Waiting Children

The children listed below are available for adoption.  Some are assigned exclusively to Cradle of Hope, others are on the shared list. Contact us at info@cradlehope.org for more information on these children and how they can become a part of your family.

Just Announced–Boys Need Families Initiative!

Cradle of Hope announces an intensive effort to find homes for Chinese boys, ages 4-10 with moderate special needs.  We are reducing our placement fee by $3000 for eligible families who apply before May 31, 2018.  Families may apply to adopt a specific waiting boy, or we can search for your son during your dossier preparation process.  Current waiting boys who fall in this group are Johnny, Jonathan, Dylan, Kai and Marcus (see their descriptions, additional grants, and videos below). Our efforts are focused on 4 – 10 year old boys with a variety of special needs including cerebral palsy, limb differences, microtia, hearing loss, meningoceles/spina bifida, congential heart defects, hydrocephalus and dwarfism. 

An additional $1000 reduction is available for families in MD, VA, and DC who also contract with us for homestudy services.

If you have room in your heart and home for a Chinese boy, please contact Patrice Gancie (pgancie@cradlehope.org or 301/587-4400) for more information on this program!


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A $4,000 grant is available for Chloe’s adoption

Chloe, 3 years old, was born in February 2015 and found abandoned when she was around two months old. She has been diagnosed with PKU (Phenylketonuria). She is living in a special program run by a US NGO where she receives a special diet to control her protein intake. Her January, 2018 testing measuring amino acids in her system came back normal, which indicates her PKU diet is effective.  Chloe is described as an active girl with dimples who liked singing, listening to music and smiling. She can walk, run, jump and go upstairs. Although has some speech delays, we’re told that she does not seem to have suffered any brain damage and is considered to be very smart and sweet.  She can pick up small objects with her fingers, scribble with a pen, move blocks in and out of a cup, turn pages in a book, is cooperative with dressing and can respond when asked for objects. Chloe’s favorite activity is singing and she likes plush toys.  We are seeking a family experienced with PKU to adopt Chloe.





All Agency Fees Waived for Tina’s Adoption

Tina, almost 8 years old, was born in May 2010 and is diagnosed with Down Syndrome.  She is an active and outgoing little girl who likes to learn new things and participates enthusiastically in all kinds of games.  She doesn’t have bowel or bladder control.  Tina can match some colors, knows her name, runs and hops on one foot, and climbs up and down slides without help.  She loves playing with other children. She’s described as always having a smiling face, and she loves to talk to peers when she’s happy.




A $5,000 grant is available to a home study-ready family applying before June 1, 2018 to adopt Junior

Junior, 5 years old, was born in December 2012 and abandoned days after his birth. His medical report gives a diagnosis of short stature and mild anemia, as well as CHD, but an ultrasound in the last year resulted in a finding of no cardiac abnormality. He is described as shy but talkative, with a strong will and comprehensive ability, quickly responding to his kindergarten teachers. He has strong self-care ability, likes to help the nanny with chores and washing dishes. He is thoughtful. If it rains he’ll go to see if there are any clothes hanging outside and will bring them in. He actively greets strangers and smiles in response to questions, likes to repeat what adults say, and can be mischievous with his peers. He likes handicrafts, looking at colorful picture books, playing with toys and games. He gets along with others and is close to his caretakers and other children in his institute.




A $2,500 grant is available for Christian’s adoption.  An additional $3,000 grant is available under our Boys Need Families Initiative for a qualified family applying before May 31, 2018 to adopt him.  Further grant of $1,000 for any MD, DC, or VA family completing a home study through Cradle of Hope.

Christian, 4 years old, was born in December 2013 and found abandoned as a newborn. He was born with a heart condition (VSD) that was surgically corrected in April 2014.  He is deaf with external deformity of both ears and facial paralysis (mouth and eyes pull to the right when crying.) Christian’s adoption report was completed around his 4th birthday and he is described as being a happy, active, tolerant, and caring little boy. He has an extroverted personality and his favorite toy is a ball. He likes new toys and being praised by his foster parents. Christian can walk, skip and go up and down stairs independently. He can imitate drawing lines, wash his own hands and undress himself. His intelligence is said to be delayed compared to peers but he can speak a few words, understands adults’ instructions and knows the difference between “big” and “small.” He is fond of imitating and playing games, and his favorite activity is playing with other children.


A $3,500 grant is available for Wendy’s adoption

Wendy, 3.5 years old, was born in October 2014 and found abandoned around her first birthday. Her report indicates cerebral palsy, but it may be fairly mild.  Wendy had surgery for congenital heart disease shortly after her 3rd birthday and is doing well. She lived in an American NGO center until she was placed with a foster family in August 2017.  She is now living in an orphanage.  An NGO volunteer who met her said she is a “gorgeous little girl who’s learning quickly and catching up on developmental milestones.” She likes toys with animal pictures and loves playing with dolls. She can stand and walk freely, and is now mastering movement and hand manipulation skills as she has opportunity and training.  She likes to play with others, take turns, and engage in imaginative activities like playing house, as well as action songs like head, shoulders, knees and toes.  She can feed herself independently, shows new skill at dressing, zipping and buttoning tasks, and is undergoing toilet training.

A Denver Development screening report for Wendy issued a couple of months ago indicates:

Personal Emotional: Slightly low scores around 3 years and 3 months possibly related to limited opportunity and cultural factors (like prepare cereal and play board/card games) Since her last assessment she has improved significantly in her social skills.  She has grown in confidence. She shows signs of secure attachment (when she separates from caregiver at physiotherapy she cries a little but understands when caregiver tells her that she will be back to pick her; and she is happy and smiling when she is reunited with her). She calls her friends by name and engages in pretending playing, during this assessment she always had eye contact.

Fine Motor adaptive: She scored one month advanced around 3 years, 6 months. She is using both hands, even when she is not prompted to use her right (weaker) hand.

Language: Her receptive language is around 4 years old and she has good improvement on expressive language. She started talking more around November 2017 and now she can combine 2 and 3 words in a sentence, she names objects and pictures on a board book if she is asked. She can spontaneously call friends and her caregiver, say hello and goodbye.  Her speech is most of the time understandable and she shows the speech ability of a 3 year old child. This was before her lowest area but she has been improving a lot in the last 6 months.

Gross motor: She can walk by herself, run and walk up steps. She performs in this area like a 21-month-old. But we need to consider her cerebral palsy diagnosis.

During the test, she was happy and engaging, she enjoyed playing and always kept eye contact. She was alert, always complied and her attention span was appropriate. She enjoys pretend playing and invited me to play with her. She is now more secure and relaxed.