Vaughn

Boy, Age: 14
Down syndrome, otherwise reported to be healthy
Listed: Sep 2012
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What a handsome young fella! I adore how he’s standing with his hands in his pockets. This is a great program with a wonderful agency partner. Hope you will consider Vaughn as your son! UPDATE:
The last report from December 2014 states that his overall health is good. He has gained some weight. Still lives in a foster home where he has activities to help him with his skills and development, he is in the first grade at a school for special needs children. He loves to watch the TV program “Dora la exploradora” and playing with lego games. He likes to help around the house.

Leonel

Boy, Age: 11
Down syndrome
Listed: Mar 2020
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Leonel is a quirky little 10-year-old boy with down syndrome. He has an extraordinary spark and charisma. Whenever he feels comfortable in his environment, he will respond to the people around him with his smile and all his affection. He likes all the colors, but his favorite is blue. Leonel wants to find a forever family that can love him and take care of him forever.

Joey

Boy, Age: 16
Down syndrome
Listed: Oct 2016
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Joey was left in the hospital at birth. He is cleared for adoption and has been waiting for SO very long! He has lived in the same children’s home since he was an infant. He attends a school for children with special needs in the community. Joey sounds like an active guy — he enjoys riding bikes, jumping on the trampoline, and running games. He’s not a picky eater, and especially likes sweets. Additional pictures available.

Gabi

Girl, Age: 13
Down syndrome
Listed: Aug 2013
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Gabi has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. She loves attending the pre-school at the orphanage, but she has struggled with learning basic concepts such as numbers, letters, etc. However, with more one-on-one instruction, it is believed that she can and will learn. Gabi is well-liked by the other children at the orphanage. She is also a favorite of visitors who come to visit. Gabi can sometimes come across too strongly in her attempts to get attention, but she truly is a delightful little girl!

Naomi

Girl, Age: 15
Down Syndrome, myxomatous mitral valve, mild TR, tends to be very healthy, good tone, needs speech therapy.
Listed: Jan 2018
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February 2020 Update: Naomi has mastered the entire alphabet and now helps teach her peers! She can now speak, read, and write numbers 1 to 50! She can identify most colours, birds, animals and vegetables. Naomi continues to improve her native and English language skills. In English, she has learned to read and write words starting with letters A to G, and months of the year. She is currently working on learning to write numbers 50 to 200, words starting with letters H to Z, and improving pronunciation and expanding vocabulary. Naomi is very creative, and with her friends has made a number of wall hangings, paintings, and other decorations for the house. She has also started doing needlepoint and really seems to enjoy it! Naomi can identify colors and body parts. She can speak but her articulation is poor and speech is not very clear. She strings together 3-4 words in both English and her native language. Psychological evaluation in September 2015 reported a mild intellectual delay. She can write letters, numbers, and shapes. She comprehends reasonably well and follows simple instructions. She is independent for self care. Quiet, friendly, comical, obedient, sweet-tempered, hard-working. Naomi has a unique fashion sense and likes to choose her own outfits. Naomi attends on-site school. She is very quiet but is most talkative during games of her choosing. She is not clumsy and does well and is independent with sports/games night with activities including basketball, hula hoop, 3 legged race.

Jilly and Justine

Sibling Group
Ages: 13
Listed: Sep 2019
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Jilly is the older sister, and she has Down syndrome. Jilly and Justine are beautiful sisters! Jilly has been receiving occupational therapy and attends special education classes. Jilly is a cheerful and active child. She can complete activities when motivated and can focus when playing and singing. Jilly can fold her clothes and organize them in her cabinet. She can also make her bed and do other simple household chores, such as cleaning her room and stacking chairs. Jilly can perform basic self-care activities, such as combing her hair, washing her hands, and brushing her teeth. She can toilet independently. Jilly loves to hug her caregivers and other children! Justine was born in 2008. A psychological assessment in 2014 noted her to have a learning disability. She underwent another psychological assessment in 2015 and the results stated that her intellectual capacity is above average. Justine was enrolled in a regular school and was noted by her teacher to have good leadership skills. In 2017, Justine was recommended by her neuro-developmental pediatrician to attend special education classes, where she will be given individualized learning instructions tailored to fit her needs. In 2018, Justine attended mainstream school and completed 2nd Grade. Justine enjoys singing and dancing. She can easily make friends, but easily gets upset when she is teased or when her toys and other personal belongings are taken away from her. Justine is attentive and loves to talk and take part in conversation. She enjoys outdoor play. Jilly and Justine are aware that they are sisters and would love to be adopted together. Justin’es concept of adoption is having a new family that will take care of her and her sister, Jilly! We know there is a wonderful family out there for Jilly and Justine! There is a $3,000 agency grant for Jilly and Justine’s adoption with the agency. Jilly and Justine need a family with an approved home study to be able to hold their file or move forward with adopting them.

Heidi

Girl, Age: 11
Down syndrome, Tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy performed in May 2014. Excellent heart echo, no longer needs follow-up. Structurally normal heart. Normal-sized cardiac chambers. No PAH/COA. Good biventricular systolic function.
Listed: Oct 2017
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February 2020 Update: Heidi is a spunky, loving, and mischievous little girl. The sweet presence this girlie brings is a light to anyone’s day. Heidi attends in home classes everyday that includes English, math, art, and life skills. Heidi can understand and speak both he native language and most simple English sentences. Her speech might be difficult to understand for someone who does to know her, but her friends and caregivers know exactly what she is saying, and she is never too shy to tell you what she wants! She would benefit greatly from speech therapy. Heidi loves to write words, and she can write three to four letters words. She is able to do simple addition problems in math and is improving her skills! Heidi enjoys spending time with her friends, making crafts, listening to music, and hiding her toys all around the house to create games to find them later! Every night you can hear her quietly singing and playing with her baby doll on the porch. The people in Heidi’s life see how much she would thrive with a family. She hopes and prays for a family every night. Update January 2018: Heidi is identifying her ABCs and is able to write her alphabet. With some assistance she is able to write numbers 1 through 10. She receives tutoring from in home teachers and participates in other various learning activities at home as well as a special education class every morning at a local institute. Her speech has improved greatly, but she would benefit from speech therapy. She is verbal, but not everything is understood by those who don’t know her well. She speaks in sentences of 3-4 words in both English and Telugu, and can name caregivers and other children in the home. She uses sign language to communicate things like wanting food, water, or the bathroom. She attends the washroom independently. Heidi is observant and reserved when getting to know new people, but she does warm up to people and likes to share with her friends. She is comfortable playing independently and enjoys coloring. She loves to help around the home and can often be found cleaning or helping other kids. She has a wonderful imagination and likes to invite others to join in on her play.

Evan

Boy, Age: 11
Listed: May 2017
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Evan is a 7 year old boy with Down Syndrome and an anorectal malformation that has already been operated on. He is described as a happy child and attends school with special educator. He is friendly with peers and visitors, has some independent skills and can speaks a few words. The agency has photos to share at the appropriate point in a family’s adoption process.

Sylvan

Boy, Age: 13
Listed: Jun 2018
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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.

Maurice

Boy, Age: 13
Down syndrome, Hepatitis B
Listed: Jun 2018
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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.

Lainey

Girl, Age: 13
Down syndrome, Hepatitis B
Listed: Jun 2018
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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.

Kamdyn

Boy, Age: 10
Listed: Jun 2016
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$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!
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.

Heinrich

Boy, Age: 12
Down syndrome, specific mixed developmental disorder, features of autism, farsightedness, atopic dermatitis, functional heart murmur, hydrocephalus. Due to a difficult birth, he was born with pneumonia, and intubated for a few days.
Listed: Jul 2013
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From a family who met him in 2015: “Heinrich ran right up to me and asked to go up, and then enjoyed a play session full of jumping. He definitely has a lot of energy, and I was amazed at his gross motor skills. He loved the play area’s rocking horse!” UPDATE as of June 2015: Heinrich continues to make great improvements. He is communicating and asked to be picked up. He is strong, happy, and loves attention. Update as of April 2013: His development is delayed; he recently started to walk without help, but not yet steady. Emotions are weak, play activity is primitive, throws away toys, turns them around, puts into the mouth, sucks his fingers, makes stereotypic movements with his head, swings. He’s not yet speaking, and it’s possible he has a hearing delay. He eats with help, does not yet holds a spoon or the bottle, still it is hard for him to chew a hard food. The level of understanding is low, does not have motivation to make an activity.

Garrett

Boy, Age: 15
Down syndrome, mixed development disorder, low IQ, and is nonverbal
Listed: Oct 2015
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$22.50
has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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Garrett is very active, attachable, and helpful. Look at that beautiful smile he has! He loves to jump on the trampoline and ball and swing. He loves to go for walks and enjoys cartoons and shows about nature and animals. He attends a special school and is in the 4th grade. He has difficulty communicating with other children.

Tomas

Boy, Age: 13
Down syndrome, severe mental delays, congenital cardiopathy
Listed: Oct 2014
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Tomas is in urgent need of a family! He has heart disease and recently needed a pacemaker installed. He can stand a little with a walker but cannot walk. He can sit up on his own. He can only babble and cannot talk. He does smile a little bit at his caregivers. I don’t believe he is able to feed himself. He needs 100% help with all his activities. Tomas would thrive in a family setting, with access to all the medical care and therapies he really needs!