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The following children are all waiting for a child's most precious right - a permanent family of his or her own. Could yours be that family?

Each country has different requirements for adoptive families. Please check the program page for the country of any child in which you are interested to see if you might qualify to adopt him or her. Our agency works with prospective adoptive parents to ensure that each match is the best possible choice for the child and family alike.

Hong Kong
ABI is proud to partner with International Social Services of Hong Kong. Please visit our Hong Kong adoption program page to review Hong Kong adoption program qualifications and fees. The Hong Kong program has very low international fees. At present ABI has been asked to find families for six boys and five girls, ages three through fifteen, with various special and/or medical needs.

Please contact program director Emily Mathews by email: or call her at 417-882-3656 for specific information.

ABI is proud to partner with Cathwel Service of Taiwan. Visit our Taiwan adoptions page to review program criteria, timeline, and fees. Access to waiting Taiwanese children's information and photos is protected. Please email us at to access the photolisting for Taiwan.

These children are already adopted -
many others still wait for families

Haitian children can be classified as special needs/waiting children because of physical, medical, or psychological needs, or because they are members of a sibling pair or group or are six years of age or older.

Agencies may deposit adoptive family dossiers outside the quota imposed by the government for adoption dossiers. However, all other adoptive parent criteria still apply.

ABI cannot release photographs or any additional information about any of our waiting children until a family submits a completed home study and our staff believes your family might be a good fit for the child/children in question. Only the Haitian government has the authority to approve the placement of a child - our agency can only suggest a match to a suitable family.

The children listed below are in the care of our partner orphanages in Haiti. Families must be aware that limited medical history and evaluations are available.

Visit our Haiti program page to review adoptive family criteria and timeline.

Sylvia – born in October of 2012.
Sylvia came into care at about one month of age. She was found abandoned. Sylvia has limb differences – she is missing her fingers and much of her hands. She has fairly lax muscle tone and is behind on her gross motor development. It is possible that she has Ras/MAPK defect, a genetic syndrome. A visiting pediatric specialist detected a heart murmur, but as she is fat and energetic he is not fearful for her health at this time.

When Sylvia first came into care we feared that she was blind and deaf. We now know that she can hear and see, and she can certainly tell the difference between people she knows and loves and those whom she does not! Sylvia has developed a healthy case of stranger anxiety.

Any family considering adopting Sylvia will need to accept the possibility that she may have developmental disabilities and we cannot determine what those disabilities might be, or their extent.

Sylvia is thriving in her environment. She has faced many challenges in her short life, but she already knows how to love and be loved and share smiles with those she considers her family.

Naika, Charleson, and Roberson
This sibling group of three is considered special needs because of their number and Naika’s age. They have no identified medical or psychological issues.

Naika was born in October 2007. She’s a real little chatterbox who loves to tell stories and ask questions to get attention. She minds well and has many friends and good social skills. She can be a little immature, whiny, and clingy at times. Her verbal IQ appears to be quite high as her little stories are cohesive and she has a good vocabulary. She displays empathy and kindness to other children, particularly her two little brothers

Roberson was born in January, 2009. Roberson is a ‘good egg’. He’s mischievous in a fun, playful way, and loves to interact with adults. He has a lot of little boy buddies and engages in interactive, imaginative play. He’s not a fighter. Overall, he’s just a fun little guy!

Charleson was born in May, 2011. He presents as a sombre little guy, quite possibly because shy and quiet children cannot thrive in an orphanage environment. He is quiet and a bit withdrawn. He’s not at all a fighter, and other more aggressive kids sometimes take toys from him. He is able and willing to follow multistep instructions. He appears on target developmentally although he won’t speak much for a developmental screening.

We’d like to see the siblings in a family situation Naika can be babied and given all of that extra love she craves. We suspect she will thrive and develop into a healthy, caring young woman. Roberson appears to be a happy, resilient little person who will thrive where he’s planted, and Charleson deserves a family of his own to help him develop into whoever he was meant to become.

Djouna and Thouna – born in November, 2007.
Identical twins Djouna and Thouna came into care in January of 2013. The girls are mild, sweet tempered, easy going, and obedient. They are both a bit shy with new people. Both have made friends, but they are very attached to each other. They like to be helpful. The girls have no identified medical or psychological issues; they are considered special needs because they are siblings. Soon they will qualify because of their age as well.

Djouna and Thouna will thrive in a calm, nurturing household that can help them blossom and find their independence. They would do very well with siblings of any age, so long as there is plenty of one on one adult time available to help draw them out and become more assertive and confident.

Donise and Selena
Donise and Selena came into care in January of 2013. They have an infant sister who is not being placed for adoption at this time. They are considered special needs because they are siblings and Donise is over age six. The girls have no identified medical or psychological issues.

Donise was born in July, 2005. She is bright, outgoing, and outspoken. She craves attention and her feelings are hurt if she feels that she is being ignored. When she is getting the attention she needs, she is chatty, friendly, and a lot of fun! She can be sulky and resentful when she feels needy and overlooked. Donise has plenty of friends and interacts well with others, although she tends to act somewhat younger than her age. She can be a bit of a tattletale.

Donise has a very strong urge to earn love and approval and will work very hard to please adults around her. She has a strong sense of integrity and fairness. She is careful and affectionate with her sister, Selena, and she enjoys playing with babies and toddlers.

Selena was born in October, 2010. She is very different temperamentally than her big sister! She’s an easygoing, happy, chunky little toddler who buzzes around doing her own little games, self contained and content. Her caretakers report that she gets along with everyone and seldom cries. She warms up quickly to strangers without being overly pushy and can recognize repeat visitors easily. Selena appears to be right on target developmentally.

The girls will do well in any family that has the resources to meet Donise’s need to be a child; babied and adored. Although both girls do very well with babies and smaller children, we want to avoid any situation in which Donise will not be free to act much younger than her age for a while to meet her need for assurance that she is a beloved daughter.

Medeline, Yverson, Loveson, and Loveson
Table for... how many?? Medeline, Yverson, Loveson, and Lovena are a sibling set of four, all attached to each other. We would consider placing Medeline and Yverson with one family and Loveson and Lovena with another if the two families are related and living close to one another, or to very long term and stable friends in a similar situation. The children qualify as special needs because they are a sibling group.

The children came into care in March, 2013. At that time they were severely malnourished, especially Loveson and Lovena. The twins still look malnourished and very thin, although they are gaining steadily.

Medeline was born in October, 2007. She tends to be a pensive and thoughtful. Once she’s comfortable with a new person, she’ll smile and interact appropriately. She’s not a huge talker, although she will answer questions coherently and accurately. She really enjoys playing with her brother and visiting her little twin siblings and the other babies in the nursery. The nannies know that they can depend on Medeline to complete responsibilities assigned to her. She’s a trustworthy person.

Yverson, born in November of 2009, can be a quiet little guy too, but his little boy buddies can usually coax him into some age appropriate mischief. Yverson is not a fighter and he cries when others take things from him. He likes to play with his big sister. He is shy with new people, but will follow directions well. He’s a cooperative, well behaved little boy.

Loveson and Lovena were born in October of 2012. The twins were suffering from severe malnutrition upon their arrival. They are still weak, and somewhat delayed in their gross motor development because of that weakness. Lovena is a happy baby who will play by herself if put down on the floor. She has no trouble identifying who is a caretaker and who is a stranger, she makes her displeasure with strangers known! Loveson has more stranger anxiety than his sister, and screams at the very sight of a stranger until his nannies can soothe him. They report that otherwise, he’s a content and peaceful baby.

Medeline, Yverson, Loveson, and Loveson need a family with the resources to meet all of their needs, who is eager to have a full quiver and a houseful of joyful noise. All four children show excellent potential to develop into happy, independent adults. We want to be sure that Medeline does not become any more parentified. She deserves a turn to be a nothing more than a little girl.

Angelene, born in May, 2006.
Angelene is severely hearing impaired. She is currently wearing a hearing aid that allows her to hear some sounds, but not enough to allow her to learn to speak. Angelene has learned to communicate her needs through some improvised sign language. Her caretakers believe that she is an intelligent child. She is very alert and likes to participate in activities. She follows directions once we find a way to demonstrate what we want her to do.

A lack of gross motor strength and an odd, stilted gait imply that Angelene might have some sort of mild neuromuscular involvement, such as CP. She is still able to run and climb.

Angelene likes to participate in organized games, coloring, etc. but appears to be frustrated by the fact that she can’t participate in the imagination games the other girls her age play. Angelene is frequently frustrated or saddened by her isolation. However, she is easily consoled by her caretakers. This little girl is appropriately affectionate, cuddly, and very easy to love.

We need a family who can teach Angelene sign language and fully explore what might be done to improve her hearing. She is a special, kind-hearted child who has already won many friends and allies among those who know her.

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