Andy, age 8, was found abandoned when he was three months old. He was born with a meningocele and hydrocephalus, for which he received surgery when he was 9 months old. Other than a few scars, he’s in great health now. He has complete bowel and bladder control.
Andy has had a difficult road on his adoption journey. He visited the US for a few weeks in our Summer 2014 Bridge of Hope hosting program, and stayed with a host-only family in South Carolina. His host mom described him as “sweet as a kitten” and a “great, great happy kid” from the moment he wakes up each day. He was very affectionate, giving lots of hugs and kisses, and did everything asked of him. He loves to swim and got used to the family’s dogs. He also loved food—waffles, corn on the cob, watermelon, shrimp, and noodles—and even a July 4th hot dog. His host family found Andy to be strong, brave, kind and mature. He enjoyed family activities including long hikes, puzzles and math games and piano practice.
A family met Andy during his visit and decided to move forward with his adoption. Over the course of a year, they had several starts and stops on their adoption paperwork and just this week decided that they will adopt domestically instead.
We visited Andy in China at the end of June. He lives with a foster family, with whom he is very attached. He knew he was in the process of being adopted and several months ago his school had a celebration/farewell party for him in anticipation of his upcoming adoption. Now he will have to start school again in the fall, with no adoption prospects at present.
Andy is a laughing, funny, talkative boy who loves playing with other children and helping them. He’s also an entertainer who enjoys making people laugh. He really needs an adoptive family!
$4.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!