March 21 is World Down Syndrome day, a day set aside to recognize and raise awareness for individuals with Down Syndrome. Over the years we have seen the number of children with Down Syndrome in our foster care program grow, and we are thrilled that they get to grow up as a beloved part of their local communities. Many of the children we featured as waiting for adoption last year are still waiting in 2017, so we want to take a moment today to once again highlight these incredible kids. Read more
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Foster care allows children who are alone in the world to be alone no more. Instead, they have the opportunity to receive — and give — love within the secure environment of a family.
We’re celebrating foster care this week by highlighting some of our favorite moments from foster care in 2016. Please join us for some special memories from the end of the year! Read more.
This week as we look back on 2016, we want to concentrate on the success of our healing homes programs. The reality is that every baby who came through the doors of our homes could be featured, as each one was in need of specialized care due to their medical needs. It’s difficult to pick just a few to highlight, but today we want to tell you about a very special little girl named Val.
The first ten months of Val’s life were a true struggle. Read more.
His orphanage called us for help because he weighed just 3.6 kgs, or 8 pounds, at twelve months of age. At the time we met him, he was a fragile, underweight boy who had been diagnosed with Down Syndrome. This is Marcus now, after six months in our Heartbridge Healing Home. We think his happy smile and chubby cheeks say it all! Read more.
Both November and National Adoption Month are now over and the crazy month of December has arrived. But the end of 2016 makes us even more determined to feature some beautiful waiting girls in our programs in the hope that their forever families see their photos and fall head over heels in love!
Niamh, 11 years old (Dingyuan foster care) — $10,000 Older Child Grant from Reece’s Rainbow grant available
Did you hear that Down Syndrome Awareness Month just ended and flowed right into National Adoption Month? What a perfect time to feature all of the children in our programs with Down Syndrome who are waiting for families of their own! Read more.
Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. ~Anthony J. D’Angelo
Oh, this girl! I have the feeling, if given the chance, Diane would solve all the world’s problems with her joy and her smile. She is currently ready and waiting for a family to choose her for adoption, so let me tell you a little bit about this bright ray of sunshine. Read more.
Little Erin is a beautiful ten-month-old girl with Down Syndrome who has been living at our Heartbridge Healing Home. In addition to being diagnosed with Down Syndrome, Erin also has a heart defect called ventricular septal defect, or VSD. Heart defects are actually a very common health issue for children born with Down Syndrome.
Recently, our nannies noticed that Erin’s lips and fingers were turning blue when she exerted herself and that she needed a break during feedings. Read more.