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Girl, born November 2002
Down syndrome

Saige is almost 12 years old, and still waiting.

From her file:  At present, she has lived here for 3 years and now she is 9 years old. She studies cognition, language, math, social intercourse, emotion, fine arts, music, arts and crafts and physical education. She has Down syndrome and although she is 9 years old, she has poor developments than normal children in her age in terms of language, intellect and social intercourse.  She cannot speak clearly, yet she is willing to communicate with others. Typically, she could call the names of her familiar persons, understand words and follow 2-3 steps of instructions such as use a cloth to clean a table. She could express her needs via 3-5 words such as a teacher gives me soup. She could refuse the things she dislikes orally such as I do not want more rice and I am full.

She could tell several colors such as red, yellow, white and black; tell and use over 10 daily used goods, tell circle and triangle shapes, know several animals such as fish, chicken, duck, dog, pig and cow. She could tell several vegetables and fruits such as apple, banana, pear, cabbage, carrot and pumpkin as well as vehicles of cars, motorcycles and bicycles. She could count numbers from 1 to 10, take a couple of objects, figure out the size of objects.

She can walk, run, jump and crawl as per instructions. She loves doing gyms and dances the most. She could thread a needle, hold a pen to draw, write down numbers and simple words. In terms of self-cared ability, she could eat on her own, go to washroom, clean and wash, wash and fold clothes, clean rooms and wash and put away tableware.

She positively participates in the games with other children and she is polite, greets acquaintances when seeing them. She could help fellow friends do something. She enjoys showing herself off and she acts as an older sister.

She is outgoing, gentle and kindhearted. In daily life, she tends to help the children who are not capable than her to do something as her age appropriate such as helping other children putting on shoes, taking on and off clothes and washing face. Other children love such older sister. She has sweet teeth, likes wearing colorful skirts and playing dolls.    She has been healthy since admission and seldom gets sick other than having chap on lips in winter time.

$10,000.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

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BRAVE and SAIGE for the Wetherington family — FL

BraveSaige (1)wetherington-saigeandbraveWe are the Wetherington Family. We have been married for 15 years and have 7 amazing children. Our journey into the world of special needs began long ago, but never did we imagine that we would one day become the parents of our own children with special needs. Nearly 4 years ago, our youngest son, Isaac, was diagnosed with many special needs in utero, including a very severe heart defect, and was not expected to survive until delivery. Not only did he survive, but we were gifted with 18 AMAZING months with him. He had numerous open heart surgeries and other numerous surgeries and procedures during his short lifetime, and spent many of those months recovering in the Pediatric Cardiac ICU, and we were so thankful for every moment we shared with him. Never could we have imagined the immense joy and unimaginable heartache that would come from birth of our amazing boy. He was such an INCREDIBLE gift who forever changed our lives. In our complete heartbreak, we knew we had two choices. We could either choose to be angry at God for taking our sweet son from us, or we could be thankful for privilege of being his family, even though our time with him on this earth would feel far too short. We knew we needed to choose the latter. We knew that we had to do something with the lessons that our amazing son taught us. As we were learning to live our lives without our son, we knew that there were children in the world who were learning to live their lives without a family by their side. They had no one to fight for them… one to be their voice….no one to love them every second of every day…..and no one to show them their incredible worth. We knew we had to do something, and thus began our journey into the world of adoption. In October of 2012, we brought home our two incredible sons from Ukraine, Max and Ryder. Ryder has Down syndrome and Max has a complex heart defect and other genetic syndrome. They are both 3 ½ years old now, and are such amazing blessings in our lives. Once we were home with Max and Ryder, we knew even more how desperately children needed families, and in July of this year, we welcomed our newest son and daughter, Anchor and Stori, into our family from China. Our daughter just turned 14 years old, and she has Cerebral Palsy, and our son is 5 ½ years old and he has Down syndrome. They are both so amazing, and we are so blessed to have them in our lives. While in China, we were able to meet our daughter’s friend who had recently aged out. In that heartbreaking moment we knew that we could do more….that we had to do more. Shortly after coming home, we saw someone advocating for an incredibly brave little boy who has been longing for a family. But, his chances of finding a family were pretty slim because most would consider him too risky. He was considered too risky because he had a serious heart defect that had gone unrepaired for nearly 10 years. He has been deemed inoperable and terminal in China. I pleaded for people to be willing to take the chance on him…..that he was worth it. We knew how incredible of a blessing he would be to a family if they would be willing to push their fear aside and take the risk. As I pleaded for others to be willing to take the risk, I wondered if we would be willing to do the same if God asked us to take the risk. And in that moment, we knew that He WAS asking us. We are so excited to push our fear aside to welcome our incredible son, Brave, into our family. “You make me brave. You call me out beyond the shore into the waves. You make me brave. No fear can hinder now the love that made a way.” (Bethel Music)


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$20,951.35 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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