Adoption for Single Dads


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 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.

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.


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. Credit: RR

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 12 years old at the time of her listing in April 2018. Kristal lives in a Latin American country. She 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.

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


Luna was 8 years old at the time of her listing in April 2018. 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!

Luna has just under $45 in donated grants to go towards the cost of her adoption!


Update 2019: Charity, Levi, and Micah are listed on the ‘My Family Found Me’ page on Reece’s Rainbow!

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.
Charity, Levi, Micah. Credit: RR

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.


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. Credit: RR

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 born in April 2006 and listed in 2015. Jamison lives in a Latin American country and 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.

I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org


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. Credit: RR

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 born in March 2009 and listed in 2015. Esme lives in a Latin American country and was incorrectly listed as having Down Syndrome – she actually has Ritscher–Schinzel (3C) syndrome, a rare condition of which symptoms include heart defects, cerebellar hypoplasia, and cranial dysmorphism (3Cs). The report also states that when she was 15 months old, she had surgery to correct a congenital heart defect (cardiomyopathy). In April 2013, she had a correction of her AV fistula in her right wrist. In July 2013, she had a correction of her blocked tear duct. She takes asthma treatments.

Because Esme has Syndrome 3C, her development is not up to age level. She has been going to therapy to develop her speech skills. She also has enuresis, which affects her bladder and urination control.  

Sweet Esme loves to play with dolls. She is a sweet girl who is kind, affectionate, funny, and lovable. She has been living in a foster home since she was 2 months old, and is very affectionate with her foster family. She loves playing with her foster siblings, and gets along very well with the 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 can eat, brush her teeth, and dress independently. Esme interacts well with other children and loves to watch TV and play. She loves doing homework and schoolwork, and can concentrate on a task or an activity. She is an extremely outgoing child who is respectful and always follows directions.

Esme is looking for a forever family who will provide her with love and affection, kindness and guidance. She will bring lots of laughter, many smiles, and tons of hugs to a home! Don’t let a rare diagnosis scare you, this girl is kind, affectionate, funny, and lovable. A papa could really spoil her.

Esme has a donation grant of over $2,300! This will greatly help with the cost of her adoption for her forever family!


PD: A close-cropped image of Anton wearing a 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. Credit: RR

PD: A close-cropped image of Anton wearing a 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 was born in 2012 and has been listed since June 2018. 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. 

Anton has a donation grant of over $5,100! A grant of $1,500 is also available from a specific agency. In addition, he is eligible for a $5,000 Grant! Through 2019, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5,000 Older Child Grant! These grants will make a huge difference in the finances of Anton’s future family.


Update 2019: Jenny‘s family is coming! She’s listed on the ‘My Family Found Me’ page of Reece’s Rainbow!

PD: Jenny stands on a porch w/ 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. Credit: RR

PD: Jenny stands on a porch w/ 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!


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

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

Ryan was born in 2012 and has been listed since April 2017. Ryan lives in a Latin American country. 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 palate. His right ear was amputated due to an infection (this was most likely a skin infection, as his ear would not have been amputated if it was an internal ear infection). He has loss of vision in his right eye. Not much else is shared about Ryan, but he needs a papa!

Ryan has a small donation grant of about $50 towards the cost of his adoption. This may seem small, but any amount helps his forever family get closer to bringing him home!


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

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

Jais was born in 2013 and 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, calm and loving towards those around him. He expresses his desires easily. No other information is given. Go scoop him up!

Jais has a huge donation grant of nearly $6,500, which will greatly contribute to the cost of his adoption! He is also eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant! Through 2019, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5,000 Older Child Grant!


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

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

Ricardo was 10 years old at the time of his listing 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


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

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

Jerome was born in May 2009 and 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.

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

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

Mandy was born in 2008 and 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. 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


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 & Anna. Credit: RR

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 8 and 10 years old, respectively, when they 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. It is not clear whom has been diagnosed with what, but the following disabilities are listed on their profile: microcephaly (small head circumference); 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 


PD: Vaughn stands against a blue cloudy background, wearing a brown Halloween-themed t-shirt & track pants.
Vaughn in Feb. 2015. Credit: RR

PD: Vaughn stands against a blue cloudy background, wearing a brown Halloween-themed t-shirt & track pants.

Vaughn was born in January 2007 and has been listed since 2012. He lives in a Latin American country. He is also available to single moms and large families. 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


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

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

Phillip was born in 2009 and listed in August 2012. He lives in a Latin American country. He is also available to large families and single moms. Phillip was given up for adoption shortly after birth. He has the following diagnoses: dysgenesis of the corpus callosum; congenital cervical scoliosis (spine curvature); hypoplasia (underdevelopment, possibly missing) 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.

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

Video is available through the agency for inquiring families!


PD: Brendan lays in a positioning chair, wearing a bright-yellow t-shirt.
Brendan. Credit: RR

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

Brendan was born in 2010 and listed in Aug 2012. He lives in a Latin American country. He is also available to single moms and large families. He is an adorable little boy with giant brown eyes. In the photo, his head is shaved.

He was born premature, with generalized systemic immaturity. He spent his first four months in an incubator, where he was diagnosed with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (often caused by prematurity) and hydrocephalus, caused by periventricular leukomalacia (a brain injury concurrent with prematurity). Due to prolonged incubation, he currently has vocal cord paralysis. He has a 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.

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.

Brendan has a $60+ grant available to help cover the cost of his adoption!


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

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 born in 2010 and listed in April 2012. He lives in a Latin American country. He is also available to older families and single moms. 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! Through 2019, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5,000 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.

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

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