Boy, born August 2008
William has constant alternating strabismus (crossed eyes). He has experienced one seizure during his time at the infant care facility. He is being treated with anti-seizure medication but would benefit from testing to properly diagnose these seizures. Wilson's knees hyperextend making it difficult for him to balance, but he has recently learned to walk.
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From somone who works with him:
William is doing so well developmentally. I cannot believe how much he has changed in the year that I have known him. None of us knew if he would ever be able to walk, and we are now all amazed at the fact that he is not only doing that, but other developmentally appropriate tasks as well! William is beginning to interact with the other children and adults here. He used to be in his own little world, but now actually notices them and what they are doing. The other day at ball day, I was observing William and was amazed at what I saw. He was watching one of the other children who kept picking up and throwing balls. Each time this child threw a ball; William would laugh in delight and clap his hands. He also likes to cuddle and interact with adults more than he used to. During prayer and singing time, he will walk over to adults, lay his head in their laps, and stay with them through the entire thing. William loves to explore and is always on the go. When the other kids are out playing on the playground, William is normally walking all over the compound. Someone is constantly chasing after him to bring him back. He will often sneak out of the baby house and make his way over to the volunteer house, coming right in as if he were invited! William's motor movements seem to be improving as well. He seems to have better control over his hands. He loves balls and if there is ever one around William is playing with it. He loves to kick them. I could see him playing soccer some day. William still crawls occasionally, normally backwards and with his head on the ground, but not nearly as often as he used to. Now he mainly walks when he wants to go somewhere. The changes he has and is continuing to make are an inspiration to us all. I can only dream about how much he will improve in his skills when he gets appropriate therapy and someone who knows how to work with him every day! He is such a sweet heart and is always so happy and laughs and smiles all the time!
- Multiple unrelated children can be adopted together
- One parent must be at least 35 years old
- Parents must be married at least 10 years (or if close, prove they have known each other 10 years)
- The number of children can depend on other factors (marriage and parent age)
- Singles may currently adopt
- 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.
- ESTIMATED TOTAL (in-country expenses): $13,070 – $13,320 roughly