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Girl, born 2004

Cerebral palsy

Listed: June 2018

Dasha has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant.

Boy, born 2016
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: May 2018

Knox is an adorable little boy! He was placed in a foster family in June of 2016 and he seems to get along well with all members of the family, but is very attached to his foster mom. Knox feeds himself and sits independently. At the time Knox’s file was prepared, he could follow simple instructions and could sit, crawl, and stand independently. He claps his hands when he sees his friends coming and likes to wave goodbye too. He vocalizes and says a few simple words, such as mom and dad. Knox is described by his caretakers as active, chubby, and adaptable. He smiles when praised, likes to be held, enjoys listening to stories, and likes to ask for hugs from people who are familiar to him. We can’t wait to see this little guy continue to grow in a forever family of his own!

There is a $1,500 agency grant for Knox’s adoption with his current agency.

$2,404.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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


Girl, born 2016
PRC
Down syndrome, nystagmus, congenital heart defects (PFO and ASD)

Listed: April 2018

Margaret is a sweet baby girl, born July of 2016, with a gentle disposition and a ready smile. She is closest to the caretaker in her room and her caretaker would add that she is active and lovely. Margaret likes listening to music and playing with toys, especially musical toys and toys that are brightly colored. Margaret can roll over, sit independently, and army crawl. Her fine motor skills are good. Margaret has typical delays in language and cognition for a child with down syndrome. She can make sounds and she is a good sleeper. Margaret’s official diagnosis is just down syndrome, but within her file it notes that Margaret has a CHD . We hope Margaret will find a family while she is still so young!

An adoptive family for Margaret is also eligible for a $5000 matching grant from RODS Racing!

$5,000.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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

Boy, born 2008

mixed developmental disorders
cardiopathy
phymosis
right cryptochidism

Listed: March 2018

 

ADOPTED!

Girl, born 2004
HIV+, has appointments monthly at a government ART center. CD4 count is 750. Viral load is undetectable as of Feb 2018.  She started ARTs in Dec 2016. She looked very sickly when she arrived at SCH, as she hadn’t started ARTs yet, but now her face has filled out and she looks healthier.

Listed: Feb 2018

Sara has a smile that lights up any room she walks into. She has a quieter personality but enjoys joking and laughing with people she knows well. She has a best friend in her home whom she does everything with.

Sara makes friends easily, and enjoys playing games and lending a helping hand. She likes dancing, jumping on the trampoline, and singing.  Sara has a very kind heart and likes to show affection by hugging those she is close to. When she is upset she likes to cuddle up to a caregiver and hug them. Sara is so eager to learn. She loves to learn everything she can get her hands on and enjoys working on homework with caregivers. Sara speaks her native language fluently, and is learning spoken and written English and is doing well with it. She can read simple chapter books in English and is able to sound out most words she does not know. She knows multiplication facts and can add and subtract. She is an excellent student and the only thing holding her back is that she got a late start to school.

UPDATE NOV 2018:  Sara has the biggest smile. It lights up her whole face and turns her eyes to sparkly gems. She is kind and sensitive, girly and silly. She is often found whispering secrets in her foster sisters’ ears and giggling with delight. She adds joy and friendship to those around her.

Sara has many friendships with the other children in the house. She gets along very well with children both younger and older than herself. She is a good friend. She generously shares with those that she cares about. She values quality time with caregivers. She likes to verbally process and openly shares stories and daily events. Telugu is her first language and she is most comfortable praying and communicating in it but Sara can communicate well in English too; she’s able to express her emotions and functions well in daily conversation.

Sara loves dressing up in pretty frocks and jewelry. She also loves to dance and sing – especially when it is with her friends. She has a lot of joy as she embraces life. She is excited to try new experiences. Sara isn’t the life of the party but she loves to be part of the group. She doesn’t want to miss out on anything and is an active participant in all of our group activities.

Sara is developing well and progressing in her academics. Her English has been improving rapidly, her vocabulary is growing, as is her confidence. Due to a late school start she is behind in her academics. She is currently working hard at catching up and is being taught an American school curriculum. She enjoys math and science the most but she is working hard at all of the other subjects as well. Physical education has become one of the highlights of her day. She also enjoys jumping on the trampoline after school, crafts and special movie nights.

Sara constantly expresses her deep desire to a have a family of her own. She longs to belong and be loved by a family.

*** 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 ***

Girl, born 2015

spastic diplegia
Sequelae of subarachnoid haemorrhage
Epilepsy
Congenital malformation of optic disc
Hypoplasia and dysplasia of lung
Cardiomyopathy

Listed: Feb 2018

$1,012.50 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!

Boy, born 2015

Apert-Crouzon syndrome
Heart defect – Atrial septal defect

Sweet pea!!

Listed: Feb 2018

$1,089.10 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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

Boy, born 2016

Down syndrome
Atresia of esophagus with tracheo-esophageal fistula

 

 

$1,154.90 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!

 

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Girl, born 2006
PRC
Down syndrome, Congenital heart disease (repaired)

Listed: April 2017

Nora is an amazing little girl. She was hosted in the US in the summer of 2016 by a family who hoped to adopt her but were denied — They are willing to talk with anyone interested in knowing more about this precious child.

Nora is very independent and cognitively very able. She was able to confidently take care of all her needs. She has extremely long hair that she did not like to have to brush, but was willing to have it braided to have it out of her way. She spoke very clearly in her native languate and was able to communicate her needs to her host family. She ate well and was very healthy. She adored the younger children in the family and wanted to help in caring for them. She enjoyed having jobs to do with the other children in the home. She liked to play outside and go on trips but she also loved to look at picture books and draw in notebooks. She loves animals. Nora did tend to get fairly grumpy when given sugar – so it is best to limit her intake. At times she would shake her head no and cry if she did not want to do something (like go to bed) but always chose to comply when her host parents repeated their direction.

She was examined by a pediatrician, dentist, and ophthalmologist while in the US. The pediatrician said she was very healthy and well taken care of. She also said Nora’s heart sounded very healthy. Nora does not need glasses but does have a few cavities that will need some treatment once she is adopted.

Nora would do very well in a family – she loves being with people, especially children. She adored her host dad in particular but also loved to snuggle with her host mom and their children. She is very bright and curious. She wants to learn and explore. She is a treasure just waiting to be claimed.

*** Nora has received a $15,000 Older Child Grant! ***

Boy, born 2016

Down syndrome
atrial septal defect
other disorder of nervous system

 

Listed: May 2017

Sweet baby boy!!

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

Boy, born 2017

congenital malformation of the corpus callosum,
congenital hydrocephalus
ventricular septal defect, atrial septal defect
congenital talipes calcaneovarus
bilateral inguinal hernia, umbilical hernia
polysyndactyly
preterm

Listed:  Dec 2017

Sweet baby boy!

$1,056.08 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Girl, born 2013
PRC
Down syndrome, CHD (post-op)

Listed:  Dec 2017

Update from 2019: Beatrice has been diagnosed with Down syndrome and post-operative congenital heart disease.  Beatrice is learning speech and has made progress. She can say simple phrases and names, such as “hello, teacher” and the names of her friends. Beatrice can express her needs in simple words and she can understand instructions. Her file states that she can walk, go up and down stairs, and climb over fences without assistance. Beatrice’s files states that she is helpful and will assist her teacher in organizing, putting chairs back to their proper place, help other children put on shoes, and sweep with a broom. Her file shows she’s very attentive towards others and will help children get up if they fall while playing.

*** Beatrice received a $5,000 Grant! ***

$1,151.94 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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

Lola was born in November 2015. She has Down Syndrome and a heart defect that has been surgically corrected. She has also been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and an unspecified adrenogenital dysfunction.

Listed: November 2017

 

 

$530.60 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption, including $409.60 from MACC donations!

Boy: 2009

Vinnie is a very happy little guy who lives in Eastern Europe. He is very social and possesses basic cognitive abilities such as recognizing objects and understanding and performing simple instructions. Vinnie daily routine includes activities that are tailored to his abilities and specific health needs. Vinnie attends kindergarten and works with a resource teacher. He can hold a pencil correctly and colors when prompted.

Listed: November 2017

Vinnie appears younger than his actual age.  He is allergic to milk and yogurt. He understands he needs to wash his hands and face, and brush his teeth however, his health-hygiene habits are still developing.  He uses the toilet but needs a diaper as he does not yet inform of his physiological needs. Vinnie attempts to dress and undress himself alone but needs help form an adult. He eats independently and has a good appetite.

Vinnie actively looks for attention and physical closeness. His speech and vocabulary are developing. He follows simple instructions and maintains good eye contact. There is no evidence of significant increased impulsivity, aggression or auto-aggression. He follows verbal instructions related to everyday life, likes to listen to music and look at books. His vocabulary has significantly improved, and he says the names of everybody in his surroundings.

*** Vinnie has received an Older Child Grant of $5000!  ***

Girl, born 2006
Blindness (total), prosthetic left eye.

Listed: October 2017

Jeanette can read braille at a grade 1 level. She can write on a brailler and a slate and stylus. She uses an abacus to do math including regrouping addition up to the hundreds place and subtraction. She knows how to type on a computer and is learning how to use screen reading software. She is very motivated by technology. She speaks fluently in Telugu and can converse in English. She is very comfortable moving around independently. She is very friendly with all the other girls and staff in her home.

Jeanette is curious about the world around her and is rarely slowed down by her blindness. She thrives with one on one attention. She loves to laugh. She used to attend a school for the blind in the community but the class sizes were very large and quality of teaching was poor, so she is currently being taught at home and is doing very well in a small setting. She is very bright. Jeanette has a lot of love to give and is sweet and endearing.

*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds.  For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

Boy, born 2014
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: September 2017

This darling little guy loves robots and is high functioning. He has mosaic DS and was abandoned at 1 year old.

February 2019 Update: Louis’ caretakers report that Louis is introverted and obedient. He understands what adults say and has normal communication with other kids. Louis can say things like “put away the toys,” “love mama,” “go shopping,” “grandma is here,” and so on. He can follow instructions and is potty- trained. Louis’ gross and fine motor skills are good. He can pick up tiny things, scribble, and draw. He is not in kindergarten yet. Louis has been living with a foster family for two years and he is attached to his foster mother, foster grandma, and foster brother. Louis gets up at 7:30 am, has breakfast at 8:10 am, spends time drawing and playing, drinks milk at 10 am, eats lunch at 11:30 am, takes a nap around 1:00-3:00 pm, has a snack, free activities, dinner at 6:00 pm, watch TV, and goes to bed at 9:30 pm. Louis eats most foods, drinks with a sippy cup, and can feed himself with a spoon. He has not learned English. Louis likes bright colors and he likes going on the slide, playing with balls, and playing with all types of cars.

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The agency that currently has his file is offering a $1500 grant.

$15,100.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Boy, born 2014
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: August 2017

Video available.

Chip is a cutie who knows his name and will look when called. He enjoys playing with toys. He has a strong grip and can also transfer toys from one hand to the other. He loves toys that make sounds and when people play games with him. He laughs loudly when happy. Chip shouts loudly when he wants to get adults’ attention and always claps his hands happily when his needs are met. At 2.5, he could walk several steps with the help of a baby walker or with one hand held. He can now walk on his own. Chip has good fine motor skills and can pick-up small balls with his thumb and index finger. He tries to use his cup to drink. When he is not in agreement with something, he will shake his head. Chip can make the sounds of baba and mama.

In March of 2015, he entered a foster family. He receives 5.5 hours a day of physical therapy and developmental training in the grandmother class each day. He is cared for by his foster mother the rest of the time. He is very close to her. Chip is a sound sleeper and good eater. He likes to play games with the other children in the same activity room and play outside too. Chip was born with down syndrome and is being well-cared for while he waits for his forever family to see him and come get him! Could you or someone you know be Chip’s forever?

AUGUST 2017 UPDATE: Chip’s orphanage reports that he is high functioning. He likes creative toys like blocks and he understands directions from adults.

Chip is on the shared list, so a family could use any agency to adopt him, but there is a $5,000 specific agency grant with for Chip’s adoption if a family uses a specific agency.

*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant!  Through June 2020, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant***

$15,016.20 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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

Boy, born 2016

esophageal obstruction
GERD
bronchopneumonia
ventricular septal defect
unspecified severe protein-calorie malnutrition
benign intercranial hypertension

Listed: August 2017

$5,606.60 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!

Boy, born 2014
PRC
Down syndrome, CHD

Listed: August 2017

Zack, 3.5, is described as handsome, active, and adorable. Zack loves music and enjoys singing and dancing. He can be shy, but he gets along very well with his peers and teachers and warmly greets those familiar to him. Zack adapts well to new situations. He is able to feed himself, get dressed and undressed without assistance, use the bathroom alone, and wash his hands without help.

Zack goes to school in the orphanage. He is in class with other children with Down Syndrome, in which he is considered above average. He has some language skills, good fine and gross motor skills, and he knows his numbers, colors, and sizes. Zack can speak common characters, words, and short sentences, though he has poor pronunciation. He can walk, use the stairs, and jump by himself. He enjoys playing catch and playing with balls.

Zack was abandoned at 6 months old. He was born with Down Syndrome and patent ductus arteriosus, a congenital heart defect. We do not have any information at this time on treatment Zack has received for his heart condition, but we have asked for more information about this.

In order to help Zack find a family, we are waiving our entire agency fee. Zack’s family will be responsible for the costs of their homestudy, post-placement reports, dossier authentication, China’s dossier log-in and translation fees, USCIS fees, orphanage donation and travel expenses. Our staff will assist Zack’s family with grant applications and fundraising. The $13,000 federal Adoption Tax Credit may also be beneficial to Zack’s family.

Zack’s bright, goofy personality shines through in his photos. Could he brighten up your family?

$15,247.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Boy, born 2011
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: July 2017

Danny is a tenderhearted and genuine boy. He charms everyone he meets with that squinty-eyed smile! Danny is content in any situation and obeys well – he also is a fantastic school student in his foster home.

Danny’s current agency is offering a $4000 grant to qualifying families.

*** Danny has received a $5,000 Grant! ***

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

Girl, born 2014
PRC
Down syndrome, Congenital heart defect

Listed: June 2017

UPDATE available from Feb 2019!

Stephanie is a beautiful little girl who has a close relationship with her foster mom and her early education teacher. She gets along well with her former nanny and children in the orphanage. She is willing to share food and toys with others and she always helps when another child is being bullied, as any big sister would. Stephanie is a good eater and sleeper.

Stephanie was born with down syndrome and a congenital heart defect- PDA, which seems to have resolved itself. At 5 months of age, she was holding up her head, at 9 months she was crawling, at 11 months she was sitting, at 13 months she was standing with help, at 14 months she was walking with support, and at 19 months she was walking independently. Stephanie can sometimes say mom, but doesn’t really say words beyond that. She definitely knows her name and responds when called. She can also understand basic directions.

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Her current agency has a $1500 grant available.

$247.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Girl, age 6
Blind

Listed: June 2017

When Chloe came into care as a toddler, she was non-verbal and had little exposure to stimulation and affection. After being in her foster home, six-year-old Chloe is now speaking full sentences primarily in English, has good comprehension skills, eats on her own, dances, sings and laughs. She is known as a funny, social and bright little girl who is quickly learning braille, counting objects, knows the phonetic sound of most letters and can identify everyone in the home by their voice or smell. She was recently accepted into a private school that will continue to help her thrive and focus on learning more braille, help with independent skills related to blindness, and meeting more friends. She loves to make everyone laugh, enjoys being silly and is well liked by her peers. Despite being blind, Chloe walks around the home independently, walks up and down stairs, rides on a tricycle, and jumps on a trampoline. It is noted that she has such great potential as she absorbs everything around her.

$45.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Girl, age 13
Cerebral palsy; post-op club feet, strabismus (operated)

Listed: June 2017

Lily gets around by crawling, walking with support from an adult, or walking with her gait trainer. She receives physical therapy daily and is working to improve her walking. She loves dancing and attends dance class in the community.

Her communication is improving quickly and she is speaking in sentences, although it is hard for some people to understand her. She is intelligent and attends school, knows the alphabet, is learning to read, can type on the iPad, knows her colors, can count objects to 15, can do simple math problems, is potty trained, and feeds herself. She is just starting to sound out words when reading and can spell short words. She has great potential to learn if given the appropriate interventions. She builds strong attachments to her caregivers, getting sad when any adult she loves goes on vacation. She is a family girl at heart and adores the family she has in her group home, but longs for the stability that adoption would bring. She is beautiful inside and out and there is something very special about her. She loves to pray for her friends when they are sad or hurt. She likes to take care of the other children and particularly makes a point to include the kids who are less physically able than she is. She is very bright and has a deep desire to learn. She is an old soul and while she definitely has a silly, goofy side, she enjoys the company of adults. She longs to be adopted and asks frequently if a Mommy and Daddy are coming.

“Why hasn’t anyone chosen her? Don’t they know how amazing she is? Can’t they see how much joy she would bring to their family? Can’t they see that she is so much more than her cerebral palsy? That she is smart, she loves to laugh, she is gentle, and loves going to church. Her cerebral palsy doesn’t define her” – Lily’s foster mother

Lily has received a $5,000 Older Child Grant.

Girl, 6 years old
Down syndrome, CHD (post-op)
CO-5

Listed: June 2017

Jenny  is seven-years-old and known as a quiet and calm young girl. She can follow simple instructions, comprehends others, can generally stay in one place and shows affection to those she knows. Jenny is gaining strength and the ability to communicate through the various therapies she receives. She can use simple words and gestures to communicate her needs. She enjoys playing with musical instruments and is amused when she hears the sounds. She has Down Syndrome with a heart condition and it is reported that she is making significant progress in her development.

It is reported that Jenny receives therapies to support her speech and development. As a young child, Jenny underwent corrective surgery for a congenital heart condition and currently takes medication for hyperthyroidism and hypertension.  Jenny is in need of a family that can provide consistency, support, and a lifetime of love.

The agency has additional photos of Jenny for inquiring families. She is darling!

*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant!  Through June 30, 2019, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant***

$2,482.30 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Boy, born 2007
PRC
Sensitive special need

Listed: June 2017

Luke has a sensitive special need – XY46. He’s in a very poor orphanage, where adoptive families have met him.   Luke is in a very under resourced orphanage in rural China where he is not able to attend school, lacks proper nutrition, and the opportunity to play with even basic toys.

Luke is a charming boy who has a close relationship with his caregivers and is known around the orphanage for his helpfulness. He is attentive when the little ones cry, and runs errands for his caregivers when they need an extra hand. Luke likes to play games with others, especially ball games. Luke is active and extroverted. His favorite meal is egg and pork!

Luke’s development is fully age-appropriate. He will need a family who understands the complexities of his medical need and can offer him the unconditional love and support he needs to flourish. We believe Luke will thrive in the loving care of a family like yours. We’ve met him and loved hanging out with this smart little guy! Is he the child you’ve been waiting for?

*** Luke has received an Older Child Grant of $5000!
 Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

guardianangelGirl, born 2012
PRC
Down syndrome, congenital heart defect (ASD, VSD); Ametropia

Listed: May 2017

Sheena is the sweetest girl around! Agency staff have met her and said that she is very smart and pleasant. Sheena is also a favorite of her caretakers, giving her a lot of extra attention and love.

She was sitting independently between 9-11 months of age and was crawling by one. She started walking and speaking, though unclear, at age two. By three, she was a confident walker and could use a cup to drink. She’s a good eater and is not picky about food. Congee and meat are her favorites. She can go to toilet on her own and has few accidents. She does need a diaper at night. Sheena can also dress herself and put on her own shoes. When she was little, she got burned by hot water so she is still afraid of taking a bath.

In January of 2016, Sheena started receiving schooling inside the orphanage. The teachers quickly learned that she liked the toy numbers. They taught her how to string the toy numbers. After three months, Sheena made big progress in her language, gross motor, and social skills. She has learned words like teacher, ayi, chair, mine, etc. When talking with her, she responds with sounds like “en, oh, hao”. She likes to listen to music and will follow the beat by clapping her hands. She also tries to sing to the music. Sheena can walk upstairs and downstairs by herself and can now run faster. When she sees other kids fall down, she will walk over to help the child get up. If other kids get hurt, she will go over and blow on it to soothe the pain. In September of 2016, Sheena showed good progress with her cognition. She focuses in class to learn with other kids. Sheena likes being active and being held. She enjoys imitating, playing with toy cars, and playing hide and seek.

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The agency which currently has Sheena’s file has a $5,000 grant available for her adoption, as well. Other agency grants may be available based on the adoptive family’s circumstances.

*** Sheena has received a $5000 Older Child Grant***

$90.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Boy, born fall 2015
Down syndrome, Hep C, anemia

Listed: May 11, 2017

Robin is a 1 ½ year old baby boy with Down syndrome. He has also been treated for Hep C and anemia. He has spikey black hair and large inquisitive eyes.

The agency has photos to share at the appropriate point in a family’s adoption process.

$45.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Girl, born early 2013
Down syndrome, heart defect

Listed: May 11, 2017

Kate is sweet 4 year old girl in need of your prayers for a loving family. Kate has Down Syndrome and heart disease. She has big brown eyes and a round face. Kate is described as a friendly, smiley and loving child. She has already had PDA coil closure surgery.

The agency has photos to share at the appropriate point in a family’s adoption process.

*** Kate has received a $5,000 Older Child Grant! ***

$1,027.80 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Girl, born 2013
PRC
Congenital retinal degeneration, developmental delays

Listed: April 2017

UPDATE 2018:  There are several other photos & videos available.  Harlow desperately needs a family.   She really cannot wait years to be adopted without any medical care or better care at the orphanage to give her the stimulation she needs.  Without this care, she will sink further and further to the point she may not be able to be reached.

From the agency:  When the update came in, it was hard to read. But I powered through. Until I saw this:

 

“Please describe his/her personalities in detail? No personality”

No personality. No personality. I kept reading it over and over again. No personality. This cannot be so. Her referral, from two years ago, describes her as “giggles when she is touched; lovely when she smiles; enjoys that someone accompanies and plays with her.” Now, no personality.

In continuing to read the update, and comparing it to the two year old referral, it is pretty clear that Harlow has been forgotten. She does not go to school. She cannot perform any fine motor skills simply because she cannot see. She cannot perform most gross motor skills simply because she is given no chance to. She spends her days in her crib. Alone.

I am fairly certain that it should not read ‘no personality,’ but instead should read ‘no spirit,’ or ‘lost spirit,’ or ‘crushed spirit.’ It is not her personality that is lacking, but her spirit slipping away. She has been given up on by those around her, and has no other option but to give up on herself.

Harlow lives in dark, quiet solitude. No place for a child. She has lost hope. But we have not. We still see potential. We still see hope. And we will continue to share about Harlow until a family – HER family – sees it too.

The update is concluded with:  “Anything else you think the family should know about this child? No”

A response laden with hopelessness and doubt. A response lacking any type of love or compassion for this child. This soul whose spirit is in there somewhere, but if she stays where she is, will soon be gone forever.

The agency that currently has Harlow’s file is also offering a $1500 grant.

$8,138.82 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!

guardianangel Girl, born 2014
LA-E3
Down syndrome

Listed: April 2017

 

Rebecca has a diagnosis of Down syndrome, and has some cognitive delays. She has less muscle tone and strength than other children her age. She can walk well, but is a little wobbly at times. The physical therapist monitors her growth and works with her on exercises and activities to help strength her muscles and improve coordination.

We see improvements every day. Rebecca has transitioned from the baby home to the toddler home. She likes being one of the ‘big kids’ and can feed herself.

Rebecca has an infectious smile and the Tías love asking her for a hug because she will run and jump in their arms for a full body hug! She has a favorite doll with rosy cheeks that she takes with her everywhere, and shows her to everyone. Like any toddler, Rebecca dislikes broccoli. Unlike many toddlers, she does not like to be tickled, and gets angry if anyone tries to make her smile!

$15,448.94 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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

Boy, born 2014
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: March 2017

Austin likes to make faces at himself in the mirror, smiling or opening his eyes and mouth wide. A restless and active boy, he is quite interested in new things, and he laughs loudly when he’s happy. Austin is diagnosed with Down syndrome, and he has no other known medical needs. His voice is low, he doesn’t scream or shout, and although he doesn’t yet speak, if he needs something he lets his nannies know by making sounds or crying. His caregivers can easily tell how he feels by the sound of his voice, and he responds appropriately to their facial expressions. When praised he is happy, and when scolded he gets very quiet. By October 2016 he could crawl, sit on his own, and go up and down stairs by holding onto the railing. If Austin doesn’t like something he’ll refuse it by just not moving, and his caregivers all now understand that this means he doesn’t want it! When he sleeps, he sucks on two of his fingers, and his nanny will sneak over later and move his hand out of his mouth once he’s asleep. This cheerful little fellow needs a family who will give him all the care and attention he needs!

Video.   The agency who currently holds Austin’s file is offering a $1500 grant.

$71.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Justine2Girl, born Jan 2014
PRC
Down syndrome

Listed: August 2, 2016

Justine is an adorable little girl! She came into care at 6 months of age. Chromosome test confirmed she has Mosaic Down syndrome. Justine’s overall development is not too far behind her peers. At 24 months of age, she was active, engaging, learning to speak, and cruising furniture. Justine loves to dance when she hears music…and she likes cats! She was born with a small “extra” thumb, which was successfully removed with no complications. Justine is a happy, social, and loving little girl, who is more than ready to be loved by her new family!

Justine has a $2500 grant with a specific adoption agency.

*** I have received an additional $5,000 Grant! ***

$1,010.14 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!

NoelleChina

Girl, born 2015

Thoracic spina bifida with hydrocephalus;
Lumbar spina bifida with hydrocephalus;
Sacral spina bifida with hydrocephalus
Congenital heart defect: atrial septal defect;
other malformation of the tricuspid valve; heart failure

Look at that hair!  Adorable!  Precious baby girl!  What a gift to have her listed so young.

At the age of two days old, she was operated. Now the hole in her spinal column is closed, but she needs the second step, next surgery. Mentally she is developing normal, she can grab things, she does the baby talk, she makes eye contact, she cries very seldom.

$3,000.79 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Girl, born July 2012
PRC
malnutrition, developmental delay, oral deformity. ametropia and double strephenopodia

Hasini was wearing orthopedic shoes for rehabilitation as of the time her file was prepared. Hasini had a CT scan come back normal. There is a very good possibility that she has what is called Moebius Syndrome, which affects the muscles that control facial expressions and eye movements.
Hasini is described as gentle and quiet. From her outdated file: Hasini can sit stably for a long time now. She can use her left hand to go from lying down to sitting and can flexibly turn over. She likes to crawl backwards. When she is happy, she would grab the bed handrail to rock her body. She can clap and can grasp the toys attached to her bed. She can understand simple instructions. For example, if the caretaker asks her to put her hands down, she will do it. If tell her “we need to stand up,” she will give her hand to the adults because we have to help her up. She can make the “a” “e” “na” sounds. She falls asleep quickly. Hasini is afraid of strangers, but after some time, she gradually accepts the strangers. She likes playing with other kids.

A recent update states that she moved from foster care back to the orphanage recently. The update was not very positive, but Hasini has only been with them for a few months. The inability to make facial expressions may cause confusion for those who try to care and interact with her. Hasini needs a family who can see the beautiful little girl she is. Those with Moebius Syndrome do not smile with their mouths, but with their hearts. Will you be the lucky family who gets to see Hasini’s heart smile?

$11,013.30 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!

40929144350 JoannaGirl, born 2012
Hydrocephalus

New pictures, April 2017.

Video.

$1,836.00 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!

Maddie (2)

Maddie (1)Girl, born July 2010
PRC
Down syndrome, congenital heart defect (ASD)

Maddie is a clever child, curious about anything new and with a passion for life. She is somewhat introverted but will play with other children. She is a happy child who often asks her caregiver for a hug. She likes colorful toys as well as dolls.

$15,081 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

 

Erich (1)

ADOPTED JUST IN TIME!!

ADOPTED JUST IN TIME!!

China

 

Peter

Silas (Pete) 2014

Silas (Pete) 2014

BULGARIA

ADOPTED BY THE WOOD FAMILY IN CANADA

 

zeke (2)China

14088420_10153821829092606_9221273545580412810_nGirl, Born September 2008

NEW PIC JANUARY 2016!

Hannah is a darling girl who needs a family.   MORE PHOTOS AVAILABLE.
Listed: Aug 6, 2010

Hannah went home with her biological family!

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30118212004January 2010
microcephaly, Epilepsy, dystonic tetraparesis, brain degeneration

Shareable video link: https://youtu.be/S6yhR1o3eow

Kayson needs a family, to save him from a life in a crib.

 

*** I have received a $5000 Older Child Grant! ***

Alina (Colleen) 2013

Alina (Colleen) 2013

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.ahousethatlovebuilt.blogspot.com

UKRAINE