Look at the bright smile on this handsome boy! Kristopher has cerebral palsy and is cross-eyed, but would do so well in a family of his own!
From a family who met him in August 2015: “This little boy is so sweet and loving. He wants nothing more than to be a part of a family. He is quiet and a bit more reserved than the other boys. But, once he gets used to you, he chatters away and looks for your response. He is very bright and pays attention. He seems to catch on to things quickly. He loves when I play music on my phone. I brought coloring books and crayons with me and he loves to color and show his work off to the adults around. While he has CP, his fine motor skills in his hands are very good. He sits and colors in meticulous detail. He loves when I praise his artwork and his smile just lights up his face! This boy will be a blessing to any family. All he wants is a mama and papa for him and to go to America. He asks all the time, ‘you mama, papa, America?’. I hate to leave him behind, but I know God has a plan for him.”
Update from someone who met him in summer 2013:
Kristopher is one of those wise old souls. He is very intelligent and loves it when adults come and visit him. He’s also quite the charmer – the head of Child Services for the region was so charmed with him she gave him a life-sized stuffed crocodile for a present! Kristopher loves his classes at the orphanage and always strives to please the teacher, and he has many friends. He also loves music – one of the other missionaries let him play with her harmonica the first day and every day after that he asked for “the thing that blows”. He has some strabismus and gets around well in his wheelchair. The director would love for a family to adopt him, and she says he would do well.
Update March 2014:
This kid is awesome!!! He’s a very healthy weight, quite strong in his upper body (which appears to be not affected or just minimally affected by the CP), and although his spasticity in his legs is obvious, he still is able to stand from sitting in the wheelchair, and walk while pushing the wheelchair. He rolls his own wheelchair, however, since the chair he is in is too big for him, and not designed to be self-propelled by the rider, he has to lean very far over one side to reach the wheel. For those familiar with CP- his heel cords are tight and feet are pointed downwards. He has very little ROM in the right foot, but some in the left. He legs are “scissored”, with the right pulled slightly over the left, indicating involvement of the adductors in the spasticity. He has tightness in his hamstrings. Without a full medical exam and some PT, I don’t know how much is just spasticity or whether it could be contractures- but even with those restrictions, he is still able to stand and walk some. His torso seems strong and his neck does as well. He is a very sweet boy- a bit shy and quiet in his responses at first (although he grinned and giggled the entire time, very pleased with the attention), but smart as well. He very, very, very much wants a family- in fact, he is the one who heard we were there for our daughter, and found the director and begged her to bring his family to him as well. He has great motivation to walk and move around, and very much wants to be a typical boy, but without the medical care for his CP, his options here are limited. He is about the height of a typical 8 year old, but solid in weight. He interacts well with the adults and children in the groupa, and seemed very appropriate (not overly affectionate or engaging) when he met new people. He frequently looked to the familiar adults for confirmation that it was ok to talk to us and preferred their attention (which is good news when it comes to transferring attachment to a new family). He is an adorable little guy with an engaging grin that just lights up his eyes, and he very much would love to have a family of his own.
From a family who met him in Dec 2014: He is eager to have, in his own words, “a mama and papa from America!” He is a very happy and sweet boy. He works one on one with a tutor. He enjoys the other children and music time, and was always trying to hold my hand.
Kristopher can be adopted with Collier, Dylan, Cambria and Tatumn. He and Collier are in the same groupa.