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 kids are located in Asia and all coincidentally have a diagnosis of Down Syndrome. Please note that no two children are alike! Every child has their own personality, and a diagnosis should not change their ability to have a family. People with DS can do so many things and live long, meaningful, productive lives. We are more alike than different.
Today’s first featured ‘Find Me Friday’ child is: Liviah! She lives in an Asian country and is waiting for her family to find her. She is available to married couples and single moms!
She currently has $45 in her FSP. Let’s help grow this girl’s grant so it’s easier for her forever family to bring her home!
Liviah’s file was recently prepared, and she has many photos and videos for review with her current agency. There are additional photos on her profile page at RR.
PD: Liviah sits on a toy car, wearing a brilliant smile on her face! She has short-cropped black hair & dark brown almond-shaped eyes. She wears a blue & white long-sleeve t-shirt, gray leggings, & red & blue hightop sneakers.
Liviah’s Medical History
Liviah was born with Down syndrome. She has a post-op heart condition (CHD), and has been diagnosed with ‘pigeon breast’.
Specific information is not given regarding whether or not Liviah attends formal school, but the next section details many skills and interpersonal information that has been shared.
Other information About Liviah
Are you ready for some cuteness?! Check out Liviah, so fancy in her red dress with her hair in a little ponytail! Bows would be a hit!
Liviah was born in 2016. Her file describes her as active, cheerful, smart, and clever. She is loved by teachers and caretakers. Liviah’s communication and cognitive development has progressed since coming into care at age 1.5 years. She is now able to ask for help, express her needs, respond to simple questions, and although not potty trained, she can express herself when she needs to use the bathroom. She enjoys therapy and learning about facial features, playing a clapping game, and imitating sign language.
Liviah likes to ride on the scooter, go down the slide, and explore, taking walks inside and outside! She likes can build a 5-6 block tower with blocks, loves balls, listening to Opera music, and matching shapes in a puzzle. Her file reports she has fallen in love with “painting” and “going to the theatre”. She loves dancing, and when she sees a cell phone, she gets excited, starts dancing, and in her own way asks for Opera music to be played!
He currently has just $5 in his FSP – let’s help grow this boy’s grant to make it easier for his family to bring him home! There is also a $1,000 agency grant with a specific adoption agency to help a family bring Bryson home!
PD: Bryson looks like he’s trying to say something in this photo! He has black hair shaved short on the sides & slightly longer on top, & almond-shaped black eyes. He wears an orange sweater & is holding onto what appears to be a low wall or toy shelf.
Bryson’s Medical History
Bryson was born with Down Syndrome and has no other listed diagnoses at this time.
In January 2020, it was stated that Bryson attends a classroom during the day and lives with a foster family at night. During the day, he is active in the classroom. He goes back home for lunch and a nap.
Other information About Bryson
Bryson was born in 2016. Below are 2 updates shared on his RR profile.
January 2020 Written update:
There are four children living in the foster family, and he is the youngest. He has little language. He can understand and follow simple instructions. He likes to interact with people and laugh. He is not potty trained and needs to be fed. Sometimes, he will grab the spoon and try to feed himself. He has a gentle personality.
Bryson is a cute and smiley little boy! At the age of 1.5, Bryson was transferred to a foster family. Bryson’s foster mom sends him to a program in the orphanage during the day. She picks him up for lunch and brings him home at night. There are a few others kids from the orphanage in his foster family, too! Bryson has good motor skills. He can walk and run well. Sometimes, he crawls back and forth on the toy shelf. Bryson likes snacks, and can pick out biscuits and deliver them to the caretaker to let the caretaker help tear the package open. He can understand simple instructions and is pleased to finish things he is allowed to do. Bryson can distinguish between familiar people and strangers. He can walk over and give a hug to express affection after seeing a familiar caretaker. He is not afraid of strangers.
If you hold his hand and say “let’s play outdoors, Bryson,” he is happy to pull your hand to walk to the door. Bryson understands his daily schedule well. He can take off his shoes and walk to the activity room when he arrives to the center each weekday morning. When his foster mom picks him up at noon for lunch, she will call his name at the door, and he will run to her and leave the activity room. He often runs ahead on the way home, and will stop to touch and look at interesting things. Bryson likes playing outdoors. His caretaker takes him to play outdoors on sunny days. He also likes music and dancing. He can shake his body along to the beat, and will imitate a bird flying. Bryson is a good sleeper and is still in diapers.
Bryson appears to be receiving good care and is doing quite well while he waits for his forever family to see him! We hope that will be soon!
Today’s third featured ‘Find Me Friday’ child is: Kora! She lives in an Asian country and is waiting for her family to find her. She is available to married couples and single moms!
She currently has a little under $5 in her FSP. Let’s help grow this girl’s grant so it’s easier for her forever family to bring her home! There is a $1,000 agency grant with a specific adoption agency to help a family bring Kora home!
PD: Kora has an expressive look on her face in this photo! She stands on some play equipment wearing a black & white striped long-sleeve top. She has straight black hair cut to about ear length with bangs, and almond-shaped black eyes. Her hand is held up near her chest.
Kora’s Medical History
Kora was born with Down syndrome. She also has a post-op heart defect (CHD-VSD), a type of which people with Down Syndrome are often born. She did not show any problems with her heart after surgery. Previously, her eyes often had tears; in December 2019, an eye examination was performed. She had a nasolacrimal duct narrowing and nasolacrimal duct intubation. She has recovered well from this.
In May 2019, Kora started attending the Little Sister’s Pre-School Program. She adapted well to going to school. She can move her stool to the designated position when she comes into the classroom, and will sit down happily. She does not speak much, but can understand the teacher’s instructions and will cooperate positively. When the teacher calls her name, she can raise her hands up to indicate that she is there. She will imitate the teacher to dance along to music in class. Kora can hold a pen to write on blank paper. She will curiously touch the lines she draws with the other hand. When the teacher says it is time to go outside, Kora always stands up and runs to the door.
Other information About Kora
Update from Feb 2020:
Kora can understand almost everything that is said to her. She also can respond using actions, she just cannot communicate with spoken language; she can only speak a little.
Kora can eat solid foods, she can eat all foods suitable for children. But because it is an institutional setting, we give the children a little fish to eat. All bones are removed from meat and fish by nannies before serving to the children for safety. We usually give her softer foods. She can grab things to eat herself. She also will break off and share snacks with other children. *What she means is that they give them soft foods usually mixed with rice to prevent choking, to help the children eat faster, and so they don’t have to distinguish from children with stomach or eating issues. All the children who have come with this diet have had stomach issues because of it and have needed time to adjust to eating harder foods, but recovered fine. Each day after eating morning and night, she will drink a little milk.
Kora was born in 2016. She is a beautiful little girl with a beautiful smile and cute, little dimples! By 2.5 years of age, Kora was walking forwards and backwards independently. She can understand simple instructions and helps look after other children near her. If another child has a runny nose, the caretaker will say “Kora, wipe the nose for your friend with the towel” and she would use the towel to help clean the child. She would pass it to the caretaker and then get another towel to clean another child up. Her caregiver will give her a thumbs up and praise her for being so great. At the end of an activity, she will put away toys with the other children.
Kora likes music and dancing to the beat. She gets along well with other children and will kiss them or put her hand on her mouth and blow them a kiss. She will wave her hands to say goodbye. Kora is also very happy to play outdoors! She loves to pull the caretaker’s hands to go upstairs and walk on the bridge. She enjoys looking around and touching flowers and grass after seeing them. She likes interaction with people, and is not scared of new people. Kora has a good appetite and likes snacks. She is a sound sleeper. Kora is ready for a forever family! Could that family be yours?