Adoption for Single Dads


This is going to be a reference post regarding adoptions by single dads. I will focus on the website Reece’s Rainbow, as this site has a list of children available for adoption by single fathers. Adoption by single fathers is less common due to social stigma, but some countries are beginning to change their views on this.

Some places allow adoptions by single dads, including many Latin American countries and South Africa. Often, children with disabilities are also available to single fathers, 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.

Note: 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 dads here.

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

Kristal

PD: Kristal wears a floral tank top, standing outside in what appears to be a park. She has long, black hair parted on the side & wears square-rimmed glasses.

Kristal was just listed yesterday (4/11/18)! What a privilege to be able to share her with you. Click her photo above to be redirect to her RR page! She is eligible for an older child grant through RR. Kristal lives in a Latin American country. Kristal is blind. She is currently learning Braille and wants to be a musician. She also likes science. She’s said to be peaceful, organized, and pays attention to details. She would really like to have siblings! She’s available to both single dads and single moms.


Luna

Luna was just listed today (4/12/18)! What a privilege to be able to share her with you. Click her photo above to be redirect to her RR page! She is eligible for an older child grant through RR. Luna lives in a Latin American country. Luna is blind, reads and writes in Braille, and uses an abacus to do math. She is described as a resilient and extroverted girl! She loves to swim, play music, and sing. Luna wants to be a lawyer when she grows up. Luna would be happiest (and has also requested to be) in a home where she can be the youngest child, and get lots of attention from parents!


Charity, Levi, Micah

PD: Collage of 3 photos. Photo 1 is Charity, standing in a blue top & jeans w/ hands on hips, smiling. Photo 2 is Levi, standing in a plaid button-down shirt & blue jeans. Photo 3 is Micah, standing in a pink button-down shirt & blue jeans.

This sibling group, who must be adopted together, has been listed since early 2017. Click their photo collage above to be redirected to their RR page! Charity is the eldest at 12 years old. She is described as a good student, but is 3 years behind in school as her parents didn’t send her. She has a great memory and is perseverant. Levi is the middle child, who is 9 years old. He reportedly has some learning disabilities that have put him behind in school. He has some untreated strabismus, or crossed eyes. He also has some language delays and receives speech therapy. Micah is the baby of the siblings at age 6. He’s described as an average student who is in speech therapy for mild speech delays, which are disappearing.


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Luthuli

PD: A plain, black silhouette is in place of Luthuli’s photo to protect his identity.

Luthuli was listed in 2016. Click his photo above to be redirected to his RR page! Luthuli lives in South Africa. He was 3 as of June 2016. Assessments by a doctor previously diagnosed Luthuli with macrocephalus, brain atrophy, and frontal bossing. While there are unknowns for Luthuli’s future development, he’s been reported as developmentally on target and has not shown signs of developmental delay. He loves to play with other children his age!


Leigha
Leigha

PD: Leigha is strapped into a stroller, wearing a pink shirt & white vest. She has black hair & dark eyes w/ a somber expression and bright red cheeks.

Leigha was listed in 2015, when she was 1 year old. Click her photo above to be redirected to her RR page! Leigha lives in a Latin American country. There is no other information listed except that she is a victim of Shaken Baby Syndrome. She would be 4 years old now. This girl needs a papa! She is also available to single moms and large families.


Jamison
Jamison

PD: Jamison stands against a blank white wall wearing a huge grin & a blue/white striped shirt with tan khakis! His hands are behind his back.

Jamison was listed in 2015. Click his photo above to be redirected to his RR page! Jamison lives in a Latin American country. Jamison has Down Syndrome. Jamison is described as sweet and very affectionate. It is noted that he loves to play outside! He is also available to single moms and large families.


Esme
Esme

PD: Esme wears a white shirt & a big smile for the camera, w/ her hands clasped next to her face. She has short, brownish-blonde hair & big, brown eyes!

Esme was listed in 2015. Click her photo above to be redirected to her RR page! Esme lives in a Latin American country. She was incorrectly diagnosed with Down Syndrome. She actually has Ritscher–Schinzel 3C syndrome, a rare condition, of which symptoms include heart defects, cerebellar hypoplasia, and cranial dysmorphism. She had heart surgery and had a correction of her AV fistula in her right wrist. She takes asthma treatments. She has been living in a foster home and is very affectionate with her foster family, playing with her foster siblings, and getting along with children closest to her age. Her foster mother describes her as a happy, obedient, sociable child, and they enjoy having her in their home. She is very outgoing and attends to most of her self-care routine. She does have enuresis, which affects her bladder and urination control. She is in speech therapy.  Don’t let the rare diagnosis scare you away, this girl is kind, affectionate, funny, and lovable. A papa could really spoil her!


 

Anton

PD: A close-cropped image of Anton wearing a ‘super awesome’ printed chef’s apron over his white t-shirt & a bright-yellow chef’s hat. He has blue on/around his lips (it appears he’s just had a sucker or a sweet that stained his skin) & a sweet expression.

Anton has been listed since June 2018. Click his photo above to be redirected to his RR page! Anton lives in a Latin American country. He was born in 2012 and has Down Syndrome. He has big, brown eyes (his hair is not visible in the photo). Adorable Anton loves to color, play with the hole puncher, and throw confetti. He is also interested in photography. He loves going to school to be with his teachers and classmates; he likes wearing his school uniform. He can play alone, but prefers to play with other children, where he likes to be a leader and share his favorite toys. Anton recognizes geometric shapes. He generally follows rules and respects the instructions of adults. He understands what he is asked of him. Anton is expressive, recognizes body parts, has good personal presentation, and is known for leaving his work area very neat. Anton is a charming young boy who will bring happiness and joy to a family. A grant of $1,500 is also available from a specific agency, for Anton’s adoption!

*** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant! From May 15 through Dec 31, 2018, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant***


Jenny

PD: Jenny stands on a porch with her arms out on either side of her, holding onto 2 walls. She is wearing a red dress w/ white sweater & has a mischievous half-smile on her face!

Jenny has been listed since June 2017. Click her photo above to be redirected to her RR page! Jenny lives in a Latin American country. She is also available to single moms and large families. She has dark hair and eyes. She is 7 and has Down Syndrome. As a young child, Jenny underwent surgery for a congenital heart condition and takes medication for hyperthyroidism and hypertension. She is 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 various therapies she receives. She can use simple words and gestures to communicate needs. She enjoys playing with musical instruments and is amused when she hears the sounds. It is reported she is making significant progress in her development. Jenny receives therapies to support her speech and development. She 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!  From May 15 through Dec 31, 2018, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant***


Ryan

PD: Ryan stands against a blue wall, wearing a blue t-shirt & jeans.

Ryan has been listed since April 2017. Click his photo above to be redirected to his RR page! Ryan lives in a Latin American country. He was born in 2012. He is also available to single moms. Ryan has dark eyes and hair, and his head is shaved in the photo. Ryan has had surgery for a cleft lip and and palate. His right ear was amputated due to an infection (this must be a skin infection, as his ear would not have been amputated if it was an internal ear infection). He has loss of the vision in his right eye. Not much else is shared about Ryan, but he needs a papa!


Jais

PD: A close-cropped image of Jais, looking into the camera w/ a big smile, wearing a plaid button-down shirt.

Jais has been listed since April 2017. He  lives in a Latin American country. He is also available to single moms. Jais was born in 2013 and has Down syndrome. Jais is described as generally healthy, and no other information is given about him. Go scoop him up! He looks like so much fun.


Ricardo

PD: Ricardo is wearing a bright yellow button down shirt & is smiling. He has a graphic over his eyes to protect his identity.

Ricardo was listed in March 2017. He lives in a Latin American country. Ricardo is also available to single moms. He is 10 years old. Ricardo is D/deaf, but has cochlear implants (CIs). He was born with an imperforate anus, and thus has a colostomy. Ricardo also has a ‘learning disability’, but it is believed it is mainly due to his hearing, as he is in a large class with lots of noise, where it is difficult to hear even with his implant.

*** 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 ***


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Jerome

PD: A close-cropped image of Jerome, who is smiling & wearing a white jersey.

Jerome was listed in December 2015. He lives in a Latin American country. Jerome is also available to single moms and large families. He has black hair and eyes. Jerome was born in May of 2009 and has been diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. No other details are given about him, but I’m sure his agency will have more information to share.


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Mandy

PD: A plain, black silhouette is in place of Mandy’s photo to protect her identity.

Mandy was listed in March 2015. Her location isn’t given, but it is noted that she currently lives with a foster family. She is also available to large families and single moms. Mandy was born in 2008. She has many friends, and her foster mother describes her as a very affectionate little girl with a bright personality. Mandy is blind, but regardless has learned great self-help skills such as combing her hair and tying her shoes. She attends kindergarten and participates in physical and speech therapy to improve her development. Mandy needs additional care and love from a forever 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 ***


Audrey and Anna
Audrey & Anna

PD: Audrey & Anna crouch next to some bushes, wearing matching blue outfits w/white collars & tennis shoes; both girls have their hair pulled back away from their faces.

Audrey and Anna were listed in February 2015. They live in a Latin American country. They are also available to single moms and large families. Both girls have brown hair and eyes. Audrey is 8 years old and Anna is 10 years old. It is not clear whom has been diagnosed with what, but the following disabilities are listed on their profile: microcephaly; mild cognitive delay; and anxiety and behavior disorder. They are sisters who express a lot of love and care for one another. They wish to be adopted together, and hope to find a forever 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 ***


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Vaughn in 2015

PD: Vaughn is standing against a blue sky, clouded background, wearing a brown Halloween-themed t-shirt & track pants.

Vaughn has been listed since 2012. He lives in a Latin American country. He is also available to single moms and large families. Vaughn was born in January 2007. He has black hair and dark eyes. He lives in a foster home. He has Down Syndrome with no health concerns. What a handsome young fella! This is a great program with a wonderful agency partner. Hope you will consider Vaughn as your son!

In an undated update, the following was reported:
The last report from December 2014 states his overall health is good. He has gained some weight. He still lives in a foster home, where he has activities to help him with his skills and development. He is in the 1st grade at a school for special needs children. He loves to watch the TV program “Dora the Explorer” and play with lego games. He also likes to help out around the house. *** I have a $20,000 Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***


Phillip

PD: A close-cropped photo of Phillip wearing a red & black striped polo, smiling slightly whilst looking upwards.

Phillip was listed in August 2012. He lives in a Latin American country. He is also available to large families and single moms. He was born in 2009. Phillip was given up for adoption shortly after birth. He has the diagnoses of dysgenesis of the corpus callosum, congenital cervical scoliosis, and hypoplasia of the first finger of the right hand. His weight and height are lower than normal for his age, but with a high-calorie diet and dietary supplement, he is expected to reach normal weight and height. He has a speech delay, for which he has been receiving therapy; his vocabulary and verbal productions are increasing. He communicates using single words, gestures, and signs.

Phillip is observed as constantly smiling; he is very social and frequently seeks company. He is responsive when adults play with him, and has been making great progress with therapy. He recognizes and points out body parts, imitates animal sounds, follows rhythms, dances, and sings songs. He understands and performs routine and simple tasks. Phillip enjoys interacting with adults and his peers, and looks for help when needed. Phillip is an easygoing little boy who is earnestly waiting to be united with a family that will provide him with the care and love he deserves.

Video is available through the agency for inquiring families.


Brendan

PD: Brendan is laying in a positioning chair, wearing a bright-yellow t-shirt.

Brendan was listed in Aug 2012. He lives in a Latin American country. He is also available to single moms and large families. Brendan was born in 2010. He is an adorable little boy with giant brown eyes. In the photo, his head is shaved, so his hair colour can’t be determined. He was born prematurely with a generalized systemic immaturity. He spent his first four months in an incubator, where he was diagnosed with bronchopulmonary dysplasia and hydrocephalus caused by periventricular leukomalacia. Due to prolonged incubation, he currently has vocal cord paralysis. He has developmental delay in gross and fine motor skills; however, he is able to search with his eyes for visual and aural stimuli, can open and look at his hands, and is able to hold objects in his hands. He is usually active, awake, and aware of his surroundings, and with therapy will be able to continue to develop his gross and fine motor skills. This sweet boy deserves a loving family who can provide him with care and support as he continues to grow and progress.


Jasper

PD: A plain, purple silhouette is in place of Jasper’s photo to protect his identity, & the words ‘photo available’ is written across the image to indicate that photos are available to interested families.

Jasper was listed in April 2012. He lives in a Latin American country. He is also available to older families and single moms. Jasper was born in 2010. He has Down Syndrome, and his overall health is good; he is currently living in a foster home. Not much information is given about him, but i’m sure more could be shared with interested families. *** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant!  From May 15 through Dec 31, 2018, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant***


James

PD: A very old photo of James as a baby, laying on a blanket in a white shirt w/ a blank expression.

James was listed in January 2012. He lives in a Latin American country. He is also available to single moms and large families. James was born in May 2011. James has Down Syndrome with no health concerns. His file photo is very old, but in it, he has dark hair and eyes with some strabismus. His overall health is good. A full medical and social history is available to interested families. *** I am eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant!  From May 15 through Dec 31, 2018, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5000 Older Child Grant***


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. You can also check out WACAP, a prominent adoption agency.

WACAP’s mission statement:

At WACAP we believe that all children deserve to be in a stable, healthy family. By PURSUING prospective adoptive parents, we find the right family for each child. We SERVE children and families through the adoption processing and say YES, we can make this happen. We assure stability in placements through lifelong SUPPORT of each adoption. We CARE about the children who are not yet adopted and help them through our aid support.

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

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