Izak

Boy, Age: 5
possible HIV infection or contact with smb. HIV positive
encephalopathy of unspecified aetiology
CHD:  atrial septal defect, ventricular septal defect
Listed: Mar 2019
$3,939.70
has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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Izak has two older siblings, same region but far away; they must be adopted together!

Vann #

Boy, Age: 3
bilateral cleft of the upper lip with a cleft of the hard and soft palate; cheiloplasty; hydrocephalus; cognitive delays
Listed: Oct 2021
$370.00
has been donated towards the cost of my adoption, including $360.00 from MACC donations!

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Vann smiles and reacts when caregivers interact with him. He can roll around in his crib and is often placed in a walker. He picks up toys, shakes them and tries to manipulate them.

Update Jan 2022:   He’s now independently sitting, standing up in his crib holding on to the rails and taking steps when holding the hands of an adult. He’s receiving daily physical therapy to get stronger and the therapist believes he will soon learn to walk. He maintains eye contact and enjoys interacting with other adults and children Vann has undergone the second stage of cleft surgeries. He’s now eating soft foods from a spoon.  He’s currently living in a group home with children who are more significantly delayed. His social worker believes this will prevent him from developing appropriate communication and social skills, so she is actively looking for a therapeutic foster family for Vann, so that he can continue to reach developmental milestones.

Alivia

Girl, Age: 7
Listed: Oct 2021
$1,180.50
has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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She has FAS and epilepsy and resides at the orphanage in Eastern Europe. Alivia is an affectionate girl who loves to hug and kiss the staff. She is soft spoken and initially with new people she will observe quietly but then she is not shy and initiates conversation with people she knows. She loves singing, acting, and dancing. She also loves to draw and listen stories. Alivia’s psychological evaluation report indicates that she has developmental delays.  She can be easily distracted but is easily redirected with reminders.

 

 

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Sage

Girl, Age: 4
Primary Diagnosis: Global developmental delays
Speech disorder, developmental delay, Candidiasis, Neurogenic arthritis, Eustachian tube disorder
Listed: Oct 2021
$259.00
has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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Edwin

Boy, Age: 7
Primary Diagnosis: HIV or Hep
Toxic liver disease with chronic hepatitis, HIV disease associated with another conditions
Listed: Oct 2021
$1,187.80
has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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Draco

Boy, Age: 4
Primary Diagnosis: HIV or Hep
Paraplegia, brain disorder, HIV disease associated with another conditions.
Listed: Oct 2021
$1,025.00
has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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Vicky

Girl, Age: 4
Primary Diagnosis: Global developmental delays
Brain disorder, developmental delay, speech disorder
Listed: Oct 2021
$94.95
has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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Nova

Girl, Age: 6
HIV, Umbilical hernia, speech disorder, developmental delay, ptosis of eyelid, flaccid hemiplegia
Listed: Oct 2021
$1,431.70
has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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Brody #

Boy, Age: 7
Primary Diagnosis: Deaf / HoH
bilateral deafness-choclear implant on the ride side; Moderate mental delay with autistic characteristics; Strabismus
Listed: Sep 2021
$750.00
has been donated towards the cost of my adoption, including $750.00 from MACC donations!

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Brody walks independently. He is able to navigate stairs and playground equipment at the park. Most of Brody’s delays seem to be related to being unable to hear and communicate his wants/needs. For example, the foster family reports that he is not aggressive, but he does demonstrate frustration at being unable to communicate with them to express his thoughts and what he wants. He uses some gestures to communicate, such as opening the refrigerator to express that he is hungry. He is supposed to be under the care of a specialist to work with him now that he has the cochlear implant (and to continue to develop his communication skills), but this has not been consistent due to COVID restrictions and the fact that the family must travel to another town for Brody to see the specialist. The foster family does report that Brody seems to be able to hear now that he has the implant and they have seen improvements with the implant in place. Brody does attend a day program for children with disabilities and has recently become more interested in the other children.

Emma #

Girl, Age: 6
Condition after herpes-viral encephalitis. Hepatitis caused by CMV. Hypotrophy. Hydrocephaly – of mild degree. Congenital dyserythropoietic anemia. Delayed neuro-psychological development.

Listed: Sep 2021
$1,005.50
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Emma was recently transferred to a group home where she can receive more specialized care to help her continue to develop and receive appropriate medical care. She is receiving monthly blood transfusions at this time for her anemia. She had surgery to correct clubbed feet in 2020. She can sit unassisted, stand next to a stable support, walk around fixed supports and walk while holding the hand of an adult. Videos from May 2021 show Emma playing with an electronic toy. She is pushing the button to get the toy to make a sound. Her fine motor skills are not well-developed at this time, due to her spasticity. Emma responds positively to adults and other children. She smiles and laughs when adults interact with her.

Zeek #

Boy, Age: 4
Primary Diagnosis: Hydrocephalus, Spina bifida
Spina Bifida; shunt placed for hydrocephalus
Listed: Sep 2021
$1,000.00
has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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Zeek is being taught to use a wheelchair. He can currently turn, but has not yet mastered going forward and backwards. He is also learning to pull his torso up and move around when in his bed or on the floor. He can physically handle toys. He picks them up, transfers them between hands, looks for them and retrieves them if he drops them. He can push buttons and activate sensory toys. He follows simple directions such as “give me”. He plays peek-a-boo. He enjoys interacting with the staff. He will hold out his hand for a hand shake, make kissing noises, and reaches to be held. He uses his hands to show how big he will grow up to be when asked by an adult. He is pronouncing sounds and syllables.

Updated May 2022: Zeek was recently moved from a large orphanage to a small group home, where he’s now receiving more interaction and attention. His language skills have started developing. He can now say several words. He enjoys interacting with staff and responds when he receives attention. He enjoys music.

Kai

Boy, Age: 5
Primary Diagnosis: Other Special Needs
Congenital tracheomalacia
Listed: Oct 2020
$2,578.33
has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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At age of 2 months old he survived a surgery for heart defect

Mitchell #

Boy, Age: 5
Primary Diagnosis: Cerebral palsy
cerebral palsy – an ataxic form
Listed: Jul 2021
$260.00
has been donated towards the cost of my adoption, including $260.00 from MACC donations!

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Mitchell walks independently with an ataxic gait. He talk using simple words and simple sentences. He plays with toys. He shows interest in his environment and everything happening around him. He seeks contact with familiar adults.

Photos and videos are available through the agency.

Ian #

Boy, Age: 6
Primary Diagnosis: Global developmental delays
premature birth, delays in all aspects of development

Listed: Jul 2021
$1,283.93
has been donated towards the cost of my adoption, including $250.00 from MACC donations!

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Ian walks with support and can take some independent steps. He’s easily comforted with hugs and affection. He loves music and will smile and dance when he hears it. He also loves cars and trains. His expressive and receptive speech are delayed. He is not yet speaking and the difficulty with communication (his foster mother not understanding what he wants) leads to crying and “meltdowns”. He foster mother reports that he likes to do things his way and he has learned that when he’s told “no”, he can have a “meltdown” and get his way. He has recently started speech therapy to assist with his language delays, but is living in a small town that has limited resources to provide the therapies and support he needs.

Photos and videos are available through the agency.

Blaine

Boy, Age: 14
Malnutrition, Epilepsy, Vision issues, tightened limbs/joints (exact cause/condition unknown); possible cerebral palsy
Listed: Jul 2021
$1,299.30
has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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Sierra

Girl, Age: 7
spastic diplegia, Sequelae of subarachnoid haemorrhage, Epilepsy, Congenital malformation of optic disc, Hypoplasia and dysplasia of lung, Cardiomyopathy
Listed: Feb 2018
$2,767.50
has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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Melany #

Girl, Age: 15
Primary Diagnosis: Global developmental delays
Borderline intellectual delays; learning delays
Listed: Apr 2021
**** I am eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant ****
Grant funds depend on available funding; the link above, shows the current available amount!
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Melany is physically healthy with mild intellectual delays. She is in 7th grade and has worked with a resource teacher online during the 2020-2021 school year. She is described as shy and introverted, though she communicates freely with familiar people. She enjoys talking about topics that interest her and is very friendly. She has friends at school and at the children’s center where she lives. She states that her dreams are to have a family, finish school and become a teacher. When asked what adoption means, she said, “to have a family, to live forever with these people who take care of you and not to be left alone anymore”.

Joanna

Girl, Age: 10
Primary Diagnosis: Hydrocephalus
Hydrocephalus
Listed: Oct 2014
**** I am eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant ****
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New pictures, April 2017

Anna

Girl, Age: 13
Primary Diagnosis: Hydrocephalus
Internal hydrocephalus (operated), spastic tetraparesis with movement disorders, open oval window, development delays
Listed: Oct 2015
**** I am eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant ****
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This little girl is wonderful! I have never met a child with so much personality and spunk. She absolutely loves people and she is so desperate for attention. I held her for most of our visitation time one day. If I tried to put her down she demanded that I pick her up again and then she would kiss all over me. She just wanted someone to be near her. Everyday when my husband would walk through the playground gates she would get a stern look on her face and point at him and then motion for him to come to her… NOW.  She would smile from ear to ear when he acknowledged her. You can not help but laugh when you are with her. Even the cold and distant nannies couldn’t keep a solemn expression on their faces when we interacted with her.

She is in need of urgent dental care! I have never seen such decayed teeth before. I am not sure why her mouth is so much worse than all the other children but her mouth is really concerning. She can stand on her own but struggles to lift and bend her legs when she is bearing weight on them. She has a little walker that she does wonderful with. She can walk along a bench by holding on to it but we never saw her walk independently. From what I could tell she does not have any limitations of her upper body.

We never witnessed her show any aggression towards any of the children. When I would sit on the bench holding my daughter she would try to climb in my lap as well, but she never tried to harm my daughter or push her out of the way. She is very hungry for attention and for the love of a family. She would make a wonderful daughter and I am sure she would provide you with a life time of laughter.

This child has significant facial features of FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome).  This is a cautionary disclosure only.  Families should research the varying impacts of this condition.

Tyson #

Boy, Age: 5
Listed: Apr 2021
$27.00
has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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Bilateral sensorineural hearing loss (with hearing aid); shunt due to internal hydrocephalus; spastic cerebral palsy

Tyson was born premature and had several complications after birth. He can sit on his own with good balanced reactions. He crawls following the correct motor model. He stands up and walks sideways vertically. He can walk when one of his hands is held and has more control when it’s his right hand being held. He can stand up straight without falling for 2-3 seconds. When walking with a walker, he begins to bend his knees. He purposefully grabs a toy that is handed to him and can switch it from hand to hand. He shows an interest in musical toys and enjoys them. He has started making sounds and simply syllables such as “ma-ma”. He enjoys having someone sing to him and likes to receive hugs. He eats from a spoon. His overall development is delayed.

Photos and videos from August 2020 are available through the agency.

Lacey

Girl, Age: 7
Primary Diagnosis: Craniofacial disorder
Cleft palate
Listed: Mar 2021
$2,509.00
has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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This child shows significant facial features of FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome). This is not a diagnosis, but a cautionary disclosure.

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Nadine

Girl, Age: 12
Primary Diagnosis: Global developmental delays
Moderate mental delay; congenital brain malformation; ventriculomegalia; crossed eyes
Listed: Apr 2015
**** I am eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant ****
Grant funds depend on available funding; the link above, shows the current available amount!
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Nadine was recently relisted (March 2021)

Danny #

Boy, Age: 4
Primary Diagnosis: Hydrocephalus, Spina bifida
Spina Bifida, hydrocephalus-shunt placed
Listed: Nov 2020
$535.00
has been donated towards the cost of my adoption, including $535.00 from MACC donations!

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Danny loves being in the playroom at the orphanage. He plays with toys and gets very excited when adults interact with him. He enjoys listening to music. He participates in therapy each day to work on learning new skills.

UPDATE August 2022: He pulls to a stand in his crib. He crawls using his arms to drag his lower body (“army crawl”). He has a lot of upper body strength. He participates in group activities. He plays with toys. He pushes the buttons on toys, “dials” a toy phone, etc. He follows simple directions. He says a few simple words. He responds to his name. He enjoys listening to music. He eats from a spoon and drinks from an open cup. He tries very hard to be more mobile, despite his lower paralysis. As a result, he has broken a bone in one of his legs. The staff tries to keep him sitting in a chair where he can see everything going on in the room and participate in activities, without risking further injury to his leg. He interacts with other children sitting around him.

Brett #

Boy, Age: 8
Primary Diagnosis: Other Special Needs
Mental delays
Listed: Jul 2020
$751.50
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Brett lived with a foster family from birth to age 4. He did not attend preschool or receive any interventions during that time. The family was not experienced in how to work with him. He was placed in a small group home at 4 years old. He has thrived in this setting. He has learned many new skills and continues to make improvements in all aspects of his development. He communicates using words and simple sentences. He understands everything said to him and can answer basic questions. He takes care of all his personal hygiene independently (brushes his own teeth, hair, dresses/undresses himself, is toilet trained, etc). He can count to 10, recognize colors and shapes, work puzzles, say his name and age, and also say the names of the other children living in the home. The staff at the group home believe that his mental delays are mild and state that this is because he made such rapid progress once he was placed in the group home and began receiving instruction. The foster family had reported behavior issues, mainly an inability to concentrate. The staff reports no behavior problems and stated that he just needed attention and appropriate instruction. They describe him as very affectionate.

Jax #

Boy, Age: 11
Primary Diagnosis: Other Special Needs
hyperkinetic conduct disorder and a mild mental delay
Listed: May 2015
**** I am eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant ****
Grant funds depend on available funding; the link above, shows the current available amount!
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He has been living with a foster family since 2013.

He has a systolic murmur along the precordium; hyperkinetic conduct disorder and a mild mental delay. The child started walking on time, but his speech is underdeveloped. The child cannot stay focused for a long time while playing. He understands and follows simple instructions.

The agency has current medical reports available for serious inquiries.

UPDATE March 2017:   previous Diagnosis of Atypical autism that was changed to hyperkinetic disorder, very interested in motor activities. Responds to positive interactions and praise from familiar adults, but can become anxious in new situations or if a familiar caregiver is not around. He seeks comfort from familiar adults and can become sad if one leaves.

Jesse #

Boy, Age: 9
Primary Diagnosis: Cerebral palsy, Hydrocephalus
Jesse has Moderate external hydrocephalus; Arachnoid cyst – cortical atrophy; Infantile cerebral palsy – spastic quadric paresis; Hypotrophy; Delays in the neuro-psychological development; Severe mental delay.
Listed: Jun 2015
$2,725.27
has been donated towards the cost of my adoption, including $160.00 from MACC donations!

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Update November 2015: He demonstrates interest in musical and mechanical toys. He will play for a short time – studies a toy, puts it in the mouth, transfers it from one hand to the other. He likes activities involving music. He recognizes familiar areas of the orphanage and understands his daily routine related to familiar tasks such as eating. He is very happy when interacting with familiar adults.

Update 2018:  Jesse attention span is short-lived and unstable in relation to objects and people. There is some sharing with a close adult.  Jesse responds when called by name.  His memory and speech are poorly developed. When happy, he laughs loud and when anxious, he cries. Sometimes he pronounces unspecified sounds and separate syllables. He is sensitive and emotional and tends to be nervous around strangers.  When given a toy he reaches out and takes it. He is working on the pinch grip. He hasn’t mastered fully the ability to move a toy from one hand to the other. Jesse is fed with a spoon and sleeps calmly through the night.  He cannot control his physiological needs.  Jesse is entirely cared for by the team in his orphanage.

(Jesse was also previously listed as Andy)

Kollen #

Boy, Age: 9
Primary Diagnosis: Cerebral palsy
Cerebral Palsy- mixed form (impacts his legs); delays in development
Listed: Sep 2014
*** I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information or to inquire about this child, please email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***
Kollen has started taking independent steps. He also crawls, sits, pulls up to a standing position holding on to a support, stays up for a short time without support, and walks holding on to two hands. His fine motor skills are improving. He fits in 3 cups, winds and unwinds toys on screws, “reads” books. He plays well with toys and explores their functions, imitates activities demonstrated to him, knocks on door before going in, claps his hands, stamps his feet, shows where his belly is. He eats with a spoon and attempts to do it independently. He is a calm and quiet child, makes a good eye contact, smiles, delights in interaction, recognizes and differentiates between the adults, has an emotional bond to a caregiver that works 1:1 with him. He pronounces sounds and syllables and currently says 3 words. He also used gestures to communicate his wants and needs.

Paddy #

Boy, Age: 10
Primary Diagnosis: Hydrocephalus
Hydrocephalus, Thalassemia, astigmatism
Listed: Mar 2017
**** I am eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant ****
Grant funds depend on available funding; the link above, shows the current available amount!
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Paddy can turn over on his own, and sits independently. He will walk holding hands or using a walker, but does not like to walk over uneven surfaces. He likes musical toys and has recently started imitating simple actions like a ring stacker. Paddy likes to interact with familiar adults and may pout when they leave. He eats mashed food and drinks from a cup.

Update from a family that met him in 2015: Paddy is a truly beautiful boy! He does have some behaviors, shrieking and flapping for the majority of the time we observed him. He did not make eye contact with us or the staff. We asked the staff about his medical information and they stated that he did not need regular transfusions, but did have a seizure disorder. A family that is prepared to deal with autistic like behaviors would be ideal!

Norton #

Boy, Age: 10
Primary Diagnosis: Other Special Needs
hyperactive disorder, mild mental disability and a speech delay
Listed: Nov 2017
**** I am eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant ****
Grant funds depend on available funding; the link above, shows the current available amount!
To inquire about this child, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***
Norton is a boy who lives with a foster family in Eastern Europe. He loves to play with other children and particularly likes to play with musical toys and cars. He also likes to paint using watercolor paints. He manages to play games for a long time, and he likes to help around the household.

Norton is in good health and is stronger than typical of his age. He can independently move larger items, including furniture. He loves to run and jump, and he knows how to roll over forward and squeeze in narrower spaces. Like many little boys, Norton brushes his teeth twice a day. He can tell others when he needs to go to the restroom, and he eats with great appetite. He naps for two hours in the afternoon and sleeps peacefully at night.

His short-term and long-term memories function at a good level, and Noah can easily remember things related to the lifestyle, as well as past events related to pleasant or unpleasant memories.

Although he has been diagnosed with hyperactive disorder, mild mental disability and a speech delay, Norton has shown progress in his development. He understands everything that is required of him, executing commands correctly. He is persistent in his demands, but he understands when he has violated rules, and he does not oppose correction.

Norton chatters a lot, but he is incomprehensible. He repeats syllables he hears, and he uses gestures to help him communicate with others and make them clearly understand what he wants or wants to do. Norton is working with therapists to improve his speech abilities.

Clifton #

Boy, Age: 10
Born with positive Wassermann test result; he underwent treatment with Penicillin; ectopic left kidney; convergent concomitant strabismus; hypermetropia (long-sightedness); dolichocephaly; Arnold-Chiari syndrome, type I; irritable bowel syndrome without diarrhea; secondary lactase deficiency; food allergy – slight intolerance to foods containing gluten, dairy products and eggs;delayed physical development; generalized developmental disorder; moderate mental delay

specific disorders of motor function development, Moderate mental delay, ectopic left kidney, strabismus

Listed: Mar 2017
**** I am eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant ****
Grant funds depend on available funding; the link above, shows the current available amount!
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Clifton lives with a foster family.  He loves to listen to music and dance and is always looking for a dancing partner! His foster family is working on him walking longer distances independently.  He is learning how to play with toys and interact appropriately with other children.  He has few words and does not follow verbal directions.  Clifton is receiving therapy multiple times a week.

Clifton’s gross motor skills are well-developed – he moves around independently, even at long distances, and he has no difficulties walking on different surfaces. He can now run (since the beginning of January 2017). The deficits noted previously in Clifton’s fine motor skills have been compensated to a great extent. He can transfer small elements with a spoon from one bowl into another with an adult’s assistance, he plays with certain materials and toys, he clips and unclips clothes pegs, he looks for an object hidden in the sand and he takes it out with great interest. He holds a pencil and leaves pale traces with it on a sheet of paper. He does great eating with a spoon. Clifton accepts the toothbrush and allows for his teeth to be brushed.

It happens more and more rarely for Clifton to demonstrate anxiety in response to being introduced to unfamiliar places and people. The stereotypic movements he demonstrates when someone initiates interactions with him have decreased significantly. He imitates actions he has observed more often and more successfully than before. Clifton becomes lively and starts dancing whenever someone is singing or plays music.

Clifton is  calm in his new foster family, he often smiles and he laughs aloud while playing with an adult (or with the girls in the foster family). He is especially attached to the foster father and the younger daughter in the family. Clifton has become a lot more sociable in the last 6 months: he seeks children’s attention, initiates interactions, accepts unfamiliar people a lot easier, maintains a smaller distance between himself and others and makes eye contact.

Although Clifton has poor passive vocabulary, he follows simple instructions provided that those are accompanied by nonverbal means of communication. His speech development is at the level of producing chains of syllables. He uses “No” appropriately so as to express his disagreement, he sometimes uses “Yes” and “Give me”. Clifton initiates physical and emotional contact with his foster parents and their children as well as with the specialists working with him. He is especially attached to the foster father and the youngest daughter in the foster family. His interactions with other children have changed significantly – he plays with them for a long time and he is making attempts to cooperate with them.

More photos/file are available from his agency

Jonas #

Boy, Age: 11
2nd-degree prematurity; epilepsy; convergent strabismus; esotropia of the left eye; hypermetropia (long-sightedness); mild mental delay; delayed speech development; other pervasive developmental disorders;
Listed: May 2017
**** I am eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant ****
Grant funds depend on available funding; the link above, shows the current available amount!
To inquire about this child, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***
Jonas is on several medications.  Jonas’s motor activity completely corresponds to the expected developmental level for his calendar age.  Although his fine motor skills need to improve further, Jonas is able to hold a pencil properly. He can inlay elements with some guidance. He puts cubes one on top of the other. He threads colored rings on a fixed stand, but not yet in accordance with their size.

There are some difficulties in attracting and keeping his attention focused. Jonas plays for a longer period of time whenever he is interested in the respective activity. Jonas orientates well in a familiar environment. He distinguishes between day and night based on his everyday routines – sleeping, meal times, rest. He recognizes the neighborhood around the foster family’s home.

Jonas is reported to have achieved noticeable progress in terms of expressing his emotions and feelings, which are becoming more diverse. He reacts appropriately to smiles and angry faces and also to the tone of voice one talks to him with. He demonstrates his love, attachment and attention for others. He greatly enjoys it when others play with him. Jonas has attached to all members of the foster family.

Connor #

Boy, Age: 11
Primary Diagnosis: Genetic Condition (non-DS)
Listed: Sep 2015
**** I am eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant ****
Grant funds depend on available funding; the link above, shows the current available amount!
To inquire about this child, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***
Severely impaired condition, polymalformative syndrome: Dandy-Walker syndrome, epilepsy, congenital hydrocephalus-ventriculoperitoneal shunt installed, dysfunction of the valve with a neuroinfection and a surgical treatment and revision of the valve system in the spring of 2015; anal atresia, sigmostoma and sagittal proctoplasty; mylticystic right kidney, kidney dysplasia, pyelectasis and hypertrophy of the left kidney, severe mental delay.

Connor is being raised in one of the biggest orphanages in Bulgaria where children often suffer from severe malnutrition, muscle hypotrophy and have severe delays in the neuropsychological development. He has a polymalformative syndrome, but one could see a dramatic change in his appearance in just two pictures- the first one taken in the end of November 2014 and the second one in June 2015.

He grabs a toy that is handed to him, holds it for a while and manipulates with it. He has started to more and more often reach with his hands and manipulate with hanging toys independently.

While involved in active interactions with adults, he would make his emotional responses known with his nonverbal behavior. He seeks contact with familiar adults by reaching out his hand, grabbing an adult’s hand and he would even sometimes direct an adult’s hand towards his face so as to be caressed.

He falls asleep easily and his sleep is calm. He is fed with a bottle. He gets anxious while his clothes are changed and while bathed.

Rocky #

Boy, Age: 11
Primary Diagnosis: Other Special Needs
Listed: Nov 2017
**** I am eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant ****
Grant funds depend on available funding; the link above, shows the current available amount!
To inquire about this child, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***
Rocky is a calm, pleasant  boy who lives in a group home in Eastern Europe. He is attached to his caregivers and responds well to them.

Although Rocky was born premature and with low birth weight; cerebral palsy; and speech, motor and cognitive delays, he is making good progress in his physical therapy and other supports. He can walk with minimal support, and his fine motor skills are also improving.

Gemma

Girl, Age: 7
Primary Diagnosis: Deaf / HoH, Other Special Needs
Other specified congenital malformations of brain; Paraplegia; Pervasive developmental disorder, unspecified; Exotropia; Congenital malformation of optic disc; Ptosis of eyelid; Subclinical iodine-deficiency hypothyroidism; Hypopituitarism; Sensorineural hearing loss, bilateral
Listed: Sep 2020
$2,359.78
has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!
From a family who met her in March 2021:  Gemma is an adorable little girl. She has a bright and spunky personality and is full of laughter and smiles. She loves to be held and embraced and ran to us with hugs. She played ring around the rosy with us, danced in our arms, and loved to be twirled. When given a kiss, she instinctively gives one back. She is so sweet. She loves to play outside, ride a scooter, play in the sand. She says “yes” (in Russian) for most things but she can say other words. She understands everything said to her. She listens extremely well to the nannies and they speak to her as they would a typical 5 year old. She can do the physical tasks a pre-K age child can do (get dressed and undressed, ride a scooter, play with toys, etc). She is toilet trained, though the nannies had her in a pull up while with us. Her vision is impaired and though she can see well enough to get around just fine, she holds things very closely to her face to see them. She has a hearing loss diagnosis but appears to be able to hear everything, though maybe she could still benefit from hearing aids. We were told that she is developmentally like a two year old. This was true in many of her behaviors but we found that she understands much more than a two year old. She has autistic behaviors without an autism diagnosis. She is definitely a sensory seeker; she has a lot of energy and needs to be given tasks and activities to keep her focused. When she is engaged in something she likes, she is completely absorbed in it. She could play the piano for a very long time oblivious to everything going on around her. Though she appears to be in her own world, we were often able to “intrude” into her world and to play with her, to get her to smile and to mimic us and were seeing gains so quickly. Her smile and laughter bring so much joy! Gemma is smart. She can learn. We taught her some basic sign language (“more”) and she began to use it right away without any coaching. She immediately caught on. She will flourish so much in a family who gives her the tools to communicate. She is truly an amazing child, adorable and full of life.

Veronika

Girl, Age: 12
Primary Diagnosis: Cerebral palsy
Moderate mental delays; Cerebral Palsy; hyperkinetic syndrome
Listed: Jun 2020
$90.00
has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

Kaden

Boy, Age: 11
Primary Diagnosis: Congenital Heart Defect
congenital heart defect, pulmonary artery stenosis, hydronephrosis of 4 stage to the right and of 1-2 stage to the left; secondary pyelonephritis
Listed: Apr 2015
**** I am eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant ****
Grant funds depend on available funding; the link above, shows the current available amount!
To inquire about this child, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

Elaine, Jerry and George

Sibling Group
Ages: 4, 6, 8
Primary Diagnosis: HIV or Hep
Elaine is the youngest; HIV, Other disorder of speech; Abnormal results of cardiac function
Listed: Jan 2020
Although there are no official holds in this country, this child has a hopeful family who has a completed homestudy.
$6,800.80
has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!
The boys are both listed as healthy.  All three should be adopted together.

Santiago

Boy, Age: 3
Primary Diagnosis: Other Special Needs
Fetal alcohol syndrome (dysmorphic); Congenital deformity of sternocleidomastoid muscle; Disorder of brain, unspecified
Listed: Nov 2020
$236.00
has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

Donnan

Boy, Age: 5
Primary Diagnosis: Down syndrome
Down Syndrome; heart condition – operated
$6,459.08
has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

Zoriah

Girl, Age: 15
Primary Diagnosis: Other Special Needs
moderate mental delays
Listed: Jun 2020
$88.43
has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

Briar

Girl, Age: 4
Primary Diagnosis: Congenital Heart Defect
Patent Ductus Arteriosus
Listed: Oct 2019
$2,628.20
has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

Cedric

Boy, Age: 5
Primary Diagnosis: Congenital Heart Defect
Disorder of the Brain; Other developmental disorders of speech and language; Undescended testicle; Accessory thumb(s); Acquired deformity of chest and rib; Ventricular septal defect
Listed: Dec 2019
$3,350.65
has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

Zoey (Becky)

Girl, Age: 15
Primary Diagnosis: Epilepsy/ seizure disorder
Congenital cytomegalovirus infection, Profound mental delays, Other paralytic syndromes (CP), epilepsy, Microcephaly, Coloboma of optic disc
Listed: Aug 2012
**** I am eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant ****
Grant funds depend on available funding; the link above, shows the current available amount!
To inquire about this child, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***
Sweet love needs a family, or she’s destined to a life lying in a crib. She has a host of needs; a family will need to be well prepared — but she deserves the chance to bloom!

She has been transferred and is not in the baby home anymore.

Zachary

Boy, Age: 10
Primary Diagnosis: Other Special Needs
Phenylketonuria (PKU)
Listed: Feb 2017
**** I am eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant ****
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Xion

Boy, Age: 12
Primary Diagnosis: Cerebral palsy
Cerebral palsy; symptomatic epilepsy; mental delay
Listed: Aug 2020
$4,600.40
has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

Yara

Girl, Age: 8
Primary Diagnosis: HIV or Hep
Other and unspecified encephalopathy; developmental disorder; Chronic tubotympanic suppurative otitis media; Astigmatism; Cytomegaloviral hepatitis; Iron deficiency anemia; Delayed development following protein-calorie malnutrition
Listed: Nov 2020
$1,217.60
has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

Xander

Boy, Age: 14
Primary Diagnosis: Epilepsy/ seizure disorder
He has epilepsy; moderate mental retardation; convergent concomitant strabismus
Listed: Jul 2015
**** I am eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant ****
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He was placed into institution this July 2015 (transferred from a different orphanage). He cannot concentrate his attention; he understands speech addressed to him but keeps doing what he wants to; a kind of “runner”.

Wynne

Girl, Age: 10
Primary Diagnosis: Cerebral palsy
Cerebral palsy; Severe mental delays; convergent comcomitant strabisus
Listed: May 2019
**** I am eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant ****
Grant funds depend on available funding; the link above, shows the current available amount!
To inquire about this child, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***
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.

Wyatt

Boy, Age: 13
Primary Diagnosis: Other Special Needs
mental delays
Listed: Aug 2015
**** I am eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant ****
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To inquire about this child, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***
He is just too serious! He needs hugs and kisses!

Wylie

Boy, Age: 13
Primary Diagnosis: Hydrocephalus
hydrocephaly, epysyndrom, spastic tetraparesis, congenital defect of brain development
Listed: Aug 2013
**** I am eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant ****
Grant funds depend on available funding; the link above, shows the current available amount!
To inquire about this child, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***
Wylie has a handsome boy who is facing transfer soon.

From a family who visited him in 2015: He is calm when being walked around but becomes over stimulated easily. He is getting close to being transferred and this will be terrible for him. In the baby house the caregivers have more time to spend with him. In an institution I can see him just being constantly sedated… This handsome little guy needs out now!

From a family who met him in 2014:  Wylie is a sweet boy, and obviously loved by the nannies. They often stooped down to talk to him, and walked hand in hand with him. He walked constantly, clapping his hands and smiling. He exhibited what I would describe as autistic tendencies. I don’t recall ever hearing him speak. One day he wondered out of his groupa (apparently the door wasn’t latched) into the common area we were visiting out son in. My husband took his hand and led him back. He has a special place in our hearts and we pray someone will see him and choose him. I would be glad to talk to anyone interested. He is precious. He’s at a great baby house, that is very pro-adoption, and in a faster region than most.

*** This child has significant facial features of FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome). This is a cautionary disclosure to better prepare our potential adoptive families. Families considering this child should research and be prepared for the challenges that can come with this condition. You can learn more about FAS here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fetal_alcohol_syndrome and post to our Facebook group to ask other adoptive parents about the challenges and blessings of children with FAS. ***