Lacey

Girl, Age: 6
Country Code: EE-1
Primary Diagnosis: craniofacial disorder
Cleft palate
Listed: Mar 2021
$9.00
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This child shows significant facial features of FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome). This is not a diagnosis, but a cautionary disclosure.

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Tommy

Boy, Age: 9
Country Code: EE-1
Primary Diagnosis: craniofacial disorder
FAS, ventricular septal defect, congenital dislocation of the hip-bilateral, cleft lip
Listed: May 2015
$153.00
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New pic January 2017! Tommy is a darling boy. He was born with fetal alcohol syndrome and the physical effects of it. Please research this condition so you are best prepared to help him with his lifelong needs!

Seth

Boy, Age: 11
Country Code: EE-1
Primary Diagnosis: craniofacial disorder
Other congenital, malformations of brain; Disorder of brain, unspecified; Cleft hard and soft palate with bilateral cleft lip; Congenital heart defect: Atrial septal defect; anemia
Listed: Mar 2016
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Update from a family who hosted him: If there is ever a boy who is destined to be someone’s son, it is Seth. Hosted in December 2019/January 2020, he truly showed what an amazing and sweet kid he is. Seth longs for a family of his own, a mom to hold hands with and hug, a dad to share a snuggle with and a laugh. He was one of five kids during a Christmas hosting, and he did fantastic even with the chaos.

Seth does have additional needs. His Cleft Palate has been repaired at some point, and we had no issues regarding his cleft palate during his month with us. When adopted, he will need some speech therapy. But that does not stop him from communicating!!! He can speak some English, and LOVES learning more English! Every day during hosting, he would sit down and do English lessons, and openly try to engage in English discussion. However, when nervous, Seth has a slight stutter. He is proficient at using a translation service like google, and his favorite thing to write was: I love you mom.

Seth is a funny kid, and has a great sense of humor. We would openly joke for Christmas all he was getting was underwear (he wanted a digital watch)…and it was an ongoing joke with him all hosting. He also loves all other boy things: legos, playing games on the tablet, and going for walks to the playground. He hesitates to try new things, but once encouraged…he was unstoppable! He loves the trampoline park and bowling. His favorite food is pizza. He also can eat applesauce by the jar full, as well as crackers.

Seth is a big helper, and really loves to try to please. We do not require our host children to assist with lots of chores, but every day he would find the broom, or mop, or vacuum and he’d busy himself. All he wanted in return was praise and a hug. Seth was really open with affection, and loved to hold hands, be rocked, he loved bedtime stories, hugs and kisses, and would love to show off his video games. He related well to anyone in his host family, but did struggle with meeting strangers. He did warm up to people once he realized they were family friends. He would comply with just about any request (not so much on eating vegetables, but everything else), and was very appropriate with his interactions with his host family. We had no major behavior issues during his month-long hosting.

Seth bonds well with family. He longs for a connection. He is meant to be someone’s son. His ideal family would be aware of cognitive delays associated with FAS, and be trauma informed with an understanding of institutional life. He has spent a large portion of his life in an orphanage. His orphanage director is very eager to find Seth a forever family, and very supportive of his future.

While in America, we asked Seth his birthday for paperwork we were completing for the trampoline park, and he has no idea when his birthday was. He said no one had ever celebrated him. A few days later, all the host families came together for a birthday celebration for Seth. He was so pleased to have his very own cupcakes, and grinned all evening as we looked at pictures. On departure day, he was very very sweet and cried a lot as he boarded the plane. He’s still very young, he needs family to watch out for him, to teach him, and to love him for the amazing little boy he is. Seth is very capable of learning, his behavior issues were very minor, he has the worlds best smile, and a heart of gold. Seth would thrive in a family where a mom and dad could love him.

Maia

Girl, Age: 12
Country Code: EE-1
Primary Diagnosis: craniofacial disorder
FAS, congenital defects of development, esotropia, microcephaly
Listed: Feb 2014
**** 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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New pic Jan 2017.

From a family who met her in January 2014: Maia is a sweet little girl. She was able to follow orders and do everything that her teacher asked her to do. She doesn’t speak but giggled a lot and made some noises. Her doctor said that while she was unsure if Maia would speak, she felt the prognosis was good. Her eyes are crossed. Vision and hearing are otherwise fine. Maia has mental delays and would benefit from focused attention and education. Maia is lively and active and ready for a family who is ready to play!

Landon

Boy, Age: 12
Country Code: EE-1
Primary Diagnosis: craniofacial disorder
Microcephaly, Tetraparesis, Severe mental delays (with the statement of no, or minimal, impairment of behavior), Lack of expected normal physiological development, Convergent concomitant strabismus, Iron deficiency anaemia, Undescended testicle (bilateral)
Listed: Nov 2014
**** 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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August 2016:   It’s so hard to him to hold his head. He is doing his best to look at the person talking to him. He is a very friendly child, always ready to smile anybody who talks to him.

He needs a family! He is going to be transferred very soon with no big chance to survive. The place where they are transferring him is really terrible for children.

Irina

Girl, Age: 16
Country Code: EE-1
Primary Diagnosis: craniofacial disorder
Cleft palate, possible FAS
Listed: Jun 2010
**** 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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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.

Finn

Boy, Age: 16
Country Code: EE-1
Primary Diagnosis: craniofacial disorder
Congenital cleft palate, inguinal hernia, scrotocele, developmental delays
Listed: Jan 2014
**** 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 ****
To inquire about this child, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***
Sawyer – older brother (wearing orange) {aged out}

Finn – younger brother

Finlay

Boy, Age: 4
Country Code: EE-1
Primary Diagnosis: craniofacial disorder
Microcephaly; Mild intellectual disabilities; Umbilical hernia; Strabismus; Nystagmus; Congenital deformity of hip
Listed: Dec 2019
$145.35
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Cecile

Girl, Age: 10
Country Code: EE-1
Primary Diagnosis: craniofacial disorder
spastic tetraparesis; cleft of the hard and soft palate; mental delay; six fingers
Listed: Mar 2016
$1,403.50
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Aww sweetie! where is her mama and papa?!

old medical: Spastic Tetraparesis, right kidney hydronephrosis, extra finger on both hands

Camden

Boy, Age: 15
Country Code: EE-1
Primary Diagnosis: craniofacial disorder
Microcephaly; Spastic tetraparesis
Listed: Apr 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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updated pics/video! August 2016
Video

He will be transferred to a handicapped children orphanage with no big chance to survive there. It may happen at the begining of 2017. He needs a family ASAP. He is very good and friendly child.

He has a good potential but no chance for any development in the orphanage. They will place him into the orphanage for handicapped children in a village with no chance for normal life.

His sister was adopted domestically a while ago. Please, help to place him in a loving family!

Posie #

Girl, Age: 3
Primary Diagnosis: craniofacial disorder
cleft lip & palate, facial and skull dysmorphia, seizures, quadriparesis-weakness in all 4 extremities
Listed: Aug 2019
*** I am eligible for a $2,000 Grant! ***
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Evelyn #

Girl, Age: 6
Primary Diagnosis: craniofacial disorder
Congenital abnormality of skull and face bones; cerebral palsy. Spastic cerebral palsy; Partial epilepsy-takes medication
Listed: Oct 2019
*** I am eligible for a $2,000 Grant! ***
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Evelyn crawls in order to get where she wants to go. She can stand with support and take steps to the side while holding on to something. She has spastic muscle tone. She picks up objects and transfers them from hand to hand. She does not talk. She responds positively to attention from adults.

Brian #

Boy, Age: 5
Primary Diagnosis: craniofacial disorder
Congenital malformation syndromes predominantly affecting facial appearance. Foramen ovale persistens. Transient pulmonary hypertension. Pes equinovarus bilateralis. Severe delay in neuro-psychical development
Listed: Jul 2018
*** I am eligible for a $2,000 Grant! ***
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Brian recognizes familiar adults and has formed an attachment to his favorite caregiver. He is uncomfortable around strangers. He is working with a physical therapist and a teacher on fine and gross motor skills. He can pick up toys and transfer them from hand to hand. His teacher reports that he understands what is being said to him and has recently begun responding to simple directions such as “give me”. He is able to sit unassisted and moves around in a baby walker.

Photos and videos are available through the agency.

Ashford #

Boy, Age: 5
Primary Diagnosis: craniofacial disorder
Microcephaly
Listed: Sep 2017
*** I am eligible for a $2,000 Grant! ***
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Ashford enjoys the presence of adults and emotionally expresses himself with laughter, crying and sounds. He laughs when tickled and smiles when he sees familiar faces. Ashford is unable to sit, stand, nor does he have head control. He prefers to be on his stomach. He does not have coordinated movement of his arms or legs and has little ability to hold a toy. Ashford’s diagnosis is Microcephaly. He was born prematurely and received intervention at the hospital at birth. Some history of convulsions, controlled with medication. Suspicion of left nasal atresia.

Nannette

Girl, Age: 13
Country Code: Asia.1
Region: Asia
Primary Diagnosis: craniofacial disorder
Post-op congenital right cleft lip, right microphthalmia; scar hyperplasia post systemic inflammatorome. cicatricial alopecia; post inflammatory depigmentation macule; Malnutrition
Listed: Jan 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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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.

Marielli

Girl, Age: 10
Country Code: Asia.1
Region: Asia
Primary Diagnosis: craniofacial disorder
Post-operative cleft palate
Listed: Nov 2015
**** 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 ****
To inquire about this child, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***
Beautiful Marielli has a contagious giggle. She loves to play with her foster mommy and giggles every time a toy block falls from her head. Like most toddlers, she wants to play the game on repeat. She shows how she wants to play again by grabbing her foster momma’s hand and motions to do it again. One of her favorite times of day is bath time! The sweet girl loves to splash and splash.

She is social, active and definitely not shy. She is often comforted by being held and snuggled when she is upset. Marielli was fortunate to be a part of Love Without Boundaries cleft exchange in 2012 and has had her cleft palate repaired already. Her file states that she congenital cleft palate (now repaired) and poor brain development. She is sure to be an absolute joy to a family. Who is ready to giggle and splash with Marielli?

An update received in the fall of 2015 states that Marielli is now living with a foster family. She is reported to be a healthy little girl who rarely gets sick. Compared to children of the same age, Marieli is still very delayed. She does crawl, stand, and walk with assistance. Marielli is cooperative with her caregivers, but rarely talks and says few well-pronounced words. She is happiest when her caregivers play with her, offer her toys, or hug her. Marielli has quite an appetite and eats a wide range of foods. There is a small hole in her palate, so some foods are difficult for her to eat. It is said that she is receiving rehabilitation training, but no details were given. Marielli has a fear of meeting strangers and her caregivers say she has an introverted personality.

Kraig

Boy, Age: 8
Country Code: Asia.1
Region: Asia
Down Syndrome, congenital left cleft lip/cleft palate, and postoperative repair of congenital heart disease
Listed: Dec 2018
*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant from Reece’s Rainbow! Through June 2021, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant! ***
$29.70
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Kraig’s file was prepared in October 2016, when he was four. He is described as an introverted child who will also smile sweetly to his caregiver. He will play with other children, but cries loudly if they take his toys away. He likes an electronic keyboard and rubber ball toy, but will play with them less than five minutes.

Most recently, at the beginning of 2018, Kraig was at a foster home in a major city receiving medical treatment, but was recently recalled back to his orphanage due to new law in his country, in the Spring of 2018.

Jonie

Boy, Age: 9
Country Code: Asia.1
Region: Asia
Primary Diagnosis: craniofacial disorder
Post-op cleft lip and palate; unsteady gait
Listed: Feb 2015
$18.00
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Jonie is diagnosed with post-op cleft lip and palate and an unsteady gait (she was not quite walking at the time her file was prepared). Jonie loves to be held and would talk non-stop whenever someone held her. In fact, if she wasn’t the first one held, she would cry loudly in her crib. Smart girl knew how to get someone’s attention! When learning how to stand, she would laugh happily. Her favorite thing to do is to play outside. Jonie loved watching the children swing and her eyes were full of curiosity. When in the playroom, she always looked for her favorite toys and would sometimes get upset when she didn’t get her favorite toy. A hug from the aunties cheered her up! In March 2013, she had her cleft lip and palate surgery. It took her a little time to warm back up once she came back from surgery, but it wasn’t long and she was walking around and talking a lot again. Jonie loves going on the swing- the higher she goes, the happier she will be, often not wanting to stop. Jonie is an active, clever, lively, and lovely child in need of a forever family!

Jinger

Girl, Age: 13
Country Code: Asia.1
Region: Asia
Primary Diagnosis: craniofacial disorder
Abnormality of the head, hyperdactylia (extra digit) of left hand and left foot
Listed: Feb 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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UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2015: “A friend and I met her in September. She has a syndrome of some sort with a facial deformity and extra fingers and toes (6 on each). It doesn’t appear to affect her beyond the visual standpoint. Her hearing and vision are normal. She attends a public special education school where she is in the 3rd grade. Her favorite subject is art. Aspen loves vegetables, but is allergic to seafood. She loves to jump rope and play with balls. Her favorite color is pink. The orphanage staff described her as shy, kind, friendly to other children, helpful, and obedient. She likes to play with others and is very kind to everyone. Jinger speaks clearly and can communicate just fine, though she was very shy and scared when she first met us. By the time we left, she was more comfortable and full of smiles. She enjoys singing, dancing, playing outside, and helping the nannies. Jinger is a lovely and active girl. She likes listening to music and happy tone could make her happy.

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

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

Grace

Girl, Age: 10
Country Code: Asia.1
Region: Asia
Primary Diagnosis: craniofacial disorder
Cleft lip and palate; congenital heart defect (post-op)
Listed: Apr 2013
$8,504.05
has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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Grace was abandoned by the train station when she was ten days old and has been living in an orphanage ever since. Grace was born with a cleft lip and palate, for which her first surgery will occur in May. She also had a congenital heart defect which was corrected this past summer. She does not take any cardiac medication but she sometimes pants and her lips become blue after strenuous exercise so her cardiac issues may not be fully resolved.

Grace is reported to have normal intelligence, potty trained, and she walks and runs just fine. She dresses herself, speaks in 3 – 5 word sentences, likes to sing and play games with other children.

Update from 2016: At 6 years old Grace enjoys looking at books, playing with her friends and has a favorite stuffed toy. She has great self help and fine motor skills, she can dress herself, including jacket and shoes, she can draw lines and shapes. She is an extroverted girl and she really enjoys playing games with her peers. She has many favorite foods, dumplings, noodles, fruit and many more. She had a surgery to repair her cleft lip already, but her cleft palate has not been repaired yet. She studies preschool, she can sing, dance, draw, string beads, and put clothes on dolls. Her upper limbs are flexible, she can walk and run, but not very steadily. She is active and gets along well with other kids, and often helps other younger kids.

Chad

Boy, Age: 14
Country Code: Asia.1
Region: Asia
post-operative cleft lip, cleft palate, and a sensitive special need
Listed: Oct 2015
**** 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 ****
To inquire about this child, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***
Chad looks like a real sweetie! Chad is diagnosed as having post-operative cleft lip, cleft palate, and a sensitive special need that can be shared privately. Chad is said to be a very adaptable child and it was reported that he has good gross motor skills. Due to his cleft palate, his speech is delayed. Chad likes fresh vegetables and fruit, sea food, meat, and eggs. He is an active boy and who likes outdoor activities and electronic toys that make sounds. Chad has normal intelligence and growth. His file is pretty bare and outdated so his agency has asked for an update for him.

There is a $3,000 agency grant for Chad’s adoption with the agency he is listed with. Other grants may be available based on the adoptive family’s circumstances. Agency grants are awarded as agency fee reductions.

April

Girl, Age: 13
Country Code: Asia.1
Region: Asia
Primary Diagnosis: craniofacial disorder
Craniofacial
Listed: Jun 2019
$1,582.50
has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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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.