Adoption for Single Moms


PD: RR’s logo states ‘Reece’s Rainbow’ across center, w/ signature 3 diagonal brush strokes in blue, pink, & green. Above & below in a circle are the words ‘Special needs adoption support’.

This is going to be a reference post regarding adoptions by single moms. I will focus on the website Reece’s Rainbow, as this site has a list of children available for adoption by single mothers (the list is nearly 11 pages long – many, many children are available!).

Many places allow adoptions by single moms, including many Latin American, South Asian, and Asian countries. Often, children with disabilities are also available to single mothers, due to the urgency of their condition or the fact that children with disabilities, especially older children (children greater than the age of 3), are less likely to be adopted by prospective families. Some Eastern European countries also allow adoptions by single mothers. Note: All of the children who live at SCH are available for adoption by single mothers!

Note 2: The children listed below who you see ‘older child grant’ mentioned, are eligible for a special grant for which prospective parents can apply. Learn more about the grant here.

Meet all the children available to single moms here.

Below are highlights of some children who are currently waiting and are available to single moms.


Kassidy lives in an Asian country and 10 years old, though the size of an infant. She is blind due to absence of eyes (a condition called anophthalmia), and her health is quickly declining for unknown reasons (possibly related to anemia, which if untreated can cause decline). She has low muscle tone, probably due to the fact that she lives in her crib. She gets skinnier every day. Please, see her!

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

PD: Kassidy sits curled up criss-cross in her crib, clasping her tiny hands to her chest under her chin, wearing a blue patterned quilted sweatsuit. She appears very sickly, thin, & has a shaved head & neutral expression.
Kassidy, November 2016. Credit: RR

PD: Kassidy sits curled up criss-cross in her crib, clasping her tiny hands to her chest under her chin, wearing a blue patterned quilted sweatsuit. She appears very sickly, thin, & has a shaved head & neutral expression.

Kassidy needs a mama and/or papa, fast!

“Meet Kassidy! She is such a beautiful little love. Her health has declined since her last official medical report and she really needs a family. Our team’s PT feels there is a possibility she could improve so much with the love of a family and access to good medical care.”

Report from April 2011, a pretty great report for a 19-month-old:

Kassidy is extroverted, active, and restless, sometimes stubborn. She loves being cuddled by caregivers the most. Since she is smart and lovely, everyone loves her and hopes she could find a family of her own to enjoy a happy and lovely family life, facilitating her healthy development. She is smart, able to crawl, take steps while holding onto handrails, take steps with one hand held, imitate words, and speak 3-5 words. She uses thumbs and index fingers deftly, and is able to pick up a pill with her thumbs and index fingers. She is a very cute baby with fair complexion. She is not a picky eater and eats everything we give her, therefore, she has a chubby face. She has a lovely mouth and often sucks her fingers as if sucking a soother, which is very cute.

PD: In a photo from 2014, a chubby-cheeked Kassidy is sitting in her crib. She wears a patterned red traditional top & red pants. She has a shaved head & appears to be in motion.
Kassidy in 2014. Credit: RR

PD: In a photo from 2014, a chubby-cheeked Kassidy is sitting in her crib. She wears a patterned red traditional top & red pants. She has a shaved head & appears to be in motion.

Report from November 2016, from an advocate who met Kassidy:

Kassidy did not interact with environment or caregiver to determine personality. She maintained the fetal position, asleep. She did move her face and arms in response to a cold washcloth placed on her face. We observed no noises. She has low muscle tone and hyporeflexia, with no contractures noted. She cannot stand or walk and appears to be failure-to-thrive. She overall demonstrates severe delays in all domains. She appears to have declined in general health, per report of previous function.


Unfortunately, Lizzie aged out before a family could be found for her 😦

PD: Lizzie wears a white t-shirt & pink bow in her black ponytail. The photo is in profile, & her face is raised to the sun, which is shining down on her.
Lizzie. Credit: RR

PD: Lizzie wears a white t-shirt & pink bow in her black ponytail. The photo is in profile, & her face is raised to the sun, which is shining down on her.


Jubilee is 6 years old and has been listed since April 2015. She lives in a Latin American country and appears to be of African descent, due to her beautiful, dark complexion. Jubilee has cerebral palsy and temporal lobe epilepsy, for which she takes medication. She wears glasses. Jubilee was a severely malnourished baby, but has gained weight well and is now a chubby little lady.

Jubilee has a donation grant of over $3,200 to help cover the cost of her adoption! Jubilee has a matching grant of $400! When her grant reaches $3664.50, she’ll receive an additional $400!

PD: Jubilee wears a white dress w/ lace detail. She has tightly-curled hair & big, brown eyes. She wears glasses.
Jubilee. Credit: RR

PD: Jubilee wears a white dress w/ lace detail. She has tightly-curled hair & big, brown eyes. She wears glasses.

An update from August 2019 shared the following:

Jubilee is a sweet 6-year-old girl. She goes through phases where she is very happy and smiles a lot, and then goes through phases where she doesn’t smile very often. She is quite opinionated, and will always let us know when she is uncomfortable, hungry, etc. She is adored by everyone that knows her. Her nannies love to dress her up, do her hair, and take her for walks. At school, she is working on making choices, using her hands to reach out, and focusing her eyes on one thing at a time. In therapy, she is also working on purposeful movement, range of motion, standing, and several other things.

An update from February 2018 shared the following:

With lots of patient attention, we are finally seeing Jubilee make an effort to be part of the world around her. She is doing so much better lifting up her head during tummy time. She has also started making some small, but intentional, hand movements when we are holding her with a toy in her lap.

Original listing details:

Jubilee cannot sit or roll on her own, but she is receiving therapy to help increase her strength. She loves to stare at faces and responds really well to touch; if she is crying, she is easily soothed by being held. Only recently has Jubilee started to smile and laugh, and it is adorable. Sometimes, she will do this in response to being tickled, but over the past couple of weeks, we have seen her smile come out even more easily. Often, a simple greeting or quick cuddle are enough to bring out Jubilee’s smile, and it is sure to brighten your day.


Update 2019: Princess was adopted in 2018, and is home with her family!

PD: Princess has very long, dark, curly black hair. She wears a white tank top w/ pink leopard on it & pink headband w/ a huge flower.
Princess. Credit: RR

PD: Princess has very long, dark, curly black hair. She wears a white tank top w/ pink leopard on it & pink headband w/ a huge flower.


Update March 2020:

Unfortunately, Ansel aged out before a family was found for him 😦

PD: Ansel sits at a table wearing a tan shirt. He looks at the camera w/ a calm expression.
Ansel. Credit: RR

PD: Ansel sits at a table wearing a tan shirt. He looks at the camera w/ a calm expression.


Unfortunately, Marty aged out before a family could be found for him 😦

PD: Marty wears a gray shirt & jeans. He has brown hair & eyes. A kitchen is behind him.
Marty. Credit: RR

PD: Marty wears a gray shirt & jeans. He has brown hair & eyes. A kitchen is behind him.


Pacen was born in 2012 and has been listed since March 2018. Pacen has dark hair and eyes. He most likely lives in an Eastern European country, though this information isn’t given. Pacen is also available to older parents and large families.

Pacen doesn’t yet have an FSP, but one could be started once he is matched with his family!

PD: Pacen sits in an armchair holding a stuffed toy, wearing a gray long-sleeved shirt & blue jeans. He has a mischievous look on his face.
Pacen. Credit: RR

PD: Pacen sits in an armchair holding a stuffed toy, wearing a gray long-sleeved shirt & blue jeans. He has a mischievous look on his face.

Pacen has had surgery to treat spina bifida, and has had a VP shunt placed for hydrocephalus. Due to his spina bifida, he has some lower paralysis (as well as severe muscle hypotonia of the lower limbs). He has contractures of his ankle joints. He is prescribed glasses for a few eye issues (strabismus, or eyes that do not rest in the same direction, and amblyopia, or ‘lazy eye’) and is being treated. His neuro-psychological development is recorded as within the norm with regards to expressive and receptive speech development.

Pacen is very vocal, speaks well, and uses appropriate social gestures for greeting and goodbye. Pacen presents as a cheerful and calm boy who doesn’t cry without reason. He doesn’t have any manifestations of aggressive or self-aggressive acts. Pacen uses separate words, as well as simple sentences in communication with others. He understands when spoken to, and people can have conversations with him. Pacen uses appropriate social gestures for greeting and good-bye. 


Kaylyn was born in 2012. She is newly-listed as of February 2018! Kaylyn most likely lives in an Eastern European country. She is also available to large families and older parents!

I am eligible for a $2,000 Grant! This grant is offered by Reece’s Rainbow, for children in this specific country. Grant funds are dependent on available funding. For more information on this child, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org

PD: Kaylyn lays in a positioning seat, wearing a yellow sweatshirt & gray sweatpants. She appears to be sleeping.
Kaylyn. Credit: RR

PD: Kaylyn lays in a positioning seat, wearing a yellow sweatshirt & gray sweatpants. She appears to be sleeping or has her eyes closed.

She has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and has had an additional brain injury. She also has some developmental delays.

Kaylyn has dark hair, though I’m not sure what colour her eyes are as she appears to be sleeping in her file photo. Kaylyn desperately needs a mama. She would thrive in a family! Currently, she eats from a spoon held by an adult and sleeps frequently. This could be due to medication for her epilepsy, but that is just my guess. It is noted that her sleep is calm and rhythmical. She is completely dependent on adults’ care. 


*Tricia was born in 2007 and has been listed since February 2018. *Tricia lives in a South Asian country.

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

PD: *Tricia wears a sequined top & headband in her shoulder-length, black hair. She smiles w/ her head tilted slightly to 1 side, & a graphic covers part of her face to protect her identity.
*Tricia. Credit: RR/SCH India

PD: *Tricia wears a sequined top & headband in her shoulder-length, black hair. She smiles w/ her head tilted slightly to 1 side, & a graphic covers part of her face to protect her identity.

*Tricia has a seizure disorder for which she receives treatment, and has been seizure-free for some time. She has an intellectual disability and has some difficulty with slurred speech. She would benefit from speech therapy.

She can speak and understand both Telugu, her native language, as well as some English. *Tricia is a sweet, happy girl who loves dancing, music, and jumping on the trampoline. She loves to be with her caregivers, other girls in her home, and is friendly with new people. She is very affectionate. She struggles with writing her alphabet, and therefore does not enjoy it much. She is interested in fashion and looking her cutest in a pretty dress with a flower in her hair. She has lots of energy to run around and jump up for a hug. She has a sweet voice and likes to show her work. She is very motivated by adult attention, and is learning boundaries with adults she doesn’t know well. She desperately asks for a family.


Update 2019: *Olivia‘s adoption is completed and she is home with her family!

*Olivia

PD: *Olivia wears a brown floral top & a sparkly headband in her long, black hair, along w/ pretty earrings. She smiles & a graphic covers her face to protect her identity.


This sweet little one is *Eden! She was born in 2014 and listed in February 2018. *Eden lives in a South Asian country.

*Eden has a donation grant of over $4,100 to help with the cost of her adoption!

PD: *Eden wears a black & white striped dress w/ solid-coloured skirt that has hedgehogs all over it, & gold bangles! Her curly, black hair is pulled into 2 high ponytails w/ a bow on 1 side! She is grinning & a graphic covers part of her face to protect her identity.

PD: *Eden wears a black & white striped dress w/ solid-coloured skirt that has hedgehogs all over it, & gold bangles! Her curly, black hair is pulled into 2 high ponytails w/ a bow on 1 side! She is grinning & a graphic covers part of her face to protect her identity.

Girl, born 2014

Eden is completely blind and has profound hearing loss. She received bilateral cochlear implants and is responding to sound and making many new sounds, although not yet saying any words.

Listed: Feb 2018

February 2020 update: 

*Eden’s acrobatic skills have only increased over this past year. She has discovered how to climb out of her bed and into the bed of one of the older girls in her home. This cuddlebug loves any chance to seek out physical touch – whether it is sneaking late-night cuddles or laying in the swing in her home with one of her friends. The disc swing in her home remains her favorite place, however, she has grown fond of a plastic rocking horse, as well.

*Eden continues to take daily morning walks with her teacher to continue to practice her cane skills. *Eden is now able to climb a flight of stairs while holding onto the railing and receiving promptings from her teacher. Recently, *Eden has shown an increase in desire to explore her surroundings. *Eden’s teacher has been working with her on spatial recognition and her ability to find new landmarks in her home. *Eden is currently working on self-feeding skills. At first, she was reluctant to hold her spoon during mealtimes, but now she is able to hold it with assistance for her entire meal. She is doing incredible! We are optimistic that this is a skill she will master this year! *Eden continues to wear her [speech] processors daily. Recently, *Eden has begun attending speech therapy three days a week and has begun babbling more. We hope with speech therapy, she will begin to associate more meaning with noises she hears.

January 2019 update: 

*Eden started moving around the home with purpose and more independently. She is able to climb up and down 3 flights of stairs while holding the rail for support. *Eden has always been quite the acrobat, and has now learned to climb on the sofa, where she will stand holding the back, jumping and giggling. She has learned to find a low-hanging disc swing and climb on; she loves it, and will vocalize sweet sounds as she enjoys the motion. *Eden continues to work with her guide cane and still needs encouraging and prompting to use it throughout the day. She takes daily walks down the street with her teacher, which she mostly enjoys, unless she is tired – then, she cries to be picked up and comforted. *Eden continues to wear speech processors, and often responds to sounds of toys falling, familiar voices, and music. She requires frequent prompting to complete activities in class. *Eden continues to demonstrate some textural aversions, which is addressed through opportunities for sensory play. She enjoys having lotion rubbed on her skin, sensory brush activities, and water play.

Original listing details:

Little *Eden is Deaf-blind. She was born with a condition called anophthalmia, or absence of eyes. She is profoundly D/deaf, received bilateral cochlear implants last year, and is responding to sound and making many new sounds, although not yet saying words. *Eden has delayed milestones as a result of having no visual or auditory input for so long, but we are excited to see how she progresses over the coming months.

*Eden attends an on-site preschool every morning. She can sometimes get overwhelmed by the new sounds, and tries to take her speech processors off. *Eden has some self-stimulating behaviors common in children who are Deaf-blind. She is getting better and better at walking independently with her guide cane. She loves to swing and rock in her rocking horse. She loves to cuddle. She has started to take several steps on her own, and also while holding onto a push toy (pre-guide cane) or her cane.


Update 2020: *Sara’s family is coming!

*Sara was born in 2004 and has been listed since February 2018. She lives in a South Asian country.

PD: *Sara stands on the balcony of her home, facing outward toward the city w/ both arms outstretched triumphantly, wearing a gray sweater. You can see her curly, black hair, which is pulled into a half-up hairstyle.
*Sara on her balcony in her home. Credit: SCH India/RR

PD: *Sara stands on the balcony of her home, facing outward toward the city w/ both arms outstretched triumphantly, wearing a gray sweater. You can see her curly, black hair, which is pulled into a half-up hairstyle.


Visit this website for more general information on adoption: National Council for Adoption. Check out Reece’s Rainbow to learn more about adoption! There is another, unaffiliated website called Rainbow Kids, which also lists kids who are available for international adoption.

Feel free to poke around my blog to find more resources on adoption!

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