/2019 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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SUSAN for the DeTrempe Family — IL

Nick and Becky met in 2013. They fell in love with each other as well their families. They were married in 2016 to become a loving and supportive blended family with 3 amazing children between the two of them. Austin is 17, Jocelynn is 13, and Bill is 12. Their middle child, Jocelynn, has Down syndrome. They were part of a unique group of families joined by and extra chromosome.

Nick and Becky are adopting a child from Asia who is 13 years old and has Down Syndrome. After learning about how children age out of the system at the age of 14 and are no longer available for adoption, they knew that they needed to look into the idea of an international adoption. The thought of a child never having a loving family or a “forever” home was something that they didn’t want to see happen to another child.

Nick became very active in the local Down Syndrome Association. He is currently the Vice President of the organization. He chaired the Down Syndrome awareness Friendship Walk this year and has recently started an adaptive Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class for children and adults with special needs. Nick works as an electrical engineer.

Becky had spent several years on the local Down Syndrome Board, and still helps out with the education committee. She also volunteers as a parent and child advocate in school meetings to ensure that the schools can meet the needs of each individual child. She has worked in sales in the mental health field for the past 14 years.

Both Nick and Becky are active in their communities and have volunteered for Easter Seals raising funds for children with special needs. They are very excited about this new endeavor and the thought of having another member of their family to love. The entire family looks forward to the day she will be able to come home to her forever home.
1/16/2020 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

*** Susan has received a $15,000 Older Child Grant! ***

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Alistair

Boy, born 2017

Spastic hemiplegic cerebral palsy
Localization-related (focal) (partial) symptomatic epilepsy and epileptic syndromes with complex partial seizures
Unspecified intellectual disabilities
Asthma
Abnormal results of cardiovascular function studies

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Bradley

Boy, born 2015

Microcephaly
Paraplegia (paraparesis) and quadriplegia (quadriparesis)
Severe intellectual disabilities
Congenital deformity of hip
Optic atrophy
Nystagmus
Abnormal results of cardiovascular function studies

 

Diana

Girl, born 2012

Disorder of central nervous system
Other specified infections specific to the perinatal period
anxiety disorder
Severe intellectual disabilities
Other congenital valgus deformities of feet
Other chronic suppurative otitis media
Congenital malformation of optic disc
Conductive hearing loss, unilateral
Mild protein-calorie malnutrition
Cardiac arrhythmia

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Fundraiser for Mariella

Proceeds from these Fund the Nations shirts will benefit Mariella’s waiting child grant!

 

 

 
T-shirts: $27 
Sweatshirts:  $38
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Shirts are pre-ordered and paid for up front; if the minimum requirement for ordering isn’t met, the funds will be returned.
 

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

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A Child for the Slate family — TX

Jared and I got married on October 1st 2011. After only knowing each other for a couple of months. We started our new life together in Hawaii with our son Tayler who was 8 years old at the time.  Jared joined the Army in 2008. He has had 3 deployments (soon to be 4) countless rotations and months of school. We have moved together as a family 5 times in these last 8 years (it feels like more!)

We had Matthew in 2013, Noah in 2015 and in 2017 we were pregnant again! I went in for a gender scan and found out we were finally having our girl!!! (I also had another son in 2005 that passed away from SIDS). We had a wonderful announcement with a piñata that the kids got to hit, filed with everything pink! The very next day I got a phone call that would change our lives forever.

The ultrasound tech that did the gender scan saw some fluid on the back of our daughters neck. A couple days later we went to see the MFM and found out she had a Cystic Hygroma and hydrops. We were told she either had Turner Syndrome or Down syndrome and would likely not make it. We were recommended to terminate the pregnancy. I told him to never mention that to me again, how dare him! After testing, it was confirmed that she had Turner Syndrome. We prayed so hard for our girl and had so many people praying as well. A couple weeks later, the hydrops was gone and the Hygroma was resolving. Our daughter was born in September 2017. She is part of the 1-2% that make it to birth. We are so blessed.

We have talked about adoption on and off over the years. We thought it would be much later down the road. But other plans were in the making for us.

A friend of mine messaged me telling me about a little girl with TS that was an orphan living in Eastern Europe. I immediately fell in love with her and shared her story all over FB. She was absolutely beautiful she has a full head of beautiful dark hair, the prettiest eye lashes and a smile that can brighten anyone’s day. Everyday I’d look at her pictures, think about her and pray for her.. I felt such a strong bond to her, I just knew she was my daughter. After talking to Jared, we decided to bring her into our family. Our boys are so excited and our daughter looks at her pictures and calls her sister. They ask about her everyday and look at her pictures. We can’t wait to have her home!
11/27/2019 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

The Slate family has received a $2000 grant for the girl they are adopting.

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Blayne

Boy, born 2017
PRC
Down syndrome, abnormal liver function, and anemia

Blayne is described as active, extroverted, energetic, kind, and with a ready smile. According to his file, he can walk freely, participate in games and activities, has good imitating ability and can call for “mom”. His file states that he enjoys music, playing games with others, and loves cuddles with his caretaker. He can pick up small objects with his index finger and thumb, draw lines, play with blocks and put them away. Blayne has a good temper and can adapt to new environments well.

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Iris

Girl, born late 2010
PRC
Down syndrome, postoperative congenital heart disease, and bronchial asthma

 

Iris is described as extroverted and quiet. Her report in 2016 states that she can speak simple words, but her speech isn’t always clear. She can understand simple directions, can count to five, and can use pens and paint. Iris’s file shows she has good self-care skills, she can use the restroom herself, dress herself, brush her teeth, and have meals herself. She loves hugs and her favorite game is the operation board game.
*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant!  Through June 2020, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant! ***

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June

Girl, born 2014
PRC
Down syndrome and ventricular septal bulged aneurysm

 

According to June’s report from 2016, she can crawl to her caretakers, reach her arms out, and grasp objects. June’s file states she can pronounce “mama” and can stand when holding onto her caregivers’ leg. Her file states she likes toy piano’s and her favorite snack is biscuits.

 

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Wylie

Boy, born 2014
PRC
Down syndrome

Wylie’s report is from 2015, and states that he could turn over, sit by himself, and support his body with his hands. Wylie likes to babble and will laugh when being teased, but he does not like to be tickled. His file states that he can make eye contact.

 

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Carson

Boy, born 2015
PRC
Down syndrome

 

Carson is described as outgoing, honest, and that he is sunshine. His file states that he has good motor development; he can run, climb up onto a children’s bike, and have a meal alone with a spoon. Carson’s file states he can make sounds, understands most instructions, and likes to imitate. He is shown to be a very loving boy who loves to cuddle and will laugh and kiss his caretakers face. He is attentive to others and will give food to younger children. Carson enjoys playing with toy cards, musical toys, and outdoor activities.

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Millie

Girl, born 2013
PRC
Down syndrome, CHD (VSD)

Millie is described as extroverted and active. Millie’s file states she has strong psychical coordination and rhythm sensation; she loves to play outside with her friends and dance. She greets her teachers with a smile and they love to pinch her adorable face. According to her file, her language is delayed, but she is showing improvements and has no issue with daily communication. Her file says she has strong imitation, she will stretch out her arms to express flying of birds, butterflies and bees. She has good self-care skills; she can eat with the spoon and can drink with the cup, wash her hands, takes off shoes, and socks without help.
*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant!  Through June 2020, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant! ***

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Spike

Boy, born 2015
PRC
Down syndrome

 

Spike is described as active and sunny. His file states that he can walk freely and use the stairs while holding a rail. Spike’s file says that he responses to his teacher in class and will clap happily when his teacher gives him praise. We have been told that he can perform simple directions, enjoys exploring new things, and will help put away items. Spike likes to play with house toys and feed a doll with a bottle. His file shows that he is friendly and knows how to share with others.

 

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Fleur

Girl, born 2015
PRC
Down syndrome, severe nerve deafness of both ears

 

Fleur’s file states that her eyes trace people and objects. Fleur’s motion and coordination is a bit clumsy according to her file. Fleur enjoys playing with toys of various colors and textures and likes to be close to others. Her file indicates she can grasp objects, sit, roll over, and she is learning how to make consonant sounds.

 

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Sandi

Girl, born 2015
PRC
Down syndrome, congenital heart disease, and congenital laryngomalacia

 

According to her report in 2018, Sandi can walk on her own, climb up stairs, and understand language. She smiles when being praised, but will curl her lips and look down if she feels criticized. She enjoys humming her own tunes and will make happy sounds when playing with others. Her file states she loves playing with plush toys and a rocking horse.

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TWO children for the Miller family — WV

When Scott saw a post about hosting orphans he knew God wanted us to do it. I thought he was crazy, but I quickly got on board. In just 8 short weeks we were hosting 15 year old Lena for the summer. Before we even met her God confirmed that Scott and I would be adopting her and making her a permanent part of our family, so we filed the required paperwork the week before Lena came to America.  It was just in time; we had file it before she turned 16, and she celebrated her Sweet 16 after her second week with us! Part of this process required us to ask Lena if she wanted to be adopted, hearing her say yes was one of the greatest moments of my life. She has become our daughter, and seeing us together shows our mutual love in a way that shocked even me. We adore her…and we are so glad we listened to God’s calling.

This past week, as we are waiting for the approval from USCIS for Lena, an urgent call went out for parents to say yes to adopting a little boy with unspecified brain damage and congenital cataracts. His advocacy name is Oakley and we had seen his profile before, but we figured he would have parents committed in no time—just look at that smile! However, no one has come forward yet. We knew when seeing the new post that God was once again speaking and saying we were meant to be his parents.

Oakley is being transferred at the end of the year to an adult institution for people with special needs, and Oakley, this precious boy, is only four. The urgent post we received said he was not likely to survive in the institution if and when he was transferred there. Scott and I talked and prayed over the matter through the week, and then with God’s prompting committed to being Oakley’s parents. Our hearts are overjoyed! However, with this added joy comes an added expense which we are fundraising for in an attempt to make all of this that God has laid on our hearts possible.

The total for both adoptions is estimated to be $55,000; to this point we have spent $17,635. Next, we urgently need $15,400 which is needed for the team in country. The expenses up to this point do not include travel, lodging, and all of the other expenses we will incur with lost time at work and the variables that come with along with that and international travel.

We have three required trips to Eastern Europe as part of the adoption process. We firmly believe that God has asked, and God will provide. All of this is giving you a picture of the process we are going through, and because of the expenses we ask that you would please consider making a tax deductible donation to bring Lena and Oakley home. No amount is too small and we ask that you give what you are comfortable with knowing that it is truly changing lives.  Thank you so much for anything you can do, and may God bless you for caring.
12/4/2019 — USCIS APPROVED

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Carlo & Carter

Boys, 2 brothers: born 2009 & 2011
CO-8

Carlo is described as autonomous, smart and independent with strong academic performance. He enjoys soccer, board games and physical activities. On weekends he goes to soccer and swimming practice and also participates in music, painting, and arts and crafts workshops. Carlo wants to be a soccer player and inventor when he grows up. Carlo is incredibly bonded with his brother and only wants to be adopted if he and Carter can stay together. Agency staff has met Carlo and would love to tell you about him!

Carter, the younger brother, is believed to be on the Autism spectrum, is non-verbal, and attends special education classes. At the time of his last report, Carter was able to do activities for 10 to 15 minutes at a time. He follows simple and concrete instructions. Carter will reciprocate affection when initiated by someone else. He likes hugs and kisses. He is said to be calm and well behaved most of the time. The ideal family for these brothers will need to be able to focus attention on both boys’ very individual needs. The family will need to have a good understanding of trauma on child development and will need to develop a strong understanding of TBRI parenting methods. The family will need to have access to excellent medical, therapeutic, and educational resources.

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Eugene

Boy, born 2012
PRC
Down syndrome

This handsome little man is Eugene! Eugene is described as an optimistic little boy with a gregarious personality, who likes to play with his friends. He has been with his foster family since 2013, and receives services for PT, OT, and Speech. He appears to be doing very well developmentally. He is able to dress himself for the most part, can feed himself with spoon, and can use the restroom by himself and wash his hands. Eugene is able to recognize some colors and shapes, point out body parts, and imitate simple block building activities. He can understand simple instructions and say two word sentences.

This sweet boy has several videos available!
*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant!  Through June 2020, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant! ***

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Simone

Girl, born 2007
PRC
Spina Bifida (post-op)

Simone is an amazing and beautiful girl who is described by her caretakers as gentle, cute, diligent, and honest. Simone is attending school and is said to recognize and understand things quickly and have a quick response. She listens carefully and follows the teachers’ directions. Simone takes part in group activities and gets along well with the other kids. She is a bit more reserved when it comes to working or interacting with adults or children she does not know, though she would not refuse to work with them. Despite being quiet, she is said to have rich inner emotions. Simone has a strong self-esteem and is willing to admit her mistakes and make corrections. She likes to share with others when she has received praise from her teachers. She is obedient and is willing to help others. Simone is independent in her care. She can feed herself, put on and take off her own clothes and shoes, comb her hair, wash her face, brush her teeth, take a bath, and go to the toilet on her own. Simone is diagnosed with post-op spina bifida. Though her spina bifida does not affect her gross motor skills, she is incontinent. This may be the very thing that has caused her to wait all these years, but it should not be. Simone is an all-around awesome young lady with so much to offer the world! Her forever family has been missing out, but we know they are out there!

MANY videos available.  A specific adoption agency has a $1000 grant offered for her adoption.

CHRISSIE for the Whitten family — SC

Tim and Julie Whitten have been married for 17 years and have been blessed with three beautiful children, Mason (12), Molly (8) and Pedro (4). Tim has worked in ministry for several years and most recently works for the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church as a Hurricane Recovery Director helping families impacted by Hurricane Florence rebuild their homes. Julie has owned a graphic design and promotional company for almost 20 years. Her job provides flexibility to work from home and set her own hours, which allows her the ability to stay home with their children. Through her job, she can also use her artistic talents and creativity. Both Julie and Tim enjoy art, Julie enjoys painting while Tim is an accomplished potter.

The Whitten family has always had a heart for missions. By giving their lives and hearts to God, He has opened their eyes to the needs in the world and helped them move out of their comfort zone. Through this, Pedro was brought into their lives when he was 6 months old, during a mission trip to Haiti. Pedro has significant special needs and the Whittens have repeatedly watched God step into their lives meeting challenge after challenge. Pedro is well loved, enjoys life and the entire family has grown in their faith exponentially.

When the Whittens look into the precious face of Chrissie, and each of the orphaned children, they remember that God tells us not to let the world pollute our thoughts, but to remain focused on God and what He commands us to do, especially to care for orphans and widows. They find strength in the knowledge that Jesus would not be sitting on the couch, but instead be in the orphanage holding those children, His children, who do not have a person to claim them as their own. The Whittens have been blessed with two biological children and claimed one child as their own through adoption. They have experienced first hand the love of God with each child and realize that He lives and loves in the hard times. They welcome and embrace each challenge as it allows them to experience God more.
1/7/2020 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

Chrissie has received a $2,000 Grant!

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A GIRL for the Romero family — IL

Meet the Romero Family! Omar and Trisha met in 2008 and began dating that Fall. Together they enjoyed running/exercising, traveling, dancing and doing local wine tastings. In 2012, they got married, and were blessed to quickly start a family. They live in the Midwest with their 3 biological sons – Mateo (6), Luca (4) and Cruz (1). They also have 3 small dogs (Italian Greyhounds).

During Cruz’s pregnancy, they did a blood test to find out his gender but ended up finding out a lot more. They found out that he was very likely to have Down syndrome. The news was very tough and quite devastating initially since they didn’t know anything about Down syndrome and what that would mean for their son. After allowing themselves to cry and mourn the loss of the child they had thought they were having, they wiped away their tears and committed to be the best parents that they could be to their son. They spent the rest of the pregnancy learning about Down syndrome, making connections with other families that had children with Down syndrome and preparing for his arrival. The moment that Cruz was born was unforgettable to them and they realized that he was exactly what they needed the whole time. Cruz is cherished very much by the whole family and has taught everyone so much already about acceptance and faith!

After having Cruz, Omar and Trisha learned that many children like him end up without a family just because they have Down syndrome. They began discussing the idea of international adoption, looking at some of the children that were waiting, and knew that someday when the time was right that they would bring home a child with Down syndrome and provide them with a family, a home and most importantly LOVE!

In mid-November, Trisha came across a beautiful baby girl in Eastern Europe and without hesitation knew she was meant for their family. The Romeros are thrilled to be on this journey to bring home a daughter that will be loved and cherished by all! They know the international adoption road is long and costly and they would be so appreciative and grateful for any support!
1/6/2020 — COMPILING DOSSIER

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Harris

Boy, born 2014

FAS
moderate mental delay
benign neoplasm of neck
two-sided fallen arches
undernutrition

From a family that met him summer 2019: He is adorable, turned 5 this summer. Started walking recently. Has FAS. Cute as a button. Care taker said isn’t violent or doesn’t act out like other kids. Only fusses when it’s time to eat. He walked into my arms without knowing me!

 

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Colston

Boy, born 2010

mental disorders in the form of cognitive failure
hypotrophy of muscles of limbs
language disorders
dwarfism
subclinical hypothyroidism

He has many health issues due to he was together with his birth parents for many years until their death, and they were vagabonding. Due to that he cannot talk, just making sounds. However, he has a good memory and understands everything very well.

Approximately 3 years ago he broke his leg, and he did not get any medical care, therefore it did not grow together correctly. He could not walk, just crawled. Now he is dragging a leg.

LOUIS for the Hayden family — OH

Tim (James) and Jennifer Hayden have been married for almost 5 years. Tim has 2 adult children from a previous marriage, and Jennifer has 4 children ranging in age from 14 to 20 years old. Jennifer is an RN who has worked with children with special needs since high school, and Tim has a natural gift with people that have extra challenges. One of Jennifer’s daughters was adopted from Uzbekistan 10 years ago and has taught this family a great deal about the world of special needs parenting. In fact, it was during her involvement in the Special Olympics that Tim and Jennifer fell in love with children and adults with Down Syndrome.

With all their children growing up, Tim and Jennifer felt that God was telling their hearts that they weren’t quite done with parenting. Out of a wish to give a child a family that needs one and also the desire to have the experience of raising a child together, they believe adoption is the best way to accomplish this. With Jennifer’s past experience with international adoption, and many friends in their church family coming from Asian heritage, adopting from China seemed a natural fit. After years of following Reece’s Rainbow’s ministry, they fell in love with LOUIS several months ago and prayed for him to be their son if it was God’s will. After many months of preparation, they have now been pre-approved for his adoption!
12/28/2019 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED 12/24

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Joely

Girl, born 2012
PRC
Down syndrome

Beautiful Jolie likes helping her caretaker, especially with caring for the younger children. She has good motor skills and she likes to play with the other children outside. She is able to run and jump. Jolie can’t pronounce words clearly, but she is able to express her needs well. If she can’t be understood, she knows to use gestures. She goes to school in the special education class and knows some colors and shapes. She is good about answering the teachers’ questions and is said to be good-spirited there. She is said to speak more under the encouragement of the teacher and not as much in front of strangers.

Jolie likes to listen and dance to the music, perform, and play with the children who are in the same special education class. Jolie likes performing/dancing while listening to familiar music, drawing, watching cartoons, swinging, and playing with toy blocks. She is not a picky eater and her favorite food is candy, but she can’t chew well and eats slowly due to her poor swallowing function. She is not able to chew meat well and she eats vegetables slowly. It takes her a long time to finish a meal. Jolie is closest to the caretaker who cares for her and her main teacher. She knows how to share her favorite toys and she has good self-care abilities. Jolie is able to put on and take off her clothes, brush her teeth, and toilet independently. Jolie was born with Down syndrome and trichiasis of the left eye. Agency staff have met Jolie a few years ago and had good things to say about her and how she was doing. She finally has a file and we can’t wait to see who her lucky forever family will be!

Joely has a $1500 grant available from her current adoption agency.
*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant!  Through June 2020, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant! ***

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Braxten

Boy, born 2010
PRC
Down syndrome, CHD- ASD

Braxten is described as an active and outgoing boy who has good motor skills. When the weather is nice, he will play with the other children outside. He is able to run and jump. Braxten has good language development. He can’t pronounce words clearly, but is able to express his needs well. If he can’t be understood, he knows to use gestures. He goes to school in the special education class. Braxten knows some colors and shapes. He is full of energy in class and always puts his hand up to answer the teachers’ questions. He speaks more under the encouragement of the teacher. In front of the strangers, he seldom speaks. Braxten likes to listen and dance to the music, perform, and play with the children who are in the same special education class. Braxten also likes to watch cartoons and play with blocks and toy cars. He is not a picky eater and his favorite food is candy, but he can’t chew well and eats slowly due to his poor swallowing function. Braxten is closest to the caretaker who cares for him and to his main teacher. He knows how to share his favorite toys and he has good self-care abilities. Braxten is able to put on and take off his clothes, brush his teeth and toilet independently. He can be obstinate and lose his temper at times, especially if his needs are not met. With some coaxing, he calms down. In September of 2010, he had surgery for his ASD and he recovered well. Agency staff have met Braxten a few years ago and had good things to say about him and how he was doing!

Braxten has a $2,000 grant available from his current adoption agency.
*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant!  Through June 2020, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant! ***

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Magnolia Mae

Girl, born 2013
PRC
Spina Bifida, Hydrocephalus

Magnolia is a precious little girl, who is described as being extroverted and sweet tempered. She is fairly active, talkative, and has quick reaction time. Magnolia enjoys singing and listening to music. She gets along well with others and likes playing outdoors with her friends and with toy cars. Magnolia lives with a foster family and though she likes to be cuddled by her foster grandfather, she is closest with her foster grandmother. She is a good sleeper and sleeps in her own bed. She is not a picky eater, though she has been spoiled by her foster grandparents who tend to hand-feed her and let her use a bottle to drink her drinks from. Magnolia’s favorite foods are meat, dumplings, noodles, vegetables, and fruits. Magnolia can walk independently. She was able to imitate words and say simple things like, “What is this?” Her intelligence was said to be delayed compared to her peers, but her orphanage also seems to say this about many children in their care.

In January of 2014, Magnolia received surgery for lumbar spinal meningocele and hydrocephalus. She had good recovery after the surgery, though she is not toilet trained. We are unsure if that is a result of her meningocele surgery or because she just hadn’t been trained yet, but a family should be prepared for her to be incontinent. An update from August (you can read the full update below) mentions that Magnolia has had a handful of seizures over the years. Magnolia has the sweetest little face with the cutest little voice.

Magnolia has a $2,500 agency grant for her adoption with a specific adoption agency. You have to watch her sweet videos!  The agency has several.

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Alina

Girl, born 2016
PRC
Down syndrome, CHD, allergies
Alina is a precious little girl, who is described as sensitive. She has a good appetite, but is allergic to fish and shrimp and needs to avoid oily foods. Alina likes playing with toys by herself most of the time, but will occasionally participate in group activities. She will play with other children when she is very happy. Alina has good motor skills. At the time her file was prepared, they said she was flexible and strong and that she could sit and turn over. Alina is reported to have average language skills. She can call out “mom” and “aunt.” She can understand simple words, such as “Come over here!” and “Time for dinner!” She will respond to questions. Alina was born with Down syndrome and congenital heart disease. She had surgery in December of 2017 for coarctation of aortic arch and recovered well. We are hoping for an update and for a forever family for beautiful Alina!

A specific adoption agency has a $1500 grant for Alina!

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Meghan

Girl, born 2011
PRC
Down syndrome

When Meghan first entered her institute she had poor physique and digestion but under the nannies care she gradually improved. When she was 4 years old she was receiving some education, motor and language training. She crawled quickly and could stand and walk with support. She was extroverted and smiled a lot. She liked to play with friends, understood simple instructions, knew the names of body parts, could call “mom” and waved her hands to express “good-bye.”

In May 2018 it was reported that she could walk and run on her own. She used a spoon to feed herself, could follow simple instructions and could play with toys alone. Her intelligence was said to be delayed and although she couldn’t yet speak in full sentences she could say simple words like, “thank you” and understood other people.

2019 UPDATE: Meghan is said to be an active and cute girl who likes posing for pictures! She enjoys going out to play and interacting with other children. She can kick and bounce a ball, walk freely, feed and dress herself, dance, sing, and string beads. She understands her teacher’s instructions and imitates well.  Additional photos and video available.
*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant!  Through June 2020, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant! ***

2 Girls for the Petrich Family — VA

Hello we are Kurt and Cyndi Petrich. We have been married four years. We have 5 beautiful children, four biological children and one that God placed in our hearts 2 years ago. We were both widowed late in life. The Lord brought us together when we both said, “yes” to a mission trip to serve special needs orphans in Eastern Europe. We met on the mission field. We fell in love with each other and the precious forgotten children. We came home from our missions’ trip, were married and have been serving these children ever since.

While on an extended missions’ trip we met a beautiful brown eyed little girl, who stole our hearts. God placed our sweet Dasha in our family in 2018. Upon our arrival home, our daughter started to pray every night in her native language, “Praise God, My God, please bring my best friend home.” Night after night she would pray the same prayer over and over again. We knew immediately God was calling us to grow our family once again. During this time, we learned about a sibling to this child. We were thrilled to find both girls on the Reece’s Rainbow list of available children. We prayed again fervently. Once again, God lead us to say, “Yes” to both children.”

Dasha has been home for over a year and the transformation we have witnessed has been nothing short of a miracle. She is loved and knows how to love. She wants her best friend and sister to become her own sisters and experience the love of a family. We wholeheartedly believe God’s Word that says, Psalm 68: 5-6 “God sets the lonely in families.”

We openly admit and profess adoption has deepened our faith and understanding of God’s deep love and affection for his children. We watched God do the miraculous during the journey of adoption with Dasha. He showed us again, again He is faithful. Our prayer is hearts would be moved to help us bring these girls home. Hebrews 10:23, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for HE who promised is faithful.
12/13/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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Vinn

Boy, age 15:  Ages out in November!
Diagnosis: Spastic quadraparisis

ONLY A FAMILY WHO HAS ALREADY FILED USCIS APPROVAL WILL QUALIFY TO ADOPT VINN.

 

From a volunteer who visits the orphanage:  When he was 14 his mother placed him and his siblings in the orphanage, after her husband left them and signed away her rights to him, and went to Italy to work for a year. When she returned she took the siblings home, but not visit him. She does not visit him and her phone calls are becoming less and less. Upon arriving at the orphanage, he became friends with another boy who was adopted shortly before turning 16. They chat on FB. He has asked me repeatedly to find him a home in America, or to adopt him.

He has friends from the community who visit with him, and explained the entire adoption system/situation to him. He wants out and should be out. He has spastic cerebral palsy in all 4 limbs. He is in 7th grade, dreams of going to Paris, and has taught himself English. He translates or the staff! He is very upset about not having a walker there or receiving therapies. I have seen the’spunk’ starting to disappear. He is so very kind and compassionate. He has been raised Greek catholic, read the bible daily and loves to sing hymns and christian songs.

 

ONLY A FAMILY WHO HAS ALREADY FILED USCIS APPROVAL WILL QUALIFY TO ADOPT VINN.