Saturday, February 6, 2016

Waiting Child Spotlight: Filipino Boy 10272, DOB Jan 5, 2011

J. is a wonderful little boy who will thrive with extra care and guidance from experienced parents. He has a complex congenital heart disease which tires this happy, go-getter child out.  His caregivers have described him as having a good sense of humor, and strong-willed with a sense of anxiety about having his needs met. While he talks in sentences and expresses needs, he may have some speech/language delays that could be addressed with therapy. 

J. is interested in typical childhood activities such as drawing, playing hide-and-seek, and mingling with other children throughout the day.  J. has shown to be willing to form attachments to father and mother figures and has expressed his desire for parents when he sees other children being adopted. 

Full medical history and background information are available from Hand in Hand. If you wish to speak to families who have already adopted children with heart defects, please contact Hand In Hand. More about heart defects can be found here: Heart Defects 

Contact Vickie Truelove at or 260-636-3566

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Waiting Child Spotlight! Philippines Girl 9869

Female age 9, DOB 11/17/06

N. is a loving and cheerful child in need of a loving family open to providing attentive guidance. She has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder yet is continuously making strides in improving her cognitive and developmental skills. It is noted that N. is open to doing chores with loving adult guidance, and has exhibited openness to adoption and the idea of a family.  She asks questions in school and at home, asks for permission when appropriate, and calls her classmates and friends by name. One of her favorite activities is group singing, and she has participating in music and arts therapy to continue to strengthen her language and developmental skills. N. has an abnormal EEG which indicates a seizure disorder. She is currently doing well with seizure medication.

N. attends a special needs school and has been noted to have made consistent improvement while exhibiting a cheerful and positive attitude. She is in need of a family that can give her strong individualized attention, which she is not currently able to receive in her orphanage. With this attention, she is expected to continue to improve and thrive.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Today's Waiting Child Spotlight is on a sibling set of two from the Philippines. 

Female: December 18, 2004, & Male, September 29, 2009
Reference Numbers 10303-10304
These two active, cheerful children will thrive with experienced parents.
 M. (12) is a cheerful, active and conscientious female child who is neat and clean. She wants to be a doctor or scientist so that she can help people when she grows up.  M. has experienced trust and security difficulties that have steadily improved with good care and counseling. She responds to loving attention. She participates in ballet with a focus on dance therapy. M. has often expressed her deep desire for a family and how she waits for her turn whenever other children are adopted. 

R. (6) is an active, affectionate, cheerful child who loves to talk. He enjoys swimming, reading, and his caregivers note that he has a good sense of humor and enjoys telling jokes that make others laugh. He loves animals and is very gentle with them. 

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[Sensitive family background, contact Hand in Hand for more information]

Monday, December 21, 2015

Waiting Child Spotlight! Sibling set in the Philippines

KidsWait! spotlight is  on a sibling set of two from the Philippines, a boy, age 16, and girl, age 12. J. enjoys outdoor activities including fishing, swimming and basketball. He has good rapport with adults and is respectful and affectionate. He has exhibited outbursts in the past but has continuously improved on controlling his temper. He likes to play with his younger sister and is protective of her. He enjoys being part of his church's dance ministry.

D. is a very bright child who excels in her classes. She is a gentle and sensitive child  who cried often from stress but has continuously become better adjusted. She is a trusting child. She enjoys swimming and is also involved in her church's dance ministry. There are no significant medical concerns for these two children, and they would be appropriate for experienced parents as the youngest children in the family. A full file and photos are available. Hand In Hand families who have adopted older children and larger sibling sets are happy to talk to prospective parents about their experiences. 

For further information please contact Vickie Truelove at or 260-636-3566.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Waiting Child Spotlight! China Boy 620A

Today's Waiting Child Spotlight is on a toddler boy waiting in China. This little boy is not even two years old yet! Contact Hand In Hand for more information: or 260-636-3566.

Boy 620A DOB: Nov.12, 2013 
This bundle of cuteness and smiles is a precious 19 month old boy. He has complex congenital heart defects and had surgery in August 2014. He recovered well. He is described as shy (though you can’t tell by the smile in his photo) and is delayed developmentally compared to children his age. At 13 months old he required assistance with sitting and standing. He can call out “mom” and “aunt”, though unclearly. He enjoys the quiet and likes to listen to music. His care givers hope that he will find a happy family where he can come to thrive. Report Dated: December 1, 2014

If you wish to speak to families who have already adopted children with heart defects, please contact Hand In Hand. More about heart defects can be found here: Heart Defects

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Waiting Child Spotlight! Philippines Boy 9700

Today's Waiting Child Spotlight is on a little boy waiting in the Philippines. Hand In Hand has his full files and pictures available. His full report describes him as quiet and observant, attached to his caregivers, compliant, and active.

For more information contact Vickie at or 260-636-3566.

Male: Sept. 1, 2011, Reference Number 9700 (14-0091)
[Sensitive family background history; contact Hand In Hand for more information.] Based on the clinical abstract dated October 10, 2011, the birthmother was diagnosed to have bipolar affective disorder, current episodes of manic depressive with psychotic symptoms.
Child was 18 months old when he started to walk. In May 2014, he was seen by a developmental paediatrician who diagnosed him to have global developmental delays. He has abnormal EEG and this finding is reported to be suggestive of an underlying “seizure disorder.” Further evaluation by a neurologist was recommended to rule out seizure disorder. He had cranial MRI in November 2014 and the result shows “no focal parenchymal signal abnormality. Elongated anteroposterior dimension of cranial vault. This is of no clinical significance but frequently a consequence of premature closure of sagittal closure.” 

Child can speak of two (2) or three (3) words like isa pa (one more); saan na tali (where’s the string); eto pa (here’s more). Most of the time, he will clearly say single words like hindi (no); ate (to refer to older women or caregiver), tapon (throw), tanggal (remove). He can identify each of the 12 children in his dormitory, however, he cannot clearly say their names. He mispronounces /s/ for /t/, for example bata for basa (wet). He can count 1 to 3 without difficulty and need reminders when counting up to ten (10).

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Waiting Child Spotlight! Philippines Sibling Set of Five 10114

Today's Waiting Child Spotlight is on a sibling group of five. Hand In Hand has a full report and pictures available regarding this sibling group. They show marked improvement in their relationship and schooling with the consistent care they are now receiving.  Hand In Hand families who have adopted older children and larger sibling sets are happy to talk to prospective parents about their experiences. Contact Vickie at or 260-636-3566 for more information.

Child A: Female, DOB June 21, 2001, Ref. No.  10114 (15-0062)  
Child B: Male DOB May 21, 2002, Ref. No.  10115 (15-0063)    
Child C: Male, DOB November 10, 2007, Ref. No.  10116 (15-0064) 
Child D: Male, DOB September 9, 2009, Ref. No. 10117 (15-0065) 
Child E: Female, DOB June 9, 2010, Ref. No. 10118 (15-0066) 

Sometime in September 2012, the children’s case was referred to the institution by the local social welfare office in B. through the initiative of a concerned citizen. The children’s mother left the children in December 2011...and her whereabouts remain unknown. The children experienced neglect since their father could not provide for their daily needs as he was suffering from illness. The children’s father died in February 2012 due to hypertension (based on the death certificate). Identified relatives were not willing to take custody on the children due to financial difficulties thus the children were referred to the institution for proper case management and have been declared legally available for adoption on December 23, 2014.

Child A- Child A is healthy, active and developing into a young lady. She is able to maintain proper hygiene. She enjoys attending the ballet classes once a week. Last year, she was recommended for remedial home schooling classes with an American volunteer at the center focused on language and math. Her reading has improved and she is able to read with ease. She can spell words by sounding out the letters. Her math skill is higher than her language skills. The child has a soft and gentle personality. She is shy and quite introverted. She is not spontaneously affectionate but responsive to the affection given by her caregiver. The psychological evaluation showed borderline line range. Results of the projective tests show her to have adequate emotional stability as well as a willingness to adjust to the demands made of her. She can adapt well to the changes within her environment and she is open to the idea of adoption.

Child B – Child B is healthy and active. He can do self help task. He plays basketball and other sports. He is attending grade II at a local public elementary school. He was elected as a class president. His grades are good and he is always top of the class or second. He is described as an enthusiastic young man who thrives in a competitive environment. He tends to speak bad words when he has been insulted or wronged. He is being taught to think first before he speaks and to also give time for the other person to express themselves. He is learning and showing desire to be in good relationship with his friends and roommates. He has an outgoing personality and is seldom shy. He is comfortable and respectful with adults. He is functioning within the average level of intelligence. The projective tests showed an intense need for stability in his life. He responds warmly to any sign of attention and affection coming from the people around him.

Child C – Child C is healthy, active and playful. He is able to maintain proper hygiene on his own. He is attending as grade 1 at a local public elementary school. He loves school. He can read and is very good in Math. He has a lisp when he says “s” but good pronunciation and being modeled by his caregivers. He is affectionate to his primary caregivers and adults close to him. He has an average level of intelligence. He shows good reasoning ability and is decisive when given specific situations that require action on his part. He has a friendly nature and is excited over the possibility of having adoptive parents who will love and take of him and his siblings.

Child D- Child D is healthy, loves to run and play at the park and climb on the monkey bars. He can copy triangles and other geometric patterns. He can draw a person with a body and print many letters. He can listen to a story and respond to questions correctly when asked. He can count up to 40, knows all the colors and knows about things used every day in the home. The child enjoys singing, coloring and playing house of superheroes. He particularly loves to sing songs from devotions. The child has average level of intelligence. His visual motor coordination is very good and he can work very well under time pressure. He is warmly responsive in nature and seeks approval, eager for acceptance and affection from those who are close to him.

Child E- Child is healthy and active however has struggled with allergies that cause her to have recurrent rhinitis. She is able to dress and undress herself, brushes her teeth and is toilet trained. She attends pre-school every day for two hours conducted in the center. She can count up to 39 and can identify colors. She can write her name and listen to story and answer questions. She is obedient and can follow simple instructions. She is affectionate to her caregivers.