It is our true belief that there is a “forever family” for each of our waiting orphans with special needs. The purpose of Reece’s Rainbow is to raise funds as adoption grants, to help potential adoptive families with the high cost of giving these children the life they so richly deserve.

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ezrah updated photo april 2016Boy, born June 2012
PRC
Ankle joint contracture of both knees and muscular tension of limbs reduced

 

Ezrah can keep his head steadily and can hold his head up; he can stand up with wrists held slightly; he can recognize the aunt who cares him, can make sound of ma-ma, nai-nai, can shake and stare at the rattles, can take a block in a hand and take another one, can reach and grasp the toy beyond, and can shake the rattles consciously; he can chase the toy with hands and can look for the dropped toy; he can react to the game of hide and seek and looking oneself in the mirror; he is very curious and likes to discover and recognize all kinds of never seen objects and fresh things. He cares about the changers of around people and things.

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Ezrah update

 

Ezrah has an extroverted personality, is active, likes to play games with peers; he likes colorful toys with making sounds; he responds actively to stimulation of new things or strangers.

In an update from January 2016: Ezrah isn’t receiving any therapies for his conditions, and can’t yet stand or walk on his own. He gets around very well by crawling using his arms. Ezrah can speak in simple phrases, and express his ideas easily, as well as follow simple instructions from caregivers

April 2016 update: Ezrah is active and outgoing. Ezraht’s mental development is the same as kids the same age. His lower limbs make it so that he cannot walk. He knows and will tell adults when he needs to go to the bathroom. He can use the baby toilet by himself. Ezrah is well behaved and obedient.

He cannot walk, but he can move on his bottom with hand coordination. His fine motor skills are good and he can pick up rice. He cannot go to school due to his special need. Ezrah has good emotional development. He can read faces. He is attached to his foster mother and will share food with her. Ezrah can express his needs well and can follow simple directions. He is a very smart child! He can call the familiar people properly. Ezrah likes to play games with his foster family and other kids. He has been in the same foster family since March of 2014. He is not on any medication.

$4,457.60 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!

Ezra May 2013 (2)

ezra-3Boy, born Oct 2011

congenitalguardianangel
internal hydrocephalus operated;  anemia;  protein-energy deficiency

Listed: Jan 2013

Ezra has had a shunt placed, and is doing better.  His adoption may necessitate consultations with medical personnel, to safely transport him home.

From someone who met Ezra in 2013:    Ezra is absolutely precious! He is sweet and adorable and oh so lovable!  He laughs when his toes are tickled, or when someone around him laughs or talks or sings to him. He often smiles or laughs so hard his chubby cheekers make his eyes close. He ha s learned to blow spit bubbles and coo. It is hard for me to tell if he is able to use his limbs normally, but he is able to move from his back to his side with little or no assistance. He has not yet learned to play with toys, but he has a very strong grip and enjoys holding my finger. I was told he can see, but not very well. I observed his eyes moving rapidly from side to side, and sometimes appearing to be looking in two different directions. In spite of this there were other times in which he appeared to be quite focused and looking right at us. He has absolutely stolen my heart, and I hope that he will find a family that can help him meet his full potential!

These pictures are from May, 2013.

$4,051.32 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!

Stanley1Boy, born March 2010Stanley2
PRC
Down syndrome, Congenital Heart Defects: VSD, ASD and Pulmonary Valve Stenosis

Listed: March 12, 2014

Little Mr. Stanley is stated to have good development for a child with Down Syndrome. His given name in Chinese means beautiful and glorious which is a perfect match for this incredibly handsome boy whom I am sure will grow up to do glorious things.

*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant!  Through June 2020, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant***

$2,739.31 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!

Shaw (1)Boy, born November 2010
PRC
Down syndrome

LIsted: Sept 2013

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Shaw was abandoned at the age of 6 months. When he was found he could crawl and he initially made progress, but by the time he was 16 months old and was sent to a foster home, he was very thin and weak. After a few months in foster care he began to thrive again. Shaw loves to eat and shows patience in all areas except when he has to wait for his food! He gets along well with others and loves bright colorful toys that make sound.

Shaw is very talkative and loves to be cuddled! He is waiting for a family that will snuggle with him and help him continue to grow.

*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant!  Through June 2020, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant***

$2,520.55 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!

Boy, born 2010
CO-1
Down syndrome

Listed: 4-19-2012

His overall health is good; he is currently in a foster home.

*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant!  Through June 2020, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant***

$2,856.00 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!

BrodyBoy, born March 2012
PRC
Down syndrome, post-op Congenital heart defect

Listed: Jan 2014

Brody is a sweet little boy who has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. He also has a heart defect in which he received surgery for his VSD, foramen ovale closure and ligation of ductus arteriosus. His treatment was successful and he is doing well now.

Brody is learning well and is he learning how to crawl. He can hold his own bottle and toys and likes to be active. He is not making sounds yet but he always has a ready smile.

*** 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***

$4,582.62 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!

Boy, Born May 2011
PRC
Down syndrome and pentalogy of fallot (heart condition)

This DARLING gift was born and left abandoned outside an apartment building.  Authorities were never able to locate his parents, but thank God they found him!   David has been living in an orphanage with outstanding medical care and lots of attention and love.  He is so young, and will benefit so greatly from further early intervention and a loving forever family.

Full medical records, social history, and more photos available.

*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant!  Through June 2020, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant***

$3,622.59 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!

Boys: 2011, 2013

Listed: Sept 2019

These adorable brothers are active, fun, rarely sick, interested and curious. They have never had anything that resembles a family so they will need structure. Aggy attended Kindergarten and will be in a first grade class this year. His challenges are in the light range. If you did not read his diagnosis, you would not notice any differences between he and his brother. Even in a group of kindergarteners he does not stand out as handicapped physically or mentally. He does show some signs of ADHD “type” behavior but many of our children present as ADHD until they are in a stable family environment. He had plastic surgery to correct a cleft lip in 2014. He has a type of scoliosis and wears glasses. Iggy has a diagnosis of nearsightedness and astigmatism and he also wears glasses. Both boys have general good health and good teeth. The boys are in a wonderful orphanage that is structured in family groups.

$2,940.50 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!

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

Listed: Sept 2019

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

The agency has a video available of Bailey!

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

*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant!  Through June 2020, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant***

$3,000.50 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!

 

Grace RK Girl, born June 2010
PRC
Cleft lip and palate; congenital heart defect (post-op)

Listed: January 11, 2016

Grace was abandoned by the train station when she was ten days old and has been living in an orphanage ever since. Grace was born with a cleft lip and palate, for which her first surgery will occur in May. She also had a congenital heart defect which was corrected this past summer. She does not take any cardiac medication but she sometimes pants and her lips become blue after strenuous exercise so her cardiac issues may not be fully resolved.

Grace is reported to have normal intelligence, potty trained, and she walks and runs just fine. She dresses herself, speaks in 3 – 5 word sentences, likes to sing and play games with other children.

Update from 2016: At 6 years old Grace enjoys looking at books, playing with her friends and has a favorite stuffed toy. She has great self help and fine motor skills, she can dress herself, including jacket and shoes, she can draw lines and shapes. She is an extroverted girl and she really enjoys playing games with her peers. She has many favorite foods, dumplings, noodles, fruit and many more. She had a surgery to repair her cleft lip already, but her cleft palate has not been repaired yet. She studies preschool, she can sing, dance, draw, string beads, and put clothes on dolls. Her upper limbs are flexible, she can walk and run, but not very steadily. She is active and gets along well with other kids,and often helps other younger kids.

Grace has a matching grant of $1000!  When her grant reaches $5092, she’ll receive another $1000!

$4,092.30 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!

Girl, born 2014

Eden is completely blind and has profound hearing loss. She received bilateral cochlear implants and is responding to sound and making many new sounds, although not yet saying any words.

Listed: Feb 2018

Eden has delayed milestones as a result of having no visual or auditory input for so long, but we are excited to see how she progresses over the coming months. She attends an on-site preschool every morning. She can sometimes get overwhelmed by the new sounds she is hearing, and when she feels this way, she tries to take her speech processors off. Eden has some self-stimulating behaviors. She loves to splash in the water and is getting better and better at walking independently with her guide cane. She loves to swing and rock in her rocking horse. She loves to cuddle. She has started to take several steps on her own, and also while holding onto a push toy (pre guide cane) or her cane.

Jan 2019 update: Eden has started moving around the home with purpose more independently.  She is now able to climb up 3 flights of stairs while holding onto the rail for support.  She is also able to come down the stairs, also holding onto the rail for support.  Eden has always been quite the acrobat and has now learned to climb on the sofa in the home and will stand while holding onto the back and jump and giggle.  She has also learned to find a low hanging disc swing in the home and climb on it.  She loves the swing and will vocalize sweet sounds as she enjoys the motion.  Eden continues to work with her guide cane and still needs encouraging and prompting to use the guide cane throughout the day.  She takes daily walks down the street with her teacher. She mostly enjoys the walks, unless she is tired, then she cries to be picked up and comforted.  Eden continues to wear her processors allowing her to hear and she often responds to the sounds of toys falling on the floor, familiar voices, and music.   She does require frequent prompting to complete activities in her classes.  Eden also continues to demonstrate some aversions to a lot of textures. This is addressed in the home through a lot of opportunity for sensory play.  She enjoys having lotion rubbed on her, sensory brush actives and water play.

$3,566.40 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!

Girl, born 2016
PRC
Down syndrome, CHD (post-op)

Listed: September 2017

Jacquie is a lovebug!

Sweet Jacquie loves to babble and engage with her nannies. She has great eye contact and is fascinated by faces. Although she is just a young baby, it is obvious she is curious and is interested in her surroundings. Put a toy in front of her and she’ll grab it right away! Jacquie has Down syndrome and a heart defect which has been repaired. Can you imagine being the lucky one to play and cuddle with Jacquie?

Families qualify for a $7,500 subsidy through Jacquie’s current agency.

$2,773.30 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!

Girl, born 2015
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: July 2017

Nan is a sweet peanut! As of her spring 2017 update, Nan was able to sit, crawl, and stand a little, while holding onto the railing. Nan can say simple words like ‘mama’ and ‘nannan.’ She plays well with other children and will smile at someone she knows. When people talk to her, she is very happy. She sometimes takes toys from the other children. If they start to cry, she will join in and cry along with them. Nan loves to look at colorful picture books and knows how to turn the pages, one by one. Her caretakers are working with her on identifying body parts. Nan cries loudly when upset, but the staff can comfort her by talking to her gently. She is scared of strangers and new places and will look for familiar caretakers when in that situation. She likes when her caretakers kiss her cheeks or give her snacks. Nan can hold her own bottle but does eat other foods, such as cut-up meat, soup, sliced fruits, small pieces of bread, etc. She is not a picky eater and she really likes bread and steamed buns. Nan is living in the orphanage. She sleeps well, but does move around a lot at night. The staff will sometimes need to re-cover her or will just give her two blankets. Nan has a cheerful personality and loves being outdoors and playing with toys that make sounds. We’re hoping Nan’s family sees her soon so she is able to come home while she is still so young.

There is a $5000 agency grant available, through Nan’s current agency.  They also have video and additional pictures.

$2,749.00 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!

Boy, born summer 2012

Down syndrome, speech delay

Listed: July 2017

Branden has bluish-green eyes and light brown hair. He is sunny, inquisitive and very active boy, who likes attention and communication. Branden was placed in an out-of-family care institution (from foster care) at the age of 3 years and 5 months. The adaptation period in the orphanage was successful, the boy was friendly and cute, the attention span was sustainable, physical development corresponded the age, language development was delayed.

Branden’s overall development progresses well, although the development of language is without change, attention span is less sustainable, he is more careless. General movements are free, the boy freely moves, runs, climbs up and down the stairs. Branden is very active and inquisitive. He shows interest in the surrounding area and events, as well as activities of adults and other children. He is friendly and builds contact gladly also with less known people. The boy is interested in toys, but often the interest is unstable, he plays a little bit and then looks for another toy. Needs to be motivated to continue and finish the started play. The boy tends to be inattentive, has unstable attention, wants to rush everything. Language development lags behind age norms and progress is very minimal. The boy responds to his name, he comprehends and reacts adequately on daily instructions. Uses few words in short form in his active speech, but in most occasions uses inarticulate exclamation sounds, vocabulary has not progressed. Passive (receptive) vocabulary is wider. Keenly observes and leafs through picture books, but he cannot show the asked object or name it himself. Self-skills well trained, independent eating and drinking, knows his cot, is able to dress himself partially, can undress, is not yet able to fasten clothes with buttons or zips, goes to toilet after reminder, sometimes goes independently.

Branden does have older siblings, but they have been legally separated by the courts.

*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant!  Through June 2020, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant***

$2,630.70 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!

chloris-1 chloris-2Girl, born Oct 2010
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: Oct 26, 2016

This is Chloris!  Chloris came to the orphanage when she was just a few months old. They found she has Down syndrome, with no known heart or other health issues. Chloris lives with a foster family, and gets along very well with her foster siblings. Her development has been delayed, as is typical for a child with Down syndrome. Chloris has some speech delays which will likely require some speech therapy. She is bright, happy, engaging, and very social! Her foster family has helped her in her development so much! Chloris enjoys playing with her foster sisters…a family for Chloris with built in playmates would be wonderful!

*** 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***

$3,345.00 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!

Kamdyn Kamdyn2Boy, born 2010
S.E. Asia
Down syndrome

Listed: June 2016

This sweet boy can follow his daily routines and has preferred friends and adults at his care center. Upon coming into care after being found, he was noted to have no right hand, a right leg that was longer and weaker than the left, and to have Down syndrome. His health has reportedly been good. He loves striking two things together to make sounds and climbing. His development is delayed but his gross motor skills are emerging. Recently he has shown improvements in learning to listen and expressing his emotions when upset. This boy is waiting for a family with the resources he needs to reach his full potential.

*** 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***

$4,687.60 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!

Girl, born March 2012
FAS and mixed development disorder, premature birth.

Listed: February 15, 2016

Summer is quiet, friendly and always smiles when she is seen by an adult. She almost eats without help – but she eats slowly. She almost goes up and down the stairway by herself. She does not want to always participate in all activities and needs extra motivation. She expresses her feelings with mimics and movements. She has started to speak and pronounces some words. Summer loves music, reading, books and swinging on the horse.

She wants adult’s attention and likes to lean on an adult, sit in their lap, and give hugs. Her fine and gross motors skills development are adequate. She is friendly with adults and children.

$3,839.80 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!

Diane RKGirl, born 2012
PRC
Spina bifida

Listed: Nov 2015

Diane was found abandoned at the gate of the orphanage when she was only 3 days old. She was born with a meningomyelocele which was surgically corrected when she was about 1 month old. She does not yet have bowel or bladder control but hopefully will one day.

Diane can walk, run and jump on her own, knows a few words, and can scribble on her own. She likes to play outside and also loves being cuddled. Diane has a great, big smile and is described as an active and happy little girl with age-appropriate intellectual development. Could Diane be the daughter you’ve been searching for?

$2,993.68 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!

Girl, born 2010
Congenital malformations of corpus callosum, Quadriplegia, Unspecified intellectual disabilities, Congenital deformity of feet, unspecified Myopia
Alternating esotropia

Listed: October 5, 2015

Robyn has a brother who has already been adopted.

VIDEO!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtnJr3wf5_w&feature=youtu.be 

$4,921.86 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!

malcolm-2016Boy, born 2012

hydrocephalus (shunted), spastic tetraplegia, epilepsy unspecified, optic nerve atrophy

 

 

$4,178.42 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!

noelia-2016Girl, born 2010

Early antenatal central nervous system defect, microcephaly, cerebral palsy with a spastic feet paraparesis. Speech development delay. Lack of protein energy. Received primary latent hypothyreosis.

Listed: July 30, 2015

UPDATED 2016: Noelia has blue eyes and light brown hair. She is friendly, helpful, likes joking and laughing, strong will, adequate emotions and overall positive mood. She likes games with singing, she remembers and repeats movements. She has great interest in what is happening around her. She really likes individual consultations with specialists, enjoys walks – she walks with the help of walking frames. She has a good appetite and tries to talk, expresses interest in board games, but her focus is not firm, she has difficulty concentrating; speech delay, self-service skills like eating are well developed, but dressing up and going to the bathroom is problematic, probably due to the overbearing care of adults. Social worker says that she is doing much better than her diagnosis sounds.

Updated: Noelia is a tiny bit shy upon meeting strangers, but quickly loosens up. She smiled non stop during our whole visit, and loved playing with my phone to look at the pictures I took of her. She seems very bright! Noelia proudly showed us her bedroom, where she sleeps alone. She loves ponies! We brought her a “my little pony” type toy and she was thrilled. She took us upstairs to her room and put the pony with another one she already had there.

She walks alone without help, unless on stairs where she needs to hold on. She was not wearing any kind of leg brace. She is left handed and can write her name!

When I picked her up, she gently pushed my hair back from my face.

$4,449.97 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!

kysonkarlsuzanneBoy, born 2011
FAS, Specific disorders of mental development

Boy, born 2013 (wearing blue socks-pink shorts) No diagnosed special needs

Girl, born 2010 (wearing dress)guardianangel FAS, Microcephaly, low paraparesis

New pic January 2017! 

$2,572.10 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!

kyson

Suzanne

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Girl, 6 years old
H-C
Cerebral palsy and temporal lobe epilepsy

Listed April 2015

Sweet Jubilee is doing well. She has cerebral palsy and is on medication to control her seizures.

Update Feb 2018: With lots of patient attention, we are finally seeing Jubilee make an effort to be part of the world around her. She is doing so much better lifting up her head during tummy time. She has also started making some small but intentional hand movements when we are holding her with a toy in her lap.

Updated August 2019: Jubilee is a sweet 6 year old girl. She goes through phases where she is very happy and smiles a lot, and then goes through phases where she doesn’t smile very often. She is quite opinionated and will always let us know when she is uncomfortable, hungry, etc. She is adored by everyone that knows her. Her nannies love to dress her up, do her hair, and take her for walks.

At school she is working on making choices, using her hands to reach out, and focusing her eyes on one thing at a time. In therapy she is also working on purposeful movement, range of motion, standing, and several other things.

$3,264.50 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!

Elsa-updateElsa (1)

Girl, born August 2011
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: Jan 18, 2015

 

Elsa is just adorable! She is incredibly charming, and sweet. Elsa has Down syndrome with the expected delays, but was walking at 2 years old. She has no known heart issues. She lives with a foster family, who have made sure she has a good diet, plenty of fresh air, and all the hugs she wants(she likes warm hugs)! Elsa is ready to let it go and have a family of her own and will waste no time in wrapping them around her little finger.

*** 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***

$3,446.23 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!

Girl, born March 2014
H-C

Listed: Jan 13, 2015

Update August 2019: Maddie is such a sweet girl with an easy going personality. She has spastic cerebral palsy and microcephaly. Maddie prefers to keep her head tilted to one side, but has made a lot of progress in her ability to move it to look the other way. She tends to be very stiff but does great at tummy time and will lift her head up to look around. Maddie also loves to be held and can easily be soothed when you pick her up for some cuddles. Maddie does have a lot of muscle spasms, but we do not think this is seizure activity. Maddie takes a muscle relaxer medicine which seems to help her a lot.

Despite her delays, Maddie is very observant of her environment; she can often be seen looking at those around her and she has gotten good at tracking people and objects with her eyes. Maddie cannot yet sit on her own, but can sit supported on a chair or a bench with a little help in the right places. She attends therapy three days a week for stretching, exercises, and stander time. Sometimes she loves it and sometimes she hates it. Maddie is an easy going girl, except sometimes at meal time when she does not want to eat, but she will gobble down anything that has peanut butter in it. She smiles so big when we sing songs and will make herself known if she doesn’t get to see the pictures when we are reading books.

In December 2018 Maddie got a g-tube. She still eats blended food by mouth the same as she used to, but we use her g-tube to ensure she gets enough liquids and consumes all of her medicine. By mouth she has trouble swallowing thin liquids. Maddie is a petite girl, but has had a good growth spurt in the last year.

Although Maddie does not talk, she knows how to communicate. She will smile when happy and will cry to alert discomfort or hunger. She has been working hard in school to learn so many things. Maddie can read and spell almost any one syllable word and her name. Every single week last year she came home from school with a 5/5 on her spelling test. She knows opposites, what happened next, and basic addition and subtraction as well. To show off these skills she uses magnetic letters on a magnetic board and will choose the next letter with her hand. Maddie also likes to use her yes/no board for simple questions and being able to be given choices like what movie she wants to watch that day. Maddie is so smart. With access to more communication devices she will tell great stories.

Maddie knows who her people are and prefers them over anyone else. She loves kisses and will instantly return the favor with a big smile. Sometimes when she really gets going she will let out a belly laugh that forces you to laugh as well.

$3,524.70 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!

Lee (2) Lee (1)Boy, born July 2010
PRC
Down Syndrome

Listed: January 5, 2015

Lee is extremely intelligent. He currently attends class in the little brothers and sisters class. In class, he is learning art and dance. Lee likes to watch cartoons. He will laugh while captively watching them. If you play with him and poke his tummy with your fingers, he will grab his shirt and pull it up; he will then quickly pull it back down to cover his tummy, not letting you see it. His eyes will look slyly at you and then he will secretly laugh. Lee is very intelligent. Even though he is unable to clearly express his own thoughts verbally for the time being, his body language abilities are extremely strong. He can use his hands to signal to you “Greetings”, “Thank you” and other types of movements. Lee is really adorable and intelligent. He is an extremely charming little boy. Help us find Lee’s forever family!

*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant!  Through June 2020, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant***

$2,713.50 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!

41217084557_ 4 41217084557_ 2Girl, born 2010

Blind

$2,622.60 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!

Melvin (1)Boy, born June 2011Melvin (2)
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed Dec 2013

Melvin has a ready smile, claps his hands when he is happy, and waves good-bye. He is a very active little boy who likes to play with toys, especially if he can throw them! He also likes to sit on the small hobbyhorse and can get on and off on his own. He walks with help. This little cutie will rock himself right into your heart!

*** 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***

$3,224.38 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!

30730200600 (2)30730200600 (1)Boy, born September 2011

Cerebral palsy, retinopathy, premature, severe myopia.

Listed: August 2013

He cannot sit or stand.

$2,745.82 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!

Boy, born January 2010
H-C
Cerebral palsy

Zeke cannot sit and generally has very little control of his head, although he will lift it up occasionally. His overall muscle tone is low, but this has improved with therapy. Zeke cannot yet roll over, but can often be seen wiggling around and trying to accomplish this – if he can figure out what to do with his arm, he will be fine! Ezechiel is non-verbal, but expresses himself through happy noises or crying. He will likely require ongoing care his whole life.

From someone who works with him:  Zeke is such a happy little guy. He loves to sit outside and watch the leaves blow in the wind. His eyes light up each time he is given attention. He loves to be held and even more loves to be tickled. Zeke has the cutest little dimples and a beautiful smile that can melt any ones heart! He is always in a good mood and very rarely cries. Even though his name was given to him recently, he already response to it!  Zeke is a picky little guy and often requires special meals made for him as he doesn’t like what the other kids are having. He has only been here with us a short time, but has already touched many people’s lives. He is such a joy to be around and is loved dearly by his nannies, volunteers, and the other children!

-Zeke-

Zeke has very little control of his muscles. We are hopeful that with the right therapy he will improve in these areas.

Update Feb 2018: Getting to know Zeke is like unlocking a vault of hidden treasures. We have learned that he was picky about his food because even though he can chew, it’s a lot of work for him and he didn’t like having to put that much effort into every meal. Now when his food is blended he’ll eat pretty much anything! We had been figuring out what he wants by facial expressions and body language but his new special education teacher made him a board with yes/no buttons to press. He’s not always in the mood for it, but much of the time he can communicate well with this tool. It takes a lot of effort and concentration but he does have control of the movements in his right hand. We’ve also learned that in all his time in school over the years he has learned his letters and numbers. We are excited to see how he can continue to progress! With his board he has told us he doesn’t like his physical therapists because they make him work hard, but I think he knows it is helping him because he still goes without fussing.

$2,591.40 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!

30118212004January 2010
microcephaly, Epilepsy, dystonic tetraparesis, brain degeneration

Shareable video link: https://youtu.be/S6yhR1o3eow

Kayson needs a family, to save him from a life in a crib.

$2,507.25 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!

Boy, born December 2010

Blind

Todd is such a handsome fellow!

All we know is that he is listed as “blind” — not sure if he has any vision at all.

$4,125.10 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!

elias-updateBoy, born August 2011

inflammatory diseases of central nervous system; Congenital hydrocephalus; Other disorders of optic [2nd] nerve and visual pathways; Carrier of viral hepatitis B

Listed: June 2012

What a sweet baby Elias is!  Elias is in a fast region that often waives the 10 day wait.

Additional photos available.   Video

$2,866.24 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!