Entries by Michelle Zoromski

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Daia

Girl, born 2012
PRC
Down syndrome

Precious Daia is described as a very happy girl who loves playing with her nanny. She also likes to play alone, especially with musical toys, picture books, and a favorite toy truck. She knows when she is called by name and is able to communicate when she needs help. She is said to adapt very well, but is afraid of strangers. Her favorite foods are fruits and her favorite activity is listening to music. At the time Daia’s file was prepared, she was babbling. At that time, she could also sit alone, crawl on her hands and knees, and stand with support. Daia was able to feed herself and throw a ball. At times she was impatient and would cry if caretakers didn’t tend to her, but she was said to be easily comforted. Daia is diagnosed with Down syndrome as well as a heart condition (endocardial cushion defect). At the time her file was prepared, Daia had not had heart surgery. As of October of 2016, Daia was attending a preschool class and was said to adore her teacher. She could follow simple instructions and loved dressing up! Caregivers said she was very shy. Sweet Daia needs a family to love her forever and help her get the medical care she needs. We have requested an update.

There is a $2,500 agency grant for Daia’s adoption with her current adoption agency.
*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant!  Through 2019, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant! ***

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Rylan

Boy, born 2014
PRC
Down syndrome

Adorable Rylan has a ready smile and likes to listen and dance to music! Rylan’s favorite thing is to play outside. He has Down syndrome and his file also noted an umbilical hernia and nystagmus. At one time, Rylan was living with a foster family, but he is currently back in the orphanage. A volunteer who has met and spent time with Rylan multiple times said: “As soon as I arrive, he runs up to me and starts shouting with joy. He loves to be close to me and snuggle. Rylan is a very fun an active boy. He understands everything you say to him. He plays very well with toys and has great motor skills. He can do all movements and plays well. Rylan can walk well and eats by himself. I have seen him interact with other kids and play with them.” We know there has to be a family out there for this sweet snuggle bunny!

There is a $4,000 agency grant for Rylan’s adoption with a specific adoption agency.

A child for the Rice family – MI

Kathy will be adding another aging out child to her family! She returned home in May of 2018 with an almost 16-year-old with Down syndrome from Armenia. She is now working to bring home another daughter with DS from East Asia. This precious one has been on the hearts and minds of a lot of people who love her and have prayed for her. She was hosted in the US in the summer of 2016 by a family who hoped to adopt her but were unfortunately denied due to rules changing in the country. Kathy is grateful for the knowledge, experience, and love the family provided to her while she was here, and continue to provide.

Kathy’s first hands-on experience with international adoption was when her daughter and granddaughter, also with DS, returned home in December 2015 from Armenia. Her daughter is also in the process of adding another little one with DS to the family! While following her daughter’s first adoption and the years since, Kathy has helped as many families as she could, financially and prayerfully. She has also advocated for many children in need of families. Reading story after story about the life altering effects of adoption – for the child and parents – has been an inspiration to her.

After reading about the conditions children who have aged out face, and knowing those children would never know the love of a family, she knew she needed to do more. For the last few months Kathy has been contemplating and praying on what more she could do to help these children. So she is excited to announce that she is once again crossing the ocean to adopt again before this girl ages out and loses the chance to live happily ever after knowing the love and joy of having a family!

Any prayers and support, financially or emotionally, are greatly appreciated during her adoption process!
10/18/2019 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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DANNY for the Dunton family — NM

Jonathan and Leanne have known each other for as long as they can remember and have loved each other for over half of their lives. They were high school sweethearts which mostly consisted of passing notes to each other at church. They impatiently waited until Leanne was in college before they were allowed to officially date/court each other. After several challenging yet wonderful years, Jonathan and Leanne were able to get married while Jonathan was in college at Texas A&M and Leanne was teaching at a local elementary school.

The summer after Jonathan’s graduation and commissioning into the US Air Force, Leanne gave birth to their oldest daughter, Emily. Soon after her birth, they moved to Germany, and Jonathan started work as a second lieutenant. After almost ten years married and seven years in the military, Jonathan and Leanne have three biological children: Emily (age 7), Michael (age 5), and Ellen (age 3). Through adoption, they hope to add to their family very soon!

They are an active military family who have been blessed with adventures all over the world including (but not limited to) Texas, Germany, Alaska, and New Mexico. In 2013, they began their adoption journey with several attempts (international and through the foster system). Each ended with God closing the door. During this time, God opened their hearts to becoming foster parents. They have been licensed foster parents in both Alaska and New Mexico. Right after they became licensed in New Mexico in June 2019, they found out that they qualified to adopt Daniel (an eight year old boy from China with Down syndrome) who they had already tried to adopt the previous year. After several heartbreaking months of thinking it would be impossible to adopt Daniel, God miraculously re-opened this door! They are so excited to finally be moving forward with this adoption! With only months to go, they don’t want finances to be what delays them from going to adopt him and bring him home. God has provided exactly what they need so far, and they are thankful that you are considering being part of Daniel’s amazing adoption story!
10/17/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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

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DAVI for the Bullock family — WA

Abby and Adam met in 2012 and were married the following year. They live in the Pacific Northwest with their two children Leo (4) and Magnolia (2). Abby is currently on pause from being a special education teacher and will return to the classroom once her children are in school full-time, and Adam works as an Account Director for a digital marketing agency. Adoption had always been in the back of Adam and Abby’s mind, and they were unsure of when the timing would be just “right.” After talking about it for a year they knew it was time and they were ready to figure it all out. Near the middle of their home study process, they received an advocacy email from their adoption agency and in an instant, they knew that they were looking at their son. They are excited to be on this journey and look forward to welcoming a third child to their family!
10/17/19 — HOMESTUDY NEARLY COMPLETE; OFFICIALLY MATCHED

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

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BECKY for the Dove-Green family — VA

Corey and Julie met in a department store thirty years ago. Julie was the clerk and Corey was shopping with a mutual friend. The story goes that the minute Corey laid eyes on Julie he knew she was the one. For Julie, she thought he was out of her league. He left the counter that day, tormented himself for a few hours of how to ask her out, and returned to courageously face the acceptance or rejection. Their first date was a disaster…Julie had an emergency appendectomy and Corey thought he was stood up. But that was thirty years ago. Before the birth of their five children, the loss of one, and the adoption of their little girl from China. For as long as Julie could remember, she always wanted to adopt; to make one less child an orphan…to be the mother of a child who needed one. Life isn’t about finding comfort for oneself, it’s about serving others, and our calling is to provide a home and loving family to a child in need.

Julie saw the picture of “Betty” on Rainbow Kids one month after returning home from China with their daughter. As you can imagine, Corey was a bit in shock of the timing. But when you see your daughter, it doesn’t matter that you just got off the roller coaster of adoption paperwork, immigration approvals, and a 20-hour flight. Julie wrote the adoption agency and asked if she was still available. Two months after that call their new home study was complete. They met their little girl, Matilda, in August and just as fate took Corey to that department store that day, they knew fate had flown them to her country and introduced themselves as her Mommy and Daddy. They hope to fly back and bring their little girl home in the next three months.
10/17/2019 — AWAITING COURT

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

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STEPHANIE for the Faught family — AL

Nathan and Stephanie Faught have been married for eleven years and have five wonderful children- three biological and two born in their hearts. During their engagement, the Lord started drawing them to hurting children through a ministry that serves families in the inner city. With big hearts and an open door policy, Nate and Stephanie quickly began filling their home with children to love, both biological and through the inner city ministry. Within the first five years of their marriage, they were parents to three babies/toddlers, and a teen. Although it seemed crazy to many, the Lord was all in it! He was clearly leading them down a path unlike what they had planned. As Proverbs 16:9 reminds us…”The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.” From early on, they just wanted their steps ordered by Him.

In year 8 of their marriage, the Father brought them a handsome brave seven year old boy! What a gift this boy was to them. Amazingly, he is now their son. Many asked how they were able to take on so much, and their response always pointed others toward God. They continuously re-mind others that this journey of adding children to their family is His call on their lives. Adoption has come with it’s challenges; yet through the hard times, the Lord has always been faithful.

Fast forward to the following year… at a time when Nate and Stephanie just knew they couldn’t handle anymore changes in their lives… the Father placed a precious three year old girl into their laps. She came to them “just for respite”… two to four weeks max. God sure has a sense of humor because that little sweetness is now their daughter. AND… the most incredible part is that she has Down Syndrome. A special need the Faughts had never considered. In fact, they were quite intimidated by raising a special needs child…. BUT GOD… when they saw her picture… they did not see a child with Down Syndrome. They saw HER! She was a precious soul in need of love. They quickly learned that she was no different than the other children the Lord had brought them!

Adding her to their family has changed all of them in such a beautiful way! It’s one thing to read about the millions of orphans living in institutions and feel sad for them. But when someone be-comes mommy, daddy, or brother to one of those children, a true passion is developed. They’ve experienced first hand how being orphaned truly affects a child, and they all long to see each of these children find a forever family! The Faughts have also been shown the true value of these precious ones with special needs-specifically those with down syndrome. The Father showed them that while many have labeled these children a burden, they are truly one of His greatest treasures…fearfully and wonderfully made by Him.

This summer, a dear friend of theirs had an amazing opportunity to visit an orphanage in Asia to check on a handful of waiting children. The day she visited them, the whole Faught family was praying that each child would feel the Father’s love through her and that they would finally be found by their forever families. When the friend returned home, she posted pictures of the children she had met. Stephanie and her children sat at the table looking at their precious faces. When they came to a picture of a little girl with down syndrome dressed in yellow, their oldest son proclaimed, “Mom, that is our sister! Can we adopt her?” The other children quickly chimed in, “yes, mom, please!!!” Stephanie simply replied that they would just have to pray about it. When Nate returned home from work, he was met at the door with a picture of this sweet girl and begging little boys. He echoed Stephanie’s response that they just needed to pray. The brothers united together telling him that they pray for orphans all the time and they just knew this one was their sister. That week, they watched as their children prayed with such fervor. Nathan and Stephanie prayed too and the Lord confirmed that she was indeed their child! When Stephanie reached out to her friend to get some more information, her friend told her that the little girls advocacy name was “Stephanie”. She laughed out loud and thought to herself, “well, of course it is”.

The whole family is so excited to bring Stephanie home, hopefully early next year. They would love to see others join them on this journey, and they thank you in advance for all of your prayers and support!

Follow their journey on Instagram @bringinghomeveraellen or Facebook @ Bringing Home Vera Ellen.
10/16/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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Meili Joy’s Birthday!

Did you know that our little girl was abandoned when she was about a month old because she has Down syndrome? There are countless orphans in orphanages around the world because they have Down syndrome or other special needs. In China, if a child is not adopted by the time they turn 14, they will age out and will not be able to have a family. Many will be institutionalized for the rest of their lives. It’s heartbreaking. Every child needs and deserves a family.

So many people are misinformed about Down syndrome. Individuals with Down syndrome are uniquely talented, gifted, and special just like everyone else. Meili Joy is more alike than different. She just has a little something extra. Extra Perseverance, Extra Joy, Extra Love.

Today we celebrate Meili Joy! She is a gift and a treasure. She is a wanted, chosen, and loved DAUGHTER. We are thankful she was given Life. She was given Hope. We want other orphans to have the same chance of Life, Hope, Love, and a forever FAMILY!

In honor of Meili Joy’s 4th birthday, we ask that you would consider giving a donation to Reece’s Rainbow instead of birthday gifts. Meili Joy has everything she needs…a FAMILY!

If you’d like to partner with us to spread adoption awareness and help raise funds for orphans to be united with their families, no amount is too small!

*** All donations are tax deductible

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

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Tad

Boy, born 2013
PRC
Down syndrome

Handsome Tad didn’t come into care until he was three years old. Sweet Tad gets up at 6:30 am, naps from 1:00-2:00 pm, and goes to bed at 10:00 pm. He has lessons in the playroom to study simple Chinese characters and numbers, as well as to sing songs from 9:00 am-11:00 am and then again from 2:30 pm- 4:30 pm. Tad is not a picky eater and he likes to try all kinds of food. He has a very big appetite and is a good sleeper. Tad likes cartoons and toys with bright colors. Tad is pretty quiet in general and likes to play alone, but will play with other children too. Tad is obedient and likes to learn about things he is interested in. He likes to look at books and scribble too. Though Tad rarely talks, he does understand simple words and is able to do simple things he is told to do, such as putting away toys. Tad needs a loving and patient family to help put a big smile back on that sweet face!

Video available.

There is a $2,500 agency grant for Tad’s adoption with a specific adoption agency.
*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant!  Through 2019, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant! ***

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Lizzie

Girl, born 2015
PRC
Developmental delays

Elizabeth’s nannies say she is a lovely little girl and she loves to be tickled and cuddled and she will smile when her nanny entertains her. Elizabeth was born March off 2015 and her diagnoses is intelligence delay. However Elizabeth has been in good health with no hospitalizations or illnesses. Her development is delayed compared to other children in the orphanage. She can sit with support and crawl, but she is not walking yet. She cannot talk, but she can communicate with her nannies through her cries and smiles. Unfortunately she is in an orphanage known for leaving babies in their cribs with little interaction. She really needs a family to help her reach her full potential. Are you that family?  The agency

Video Link:  Video from March 2019;  Video from 2017

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Scotty

Boy, born 2016
PRC
Down syndrome, Nystagmus (both eyes)
Scotty looks like he is ready to fly into your arms!   His update is from October of 2017 and says the following:  Scotty is now ten months old.  He is very cute and likes stretching out his tongue, has less slobber, likes the caretaker touching him and talking to him face to face. When the caretaker did the passive exercise and moved his limbs, he can stare at the caretaker, and sometimes he makes sounds of “enenen” to respond. He can change from supine to prone position, prone to supine position with turning over at 360 degrees. He can lean forwards and sit alone for a while with his hands propping. When he is prone on the mat, he can prop with both hands to raise his head, can move his head and neck freely, can prop with one elbow with the other hand picking the toy before him. When he is happy, he can use the belly on the mat, open both arms and raise both feet, “flying” position. When he was supine on the mat, he can use one hand to pull the toy hanging under the toy shelf before his chest to wave it, or use one hand to stir or move the toy on the toy shelf to make it turn or move, also can hold his feet with both hands. He can put off socks when he is naughty. When holding him erectly, you do not need to hold his neck. He can track the moving toy left and right with his head and eyes. When he is sitting against the caretaker or in the children’s chair, he feels comfortable. He can grasp the toy when it is passed before him, he can hold one toy in each hand. When the toy drops, he can take a look. He likes interaction with the caretaker. When the caretaker plays hide and seek and puts the towel on his face, he can remove the towel. The caretaker often lets him lie prone on the bucky ball, so the ball can practice his waist muscle as it turns forwards and backwards. He knows his name. When calling his name face to face, he can gaze at you. When the familiar caretaker calls his name, he can turn back to search for the sound source. He likes his caretaker. When the caretaker stretches out her hand and says “ mom hugs you”, he can reach his hands to the caretaker. The caretaker cuddles him up and says “ touch mom’s face”, he can stretch out hands to touch mom’s face. He rejects the stranger. When the stranger calls his name, he can stare at the stranger. But the stranger hugs him, he cries. When sent to his caretaker’s arms, he stops crying. In the sunny day, the caretaker often takes him to the garden to enjoy the sunshine and breathe the fresh air.
Could you be darling Scotty’s forever family?

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Dax

Boy born 2017
PRC
Down syndrome

Look at the smile on Dax! Isn’t he the cutest?  In August of 2018 the orphanage staff said the following: Dax is an active, outgoing and optimistic child. He gets along well with others and is so adored. Motor skills and fine motor skills: he is able to turn his head to left and right side freely; he can hold his head up while lying on the stomach; he can roll over freely, can stand for a moment with hands holding the support. He is very naughty and always puts his hands into his mouth. He is wonderful, he can clap his hands and beat the toy; he can grasp the object with his thumb and other fingers.

He knows to locate the direction of sounds, can visually move follow the moving people or object; he can grasp and beat the toy with hands, or put the toy into his mouth to bite; sometimes he clasps the object directly.  Dax knows to get the adult’s attention by crying so that his needs are met. He laughs loudly when happy; he listens to the adult carefully when he is cuddled. He begins to babble. At the same time he makes two or more words, such as da-da-da, a-ba-ba; he recognizes his familiar sounds. Dax is outgoing, optimistic and active; he enjoys that someone is speaking to him.  Could you be the family for this much adored child?

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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Charlotte

Girl, born 2016
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: Oct 2019

Sweet little Charlotte! She does need an update as the information we have now is from when she was 1 year and 3 months old. The orphanage staff say: she can roll over freely; she can hold her chest up for several minutes with hands propping while lying on the stomach; she lies prone when she is tired; she can visually move follow moving toy and can stretch her hands out to reach the toy in the toy shelf. There are happy laughs on her face when there are sounds from the toys; she would catch the caretaker’s attention by crying when she is hungry and stops crying when she sees the feeding bottle; she is able to drink with hands holding the feeding bottle; she becomes quiet when she is full, lies quietly or plays with her hands while lying on the stomach, she looks smart.  Video available.

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Shane

Boy, born 2017
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: Oct 2019

This little cub is Shane!  He has an update from May of 2018, when he was 14 months old:  Shane is a cute, strong and chubby boy. He can stretch out tongue, has less saliva, can roll over at 360 degrees from supine to prone position and from prone to supine position, and can prop to sit forward with hands. When he is lying on the mat at prone position, he can prop to raise head and chest with both hands, could move his head and neck freely, could prop with single elbow, pick up the toy before him with the other one and put into his mouth to bite. When he is lying on the mat at supine position, he can watch his hands before his eyes, and can hold both feet and wave. He can grasp and wave the toy when it is passed to him. He can hold one toy in each hand, exchange the toy from one hand to the other one, and put the toy into his mouth and bite. When he is held erectly, he can move his head and neck freely, can track moving toys with his head and eyes. He is comfortable when he is sitting against the caretaker or in the children’s chair. When the toy is dropped, he can look over. He likes interaction with the caretaker. When playing hide and seek, he can remove the towel if put it on his face. When the caretaker blows to his brows, he can close his month and narrow his eyes in a line. The caretaker often pulls his hand to pat or puts his hand on his month to beat WOW. After stopping for a while, he could stretch out hands to pat or beat WOW. The caretaker often lets him lie on the bucky ball to practice his waist muscle as the bucky ball turns back and forth. He knows his name a little. The caretaker calls his name, he stops a while and looks over, responds “a” once sometimes. When the caretaker’s voice is serious, he cries. When the caretaker teases him softly, he laughs happily. He does not reject the stranger to hold him. The caretaker often takes him to enjoy the sunshine and breathe the fresh air in the garden when it is sunny. He has a good appetite, can eat steamed egg, fruit puree, little steamed buns and nutritious congee, etc.

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Daisy Ann

Girl, born 2017
PRC
Down syndrome

Darling Daisy!  Her information is quite current and says the following: At the age of 1-2m has a little movement but is liable to get frightened. At the age of 3-4m able to gaze at you while you held her. At the age of 5-6m able to raise head for 2 seconds while lying on stomach, able to smile when teased. At the age of 7-8m able to turn to the side, began to be able to recognize people. At the age of 9-10m able to hold toys with both hands at the same time, able to look at you when being talked to. At the age of 11-12m able to turn over easily, crawl, stand with support. At the age of 1.5y learned to walk, was close to the caretaker who took care of her. Now Daisy is able to walk alone, utter syllables such as baba, dada etc. understand simple words, gets along well with children and caretakers. Could you be this precious one’s family?

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Joshua

Boy, born 2016
PRC
Down syndrome

Joshua is just a baby in the photos we have, however he’s now 3 years old. His initial report is from February 2017 and says the following: Joshua is an active and pleasant boy. He visually follows bright color. He likes being held by caregiver. He is energetic, has a ready smile and is fond of listening to music and playing with the music rattle hanging on his crib. He can lift his head while lying on abdomen. He can lift his leg and grasp to play, grasp toys or others’ hands with both hands. He is able to say “Aaaaah” and giggles when being teased. When he sees the staff holding a milk bottle or toys, he can visually follow. He can reach out his hands to ask for them and express he is very happy. When there is a sound. he will turn around to have a look. He is attached to the caregiver and stops crying when she holds him.

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Christoph

Boy, born 2016
PRC
Down syndrome

This sweetheart is Christoph. His most recent information is from April of 2018 and so he needs an update. His report says he was abandoned at one year old (a note and a bag were left with him). He was afraid of the environment initially but is doing well now. While he does not speak, we can see in his eyes that he seems to understand. Since admission he has been given special education and language courses. He can now stand for a short time. Christoph smiles easily and likes playing with toys. He is energetic and fond of playing games.

HOLLY for the Grover family — MO

Luke and Kelly Grover are parents of four beautiful children. Three of which are biological. Their fourth, Zoey, was adopted from China in 2017. Even before their marriage Luke and Kelly knew they wanted a large family. After each of their children were born premature, their youngest child being born two months premature, they were advised by their doctor that having children biologically was a risk. While disappointed, they knew they would continue to grow their family another way. They wanted to find children who might have difficulty finding a forever family because of special needs. After bringing home Zoey, who has Down syndrome, and experiencing how much love and joy she brought to our family, they decided to try again. This time they were introduced to Holly, who also has Down syndrome, and absolutely fell in love. They are working through their dossier and immigration paperwork and hope to travel in early 2020. The entire Grover family is just excited to get our daughter home.
10/7/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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Peeta

Boy, born 2014
PRC
Down syndrome, CHD (ASD)

Peeta is a cutie pie! At the time his file was prepared (January of 2017), Peeta could walk independently. When he was happy, Peeta would wave his hands and shake his head. He liked playing with adults, watching cartoons, listening to music, and playing with toys that make sound. At three years of age, Peeta was put in a special school to learn how to eat independently, drink with a glass, toilet train, and improve his gross and fine motor skills. Speaking of eating, Peeta sure likes to eat! He would use a certain sound when walking around to get the nannies to feed the kids more and smile when he was given a snack. He gets mad if he isn’t given a snack though. Peeta had a very quick response when his name is called and h was very cooperative with getting dressed. Peeta sounds like he was doing quite well overall, but we’re hoping for an update for him and a forever family too!

There is a $2,500 agency grant for Peeta’s adoption with a specific adoption agency.

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Grey

Boy, born 2016
PRC
Down syndrome

Grey has such beautiful eyes! His report is from May of 2017 so he really needs an update. The report says at 6 months old he could wave his hands and was happy. At 9 months he could reach for toys and hold milk bottle. When he was 12 months old Grey could turn from lying down to facing down and he could use one hand to hold his body weight. He could also sit alone and reach for stuff with his fingers. When he was 1 year old and 2 months, he could poke or pull objects with thumb and other fingers and drop stuff. When he was 1 year and 4 months old his hands and mouth movements were coordinated. At this age Grey is also starting to talk. He pats small balls and toys. He smiles at familiar people. He reacts to unpleasant sounds. He turns easily from crying to laughing. He stares at strangers when they enter his room, and becomes shy. He likes hugging the nurses. Please let us know if you would like an update of this great kid and don’t forget to check out his video!

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Malcolm

Boy, born 2014
PRC
Down syndrome

Malcolm is an adorable little boy!  He has also had surgery for a congenital choledochal cyst. Malcolm can walk independently and can understand simple directions. He loves to look at himself in the mirror and smile. His favorite toy is the rocking horse. Malcolm receives occupational, speech, and sensory therapies. He has a favorite caregiver who takes care of him regularly. Malcolm is a gentle and cheerful little boy who gets along with friends. We know it just has to be Malcolm’s turn!

Video 1, Video 2, Video 3

There is a $2,500 agency grant for Malcolm’s adoption with a specific adoption agency.

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Tinsley

Girl, born 2017
PRC
Down syndrome, hearing loss

Tinsley is a beautiful little girl, with Down syndrome and significant hearing loss in both ears. Tinsley can turn her head from side to side, roll over, and kick her legs and wave her arms. She looks at the nanny’s face when she is being cuddled and will smile back at her nanny when her nanny smiles at her. Tinsley will cry when she wants to be cuddled and quiets down quickly once held. Her nanny describes her as so very lovely! When Tinsley is happy, she will babble, sticks out her tongue, or chuckle. Tinsley loves to take a bath! Slapping the water and splashing around makes her so happy. Tinsley would thrive in a family who could teach her sign language to help her communicate. Could that family be yours?

There is a $3,500 agency grant for Tinsley’s adoption with a specific adoption agency.

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Colletta

Girl, born 2014
PRC
Down syndrome

Adorable Colletta is quite the giggler! She loves playing with toys and looking at herself in a mirror! Sweet Colletta is described as alert, timid, and quiet. At the time her file was prepared, she was crawling with her elbows alternately and she could sit with support. She often liked to find a special duck toy, which she would put in her mouth to bite. When the duck toy made sound, Colletta would burst into giggles! Colletta receives rehabilitation for language and limb flexibility every morning and afternoon. Although she wasn’t saying words at the time her file was prepared, she was babbling a lot! In addition to having Down syndrome, Colletta has an abdominal scar. A U.S. physician who examined her in April of 2016 wasn’t sure what it was from, but believes it may be from a feeding tube before she was brought to the orphanage. She was also found to have a heart murmur.

During an orphanage visit in April of 2016, Colletta was observed to be a pretty baby girl who was very alert and engaged in her surroundings. While in therapy training, she was very agreeable and went along with the exercises. When sitting up, she looked around a lot and babbled more than any other baby they saw that day. Caregivers said it was typical for her to babble a lot. She could roll over and sit with support. When placed on the mat, she stayed in one place and was very content. Caregivers say she is an easygoing baby. We hope to be able to get an update on Colletta and can’t wait to see who Colletta’s lucky family will be!

There is a $2,500 agency grant for Colletta’s adoption with a specific adoption agency.

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Ellie

Girl, born 2014
PRC
Down syndrome, congenital heart conditions – ASD/VSD- complete endocardial cushion defect

Ellie is a beautiful little girl, described as extroverted, active, and smiley. She is close to her foster grandmother, mother, and father and will get sad when they leave her. Ellie gets very excited and happy watching other children play! At the time her file was prepared, Ellie could make sounds and alert her foster grandmother that she had needed something by crying. She would crawl to touch her friends’ heads to express kindness. Ellie was also said to be a good sleeper and a good eater. She loves eating bananas. We’re hoping to get an update on Ellie and that her forever family sees her soon!

There is a $2,500 agency grant Ellie’s adoption with a specific adoption agency.

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Evangeline

Girl, born 2013
CO-7
Down syndrome

Evangeline is an adorable little girl with Down syndrome. She likes to dance, color, play hide-and-seek, and toss a ball. The agency would love to share more information about Evangeline with interested families!

There is a $2,500 agency grant Evangeline’s adoption with a specific adoption agency.

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Finnick

Boy, born 2015
PRC
Down syndrome

Finnick is a handsome little boy, born in June of 2015. Shortly after coming into care, Finnick was moved into a foster family. He has a good appetite and really likes to eat noodles, but does not like sweet foods or yogurt. Finnick gets along well with his foster family and likes to be with them. He is reported to have an abundant amount of expressions and his foster mother says that Finnick often makes sounds. When his foster family coaxes him, he will smile and laugh out. When Finnick is unhappy or uncomfortable, he will make noise and cry. When someone calls his name and wants to hold him, he will stretch his hands out to embrace them. Finnick can find the source of sounds and his eyes move to follow his foster mom when she is walking around. Finnick falls asleep easily and sleeps well. At the time his file was prepared, Finnick’s motor development was delayed, but he could turn over by himself and sit independently. When he wants to get something on the ground, he will make an effort to move his body. Finnick will make sounds of “dada” when he is playing happily in his walker. Finnick likes listening to music and will listen attentively and quietly. Finnick was born with Down syndrome and CHD-ASD (secondary hole, multiple); expansion in the right atrium and ventricle; thickness in the fore wall of the right ventricle; tricuspid regurgitation. We are hoping for an update, but can’t wait to see who Finnick’s lucky family will be!

There is a $2,500 agency grant for Finnick’s adoption with his current adoption agency.

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Cecelia

Girl, born 2014
PRC
Down syndrome, CHD (PDA)

Cecelia is a precious little girl! She has had surgery to correct her heart defect. Cecelia is an active little girl who loves participating in interactive games! At the time her file was prepared, Cecelia liked to crawl around on the ground and explore objects in the room. She could sit up and interact with other children her age. Cecelia’s caretakers were working with her on standing and walking at that time as well. Cecelia makes sounds and laughs a lot. She likes to be outside and observe others. When she sees her main nanny, she will wave her hands and scream excitedly! Cecelia was able to hold some food to feed herself and was working on feeding herself with a spoon at the time. She likes to eat apple puree, bananas, and grape puree. She was reportedly able to swallow, but had trouble with hard foods at the time of her report. Cecelia does not care for bitter foods. She sleeps on her stomach, is good at imitating adult motions, and loves to wave goodbye! We are hoping for an update, as Cecelia’s file is quite outdated.

There is a $2,500 agency grant for Cecelia’s adoption with her current adoption agency.

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Vaughn

Boy, born 2018
PRC
Down syndrome

Vaughn is a precious little boy! In August of 2018, he entered into an early education program. Vaughn is cared for by one primary teacher during the day. He waves his hands and makes happy sounds when he takes a bath. Vaughn can kneel with the guidance of his therapist. He has a gentle personality and likes to be cuddled. Vaughn smiles regularly and laughs when teased. He makes good eye contact and says hello to familiar people. Vaughn can clap his hands and he likes all kinds of colorful toys that make sound. He likes to play with the other children and loves when they talk to him and play games like hide-and-seek with him. When he is communicating with the other children, Vaughn always stares at them and laughs at times. He is such a happy boy! It is our hope that Vaughn finds his forever family while he is still so young!

There is a $2,500 agency grant Vaughn’s adoption with his current adoption agency.

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Quill

Boy, born 2018

Down syndrome
Umbilical hernia
Atrioventricular septal defect
Subclinical iodine-deficiency hypothyroidism

Listed: Sept 2019

Quill is a very sweet boy! Everybody loves him and wants him to be adopted asap!

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BOYD for the Romans family — OR

Kurt and Rachel live in rural Oregon and are the parents of 7 children. Growing up overseas Rachel had many opportunities to volunteer at orphanages & adoption was always a passion of Rachel’s. After having 6 biological children they were overjoyed to adopt Nicole two years ago from Vietnam. She has been a joy to their family & opened their eyes to the beauty of adoption. They are excited to adopt again, this time a son from Eastern Europe. As a family they love to play board games, go camping & hiking in the summer & have dance parties in the kitchen all year long.
9/27/2019 — FIRST TRIP in SEPTEMBER

Boyd has received a waiting child grant of $1,945.76.

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Callum

Boy, born 2005

Kidney Nephrosis

White blood cell count is raised. Both kidneys are functioning. He takes medication (hormone therapy) He tires quickly. His face is swollen because of medication. He cannot eat a lot of fried food and cannot play sports. He is sweet and kind and really wants a family.

He has a beautiful singing voice, dreams of being interior designer, and is a huge helper to the orphanage director. Callum loves animals and painting and music. Favorite colors black and grey and white.

He asks the facilitator every time they come if they have a family for him yet.

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Simon

Boy, born 2015

spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, seizures, mild hearing loss

South Asia – Pacific

Listed: Sept 2019

Simon is a very sweet little boy who currently lives with several older girls and is the last remaining “baby” in his home. He cannot speak, but does communicate through facial expressions and some noises.

A traveling family met Simon and said, “Within the three days we spent at the orphanage, we were able to bond with him to the point he would smile and get excited when he saw us. The older girls told us he can understand what they say to him. He enjoys being held and carried around, but spends most of his day sitting in a baby walker or high chair. He seems very easy going, as we didn’t see him complain about being put in his crib for nap time, etc. The caregivers are working on his motor skills. He can eat with assistance and enjoyed the ice cream we brought! It’s so easy to fall in love with this little boy! We are praying his family sees him soon!”

Simon has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and has had seizures. He takes 30 mg of Phenobarbital once a day. Simon has mild hearing loss of the left ear. Therapy has helped lessen the spasm and Simon can open and close his hands. Simon loves being around people and making faces! When praying before meals, he bows down his head and says “ahh” when everyone says “Amen.” We’re hoping a wonderful loving family comes forward for this special little boy!

There is a $500 agency grant for Simon’s adoption with his adoption agency.

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Jilly and Justine

Girls, born 2007 & 2008

Down syndrome

South Asia – Pacific

Listed: Sept 2019

Jilly is the older sister, and she has Down syndrome.

Jilly and Justine are beautiful sisters! Jilly has been receiving occupational therapy and attends special education classes. Jilly is a cheerful and active child. She can complete activities when motivated and can focus when playing and singing. Jilly can fold her clothes and organize them in her cabinet. She can also make her bed and do other simple household chores, such as cleaning her room and stacking chairs. Jilly can perform basic self-care activities, such as combing her hair, washing her hands, and brushing her teeth. She can toilet independently. Jilly loves to hug her caregivers and other children!

Justine was born in 2008. A psychological assessment in 2014 noted her to have a learning disability. She underwent another psychological assessment in 2015 and the results stated that her intellectual capacity is above average. Justine was enrolled in a regular school and was noted by her teacher to have good leadership skills. In 2017, Justine was recommended by her neuro-developmental pediatrician to attend special education classes, where she will be given individualized learning instructions tailored to fit her needs. In 2018, Justine attended mainstream school and completed 2nd Grade. Justine enjoys singing and dancing. She can easily make friends, but easily gets upset when she is teased or when her toys and other personal belongings are taken away from her. Justine is attentive and loves to talk and take part in conversation. She enjoys outdoor play.

Jilly and Justine are aware that they are sisters and would love to be adopted together. Justin’es concept of adoption is having a new family that will take care of her and her sister, Jilly! We know there is a wonderful family out there for Jilly and Justine!

There is a $3,000 agency grant for Jilly and Justine’s adoption with the agency.  Jilly and Justine need a family with an approved home study to be able to hold their file or move forward with adopting them.
*** I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

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Joshua

Boy, born August 2004

Down syndrome

South Asia – Pacific

Listed: Sept 2019

*URGENT- AGING OUT!*

Joshua is a sociable and energetic boy. Joshua isn’t afraid to approach groups of people and he enjoys attention. Joshua likes to imitate actions of other children and can follow simple instructions. He enjoys singing, dancing, and engaging in group games. Joshua shares his toys with other children. He can dress and undress independently. He knows where to put his dirty clothes. Joshua is physically healthy and has never been ill, except with an occasional cold. He is currently attending a Special Education class. He can sit still in class and is able to match shapes, sort colors, and identify body parts. Joshua can color, trace lines, build, and connect blocks. He can be trained to do things with adult supervision. We hope just the right family comes forward for Joshua and that he makes it home before his 16th birthday!

There is a $3,000 agency grant for Joshua’s adoption with the adoption agency.  Joshua needs a family with an approved home study to be able to hold his file or move forward with adopting him.
*** I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

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Mariella

Girl, born 2016
PRC
Down syndrome, CHD – endocardial cushion defect, for which she has had surgery

Listed: Sept 2019

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Mariella is a very cute girl who has an adorable smile! She really enjoys playing outside. Mariella’s development is delayed compared to her peers. At the time her file was prepared, Mariella could stand up while holding onto the bed rail. She could hold her bottle with both hands to drink milk and she could make sounds of “yaya” when happy. Mariella is ready to come home and make great strides with a forever family of her own!

There is a $2,500 agency grant for Mariella’s adoption with a specific adoption agency.

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Quinnie

Girl, born 2013

Other congenital malformations of brain
Cleft hard palate with cleft soft palate
Polysyndactyly
Other strabismus
Short stature, not elsewhere classified
Profound mental retardation
(Probably has Aperts, though not on her file)

 

HOLLEIGH for the Cochran family — APO

Hi, we are the Cochran family, Mike, Grace, Natalie (5), and Jason (3). We are a military family stationed on the beautiful island of Okinawa. Mike is an EOD tech (explosive ordinance disposal) in the US Marine Corps. He has served 10 years and plans to retire. Grace is a stay at home homeschooling mama. We have been married for 9 years. We have had a heart for adoption for a very long time but it wasn’t until this year that we felt God telling us that it was our time. We took a leap of faith with a whole lot of nothing in our pocket back in June of this year. We watched God use what little we had and multiply it. Within a months’ time we had enough to fund our first payment and homestudy for our China adoption. In July Mike came home from deployment and we got to work. Within a month’s time we managed to compile our dossier and complete our homestudy (yes it is doable!) During that time frame I came across an advocacy post for this precious little girl with Down Syndrome. We knew she was the one! She will be 2 years old this October and shares the same birthday as her soon to be daddy. We hope to travel early next year. This journey has not been easy and we still have so far to go but every day is one step closer to her. We know that God has such amazing plans for her life, so much bigger and more beautiful than we can imagine. Thank you for the honor of sharing our story with you. Most importantly thank you for the prayers and support.
9/16/2019 — HOMESTUDY & DOSSIER COMPLETE;
AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL 

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A Family for Beatrice — MN

Beatrice’s hopeful family has loved orphans for many years, and is an experienced, international adoptive family. They were actively searching for a girl just like her with longing in their hearts, and were speechless when they saw her picture. They have been working hard to pursue her adoption ever since they gazed at her face. Beatrice’s family will lovingly shower her with sibling play, understanding love, gentleness, and unconditional patience. Her family loves nature walks, camping, reading and movies, making good music, and food and fellowship with other families in their homes. Since the moment Beatrice’s hopeful parents saw her photo, they not only melted together simultaneously in tears, but have worked as hard as humanly possible to wrap her in their arms. Their earnest hopes are only to facilitate God’s redemption in every part of her life! They cannot stop thinking of her and of all the ways God has already enabled them to adopt her.

Her family asks your prayers of protection for her and for them. They appreciate any help getting there!
10/12/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; COMPILING DOSSIER

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Zack Qi for the Brooke family — ND

Dan and Tara Brooke are parents of four beautiful children. The oldest three were born biologically to the Brooke family, while their fourth, was born in their hearts. In 2016 the Brooke family was gifted with their youngest child, George, through adoption. Dan and Tara had felt a call to adopt, but didn’t know exactly what that meant until 2014 when they felt the call to adopt a child with Down Syndrome. George was an instant match to the Brooke family and has been such a tremendous gift to their lives. He has gifted them with more joy and love than they ever imagined. In late 2018 the Brooke’s felt a call again. They were unsure how they were going to make adoption work financially in their lives again, but knew that they were supposed to adopt once again. Early in 2019 they began that process. They have been matched to Zack Qi and are in the midst of dossier and immigration paperwork. They hope to travel late 2019 or early 2020 to bring Zack home to their family and make him a Brooke too! Zack is already a member of their family, the love is already there, they cannot wait to hold him, love him, and care for him.
9/13/2019 — DOSSIER NEARLY COMPLETE

Zack Qi has received a $15,247.50 Waiting Child Grant.

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KNOX for the Rockwell-Hopkins family — IL

Roderick and Melissa have been happily married for eight years and reside in a small town in Illinois with their five wonderful children Adeson (12), Emery (11), Jacob (9), Ella Grace (7) and Casey(5). Four of their five children were adopted internationally, two from China and two from Ethiopia. Rod and Melissa have been committed to adoption, and both they and their extended families have been foster parents, adoptive parents, and advocates for humanitarian and children’s rights. They are also parents to Melissa’s seven children from her first marriage of 17 years Brandon (34), Ryan (deceased), Alex (25), Matthew (23), Sara (20), Emily (17) and Antonio (17), Alex, and Antonio were also adopted, one at age eight and one at age four from Russia and Guatemala. They believe their family is their calling and feel blessed to have had the blessing of family and friends throughout their life journey.

The cost and process of international adoption, while intimidating they believe is far worth the journey. Rod and Melissa believe that completing their family through adoption is the right thing for them and are very excited about bringing home their new son who they found through Reece’s Rainbow, whom they will call Noah. If you can help them support their adoption journey, their family would be grateful.

You can also follow their journey at https://www.facebook.com/rockwellhopkinsfamily/
9/11/2019 — DOSSIER NEARLY COMPLETE

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Dan, Forest and Jenny

Sibling set!
boy, born 2006
other disorder of psychological development

boy, born 2007
other mixed disorder of conduct and emotions

girl, born 2010
disorder of speech, disturbance of activity

 

These 3 MUST be adopted together!

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Bailey

Girl, born 2012
CO-7
Down syndrome, post-op CHD

Bailey is a beautiful little girl! She attends kindergarten. Bailey is potty trained and is beginning to learn other self care skills, but she relies heavily on her caretakers for her daily needs. Bailey also has a congenital heart defect, which was repaired in 2017. We will be receiving more information about this sweet girl very soon!

The agency has a video available of Bailey!
There is a $2,500 agency grant for Bailey’s adoption with a specific adoption agency.

*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant!  Through 2019, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant! ***

 

A CHILD for the Pearson family — WA

Celebrating 21 years of marriage and nurturing 8 biological children, Jesse and Megan are excited to add another gift from God through adoption into their family. Megan was two years old when her brother with Down Syndrome died at age 5 in heart surgery. Even as a two year old, his death had a significant impact on her life. The soul-mate that she baby-talked with, took her first steps with, and raced to beat to the Wonder Rocking Horse had disappeared. Her sense of loss has given her a love and bond to children with Down Syndrome. Megan was introduced to Reece’s Rainbow by a friend over 10 years ago. Following and praying for families in their journey of adoption and praying for babies to find their adoptive parents through Reeces Rainbow, Jesse and Megan are taking that leap of faith that now is the time to fulfill the dream of being one of those families. After living as missionaries for 10 years over seas, in 2012, Jesse and Megan settled back home in Washington State onto their fifth generation family farm. The Pearsons also have a 12 years old niece and a 5 year old nephew that were both born with Down Syndrome living close by. This provides an instant support group and two like-minded cousins for their adopted child to grow up with.
9/8/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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A CHILD for the Brown family — ID

We are the Browns! We are a family of 14 hoping to add one more to our crazy, wonderful life. Daniel and Svetlana met in Russia. Daniel was serving there as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. After a year of being back in the United States, Daniel asked Svetlana to come here and be his wife. They have been married for over 22 years and have 12 amazing children ages: 5, 8, 9, 9, 12, 13, 14, 14, 16, 18, 20, 25.

Daniel is the oldest of 10 children. So, a big family is not a big deal to him. Daniel is also a high school teacher, and a Robotics Club Coach. Which, of course, helps in dealing with lots of children and the chaos that can ensue.

Svetlana grew up in Russia and is an only child. She always dreamed of a big family and adopting from an orphanage. She has taken several medical classes to help prepare her for the special needs of each child.

Their children are excited to have new siblings to love. Although the three oldest children are out of the home; They come back to visit, and help out, as often as possible. All of the children enjoy being able to love, work with, and watch the development of those less fortunate. They are looking forward to the great service of compassion that they will be able to give these special children.

The Brown family is hoping to add baby Kellen to their family. This precious child is in great need. He needs to come home soon, and get the medical attention they deserve, the love they need, and a family that has chosen them.
9/8/2019 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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A CHILD for the Fach Family — AL

Colin and Kym have been married sixteen years and have nine biological children. Colin is a firefighter/paramedic and Kym is a homeschooling Mom.

Since even before they were married, Colin and Kym talked about adopting one day. It has always been something that was on their hearts. They had several friends who had adopted, and Kym followed their stories and their blogs and passed along their stories to Colin. They were always curious about what those friends had said of their adopted children: “I just knew that child was mine.” They wondered: “What did that feel like, to look at the face of a child half the world away, and to know that child belonged to you?” It was a mystery to them.

One day, Kym was sitting at the computer following still another adoption story, when up popped the face of a little boy staring right back at her. That face. Those eyes. She knew instantly what her friends had meant when they had said they “knew.”

The face looking back at her was her son.

She immediately sent a text to Colin and asked that he check out the little guy’s file. He too was moved. But they already had nine kids of their own – one still a baby – they had a family trip which had already been planned, and Colin was looking at leaving one fire department to go work for another. It wasn’t a good time.

Three months later, when life was a bit slower, Kym asked Colin if he ever thought of that little guy. Without saying a word, Colin pulled his phone from his pocket, turned it on, and showed her the Reece’s Rainbow page that had been opened all that time. “I’ve never closed the file. I look at him every day,” Colin said quietly. And then he said, “I think we need to bring him home.”

Obviously, the budget is tight when you’ve got nine kids eating you out of house and home, so Colin simply trusts and prays daily: “God, I’m just a lowly firefighter with a firefighter’s salary. If this is supposed to happen, You’re going to have to come up with the money to make it happen.” And so far, GOD HAS PROVIDED! For every piece of paperwork, document submittal, or fingerprinting appointment, God has provided them with the exact funds they have needed to pay for those things at the time they have needed them.

There is still so much to be done and more money to be found, but they have great confidence that all will come through at the time it is meant to, so they forge ahead and eagerly prepare their kids, their hearts, and their home, for the new little Fachling who will join them next year.
9/4/2019 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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KATE for the House Family — NC

Meet the House family Robert (Dwayne), Tiffany, and Bailey. They are super exciting to be growing there family thru adoption. God said to care for the orphans and the widows and the a House Family is doing just that. The family has always wanted to grow there family thru a special needs adoption, specifically Down Syndrome.  They are happy to welcome Kate into their family!
8/30/2019 — OFFICIALLY MATCHED

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

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A CHILD for the McGoff Family — MD

Carli and Chris met in 2013 and married in 2015. They live in the agricultural reserve near D.C. with their two daughters (1 and 3 year old). Carli works part time as an Occupational Therapist and Chris is a career firefighter / EMT. Carli and Chris discussed adoption for the past couple years but it was always a “someday when it’s more convenient” thing. They began foster care training. As Carli was scrolling through Reeces Rainbow one night (which she did almost every day!) she fell in love with a “new listing.” After much prayer, research, and discussion (and tears!), Carli and Chris decided to begin the homestudy process and begin the paperwork chase!

Carli and Chris are excited to be on this adventure!

Some verses that have inspired them in this journey:

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” – James 1:27

The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Then he will say to those on his left, “Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.” They also will answer, “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?” He will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.” – Matthew 25:40-45
8/30/2019 — HOMESTUDY NEARLY COMPLETE

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Maura

Girl, born 2016
PRC
Down syndrome, congenital heart defect (VSD), umbilical hernia

Maura is a beautiful little girl! She is described as quiet, obedient, and smiley. Maura likes cloth books, being held by adults, and walking around. She is a good sleeper. At the time her file was prepared, Maura was not speaking yet, but was making sounds and using facial expressions to express herself. Maura’s file is a bit outdated, but her file did have these new photos. We’re working hard to try to get some video of her! Maura is certainly an adorable little girl who is going to bring so much joy to her forever family!

August 2019 Written Update: Maura’s diagnosis is Down syndrome, CHD (VSD), hernia, and development delay. The institute takes her to do regular heart echos. The most recent time, was in May, 2019. Her report revealed that she had ASD (II) and moderate tricuspid regurgitation. The hernia was not healed yet. Maura rarely has a cold or cough. In terms of motor skills, she has made good progress. She can crawl, sit alone, walk by holding the rail, and sit for 4-5 seconds. She can drink a bottle by herself and can put snacks in her mouth by herself. When you give her a bag of toys, she will put the bag on the table to observe what is inside. When you give her toys, she will put them in her mouth. When you tell her not to eat, she will stare at you as if she can understand you. When you teach her to play with toys, you need to guide her more and teach her a few more times. She will imitate your gesture and fling the bell. She is very interested in balls. When you put it in her hands, she will be very excited and will imitate you to throw the ball into your hand. In terms of language and social skills, Maura cannot speak yet. She will make some sounds to express her emotions and needs. Occasionally, she can make the sound of “mama.” She knows her name. When the nurse reads her name, she will respond. For example, you tell her “Maura, do not step on other kids.” She will stop. When she is happy, she will wave goodbye. She is happy, outgoing, and easygoing. She hopes to have her own loving family. Updated Measurements: Height: 81 cm, Weight: 11.5 kg, Head circ: 44 cm, Chest circ: 46 cm.

There is a $2,500 agency grant for Maura’s adoption with her current adoption agency.

A GIRL for the Foltz family — KY

Sara and Ben are high school sweethearts, married since 2005, and had always hoped for a large family. In 2010, they were blessed to welcome their first child, Oliver, into their lives. Two years later in September of 2012, they were excitedly awaiting the arrival of their daughter Charlotte. Unfortunately Sara experienced complications during the delivery of Charlotte. Sara’s placenta ruptured and mistakes were made by the doctors and hospital in recognizing and responding. Their beautiful daughter Charlotte lived for 8 hours and then passed away in their arms. Sara lost nearly half her blood volume and they were told she was lucky to survive.

After that tragedy, they grew closer as a family, Oliver was their saving strength. A few years later they discussed growing their family again. Pregnancy for Sara was no longer an option and they were lucky to have a family friend offer to be a gestational carrier! It took some time and losses but their son Lincoln was born in April of 2015.

Today, they want to expand their family again and the thought of adoption gives their family excitement, hope and optimism. They are lucky to have a world class Children’s Hospital only a few minutes away, so they looked specifically for a child with medical needs that would otherwise fail to thrive in an orphanage. Their hopeful daughter has been diagnosed with heart disease, VSD, prematuring and an unspecified brain disorder. They plan a full evaluation once they get her home but they expect to spend quite a bit of time and money at the hospital and with potential heart surgeries. But again, they feel lucky to even have that ability to give her a chance here.

Their family is fun, they love each other and they spend their free time just being together hiking, cooking, playing board games. But they are all very excited about this opportunity to adopt. Their youngest son points at every airplane and asks if his new baby sister is on it yet. Their older son downloaded a language app and they have been practicing the language together (Brat = brother, so that one has been very popular around their house now). I know they will be blessed to add to their family through adoption, they already have been.
9/10/2019 — APPT in MID-SEPTEMBER

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Leo

Boy, born Nov 2005

**URGENT- AGING OUT!** $16,000 IN GRANTS AVAILABLE!**

Leo is a handsome young man, born in November of 2005. If he doesn’t find a family and the family doesn’t get to him by his birthday in November, he will age out. Leo was born with dwarfism. He can walk, run, and jump, and he has good fine motor skills. Leo is shy around unfamiliar people. He has a low voice. He does get louder when talking with other classmates. Leo gets along well with other children and is outgoing. Leo has a good memory and loves learning new things. His confidence has been increasing over the years and he began to have the desire to perform. He loves being praised! Leo also likes to draw and put puzzles together. He is creative and has a good attention span. Leo has always been loved by his caretakers, the other children in the orphanage, and visitors. What Leo has been missing out on though is the love of a forever family and he’s running out of time!

There is an $10,000 grant through the LPA, a $1,000 agency grant for Leo’s adoption with Madison Adoption Associates, and a $5000 Older Child Grant from Reece’s Rainbow.
*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds. For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

2 Boys for the Adkins family — NC

Jonathan and Erin are so excited about growing their family through the journey of adoption! The possibility of adoption first came about when Erin stumbled upon the Reece’s Rainbow Instagram page via a previous adoptive family. As she was scrolling through pictures of adoptable children, two adorable brothers caught her eye. After a few weeks of contemplation, she showed the brothers’ picture to Jonathan. He immediately felt the same way she did when he saw their picture. After much research, discussion and prayer, Erin and Jonathan decided to dive in to the adoption process head first! They feel strongly that there was a reason that the picture caught their eye in the beginning, and they have trusted in that reason throughout the whole process! Both Jonathan and Erin’s families are very excited and supportive of the couple’s decision to adopt.

Jonathan and Erin are in the process of finalizing their homestudy and are excited to keep moving forward throughout the process. Any help we receive will be so greatly appreciated! We are looking forward to sharing our story and joy throughout the adoption process.
8/26/2019 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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Dori

Girl, born 2012
PRC
Down syndrome and postoperative Congenital Heart Disease.

Dori is described as extroverted, affectionate, cheerful, lively, and smiley. Her file states that she loves to talk, but her speech isn’t clear, she can say simple words like mama, thank you, and she can make sounds. Dori’s file states that she can walk and is good at imitating. Her file says she likes watching tv, listening to music, and dancing. We have been told that Dori is attentive and will clean another child’s face is their nose is running and help with chores. Her file indicates that she blows kisses and says goodbye to her caretakers.
*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant!  Through 2019, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant! ***

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Annabelle

Girl, born 2014
Down syndrome
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“Annabelle is the same age as my youngest, and the similarities don’t stop there… she also has an extra chromosome, known as trisomy 21, or more commonly, Down syndrome. Annabelle’s dark hair frames her sweet round face. Her dark chocolate eyes sparkle. And the most adorable giggle comes from the her soft pink lips. She only says a few words and uses a few signs yet she is very capable of communicating her needs. Annabelle stole the show as she entered the room with a big wave and a “Hi” to the camera. It didn’t take long to realize she loves the camera. And she was an expert at posing! We shared in her pride as she showed us how quickly she could put her large wooden shape puzzle together. And it didn’t stop there… Annabelle shared with us her scooter riding talent, giggles and all as she glided across the room.”

Now tell me you don’t want to just go snatch this sweetheart up after reading that! Here are a few more details about her. She is 4 years old and is a genuinely good-natured child. Her motor skills are great and her caregivers loved showing us how well she could do various tasks. Watching their pride in her was as fun as watching her pride in her own accomplishments. As Michelle mentioned, her speech is delayed. She says a few words, but mostly communicates with signs. Her comprehension is amazing, she easily and quickly follows 2 step directions. And her caregivers made sure to tell us she follows instructions even when she does not want to do what they ask.

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Xavier

Boy, born 2012
CO-8

Xavier is a 6 year old boy who is happiest when it’s time to eat! He loves parties, especially ones with cake but doesn’t care much for the loud noises or large groups of people. He enjoys dancing, singing, and painting. Xavier is in school and has reportedly adapted well to the classroom dynamic. He is said to be obedient and respectful towards his teachers but is academically delayed due to his impacted social-emotional development. With adequate support, primarily tutoring and assistance with homework, he has shown academic improvements. He is kind to animals and is respectful of his and other’s personal property.

Xavier has a history of abuse/trauma. More information available from the agency for serious inquiries. Xavier is capable of following instructions but requires close adult supervision and encouragement. He is gaining autonomy in his daily routine and sleeps throughout the night without waking. Xavier’s caregivers say he is honest and is capable of giving and receiving affection. At times, Xavier can become frustrated easily and this often leads to him giving up on a task. His caregivers are working with him to regulate these emotions and improve his emotional communication skills. When asked about an adoptive family, Xavier expresses interest and says he wants a family “to help him with his homework”. Xavier would do best in a home where he is the youngest child. His adoptive family needs to be able to provide him with plenty of individualized attention and support.

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Kelsi and Kameron

Girl & boy, born 2005 & 2010
CO-8

This brother and sister pair share a strong bond. Kelsi is older than her brother Kameron by 5 years. She is a good student who works hard in school. She loves sports, especially soccer, and enjoys typical teenager activities such as hanging out with friends and listening to music.  These siblings have a history of abuse/trauma. More information available from the agency for serious inquiries.

Kelsi is described as respectful to authorities, calm, and kind. She is very attached to her brother and is protective over him. Kameron is the outgoing and extraverted one of the pair. He loves drawing, soccer and watching YouTube videos. Kameron presents some difficulties in speech and reading comprehension which causes him to struggle in school. He is receiving extra help in this area and is showing improvements – in fact, since learning he and his sister are candidates for adoption, Kameron has shown a greater interest and dedication to his school studies. Kelsi and Kameron need to be placed in a home together. Neither child received consistent schooling prior to entering into care so an adoptive family should be prepared to provide any necessary educational support and resources. It is important for Kelsi and Kameron to join a family with a calm and even-tempered father figure and it is best if there are no younger or vulnerable children in the home. Kelsi and Kameron dream of an adoptive family who will love and protect them for the rest of their lives.

Lizzie and Luna

Girls, born 2008 & 2011
CO-8

Lizzie and Luna are sisters who have been in and out of care since they were little. Lizzie is the older sister and is described as shy and reserved. Lizzie enjoys dancing and watching cartoons. When asked what she wants to be when she grows up she says “to be a veterinarian and take care of animals”. Her little sister Luna is described to a bit more extroverted and social. Luna enjoys dancing, playing pretend kitchen, and playing with her dolls. The sisters love to go on outings with their foster family, watch movies and play games.

The girls have a history of abuse/trauma.  More information available from the agency for serious inquiries.  Both sisters are reportedly in overall good physical health. Due to their previous unstable life environment, Lizzie and Luna are behind in school. However, it is reported that since being enrolled in school, they are showing progress! Both girls struggle with behavior issues. Their foster mother is working with them to address these problems. An ideal family for Lizzie and Luna should be understanding of older child adoption and accepting of the unknowns in their life. An adoptive family for these girls should have ready access to the education, medical, and behavioral resources they potentially will require in order to reach their full life potential.

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JENNA LEIGH for the Eaton family — GA

Franklin and Stacy began their family soon after their November 2007 wedding. Sabrina was born in 2010 and Sophia in 2012. In the same month that Sophia had her first birthday, a friend shared information about the plight of the orphans in China. As they spent several months reading everything they could about adopting from China and they felt a clear calling for them to grow their family through adoption. The paperwork was grueling but they quickly realized what a blessing it was to be able to bring their sweet daughter Sarah home. After having seen first hand what life is like in the orphanage, they knew they wanted to adopt again, thus Susannah came home.

Their hearts continued to feel the call to adopt but their family needed some time to adjust to growing by four children in just six years. During the time since their last adoption, they knew they wanted to adopt again but this time felt drawn to bringing home a child with Down Syndrome. They were encouraged by other families with both biological children and adopted children with Down Syndrome. The Eatons are anxiously awaiting the day they can bring home their newest daughter, Stella Faith, preciously advocated for as Jenna. They hope to travel in mid-October.
9/11/2019 — TRAVEL APPROVAL RECEIVED

*** Jenna Leigh has received a $5,000 Older Child Grant! ***

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Ezekiel

Boy, born 2011

Down Syndrome
Other specified congenital malformations of heart
Moderate Mental Retardation
Enuresis
Deformity of the chest and rib
Deformities of musculoskeletal system
Flat Foot
Esotropia

Listed: August 2019

He is NOT in a “good” place at all and needs to be pulled out asap!
*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant!  Through 2019, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant! ***

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Phineas

Boy, born 2012

S. E. Asia (2)

Listed: Aug 2019

Phineas is described by nannies as an observant child who has positive relationships with peers and caregivers. He enjoys being with his caretakers and knows/understands their individual personalities and is challenging for him when he has a new caregiver. He gives and receives affection with individuals he likes. He participates in the orphanage activities and loves to explore. He can express his feelings if his caregivers encourage it and knows some self-care.

Phineas has been diagnosed with ADHD and currently receives medication for treatment. This little boy needs a loving family that can provide a nurturing environment, felt safety, and knowledge regarding older child adoption.

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Brandt

Boy, born 2011

S. E. Asia (2)

Listed: Aug 2019

Brandt loves riding bikes and playing soccer and plays for the soccer team at his school. His caregivers describe him as a cheerful child who is talkative and very sweet He attends 1st grade and his favorite class is where they learn the ABC’s. He is not a fan of coloring or drawing and when he doesn’t like an activity at school, he prefers to go to the bathroom and clean. He is calm and loving with other children and he enjoys social activities and helping with chores.

Brandt had a complicated birth history, and was premature.  He typically wears glasses.  Brandt needs a prospective adoptive family with excellent educational resources including ESL support, and a good understanding of developmental trauma, institutionalization and older child adoption.  He needs a family that is open to some unknowns.

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Peyton

Girl, born 2010

S. E. Asia (2)

Listed: Aug 2019

Peyton is in the 1st grade and enjoys computers, science and math. She is vocal with her opinion and her frustrations and wants attention from her caregivers. She likes to be different than the other girls in her orphanage and she participates in the orphanage group activities. She likes to save her allowance, loves cats, and enjoys playing ping pong. She is sad when the older girls in the orphanage pick on her. She has been to camp and loved to play in the swimming pool.

Peyton has a history of latent tuberculosis and hepatitis.  She has been in the orphanage her entire life.  This unique girl needs a prospective adoptive family with good educational, ESL resources, play therapy and have a good understanding of institutionalization and older child adoption.

 

A CHILD for the Fliflet family — CA

Amy & Kyle are so excited to welcome their first child into their lives through adoption! When they first began dating it was clear that they both wanted children and that they both had dreamed of growing their family through adoption. For Christmas one year Kyle gave Amy a card with appointments scheduled at multiple adoption information sessions and so began their journey to beginning their family!

After lots and lots of research and exploration of many many countries, they decided to adopt from South Korea where Kyle’s grandmother and mother were born. They love the idea of their child growing up around people who share their heritage and will help to preserve some of their culture.

Kyle has his master’s degree in international public health and now serves his local community empowering residents to make healthier lifestyle and food choices. Amy has her BA in Social Science with a concentration in Anthropology. She found her passion in photography and loves documenting weddings of the various cultures in California. Kyle and Amy both have a love of the world and they look forward to exposing their child to lots of travel both to South Korea and beyond while also focusing on loving our local community and bettering the world both near and far.

They have recently completed their home study and are approved to adopt a single child or twins and are open to special needs. Cardiac special needs are particularly close to their heart since Amy was diagnosed with an Arrythmia that was operated on shortly after they were married. That led them to discovering an amazing cardiac care team at Stanford hospital (who already know about and are so excited for the adoption) that would be a great resource for any heart related special needs their child may have.

They expect their dossier to be sent to South Korea soon and are so excited to learn who their child will be!

Amy & Kyle will be adding updated posts to their blog as things progress. If you would like to come along on this journey, please follow their blog. As always, your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated!  Thank you in advance for coming along with us on this amazing journey!
8/15/2019 — COMPILING DOSSIER

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2 Siblings for the Beach family — NY

Jeff and Devin have been married for 11 years. They talked about adoption being a part of their family planning before they were even married.  Devin is an adoptee, and Jeff’s sisters are adoptees, so it was always something they both felt strongly about. They have 2 biological children: a 9-year-old daughter and a 7-year-old son. Now they are working towards adopting another son and daughter from South Korea. Jeff’s sister is a South Korean adoptee and so his whole family is excited to be a part of this process again. The Beach family is taking Korean language classes and Kuk Sool Won, a Korean martial art, together. The kids especially cannot wait to bring their new brother and sister home. The Beach family is so ready for their adventure in South Korea and to start this next exciting chapter in their lives.
9/4/2019 — TRAVELING in MID-OCTOBER

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