Updated January 2020:
Unfortunately, it appears Leo aged out before a family could be found. He’s no longer listed on RR.
Maura is listed on the ‘My Family Found Me’ page on RR!
In this series, each Friday, I want to share a different child or group of children with you who are 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.
Today’s first featured ‘Find Me Friday’ child is: Leo! He was born in November 2005. He lives in an Asian country and is waiting for his forever family to find him. He is eligible to be adopted by single moms! URGENT RISK! AGING OUT IN NOVEMBER 2019!
There is an $8,000 grant through the LPA, a $1,000 agency grant for Leo’s adoption with Madison Adoption Associates, and a $5,000 Older Child Grant from Reece’s Rainbow. That is a total of $14,000 IN GRANTS AVAILABLE! This will be immensely helpful for Leo’s family!
PD: in the 3-photo collage, Leo is doing the following activities – standing on a basketball court, sliding down a slide, & standing in front of a blank wall, looking into the camera for a headshot. Leo has handsome features, dark almond-shaped eyes, & black hair.
Leo’s Medical History
Leo was born with dwarfism. He has no additional medical concerns.
Leo is shy around unfamiliar people and has a low voice. He does get louder when talking with other classmates. Leo has a good memory and loves learning new things. He is creative and has a good attention span.
Other Information About Leo
Leo is a handsome young man. If he doesn’t find a family who can get to him by his birthday in November, he will age out. He can walk, run, and jump, and has good fine motor skills. Leo gets along well with other children and is outgoing. His confidence has been increasing over the years, and he began to have the desire to perform. He loves being praised! Leo also likes to draw and put puzzles together. Leo has always been loved by his caretakers, the other children in the orphanage, and visitors.
What Leo has been missing out on, though, is the love of a forever family, and he’s running out of time!
Today’s second featured ‘Find Me Friday’ child is: Annabelle! She was born in 2014. She lives in an Asian country and is waiting for her forever family to find her. Annabelle currently has a $1,447 donation FSP on her RR page!
PD: Anabelle sits on a mat on the floor, holding a toy monkey in her lap & looking at it intently. She wears a pink hooded sweatshirt & blue jeans. She has pretty, dark hair that frames her face, along w/ bangs/fringe, & beautiful almond-shaped dark brown eyes.
Annabelle’s Medical History
Annabelle was born with Down Syndrome. She has no other health concerns.
Other Information About Annabelle
Written by a visitor who met Annabelle:
Annabelle is the same age as my youngest, and the similarities don’t stop there… she also has an extra chromosome, known as trisomy 21, or more commonly, Down syndrome. Annabelle’s dark hair frames her sweet, round face. Her dark chocolate eyes sparkle, and the most adorable giggle comes from the her soft, pink lips. She only says a few words and uses a few signs, yet she is very capable of communicating her needs. Annabelle stole the show as she entered the room with a big wave and a “Hi” to the camera. It didn’t take long to realize she loves the camera. And she was an expert at posing! We shared in her pride as she showed us how quickly she could put her large, wooden shape puzzle together. And it didn’t stop there… Annabelle shared with us her scooter riding talent, giggles and all, as she glided across the room.
Now tell me you don’t want to just go snatch this sweetheart up after reading that! Here are a few more details about her. She is 4 years old, and is a genuinely good-natured child. Her motor skills are great, and her caregivers loved showing us how well she could do various tasks. Watching their pride in her was as fun as watching her pride in her own accomplishments. As Michelle mentioned, her speech is delayed. She says a few words, but mostly communicates with signs. Her comprehension is amazing, she easily and quickly follows 2-tep directions. And her caregivers made sure to tell us she follows instructions, even when she does not want to do what they ask.
The third featured ‘Find Me Friday’ child is: Dori! She was born in 2012. She lives in an Asian country and is waiting for her forever family to find her. She is eligible to be adopted by single moms!
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!
Dori needs help to grow her donated funds in her FSP on her RR profile! She currently has just over $120 in donated funds. Let’s grow this girl’s FSP!
PD: In this 2-photo collage, Dori is standing in what appears to be a classroom setting, wearing a yellow top w/ pink sleeves & yellow floral-patterned pants. In 1 photo she is waving at the camera, & in the other her arms are down by her sides.
Dori’s Medical History
Dori was born with Down syndrome and is postoperative for congenital heart disease.
Other Information About Dori
Dori is described as extroverted, affectionate, cheerful, lively, and smiley. Her file states that she loves to talk, but her speech isn’t clear. She can say simple words like “mama” and “thank you”, and can make sounds. Dori’s file states she can walk and is good at imitating. She likes watching TV, listening to music, and dancing. We have been told that Dori is attentive, and will clean another child’s face if their nose is running and help with chores. Her file indicates she blows kisses and says goodbye to caretakers.
My Family Found Me!
Today’s fourth featured ‘Find Me Friday’ child is: Maura! She was born in 2016. She lives in an Asian country and is waiting for her family to find her. She is eligible to be adopted by single moms!
There is a $1,500 agency grant for Maura’s adoption with her current adoption agency. Maura also has just over $1,050 in donated funds in her FSP on her RR profile.
PD: In the 2-photo collage, Maura stands inside a wooden enclosed area, leaning back against the railing in one photo w/ both arms in 1 photo & holding onto the railing w/ 1 hand while reaching the other toward the camera in the 2nd photo. She wears a white & blue floral dress w/ a blue tulle skirt & white trim. Maura has a ready smile, beautiful, dark brown almond-shaped eyes, & dark hair pulled back away from her face.
Maura’s Medical History
Maura was born with Down syndrome, a congenital heart defect called a ventral septal defect, and an umbilical hernia. She has additionally been diagnosed with a developmental delay in her August 2019 written update. In said update, it was stated the institute takes her to regular heart echo-cardiograms. The most recent was May 2019. Her report revealed she had an atrial septal defect (a hole in her heart) and moderate tricuspid regurgitation. Her hernia was not yet healed.
Other Information About Maura
Maura is a beautiful little girl! She is described as quiet, obedient, and smiley. Maura likes cloth books, being held by adults, and walking around. She is a good sleeper. At the time her file was prepared, Maura was not speaking yet, but was making sounds and using facial expressions to express herself. Maura’s file is a bit outdated, but her file did have new photos. RR is working hard to get video! Maura is certainly an adorable little girl who is going to bring so much joy to her forever family!
August 2019 written update:
Maura rarely has a cold or cough. In terms of motor skills, she has made good progress. She can crawl, sit alone, walk by holding the rail, and sit for 4-5 seconds. She can drink a bottle and put snacks in her mouth. When you give her a bag of toys, she will put it on the table to observe what’s inside. When you give her toys, she will put them in her mouth, and when you tell her not to eat them, she will stare at you as if she can understand you. When taught to play with toys, she needs more guidance and to be taught a few times. She will imitate gestures and fling bells. She is very interested in balls. When you put one in her hands, she will be very excited and imitate throwing the ball into your hand.
In terms of language and social skills, Maura cannot speak, but makes some sounds to express her emotions and needs. Occasionally, she can say “mama.” She knows her name and when the nurse reads it, she will respond. For example, if you say, “Maura, do not step on other kids,” she will stop. When happy, she waves goodbye. She is happy, outgoing, and easygoing. She hopes to have her own loving family.
Height: 81 cm
Weight: 11.5 kg
Head circumference: 44 cm
Chest circumference: 46 cm