Luke-1Luke-4Boy, born December 2006
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: July 2013

Luke is a darling boy who is described as active, playful, coordinated, well-behaved, sensible, and gentle.

Luke is so many things, including capable and independent. He can dress himself for the most part, use the bathroom on his own, and attends kindergarten each day, after which he spends the afternoons with his foster grandparents and tells them all about what happened at school.

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Luke has learned some counting, likes to draw simple shapes, gets along well with his classmates, and remembers most of what his teacher tells him. He loves music and dancing, and spending time with his foster family. Luke enjoys playing with toy cars and bikes, as well as bouncing a basketball around the neighborhood. He is a busy boy!

Thanks to the foster care sponsors, Luke has truly thrived in his community and has developed a strong emotional foundation. He is very much loved by his foster family, and their greatest wish is that Luke finds a permanent, loving home.

UPDATE from 2014:  Luke is a cute boy, he is young but sometimes doesn’t follow orders from adults, but obedient if you speak to him patiently.  He likes cartoon program “Wisdom tree”, can imitate the show from it, make many poses when taking pictures. He likes playing in familiar environment, restrained in strange environment. Currently Luke goes to kindergarten, he can sing a few songs, can count, gets along well with other kids mostly, sometimes naughty. Luke has routine life, likes to eat meats, picky on food on which we are correcting, can urinate without help, defecates under the remind of adults, controls defecation not well.

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Huey (1)

Huey (2)Boy, born May 2008
PRC
low weight baby when born, HIE with regional cerebral hemorrhage of the right side

 

Huey was found at the newborn department of the hospital when he was 2 ½ weeks old. He was diagnosed as low birth weight and HIE (hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy) with a cerebral hemorrhage on the right side. He has normal intellectual and body development, but currently he does show delayed language skills.

Huey is shy, compliant and quiet. He loves when someone plays with him and always laughs when playing with others. He can move his body to music and wave his little hands. He enjoys when others clap for him. Just think of the joy he would have with a supportive family clapping and cheering him on!

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Artie (2)

Boy, born October 2006Artie (2)-001
PRC
Mental development delay

Listed: July 9, 2013

Artie was found abandoned at the hospital when he was almost 10 months old. He is listed as having a mental developmental delay, but his report also states that he is a lovely and smart child. Artie was 4 ½ at the last report and could count to 10, imitate drawing circles and lines and recite and sing poems and nursery rhymes. His language is noted to be delayed, but he is an outgoing little boy who gets along with other children and loves to be cuddled.

He loves all activity involving water and thus, loves the summertime. How wonderful it would be for Artie to have a water loving family who could take him swimming next summer!

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Jory bikeJoryBoy, born July 2006
PRC
Spina Bifida (postoperative meningocele), postoperative right club foot, postoperative hernia (and one leg shorter than the other)

Listed: July 8, 2013

Jory was found abandoned beside the road at the age of 3 months. He has had corrective surgery to treat tethered spinal cord syndrome, meningocele and congenital cleft spine as well as right cross/club foot. He has normal intelligence. He likes to listen to music and sing. He likes playing with trucks, cars, and balls. His right leg is slightly shorter, but does not seem to impact him. He can walk, run, jump, and go up and down stairs well. He is currently in kindergarten and is doing well. He is patiently waiting for his family to find him.

UPDATE June 2016:  Jory is developing very well in all areas. He is able to express his feelings through words and art forms, especially drawing. He is very talented in drawing, and it is all self-taught! His drawings are full of details and stories, and his choice of colors and lines are amazing! Like most other boys of his age, superheroes are often the theme of his drawings. He loves his group home and his friends. He is caring, and able to stand up for himself when necessary. Academically, he excels at school. He knows a lot of Chinese characters and is able to read books with a little assistance. He knows how to use a dictionary, and he says he wants to make friends with his dictionary. He is very active and full of energy, even though he has to stay in bed because of a broken leg. He is eager to be able to walk and jump again. He is very humorous, and he enjoys making others laugh. He loves singing so much that he would sing along all the way on the school bus, which is a 45 minute ride! He also likes legos. He is fascinated with how things are made and how they work.

Jory has been watching his foster siblings and his friends getting adopted one after another, and he often wonders what would happen to him and if anyone would “pick” him. He says if he gets adopted, he would like to have mom and dad who are kind to him, who would bring him Legos, just like the other parents who adopted his foster brothers. It is hard for him, or any other waiting child, to truly understand that unconditional love means you don’t have to make an effort to be loved, you don’t need to earn your adoption and forever family. It is our hope that he can have a family of his own who will love him, cherish him, enjoy him, and show him what true love means.”

In talking to them, it sounds like Jory would greatly benefit from a comprehensive Spina Bifida team to look at all his problems and take an integrated approach. He needs good and consistent PT as well as custom braces, which are things not available to him currently. While Jory is able to walk despite having one significantly shorter leg, it is not safe for him to do so again until he is adopted and has these services/devices. His shorter leg has decreased bone density, so he has broken the leg once, hip once, and dislocated the hip once by walking. These injuries required three major orthopedic surgeries, and he has been on bedrest much of the last three years. The only benefit to this is that he has had private tutoring and is actually ahead of his peers academically!

Jory desperately needs a family to adopt him and help him get the medical care he needs so that he can walk again like he wishes to!

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Boy, born January 2010
H-C
Cerebral palsy

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

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

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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.

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Grace image 3Girl, born November 2007
PRC
Grace has been diagnosed with Postoperative ASD (CHD). Grace has recovered well after her operation from 2010.

Listed April 2013

Grace is outgoing, smiles often, and likes playing with other children. She is a beautiful girl and is curious about the outside world. When intrigued by new objects, she will carefully observe and explore them. She likes meeting new people, and gets along with other children her age. She is a very active 5 year old. She can run and jump, can feed herself and use the restroom by herself. She can take on and off her clothing independently. She understands the meaning of “no”, can call “father”, “mother”. She can say “one, two” “give” “want” “fetch.” She enjoys listening to music and singing loudly. Even though nobody can understand what she is singing and yelling, she is very happy and involved in it. Even though she does not like speaking, she is very smart and observant. Grace likes to help the aunt to do some housework, such as folding the quilts and picking up toys. When the caretakers are holding the young children and they drop their toys, Grace will take the initiative to retrieve the toys. When the aunts want to feed the babies, Grace will take the initiative to bring them a towel. Her favorite fruits are bananas and small tomatoes. She also likes desserts.

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Jacob smBoy, born June 2010Jacob
PRC

Jacob’s test suggest Down Syndrome. An ultrasound dictation in his file also hints that he looks to have congenital heart disease and an Interventricular septum membrane department tumor and defect. His heart has normal cardiac function.

Listed: May 2013

This little guy needs a mommy and some good nutrition!

He is not speaking yet but does understand the word “no”. He is restless and stubborn. He does not like baths and cries during them but can be comforted with food or being held.Jacob can roll but has poor muscle tone. He is unable to sit or crawl. He can hold objects and throw them and his eyes will follow objects. Jacob does well playing alone but also gets along well with other children.

Jacob is a very lovable little boy. All of us like him very much. We hope that he can find a home which loves him very much early in which he can enjoy the love of parents and owns a happy childhood, nice future. We believe he will bring much happiness to your family.

*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant!  Through 2019, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant***

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Boy, born March 2007Lyle (1)Lyle (2)
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: May 2013

Lyle was found in the waiting room of a train station when he was 3 years old. While he can only speak a few words, he understands what is said to him by adults. He is very protective of his friends and will go to their rescue if they are being bullied. He likes to dance and is very good at imitating dances he sees. He is able to dress himself, take care of his own toileting needs and feeds himself. His caretakers feel that he is a bright little guy although intellectually delayed compared to his peers.

He is very protective of his friends and will tell the teachers if he sees someone being bullied.  He has great gross motor development, can jump, run and walk.  He uses the restroom without assistance, dresses himself and can assist in folding clothes.  When we met Lyle, he was the dancer of the orphanage, very social and had great fine motor skills.

He likes to be kissed on the cheek and will respond back with multiple kisses. Lyle is waiting for a family that will cover his little cheeks with kisses and shower him with love.

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

Amelia photo 2Girl, born August 2007
PRC
Tuberos Sclerosis — Congenital Bourneville-Pringle Syndrome

Listed: April 2013

Amelia likes to dance, listen to stories, read picture books, and play hide-and-seek. She came into care around 8 months of age and was sponsored by Half the Sky Foundation’s nurturing program for infants. At 9 months, she could sit steadily alone for a few minutes, grab her feet with her hands, and hold her hands up to be held. At one year of age, she could hold toys and stand when leaning on objects. She enjoyed sitting and rocking on the wooden horse. At 15 months, she was more outgoing and could stand for a long time when holding onto a support. She could grasp toys nearby and she could walk slowly with assistance. When it was time to take a nap, she would shake her head “no.” She could pick up objects with her thumb and index fingers.

Her condition became more serious in 2009, and we hope to see her come home soon so that she can receive the best medical treatment for her condition. Her caregivers exercise her daily to improve her symptoms, and say that “she has already taken the first step in life and will do better in the future.”

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PeterBoy, born 2009
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: March 2013

Peter is a precious 3 year old boy diagnosed with Down’s syndrome, congenital nystagmus, and polydactyly of the right hand. His limb, language and intelligence development is fairly delayed compared to his peers.

At the age of 1, he could crawl slowly and sit alone, and make sounds unconsciously. At age 2, he could stand while holding onto handrails and could walk with one hand held. He could also understand simple instructions such as “come here” “sit down” and “drink milk.” Now, he can walk steadily, run slowly, and go up and down the stairs while holding onto handrails. He can eat a biscuit by himself and is even practicing eating with a spoon. He can imitate monosyllables and can understand most daily conversations of adults. He is very interested in games and toys, and likes to play with others. Peter is a quiet boy who always has a ready smile. He gets along well with the other children and likes playing outdoors.

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

HansonBoy, born 2006
PRC
post-operative mild cerebral palsy

Listed:  March 13, 2013

Hanson is an extroverted boy who is 10 years old.  He was found on a staircase at the subway station when he was 4 years old. His limb and intelligence development is delayed compared to peers, but his motor skills have improved with 2 years of post-operative rehabilitation. When he was admitted, he could only walk short distances and would fall down easily, but now with an improved, but not completely steady walk and run, he can walk long distances, go upstairs and downstairs while holding onto rails and even likes to play outdoor activities. His right hand function has also gotten better as he can grasp most objects and can eat with a spoon. His language development is quite delayed compared to his peers. He can say 3-5 words, and understands simple vocabularies. He is very curious and observant of the things around him, and desires to communicate through play.

Hanson received surgery in October 2012 for posterior rhizotomy of spinal nerves and right carotid sympathectomy part stripping resection. Now he receives postoperative rehabilitation. At this time, Hanson’s muscular tension of left limbs is not high, and his language ability is developing.

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Zach (3) Zach (4)Boy, born July 2008
PRC
Zach is an adorable boy diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy. His limb, intelligence, and language development is delayed compared to peers.

Zach had some new medical testing done and the results indicate that it may be likely that he has Progressive Muscular Dystrophy and not Cerebral Palsy.  A family should be prepared for that probable diagnosis.

Listed: March 13, 2013

From Zach’s host family (hosted December 2014)
Zach is a lovely 6-year-old boy and an absolute delight. He has a joyful and cheerful disposition, a sweet spirit, and an infectious smile. He is smart and resourceful in his interactions and playing. He enjoys playing with cars, dolls and animals, flying helicopters, and almost any mechanical objects. He enjoys playing pretend games, like pulling pretend luggage around the house and pretending to cook and serve us with play food, plates, cups, saucers, etc. He loves music and often sings as he goes about his day, and he’s been enjoying learning to play his new harmonica. He interacts well with other children: in our case with our 7- and 8-year-old daughters. He also has a good memory and surprised us by quickly learning things like where all of our dishes go and where we turn to get to our house. He has adapted so well to life in a family, and loves the bedtime rituals of bathing, brushing teeth, getting into his pajamas, and reading; but he also has an endearing habit of making sure the proper lights are turned off, doors are locked where they need to be, etc. He clearly is proud to show he can take on big-kid responsibilities. Zach has to work harder than most children to climb up steps and to get himself up off the floor. But he does navigate steps well, though he needs a boost at times getting into vans or other high places. In December, he was still able to walk normally, except that he has to be more careful than other kids in negotiating uneven surfaces, and steps. He doesn’t let this slow him down or limit his activities. On playgrounds, even with many unfamiliar children, he is not inhibited about climbing the equipment and riding down slides. He accepts help sometimes from us or from our children; other times he wants to show that he can do things alone even if it is harder for him. Zach can sometimes act like a much younger boy. He has a strong stubborn streak, which will sometimes manifest itself in a tantrum. Those tantrums did lessen over the weeks, however. He also enjoys being held, cuddled, and paid attention to and will come and say “Mama bao bao” when he wants to be picked up and carried. As our 7-year-old (without prompting from us) wrote in her journal, “Zach is the best boy I have ever met. He is cheerful and happy.” The medical evaluations we were able to do point to significant medical challenges ahead for Zach, and he will need a loving family to support him through those and ensure that he has the best care possible. Zach loves being a part of a family and will be a blessing and joy for whomever is lucky enough to adopt him.

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Colby 2016ColbyBoy, born August 2008
PRC

Listed: Feb 22, 2013

Colby is a precious boy who has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome and Patent Ductus Arteriosus (Congenital Heart Defect). From observation, the heart condition has no obvious affect on daily life.

Colby is active, extroverted, and smiles often. When Colby hears music on the radio, he dances with joy. He does well in dance class and has a good sense of rhythm. Colby also enjoys playing games with other children and likes to watch cartoons.

Update 2016:
Colby is very good at imitating; in his music and dance class, he learned a whole entire dance routine after being shown the first time! He has come a long way since his early days at the orphanage. At first, he was withdrawn and did not actively engage with others. Nowadays, he’s quite active and extroverted—he actively participates in all classroom activities. Although he was diagnosed with Down syndrome and has cognitive delays, his language ability has greatly improved. Every day before school, he’ll wave and say goodbye to his foster mom. When he comes home from school, he’ll say “hello mother” and “hello father” in his native language. Colby knows all the names of his foster family members, and can name common objects and foods. He has some challenges with expressive language but he’s quite good at understanding others. He has great self-care skills such as putting on his clothes and shoes, using the restroom, brushing his teeth, washing his face, and feeding himself. Colby gets along well with other children and likes to play games with them. His report states that he has a congenital heart defect but that it does not have any obvious effects on his day-to-day life; he hasn’t received surgery for his heart as of May 2016. An agency staff member met him on a recent Journey of Hope trip to China and found that he’s quite talented and showed off his martial art and rollerblading skills! He can speak words and simple sentences, but also communicates through pointing, touch, and body language. He’s been living with his foster family for about 5 years and they shared that he’s a great helper around the house and loves outdoor activities.

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

AthenaAthenaGirl, born Feb 2010
PRC

Athena is a sweet little girl who has been diagnosed with congenital cleft palate and a slightly dilated ventricular system.

Listed:  Feb 22, 2013

Athena is an active child who likes riding on the wood horse in the institute. She likes playing with toys and rattles and her favorite toy is the toy bee. Athena likes communicating and playing with her caregivers. She likes to crawl and receive hugs too.

Update 2015:
Athena is a delicate little one who will be 5 years old in February. She came into care when she was about 5 months old and was found to have a cleft palate (no cleft lip), pneumonia, and lots of insect bites. Athena’s main file is almost 3 years old, although there is a brief update and photos from last September. Athena has some slight dilation of the ventricular system, per her medical. As of 4 months ago, she could crawl, and stand with assistance, but could not stand or walk without help. Her palate has not been repaired, thus her speech is very delayed. Athena is active, and enjoys riding the rocking horse. She has favorite toys, and delights in getting them before the other kids! They do not know the cause of Athena’s motor delays, but we do know she needs a loving family and good medical care. Athena is a very loving little girl, who asks for hugs. Are you her family?

$58.90 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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AaronBoy, born November 2010
PRC

Listed: Feb 2013

Aaron has been diagnosed with Spina Bifida- Mylomeningocele in sacrococcygeal region. He has not received any treatment for this condition at this time.

Aaron is a shy little boy who always has a ready smile. He gets along well with others and is very energetic. Aaron loves playing with his toys especially if they are stuffed and fluffy toys. He is closest to his caretakers and enjoys playing with others. Aaron’s mental development is good and he knows to cooperate when putting on clothes. Aaron can crawl and can respond when speaking to him.

$4.70 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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Jinger (2)

jinger-2015Girl, born June 2007
PRC
Abnormality of the head, hyperdactylia (extra digit) of left hand and left foot

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2015:  “A friend and I met her in September. She has a syndrome of some sort with a facial deformity and extra fingers and toes (6 on each). It doesn’t appear to affect her beyond the visual standpoint. Her hearing and vision are normal. She attends a public special education school where she is in the 3rd grade. Her favorite subject is art. Aspen loves vegetables, but is allergic to seafood. She loves to jump rope and play with balls. Her favorite color is pink.  The orphanage staff described her as shy, kind, friendly to other children, helpful, and obedient. She likes to play with others and is very kind to everyone. Jinger speaks clearly and can communicate just fine, though she was very shy and scared when she first met us. By the time we left, she was more comfortable and full of smiles. She enjoys singing, dancing, playing outside, and helping the nannies. Jinger is a lovely and active girl. She likes listening to music and happy tone could make her happy.

She likes to play house and could imitate putting on clothes for the dolls, feeding and dressing the dolls. She is a girl who likes beauty. She is happy when praised as a beautiful girl. Jinger likes playing games with other children. Sometimes she would help the others to put on socks or shoes. The others are happy to play with her. Jinger is polite and would greet initially with the smile on her face.

Except hyperdactylia (of left hand and left foot) and abnormity of the head she seldom gets sick except occasional cold, but she could recover soon after treatment. She is considerate and we hope that she could blossom like a flower and be happy every day.”

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds.
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Girl, born Sept 2008
PRC
Dandy-Walker syndrome, hydrocephalus, Thalassemia, speech delays

Elle needs regular blood transfusions for her Thalassemia.   Additional medical information available.

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Guardian AngelGirl, born May 2009
PRC
postoperative hydrocephalus, postoperative meningocele (spina bifida), optic nerve atrophy, Cerebral palsy

Listed: Jan 2013

At the first sight, we were impressed by her black eyes. Her eyes were big and black, which seemed to talk. As she grew up, we found her hair was beautiful, black and soft. Till now we do not cut her hair. The caretaker likes dressing her and do various hair style for her. She received the surgery of meningocele and hydrocephalus. Now she is diagnosed as cerebral palsy and optic nerve atrophy. Her motion ability is poor and limbs are not powerful. She can turn over, can lie on the stomach, but can not sit. Additionally her mental development is delayed. She can not speak, just makes some unconscious sounds, she seems to dislike toys and not sensitive to the sounds.  Now she can eat the fixed food, mainly vegetable, meat, egg, noodles, oatmeal, porridge, rice, etc. She also likes fruits. She rarely has illness.

She is slight, and shorter than other children of her age. Though she has lots of disadvantages, she is still a lovely and happy baby. She likes smiling, especially when someone is talking with her and teasing her. When someone is hugging her, she is quiet and listening to adults’ talk, sometimes she touches the person’s face. She likes noisy, always turns her head to the sounds. When no one plays with her, she will be upset and call unhappily. Though she is a disabled child, she is lovely as other healthy child. She has the same feeling, desires to be loved and cared. We hope she would grow up healthily and happily and she would have a family with warm and love. We believe she can adapt new place and bring happiness to the family. Bless Sarea!  Wish she can find her parents soon and have a family. Wish she is peaceful all her life.

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Boy, born Dec 2009
PRC
Blind

Listed: Jan 2013

Kopelan loves to sing and hum. He enjoys being held, sitting on people’s laps, and being talked to and sung to. He likes to feel the hands and the arms of the person who is talking to or holding him.

Kopelan has started to play with toys more and feels around for them. He is a happy boy who loves to laugh; he absolutely loves being tickled. He has a face and a smile that are sure to steal your heart.

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Helen2014Girl, born Dec 2008guardianangel
PRC

Listed: Jan 2013

Helen was born with encephalocele, which is type of neural tube defect that occurs very early in fetal life where the embryo’s cells that form the skull do not come together to close over the brain. The result is a defect in the bones of the skull, causing brain tissue to protrude from the skull.

Helen

Helen loves to make herself laugh. She enjoys spending her time playing, humming, and observing things around her. She is doing well and getting strong. She is able to walk with help and has recently been able to pull herself up. She loves to go outside to the playground and practice her walking. Her smile is so cute and her laugh so hearty.

Helen has had surgery, and additional information is available about her surgeries and hospitalizations.  She has vision concerns, and has recently begun speaking a few 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 ***

Fernuodated filepicture2Fernupdated file pictureGirl, born Aug 2010
PRC
Cerebral palsy

Listed: January 2013

She can laugh aloud. She waves her head when happy. She grasps little toys with left hand and put them into her mouth to bite them. She can sit alone for a short time. She looks around when someone speaks to her.

Fern has a good physical state, has balanced nutrition, has a routine life every day, good living habits but is choosy about food.

From an adoptive parent who saw her in April 2014:
Let me start by saying my heart broke for this little one. She is unable to sit up or feed herself. She cannot walk. She was brought to me in the crib. She smiled when I spoke to her and she grabbed my hand when I placed mine in hers. She laughed when we tickled her and she seemed to enjoy my attention. The nannies say she can smile and laugh when tickled. She can chew and swallow food. She has a familiar caretaker and smiles when she is with her. She is described as a very content child. She is easy going.

Note: Fern’s updated file pictures do show her sitting up, although she may be supported by leaning on the wall in one picture. She desperately needs a family who can get her out of the crib and into therapy so she can be all that she can be!

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Boy, born June 18 2010
PRC
Deformity of fingers of both hands; congenital blepharoptosis of both eyes, divergent squint; He has mild hydrocephalus, deformity of right ear (does not affect hearing)

Listed: Dec 2012

Jennings can roll over alone, but he can not sit straightly or crawl, his arms can yield and stretch. He can open his hands freely and can use hand to touch foot, and he can do some simple hand motion, like he can hold small things, can clap both hands. But compared with peers, the flexibility of his hands are not very good, and his hands can not hold large things, and his fingers can not stretch to straight; his leg development is normal can yield and stretch.

Jennings was not talking yet, but was babbling (report from 2011).  Additional pictures available.

UPDATE (2016): This delightful young man is Jennings! He was found abandoned as a newborn, and he is now a sweet 6 year old. He is a little shy, but he is very willing to meet new people. He has a lot of fun on the playground but his hands are not very flexible, so having his nannies there makes him feel more comfortable. Jennings’s physical development is a little bit slow, and he is a little small for his age. His nannies feel that his intelligence level is average and he just started attending classes in the community school. He needs reminders to use the restroom during the day, and he wears diapers at night. His ear malformation does not seem to affect his hearing, but both of his eyelids droop so he does have to look up a bit to see clearly.

$126.10 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 2008
PRC

Listed: Nov 2012

Penelope has been diagnosed as deaf. She is also post-operative for a PDA heart condition and has received treatment for cataracts, which do limit her vision. Penelope can visually perceive light and people moving around her.

Penelope came into care when she was about a year and a half old. She has good development of fine motor skills in that she could do the motions of grasping, holding, picking and putting things down as well as feeding herself. She has a strong sense of curiosity and experiences the world primarily by touch. We hope she can be adopted by a family who can provide her with the special education and care she needs.

*** 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 ***

Tobin-ChinaBoy, born January 2008
Down syndrome
PRC

At the age of 3 years: he could sit steadily, sit up from supine position then stand up when holding onto handrails.  He could practice horizontally walking quite well while holding onto handrails and even step on one bar. He could take step with one hand held, switch a toy between hands, and pick up small pills with thumbs and index fingers. He could take off clothes with both hands. He could cover his face with clothes and towel to play peekaboo with an adult. He could follow guide to watch the objects an adult points to. He could repeat one motion from adults, take out food from a pocket, understand simple words, and play with other children in the playroom of the kindergarten. He could be cooperative with putting on clothes. He knows the motions of welcoming and goodbye and the game of pinching fingers. When being cuddled by an adult, he could automatically kiss him or her. He could eat all kinds of food. He is shy when being called his name and covers his face with both hands. He likes playing balls, finger game.  He is extroverted.

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

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

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

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

*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant!  Through 2019, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant***

$3,622.59 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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

boysillouettenophotoBoy, Born May 2004
Down syndrome

Listed: October 9, 2012

Christian has positive reactions towards the adults with whom he is familiar.   Has interest about what surrounds him, though not very big and also not very sustainable.   Makes unarticulated sounds.   He sleeps well, but has difficulties to fall asleep.

Christian attends school and gets good references from his teachers, he is starting to express his opinion – murmurs when tries to answer.   Active and joyful and as most boys – he likes cars and playing with them.  Is able to move up and down the stairs, eats self-dependently, though has self-care difficulties (still working on toileting), likes long walks in fresh air but is able to do them only with holding on one’s hand.  Christian has amazing potential….what a joy to get to watch him grow and thrive in a forever family!  Older parents, large families, and single moms welcome.  Great program!

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

Boy, born Oct 2008Quincy
PRC
Cerebral palsy, decline in upper left muscle strength

Listed: Sept 2012

Currently, Thomas is attending preschool.  He can draw simple pictures and sing nursery rhymes. He also likes to play with the other children, and enjoys playing outdoors.

Thomas can go up and down stairs without help, and catches a ball thrown to him.  He is described as active, restless, fond of imitating and playing with toys.  He has a ready smile, and is fond of playing games.

*** 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 January 2009
PRC
Cerebral palsy (High tension in all four extremities); Brain atrophy (slight) and hydrocephalus

Listed:  Sept 2012

Quinn was 1 when she came to the institute. In the beginning, she cried often during bed time and at night. In her second month here, she slept well through the night. She could produce basic sounds, and move her head around. Her eyes could follow the movement of toys. At two, she could find the source of a noise and understood when the caretaker called her name.  Due to the tension in her limbs, she still could not sit or stand by herself. The caretaker monitors her when she is using a walker.

Quinn is shy and quiet.

*** 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 March 2008
PRC
Cerebral palsy, High tension in four limbs, and congenital heart disease

 

 

*** 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 June  2010
PRC
Congenital heart disease, cerebral palsy

Listed: Sept 2012

Bradley arrived at the institute when he was 1.5 years old. In the beginning, he could not stand, is very quiet and his cries were not loud. He slept well through the night. His eyes could not follow the movement of toys and could not find the source of noise. He has limited awareness of his surroundings.

His motor development is delayed.  He cannot speak and is a timid and quiet little boy.

$21.90 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 July 2006
PRC
Cerebral Palsy, congenital heart disease

Listed:  September 29, 2012

Daisy was already 2 years old at the time of her arrival to the institute. She could neither walk nor speak at the time. She was also very skinny with a large head. Following an initial physical examination, it was found she had a congenital heart disease. She had lackluster complexion and dull eyes. The caretakers thought it was a miracle that she would survive. She has a strong will to live and has a healthy appetite. She eats three meals a day and is not a picky eater.

After a period of care, she slowly gained weight and colored returned to her complexion. Even more encouraging is that she began to speak. She will call the caretaker often, which made the caretakers very happy. She took her first step in May 2009 and surprised everyone when she started walking. Most fortunately is in all this time she has been in our institute, her heart disease has never surfaced. She has been living happily.

*** 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 ***

Lauren-ChinaGirl, born August 2010
PRC
Down syndrome, congenital heart defect, strabismus

Lauren loves to play with the older children. She is active and stubborn. She likes some animals and likes to watch tv.  She understands adults and after reminding her a few times each day, she is very cooperative.  She sleeps well through the night.

Additional information available.She is surrounded by people that love her and children who loves to play games with her. They wish Lauren all the best and hope she will lead a successful life and live happily ever after.

*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant!  Through 2019, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant***

$5,068.64 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 Dec 2008
PRC
Down syndrome, congenital heart defect (VSD)

Holly loves to play outside! She is a good eater, and a little shy with strangers. She’s not walking independently yet (as of April 2012).  Additional information available.

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

Vaughn-most recent photo Feb. 2015Boy, born January 2007
CO-1
Down syndrome, otherwise reported to be healthy

Listed: 2012

What a handsome young fella!  I adore how he’s standing with his hands in his pockets.  This is a great program with a wonderful agency partner.  Hope you will consider Vaughn as your son!

UPDATE:
The last report from December 2014 states that his overall health is good. He has gained some weight. Still lives in a foster home where he has activities to help him with his skills and development, he is in the first grade at a school for special needs children. He loves to watch the TV program “Dora la exploradora” and playing with lego games. He likes to help around the house.

*** I have a $20,000 Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

Boy, born 2009
CO-1

Listed Aug 25, 2012

Dysgenesis of the corpus callosum, congenital cervical scoliosis, and hypoplasia of the first finger of the right hand

Phillip was given up for adoption shortly after birth.  He is constantly smiling.  He is very social and frequently seeks to have company.  His weight and height are lower than the normal range for his age, but with a high-calorie diet and a dietary supplement he is expected to reach a normal weight and height.  He suffers from a speech delay for which he has been receiving therapy. He is responsive when adults play with him and has been making great progress with the therapy he receives. Phillip is an easygoing little boy who is earnestly waiting to be united with a family that will provide him with the care and love he deserves.

Phillip has a significant language delay, but his vocabulary and verbal productions are increasing.  He communicates using single words, gestures, and signs.  He recognizes and points out his body parts, imitates animal sounds, follows rhythms, dances and sings songs.   He understands and performs routine and simple tasks. Phillip enjoys to interacting with adults and peers. He looks for help in adults when he has needs.

Video available through the agency for inquiring families.

*** 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 2010
CO-1

Listed: Aug 24, 2012

Brendan is an adorable little boy. He was born prematurely with a generalized systemic immaturity. He spent his first four months in an incubator, where he was diagnosed with Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia and Hydrocephalus caused by Periventricular Leukomalacia. Due to prolonged incubation, he currently has vocal chord paralysis. He has delays in his gross and fine motor skills according to his age; however, he is able to search with his eyes for visual and aural stimuli, can open and look at his hands, and is able to hold objects in his hands. He is usually active, awake and aware of his surroundings, and with therapy will be able to continue to develop gross and fine motor skills.

This sweet boy deserves a loving family who can provide him with care and support as he continues to grow and progress.

$64.00 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 2010
CO-1
Down syndrome

Listed: 4-19-2012

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

*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant!  Through 2019, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant***

$2,856.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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

Boy, Born July, 2010
PRC
Blind and cleft palate

Listed: Nov 2011

Update 2017:
Warren’s Cleft palate was repaired in 2013.  He is severely delayed — he doesn’t walk, talk, or play with other children.  At 7 years old, he is only 19 pounds.  He desperately needs the better care a family can bring.

When he was younger, he was in a private facility and was doing much better. Warren needs a family that has experience with vision issues, access to appropriate resources for vision impaired children and cleft lip and palate services and resources, and understands the social impact of blindness.

$2,179.75 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 March 2007
PRC
Down Syndrome

Since July 2007 he has been with a foster family. Per report written in 2010: At the age of 36-39 months he can walk alone quite steadily, and when he was walking he can stoop down to pick up the toy on ground and then go on walking. At present he can only call “baba”, but he can express his desire in body language, and if he wanted to drink water he will put his hand beside his mouth and look up. When he wanted to defecate or urinate he will make the sound and show actions familiar to his mother. Since he had learned to walk he had been very interested in outdoor activity, and he went to play games with other children in community every evening. He liked pulling his mother to go to the supermarket near to their home, and when they got there he will point at what he liked. He was very close to his father, and when his father came back home he will go out to welcome him.

At the age of 40-42 months he was very active, liked going out to play, even in cold days. He still did not speak much, besides father and mother he can say other words unclearly with the help of adults. He had to be fed, but he can drink water alone with cup with suction tubes. 43 months-present it has been too cold and he stays in house for most of the time. He likes to watch TV, and if there are children dancing in the program he will learn from them. He likes eating meat and is not choosy to food. He naps for 1-2 hours and has deep sleep. Sometimes he sleeps with adults, and sometimes he sleeps alone on his own bed. If he wants to go to toilet he will crouch and pull his trousers to tell adults sometimes. If adults remind him of going to toilet he will do so but they have to help him take off the trousers. He is very strong and seldom falls ill.

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

andrue-2016Boy, age 15 (Born 2004)
Special needs: prematurity; Down syndrome; severe mental delay

Listed: October 9, 2011

Updated 2019: Andrue was moved out of an institution and into a foster home. He’s doing very well in a family environment! He attends a school where he is learning vocational skills, like how to put furniture together. He goes on walk with his foster family and enjoys the sights and sounds of the community. He enjoys going into the store and picking out his favorite drink (lemonade!). He knows to take it to the counter and is learning about handing the cashier the money to pay for his drink. When he gets in the car, he knows to lock the doors. He prefers to play by himself at the day center, but he does not have any issues with the other children. He does not have any issues with aggression toward himself or others. Another child lives in the home with him and there are no issues with interactions between the two children in the family.

Andrue can feed himself and drink from a cup. He is toilet trained (will even get up in the middle of the night to go to the restroom and back to bed independently). He enjoys water and taking baths. He does not talk, but does have non-verbal communication skills. He has a gesture that he uses when he needs to go to the restroom during the day, he points to items that he wants, and he follows simple directions. He enjoys music, and like most teenage boys, he wants it to be loud! Medically, he is healthy. He has cataracts in one eye that needs surgical correction. The doctors in his country cannot do the procedure at this time because they require him to be awake and still for 4 hours and he is not able to do that.

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

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 ***

Teagan update-001Boy, born January 2007

PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: June 17, 2011

Because Teagan has Down syndrome, his physical development, intelligence and mental development developed slowly and was delayed compared to kids of similar age obviously, especially motion and flexibility of his limbs were slightly poorer. In recent years, with the efforts of this institute and foster parents, he can stand by holding onto objects, walk slowly. Now according to his growth foster parents offered him speech rehabilitative and limb training every day.

Teagan is shy, has a ready smile, likes to listen to music very much. When music plays all of his attention is attracted. When being glad he will swing his body following the musical rhythms. He likes to play toys very much, in particular toy cars are his favorite toys. We hope that he who is shy could become more and more active.

UPDATE 2013:
Teagan can sit, can understand simple language. His life is regular, has 3 meals per day, has dinners and goes to bed on time. Every day he tells stories, plays games and has outdoor activity under the guide of the foster parents.

Full social history and medical records available.  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 ***

Corban-001Boy born March, 2009
PRC
Down syndrome

Corban’s physical capacity and mental development are delayed comparatively, due to his Down syndrome. As he grows older he has learned to roll over, crawl, stand by holding onto supports and walk by holding onto rails. Now he can walk forward with one of his hands led, he can distinguish familiar people and strangers. Seeing familiar people he can smile and greet them. He knows to be cooperative when dressed, give the clothes when asked, is a lovely little boy.

Corban is gentle, quiet, has a ready smile. He has Down syndrome, but it does not influence his happy life. He likes to play with toys, listen to music, can wave arms following rhythms which looks very adorable. He is willing to play games with kids, likes toys making sound, will laugh aloud when playing happily. Seeing strangers he will cry noisily because of being unfamiliar with them in the beginning. He can play with you gradually, is integrated into the games you bring to him, is a sensible good child!

Full social history and medical records available.  Single moms permitted, only one parent has to travel. Videos available.

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

ulysses-2016DOB: February 2004

Diagnosis: Down syndrome, Chronic pyelonephritis, hydronephrosis first degree to the left kidney

Listed: June 17, 2011

Ulysess is considered significantly delayed. As of March 2011, he was not independently walking. He can pull to a stand, walk while holding someone’s hand, walks behind push toys and climb in and out of his crib on his own. He holds toys in his hands and plays with them. He enjoys music and smiles when someone sings to him. He does have some sensory issues and will often hide his head in his hands. He demonstrates some auto-aggression by hitting the side of his head with his palm.  He has frequent kidney infections and it is possible that he experiences pain from his kidney condition that effects his behavior.

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

-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 ***

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.

Bulgaria

  • 2 trips; Trip 1 about 5 days, 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
  • 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.
  • Cohabitation can be included in the total length of relationship.
  • 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.
  • Single applicants 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.
  • Multiple unrelated children may be adopted together
  • 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 $21,000-27,000 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 $28,000

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
  • One trip (minimum length of 3 business days) 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
  • Parents must be between the ages of 25 and 41 ½ at time of application

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

Latvia

  • 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

Lithuania

  • 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
  • Lithuanian Central Authority 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!

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 only, 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

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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
  • First trip, 2-4 weeks to attend court
  • 30 day wait after court (parents can return home)
  • Only one parent must return to complete the adoption for approx 14 days
  • 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 2019 Poverty Guidelines for the 48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia:
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Size of Family Unit
Poverty Guidelines
125 Percent
2
$16,910
$21,138
3
$21,330
$26,663
4
$25,750
$32,188
5
$30,170
$37,713
6
$34,590
$43,238
7
$39,010
$48,763
8
$43,430
$54,288

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  • Size of Family Unit
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • Poverty Guidelines
  • $16,910
  • $21,330
  • $25,750
  • $30,170
  • $34,590
  • $39,010
  • $43,430
  • 125 Percent
  • $21,138
  • $26,663
  • $32,188
  • $37,713
  • $43,238
  • $48,763
  • $54,288

For family units with more than 8 members, add $5,525 per family member to meet 125% of the poverty guideline.
Updated 3/7/2019

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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.
2) Our New Family Liaison can help answer any basic questions about listed children and the different country programs.
3) Download the Family Sponsorship Program (FSP) application.
Families must complete and submit the following forms, along with a $25 application fee:
    • Application Contract (submit via e-mail or fax)
    • Social Worker Pre-Approval Form (submitted via fax directly from your social worker)
    • Family Bio for FSP (submitted via email)

All forms should be faxed or emailed to Michelle.

Reece’s Rainbow reserves the right to request a copy of the completed homestudy at any time prior to grant disbursement.

4) Make a “love offering” to our Voice of Hope Fund. Reece’s Rainbow is a non-profit grant foundation which relies strictly on donations from our adoptive families and individuals to remain operational. Families who choose to adopt children from our site are respectfully requested to make a $250 (or more) donation to the Voice of Hope Fund.

Contributions to this particular fund are crucial for us to remain operational. We are completely dependent on these donations. This is not a required fee. It is a love offering to help grow the organization and ensure these orphans with Down syndrome will always have a voice through us. This donation is tax-deductible and does not count as an adoption cost.

5) Your approved FSP application makes you eligible for any grant funds a child already has, and also to accept additional donations, all of which are tax deductible. And even if you don’t feel comfortable asking your friends and family to donate, this still makes it possible for complete strangers to share in your adoption journey.

6) PILES OF PAPER: For the international adoption process, you will be compiling TWO SETS of nearly identical paperwork. Keep this is in your head at all times. One set will be for your home study agency or social worker. The other set is for your DOSSIER (doss-ee-ay). Both piles will include such things as physicals, fingerprints, police and child abuse clearances, and financial documents. Your dossier is the pile of papers that gets sent to the foreign government with your official application to adopt one of their children. Documentation requirements are different in every country — YOUR LICENSED AGENCY WILL GUIDE YOU THROUGH THIS PROCESS.
7) BIRTH and MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES: Even if you have an original copy of your birth certificate, you may need several additional certified copies to complete all of the various paperwork state-side and abroad. Vital Check is the best value for the money, and they’re fast too. You will need an original birth certificate with a raised seal for your passport and your home study. You will need marriage certificates for your dossier and for your trip to the embassy in the foreign country.  Please click this link for more important info about birth certificates.
8) PASSPORTS: If you do not already have passports, the easiest place to get them is at your post office. They will cost approx. $165 each.  As of early 2018, they are taking approximately 4-6 weeks to be processed, so it’s a good idea to take care of this early in the process.

  • You will need a certified copy of the birth certificate for each person traveling/applying for a passport.
  • If you have children you intend to bring with you, they must have a passport, too.
  • You can pick up 2 forms from your post office, complete them, and then go back for your picture.
  • Pictures can also be done at Walgreens stores
  • You do not have to specify which country you intend to travel to, even though there is a place on the form asking for that info.
  • A notarized photo copy of each of your passports is required as part of most dossiers, so please get these ordered quickly.
9) USCIS APPLICATION: I-600A or I-800A: your USCIS (United States Customs and Immigration Service) application consists of 3 parts.

1) the app itself,

2) your Federal digital fingerprints, and

3) your completed home study

— YOUR LICENSED AGENCY WILL GUIDE YOU THROUGH THIS PROCESS

10) HOME STUDY: Your home study is an in-depth study of your home, your family, and your financial ability to support a child, with or without special needs. Even though it is listed all the way down at #11, the home study is one of the FIRST things you should be starting with.  You can find a home study agency/social worker in your area at www.1-800-homestudy.com The Homestudy is conducted by a licensed social worker or home study agency affiliated with the adoption agency you are using. There are many documents and appointments that must be done before your home study is complete. Your social worker/agency will provide you with all of the necessary documents you must have filled out, signed, and notarized.

Click here for tips on what to expect from your home study process!

 

11) FEDERAL FINGERPRINTS: after you send your initial I-600A application and fees in to DHS, you will receive a notification of appointment for fingerprinting at your local DHS/Immigrations office. This is usually NOT the same address you mailed your I600A application to. Follow the instructions on the form you receive, and be sure to bring your driver’s license with you at the appointed date and time. DO NOT BE LATE. The earlier you get there, the faster you’ll get out. It shouldn’t take more than 30-45 minutes.
12)USCIS APPROVAL FORM 1-171H/I-797C: After what seems like forever, you should receive your I-171H or I-797 approval form from INS. While you are waiting, you would have been working with your adoption agency/facilitator to compile your “dossier” (pronounced DOSS-EE-AY). This is a another set of important documents which must be notarized and apostilled, translated into the adoptive country’s language, attached to your I-171H INS approval, and submitted to the country you are adopting from for THEIR approval. Adoption is a “hurry up and wait” process, but worth every second!
13) APOSTILLES: This is applicable to your dossier documents. It is not a part of the home study process. This is a fancy term for your state government to certify everything which has already been certified.

HELPFUL TIPS! When you receive your I171H, please DO NOT SEND THE ORIGINAL IN YOUR DOSSIER. You should make a photo copy of it, front and back, have that notarized and apostilled. ALSO, if your marriage certificate was issued in a different state than you are living in now, that must be apostilled in the state of issuance. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF ALL OF THE STATE ADDRESSES FOR APOSTILLES

14) SUBMIT YOUR DOSSIER: Your agency or facilitator will translate and submit your dossier, which includes your official application to the foreign government, an apostilled copy of your home study, and your I-171H INS approval form.
15) WAIT: for notification back from the government that you have an appointment to travel. This could be (1) month, it could be (8) months….every country is different, but the hope is that with children who are deemed “waiting with special needs”, your wait will not be endless. This is THE hardest part about the entire process…you’ve been approved! Your child is waiting! YOU are waiting! Why can’t they hurry up? Don’t they understand? Believe me, everyone goes through this. It is a rite of passage.

WHILE YOU ARE WAITING: Contact your local bank and have them order you NEW BILLS to take with you, especially if you are adopting from Ukraine. This process can take several weeks, so it is a good idea to do this ahead of time.

16) TRAVEL: While you are in-country, there will be a good bit of running around to do, but your facilitator will do most of that. There will be a lot of waiting around time too, so take that time to spend sightseeing and learning more about your child’s heritage! Purchase some souvenirs for your child to keep to remind them of where they are from. It’s okay to be different, and should be celebrated in your family.

We highly recommend Golden Rule travel to assist with your travel plans.

17) IN-COUNTRY DOCUMENTATION: Your agency will be able to guide you to know exactly what original documents you should carry with you during your travel.

You will definitely want to make a photocopy of each of your passports and have them notarized. Keep them in a safe place (not on your person) so that if your original passports are stolen, you have proper documentation to present to the US Embassy for safe return home. Also, carry extra copies of your birth certificates and driver’s licenses. You will need other documents to present to the foreign embassy and courts to finalize your adoption of your child and get a VISA for them to return home with you. Your agency will guide you with this.

18) POST-PLACEMENT REPORTS: Post-placement reports are required by the foreign governments to ensure that the child they entrusted to you is adjusting well. These are performed by your home study agency/social worker, and each country requires a different number total in different intervals.

Post-placement reports are not covered by adoption grants. They are the financial responsibility of the new family.

19) US finalization of your adoption and birth certificates: Most people will tell you that it is a good idea to finalize your adoption here in the US, even if it was legally finalized abroad.  This makes it possible to get a US-issued birth certificate and apply for your child’s SSN. Long term, both you and your child will benefit from full, documented US citizenship. Finalization is done in your local county courthouse.
20) Join our “After the Rainbow” Post Adoption Support Group on FaceBook, exclusively for families who have adopted a child internationally through Reece’s Rainbow.

Reece’s Rainbow is a  registered 501(c)3 charitable grant foundation which advocates and fundraises for the international adoption of children with Down syndrome & other special needs.   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 less than ten years, we have found adoptive families for (2000+) children in (32) countries around the world.  We still have over (500) 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 ***

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, 2019, Reece’s Rainbow is THIRTEEN 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 January 2019:

  • 2000+ 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 $15,500,000  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 (Angel Tree, 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.