Kennedy was born in July 2004 and found abandoned almost 6 months later. She has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome and estropia.
I had the opportunity to spend time with Kennedy while volunteering on an advocacy trip in July 2013 and I just discovered that her adoption file was finally prepared in November 2015! I am SO happy to be able to advocate for this very sweet girl who is living in one of the better orphanages. The director of this orphanage works hard to provide decent care and has an excellent reputation for preparing children for adoption once they learn a family is coming. Almost all of the children are living with foster families on or off the orphanage grounds.
At the time of her report Kennedy was 11 years old and was receiving her education (in 3rd grade) through the orphanage. She was said to be cheerful, talkative, friends and had a ready smile. She actively greets classmates and teachers and likes to listen to music, sing, dance and draw. She is good at helping to take care of her younger foster sisters.
Kennedy’s language comprehension is good and she is able to communicate well although her pronunciation isn’t always right. In school she’s been learning Chinese, math, drawing, crafts, singing, labor skills, life adaptability and sports and health. She knows her colors, calendars, seasons, weather, simple math, etc.
Kennedy likes making friends and gets along with everyone. She is very happy when being praised, especially when she is told she’s pretty. She has good motor skills – can walk, run, jump and crawl. In PE class she follows directions to do simple exercises and enjoys participating in relay races and games. Her fine motor skills are also very good. She can pick up beans with two fingers, eat with chop sticks, hold and write letters and numbers with a pen.
Kennedy isn’t a picky eater and helps her foster mom clean up after meals. Sometimes she shows her foster mom her drawings and they get hung up on the wall.