Isn’t Valerie cute?? She is diagnosed with hypothyroidism. She also has strabismus (crossed/lazy eyes). She is diagnosed with developmental delay, and shows many of the facial characteristics of a child with FAS (Fetal Alcohol syndrome). But she is a darling girl, very active, loving and affectionate! She is facing the institution soon. I hope a family is out there waiting just for her!
If you are unfamiliar with FAS, please spend some time researching this condition. Just as with Down syndrome, FAS and FAE have a wide variation of effects on each child, both medically, physically, and cognitively. This is typically dependent on how long during the pregnancy the mother consumed alcohol, and of course, how much. There is no way to know this ahead of time.