You've filed your I-600A, completed your homestudy, joined an on-line e-mail group for the country you are adopting from and are now thinking, "what next?" With all that pent-up energy that you now have, the logical next step is to start gathering donations for your child’s orphanage. This is an important part of the process and one that will be greatly appreciated by the hard working caretakers and the children who remain behind in the orphanage. Please give yourself adequate time to prepare.
The following is a "most requested items" list that has been compiled by talking to many adoption agencies. Please look it over and consider bringing less "stuff" with you on your journey, and instead make room for what is really needed.
topical barrier cream (Desitin)
topical antiseptic (Caladryl, Bactine)
gloves, sterile and non-sterile
sterile gauze wrap, pads
blood pressure cuffs
paper tape, surgical
infant liquid vitamins
chewable vitamins for children over age 2 years
hair bands, barrettes, combs
new shoes and boots of all sizes
handknit clothing- sweaters, vests, socks, hats, mittens
new underwear sizes for 12 months to 16 years
large inflatable balls with pump
collapsible tunnels and cubes (mazes)
wind-up music boxes
puzzles, sorting toys
rattles, teething rings
art supplies- crayons, clay, markers
coloring mats (erasable)
Matchbox sized cars, trucks
picture books with little or no text
cards, jacks, jump ropes, balls
Beanie-Baby sized plush animals
IMPORTANT NOTE:Most medical supplies will go unused without a proper translation. Please tape a translation of directions and indications for use onto the item donated. RainbowKids.com is attempting to put together a translation area for this purpose.
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