Girl, born September 2008
Character: calm, quiet
Diagnosis: Down syndrome
Tiny Arina weighs just 17 lbs. She can walk independently and pick up small objects. She does not play with toys and throws (surprisingly far considering her teeny size!) whatever she picks up. She loves to be held, lifts her arms to be picked up and climbs into offered arms or laps immediately. She has an endearing habit of taking the hands of the person on whose lap she is sitting and pulling them around her in a hug. She makes consistent, steady eye contact, but does not respond to or imitate facial expressions or sounds. She turns when her caregivers say her name and seems to recognize and prefer them. She tires and overwhelms easily and chews her thumbs, flicks or sucks her tongue or grinds her teeth. These behaviors stop as soon as she is held close and gently rocked.
Arina’s grant of $1482.50 was gifted to Lanie.
***This child is in a country that is currently not accepting new commitments. We can no longer accept grant donations or inquiries for this child, but we have not given up on any of these children and encourage all of our Prayer Warriors to continue their efforts! When and if this country program re-opens for adoptions, we will relist this child and begin seeking an adoptive family immediately.***