Children with Down Syndrome
We want to introduce you to Down syndrome adoption & some of our waiting children with Down syndrome who need forever families. View our China adoption photo listings and our India adoption photo listings below. Our complete Waiting Child list is available to view on our Waiting Children pages with a password that can be requested to receive immediate access.
CHINA WAITING CHILDREN WITH DOWN SYNDROME
6 years old
Miley is described by her caregivers as passionate and positive with an outgoing personality. She also loves singing and dancing when her favorite tune comes on. Miley lives in a foster family, but part of her day she still joins the children at her orphanage for various activities. She can understand her nannies and her foster parents and can express her wants. She can often be found reciting children’s poems or learning new things. She is independent and can take care of many of the typical self-care and daily tasks of her daily life.
When she isn’t learning in her class, she enjoys running, playing, riding her bike, and playing ball.
If you are interested in learning more about little Miley, please reach out to our China team at China@awaa.org.
6 years old
Tyler is an active little boy who is described by those who meet him as attentive and energetic. Some of his favorite activities include reading books, singing, and playing on a toy car. He also loves playing and being outside. His favorite TV programs are Tom and Jerry, Bottle Gourd Brothers and Pilgrimage to the West. He has a healthy, varied diet, is not a picky eater, and his favorite food is noodles.
He is in foster care and has been successful in his special education classes which he attends Monday through Saturday, every week. He has a positive attitude at school and always shows interest in new things. All his teachers and classmates enjoy him very much. He has made several close friends that he spends time with. He can hold writing tools in his hand, can follow lines on paper and is good at coloring. He can express his needs well.
He has good limb and mental development. He is able to walk completely on his own and can safely go up and down stairs without any assistance. He can perform all the daily motor functions on his own including; dressing, washing and feeding himself. He is very helpful to his caregivers by cleaning the table after a meal, folding clothes and keeping rooms in order.
If you are interested in learning more about little Tyler, please reach out to our China team at China@awaa.org.
2 years 11 months old
Lissa is a precious little one still waiting for her family to find her! Adored by her caretakers, she is described as a curious and happy little girl, who loves to eat! When she first arrived at her orphanage, she was small and weak. Intrigued by her surroundings she would observe the nannies and other children playing, smiling when teased or tickled. Over time, she has learned to trust the nannies and has become more and more adventurous, seeking out attention and interaction with her nannies and playing with the other children.
She still loves to be tickled, held, and kissed, loves colorful toys that make sounds and likes to listen and dance to music. Lissa will make eye contact and is said to be very cheerful! She is attentive when learning something new and will actively try to learn new things. Diagnosed with Down Syndrome and nystagmus of both eyes, compared to her peers her growth and development have been delayed; however, with rehabilitation training, she is able to crawl, sit independently, grasp objects, and is making good progress as she continues to grow and develop.
The origin of Lissa’s name, given to her by her caretakers, means ‘hope she will obtain love and be cherished.’ This little one, so clearly adored, is waiting for a family to find her who will love and cherish her delightful and adventurous little spirit! Her file is extremely detailed with a lot of wonderful developmental information and benchmarks, and we are also able to connect interested families with individuals who have visited her orphanage and were able to meet her during their visit in November 2016! If you are interested in learning more about little Lissa, please reach out to our China team at China@awaa.org.
4 years 8 months old
This adorable little guy is an active one, who is fond of playing with his toys and who often smiles spontaneously! An updated assessment of Sammy in November 2016 stated that he appears to have higher physical function than other 3 ½-year-old children with Down syndrome. He has good physical mobility but does appear to have delayed speech. The team who met Sammy felt that he would benefit from further therapeutic intervention, should he be able to gain access to it.
Sammy is described as silly and fun-loving and very ticklish! He is also very attentive to the younger children, and if they are in a crib, he will greet them and rub their heads to say hello. Although he is not very verbal yet, he will make ooo/ahhh or cooing sounds and single syllable sounds such as ma, ba, da, etc. He is social and very interactive. Sammy does well with gross motor skills and walks unassisted. It is noted that he has low muscle tone, and needs assistance to transition from sitting on the floor to standing. Sammy is able to scribble with a crayon or pen if he has some assistance, and it was noted that he enjoys eating cookies and congee. Sammy is diagnosed with Down syndrome and bilateral hip dysplasia.
5 years old
Garret is a sweet little boy who has a contagious smile! He has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Garret can follow simple instructions, say simple words such as dada, teacher, mama, and can stand while holding onto a support. He can crawl, walk with assistance, sit unsupported, and can self-feed using a spoon.
Please contact us at China@awaa.org for more information!
4 years 1 month old
Cecilia is a precious little girl who loves to interact with others! She has been diagnosed with a congenital heart defect, polydactyly right hand, and Down syndrome. She has an extra finger on her right hand, but she can use her hand and fingers normally.
She had surgery for her heart defect (PDA) in May 2015. The team who met her in November 2016 noted that she loved being around the team members, is chatty, and very affectionate! She says simple words, can sit without support, and is trying to walk without support.
Please contact us at China@awaa.org for more information!
3 years 11 months old
Lyvia is a precious girl with Down syndrome. She laughs loudly, gets excited when seeing milk, and likes to play with her caretakers. She can crawl, sit alone, and stand with support. She is described as introverted and quiet. She likes to listen to music and play with stuffed animals. Lyvia has also been diagnosed with dextrocardia, a congenital heart condition.
For more information and to review Lyvia’s complete file, please contact China@awaa.org or call us at 800-429-3369. We’d love to share even more about this precious girl with you!
INDIA WAITING CHILDREN WITH DOWN SYNDROME
Anika is a 3-year-old girl with a funny expression on her adorable little face. She has Down syndrome with heart conditions (VSD and PDA) and has received surgery. She is developmentally delayed. Anika smiles at, vocalizes with and is soothed by her caregivers. She is described as a very active little girl.
Adam is a handsome 5-year-old boy with brown hair and fair skin. He is described as active and plays well with other children. He is able to communicate with and understand his caregivers. He seeks the attention and affection of his caregivers as well. Adam is generally happy and content.
Kaya is a very pretty 9-year-old girl who has long, dark hair and a shy smile. She had a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy in 2014 and is doing well. She can identify her ABC’s and is able to write the alphabet. She can also write numbers 1-10 with some help. She attends school and receives tutoring. Kaya’s speech has improved a great deal but it is noted that she would benefit from speech therapy. She communicates in both English and Telugu words as well as simple sign language since her speech can be difficult to understand. Kaya is observant and can be reserved when meeting new people but she does slowly warm up. She enjoys playing with her friends and has a wonderful imagination! She invites her friends to play with her.
Shelby is a cute 13-year-old girl who has long, shiny dark hair and a sweet smile. She has a minor heart abnormality that requires no intervention. She is otherwise in excellent health and has good muscle tone. She has a mild intellectual delay which mostly impacts her speech and social skills. Shelby can speak but it can be difficult to understand her. She strings together 3-4 words in both English and Telugu. She can write letters, numbers, and shapes and has very neat handwriting. Additionally, she is able to follow simple instructions and is able to take care of herself. She is described by her caregivers as quiet, friendly, comical, obedient, sweet-tempered and hard working. It is also noted that she has a unique fashion sense and likes to choose her own outfits. She is coordinated and does well playing sports and games including basketball and hula hoop.
Jason is a 14-year-old boy who is quite handsome and has a big, toothy grin! He is described as high-functioning and independent. He speaks Telugu fluently and his speech is clear. Jason also understands and speaks some English. He is able to take care of himself and requires no help with eating, getting dressed and bathing. Jason can write his name and recognize short English words. He is described by his caregivers as sweet, gentle, communicative and very funny. He is extroverted and likes to meet new people. He has positive relationships with his caregivers and friends.
“Ashley” is an adorable little 5-year-old girl who has the sweetest smile, precious little cheeks and wears purple glasses. At two years of age, she received surgery to repair a heart condition known as Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA). She responds to simple instructions and is able to eat and drink on her own. Ashley is described as active and plays well with other children. She goes to school and participates in group activities such as circle games and imaginative play. Medical professionals feel that she will thrive with a warm and accepting family. Please join us in praying for such a family for sweet Ashley as well as advocating on her behalf! Contact email@example.com for more information.
“Tanya” is an active, happy and content 4-year-old girl with straight black hair and dark brown eyes. She smiles when people talk to her and is generally friendly to everyone. Her emotional responses are described as being appropriate. Please pray for a family that will really help Tanya thrive! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
“Jordan” is a handsome 6-year-old boy who is described as being friendly towards other children. Though his speech is difficult to understand, he responds normally to orphanage staff members and other adults. His medical information was updated recently and he is in good health. Please pray that the Lord would provide a family for this sweet boy! Contact email@example.com for more information.
“Christie” is a pretty 4 year old girl with short brown hair and tan skin. In addition to Down syndrome, Christie has been diagnosed with congenital acyanotic heart disease and is on medication. She shows a preference for familiar caregivers and is described as being active, happy and content. Join us in praying for a forever family to love on and care for Christie! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
“Annabelle” is a 1 1/2-year-old baby girl with Down syndrome, a small VSD, and mild pulmonary hypertension. She has brown curly hair and beautiful big brown eyes. She can sit, babble and is described by her caretakers as content, smiley and gentle towards peers and caregivers. Contact India@awaa.org for more information.