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Dakota (5/1/2003-11/16/2010)

Hanson (9/2005-7/2013)

Alexander

Alexander
b. April 2002

Caiden

Caiden
b. May 2004

Donovan

Donovan
b. July 2004

Georgia

Georgia
b. October 2004

Ewan

Ewan
b. February 2006

Ralph

Ralph
b. January 2007

Thad

Thad
b. May 2007

Sophia

Sophia
b. February 2008

R.J.

R.J.
b. December 2008

Mark

Mark
b. October 2009

Travis

Travis
b. October 2009

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A last chance

My heart is breaking.

This beautiful boy...


...The one who is always helping out the other children...


...The one who is always smiling...


Is running out of time.

TODAY.

Today is his last chance to find a family before he is condemned to a life of pain in an adult mental institution, where he does not belong.

Today is his last chance to find a family that will give him all the love he deserves.

Today is his last chance at a long, happy life.

Today is his last. chance.


If a family doesn't fill out the I-1600a form by today and express it overnight to the Dallas Lockbock Facility, this beautiful boy will lose his chance at a family - FOREVER.

"Barton" (not his real name) was born on December 1st, 1997 in Eastern Europe with cerebral palsy. He is also mentally delayed and has vision issues. However, his cerebral palsy is not as severe as others'- he can walk, run and dance!


He is a quiet boy who loves to be outside. He enjoys watching the birds fly by, and loves feeling the wind on his skin. If there's a leaf on the ground and the wind blows it away, he will playfully run after it. He loves music and is a very enthusiastic dancer.

Sometimes it seems as if he lives in his own world. He doesn't make eye contact usually, but he definitely listens to anyone who speaks to him. He doesn't talk, but understands what others say, and does as he is told. If you tell him "well done", he will continue to do what he was doing before. If you ask him to do something, he will immediately do it and then come to you and stand by you for a moment.


This beautiful boy, if not rescued, will be sentenced to a horrific ordeal in an adult mental institution. He will be grouped together with much older, larger, stronger men. Abuse is very, very common in these institutions, both by the caretakers and the other inmates. If Barton is abused, whether verbally, physically or sexually, he won't be able to stand up for himself and tell anyone. He will be forced to live there until he dies.


It doesn't have to be this way! He CAN live a life filled with love and joy! The potential that this sweet boy holds is immeasurable!
In order for him to live a good life, he needs a family to do this one simple step: fill out the I-1600a form by today and express it overnight to the Dallas Lockbox Facility.

Here is the address for the facility:

For U.S. Postal Service (USPS) deliveries:

USCIS
P.O. Box 660088
Dallas, TX 75266
For Express mail and courier deliveries:
USCIS
ATTN: Adoption
2501 S. State Hwy. 121 Business,
Suite 400,
Lewisville, TX 75067

And here is the link to the I-1600a form:

http://www.uscis.gov/i-600a


Please, consider adding this beautiful boy to your family. If you even think it could be a yes, but you're waiting for a sign, THIS IS YOUR SIGN! This is his very last chance! Today is all he gets! He can't wait any longer!

http://reecesrainbow.org/51606/barton

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Three years


I'm so sorry, sweetie. I love you so much.

5/1/2003-11/16/2010

Friday, October 4, 2013

Waiting October Orphans #4: Megan

October 4th's child is...

Megan!


This beautiful girl turns 11 this month (she's been waiting way too long!). She has been diagnosed with Down syndrome and Hepatitis B.

For prospective families... guess what! Megan has an adoption grant of over $7,000!!

To adopt from Megan's country...

-Married couples only
-No stated family size restrictions
-As of late 2011, there’s no longer an upper age limit for parents
-Parents must be a minimum of 15 years older than the child
-Total with travel approx $25k
-Both parents for 2-4 weeks to attend court
-Both parents return home for 10 day wait
-Only one must return to complete the adoption for approx 14 days
-No history of mental health conditions or infectious diseases
-No criminal history
-May adopt multiple unrelated children
-This is a very fast program! Start to finish is an average of 7 months. Families committing to children in this program, especially the children at risk of the institution, should be in a financial position to complete the adoption quickly. It is a blessing to be able to adopt so quickly, but leaves little time for major fundraising efforts.
-CANADIAN FAMILIES WELCOME!

Could Megan be yours? Please, she's already growing up so fast, we need to get her home!

Megan's profile on Reece's Rainbow

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Waiting October Orphans #3: Felix

October 3rd's child is...

Felix!


Handsome Felix will turn 10 years old on October 20th. Down syndrome is his only diagnosis.

He does not speak very many words on his own, but his understanding is very good. He is potty trained and asks to use the restroom. His caregivers describe him as being a funny, friendly little comedian!

This poor darling needs a family very badly. Until he was 8, he resided in a typical child baby house- he was the only child with Down syndrome. He was raised with love and didn't know he was any different from the other kids... but about two years ago, he was transferred to a facility for the disabled and has taken the transfer VERY hard.

But here's some amazing news: For any interested families, Felix has an adoption grant over $15,000!!

To adopt from Felix's country:

-Married couples only
-No stated family size restrictions
-As of late 2011, there’s no longer an upper age limit for parents
-Parents must be a minimum of 15 years older than the child
-Total with travel approx $25k
-Both parents for 2-4 weeks to attend court
-Both parents return home for 10 day wait
-Only one must return to complete the adoption for approx 14 days
-No history of mental health conditions or infectious diseases
-No criminal history
-May adopt multiple unrelated children
-This is a very fast program! Start to finish is an average of 7 months. Families committing to children in this program, especially the children at risk of the institution, should be in a financial position to complete the adoption quickly. It is a blessing to be able to adopt so quickly, but leaves little time for major fundraising efforts.
-CANADIAN FAMILIES WELCOME!

Please, we need to get Felix home to a loving family! Could Felix be yours?

Felix's profile on Reece's Rainbow

Waiting October Orphans #2: Penny

October 2nd's child is...

Penny!


Sweet little Penny turns four years old this month. She has no other diagnosis besides Down syndrome.

Her orphanage staff says that she is very gentle and lovely. She likes dolls, exploring, painting, and playing with other children. She knows how to dress and feed herself, and has been able to do therapy at a rehab center close by. She has been in a foster family before, but she needs to know what a permanent family is!


Penny's country's requirements:

-Typically one trip of 10-14 days, only one parent needs to travel
-Married couples and single mothers may apply
-One parent must be US citizen
-Both parents must be between 30-54 years old (a waiver is possible for up to age 65)
-Married at least 2 years
-Previous experience with Down syndrome preferred, if adopting a child with DS
-Minimum of $10,000 of annual income per family member, including the new child you hope to adopt
-A minimum of $80,000 net worth (a waiver is possible)
-Health good, no history of cancer. No medication for depression, anxiety, or schizophrenia.
-Body Mass Index (BMI) must be under 40 (a waiver is possible)
-No criminal record or alcohol within the past 10 years
-Total estimated costs approximately $25-30K depending on agency and location

Could Penny be yours?

Penny's profile on Reece's Rainbow

UPDATE November '13: PENNY HAS BEEN MATCHED WITH A FAMILY!

Waiting October Orphans #1: Crosby

It's the wonderful month of October again, which means Down Syndrome Awareness Month! This year I will be featuring an October-born child with Down syndrome for every day in the month of October. The first child is...

Crosby!


This chubby baby boy turns one year old this month. He has been diagnosed with Down syndrome, an umbilical hernia and tricuspid valve dysplasia. He is so young, just the perfect age to join a family and receive therapy!

To adopt Crosby:

-Married couples only
-No stated family size restrictions
-As of late 2011, there’s no longer an upper age limit for parents
-Parents must be a minimum of 15 years older than the child
-Total with travel approx $25k
-Both parents for 2-4 weeks to attend court
-Both parents return home for 10 day wait
-Only one must return to complete the adoption for approx 14 days
-No history of mental health conditions or infectious diseases
-No criminal history
-May adopt multiple unrelated children
-This is a very fast program! Start to finish is an average of 7 months. Families committing to children in this program, especially the children at risk of the institution, should be in a financial position to complete the adoption quickly. It is a blessing to be able to adopt so quickly, but leaves little time for major fundraising efforts.
-CANADIAN FAMILIES WELCOME!

Could Crosby be yours?

Crosby's profile on Reece's Rainbow

Saturday, September 28, 2013

15th annual Buddy Walk for Down syndrome

So today was the Buddy Walk... it was held indoors because the rain was pouring down so hard and it was awfully windy out. It still was fun though, there were so many adorable kids and it was great getting to talk to my advocate friends. But one little boy was occupying my mind...

Caiden.

Ever since I saw the newest picture of him... it's been haunting me. How could Caiden, who was at one point so much healthier than Donovan... deteriorate so rapidly? How could a beautiful, shining baby boy lose all hope within two years? How could nannies walk past him each day without holding him and whispering in his little ear how amazing and strong and worthy he is? How could they just let him regress like that?

I'm so scared that he will die before the ban is lifted. I thought he had more time... I was wrong. His time is running out and I can do literally nothing about it. I can't rush over there and rescue him... even if the ban were lifted, I'm still only seventeen years old. I can't spread the word about him being available for adoption... because right now, he isn't available. All I can do is sit and wait for it to happen, while praying my heart out. And right now, that feels like a whole lot of nothing.

I don't want this beautiful angel to die. But I don't want him to suffer.

Vladimir Putin, I hate you.