Andy (2009), Izzy (2010) & Kayla (2013)

Listed: Oct. 2019

 

Andy and Izzy do not have any special needs.

Kayla has been diagnosed with mild mental delays, Other Nervous System Disorders in Diseases Classified Elsewhere and Neurological Status: Left Divergent Strabismus, Decreased Higher Cortical Functions.

 

Currently, Andy & Kayla are being raised together in a foster home, while Izzy is being raised in a different foster home in the same town. The children see each other often and want to be adopted together so that they can all live in the same home. The foster families do not speak the country’s native language in the home, so the children speak one language while at home and a 2nd language at school.

Andy tested at age appropriate levels on all psychological and emotional testing. He does well in school and does not have any behavioral concerns. He has age appropriate friendships, social skills, communication skills, and self-help skills. He likes to play football and eat french fries. When he grows up, he wants to be a policeman.
Izzy tested at age appropriate levels on all psychological and emotional testing. She does well in school and does not have any behavioral concerns. She has age appropriate friendships, social skills, communication skills, and self-help skills. She enjoys playing outside with her friends. When she grows up, she wants to be a teacher.
Kayla has speech delays that make it difficult to understand what she is saying. She is working with a speech therapist and learning to make the correct sounds so that her words are more easily understood. She is very active and takes medication to control impulsive behaviors and to help her attention span. Her foster mother reports that her behaviors have greatly improved with the addition of medication. She is attending kindergarten and responds well to play based learning.

*** 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

Ozzie
Age: 2014
Diagnosis: Coffin-Lowry Syndrome


Ozzie has decreased muscle tone. He can’t walk, but has recently started standing up in his crib with support. He smiles and has positive emotions when interacting with adults and when he is with the other children. He pronounces combinations of sounds. He laughs when playing peek-a-boo.

*There is an older child that is believed to be Ozzie’s older brother. However, they are NOT listed as needing to be adopted together. The other child is listed as Ollie  https://reecesrainbow.org/127612/ollie-2

*** 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

Ollie
Age: 2012
Diagnosis: Coffin-Lowry Syndrome

 

Ollie is now living in foster care.He is physically well developed. He has good coordination of his hands and feet. He walks without falling, and can run as well. Climbs up and goes down by the stairs when holding an adult or the railing. He can play with cubes by putting them and taking them out of a cup, but has some problems manipulating with smaller objects. He cannot eat and dress by himself yet, but does make attempts. He understood almost everything and fulfils small tasks. He likes playing hide and seek. He hides behind the door and when he is found, he laughs and stomps his feet. He is interested in musical cartoons and copies the movements of the actors.

*There is a younger child that is believed to be Ollie’s younger brother. However, they are NOT listed as needing to be adopted together. The other child is listed as Ozzie.  https://reecesrainbow.org/127615/ozzie

*** 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: 2016

Listed: Oct 2018

Special needs: genetic metabolic disease – pyruvate-kinase deficiency – homozygote mutation p-R 446; mild to moderate core and periventricular lesions; generalized muscle hypotonia; severely delayed physical and neuro-psychological development;

Josiah moves in space by turning from back to belly and vice versa. He has started forming some of the perceptions about objects from his constant surroundings and everyday life. He connects some objects from his surroundings with the actions performed with them.

When awake, Josiah is mostly calm. He would laugh out loud when jested. During active interactions with adults Josiah pronounces various sounds and random syllables.  Josiah follows a specific dietary regime and has food individually prepared for him. He is fed with a spoon by an adult and has a picky appetite. He is calm during dressing and bathing. Josiah’s sleep is calm.

*** 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 2007
S.E. Asia
Down syndrome, Hepatitis B

Listed: June 2018

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

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

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

Listed: June 2018

This 11 year old boy loves to do simple science experiments, dancing, and art activities. His caregivers describe him to be happy, extroverted, cooperative, and compassionate. He was approximately two months old when he entered into care and is diagnosed with Down syndrome and Hepatitis B. He attends a special education class at his care center but is said to have a short attention span. His caregivers report that he is extremely active and uses gestures or sounds to communicate. Maurice is reported to be protective of younger children, follow rules from known caregivers, and show remorse. He needs a prospective adoptive family familiar with Down syndrome who can provide excellent access to therapies and special education.

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

Boy, born 2007
S.E. Asia
Down syndrome

Listed: June 2018

This older boy loves to be the center of attention and likes to be close to his teacher. He is diagnosed with Down syndrome. He is noted to have good gross motor skills and can ride a tricycle, run, climb, use utensils to eat, throw a ball, and stand on one foot. He has also learned to dress himself without assistance but is still learning additional self-help skills. He enjoys dancing, coloring, playing with dolls, and watching cartoons.  Sylvan has one close friend at his care center but does need additional assistance in social skills and learning to share toys. He currently attends a special education class at his care center and is reported to have a good attention span. His teacher notes that he can follow simple one-step instructions and remembers the names of most of his friends. He can say a few simple words and communicates with gestures.  This older boy would do best as the youngest in a family. He needs a prospective adoptive family familiar with Down syndrome who can provide excellent access to therapies and special education.

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

Boy, born 2015
S.E. Asia
Down syndrome, malnutrition, umbilical hernia, and microcytic anemia

Listed: June 2018

This active and affectionate little boy came into care at approximately two months old. He is said to have an easy smile and enjoys joking with his caregivers. He especially likes being cuddled, hugged, and being held before bedtime. His caregivers report that he often explores objects placed around him and finds hidden things well. Despite some developmental delays he is progressing; he sits unsupported, crawls, pulls to stand, throws a ball, knows his name, babbles, and keeps good eye contact. This little guy needs a loving family who is knowledge of his special needs who can provide an excellent access to medical care and special education.

$225.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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

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

Listed: June 2016

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

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

$4,687.60 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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

boysillouettenophotoBoy, born June 2010
M26

Mental delays, speech developmental disorder, congenital cardiopathy – Ebstein anomaly or Horner syndrome (heart murmur)

Listed: Jan 2015

Pablo doesn’t show signs of recent or past of physical abuse. Echo-cardiogram and electrocardiogram performed showed ebstein anomaly (Horner Syndrome), moderated apical interventricular communication. Doesn’t require surgical treatment based on electrocardiogram results. Requires biannual follow up with both echo-cardiogram and electrocardiogram. It is possible that as an adult he will probably require tricuspid valve replacement.

*** 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 ***

tomas-1-croppedBoy, Born 2008
23M
Down syndrome, severe mental delays, congenital cardiopathy

Tomas is in urgent need of a family!  He is already 7 years old and needs to get HOME.  He has heart disease and recently needed a pacemaker installed.  He can stand a little with a walker but cannot walk. He can sit up on his own. He can only babble and cannot talk. He does smile a little bit at his caregivers. I don’t believe he is able to feed himself. He needs 100% help with all his activities.   Tomas would thrive in a family setting, with access to all the medical care and therapies he really needs!

 

Single moms welcome!  Please inquire!

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

This page lists out those children in countries which do permit single parents to adopt.   We even have one country which allows single DADS to adopt.    With so many children on our site to consider, we hope this one page for single parents will help make the decision easier!
These children can also be adopted by married couples.
Before falling in love with one of our children, please be sure to read carefully through our NEW FAMILY page to determine your eligibility and financial preparedness to adopt internationally.   If you have any questions about these children or suggestions for this page, please contact us.
 *** At this time, there are NO foreign programs which permit same-sex couples to adopt.  This is only possible through domestic adoption. These policies are set by the countries and do not reflect Reece’s Rainbow’s policy.***

International Programs

Reece’s Rainbow is a VOICE OF HOPE for children with Down syndrome and other special needs in around the world.

We started in 2006 with only five children in Ukraine! We are thrilled with the success and growth of this organization, and God’s ability to raise awareness for these beautiful children through us. More than 1,300 children are currently listed on our website waiting for their family to find them. Even if you are not in a position to adopt, you can make a life-saving difference for any child with your grant sponsorship gifts!

Info listed here is based on most recent program requirements and restrictions as stated by the individual country officials.

Africa 1

  • Married couples must be married at least 2 years
  • Single women may adopt girls, single men may adopt boys
  • Parents needs to be over age 25
  • Adoption process takes about 12 months after homestudy
  • Parents should be prepared to make three trips, staying 6 weeks each trip (in extreme cases).  This country typically requires parents to reside in country for 12 months to foster the child, but an exception may be given for medical reasons.
  • Any history of mental health issues should be discussed up front with the agency
  • Adoptive parents should have no criminal history
  • Total cost estimate is approx $36,000-38,000

Bulgaria

  • 2 trips; Trip 1 about a week, Trip 2 about 12 days
  • Approx cost only $25-30,000! (depends on how many people travel, time of year for travel, etc)
  • NO UPPER AGE LIMIT for parents
  • Heterosexual married couples and single women may apply; single men may apply to adopt boys
  • Easy dossier, very few restrictions
  • Only one parent has to travel
  • Multiple unrelated children can be adopted together

CANADIAN FAMILIES WELCOME!

China

  • Families may not adopt two unrelated children
  • Both parents must be at least 30 years of age at the time of dossier submission.
  • There can be up to 50-year age difference between the child and the younger spouse.
  • Couples must be married at least 2 years at the time of dossier submission.
  • If either spouse has two divorces, the minimum length for the current marriage is 5 years.
  • No more than two divorces per spouse.
  • Families can have up to 5 children under the age of 18 in the home.
  • The youngest child must be at least 3 years of age at the time of dossier submission.
  • Only single women may apply; must be at least 30 years of age at the time of dossier submission.
  • There can be up to a 50-year age difference between the child and the applicant.
  • For single women, there can be up to two children under the age of 18 in the home, and the youngest child must be at least 3 at the time of dossier submission.
  • The minimum annual income is $30,000 plus $10,000 for each child currently in the home.
  • The minimum net worth for singles is $100,000.
  • There are additional requirements for single applicants who live with a male partner.
  • At least one parent is required to travel to China, although travel by both parents is strongly encouraged.
  • The average trip length is 14 days. process takes about 12-24 months from application to placement depending on age and special needs
  • China requires minimum annual income of $30,000 plus $10,000 for each child currently in the home, and net worth of $80,000 for couples and $100,000 for singles.
  • Body mass index (BMI) cannot exceed 40 for each applicant.
  • If one spouse is healthy, China is open to a chronic well-controlled medical condition in the other spouse. For skin, thyroid, breast or testicular cancer, the applicant must be cancer free for at least 3 years. For other types of cancer, the applicant must be cancer free for at least 5 years. China is open to one or both applicants with a well-controlled mental health condition, such as anxiety or depression, with a positive mental health letter.
  • For families coming back into process, the soonest they can submit an LOI for another child is 6 months after the registration date of the initial adoption. The soonest a family can submit a dossier for another adoption (whether matched or not) is 12 months after the last adoption was registered.

Colombia

  • Colombia is now open to heterosexual and same-sex couples. Singles may still apply as well.
  • No family size restrictions
  • Both parents must travel to the country initially — but only one needs to stay for the duration of the trip which is approx 2-3 weeks
  • Estimated total cost $25,000-40,000 and this does not include 3rd party fees

Eastern Europe 4

  • Heterosexual married couples and single women can adopt, but singles can only apply for children in certain orphanages
  • Prefer at least one parent under the age of 50, but often lenient for children with special needs
  • Country prefers families with Christian background
  • Income requirement less rigid when adopting a child with special needs
  • No set family size restrictions, but the preference is for smaller families
  • Two trips are required; the first trip is 5 days, second trip is 21 days
  • Only one parent has to travel
  • Two unrelated children with non-correctable SN can be adopted together
  • Approx 15-18 months from commitment to complete adoption
  • Total cost estimate is $31,000-36,000 (including travel, homestudy and USCIS)

Eastern Europe 6

  • Heterosexual married couples and single women
  • Ages of adoptive parents flexible
  • No more than 5 children in the home
  • Children available between age 1-13
  • Adoption completed 9-10 months after referral acceptance
  • One trip (15-21 days)
  • Adoptive parents should have no history of adoption disruption or loss of parental rights
  • No history of mental health conditions, addiction, or infectious diseases
  • Adoptive parents should have no criminal history
  • Paperwork would need to be submitted to the country to obtain more information on a child
  • Total cost estimate is approx $40,000

Eastern Europe 7

  • Adoptive parents must be at least 18 years older than the child
  • Adoptive parents should not be more than 50 years of age. Exception can be made if parent is in good health and one spouse is under age 50.
  • Heterosexual married couples only (married at least 2 1/2 years)
  • Prospective parents should have no history of mental health conditions or infectious diseases
  • Agency requires family to be of the Christian faith, LDS is not accepted
  • Country prefers the adopted child to be the youngest in the family but it is not a requirement.
  • 1, 2, or 3 trips required. Depends on court verdict issued by judge (Many families have been able to do in one trip!)
  • First trip is about 8-10 days in country and both parents must travel. One or both parents are required to stay about 10 days after court IF the judge issues an immediate court decision.
  • Second trip (if required) is about 10 days in country and only one parent needs to travel
  • Total costs estimated around $30,000

CANADIAN FAMILIES WELCOME!

Eastern Europe 8

  • Be a married couple for at least 2 ½ years (agency rule)
  • Heterosexual married couples and single women may adopt
  • Parents must be at least 18 years older than the child (no exceptions)
  • Minimum of 25 years of age for parents; no upper age limit at this time
  • Three trips are required
  • Both parents for approximately 4 weeks for bonding time; stay in a furnished apartment or house with your new child for bonding
  • One parent returns for court 2-3 months later (very short trip, 2-3 days)
  • Third trip is 6-8 weeks after second; One parent returns for a Sunday-Friday to complete Embassy paperwork
  • Children can go home with parents after first trip. They will need to return for the second trip if they are 12 years or older. All children must return for the third trip to get new passport and visa.
  • Total cost, including travel approx $30-35,000
  • Multiple unrelated children can be adopted
  • Parent history of anxiety or depression is usually allowed, if parent is now in good health

Eastern Europe 9

  • Heterosexual married couples and single women
  • One parent needs to be over age 25
  • No upper age limit for parents
  • Adoption process takes 1-2 years
  • Three trips required
  • No history of mental health conditions, addiction, or infectious diseases
  • Adoptive parents should have no criminal history
  • Total cost estimate is approx $37,000-40,000

Ecuador

  • Parents must be 25 years old and no more than 45 years older than child
  • Preference is given to heterosexual married couples.  Must be married a minimum of 3 years.
  • Heterosexual single women and men accepted, although wait is longer
  • Parents must be healthy, both physically and mentally
  • Totally clean criminal background
  • Total average travel 8 weeks; one parent can return home after 30 days

Haiti

  • One parent must be at least 30 years old; not over 50 years old
  • Heterosexual married couples and single woman may adopt
  • Parents must be married at least 5 years
  • The number of children at home does not matter. Any child over 8 years old needs to give consent to the adoption as well.
  • Singles may currently adopt if 35 years old
  • Past depression is OK, but must explain the circumstances and past and/or current treatment
  • If a criminal history/background, must be explained in detail
  • Estimated cost from commitment to home is $28-32,000
  • Travel is required
  • Travel for pick-up is about a week

Hong Kong

  • Full medical and social info available
  • EASY travel, both parents for one trip (5-7 days)
  • Families are encouraged to travel, but escorting is available
  • Parents must be at least 25 years old
  • Married couples and singles
  • Couples married at least 3 years for first marriage
  • Mental health/depression history considered case by case
  • Relatively low cost – generally estimated around $16,000 to $18,000

India

  • Heterosexual married couples, must be married a minimum of 2 years
  • Single women allowed to adopt; Single men allowed to adopt boys
  • Minimum age to adopt is 25, maximum age to adopt is based on parents combined age
  • For special needs adoptions, up to three kids in the home is acceptable; four or five children in the home may be okay if adopting an older child or a child with a more significant special need
  • Sibling sets are available for adoption; non-related children may not be adopted at the same time
  • Average time frame for adoption is approx 12-18 months
  • Both parents may be required to travel
  • Travel varies by region; some require travel for court.  Travel could be a few days, or 3-4 weeks (longer timeframe can be done in two trips)
  • Parents should be medically healthy and financially stable; mental health and physical health histories are considered on a case by case basis
  • Criminal history will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Any felonies or crimes against children will disqualify families from eligibility.
  • Total costs approx $30-35,000updated Jan 2019

Kazakhstan

Information coming soon; Currently open to Canadians

Korea

  • From the time of paperwork completion and match until travel is about 12+ months
  • Two trips (each about a week) or one longer trip (about 5 weeks) and both parents must travel
  • There are some restrictions, so any family that has a medical, mental, arrest or substance dependency should contact the agency
  • Heterosexual married couples only; must be married a minimum of three years, no more than one divorce per spouse
  • Parents must be between the ages of 25 and 45 at time of application
  • No more than 4 children already in the home

Kyrgyzstan

  • Heterosexual married couples and single women may adopt
  • Sibling groups and multiple unrelated children can be adopted together
  • Adoption process approx 8-12 months
  • Three trips – both parents need to travel for trip one
  • Trip one is 10-15 days
  • Trip two – about 6-8 weeks after trip one, for court
  • Trip three – about 6-8 weeks after trip two, 7-10 days long
  • Total estimated cost is $43,000

Mexico

  • Heterosexual married couples or single heterosexuals may adopt (males and females)
  • Prospective adoptive parents must be over 25 years of age and at least 17 years older than the child. If married, only one parent must meet the age requirement.
  • If married, minimum of two years
  • Two to three trips, each about one week long
  • No income requirements beyond USCIS requirements
  • No particular heath or mental health related requirements
  • Multiple children in the form of sibling groups can be adopted together
  • The agency seeks Christian adoptive parents
  • Total cost approx info coming soon

Peru

  • Single women or heterosexual married couples, age 25-55
  • Couples must be married 2 1/2 years
  • Both parents, one trip of 4 weeks
  • After the adoption finalization and new birth certificate, one parent can go home early (about 2.5-3 weeks); one parent remains for final visa exit interview and new passport
  • Approx 9-12 months from dossier submission to travel
  • No set restriction on family size
  • Parents with mild mental health history may be considered on a case by case basis
  • Two unrelated children in the same orphanage can be adopted together
  • The agency seeks Christian adoptive parents
  • Total cost approx $27,000 (additional child, add about $5000)

The Philippines

  • Heterosexual married couples and single women may adopt
  • Parents must be at least 27 years old; and no more than 45 years older than the child
  • Single parents permitted for children over age 9
  • Must be married at least 3 years
  • Family size considered based on child desired
  • One trip, only 7 days!
  • Church reference letter required
  • Parents should have a BMI of 35 or under
  • Other medical or psychological issues can preclude adoption

Poland

Polish adoptions are now limited to these 4 categories:

  • intra-family intercountry adoption
  • intercountry adoption to reunite a child with his/her previously adopted siblings;
  • intercountry adoption of a child in exceptional life or health situations when local authorities are unable to find permanent or temporary domestic placements, such as foster care; OR
  • intercountry adoption by Polish citizens living abroad.

  • Heterosexual married couples and single women can adopt
  • Parents may be no more than 40 years older than child
  • One adoption center only allows Catholic families; non-Catholics are permitted by others
  • No income requirement other than USCIS
  • No family size restrictions, although preference may be given to families with no other children
  • Approx 6 weeks travel time; one parent may return to US after 3 weeks
  • Total cost estimated approx $30,000+

South Africa

  • Applications are encouraged from single men and single women, LGBTQ families, heterosexual married and unmarried couples
  • Parents under age 48 preferred at the time of dossier submission
  • Expected wait time from dossier submission to referral: 18-24 months
  • Travel occurs approximately 3-5 months after acceptance of referral
  • One trip required of approximately 4 weeks
  • Estimated total costs approx $30,000

Russia

Currently closed to US adoptions

Taiwan

  • Full medical and social info available
  • EASY travel – final trip is both parents for approx a week.  The judge may request an additional trip prior, for court.
  • No more than 3 or 5 children at home (different agencies in country have different requirements)
  • Heterosexual married couples, must be married 2 years
  • Only one previous divorce allowed per adoptive parent
  • Parents should be 25-50 years of age and in good health
  • Fees vary greatly, $27-40,000 plus travel (adoption of children with special needs tends to be on the lower end of that estimate)

Thailand

  • Both parents are required to travel and should expect to spend about two weeks
  • Heterosexual married couples, must be married 2.5 years; Single applicants are considered on a case-by-case basis for waiting children
  • Estimated total: $30-45,000

Ukraine

  • Heterosexual married couples only
  • Married Individual adoption available for those who qualify
  • No stated family size restrictions
  • As of late 2011, there’s no longer an upper age limit for parents
  • At least one parent must be a minimum of 15 years older than the child
  • Total with travel approx $35,000
  • Two to three trips total
  • First trip, to meet child & accept their official referral
  • Second trip, for court
  • 30 day wait after court; parents can return home during wait
  • Only one parent must return to complete the adoption after the wait
  • No current diagnosed history of mental health conditions or certain infectious diseases
  • No criminal history
  • May adopt multiple unrelated children
  • This is a very fast program! Start to finish is an average of 8-12 months. Families committing to children in this program, especially the children at risk of the institution, should be in a financial position to complete the adoption quickly. It is a blessing to be able to adopt so quickly, but leaves little time for major fundraising efforts.

CANADIAN FAMILIES WELCOME!

Vietnam

  • Heterosexual married couples and single women may adopt
  • Minimum 2 years of marriage
  • Parents need to be at least 20 years older than adopted child, minimum age 25
  • Parents age 50-54 should be open to children age 5+ with moderate to severe special needs
  • Parents age 55+ considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Preference may be given to families with up to 4 children; larger families considered on a case-by-case basis
  • One trip for both parents, about 3 weeks in country
  • Parents with diagnosed history of mental health conditions or major medical issues should discuss with the agency before applying
  • No criminal history
  • Application to placement can take 2-3 years

USCIS Income Requirements for Approval to Adopt Internationally

Adopting internationally is a complicated (but worth it!) process.  Part of this process is to apply for and be approved to bring a foreign-born child into this country.  The US Customs and Immigration Services Office (USCIS) in your state is responsible for approving either your I600A or your I800A application (depending on the country you hope to adopt from).

Before you even begin the international adoption process, it is essential to confirm that your family’s income not only meets the foreign country’s income requirements for adoption, but also our own USCIS requirements.   USCIS uses the US Poverty Guideline to determine whether your income is sufficient enough to adopt and care for another child.

Based on the total number of people in your household, including yourself, your spouse, all of your dependent children, AND the child/children you hope to bring home, you must meet a minimum of 125% of the US Poverty Guideline for the total number of household members.

Please note that active members of the military must only meet the 100% level.

Please also note that if you have adopted domestically, ADOPTION SUBSIDIES DO NOT COUNT AS TAXABLE INCOME.  These can NOT be counted towards your income for USCIS.  That subsidy income CAN be counted to meet the requirement of the foreign country, but not for USCIS.

The following are the 2020 Poverty Guidelines for the 48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia:


Size of Family Unit                     Poverty Guidelines               125 Percent


2                                                       $17,240                                  $21,550

3                                                       $21,720                                  $27,150

4                                                       $26,200                                 $32,750

5                                                       $30,680                                 $38,350

6                                                       $35,160                                  $43,950

7                                                       $39,640                                 $49,550

8                                                       $44,120                                 $55,150

For family units with more than 8 members, add $5,600 per family member to meet 125% of the poverty guideline.

Updated 4/3/2020

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The Adoption Process

Reece’s Rainbow is not an agency nor an adoption facilitator. Reece’s Rainbow is a grant foundation, helping families fundraise to offset the financial burden of international adoption.

We charge no fees to agencies (or families) for advocating purposes. Waiting children are listed on Reece’s Rainbow by the agency or facilitation team who has their information, and inquiring families are referred back to that listing agency for additional information.

Families applying with Reece’s Rainbow must already be in contact with a licensed home study social worker to complete their home study. You need to be in a financial position to pay for that upfront, along with any initial adoption agency fees.

When your Reece’s Rainbow application is received AND accepted, your family sponsorship donation page (FSP) will be set up.


These children have no time to spare. Their very lives depend on an aggressive, expedited adoption process….as quickly as the pieces can come together.

If you do not feel you will be able to meet this requirement, please wait to request a match until you are closer to meeting this goal. If you need to save up for your home study and agency fees, please do so prior to committing to a particular child.

Please read this information carefully …

1) Read carefully through our New Family page.

It takes more than a heart of a gold and the desire to give a child a family to adopt internationally. Reece’s Rainbow does our best to help overcome the financial/cost obstacle, but there are many other factors that all families must meet before knowing if adoption is a realistic option.

Our New Family page is designed to be an easy read to determine if you are qualified and financially prepared to make an adoption commitment at this time.

Please read this information carefully …

1) Read carefully through our New Family page.

It takes more than a heart of a gold and the desire to give a child a family to adopt internationally. Reece’s Rainbow does our best to help overcome the financial/cost obstacle, but there are many other factors that all families must meet before knowing if adoption is a realistic option.

Our New Family page is designed to be an easy read to determine if you are qualified and financially prepared to make an adoption commitment at this time.

Voice of HOPE

You Don’t Have to Adopt to Make a Difference


Donate to our “Voice of Hope” Fund

Please consider a donation to this important fund, which keeps Reece’s Rainbow operational.


Tick the box to “Make This Recurring” to make your gift a monthly gift.

Your gifts ARE a “voice of hope” for each of our waiting children!

Donations are tax deductible.  In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Reece’s Rainbow.  The organization retains full discretion over the use of the donated funds, but fully intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.

This year, 2021, Reece’s Rainbow is FIFTEEN years old and the growth of Reece’s Rainbow has been constant!

In June 2006, we started with only 5 children in one country.  As of April 2021:

  • 2226+ children with Down syndrome and other special needs are already home with their families!
  •  150+ additional children have committed families in various stages of the adoption process!
  • We have/had programs and waiting children in 26 countries worldwide.  Our most active programs right now are in Ukraine, China, and Bulgaria.
  • We have disbursed more than  $17,510,000  in adoption grants to our adoptive families

The Voice of Hope fund is what keeps us operational.

If we’re going to continue to be successful saving lives, Reece’s Rainbow has to be “out there,”  attending and sponsoring strategic events, print advertising, leveraging social media, building relationships, and seeking new donors to support our mission.  And behind the scenes, 7 days a week of administrative effort goes into managing/creating our website, defining our graphic/logo presence, handling donations, seeking and posting new waiting children, answering new family inquiries, serving those families through the adoption process, tracking and disbursing grant funds, taxes and accounting, charitable status, organizing Buddy Walks and preparing for and implementing our many fundraising efforts throughout the year.   Our Voice of Hope fund is where that money comes from.  Without this, we simply can not do what we do, and many lives will be lost as a result!

Reece’s Rainbow is totally non profit. We do SO much on comparatively SO little. Our operational costs remain below 10%, which is hard to do because we want to be able to do so much more for the children!   We cut out a lot of really great opportunities each year due to cost.   Reece’s Rainbow functions solely on private donations.   We’ve done everything possible to maximize each donation and give as much as possible to the waiting children and committed families.  At this time, we do not have any corporate or government funding, so we are completely dependent on your generous gifts to keep us going.

We thank you, our families thank you, and the children thank you!

Your generous gifts help us to cover these important costs:

  • Postage
  • Office supplies and general expenses
  • Printed/promotional materials, such as business cards and brochures
  • Paypal fees
  • IT/web presence/ web design/web hosting
  • Salary for key staff members
  • Working  with new families, locating new children, building new agency partnerships
  • Planning/funding/implementing fundraisers (Miracle of Adoption Christmas Campaign, 21 Days of Hope, etc)
  • Attending and sponsoring important Down syndrome and adoption events, such as JCICS, NDSC National Convention, Buddy Walks, Buddy Cruise, RR family reunions, and others.
  • Accounting, tax preparation and compliance, grant proposals
  • Advertising and raising awareness in national publications
  • Annual “Family Reunion” for adoptive families to get together to enjoy fellowship
  • Outreach projects and special opportunities for orphan therapy and birth family support groups
  • Other emergency discretionary needs

Our Mission Statement: The mission of Reece’s Rainbow is to advocate and find families for orphans with Down syndrome and other special needs by raising funds for adoption grants and promoting awareness through an online community, media communications, and other events.

Greetings and welcome!  My name is Andrea Roberts.  I am the mother of a 13-year-old boy with Down syndrome, and a passionate advocate for other children around the world who were born with that extra 21st chromosome.

Like many unsuspecting birth parents, my husband and I grieved for quite some time after Reece’s birth in April of 2002.  The life we had envisioned for ourselves and our first-born-son was turned completely upside down, and we felt very much alone.  We were so blessed to find help through the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta and Parent-to-Parent of Georgia.  Our faith that God had given Reece to us, and us to Reece, for a purpose, carried us through our darkest hours.

Reece’s Rainbow was started in 2004 as an outreach program serving new families with babies with Down syndrome at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, GA.   The nurse who attended me post-partum with Reece, Mrs. Kim Wood, RN, called me one day out of the blue and asked if she could use Reece’s name for her hospital service project.  She asked if I would come talk to new families and share everything I have learned with them before they were discharged from the hospital.    I was moved, honored, and terrified.  Would I be able to face a new grieving mother?  Would I be able to HELP and not break down again?  YES.

 Since that time, we have met countless numbers of new “colors” of Reece’s Rainbow.  We have made so many wonderful friends, and our life has been blessed in a million ways.  Our network of friends and families continues to grow.  But the one constant is REECE…the beauty and innocence that a child with Down syndrome brings to the world is truly one of Divine nature.   God has led me through some very difficult times, but waiting on the other side of that “rainbow” for me was enlightenment, empowerment, compassion, mercy, and a tremendous “calling” to reach out to other children like Reece who were not as fortunate as he to have a loving, supportive family to grow up in.

 In 2006, the program expanded to include promoting the international adoption of children with Down syndrome.   By raising money to offer adoption grants on waiting children, we are able to give adoptive families the extra financial help they need to bring a child with Down syndrome home from a miserable existence in overseas orphanages.

Our Sponsorship Program provides a unique opportunity for anonymous donors to contribute to the adoption journey of our families.  These children are viewed as outcasts with no ability to learn or be functional members of society.  They languish in mental institutions, hidden away from the world in shame.

Even if you are not able to adopt a child at this time, you truly can change the course of a child’s life by helping adoptive families afford the costs of international adoption.  $20, $50, $1000….whatever you have goes into a grant, held for ANY family adopting a child with Down syndrome.  Click here to learn the many ways you can help!

Families interested in adopting should visit our New Family page for more information on our country programs, our waiting children, the costs, and the process in general.

From these humble beginnings, Reece’s Rainbow has been powered by the grace of God and thousands of passionate advocates.

I can say with great confidence that if we had a full grant for every child on our website, there would BE no children on our website.  There are hundreds of families in the US and Canada who would give their left arm to bring one or more of these children home.  The money is the ONLY thing standing in their way.

If you have questions or would like to discuss adopting or donating, please do not hesitate to contact us!   Thank you VERY much for your financial support, your prayers, and for sharing our organization with everyone you know.

wcfilmstripReece’s Rainbow is a  registered 501(c)3 charity which advocates and fundraises for the international adoption and rescue of children with Down syndrome specifically. Reece’s Rainbow is not an adoption agency and does not approve families for adoption, we are only a connecting point for these children to their “forever families”.  Reece’s Rainbow serves as a VOICE OF HOPE for these children who are languishing in orphanages and mental institutions around the world, when there are literally hundreds of families here in the US and Canada who would rescue them if only the funds were available to do so!!

Grant funds from individual donations make the cost of adopting these beautiful children affordable for interested families.  In seven years, we have found adoptive families for 1000+ children in countries around the world.  We still have over 1000 waiting children on our site who are in need of adoptive families.

View Our Waiting Children

*** If you are considering the international adoption of a child with Down syndrome or other special needs, PLEASE VISIT THIS LINK FIRST ***

You don’t have to adopt to make a difference!

A new fundraising program is being launched for anyone who likes to run/walk in 5K/10K/30K events!  The program is called “One Step Closer to Home”, and provides you with a fabulous new graphic and opportunity to raise awareness and donations for Reece’s Rainbow. If you’d like to organize a full RR event, or just run in another race with our logo, please contact Kelly Mokashi. To check out T-shirts, mugs, and other items at our Cafe Press store, click HERE.
 
The Guardian Angel Project is a new effort to increase awareness and raise additional grant donations for our “Other Angels“, those children with other special needs who are also waiting for their forever families to find them. Learn more
  Connecting the Rainbow – An Outreach Program for Birth Families of Children with Down Syndrome Abroad.  The primary focus of Reece’s Rainbow is to raise grant funds and promote the international adoption and rescue of children with Down syndrome in particular.  However, our long term goal is to eliminate the need for Reece’s Rainbow by serving as a catalyst for social change abroad.  
Being an orphan warrior for a child costs nothing but your time.   Any of our 0-5  children (Down syndrome, HIV+, or “Other Angels”) are eligible to have warriors.    Use Facebook, email, your blog, any other way you can to help your chosen child find their “forever family”.   Learn more
Be a Prayer Warrior for one of our waiting children.  Prayer is FREE and can be even more powerful than an adoption grant in finding an adoptive family, helping with fundraising, and seeking God’s favor in the health and well-being of each child as they wait “at the end of Reece’s Rainbow” for their forever family.   Learn more
Donate to the Voice of Hope Fund.  Reece’s Rainbow is a totally non-profit organization.  We function solely on private donations to fund the monthly operational expenses that we have. Donations to this fund help us with critical operational and marketing/advertising expenses. It doesn’t feel as warm and fuzzy as donating for a child’s grant fund, but it is much needed!  Learn more

 

Information about Domestic Adoption and Advocacy for children with Down syndrome

Although Reece’s Rainbow is focused on the international adoption of children with Down syndrome and other special needs, there are resources available for families seeking to adopt DOMESTICALLY and also for US birth families who are seeking an adoptive family for their new baby with Down syndrome.

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The National Down Syndrome Adoption Network is a fantastic non-profit program that offers support and information to birth parents whose child has received a diagnosis of Down syndrome, and may be considering an adoption plan for their child. They also have a registry of families from all over the United States who are interested in adopting a child with Down syndrome within the US. There are no fees for their services, and they help with private and public adoptions in the US.

You can visit their website at www.ndsan.org.

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There are also several other agencies you can contact, such as www.CHASK.org  and www.adoptuskids.org to seek and/or place a child with Down syndrome for adoption.

We are grateful to those birth families who have chosen adoption, and given their child a chance to reach their full potential in a loving, adoptive family.

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Combined Locks, WI 54113
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