Guest Author - Mindy Graham
Adoption in itself is one of the greatest gifts. It gives to all sides. The child, the family, and the community all benefit. In some cases however that truth expands beyond the family, beyond the friends, beyond the local community, and on to the world. This is precisely what Reece’s Rainbow does.
Down syndrome is a life changing diagnosis, and unfortunately abroad many people are blind to the gifts of these wonderful children. Reece’s Rainbow is changing the world one family at a time. In a dual mission they fight to find these kids a loving home and to raise awareness about the potential of these little ones.
They have already had vast success, having brought home close to two dozen children with Down syndrome and other disorders. Those that are home are flourishing in loving and supportive families and they are exceeding everyone’s expectations. The list of families committing to adopt grows daily. But so does the list of newly “discovered” children who need homes.
Some of these kids are in dire need help.
In fact many of these children face an institution around the age of four, an often unpleasant place that caters to regression. As hard as these children worked to gain the skills they do have they will lose many of them while confined to their cribs with little stimulation. In some countries once they enter these institutions they are no longer eligible for adoption so there is a literal hour glass for these “older” angels.
Until the world understands the beauty in front of them the best chance for these young children is with new families who are devoted to teaching them new skills and helping them obtain their full potential. There is an ever changing list of Down kids who are just waiting for a family and all have been waiting for far too long.
There is also the “Other Angels” who come very all regions of the world with a vast variety of conditions and the sweetest faces you can imagine. There is one (little girl) in particular on this site who breaks my heart. Some of these kids have no intellectual challenges and will still spend the rest of their days in an institution if a family is not found in time.
Not every family can adopt – but everyone can help!
You can sponsor a waiting angel and fund a grant for their future parents, or you can help a family in their quest to bring home their own bundle of joy. Or you could simply spread the word and help Reece’s Rainbow reach your part of the world!
Please visit reecesrainbow.com