Wyman is a timid and shy boy. His personality is very introverted. When his caretakers play music, Wyman will excitedly twist and turn and dance! He can imitate sounds and say more than 5 words. Wyman knows his name, and really enjoys playing with toys and his caretakers. He can walk on his own and likes to look at picture books. Please help us find Wyman a home!
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Sherman is outgoing, clever and diligent. He enjoys talking with others and likes to imitate sounds and actions. Sherman enjoys listening to music and loves to dance! He is curious about new things and likes to read books, look at pictures, listen to stories and go outside. Sherman has mild CP and his physical development is behind other children of his age. He has been in a foster family since 2006 and really thrived in that environment. Sherman likes to be independent and is a great helper!
Update from his host family: Sherman is being hosted in the US this winter! Sherman is a super sweet boy who is easy to fall in love with. He is overall very obedient and does a good job communicating despite language differences. He has been picking up some English, including counting and saying things like, “bye-bye” and “good night”. He gives and receives hugs, kisses, and high fives easily. He is polite and will say, “Thank you Mama” when the host mom gives him something. He gets very excited sometimes and will get very loud and animated (both when he’s happy and upset). He is very ticklish, smiles and laughs a lot, and loves to dance, which is super cute! He is also quite the poser for the camera. He is pretty easy going and has become easy to correct. When he really wants something or things don’t go his way (i.e. losing at a game) he will whine and pout, but usually can be persuaded to have a better attitude pretty quickly. He likes to play by himself a lot, but will play with others sometimes. He doesn’t seem interested in watching TV, unless it’s a Chinese cartoon (then he could probably spend hours watching if you let him). Sherman likes playing in the backyard~ going down the slide, digging in the gravel, riding bikes and scooters around. He also seems to like putting the train track together and running the train on it. He found the game, “Trouble” and LOVES IT! He also got the card game “War” for Christmas and has enjoyed playing that a lot. The host family played bowling on the X-box with Sherman, which he thought was the coolest thing ever. He loves the computer and will ask to go on it a lot, and the host family got him an mp3 player for Christmas which he now listens to all the time. When he first arrived, Sherman could do a 24 piece puzzle independently, but was frustrated and unable to do puzzles larger than that. The host family gave him a 48 piece puzzle for Christmas, which he tried to trade with the host daughter, because she got a 24 piece puzzle that he could do. Of course, she didn’t want to trade because hers was a princess and she can’t do bigger puzzles either. Anyway, we have been working on how to do puzzles together (separating the edge pieces, looking for all the pieces for one particular part of the puzzle, etc.), and one day he called the host mom downstairs to show her that he had put his 48 piece puzzle together completely independently! She was so proud of him! The host family hopes Sherman finds a forever family soon!
Angelica has Down syndrome. She has a congenital heart defect — VSD, ASD 11, PDA.
Angelica is said to have a moderate intellectual disability. She does not speak; she communicates through gestures and onomatopoeia — seemingly inarticulate sounds, playing voice. She understands simple commands.
Sibling group of 4 children
Lia, girl, born April 2007
Lia has age appropriate mental development. Lia has difficulty concentrating; she is slow to respond to commands, gives the impression that she does not understand.
Jo, girl, born November 2009
Jo has delayed psychomotor development. She has dysmorphic traits; She has a hearing impairment/hearing loss; defect of vision; and delayed speech development. Her social development is age appropriate.
Sy, boy, born October 2010
Good general condition, with normal mental development. Sy does currently have some stuttering.
Abe, boy, born February 2012
Abe has good general health and development.
Laina has delayed psychomotor development and hypertonia. She has significant hearing loss in her left ear, with almost no reaction; her right ear has normal hearing. Laina has slightly dysmorphic facial features. She has a congenital heart defect –Patent ductus arteriosus.
With these diagnoses, it’s possible that Laina has Down syndrome, although it’s not diagnosed in the information the agency currently has.
Vinn was born prematurely. He has been diagnosed with a Congenital heart defect (VSD + ASD II) – for which he had surgery in June 2014. He has been diagnosed with “Monkey furrows on his hands” – which we refer to as “palmer creases.” Vinn also has delayed psychomotor development in the lower end of the wide standards. Impaired development of gross motor skills, especially in the legs.
Vinn’s file did not state he has Down syndrome, but it is very possible he does, with all of these characteristics.
Zadie is a very adorable child! She has learned how to crawl. Every time the nannies call her name, she will quickly look at the nannies and giggle. She loves taking baths! Zadie is a good sleeper and is well-behaved. There is a little electric drum in the orphanage that she will crawl over to, hit and laugh as it lights up and makes sounds. She has congenital bilateral hip joint dislocation, bilateral knee malformation and a depressed nasal bone. Zadie is a little joy! Help us find Zadie’s forever family!
*From what we understand, the chances that Zadie may ever walk are slim.
Zhion is a gentle and quiet little boy. His personality is somewhat introverted. He likes to let people hold him. The nannies say his smile is truly splendid. Zhion likes to listen to music and to play with toys on his own. Since Zhion has post-operative congenital heart disease, his motor and language development is lagging compared to children of the same age. Zhion needs a forever family! Help us find him a home!
They have a shared desire for a larger family, and hoped to grow their family through birth and adoption. The couple was blessed with four biological children before they started looking into special needs, international adoption programs. Because Kathryn’s brother has Down syndrome, they felt this was a need they could handle.
In October 2012 they fell in love with a little girl in China who has Down syndrome. She faced some serious health issues while living in her orphanage, leaving the family racing the clock to bring her home. August 2013, Meghan was placed in her mother’s arms and forever welcomed into the family. Though her needs were great and at times overwhelming, this precious girl has absolutely thrived since adoption. She has an army of people who wholly love and treasure her, and see her for the blessing that she is.
Adoption changed the family forever, and Meghan’s older siblings frequently talk about how smart Meghan is, how wonderful she is, and how thankful they are that she is a part of the family.
Because of the impact of their adoption trip, and especially seeing firsthand innumerable children in orphanages, Kathryn began advocating for waiting-children, especially those with Down syndrome. It was on an advocating website in Fall of 2014 that she first saw Forest. The family requested his file, and began praying and talking about how to proceed.
On Christmas Day 2014, the family was granted pre-approval for this precious 4 year old boy. Forest has a different history and different needs than Meghan, but the family is completely committed to bringing him home. They can’t wait to show Forest what a family is. They can’t wait to show him what unconditional love means. They can’t wait for him to see how treasured he is, and they look forward to the day they are forever his.
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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at notthecrazyone.com