The orphan crisis for children with Down syndrome and other special needs crosses every political and continental border, extending through the countries of Asia.  Although many reside in foster homes, they are still discarded and need a forever family of their own.

 

China, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, and the Philippines all do an outstanding job of documenting each child’s social history, as well as providing thorough medical history and updates for potential adoptive families.   The process to adopt in these countries is very straightforward and predictable.  We have outstanding agency partners serving these children.  Length of travel and other requirements have been markedly relaxed over the last year, and even allow for single moms and larger families to adopt.

 

Despite all of these positive features, our Asian children are often the last to be chosen.  Please help us raise awareness and find adoptive families for them!

 

Girl, born 2014
Down syndrome
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“Annabelle is the same age as my youngest, and the similarities don’t stop there… she also has an extra chromosome, known as trisomy 21, or more commonly, Down syndrome. Annabelle’s dark hair frames her sweet round face. Her dark chocolate eyes sparkle. And the most adorable giggle comes from the her soft pink lips. She only says a few words and uses a few signs yet she is very capable of communicating her needs. Annabelle stole the show as she entered the room with a big wave and a “Hi” to the camera. It didn’t take long to realize she loves the camera. And she was an expert at posing! We shared in her pride as she showed us how quickly she could put her large wooden shape puzzle together. And it didn’t stop there… Annabelle shared with us her scooter riding talent, giggles and all as she glided across the room.”

Now tell me you don’t want to just go snatch this sweetheart up after reading that! Here are a few more details about her. She is 4 years old and is a genuinely good-natured child. Her motor skills are great and her caregivers loved showing us how well she could do various tasks. Watching their pride in her was as fun as watching her pride in her own accomplishments. As Michelle mentioned, her speech is delayed. She says a few words, but mostly communicates with signs. Her comprehension is amazing, she easily and quickly follows 2 step directions. And her caregivers made sure to tell us she follows instructions even when she does not want to do what they ask.

$64.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption, including $50.00 from MACC donations!

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

Boy, born 2012

S. E. Asia (2)

Listed: Aug 2019

Phineas is described by nannies as an observant child who has positive relationships with peers and caregivers. He enjoys being with his caretakers and knows/understands their individual personalities and is challenging for him when he has a new caregiver. He gives and receives affection with individuals he likes. He participates in the orphanage activities and loves to explore. He can express his feelings if his caregivers encourage it and knows some self-care.

Phineas has been diagnosed with ADHD and currently receives medication for treatment. This little boy needs a loving family that can provide a nurturing environment, felt safety, and knowledge regarding older child adoption.

$0.00 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 2011

S. E. Asia (2)

Listed: Aug 2019

Brandt loves riding bikes and playing soccer and plays for the soccer team at his school. His caregivers describe him as a cheerful child who is talkative and very sweet He attends 1st grade and his favorite class is where they learn the ABC’s. He is not a fan of coloring or drawing and when he doesn’t like an activity at school, he prefers to go to the bathroom and clean. He is calm and loving with other children and he enjoys social activities and helping with chores.

Brandt had a complicated birth history, and was premature.  He typically wears glasses.  Brandt needs a prospective adoptive family with excellent educational resources including ESL support, and a good understanding of developmental trauma, institutionalization and older child adoption.  He needs a family that is open to some unknowns.

$0.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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

Girl, born 2010

S. E. Asia (2)

Listed: Aug 2019

Peyton is in the 1st grade and enjoys computers, science and math. She is vocal with her opinion and her frustrations and wants attention from her caregivers. She likes to be different than the other girls in her orphanage and she participates in the orphanage group activities. She likes to save her allowance, loves cats, and enjoys playing ping pong. She is sad when the older girls in the orphanage pick on her. She has been to camp and loved to play in the swimming pool.

Peyton has a history of latent tuberculosis and hepatitis.  She has been in the orphanage her entire life.  This unique girl needs a prospective adoptive family with good educational, ESL resources, play therapy and have a good understanding of institutionalization and older child adoption.

$25.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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

 

Girl, born 2008

S. E. Asia (2)

Listed: July 2019

This silly and playful girl doesn’t like to be alone and prefers to be surrounded by friends. She likes to joke around and giggle. She has been to the beach and the waterpark and enjoys swimming. She loves chocolate milk. She is described as confident and independent by her caregivers.

Poppy has been diagnosed with Thalassemia and receives monthly blood transfusions. She has been in the orphanage her entire life. This silly girl needs a prospective adoptive family with excellent medical, educational, ESL resources, play therapy and have a good understanding of institutionalization and older child adoption.

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

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

Girl, born 2010

S. E. Asia (2)

Listed: July 2019

This sweet child gets along well with peers and with the older girls in the orphanage. She is described as empathetic, obedient, and enjoys giving and receiving hugs from her caregivers. She describes herself as fun, a responsible student, and she enjoys English and Art. She is afraid of snakes and frogs. She has had multiple placements in her life and has been diagnosed with ADHD and is taking medications. She would like a family of her own that includes sisters.

This sweet girl needs a prospective adoptive family with excellent educational resources including ESL support, and have a good understanding of developmental trauma, institutionalization and older child adoption.

$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!

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

Listed: June 2018

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

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

Girl, born 2015
S.E. Asia
Down syndrome

Listed: June 2018

This two year old is very affectionate and loves to be held and cuddled. Her caregivers describe her as a gentle and easy baby. She was born prematurely at 34 weeks and is diagnosed with Down syndrome. Developmentally she can crawl, pull to stand, sits unassisted, grasp objects, understand simple instructions, responds to her name, and uses simple gestures to communicate. She gets along well with her peers and enjoys when the older children hold her. It’s reported that she does need physical therapy to assist with her motor development. A loving prospective adoption family that is knowledgeable of her special needs and that can provide excellent access to therapies and special education would be best.

$1,251.94 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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

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

Listed: June 2018

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

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

Boy, born 2007
S.E. Asia
Down syndrome

Listed: June 2018

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

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

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

Listed: June 2018

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

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

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

Sibling Pair, ages 11 & 8
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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 ***

Mara-1596Girl, born 2005
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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 ***

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

Listed: June 2016

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

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

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

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

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Kevin 2Boy, born October 2008
K-H
Paresis of the facial nerve on the right side

 

  • Married couples and single women may adopt
  • 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

*** 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 ***

Cavan 2 Boy, born March 2009
K-H
Ptosis of both upper eyelids

 

  • Married couples and single women may adopt
  • 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

*** 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 ***

Brendan 3 Brendan 1Boy, born October 2013
K-H
feeding disorder, hydrocephalic syndrome, developmental delays

 

Sweet Brendan needs a family ASAP, he is struggling. The family needs to be homestudy ready, and the agency has a couple short videos for interested families.

 

  • Married couples and single women may adopt
  • 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

$148.50 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!

Darby 4Boy, born July, 2013
K-H
Darby has Arthrogryposis – both upper and lower extremities.  Additional pictures available.

  • Married couples and single women may adopt
  • 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

$109.00 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 October 2010

Leukoma Cornea (Blindness in both eyes) & Developmental Delays

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Armand entered foster care due to inadequate care and parental skills.  He has resided in care since February 2011.

Armand likes to be spoken to and laughs when his name is called. He laughs and smiles when caregivers touch his face and talk to him.

$64.75 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 December 2009

Developmental Delays, feeding issues, failure to thrive, left congenital ptosis, laryngomalacia and supraglotoplasty

T-GLAD

 

Talbot entered foster care as a result of being removed from his home due to his parent’s inability to provide a safe and stable, loving home for him.  He has resided with a foster family since July 2011.  He is growing and developing in his foster family’s care.

Talbot likes toys that make sound.  When he hears music, he dances and laughs out-loud.  He enjoys taking walks with his foster family.  He is able to say Thank you, Auntie, Mama, and Papa.

Talbot was diagnosed at a few months of age as  having feeding issues, failure to thrive, left congenital ptosis, laryngomalacia and supraglotoplasty. According to a October 2011 developmental report, he was delayed in cognition, language, & gross and fine motor skills.  He attends weekly occupational and language therapy classes, showing improvement in the past few months.  He is able to walk on his own and at the time of the assessment, he was working on climbing stairs.  His appetite has picked up and he enjoys eating noodles and biscuits among other foods.

Talbot will do well in a family who is patient, has time to work on developmental growth through play and exploration, and able to access early intervention services.

*** 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 October 2007
T-A

Moderate Intellectual Deficiency and Congenital Cardio Disease

From the time that Merlin was born until January 2008, he was hospitalized due to his poor health condition at birth. From January 2008 to January 2010, Merlin lived with his birth mother, who was his primary caregiver.  He presently resides in an orphanage.

Merlin was born at 35 weeks gestation. After birth, he was diagnosed with ventricular and atrial septal defect and patent ductus arteriosus (large). He received several operations. At the age of 2 years, Merlin received frenulum incision due to his speech development delay. He has since been evaluated for speech, cognitive, and motor development. He began receiving therapy for his delays and was evaluated as having moderate intellectual deficiency. He continues to receive therapy while residing in the orphanage. Physically, Merlin has a wide nasal bridge, eyelids slanting downwards, big thumbs, wide gaps between his fingers, and conditions of short attention, motion disharmony, and blurred pronunciation.

*** 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 ***