Waiting for a Family
It is our greatest hope that all the children in the care of An Orphan's Wish will be given the love of a forever family.
If you would like to donate to our adoption grants fund, please visit the adoption grants page here. Adoption grants awarded by An Orphan's Wish provide financial assistance to families committed to the adoption of one of our precious children.
Alec – May 2011
Alec’s special needs are orthopedic issues with his left elbow, one missing eye and some developmental delays. Alec arrived at An Orphan’s Wish right after his first birthday.
Alec was underweight, weak and developmentally delayed. We soon discovered that he was having feeding difficulties. To help him with his feeding and ensure he would receive adequate nutrition, we used a feeding tube. In September we were able to remove the feeding tube and Alec is now taking all his feedings by mouth with lots of encouragement.
Alec’s condition of anophthalmia, congenital absence of one eye, is commonly corrected for cosmetic purposes with a prosthetic eye. Here is a photoshopped picture showing what Alec may look like with a prosthetic eye.
Alec is a beautiful little boy with a gorgeous smile. He needs a family open to some unknowns and willing to take a leap of faith to help this precious little boy reach his full potential with love and support.
Alec is available for adoption of the CCCWA Shared List. His file was just added to the list on 11/27/2012.
Peter – November 2002
Update - March 15, 2013
Peter’s special need is spina bifida.
Peter arrived at An Orphan’s Wish in July of 2012. He was sad and frightened. This sweet boy has had a difficult life thus far. Born with spina bifida, abandoned at the age of 7 in circumstances unknown but that were undoubtedly heartbreaking. Yet, through all the hardships, Peter has kept the capacity to trust, to open his heart and to be just a kid.
Brad took Peter under his wings and showed him the ropes around the house. Soon these two boys who have a lot in common struck a friendship.
Peter is smart and motivated to do well. He has settled into his class well and is enjoying the new Montessori style learning. Peter also does his chores. He likes to earn special privileges such as extra time on the Wii – which he has recently discovered and absolutely loves to play. He also likes to play other electronic games with the boys of the house.
Peter cannot walk and uses a wheelchair. He is very capable and independent. Peter is always very polite, saying please and thank you. He enjoys welcoming the Carers as they arrive for their shifts. He helps wherever he can, making his own bed, or helping with the younger children. He is eager to help clean up and put things away where they belong.
Kay Bratt – our AOW Director of Special Projects – beautifully wrote Peter’s story here.
Would you consider adding Peter to your family and show that it is OK to trust again, that it is OK to love again, that he will not be abandoned ever again?
If Peter’s story touches your heart and you would like to help the family who will open their home to Peter, please consider making a donation to our adoption grants fund in Peter’s name. The money donated will be given directly by An Orphan’s Wish to the agency handling the adoption of Peter in payment of some of the adoption expenses owed by the family.
Ellie – June 2010
Matched With Forever Family
Ellie’s special needs are repaired cleft lip, unrepaired cleft palate and one droopy eye.
Ellie arrived at An Orphan’s Wish at the very end of August 2010.
Ellie came to our care as a tiny little baby with a chest infection and a puffy eye that was closed. After treatment, her eye opened up although it remained of a different shape than her left eye.
With love and good care, Ellie started to gain weight and grow into a chubby adorable little girl.
While waiting for her surgery, Ellie kept herself busy growing, learning how to walk, making friends and being cute and adorable!
Before Ellie could have her lip repair surgery, the plastic surgeon recommended a treatment known as moulding. This requires taping of the lip to bring the two sides of the cleft closer together and maximize the chances of success of the surgery. Ellie endured it all with calm and patience.
Ellie finally had her lip repair surgery in February 2012. We were very happy with the results. Her lip healed very well and Ellie beamed with pride as everyone told her how beautiful she looked.
Now Ellie is growing into a confident, caring and happy little girl. She shares a room with Holly, Shannan and Emmie and these girls are the best of friends.
Ellie has made great strides in her feeding skills. She is able to chew and swallow on her own when the food has been chopped up for her. She is also able to wash her hands on her own before each meal and to wipe her face after a meal.
Ellie had a new hair cut just for Christmas and beamed with joy to hear all the compliments about her new hairstyle. We think she is absolutely darling, don’t you?
In the last few months, we have really noticed Ellie’s personality blossom and shine. She went from being very shy around strangers to becoming our very own welcoming committee. She is now always the first one to greet visitors with a big grin and a lot of waving. She is also showing her caring and considerate heart. She happily shares toys and food with the other children and is always there to help a friend in need.
Ellie still has some trouble speaking, but this is not uncommon for children with cleft lip and palate. Ellie has speech therapy in her future but for now she has figured out how to use gestures to let the carers know what she wants and needs. For example, she was quick one day to let them know that the pajamas they were trying to give her were not the right ones!
Ellie is available for adoption of the CCCWA Shared List. Her file was just added to the list in March 2013.
Ellie will need a family who has access to a good local cleft and craniofacial center to meet her needs for additional surgeries, palate repair and speech therapy.
Bennett - December 2011
Matched With A Family
Brad - July 1999
Matched With A Family
Brad’s special needs are spina bifida and scoliosis.
Isaiah – August 2011
Matched With A Family