I discovered Reece’s Rainbow in the early fall last year and was immediately hooked.
Reece’s Rainbow was founded by Andrea Roberts, a mom to a little boy named Reece who has Down Syndrome. She learned that in many countries around the world, children with Down Syndrome and other disabilities are often abandoned by their parents because the society does not accept them or provide them with the resources they need to give them the best potential in life. This inspired her to begin a not-for-profit orphan advocacy organization.
Reece’s Rainbow lists children that need families who qualify as special-needs in their country. They do not put identifying information such as their real name, birth date, or exact location on the child’s profile, but are often allowed to use a photo of the child.
Reece’s Rainbow also raises money for these children, to offset adoption costs which can range from $20,000 to over $60,000, depending on location. Families in the adoption process can also fundraise through Reece’s Rainbow.
These listings help potential adoptive parents as they can see what the child looks like and a short listing of medical needs, as well as some details about the child such as character traits and personality. Special needs can range in severity and include HIV, Hep C, Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, cleft lip, cleft palate, albinism, arthrogryposis, hydrocephalus, epilepsy, deafness, blindness, cerebral palsy, ichthyosis, Apert Syndrome, Treacher-Collins Syndrome, strabismus, spina bifida, attention deficit disorder, autism, and more. Some of these are easily managed and cared for, and others require lifelong medical attention and support. And honestly – some of the diagnoses sound a lot scarier than they are – for example, strabismus is the fancy name for having crossed or ‘lazy’ eyes., and ichthyosis is a skin condition that can be managed relatively easily. These are not just lists of issues – they are children, and they need a family and love and care just as much as anyone else.
Over the past six years, Reece’s Rainbow has helped find families for over 900 orphans with special needs and has dispersed over $4.5 million in grants to help fund these adoptions.
These little cuties have got me by the heartstrings, and I hope that never changes! Stay tuned for some featurettes of the little ones I can’t get out of my head.
Check out the website here: http://reecesrainbow.org
Welcome! My name is Katiana and I am a development professional pursuing my dream to live out Isaiah 1:17 to the best of my abilities. I am passionate about teaching and working with vulnerable families and children to improve their lives sustainably.
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