Entries by Michelle Zoromski

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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 June 2020, 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!
11/27/2019 — OFFICIALLY MATCHED in SEPT

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Nathan

Boy, born 2015
PRC
tuberculosis, Pneumonia, Right cerebral hypoplasia, Eczema

Listed: August 2019

Nathan’s spine is slightly lateral bending, but this does not affect his walking ability; he can hold the railing to go upstairs and downstairs; sometimes he can jump in place with both feet; can trot to chase us or toys; can also understand our orders to put the toys to appointed place. If there are new toys he will he happy to point them to us, and show us how to get toys disassembly and assembly; after he gets the toys disassembly and assembly he then hand us to look at his works. We will thumbs up and praise him, then he will laugh more happily. When we teach him to do new playing methods, he will play after watching once.

Nathan has a good memory.  He is good at observing, and he is curious about new things. He likes to be noisy, and he likes to play with us, likes to play outdoors; not afraid of strangers; not afraid of dogs, seeing dogs he will follow dogs to walk. He also likes to watch artist programs, and ball games. Every time he will watch carefully. Sometimes he can imitate us to dance, and he can dance well.

He is curious about new things, and has a strong imitation ability; but he doesn’t have a good sense of danger.   In this aspect he needs to be supervised. He has his own personality; sometimes he is obstinate. Nathan is lovely, optimistic, and clever.

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Zeke

Boy, born 2010
PRC
hernias (repaired), anemia

Listed: August 2019

Zeke is 8 years old this year and goes to kindergarten. He has a pair of small eyes, but his eyes are bright. He is very clever. He can remember the knowledge taught by the teacher or by mom. He is an obedient child, is active. Every morning he helps mom to fold up a quilt, clean and take care of young sister; he helps sister to put on clothes and he is very diligent. He holds sister’s hands to go to school and helps sister to go upstairs when back home after school; he teaches sister to sing children’s songs, play games, draw and he watches carton with sister together; he puts food onto the plates of sister when having a meal; he is a little sweet guy and is so caring.  He speaks clearly.

Zeke gets along well with classmates in the class; they like to play with him. When his foster mom takes him to play outdoors, he always runs around mom and doesn’t let her out of his sight; he is naughty and adored. He loves sports, loves to run, loves to jump and loves small toys. He likes to take photos and is good at making pose; he always makes a handsome pose to ask mom to take photos for him.

Zeke is very clever. He loves to learn, to use his head and has good memory. He knows the knowledge taught by the teacher and is able to finish his homework alone; he would teach sister to draw and write after school. He is careful in learning; he also likes to play puzzles with sister and spell outs various patterns.

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Huxley

Boy, born 2013
PRC
Congenital Heart Defect, neurogenic bladder

Listed: August 2019

Huxley is introverted, fairly quiet, smart and obedient. He’s shy and doesn’t have great communication yet. He doesn’t like to share with others and he will cry to get attention; if someone grabs his toy, he doesn’t know how to get it back and he only cries there. He has normal sleep and mainly has nutrition porridge.

At the age of 4 and a half, his gross motor ability is increasing, such as riding children’s bike, walking in a line, jumping with one feet and bouncing the ball; he also can help the caretaker to finish simple tasks. His language, understanding and expressions are all increasing; he is able to imitate animal’s sounds and actions.

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Braxton

Boy, born 2013
PRC
Limb differences

Listed: Aug 2019

The child understands simple words, sometimes the child will follow aunt to speak. Braxton can play in the activity room every day, the child likes playing with other children specially. He likes the blocks especially, but he can not play, so he looks at other children to play blocks, and he likes circle toy. If he wants the toys or other objects, he will shake his arms.

He is shy with strangers. Once he’s familiar with someone, he will move to them, he likes praise, and then accompany him.The child is very clever, sometimes he can help aunt to close the door, knows to call the names of other children who are in the same room with him.

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Christian

Boy, born 2017
PRC
brain hypoplasia

Listed: Aug 2019

On admission, he was diagnosed as brain hypoplasia. He was sent to Cleft Lip and Palate Home for treatment and rehabilitation.  At the age of 1 year, he can roll over and can sit and stand with held; he can grasp a toy with his hand. He can visually move follow the moving toys and sounds; he laughs happily when happy.  He has outgoing personality; he can’t speak, but he has a ready smile; he is obedient and adored.

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Minerva

Girl, born 2016
PRC
premature infant with very low birth weight, hydrocephalus (post-op shunt)

Listed: August 2019

When Minerva came she looked petite and weak, and was hospitalized for care and surgery. She has delayed physical development compared with children of her age, but after the operation her physical health is fairly stable and her motor ability improves day by day.  She is able to raise her head when lying on stomach, and turn over continuously. She likes to roll over to and fro on the mat best.  She is able to sit alone for a moment with both hands against the floor, even occasionally stand for a few seconds with both hands grasping the rail. Her muscular tension is higher, she can not coordinate and control her body well. If her name is called or someone talks beside her ear she is able to turn around her head to locate the source following the sound direction. The muscular tension of her neck has decreased obviously, therefore its turning range is much larger.

If you move a toy with bright colors slowly in front of her eyes she will follow the toy visually. She is able to grasp a toy and shake it to and fro with her hands.  She is an introverted and quiet baby, is able to lie alone for some time without noisy crying, but if she is made to practice sitting with her hands against the floor she will be very reluctant and cry aloud. Her crying is very loud and we can hear it from far away. She also likes to be cuddled by someone and her facial expressions and actions will be much richer while she is cuddled.  Her speech development is delayed. She is a light sleeper.

A CHILD for the Hargesheimer family — TX

Brandon and Jessica have been happily married for 13 years and reside in a small West Texas with their four sweet children Beckett (11), Blaire (9), Brooklynn (8), and Beau (3). They have always believed that adoption would be a part of their family story. Their family is very excited to have a new sibling and pray/talk about them on a daily basis.

The cost and process of international adoption can be intimidating but they know this is where God is calling their family and will provide.  If you feel called to support them in their adoption journey your prayers and donations would be greatly cherished! Thank you for your time, consideration, and prayers as they pursue their sweet child in China.
10/18/2019 — USCIS APPROVED; OFFICIALLY MATCHED

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Della

Girl, born 2014
PRC
Down syndrome

New videos & update from 2019!
Video 1, video 2

Della is an adorable little girl! She came into care at the approximate age of three. She is now almost 5 years old, and although her mental and language development is delayed, her mental is considered above average compared to other kids with Down syndrome of the same age. She is easygoing and obedient; she is easygoing most of the time. Della is busy, playful, and impatient. She is still in diapers. Her motor skills are pretty normal. She can walk, run, and go upstairs and downstairs. Her fine motor skills are good:  she can draw, not scribbling, and she can string beads and pick up tiny things, especially food.

We can’t wait to see her continue to make big gains in a loving family of her own!

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

Kenzie’s Birthday Fundraiser

Who once was a sick baby girl, abandoned at birth due to a diagnosis of Down syndrome and major heart defect, laying in a crib wasting away at an orphanage… is now our BEAUTIFUL, HEALTHY, HAPPY daughter!

Our little blessing, Kenzie, is turning 3, and we want to help other families get to their blessings too!! In honor of Kenzie’s birthday, we are encouraging donations instead of birthday gifts!

Kenzie has all that she needs…  A FAMILY!

The world can be cruel and ignorant, not knowing what a blessing a child with Down syndrome can be. As a family we want nothing more than for other orphans to be adopted and given a chance at life. Help us spread adoption awareness and raise funds to bring home another orphan!!!

 

*** All donations are tax deductible

In 2019, $485 was donated to the Barratt family, in honor of Kenzie turning 3!

In 2018, $1330 was donated in honor of Kenzie’s 2nd birthday!  Those donations were gifted to the Chudzik family!
A list of donors will be provided to Kenzie’s family. If you would prefer to donate anonymously, please email Michelle@ReecesRainbow.org

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Zoey for the Jackson family — UT

Twenty years ago, Elijah and Tiffany Jackson fell in love. Two years later, they got married and built a home on the century-old family farm. They started a family, having two wonderful little boys fairly close together. Five years later they were blessed with a little girl with Down syndrome, and oh, how her brothers loved her!! It didn’t take any of them very long to realize Down syndrome was not something to fear or avoid, but something to celebrate and cherish! The thought had come to them while their little girl was still a baby that they should think about adopting a child with Down syndrome, so they checked Reece’s Rainbow here and there, but didn’t know how to take the first steps of such a big journey! So, for a time, the idea was forgotten. 10 years later, Heavenly Father made it very obvious that it was still in His plan for the Jackson’s to add to their family through adoption! With the help of a good friend, they got right to work. They are so excited and ready to have little sister in their home and to be in their family forever!
1/13/2020 — TA RECEIVED

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KAYDEN + AARON for the Huber-Wolfe family — NY

Nathan and Jennifer adopted their first child in 2012 from Pleven, Bulgaria after seeing the documentary “Bulgaria’s Abandoned Children”. Nathan, Jennifer, and Jennifer’s mother all took shifts staying in Bulgaria for several months to ensure Daniel would be healthy enough to make the trip home. After he arrived home, a local physician remarked that it was “the most profound case of neglect he’d ever seen”. A few years later, they adopted Max from China. Among several other medical issues, Max had been born with a facial cleft and was left on the street, as happens with many of China’s orphans.

Recently, Nathan and Jennifer felt called to adopt from the most overlooked group and selected an older child with more acute needs from Eastern Europe. They committed to “Jackson”, but tragically, he passed away as their home study was being completed. With tremendous grief, they selected “Kayden” and recently made their first trip to meet him. They found that besides Kayden, there was only one other adoptable child at the institution. He is severely disabled and been passed over his whole life, so that he is now close to aging out. Nate and Jen are currently racing against the clock to bring this child home as well.
11/6/2019 — KAYDEN is HOME
+ COURT in DEC for AARON

Aaron has been awarded a $5,000 Older Child Grant.
Kayden has received a $3,709.40 grant.

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Bennett

Boy, born 2013
H-C
hydrocephalus

Listed: August 2019

Bennett is a very social child. Whenever he sees his friends, he eagerly greets them with a smile, a hug, and a “Happy Birthday!”

He had hydrocephalus as an infant that was treated with a VP shunt. The shunt was later removed but he still has macrocephaly. He does have a history of seizures which are very well controlled by medication. He receives physical therapy twice a week and has made tremendous progress over the past several years. He is fully mobile, can feed himself, and go to the bathroom independently. Bennett wears a helmet to protect his head. He has become fond of his helmet though because he can show off his headstand.

When he is not at home, you will often find him enjoying jumping on the trampoline, playing on the playground or going on a walk. He needs redirection often because he is always on the move. Although he is generally happy, he can get frustrated when people do not do what he wants to do or if he is being asked to do something he is not ready for.

Bennett’s favorite part of school is circle time because he likes to sing songs and answer ALL the questions even if his answer has nothing to do with what was asked. He understands and speaks English as well as his native language. He is known for reciting the four seasons in English quite well. At home, he loves to ask other people to dance and sing with him too. Bennett loves to make people smile!

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Poppy

Girl, born 2008

S. E. Asia (2)

Listed: July 2019

This silly and playful girl doesn’t like to be alone and prefers to be surrounded by friends. She likes to joke around and giggle. She has been to the beach and the waterpark and enjoys swimming. She loves chocolate milk. She is described as confident and independent by her caregivers.

Poppy has been diagnosed with Thalassemia and receives monthly blood transfusions. She has been in the orphanage her entire life. This silly girl needs a prospective adoptive family with excellent medical, educational, ESL resources, play therapy and have a good understanding of institutionalization and older child adoption.

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Ramona

Girl, born 2010

S. E. Asia (2)

Listed: July 2019

This sweet child gets along well with peers and with the older girls in the orphanage. She is described as empathetic, obedient, and enjoys giving and receiving hugs from her caregivers. She describes herself as fun, a responsible student, and she enjoys English and Art. She is afraid of snakes and frogs. She has had multiple placements in her life and has been diagnosed with ADHD and is taking medications. She would like a family of her own that includes sisters.

This sweet girl needs a prospective adoptive family with excellent educational resources including ESL support, and have a good understanding of developmental trauma, institutionalization and older child adoption.

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Kase

Boy, born 2017
PRC
Down syndrome, hearing loss

Listed: July 2019

Kase is a sweet little boy.  A hearing test showed a 80dB threshold of the left ear and a 90dB threshold of the right ear. Kase is also listed as having motor delays. Kase loves to smile at his nanny when he is happy and interact with people. When the nanny makes eye contact with him, Kase gives a shy smile. He can hold his own bottle and will cry loudly if someone takes it away and he’s not done or if he is still hungry, as if to say ‘I want more milk!’ Kase likes taking baths. He finds it quite fun to slap the water and is happy as can be playing in the bath. Kase likes shaking the toy rattles. It always makes him smile. Listening to light music and drinking a warm drink help him to fall asleep. Everyone adores Kase and hopes that he will find his forever family soon, while he is still young!

Kase has a $3,500 agency grant for his adoption with his current adoption agency.

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Greyson

Boy, born 2016
PRC
Down syndrome, bilateral hearing loss

Listed: July 2019

Greyson is a precious little guy! A hearing test showed a 40dB threshold of the left ear and a 50dB threshold of the right ear. Greyson can hold his bottle to drink milk and he will open his hands and let the caretaker cuddle him when she comes by to take the bottle. He is very happy when he drinks up all his milk, but Greyson is happiest when his caretaker holds him! He also likes sitting in his caretaker’s arms and watching the other children play. He will clap several times when he’s happy. Greyson is a quiet and generally good-spirited little fella. He doesn’t cry when the caretaker changes his diaper. He quietly waits for his caretaker to hold him and, when she does, he will smile at her happily. Greyson loves taking a bath, patting the water surface with his hands. He will laugh happily when it splashes. Greyson is just the sweetest little guy and we hope his forever family will see him and get to him soon! Someone is missing out on these precious smiles and snuggles!

Greyson has a $3,500 agency grant for his adoption with his a specific adoption agency.

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Sayer

Boy, born 2016
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: July 2019

Sayer is a precious little boy who loves to be cuddled. He has a ready smile and is described as active and lovely. Sayer loves to play peek-a-boo and will giggle loudly every time he sees the caretaker. He is an outgoing child who warms up quickly, even to strangers. Sayer had a great update about a year ago this time and we are hoping that another one might be coming for him!

The agency has videos available.  Sayer has a $2,500 agency grant for his adoption with a specific adoption agency.

2 Children for the Cogan family — FL

Nick and Keely Cogan have always believed that adoption would be a part of their family story. They adopted their first child in 2011, bringing Karwen home from China. Her smiling face called to to them and they knew that she belonged with them.

Only months after coming home with Karwen, they knew that they were being led back to China. Sure enough, Kai (“Nick” on RR) and his little brother Kade joined the family in 2014. The Cogans thought that their family might be complete, but the Lord had other plans. Kassi came home in 2016 after a whirlwind process of just 12 weeks. The process had to be expedited because she would have aged out only three days after she met her new family.

At that point, it was clear to them that their family was still incomplete. Two teenage siblings came up – they urgently needed a host family. The Cogans felt like this was placed before them and were given the means to host S and V in the summer of 2018 and then again that winter. Although it has not always been easy, the family grew together and very soon realized that they all ‘fit’ just perfectly. S and V have expressed a strong wish to become Cogans, and the family is convinced that they belong together and are all working so hard to make that happen (even the little ones)! S and V both have urgent medical needs that are impossible to treat properly where they currently are, making it imperative for the Cogans to move forward as quickly as they can.

When the kiddos are back in their home country, everyone feels like the family has missing pieces and yearns for everyone to be together again, hoping and praying that the kids remain safe and healthy in a very hard situation until they can be home forever.

The Cogans believe that the Lord will provide everything necessary to finish this incredible journey, and so appreciate you joining them in speeding up this process to get their children home where they belong with the medical attention that they need. They thank you for any and all prayers and support that you can offer.
10/3/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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Dax

Boy, born 2013
Other specified disorders of central nervous system
Mixed specific developmental disorders
Unspecified mental disorder due to known physiological condition
Expressive language disorder
Pectus excavatum
Other congenital valgus deformities of feet
Congenital malformation of optic disc

Listed: July 2019

 

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Bria

Girl, born 2012
Down syndrome
CO-7

Listed: July 2019

Bria is a cute little girl, born in August of 2012 with Down syndrome and strabismus.  The agency has additional information; please inquire to learn more about making this adorable little girl part of your family!

Bria has a $2,500 agency grant for her adoption with the agency who listed her; additional grants may also be possible.
*** 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! ***

A CHILD for the Dowding family — OR

Bodie and Krista Dowding first talked about adopting before they were even married. Both agreed that they would someday adopt.  Fast forward a few years and their house is a very chaotic joyous place full of three boys five and under. “I couldn’t shake this nudge that even though we had three young boys we were supposed to start looking into adoption,” Krista says, “ I didn’t think it would happen this fast!”

In November of 2018 Krista was talking on the phone when the friend asked if Bodie and Krista felt called to international adoption. Krista wasn’t sure at the time which road of adoption they would pursue. After learning about the lives of many aged out orphan girls in Romania, Bodie and Krista knew they had a heart for the girls in Eastern Europe but, unless they felt an overwhelming call to a certain country, they’d decided to go the cheaper route and adopt domestically. The friend encouraged Krista to check out a Blog called Ransom for Israel and Krista was immediately hooked.

Soon after, Krista clicked on a link to another site called Reeces Rainbow. As she scrolled through images of special needs children, one particular girl caught her attention. “During the next week I asked friends to pray for Bodie because I couldn’t get this little girl out of my head and I thought she might be the one. If she was, Bodie needed to feel called to adopt her as well. At this point, he really thought we should wait a few years to adopt.”

A week and a half after Krista first discovered this girl on Reeces Rainbow she went back to the site and her profile had changed. It now included “Blind in one eye.” Such a little change excited Krista because she’d talked to Bodie about how feeling particularly drawn to adopting a child with blindness or deafness. Bodie walked in from work that day and Krista playfully announced “I found our girl!” Bodie looked at the screen and then playfully responded back “ok! Write the check!”

He wasn’t kidding. No matter what the issues were that this girl was dealing with, both Bodie and Krista felt she was supposed to be a part of their family.  Within a couple weeks they’d committed to her.  Their little boys are eager to welcome a new sister and often ask “Can we go get Bailey today?” Time stands still for these brothers as the wait seems too long and the work to get her here continues day and night. They don’t realize that as soon as their parents say good night they begin more paperwork and scanning and printing and planning. So the work continues, one day at a time until she’s home.
11/27/2019 — DOSSIER NEARLY COMPLETE

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A CHILD for the Barratt family — AZ

Kara and Christian met through mutual friends years ago, and each separately knew that the other was who they wanted to marry. Christian and Kara both work from home, so they are able to spend one on one time with their children, and devote the time needed to attend to every dance class, therapy and school function. An occasional date night sneaks in every so often too! Christian and Kara’s belief in God is a mutual one, and has been part of their marriage and family foundation their entire marriage with all life’s ups and downs. They know that it has been through Their belief in Him that they are where they are today. They have now been married 14 years and have 4 beautiful daughters, all of which are so excited to become big sisters, yet again!

After the birth of daughter number 3, who was born with Down syndrome, their families hearts became opened to a whole new world of love and learning. The thought of adoption had always been in the back of their minds, but didn’t think it would ever be possible.

This year every thing lined up perfectly, and God provided the way for the Barratt family to finally adopt. They knew for sure it was going to be another child with DS and that they were going to travel far to bring her home. They are so very excited to meet their little sweetheart and catch her up on the love and kisses she has been missing for so long. Prayers for their little one would be so appreciated, to keep her healthy and strong while they wait for that big day when she can come home!
12/10/2019 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED
 

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Mateo

Boy, born 2006
Cerebral palsy

Listed: July 2019
LA-E9

Mateo has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy.  He received physical therapy to help develop muscle tone and coordination.  He attends a local school and receives support from a private instructor.  Mateo enjoys using his iPad, being read to, and spending time outside.

The adoption agency has more detailed information on this child that they can share with potential families.

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Lucia

Girl, born 2012
Cornelia de lange syndrome

Listed: July 2019
LA-E8

Lucia has a diagnosis of Cornelia de lange syndrome, which causes developmental delays.  She continues to make great progress with therapy.  She enjoys playing with her favorite doll, and all food.

The adoption agency has more detailed information on this child that they can share with potential families.

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Rebekah

Girl, born 2009
Blind

Listed: July 2019
LA-E7

Rebekah is blind, and has significant delays in speech and motor development.  She can easily become overstimulated.  She enjoys listening to music and receiving hugs from the “aunties” at her children’s home.

 

The adoption agency has more detailed information on this child that they can share with potential families.

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Marisol

Girl, born 2011
microcephaly, epilepsy, chronic malnutrition

Listed: July 2019
LA-E6

Marisol came into care at this home in 2014, and her physical and emotional health has improved.  Marisol enjoys playing with her dolls, going for walks, and drawing or doing art projects.

The adoption agency has more detailed information on this child that they can share with potential families.

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James

Boy, born 2010
Blind in one eye, autism

Listed: July 2019
LA-E5

James is receiving therapy to help him develop his communication and interpersonal skills.  He loves to swim, swing, and play with his special stuffed animals.  He loves chicken noodle soup, plantains, and anything sweet.

The adoption agency has more detailed information on this child that they can share with potential families.

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Diana

Girl, born 2009
Cerebral Palsy, cognitive delays

Listed: July 2019
LA-E4

Diana was born to a teenage mother who felt unable to give her the attention and stability she needed.  Diana is unable to speak, but communicates non-verbally.  Diana enjoys being outside, bath time, and hand massages.

The adoption agency has more detailed information on this child that they can share with potential families.

ROBIN for the Briscoe Family — KY

Samuel and Leslie Briscoe both hail from the great state of TN. They met while attending Tennessee Technological University, and they have now been married for six years. While dating, Sam expressed his desire to adopt a child due to his youngest sister being adopted from China. Through his own family’s experience, he had seen first hand the love and joy that comes through adoption, and he had always desired to give a child the same kind of love that his parents gave to his sister.

Four years after being married, the Briscoe’s were blessed with a beautiful biological daughter in August of 2017. Shortly thereafter, they felt impressed by God to start the adoption process for a child. They had not planned on adopting at this time, but the impression was so strong from God, that they knew there was a child waiting for them. They felt excited and nervous about the prospect of bringing a child into their family through adoption, but they could not deny that this is what the Lord wanted them to do.

At the time they began the process of adopting a child, they had not considered adopting a child with Down syndrome. On the second day of looking at referrals of waiting children, they were sent the file of a little boy with Down syndrome. Independently they both knew that the boy was their child. However, that did not make the decision easy. Even though there were times of uncertainty, the Lord gave them glimpses of the love that they would have for him as well as the joy that he would bring into their family. After several weeks of praying and fasting they accepted that all children are entitled to be reared by a father and a mother, and that he belonged in their family.

They are very excited to bring their little boy home, and they can’t wait to officially add him to their family. Their daughter loves to kiss pictures of the baby, and asks to watch his video. They would like to thank those who have taken the time to read their story, and they truly appreciate any and all assistance whether it is through prayer or financial support.

The Briscoe family has truly been humbled by this experience, but they know God will support and uplift them as they do his work.
11/22/2019 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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Cooper

Boy, born 2016
PRC
Down syndrome, Congenital heart defect

Listed: June 2019

Cooper has been diagnosed with Down syndrome and CHD (ASD). He is described as a cute boy with a ready smile. According to his file, he can stand and walk back and forth with support of a rail. His file states Cooper can pick up toys and enjoys throwing them on the floor and giggling. Cooper’s file shows that he is beginning to say simple words, such as “mama”, and will smile and laugh to express his feelings. His file indicates that he loves to laugh, dance, and play with other children.

Cooper has a $1000 grant from a specific agency.

Misty

Girl, born 2017
PRC
Down syndrome, CHD

Misty has been diagnosed with Down syndrome, postoperative CHD, and mild anemia. She is described as quiet, friendly, and with a ready smile. According to her file, she can walk while holding onto something or if she is standing against a wall. Misty’s file states that she understands her name and can understand simple instructions. Her file says she smiles at caretakers she recognizes, opens her arms for a hug, and likes being held. Misty’s file shows she laughs loudly when playing, she enjoys toy blocks, and likes watching cartoons.

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FELICITY for the Fox family — NC

We are the Fox family from a small town in North Carolina. Craig and I have been married 20 yrs! We have 6 children; Zoe (18), Gabe (16), Eli (14), Lillyanne and Colby (11), and our sweet Kinsley (10) who has been home 1 year from China.

Our adoption journey was a complete shock to us! We had decided what our life would look like but God had other plans! We had met a local family with 2 son’s (C-bio & Z-adopted) with down syndrome when our twins entered kindergarten. Lilly quickly became C’s best friend, helper and protector. Everyday she shared school day stories with me and I relayed C’s day to his mom. Lilly and C were inseparable and our families were becoming great friends. Lilly began talking about adopting a special needs child in kindergarten and we assured her that we would definitely support her when she was much older. Well, the conversation continued for years, her friendship grew stronger, and in fall of 2016 I finally said,” Lilly, if God wants us to adopt, He will place a little girl younger than you, from China with pigtails and pink bows on our front door steps!”

Guess what? My friend who was involved with hosting from Eastern Europe text asking if I had girl clothes! She text me a picture and … a precious girl, younger than Lilly with, yes, pigtails and pink bows! I laughed and announced that God sent us our daughter!

After being home with our sweet God sent daughter, Kinsley, we decided one more precious jewel was in our future! God had placed a sweet little face on my heart that I had watched being advocated for while we were adopting Kinsley. I couldn’t believe no one had started their adoption journey for her and knew God was preparing a way for us to bring her home.

We are so excited about our new journey to bring our precious Jewel home. We look forward to our new adventures as a family of 9!
1/5/2020 — TRAVELING in JANUARY

*** Felicity has received a $20,510.66 Waiting Child Grant ***
*** Felicity has received a $5,000 Older Child Grant! ***

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Holleigh

Girl, born 2017
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: June 2019

Holleigh is a precious baby girl! Her orphanage reports that her mental and physical development is better than other peers with Down syndrome. As of 14 months of age, Holleigh was rolling over, sitting up, crawling, and playing with toys with both hands. Holleigh is reported to have a slower reaction and wasn’t yet able to follow directions. She is a sound sleeper and loves her milk. Holleigh is said to be very strong and healthy! She loves playing with toys and small bells on the activity mats. We hope Holleigh’s forever family will see her and get her home while she is still so young!

Update from June 2019 with pics & video!  Holleigh is doing well & is generally healthy.  She’s active and likes to play; she doesn’t like to be held. She sits well, can crawl, and can pick up small objects. She doesn’t speak yet, but she does respond to her name.

Video 1, Video 2

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

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Jia

Girl, born 2017
PRC
Down syndrome, Congenital Heart Defect

Listed: June 2019

Update from July 2019: 
Jia is a beautiful and gentle little girl. Jia’s development is delayed compared to others her age, but not as much as other children with Down syndrome.  She dislikes cold, and is not yet potty trained.  She is quite active and outgoing with a gentle personality. She gets along well with her caretakers and friends.  She follows one step directions.  Jia walks; She needs assistance with eating.

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

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A CHILD for the Chilton family — AL

Meet the Chilton family. We are Jason, Donna, Katy, Clark, Brody, Callie and coming soon  “Anna” as we will call her. We have been married for 11 years. Jason works as a safety director and Donna homeschools the kids.

After having two biological kids, Jason and Donna felt the call to adopt. In 2014, they brought siblings Katy and Brody home from Ukraine. Katy has Spina Bifida along with other complications. After almost five years home, the Chiltons have felt the call to adopt again. They knew from the moment they saw Anna’s face that it was meant to be. She has Spina Bifida like Katy. They are so excited to add sweet little Anna to their family.
12/3/2019 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

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Angela

Girl, born 2009
PRC
congenital hip dislocation; mild to moderate delays

Listed: June 2019

Angela is smart, cute and active, and has dimples when she smiles. She gets along well with other kids, and is willing to share food and toys with other kids, willing to do something within her power. She has good physical quality, seldom gets sick, and she is an obedient and cute girl.

From an adoptive family who met her: she was very sweet. She leaves each day to go to regular school in the city. She just finished 2nd grade. She said her favorite class is music class. She walks with a slight limp but gets around very well. When we were visiting she was helping take care of some of the severe needs kids in her class. She seemed shy but she did talk to our interpreter a fair bit.

Additional photos available.
*** 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 ***

ANNIE for the Matthias family — IA

Kyle and Holly are currently the parents to seven kids and are excited to welcome home Ana (Annie on Reese’s Rainbow). Holly first saw Ana’s picture and was immediately drawn to her and her story. God has continued to show them over and over that this is His plan for their lives and trust Him completely through this process.

Curren, Kyler, Macy, Myles, Jazlyn, Kaylin, and Tripp are all excited to have a new sister and already regularly talk about Ana. Kyle & Holly have a loving extended family and live in a supportive community. While adoption brings many unknowns, they are continuing to take steps of faith to bring home their daughter.

If you feel lead, please consider joining us in this journey. We are so grateful for your prayers and financial support.
11/20/2019 — TRIP ONE in DECEMBER

The Matthias family has also received a $2000 country-specific grant.

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A CHILD for the Mitchell Family — TN

Carrie and Gary Mitchell are adopting again! In 2017 they brought home their daughter Preslava (4). In addition to Presley, they have two biological children, Constance (7) and Callie (5). All three girls are looking forward to bringing home their little brother!

Adoption has been a life-long passion of Carrie’s, and Gary got interested in loving orphans several years ago too. They were thrilled to adopt one child in 2017, but felt God wasn’t done using their home to take care of those who need a forever family. Carrie has felt especially drawn to waiting children and regularly looked at waiting kids online. When she saw her little boy online, Carrie immediately knew this was the one God had in mind for our family. And Gary knew it immediately too. Not only will all the girls have a little brother to be the “mother” too, Presley with have another sibling to share her Bulgarian roots with.

Gary and Carrie have been married for 16 years. Carrie is a stay at home mom who homeschools her girls, and loves every minute she gets to spend with her children. Gary has been a certified public accountant for eight years, ever since Gary and Carrie were honorably discharged from the Army National Guard. Constance wants to be an astronaut and loves softball and soccer, Callie loves dance, and Presley loves dogs.

We thank you for your support and prayers as we step out in faith and embark on this journey again!
12/13/2019 — FIRST TRIP in JANUARY

The Mitchell family has received a $2000 country-specific grant.

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A CHILD for the McKenney Family — TN

The McKenney Family is pursuing a child with Down Syndrome in Eastern Europe. Adoption can be a long process, but they and their six children (5 biological, 1 adopted from foster care) are so excited to walk in obedience and add a beautiful gift from God to their family.

Now we know that international adoption cane be daunting, but God has a heart for adoption! As they’ve been praying through this and seeking God in this – they’ve been so inspired by all the times in Scripture that God calls out His people into obedience – into things that seem daunting, a little scary – things that seem too big for them. And we’ve been challenged and comforted by the words of Jesus in Mark 10:27: “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”

If you feel called to support them in this process, then the first and most important thing they ask you for is prayer. Pray for their family during this process, pray for this little one as they wait for one another, and pray that God would continue to provide financially. The reality is that international adoption is very expensive – so if you feel God is calling you to financially support them in this process, then they would welcome your support!

They thank you for your prayers and financial support as they pursue this beautiful child that the Lord has placed on their heart!
11/25/2019 — FIRST TRIP NOV 29

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Able

Boy, born 2012
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: June 2019

Able is a cute little boy who loves to laugh and play games with balls. Able’s caretakers say that he is strong and that he has a lovely smile. Able can walk independently and he has strong imitating abilities. He can dance to the song of ‘Do Re Me’ following the teacher and can take initiative to help his teacher put garbage in the correct place. Abel also helps the other children to put on shoes. Able is always abiding the rules. If there are children who leave their seats in class, Able takes them back to their seats to sit well, and then seats himself. One time in class, Able’s teacher was singing and doing roll call, and another child in class was not concentrating or sitting well … Able went to him and strictly asked him to sit well.

Able can go up and down stairs, throw a ball, and ride a tricycle. Every morning, Able carefully comes down the stairs for exercise. Sometimes he is far behind the teacher. The teacher will squat down, spread her arms, and give a come here sign. Able will then happily run to the teacher’s open arms. Able can doodle with a pen and can put a missing piece of a toy back together.
*** 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! ***

TASHA SUE for the Wood family — VA

Greetings from the Wood Family! We are Brian, Kristen, Graysen, Emma Rae, and Blake and coming soon, a new daughter to be named Katie! We have been married for 10 wonderful years, and we have 3 amazing children. Brian is a student pastor at Point Harbor Church and Kristen is a Registered Nurse working in an elementary school.

Shortly after being married, we started talking about adoption and really felt a tug in our hearts early on specifically for China. About 4 years into our marriage, some friends of ours adopted their sweet girl from China and that started a ripple effect and we soon were surrounded with so many friends who said “YES” to their children in China. This only fueled our hearts more for China.

After we moved to VA, we were introduced to another family who has adopted 3 babies with Down Syndrome from China. Down Syndrome had never been on our radar, however, we fell absolutely in love with these amazing children. Although we always had a peace about China, God began to break our hearts specifically for children with Down Syndrome.

We were “introduced” to our daughter on Reece’s Rainbow site.  Katie has Down Syndrome, CHD, and repaired VSD and PFO. She is an absolute doll and we cannot wait to have her in our arms. Katie will be 2 years old in July and we want to have her home as soon as we can. She has 3 siblings who are over the moon for her already and are so ready to have their sister home.

Please help our family to bring our daughter home! We plan to travel with our two oldest children, who are 11 and 9 yrs old. We greatly appreciate all prayers and financial support as we continue our adoption journey to complete our family!
1/3/2020 — TA RECEIVED; TRAVELING JAN 29

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A Child for the Woertman family — NC

We are the Woertman family and we are having so much fun with our children that we decided we needed one more. We are hoping to adopt a little girl with Down Syndrome. We live in the great state of North Carolina. We have 5 adult children, 5 school aged children and four Grandchildren.

Fred just finished up his 25th year of teaching middle school. He is often called the “kid whisperer.” He really understands middle schoolers. Between having kids, Candy taught 13 years, but has now put her teaching career on hold while her kids are little. She is currently a Teacher’s Assistant at the elementary school that all five little ones attend.

We are excited to be on this adoption journey one more time. We are also hoping to be matched with the little girl that Candy has had on her heart for almost two years.
11/19/2019 — DOSSIER EN ROUTE

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Anderson

Boy, born 2012
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: October 2017

Anderson is a precious little boy who loves outdoor activities like ball games. He can sometimes be active and lively and other times quiet. Anderson has strong imitating abilities. He tries hard to follow along with the morning exercises to music. Whenever it’s time to go outside, Anderson gets very excited and follows the teacher out. He kicks or throws the balls happily. Anderson can hold toys and both of his hands are flexible in regards to fine motor skills. He can use a pen to doodle on a piece of paper. Anderson has been working hard to copy sounds and single words. He is able to independently take off his own clothes and shoes. At the time his file was prepared, he needed some help with dressing and toileting, though he could initially go to the toilet on his own. He can zip well. He is also able to brush his teeth and clean his mouth with minimal assistance. Anderson can join a group game if led and organized by a teacher. He can concentrate well and is not easily distracted. Sometimes he is calm and serious, but when playing with his favorite toys or games he is interested in, Anderson can be active, cheerful, and very excited. Anderson has been living in a foster family and also has a very good friend. Every day, the two go to and leave school hand in hand, often found playing together. Anderson knows how to share and will often share his food with other children. He has a good appetite and likes to eat fruits and cakes. Anderson wakes up at 6:00 a.m. and goes to bed at 8:30 p.m. He is a good sleeper. Anderson is well-loved by the caretakers at his orphanage!  The agency has several videos available of Anderson, as well!

Anderson’s current adoption agency is offering a $1500 grant for his adoption.
*** 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! ***

Sarah

Girl, born 2014
Down syndrome
CO-7

Listed: June 2019

Sarah is a darling girl, born in October of 2014 with Down syndrome and a congenital heart defect (CHD). She loves to play with balls and balloons. She also likes to listen to children’s songs and play with animals, especially dogs. She lives with a foster family where she recognizes the family dynamics of which she is part of. She participates in kindergarten where she shows an adequate adaptation and social interactions with both her teachers and peers. These adjustment processes have been successful and consistent with what is expected. Sarah presents flexibility with her feet and has the ability to take things, like her hair and other objects. She receives physical, language, and occupational therapy. Sarah had heart surgery for her CHD in 2015. Her hearing is currently being studied. It is suspected that she might have some hearing loss. We do hope her forever family sees her soon so she can continue growing and learning!

Sarah has a $1,500 agency grant for her adoption with the agency who listed her.

$144.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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Jordyn

Boy, born 2014
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: June 2019

Jordyn’s caregivers describe him as a very energetic boy who likes playing games with other kids. He has good control over his hands and fingers – he can turn pages in a book and enjoys tearing paper. He especially likes being outdoors and playing with toy blocks or balls. Jordyn is a happy little boy who needs a family to help him explore and learn!

 

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Kennedy

Girl, born 2009
PRC
Down syndrome, Congenital heart defect (repaired)

Listed: June 2019

Sweet, adorable Kennedy is a “girly-girl” who just needs her family!  Kennedy has Down syndrome as well as CHD that was repaired in 2011. Kennedy now lives in a family home with 4 other children. She is excited when seeing others and will run over and hold their hands and walk with them. She loves to sing songs and help her teacher hand out snacks. She can walk and run, and walk the balance beam. She loves to “play house”, helps others, and has good self-care skills.
*** I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

ASHLEY + Nadiya for the Barsch family — NJ

Andrew and Michelle will celebrate their ten-year wedding anniversary this year. They have had adoption on their hearts long before they were married. The desire to grow their family through adoption strengthened after their biological daughter was born in 2011. Andrew and Michelle brought their Deaf daughter home from the Philippines when their biological daughter was just two-years-old. They went on to adopt their other children in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019 from Ethiopia, China and one domestic adoption. Andrew and Michelle currently have seven children at home. Five of their children are Deaf. One of their daughters has Down Syndrome and mild hearing loss. The family uses ASL as their main mode of communication at home.

Michelle and Andrew agree strongly with the popular adoption quote, “Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes.” Leaving children behind in an orphanage in the Philippines who were screaming out “Mommy! Daddy!” and gripping at their clothing is an experience that will be forever etched on the minds of both Andrew and Michelle. From that point on, the couple says, “We have never been the same.” Andrew and Michelle left the Philippines with their first adopted daughter with an even greater purpose and a calling that has been burning in their souls ever since.

They have welcomed six children into their family by way of adoption and have daily seen God’s miracles unfolding in and through their children. Psalm 68: 5-6 states that God is a Father to the fatherless and that He sets the lonely in families. Andrew and Michelle are confident that although expanding their family through adoption in quick succession has not always been easy emotionally or financially that God will continue to provide exactly what is needed to bring their two newest daughters home from Eastern Europe. They continue to stay open to whatever road God desires to take them down.

Andrew and Michelle’s oldest “daughter to be” is Deaf. The youngest is non-verbal and very frail. They are unsure of her hearing ability. It is important to them that they get to the girls as quickly as is possible. Michelle and Andrew mentioned that some have asked how they can assist in bringing home their newest girls. Andrew and Michelle were not planning on adopting at this time, it would be a huge blessing if they were able to raise the extra funds needed that adopting two children simultaneously adds to their adoption costs. They stressed that they do not want anyone to feel pressured into donating, but for those who have questioned, “How can we support adoption?” this is just one avenue that would tremendously bless their family. First and foremost, they covet your prayers for their daughters and their family as they walk this journey to bring their girls home.
12/6/2019 — COURT PASSED! AWAITING FINAL TRIP

Ashley has received a $2,000 EE# grant.

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TWO GIRLS for the Muzzey Family — FL

We are Danielle & Nick Muzzey. We love children and have 5 wonderful bio kids. We would have had more if God would have chose to continue to bless us, but that was not his plan so we accepted that our family was complete and was thankful for how blessed we truly were.

Somehow while on Facebook I stumbled across Reece’s Rainbow, and it soon become my favorite part of Facebook. I admired these families that so unselfishly gave so much to make a difference in the life of a child that others just discarded. I love to follow the stories and families and often thought wow they are such amazing people but I knew that there was no way that my family could ever pull this kind of thing together. We weren’t your typical adopting type of family. We don’t have 30k laying around, we don’t drive brand new vehicles, we don’t have a huge house, so I would sit, watch and pray from a distance. Until that day….that 1 video that caught my eye and melted my heart. Something about her, she was perfect. I prayed for that little one nightly that God would bring her a family and he did, but was soon relisted not just once or twice but a number of times. Why? Why does this child continue to be let down?

That’s it no more!! I had to do something, she was running out of time, a transfer to an adult institution is inevitable. That can not happen. Back to praying I went and the answer was soon very clear. All those other families fell through because she was meant to be our daughter. Hubby was not so sure he was more practical and thought that I may be going crazy. He had legitimate concerns. Where will the money come from? Can we handle her disability? Who will care for her when we are gone? It took about 2 months of praying that God would reach him and he did. God is Good.

We are going to follow by faith, pray and believe that God will provide. There is a princess waiting across the seas that deserves so much more then what life has handed her. She is already loved and does not even know it. She needs us as much as we need her.

Please pray that this process goes quickly and smoothly to bring our daughter home. If you feel led and are able to donate any amount will make a huge difference in our journey. Thank you and God bless.
12/10/2019 — APPT in MID-JANUARY 

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Oakley

Boy, born 2015

updated pics 4/19!

 

Disturbance of cerebral status of newborn, unspecified
Congenital cataract

11/19 update: Oakley will be transferred from his baby home by end of year 2019!  He needs a family for ASAP!  He will be transferred before this New Year.  He has less chance to survive in the new place (institution).

He is such a happy and friendly kid!

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Xaria

Girl, born 2010

Congenital hydrocephalus
flail legs
Severe mental retardation
Optic atrophy

Listed: May 2019

From a family that met her April 2019: She was timid and scared of strangers. She has stunning behaviors and needs to be seen by a nutritionalist because she is anemic. She cried when they took her away from us. She is smart, but in her own world a lot. She knew when it was lunch time and kept looking towards the door where they served the food.

She is tiny and beautiful.

Wynne

Girl, born 2012

Cerebral palsy
Severe mental retardation
convergent comcomitant strabisus

from a family that met her 4/19:
She is gentle and sweet. She knows how to roll, and she rolled over to a toy phone and was pushing the buttons because she knew it would make noise. She loved when I rocked her and sang to her, and she liked playing with my hair. She has a beautiful smile and is ticklish. She loves snuggles and her eyes looked better, not as crossed as before. She is really smart and with therapies and medical for her eyes she will do amazing, even the doctor there told us that.

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Asher`s 3rd Birthday

One year ago, Asher left his orphanage gates for the first and very last time.

From lost to loved, Asher has thrived and grown, and has taken on every challenge before him with the utmost joy and enthusiasm.

He is the most joyful soul. He is enthusiasm personified. He is capable, strong, and captivating. He is so loved.

When we adopted Asher, we met many of the other children at his orphanage, and for most of them, no one was coming.

Time passed by and we continued to look for kids from his orphanage to be listed as available for adoption.

Finally, little Bailey was listed on Reece’s Rainbow! And even more exciting, was that a family quickly stepped up and committed to making her their daughter.

This family is working hard on their home study, and pouring themselves in to fundraising to get their sweet daughter home.

Asher is turning THREE years old on June 5! He’s going to the lake, hes going for ice-cream, he will have cake and presents, and friends and family that love him.

We want to help make that a reality for little Bailey.

In honor of Asher’s third birthday would you consider making a donation to Bailey’s adoption?

It takes a village, friends. Let’s step up and be Bailey’s village ❤

**All donations are tax deductible**

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

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Sonny

Boy, born April 2007
PRC
Post-op Cleft lip / Cleft palate, Deaf

Listed: April 2014

Sweet Sonny is post-operative cleft lip and palate and deaf. Sonny is generally a happy boy, but will cry when he feels wronged. The agency staff observed that he had good interaction with his caretaker. He attends a boarding school for deaf children. He likes doing math problems. Sonny is often bullied by a group of girls, but does not fight back. His caretakers say he shuts down when he is angry. His cleft lip and palate have been repaired. He has good physical and mental development. He can make sounds to communicate and is very independent. He is an affectionate and cuddly little guy!
Update 2019:  Sonny is now 12-years-old! He is athletic and he loves to play sports – especially basketball! He is pretty good at table tennis, too. Sonny’s nannies say he is very outgoing and he makes friends easily. He is a polite young man and he will often help his nannies.
Sonny goes to school outside of his orphanage where he learns math, art, and science. He is focused and actively participates in his classes.  Sonny is deaf but he has found ways to adapt. He knows sign language and he can also communicate by using body language. His nannies usually communicate with him by using body language or writing things down.
*** 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 ***

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Mateo

Boy, born 2010
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: May 2019

Mateo is a smiley, outgoing, responsible, and very loving boy, with Down syndrome, a right eye sty, and a right undescended testicle. Mateo came into care around three years of age and he has been living in a foster family for quite some time. Since he entered the foster care program, Mateo has made big gains! His foster mother says he is a smart kid and always takes the opportunity to talk about his merits. She works hard with him in order to improve his daily living skills and independence. Mateo likes chatting with people and playing with other kids. He really enjoys dancing and singing too! He is a good helper around the house and he loves taking care of his younger foster siblings, some of whom he has already had to say goodbye to. Mateo is also said to be a good student, who likes talking to his classmates and participating in his classes. He has learned to recognize some simple shapes and some characters. He can also count to 50 and write his full name. Be sure to watch Mateo’s videos to see how well he interacts with other kids and how well he’s doing in school with counting, following instructions, and dancing. We hope that Mateo’s forever family will fall in love with his bright eyes and magical smile and that they will bring him home soon!
*** 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! ***
There’s a $2000 agency grant available for Mateo with his current adoption agency.

OLIVE and KERRI for the George family — WA

Mike and Robin have been married for almost 8 years. They have 6 beautiful kiddos and another on the way. Mike works as a public servant for the beautiful state of Washington and is the worship leader at Lakewood Grace. Robin is a stay at home mom and wife, and homeschools their kids.

Adoption has been on Mike and Robin’s hearts for a few years now. They knew that God was specifically calling them to adopt children with disabilities. After much prayer, they felt that God was calling them to embark on their adoption right now instead of waiting until after their 7th baby was born. Their hearts were drawn to a little girl listed on Reece’s Rainbow. Despite her long list of medical needs, they knew that she was the one for their family. After more prayer and consideration, they decided to add one more little girl on this adoption journey. They were joyfully surprised to find out that another girl that they had on their hearts was available for adoption at the very same baby home.

The cost of adoption can seem daunting but Mike and Robin firmly believe that God has called them on this journey and He will provide. Any prayers, donations, and shares of their story are all deeply appreciated.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after the orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27
12/11/2019 — COURT in JANUARY

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INDIA + WILDER for the Yeatts family — PA

Abbey and Evan met while attending graduate school in Philadelphia 6 years ago. After starting to get to know each other, they discovered they shared an unlikely connection of wanting to one day care for a special needs child. Abbey worked professionally in a 1-on-1 setting with children with special needs, and Evan grew up with a younger brother with Williams syndrome and an aunt with cerebral palsy. They were married in 2016 and agreed that they would eventually adopt a special needs child, perhaps one day when they had a small family they could bring them into.

Three years later at a time when Abbey and Evan were talking a lot about having children, Abbey discovered Reece’s Rainbow after speaking with a colleague about their desire to adopt. After reading more and learning of the pressing need for adoptive parents for special needs children, Evan and Abbey had a conversation of “Why not now?” Shortly thereafter Abbey discovered a little boy with cerebral palsy waiting to find his forever family. Both Abbey and Evan fell in love with his smile, and they knew they couldn’t imagine putting off adoption any longer.
12/26/2019 — REFERRALS ACCEPTED for BOTH CHILDREN!

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3 CHILDREN for the Stef family — NV

Tyler and Kylee Stef have been married for 11 years. Tyler serves as a fighter pilot in the Air Force and the family has been able to experience several areas of the country. Now their time in the Air Force is coming to an end and the Stefs will be putting down roots. Kylee has homeschooled five of their children, until a small Classical school opened up down the road from them, which four of the children now attend. Kylee is a stay at home mother, caring for the house and children.

When Tyler and Kylee were engaged, they talked about having a big family. “Wouldn’t it be great to have four kids?!” they would joke. After their fourth child was born, they thought their family was complete. However, it was after the tragic loss of their son that God started to plant the seeds of adoption. Their local pastor did a sermon on adoption as he and his wife adopted two children from the DRC. The Stefs felt a stirring and prayed about what God might have planned for them. Upon moving to a new location, the first family that Tyler and Kylee became friends with had a young daughter adopted from Thailand. Seeing this beautiful family brought adoption to life and they soon began their first adoption process.

The Stefs were made aware of waiting child lists and their hearts were drawn to these children. As they began the process of international adoption, they received a phone call from a local hospital that a baby had been born at 28 weeks and abandoned nearby. They needed a family to come hold him and asked if the Stefs would be interested. It was a crazy turn of events but God’s hand was clear as Tyler and Kylee officially adopted the premature infant three days later.

Four years later their hearts were drawn again to internationally waiting children and they began the process to adopt from China. This was just a month before China closed their doors to larger families. The Stefs were upset but spent more time in prayer to seek God’s direction. Months later they were made aware of the orphan hosting programs. Last summer they hosted two amazing sisters and during Christmas break they hosted a single boy, all from Ukraine. Tyler and Kylee learned about the great needs of orphans in Ukraine and felt called to adopt from Eastern Europe. One night, Kylee was praying for God to show her the child who would be theirs, when a picture of Pavel appeared. Now Tyler, Kylee, and the rest of the kids are getting ready to welcome this special boy, and two other special children, into their family.
11/27/2019 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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Benson

Boy, born 2014
PRC
Down syndrome, Congenital Heart Disease- mild tricuspid regurgitation, mild pulmonary arterial hypertension, and pericardial effusion(less)

Listed: May 2019

Benson is a beautiful little boy! Benson was said to be a timid little guy who was a little scared of the dark. A nightlight of some sort is helpful for him when it comes to sleeping.

Update June 2019:  Benson is a smiley guy; blessed with a happy, enthusiastic nature and responds with effervescence to interactions with adults and children.  Benson loves social situations and is enjoying some pre-kindy group playtime, several afternoons a week, which involve free playing, manipulative skills, singing, rhythm and socialization.  He is very settled within his family home, and is self-motivated to play, whether with his playmates or alone. Benson perceives happy situations and will often raise his hands in the air and exclaim, “Hooray!” , such as when he attends birthday parties or sees people applauding. He is delightful.

Benson understands his caregivers’ interactions with him, but has a very limited vocabulary.  Benson is very tender-hearted. Benson loves to watch and imitate , slowly improving his cognition with sorting , counting and self-care skills. He has developed lots of physical skills in the last year. He can sit independently, pull himself to stand without help, cruises holding on to furniture/ caregivers’ hands, and can take a few steps without holding on! Benson loves balls and enjoys sitting opposite a caregiver doing rolling, throwing and catching across a short distance.

Update from June 2019:  Video 1, Video 2, Video 3

Benson’s current agency has a $1500 grant available.

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Lennox

Boy, born 2016

Spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy
Other specified congenital malformations
Other specified congenital malformations of brain
Optic atrophy in diseases classified elsewhere
Chronic viral hepatitis B without delta-agent
Other interstitial pulmonary diseases with fibrosis

Listed: May 2019

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Nicolette and Oksana

girl, born 2006
impaired visual acuity
deviated nasal septum
disorders of psychological development – In real life she does not demonstrate any issues

girl, born 2003
thyroid disorders, perhaps, oncology disease, post-op
asthenia

These two sisters must be adopted together!
Both girls are very good and friendly

Listed: May 2019