Jerry OCT formalBoy, born August 2011
H-C

Listed: Jan 22, 2014

Update Jan 2015:  Quint is an adorable little guy. He appears to have cerebral palsy and possible other delays. He can sit up on his own and scoots all over the place. Quint can stand unassisted and has recently started walking on his own. He is very proud of this new skill and practices it often, although scooting is still his primary choice. Quint tends to grab at anything he is close to, whether this is a toy, grass or someone else’s clothing. He will hold on tight, and sometimes put the object he finds in his mouth. Quint currently has trouble making eye contact, but he still loves to interact and play. He is non-verbal, but can often be heard making loud noises as he plays, by himself or with others. These noises are sometimes an expression of frustration and sometimes indicate joy. Quint loves to be tickled and get kisses!

Update Feb 2018:
Quint has become quite mobile and is very steady walking, sometimes even trying to run. He hasn’t figured out the pedals, but loves to scoot around on his tricycle. While he still puts everything in his mouth, he does know the difference between food and other things and will always take it back out if it’s not food. He is learning to feed himself and does pretty well with a fork and is getting better with a spoon. He also holds his own sippy cup. We have been working on using the toilet and he still urinated mostly in his diaper but has many bowel movements on the toilet. His problems with making eye contact have greatly improved and he has been able to make some strong connections and attachments. He loves to cuddle and hold hands. One thing he struggles with is sleeping through the night, which has gotten a little better since he started taking melatonin but he’s still a pretty early riser!

$54.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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Guardian AngelBoy, born May 2007
H-C
Cerebral palsy, seizures

Listed: July 21, 2011

-Josiah-

From someone who works with him:  We have had the privilege of caring for Josiah for 3 years. He is the oldest child in our care and has been with us longer than any other child. Josiah was abandoned at a nearby hospital when he was 1. Josiah has cerebral palsy and requires special care and attention. He has limited control over his movement and needs support when sitting. For 3 years, our nannies and staff have cared for Josiah, fed him and bathed him. Ask any person who has cared for Josiah though and they will say that they are the one who was blessed.

When you are with Josiah, it is clear that God’s love resides in Josiah. Josiah can’t talk, but he loves to smile and interact with anyone who will talk to him. Josiah cannot sing like most of us, but each day during nanny prayer and singing Josiah joins in with a big smile. Our deep desire is for Josiah to join his forever family through adoption. We have had difficulty finding that family, but we know that God has a plan for Josiah . We also know that where ever he goes, Josiah will be a blessing as his loved ones bless and care for him.

Update Jan 2015:  Josiah has been with us longer than any other child and is waiting for his forever family. He was abandoned at a nearby hospital when he was a year old. Josiah has cerebral palsy. He can be very interactive and seems to comprehend what is being said to him. He does have seizures that are being controlled with medication. He loves when people sing songs with him. Josiah is a very happy and loving boy. He is always full of smiles.

Josiah can hold his head up, and is practicing learning how to sit, although he has not yet mastered this skill on his own. He prefers the tripod position while someone supports his efforts. Josiah is very strong and his muscles are often tight; he is receiving therapy to help him relax and control his muscles better. Josiah is nonverbal, but can still express several of his needs very well; he will cry if he wants attention and will happily reward you with a smile when you talk with or sing to him.  Our deep desire is for Josiah to join his forever family through adoption. We have had difficulty finding that family, but we know that God has a plan for Josiah . We also know that where ever he goes, Josiah will be a blessing as his loved ones bless and care for him.

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds.  For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

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!

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Boy, born January 2010
H-C
Cerebral palsy

Listed: September 2011

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.

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds. For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

-breckin-Boy, born February 2011
H-C
Cerebral Palsy

Listed: Jan 2014

Breckin has cerebral palsy, but he can sit up and stand with assistance. He can even take a few steps if you hold onto his hands! He cannot yet feed himself, but he has practiced holding his own spoon and sippy cup and has made great progress.

Update Jan 2015:
Breckin has cerebral palsy, but he can sit up and stand with assistance. He can even take a few steps if you hold onto his hands. He has been receiving regular therapy and loves this time. Breckin is making great improvements – he now has a modified crawl that he uses to get all around his house and can quickly move to wherever he wants to be. He can also pull himself up to stand and does this often. Breckin does not yet feed himself, but he has practiced holding his own spoon and sippy cup and has made great progress. Breckin is a happy little guy who loves to play.

$1,040.14 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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-Peter-Boy, born December 2007
H-C
Cerebral palsy, sickle cell anemia, kerion

Photos available.

From someone who works with him:
Resiliency only begins to describe Peter! This young boy has gone through so much medically, yet still finds the strength to smile through it all. No matter what, rubbing his head will produce a sweet smile of pure contentment and a look of peace in his eyes! Peter certainly has faced more than his share of medical challenges these past months. For quite some time, he was experiencing both scalp and skin issues that were resistant to seemingly all conventional treatments. After a long course of steroids and special mixtures of creams, Peter has finally experienced some relief and his skin is in the process of healing. While he has a history of seizures and is positive for sickle cell, both of those conditions are wonderfully under control with daily medications. Peter enjoys receiving special care and attention and really responds well to being able to attach to certain people he can trust.

Update Jan 2015:  Peter has lived with us for the past several years. He has cerebral palsy and sickle cell anemia. He cannot sit independently, but he can hold his head up in his chair or during tummy time. He has a skin condition called, “kerion,” but this is usually fairly well controlled with special creams and shampoos. He has frequent muscle spasms and is on medication for seizures. In the past several months, we have seen Peter learn to express himself more, and are seeing more of his adorable smile! Peter recently had a g-tube placed and is now getting fed through this. He can also eat soft foods by mouth and these are offered to him regularly. Peter enjoys receiving special care and attention and really responds well to being able to attach to certain people he can trust. His favorite nanny tells us that he calls her, “grandma”.

Update Feb 2018: “Peter” is so alert and aware of everything going on around him. He is great at visual tracking and watches everyone carefully. He’s also starting to use eye gaze to communicate between choices and his new special education teacher has learned through this method that he knows his letters and numbers. He can’t control his movements well but can sometimes communicate on the yes/no board using eye gaze. Even though he is one of the oldest boys in the house, he still enjoys some cuddle time and will really relax if we hold him in the right position.

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds.
For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

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.

$3,778.20 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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Boy, born 2015
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: December 2017

Howie is a darling baby boy! He has the motor delays common with Down syndrome, but is developing well. Howie was born with polydactyly of the thumbs on both hands, which has been surgically corrected. Howie is sweet, cuddly and likes to babble. He is described as gentle and smiley. Some lucky family is going to call him their son – is that your family?

Video:  https://vimeo.com/maaspecialkids/maa-howieupdate3

Howie’s current agency is offering a $1500 grant for his adoption!

$2,966.90 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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Boy, born 2013

Internal progressive hydrocephalus with brain atrophy, condition after shunting, ventriculitis, microphthalmia, congenital retina malformation, crossed eyes, mental delay

New photo 2019

Update:  Ronan is walking!  Video.

New picture, late 2017:  Ronan looks good — what a smile!!

$1,045.36 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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Boy, Born December 2008
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed prior to 2010

Updated photo from 2016!

Update from 2016:  He is easy going, cannot walk without assistance, understands simple instructions, affectionate, and doesn’t interact with children much because he isn’t moving around.

From a missionary who visited with him in August 2010:  “Sean was found abandoned by the riverside at the age of 4 months.  Sean is doing super and is well loved by his nannies!” Update from 2012: After his rehabilitation we feel his physical development is very good, he can clearly call father and mother, can sit alone, stand alone, can walk with holding something. He can not walk alone steadily, can feed himself snacks without help, good appetite, likes playing with other children sitting on the floor, occasionally he will challenge his favorite toys with other children. He is very favorable, and we hope him can find a family sooner to have parents to love him to live happier life.

More photos available, along with full social history and medical records Single moms permitted, only one parent has to travel.

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

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!

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Girl, born 2010

Other reduction deformities of brain, Moderate mental delays, Valgus deformity, Hypermetropia, Convergent concomitant strabismus, Umbilical hernia with obstruction, without gangrene

Video available.

From the orphanage: The girl needs a family asap. She is a kind child surviving with no parents. She requires much individual care because her educational ability is very low. In her orphanage she does not follow instructions; her vocabulary is very poor; she is severe speech delayed. She does not like to play with other children in her orphanage, she is on her own. She wants more attention than her caregivers are able to provide her with.

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds. For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

denny-updateDennyBoy, born August 2006
PRC
Hydrocephalus

Listed: May 2015

Denny has got some spunk and personality! Denny is diagnosed with hydrocephalus. His orphanage has asked for help in advocating for him because they feel he is special and are surprised he has waited so long. From an April 2015 update: Denny’s mental development is normal. His language is behind his same aged peers. He can only say one word or two words at one time. If there is something new, he will ask, “What is it?” Though he cannot speak a whole sentence, he can understand all directions from adults and can express his needs very well by words and body language. His response is quiet and he has good memory. He is fully potty trained. Denny is introverted, but he smiles a lot. He is stubborn sometimes, but he is well behaved and obedient. Denny’s gross motor skills are totally normal. He can run, walk, jump, walk upstairs and downstairs. His fine motor skills are also normal. Denny studies at home. A special education teacher visits him 1 or two times a week. He can catch up with his study. He is very attached to his foster grandma and he cares for other kids. Denny is very helpful. His foster grandma was cooking congee and he saw it was overcooked, so he rushed to tell the grandma right away. He helps take care of the younger kids in the family. Denny gets along well with other kids and adults around him. He has been with the same foster family since he was little.

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds.
For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

Girl, born 2017
PRC
Down syndrome, CHD, anal atresia

Listed: Feb 2020

Update from Feb 2020:

Madelyn is a darling little girl with Down syndrome, CHD- Complete Atrioventricular Septal Defect (CASD), Secondary Atrial Septal Defect (ASD), Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA), and anal atresia (no fistula).

Madelyn is described as smart and lovely, active, energetic, and well-behaved.  She is a lovely girl. She follows adults’ instructions and likes playing outdoors.  She can walk on her own. She can walk upstairs/downstairs when she puts a hand on the wall.   Her fine motor skills are also very good. She can pick up tiny things with her fingers.  Madelyn is sociable and friendly, and attached her to her caretakers.  Her language skills are emerging, and she can follow simple directions.

In February of 2017, Madelyn had anal angioplasty surgery and in June of 2017, she had heart surgery.

There is a $2,000 agency grant for Madelyn’s adoption with her current adoption agency.

$13.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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

Update from Feb 2020:
Kora can eat solid foods, she can eat all foods suitable for children. But because it is an institutional setting, we give the children little fish to eat. All bones are removed from meat and fish by nannies before serving to the children for safety. We usually give her softer foods.  She can grab things to eat herself. She also will break off and share snacks with other children.

*What she means is that they give them soft foods usually mixed with rice to prevent choking, to help the children eat faster, and so they don’t have to distinguish from children with stomach or eating issues. All the children who have come with this diet have had stomach issues because of it and have needed time to adjust to eating harder foods but recovered fine. Each day after eating in the morning and night she will drink a little milk.

Kora can understand almost everything that is said to her. She also can respond using actions, she just cannot communicate with spoken language, she can only speak a little.   She did not show any problems with the heart after her heart surgery. Previously her eyes often had tears. In December 2019, an eye examination was performed. She had a Nasolacrimal duct narrowing + nasolacrimal duct intubation. She has recovered well from this.

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Kora is a beautiful little girl with a beautiful smile and cute little dimples! Kora was born with Down syndrome and a CHD-VSD, for which she has had surgery to correct. By 2.5 years of age, Kora was walking forwards and backwards independently. She can understand simple instructions and helps look after other children near her. If another child has a runny nose, the caretaker will say “Kora, wipe the nose for your friend with the towel” and she would use the towel to help clean the child. She would pass it to the caretaker and then get another towel to clean another child up. Her caregiver will give her a thumbs up and praise her for being so great. At the end of an activity, she will put away toys with the other children. Kora likes music and dancing to the beat. She gets along well with other children and will kiss them or put her hand on her mouth and blow them a kiss. She will wave her hands to say goodbye. Kora is also very happy to play outdoors! She loves to pull the caretaker’s hands to go upstairs and walk on the bridge. She enjoys looking around and touching flowers and grasses after seeing them.

In May of 2019, Kora started attending the Little Sister’s Pre-School Program. She adapted well to going to school. She can move her stool to the designated position when she comes into the classroom and will sit down happily. She does not speak much, but she can understand the teacher’s instructions and will cooperate positively. When the teacher calls her name, she can raise her hands up to indicate that she is there. She will imitate the teacher to dance along to the music in class. Kora can hold a pen to write on the blank paper. She will curiously touch the lines she draws with the other hand. When the teacher says it is time to go outside, Kora always stands up and runs to the door. She likes interaction with people too and is not scared of new people. Kora has a good appetite and she likes snacks. She is a sound sleeper. Kora is ready for a forever family! Could that family be yours?

There is a $1,000 Agency Grant with a specific adoption agency to help a family bring Kora home!

$4.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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

Listed: Oct 2019

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

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

*** 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***

$5.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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Girl, born 2014
PRC
Down syndrome, CHD (PDA)

Listed: Oct 2019; update available Oct 2019.

 

Several videos available.

Cecelia is a precious little girl! She has had surgery to correct her heart defect. Cecelia is an active little girl who loves participating in interactive games! At the time her file was prepared, Cecelia liked to crawl around on the ground and explore objects in the room. She could sit up and interact with other children her age. Cecelia’s caretakers were working with her on standing and walking at that time as well. Cecelia makes sounds and laughs a lot. She likes to be outside and observe others. When she sees her main nanny, she will wave her hands and scream excitedly! Cecelia was able to hold some food to feed herself and was working on feeding herself with a spoon at the time. She likes to eat apple puree, bananas, and grape puree. She was reportedly able to swallow, but had trouble with hard foods at the time of her report. Cecelia does not care for bitter foods. She sleeps on her stomach, is good at imitating adult motions, and loves to wave goodbye!

There is a $2,500 agency grant for Cecelia’s adoption with her current adoption agency.

*** 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***

$2,270.00 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 2018
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: Sept 2019

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

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

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

$1,233.00 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 2012
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: October 2017

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

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

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

$600.00 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!

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Girl, born 2004
Mental delays. Down syndrome, cardiopathia. Umbilical hernia. Convergent squint.

Listed:  October 4, 2012

New pic May 2019!

Paige had previously been living with her mother until she lost her rights.

She can sit independently and can crawl! Her speech is not well developed but she can partially understand what you are saying.  She has a very short attention span.

Update June 2013:
Lovely Paige has hair now!  She broke my heart.  She was just sitting on the couch rocking back and forth and didn’t respond at all when I came over to her. Poor, sweet thing!! The nannys love her, but she needs more than they can give. I am not sure if the move was hard on her or what but she just rocked and rocked.

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

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!

$6,332.07 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 2011

Listed September 11, 2015

Phenylketonuria, also known as PKU

New pic May 2019! 

From a volunteer in August 2016:   “I was happy to see that Leena is still the same strong willed young girl as last year. She is available for adoption now! She was a little calmer than last year, but she would still take every chance she got to run around. Just like last year it was obvious that some nurses have a very hard time with her and others love her. She’s much calmer when the nurses like her and she’s easier to handle. It was unclear if she was totally potty trained this year or that she’s still working on it. It was also unclear if she got the diet she needed, but her delays didn’t look worse. Leena is such a wonderful girl! She should be in a family where she has the chance to be who she is, all days of the year.

From a missionary who met her in 2015: “Leena is a strong-willed young girl.  She is stubborn and funny. She loves to explore the world (within the concrete walls she lives between). She has been transferred to this facility in May and she is obviously still getting used to the circumstances of living. She had a lot more freedom in the baby orphanage she came from. Leena can walk (so don’t be fooled by the picture), she can run, she is very energetic. She can drink from a cup. This summer (2015) she was being potty trained. She doesn’t talk. She squeals when she is very excited. She is probably the size of a 3 year old at the moment (summer 2015). She probably understands what is being said to her, but she has a hard time following orders. Due to her PKU she needs a special diet and medicine. The baby orphanage she grew up in, didn’t provide the proper care. So (part of) het mental delays may be caused because of that. The facility she lived in right now, tries to provide the proper care. They do not receive funds for it, so they raise it themselves with a charity fund. They really try to take good care of her. Some nurses really like her. Other nurses have a hard time dealing with her, because of her energetic ways. She likes to move and run around all the time. As soon as you let go of her hand or take her out of her wheelchair, you have to chase her. As soon as you give her an opportunity she’ll take it. Some days she was tied up in a wheelchair and we thought she might have been drugged. She didn’t react, she didn’t smile, she didn’t interact. Until the moment my fiancé pulled her from the wheelchair and it was as if she came alive again. I have not seen any selfharming behaviours and I haven’t seen her hurt other children. I have also not seen her interact with other children at all. The nurses don’t like it when she gets all excited, but for me it was a sign that she was not so institutionalized yet. There was so much fight in her. I hope she finds a family before she loses the strength to fight and before her delays will get worse, due to a lack of a proper diet and medical care.”

$2,014.45 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 2017
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: May 2019; update from Oct 2019.  Agency has video available.

Update:  Gross Motor Skills: He can stand steadily and kick balls. He can walk backwards.  Fine Motor Skills: He can turn through books with his thumb and index finger and draw straight lines with a pencil.  Cognitive abilities: He can recognize his shoes, looks at books, study pictures and balls, etc. Social Skills: He likes to play with other kids, but sometimes he doesn’t want to be under supervision and doesn’t follow instructions. He expresses himself with different facial expressions, such as cry, laughter, sadness, etc.

Speech Skills: He can understand simple instructions by gestures and speech. For example, “Juilan, come and have meals,” “Julian, come to drink some water,” “Julian, please give me the towel,” “Julian, please sit down and put on your shoes,” etc.  Julian likes noodles, congee, steamed bread, and various kinds of fruits, such as bananas, apples, mandarins, grapes, etc.

Julian’s file states that he can stand while holding objects like tables or peoples clothing.  His file also says he likes to play with balls and his favorite game is hide and seek. He likes it when his caregiver puts a towel on his head and plays peek a boo, he smiles and giggles happily. Julian’s favorite food is noodles.

Julian’s current adoption agency has a $2500 grant for his adoption.

$1,281.00 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 2005

Malformations of aqueduct of Sylvius (hydrocephalus)
Other congenital malformations of posterior segment of eye
Profound intellectual disabilities

Listed: May 2019

Updated pic from Jan 2020:   He is SO sweet and loves attention!

 

$562.10 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!

Girl, born 2016
PRC
Down syndrome, CHD (PFO and PDA)

Listed: April 2019

Everly is a precious little girl, born with Down syndrome and Congenital Heart Disease- PFO and PDA. Everly’s caretakers all like her a lot and noted that she is a very curious and observant little girl. Everly was rolling over by 10 months of age. Despite being smaller, she could get anywhere she wanted or get anyone’s attention by rolling across the room! She is able to make sounds and her caretakers report that she makes the cutest faces too! Everly has always enjoyed sitting in her rocking chair and making it move. She likes musical toys and interacting with people. Everly will turn to smile when she is called by her caretaker and she will also raise her hands to ask for cuddles from others too. At the time her file was prepared, Everly was learning how to crawl. She is being loved on while she waits for a forever family of her own, that is for sure!

Update June 2019:  These videos show her play and developmental level. She self soothes by rocking her chair, lots of oral stuff (putting toys to mouth), and is starting the “chuck the toy over the side.” She also has some pre-verbal sounds.  Video 1, Video 2

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

$42.00 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!

Age 9; born 2010
Arthrogryposis with knee joint contractures, bilateral club foot, Hypotrophy.

Sawyer is able to move around the room by scooting on his bottom. He can talk in sentences, but his articulation is not always clear. He plays with toys, responds when spoken to, follows simple directions, and assists with self-help tasks such as dressing/undressing.
Photo and videos from March 2016 are available through the agency.

Listed, April 2016; Update below, April 2019:

Sawyer has spent his entire life in a large orphanage, where his experiences and interactions have been limited. He’s been attending school and working with a speech therapist for the past 2 years and this has resulted in an increase in all skill areas. Sawyer can talk in simple sentences and answer questions. His articulation is poor, but he’s made improvements with the help of a speech therapist. He can count to 10, identify his body parts, and answer basic questions such as his name and age. He demonstrates imaginative play with toys. His motor skills are delayed due to his diagnosis. He uses a wheelchair for mobility and will also scoot around the room on his bottom. He can feed himself. He can take his shoes and socks off independently. He is described as very social. He works hard during academic instruction. He enjoys interacting with both peers and adults. It is believed that his cognitive delays are due to the environment he has lived in and lack of exposure.

*** I am eligible for a $2,000 Grant! ***
This grant is offered by Reece’s Rainbow, for children in this specific country. Grant funds are dependent on available funding. 

$108.00 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!

Girl, born 2013

Congenital malformation of the central nervous system
symptomatic epilepsy
atactic syndrome
tetraparesis
porencephalia

Listed: Aug 2014

 

$9,565.68 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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Boy, born 2012
H-C
global developmental delay, microcephaly

Listed: April 2019

 

Robert is a sweet boy who loves to smile and has a contagious laugh. He happily greets his friends with a double high five and fist bump. Sometimes, he will also jump up for a big hug after.

He understands English as well as his native language. He can say a few words but often only speaks with people he knows well. He communicates nonverbally like with hand gestures and responds appropriately to yes/no questions by nodding his head.   He comprehends everything but is a bit inconsistent with how he responds to directions. Some times this depends on the space he is in or the situation. For example, fast transitions are often a challenge for him so he may freeze until you give him the time to complete the task on his own.

 

His favorite place to be is playing outside. He will often choose to play on the swing, zipline or trampoline. He has been practicing kicking and throwing balls too.

Robert enjoys school. He has mastered drawing circles, tracing shapes, and writing his favorite letter “O.” He can write other letters too though. He also has one on one time for school to practice his letters and numbers. He gets really excited to show off his projects from school and when you compliment him.

Robert is gentle with younger children/babies and children with special needs. He loves to engage with them by singing or dancing with them and will try to hold them.  He is such a happy boy with so much potential! We are praying his family finds him soon!

Video available.

$1,101.50 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 2011
PRC
Down syndrome, post-operative atrial septal defect

Listed: Feb 2019

Jennie is described as caring, active, and social. Her file states that she can walk, stand, and go up and down stairs without assistance. Jennie can also maneuver around barriers, such as a hurdle, and she can kick a ball. According to her file, she can scribble drawing, put away objects, and follow along when her caretakers read to her. Jennie’s file shows that she can follow simple instructions, enjoys babbling to her peers, and can call out words such as “hello” in a soft voice. She enjoys laughing out loud when being teased and will kiss her caretakers face

*** 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***

$100.00 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!

Girl, born 2017
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: Feb 2019

Clementine loves greeting people!  Sweet Clementine is always ready to say hello with a big smile to new arrivals. Clementine was born with Down syndrome and is delayed in all areas. Physically her skills are quite good and she has good strength. She was sitting independently, standing with something to hold for support and crawling at 15 months. She loves to imitate sounds and words and is quick to greet people. Clementine is a happy, good-natured baby who is ready to thrive in a family!

Are you ready to be the one to get all of Clementine’s smiles?

Video 1, Video 2, Video 3

Families may qualify for a $2,500 subsidy through her current adoption agency.

$1,223.00 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!

Girl: 2013

Special needs: Cerebral Palsy, Leukemia, strabismus

Listed: Jan 2019

Pippy is a precious little girl, born 2013.  Pippy is a twin and was born very premature and diagnosed as having cerebral palsy- spastic diplegia, umbilical hernia, and strabismus.  She now wears glasses to correct the strabismus and has received surgery to correct the hernia.  Pippy was later diagnosed as having acute lymphoblast leukemia.  She is currently in remission, but continues to take medication to prevent her cancer from coming back.  Pippy’s twin brother also has CP and is being cared for by his biological family. Pippy is very delayed in all areas of her development.  She can manipulate objects using her left hand.  Pippy is not speaking at this time.  We hope just the right family sees Pippy and knows that she is their daughter.

UPDATE NOV 2019:

Diagnosis: Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (actively receiving chemotherapy, which will be needed until 2021). Cerebral palsy – spastic diplegia; Gastroesophageal reflux disease, Convergent concomitant strabismus (wears corrective glasses); Delay in neuro-psychic development

 

Pippy is receiving chemotherapy for Leukemia. She was diagnosed in March 2017 and immediately began treatment. She lives in an isolation room at the orphanage to reduce her exposure to sickness. She is considered in remission, but is required to continue to take daily medication. She has a port, weekly blood draws (to adjust medications), and monthly appointments with an oncologist. Pippy also has CP that results in increased muscle tone in all 4 limbs, primarily impacting her legs. She can grab and hold a toy with her left hand. She can manipulate toys by picking up, dropping, pulling a string, picking up ring toys. She understands basic cause and effect, such as knowing to pull a string on a toy to activate the toy. She explores toys with interest. She pronounces several words and can follow basic commands. She enjoys the attention of caregivers.

 

A detailed medical report that outlines her Leukemia treatment, other medical history, and her development are available, along with photos and videos of Pippy. Due to her cancer diagnosis, any interested family would need to provide proof of medical insurance coverage that would adequately cover Pippy’s cancer treatment immediately upon taking custody of her. Her birth country will also require a detailed care plan showing the family has the appropriate resources and support to provide the required medical care for Pippy once home.

*** I am eligible for a $2,000 Grant! ***
This grant is offered by Reece’s Rainbow, for children in this specific country. Grant funds are dependent on available funding. 

For more information on this child, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org

Girl, born April 2012

Cerebral palsy

Listed: Dec 2018

February 2020 Update: Kristy is such a precious girl! She loves when she is with people that she knows care for her. Kristy eagerly seeks out physical touch from her teachers and caregivers. She crawls up to them and slowly stretches out her body until she is fully in their lap, then she hugs them tightly. It is very endearing. Kristy is very friendly and enjoys having visitors in her home. While Kristy loves to cuddle with her friends, she tends to prefer independent play. She loves to crawl in the play tunnel she received for Christmas, play with musical instruments, swing, jump on the trampoline, and play with balls.

Kristy rarely wears her hearing aids as she does not tolerate them due to her sensory aversion for them. In classes, Kristy’s teachers are beginning to work with her to teach her basic sign language. Currently they are working specifically on saying “more,” “finished,” “yes,” and “no.”

Kristy would make a valuable addition to a family as she has so much love and affection to share with others.

Video available!

$1,038.00 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 2014
Disorder of brain, unspecified
Protein-energy malnutrition of moderate degree

boy, born 2016
Disorder of brain, unspecified

 

Total of 6 siblings: the other 4 siblings are 14 (a boy), 12 (a girl), 10 (a girl) and 8 (a boy). The older 4 have been to the US for hosting.

$180.00 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!

Girl, born 2016

Tuberous sclerosis
Generalized idiopathic epilepsy and epileptic syndromes

Updated pics and video available from Dec 2019

Listed: Dec 2018

She cannot talk yet and in general is pretty “weak”.

$1,702.50 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!

Julian
Age: 2014
Diagnosis: Spina bifida

Listed: Dec 2018

Julian enjoys playing with toys. He is well attached to his caregivers and responds to them when they talk to him. When he is happy, he responds by making noises and clapping his hands. His report indicates that when held by the hands, he will take steps.

Update Jan 2020:

Diagnosis: Spina Bifida; Hydrocephalus: shunt placed: Slight paraplegia of lower limbs; Left kidney agenesis; Vesicostomy.

Julian sits on his own while supporting his weight on his hands. He uses his hands to change his posture and move his body. He stands in the walker. He actively grabs and manipulates toys and objects, tries to use them as intended – shakes to produce sound, pulls the string of a musical toy. Visual-motor coordination is slightly impaired.

*** I am eligible for a $2,000 Grant! ***
This grant is offered by Reece’s Rainbow, for children in this specific country. Grant funds are dependent on available funding. 

For more information on this child, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org

Boy, born 2013

Sequelae of inflammatory diseases of central nervous system
Crossed eyes
Moderate mental retardation

Listed: Dec 2018

$10.35 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 2014

Other disorders of nervous system, not elsewhere classified
Congenital malformations of aortic and mitral valves
Mental retardation

Updated pics: Dec 2019

Listed: Dec 2018

He has a 15-year old brother and 8-year old sister, we do not have any info on them currently.

Listed: Dec 2018

$4.50 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!

Boy, born 2013
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: Oct 2018

Would you look at the smile on this little guy? Ronen is such a happy kiddo! When you talk with Ronen’s nannies about him, they cannot help but boast about how much progress he has made! They say his learning abilities in particular have made astonishing progress! When he gets back from school he will immediately grab a book off the bookshelf and sit quietly to look at it. He is full of curiosity and is fascinated by everything he sees!

Ronen has made great progress with his motor abilities, too. He can walk alone steadily and run, and he is learning to feed himself (though he still needs a little help with that!) In terms of his language ability, Ronen’s nannies believe he has a strong desire to speak. He cannot say any words yet, but he will imitate the shape of the nanny’s mouth when she speaks. He can understand most of what is said to him and can follow instructions. Ronen gets a cold from time to time, but his general health is very good. He has not been found to have a heart condition. Could you be Ronen’s forever family?

Several additional photos & videos available!  VideoVideo 2.

*** 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***

Ronen has a $1500 grant available from the agency who currently holds his file.

$145.00 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 Oct 2006
PRC
HIV+

Listed: September 2018

Several new pics available!!

Update 2019: Hudson is outgoing and actively interacting with people. He does not exclude communicating with strangers. He likes to play mobile games, with weak self-control.

He listens to other people’s opinions and is willing to express his own ideas. However, he is accustomed to using doubtful language in verbal communication with a tough tone, which may lead to conflicts with others. Occasionally, he loses self-control over his emotions.  At present, his habits have been improved and personal hygiene habits have been established and maintained.

Hudson graduated from an elementary school in June of 2019.  However, due to poor foundation, his actual learning ability is about at the third grade level. At present, his teachers have worked out a study plan for Hudson to help him complete basic learning and to master Pinyin and basic mathematical operations skillfully.

$54.00 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 2017
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: August 2018

Davi is described as active, energetic, curious, and smiley. His file states that Davi loves to explore his surroundings and his favorite location is the kitchen. Davi’s file indicates that he can walk on his own, but he cannot run or jump yet. He can speak baby words, express his likes and dislikes through his facial expressions, and recognize the faces of those he knows. His file says he enjoys music, watching cartoons, playing on ipads, and playing outdoors.

$2,248.90 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 2011
Cerebral Palsy

Listed: July 2018

Izzy has cerebral palsy. She transferred to her current home in June 2018 and has already made remarkable progress. She is incredibly bright, social, and affectionate. She previously had no exposure to English but now responds to several English commands. She also says several words such as “hi”, “bye”, and “more” and has picked up on several ASL signs which are used in the home. She communicates extremely well with vocalizations and gestures and is perceptive to body language and other social cues in communication. She is currently being potty trained and indicates when she has to use the toilet. She gets around the house quickly with crawling and scooting. She can pull to stand and remain standing with minimal support. She can walk with hand support or a reverse walker. She can self-feed. She loves playing games such as hot potato, duck duck goose, and catch. She has an infectious laugh and smile and brings a special energy and joy wherever she goes. She often seeks out trusted caregivers and requests hugs and kisses. She will turn her face from side to side to ensure she gets kisses on both cheeks. She would be an incredible gift to any family and has a huge capacity to learn and grow in a family environment.

December 2018 update: Izzy is learning and making progress steadily! She is now potty trained. She is making strength gains, and her ability to use her walker is improving. She is able to go up and down stairs by crawling/scooting. Her receptive language is growing and she now responds to many commands and knows the English words for many household objects. She has learned her body parts and picked up more sign language. She can match colors and do simple puzzles. She knows the names of all the other kids in the house. She is beginning to use a program on her iPad to expand her communication. She enjoys coloring and is beginning to engage in imaginative play with dolls. She loves to dance and has learned the motions to multiple action songs. She anticipates the next activity in her daily routine. Her social nature and love of life continue to be so endearing! Izzy is so bright and would THRIVE in a family! Videos available.

Izzy also has a $5000 grant offered by Here I Am Orphan Ministries!

$1,085.00 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!

Girl, born 2015

Gracelyn is a beautiful little girl who has Down syndrome, West syndrome and Cerebral Palsy.

Update Oct. 2019

Diagnosis: Translocation Down syndrome; West Syndrome; Spastic CP; GERD; equinovarus foot (clubbed foot)

Gracelynn was raised by her birth family for the first year of her life. She began having seizures at the age of 6 months. She was placed in the orphanage 5 days before her first birthday. Gracelynn was placed on medication to control her seizures before arriving at the orphanage. She has been monitored by a neurologist and had check-ups every 6 months. An EEG when she was 23 months old showed no epiletic activity. Following a neurology appointment when she was 3 years old, due to the lack of seizures and seizure activity for 2 years, seizure medication was reduced. She began presenting with signs of seizures after the reduction of medication, so the medication was resumed and seizure activity stopped. No seizure activity has been observed since her medication was resumed. Gracelynn also has GERD and experiences gas pains and vomiting as a result. She’s also had several instances of pneumonia. It is possible that Gracelynn has aspiration issues, but this has not been medically diagnosed, as it is not something they typically test for in her birth country. She is being treated with medication for GERD.
Gracelynn lives in the “medical ward” section of the orphanage. This means that while her medical and therapy needs are being met, she does not have many opportunities to interact with other children or to improve developmentally. She spends a large portion of her day alone in a crib. When on her back, Gracelynn will roll onto her right side. She tries to sit up by lifting her head and her legs. She can hold her head up and she sits upright when placed in a walker or special chair. She will follow voices and objects with her eyes. She turns her head when her name is called. She will occasionally reach for toys. She eats soft mashed food from a spoon.

*** I am eligible for a $2,000 Grant! ***
This grant is offered by Reece’s Rainbow, for children in this specific country. Grant funds are dependent on available funding. 

$2,596.65 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!

Girl, born 2015
PRC
Down syndrome, CHD

Listed: July 2018

Meet Penelope! She is a lovable and charming little girl who is 3 years old. Penelope came into care when she was about 6 months old. After a few months at the orphanage, she was placed with a foster family, where she has blossomed! Penelope was born with Down syndrome. She has an ASD, which as of her report in 2017, had required no treatment. Penelope has the typical delays seen with Down syndrome, but has accomplished a lot since joining her foster family. She is especially close to her older foster brother, and waits impatiently for him to come home from school. Sadly, even an excellent foster family is not a permanent solution for an orphan. Penelope needs a family who will become hers forever. This sweet little one is waiting!

Video 1, Video 2, Video 3

 

An adoptive family for Penny is also eligible for a $5000 matching grant from RODS Racing!

$5,000.00 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 2012
Down syndrome
CO-7

Listed: June 2018

Updated pics & video available from March 2020!  He is potty-trained during the day, but wears a pull-up at night.

Adorable Anton loves to color, play with the hole puncher and throw confetti. He is also interested in photography. He loves going to school to be with his teachers and classmates. He likes to wear his school uniform. He can play alone but prefers to play with other children. He likes to be a leader and share his favorite toys. Anton recognizes geometric shapes. He generally follows rules and respects the instructions of adults. He understands what he is asked of him. Anton is expressive, recognizes the parts of the body, has good personal presentation and is known for leaving his work area very neat. Anton is a charming young boy that will bring happiness and joy to a family.

A grant of $2500 is also available from a specific agency, for Anton’s adoption!

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

$6,464.33 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, CHD (post-op)

Listed: May 2018

Update from Oct 2019:  Tasha is a darling girl! She is typically healthy, and potty training. She has a good personality. She is active and energetic with lots of facial expressions. She is a determined girl. She likes watching cartoon movies and listening to music. She watches it quietly and afterwards she will imitate and clap her hands. Sometimes she has a temper, but it’s easy to please her and make her happy again. Tasha is well-behaved and cooperative. She can walk, run slowly on her own, and climb upstairs/downstairs when holding your hand. Tasha is attached to others, and she knows how to communicate with people. She shares her toys/snacks with other kids. She gets along well with other kids and adults. She loves group activities and loves to talk with her roommates next to her. She has been living in the orphanage since January of 2016. She has never been fostered. She and other kids of the same age share a bedroom. She lags behind compared with other kids of the same age. She sometimes imitates adults’ talk; she cannot express herself with words, but can using body language or by crying to communicate. She understands some simple instructions, such as “Bring the ball to me!” and “Dump garbage into the bin.” Tasha has received heart surgery before. She has been healthy since.

Tasha is waiting for a family to share her life with. She is in need of love and encourage to help her grow!

Tasha’s current agency has a $2500 grant towards the cost of her adoption.

$18.00 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!

Girl, born 2014
PRC
Down Syndrome, Burn scar on L leg, birthmark on R leg

Listed: May 2018

This little girl is pure happiness! Betsy enjoys playing with toys, looking at picture books, and she especially loves outdoor activities. Her favorite toys are rubber balls she can throw, though she doesn’t really aim where she throws them yet! She has a good appetite and can feed herself with a spoon. Betsy has Down syndrome, and her medical notes a history of elevated liver enzymes (ALT). She also has a burn scar on her left leg and a birthmark on her right leg. She can walk, go up and down stairs, and stand on one foot for several seconds! She will verbally express her needs as well as use sign language when asking for things. Her fine motor skills are developing well; she can pour water back and forth without spilling it, stack eight blocks and put on her shoes! She can say several simple words such as dad, sister, bye, and aunt and imitates other words as well. Her greatest need is for a family to step forward for her and show her a wonderful childhood.

Betsy’s agency has a $5000 grant, available to families who qualify, to assist with the cost of this adoption.

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

$1,045.00 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!

Girl, born 2016
PRC
Down syndrome, Congenital heart defect

Listed: May 2018

Update, Jan 2020:  She still cannot stand or walk independently. She needs someone for support.   Just an aside — With all the layers and slippers she is wearing, it would be hard to learn to walk. Her area doesn’t have centralized heating and she is in a foster family where they may be doing a lot for her too.

Update Oct 2019:  She can now crawl, but she cannot walk. She can stand alone and can squat. I think she would be able to talk, but she is scared. Her health is good. She is a bit chubby, she needs to be fed often. She is very interested in music. When music is playing, she can keep up with the rhythm/tempo and will try to jump to the music, but her feet don’t get off the ground. She can’t speak yet, but can recognize words. She can understand simple commands. She is warm towards people. Her foster parents are elderly. They only sent over one picture. The rest are from a recent home visit. Occasionally, she will say “baba” or “mama” and she says it very clearly. But, she doesn’t make any requests when she calls out. She knows her body parts and her 5 senses. She understands the meaning of “no.” She currently has 16 teeth.

Eliza is a delightful little one; she is such a happy and social little girl. Eliza was born with Down syndrome, and has the typical motor delays. She has had surgery to correct her heart issues; ASD/VSD/PDA, and has recovered well. Eliza lives with a foster family, to whom she is very close. She loves to play, and loves toys that make music. She is spunky, sweet, and waiting for a family of her own!

There are many recent photos and videos in her file! ​

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

$468.00 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 2014
Blind

Listed: May 2018

Georgie was transferred to his current home in April 2018. He had experienced neglect and under-stimulation in his previous orphanage but already his development is progressing and we look forward to seeing Georgie learn and explore the world. Georgie is functionally blind and has very little light perception. He has been doing so well in his transition into this new chapter of life. Everyday we are more captivated by his bubbly, sweet, gentle disposition.

Georgie is rapidly changing and developing. He is learning how to scoot around, bear weight, and explore with his hands. He had no experience in his previous home with self feeding, but already is making great progress and is self feeding with minimal support. He had no English exposure previously, but in just a month his English understanding is already developing and he responds to several commands. He is weak, but gaining strength. He can pull up to a stand using a surface for support.

Georgie loves making silly noises and often vocalizes silly babbles, finds interesting surfaces to tap on, or picks things up and throws them to hear their clatter. Georgie is very social. He loves to be held and swung around. He sometimes whimpers when he is put down and communicates non-verbally that he wants to be held. He mimics sounds others make and often bursts with excited laughter when playing with other adults and children. We are so excited to see him begin to hit the milestones he is already working towards.

 

UPDATE NOV 2018:  Georgie is totally blind. It has been confirmed that he has no light perception, Leber’s is suspected. Georgie can now crawl, walk independently, climb up and down stairs (with a railing), and balance on a balance board. He self-feeds. He is good at predicting parts of a routine. His language, both receptive and expressive, is growing steadily. He can respond to various commands in English such as “Come”, “Clap”, “Spin”, and “Touch your head”. He will follow sounds and voices and will seek them out when it’s a preferred person/object. He is showing an increased ability to self-entertain and will seek out toys in his environment. He loves to repeat songs and commonly heard phrases. He likes to interact with others through playing echoing games and will giggle and laugh when playing. Georgie has a relaxed, easy-going personality. He also loves to be silly and will find reasons to laugh. Some of his favorite activities are playing in water, swinging, and playing catch. He is social and loves to be held and cuddled.

$2,502.40 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 2008

Listed: April 2018

Intellectual disability. No spasticity. She walks independently but her gait is a bit weak. Social, interactive, beautiful, engaging, loveable child with a sense of humor who loves to laugh. She can feed herself. She has good receptive language in her native language, but is non-verbal.

She can imitate some sounds. Enjoys playing with musical toys, toys that stack, toys with small parts that fit inside, trying to trace letters with chalk, and throwing and trying to catch balls. Able to concentrate on one toy for a sustained period of time.

Follows directions well. Prefers soft solid foods and favorite food is eggs. Loves the beach. She can go up and down stairs by herself holding the railing. She enjoys being with other people and is friendly with adults and children.

March 2020 Update: Melanie is working on a number of daily living skills. She is eating independently, able to wash her hands with verbal prompts, and working on other skills such as getting dressed independently. She is able to identify colors as well. Melanie is currently working towards the goals of saying her name, drawing shapes, and increasing her sounds and words.

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds. For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

Girl, born 2012
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: April 2018

Update & new pic from Oct 2019!

Shelbie Mae does speak, usually in short sentences (2-3 words). She attends a school for kids with special needs. Shelbie enjoys singing and dancing; she doesn’t know the lyrics but she does know the tunes. She is outgoing and active, and flexible with changes in her routine. She maintains eye contact, and likes to give hugs. Shelbie likes to play with the other kids.

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Outgoing Shelby is always ready for fun! She’s always ready to join in games or music classes. Shelby was born with Down syndrome so she’s a little behind her peers in development. Shelby can run, climb stairs, and copy simple drawings. Her biggest areas of delay is in language development, but is speaking a few words and is pretty chatty. Otherwise, she has been physically healthy and rarely gets sick. Shelby is pretty self-sufficient and can dress herself- buttons and all! Shelby is curious and observant. She loves to imitate others, especially following adults in the latest dance moves.  Are you ready to practice your dance moves with Shelby?

Families qualify for a $5,000 subsidy with her current adoption agency, AND a $3,000 grant from Love Without Boundaries.

*** 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***

$1,500.00 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!

Girl, DOB Jan/2009
Hydrocephalus – undergone surgery.

Listed: March 2018

Julie’s age was estimated.  Please check with the agency for further information.

February 2020 Update: Julie is just as friendly as ever! When people she knows or visitors enter the room, she grins from ear to ear and calls them over to say hi. Julie is a girl who can make everyone laugh! She is spunky, funny, and oh, so sassy. Julie continues to work on her letters, numbers, shapes, and colors in class. She can now count to 10, she can identify 15% of the English alphabet, and identify basic colors.

She is bonded to her primary caregiver and gets along with the other children in her home. She loves to hold babies and play with other children her age. She can sit independently and crawl. She receives physical therapy 5 times a week where she working on tall kneeling and strengthening her back muscles. She can bear weight on her legs during physical therapy with the help of AFOs.

Julie had hip surgery in July 2019. She is working daily with her physical therapist to regain strength in her legs, core, and arms. Through a variety of exercises, she is sitting independently again and has started to crawl. Julie also stands with assistance while wearing AFOs during therapy. Julie is one tough cookie and she is working hard to be even stronger than she was before.

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Julie is funny and sassy. She is a friendly child and always greets visitors with a big smile and waves them over to say hello. She has good use of her hands and is able to complete tasks such as feeding herself and is working on pre-writing skills. Julie attends an on-site school where she works with her teacher on learning her English alphabet and shapes. She can count up to 5 and identifies basic colors. Julie likes to look at books and play with toys, especially baby dolls and blocks. She speaks full sentences in her native language, and speaks 70 plus English words. She understands most of what is being said to her in both English and her native language.

She is bonded to her primary caregiver and gets along with the other children. She loves to hold the babies and play with other children her age. She can sit independently and crawl. She receives physical therapy 3-4 times a week where she working on tall kneeling and strengthening her back muscles. She has recently started bearing weight on her legs during physical therapy with the help of AFOs. Julie is also in the progress of potty training and has been doing really well with this.

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds. For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

Girl, born 2007
Seizure disorder, intellectual delay

Tricia has a seizure disorder for which she is on medication. She is now seizure free. She also has intellectual delay. She can speak in short sentences in her native language and uses some words in English. Her speech is somewhat slurred and she has difficulty with social skills, attending to tasks and conversation.

Listed: Feb 2018

February 2020 Update: Tricia is a happy girl with lots of energy. She speaks her native language and English in simple sentences. She has classes every morning that includes learning the alphabet, colors, and simple words and their meanings. She has a difficult time concentrating for long periods of time so she has breaks where she listens to her favorite songs and dances around the house. Tricia loves listening to music, painting, and picking out her prettiest outfits for the day. You can find her most days jumping on the trampoline, spending time with her best friend, and/or drawing on any piece of paper she can find. Tricia thrives on individual attention and craves the love of being called daughter and having her very own family.

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Tricia is a sweet, happy girl who loves dancing, music, and jumping on the trampoline. She loves to be with her caregivers, the other girls in her home, and is very friendly with new people. She is very affectionate. She struggles with writing her alphabet and therefore does not enjoy it very much. She is interested in fashion and looking her cutest in a pretty dress with a flower in her hair. She has lots of energy to run around and jump up for a hug. She has a sweet voice and likes to show you her work. She is very motivated by adult attention and is learning boundaries with adults she doesn’t know well. She desperately asks for a family.

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds. For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

Girl: 2007

Listed: 2/2018

Diagnosis: epilepsy –

Giada has grand mal seizures (with small seizures (petit mal) or without them), unspecified; congenital malformation syndromes predominantly affecting facial appearance; genetic syndrome – chromosomopathy or monogenic syndrome; facial dysmorphism; psychological and behavioral disorders related to past trauma.  More information is available from the agency for interested parents.

Giada is on medication for her seizures.

Family history: the child’s biological mother has mental delay, epilepsy- grand mal seizures (she had Depakine during pregnancy) and cerebrovascular disease; the child’s biological father had mental delay and abused alcohol.

Giada is sociable and outgoing girl. She interacts and looks for contact with peers and adults. She is able to cooperate with other children from her class. Giada loves to draw and color, as well as to solve puzzles. She prefers to play with her peers or older children. She loves to play with children younger than her so she can take care of them. She cooperates in games.

Giada knows what adoption means and she dreams about being adopted and have a forever family of her own.

B/c we only have her file for a short time, donations will not be accepted until a family is found for her.

UPDATE: Oct. 2018:

Giada is physically well developed for her age with mild neuropsychological developmental delay. Her Epilepsy (petit mal seizures) is well managed with medication. She has a well developed fine and gross motor skills. She can read and write. She loves to paint and to play sports. She has a well-developed imagination.

She attends a public school and is doing very well there. Her dream is to become a teacher one day. Giada is not shy. She is able to communicate easily and maintain a dialogue with her classmates and adults. She has good hygiene habits.

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds. For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

Girl, born 2006

Listed: Feb 2018

Molly has cerebral palsy. She can sit independently for short periods of time. She has a feeding tube to supplement her nutrition and help her gain weight, but she continues to eat her meals by mouth. She likes self feeding with hand over hand support. She is potty-trained using a Rifton chair. She tries very hard to communicate using limited sign and speech. She has an eye gaze-controlled computer which allows her to communicate with others. Molly is laid back and content. She loves to be included and likes being silly and goofy. She is very intelligent but has a difficult time showing what she knows given her communication limitations. Knows her English alphabet and can read simple words. Can spell her name. Enjoys playing games (she is competitive) and listening to stories (she can recap the plots of simple stories by selecting images that correspond with the plot). Likes to color. Enjoys being social and playing with other kids, especially make believe (baby dolls are her favorite).

Jan 2019 Update: In March 2018, due to increasing hip pain and subluxation of her hip joints, Molly underwent a major double hip surgery: femoral derotation and osteotomy to correct the alignment of her hips and femurs. She was in a spica cast (immobilizing her hips and knees) for over a month. She then spent much of the year re-gaining the strength and movement that she had lost while immobilized. She is a fighter and persevered through significant discomfort over the past year. She maintained her joyful, sweet spirit throughout! Molly celebrated her 12th birthday in December. She was very excited to receive a new traditional dress for the occasion and to get henna designs drawn on her arms. She loves getting fancy and looked so gorgeous! Molly was also very enthusiastic about her cake as she loves all sweets. Over the past year, Molly developed a new interest in make-up and will request to wear it by reaching up and rubbing her hand on her lips and cheeks. She also was introduced to the movie “Frozen” and it has become a favorite. She will “sing” (vocalize) along to favorite songs such as “Let it Go”. Molly may not stand out as one of the youngest or one of the sickest, but she is so worthy of a family. She would be a beautiful addition to a family and a beloved daughter, sister, and cousin.

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds. For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

Girl, born 2009

Penny appears to have a genetic syndrome – possibly Rubinstein-Taybi – but further genetic testing is required to confirm. It was also discovered in January 2016 that she is profoundly deaf. Left eye convergent strabismus, right eye dominant, wears glasses.

Listed: Feb 2018

February 2020 Update: Penny can take steps with assistance and uses a gait trainer to walk around. Penny is a big fan of sensory play! She will sit beside a tub of water and swirl the water round and round. Penny also enjoys finding objects hidden in sensory containers. She slowly drags her hands through the container finding the objects hidden beneath the surface. Penny is a friendly child who loves people so much! When someone walks into the room and approaches her, she gets so excited. Penny will flap her arms and grin from ear to ear, giggling the whole time. Penny loves being held and squeezed tightly. She also enjoys having her face cupped between her or someone else’s hands. Penny finds a lot of amusement in holding people’s hands and guiding them over a light source to create shadows which she intently watches as they bend and flow. Sweet Penny loves deeply and it is very easy to love her right back.

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds. For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

Girl, born 2004

Listed: Feb 2018

Ginger has cerebral palsy and intellectual delay. She can walk independently but is a bit wobbly on unstable surfaces. When she has her glasses on she is more stable. She is adorable, friendly, and eager to learn and explore. She is non verbal. She can say a few words that are not very clear, however those who know her know what she is saying. She knows some signs such as water, eat, bathroom. She loves to be a helper to the teachers in her onsite special class. She can identify letters and numbers 1-10 by pointing to the correct answer. She knows her English alphabet in sign language and her colors. She is currently scribbling as she has difficulty holding the pencil. She is working on tasks in school like beading, using a pincer grasp, and developing her gross motor skills such as walking in a straight line.

December 2018 UPDATE: Ginger is doing great! She has learned to colour in large objects rather than scribbling, and this has been a fun new activity for her. She has also been enjoying making Christmas crafts and helping to decorate her home. She needs support with this, but loves to try her hardest and is proud of her work. Right now she is enjoying playing with toys like Legos and puzzles. She is a kind friend. Whenever one of the other girls is sad, she comforts them by sitting beside them, giving a hug, and patting their arms or legs.

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds. For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

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

February 2020 update: Eden’s acrobatic skills have only increased over this past year. She has discovered how to climb out of her bed and into the bed of one of the older girls in her home. This cuddle bug loves any chance to seek out physical touch- whether it is sneaking late night cuddles or laying in the swing in her home with one of her friends. The disc swing in her home remains her favorite place, however she has grown fond of a plastic rocking horse as well.

Eden continues to take daily morning walks with her teacher to continue to practice her cane skills. Eden is now able to climb a flight of stairs while holding onto the railing and receiving promptings from her teacher. Recently, Eden has shown an increase in desire to explore her surroundings. Eden’s teacher has been working with her on spatial recognition and her ability to find new landmarks in her home. Eden is currently working on self-feedings skills. At first she was reluctant to hold her spoon during meal times, but now she is able to hold it with assistance for her entire meal. She is doing incredible! We are optimistic that this is a skill she will master this year! Eden continues to wear her processors daily. Recently Eden has begun attending speech therapy three days a week. She has begun babbling more. We hope that with speech therapy she will be able to begin to associate more meaning with the noises that she hears.

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.

$3,611.81 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 2007
quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy; takes medication to control seizures

Listed: Feb 2018

February 2020 Update: Daylan participates in daily educational and motor skill classes with the use of his wheelchair and a lap-tray. Daylan is eager and determined to learn! He loves working on basic spelling and math, and is so proud of himself when he learns something new! He is currently using a combination of assistive technology and PECS to help him with his non-verbal communication. Even without these, Daylan is still loud and clear in his communication using vocalizations, facial expressions and pointing to make his needs and feelings known. He loves to use switch-adapted toys and toys with large buttons that he is able to use independently. Unfortunately, Daylan’s dystonia has become more severe as he has grown over the past year. His ability to roll and scoot around the floor has decreased significantly, but he is still able to sit comfortably in his wheelchair with the support of a back brace. Daylan is incredibly joyful, sweet, goofy, sassy, and spunky. One of Daylan’s current favorite games is to lay next to one of the other boys in his home and attempt to stick his finger into their noses and ears! This always brings lots of laughter from everyone around him! Daylan truly has so much potential to thrive in a family!

Video available.

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds. For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

Girl, born 2005
Mild cerebral palsy, monoplegia (only left hand affected), developmental and speech delay; seizure history

Listed: Feb 2018

February 2020 Update: Esther is a sweet girl with a joyful and spunky spirit. She speaks her native language fluently and can understand most English. Her sentences in English are simple and she would benefit from the support of a speech therapist. She has many friends and can usually be found in a circle of girls playing with toys or sitting in a reading corner with her favorite book. Esther enjoys English and writing but has difficulty concentrating in math. She has memorized her alphabet and numbers 1-300. She can write four and five letter words neatly. Esther thrives on one on one attention and can focus on her schooling best when given individual attention. Esther’s hobbies include jumping on the trampoline, coloring, painting, dancing, and singing. One of her favorite times of the day is when everyone is settling in for the night and she is able to sit down, either singing or dancing with her friends, or reading her favorite book. This sweet girl longs to have a family of her own.
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Esther speaks her native language fluently and understands some English. Her sentences in both languages are not clear and she needs the support of a speech therapist. She is on medication to control seizures and is seizure free. She tends to have trouble concentrating and attending to conversation. Social skills are delayed but she is well liked by the other girls and plays nicely. She has memorized her alphabet and numbers 1 to 200. She is writing four letter words neatly. She thrives from having adult attention and asks desperately when her family is coming. She is learning appropriate boundaries with strangers and tends to request hugs from any adult.

Esther likes jumping on the trampoline, cuddling with caregivers, coloring, dancing and singing. Esther likes to be active with the other children in her house, but she also is comfortable entertaining herself with books and other quiet activities.

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds. For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

Boy, born 2013
quadriplegic cerebral palsy

Listed: January 2018

February 2020 Update: Connor’s dark brown eyes and sweet smile are captivating. He has a kind, funny, gentle soul. He is cautious of new people in his home, but friendly. Connor has displayed the ability to cultivate deep connections with a trusting caregiver. He continues to love to be held and cuddled. Connor has become more interested in playing with his friends rather than self-play. He always wants to be included in activities. The cheeky little boy that he is, he loves to wiggle around or kick his legs when receiving feedings through his peg tube. He laughs and laughs as his caregiver attempts to get him to sit still long enough for his nurse to administer his feeding. Connor loves dancing to music, any chance to be outside, one-on-one time, watching movies and making crafts with his teacher. Connor enjoys watching his surroundings. When something is happening that he does not like or if he wants to be included in an activity he makes sure to let you know. Connor is incredibly smart. While he is nonverbal, he is very communicative and expressive. He makes his needs known clearly and is never afraid to express exactly what he wants from you.

Connor uses switch toys and certain iPad apps in classes. He loves doing activities that allow him to make independent choices. Connor has learned how to identify and point to different body parts when asked. In therapy, Connor is working on sitting independently. Currently, he is able to do so for ten, consecutive seconds. During free play, he likes to roll around next to his friends and often rolls into them, laughing. Connor would make such a wonderful son. His heart longs for family and deep connection with others.

$2,022.90 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 2016
PRC
Down syndrome, CHD (ASD)

Listed: January 2018

Joaquin is a cutie pie who was born with down syndrome and a congenital heart defect- an ASD that appears to have closed on its own. Joaquin is said to always have a smile on his face ad laughs out loud when teased. Joaquin loves when his caregivers lovingly touch him or hold him. He carefully concentrates on his caretaker’s face and expressions when she works with him on exercises. At 9 months of age, he was making sounds to respond to his caretakers and could roll over and crawl across a room. Joaquin was good at grabbing for toys and holding onto them. He also was able to recognize his name and could track sound. He reads his caregiver’s facial expressions well and responds appropriately. Joaquin has stranger anxiety that is typical for a child his age and is close with his special caregiver. He loves to hold her hand and smiles at her when she smiles at him or when she compliments him. When the weather is nice, Joaquin enjoys outdoor time. He has a good appetite and is a good sleeper too. Joaquin is quiet and obedient and likes to play with his favorite toys or play games with other children, led by his caretakers. We hope this handsome little fella finds a family who can get him home while he is still so young!

Video:  https://vimeo.com/254420871

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

$1,794.50 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 2015
PRC
Down syndrome/CHD (post surgery)

Listed:  Jan 2018

Meet Poppie! This little one is so sweet! These photos were taken when she was about to turn 1 year old. Poppie came into care as a baby, and was found to have Down syndrome as well as some heart issues; VSD/ASD/PDA/PH, of which the VSD and PDA have been surgically corrected. Poppie has the developmental delays typically seen in kids with Down syndrome. She is engaging, observant…and, of course, incredibly cute! Poppie loves her nanny, and also loves to play.

Update from 2018:  She is described as happy and cuddly. Her file shows she can stand and walk by holding onto a support. Her update in 2018 states she can say short words, such as “mama”. Her favorite activities are cuddling her caretakers and playing with colorful bells.

$111.00 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!

Girl, born 2013
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed:  Dec 2017

Addie is a darling little girl with Down syndrome. She has been living at the orphanage since she was less than one month old. Addie can walk alone, go up and down stairs by herself and run fast! She is a bright little girl who is curious about her surroundings. She attends school and she likes to imitate adults. She can draw with a pen, eat with a spoon, wash her hands by herself, and help set up the table and meal times. She likes to give her doll a bath, imitating her caregivers. Her language is delayed and she communicates what she wants with gestures. This affectionate little girl likes to be held and smiles happily when her caregiver carries her. Her caregivers and teachers think she is adorable!

Update!  New videos & photos from May 2019!

The agency which currently has Addie’s file is also offering a $1500 grant for her adoption.

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

$22.50 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 2013
PRC
Down syndrome, CHD (post-op)

Listed:  Dec 2017

Update from 2019: Beatrice has been diagnosed with Down syndrome and post-operative congenital heart disease.  Beatrice is learning speech and has made progress. She can say simple phrases and names, such as “hello, teacher” and the names of her friends. Beatrice can express her needs in simple words and she can understand instructions. Her file states that she can walk, go up and down stairs, and climb over fences without assistance. Beatrice’s files states that she is helpful and will assist her teacher in organizing, putting chairs back to their proper place, help other children put on shoes, and sweep with a broom. Her file shows she’s very attentive towards others and will help children get up if they fall while playing.

*** 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***

$1,151.94 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 2013

Arnold chiari syndrome
flaccid paraplegia
anemia

 

Listed: December 2017

 

$2,377.30 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 2016
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: December 2017

It is impossible not to smile when looking at pictures of Jenna! She has got character too! In a very recent update, Jenna’s caretakers described her as happy, outgoing, and active. Jenna was brought into care when she was almost 4 months old.

The staff gave Jenna a name representing their good wishes that she would be beautiful, optimistic, happy, and healthy. Jenna was assessed and no medical conditions were found. Jenna does have down syndrome. It is shared that Jenna is a healthy child, who rarely gets sick. At 12 months of age, she was raising her head, turning over, grasping at toys, and sitting upright with support. She enjoys watching television, and is a gregarious child. Jenna’s updated pictures and videos show that she is a very flexible little lady. Jenna would absolutely thrive with the individualized care and attention of a family!

 

$525.00 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!

Girl, born 2006
Apert syndrome, craniosyntosis (frontal skull reconstruction done, midface advance needed, would be best done in the US), syndactyly of feet and hands (fingers surgically separated–has 4 digits on each hand).

Listed: November 2017

March 2020 Update: Rebekah is continuing to improve her literacy in both her native language and English. She is working on reading and writing sentences and expanding vocabulary. She is able to do small simple addition with single digits, and is working on moving on to double digit addition. In pre-vocational classes, she is learning to make paper chains and improving her needle and threading skills.

Rebekah feeds herself independently and calls people by name. She can identify objects and colors. She is independent in indicating her needs and independent in her self care. She is attending on site school where she can write numbers 1 to 200. She loves counting things. She knows and writes all of her upper and lower case letters. She is reading and writing 3 letter words. She can spell her name.She doesn’t want to miss out on what is happening, she is eager to be a part of the fun. She enjoys sitting with adults and telling stories. She loves to color, draw and write. She is proud to be a helper and to be independent. She is working on pre-vocational skills of washing dishes and sweeping and fine motor skills like beading, threading, and cutting with scissors. She is well liked by all the staff and is helpful in the home. She has several very close friends with whom she gets all very well.

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds.  For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

Girl, born 2014
PRC
Down syndrome, congenital heart defect-ASD

Listed: November 2017

File update available from early 2020!  She is well-behaved for her foster family, and considered “high-functioning.”   MANY VIDEOS AVAILABLE!

Luna is an absolutely precious girl, born in January of 2014, with Down syndrome and a congenital heart defect-ASD. Luna went into a foster family on Oct. 31, 2014. She is said to have a good appetite and is close to her foster grandma. Luna is an active little girl who likes crowded places, listening to music, toys that make sound, and outdoor activities. Do not miss her written update and all of her videos! She’s a waiting gem!

 

There is a $5,000 agency grant for Luna’s adoption.

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

$2,445.05 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
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: October 2017

Updated from 2019: Coco is an adorable and smart little girl, who loves to interact with others! Coco learns so much by observing her nannies. One of her caregivers shared this sweet story in her file: “I asked her “Coco, Where are your ears?” She didn’t seem to know. I touched her ear with my hand and told her “Coco’s ears are here.” Then I pulled my own ears as well and repeated telling her “ear, ear.” Then after about three minutes of playing, I asked her again “where are Coco’s ears?” She thought a while, looked at me, walked to me, and pulled my ears. We all laughed! Then I asked again “Where are Coco’s ears?” She then withdrew her hands and touched her own ears.” Coco goes to preschool in her orphanage. Right now she is learning how to count and recognize Chinese characters. She can say simple words and phrases. She plays well with other children and she can follow her nanny’s instructions.

MANY VIDEOS are available of this darling girl!

Families qualify for a $2,500 subsidy with her current adoption agency.

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

$600.00 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 2014
Spina bifida of lower lumbar and entire sacral region. Hydrocephalus (with VP shunt) and Chiari malformation. Had operation to release tethered spinal cord. Is catheterized.

Listed: October 2017

February 2020 Update: Zack continues to grow healthy and strong! Ever smiley, Zack is the social butterfly of his home. He adores when visitors come over and he loves making new friends. When going on walks in the neighborhood, Zack will call people as he passes by with a friendly “hello” and huge grin. Zack’s caregiver and teachers often call him a “handsome hero.” He cannot get enough of it! Due to this fact he has begun brushing his hair to the side with his fingers and smiling up at people until they tell him how handsome he is. It is endearing. Zack is truly the sweetest boy. Anytime anyone is sick or seems sad he will ask to sit with them and attempts to cheer them up or offers prayer. He deeply desires to see all of his friends happy at all times.

In classes Zack is currently learning shapes, days of the week, numbers one through ten, and the first five letters of the English alphabet. In play time he often requests blocks in order to build towers. Once they are completed he will call his caregiver in order to proudly show off his creation. When he is not building blocks he loves coloring, making crafts and playing with toy cars. His new favorite sensory play is with shaving cream. On Christmas the staff in his home filled a plastic swimming pool with shaving cream so the children in his home could play with “snow.” Ever since he has begun asking for shaving cream daily in his sensory class.

Recently Zack was gifted a new wheelchair that allows him to more easily reach the wheels. He has begun learning how to push himself in his chair. He is thrilled! While he is still in the early stages of learning this skill, he is already showing amazing progress! Obtaining this skill will be huge in Zack’s independence! He loves practicing and will often request to be taken on walks.  Zack often asks about his future family and is eager for the day that he is able to meet his mom and dad!

July 2019 update: Zack is the naughtiest and happiest boy in his home! He learned all his colours and is now learning his animals. He wants to be more independent! He can scoot backwards to get around by himself. He can make requests in both English and his local language and can translate English words to his local language for his caregiver! Zack loves his caregiver Ammama so much. He always scoots over to be near her and wants to be a part of what she is doing. One day he kept asking Ammama for a new shirt, so when she went on her monthly leave she brought him back a new blue shirt.

$2,058.50 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 2009
Down syndrome, Tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy performed in May 2014. Excellent heart echo, no longer needs follow-up. Structurally normal heart. Normal-sized cardiac chambers. No PAH/COA. Good biventricular systolic function.

Listed: October 2017

February 2020 Update: Heidi is a spunky, loving, and mischievous little girl. The sweet presence this girlie brings is a light to anyone’s day. Heidi attends in home classes everyday that includes English, math, art, and life skills. Heidi can understand and speak both he native language and most simple English sentences. Her speech might be difficult to understand for someone who does to know her, but her friends and caregivers know exactly what she is saying, and she is never too shy to tell you what she wants! She would benefit greatly from speech therapy. Heidi loves to write words, and she can write three to four letters words. She is able to do simple addition problems in math and is improving her skills! Heidi enjoys spending time with her friends, making crafts, listening to music, and hiding her toys all around the house to create games to find them later! Every night you can hear her quietly singing and playing with her baby doll on the porch. The people in Heidi’s life see how much she would thrive with a family. She hopes and prays for a family every night.

Update January 2018:  Heidi is identifying her ABCs and is able to write her alphabet. With some assistance she is able to write numbers 1 through 10. She receives tutoring from in home teachers and participates in other various learning activities at home as well as a special education class every morning at a local institute. Her speech has improved greatly, but she would benefit from speech therapy. She is verbal, but not everything is understood by those who don’t know her well. She speaks in sentences of 3-4 words in both English and Telugu, and can name caregivers and other children in the home. She uses sign language to communicate things like wanting food, water, or the bathroom. She attends the washroom independently. Heidi is observant and reserved when getting to know new people, but she does warm up to people and likes to share with her friends. She is comfortable playing independently and enjoys coloring. She loves to help around the home and can often be found cleaning or helping other kids. She has a wonderful imagination and likes to invite others to join in on her play.

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

Girl, born 2016
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: September 2017

Agency staff met Soleil in October when she was only 4 months old. Naturally, they kind of fell head over heels in love. Look at this sweetheart! She is now 14 months old and as cute as a button. At the time her file was prepared, she could crawl and sit independently. She can pick up and feed herself small finger foods. She bangs blocks together and understands what “no” means. She is very attached to her foster mom and is doing so well. This little sweetie needs a mommy and family of her own!

Soleil has a $1500 grant through her current agency.

$120.00 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!

Girl, born 2012
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: September 2017

Update below from August 2019 & a video from September 2019!

She is behind normal kids, but much better than other kids with Down syndrome. She has a very strong self-esteem. She’s not potty trained yet, but will ask when she needs help. She is active, busy, sometimes shy, and likes playing with kids of the same age. She is well behaved and obedient. She can walk, run, jump, and go upstairs and downstairs. Her fine motor skills are fair. She can draw, write, and pick up tiny objects.

Quinnlee is attached to her caretakers. The person she is closest to is her foster mother and she knows to care about others. She likes interacting with other people. She gets along well with adults and kids. She has been in a foster family since July of 2013. She gets along well with her foster family. She has experienced two foster families, but can get used to it quickly. She can express her needs well. Her language is a little behind kids of her age. Quinnlee likes dolls, and blocks, and bright colors.

There is a $5,000 agency grant for Quinn’s adoption with her current 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***

$15,004.50 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 2014
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: September 2017

Harper is a three year old sweetie who loves to dance and blow kisses! She is an active and fun little girl with a beautiful smile. Harper has benefitted from living with the same foster family for over two years and they have been providing her with wonderful opportunities to grow and learn in a family environment. Harper was born with down syndrome and no other medical issues. She has good physical skills – running, jumping, and climbing stairs. Her speech is a little unclear at times, but she understands what is said to her. Harper loves playing with her friends and her favorite foods are fruits such as watermelon and apples. Harper is listed with Madison Adoption Associates and she has a new update. Could your family be Harper’s forever family?

Additional videos (very recent!) and photos are available from the agency. Families qualify for a $5,000 subsidy through Harper Anne’s current 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***

$10.00 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!

Girl, born 2014
PRC
Down syndrome, anal atresia

Listed: August 2017

Feb 2020 Update:  Maya is a beyond precious girl, born in February of 2014, who is waiting for her forever family to fall in love with her sweet face! Maya likes to go on the rocking horse and play catch with her friends. When she sees herself in a mirror, she gets excited. Maya knows her name and turns with a smile when she is called. Maya is described as energetic and smiley. She likes playing with toys (especially musical ones), playing games with adults and with other children in the activity room, and playing outside. Maya also likes to listen to music and watch cartoons. She likes to clap her hands, wave goodbye, and blow kisses.

Maya can understand directions from an adult, such as, “Come drink, please.” She will put down her toy and come over. She can also respond to others asking for her objects. Maya entered a foster family in September of 2014. She spends 5.5 hours a day in the grandmother’s class at the orphanage, where she receives physical therapy and developmental training. The rest of the time she is with her foster family and she is very close to her foster mother. Maya was born with Down syndrome and anal atresia (stoma fistula on the abdomen). She also has alpha thalassemia (just a carrier). On September 13th, 2015 she received reconstructive surgery in Beijing. In March of 2016, she returned back to her home orphanage. She recovered well after the surgery. The doctors at the orphanage help her to do dilatation each day. Now she can use the potty for defecation and urination. Maya’s orphanage, a former MAA orphanage, reports that she is high functioning. She can follow directions well and can now dance to a whole song without any help from the teacher- a few songs actually! Does your family have room in your home and hearts for this treasure?

There’s a $5000 grant available for Maya’s adoption with her current 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***

$1,112.50 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!