Joel and Jolene

Sibling Group
Ages: 9, 4
Country Code: Asia.2
Region: Asia
Cognitive, speech, motor, socio-emotional delays; sensory integration disorder; vision needs; diagnosis of microcephaly at birth; history of epilepsy
Listed: Sep 2022
$450.00
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!

Some of Joel’s favorite activites include building large castles with Legos, playing basketball and soccer. Joel is EXTREMELY proud of his basketball skills and thinks he is good at dunking the ball! Those who know Joel say he is shy and introverted during initial meetings. After becoming more familiar with someone, he will feel more relaxed and is comfortable carrying on a conversation with them.

Joel has a good relationship with his foster family. He affectionately calls his foster mother ‘auntie’ and foster father ‘uncle’.  Joel enjoys playing games and chatting with his 6 year old foster brother. When his foster family’s 11 year old grand-daughter visits, he enjoys playing board games with her. One of Joel’s fond memories was from when his foster parents took him and his foster brother to “Spider-man: No Way Home.” After the movie he excitedly narrated a large portion of the movie.

Joel has a diagnosis of ADHD and is currently on medication to help with his concentration. Joel is a 3rd grader in elementary school and overall makes good grades. When asked, Joel stated computer class and physical education are his favorite periods. Joel shares that he has 7 close friends at school. During recess, he enjoys playing tag, and a game of cops and robbers. Joel likes being chased because he rarely gets caught!

Jolene enjoys playing with toy cars, riding her bike, playing with bouncy balls, drawing, and listening to stories. Jolene is initially quiet when introduced to new environments. Once she is comfortable, she becomes active and actively engages with familiar adults. Jolene likes to act affectionately towards familiar adults and LOVES to receive hugs from them.

Jolene has a good relationship with her foster parents and 5-year-old foster brother.  She enjoys narrating stories to her foster father and talking with her foster mother about events that took place during her day.

Jolene has a diagnosis of global delay, and vision needs with a microcephaly diagnosis at birth. She has a past history of epilepsy with no current concerns noted. Jolene attends kindergarten and an after school early intervention education program.  Her early education program provides small class size with one-on-one attention and various weekly therapies in OT, PT, speech, and sensory integration. She is progressing with the help of her therapies including in the areas of vocabulary and motor skills. Jolene responds well in therapy and at home to praise and encouragement!

While Joel and Jolene live in separate foster homes, they get to see each other at events and private intimate meetings arranged by the foster agency. When together, they like to play with toy cars and jump rope.

Issak & Alek

Sibling Group
Ages: 11, 13
Country Code: LA-3
Primary Diagnosis: ADHD
Listed: Aug 2022
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These brothers are physically healthy, but needing support for behavioral issues as well as ADHD, childhood depression, and attachment for which they need special care, tolerance, education and continuous treatment to cope with a good quality of life.

Jordi

Boy, Age: 8
Country Code: Asia.2
Region: Asia
Primary Diagnosis: ADHD
Listed: May 2022
$80.00
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!

Jordi has a creative imagination and likes to draw! He also enjoys Legos, assembling jigsaw puzzles, watching cartoons, and outdoor activities including rollerblading and riding his bicycle!  Those who know Jordi describe him as thoughtful and kindhearted.

Jordi has a close bond with his foster family. His foster mother helps with his homework and reads picture books with him. His foster father takes him outside to play and reads bedtime stories to help him fall asleep at night. Jordi also enjoys playing with his younger foster brother.

Jordi has an ADHD diagnosis and taking medication. At home, his foster mother works with him to improve his concentration and patience. She noted he has made gradual improvements with his emotional growth and becoming more patient.  Jordi is in the 2nd grade, and his academic performance continues to develop with time.

Jordi is waiting for a family that will take him on outdoor adventures!

Jonah and Jonas

Sibling Group
Ages: 9, 3
Country Code: Asia.2
Region: Asia
Primary Diagnosis: ADHD, Speech Delay
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Listed: May 2022
$45.00
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Jonah is described as a “clever” child who likes to explore new places!  Jonah enjoys hand crafts, such as origami and building blocks.  Jonah can be shy towards strangers and he takes time to warm up and feel comfortable around new people. Jonah has a close relationship to his foster family, especially his foster mother.  He is able to express thoughts about his day openly with her and express himself.

Jonah has a diagnosis of ADHD and is currently on medication to help with his concentration. Jonah is in 3rd grade and participates in his elementary school’s afterschool program.  He has an excellent academic performance and positive relationships with his peers!

Jonas is fond of music and LOVES to sway to the beat of the music! Jonas enjoys playing on riding toys and playing with toy cars.  He has a good bond with his foster family and acts affectionately towards them.

Jonas is receiving occupational therapy for fine motor delays and speech therapy for his language delays. Speech therapy has assisted him to build onto his vocabulary and he is now able to say two-three word phrases, such as “shui-shui” (water), “mama”, “fan-fan” (rice/food), and “wo-yao-chi” (I want to eat it.)! Jonas attends preschool where he has more learning stimulation and is able to work on his interpersonal interactions.

While Jonah and Jonas do not live in the same foster family, they have been able to connect on multiple occasions and had an overnight sleepover at Jonah’s foster home. Jonah enjoys taking walks with Jonas, and he is excited to help his brother when he can!

Jace

Boy, Age: 9
Country Code: Asia.2
Region: Asia
Primary Diagnosis: ADHD
Listed: May 2022
$45.00
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Jace’s favorite activity is building and playing with transformer robots.  When building a Transformer, he is fully focused while following instructions to ensure he does it right! He also enjoys playing with toy cars, drawing, hula-hooping, and running.  Those who know him say “Jace has a lively personality and is not afraid of strangers”.

Jace is living in a residential home with 6 children of similar ages. He attends elementary school, where he makes high marks on his school work.  Jace has a diagnosis of ADHD and his treatment plan includes medication.

Jesper

Boy, Age: 8
Country Code: Asia.2
Region: Asia
Primary Diagnosis: ADHD
Listed: May 2022
$32.00
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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!

Jesper’s favorite activities include kicking around a Jianzi shuttlecock, spinning a Diabolo, and watching his favorite cartoons, Pokemon and Mysterious Joker!  Jesper is a bit shy around strangers and when in new environments. but once he warms up to a person he really enjoys interacting with that individual! Those who know him share that he is a warm hearted child who likes to help others, both at school and at the children’s home.

Jesper lives in a children’s home with 12 boys of similar ages.  Math and Mandarin are his favorite school subjects. Jesper’s teacher says he is bright and cheerful with a strong ability to learn.  Jesper takes initiative and isn’t afraid to ask his teacher or caregiver questions when he doesn’t understand his schoolwork.

Randy #

Boy, Age: 6
Primary Diagnosis: ADHD
mild developmental delays; attention deficit disorder “ihaveawarrior”
Listed: May 2022
$22.50
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Randy recognizes letters and numbers and can say their names in English. He has difficulty with articulation and English is easier for him than his native language, though he does know both the English alphabet and that of his native language. He can recite his colors in English too. He speaks in short two word sentences that is difficult to understand due to articulation issues. He can add one digit numbers and 1 plus 2 digit numbers ending in zero (such as 20 + 4). He can identify most objects. He has difficulty with fine motor skills, such as handwriting. He feeds himself, and likes to smell everything before eating it. He can get undressed unassisted, but still requires some assistance with dressing, specifically with putting his shoes on. He is completely toilet trained. He still requires some assistance with getting dressed due to his fine motor delays. He demonstrates pretend play skills and has the ability to role play, like pretending to be a sleeping baby. He is hesitant when meeting strangers and takes time to adapt to new people and new situations. He enjoys playing with construction sets and legos. He is musical and will imitate melodies. He memorizes poems that are read to him.

The agency has videos from April 2022, which show him interacting with the team member who visited him, talking, answering questions, playing videos on a cell phone, and building a house with legos.

Keller and Kelsey

Sibling Group
Ages: 5, 10
Country Code: Asia.2
Region: Asia
Motor Delay, Cognitive Delay“ihaveawarrior”
Listed: May 2022
$38.00
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Keller: Is there anything cuter than a little 3 year old boy in a train shirt with yellow sleeves?  Keller had just turned 3 when agency staff met him in November. He has some developmentally delays, but seems to be doing really well. He may have some mild hearing loss, there is further testing scheduled. He likes playing with toy cars and playing outside. He communicates in short sentences and can follow 1 step directions. He scribbles with a crayon and made a nice stack of blocks for us. Keller has an older sister who is also available for adoption.

Kelsey:

She did well on all of the tasks asked of her. She even did some simple multiplication!

Kelsey told us her favorite color is pink and she loves bread. Her favorite animal is a water buffalo, which she had recently seen at the zoo. She likes playing outside, and when she gets to play frisbee in PE class at school. Kelsey is in the 2nd grade and her foster parents told us she especially excels in Mandarin and math.

Kelsey has been living with her current foster family for about year. Foster mom and dad both came to meet with us – which is rare, we usually just get to meet foster mom. It was clear that Kelsey has a good, trusting relationship with her foster parents – who we learned are both social workers! Kelsey has had a bit of a tough past, but it seemed to us that she is in a wonderful place now. Her foster parents confirmed that they have seen positive changes in Kelsey throughout the last few months.

Update 2022:

Keller is described as a lively, cuddly child.  To view his original post, click here.  Keller was seen by virtual SuperKids in February 2022 and wow, he has developed into a happy kid, loving to learn new things and share his knowledge!  Shy and reserved around the video camera, he was hesitant to sing for us but did hum the tunes of Paw Patrol while playing and interacting.  Some of his favorite cartoons are Paw Patrol, Robocar Poli, Masha and the Bear and Shimajiro!

Keller is almost 5 1/2 years old and learning in kindergarten class.  He is now able to participate in sports, ride a bike, paint, build towers, and enjoys watching cartoons.  He is receiving early intervention services and has an IEP, with goals of maintaining focus while in groups, improving fine motor skills and interpersonal interactions- all goals he is working hard to achieve!  He receives weekly speech therapy.

On a recent outing, Keller was able to go to Ocean World to watch the dolphin and sea lion show.  He really enjoyed this experience and seems to enjoy learning about animals and nature!  How amazing would it be for him to be home next years with his forever family, enjoying theme parks, aquariums, and the zoo?!

Keller is progressing in multiple areas, including language and motor skills – he enjoys singing songs, counting to 30, and working on fine motor skills such as using scissors.  Keller has received speech services for since 2019.  While he is working on various goals, there have been gains as he is able to shown ability to problem solve, and speaks in more complete sentences!  Keller responds to reward and encouragements in his day to day life.  He is encouraged by  receiving stickers when he learns something new!

Keller has quite the sweet tooth! He likes cakes, cookies and pudding.  He shared that they are yummy treats and shares his treats with his caregivers.   Keller wants to bake and eat cookies with you!

Kelsey: Kelsey will be nine years old soon and is still waiting for her family. When we met with her, she kept a steady smile on her face and appeared to be in good spirits. She told us that her favorite class in school is P.E. and she finds English class to be the most difficult. It certainly isn’t easy learning a second language, but she put her skills to use saying ‘thank you’ several times during our visit. We learned that Kelsey’s favorite sports are dodgeball and frisbee, and summertime is her favorite time of year. Kelsey showed off her knowledge by correctly answering our multiplication math problems without hesitation. Kelsey’s favorite colors are yellow and blue, and she told us she wants to be a dancing police officer when she grows up! Kelsey is a medically healthy and active young girl waiting for the loving family she deserves. She has been diagnosed with ADHD which is controlled with medication.

Norna

Girl, Age: 10
Country Code: Asia.2
Region: Asia
Primary Diagnosis: ADHD
ADHD (medicated)
Listed: May 2022
$48.00
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!
Meet Norna!  If you have ever considered adopting an older child, we are very excited to tell you more about her! Norna is lively and likes to interact and converse with others. She is also described as agile and clever.  Her favorite foods are meat, she dislikes vegetables, and loves snacking on chocolates and candies. Norna told her social worker that she’s good at soccer. She described that she could juggle a soccer ball with the back of her foot and kick the ball over her head four times without dropping the ball! Norna also said that her favorite subjects in school are P.E. and science. She thinks that planting plants is fun! Norna is also musically talented. She likes to write and perform her own lyrics and melodies to express her feelings. Although Norna was born prematurely, she has good verbal expressions and can express her thoughts and feelings clearly. She also has age-appropriate development. Norna has been living with the same foster family for several years and her foster mother teaches her manners, good hygiene, and the importance of maintaining eye contact when speaking with others. Norna was diagnosed in June of 2019 with ADHD and currently takes medication to stabilize and maintain her concentration. She has since shown improvements.

Update 2022:

We learned some really neat things about Norna – and this was one of my favorites!  “Norna shared that she dressed up as Santa on Christmas to help the school principal pass out candies to students.  At that time, many classmates wanted certain colors of candies, and she was displeased because she thought having candies to eat is a very nice thing in itself already.  She does *not* like them being picky.  Norna also shared that the way she likes to celebrate birthday is to share her cake with everyone.  Anyone can join her celebration.”

Over the past few months Norna has been able to visit a theme park, which she enjoyed!  Norna enjoys PE class, playing on the computer and Calligraphy.  She has natural talent and appreciation for song and poetry!