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Older Child Grant — Other Special Needs

AdamLizzie (1)Beginning May 6, 2016, children age 10 & up are eligible for an Older Child Grant.

This grant is currently up to $5,000.  This grant is for children with special needs other than Down syndrome.

$660,000+ has been awarded in Older Other Special Needs Grants since May 2016.

We are currently working on rebuilding this grant fund!

Additional information available on the new Older Child Grant policy.  To inquire about one of these children, please email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org

For a list of children who are eligible for these grant funds:  Older Other Special Needs Boys   and   Older Other Special Needs Girls

THANK YOU to all who helped us raise $10,000 for the $10,000 matching grant in late 2018!  

To donate to the Older Child (Other Special Needs) Grant and help the grant grow:

$17,170.35 is currently available in this grant fund.

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

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

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Irina

irina2015-3Girl, Born March 5, 2005

Listed: prior to 2010

Cleft palate, possible FAS

From a volunteer who visited with her in August 2016:  Irina’s update from last year is still very accurate. Her introvert and shy behaviors got more though. She prefers not to interact at all. It took me half of our trip to get her to trust me enough to walk around the building with us and she would still not look at me. She avoids any eye contact. She did enjoy the attention though. She still loves to sit on someones lap. She has grown even more than last year. This year she had become too heavy for me to carry her.

I think Irina wants to get out of the facility. She was transferred to this facility a couple years ago. Before she lived here, she lived in a ‘normal orphanage’ with a special needs group. When they lost their funding she was transferred here. When we take her for a walk she walks to the gate and she just stares at the world outside of those gates. She realizes there is an entire world out there. One day the nurses saw us at the gate though and they yelled at us for minutes. We were not allowed to take Irina there, she could walk away. The gate is closed and locked and we were there with her, so there was no way she’d walk away, but from that day on Irina was even more closed and she lost most of the initiative while walking. She even lost her interest in the swing. She needs someone she can trust, someone who she’ll know will stay and will love her. She has already been listed for so long! She needs a family!

From a volunteer who visited with her in July 2015:  ” Irina is a beautiful girl with dark hair and big dark eyes. She has a cleft palate. She is a precious and happy little girl. She loves personal attention. She is craving attention and physical touch. If it was up to her she’d be held and hugged all day. She can react really shy to people who talk to her and especially when yelled at, she will become really introvert. She is a really sweet girl. Irina is a physically quite healthy girl. She is well nourished, she can walk, run, swing, etc. Her physical development is good, compared with the other children in the same facility. She seems to have a strong body. She knows how to use a swing properly and can swing by herself. She enjoys it a lot. She can play accurate with toys, like dolls, or pretend play with kitchen tools. She knows how to walk stairs. She can dress and undress herself. She can drink from a cup and eat by herself. She is potty trained and will tell if she has to use the bathroom. She doesn’t talk, most likely because of her cleft palate. She doesn’t make noises, but her eyes express a lot about how she feels. And her smile will tell you when she enjoys something. She understands what is being said to her and she can follow orders. When Irina is in the group, she’ll try to stay away from the others. She prefers to play by herself, but she is also capable of interacting with other children or adults. She prefers to play with children who are smaller or younger than her, probably because they are no threat to her. Last year I saw how she was being bullied by other (bigger) children. She tries to flee from bullies (and from yelling), but there is nowhere to go. This year she is doing much better. She has grown physically, which made her less of a target for the bigger children. Maybe also because new smaller children are in the group now. Sometimes she’s still the target of bullying and harming behaviour, but at other moments she will show these behaviours herself. She can be a bully to the smaller children herself. I think this is her way of showing that she is stronger now, but this is no good development. The longer children are in this facility, the more harming behaviour they show. Irina is still able to receive love, but time is ticking away. She needs a family. She would thrive in a family where she could be ‘the baby’.”

If you are unfamiliar with FAS, please spend some time researching this condition. Just as with Down syndrome, FAS and FAE have a wide variation of effects on each child, both medically, physically, and cognitively. This is typically dependent on how long during the pregnancy the mother consumed alcohol, and of course, how much. There is no way to know this ahead of time.

Irina has been transferred to the older child internat now.   Elinor, Devora, Julia,  Sullivan, Artemur, Duane, Abner and Irina may all be in the same region.

*** 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 ***

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Jewell

Girl, Born April 2006
Cerebral palsy / TBI

Listed: August 6, 2010

SIGNIFICANT RISK, PLEASE ADOPT ME SOON!!

Dark brown hair and blue-green eyes.  She has severe CP, but had started walking.

Jewell is the victim of parental physical abuse, and suffers from post-traumatic brain injury, which has further complicated her delays and struggles.

Updated medical 8/2015:

She has after-effects of severe brain injury (brain bones fracture), subarachnoidal influence in the form of irreversable damage, hemiplegia with microcephaly.

She does have a sister with mild delays whom she can be adopted with or by herself.

*** 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 ***

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Daphne

Girl, Born April 25, 2006

Daphne was born with CP.  She is not able to walk and is significantly cognitively delayed.  She is described as an affectionate and responsive child, and she would so benefit from having a loving family of her own.

She is facing transfer very soon, and will remain bedridden if she is not adopted.

More photos available

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

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Lorena

Girl, Born November, 2005

This beautiful, brown haired, blue eyed angel was born with a lot of strikes stacked against her.  That doesn’t mean she doesn’t deserve a voice or a chance to have a family who loves her and can help her be all she is able!
From her medical records:  CEREBRAL PALSY.   Inborn defect of brain development (hypoplasia of right hemisphere, cerebellum, mosaic body). Syndrome of spastic tetraparesis; stage of motion defect.   Secondary microcephaly.  Hip dysplasia.  Secondary miocardiopathy.  Mental delay.  Strabismus.
Lorena is facing the mental institution soon, and will remain bedridden for life if she is not adopted.

*** 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 ***

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Willow

WillowWillow-001Girl, born January 2006
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When Willow arrived, she did not want others to touch her or be near her. However, with some attention and one-on-one time with staff, she began to trust others. While she is unable to walk, she has responded well to therapy which has focused on developing leg strength. She also participates in water therapy weekly.

Willow arrived at this orphanage in early February 2013. She loves music and loves to dance. She has responded well to the pre-school program taught at the orphanage. She has a bright smile and a contagious laugh. When visitors come, Willow is delighted to swing with them or go on walks in the neighborhood.

From a missionary who visited with her in 2013: ” I’ve met Willow!  Seriously, this girl ALWAYS smiles. Whenever I would come near her she’d just grab my hand and grin at me. She wants to go exploring so bad, but she can’t walk. She would just point at stuff and grin at me to try to get me there.  She is a sweetie pie. my roommate got to feed her lunch one day. She is a happy little girl who went from being scared of others near her to loving the attention! “

*** 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 ***

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Lizzie

Girl, born July, 2005
PRC
Blind

Listed: Oct 2013

Lizzie is blind with light perception and participates in a program that provides high quality care and education for orphans who are blind or visually impaired. Lizzie is a beautiful little girl who has learning needs. She goes to primary school and she is in a special needs class, which means she has a lot of one-on-one teaching and therapy time. She has had speech and language therapy classes for 8 months and she has learned so much! She can communicate through signs but she has loved the freedom that comes with being able to communicate what she wants.

Guardian AngelLizzie really enjoys listening to music and hearing nursery rhymes. Since she can see a little bit, she likes to be in the light and wave her hand back and forth in front of her face. She also likes to sit on the seesaw, and gets a big smile on her face as she goes up and down. Lizzie loves to cuddle and will give almost anyone a hug. She also loves where she can move around, such as jumping on the trampoline and playing with big exercise balls. Lizzie will need some extra care and therapy when she is in a family. Her learning needs are such that she should have speech and language therapy and one-on-one time with teachers who have experience with children with special needs.

The agency that currently has Lizzie’s file also has a $5000 grant for her adoption!  Or, they are happy to transfer her file to another agency if a family in process would like to adopt her!

*** 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 ***

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Samantha and Kristina

Girls, Born November 2004 & November 2005

 Guardian Angel
These girls will age out soon.
Listed: August 7, 2010

Samantha (the oldest), on the right:  Brown hair and stunning green eyes!   Microcephaly, mental retardation, crossed eyes, physically capable, friendly and affectionate girl, will do well in family environment.  High likelihood of fetal alcohol syndrome.

Kristina, on the left:  cognitively delayed, physically capable, helpful, friendly, likes to play, good girl.

The girls were NOT in the same orphanage, but are in the same region and we could love for them to be adopted together.

*** 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 ***

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Haven

Guardian Angelhaven-2017-croppedGirl, Born March 2006

Poor Haven……sweet little girl.   Such a pretty girl burdened with such medical and cognitive difficulties….and no mama to love her through them.

From her medical records:  celiac disease, CP, toxic Hepatitis, hypotrophy of III stage

Listed: February 22, 2011

From our team who visited there: Haven is afraid of strangers and would not interact with us.

 

*** 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 ***

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Madison

41128135847 Madison (2) Girl, born 200441128135847 Madison (1)
Severe mental delays, anemia, other disorders of optic disc, Other specified acquired deformities of limbs

Listed: November 30, 2014

Madison may be transferred to mental institution SOON. She is delayed, does not talk. She understands and follows simple directions.

 

*** 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 ***

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Edith

30131131941 EdithGirl, born 2006
Diagnoses:  depression, impulsive, attention deficit disorder
It is suspected she has FAS; she suffered meningitis in past.

Listed: January 31, 2013
 

Look at sweet Edith, all dolled up for the New Year’s party at her orphanage!

She has had a broken nose because when she lived in the family her mother’s boyfriend pushed her and she fell and broke the nose. Two foreign families have visited her but did not end up adopting her.

One of our adoptive families has met her, and has video of her for inquiring families. “Edith was was much in need of one on one attention but did not even know how to be held. She was whiney, but very willing to share her chocolate with anyone and everyone.  Edith played with the other girls and was sociable. You could tell, however, that she was emotionally somewhat fragile. She would do really well, in my opinion, as the youngest or only child (or in a family where the other children are grown).   She really needs an experienced adoptive family who can give her lots of one on one attention and help build her trust in humanity back”.

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

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Carolina

Carolina 2013 (3)carolina-2017Girl, Born May 2006

Listed: August 6, 2010

Carolina is such a beautiful girl; beautiful brown hair with olive skin.  She has cerebral palsy, and does wear AFO’s on both feet.

From her medical records: Cerebral palsy, convergent squint, mental delay.   She can walk by supporter or holding one hand.  She says separate words, understands simple speech, is affectionate and friendly.   Physical therapy and a loving family will bring MIRACLES for this little girl!

Carolina was transferred in 2011 to a boarding school (not an institution).

New pic January 2017!  

UPDATE August 2013:

Carolina is a beautiful girl! She is about 4ft tall and about 50lbs. Her CP affects her mostly from the knees down. She does have cytomegalovirus. This was reconfirmed last year, but we were not able to find out if it is active, or if she merely was exposed while her mother was pregnant with her. CMV does cause brain damage if a baby is exposed in utero, so a family needs to be prepared for that, or for the fact that is IS transmissible when it flares. She is very strong and she does make her likes and dislikes known. Her biggest love is candy…but not chocolate! She likes white chocolate a lot though. She likes dolls, and can undress them herself. She has good use of her hands. She gets around by crawling or knee walking, which is great. Knee walking shows her hips are nice and strong. She loves to “dance.” Dancing, to her, is an adult bouncing her up and down for as long as you can stand to do it. She gets quite unhappy when you stop to take a break. The nannies make her walk a bit while holding onto hands, but her legs and feet are just not able to line up with her being so tight. She is very strong. She loves cell phones and will try to snatch them at any opportunity. A toy cell phone that plays music would be nice for her. She speaks, though it is like a toddler. She repeats the same few things over and over, but she does say a couple other words and used them correctly. She understands much more though and the caretakers speak to her in complete sentences. She just loves to move and bounce and be twirled around. She likes BIG movements. She was very briefly startled by my husband, but quickly discovered he could bounce her around longer and higher than I could…and so she quickly preferred him!

Carolina does have some institutional behaviors that a family needs to be prepared for. Her moods change quickly, and when she gets upset, she can throw herself to the floor, even injuring herself. She will hit, pull hair,etc if she is upset. She will throw large toys as well. The caretakers love her, but did express that she would likely not engage or interact with kids bigger than her, and would be likely to assert herself over anyone smaller. That is just how life in these places is. Families without small children would be best for her. An involved, hands-on Papa would be ideal, and a trampoline would be out of this world for her.

*** 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 ***

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Havalah

Havalah June 2013Girl, born 2005
Mild to moderate mental delays

Listed: October 29, 2012

This little peach is just waiting for a family of her own!

 

Update June 2013:
So disappointed her new picture is fuzzy.  She is teeny-tiny and a very happy little girl!

*** 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 ***

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Krista

30930133635Girl, born November 2005
slight mental delay, flat feet, convergent squint, vision impairment

 

Listed October 9, 2013

 

*** 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 ***

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Caroline

41122172320 Carolinecaroline-2017-croppedGirl, born 2004    (outdated picture)
Mental Delay, mitral valve prolapse, secondary cardiopathy, umbilical hernia

Listed November 22, 2014

ALL GROWN UP 🙁  Still waiting.  Caroline is almost 13 years old now.  She needs a family!

 

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

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Delta

Delta-002Girl, born 2003
Mild to moderate delays, left eye condition

Listed: October 29, 2012

Update July 2017:

She has moderate mental retardation (NOT just psychological and speech delay!). It is organic damage of brain. She is not at school, defectologists teach her something, but her level of development does not stipulate for “traditional” education. She is taught by program developed for special needs children with mental issues, so it is very primitive.

Delta is almost blind. She has a slight right eyesight. She has been diagnosed with congenital anophthalmos.  Also she is hearing-impaired, and currently she uses hearing device, which is helpful.

Her personality is kind and friendly.

Update June 2013:
Look at Delta- isn’t she beautiful?! She is SO, SO sweet- we gave the kids lollipops and she grabbed my hand and squeezed it and said thank you. She is very “with it”- the kids danced for me and she was one of the very few that was on beat! She is able to follow directions and imitate. I have a video but for privacy reasons I can’t put it on her profile but if a family is considering her I would be happy to share!

*** 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 ***

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Cheryl

Cherylcheryl-2017Girl, born 2004
Mild to moderate delays

Listed: October 29, 2012

New pic January 2017.

Update June 2013:
She is delayed but she tries very hard to keep up with everything. She is super, super smiley- like she could not stop smiling and giggling. She loved singing and she also loved watching everyone else dance (she did not participate). She also rocks when she sits, but again probably to self-soothe. There is video available with her in it as well.

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

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Coralina

Coralina June 2013coralina-2017-croppedGirl, born 2004
Mild to moderate mental delays

Listed: October 29, 2012

New pic January 2017.  Coralina has been listed with us for 4+ YEARS.  The wait is endless for these children.  They deserve to be in families.

Isn’t she just the sweetest?  Some facial features of #FAS.  Please research this condition so you are prepared for her emotional and academic needs!

Update June 2013:
Coralina is also such a sweet girl! She loved the beach balls and was running around the room making sure they all stayed in one place. She is very small especially considering she is almost 9.  She is in a video, available to interested 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 ***

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Nadene

Nadene 2013 (1)Girl, born 2005
Diagnsis: mental delays, light degree tetraparesis (CP)

Listed: October 14, 2012

Miss Nadene has regressed greatly in the orphanage. She has bad memory and attention. She is very shy and quiet. She needs help often but she can walk with support. She could use the love of a family to really blossom!

 

UPDATE 2013:
She is a mover!  It was difficult to get her to stand still.

*** 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 ***

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Lexi

LexiGirl, born October 2005
PRC
Hyperextension of right knee/incontinent (possible lower spine issue)

Listed: May 27, 2014

Lexi is a beautiful little girl with such a sweet spirit! She is 8 years old, and has hyperextension of her right knee and is incontinent (possible issue with lower spine). She is able to “walk” with some assistance. Lexi used to sit and watch the other kids run and play, and she was so sad she couldn’t join in the fun. She worked and worked to find a way to get around! Lexi has had some delays but has excellent fine motor skills. She can take care of herself very well and is a smart girl. She has a best friend at the orphanage. Lexi sings while her friend dances. I imagine Lexi would love to be able to dance, too. She will need possible surgery and therapy on her right leg, and help with the continence issues. Lexi is a very loving and patient little girl. She is ready and waiting for a family of her own.

A family met her in country in 2015; they are willing to discuss her privately with families who are seriously considering adopting her.

*** 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 ***

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Kathleen

Kathleen2-croppedKathleen 2015Girl, born 2004
Unrepaired cleft palate, mental delays

Listed: October 1, 2015

Kathleen is described as broadminded and cheerful.

From someone who met Kathleen in 2010: Kathleen is a very loving and social little girl who loves getting attention from adults. Whenever I was in her group, she was always right beside me, participating in whatever I was doing and engaging me in her own favorite activities. Kathleen has kept that silly, playfulness that most institutionalized children seem to lose. She was definitely a little mischievous getting into everything, but was also very quick to follow direction and obviously eager to please. I truly believe she would thrive in a family where she was showered with all the attention she deserves and allowed to simply be the fun-loving, silly little girl God created her to be.

From someone who met Kathleen in 2012: Kathleen is a happy little girl who would love to be able to communicate, but cannot because of an unrepaired cleft palate. She makes noises to communicate to the best of her ability. She is a very sweet little girl, and loves to play outside. Many missionaries who have met her loved her and spoke highly of her!

Update September 2015: Kathleen was moved into an all girls facility in 2012. The staff say she has adapted well to the routine and has a group of friends. However there is no opportunity for education or therapy where she currently is. The staff say their goals are focused physical activity and teaching the girls self care rather than on education. The facility is in a very rural village and there is no school nearby.

Kathleen was evaluated by a doctor who said that she is moderately mentally disabled. There is a high likelihood that she has some form of a congenital syndrome that she was born with. She has an unrepaired cleft palate, mitral valve prolapse, as well as some abnormality of her elbow joints. She is also very thin, it’s unclear if this is related to her syndrome since the other girls at her facility were not under weight like she is. We observed her eating several times, the palate does not seem to slow her down, but she does have to clear her nose frequently because there is no barrier between her mouth and her nasal cavity. It was originally thought that her speech challenges were due to the unrepaired palate, but the doctor says this is not likely since she is not just delayed in speech, but rather is completely nonverbal. He believes that she will remain nonverbal, but then again there is no speech therapy offered where she is, so we doubt that!

Kathleen understands and is able to follow basic instructions, and is able to perform self care with supervision (self feeds, toilets, dresses independently, etc). We were able to get her to play briefly kicking around a ball, and she liked to watch us color. We were unable to get her to use the crayons herself to see what her fine motor skills are like. She likes to take pictures but refuses to look at the pictures on the phone! She seems really averse to iphones, ipad, etc, when we tried to show her pictures and videos. She would hold our hands and lead us around where she wanted to go, and enjoys skipping! The staff have a nickname for her that basically means “energizer,” because she is always active and on the go!

Kathleen is a beautiful girl who is not able to reach her God given potential where she currently is. The doctor was not hopeful that she would “ever progress,” but we know that with the love/dedication of a family, and medical care/therapy that she needs, that she can prove him wrong!

*** 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 ***

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Audrey, Adelaide and Emmett

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adelaide

emmett

Sibling set – Must be kept together!

 

Listed: October 5, 2015

Girl, born 2004 (red dress)
Healthy

Girl, born 2006 (pink dress)
Other disorders of psychological development
Phonological disorder
flat feet
astigmatism
cardiomyopathy

boy, born 2008
Phonological disorder
ADHD
Other behavioral and emotional disorders with onset usually occurring in childhood and adolescence
Flat foot

*** We are 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 ***

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LouAnn

LouAnnlouann-2017-croppedGirl, born 2004
spastic tetraplegia, profound mental retardation, congenital malformation of retina

Listed: December 8, 2015

New pic January 2017

This is the face of institutional abuse and neglect in an Eastern European orphanage.  LouAnn needs a family to love her…provide for her medical needs and give her the life she deserves.

*** 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 ***

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Nanci

Nanci (2) Nanci (1)Girl, born March 2006
PRC
cognitive and speech delays

Listed: October 28, 2015

Nanci is a sweet and active girl who is 9 years old. She came to the orphanage as an infant, and has been found to have cognitive delays, as well as some speech delays. She uses short sentences to express her needs. Her movements seem to be a bit slow, overall. Nanci enjoys playing with her friends. She can be easily distracted, and is typically a quiet girl. Nanci would benefit from a good special education class, and a full developmental evaluation. But, most of all, Nanci needs a family!

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

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Bailee

guardianangelBailey CollageGirl, born November 2005
PRC
arthrogryposis

Listed: Feb 21, 2016

Sweet 10-year-old Bailee is diagnosed as having arthrogryposis, which affects her knees, ankles and elbows. She is a very capable and independent girl despite her limb differences. In November 2015, she received surgery to improve her mobility and she is currently going through rehabilitation for walking. Bailee participates in the big sister program in her institute. Her teachers say she is polite, gets along well with other children, and loves studying. Although she was able to walk with support a little prior to her recent surgery, she had mostly been using a wheelchair to get around. Her teachers report that she is very smart, independent, and capable. Bailee learned to write her name after being shown only once and seldom asks for help. She is strong and very self-reliant both inside and outside of class and laughs happily when she is praised by her teachers. She is well liked and supported by her friends and classmates. Although the orphanage staff say her fingers aren’t affected by arthrogryposis, they do report some weakness in them. She is able to hold a pencil to write many words, do addition and subtraction, and feed herself.

Bailee enjoys singing, crafts, and drawing. Her teacher said that while all of the other children color a page working from the top to the bottom, Bailee starts at the bottom and colors up. When asked why, she replied: “I just want to be different from others.” Bailee is happy in the institute but also has a good attitude about adoption. Her orphanage prepares children very well for families and takes great care of their kids too! Bailee is willing to be adopted by foreigners so she’ll have more friends and people to love her. She told our staff that she would like to have siblings. She also shared that her favorite toys are Barbie dolls and that she likes the color blue. She said she hopes to go to college to become a teacher. What an inspiration this girl will be to the family who says “YES” to her!

*** 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 ***

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Lizzie

LizzieGirl, born 2003
Microcephaly
Profound mental retardation

Listed: December 8, 2015

Sweet girl!

*** 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 ***

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Simeon and Charlotte

Guardian AngelCharlottesimeon-2017Simeon, Born October 2007
Significantly delayed; Cerebral palsy

Charlotte, born 2002
significantly delayed

Listed February 22, 2011

New pic Jan 2017.

Simeon is a beautiful Roma child with dark hair and big brown eyes.  He is significantly delayed, and diagnosed with cerebral palsy.  We are trying to get more information on his social history.  Simeon is a fraternal twin, whose sister has already been adopted.

Simeon is described as mostly non-verbal, and is not able to walk on his own.  There just seems to be so much potential for him in a family environment.  He is already an outcast because of his darker skin and will be left institutionalized – and likely bedridden — if not adopted.

From a family who visited with him in 2011:  Simeon is barely responsive to stimuli, but I believe that could change if he received regular, loving attention.  I didn’t observe any of the orphanage workers spending much time interacting with him.  There were times that I was able to get him to smile and grip my hand.  After a few days, he was even able to clap!  But most of the time he is staring off in any direction and seems completely unable to control most of his movements.  He was always either lying down or propped up in a sitting position.  I never heard him speak.  I also never heard him cry or fuss. Overall, a very calm child.

Married couples only, larger families and older parents welcome.

*** We are 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 ***

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Shayla

shayla june 2013Girl, born 2004
Diagnoses: deep mental delay. Cerebral paralysis- double spastic form, microcephaly. Strabismus, divergent squint, and Optic atrophy. First degree anemia.

Listed: October 4, 2012

Sweet little Shayla could tremendously use a family and medical attention to help her thrive. She has already been living in this orphanage for 3 years and risks soon having to be transferred to a place where adoption will be next to impossible.

Her speech is not well developed, she holds toys in her hands for brief periods of time (but she sure does love to hold stuffed animals!), she has a reaction when you say her name but she is not able to communicate back but she smiles. She walks with support- can”t walk independently. Children in this orphanage need families! They do not receive enough interaction/therapy to help them thrive. They are seen as hopeless but we know that is not true!

Update June 2013:
This is not a great picture [on the right] but she would NOT sit still. She was wanting to move!! She thought it was so funny and would not stop laughing and rocking back and forth about the camera. The nannys also were laughing with her- her laugh and happiness is very infectious.

*** 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 ***

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Venetia

venetia-2017-croppedGirl, born 2005
Mild to moderate delays, needs dental work

Listed: October 29, 2012

New pic January 2017.

Sweet girl!  She needs a mama to paint her nails and braid her hair.  She’s trying so hard to force a smile for the camera.

*** 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 ***

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Cambria

Cambria smiling March 2014Girl, born January 2005

Anophthalmos (absence of eyes)

Listed: August 13, 2012

What a sweet little girl!  She is walking independently. Married couples only, large families welcome!

Update June 2013:
Don’t let Cambria’s pictures fool you. She is happy and full of life. Usually, she is stuck in bed for her own safety, as the nannies are afraid she could fall or run into something and hurt herself. When I took her out, she was able to walk, run, and dance to the music playing on the TV in the room. She loves dancing! She started laughing when I clapped my hands in front of her face and when I sneezed. She is an absolutely angelic little girl. While I do believe she has some institutional autism, she would be a joy in any family, and with love and proper care will thrive.

Update March 2014:
Although she mostly lays around because she cannot see, she walks and dances; she loves music. She is extremely gentle, and sensitive to noises.  She loves to be swung around and rocked gently, and that also makes her giggle.

*** 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 ***

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Lexi (L)

Girl, born September, 2004
has siblings (not available for adoption)
FAS; Mixed specific developmental delays; short-stature; strabismus; hypertrophy; flat-foot; repaired hernia.

Listed May 20, 2012

Lexi was born prematurely at 34 weeks gestation weighing 1530g. She has had trouble gaining weight. She has a history of bronchitis and otitis. She started walking at the age of 2. In March 2011 she weighed 15kg and was 103cm tall. Delay of speech comprehension, expressive speech, general motor, audio attention memory, and visual attention memory. She is developmentally on target for her age in the areas of fine motor, self sufficiency skills, and social adaptation.

Update from Lexi’s care home Feb 2011: She attends speech therapy classes. She was diagnosed with Speech and communication disorder- moderate delay of language development. During therapy she is active and interested in the activities. However her actions are stereotypical, chaotic, she struggles to understand simple plots of the games.

October 2010: Lexi is agile, happy, and communicative. She is able to recognise and name the objects from her nearest surroundings. She struggles to understand abstract concepts. She helps get herself dressed, undressed, makes her bed, and looks after her own clothes.

*** 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 ***

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Noel

Guardian AngelGirl, Born October 2004

Oh, Noel!   Noel was born with hydrocephaly and severe CP.   She has had surgery and has a shunt for her hydrocephalus, but she is still just “existing” for right now.  She is blessed to still be at the baby house….the director can’t bear to send her on.

Listed: February 21, 2011

There is no way to know her potential until she is out of an orphanage and in her own family setting.  She will likely require 24 hour care.   But she deserves a family of her own!

Because of her severe special needs, any family considering a commitment for Noel should have experience caring for a child with these significant 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 ***

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Tressa

tressa-2017-croppedGirl, Born January 16, 2005
FAS

Listed December 23, 2010

New pic January 2017!  Tressa is a beautiful little girl! She just turned 12 and needs a family of her own.

Shareable video link: https://youtu.be/cse6UVe-730

 

*** 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 ***

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Valerie

valerie-2015Girl, Born February 2004

SIGNIFICANT RISK, PLEASE ADOPT ME SOON!!  Valerie has been transferred.

Listed: August 7, 2010

Shareable video link: https://youtu.be/M-AHBDIdqD0

Isn’t Valerie cute??  She is diagnosed with hypothyroidism.  She also has strabismus (crossed/lazy eyes).    She is diagnosed with developmental delay, and shows many of the facial characteristics of a child with FAS (Fetal Alcohol syndrome).  But she is a darling girl, very active, loving and affectionate!   She is facing the institution soon.  I hope a family is out there waiting just for her!

If you are unfamiliar with FAS, please spend some time researching this condition.  Just as with Down syndrome, FAS and FAE have a wide variation of effects on each child, both medically, physically, and cognitively.   This is typically dependent on how long during the pregnancy the mother consumed alcohol, and of course, how much.   There is no way to know this ahead of time.

*** 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 ***

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Miranda

miranda-2017-croppedGirl, Born August 25, 2004
Cerebral Palsy

Listed: June 20, 2010

FINALLY, an update for Miranda.  January 2017.  This is the miserable life of a child stuck in an institution.  She needs a FAMILY.

What a beautiful little girl!    Wispy blonde hair and bright blue eyes!  Miranda is healthy and developing well out side of her CP.    She is an orphanage favorite.   Waiting for more info on her ability to walk/speak, etc.

She has two younger siblings, their status is not known.

She was transferred from her baby home, and still waits for her family.  She has been listed for SO long!!

*** 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 ***

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you can be a guardian angel for an orphan with special needs!

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Heather

Girl, Born December 2003
T-A
Epilepsy, moderate cognitive delay

Listed: November 12, 2011

This BEAUTIFUL girl needs a forever family of her own.   Heather is presently residing in an orphanage.

Health Condition: Heather has been diagnosed with Epilepsy.   She is currently on medication for this condition and reports state that she has not displayed any effects of Epilepsy since April 2009.   Heather has also been diagnosed with Moderate intellectual deficiency. According to reports, she had a brain injury caused by the suspected abuse from her birth father. Her psychological assessments show that she has a delay in cognitive and motor development. Heather has also been diagnosed with congenital myopia, astigmatism and mild strabismus. She currently wears glasses for myopia and astigmatism. The doctor related that astigmatism is mild so it is not necessary for her to have a surgery.

Likes & Dislikes: Heather’s favorite foods are rice with meat sauce, tapioca milk tea, chocolate, pudding, cookies, yakult, and candy. She dislikes carrots, noodles, vegetables, bean curd, and steamed buns. Her favorite activities are playing house, fishing, doing puzzles, drawing, and any active games. Y-W does not enjoy thunder, dogs, being alone, the dark, strangers, or caregivers having raised/angry voices. Heather very much enjoys school, especially singing and dancing. She gets along very well with her school peers.

*** 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 ***

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Mara

Mara (1) Mara (2)Girl, born 2003

Diagnoses: Mild mental delays, Hydrocephalus, cleft palate, Anomaly (congenital) (unspecified type) of pupil function

Listed:  January 21, 2013

This child shows significant facial features of FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome).  Please research and prepare yourself for the challenges of children with this condition.

Update:
She was so sweet! She was playing nice with all the kids. Very lovable. She came up to ask if I was her mama? It broke my heart. She loved to be held.

She followed the care givers directions & was very well behaved!! With love & patience she would fit right into a family.

Married couples only, large families welcome.

*** 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 ***

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Tadee

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGirl, born February 2004
Chronic Hepatitis B

Listed: March 26, 2013

Tadee is a lovely young girl, hoping for a family of her own!  Her hair is adorable, with the multiple braids.

 

*** 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 ***

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The Reece’s Rainbow Prayer Warrior Ministry was created with three goals in mind:

  1. To lift the daily needs of each waiting child up in prayer
  2. To lift Reece’s Rainbow up in prayer
  3. To lift the families whom God is preparing for each waiting child up in prayer

 

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Luigina

30702001143Girl, born July 2003
Moderate mental delays; Acquired deformity of chest and rib; Epilepsy

Listed: July 7, 2013

 

*** 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 ***

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Angela

Girl, born 2009
PRC
congenital hip dislocation; mild to moderate delays

Listed: June 2019

Angela is smart, cute and active, and has dimples when she smiles. She gets along well with other kids, and is willing to share food and toys with other kids, willing to do something within her power. She has good physical quality, seldom gets sick, and she is an obedient and cute girl.

From an adoptive family who met her: she was very sweet. She leaves each day to go to regular school in the city. She just finished 2nd grade. She said her favorite class is music class. She walks with a slight limp but gets around very well. When we were visiting she was helping take care of some of the severe needs kids in her class. She seemed shy but she did talk to our interpreter a fair bit.

Additional photos available.

$1,080.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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

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April

Girl, born 2007
PRC

April seems to be so joyful.  She has ready smile and laughs easily and when she laughs you can see her dimples.  She attends primary school and is on the same level as her peers. For more information on the sweet girl please inquire, for agency contact information.

 

$45.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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

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Nicolette and Oksana

girl, born 2006
impaired visual acuity
deviated nasal septum
disorders of psychological development – In real life she does not demonstrate any issues

girl, born 2003
thyroid disorders, perhaps, oncology disease, post-op
asthenia

These two sisters must be adopted together!
Both girls are very good and friendly

$31.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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

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Hope

Girl, born 2004

Arnold-Chiari syndrome
spina bifida with hydrocephalus
chronic kidney insufficiency- 3rd stage
spinal bladder
flail legs
congenital hip dislocation
chronic interstitial cystitis

Available in June 2019!!

Everybody who ever met this girl fell in love with her immediately. She is pure love and kindness!

She needs a family who will be able not only love her (which she deserves!) but to provide her with qualified and probably expensive medical care.

$9.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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

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Daniela

Girl, born 2004

Multiple malformations of the central nervous system
spina bifida
internal subcompensated hydrocephalus
lower flaccid paraparesis
convulsive syndrome
anus atresia

Listed: Jan 2019

$9.90 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!

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Melanie

Girl, born 2008

Listed: April 2018

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

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

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

*** 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 ***

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Aiden, Ainsley, and Aimee L18

Siblings born, summer 2003, summer 2005, and fall 2008

Listed: April 2018

Aiden has blue eyes and dark brown hair. He graduated 6th grade this year, learns after a regular school program. His results at school are average, he has some difficulties, but he can learn the required. The boy is interested in sports – he likes to play football and rugby, but sometimes he can be too lazy to attend the trainings. He also likes to work with technique, to repair something and to take pictures. The boy is calm and a little bit shy. He has good self-care skills, has no behavior problems or bad habits. He regularly attends speech therapist and recreative gymnastics in the out-of-family care institution.

Diagnoses: specific speech and language development disorders. Unspecified learning disorders. Food allergy. Allergic dermatitis. OU astigmatismus mixtus. Deformation of chest.

Ainsley has brown eyes and dark brown hair. She graduated 5th grade this year, learns after a regular school program. Her results at school are very good, she is hard-working and one of the best scholars in the class. She sings in an ensemble, dances modern dances, draws, plays rugby and football. She also likes to cook, to work in the garden and to ride a bike. The girl is calm and a little bit shy, but strong-willed. The girl`s physical development has significantly improved because of recreative gymnastics, dancing and sports, she has no X-shaped legs anymore. She has good self-care skills, has no behavior problems or bad habits. She regularly attends speech therapist and recreative gymnastics in the out-of-family care institution.

Diagnoses: allergic rhinopathy. Deformation of nasal septum. OD ptosis (operation in July 2014). Exotropia secundaris. Clumsy child syndrome (has improved). Dyslalia. Posture disorders (has improved). X-shaped legs (has improved). Umbilical hernia. Allergic dermatitis.

Aimee has greyish-blue eyes and brown hair. She graduated the 1st grade this year, a regular school program. She dances both modern and folk dances, sings in an ensemble and choir, draws, plays rugby and football. She also takes a part in cooking, rides a bike and does manual training. The girl likes animals very much. She has good self-care skills, has no behavior problems or bad habits. She regularly attends speech therapist and recreative gymnastics in the out-of-family care institution. Her physical development has significantly improved because of recreative gymnastics, dancing and sports, she has no X-shaped legs anymore. The girl is calm and a little bit shy.

Diagnoses: unspecified speech and language development disorders. Other emotional disorders. Dyslalia. Asymmetrical posture. X-shaped legs. Umbilical hernia. Naevus pigmentorum thoracis. OU hypermetropia.

From a family that has met them: Aiden is an awesome boy who is from my daughter’s orphanage. I spent quite a bit of time with him. He is quiet at first, but opens up over time. He likes to laugh, play soccer, and build things. He wants a dad to do things with him. He was polite and thankful while I was with him. It’s hard to watch his friends leave with families, and know that time is running out for him and his younger sisters.

*** We are 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 ***

 

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Kristal

Girl, 12 years old

blind

CO-4

Listed: April 2018

Kristal is learning braille, and wants to be a musician. She also likes science. She’s said to be peaceful, organized, and pays attention to details. She would really like to have siblings.

*** 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 ***

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Julie

Girl, DOB listed as 2005
Hydrocephalus – undergone surgery.

Listed: March 2018

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

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

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

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

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Sara

Girl, born 2004
HIV+, has appointments monthly at a government ART center. CD4 count is 750. Viral load is undetectable as of Feb 2018.  She started ARTs in Dec 2016. She looked very sickly when she arrived at SCH, as she hadn’t started ARTs yet, but now her face has filled out and she looks healthier.

Listed: Feb 2018

Sara has a smile that lights up any room she walks into. She has a quieter personality but enjoys joking and laughing with people she knows well. She has a best friend in her home whom she does everything with.

Sara makes friends easily, and enjoys playing games and lending a helping hand. She likes dancing, jumping on the trampoline, and singing.  Sara has a very kind heart and likes to show affection by hugging those she is close to. When she is upset she likes to cuddle up to a caregiver and hug them. Sara is so eager to learn. She loves to learn everything she can get her hands on and enjoys working on homework with caregivers. Sara speaks her native language fluently, and is learning spoken and written English and is doing well with it. She can read simple chapter books in English and is able to sound out most words she does not know. She knows multiplication facts and can add and subtract. She is an excellent student and the only thing holding her back is that she got a late start to school.

UPDATE NOV 2018:  Sara has the biggest smile. It lights up her whole face and turns her eyes to sparkly gems. She is kind and sensitive, girly and silly. She is often found whispering secrets in her foster sisters’ ears and giggling with delight. She adds joy and friendship to those around her.

Sara has many friendships with the other children in the house. She gets along very well with children both younger and older than herself. She is a good friend. She generously shares with those that she cares about. She values quality time with caregivers. She likes to verbally process and openly shares stories and daily events. Telugu is her first language and she is most comfortable praying and communicating in it but Sara can communicate well in English too; she’s able to express her emotions and functions well in daily conversation.

Sara loves dressing up in pretty frocks and jewelry. She also loves to dance and sing – especially when it is with her friends. She has a lot of joy as she embraces life. She is excited to try new experiences. Sara isn’t the life of the party but she loves to be part of the group. She doesn’t want to miss out on anything and is an active participant in all of our group activities.

Sara is developing well and progressing in her academics. Her English has been improving rapidly, her vocabulary is growing, as is her confidence. Due to a late school start she is behind in her academics. She is currently working hard at catching up and is being taught an American school curriculum. She enjoys math and science the most but she is working hard at all of the other subjects as well. Physical education has become one of the highlights of her day. She also enjoys jumping on the trampoline after school, crafts and special movie nights.

Sara constantly expresses her deep desire to a have a family of her own. She longs to belong and be loved by a family.

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

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Tricia

Girl, born 2007
Seizure disorder, intellectual delay

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

Listed: Feb 2018

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

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

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Giada #

Girl: 2007

Listed: 2/2018

Diagnosis: epilepsy –

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

Giada is on medication for her seizures.

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

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

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

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

UPDATE: Oct. 2018:

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

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

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

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Molly

Girl, born 2006

Listed: Feb 2018

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

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

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

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Ginger

Girl, born 2004

Listed: Feb 2018

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

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

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

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Dinah

Girl, born 2008

Dinah has nystagmus, diplegic cerebral palsy, and speech delay (nonverbal). She can walk independently and can feed herself. She is becoming more independent and is currently working on dressing herself. Is not potty trained but could probably learn in a more stable
family environment.

Listed: Feb 2018

Dinah is giggly, likes to snuggle, sweet, content. Will play with toys, seek out preferred toys, and seek out preferred children to play beside. She has been working on using a simple voice-output communication system to greet the other children and choose between two toy options. She is social and gets very excited when surrounded by lots of people. She likes to do what the other children are doing. She can follow simple commands in English and can identify body parts by touching them when asked.

She shows ability to build strong attachments and follows her preferred caregiver and opens her arms for a hug. She loves to dance and immediately stands up and starts dancing when music comes on.

*** 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 ***

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Victoria

Girl, born 2004
Visual impairment (one side anophthalmia, other eye has microphthalmia and a coloboma). Minimal vision.  Mild developmental delay. Bright, giggly, vibrant young lady.

Listed: Feb 2018

Victoria would do well in a family without younger siblings. She is quite independent despite her low vision. She attends a rehab center where she gets private tutoring. She can read large print and reads and writes at a beginner level. She can do simple addition and subtraction facts in her head. She has a lot of energy and loves socializing, and simply needs constructive outlets for her energy. She is independent with her self care. She loves to color and dance.

She enjoys being the center of attention and moves around comfortably and independently. She loves playing games outdoors, walking in the park, dancing, art, and running around. She is able to communicate at a beginner level in English, and is fluent in her native language. She brings a lot of joy to her environment, and is often spotted with a smile on her face.

*** 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 ***

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Esther

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

Listed: Feb 2018

Esther speaks her native language fluently and understands some English. Her sentences in both languages are not clear and she needs the support of a speech therapist. She is on medication to control seizures and is seizure free. She tends to have trouble concentrating and attending to conversation. Social skills are delayed but she is well liked by the other girls and plays nicely. She has memorized her alphabet and numbers 1 to 200. She is writing four letter words neatly. She thrives from having adult attention and asks desperately when her family is coming. She is learning appropriate boundaries with strangers and tends to request hugs from any adult.

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

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

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Allison #

Girl: 2008
Diagnosis: Developmental Delay, Speech Delay

Allison is a beautiful, giggly  girl who lives with a foster family in Eastern Europe.

Listed: December 2017

Allison is an active child. She runs, jumps, catches a ball with two hands or kicks it with a leg, and climbs and descends stairs with the support of a railing. Allison likes to connect with others, is interested in other children, and includes them in her games. She enjoys playing with dolls and likes to show others all her toys.

Allison enjoys the extra attention she receives from her foster parents.

Allison is physically healthy. She is eating well, and her weight and height are catching up with the standards for her age. She has some developmental delays that her caregivers attribute to early neglect and lack of stimulation. Allison has difficulty pronouncing some words, and her learning is below the norm for her age. She was in first grade last school year, and the foster family said she loves to go to school.

*** 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 ***

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Rebekah

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

Listed: November 2017

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

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

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Aria #

Girl 2007

Special needs: prematurely born in the 28th gestation week, after placental abruption; Infantile cerebral palsy, spastic quadriparesis – severe degree; spastic left side of the body; Glioependymal cyst of the right cerebral hemisphere- condition after surgery; Delayed neuro-psychical development; Severe mental delay; Generalized developmental delay with an active potential to make further progress and develop;

Listed: November 2017

Aria is able to walk by using a mobility aid – a walker. She can go up and down the stairs while holding onto the railings. She can maintain a sitting position while sitting on a chair, even without seat restraints.

Aria is emotionally stable and has adequate emotional responses in different situations. She enjoys being the center of attention.  Aria names animals, fruits and vegetables, counts up to 10, says the alphabet with some help from an adult, and names the children and the staff members by name.  She participates in group activities with other children. She is sensitive to the other person’s emotional state and observes his/her reactions.  Aria enjoys looking at children’s books and recognizes the familiar objects and animals on the pictures.

Area eats common food independently with a small spoon or fork.The child drinks from a cup. Due to her physical disability, she cannot bath herself independently. She goes to the toilet on her own. The child washes her hands and brushes her teeth on her own.

*** 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 ***

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Liesl, Kurt, Brigitta and Louisa

4 Siblings

girl, born 2013 — mild mental delays

boy, born 2012 — alalia

girl, 2007 — alalia, She cannot talk

girl, born 2005 — moderate mental delay

They must be adopted together!

*** We are 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 ***

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Olivia

Girl, born 2004

slight mental delay; enuresis; ptosis

Listed: October 2017

She is a very well-behaved and quiet girl. She likes to recite poems, sing and is very involved.

 

*** 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 ***

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Aubrey

Girl, born 2003

Slight mental delays

 

Listed: October 2017

 

*** 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 ***

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Regina

Girl, born 2008

Aperts syndrome

Listed: August 2017

Regina’s Apert’s syndrome does not prevent this curly-haired little girl from playing, learning, and living an active life! Regina is an intelligent and imaginative child who enjoys dolls, swings, slides – and watermelon! Could she be your daughter?

Regina needs corrective surgery for her hands, feet, and face, to help her be all she can be. A loving family would give Regina a future outside of a bleak institution.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LafIKeJQ0gY&feature=youtu.be

Many additional pictures and videos of Regina are available upon inquiry.

*** 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 ***

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Lynda

30815195533Guardian AngelGirl, born Dec 2008
Hydrocephalus, Severe mental delays

Listed: August 2013

She is a very sweet and kind girl and extremely needs a family.  She will be 5 this December, so any new family may commit to her and start preparing a dossier.

She has siblings, but none are available for adoption; 2 older sisters live with birth mother and 1 younger sister has been adopted.

From a family who met her in summer 2013:
She was in my kids’ groupa.  She is the sweetest little thing and needs out of there ASAP!!!  She has the most noble quiet nature about her.  She is mentally delayed but has so much potential.  She was one of the least favored children in the orphanage and she is desperate for love.  On one occasion she wandered over to the play shelter where we were playing and was trying to eat our daughter’s cookie.  We didn’t have any extra (we brought treats for the groupa every three days or so) so my husband just picked her up to distract her and as soon as he did, she threw her arms around his neck and rested her head on his shoulder just soaking in the attention.  I can’t bear the thought of her being transferred!  She already has it bad enough.

*** 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 ***

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Angela #

Girl: 2006

Diagnosis: Moderate mental retardation. Spastic cerebral palsy. Congenital hydrocephalus; state after VPA. CP. Spastic quadriparesis in moderate degree with predilection in lower limbs. Vitiligo (leukoderma).

Listed: June 2017

She was born prematurely.   She is calm and positive child who likes to participate in group activities. She doesn’t  show aggression and does not isolate.  Angela Attends Special school. She does not have good coordination of her movements.  She delays in her speech development. Reciprocal speech at low level. Expressive speech – echolalia. Likes to sings children’s songs.

She serves herself with help. Feeds herself alone with spoon. Morning, daily toilet and bathing are with assistance by an adult.

Video available.

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

*** 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 ***

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Prudence #

Girl: 2008
Diagnosis: prematurity of 3rd degree; microcephaly; severe mental delay; epilepsy – generalized tonic-clonic seizures; infantile cerebral palsy.

Listed: June 2017

Despite her CP diagnosis, Prudence is able to go up and down the stairs and walk independently, albeit her gait is not very stable.

She is nonverbal. Prudence does not understand other people’s speech and she tends to self-isolate.  Prudence likes to cuddle with an adult and likes it when someone is talking gently to her. She loves listening to music and even starts smiling and dancing in her own way.
Prudence hasn’t developed any self-service skills and fully depends on the caregivers in the facility. She cannot control her physiological needs (she wears dippers). Her sleep is calm.

*** 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 ***

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Verity #

Girl: 2004

Special needs: congenital microphthalmia of the left eye; strabismus

Listed: June 2017

Verity has well-developed hygiene habits. She eats independently, uses the cutlery adequately and has developed all of her self-service skills.

Verity is sociable, friendly, responsive and affectionate. She likes being among other people. She prefers interacting with peers, but she also communicates well with adults.

Verity likes to play with other children, especially sport games. In her spare time she likes watching TV or listening to music.  Her dream is to become a singer.

*** 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 ***

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Hailey and Hugh

Sibling Pair, ages 11 & 8
T-2sibs

Hailey has developmental delays and vision issues

Hailey & Hugh need to be together!!

Listed: April 2017

These siblings are unfortunately living apart, as the children are housed by age and gender at the facilities. They miss each other a lot and they’re both always happy to see each other when they can get together. They want to be together long term in the same adopted family.

Hailey is described by her caregivers as mild, positive, vivacious and well-behaved. She’s small for her age, wears glasses and has a small vocabulary. She’s easily distracted but has made great improvement in comprehension. Hailey’s a warm-hearted girl who finds pleasure in helping others. She remembers her birth family but is excited to start a new life with an adoptive family—as long as she isn’t separated from her brother.

Hugh is filled with curiosity about the world, often asking “why?” He speaks well and is reported to cooperative and able to follow rules. Like his big sister, he’s easily distracted but he works hard on his schoolwork. He attends primary school and mixes well with the other kids his age. His caregivers describe him as a good boy, energetic and usually happy. He’s been very clear he wants to be adopted with his sister.

There’s a $4000 grant for families who qualify to help with adoption expenses, available from the agency.  Video is available.

*** We are 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 ***

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Grace

GCGirl, 12 years old
M-OD

Listed: Oct 6, 2016

Grace is a sensitive, cheerful, responsible and expressive child. She is a very responsible with respect to the tasks she has been assigned and she feels proud when she shows others the results. Cognitively Grace has short attention and concentration spans, and has difficulty reading and writing. She is diagnosed with having a generalized neuro-developmental delay due to cerebral immaturity. It is important for Grace to have structure and clear and simple limits that she can follow. She enjoys special times when she can feel being emotionally close to someone and when she experiences that, she is sensitive and cooperative. Grace has a great need to repair the damage that her background has caused in her. She deeply desires to heal her wounds and feel loved. This hope-filled desire is what has allowed Grace to adapt in her daily life and experience notable emotional development.

We only have this child’s file for a short time.

*** 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 ***

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Mara

Mara-1596Girl, born 2005
T-G
neurodegenerative disease (encephalomyelopathy), scoliosis, global developmental delay (mild-mod.), leg length discrepancy w/low muscle tone, low muscle tone in right hand

Listed: August 3, 2016

Total sweet heart alert! The agency’s team got to see Mara for the second time when they visited in May!

With total politeness she asked for a pack of gummy snacks. A girl that knows what she wants. Soon she was showing off her talent to color! Wow does this girl have skill. Colors all out and organized, color page tilted ever so slightly, and bent into the coloring pose she started her master piece. As we watched she made the most deep-in-thought faces as she decided exactly how she wanted the final product to be.

Mara is such a gentle soul. She has an adorable smirk and wise, knowing eyes. She loves drawing, puzzles and going to school. And she was very, very pleased with her new haircut– she “likes it short because it’s easier to fix and much cooler”. She is so incredibly persistent, such as hard worker. Her foster mom said “She is always like this. She comes home from school and does her work, I never have to remind her. She doesn’t even stop to eat her snack until she has completed all her work.” What an amazing kid!

Mara has a neurodegenerative disease — that is an umbrella term for the progress loss of function of her nervous system. She also has scoliosis. She gets occupational and physical therapy weekly and her foster mom says it has really helped her posture and endurance. Mara walks, goes up and down stairs and can even jump. She has weakness in her arms and legs, but she really impressively compensates when doing daily activities. She is independent with dressing, bathing, and eating.

Unfortunately, we don’t know specifics about Mara’s disease or how fast it will progress. She was seen by a neurologist in 2010, but they were not able to reach an official diagnosis. They refer to it as “encephelomylopathy” in her official paperwork, which is, again, an umbrella term for any disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. Sweet Mara is such a joy. She deserves a family who will be detectives and help determine what is causing her weakness. She deserves a family that will challenge her with puzzles, math problems and lots of therapy. She deserves a family that will be there, whether the disease progresses rapidly or very slowly. She deserves love. She deserves her family.

Mara is a go getter. She is sweet. She is looking for her forever family. Could that be you?

Additional information and photos are available in this blog post 1 and blog post 2.

*** 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 ***

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Mercedes

mercedesGirl, born 2005

Deaf; bilateral sensorineural hearing loss; valgus deformity; disease of biliary tract; other disease of pancreas

Listed: July 26, 2016

*** 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 ***

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Nannette

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Nannette (13)-001Girl, born 11/2007
PRC
Post-op congenital right cleft lip, right microphthalmia; scar hyperplasia post systemic inflammatorome. cicatricial alopecia; post inflammatory depigmentation macule; Malnutrition

Listed: January 26, 2016

From her 2012 file- Nannette has normal body and intellectual development. At the age of 4 years, she can take care of herself, have a meal, go to toilet, read, and draw lines and scribble. She can walk and run. Nannette’s Language, personality and emotion development is delayed. She is introverted and not talkative. Usually when she communicates with adults, she can understand adults, but she responds less or responds in a low voice, we can’t hear clearly. When Nannette gets along with children, she is talkative and usually happy. In her diet, she has good appetite and good digestion; when it’s time for meal, she is anxious about, even loses her temper. In life, Nannette is an obedient child, and often willing to help the aunt to do something that she can do, such as putting away milk containers, taking diapers, picking up garbage and taking out the trash and so on. Now with her growing slowly, she can learn from imitating continuously, and learns more and more. Now she can draw lines and scribbles and sing children’s songs and so on.

*** 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 ***

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Margi

Margi Girl, born 2007

microcephaly
symptomatic epilepsy
calculus of gallbladder with other cholecystitis
convergent concomitant strabismus

Sweet girl needs love!

*** 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 ***