It is our true belief that there is a “forever family” for each of our waiting orphans with special needs.

The purpose of Reece’s Rainbow is to raise funds as adoption grants, to help potential adoptive families with the high cost of giving these children the life they so richly deserve.Your donations and advocacy turn the child on the left into the child on the right! This page includes the profiles of those children with larger grant funds available.

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Natasha

Girl, Age: 4
Country Code: LA-4
Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy
Listed: Jan 2024
$2,518.00
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!
Natasha is a pretty little girl of 4 years old, very calm with big eyes and beautiful white teeth. She is very special. She doesn’t smile at everyone. She must first know you, and trust you, but her smile is fascinating. She loves to drink juice and she likes to eat sweets. She really likes music. She likes to be pampered by her foster family and only cries if she needs a little attention.

In therapy, she works on ways to improve her functional mobility, and increase the functional use of her arms. At school, she does a lot of sensory activities to work on ways to respond and communicate better and fixate her eyes on objects to learn.

Christian

Boy, Age: 4
Country Code: LA-4
Cerebral Palsy, history of Epilepsy, possible visual impairment
Listed: Dec 2023
$2,548.00
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!
Christian is a handsome boy, calm and very adorable with his beautiful smile. He often falls asleep. He is sensitive to noise. He jumps and cries when he is picked up to change position. Nevertheless, he likes to listen to music, he likes to be rocked and he likes when people communicate with him.

At school, he progresses slowly with his sensory exercises which he likes and are helping him to stay awake longer than before. In therapy, he works on functional mobility, which helps him raise his hand to touch an object. He has consistently shown slight improvement in engagement with increased stimuli. He is responding more to toys and people by raising his head, laughing, smiling, and keeping his eyes open.

Dean #

Boy, Age: 5
Primary Diagnosis: Blind / VI, Hydrocephalus
Congenital cytomegalovirus infection. Internal hydrocephaly: state post implantation of a VP shunt. Quadriparetic syndrome. Cortical blindness. Cataract. Rickets. Protein energy malnutrition.
Listed: May 2022
$3,133.50
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!
This is the case of a male child born from a pathological pregnancy with very low weight and indications of congenital cytomegalovirus infection. In the early neonatal period posthemorrhagic internal hydrocephaly was found and at the age of 2 months a VP shunt was implanted. Due to malfunctioning of the shunt, it was replaced when the child was 9 months old.

Dean is in a stationed impaired general state of health with a severe quadriparetic syndrome, pseudobulbar paresis and cortical blindness. Also, total cataract of both eyes has been found which cannot be treated surgically due to the severely damaged state of health of the child. He is fed via a nasogastric tube. He is severely delayed in his physical and neuro-psychic development. His condition is being monitored by medical professionals.

Alonzo

Boy, Age: 7
Country Code: LA-2
Down syndrome, CHD
Listed: Mar 2022
*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant from Reece’s Rainbow! Through 2024, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant! ***
$4,520.64
has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!
Alonzo is a young boy with a bright smile!  Alonzo likes sports and books. He adapts well to his surroundings and willingly follows the regular routines and daily habits in his environment. He is alert and attentive. Alonzo has the ability to express his feelings of like and dislike.

https://vimeo.com/maaspecialkids/maa-alonzo
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Password: Adoptmaa

Alonzo now has a SPECIAL Brittany’s Hope Grant of $9,200 in addition to his $1,000 MAA grant and his Reece’s Rainbow account. No fundraising required, but all other Brittany’s Hope requirements still apply. Contact Sarah Hansen at: sarah@madisonadoption.org for more info about this special grant for Alonzo!

Luca

Boy, Age: 8
Country Code: LA-3
Primary Diagnosis: Down syndrome
Listed: Mar 2022
*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant from Reece’s Rainbow! Through 2024, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant! ***
$2,741.50
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!
Luca is described as a very active and affectionate young boy. Luca remembers faces and smiles when he sees familiar faces. He participates both in individual activities and team activities. He interacts with other children on a daily basis and communicates with others through gestures and sounds. He can use short words at times. He likes to play soccer and play with musical toys. He voluntarily plays with his peers but, most of the time, he seeks the attention of adults. He does not like to feel that he is left alone. He is affectionate and loves to give hugs. Luca is organized with routines that are part of everyday life such as maintaining meal schedules, sleep, personal hygiene, and recreational activity. He presents an ability to adapt easily to his social environment.

VIDEOS:
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Password: Adoptmaa

The agency has photos, videos, and additional information.

Taylor

Girl, Age: 8
Country Code: Asia.4
Region: Asia
Beta-thalassemia trait; ADD; low average intelligence
Listed: Sep 2021
$3,031.00
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!
Taylor was born to a mother who tested positive for Anthetamine and Methanthetamine at the time of her birth. She did not experience any type of withdrawal symptoms. The birth mother also smoked throughout pregnancy. Taylor was placed into government care due to her birth mother’s drug use.

When she was 4 years old, she was placed with a local family for the purpose of adoption. She lived with that family for 17 months. The family chose not to finalize the adoption. Taylor was placed in an emergency foster placement for 7 months and then moved into a permanent foster home, where she currently resides.

The previous foster family described her as “a happy and outgoing child who has a very good memory”. Her current foster parents describe her as “talkative, happy and polite”. She seeks out interactions with others. She can play alone appropriately, but prefers to play with other people. She is willing to share her toys. Her gross and fine motor skills are at the appropriate developmental level for her age. She talks in complete sentences and can answer questions and follow verbal instructions. She is diagnosed with ADD and has difficulty staying focused on activities, especially when required to sit still for longer periods of time. She will also “push the boundaries” to see what she can get away with. If she does not get her way, she will throw a “tantrum” to see if the adult will give in.

She is showing signs of the effects of the placement transitions that she has experienced in her young life. She often asks for permission to do even the smallest things. She worries that she is in trouble. The foster family reports that she says she wants to be good. She is seeing a clinical psychologist, who has begun preparing her for a permanent adoption placement. Interest families should be knowledgeable of the effects of trauma and disruption or be willing to obtain continual education on the topic during the adoption process.

Luna

Girl, Age: 10
Region: Asia
Down syndrome, congenital heart defect-ASD
Listed: Nov 2017
*** I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information or to inquire about this child, please email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***
File update available from early 2020!  She is well-behaved for her foster family, and considered “high-functioning.”   MANY VIDEOS AVAILABLE!

Luna is an absolutely precious girl! Luna went into a foster family in Oct. 2014. She is said to have a good appetite and is close to her foster grandma. Luna is an active little girl who likes crowded places, listening to music, toys that make sound, and outdoor activities. Do not miss her written update and all of her videos! She’s a waiting gem!

 

Leon

Boy, Age: 9
Country Code: LA-2
Primary Diagnosis: Down syndrome
Listed: Dec 2020
*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant from Reece’s Rainbow! Through 2024, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant! ***
$4,690.78
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!
Leon loves to play games with his peers. He also loves riding on his toy motorcycle. He loves to see motorcycles and hear motorcycles when he goes on his walks outside. He loves to watch the cars go by on the streets too. Leon also likes to paint, especially with his hands. He likes to drum along to music. Leon is ready to share his big heart with a forever family!

Jesse #

Boy, Age: 10
Primary Diagnosis: Cerebral palsy, Hydrocephalus
Jesse has Moderate external hydrocephalus; Arachnoid cyst – cortical atrophy; Infantile cerebral palsy – spastic quadric paresis; Hypotrophy; Delays in the neuro-psychological development; Severe mental delay.
Listed: Jun 2015
**** I am eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant ****
Grant funds depend on available funding; the link above, shows the current available amount!
To inquire about this child, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***
Update November 2015: He demonstrates interest in musical and mechanical toys. He will play for a short time – studies a toy, puts it in the mouth, transfers it from one hand to the other. He likes activities involving music. He recognizes familiar areas of the orphanage and understands his daily routine related to familiar tasks such as eating. He is very happy when interacting with familiar adults.

Update 2018:  Jesse attention span is short-lived and unstable in relation to objects and people. There is some sharing with a close adult.  Jesse responds when called by name.  His memory and speech are poorly developed. When happy, he laughs loud and when anxious, he cries. Sometimes he pronounces unspecified sounds and separate syllables. He is sensitive and emotional and tends to be nervous around strangers.  When given a toy he reaches out and takes it. He is working on the pinch grip. He hasn’t mastered fully the ability to move a toy from one hand to the other. Jesse is fed with a spoon and sleeps calmly through the night.  He cannot control his physiological needs.  Jesse is entirely cared for by the team in his orphanage.

(Jesse was also previously listed as Andy)

Molly May #

Girl, Age: 8
Primary Diagnosis: Genetic Condition (non-DS)
Trisomy 7; cleft lip & palate; Cerebral Palsy
Listed: May 2019
$3,375.60
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!
Molly May has made progress in her development during recent months. She is able to sit unassisted, get up on her knees and has begun to start trying to move around in a walker. She is becoming more physically active. She makes eye contact, looks around for families adults and smiles when someone looks at her. She will laugh out loud when an adult plays with her. She watches children’s cartoons and movies on the TV and will get excited and point to the screen when the TV is turned on. She picks up toys and attempts to play with them. She still needs instructions in how to appropriately play with toys. She makes vocalizations in an effort to communicate. She eats soft foods from a spoon.

Molly May has undergone multiple surgeries to repair her cleft lip & palate. She is under the continued care of the doctor who is performing these procedures. She is also under the regular care of a neurologist, who diagnosed her with CP in 2018. She had suffered from “constant shaking” resulting in uncontrollable movements up until a few months ago. The social worker reports that this has greatly improved and that Molly May’s movement are now more calm and she also sleeps calmly too. Videos taken in April 2019 show her interacting with toys.

Photos and videos are available through the agency.

Selma

Girl, Age: 7
Region: Asia
Primary Diagnosis: Down syndrome
Listed: Feb 2019
*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant from Reece’s Rainbow! Through 2024, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant! ***
$3,144.50
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!
Darling Selma loves playing in the water, and she kicks her legs to splash in it every day. Her caregivers say she has bright eyes and a pure heart, and they all adore her. When being cuddled she will touch your face while looking at you sweetly! She loves eating, and will shout happily when she sees a bottle coming, but if you ask her to sleep she’ll roll on her side and grumble. Selma has Down syndrome, and no other known health needs. When she was first admitted into the orphanage she was noted to be malnourished and had eczema on her neck and ear, but with treatment her skin cleared. She had difficulties keeping her milk down and she had poor sucking ability; however, with the proper care these matters improved. Selma’s development is delayed, so she attends rehabilitation training. They are working on crawling, but as of October 2017 she hadn’t mastered it quite yet. She can say ‘mom’ and ‘grandmother’ and will observe the facial expressions of the adults around her. If you walk by her she will make sounds and if you leave her she will cry! Her greatest need if for a family to take her to place called home.

Nancy

Girl, Age: 11
Region: Asia
Primary Diagnosis: Down syndrome
Down Syndrome, Post Op CHD, Low Thyroxine
Listed: Aug 2016
*** I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information or to inquire about this child, please email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***
Nancy loves to give hugs! All you have to do is open your arms out and this sweetie jumps right into them and snuggles in for a long hug.

She gives thumbs ups, is speaking a few simple words, and blows kisses. She needs help getting dressed, but puts on her own shoes. She has started potty training. She is good at imitating and her caregivers describe her as sweet and engaging.

Nancy needs a family of her own. Anyone’s life would be brighter with Nancy’s hugs in it! Additional information and photos can be found in this blog post.

Melvin

Boy, Age: 12
Region: Asia
Primary Diagnosis: Down syndrome
Listed: Dec 2013
*** I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information or to inquire about this child, please email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***
Melvin has a ready smile, claps his hands when he is happy, and waves good-bye. He is a very active little boy who likes to play with toys, especially if he can throw them! He also likes to sit on the small hobbyhorse and can get on and off on his own. He walks with help. This little cutie will rock himself right into your heart!

Joaquin

Boy, Age: 7
Region: Asia
Primary Diagnosis: Down syndrome
Down syndrome, CHD (ASD)
Listed: Jan 2018
*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant from Reece’s Rainbow! Through 2024, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant! ***
$3,043.50
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!
Joaquin is a cutie pie who was born with down syndrome and a congenital heart defect-an ASD that appears to have closed on its own. Joaquin is said to always have a smile on his face ad laughs out loud when teased. Joaquin loves when his caregivers lovingly touch him or hold him. He carefully concentrates on his caretaker’s face and expressions when she works with him on exercises. At 9 months of age, he was making sounds to respond to his caretakers and could roll over and crawl across a room. Joaquin was good at grabbing for toys and holding onto them. He also was able to recognize his name and could track sound. He reads his caregiver’s facial expressions well and responds appropriately. Joaquin has stranger anxiety that is typical for a child his age and is close with his special caregiver. He loves to hold her hand and smiles at her when she smiles at him or when she compliments him. When the weather is nice, Joaquin enjoys outdoor time. He has a good appetite and is a good sleeper too. Joaquin is quiet and obedient and likes to play with his favorite toys or play games with other children, led by his caretakers. We hope this handsome little fella finds a family who can get him home while he is still so young!

Howie

Boy, Age: 8
Region: Asia
Primary Diagnosis: Down syndrome
Listed: Dec 2017
*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant from Reece’s Rainbow! Through 2024, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant! ***
$2,966.90
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!
Howie is a darling baby boy! He has the motor delays common with Down syndrome, but is developing well. Howie was born with polydactyly of the thumbs on both hands, which has been surgically corrected. Howie is sweet, cuddly and likes to babble. He is described as gentle and smiley. Some lucky family is going to call him their son – is that your family?

Ezrah

Boy, Age: 11
Region: Asia
Primary Diagnosis: Other Special Needs
Ankle joint contracture of both knees and muscular tension of limbs reduced
Listed: May 2015
**** I am eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant ****
Grant funds depend on available funding; the link above, shows the current available amount!
To inquire about this child, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***
Ezrah can keep his head steadily and can hold his head up; he can stand up with wrists held slightly; he can recognize the aunt who cares him, can make sound of ma-ma, nai-nai, can shake and stare at the rattles, can take a block in a hand and take another one, can reach and grasp the toy beyond, and can shake the rattles consciously; he can chase the toy with hands and can look for the dropped toy; he can react to the game of hide and seek and looking oneself in the mirror; he is very curious and likes to discover and recognize all kinds of never seen objects and fresh things. He cares about the changers of around people and things.

Ezrah has an extroverted personality, is active, likes to play games with peers; he likes colorful toys with making sounds; he responds actively to stimulation of new things or strangers.

In an update from January 2016: Ezrah isn’t receiving any therapies for his conditions, and can’t yet stand or walk on his own. He gets around very well by crawling using his arms. Ezrah can speak in simple phrases, and express his ideas easily, as well as follow simple instructions from caregivers

April 2016 update: Ezrah is active and outgoing. Ezraht’s mental development is the same as kids the same age. His lower limbs make it so that he cannot walk. He knows and will tell adults when he needs to go to the bathroom. He can use the baby toilet by himself. Ezrah is well behaved and obedient.

He cannot walk, but he can move on his bottom with hand coordination. His fine motor skills are good and he can pick up rice. He cannot go to school due to his special need. Ezrah has good emotional development. He can read faces. He is attached to his foster mother and will share food with her. Ezrah can express his needs well and can follow simple directions. He is a very smart child! He can call the familiar people properly. Ezrah likes to play games with his foster family and other kids. He has been in the same foster family since March of 2014. He is not on any medication.

Elsa

Girl, Age: 12
Region: Asia
Primary Diagnosis: Down syndrome
Listed: Jan 2015
*** I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information or to inquire about this child, please email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***
Elsa is just adorable! She is incredibly charming, and sweet. Elsa has Down syndrome with the expected delays, but was walking at 2 years old. She has no known heart issues. She lives with a foster family, who have made sure she has a good diet, plenty of fresh air, and all the hugs she wants(she likes warm hugs)! Elsa is ready to let it go and have a family of her own and will waste no time in wrapping them around her little finger.

David-2

Boy, Age: 12
Region: Asia
Primary Diagnosis: Down syndrome
Down syndrome and pentalogy of fallot (heart condition)
Listed: Oct 2012
*** I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information or to inquire about this child, please email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***
This DARLING gift was born and left abandoned outside an apartment building. Authorities were never able to locate his parents, but thank God they found him! David has been living in an orphanage with outstanding medical care and lots of attention and love. He is so young, and will benefit so greatly from further early intervention and a loving forever family.

Brody

Boy, Age: 11
Region: Asia
Primary Diagnosis: Down syndrome
Listed: Jan 2014
*** I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information or to inquire about this child, please email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***
Brody is a sweet little boy who has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. He also has a heart defect in which he received surgery for his VSD, foramen ovale closure and ligation of ductus arteriosus. His treatment was successful and he is doing well now.

Brody is learning well and is he learning how to crawl. He can hold his own bottle and toys and likes to be active. He is not making sounds yet but he always has a ready smile.

Wylie

Boy, Age: 9
Region: Asia
Primary Diagnosis: Down syndrome
Listed: Nov 2019
*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant from Reece’s Rainbow! Through 2024, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant! ***
$3,922.50
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!
Wylie’s report is from 2015, and states that he could turn over, sit by himself, and support his body with his hands. Wylie likes to babble and will laugh when being teased, but he does not like to be tickled. His file states that he can make eye contact.

Victoria

Girl, Age: 11
Country Code: LA-2
Primary Diagnosis: Global developmental delays
Diagnosed with a mental delay, a non-specified compartmental deterioration, and a language disorder.
Listed: Jan 2020
$4,405.00
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!

Robert

Boy, Age: 11
Country Code: LA-4
Primary Diagnosis: Global developmental delays
global developmental delay, microcephaly
Listed: Apr 2019
**** I am eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant ****
Grant funds depend on available funding; the link above, shows the current available amount!
To inquire about this child, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***
Updated bio from Feb 2023:
Robert is much more easy going and independent now. He’s made a lot of progress in the last couple of years! He’s honestly such a happy boy who loves people, hugs, and music. He’s quite good at taking selfies on cell phones too.

He loves to play on his own, not in a way that he doesn’t play with others but meaning he doesn’t need someone to entertain him. He builds with magnetic tiles and enjoys creative play with his dolls/stuffed animals. Sometimes he sets up his stuffed animals and babies to pretend to feed them or do school. Other nights he’s hanging his sheet across the room to make a hammock swing. He makes his foster family laugh a lot!

He’s independent with getting dressed, showering, changing his sheets and etc. Occasionally, accidents at night but they are few and far between. He eats and drinks on his own but he doesn’t chew well. He could use OT for this.

He is such a kind helper and aware of routines or tasks needing to be done. For example, if his foster mom is getting another child ready, without prompting, he will go get clothes and socks/shoes for them too.

He LOVES his big bike! 3 years ago he was scared of a bike but now he rides around on his 24inch bike, no problem! He enjoys jumping on the trampoline and going on walks. He is still drawn to trees and shadows for sensory input.

He may cross his arms and refuse to cooperate. Sometimes shakes his head or cries. This used to happen frequently but it is not frequent anymore. We can work through it much easier now though. He mostly does it when he is trying to express something he needs/wants or doesn’t want. So he is using it to try to communicate where his speech is limited. He makes noises or talks with the handful of phrases he can say. He is learning to expand his vocabulary.

His natural response used to be to run when he was scared but very rarely does he do that now too. For example, medical appointments were always difficult for him, needing days to prepare ahead. Now he is fine to go and doesn’t need much prepping.

He’s such a joy to live with and he would flourish even more in a family!

School update: Robert loves school! He is such a fun student to have because he is excited about everything he does, and other kids too. He is constantly cheering for himself or for his friends and wanting to help them out in any way! He has transitioned to a full day of school easily.

He is very good at sorting. He can match or sort any colors, letters, and numbers. He has delays but we are continuing to work with him. He likes sensory play like kinetic sand, shaving cream, and water beads.

He has so much potential to learn so many things if he were to have access to more services!

Bria

Girl, Age: 11
Country Code: LA-2
Primary Diagnosis: Down syndrome
Down syndrome and strabismus
Listed: Jul 2019
*** I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information or to inquire about this child, please email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***
Bria is a cute little girl, born in summer 2012 with Down syndrome and strabismus. Bria likes people and likes to have the attention on her. Her attention span is rather short. Bria has significant motor delays and uses a wheelchair to get around. You can see her in action in her videos.  The agency has additional information; please inquire to learn more about making this adorable little girl part of your family!

https://vimeo.com/maaspecialkids/maa-bria

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Bria has a $2,500 agency grant for her adoption with the agency who listed her; additional agency grants may also be possible.

Bennett

Boy, Age: 10
Country Code: LA-4
Primary Diagnosis: Hydrocephalus
Listed: Aug 2019
**** I am eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant ****
Grant funds depend on available funding; the link above, shows the current available amount!
To inquire about this child, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***
Bennett is a very social child. Whenever he sees his friends, he eagerly greets them with a smile, a hug, and a “Happy Birthday!” He had hydrocephalus as an infant that was treated with a VP shunt. The shunt was later removed but he still has macrocephaly. He does have a history of seizures which are very well controlled by medication. He receives physical therapy twice a week and has made tremendous progress over the past several years.

He is fully mobile, can feed himself, and go to the bathroom independently. Bennett wears a helmet to protect his head. He has become fond of his helmet though because he can show off his headstand. You will often find him enjoying jumping on the trampoline, playing on the playground or going on a walk. He needs redirection often because he is always on the move. Although he is generally happy, he can get frustrated when people do not do what he wants to do or if he is being asked to do something he is not ready for.

Bennett’s favorite part of school is circle time because he likes to sing songs and answer ALL the questions even if his answer has nothing to do with what was asked. He understands and speaks English as well as his native language. He is known for reciting the four seasons in English quite well. At home, he loves to ask other people to dance and sing with him too. Bennett loves to make people smile!

Simon

Boy, Age: 9
Country Code: SE.Asia.Pac
Region: South Asia
Primary Diagnosis: Cerebral palsy
spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, seizures, mild hearing loss
Listed: Sep 2019
$2,660.30
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!
September 2023 UPDATE: Simon has updated pictures (at the agency). He has grown up a lot and is using a wheelchair. His write-up states: Simon was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, spastic quadriplegic, and global developmental delay. Despite his condition, he is an active child and has progressed in his mobility through the help of his therapy sessions to her improve his mobility and muscle strength. Simon is enrolled in physical, occupational, and speech therapy sessions. He picks up toy shapes and transfers them from one container to the other in a slow way due to his spasticity. He responds through facial expressions and communicates by pointing to what he wants on his communication board. He understands and follows simple instructions such as take your face towel and wipe your mouth, “up here”, or “high five.” Simon has a good appetite every mealtime but sometimes needs more time as he stocks the food in his mouth before chewing and swallowing if he does not like the food. Due to Simon’s special needs, his child caring agency believes that the prospective adoptive parents will need to show him full support and close supervision since he requires extra care, understanding, and love. He will need to continue therapies and will require special education. He likes to be around many children and would be open to larger families. Simon is unlikely to live independently; However, with the love and care of a family, he would thrive and could live a full life with his family’s support. His agency believes he will make a wonderful addition to a family and will be a much-loved son!
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Simon is a very sweet little boy who currently lives with several older girls and is the last remaining “baby” in his home. He cannot speak, but does communicate through facial expressions and some noises.

A traveling family met Simon and said, “Within the three days we spent at the orphanage, we were able to bond with him to the point he would smile and get excited when he saw us. The older girls told us he can understand what they say to him. He enjoys being held and carried around, but spends most of his day sitting in a baby walker or high chair. He seems very easy going, as we didn’t see him complain about being put in his crib for nap time, etc. The caregivers are working on his motor skills. He can eat with assistance and enjoyed the ice cream we brought! It’s so easy to fall in love with this little boy! We are praying his family sees him soon!”

Simon has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and has had seizures. He takes 30 mg of Phenobarbital once a day. Simon has mild hearing loss of the left ear. Therapy has helped lessen the spasm and Simon can open and close his hands. Simon loves being around people and making faces! When praying before meals, he bows down his head and says “ahh” when everyone says “Amen.” We’re hoping a wonderful loving family comes forward for this special little boy! There is a $500 agency grant for Simon’s adoption with his adoption agency.

Summer

Girl, Age: 11
Country Code: EE-7
Primary Diagnosis: Other Special Needs
FAS and mixed development disorder, premature birth
Listed: Feb 2016
**** I am eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant ****
Grant funds depend on available funding; the link above, shows the current available amount!
To inquire about this child, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***
Summer is quiet, friendly and always smiles when she is seen by an adult. She almost eats without help – but she eats slowly. She almost goes up and down the stairway by herself. She does not want to always participate in all activities and needs extra motivation. She expresses her feelings with mimics and movements. She has started to speak and pronounces some words. Summer loves music, reading, books and swinging on the horse.

She wants adult’s attention and likes to lean on an adult, sit in their lap, and give hugs. Her fine and gross motors skills development are adequate. She is friendly with adults and children.