Update January 2020:
The family will also be bringing home Scout!
Update May 2019: Kaysen and Preston are going to be BROTHERS! Support the Richardson family’s journey to get them here!
In this series, each Friday, I want to share a different child with you who is available for adoption and listed through the adoption advocacy website Reece’s Rainbow. All the kids who are listed on RR from Sarah’s Covenant Homes, India, the focus of my previous posts, have been posted about, so now I am focusing on a few kids or a sibling group listed on the site each Friday going forward. When more SCH kids are listed, I’ll continue to feature them!
Please note that the names used on RR are usually not the childrens’ real names, and their real names will only be shared with seriously interested families in order to protect their identity.
Very little is known about today’s first ‘Find Me Friday’ child, but his need for adoption is extremely urgent. Today’s first featured ‘Find Me Friday’ kid is: Kaysen! Let’s find his family FAST! He was born in 2003, lives in an Eastern European country, and is waiting desperately for his family to find him. He is eligible to be adopted by large families and older parents! URGENT NEED – ADOPT ME SOON! A I600a MUST be filed by June 2019, before Kaysen turns 16 years old! He is eligible for a large grant that is not listed on his page, but interested families can inquire about it.
PD: Kaysen lays on a colourful blanket. This photo is a close-up of his face. His hair is shaved short & he has big, brown eyes. His tiny hand is curled up next to his face & despite his situation, he is smiling.
Kaysen’s Medical History
Kaysen has been diagnosed with severe intellectual disabilities; cerebral palsy; epilepsy; contracture of one of his leg joints (1 leg sticks straight out in 1 direction); and strabismus (eyes that cross). It is unclear how Kaysen’s vision works due to his strabismus. It is possible that he may see double.
Other Information About Kaysen
There is almost no information given about him on RR, but his photos say 1,000 words. He is literally wasting away, starving to death. He has recently been transferred to an adult mental institution where he lays in a crib all day long.
The following information was recently shared about him on RR’s facebook page:
Beautiful Kaysen turns 16 in three months. And then that’s it. He’s stuck. He will be “too old” to be adopted by an American family. Despite being less than 30 pounds. He was recently transferred to an even worse institution. Thrown into a van in the middle of winter and driven for over an hour on bumpy roads. Then left in the hands of completely unfamiliar faces. They probably shook their heads and tut tut’d about his little leg that sticks out. Slightly more work for them to do. Then dumped into his assigned crib and forgotten about. This crib is likely where he will end his days if he is not adopted. There is still time for a family to file paperwork to “stop the clock” for him.
Please see him. He is so worthy.
Please email email@example.com to inquire about Kaysen.
PD: Kaysen lays in a wooden crib, wearing only a diaper & striped shirt. His little body is twisted so 1 leg is bent at 90 degrees under him, the other straight out in front of him as if in a sitting position; his torso is turned facing up. His tiny hands are up around his face & he looks absolutely lifeless.
Today’s second featured ‘Find Me Friday’ kid is: Preston! Let’s find his family FAST! He was born in 2010, lives in an Eastern European country, and is waiting for his family to find him. He is eligible to be adopted by large families and older parents! He’s been listed since September 2018. Tiny Preston had a family coming for him who was heartbroken when they found they are unable to adopt him. They really want him to be adopted by a family ASAP!
Preston has a huuuge donated adoption fund through RR of over $11,000 to help with the cost of his adoption. This is quite extraordinary!
PD: Tiny Preston sits on a big brown sofa w/ 1 arm over the side, wearing a red Superman shirt & holding something in his opposite hand. He has a huge smile that squints his eyes!
Preston’s Medical History
Do NOT underestimate Preston due to his multiple diagnoses! He would make a fantastic son. He has been diagnosed with dyskinetic cerebral palsy; other organic personality and behavioral disorders due to brain disease, damage, or dysfunction; a congenital deformity of his feet (probably clubfoot); nystagmus and other irregular eye movements, as well as optic atrophy (it is unclear whether these conditions affect his sight, though it is possible); and epilepsy.
Preston has so much untapped potential and I know he would thrive with multiple therapies and perhaps medication for his seizures. From what is written of him below, I also think he would benefit from a augmentative speech/communication system, such as an iPad with a programmable speech app.
From his report by a family who knows him:
Preston’s list of diagnoses is daunting, but that list does not well-represent the boy we know so well. The Preston we know is a bright, social child who loves cars, trucks, sweets, and animals, and is deeply attached to his foster family. He loves to play like other boys, but his body just won’t cooperate, so he needs a lot of assistance in daily life. He doesn’t walk, but REALLY wants to. He understands everything that is said to him and wants to talk so badly! He tries to say some words, but is difficult to understand.
Other Information About Preston
From a family who knows him:
Preston is a very special boy who has already impacted many people in his short life. He lived with his birth family for his first four years, until they felt they could not care for him anymore and put him in the baby orphanage.
In 2016, he was transferred from the baby house to an institution on the verge of death. Volunteers went to the institution in the night to help him, and after many phone calls to authorities at the very top of the country’s government, he was sent to a hospital instead of being left to die. That miraculous night started a train of events that brought Preston to the forefront of his country’s policies and procedures surrounding orphan care. Many people all over the country were outraged by his plight, and at the same time moved by his sweet spirit and beautiful smile.
Preston is a special case in that he is available for international adoption, but lives with a local foster family. The foster family adore Preston and are are bonded to him. Although it breaks their hearts to release him, they know he needs to be adopted in order to live up to his full potential.
Preston will bring amazing joy to an adoptive family. He has already brought those who know him much joy and life. He is one loved boy!