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Merritt (1)Boy, born 2003Merritt

Merritt recently (February 2013) had eye surgery to remove cataracts. That surgery was successful, and he will hopefully have follow-up surgery to correct his crossed eyes. He has been diagnosed with mild mental handicaps, and he exhibits autistic-type tendencies.

Merritt is a delightful boy who loves one-on-one attention. He loves music and has a bright smile. He is capable of feeding himself, but he just hasn’t had many opportunities to do so. Since his eye operation he has begun to verbalize. He also participates in water therapy each week to help him work on using his eye sight.


  • Multiple unrelated children can be adopted together
  • One parent must be at least 35 years old
  • Parents must be married at least 10 years; singles may currently adopt
  • The number of children can depend on other factors (marriage and parent age)
  • Past depression is OK, but must explain the circumstances and past and/or current treatment.
  • If a criminal history/background, must be explained in detail.
  • Travel is not required; however, it is strongly encouraged
  • Travel for pick-up is also not required, but strongly encouraged. Escorts can be provided, for an extra cost. The trip for pick-up is usually about a week long, so you and the child could get to know each other well in their environment.
$101.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!