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For the Other Angels

Our Christmas Angel Tree is just around the corner (1 November - 31 December)! The Angel Tree is specifically our Waiting Angels ages 0-5 with Down syndrome.

So, just so we don't forget about all of our other children, this post is featuring some of our Other Angels.  Clicking on their names till take you to their profile page on Reece's Rainbow.

Please be sure to read to the end to see our new Prayer Warrior video!

Tina



Girl
FAS
If you are unfamiliar with FAS, please spend some time researching this condition.  Just as with Down syndrome, FAS and FAE have a wide variation of effects on each child, both medically, physically, and cognitively.   This is typically dependent on how long during the pregnancy the mother consumed alcohol, and of course, how much.   There is no way to know this ahead of time.
Regrettably, this orphanage is one of the poorer ones, with very little outside aid and very little hope.    All of the children are tiny and undernourished.  These children are immediately transferred at 4, and have little chance of survival where they are sent.  All of our waiting children need families, but these have a critical need.  Please consider one of these children soon!!
$10.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption! 

Shawn


Boy, born March 2006

What a dear little boy — look how he's holding his stuffed friends closely.  :)

Shawn is also listed as having a "minimal mitral prolapse" which is a heart-condition, but typically a mild condition, and often outgrown without any intervention.  However, an adopting family would want to follow up with a cardiologist once he is home.  He also has "mild hypermetropia" which means he is mildly far-sighted (and likely will outgrow as he grows older).

For more info and parent support on adopting and raising a child with HIV, please visit http://www.projecthopeful.org/
$30.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption! 

Mila (55)


Girl, Born July 5, 2006
FAS and cleft palate
HELP!!!   I HAVE ALREADY BEEN TRANSFERRED!!
Look at this darling little cupie doll! Mila was born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and several complications from that exposure. Her medical records indicate cleft palate, oval window (heart condition), strabismus, and microcephaly (all common symptoms of this condition). But she is also friendly and happy, loves attention, and desperately needs a loving family.
From an adoptive family who visited with her in August 2010:  "She was in a group with two other children. The two little boys were in the playpen. She was free to wander but she stayed in the little area for her group. When she would get a little too close to us, her caregiver would say something quietly and she would turn around and return to her group. I was impressed with her ability to follow instructions."
"The afternoon before, I spied her playing and babbling by herself in a shady spot by the front drive. I did not see more than a few children with her. I have seen her playing with others on other days though.   Truthfully, there are children here who are probably not going to fit in with a typical family. I don't see Mila as one of those children.   She is probably the height of a three year old but wirey, thin, skinny!"
If you are unfamiliar with FAS, please spend some time researching this condition. Just as with Down syndrome, FAS and FAE have a wide variation of effects on each child, both medically, physically, and cognitively. This is typically dependent on how long during the pregnancy the mother consumed alcohol, and of course, how much. There is no way to know this ahead of time.
Mila was blessed to be sent to an older children's home (instead of an actual institution).  But she still needs a family quickly.
$656.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption! 
 

Elena



Girl, Born December 12, 2006
Elena is a beautiful little girl born with CP.    She has blonde hair and blue eyes, and a gorgeous smile and glow about her.   She struggles the most with her left-side limbs, is considered significantly delayed, and also has partial atrophy of the visual nerves.  
  
Elena is still a favorite of the orphanage and will SO benefit from having a loving family encourage and cherish her!   Even being visually impaired, she deserves the opportunity to "see" her world outside the four walls of this orphanage and her crib!
$1045.50 is available towards the cost of my adoption!






Kenneth


 Boy, Born November 27, 2006

Photo dated Feb 2010.  Kenneth is a blonde haired, blue eyed cutie who was born with FAS.  Kenneth does have some spasticity on his left side, and will greatly benefit from therapy and a loving family to encourage him! He is diagnosed with hydrocephaly, but this is a result of the FAS. He is not in need of a shunt to correct (the doctors say).
As you can see from this updated picture, Kenneth is doing GREAT! He wants a mama and papa of his own.
If you are unfamiliar with FAS, please spend some time researching this condition. Just as with Down syndrome, FAS and FAE have a wide variation of effects on each child, both medically, physically, and cognitively.  This is typically dependent on how long during the pregnancy the mother consumed alcohol, and of course, how much.  There is no way to know this ahead of time.

$920.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption! 

Alicia



Girl, Born 2004
SIGNIFICANT RISK, PLEASE ADOPT ME SOON!!  SCHEDULED FOR TRANSFER IN AUGUST!!

 Miss Alicia is a beautiful little girl who needs a loving family.  Her other two typically developing sisters were adopted by other families already.   
Alicia was born to an HIV+ mother, and is HIV+ herself.  She has also has significant delays and challenges associated with her FAS.  (fetal alcohol syndrome).  We are waiting to learn if she has any medical complications, but she is cognitively delayed and does show signs of attention deficit and hyperactivity.    Alicia will do best where she can be the focus of attention and have her Daddy wrapped around her finger :)     Alicia has SO much potential, and deserves a family as much as her other sisters do.   I know there is a family out there for this little girl!  She is facing the mental institution soon, but has grown up in a loving and well kept orphanage so far.  A committed family now can prevent her transfer!
From an adoptive family who visited with her in July 2010:  " Alicia absolutely LOVES one on one attention. she is front and center if you are handing out kisses and hugs. You can see she wants a Mama all her own, and it will be so hard on her to have her sister leave to be adopted, as her other sister was already adopted.   (Their mother is deceased, most likely from AIDS).   She likes to swing.   She loved to lay her head in my lap while we were both on the bench swing and I would stroke her hair. The other kids didnt like to share my attention but Alicia was ok with it.   I could have two in my lap and she didn't mind, but she didnt like being crowded out when the other child decided they wanted me all to themselves.  She likes sensory input.   She kept rubbing her arm across my husband's unshaved face and shivering and making the funniest face and then immediately doing it again.  She likes to go down the slide again and again.   She really likes to be in the  middle of whatever is going on, and be included. But often she is excluded, even by attendants.  For Alicia it's a vicious circle. She is delayed, she gets frustrated, they don't let her do things the others are doing, she gets more delayed and more frustrated. She is VERY VERY SWEET AND LOVING.  She needs a family that has only a couple kids, not ten. She has HIV.   If you want a little girl to hug and kiss, she will GLADLY take all the hugs and kisses you can hand out. She isn't afraid of men but isn't inappropriate either. I saw her with my husband as well as another couple of young men who visit regularly.  Alicia is on the small side, like maybe size 4.  The children are valued and loved at this orphanage.   The grounds are visually stimulating and the kids get outside for a couple hours in the morning as well as afternoon.   They even go swimming in the pool they have there.   Hope someone will come for Alicia very soon!"   Alicia is toilet-trained and able to say when she needs to use the restroom.  She has tremendous potential if someone would take her home and love her!  
MORE PHOTOS AVAILABLE, MARRIED COUPLES ONLY
$0.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Sara 3G


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Girl, Born June 2006
Sara is a beautiful little girl who needs a loving family!   She is diagnosed with general global delays, has some strabismus, does not speak very much, and has 6 fingers on one hand.   Info regarding her family history may lend some ideas about her delays and a more realistic and detailed diagnosis.
 Character: sociable, independent, affectionate
$20.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption! 

Alex


Boy, Born May 30, 2001
Alex is a handsome young man who is already living in the mental institution.    Despite this he has a  wonderful, open, and affectionate personality.  His medical records indicate congenital hydrocephaly, but he does not appear "hydrocephalic".  Alex is able to walk with assistance, and will truly blossom with family support and therapy.
From his medical records:  severe grade of mental delay, congenital hydrocephaly, divergent/external squint, glaucoma, lower paraparesis, and flat foot
As with all children living in these difficult conditions,  this child's cognitive development has regressed significantly since he/she was younger.  It is of crucial importance that any family considering the adoption of an older child from the mental institution setting be well prepared for what to expect with regards to how the neglect and lack of adequate medical care and nourishment has affected this child.    These children all have TREMENDOUS potential for improvement, and deserve to have a life outside these four walls. 
These children are truly living on borrowed time, and families should be home study approved before an official commitment can be made for this child.
I AM ELIGIBLE FOR AN OLDER CHILD GRANT

 

Lorie



Girl, Born May 28, 2005
SIGNIFICANT RISK, PLEASE ADOPT ME SOON!!
Look at this little princess!  She is already 6 and facing the institution very soon!!! 
Lorie was born with a spinal hernia and CP, leaving her with weak muscles and limbs.    The hernia was surgically removed, and she is walking with help now!   She does have some strabismus, but is such a gentle and happy child!   She is blessed to still be at the baby house, but will be transferred soon. 
From an adoptive family who visited with her in June 2011:  "She was walking using a walker, I walked up and talked to her and she held my hand and smiled at us. Dariya then walked up and she and Lorie held hands for a bit. When we walked away we said paka and she smiled and waved. Bless her, she needs a family. We learned that this baby house is up to 6 for spec needs so she probably will be here until next year since she just turned 6. Her feet turned in, she would definitely benefit from having braces and PT. The caregiver told us she didn't speak but, she understood us and was sweet."
PLEASE consider saving her, and giving her the chance to maximize her potential in a loving family!  
$3809.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!
 

Matvey


Boy, Born August 28, 2004

SIGNIFICANT RISK, PLEASE ADOPT ME SOON!!

Matvey is such a cute little boy, with blonde curls!   He is cognitively delayed, but does not seem to have any official diagnosis other than that.  He has amazing potential!!   He was transferred to another region in 2010.
Please give this little guy a chance to fulfill his potential!    One of our own adoptive families who visited with him in March 2008 shared this with us:  "This little guy did NOT want to be photographed!  He was quite happy doing whatever he was doing before being brought into the room but having his picture taken was not high on his priority list.  He has "deep mental delay" (understand that this is according to Eastern European standards — he was more aware and alert than a child with Down syndrome might be at the same age).  I can't tell you his eye color because he down-right refused to look at me, but those blonde curls sure were cute!"
$0.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Chrystyna

  

  Girl, Born January 17, 2002

SIGNIFICANT RISK, PLEASE ADOPT ME SOON!!

Chrystyna is a beautiful, brown haired, brown eyed girl who deserves a chance at a better life!  Her official orphanage papers say she has developmental delays/difficulties from birth, but nothing more specific than that.  It is possible she has FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome).  Her biological mother  was deprived her parental rights in December 2004, and the biological father is not known.  Chrystyna has so much potential, and will be a precious gift to any family who adopts her.
Chrystyna is already living in an institution, so we need a family for her right away!
Chrystyna does have a sister, Karen.   Karen does not have any diagnosed special needs.   If you are interested in adopting both girls, you can do so, or Chrystyna is free to be adopted separately.   Please inquire!

UPDATE:  God has been watching Chrystyna.  She was recently transferred out of the institution into a wonderful facility, where they teach these children, work with them, and they appear very well cared for.  The difference in the few girls who were transferred OUT of the institution is incredible!   Please give these girls a second chance for a loving family!
If you are unfamiliar with FAS, please spend some time researching this condition.  Just as with Down syndrome, FAS and FAE have a wide variation of effects on each child, both medically, physically, and cognitively.   This is typically dependent on how long during the pregnancy the mother consumed alcohol, and of course, how much.   There is no way to know this ahead of time.
$0.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption! 

Andrey


Boy, Born November 29, 2002

From our facilitator who has visited with him:
HIV.    His life story is very typical   The  boy doesn't have brothers and sisters. His mother abandoned him at the delivery house,  the father was registered after the mother's words.  Loves to construct, to draw, very assiduous,  wants to know  everything about What? Where? When and  Who?   Hardworking, can focus his attention and  be concentrated on the most important things.   Among children he is very supportive and friendly. For more info and parent support on adopting and raising a child with HIV, please visit http://www.projecthopeful.org/

$0.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!





Karen 


Girl, Born January 12, 1996

Karen is the older, biological sister of Chrystyna.   She is a beautiful Roma girl with dark hair, dark eyes, and olive skin.  She is 12 years old.  She is healthy and smart and has no diagnosed special needs.    She goes to school and has no negative behavioral issues.  She is just a pre-teen in need of a loving family!

Karen and Chrystyna are living in different orphanages, but in the same region.  It would be wonderful if they could be adopted together, but our facilitator says it may be possible to adopt them separately.  If you might be seeking a sibling set, please inquire!  Both girls need a loving family!

I AM ELIGIBLE FOR AN OLDER CHILD GRANT

  Emmitt


Boy, Born January 26, 1998
 Emmitt is a sweet boy.  He is living in one of the mental institutions, and has been for many years, yet he remains sweet, intelligent, and kind.  Ttwo of our adopting families met him while they were there, and are pleading for a family to save him.     From his medical records:  myelomeningocele  (spina bifida)   From one of our adoptive families:  " Emmitt has a severe deformity of his legs.  He cannot walk at all.  He is very friendly, funny, and talkative. He desperately seeks out attention.  He was talking to my husband, and holding Zack's hand, which he then put on top of his head for Zack to rub his hair.  He is extremely intelligent, and just precious!  I brought him paper and crayons, and he drew me a flower :) "
We are seeking more official medical information about his condition, but hope someone out there will see this sweet young man and know his kind and loving spirit.
I AM ELIGIBLE FOR AN OLDER CHILD GRANT


Julie



Julie
Girl, Born April 1998

Love this beautiful Pippi Longstocking!    Julie is a sweet, quiet, but energetic, redhead with big blue eyes and freckles.  When she was placed in an orphanage a few years ago, she did not want to speak.  Now she expresses herself reasonably well, with an occasional stutter.    She studies and recites well in her orphanage, but she is about 3 years behind her agemates.  She controls her actions well, is calm, likes to work, draw and play with toys.  She came to a 3-week summer camp in America and lived with a family, who thought she might have brain damage.  Julie was very patient in adult company, played nicely by herself or with other kids, showed determination and stamina in learning how to ice skate mostly by herself, and loved the water park, descending the steepest, scariest slide with gusto.  Julie has a sense of humor and a hearty laugh.  With a good ear for language, she should be able to learn English just fine, once a loving family gives her that opportunity.  She wants a family of her own. 
I AM ELIGIBLE FOR AN OLDER CHILD GRANT

Owen 3G


Owen (egxb-3)
Boy, Born December 2007
This darling little boy is waiting for his forever family, and we believe his condition to be one called Saethre-Chotzen Syndrome.
Also known as Acrocephalosyndyldactyly Type Chotzen or Saethre-Chotzen Syndrome. Chotzen Syndrome is a dominant genetic condition. They have a tower-shaped skull (acrocephaly), fused fingers and/or toes (syndactyly), asymmetric face, widely spaced eyes, droopy eyelid (ptosis), strabismus (crossed or "wall-eyes"), beak-like nose, small upper jaw, and jutting out lower jaw (prognathism).   Some plates in their skull close early.   This is called craniosynostosis.   Often people with Chotzen Syndrome are mildly hard of hearing. Sometimes they're unusually short.   Occasionally the closing of the plates in their skull can compress their brain and slow their development.   Sometimes boys with Chotzen Syndrome have undescended testicles. 
$2935.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!






 
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