Friday, March 27, 2015

Waiting Child Spotlight! Philippines Boy 9587

Today's Waiting Child Spotlight is on a cute, little four-year-old boy who likes to play ball! He is waiting in the Philippines.
A full file and pictures are available for this little boy, and his social worker comments that his social and affectionate nature will be an aid to his bonding with his future parents. For more information, contact Hand In Hand at Indiana@hihiadopt.org.



Male, DOB February 1, 2011, Ref. No.: 9587 (13-0477)
The child can stand, sit and walk unassisted. He can walk up and down the stairs with alternating feet with minimal support. He can draw lines and turn pages of a book. He enjoys coloring, listening to stories and singing action songs. He can say two syllable words but mostly communicate his needs with gestures. He understands “no” and can follow one-step commands. He is affectionate and enjoys getting attention from visitors. He can eat on his own but with spillage. He is being toilet trained but still uses diapers. The child was observed to be bowed legged and has short stature. He was assessed to have Global Developmental Delay with Severe Stunting and Recurrent otitis Media. The child is recommended to be evaluated by a pediatric cardiologist after a soft systolic heart murmur was heard. The child is scheduled for evaluation. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Waiting Child Spotlight! Philippines Girl 9810

Today's Waiting Child Spotlight is on a little, six-year-old girl. There were concerns that she may be on the autism spectrum. An evaluation was done in February 2015, and looked very promising for normal interaction and development, but interested families will need to be open to the unknowns in her development. For more information, medical and psychological reports, developmental records, and pictures, contact Hand In Hand at Indiana@hihadopt.org.



Female, DOB December 12, 2008, Ref. No.: 9810 (13-0400)
Child is a half orphan. She was 5 months old when her birthmother died due to hepatitis. The birthfather abandoned her in the care of her 80 years old maternal grandmother who has no source of income and is unable to properly take care the child. At 6 months old, a concerned citizen reported the child’s condition to the City Social Services Development Office and subsequently referred the child to H. for proper case management. At 4 years old, child was diagnosed with Global Developmental Delay and mild conductive hearing loss on the right and moderate conductive hearing loss on the left. She is undergoing therapy twice a week and improvements have been noted. She learns to interact with other children, developed independent skills such as feeding, brushing her teeth and toileting. The Psychological Evaluation indicated that the child’s overall development quotient is 2 years and 9 months old. At present, child is described was silent, loner yet sweet by showing affections to her caregivers. She can dress and undress herself without the assistance of a caregiver. She is kind and enjoys playing with her best friend. She talks occasionally and is unable speak clearly. She loves to sing familiar songs. She could not identify numbers, colors and could not speak words in a sentence.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

2015 Philippines Summer Hosting Children

Hand In Hand's waiting child list for 2015 summer hosting is available below. Other children on the shared list could also potentially be added to this list. See Hand In Hand's Waiting Child Adoption page for the shared list. 

Contact Hand In Hand at Indiana@hihiadopt.org or 260-636-3566 for more information about the 2015 Philippines Summer Hosting Program, or to see the full files and pictures for the children below. 

See further information about the hosting program on the Hand In Hand website as well: Summer Hosting



Children Currently Waiting for Hosting

Sibling Group A 
JG, Male, July 21, 1999
GG, Female, April 25, 2002
JG, Male, January 4, 2004
JRG, Male, July 25, 2005
JRG, Male, June 10, 2008
The children came into care in 2011; they are half-orphans, and remaining relatives are unable to care for them. They are currently in a Catholic institution run by religious sisters.

A: Male, DOB July 21, 1999: Child A stays in the same dormitory as his two younger brothers. He is responsible and caring for his younger siblings. He adjusted easily to life at the institution, and performs his duties at the dormitory. He has completed grade 3 and regularly attends school, and is diligent, attentive and participative in class. He has not complained about being the oldest child in the class even though he had started school at a later age. He is generally happy, healthy and active, playful and friendly. He performs his duties with less supervision, but sometimes shows stubbornness. He likes to play basketball and football, and he is interested in art, music, reading books, and storytelling. He joins in sports and dance presentations. He has a stutter that has improved with speech therapy.

B: Female DOB April 25, 2002: Child B is healthy, active and bright. She is friendly, outgoing and playful, and does her duties with less supervision. She is good at dancing and participates in various activities at the institution. She is in Grade 4 at a private school, and has good marks, and is noted to tell the truth and act simply and honestly. She is very anxious to have a family and often asks if a family is coming for her and her siblings.

C: Male, DOB January 4, 2004: Child C is in Grade 3. He is noted to be diligent and participative in class, but did not accomplish homework and projects on time, so his marks are fair. He is a healthy and active child with a small build. He is well-adjusted to life in the dormitory, and does his tasks with less supervision. He is independent in self-care, even doing his own laundry without supervision. He enjoys outdoor games. He answers back or reasons out when reprimanded. He is a sensitive child and does not like to be teased by his peers.

D: Male, DOB July 25, 2005: Child D has finished Grade 1 with good marks, and was enrolled in Grade 2. In Grade 2, he manifested disruptive behaviors, and was sent for home study. When he realized that he was left out of school, he promised to behave better, went back to school for the final two quarters and finished with fair grades. He will be promoted to Grade 3. He is healthy and active, not picky about foods, and sleeps well. He does simple tasks around the dormitory, and enjoys participating in activities. He loves to dance and participate in games. He is an active altar server.

E: Male, DOB June 10, 2008: Child E is healthy and energetic. He can follow simple dance steps, pedal a tricycle and copy numbers and letters. He can take care of most of his self-care without assistance. His language development and social skills are properly developed. He is friendly and outgoing, but timid and quiet during activities. He likes to play with his peers, and he can sing nursery rhymes.

See this KidsWait blog post for more about this sibling group: Sibling Group of Five.  A Hand In Hand family who adopted two friends of these children met this sibling group last year. They are willing to share their experiences with interested families.


Sibling Group B

AC, Female October 6, 2000
AC, Female, November 4, 2001
MC, Male, November 23, 2002

Child A is a Grade 6 pupil in the center’s home-school program. She can read and comprehend Filipino and English words. She is able to accomplish her school works and assignments on time. She can study independently but needs assistance in Math, Filipino and Social studies. She loves colorful clothes and likes to look pretty. She is friendly and can communicate her feelings clearly. She loves to play the drums and plays regularly during the Church service. She also performs in different occasions in the center.

Child B is described as patient, loving and kind. She appreciates simple things and is always thankful of the blessing she receives. She can attend to her personal needs and maintains her hygiene. She is a Grade 5 pupil in the center’s home-school program and is reported to be improving in her academics. She can read and comprehend Filipino and English words and has a legible handwriting.
Child C is a Grade IV pupil in a public school. His caregivers observed that the pressure of home school triggered him to act defiantly and throw tantrums. His enrollment in the public school aims to help him become sociable and lessen his high expectation of himself. He has learned to control his emotions, has become more confident. He enjoys playing basketball, soccer, biking and jumping in the trampoline.

Sibling Group C

EP, Male, September 3, 2001
EJP, Male, February 23, 2003
JP, Male, October 13, 2004
Child A: He is now 14 years old. He is a healthy child. He is currently enrolled as Grade 5 level. He has difficulty in Mathematics subject but shows improvement in his studies. He has good relationship with other children. He is responsible with his belongings. He understands instruction but sometimes doesn’t want to follow instructions.

Child B: He is now 11 years old. He is a healthy child. He displays positive attitude towards his studies. He can work independently and receives honor in school. He is responsible to his assigned tasks at the center. He can express himself and shares his feelings to the caregivers and staff. He is respectful.
Child C: He is now 10 years old. He is a healthy child. He is described as sweet and friendly in school and even at the center. He has good relationship with the other children. He is responsible to his assigned tasks and enjoy spending time with his brothers.

Sibling Group E

ML, Male, May 15, 2000
JL, Male, August 13, 2002
Child A is a grade 5 pupil in a public school. According to his teacher, child is diligent and responsible. He behaves in the class and regularly attends his class. He is one of the top 10 in their class. He is also part of the soccer trainings that is being provided by the center. Child has a good sibling relationship with his brother. 
Child B is a grade 4 pupil in a public school. According to teacher, that the child is starting to give importance to his lesson. Though he sometimes does not finish his seatwork on time, but he makes sure he submits. 

Child F
JRD, Male, January 19, 2000
This child has been in care since infancy. He likes to be hugged by his caregivers. He frequently asks about his adoption and is longing to have a family of his own. He has difficulty in coping with his studies, thus the nuns who are his caregivers are providing him with tutorials. He is observed to be friendly but sensitive to teasing.

Child G
JBP, Male, April 28, 2001
J is a playful, caring, and talkative child. He generally gets along will the other children, and enjoys playing ball games and sharing jokes. He is talented, and likes to point, draw and dance. He has a good relationship with his caretakers, and seldom gets in conflicts. When he has not followed the rules, he apologizes and complies with consequences when he is corrected. He does his chores without supervision. He is in the sixth grade, and actively participates in class, but he needs tutoring for math.  He is eager to have a family, especially since attending a winter hosting program in the USA in 2013.


Sibling Group I
MCP,  August 11, 2003   
JP, April April 27 2005 
JmP, September 27, 2006   
JcP, November 10, 2009

Child A is healthy and cheerful child. She loves singing, dancing, reading books and drawing. At school, she copes well with the lessons. She adores and has good relationship with her younger siblings. She helps with the household chores in the center.

Child B is competitive and determined to have high grades in school. He gets frustrated when he has low scores in tests but tries harder to catch up. In the center, he has close relationship with his two brothers and oldest sister. He loves riding a bike and flying a kite. His psychological report indicated that his mental ability is within the average range.

Child C is obedient, fun, helpful, and loving. He loves receiving compliments from others with regards to his accomplishments. He liked riding a bike, playing ball games, and running. He loves picking fruit with his brothers. He has high expectations in school and easily gets frustrated when getting low scores. Thus, he is guided by the teachers and caregivers about this matter. Based from the psychological report, he was assessed to have average mental ability.

Child D is sociable, alert, and spontaneous child. He was assessed to have Communication Disorder and recommended to undergo speech therapy. Child can now follow simple instructions and daily routines in the center. He is attending a Kindergarten class. He knows how to count and sing the alphabet.


Children Matched Already


Sibling Group D
JY, Male, September 13, 1999
DY, Female, March 26, 2003
This sibling group is MATCHED!

Sibling Group H
ET, Male, September 12, 2002 
RT, Female, August 17, 2004
This sibling group is MATCHED!

Sibling Group J

JP, March 10, 2003                  
GL, October 11, 2005
This sibling group is MATCHED!


Sibling Group K
Female, DOB February 23, 2004
Female, DOB 
September 3, 2008
This sibling group is MATCHED!



Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Waiting Child Spotlight! Philippines Sibling Group of Five

These children can be hosted this summer as part of the 2015 Philippines Summer Hosting Program.

This sibling group is one of several children whom a Hand In Hand family was able to meet in March 2014 during their trip to the Philippines to bring home their teen.  Hand In Hand is starting the search for a family by looking for families in the vicinity of the Indiana office because these children are good friends with recently adopted children here. If no families are available locally, we will spread the net further.  The orphanage also would prefer a Catholic family because the children are older and have been raised in that faith in this particular institution.



Hand In Hand was hand-delivered the case study on these children by Ms. J., their social worker, who was in Fort Wayne as the escort for the 2014 hosting children. The full file and picture are available.  The summary is here, followed by a report from the family who visited these children in March 2014.

A: Male, DOB July 21, 1999
B: Female DOB April 25, 2002
C: Male, DOB January 4, 2004
D: Male, DOB July 25, 2005
E: Male, DOB June 10, 2008

The children came into care in 2011; they are half-orphans, and remaining relatives are unable to care for them. They are currently in a Catholic institution run by religious sisters.

A: Male, DOB July 21, 1999: Child A stays in the same dormitory as his two younger brothers. He is responsible and caring for his younger siblings. He adjusted easily to life at the institution, and performs his duties at the dormitory. He has completed grade 3 and regularly attends school, and is diligent, attentive and participative in class. He has not complained about being the oldest child in the class even though he had started school at a later age. He is generally happy, healthy and active, playful and friendly. He performs his duties with less supervision, but sometimes shows stubbornness. He likes to play basketball and football, and he is interested in art, music, reading books, and storytelling. He joins in sports and dance presentations. He has a stutter that has improved with speech therapy.

B: Female DOB April 25, 2002: Child B is healthy, active and bright. She is friendly, outgoing and playful, and does her duties with less supervision. She is good at dancing and participates in various activities at the institution. She is in Grade 4 at a private school, and has good marks, and is noted to tell the truth and act simply and honestly. She is very anxious to have a family and often asks if a family is coming for her and her siblings.

C: Male, DOB January 4, 2004: Child C is in Grade 3. He is noted to be diligent and participative in class, but did not accomplish homework and projects on time, so his marks are fair. He is a healthy and active child with a small build. He is well-adjusted to life in the dormitory, and does his tasks with less supervision. He is independent in self-care, even doing his own laundry without supervision. He enjoys outdoor games. He answers back or reasons out when reprimanded. He is a sensitive child and does not like to be teased by his peers.

D: Male, DOB July 25, 2005: Child D has finished Grade 1 with good marks, and was enrolled in Grade 2. In Grade 2, he manifested disruptive behaviors, and was sent for home study. When he realized that he was left out of school, he promised to behave better, went back to school for the final two quarters and finished with fair grades. He will be promoted to Grade 3. He is healthy and active, not picky about foods, and sleeps well. He does simple tasks around the dormitory, and enjoys participating in activities. He loves to dance and participate in games. He is an active altar server.

E: Male, DOB June 10, 2008: Child E is healthy and energetic. He can follow simple dance steps, pedal a tricycle and copy numbers and letters. He can take care of most of his self-care without assistance. His language development and social skills are properly developed. He is friendly and outgoing, but timid and quiet during activities. He likes to play with his peers, and he can sing nursery rhymes.

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Family notes from March 2014:

"At H., the sister in charge told me they have a sibling group of five that they are hoping to match. She said they would like them to be near our teenagers because they are good friends with them; they would prefer a Catholic family because the kids are older and have been raised that way. She said they think they may have to split the siblings because they don't know if they can find a family open to five. I told her not to consider splitting a close sibling group; Hand In Hand just placed a sibling group of five, and it can be done! I also asked if I could meet the kids, so that I could advocate for them, and the following Saturday, I was able to meet them briefly.

Ms. J., my teens' social worker, introduced me to the oldest boy, who greeted her with the customary sign of respect, pressing her hand to his forehead. He listened politely and with interest as she talked to him. His little sister gave me a moment that lit a fire under me to find her a family. Ms. J. told her that I was going to try to find her a family. Unfortunately, this little girl's English was not too good, and she misunderstood. Her little face absolutely lit up, and she exclaimed, "You found us a family!" I felt terrible having to tell her, "Not yet; your paperwork still isn't quite done, but I will try." She looked so disappointed...but I'm determined to see if I can make this happen for these kids. She is so hopeful.

Her little brothers did not stop long enough to talk. They were running around in the crowd of little kids clapping noisemakers that they had just gotten at a party a benefactor had sponsored for the kids. I looked back over our pictures later, and noticed that one of them was hanging on my son's arm in his entrustment ceremony pictures.

I asked my teens about them, and they both would really like to see these friends of theirs come home nearby.  My oldest daughter said she used to help take care of the little one when he was a toddler."

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Interested families should contact Vickie Truelove at Indiana@hihiadopt.org or 260-636-3566 about these children for a full file and picture.

 Requirements for adopting from the Philippines are here: Hand In Hand Philippines Program

Families inquiring about waiting children like these may find that some of the rules are relaxed. Children in the Philippines often can be hosted through the Hand In Hand Summer Hosting Program as well.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Hand In Hand has a new program in Brazil!

HAND IN HAND BRAZIL PROGRAM NOW OPEN!


We are thrilled to announce that Brazil has made it official and Hand In Hand will be approved to begin helping families who want to adopt children from Brazil.  After a nearly two-year long preparation process, our staff is excited and ready to go!  Here are some details about the program. 


Types of Children Available:
  •  Most need is for school age children up to age 15, with the majority between 7-15 years of age, male and female, from healthy to those with minor to moderate medical conditions,
  • Sibling groups of any age who are basically healthy 
  • Younger children with minor to moderate medical conditions


Types of Families Accepted:

  •  Couples who have been married for 2 years
  • Single applications judged on a case by case situation
  • Parents must be at least 25 years of age and at least 16 years older than the child they hope to adopt
  • Other children in the home, both biological and adopted, are acceptable.


Travel Requirements:
  •  Parents will travel to Brazil, stay in an apartment for 5-6 weeks with their child/ren in the city in which the child resides.  


To learn more about this program, contact Camilla Turquia Gomes, Brazil Program Director, email address camillaturquia@hihiadopt.org

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Waiting Child Spotlight! Philippines Boy 9996


Today's Waiting Child Spotlight is on a little boy who is two and a half years old. He waits in the Philippines. Hand In Hand has his picture and full file available to interested parents. Contact Indiana@hihiadopt.org for more information.

Male, DOB July 21, 2012, Ref. No. : 9996 (14-0387)
The child was a month old when he was surrendered to an institution by his birthmother.... At 17 months old, child was diagnosed with global developmental delay and currently undergoing therapy. At 21 months old, child was diagnosed with “Alopecia Universalis” due to baldness. According to the doctor, it was hereditary and has no cure. Child is sociable. He mingles and plays with other children at the center. He communicated with his caregivers by means of showing some gestures or making sounds. At his age, he has not fully developed his verbal communication skills. Child knows how to use spoon when eating and drink water in a cup with a little spill. He loves to dance when he hears music or when he sees someone dancing. He is fond watching educational TV shows, he is happy when he plays with other children. He smiles spontaneously and laughs out loud. He has a good appetite.

Information about his medical condition: Alopecia Universalis

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Waiting Child Spotlight! Philippines Girl 9856

Today's Waiting Child Spotlight is on a five-year-old girl waiting in the Philippines. Hand In Hand has her picture and full file available to interested parents. Contact Indiana@hihiadopt.org for more information.

Female, DOB October 17, 2009, Ref. No.: 9856 (14-0247)
[Sensitive family background. Contact Hand In Hand for more information.] The child was seven (7) months old when the birthmother decided to surrender her child for adoption and admitted her incapability to parent the child. Child, upon admission is currently under the care of her foster family. At 2 years old child was diagnosed with “ambiguous genitalia”. She was referred for endocrinologist to rule out the condition and the child caring agency is currently awaiting for the result. Child is toilet trained. She is neat and tidy on her things. She can fold her clothes and keep it in the cabinet. She is talkative and speaks fast, but has difficulty pronouncing words with letter “s” and “r”. She can identify basic colors and can count numbers from 1 to 10. She likes to draw and color. She enjoy singing and playing with other children.

See here for information on adopting and parenting children with this condition: Rainbowkids Article