Entries by Michelle Zoromski

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

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.
12/2/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

*** 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.

A CHILD for the D’Angelo family — WA

The D’Angelo family tried to adopt from Poland in 2017.  Unfortunately, Poland shut down their international adoption program before their adoption could be finalized.  They were saddened by this turn of events and felt that the Lord had closed the door to adoption for their family.

Then in October 2019, Colleen saw a FaceBook post featuring a little girl from Eastern Europe.  The little girl’s face lingered in her mind for a few days at which time she shared it with her husband.  While reluctant to undergo the adoption process again, Michael agreed to pray about it.  One week later, the D’Angelos decided to step out in faith once again, in the hopes of growing their family.  Please pray for them as they work to bring their daughter home!
12/2/2019 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

The girl the D’Angelo family is hoping to adopt has received a $2000 country-specific grant.

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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.

A Girl 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.
11/20/2019 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

The girl the Whitten family is adopting 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!
11/18/2019 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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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.

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Kurt

Boy, born 2009

Cerebral palsy

He is a smart boy, understands direct speech and follows instructions.
The doctors believe he will be able to walk in the future.

He is very quiet and kind child.

 

 

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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!
11/12/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; COMPILING DOSSIER

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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.
10/31/2019 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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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.

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Johnny

Boy, born 2010
PRC
Down syndrome

Johnny’s adoption file was completed when he was 5 years old. At that time he was speaking in 3-4 word sentences, singing simple songs, knew the names of the children in his class and understood adults. He knew his colors and could draw shapes. Johnny helped his caretakers with things like dishes and setting up chairs, and was feeding and dressing himself. He was described as an active and cute boy who liked watching cartoons, building beautiful things with blocks, and playing games with friends such as hide and go seek.

In a 2019 update it was reported that he helps with simple daily work such as sweeping, cleaning tables and folding laundry. He can count, speaks in short sentences and understands instructions. He still enjoys playing with blocks, is able to play on his own and uses crayons to draw pictures. Johnny enjoys interacting with others, playing outside, completing crafts and hugging his caretakers.

A specific agency has a grant to cover all of Johnny’s placing agency adoption fees.
*** 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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Winnie

Girl, born 2007
PRC
Down syndrome, post-operative cleft palate, dysplasia on the right eye, cerebral palsy

When Winnie was 2 years old she began receiving rehabilitation training to help with her delays. By the age of 4 she could walk with the help of orthopedic shoes, and when she was 5 she had a cleft palate repair from which she recovered well. She was imitating words and her clarity and articulation improved. She was said to be active and very fond of music.

Winnie can now walk freely, dance and sing! She can feed and dress herself, reads poems, understands her teacher’s instructions and likes to communicate and play with her peers. She is described as an outgoing and cute girl who enjoys playing with plush toys.

Additional photos and video available. A specific agency has a grant to cover all of Winnie’s placing agency adoption fees.
*** I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

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Willem

Boy, born 2011
PRC
Willem was found abandoned as a newborn. He has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome and post-operative congenital heart disease.

Listed: Oct 2019

Willem’s development was delayed so his institute provided early intervention and comprehensive rehabilitation training for him. During this time his development improved significantly and now at 8 years old he is able to walk independently, dress and feed himself and has good focus when playing with toys. He imitates others, understands his teacher’s instructions and likes to play with other children. He also enjoys outdoor activities and posing for pictures! Willem has a good appetite and likes to eat cake and fruit.

A specific agency has a grant to cover all of Willem’s placing agency adoption fees.
*** 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! ***

KRISTI for the Horst family — MI

We are Galen & Yalonda Horst. We have been married 21 blessed years and God has touched our hearts and lives with 7 children; 4 biological children and 3 through the miracle of adoption. Our first 2 adoptions were from Guatemala and the last one was from China.

Adoption has touched our hearts and lives in a way that has changed us tremendously. We never dreamed, when we did our first 2 adoptions from Guatemala, that God would lead us to adopt a child from China who has Down Syndrome, but it has been another beautiful experience!

The transformation that Kyla has made in the past 2 years is nothing short of amazing! It was beautiful to see her personality unfold and come alive after coming to us as an unresponsive, shutdown, infant-like 2 year old. Now 2 years later she is hardly recognizable as the same child! She is so full of love, mischief, and humor!

So when another sweet little girl with Down Syndrome jumped off an advocacy page at us, we prayed fervently for an answer as to whether or not this was truly God calling us again. After much prayer, we felt God was telling us to step forward. So… we’re on our way to Asia again!

Our prayer for Kristi: “I pray that God would hold you in His arms until I can hold you in mine own!”
10/25/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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Faustina

Girl, born 2019

Deletion from autosomes, unspecified
Patent ductus arteriosus
Other congenital malformations of cardiac chambers and connections,
Organic emotionally labile (asthenic) disorder

Listed: Oct 2019

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Dalia

Girl, born 2015

Microcephaly
Epilepsy, unspecified
Congenital malformation of optic disc
Optic atrophy
Astigmatism
Other ill-defined heart diseases
Mixed specific developmental disorders
Convergent concomitant strabismus

Listed: Oct 2019

A CHILD for the Garrett Family — AZ

Hi! We are the Garrett Family! First & foremost, we are Christians & we love Jesus! We have 6 beautiful children – 4 biological, and 2 through adoption via foster care. My husband Gordon & I (Heidi) have been married for 11 years. My husband served in the military for almost 7 years & now works as a nurse in the ER. I stay home with our children!

Recently, we started the process to start renewing Foster Care license in order to take in another foster placement. But, during the process, God clearly began intervening. In the past few months, we have been in 2 car accidents, our AC unit died, paperwork has been filed on incorrect forms, fingerprint cards have been lost. You name it.

A while ago, I ran across the pictures of “Kristen” on Reeces Rainbow. She grabbed my heart. But, at the time, I knew my husband wasn’t feeling ready to adopt a child with significant special needs. So, I didn’t mention her to my husband. But very recently, my sister-in-law mentioned that a member of her family is going to be adopting from the Eastern Europe. And, well, that just so happens to be where this sweet little girl is from too! I felt the need to go back to her picture & felt very strongly God saying “This is your daughter”. It was unexplainable.

I texted my husband her photo & asked if he thought perhaps God had slowed us down with foster care in order for us to go get her. To my surprise, he said, “Babe, if you want to adopt a beautiful little girl from the Eastern Europe, then let’s do it!”

So, here we are! We have no idea where the money will come from but we are trusting the Lord.
10/23/2019 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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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 June 2020, 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!
11/8/19 — HOMESTUDY 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!

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 June 2020, 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?

Video available.

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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.

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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.

11/22/2019 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED
The Grover family has a $5000 matching grant from RODS Racing!  When their FSP reaches $5030, they’ll receive an additional $5000!

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Peeta

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

Listed: Oct 2019

Update Oct 2019: Physical and intellectual aspects: Peeta has Down syndrome with good health and normal limbs that can move freely. He cannot eat large or hard food, but soft and chopped food. His physical strength is not good, since he tends to be fatigued after he completes some sports. His fine motor skills and cognition are poor, since he cannot recognize those daily necessities. In November of 2018, he was sent to the hospital for disability assessment and was assessed as Grade II intellectual disability.

His speech is so so, since he cannot speak yet, but he has a tendency to speak and utters relatively clear single tones, such as yi, yeh, ah.  His self-care ability is so so. He eats with a small spoon and drinks water with a cup. He needs assistance in the shower, going to the toilet, and putting on clothes.  In class, he is active and highly motivated, but his attention is not focused and sometimes he is out of control and runs out of his seat without approval and does not listen to the teacher’s instructions. He prefers music, dance, and games, but is not enthusiastic in physical education class, since he is easy to tire and weak in playing sports. He does well in self-training class- basically follows the teacher’s instructions to complete the training. His teachers and classmates all like him a lot, due to his active and outgoing personality and his big smile that he wears all the time. He never fights with others.

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

Listed: Oct 2019

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!

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Update:  Malcolm, now 5 years old and 6 months old, has been living in a simulated family in the orphanage, with foster parents accompanying him and taking care of his daily life. He can run and jump, with strong imitation ability. He likes listening to music, dancing, playing football, and playing on the trampoline as well. He likes to chase and play with other kids at ordinary times. Malcolm is currently studying in the orphanage. He is taught with knowledge, mainly courses on improving intelligence and motor skills. He can point at all parts of his body, count from 1 to 5, sing familiar songs, brush his teeth, go to the toilet, lift his pants and flush the toilet. He can tell the front from the back of his clothes and the left shoe from the right shoe. He can put on his own clothes and shoes.

Malcolm can speak “Papa,” “Mama,” “Ayi (aunt)” and other single words, such as “yao (want)” and “wan (play)” etc., but he cannot speak a complete sentence yet. Malcolm is a cute and obedient boy. He is sociable and courteous. He gets along well with his family, teachers, and classmates. He will wave his hands and say hello, but he will not follow strangers. He likes when his parents and brothers take him outside for fun. Malcolm is not picky about food, and meat is his favorite. However, his foster parents usually restrict him from eating raw and cold food, since his digestion is not very good.

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

Written Update: Colette relies on formula and she cannot swallow food. Our working staff help her with physical therapy every day, aiming at improving her limbs’ muscle strength. In the afternoon, she is taken to the function room, mainly receiving training for her speech and limbs coordination. Colette gets along well with her caretakers and her little friends. She is active and likes crawling around. When she finds something solid, she will climb over it and stand up. When she sees something (such as toys) interesting, she will try to get it by crawling or moving her body with the support of her upper limbs. Now she can crawl or stand up/walk when holding onto something.

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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

Listed: Oct 2019; update from Oct 2019.  The agency has video available.

Gross motor skills: She can sit on her own. She can crawl with support of her hands and knees. She can stand up when holding on something. She can take steps when you holding her hands or side-walk when holding onto something.  Self-care: She can hold her milk bottle with her hands.  Fine motor skills: She can pass the item from one hand to the other. She can use her index finger to point to something.  Cognition: She can imitate adults’ simple acts, such as clapping hands, giving hugs, etc. She understands something that cannot be seen exists. Social skills and emotion: She can make simple social acts, such as sharing her toys, giving hugs, or giving you a smile. She knows when you call her name.  Speech skills: She knows you are talking about her when her name is heard. She will listen to you talking when you hold her. She expresses her needs with cries.

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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.
*** 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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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)

Listed: Oct 2019; update available Oct 2019.  Several videos available.

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!

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

Listed: Sept 2019

Update Oct 2019: Vaughn can understand some simple instructions, such as “come and drink milk,” “have a meal,” “blow with your mouth when the food is very hot,” “bring something to your Mom,” etc. He can also make some simple gestures, such as saying goodbye to auntie, giving a warm welcome, putting his two index fingers together and imitating a flying insect, and so on. Vaughn can crawl (with his belly on the ground and his hands crawling forward alternately) , and he can stand up when leaning on something (for a short time). He has been receiving rehabilitation training from a rehabilitation therapist. He can grasp toys and items. After the training, he will put toys back in their baskets under the guidance of his pre-school education teacher.

Vaughn is more interested in balls and toys that make sound. He plays with toys under the guidance of adults and has simple interaction with adults. He has a good personality. He gets along with his little friends. He seldom cries. He does not recognize strangers and likes to be held. He will reach out his hands, asking for hugs to those he is familiar with. In terms of food, Vaughn drink about 350ml of formula at each meal. Between two meals of formula, he eats half a small bowl of nutritional congee. He likes thick congee and smashed apples.

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