Down Syndrome Kids

Please email  WaitingChildInfo@gmail.com  for more information about the following Special Focus  children with Down Syndrome:

VIDEO of the Down Syndrome children I met in July 2013:  http://vimeo.com/78018326

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CLOVER
July 2011
Agency Designated (cannot be released early)
Down Syndrome
VIEW MORE PICTURES, INFORMATION AND VIDEO HERE: http://waitingchildinfo.com/2011/07/01/clover/

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RUDY
January 2011
Agency Designated
Rudy is described as an active little boy.  He was born in January of 2011 and is diagnosed with Down Syndrome.  At the time of his report when he was 2.5 he could roll over, crawl, bang blocks together, pick toys up out of a cup, feed himself biscuits and track people with his eyes as they move.  He recognizes people, imitates sounds, recognizes his own name, understands facial expressions and waves his hands to say good-bye.  Rudy laughs out loud and he has a good appetite.
Donate to Rudy's adoption fund here:  http://reecesrainbow.org/?s=rudy

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OLIVER
March 2011
Shared List
Oliver was born in March of 2011 and completely stole my heart.  This little boy has Down Syndrome and a partial left hand.  As the mother of a child with a similar limb difference I can tell you missing a few fingers isn't going to slow Oliver down at all!  Just by spending a few hours with him I got the feeling he is a very bright and curious little boy.  He even tried to imitate me speaking English by repeating the word "book."  You can see for yourself by clicking HERE.
Oliver lives with a foster family and participates in one of Half The Sky's Infant and Parenting programs.  His report says he is "extroverted, active and restless and energetic.  He likes to communicate with children and play games with children; his favorite activities are playing with blocks, balls and riding bike.  He can walk, can transfer positions when squatting, he can kick the football, go upstairs and downstairs with hands held.  He can build a tower of 4 blocks, can dismantle the toy and assemble it again.  He is very clever and can express his needs...can understand adult's words, such as 'give me,' 'welcome' and 'goodbye' as well as respond to them."  His favorite foods are rice, noodles, dumplings, bananas, watermelon and egg pie.

He clearly loved his teacher very much.

Please consider this precious child!  He is affectionate, smart and so worthy of the love of a family.

More pictures from my visit in July 2013:


Updated photo from December 2013 

Complete footage of Oliver here:  http://vimeo.com/93409352

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RANDY
Special Focus child
Shared List
Randy was born in April 2011 and abandoned when he was just 5 months old in front of an orphanage.  At that time he was diagnosed with Down Syndrome.

Randy lives with a foster family and attends a Half The Sky Infant Nurture program in the mornings.   His adoption paperwork was completed in December 2013 and at that time he was described as extroverted and energetic.  His report indicates that he likes playing with toy blocks, balls, cars and toys that make sound.  He gets along well with other children and is fond of imitating.  He can sit on a chair, walk with one hand being held and go up and down stairs.  He can pick up small objects with his thumb and index finger, turn pages of a book, paint and hold a pen and scribble.  They say Randy is clever, can express his thoughts, understands what "no" means and can respond appropriately when adults ask for objects.  He can point to body parts and is speaking a few words.  Randy enjoys singing and dancing, cooperates when being dressed and is able to feed himself snacks.

Randy is another little sugerlump I got to meet when I was volunteering in China last summer (July 2013) and he is such a sweet little guy.  He is clearly attached to the teachers in his room and very affectionate with them.  He was curious about us and had such an easy smile although he stopped smiling when I held up my camera because he was so curious about it!  I tried to get video of him crawling but every time I lifted my camera he would stop!  Little stinker!

Pictures from when I met Randy in July 2013


Updated picture from December 2013


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BRYAN
March 2010
Special Focus child
Shared List
Bryan was approximately just 4 days old when he was found outside a machine factory in March of 2010.  Upon entering the hospital for observation he was diagnosed with Down Syndrome.

When I met Bryan he was very curious about us!  His sweet little eyes followed us all over the room and it took quite a bit of work to get him to smile at me for a picture.  I think he thought I was crazy with all my gesturing and silly noises!  When I just sat and smiled at him I got to see his sweet face relax and he seemed to be more comfortable after I stopped trying so hard!  Of course as soon as I set my camera down he was grinning from ear to ear!  We played with a rattle I had brought and it held his attention for quite awhile as he explored the colors and sounds it made when he was shaking it and dropping it.  This little guy has changed so much since July and I almost didn't recognize him in the updated photo the orphanage sent!
Bryan lives with a foster family in a nice apartment within the orphanage and attends a Half The Sky Little Sister preschool part of the day.  His report from October 2013 states that he is an outgoing boy who has a ready smile and likes to communicate and attract adult's attentions.  When other children accompany him he is very happy.  Bryan knows to share his toys with others, likes to play games with the children in his class and can imitate actions and expressions.  He can understand oral instructions well and carry them out.  He has good vision and watches moving animals and cars.  He can point to objects in the room, can understand simple instructions such as drinking, eating, dancing, touching ears, nose and hair.  He likes to repeat words, likes children's songs and knows to be cooperative with simple instructions by gestures, like expressing goodbye and asking for cuddle.
Bryan can express 'no'  by shaking his head.  He likes to stand with hands holding onto support and can walk with his hands holding the furniture.  He can scribble alone and empty a container.  His thumbs and index finger are very flexible and he can pick up small objects with them.  He can also open candy and peel an orange.  Bryan can build a tower of blocks and can throw a ball forwards.  He is able to take off his shoes and socks, put them back on, and can express he needs to use the toilet.  Bryan knows to ask for food and drinks when he is hungry and thirsty.

Bryan "is fond of music; when there is music, he would dance happily; he likes toy cars, and likes the light toys which can make sound.  He is not choosey to food."

Pictures above from when I met Bryan July 2013 and updated picture from October 2013 below:

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LANA
May 2010
Agency Designated
MORE INFORMATION HERE: http://reecesrainbow.org/67708/lanaya

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SETH
October 2010
Special Focus child
Shared List
Seth was born in October 2010 and has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome.  He was abandoned in front of his Social Welfare Institute when he was about 4 months old.  I got to meet him briefly last summer and was blown away by how much he and his teacher adore one another!  He is such a happy little guy and truly wanted to imitate and please her.   I'm working on an individual video for Seth but for now you can check him out HERE.  The password is  DSkids

According to his report Seth "is bright and has a ready smile, likes communicating with others, asks for attention from adults, happy under the company of other kids.  He would envy who got better attention.  Seth knows how to share with others, knows to get along well with other kids, likes playing games with kids of his class, can imitate actions and facial expression of adults and other kids.  Seth understands simple instructions such as drink water, have meals, dance, touch ears, nose, hair, stand, walk, sit and stand up.  Seth likes repeating words from adults, likes children's songs, lone to cooperate gestures with simple instructions such as goodbye, hug and shake head for 'no.'  Seth can stand and walk against furniture.  He can scribble, can tear toys apart and then make them up.  Can build three blocks, unscrew bottles and throw balls forward.  Seth can take on and off shoes and socks, wash his face, wipe his nose.  Seth likes listening to music."

Pictures from July 2013


Updated picture from December 2013

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ERIK
April 2009
Special Focus child
Shared List
Erik was born in April 2009, entered the institute in April 2013 and has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome.  I am completely heartbroken after reading his report.  I met him in July 2013 and had no idea that he had been abandoned less than 3 months earlier.  I cannot imagine how difficult it must have been for his family to leave him at that bus station, but when I think about him being left alone in a strange place; confused and scared and realizing he was lost, I am reduced to tears.
I am sitting here crying for this sweet child as I type.  I understand now why he was so wary of me when we first met and I am so thankful that I kept trying to engage him because once he decided to trust me we had an incredible time together!  I have a lot of pictures and video of this tender hearted child and I hope to have editing done soon.  These first two pictures are from the first time we saw him.  He followed us around from room to room...  
At the time of Erik's report he was  living with a foster family in a nice apartment within the institute and attending a Half The Sky Little Sisters preschool program.  He is described as sometimes active but sometimes quiet.  They say he has a ready smile, is energetic and likes playing games.  While he will request the attention of adults and is very happy when other children are around he also likes playing alone sometimes.  He is attached to his teach and the children in his class.  When his teacher opens her arms for him he will run into the hug quickly and hold her tightly.  Erik has a strong sense of self awareness.  He can hold a pen to scribble without help and can color and paste.  He is able to wash his hands, take his clothes on and off and feed himself.

You can tell from the pictures farther down in this post that he warmed up to us and we had a blast together!

Erik's report from September 2013 states that he likes running and is very fast - usually the first to reach the goal.  He has a strong ability of imitation and likes football, badminton, ping-pong and bowling after being taught how to play by his teacher.  He can throw a ball very high (to the roof of the house) and can catch a ball thrown to him.  He can also kick a football to the goal.  He likes music and will dance happily when he hears it.  

Updated picture from December 2013

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WASHINGTON
December 2009
Agency Designated
MORE INFORMATION HERE: http://reecesrainbow.org/64000/yule

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NOAH
November 2008
Special Focus child
Shared List
Noah was born in November 2008 and abandoned seven months later on a sidewalk.  He was sent to the local hospital while authorities searched for his birth parents.  A few days later Noah was diagnosed with Down Syndrome and moved to a local orphanage.  He was placed in foster care and currently attends a Little Sisters preschool program through Half The Sky Foundation.

Noah's adoption paperwork was completed in December 2013 and he is described as active, energetic and happy.  They say he is cooperative with companions, enjoys singing and has a ready smile.  Noah likes to play games with other children and knows how to share although sometimes he gets a little jealous if another child gets more attention than him.  He understands oral instructions and follows directions well.

Noah has had some speech therapy and now pronounces words clearly.  He speaks 5-10 word sentences and asks his teacher for help during class if he needs it.  He always says "thank you" after receiving help.  He likes playing with toys and is able to build a tower and recognize numbers.

At the time of his report Noah was walking with assistance from a walker or by holding on to furniture or an adults hand.  He is able to crawl very fast and goes up and down stairs with the help of his teacher.  He likes to sing, recite poems and likes to play with toy cars.  Noah is able to feed himself his meals and loves to play outside!

I spent a week in China visiting with the staff and children in this orphanage in July 2013 but unfortunately I didn't get to meet this sweet boy.  I am happy to answer any questions about the orphanage and/or their foster care program though.  It was very impressive!


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DEREK
August 2007
Special Focus child
Shared List
Derek was born in August of 2007 and was abandoned on a train three months later.  He was brought to a local hospital and diagnosed with Down Syndrome and Congenital Heart Disease (ASD, VSD).  At the end of November 2007 he was brought to the local orphanage and placed into foster care.  The staff gave him a name that means "absolute sincerity" and "gentle."  Boy oh boy did they get that right!  I had the awesome opportunity to spend a little time with Derek in July of 2013 and this little boy is just as sincere and gentle as can be!
He was just smiling at me the whole time we were in the room with them and when the staff told us it was time to move on with our tour he asked if he could hug me...  My answer?  YES!!!  This sweet, sweet boy wrapped his arms around me and squeezed me tight!  When I went to stand up I felt him wrap his little legs around me and I thought I was going to be carrying him around for the rest of our tour!  This child is so full of joy and affection! If you are one for snuggling he is the perfect child for you!  

Derek lives in a foster family in a nice apartment on the grounds of the institute and attends a Little Sisters preschool through Half The Sky Foundation.  The staff describe him as outgoing, extroverted and active.  He has rich emotions and every morning he enters the classroom with smiles.  In class he enjoys helping the teacher and playing with the other children. At snack time he helps the children with mobility issues eat their snacks and drink water.  They say he acts like an older brother and cares about the children around him.

Derek's report from October 2013 states he is able to count items and distinguish emotions by facial expressions.  He is an athlete and does well with jumping, running, kicking and passing a ball.  Derek is able to hold a pen and scribble.  He can imitate drawing vertical lines and uses tools such as tape, glue and scissors. He washes his own hands and can communicate with adults.  He likes to help take care of his family. Derek is fond of drawing, listening to music, dancing, singing and playing games.  He likes to participate in the Dance and Musical program through Half The Sky and often takes part in some performances.  At home he helps with simple housework.

Updated picture from October 2013

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TRUDY
April 2004
Agency Designated
Down Syndrome, Significant Developmental Delay & a private need

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ROGER
May 2004
Agency Designated

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ZANE
September 2003
Agency Designated
MORE INFORMATION HERE: http://reecesrainbow.org/54193/zayne

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Please email  WaitingChildInfo@gmail.com  for more information.