Advocate & Pray: Roberto

RobertoAnother TIO volunteer recently brought it to my attention that March is Trisomy Awareness Month, and she asked if the next featured child could be one who has trisomy (which includes several kinds of disorders that stem from the presence of an extra chromosome, including Down Syndrome).  So I selected today’s featured child, Roberto, because this sweet boy has Down Syndrome as well as autism.  Although nine-year-old Roberto is non-verbal, he is learning sign language and loves to interact with others.  Pray with me that Roberto and the many other children with Down Syndrome and other trisomy disorders will find loving families to care for them!

Roberto is listed with Adopt US Kids
USA

Roberto is a very sweet, affectionate, and fun-loving youth. He enjoys playing with cars, balls, blocks, and computer games. He also loves the outdoors and likes to swim. Roberto helps his foster father work on their property. He spends time playing with cars and trucks and also likes the cows and wants to see them often. Roberto is diagnosed with Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder. He is fed primarily with a G-tube and is non-verbal. Roberto receives educational services in school to meet his educational needs. He continues to do well in school and the school assists him to accomplish goals. His teacher reports that he does well in the classroom setting, but will sometimes become frustrated. Roberto is known to be a smart youth who is very determined. He is learning sign language and is improving in communicating with his caregivers and friends. Roberto understands much of what is being said and what is going on around him. He is able to form bonds and is very sociable.

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Advocate & Pray: Felicia

FeliciaToday’s child, Felicia, is involved in Sarah’s Covenant Homes sponsorship program (previously featured here).  SCH works with orphaned and abandoned children who have special needs, giving them a home, education, and medical care.  Eleven-year-old Felicia is just learning to stand on her own, and she has a specific need for a wheelchair to provide her with greater mobility.

Because SCH is funded through donations, you can help Felicia get her wheelchair!  Click on the link to Felicia’s profile to learn how, or to learn more about becoming a monthly sponsor.

Felicia is listed with Sarah’s Covenant Homes
India

Felicia is a happy, content girl with an endearing giggle. Though she is non-verbal, she enjoys watching the world around her, and is now learning to stand on her own.  She has made astounding progress from the time she first arrived at SCH!  Felicia enjoys music class and watching colorful educational videos.  She is very ticklish and laughs and giggles when you talk to or tease her.  She has a sweet smile that we never grow tired of seeing.

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Advocate & Pray: Grace

GraceGrace is a 9-year-old girl waiting for her family in North Carolina.  Her profile describes her as bubbly and expressive and says that she loves dogs and karaoke.  Grace is looking for a family who will take her to church and support her faith as she processes the trauma she has been through.

Grace is listed with Adopt US Kids
USA

Grace is a warm, affectionate, and joyful child. At the same time, she struggles with the losses in her life and needs a family who can be patient and process her grief and the resulting challenges with her. A family who understands the effect trauma has on children would be an asset in Grace’s life. She would benefit from a family who nurtures her creative talents and uses praise and encouragement rather than punishment. Grace would do best in a family where there are no older male children in the home. Grace has expressed an interest in being adopted by an African American family who attends church, as her faith is a sense of support and comfort to her.

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Advocate & Pray: Kyle

KyleTen-year-old Kyle was a recent participant in a Lifeline camp program in the U.S.  He has some eye defects which make it difficult for him to see, but his profile states that he is social, curious, and loves playing the piano.  During his visit to the U.S., Kyle expressed his deep desire to be adopted into a loving family like the ones he stayed with.  He even studied adoption law so he could know how to be adopted!  Join me in praying for this eager, curious boy to find his forever family.

Kyle is listed with No Hands But Ours
China

Kyle is an active and sweet little boy, who enjoys watching cartoons. He is said to love new things and meeting new people. Kyle’s file states that he has good language expression, is able to greet guests well and is very polite. This sweet child is also said to be a helpful and obedient child who cares about others, often giving his seat up for an adult! What manners!

Please read these comments from some of the families and team members who got to spend time with Kyle at Lifeline’s 2 week Camp: “Kyle is very sweet spirited. Even though we could not speak the same language, he was very proactive about using hand motions, etc. to help me understand and was always so patient. He can also play the piano- how special! He loved getting his face painted during the Fall Festival and loved spending time at Camp Shelby. He was so curious to play on the tanks and to explore.”

“Right after he landed in the U.S., he was social enough to have made friends with two other American kids quickly in the airport. He felt these two boys were so nice and friendly, so he wanted to me translate ‘If I could be adopted, I would want to be adopted into one of their families’ to them.”

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Advocate & Pray: J’mya

J'myaJ’mya has had some major health struggles in her short life so far, including leukemia and sickle cell disease.  At eight years old, J’mya is energetic and fun-loving, and is working with a counselor to develop coping strategies for her various medical treatments.  She needs a family to help her through all her health issues.

J’mya is listed with Adopt US Kids
USA

J’mya is a sweet little girl with a charismatic personality. She is energetic and vivacious. She is described as having a rambunctious personality and will let you know what she needs. J’mya enjoys the simple things in life like coloring and playing outside. She has a great personality and those around her enjoy how bright and alert she is.

J’mya has a fighter’s personality and has been able to deal with things in such a positive and endearing fashion. She is diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Anemia (Leukemia), Dermatitis, and Sickle Cell Disease. J’mya has been a trooper throughout her treatment process and always has a positive outlook while in treatment.

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Advocate & Pray: Emmanuel

EmmanuelA few weeks ago, the Watoto African children’s choir performed at my (Monica’s) church, and I knew I wanted to feature their sponsorship program in this week’s Advocate & Pray post.  According to the website, “Watoto is a holistic care programme that was initiated as a response to the overwhelming number of orphaned children and vulnerable women in Uganda.  It is positioned to rescue an individual, raise each one as a leader in their chosen sphere of life so that they in turn will rebuild their nation.  The Watoto model involves physical care, medical intervention including HIV/AIDS treatment, education–formal and technical, trauma counselling and spiritual discipleship.”

Most of the children in the program have lost both of their parents and are living with a few other children and houseparents at the Watoto villages in Uganda.  Emmanuel, this week’s Advocate & Pray child, was kidnapped and abandoned at a very young age, and local authorities were unable to find his family.  Watoto provides a safe home, an education, and a family for children like Emmanuel, who have often gone through horrific life events.

Watoto’s villages, school, and church are funded through donations that enable orphans like Emmanuel to have a home and an education.  So if you’re looking for a way to become involved in orphan care, in addition to praying for these children, you can become a sponsor!  Check out the Watoto sponsorship page to learn more.

Emmanuel is listed with Watoto
Uganda

Emmanuel lives in a Watoto Village, where he has a devoted housemother who nourishes and nurtures him lovingly. Emmanuel has learned to help Mama with the household chores and he does so willingly. At the Watoto School, Emmanuel is receiving a quality education. He especially enjoys Literature and Artwork and has dreams of being a teacher in the future. He likes playing soccer with his many friends after school. Emmanuel attends the Watoto Church on Sundays with his family, where he enjoys singing and dancing in Sunday school. Please pray for him to develop a meaningful relationship with the Lord.

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Advocate & Pray: Seth

Seth

This four-year-old boy is listed as having a sensitive special need.  Seth is described as shy at first, but outgoing and sweet once you get to know him.  Join me in praying for this sweet boy to find his forever family!

Seth is listed with No Hands But Ours
China

Seth is a handsome little boy with a sweet demeanor. He is described as shy but is also known to be quite extroverted when around those he is familiar with. Seth gets along well with others and his favorite activity is playing with other children. He is fond of playing with toys, especially brightly colored toys. Seth is a sweet boy with a lot of love to give! He is ready and waiting for his forever family to bring him home.

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Advocate & Pray: Jocelynn

JocelynnThis newborn caught my eye because of her special medical needs–Jocelynn was born without eyes because of a rare genetic disorder.  According to her profile, Jocelynn’s diagnosis is so rare that all its effects are not yet known, so this precious baby is in need of a family “who is not afraid of the unknown.”  Jocelynn is an affectionate, mild-mannered infant despite her disorder.  Pray with me that she will find a family that will fit well with her developmental needs and her sweet personality.

Jocelynn is listed with Adopt US Kids
USA

Jocelynn does not have any concerns for emotional or behavioral functioning at this time. She behaves like a normal infant. Jocelynn shows appropriate attachments to people. She smiles and babbles to people who she knows and likes. She can tolerate being held by new people for short periods before she wants to be held by someone familiar. She is also able to play on her own in her bouncy reclining chair that sits in her “pack’n play” with toys around her.

Jocelynn has high medical needs due to an extremely rare genetic disorder. Jocelynn was born without eyes, but she has prosthetics in place to help hold the form of her face as she grows. She receives her formula with assistance so that it can be digested safely. Jocelynn is expected to be developmentally delayed in many significant areas, although her prognosis at this point in time is truly unknown. Because her genetic malfunction is so rare, doctors do not yet know what effect is to be had.

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Advocate & Pray: Archie

ArchieArchie is a rambunctious nine-year-old, full of energy and enthusiasm.  According to his profile, he was left at the hospital gate at two months old, malnourished and sickly.  Now, almost nine years later, Archie is a healthy, smart, and loving boy who is eager to be adopted and have many brothers and sisters to play with.

Archie is listed with No Hands But Ours
China

Since his finding, Archie has spent his entire life in the orphanage and is closest to his caretakers. Reading through his file, it is quite obvious that this little boy holds the hearts of several members of the orphanage staff. He is a clever young man who attends school, although more often than not, he would rather be playing with his friends than working on his studies! Despite his active nature, he does well in school and is in the second grade. Archie likes to sing songs and can recite several poems. Not surprisingly, his favorite subject is PE! His caretakers feel his development and abilities are both age-appropriate and that he would thrive in the right family. Archie had a minor sensitive special need that was corrected with surgery when he was very young.

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Advocate & Pray: Louise

louiseLeah brought to my attention this week a couple of girls, including 2-year-old Louise, who are in a sponsorship program called “Sarah’s Covenant Homes.”  Here’s how the website describes SCH:

Children with developmental disabilities and neurological special needs are the most likely to be abandoned and least likely to be adopted children in India. The Lord told me, “Feed My lambs.” I find these overlooked and undernourished (in all senses) lambs languishing in institutional orphanages or hospitals, and bring them home, providing them with love, education, therapy, medical & surgical care, and LIFE in a family-style environment.

SCH provides care for these orphaned or abandoned children in India, and the program is funded completely through donations.  So here’s the good news: If you’re looking for a way to become involved in orphan care, in addition to praying for these children, you can become a sponsor!  Click on the link to Louise’s profile to learn more.

Louise is listed with Sarah’s Covenant Homes
India

Louise is a sweet little girl who has profound deafness and has a cochlear implant. She lives in a foster home with 2 brothers who also have cochlear implants, Nolan and Theo! Louise enjoys riding her trike, going to school, and making funny faces! She is quirky and very funny, and keeps her foster family laughing!

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