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Reece's Rainbow
5/5/5 Project: 
Although we have had success with our 555 program ($71,000 raised over the course of 26 months), the leadership group of the project has decided to end the monthly crowd-fund project effective October 5. We seem to be much more successful in rallying for imminent last minute travel, and donors giving for particular families rather than as a pre-chosen group. 
We will complete fundraising for this cycle, but will not choose anymore families for 555. Donors who are set up with auto bill pay or auto-Paypal transactions should cancel those prior to October 5. We encourage you to continue giving for our families in urgent need directly to their FSP funds on our website. 

New Process for Travel Funding Requests:
The Board of Directors of Reece's Rainbow is pleased to announce the formation of a Funding Committee. While RR's focus has been and remains both on building grants for waiting children AND providing a tax-exempt way for families to fundraise while in process, we recognize that some families might experience financial needs shortly before travel. Rather than the informal requests of the past, the following procedure has been recently passed by the Board and will become the only way that families close to travel will be able to ask for pre-travel funding assistance via Reece's Rainbow's generous benefactors.
If you have been invited to travel to your child and need additional financial assistance, the Committee (consisting of 3 Board Members) will take requests prior to midnight on the 30th or 31st of each month. The Committee asks that you email with a brief explanation of the scope and reason of your financial need. Once per month, the Committee will then pass such requests onto private donors who have indicated they will consider such requests.

We must remind our families that no pool of unallocated funds has ever existed nor will exist within Reece's Rainbow to fund such requests. It is solely the discretion of our generous donors as to any gifts made for this purpose. The Committee and Board remind our courageous families that no guarantees of private donor funding before travel can be given. We do however pledge that all such requests will be presented equally, and funds placed in the family's FSP if received. 

We hope this new procedure answers your questions and streamlines this process at what is often a very stressful and emotion-filled time for almost-adopting families.
  • All requests turned in by midnight of the last day of the month 
  • Funding committing meets by the 5th day of the month
  • All requested needs sent to donors the same day the committee meets. 
  • Any and all allocated funds will be posted to the families FSP as they arrive. 
  • Donations are, as always, made at the discretion of the donors.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Andrea, Michelle or any Board Member at any time.

5:41:00 PM

Reece's Rainbow is Partnering with The Mighty!

We're thrilled to announce a new partnership that will bring our resources in front ofThe Mighty's wide-reaching readership. We will now have a growing home page on The Mighty and appear on many stories on the site.

The Mighty is a story-based health community focused on improving the lives of people facing disease, disorder, mental illness and disability. More than half of Americans are facing serious health conditions or medical issues. They want more than information. They want to be inspired. The Mighty publishes real stories about real people facing real challenges.

We're dedicated to helping families and children with down syndrome in their lives. With this partnership, we'll be able to help even more people.

We encourage you to submit a story to The Mighty and make your voice heard.

9:01:00 PM

Reece's Rainbow is TEN | #RRisTEN #OurWorkIsNotDone

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How Much Do You Know About Cerebral Palsy? | Guest Blogger :: Jenny Pohl | Reece's Rainbow

So how much do you know about cerebral palsy (CP)? I knew nothing, until I was about 22 years old, and spent a year volunteering at a residential school for children with CP. Now, I'll admit that this is going back a few years – to 1985, in fact – but the children I worked with back then made a huge impression on me. Since then, I have worked with many many children with a wide variety of disabilities, but I must say that kids with cerebral palsy are the ones I am drawn to again and again.

Children with cerebral palsy are all in some way physically impaired, though this varies from child to child. Some may only have a slight limp, with their CP being hardly noticeable. Other may be unable to walk, stand, or sit independently, needing total care for their entire lives. Some children with CP may also have other conditions, such as learning impairments, seizures, and vision and/or hearing issues.

In a nutshell – every child with CP is different!!

There are currently about 80 older children with cerebral palsy listed with Reece's Rainbow as available for adoption. Every one of these children is now eligible for a $10,000 adoption grant! Depending on where they live, these children many or may not receive any kind of therapy or medical interventions to help them. Some orphanages do provide education and therapies, but sadly, most do not. Those children who are unable to walk are likely to be bedridden for their entire lives. Children who in the Western world would be in school, getting an education and living a normal life, are destined to spend their lives in an institution with no hope for the future, just because they were born with CP.

Below, I share the profiles of a few children with cerebral palsy. I chose these children because they were born in 2003, the same year my son was born. If you click on their name, you will be taken directly to their profile.

Lane's profile doesn't say much about him, other than that he has “cerebral palsy, tetraparetic form”. This basically means that all four of his limbs are affected by the CP. His photo shows him in his crib/bed - he seems to be pleading with his eyes, doesn't he?

Bianca has very mild CP, and her profile is pretty extensive. In a nutshell, she goes to school, can talk in complete sentences, and is independent in her daily living skills. Please click on her name to read more about this wonderful young lady!

Mitch is another child with a short profile. It states that he can walk, is "mentally healthy", and very very much wants to be adopted. Is he YOUR son?

Next, we have Anton. I cannot help but smile when I see his picture, but that smile is quickly followed by sorrow, when I realize what he is missing. He needs a family to get him out of that crib - can you see the potential in this young man? He looks amazing!

Flynn is a "Lost Boy". He lives in a very remote institute, and receives just basic care. He spends his days sitting doing nothing. Absolutely nothing. He deserves so much more than this, don't you think? Please see Flynn today - I have no doubt that he would make a wonderful son, and would learn to smile surrounded by a family.

Daniella. When you look at Daniella, do you see a child with cerebral palsy, or do you see a beautiful young lady, who needs a mommy to fix her hair and take her clothes shopping? Please see Daniella today!

Lastly, we have Mason. His profile states he has "profound mental delays" as well as cerebral palsy. The orphanage cannot keep him much longer. They will try to hold him till the end of this summer. If nobody commits to him, he will be transferred to a terrible institution forever, and it will be very hard to pull him out from there.

In other words - if he isn't adopted before transfer, chances are he will never be able to be adopted.

As stated above - these children were all born in 2003 - meaning they are 12 or 13 years old.

They all have cerebral palsy. Some are affected very mildly, others more severely.

They are just a handful of the children over the age of 10, listed on Reece's Rainbow, who have CP.

They are all eligible for a $10,000 adoption grant!!

I have seen many children with CP who have been adopted - children who were confined to their cribs in the orphanages - children who have thrived once home with a family. I truly have seen miracles unfold before me - once a child is given hope, and given love, they can defy all odds. Along with therapy, and medical help, these children can begin to live the lives they deserve. They can begin to LIVE.

While I realize that we cannot all adopt - we are ALL capable of shouting for these children.

If you are on Facebook, please share them.

If you have Twitter or Instagram - please share them.

If you write a blog - please share them!

If you can - donate to them!

Any donation to the children over 10 years old will go into a grant pool, which will benefit every single older child that is adopted.

The children with cerebral palsy are listed under the "Other Angels" categories - the older boys can be found HERE, and the older girls HERE.

At the top of each link, you will see a big pink DONATE button - that's where to click when you want to donate to the older children's fund. No donation is too small!

Again - if you can't adopt or donate - please share!!!

3:40:00 PM

They Really Need You

Twelve children have been added to the "At-risk of Aging Out" page.

The "at-risk" are children who are due to age out in the next 18 months, and will no longer be available for adoption.

Please share some of these kids in the hopes of getting them a family before they age out!

4:55:00 PM

21 Truths About Down Syndrome | #wdsd2016

Today is World Down Syndrome Day 2016!

21 March 2016 marks the 11th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day. It is officially observed by the United Nations. Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder. But there is still so much more we can do.

Reece's Rainbow is working to do more by doing our part to share the TRUTH about Down Syndrome! So, for today, here is a repost from four years ago! From 21 beautiful families of children with Down syndrome and their TRUTH about Down syndrome! We'd love to invite these families (and ANYONE ELSE) to leave an updated photo of their child in the comments!

We'd love to hear from YOU! Please add your TRUTH about Down syndrome in the comments below and share our WDSD 2016 '21 Truths About Down Syndrome'!

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