thenandnowwatkinsthenandnow-isomSince May 2016, $440,000+ has been awarded in Older Child grant for children with Down syndrome!

Beginning January 1, 2017, children age 10 & up are eligible for a $15,000 grant.

These older children with Down syndrome currently have $301,000+ in waiting funds.

Additional information available on the new Older Child Grant policy.

For a list of children who are eligible for these grant funds:   Older Boys with Down Syndrome  &  Older Girls with Down Syndrome
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Through mid-2021, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant!

Boys ages 6-9  and Girls ages 6-9
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To donate to the Older Child Grants (Down syndrome) and help the grant pool grow:


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!

Checks can be mailed to:  Reece’s Rainbow * PO Box 146 * Combined Locks, WI 54113

Girl, born 2007
S.E. Asia
Down syndrome, Hepatitis B

Listed: June 2018

This 11 year old girl enjoys music, dancing, and drawing! She is described as helpful and often helps with the younger children in the care center by changing diapers and helping with mealtime. She came into care at 7 years old and birth history is unknown. Lainey attends an intervention class for Down’s syndrome children at her institution and then a 1st grade class three afternoons a week in the community. Educationally she is able to write and recognize alphabet letters, copy words, knows numbers up to 50, do simple addition, and is said to have beautiful handwriting. She understands most of what people say and has age appropriate motor skills. Lainey likes to wear dresses and loves anything that makes her look beautiful. She needs a loving prospective adoptive family that is knowledgeable about Down syndrome and can provide her with excellent access to therapies and education.

*** I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

Girl, born 2008
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: March 2018

Mary is a beautiful little girl, born in July of 2008. She is described as sunny and is said to enjoy singing, dancing, playing games, and building with toy blocks. She can say some simple words, such as “thank you, teacher,” “aunt,” “Good morning!” and “I want to eat ___.” Mary likes to learn new things while in her special education class and she will often raise her hand to answer questions in class, despite not being able to give a clear answer. She likes to help her classmates find their seats and will follow along when singing children’s songs during the music lesson or when she hears a song on TV. Mary gets along well with her teachers and her peers. She likes playing with toys with her friends and is good at sharing. She sometimes isn’t the best listener and will smile at the caretaker and do her own thing. Mary has good motor skills. She is able to sit, stand, walk, run, and jump on her own. She is active in PE class. Mary can eat, put on clothes, and wash up independently. She will sometimes help the caretaker fold blankets and clothes. Mary likes to give her morning exercise leader hugs and isn’t afraid to report a child who is not doing what they are supposed to be doing. At night, Mary can take off her shoes, socks, and clothes on her own before going to bed. She is good at folding her clothes and she enjoys sleeping.

There is a $2,000 agency grant for Mary’s adoption with her current adoption agency.  Mary needs a family with an approved home study to be able to hold her file or move forward with adopting her.

*** I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

Girl, born 2008
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: Feb 2018

Lyla likes to smile at familiar people. Lyla’s caretakers describe her as shy and well-mannered. She can walk, get out of her bed, find her bed, and get in her bed on her own. She can drink water out of a bottle, grasp biscuits, and use a spoon to eat. She likes to play on her own with rattles and plush toys. Lyla also enjoys playing happily with another child in a crib adjacent to hers. She likes riding the wood horse and will even move the wood horse out to ride it on the playground. Lyla can play on the slide and can do simple morning exercises, along with the teacher. She will watch and listen to anyone talking to her and understands simple instructions, such as ‘put the trash into the trash can.’ She can say “ayi,” “jiejie,” and other simple words. Lyla is not potty trained. Lyla was born with down syndrome and polydactyl of the right thumb. It is clear that she has spent far too much time in a crib, which has led her to be more delayed than most children her age. Lyla needs a family who will get her out, meet her where she’s at, and get her access to the resources she needs to succeed!

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

*** I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

SamanthaGirl, born August 2007
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: Dec 2013

Samantha is a beautiful little girl who is 6 years old. She came into care as an infant, and was found to have Down syndrome. Samantha’s motor skills are good, and she has the typical language delays. She is able to speak, but not always clearly. She has been healthy, and they report no issues with her heart. Samantha is an active little girl, who enjoys playing with toys. She loves to be held. Samantha likes to “look pretty” (there goes the clothes budget), and loves to imitate singing and dancing on the TV. This precious little one is waiting for a family of her own!

*** I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

SaraiGirl, born 2008
PRC
Down syndrome, congenital heart defect

Listed: Nov 2015

Sarai is a young girl with a big, bright smile who is always eager to be a helper! She was born in March of 2008 and was diagnosed with Down syndrome and a congenital heart defect for which she received surgery for in 2012. She’s extroverted and she gets along well with her peers in the orphanage. She isn’t a picky eater and has a healthy appetite. She loves being outdoors and her favorite thing to do is slide down the slide at the playground! According to her file, she has normal motor functioning—she can run, jump, and climb the stairs. She likes helping around the orphanage—for example, she’s quick to encourage her caregiver to sit down for a rest by grabbing her a stool, and she’ll clean up a spill if she sees one. She can understand what others are saying to her and can follow directions from caregivers. Our staff was able to meet with her in May of 2015 and during our visit, her caregivers reported that she can understand complex directions and communicate her needs using hand motions and body gestures. Although her file states that she has delayed language development, she can speak the word “mama” and other names. She has great self-care skills such as washing her hands, eating independently, and dressing herself. We have updated photos and videos from our trip of her during playtime for interested families!

Agency staff met with him in May 2015 and we have updated photos and videos for interested families! This current agency also has a $4000 grant available to families who qualify to assist with the cost of this adoption.

*** I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

Girl, born 2010
PRC
Down syndrome and congenital heart defects- ASD and PDA, which she has since received surgery to correct

Listed: Feb 2018

Tabitha is a cute and quiet little girl!  Tabitha can speak short sentences and interacts well with her caretaker and her teacher. She gets along well with the other children and likes to help put the chairs in their place, collect notebooks, etc. She is independent in her care – able to eat, wash her hands, put on and take off her own clothes and shoes, etc. She is in the pre-school class at the Sunshine school at her orphanage. Tabitha recognizes the numbers 1-10 and can count to 5. She is not a picky eater and is a good sleeper. Tabitha likes playing with balls, scooters, toy cars, singing children’s songs, and reading books.

Tabitha is a high functioning young girl. She has no temper and is quiet and easygoing. She gets along well with other kids and can follow most commands. She is potty trained. She can feed herself, however, she needs some help to put on clothes. She can say words like, “ayi”, “jiejie”. She can learn and likes drawing. She can sing songs. Overall, she is an easygoing, high functioning child with Down Syndrome.

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

*** I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

Girl, born 2009
PRC
Down syndrome, CHD

Beautiful Leia! This sweet little lady has grown and developed well over the years.

Listed:  Dec 2017

Leia is a friendly girl, eagerly greeting those she knows. She does have some wariness among strangers, though. She has good self-care skills, including feeding herself and washing her hands. She helps with simple chores, and also speaks in sentences. Her favorite thing to do is draw. Staff reports that she has a great capacity to learn. At her facility, Leia receives therapy for language and motor skills twice daily.

UPDATE: April 2016
Leia is a pretty girl who was very eager to come play when our staff visited in April 2016; she hovered nearby while they talked with other children trying to patiently wait her turn! She is diagnosed with Down syndrome, and they learned from staff that she had surgery for a heart murmur in 2014. They observed nystagmus but the caregivers report it doesn’t seem to affect her vision in daily life. She also has some facial paralysis on her left side, but this was already the case when she came to the orphanage so they don’t know the cause. She was very focused when playing with the toys, and quickly figured out the stacking cups. She did fairly well on the shape sorter, though sometimes she had to try a few times to find the right match. She needed to be looking directly at the lid with the shape holes (straight on) in order to use it. She receives lessons at the orphanage, and is able to point to some colors when asked, but can’t yet count. She tries to put words together in sentences, though her speech isn’t clear. She gets along well with other kids, and loves to hold the babies!

*** I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

shelbyGirl, born 2010
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: January 2017

Shelby is a petite little girl who doesn’t let her small stature get in the way of helping others. It is reported that Shelby loves to help her peers by standing up for them when they are teased by bigger kids, or when they fall and get hurt. Shelby is an animated little girl who her orphanage workers describe as “lovely”. Shelby is a bundle of fun who loves imitating the behaviors of her peers such as reading books.

*** I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

SavannahGirl, born 2010
PRC
Down syndrome, post-op Congenital heart defect, treated for Syphillis

Savannah likes to look at the colorful pictures and colorful toys. She has good living habit, normal diet, good appetite, regular defecation and urination, and normal sleep. Savannah is lovely, and close to her caregiver. Savannah can sit for a while, and can understand what nurturer says. She likes music, eating and plush toys. Agency staff met and interacted with Savannah in September! She is a sweetheart!

*** I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

Libby (2) Girl, born November 2009Libby (1)
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: Aug 2014

Libby is a joy! She is 4 years old, quite a spunky kid, and a born entertainer. Libby has Down syndrome, with no known heart issues. Her motor development has been good, with some delays in her speech. Libby loves music, loves to “sing”, and was born to karaoke! She is social, happy, follows directions well, and is ready to charm her new parents. Libby is waiting!

*** I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

ShannonGirl, born February 2010
PRC
Down syndrome, Congenital Heart Defect (ASD and VSD), Hep B carrier

Listed: May 9, 2014

Ten year old Shannon is a giggly and friendly girl. Her report from 2011 states she could say several words and stand without assistance. Shannon’s videos from 2016 shows her standing, throwing a ball against the wall, and catching it to repeat the process. Her file shows that she is well-loved by everyone she meets and likes to interact with other children.

Shannon

UPDATE:    Rule number one…never leave scissors out where Shannon can get them. She currently has little to no bangs due to an attempt to style her own hair. However, even a bad haircut can’t take away from Shannon’s sweet spirit and lovable personality! She is currently 5 years old, and waiting very patiently for her mama and papa. Shannon has Down syndrome, an ASD and VSD (which have not been repaired) , and is a HepB carrier. Shannon came to the orphanage at about 7 months of age, already able to sit and crawl. She has good motor skills, but needs help with her speech. Her receptive speech is good, and she follows directions. Shannon can use 3 word sentences. Shannon is a sweet and huggable girl who is very curious. She loves to play with her friends, and thrives in a noisy environment. Shannon is ready to be part of a loving family, who will help her reach her full potential! Video is available.

*** I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

guardianangelLianna updateLiannaGirl, born December 2008
PRC
Down syndrome

Sweet Lianna was sadly abandoned at the age of 3 years. Upon entering the institution Lianna was not able to talk and this has not improved since. It is stated that Lianna likes class and helping the aunties.

Lianna could really benefit from a loving forever home that is able to see all her potential and be able to love her for exactly who she is.

*** I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

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