Have you ever considered adoption ? If you have, I bet your first thought was of a teeny tiny baby, perfect in every way, just waiting for a family of their own - and why not ? Most people who adopt, surely, are those who are unable to physically have their own baby, so an adopted baby is the obvious choice.
Maybe they might even adopt a toddler or preschooler.
Others - maybe they have older children, and don't want to adopt out of birth order (that is, they choose to adopt a younger child so that their biological children are the oldest). Certainly when adopting a child with special needs, surely the younger, the better - early intervention is key - getting physical, occupational and speech therapies as soon as possible will give those youngsters a huge advantage in life. Plus - when they're small, they are easier to manage - you can carry them around, they're still cute and adorable, and they will bond with you much quicker.
Where does that leave the older children ? Where does that leave those children who are no longer so cute, or easy to handle. Where does that leave the kids who have more "orphanage" behaviors, who haven't had access to therapies or education ? The children who have never had a family, who have no idea what being part of a family is all about ?
Are you ready to adopt, but you really don't want to have to deal with diapers, sleepless nights, potty training and all that goes with having a baby around ?
Older children - over the age of 10 - are the hidden secrets of Reece's Rainbow. There are so many children with Down Syndrome just waiting for their family to find them !
These kids are hidden gems - they are, on the whole, over that whole infant/toddler stage. Sleeping through the night - not a problem !! Potty training - been there, done that ! Terrible twos - wayyyy in the past !!
These kids are already up and running, ready to take on the world - and all they need to help them spread those wings is YOU !!
Sadly, these youngsters are running out of time.
The US only allows the adoption of children aged 16 and under.
Some countries restrict the age that their children can be adopted by to 14. Yes - you read that right - once they reach 14, they are no longer adoptable.
Listed below are the children with Down Syndrome who are at risk of aging out - within just months, they will be deemed too old to be adopted, and will be banished to institutions for the rest of their short lives.
Maybe one or more of these children could be YOUR son or daughter !!
Please take a look - you can click on their names and you will be taken to their profile at Reece's Rainbow, where you can read more about them.
Oh - and did I mention that ALL of these children are eligible for a $15,000 adoption grant ? Yes - you read that right - $15,000 will be yours to help fund that child's adoption - amazing !!!!!
The children listed above are all at risk of aging out - their time is running out - some of them will be ineligible for adoption within WEEKS. Please - if you have ever thought about adoption of an older child with Down Syndrome - please consider one of them !!
These are just a few of the children listed with Reece's Rainbow - they are many many more who, while they may still have more time, are still in desperate need of a family.
You can find all of the children with Down Syndrome over aged 10 HERE - they are ALL eligible for a $15,000 adoption grant !!!
You can find older children with special needs other than Down Syndrome HERE - they may be eligible for a $10,000 adoption grant !!
You can see ALL of the children at risk of aging out HERE.
Please see these children - and share them far and wide !!
Somewhere out there is a family for every one of them, but their families can't find them if they don't see them !!