Girl, Age: 14
Country Code: SE.Asia.Pac
Region: South Asia
Primary Diagnosis: Down syndrome
Listed: Sep 2023
*** I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information or to inquire about this child, please email ***
Precious Alisa was born with Down syndrome. Alisa is enrolled in a special education class. She knows how to write her first name, but not her surname. She is currently learning how to color and to trace letters and numbers. Her language skills are improving daily, and she is adept in letting you know what she wants and what she needs. She can also say some of the other children’s names and some names of the houseparents as well. She loves to engage in conversations using gestures but mumbles most words. Some of the staff used primary sign language to communicate with her while talking to help her learn. Alisa shows affection by hugging, rubbing faces, playing with her, and leaning towards the person. She is a sociable child and wants to show her love through service and physical touch. She cheerfully greets or talks to the staff to tell them that she has arrived from school. Alisa loves it when she can help set the table during meal times. During free days at the agency, she spends her time writing, doodling, or playing at the play park. She also tags along with her houseparents to do some chores. Among the activities she is being taught to do include putting on her clothes by herself, scrubbing herself during bath time, and washing her underwear after she showers. Alisa goes to the comfort room alone, but still needs assistance cleaning herself. She feeds herself during meal times, and she fixes her bed and shoes once she is given instructions. In the home, she participates in the devotions and appears to enjoy worshipping as she closes her eyes. She raises and waives her hands while she follows the tune and hums to the songs. Alisa has been in the home for more than two years. She has occupational therapy sessions and home-based activities are being carried out to help her to be fully functional. Her agency recommends her to be matched to a family for her best welfare and interest. They believe that Alisa will be a wonderful daughter to her future forever family!

There is a $1,500 agency fee reduction for Alisa’s adoption with a specific adoption agency. Additional agency fee reductions may be available from this agency, as well, based on the adoptive family’s circumstances.